Ardi Wirdana

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

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...

Authorities Slam Halal Whiskey Photos on Social Media

Pictures of “halal whiskey” have gone viral online in Indonesia, following the Indonesian government’s decision to revoke the authority of the Indonesian Ulema...

47 Indonesians Face Deportation Under Strict Trump Immigration Policy

The fate of 47 deportation-bound Indonesian Christians in the US hangs in the balance as a judge handling the case is unsure how much longer she can delay the move by...

US Offers No Explanation over Indonesia Military Chief Boarding Trouble

The US ambassador has apologized, but not offered an explanation, for the incident in which Indonesia’s military chief was barred from boarding a flight to the US, the...

Two Indonesian Airports Won Awards for Service Quality

The Airport Council International (ACI) has given Airport Service Quality Awards to two Indonesian airports: Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar and...

International Activist Calls for End to Indonesia Dog and Boar Fights

Staged fights between dogs and captured wild boars, which is a traditional form of entertainment in rural areas of West Java, must be condemned and stopped, animal...

Education Guide 2017

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