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Indonesia to raise funds for fighting bird flu Indonesia will raise budget to combat avian influenza in the country, where 46 out of 60 contracted people have died, a senior official of the World Bank said on Wednesday. Andrew Steer, World Bank's top official for Indonesia, made the remarks after meeting with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla at the vice presidential office. Steer said Kalla told him that Indonesia would return the possibly-declined budget of 45 million U.S. dollars in 2007 to about 54 million U.S. dollars.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 August 2006 06:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five in Sulawesi tested for bird flu Five people have been admitted to hospital on Indonesia's Sulawesi island with bird flu-like symptoms and local authorities have sought funds from the government to help cull poultry, officials said on Wednesday. Samples from the patients in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi province, have been sent to a government laboratory in Jakarta to be tested for bird flu, said Runizar Ruesin, head of the ministry's bird flu information centre. No further details about the five people were available.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 August 2006 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to execute Christians despite clemency request Indonesia will execute three Christians, on death row for triggering sectarian violence among a mob in 2000, despite renewed pleas for clemency earlier this week, National Police chief General Sutanto said here on Wednesday. General Sutanto said the men's fresh bid for pardon would not be valid due to it being against the country's law, which does not allow two requests to be submitted within two years of each other.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 31 August 2006 06:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Undersea quakes strike eastern Indonesia Two undersea earthquakes have struck south-eastern Indonesia but there were no immediate reports of casualties. A 5.6-magnitude quake hit south of North Sulawesi province followed by aftershocks in the same area, the US Geological Survey reported. A separate quake of magnitude 5.1 later struck north-east of the Tanimbar Islands in Maluku province, it said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 August 2006 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confiscates record 950 kilos of crystal methamphetamine Indonesian police on Tuesday confiscated nearly 1 ton of crystal methamphetamine apparently smuggled into the country from Hong Kong in what was believed to be the largest seizure in the country's history, a senior official said. The national police chief, General Sutanto, said about 950 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, locally known as "shabu-shabu," was seized by the Jakarta city police during routine patrols in the Tanggerang district on the western outskirts of Jakarta, the state-run Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 August 2006 15:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






PNG: Indonesia denies spy story The Indonesian Government has denied the fishermen caught recently in Vanimo were spies, reports Post-Courier Online. It claimed the Indonesian fisherman killed by PNG soldiers in Vanimo three weeks ago were invited by local fishermen in Vanimo. But the PNG Government officials operating in Vanimo stood by their word the locals did not invite the fishermen. They said they were still carrying out further investigations to ascertain the reports the fishermen were spies.

Posted in Politics @ 29 August 2006 15:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government hunting down haze culprits Indonesian law enforcers are making arrests and quizzing plantation companies suspected to be responsible for forest fires in several parts of the country following complaints at home and abroad over the perils of the annual haze. According to Indonesian news agency, ANTARA, police have arrested 20 people in Sumatra's Riau province and will quiz at least six plantation firms in Kalimantan.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 August 2006 14:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Aceh reconstruction agency denies graft allegations An Indonesian agency tasked with reconstruction in Indonesia's tsunami-hit Aceh province said on Monday a report suggesting corruption in some of its projects was inaccurate and could affect the disbursement of foreign funds. The Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) anti-graft group said in a report published on its Web site its investigations had found irregularities in five rehabilitation and reconstruction agency (BRR) projects worth 23.9 billion rupiah (2.1 million euro).

Posted in General @ 28 August 2006 14:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christians on death row seek clemency Three Christian militants facing execution in Indonesia after being convicted of leading a mob that killed Muslims have made a fresh appeal to the president for clemency, a presidential spokesman said on Monday. The three had sent a letter to the office of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, presidential spokesman Andi Mallarangeng said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 28 August 2006 14:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to send troops to Lebanon, Congo Indonesia has not only been making preparation to send troops which will join United Nations peac keeping force in Lebanon but also to deploy a taskforce of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) to continue a peace mission in Congo. The taskforce members that are going to be dispatched to Congo will be recruited from an army engineer detachment, TNI said in a statement made available Saturday.

Posted in Military @ 27 August 2006 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Outbreak of killer virus 'ignored' If statistics are anything to go by, Umar bin Aup should be dead. Seven weeks ago in his village, Rancasalak on the south-western coast of Java, dozens of hens including some of his family's 14 birds started dying for reasons no one could explain. Then, in early August, after hundreds of fowl had succumbed and at least three people in the area had died in mysterious circumstances, Umar, 16, came down with a fever. 'A day later, I was finding it hard to breathe and then I started vomiting,' he told The Observer as he convalesced at home surrounded by his nine siblings. 'I hadn't been sick for three years so it was a surprise to me.'

Posted in Bird Flu @ 26 August 2006 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to drop water bombs to douse forest fires Indonesia will drop water bombs and try to induce rain via cloud seeding next week in a bid to douse forest fires blanketing parts of Southeast Asia with choking smoke, officials said on Friday. Welfare Minister Aburizal Bakrie said water bombs, each containing between 1,000 and 3,000 litres, would be dropped from military cargo planes in fire-ravaged areas on Sumatra and Borneo islands.

Posted in Forest fires @ 25 August 2006 16:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird Flu sweeps across Indonesia Cities in Indonesia are falling like dominos to bird flu: Garut in West Java, then Kendari in Southeast Sulawesi, then Dairi, Serang, and finally Simalungun in North Sumatra. Surabaya, Indonesia's second largest city, is still unaffected, but the cause of the recent deaths of 40 chickens there has yet to be determined. Other areas have not yet reported outbreaks but it may just be a matter of time before they too fall to bird flu. In Garut, the virus first appeared in the villages of Cikelet and Cigadog, but it has since spread to other villages. The number of suspected bird flu victims continues to rise each day.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 25 August 2006 16:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The conmen of Parangtritis What should have been a nice day driving around, became a very funny little adventure. Especially about some remarks that would be made in Parangtritis. Thinking back to this in fact ridiculous fact where four people can laugh about for a long time, it's time to do some efforts to go back writing a little bit. We go back just two days. Not too early the four of us get in the rental car (license plate starting with AB, so we are just like real Yogyakartans), to drive around for the afternoon; some beach, a little bit of disaster area south of Yogyakarta and then simply back home to eat.

Posted in Culture @ 25 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


World Bank urges Indonesia to raise bird flu budget The World Bank urged the Indonesian government on Thursday to increase its budget for the bird flu programme, saying the virus was a severe threat to the country's economy and the health of its people. Indonesia, which has been criticised for not doing enough to stamp out the H5N1 virus, plans to spend $46.45 million for bird flu control in 2007, down from $57.37 million allocated for this year.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 August 2006 13:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia growth may reach 10 percent Economic growth in Indonesia, ASEAN's largest member with 245 million people, is forecast at around 6.2 percent this year, Pangestu said. Indonesian officials have said they are trying to tap new energy sources in the archipelago to replace its dependency on crude oil. Energy minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said earlier it was setting aside at least 6 million (14.83 million acres) for the development of biofuel, including the use of palm oil.

Posted in Economy @ 24 August 2006 13:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO confirms 60th bird flu case, urges sequence sharing The World Health Organization on Wednesday confirmed the 60th case of human infection with the H5N1 strain of bird flu after a 6-year-old girl was tested positive of having the virus. In a statement, the WHO said the girl from Bekasi in West Java Province developed symptoms on Aug. 6 and was hospitalized on Aug. 11. ''She remains hospitalized but is recovering. The source of her infection is currently under investigation,'' the statement said as reported by Kyodo.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 August 2006 13:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


City told to focus on monorail, not turnpike With the government issuing a letter guaranteeing its support for the monorail project, activists and experts called on the city administration Friday to focus on the project rather than a plan to build six inner city turnpikes. Tubagus Haryo Karbyanto of the Jakarta Environment Caucus said the support from the central government meant the administration needed to prioritize the construction of secure and comfortable mass transportation rather than building turnpikes, which would only worsen Jakarta's traffic conditions.

Posted in General @ 23 August 2006 04:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bekasi girl tests positive for bird flu-official A 6-year-old girl being treated in hospital tested positive for bird flu on Tuesday, a government official said, as the World Health Organisation ruled out human transmission in a village with a series of confirmed and suspected bird flu cases. The girl from Bekasi, an eastern suburb of Jakarta, is the 60th case of avian influenza in Indonesia, 46 of which have been fatal.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 22 August 2006 15:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia drops plan to raise phone tariff The Indonesian government will not raise charges on fixed-line phones due to concerns about low consumer purchasing power despite a planned hike to take effect in January next year, an official has said. "Our economic condition is not that conducive. This is a result of the low purchasing power of the people and the recent natural disasters," the Communications and Information Ministry's director general of post and telecommunications, Gatot Dewa was quoted Tuesday by The Jakarta Post daily as saying. "Therefore, the fixed-line telephone rates will not be increased."

Posted in Economy @ 22 August 2006 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia insists on sending troops to Lebanon The Indonesian government said Tuesday it would continue with the plan to send peacekeeping troops to Lebanon despite calls from Israel that it cannot accept troop deployment from countries which do not have diplomatic ties. "It is the United Nations that will decide, not Israel," Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono told reporters at his office here.

Posted in General @ 22 August 2006 15:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to hold Aceh elections December 11 Officials said Tuesday that Indonesia will hold landmark elections in Aceh province on Dec. 11, paving the way for former rebels to take part in the political process. The vote for governor and other local positions is the first since a peace deal a year ago ended 29 years of fighting between separatist guerrillas and government troops that left 15,000 people dead.

Posted in Elections @ 22 August 2006 15:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plays down likelihood of bird flu cluster Indonesian health authorities have played down the likelihood of a bird flu cluster case in an area in West Java where at least three people have been infected with the deadly virus. A cluster case -- where human-to-human transmission occurs rather than infection through sickened poultry -- heightens the chance of the H5N1 virus mutating to become easily spread among people.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 August 2006 17:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia delays planned execution of Bali bombers Indonesia has delayed the scheduled executions of three Muslim militants convicted of carrying out the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed more than 200 people, after their defence attorneys announced they would file a final appeal, a government spokesman said Monday. The condemned men - Imam Samurda and brothers Amrozi Nurhasyim and Ali Gufron - were among more than 30 people convicted in the bombings, many of whom were believed to be members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a South-East Asian offshoot of al-Qaeda.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 August 2006 17:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


186 destructive quakes hit Indonesia 1629-2006 period The Center for Volcanic and Geological Disasters Mitigation (PVMBG) has recorded 186 destructive earthquakes hitting Indonesia in the past 377 years, including 110 quakes that triggered tsunami. Head of PVMBG Dr.Surono disclosed here early this week that the 186 destructive quakes hit different areas in Indonesia from 1629 to 2005, with Sumatra ranking first by recording 45 quakes and 26 tsunami disasters and Maluku ranking second by registering 41 quakes and 33 tsunami disasters.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 August 2006 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wild elephants run amok, kill five residents in Indonesia A number of elephants ran amok and killed at least five residents recently in Tangganus and East Lampung district, Indonesia's Lampung Province, on southern Sumatra island. Most of the victims' bodies were ripped by the wild animals, while the crops in the farming areas belonging to local residents were destroyed, Antara news agency on Sunday quoted an officer of the province's forestry representative office as saying.

Posted in General @ 20 August 2006 14:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia refuses to help disarm Hezbollah in Lebanon The Indonesian government has voiced strong objections to taking part in disarming Hezbollah as part of its mandate in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, The Jakarta Post reported Saturday. Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono said on Friday that the Indonesian government did not want its troops involved in the disarmament of either the militia group or Israeli forces in southern Lebanon, said the report.

Posted in Military @ 19 August 2006 14:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb explodes in Poso A home-made bomb went off near a cafe in Indonesia's restive town of Poso late Friday, injuring no one, the national Antara news agency reported Saturday. The blast occurred at 11:47 p.m. (1600 GMT) and was heard in a distance of one kilometer, said the report. There were no immediate reports of casualties but the blast damaged a nearby garden.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 19 August 2006 14:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia battles hundreds of forest fires Firefighters battled hundreds of forest fires on the Indonesian island of Borneo Friday, as haze blanketed at least two cities in the region, officials said. "There are fires burning all over farmers' land," said Yohannes Sudarto, a forestry ministry official coordinating firefighting efforts in Central Kalimantan, a province on Borneo island. He said that 45 firefighters were trying to put out the fires, but were struggling because in many places they had no access to water.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 August 2006 13:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bombing season is back, warns expert A TERRORISM researcher has warned of a new "bombing season" in Indonesia, as Islamic militants seek to repeat a pattern established since October 2002 of attacking Western targets between August and October. The International Crisis Group's Sidney Jones, who is based in Jakarta, said she had initially dismissed speculation about a specific season for attacks against foreigners, preferring to think the attackers had simply "done it when they got around to it".

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 August 2006 15:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia trims sentences for Bali bombing convicts At least 10 people convicted for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people had their sentences cut on Thursday to mark Indonesia's independence day, allowing one of them to walk free from prison. Australia said victims and their families would be upset by the decision. Most of those killed were foreign tourists, including 88 Australians.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2006 15:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Goodbye pluralism Houses of worship are an important topic of discussion for many people, as the recent debate over them showed. The impression was that people put more importance on the buildings themselves than on practicing the good deeds taught inside them. The heated debate revolved around drawing up new rules on church or mosque construction to replace an antiquated joint ministerial decree. If any issue reflects the nation's progress, it is this one. After 61 years as a free nation we are still fighting over rudimentary matters of religion.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh celebrates year of peace Tens of thousands of Acehnese gathered on Tuesday around the provincial capital's black-domed mosque to mark the anniversary of a landmark truce and to urge Indonesia's government not to water down the pact. At the governor's mansion, officials involved in the peace deal congregated in a hall to mark the Helsinki-signed pact, aimed at ending a 30-year war in which 15,000 people died.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 August 2006 08:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia leader upbeat on economy, vows to aid poor Indonesia's president pledged on Wednesday to use an anticipated pick-up in Southeast Asia's biggest economy to tackle poverty, and also to stick with a fight against corruption and encourage foreign investment. In an annual address to parliament ahead of Indonesia's Aug. 17 independence day, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono focused on the economy,but also hailed a peace deal in Aceh and repeated a willingness to commit troops to a U.N. force in Lebanon.

Posted in General @ 16 August 2006 07:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake off eastern Indonesia, no tsunami warning A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia in the Banda sea area on Tuesday, an official at the national earthquake center said, but there were no reports of damage or a tsunami. "There was a quake in Banda sea at 10:05 a.m. Jakarta time (0305 GMT)," said Fauzi at the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (MGA). "There is no potential tsunami and also no damage."

Posted in Earthquake @ 15 August 2006 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia told to return $5m after probe The World Bank is asking the Indonesian government to return $4.7m (€3.7m) in loans for road projects after an internal investigation found that a contractor allegedly paid more than $300,000 in kickbacks to government officials. The graft allegations are the first to hit the World Bank’s projects in Indonesia since it asked for Jakarta to return $10m (€8m, £5m) related to a school textbook corruption scam in 2004.

Posted in General @ 14 August 2006 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hails Aceh peace, warns much work ahead Indonesia's president on Monday hailed the successes of a one-year-old peace deal in Aceh province, but said hard work was needed to ensure that violence did not return to the tsunami-ravaged region. "Remember, the world is full of examples where a perfect peace plan is spoiled by imperfect players,'' Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in a speech in Jakarta on Monday, a day before the one-year anniversary of the accord's signing.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 August 2006 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Independence Day preparations With several days left until the annual celebration of the independence of Indonesia, 17 August 2006 exactly 61 years ago, the daily view in the streets has changed pretty much. Not that it has become more crowded or more quiet, because that doesn't realy matter this time of year, this day is commonly celebrated with the neighbors in the neighborhood. Many of the central fields in villages and cities will be the stage of small games at the 17th, especially old Dutch games with a Indonesian flavour added to it.

Posted in Culture @ 14 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. Navy halts sunken war ship's photography St. Louis County Undersheriff Dave Phillips' efforts to photograph the inside of the sunken cruiser USS Houston have been halted by the Navy before he could get his remotely controlled underwater camera into the ship. The photos of the ship, sunk by the Japanese during World War II, were for the USS Houston Survivors Association, which contacted him because of his experience using a remotely operated vehicle camera.

Posted in General @ 13 August 2006 13:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gov't sends financial aid to Palestine The Indonesian Government has sent financial aid amounting to one million U.S. dollars to victims of the bloody conflict in Palestine, Financial Minister Dr. Sri Mulyani Indrawati said. The Government was also preparing a humanitarian financial assistance of one million U.S. dollars for Lebanon, Antara news agency on Saturday quoted the minister as saying.

Posted in Politics @ 13 August 2006 13:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Soccer on Friday Just back from a couple of days in Malang it's about time to turn on the computer again and to clean the keyboard. Since the short holiday to Bali I didn't see any chance to write something down, but that is going to change now. The few days in Malang were a pleasant difference with the somewhat more normal life in Yogyakarta. The garden has been watered and the windows are open, though there is not too much wind. Several days back, back to Friday to be more precise. Soccer club Arema (Malang) has to play a game that day.

Posted in Culture @ 13 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud may force Sidoarjo residents out for good Permanent effects from the huge mudflow engulfing Sidoarjo, East Java, may keep thousands of displaced residents from ever returning to their homes, officials warn. In a worst-case scenario where the mudflow from the May 29 accident remained unstoppable, residents of Porong district would have to relocate, officials reportedly said during a closed-door presentation Friday organized by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry in Surabaya.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 12 August 2006 14:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Chevron finds oil in Indonesia The Indonesian government said Thursday that Chevron Corp. struck oil in a test well in Sumatra. Half of Indonesia's oil production comes from Sumatran fields, and Chevron Pacific Indonesia is the largest oil producer in that country. The Parit Minyak-1test well showed oil at two different depths -- 6,000 feet and 9,000 feet.

Posted in Economy @ 12 August 2006 14:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pope calls on Indonesia for clemency Pope Benedict has called on Indonesia to stop the imminent execution of three Christian militants convicted of killing Muslims, as thousands of Indonesians held a prayer vigil opposing the death penalty. Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus Silva were to face a firing squad just after midnight at a secret location in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi province, a spokesman for the Indonesian attorney general has said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 12 August 2006 14:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong quake jolts Simeulue island An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale rocked the island of Simeulue early Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The quake hit at 3.54 a.m. local time (2054 GMT Friday), the US geological survey said on its website.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 August 2006 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No end in sight to Sidoarjo mudflow Hot mud that has been flowing from a gas well in Sidoarjo, East Java, since May 29 breached a dam Thursday morning, forcing thousands of more people from their homes. Later in the day Vice President Jusuf Kalla led an emergency meeting to discuss the continuing environmental and human disaster.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 August 2006 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet markets must be cleaned up to fight bird flu Cleaning up Indonesia's popular wet markets and shifting live birds to separate sanitary locations is a crucial first step in the nation's fight against the deadly bird flu virus, an expert said. Indonesia became the nation worst affected by the H5N1 virus this week, with 44 confirmed human deaths, putting its efforts to combat bird flu under the international spotlight.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 August 2006 13:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia complains over travel warnings Indonesia has complained to Australia that its travel warning system is harming its economy, deterring new investment and forcing language students to other countries. Australia promised Indonesia it would review its advisory system but Jakarta could be left sorely disappointed by the outcome, with the Government saying its citizens will always be its top priority.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 August 2006 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian boy has bird flu, local tests A 16-year-old boy has tested positive for bird flu, health officials said on Monday, citing local laboratory results. It would take the total number of human infections in the country to 55. Additional tests were needed to confirm the results, but preliminary findings showed that the boy contracted the potentially fatal illness from sick chickens in the West Java district of Bekasi, east of capital, Jakarta.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 09 August 2006 14:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Indonesian men face execution for Poso conflicts Three men convicted of inciting bloody sectarian conflicts in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province will be executed on Aug. 12, a report said Wednesday. The provincial prosecutors have handed a notification letter to the families of the inmates -- Fabianus Tibo, Dominggus da Silva, and Marinus Riwu -- who were held accountable for the killing of 122 people and the burning of 4,000 houses when Muslims clashed with Christians in the town of Poso in May-July 2000.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 09 August 2006 14:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provinces to combine efforts to save major rivers The Jakarta, Banten and West Java administrations have agreed to jointly rehabilitate the three big rivers that are the provinces' main sources of clean water. The Jakarta administration will be responsible for restoring the Ciliwung River, Banten province will handle the Cisadane River, while West Java will deal with Citarum River. The Jakarta Environment Management Board (BPLHD) said Tuesday that each province would be responsible for the quality and quantity of water flowing through the rivers.

Posted in Environment @ 08 August 2006 14:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: Economy to expand 6% amidst reforms Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he’s targeting 6% growth in the economy this year as he pledges more reforms to draw investors into projects from biofuel to infrastructure and housing.

Posted in Economy @ 07 August 2006 15:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans militants from going to Mideast Indonesian police said on Monday that the government had banned Islamic militants from travelling to the Middle East or elsewhere to fight Israel. The comments by a police spokesman came after the self-styled head of the Jakarta-based ASEAN Muslim Youth Movement said more than 200 militants had been sent on missions to attack Israel's interests and countries that support the Jewish state.

Posted in General @ 07 August 2006 15:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia projects first nuclear power plant operational by 2011 Indonesia's first 1,200-megawatt nuclear power plant is projected to be in operation by 2011, a senior government official said in a report published on Sunday. Indonesia, the world\'s fourth most-populous nation, has intensified its plans for the construction of nuclear power plants in an attempt to alleviate dependency on oil-and-gas to accommodate the growing demand for electricity, said Eko Hatmo, a senior official at the state-run national Atomic Energy Agency.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 06 August 2006 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia allots 6M hectares for biofuel Indonesia has earmarked 6 million hectares for development of its biofuel industry, part of plans to reduce its dependence on crude oil and susceptibility to price fluctuations, its energy minister said Friday. "Our target to develop our biofuel industry is by 2009-2010," said Energy Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. "And we have plans for 6 million hectares (14.8 million acres) of development, worth about US$20 billion (euro15.6 billion)."

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


Indonesia deports 5 Saudis in marriage scandal The Indonesian Immigration Office has deported five of seven Saudi Arabian nationals arrested on Monday for misusing their visas by entering into short-term marriages with local women, local media reported Thursday. The officials said the five held temporary visit visas but had married women in the Puncak resort in the Jakarta suburb of Bogor in a short-term arrangement.

Posted in General @ 03 August 2006 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tests tsunami warning system on Bali island ): Indonesia's resort island of Bali held a tsunami warning drill on one of its most famous beaches Wednesday, three weeks after earthquake-spawned waves killed more than 600 people on neighboring Java. "We live in the front line if a tsunami comes, so this drill is very useful," said Ketut Joka, owner of a seafood restaurant at Jimbaran beach.

Posted in General @ 03 August 2006 10:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ICG: Women, the poor singled out by Aceh sharia enforcers Women and the poor are experiencing unfair treatment due to overzealous enforcement of sharia bylaws in Nanggroe Aceh Darusssalam, an influential think tank said. The Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a report made available to The Jakarta Post on Monday that haphazardly recruited, poorly disciplined and inadequately supervised sharia police were practicing a form of moral vigilantism that singled out women and the poor.

Posted in Religion @ 02 August 2006 10:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villagers refused to leave areas outside volcano-zone A volcano in eastern Indonesia spewed hot gas and debris 1 1/2 kilometers (a mile) down its slopes on Monday, but hundreds of villagers were refusing to leave areas just outside the danger-zone, officials said. No injuries were reported. Mount Karangetang, one of the country's most active mountains, has been at a state of high alert for two weeks.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 August 2006 05:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia calls Israeli attacks 'criminal' Indonesia on Monday called Israeli airstrikes in southern Lebanon "criminal'' and urged the United Nations to immediately intervene to halt Middle East violence. Indonesia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Israel's bombing of the Lebanese town of Qana on Sunday was indiscriminate and violated international humanitarian law.

Posted in Politics @ 01 August 2006 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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