School reopening faces safety dilemma

The closure of schools due to COVID-19 in March was an urgent measure to protect both learners and educators while allowing education to continue. Since then, the closure has affected 646,000 schools and madrasas, shifting 62 million students and 3.

COVID-19: Russia-ASEAN strategic partnership in action

On June 17, foreign ministers of ASEAN member states and Russia held a special meeting via video conference to discuss current tasks on countering unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and its adverse impact on the political and econo

Gas companies, PLN sign deals on cheap gas supply for power plants

Four gas producers have inked deals to supply gas at below market price to several gas-fired power plants as part of the government’s plan to slash billions of dollars in energy subsidies.Producers Pertamina EP, Pertamina Hulu Energi, PT Kang

Tokyo's Nikkei closes down more than 2% after US market rout

Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei index lost more than two percent on Monday following a rout on United States markets as fears grow over a resurgence of coronavirus infections.The Nikkei 225 dropped 2.30 percent, or 517.04 points, to end at 21,995.04 &

Boeing 737 MAX could take off Monday for commercial survival

Boeing's 737 MAX plane could take its first test flight from Monday, a crucial step for the survival of the company's star model that has been grounded for 14 months.Two sources close to the case told AFP Friday the flight could take place

Govt housing subsidy program hampers market growth, World Bank says

The government’s housing subsidy program designed to resolve the country’s mounting backlog might backfire by hampering property industry growth and leading to the construction of lower quality homes, the World Bank has warned.World Ban

‘Alive but sort of dead’: Retailers to see slow recovery despite restrictions easing

Easing mobility restrictions in various regions across Indonesia will not provide an instant boost to the country’s retail sector as wary consumers are expected to still limit their store visits amid a steady rise in COVID-19 cases, analysts h

Aftermarket auto companies weather pandemic through online sales

Auto parts companies are relying on online sales to offset declining revenue from brick and mortar stores as the industry continues to suffer from the effects of COVID-19.PT Astra Otoparts, the auto parts manufacturing and distribution arm of congl

Pandemic pushes Gojek, Grab to hit pause on ‘super-app’ dream

The recent layoffs in Indonesia’s two decacorn ride-hailing apps Gojek and Grab have forced the start-ups to reassess their pursuit of becoming “super-apps” as the pandemic has pushed them to retire some of their non-core businesse

Government pays $3.76b for land in 77 strategic projects

The Finance Ministry’s State Asset Management Agency (LMAN) has reimbursed Rp 53.3 trillion (US$3.76 billion) owed to state-owned companies for land acquisition in 77 strategic national projects, including toll roads and irrigation systems, as