Indonesia on Thursday rejected mounting international pressure and desperate pleas from relatives to halt the execution of 14 drug convicts who are expected to imminently face the firing squad. The group, including foreigners from Nigeria, Pakistan, India and Zimbabwe as well as Indonesians, have been placed in isolation on a prison island where Jakarta carries out executions. Authorities stepped up preparations, with ambulances seen transporting coffins over to the island and cars heading for the penal colony in the evening carrying convicts' relatives, police and religious counsellors. President Joko Widodo believes Indonesia faces an emergency due to rising drugs consumption and has dramatically escalated the use of capital punishment, putting to death 14 drug convicts, mostly foreigners, since he took power in 2014. Indonesia last carried out executions in April 2015 when it put to death eight drug convicts, including two Australians, sparking international outrage. Family members … [Read more...] about Indonesia rejects international pleas to halt executions
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(Cinet)- Vietnam attended the 44th int’l charity fair in Jakarta, Indonesia, on November 30 and December 1. The fair attracted 41 booths of embassies of many countries, including, Russia , Germany , the US , Canada , Mexico , South Africa , Morocco , Mozambique , China , India , Japan , the Republic of Korea and ASEAN countries. Vietnam pavilion shows many traditional products, with bold ethnic culture such as lacquer, hat, embroidery, Trung Nguyen coffee, and a souvenir fairs, special dishes and spring rolls spring rolls by Vietnam embassy personnel processing, has attracted special attention at the fair, a lot of client countries and the international visit, enjoy and praise. The fair is held annually to raise funds for charity and boost cultural exchanges between embassies. … [Read more...] about Vietnam attended int’l charity fair in Indonesia
Following the 26th SEA Games held last month in Jakarta, Indonesia will host its first ASEAN Para Games in Solo City from December 15-20, with some 2,000 athletes with disabilities expected to take part in 11 sport events. A total of 422 gold medals are up for grabs in Solo. This marks the first time Indonesia organizes the biennial tournament for players with disabilities. The previous editions were stages in Kuala Lumpur in 2001 and 2009, Hanoi (2003), Manila, (2005) and Nakhonratchasima,Thailand in 2007. In the last edition in Kuala Lumpur in 2009, Thailand reigned supreme, winning 157 gold, 74 silver and 57 bronze while Malaysia were the runner-up with 94 gold, 81 silver and 71 bronze medals. Solo, located in the heart of the Central Java province, will be a hive of activities as athletes, officials and delegates start to check into the city, famously known for its fine Batik and steep history. Asean Para Sports Federation (APSF), the governing body of the Paralympic movement in … [Read more...] about Indonesia to launch first ASEAN Para Games
Aida Widyawati boards a commuter train each day to travel from her home in South Tangerang, west of Jakarta, to her job as an office manager in the centre of Indonesia's capital. The 120-km (75-mile) round trip takes three and a half hours on a good day. Last month, the mother-of-two sprained both ankles falling down some stairs at home and was forced to take a taxi to work. Her total journey time rose to six hours. In the monsoon season, her commute time can easily double. "It is very boring," said Widyawati, who tries to catch up on sleep during her travels to work. "I just hope that the government will one day offer a better service." Widyawati is one of more than 5 million people struggling to get to work each day in Southeast Asia's largest city. Known as the "Big Durian" after the stinky fruit popular in the region, Greater Jakarta is home to about 25 million people and faces numerous challenges due to rapid urbanisation, climate change and the failure of infrastructure and … [Read more...] about From traffic jams to floods, can Indonesia’s ‘Big Durian’ be fixed?
Speaker of the House Setya Novanto leaves a courtroom after appearing as a witness in an embezzlement case involving electronic identity cards in Jakarta. (Photo: REUTERS)Hanoi (VNA) – Speaker of Indonesia’s People’sRepresentative Council Setya Novanto, also President of Golkar, the secondlargest political party of the country, was detained by the CorruptionEradication Commission (KPK) on November 19.Novanto, 62, is under investigation over his alleged role incausing the country’s loss of 170 million USD which was detected in 2014. On November 19, Novanto was transferred from the hospital toa detention centre after medical staff affirmed that his condition did notrequire hospitalisation.Earlier, Novato’s lawyer filed a petition against his trialfor corruption, which is scheduled for November 30 at the South Jakarta DistrictCourt. Novanto has denied any wrongdoings in the case.The KPK is probing the major corruption case involving anetwork of 80 people and … [Read more...] about Indonesia’s anti-graft body arrests lower house speaker