• Defense expo aims for arms development

    The upcoming 2014 Indo Defence Expo and Forum, the country’s largest military equipment exhibition, was expected to be a forum to forge defense partnerships between global and local defense companies, a Defense Ministry official said.

  • Hasto Krisyanto appointed as PDI-P acting secretary general

    Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri has appointed deputy secretary-general Hasto Kristiyanto as acting secretary general of the party, replacing Tjahjo Kumolo, who has been installed by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo as Home Minister.

  • KPK waits for wealth reports from Jokowi’s ministers

    While none of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s new ministers have yet delivered asset reports to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Suswono, one of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s 34 ex-ministers, took the initiative on Thursday to report his wealth to the antigraft body.

  • Major reform expected at two education ministries

    A major organizational overhaul is in order following President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s decision to divide the education ministry into two, with one handling basic education and the other overseeing higher education and research, experts have said.

  • Suryadharma proceeds with congress

    Despite a decree from the law and human rights minister upholding the legality of Muhammad “Romy” Romahurmuziy’s leadership of the United Development Party (PPP), the embattled chairman of the party, Suryadharma Ali, pressed ahead with plans to hold his own version of a muktamar (national congress) in Jakarta, starting on Thursday.

  • Red Cross launches mobile app on disasters

    The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has launched an Android-based mobile application that warns users of impending natural disasters and allows them to share disaster-related information.

  • New ministries put a halt to scholarship fund

    The inspector general of the now-defunct Education and Culture Ministry, Haryono Umar, said on Thursday that the merging of the ministry’s higher education directorate general (Dikti) with the Research and Technology Ministry, may result in the postponement of disbursement of domestic and international scholarships as well as operational funds for universities until April next year.

  • BPJS health insurance enlists 130 million members

    Membership at the Social Security Management Agency (BPJS) topped 130 million persons  as of Oct. 24, nearly meeting the year-end target of 131 million.


  • Andi soon to be inaugurated as new Cabinet secretary

    Andi Widjajanto, a former deputy of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo’s transition team who had been assisting the latter in forming his new Cabinet, will be inaugurated as Cabinet secretary next week.

  • Romy’s camp to defend minister’s ‘controversial’ decree

    Amid heated internal rivalry, the camp of United Development Party (PPP) chairman Muhammad “Romy” Romahurmuziy has vowed to help defend the government in facing a lawsuit that challenges a government decree confirming his appointment as party chairman.

  • Red Cross launches mobile app on disasters

    The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has launched an Android-based mobile application that helps users anticipate natural disasters and share disaster-related information.

  • Political observer Sugeng Sarjadi passes away

    Senior political observer Sugeng Sarjadi passed away at the age of 72 at Perta Medika Hospital, Sentul City, Bogor on Thursday.

  • New minister to focus on scrutinizing forestry permits

    With the merging of the Forestry Ministry and the Environment Ministry in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s new Cabinet, newly-appointed Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar faces the daunting task of balancing the exploitation and preservation aspects of both ministries.

  • Street vendor arrested for insulting Jokowi, Megawati

    A small-time worker in East Jakarta has been arrested for allegedly posting a doctored pornographic picture which bears the faces of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri.

  • Jokowi riding high on public support: SMRC

    After assuming the nation’s highest office just a little more than a week ago, findings from a new survey reveal a high degree of public trust in its new leader, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

  • KPK chief denies dropping BCA tax scandal

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) claimed on Wednesday that investigation into a high profile tax scandal involving Bank Central Asia (BCA) was on its way with charges awaiting former Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) chairman Hadi Poernomo, the first suspect in the scandal.

  • Singaporean’s fate remains undecided

    The fate of Singaporean Lim Yong Nam, 40, who is wanted by the US Justice Department for exporting a number of US-made electronic devices for bombs in Iran and Iraq, remains unclear.

  • New attorney general must be an outsider

    An analyst has called on President Joko “Jokowi’ Widodo to appoint a figure from outside of the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) as the new attorney general.

  • Biak Numfor regent gets 4.5-year prison term for graft

    The Corruption Court handed over on Wednesday a four-and-a-half-year prison term to Biak Numfor Regent Yesaya Sombuk, who was found guilty of accepting bribes from a businessman.

  • New FM orders diplomats to make 'blusukan' overseas

    Newly appointed Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Wednesday that Indonesian diplomats all over the world must emulate President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's typical approach known as blusukan (impromptu visits) in the countries where they are posted as part of efforts to support Jokowi's economic diplomacy vision.

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