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Archipelago

  • Traditional cracker

    Khoiriah, 29, fries spinach crackers at a traditional snack production center in Lerep village, Semarang regency, Central Java, on Tuesday. Producers said demand for the crackers, which are priced at Rp 35,000 (US$3) per kilogram, had doubled ahead of Idul Fitri.(JP/Ainur Rohmah)

  • Islands in focus: Muhammadiyah sets Idul Fitri on July 17

    The country’s second-largest Muslim organization Muhammadiyah’s central executive board has officially set the beginning of Syawal, which means the coming of Idul Fitri, on July 17, based on its astronomical calculations.

  • Islands in focus: 13th salary for NTT councilor sparks criticism

    The 13th salary package demanded by 65 East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) provincial council (DPRD) members for the 2014-2019 period and approved by the budgetary board, has provoked strong criticism.

     

  • Islands in focus: AJI condemns violence against journalists

    Scores of journalists under the banner of the Alliance of Independence Journalists (AJI), Denpasar branch, held a rally in front of Bajra Sandhi monument in Denpasar on Tuesday, to express their concerns over violence against journalists.

     

  • Islands in focus: Javan rhino population declines in TNUK

    The population of the Javan rhinoceros, which was earlier estimated at 60 rhinos, has declined as four rhinos had died in the period between 2011 and 2014, says Ujung Kulon National Park (TNUK) center head Mohammad Haryono in Serang, Banten, on Tuesday.

  • Islands in focus: Traders suffer Rp 10b in damages from fire

    A blaze, which razed hundreds of kiosks at Cik Puan Market in Pekanbaru, Riau, on Monday, has caused traders to suffer material losses of up to Rp 10 billion (US$747,400).

  • Local traders complain of imported beef

    Local cow breeders and traders have complained over a lack of orders due to the increased import of frozen beef in Batam markets, Riau Islands, ahead of Idul Fitri.

  • Bandung students menaced by widespread tobacco ads

    A recent joint survey conducted by academics and antismoking activists in Bandung has found that students in the West Java capital city are prone to being exposed to cigarette advertisements, which have been widely placed near schools.

  • Land, forest fires continue to spread in Sumatra, Kalimantan

    Land and forest fires have continued to spread in Sumatra and Kalimantan over the past several days in the midst of the dry season, prompting local authorities to go all-out to curb the impact of the fires on local people and the environment.

  • PetroChina to open new wells in W. Tanjungjabung

    The West Tanjungjabung administration has said that it is processing permit requests for the opening of three new oil and gas wells that PetroChina Jabung International Ltd., a local subsidiary of China’s petroleum giant PetroChina, has proposed to explore in the regency.

  • Masks prepared to anticipate haze in Jambi

    The East Tanjungjabung administration says it has prepared 20,000 masks to anticipate haze pollution as this year’s dry season is likely to trigger a spike in forest fires in Jambi.

  • Fires in Jambi continue to expand

    A Jambi environmental activist has said the Pematang Damar forest, which is an orchid conservation area, caught fire in the past week threatening various endangered species of orchids.

  • Nigerian drug trafficker jailed for life

    The Depok District Court in West Java has sentenced Nigerian citizen Uzoma Elele Alfar, 33, to life imprisonment for smuggling 4 kilograms of methamphetamine and 301.1 grams of marijuana.

  • Police foil attempt to sell protected eagles on Facebook

    The East Java Police have arrested a man for allegedly attempting to trade wild protected eagles on social media.

  • Islands in focus: Police run reenactment of Engeline’s murder

    Police conducted a reenactment on Monday of the murder of 8-year-old Engeline Margret Megawe in a house on Jl. Sedap Malam No. 26, Denpasar, where the tragedy took place.

  • Islands in focus: Malaysia deports over 1,300 NTB workers

    The Malaysian government has deported 1,315 migrant workers from West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) so far this year, mostly for not having proper documentation, overstaying visas or involvement in criminal acts.

  • Islands in focus: NTT police officer cheats would-be cadets

    A member of the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Police Internal Affairs Division (Propam) First Brig. Fitra has allegedly cheated dozens of prospective police cadets of hundreds of millions of rupiah during selection procedures.

  • Islands in focus: Gorontalo exports 2,000 tons of corn to RP

    Gorontalo province has resumed corn exports, sending off a 2,000 ton shipment, this time to the Philippines. Gorontalo Agricultural Food Crops and Horticulture Office head Mulyadi Mario said the total export volume of corn had reached 95,967 tons as of July this year, or valued at Rp 555 billion (about US$426 million).

  • Bintan airport designed for charter flights, ready in 2017

    The development of the Bintan International Airport, scheduled for completion in 2017, is aimed at supporting the region’s tourist industry, especially the needs of charter flights, said Bintan Regent Ansar Ahmad.

  • Pekalongan mayor to sue home minister

    Pekalongan Mayor Basyir Achmad has threatened to sue Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo if the minister does not allow him to resign as mayor.