Indonesian ‘halal science’ professor wins 2018 King Faisal Prize

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Indonesian Professor Irwandi Jawsir has won the first prize of prestigious King Faisal Prize this year. He has been honored for his contribution toward establishment and development of ‘Halal Science’. Here is what we know about the man. Professor Jawsir was born on December 20, 1970. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Food Technology and Human Nutrition from Bogor Agriculture University. Prof. Jawsir did his PhD in Food Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University Putra in ...

Indonesia launches cyber agency to tackle fake news and extremism

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

In a battle to combat online extremism and a surplus of fake news on social media, the world’s largest Muslim majority country, Indonesia, has launched a new cyber security agency. Internet hoaxes have reached an all-time high while millions of Indonesians are going online for the first time. The recent high-profile case where fake news was published on social media that Beijing was seeking to wage biological warfare against Indonesia is just one example. The viral hoax prompted the ...

Jakarta launches first airport train to tackle gridlock

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Jakarta launched the first train connecting its international airport to the city centre Tuesday as the sprawling Indonesian capital moves to tackle the gridlock that can make the trip an hours-long headache. The new system links Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on the outskirts of Jakarta to downtown in 55 minutes, cutting driving time by half or more. President Joko Widodo inaugurated the new system that officials hope will convince travelers to make the switch from private to public ...

Pregnant elephant ‘poisoned’ in Indonesian palm plantation

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

A pregnant elephant has been found dead in a palm oil plantation on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, in what the authorities suspect was a deliberate poisoning, an official said Wednesday.The animal’s body was found near the remote Seuneubok Bayu village in Aceh on December 22, after authorities received a tip off from locals, Aceh conservation centre head Sapto Aji Prabowo told AFP.“The 25-year-old elephant had been dead for around 10 days when we got there,” he ...

Indonesia to allow tarrif-free import of some Palestinian goods

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Indonesia will allow tariff-free imports and give direct market access to some Palestinian goods beginning in the New Year, the Indonesian trade minister said on Wednesday. Palestinian goods now come to Indonesia through Jordan. Starting on Jan. 1, some Palestinian goods will be shipped directly to Indonesia, said Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita. “We’re opening market access for dates and olive oil. This is as requested by Palestine,” the minister ...

Tens of thousands rally in Indonesia in support of Palestine

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Tens of thousands of Indonesians protested Sunday against the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the latest show of support for the Palestinians in the country with the world’s largest Muslim population.The rally was organized by the top Islamic authority the Indonesian Ulema Council and supported by the government as well as several other Islamic organizations.Police said 80,000 protesters gathered at the National Monument, a tower that looms over central ...

Volcanic eruptions no match for cockfighting, Bali-style

Saturday, 9 December 2017

A volcano may be rumbling off in the distance, but for a group of Balinese men and their fighting roosters it's the roar of the crowd that says the show must go on. Far off the Indonesian resort island's tourist trail, heavily-tattooed men gather at a clandestine site where birds battle each other -- usually to the death -- in a gory spectacle known as tajen that meshes blood sport with ancient Balinese Hindu traditions. About 100 male spectators gather on bamboo benches around a dirt ring as ...

Indonesia’s selfie-snapping monkey named animal group’s ‘Person of the Year’

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

An Indonesian monkey who shot to fame after it snapped a grinning selfie -- and sparked a landmark US copyright case -- was named “Person of the Year” Wednesday by the animal rights group that took on the simian’s cause.The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said it was honoring Naruto, a crested black macaque with a goofy-looking grin, to recognize that “he is someone, not something”.In 2011, the monkey pressed the shutter button while staring down ...

Indonesians hospitalized after bizarre sorcery ritual

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Seven Indonesians were hospitalized after rinsing their hands in acid, police said Tuesday as they hunted for the self-styled sorcerer who promised the men it would make them invincible. The bizarre ritual last week left the men, residents of the Rawa Kopi village just outside the capital Jakarta, with serious burns on their hands, authorities said. A mystery man named Didi, who moved into the village several months ago, claimed he was a master of traditional magic -- known as Debus -- which is ...

Indonesia extends Bali airport closure over volcanic ash

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Indonesian authorities on Tuesday extended the closure of the international airport on the resort island of Bali for a second day over fears of a volcanic eruption. Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport will remain closed until at least Wednesday morning local time. “The Volcanic Ash Advisory shows that the plane routes have been covered by volcanic ash, this is dangerous for the flights,” Indonesian AirNav official Wisnu Darjono said. Massive columns of thick grey smoke that have been ...

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