Papuan regent arrested for alleged graft

April 20, 2010

Arghea Desafti Hapsari — The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has arrested the regent of Boven Digul, Papua province, for his alleged hand in graft that caused state losses of about Rp 49 billion (US$5.4 million).

Regent Yusak Yaluwo was taken by force to the KPK office for questioning after he arrived at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport late Thursday, a spokesman for the antigraft body, Johan Budi, said Friday. Read the rest of this entry »


Airlines to start flights to remote Papuan regency

April 15, 2010

Two airlines will begin flights to Boven Digoel, a remote regency in Papua bordering Papua New Guinea.

Boven Digul regent Yusak Yaluwo said Sunday that the planned service by Susi Air and Merpati Air would attract investors to the area.

Both airlines plan to ply the route after the local administration upgraded Mindiptana Airport and laid asphalt on the runway last year. Until then, the airport had a grass airstrip, with only light aircraft landing.

The administration is also upgrading Bomakia Airport, which is equally needed as the subdistrict has the highest population in the regency.

Source: Antara

VP to chair meeting on accelerated development in Papua

April 9, 2010

Vice President Boediono was scheduled to chair a meeting on acceleration of development in Papua and West Papua, at his office Tuesday.

The meeting was expected to be attended by team members of the Presidential Instruction No.5/2007 on the Acceleration of Development in Papua and West Papua, and the Presidential Instruction No. 7/2008 on the Acceleration of Development in Central Sulawesi. Read the rest of this entry »