Jakarta 

Top cop wants to cut electricity, water supply of traffic violators

As the Jakarta Police’s Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement (E-TLE) gains praise as an effective means of disciplining unruly motorists in the city, deputy National Police chief Comr. Gen Ari Dono Sukmanto has suggested an integration between the ticketing system and the electricity and water supply. He said that through the integration it would be possible for state electricity company PLN to cut off the electricity supply to traffic violators recorded in the police database. “We can [cooperate] with PLN and if the [violators] refuse to pay, they will have their…

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Indonesia Jakarta 

Asian Games: Indonesia welcomes continent for 18th Asiad with spectacular opening ceremony

JAKARTA – The biggest Asian Games in history opened on Saturday (Aug 18) night as Indonesia welcomed the continent’s top athletes to Jakarta and Palembang. At the capital’s Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium, 40,000 spectators were entertained by an opening ceremony that featured cultural performances and pyrotechnics on a 120m-long stage, built manually by artists from Jakarta and Bandung, and in the shape of a towering mountain with a waterfall. The ceremony opened with a skit purportedly showing Indonesia President Joko Widodo doing stunts on a motorbike in Jakarta’s streets…

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Cheap tickets, multiple destinations make Lion Air favorite

With its cheap airfares, high frequency of flights and large number of destinations served, Lion Air has become the go-to airline for travelers in a hurry, despite the budget airline’s spotty safety record. And even after one of its aircraft plunged into the Java Sea on Monday, killing 189 people on board, travelers continue to stick with the budget carrier. Luthfinnisa Sony Putri, who now lives in Yogyakarta, said she would stick with her plan of booking a Lion Air flight for her Idul Fitri holiday trip to South Solok…

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Asia Economy Indonesia Jakarta 

JAKARTA SHOULD NOT TURN TO MASS EVICTIONS AS PART OF CITY PLANNING FOR ECONOMIC SUCCESS

As a sociologist and media scholar with an interest in emerging forms of civic engagement, I initially came to Jakarta – the world’s Twitter capital – to research innovative social media uses. Instead, my first visits to an informal settlement near an estuary, Kampung Tongkol, in 2015 in North Jakarta, revealed something more hybrid: mixed-media participatory mapping of the settlement’s physical and socioeconomic infrastructure. They have also volunteered to partially remove their housing to make way for a road on the riverbank in the hope to avoid forced evictions, which usually happened…

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Grab taxi Indonesia 

Grab drivers stage rally at Jakarta office

Drivers of application-based ride-hailing company Grab staged a rally on Monday in front of the company’s office at the Lippo building in Kuningan, South Jakarta. The drivers said they were disappointed to not meet high-ranking officials from the company. “We are demanding to meet and convey our aspirations to Grab’s CEO, not representatives,” said Dedi Heryantoni, a representative of the drivers. They said the company had exploited the drivers and it was not transparent when penalizing them. The company sent Pandu from the external regulatory and government affairs division to…

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Indonesia Jakarta 

Thousands join anti-Jokowi walk in Surakarta

Thousands of people participated in an anti-Jokowi walk on Sunday morning in the Gladag area in the city of Surakarta, Central Java. The event on Sunday was also attended by, among others, the Surakarta Sharia Council (DSKS) chairman Muinudinillah Basri, Muhammadiyah activist Mustofa B. Nahrawardaya and local figure Mudrick Sangidu. Earlier, the Surakarta Police said they did not permit the event because it had a potential to create altercations between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo supporters and those who oppose him. In response, the event committee said they would prohibit the participants…

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Asian Games 

Asian Games 2018 begin with explosive opening ceremony in Jakarta

The Asian Games was declared open by Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo late on Saturday during a colourful opening ceremony in Jakarta dominated by the joint march of North and South Korea. A burst of fireworks followed the announcement, marking the start of the two-week tournament to be held in Jakarta and Palembang in Sumatra. The ceremony stage — with features of 120-metre length, 30-metre width and 26-metre height — showcased a towering mountain as its background, accompanied by plants and flowers unique to Indonesia. Commonwealth Games gold medallist Neeraj Chopra…

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Indonesia Jakarta Scam 

Mecca tour scam lands high-profile Indonesian couple in prison

JAKARTA — A high-profile Indonesian husband and wife have been sentenced to prison for swindling more than 60,000 Muslims out of about $65 million with a scam centered on pilgrimages to Mecca. A court outside Jakarta on Wednesday handed down a 20-year sentence to Andika Surachman and an 18-year term to his Muslim fashion designer wife, Anniesa Hasibuan. Her sister, Kiki Hasibuan, was sentenced to 15 years over the same scam. “The defendants … are proven guilty of committing [a] perpetual scam and money laundering,” judges at the court in the…

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Asia Jakarta 

Jakarta to build 14,500 low-cost apartment units in five years

The Jakarta administration has planned to build 14,564 low-cost apartment units in the next five years. Jakarta Public Housing and Public Buildings Agency head Agustino Darmawan said that half of the target was expected to be completed this year. “The construction of some projects started two years ago. At least 7,000 units will be ready in 2018,” Agustino said on Wednesday according to kompas.com. “The apartments are in Nagrak, Rorotan, KS Tubun, Semper, Rawa Buaya, Pengadegan, BLK [Pasar Rebo], Rawa Bebek and Penjaringan,” he added. According to its 2017-2022 mid-term regional development plan,…

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Jakarta earthquake: Is Indonesia at risk of a repeat of the 2004 mega-tsunami?

DESTROYED: The 2004 Tsunami devastated coastlines across Asia There are fears the quake could be bad as the 2004 earthquake that claimed almost a quarter of a million lives across 14 countries. Terrified residents face rushed preparation, as many buildings which are not structurally sound are at risk of crumbling. On January 23 this year, tremors measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale led to almost 500 houses collapsing, and forecasted earthquakes are predicted to dwarf those shakes. With the potential natural disaster due to strike the city, emergency disaster preparation…

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