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Price of Subsidized Fuel Will Be Hiked In November

JAKARTA ~ The government has confirmed that the price of subsidized fuel will be increased in November, although the exact hike has yet to be finalized. “We have decided to hike the price of subsidized fuel this month (November),” Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs Sofyan Djalil said on Wednesday. Djalil added that the government will […]

Smart Cards Will Encourage Dropouts to Return to School

JAKARTA ~ The Smart Indonesia Card (KIP) program launched by President Joko Widodo on Monday will encourage dropout students to return to school, Culture, Elementary and Secondary Education Minister Anies Baswedan said. “Many children drop out of school because they don’t have the money (to pay for their tuition), but the Smart Indonesia Card program […]

Raging Fires in Bearland Residences Render 1,233 People Homeless

JAKARTA ~ The fires raging in the densely populated Bearland Residences in Kebon Manggis Village, East Jakarta, on Tuesday (Oct. 14), ravaged hundreds of homes and caused 1,233 people to flee. “At least 267 houses of 495 residents were burnt down and caused a total of 1,233 people to lose their homes,” Kebon Manggis Village’s […]

New Government Regulation to Replace Law on Regional Head Elections

JAKARTA ~ The newly issued government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) No. 1/2014 will replace Law No. 22/2014 if the House of Representatives (DPR) endorses it, stated Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi. “If it is endorsed, the Perppu will become a law. I do not want to speculate. Hopefully, the Parliament will endorse it,” […]

C Kalimantan Police Arrest 95 Forest and Plantation Fire Setters

PALANGKA RAYA ~ The Central Kalimantan police have detained and named 95 people as suspects for setting fires in forest and plantation areas between January and October 3, 2014. They will be charged under the Criminal Law Procedures Code (KUHAP) or the Regional Regulation No. 5/2003, which carries a maximum punishment of six months imprisonment, […]

Five Lawmakers’ Inauguration Suspended Following Alleged Involvement in Corruption Cases

JAKARTA ~ The General Elections Commission suspends the inauguration of five newly elected parliament members due to their alleged involvement in corruption cases, Commissioner Ferry Kurnia Rizkiyansyah stated here on Wednesday. “We have suggested to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to issue a Presidential Decree to suspend the inauguration of the five newly elected lawmakers as […]

President Talks about Pluralism in Indonesia at West Point

NEW YORK ~ President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono explained about pluralism in Indonesia in a general lecture before cadets of the US Military Academy during a visit to the US on Monday. On the occasion he also extended a message from Indonesian cadets to US cadets and instructors in which they expressed readiness to build friendship […]

Two Iranians Undergo Trial for Drug Trafficking

SUKABUMI ~ Two Iranians underwent an initial trial after being accused of international drug trafficking at the State’s Court of Cibadak, Pelabuhan Ratu, West Java, on Tuesday. The two defendants were charged with the possession of 40 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and were arrested by the National Narcotic Agency, BNN. The drug enforcement unit caught […]