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  • RI must stop planned executions: HRW

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo should commute the death sentences of five individuals scheduled for execution “as soon as possible” for violating drug trafficking laws, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today.

     

     

  • Bogor church seeks police protection for Christmas

    The congregation of the Indonesian Christian Church (GKI) Yasmin requested on Wednesday that the National Police protect them from potential disturbances and threats on Christmas Day this year.

  • Impartiality pledged in choosing justices

    The selection committee established by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to select a new Constitutional Court justice pledged on Wednesday that it would give equal treatment to candidates regardless of background.

  • Envoys to flock to Aceh for tsunami anniversary

    At least 35 ambassadors and officials from several countries along with 34 international NGOs are scheduled to attend the 10-year commemoration of the deadly tsunami that hit Aceh on Dec. 26, 2004.

  • Police have major rotation

    The National Police are expected to rotate several middle and high ranking officers in the next few months in anticipation of the retirement of senior officials, said National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Ronny F. Sompie on Wednesday.

  • Dutch universities open new round of scholarships

    “We are very glad that this year Orange Tulip Scholarships will provide Indonesian talent with the opportunity to study in a world-class higher education system and develop them into global citizens,” Nuffic Neso Indonesia director Mervin Bakker said in a release made available to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

  • Ambassadors to attend 10-year tsunami commemoration in Aceh

    At least 35 ambassadors and officials from several countries along with 34 international NGOs are scheduled to attend the 10-year commemoration of the deadly tsunami that hit Aceh on Dec. 26, 2004.

  • Government gears up for floods, rainy season

    The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry has earmarked Rp 6.19 trillion (US$329 million) from the state budget for next year’s flood-mitigation projects, following predictions that the wet season will peak in January and February 2015.

  • Graft reported at Education Ministry

    Antigraft watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has alleged that graft cases happened in the printing and distribution of guide books for the problematic 2013 National Curriculum last year involving a publishing house and one of the Culture and Elementary and Secondary Education Ministry’s work units in Malang, East Java.

  • Pertamina, BPMigas ex-officers skip questioning

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) was forced to delay its investigation into a graft-ridden multimillion dollar gas contract in Bangkalan regency, Madura Island, after former high ranking officials from state-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina and now-defunct Upstream Oil and Gas Executive Agency (BPMigas) failed to show up for questioning on Tuesday.

  • Govt rejects judicial review of Perppu

    The government is standing the decision to issue two government regulations in lieu of law (Perppu) that will bring back a direct-election mechanism for local heads, arguing that they are in line with the Constitution.

  • Two drug convicts soon to be executed

    The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) confirmed on Tuesday that two drug convicts on death row on Nusakambangan Island in Central Java will soon be executed.

  • Costs to be lowered for migrant workers

    The Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI) has signed a tripartite agreement with companies and migrant workers to push down costs that migrant workers are obliged to pay to secure a job as a domestic worker abroad.

  • Jokowi sticks with plan to celebrate Christmas in Papua

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is sticking with his plan to celebrate Christmas in Papua despite mounting calls from a number of Papuan church leaders who are urging him to cancel his intention to join in on the festivities in the province, a minister said.

  • 72% of Indonesian people agree with nuclear power plants

    Results of a poll commissioned by an independent survey agency reveal that 72 percent of Indonesian people agree with the government’s plan to develop nuclear power plants (PLTN).

  • Steep land, stream flow behind Banjarnegara landslide, say experts

    A researcher from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences’ (LIPI) geotechnology research center, Adrian Tohari, says extremely steep land and fast stream flows were key factors that caused the recent landslide in Grumbul Jemblung, Sampang village, Karangkobar district, Banjarnegara regency, Central Java, which killed more than 60 people.

  • Targeting poverty

    Fishermen arrange a net at Jongor Port in Tegal, Central Java, on Tuesday. In 2015, the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry will start to build 1,000 fishing villages to eradicate poverty. (Antara)

  • Aburizal hesitant on Golkar reconciliation

    Disputed Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie appears reluctant to immediately follow up the government’s suggestion that his camp reconcile with a rival Golkar faction led by former deputy chairman Agung Laksono.

     

     

  • Govt. stays neutral in Golkar leadership dispute

    The government has decided not to get involved in the Golkar Party’s ongoing leadership dispute in a move to avoid political intervention, asking the leaders of the country’s second-largest political party to settle the problem through internal mechanisms.

  • KY supports MK stance in justice selection

    The Judicial Commission (KY) backed on Monday a move by the Constitutional Court (MK) to push President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo not to involve two top lawyers in a committee established by the government to conduct the selection process to appoint a new court justice.

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