RI to double fish farming production in five years

The government has set a target to achieve 31 million tons of fish from farming in 2019, a two-fold increase compared to the archipelago’s yearly production. “In the next five years, [we aim] to jack up fish farming production to 31.3 million tons [per year], valued at Rp 365.8 trillion [US$28.67 billion],” said Coordinating Maritime …

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Gemstone fever hits Jakarta

When Aris, 40, a Jakarta-based insurance company employee, went to East Kalimantan five months ago to visit a miner client, he was astounded by the sight of a rock outcrop at a coal mine. The client gave him a small piece of raw gemstone found at the site as a souvenir. “After I had the …

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Prostitutes smash streetlamps with slingshots

Frequent passersby may have often wondered why the leafy junction under Jl. Sentra Primer flyover in Pulogebang, near the East Jakarta mayor’s office, often goes without adequate light. The place is well-known for transvestite prostitutes soliciting clients. slingshot – a Y-shaped stick with a piece of elastic fixed to the top parts, used esp. by …

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Governor Ahok to use e-money to defeat Jakarta’s hoodlums

In his war against hoodlums, who have for decades controlled the lucrative parking and street vendor business in Jakarta, Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama launched on Thursday an electronic-payment system for parking, street vendors and microentrepreneurs operating on sidewalks and city facilities. hoodlum – a criminal, esp. one who is a member of a …

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Economy in brief: Pindad spends Rp 700b to improve capacity

State-owned weapons manufacturer PT Pindad said it had allocated Rp 700 billion (US$55.5 million) in state capital injection to improve the production capacity of its weapons and ammunition division. Pindad president director Silmy Karim said the funds would be used to modernize Pindad’s manufacturing equipment so that its production quality and capacity could increase. “Along …

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