Indonesia's first futures exchange scheduled to open in March JAKARTA (JP): Indonesia Futures Exchange (IFEX), the country's
first commodity futures exchange, will begin trading in March
next year, the exchange's president Hasan Zein Mahmud said on
Thursday. More ...
Incompetence caused poll delays: Observers JAKARTA (JP): Delays in tallying the results of the June
elections and disputes over vote-sharing agreements reflect the
incompetence of poll organizers, official supervisors of the
elections and political lecturers said on Thursday. More ...
Parties set to vie for MPR regional representative seats JAKARTA (JP): Due to time constraints, city councilors here
will likely agree to retain the previous City Council's internal
regulation for the election of the capital's five representatives
to the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR). More ...
Rp 78 million taken in armed robbery at showroom JAKARTA (JP): South Jakarta Police detectives are searching
for four men, one of them armed, who stole Rp 78 million from a
51-year-old woman on Wednesday. More ...
Police in charge at Pongkor mine BOGOR (JP): The military has handed over security
responsibilities for the troubled Pongkor gold mine in Nanggung
subdistrict to the police, Suryakencana Military Resort Command
chief Col. Suprapto said. More ...
Blue skies gone as heavy smog shrouds the city JAKARTA (JP): Thick smog has darkened the skies above the city
for the past few weeks, cutting the visibility of capital
residents.The smog created a thick blanket over the entire city on
Thursday. More ...
Top seeds tumble in third round of Indonesia OpenBy Primastuti Handayani DENPASAR, Bali (JP): Top-seeded badminton players started to
tumble in the third round of the US$150,000 Sanyo Indonesia Open
at Yuwana Mandala Hall here on Thursday. More ...
Witness denies police report JAKARTA (JP): A witness retracted in court an earlier
statement he made that a student had intentionally hit a cordon
of soldiers during a student demonstration in November last year. More ...
Cebu, East Java tie up JAKARTA (JP): The Philippine province of Cebu will open a
trade office in East Java's provincial capital of Surabaya to
promote trade links between the provinces, the Philippine
ambassador to Indonesia said.Leonides T. More ...
One killed, two injured in Manggarai clashes JAKARTA (JP): At least one man was killed and two others
seriously injured in clashes between residents of Manggarai
district in South Jakarta, while at least four buildings were set
ablaze, witnesses said on Thursday. More ...
ICRC to clarify role in Irianese hostage crisis JAKARTA (JP): In a bid to restore "the trust of all parties",
the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is sending a
special envoy here to clarify its involvement in the tragic end
of the 1996 Irian Jaya hostage crisis. More ...
Stop the violence The attack on the office of the United Nations Mission in East
Timor (UNAMET) in Dili on Wednesday, while deplorable, came as no
surprise to those who have closely followed events unfolding in
the territory these past few days. More ...
Indah Kiat plans Rp 1.5t bond issue to repay debt JAKARTA (JP): Publicly listed PT Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper will
soon issue bonds worth up to Rp 1.5 trillion (about US$200
million) to repay part of its debts. More ...
Three candidates named to replace Gus Dur JAKARTA (JP): The Yogyakarta chapter of the Nahdlatul Ulama
(NU) Muslim organization nominated three candidates to replace
current chairman Abdurrahman Wahid, better known as Gus Dur. More ...
Indonesia needs to avoid Japanese syndromeBy Sauri Hasibuan JAKARTA (JP): An object at rest stays at rest. An object in
motion stays in motion. That, at least, is the Newtonian law of
physics. A theorem that is both definable and formulaic. More ...
Water rate hike set for Bogor BOGOR (JP): Local drinking water company PDAM Bogor is to hike
water rates between 10 percent and 40 percent beginning next
month to cope with its chronic losses, its president said on
Wednesday. More ...
Stock ExchangeStock prices on the Jakarta Stock Exchange (in rupiah) on Sept. 2, 1999: Shares Close Change Trading Volume
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Where to go in Jakarta:Exhibitions * Sketch Exhibition: Paradigma Seni Rupa Indonesia, by Srihadi
Soedarsono, at Galeri Lontar, Komunitas Utan Kayu, Jl. Utan Kayu
68 H, East Jakarta (Phone: 8573388), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., until
Sept. 27. More ...
Media biased in Kosovo reporting Unlike earlier -- when extremely broad publicity was given in
The Jakarta Post and other media to the situation in the Serb
province of Kosovo, with an abundant number of reports, articles,
analysis and opinions, as well as disturbing images on television
every ... More ...
Project aims to train, educate student-athletes JAKARTA (JP): The government and the National Sports Council
(KONI) will discuss the possibility of sports training for
talented elementary and secondary school students which will be
designed not to disrupt their education. More ...
2,000 residents of Aceh lie on road in protest SIGLI, Aceh (JP): About 2,000 residents from several districts
in Pidie, on their way to Banda Aceh in dozens of buses and
trucks, lay on the road in protest on Wednesday night after being
stopped by security forces in Glumpangtiga district. More ...
Military ready to evacuate up to 250,000 from East Timor DILI, East Timor (JP): The Indonesian Military (TNI) has
prepared a contingency plan to evacuate up to 250,000 people from
East Timor by land, sea and air if the tension there develops
into a full-scale war. More ...
YLKI balks at plan to hike toll road fees JAKARTA (JP): The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI)
expressed strong objection on Thursday to the government's plan
to raise tolls on several tollways in the country, including the
Jagorawi toll road. More ...
Hidden treasures abound in neglected Bali museumBy Putu Wirata DENPASAR, Bali (JP): Gilimanuk Archeology Museum in Jembrana,
western Bali, is languishing. The seaside museum consists of a
two-story building where the collections are badly displayed. More ...
Drug traffickers turning to women couriers: Police JAKARTA (JP): Fearing arrest themselves, some drug traffickers
have begun recruiting young Indonesian girls as smugglers and
dealers, a senior officer said on Thursday.The chief of the National Police narcotics division, Col. More ...
Meulendjiks hopes Mia will be a treat for the Dutch team DENPASAR, Bali (JP): Dutch women's team coach Judith
Meulendjiks is hopeful the presence of former Indonesian number
one Mia Audina on her squad will lift her players to a higher
level. More ...
Millions benefit from special rice program JAKARTA (JP): The government program to sell heavily
subsidized rice to poor people has benefited some 49 million
people since its launching in August last year, according to
consultants hired to assess the scheme. More ...
House leaders decide not to summon Habibie JAKARTA (JP): Leaders of the House of Representatives fanned
the fire of controversy in the Bank Bali scandal on Thursday by
deciding not to exercise their constitutional right to summon
President B.J. Habibie. More ...
Fire destroys admin office PALANGKARAYA, Central Kalimantan: Fire razed the Palangkaraya
administration office in the early hours of Thursday, causing
total losses of about Rp 15 billion, Antara reported. More ...
Bali waits for Megawati to become Indonesia's presidentBy Degung Santikarma DENPASAR (JP): It's only a few minutes past noon in Denpasar,
but already Made Sukra, long known as the best tailor in the
neighborhood, has had to turn away a dozen potential customers. More ...
Mexican film week screens must-seesBy Gotot Prakosa JAKARTA (JP): Have you ever seen a Mexican film or television
program? If you live in one of 150 lucky countries to broadcast
Mexican television programs (Indonesia is one of them), then
you are sure to know telenovellas, or soap operas, such as ... More ...
Datakom names UK firm advisor JAKARTA (JP): Multimedia company PT Datakom Asia said on
Thursday it had appointed PT Rothschild Indonesia, a subsidiary
of a London-based financial adviser, to help in the restructuring
of its US$440.6 million in debts. More ...
Tension and fear prevail in Dili DILI, East Timor (JP): Tension reigned on Thursday amid fears
of further violence ahead of next week's announcement of the
results of Monday's ballot on East Timor's future. More ...
Activists warn of civil disobedience over security bill JAKARTA (JP): Political activists warned on Thursday of the
likelihood of civil disobedience if the House of Representatives
failed to suspend its deliberation of the controversial bill on
state security and civilian militia. More ...
Indosat plans to use more submarine cables in future JAKARTA (JP): Publicly listed state-owned telecommunications
company PT Indosat will boost the use of submarine cables to
support its future transmission activities. More ...
Fishery firm to offer 84 million shares to public JAKARTA (JP): PT Bahtera Adimina Samudra, an export-oriented
fishery company, will offer 84 million shares to the public later
this month to raise funds for its planned expansion. More ...
MLM customers blockade road MEDAN, North Sumatra: Hundreds of customers from Higam Net
multi-level marketing company vented their frustration by
blocking a major street here on Thursday.The group set piles of wood and rubber tires on Jl. Gatot
Subroto, causing a heavy traffic jam. More ...
Ombudsman, a means for good governanceBy Benget Simbolon Tnb. JAKARTA (JP): At a seminar here last week, a prominent speaker
from the Netherlands presented a new and distinctive idea to
Indonesia's fledgling democracy: having an ombudsman. More ...
Supermarket stops selling turtle eggs DENPASAR, Bali: A supermarket in Denpasar has stopped selling
turtle eggs after an environmental organization pointed out the
damage the egg trade has on the survival of the turtles. More ...
Parents told to help kids say no to drugs JAKARTA (JP): Parents, don't neglect to look out for your
teenage kids, otherwise, your beloved children may have to face a
dangerous challenge -- drugs -- alone. More ...
East Timor's tragedy Sickening though the violence in East Timor is, the unctuous
self-righteousness of the West is worse. It was this that almost
brought failure in Kosovo and it is this that is likely to lead
to a bloodbath in East Timor. More ...
Art forum opens Sunday UJUNGPANDANG, South Sulawesi: Some 200 artists and critics,
from locally and overseas, will participate in the Makassar Art
Forum to be opened here on Sunday.The event, which will last till Sept. More ...
German expert defends antimonopoly law JAKARTA (JP): A German expert, who helped draft the country's
newly introduced antimonopoly law, denied on Thursday allegations
that the law was aimed at harming the development of successful
Indonesian enterprises.Antimonopoly expert Prof. More ...
Prosecutor seeks jail term for smuggler TANGERANG (JP): The Tangerang district attorney demanded a
sentence of 15 years imprisonment and a fine of Rp 15 million for
a Thai woman who attempted to smuggle in 4.25 kilograms of heroin
on Feb. 17. More ...