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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.

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.

How social media helped Caribbean islanders say: Don't forget us

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:25:32 GMT2017-09-19T21:25:32Z

(image) U.S. That’s us,” said MSNBC host Rachel Maddow in a segment devoted to the devastation hurricane Irma wrought across the United States Virgin Islands. Ms. Maddow’s report highlighted how hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, transformed the once green and leafy paradise in the southeastern Caribbean to a dull, brown mess.

What's really important about Facebook Russia Ads

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:07:58 GMT2017-09-19T21:07:58Z

(image) Yes, a shadowy Russian firm with ties to the Kremlin bought about $100,000 worth of Facebook ads intended to sway voters during last year’s presidential campaign, the social media giant disclosed earlier this month. The problem is, those Russian-bought online spots might be just a hint of a darker, undetected flood of attempts at influence, according to experts in political communication. Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about Russia?

Tale of two Mexicos? Amid NAFTA rethink, some urge more inclusive growth

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:16:30 GMT2017-09-19T20:16:30Z

(image) Omar Chavira grew up near the rolling foothills of this state capital, coming of age when the US, Mexico, and Canada first signed the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mr. Chavira had already dropped out of high school and soon married his wife, Soledad, who halted her education before junior high. “Back then, there weren’t many incentives to stay in school,” Chavira says, remembering high school fees and few formal job opportunities.

Do Russia's western war games deliver a threat, or just a message?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:13:52 GMT2017-09-19T20:13:52Z

(image) President Vladimir Putin watched through a cool drizzle in Russia's far western reaches Monday, just 70 miles from his country’s border with the European Union, as Russian tanks and paratroopers battled fictional extremist groups. The confrontation was just one part of “Zapad 2017,” a huge military exercise involving both Russia and Belarus that has caused some hand-wringing in parts of NATO, not least its eastern capitals. While the war games are nothing out of the ordinary – a regular effort by the Kremlin to exercise and train its forces, as all militaries tend to do – there is also little doubt that Moscow intends a message to be sent loud and clear to leaders in the West, a demonstration of its modernized forces and a warning not to venture too close.

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.

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.

Pedestrian taken to hospital after accident while 'walking' along PIE

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:50:24 GMT2017-09-18T10:50:24Z

SINGAPORE: A 54-year-old man was taken to hospital after being hit by a car on the Pan-Island Expressway on Saturday morning. The police were alerted to the incident at 9.29am and said that the pedestrian had been taken conscious to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Fake news about communism in Indonesia blamed for triggering riot in Jakarta

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:27:52 GMT2017-09-18T08:27:52Z

Fake news about Indonesia's omnipresent bogeyman - communism - has been blamed for riots in Central Jakarta that injured five police officers and damaged vehicles in the early hours of Monday morning. Police were forced to fire tear gas and water cannons to disperse anti-communist protesters who began to pelt police with water bottles and stones and attempted to force their way into the offices of the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute.

Why investors are jumping on the Asian equities bandwagon

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:07:56 GMT2017-09-18T06:07:56Z

Asian sharemarkets are proving to be the unexpected winner in what many expect to be the final days of easy money. Analysts and economists are fretting over whether tighter policy settings from the world's major banks - in England, Europe and the United States - will spark long-dormant volatility across asset markets.

How do Hitler-dressing Indonesians justify their obsession?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 01:38:37 GMT2017-09-18T01:38:37Z

Some Indonesians have no qualms showing respect for the strong image projected by Nazi Germany, saying it does not make them neo-Nazis. Are they just unable to fathom the horror of the time, or does the problem run deeper? At his home in Surabaya - Indonesia's second-largest city - Aris Setiawan had no idea that a heated debate about the rise of neo-Nazism was flaring up around the world.

Extraordinary People: Prison, a lifetime of struggles and one man's journey to redemption

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 23:19:27 GMT2017-09-17T23:19:27Z

A spell in prison and a reconciliation with his estranged father have helped Anthoni Raj start a new life helping others. He now has a "sense of purpose".

Students sent home from Indonesian Islamic school linked to child fighters

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 18:40:22 GMT2017-09-17T18:40:22Z

Students at an Islamic school that Indonesian authorities have linked to Islamic State returned home after villagers nearby demanded its closure, a school spokesman said on Sunday. A Reuters investigation published this month found at least eight staff and four students from the Ibnu Mas'ud school in Sukajaya, West Java either traveled or tried to travel to Syria to join the jihadist group between 2013 and 2016.

Students Sent Home From Indonesian Islamic School Linked to Child Fighters

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 18:40:21 GMT2017-09-17T18:40:21Z

Students at an Islamic school that Indonesian authorities have linked to Islamic State returned home after villagers nearby demanded its closure, a school spokesman said on Sunday. A Reuters investigation published this month found at least eight staff and four students from the Ibnu Mas'ud school in Sukajaya, West Java either traveled or tried to travel to Syria to join the jihadist group between 2013 and 2016.

Dubai port operator DP World to pull out of Indonesia

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:18:12 GMT2017-09-17T16:18:12Z

One of the world's largest port operators, DP World, says it will not be renewing its contract in Indonesia after failing to agree on renewal terms with the government. The Dubai government-backed port operator is a 49% shareholder in Indonesia's PT Terminal Petikemas Surabaya, located on the northern shore of Java island, with the other 51% owned by the state's Indonesia Port Corporations.