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Ministery: Govt to hike fuel prices starting Tuesday Indonesia's government will implement long-planned fuel price increases starting Tuesday, including a 32% increase in the price of gasoline, Minister of Energy and Mines Purnomo Yusgiantoro told reporters late Monday. The price increases will result from a reduction in massive fuel subsidies that have crippled the government's ability to fund economic development and have prompted illegal imports of petroleum products, Purnomo told a special press briefing attended by top government ministers.

Posted in Economy @ 28 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to process 11,000 permits per day The Indonesian Government will process as many as 11,000 work permits per day at the 11 processing centres in Indonesia for its illegal workers who are heading back to Malaysia for re-employment. Indonesia's Manpower and Transmigration Minister Fahmi Idris said his government also planned to cut red tape to smoothen the re-entry of illegal workers who had left during the amnesty period.

Posted in Economy @ 28 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia landslide toll hits 96, dozens missing The death toll from a landslide that swept through two Indonesian villages near a garbage dump last week rose to 96 on Sunday as recovery crews pulled more bodies out of mounds of dirt and waste. Almost no hope is held for 47 people still believed missing after a wall of black mud and garbage up to seven metres (23 ft) high swept through homes in the West Java villages before dawn on Feb. 21.

Posted in Flooding @ 27 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono fears unrest on fuel price hike Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday said he hoped the government's controversial plan to hike fuel prices in the "near term" would not lead to social unrest. Yudhoyono did not give details about the plan, but the government told parliament this week it wanted to raise fuel prices by an average of 29 percent to cut subsidies weighing on the budget.

Posted in Economy @ 25 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Twenty dead, 76 missing in Bandung landslide Twenty people were killed and 76 missing under rubble and mud after heavy rain caused a landslide on Monday near a garbage dump on the outskirts of the Indonesian city of Bandung, police said. Police in West Java province had earlier reported that 139 people were missing after a wall of mud and garbage up to 7 metres high crashed into houses about a kilometre away.

Posted in Weather @ 21 February 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






9 dead, 139 missing in Bandung landslide Nine people were killed and around 139 are missing after heavy rain caused a landslide on Monday near a garbage dump on the outskirts of the Indonesian city of Bandung, police said. "The number of missing is around 139. We have found nine dead victims," Caca Supriatna, a police detective from Batujajar precinct, told Reuters. "We are still trying to evacuate the victims," he said.

Posted in Weather @ 21 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7 dead, scores missing in Bandung landslide At least seven people were killed and up to 100 others were missing after a landslide in a slum near the Indonesian city of Bandung, southeast of Jakarta, early Monday, police and local officials said. The landslide was triggered by heavy rain and buried the shacks of more than 40 families living in a dumpsite west of Bandung. The city is around 200 kilometres (120 miles) southeast of Jakarta.

Posted in Weather @ 21 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A police experience in Bali and Yogyakarta A different world of course, since Bali is located about 500 kilometers east of Yogyakarta. It's another island, another culture and whatever more, but one thing I encountered amazed me the most, but in fact I only realised it when I was home again, bringing back memories with some friends and beers. This is about the difference in approach, if you can call it that, of the local police concerning 'traffic violations'. For a start I would like to admit that I do actually make mistakes. Probably nothing close to a miracle.

Posted in Travel @ 20 February 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong 6.9 earthquake rocks Sulawesi A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the eastern Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Some people in coastal towns panicked and fled to high ground. There were no reports of injuries or a tsunami. The epicenter of the earthquake, which struck at about 8 a.m., Indonesian time today, was 65 kilometers (40 miles) deep in the Flores Sea off the southeastern edge of Sulawesi, the U.S. seismological agency said on its Web site.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia issues new Indonesia travel warning Australia has updated a travel warning for Indonesia, saying new information suggests terror attacks could be mounted against foreigners taking part in tsunami relief efforts in northern Sumatra. Australians should defer non-essential travel to Indonesia as a whole, and should avoid all travel to Aceh and Maluku province, according to the travel advice issued on Saturday by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Moody's changes Indonesia rating outlook to positive Moody's Investors Service has changed the outlook to positive from stable on Indonesia's B2 foreign currency country ceiling for bonds, its B3 foreign currency country ceiling for bank deposits, and the Indonesian government's B2 foreign and local currency ratings.

Posted in Economy @ 18 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia 2004 GDP +5.1%, fundamentals improve Indonesia's economy grew 5.1% in 2004 from a year earlier due to improved growth in investment and exports, the Central Statistics Bureau said Wednesday. The growth rate beat both government and analysts' predictions, suggesting the economy is on track to reach the government's 5.5% growth target this year. In the last quarter of 2004, the economy expanded 6.7% on year, although it contracted 1.6% from the July-September period due to shorter working days, the bureau said.

Posted in Economy @ 16 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's economy grew 6.7% in 4th quarter Indonesia's economy expanded at its fastest pace in at least four years in the fourth quarter as the cheapest credit since 1998 spurred consumers to increase spending on goods including cars, motorcycles and mobile phones. Southeast Asia's largest economy grew 6.7 percent in the three months ended Dec. 31 from a year earlier, the statistics office said in Jakarta. The economy expanded 5.1 percent last year, the most since 1996.

Posted in Economy @ 16 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake jolts Sumatra island An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale rocked the Indonesian province of West Sumatra on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, meteorologists said. The offshore quake occurred at 6:49 am (2349 GMT Monday), and was centred in the Indian Ocean some 214 kilometres west of the West Sumatra capital of Padang, the Meteorology and Geophysics office said in a statement.

Posted in Earthquake @ 15 February 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Netherlands to renew economic tie with Indonesia The Netherlands is planning to renew its economic ties with Indonesia through the provision of a number of incentives and assistance. This would include support for the development of the country's agriculture and fishery industries, as well as the reconstruction of tsunami-stricken Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam.

Posted in Economy @ 15 February 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia off the blacklist Indonesia is no longer considered a high-risk country within the global anti-money laundering (AML) system. This means financial institutions in developed countries are no longer required to give special attention to business and transactions with persons and companies in Indonesia. Basically, this means lower costs for transactions with Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 15 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dengue fever deaths on the rise in Indonesia Another 20 people have died from dengue fever in Indonesia, bringing the death toll this year to 122. A further 6,400 people have been infected with the mosquito-borne virus, prompting the government to place Jakarta and five other provinces under alert for a possible dengue epidemic.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 15 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogya from the air It's not the world as I know it, an aerial view over the city. Normally I will only see cities from the roads I drive on by motorbike. It's much more cheap to do so, because using a helicopter to have a look in town is not for the average man. Still I had the chance to make some pictures from the window upon arriving in Yogyakarta in December last year. Since the airport is close to the city and the weather was clear, I made a handful of pictures.

Posted in Travel @ 14 February 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans navy boost Indonesia's navy plans to buy up to 60 modern patrol vessels during the next decade to strengthen maritime security and catch up with its technologically advanced regional counterparts, a report said today. Indonesia has the biggest naval force in Asia but it lags behind its Asian peers in terms of armament and technology, navy chief Admiral Bernard Kent Sondakh was quoted as saying by state Antara news agency.

Posted in Military @ 12 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fresh Aceh quake triggers panic An earthquake of at least 5.7 magnitude struck Indonesia's tsunami-ravaged Aceh province Wednesday, shaking buildings and touching off a panic as terrified residents fled for higher ground. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The Banda Aceh Geophysics Center said the tremor was magnitude 6.2, struck about 8:30 p.m. and was centered beneath the Indian Ocean floor, about 66 miles southwest of the provincial capital of Banda Aceh.

Posted in Earthquake @ 09 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami-hit Indonesia coast to get buffer zone Coastal cities in tsunami-hit Aceh province will be pushed back and protected from the sea by a buffer zone to prevent any repeat of the disaster that killed at least 114,000 people six weeks ago, a top urban planning official said on Monday. Many residents of coastal areas demolished by the killer waves, which left another 130,000 people missing, may soon receive the unwelcome news they can never rebuild their homes in the same place.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta bans smoking under new pollution laws Indonesia's capital will ban smoking in workplaces, including restaurants, buses and bars to improve the city's air quality, reports said Saturday. The Jakarta city council approved the smoking ban on Friday as part of a law to combat pollution, The Jakarta Post and other media said. City hall will start a pilot no-smoking program before the law takes effect, sometime in the next year, according to the reports.

Posted in Health @ 05 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia debates kissing ban Indonesia’s government is considering a law banning unmarried couples from kissing in public – and harshly penalising those who do, The Jakarta Post reported today. The campaign against kissing is part of a proposal of sweeping reforms to laws adopted by the country’s Dutch colonial rulers in the late 19th century. Drafted by a panel of experts, the revised laws would set environmental protection standards and punish human rights violations and terrorism, the newspaper said.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta airport operator to open budget terminal Domestic terminals at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, west of Jakarta, may soon be able to share the burden of ever-increasing passengers, with a new terminal to be built especially for low-cost carriers. Airport administrator PT Angkasa Pura II plans to renovate its haj terminal this year into a budget-airlines terminal, said the company's public relations manager, M. Wasfan, on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 03 February 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to create 50.000 jobs in Aceh Indonesia is to launch a drive to create up to 50 000 badly-needed jobs for tsunami survivors in the devastated Aceh province, officials said on Wednesday. According to the official Antara news agency, Manpower Minister Fahmi Idris said labour-intensive projects would begin in 100 locations in Aceh and adjacent North Sumatra province, which bore the brunt of the disaster. The ministry will also employ volunteers to provide psychological, religious and social councelling for survivors in the two provinces.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fresh earthquake jolts western Java, no casualties Two earthquakes, the strongest measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, shook Indonesia, injuring several people and damaging houses, officials said. The resort island of Bali and Lombok were shaken by the more powerful of the two quakes at 10:00 pm (1400 GMT), some 15 kilometres (10 miles) southwest of Lombok's capital Mataram, seismology officials said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia raises tsunami toll again The number of people presumed dead in last month's Asian tsunamis rose to more than 286 000 on Monday, with Indonesian authorities announcing a further increase in the number of dead and missing. Indonesia was hardest-hit by the December 26 quake and tsunamis, with a total of 232 945 people listed as dead or missing, the health ministry said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, rebels unable to agree on truce Indonesian officials and Aceh rebels ended their first talks in 20 months Sunday without agreeing to ceasefire terms. Talks broke off a day early, but the two sides said they would meet again soon with mediators in Finland. Senior security minister Widodo Adi Sucipto, who led an Indonesian team to Helsinki, said the form of the truce remained the main obstacle to a deal. Still, mediators were optimistic that an end to 28 years of fighting could be achieved.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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