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.

Jakarta

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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)

Hamid Ansari

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Saina settles for silver at World C’ships

News4u-Sports Desk-Saina Nehwal’s quest to become the first Indian world champion in badminton ended in heartbreak as she lost in straight games to title holder Carolina Marin in the summit showdown of the mega-event in Jakarta on Sunday.

The world number two Indian went down 16-21 19-21 to her numero uno nemesis from Spain in a match which lasted 59 minutes.

It was the second successive loss in a major final for Saina even though the silver medal she settled for is the best performance by an Indian in the showpiece.

Saina had incidentally lost to the same opponent in the All England Championships final earlier this year.

This was India’s fifth medal at the World Championship after P V Sindhu clinched the bronze twice in 2013 and 2014 and Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa notched up a bronze in women’s doubles at the 2011 edition.

Legendary shuttler Prakash Padukone was the first Indian to win a bronze at the 1983 edition.

With a 3-1 head-to-head record over the Spaniard going into the match, Saina had the edge on paper.

But the gritty Spaniard, who got the better of Saina in the All England finals in their most recent encounter, seemed more pumped up when the proceedings started.

Clenching her fists and letting out a scream at almost every point won by her, Carolina caught the chair umpire’s attention more than once for her antics and was even cautioned for abusing her racquet.

However, the world number one made sure that the scorecard ticked in her favour after breaking away from 7-7 when Saina sunk an easy return into the net.

Placed comfortably at 11-8 when the lemon break was taken, Carolina made it 15-9 in no time courtesy errors by Saina and some precisely-placed shots from the baseline.

The beleaguered Indian found it tough to deal with her rival’s energy and floundered when challenged on pace.

In fact, the fierce smashes, which are a hallmark of Saina’s game, came from Carolina’s racquet, the most impressive being the one with which she earned her first game point.

Down 13-20, Saina held on for a few points before Carolina closed out the first game when the Indian hit one wide after 24 minutes.

Saina Nehwal

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