Ardi Wirdana

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

Four Stranded Whales in Aceh Die of Injuries and Exhaustion

Four of the ten sperm whales that became stranded on Aceh’s Ujong Kareng Beach have died of injuries and exhaustion, according to local fisheries officials. Despite...

Jakarta Deputy Governor Wants Officials On-Call to Deal with Rainy Season

Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Uno has asked all Jakarta administration officials to be on constant alert in facing the rainy season as disasters cannot be predicted....

Two Indonesian National Parks Given ASEAN Heritage Status

Two of Indonesia’s national parks, Kepulauan Seribu National Park (KSNP) and Wakatobi National Park (WNP), are set to be recognized as highly protected areas of...

Authorities Send Aid to Papua Villages Controlled by Armed Rebels

Food and aid are being delivered to five villages in Papua where local residents are being held hostage by an armed rebel group, a police official said on Sunday....

Yogyakarta Museum Removes Hitler Wax Statue after Protests

A visual-effects museum in Yogyakarta has removed its display of a waxwork of Adolf Hitler following protests by Jewish and human rights groups who described the...

Bank Danamon Shares Rise as Japanese Bank Eyes 40% Stake

Bank Danamon Indonesia’s shares in the stock exchange have jumped to the highest level in over four years on Thursday after it was reported that Japan’s Bank of...

Indonesia Loses Appeal Against United States and New Zealand in WTO Trade Dispute

The World Trade Organization ruled against Indonesia once again regarding import restrictions on food and animal products from New Zealand and the United States as the...

Wedding Ceremony of President’s Daughter Continues Despite Planned Attack by Militant Extremist

The wedding of President Joko Widodo’s only daughter Kahiyang Ayu has proceeded as planned despite a planned attack on the ceremony, which has been foiled by the...

Expert Makes the Case for Satellite Technology to Save the Oil and Gas Exploration Industry

Indonesia should let down its guard against satellite-derived data if it wants to reduce the time, cost and risk associated with exploration in this sector. It may be...

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...

Education Guide 2017

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