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Minangkabau artists to hold Kaba Festival

23 November 2014

A group of artists from West Sumatra will in December hold a traditional art festival called “Kaba Festival”, which aims to preserve Kaba, an oral literature tradition among the Malay and Minangkabau communities in the province. “The process of producing a work of art cannot be completed within one or two months. There has to […]

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2009 massacre haunts Philippines as trial slows

23 November 2014

Five years after gunmen flagged down a convoy of cars and massacred all 58 occupants, including scores of journalists, in a southern Philippine province, the body count continues to rise. Just days before the Philippines marked Sunday’s anniversary of the carnage with prayers and calls to end impunity, another potential witness in the ongoing trial […]

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Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan

23 November 2014

U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say. The armed forces were to limit their operations in Afghanistan to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after this year, until Obama broadened the guidelines in recent weeks. The plan comes […]

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New local bond index seen shoring up liquidity

23 November 2014

New local bond index seen shoring up liquidity “A reference for performance and returns will encourage more investment in the Indonesian bond market, just like the Jakarta Composite Index [JCI]. Overall, the domestic bond market grows 11-12 percent each year,” IBPA president director Ignatius … Full News here – Read more on Jakarta Post

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United inflicts 1st Arsenal home loss in 15 months

23 November 2014

Manchester United inflicted Arsenal’s first Premier League home loss in 15 months on Saturday in a 2-1 victory that propelled the fallen power into the top four for the first time under Louis van Gaal after a faltering start. After failing to score during its first-half supremacy, Arsenal capitulated with defender Kieran Gibbs scoring an […]

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Japan earthquake collapses homes, causes injuries

23 November 2014

A strong earthquake late Saturday struck a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics, knocking down at least 10 homes in a ski resort town and injuring more than 20 people, officials said. The magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck near Nagano city shortly after 10 p.m. (1300 GMT) at a depth of 10 […]

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Japan earthquake collapses homes, causes injuries

23 November 2014

A strong earthquake late Saturday struck a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics, knocking down at least 10 homes in a ski resort town and injuring more than 20 people, officials said. The magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck near Nagano city shortly after 10 p.m. (1300 GMT) at a depth of 10 […]

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Police: Al-Shabab militants kill 28 in Kenya bus

23 November 2014

Police officials say al-Shabab militants from Somalia have hijacked a bus in northern Kenya and killed 28 non-Muslims on board. The two police officers said Saturday that the bus traveling to the capital Nairobi was hijacked 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Mandera town. The officers say the gunmen singled out non-Muslims and shot them dead. […]

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S’pore Lee treats Jokowi to ‘nasi lemak’ for breakfast

23 November 2014

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong invited President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to breakfast on Saturday morning, shortly before Jokowi left the neighboring country after attending his son’s graduation day. According to Kompas.com, Lee posted a photograph on his Facebook account showing him having breakfast with Jokowi, commenting, “Had breakfast with President Joko Widodo and his […]

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Jakarta Police find 10 detainees have HIV

23 November 2014

A team of medical officers from the Jakarta Police has discovered that 10 out of 265 detainees currently being held at the Jakarta Police’s detention center are HIV positive. The finding surfaced after the team conducted a series of blood tests on the prisoners. “Two of the infected detainees are women while the rest are […]

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Do not let children live in violence: Psychologist

23 November 2014

Parents should ensure that their children are not exposed to domestic violence to prevent them replicating the same behavior elsewhere, emphasized child psychologist Vera Itabiliana Hadiwidjojo. “At home, parents should … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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Long way to go for prepaid to prevail

23 November 2014

Long way to go for prepaid to prevail At the moment, the majority of Mandiri's prepaid card transactions occur in Jakarta, such as at tollgates, electric commuter train stations and Transjakarta bus shelters. Only a fraction of the transactions occur at minimarkets, namely Indomaret and … Full News here – Read more on Jakarta Post

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Ombudsman warns Jokowi to prevent card programs from overlapping

23 November 2014

The Indonesian Ombudsman has warned President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo regarding a potential overlap between the president’s signature card programs with similar programs in the country’s regions. Earlier this month, Jokowi launched his three signature social-security cards — the Indonesia Health Card (KIS), Prosperous Family Card (KKS) and Indonesia Smart Card (KIP) — to cushion the […]

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Police ensure investment security in Batam

23 November 2014

National Police Chief General Sutarman has ensured business security for present-day and prospective investors in Batam after a clash erupted between the police and military (TNI) personnel on Wednesday. “Despite the … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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Close fight forecast between Priyo and Aburizal in Golkar’s chairmanship election

22 November 2014

Priyo Budi Santoso and incumbent Aburizal Bakrie are forecast to have a close fight during the election of Golkar Partys next general chairman in a party congress scheduled on November 30. “I predict Priyo and Aburizal … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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