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Indonesia quake victims put ghost fears to rest More than 120 earthquake survivors have cast aside their fear of spirits and built makeshift tents over tombstones in a small Indonesian cemetery in the badly-hit Bantul region. With tarpaulin stretched overhead and rugs thrown over graves, the survivors have managed to get sleep and escape nightly rain since the Saturday quake. Some even set up cooking equipment over larger, grander headstones.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 May 2006 16:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saturday's quake displaces some 660,000 people Some 660,000 people have turned into homeless in Yogyakarta province after their houses were flattened by a powerful earthquake, killing more than 5,800 people, an official said on Wednesday. Saturday's magnitude-6.3 quake pounded more than 135,000 houses into piles of bricks, tiles and wood in less than a minute.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 May 2006 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six more human bird flu cases, three fatal According to the World Health Organization, six more humans have become infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus strain in Indonesia, of which three have died. 21% of all confirmed human cases of bird flu infection so far have happened in Indonesia - 48 out of 224.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 May 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java earthquake death toll passes 5,800 The death toll from the earthquake that rocked the Java region at the weekend has risen to at least 5,846, the social affairs ministry said. The majority of those killed in Saturday's 6.3-magnitude quake -- 3,580 people -- lived in Bantul district, south of the central city of Yogyakarta, according to the latest data released by the ministry.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 May 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto discharged from hospital Former president Suharto was discharged today from hospital after three operations and nearly a month of treatment for stomach problems that had left him critically ill. 'The life-threatening period is over,' said Joko Raharjo, a member of Suharto's team of doctors. Accompanied by his two eldest daughters, the 84-year old Suharto headed to his home in central Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 31 May 2006 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Java earthquake death toll nears 5,700 The death toll from the Indonesian earthquake pushed neared 5,700 as hopes faded of finding more survivors from Indonesia's latest quake. International aid was on Tuesday beginning to stream into Java island, where the quake struck at the weekend leaving many in urgent need of medical assistance.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 18:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake survivors wait patiently for help Muddin gently tries to lift his injured two-year-old daughter from the hospital trolley she shares with her injured mother and five-year-old brother. The half-naked little girl is hot and crying. Iksanu Khoirun Nisa wants her father, but the drip in her arm -- held in place by a piece of cardboard and bandage -- and her splinted leg makes it difficult, so instead he fans her with an old box.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 17:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US boosts contribution to Indonesia The United States has again upped its contribution for assistance to victims of this weekend's devastating earthquake in Indonesia, allocating $5 million in emergency aid, the White House said Tuesday. The Bush administration initially announced $500,000 in aid after the quake struck early Saturday, and by the end of the day had increased that amount to $2.5 million.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 17:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch launch appeal for Indonesia Aid agencies in the Netherlands announced a national appeal to help the victims of the earthquake on the Indonesian island of Java. SHO - which represents a range of aid groups - said donations made to Giro account 555 will be used to pay for emergency supplies. A UN team is in the affected area to evaluate where the help is needed most and what supplies are required.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 13:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate earthquake hits Papua province A moderate earthquake rocked Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua on Tuesday, sending panicked residents into the streets, but there were no reports of damage or injuries, officials said. The magnitude-5.9 earthquake struck at 12:28 p.m. (0328 GMT) and was centered about 147 kilometers (91 miles) south of Jayapura, the capital of Papua province, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 08:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia's cultural heart escapes worst of quake Indonesia's weekend earthquake shook the country's ancient Javanese royal capital, but left little damage in the cultural and educational hub that has endured both man-made and natural disasters before. Yogyakarta, a city of half a million long ruled by descendants of the Indonesian royal family and home to a centuries-old palace, was woken by the magnitude 6.3 quake at dawn on Saturday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia quake death toll at 5,427 International relief efforts picked up on Tuesday for survivors of a weekend earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people on Indonesia's Java island, with over a score of countries now involved. Planes carrying vital supplies from abroad reached the stricken region, while the airport at the ancient royal capital of Yogyakarta re-opened to commercial traffic despite a heavily damaged terminal.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hopes wane for Java quake survivors Rescuers said Tuesday that hopes were waning of finding more survivors from a devastating earthquake that killed more than 5,400 people in central Indonesia. The bleak assessment from the head of Malyasia's rescue team came as homeless survivors living in rice fields and makeshift shacks begged for food and water.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 06:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Desperate quake victims await aid Heavy rain and damaged roads were hindering efforts to help survivors of a major earthquake in Indonesia, as officials put the death toll at more than 5,100 dead, 6,500 seriously injured and thousands more left homeless. While aid has been trickling in, overwhelmed hospitals were struggling to treat huge numbers of patients with limited medical supplies.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 May 2006 19:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO confirms two more bird flu cases Two more Indonesians have been confirmed as infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus, a health official said on Monday, citing results from a World Health Organisation-recognised laboratory in Hong Kong.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 29 May 2006 15:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Expert: Indonesia quake may trigger Merapi eruption The earthquake that killed over 5,000 people on Indonesia's Java island is linked to the one that triggered the deadly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and may signal the imminent eruption of a nearby volcano, an expert said on Monday. Indonesia sits in a seismically active "ring of fire", a region marked by regular volcanic and tectonic activity, and which bore the brunt of the December 2004 quake-generated tsunami which left more than 230,000 dead or missing.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 May 2006 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Supplies arrive in Javanese quake zone Emergency aid began arriving Monday in areas devastated by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia, but officials said the supplies were not reaching survivors quickly enough as victims pleaded for money on debris-filled roads to buy food. An aid plane chartered by the U.N.'s children agency arrived in the city of Solo, about three hours from the hardest-hit district of Bantul on Java island. It was loaded with water, tents, stoves and cooking sets that officials said would be distributed later Monday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 May 2006 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt fights to stop disease as quake toll rises to 4,983 Indonesian authorities rushed to provide survivors of the May 27 earthquake in Java with clean water and shelter to halt the spread of disease among 200,000 homeless people, as the death toll rose to 4,983. Aid agencies such as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies supplied 2,000 tents for 10,000 people in areas south of Yogyakarta and are transporting tents used for survivors of the 2004 tsunami in Aceh. The World Food Program will start distributing 100 metric tons of fortified noodles and other food today, agency spokesman Barry Came said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 May 2006 06:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt declares state of emergency after quake The Indonesian government declared a state of emergency after an earthquake killed more than 4,600 people on Java island and pledged to complete "reconstruction and rehabilitation" within a year.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 20:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Yogya airport reopens for commercial flights on Tuesday' The Ministry of Transport today informed that the international airport east of Yogyakarta, Adi Sucipto, will most probably be reopened for commercial flights as early as Tuesday, Hatta Rajasa told reporters. According to Hatta, the airport can currently only be used by emergency flights. "The landing strip can be used up toi a length of 1400 meters, just enough for Hercules emergency flights and smaller planes", Hatta said on a press meeting in the temporary office for the vice-President in Yogyakarta.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 18:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


World famous temple complex damaged in quake Indonesia’s world-renowned Prambanan temple complex, built in the 9th century, was badly damaged by the earthquake that killed thousands of people in central Indonesia, with scores of stone blocks and intricate carvings broken. Debris from broken walls and carvings at the temple, the largest Hindu compound in Indonesia, was today scattered over the ground, with some pieces as big as a child.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 13:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3,700 dead, Indonesia struggles to heal Thousands of exhausted and grieving survivors dug through their crumpled homes on Sunday searching for clothes, food and valuables after a powerful earthquake hit central Indonesia, killing more than 3,700. The magnitude-6.3 quake struck early Saturday and injured thousands more in the heart of densely populated Java island, in the country's worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami. It also triggered fears that a nearby rumbling volcano would erupt.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hospitals overflow amid fear, death Hundreds of injured men, women and children packed the grounds of Sardjito Hospital in this historic city Saturday, stretched out on pieces of bloody cardboard, as cries of agony pierced the evening air. Several relatives read the Quran to victims as they anxiously awaited treatment. But the staff was stretched to its limits by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 3,000 people and injured thousands when it struck central Java island.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 11:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Search for survivors as Indonesia quake tops 3,000 Rescue workers dug desperately for survivors on Sunday as residents returned to ruined homes on Indonesia's densely populated island of Java a day after a powerful earthquake killed more than 3,000. Trucks full of volunteers from Indonesian political parties and Islamic groups, as well as military vehicles carrying soldiers, headed south from the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta to Bantul, hardest hit by the quake, to help in the effort.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three bird flu deaths confirmed The biggest case yet of humans possibly infecting others with bird flu prompted the World Health Organization to put the maker of the anti-viral drug Tamiflu on alert for possible shipment of the global stockpile for the first time, officials said Saturday.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 28 May 2006 07:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful quake in Java kills over 3,500 Desperate relatives searched rubble for survivors Saturday after a powerful earthquake flattened nearly all the buildings in this rice-farming town while residents slept, killing more than 3,500 people on Indonesia's densely populated Java island. The magnitude-6.3 quake wounded thousands more and was the nation's worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami. It also triggered fears that a rumbling volcano nearby would erupt.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Tengger of Bromo: Magic, mystique and modernism Legend has it that the Tengger ethnic group in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru area of East Java is descended from the ancient Majapahit royal family. The name "Tengger" itself is said to be an acronymic derivation of two legendary figures from the region, Rara Anteng and Jaka Seger. As it has been long told, during a time of chaos for the Majapahit kingdom, Princess Rara Anteng took refuge in the area around Mount Bromo. While she was being evacuated, Rara Anteng met Jaka Seger, the son of a priest from the kingdom of Kediri, which was also in great turmoil. Their meeting was the beginning of a love story, and the area was later christened after their combined names.

Posted in Culture @ 28 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aid for Java earthquake victims More than 3.000 people have been killed in Indonesia and 1,000 injured after an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck the densely populated area of southern Central Java on Friday 26 May 2006. Hundreds of Indonesian Red Cross volunteers responded immediately to the scene, distributing food, mineral water, tents, tarpaulins and baby kits to those affected.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2006 21:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java quake death toll nears 3,000 More than 2,900 people have been killed and thousands more seriously injured after an earthquake flattened entire districts of Indonesia's ancient royal city of Yogyakarta. Measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale, the quake destroyed thousands of buildings in the city, a major tourist attraction, after shaking a densely populated region of southern Java shortly after dawn yesterday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2006 19:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono to visit earthquake-hit Yogyakarta President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has planned to visit eartquake-hit Yogyakarta on Sunday, Elshinta Radio reported here on Saturday. Yudhoyono and his entourage will take an overland trip to Yogyakarta because minor damage at the runway of Adi Sucipto airport due to the earthquake in the city makes it impossible for the president to take an air trip.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2006 12:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jawa quake leaves at least 1,700 dead, thousands injured A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia's main island of Java, killing at least 1,700 people, injuring thousands more and causing mass destruction. Thousands of families fled their homes in panic after the 6.2 magnitude quake struck early in the morning, many running for higher ground amid false rumours of a tsunami like the one that devastated the country in December 2004.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2006 11:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hospitals: At least 200 dead in quake, toll expected to rise At least 200 people were killed and thousands injured when a strong earthquake rocked the densely-populated southern coast of Indonesia's Central Java, hospitals said. At least 200 people were killed and thousands injured when a strong earthquake rocked the densely-populated southern coast of Indonesia's Central Java, hospitals said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2006 07:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emergency status imposed in quake-hit area The Indonesian government announced Saturday an emergency status in the southern Java province of Yogyakarta following an earthquake that killed at least 10 people and injured some 1,000 others. "The emergency status applies," presidential spokesman Andi Mallarangeng told local news website Detikcom. He said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered related ministers and the provincial government to cooperate closely in handling the victims and providing humanitarian assistance.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2006 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java shaken by quake; 115 deaths reported A magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook central Java in Indonesia, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site. At least 115 people died, Agence Press-France reported. The quake, centered about 26 kilometers (16 miles) south of Yogyakarta, struck at 5:54 a.m. local time, USGS said. Many houses and buildings collapsed and the tremors were felt in nearby cities as well on the north coast of the island, Agence France-Presse said. No tsunami has been reported from the quake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2006 06:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Tourist sites around Mount Merapi reopen Tourist sites closed for weeks due to Mount Merapi's rumbling have reopened, despite the lingering threat of an eruption from one of the world's most active volcanoes, a local media report said Friday. Officials at reopened sites around the crater in Central Java were allowing tourists access for free after authorities decided to keep the highest alert status at only a few locations.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 May 2006 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake jolts Jayapura, one dead A tectonic earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale jolted Indonesia's Papua provincial capital of Jayapura and Sarmi Wednesday evening, causing one dead and hundreds of people to flee to upland areas, the Antara news agency reported Thursday evening.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 May 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia beefs up patrol near Timor-Leste border area Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Air Marshal Djoko Suyanto has told troops stationed near the Indonesia- Timor Leste border to intensify security patrol amid escalation of conflicts in the newly-established country. The security guards patrolling the border area only served Indonesian citizens leaving Timor Leste, and not foreigners, Antara news agency quoted Djoko Suyanto as saying here on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 26 May 2006 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia's investment in Indonesia doubles While other economies have reduced their investments in Indonesia after the financial crisis period in 1997, Malaysian investors have doubled their investment in the republic. Indonesia's Promotion, Investment Coordinating Board director Ikmal Lukman said Malaysia's investment in Indonesia had grown in terms of number and value of projects soon after the crisis.

Posted in Economy @ 25 May 2006 19:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia to ban entry of poultry from Indonesia Malaysian authorities has said all birds and eggs from Indonesia will be seized and destroyed at entry points to keep avian flu at bay after reports of human deaths in Medan. "There will be no laboratory tests. Any bird and egg found will be immediately destroyed by veterinary officers, even if the birds are pets," said Veterinary Services Department official Mustapa Abdul Jalil.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 25 May 2006 17:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO: Human-to-human bird flu transmission possible A family of eight people infected with bird flu in Indonesia may have passed the disease among themselves rather than individually catching it from poultry, but the World Health Organization is leaving its pandemic alert level unchanged, the agency said Wednesday. "All confirmed cases in the cluster can be directly linked to close and prolonged exposure to a patient during a phase of severe illness," said a WHO statement. "Although human-to-human transmission cannot be ruled out, the search for a possible alternative source of exposure is continuing."

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 May 2006 20:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi spews more heat clouds and lava Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano showed increased activity on Wednesday, spewing more searing heat clouds and lava down its southwestern slopes, officials said. The volcano emitted 11 new clouds of gas and ash and 76 lava trails in the first six hours of Wednesday, the vulcanology office in Yogyakarta, 30 kilometers (18 miles) away, said in a daily report.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 24 May 2006 11:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia grants visa-on-arrival facility to the Netherlands On May 23rd, 2006, the Indonesian authorities confirmed that Dutch passport holders will be granted a so-called visa-on-arrival (VOA) upon their arrival in Indonesia. The passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months after the date of entry into Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 23 May 2006 19:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


H5N1 kills 2 more in Indonesia Tests have confirmed that two more people have died of bird flu in Indonesia, says a senior health ministry official. One of the victims belonged to a Sumatran family at the centre of fears of human-to-human transmission after six members of the family died this month of bird flu.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 23 May 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Possible human transmission of bird flu probed Indonesia is conducting further investigation to find out whether there was any human-to-human transmission of bird flu, although no such case has been confirmed so far, Health Ministry official said here on Monday. "The epidemiological investigation concluded so far can rule out the possibility of human-to-human transmission (of the disease)," said Director of the Animal Disease and Health Control Department Nyoman Kandun at a press conference.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 22 May 2006 20:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi evacuees begin leaving camps as danger recedes Close to 2,500 people have left safety shelters as Indonesian authorities cut back the areas thought to be under threat from simmering Mount Merapi, officials said Monday. After evaluating the volcano's activities in the past week, the Vulcanology office in Yogyakarta has reduced the areas considered as danger zones.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 May 2006 06:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aussie faces 10 years jail in Indonesia An Australian woman arrested with a small amount of marijuana on the Indonesian island of Lombok faces court on Monday, with the possibility of a 10-year jail sentence. Local resident Barbara Kathleen Higgs, 43, was arrested in February, allegedly with 50 grams of cannabis and two small bags of seeds, at the resort beach of Sengiggi, where she part-owns a hotel named the Bulan Baru, or New Moon.

Posted in Drugs @ 22 May 2006 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands back anti-porn bill in Indonesia Tens of thousands of conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital Sunday in support of a proposed anti-pornography bill that critics say would chip away at the country's secular traditions. The protesters, who arrived in buses organized by mosques and conservative Islamic groups, urged parliament to immediately pass the bill, which in its current form would ban kissing in public - as well as erotic poetry, dancing, drawing, writing, photos and film.

Posted in Protests @ 21 May 2006 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia remembers downfall of Suharto Protesters wearing Suharto masks demanded the ailing former dictator face trial Sunday, the eighth anniversary of the massive pro-democracy demonstrations that ousted him. Suharto, 84, remained in the hospital following colon surgery two weeks ago to stem intestinal bleeding. Doctors said Sunday that the former strongman, who has been weakened by several strokes, was recovering, but remained seriously ill.

Posted in Human rights @ 21 May 2006 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO reports 2 Bird Flu deaths Two young boys died of bird flu in Indonesia - one from a family that has already lost four members to the disease, the World Health Organization said Friday. In Rome, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization warned that the state of emergency surrounding the spread of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in poultry and other animals will last for years.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 May 2006 10:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Spiritual keeper prays to calm volcano A spiritual keeper in Indonesia is performing a mystical ritual to calm the 'angry' volcano, Mount Merapi. The volcano has been rumbling for weeks and scientists say it can erupt anytime. Eighty-year-old Maridjan has taken a long and silent walk through the smoke-filled mountain.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 May 2006 10:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Activity declines at Mount Merapi, but threat remains Activity at Indonesia's Mount Merapi declined Saturday, but the volcano kept spewing out searing hot gas and lava and remained a threat to villagers living on its slopes, a scientist said. The 3,000-meter (9,800-foot) volcano has been rocked by a series of spectacular eruptions since Saturday, regularly shooting out lava and deadly clouds of hot ash and debris.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 May 2006 10:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono says ex-president Suharto in 'serious condition' Indonesia's president said after visiting ailing ex-dictator Suharto in the hosptial early Friday that he was in "serious condition." Suharto, who was ousted after 32 years in power in 1998 amid student protests and nationwide riots, had a CT scan Thursday after being operated on to halt intestinal bleeding.

Posted in General @ 19 May 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists query discovery of 'Hobbits' in Flores A row has broken out about the scientific evidence purporting to show that a species of "hobbits" lived on a remote Indonesian island about 18,000 years ago. A team of scientists believes that the skull at the centre of the discovery is not from a metre-high member of another human species but belonged to someone with microcephaly - a congenitally small brained person.

Posted in General @ 19 May 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moody's ups Indonesia rating by one notch to B1 Moody's Investors Service said on Friday it had upgraded Indonesia's sovereign rating by one notch to B1, citing substantial and steady improvement in government finances. The outlook on the rating is stable, it said in a statement.

Posted in Economy @ 19 May 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Santos hits oil at third Indonesia well Oil and gas producer Santos Ltd says it has had encouraging flow results from the third appraisal well at its Jeruk oil discovery in Indonesia. Initial testing of the deep well 4.9 kilometres underground saw oil flow at a choked-back rate of about 3,200 barrels per day through a 6.5mm choke, with the flow constrained by surface facility limitations.

Posted in Economy @ 18 May 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO confirms 5 more Bird Flu fatalities The World Health Organization has confirmed that five more Indonesians have died of bird flu, bringing the country's death toll from the disease to 30. Officials from the U.N. agency and the Indonesian health ministry say four of the victims were members of the same family and were infected at a family gathering in North Sumatra province. The fifth fatality was a woman in the city of Surabaya on Java island.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 17 May 2006 19:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore Red Cross to send relief team to Indonesia Singapore Red Cross will send a relief team to Indonesia's Magelang on Thursday to help people affected by the recent eruption of Mount Merapi volcano, Channel News Asia reported Wednesday. The team, comprising a logistics administrator and four nurses,will work with its Indonesian counterpart to provide medical aid and assist in relief distribution in the district for two weeks. They will bring with them five boxes of medical supplies.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 May 2006 18:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi volcano erupts again Indonesia's Mount Merapi erupted again on Wednesday, spewing one of the biggest clouds of hot gases and volcanic debris recorded in recent weeks, officials said. Clouds of gas, rock and ash reached as far as four kilometers from the crater after one of the world's most active volcanoes erupted at 4:50 p.m. (0950 GMT), an official said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 May 2006 17:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi brings back bad memories of 1994 eruption The sky went black, and a thunder-like roar filled the air. Some witnesses remember hearing one or two loud explosions. Few had time to see what Mount Merapi was bringing down upon them. Within seconds, a massive cloud of searing gas, volcanic debris and rocks had scythed into the village, incinerating everything in its path and killing 60 people, many of them attending a wedding.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 May 2006 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt seeks to cut Garuda's debt in restructuring deal Indonesia's government will seek approval from the creditors of national carrier Garuda Indonesia to dramatically cut its debt in a restructuring plan to be discussed this week, the transport minister said. Under the plan, the carrier's debt would be reduced from around 794 million dollars to 274 million dollars and require creditors to convert up to 30 percent of its debt into equity, Hatta Rajasa was quoted by AFP as saying late Tuesday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 17 May 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong quake rocks western Sumatra, no casualties An undersea earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia's remote Nias island on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, the Bureau of Meteorology and Geophysics said. The epicentre of the quake lay in the Indian Ocean at a depth of 33 km (21 miles), about 110 km southwest of Teluk Dalam town, said agency official Agung Sunaryadi.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 May 2006 21:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono's popularity dips on unemployment Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's job rating fell as people perceived the government isn't doing enough to create jobs and help increase household income, a Jakarta-based survey agency said. Just 37.9 percent of the people surveyed were satisfied with the Yudhoyono administration's performance in April, compared with 64.7 percent a year earlier, the Lingkaran Survey Indonesia,or LSI, said in a statement at a press briefing in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 16 May 2006 15:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono to visit volcano to monitor evacuations Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will visit Mount Merapi, which has been spewing lava and superheated gas for days, to convince residents to evacuate the area as some villagers prefer to stay and offer prayers to ward off a full eruption. "It's the government's task to provide facilities so that people can evacuate themselves or be evacuated,'' presidential spokesman Andi Mallarangeng said in an interview. "Still, President Yudhoyono respects the local myth, the local wisdom.''

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 May 2006 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird Flu infects Papua province as virus moves east Bird flu was found in fowl in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, evidence the lethal virus is moving closer to the South Pacific and Australia. The H5N1 strain of avian influenza earlier this month reached the province that borders Papua New Guinea, Laurence Gleeson, an official with the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, told reporters yesterday in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta. The H5N1 virus has reappeared in Laos and may spread to Bangladesh, Gleeson said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 May 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Currency market movements and impact on Indonesia Currency markets are attracting considerable attention from international investors and politicians. In particular, investors are showing increased sensitivity to stories that investors (particularly central banks) may reduce holdings of U.S. assets. The dollar has recently exhibited vulnerability in stories that China or Middle Eastern government's may switch their holdings of U.S. dollars into some other. Even if denied, the effects of these stories often linger in the currency markets.

Posted in Economy @ 16 May 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcano eruption countered with dance and food Many Indonesian villagers are refusing to evacuate the flanks of Mount Merapi despite scientists' and government warnings of the volcano's imminent eruption, according to news reports. Instead locals are preparing food offerings and performing ceremonies—such as the traditional Javanese dance seen in this photo taken on Sunday—in a bid to appease the volcano's spirits.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 May 2006 22:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gas clouds shoot down Mount Merapi volcano Clouds of deadly ash, rock fragments and hot gas surged down Mount Merapi's slopes Monday as activity intensified to the highest level since the volcano rumbled back to life weeks ago. One eruption sent an avalanche of debris and ash rolling more than 2 miles down the mountain's western flank, said Ratdomopurbo, the region's chief vulcanologist. It was followed by several other huge explosions.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 May 2006 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi volcano explodes with gas, ash Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano exploded with clouds of hot gas and ash rain early on Monday, sending some villagers who had been reluctant to leave scurrying for safety. Grey ash covered some vegetation and rooftops in the area of Ketep, 10 kms (six miles) from the base of the mountain, and many houses appeared deserted after residents evacuated.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 May 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eleven sand miners found dead in West Java landslide Eleven workers have been found after being buried alive while excavating a sand pit in Bandung regency, a police official said Sunday. Rescuers found all 11 men buried dead in the landslide occurred on Saturday in Nyalindung village, Cipatat district in West Java, said Comr. Asep Ahdiatna, a local police deputy chief.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 May 2006 19:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villagers return to slopes of Merapi despite threat Mount Merapi belched out massive clouds of black smoke and lava flows scorched fresh scars in its slopes, but many villagers ignored warnings of a major eruption and returned home to tend animals and crops. Even as the volcano's activity increased, scores of curious onlookers traveled by motorcycle, car and foot to its slopes, eager to see from a safe distance the mountain's awesome power.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 May 2006 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia local tests show 5 positive on bird flu Five Indonesian people from a family related by blood were positively infected by avian influenza virus after tested by the country's laboratory, health ministry official said here Saturday. Director General of Disease Control of the ministry, I Nyoman Kandun said that the five from Indonesia's North Sumatra province had had contacts with fowls and pigs.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 13 May 2006 18:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Doctor: Suharto's condition deteriorates Former Indonesian President Suharto's condition has deteriorated after further internal bleeding, but the long-time ruler is fully conscious, one of his doctors said on Saturday. Suharto, 84, who ruled Indonesia for 32 years, was admitted to hospital more than a week ago because of bleeding in his digestive system, which lowered his body's oxygen level, including to his brain.

Posted in General @ 13 May 2006 13:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi Volcano alert prompts mandatory evacuations Indonesian scientists have raised the alert status for the Mount Merapi volcano to its highest level, prompting mandatory evacuation of residents living near the mountain. Merapi, a 2,968-meter (9,738-foot) volcano near Yogyakarta city on Indonesia's most densely populated island of Java, has spewed pyroclastic flows since 8:30 a.m. local time today, Subandrio, head of the Mount Merapi observatory at the Volcano Development and Research Center, said in a telephone interview today.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 May 2006 08:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcano chasers move in as locals flee rumbling Merapi On the steaming slopes of Indonesia's mount Merapi, villagers fleeing their paddy fields pass tourists on the way up. The 2 914m volcano has been rumbling for more than three weeks and started oozing lava this month, prompting scientists to warn the pressure cooker could soon start spewing molten rock and clouds of gas and dust.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 May 2006 19:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3 militants arrested for beheading Christian schoolgirls Three militants suspected of beheading three Christian schoolgirls have been arrested in the Indonesian restive town of Poso and the video of their confession was shown here on Friday at the police headquarters. In the five-minute video, the suspects appeared separately to confess their crime or express remorse with the absence of their lawyers.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 12 May 2006 19:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Myths and mysticism that surround Merapi Discussion on Mt. Merapi volcano, expected imminently to erupt, would be considered incomplete unless it included the myths and mysticism that surround it. Reaching magnificently up to the sky on the border between Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces, the 2,968-meter volcano is believed, by the traditional Javanese communities that live in its vicinity, to be a sacred place.

Posted in Culture @ 12 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono drops charges against Suharto Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has decided to halt legal proceedings against former long-serving president Suharto, a local newspaper reported Thursday. Susilo dropped the corruption charges against ailing Suharto, who underwent a colon surgery earlier this week, after consulting with top government and parliament officials just before midnight Wednesday, reported Kompas.

Posted in General @ 11 May 2006 16:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Evacuation as Mt. Merapi volcano spews molten lava Mount Merapi in Indonesia's densely populated central Java is spewing molten lava as far as 1,500 metres from its crater, prompting the country's vice president Thursday to urge an immediate evacuation of people living on the slopes. After a helicopter inspection of the active volcano, Vice President Jusuf Kalla called central Java's government authorities to evacuate residents living in danger zones to makeshift shelters.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 May 2006 14:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three suspected bird flu patients die in Sumatra Three suspected bird flu patients have died in Indonesia's North Sumatra province during the past week, all were the residents of a same village in Karo regency, a newspaper reported Thursday. The province's Bird Flu Prevention Team also announced three other suspected bird flu patients are currently being treated at Adam Malik Hospital in the provincial capital of Medan, said The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 11 May 2006 10:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds return to slopes of Javanese volcano Residents evacuated from the slopes of Indonesia's Mount Merapi are returning to their homes despite increasing signs of an imminent eruption. The 2,914-metre volcano in Central Java has been on "standby" alert status for more than three weeks. One step higher requires the mandatory evacuation of all residents.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 May 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ailing ex-president sees light of redemption Ailing ex-president of Indonesia Soeharto sees the possibility of being redeemed from corruption and atrocity charges, as incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Wednesday planned to confer with top lawmakers over whether to drop such charges against him because of his deteriorating health.

Posted in General @ 11 May 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New proposal could put Indonesia on same time A proposed merged time zone would put an end to residents of the eastern part of the country showing up red-eyed for work after watching prime-time television shows broadcast from Jakarta. The advantages for businesses -- operating in the same work hours instead of dealing with a one or two-hour difference -- also could be considerable.

Posted in General @ 10 May 2006 11:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia bans purchase of Boeing 737-200s The Indonesian government said Wednesday it banned local airliners from purchasing passenger plane Boeing 737-200s due to many serious accidents involving the type of aircraft. "The government no longer permits airliners to import that kind of plane, and all kinds of planes whose flight cycles have reached 50,000 or have attained the age of 32 years," Transportation Minister Hatta Radjasa was quoted by the Detikcom news website as saying.

Posted in General @ 10 May 2006 08:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iran's President arrives in Indonesia amid N-row Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Jakarta early Wednesday for a visit during which he may ask Indonesia to play a mediating role with Western nations over his country's contested nuclear program, AFP reported. Ahmadinejad was greeted amid tight security by Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda and about two dozen Indonesian and Iranian officials.

Posted in Politics @ 10 May 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: Iran to take stake in Indonesia oil refinery Iran will invest up to 30 pct of the costs of building an oil refinery in Indonesia for which it will supply crude oil, the Wall Street Journal reported. In its online edition, the newspaper cited officials as saying the National Iranian Oil Refinery and Distribution Co will build the refinery with Elnusa, a unit of Indonesia's state-owned oil company Pertamina.

Posted in Economy @ 10 May 2006 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutor: Bali bombings were to avenge Muslim deaths Four suspected Islamic militants went on trial today for their alleged roles in last year’s suicide bombings on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, attacks a prosecutor said were aimed at avenging Muslims’ deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. If found guilty, they could face the death penalty under anti-terror laws. Security was tight at the Denpasar trials, the first to be held over the triple bombings that killed 20 people and were blamed on Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked south-east Asian terror group.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 May 2006 09:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second uni on black list in Indonesia A second Victorian university has fallen foul of the Indonesian Government over West Papuan independence, putting at risk a lucrative education market. Soon after Deakin University was effectively black-listed by Indonesia over the work of two academics, a spokeswoman for the Indonesian Ministry of National Education, Nur Samsiah, said it had also cut ties with RMIT University.

Posted in Politics @ 09 May 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia may do selective polio vaccinations Indonesia reached almost 24 million children in its last polio immunizations but may have another vaccination round in some regions to be sure of stamping out the disease by 2008, officials said on Monday. Over the past year polio, once considered virtually wiped out globally, has infected hundreds in Indonesia.

Posted in Health @ 09 May 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientist: Dome shape of Mt Merapi changing quickly A new dome at the peak of Indonesia's simmering Mount Merapi was changing quickly Monday and more ominous lava oozed down its slopes but residents were not ordered to evacuate, a scientist said. "Although the morphology of the new dome is changing at a relatively fast pace, my superior has not yet seen the need to raise Merapi's alert status to its highest level," said Triyani from the volcanology office in Yogyakarta, 30 kilometers south of the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 May 2006 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Molten lava continue flows from Mount Merapi Mount Merapi in Indonesia's densely populated central Java, considered to be one of the world's most active volcanoes, continued spewing blazed lava and shooting thick white smoke up to 800 metres into the air, experts said on Sunday. Volcanologists at a nearby monitoring post warned that residents living in the danger zones of the Merapi volcano should be aware of the dangers if the volcano releases hot and poisonous clouds or lava flows.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 May 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iran President to visit Indonesia Tuesday According to an AFP report, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to visit Indonesia Tuesday for bilateral talks ahead of a summit of eight large Muslim countries in Bali, Iranian Foreign Ministry said. "Dr. Ahmadinejad is going to visit Indonesia on Tuesday at the invitation of his counterpart (President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono). Bilateral issues and political, economic and cultural issues are going to be discussed," ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters.

Posted in Politics @ 08 May 2006 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Noordin's five aides reportedly arrested in Palu Indonesian police arrested five people, accused of being aides of Noordin M. Top, who was claimed as the Southeast Asian No. 1 terrorist leader, in Central Sulawesi provincial capital of Palu, a report says on Sunday. The five people, who were arrested on Saturday evening, are identified as Aprianto alias Irwan, Arman alias Haris, Nano, AbdulMuis, and Asrudin, according to report of Antara news agency.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 May 2006 19:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-president undergoes surgery Former Indonesian president Suharto is undergoing colon surgery to stop bleeding in his digestive tract, according to one of his doctors. The surgery began Sunday at 9:00 p.m. (1400GMT) and was expected to last around three hours until midnight (1700 GMT).

Posted in General @ 07 May 2006 19:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Doctors: Suharto’s organs have partly failed Doctors treating ailing former Indonesian president Suharto said his condition was still not stable because his organs have partly failed, but ongoing blood transfusions have slightly improved his condition.

Posted in General @ 06 May 2006 09:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lava spills into valley Lava flowed on Friday from Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi, which experts say could erupt at anytime, threatening thousands of people in the country's central Java heartland. Several thousand people have moved away from Gunung Merapi -or Fiery Mountain- which has been simmering for weeks, but officials put the total number of residents on and near the country's most active volcano at around 14,000.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 May 2006 10:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Former President Suharto rushed to hospital Former Indonesian president Suharto has been rushed to a Jakarta hospital suffering intestinal bleeding, a news report says. Jakarta-based private television network Metro TV reported in its midnight program the former strongman was admitted to Pertamina Central Hospital in South Jakarta at 6.30pm on Thursday, with some of his children and grandchildren accompanying him.

Posted in General @ 05 May 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sultan Hamengku Buwono X: 'Merapi in critical condition' Mount Merapi, one of the most dangerous volcanos in the Pacific 'Ring of Fire' in Java, has become increasingly critical following the appearace a new crater and increasing magma pressures on its top, Yoyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X said here on Thursday. "The new crater holds between 80,000 and 100,000 cubic meters of magma," the Sultan said on the sidelines of the anniversary celeberation of National Education Day, which was held here.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 May 2006 16:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Makeup led to woman's branding as prostitute Every humiliating moment of that day is etched in Lilies Lindawati's memory. She still smarts at the indignity of being branded a prostitute as she stood before a jeering crowd in a "show trial" for Tangerang's new prostitution bylaw. "I felt like I was being raped in front of those people who laughed at me after the judge ruled I was a prostitute, simply because the law and order officers found a makeup compact and a lipstick in my bag," a tearful Lilies told The Jakarta Post in her rented home in Tangerang.

Posted in Human rights @ 04 May 2006 09:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 95 reactions


5,000 evacuated, first lava oozes from Mount Merapi More than 5,000 Indonesians have fled their homes around simmering Mount Merapi, officials said Thursday, as the first lava flow oozed from the volcano. Lava spilled at 2:00 am local time from a new lava dome that has grown on top of Mount Merapi, which has been on stand-by alert for three weeks, said Muzani from Yogyakarta's vulcanology office. "The lava flowed for about 200 metres (yards)," he told AFP.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 May 2006 06:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


'Sharia-based bylaws violate Constitution' Tangerang is firmly in the spotlight after the issuance of a controversial bylaw to eradicate prostitution in the municipality. It also issued another bylaw that bans liquor. Syafi'i Anwar, executive director of the International Centre for Islam and Pluralism (ICIP), shared his views with Ridwan Max Sijabat >on what is happening in the region.

Posted in Religion @ 04 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Residents ask to be evacuated as Merapi rumbles Residents of Sengi hamlet on the slope of Mt Merapi on Wednesday asked to be evacuated as they had heard rumbling sounds coming from the volcano's top. "They have been hearing the rumbling sounds since yesterday, an indication that Mount Merapi is to erupt," Tarno, Sengi hamlet head, said on Wednesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 May 2006 20:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


China Olympics 2008: destroying Papua's ancient rainforests With two-and-a-half years to go until the start of the 2008 Olympics to be held in Beijing China, the Chinese government and Olympic Committee have recently placed a $1 billion rush order for endangered rainforest timbers from Indonesia's Papua province to be used in construction for the games. A proposed timber processing factory would industrially harvest 800,000 cubic meters of the famous and threatened merbau (intsia spp) rainforest timbers, to be exported to China for the construction of sports facilities.

Posted in Environment @ 03 May 2006 19:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


River of lava ready to hit villages near Merapi A local volcanologist reiterated Tuesday that huge amounts of molten lava were poised to be expelled from restless Mt. Merapi and blanket communities lying in their path. "The materials will shoot downward to Gendol, Boyong and Woro rivers (in the direction of Klaten, Central Java), reaching from seven to eight kilometers from the crater," said Subandriyo, the head of volcanology of the Yogyakarta Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 May 2006 08:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police name 41 suspects in the Tuban violence The police have identified 41 suspects in riots linked to the Tuban regental elections and are focusing on seven people believed to have masterminded the unrest, National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam said Monday. The naming of the suspects came after the questioning of 104 people believed to be involved in Saturday's vandalism, where the incumbent regent's residence and the office of the Tuban chapter of the General Election Commission were among the buildings burned down, Anton said.

Posted in Violence @ 02 May 2006 20:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcano grows 10 metres in three days Mount Merapi has grown 10 metres in height in three days with pools of lava forming at its smoking summit. Experts fear an eruption could be imminent. Villagers living on the slopes of the 2,914-metre peak has been on standby alert for more than three weeks. That is one level below that which would require a mandatory evacuation for more than 29,000 people living around its fertile slopes.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 May 2006 10:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


China firms in US$7 billion deal with Indonesia Four of China's power equipment firms have agreed on a US$7 billion deal with Indonesia, reported United Press International. According to the report, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the four Chinese manufacturers and Perusahaan Listrik Negara, Indonesia's state-owned electricity company, during the Boao forum on Hainan island last weekend.

Posted in Economy @ 02 May 2006 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


May 1 holiday rejected in Indonesia Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla on Monday rejected calls to grant a holiday during the International Labor Day commemoration on May 1, saying the country already has too many days off. "If we accepted the calls, there would be too many holidays. Therefore we oppose them," he told reporters here. Kalla said Indonesia has at least 12 holidays a year for religious events and national celebrations.

Posted in General @ 02 May 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police discover explosive like those used in Bali bombings An anti-terror unit found a backpack filled with explosives similar to those used in the 2005 triple suicide bombings on the Indonesia resort island Bali that killed 20 people, police said Monday. Police found the homemade bomb early Sunday in a storage unit in the Central Javanese town of Temanggung following a tip from two militants arrested in a weekend raid on their hideout, said deputy spokesman for the national police Brig. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 May 2006 10:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police issue shoot-on-sight for for East Java rioters East Java Police chief Brig. Gen. Herman Suryadi has issued a shoot-on-sight order for rioters following the massive wave of vandalism by disgruntled supporters of a candidate in the Tuban regental elections. Tuban Police intensified their hunt for the masterminds of the violence, Herman said, with a curfew imposed for an indefinite period of time in the area.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2006 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia braces for big May Day rallies Security forces were on top alert throughout Indonesia on Monday ahead of May Day rallies that could see tens of thousands take to the streets in Jakarta alone, police said. The demonstrations are taking place against a backdrop of government plans to revise a 2003 labour law, a move that has prompted a rising tide of worker opposition.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2006 07:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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