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2.6 m foreign tourists visit Indonesia this year The number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia from January to October this year reached 2.6 million people, foreign cooperation spokesman at the State Ministry ofCultural and Tourism, Thamrin Bachri said on Sunday. "However, the number is below the target of 4.6 million," Thamrin said at the sidelines of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Tourism Working Group (APEC TWG) meeting in Jimbaran, 35 km south of here.

Posted in Tourism @ 30 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests 50 Papuan separatists Indonesian police have arrested 50 people in the eastern-most province of Papua after they took part in a ceremony to raise a separatist flag. Police say the men were arrested when they raised the flag of the West Melanesia state at two separate locations. Today marks the sixth anniversary of the declaration of the state of West Melanesia by separatist leader, Michael Kareth.

Posted in Violence @ 29 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Inter-religious marriage defended Over the last three decades, marriages between couples of different religions have generally sparked controversy as the state does not recognize inter-religious marriage. A graphic designer with a foreign advertising company said he "converted" to Islam and the next day his Muslim girlfriend took an oath before a priest in a Catholic church to officiate their marriage.

Posted in Religion @ 29 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt delays implementation of new visa policy again The government has again postponed the implementation of the new policy revoking the visa-on-arrival facility extended to nationals of 48 countries, saying the President must consider opposition from tourism industry players. The implementation of the controversial policy had earlier been delayed on Oct. 1 because its operational regulations had not yet been issued.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six drown when boat capsizes in Sulawesi Six people drowned and three others had to be hospitalized when the boat they were travelling on sprung a leak and capsized on a river in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, news reports said today. The boat, carrying 20 passengers, was travelling on the Jeneberang river from Gowa district to Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi, 1,350 kilometres northeast of Jakarta, when the accident occurred around mid-day yesterday.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 November 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Megawati grants Muslim holy day amnesties Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri granted general remission of sentences Tuesday for almost 37,000 inmates of the country's prisons, including Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels, in conjunction with the Muslim holy day Eid al-Fitr.

Posted in Ramadan @ 26 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN report says AIDS still spreading A U.N. report released Tuesday finds the HIV-AIDS epidemic is not slowing down despite global efforts to stop it. The report estimates about 40 million people now are living with the virus, including 2.5 million children under 15. UNAIDS, the agency coordinating the AIDS fight, says more than 3 million people have died from the disease this year, and another 5 million have contracted the virus that causes it.

Posted in Health @ 26 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia could ban inter-religious marriages Christian organisations may face curbs on preaching and people of different religions could be banned from marrying under laws being considered by Indonesia. With an eye on next year's elections, where Islamic-affiliated parties are expected to drain support from President Megawati Sukarnoputri's bid to retain office, hardline Muslim groups are drafting laws to combat Christianity's spread in the world's largest Muslim country.

Posted in Religion @ 25 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides, floods hit East Java province Landslides and floods triggered by heavy rain have killed three people and forced more than 3,000 people to flee their homes in Indonesia's East Java province. Police say the landslides and floods hit the Sumbermanjing Wetan area over the weekend. Two people were killed by landslides and one drowned after being swept away by a swollen river.

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


Exodus to reach peak on Sunday The annual Idul Fitri exodus was once in evidence in the capital on Saturday as thousands of people left Jakarta by various means of transportation. Meanwhile, the death toll during this year's exodus has already reached 17. The massive getaway is expected to reach its peak on Sunday and Monday. For some lucky travelers, free trips home have been sponsored by private sector companies and a political party.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Road accidents claim 14 lives At least 14 people died in road accident on Friday, as most Indonesian Muslims were preparing to observe the Idul Fitri holidays next week. Ten people were killed in a road accident in the East Java district of Paiton, while the other four died in another accident in South Lampung regency, Lampung province. Brig. Wayan, a police officer at the Paiton police subprecinct, said the tragic accident in Paiton began as a tanker truck was heading south west toward Surabaya, from Probolinggo regency in Friday morning.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus, railway stations crammed as holiday nears With just three full days before the kick off of Idul Fitri celebrations on Nov. 25, thousands of migrants living in Jakarta began to overstretch the limits of the airport, seaports, bus terminals and train stations, not to mention the main highways leading out of town to Central Java and East Java, as they rushed to get back to their hometowns in time for the holidays.

Posted in Ramadan @ 21 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rais: Megawati should go An influential politician who helped topple Indonesia's previous president explained Thursday why he believes current leader Megawati Soekarnoputri should also go. "If we want to see change in this country we have to change the present leadership into a better one, meaning more productive, more visionary, less corrupt or not corrupt at all," said presidential hopeful Amien Rais.

Posted in Elections @ 20 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House approves creation of 24 new regencies A plenary meeting of the House of Representatives endorsed on Thursday 13 bills on the creation of 24 new regencies in 13 provinces into law. The 24 regencies approved include Kolaka Utara, Kolaka Utara, Bombana and Wakatobi in the province of Southeast Sulawesi, Sumbawa Barat (West Nusa Tenggara) and Lingga (Riau). Also, are Tojo Una-una (Central Sulawesi), Melawai and Sekadau (West Kalimantan), Minahasa Utara (North Sulawesi), and Supiori (Papua).

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt hangs up phone rate plan In what might be seen as bowing to public pressure ahead of the general election, the government on Tuesday delayed plans to raise telephone rates before the end of this year. "There will be no price hike for telephone rates (in the remaining period of) this year," Minister of Communications Agum Gumelar said, following a meeting with the House of Representatives Commission IV on telecommunications and transportation.

Posted in General @ 19 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Athena starts flights to Indonesia Athena Air Services, a fast-growing regional passenger carrier, began services yesterday from the Sultan Ismail Airport in Senai, Johor, to two destinations in Indonesia. The carrier, jointly operated by Athena (M) Sdn Bhd and PT Indonesian Airlines Avipatria, links Johor to holiday destination Surabaya and Indonesia's capital Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 19 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air launches first Jakarta-Singapore flight on Tuesday Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air started its maiden Jakarta-Singapore flight on Tuesday. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore told Channel NewsAsia that the airline flew into Changi Airport at 9.30am, but declined to elaborate. A staff of Jakarta's Sukarno-Hatta International Airport says Lion Air currently operates a daily return flight with an MD-82 aircraft.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


YLKI warns of rocky Idul Fitri journeys The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) warned holidaymakers on Monday not to expect a smooth journey, with disruptions likely no matter the type of land transportation. Tulus Abadi, who is coordinating the YLKI's Idul Fitri exodus monitoring team, said the myriad problems afflicting land transportation, primarily trains and buses, had yet to be properly addressed by the government.

Posted in Ramadan @ 18 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police shoot dead three suspected drug traffickers South Jakarta Police shot dead three drug trafficker suspects on Monday as a part of efforts to stamp out drug abuse and trafficking. The shootings increased the death toll of suspected drug dealers to nine in the first month of an increased crack down, since being initiated on Oct. 16. "The suspects were allegedly members of an international drug trafficking network operating in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia," said South Jakarta Police detectives chief Comr. Kusdiantoro.

Posted in Drugs @ 18 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


20 killed in Aceh as prominent rebel jailed Twenty people, including 16 separatist rebels, have been killed in Indonesia's war-hit Acheh province as a top guerrilla was jailed for 17 years on treason charges, the military and reports said Sunday. A court in northern Acheh town of Lhokseumawe also found Mustafa bin Ibrahim, 30, a deputy commander in the Free Acheh Movement (GAM), guilty of several other crimes, the Jakarta Post daily said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Judges jail prominent Aceh rebel for 17 years Judges in Indonesia's province of Aceh have jailed a leading member of the separatist Free Aceh Movement for 17 years for treason and other charges. A judge at the trial in the town of Lhokseumawe said Mustafa bin Ibrahim was guilty beyond all reasonable doubt of treason, arms possession and extortion. The judge said Ibrahim had led some 120 men and had committed various crimes that disrupted Aceh's security and economy.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Akbar: No reason to cancel general elections next year House Speaker Akbar Tandjung has said that there is no enough reason to cancel the 2004 general elections as feared by some people. He said the law on general elections has been enacted by the Parliament (DPR) and that it is already in line with the 1945 Constitution.

Posted in Elections @ 16 November 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Boney M to hold concerts in Bali, Jakarta Jamaican group Boney M, which was very popular in Indonesia in the 1970s, will put on a concert in Bali on Dec. 28, a spokeswoman for the concert organizer said here on Sunday. The group had a number of hit songs in the 1970s, including Rivers of Babylon and Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday. The concert will take place at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana monument here, event organizing committee spokeswoman Grace Jeanie said.

Posted in General @ 16 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mob burns down courthouse after priest sentenced Thousands of local residents set ablaze a district courthouse on Flores Island on Saturday, shortly after a judge declared guilty a local Catholic leader in a defamation case. The angry mob also set fire to several buildings belonging to the Larantuka Prosecutor's Office. No fatalities were reported in the incident. The incident began when thousands of residents of Larantuka, the capital of the predominantly Catholic East Flores regency, attended a trial against Father Frans Amanuen, a local charismatic priest.

Posted in Violence @ 16 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Public places beef up security after warnings As a bomb expert who once lectured in Yogyakarta remains at large, efforts to beef up security continues at possible targets for terror bombs. Among them are the Kem Chicks market in Kemang, South Jakarta, which is a favorite shopping spot for expatriate Jakartans and their families. "We had tightened security even before the media released the news on possible targets, as most of our guests are foreigners," said the store manager on duty on Friday, who requested anonymity. The source said additional security personnel have been deployed to safeguard the store once the police revealed it as a possible target.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Final disembarkation call for aviation workers The government has decided to press ahead with its plan for massive lay-offs at ailing state aircraft maker Dirgantara Indonesia despite angry protests by employees of the virtually bankrupt company. Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti said the decision was reached at a limited cabinet meeting on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 14 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to bear most of cost of Java-Madura bridge Indonesia's government agreed Thursday to provide most of the Rp 2.7 trillion (US$319.5 million) needed to construct a bridge linking the Indonesian island of Madura to densely-populated East Java province. "It has been decided that the funding will come from the state budget, from the provincial budget, the (state-owned road building firm) Jasa Marga and $150 million from the People's Republic of China," Settlement and Infrastructure Minister Sunarno said.

Posted in General @ 13 November 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian authorities widen search as flood death toll reaches 142 The search for 102 people still missing after an Indonesian flood disaster will be extended over a wider area, officials said on Thursday as the confirmed death toll rose to 142. The flash flood on Nov. 2 swept through Bahorok, a popular riverside resort on the edge of Mount Leuser National Park in North Sumatra, destroying more than 450 buildings.

Posted in Weather @ 13 November 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terrorists plan attacks in Indonesia Two of Asia's most wanted terrorists are armed with explosives and planning fresh attacks on Western hotels and banks -- possibly disguising themselves as beggars and receiving shelter from fellow radicals, officials said. Malaysians Azahari bin Husin and Noordin Mohammed Top -- both alleged leaders of the al-Qaeda-linked Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and believed to have been key players in last year's Bali bombings that killed 202 people -- are the target of a massive manhunt following their narrow escape from a police dragnet in the West Javanese city of Bandung on Oct. 31.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta extends, expands three-in-one traffic policy Objections from motorists to the Jakarta Administration's plan to extend the three-in-one traffic policy apparently did not deter the bureaucrats from continuing their plan and even expanding it. City secretary for development affairs Irzal Djamal, who is also head of the busway project team, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that the policy would be enforced to support the launching of 60 buses in the Bus Rapid Transit or busway project in January.

Posted in General @ 13 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati to visit Aceh in December President Megawati Sukarnoputri will in December visit Aceh province for the first time since she placed the rebellious territory under martial law nearly six months ago, an official said Wednesday (12/11/03). Aceh Governor Abdullah Puteh said the president would inaugurate a number of projects during the visit and open a congress of about 4,000 Muslim leaders from across the province.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 12 November 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Marijuana dealer shot dead, five kgs seized South Jakarta Police shot a suspected drug dealer dead on Thursday, close to Lenteng Agung railway station in South Jakarta. A police detective of South Jakarta Police Precinct said that Tarmizi, 27, had been arrested on Monday. "We wanted to use him as bait to catch another big drug dealer. But, it seemed that the drug dealer was aware of the trap and managed to flee the scene right after the transaction," he said.

Posted in Drugs @ 12 November 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government told to reconsider road project in Leuser park Legislators urged the government on Tuesday to abandon its plan to continue construction on a Rp 1 trillion (US$1.2 million) highway cutting through Aceh province in Sumatra. "We do not see any urgency to build the road, at the cost of destroying the Leuser ecosystem," said legislator Zaenal Arifin on Tuesday, echoing what environmentalists said recently.

Posted in Environment @ 12 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials at odds on search for flood victims Authorities have issued conflicting statements on whether the search for more than 100 people still missing after a flash flood in North Sumatra province will be continued. Officials on Tuesday (11/11/03) said a total of 140 bodies had been found since the flood swept through the resort town of Bahorok in Bukit Lawang district on the night of November 2, destroying more than 450 buildings.

Posted in Weather @ 12 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire guts Hero supermarket in Menteng Fire gutted the Hero supermarket on Jl. Cokroaminoto, Menteng, Central Jakarta on Tuesday morning, but no fatalities or injuries were reported. Sugeng Riyadi, an official from the South Jakarta firedepartment, said 23 fire trucks were sent to the scene. The fire started at around 4:30 a.m. It is investigating the cause of the fire.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Water rate to increase by 30 percent The Jakarta administration submitted to the City Council its proposal for a 30 percent increase in tap water rates starting Jan. 1, 2004. However, the hike may not guarantee better service because the money will be used to pay debts and cover inflation. Chairman of the City Water Regulatory Body Achmad Lanti said on Monday that 17 percent of the hike would be used to pay off debts to city-owned tap water operator PD PAM Jaya, which amount to Rp 900 billion (US$105.88 million), to European-based partner companies PT Thames PAM Jaya (TPJ) and PT PAM Lyonaisse Jaya (Palyja) and the central government.

Posted in General @ 11 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood-devastated resort closed for six months for renovation The Bukit Lawang resort will be closed to tourists for six months so the local administration can rebuild the area after the devastating flood that killed more than 130 people. North Sumatra Governor Tengku Rizal Nurdin said on Sunday it would take at least six months to restore the resort, including an orangutan reserve, in Bahorok subdistrict, Langkat regency.

Posted in Weather @ 10 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vietnam, Indonesia to scrap visas from December Vietnam and Indonesia will scrap visa restrictions on citizens from each country visiting for 30 days or less from Dec. 4, the foreign ministry here said on Monday. The visa-waiver scheme was signed in June during a visit to Vietnam by Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll in Langkat flood rises to 134 The number of dead bodies from a flash flood six days ago in Langkat regency, North Sumatra province had inched up to 134 by Sunday and about the same number of people were still missing, an official said. "We have so far found 134 bodies of victims, 25 of them still unidentified," said Masri Zen, an official of the coordination post for the search efforts in the North Sumatran town of Bahorok.

Posted in Weather @ 09 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll in Langkat flood rises to 132 as search enters fifth day Five more bodies were discovered in Langkat, North Sumatra province on Saturday, bringing to 132 the number of people killed in a flash flood five days ago blamed on illegal logging in the province, an official said. The bodies, including a female corpse with a missing head, were found in a badly decomposed state under piles of tree logs and mud, said Maharum of the search and rescue office in the town of Bahorok.

Posted in Weather @ 08 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flash flood death toll in Langkat rises to 128 The devastating flash flood that swept through a resort town in Langkat district in Indonesia`s North Sumatera province rose to 128 till 18:00 hours, sources said on Friday. Rescuers searching for victims of the disaster found more 15 dead bodies. The latest victims in decomposed condition were six females and nine males.

Posted in Weather @ 07 November 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


123 people confirmed death in Langkat flood The confirmed death toll from a flash flood blamed on illegal logging in Langkat, regency, North Sumatra province, stands at 123 as the search continues for 147 people still missing and feared dead, officials said Friday. As of late Friday afternoon rescue workers had recovered 123 bodies, 10 of them found earlier in the day, said Masrizan, head of a unit tasked with finding flood victims in the resort town of Bahorok in Langkat district.

Posted in Weather @ 07 November 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three die in stampede, dozens injuries What supposedly to become a graceful moment turned out to be a fatal mess when a charity distribution to the poor asking for alms, ended up in a stampede in which three people were died and dozens were injured on Friday morning on Jl. Raya Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta. The fatalities were all women Fatimah, 60, Rodiah, 50, and Halimah, 45. Another victim Sumanah, 55, was in state of coma and was taken to Siaga Hospital in Pasar Minggu.

Posted in General @ 07 November 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood victims want justice, death for illegal loggers Relatives of more than 100 people killed in the recent devastating flood in North Sumatra demanded the immediate arrests of illegal loggers on Thursday, as police moved to find those involved in the rampant deforestation blamed for the flood. The victims called the loggers who had encroached into the Mount Leuser National Park "terrorists" and said that they should be sentenced to death.

Posted in Weather @ 07 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Confirmed death toll in Langkat flood at 113, 147 people still missing The confirmed death toll from a flash flood blamed on illegal logging in the North Sumatra resort area of Langkat stands at 113 as the search continues for 147 people still missing and feared dead, an official said Friday. "As of today 113 bodies have been recovered but we keep receiving reports of missing people and as of now, 147 are still missing," said Johnny Sitorus of the search and rescue office in the provincial capital Medan.

Posted in Weather @ 07 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to lift telephone charges After a delay of about 10 months, the Indonesian government said it would raise telephone rates by an average 15 percent before the year end, The Jakarta Post reported Thursday. The Ministry of Communications' post and telecommunications Director-General Djamhari Sirat said Wednesday a similar hike, thethird 15 percent increase, would also be implemented next year.

Posted in General @ 06 November 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister calls illegal loggers 'terrorists' after flood disaster Indonesia's environment minister on Wednesday branded illegal loggers as terrorists after a flood disaster blamed on tree-felling killed an estimated 200 or more people in North Sumatra. Nabiel Makarim criticised the army and police for involvement in the practice, which is rampant across much of the huge archipelago.

Posted in Weather @ 06 November 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lebaran transportation team to alter traffic routes The Lebaran Transportation Team 2003, decided that on November 21, 2003, or minus 4 days (4 days before Idul Fitri), all means of public passenger and cargo transportation from the East to Pantura (northern coastal route) in W.Java, will have to use the southern route.

Posted in Ramadan @ 06 November 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clashes kill 12 in Papua province At least 12 people have been killed in clashes between security forces and separatist fighters in Indonesia's troubled Papua province. Eight separatists were killed and several injured after troops raided a camp in the Wamena region on Wednesday morning, an army officer told El-Shinta radio. "We launched the raid at 5am and confiscated weapons from them... It is suspected that they had been planning to carry out attacks on a regency office and local military headquarters," Colonel Agus Mulyadi said.

Posted in Violence @ 06 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 101 confirmed dead in Langkat flood, 117 missing The confirmed death toll from a flash flood blamed on illegal logging in North Sumatra province stands at 101 while 117 people are still missing and feared dead, a rescue official said Thursday. "As of last night 101 bodies have been found while 117 are still missing," said Johnny Sitorus of the search and rescue office in the provincial capital Medan.

Posted in Weather @ 06 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda skids in Balikpapan airport, causes delays Eight flights at an airport in East Kalimantan province were delayed Wednesday afternoon after a plane overshot the taxiway and became stuck, an airport official said. The official at Balikpapan airport said takeoffs and landings continued but one takeoff and seven arrivals were delayed because the Garuda Indonesia 737 could not be moved from the "over-run" area off the taxiway.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 05 November 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake jolts Bengkulu An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale jolted Bengkulu province on Sumatra Island at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday but there were no immediate reports of casualties. Head of the Kehahyang geophysics office in Bengkulu, Armien Paimin, said on Wednesday that the tremor's epicenter was located in the Indian Ocean 105 kilometers southwest of Bengkulu at a depth of 33 kilometers.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 November 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Snake catchers, killers to be fined in Yogyakarta village Anyone who is caught catching or killing any of the snakes released to attack rats in rice fields in a village in the sultanate of Yogyakarta, will face a fine of Rp 750,000, head of a farmer-group said here Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


200 feared dead in Sumatra flood Rescuers were desperately searching Tuesday for survivors after flash floods swept through a resort village near a reserve for endangered orangutans on Indonesia ís Sumatra island, leaving more than 200 people either dead or missing. Local officials said 85 bodies had been recovered. With 123 people still missing and feared dead, the death toll was expected to rise.

Posted in Weather @ 05 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rampant deforestation blamed for Langkat flash flood Government officials have joined environmental activists in blaming inconsistent forest management and poor law enforcement as the main causes of rampant deforestation that resulted in the flash flood which killed at least 103 people on Sunday. Hundreds are missing following the flood in Langkat regency, North Sumatra. "Yes. It's due to unprofessional management. We're not disciplined," Vice President Hamzah Haz said on Tuesday, commenting on the disaster.

Posted in Weather @ 04 November 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rescuers seach for hundreds of missing people in Langkat Rescuers on Tuesday morning continued searching for hundreds of people who have gone missing since flash floods swept through Bukit Lawang, a popular resort town in Indonesia`s North Sumatra province, last Sunday.

Posted in Weather @ 04 November 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mourning flags flutter in shattered Langkat resort town Dozens of flags fluttered Tuesday outside homes in this shattered resort town -- symbols of mourning for the latest victims of Indonesia's environmental destruction. At least 75 people including five foreigners were killed and 100 more are missing and feared dead after a flash flood blamed partly on severe deforestation swept through the riverbank resort in North Sumatra late Sunday.

Posted in Weather @ 04 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government extends martial law in Aceh The government has decided to extend martial law in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, admitting that the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) had remained strong six months into the military offensive in the troubled province. Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told a press conference here on Monday that President Megawati Soekarnoputri had accepted a proposal from Cabinet members and Acehnese leaders to extend the martial law and the joint operation against GAM rebels.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 04 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit Langkat, 92 killed Flash floods ripped through a popular resort town in North Sumatra late Sunday night, killing at least 92 people, including five foreign tourists. Hundreds of others were missing feared dead, while downed communication lines and demolished bridges hampered rescue efforts, officials said on Monday. Around 420 houses, including five tourist cottages, were destroyed or damaged when floodwaters, mud, trees and other debris hit the Bukit Lawang resort in Bahorok subdistrict, Langkat regency.

Posted in Weather @ 03 November 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Europeans, Singaporean among dead in Langkat flooding Three Europeans and a Singaporean were among the 67 fatalities of a flash flood which ripped through a resort town in the North Sumatra district of Langkat, a rescue official said Monday. A 20-year-old German woman, a 40-year-old Austrian woman, a Swiss man aged 30 and a 67-year-old Singaporean man are among those confirmed dead, rescuer Johnny Sitorus said from the North Sumatra's provincial capital of Medan.

Posted in Weather @ 03 November 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign tourists among those killed in flash flood At least 67 people, including tourists from Germany, Austria and Singapore, have been killed in a flash flood which has ripped through a resort town in Indonesia's North Sumatra province. Many more people remain missing. The floods hit Bohorok, a resort town around 100 kilometres northwest of Medan city. It is the home of a famed orang-utan refuge, which is popular with tourists who also go trekking and white-water rafting.

Posted in Weather @ 03 November 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslide destroys 115 houses in Kebumen regency Landslides have destroyed at least 115 houses in four villages in Ayah subdistrict, Kebumen district in Indonesia`s Central Java province following heavy rains during the weekend. There was no fatality in the natural disaster but material losses ran into Rp265.3 million, (EUR 26934) spokesman of the district administration, Adi Nugroho, said here Monday.

Posted in Weather @ 03 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[UPDATE II] Flooding kills 66 in Bohorok resort Flash floods swept through a popular tourist resort on Indonesia's Sumatra island on Monday, killing 24 people, five of them foreigners, and leaving 72 others missing, a rescue official said. The floods, which were triggered by days of heavy rain, took place in Bohorok, close to the provincial capital of Medan in north Sumatra province.

Posted in Weather @ 03 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of monorail system to start in January The construction of two monorail lines is scheduled to begin in January 2004 but the elevated public transport system will only operate in the center of Jakarta instead of connecting Jakarta with Bekasi in the east and Tangerang in the west as originally planned. The US$540 million two monorail lines will be built by PT Indonesian Transit Central (ITC) and its Malaysian partner M Trans Holdings.

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