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Military Hunting for Radical Armed Group

JAKARTA ~ Military officers were still searching for members of the armed radical group in Papua after they clashed with soldiers in Puncak Wajaya, Papua, on Wednesday, a military spokesman said. “We continued to hunt for six members of the radical group who fled after they exchanged fire with military personnel. They fled to a […]

Public Favors Presidential Candidates with Military Background

JAKARTA ~ The public is still favoring presidential candidates with military background compared to those with civilian background, a survey conducted by Survey and Polling Indonesia (SPIN) stated on Tuesday. The SPIN’s survey was conducted between February 20 and March 20 in 33 provinces across Indonesia. Using multistage random sampling with 3 percent margin of […]

Bill Gates Launches Indonesia Health Fund with US$130 Million

JAKARTA ~ The world’s richest man and philanthropist, Bill Gates, along with chairman of the Tahir Foundation, Dato Sri Dr. Tahir, launched the Indonesia health fund to fight AIDS, TBC and malaria here on Saturday. The launching event was attended by Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi and Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare Agung Laksono. The Tahir […]

Mt. Kelud’s Eruption as Force Majeure: Transport Ministry

JAKARTA ~ The Transportation Ministry has declared the eruption of Mount Kelud in Kediri, East Java, to be a force majeure, which exempts airlines from compensating passengers due to cancelled flights. “Considering that the volcanic activity of Mount Kelud is a force majeure, the airline companies, which cancelled flights in the volcanic ash-affected routes, are […]

Ministry Postpones Granting Conservation Permit for KBS Zoo

SURABAYA ~ The Forestry Ministry has postponed granting a conservation land management permit for Surabaya Zoo (KBS) because the Surabaya City government has yet to meet all requirements. Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini said the land conservation permit had not yet been issued because the city government still had to submit a number of requirements such […]

Lion Air Diverts Flight to Bali after Plane Fail to Land at El Tari Airport

KUPANG ~ On Tuesday, a Lion Air plane failed to land at the El Tari Airport in the East Nusa Tenggara provincial capital of Kupang amid bad weather conditions. The pilot of the plane serving the Jakarta-Surabaya-Kupang flight route decided to divert the flight to the Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar, Bali, while awaiting favorable […]

Six Corrective Steps on Wire-Tapping Case in Progress: Minister

JAKARTA ~ Marty Natalegawa, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, will ensure that the government follows the six road-map steps in handling the wiretapping case by the Australian intelligence. “We will carry out the six continuation steps, as announced by the president on November 26, to begin the matter’s settlement process,” confirmed Marty during the meeting in […]

Jakarta to Start Construction on Monorail System

JAKARTA ~ After five years of inactivity, the 30-kilometre Jakarta monorail project has resumed construction following its launch by Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, on Wednesday. The US$1.5 billion monorail project, which is expected to ease Jakarta’s heavy traffic jams, came to a grinding halt five years ago due to financial problems, […]