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President-elect Joko Widodo, standing left, and Vice President-elect Jusuf Kalla, right. (Antara Photo/Widodo S. Jusuf)

Jokowi Sticks to an Old Formula With New Cabinet

Jakarta. Indonesia’s incoming cabinet will consist of 34 ministers of which 18 are technocrats and 16 “professional” party politicians, President-elect Joko Widodo announced on Monday evening, describing a structure very similar to that currently in place. “To ensure the government will run effectively … that it works for the people and based on our current […]

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Greenpeace Activists Mourn Burnt Peatland

Jakarta. Greenpeace mourners on Monday placed funeral wreaths on burned peatland in Riau province, highlighting an ongoing crisis and urging President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to secure his “green” legacy by ensuring real peatland protection. Speaking in a blackened landscape adjacent to Tanjung Leban village in Rokan Hilir district, locally born Greenpeace forest activist Rusmadya Maharuddin […]

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Fire Trucks Jakarta

Getting to work this morning, I was met with a scene of relative chaos. Firetrucks, security and car parking attendants running about, people taking photos and the power cut off. There had been it seems, a minor fire in the same block as the school above the cake shop. So as I watched it all […]

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Rupiah strengthens to 11,960 per dollar at Tuesday’s close

The rupiah interbank trade rate appreciated slightly by 11 basis points to Rp 11,960 per US dollar. “The rupiah tends to strengthen during the closing session even though it is pretty limited since investors are waiting for the result of the FOMC [Federal Open Market Committee] meeting this week,” Bank Himpunan Saudara analyst Rully Nova […]

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Indonesia to be honorary guest of book fair in Frankfurt

Indonesia will be the guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 14-18, 2015, in Germany after Finland, which was the guest of honor in 2014.Head of Collection and Information Services Division, the National Library, … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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Police arrest prosecutor on charge of drug trafficking

The district police of Samarinda, East Kalimantan, arrested a prosecutor in the regency of Kutai Kartanegara, on charge of drug trafficking.Head of the anti drug unit of the district police Comr Bambang Budiyanto said on … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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JCI down 0.28% at close

Even though shares traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) improved during lunchtime, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) closed on a negative note in Tuesday’s final trading session, declining by 0.28 percent to 5,130.50. By 2:12 p.m. on Tuesday, the index increased by 0.15 percent. The financial sector led the list of shares recording declines, […]

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Observers say loose enforcement of ethics rules and questionable ownership arrangements jeopardize the public’s trust in Indonesian media. (JG Photo/Afriadi Hikmal)

Press Under Scrutiny in KPK’s Probe of Jero Wacik

Jakarta. Officials at the national antigraft agency announced last Friday that they were investigating bank transfers suggesting Indopos chief editor Don Kardono may have received a total of Rp 2 billion ($ 168,000) from graft suspect and former energy and mineral resources minister Jero Wacik. Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators believe the transfers amount to […]

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Militants attack Pakistani post near Afghan border

Pakistan’s army says a group of militants have attacked one of its positions from neighboring Afghanistan, sparking a shootout that left 11 insurgents and three soldiers killed. In a statement, the military says “a group of terrorists” from Afghanistan attacked the Pakistani post in the North Waziristan tribal region on Tuesday. The military has been […]

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Ex cricket chief Speed to head Cycling Australia

Ex cricket chief Speed to head Cycling Australia Former International Cricket Council chief executive Malcolm Speed has been appointed to head the board of financially-troubled Cycling Australia. Speed, who worked for cricket's world governing body from 2001 to 2008, will lead a board that includes … Full News here – Read more on Jakarta Post

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Govt to issue decree on new airfares this month

The government is expected to issue a transportation ministerial decree on the revision of airfare ceilings this month.  “We plan to issue the new airfare-ceiling decree for economy-class tickets this month,” the Transportation Ministry’s air transportation director, Djoko Murdjatmojo, told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, adding that the ceiling price would be increased by around 10 percent.  […]

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Rupiah appreciates to 11,910 per dollar Tuesday

The rupiah interbank trade rate appreciated on Tuesday morning by 51 basis points to reach 11,910 per US dollar.  Even though the domestic currency rallied slightly in the opening session, Monex Investindo Futures research head Ariston Tjendra said the dollar remained strong following the market’s high expectations that the US Federal Reserve was set to […]

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Putting it briefly: RI gets goals galore against Timor Leste

JAKARTA: The Indonesia U-23 team under coach Aji Santoso overwhelmed Timor Leste with seven goals to none in their Group E soccer match at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, on Monday. Ferdinand Sinaga came out the team’s top scorer with four goals, with the other three being put in by Alfin Tuasalamony, Novri […]

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Foreign terror suspects used fake passports

Four foreign terror suspects, who have been detained for illegal entry into Indonesia through Central Sulawesi, had used fake passports, according to a spokesman of the Indonesian Police. “We suspect that they have used … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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An aerial view shows the site of the Grasberg Mine, operated by US-based Freeport-McMoRan in Papua in this November 4, 2010 file photo. (Reuters Photo/Muhammad Yamin)

Worker Killed in Rockfall at Grasberg Mine

Jakarta. A mine worker was killed in a rockfall at Freeport Indonesia’s Grasberg mine in Tembagapura, Papua, on Saturday. “The incident occurred at around 4 a.m. local time on Saturday. Tembagapura Police chief Adj. Comr. Sudirman was informed that there had been a work accident at the Grasberg Block Cav, 2,670 meters above sea level,” […]

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