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Indonesia: Police apprehend perpetrator responsible for putting Japanese porn on billboard

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 07:01:57 GMT

POLICE in Jakarta have arrested the suspect believed to have been behind the unexpected porn display on a giant electronic billboard Friday afternoon. According to Harian Jogya , police had cuffed the suspect not long after the incident, but have yet to reveal the suspect's identity.




Indonesia's Garuda's US return to generate 5 percent of 2017 revenue: CEO

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 03:15:03 GMT

Garuda Indonesia's , the country's national carrier, expects its return to the United States next year with three flights a week to generate about 5 percent of the airline's top-line passenger revenue for 2017, its chief executive said. Workers clean the body of a Garuda Indonesia Airbus A320 aircraft inside Hangar 4 of PT Garuda Maintenance Facility Aero Asia at Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta, September 28, 2015.




ASIA/INDONESIA - The Camillians open the first novitiate on the island of Flores

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:09:35 GMT

"July 14, 2016 marked a historic moment for the Indonesian Camillian Mission: the official opening of the novitiate in Maumere, island of Flores, with the first two novices". The is what Father Luigi Galvani, MI, a missionary on the island for many years, told Agenzia Fides.




Indonesia tax amnesty take-up rate exceeds expectations: Analysts

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:54:53 GMT

An officer assists a tax amnesty participant at a help desk inside the country's tax headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia September 8, 2016. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside SINGAPORE: The take-up rate for Indonesia's tax amnesty programme exceeded expectations in the days leading up to Friday , the final day of the first phase during which the most generous terms were offered to those participating in the programme.




Indonesian slum dwellers challenge eviction law in landmark case

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:27:18 GMT

Slum dwellers in Indonesia have launched a landmark legal case to challenge a decades-old law which has been used to forcibly remove thousands of families, amid a wave of evictions in the country's capital. The case comes as authorities ramp up efforts to clear housing along a main river bank in Jakarta, the sprawling capital of 10 million people, to pave the way for an ambitious flood mitigation project.




Billboard porn plays to astounded motorists

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:17:56 GMT

Motorists in the Indonesian capital were taken by surprise on Friday when a giant electronic billboard on a busy road displayed a Japanese adult film. Photos and video clips circulating on the internet showed the LED screen in front of South Jakarta's mayoralty displaying scenes in which two people were having sex.




Indonesia: Social enterprise empowers asylum seeker women in limbo

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:16:59 GMT

UNHCR workers question ethnic Rohingya women at a temporary shelter in Lapang, Aceh province, Indonesia, in May 2015. Pic: AP.




Indonesians line up to beat deadline for tax amnesty's best terms

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:16:58 GMT

Hundreds of Indonesians queued for hours on Friday to get the most attractive terms on offer under a tax amnesty that's recovered strongly after a slow start and which the finance minister calls the most successful a country has had. The amnesty, which runs until March, aims to provide the government with billions of dollars in revenue to help cover a large fiscal deficit.




NZ helps Indonesia with explosive problem

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:18:33 GMT

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 06:18:32 GMT

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 04:18:04 GMT

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 04:18:03 GMT

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 02:18:35 GMT

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 22:00:07 GMT

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 17:45:00 GMT

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 13:24:11 GMT

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 08:37:24 GMT

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.