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New system detects 1,800 fake passports The government has detected some 1,800 cases of passport fraud since it implemented the new biometric passport system earlier this year, immigration officials said Wednesday. Justice and Human Rights Ministry spokesman Taswem Tarib said officials had found 181 attempts to duplicate passports from June 12-16.

Posted in Human rights @ 29 June 2006 19:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

'Playboy' editor, model named suspects Playboy magazine's editor-in-chief and first centerfold model in Indonesia were formally named by police as suspects in an indecency case against the publication. Indonesian authorities said they were investigating model Kartika Gunawan, a woman who posed in lingerie in a premiere edition in April, and Erwin Arnada. They could be prosecuted and if found guilty imprisoned for two years and eight months.

Posted in General @ 29 June 2006 19:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions

Indonesia, Australia moving for prisoner exchange agreement Indonesia and Australia have agreed to sign agreement on the exchange of prisoners and further talks on this issue will be held this week, a senior official said Wednesday. "We will be in talks with the Australian attorney general tomorrow (Thursday) to finalize the preparation. Indonesia and Australia have agreed with the substance of the prisoner exchange agreement," Minister of Justice and Human Rights Affairs Hamid Awaluddin was quoted by the Detikcom news website as saying.

Posted in Politics @ 29 June 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Australia, Indonesia police bust major drug ring Australian and Indonesian police have disrupted the largest pseudoephedrine smuggling syndicate to ever target Australia, halting the manufacture of about A$71 million (41.2 million euro) worth of the drug methamphetamine. The syndicate allegedly imported more than 380kg of pseudoephedrine into Australia on six occasions from early 2005, the Australian Federal Police said in a statement today.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 June 2006 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia prepares to execute 16 drug offenders Indonesian authorities are preparing to execute 16 people, including 10 foreigners from Africa and Asia, who are on death row for drug trafficking. An official at the attorney general's office has quoted Attorney General spokesman, I Wayan Pasek, as saying that the 16 prisoners have exhausted every legal avenue of appeal.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 June 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Scientists photograph five ancient coelacanth fish Scientists working off Indonesia's Sulawesi island have photographed five primitive fish once thought to have died along with the dinosaur, a newspaper reported Tuesday. The fish, called a coelacanth, was first found alive in 1938 off the coast of Africa. It had been thought to have become extinct some 65 million years ago, and the find of the so-called "living fossil" ignited worldwide interest.

Posted in Environment @ 28 June 2006 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions

Chameleon-like snake discovered in Borneo Scientists in Indonesia have discovered a new and mysterious species of snake in the depths of rain forest-clad Borneo which has the ability to change colours, the WWF conservation group has said. The half-meter long snake, known locally as a "mud snake", was collected by a WWF consultant and a German reptile expert in the wetlands along the Kapuas River in West Kalimantan more than a year ago. "It has since been established that it is really a new species," the WWF's Iwan Wibisono told AFP.

Posted in Environment @ 27 June 2006 17:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions

Indonesia may have nuclear power plant in 5 years Indonesia will likely have a nuclear power plant for electricity within the next five years if the country begins the building of the plant this year, Indonesian Minister of Research and Technology Kusmayanto Kadiman said here on Tuesday. According to the minister, Vice President Jusuf Kalla had instructed to accelerate the supply of electricity to meet the country's strong demand and nuclear energy was thought to be one of the main solutions.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 27 June 2006 17:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions

Death toll in Sumatra ferry sinking reaches 16 Sixteen people have been confirmed dead and around 20 are still missing from a ferry that sank last week off Sumatra island's west coast, a naval officer said on Tuesday. Lieutenant-Colonel Jaka Santoso, chief of the Sibolga naval base on the island, told Reuters by telephone it was likely that the remaining people who haven't been found were dead. He said the bodies recovered recently "have been bloated and they are hard to identify".

Posted in Accidents @ 27 June 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Abu Bakar Bashir addresses quake survivors Abu Bakar Bashir has blamed Indonesians' "damaged morals" for the devastating earthquake that hit Java last month and urged the government to implement Islamic law. In his first major public appearance since his release from prison after serving 26 months for conspiring in the Bali bombings, the militant cleric addressed around 1,000 people outside the headquarters of his hardline Islamic organisation in Yogyakarta.

Posted in General @ 26 June 2006 17:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Twenty-one dead in flash floods in Kalimantan Twenty-one people died in floods triggered by heavy rain in central Indonesia, the second such disaster in the sprawling nation in less than a week, state news agency Antara reported Monday. At least 20 others were missing after the floods tore through four villages on the small island of Laut, which lies off the southern tip of Borneo island, Antara quoted local officials as saying. Local authorities could not immediately be reached for comment.

Posted in Flooding @ 26 June 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

South Sulawesi flood toll nears 300 The death toll from floods and landslides in eastern Indonesia province of South Sulawesi reached more than 280 on Sunday, with dozens of others still missing and thousands homeless, news reports said. The June 20 disaster was the latest tragedy to hit the world's vast archipelago nation, less then a month after a powerful earthquake that devastated the Javanese cultural city of Yogyakarta and nearby areas that killed 5,800.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 June 2006 20:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Govt drops relief supplies in flood-hit area Helicopters dropped relief supplies on Sunday to thousands of victims of flooding and landslides on Sulawesi island, officials said. Some 10,000 people have been displaced following two days of torrential rain at the start of the week that flattened homes and turned swathes of land into vast lakes of water.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 June 2006 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Strong quake strikes east of Manado A magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck central Indonesia on Sunday, the Hong Kong Observatory said. The quake, recorded at 4:20 a.m. local time, was centered 180 miles southwest of the city of Manado on Indonesia's central Sulawesi island, the observatory said in a statement.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 June 2006 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Flood death toll in South Sulawesi tops 263 At least 263 people have died since massive floods and landslides swept through several regencies in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province Wednesday, reports said Saturday. Sinjai regency was the worst hit by the disaster with death toll being confirmed at 248 as of Saturday, reported the national Antara news agency.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 June 2006 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

40 still missing in Sumatra ferry accident Nearly 40 passengers were still missing after a ferry sunk in rough waters off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, officials said Friday. Most of the over 130 passengers and crew on board the Surya Makmur Indah ferry when it sunk off the coast of North Sumatra Thursday were rescued, but dozens of others were still missing.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 June 2006 10:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

WHO: Human bird flu transmission proven in Indonesia Bird flu was spread directly between members of an Indonesian family in the first laboratory- confirmed case of human-to-human transmission of the lethal virus, a World Health Organization official said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 23 June 2006 13:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions

Spread of bird flu ‘likely’ by personal contact Human-to-human transmission is the most likely cause of bird flu last month in seven members of a family living on Indonesia's Sumatra Island, the country's Ministry of Health said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 23 June 2006 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions

South Sulawesi flood death toll hits 200 The death toll climbed to 200 after flash floods and landslides swept through villages in the eastern Indonesian province of South Sulawesi, and left more than 130 others missing, officials said Thursday. 'The latest reports we've gotten from the field now show the death toll reached 200,' said Yustin, an official at the disaster task force, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa from the provincial capital of Makassar, about 1,400 kilometres northeast of Jakarta.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 June 2006 17:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Boat with 120 people sinks off Sumatra A ferry with 120 people on board has sunk off Sumatra island due to bad weather, a senior rescue official said on Thursday, but there was no information on the status of the passengers. Dianta Bangun, head of the search and rescue office in North Sumatra province, told Reuters rescuers were still trying to locate the boat which he said had 108 passengers and 12 crewmen.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 June 2006 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Major Muslim groups spearhead moderate campaign Indonesia's two largest Muslim organizations Nadhlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah say they are committed to campaigning for moderate Islam to counter the emergence of militant groups, a local newspaper said Thursday. They pledged that they would not seek strict religious formalism in pluralist Indonesia -- meaning the upholding of the outward signs and practices of the religion -- nor tolerate the use of violence in the name of the religion, said The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Politics @ 22 June 2006 10:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Indonesia sees 6.3% economic growth in 2007 Indonesia projected 6.3 percent economic growth next year, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said in Jakarta on Wednesday. The minister said that the government assumed the country's rupiah exchange rate against one U.S. dollar was at 9,400 rupiahs and inflation rate at 6.5 percent for 2007.

Posted in Economy @ 22 June 2006 08:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Landslides and floods kill 188 in South Sulawesi The death toll from landslides and floods on Indonesia's eastern Sulawesi island this week has reached 188, and another 145 people are missing, an official said on Thursday. A search-and-rescue operation has been underway in South Sulawesi province after two days of heavy rain at the beginning of the week. Sinjai regency was the worst-hit area after flooding early on Tuesday, police and disaster officials say.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 June 2006 07:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

South Sulawesi floods: 65 killed Landslides and floods on Indonesia's eastern Sulawesi island have killed 65 people and the toll could rise, a police official said on Wednesday. A search-and-rescue operation was under way after two days of heavy rain in several areas in South Sulawesi province. Sinjai regency was the worst-hit area after major flooding early on Tuesday, rescuers and police said.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 June 2006 06:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia confirms 39th bird flu death Indonesia today confirmed its 39th death from bird flu after tests by a WHO-affiliated laboratory showed that a 14-year-old boy had died of the virus, a health ministry official said. 'Ibrahim Ahmad, 14, was positively infected with bird flu, according to the results of tests by the WHO-affiliated laboratory in Hong Kong,' said Ningrum from the ministry's bird flu centre.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 June 2006 20:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions

36 dead in South Sulawesi floods At least 36 people, many of them children, have been killed and dozens were missing after flooding and landslides in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province, police and residents said Tuesday. Incessant rains over the past two days inundated rice paddies and damaged hundreds of houses in five provincial districts in the central Indonesian region.

Posted in Flooding @ 20 June 2006 20:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Mudflow scatters villagers in East Java Three weeks of an unceasing, foul- smelling mudflow from a gas well accident have uprooted more locals in Porong district of East Java province and forced them to shelter in cramped markets, schools and government offices. On Sunday, more than 3,800 residents from the four worst-hit villages near Sidoarjo were staying at newly built Pasar Baru Porong market, which was scheduled to begin operation in July. Others are camped out in school buildings, offices and local mosques, local newspaper the Jakarta Post daily reported on Monday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 20 June 2006 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions

May motorcycle sales up 19% vs April, down 23% y-o-y Industry-wide motorcycle sales grew 19 percent to 322, 680 units in May from 271,092 in April, but were down 23 percent from 419,608 a year ago, the Indonesian Motorcycle Industry Association (AISI) said. In the first five months, total sales reached 1.47 million units against 1.98 million a year earlier, with PT Astra International's "Honda" brand maintaining its leading 51 pct market share, XFN-Asia reported quoting AISI.

Posted in Economy @ 20 June 2006 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Jakarta calls in bird flu experts amid criticism An international team of experts will this week conduct an urgent study of measures to reduce bird flu in Indonesia, as the country's human death toll continues to rise. Indonesia and Vietnam have the highest number of cases of the deadly H5N1 virus – accounting for 81 of the 123 confirmed human deaths from the virus since 2003 – and the archipelago is soon expected to account for more human cases than anywhere in the world.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 19 June 2006 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions

Indonesia allows aid into East Timor Indonesia is to open its border with East Timor to allow humanitarian aid to reach some 130,000 people affected by recent violence. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced the move at a meeting with his East Timorese counterpart in the Indonesian island of Bali. Meanwhile, the leader of East Timor's rebels has said his group has disarmed.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2006 09:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Volcano continues to spew glowing lava Coughing Mount Merapi, which is located between Yogyakarta and Central Java Province, Indonesia, continued to spew hot clouds and glowing lava in the southerly direction toward Gendol River on Saturday. "From the Babadan observation post, it was monitored that Mount Merapi expelled two hot clouds over a maximum distance of 1.5 kilometer in the wee hours on Saturday," Antara news agency quoted head of the Merapi Section of Yogyakarta's Volcanological and Technology Development Center (BPPTK) Subandriyo as saying.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 June 2006 15:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

WHO: Tetanus kills 18 quake survivors in Java Tetanus has killed at least 18 earthquake survivors in Indonesia among more than 50 known cases of the infection spread through bacteria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. Indonesian health workers and the United Nations agency have been conducting vaccination campaigns against tetanus and measles after the May 27 quake around Yogyakarta that killed more than 5,700 people and left tens of thousands homeless.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 June 2006 14:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Lack of funds hits Java quake relief Aid organisations helping the survivors of last month's massive earthquake on the Indonesian island of Java have warned that emergency relief operations are being hampered by a shortage of funds from international donors.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 June 2006 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

WHO confirms 38th death of bird flu in Indonesia The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that an Indonesian girl who died last month was contracted with avian influenza, bringing the country's total death toll to 39 out of 52 contracted ones, a health ministry official said here on Thursday. Director at the ministry Nyoman Kandun said that the confirmation was given after the sending of the second samples of the seven-year-old girl from Pamulang in outskirt of Jakarta.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 June 2006 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Japan to offer Indonesia 3 patrol boats Japan's Cabinet approved on Tuesday a plan to donate three patrol boats to Indonesia to "help fight terrorism and piracy" and exempted the move from Japan's ban on arms exports. The exemption is made on conditions that the vessels are to be used in limited purposes including fighting terrorism and piracy and that they are not be transferred to a third country without Japan's consent, Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said in a statement, according to Kyodo News.

Posted in Politics @ 16 June 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Two trapped in bunker on Merapi volcano found dead Two men trapped in a bunker by volcanic debris from Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano have died, disaster management officials and a Reuters witness said on Friday. "The first person was in a singed condition because of hot steam," Widisutikno told Elshinta news radio, while the second person's body was intact when recovered from the bunker early on Friday morning.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 June 2006 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia's silence on Timor Leste crisis For two months Timor Leste has gone through its worst crisis since its independence. Much of the country's trade and economy depend on us. Much of the geo-political space in which it has to pursue its foreign policy, and to achieve stability and justice, depends on us. They use our language, even smoke the same kretek cigarettes as we do. And, in the most fundamental sense, they had suffered under "our" harsh occupation. Yet, with a few exceptions, many prefer to remain silent, ignoring their sorry plight. Why?

Posted in History @ 16 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Two trapped after Mount Merapi volcano erupts Rescuers dug through volcanic debris Thursday to reach two people trapped when Indonesia‘s most volatile volcano erupted, nearly enveloping a village with a searing gas cloud and forcing thousands of residents to flee. "The situation is ... life-threatening," said Yousana Siagian, head of the government‘s Vulcanology and Disaster Mitigation Center, after the alert level for Mount Merapi was raised to its highest status again and it dumped thick ash on scores of houses.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 June 2006 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Mount Merapi volcano back on highest alert level An Indonesian agency has raised the alert status of Mount Merapi volcano to its highest level again after it spewed more hot clouds, an official said on Wednesday, a day after it downgraded the status. "The status was upgraded at 2 p.m. because of the increasing hot clouds," Triyani, an official at the state-run volcano monitoring centre, told Reuters.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 June 2006 12:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia releases militant islamic cleric A militant cleric alleged to be a top leader in an al-Qaida-linked terror group was released from prison Wednesday to cries of "God is great" from supporters. Abu Bakar Bashir, 68, had served 26 months for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed 202 people and thrust Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, onto the front lines of the war on terror.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2006 08:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia lowers alert level at Merapi volcano An Indonesian state agency monitoring Mount Merapi has lowered the volcano's alert status after a decrease in emissions, officials at the vulcanology centre said on Tuesday. Merapi in central Java, near the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta, is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the Pacific "Ring of Fire". It has threatened a major eruption for weeks, forcing evacuation of thousands from its slopes.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 June 2006 15:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

China calls on Indonesia to abide by one-China policy Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan on Monday calls on Indonesia to faithfully abide by the one-China policy. Tang told visiting Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda that China firmly supports Indonesia's efforts in maintaining national unity and appreciates its contribution to promoting China-ASEAN relations. "To support each other on major issues concerning national sovereignty and territorial integrity is an important embodiment of China-Indonesia strategic partnership," he said.

Posted in Politics @ 12 June 2006 18:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Pertamina: Indonesia okays Cepu oilfield plan Indonesia's energy regulator has approved the development plan for its big Cepu oilfield, with production on track to begin in late 2008 or early 2009, the head of state oil firm Pertamina said on Monday. "The development has been approved, we are proceeding with the field development," Pertamina President and CEO Ari Soemarno told Reuters on the sidelines of the Asia Oil & Gas Conference (AOGC). "We hope we can start late 2008 or early 2009."

Posted in Economy @ 12 June 2006 18:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Smouldering Mount Merapi slows tourism In the shadow of Mount Merapi, a 30-year-old woman selling snacks to tourists visiting the rumbling Indonesian volcano says business has never been this bad. Tourists who once thronged the area are too frightened to trek to Babadan, one of Merapi's observation points, just 4.5 km (3 miles) from the peak of the restive mountain. "I used to get 100 customers during weekends, but it's too quiet now," said Ngatini, a mother of two, sitting in her wooden hut covered with thick volcanic ash.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 June 2006 10:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia probably first to report human-spread bird flu The first instances of human-to-human bird flu transmission probably occurred in Indonesia, according to a minister of the archipelago nation. Aburizal Bakrie, coordinating minister for people's welfare, said yesterday that the seven cluster cases of H5N1 positive reported last month included the first cases of human-to-human transmission. The minister was speaking at a meeting to announce a nationwide campaign to prevent an outbreak and prepare for a pandemic.

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

107 Sri Lankan illegal immigrants arrested in Bogor Indonesian officials Saturday said they have arrested more than 100 illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka in the latest crackdown on human trafficking. A total of 107 Sri Lankan men were detained when immigration officials raided two houses Thursday in the resort town of Cisarua, said Muhammad Indra, a director with Indonesia's immigration department.

Posted in General @ 11 June 2006 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Canadian climber dies on Mt. Rinjani A Canadian mountain climber died after falling off a cliff on Mt. Rinjani, Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara province, said an official of a search and rescue team. The body of Paul Ohashi, 27, was found by local search and rescue team early on Wednesday on Segara Muncar cliff, head of Mataram Search and Rescue team IBG Budhisma was quoted by Antara news agency as saying Saturday.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 June 2006 10:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Merapi activity slows down, but still dangerous Activity of Mt. Merapi slowed down on Saturday, but Yogyakarta's Volcano Research Center had not removed the red code status of the volcano as its activity could still increase anytime, an official said. Data collected by the Center from midnight to 6 a.m. on Saturday showed that the volcano spewed 43 times of hot gas, flowing some one kilometer away from the peak.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 June 2006 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

RI envoy returns to Canberra, ties 'back on right track' Signs of a thaw in frosty Indonesia-Australia relations are apparent after Jakarta sent its ambassador back to Canberra ahead of a meeting between the countries' leaders later this month. Foreign Ministry spokesman Desra Percaya said Friday that T.M. Hamzah Thayeb, who was recalled on March 24 during a rancorous dispute over Papuan asylum seekers, would arrive back in the Australian capital this weekend.

Posted in Politics @ 10 June 2006 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Muslim hardliners vow to protest Playboy's second edition Hardline Muslim groups in Indonesia vowed to take to the streets to protest the second edition of the Indonesian Playboy magazine, local media reports said Friday. The June edition hit news stands this week after protests over the premier edition two months ago led editors of the Indonesian version of the US magazine to postpone publication of the second edition.

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

Indonesia to take measures for preventing diseases in quake areas The Indonesian government vowed on Friday that it will take measures to prevent the outbreak of killing diseases in the areas devastated by the May 27 earthquake in Yogyakarta and Central Java, after four people died of tetanus in the quake zones recently. "Four people have died of tetanus recently, two in Yogyakarta and two in Central Java," Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari told reporters in Yogyakarta.

Posted in Earthquake @ 09 June 2006 14:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Merapi spews lava and gas in large eruption Indonesia's Mount Merapi hurled lava and gas clouds down its slopes on Thursday in the volcano's largest eruption since it began heating up two months ago, officials and local media reports said. The eruption occurred at about 9:05 a.m. (02:05 GMT), reaching a record distance of five kilometres in the direction of the Gendol River, burning down part of the Kaliadem forest area in the district of Sleman, the state-run news agency, Antara, reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 June 2006 20:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Police find 43 bombs in Pasuruan, motive unclear Police found a box full of bombs in central Indonesia after one of the explosives accidentally detonated, but refused to speculate whether the cache was intended for terrorist attacks or dynamite fishing. "We are investigating,'' Lt. Col. Ari Subiyanto, a senior police official in East Java province, said Thursday after 43 homemade bombs were discovered in a house in the city of Pasuruan. "We don't know yet what they were for.''

Posted in General @ 08 June 2006 13:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia to US: learn some patience The US needs to let other countries decide for themselves how to fight terrorism in order to counter perceptions that Washington is overbearing, Indonesia's defense minister told visiting US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In turn, Rumsfeld talked to Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono and Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday about a need for their nation to continue efforts to ensure that human rights abuses are no longer a problem with its military.

Posted in Politics @ 08 June 2006 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Bird Flu campaign to start as human tally climbs A campaign to warn Indonesians about bird flu will start next week, a United Nations official said, almost a year after the virus infected the first of 49 people in the world's fourth-most-populous country. Thousands of government workers and members of social and religious groups will be involved in the nationwide effort to stem avian flu outbreaks in poultry, avoid human cases and help prepare for a pandemic, said John Budd, head of communications with the United Nations Children's Fund in Jakarta.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 June 2006 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Red Cross triples aid appeal for Indonesia quake The International Red Cross has tripled its emergency aid appeal to help survivors of the earthquake, which killed more than 5800 people in Indonesia last month. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said it was increasing its appeal to US$31 million ($49 million), after donors covered its initial May 27 request for US$10.4 million.

Posted in Earthquake @ 08 June 2006 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Rising radicalism, intolerance threaten Indonesia's diversity Fifty years ago, Clifford Geertz wrote: " ... archipelagic in geography, eclectic in civilization, and heterogeneous in culture, Indonesia flourishes when it accepts and capitalizes on its diversity and disintegrates when it denies and suppresses it". The comment, part of Geertz's assessment of the political situation in Indonesia in the late fifties, also anticipates the future of Indonesia.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Strong quake west of Sumatra, no damage reported 6.2 magnitude undersea earthquake struck off the western Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday, but the state meteorology and geophysics agency said its epicentre was too deep to cause any damage. "The epicentre was 300 km (200 miles) deep. That is very deep. They did not feel it in Lampung province," said agency official Fauzi, referring to the southern Sumatran province closest to the Indian Ocean epicentre. He added the quake would not cause any tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 June 2006 12:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia publishes 2nd edition of Playboy A second edition of Playboy hit the streets in the world's most populous Muslim nation Wednesday, two months after rock-throwing Islamic hardliners targeted the magazine's offices in the capital Jakarta after its debut. The Indonesian publisher has since relocated the toned-down magazine's headquarters to the resort island of Bali to protect his staff against violent protests.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2006 08:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 13 reactions

Indonesia begins immunizations in earthquake zone Hundreds of women cradling babies and holding the hands of children lined up Wednesday as Indonesia kicked off a massive campaign to immunize more than 1.5 million people against disease following last month's deadly earthquake. “We are racing against time,” said Gandung Hermanto, head of the surveillance division at the health department in Bantul, the district hardest hit by the May 27 quake that turned ramshackle homes into piles of bricks and rubble in less than a minute.

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

Bashir to be freed within days An Indonesian militant cleric jailed in connection with a 2002 Bali bombing will be free in a week, said a top Indonesian official. Indonesia's Justice and Human Rights Minister Hamid Awaluddin said Tuesday that Abu Bakar Bashir, 68, would be released on June 14. Bashir has served 26 months of a 30-month sentence after being convicted of conspiracy in the nightclub bombing that killed 202 people, including two Canadians.

Posted in Human rights @ 07 June 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

11,000 evacuated as Mount Merapi volcano spews ash and lava The 9,700-foot (2,900-meter) volcano on the Indonesian island of Java has been sporadically spewing clouds of toxic gas and lava for several weeks. Experts believe a major eruption could come at any time. Villagers were being trucked away from the foot of the mountain to temporary shelters.

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

Merapi volcano lava dome raises eruption concerns The lava dome on Indonesia's Mount Merapi is increasing, raising concerns the volcano will erupt and add to the chaos in central Java after last month's earthquake that killed more than 5,800 people. Mount Merapi, which is about 60 kilometers (35 miles) from the center of the May 27 earthquake near the city of Yogyakarta, has been emitting more gas, lava and ash in recent days, Agus Sampurno, an officer on duty at the Volcano Development and Research in Yogyakarta, said in a phone interview today.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 June 2006 11:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia placed on U.S. trafficking watch list Israel and Egypt, both U.S. allies, were demoted in a State Department ranking of countries judged on efforts to combat forced labor and other forms of exploitation. Three countries in Asia -- Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan -- were added to the watch list, cited as destinations or transit countries for forced labor and sexual exploitation. The Philippines was moved off the list.

Posted in General @ 06 June 2006 08:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

SBY denounces Timor Leste PM for linking unrest with Indonesia Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday denounced Timor Leste Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri for accusing pro-Indonesia militiamen of involving in the bloody riots in the tiny country in the last few weeks. Susilo said Alkatiri's remarks could spark a new problem in the bilateral ties between Indonesia and its former province, which seceded in 1999 under a U.N.-sponsored referendum and gained independence three years later.

Posted in Politics @ 06 June 2006 08:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions

Sanitary conditions worsen in quake-hit area Many of Indonesia's 650,000 homeless earthquake survivors are living with deteriorating sanitary conditions, forced to wash with dirty water that infects wounds and spreads skin disease, doctors said Sunday. Another peril loomed from a nearby volcano, which spewed lava and hot gases dozens of times on Sunday. There was also concern about bird flu in the quake zone, as the number of Indonesia's human deaths from the virus mounted. Some of the homeless have taken shelter in chicken coops that aid workers fear could contain the disease.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 June 2006 10:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Passenger plane slides off the runway on Banda An Indonesian passenger plane carrying 17 people slid off the runway while landing on the eastern island of Banda on Monday, officials said. Almost everyone on board suffered injuries, none of them serious. The Merpati Airline plane, arriving from the town of Masohi on Seram Island in rainy conditions, was carrying three crew and 14 passengers, said Abdullah Akhir, chief of the clinic that was treating the victims.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 June 2006 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Bird flu kills 37th victim in Indonesia The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed an Indonesian teenager who died last week was infected with bird flu, a Health Ministry official said, taking the country's total of deaths from the virus to 37. Nyoman Kandun, a director general at the ministry, said the 15-year-old boy from Tasikmalaya in West Java had had contact with poultry.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 05 June 2006 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Mount Merapi volcano continuing spewing lava Mount Merapi volcano spewed out fresh clouds of hot gases and streams of lava today, as scientists warned that its expanding lava dome might collapse. Lava spurted out of the crater dozens of times, and searing-hot clouds of gas and debris known as pyroclastic flows reached as far as four kilometres down the mountain's southeast side, said Sugiono, a Government researcher, who uses one name.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 June 2006 15:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

China delivers more aid to quake-hit Indonesia The first batch of China's 10 million yuan (1.25 million U.S. dollar) worth of relief materials for Indonesia's quake victims arrived in Indonesia's Solo airport Saturday afternoon. The goods include medicine, medical equipment, tents, sheets and power generators. The second batch will arrive here on Sunday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 June 2006 10:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Java quake toll soars as hospitals strained The number of casualties from the Indonesian quake soared as the United Nations said hospitals were overcrowded and still lacked basic supplies to treat the mass of injured. The death toll rose to 6,234 while the number of those hurt in the quake more than doubled to some 46,000, with more than 33,000 suffering serious injuries, the social affairs ministry said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 June 2006 10:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Gov't to set up 5,000 tents for emergency classes The Indonesian government will set up 5,000 tents to house emergency classes for students in quake- stricken areas in Yogyakarta and Central Java, a minister said. The emergency classes would be open starting July 2006, the Antara News Agency quoted National Education Minister Bambang Sudibyo as saying on Saturday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 June 2006 19:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Agency: 'Quake survivors at risk from bird flu' Some homeless survivors from last month's earthquake in Indonesia are at greater risk of catching avian influenza as they shelter in poultry sheds, Merlin, a U.K.-based aid agency said. Merlin's workers found more than 100 quake survivors in central Java's Bantul district sheltering in six large poultry sheds, among the few structures left standing in the area, Merlin said in a statement on its Web site.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 03 June 2006 10:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Mount Merapi becomes more active The activities of smoldering Mount Merapi in Central Java province increased remarkably, expelling hot clouds at frequent intervals and sending trails of lava down its slopes, local media reported here on Saturday. The volcano sent out hot clouds every 10 minutes and lava at three-minute on average on Friday, the Jakarta Post reported. The lava and the clouds flowed to south toward Sleman regency and Klaten regency in Central Java.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 June 2006 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Two siblings record another bird flu cluster death Indonesia's local examination found out another bird flu cluster death in the country, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said here Friday. Supari said that a seven year-old girl who died on Friday was positively contracted by avian influenza virus based on local laboratory test and her 10 year-old brother who died on May 29 had similar signs. "I think it is a cluster," she told reporters.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 03 June 2006 10:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Java quake survivors told to be patient Survivors of an earthquake in Indonesia which killed over 6,000 people attended weekly prayers at a damaged mosque on Friday, where a preacher called for patience in waiting for desperately-needed aid. The United Nations said it was in the process of removing bottlenecks in the supply of water, food and material to the victims of Saturday's magnitude 6.3 quake and announced plans for a six-month $103 million relief programme.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 June 2006 19:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

WHO dismisses human-to-human bird flu spread The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that there is no evidence that efficient transmission of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus has emerged from a family cluster of cases in Indonesia. Analysis now has indicated that the virus itself has not undergone the genetic mutation that might mark its development of a capability for efficient and sustained human transmission, the Antara news agency reported Friday, quoting a statement from the international body.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 02 June 2006 19:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Prayers in Java as looters hinder quake aid Survivors of the Indonesian earthquake have held their first prayers since the disaster after looters raided aid convoys bringing food and medicines to stranded victims. As thousands flocked to mosques across Central Java, many survivors who had spent six nights in the open were still waiting for help as trucks loaded with badly-needed supplies were ambushed en route, a disaster relief official said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 June 2006 08:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia rejects foreign loan offers for quake victims The Indonesian government will reject any foreign offer to provide loans for its ongoing efforts to help victims of the Yogyakarta and Central Java earthquake, a cabinet minister said. "We will not accept any overseas loan although a number of foreign countries and international institutions, including the ADB, have offered to extend soft loans, we prefer grant aid," National Development Planning Minister Paskah Suzetta said here on Thursday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 June 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia inflation edges up in May Indonesia’s annual inflation rate edged up in May on higher food prices and a weaker rupiah, underlining expectations that the central bank will hold off lowering interest rates at a policy review next week.

Posted in Economy @ 02 June 2006 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Suspected epidemic disease detected in quake-hit zone The mobile hospital of the Chinese relief team in Indonesia's quake-hit Bantul regency has detected one suspected case of bacteria diarrhea Thursday. If confirmed, the case will be the first reported epidemic case in Bantul, the area hardest-hit by the 5.9-magnitude earthquake, according to Zhao Heping, head of the China International Search and Rescue Team.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 June 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Group says Pancasila way to halt assault on pluralism Pro-democracy supporters and scholars are urging the upholding of the founding Pancasila state ideology to thwart hardline religious groups attempting to impose a monotheistic belief system. The group -- including socialist Rahman Toleng, lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis, economist Faisal Basri and former education and culture minister Fuad Hassan -- noted that Pancasila was not an absolute doctrine but a compromise reached by the founding fathers who realized the pluralistic nature of the new nation.

Posted in General @ 01 June 2006 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Flimsy tents now home for Indonesia quake survivors Tens of thousands of Indonesians took refuge in flimsy tents in the earthquake-hit region of Java island on Thursday, as officials urged a stop to aid distribution by night to prevent theft and looting. Rescue workers were still pulling dead bodies from the rubble of the 6.3 magnitude quake, which struck at dawn on Saturday and levelled entire villages around the ancient royal capital of Yogyakarta, reducing homes to piles of wood, tiles and tin.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 June 2006 15:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Aid has yet to reach some in central Java Villagers pleaded for food and shelter Thursday in areas yet to be reached by foreign relief teams five days after Indonesia's devastating earthquake. Survivors searched for scraps of tin and other materials to rebuild destroyed homes. Others blocked traffic to plead for money or placed flower pots and trash cans on streets to slow traffic and beg for donations.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 June 2006 15:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Bird flu in Indonesia, one death every 2.5 days in May Indonesia averaged one human bird flu death every 2 1/2 days in May, putting it on pace to soon surpass Vietnam as the world's hardest-hit country. The latest death, announced Wednesday, was a 15-year-old boy whose preliminary tests were positive for the H5N1 virus. It comes as international health officials express growing frustration that they must fight Indonesia's stifling bureaucracy as well as the disease.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 June 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Java earthquake death toll exceeds 6,000 people Relief workers found more bodies in Indonesia's earthquake-devastated central Java region, raising the death toll to 6,234 people in the worst natural disaster in the Southeast Asian nation since the 2004 tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 June 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
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