Ardi Wirdana

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

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New Zealand Simplifies Visas for Indonesian Tourists

New Zealand has signed an agreement to enable Indonesian tourists to obtain a visa in only three days. The agreement, signed by Immigration New Zealand (INZ), Tourism...

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Aqua and H&M Team Up to Turn Plastic Waste into Clothing Products

The producer of Aqua and Swedish clothing giant Hennes & Mauritz, better known as H&M, is working together to recycle plastic bottles into fashion products....

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Indonesian Cartoonists Show Off Record-Breaking 1,000 Artworks on Corruption

The Indonesian Cartoonists Association (Pakarti) teamed up with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to showcase a record-breaking 1,000 cartoon artworks on...

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New Jagorawi Toll System and Tariff to Start on Friday

Toll road operator PT Jasa Marga will initiate an integrated payment system along the Jakarta-Bogor-Ciawi (Jagorawi) toll road on Friday, Sept. 8, which will see a...

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Malaysian and Singaporean Cyclists Win Gran Fondo New York Indonesia in Lombok

Long distant mass cycling event Gran Fondo New York (GFNY) Indonesia 2017, which was held in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), earlier this week, saw a Malaysian and a...

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Indonesia to Award Country’s Best Tourist Destinations

The Tourism Ministry says it will be giving awards to the country’s best tourist destinations in the first ever Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Awards (ISTA), set to be...

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President Widodo Visits Singapore on 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Tie

President Joko Widodo is set to meet with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 6-7, for the Singapore-Indonesia Leaders’...

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Same Taxes but New Tax Mechanism for E-Commerce, says Tax Office

The Tax Office has stressed that there will not be any additional taxes imposed on e-commerce businesses other than value-added tax (PPN) and income tax, but also said...

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Widening of Motorcycle Ban Faces Opposition from Jakarta Groups and Activists

The Jakarta administration’s plan to expand the ban on motorcycles to more of the city’s main thoroughfares has been greeted with strong opposition by parties who...

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Jokowi Sends Minister to Meet Myanmar Government over Rohingya Violence

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi flew to Myanmar on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 3, at the instruction of President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo to meet with the Myanmar government...

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Indonesia to Meet Microsoft, Boost Local Games Industry

Head of Indonesia’s Creative Economy Agency, Triawan Munaf, said he will be in talks with Microsoft soon about the development of Indonesia’s locally-made games with...

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Two Foreigners in Bali Deported for Moonlighting as Dive Instructors

Two foreigners have been deported by the Singaraja immigration in North Bali for performing a job that is not in accordance with their KITAS work permits. Singaraja...

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Locally-made Electric Cars Ready for Testing at End of Year: Minister

Electric cars developed in the country may be ready to undergo road test at the end of this year, Technology and Higher Education Minister Mohamad Nasir said this week....

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Interfaith Leaders Declare Cigarette Haram, Argue For Price Increase

Interfaith religious leaders have agreed to declare cigarettes haram (religiously unlawful) and want the government to increase the prices of cigarettes as a control...

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