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March 4, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Straits Times - March 4, 2019

Jakarta (AFP) – Indonesian authorities warned on Monday (March 4) that up to 100 people could still be trapped and feared dead inside a collapsed illegal gold mine despite a painstaking rescue effort that has so far plucked 19 people alive from the rubble, but also seen nine deaths.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Al Jazeera - March 4, 2019

Ian Morse, Makassar, Indonesia – Earlier this month Sajad Jacob, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan who had been living in an Indonesian detention centre for nearly two decades, died in the hospital. The 24-year-old had doused himself in petrol and set himself on fire.

Jacob was a Hazara, a Shia Muslim minority that has suffered violent persecution in Afghanistan.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – The police nabbed Democratic Party deputy secretary-general Andi Arief on Sunday for allegedly consuming sabu-sabu (crystal methamphetamine).

National Police Criminal Investigation Department head Comr. Gen. Idham Azis confirmed the arrest to The Jakarta Post on Monday, but declined to provide further details.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
New Mandala - March 4, 2019

Dyah Ayu Kartika – "If Jokowi wins, there would be no azan [the Islamic call to prayer], no Qur'an study circle for children, no veil [for women]; women can marry other women, men with other men", said three women during a door-to-door campaign in Karawang, West Java.

News ›› Indonesia ›› National Holidays & Celebrations
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2019

Ni Komang Erviani, Denpasar – Dressed in simple predominantly white attire, thousands of Balinese Hindus flocked to the beaches across the Island of the Gods on Monday for the sacred Melasti purification ritual.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Tempo - March 4, 2019

Egi Adyatama, Friski Riana, Jakarta – The United Development Party (PPP) admits that they are not worried about the findings reported by pollster Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI) Denny JA on the ineffectiveness of campaigning religious sentiments.

March 3, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - March 3, 2019

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – To reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of Indonesia's efforts to meet its nationally determined contribution (NDC), the Jakarta administration aims to be a model city of emissions reduction by drafting an action plan called Ikhtiar Jakarta (Jakarta Endeavor).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Tempo.co - March 3, 2019

Juli Hantoro, Jakarta – The director of the Jakarta Alimat Network (Indonesian Family Justice Movement), Maria Ulfah Anshor, says that opposition to the Draft Law on the Elimination of Sexual Violence (RUU PKS) is ridden with the politicisation of religion to take advantage of the momentum of the elections.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Detik News - March 3, 2019

Andhika Prasetia, Jakarta – Incumbent presidential candidate President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has emphasised that the ideology of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) is Pancasila. If anyone wants to replace this, he said, they will have to face the Pancasila Youth (PP).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - March 3, 2019

N. Adri, Jakarta and Balikpapan – National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Ari Dono Sukmanto said Saturday they had been focusing on the prevention of growing confrontation between supporters of presidential candidates ahead of the legislative and presidential elections next month.

News ›› East Timor ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
ABC News - March 3, 2019

Jano Gibson – It's feeding time outside a police station in Dili, where three large saltwater crocodiles are kept as pets.

As an officer dangles a chicken carcass into the enclosure, one of the reptiles lunges for its meal. Watching on are a group of Darwin-based researchers, who have come to Timor-Leste on the hunt for crocodile DNA.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Jakarta Post - March 3, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho has lamented the theft of a forest and land fire early warning system in South Sumatra, a province prone to wildfires.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - March 3, 2019

Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Jakarta – It is less than a month before election day, yet the Democratic Party is still preoccupied with its own targets for the legislative election while not doing much for its presidential ticket Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno.

News ›› West Papua ›› Infrastructure & Development
Tempo.co - March 3, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Hasanuddin XIV regional military commander Major General Surawahadi has released 600 TNI (Indonesian military) soldiers to provide security for the construction of the Trans Papua highway.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Jakarta Post - March 3, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – A higher court must acquit Saidah Saleh Syamlah, a housewife living in Surabaya, East Java, of all charges of defaming textile company PT Pisma Putra Textile, the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) has said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - March 3, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Nedi Putra and Arya Dipa, Jakarta, Malang and Bandung – For residents of Malang in East Java, the Supit Urang landfill is bad luck, having faced a spate of misfortunes in 2018 alone, from a waste avalanche claiming the life of a scavenger to the arrest of more than 40 regional council members for alleged graft.

March 2, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - March 2, 2019

Jakarta – Dozens of neighborhoods across Jakarta were inundated on Saturday morning following heavy downpour in the upstream area of Bogor in West Java since Friday afternoon.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - March 2, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo received support for his re-election bid from several relatives of Sandiaga Uno, the running mate of his opponent, Prabowo Subianto, during an official visit to Gorontalo on Thursday evening.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Bloomberg - March 2, 2019

Tassia Sipahutar, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo is expected to win a second term in the April 17 presidential election as he leads against rival Prabowo Subianto, according to the latest Roy Morgan opinion poll published Friday.

News ›› East Timor ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Strategist - March 2, 2019

Donald Greenlees – Just over 20 years ago, a letter from Australian prime minister John Howard to the president of Indonesia, B.J. Habibie, set in motion a chain of events that would lead to East Timor's passage to nationhood.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Jakarta Post - March 2, 2019

Jakarta – Incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has claimed that rampant fake news and slander has negatively affected his electability and that of his running mate, Ma'ruf Amin, in West Java, Indonesia's most populous province.

News ›› West Papua ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Tempo - March 2, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Martuani Sormin has stated that there is no military operation in conflict-plagued Nduga district, Papua province.

"Only law enforcement operation code-named operasi Nemangkawi is currently being conducted in the district," he said Friday, March. 1.

March 1, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - March 1, 2019

Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) chairman Tulus Abadi said that Aprindo should take more progressive plan in applying paid plastic bag, which is by using bags that earned the Indonesian National Standard (SNI).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - March 1, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Indonesia recorded the year's first deflation of 0.08 percent in February, compared to the 0.32 percent inflation it recorded in January, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Friday.

The figure brings year-to-date (ytd) and year-on-year (yoy) inflation rates to 0.24 percent and 2.57 percent, respectively.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Jakarta Post - March 1, 2019

Jakarta – The government has slammed tech giants for failing to filter content that it says has contributed to the spread of misinformation on social media.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - March 1, 2019

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – The government plans to launch a financial deepening program comprising tax incentives for several investment instruments to attract more long-term investors and increase activity in the country's capital market.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Radio New Zealand International - March 1, 2019

Indonesia's military says the West Papua Liberation Army set fire to a digger owned by a state-owned construction company on Tuesday.

The attack on Istaka Karya's operations in Nduga regency follows the killing of at least 16 of its employees there by the Liberation Army in December. The Liberation Army has claimed the staff were actually Indonesian military in disguise.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - March 1, 2019

Jakarta – The government sent heavy equipment in its mission to rescue dozens of miners trapped in an unauthorized mine in Bolaang Mongondow, North Sulawesi to speed up the evacuation, following an accident that killed eight people.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 1, 2019

Theresia Sufa, Bogor – There are 135,000 snake bite cases in Indonesia every year, and they can be a time bomb as victims often opt for treatment by shamans, an expert has said.

News ›› West Papua ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Jakarta Globe - March 1, 2019

Farouk Arnaz & Dion Bisara, Jakarta – Police have named firebrand cleric Ja'far Umar Thalib, former commander of the disbanded Islamist militant organization Laskar Jihad, a suspect in a case of assault in Jayapura, Papua.

Ja'far, who is at the forefront of spreading a puritanical form of Islam in Indonesia, has a long history of involvement in sectarian conflict.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Coconuts Jakarta - March 1, 2019

Starting today, minimarkets AKA convenience stores across Indonesia are charging a nominal fee for every plastic bag customers use to carry their purchases.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Jakarta Post - March 1, 2019

Rachmadea Aisyah, Jakarta – Douglas was aware of the series of earthquakes that struck Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, six months ago when he decided to visit the island during his six-week holiday.

As a native of California in the United States, the 30-year-old electronic salesperson is no stranger to tremors.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Coconuts Jakarta - March 1, 2019

Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia and the world's largest Muslim organization, is widely seen in contemporary political and religious contexts as the bastion of moderate Islam in Indonesia as well as the country's leading voice in speaking out against religious extremism.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - March 1, 2019

Jakarta – After several delays and a prolonged tug-of-war, the Gerindra Party and Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) submitted two names as recommendations for the next Jakarta deputy governor to Governor Anies Baswedan on Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - March 1, 2019

Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named PT Merial Esa a suspect in a graft case surrounding the procurement of sea surveillance satellite systems at the Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla).

The KPK previously named seven individuals suspects in the case, which was first brought to light in December 2016.

February 28, 2019

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
Sydney Morning Herald - February 28, 2019

Alexandra Back – A jury could hear the controversial prosecution of a former spy known as "Witness K" and his lawyer who are both accused of revealing information about the Australian government spying on East Timor, a court has been told.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Tempo - February 28, 2019

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – Atma Jaya Institute of Public Policy (IPP) survey revealed 60 percent urban youth across the Greater Jakarta Area, Bandung, and Surabaya agrees the quality of Indonesia's democracy has deteriorated following traces of politicizing religion.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Jakarta Post - February 28, 2019

Jakarta – More journalists have come forward to report intimidation and assault during the 212 Munajat prayer event on Feb. 21.

Following a police report filed by journalists from detik.com and suara.com, CNN Indonesia videographer Endra Rezaldi filed a separate report with the Jakarta Police on Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Sydney Morning Herald - February 28, 2019

James Massola and Amilia Rosa, Jakarta – Rescue workers have used makeshift stretchers to haul victims through steep jungle terrain to safety, while the death toll from an Indonesian gold mine collapse is rising.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Jakarta Post - February 28, 2019

Jakarta – Prosecutors have asked the West Jakarta District Court to sentence gang leader Hercules Rozario Marshal to three years in prison for his alleged criminal activities related to the illegal occupancy of a 2-hectare plot in Kalideres.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Jakarta Post - February 28, 2019

Jakarta – The South Jakarta District Court began on Thursday the trial of actress and antigovernment activist Ratna Sarumpaet, who is accused of spreading hate speech.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
CNN Indonesia - February 28, 2019

Jakarta – Activists from the Solidarity Network for the Families of Victims (JSKK) held their 576th Kamisan (Thursday) action in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday February 28.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Jakarta Globe - February 28, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Indonesian actress-turned-political activist Ratna Sarumpaet appeared in the South Jakarta District Court on Thursday, charged with spreading deceptive information that resulted in public disorder.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - February 28, 2019

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – The Transportation Ministry is conducting an investigation into the safety of low-cost carrier Lion Air following reports in recent weeks that its flights were experiencing problems midair.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Asia Pacific Report - February 28, 2019

A special mission from the World Council of Churches has criticised the ongoing human rights violations by Indonesian security forces in the West Papua region after its five-day visit to Indonesia last week and has called for "more openness" by the authorities.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 28, 2019

Jakarta – The city administration of Depok in West Java has warned companies that they may have their business permits revoked for polluting lakes and rivers.

The head of the Depok Environment and Sanitation Agency's pollution control unit, Mohammad Isa, said the agency would gradually assess companies before imposing sanctions.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Agence France Presse - February 28, 2019

Jakarta – At least seven people have died and dozens more are still trapped beneath the rubble of an illegal gold mine that collapsed in Bolaang Mongondow regency, North Sulawesi, officials said Thursday, as rescuers frantically searched for survivors.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Gatra.com - February 28, 2019

Resza Mustafa, Semarang – A Kamisan (Thursday) action was held by 32 activist and students from several different groups in front of the University of Diponegoro Statue in the Central Java provincial capital of Semarang on Thursday February 28.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
Sydney Morning Herald - February 28, 2019

James Massola and Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – Indonesia and Australia will end months of uncertainty and finally sign a landmark free trade deal in the Indonesian capital next Monday.

The deal will be signed by Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham and his counterpart Enggartiasto Lukita, while Vice President Jusuf Kalla will also be on hand at the Luwansa Hotel.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Jakarta Post - February 28, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The North Sumatra Police named 11 members of hardline group the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) suspects on Thursday for allegedly causing a commotion during the 93rd anniversary event of Indonesia's largest Islamic organization Nahdatul Ulama (NU) in Tebing Tinggi, North Sumatra, held on Wednesday morning.