• Elephant destroys oil palm plantation in W.Tanjungjabung

    An elephant trampled through an oil palm plantation in Tungkal Ulu district in West Tanjungjabung regency, Jambi, destroying 538 oil palms. It is thought that the elephant became separated from its herd in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park.

  • N. Sumatra village part of national drug network

    The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) uncovered on Thursday a drug-trafficking network in Indonesia, run from a settlement in Sudirejo village, Namorambe district, Deli Serdang regency.

  • Planned purchase of cars for councilors sparks criticism

    A plan by the Riau provincial administration to purchase official cars for councilors has sparked criticism, with the cost being considered too expensive.

  • Wife vows Rp 150m for husband’s murder

    Julaikah Noor Aini, who has been named a suspect in the murder of her British husband Robert Kevin Ellis, allegedly paid Rp 150 million (US$12,460) for the execution to five perpetrators.

  • Mayor concerned about soccer-fan violence

    The Indonesian Soccer Federation (PSSI) must conduct an evaluation on referees assigned to lead matches, due to frequent on-field brawls, says Surakarta Mayor F.X. Hadi Rudyatmo.

  • 40,000 school dropouts in Banyumas

    Banyumas Regent Achmad Husen said more than 40,000 children in the regency, from elementary to senior high school level, had dropped out of school due to poverty or financial constraints.

  • Coffee festival targets US$4m in transactions

    Coffee exports from Bandung regency in West Java are on the rise every year, but the biggest profits from the exports are only felt at the traders’ level as buyers buy coffee in bulk, which tends to depress the price at the farmers’ level.

  • 40,000 school dropouts in Banyumas, says regent

    Banyumas Regent Achmad Husen has said around 40,000 children in the regency may have dropped out of elementary or secondary school, due to poverty, in 2014.

  • Tiger-skin trader nabbed in Lampung

    The Lampung Police have announced their arrest of tiger-skin trader, identified as Eka Widya Sari. Eka, who told the police that she had obtained the skin via Facebook, was arrested while waiting for a buyer in a restaurant in Bandar Lampung.

  • Community media important in fighting corruption: KPK

    Community media plays a crucial role in preventing and eradicating corruption in Indonesia, an expert has said.

  • Police hand over Florence Sihombing’s dossier to prosecutors

    The Yogyakarta Police say they have completed their investigation into charges of defamation allegedly perpetrated on social media by Florence Sihombing, a graduate law student from Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, and handed over her case dossier to the Yogyakarta Prosecutor’s Office.

  • Government urged to save Tesso Nilo National Park

    The government has been asked to come up with a comprehensive policy to stop illegal encroachment on 12,000 hectares of forest per year, which is threatening Tesso Nilo National Park in Riau province.

  • KPK grills Riau officials on Annas Maamun bribery case

    Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators on Wednesday examined a number of officials from the Riau provincial administration in Pekanbaru, Riau, to probe alleged bribery in a forest conversion case implicating Riau Governor Annas Maamun.

  • West Nusa Tenggara people relay on overseas employment

    Working abroad as a migrant worker (TKI), especially an unskilled one, may be considered humiliating by many.

  • French journalists were reporting: Expert

    The activities carried out by French journalists Thomas Charles Dandois and Marie Valentine Bourrat during their stay in Papua were of a journalistic nature, in line with Press Law No. 40/1999, said a witness.

  • USAID: Teachers must be managed better

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Prioritizing Reform, Innovation, and Opportunities for Reaching Indonesia’s Teachers, Administrators, and Students (Prioritas), deems that teacher management in Indonesia remains weak.

  • Australian plane forced down in Manado

    An aircraft from Darwin, Australia, was forced to land at Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado, North Sulawesi for trespassing Indonesian airspace. The Beechcraft 95 plane was en route to the Philippines.

  • Two French journalists were working, says expert witness

    Activities conducted by two French journalists, Thomas Charles Dandois and Marie Valentine Bourrat, during their stay in Papua could be categorized as journalistic activities as defined by Law No. 40/1999 on the press, said an expert witness during the trial of the two defendants in Jayapura on Wednesday.

  • Jokowi should be clean and consistent, not dictated to by political party: Expert

    Political expert Wimar Witoelar has said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo must be a leader who is clean, consistent, hard working and free from any political-party influence, as his supporters expected.

  • Voters reluctant to demand fulfilment of campaign promises: Study

    A survey commissioned by the political and governance study program at the University of Gadjah Mada’s (UGM) School of Social and Political Sciences reveals that 85 percent of voters have never demanded the fulfilment of campaign promises made by elected lawmakers, considering that legislative bodies in Indonesia seem to be unable to convey the aspirations of the country’s citizens.

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