President Joko Widodo calls for tougher sanctions on health protocol violators with Inpres

President Joko Widodo has issued a Presidential Instruction (Inpres) calling on regional administrations and law enforcement agencies to get tough on health protocol violators during the pandemic.

Indonesian national lightly wounded in Beirut blast: Foreign Affairs Ministry

Indonesian national lightly wounded in Beirut blast: Foreign Affairs Ministry

An Indonesian national reportedly suffered minor injuries due to a powerful explosion that shook the Lebanese capital of Beirut yesterday, Indonesian officials reported today.

Jakarta shuts 26 offices after employees tested positive for coronavirus

Jakarta shuts 26 offices after employees tested positive for coronavirus

The Jakarta Provincial Government has temporarily shut dozens of offices in the past week, an official said, after their employees tested positive for the coronavirus.

Singer Anji and ‘professor’ guest star in controversial YouTube video reported to police over COVID-19 cure claim

Singer Anji and ‘professor’ guest star in controversial YouTube video reported to police over COVID-19 cure claim

Indonesian singer Anji and the latest guest star on his online talk show, Hadi Pranoto, who claims to be a “professor” in microbiology, may face legal consequences for touting...

Authorities rescue macaques from abusive ‘topeng monyet’ trainer in Jakarta

Authorities rescue macaques from abusive ‘topeng monyet’ trainer in Jakarta

Topeng monyet — macaques that are forced to dance by street buskers for the amusement of crowds — have been banned in Jakarta since 2013 but a recent distressing video showing...

Swab test now a requirement for meeting President Joko Widodo following scares

Swab test now a requirement for meeting President Joko Widodo following scares

Anyone wishing to personally meet with President Joko Widodo will now be subject to more stringent health screenings following a couple of scares related to COVID-19.

Odd-even traffic rule returns, fines apply starting Thursday

Odd-even traffic rule returns, fines apply starting Thursday

In what has become one of the clearest signs that the “new normal” doesn’t apply to Jakarta’s perpetually busy roads, the odd-even traffic rule is once again rolling after...

Small-time YouTuber faces police questioning over trash qurban ‘prank’

Small-time YouTuber faces police questioning over trash qurban ‘prank’

Police in Palembang, South Sumatra apprehended a YouTuber named Edo Putra after his recent “prank” video drew widespread outrage.

Indonesian regent may face charges for calling press conference to announce COVID-19 diagnosis

Indonesian regent may face charges for calling press conference to announce COVID-19 diagnosis

Ilyas Panji Alam, the regent of Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra, may potentially face legal consequences for holding a press conference announcing that he tested positive for the...

Jakarta man faces 6 years in prison for spreading Chinese army laundry hoax

Jakarta man faces 6 years in prison for spreading Chinese army laundry hoax

The North Jakarta Police have arrested a 35-year-old man in connection with a viral hoax video alleging that the Chinese army is invading Indonesia.


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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.

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