Jakarta

News4u-Travel Desk- Stunning cityscape of the city after sunset Located on the northwest coast of the island of Java, Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, is one of the world’s greatest metropolises. Nicknamed by expats as ‘The Big Durian’ (a thorny fruit), Jakarta boasts of many marvels. From historic and cultural sites to modern high-rise buildings and swanky shopping malls, the city will keep you enthralled throughout your visit.

Your trip to this versatile city will be incomplete without visiting its flea markets and experiencing its electrifying nightlife.

Attractions include the Indonesian archipelago (set amidst the serene waters of the central lake), bird and reptile parks, museums, performing theatres, monorail, and cable rides, to name a few.

The grand main-entrance to the National Museum of Indonesia
A must-visit for history buffs, the Museum Nasional houses the richest collection of Hindu and Buddhist art of ancient Indonesia.

The Museum Nas ional is known as the “Elephant Building” after the bronze elephant statue in its forecourt. The collections here represent almost all of Indonesia’s territory and rich history. Here you will find prized artifacts like the famous statue of Prajnaparamita (the ancient goddess of transcendental wisdom with intricate carvings).

The towering “Monumen Nasional” at the city square, Jakarta
Located at the centre of Merdeka Square (also the world’s largest city square), the Monas symbolizes the struggle for Indonesian independence.

A flame gilded with 35 kg of gold foil tops this 132 m tall Italian marble tower.

Fascinating 16th century buildings in Old Town, Jakarta

Kota (Old Jakarta), known as “The Queen of the East” and “The Jewel of Asia” in the 16th century, was once the center of commerce for the whole archipelago.

It is home to important historical sites and buildings like the Museum Fatahillah, Wayang Museum, Bank Indonesia Museum, Pasar Ikan ( Fish Market ), Kota Intan Drawbridge and the Sion Protestant Church.

The largest mosque in Southeast Asia, the Istiqlal Mosque is one of the city’s popular attractions.

The grand rectangular prayer hall is a sacred place of worship as well as a center for conferences and seminars.

Jakarta Cathedral

Beautiful ornamentations on the spires of the Jakarta Cathedral

Built in 1901, the neo-Gothic style Jakarta Cathedral towers over the Merdeka Square. One of Jakarta’s best colonial architecture, the cathedral features 60-meter twin spires, an ivory tower with clocks and the church bell.

The cathedral, also called as the Lapangan Banteng, is located opposite the Istiqlal Mosque, a symbol of religious harmony.

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Shuttler Srikanth fails to clinch Indonesia Masters title

News4u-Sports Desk- Top seeded Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth failed to clinch his second Grand Prix Gold title of the year after losing to second-seed Tommy Sugiarto in the men’s singles final at the Indonesian Masters tournament here on Sunday.

Srikanth suffered a 21-17, 13-21, 22-24 defeat against the Indonesia shuttler in a summit clash that lasted for an hour.

Earlier in the year, Srikanth had become the first ever Indian to win the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold tournament. (ANI)

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Dealing with terrorism requires cooperation of like-minded nations: Hamid Ansari

News4u-News Desk- Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Monday said that both India and Indonesia are facing threat from rising extremism and terrorism, adding that dealing with such threats requires strong cooperation among like-minded partners.

“The spreading tide of extremism and terrorism is a threat we both face. Successfully dealing with such threats requires strong cooperation among like-minded partners. I am glad that we have taken some steps to institutionalize cooperation in this area. We will continue to pursue more regular exchanges between our security personnel,” Vice -President Ansari said in his address here.

He said that non-traditional threats such as piracy, smuggling, transnational crimes and drug-trafficking are on the rise and pose a challenge for countries, adding that dealing with such problems require strong and determined, coordinated action to control.

The Vice-President further said that India has a shared vision for a peaceful region and the seas around it.

“We believe that all trade routes and the sea lanes must be protected from traditional and non-traditional threats and all countries using these international waters must act with responsibility and restraint,” he added.

Stating that India and Indonesia both have a great need for open trade and the sea lanes that carry it, the Vice-President said, “Indonesia’s idea of a Maritime Axis and India’s commitment to the Mausam Project which links the countries of the Indian Ocean can bring benefit to us all.”

The Vice-President will depart for Bali on Tuesday.

Vice President Ansari arrived here for his five-day two-nation official visit to Indonesia and Brunei on Sunday

Indonesia is the first stopover for the Vice President, who is there at the invitation of his Indonesian counterpart Jusuf Kalla. (ANI)

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South China Sea: India not to counter-balance influence of China or any other nation, says Ansari

News4u-News Desk- Vice President M. Hamid Ansari on Sunday said India is not engaged in the business of counter-balancing the influence of any country, let alone China in the South China Sea, which is under dispute.

Interacting with media on board Air India One, Ansari, when asked whether India was looking for ways to counter-balance Beijing or any other country’s influence in the area, said, “We are not in the business of counter-balancing with anyone, China or any other country. The world of the 21st century works on the principle of commonality of interests.”

Ansari’s strident comment on the issue came days after an arbitration court in The Netherlands delivered a legal setback to Beijing by ruling that it had the jurisdiction to hear some of the territorial claims filed by the Philippines against China over disputed areas in the South China Sea.

According to foreign news agency report, Manila had filed the case in 2013 to seek a ruling on its right to exploit the South China Sea waters in its 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) as allowed under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration, according to the foreign news agency, had rejected Beijing’s claim that the disputes were about territorial sovereignty and said additional hearings would be held to decide the merits of the Philippines’ argument.

China has boycotted the proceedings and rejects the court’s authority in the case. Beijing claims sovereignty over almost the entire South China Sea, dismissing claims to parts of it from Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei.

The foreign agency report quoted the tribunal as saying that it found it had authority to hear seven of Manila’s submissions under UNCLOS and China’s decision not to participate did “not deprive the tribunal of jurisdiction”.

Territorial disputes in the South China Sea involve both island and maritime claims among several nations within the region, namely Brunei, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, The Philippines and Vietnam.

There are disputes concerning Spratly and Paracel Islands, as well as maritime boundaries in the Gulf of Tonkin and elsewhere. There is a further dispute in the waters near Indonesia’s Natuna Islands.

Developments in the South China Sea (SCS) have significant implications for India’s strategic interests and its role in the Indo-Pacific region. New Delhi has traditionally maintained a safe distance from making direct commentary on issues like the SCS maritime disputes, and instead emphasized on the need for freedom of navigation.

But with the advent of NDA rule, New Delhi has turned the ‘Look East Policy’ into the ‘Act East Policy’, and made some direct comments on the need to resolve the maritime dispute.

It recently inked a joint strategic vision with the U.S. for the Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean region and is reportedly in talks with key regional countries to increase security collaboration, especially in the maritime domain.

The present government sees the South China Sea dispute as an important element of New Delhi’s relationship with the East, for both trade and strategic reasons.

In order to strengthen its relationship with South East Asian nations, India has to portray itself as a credible security actor in the region.

New Delhi clearly is on record as saying that the South China Sea dispute has the potential to destabilise regional security. This view was aired in the India-U.S. joint statement, in the joint statement with Vietnam, and at the East Asia Summit and the India ASEAN Summit of 2014. (ANI)

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Can’t confirm or deny Rajan’s deportation, says Indian envoy

News4u-News Desk- Confirming “no delay” in the deportation of underworld don Chhota Rajan, Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Gurjit Singh on Friday said that due procedures would be followed in this regard.

“There is no delay in anything, it is just a perception. We are having a procedure to follow. These procedures are to be decided by the relevant agencies in India. So, we are going to follow whatever directions we are given. My embassy and the consulate in Bali are ready to implement those directions” Singh told ANI here.

“Once a decision is taken on what procedures are to be followed and consultations are complete which are now underway, we will take the necessary procedures and go ahead. The existence of an agreement or lack of it has not hindered cooperation with Indonesia in the past and don’t expect to do so now,” he added.

Rajan, one of India’s most wanted criminals and a leading figure in the Mumbai underworld, was arrested at Bali, Indonesia, on October 24. Rajan is wanted for at least 68 cases in Mumbai alone, including over 20 murder cases and other serious offences under MCOCA, POTA and the Arms Act. (ANI)

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Strong 7.0 quake jolts east Indonesia, damages buildings

News4u-News Desk- A powerful earthquake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, has struck remote eastern Indonesia, damaging several buildings and leaving a teenage boy missing, after he fell into a river.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit inland in a mountainous area of Papua in the early hours, almost 250 kilometres west of the province’s capital Jayapura at a depth of 52 kilometres, reported ABC News.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, disaster agency spokesman, said that the quake was felt ‘very strongly’ for four seconds and prompted residents to panic and rush out of their homes.

He said that rescuers were still trying to reach the area closest to the epicentre in Memberamo district, which could take several hours.

Both Indonesian authorities and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre assured that there was no threat of any tsunami waves from the temblor.

Indonesia falls within the Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide and cause frequent seismic and volcanic activity. (ANI)

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Volcanic ash causes Bali airport to shut down again

News4u-News Desk- Indonesia’s Bali airport has been shut down again due to ash from a volcanic eruption, authorities said.

According to the transport ministry, Denpasar airport is expected to remain closed until at least evening as Mount Raung in east Java continues to spew ash into the air for almost a week now, raising fears it could interfere with aircraft safety, reported the BBC.

The ministry added that they will continue to monitor developments and decide if the closure needs to be extended later.

The shut down comes just a day after the airport reopened on Saturday.

Mount Raung is just 120 km from Denpasar airport.

Bali is a top destination for tourists, many of whom have been stranded due to the closure. (ANI)

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Indonesia: Toll rises to 141 in plane crash

News4u-News Desk-The death toll in the Indonesian air force transport plane crash rose as 141 bodies have been recovered so far from the residential area of Medan on Tuesday.

The military said none of the 122 people on board the Hercules C-130 survived when it hit houses and a hotel before bursting into flames.

Many of the victims are thought to have been relatives of servicemen and women.

The cause of the crash is not yet known, but witnesses said the plane appeared to run into trouble shortly after taking off from Medan.

Buildings were left in ruins and cars reduced to flaming wrecks when the plane came down in Medan, a city of two million on the island of Sumatra.

A rescue operation swung into action, with ambulances ferrying bodies from the site, and crowds of anxious residents gathering around a police cordon to view the smouldering wreckage.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo expressed sorrow at the accident, tweeting: “May the families be given patience and strength… May we remain protected from disaster.”

The plane took off at 12:08 pm (0508 GMT) from the airbase and crashed in the city about two minutes later, about five kilometres from the base, according to the military.

Shortly after take-off, the pilot had asked to return to base, Supriatna said, adding the aircraft might have suffered engine trouble. But he added the plane was in “very good condition” and had made several stops before arriving in Medan.

It is the second time in 10 years that a plane has crashed in Medan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the crash. In a tweet the Prime Minister said, “News of the plane crash in Indonesia is deeply unfortunate. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with those injured.”

Toll rises to 141 in plane crash

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18 killed in stampede at boxing match in Indonesia

News4u-News Desk- At least 18 people were killed in a stadium stampede after spectators rioted to protest a local boxer’s loss in a championship match in eastern Indonesia, police said on Monday.

The victims, mostly women, were trampled to death as about 1,500 spectators scrambled out the stadium to escape the riot that broke out just before midnight Sunday, said Lt. Col. Gede Sumerta Jaya, police spokesman in Papua province.

Kota Lama Sport Stadium in the town of Nabire had only two working exits. Points awarded by a panel of judges decided the championship match for the Bupati Cup, or Regent Cup.

The losing boxer’s supporters threw chairs at the judges and the winner’s supporters responded by throwing bottles and broken chairs, panicking people in the stadium, Jaya said.

He said 12 of the dead were women, and more than 40 other spectators were injured and hospitalized. Police and soldiers were deployed to stop the fighting.

Nabire, about 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) east of Jakarta, is located on Cendrawasih Bay on the north coast of Papua.


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