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April 26, 2024

Jakarta Globe - April 26, 2024

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has spent Rp 59 trillion ($3.6 billion) on the presidential and legislative elections under a multi-year budget that began during the preparatory phase in 2022, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati revealed on Friday.

Tempo - April 26, 2024

Irsyan Hasyim (Contributor), Jakarta – Daryono, head of the Earthquake and Tsunami Center at the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), said that the State Capital of Nusantara or IKN is surrounded by multiple active faults.

Jakarta Post - April 26, 2024

Jakarta – Losing presidential candidate Ganjar Pranowo predicted that the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the political party that nominated him in the Feb. 14 presidential election, would recast itself to become a force of opposition against the incoming administration of President-elect Prabowo Subianto.

Tempo - April 26, 2024

Jakarta – Indonesia is the world's largest producer of animal torture video content. This is a result of weak law enforcement.

Reuters - April 26, 2024

Jakarta – President elect Prabowo Subianto received a boost on Thursday after a prominent political party that backed another candidate pledged its support for his administration, moving him a step closer to securing a majority in the new House of Representatives.

Jakarta Globe - April 26, 2024

Yustinus Paat, Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, have been rumored to be considering a move to the Golkar Party amid post-election dynamics that have seen the first family parting ways with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

April 25, 2024

Jakarta Globe - April 25, 2024

Jakarta – BPJS Ketenagakerjaan is offering occupational accident and death insurance programs to help lift the socio-economic burden on workers and their family members in case something unfortunate happens.

Jakarta Globe - April 25, 2024

Teguh Adi Prasetyo, Jakarta – State-owned construction company PT PP has secured contracts totaling Rp 11.23 trillion ($692.5 million) for 13 projects in the new Indonesian capital, Nusantara.

Jakarta Post Editorial - April 25, 2024

Jakarta – As The Jakarta Post celebrates its 41st anniversary today, journalism may be on the cusp of something revolutionary.

The internet and later social media may have created seismic changes in the media industry by disrupting how news and content were distributed and monetized.

Jakarta Globe - April 25, 2024

Ichsan Ali, Jakarta – President-elect Prabowo Subianto and Vice President-elect Gibran Rakabuming Raka met with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo at the State Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Jakarta Globe - April 25, 2024

Celvin Moniaga Sipahutar, Jakarta – Vice President-Elect Gibran Rakabuming Raka has announced his plans to tour Indonesia in order to address various issues across the country.

Tempo - April 25, 2024

Sultan Abdurrahman, Jakarta – Prabowo Subianto, the president-elect and Gerindra Party chief patron, met with the National Awakening Party (PKB) chairman Muhaimin Iskandar at the PKB office in Central Jakarta on Wednesday, April 24, just a few hours after the General Elections Commission (KPU) proclaimed him and his running mate, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the winners of the 2024 presi

Jakarta Post - April 25, 2024

Jakarta – United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with president-elect Prabowo Subianto in a telephone conversation on Wednesday in which the Pentagon chief congratulated his counterpart on his victory in the Feb. 14 presidential election.

Jakarta Globe - April 25, 2024

Faisal Maliki Baskoro, Abu Dhabi – Clean Rivers has committed up to $20 million (Rp 323.5 billion) to initiatives in Indonesia aimed at preventing 30,000 tons of plastic waste from entering the ocean annually.

Mongabay - April 25, 2024

Moh. Tamimi, Belitung Island, Indonesia – Nasidi paddled gently past a row of the eponymous rasau trees that line the riverbanks here in Tebet Rasau village, where a decade ago people would wade into the Lenggang River to catch silverfish. But life along the river here in the hills of Belitung Island, he said, is not as it once was.

Jakarta Post - April 25, 2024

Singapore – Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan met Indonesia's incoming president Prabowo Subianto, as part of his four-day visit to the capital Jakarta.

Dr Balakrishnan visited Mr Prabowo at Indonesia's Ministry of Defence offices in central Jakarta, after arriving in the city on April 23.

Jakarta Globe - April 25, 2024

Vinnilya, Jakarta – The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) saw a drop in the Composite Stock Price Index at the opening of Thursday's trading session, falling to 7,176 and briefly touching a low of 7,132.

Jakarta Post - April 25, 2024

Jakarta – President-elect Prabowo Subianto, joined by vice president-elect Gibran Rakabuming Raka held a meeting with outgoing President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Wednesday night, hours after the General Elections Commission (KPU) formally declared the defense minister the country's next leader.

Jakarta Globe - April 25, 2024

Vinnilya, Jakarta – Jakarta is set to lose its status as Indonesia's capital with the development of a new capital in Nusantara, East Kalimantan. Despite this, Jakarta will remain a crucial economic hub. Urban planning expert Nirwono Joga emphasized the necessity of effective urban management to ensure Jakarta's global competitiveness after the capital relocation.

Tempo - April 25, 2024

Jakarta – Professor Kumba Digdowiseiso has been remarkably 'productive.' Although it is only April, the Dean of the Economics and Business Faculty at the National University, Jakarta, has already published 160 scientific articles in journals this year alone. This means he has published at least one article every day.

Jakarta Globe - April 25, 2024

Ichsan Ali & Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo keeps the public guessing about his current affiliation with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the political platform that propelled him to victory in two presidential terms.

CNN Indonesia - April 25, 2024

Jakarta – The Indonesian Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) has rejected revisions to the Broadcasting Law because they believe they threaten press freedom.

Jakarta Globe - April 25, 2024

Jakarta – The Job Creation Law is expected to create a more inclusive economy for Indonesia, according to the task force that is in charge of promoting the policy.

Jakarta Globe - April 25, 2024

Heru Andriyanto, Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – Two political parties have expressed readiness to support the future government under Prabowo Subianto, potentially forming a formidable majority in the House of Representatives with nearly 75 percent of seats altogether.

Agence France-Presse - April 25, 2024

Green NGOs have accused the Asian Development Bank of indirectly financing coal plants in Indonesia through a $600 million loan despite promises to no longer fund projects tied to the fossil fuel, according to a new report.

Jakarta Globe - April 25, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The anti-deforestation law launched by the European Union (EU) has sparked concerns not only in Indonesia but also among American lawmakers, according to senior minister Airlangga Hartarto.

April 24, 2024

Jakarta Globe - April 24, 2024

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) increased the benchmark BI-Rate by 25 basis points to 6.25 percent, citing escalating geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and rising interest rates in the US, causing the rupiah to weaken.

Jakarta Globe - April 24, 2024

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – Presidential and vice-presidential candidate Anies Baswedan-Muhaimin Iskandar (Anies-Cak Imin) attended the declaration ceremony of Prabowo Subianto and his running mate, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, as the elected president and vice president at the General Election Commission (KPU) office on Imam Bonjol Street, Menteng, Jakarta, on Wednesday.

Agence France-Presse - April 24, 2024

Jakarta – The General Elections Commission (KPU) formally declared Prabowo Subianto as the next president of the world's third-largest democracy Wednesday, after the Constitutional Court shot down challenges to his first-round majority victory.

Jakarta Post - April 24, 2024

Jakarta (Agencies) – President-elect Prabowo Subianto on Wednesday vowed to fight for all Indonesians and called for unity among political elites to take the country forward, as he seeks to strengthen his legislative clout ahead of taking office in October.

Tempo - April 24, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Hadi Tjahjanto revealed that some 3.2 million Indonesians are engaged in online gambling activities. Based on the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK), 80 percent of these gamblers placed bets under Rp100,000.

Jakarta Globe - April 24, 2024

Sella Rizky, Jakarta – The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) said Tuesday that there had been a change in migration patterns among Indonesians, as they look to settle outside the populous Java Island.

Jakarta Globe - April 24, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Two Instagram influencers and an e-sports athlete were arrested by the South Jakarta Police during a drug raid at a hotel in the Setia Budi area of South Jakarta on Monday.

Tempo - April 24, 2024

Jakarta – The Ministry of Fisheries produced some strange regulations about the cultivation and export of lobsters. Those involved include former generals, high-ranking police officers, and prosecutors.

Tempo - April 24, 2024

Pribadi Wicaksono, Jakarta – Presidential candidate Ganjar Pranowo admitted that he was not invited to Prabowo Subianto-Gibran Rakabuming Raka's declaration ceremony held by the Indonesian General Elections Commission (KPU) in Jakarta today. Ganjar was seen this morning cycling near his home in Sleman, Yogyakarta.

Ganjar Pranowo received no invitation

CNN Indonesia - April 24, 2024

Yogyakarta – Scores of people from an alliance of several civil society groups held a protest action in front of the General Elections Commission (KPU) offices in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta on Wednesday April 24.

The Interpreter - April 24, 2024

Fidelis Magalhaes – Prabowo Subianto's recent election win has sparked varied reactions, and while some interpret it as a setback for democratic progress since the 1998 reformasi, I see it as an opportunity for fostering deeper reconciliation between Timor-Leste and Indonesia.

Jakarta Post Editorial - April 24, 2024

Jakarta – Look to your left and right and perhaps you will find one or a few, of your friends recently bedridden or hospitalized with dengue fever.

Jakarta Globe - April 24, 2024

Sella Rizky, Jakarta – Sociologist Paulus Wirutomo is hoping that Jakarta's urbanization will continue to decline, as it is set to be a boon to other regions.

Asia Pacific Report - April 24, 2024

The West Papuan resistance OPM leader has condemned Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and US President Joe Biden, accusing their countries of "six decades of treachery" over Papuan independence.

The open letter was released today by OPM chairman Jeffrey P Bomanak on the eve of ANZAC Day 2024.

Jakarta Globe - April 24, 2024

Alfida Rizky Febrianna, Jakarta – Government estimates show that Jakarta will need approximately Rp 561 trillion (around $34.8 billion) in infrastructure funding to become a global city, especially after it loses its capital city status.

Fulcrum - April 24, 2024

Iim Halimatusa'diyah – Indonesia has a steep climb towards the recognition that women can play an equal part in the country's politics, especially as its youth are not immune to outdated ideas about gender roles.

Tempo - April 24, 2024

Sultan Abdurrahman, Jakarta – The General Elections Commission (KPU) is set to hold the declaration ceremony of Prabowo Subianto and Gibran Rakabuming Raka as the elected president and vice president today, April 24.

Tempo - April 24, 2024

Hanaa Septiana, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will grant honors to outstanding regional heads in commemoration of XXVIII Regional Autonomy Day (Otoda) to be held in Surabaya on Thursday, April 25.

Jakarta Globe - April 24, 2024

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – The General Election Commission (KPU) Chairman, Hasyim Asy'ari, has officially declared Prabowo Subianto and Gibran Rakabuning Raka as the elected President and Vice President for the 2024-2029 leadership term.

The declaration was made during an open plenary meeting at the KPU building in Central Jakarta on Wednesday.

Jakarta Globe - April 24, 2024

Ichsan Ali, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called on the president-elect and vice president-elect, Prabowo Subianto-Gibran Rakabuming Raka, to start working immediately after their inauguration on October 20, 2024.

Amnesty International - April 24, 2024

Peaceful demonstrators were arrested and excessive force was used to break up protests. Military operations in Papua resulted in unlawful killings and torture and other ill-treatment. Pro-independence activists were imprisoned. Torture and other ill-treatment by security forces of criminal suspects was commonplace, in some cases resulting in deaths.

Jakarta Post - April 24, 2024

Theresia Sufa, Bogor, West Java – Dendrobium capra, a species of green orchid endemic to East Java known locally as anggrek larat hijau (green larat orchid), is facing the threat of extinction, a researcher at the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) has warned.

Jakarta Post - April 24, 2024

Nina A. Loasana, Jakarta – Indonesia has seen almost three times as many deaths from dengue fever so far this year compared to the same period last year, as warmer weather triggered by the El Nino climate phenomenon drives up cases across the country.

April 23, 2024

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Ayo Bandung - April 23, 2024

Arif Budianto – Workers in West Java have confirmed that they will still hold demonstrations in Bandung to commemorate International Labour Day or May Day on May 1.