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Indonesia haze back over Singapore A shift in wind direction brought the haze from Indonesia's land-clearing fires back to Singapore on Tuesday after an earlier clean air reprieve. The Pollution Standards Index (PSI) moved out of the healthy range to 57 and remained within the moderate category. Singaporeans have been out in force since last Wednesday, when heavy showers cleared the air of the weeks of haze that triggered warnings from environmental officials to stay indoors and in air conditioned rooms.

Posted in Forest fires @ 31 October 2006 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wild elephants kill farmer, destroy houses on Sumatra island Wild rampaging elephants trampled a farmer to death and destroyed several houses in a village on Indonesia's Sumatra island, witnesses said Tuesday. The people of Lubuk Embut, a village on Riau province 900 kilometers (600 miles) northwest of the capital Jakarta, have been terrorized over the last few days by a herd of around 20 starving elephants in search of food, said Jayok, a village chief.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2006 13:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seeking US$12 billion for infrastructure projects Indonesia Indonesia will seek US$12 billion (€9.4 billion) in private capital to fund infrastructure projects at a conference that kicks off Wednesday, but it faces challenges overcoming an image of corruption that may scare off investors. Topping the list of deals on offer are the construction of a US$1.5 billion (€1.2 billion) fiber optic network and two coal-fired power plants worth nearly US$2.48 billion (€1.9 billion), said Conference Chairman Chris Kanter.

Posted in Economy @ 31 October 2006 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: Indonesia is world's third largest energy producer Indonesia is the world's third largest fossil energy producer after Saudi Arabia and Iran despite continued slump in oil production, an official said Monday. Indonesia's OPEC governor Maizar Rahman said at a news conference the country produces 4.19 million barrels of the equivalent of oil per day, compared with Saudi's 10.8 million barrels per day and Iran's 5.6 million barrels per day.

Posted in General @ 30 October 2006 12:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Suharto's son released from jail Former Indonesian president Suharto's youngest son was conditionally released from jail on Monday, after serving a third of his original sentence for plotting the murder of a Supreme Court judge. Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra was sentenced to 15 years for paying a hitman to kill the judge and other offences, but that was reduced to 10 years on appeal and further sliced by a series of holiday "remissions".

Posted in Human rights @ 30 October 2006 11:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions






Earthquake shakes West Java in the morning An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7 on the Richter Scale rocked parts of West Java this morning, in particular places like Bogor, Sukabumi and Cianjur. The head of the Bandung based branch of the State Meteorology and Geophysics Office (Badan Meteorologi dan Geofisika, BMG) told that the earthquake took place at eight o'clock in the morning. The epicenter of the quake was at 7.08° South, 106.80° East.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 October 2006 08:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Russia sends 2 amphibious planes for fighting fire Two Beriyev Be-200 amphibious planes of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry have left from Khabarovsk for Indonesia for putting down forest fires. Their mission will last for over a month. According to updated reports, 27 million hectares of forests are on fire in Indonesia, while haze has spread onto over 550,000 square kilometers, the press service of the ministry’s Far Eastern regional center said on Sunday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 30 October 2006 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy to be freed on parole next week The youngest son of former president Suharto could be released from prison next week after serving two-thirds of his 10-year sentence for ordering the murder of a Supreme Court judge, a prison official said Saturday. Hutomo "Tommy" Mandalaputra, who is being held at the Cipinang Prison in eastern Jakarta, was one of thousands of prisoners to receive sentence reductions for good behavior this week as part of celebrations marking the end of the Islamic holy month Ramadan.

Posted in General @ 29 October 2006 13:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Sri Lanka: 'Weapons for Tigers coming through Indonesia' Sri Lanka has informed the Indonesian authorities of its suspicions that weapons supplied for the Tamil Tigers are being sent illegally through Indonesia. An Indonesian Cabinet Minister told media, “We don't need to get upset. It's only an accusation and they (Sri Lanka) ask us (to cooperate).”

Posted in General @ 29 October 2006 13:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two years of SBY: Bouquet for Aceh, brickbat for economy As he heads into his third year as Indonesia's president on Friday, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono enjoys respectable popularity, but is struggling to ignite Southeast Asia's largest economy, analysts say. The 57-year-old former general, who was nominated for a Nobel peace prize for overseeing a peace pact with separatist rebels in Aceh, has crafted a respected image abroad, but at home the battles he faces are more complex.

Posted in Politics @ 29 October 2006 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Diarrhea sweeps Nusa Tenggara, 43 children die Forty-three children aged under five have died and thousands of people have been hospitalized because of suffering diarrhea since August in East Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia, Kompas daily reported here Saturday. The cause of the disease was the poor water quality and sanitation during the long drought in the eastern part of the vast archipelago country, said the head of the health department of the Timor Tengah district Markus Righuwa.

Posted in Health @ 28 October 2006 14:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Motorcycle sales in Indonesia forecast to grow 5% in 2007 The sales of motorcycle in Indonesia is predicted to expand by 5 percent next year to 4.5 millions units, a dealer said here Friday. "Next year the demand of the motorcycle in the country will grow 5 percent," Vice Director of the Yamaha Kencana Indonesia Corp. Dyonisius Beti was quoted by the Antara news agency as saying. He said that the expansion was driven by about 5 percent economic growth predicted for next year.

Posted in Economy @ 28 October 2006 14:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Power line breaks, causes accident on Cipularang highway Traffic at the Cipularang toll road came to a grinding hold on Friday evening when a high-voltage power cable (Saluran Udara Tegangan Ekstra Tinggi, SUTET), which crossed the road here, broke of and came down in the Sadang area, district of Purwakarta. The cable just missed the cars on the road below. After the cable broke, several small accidents occured. Three cars were damaged and two people were reported to have injuries. The power cable broke around 19.00 local time (WIB), in the middle of the busy time directly after Ramadhan month of fasting.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 October 2006 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rain clears haze in SE Asia, Indonesia airports open Airports closed by low visibility have reopened in Indonesia and the air is cleaner over Singapore and Kuala Lumpur after rain doused forest fires spreading haze across the region, officials said on Friday. It was not immediately clear however if the improvement was temporary or whether the haze could return after a few days.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 October 2006 10:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus plunges into ravine in Indonesia, injuring 12 A bus plunged into a 25-meter-deep ravine in East Java province Thursday, injuring all the 12 people aboard. Police believed the driver lost control of the bus as he felt asleep, reported the national Antara news agency.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 October 2006 17:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Death toll from bridge collapse rises to 7 The number of death toll from Wednesday's suspension bridge collapse in a mountainous tourist resort in Central Java province rose to seven on Thursday, a police officer said. "The fatality has become seven, two of those injured have died," Police chief of Baturaden district of the province named only Sudrajad told Xinhua by telephone.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 October 2006 16:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sightseers in death plunge as bridge fails A footbridge packed with local tourists broke at a mountain resort on Java island Wednesday, killing five people and injuring 29 others who plunged more than 60 feet to a rocky riverbed, police and tourist officials said. Surono, an employee at the Baturaden resort in Central Java province, said one of the steel cables holding the small bridge snapped. Police Chief Emron Putra Agung said five people were killed and 29 injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 October 2006 17:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Church set ablaze amid religious tensions A church was set on fire Tuesday in a central Indonesian region plagued by sectarian violence since last month's executions of three Roman Catholic militants, police said. No one was injured in the blaze. The arson attack in the town of Poso on Sulawesi island apparently followed rumors that an Islamic school had been torched, said police spokesman Lt. Col. Muhammad Kilat, urging residents to be on alert for "a campaign to fuel unrest."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 24 October 2006 17:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2 militants in 2002 Bali bombing freed Two Islamic militants jailed for the Bali bombings that killed 202 people were freed Tuesday, and nine others had their sentences reduced to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month. But the decision to include convicted terrorists was likely to anger countries that lost citizens in the Oct. 12, 2002, suicide attacks on two crowded nightclubs.

Posted in General @ 24 October 2006 17:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Yudhoyono faltering on Human Rights' After two years at the helm, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has drawn praise for ending the 30-year war in Aceh. Yet, human rights activists do not share the same enthusiasm when it comes to reforming the powerful military and solving human rights cases.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2006 04:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to buy 4 Israeli drones Indonesia will purchase four Israeli unmanned planes, or drones, through a Filipino distributor, a Defense Ministry official said on Sunday. Indonesia chose the Israeli Searcher Mark II drones after receiving 42 offers since February, including from companies in the Philippines, Russia and the Netherlands, ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Edy Butar Butar said.

Posted in General @ 23 October 2006 04:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta looks deserted as fasting month draws to end As the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadhan draws to close, Indonesia's capital city Jakarta's boisterous hustle and bustle receded as of Sunday because many residents returned to their home villages or towns to celebrate the Islamic festive days of Idul Fitri which will fall on Monday. According to local media reports, the quietness of the city was felt in the last three or two days.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 October 2006 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Son of Suharto released from Indonesian jail early The youngest son of former Indonesian President Suharto will be among thousands of prisoners granted reductions in jail terms to mark the Eid al-Fitr Islamic holiday next week. Officials at Jakarta's Cipinang state prison say Tommy Suharto will get a 45-day cut in his sentence when the remissions are handed out on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 22 October 2006 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia disaster shows risks of mud volcanoes In a village in Indonesia's East Java province, a man is struggling to watch television with a volcano erupting in his living room. Risks from volcanoes that ooze mud rather than spew lava have long been underestimated worldwide, even with a cataclysmic mudflow in another part of Java that has swamped an area the size of Monaco and forced 10,000 people from their homes.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 21 October 2006 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia says violence in Sulawesi is terrorism The recent violence, including the killing of a priest, which occurred in Central Sulawesi province was not triggered by sectarian sentiment but terrorism, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said here Friday. The vice president claimed that the communal conflict between Muslims and Christians had been terminated before the peace accord of Molino was achieved in 2001 and afterwards, there was no more religious hatred that sparked into violence, unless terrorist acts.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 21 October 2006 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu-hit Indonesia to ban city backyard poultry Indonesia, which has the world's highest number of bird flu deaths, intends to bar city residents from keeping chickens and other poultry in their backyards, ministers said on Friday. Indonesia has become a frontline in the battle against the virus that has killed 55 people in the country, where millions of chickens roam freely in urban residential areas.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 October 2006 04:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Stopping mud flow at well costly Stopping and clearing up a massive mud flow at an Indonesian gas well will cost at least $180 million and the final bill may well rise higher, the company operating the well said Thursday. The mud flow started after an accident deep in a drilling shaft on the island of Java four months ago. It now covers more than 1,100 acres, has swallowed scores of homes and displaced 10,000 people.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 19 October 2006 05:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Haze from forest fires paralyses Indonesia airports Thick smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has shut airports and slashed visibility to below 100 metres (330 ft) -- and there is no respite in sight, officials said on Wednesday. The fires have been raging for weeks, spreading smoke across much of Southeast Asia and triggering fears of a repeat of the environmental disaster in 1997-98 when dry conditions linked to the El Nino weather pattern caused a choking haze that cost the region billions of dollars in economic losses.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 October 2006 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Broadcast photos of convicted corruptor in anti-graft campaign Indonesian television aired the photo of a fugitive convicted of embezzling millions of dollars of state funds, the first in what will be a weekly slot exposing people convicted of corruption, authorities said Wednesday. Two TV stations plan to screen the images of 14 people convicted of graft or white-collar crime in coming weeks to boost a campaign against corruption, which remains endemic at all levels of the government, said spokesman I Wayan Pasek Suartha of the Attorney General's office.

Posted in Crime @ 18 October 2006 08:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks to take immediate steps in Poso Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked security chief ministry to take immediate steps to prevent the security in Central Sulawesi province from deteriorating. The president demanded the contribution of all concerned parties in the province on the maintaining of peace.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 18 October 2006 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pushes for geothermal renewal ndonesia, land of earthquakes and volcanos, is literally sitting on top of the solution for its energy needs: Vast reservoirs of hot water deep beneath the earth's crust can be harnessed to generate electricity. What's more, it's a clean, renewable energy source. Yet the country continues to import millions of barrels of oil and fuel annually. Legal uncertainties, financial risks and government bureaucracy have repelled international investors from developing its geothermal resources.

Posted in Environment @ 18 October 2006 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confirms 55th bird flu death A 27-year-old woman who died last week has been confirmed as being infected with bird flu, bringing Indonesia's death toll from the virus to 55, a health ministry official said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 17 October 2006 04:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sidoarjo sludge starts to be dumped into the sea Indonesia started dumping mud surging from a gas exploration site in central Indonesia into the sea on Monday, hoping to minimize destruction from the disaster that has submerged entire villages and displaced thousands of people. The mud flow started after an accident occurred deep in a drilling shaft on the seismically charged island of Java four months ago. It now covers more than 450 hectares and is currently being contained by an ever-expanding network of dams.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 16 October 2006 14:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Christian pastor shot dead in Sulawesi An unidentified gunman shot dead a Christian pastor on Monday in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, officials and church groups said, sparking fears of a return to sectarian fighting that once gripped the region. Reverend Irianto Kongkoli was shot in the head when he was buying construction materials at a shop in the provincial capital of Palu, 1,650 km (1,030 miles) northeast of Jakarta, the Central Sulawesi government said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 16 October 2006 14:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Russia to build Indonesia’s first nuclear power plant Russia’s power grid monopoly UES will build Indonesia’s first nuclear power plant, local media reported on Monday, Oct. 16. The facility will be located in Gorontalo province, Sulawesi Island, in order to meet long-term demand for electricity there and in nearby provinces, The Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 16 October 2006 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


54th bird flu death recorded in West Java Indonesia confirmed Monday a 67- year-old woman who had contracted avian influenza and hospitalized in West Java province died Sunday night. The death put the total fatality of H5N1 virus to 54 out of 71 cases in Indonesia, according to the anti-bird flu center of the Health Ministry. The official in charge of center told Xinhua that the woman had a history of contacts with fowl before she was rushed to the Hasan sadikin hospital in the province.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 October 2006 14:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eleven-year-old boy dies of bird flu in Jakarta An 11-year-old Indonesian boy has died of bird flu, marking the country's 53rd death from the virus, an official at the Health Ministry's bird flu centre said on Sunday. Ministry official Djoko told Reuters the boy from South Jakarta died on Saturday night in a Jakarta hospital. The boy "was positive for bird flu, so confirmed cases (in Indonesia) now are 71, 53 of whom died".

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 October 2006 05:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rating Improvement for SBY any adults in Indonesia are content with Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, according to a poll by the Indonesian Survey Institute. 67 per cent of respondents are satisfied with the president’s performance, up 12 points since March.

Posted in Politics @ 16 October 2006 05:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police kill one in Papua as mob attacks over govt aid fter being denied government assistance, dozens of Papuans went on a rampage Friday, burning government offices and clashing with police officers. Police opened fire on the mob after they set fire to a post office and the Puncak Jaya regency council building in Mulia city at about 1 p.m. One person was killed and four others injured. The deceased has been identified as Lirius Tabuni.

Posted in Violence @ 15 October 2006 11:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to fully arm Sukhoi jet fighters The Indonesian Air Force plans to fully arm its four Russia-made Sukhoi jetfighters, which arrived here in 2004 unarmed, a report said Saturday. The program is estimated to cost 7 million U.S. dollars, reported the country's leading news website Detikcom, quoting the air force chief. "The fund is intended to buy guided missiles, rockets and bombs, " said Air Marshal Herman Prayitno.

Posted in Military @ 15 October 2006 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BI closes down UFJ Indonesia The central bank has closed Bank UFJ Indonesia at the request of its own shareholder, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU). As of Oct. 5, the lender has been effectively required to terminate all banking and other operations at all of its branch offices, Bank Indonesia said in a statement released Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 15 October 2006 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trials and travails of Indonesia's richest man Publicity-shy paper and plantation magnate Sukanto Tanoto is in Indonesia's national headlines after topping two high-profile lists. Forbes Asia last month listed the 56-year-old tycoon as the richest individual in Indonesia, with assets worth about US$2.8 billion (Rp25.2 trillion). In June, the self-made ethnic-Chinese tycoon also topped a list of state-owned Bank Mandiri's six biggest debtors.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans massive land reforms The Indonesian government plans to launch a massive land reform campaign that will be completed before 2009, a newspaper reported Saturday. The government expects to distribute between three million and four million hectares of land to landless farmers throughout the country as part the national campaign.

Posted in General @ 14 October 2006 13:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


 Japan, Indonesia wrap up free trade negotiations Japan and Indonesia wrapped up four days of negotiations toward a possible free trade agreement, an official said Friday. The two countries concluded the round of talks in Tokyo and made progress in areas including goods and services and investment rules, said Foreign Ministry official Yuichi Watanabe. Negotiations are still needed in other areas such as energy, Watanabe said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 October 2006 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia steps up security in Java Indonesian security forces have tightened measures in the Central Java region to deter any terrorist acts during Muslim post-Ramadan festivities. The region has been known as one of the havens for terrorists to escape to or hide.

Posted in General @ 14 October 2006 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Writers fest highlights poverty and human rights Freedom and human rights are common themes which persist across international literary festivals around the world. The third annual Ubud Writers and Readers festival which closed last week was no exception. The five-day event featured workshops, seminars and panel discussions on topics ranging from the effects of globalization to understanding of Islam in the modern world.

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


Exxon stands firm on Natuna contract Despite uncertainty over its contract, giant oil and gas company ExxonMobil has expressed optimism that it will start developing the D-Alpha gas field in the Natuna Sea in 2008. "The contract is still valid and stands as it is. There have been no official talks about the contract being revised, let alone terminated," Peter J. Coleman, the company's president and general manager for Indonesia, told the press in Jakarta on Thursday evening.

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


Bird flu death toll rises to 52 An Indonesian man who had been suffering from bird flu for days died early on Thursday, a hospital official said, taking Indonesia's death toll from the disease to 52. "He died because of breathing problems which he had suffered since he was admitted to the hospital," said Hadi Yusuf, who heads the bird flu ward at Hasan Sadikin hospital in Bandung, West Java's provincial capital.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 13 October 2006 04:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another jet skids off Indonesia runway in smoky haze A passenger jet skidded off the runway upon landing in thick haze in Kalimantan on Tuesday as forest fires in the country spread a pall of smoke around the region. A Boeing 737-200 jetliner skidded 50 meters (164 ft) off the runway in the town of Tarakan in East Kalimantan province on Borneo island.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 October 2006 03:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iran and Indonesia consider nuclear energy cooperation Iran and Indonesia are preparing to discuss possible cooperation in nuclear technology for “nonmilitary” purposes. The matter is likely to be tackled during a visit by Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla to Iran at the end of Ramadan, which finishes in the last week of October. Breaking the news, Iran's Ambassador Behrouz Kamal Vandi said collaboration for a "concrete" policy on nuclear cooperation will be discussed during the meeting in the context of several alternative energy sources. He said: "Nuclear energy is very important to the two countries to reduce their reliance on current sources of energy.”

Posted in Nuclear power @ 12 October 2006 16:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia marks 2002 Bali bombing anniversary ndonesians on Bali marked the fourth anniversary of deadly bombings by Islamic extremists on Thursday by unfurling white cloth symbolising peace through the resort island's streets.

Posted in General @ 12 October 2006 04:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia apologizes to its neighbors for smoke haze Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has apologized for the smoke haze that has choked parts of neighboring Malaysia and Singapore, and agreed to hold a regional meeting to tackle forest fires in the country. "Under the name of the Indonesian government, I should apologize to the neighboring countries over this incident,'' Yudhoyono told reporters in Jakarta today. "Clearly, it's not something we want.''

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 October 2006 04:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia terminates Exxon Mobil's Natuna contract Indonesia has terminated a contract held by Exxon Mobil Corp. on the huge Natuna offshore gas field, the country's oil minister said on Tuesday, amid high extraction costs and a lack of buyers for the gas. Despite the difficulties developing the field, the move to end Exxon's contract may cause concern among foreign investors about uncertainties of doing business in Indonesia, compounding worries over the legal system, labour and corruption.

Posted in Economy @ 11 October 2006 06:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia delays deployment of peacekeeping troops to Lebanon Indonesia will delay its deployment of peacekeeping troops to Lebanon by one week for logistical reasons, a military spokesman said Tuesday. In a related development, the country signed a euro 17.2 million (US$21.6 million) deal to buy 32 armored vehicles from French company Renault SA for use in Lebanon, said military Maj. Gen. Syafrie Syamsudin.

Posted in Military @ 11 October 2006 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia police general gets 18 months for bribery An Indonesian police general received an 18-month jail term on Tuesday for taking a bribe in connection with a multi-million dollar graft case at state-run PT Bank Negara Indonesia Tbk (BNI), the country's third largest bank. Commissioner-General Suyitno Landung, Indonesia's former chief detective, received a bribe of a car from the main perpetrator of the 2003 fraud case at BNI involving $130 million worth of export credits, the South Jakarta court said.

Posted in Crime @ 11 October 2006 05:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono calls on Muslims to be peaceful Indonesia's president called on Muslims to be peaceful and respect the law amid persistent violence carried out in the name of the faith in the world's most populous Islamic nation, media reports said Tuesday. Indonesia has been hit by a series of bloody bombings by the al-Qaida linked Jemaah Islamiyah terror group in recent years, and hard-liners have often vandalized bars, Western embassies and churches.

Posted in General @ 10 October 2006 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu found in pigs in Bali The H5N1 bird flu virus has infected pigs on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, a senior agriculture ministry official said on Monday. "There were two pigs that were infected by bird flu in Bali. These were old cases that happened last July," Musni Suatmodjo, agriculture ministry director of animal health, told Reuters.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 October 2006 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chevron to invest $6 bln in Indonesia gas fields Chevron Corp. (CVX.N) plans to invest about $6 billion to develop gas fields off the coast of Borneo, aiming to crank up flagging Indonesian gas output, a senior official at the country's oil watchdog said on Monday. Indonesia, the world's top liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter, has failed to meet its contractual commitments to traditional buyers such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan because of a slump in production.

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2006 15:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt slams N. Korea over nuclear test, predicts regional tensions ndonesia condemned North Korea over its announced test of a nuclear weapon on Monday, saying the test would add to regional tensions. "The Government of Indonesia reiterates its position that the recent nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is unacceptable under any justifiable reason," a statement from the Foreign Ministry said. "The nuclear test conducted by the DPRK will only create new tensions and threaten stability in the Asia-Pacific region."

Posted in Politics @ 09 October 2006 15:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest 14 Christians over killings of Muslims Police arrested 14 Christians accused of bludgeoning two Muslim men to death amid anger at the execution of three Roman Catholic militants on Sulawesi island last month, a police officer said Monday. The fish salesmen were killed at an illegal roadblock on the island's main highway and their bodies were buried in a shallow grave nearby, said Central Sulawesi Police Chief Brig. Gen. Badrudin Haiti.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 09 October 2006 15:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rains bring relief to some areas in haze-shrouded Indonesia Heavy rains brought relief to some areas of Indonesia shrouded in smoke by land-clearing fires, but blazes elsewhere Monday delayed flights and brought misery to residents. Skies were clear across parts of central Sumatra and west Kalimantan provinces on Borneo island, locals said. "Finally God has sent us rain to clear the haze," said Sadikin, a resident in Pontianak, the largest city in west Kalimantan.

Posted in Forest fires @ 09 October 2006 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of masked people raid cafe's in Yogyakarta About fifty people dressed in black and white wearing a full-face mask raided a number of cafe's that stayed open in this Ramadhan month in Yogyakarta Saturday evening (7 Oct). A representative of the local police in Yogyakarta, Asep Taufik, told that a number of cafe's - among them Made Kafe and Ruwis Kafe in Jl. Parangtritis, anur Kafe in Jl. Mergangsan and Bamboo Resto in Jl Veteran - had become victim to a group raiding them. "A group of people that arrived on motorbikes broke tables, windows and available bottles of drinks in these cafe's".

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 October 2006 04:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 56 reactions


Rights advocates deplore murder acquittal in Indonesia The acquittal of an Indonesian pilot convicted in the murder of one of the country's most respected human-rights advocates has unleashed a storm of protest from critics of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his government. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that there was insufficient evidence to support a lower court's verdict that the pilot, Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto, had murdered Munir Said Thalib, a human-rights lawyer who investigated abuses by the Indonesian military.

Posted in Crime @ 09 October 2006 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia moves to lengthen jail terms Jemaah Islamiah terrorists and Australian drug offenders will spend more years in jail with Indonesia deciding to curtail their sentence remissions. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has approved regulations forcing all terrorists, drug offenders and prisoners convicted of several other serious crimes to serve at least two-thirds of their original sentences. They will not be eligible for regular remissions issued to other prisoners until they have served at least a third of their jail terms.

Posted in Human rights @ 09 October 2006 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia urges Indonesia to ratify cross-border haze pact Malaysia urged Indonesia to quickly ratify an agreement that would facilitate a regional response to smokey haze in Southeast Asia caused by brush fires on the sprawling archipelago, a news report said Sunday. Indonesia is the only country among the 10 member-Association of Southeast Asian Nations that hasn't ratified the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution, which the grouping approved in 2002.

Posted in Forest fires @ 08 October 2006 13:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Air quality in Singapore improves after PSI hit high of 150 Singaporeans woke up to clearer skies on Sunday morning after a hazy Saturday. Air quality in Singapore on Saturday moved into the "unhealthy" range for the first time this year. The 3-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) hit 150 at 9pm, the highest this year. But it later eased to 136 at 12 midnight and on Sunday morning, the PSI dropped further to 57 at 7am. The highest 3-hour average PSI reading recorded was in September 1997 when it hit 226.

Posted in Forest fires @ 08 October 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, China lift import duty on cocoa, chili powder Indonesia and China agreed to lift import duty on cocoa and chili powder, in a bid to increase trade volume of the two countries, a leadingnewspaper reported Saturday. Indonesia will reduce import tariff on chili powder from China from ten percent to zero percent and China will decrease import duty on cocoa from Indonesia from 15 percent to zero percent, the Kompas daily report says.

Posted in Economy @ 07 October 2006 15:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian leader tells military to respect democracy Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told the once-powerful military on Thursday to press ahead with internal reforms and respect democracy. "Continue the reform process and respect democracy," Yudhoyono said in a speech at a ceremony marking the military's 61st anniversary. "Democracy must continue to blossom and strengthen along with the establishment of the rule of law and a government which is free from corruption and other ills," he said.

Posted in Military @ 07 October 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


China, Indonesia intensify economic cooperation China and Indonesia agreed in Bali yesterday to intensify bilateral economic, trade and technical cooperation, especially in investment field. The agreement was reached at the 8th meeting of the Joint Commission on Economic, Trade and Technical Cooperation.

Posted in Economy @ 07 October 2006 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


43 illegal miners detained in Papua Indonesian police on Friday detained 43 indigenous Papuans for blocking a main road to the world's largest gold and copper mine with burning tires, an official said. The illegal miners, including two women, were picked up at dawn Friday outside the Grasberg mine operated by the New Orleans-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., said local police chief Lt. Col. Jimmy Tuilan. The protest did not effect activities at the mine, he said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 07 October 2006 06:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Banks ready to disburse Yogyakarta reconstruction fund Some banks in Yogyakarta special province were ready to channel the first batch of reconstruction program fund to Seloharjo village in Pundong subdistrict in Bantul district which was severely hit by earthquake last May 27, an official said. "The reconstruction fund will be given to 31 groups of people of Pundong, 13 groups of Dlingo subdistrict and nine groups of Jetis subdistrict in a launch that will take place in Seloharjo village on October 5," Yogyakarta administration's information office spokesman Alex Syamsuri said here Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 06 October 2006 14:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze brings misery, health problems in Indonesia Thick smoke from bush and forest fires in Indonesia has forced schools to close and brought misery to residents, officials said on Friday, with no sign of firefighters in one hard-hit area. A vast blanket of smoke, or haze as it is known locally, occurs every year in Indonesia, angering neighbours Singapore and Malaysia who have long demanded Jakarta do more to stop the dry-season fires being lit by farmers and big companies.

Posted in Forest fires @ 06 October 2006 14:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pays off IMF debts The Indonesian government has decided to pay off the remaining debts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) totaling 3.2 billion U.S dollars, the central bank chief said. "So next week we owe nothing to the IMF. After completing the early repayment, we will stand at the same level of playing field. We are no longer a troublesome member," Bank Indonesia Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah was quoted Friday by the major economic daily Bisnis Indonesia as saying.

Posted in Economy @ 06 October 2006 14:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia's bird flu variant shows no major changes The bird flu virus that's killed one person a week in Indonesia this year hasn't mutated to become more contagious to people, the country's agriculture ministry said, citing an analysis of virus samples. Tests on 49 samples taken from birds on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Bali showed the H5N1 avian influenza virus has undergone no major changes, the ministry said in a statement today. The analysis was undertaken by a World Organization for Animal Health reference laboratory in Geelong, Australia.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 October 2006 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia delays plans to divert mudflow into river Indonesian disaster crews were forced to abandon plans Thursday to begin diverting millions of tons of mud from an industrial accident into a nearby river because of problems with a new pumping system, an official said. The runaway mudflow, sparked by a gas exploration drilling accident in East Java province last May, now covers more than 400 hectares, has drowned several villages, a highway, and displaced more than 12,000 people.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 06 October 2006 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


A lesson from Malaysia One more time I would like to look back to Malaysia a little bit. However I was only there for a week, I still had time to look around more than enough to get back to it for (maybe) one more time. Maybe it's just that I have too much time here, but I think it's rather because I would like Indonesia to have something of it as well. They will have to do most of the work however, I don't have much to tell here of course. I can at least tell about my ideas a little bit on the internet, to get it of my list and probably to never get back to it.

Posted in General @ 06 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia haze worsens, airplanes warned Indonesia on Wednesday urged airports in areas shrouded by thick smoke from forest fires caused by deforestation to close if conditions made landings’ hazardous, after a jet with more than 100 on board skidded off a runway in Borneo. The passenger jet operated by Mandala Airlines skidded off the runway upon landing amid thick haze in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province on Tuesday as fires spread choking haze to neighboring Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore.

Posted in Forest fires @ 05 October 2006 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilot acquitted in activist murder The Supreme Court of Indonesia has acquitted the only person convicted in the murder of leading Indonesian human rights activist in 2004, the Antara news agency reported Wednesday. A Supreme Court spokesman said he had not seen the ruling and could not immediately confirm the report. The court does not have a set system for announcing decisions to the public.

Posted in Human rights @ 05 October 2006 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia bars medical workers from performing female circumcision Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has barred doctors and nurses from performing female circumcisions, a Health Ministry spokesman said Wednesday. The prohibition against the practice — also known as female genital mutilation or cutting — came in the form of a notice sent to doctors and nurses in April, said Soemardi, who goes by a single name. There is no punishment for those who ignore it, he said.

Posted in General @ 05 October 2006 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What Indonesia can learn from Thai military coup Politics in new democracies like Thailand has always sprung surprises. While Prime Minister Thaksin Sinawatra visited New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Thai army chief Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin led a bloodless coup and declared himself the temporary prime minister. It is interesting to observe that the coup did not spark social unrest, as if it were business as usual. On top of that, the tacit endorsement of revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej was a crucial factor behind the smooth process of the coup.

Posted in Politics @ 05 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gap, Banana Republic stores to open in Indonesia Singapore's FJ Benjamin, a franchise partner of US specialty retailer Gap Inc, said Tuesday it plans to open 15 Gap, BabyGap and GapKids stores and five Banana Republic stores in Indonesia by 2011. The company said in a statement that the first Gap and Banana Republic stores will open in Jakarta in March next year, followed by the remainder opening in Surabaya, Bandung and on the resort island of Bali before 2011.

Posted in General @ 04 October 2006 06:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


State electricity firm to reduce fuel consumption Indonesia will reduce the use of fuel oil to generate electricity from 30 percent now to 5 percent in 2009, Indonesian Mines and Energy Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said here Tuesday. One of the substitutes of the energy was coal that will be used in the 10,000 mega-watt power plants targeted to operate in 2009, the minister told a press conference after a limited cabinet meeting discussing energy.

Posted in General @ 04 October 2006 06:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim group damages 'sacred' tree in The governor of Jakarta has filed a complaint with police after a Muslim youth group hacked and damaged a 100-year-old banyan tree in the Indonesian capital in a bid to dispel rumours the tree harbours special powers. "The city government tried hard not to cut the tree when we built a new bus lane. It is more than 100 years old and it is important for the environment," said Susi Marsitawati of Jakarta's park agency.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 October 2006 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Plane skidds into swamp in Kalimantan amit smoke from forest fires A domestic passenger jet skidded off the runway into swampland after landing Tuesday at an airport in central Indonesia, an airport employee said. There were no reports of fatalities or major injuries. Visibility was very poor at Juwata airport in east Kalimantan because of smoke from brush-clearing fires that have delayed flights at other airports in the province in recent days, employee Alfan told el-Shinta radio station from the scene.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 October 2006 06:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gays demand Indonesia revoke local ordinances inspired by Islam Gay and lesbian groups were demanding that the Indonesian government revoke local ordinances inspired by Islamic law that they claim violate their human and constitutional rights, a news report said Tuesday. The Association of Jakarta Transvestites; Arus Pelangi, a gay advocacy group; and the Srikandi Foundation, a women's advocacy group, appealed to the Justice and Human Rights Ministry to immediately strike down the ordinances, The Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Religion @ 03 October 2006 14:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Official: 'US president may visit Indonesia in November' U.S. President George W. Bush may visit Indonesia next month to meet the leader of the world's most populous Muslim nation, seen as a close ally in Washington's global fight against terrorism, officials said Tuesday. If the talks are held, they would be the first on Indonesian soil between Bush and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Posted in Politics @ 03 October 2006 14:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Illegal forest fires blanket Indonesia and neighbors Smoke and ash from land-clearing fires in Indonesia blanketed a large swath of Indonesia's west Monday, sending air quality levels plummeting there and in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia. The smoke was shrouding an estimated 556,000 square kilometers of land on Sumatra and across Indonesian Borneo.

Posted in Forest fires @ 03 October 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fresh attack on Bali could cause sectarian violence A Muslim religious leader in the predominately Hindu island of Bali in Indonesia has said that any fresh terrorist attack on the island could spark sectarian violence. "The relations between the majority Hindu people and the Muslim minority are still good but I fear this could change if there were another attack," Wayan Sahdan, a Balinese Muslim and director of a private Islamic school on the island told Adnkronos International (AKI).

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2006 03:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick smog in Jambi province uncontrollable Jambi deputy governor Antony Zeidra Abidin held an impromptu meeting Sunday with a number of head of agencies and related authorities under his administration to deal with the increasingly thickening fog over Jambi, caused by forest and oil palm plantation fire. Antony, in charge of the Jambi province forest fire control and eradication team, held the emergency meeting after inspecting the fire raging in the oil palm estates in Arang-Arang on Saturday, according to a report by the Indonesian news agency, Antara.

Posted in Forest fires @ 02 October 2006 07:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Djoko: TNI doesn't have a 'coup culture' Chief of Indonesian National Army, General Djoko Santoso said that the Indonesian National Army did not have a 'coup culture'. "The army belongs to the people."

Posted in Military @ 02 October 2006 07:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ceremony honours Bali blasts victims WHITE frangipani flowers and red rose petals were cast across Jimbaran Bay's gentle waves by weeping survivors of suicide bombs that ripped through its beachfront cafes a year ago. Twenty innocent people died in the blasts in the second attack on Bali by the terrorist network, Jemaah Islamiah. Yesterday morning 40 Australian survivors and victims' families joined about 50 local victims and dignitaries to commemorate the first anniversary.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 October 2006 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim mob stabs Christian as tensions rise in Sulawesi Muslims dragged a Christian man from a bus and stabbed him Sunday, a witness and nurse said, amid rising religious tensions in central Indonesia following the executions of three Roman Catholic militants. The victim was hospitalized with wounds to his back, said Yeni, a nurse, who like many Indonesians uses only a single name. She described his condition as "serious."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 01 October 2006 15:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Habibie: Suharto should face corruption charges Indonesia's former dictator Suharto should stand trial on charges he embezzled at least US$600 million during his 32-year reign, his successor was quoted Friday as saying. The attorney general's office said recently it was dropping the long stalled graft-case against Suharto, who was overthrown in 1998 amid nationwide riots, citing a heart problem and a series of strokes that left him with brain damage.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 October 2006 13:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amrozi prefers lethal injection over firing squad However a representative of the Indonesian police told media that the death penalty for Amrozi and his fellow bombers will be the firing squad, Amrozi rejects such a death. He prefers a lethal injection or the electric chair. This was spoken out by Achmad Michdan yesterday in a discussion over the way of executing death penalties in Indonesia. According to Michdan, Amrozi and the other convicted Bali bombers prefer to be executed according to islamic regulation, instead of being shot to death. "According to islamic regulations, a person who is convicted to the death penalty should not feel any pain when they are actually executed."

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2006 13:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia’s super-rich in one list by Forbes Asia Forty names were crowned by Forbes Asia magazine as the richest in Indonesia. Three of them joined the list at the end of the economic and financial crises. They are Trihatma Kusuma Haliman (Agung Podomoro), Eddy William Katuari (Wings Group), and Arifin Panigoro (Medco Energi). What are their business secrets? Here is Tempo’s report.

Posted in Economy @ 01 October 2006 10:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Green issues at forefront of revisions to Jakarta spatial plan The Sutiyoso administration plans to revise the Jakarta Spatial Plan to improve the quality of life in the city and respond to environmental factors. "The revision is aimed at preventing further environmental destruction. Governor Sutiyoso himself wants the revision to come into effect in 2007," Jakarta Environmental Management Board (BPLHD) secretary Junani Kartawiria told a public discussion held by the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) on Thursday.

Posted in Environment @ 01 October 2006 08:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visa Indonesia records 90 % surge in transactions Visa Indonesia has announced that the total value of transactions made by using Visa electronic cards grew by 89.7 percent in the 12 months up to the end of June 2006, with a total transaction value of 26.44 billion U.S. dollars. The record high reaffirms Visa's position as the market leader in the Indonesian card market, The Jakarta Post reported Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 October 2006 04:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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