More than 2 million people in Java at risk of falling into poverty due to coronavirus outbreak: Finance Ministry

Indonesia’s Finance Ministry recently estimated that the national poverty rate will continue to increase amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with Java expected to be the most affected island in the country.

KRL Commuterline to issue new regulations ahead of ‘new normal’ period

KRL Commuterline to issue new regulations ahead of ‘new normal’ period

New regulations aboard the KRL Commuterline should be expected when life moves forward to the so-called “new normal,” as the train operator recently highlighted additional...

Senior Indonesian minister Mahfud MD slammed over ‘corona is like your wife’ remark

Senior Indonesian minister Mahfud MD slammed over ‘corona is like your wife’ remark

Coordinating Legal, Political, and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD is under fire from women’s groups and the public over a sexist remark, in which he compared the...

Baby orangutan born on Eid in Taman Safari Indonesia named ‘Fitri’

Baby orangutan born on Eid in Taman Safari Indonesia named ‘Fitri’

Here’s a bit of heartwarming animal news coming from Taman Safari Bogor in West Java, as the zoo and conservation site has recently welcomed a female baby orangutan named Fitri.

School’s in: Jakarta sets July 13 as first day for new academic calendar

School’s in: Jakarta sets July 13 as first day for new academic calendar

The Jakarta Education Agency has officially set a date for a return to school in July, though it remains to be seen if it would be a return in the physical sense or if it would...

Bring your own helmet: Indonesia’s motorcycle taxi association prepares new protocols ahead of ‘new normal’

Bring your own helmet: Indonesia’s motorcycle taxi association prepares new protocols ahead of ‘new normal’

With the next phase of life with COVID-19, or the so-called “new normal,” looks set to become our new reality here in Indonesia, a major union group for drivers of app-based...

‘Hold it in, gents’: Semarang health official tells women to postpone pregnancy amid pandemic

‘Hold it in, gents’: Semarang health official tells women to postpone pregnancy amid pandemic

Is it safe to get pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic? One community clinic (puskesmas) in Semarang, Central Java has become the subject of controversy for promoting the idea...

‘It’s all imagination, fiction’: Anies Baswedan on reports of Jakarta malls reopening in June

‘It’s all imagination, fiction’: Anies Baswedan on reports of Jakarta malls reopening in June

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has all but denied reports that malls in the capital would reopen the day after the third phase of Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) ends on...

Police chief kills toddler and grandmother in crash, allegedly while drunk driving

Police chief kills toddler and grandmother in crash, allegedly while drunk driving

A chief of a police sub-precinct in Rembang, Central Java is under investigation for a car crash that killed a toddler and her grandmother, with witnesses of the incident saying...

MRT Jakarta braces ‘new normal’ by limiting passengers, adding more schedules

MRT Jakarta braces ‘new normal’ by limiting passengers, adding more schedules

With the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) protocol set to be lifted in early June, the operator of MRT Jakarta, PT Moda Raya Terpadu (PT MRT), is currently developing new...


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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.

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