2 men suspected of burning transwoman alive charged with aggravated assault

Two men who allegedly burned a 43-year-old transwoman alive in North Jakarta on Saturday has been charged with aggravated assault leading to her death, police say, and not murder, as outrage grows over the authorities’ handling of the case.

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Parliament scraps plan to give each member IDR116 million for car down payment due to COVID-19

Parliament scraps plan to give each member IDR116 million for car down payment due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic prevented what would have been a horribly unnecessary misuse of taxpayers’ money by the House of Parliament (DPR), whose plan to give each member millions...

Gojek and Grab to comply with government’s ban on motorcycle taxis transporting passengers during PSBB period

Gojek and Grab to comply with government’s ban on motorcycle taxis transporting passengers during PSBB period

As Jakartans gear up for the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) protocol, which will be enforced for at least 14 days starting Friday, our beloved app-based motorcycle taxis...

University student in S. Sumatra found dead after alleged abortion attempt

University student in S. Sumatra found dead after alleged abortion attempt

A decomposing female body was recently found in Ilir Barat I sub-district of Palembang, South Sumatra with authorities suspecting that her death may have been caused by an attempt...

Governor Anies Baswedan explains what’s allowed and what’s not during PSBB in Jakarta

Governor Anies Baswedan explains what’s allowed and what’s not during PSBB in Jakarta

Jakarta is set to enforce the central government’s Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) protocol for at least 14 days starting April 10. With many in the capital wondering if...

Watch: Indonesian prisoners granted early release due to COVID-19 celebrate with TikTok video

Watch: Indonesian prisoners granted early release due to COVID-19 celebrate with TikTok video

Several prisoners in the Indonesian province of Gorontalo celebrated freedom by performing a TikTok dance to the tune of a Spongebob Squarepants theme song, as Indonesia moves to...

West Java mulls enforcing curfew as social distancing measures deemed inadequate

West Java mulls enforcing curfew as social distancing measures deemed inadequate

West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil says his administration is considering implementing a curfew to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia’s most populous province.

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Transwoman allegedly beaten and burned to death in North Jakarta

Transwoman allegedly beaten and burned to death in North Jakarta

A transwoman was allegedly burned to death last week in North Jakarta’s Cilincing neighborhood by a group of thugs, who accused her of stealing. 

Health Ministry approves Jakarta’s request to enforce Large-Scale Social Restrictions policy

Health Ministry approves Jakarta’s request to enforce Large-Scale Social Restrictions policy

The Jakarta Provincial Government is set to enforce the central government’s Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) policy in the coming days following an overly bureaucratic...


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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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