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First batch of haj pilgrims leave for Mecca The first batch of Indonesian haj pilgrims departed from nine embarkation points across the country for Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday, marking the start of the annual ritual that climaxes on the Islamic Day of Sacrifice, which falls next year on Feb. 1. A total of 3,970 people left the country for the pilgrimage on Tuesday, 455 of whom were seen off by Minister of Religious Affairs Said Agil Al-Munawar at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Posted in Ramadan @ 31 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspects may get life sentences Prosecutors demanded life sentences on Monday for two men charged with helping assemble the deadly bomb that killed at least 202 people last year in Bali. They said the defendants, Sarjiyo, alias Sawad and Suranto Abdul Ghoni, alias Umar or Wayan, should be declared guilty of an "extraordinary crime against humanity" on Oct. 12, 2002, which killed many innocent people and caused a massive economic downturn for Bali and the country.

Posted in Terrorism @ 30 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


World's largest snake caught in Indonesia Indonesian villagers claim to have captured a python that is almost 15 metres (49.21 feet) long and weighs nearly 450 kilogrammes (992.07 pounds), a local official said Monday. If confirmed, it would be the largest snake ever kept in captivity. Hundreds of people have flocked to see the snake at a primitive zoo in Curugsewu village on the country's main island of Java, Republika daily reported. It splashed two large pictures of the reptile across its back page.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 30 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight bridges collapse in C. Sulawesi after flooding Eight bridges in Central Sulawesi have collapsed in floods caused by incessant rain over the past two weeks. The natural disaster, which is common during the wet season, also cut roads linking several parts of the province, an official said on Saturday. Mashud Kasim, the head of the Central Sulawesi Office of Settlement and Regional Infrastructure, said damages that the provincial government would have to bear amounted to Rp 38.5 billion (US$4.5 billion).

Posted in Flooding @ 29 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake shakes Sulawesi island A large undersea earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale shook parts of Indonesia's Sulawesi island on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said. The temblor was centered under the Sulawesi Sea, 136 kilometers (85 miles) northwest of Kotamobagu town on north Sulawesi island, said agency official Muhammad Yusuf.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Jakarta sends crack troops to Aceh The Indonesian military (TNI) has escalated its security crackdown on rebels of the Free Aceh Movement with the dispatch on Christmas of three battalions of the newly-formed elite Raiders Unit to the troubled province. The crack troops - each Raider is touted to be equivalent to three normal soldiers because of the improved training and weaponry - will be tasked with hunting down leaders of the separatist movement who have waged an insurrection against Jakarta rule for the last three decades.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


18 killed when tank rams public minibus An army tank rammed a public minibus on Indonesia's Java island on Saturday, killing 18 people and injuring at least five others, authorities said. The vehicle was returning from military exercises near the town of Magelang, central Java, when it hit the minibus and rolled on top of it, said police Lt. Heru Widodo.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans US cattle products import Indonesia has temporarily banned imports of U.S. cattle products except for dairy goods following the discovery of the deadly mad cow disease in the United States, an Agriculture Ministry official said on Friday. "Imports of U.S. cattle products such as beef, lamb, and buffalo meat are temporarily banned as well as meat-related products such as skin and bones," Bachtiar Moerad told Reuters.

Posted in General @ 26 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IBRA raises IDR26.1T from assets sales in 2003 The Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency has raised as much as IDR26.1 trillion (EUR 2,47 billion) from its sales of assets this year, compared with a year-end target of IDR26 trillion, said IBRA Chairman Syafruddin Temenggung. He said in a statement that the funds are being used to help finance the country's 2003 budget deficit.

Posted in Economy @ 26 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia safe so far, except for Aceh As police tightened security across Indonesia amid fears of attacks by Islamic extremists over the festive season, there were no reports of sectarian violence or terrorist bombings on Christmas Eve, while Christmas Day has been peaceful so far. The only reports of major violence came from rebellious Aceh province, where the military said at least 14 people were killed over recent days.

Posted in Human rights @ 25 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Police fear more blasts over the coming days A bomb exploded outside a government office on Indonesia's Sulawesi island, police said Wednesday, adding they feared more blasts were possible over Christmas in the religious violence-hit region. Elsewhere in the world's most populous Muslim nation, thousands of police were on alert safeguarding churches. Three years ago on Christmas Eve, suspected Muslim militants bombed churches in 11 cities, killing 19 and injuring more than 100.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian churches and cops beef up security Around 150,000 police officers, about two-thirds of the total force, will be deployed in Indonesia to thwart possible terrorist strikes against churches during the Christmas season. At the same time, Christian communities from around the country are stepping up their own vigilance following warnings of possible attacks by Al-Qaeda and its Muslim militant associates during the year-end festive season.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb explodes in Poso A bomb blast damaged the Lembomawo village administrative office in Poso Kota subdistrict, Poso regency, Central Sulawesi on Tuesday, but there were no fatalities in the incident. The bomb, packed in a plastic bag, was discovered by Mince Muda inside a local passenger bus traveling between Poso and Lembomawo, some witnesses said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Inmates escape from Bandung jail Three inmates escaped from a jail in the West Java capital of Bandung today in the second jailbreak in Indonesia in two days. State news agency Antara said the three prisoners at Sukamiskin penitentiary broke out of Cell No.60 and climbed over a wall to freedom. The fugitives were identified as Ida Bagus Bima Purwoko alias Agus (36), Fauzi alias Ghani (32), and Romly Angkasa (26). The report did not state what they had been serving time for.

Posted in General @ 22 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU starts registering legislative candidates The General Elections Commission (KPU) on Monday began registering candidates with the House of Representatives, provincial and district legislative bodies for next year's general elections. The commission has set up 12 working groups to deal with the 24 political parties which will register their candidates with the legislative bodies, KPU said.

Posted in Elections @ 22 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Four detained students linked to terrorism Four Indonesian Islamic students, including the younger brother of alleged terrorist mastermind Hambali, will be charged with facilitating terrorism, police said Thursday (18/12/03). National Police spokesman Brigadier General Sunarko said the four suspects – Rusman ‘Gun Gun’ Gunawan, Mohammad Syaifudin, Ilham Sofyandi and Furqon Abdullah – had deliberately provided assistance to Hambali.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia boosts security for Christmas period Indonesia is to deploy more than two-thirds of its quarter of a million-strong police force over Christmas and New Year to prevent a repeat of the wave of Christmas Eve bombings that killed 19 people three years ago. Antara news agency says the national police chief Da'i Bachtiar has pledged to co-operate with local christian church officials to make Christmas and New Year celebrations peaceful.

Posted in Religion @ 20 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sutiyoso puts brakes on 3-in-1 policy The tryout of the new extended three-in-one traffic policy, slated for Monday, skidded to a stop on Friday during a five-hour closed-door discussion between Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso and the busway project team. Sutiyoso postponed the discussion on the controversial issue to Monday.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Irate passengers take Batavia crew hostage At least 31 angry passengers held several crew members of a Batavia Air airplane hostage here after their flight to Jakarta was delayed for around nine hours at Juanda Airport until Friday morning. Rudy Herlambang, one of the protesters, said the passengers had to take action because Batavia broke its promise and tried to deliberately cancel the flight as fewer than half of the plane's 100 seats were filled.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 19 December 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FBI agents leave Indonesia after probe A team of United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents has left Papua, Indonesia, after questioning a number of witnesses in connection with the ambush in which three teachers, including two Americans, were killed in August 2002. Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Timbul Silaen said on Thursday that the FBI team had left the province three days ago.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 19 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati: Neutrality of civil servants in elections important The neutrality of the Indonesian Civil Servants Corps (KORPRI) as a bureaucratic engine is crucial to the success of the general elections in 2004, President Megawati Soekarnoputri said here on Thursday. "Your neutral role is immensely important for next year's elections," Megawati told about 10,000 civil servants during the commemoration of the corps' 32nd anniversary in Lembang, about 20 kilometers north of West Java provincial capital Bandung.

Posted in Elections @ 19 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's top Islamic body bans terror Indonesia's highest Islamic authority has said Muslim law forbids terrorism and suicide bombings, but that jihad, or holy war, is a religious obligation if Islam is under attack. The Indonesian Ulama Council deputy chairman Din Syamsudin said yesterday that it had issued an edict on the issue late on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 18 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3-in-1 extension to start on Monday The Jakarta administration will kick off on Monday the tryout of an extended three-in-one traffic policy along the 12.9-kilometer corridor of the bus rapid transit (BRT) or busway, from Blok M, South Jakarta, to Kota, West Jakarta. The one-month tryout is partly to anticipate the operation of 56 new buses along the busway special lane starting on Jan. 15.

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


Landslide kills four, four missing, in Majene A landslide triggered by heavy rain has killed four people at a roadside food stall in a village in South Sulawesi province and four others are missing, police said Tuesday. Three of the four victims were passengers on a bus that had stopped at the stall at Putada village in Majene district on Monday, said district police chief Adj. Sr. Comm. Kawedar.

Posted in Weather @ 16 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia welcomes capture of Saddam Indonesia has welcomed news of Saddam Hussein's capture by US forces, saying his arrest should help Iraqis to govern their own nation. "The capture of Saddam Hussein is long overdue," Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa was quoted as saying by Reuters. "It is our hope that his capture will help speed up the process of reconciliation and the transition toward a democratic government of Iraq, where sovereignty is restored in the hands of the Iraqi people," he added.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Runaway train travels 45km to Jakarta An empty train travelled 45 kilometres with no driver and eight wagons in tow before coming to a halt in the centre of the Indonesian capital, a report said. The electric commuter train, parked in the town of Bogor, came to life at around 3.50 am Friday and headed towards Jakarta at about 65 kilometres per hour, the state Antara news agency said, quoting station sources. A railway employee who saw the train begin to move climbed on board in an effort to stop the locomotive but could not enter the driver's compartment.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three missing in North Sumatra floods At least three people are missing and feared dead after floods hit several areas across North Sumatra, following days of incessant rain over the weekend, officials said on Thursday. They said the floods also inundated hundreds of houses there as rivers burst their banks.

Posted in Flooding @ 12 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatera flood death toll at 239 A flash flood that swept through a resort town in North Sumatra province earlier this month may have killed up to 239 people, a report said Sunday (23/11/03). State news agency Antara said 157 bodies had been recovered and 82 people were still missing and presumed dead.

Posted in Flooding @ 11 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakartans brace for floods next month The Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) says rainfall in Jakarta in January will be almost as high as it was during the disastrous floods in 2002. Agency forecasting head Achmad Zakir told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday that the capital would have between 26 and 28 rainy days during the month, with rainfall of between 50 millimeters and 100 mm per day. It took at least 75 mm of rain a day over three consecutive days to cause floods in Jakarta, another staff member, who wished to remain anonymous, said.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Controversial Jakarta busway kicks off on Jan. 15 The Jakarta administration announced on Tuesday that the controversial busway will open on Jan. 15, in line with the extension and expansion of the three-in-one traffic policy. Each passenger will be charged Rp 2,500 (29 U.S. cents) per trip along the Blok M-Kota route. The buses will operate from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. The buses will be free for the first two weeks.

Posted in General @ 10 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


East Java health agency confirms chikungunya outbreak The East Java Health Agency admitted on Tuesday that there was an outbreak of chikungunya fever in Mojokerto regency. "There is indeed a chikungunya outbreak in Mojokerto but it is not a dangerous case although it is contagious," agency head Bambang Giatno told reporters.

Posted in Health @ 09 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parties draw their electoral numbers Shouts of joy and superstition marked the draw on Monday to determine the numerical order of the 24 parties that will contest the 2004 elections. President Megawati Soekarnoputri's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan) drew number 18, House of Representatives Speaker Akbar Tandjung's Golkar Party drew number 20, Vice President Hamzah Haz' United Development Party was number 5, the National Awakening Party (PKB) 15th, the National Mandate Party (PAN) 13th and the Crescent Star Party number 3.

Posted in Elections @ 09 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Old forces contest election The General Elections Commission (KPU) announced on Sunday 24 political parties eligible to contest the 2004 polls, with analysts expressing concern of the possible revival of the New Order. Daniel Sparringa of the Surabaya-based Airlangga University warned that New Order pedigrees would take over the lead in the fight for reform as parties that claimed to promote the spirit of democracy wasted the momentum.

Posted in Elections @ 08 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tutut's comeback may have a boomerang effect The return of Soeharto's eldest daughter to the political stage may backfire if the issue of the former president's ability to speak, and to face the law for charges of corruption, comes into question, an analyst says. Daniel Sparingga from the Surabaya-based Airlangga University was referring Sunday to reports quoting a founder of a new political party, which is asking Siti Hadiyanti Rukmana to be its presidential candidate.

Posted in Elections @ 08 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions




Posted in Culture @ 07 December 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The time has come that I have to look for my own stuff here in Eindhoven. I have been living here for quite some years now, and I know my way around here pretty good (maybe with the help of an internet guide). But only a little while ago I discovered there are more people here who were looking for the same products, Indonesian products that is. After my first holiday to Indonesia, back in 1999, I had the need to shop for ‘the real Indonesian krupuk’ (shrimp-crackers) and I found that in a shop named Toko Murah in the one shopping mall Eindhoven has. I only went there for some krupuk and kue lapis, that was also enough for me.

Posted in Culture @ 06 December 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soldiers, police clash in South Sulawesi A soldier and a policeman were wounded on Thursday in shoot-outs between troops and police in the town of Palopo, Luwu regency, South Sulawesi, officials and residents said. The clash erupted briefly near the Luwu Police station at around 9:30 a.m., and ended after Army commanders arrived at the scene. However, officials could not say who had started firing first, as the investigation was still underway.

Posted in Violence @ 05 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US issues holiday warning in Indonesia The U.S. Embassy issued a fresh warning to Americans in Indonesia on Friday, saying the risk of terror attacks over Christmas and New Year was ``particularly high.'' ``The embassy reminds all Americans in Indonesia of the increased volatility of the security environment during the holiday season,'' read a statement posted on the embassy's Web site.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tutut may join presidential race Former president Soeharto's eldest daughter Siti "Tutut" Hardiyanti Rukmana has been asked to run for the presidency in next year election, a move that could pave the way for the return of the old forces onto the country's political stage. Concern for the Nation Functional Party (PKPB) chairman Gen. (ret) Raden Hartono asked Tutut on Wednesday to become his party's sole torch bearer, claiming that people across the country wanted her to run.

Posted in Elections @ 04 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Infrastructure crisis looms for Indonesia Indonesia's dilapidated infrastructure poses a greater threat to human life than terrorism and will hamper long-term growth if investments are not made to improve it soon, the World Bank said yesterday. 'In terms of the impact on human lives, it's obviously dramatically worse than terrorism for Indonesia. There's no comparison,' World Bank country director Andrew Steer said on the sidelines of a conference on averting an infrastructure crisis.

Posted in General @ 03 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six more parties pass screening for 2004 elections Six more of the 40 political parties undergoing factual verification have passed the final screening and are thus officially eligible for next year's elections, the National Elections Commission (KPU) announced on Tuesday. KPU chairman Nazaruddin Syamsuddin said the six parties had met the minimum requirements of having branch offices in at least two-thirds or 21 of the country's 32 provinces and in two-thirds of regencies or municipalities in those provinces.

Posted in Elections @ 03 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Just when investors might have been thinking it was safe to look at Indonesia a little less skeptically, the biggest banking scandal to hit the country since the central bank liquidity scandal, this one involving Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) and allegedly fraudulent letters of credit, has shattered confidence yet again. With BNI marked for semi-privatization next year, the scandal could hardly have come at a worse time. It highlights concerns raised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over corporate governance in Indonesia and the central Bank Indonesia's failure to detect the scam until a year after it allegedly began.

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


Inflation in November up 1.01%, but still on track for year Consumer price index rose in November by 1.01 percent from the previous month, bringing the cumulative inflation in the first 11 months to 4.08 percent, strengthening hopes that full-year inflation will be lower than the initial government forecast of 6 percent to 7 percent. Chairperson of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) Sudarti Soerbakti said that although the November inflation rate was quite high, the bureau was optimistic that full-year inflation would be below 6 percent.

Posted in Economy @ 01 December 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU worries about late party screening Less than half of 32 provincial elections commission (KPUDs) have submitted the results of their field verification on 40 political parties, raising fears the slow progress would severely affect preparations for next year's elections. KPU deputy chairman Ramlan Surbakti said over the weekend that only 14 provincial KPUDs had submitted their reports by Saturday, two days after the deadline lapsed last Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 01 December 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Packed train derails in Tegal The Kertayaya economy train, packed with up to 1,200 passengers, derailed on Sunday in Margadana subdistrict, Tegal, Central Java at around 9:30 p.m. after the rear axle of the second car broke.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia puts tourist visa plan on hold Indonesia has put on hold a controversial plan to charge tourists for visas, which would mean Australians holidaying in Bali would have to pay up to $48.50 to visit. President Megawati Sukarnoputri made the decision today to allow more discussion with Indonesia's tourism industry, which has described the fee as incomprehensible at a time when Bali is still struggling to overcome a slump caused by last year's terrorist bombings in Kuta.

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


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.

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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 ’s 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
    
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