Synthetic Rice Was Smuggled Into Indonesia: Trade Minister

JAKARTA ~ The synthetic rice that became a cause for concern in the country over the last few days was smuggled from China, according to Trade Minister Rahmat Gobel. After attending a limited cabinet meeting at the State Palace on Wednesday, he gave his assurance that the government had never issued a permit for the […]

Indonesian Authorities Sink 41 Illegally Fishing Ships

BITUNG ~ The Indonesian maritime authorities sank 41 fishing ships found illegally operating in Indonesian waters on May 20 to coincide with the the National Awakening Day celebrations. Director General of Supervision of Fisheries and Marine Resources Asep Burhanudin, said the sinking of the ships was held at the same time in several areas in […]

Indonesia, PNG Border Prone To Drug Smuggling: BNN

JAYAPURA ~ The border between Indonesia’s Papua Province and Papua New Guinea remains prone to drug smuggling despite efforts to detain suspected individuals entering the area, an official said. “The lack of available personnel and the vast coverage of Papuan territory become the challenges in preventing drugs entering Papuan region, especially from the border,” Head […]

Six Chinese Cities Make Request for Garuda Chartered Flights to Bali

BEIJING ~ Six Chinese cities have made an official request to Garuda Indonesia for chartered flights to the resort island of Bali. “We are studying in-depth the request as we also have to consider the availability of planes and crew members,” Vice President of Garuda Indonesia for China I Wayan Subagia said here on Tuesday. […]

International Astronomers to Research Total Solar Eclipse in Indonesia

BANDUNG ~ As many as 13 international astronomers have registered with the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (Lapan) to research and observe the total solar eclipse that will occur on March 9, 2016. “Although there is still a long time for the eclipse, foreign astronomers have already signed up for research and observation. Till […]

Indonesia Informed After Execution Was Carried Out By Saudi: Minister

JAKARTA ~ Indonesia was informed about Siti Zaenab’s execution by the Saudi Arabian government after it was already carried out, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi said here on Wednesday. “We received the information from our consulate in Jeddah only after the execution had already been carried out,” she stated. Marsudi added that she […]

40.9 Million Residents Live In Landslide-Prone Areas: BNPB

JAKARTA ~ The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) revealed that 40.9 million or around 17.2 percent of Indonesian citizens are living in landslide-prone areas. Head of Data and Information Center of BNPB Sutopo Purwo Nugroho noted here in a statement received on Monday that the landslide disaster mitigation efforts were still minimum, but during the […]

Riau to Extend Wildfire Emergency Status

PEKANBARU ~ Riau authorities will extend the forest and plantation fire emergency status, which will end on March 31, 2015, to anticipate the reemergence of wildfires in the upcoming dry season. “Fires and hotspots still exist in the coastal areas, such as Bengkalis District. Therefore, the (acting) governor of Riau will soon extend the fire […]