RI’s top college in spotlight for corruption


In the wake of recent graft scandals at the University of Indonesia (UI), academics and students are hoping the newly elected rector will have the integrity to manage the campus budget transparently.In May, the university elected Muhammad Anis to serve as its rector, replacing Gumilar Rusliwa Somantri, whose tenure had been rocked by many graft …

Parents find alternatives for Down children’s education


Endang Nilawati had only one thing on her mind when she enrolled her Down syndrome child in a music school. “I just want my child to be happy,” she said over the weekend.Banu Catur Priambodo, 21, is now a famous drummer in Star Band, the group of musicians with Down syndrome that was formed by …

back home Network launches road map for tobacco control


An anti-tobacco network launched a road map on Monday that they hope will accelerate Indonesia’s ratification of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) put forth a decade ago by the World Health Organization (WHO).“Indonesia is one of the 10 countries which have not ratified the FCTC. Therefore, we think it is necessary to make …

Experts warn of e-ID chaos for poll


Election experts have warned that the ongoing transition from paper to electronic identification (e-ID) cards could wreak havoc with poll registration for the 2014 election.“The government considered using national e-ID cards as the only database for eligible voters but, so far, not all Indonesian citizens have been registered with e-ID cards,“ said Kurniawan Zein, head …