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Bomb explodes in Poso A home-made bomb went off near a church in Indonesia's restive own of Poso, Central Sulawesi province, just after midnight Saturday, causing no injury. "It was a low explosive caused by a home-made bomb," Central Sulawesi Police spokesman M. Kilat was quoted by the country's leading news website Detikcom as saying. "But the blast was the third in the last two months. We have increased the security profile."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 30 September 2006 15:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sugar being smuggled to Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Saturday that there were some quarters who smuggled out and sold sugar to neighbouring countries. He said the figures on production and demand in the country showed the supply of sugar was adequate. "The problem arises because prices of sugar in Indonesia, Thailand and Brunei are much higher.

Posted in Economy @ 30 September 2006 15:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Secrecy, speculation surrounded prizes A Finn who helped mediate peace in Indonesia is tipped to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize, while bookmakers favor a Turkish novelist for the literature award. But in the hyper-secretive world of the panels that have spent much of the year sifting through hundreds of nominations, it's all a guessing game until the announcements start tumbling out onMonday.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2006 15:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Man dies of bird flu, cluster case unlikely A 20-year-old Indonesian man who health officials thought had been part of a family cluster of bird flu cases died of the disease on Thursday, a hospital official said. The man's 25-year-old brother died on Sunday after displaying bird flu symptoms but there has been no positive confirmation he had the disease because no samples were taken for testing. A third sibling, a 15-year old girl, is being treated at Hasan Sadikin hospital. Tests for her have been negative.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 29 September 2006 05:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


JSX suspends Bank Negara Indonesia from trading The Jakarta Stock Exchange (JSX) said it is suspending trading in the shares of PT Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) today to give investors time to reassess their views about the stock after its 77 pct gain over the past two weeks.

Posted in Economy @ 29 September 2006 05:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Aceh demanding gubernatorial candidates recite Koran Election officials in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province have ordered that potential candidates for upcoming provincial polls must be able to recite from the Koran, Islam's holy book, in order to run, a local report said Thursday. The order is the latest in a series of controversial moves to impose a strict version of Islamic Law, or Shariah, in Aceh, despite the rest of Indonesia being secular.

Posted in Politics @ 28 September 2006 05:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Protesters pour 700 kg of mud outside Aburizal's office Protesters dumped a truckload of mud outside the office of State Minister for People's Welfare Aburizal Bakrie on Wednesday to demand more help for thousands of people affected by a mud flow that swamped a large swath of East Java province. The sludge was collected from the torrent, which began surging from the ground four months after an accident at a gas well owned by a company linked to the family of Aburizal.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 27 September 2006 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt mulls cigarette price hike If fuel and electricity are to escape much speculated hikes, then it's probably the turn of cigarettes to go up in price to pad state coffers. The government is considering raising next year both the retail price and excise duty of cigarettes sold in the country, the Finance Ministry's Director General for Customs and Excise, Anwar Suprijadi, said Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2006 11:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia braced for violent protests Indonesia will go on high alert for violent protests if it goes ahead with the execution of three of the Bali bombers. Jakarta will take the precaution after the executions of three Christians at the weekend sparked riots involving hundreds of people in Central Sulawesi province. Demonstrators torched an official's home and went on a looting and rock-throwing rampage after the three men were executed by firing squad for their roles in deadly attacks on Muslims in 2000.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2006 11:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mudslide could last 100 years, say scientists Mud, gas and boiling water that have been gushing out of the ground in East Java since May, submerging half a dozen villages and 20 factories, could continue for a century with "catastrophic consequences", European experts said on Monday. Efforts to seal the channels through which the mud is escaping are unlikely to succeed, and it is impossible to tell how much fluid remains underground, according to a University of Oslo geology team.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 September 2006 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions






Indonesia mudflow breaks barriers, injures six Barriers built to control a torrent of mud gushing out from an exploratory oil well in Indonesia failed to hold late on Monday, injuring six workers and inundating nearby villages. Several experts have said the mudflow, which started to spurt in late May, could have been triggered by a crack about 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) deep in East Java province's Banjar Panji well.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 September 2006 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to sell up to 10 state firms The Indonesian government is likely to sell up to 10 state-owned enterprises next year in its major privatization drive, which seeks to cut state losses from inefficient and subsidy-reliant state firms, an official said Monday. The government has named six to 10 companies ready for privatization next year. "We are awaiting a presidential decree on the establishment of the privatization team," said Said Didu, secretary for the minister for state-owned enterprises.

Posted in Economy @ 26 September 2006 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police foil attempted closure of church The suppression of religious freedom in this predominantly Muslim nation continues in West Java, where dozens of churches and places of worship have been forcibly closed by Muslim extremists over the past year. A mob of around 50 people attempted Saturday to demolish a house they claimed was being used illegally by Christians as a place of worship in the hamlet of Cibintinu, Arjasari village, some 20 kilometers south of Bandung.

Posted in Religion @ 25 September 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnitude 6 earthquake strikes Gorontalo An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 on the Richter Scale struck Sulawesi's Gorontalo province earlier today at 10.43 local time. (02.43 GMT). According to the Meteorological and Geophycical Institute (BMG) in Gorontalo the earthquake took place at 0.35 S 125.06 E, with a depth of 52 kilometers below the South Maluku Sea. The earthquake lasted for about ten seconds and wasn't able to produce a tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 September 2006 08:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia turns to greener motorised rickshaws For years, their acrid fumes have been as much a part of the Indonesian capital as the distinctive smell of the country's clove cigarettes. Now the Jakarta city government hopes the old smoke-belching motorised rickshaws or bajajs, which Indonesians pronounce as "budge eye", may finally be able to rattle off into the sunset.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2006 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






A visit to the Indonesian embassy It has been a short while, but still I think about that one day that I was headed for the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Because I had obtained a nice booklet of maps of the city, and I also bought a monthly card for the LRT (city trains), I would be able to drop in there to bring my paperwork. The embassy opened at nine o'clock in the morning, like usual, so if I would get up at around eight o'clock I would have enough time to prepare myself. That is what happened. Half past eight the alarm of my telephone went off and I took a short shower. The train station of Chinatown - that's the place where I found a nice little hotel for the week - was located at about 300 meters from the hotel. I waned to the central station of Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral) because you can take the monorail from there. This route brought me in the direction of the Indonesian embassy, however I still had to walk quite some distance. With a bottle of water that should be possible however. I also got the chance to use the monorail trains, because waiting until the one in Jakarta is finished would mean I was able to go to Kuala Lumpur a few more times, because that one won't be ready for some time being, if I read the stories about that.

Posted in Travel @ 25 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims begin observing holy month of Ramadan Indonesia's president urged his people on Sunday to be stronger in facing challenges as the world's most populous Muslim nation began observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims are expected to refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk in order to focus on the spiritual.

Posted in Ramadan @ 24 September 2006 14:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire kills eight in Medan Eight people - a family of seven and their housemaid - were killed when a fire gutted a house in the Indonesian north Sumatra capital of Medan Saturday. The blaze broke out before dawn and were believed to have died after inhaling thick smokes from the fire, reported an Indonesian daily Media Indonesia Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 September 2006 14:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightspots told to 'respect' Ramadhan A band of 70 public order officers will patrol the capital to ensure nightspots and entertainment centers comply with an order to adjust their operating hours during the Ramadhan fasting month. Agency head Hariyanto Badjoeri said his office distributed a circular from the City Tourism Agency to the management of entertainment centers and nightspots in the capital earlier this month.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 September 2006 14:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Calmer after Indonesia executions Conditions were calmer and under control after Indonesian government deployed thousands of security forces to guard public areas Saturday in Central Sulawesi province. Angry mobs had rioted Friday in Christian areas of Indonesia after the government carried out early-morning executions of three Christian men convicted of massacring Muslims during sectarian violence six years ago.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 September 2006 14:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crowds riot over execution of three Christians Indonesians rioted yesterday after the executions of three Christian men convicted of leading an attack on a Muslim boarding school that killed 200 people. Tensions flared in central Sulawesi as the trio's death by firing squad was carried out, with anger increasing as it emerged that at least one of the men's bodies was buried against his family's wishes and without the family being able to view his corpse.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 September 2006 14:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu death toll climbs to 50 after another boy dies Indonesia's bird flu death toll climbed to 50 on Friday after laboratory tests showed an 11-year-old boy died of the disease, a senior health official said. The child died in a hospital in Tulungagung, East Java province, on Monday hours after he was admitted and two days after developing symptoms of the disease, said Nyoman Kandun. He appeared to have had contact with infected poultry.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 23 September 2006 07:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four elephants found dead on Sumatra island Four wild elephants have been found dead in the jungles of Indonesia's Sumatra island, and a conservationist said Friday he suspected they were deliberately poisoned. Nurcholis Fadli from the conservation group WWF said the animals were found on Thursday in separate places near Segati, a village in Riau province 900 kilometers (600 miles) northwest of the capital Jakarta.

Posted in Environment @ 22 September 2006 15:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate quake jolts Yogyakarta province A moderate earthquake struck the ancient Indonesian city of Yogyakarta Friday, four months after nearly 6,000 people died there in another tremblor. There were no reports of damage or casualties in the latest quake, which measured 5.7 on the Richter scale and struck off Yogyakarta province in Central Java at 1:54 a.m. (1854 GMT Thursday), according to a statement from the Jakarta-based Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.

Posted in Earthquake @ 22 September 2006 15:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3 put to death for leading attacks on Muslims Three Christian militants were executed by firing squad early Friday for leading attacks on Muslims six years ago that left 70 people dead, sparking fresh sectarian clashes on restive Sulawesi island, police said. Mobs torched cars and police posts in several villages before security forces restored order, said Maj. Rudy Sufahriyadi, the Poso police chief. Elsewhere they blockaded roads and threw stones at houses and government offices. At least three people were hurt.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 22 September 2006 15:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security crackdown ahead of execution of christian militants Indonesian officials said Wednesday they had deployed thousands of police on Sulawesi island ahead of this week's planned executions of three Christian men found guilty of leading deadly attacks on Muslims six years ago. Amid complaints that the men did not receive a fair trial, a top Christian leader urged his community not to resort to violence and to pray that the president would grant them a last-minute reprieve.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 21 September 2006 10:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Demonstrators attack relief agency office in Aceh About 700 protesters attacked the office of the relief agency in Indonesia's tsunami-hit province of Aceh on Wednesday, an Indonesian officer said. The protesters, who had camped outside the office since Tuesday night, attacked the building in two waves of strikes, on Wednesday morning and in the afternoon, injuring one policeman, the officer told Xinhua in telephone from the province on condition of anonymity.

Posted in Violence @ 21 September 2006 10:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to execute three for racial rage Three death row prisoners convicted of leading a Christian militia in bloody violence against Muslims in Indonesia will be executed tomorrow, police said, announcing beefed-up security to head off any unrest. International rights groups, including Amnesty International, have argued that the trials were unfair and called for further investigations, while Pope Benedict XVI has appealed for clemency, but police said it would go ahead.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 20 September 2006 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to build national railway network The Indonesian government plans to build a railway network on the country's major islands to help speed economic development, a newspaper reported Wednesday. The railway projects would include the expansion of existing networks in Java and Sumatra and the construction of new ones in Kalimantan , Sulawesi and parts of Papua.

Posted in Economy @ 20 September 2006 15:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia militant cleric targets steamy TV shows Indonesian TV shows that feature scantily dressed women are more dangerous than bombs, a militant Muslim cleric who served a jail term for links to the Bali bombings was quoted as saying on Wednesday. Abu Bakar Bashir said local television stations should offer more religious programs instead of showing half-naked women.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2006 14:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia's monorail struggles to get on track Gridlocked cars. Noxious traffic fumes. Indonesia's capital is crying out for a new transport network, but stop-start plans for a monorail illustrate the country's chequered efforts to build badly needed infrastructure. The idea of a gleaming monorail gliding above the congested tropical city of nearly 9 million people is an enticing one and proponents point to neighbouring Bangkok's Skytrain or Kuala Lumpur's monorail in at least easing equally grim transport woes.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2006 14:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Need for speed in Indonesia Two years into his five-year term, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono presents himself as a sincere, hard-working reformer, a long-distance runner pacing himself on a marathon run. But many Indonesians think the country needs a sprinter.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2006 14:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sets date for execution of Christian militants Three Indonesian Christian militants convicted of leading a mob that killed Muslims will be executed on Thursday, the convicts' lawyer said, but there was no immediate word on the fate of their clemency appeals. Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus Silva were sentenced to death in 2001 after being found guilty of leading a Christian mob in an attack that killed more than 200 people at an Islamic boarding school during Muslim-Christian clashes in Central Sulawesi's Poso region.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 19 September 2006 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia asks Malaysia for explanation of fatal shooting Indonesia is seeking clarification from the Malaysian government about a report that five Indonesian citizens were killed in a shooting incident involving police in the country's Pahang state during the weekend. "We asked our officials in Kuala Lumpur to seek an official explanation from the Malaysian government about what really happened that day as soon as we heard the news," Foreign Ministry director for Indonesian citizens protection Ferry Adamhar told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Posted in General @ 19 September 2006 09:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims protest at Pope's statement Over 100 Indonesian Muslims staged a rally outside the Vatican embassy in Jakarta on Monday, demanding the Pope to apology for its controversial statement on Muslims. Wearing white shirts or white t-shirts and holding white flags with red rose in its center, the demonstrators from the Islamic Defender Front (FPI), the Soldier of Islamic Defender and the Mujaheddin of Islamic Defender, claimed that their move was a peaceful act.

Posted in Protests @ 19 September 2006 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Sharks among 52 new species found off Indonesia Scientists said on Monday they found two types of shark, exotic "flasher" fish and corals among 52 new species in seas off Indonesia, confirming the western Pacific as the richest marine habitat on earth. They urged more protection for seas around the Bird's Head peninsula at the western end of New Guinea island from threats including mining and dynamite fishing that can smash coral reefs.

Posted in Environment @ 18 September 2006 11:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


IMF, WB also responsible for forest destruction The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) are two institutions allegedly engaged in destroying the forests in Indonesia and in other developing countries. "The role of the IMF and WB is in the channeling of funds to companies engaged in investment without first studying the impact of the application of their policies," Greenpeace activist Red Costantino said in a meeting on "International People`s Forum Versus IMF and WB" here on Sunday.

Posted in Environment @ 18 September 2006 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia, Malaysia have different perception on land border Indonesia and Malaysia still have different perception in deciding land border areas in Kalimantan (Borneo) island, ANTARA news agency reported quoting an Indonesian envoy as saying. Malaysia had identified nine border problems -- four in its state of Sabah (eastern Kalimantan) and five other in its state of Sarawak (western Kalimantan) while Indonesia problems on 10 areas including that in Tanjung Datu in West Kalimantan have yet to be solved.

Posted in Politics @ 18 September 2006 11:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnitude 6.2 quake hits Maluku A strong earthquake rocked parts of eastern Indonesia on Saturday, the local geophysics agency said. A tsunami alert was not issued and there were no immediate reports of damage.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 September 2006 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto looks healthy at wedding Former Indonesian President Suharto, who escaped trial for corruption on health grounds, appeared healthy today as he attended the wedding of one of his grandsons, a report said. The 85-year-old former President arrived at the At-Tien mosque shortly before the wedding of Danny Bimo Hendra Utomo, the son of his eldest daughter Siti "Tutut" Hardiayanti Rukmana, to actress Lulu Tobing, Elshinta Radio said.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2006 05:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia lobbies for greater Asian voice, more investment Indonesia is adding its voice to calls for Asian countries to be allowed a greater voice in international institutions like the IMF and World Bank. Indonesia also says that eradicating poverty is its national priority, something both the World Bank and IMF also want to see. So the Indonesian delegation, which has come to Singapore for the IMF/World Bank annual meetings, wants to use this opportunity to promote their country as an investment destination.

Posted in Economy @ 16 September 2006 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3G services now becoming available Indonesia has become the latest country to have started implementing 3G networks. Telkomsel, an associate company of Singapore Telecommunications has now started offering high-speed wireless service for mobile phones. They have been testing this technology since sometime now and are ready to roll it for broader usage.

Posted in General @ 16 September 2006 12:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia delays troop deployment to Lebanon Indonesia has delayed sending troops to join a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Lebanon until next month owing to congestion on the ground, a military spokesman said on Friday. Admiral Mohamad Sunarto, an Indonesian army spokesman, said an advance team of 125 would now depart on October 10 and the main body would leave on October 24. The earlier plan had been for the force to be in place by the end of this month.

Posted in Military @ 15 September 2006 12:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Spending has quickened, 50% of budget spent Indonesia's government has accelerated its spending on public work projects needed to spur growth in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. The government has spent "slightly above'' 50 percent of this year's budget as of early September, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said today. The government plans to spend 689.8 trillion rupiah ($75 billion) in 2006.

Posted in Economy @ 15 September 2006 11:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confirms another retrospective case of bird flu Indonesia has confirmed another retrospective case of bird flu in the archipelago nation, which the World Health Organisation said may have resulted from human-to-human transmission. The additional case brings Indonesia's total to 65, of which 49 have been fatal -- the world's highest human death toll from the virus.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 15 September 2006 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To Kuala Lumpur shortly It was about time for me to get a new visa. Because of regulations it's not possible to extend a certain kind of visa - tourist visa. Also you can't apply for a new visa when in Indonesia as well. You will have to go to an Indonesian embassy. Where that embassy is doesn't really matter, so there are a lot of options left to look around for a holiday-hobbyist. And so I got to plan my first 'visa trip' to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Someone I know from the internet lives around there as well, so I also created the opportunity to meet. That should not be a problem because I would stay there for one entire week. I wasn't in a hurry - I didn't have to go back to Indonesia the same day or so - so I could look around there while my passport would be updated with a new sticker which permits entry into Indonesia again.

Posted in Travel @ 15 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bomb recruiter shot dead ONE of Australia's most wanted terrorists, who recruited the suicide bombers to carry out the 2002 Bali bombings, has been killed in a shootout with Filipino soldiers. Umar Patek, a recruitment specialist for the Indonesian-based terror group Jemaah Islamiah, died in a stronghold of the Philippines militant group Abu Sayyaf. The group had been hiding Patek and his Bali bombing compatriot Dulmatin.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 September 2006 13:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian TV crew due to leave after being detained An Australian television crew detained in Indonesia's strife-torn Papua province while trying to film a story was due to leave the country Thursday, a police official said. The five-person crew from Australia's Channel Seven, including presenter Naomi Robson, were stopped Tuesday upon arriving with television gear at the airport in the provincial capital, Jayapura, because they only had tourist visas.

Posted in General @ 14 September 2006 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wants to capture more suspects of illegal logging Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said here on Wednesday that he expected police can capture more suspects of illegal logging, who are now hiding in foreign countries. "We hope there will be more arrests," the Vice President said, adding that the weak law enforcement had enabled people to engage in illegal logging.

Posted in General @ 14 September 2006 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia not to raise power tariff in three years The Indonesian government will not increase electricity tariff until the next three years, an official said Wednesday. "There will be no power tariff hike in 2007, 2008 and 2009," said Purwono, director general of electricity with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Posted in Power supply @ 14 September 2006 12:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says EAS unlikely to disrupt ASEAN integrity Fear that the formation of the East Asia Summit (EAS) will disrupt ASEAN integrity is unreasonable, an Indonesian Foreign Ministry official said. "When EAS was formed it was committed to supporting ASEAN integrity and that the fear is unreasonable," the ministry's director general of ASEAN cooperation Dian Triansyah Djani said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 13 September 2006 10:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia raises its bird flu toll to 49 Indonesia's tally of people killed by bird flu climbed to 49 after a 5-year-old boy who died in March was added to the list, a senior health ministry official said Wednesday. The child, who died in Sulianti Saroso hospital in the capital Jakarta, was added retroactively following a recent change in the testing standards the World Health Organization sets for H5N1 virus cases, said Nyoman Kandun.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 13 September 2006 10:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hopes to have single digit interest rate in 2007 Indonesia hopes the central bank interest rate will reach to single digit in 2007 to facilitate economic activities, the central bank governor Burhanuddin Abdullah said here on Monday. "If the trend is improved, hopefully the single digit interest rate can be achieved," he said. He said that if Indonesia could maintain inflation rate below 7 percent, the interest rate could be 10 percent.

Posted in Economy @ 12 September 2006 07:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terror guide spread in Indonesia A GUIDEBOOK urging jihad in the spirit of Osama bin Laden, "the conqueror of communist and American forces", is being distributed across Indonesia in an attempt to create small independent terrorist cells, a new report claims. The 82-page book has been secretly distributed over the past several months, according to a report yesterday in news magazine Tempo.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 September 2006 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mystery mud swallowing villages An ever-expanding ten-mile square lake of hot oozing mud has already forced up to 10,000 people from their homes in Indonesia, after a deep-bore drilling operation went terribly wrong somehow. The drilling company, Lapindo Brantas, has admitted responsibility for the gigantic, bubbling torrent of noxious mud, which has already destroyed twelve factories and seven villages in East Java. However, they are refusing to explain exactly why the Earth is spewing unstoppable toxic goop, citing an ongoing police investigation.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 12 September 2006 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Central bank vows further cuts in interest rate The Indonesian central bank said Friday it may further cut the benchmark interest rate to 10 percent by the end of the year. Earlier this week, Bank Indonesia cut the interest rate by 50 basis points to 11.25 percent. "We are confident that, between now and the end of the year, the inflation will be contained below 7 percent and Bank Indonesia interest rate will move to 10 percent," Bank Indonesia deputy governor Aslim Tadjuddin told reporters here.

Posted in General @ 11 September 2006 14:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to build nuclear power plant in 2010 The Indonesian government will begin the construction of a nuclear power plant in 2010 or 2011 as part of the country's energy diversification programme, a senior official said Monday. "Accordingly, the tender for the nuclear power plant construction should take place in 2008," Minister of Research and Technology Koesmayanto Kadiman was quoted as saying by news website Detikcom.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 11 September 2006 14:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to allow protests against IMF, World Bank Indonesian police will allow activists opposed to the policies of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to meet in Batam, 40 minutes by ferry from Singapore where the lenders are holding their annual meetings. Activists were previously denied permission to hold the meeting on the island because it could hurt the political, security and investment environment in Indonesia, Anggaria Lopies, a spokesman from the Riau provincial police, said in a telephone interview today.

Posted in Protests @ 11 September 2006 14:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The gray ooze that ate the villages Nothing, it seems, can stop the mud. For more than three months, the hot, noxious goop has spewed up through a crack in the earth at a natural-gas exploration site, swamping everything in its path. The expanding, surreal gray lake with the stench of rotten eggs has enveloped more than 10 square miles of land in eastern Java, Indonesia's most densely populated island. The flow has forced 8,000 to 10,000 people from their homes, engulfed about a dozen factories, contaminated fish farms and intermittently closed a major highway.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 10 September 2006 14:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb blast kills one in Sulawesi A 20-year-old woman died when a small bomb hidden inside a flashlight exploded in Indonesia's strife-torn Poso region in Central Sulawesi province, police said on Sunday. The bomb went off when the woman turned on the flashlight lying outside her house in Kawua village late on Saturday. It was the second blast in Poso in a week. Last Wednesday, a 50-year-old man died when a bomb exploded in an empty building.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 10 September 2006 13:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia raises alert level at rumbling Mount Talang Scientists have raised the alert level at a rumbling volcano on Indonesia's Sumatra island after it showed signs of increased activity, but a major eruption is not imminent, an official said Sunday. Sensors on the slopes of Mount Talang in west Sumatra picked up increased volcanic activity and a buildup of gases, but the mountain did not send debris or lava down its slopes, said Dalipa Marjusi, an official at a monitoring post. "There is a possibility of a major eruption, but it is not imminent," he said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 September 2006 13:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bird flu toll hits 48 The World Health Organisation on Saturday acknowledged one more human bird flu death in Indonesia, making the total death toll in the worst hit country 48. The newest case acknowledged by the WHO was the death of a 14- year-old female from Makassar, South Sulawesi Province. She developed symptoms on 18 June, was hospitalised on 23 June and died the following day.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 09 September 2006 11:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets, 5 Looking back in a bunch of old airline tickets, entrance ticket and whatever more, I again found some 'remarkable' items. A part of a boarding pass for a flight with Garuda Indonesia, which haven't been flying to the Netherlands for quite some time now. Also an entrance ticket to the Prambanan temple complex as well as a lunch in the Via Via Cafe in the well-known Jalan Prawirotaman in Yogyakarta. Several months after the earthquake I happened to be there accidentally because I was looking for something completely different. Still a reminder to get on my motorbike and see what became of the place. Especially going there for that one thing didn't have to, because I would go there anyway for renting a car for some friends coming over from Bali.

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


Batam officially bans anti-IMF protests A move to protest International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank policies - right at Singapore's doorstep - has been officially banned by the Batam police. Unable to stage outdoor demonstrations in Singapore during the IMF-World Bank meet next week, about 1,000 delegates from non-governmental organisations around the world had decided to hold their protest at the nearby Indonesian island instead.

Posted in Protests @ 08 September 2006 14:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RI demands access to Hambali, official says Indonesia demanded access to alleged Asian terror chief Hambali after receiving confirmation from Washington that he was alive and being detained somewhere in the United States, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday. The whereabouts of Hambali, once dubbed Osama bin Laden's point man in the region, had not been disclosed since he was taken into U.S. custody three years ago.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 September 2006 13:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two killed in Bekasi dump collapse Two people were killed after a garbage dump they were sifting through collapsed on them near the Indonesian capital, a police official said on Friday. Media reports said 22 others may be missing. "Two people were killed and three were injured," police official Cecep Triosaputro said by telephone. "They were sifting through garbage."

Posted in Accidents @ 08 September 2006 13:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


14-year old Sulawesi girl is 47th confirmed bird flu death Indonesia recorded a 14-year-old girl, who died in June in South Sualwesi province, positive of avian influenza, Health Minister Siti Padila Supari said here Thursday. She said that the girl had history of contacts with fowls, which at the time authorities found many chickens died around the girl residence. The local test now indicated she was "positive," said the minister. "She had contacts with chickens," said Supari.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 07 September 2006 11:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to develop telecom network The Indonesian government will hold a national and international fiber optic and wireless network construction bid in an effort to speed up development of an Internet Protocol-based telecommunication network, a senior official said. "We will prepare the tender procedure in the next two weeks," Antara news agency quoted Communication and Information Minister Sofyan Djalil as saying here Wednesday after opening an IndoComtech computer exhibition at the Jakarta Convention Center.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2006 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia sentences four Australians to death An Indonesian appeals court has sentenced four Australian members of a drug smuggling ring to death, prompting a protest from the Australian government, officials said Wednesday. But the court spared the lives of two other Australians, sentencing them to life in prison. The fate of the men - part of a trafficking ring dubbed the "Bali Nine" by the media - has been followed closely in Australia, which does not have a death penalty. If carried out, the death sentences could strain ties between the two countries.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 September 2006 04:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 reactions


Stop abusive forced evictions of urban poor in Jakarta The Jakarta regional government has been forcibly evicting tens of thousands of the capital's urban poor from their homes, often leaving them homeless and destitute, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The 115-page report, "Condemned Communities: Forced Evictions in Jakarta," describes the government's excessive use of force to clear out urban slums.

Posted in Human rights @ 07 September 2006 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alert level at Mount Bromo volcano raised to second-highest Indonesia has raised the alert level at a smoking volcano on Java island, and is urging villagers and tourists to stay off the mountain's slopes, the government said Wednesday. Mount Bromo typically erupts once a year, but it does not send debris or lava far down its slopes and nearby towns and villages were in no danger, government volcanologist Suryono told el-Shinta radio station.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 September 2006 07:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to produce millions of tamiflu to combat bird flu Indonesia will produce 5 million tablets of tamiflu this year and conduct a massive vaccination of poultry to combat avian influenza, senior officials said here Tuesday. Two local companies, the Kimia Farma and the Indo Farma have registered to take part in the production, said Director General of Pharmacy Services of the Indonesian Health Ministry Richard Panjaitan.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 September 2006 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Militant sentenced to 8 years for 2005 Bali bombings An Indonesian court on Tuesday handed down the first sentence in connection to the 2005 Bali bombings of three restaurants, which killed two dozen people and injured 200 others. Abdul Aziz, convicted of harboring Noordin Mohammed Top, a suspected terrorist linked to other bombings, was sentenced to eight years in prison. Prosecutors are also seeking jail terms of up to 15 years for the other three Islamic militants arrested in connection with the bombings. Prosecutors sought a minimum 10-year sentence for Aziz, but judges gave a more lenient sentence due to the 30-year-old's showing of remorse and relative young age.

Posted in Terrorism @ 06 September 2006 04:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu kills nearly 600 chickens in West Java Indonesian authorities have warned of a major bird flu outbreak in the West Java town of Kuningan after 596 chickens died of the disease in August, an official said Tuesday. Local officials said bird flu attacks were found in two districts, namely Cigugur and Darma. "The 596 chickens died of bird flu based on rapid tests (at the scene) and laboratory tests," said Nana Adnan, head of the West Java veterinary office.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 September 2006 04:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to vaccinate 300 million poultry The Indonesian government will press ahead with plans to vaccinate some 300 million poultry from the bird flu virus despite fears by some health officials that vaccines are not effective, a local report said Tuesday. The plan will be done in stages with 60 million doses being prepared for vaccinations beginning this month and running through December, The Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 05 September 2006 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Speedy release of Suharto's son raises questions In 2002, the superrich son of former dictator Suharto was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the murder of judge, a verdict hailed as a watershed in Indonesia's battle to create a legal system capable of punishing the powerful. But this month - just four years later - Tommy Suharto is due for release on parole.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2006 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tries to save historic rack railway Indonesian tourism is synonymous with Bali - the jet-set crowd, European tourists and hippy backpackers flocking to the resort island to hit the beaches and health spas. But for travellers with more discriminating tastes, specifically a thirst for the country's railway history, an historic town on the main island of Java is the place to be.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2006 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud-hit area closed due to risk of explosion The site of the mudflow disaster in the Indonesian town of Sidoarjo has been closed to the public, with the authorities fearing a repeat of the Aug. 29 explosion that killed one man, a newspaper said Monday. Police sealed off the site in Porong, which sank five centimeters as of Saturday from the huge outpouring of mud from a gas well accident on May 29.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 04 September 2006 12:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Border with East Timor monitored after prison break Indonesia has tightened security along its border with East Timor, as the search continues for more than 50 prison escapees. Indonesia's Koran Tempo newspaper has quoted Colonel Ediwan Prabowo as saying that the Indonesian security border force, under his command, has been asked to be on alert and to monitor East Timor's border, to prevent a rebel East Timor military leader and other prison escapees from entering the country.

Posted in General @ 04 September 2006 12:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt 'concerned' about uranium enrichment talk in Australia A former Indonesian Government official says talk of uranium enrichment in Australia is making Jakarta nervous. The Federal Government has commissioned an inquiry into nuclear energy, uranium mining and processing, which will report back later this year. Doctor Dewi Anwar was an adviser to former Indonesian president Habibi and has spoken to Radio National.

Posted in Politics @ 04 September 2006 11:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate quake strikes off Nias island A moderate earthquake measuring 5.3 struck off Nias island near Sumatra island in Indonesia, the US Geological Survey said, but no damage or casualties were immediately reported. The quake hit the small island at 1620 GMT Sunday, some 256 kilometers southwest of the harbor town of Sibolga on the west coast of Sumatra, the survey said. It struck at a depth of 30 kilometers.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 September 2006 11:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President says western media is anti-Moslem The Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has accused the western media of bias against Islam, saying it appeared to value Muslim lives less than those of non-Muslims. Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population, with approximately 88 percent following Islam.

Posted in Politics @ 03 September 2006 10:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 34 reactions


Indonesia steps up security at Timor border Indonesian authorities have stepped up security at the border with East Timor to prevent a rebel East Timor military leader who escaped from jail from entering the country, a report said Sunday. Major Alfredo Reinado escaped with 56 other inmates from his Dili jail last week, triggering an ongoing manhunt by UN police and international peacekeepers.

Posted in General @ 03 September 2006 10:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia behind the learning curve Indonesia is arguably Asia's least well-educated country, and the government is largely to blame. With 30% of its 242 million population school-aged, the world's largest Muslim country ranks lowest among its Asian neighbors in terms of public education expenditure.

Posted in Economy @ 03 September 2006 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Baby boom' among rare Javan rhinos Four Javan rhinos were born recently in Indonesia, the first known births in three years, raising hope for the future of the endangered species, WWF-Indonesia said Friday. At least four different footprints were discovered by a WWF team in Ujung Kulon national park, at the far western end of Java island, where nearly all of the surviving Javan rhinoceroses roam.

Posted in Environment @ 02 September 2006 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Israel drops objections vs. Indonesia Israel has dropped its objections to Indonesia joining the UN peacekeeping force in south Lebanon, and the two sides are now discussing when Jakarta would send a promised 1,000 troops, a UN official said Friday. After talks that included UN peacekeeping officials, Israel reversed its claim that, because the two nations did not have diplomatic ties, it would not allow troops from Indonesia, the official said.

Posted in Military @ 02 September 2006 04:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says targets $100 mln for bird flu fight Indonesia hopes to secure about $100 million to fight bird flu next year, the vice president said on Friday, after criticism the country is not doing enough to control the disease. Indonesia has the world's highest death toll from bird flu and scientists and even the World Bank have called on the government to step up the fight to control a disease that is endemic in almost all provinces.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 September 2006 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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