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Bandung Plans ‘Sky Walk’ for Popular Tourist Destinations

Jakarta. The city of Bandung, West Java, is taking cues from Hong Kong with the planned construction of a pedestrian “sky walk” over some of the city’s more congested arteries. “The Sky Walk plan is inspired by Hong Kong [and will allow] pedestrians to walk through certain areas on a bridge,” said Bandung Mayor Ridwan […]

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Basuki Raises Corruption Concerns in Jakarta’s Low-Income Education Aid Program

Jakarta. Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has asked an anticorruption watchdog to monitor an education program aimed at helping low-income families while appearing to side with a World Bank review that the value of the program be increased by 50 percent.  “The program is troubled, and that is why we are asking for assistance from […]

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IPW Flags Worrying Murder Rate

Jakarta. Seventeen women were murdered in Jakarta over the past three months, a police watchdog revealed highlighting a disturbing trend of sexual and domestic violence. Indonesia Police Watch, a nongovernmental group, attributed most of the deaths to sexual crimes that involved people close to the victims or who were in some way acquainted with them, […]

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Analysts Raise Concerns Over Kalla Vice-Presidential Ticket

Jakarta. Analysts have warned against pairing Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, the red-hot favorite to win the July 9 presidential election, with Jusuf Kalla, the former vice president to Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. J. Kristiadi, a political analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank, said on Tuesday’s that Joko’s deep Javanese roots […]

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An Indonesian motorbike rider dives on a hazy street in Pekanbaru, Riau on March 14, 2014. (EPA Photo)

TNI Plans for Return Home as Riau Haze Under Control: BNPB

Jakarta. The number of hotspots detected in the troubled Indonesian province of Riau fell to zero over the weekend after forest fires burned intermittently for some two months, Indonesian officials said on Tuesday, as they announced plans to recall some 1,000 military personnel sent to combat the region’s annual haze-causing fires. “The hotspots in Riau […]

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KPK Readies Official Investigation Into Former Health Minister Graft Claims

Jakarta. Authorities are closing in on former Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari as the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) signaled on Tuesday that it was close to charging the woman, once described by her subordinate as “untouchable,” with allegedly participating in a scheme to mark-up the price of needed medical equipment during the height of Indonesia’s bird […]

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Indonesia needs prophetic journalism: Parni Hadi

Prophetic journalism is needed in Indonesia and other parts of the world amid the freedom of expression, which has almost no limits, thanks to the information technological progress, stated senior journalist Parni Hadi. Full News here – ANTARA News – National

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Family members of those killed or missing in the May 1998 riots have called on the president to order an inquiry into the violence. (JG Photo/Yudhi Sukma Wijaya)

Poet’s Disappearance 16 Years Ago Poses Uncomfortable Questions

Such voices can’t be silenced Mouths can be shut But who will be able to stop Songs of concerns and questions from my soul’s tongue Those voices can’t be imprisoned There lies freedom If you force silence I will prepare for you: Rebellion These two verses, part of a poem called  “Sajak Suara” (“Voice Poetry”), […]

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KPK awaits president`s answer on social aid funds

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had yet to reply to its letter recommending that the social aid funds be managed by the Ministry of Social Affairs. Full News here – ANTARA News – National

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Vice president receives dutch minister of infrastructure, environment

Vice President Boediono received Dutch minister of infrastructure and living environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen in his office here on Tuesday. Full News here – ANTARA News – National

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Yudhoyono denies using state facilities for his campaign

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono denies the allegation of using the states presidential facilities for the campaign of his Democratic Party (PD). Full News here – ANTARA News – National

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Police Arrest 54 Over Arson of Sumba Election Office Linked to Akil Mochtar

Jakarta. Police have arrested dozens of people in East Nusa Tenggara for allegedly setting fire to a regional election office linked to a disputed district election involving former Constitutional Court chief justice Akil Mochtar.  “We have named 54 people suspects,” Southwest Sumba Police chief, Adj. Sr. Cmr. M. Ischaq said on Tuesday. “They will be charged […]

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Indonesia’s Ex-Sports Minister Claims Innocence as Hambalang Case Continues

Jakarta. Indonesia’s former Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs Andi Alfian Mallarangeng denied any wrongdoing as his trial continued at the Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court on Tuesday, denying allegations that he received billions of rupiah in kickbacks during the botched construction of the Hambalang sports center. “I personally believe I neither broke any law nor enriched myself or anyone […]

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Presidential Hopeful Criticizes Malaysia for Reported Banning of ‘The Raid 2′

Jakarta. Democratic Party presidential hopeful Pramono Edhie Wibowo asked Malaysia explain why the country’s film board had banned “The Raid 2: Berandal,” the ultra-violent but internationally acclaimed Indonesian martial arts film that was released in theaters last week. “It is very unfortunate that the Malaysian government banned this movie without giving any reason,” Pramono said in Jakarta […]

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Surveys Scramble to Reflect Voters’ Choice

Jakarta. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle’s (PDI-P) move to announce Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo as their presidential candidate has sparked tension ahead of the legislative election, which is set to take place in less than two weeks. Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party founder Prabowo Subianto in recent campaigns for his party has continued to […]

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