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NZ helps Indonesia with explosive problem

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:18:33 +0100

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister John Key at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta. 19th July 2016 New Zealand Herald photo by Isaac Davidson The country's two leaders Prime Minister John Key and President Joko Widodo signed an agreement in Jakarta in July to co-operate on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing .




No laughing matter: Indonesians could be jailed for insensitive memes soon

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:18:32 +0100

FOR many in this generation, it is difficult to imagine a world without humour sparked by creative Internet memes, but the Indonesian government apparently doesn't agree. According to the Jakarta Post earlier this week, the Jokowi administration is revising the country's statute books to make these illegal.




Illegal mining behind Indonesia flood toll

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:18:04 +0100

Illegal mining and land clearing have been major contributors to the death toll of recent landslides and flooding in West Java, with the Indonesian President calling for the prosecution of "environment destroyers". President Joko Widodo visited Garut in West Java on Thursday - the worst-affected area of flooding and landslides in the region that killed at least 34 people last week and has left more than 6300 people living in shelters.




Wealthy Indonesians Line Up for Tax Amnesty After Slow Start

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:18:03 +0100

Rich Indonesians are starting to embrace a tax amnesty program that President Joko Widodo sees as a key revenue source for his spending plans, though inflows are still far from the government's initial target. amnesty more than doubled from last week to 299,087 as the first deadline carrying the lowest penalty rate approached on Friday.




Aceh wins rare praise for women's rights

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:18:35 +0100

BANDA ACEH: Indonesia's Aceh province, which has gained international infamy for its strict Islamic laws, won rare praise from rights activists for introducing the country's most generous maternity leave policy. The decision yesterday to give female civil servants six months' maternity leave, double the typical amount elsewhere in the country, is an unusual move in a province routinely criticised for breaching women's rights.




Indonesia Raids Google Office After Warning on Tax Audit Refusal

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:00:07 +0100

Google Inc.'s Jakarta office was raided by Indonesian authorities after they warned the company for refusing a tax audit. Officers visited Google's office in central Jakarta "many times" in the past two weeks to collect data and repeatedly sought meetings with senior company officials, Muhammad Haniv, the head of special taxpayers at the Finance Ministry, said in a phone interview Thursday.




Indonesia steps up coordination to control spread of Zika, H5N1

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:45:00 +0100

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's recent decision to disband the National Committee on Zoonosis , whose functions have now been taken over by the Coordinating Human Development and Culture Ministry, is expected to improve the nation's ability to control zoonotic diseases such as bird flu and Zika. The ministry's health development deputy, Sigit Priohutomo, said the ministry would start working once the President issued a presidential regulation on the committee's disbandment.




Bioactive compound from neem plant shows promising effects on prostate cancer

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:24:11 +0100

Oral administration of nimbolide, over 12 weeks shows reduction of prostate tumour size by up to 70 per cent and decrease in tumour metastasis by up to 50 per cent A team of international researchers led by Associate Professor Gautam Sethi from the Department of Pharmacology at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore has found that nimbolide, a bioactive terpenoid compound derived from Azadirachta indica or more commonly known as the neem plant, could reduce the size of prostate tumour by up to 70 per cent and suppress its spread or metastasis by half. Prostate cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers worldwide.




Thousands of Indonesian workers protest against tax amnesty

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:37:24 +0100

Thousands of Indonesian union workers marched to the heart of Jakarta on Thursday to protest against a government tax amnesty scheme, which is meant to plug a large budget deficit but which they say unfairly pardons wealthy tax dodgers. The amnesty program, under which Indonesians are encouraged to repatriate previously undeclared overseas assets to avoid increasing penalties, was launched in July and is a top priority for President Joko Widodo.




Thousands of Indonesian workers protest against tax amnesty

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:37:23 +0100

Thousands of Indonesian union workers marched to the heart of Jakarta on Thursday to protest against a government tax amnesty scheme, which is meant to plug a large budget deficit but which they say unfairly pardons wealthy tax dodgers. An officer assists a tax amnesty participant at a help desk inside the country's tax headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia September 8, 2016.




Indonesian company in StanChart probe removed founders

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:15:32 +0100

An Indonesian power company said on Wednesday it had removed its founders last year and takes seriously allegations of "improper behaviour" after revelations US justice officials are probing Standard Chartered over suspected bribery at the firm. A woman walks down the stairs of the Standard Chartered headquarters in Hong Kong, October 13, 2010.




Lab demonstrates commitment to Asia Pacific - Eurofins

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:56:39 +0100

Eurofins Food Testing Singapore Pte will provide analytical services to the Singapore market and serve as a competence center for growing markets in The Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. The 557m2 facility in Paya Lebar has started testing services for unnamed global food and beverage companies in the region.




Dicing with Lady Death at Halloween Horror Nights 2016

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:32:44 +0100

SINGAPORE: Come Halloween season, Universal Studios Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa unabashedly transforms from wholesome entertainment theme park into fright-filled playground of where adult scares replace its light family-friendly fun. Back for its sixth edition, the park is ready to unleash its most bloodcurdling Halloween Horror Nights yet by offering several new nightmares which boasts a blend of the best of Asian and western scares.




Trikomsel Says Indonesian Court to Review Debt Workout Plan

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:05:33 +0100

PT Trikomsel Oke, an Indonesian mobile-phone retailer that defaulted on bonds last year, said that a court hearing on the company's debt workout plan will be held on Wednesday. A Jakarta commercial court had decided on Sept.




Man arrested for alleged robbery in Balestier involving stun-device

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:47:39 +0100

A 28-year-old woman reported that an unknown man armed with a stun-device had robbed her of S$1,750 and RMB1,000 in cash along Jalan Dusun. SINGAPORE: A 27-year-old man has been arrested for suspected involvement in a case of armed robbery in Balestier, said police in a news release on Wednesday .




Irda inks MoU with Indonesia's Metro TV

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:40:22 +0100

JAKARTA: The Iskandar Regional Development Authority Tuesday announced its collaboration with Indonesian television news channel Metro TV as part of its integrated media campaign to promote Iskandar Malaysia in Indonesia in conjunction with the economic region's 10th anniversary. Irda Chief Executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said that through the memorandum of understanding with PT Media Televisi Indonesia, which operates Metro TV, Irda will be able to reach out to a bigger segment of the Indonesian market.




Indonesia evacuating tourists after Mount Barujari eruption

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:34:28 +0100

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesian authorities are searching for several hundred tourists after Mount Barujari on Lombok island spewed a massive column of ash into the atmosphere and have evacuated more than 1,100 others, the country's disaster agency said Wednesday. The volcano, also known as the Child of Rinjani because it sits within the Mount Rinjani caldera, erupted without warning on Tuesday afternoon, delaying flights from airports in Lombok and nearby Bali.