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.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
The Bogor administration will issue a regulation banning cars with “B” (Jakarta) license-plate numbers from entering Bogor, West Java at weekends.
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
The rupiah interbank trade rate appreciated by 52 basis points on Wednesday morning to Rp 11,919 per US dollar.
Batanghari Forestry Agency official Afrizal has announced that the agency has managed to extinguish widespread fires across Batanghari regency, Jambi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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”.
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.
JAKARTA: Actress Karina Nadila says she has learned a lot from her interfaith romance with her Christian boyfriend, Alfred.
JAKARTA: Vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla was apparently quite taken by the new film Tabula Rasa (Blank Slate) at its premiere on Monday night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The City Council has named the speakers who will lead the legislative body for the next five years.
The police have vowed to suppress the illegal production of homemade firearms due to their increasing use by criminals.
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.
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.
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 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.
Security for Deputy Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has been beefed up ahead of his assumption of the capital’s top job.
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.
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.
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.
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 change in the political tide, by abnegating direct elections, is the latest peril that losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has brought to the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is going after people inside President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s (SBY) inner circle.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
The Sept. 11 museum has gotten its 1 millionth visitor a little less than four months after opening to the public.
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.
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.
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.