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KPK starts questioning witnesses in e-KTP case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Friday started questioning witnesses in the alleged graft case related to the procurement of electronic identification cards (e-KTP) at the Home Affairs Ministry.

"The witnesses were questioned in the case against S," chief of the KPK Media and Information Section Priharsa Nugraha said, referring to the ministrys director of ... ( read on )
Two thirds of Jakarta's Senen Market destroyed by fire
Thousands of kiosks were destroyed after a fire ravaged the Senen Market in Central Jakarta at dawn on Friday, an official said. The kiosks included imported secondhand cloth kiosks, silk-screening service kiosks and motorcycle repair kiosks.

"Nearly two-thirds of the Block III of the Senen Market caught fire. Currently, firefighters are trying to extinguish the ... ( read on )
Fire razes block 3 of Jakarta's Senen Market
A fire razed the second and third floors of Block 3 of Senen Market, Central Jakarta, Friday, prompting Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo to visit the scenes. The Jakarta fire brigade deployed more than 30 fire trucks to extinguish the big fire that has been razing for hours since around 4 am local time.

A number ... ( read on )
Police hunt for prisoner involved in Poso violence cases
Police are conducting a hunt for Mohammad Basri who fled several days ago from a prison where he is serving 19 years of his prison term for his involvement in several violent cases in Poso in 2004-2006.

Central Sulawesi police command spokesman Adjunct Senior Commissioner Soemarno said here on Thursday a joint team of law ... ( read on )
Lion Air officially launches Batik Air
Indonesia’s largest low-cost carrier Lion Air launched its full-service Batik Air at the country's main gateway Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Cengkareng, Banten, on Thursday.

Batik Air president director Achmad Luthfie said that a maiden flight would be conducted on May 3 from Soekarno-Hatta's Terminal 3. "We are going to fly between Jakarta and Manado during the first ... ( read on )
Semarang to restrict cigarette ads
The Semarang city administration will restrict cigarette advertisements when a draft regional regulation on no smoking area is endorsed, a spokesman of the city administration has said.

Anang Budi Utomo, chairman of the special committee of the draft regional regulation said here on Wednesday that violators of the regional regulation may be fined a maximum ... ( read on )
LIPI protests breach of property right by US researcher
The Chief of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Lukman Hakim, has protested a breach of property rights by a researcher of the University of California, Davis, in connection with joint research results.

"We were disturbed and unhappy when the name [of a new species of bee, called Megalara Garuda] was used by a foreign ... ( read on )
Police officers questioned over immigrant-smuggling attempt
Two police officers from the East Lombok resort police command, West Nusa Tenggara, are being questioned over their alleged involvement in a Somalian and Eritrean immigrant-smuggling attempt to Australia.

"They are now still being intensively interrogated at East Lombok resort command and the case will be handled by the West Nusa Tenggara regional command`s professional ... ( read on )
5.3-magnitude quake jolts Simeulue
A quake with a magnitude of 5.3 on the Richter scale jolted Simeulue regency in Aceh province Wednesday at 2:43 am local time.

Head of Data and Information Service of Medan Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Hendra Suwarta said the quake is located 1.03 degrees Northern Latitude and 91.56 degrees Eastern Longitude, and its ... ( read on )
Twelve arrested over book bomb attacks
Indonesian police on Monday said twelve terrorist suspects linked to the book bomb package are being held under custody.

Jakarta Metropolitan Police Headquarters chief spokesman Senior Commissioner Baharudin Djafar told Antara news agency that the twelve suspects were part of the 20 who were previously arrested by the anti-terrorism squad.

In recent weeks, Indonesian police have launched ... ( read on )
Strong earthquake rocks Sulawesi, causes damage
A strong earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on early Monday morning, seismologists said, causing some damage but no casualties.

The 6.0-magnitude earthquake at 7.07 a.m. local time (2307 GMT Sunday) was centered about 75 kilometers (46 miles) south-southeast of Kendari, the capital of South East Sulawesi province. It struck about 18 kilometers (11 miles) ... ( read on )
Ten illegal Afghan immigrants arrested by police
Makassar police have arrested 10 more immigrants from Afghanistan, who arrived in the South Sulawesi capital at night on Friday to avoid security check. The police have now arrested 16 illegal immigrants, mostly from Afghanistan, over the last three days.

Makassar police’s intelligence chief Comr. Karim Samandi said on Saturday the 10 Afghan nationals landed in ... ( read on )
More power to support Indonesian economy
Indonesia aims to increase its electricity capacity to 15,000 megawatts this year to support its economic growth target of 7 percent by 2014, a senior minister says. "The15,000 MW capacity can be achieved through construction of new power plants," Coordinating Minister for the Economy Hatta Radjasa told.

Hatta said that adequate power supply would help boost ... ( read on )
30 missing in boat accident in Riau waters
A boat carrying a group of marriage party-goers sank in Duami waters, Riau province, western Indonesia on Saturday, with 30 passengers still missing, the national Antara news agency reported. The wooden fishing boat carrying a total 60 passengers was sailing from Mundam village, Dumai, to Batu Panjang in Rupat Island. On the way, the boat ran ... ( read on )
Indonesia to officially ban Ahmadiyah sect soon
The Indonesian government will officially ban the Ahmadiyah sect next week, following the edict by the country's Ulema Council and a decision made by the Attorney General Office to outlaw the sect, Indonesian Attorney General Hendarman Supandji said on Friday. The Ahmadi movement was prohibited from performing its belief because of deviating from the true ... ( read on )
Indonesian money may be printed abroad
The central bank in Indonesia is mulling printing the local currency overseas as state-run banknote firm Peruri can not meet the demand, as was told by an official today. Bank Indonesia, the central bank, currently needs 6.6 billion new banknotes in this year alone, but the bank calculated that Peruri is not able to print ... ( read on )
Visitors keep their distance from Merapi
Tourist sites in Mt. Merapi's vicinity have suffered a 100 percent drop in visitor numbers since an alert status was declared for the restless volcano two weeks ago. Once crowded tourist sites near the volcano were deserted Sunday, the time of the week when they are usually thronged by visitors wanting to enjoy a clear ... ( read on )
Kalla: No need for another fuel hike
Concerns that the recent surge in global oil prices could lead to another fuel price hike this year have eased for the moment, after Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the government had no immediate plans to raise fuel prices. "I don't think a fuel price hike is necessary at the moment," Vice President Jusuf Kalla ... ( read on )
10 killed, church, UN office torched in Ambon
A church and a UN office were torched and at least four people killed on Sunday as Muslim and Christian residents of the eastern Indonesia city of Ambon fought pitched street battles, witnesses and police said. Dozens of people were also injured as mobs rampaged through a majority Christian area of the provincial capital of ... ( read on )
Poland offers Indonesia military cooperation
Poland on Thursday offered visiting Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri extensive cooperation in the military field. "We are proposing a vast cooperation in the military and arms domain," President Aleksander Kwasniewski told a joint conference with Megawati at the outset of her 48-hour visit. "We discussed political, economic, trade, military and tourism cooperation," Megawati said. "Indonesia is ... ( read on )
Cannibal on trial
A man who has reportedly confessed he engaged in cannibalism to obtain supernatural powers went on trial on Thursday in Indonesia’s Central Java province. Prosecutors charged Sumanto, dubbed by newspapers the Hannibal Lecter of Indonesia, with stealing a body and destroying a grave. Defence lawyers said Sumanto's action was not a crime under existing law. ... ( read on )
Blasts hit Ambon as mobs torch church
Several explosions rocked an area near the Muslim quarter of Indonesia's eastern city of Ambon on Thursday, wounding at least two people and triggering a mob to torch a church, police and witnesses said. The fresh bout of violence coincided with the anniversary of a local Christian separatist group and came despite a peace pact ... ( read on )
Indonesia financial outlook improved
Moody's Investor Services has upgraded Indonesia's ratings outlook from "stable" to "positive," after the government successfully negotiated the rescheduling of $5.4 billion debt. But economists say Indonesia still has a long way to go before it reaches financial recovery. Analysts say the upgrading of Indonesia's outlook is a step in the right direction for a ... ( read on )
Compromise and threats of violence
The minutes are ticking away toward the end of the month, the day the House of Representatives will convene its plenary session, while the whole nation is on tenterhooks and politicians continue to make so much fuss about the possibility of a meeting among the top leadership. Will they agree to reconciliation through compromise? A ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
House of Representatives Speaker Akbar Tandjung criticizes President Abdurrahman Wahid's calls for peace, while letting his supporters throng to the capital to express support for him.
The Maluku Sovereignty Front (FKM) hoists its separatist flag alongside the Indonesian flag and a United Nations pennant at the house of FKM leader Alex Manuputty in Ambon, and reads the 1950 independence declaration of the RMS separatist group.
Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso is awarded an honorary doctorate in political science from the University of Pusan, South Korea, for his success in leading Jakarta amid political uncertainty.
The South Jakarta District Court gives approval to the Attorney General's Office to seize assets belonging to seven charities set up and chaired by former president Soeharto.
Hans Mombay, an Irian Jaya rebel leader, is shot dead in a clash between rival separatist groups in Sandaun province in neighboring Papua New Guinea.
Minister of Information Muhammad Yunus promises not to reject applications for publishing licenses (SIUPPs), despite having issued 900 new licenses in the past year.
The police apprehend three men for their alleged involvement in the April 15 bomb blast at Hayam Wuruk Plaza and a foiled armed robbery at a branch of Bank Central Asia (BCA) in West Jakarta, bringing the number of arrested suspects to 21.
The first shooting incident since students began protesting in earnest two months ago against the government's handling of the economic crisis occurs in Medan, North Sumatra. Five students also go missing.
Antara news agency reports that 442,800 hectares of land were ravaged by fire in East Kalimantan this year, while lost revenue from the timber sector reached Rp 8.2 billion (US$1.06 billion).
One person is killed and two cars are burned in a fierce brawl in the village of Bucoli, Bacau Kota district, 150 kilometers east of Dili, East Timor.
Thailand and Indonesia sign a US$34 million deal to barter two Indonesian CN-235 airplanes for 110,000 tons of Thai rice.
President Soeharto launches a trial run of greater regional autonomy which gives 26 selected regencies a greater say in the running of their affairs. There are 241 regencies and 56 municipalities in Indonesia.
Eleven people are killed when a Britten Normen BN-2A plane crashes into Mt. Saran in West Kalimantan.
Foreign minister Ali Alatas denies that two U.S. visiting senators, David Boren and Claiborne Pell, last week suggested a plebiscite in East Timor during their meeting with President Soeharto in Jakarta.
A health ministry official reveals that 60,000 Indonesian babies are born blind each year due to poor nutrition during pregnancy.
Delegates from 82 Asian and African countries, who attended the 30th commemoration of the Asia-Africa conference in Bandung, pass a declaration calling on all developed countries to bring about a new int'l economic order.
President Soeharto meets with Chinese foreign minister Wu Xueqian at the State Palace in Jakarta to discuss ways of reestablishing ties between two countries. It is the first meeting between the President and a top Chinese official since 1967.
The first edition of The Jakarta Post is published.
M. Bisri Syansuri, founder of the Mecca branch of the Islamic party of Syarikat Islam (SI) and chairman of the Legislative Body of the Nahdlatul Ulama Islamic organization, dies at the age of 86 in Jombang, East Java.
The Republic of South Maluku (RMS) is declared, with Dr. Soumokil, the former attorney general of the Eastern State of Indonesia, as its leader.
Johnny Anwar, Padang's chief of police who leads 500 policemen in cooperation with the Dutch, is arrested by Dutch military police and jailed in Muara prison. He is welcomed enthusiastically by young freedom fighters jailed there.
The highest commander of the Allied Forces in South and East Asia, Lord Louis Mountbatten, arrives in Kemayoran, Jakarta, from Singapore for a two-day visit to Java and to meet with Indonesian Prime Minister Sjahrir.
The first group of internees arrives at Manggarai Railway Station in Jakarta from Cirebon, West Java, consisting of 701 people, mostly of Dutch and Indonesian parentage.
Mas Mansur, a leader of Muhammadiyah Islamic organization and a national hero, dies in Surabaya, East Java, aged 50.
An emergency congress, organized by national leader Sartono, decides to dissolve the Indonesian National Party (PNI) and form a committee to establish a new party.
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