Ardi Wirdana

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Homebuyers Flock to Tangerang as Industrial Appeal Boosts Population Growth

Growth in apartment sales in Tangerang city is rising following a shift in preferences of property buyers who are now looking to settle in Banten rather than Jakarta, an...

Blue Bird Takes Action after Video of Driver Scolding Foreigner goes Viral

Blue Bird group has confirmed that it has taken disciplinary action against one of its drivers caught on video scolding a foreigner in Jakarta on Saturday. The video,...

China’s Economic Slowdown Stifles Local Trade and the Rupiah

China’s economic slowdown has affected trade in Indonesia and the value of the rupiah. The archipelago could be set for another tough year. China’s economic turmoil...

Indonesia Foils Year-End Terror Attack But Must Remain Cautious

Indonesia managed to foil a terrorist attack over the holiday season, but it must step up surveillance, and adopt more sophisticated and comprehensive countermeasures to...

Indonesia Urged to Be More Vigilant Following ISIS Attacks

Following ISIS terror attacks in Paris, Indonesian officials have been urged to step up the nation’s counter-terrorism measures, as the country remains at risk. The...

Indonesia’s Food Import Restrictions Leaves Restaurants with a Loss of Appetite

With tougher restrictions on food imports, restaurateurs in Jakarta prepare for the worst. The Indonesian food sector has never been more familiar with the term...

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