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  • Sriwijaya Air to add more fights for Ceng Beng celebration

    Local carrier Sriwijaya Air will add additional flights to Pangkalpinang, the capital of Bangka-Belitung Islands province, in the lead-up to the Chinese ritual of Ceng Beng, where people pray at their family members’ graves as well as tidy them.

  • RI frees 24 Indonesians detained in Yemen

    The Indonesian Embassy in Yemen has rescued 24 Indonesians detained in turbulent Yemen and has provided them with shelter at the embassy, a diplomat said on Tuesday.

  • Catalonia nationalists plan 2017 secession from Spain

    Catalan nationalist parties and associations have signed a road map to secede from Spain in 2017 if independence movements win a September regional vote.

  • Coca Cola opens new facilities to boost production

    The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) inaugurated on Tuesday two new production lines located at its Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia plant in Cikedokan, Bekasi, West Java, to respond to challenges facing the soft drink market in Indonesia.

  • TNI ready to evacuate Indonesians from Yemen: Moeldoko

    Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. Moeldoko said he was still waiting for an order from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo via Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi to rescue Indonesian nationals entrapped in Yemen because of armed conflict in the country.

  • Behind bars

    Heather Mack of the US cradles her baby inside a holding cell at a court in Denpasar, Bali on Tuesday. Prosecutors have recommended a 15-year prison sentence for Mack for the murder of her mother, whose body was found stuffed into a suitcase. (AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

  • ConocoPhillips promises Rp 32t worth of investment to Jokowi

    US oil and gas giant ConocoPhillips has promised Rp 32 trillion (US$2.5 billion) worth of investment in Indonesia within the next three to four years to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, a minister has said.

  • S. Korea creates cyber-security post to counter North's threat

    Concerned by the growing threat of cyber-attacks from North Korea, South Korea's cabinet on Tuesday approved the creation of a new presidential post handling cyber-security.

  • Japan company makes tear-free onions

    The sobbing of a chef as he chops onions in the kitchen could be a thing of the past thanks to one Japanese company, which says it has produced a tear-free vegetable.

  • The sun also rises

    Fishermen catch fish off the coast of Indramayu in West Java on Tuesday. The Indonesian Traditional Fishermen Union is pushing the government to focus on a bill to protect and empower fishermen. (Dedhez Anggara)

  • No country for old men

    A Palestinian girl walks next to destroyed houses in the Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City on Monday. Despondent over the slow pace of post-war reconstruction, displaced Gazans have begun to return to their damaged homes, patching up structures with blankets and plastic sheets and living in unstable and unsafe structures while they wait for promised aid to arrive. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • Investigation

    A Transportation Safety Board investigator inspects an engine on Monday at the crash site of Air Canada AC624, which went down early Sunday during a snowstorm at Stanfield International Airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The Air Canada passenger plane landed so significantly short of the runway in Halifax that it hit a power line and knocked out power at the airport, the lead investigator said Monday. (AP/The Canadian Press, Andrew Vaughan)

  • Jubilation

    Maryland's Aja Ellison (center) and her teammates celebrate after winning a women's college basketball regional final game against Tennessee in the NCAA tournament, Monday, March 30, in Spokane, Washington, the US. Maryland won 58-48. (AP/Young Kwak)

  • Thai junta to replace martial law but retain key powers

    Thailand's junta chief said Tuesday he had asked the king for permission to lift martial law, after coming under pressure from foreign governments, but added that the military would retain sweeping powers.

  • Journalists held as Malaysian arrests mount

    Malaysian police detained a prominent publisher and a website editor on sedition charges Tuesday, the latest targets in a mounting tally of arrests that a senior opposition politician compared to an infamous 1987 political crackdown.

  • Make food safety a priority: WHO

    The World Health Organization’s (WHO) South-East Asia Regional office is calling upon countries, policy makers, farmers, food handlers, families and individuals to make food safety a priority as an estimated 700,000 children die of diarrhea every year in the region.

  • 'Heaviest' Arab raids rock Yemen capital

    Explosions lit up the sky above the Yemeni capital as Arab coalition warplanes pounded rebel positions in the heaviest raids yet of the six-day-old Saudi-led operation, witnesses said Tuesday.

  • Beijing rebuffs Taiwan's infrastructure bank application

    China signalled on Tuesday that Taiwan would not be allowed to join the Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which is seen as a counterweight to the Washington-based World Bank.

  • Myanmar government, rebel groups sign draft cease-fire deal

    Myanmar's government and 16 ethnic armed groups agreed Tuesday on the wording of a draft nationwide cease-fire agreement aimed at ending decades of civil unrest.

  • Tokyo ward 1st in Japan to recognize same sex marriage

    Fumino Sugiyama will finally be able to marry his girlfriend of four years. He couldn't before, because same sex marriages weren't recognized in Japan, and he is legally a woman.

  • 3D print technology providing 'robohand' to 7-year-old girl

    Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought she needed a left hand; after all, she couldn't remember losing hers when she was only 9 months old.

  • Death toll in Kashmir flood rises to 15

    Rescue workers pulled 15 bodies from two houses hit by a landslide triggered by three days of incessant rain and floods in Indian-controlled Kashmir, just six months after the worst floods in half a century devastated the Himalayan region.  

  • Differences persist on deadline day for Iran nuke talks

    Diplomats scrambled Tuesday to reach consensus on the outline of an Iran nuclear deal just hours ahead of a self-imposed deadline to produce an agreement.

  • Homes on western Pacific island destroyed in typhoon

    Some homes on a western Pacific Ocean island have been destroyed by typhoon-force winds, which were expected to bear down on a neighboring island in the Federated States of Micronesia.

  • Tsarnaev's lawyers try to show brother in charge of bombing

    Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev started their case by trying to show that his older brother was the driving force behind the 2013 terror attack.

  • Military chief in Poso to observe quick reaction force exercise

    Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. Moeldoko flew to Poso regency, Central Sulawesi, on Tuesday, to get a first-hand glimpse of a military exercise being conducted by the Quick Reaction Strike Force (PPRC).

  • We do not promote radicalism, say blocked Islamic sites

    The chief editors of seven blocked sites deemed to have promoted radicalism protested the blockage of their sites by the Communications and Information Ministry, saying that their sites have nothing to do radicalism.

  • Asian stocks gain on economic data, China stimulus hopes

    Asian stock markets climbed Tuesday, boosted by positive economic data from major economies and hopes for stimulus in China.

  • S'pore teen charged with 3 offences against Christianity and LKY

    A 16-year-old was charged in court on Tuesday with uploading online materials intending to wound the religious feelings of Christians and offensive remarks on Lee Kuan Yew.

  • The importance of media integrity

    As soon as I landed in London last Saturday, I picked up a copy each of two newspapers at the airport. One was the Daily Telegraph and the other was the Guardian. These two used to be my daily read until about five years ago, when I moved back to Malaysia.

  • Jakarta to deliberate draft budget with Home Ministry

    The Jakarta administration will deliberate its draft 2015 city budget with the Home Ministry soon.

  • Uncertainties ahead in the Taiwan presidency race

    Taiwan is slated to hold its next presidential election on January 16, 2016.

  • Rupiah strengthens to Rp 13,068 per dollar

    The rupiah interbank trade rate strengthened to Rp 13,068 per US dollar in Tuesday's first trading session from Rp 13,075 per dollar in previous trade.

  • Who are the real ulama?

    Ulama (plural for alim) is an Islamic term, which literally means “the men of know­ledge”.

  • Residents, activists protest Jokowi’s statement on steam-fueled power plant

    Batang residents and Greenpeace Indonesia activists on Monday protested a recent statement made by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in which he said obstacles hampering the construction of the Batang steam-fueled power plant (PLTU) had been overcome.  

  • JCI rises 1.01% to 5,494 on Tuesday morning

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) jumped 55.66 points or 1.01 percent to 5,494.52 in Tuesday’s first trading session.

  • Police: Jamaica boy, 12, killed by classmate at school

    Police say a 12-year-old boy was allegedly stabbed to death by a sixth-grade classmate at a Jamaican school.

  • Yap Island in western Pacific under typhoon warning

    A typhoon warning has been issued for Yap Island in the Federated States of Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean.

  • Comments on other issues: Minister in hot water for encouraging smoking

    With the Health Ministry stepping up efforts to reduce tobacco use in the country, Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa has drawn criticism for her decision to hand out cigarettes to leaders of the Orang Rimba, an indigenous community located in the Bukit Duabelas National Park in Jambi.

  • Putting it briefly: Barbarians, Tigers take weekend honors

    On the day that Australia and New Zealand battled it out in the ICC Cricket World Cup Final in Australia, thousands of miles away in Indonesia, Division One leaders Jakarta Barbarians and Menara CC seemed to be in a mighty rush to finish their game quickly and rush off to watch the closing stages of the big game on TV.

  • Guess what?: Nikita joyful after release

    Actress Nikita Mirzani seems to be very happy after she is released from the Pondok Bambu penitentiary in east Jakarta.

  • Guess what?: Former Element members open casting for new band

    Pop band Element members - Didi Riyadi, Ferdy Taher, Ibank, Fajar and Arya - decided to quit from performing and became producer back in 2014.

  • Of fading film and lost celluloid on National Film Day

    As documentation of the nation’s history, local films are falling short. Of the 3,000-or-so titles produced in the country, only a few are in good enough condition for public viewing.

  • Bernard T. Wahyu Wiryanta: In the wild, hunting without killing

    Only a few people are interested in wildlife photography, a profession requiring tough effort in the wild and fairly long and expensive preparations — and with a very low certainty of securing good pictures.

  • Cliffhanger in early returns from Nigeria presidential vote

    In a cliffhanger of an election, early returns Monday night from half the states showed Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari almost even. The U.S. and Britain warned of "disturbing indications" that the tally could be subject to political interference.

  • E-partnership

    PT Garuda Indonesia commercial director Handayani (right) exchanges symbols of agreement with Bank Central Asia (BCA) director Henry Koenaifi during the signing of a partnership agreement on Garuda ticket payment using credit cards and debit for e-commerce transactions at BCA Tower in Jakarta on Monday. The e-commerce partnership between Garuda and BCA is expected to ease ticket purchases for customers as they can simply go online to buy tickets, along with a number of promotions to be offered such as 0-percent installments for three to six months.

  • BMW plans to locally assemble favorite X5 model this year

    Germany’s premium automaker BMW plans to locally assemble the BMW X5, a variant of its popular sports utility vehicles (SUVs), from early April.

  • German co-pilot was once treated for suicidal tendencies

    How could someone once diagnosed with suicidal tendencies get a job as a commercial pilot, entrusted with the lives of hundreds of people? That's the question being asked after officials confirmed Monday that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz received lengthy psychotherapy before receiving his pilot's license.

  • From Century to Mutiara, now it’s Bank J Trust Indonesia

    A Bank Mutiara extraordinary shareholders meeting agreed on Monday to rename the private lender Bank J Trust Indonesia, following the lender’s acquisition by Japanese finance company J Trust last year.

  • Malaysia proposes tough laws to nip terror in the bud

    Faced with a growing threat of terrorism, Malaysia has proposed tough new laws that could give the authorities the power to jail would-be terrorists for up to 30 years. Those whom they want to monitor can be forced to wear electronic tags.

  • Bukit Asam targets 30% increase in sales

    State-run coal miner PT Bukit Asam (PTBA) is optimistic it can grow its sales volume to 33 percent this year supported by better rail transportation and seaports, the construction of which is slated to finish this year.

  • BTPN sees funding potentials from renewed program

    Private lender Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Nasional (BTPN) is confident it will be able to widen its customer base and to source fresh, cheap funds in the long run, supported by its revamped branchless banking program, its top executive has said.

  • Economy in brief: JCI rises to 5,438.65 at close

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) closed at 5,438.65 in the afternoon on Monday, increasing 0.77 percent or 41.80 points compared to the opening ahead of the monthly macroeconomic data announcement scheduled for April 1.

  • Economy in brief: March inflation to stand between 0.3-0.4%

    Bank Indonesia (BI) predicts that March’s inflation rate will hover within a range of 0.3 to 0.4 percent (month-to-month), or higher than the previously expected rate of between 0.27 and 0.3 percent.

  • Bamboo fence

    Workers arrange fencing made from bamboo in Bantul, Yogyakarta. The type of fence has been exported to Europe and Australia. One producer in Bantul, called CV Bamboo Indonesia, sends four container loads per month to both continents. One set of bamboo fencing is sold for US$10.

  • Local KFC brand holder sees profits dip as costs, salaries swell

    Ballooning expenses from rising operational costs and a minimum-wage hike has Indonesia’s Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) franchisee, PT Fast Food Indonesia (FAST), feeling the pinch.

  • Environmental efforts

    Workers stretch out a roll of plastic at the KTG Plastic Manufaktur factory in Malang, East Java, on Monday. The plastics factory is launching environmentally friendly plastic products in the hope of helping people to keep their homes and the environment clean and healthy.

  • 15 names proposed to fill top posts at energy ministry

    The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has proposed as many as 15 professionals to fill its top five positions and is currently waiting for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s approval.

  • Major developers report significant increase in total revenues

    Major publicly listed property developers continued to report positive results in their revenues last year despite a slowdown in the industry during the year.

  • After Germanwings: Do you trust your pilot?

    The mystery surrounding the Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 seems to have unravelled finally.

  • Pipeline polishing

    Two workers remove rusty paint from a gas pipeline and pipe supporter over the West Flood Canal in West Jakarta on Monday, in preparation for repainting. State-owned gas distributor PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) regularly maintains its facilities to ensure safety and cleanliness.

  • Sharia banks to benefit from trillions in ‘zakat’ funds

    Indonesia’s sharia banks expect to raise a large amount of inexpensive funds from Islamic charity foundations following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Bank Indonesia, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and several alms and zakat collecting bodies.

  • Transfer of Mahakam block to start next year

    The transfer process of the Mahakam gas block in East Kalimantan from current operators Total E&P Indonesie and Inpex to state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina will start in January next year, a year ahead of the termination of the existing contract.

  • From infrastructure to smelters, C. Sulawesi eyes Rp 20t projects

    The Central Sulawesi regional government aims to realize direct investments totaling Rp 20 trillion (US$1.53 billion) this year, driven by a number of projects ranging from infrastructure to smelters.

  • Photo Gallery: Setting course for change with maritime vocational schools

    Indonesia’s ties to the seas are meaningful, with seas accounting for about 70 percent of the nation’s total area.

  • Canada approves extension and expansion of IS mission

    Canada's Parliament has approved a one-year extension of military mission against the Islamic State group that includes airstrikes on targets in Syria.

  • Solar-powered plane lands in China on round-the-world flight

    A groundbreaking solar-powered plane has successfully flown from Myanmar to central China as part of an historic round-the-world journey.

  • Deconstruction

    Workers dismantle a pedestrian bridge over Jl. Jend. Sudirman in the early hours of Monday. The removal of the crossing was necessary to make way for mass rapid transit infrastructure.

  • Greater Jakarta: More subsidies for public transportation

    Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama plans to increase the public service obligation (PSO) allocation for public transportation to anticipate fluctuations in the price of fuel.

  • Greater Jakarta: Traffic cop denies making racial remark

    Chief Brig. Hariyanto of the West Jakarta Police Traffic Unit has been questioned by his supervisors at the Jakarta Police headquarters, after he was accused of racially abusing a man while on duty.

  • Greater Jakarta: Drug-using cop left out to dry

    An officer of the Gambir Police has been punished by his superiors, who tied him to a pole and left him under the scorching sun after he tried to evade arrest for allegedly using methamphetamine.

  • Greater Jakarta: Ahok slammed for naming cow ‘USB’

    Dozens of people calling themselves the Anti-Racist Residents (MARS) group staged a protest in front of City Hall on Monday, demanding that Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama publicly apologize for naming a cow “USB,” which Ahok said stood for “Untuk Sapi Betawi” or “For Betawi Cow”.

  • Iced drinks get cold shoulder after news

    With the recent discovery of a factory that distributed ice blocks made from E. coli-contaminated water in Jakarta, a number of people have expressed concern about buying iced drinks from street vendors.

  • Two named suspects in UPS graft case

    The National Police have named two officials from the Jakarta Education Agency graft suspects in the procurement of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) facilities for state schools in West and Central Jakarta.

  • Comments on other issues: Comedian Olga passes away in Singapore

    Yoga Syahputra, more popularly known as Olga Syahputra, passed away Friday in Singapore after a battle with meningitis, Antara news agency reported on Friday.

  • Thai junta chief may force safety reforms in aviation sector

    The head of Thailand's ruling junta may use extraordinary constitutional powers to expedite safety improvements in the aviation sector, which is facing international sanctions, the country's transport minister said Monday.

  • Issues of the day: Executions near as MA rejects petition

    Attorney General M. Prasetyo praised the Supreme Court’s (MA) decision to reject a second case review petition filed by Philippine national Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, adding that the decision helped clear the way for the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) to carry out a second batch ofexecutions.

  • Mexico double-transplant patient gets US humanitarian pass

  • Text your say: Hijab for female police officers

    Your comments on a decree issued by the National Police to officially allow female police officers to wear the Islamic headscarf, or hijab, with their uniforms:

  • Briton pleads guilty in NYC to trying to set up terror camp

    A mentally ill British man pleaded guilty Monday to U.S. charges he plotted to set up an al-Qaida training camp on a ranch in a remote part of Oregon that was likened to Afghanistan.

  • Analysis: Republicans in Congress claim action on governing

    Two important issues concerning how the government spends taxpayer money have made progress in the U.S. Congress, a break from years of legislative dysfunction and gridlock.

  • Your letters: Impact of the new visa policy

    This letter refers to an article titled “New visa policy to aid rupiah,” (The Jakarta Post, March 17, p1).

  • Your letters: From third-world thinking to first

    Singapore was the third country I had the privilege of visiting during my childhood. I visited in 1977.

  • Pakistan-born Fawad Ahmed named in Australian test squad

    Pakistan-born refugee Fawad Ahmed has been named in Australia's test squad for tours of the West Indies and England later this year after an impressive domestic first class season.

  • Your letters: Lee Kuan Yew and lessons for us

    The late Lee Kuan Yew was not just a leader, but the greatest leader Singapore has had. Lee will not just be remembered in Singapore’s history, but as someone who made Singapore’s history.

  • Obama: Politicians should carry themselves more like Kennedy

    U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that American politicians in an era of partisanship should try to carry themselves more like Edward M. Kennedy, as politicians from both parties lauded the late senator's collegial spirit at the dedication of an institute that bears his name.

  • US offer for global climate treaty: 28 percent emissions cut

    The United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House's plans.

  • Value our labor and rights as domestic workers

    Last month I was selected to speak at the UN to discuss the content of the sustainable development goals. As a child, I couldn’t dream of even visiting the UN. But nor did I dream that I would become a migrant domestic worker and suffer exploitation and abuse.

  • Venus Williams beats Wozniacki to reach Miami Open quarters

    Basking in her latest victory, a beaming Venus Williams stood near her changeover chair launching autographed balls into the stands, steering her shots with body English and applauding the fans who scrambled for the souvenirs.

  • Irvine Welsh, Joseph O'Neill up for comic-writing prize

    Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh and Irish-American author Joseph O'Neill are among the finalists for a comic-writing award whose prize includes a bottle of champagne and a pig.

  • Rubio to announce next campaign on April 13

    Sen. Marco Rubio said Monday that he is planning a political event in two weeks in Miami to announce his plans for the 2016 presidential election.

  • Marathon bombing jurors see carnage photos, prosecutors rest

    Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 terror attack.

  • US pharmacists' group discourages providing execution drugs

    The American Pharmacists Association on Monday adopted a policy that discourages its members from providing death-penalty drugs.

  • Pentagon chief backs concept of a joint Arab military force

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter is endorsing the Arab League's plan to form a joint military force.

  • Mexico applies new security measures for commercial flights

    Mexican officials have announced new measures that would prevent a pilot from being left alone in the cockpit in the wake of a German airliner's crash in France.

  • Hearing about Chinese drywall damage scheduled for April 28

    With a hearing scheduled to decide how much money thousands of people are owed for Chinese drywall damage to their homes, the manufacturer has made payments required to participate, including $3.2 million to seven homeowners.

  • Jay Z, Madonna, Minaj among owners of new streaming service

    Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a streaming service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video.

  • US consumer spending edges up 0.1 percent in February

    U.S. consumers spent just slightly more in February even though their income rose by a healthy amount. But economists hope bigger paychecks will give spending a bigger boost in the coming months.