• Yogyakarta's new airport to boost economy, tourism: VP

    Yogyakarta's new international airport in the Kulon Progo regency will provide a significant effect to the city's tourism and economy, said Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

  • Island in focus: Surakarta to disburse museum grant

    After being pressured by various quarters, the Surakarta municipality in Central Java has agreed to disburse the third installment of grant funds for the Radya Pustaka Museum after the museum previously announced it could not survive without it.

  • Island in focus: Corruption cases prevalent in Jambi

    The number of corruption cases involving officials in Jambi province has been quite high, as indicated by the number of cases handled by the Jambi Corruption Court since 2011.

  • Island in focus: Doctors sent to check cause of child deaths

    The Papua Health Office has sent a pediatrician and a physician to Mbuwa district, Nduga regency, Papua, following the deaths of 41 children from an unknown disease early this month.

  • Island in focus: Fifteen Kupang PDAM wells dry up

    Fifteen artesian wells operated by Kupang municipal tap water company PDAM have dried up owing to the prolonged dry season, forcing the company to supply water to customers using tanker trucks.

  • Japan to strengthen ties over disaster issue

    Japan-Indonesia Parliamentary League chairman Toshihiro Nikai and an entourage from the Japanese Embassy in Indonesia visited Aceh to strengthen ties between the country and the province, especially regarding disaster response.

  • RI, Malaysia commit to protect fishermen in disputed areas

    The Indonesian Maritime Security Board (Bakamla) and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) have expressed their commitment to protect fishermen operating in unresolved maritime boundary areas (UMBA) in the framework of implementing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on common guidelines.

  • Thousands evacuated over fear of landslides

    Some 2,000 residents of Sirukem, Kalisat Kidul and Kertosari subdistricts in Kalibening district, Banjarnegara regency, Central Java, have been evacuated to safe ground in anticipation of landslides.

  • Islands in focus: Fires damage 300-ha area in Lore Lindu

    The Lore Lindu National Park (TNLL) in Central Sulawesi has reported that at least 300 hectares (ha) of the park were damaged by fires during this year’s prolonged dry season.

  • Islands in focus: Sumatran elephant dies at 88 in tourist park

    Employees at Curug Sewu tourism park in Kendal on Tuesday bid farewell to an 88-year-old male Sumatran elephant named Ludo that died the day before at one of Central Java’s popular tourist destinations.

  • Islands in focus: Four wounded in Cilicap jewelry heist

    Six gunmen robbed on Wednesday morning two jewelry stores located next to each other in a local market in Nusawungu, Cilacap regency, Central Java, leaving at least four people wounded by gunshots.

  • Islands in focus: Businessman arrested for deadly karaoke fire

    The Manado Police in North Sulawesi have arrested David Jocom, a local businessman, and one of his employees for their alleged negligence resulting in the deaths of 12 people during a recent fire at his karaoke club.

  • Jokowi pledges additional Rp 2 trillion

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inspected on Wednesday the initial stage of the trans-Sulawesi railway project in Pakkae village, Tanete Rilau district, Barru regency, South Sulawesi, promising an additional Rp 2 trillion (US$148 million) for the project.

  • Residents angry over recurrent blackouts

    Recurrent blackouts in North Sulawesi and East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) over the past several weeks have left local residents frustrated as they struggle to carry out daily activities.

  • Three cities awarded for being country’s cleanest, greenest

    The Environment and Forestry Ministry has given this year’s Adipura Kencana Award to Surabaya in East Java, Balikpapan in East Kalimantan and Kendari in Southeast Sulawesi, recognizing them as the country’s cleanest and greenest cities.

  • Jetstar opens Singapore-Palembang service

    Australian-based Jetstar airlines, a subsidiary of the Qantas group, plans to open a new Palembang-Singapore route starting Dec. 3. to cater to a large number of potential passengers, according to Jetstar Asia’s CEO Barathan Pasupathi.

  • Churches and citizens in Papua reject circumcision

    Arguing based on religious belief, citizens and church leaders in Paniai regency, Papua, have rejected a local hospital policy of circumcising boys and men to help curb the spread of HIV/AIDS.

  • Islands in focus: Hospital director jailed for corruption

    The Jambi Corruption Court sentenced on Monday former director of Raden Mattaher General Hospital, Ali Imran, to one year in jail in a corruption case relating to the purchase of an electricity generator worth Rp 2.5 billion (US$178,571) three years ago.

  • Islands in focus: Death of 41 Papuan children investigated

    The Papua Health Office has sent a team to Mbuwa district, Nduga regency, Papua, following the deaths of 41 children from an unidentified disease. The team, which is led by the Papua Health Office’s epidemic and disaster section head Yamamoto Sasarari, is comprised of doctors, nurses, lab technicians and surveillance staffers.

  • Islands in focus: Mangroves turned into oil palm plantations

    Thousands of hectares of mangroves along the eastern coast of North Sumatra have been seriously damaged due to large areas being converted into oil palm plantations.