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April 28, 2023

Jakarta Globe - April 28, 2023

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia has only achieved half of what it had initially targeted for the so-called domestic market obligation or DMO for cooking oil in April, according to the Trade Ministry.

China Daily - April 28, 2023

Xie Chuanjiao, Beijing – The last three electric multiple units customized for the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway in Indonesia started being shipped to the Southeast Asian country on Wednesday at Qingdao Port, Shandong province.

Jakarta Post - April 28, 2023

Jakarta – The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) announced on Thursday that one Indomie instant noodle variant that was banned in Taiwan and Malaysia for containing carcinogenic substances, is in fact safe for consumption.

Reuters - April 28, 2023

Jakarta – Indonesia will allow miners Freeport Indonesia and Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara to continue exporting copper concentrate until next year, despite a ban starting this June, to allow for their smelters to be completed, the mining minister said on Friday.

Jakarta Post - April 28, 2023

Deni Ghifari, Jakarta – Indonesia may be better positioned than many of its peers to weather a possible wave of debt crises in developing nations, an economist has suggested.

Publicly listed lender Bank Permata chief economist Josua Pardede told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that Indonesia was relatively protected from debt crisis risk.

Associated Press - April 28, 2023

Mohammad Taufan, Palu, Indonesia – Two bodies have been recovered following the collapse of a nickel waste disposal site in Indonesia, in the latest of a series of deadly accidents at Chinese-owned nickel smelting plants on the Southeast Asian country's Sulawesi island, officials said Friday.

Brisbane times - April 28, 2023

Chris Barrett, Dili – It is election season across much of South-East Asia, but nowhere in these parts will the torch of democracy shine brighter than here in Timor-Leste (also known as East Timor).

Sydney Morning Herald - April 28, 2023

Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies – A young Australian man has been arrested in Indonesia's ultra-conservative Aceh province, accused of an alcohol-fuelled, naked rampage outside a beachside resort that left a passer-by in hospital and prompted an angry mob of residents to threaten to burn down the hotel.

Jakarta Post Editorial - April 28, 2023

Jakarta – Misinformation is rampant in this digital era, but the lack of transparency on the part of the government regarding the ongoing attempts to rescue a New Zealand pilot who was abducted by Papuan separatist rebels almost three months ago is equally disturbing.

April 27, 2023

Jakarta Globe - April 27, 2023

Bernadus Wijayaka, Jakarta – Former Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) chairman Mochamad Iriawan officially became a member of the Great Indonesian Movement Party (Gerindra) after he met with party founder Prabowo Subianto in Jakarta on Thursday evening.

Tempo - April 27, 2023

Mirza Bagaskara, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has questioned a member of the Jakarta DPRD from the PDIP faction, Cinta Mega, regarding the alleged corruption case for land acquisition in Pulogebang, East Jakarta.

Tempo - April 27, 2023

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko issued a warning to separatist groups in Papua who have committed human rights violations against civilians, women, and children, in the form of murder and rape.

Jakarta Post - April 27, 2023

News Desk, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo held a meeting on Thursday with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairperson Megawati Soekarnoputri, the first encounter since the two politicians made a joint appearance last week to announce the party's endorsement of Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo as the party's presidential candidate in 2024.

Jakarta Post - April 27, 2023

Deni Ghifari, Jakarta – Indonesia has dropped in a ranking of countries as places to conduct business, scoring poorly in the assessments of political effectiveness and infrastructure, which suggests that structural reforms pushed by the government have had little effect so far in improving the business environment.

Tabloid Jubi - April 27, 2023

Jayapura, Jubi – Church leaders across denominations in Papua urge President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to stop military operations in Papua and instead, promote a humanitarian approach and negotiation in handling the Papua conflicts. Attempts to release New Zealand pilot Philip Mark Mehrtens who was taken hostage by the West Papua National Army (TNPPB) were highlighted.

Tempo - April 27, 2023

Amelia Rahima Sari, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Pandjaitan said on his personal Instagram post that the recent high temperatures in a number of Indonesian regions, caused by the El Nino phenomenon, could potentially spark inflation.

Tempo - April 27, 2023

Eka Yudha Saputra, Jakarta – A police sector headquarters in South Sulawesi's Jeneponto Regency on Thursday dawn was attacked by a group of unknown people that reportedly reached 100. The attackers used Molotov explosives and stones that ransacked a police facility and caused one officer to get shot in the abdomen.

Jakarta Post - April 27, 2023

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The North Sumatra Police have arrested officer Adj. Sr. Comr. Achirudin Hasibuan for failing to intervene to stop his son from assaulting a university student in December.

Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Hadi Wahyudi said Achirudin was also relieved of his duty as chief of operations at the provincial police drug crimes directorate.

Coconuts Jakarta - April 27, 2023

She didn't exactly break the internet, but Siskaeee, one of the most popular adult content creators in Indonesia, has at least crashed servers with her adult film debut.

UCA News - April 27, 2023

They want an end to military operations in the crisis-hit province following the move to implement a 'combat alert operation'

In a rare gesture, Catholic and Protestant leaders in Papua have come together to appeal to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to stop military operations in the crisis-hit province following the latest move to implement a 'combat alert operation.'

Jakarta Post - April 27, 2023

Nina A. Loasana and Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – Authorities are claiming early success in managing this year's record-breaking Idul Fitri travel season, buoyed by reduced congestion during the expected peak of traffic counterflows on Monday and Tuesday, which marked the end of the state-mandated holiday period.

Tempo - April 27, 2023

Mutia Yuantisya, Jakarta – Greenpeace Indonesia's climate and energy campaigner Bondan Andriyanu on Wednesday called the need to pay attention to the source of Jakarta's recent poor air quality, which he underlined comes from the emissions produced by motorized vehicles and non-transportation.

Fulcrum - April 27, 2023

Made Supriatma – Indonesia's largest political party has finally ended the speculation on whom it will back for 2024's presidential race. Game on.

Jakarta Post Editorial - April 27, 2023

Jakarta – Highly educated Indonesians and conservative Muslims have often expressed condescending views on Megawati Soekarnoputri, the chairperson of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the largest party in the ruling coalition, mostly because her statements appear to have been targeted at ordinary folk, who make up the base of her political party.

Jakarta Post - April 27, 2023

Fikri Harish, Jakarta – Marking the comeback of a vinyl-record pressing plant in Indonesia after a nearly 50-year hiatus, PHR Pressing is set to resume domestic vinyl production in the country with a new pressing plant in Cengkareng, West Jakarta.

Jakarta Post - April 27, 2023

Aditya Hadi, Jakarta – The Indonesian poultry industry is poised to see constrained growth this year as firms' bottom lines are eroded by a prolonged oversupply of live birds and higher input costs, despite an increase in sales last year.

April 26, 2023

Jakarta Post Editorial - April 26, 2023

Jakarta – Late last week, as millions of Indonesians traveled to their hometowns in the annual Idul Fitri mudik (exodus), this newspaper celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Jakarta Post - April 26, 2023

Suherdjoko, 600000 – This year's mudik (exodus) has seen fewer traffic accidents, Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy reported on Monday.

Jakarta Globe - April 26, 2023

Yustinus Paat, Yogyakarta – The United Development Party, or PPP, announced on Wednesday that it supports the nomination of Ganjar Pranowo as a candidate for the 2024 presidential election.

The PPP is the second party after the People's Conscience Party (Hanura) to join the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) in nominating Ganjar.

Jakarta Post - April 26, 2023

Radhiyya Indra, Jakarta – Looking back over 40 years of The Jakarta Post, each photograph captures the emotions behind the country's events and experiences.

On a long desk in an office library, hundreds of old photograph albums have been piled up until no space was left. "There are tens of thousands of frames here," photographer Rony Zakaria explained.

Jakarta Post - April 26, 2023

Suherdjoko, Karanganyar, Central Java – Some 30 Christian leaders from across the archipelago showed their support for Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, following his nomination for the 2024 presidential race by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

Tempo - April 26, 2023

Eka Yudha Saputra, Jakarta – The Cartenz Peace Operation Task Force rebutted the statement that the joint Indonesian military (TNI) and police (Polri) team dropped bombs in Nduga as conveyed by a New Zealand pilot Philips Max Mehrtens held hostage by the Papuan separatist group in a video released on April 24.

Mongabay - April 26, 2023

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – When Indonesia embarked on its Mega Rice Project in the mid-1990s, it cleared vast swaths of forest for farmland, mostly in the peatlands of Borneo – only to abandon the scheme when it discovered that the carbon-rich peat soil was a poor host for rice cultivation.

Radio New Zealand - April 26, 2023

New Zealand hostage Phillip Mehrtens, who is being held by separatists in West Papua, appears well in a newly-released video.

It comes as concerns were expressed for the pilot as fighting between Indonesian security forces and his captors, the West Papua Liberation Army, intensified last week.

Tempo - April 26, 2023

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – Media mogul who also assumes the chairperson of the political party Perindo, Hary Tanoesoedibjo (or Hary Tanoe), on Wednesday morning, met with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta. The founder of MNC Group claims his arrival there is unrelated to politics.

Associated Press - April 26, 2023

Niniek Karmini, Jakarta – Separatist rebels in Indonesia's restive Papua region released a video Wednesday appearing to show the New Zealand pilot they took hostage in February saying that recent Indonesian military attacks threatened his safety.

Jakarta Globe - April 26, 2023

BeritaSatu, Jakarta – Food manufacturing giant Indofood Sukses Makmur announced that the company would soon clarify Taiwan's allegations of a cancer-inducing substance found on its noodle brand Indomie: Special Chicken Flavor.

Jakarta Globe - April 26, 2023

Yustinus Paat, Yogyakarta – The decision by the United Development Party, or PPP, to nominate Ganjar Pranowo for president raises a question about the future of the coalition it established with two incumbent parties last year.

April 25, 2023

Coconuts Jakarta - April 25, 2023

Talk about conduct unbecoming of an officer. A video showing an Indonesian military (TNI) officer kicking a motorcycle carrying a woman and her child, almost knocking them over, went viral yesterday as angry netizens blasted him for his violent behavior.

The outcry led to the Indonesian military quickly identifying the officer and saying that he would be disciplined.

Jakarta Globe - April 25, 2023

Thresa Sandra Desfika, Jakarta – PLN has joined forces with Energi Selalu Baru (ESB) to deploy battery swap stations for Volta electric two-wheelers at a number of locations belonging to the state-owned utility firm.

Jakarta Globe - April 25, 2023

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Ganjar Pranowo has been perceived as a potential contender for the 2024 presidential election for years but the Central Java governor said he was astonished the moment Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri made his candidacy official last Friday.

Jakarta Post - April 25, 2023

Fadli, Batam – The Agriculture Ministry's Bukit Tinggi Veterinary Center has deployed officers to examine pig samples from a company's farm on Bulan Island in Batam, Riau Island. The African swine fever (ASF) virus was detected in some pig carcasses.

Sydney Morning Herald - April 25, 2023

Carol Rosenberg, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba – In a hybrid federal-military US court in Cuba, a prosecutor has proposed a March 2025 trial date for three men accused of conspiring in the 2002 Bali bombings.

He also pledged to present the military judge with all proposed national security evidence in the case in the next nine months.

April 24, 2023

Reuters - April 24, 2023

A strong undersea earthquake has sent streams of people fleeing to higher ground in western Indonesia, after a tsunami warning was briefly triggered.

Jakarta Globe - April 24, 2023

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Monday urged Eid holiday travelers to postpone their return trips as toll roads are expected to get extremely packed with vehicles.

The return flow of travelers is forecast to peak on April 24-25.

Jakarta Globe - April 24, 2023

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – A number of political parties have expressed interest in joining the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P, to help Ganjar Pranowo win the 2024 presidential election, an executive with the ruling party said on Monday.

UCA News - April 24, 2023

A journalist group has slammed a top police official in Indonesia's Catholic-majority Island of Flores for threatening a journalist with planned violence for his critical writings.

April 23, 2023

Jakarta Globe - April 23, 2023

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – Sandiaga Uno met with executives of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) on Sunday to confirm his departure from the party that he used as the political vehicle in the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election and the 2019 presidential election.

Jakarta Globe - April 23, 2023

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – Prabowo Subianto is not interested in becoming a running mate in the 2024 presidential election and will try his luck for a third time for the first time despite back-to-back losses, a close ally said on Sunday.

April 22, 2023

Channel News Asia - April 22, 2023

Nivell Rayda, Sukabumi, Indonesia – With her trusty walking cane in hand and a backpack filled with ripe bananas, Tini Kasmawati trudged through the slippery, mud-caked paths of a dwindling forest near her village, unfazed by the drizzling rain, frigid morning air and most of all: Her deteriorating vision.Occasionally, the visually impaired woman lost her footing on the hilly terrai