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  • Hundreds of houses flooded in Gorontalo

    Hundreds of houses in Gorontalo were flooded over the last two days, as of Sunday evening.

  • 2.5 million may dropout in South Sulawesi

    The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned that around 2.5 million school dropouts in South Sulawesi province may pose a threat in the future.

  • 18 prisoners transferred to Nusakambangan

    Eighteen prisoners with prison terms of over 15 years in Madiun, East Java, have been transferred to Nusakambangan Penitentiary in Cilacap, Central Java, for security reasons.

  • Surakarta ups meat inspections in markets

    The Surakarta municipal administration says it will increase monitoring of meat sales in traditional markets during Ramadhan after officials found unfit meat on offer during recent surprise inspections.

  • Beggars invade Bandar Lampung for Ramadhan

    It is not only the sugary snacks and drinks consumed to break the fast sold by vendors who suddenly spill into the surrounding streets in Bandar Lampung to offer delectable dishes, but there is also the sea of beggars, who seemingly appear from nowhere in pursuit of good fortune during the fasting month of Ramadhan.

  • Tobacco farmers nix plan to reduce crop

    The Central Java administration’s plan to reduce the amount of tobacco under cultivation in the province will hurt farmers, according to a tobacco farming association.

  • Violence against children on the rise

    The number of acts of violence against children, particularly cases of sexual assault, in North Sumatra has increased by 55 percent as compared to last year, reports the Indonesian Pusaka Foundation (YPI).

  • Income boost for snack producers ahead of Idul Fitri

    Small and large-scale cookie and snack producers in East Java are starting to get very busy in anticipation of fulfilling the surge in demand for snacks, and are expecting a windfall during Ramadhan and ahead of the Idul Fitri festivity.

  • Dropout rate linked to higher tuition fees

    More than one-third of 24,000 junior high school graduates in Central Java’s Banyumas are unable to afford their tuition fees, the Banyumas Education Agency reported.

  • Polri called to investigate rally shooting

    The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) called on the National Police to start an investigation into the death of a protester, shot during a protest over gold mining plans in Balaesang Tanjung, Donggala, Central Sulawesi.

  • Travelers told not to ride motorbikes for exodus

    Even though the Idul Fitri celebration at the end of Ramadhan is still about a month away, the Central Java administration has already called on people not to ride motorbikes for the mass exodus because of the high rate of accidents in the region.

  • NTT facing clean water crisis

    Residents in a number of areas in East and West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), are still living without sources of clean water and many more still lack safe drinking water.

  • Yogyakarta bill expected to provide clarity on palace grounds

    The Yogyakarta National Land Agency (BPN) has suggested that the bill on Yogyakarta’s special status (RUUK) must give clarity to the land ownership status of the Sultan and Pakualaman Grounds.

  • Ahmadis may face hard times during Ramadhan

    While Muslims in big cities are busy shopping and stockpiling for the Ramadhan fasting month, some 140 Ahmadiyah followers in West Nusa Tenggara have to face the reality that they are still living in a refugee camp after being evicted from their homes seven years ago.

  • Sugar and spice

    Although the Islamic holiday of Idul Fitri is still a month away, Sri Rahayu, 62, and her daughter-in-law have been busy since Friday preparing cookies at their home in Sidoarjo, East Java. Sri aims to sell most of the cookies to middle-class consumers, who will give the cookies as gifts to their families during Lebaran.

  • Timika needs more teachers

  • DOC prices drop due to high demand

    Prices of day-old-chicken, known within the industry as “DOC”, jumped in West Java ahead of the Idul Fitri celebration, mainly due to high demand from seasonal poultry businessmen, according to an official of the West Java provincial animal husbandry office.

  • BRI cash thief in Medan arrested

    After conducting a manhunt for two weeks, the North Sumatra Police on Thursday arrested Syamsyuar Nasution, 44, who was accused of stealing Rp 1.6 billion (US$169,400) in cash from Bank Rakyat Indonesia’s (BRI) Medan branch.

  • Start of fasting month celebrated festively

    The Semarang municipal administration in Central Java conducted the Dugderan ceremony on Thursday afternoon to mark the beginning of the fasting month.

  • Pirate attacks still haunt fishermen

    Sea piracy targeting traditional fishermen has reportedly been on the rise, causing fear among fishermen who are often taken hostage by armed pirates in the Malacca Strait, North Sumatra, says the leader of a fishermen’s group.

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