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  • JCI rises 1.12% at Wednesday's close

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) closed on a positive note in Wednesday's final trading session, rising significantly by 1.12 percent to 5,188.18.

  • Lukman's high hopes for amicable resolution to PPP rift

    Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Syaifuddin, who is also deputy chairman of the United Development Party (PPP), said he remained optimistic that the party's internal conflict would be be settled amicably.

  • Blowing its top

    Mount Slamet spews volcanic material, seen from Guci village, Tegal regency, Central Java, on Wednesday. The volcano was active on Wednesday from 10:30AM until 13:45PM with eight eruptions generating a lava flow of 1.5 kilometers. (Antara)

  • Tour de Siak

    Siak regent Syamsuar (left) raises the checkered flag at the start of the Tour de Siak 2014 in Siak, Riau, on Wednesday. Eighteen teams from Indonesia and overseas are competing in the race, which will run until Sept. 21. (Antara)

  • RI furniture industry eyes 5% of global market in 10 years

    The Indonesian Furniture Entrepreneurs Association (Asmindo) is aiming to supply 5 percent of the world’s furniture products with Indonesian-made items over the next 10 years.

  • Radical group threatens to close down LGBT seminar in Yogyakarta

    A radical group has threatened to use force to close down a seminar on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issues organized by Sanata Dharma University’s School of Psychology.      

  • Show of force

    A US-made Perry-class frigate takes part in the Han Kuang drill at sea near eastern Hualien on Wednesday. Taiwanese navy fired rockets and guns in a scenario simulating a Chinese invasion in the island's biggest live-fire naval drill in 25 years.

  • Alleged terrorist arrested in Central Java

    National Police spokesperson Comr. Gen. Agus Riyanto revealed Wednesday that its Densus 88 counterterrorism squad had arrested an alleged terrorist in Purworejo, Central Java, on Tuesday.

  • GMIS, Metro Indians, Challengers score victories

    In this week’s action in the Apple Coal JCA League 2014-15, GMIS and Metro Indians posted comfortable victories, while Challengers won a close game over Ceylon.

  • Motorola Moto E available exclusively through Lazada

    Motorola was the first company to bring consumers the cellular phone, the flip phone and a super  thin feature phone. Now, the company is on a mission to radically transform the mobile industry once again by making quality smartphones that can do great things available to practically everyone.

  • S. Korea proposes to assist city with seawall project

    The South Korean government has proposed to take part in laying out the master plan for the sea wall that is planned for construction off the capital’s north coast, according to a high-ranking official.

  • Jakarta named worst city in RI

    Jakarta has been named the worst city in Indonesia by the Center for Urban Design Studies (PSUD), citing poor urban development and the lack of visual beauty.

  • SMA 70 students skip school in ‘solidarity’

    A group of 12th grade students of SMA 70 public high school in Bulungan, South Jakarta, have been skipping school since Monday in protest at the school’s decision to expel 13 students from the same grade.

  • Jakarta cars to be banned from Bogor

    The Bogor administration will issue a regulation banning cars with “B” (Jakarta) license-plate numbers from entering Bogor, West Java at weekends.

  • Show of force

    A US-made Perry-class frigate takes part in the Han Kuang drill at sea near eastern Hualien on Wednesday. Taiwanese navy fired rockets and guns in a scenario simulating a Chinese invasion in the island's biggest live-fire naval drill in 25 years. (AFP/Sam Yeh)

  • Time to vote

    Fijians queue up to vote at the Vatuwaqa Public School in the capital Suva on Wednesday. Polling booths opened on September 17 in Fiji's first election since a 2006 military coup, with police reporting no early problems and a festive atmosphere prevailing in the South Pacific nation's capital. (AFP/Peter Parks)

  • Severe flood

    Pakistani residents wade through floodwater in Sher Shah, a town in Multan District in the Punjab province on Tuesday. Floods and landslides from days of heavy monsoon rains have now claimed almost 500 lives in Pakistan and India. (AFP/SS Mirza)

  • PPP to send representatives to PDI-P’s national meeting

    United Development Party (PPP) deputy chairman Suharso Monoarfa has said that his party will send representatives to the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) national leadership meeting that is slated to be held in Semarang, Central Java, from September 19-21.

  • Tycoon buys 30 Rolls-Royces for Macau hotel

    A Hong Kong tycoon has placed the biggest ever order for Rolls-Royce cars, agreeing to buy 30 Phantoms to chauffeur guests at a luxury resort he's building in the global gambling capital of Macau.

  • Rupiah strengthens to 11,919 per dollar in the morning

    The rupiah interbank trade rate appreciated by 52 basis points on Wednesday morning to Rp 11,919 per US dollar.  

  • Batanghari firefighters bring fires under control

    Batanghari Forestry Agency official Afrizal has announced that the agency has managed to extinguish widespread fires across Batanghari regency, Jambi.

  • JCI opens up 0.79%

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) opened on a positive note in Wednesday's first trading session, rising by 0.79 percent to 5,170.26.

  • Princess Cruises to enter S.E. Asia with largest deployment ever

    In response to the growing interest in cruising in Southeast Asia, Carnival Corporation is introducing the largest deployment ever by a premium cruise line in the region when it brings the Sapphire Princess to Singapore for a five-month fall 2014 to spring 2015 season.

  • Lowering cholesterol using banana skins

    Bananas are easy to find and healthy, but the skins are mostly thrown away. However, research has shown that the skins should not go to waste as they actually can help lower cholesterol.

  • Comments: Exploring the world of ‘bule’ hunters

    After dating many Caucasian guys, locally known as bule, since she was a teenager, 27-year-old writer Elisabeth Oktofani settled down when she married a Canadian three years ago.

  • Comments: BPOM confiscates illegal drugs, cosmetics

    The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) confiscated thousands of illegal drugs and cosmetics worth Rp 31.66 billion (US$2.6 million) after conducting raids across the archipelago from June to August.

  • Issue of the day: Hashim slams Ahok for leaving Gerindra

    Gerindra Party deputy chief patron Hashim Djojohadikusumo has lambasted Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama for his abrupt resignation from Gerindra, the party that nominated him for deputy governor during the Jakarta gubernatorial election in 2012.

  • Text your say: Justice for Lapindo victims

    Your comments on the fate of the people in Sidoarjo, East Java, who are still seeking justice as many have not received compensation from PT Lapindo Brantas, the company deemed responsible for the mudflow, which began in 2006:

  • Your letters: Jombang youth vs. ‘yellowization’

    A busy graduate life in Bandung has made me unable to visit my hometown, Jombang, regularly. I usually return to Jombang bimonthly but last semester was so busy that I wasn’t able to pay a visit for the whole semester.

  • Guess what?: Willy Dozan ‘beats up’ son

    JAKARTA: Action movie star and martial artist Willy Dozan says he did not hesitate to throw hard punches and kicks at his son, Leon, to make his latest movie as real as possible.

  • Your letters: West versus the rest

    Is it really the West against the rest? And if it is, who will come out on top?  Our history obviously favors the West as they spent a considerable amount of time trampling all over the East and in doing so plundered its wealth, women and works.

  • Pole dancing benefits the body

    Indonesia Pole Dance Association (IDPA) founder Jun Ko Agus says that the practice can define a dancer’s physique. “It makes the body muscular and lean — not the kind of big muscled that makes a woman look manly.”

  • Your letters: Ugly look of Bandung car-free day

    I would like to share my thoughts which are along the same lines as the Sept. 16 article in The Jakarta Post, titled “Jakarta car-free day more popular, commercial”.

  • More than just sexy moves

    Although their class ended an hour ago, women could still be seen spinning, sliding and even hanging upside-down from poles at the Indonesia Pole Dance Association’s (IPDA) studio in Kemang, South Jakarta.

  • Guess what?: Love teaches Karina religious tolerance

    JAKARTA: Actress Karina Nadila says she has learned a lot from her interfaith romance with her Christian boyfriend, Alfred.

  • Guess what?: Kalla touts food film’s humanity

    JAKARTA: Vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla was apparently quite taken by the new film Tabula Rasa (Blank Slate) at its premiere on Monday night.

  • Komnas HAM to follow up JIS’s report on violence against suspects

    The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has announced it intends to follow up reports filed by the Jakarta International School (JIS) management regarding violence allegedly committed by police investigators against two of its teachers during questioning. 

  • Possible new cement plant for Papua

    State-run cement producer PT Semen Indonesia is assessing the possibility of building a plant in Papua in a bid to supply the market in the country’s easternmost province.

  • Jakarta teams up with Rotterdam for water management

    A Dutch training program between Jakarta and Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, was officially launched on Tuesday by Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama and Dutch Ambassador Tjeerd De Zwaan.

  • Apindo plans 3 million jobs a year over five years

    Sofjan Wanandi, chairman of the Indonesian Workers Association (Apindo), says he is optimistic that the association can create 3 million jobs between 2014 and 2019 in order to fulfill the need for almost 8.3 million jobs in the period and also to reduce unemployment, which reached 7.2 million in 2013.

  • City Council names new speakers

    The City Council has named the speakers who will lead the legislative body for the next five years.

  • Police to crack down on homemade firearms

    The police have vowed to suppress the illegal production of homemade firearms due to their increasing use by criminals.

  • Danamon aims to spin-off its sharia business unit

    Bank Danamon has been preparing its sharia business unit for a spin-off, the execution of which will most likely occur within the next five years, pending the strengthening of the sharia unit’s assets, a top executive said.

  • Rampant illegal levies still occur in city offices

    Despite improvements in the provision of permits, the Indonesian Ombudsman has found that the charging of illegal levies is still rampant in a number of district and subdistrict offices, as well as in subagencies, during the process of issuing business permits, with illegal fees totalling an estimated Rp 3.8 billion (US$317,800) a year.

  • JIS case affects suspect’s wife, children

    Fransisca Lindia, the 37-year-old wife of Ferdinant Tjiong, feels as though her life has been upended since her husband, a teacher’s assistant, was named a suspect in a case centering on the sexual assault of three kindergarten pupils at Jakarta International School (JIS).

  • Total asking for 5-year transition on Mahakam block

    Total E&P Indonesia, a local subsidiary of the French giant Total Group, has asked the country’s oil and gas regulators for a lengthy transition period should its contract not be extended on the Mahakam block, as a sudden write-off of the company’s activities there would significantly decrease the production rate of the site.

  • Ahok security detail increased

    Security for Deputy Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has been beefed up ahead of his assumption of the capital’s top job.

  • Mitsubishi to spend $600m on car factory in Bekasi

    Mitsubishi Motors, a subsidiary of Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi Corp., will invest US$600 million to build a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) factory in Bekasi, West Java, that will supply both domestic and overseas markets against the backdrop of strong demand here.

  • Time for tax justice in Indonesia

    The victory of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo–Jusuf Kalla in the presidential election was met with euphoria, but the pair faces a narrow fiscal space to implement its Nawacita (nine programs) due to the burden of energy subsidies on our state budget and mobsters who undermine our fiscal capacity.

  • View Point: Prabowo’s Red-and-White Coalition’s sticky situation

    Recently, a friend sent me a hilarious clip from Mrs. Brown’s Boys, a BBC Scotland television sitcom created by and starring Irish writer and performer Brendan O’Carroll. The titular character of Agnes Brown, a loud, foul-mouthed matriarch, is played by O’Carroll himself.

  • Analysis: Financial inclusion through government aid programs

    Imagine an Indonesia where the poor have the ability to save money without risk of it being stolen. Imagine an Indonesia where the poor do not need to borrow from usurers just to meet their day-to-day expenses. Imagine that the poor could have access to basic financial services. Or could you imagine how it would be if you did not have access to financial services?

  • A chance of nobility for Golkar in Pilkada controversy

    A change in the political tide, by abnegating direct elections, is the latest peril that losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has brought to the country.

  • Editorial: Ensuring insurance growth

    The outgoing House of Representatives has come out with another surprise piece of legislation, which will further stimulate the growth of the insurance industry. The great concern over the strong nationalistic sentiment prevailing during the deliberations over the new insurance bill seemed groundless after the House Financial Commission, on Monday approved the bill, which does not stipulate any ownership cap on local insurance companies by foreign investors.

  • Lake Toba Festival to kick off on Wednesday

    The annual Lake Toba Festival in Toba Samosir regency, which will be held from Sept. 17 to 21 will feature not only various arts and cultural events but also a number of sports activities.

  • Children learn inspiring skills and crafts

    A student at the Semarang special senior high school for disabled children (SLB), Rizki, is busy dipping his brush into a pot of batik wax. He then randomly splatters the wax on white cloth.

  • Riau hot spots dog Sumatra Island

    Haze has been reported to cover a number of regions in Riau province over the past few days as more hot spots have been detected, adding to the haze coming from the neighboring provinces of South Sumatra and Jambi.

  • West Java waiting for SBY’s approval to finish Jatigede Dam

    The West Java provincial administration is still waiting for a presidential regulation on the completion of the Jatigede Dam project, which is part of the irrigation infrastructure plan initiated by former president Sukarno. The dam is scheduled to be filled in November this year.

  • Panorama targets young travelers via e-commerce

    Panorama Group, the country’s largest tour and travel company, is strengthening its e-commerce business division in a bid to attract more tech-savvy young travelers, whose numbers keep growing.

  • Apindo to present Jokowi an economic roadmap

    The Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) will soon present president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo with an economic road map comprising a set of recommendations and policies for his incoming administration.

  • Jokowi may invest more in research

    In a bid to strengthen the country’s research sector, president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced that he may eventually increase the state budget intended for research purposes.

  • Lawmakers approve higher budget for OJK

    House of Representatives members have approved, albeit temporarily, a 48 percent increase in the annual budget of the Financial Services Authority (OJK) pending the finalization of the state budget.

  • Compensation funds for fuel price hike already available

    Though stepping back from reducing energy subsidies this year, the current government has prepared a social safety net scheme that will make it easier for president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to enact a planned fuel price hike.

  • Supreme Court lauded for revoking Luthfi’s political rights

    Anti-corruption activists and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) praised on Tuesday a recent Supreme Court decision revoking the political rights of bribery convict, and former Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) chairman, Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq.

  • Dikti scholarships lost in translation

    The Education and Culture Ministry has been criticized for a number of language problems in its promotion of Indonesia’s higher education institutions through its scholarship program, the Developing Countries Partnership (DCP), which is run by the ministry’s Directorate-General of Higher Education (Dikti).

  • Auto sales up in August, on pace to meet 2014 target

    Domestic car and motorcycle sales were back on track in August after a temporary drop in July, giving optimism to both industries to meet or surpass their annual targets.

  • Mob violence reflects people’s distrust, anger

    The body of a battered 40-year-old man remained at Bekasi General Hospital in West Java on Monday evening. He died after being beaten to death by a mob after he was caught allegedly attempting to steal a motorcycle in the morning.

  • US gives funds for historical building restoration

    The US government has awarded a grant under the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) worth US$109,132 for the restoration of the Tjong A Fie Mansion heritage building in Medan, North Sumatra.

  • KPK zeroes in on to SBY’s inner circle

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is going after people inside President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s (SBY) inner circle.

  • Cabinet members to leave party positions

    Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) executives defended on Tuesday president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s decision to allocate almost half of the seats in his Cabinet to political party members, saying that the politicians could be counted on to work professionally.

  • RI ratifies haze treaty

    Indonesia has officially adopted a decade-old regional haze treaty following pressure from neighboring countries over forest fires on the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan.

  • Support direct elections

    Activists from Coalition for Guarding Regional Elections Bill rally in front of the State Palace on Tuesday. They wore masks portraying prominent regional heads such as Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini and Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil. (JP/AWO)

  • High-profile witness

    Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto answers reporters’ questions as he leaves the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building in Jakarta on Tuesday. Investigators questioned Djoko as a witness in an extortion case involving former energy and mineral resources minister Jero Wacik. (JP/AWO)

  • Good start

    Dozens of workers do calisthenics before starting their daily activities at the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project on Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. The exercises are compulsory as they aim to reduce the risk of occupational accidents. (JP/DON)

  • NYC's Sept. 11 museum gets 1 millionth visitor

    The Sept. 11 museum has gotten its 1 millionth visitor a little less than four months after opening to the public.

  • Ex-police chief gets 10 years in kidnap-kill case

    The former police chief at a Massachusetts veterans hospital was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum 10 years in prison in a kidnap-murder case that resulted from the prosecution of a cannibalism case against a New York City police officer.

  • Thai police search for clues after 2 Brits slain

    Police on a scenic Thai resort island searched hotels and workers' residences Tuesday looking for clues into the slayings of two British tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found on a beach a day earlier.

  • Mexico airlifts tourists after Hurricane Odile

    The Mexican government began airlifting the first of tens of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes.