Locals reject karaoke parlor over disturbances

Priests and the congregation of Koinonia Church in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), have expressed their opposition to the operation of a Happy Puppy Karaoke parlor located across from their church, saying it had disrupted their worship. “The venue’s activities are very disruptive for the congregation. It also does not pay attention to interfaith tolerance,” Koinonia congregation council chairman Yabes […]

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Tolerance called for after request to ban mosque in Papua

Papua Governor Lukas Enembe called on residents on Tuesday to maintain tolerance and respect following a demand from a group of churches to ban the construction of a mosque in Jayawijaya regency. “In Papua, we have 250 [local] languages. There are different religions, but we can maintain peace and avoid conflict. Religious conflict in Tolikara was settled properly,” Lukas said […]

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West Sepik Governor looks to grow links with Indonesia

The Governor of West Sepik province in Papua New Guinea says the border with Indonesia should not be seen as a barrier to greater engagement between the two countries in areas of culture, trade, education, and infrastructure The Governor of West Sepik province in Papua New Guinea says increased economic and cultural engagement with Indonesia would be beneficial to both […]

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Line between PNG and Indonesia increasingly blurred

Papua New Guinea communities along the border with Indonesia say growing links with the other side are inevitable. The 750-kilometre line down the middle of New Guinea is the Pacific Islands region’s only international land border. The division has long been problematic, due to sensitivities around the West Papuan self-determination struggle. But the line that separates the two sides is […]

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