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Govt to withdraw poor-quality electronics products

27 March 2015

The Trade Ministry plans to withdraw a number of electronics products subject to mandatory Indonesian National Standards (SNI) from circulation next week due to their poor quality. The items include batteries, self-ballasted lamps, batteries, irons, low-pressure gas regulators and plugs, Trade Ministry’s director general for standards and consumer protection Widodo said Friday. “We will pull […]

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Indonesian citizens suspected to join ISIS arrive home

27 March 2015

Twelve Indonesian citizens who are suspected to cross into Syria to join the ISIS group arrived in the country on Thursday night. “Yes, they have arrived in Indonesia,” National Polices head of public information division … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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Court Ruling Dries Up Private Water Provision in Jakarta

27 March 2015

Court Ruling Dries Up Private Water Provision in Jakarta Jakarta. Two private companies have lost their right to supply water to customers in some parts of Jakarta after a court ruled in favor of a coalition seeking to have water privatization struck down. PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (Palyja) and Aetra Air Jakarta … Full News here […]

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Indonesia asks China to also provide a visa-free facility

27 March 2015

Indonesia has asked China to also provide a visa-free facility for Indonesians visiting that country. “The number of visitors to the two countries is expected to reach 10 millions a year. In view of that I appeal to the … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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Singapore urges restraint as Lee mourners queue for 10 hours

27 March 2015

Singaporeans hoping for a glimpse of long-time leader Lee Kuan Yew’s coffin are being urged to stay away from the sprawling queue as waiting times reach 10 hours. The government said Friday that it “strongly advises” the public not to join the queue and to instead visit community tribute sites set up across the island. […]

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Lee’s ‘rule by virtue’

27 March 2015

The passing of Singapore’s founding father and elder statesman should give us pause, and a chance to reflect on the historic opportunities that we Filipinos have lost, as well as the enduring virtues that we have kept. Lee Kuan Yew died early last Monday, and was immediately hailed by US President Barack Obama as “a […]

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Worries persist over new intl bank under strong control by China

27 March 2015

Indications are that more than 30 nations will join a China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, with its members hoping to inaugurate the new financial institution within this year. Initially, 21 Asian and Middle Eastern countries had said they would participate in the founding of the AIIB. But more than 10 other countries revealed plans to […]

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New toy: Two models pose next to an All-new BMW Active Tourer during its launch in Jakarta on Thursday. The new car will be available in April and will be offered at Rp 619 million (US$   47,663). The price includes five years of free routine maintenance.JP/Ricky Yudhistira

Economy in brief: BMW to roll out 10 new vehicles

27 March 2015

New toy: Two models pose next to an All-new BMW Active Tourer during its launch in Jakarta on Thursday. The new car will be available in April and will be offered at Rp 619 million (US$ 47,663). The price includes five years of free routine maintenance. JP/Ricky Yudhistira BMW Group Indonesia plans to launch 10 […]

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Public disruption: A street vendor places a hijab on a mannequin on a sidewalk in Cililitan, East Jakarta, which is almost completely occupied by street businesses. JP/P.J. Leo

Your letters: Don’t discriminate against us

27 March 2015

Public disruption: A street vendor places a hijab on a mannequin on a sidewalk in Cililitan, East Jakarta, which is almost completely occupied by street businesses. JP/P.J. Leo These two letters below refer to an article titled “New visa policy to aid rupiah,” (The Jakarta Post, March 17, p.1). I am an Australian tourist feeling […]

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National scene: FM contradicts House on diplomatic passports

27 March 2015

The Foreign Ministry would not recklessly issue diplomatic passports for lawmakers, deputy foreign minister A.M. Fachir said following a recent claim by the speaker of the House of Representatives that all lawmakers would receive diplomatic passports to support the Indonesian government’s diplomatic efforts. According to Fachir such passports will be issued only to those representing […]

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Jakarta bombing linked to returning IS fighters

27 March 2015

Jakarta bombing linked to returning IS fighters Jakarta: A bomb explosion in a Jakarta shopping mall last month has been linked to members of the so-called Islamic State who fought in Syria, highlighting the danger posed by foreign fighters when they return to Indonesia. National Police Inspector … Full News here – Read more on […]

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Economic packages lead to fiscal efficiency, says Bappenas

27 March 2015

National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) head Andrinof Chaniago has said that the government’s economic policy packages will impact the country’s economic structure in stages. “We will feel their effects from year-to-year, one of which is toward achieving our deficit target by 2019,” he said as quoted by Antara in Jakarta on Thursday. The minister said […]

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Govt to investigate 12 Indonesians arrested in Turkey

27 March 2015

Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the government would investigate 12 of the 16 Indonesian citizens arrested by Turkish authorities to disclose their purpose for traveling to Syria without legal documents. “It will then depend on what they have done. If they are guilty they must be held responsible for what they did. Any Indonesians stranded […]

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Police name three alleged members of ISIS suspects

26 March 2015

The Indonesian police have named three people, who were arrested in Malang, East Java, on Wednesday, as suspects for allegedly being members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “The three suspects, currently … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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Jokowi holds bilateral meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping

26 March 2015

- Indonesian President Joko Widodo held a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People here on Thursday. During his current visit to China, President Jokowi, as he is also known, will … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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