Acehnese hold mass dance for Indonesian independence day

More than 2,000 boys dressed in colorful traditional costumes took part in a mass dance in Aceh to celebrate Indonesia’s independence day on Saturday. The 2019 teenagers, one for each year, lined up playing the tambourine-like Rapa’i and singing a song that recounts the history of Islam in the southeast Asian country. This year, participants ...

Sinking city: Indonesia’s capital on brink of disaster

Sinking city: Indonesia’s capital on brink of disaster

Time is running out for Jakarta. One of the fastest-sinking cities on earth, environmental experts warn that one third of it could be submerged by 2050 if current rates continue....

Indonesian leader pledges to move capital city, boost economy

Indonesian leader pledges to move capital city, boost economy

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Friday he would press on with plans to move the nation’s capital and roll out measures to kickstart Southeast Asia’s biggest...

4 police officers hospitalized after getting burned during chaotic student protest in W. Java

4 police officers hospitalized after getting burned during chaotic student protest in W. Java

Four police officers in Cianjur, West Java have been hospitalized due to burn injuries they sustained while securing a student protest in the regency, with one officer reportedly...

President Joko Widodo pledges capital move, economic boost in state-of-the-nation address

President Joko Widodo pledges capital move, economic boost in state-of-the-nation address

Indonesian leader Joko Widodo said Friday he would press on with plans to move the nation's capital and roll out measures to kickstart Southeast Asia's biggest economy as it feels...

Chief inspector says cyberterrorism may have been behind great Java blackout, calls for police investigation

Chief inspector says cyberterrorism may have been behind great Java blackout, calls for police investigation

After pointing the finger at tall trees disrupting power lines, a senior police official has called for the cybercrime division to investigate the possibility that cyberterrorism...

Indonesian man arrested for shooting neighbor’s dog to death, says it was payback for making his wife and child fall off bike

Indonesian man arrested for shooting neighbor’s dog to death, says it was payback for making his wife and child fall off bike

Police in the Indonesian city of Tangerang have arrested a 43-year-old man, who police have identified by his initial A, for what he described as an act of vengeance against a...

E-cigarettes threaten existence of Indonesia’s tobacco farmers says head of tobacco farmers association

E-cigarettes threaten existence of Indonesia’s tobacco farmers says head of tobacco farmers association

According to the head of the West Java chapter of the Indonesian Tobacco Farmers Association, "Millennial cigarettes, or what we call e-cigarettes, threaten the sustainability of...

Indonesian Ulema Council attempts to take back halal certification authority with lawsuit in Constitutional Court

Indonesian Ulema Council attempts to take back halal certification authority with lawsuit in Constitutional Court

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the country’s highest clerical body that also long held sole authority in providing halal certifications in Indonesia, is taking legal action...

Alleged drug dealer dies after falling from 10th floor of Jakarta apartment building during police raid

Alleged drug dealer dies after falling from 10th floor of Jakarta apartment building during police raid

According to police, the suspect died after he tried to make his way from his apartment's balcony to another unit's and slipped.


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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.