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  • One killed, four wounded in Papua attack

    One person was shot dead and four others were wounded by an unidentified group of people in Purleme kampung in Mulia district, Puncak Jaya regency, Papua, on Tuesday night.

  • Closer partnership

    Closer partnership: Canada’s Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Indonesia’s Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) are jointly organizing a two-day forum in Jakarta, starting on Tuesday. Speakers (left to right) were CIGI fellow Len Edwards, Balsillie School of International Affairs director John Ravenhill, Wendy Dobson of the University of Toronto, CSIS’ executive director Rizal Sukma, CSIS board of trustees member Jusuf Wanandi and CSIS board of directors chair Djisman Simanjuntak. They explored opportunities to further expand the two countries’ relations. Courtesy of CSIS

  • Asia stocks ruffled by Greece crunch, Fed rate hike views

    Asian stock markets were ruffled Wednesday by Greece's impending cash crunch and expectations the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year for the first time in almost a decade.

  • Do your best

    Do your best: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (left) talks with an athlete during a send-off ceremony of Indonesia’s contingent for the 2015 SEA Games in front of the State Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday. More than 500 athletes will compete in 32 out of 36 sports in the games, which will take place from June 5 to 16 in Singapore. JP/Wendra Ajistyatama

  • People with lupus fight for their rights to medication

    A 2-meter square pink kilt hangs on a wall. Fabric patches with nine names are stitched to it. There is also a large print reading “In Memoriam Odapus 2015”.

  • Guess what?: Brandon Nicholas stands in dad’s shadow

    Musician and would-be actor Brandon Nicholas Salim says that he is still in the shadow of his father, the actor and model Ferry Salim.

  • Guess what?: Glenn, Chelsea enjoy acro-yoga

    Celebrity couple Glenn Alinskie and Chelsea Olivia say that they are working out through acro-yoga, which combines yoga and acrobatics.

  • Searching for Tanah Abang’s forgotten history

    A tour is presenting people with a chance to experience the storied history of Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta.

  • Export debut

    Astra Honda Motor executive vice president director Johannes Loman (left to right), AHM president director Toshiyuki Inuma and Industry Minister Saleh Husin inspect the preparation of a shipment of motorcycles at AHM’s assembly plant in Cikarang, east of Jakarta, on Tuesday. The company shipped the All New Honda BeAT eSP, which is made up of 98.8 percent local components, to the Philippines. JP/Ricky Yudhistira

  • HSBC, Bank Ekonomi to unify fully in 2017

    London-based lender HSBC expects to wrap up the integration of its Indonesian branch and local subsidiary Bank Ekonomi by 2017, according to its executive.

  • Tower Bersama to issue more bonds in refinancing efforts

    Publicly listed tower company PT Tower Bersama Infrastructure plans to issue more global bonds to refinance debt and aid its capital expenditure.

  • Surya Esa relies on higher output to meet target

    Publicly listed gas refinery Surya Esa Perkasa is expecting a higher output from its latest factory expansion to help the company maintain its profitability amid low prices — a trend that has consumed the company’s first quarter net profits.

  • Healthy outlook for hospital business after solid Q1

    Hospital business continues to glow despite domestic economic slowdown, with a strong first-quarter financial performance and a healthy outlook on the back of rising health awareness from the country’s growing middle-class population and the government’s universal healthcare program.

  • MyGadget: Jenny Jusuf: A gadget loyalist

    Freelance writer Jenny Jusuf relies heavily on her gadgets to get the job done for her clients.

  • 5 tips for budding female entrepreneurs online

    Women in Indonesia are capitalizing on social media outlets, online forums, chat apps and sales and marketing channels for their small businesses, be it selling homemade cookies or vintage, branded bags.

  • Police catch 175 looters in China's biggest artifact find

    Chinese authorities say police have caught 175 looters who broke into a Neolithic archaeological site in what officials are calling the country's biggest recovery of stolen artifacts.

  • Historian, author of 'The Pacific' Hugh Ambrose dies at 48

    Hugh Ambrose, who wrote the World War II history "The Pacific" after years of researching for his father, the renowned historian Stephen Ambrose, has died at age 48.

  • Analysis: Bottled water industry faces both growth and challenges

    The market for bottled water (AMDK) has been growing over the past few years in line with rising public demand. Part of this demand has organically developed from population growth, especially in the middle-income bracket; another source has been the challenge of accessing potable water in areas where residents once easily could; moreover, campaigns for healthy lifestyles that promote the consumption of large quantities of water, have become more popular. All these reasons and more drove up the consumption of bottled water an average of 12.5 percent every year from 2009 to 2014.

  • RI set to join sharia infrastructure bank

    Indonesia will become a founding member of a cross-border sharia-compliant infrastructure bank to help boost infrastructure development in various countries, a top government official says.

  • Economy in brief: RI trade policy tends to scare off investors: Envoy

    US Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake has said that amid the country’s intensive campaign to attract more investment, its trade policy tends to scare off investors.

  • Economy in brief: Govt to control Mahakam, Freeport: Pratikno

    The government will take over the management of the gas-rich Mahakam block in East Kalimantan and a gold mining site currently controlled by giant gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua, a minister has said.

  • Japan’s Tsuneishi Holdings seeks foothold in RI ship repair

    Buoyed by fresh business potentials in Indonesia, Japanese shipbuilding and maritime transport company Tsuneishi Holdings Corporation plans to spend US$40 million to set up a ship-repair business in the world’s largest archipelago.

  • Shift to manufacturing ‘critical for growth’

    Indonesia needs to prioritize development of the manufacturing industry to ensure long-term growth, analysts say.

  • Govt needs to pay more attention to downstream sector

    Handling the downstream activities of the oil and gas sector need to be seriously considered as lawmakers deliberate a new oil and gas draft law to replace the existing 2001 law.

  • House tells govt to be realistic in planning budget

    The House of Representatives is asking the government to revise its ambitious targets for next year’s state budget amid a slowing domestic economy and global economic uncertainties.

  • Singapore: Heaven for foodies, globetrotters

    Offering something fresh each time, Singapore is often considered as the ultimate destination for Indonesians. This city-state is famous for its clean and safe environment, inviting tourists to come and enjoy both short weekend getaways and longer holidays. More lifestyle and entertainment venues are unveiled every month, each with something for everyone.

  • China, ASEAN to set up NGO network

    After an initial high-level China-ASEAN people-to-people dialog held in Nanning in the Chinese autonomous region of Guangxi Zhuang two years ago, leaders, scholars, politicians, think tanks, the business community and representatives of NGOs from the two regions will regroup this weekend in Nusa Dua, Bali.

  • Broadway in Jakarta

    Actors rehearse on stage in a preview of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast musical at Teater Ciputra Artpreneur in Jakarta on Tuesday. The theater will present the new touring production, put together by the original creators of the Broadway production, from May 26 to June 7. Tickets range from Rp 650,000 (US$50) to Rp 2.35 million. JP/Jerry Adiguna

  • Greater Jakarta: Illegal settlements torn down in W. Jakarta

    Some 500 personnel from the police, military, fire services, Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) and the West Jakarta Sanitation Agency dismantled on Tuesday hundreds of homes on the embankment of the West Flood Canal in Jati Pulo, West Jakarta.

  • Greater Jakarta: More Chinese nationals nabbed

    The Jakarta Police have arrested another group of 29 Chinese nationals at a house in Pondok Indah, South Jakarta, for allegedly breaking several Indonesian and Chinese laws.

  • Greater Jakarta: Ahok castigates poor waste management

    Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama went on an impromptu visit to Jl. Hayam Wuruk and Jl. Mangga Besar in Central Jakarta on Tuesday to inspect the cleanliness of parks in the area.

  • Greater Jakarta: Parking officers fired for collecting illegal fees

    The parking technical unit of the Transportation Agency has fired five parking attendants who work on the electronic parking system on Jl. Sabang in Central Jakarta for taking illegal levies.

  • Greater Jakarta: City to sue terminal consultant for design flaw

    The Jakarta administration is set to sue a consultant tasked with planning the revitalization of Rawamangun Terminal in East Jakarta over flaws in its design.

  • City inspects buildings for smoking violations

    A few days before World No Tobacco Day is to be observed on May 31, the Jakarta Administration is conducting a series of raids across the city on public places where violations of the official smoking ban are considered to be rife.

  • Plug into family time by turning off gadgets

    Children’s welfare NGO SOS Children’s Villages is encouraging parents and children to strengthen ties by turning off gadgets

  • Healthiest school set to advance to national competition

    SMK 27 state vocational school in Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta, is set to advance to the national healthy school competition in June, where it will represent Jakarta after winning the competition at the municipal and provincial levels.

  • Comments on other issues: WB chief pledges more funds for RI

    World Bank (WB) president Jim Yong Kim has promised to make more funds available to Indonesia during a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the State Palace, during which he described himself as an “activist” who supports calls for reforms in global financial institutions.

  • Comments on other issues: Attracting an additional 4 million tourists

    Indonesia should be able to increase the number of tourists visiting its shores by 4 million, 10 percent of the tourists traveling within ASEAN every year, following the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) at the end of the year, an official says.

  • Waste to export

    A craftsman makes miniature motorcycles from waste in Kauman, Semarang, Central Java on Tuesday. The miniatures are sold for around Rp 200,000 (US$15.13) to Rp 500,000 online, not only to customers across Java and Bali, but also in the United States. (Antara/Aditya Pradana Putra)

  • Issues of the day: Indonesia cannot depend on West: Kalla

    Vice President Jusuf Kalla has stated that Indonesia cannot depend on Western nations when it comes to settling domestic and regional problems. Addressing the 21st Conference on the Future of Asia Beyond 2015, in Tokyo on Friday, Kalla stressed that the South China Sea conflict could be resolved if the leaders of conflicting countries adopted a common view on security and peace in the region.

  • Worth his salt

    A worker drains water from a pond as part of a salt production process in Pangungrejo, Pasuruan, East Java, on Monday. Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry is preparing a total of 10,000 hectares of land in East, West and Central Java as an attempt to bolster salt production up to 3.3 million tons this year. (Antara/Moch Asim)

  • Some of Brazil's most successful coaches out of a job

    Some of the most successful coaches in Brazilian soccer are without a job, slowly losing out to a younger generation who are bringing fresh ideas and willing to accept lower salaries.

  • Text your say: All-female KPK team

    Your comments on the decision of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to select nine female experts for the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) selection team, a move that has been considered as a response to critics who said he lacked the commitment to support the anticorruption body:

  • New school year coming

    A worker is about to finish making hats in the Gedangan subdistrict, Sidoarjo, East Java, on Tuesday. The school hats cost between Rp 10,000 and Rp 15,000 apiece. Producers have seen demand increase by up to 75 percent because of the coming new school year. (Antara/Umarul Faruq)

  • Australia warns children of foreign fighters risk charges

    An Australian boy who was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier could reportedly return to Australia with his mother and siblings, prompting the prime minister to warn that children as well as adults who break terrorism laws face prosecution.

  • Your letters: Celebrating Africa

    Each May 25 is a special day for the governments and people of the African continent. It represents the day Africa established the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1963.

  • Citizen journalism: Bringing literature closer to society

    Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Yogyakarta’s Sanata Dharma University, the English Language Education Study Program of the university organized “English Comedy Night #2” on May 23 at the auditorium of the Indonesian French Institute in Yogyakarta.

  • Development and demographic dividend

    The concept of sustainable development in terms of program development was first coined by the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED). Referring to the commission’s concept, environment and development issues cannot be solved separately.

  • Floodwaters deepen in Houston after city gets more rain

    Floodwaters deepened across much of Texas on Tuesday as storms dumped almost another foot (30 centimeters) of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congested highways that serve the fourth-largest U.S. city.

  • Rohingya: The problem of minority groups

    The Rohingya have long experienced state-sanctioned discrimination. Recently, they have been persecuted as a result of the influence of hate speeches by Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu.

  • Punishing women for their past

    The 41st World Congress on Military Medicine that took place in Bali from May 17 to 22 stirred up global denunciation of the virginity test for female recruits to the Indonesian military and police force.

  • Editorial: Protecting financial consumers

    The financial consumer protection department of the Financial Services Authority (OJK) has received almost 3,600 complaints about the services and products of finance and investment companies in the first 18 weeks of this year alone.

  • Tech blog spinoff Re/code is acquired by online media chain

    Tech news blog Re/code said Tuesday it's been acquired by online publishing company Vox Media, just 18 months after spinning off from its former parent, The Wall Street Journal.

  • Flying from reality

    Men assemble traditional Bebean-style kites in a Puputan field, in Denpasar, on Tuesday. Bali has many kite styles, such as Bebean, Pecukan and Janggan, which are often pitted against each other in local and international competitions. JP/Zul Trio Anggono

  • Hard but happy

    Rubber farmers weigh rubber to be sold to a middleman in Angan Tembawang village, Jelimpo district, Landak regency, West Kalimantan, on Sunday. The farmers said the current price of rubber has plunged sharply to Rp 5,500 (42 US cents) per kilogram from an ideal price of Rp 10,000 per kilogram, in contrast with a rise of staple food prices. JP/Severianus Endi

  • Islands in focus: New military command slammed

    Human rights activists have opposed the presence of a military command in West Papua, later named as the Kasuari/XVIII Military Command, as it is against the Papua Special Autonomy Law, especially on regional security.

  • Islands in focus: Identity of dead terrorists not yet confirmed

    The Central Sulawesi Police are still investigating the identity of two people believed to be terrorists who were killed in a shoot-out with police on May 24 in Gayatri hamlet, Maranda village, North Poso Pesisir district, Poso regency.

  • Gunmen try to kill Libya's recognized prime minister

    Gunmen tried to assassinate Libya's internationally recognized prime minister on his way to the airport in the eastern city of Tobruk on Tuesday, a spokesman for his government said.

  • UN envoy urges Kosovo to establish war crime court

    The U.N. envoy for Kosovo is urging the government to move swiftly to establish a court to investigate crimes committed by ethnic Albanian rebels during the country's 1998-88 war of independence from Serbia.