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  • RI offers weaponry, uniforms to Cambodia

    President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo suggested on Tuesday that Cambodia procure weaponry and uniforms from Indonesia as part of cooperation between the two countries.

  • First Lady launches early detection program for cancer

    First Lady Iriana launched on Tuesday a national program to promote public participation in early cancer detection to help reduce fatalities from the disease.

  • Saudi ambassador summoned over bombing at Indonesian embassy

    Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi summoned Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Indonesia Syeikh Mustafa Ibrahim Al-Mubarrak on Tuesday over the bombing of an ammunition warehouse that damaged the Indonesian Embassy in Sana’a and injured diplomatic staff and an Indonesian citizen who were in the embassy during the incident.

  • Govt to levy taxes on gemstones

    The government plans to levy taxes on gemstones to ease their fluctuating prices as well as to boost state revenues.

  • Govt to prioritize 7 rights abuse cases

    The government has said that seven cases will take priority in its resolution of human rights abuses that have been left unresolved.

  • RON 90 fuel introduction "untimely" due to faltering economy and unfocused ministers: DPR deputy speaker

    House of Representatives (DPR) deputy speaker Agus Hermanto commented that it is not the right time for the government to replace the low-specification Premium gasoline with registered octane number (RON) 90 fuel due to the various economic effects that it will trigger.

  • Wine in spotlight at Australian culinary exhibition

    The Australian Embassy introduced on Tuesday its premium food and beverage products to Indonesia through the Australian Culinary Trails which will be held for the second time this year from April 21 to 26 at the Grand Indonesia Mall in Central Jakarta.

  • Govt team to probe unresolved gross rights abuses

    The government has said that it will set up a special team to settle unresolved gross human rights abuses.

  • Venezuelan vice president arrives in Jakarta

    Venezuelan Vice President Jorge Arreaza arrived at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta on Tuesday afternoon to attend the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference.

  • Guilty

    Heather Mack of the US holds her baby inside a holding cell before attending court in Denpasar, Bali on Tuesday. Mack was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment for assisting in the brutal murder of her mother, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase outside a luxury hotel in Nusa Dua, Bali. (AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

  • US couple sentenced for murder in Bali

    The Denpasar District Court sentenced on Tuesday US citizens Tommy Schaefer and partner Heather Lois Mack to 18 years and 10 years in prison, respectively, for killing Mack’s mother.

  • Terrorist suspect arrested in Wajo

    The National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad arrested a terrorist suspect in Bulutironge, a village in Pitumpanua Siwa district, Wajo regency, South Sulawesi, on Tuesday.

  • More hot spots detected in Riau

    Entering the dry season, the temperature has risen in the past few days in Riau and more fires have been detected in the equatorial province.

  • Govt will waste time with poor cabinet: Fadli

    House of Representatives (DPR) deputy speaker Fadli Zon comments that the president must act on his cabinet is not presenting the right results according to the government roadmap.

  • House plenary endorses Erwin as new BI deputy governor

    The House of Representatives' plenary session endorsed on Tuesday Erwin Rijanto as the new Bank Indonesia (BI) deputy governor overseeing financial system stability.

  • Pertalite use will trigger commodity price hike: Expert

    An economist from the Indonesian Political Economy Association (AEPI) has said the launch of Pertalite or RON90 to replace the current RON88 Premium gasoline has the potential to increase basic commodity prices.

  • Medco to refinance debts, issue Singapore-dollar notes

    Oil and gas company Medco Energi Internasional is looking to refinance its US$140 million maturing debts through bank loans this year and is looking to issue up to S$500 million ($370.64 million) in medium-term notes for alternative future refinancing for outstanding debts.

  • Plan for TNI, police deployment draws criticism

    Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama’s plan to hire military and police personnel to maintain security and public order in the city has drawn strong criticism from the public.

  • Sri Lanka invites more investors from Asian, African countries

    Sri Lanka has vowed to streamline investment permit systems in the country in its efforts to lure more investment from Asian and African countries, an official said on Tuesday.

  • Occupational accidents still common in Jakarta

    The Workers’ Social Security Management Agency (BPJS TK) has urged the Manpower Ministry and the Jakarta Police to look for alternative solutions to reduce the high rate of traffic accidents befalling workers, since the cost to the agency was very high.

  • Govt studies using Pertalite to replace Premium

    State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarmo has said the government is studying the benefits of utilizing a new fuel variant, namely the recently introduced Pertalite, to replace the current Premium.

  • BPJS TK joins one-stop services office in Jakarta

    The Workers’ Social Security Management Agency (BPJS TK) has joined the one-stop integrated services (PTSP) office in Jakarta in a pilot project to provide four occupational social security programs before they are officially launched in July.

  • Al-Bashir’s failure to fly to Indonesia reinforces his fugitive status: NGO

    An activist has said the recent failed attempt of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to fly to Indonesia reinforces his status as a fugitive from international justice with limited travel options.

  • Megawati is modern-day Kartini: Ahok

    Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has cited Megawati Soekarnoputri, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairperson and former president between 2001 and 2004, as his example of a modern-day Kartini.

  • Army helicopter crashes in Semarang

    A Bell helicopter operated by the Army crashed near the runaway of Ahmad Yani airport in Semarang on Tuesday morning, causing delays to scheduled flights.

  • Jakarta to become barometer for occupational social security

    The Workers’ Social Security Management Agency (BPJS TK) has decided to use Jakarta as a barometer in implementing the government’s four social security programs for all people.

  • RI suggests Asia-Africa business council establishment

    The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) suggested the establishment of an Asia-Africa Business Council (AABC) that would be aimed at facilitating business cooperation between the two continents.

  • Major UN conference to deal with dangerous chemical trade

    A major UN conference is discussing the global trade in chemicals that can be used to produce illegal drugs and the threat of new emerging synthetic drugs.

  • Minister's helicopter lands in wrong place, visits Kartini celebration

    A helicopter carrying Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman missed its landing coordinates in Lampung Utara, Lampung, on Tuesday. To Amran’s surprise, he landed in the middle of a Kartini Day celebration attended by groups of housewives in traditional attire.

  • Jokowi reiterates plan to open consulate in Ramallah

    President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo reiterated a plan to open an honorary consulate in Ramallah during a bilateral meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Tuesday.

  • Minister Susi tells Jakarta to delay reclamation project

    Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has asked the Jakarta administration to delay a reclamation project dubbed National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD).

  • RI to increase ties with Palestine

    President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah agreed on Tuesday to increase relations in trade and human resources development between the two countries.

  • Papua desperately in need of mosquito nets to prevent malaria

    Papua, Indonesia's most remote and underdeveloped province, has called on the public and the central government to provide it with 550,000 mosquito nets as it struggles with pervasive malaria.

  • Malaysia to increase investment in RI: BKPM

    Malaysia has committed to increasing investment in several sectors in Indonesia and will soon send a business delegation to Indonesia, an official said on Tuesday.

  • Better health starts with safer food

    Here’s an important message to all the foodies out there: the next time you sit down to consume something, whether on the street or at a restaurant, make sure the food on your plate is safe.

  • New team to crack down on fictitious tax refunds

    The Finance Ministry's directorate general of taxation officially launched on Tuesday a satgas (special working team) aimed at eliminating pervasive fabricated documents that can lead to fictitious claims for tax refunds.

  • Severely damaged

    The Indonesian Embassy is pictured following an air strike in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Monday. An explosion damaged the embassy building, injuring several people. (Antara)

  • 72 hotspots detected in Sumatra

    The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) detected 72 hotspots on Sumatra island on Tuesday, indicating an increasing number of forest and land fires.

  • VVIP guest

    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (center) arrives at Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta on Tuesday ahead of the opening of Asian-African Conference. Asian and African leaders are gathering in Indonesia this week to mark 60 years since a landmark conference that helped forge a common identity among emerging Asian and African states. (AFP/Bay Ismoyo)

  • AACC outcomes: support for Palestine, calls for UN reform

    Indonesia expects the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference Commemoration (AACC) will serve not only as a celebration, but as an evaluation for producing joint efforts in facing new challenges, Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said.

  • Minister demands end to fisheries subsidies

    Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Soesilo urged member nations of the Asian-African Conference on Tuesday to end fisheries subsidies that may trigger environmental destruction.

  • Garuda eyeing S. Arabian tourists

    Indonesian flag carrier Garuda has been eyeing potential Saudi Arabian tourists, who have been increasing significantly in number.

  • Military, police deployed to fight illegal logging in Papua

    The Jayapura municipal administration has deployed the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the police to support the forest operation in its fight against rampant illegal logging in the past few years.

  • Hulu Sungai Utara to become child-safe regency

    The Hulu Sungai Utara administration in South Kalimantan is carrying out a number of programs to become a child-safe regency in an endeavor to emphasize the high prevalence of violence against children and women in the regency.

  • Rio Haryanto scores maiden victory in Bahrain

    Indonesian race driver Rio Haryanto has finally made a breakthrough in his career, winning his first competition in the Bahrain sprint race on Sunday after four years competing in GP2 races.

  • Row only a matter of miscommunication: KONI

    The National Sports Council (KONI) is ready to mediate the ongoing conflict between the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) and the Youth and Sports Ministry, revealing that the problem lies in miscommunication between the two bodies.

  • Putting it briefly: Emerio, Challengers win in elimination rounds

    Emerio scraped through to a two-wicket victory over Menara, while the Challengers swept aside Ceylon by 7 wickets in the latest JCA League elimination round games.

  • Guess what?: ‘Mad Dog’ Yayan to star in Japanese film

    Actor and martial artist Yayan Ruhian, renowned for his memorable performance as the villainous Mad Dog in the action flick The Raid, has been given a lead role in a Japanese movie entitled Yakuza Apocalypse.

  • Guess what?: Tina Toon becomes nostalgic

    Singer Tina Toon says her duet with child singer Kevin Kahuni, 8, took her down memory lane back to her childhood.

  • Women on Wheels Indonesia ready to roll

    They are ordinary women, but their rides — various models and brands of big motorcycles — are extraordinary.

  • The High-Heeled Warriors hold the true power

    When marketing representatives eagerly hand out brochures to men and barrage them with all the technical details of the latest cars, little do they realize the final decision — in many cases — lies in the hands of their wives.

  • Myra Sidharta: Defying old age by writing

    Her hair may have turned white, her back may be bent and her voice may have become weak and hoarse, but becoming an octogenarian has failed to stop Myra Sidharta from writing.

  • Banks set moderate growth target for corporate loans

    Major lenders have set what they call a moderate growth target in terms of the corporate lending segment this year, citing the wait-and-see mode that their clients are currently taking.

  • Ciputra books nearly 30% increase in Q1 marketing sales

    Major property group Ciputra Development saw its marketing sales up by nearly 30 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 1.74 trillion (US$134.41 million) in the first quarter, mostly backed by sales of landed houses.

  • Trisula to acquire distributor to boost sales

    Publicly listed garment manufacturer and fashion retailer PT Trisula International plans to acquire a distribution company this year in an attempt to strengthen its access to the domestic market.

  • KAI, Railink get funds for airport railway

    State-owned railway operator PT KAI and airport train operator PT Railink have secured funds from four major lenders to finance the construction of the much-awaited Soekarno-Hatta International Airport railroad.

  • Economy in brief: Kadin to host Asian-African Business Summit

    The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) will host the Asian-African Business Summit on Tuesday to seek ways to boost cooperation between the two continents.

  • Economy in brief: Chitose to build JV with Japanese firm

    Publicly listed furniture producer PT Chitose Internasional (CINT) plans to form a joint venture with a Japanese company to cash in on the country’s growing middle classes.

  • Tower Bersama to buy back 5 percent of shares for swap deal

    Publicly listed telecommunications tower company PT Tower Bersama Infrastructure plans to buy back 5 percent of its shares owned by the public with a maximum budget of Rp 2.2 trillion, in a bid to finalize its deal with tower operator PT Dayamitra Telekomunikasi (Mitratel).

  • Alstom’s RI unit to focus on domestic market

    French industrial giant Alstom SA says it aims to shift the focus of its energy unit in Indonesia to serve the domestic market, and is seeking to expand its local factory by investing up to US$20 million.

  • RI, Malaysia step up relations ahead of AEC

    Indonesia and Malaysia will step up bilateral cooperation in trade and investment to enable the two neighboring countries to fully benefit from the establishment of the ASEAN common market later this year.

  • Erwin named new BI deputy governor

    The House of Representatives on Monday approved Erwin Rijanto as the new Bank Indonesia (BI) deputy governor overseeing financial system stability, a crucial post as the country braces for a global financial market rout ahead of the looming hike of US interest rates.

  • Govt gets serious about renewable energy development

    Following a major overhaul in the country’s fuel subsidy program, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry is now striving to explore new and renewable energy resources.

  • Bringing back memories

    Members of a historical community, Historia Indonesia, dress up like state leaders who took part in the historical 1955 Asian-African Conference to greet visitors at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s Terminal Two on Monday. The community members acted like Indonesia’s first president Soekarno, India’s then PM Jawaharlal Nehru and Egypt’s then president Gamal Abdul Nasser and the activity was aimed at welcoming the AAC delegates.

  • Philippines VP to meet death row’s Veloso in prison

    Philippines Vice President Jejomar Binay is planning to visit Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipina on Indonesia’s death row, on the sidelines of his visit to Indonesia this week to attend the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference, a senior diplomat from the Philippines has said.

  • Stronger ties vital for Asia-Africa to have greater say

    Representatives and leaders of Asian and African nations are meeting in Jakarta and Bandung to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Asian-African Conference, as well as the 10th anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership (NAASP). Nigeria’s Ambassador to Indonesia Muhammad L. Sulaiman, gives his insights to The Jakarta Post’s Tama Salim and Yohanna Ririhena on Nigeria’s vision to maintain the relevance of the cooperation for the future. The following are excerpts from the interview:

  • RI steps up efforts to woo MSG members

    Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi utilized the opening of the 60th Asian-African Conference Commemoration on Sunday to continue her diplomatic efforts toward Pacific nations, which will soon hold a high-ranking meeting to discuss a membership application of a West Papuan group.

  • Greater Jakarta: City conducts alcohol raids on minimarts

    A joint team consisting 60 officers of the Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP), the Jakarta Small and Medium Enterprises Cooperatives Agency (KUMKMP) and the Jakarta National and Political Unity Office confiscated 20 bottles of alcoholic drinks in a raid in North Jakarta on Monday.

  • Greater Jakarta: City to begin budget disbursement this week

    The Jakarta administration is currently finalizing the documents of the 2015 city budget and will disburse the funds to the city’s working units sometime this week, according to an official.

  • Greater Jakarta: West Flood Canal to host dragon boat festival

    In a bid to boost sports and tourism, the Central Jakarta Municipality is planning to hold a dragon boat competition on the West Flood Canal (KBB) in Tanah Abang this year.

  • Greater Jakarta: Pondok Indah Mall I catches fire

    An explosion caused by a leaking gas canister triggered a fire at a bakery shop in the Pondok Indah Mall I (PIM I) in South Jakarta on Monday afternoon.

  • Kidnapped entrepreneur freed by police

    The Jakarta Police freed on Sunday night an entrepreneur, Thalib Abbas, 78, who was taken by force from his house in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, last week and locked up for five days by seven men.

  • Jakartans enjoy calm traffic during conference

    Jakarta residents enjoyed quieter streets and smoother traffic during the second day of the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference Commemoration (AACC), despite predictions that the conference would trigger massive congestion in the city.

  • Comments on other issues: House asks for special police guard

    The House of Representatives is proposing the establishment of a special police task force to be stationed at its compound in Senayan, Jakarta.

  • Comments on other issues: Eurofighter proposes final assembly line in RI

    The European consortium making the Typhoon heavy jet fighter proposed on April 14 the possibility of moving a final assembly line from Spain to Indonesia, should Indonesia pick its jet fighter to modernize the Indonesian Air Force fleet.

  • Issues of the day: Bali tourist areas exempt from beer ban

    The Trade Ministry’s new regulation on alcoholic beverages, scheduled to take full effect on Thursday, will not be enforced on Bali as the ministry has decided that tourism areas would be exempted from the ban.

  • Text your say: Execution of Indonesian in Saudi Arabia

    Your comments on the protest by the Indonesian government to the Saudi government over the execution of Siti Zaenab Duhri Rupa, an Indonesian migrant worker, who was found guilty of killing her Saudi employer, without any prior notification to the Indonesian government:

  • Your letters: Unrest in Bangladesh

    According to media reports the Bangladesh opposition has announced a two-day strike after the hanging of a prominent leader of the Jamat-e-Islami party. Qamar uz Zaman, secretary-general of Jamat-e-Islami, who was hanged in Dhaka prison.

  • Your letters: Common services in banks

    This refers to “Why digital banks in financial services are gaining ground” (The Jakarta Post, April 11) by Mike Baxter, Richard Fleming and Thomas Olsen.

  • Your letters: Jokowi’s empty call for investment

    The international business community has termed President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo the “Hollow President”. He has earned this honor from his empty call to invest in Indonesia’s infrastructure needs without being able to have his team specify the projects available.

  • Your letters: The benefits of wine

    Health scientists recently reiterated the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. It is a diet high in fresh vegetables (salads), fish, bread, olive oil and wine. In fact, the benefits of wine go beyond hearts and into brains, those frequent drinkers having a significantly reduced risk of senility and hanging onto their marbles way beyond what might be deemed respectable.

  • An RA Kartini Center for Jakarta?

    No other woman in Indonesian history has been subjected to as much scrutiny as RA Kartini (1879-1904), whose short but distinguished life we celebrate today. And we must not forget, either, the important contribution and support of her five sisters, in order of birth — Sulastri, Rukmini, Kardinah, Kartinah and Sumatri — and of her underrated and sometimes unfairly maligned husband, the regent of Rembang, RMAA Djojo Adhiningrat (1854-1912), in the realization of her dreams.

  • Recalling Kartini’s correspondence

    Five years ago, in 2010, I wrote in The Jakarta Post that celebrating Kartini’s Day was no longer relevant. This perspective remains critical now for two reasons.

  • Improving health care for mothers, children

    It’s a simple yet powerful image: mother and child. A universal symbol for the ability to create and sustain life and a reminder of the loving, symbiotic bond that defined our infancy.

  • Wanted: Feasible cooperation

    Indonesia is hosting the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference in Jakarta and Bandung. With 109 leaders of Asian and African countries invited, the event will attempt to reinvigorate a new face for the Asian-African Conference and the contemporary dimensions of South-South cooperation.

  • Africa — The long-time neglected business opportunity

    Like many Indonesian businessmen — or any Indonesian for that matter — there is precious little that helps me relate to Africa or make me think of Africa in terms of doing business. It seems so far away, although distance-wise, it is actually as near as Europe, unlike the Americas, which really require an effort to get to.

  • Editorial: PSSI fiasco

    Instead of receiving a birthday present, on its 85th anniversary the Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) had its activities suspended last Saturday after Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi found the national soccer governing body had failed to heed a recommendation from the Indonesian Professional Sports Body (BOPI) to ban the troubled Persebaya Surabaya and Arema Indonesia clubs from participating in the QNB League — Indonesia’s premier soccer league.

  • Islands in focus: Journalist arrested for damaging house

    Lembata Police apprehended 15 people, including the chief editor of the now apparently defunct weekly.net online media outlet, Sandro Wanggak, for their involvement in damaging a house in Jontona village, Ile Ape district, East Nusa Tenggara on Sunday evening.

  • Islands in focus: Numerous Surakarta students retested

    As many as 145 senior high school students from Surakarta, Central Java are being retested on the computer-based national exam starting on Monday because the computer network was disrupted last week.

  • Islands in focus: Airport trespasser returned to hometown

    The Kualanamu International Airport Authority has arrested Mario Steven Ambarita, who recently made headlines for hiding onto a Garuda aircraft’s wheel well during a flight, for fear that he would again trespass and jump into an airplane.

  • LGBT groups empowered by writing training

    Dea, 32, sits in a circle with friends discussing her experience of being spurned by society. She and her colleagues discuss being harassed and mocked for their life choices, which they say society deemed deviant. Conversation eventually turned to the success of recent writing training.

  • Migrant workers should be allowed to vote in local elections

    The state has ignored the political rights of thousands of Indonesian Migrant Workers (TKI) by not preparing a viable system for them to cast their votes in the simultaneous regional leadership elections, says an expert.

  • New institute

    The chairman of Muhammadiyah, the country’s second-largest Muslim organization, Din Syamsuddin (right), shakes hands with Iraqi Ambassador to Indonesia Abdullah Hasan Salih on the sidelines of the launch of the Indonesia-Iraq Fellowship Institute on Monday.