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Two caned for adultery in Aceh Two people in Indonesia's province of Aceh have been caned for adultery under Islamic sharia law. The punishment was handed down to a 23-year-old widow and a 35-year-old married man, according to Tengku Marnus Labsyar, Head of the South Aceh Sharia's office.

Posted in Religion @ 31 July 2006 06:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia no longer hit by economic crisis : Kalla says Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said here on Sunday that Indonesia is no longer hit by economic crisis because per capita income has reached US$1,500. "The economic crisis has actually ended," Kalla said to respond a speech deliverd by chairman of the Nation Awakening Party (PKB) Muhaimin Iskandar in the party`s national meeting.

Posted in Economy @ 30 July 2006 13:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Main Islamic group mulls ban on TV gossip programs Indonesia's largest Islamic movement, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), is considering issuing an edict that would ban Muslims from producing or watching popular television gossip shows, an NU official said Sunday. "It is still being debated and any final decision will have to be taken in a plenary later today," said Ali Machsan Musa, head of NU's East Java chapter.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2006 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire smoke blankets city on Sumatra Smoke from raging ground and forest fires has blanketed Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province on Indonesia's Sumatra island, local meteorology and airport officials said on Friday. Marzuki, an offcial of the meteorology agency, said that the visibility had decreased to the range of 6 to 7 kilometers. The normal is from five to ten kilometers. "This morning the visibility was extremely down to between 30 meters to 50 meters," Marzuki told Xinhua by telephone.

Posted in Forest fires @ 29 July 2006 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In Indonesia, a tsunami of useless medicines Tonnes of drugs and medical equipment that have poured into Indonesia in the wake of a slew of major disasters are often damaged, out of date and unusable, aid workers said. Donors jumped into action following disasters ranging from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which killed 168,000 people in Aceh province, to a massive earthquake on Java in May that claimed some 5,800 lives.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 July 2006 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction






Indonesia to build safe zones on tsunami-prone coasts Indonesia plans to construct elevated safe zones near low-lying coastal resorts across the country as anticipatory measures against tsunami, a newspaper said Friday. The sites will consist of elevated land areas about four to five meters high and located about 500 meters from the shoreline to speed up evacuations during tsunamis, The Jakarta Post reported, quoting a senior official.

Posted in General @ 28 July 2006 15:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcano alert in Sulawesi to highest level Indonesia has raised the alert status of Karangetang volcano in the country's eastern region by one level to its highest after activity increased, the Directorate of Vulcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation said today. Karangetang volcano, which lies at the northern end of Siau island in North Sulawesi province, has been spewing lava and hot clouds since July 22, the agency said. The 1,784-meter volcano had more than 40 recorded eruptions since 1675, according to U.S. Geological Survey.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 July 2006 15:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to put tsunami sirens on phone towers Indonesia will place sirens on cellular phone towers in a bid to warn coastal residents of a tsunami, a minister said on Wednesday, more than a week after huge waves killed hundreds of people on the south coast of Java. Officials in Indonesia have come under fire for the lack of any warning ahead of the July 17 tsunami, despite regional efforts to set up an early alert system after the massive 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2006 08:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful quake strikes west of Sumatra A powerful earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Thursday but there was no reports of any casualties and damage while meteorologists played down the risk of tsunami. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake registered 6.0 on the Richter scale. Indonesian meteorologists put the magnitude at 6.1, centered closed to Nias island off the coast of Sumatra.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 July 2006 05:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Children from Mblali On a late afternoon late last week I was to receive a short text message. I get a lot of them here as it is a cheap way to communicate here during the day, but this one was more special, or more important however you want to call it. It was from a foundation that has done emergency response after the earthquake in Central Java - today two months ago - as well as to tsunami-stricken Pangandaran just a while ago. They are still active in the area of Mblali, a village where people from other villages have found shelter after the earthquake. As one of the few they have maintained their outpost on the local field there, while most other organizations have already wrapped up their 'on-the-spot' emergency efforts.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia to ban ethanol export The Indonesian government plans to ban ethanol export due to growing domestic demand in line with the expansion of biofuel industry, a senior official said Tuesday. Industry Minister Fahmi Idris said he has submitted proposal to close ethanol export to the trade minister and the forestry minister.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2006 14:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia navy arrests tsunami aid pirates in Aceh The Indonesian navy has arrested three former separatist rebels for pirating ships carrying aid for tsunami survivors in the country's far-west Aceh province, a senior commanding officer said on Wednesday. The three men, from two different groups, were caught in the north Aceh city of Lhokseumawe on July 18, two days after their latest operation, Rear Admiral Moekhlas Sidik, chief of the Indonesian Navy's Western Fleet, told reporters.

Posted in General @ 26 July 2006 14:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy tests tolerance in Indonesia When Erwin Arnada, editor in chief of Playboy magazine in Indonesia, answered a summons at the police headquarters in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, he turned up smiling, behaved like a good citizen and, in turn, was treated politely during nearly six hours of questioning. The parrying, he recalled, went something like this:

Posted in Culture @ 26 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Group files complaint against Miss Indonesia A militant Islamic group has filed a police report against Indonesia's Miss Universe candidate accusing her of indecency, a lawyer for the organization said on Tuesday. Nadine Chandrawinata's participation in the contest and display of her body in a swimsuit there "is actually insulting for Indonesian dignity and women", Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) attorney Sugito told Reuters.

Posted in Religion @ 25 July 2006 13:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to evacuate thousands from Lebanon The Indonesian government is planning a massive evacuation of tens of thousands of migrant workers in Lebanon due to continued Israeli military campaigns, an official said Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 25 July 2006 13:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Court jails 11 over deadly protests at Freeport-McMoran An Indonesian court has jailed 11 people for taking part in violent protests against a US-run mine in Papua province which left six people dead in March. Hundreds of protesters clashed with security officers near Papua's capital Jayapura over the mine run by US giant Freeport-McMoran in March.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 25 July 2006 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia faces obstacles in eradicating bird flu The huge territory and people's ignorance had hampered Indonesian health authorities' efforts to eliminate bird flu, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said here on Friday. Since the government launched massive efforts to combat the spread of the virus a few years ago, many chicken and bird traders and owners have been reluctant to kill their belongings which were found infected with the H5N1 virus, due to the lack of knowledge about the danger of virus and the consideration that about ten U.S. cents compensation for a poultry was too little.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 July 2006 14:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lone Indonesia bird flu survivor goes home Jones Ginting can't remember much of his battle with bird flu, and it's probably for the best. For the first two weeks, he slipped in and out of consciousness at Adam Malik Hospital. His skin stuck to the sweaty sheets as a fever raged. His arms were as rigid as steel pipes. When he did come to, he was delirious and agitated, fighting nurses who were trying to give him the antiviral drug Tamiflu. And always, always, he was struggling to breathe.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 July 2006 13:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java tsunami death toll increases to 650 people The death toll from the July 17 earthquake and tsunami in south Java, Indonesia, rose to as many as 650 people, according to Rustam S. Pakaya, head of crisis management at the Health Ministry, said. There are 120 people still missing, while 1,800 were injured and 42,639 are homeless, Pakaya said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 July 2006 13:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake creates fresh fear of tsunami in Sulawesi A 6.6-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Indonesia's Sulawesi island has sparked another tsunami alert for the country. However, there have been no reports of tsunamis, with officials saying that the quake's depth of 71 kilometres rules out a repeat of last week's killer waves. The tsunami warning is the third for Indonesia in a week.

Posted in Earthquake @ 23 July 2006 13:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ready to send troops for peacekeeping in Middle East Indonesia is ready to send about 450 soldiers to join the international peacekeeping force that might be set up by the United Nations for peace maintenance in the Middle East, a foreign ministry spokesman said Friday. Indonesia expects the U.N. Security Council, which will have a session on this topic on Saturday in New York, to issue a resolution for establishment of peacekeeping operation in the region in less than three months, said spokesman Desra Percaya.

Posted in Military @ 22 July 2006 13:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fears of disease rise in tsunami-hit area Fears of disease grew in Indonesia's tsunami-hit areas on Saturday as thousands of people camped out in the heat with no clean water five days after the disaster that killed nearly 600 people. Several thousand people fled to camps in hills above the beach town of Pangandaran after Monday's tsunami, which displaced about 45 000 people along a 300km stretch of the south coast of Java, Indonesia's most populous island.

Posted in Earthquake @ 22 July 2006 13:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java tsunami death toll reaches 547, 323 missing At least 547 people were killed, 465 injured and 323 still missing in the tsunami disaster, triggered by a 6.8 magnitude quake, hitting Indonesia's Java island on Monday, National Disaster Management Coordination Board said here Thursday. An official in charge of the board, Setio Sutarmo, told Xinhua that over 5,541 people had also taken refugee at camps and tents, after giant waves struck onto land and damaged buildings and infrastructure in the southern coastal areas of Indonesia's West Java, Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces.

Posted in Earthquake @ 22 July 2006 13:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pangandaran beach resort closed to visitors Pangandaran beach resort in Ciamis regency of West Java province, which was recently devastated by a tsunami following a strong quake in the Indian Ocean, has been temporarily closed to the public as of July 20. The looting of hotels, cafes and houses in the tsunami-stricken tourist resort has prompted the Ciamis authorities to close the area temporarily, Ciamis police chief Adj. Sr. Comr Samsudin Janiep confirmed on Friday.

Posted in General @ 21 July 2006 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims in Asia protest Israeli attacks on Lebanon Muslims in Asia held angry but peaceful protests on Friday against Israel's bombardment of Lebanon, denouncing the Jewish state and demanding the United Nations take action to halt the violence. Demonstrators in Malaysia burned Israeli flags. In Indonesia they accused Israel of atrocities against civilians. In Bangladesh marchers shouted "Down with Israel.''

Posted in Protests @ 21 July 2006 14:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


54th case of bird flu confirmed The World Health Organisation has confirmed Indonesia's 54th case of human infection of H5N1 avian flu. A 44-year-old Indonesian fried chicken vendor from East Jakarta has died of the disease.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 July 2006 14:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali foreseeing an end to tourists' fears Hotels are opening, a new condominium hotel and elite villa projects are enticing buyers and a new selection of chapels is available to couples who want an island wedding surrounded by bright blue seas. That is how Bali always wants it to be. But growth in the commercial property segment has been slow and painful, coming against the backdrop of two tragedies: the bombing in October 2002 that killed 202 people, mostly Australian tourists, and a second one in October 2005 that killed 26.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 July 2006 15:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to install tsunami warning system in Java and Bali Indonesia will prioritize the southern waters off Java and Bali islands when setting up tsunami early warning system, a minister said Thursday. Research and Technology Minister Kusmayanto Kadiman said the government would install the device on the basis of the density of population, the amount of assets and the vulnerability of the area from the possible disaster. "We put priority on southern sea off Java and Bali islands," Kusmayanto said.

Posted in General @ 20 July 2006 15:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Timor Leste's PM to visit Indonesia Timor Leste's new prime minister, Jose Ramos Horta, will possibly visit Indonesia at the end of this week, Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda said on Thursday. "We are trying to fix a mutually agreeable time and this will possibly be the end of this week," Antara news agency on Thursday quoted the foreign minister as saying after a meeting with the President at the State Palace.

Posted in Politics @ 20 July 2006 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourist heart torn out of tsunami-hit Indonesia resort The tsunami that ripped through the south coast of Indonesia's West Java province landed a brutal blow on the economy of this popular beach resort, in a country where tourism has already been reeling from bombs, bird flu and earthquakes. Monday's tsunami left the beach front at Pangandaran, formerly clustered with hotels and souvenir shops, looking like a war zone.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 July 2006 15:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.0 magnitude earthquake shakes Sunda Strait An earthquake has hit the Indonesian island of Java, sparking fear two days after an undersea quake triggered a tsunami which left at least 550 dead on the southern coast. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, but people in the capital Jakarta fled from offices and homes as tall buildings shook. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no risk of tsunami, but people have been urged to be on guard.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 July 2006 13:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami victims to get rice aid from the government Indonesian Social Services Minister Bachtiar Chamsyah said on Tuesday that the government had prepared 200 tons of rice for tsunami victims in West Java province's southern coastal regions. "The rice assistance will be extended step by step, considering that not all people in the areas experienced house damage in the disaster," the minister said this when he was visiting the disaster location in Pangandaran, Ciamis district, West Java province.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 July 2006 12:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java deaths rise to 531 amid the search for survivors Indonesia pledged to build a nationwide tsunami alert system as soldiers pulled bodies from ravaged beaches, homes, and hotels yester day. Parents searched tearfully for their children and the death toll hit at least 531, with nearly 280 people missing.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 July 2006 12:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from Java tsunami at 327 Tearful parents searched for missing children Tuesday, and soldiers dug through the debris of homes flattened by the second tsunami to hit Indonesia in as many years. Well over 300 people were killed and more than 160 others were missing. The waves tossed fishing boats 100 yards inland and turned the resort's main street into a tangled junkyard of busted buildings, cars and furniture. Bodies were piled in temporary morgues.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 July 2006 12:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami on Java coast kills over 100 people A tsunami triggered by a strong undersea earthquake off the coast of Indonesia's Java island on Monday killed at least 80 people, swept away buildings and damaged hundreds of fishing boats, officials and witnesses said. News of the disaster spread panic across a region still recovering from a tsunami less than two years ago in which nearly 230,000 people were killed or reported missing, mostly in Indonesia. But there were no reports of casualties or damage in any other country from Monday's tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 July 2006 01:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Between earthquakes and tsunami's The news of the heavy earthquake off the southern coast of Java came in unexpected, as usually the case with earthquakes. Initially BMG (the Weather and Geology office) reported a 6.8 magnitude quake almost 300 kilometers south of the central Javanese city of Bandung. That means the quake occurred at sea, at only a depth of around 33 kilometers. That's 'good' enough to cause a tsunami as well, and so it happened. A several meters high wave struck many parts of the southern coast of the entire island.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami warning for Australia, Indonesia after quake Indonesia and Australia were advised of a possible local tsunami after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck the Indian Ocean south of the Indonesian island of Java.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 July 2006 13:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami hits western shore of Java island A powerful earthquake sent a 6-foot-high tsunami crashing into a beach resort on Indonesia's Java island Monday, killing at least five people and causing extensive damage to hotels, restaurants and homes, the president and witnesses said. People ran up a hill to escape the wave on Pangandaran beach in west Java, a woman who identified herself only as Teti told el-Shinta radio station.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 July 2006 13:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


PKS wants women-only cars in railway law The Muslim-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has proposed that the railway law require every train provide a women-only car to prevent sexual harassment of female passengers. A member of the special committee on the railway law from the PKS faction, Abdul Hakim, said Friday that the measure was needed because of the "inhumane conditions" of most train cars, especially in the greater Jakarta area.

Posted in General @ 16 July 2006 15:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Children in quake-zone to return to school Child survivors of the Indonesian earthquake are preparing to return to school, with most set to begin the new term Monday in donated tents set up amid the ruins of their villages. Aid workers say attending school is essential to restore a sense of normalcy to the lives of children affected by the May 27 magnitude 5.9 quake, which killed more than 5,700 people and made up to a million homeless on Java island.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 July 2006 15:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia to provide more fund for quake victims Australia plans to provide 21 million U.S. dollars to support the rehabilitation and reconstruction in earthquake-devastated areas of Yogyakarta province over the next three to four years, local media reported on Saturday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 July 2006 15:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian protesters condemn Israel's attacks Thousands of Muslim protesters have flooded the main streets of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, condemning continuing Israeli attacks on the Palestinian territories and Lebanon that have killed scores of civilians. The Government of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has called on Israel to stop the strikes and urged the disputing parties to get back to the negotiating table.

Posted in Protests @ 16 July 2006 15:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Santos downgrades Indonesia oil resource Oil and gas producer Santos Ltd has been forced to downgrade the size of its Jeruk offshore Indonesian oil discovery which may now be less than half the size originally thought. Data from the third appraisal well drilled to test the reservoir has seen the height of the hydrocarbon column at Jeruk slashed to about 145 metres from the previous estimate of 379 metres.

Posted in Economy @ 15 July 2006 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Who is afraid of Gunung Merapi? When in Yogyakarta it is hard not to notice the Gunung Merapi volcano, towards the north. The majestic 2900 meter volcano may not be the highest one around, that's for sure, but the volcano is active almost constantly, not only scaring the hell out of the people living on it's slopes, but also offering nice views in the early morning, late afternoon and many other parts of the day when the weather allows you to. Most of the time at this time of year - it's the dry season - there are small clouds in the sky, also (partially) blocking your view on the volcano.

Posted in Culture @ 15 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bird flu toll hits 41 Indonesian authorities have confirmed that a child who died last week was the country's 41st victim of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus. The three-year-old girl died in a Jakarta hospital on 6 July. Officials said an overseas laboratory had confirmed the presence of the virus. This means the country's human bird flu toll now stands only one behind hardest-hit Vietnam.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 14 July 2006 14:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fully reopens border with Timor Leste The Indonesian Military (TNI) has fully reopened the land border in East Nusa Tenggara province to allow Indonesians entering Timor Leste as security situation in the neighbor has returned to normal, an officer said Thursday. "We have fully reopened the land border. Indonesians are allowed to go to Timor Leste and so Timor Leste people can enter Indonesia as long as they have necessary legal document," Major Infantry Aziz Mahmudi, spokesman of border patrol, was quoted by the national Antara news agency as saying.

Posted in Politics @ 14 July 2006 14:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Man reported for sodomizing children An Australian man was reported to the police Thursday in West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, for allegedly sodomizing four minors. The case was uncovered when police detained four children on charges of stealing the Australian man's belongings in a hotel where he lived. Only when the police started questioning the children did they found out that the children may have been victims of sexual assault.

Posted in General @ 13 July 2006 14:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RI prepares to execute three convicted in Bali bombings Indonesia is preparing to execute three men convicted in the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, as their lawyers plan to lodge appeals next month. Imam Samudra, Amrozi and Ali Gufron have been on death row for more than two years since being convicted of playing key roles in Indonesia's worst terrorist attack.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 July 2006 08:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Vanuatu is world's happiest country, Indonesia 23th The tiny South Pacific Ocean archipelago of Vanuatu is the happiest country on Earth, according to a study published Wednesday measuring people's wellbeing and their impact on the environment. Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica and Panama complete the top five in the Happy Planet Index, compiled by the British think-tank New Economics Foundation (NEF).

Posted in General @ 12 July 2006 08:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian parliament passes law on citizenship Indonesian House of Representatives on Tuesday endorsed the new law on citizenship, eliminating discrimination on ethnic, gender and marital status. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has also given his approval on the law, according to Minister of Justice and Human Right Hamid Awaluddin.

Posted in Politics @ 12 July 2006 08:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 29 reactions


Drag-racing crash in Maros kills seven, twenty injured The death toll from a drag-racing crash in Maros, South Sulawesi, on Sunday has risen to seven, with 20 people injured. Two cars had been battling it out to the finish line when they collided, swerving off the road and into the crowd. The dead have been identified as chief Brig. Dani Syahputra, Andi Susanto, Atika Sandra, Aris, Taufik, Labbaik and Syahril. Five of them died Sunday at Wahidin Soedirohusodo Hospital.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 July 2006 08:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta Sultan told to withdraw from politics Yogyakarta Governor Sultan Hamengkubuwono X should leave politics and concentrate on culture and helping the province's poor, or he risks being abandoned by his people, an academic says. Sunan Kalijaga State Islam University lecturer Musa Asy'arie said Sunday the Sultan's withdrawal from practical politics would ensure the city-province remained a national center of culture.

Posted in Politics @ 10 July 2006 08:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia debates the difference between porn and pawn Kartika Gunawan is not a typical men's magazine playmate. But even though not a nipple was visible in her starring role in the first issue of Indonesian Playboy in a concession to hardline Islamists calling for the publication to be banned she faces more than two years in jail for indecency.

Posted in General @ 09 July 2006 13:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Pancasila values must be implemented Belief in one supreme God, humanism, national unity, consultative democracy and social justice. These five principles came into the minds of Indonesia's founding fathers when they discussed the country's ideology. The five principles later became what we now know as Pancasila or the five pillars.

Posted in Politics @ 09 July 2006 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo dragon brings tourists, not their money Mohammed Sidik used to sell goats to Komodo National Park to feed to the wild Komodo dragons, the world's largest lizards, in a gory display for tourists. Park officials banned the practice a decade ago because they worried that the dragons were becoming lazy. Now the 10-foot-long predators waddle three miles to this squalid coastal village, raid Sidik's herd and eat his goats for free.

Posted in Environment @ 08 July 2006 13:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Test shows girl dies of bird flu Indonesia's local test indicated that a three-year-old girl died of bird flu this week, Health Ministry official Nyoman Kandun told Xinhua. "Local test shows that she is positive of bird flu," said Kandun.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 07 July 2006 14:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands displaced by noxious mud in Java Noxious mud oozing from around an oil well since late May has driven about 8,000 people from their homes in Indonesia's East Java province and left hundreds gasping for breath or vomiting, according to local officials. "Factories, houses, fields, freeways have been drowned by the mud which is spread over more then 200 ha (494 acres)," Win Hendrarso, head of Sidoarjo regency, an area near the city of Surabaya where the well is located, told reporters late on Thursday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 07 July 2006 14:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New policy package on financial sector issued The government and Bank Indonesia (BI) have signed a joint decree to improve coordination between fiscal and monetary authorities and help reform financial markets. Announcing the package Wednesday, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Boediono said it was expected to accelerate reforms in the banking sector, non-bank financial institutions and in capital markets. It would also enhance businesses' access to capital, he said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 July 2006 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pirates attack three ships off Indonesia Pirates have attacked three ships, including two U.N.-chartered vessels and a Japanese bulk carrier, in Indonesian waters around the Malacca Strait in recent days, maritime and police officials said on Wednesday. Two attacks occurred on ships carrying relief material to tsunami-stricken Aceh province at the weekend, while a Japanese bulk carrier was targeted on Monday, Noel Choong, head of the piracy reporting center of the International Maritime Bureau in Kuala Lumpur, told Reuters.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 July 2006 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five year old boy dies from Bird Flu in Java A 5-year-old boy is the latest person to die from the H5N1 strain of bird flu in Indonesia, the World Health Organization reported Tuesday citing the country's ministry of health. The child, from Tulungagung district, East Java province, fell ill on June 8th. He died on June 16th, two days after being admitted to hospital, according to the ministry of health. He was the 52nd person to contract the virus and the 40th person to die in Indonesia.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 04 July 2006 14:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to execute Bali bombers at island jail Indonesia's attorney general, Abdul Rahman Saleh, says three key Bali bombers on death row are to be executed at jail on Nusakambangan island, and not on Bali. Imam Samudra, Amrozi and Ali Ghufron have been convicted over the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed 202 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 July 2006 06:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A glimpse into minds of terrorists The bombs should be small and placed in day packs, making them harder to detect. The bombers should dress like tourists. They should not bother targeting hotels because security is too tight. Instead they should consider restaurants, discos and theaters.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 July 2006 09:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Experts consider reducing Indonesian volcano alert Activity at Indonesia's Mount Merapi has been decreasing and officials are reviewing the volcano's top alert status, a scientist said Saturday. "There's a trend of decreased activity but Merapi still emits lava trails," Hani Prabawati from the vulcanology office in Yogyakarta, the main city south of Merapi, was quoted by AFP as saying.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 July 2006 09:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mate, you can now move to Aussie jail There is some good news for Australians serving jail terms in Bali's Kerobokan prison. Thanks to a prisoner transfer agreement to be signed between Australia and Indonesia, they will be able to serve out their sentences in their home country, closer to their own families. One would think they would be happy, especially as Kerobokan prison has been described as a hell-hole where sanitary and health standards are sorely lacking.

Posted in Drugs @ 02 July 2006 10:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected bomb damages empty church in Sulawesi A homemade explosive went off in an empty church on Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, alarming residents but injuring no one, a senior police officer said Sunday. The blast late Saturday night was heard around three kilometers (nearly 2 miles) away, but caused no major physical damage to the building, witnesses said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 02 July 2006 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sees crude output rising to 80,000 b.p.d. in 2008 Indonesia's crude oil output will rise by 80,000 barrels a day by the end of 2008, Kardaya Warnika, chairman of upstream oil and gas regulatory agency BP Migas, said Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 July 2006 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to enact Aceh governance law Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) will endorse a governance bill for Aceh province on July 11, with the main focus of establishing a direct gubernatorial election, a local media reported on Saturday. Chairman of the DPR's special committee on the bill Ferry Mursyidan Baldan said that a team was honing the wording of the 261-article bill before it was delivered to a plenary session for endorsement.

Posted in Politics @ 01 July 2006 09:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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