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BKPM expected to boost investment in upstream industry

28 November 2014

The Capital Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), under its newly installed chief Franky Sibarani, is expected to boost investment in upstream industry in an effort to reduce imports, an employers association chief has said. “Most of our raw materials are still imported. We want upstream and component industries to be involved here. They could be provided […]

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Soccer Friday: Popovic’s unlikely road to Asian coaching glory

28 November 2014

Tony Popovic’s managerial feats with the Asian champions, the Western Sydney Wanderers, make him a worthy favorite to be named coach of the year at Sunday’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Annual Awards in Manila. The former Crystal Palace and Australia defender masterminded Western Sydney’s unlikely road to regional success earlier this month. The fledgling club, […]

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Dance fever:: Women take to the field to perform during the Gumebyar Hametik Teh festival, or Jubilant Tea Harvest, at the Wonosari Tea and Agro-tourism Estates in Singosari in Malang, East Java.  (Nedi Putra AW)

In Wonosari, a tea dance to welcome the rainy season

28 November 2014

Dance fever:  Women take to the field to perform during the Gumebyar Hametik Teh festival, or Jubilant Tea Harvest, at the Wonosari Tea and Agro-tourism Estates in Singosari in Malang, East Java. (Nedi Putra AW) Three horses passed bearing men dressed as traditional Javanese noblemen. The riders bore fruits, vegetables and tumpeng rice cones of […]

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Issue of the day: Litterbugs to be fined or imprisoned

28 November 2014

Nov. 24, p3 Watch out litterbugs: Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil will impose fines for littering starting on Dec. 1. Over the past nine years, Bylaw No. 11/2005 on public order, cleanliness and beauty (K3) and Bandung Mayoral Regulation No. 522/2007, which regulates the fines and guidelines, remained toothless as nobody got punished for illegal littering. […]

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City to evict Kali Jodo squatters, build green

28 November 2014

City to evict Kali Jodo squatters, build green The city administration plans to evict squatters in Kali Jodo, which is located on the banks of the West Flood Canal (KBB) in Tambora, West Jakarta, and shut down the area's red-light district. City Secretary Saefullah said that starting in January … Full News here – Read […]

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BKPM vows to help investors

28 November 2014

Following his inauguration on Thursday, new Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Franky Sibarani promised to further simplify investment permits as his top priority in a bid to attract more investment. Streamlining whole licensing procedures under the BKPM as the single body to handle investment permits is one of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s targets, a service […]

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South Asian leaders reach last-minute energy deal

28 November 2014

South Asian heads of state attending their first summit in three years reached a deal on energy sharing Thursday, but failed on two other economic agreements during a retreat where Indian and Pakistan leaders shook hands. Foreign ministers from the eight nations signed the agreement on distribution and transmission of electricity through a common grid […]

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Germany unveils dedicated Ebola medevac jet

28 November 2014

The German government has unveiled what it says is the world’s first dedicated medevac plane for Ebola patients. The Airbus A340-300 has been equipped with an isolation unit, two airlocks, an air filtration system and a separate cabin where doctors can decontaminate their protective suits. The 14-year-old aircraft was refitted in cooperation with German airline […]

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Planemaker ATR to sign nearly $1b order with Lion Air

28 November 2014

European planemaker ATR is expected to sign Thursday an order for 40 of its 72-600 aircraft with Indonesian airline Lion Air, valued at nearly US$ 1 billion based on catalogue prices, according to a source close to the deal. The contract will bring to 100 the number of ATR 72-600 propeller-driven planes ordered by Lion […]

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28 November 2014

South Asian leaders reach last-minute energy deal South Asian heads of state attending their first summit in three years reached a deal on energy sharing Thursday, but failed on two other economic agreements during a retreat where Indian and Pakistan leaders shook hands. Foreign ministers from the eight nations signed the agreement on distribution and […]

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Two Indonesians bestowed with Japanese medals of merit

28 November 2014

- The Japanese government bestowed medals of merit to two Indonesians for their contributions towards helping to develop close relations between the nations.On Thursday, Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Yasuaki Tanizaki conferred … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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BPJS mulls revising health insurance regulation

27 November 2014

BPJS mulls revising health insurance regulation The Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) is considering revising its regulation on enrollment in the national health insurance (JKN) program, especially the fresh stipulation that a JKN card can only be valid for use seven days after … Full News here – Read more on Jakarta Post

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Ryamizard says friendship with Prabowo helps ease tension

27 November 2014

Newly appointed Defense Minister Gen (ret.) Ryamizard Ryacudu acknowledged on Wednesday that his friendship with defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, founder of the Gerindra Party, had contributed to easing tensions between Prabowo and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. According to Ryamizard, he told Prabowo to bury the hatchet and continue to help build the nation. “He […]

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Millions expected to shop on Thanksgiving

27 November 2014

Millions of Americans are expected to head to the stores for holiday gift shopping on the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday in what’s quickly becoming a new holiday tradition. Just a few years ago when a few stores started opened late on the holiday, the move was met with resistance from workers and shoppers who believed the […]

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KAI to add 10 trains during Christmas holidays

27 November 2014

State-owned train operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) will operate 10 extra trains in Java from the end of December to early January 2015 to anticipate surging demand from passengers during the Christmas and New Year holidays. “With the additional 10 trains, we will be able to provide 11,632 extra seats per day,” KAI commercial […]

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