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  • Govt to develop Banyuwangi a new tourist destination

    Tourism Minister Arief Yahya says that the Tourism Ministry is committed to helping develop Banyuwangi regency in East Java as a new tourist destination.

  • WIKA expands into condotel business in Bali

    One of the largest state-run infrastructure companies, PT Wijaya Karya (WIKA), is set to open two condotels in Bali this year through its subsidiary, PT Wika Realty, in order to strengthen the company’s business in the property sector.

  • Prominent Putin critic Boris Nemtsov shot dead near Kremlin

    A few hours after going on the radio to denounce President Vladimir Putin's policies as mad, charismatic opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down early Saturday as he walked near the Kremlin.

  • Myanmar journalist arrested for satirical post

    Police in Myanmar on Saturday arrested a photojournalist who posted a satirical message on Facebook that mocked a historic battle and the country's leader.

  • Double bombing kills 9 people in Iraq

    Authorities in Iraq say back-to-back car bombs targeting a market have killed nine people in a town northeast of Baghdad.

  • Police in German city warn of potential extremist threat

    Police in the German city of Bremen are warning of a potential danger from Islamic extremists there and say they are stepping up security measures.

  • Jokowi buys 300 birds at Pramuka bird market

    During an impromptu visit to a number of traditional markets to check on rice prices, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo stopped by the bird market on Jl. Pramuka in East Jakarta on Saturday.

  • JK supports Ahok’s submission of report with KPK

    Vice President Jusuf Kalla says he fully supports Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s move to report to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) the “invisible” programs worth some Rp 12.1 trillion (US$98 million) in the city’s 2015 draft budget, as well as alleged markups in programs.

  • 85 undocumented Sri Lankans detained in Medan

    Immigration authorities in Medan, North Sumatra, have detained 85 Sri Lankan citizens for trespassing on Indonesian territory without documents.

  • Toll in Philippine clashes with Islamists rises to 26

    A military assault on Islamic militants in the southern Philippines entered its fifth day on Saturday, with the toll rising to 24 guerrillas and two soldiers dead, officials said.

  • Myanmar journalist arrested for satirical post

    Police in Myanmar on Saturday arrested a photojournalist who posted a satirical message on Facebook that mocked a historic battle and the country's leader.

  • PAN congress to open in Bali

    Hundreds of National Mandate Party (PAN) officials arrived in Denpasar, Bali, to attend the party’s three-day national congress scheduled to open on Saturday.

  • Ticket counters to be scrapped at Soekarno-Hatta and Kualanamu airports

    Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten and Kualanamu International Airport in Medan, North Sumatra will no longer directly sell tickets as all ticket counters will be turned into customer service counters operated by airlines as of Sunday. 

  • BPOM assures total recall of drugs allegedly tied to deaths

    The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) has assured the total recall of anesthetic Buvanest Spinal and antihemorrhagic Asam Tranexamat Generik following the deaths of two hospital patients on Feb. 12.

  • 71 higher education program licenses revoked in 2014: Minister

    Seventy-one higher education program licenses were revoked last year while 21 are set to be pulled in 2015, Research and Technology and Higher Education Minister Muhammad Nasir said.

  • Indonesia deports Australian journalist for visa violations

    An Australian journalist has been deported from Indonesia for reporting without a proper visa as she covered two Australian drug traffickers on death row, an immigration official said Saturday.

  • US Congress averts homeland security shutdown

    In a last-gasp move, feuding US lawmakers avoided a Department of Homeland Security shutdown late Friday, but funded the agency only until March 6, forcing Congress to revisit the issue next week.

  • Dress that 'greatly resembles' stolen Nyong'o gown recovered

    A dress that strongly resembles the custom gown taken from Lupita Nyong'o's hotel room earlier this week has been recovered, a sheriff's official said Friday.

  • US boy, 3, shoots himself dead: Reports

    A three-year-old Texas boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head at home on Friday, US media said.

  • Guess what?: Rio learns Sundanese for new movie

    Actor and model Rio Dewanto says he’s busy learning Sundanese for a part in the upcoming film Love & Faith.

  • Guess what?: Iwan Fals meets Jokowi

    Singer and songwriter Iwan Fals met President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the State Palace on Friday.

  • Easy laughs but little lingers

    The Wedding Ringer revolves around the socially challenged Doug (Josh Gad) who is about to marry a beautiful woman. However, he finds himself in trouble when he can’t find anyone to be a groomsman.

  • All the President’s shows: A binge-watcher’s guide

    Thirteen episodes of House of Cards won’t last binge viewers long, so here’s a selection of television shows about the men — and women — who find themselves thrust into absolute power that viewers may find absolutely delightful.

  • Kevin Spacey: Returns as commander-in-thief

    The famed fictitious Machiavellian politician — who counts Chinese Politburo member Wang Qishan and US President Barack Obama as fans — is back, as House of Cards premieres on Feb. 28 in Jakarta.

  • Fashion party in the 4th Indonesia Fashion Week

    The Indonesia Fashion Week (IFW) officially launched its fourth edition on Thursday, presenting 32 fashion and trade shows from 747 brands at the Jakarta Convention Center.

  • Goodbye, hello

    Danamon’s new president director, Sng Seow Wah (second left), shakes hands with his predecessor, Henry Ho (center), witnessed by vice president director Muliadi Rahardja (left) after an extraordinary shareholders meeting in Jakarta on Friday. The meeting approved Henry Ho’s pension after his stepping down from his post as Danamon CEO and appointed Sng Seow Wah as new president director and Muliadi Rahardja as vice president director.

  • Unilever commits to investment plan

    British-Dutch multinational consumer goods company Unilever has reaffirmed its long-term commitment to Indonesia, as the multinational firm’s global CEO visited the State Palace on Friday to meet with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

  • Maybank to enhance business in RI, Spore

    Malaysia’s Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank), the fourth largest lender in Southeast Asia, aims to enhance its business in international banking, including through its Indonesian subsidiary, so that it can have a stronger footing in the emerging region.

  • GM plans a clean slate with green cars

    Following its factory shutdown, auto giant General Motors (GM) of the US may try its luck yet again in the Indonesian market by producing and selling the rising domestic product — low-cost green cars (LCGC) — through a US$700 million plant it will build with Chinese partners SAIC Motor Corp. and Wuling Motors, industry officials said.

  • Three strategic questions your board must ask

    With even the best CEOs being overstretched, boards have become essential to companies’ strategic success. Unfortunately, most boards are confused about their strategic role and are failing to add value in this area.

  • Being normal is not about fitting in

    Normality is a subjective, relative concept: a conundrum, an enigma and an illusion. In everyday situations, people judge normality by comparing others to their own implicit benchmark for normal behavior. In this sense, normality in the eye of others may be quite different from what feels normal to oneself.

  • Driven by passion,led by innovation

    Business executive Mantosh Malhotra leads with encouragement to make a difference in the world of IT.

  • Gunman kills 7, commits suicide, in house-to-house rampage

    A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother killed seven people and then took his own life in a house-to-house shooting rampage that wiped out a swath of this tiny town in the Missouri Ozarks.

  • Fish processing facilities used to ‘camouflage’ transshipment

    The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has leveled accusations at owners of low-yield fish processing units (UPI) for setting up facilities as a ruse to obtain permits and conduct transshipment practices for overseas delivery.

  • ‘Made in RI’ smartphone rule to roll out midyear

    A regulation requiring a certain minimum of local content on all 4G mobile phones sold in the country will be rolled out in the first half this year, limiting expansion of international smartphone manufacturers such as Apple.

  • Consumers spending big on smartphones

    Indonesian consumers are forecast to spend more on new smartphones and Internet access this year after increases in disposable income; however, they remain cautious about spending on big-ticket items, suggests a survey by multinational financial services holding company Credit Suisse.

  • Shortcut

    A motorcyclist drives on a pedestrian bridge above the Jakarta Outer Ring Road in Cengkareng, West Jakarta, to avoid traffic congestion at the vehicle U-turn.

  • Lack of skills dogs job seekers in capital, says official

    Following a high poverty rate and an increasing Gini coefficient ratio, Jakarta’s employment rate in 2014 was significantly reduced, with many job seekers struggling to find work because they lack the required skills, according to a city official.

  • Despite new rules, bajaj owners struggle to upgrade

    Bajaj (three-wheeled taxi) owners are complaining that despite several new rules, high prices and bureaucratic red tape continue to hamper efforts to replace aging orange-colored bajaj with the newer, blue-colored model.

  • Police beef up measures to stop violent motorcycle theft

    Greater Jakarta residents are worried about begal or muggers following a string of news reports about violent motorcycle theft.

  • Comments on other issues: MA gives heavier sentence to Atut

    The Supreme Court handed down a heavier sentence to former Banten governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah on Monday. She will now have to serve seven years instead of four.

  • Comments on other issues: Three provinces to face blackouts

    The provinces of North Sumatra, Aceh and Riau will likely face temporary blackouts due to a lack of power following the collapse of three high-voltage transmission towers from Pangkalansusu power plant in Tangungparis subdistrict, Langkat, North Sumatra, on Feb. 17.

  • Issue of the day: Ex-minister aims to repeat Budi’s success

    Following in the footsteps of Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan, former religious affairs minister Suryadharma Ali on Monday filed a pretrial petition at the South Jakarta District Court to challenge his being named a suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

  • Topic of the day: KPK sidelines BLBI, focuses on Bank Century

    The Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) leaders have said they will focus on investigating the Bank Century case, which occurred during former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s tenure, but will sideline a probe into the Bank Indonesia liquidity support (BLBI) case, which occurred under former president Megawati Soekarnoputri’s presidency. What do you think?

  • Text your say: Diplomatic tensions

  • Your letters: We have no right to show outrage

    I am Australian and I must apologize for those we have in charge of our country. I am a voter, so must share the blame with all of my countrymen.

  • Your letters: Myths related to capital punishment

    There are some issues and laws that are acceptable to all citizens of the nation without much resistance, but few are always a subject of debate among the common masses.

  • Your letters: Uniting against violent criminals

    Motorcycle theft has become a violent criminal trend in Greater Jakarta and Cilegon, Banten, over the past month. Most of the victims were driving alone at night.

  • Ocean energy power-generation facilities — what exactly are they?

    Tidal-stream arrays are a bit like offshore wind farms but underwater. They consist of turbines, energy-capture mechanisms and generator/power take-offs, foundations or support structures/moorings, methods of seabed attachment for maintaining the turbines in the required positions within the water column, electrical systems, inter-array power cables, connectors, export-power transmission cables, transformers and switch gear.

  • Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot dead

    Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic former deputy prime minister turned Russian opposition leader, was shot and killed in Moscow Saturday, officials said.

  • Eliminate violence from our classrooms

    To most of us, the belief that our children should have to worry about violence at school is unthinkable. Parents should be able to trust that their kids’ schools are safe, and that an environment of learning should be devoid of violence.

  • End harassment, one ‘angkot’ at a time

    She might not wear a T-shirt with a Venus symbol, or even understand what feminism is. But an outspoken, middle-aged woman in a public minivan in South Jakarta certainly did her part in addressing violence against women this month.

  • Tributes pour in for Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr Spock

    President Barack Obama joined Leonard Nimoy's co-stars from "Star Trek" to bid adieu to the actor who died Friday aged 83 after making his name as "Mr Spock."

  • Parents must reclaim authority in education

    In the third month since his appointment as Culture and Elementary and Secondary Education Minister, Anies Baswedan raised the alarm over a serious crisis in our education system, indicated by a significant increase in violence at schools.

  • Hong Kong’s justice

    Hong Kong District Court judge Amanda Woodcock sentenced Law Wan-tung on Friday to six years in prison for brutally torturing her Indonesian housemaid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih. “Finally justice is delivered,” Erwiana commented after the verdict.