1 million doses of Sinopharm vaccine arriving in Indonesia today

The vaccine will be used in the country’s private vaccination program known as Gotong Royong. 

Indonesia to start rolling out vaccines to the general population by early July: Health Ministry

Indonesia to start rolling out vaccines to the general population by early July: Health Ministry

The true mammoth task of vaccinating Indonesia’s entire eligible population against COVID-19 is set to begin in a few weeks, with the Health Ministry announcing that nationwide...

2021 post-Eid spike lower than 2020: COVID-19 Task Force

2021 post-Eid spike lower than 2020: COVID-19 Task Force

Indonesia has been bracing for an expected surge in COVID-19 cases following the Eid holiday in mid-May, and anyone hoping for some positivity might be glad to learn that,...

Agency offers protection as alleged sexual harassment victim speaks up against celeb

Agency offers protection as alleged sexual harassment victim speaks up against celeb

The Witness and Protection Agency (LPSK) says it’s offering legal protection to an alleged sexual harassment victim, who publicly came forward this week to say she was assaulted...

All citizens over 18 can now get the COVID-19 jab in Jakarta

All citizens over 18 can now get the COVID-19 jab in Jakarta

Jakarta has become the first Indonesian province to begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine to all adults, as the capital seeks to boost vaccination coverage.

Jab and staycation: Indonesia planning domestic vaccine tourism package

Jab and staycation: Indonesia planning domestic vaccine tourism package

Indonesians may soon be encouraged to spend weeks at a local tourism destination in between COVID-19 jabs, with the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry preparing a domestic...

COVID-19 on the rise in Indonesia as 17 regions now categorized as red zones

COVID-19 on the rise in Indonesia as 17 regions now categorized as red zones

Indonesia seems to be on the brink of a COVID-19 surge with a substantial increase in daily cases this week and with more regions now given the undesirable “red zone” tag.

Indonesians could get 4.5 years in prison for insulting the president on social media under proposed Criminal Code revision

Indonesians could get 4.5 years in prison for insulting the president on social media under proposed Criminal Code revision

Got a gripe about the way the country is run? Don’t tweet about it or you may find yourself in a prison cell, should a proposed revision to Indonesia’s Criminal Code (KUHP)...

Following China’s lead, Indonesia may approve Sinovac’s vaccine for children as young as 3

Following China’s lead, Indonesia may approve Sinovac’s vaccine for children as young as 3

Indonesians as young as three could be given their COVID-19 shots, the Food and Drugs Monitoring Agency (BPOM) said, with the regulators keeping a close eye on China’s research...

They are actually using a clichéd plastic surgery plot to replace teen actress in controversial soap opera

They are actually using a clichéd plastic surgery plot to replace teen actress in controversial soap opera

A lot of us joked that the showrunners of a controversial sinetron (Indonesian soap opera) would use a trite storytelling device to replace a teen actress. Imagine our amusement...


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Coconuts Jakarta News

In a city of just over 10 million people (over 30 million if the surrounding satellite cities of Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi were included) and many different cultures, news in Jakarta is obviously as varied as it is plentiful. Being a capital city, it’s a given that Jakarta news mostly revolves around politics and economics on a regular day. Jakarta’s Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama is quite the headline maker, as he’s known to be a no-nonsense, assertive figure who’s actually proving to be the leader the city needs in order for it to progress infrastructurally, socially, and economically. He also has his critics – many of whom like to discredit him based on his race and religion, as Ahok is a double minority as both Chinese and a Christian. Apart from coverage of men in suits and ties (and batik), Jakarta’s news sphere also heavily features crime stories. Many Jakartan crime stories have been covered and obsessed about nationally, the biggest of which in recent times is the case of Wayan Mirna Solihin, who was allegedly murdered in early 2016 by her friend, Jessica Kumala Wongso, who apparently slipped cyanide in her coffee. Of course, there is also good and uplifting news coming out of Jakarta, like stories of selfless citizens who dedicate their time and effort to help other people, such as victims of flooding, which is quite a regular occurrence in parts of Jakarta, especially during the monsoon season.