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Indonesia shocks with fuel price moves Indonesia's government on Friday night raised key fuel prices by a higher-than-expected average of 126 per cent and announced a plan to bring prices in line with the global market in moves likely to test the patience of its people for tough reforms.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2005 20:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


New fuel prices up by 126% The government announced early on Saturday that the prices of fuels for domestic consumption raised in an average of 126 percent.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2005 19:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Household oil Rp 2.000, Premium Rp 4.500, diesel Rp 4.300 The Indonesian government has put the price of household oil at Rp 2.000 per liter up from Rp 700, an astonishing 186 per cent, and the price of premium petrol will be raised to Rp 4500 per liter (up from Rp 2400). This is an increase of about 88 per cent. Diesel will be increased from Rp 2.100 to Rp 4.300, an increase of 105 percent.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2005 18:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police fires tear gas at Jakarta students Indonesian police fired tear gas at up to 200 students outside a Jakarta university who were throwing rocks and blocking traffic on Friday in a last-ditch protest at impending fuel price hikes, local radio said.

Posted in Protests @ 30 September 2005 13:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Short news around fuel price hikes Thousands of students, workers, activists and farmers took to the streets across the country on Thursday to protest the plan to raise fuel prices by up to 80 percent, while motorists queued up at gas stations before the new prices take effect.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2005 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions






Securing Jakarta: police concentrate on three locations The Jakarta Police have changed the security concentration towards places assumed to be used as protest sites by students and other members of the general public. “Yesterday, we estimated that there were 14 points. However, there were some changes that we will only concentrate on three locations. These are the State Palace, the Vice Presidential Palace and the Hotel Indonesia Round,” said Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Firman Gani in Jakarta on Thursday (29/09).

Posted in Protests @ 30 September 2005 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Bird flu reaches Kupang East Nusa Tenggara governor Piet A. Tallo has requested technical institutions handling health and farming matters to be honest and tell the general public if they find the avian influenza virus in any poultry farming locations. This request was made following controversy between staff reports and findings in the field regarding the spread of the deadly virus in one of the poultry farms in the regency of Lasiana, Kupang.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 30 September 2005 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


'At least 63 cases of suspected human bird flu infection' At least 63 people have been infected with or are suspected to have contracted bird flu in Indonesia this year, a health ministry official said. 'For the whole of Indonesia, a total of 63 people have been suspected of infection or diagnosed as infected with bird flu since the first human infection case was found,' said the official.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 29 September 2005 18:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Protests gathering pace ahead of fuel price hike Thousands of people hit the streets and public transport drivers went on strike to protest the government's planned fuel price increase, Agence France-Presse reported. The government is set to hike fuel prices this weekend. Organisers have vowed to mobilise some 14,000 protesters to demonstrate at the presidential palace but by noon only about 700 had gathered there.

Posted in Protests @ 29 September 2005 17:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Cianjur 'bans' Ahmadiyah The Cianjur regency administration in West Java has officially banned the teachings of Ahmadiyah, more than week after hard-liners vandalized the mosques and houses of the Ahmadiyah Congregation in the area.

Posted in Religion @ 29 September 2005 08:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction






SBY warns against fueling violence While protests are mounting ahead of the government's announcement of the new fuel prices, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono warned the public against turning violent. "Go ahead if you want to express yourselves by protesting, but don't burn or destroy things. (Peaceful expression) is what democracy is all about," Susilo said during a meeting with university rectors at the State Palace on Wednesday.

Posted in Protests @ 29 September 2005 08:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Hotel discos will stay open during Ramadhan The city reminded the management of entertainment centers in the capital on Tuesday to close their business during the holy month as a sign of respect to Muslims. Jakarta Deputy Governor Fauzi Bowo said that regular bars, nightclubs, discotheques, amusement centers and massage parlors had to remain closed one day before the holy month started on Oct. 4 until one day after it ended on Nov. 2.

Posted in Ramadan @ 28 September 2005 08:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Gambing eradicated in capital? Don't bet on it From the stream of people entering the house of a togel (illegal lottery) ticket seller in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, on Monday afternoon, it would seem the police drive to eradicate gambling has ended as something less than a success. "We have been back in business for several days now ... Everybody seems thirsty to bet," the owner of the house told The Jakarta Post while taking care of customers in the living room.

Posted in General @ 28 September 2005 08:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New suspected bird flu cases emerge in other regions Four people in Bandung, Semarang and Bandar Lampung have been hospitalized with suspected avian influenza after showing symptoms of the disease. Chicken vendor Suprat, 58, was admitted to Dr. Kariadi Hospital in Semarang, Central Java, on Tuesday with a high fever, cough and respiratory problems.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 28 September 2005 08:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Police, troops on standby ahead of fuel price rise President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on all parties in the country to refrain from blaming each other for the current fuel oil crisis. Petrol stations across Indonesia are reporting fuel shortages, as Indonesians try to stock up on petrol and diesel ahead of a much feared price hike on October 1.

Posted in Protests @ 28 September 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions






Fuel scarcity worsens before price hikes Gasoline and diesel shortages worsened across Indonesia as the government's scheduled price increase on Oct. 1 draws near, Jakarta Post reported on Tuesday. Filling stations were packed with long lines of vehicles, while police officers desperately tried to track down on and nab people thought to be hoarding fuel until the price goes up, according to the Jakarta Post.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2005 10:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Subsidy cut to fuel the fire In the wake of a two-month "mini crisis" that saw the rupiah hit a four-year low of 11,750 per dollar on August 30, Jakarta has finally announced an imminent and substantial reduction in fuel subsidies. The exact date and the level of cuts have yet to be announced, though there is widespread speculation over both. Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said fuel prices may rise as early as October 1 while National Development Planning Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said an increase in November would be too late to help reduce subsidies to the level of Rp89.2 trillion. She said fuel prices might increase by at least 50% in October.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono likely to survive fuel price rise protest Indonesia's looming fuel price increases Saturday will power protests that will bruise, but not cripple, the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, analysts say. A government compensation plan and timing of the fuel price increase for the eve of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan will help defuse public anger over the cut in price subsidies that have given Indonesians some of the cheapest fuel in the world for decades.

Posted in Politics @ 26 September 2005 15:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Bird flu death toll rises to six in Indonesia The death toll from Indonesia’s bird flu outbreak has risen to six, as the government announced it has ordered more than half a million tablets of anti-viral medication to help fight the disease. It was unclear whether the six dead included a woman with the virus who died today.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 26 September 2005 10:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Over 2,000 protest planned fuel price rise More than two thousand people have taken to the streets of the Indonesian capital Jakarta to protest over the government's plan to raise fuel prices. More than 2,000 members of the hardline Islamic Hizbut Tahrir movement gathered in central Jakarta. Speakers said the government could take other steps to pay for the subsidies without raising oil prices which would make the poor suffer more.

Posted in Protests @ 26 September 2005 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Questions over care of Bali's bombing monument On the eve of the third commemoration of Bali's tragic bombing of October 12, 2002, the regional government of Badung has been asked to clarify who is responsible for the care and management of Bali's Ground Zero Monument built to honor the 202 people who died in the terrorist attack.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2005 14:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


August arrivals offer both hope and pause Statistically two-thirds of the way through 2005, foreign direct arrivals to Bali have set new records for arrivals with recent performance in some markets suggesting that demand may have peaked and is now entering into a plateau.

Posted in Tourism @ 25 September 2005 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake rocks eastern Indonesia A magnitude 5.6 undersea earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damages or casualties, Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said. The earthquake struck in the morning and was centered beneath the Maluku Sea, about 115 miles east of Manado, a provincial capital on Sulawesi island in northeastern Indonesia, said Lukito, an official at the agency's Jakarta office.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 September 2005 09:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bajaj Auto to set up dealerships in Indonesia Two-wheeler maker Bajaj Auto's foray into the Indonesian market is set to take shape soon with production at its proposed unit expected to commence by early next year. "The unit is expected to commence production sometime in the first half of 2006," Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto, said. The unit is being set up through a joint venture in which Bajaj will hold a 95 per cent stake.

Posted in General @ 24 September 2005 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia set for fuel cost rise Indonesia is to raise nationwide fuel prices from 1 October, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has announced. The controversial decision comes as the country moves to cut fuel subsidies in response to the soaring cost of oil. President Yudhoyono said his government would go ahead with the fuel price rise, but did not say by how much.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2005 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Ministry: 'Suspected bird flu cases rise to 11' Indonesia's suspected bird flu cases among humans rose to 11 from four in a week as the country sought to halt the spread of the disease that has killed at least four persons in two months. The latest suspected patient, a 15-year-old boy with high fever, acute pneumonia and other flu-like problems, was admitted to Sulianti Suroso hospital in northern Jakarta this morning, health ministry spokesman Sumardi said in an interview today.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 22 September 2005 17:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia to raise oil price by 30-60% Indonesia will increase oil price from Oct. 1 at a range of 30 to 60 percent, in an effort to adjusts piraling global oil price and to defend the country's currency from US dollar, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said here Wednesday. "He (vice president) said the rise could be more than that (30 percent), may be 50 percent or 60 percent," Chairman of Indonesian Church Union Andreas Yuwangoe told reporters after meeting with the vice president at the vice presidential office here.

Posted in Economy @ 22 September 2005 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt prepares for protests over planned fuel price hikes Indonesia is preparing for protests over government plans to cut subsidies that keep the price of gasoline products affordable for the country's millions of poor people, the security minister said Wednesday. The country plans to hike prices by as much as 50 per cent as early as next month to ease the strain of soaring global crude oil costs on its budget.

Posted in Protests @ 21 September 2005 17:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Bird flu kills two young girls in Jakarta A bird flu outbreak that has killed at least four people in Indonesia could quickly turn into an epidemic, the health minister warned, as another two children with symptoms of the disease died Wednesday. The government scrambled to calm public fears after the deaths of the two girls, ages 5 and 2.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 September 2005 17:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Police arrest 13 Pertamina staff Officials of state-owned oil firm Pertamina (PTM.YY) are among 15 suspects arrested for allegedly hoarding 250,000 metric tons of kerosene and diesel fuel, the Jakarta Post reports.

Posted in General @ 21 September 2005 10:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Warship fires at Chinese boat An Indonesian warship has opened fire on a Chinese fishing boat, killing a member of its crew and wounding two others. The Indonesian navy said the boat was in a group of four Chinese vessels suspected of fishing illegally. It said they were challenged but failed to respond to radio signals and tried to escape.

Posted in General @ 21 September 2005 10:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 'Bird flu outbreak an epidemic' Indonesia has described an outbreak of bird flu in its capital Jakarta as an epidemic after a five-year-old girl suspected of having the virus died. Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari said sporadic human cases of bird flu had surfaced in recent months in and around parts of Jakarta, home to 12 million people.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 September 2005 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Govt puts Newmont boss on trial Newmont Mining, the world's biggest goldminer, will stand trial in Indonesia on charges of polluting the sea with mine waste after a panel of judges rejected the company's efforts to have the case dismissed.

Posted in General @ 21 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mass poultry culling planned to halt bird flu Indonesia will slaughter poultry and pigs in areas most infected by bird flu, 10 days after a fourth person died from the disease, a minister said today. The government also plans to draft a law that will allow it to punish farmers who refuse to kill their poultry, Agriculture Minister Anton Apriantono told reporters after a meeting with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to discuss ways to halt the spread of the avian influenza virus.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 September 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Eight villas destroyed in Seminyak fire Eight Bali bungalow villas on Jalan Kunti in Seminyak were destroyed by fire early on the morning of Wednesday, September 15, 2005. According to reports in the Indonesian-language Bali Post, the inferno was started by an electrical short circuit in the Darto Bungalow, located across the road from The Villas. Despite the best efforts of local firefighters, the flames quickly spread across the thatched roof accommodation, eventually destroying 7 units at Villa Jerami, adjacent to the Darto Bugalow.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2005 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jungles yield remains of possibly 60 troops Sixty sets of remains believed to be of Imperial Japanese Army soldiers have been found in Indonesian jungles, Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry officials said Monday. The ministry will send officials, possibly by the end of the year, to Indonesia to examine whether the remains are truly those of Japanese soldiers who died there during World War II. If confirmed, the officials will bring them home.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia withdraws troops from Aceh Indonesia will withdraw 2,600 soldiers from tsunami-battered Aceh province Tuesday with another 3,500 slated to go by month's end as part of a historic peace accord to end three decades of fighting, a military spokesman said. The agreement signed last month in Finland calls on the Indonesian military to more than halve the 60,000 troops it has in the province by the end of the year and for separatist rebels to hand in all of their self-declared 840 weapons.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 September 2005 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's debt load accounts for 52 percent of GDP Indonesia's overseas and domestic debt loads stood at 1,282 trillion rupiah (around 128.2 billion US dollars) as of March this year, equivalent to some 52 percent of the country's gross domestic product, an official said Monday. "The figure comprises 624 trillion rupiah (62.4 billion dollars) of debt in foreign exchange and 658 trillion rupiah (65.8 billion dollars) in local currency," Minister of Finance Jusuf Anwar said in an open-door hearing with legislators at the parliament compound here.

Posted in Economy @ 19 September 2005 13:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pulls troops from Aceh province Indonesia withdrew 800 soldiers from tsunami-battered Aceh province on Sunday after rebels handed over a quarter of their guns, moving quickly to fulfill key obligations under a peace deal to end three decades of fighting. The troops the first of some 30,000 security forces slated to leave the province by the year's end chanted and waved their helmets in the air as they marched aboard the warship that set sail hours later.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 September 2005 08:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A boat trip from Bali to Lombok Only for the first time since 1999, I was about to make some boat trips. After planning a trip by motor from Yogya all the way to Sumbawa Besar (yes, on Sumbawa island), I soon discovered there was no road all the way, but there were some stretches of sea to cross as well. By plane was one option, but then I had to check in my motorbike several times. I didn't even think about using a plane, since it was most likely a lot of work arrange six flights to and back from some of Indonesia's eastern islands.

Posted in Travel @ 19 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta's Ragunan zoo closes; flu killed 19 birds The main zoo in Indonesia's capital was shut down after 19 of its birds died of the avian influenza that has killed four people in the sprawling country, doctors and government officials said Sunday. Two new patients, meanwhile, were being treated with symptoms of the disease at Jakarta's infectious hospital, said Dr. Santoso Suroso, the hospital's director.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 18 September 2005 17:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Fifth H5N1 case in Jakarta confirmed The Indonesian ministry of health again examined the blood sample of a six-year-old child, only identified as MT, for likely being infected by avian influenza (AI), the ministry`s official said here Saturday.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 18 September 2005 11:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Blast rocks troubled Sulawesi province An explosion rocked the small town of Poso in Indonesia's violence-torn Central Sulawesi province, police said amid reports that four people were injured. "The explosion took place close to midnight yesterday in Lawanga," said Second Sergeant Sofyan, who was on duty at the time. Sofyan declined to say whether the blast at a private house was caused by a bomb, adding that police were still investigating.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 18 September 2005 11:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top cop investigated for money laundering A general is among seven police officers facing an investigation launched by detectives at the National Police for alleged money laundering. Head of the National Police internal affairs division Insp. Gen. Yusuf Manggabarani said on Friday the investigation would likely start on Monday when he submits the seven names to the detectives.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2005 20:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Power company headquarters catches fire The headquarters of state electricity company PLN in South Jakarta caught fire early on Friday, with material losses estimated to reach Rp 4 billion (US$400,000). Eyewitnesses said the fire, which broke out at around 6:20 a.m., came from the third floor. No fatalities nor injuries were reported in the incident.

Posted in Power supply @ 17 September 2005 20:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confirms fourth bird flu death Indonesia yesterday confirmed its fourth human death from the bird flu virus, taking the death toll in Asia to 63, and said it was investigating whether a neighbor of the victim was also sickened by the disease. Tests from a Hong Kong laboratory showed that a 37-year-old woman who died last week had contracted the H5N1 bird flu virus, said I Nyoman Kandun, the health ministry's director general for illness control and environmental health.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 17 September 2005 10:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Air force to place radar facilities in eastern Indonesia soon The Indonesian Air Force will soon position radar facilities in the eastern part of Indonesia in order to monitor activities and security in the region. Air Force spokesperson Sagom Tamboen said that radar facilities would be positioned in Biak and Merauke, Papua and on Saumlaki island to the north of Maluku.

Posted in Military @ 17 September 2005 09:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Keeping a collection of rare and banned books The dimness inside the Room of Rarities at the library of Surabaya's Medayu Agung Foundation gives way to brightness when Oei Hiem Hwie enters the room and turns on the main lights. Rows of neatly arranged books can be seen through the glass doors of a wooden cabinet ornamented with Jepara carving. "You will soon find out why this room is called the Hall of Rare Collection," Oei told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Culture @ 17 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels begin surrendering weapons Dozens of rebels from the Free Aceh Movement, or GAM, came to the regional capital of Banda Aceh Thursday to hand in a total of 78 weapons to international monitors from the European Union and Asian nations. Scores of GAM fighters rode onto a football field, and watched under the scorching sun, as their leaders handed over weapon after weapon to members of the Aceh Monitoring Mission.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 September 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina seeks to boost crude oil output Indonesia's state oil and gas firm Pertamina has targeted to boost crude oil production to 170,318 barrels per day from 141,839 barrels last year by accelerating the activation of new oil wells, an executive said here Thursday. The company also targeted to increase gas production to 1.5 million cubic feet per day from last year's 1.09 million cubic feet, said Pertamina's head of exploration division Bambang Tjiptadi.

Posted in Economy @ 15 September 2005 18:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tour d' Indonesia: Peter van Agtmaal wins stage Cagey veteran Nathan Dahlberg went looking for a stage win - and some redemption - in Thursday's leg of the 2005 Dji Sam Soe Tour d'Indonesia. He very nearly got both, just losing the fourth stage to Dutch rider Peter Van Agtmaal (The Jong en Laan), who took Dahlberg in a two-up sprint in Solo.

Posted in Sports @ 15 September 2005 18:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tour d' Indonesia: Third stage dominated by Giant Asia Racing Team The Giant Asia Racing Team continued its domination of the Dji Sam Soe Tour d'Indonesia Wednesday, winning the third straight stage of the race and retaining control of the yellow jersey. This time it was the turn of Giant rider Iranian rider Hossein Askari to take the spotlight - he soloed into Jogjakarta for the stage win and took over the race lead from his teammate Paul Griffin.

Posted in Sports @ 14 September 2005 16:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia may raise fuel prices by 50% in October Indonesia's government may raise fuel prices by at least 50 percent in October to avoid missing the budget deficit target as surging global prices boost the cost of subsidies, Planning Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 September 2005 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia embassy bomber gets death An Indonesian has been sentenced to death for helping to plan and carry out last year's bombing at the Australian embassy in Jakarta - the harshest penalty yet for the attack that killed 10 people. Iwan Darmawan, 30, said he would appeal Tuesday's verdict, which was the latest in a series of tough sentences against those found guilty of terrorist attacks in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 September 2005 17:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tour d' Indonesia: Irishman David McCann wins second stage Irishman David McCann won the second stage of the 2005 Dji Sam Soe Tour d'Indonesia Tuesday in a time of five hours, two minutes and fifty-one seconds. McCann attacked his Indonesian breakaway companion in the final metres of the race to take the win on the streets of Purwokerto. The stage showcased the impressive strength of McCann's team, Giant Asia Racing, which managed to place all of its' riders in the decisive move of the day. Giant rider Paul Griffin finished third on Tuesday, while his Iranian teammates Hossein Askari and Ghader Mizbani finished in fifth and ninth place on the stage, respectively. Griffin and Askari now hold down first and second positions in the general classification.

Posted in Sports @ 13 September 2005 17:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to pay fuel subsidies to poorest Indonesia is to pay the equivalent of $10 a month to about 15.5m impoverished households for three months in an effort to soften the political impact of a fuel price rise expected in early October. The move, which officials said might become the foundation of a social security system in the world’s fourth largest nation, is thought to be unprecedented for Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 13 September 2005 10:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Visa required for Malaysians not on social visit Malaysians travelling to Indonesia for any reason other than a social visit are required to obtain a visa , the Malaysian Immigration Department said. It said in a statement that this was to avoid any legal action against them by any of the Indonesian authorities for abuse of the social visit pass. The visa can be obtained at the Indonesian embassy or consular offices in the country.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 September 2005 17:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tour d' Indonesia: Paul Griffin wins first stage Irishman Paul Griffin took control of the Dji Sam Soe Tour d'Indonesia on Monday, winning a hard-fought first stage to Cirebon. Griffin, riding for the Giant Asia Racing Team, unleashed an unbeatable sprint in the final metres of the race to hold off his 19 break-away companions, taking the 134 km stage and the yellow jersey of race leader. "It feels great" to have the yellow jersey, said Griffin who added that he relishes riding in hot conditions. "I'm okay in the heat, I prefer it to the cold of Ireland."

Posted in General @ 12 September 2005 13:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says to hike fuel prices in early October Indonesia plans to raise domestic fuel prices early next month, the government said on Monday, in the first clear indication of when it would reduce crippling but politically sensitive fuel subsidies. "We have not set the date but it will be in early October," State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra told reporters when asked about the timing of the fuel price hike. He said the size of the increase was being calculated.

Posted in Economy @ 12 September 2005 08:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four planes grounded after fatal crash Indonesian air transport authorities have grounded four Boeing 737-200s belonging to four unnamed private airlines in the wake of a recent fatal crash. "Four Boeing 737-200s owned by four airlines have been declared grounded until all damaged components are repaired," the Kompas newspaper quotes Transport Minister Hatta Rajasa as saying.

Posted in General @ 11 September 2005 11:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parking changes in Kuta and Legian The on-again off-again attempts to reduce traffic congestion in Bali's Kuta-Legian district has entered a new phase with the introduction on September 1, 2005, of parking bans on two major thoroughfares in Legian. Following discussions between Legian community leaders and local traffic officials, an agreement has been reached to ban parking on the entire length of Jalan Padma and Jalan Werkudara in Legian.

Posted in General @ 11 September 2005 10:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Record Indonesia palm oil exports expected Indonesia, the world's second-biggest exporter of palm oil, may have record exports of the commodity next year, helped by “ideal” growing conditions in key regions and a slump in the local currency, a US Government report said. Exports of palm oil, which is processed into cooking oil and margarine, and chemicals used in soap, may reach 9.6 million metric tonnes in the year ending September 2006, the Foreign Agricultural Service in Jakarta said in a report.

Posted in Economy @ 10 September 2005 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


VP asks Muslim militants to stop attacking churches Vice President Jusuf Kalla asked Muslim militants to stop closing Christian churches after Christians complained that militants had shut 23 churches in recent weeks on the island of Java. "It is the responsibility of all of us to stop such kind of violence," he told a gathering of Muslim leaders, urging them to promote tolerance.

Posted in Religion @ 09 September 2005 13:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Oil smuggling losses IDR8.8 tln annually Indonesia suffers annual revenue losses of IDR8.8 trillion due to illegal oil exports, National Police Chief Sutanto said Thursday. Sutanto said a total of 105 metric tons of crude oil and oil products are smuggled out of Indonesia every month to countries including China and Thailand.

Posted in Economy @ 09 September 2005 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A year later, Munir’s killers evade justice One year after a leading Indonesian human rights activist was murdered after boarding a flight from Jakarta to Europe, the Indonesian government has failed to properly investigate and prosecute those behind Munir Said Thalib’s death, Human Rights Watch said today.

Posted in Politics @ 08 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crashed Indonesia jet may have had fuel problem A preliminary probe into the crash of an Indonesian airliner that killed 149 people has found a fuel problem with one of the plane's engines, a transport safety official said on Wednesday. Setyo Rahardjo, head of the National Transport Safety Committee, told Reuters investigators had found a fault in one of the two engines on the Boeing 737-200, which slammed into a crowded neighbourhood in the city of Medan on Monday.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2005 19:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


India and Indonesia react to oil price rises India on Tuesday made a long-awaited move to increase retail prices of diesel and petrol. Indonesian officials also indicated they were considering bringing their own price rise forward to as early as October 1, following disappointment in financial markets over a vague plan unveiled last week.

Posted in Economy @ 07 September 2005 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Young boy survives Mandala crash A 5-year-old boy given up for dead in a plane crash in Indonesia that killed 148 people has been found in a hospital and reunited with his parents. Investigators sifted Tuesday through the charred wreckage of the Mandala Airlines' Boeing 737-200, trying to determine why it slammed onto a crowded street in Indonesia's third-largest city, creating a path of destruction as it plowed into houses, cars, and pedestrians.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2005 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


Indonesia to bury plane crash victims Indonesia said it would hold a mass burial Wednesday for unidentified victims of a plane crash that killed 148 people, even as a 5-year-old boy given up for dead was found in a hospital and reunited with his parents. Investigators sifted through the charred wreckage of the Mandala Airlines' Boeing 737-200, trying to determine why it slammed onto a crowded street in Indonesia's third-largest city Monday, creating a path of destruction as it plowed into houses, cars, and pedestrians.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


Bank Indonesia raises benchmark rate to 10.00% Indonesia's central bank raised its benchmark rate 50 basis points to 10.00% Tuesday, Bank Indonesia Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah told reporters at a media briefing. "The increase in the Bank Indonesia rate is in response to the central bank's policy to consistently guide inflationary expectations," Burhanuddin said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 September 2005 19:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Polio vaccination drive largely successful Indonesia's nationwide drive last week to vaccinate about 24 million young children against a spreading polio outbreak was largely successful though some parents continued to resist, health officials said Monday. The Indonesian health ministry reported the campaign had reached 90 percent of children under five years old despite lingering concerns among both parents and medical workers about the safety of the vaccine.

Posted in Polio @ 06 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Airplane crash kills 141 in Indonesia An Indonesian jetliner crashed in a crowded residential neighborhood in the city of Medan shortly after takeoff Monday, killing 141 people, including 30 on the ground. Six passengers survived, officials said. The Mandala Airlines Boeing 737 was heading to Jakarta in overcast weather when it crashed seconds after takeoff, bursting into flames and sending thick clouds of black smoke high into the air.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2005 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


All Mandala crash passengers feared dead A passenger jet has crashed into a residential area after taking off from an airport in Medan and scores are feared dead, officials said. The Associated Press, citing a government spokesman, said all 117 people aboard were killed in Monday's crash. Video from the scene shows crews battling a huge fire, with cars and structures in flames.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2005 08:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor killed in Mandala crash Governor of the North-Sumatra province, Teuku Rizal Nurdin, and the former governor of the province, Raja Inal Siregar, and a member of the regional government Abdul Halim and his wife have been killed in the Mandala plane crash in Medan.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


Yudhoyono stresses freedom of worship should prevail President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stressed the right to religious freedom in Indonesia and called on citizens to help prevent violence against any faith. Yudhoyono, according to his spokesman Andi Mallarangeng, called on all ranks of the government and the community 'to prevent violence agains religious worship activities.'

Posted in Religion @ 05 September 2005 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta workers protest fuel price rise Hundreds of Indonesian bus drivers, vendors and factory workers staged a noisy rally in Jakarta on Sunday to protest against the government's plan to increase fuel prices. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono unveiled a plan on Wednesday to raise fuel prices in order to support the weakening rupiah which plunged to a four-year low last week as oil prices surged.

Posted in Protests @ 05 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala jet crashes into residential area An Indonesian passenger plane with over 100 people on board crashed into a residential area shortly after taking off from the northern city of Medan, officials said. The Mandala Airlines jet bound for Jakarta crashed minutes after take-off from Polonia airport in Medan on the island of Sumatra, said Ino, a spokesman for the National Search and Rescue Agency.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2005 06:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


IMF lauds Indonesia for moves to tackle currency woes High oil prices are not yet having a clear impact on worldwide economic growth, says the International Monetary Fund. But the IMF warns countries to gird themselves for the eventual impact, as oil prices will remain high. IMF managing director Rodrigo de Rato also said Indonesia's economy is on a strong footing, and is confident that Indonesia's financial woes will not spill over to the rest of Asia.

Posted in Economy @ 04 September 2005 08:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslide kills 10 in Indonesia, dozens missing A landslide in Indonesia's Sumatra island triggered by torrential rains buried at least 10 people in their homes and left more than two dozen missing, a rescue official said on Friday. The landslide occurred on Thursday near Padang city, about 940 km (580 miles) northwest of the capital, Jakarta, after two days of heavy rains.

Posted in Weather @ 02 September 2005 18:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Luxury hotel evacuated after 'explosive' found Police on the Indonesian island of Bali evacuated a 5-star hotel on Wednesday after staff found a suspicious device, a senior officer said. Bali police chief Made Mangku Pastika said the device found at the Kuta Paradiso Hotel contained items two timers, powder, and a battery but no explosives. He called the incident a "terror attack" because it was designed to scare people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 September 2005 11:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Why Indonesia must consider abolishing Rupiah The crisis of confidence that has come back to haunt the rupiah for the second time in eight years is making some analysts wonder if Indonesia would be better off without a central bank. After all, what's the good of having a monetary authority when it can't protect the purchasing power of the currency it issues?

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