• Dedicated Indonesian teacher rethinks remote learning for offline pupils
    MAGELANG, Indonesia, June 23 (Reuters): When the coronavirus pandemic forced his school on Indonesia's Java island to shut, teacher Henrikus Suroto knew he could not rely on hosting online lessons for pupils living in remote areas lacking internet access or even a phone signal.   Instead, to ensure they could keep studying, the 57-year-old elementary school teacher decided to go to them - spending about six hours a day traveling by motorbike and on foot to reach a h
  • Indonesia volcano erupts, highest flight alert issued
    JAKARTA, JUNE 21 (IANS): Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano erupted on Sunday, spewing a column of ash by up to 6 km high, and the highest level of flight alert was issued.   The wind was blowing to the west of the crater and the residents living near the volcano which is situated in Indonesia's main Java Island are barred from entering the area within a radius of 3 km from the crater, Xinhua news agency quoted the National Volcanology Agency as saying.   A
  • Indonesia's hundreds of suspected child virus deaths highlight danger
    JAKARTA, June 11 (Reuters): Hundreds of children in Indonesia are believed to have died from COVID-19, giving the Southeast Asian country one of the world's highest rates of child deaths from the novel coronavirus that experts around the world say poses little danger to the young.   Paediatricians and health officials in the world’s fourth most populous country said the high number of child deaths from a disease that mostly kills the elderly was due to un
  • Indonesia reports biggest daily rise in coronavirus infections
    JAKARTA, June 10 (Reuters): Indonesia reported on Wednesday its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases for a second successive day, with 1,241 new infections, taking its total to 34,316.   There were 36 new COVID-19 related deaths, taking the number of fatalities to 1,959, according to health ministry official Achmad Yurianto.   There are 12,129 patients who have recovered, he said. Data from Indonesia's COVID-19 task force shows at least 287,470 peo
  • Indonesia resumes domestic air travel, coronavirus cases jump
    JAKARTA, June 9 (Reuters): Indonesia has resumed domestic flights for all passengers provided airlines operate at 70% capacity and follow strict rules brought into force on Tuesday, when the country announced its biggest daily rise in cases of the novel coronavirus.   Indonesia's Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said the new regulations for flights followed discussions with airlines, the country's COVID-19 taskforce and the health ministry.   &quo
  • Indonesia court orders president to apologize for Papua internet curbs
    JAKARTA, June 3 (Reuters): An Indonesian court on Wednesday ordered President Joko Widodo to make an official apology after ruling that his government's decision to rein in internet speeds to contain civil unrest in the Papua region last year was unlawful.   Demonstrations broke out in a number of cities last August after Papuan students in the city of Surabaya on Java island were allegedly taunted with racist slurs.   As unrest flared across the province