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  • Rahung Nasution: Democratizing the indonesian palate

    For chef Rahung Nasution, cooking and culinary arts can open doors and give insight into the history and journey of a society.

  • Guess what?: Cici Panda’s voice goes Hollywood

    Presenter and radio announcer Cici Panda says that she is very happy to have been chosen as one of the voices for the Indonesian cable version of Hollywood animation movie Despicable Me 2, to be broadcast by HBO on July 28.

  • Turen’s majestic ‘pesantren’

    Turen — about 25 kilometers south of Malang, East Java — hosts a pesantren (Islamic boarding school) that is home to a magnificent building called the “grand palace of southern Malang”.

  • Total sees slower H2 output after satisfying H1

    After higher-than-expected oil and gas output in the first half (H1) of this year, Total E&P Indonesie, the local unit of the French oil giant, forecast slower production in the remaining six months of the year.

  • Inalum profits soar after becoming state-owned

    State-owned aluminum producer PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminum (Inalum) has reported 179 percent growth in profit since being classified a state-owned enterprise (SOE) in December 2013.

  • BTPN books lower net profits in first half

    Private lender Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Nasional (BTPN) booked 15 percent credit growth in the first semester of this year, but its net profits dropped amid the tight liquidity environment and against the backdrop of the country’s trade deficit issues and slower economic growth.

  • Smartphones portable and usable for many purposes

    As the name implies, smartphones are very useful these days. Besides phone calls, people can now do many things with their gadgets, either for work or just killing time.

  • JORR W2 North opens, pressure on inner city road expected to ease

    The Public Works Ministry has inaugurated the last section of the Jakarta Outer Ring Road (JORR)W2 North, connecting Ciledug and Ulujami in West Jakarta, providing greater access to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten.

  • Electronics industry may soon abandon Batam

    The electronics manufacturing industry in Batam will be on the verge of a collapse in the next few years due to uncontrollable wage increases, an analyst has warned.

  • Foreign net buy of stocks soars during election year

    Foreign demand for publicly listed stocks went up astonishingly in the first half of the year, spurring growth in the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), which has gained 20 percent so far this year to become one of the best performers in the region.

  • 500 Kopassus personnel deployed to provide security during election announcement

    The Army's Special Forces (Kopassus) is set to deploy 500 personnel to maintain security in Jakarta during the presidential election result announcement on Tuesday.

  • Rupiah strengthens to 11,533 per dollar on Tuesday morning

    The rupiah appreciated on Tuesday morning by 0.3 percent to 11,533 per US dollar, up from its previous level of 11,572 per dollar the day before.

  • JCI fluctuates ahead of KPU result announcement

    Just hours before the General Elections Commission (KPU) is due to announce the final results of the presidential election, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) has been fluctuating Tuesday morning.

  • Comments: Why Asia-Europe relations matter?

    Hopes are high that the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting — or ASEM summit — to be held in Milan on Oct. 16-17 will confirm the credibility and relevance of Asia-Europe relations in the 21st century. (By Shada Islam, Inter Press Service)

  • KPU to announce final election result Tuesday afternoon

    The General Elections Commission (KPU) is scheduled to announce the final results of the 2014 presidential election this afternoon (Tuesday) at 4 p.m.

  • Comments: SBY calls for responsible end to election

    President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has urged all those concerned, especially the presidential and vice presidential candidates and election organizers, to conclude the 2014 presidential election responsibly.

  • Issue of the day: Missile may not have identified jet

    If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they did not have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday.

  • Text your say: Century verdict

    Your comments on the verdict against former Bank Indonesia (BI) deputy governor Budi Mulya, who was found guilty of graft in his involvement with the controversial Bank Century bailout in 2008, the decision for which was made with others, including Vice President Boediono:

  • Your letters: Stopping overseas medical treatment

    This refers to an article titled “No more overseas medical treatment, says SBY”, (The Jakarta Post, July 14).

  • Your letters: Another step for the worse

    Australia’s Attorney General George Brandis has introduced the national security legislation amendment bill 2014 into Parliament to give the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) more powers to invade your privacy and to prevent whistle-blowers from doing what Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden have done in the United States.

  • Your letters: Malaysia Airlines plane shot down

    I extend my sincerest condolences to the relatives of those who perished in the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, which has been blamed on Ukrainian separatists.

  • Your letters: The giant reclamation

    As a regular subscriber to The Jakarta Post and occasional contributor to Readers’ Forum, I feel honor-bound to comment on the editorial on the giant reclamation project published on Saturday, July 19.

  • Students, teachers defend JIS suspects

    Friends of the two Jakarta International School (JIS) employees who were named suspects in the case of the sexual assault of three kindergarten pupils spoke to reporters on Monday in an attempt to help clear their names.

  • With e-ticketing, feeders no longer free

    With the upcoming implementation of e-ticketing for Transjakarta buses in August, passengers who take feeder or integrated bus services will have to pay additional fares.

  • City urged to fix utility ducts following gas leak

    Stakeholders have urged the Jakarta administration to immediately tidy up the disorganized network of underground utility ducts in the capital following a recent explosion in a gas pipe belonging to state-owned gas distributor PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN).

  • Police look to end Sitok investigation

    The Jakarta Police said Monday that the rape allegations from a University of Indonesia (UI) student implicating noted poet Sitok Srengenge would be dropped due to a lack of evidence.

  • Arguing for Indonesian basic income

    Academics, policymakers, political representatives, NGOs and interested global citizens met recently in Montreal, Canada to attend the 15th International Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Congress. They were hosted by the Réseau Canadien pour le revenue garanti in partnership with the McGill Faculty of Law.

  • The European Union and ASEAN: Natural partners

    Indonesia and several of its ASEAN partners have made impressive democratic and economic progress over the last decade or so. ASEAN is today an important player as regards political stability, including in the South China Sea. The European Union supports ASEAN in the twin challenge of integrating the region’s economies and addressing security questions. On July 23, foreign ministers from 28 EU and 10 ASEAN member states will gather in Brussels to discuss how the EU-ASEAN partnership can best deliver on these issues.

  • One fundamental reason why conflict is unlikely

    There is no doubt that Prabowo Subianto is not Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, and vice versa. But in order to gain a good perspective, we need to look at the specifics of each of these two major figures.

  • Second-half Indonesian economic outlook (Part 1 of 2)

    During the first half of 2014, the Indonesian economy continued to be under pressure both from global as well as domestic fronts. From the global economy there was overhang of US Federal Reserve quantitative easing (QE) and the slowdown in China. On the domestic side the main issues were the structural current-account deficit and the costly fuel subsidy.

  • Editorial: Regaining economic stride

    The World Bank’s (WB) second quarter (Q2) report on the Indonesian economy, released on the eve of the General Elections Commission’s (KPU) announcement of the official results of the presidential election, again focuses on the challenges of economic management for the new government.

  • Riau sees yet more hotspots

    The presence of hotspots indicating spreading forest and peatland fires has caused increased concern in Sumatra.

  • PMI taking donations for baby with rare disease

    The Surakarta chapter of the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), in cooperation with Surakarta’s city-owned Moewardi hospital, has taken the initiative to support one-year-old Calista Ramadani, who was diagnosed with Alagille syndrome.

  • Riau sees yet more hotspots

    The presence of hotspots indicating spreading forest and peatland fires has caused increased concern in Sumatra.

  • Damaged Comal Bridge creating frustration among holidaymakers

    The temporary closure of Central Java’s Comal Bridge in Pemalang has frustrated those taking part in the annual Idul Fitri exodus, who have begun to cram roads leading to various cities across the province.

  • PPP politician claims she, not Suryadharma, paid for haj trip

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Monday questioned United Development Party (PPP) politician Reni Marlinawati in its investigation into alleged irregularities surrounding the 2012-2013 haj program at the PPP-led Religious Affairs Ministry.

  • Farmers thank KPK for arresting Karawang regent

    Dozens of farmers thronged the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters in Jakarta on Monday to thank the antigraft body for the arrest of Karawang Regent Ade Swara, which they said had shed light on dirty practices carried out by land gangs in the region.

  • SBY dismisses army chief of staff

    President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has dismissed Indonesian Army’s chief of staff Gen. Budiman, earlier than his scheduled retirement in September.

  • New govt told to educate teens on risks of early nuptials

    The National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN) has recommended that the incoming government provide compulsory education to dissuade early marriages.

  • Indonesian civil society group wins Red Ribbon Award

    The Indonesian civil society group, Persaudaraan Korban Napza Indonesia (PKNI), or the Brotherhood for Indonesian Drugs Users, has won a prestigious Red Ribbon Award for its extraordinary commitment to promote advocacy and basic human rights for people who use drugs in Indonesia.

  • ‘Pecalang’, paramedics to help travelers

    Thousands of police and military personnel are on standby to help Muslim travelers across the country on their way to meet families in their hometowns for the upcoming Idul Fitri celebration.

  • Prabowo camp divided over plan to contest poll result

    Members of the Red and White Coalition supporting the Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa presidential ticket have voiced their objection to the camp’s plan to challenge the final election result at the Constitutional Court, a move that analysts have seen as a gambit by the members to join the camp of front-runner Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

  • Indonesia awaits new president

    Despite complaints from the Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa presidential candidate ticket, the General Elections Commission (KPU) has invited the pair, along with front-runner Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and running mate Jusuf Kalla, to attend the announcement of the 2014 presidential election result today.

  • Poverty alleviation a tough job for next president: World Bank

    Indonesia’s next president might face difficulties in efforts to liberate more people from poverty, with the country’s economic slowdown possibly further widening the gap between the poor and the rich, the World Bank says.

  • ‘Mudik’ has begun as capital prepares for exodus

    Millions are packing their bags for the often long and grueling trek across Indonesia to spend Idul Fitri with their families.

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Monday

    Stocks closed with slight losses on Monday as U.S. companies turned in mixed quarterly results and as tension mounts between Russia and the West over the downed passenger jet in Ukraine.

  • US stock slip to start the week; Six Flags sinks

    The stock market started the week with a slight loss on Monday as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings against mounting political turmoil.

  • APC named ‘Cup’, Menara ‘Plate’ champions

    Defending “Cup” champion APC United was too hot to handle, as it thrashed the WPP Wizards by 8 wickets to lift the “Cup” for the third straight year. Meanwhile in the “Plate” finals, Menara comfortably beat the Jakarta Barbarians by 4 wickets to lift the “Plate” on Sunday in Cibubur, East Jakarta.

  • IPC asks govt to allow dollar transactions

    State-owned port operator Pelindo II, also known as the Indonesia Port Corporation (IPC), has requested the coordinating economic minister to review its instruction obliging seaports to cease the use of US dollars in transactions with customers.

  • Govt preparing moves to challenge Newmont

    The Indonesian government has prepared moves and a firm challenge to push PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara to withdraw its international litigation against the country’s policy that bans mineral ore exports.

  • Jasa Marga to open new toll roads this year

    State-owned toll operator PT Jasa Marga will open new toll roads in East Java in the next four or five months, depending on the land acquisition process, an executive says.

  • Tebet residential area gutted by fire

    Densely populated residential areas in Menteng Dalam in Tebet, South Jakarta, saw a fire rip through the area on Monday morning.

  • Motorcyclist stabbed during ‘sahur’ clash

    A youth riding in a “Sahur on the road” motorcycle convoy, Dimmy Rachmandana, was stabbed by another motorcyclist on Jl. Menteng in Central Jakarta at 1:30 a.m.