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XL Axiata Files Shock Loss After Rising Costs

XL Axiata Files Shock Loss After Rising Costs Jakarta. XL Axiata, Indonesia's second-largest mobile phone operator by users, posted a Rp 901.2 billion ($ 74.5 million) loss in the first nine-month of this year, a huge swing from the Rp 917 billion in profit in the same period last year, the company … Full News […]

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Disaster Officials Warn of Flood Risk as Basuki Blames Inundation by Corruption

Jakarta. Disaster-management officials in the capital have estimated that 125 urban wards will be vulnerable to flooding during the upcoming rainy season. “Most of them will be in West and North Jakarta,” Bambang Surya Putra, a spokesman at the Jakarta Disaster and Mitigation Agency (BPBD Jakarta), told news portal Merdeka.com on Thursday. The 125 wards contain […]

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South African Kathlyn Dunn in Court for Meth Life Sentence Review

Mataram. A South African woman convicted of smuggling 2.6 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia in 2012 has asked a court for a review of her life sentence. “I want to return to my country; everyone wants to go home,” Kathlyn Dunn said in Indonesian. “I hoped my sentence would be lighter, unlike this very long […]

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Indonesia must participate in settling Middle East conflicts: Religious minister

As a Muslim-majority country, Indonesia should participate in efforts to settle conflicts in the Middle East and to bring about democratization in the region, Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Syaifuddin said. … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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KPK waits for wealth reports from Jokowi’s ministers

While none of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s new ministers have yet delivered asset reports to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Suswono, one of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s 34 ex-ministers, took the initiative on Thursday to report his wealth to the antigraft body. Ministers are required to report their wealth to the KPK soon after […]

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Middle Eeast Stability Important For Indonesia: Foreign Minister

Indonesias foreign minister Retno LP Marsudi said stability in the Middle East was very important for the country and therefore Indonesia was actively pushing for its realization. “Indonesia has always supported peace in … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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Plane With 2 On Board Reported Missing in Sumbawa

Mataram. A search and rescue operation has been launched after an airplane with two people on board was reported missing in Sumbawa, West Nusa Tengarra, on Thursday morning. The plane, which was en route from Lombok International Airport to Moyo Island via Sumbawa, lost contact at 10.30 a.m. local time. It was carrying a Jakarta […]

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DPR chairman has no objections to shadow leadership

Chairman of the House of Representatives (DPR) Setya Novanto has no problem with the Great Indonesia Coalitions plan to inaugurate a shadow DPR leadership, following its landslide defeat in the election of House Commission … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Holds Faith in Freedom

Jakarta. The lone minister to survive the cut in President Joko Widodo’s cabinet from the previous administration has unveiled plans to draft a bill that would afford unprecedented protection to religious minority groups, continuing where he left off in his battle against rising religious intolerance. “Over the next six months, we will work on this […]

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Andi soon to be inaugurated as new Cabinet secretary

Andi Widjajanto, a former deputy of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s transition team who had been assisting the latter in forming his new Cabinet, will be inaugurated as Cabinet secretary next week. “I was summoned by the President, who told me to maintain communication with State Secretary [Pratikno] until the inauguration next Monday or Tuesday,” said […]

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Guess what?: Nia spreads yoga vibe to film crew

Guess what?: Nia spreads yoga vibe to film crew JAKARTA: Filmmaker Nia Dinata says she persuades her film crew to do yoga with her during on-set shooting. “I always do yoga every day. So when I'm shooting for several months, I like to ask my crew to join me for a few minutes, doing a […]

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Members of the separatist Free Papua Organization in a  2009 file photo. (AFP Photo/Banjir Ambarita)

Police, Soldiers Suspected of Arming Papua Separatists

Jayapura. Authorities in Papua have arrested a police officer and are questioning three soldiers suspected of supplying ammunition to an armed separatist cell blamed for attacks that killed at least six police officers in the past three years. The officer in custody, identified only as A.J., a police brigadier, was arrested on Sunday along with […]

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Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, left, answers questions by journalists at City Hall on Aug. 7, 2014 (Antara Photo/Widodo S. Jusuf)

Home Ministry Backs Basuki for Automatic Promotion to Governor

Jakarta. The Home Affairs Ministry has called on the Jakarta City Council to convene a plenary meeting to recommend the promotion of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama as governor, amid continued opposition from councilors. Mangara Pardede, the council secretary, confirmed on Wednesday that the council had received a letter from the ministry calling on it to set […]

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Diponegoro Military Command chief replaced

Diponegoro IV Military Command chief Maj. Gen. Sunindyo is being replaced by Maj. Gen. Bayu Purwiyono, who previously served as the Army Chief of Staff’s logistic assistant. Sunindyo, a former commando, is to be posted as a lecturer at the military training school. “I will be here for keroncong music. I will look for sponsors […]

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BPJS health insurance enlists 130 million members

Membership at the Social Security Management Agency (BPJS) topped 130 million persons  as of Oct. 24, nearly meeting the year-end target of 131 million. “The number of members is close to our year-end 2014 target, which is 131 million members,” said BPJS director of planning and development Tono Rustiano at a press conference on Thursday […]

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