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Bank ANK to merge with Australia's Commonwealth Bank Bank Arta Niaga Kencana in Indonesia will be merged into the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) when a planned take-over is completed, according to a statement from the bank on Friday. CBA has already obtained stock from ANK held by private shareholders until 57 percent of the total. After the merger, CBA will have 50 branch offices operating on the islands of Java and Bali.

Posted in Economy @ 31 August 2007 04:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia wants Australian uranium Indonesia has said it expects to be able to buy Australian uranium if it continues with the plans to build a nuclear power plant on the earthquake-prone island of Java. The government has repeatedly said that it hopes to build it's first nuclear power plant by 2016.

Posted in General @ 30 August 2007 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia to push carbon-credits for peatlands conservation Wahjudi Wardojo, director general for forestry research at Indonesia's Forestry Ministry, told Reuters that industrialized countries will need to provide financial incentives for tropical countries to preserve ecosystems - like peatlands - that sequester large amounts of carbon.

Posted in Environment @ 29 August 2007 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Bird flu spread from humans to humans in 2006 In the first systematic, statistical analysis of its kind, infectious-disease-modeling experts at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center confirm that the avian influenza A (H5N1) virus in 2006 spread between a small number of people within a family in Indonesia. The findings, by biostatistician Ira M. Longini Jr., Ph.D., and colleagues, will be published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Posted in Health @ 29 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Black boxes from Adam Air plane found Salvage crews have retrieved the flight data and cockpit voice recorders from an Indonesian aircraft that crashed in almost 9 months ago. The recorders will now be sent to the United States to determine the cause of the accident. fforts to recover the so-called "black boxes" have been delayed for months due to disagreements over who should pay.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 August 2007 01:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Bird flu; situation in Bali, update 1 A 43-year-old woman which is suspected of being infected with the bird flu virus has died in Bali, which causes fears of a wider outbreak. Blood samples from the woman were sent to Jakarta for further testing. If this case is confirmed it is the third person on Bali to die from the virus this month alone. Radio Australia reports that the outbreak is also having an effect on the restaurant business and of course farmers which depend on raising poultry.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 27 August 2007 10:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia stays confident about growth in 2007 Indonesia is confident to meet its annual growth target of 6.3 percent this year due to stronger investment, higher domestic consumption and growth of exports, according to the Minister of Trade on Sunday. "At the moment, exports and investment are what is driving growth but resumption of consumer confidence especially since the last quarter of 2006 has also been important," told Mari Pangestu to reporters at a news conference in the Philippine capital.

Posted in Economy @ 26 August 2007 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

UN does not recognise 613 islands in Riau 613 islands out of 2,408 islands in the Riau Archipelago which were registered by the regional administration were not recognized by the United Nations according to a local official on Friday. "The number of islands in Riau Islands province recorded by the United Nations is only 1,795," told Tengku Mukhtaruddin, assistant for general administration affairs to the Riau Islands governor.

Posted in General @ 25 August 2007 03:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

One more bird flu suspect found on Bali Another bird flu suspect was found on the Indonesia ís resort island of Bali on August 24. The suspect, identified as one-and-a-half-year-old infant Ni Putu Aprilia Dewi, is currently being treated at the Sanglah hospital in Denpasar, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 August 2007 15:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Search underway for black box Adam Air plane A salvage ship operated by the United States has arrived in Indonesia to hunt for the black box of an Adam Air plane that crashed into the sea on New Years' day, killing 102 passengers and crew. The Boeing went missing off South Sulawesi and sparked a massive search in the early days of this year. The body of the plane is thought to lay on the floor of the Makassar Strait. No bodies have been found until today.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 August 2007 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Bird flu kills another woman on Bali A second woman died from bird flu on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, bringing the country's death toll from the H5N1 strain of the virus to 84, health officials said Wednesday. The 28-year-old Ayu Srinadi, working as poultry trader from Tabanan district, died on Tuesday afternoon at Bali's Sanglah Hospital after undergoing treatment for 36-hours. She had high fever and acute pneumonia, said Daswir Nurdin, an official at the Health Ministry's bird flu information centre.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 22 August 2007 02:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

2 suspected bird flu patients hospitalized in Bali Two persons have been admitted to hospital on the Indonesian resort island of Bali over suspected bird flu symptoms, local press said Tuesday, adding fear to an outbreak after the death of a woman earlier this month. A 28-year-old woman who used to work as chicken trader is being treated at the Sanglah Hospital in the Bali capital of Denpasar with pneumonia and other symptoms typical to bird flu, reported leading news website Detikcom.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 August 2007 16:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Karangetang volcano erupts again today The Karangetang volcano in eastern Indonesia spewed hot lava and clouds of ash high into the atmosphere early on Monday according to a volcanologist. The eruption came just hours after hundreds of residents living on the slopes were evacuated. There are no reports of injuries or damage according to Yudi Satipang, a volcanologist who has been monitoring the Karangetang volcano on the island of Siau since it was placed on high alert last weekend.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 August 2007 16:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

High alert for Karangetang volcano near Sulawesi Some 500 families have been evacuated from the slopes of the Karangetang volcano on the island of Siau, near northeast Sulawesi. The evacuations come after a warning from authorities that an eruption could be imminent. The alert status of the volcano was raised on Saturday; advising that at least two villages were to be evacuated.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 August 2007 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Tourists are back again Sometimes you have those days that you want to enjoy the evening after a day of traveling around. This enjoying will work perfectly having a cold beer and some company. Earlier that day I had enjoyed the celebrations of Independence Day in and around Yogyakarta and after that I headed for Jalan Malioboro to do some shopping. That has to be done as well, and to combine it with something good, I decided to look for a place in one of the many bars or restaurants in the first small street off Jalan Malioboro, Jalan Sosrowijayan.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Indonesia not to raise fuel prices in 2008 Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, said that the government would not raise fuel prices next year despite a 17 percent cut in fuel subsidy spending calculated in the 2008 state budget. Fuel subsidy is to be cut to 46.7 trillion Rupiah (3.68 billion euro), down from 56.4 trillion Rupiah (4.44 billion euro) this year.

Posted in Economy @ 19 August 2007 14:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

475 hotels listed on Foreign tourists find their way to Indonesia once again after some sluggish years. After almost five years, Bali is back to normal with tourist arrivals around or higher than in the months for the Bali bombs, and elsewhere in Indonesia, tourists visit the cities they most love. knows this and has recently started offering hotel bookings for hundreds of hotels throughout many parts of Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 19 August 2007 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Tommy denies latest corruption charges Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra has denied charges about misappropriation of liquidity credits from Bank Indonesia which are said to be channeled to the Clove Marketing and Buffer Agency (BPPC). Tommy was chairman when the credits were disbursed and he said that the BPPC had returned all of the credits, which reached 759 billion Rupiah (59.76 million euro).

Posted in Corruption @ 18 August 2007 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Australian families angered at cut sentences Ten prisoners convicted for the bombings on Bali in 2002 had their prison terms cut by up to five months today, angering relatives of some of the victims. The six, convicted for their involvement in the 2002 bombings which left 202 people dead, have been given remissions of five months as part of the Indonesian Independence Day celebrations.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 August 2007 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 7 A 17-year old girl from Jakarta has died of bird flu, which takes the country's total death toll from the virus to 83. The girl's death comes just a few days after a 29-year-old woman living on Bali died from the disease. The girl died two days ago after falling ill with high fevers last week.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 August 2007 14:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesian economy grows fastest in more than 2 years Indonesia's economy grew at the fastest rate for over two years in the second quarter as exports rose and lower interest rates helped fuel spending and investment. The largest economy of Southeast Asia expanded 6.3 percent in the three months ending at 30 June after gaining 6.0 percent in the first quarter of the year, according to the Central Statistics Bureau BPS. Economists had expected a growth of 6.1 percent.

Posted in Economy @ 15 August 2007 12:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Soputan volcano on Sulawesi erupts The Soputan volcano on the northern top of the island of Sulawesi has started spewing ash and rocks. Lava debris is starting to descend down it's slopes but no evacuation had taken place according to an official on Tuesday. Mount Soputan, 2.175 kilometers northeast of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, is no threat to the nearest villages, located at 11 kilometers from it's crater. Even in the event of an actual eruption there is no direct danger, according to Saut Sumatupang, head of Indonesia's Volcanology Survey.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 August 2007 16:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 6 A woman has died of bird flu in Bali, the first human death from the virus on the resort island. An official from the Health Ministry told earlier today that a 29-year-old woman from West Bali died one day earlier in a hospital suffering from high fever.Her five-year-old daughter died recently after playing with chickens, but it was not clear if the girl died of bird flu.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 13 August 2007 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia: 'bird flu medicine before sharing samples' Indonesia has confirmed it will not cooperate with the World Health Organisation (WHO) by sharing live samples of the bird flu virus until it has guarantees that they will get access to affordable drugs to fight the disease. The WHO has accused Indonesia of putting the world at risk by failing to share the live samples. Indonesia currently has the highest number of deaths related to the disease in the world.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 12 August 2007 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Bali runs out of alcoholic drinks A number of hotels and retail outlets across Bali are complaining of an increasingly critical shortage of wines and spirits posing a risk that holidaymakers to Bali may soon be without the liquid wherewithal for merrymaking. According to a report in the Indonesian language DenPost, the Indonesian Customs and Excise Department have banned the import of all imported alcoholic beverages following the recent discovery of a smuggling ring using illegal duty stamps.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 August 2007 14:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Bali: An island losing its cultural character The Indonesian language daily newspaper NusaBali has questioned in the rapid development of businesses along Kuta's Sunset Road and the lack of Balinese architectural elements in the buildings populating this major thoroughfare.

Posted in General @ 10 August 2007 16:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Earthquake halts Pertamina's Balongan refinery A 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit west Java early Thursday has forced a Pertamina oil refinery to be shut down for the next three days. The Balongan refinery in the town of Indramayu, which was close to the earthquake's epicenter, was shut down temporarily after the powerful quake caused power failure in the compound of the refinery.

Posted in Earthquake @ 09 August 2007 17:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

'Tectonic earthquake not directly related to volcanoes' The huge earthquake that took place around midnight local time in Western Java has been felt in big parts of Java island, the southern part of Sumatra and event the resort island of Bali. Residents of the central Javanese town of Magelang fled from their houses, expecting to see an erupting Merapi volcano. That volcano however, like all others, are still in the same condition as before the large earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 08 August 2007 20:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Powerful earthquake rocks buildings, scares people A powerful earthquake under the Java Sea shook Indonesia's capital early Thursday morning local time. The quake violently shook tall buildings and panicked residents in Jakarta. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.4. It was centred about 104 kilometres east of Jakarta, at a depth of 290 kilometres.

Posted in Earthquake @ 08 August 2007 20:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

7.5 quake strikes 100 km east of Jakarta A powerful earthquake has struck Indonesia, rattling tall buildings and panicking residents. The quake's epicentre was 66 miles (110 kilometers) from Jakarta and it hit with a magnitude of 7.4, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 08 August 2007 19:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Fauzi Bowo new governor of Jakarta Fauzi Bowo and Prijanto have become the first directly elected governor and vice-governor of the capital of Indonesia. After a day of voting, the vice-president of Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla, sent his congratulations to the couple. Although there are no official results yet, quick counts by various independent parties all show a victory for Fauzi Bowo and Prijanto, with around 58 percent of the votes.

Posted in Elections @ 08 August 2007 16:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Jakarta to vote for first elected governor Up to six million voters are expected to take part in the first direct democratic elections for governor of the Indonesian capital Jakarta today. Fauzi Bowo, who represents 19 political parties, is favoured to win over Adang Daradjatun, his only opponent in this election.

Posted in Elections @ 08 August 2007 04:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Ericsson awarded network expansion contract by XL Ericsson has been awarded an expansion contract by PT Excelcomindo Pratama Tbk (XL) to expand its GSM/GPRS and WCDMA/HSPA in the country.

Posted in Economy @ 07 August 2007 08:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

600 million euro investment in tourism for Lombok Taj Hamaad, an Advisor to the Dubai-based Group Emaar International Properties, has confirmed that they will invest 600 million euro in a new tourism resort development in Lombok, an island just east of Bali. According to Hamaad, technical agreements and final a final memorandum of understanding (MOA) are now being hammered out prior to ground-breaking ceremonies planned for later this year.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 August 2007 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Pressure to cancel the 'Honoris Causa Award' for Jakarta governor Open Letter to the Rector and Students Senate of the Diponegoro University in Semarang

Posted in Human rights @ 06 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Garuda flies into the black, finally After many years of writing its financial results in red ink, Garuda Indonesia closed the first semester of 2007 by reporting a net profit of Rp. 148 billion (11.56 million euro). In an impressive turn-around, the current profit results stand in stark contrast to the first six months of 2006 when the Airline reported losses of Rp. 361 billion (28.20 million euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 05 August 2007 02:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Alert level raised for Papandayan volcano in West Java Disaster authorities in Indonesia have raised the alert level of the Mount Papandayan volcano in the province of West Java after volcanic activity recorded in recent weeks shows signs of an imminent eruption. The Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency said that there were continuous minor tremors near the volcano and that temperatures around the volcano were rising as well.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 August 2007 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Dutch made corvette for Indonesian Navy to arrive mid-august The Indonesian Navy is expected to receive a Sigma-class corvette in the next few weeks. "We expect the corvette to arrive mid August. It is currently on its way from the Netherlands to Indonesia," head of the Indonesian Navy`s Information Service Commodore Sugeng Darmawan said here on Friday.

Posted in Military @ 03 August 2007 14:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Kalimantan plans to turn Mahakam River into conservation area The East Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) is exploring the possibilities of making parts of the Mahakam river into a conservation area to protect the Irrawaddy dolpins (orcaella brevirostris) against extinction according to an official.

Posted in Environment @ 02 August 2007 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Report blaming quake stokes volcano row A new report that blames the earthquake of May 2006 for the mud volcano in eastern Java has stoked dispute on Tuesday about whether the drilling well or geology has caused the disaster that engulfed thousands of homes and businesses until today. Scientists tell that they may never find the exact trigger for the eruption of mud from the ground that engulfed an area four times Monaco and already forced 15,000 people to leave their homes.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 01 August 2007 13:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
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