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  • S. Sumatera Police chief joins gubernatorial race

    South Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Iskandar Hasan has officially announced resignation from his post  in order to run for the upcoming governor election.

  • Death toll from Lampung clash increases to four

    The death toll from Tuesday’s fatal clash between members of two rival groups of shrimp farmers at the PT Central Pertiwi Bahari (CPB) shrimp farm in Dente Teladas district, Tulang Bawang regency, Lampung, has risen to four.

  • Judge faces prison term for receiving bribe

    Prosecutors sought on Thursday a 15-year prison sentence and a fine of Rp 750 million (US$77,319) for suspended Semarang Corruption Court ad hoc judge Kartini Juliana Magdalena Marpaung for allegedly receiving a bribe.

  • Bali becomes unattractive to European market

    European travelers may be starting to view Bali, especially the southern part of the island, as a less attractive holiday destination as accommodation prices soar uncontrollably.

  • Banten to lure potential tourists at 7 events

    The Banten provincial administration has prepared a series of events to attract more tourists to the province.

  • 15 years sought for ad hoc judge over bribery

    Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors have demanded 15 years imprisonment and a fine of Rp 750 million (US $77,000) for ad hoc judge Kartini Juliana Magdalena Marpaung over bribery charges.

  • Gorontalo hotels and motels told to provide condoms, Qurans

    Hotels and motels in Gorontalo City have been encouraged to provide condoms and Qurans following news that the city registered 55 people infected with HIV/AIDS, making it the region in Gorontalo province with the highest number of infections. Providing condoms and Qurans is part of early prevention measures the administration is working on to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS which continues to threaten local residents.

  • Parasites threaten orangutans

    Joint research on the effects of malaria infections and parasites on orangutans conducted by Gadjah Mada University’s School of Veterinary and the Czech Republic’s Masaryk University found that there were many new parasite species currently infecting orangutans.

  • Batanghari should close palm oil plantations

    The Sumatra chapter of Food Farmers Network (JARITANGAN) has asked for support from the Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) to push Batanghari regency and Jambi administration to revoke permits of five palm oil plantations on or near agricultural land belonging to local communities.

  • Crystal meth courier sentenced to life

    Semarang District Court has sentenced Rosmalinda Sinaga, a crystal methamphetamine courier to life imprisonment. Rosmalinda was found guilty of transporting 7.74 kilograms of crystal meth worth Rp 16.1 billion (US$1.7 million) into the country.

  • Law big issue for Lukas and Bogor regent

    Papua governor-elect Lukas Enembe has said he will immediately reform Law No. 21/2001 on special autonomy for Papua so that the law brings greater welfare and benefits to Papuans.

  • Bad weather blamed for garlic price hike in Gorontalo, Riau

    The retail price of garlic in traditional markets nationwide has skyrocketed this week, due primarily to harvest failures as a result of bad weather.

  • Kiss me quick

    A young Balinese couple kiss during the Omed-Omedan traditional celebration at Sesetan Vilage, Denpasar on Wednesday. The celebration is practiced annually on the day after the Hindu Day of Silence.

  • Bogor regent named suspect over election violation

    Depok City Police have named Bogor Regent Rachmat Yasin a suspect concerning an election violation, a police official said. He said the regent had gone ahead and begun campaigning without prior permission from a superior official.

     

  • Jambi administration to close 1,000 cooperatives

    The Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Agency belonging to the Jambi administration was preparing to close more than 1,000 cooperatives due to lack of performance, a local official has announced.

  • Papua governor vows to improve Otsus implementation

    Newly elected Papua Governor Lukas Enembe has vowed to improve the implementation of Papua’s Special Autonomy (Otsus) Law No. 21/2001. He said improvements were necessary as many Papuans continued to complain about the lack of benefits.

     

  • Six soldiers declared suspects in OKU clash

    Sriwijaya Military Commander Maj. Gen. Nugroho Widyatomo said the military police had named six soldiers suspects in a clash between military and police personnel, during which soldiers set ablaze the Ogan Komering Ulu (OKU) Police headquarters in Baturaja, South Sumatra.

  • Sumatran tiger mauls farmer to death

    A rare Sumatran tiger has mauled a farmer to death on Sumatra island, prompting terrified villagers to call for the animal to be killed, a park official said Wednesday. The same animal is suspected in attacks on five other people.

  • Constitutional Court rejects losing candidates’ lawsuits

    The Constitutional Court has rejected a lawsuit filed by five Papua gubernatorial candidate pairs against the Papua General Elections Commission (KPUD) regarding the recent Papua election, in which Lukas Enembe and Klemen Tinal were declared the victors.

  • Batam legislators pass bill on human trafficking

    The Batam Legislative Council (DPRD) passed a regional bill (Perda) on Monday to eliminate human trafficking in the city’s entertainment industry. Under the new regulation, all business players within the Batam entertainment industry and/or agencies that recruit workers for the industry must provide a letter stating the origins of a worker.