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Australia-Indonesia free trade talks going round in circles

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:56:10 GMT2017-09-20T12:56:10Z

Jakarta: The latest press conference on free trade deal negotiations between Australia and Indonesia felt a lot like Groundhog Day. Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo and Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita proudly told the assembled media that Indonesia will reduce tariffs on imported Australian raw sugar and Australia will eliminate import duties on Indonesian herbicides and pesticides.

Uber embroiled in bribery scandal in Asia - Malaysian, Indonesian...

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:56:09 GMT2017-09-20T12:56:09Z

Ride-hailing service Uber is in hot soup in the United States over its dealings in Asia. The San Francisco-based startup is under federal investigation into allegations of overseas bribery in the world's largest continent, with its businesses in Malaysia and Indonesia implicated in the scandal, according to Bloomberg .

Leader of Indonesia attack plot gets 11 years in prison

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:31:26 GMT2017-09-20T10:31:26Z

An Indonesian militant linked to the Islamic State group smiled and raised one finger toward heaven after a court on Wednesday sentenced him to 11 years in prison for leading a plot to attack a presidential guard-changing ceremony in Jakarta. At the same sentencing hearing, a co-conspirator, who received six years in prison, shook his fist in the air and shouted "God is Great."

Leader of Indonesia attack plot gets 11 years in prison

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:31:25 GMT2017-09-20T10:31:25Z

Suspected Indonesian militant Agus Supriyadi, center, raises his fist as he shouts "God is great!" during his sentencing hearing at East Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

Foundation to create special reserve for albino orangutan

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:31:24 GMT2017-09-20T10:31:24Z

In this undated photo released by Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, Alba, an albino orangutan, sits on a branch of a tree while eating watermelon at Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. The conservation group says it wants to create a 5-hectare "forest island" for the world's only known albino orangutan after rescuing it from villagers five months ago.

Indonesia, Sri Lanka to form parliamentary cooperation group

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:52:14 GMT2017-09-20T05:52:14Z

Sept 20, Jakarta: Indonesia and Sri Lanka will soon set up a parliamentary cooperation group to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries in various fields such as politics, economy, and culture. Sri Lankan Ambassador to Indonesia, Dharshana Mahendra Perera has made a request to open the working group of the Indonesian and Sri Lankan Parliaments when the Chairperson of the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Board , Nurhayati Ali Assegaf received the Sri Lankan envoy at her office in the Parliament building in Jakarta on Tuesday, Antara News reported.

Uber Is Reviewing Asia Bribe Allegations Amid U.S. Criminal Probe

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:10:55 GMT2017-09-20T01:10:55Z

Uber Technologies Inc. , facing a federal probe into whether it broke laws against overseas bribery, has embarked on a review of its Asia operations and notified U.S. officials about payments made by staff in Indonesia, people with knowledge of the matter said. O'Melveny & Myers LLP to examine records of foreign payments and interview employees, raising questions about why some potentially problematic business dealings weren't disclosed sooner, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details are private.

Sinar Mas Cepsa Starts Up Production at EUR 300 Million Vegetable-Based Alcohols Plant in Indonesia

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:37:09 GMT2017-09-19T22:37:09Z

DUMAI, Indonesia, September 19, 2017 : Sinar Mas Cepsa inaugurated today its first oleochemicals plant in Indonesia, which represents an investment of EUR 300 million made over 2 years. The plant will produce fatty alcohols from sustainably-sourced palm kernel oil, a key ingredient in the manufacture of everyday products such as household cleaning goods and personal care products.

Indonesian court orders Australia into mediation over detained children

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:08:08 GMT2017-09-19T20:08:08Z

The Central Jakarta District Court has ordered the Australian Government enter mediation in a case involving 115 Indonesians who allege they were juveniles when they were detained in adult jails and detention centres in Australia. Lawyer Lisa Hiariej is seeking $103 million in damages from the Australian Government for the group who she alleges were under the age of 18 when they were convicted of people smuggling and jailed in adult prisons across Australia.

3D model of a boat that rescued tens of people during Indian Ocean tsunami 2004 - " Egypt Today

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:12:43 GMT2017-09-19T15:12:43Z

Indonesia started to establish Aceh Tsunami Museum in 2005 as a reminder of the tsunami victims. In 2009, the museum opened its doors to visitors from across the world.

Indonesia to tax assets kept hidden during amnesty

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:33:40 GMT2017-09-19T10:33:40Z

Indonesia's Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati speaks during the International Tax Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 12, 2017. JAKARTA: Indonesia's government has issued new regulations aimed at tracing and taxing the wealth of taxpayers who were not pardoned in the nine-month tax amnesty that ended in March.

Indonesian Police Detain 22 Over Violent Anti-Communist Protest

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:01:53 GMT2017-09-19T06:01:53Z

Indonesian authorities detained 22 people late on Monday after a violent mob clashed with police at an anti-communist protest in the capital Jakarta. President Joko Widodo's government has tried to redress a bloody 1965 anti-communist purge, one of the darkest periods in the country's history, but tensions remain over the purge in which an estimated 500,000 people were killed.

Singapore, Japan ink accord to strengthen cybersecurity cooperation

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:21:06 GMT2017-09-19T01:21:06Z

The memorandum of cooperation provides for the holding of regular policy dialogues between the two countries in addition to information exchanges, collaborations to enhance cybersecurity awareness, joint regional capacity-building efforts, and sharing of best practices, Singapore's Cyber Security Agency said in a statement. David Koh, chief executive of the CSA, signed the pact with Ikuo Misumi, deputy director general of Japan's National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity, on the sidelines of the second Association of Southeast Asian Nations ministerial conference on cybersecurity that was held in the city-state Monday.

ASEAN Culture House conduit of knowledge, understanding'

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:02:14 GMT2017-09-18T23:02:14Z

With the launch of the ASEAN Culture House in Busan on Sept. 1, the public gains a valuable platform through which to peer into the thriving lives of Southeast Asians, said the president of Korea Foundation, urging Korea's genuine interest in the region's myriad local cultures.

Indonesia raises Bali volcano alert level for second time

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:13:49 GMT2017-09-18T18:13:49Z

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Indonesia's Only Transgender Islamic School Quietly Running Again

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:46:25 GMT2017-09-18T15:46:25Z

Indonesia's only Islamic school for transgender people closed with much drama in February 2016 after it came under fire by a local hardline Muslim group. The school's closure was one of the darkest points in a larger anti-LGBT hysteria that seized Indonesia in 2016, with its effects still reverberating .

Combination of anti-malarial drug and photosensitizer could effectively kill cancer cells

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:46:24 GMT2017-09-18T15:46:24Z

Artemisinin, a potent anti-malarial drug, has been widely hailed as a promising alternative cancer treatment. Scientists from the National University of Singapore recently showed that its anti-cancer properties could be enhanced by 10 folds when used in combination with Aminolaevulinic acid , a photosensitizer or a drug which, upon exposure to light, leads to generation of free radicals that can kill cells.