Democracy in ASEAN Forecast to Rely On Indonesia

JAKARTA ~ The future of democracy in the ASEAN is forecast to rely on Indonesian leadership, according to Arif Susanto, an observer at the Indonesian Democracy and Development Institute. “Democracy in the ASEAN is predicted to rely on Indonesia, and therefore, we have to become a real leader to promote our own democratic values,” Arif […]

Govt to Use Court’s Decision as Reference to Execute Sergei

JAKARTA ~ The government will use the recent decision of the Administrative Court as a reference to execute drug convict Sergei Aresly Atlaoui, Attorney General HM Prasetyo said here on Wednesday. “We appreciate the court’s decision. Appreciate our stance of using the court’s ruling as our reference,” he said after meeting wth Vice President Jusuf […]

Indonesia Questions Border Violations by Malaysian Warships

JAKARTA ~ The Indonesian government has questioned the border violations carried out by Malaysian warships, which were spotted illegally entering the Indonesian waters of Ambalat, Vice President Jusuf Kalla stated. “We certainly question the intentions of the Malaysian warships, which had been spotted illegally entering the Indonesian waters of Ambalat. We will protest it,” Kalla […]

Thousands Flee Homes as Volcanic Activity of Mt Sinabung Increases

MEDAN ~ As many as 10,714 people left their homes due to the increasing volcanic activity of Mount Sinabung, according to the National Agency of Disaster Mitigation (BNPB). Spokesperson for the BNPB Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said over the phone from Jakarta on Tuesday that the number residents who fled their homes around the 2,460-meter active […]

Minister Hopes No Muslim Organizations Will Conduct Sweeps During Ramadhan

JAKARTA ~ Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Lukman Hakim Saifuddin expressed hope that no “sweeps” or raids would be conducted by Islamic community organizations on entertainment venues and nightclubs operating during Ramadhan. Speaking at the Vice President’s Office here on Wednesday, the minister stated that Islamic organizations can peacefully observe the holy month of Ramadhan without […]

Ngurah Rai Airport Ranked World’s Third Best

DENPASAR ~ I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali has been named the world’s 3rd best among the 30 airports with a passenger capacity of 15-25 million per year, according to the Airports Council International (ACI). Ngurah Rai Airport, which is one of the busiest airports in Indonesia, was ranked 7th in terms of […]

Bali‘s Potential Attracts Chinese Tourists and Investors

DENPASAR ~ Consulate General of China Hu Yinquan said, Bali’s potential in trade and tourism will attract Chinese people to visit the island. “Bali has great potential in the fields of trade and tourism, but it needs to be promoted wider to China,” said Hu Yinquan, at a dinner with a group of businessmen from […]

President Calls for Change in Mentality to Improve Community

MAGELANG ~ President Joko Widodo has urged for a change in people’s mentality to improve the community, while emphasizing that it should be started at an individual level. “A change in the community can be brought about by individuals changing themselves first. Mental revolution is everyone’s responsibility,” he said at the national commemoration of the […]