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Indonesian workers stage nationwide strike over pay

Indonesian workers stage nationwide strike over pay

Workers across Indonesia begin a two-day strike on Thursday to demand higher salaries, the latest industrial action in the Southeast Asian economy as people push for a greater share of the profits from stellar growth.

Friday, 1 November, 2013, 5:13pm

Owner of Nazi-themed cafe in Indonesia to be questioned

Nazi-related memorabilia hanging on a wall at Soldatenkaffe restaurant in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Photo: AP

Authorities in central Indonesia plan to ask a restaurant owner to explain his reasons for opening a Nazi-themed cafe that has sparked controversy among locals and tourists.

20 Jul 2013 - 1:18am 1 comment

Indonesian police hunt 131 in prison breakout

Indonesian soldiers stand guard in a burnt down room at Tanjung Gusta prison following a prison riot in Medan, North Sumatra. Photo: AP

Indonesian police on Saturday expanded their search for 131 inmates including four militants who escaped from an overcrowded jail during a riot that left five dead, a spokesman said.

Inmates began rampaging through the jail in Medan city on Sumatra island on Thursday, setting fires and hurling bottles at guards in anger over power cuts and water shortages at the facility.

13 Jul 2013 - 3:16pm

Dozens injured as powerful quake hits Indonesia’s Aceh province

Earthquake victims receive medical treatment outside a community health center in Bener Meriah, Aceh province. Photo: AP

A powerful earthquake in Indonesia's Aceh province flattened buildings and sparked landslides yesterday, killing at least 11 people and injuring dozens in a region devastated by the quake-triggered tsunami of 2004.

3 Jul 2013 - 2:21am

Indonesia starts cloud-seeding to fight smog

Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur (top), covered in smog yesterday; how the same area looked early last week (bottom). Photos: Reuters

Indonesia has begun seeding clouds in an attempt to create rain to put out blazes that have choked Singapore and Malaysia with smog, officials said, while launching investigations into plantation firms suspected of starting the fires.

24 Jun 2013 - 5:31am

Singapore air worsens as smoke billows in from Indonesia forest fires

Visitors take photos on an observation deck at the Marina Bay Sands Skypark overlooking the haze covered skyline of Singapore. Photo: Reuters

The Pollutant Standards Index reading at noon stood at 105, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA) website. Any reading above 100 is categorised as unhealthy.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:11pm

Blanket of haze descends as Indonesia forests burn

Tourists shoot photos near the prime minister's office against a backdrop of hazy pollution in the Malaysian capital. Photo: AP

Malaysia was yesterday shrouded with haze from forest fires on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, causing "unhealthy" levels of pollution in six areas. Haze is an annual problem during the monsoon season from May to September as winds blow the smoke across the Malacca Strait to Malaysia.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:15am

Jakarta governor Joko Widodo affirms allegiance to Megawati Sukarnoputri's party

Joko Widodo.

Jakarta mayor governor Joko Widodo, who leads popularity polls for Indonesia's presidential poll next year, affirmed his allegiance to the party of former leader Megawati Sukarnoputri and said she would decide if he runs.

15 Jun 2013 - 1:51am

To get rich, poor states must ignore the Washington rule book

Playing catch-up

The line of latitude at 20 degrees north neatly bisects East Asia. Skirting Thailand's northern border, and passing eastward between the Philippines and Taiwan, it divides the region into two distinct economic zones.

13 Jun 2013 - 6:49am 12 comments

Suicide bomber attacks Indonesia police station

An unidentified motorcycle driver carried out an apparent suicide bombing at a police headquarters in central Indonesia, police said on Monday.

Police chief Lieutenant Colonel Sisnadi said the man was trying to enter the station early in the day in the central Sulawesi town of Poso when his bomb went off, killing him instantly.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Corruption in Indonesia fuelled by cheating culture at schools, critics say

Indonesian high school pupils sit for national exams in Malang in eastern Java. Cheating is rife in schools, critics claim. Photo: AFP

After praying for good grades in their exams, a group of Indonesian high-school students received a surprising text message - come to class 90 minutes early and you'll be given the answers.

1 Jun 2013 - 3:58am

School exam cheating rampant in graft-ridden Indonesia

Indonesian high school students sitting exams in Jakarta. School exam cheating rampant in Indonesia. Photo: Xinhua.

After praying for good grades in their exams, a group of Indonesian high-school students received a surprising text message - come to class 90 minutes early and you’ll be given the answers.

31 May 2013 - 2:53pm

Freeport Indonesia resumes mine work after deaths

Members of Indonesian Workers Union (SPSI) pray during a solidarity rally for the victims of the collapsed mine at a Freeport Indonesia's mining area in Papua province, outside the Ministry of Energy And Natural Resources in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: AP

PT Freeport Indonesia has resuming mining operations at the giant US-owned gold and copper mine where a tunnel collapse killed 28 workers two weeks ago.

A company statement late Wednesday said activities restarted gradually since Tuesday. Inspectors from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources have completed their initial investigation and issued recommendations to the mine.

30 May 2013 - 12:39pm

Parties vie to control Indonesian soccer, seeing it as key to election victory

Supporters light flares at a match in March. No political party can draw such a big, devoted crowd, a soccer official says. Photo: Reuters

More than 60,000 people packed into Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on a recent Saturday night to see the national soccer team play. Another 100 million tuned in to television to watch the match, underlining the appeal of soccer in Indonesia where attendance rivals the top English and German soccer leagues.

25 May 2013 - 2:42am

Indonesia mine collapse death toll rises to 21

Indonesian rescuers gather inside a tunnel that collapsed on Tuesday morning as they continue to rescue trapped workers at Big Gossan mining area in Mimika, Papua province, Indonesia. Photo: AP

Rescuers recovered another four bodies from a collapsed underground room at a giant US-owned gold and copper mine in Indonesia, bringing the confirmed death toll to 21, mine officials said on Tuesday. Seven others were believed buried under the rubble.

21 May 2013 - 12:52pm