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Fire destroys Taman Puring market Mamat looked dejectedly at the smoldering remains of his kiosk at the Taman Puring market in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, afterfire swept through some 300 kiosks in the market in the wee hours on Saturday. "I spent all my cash of Rp 260 million on new stock on Friday," the local shoe trader, who hails from Serang, Banten province, said on Saturday morning. The trader, who has been selling shoes for nine years, said he had just received orders from Surabaya and Semarang and had anticipated a big crowd on the weekend due to the end of the month being pay day.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta forgets woes for a day, celebrates birthday Tens of thousands of cheering Indonesians lined the streets of Jakarta Sunday, putting aside their daily toil to mark the 475th birthday of one of Asia's most crowded capitals with parades and dancing. Hundreds of colorful floats passed through the city's main thoroughfares, normally clogged by traffic jams, with trucks shaped like boats and fish carrying people in traditional dress. "Living in Jakarta is tough and a struggle. But I didn't want my children to miss this," said Amir Basri, a carpenter, as his two young boys gesticulated at dozens of freshly painted Mini Minors from a local car club passing by.

Posted in General @ 23 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shoppers lead the charge as rupiah bounces back Architect Andi Perdana dug out his wallet without hesitation and snapped up new cell phones for himself and his wife in a shopping mall in Surabaya, East Java. In what seemed like an extravagant move, he bought a Nokia 6510 for 2.4 million rupiah (S$500) and a Siemens S45 for 1.6 million rupiah. But he had a justification for it: 'We wanted to upgrade our handphones last year but waited because prices were high. 'Now even top-of-the-line models are more affordable. We don't have to wait anymore,' he said.

Posted in Economy @ 21 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On a Friday just before noon prayers in the simple wooden mosque, soldiers stormed into this village, herded the people together and, according to two residents, marched them toward a neighboring hamlet, setting fire to houses as they went. After six weeks, the village elder, Bin Ali, 52, and his neighbor, Agus Salim, 35, summoned the courage to return to the ashes of their life's possessions. In the debris of Mr. Bin's home, only a white porcelain serving dish, a present to his wife, survived intact. Next door, Mr. Agus, choking with emotion, fingered the charred wreckage of his motorcycle. It had been his sole means of livelihood. Empty military ration cans were strewn on the red earth, silvery reminders of who had been here last.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 June 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake rocks Sulawesi An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Sunday causing some damage to property, but there were no reports of casualties, the office of Meteorology and Geophysics said. The quake, which hit at 7:00 a.m (2300 GMT), had its epicentre in the sea around 90 km (55 miles) northwest of the northern Sulawesi town of Toli-Toli, it said in a statement.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia legislator killed by gunmen Two gunmen killed a lawmaker at his home in Indonesia's war-torn Aceh, making him the second legislator slain in the past three days, a military spokesman said Friday. Nasri Zamzam, a councilman with the Muslim-based United Development Party, was fatally shot Thursday night by gunmen in Aneuk Galong village, about 10 miles east of the provincial capital of Banda Aceh. Nasri was the fifth official killed since September. It remains unclear why legislators are being targeted, though some were aligned with the government in this troubled region 1,200 miles northwest of Jakarta.

Posted in Crime @ 14 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua drops student fees, hikes teacher salaries With new powers under the special autonomy laws, the provincial legislature in Irian Jaya (Papua) has dropped all fees for elementary and high school students as of the 2002/2003 academic year to give children more of an opportunity to receive a quality education. Jerry Haurissa, chief of the local education office, said financial issues had been one of the main problems preventing school-age children from attending school. "With the new policy, all Papuan children aged between six and 18 are expected to go to school in attempt to improve the human resource quality in the province," he told The Jakarta Post here on Tuesday.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 13 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ASEAN: Haze may return to region soon. Asean environment ministers warned yesterday that the region is likely to be hit by the haze as early as next month because of the El Nino weather phenomenon. But, they said, preventive measures are being put in place to control air pollution and the authorities will intensify early warning efforts and surveillance. Plans under consideration include the banning of 'open' burning in plantation and forest areas, and tighter regulation of controlled burning by small-scale farmers.

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three die in toll road accident Three people were killed instantly, four suffered serious injuries and two others were slightly wounded in an accident that occurred on the Jakarta-Merak toll road in Cikupa, Tangerang, on Sunday evening. Tangerang Traffic Police chief Insp. Sudarmanto told the media on Monday that the fatal accident began as Abdullah, the driver of an Isuzu Panther minivan carrying 10 passengers from Jakarta, lost control. The driver may have been drowsy, such that his vehicle zigzagged, then hit the fence on the median and crossed over to the highway carrying vehicles in the opposite direction. At the same time, an Isuzu Panther minitruck heading to Jakarta appearedand a collision was inevitable. The minivan then skidded into the gutter.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb blast wounds 5 outside Jakarta discotheque A bomb has exploded outside a Jakarta discotheque, wounding five people. Indonesian police were able to defuse two other explosive devices before they detonated. The bombing, in the early hours of Sunday morning, occurred outside a Jakarta discotheque in the city's Chinatown entertainment district. The crude device was planted in a nearby food stall. Two additional bombs were discovered - one in front of another Chinatown nightclub; the other in a parking lot in the city center. Bomb squad officials defused both explosives.

Posted in Crime @ 09 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






WWF: Sumatran tiger faces extinction Illegal logging and poaching could wipe out the Sumatran tiger in the next 10 years, the World Wide Fund for Nature warned Friday. At least 66 tigers have been killed on Sumatra since 1999, most by hunters, said the international environmental group. Between 400 and 500 remain on the island, which stretches 1,000 miles down the western side of the Indonesian archipelago. ``If nothing is done, the Sumatran tiger will become extinct in the next 10 years,'' said Chairul Saleh, a WWF official heading a campaign against the trade in endangered species in Indonesia.

Posted in Environment @ 07 June 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RCTI slammed as 70 million miss matches Holding the sole rights in Indonesia to broadcast the World Cup on television could turn out to be a poisoned chalice for RCTI as the House of Representatives condemned the country's oldest private television channel for ignoring the fate of 70 million potential viewers who were missing out on the month-long spectacular. Considering the number of viewers that RCTI was unable to reach, the House urged the nation's largest private TV station to share the rights with state broadcaster TVRI, which could reach 80 percent of the country's viewers.

Posted in Media @ 07 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bus bomb kills 4 Police on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi say a bomb explosion has ripped though a crowded commuter bus killing at least four people and injuring 17. The blast occurred Wednesday but news of the bombing did not reach the Indonesian capital until Thursday, the Associated Press in Jakarta reported. The bus was traveling to the city of Poso, capital of Central Sulawesi province -- a region of Indonesia with a history of sectarian bloodshed.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 06 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Army runs Indonesia The military (TNI) still holds the real political power in Indonesia, four years after the end of President Suharto's dictatorship, according to a former defence minister. And soldiers will continue to run Indonesia for at least the next decade, predicts Yuwono Sudarsono, who was the country's first civilian defence minister. "It's the only institution that's holding the country together," Mr Sudarsono said. "Despite its shortcomings, it's the most organised, the most disciplined."

Posted in Military @ 05 June 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy denies he was a fugitive The son of Indonesia's ex-dictator Suharto startled a packed courtroom Wednesday when he jumped up and asserted that he was never a fugitive from justice as prosecutors charge. Hutomo Mandala Putra, known as Tommy, is accused of masterminding the assassination of Judge Syafiuddin Kartasasmita, who sentenced him to 18 months in prison for a multimillion-dollar real estate scam in September 2000. Tommy also faces charges involving weapons and his flight after the graft conviction.

Posted in General @ 05 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Hearing begins in The Hague on islands row Malaysia hopes to win the territorial dispute over two islands with Indonesia, said its Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as the International Court of Justice in The Hague began hearing arguments in the case yesterday. 'We hope we will win. We are well prepared and will do our best during the two-week hearing in the Netherlands,' Datuk Seri Abdullah told reporters.

Posted in Politics @ 04 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Y-o-Y inflation slows down in May Indonesia's annuall inflation rate iscontinuing to decline, officials said Monday, with a 12.9 percent rate recorded in May, AFP reported. This compares with year-on-year rises in the consumer price index of 15.3 percent in February, 14.8 percent in March and 13.3 percent in April. The Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) said the May figure was up 0.8 percent from the previous month.

Posted in Economy @ 03 June 2002 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New army chief named A military leader who has taken a tough public stance against separatist revolts in Aceh and Papua has been named as Indonesia's new Army chief. Lieutenant-General Ryamizard Ryacudu, who heads the Army's strategic reserve Kostrad, replaces General Endriartono Sutarto who has been promoted to head the entire armed forces. Ryacudu will be promoted to full general when he takes up the post on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 03 June 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven ET suspects charged Indonesia charged seven more suspects Monday in the violence that swept East Timor after its 1999 vote for independence, including a notorious pro-Jakarta militia leader. Indonesia has been under intense international pressure to bring to justice those responsible for the rampage in its former territory which left up to 1,000 dead. With Monday's announcement, a total of 25 people have been charged with crimes against humanity by allowing or failing to prevent the killings. They could face the death penalty if convicted.

Posted in Crime @ 03 June 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Partindo to join 2004 election A group of politicians loyal to the philosophy and the teachings introduced by the country's founding president Sukarno declared on Saturday establishment of the Indonesian Party (Partindo) 1931. "Partindo is established in an attempt to promote the philosophy and teachings of Sukarno and participate in a national movement to bring the country out of the multi-dimensional crisis," said chairman Soetomo Martopradoto during the ceremony held at the Sera Nusa Hotel in Bogor, 60 kilometers south of Jakarta.

Posted in Elections @ 03 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The residents of Banjarsari hamlet in Cilandak Barat subdistrict, South Jakarta, are among the handful of Jakartans who pay serious attention to their environment. Unlike many other places in the heavily polluted capital, Banjarsari, located near the Jl. TB Simatupang toll road and Jl. RS Fatmawati, is green and clean.

Posted in Environment @ 03 June 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tension grips Malaka after brawl Tension was still evident in Malaka, Duren Sawit, East Jakarta, on Sunday evening following a brawl between two groups of residents in the early hours on Sunday, a report said. At least one person was severely injured in the incident, which involved stone-pelting and Molotov cocktail throwing, Metro TV reported.

Posted in Violence @ 02 June 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kwik: Indonesia on the brink of disaster, bankruptcy Indonesia is in the midst of political disarray and financial bankruptcy as the country no longer takes control of its own fate and is under a new form of domination, accordingto Kwik Kian Gie's statements on Saturday. The deputy chairman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan) said the country now embraced "the dominators" who were launching geopolitical tricks using mastery of technology and management as their weapons, while addressingthe Pancasila Day celebration at the PDI Perjuangan headquarters in South Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 02 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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