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Fire brakes out at Pertamina oil well More than 1,000 villagers have refused to return to their villages after a major fire at the state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina's oil and gas exploration field in Cepu, Blora regency, Central Java on Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rains bring respite for Indonesians choking on haze Rain has brought a welcome respite to parts of Indonesia's Sumatra island which had been blanketed by thick haze following forest and ground fires, police and an official said Wednesday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1 dead, 33 missing after boat sinks One man was confirmed dead and 33 other people are still missing five days after their boat sank in rough seas off the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, a navy officer said Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake rocks Selat Sunda An earthquake measuring 5.2 onthe Richter scale jolted Sunda Strait, Indonesia, on Friday night,but no casualties were reported. According to a press release issued by the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency on Saturday morning, the earthquake occurred at 2033 p.m. local time (1333 GMT). The quake's epicenter was traced at Sunda Strait, about 200 kilometers west of Jakarta, at a depth of 33 kilometers.

Posted in Earthquake @ 23 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


287 dengue fever cases recorded Jakarta The Jakarta's Crisis Monitoring Center announced on Friday that there have been 287 cases of dengue fever in the capital, with the highest number in the Palmerah subdistrict, where there have been 20 reported cases since January 2 this year, Antara reported. The elderly and others over 46 years old, suffered the most with 192 cases, health officials said.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 22 February 2002 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Mobs blockade Bali main highway Hundreds of residents of Gunaksa village, Dawan district, in Klungkung regency, some 40 kilometers east of here, blocked the provincial southern primary highway early on Friday in an apparent protest over a previous dispute.In the previous incident, some Gunaksa residents were threatened by four armed hoodlums from the neighboring village of Sampalan.

Posted in Protests @ 22 February 2002 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights activist HJC Princen dies at 76 Senior human rights activist Haji Johannes Cornelis Princen who died early on Friday after suffering a stroke, was eventually laid to rest at Pondok Kelapa cemetery in East Jakarta late Friday afternoon. He was 76.

Posted in Human rights @ 22 February 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy shares killers block in Cipinang jail Hutomo Mandala Putra (Tommy Soeharto) is finally jailed in Cipinang Prison, East Jakarta, on Wednesday (20/2) around 15.50. Tommy's status is at the moment described as "prisoner of the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office of Jakarta. The Head of Cipinang Prison promised to enforce rules for Tommy, he will not be given special treatment for being former President Soeharto's son. Tommy was imprisoned after the Chief Public Prosecutor received the police document, evidence, and Tommy as a suspect, from the investigation team of Metro Jaya Police.

Posted in Politics @ 22 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Debt relief for Indonesia Indonesia is expected to secure $6bn in debt relief from the Paris Club of creditors when the group meets in April. What is not clear, however, is what strings will be attached and whether private lenders will shoulder some of the burden. The debt falls due between April this year and December 2003 and around 50% is owed to Jakarta's biggest creditor and strategic ally Japan.

Posted in Economy @ 22 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze turns day into night in parts of Riau Haze from forest fires, that have been raging in several parts of Sumatra, thickened over Riau's provincial capital, Pekanbaru, on Wednesday, where day turned into a virtual night, forcing many people to wear face masks in order to breathe.

Posted in Forest fires @ 21 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Red-faced Sutiyoso admits owning villa in forbidden area City Governor Sutiyoso probably feels a bit reluctant to deplore any further the development of villas in mountainous Puncak resort, Bogor, which were believed to have contributed to the recent floods in the city, after he was"caught red handed" owning a villa himself.

Posted in Politics @ 19 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Water level at Manggarai sluice at 770 cm A two-hour downpour here at dawn Tuesday has caused the water level at the Manggarai sluice to rise by 70 cm to 770 cm, an official of the floodgate has said.

Posted in Weather @ 19 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Around the world the bleaching and dyeing of coral reef, as a way of recognizing the destructive changes in ocean and climate conditions, has begun. Along with these changes, the coral reef ecosystem has been devastated, affecting people whose lives depend on them. Changes in climate conditions will continue to affect coral reefs for some time.

Posted in Environment @ 19 February 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gunung Merapi remains dangerous Yogyakarta Volcanology Observation Agency renewed its warning to sand miners and climbers of the possibility of a major outburst of hot lava and steam from Mount Merapi in the coming weeks, due to the rainy season.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt declares Imlek as national holiday After decades of waiting, Indonesians of Chinese descent rejoiced on Sunday when President Megawati Soekarnoputri announced that, beginning in 2003, the Lunar New Year, or Imlek as the Chinese new year is known here, would become an official national holiday.

Posted in Politics @ 18 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






All Semarang landslide victims found Police, local officials and residents in the hilly residential area of Candi in Semarang, capital of Central Java, eventually completed a search for victims of a landslidethat killed seven people and injured two others.

Posted in Weather @ 17 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Beauty shops in Aceh banned from sinning As part of the Islamic syariah law being implemented in the restive province of Aceh, beauty salons, barber shops and hotel businessmen must ban their workers and customers from wearing non-Islamic dress.

Posted in Religion @ 16 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unemployment to hit 45m in year 2004 A research center has warned the government of a drastic increase in the number of unemployed and the incidence of poverty over the next few years, underlining that the authorities' inability to properly handle the issue could lead to large-scale social unrest.

Posted in Economy @ 16 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood returns, victims back again to temporary shelters Thousands of Jakarta's flood victims, and in particular those living on the banks of Ciliwung River, were given no respite on Wednesday as floods returned to swamp their houses.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bandung to Jakarta trains resume service All trains plying the Bandung to Jakarta route resumed regular service on Tuesday following a landslide that caused railway tracks in the Cibatu area, West Java, to slip on Monday.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


CHRISTIANS, MUSLEMS SIGN PEACE TREATY Rival Christian and Muslim factions from Indonesia's Maluku province agreed Tuesday to end their three-year war that has devastated the province and killed 10,000 people, a top Cabinet minister said.

Posted in General @ 12 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Maluku Muslim-Christian talks start today Christian and Muslim leaders from Indonesia's eastern Maluku islands on Monday began talks to end three years of sectarian bloodshed in which some 9,000 people have died, an official said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 12 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


50 % of Kuta Beach suffers abrasion At least 50 percent of the 6.5-km Kuta Beach in Bali has eroded, head of the Bali Beach Restoration Project, Tjok Bagus Budiana, said here Monday. `The damage has reached a critical level, covering 50 percent of the beach,` he said.

Posted in General @ 11 February 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BPPT ready to help reduce rainfall in Jakarta Weather scientists at the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) are ready to lower Jakarta's precipitation at any time, an agency spokesman said on Monday.

Posted in Weather @ 11 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More floods hit Greater Jakarta Heavy rain in the Greater Jakarta area over the past 24 hours has caused more flooding, adding to the misery of thousands of city dwellers. The water level in several parts of Jakarta, Bekasi and Tangerang reached depths of between 30 centimeters and one meter.

Posted in Flooding @ 11 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb plot aimed at U.S. Embassies in Asia Indonesia uncovered a document detailing plans to bomb the U.S. embassies in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta by Muslim militants late last year, Singapore's Straits Times newspaper reported on Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 February 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to halt Riau sand export to Singapore The government has decided to stop exporting Riau sand to Singapore on the grounds that it gives no benefit to the state, a state official said on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 08 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sutiyoso vows to clean up city Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso on Thursday vowed to continue to tear down shanties and bar illegal street vendors, beggars and becak (pedicab) drivers from the capital, despite the move's unpopularity with those groups.

Posted in Flooding @ 07 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Disaster toll reaches 125 across the archipelago Disastrous floods and landslides continued to devastate cities across Java and other parts of the country on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 125 and destroying around 120,000 hectares of rice fields.

Posted in Weather @ 07 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia begins flood cleanup Thousands of Indonesians driven from their homes in the capital by flooding that left at least 30 people dead returned Tuesday to face a growing fear of disease. The deluge in Jakarta the worst in years began 10 days ago, leaving 380,000 people homeless and inundating office blocks and roads in some areas with up to 8 feet of murky brown water. At one point, water lapped at the steps of the presidential palace.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2002 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Disasters continue to claim lives in other provinces Weather-related disasters that have continued to plague dozens of provinces across the country claimed at least three more lives in South Sulawesi and Bali and displaced thousands of others in Banten and East Java.

Posted in Weather @ 05 February 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deluge brings flood of looters hieves have taken advantage of the forced evacuation of thousands of people from their homes and businesses during the past week's flooding, prompting police to deploy about 1,000 officers yesterday to safeguard homes and shopping centres.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: Recent floods not national disaster The government has refused to characterize the recent extensive floods that have paralyzed the capital and other cities throughout the country as a national disaster despite mounting pressure from the public and the fact that the catastrophe has killed at least 58 people nationwide.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three years ago, Kadir Faizal commanded great respect on the waterfront. Nobody cared that the Muslim leader of the longshoreman's union was married to a Christian and lived in her neighborhood. But now, Faizal is an infidel in the eyes of his Muslim colleagues at the harbor.

Posted in Religion @ 05 February 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hamzah: Stop panic-buying food Indonesian Vice President Hamzah Haz on Monday called on the people to stay calm and restrain themselves from panic-buying for fear of the scarcity of basic necessities.

Posted in General @ 04 February 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Heavy downpour brings anguish for Jakartans Heavy rains continued in parts of greater Jakarta on Monday, adding to the misery of thousands of residents already suffering from massive flooding for the past week, reports said.

Posted in Weather @ 04 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Heavy rains to hit Nusa Tenggara Some rain is expected in Jakarta, but not on the order of last week's storms, over the next few days, but heavy thunderstorms are expected to pound East Java, Central Java, Bali, West and East Nusa Tenggara in the coming days beginning today, meteorologists predict.

Posted in Weather @ 04 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two days of sunshine on Saturday and Sunday gave a glimmer of hope for Jakartans that water in their flooded houses might recede. Unfortunately, another heavy rain that might fall at any time in the near future could wash away such hopes.

Posted in Weather @ 04 February 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Aceh rebels start peace talks Indonesian officials and separatist Aceh rebels began fresh peace talks on Saturday in Switzerland despite last month's killing of the guerrillas' top military commander, organizers said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 03 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta halts activities People in Jakarta halted their activities on Saturday following an overnight heavy downpour that triggered massive flooding, including at city's protocol roads.

Posted in Flooding @ 02 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta stays on high alert Indonesia`s weather bureau on Friday warned the capital city, Jakarta, of more floods as heavy rains are expected to continue until Saturday. There might be another downpour as thick dark clouds overcast the city`s skies, Achmad Zakir of the Meteorological and Geophysical Agency (BMG) said.

Posted in Flooding @ 01 February 2002 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Heavy rains bring more floods Constant overnight rain triggered more flooding in Indonesia's capital Jakarta on Friday, exacerbating hardship for hundreds of thousands of residents already forced to flee their homes.

Posted in Flooding @ 01 February 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta brace for biggest flood Water levels at several water gates in Jakarta were rising rapidly, were at critical levels and were threatening to inundate the whole capital, officials said Friday.Director General for Water Resources of the ministry of regional settlement and infrastructure Hari Sidharta said the high water level was due to constant rain in the Greater Jakarta area, including Bogor, Tangerang, Bekasi and Depok.

Posted in Flooding @ 01 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More flood hit Jakarta Continuing overnight heavy downpour caused further flooding here, while power and telephone communications suffered in most parts of the city on Friday. The death toll is nationwide has reached 31, including nine in Greater Jakarta (another two are missing), 15 in East Java and seven in Bali.

Posted in Flooding @ 01 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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