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Indonesia issues SARS health alert cards Indonesia has begun issuing health alert cards to warn people using its airports and seaports of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which has hit several countries in the region. The cards, issued to passengers to and from SARS-hit countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Vietnam, contain general information on the atypical pneumonia, which has triggered a worldwide health alert.

Posted in SARS @ 31 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IMF releases delayed $469 mln for Indonesia The International Monetary Fund on Friday approved a delayed review of Indonesia's loan program and said it would release $469 million, the fund said. Indonesia has a $5 billion loan program with the IMF which expires at the end of this year. The Executive Board of the IMF completed today its eighth review of Indonesia's performance under...an Extended Fund Facility arrangement," the IMF statement said.

Posted in Economy @ 30 March 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two killed in Indonesia A separatist rebel hacked a soldier to death with a machete before being shot dead in Indonesia’s troubled Aceh province, the military said Saturday. There has been a sharp fall in violence since Jakarta and GAM signed a “cessation of hostilities agreement” in Geneva on December 9. Each side has accused the other of violating the ceasefire.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 30 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 100,000 march in Jakarta Chanting "America imperialist, number one terrorist!" tens of thousands of protesters in Indonesia marched on the U.S. Embassy Sunday in what appeared to be this nation's largest anti-war demonstration to date. Estimates of the crowd's size ranged from 100,000 to 300,000. Many of the protesters were dressed in traditional Muslim attire and represented the country's largest Islamic groups.

Posted in Protests @ 30 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


4 killed in Papua plane crash At least four people were found dead Thursday after a small plane carrying at least 17 people crashed in a mountainous area of Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, local police officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Strong earthquake hits Nusa Tenggara A strong earthquake rocked parts of central Indonesia Tuesday, damaging several houses and injuring two people, officials and media reports said. The magnitude 5.3 temblor was centered in the Flores Sea and struck at 10:53 a.m. (0353 GMT), said Budi Waluyo of the National Earthquake Center. Police Sgt. Wayan Wiryo said the quake had damaged "several'' houses and a port on the western side of Flores Island, about 1,500 kilometers (1,000 miles) east of Jakarta. He was unable to give more details.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 March 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radicals target foreigners Ten members of a radical Islamic group were arrested Monday in Indonesia's capital after they tried to force their way into a Sizzler restaurant to harass foreigners and protest the war in Iraq. The Islamic Youth Movement was "trying to stop taxis loaded with suspected foreigners" near the restaurant, said a police official, 2nd Lt. Samsudin. "We intervened and took them for questioning."

Posted in Violence @ 25 March 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


OPEC, Indonesia fear oil price slide OPEC, which pumps 40 per cent of the world's oil, may meet earlier than planned if the "price of oil falls too fast", Indonesia's Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said yesterday. OPEC's next meeting is scheduled for June 11 in Doha, Qatar. "There is an oversupply of 1.3 million barrels a day in the world," Mr Yusgiantoro said.

Posted in Economy @ 25 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides kill 12 in Sulawesi Landslides triggered by heavy rain killed 12 Indonesians at a tourist destination in South Sulawesi, police said. All the victims were found in Sa'dan Balusu, a district in Tanah Toraja, said Sergeant Munip of the local police. The state news agency Antara reported that three other people were found dead yesterday near Makale, the region's capital, 1450km north-east of Jakarta.

Posted in Weather @ 25 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protests against the war in Iraq The State Department is warning Americans in Indonesia of possible terror attacks. Hundreds of anti-war protesters took to the streets of Jakarta today, burning American flags in front of the U-S Embassy. Most Western countries -- including the U-S -- have warned their citizens not to travel to Indonesia after last year's bombings on the resort island of Bali that killed more than 200 people.

Posted in Protests @ 23 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






US issues travel warning for Indonesia The State Department issued a travel warning Saturday for Indonesia, urging U.S. citizens to consider leaving the country because of an increased potential for terrorism and anti-American violence brought on by the war in Iraq. The bulletin said the U.S. Embassy had credible information about possible terrorist attacks targeting U.S. officials or interests in Indonesia. It also urged Americans not to visit the world's largest Muslim country.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-war fury sweeps Indonesia Demonstrators have hit the streets in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, to protest against US-led attacks on Iraq as clerics savaged President George W Bush in mosque sermons. A senior Western diplomat said the possibility of demonstrations getting out of control worried him the least among several key security concerns in Indonesia because of "the commitment of the Government to make sure that law and order are going to be upheld".

Posted in Protests @ 21 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Plan to prevent oil shortage unveiled Indonesia's oil and gas company Pertamina will urge the government to request production-sharing contractors not to export crude oil in case of an oil shortage caused by the war in Iraq, The Jakarta Post reported Thursday. "The contractors should focus on meeting the Indonesian domestic oil demand, if the war breaks out and leads to an oil shortage," Pertamina's spokesman Ridwan Nyak Baik was quoted as saying.

Posted in General @ 21 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Travel advisory issued over SARS Indonesia has advised its nationals against travelling to five Asian nations where cases of atypical pneumonia or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) have been reported. The countries are China (Guangdong Province), Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand.

Posted in SARS @ 20 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bracing for violence Indonesia's entire 250,000-strong police force has been put on full alert as the world's largest Muslim nation braces for a backlash on the eve of a US-led war on Iraq. Intelligence sources say serious threats of violence, including bombings, may be carried out by Muslim radicals belonging to the same network as that responsible for the October Bali bombings.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia blasts US over ultimatum, urges diplomacy Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, blasted the United States on Tuesday for its ultimatum to Iraq as moderate Islamic leaders warned that war would trigger major street protests. The head of Indonesia's second biggest mainstream Muslim organisation branded U.S. President George W. Bush and the leaders of Britain and Spain war criminals, saying they were dragging the world into a war that most did not want.

Posted in Politics @ 18 March 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sampoerna raises some cigarette prices Indonesia's second largest clove cigarette producer PT HM Sampoerna (P.HMS) raised the prices of several products Monday by between 1.6% and 4.8%, the company said Tuesday. Sampoerna didn't provide an explanation for the increase, but analysts had expected it to raise its cigarette prices after the government late last year increased cigarette excise taxes to boost state revenues.

Posted in General @ 18 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia still opposed to Iraq attack Indonesia has criticised the United States on for its ultimatum to Iraq and says diplomatic efforts should continue. In a speech to the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush said Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his sons had 48 hours to go into exile or face an attack.

Posted in General @ 18 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Travel advisory issued over pneumonia strain The World Health Organization on Saturday issued a worldwide emergency travel advisory containing guidance for travelers and airlines, citing the quick spread of an atypical pneumonia that now represents "a worldwide threat." More than 150 cases of the pneumonia, dubbed Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), have been reported in the last week, WHO said in a news release.

Posted in SARS @ 15 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake rocks Indonesia A strong magnitude 6 earthquake on Friday rocked eastern Indonesia, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The temblor struck at 4:06 p.m local time (2:06 a.m. EST), said Siswoyo, an official at the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency. Many Indonesians go by one name only.

Posted in Earthquake @ 15 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia receives grant to fight air pollution The Asian Development Bank has approved a $US600,000 grant to help combat worsening air pollution in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. The technical assistance grant will be used to prepare the 'Blue Skies' project, which will promote clean vehicle fuel in Jakarta.

Posted in Environment @ 13 March 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia welcomes moves to avoid war Indonesia has welcomed moves by the United Nations to avoid a war against Iraq. Foreign Minister Hasan Wirayuda expressed the hope that the voices of those who oppose war is getting stronger. And that those who are pushing for a peaceful solution, will be heard. Six undecided members of the Security Council want to give Iraq a 45-day reprieve to submit to disarmament demands.

Posted in Politics @ 13 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta general found guilty in Timor rampage Indonesia's human rights tribunal yesterday convicted Brigadier-General Noer Muis, a former military chief in then-East Timor, of crimes against humanity committed just before its independence referendum in 1999. Gen Noer, who served as a colonel in charge of 10,000 troops at that time, is the highest-ranked Indonesian military officer to be found guilty by the courts on Timor-related charges to date.

Posted in Crime @ 13 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


American companies feel impact boycotts Companies that were once proof of American entrepreneurial skill are having to retreat in the face of a boycott by Muslims of US products in protest against the US's support for Israel. Although it is not sanctioned by Muslim governments, which are fearful of American reprisals, the boycott has hit such American giants as McDonald's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Starbucks, Coke and Pepsi.

Posted in General @ 08 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-terror law passed Indonesia's parliament passed on Thursday an anti-terror law that civil rights groups said could lead to widespread detention of innocent people. The vote put into law regulations issued by President Megawati Sukarnoputri just days after the October 12 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists. The regulations arm police with the power to use intelligence data as the basis for arrests.

Posted in General @ 07 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ban on sand exports to curb rampant mining Indonesia said on Thursday it had imposed a ban on sand exports to all countries in a bid to curb rampant mining which was causing damage to the environment. "We have decided to stop sand exports from Indonesia to any country, including Singapore," Trade and Industry Minister Rini Soewandi told Reuters.

Posted in General @ 07 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fears of a backlash to war As the United States prepares to disarm Iraq by force, Indonesia's secular government faces the prospect of a sharp backlash to a war from the country's Muslim majority. Even before any fighting has begun, leaders of Islamic and nationalist organizations in Indonesia are expressing indignation. As elsewhere in the Muslim world, Indonesians are accusing the United States of being an arrogant global cop with little regard for international law.

Posted in General @ 06 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia exports up Indonesia's exports surged 20.43 percent year-on-year to US$4.92 billion in January, according to the central bureau of statistics (BPS). BPS chief Sudarto Suerbakti attributed the increase mainly to a 15.6 percent increase in the exports of commodities other than oil and gas to $3.73 billion in January from $3.22 billion in the same month in 2002.

Posted in Economy @ 06 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Helicopter crashes into hotel pool A helicopter clipped the roof of a five-star hotel in downtown Jakarta on Tuesday and crashed into its swimming pool, killing three people on board, hotel staff said. The accident occurred at the Hotel Sahid Jaya in clear weather, hotel staffer Soleh Amad said.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta withdraws forces from Papua The Indonesian military has started withdrawing its Kopassus special forces from Papua province where members of the elite unit have been linked to the murder of an independence leader two years ago, military officials said on Thursday. "The TNI will withdraw all Kopassus troops from Papua because the security situation there is improving," said Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) chief General Endriartono Sutarto.

Posted in Military @ 02 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati pledges better climate for investors President Megawati Sukarnoputri on Thursday kicked off the Indonesia Investment Year 2003 programme, promising to establish a better climate for foreign investors willing to take the plunge and put some money into the country.

Posted in Economy @ 02 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bomb victims cremated Body parts belonging to victims of the Bali bombings were cremated, in a simple ceremony on the Indonesian resort island. The remains, most of them belonging to Westerners, were collected from the scene of the October 12 blasts on the island that killed 202 people, including 24 Britons.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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