Indonesia has the potency to be a superpower in electricity generation from geothermal energy, a clean source of locally available, though not exportable, energy. Yet challenges loom large in realizing this dream that has been shared by many — including Nobel laureate and former US vice president Al Gore.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) along with Indonesian ministries including the Trade Ministry and the National Development Planning Ministry, held a symposium on “Asia's Development Agenda in Regional and International Forums” on Jan. 18, 2011, and a consultation meeting on “Asia 2050” on Jan. 19, 2011.
We, Adnan Buyung Nasution and Adnan Buyung Nasution & Partners Law Firm, lodge our strong protest against an article in The Jakarta Post, Friday, Jan. 21, on page 1 entitled “Gayus’ wild claims ‘won’t shield big fish’,” particularly the fifth paragraph, which stated: “Gayus’ lawyer Adnan Buyung Nasution, who received Rp 10 billion (US$1.1 million) in legal fees for defending Gayus, unexpectedly turned on the taskforce, with which he had previously had good ties.”
Every beginning is a delicate time, even more so, when this beginning is a first in every sense, as in the case of Hungary. As my country and Indonesia are assuming their Presidency of the EU (European Union) and Chairmanship of ASEAN, respectively, we must ponder our achievements and the state of our partnership — between both our countries and communities — and the common goals that we should strive to achieve during this period.
If every one of our combined 2.5 billion population buys a new mobile phone, it would blow up the order lists of IT manufacturers and operators in the world,” visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said in New Delhi on Tuesday. The take-home message? The combined power of China and India can be just as productive as it could be damaging to the world.
Gen. (ret) Thein Sein, who won international praise for leading reforms in Myanmar, received a warm welcome from US President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday. It was a reciprocal visit following Obama’s trip to Yangon last November. The general deserves the credit.
It is obvious that the “virus” of corruption has penetrated all levels and groups in society. While it is common that the amount of money involved in a corruption case is on a par with the rank or position that one holds — a high-ranking official is associated with a huge amount of embezzled money while a low-ranking one usually has a much smaller amount — the recent discovery of a non-commissioned police officer implicated in corruption involving a huge amount of money is, therefore, extraordinary and, at the same time, suspicious.
The confession by a young woman that she was paid Rp 10 million (US$1,050) to have sex with a flamboyant defendant in a corruption scandal that has rocked a political party, which itself claimed to be corruption-free and based on religious ethics, was a startling relevation for millions of television viewers during a broadcast trial hearing on Friday.
Alarming segregation among the Chinese, non-Muslim and Malay communities, the rising frustration of the Malaysian people against the government’s slow pace in combating corruption and an increasing demand by young people for democracy marked the installment of Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday.