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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 transmission of electricity through a common grid […]

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Germany unveils dedicated Ebola medevac jet

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

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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Binaj Gurubacharya

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

- 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

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

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

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

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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Jakarta Workers Seek Bigger Pay Jump Before Fuel Increase

Jakarta Workers Seek Bigger Pay Jump Before Fuel Increase Indonesian President Joko Widodo's government is walking a tightrope as a new minimum wage is negotiated for Jakarta, seeking to balance a pro-business pledge against promises to help the nation's poor. Workers in the capital, where Widodo was the … Full News here – Read more on […]

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Ministers can officially meet lawmakers: President Jokowi

President Joko Widodo, or popularly known as Jokowi, denied imposing a ban on his ministers from meeting lawmakers at the House of Representatives (DPR). The statement was made in response to an official letter, dated … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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Presidential instruction to not meet MPs considered setback for reconciliation

The cabinet secretarys letter carrying President Joko Widodos instruction that prevents ministers from attending the House of Representatives (DPRs) working meetings before the Parliament resolves internal problems, will hinder … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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salary is Rp 6.5m: AJI

salary is Rp 6.5m: AJI The Alliance Independent Journalists (AJI) and the Indonesian Media Workers Federation (FSPMI) have announced that in 2015, the minimum salary sufficient for journalists who have been working for at least one year in Jakarta is Rp 6.5 million (US$ 534). Full News here – Read more on Jakarta Post

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Golkar sees government intervention in minister`s statement

Deputy Chairman of the Golkar Party Fadel Muhammad has said the statement made by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Tedjo Edhi Purdijatno on the partys upcoming national congress indicated … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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Golkar provincial chapters reject splinter faction

In a development that showed escalated tension and more polarized division within the Golkar Party, dozens of party provincial executives expressed their support for chairman Aburizal Bakrie and rejected moves by the rival camp to elect a new chairman in January, next year. In a declaration read out by the chairman of Golkar Southeast Sulawesi […]

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