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Gusdur leaves for Tuban after mass riot Chief patron of the National Awakening Party (PKB), Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid was scheduled to leave for Tuban district, East Java, on Sunday following the mass riots broke out in the district after the direct election of the district head on Thursday. "Yes, he will leave for Surabaya today and proceed to Sidoarjo district for having dialogue with labors in the Sidoarjo`s sport-hall, after that he will visit Jombang district and will end his trip in Tuban district," chairman of East Java chapter of PKB, Imam Nahrawi said here on Sunday.

Posted in Protests @ 30 April 2006 12:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Renowned author Pramoedya Ananta Toer dies aged 81 Renowned Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer, who overcame imprisonment and censorship to publish dozens of stories and novels about his country, died at home among family Sunday, his daughter said. He was 81. Pramoedya was hospitalized Thursday in the intensive care unit of Jakarta's Catholic St. Carolus Hospital with heart trouble and complications from diabetes, but was taken home Saturday at his family's request.

Posted in General @ 30 April 2006 09:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets, 3 Whether it's in Bali, Sulawesi or Java, you will get tickets for everything, everywhere. Most of them end up in the trash can - or on the street for that matter - right away, but some of them are worth while keeping as a memory to places you have ever been. Maybe it's not important to remember whether you have been there, but maybe it's more important when you were there.

Posted in Travel @ 30 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pramoedya Ananta Toer in hospital Noted Indonesian writer Pramoedya Ananto Toer (81) was taken to an emergency ward of St Carolus Hospital in Jakarta Thursday night due to his health condition. "His health condition is worsening and he has refused to eat anything for a week," his daughter, Astuti, said.

Posted in General @ 29 April 2006 18:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cholera claims 151 in Papua province A cholera outbreak in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua has killed 151 people in the last month and has made another 3 200 ill, says a health ministry spokesperson on Friday. Sumardi said: "The latest report we received today shows that the death toll has reached 151." He said at least 3 200 people have been affected by the disease since early last month.

Posted in Health @ 29 April 2006 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Two shot in raid, Noordin Top gets away Indonesian police shot dead two terrorist suspects and arrested one in a raid aimed at capturing Southeast Asia's terrorist leader Noordin Mohammad Top, National Police Chief Sutanto said today. The police failed to catch the Malaysian terrorist, Sutanto said in an interview on ElShinta radio news. The two killed were identified as Abdul Hadi and Jabir, who were capable of making bombs, he said. The third, Salahuddin, was arrested.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 April 2006 09:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security advisory: Labour Day strikes planned in Indonesia "As Indonesian Workers' Unions continue to defy government appeals to all workers not to go on a mass strike on World Labor Day (May 1st), Jakarta Police Chief Inspector General Firman Gani plans to deploy some 12,000 police personnel across the capital in anticipation of widespread rallies on 1 May. The Jakarta Military Command is also scheduled to have approximately 5,000 soldiers standing on alert and the Jakarta Public Order Agency will have 7,000 public order officers on stand-by as well, a day before the planned strike action commences.

Posted in Protests @ 28 April 2006 17:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia court sentences Islamic militant to 7 years in jail An Indonesian court sentenced an Islamic militant to seven years in prison on Thursday for sheltering the man who allegedly helped mastermind a string of suicide bombings in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Ahmad Taufik Ridho was also found guilty of illegal weapons possession, said Ardiansah Dali, the presiding judge at the South Jakarta District Court.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 April 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villagers asked to leave as volcanic debris begins pouring Many residents decided to leave as soft volcanic debris has begun pouring a village at the slope of the Merapi Volcano, whose location is in the border areas between Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces. The dust rain on Thursday in Ngargomulyo village, Magelang regency, Central Java, changed the attitude of many residents living there, who had been initially reluctant to leave their houses for temporary shelters, Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 April 2006 11:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight Muslim countries to hold summit on Bali Leaders of eight countries with predominantly-Muslim populations will gather on Indonesia's resort island of Bali in May, an official said Wednesday in Jakarta. The so-called D-8 Summit, comprising Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey, will be held on May 13, said Slamet Hidayat, director general of multilateral issues with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2006 08:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Expert: Merapi volcano in no rush to erupt There is no immediate need to raise the alert status for Indonesia's volatile Mount Merapi, despite magma moving higher inside the volcano, a leading vulcanologist said on Thursday. Merapi, which towers over the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta, has been spewing thick smoke for two weeks and triggering scores of tremors.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 April 2006 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Study warns residents to keep safe distance A university's four case scenarios for restless Mt. Merapi predicts local residents would escape harm in the event of an eruption -- as long as they stay eight kilometers from the volcano's crater. Soetoto from the Natural Disaster Study Center of Yogyakarta's Gadjah Mada University said Wednesday previous eruptions of the Central Java volcano had not caused the expulsion of smalls stones or rocks over a great distance, only dust clouds.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 April 2006 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt wants non-Muslims tried by Islamic court in Aceh The government insisted Tuesday that Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam should be tried by the planned Islamic Court in the predominantly Muslim province. State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra told the special committee deliberating a bill on the province's administration that non-Muslims accused of committing ordinary crimes, such as theft and adultery, would be tried under the sharia-inspired bylaws (qanun).

Posted in Religion @ 26 April 2006 21:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schools around rumbling Merapi send children home Elementary schools around Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi on the world's most crowded island of Java suspended classes indefinitely as the volcano continued to heat up, a local media report said Wednesday. Faculty members said the decision was made to allow children to go on indefinite holiday after demands from parents fearing the crater's imminent eruption.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 April 2006 09:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.1-magnitude quake strikes off coast of Sumatra A powerful undersea earthquake rocked a large swath of western Indonesia on Wednesday, the Hong Kong Observatory said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The tremor was centered off the island of Sumatra, 420 kilometers (260 miles) south-southeast of Banda Aceh, the observatory said. It struck just after 0130 am local time (1830 GMT Thursday).

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 April 2006 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Burmese migrants blown off course to Indonesia A boatload of 77 Burmese men has landed on a small island off the coast of Indonesia's northwestern Aceh province after bad weather blew them off course. Their original destination was Malaysia, where they were hoping to find work. The men, all ethnic Rohingyas, told Indonesian officials they fled Burma on April 15 and were sailing to Malaysia. Storms sent them off course and washed them up Monday on Rondo Island, which lies just off the northern tip of Sumatra island.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 26 April 2006 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Lesson from nature The frantic effort to save thousands of lives from an imminent eruption of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta may reflect the best disaster management so far in Indonesia since the December 2004 tsunami caused the deaths of more than 130,000 people in Aceh and Nias.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visitors keep their distance from Merapi Tourist sites in Mt. Merapi's vicinity have suffered a 100 percent drop in visitor numbers since an alert status was declared for the restless volcano two weeks ago. Once crowded tourist sites near the volcano were deserted Sunday, the time of the week when they are usually thronged by visitors wanting to enjoy a clear sight of the towering mountain. Only locals and journalists mingled this past weekend.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 April 2006 10:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla: No need for another fuel hike Concerns that the recent surge in global oil prices could lead to another fuel price hike this year have eased for the moment, after Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the government had no immediate plans to raise fuel prices. "I don't think a fuel price hike is necessary at the moment," Vice President Jusuf Kalla said Monday. "What we have to do now is to use energy more efficiently, fix up our power sector, and think up of other ways to save fuel."

Posted in Economy @ 25 April 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Press Council: Playboy broke 'Code of ethics' Indonesia's Press Council has ruled that the publishers of Playboy Indonesia broke the organization's "journalistic code of ethics" through the distribution of its first issue earlier this month. That violation hinged on Playboy Indonesia's failure to ensure the men's lifestyle magazine wouldn't be sold to children and adolescents, a statement posted on the Press Council's Web site late Friday said.

Posted in Media @ 24 April 2006 17:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 20 reactions


Villagers stay on rumbling volcano's slopes Thousands of villagers are ignoring government warnings of an approaching eruption and staying put in their homes on the slopes of Indonesia‘s rumbling Mount Merapi, officials said on Monday. The volcano, which claimed more than 60 lives 1994 and 1,300 in a 1930 eruption, has been spewing thick smoke for nearly a week. Vulcanologists say it may erupt at the end of the month, but many villagers fear losing property and livestock if they go.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 24 April 2006 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hopes for Aceh elections in August Elections in Indonesia's volatile Aceh province may be held in August if the parliament passes a bill on governing the region by next month, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Sunday. Elections are a key component of a landmark Finnish-brokered peace pact signed between Indonesia and the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) last year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 24 April 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Doctor: Suharto unfit to stand trial Indonesia's former strongman Soeharto is suffering from permanent brain damage and cannot have a logical conversation, a presidential doctor said yesterday, amid renewed efforts to have him stand trial on corruption charges. "We are ready to re-examine him, but nothing can be done," said the physician, Brigadier General Dr Marjo Subiandono. "He has two permanent cerebral defects."

Posted in General @ 23 April 2006 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gunung Merapi ready to erupt in days Authorities in Indonesia's densely populated Central Java province said today surface tremors and multifaced quakes continued on Mount Merapi one of the world's most active volcanoes and warned that a major eruption could take place in a few days.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 23 April 2006 12:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 38 reactions


Volcano center: Red code status just a matter of time Hundreds of people have evacuated from areas closest to Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi, following days of pressure from officials who warned the volcano could erupt within the next two weeks. Meanwhile, Sri Rejeki, an expert with Yogyakarta's Volcano Development and Research Center, said her institution would soon raise the alert status into red code -- the highest level of volcano activity.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 April 2006 12:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourists, locals marvel at might of Merapi Foreign tourists and locals alike have been marvelling at the spectacular sight of Indonesia's simmering Mount Merapi spewing smoke as experts monitor it for signs of imminent eruption.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 April 2006 09:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia's special envoy visits over Papua issue Australia's head of the Foreign Affairs and Trade Department Michael L'Estrange held meetings Friday with Indonesian officials to discuss the controversial issue of protection visas granted by Australia to 42 asylum seekers from Papua. Presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal said he met with the special envoy at an undisclosed location earlier in the day but declined to elaborate.

Posted in Politics @ 22 April 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: the ongoing militant threat The Australian government issued an advisory April 20, saying militants planned an attack against Indonesia that day and warning against all nonessential travel to the country. Although warnings for a specific date can be triggered for various reasons, such as the anniversary of a past attack, they are unusual. In this case, then, either Australia believed it had credible intelligence on an imminent attack -- or intelligence services simply lost sight of a suspect they believed was in the late stages of an attack operation. Although the day passed without incident, there is reason to believe the threat remains.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 April 2006 08:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sulphur smoke from Merapi rises 500 meters Smoke containing sulfur from the Mount Merapi volcano keeps rising. At first it only reached 100 meters from the peak, but now it is rising to heights of 500 meters. Moreover, if the smoke rises up vertically, it can reach more than 1,000 meters high.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 21 April 2006 17:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


More than 100 villagers evacuated near Merapi volcano After days of persuasion, more than 100 villagers, most of them sick, aging, very young or pregnant, evacuated villages closest to Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi. The group left on trucks for temporary shelters well away from the 2,968-meter (9,737-foot) mountain on Java island, which has been increasingly active in recent days.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 21 April 2006 16:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 reactions


Playboy obsessed with security, ethic, legal problems Playboy Indonesia has found itself in troubled water as its maiden issue triggered off protests nationwide in the past two weeks and the police here on Thursday summoned its editor-in-chief Erwin Arnada to investigate its publication in the largest Muslim country of the world.

Posted in General @ 21 April 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Java prepares to evacuate as volcano trembles Indonesia prepared to evacuate thousands of villagers on Monday after a massive volcano in the heart of densely populated Java island started spewing thick clouds of smoke and hot lava, officials said. Authorities have placed Mount Merapi, which overlooks the ancient city of Jogjakarta, on Orange Code, or the second highest alert level, following fears of an eruption due to an increase in the number of tremors.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 April 2006 15:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Flash floods, landslides claim 23 lives in Java Overnight flash flooding and landslides triggered by rains in Indonesia's densely-populated East Java have killed at least 23 people, the state Antara news agency said on Thursday. “Until noon (0500 GMT) we have registered 23 dead victims, with most killed in Bendungan sub-district," the head of Trenggalek district, Soeharto, was quoted as saying.

Posted in Flooding @ 20 April 2006 09:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cardig acquires Mandala Airlines from military Cargo transporter Cardig International has owned 100 percent of Indonesia's cash-strapped carrier Mandala Airlines under a purchase agreement earlier this month, an executive said Monday. Mandala president Diono Nurjadin told reporters here the negotiation began in September last year, several days after a Mandala plane crashed near an airport in the North Sumatra capital of Medan, killing 149 passengers and people on the ground.

Posted in Economy @ 20 April 2006 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful quake strikes off Sumatra A powerful earthquake struck off the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra Island early Thursday, the U.S. geological survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The 6.0-magnitude quake struck at 0236 local time (1936 GMT Wednesday) 394 kilometers (245 miles) southwest of the city of Banda Aceh, on the island's northern tip, the survey said in a posting on its Web Site.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 April 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO tests confirm 24th bird flu death Indonesia's 24th bird flu death has been confirmed by World Health Organisation tests, a hospital spokesman said. 'The latest results from the WHO were received yesterday concerning a man who died at (Sulianti Saroso hospital) on April 8 or 9,' hospital spokesman and spokesman for the national bird flu team, Ilham Patu, told Agence France-Presse.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 April 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RI's natural wealth, a blessing and curse The ongoing discussion about the urgent need to increase the education budget and Vice President Jussuf Kalla's irritation with Indonesian backwardness despite the obvious natural wealth of the country, as reported in this paper on April 5, highlights a problem that is not limited to Indonesia, but harms this country and coincidentally a number of other Muslim countries disproportionally.

Posted in Environment @ 20 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mt Merapi's condition getting more serious Mount Merapi's condition is getting more worrisome eight days after it was declared under an alert status, a volcanology agency official said here on Wednesday. Sunarto, the official from the Volcanological Technology Research and Developemnt (BPPTK), told newsmen "The ready status of Mt Merapi has entered the eighth day and its development is more worrisome."

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 April 2006 19:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Two major projects to improve ICT infrastructure Indonesia is undertaking two major projects to improve its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure, an Indonesian official said here Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 19 April 2006 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


41 passengers survive from sunken ferry in Nusa Tenggara Indonesian rescuers on Tuesday found 41 survivors from a ferry that sunk off East Nusa Tenggara province earlier on Monday but the fate of other passengers remained unknown. The survivors, including six ferry crews, were stranded on Ndao island, about 2,000 km east of Jakarta.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 April 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi residents get ready to flee People living on the slopes of smoldering Mt. Merapi in Central Java are getting ready to evacuate if the time comes. In Hargobonangun village in Pakem district near Yogyakarta, residents have put 110 vehicles on standby for evacuation purposes if the volcano erupts. "Though we have received no assistance from the Sleman regency administration or Yogyakarta province, we have taken a number of steps to prepare ourselves for an eruption," the head of Hargobonangun village, Mulyono, said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 April 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Passenger ferry sinks near Rote, about 100 aboard A motor boat believed to be carrying around 100 people sank in eastern Indonesia after it was swamped by heavy waves, a port official said Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 April 2006 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia sends envoy to repair Indonesia ties Australia's top diplomat will visit Jakarta this week to try and ease tensions with Indonesia caused by Australia's decision to grant refugee visas to 42 Papuans who fled Indonesia in an outrigger canoe. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said his country's relationship with Australia should be reviewed following the decision, but Prime Minister John Howard on Tuesday said Australia had no reason to apologise for its policies.

Posted in Politics @ 18 April 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY: Freeport Papua mine closure not an option The Indonesian government won't consider a unilateral closure of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.'s (FCS) massive Grasberg mine in Papua despite allegations of poor environmental management at the facility, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Monday.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 17 April 2006 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia prepares for possible volcanic eruption Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono asked all related institutions handling the Mount Merapi in Central Java to make a well-prepared plan to evacuate people living around the mountain in anticipation of a volcanic eruption. The president made the remarks on Mount Merapi which sits astride the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta, during his visit to Seribu Island on Sunday, Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 April 2006 21:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert terms Indonesia a bird flu ‘time bomb’ Indonesia has become a bird flu “time-bomb” because of its failure to eradicate high numbers of deadly H5N1 sites, the head of the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health said yesterday. “Indonesia is a time-bomb for the region,” organisation head Bernard Vallat said calling the situation in the southeast Asian arhcipelago a cause for “great concern”.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 April 2006 10:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Minister: Train collision due to human error The head-on collision between two trains leaving at least 13 people dead and 26 others injured in Grobogan district, Indonesia's Central Java province, early Saturday morning was caused by human error, Transportation Minister Hatta Rajasa said. "However, we have to wait for the outcome of a further investigation by the National Committee on Transportation Accidents (KNKT) for a more detailed explanation of what caused the accident," Antara news agency quoted the minister as saying during a visit to the scene.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 April 2006 09:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 25 reactions


North Sumatra to get new airport soon After repeated delays, the central government has renewed its promise to start the construction of Kuala Namu airport in Deli Serdang regency in September. The facility would replace North Sumatra's ailing Polonia airport in Medan. The promise was made by State Minister of National Development Planning Paskah Suzetta in Medan on Thursday after consulting with Transportation Minister Hatta Radjasa.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2006 18:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two die, three hurt in Medan train crash Two train workers died and three others were injured when cargo trains carrying palm oil crashed Friday morning in Fortuna village in Perbaungan district, Serdang Bedagai regency. A witness, Surya, said a Dolok Hilir 2901 train hit a 2911 train from behind at 5:30 a.m., turning the cars upside down and spilling their cargo.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 April 2006 18:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police chief asks 'Playboy' to leave town It took one week for a violent protest to erupt in Indonesia against a new local edition of Playboy magazine -- and one more day for police to say it should pack up its bunny ears and move out of the capital.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2006 18:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Police to question FPI over attack on 'Playboy' office Police plan to question Monday a member of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) over Wednesday's attack on the building housing the editorial office of Playboy Indonesia in South Jakarta. A spokesman for the South Jakarta Police, Comr. Suyudi Arioseto, said the police would summon the rally coordinator to begin their investigation underway. He refused to name the coordinator.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2006 14:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Central Java train crash kills 14, injures 12 Two trains collided in Central Java province on Saturday killing 14 people and injuring 12, police said. The early-morning accident occurred when two trains bound from Jakarta to Surabaya, Indonesia's second city, collided, a police official at Gubug near the crash site said.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 April 2006 13:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 12 reactions


Police asks Playboy to stop publishing Indonesian police asked Playboy magazine on Thursday to stop publishing its local edition in the capital out of fears it could inflame Muslim anger, police and the magazine said. Ponti Carolus, the director of Playboy's publishing company, said the magazine would think about the request. "Give us 24 hours and we will let you know our decision," he told reporters at city police headquarters after meeting the police chief. "We are very glad to have input from the Jakarta police. It was quite wise."

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 April 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia confirms a new case of human bird flu Indonesia confirms new bird flu case as UN bird flu coordinator recommends against culling of fowls in the country. Indonesia confirmed on Tuesday (April 11) a new case of human bird flu, while UN bird flu co-ordinator David Nabarro said he would not recommend the mass culling of fowls in the country.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 14 April 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cleaned-up Ciliwung set to go with the flow In the not-so-distant future, the murky waters of the Ciliwung River will flow clean and bright -- and be good enough to drink. Or that is what the government envisions in an ambitious, long-term plan that will upgrade the quality of water in the notoriously polluted river. It also plans to clear the riverbanks of unlicensed residences, who are blamed for the bulk of pollution.

Posted in Environment @ 13 April 2006 14:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt boosts alert level at huge volcano, fearing eruption Indonesia raised the alert status of a massive volcano on Java Island to the second-highest level, warning increased activity at its crater means it could erupt anytime, volcanologists said Thursday. Monitors have been watching Merapi closely for several weeks and late Wednesday raised its status to “Beware,” one notch below the highest level that requires immediate evacuation of villagers living on its slopes.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 April 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy's offices in attacked by FPI-members Hundreds of Muslim protesters have attacked the offices of the newly-published Indonesian edition of Playboy magazine. On Wednesday, about 300 activists from the Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI) rallied outside the building to demand that the local version of the magazine, which carries no nude photos, cease publication. They tore up copies of the magazine and threw stones at the building, shattering windows.

Posted in Violence @ 12 April 2006 13:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Govt bans climbers as Mount Merapi volcano heats up Government authorities in Indonesia's densely-populated Central Java have banned mountain climbers from Merapi volcano as the province's crater has heated up, officials said Tuesday. 'As of Monday, we have issued the ban for climbers until further notice,' said Heru, an official at nearby Merapi's monitoring centre, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 April 2006 08:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia takes antigraft fight to Interpol meeting Asian police forces should cooperate to strengthen efforts to fight corruption and money laundering, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Tuesday. "We should send a signal loud and clear to the corrupt everywhere that there is no safe haven anywhere for them to hide their stolen money," he said in a speech opening a three-day meeting of Asian police in Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 12 April 2006 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


4 accused of plotting to ship weapons to Indonesia Four Asian businessmen plotted to buy hundreds of handguns, machine guns, Sidewinder missiles and aviation radar equipment for export to Indonesia, creating a threat to national security, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The four men - who have been charged in Detroit and Honolulu - were arrested Sunday after meeting in Hawaii with people they thought were representatives of a Detroit-area company, which authorities say the men believed would supply the military hardware. It was to be shipped to Indonesia through Singapore.

Posted in General @ 12 April 2006 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO confirms new bird flu case in Sumatra The World Health Organization has confirmed Indonesia's 33rd case of bird flu in a 23-year-old poultry worker, the health ministry said. The patient is being treated at the M Djamil hospital in Padang, West Sumatra province, said Hariyadi Wibisono, director general of animal borne disease control.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 11 April 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Axes, arrows and AK-47s used in clash in Papua Four people died today in an exchange of fire between soldiers and suspected separatists in Indonesia’s remote resource-rich province of Papua, a military spokesman said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 10 April 2006 20:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


M'sian model proud to be featured in Indonesia’s Playboy Malaysian model Amber Chia said she is proud to appear in the inaugural edition of Playboy in Indonesia, even though her mother thinks she looked sexier in photos featured by other magazines, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 10 April 2006 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Indonesia urges Netherlands to invest, trade in Papua Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here on Saturday that the Netherlands could play a role in Papua by focusing on investment. "You were asking what the Dutch can do in Papua. Cooperation in investment and trade can be a good avenue," Susilo said while responding to a question raised by the media.

Posted in Economy @ 10 April 2006 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono to visit four Middle East countries Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to visit four countries in the Middle East later this month to enhance ties with fellow Muslim nations, the country's official news agency reported Sunday. Yudhoyono plans to visit Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and United Arab Emirates during an eight-day trip in late April, said Alwi Shihab, the president's special envoy to the Middle East.

Posted in Politics @ 09 April 2006 11:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets, 2 For the second time I look back at a handful of tickets that is in a box or plastic bag in my room. They are laying there, some of them already for about seven years now. Time to give them some attention and have a talk about hem. This time some attention to tickets of Taman Safari in Prigen, near Malang in east Java. Some attention as well to the parking tickets craze that seems to rage in Indonesia. Sometimes it's kind of funny where you will get tickets for however.

Posted in Travel @ 09 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono meets Balkenende President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Saturday met with visiting Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who seeks closer ties between the two countries. The two leaders met for 30 minutes, which was followed with bilateral talks between officials of the two countries. But, there was no immediate report about the result of the talks.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2006 11:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islam is not a danger, Dutch PM says Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende called for a rapprochement between Muslims and people of other faiths on Friday. "It causes me pain to see that people regard Islam as a danger. Islam is not a danger. The people who misuse Islam to spread terror are the danger," Balkenende said during a speech at an Islamic university in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2006 10:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No smoking, please Finally, the 2005 Jakarta gubernatorial decree banning smoking in public places has been implemented, after a two-month delay. The decree, an auxiliary regulation to the 2005 bylaw on air pollution control, is expected to end any arguments about people's right to breathe clean air.

Posted in Culture @ 08 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First edition of Playboy Indonesia hits newsstand U.S. adult magazine Playboy published its first Indonesian version Friday but it appears that local readers were not as enthusiastic to the down-toned version as predicted earlier. The magazine is sold at 39,000 rupiah (4.3 U.S. dollars), more expensive than any other local men's magazines in Jakarta newsstands, featuring local girl Andhara Early on its cover.

Posted in General @ 07 April 2006 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 32 reactions


Keep your kisses short in Tangerang Unrelated people who kiss each other on the lips for more than five minutes at public places in the Indonesian city of Tangerang will face arrest, local media said on Friday. The government in Tangerang, a suburb west of Jakarta, defended the regulation as a practical guideline for its officers to follow up on tough and heavily criticised anti-prostitution laws passed by the city council last year.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 April 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia to get its own Playboy A toned-down edition of Playboy will go on sale Friday in mostly Muslim Indonesia, defying protests from Islamic leaders who have called on the government to ban the magazine, publishers said. The magazine does not feature nude women, and its photos of female models are no more risque than those in other magazines already for sale in the country, according to an Associated Press photographer who saw an advance copy.

Posted in General @ 06 April 2006 19:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 21 reactions


Papuans prepared to 'risk lives' for asylum There are reports that groups of Papuan students in Jakarta may be preparing to storm the Australian Embassy in a mass attempt to demand asylum, in an effort to draw attention to their demands for independence. The reports come as an Indonesian business association announces a boycott of Australian goods.

Posted in Violence @ 06 April 2006 15:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Foreign exchange reserves reaches record high Indonesia's foreign exchange reserves during the first three months of this year reached 41.1 billion U.S. dollars, a figure never recorded before, Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah said on Wednesday. "This is the highest figure ever recorded since the founding of the republic of Indonesia," Antara news agency quoted Abdulah as saying when presenting the bank's first quarter evaluation.

Posted in Economy @ 06 April 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatran elephants face extinction in Indonesia The number of Sumatran elephants in Indonesia's Riau province has declined by nearly 75 per cent in the past 11 years and without improved management, they face likely extinction in another five years, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said on Wednesday.

Posted in Environment @ 06 April 2006 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malls main target of smoking ban check It's getting down to the wire for owners of buildings that house cafes and restaurants to install exhaust fans and post no-smoking signs. On Thursday, the city administration will deploy a task force to enforce sanctions against smoking-ban violators. The main targets of Thursday's raid are 14 buildings in five municipalities, most of which are malls.

Posted in General @ 05 April 2006 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Labor protest paralyzes part of downtown Jakarta About 10,000 Indonesian workers held a protest rally in Jakarta in a bid to force the government to scrap a proposed labor law, bringing traffic in the nation's capital to a standstill. The protest paralyzed a key road leading to the office of Vice President Jusuf Kalla, causing traffic jams near buildings housing the central bank and companies including PT Garuda Indonesia, the nation's biggest airline.

Posted in Protests @ 05 April 2006 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Explosion hits bomb squad HQ in Medan, two killed An explosion rocked a police compound in the western Indonesian city of Medan on Wednesday, injuring several people, local media reported. The cause of the blast was not immediately known and police have sealed off the area, Jakarta-based Radio Elshinta reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 April 2006 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Review cooperation with Canberra' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for a review of Indonesia's cooperation with Australia, as a row over Canberra's decision to accept asylum seekers from Papua deepens. 'Relations between Indonesia and Australia are entering a difficult time, full of challenges,' he said yesterday.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Barnabas Suebu named Papua governor Barnabas Suebu was officially named the winner of Papua's direct gubernatorial election following a 10-hour plenary session of the provincial General Elections Commission (KPUD) on Monday. In the March 10 election, former governor Barnabas and his running mate, Golkar Party legislator Alexander Hessegem, garnered 354,763 of the over 1.1 million valid votes. Over 17,000 votes were declared invalid and thrown out.

Posted in Politics @ 04 April 2006 11:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Travel warning part of Australia's propaganda against Indonesia Australia's travlel advisory that terrorist attacks would occur in Indonesia on Sunday, April 2, which was not true, constitutes part of Australia's propaganda against Indonesia, according to an observer. The travel warning is categorized as C3 rather than A1, meaning that the truth of the warning needs rechecking, Wawan H. Purwanto, an intelligence observer and a lecturer at State Intelligence Institute (IIN), said here Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 04 April 2006 10:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


No reprieve for Poso 3, officials say Prosecutors insisted Sunday the death sentence for three men convicted for their role in the sectarian conflict in Poso, Central Sulawesi, would be carried out soon despite mounting calls for a stay of execution. Central Sulawesi Prosecutor's Office head M. Jahja Sibe said technical difficulties were holding up the execution of Fabianus Tibo, 60, Marinus Riwu, 54, and Dominggus da Silva, 43, three Christians who were convicted of masterminding a series of attacks on Muslims in Poso in 2000.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 03 April 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


35 hurt as school roof caves in during TV shoot Thirty-five people were treated for injuries Sunday after the roof of a state-run high school collapsed during the shooting of a TV program in Bogor, West Java. Injured actors and crew from the Geng Lima (Gang of Five) show were treated for head, hand and back injuries at Azra Hospital.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 April 2006 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Execution of Poso convicts postponed The execution of three Christians convicted of masterminding the 2001 sectarian conflict in Poso, Central Sulawesi, has been postponed for "technical reasons", the Attorney General's Office said Saturday. The Attorney General's Office had earlier announced that the three would be executed at the end of March after their plea for presidential clemency was rejected.

Posted in Violence @ 02 April 2006 17:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fears cartoon could damage Australia - Indonesia relationship There are concerns that a cartoon in the Weekend Australian newspaper will damage the relationship between the Australian and Indonesian governments. The cartoon depicts an Indonesian man as a canine copulating with a West Papuan. A similar cartoon making fun of the prime minister John Howard and the foreign affairs minister Alexander Downer appeared in an Indonesian newpaper in recent days.

Posted in Politics @ 02 April 2006 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Ousting demons to usher in new year It has been unnervingly quiet on the tourism front in Bali of late - many have been laid off or put on part-time - giving the Balinese more time at home, more time to just be ... Balinese.

Posted in Culture @ 02 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US embassy issues warning of weekend attacks The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta has issued a warning of possible terror attacks on western targets in Indonesia this weekend. "Recent reports suggest that Sunday April 2, 2006 could be one potential date for an attack; however, terrorist attacks can occur at any time, anywhere in Indonesia," the embassy said in a statement reaching here Saturday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 April 2006 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake jolt eastern Indonesia A powerful undersea earthquake jolted Indonesia's eastern coast on Saturday, causing panic but no serious damage, officials said. The magnitude 6.1-quake struck at about 5:20am local time some 335 kilometers northeast of Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi province, said meteorologist Wijayanto, who goes by only one name.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 April 2006 09:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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