INS Sumitra enters port of Sabang

Indian naval ship INS Sumitra became the first-ever warship to enter port of Sabang in Indonesia. The warship was deployed in Malacca Straits. Sabang port is located close to the northern entrance of the Malacca straits. Almost 40% of India’s trade passes through Malacca which is one the busiest shipping routes.

Mount Agung volcano erupts in Bali

Bali closed its international airport Friday after Mount Agung volcano began spewing volcanic ash and vapor higher than two kilometers (6,500 feet) into the air. Over 300 flights have been canceled, according to airport authorities, impacting the travel plans of thousands of people. Indonesia is the world’s most active volcanic region and lies on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” .

Indonesia wins UNSC vote

Indonesia was elected a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for a two-year term. Maldives and Indonesia had contested for a seat in the UNSC. Indonesia won the seat after securing 144 votes against 46 for the Maldives. The other newly elected non-permanent members of UNSC are Germany, Belgium, Dominican Republic and South Africa.

Interfaith Dialogue to be organised

India and Indonesia would be organising an Interfaith Dialogue in Indonesia in early October 2018, followed by similar Dialogue in India next year. This would be organised to eradicate radicalism and promote pluralism. Interfaith Dialogue would reflect a united commitment of both the nations to eradicate terrorism, radicalism, and violent extremism and would be the dynamic of pluralism.

India, Indonesia to set up task force

India and Indonesia have agreed to set up a special task force to enhance connectivity between the strategic Andaman and Nicobar Islands and provinces in Sumatra Island. This will promote trade, tourism and people-to-people contacts. The Joint Task Force will undertake projects for port related infrastructure in and around Sabang which is an Indonesian island.

PM Modi to visit Indonesia

PM Modi will be visiting Indonesia on May 29-31 with an aim of working together with Indonesia to strengthen the strategic partnership between both the nations. During the visit, major areas of cooperation will be in the field of space, security & defence. An agreement on cooperation between India and Indonesia on kite museums in both the countries may also take place.

Indonesia’s active volcano shows danger signs

Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s active volcano on Java island has shown dangers with small eruptions. The last eruption from this volcano killed more than 350 people in 2010. Any public activity including hiking within 3km of radius has been prohibited and villagers nearby have been asked to leave.

India test-fired BrahMos supersonic cruise

India has successfully test-fired the Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a test range along the Odisha coast. Trial was conducted to validate its “life extension” technologies developed for the first time in India by DRDO and team BrahMos. The successful test will result in huge savings of replacement cost of missiles held in the inventory of the Armed Forces.

Agreement for protecting the carbon store

An agreement has been signed to protect the largest tropical peatland in the world, which is an important carbon store. The ?Brazzaville Declaration?, signed by the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo and Indonesia to protect the peatland ecosystems of Congo basin. The equivalent of three years of global greenhouse gas emissions is stored in the Congo peatlands.

Bali Going Quiet For ‘Day Of Silence’

Indonesia‘s tourist island Bali is set to go quiet with Internet service and flights temporarily halted for a ?Day of Silence?. Known locally as Nyepi, people on the island are expected to stop all work and play and remain indoors. Effigies known as Ogoh-Ogoh, which represent demons, will be paraded through the streets before they‘re burned to symbolise renewal and purification.

India-Indonesia Joint Commission Meeting

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj co-chaired the fifth meeting of the India-Indonesia Joint Commission with her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi. Both the countries agreed to work together for a balanced and sustainable trade by providing greater market access, both in goods and services.She is on the visit of Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore from January 4 to 8.

Mount Agung erupts after 54 years

Mount Agung, a volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali has erupted for the first time in more than 54 years. Mount Agung last erupted in 1963, claiming 1600 lives. Due to increased volcanic activity in the recent months, more than 1.4 lakh people have evacuated their homes.

Kevin became Miss International 2017

On 14th November 2017, Indonesia’s Kevin Lilliana was crowned Miss International 2017 by the Philippines’ Kylie Verzosa at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Japan. This is the first Miss International title for Indonesia. Kevin Lilliana is 21 years old. She is a model. She has won the crown beating 68 candidates from across the world.

New Orangutan Species Found

A new species of orangutan ‘Pongo tapanuliensis’ was discovered in the Sumatra island of Indonesia, which has become the world’s most endangered great ape. The species, called ‘Tapanuli orangutan’, lives in the Batang Toru forest on Sumatra island of Indonesia. They are only 800 in number totally. This has made them the most endangered great ape in the world.

30th edition of India – Indonesia CORPAT

The 30th edition of CORPAT (Coordinated Patrol) and 3rd Bilateral exercise between the Indian Navy and the Indonesian Navy is being conducted in Belawan, Indonesia. The exercise will be held from 24th October to 5th November 2017. Indian Naval Ship Sukanya arrived at Belawan to participate in the 30th edition of CORPAT. CORPAT exercise is conducted on IMBL twice a year since 2002.


IN Ships Tir, Sujata, Shardul, and ICGS Sarathi are visiting Jakarta, Indonesia from 18 to 22 Oct 17. The visit is aimed to expose the trainees to the conduct of IN warship in foreign waters, port familiarisation and foster bridges of friendship between the two countries. The ships belong to the First Training Squadron of the Indian Navy functioning under the Southern Naval Command.

Choirul dies in collision with teammate

Indonesian goalkeeper Choirul Huda died following an on-pitch collision with a teammate. Persela Lamongan keeper, Huda, sustained injuries after impact with the knee of Ramon Rodrigues. Huda had been a part of the team since 1999 and had 503 appearances for the club. He spent nearly 18 years with the team.

50 Nations Ink UN Nuclear Ban Treaty

Brazil was the first country to sign onto the ban, followed by nations from Algeria to Venezuela. Before the day was out, 50 states as different as Indonesia and Ireland had put their names to the treaty. The U.S., Britain and France said the prohibition wouldn’t work and would end up disarming their nations while emboldening “bad actors”.

Google expands Public Wi-Fi

Google is launching its public Wi-Fi program, which offers free connectivity at railway stations and other locations such as universities, in Indonesia. The Indonesia launch is the first expansion of ‘Google Station’ since it debuted in India 18 months ago. In addition, Google also expanded its data-friendly YouTube Go app, which was previously only available in India, to Indonesia.

Indonesia and Russia signs a new deal

Indonesia’s PT Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia & Russia’s Rostec have signed a deal to trade Sukhoi SU-35 for commodities like tea & coffee. Indonesia had $411 million trade surplus with Russia in 2016 & aims to expand its partnership in tourism, education among others. Under supervision of both govts deal will soon be realised through exchange of 11 Sukhoi SU-35s & no. of Indonesian exports

UNESCO to screen Indian short film

UNESCO will screen Rahul V. Chittella’s short film “Azaad” as a part of World Press Freedom Day event that is scheduled to be held from May 1-4 in Indonesia. The movie is about the dysfunctional relationship between a father and his son. May 3 is celebrated as World Press Freedom Day every year to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom.

Trial of Jakarta governor Ahok begins

The blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has opened amid tight security and mobs of Islamic hardliners chanting for his arrest. Hundreds of protestors, some dressed in white Muslim garb, gathered outside the court. Ahok has caused intense anger in Indonesia over recent months after he referred to a verse in the Qur’an on the campaign trail in September.

Gaganjeet Bhullar Wins Indonesia Open

Indian Golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar of India has won the 300,000 US Dollar BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open for the second time in his career. He also won the event in 2013 & sealed his seventh victory on the Asian Tour & a second title this season. With his win at the BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open, Bhullar is now the fifth player win the event twice. Jeev Milkha Singh finished tied second.