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Archipelago

  • Islands in focus: Soldiers on trial for supporting armed groups

    Three Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers at Cenderawasih Military Command are on trial charged with providing ammunition to armed civilian groups in remote Papua.

  • Islands in focus: Surakarta to apply off-street parking

    The Surakarta municipality expected its off-street parking system to be implemented this year, or at the latest by 2016, Mayor FX Hadi “Rudy” Rudyatmo, said Monday.

  • Islands in focus: Gorontalo Brimob officer murder probed

    The Gorontalo Police have formed a special team to investigate the murder of Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officer Rico Saputra, 22, by unidentified persons.

  • Priests, clerics provide counseling

    Ahead of the upcoming executions of drug traffickers, religious figures, including Christian priests and Muslim clerics, on Monday were seen visiting Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, Central Java, to provide counseling to the 10 death-row inmates.

  • Mangrove clearance threatens Komodo National Park

    Komodo National Park in West Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), is being threatened by the cutting down of mangrove trees around the park’s perimeter.

  • Plane delay hampers forest fire prevention

    The delayed arrival of two aircraft had postponed planned weather modification to extinguish land and forest fires in Riau, an official said Monday.

  • Cloud seeding designed to put out forest fires in Riau

    The Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) will start weather modification in Riau on Monday through cloud seeding in an effort to extinguish forest and land fires in the province, said Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya.

  • Islands in focus: Banyuwangi kicks off year-long festival

    To position East Java regency as a new cultural and tourist hub, the Banyuwangi administration has launched the 2015 Banyuwangi Festival, which puts the regency’s many charms on display.

  • Islands in focus: 5.6-magnitude quake hits N. Sulawesi

    An earthquake registering 5.6 on the Richter scale shook the Bolaang Mongondow area in North Sulawesi on Sunday, with no reports of damage. The quake was also felt in Gorontalo.

  • Islands in focus: Toba regencies seek UN geopark recogition

    Ten regencies and cities around Toba Lake in North Sumatra are seeking entry to the UNESCO Global Geopark Network (GGN) with the Toba Caldera Geopark, which could be inducted into the network by August or September.

  • Isolation cells ready to accommodate death-row inmates

    Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap regency, Central Java, is ready to accommodate the next batch of death-row inmates set to be executed, as 10 isolation cells have been refurbished.

  • Inpres sought to mend serious damage in Batanghari River

    West Sumatra is in need of a presidential instruction (Inpres) to stop illegal gold-mining activities that have caused extensive damage in the Batanghari River, South Solok regency, an official has said.

  • New law may increase corruption at village level, says expert

    A legal expert has warned that the newly passed Law No.6/2014 on villages could give ample room to village officers to engage in corruption, as it provides them with the authority to make decisions independently.

  • Police foil wood smuggling attempt to Malaysia

    The East Kalimantan Police have foiled an attempt to smuggle 365,772 cubic meters of Indian rosewood, locally known as sonokeling, to Tawau, Malaysia.

  • 85 undocumented Sri Lankans detained in Medan

    Immigration authorities in Medan, North Sumatra, have detained 85 Sri Lankan citizens for trespassing on Indonesian territory without documents.

  • Farmers, business cooperate to boost incense production

    Farmers in Humbang Hasundutan regency, North Sumatra, are collaborating with PT Toba Pulp Lestari to plant incense trees, locally known as haminjon, in the industrial timber estate (HTI) in Parlilitan district.

  • Military plays down piracy threat in E. Kalimantan waters

    The Navy is unconcerned about a number of areas in East Kalimantan being deemed vulnerable to piracy and says the number of piracy related incidents in these areas is not significant.

  • The Risma effect brings more women into political arena

    The popularity and electoral success of Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, has created a ripple effect, with more female politicians gaining traction ahead of a planned mayoral election this year.

  • KNPI congress participant arrested for beating

    The Papua Police have arrested a participant in the National Committee of Indonesian Youth (KNPI) congress held in Jayapura for allegedly beating a plenary session chairman late at night on Thursday.

  • Ex-governor named suspect in pool project

    Central Sulawesi prosecutor’s office has named nine suspects, including former governor and current Provincial Legislative Council (DPRD) Speaker Aminuddin Ponulele in a swimming pool-construction corruption case in Palu, which has cost Rp 505.69 billion (US$38.9 million) in state losses.

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