Ardi Wirdana

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

Woman Taken to Hospital After Being Lashed for Adultery in Aceh

A woman in Aceh has sought hospital treatment after being publicly caned as a sharia court punishment for the crime of adultery. The court in Aceh, the only Indonesian...

Match-Finding App for Polygamists Set for Launch in Indonesia

Finding a second, third or fourth wife will be made easier for Muslim men in Indonesia who wish to enter the fold of polygamy, with the launch of the controversial...

Makassar Hosts International Eight Festival and Forum

Makassar opened on Friday the International Eight Festival and Forum (F8), a week-long festivity offering various attractions and activities ranging from film, fashion,...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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’...

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...

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...

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