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  • RI to host regional interior design event

    Interior designers from all over the Asia Pacific region are scheduled to meet in Yogyakarta and Surakarta on Sept. 15-19 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Asia Pacific Space Designer Alliance (APSDA).  

  • Lukman resigns as lawmaker to focus on Religion Ministry

    Despite the current Cabinet term set to end on Oct. 20, Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin has decided to resign as a lawmaker for the 2014-2019 period, citing responsibility over the organization of the haj as his sole reason.

  • KPK hints that Jero Wacik could be implicated for graft

    Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Abraham Samad has hinted that the commission had found sufficient evidence to implicate Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik in several extortion cases.  

  • Grass roots want PPP to join Jokowi-Kalla

    United Development Party (PPP) secretary-general M. Romahurmuziy confirmed on Tuesday that the party’s regional membership had appealed for the party to leave the Red and White Coalition, which supported losing ticket Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa in July's presidential election, and join the camp of president- and vice president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Jusuf Kalla.  

  • Indonesia to raise illegal spying issue at global Internet forum

    Communication and Information Technology Minister Tifatul Sembiring is scheduled to represent Indonesia at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey, next month, where he will raise the issue of illegal Internet surveillance.     

  • Rupiah slips to 11,745 per dollar Tuesday afternoon

    Rupiah interbank trade in Jakarta on Tuesday afternoon depreciated by 52 basis points to Rp 11,745 per US dollar. 

  • S’pore, RI to sign 'monumental' agreement on sea borders

    The Indonesian and Singaporean governments are scheduled to sign a new agreement delineating their sea borders during a visit by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to Singapore from Tuesday toThursday, a presidential spokesman has said.

  • Chinese investors to build smelters in Sulawesi

     Chinese investors are set to develop manganese and nickel ore smelters in Buton regency, Southeast Sulawesi. 

  • Political unrest

    Pakistani supporters of cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan and Canadian cleric Tahir ul Qadri try to remove a container during an anti-government protest near the parliament building in Islamabad on Tuesday. Khan and Qadri supporters have been protesting in the capital since August 15 to try to oust Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged election fraud, triggering a crisis that has raised the spectre of military intervention in a country ruled for half its history by the army. (AFP/Asif Hassan)

  • Royal ceremony

    The Bate Salapang customary council conducts the coronation ceremony of Gowa’s 37th king, I Kumala Idjo Daeng Sila Karaengta Lembang Parang (third from right), at the Balla Lompoa Gowa Museum in Gowa regency, South Sulawesi on Tuesday. Kumala is the youngest son of Gowa’s 36th king, Andi Idjo Karaeng Lalolang. (Antara/Dewi Fajriani)

  • Creating the Future of Sustainable Agriculture

    Sustainable agriculture is at the core of Fresh Grow International. It has been partnering with private and local farmers to support the country's food self-sufficiency.

  • On trial

    Drage Jake David of Australia, a defendant in a traffic accident case, attends his trial at the Cibadak District Court in Pelabuhan Ratu, Sukabumi, West Java, on Tuesday. Drag Jake David has been charged with negligence resulting in the death of one resident of Pelabuhan Ratu. (Antara)

  • Hatta admits 'secret' meeting with Jokowi, denies political negotiations

    Former vice presidential candidate and National Mandate Party (PAN) chairman Hatta Rajasa admitted that he had met with president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, but denied that any political negotiations had taken place.  

  • SBY encourages Indonesian media outlets to go ‘global’

    President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that he expects Indonesia will soon have world-standard media outlets that can compete head-on with other global broadcasters like CNN, the BBC and Al Jazeera, which have become leaders in the broadcast-news industry.

  • JCI surpasses 5,200, rising by 0.46% at Tuesday's close

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) rose 0.46 percent in Tuesday's final trading session to close the day at 5,201.58.

  • Jokowi’s transition team discusses presidential, VP division of labor with Boediono

    The transition team of president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will formulate a plan to strengthen the presidential institution. 

  • Group accuses extremists of war crimes in Iraq

    An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of carrying out a systematic campaign of "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq that includes mass killings, abductions and other war crimes.

  • JCI rises 0.28% at noon

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) stayed on a positive note in Tuesday's midday trading session, rising by 0.28 percent to 5,192.06. 

  • Water crisis

    Iraqi people take water from a humanitarian aid convoy in Amerli on Monday after Iraqi forces broke through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town the previous day, where thousands of people have been trapped for more than two months with dwindling food and water supplies. The mainly Shiite Turkmen residents of the town in Salaheddin province were running desperately short of food and water, and were in danger both because of their Shiite faith, which jihadists consider heresy, and their resistance to the militants, which has drawn harsh retribution elsewhere. (AFP/JM Lopez)

  • Focus

    Ekaterina Makarova, of Russia, returns a shot against Eugenie Bouchard, of Canada, during the fourth round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, on Monday in New York. Makarova won 7-6 (2), 6-4. (AP/John Minchillo)

  • Firebombs

    National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) director Virgilio Mendez shows to reporters homemade incendiary devices that were seized from a group who call themselves as USAFE at the NBI headquarters in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday. Philippine authorities said that they arrested three men linked to a group that had planned to set off firebombs at Manila’s international airport and a major shopping mall in the city to protest the government’s alleged soft stance in its territorial dispute with China. (AP/Aaron Favila)

  • 3 Chinese inmates kill guard, break out of jail

    Three inmates, including one sentenced to death, escaped in a rare jailbreak in China's northeast after killing a guard early Tuesday morning, state media reported.

  • Rising domestic tourism driving economic growth: Minister

    Increased number of domestic tourists in the first half of 2014 has driven the Indonesian tourist sector’s growth closer to its end of year target, a minister has said.

  • Comments: Bad loans in mining almost triple

    The fallout from a sustained decline in commodity prices and the government’s recent ban on raw mineral ore exports have caused non-performing loans (NPLs) in the mining sector to jump almost twofold in the first half of the year.

  • Comments: Rival camp may forge opposition

    President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s camp continued on Monday to solicit support from members of Prabowo Subianto’s Red-and-White Coalition ahead of [Jokowi’s] inauguration in October.

  • Comments: Underage factory worker raped by boss

    A 12-year-old girl filed a police report with the Tangerang Police, Banten, on Friday evening against her boss, identified only by the initials AT, at a shoe factory in Tangerang for allegedly raping her at the factory on July 9.

  • Issue of the day: Why Indonesia should legalize abortion

    The government has issued a new regulation on abortion, Regulation No. 61/2014, based on the 2009 Health Law. In terms of content, the new regulation on abortion contains no new policy. Abortion in Indonesia remains prohibited in most cases, unless the mother’s life is in danger or in the case of rape. (By Shela Putri Sundawa, Jakarta)

  • Text your say: Fuel subsidy cut

    Your comments on president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to cut the fuel subsidy soon after he is officially inaugurated as president after President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono refused to implement the unpopular policy.

  • Your letters: The background of Baha’i

    The article by Pradipa P. Rasidi is most interesting. As a religion, Baha’i fulfills two requirements: a prophet and a sacred book.

  • Your letters: Florence, Jafar and double standards

    Florence Sihombing was arrested by police last Saturday and I can’t stop asking why. Let’s say Florence’s statement was considered detrimental by some people.

  • Your letters: Jokowi may be Papua’s hope

    Since its foundation as a modern state in the 1940s, Indonesia has been plagued by a series of conflicts that have threatened the dream of a united republic, inflicted human rights violations and poisoned perceptions of the country, not least in Australia.

  • Rupiah weakens to 11,695 per dollar Tuesday morning

    The rupiah interbank trade rate weakened marginally by only two basis points to Rp 11,695 per US dollar in Jakarta on Tuesday morning.  

  • JCI climbs 0.32% in morning session

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) opened on a positive note in Tuesday's first trading session, climbing by 0.32 percent to 5,194.

  • Semarang records highest number of HIV/AIDS cases in C. Java

    The Semarang region is home to 3,130 people living with HIV/AIDS, the highest concentration of people with the disease in Central Java, which is home to 4,472 cases.

  • Discourse: ‘Reopening wounds gives a better chance of being healed’: Tutu

    The next Indonesian government under president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is facing demands to continue investigations into unresolved human rights cases, for which South Africa’s experience has often become a point of reference. Recently retired archbishop Desmond Tutu, now a social activist, was in Bali on his way to Honolulu. Contributor Rio Helmi interviewed him for The Jakarta Post. The following are excerpts.

  • Daniel Alexander’s gift of giving

    This question was in Daniel Alexander’s mind when he traversed the great Mahakam River in East Kalimantan many years ago.

  • City to tow illegally parked vehicles

    The Transportation Agency will implement a new towing system starting next Monday to prevent illegal parking.

  • Clusters of Salvador Dali

    In the southern sea of Gorontalo, Salvador Dali awaits. Not the prominent Spanish surrealist painter, but clusters of sponges endemic to the Tomini Gulf.

  • High school bullies and victim to face mediation

    In the wake of a recent group-bullying case involving a female student at the SMA 9 Ciputat state senior high school in South Tangerang, Banten, the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) said that it agreed with the South Jakarta Police’s decision to use mediation to resolve the case as long as the case will not be ignored.

  • Funding for ambitious city sewage system still unclear

    Although city-owned sewage company PD PAL Jaya was scheduled to conduct the ground breaking of the first of 14 zones for Jakarta’s sewage system, funding for the project remains unclear.

  • Victims’ parents point to JIS cover-up

    The parents of the three kindergarten students who were allegedly sexually assaulted at the Jakarta International School (JIS) have accused the school of covering up systematic child sexual abuse on its premises.

  • Careful Cabinet reform

    Vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla (JK) desires to keep the current structure of the cabinet as it is. I agree. When reform of something is very important the first rule is not to jump in and change it without carefully studying the risks and assigning the responsibilities.

  • Save the pilgrims, save the world

    For those who have waited years to go to Mecca, the wait is almost over. As of Sept. 1, almost 170,000 Indonesians will head to Saudi Arabia to carry out one of their obligations as Muslims.

  • Why Jokowi must repeal ITE Law

    At first, it was just another ludicrous Internet story. A woman vented her resentment on social media and unwittingly infuriated an entire population of a centuries-old sultanate. She was harshly bullied and later apologized.

  • Guess what?: Tya celebrates wedding in Bandung

    JAKARTA: Actress and TV presenter Tya Ariestya held her wedding reception on Saturday in the West Java capital, Bandung.

  • Editorial: Siblings in crime

    As widely expected, the Jakarta Corruption Court convicted on Monday suspended Banten governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah of graft. Not only will she stay longer behind bars, having already been detained since last December, but she will also definitely lose her gubernatorial post, as stipulated by the 2004 Regional Administration Law.

  • Capturing Gorontalo’s rich biodiversity on camera

    Hunting is Idham Ali’s passion. In his spare time he prepares his gear and wakes up very early before heading off in his car to a forest or other hunting ground.

  • Indonesian haj pilgrims begin to depart for Saudi Arabia

    Suwarni, a haj pilgrim from Surakarta, Central Java, said she was not concerned about the Ebola virus, MERS virus or even the expected extreme heat of Saudi Arabia.

  • Court suspends Abdul Kholiq’s detention

    The Sleman District Court has granted a suspension of detention request made by the defense team of Abdul Kholiq, an Islamic boarding school (pesantren) caretaker who was accused of religious-based violence in Sleman, Yogyakarta.

  • RI export falls by 7.99% in July: BPS

    The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) has recorded that Indonesia’s exports amounted to US$14,178.2 million in July, down by 7.99 percent from $15,409.5 million in the previous month.

  • Police detain Batam civil servant with fat bank account

    The National Police have quietly apprehended Niwen Khairani, a fourth-echelon employee in the Batam administration who, according to the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK), had a bank account in her name worth Rp 1.3 trillion (US$111 million).

  • Muhaimin elected PKB chairman for third term

    Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar is on his way to becoming one of the country’s longest-serving political party chairpersons after the National Awakening Party’s (PKB) national congress unanimously agreed on Monday to appoint him as party chairman until 2019.

  • Busyro drops retirement plan, reapplies for KPK post

    Outgoing Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) commissioner Busyro Muqoddas announced on Monday that he would reapply for the same job on the anti-graft body, a move that many said could thwart the government’s alleged plan to influence the commission.

  • After 10 years, Munir murder unresolved

    Rights activists and family members of slain rights campaigner Munir Said Thalib will use the 10th anniversary of his murder to build momentum in demanding president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo take action to finally resolve the case.

  • Airport operator head named graft suspect

    The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has declared the president director of state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I), Tommy Soetomo, a suspect in a corruption case regarding the procurement of five fire trucks worth Rp 63 billion (US$5.41 million).

  • Waskita sets up subsidiary to strengthen toll road business

    In a bid to strengthen its toll road business, state-run construction company PT Waskita Karya announced on Monday that it had established a subsidiary to deal with the Legundi-Krian toll road project in East Java.

  • Rajawali acquires BW Plantation through purchase of BVI firms

    Palm-oil company PT BW Plantation announced on Monday that Rajawali Corpora now owns 21.55 percent of the company following the latter’s purchase of two British Virgin Islands firms that own the stake.

  • Riau governor tiptoeing around more trouble

    Since assuming office in February, Riau Governor Annas Maamun, 74, has had a controversial start to his term.  

  • Yogyakarta Police agree to release Florence

    The Yogyakarta Police have granted a request to be released from custody filed by Florence Sihombing, 26, a Gadjah Mada University (UGM) graduate law student who was detained because of comments she made on social media that were considered insulting and which sparked anger among some Yogyakarta residents.

  • Nabbed police officers linked to int’l drug ring

    Two members of the West Kalimantan Police detained by the Royal Malaysian Police in Kuching, Sarawak, East Malaysia, on Aug. 29 are believed to be involved in an international drug syndicate, an official has said.

  • Police arrest tap-water stealers

    The Jakarta Police arrested 15 people on Monday for allegedly stealing and reselling water from private water operator PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (Palyja) over the past seven years in several areas of North Jakarta.

  • Govt on course to reach 9.5 million foreign visitors

    With the arrival of foreign tourists showing year-on-year (y-o-y) growth in the January-July period, the government is confident about achieving its full target for 2014.

  • Life insurers book positive results despite slow economy

    Life insurance companies managed to book more than 10 percent growth in total revenue in the first half of the year, despite a decrease in premiums revenue due to unfavorable economic and political conditions.

  • Trade surplus, low inflation ring alarm bells

    While the latest indicators show that inflation is falling and the trade balance posted a surprising surplus, the positive data could conceal underlying problems facing the Indonesian economy.

  • Four-year sentence for Banten governor condemned

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) blasted the Jakarta Corruption Court on Monday for handing down a “lenient” four-year prison term to suspended Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah. Prosecutors had been demanding a 10-year sentence.

  • RI manufacturing activity contracts for first time in a year

    A leading pointer of Indonesia’s manufacturing strength fell for the first time in 12 months in a sign that once-resilient local businesses are beginning to feel the pinch of lower external demand and a slowdown in the domestic economy.

  • RI, S’pore agree on borders

    Indonesia and Singapore have agreed to seal a final deal on sea borders, in a highly lauded move that could lead to better relations between the two neighbors.

  • Jokowi seeks more loans from Japan

    President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo met with former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda on Monday, and expressed his interest in receiving further loans from Japan for infrastructure projects.

  • Trade balance posts surplus following slowdown in imports

    Indonesia’s trade balance tilted back into positive territory again in July after pressure from soaring imports was eased by slower production activities as the world’s largest Muslim-majority country observed Ramadhan and Idul Fitri.

  • An unusual suspect

    An unusual suspect Antara/Regina Safri Politician Setyo Wibowo (center), also known as Bowo Gaplek, was among Yogyakarta Provincial Legislative Councilors sworn in on Monday. Setyo’s inauguration raised eyebrows because he has been named a suspect in a fraud case. He attended the ceremony under tight police escort.  

  • First batch

      First batch Antara/Sahrul Manda Tikupadang Haj pilgrims board a plane at the Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Monday. At least 455 pilgrims from Makassar and nearby areas left for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia that day. This year’s haj is threatened by the deadly Ebola virus and the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-COV). » Story p5  

  • Taste of Indonesia

    Indonesian Ambassador to North Korea Nasri Gustaman (center) takes to the stage during a reception celebrating the 69th anniversary of Indonesian independence on Aug. 17 at the embassy in Pyongyang. Some 130 people including high-ranking North Korean officials attended the reception, which involved Indonesian music and food.

  • Camping trip

    The committee of the Dieng Culture Festival in Dieng Plateau, Banjarnegara, Central Java, provided a number of tents for visitors unable to secure rooms in the nearby homestays and motels. Tourists flocked to the area for the festival, despite temperatures below five degrees Celcius last weekend.

  • Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades

    Europe's economic recovery is in danger. Governments are under pressure to save it, but struggling with political obstacles and disagreement among themselves over what to do.

  • Obama: 'Revving' economy calls for higher wages

    President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the U.S. minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections.

  • Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

    North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

  • Family worries about detained missionary's health

    The sister of an American missionary held for nearly two years in North Korea said Monday that she is worried about the health and well-being of Kenneth Bae, who's isolated in a labor camp and suffers from severe back pain.

  • Civil disobedience expected in fast-food pay fight

    McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers.

  • Man United signs Falcao loan with option to buy

    Manchester United signed Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco early Tuesday in a coup by the struggling club on the final day of the summer transfer window.

  • Murray beats Tsonga in 3 long sets at US Open

    An hour-and-a-half into his stay at the U.S. Open, Andy Murray had to wonder whether it would end quickly.

  • Hernandez joins Madrid, Valencia gets Negredo

    Real Madrid signed Javier Hernandez and Valencia acquired Alvaro Negredo on the final day of the transfer market in Spain, with both strikers arriving on loan deals with purchase options Monday.

  • Push the button

    Coordinating Economic Minister Chairul Tanjung (third from right), Public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto (fourth from right) and West Sumatra Governor Irwan Prayitno (second from right) press a siren button as Agriculture Minister Suswono (right) and Deputy Public Works Minister Hermanto Dardak (left) look at the development of the Padang Bypass Road that kicked off on Monday. The ceremony also marked the inauguration of several infrastructure projects in West Sumatra, Riau and Jambi, including the Pariaman Beach Security project and the Pasar Usang Bridge in West Sumatra; the Rakit Gadang Bridge, the Pematang Reba–Siberide–Jambi Road as well as the Pekanbaru–Kandis–Duri–Dumai Road in Riau; and the Eastern Ring Road in Jambi.  

  • Old friends

    Vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla meets with former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda, accompanied by senior Golkar Party politician Ginandjar Kartasasmita, at the Dharmawangsa Hotel in Jakarta on Monday. Fukuda’s visit was intended to directly congratulate Kalla on his re-appointment as Indonesia’s vice president and to discuss investment between Japan and Indonesia.  

  • E-partnership

    Indonesian Central Securities Depository (KSEI) president director Heri Sunaryadi (left) and Bank Mandiri director for treasury, financial institutions and special asset management Royke Tumilaar (right), witnessed by Financial Services Authority (OJK) chairwoman Nurhaida (center), show their signatures on a cooperation on the co-branding of AKSes facilities, in Jakarta on Monday. Through the partnership, investors will be able to use Bank Mandiri’s e-channel network to access AKSes facilities and to check their balances at KSEI.  

  • Japan urges toilet paper stock for major quake

    On national disaster prevention day, Japan’s government is urging people to stock up on toilet paper, because more than 40 percent of the nation’s supply comes from a high-risk earthquake zone.

  • Tripoli under militia control

    Libya’s toothless outgoing government admitted Monday from its safe refuge in the east of the country that it has in effect lost control of Tripoli to armed militias.