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  • Harvest failures loom as floods wash out regions

    Farmers in Sumatra and Java are on the verge of another harvest failure as floods submerged thousands of hectares of farmland in the respective regions this week.

  • Yogyakarta moonshine traders have powerful friends

    Eliminating the production and distribution of bootleg liquor, locally known as oplosan, in Yogyakarta will not be easy with law enforcers even expressing doubts about their capacity to crack down on sales of the dangerous substance, which resulted in dozens of deaths in the province recently.

  • Wannabe civil servants easy prey for hoaxes, extortion

    Indonesia’s bureaucracy is notoriously corrupt and inefficient, and the competition to secure positions within it is fierce, particularly at the regional level, with some willing to pay millions of rupiah in bribes to secure even a low-paid state job.

  • Islands in focus: Police chief denies officers mistreated Papuan

    JAYAPURA: Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw has denied accusations that officers from the Mimika Baru Police assaulted and tortured a local man, a picture of whom, stripped and with his hands tied, has gone viral on social media.

  • Islands in focus: Another policeman dead in apparent suicide

    JAMBI: A member of Merangin Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) in Jambi was found dead early on Friday at his house after apparently hanging himself, the second police suicide in Jambi and the third nationwide since the beginning of the year.

  • Islands in focus: Postponed poll runs smoothly despite glitches

    MEDAN: Although the event passed off smoothly overall, election supervisors in North Sumatra have revealed indications of administrative errors during the regional leadership election in Simalungun regency on Wednesday.

  • Islands in focus: C. Java urges concerted action against dengue

    SEMARANG: The Central Java Health Agency is calling on local residents to carry out communal efforts to eradicate mosquito breeding grounds in an effort to contain the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, including dengue fever, chikungunya and Zika, in the province.

  • Islands in focus: Police launch probe into monument burning

    The Purwakarta Police in West Java said on Thursday that they had formed a team to track arsonists who set fire to the regency’s iconic Arjuna Statue earlier in the day.

  • Islands in focus: One Myanmarese dead in Navy patrol raid

    The Indonesian Navy said on Thursday that it had raided a Malaysian-flagged boat running illegal fishing activities in Tanjungbalai waters in North Sumatra. One Myanmarese fisherman and was killed in the raid while three boat crew members were arrested.

  • Sumatran flood victims call for logistical, medical assistance

    Thousands of people affected by floods and landslides in a number of regions of Sumatra are calling on the government to provide emergency logistics and medical aid as the disasters have paralyzed activities in many places.

  • Debris removal done, probe continues

    Indonesian Air Force personnel on Thursday managed to recover all remaining debris from a Brazil-made Super Tucano aircraft that nose-dived into a residential area in Malang, East Java, on Wednesday.

  • Islands in focus: NTB stands against corn import plan

    The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) provincial administration has expressed its opposition to the government’s plan to import corn this year, arguing that the plan would undermine the businesses of corn farmers in the province.

  • Islands in focus: Two police nabbed for abduction, extortion

    The Langkat Police in North Sumatra have arrested two police personnel from Karo and Binjai regencies for allegedly abducting and extorting money from a local cigarette businessman.

  • Islands in focus: Manado mayoral election ready for kick-off

    The Manado General Elections Commission (KPUD) in North Sulawesi claimed on Wednesday that the city was ready to carry out its mayoral election on Feb. 17 following a two-month delay for administrative reasons.

  • Islands in focus: Pre-school children injured by falling tree

    Ten children in South Pesisir regency, West Sumatra, were rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment on Wednesday after a tree in a local kindergarten compound collapsed due to heavy rain and strong winds, falling onto a building.

  • Smuggled orangutans a step closer to Kalimantan home

    Six orangutans previously smuggled overseas are set to undergo a rehabilitation program in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, before being released into their natural habitat.

  • Locals engage in communal efforts to beat back dengue outbreak

    Residents in dengue fever-prone regions are intensifying their collective efforts to prevent the spread of the mosquito-borne disease, which has killed dozens of people and hospitalized thousands of others since the beginning of the year.

  • Kediri bans students from celebrating Valentine's Day

    Students in Kediri in East Java have been banned from celebrating Valentine's Day in any form as the romantic celebration of love is considered by some in the city to be antithetical to Indonesia’s culture and morality.

  • Killed terrorists in Poso used stolen car: police

    The police suspect that a pick-up car used by armed men in a shootout with the police in Poso, Central Sulawesi, on Tuesday, was a stolen car, a police officer has said.

  • More lives lost, houses swamped as floods worsen across Sumatra

    Foods continued to submerge cities and regencies across Sumatra on Tuesday, destroying public facilities and claiming two lives.