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  • Indonesia officials extend Bali airport closure over volcanic ash

    Jakarta, The international airport on the resort island of Bali will be closed for a third day, Indonesian officials said today, as ash from a rumbling volcano poses a danger to planes. “Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport will remain closed until at least Thursday morning,” airport spokesman Arie Ahsanurrohim told AFP.

  • Ash from rumbling volcano forces Bali airport to stay shut

    Karangasem (Indonesia): Plumes of ash from a rumbling volcano forced Indonesian authorities to close Bali’s airport for a second day today, as a threatened eruption stranded tourists and forced mass evacuations.

  • Bali volcano alert at highest level

    Karangasem (Indonesia) : A rumbling volcano on the resort island of Bali could erupt at any moment, authorities warned on Monday as they raised alert levels to maximum, accelerated a mass evacuation and closed the main airport, leaving tourists stranded.

  • 32 killed in Indonesia factory explosion

    Jakarta: At least 32 workers were killed and 46 others injured in an explosion at an Indonesian fireworks factory on Thursday, police said.

  • Smriti Irani, Rahul Gandhi engage in a tweet war

    New Delhi : Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday took a dig at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi over the rise in the number of people retweeting his messages and sought to link this with twitter accounts in Russia, Indonesia and Kazakhstan.

  • Obama’s letters to ex-girlfriend are being made public

    Washington : A young Barack Obama questioned his place in the world and his racial identity, agonized over whether he’d make enough money as a community organizer, and lamented his incompatibility with his ex-girlfriend in 30 pages of letters he wrote to her that are now being archived by Emory University in Atlanta.

  • Indonesian Muslims perform Ramayana in Mumbai to promote unity

    Mumbai: A thorough presentation of ethnic tradition induced in culture though an art form was performed by a group of Muslims from Indonesia on Tuesday at the NCPA. Over 43 Muslims from Indonesia performed Ramayana Ballet, a traditional dance form, and a live Angklung Orchestra, with the help of Angklung a distinct musical instrument made out of bamboo tubes.

  • Urban inequality a growing risk in Asia, says World Bank

    Singapore : Widening inequality in Asia’s teeming cities could lead to potentially risky social divisions, the World Bank warned Tuesday, urging governments to do more to help the urban poor. Half of the region’s population live in cities and rapid urbanisation has helped lift 655 million people out of poverty, the bank said in a new report. But East Asia and the Pacific are still home to the world’s biggest population of

  • Bhopal: Strengthen people to people contact, says Swaraj

    Bhopal: Muslims in Indonesia make idols Lord Hanuman and believe it to be part of their culture said external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj while addressing the delegates at Indo-ASEAN Summit here emphasising on strengthening cooperation and communications among youths of the Asean nations.

  • Early humans lived in Indonesian rainforests 70,000 years ago

    Jakarta: A team of researchers announced on Thursday that early humans were living in the rainforests of Indonesia over 70,000 years ago, 20,000 years before what was previously believed. Researchers from the Australian Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) collaborated with an international team on the discovery in the Sumatran rainforest, with the results suggesting that early humans could have migrated to Australia even earlier than expected.

  • Indonesia speaker named suspect in major graft case

    Jakarta: Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency has named the country’s speaker of parliament as a suspect in a major graft scandal which is estimated to have siphoned around $170 million out of government coffers. The Corruption Eradication Commission named house speaker Setya Novanto as a suspect late Monday in the giant graft case that has also implicated other senior politicians, including the justice minister, ex-interior minister and several governors. The head of the commission,

  • Defiant Indonesia renames its part of South China Sea

    Jakarta will now refer to the northern areas of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea as the ‘North Natuna Sea’ in an act of defiance against Beijing’s territorial ambitions in the region.

  • India new global growth pole, to keep lead over China: Harvard

    New Delhi : India has emerged as the economic pole of global growth by surpassing China and is expected to maintain its lead over the coming decade, says a new study by Harvard University. According to the Harvard University’s Center for International Development (CID) growth projections, India will feature on top of the list of the fastest growing economies till 2025 with an average annual growth of 7.7 per cent, for a

  • Indonesia police question Trump partner over alleged threats

    Jakarta, Police are questioning the Indonesian business partner of President Donald Trump over allegations he sent threatening text messages to a deputy attorney general. A smiling Hary Tanoesoedibjo arrived at the national police’s Criminal Investigation Agency in central Jakarta this morning after failing to comply with a summons for questioning last week.

  • Plane with 5 aboard reported missing in Indonesia’s Papua

    Jakarta: A small plane with five people on board has gone missing in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua. Melkianus Kutta, head of the local search and rescue agency, said the aircraft from PT Associated Mission Aviation went missing on a short flight from Wamena, the capital of the mountainous district of Jayawijaya, to Derakma in neighboring Nduga district.