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Three planes to carry Indonesians home from Wuhan

Three planes to carry Indonesians home from Wuhan

Batam, Riau Islands: The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) is preparing three planes to carry Indonesians who have just arrived at Hang Nadim Airport in Batam Island from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where they will be flown to Raden Sadjad Airport in Natuna Islands where they will be quarantined. “In line with directives […]

Indonesian prominent writer Laksmi Pamuntjak launches third book

Indonesian prominent writer Laksmi Pamuntjak launches third book

Jakarta: Laksmi Pamuntjak, the first Indonesian contemporary novelist whose original work in English has been published by Penguin Random House, on Thursday launched her third novel “Fall Baby” in Jakarta. ‘Fall Baby’, presenting a multi-theme of women, visual art, history and identity, tells the story of two women – Srikandi (Siri) and Dara, one a […]

Politics out of the box à la Jokowi

Politics out of the box à la Jokowi

Eddy Suprapto AsiaN Contributor Jakarta: “I know you hate me, taunt me monkeys and so on. But one thing that cannot be denied. We both have an extraordinary love for this country.” (Abraham Lincoln to William Seward, the political enemy he appointed Secretary of State). The same step was chosen by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) […]

Indonesia: Huge surprise as Jokowi includes archrival in new cabinet

Indonesia: Huge surprise as Jokowi includes archrival in new cabinet

Jakarta: The appointment by Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi) of his archrival in two consecutive presidential elections, Prabowo Subianto, as Indonesia’s defense minister in his second-term administration cabinet has surprised supporters of the respective presidential candidates in the last elections. Subianto and Jokowi went head-to-head in the 2014 and 2019 heated elections that showcased a national divide, […]

Indonesian president pledges to boost human resources development, infrastructure, debureaucratization

Indonesian president pledges to boost human resources development, infrastructure, debureaucratization

By Eddy Suprapto AsiaN Contributor Jakarta: The Plenary Session of the Indonesian People’s Consultative Assembly today witnessed the swearing-in of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin for the 2019-2024 term. The inauguration of President Jokowi was attended by Asean heads of state namely Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah from Brunei Darussalam, Singapore Prime Minister […]

Discovering the Gems of East Java

Discovering the Gems of East Java

By Noorazlina Jindeh Surabaya: Imagine having to skip a good night’s sleep to catch the famed sunrise over the volcanic peaks at the Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java. This is what a group of 20 journalists and tour agents from Sabah and Sarawak had to do during a recent six-day/five-night familiarisation tour of […]

South Korea to take part in joint peacekeeping drills in Indonesia

South Korea to take part in joint peacekeeping drills in Indonesia

Seoul: South Korea will join multinational peacekeeping exercises set to be held in Indonesia this week as part of continued efforts to carry out its role in peacekeeping missions, the defense ministry said Sunday. The military will dispatch an operations team of 10 officers and two military observers to Bogor, a city south of Jakarta, from […]

Smog from forest fires could kill indirectly: Indonesia

Smog from forest fires could kill indirectly: Indonesia

Jakarta: Smog coming from forest fires is an indirect killer and therefore it should be tackled by all concerned parties, an Indonesian official has warned. Letting haze spread means allowing damage to the next generation, and the government, the public and the private sector must synergize to tackle and prevent forest fires, Doni Monardo, head […]

BJ Habibie, the leader who oversaw Indonesia’s transition to democracy, progress, dies

BJ Habibie, the leader who oversaw Indonesia’s transition to democracy, progress, dies

Jakarta: Indonesia’s third president Bacharuddin Jusuf (BJ) Habibie died on Wednesday afternoon. He had been in intensive care at Gatot Subroto Army Hospital in Jakarta since September 1. On Tuesday, his second son Thareq Kemal Habibie said that his father was starting to get stable after intensive treatment for exhaustion from his packed activities. But […]

Malaysia: Note to Indonesia is to offer assistance, not to protest

Malaysia: Note to Indonesia is to offer assistance, not to protest

Jakarta: Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia Zainal Abidin Bakar stressed that Kuala Lumpur is not pointing fingers at Jakarta over the current haze problems. Malaysia in fact is offering some forms of assistance in tackling the forest fires in several provinces in Indonesia, he said referring to a recent official letter from the Malaysian government through […]

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