1:39 pm December 17, 2013 | No Comment
Last week’s train crash in Bintaro, South Jakarta, evoked horrific memories of another train collision, on Oct. 19, 1987, that killed 156 people and severely injured more than 250 others, with scores left disabled for life.
4:44 pm October 29, 2013 | No Comment
Encouraging schoolchildren to study hard is good, but imposing a curfew on them during weekday evenings to do their homework or review their lessons is not. This would deprive the children of their right to a refreshing change after hours of compulsory classroom attendance. The Jakarta administration is promoting a two-hour study program for students […]
12:30 pm October 22, 2013 | No Comment
Marking the first anniversary of their administration, Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo and his deputy Basuki Tjahaja Purnama invited hundreds of residents from the capital city’s five mayoralties to gather at the Monas Square last Friday evening to lend an ear to public criticisms of their leadership and performance. The event was broadcast live by at […]
8:26 pm September 24, 2013 | No Comment
Our football team finally won this year’s Asean Football Federation U-19 championship cup after beating the Vietnamese team 7-6 in a hard-fought penalty shootout last Sunday, bringing joy to millions of Indonesians who watched the match on their television screens. At a time when the country has been facing a spate of problems; rampant corruption, […]
9:35 am September 10, 2013 | No Comment
Although implicitly expressed, it was nevertheless a clear message that the general chair of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Megawati Sukarnoputri, threw her strong support behind Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo as the party’s most likely candidate for next year’s presidential election . Prior to the opening of the party’s national meeting last Friday, […]
10:55 am September 3, 2013 | No Comment
The 60th Teflin International Conference held last week revealed that the proficiency of English teachers and students in several countries, including Indonesia, was far from satisfying due to what it called “the unchanging adoption of conventional methods” of teaching and learning the language. The conference, held jointly by University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Humanities and […]
8:57 am August 27, 2013 | No Comment
In August 1993, then Environment Minister Emil Salim wrote in a foreword to a book: “From a lump of clay weighing 10 kilograms and few buckets of water he made loro blonyo [Javanese bridal couple] statues that were all sold out in no time. From a lump of earth that cost only Rp 1,000, he […]
10:40 am August 20, 2013 | 1 Comment
What used to be a very expensive gadget and owned only by the rich or used by people with important positions in government offices or business corporations, the cellular phone has now become a popular tool of communication for every man and woman on the street. Rapid development of telecommunication technology and industry has made […]
11:35 am July 30, 2013 | 1 Comment
Comic books have been a beloved pastime for generations. More than just entertainment, comic books cultivate positive reading habits from a young age, attracting children with their densely illustrated pages. Reading comic books broadens a child’s knowledge, fires their imagination and enhances their creativity, not to mention prompts admiration for the heroes in the stories. […]
9:19 am July 23, 2013 | 1 Comment
A cafe in West Java’s provincial capital of Bandung came into the media spotlight last week not because of its delicacies but because of its Nazi-theme decor that, following a report by the Jakarta Globe, drew widespread public condemnation and forced its owner to close the Soldatenkaffee on Sunday. The cafe’s interior was painted in […]
10:50 am July 9, 2013 | No Comment
The 21st congress of the Indonesian Teachers Union, which opened on Wednesday, failed to attain media coverage after being overshadowed by an earthquake in Aceh, which killed more than 40 people, injured hundreds of others and damaged thousands of buildings. Be that as it may, the congress was important because a lot of crucial issues […]
11:45 am May 21, 2013 | 6 Comments
Many an accolade has been bestowed by foreign governments on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for his achievements creating a democratic Indonesia with robust growth, amid economic downturn in Europe and the United States. Millions of Indonesians are proud to have a leader widely respected by the international community, as attested by Yudhoyono’s receipt last month […]
12:00 pm May 7, 2013 | No Comment
What began with a tense standoff between officers of two law enforcement institutions at the home of graft convict Susno Duadji on April 24 ended up in a farce 12 days later when the convict turned himself in to prosecutors at the Cibinong jailhouse. The national media covered widely how Susno had defied the court […]
10:23 am April 30, 2013 | No Comment
Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama made an interesting remark last Saturday when he said what the capital city needed more was not very clever subdistrict chiefs and urban ward heads but officials who had heart and soul to sincerely serve the public. Basuki hit the mark. Good conscience and integrity are more important than […]
11:42 am April 23, 2013 | No Comment
Last week’s national examination fiasco, which forced high school students in 11 provinces to postpone their final tests, was a great blow to the Ministry of Education and Culture in that it had failed to hold the exams simultaneously across the nation. The “tragedy,” a first in the country’s history, should become a fresh impetus […]
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