Ardi Wirdana

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

Jakarta Biennale to Showcase Creative Spirit of the Soul

This year’s Jakarta Biennale is set to open on Saturday at Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem in South Jakarta and will adopt “Jiwa” as its artistic concept. The concept of...

New Species of Great Ape Discovered in Sumatra

A scientific paper has confirmed that a new species of primate has been discovered in the forests of Sumatra: the Tapanulis orangutan, which adds to the family of the...

Indonesian Politics Must Overcome Religious Intolerance

Following the heated Jakarta election and ahead of a series of upcoming key elections, Indonesia is witnessing a surge in identity politics sparking racial and religious...

Finance Minister Tries to Calm Potential Foreign Investors’ Fears of Growing Ethnic Tension in Indonesia

Indonesia Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said that the government is seeking urgent investments to finance their ambitious infrastructure projects, but fears that ethnic...

Government to Integrate Jakarta and Bandung into Massive Sprawl

The government has announced plans to integrate Jakarta with Bandung and turn it into a massive urban area but says that it will be a long-term project that will require...

A Quick Guide to Government Mandated SIM Card Registration

As previously reported, the Communications and Information Ministry has issued a regulation which requires all prepaid SIM card users to register their phone number with...

Anies Takes the Easy Route with Alexis Hotel Closure

While new Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan has moved to terminate the operating permit of Alexis Hotel, experts have branded it an “easy” task and suggest that the...

Soekarno’s Daughter Wants Apology after CIA Assassination Plan Revealed

Sukmawati Soekarnoputri, a daughter of Indonesia’s first president Soekarno, is demanding an apology from the United States government after revelations from a...

Mount Agung Alert Status Lowered

The alert status of Mount Agung in Bali has finally been lowered after authorities announced a decrease in its volcanic activity, which had forced around 133,000...

Indonesia Economy Could Exceed Expectation Next Year, Minister Says

Indonesia may witness faster economic growth next year than it initially forecasts, according to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati. The country’s economy is...

Video of Speedy Indonesian Footballer Takes World by Storm

Who’s the fastest football player in the world? If your answer is Argentine superstar footballer Lionel Messi or Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo, you might want to...

Fire Kills More than 40 Employees at Fireworks Factory

A fire has blazed through a fireworks factory in Tangerang, killing more than 40 of its employees who were trapped inside and tried to escape through the back door of...

Indonesian Government Tries to Reduce Rice Dependency

With Indonesia’s rice consumption higher than its regional neighbours, the government says it will be making efforts to reduce dependency on rice by promoting other...

More than 530 Sharia Offenders Publicly Flogged in Aceh since 2015

Since Aceh enacted a new Islamic criminal code in October 2015, more than 530 people have been publicly flogged, including hundreds of men and women punished for...

Education Guide 2017

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