Ardi Wirdana

Ardi Wirdana is a Jakarta-based journalist covering a variety of topics including business, policy, and news in Indonesia.

Indonesia Pins Hopes on China for Bali Tourism Revival

Following Indonesia’s tourism slump caused by the multiple eruptions on Mount Agung in Bali, the government says it is looking to China to drive its resurgence....

Two Indonesian Islands for Sale Online

Two islands in the Indonesian archipelago are apparently for sale after they were found to be listed on privateislandsonline.com, a website that specializes in island...

More than 50 Children Die in Papua as Authorities Struggle to Contain Outbreak

Indonesian authorities are facing difficult challenges in their efforts to contain an outbreak of measles in Papua which has plagued the region for almost five months...

Teenager Receives 18 Months’ Jail Sentence for Insulting President Jokowi

The Medan District Court in North Sumatera has sentenced a teenager to 18 months in jail for making defamatory comments about President Joko Widodo online. The...

Fire Destroys Valuable Artifacts at Jakarta’s Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum (Museum Bahari) in Jakarta caught on fire yesterday, destroying some of the valuable collection of historic artifacts on display after they were...

Ombudsman Claims Mismanagement in Rice Import Move

The Indonesian Ombudsman have declared signs of mismanagement in the Trade Ministry’s controversial move of importing 500,000 tonnes from Vietnam and Thailand....

Diphtheria Vaccine Efforts Undermined by Islamic Alternative Medicine Campaigners

Indonesia’s fight against a diphtheria outbreak is reportedly being undermined by some Islamic alternative health practitioners who claim vaccinations are in violation...

Idea for Relocating Indonesia’s Capital Gains Momentum

The relocation of Indonesia’s capital from Jakarta is gaining momentum following a number of statements made by government officials last year suggesting that the move...

Indonesia Prioritizing Development of 4 New Tourist Destinations this Year

The Indonesian government is set to develop the first four tourists destinations from the “10 New Balis” development project, according to Coordinating Maritime...

Mystery Surrounds Death of British Student in Bali

A 20 year-old British student died in Bali under mysterious circumstances after suffering catastrophic injuries in a motorcycle accident in August 2017. Family members...

Ahok Has Filed for Divorce, Lawyer Confirms

Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has taken legal measures to divorce Veronica Tan, his wife of 20 years, Ahok’s lawyer has confirmed. The former Jakarta governor is...

Images of World’s Ugliest Pig Captured in Indonesia

Researchers have managed to capture and share rare pictures of Javan warty pigs, often described as the “world’s ugliest pig” believed to be on the brink of...

Government Launches Cybersecurity Agency to Fight Fake News

As part of an attempt to fight the rampant production and spread of false news in Indonesia, the government has launched a new cybersecurity agency, which will focus on...

Indonesia Hits Trillion Dollar GDP in 2017, but Revenue Continues to Stutter

2017 turned out to be a milestone year for Indonesia’s economy after it was revealed that the country’s gross domestic product managed to hit the US$1 trillion mark....

Education Guide 2017

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