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Mount Kelud keeps villagers on high alert, crater lake heats up further Authorities in the province of East Java have warned residents living on the slopes of the Mount Kelud volcano once more to stay at their temporary shelters since the risk of a major eruption remains high, according to officials on Wednesday. The 1,731-meter high volcano was placed on top alert on October 16, which caused the evacuation of thousands of people living inside the 10-kilometer danger zone around the crater.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 31 October 2007 09:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crooked railway track in Porong repaired Repairs on the crooked railway track on the line between Siring and Jatirejo in Porong, south of Sidoarjo - close to the hot mud flow from the Lapindo Brantas drilling well - has been completed with success. The repairs started on Monday evening and lasted into Tuesday. The condition of the track between the villages of Ketapang (in Tanggulangin subdistrict) and Siring (in the Porong subdistrict) has been fully restored.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 31 October 2007 04:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 15 A 3-year old boy has been hospitalized in Jakarta with bird flu, according to the Health Ministry yesterday. Nyoman Kandun, director of disease control for Indonesia's health ministry, informed that two separate laboratory tests confirmed that the boy has the H5N1 bird flu virus. Reuters press agency reported that the boy only had minor symptoms however. This case is the 111th case of bird flu in Indonesia.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 October 2007 03:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court rejects Bali nine death penalty challenge The Constitutional Court in Indonesia has rejected a challenge to the death penalty which was brought by three members of the so-called 'Bali Nine', who are on death row. Convicted drug trafficker Scott Rush and the ringleaders of the Bali Nine, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were the initiators. The Constitutional Court rejected the challenge to the death penalty in Indonesia saying that the ultimate punishment is according to the Indonesian law.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 October 2007 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia privatises part of toll road company The Indonesian government is selling a 30 percent stake in PT Jasa Marga, the leading state toll road operator, at an IPO targeted at the top of the range to raise some 267 million euro. This makes it the fourth largest IPO in Indonesia since the Asian financial crisis in 1997-1998. The deal is the second sale of an Indonesian government owned company this year. Earlier PT Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) had raised some 537 million euro, of which 43 percent went to the state coffers. The sale cut the government’s stake in BNI from 99.1% to about 73%.

Posted in Economy @ 29 October 2007 01:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






There is the wet monsoon First some lightning and later with a rolling thunder from the south, a bunch of dark clouds heads towards the north. After two rainshowers yesterday afternoon it is very likely that it will rain again today. A clear sign that the wet monsoon finally will kick of. Somewhat late, but with half a year of virtually no rain at all, every single drop of rain is a gift from God for farmers and people with their own garden. Yesterdays rain was just a reminder of the arrival of the wet monsoon and also cleaned the streets from the dust that had been gathered in all possible and impossible places during the last six months.

Posted in Weather @ 29 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Six Garuda B737-400s seized by customs officers Asia aviation soared to new heights on Thursday, October 25, 2007, with the inaugural flight of the Airbus 380 from Singapore to Sydney, while in Indonesia aviation circles were reaping publicity of a less favorable kind when six Boeing 737-400 aircraft leased by national flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia were seized by Indonesian customs and excise officials in Jakarta.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 October 2007 08:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud crater lake heats up even further Mount Kelud, the 1,731-meter volcano with a history of deadly eruptions, is still about to erupt, keeping tens of thousands of residents in refugee shelters. A scientist at one of the monitoring posts around the volcano said that the water in the 15-meter deep crater lake reached 39.0° C on Saturday morning, that is just below the 40.0° C before it's last eruption in 1990.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 October 2007 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau increases volcanic activity Mount Krakatau's volcanic activity has increased over the past three days, prompting Indonesian authorities to raise its status. The volcano produced some 20 tremors per hour and released white smoke up to 200 meters in the sky every hour since October 24, according to a monitoring officer near the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 October 2007 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three volcanoes simmering in Indonesia Indonesian scientists are closely monitoring three simmering volcanoes across the nation on Friday. These include the Mount Kelud volcano in eastern Java, the Mount Soputan volcano in Sulawesi and the infamous Krakatau in the Sunda Strait, between Sumatra and Java. This volcano as been spewing some ashes a few hundred meters into the air since Tuesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 October 2007 01:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






President visits Mount Kelud refugees President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono Wednesday visited some evacuees from the Mount Kelud danger zone in eastern Java. They are currently in emergency shelters. The president met with refugees in the village of Serangan in the district of Wates and Siman in the district of Kepung.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 October 2007 16:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Soputan volcano erupts A volcano erupted on the island of Sulawesi on Thursday, shooting plumes of white smoke and sand more than 1 kilometer into the air. Villages nearby are covered in a thin layer of ash, officials said. Some violent tremors sent farmers away from their fields around the crater of Mount Soputan just before the eruption according to Sandy Manengke, a local monitoring official. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 October 2007 13:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake hits off Sumatra island A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 on the Richter Scale has struck off the island of Sumatra. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. A tsunami-alert was issued briefly as well. The US Geological Survey said that the quake took place 135 kilometer southwest of Bengkulu, where people woke up from their sleeps early on Thursday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 October 2007 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Sumatra A powerful tremor struck western Indonesia on Wednesday, a meteorology official said. Indonesia meteorology and geophysics center told the Australian news agency that the 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck before 03:00 a.m (20:00 GMT). The tremor was jolted at a depth of 35 km; its epicenter was recorded at 125 km southwest of the town of Padang.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 October 2007 17:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eruption threat of Mount Kelud rising Java's Mount Kelud could erupt any time but some people living in the East Java volcano's danger zone refused to evacuate. Tuesday had been set as the deadline for villagers within a 6-mile radius of the volcano's crater to leave but the Jakarta Post reported many refused to heed the warning.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 23 October 2007 01:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Evacuees wait for Mount Kelut to erupt The threat of an eruption of Mount Kelut (or Mount Kelud), one of the deadliest volcanoes in Indonesia, remains very high despite a slump in activity over the last dy or so. Frustration under tens of thousands of villagers which were forced to flee is also growing. Last week the status of the volcano was raised to the highest level after several warning signs. But since Saturday there hasn't been any major activity according to Surono, a government volcanologist. This makes it really difficult to convince evacuees to remain in their shelters.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 October 2007 15:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 14 The Minister of Health in Indonesia, Siti Fadilah Supari, has confirmed that the death of a 10-year-old girl in the province of Riau was caused by bird flu. This brings the total death toll to 89 in Indonesia alone. "Yes, the girl tested positive for bird flu," she told reporters at the State Palace in Jakarta.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 22 October 2007 09:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report Mount Kelut volcano; no. 3 The Team for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Observation in Blitar reported today that the temperature of water in the crater continues to increase, albeit slowly. The highest level of alert (level 4) is still in force.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 21 October 2007 09:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mud flow that doesn't end While former Indonesian president Suharto was known as the 'Smiling General', current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is known as the 'Crying General'. He shed tears when he talked with the victims of the mud flow near Sidoarjo when they recounted their struggle. Back then, Yudhoyono promised direct compensation. More than one year later, the only company to have paid up is Australian oil and gas explorer Santos.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 21 October 2007 07:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia migrant workers bring in big bucks Migrant workers from Indonesia continue to make a huge contribution to the country's economy because the remittances they make. During the second quarter of 2007, these workers overseas send home some 1.1 billion euro. This is 5.4 percent more than the same period last year, according to data from Bank Indonesia. The central bank estimated that the figure for the full year will reach about 3.5 billion euro.

Posted in Economy @ 21 October 2007 06:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New international airport in the plans for Bali Jembrana Regency in the west of Bali has drawn up a plan to construct its own international airport, and is awaiting the go-ahead, and funds totaling some US$110 million, from the central government to proceed with the ambitious project, officials said. A feasibility study has just been completed on a Jembrana International City Airport, but there were indications of resistance to the project from the Bali government, said Regent I Gede Winasa.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight journalists trapped on slope of Mount Kelut Rain that poured down on the slopes around Mount Kelut volcano caused eight local and national journalists to be trapped on one of the slopes until Friday afternoon. They were urged to come down as soon as a series of tremors started, fearing that an eruption would start. They were not able to evacuate themselves from the slopes because it was raining and they didn't have transportation.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 October 2007 23:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Risk of eruption of Kelut volcano extremely high' Police ordered thousands of people - some at gunpoint - to leave their homes on the slopes of the Kelut volcano, one of Indonesia's deadliest volcanoes. This move comes after a few days of underground tremors heightened the fear of an imminent eruption. Scientists earlier raised the alert status of the volcano to the highest level, noting that the temperature of the crater lake had sharply increased.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 October 2007 16:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientist: 'Pressure rising in Kelut volcano' A number of tremors shook the simmering volcano in eastern Java for about one hour on Friday, indicating that an eruption is imminent, according to an expert. The tremors, which are too small to be felt by humans, started around 15:00 local time, told Kristanto, chief volcanologist at the monitoring station near the Mount Kelut volcano. He said that the longest of the tremors just lasted some 45 seconds.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 October 2007 14:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


29 die when ferry sinks off Sulawesi island At least 29 are killed and 125 were rescued after a ferry sank in high seas off the island of Sulawesi. Residents near the town of Bau Bau in Southeastern Sulawesi heard survivors screaming for help in the waters off the coast after the Acita 3 capsized around 21:00 local time Thursday. 151 people believed to be on board, but it is common practice for ferries in Indonesia to bring more people than officially registered.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 October 2007 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report Mount Kelut volcano; no. 2 According to the Head of Directorate for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Management in Bandung, who leads an assessment mission in Blitar, the activity of the Mount Kelud volcano is still increasing. The level of volcanic tremors has nevertheless decreased over the last day. The deformation process of the crater is also increasing, thus the eruption continues to be imminent. BAKORNAS PB reported that mud and poisonous gases are likely to be emitted from the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 October 2007 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villagers forced to evacuate by armed police Dozens of police from the local police force in Kediri, eastern Java, have forced villagers out of the first danger zone at the Mount Kelut volcano to some evacuation camps in the village of Tawang, subdistrict of Wates, on Thursday night. These forceful evacuations started after villagers started to return to their villages after initial evacuation at free will. When the people arrived in their evacuation camps, there was no food, so they returned to their villages the next morning.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 October 2007 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report Mount Kelut volcano; no. 1 On 16 October 2007 at 18:00 local time, the Directorate for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Management in Bandung, West Java Province, raised the alert status of Kelud Volcano to the highest level 4. This indicates that an eruption is imminent. Mount Kelud is located approximately 90 kilometres southwest of Surabaya in East Java.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 October 2007 06:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four dead in tribal violence in Papua province Armed rival tribes fought close to a gold mine in Papua province on Thursday. This clash is the latest in a series of clashes that have killed four people according to police and an official from the U.S. company. At least 45 people were injured in the fighting in the remote region since Tuesday, told local police chief Godhelp Mansnembra.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 18 October 2007 06:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian migrant worker dies in Malaysia Another migrant worker from Indonesia, who worked in an oil palm plantation in Malaysia, died on October 5. He was identified as Redi Martin. "We have not yet been informed of the cause of his death, but the death was allegedly due to torture by Malaysian security personnel," told Saidi, the dead worker's uncle. Saidi also told that Redi's body is expected to arrive in the village of Kalikudi today.

Posted in General @ 18 October 2007 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono calls for distribution of masks President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked the governor of East Java, Imam Utomo, to distribute masks among residents living on the slopes of the restive Mount Kelut volcano in the district of Kediri. "I want the masks made available in large numbers and distributed among residents living around the volcano," Yudhoyono said in a dialog with the local police chiefs at the Indonesian Police Headquarters in Jakarta.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 October 2007 13:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No food in evacuation camps; people return to dangerous slopes Hundreds of villages which evacuated themselves from the dangerous slopes of the Mount Kelut volcano just last night, headed back home again earlier today from their refugee camps to tend their crops and animals despite warnings of an imminent major eruption. Yesterday as many as 50,000 people started evacuating after the alert status of the volcano was placed on the highest possible level.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 October 2007 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Agency: 'Eruption of Mount Kelut imminent' Indonesia is warning that one of it's most active volcanoes may now erupt at any time. The alert status for the volcano is at the highest level at the moment. "An eruption is imminent" stated the website of the Volcanological Survey of Indonesia. Officials have now ordered the evacuation of some 30,000 people living within the danger zones on the slopes of the 1,731-meter volcano in eastern Java.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 October 2007 07:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelut (Kelud) volcano now at highest alert status Indonesia yesterday raised the alert level for Mount Kelut volcano to the highest level, as residents started fleeing amid signs an eruption could be imminent, officials and a witness said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 October 2007 04:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire guts over 500 houses in Jakarta's Kalibaru district A huge city fire on Monday has destroyed some 532 houses in the Jakarta district of Kalibaru. There were no fatal victims in the fire, according to Antara news agency. The people who lost their homes took refuge in schools and mosques in the area.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 October 2007 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TSA: Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport now rated 'safe' On October 7, 2007, The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have that Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport is once again considered to be compliant with the strict aviation safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The announcement reverses a December 23, 2005, declaration by the TSA stating the Bali airport fell below minimum safety standards that resulted in cautionary warnings to that effect being prominently posted at major airports across the U.S.A..

Posted in Tourism @ 15 October 2007 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seeks payment for saving tropical forests The Indonesian government will advance a bold proposal to preserve tropical forests at the coming United Nations Framework on Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) to be held in Bali December 3-14, 2007.

Posted in Environment @ 15 October 2007 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Worrying signs from Mount Kelut The Mount Kelut volcano in East Java, which was put on the second-highest alert level last month, shows several alarming signs all indicating that it is about to erupt, said a top volcano expert in Indonesia. "I'm scared about Kelut," said Surono, head of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation in Bandung. "Kelut is now on the point of no return."

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 October 2007 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 13 The 12-year-old boy that has been infected with bird flu died earlier on Saturday, bringing the total toll in the country to 88, according to the Ministry of Health. The boy died in a hospital in Jakarta at 07:30 AM, according to Nirwan, an employee at the Ministry of Health's bird flu information center. "Medical doctors at the hospital were meeting to discuss his case, since he showed great improvement in his health condition, with his white-blood cell count rising, but the boy suddenly died at 7:30 this morning," said Nirwan.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 13 October 2007 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Holiday traffic kills 112 people in Indonesia Holiday traffic has killed 112 people and wounded another 144 others during accidents throughout the country since October 6, according to police. Most deadly road accidents took place in the provinces of Central Java, East Java and North Sumatra. Chief of the Indonesian police Public Information Service, Bambang Kuncoko, said. "Although the death toll has exceeded 100, in general traffic is relatively safe for holidaymakers for Muslims' Idul Fitri," said the spokesman on Friday.

Posted in General @ 13 October 2007 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bomb victims remembered on 5th anniversary Dozens of people have placed flowers and pictures of their loved ones at a memorial service held on the site of the deadly Bali bombings of October 11, 2002. It was the fifth anniversary of the attack yesterday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 October 2007 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 12 A 12-year-old boy from Tangerang has tested positive for bird flu and is being treated in a hospital in Jakarta, said an official from the Ministry of Health on Thursday. Muhammad Nadirin from the bird flu center said it was not yet clear how the boy contracted the virus, but some chickens in the neighborhood had died earlier.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 11 October 2007 16:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to boost military role in disaster relief In a country often hit by natural disasters, Indonesia's armed forces should shift their focus from the battlefield to emergency and relief efforts, said its defense minister on Wednesday. Juwono Sudarsono said that most of the defense spending in the next decade would be spend on improving transport capability to be able to respond better to emergencies.

Posted in Military @ 11 October 2007 11:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Bali bombers 'likely to die' The three Bali bombers on death row in Bali are likely to be executed even if a court revokes the law permitting executions, a human rights campaigner says. Islamic militants Imam Samudra, Ali Ghufron and the so-called smiling terrorist Amrozi, are on death row in Indonesia for their parts in the October 2002 nightclub bombings, which killed 202 people including 88 Australians.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 October 2007 16:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


189 countries to take part in climate change conference in Bali About 189 countries have said they will participate in the climate change conference which will be held in Bali, Indonesia from 3 to 15 December. This information was released by Minister of Environment Rahmat Witoelar on Monday. The minister told that some countries would send their prime ministers; over 120 ministers will be present at the conference which will be attended by more than 10,000 representatives.

Posted in Environment @ 09 October 2007 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to add four Boeing jets Garuda Indonesia plans to add four Boeing 737-400 aircraft to its fleet in January, according to Bisnis Indonesia on Monday, which cited a company executive. "We are ready to bring in four B737-400 airplanes in January 2008 while waiting for the arrivals of the Boeing 737-800NGs," quoted the newspaper.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 08 October 2007 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 11 The Ministry of Health says another person has died from bird flu, raising the total toll in Indonesia to 87. A 44-year-old woman has died in the general hospital in Pekanbaru, Central Sumatra. Both samples taken tested positive for the H5N1 virus. The bird flu information center from the ministry says that the woman, who was first treated in a clinic on October 1, was moved to a private hospital in Pekanbaru the next day before being sent to the state hospital for bird flu cases.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 October 2007 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians to celebrate end of Ramadan, start cramming bus and train stations Indonesia has begun its yearly returning mass exodus on Sunday when millions of people leave the big cities to return to their home villages to celebrate the end of the Islamis holy month of Ramadan. Tens of thousands have started crowding bus and train stations in the big cities a mere six days before 'Idul Fitri' (Eid al-Fitr) to beat the mass exodus later in the week when buses, cars and motorcycles create massive traffic jams on roads in many parts of the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Ramadan @ 07 October 2007 16:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism board: 'Bali not ready for climate summit' The tourist industry in Bali is concerned that tourist facilities and infrastructure on Bali will be overstretched this December, during the Island's peak tourist season, as tourists and Climate Change delegates jostle for the island's limited facilities and infrastructure, reports the latest edition of the authoritative Indonesian Digest edited by Tuti Sunario.

Posted in General @ 06 October 2007 18:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fixing dams to limit damage from threatening eruption Workers near the Mount Kelut volcano are working hard to strengthen dams and drainage tunnels on Saturday to control a possible hot mud flow from the volcano in case of an eruption. These works come at the time that scientists have raised the alert-status of the volcano to the second highest. The dams are designed to hold back and divert deadly hot mud flows (lahar), told Saut Simatupang, a government volcanologist.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 October 2007 14:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds start evacuation from slopes of Mount Kelut Hundreds of villagers living inside the danger zones on the slopes of Mount Kelut are in the process of evacuating as the volcano threatens to erupt, told a representative of the Health Ministry. The head of the local crisis center, Rustam Pakaya, said that the evacuees were just the high-risk persons like pregnant women, babies, children, old persons and crippled.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 October 2007 13:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two neighbors but a completely different world It is a completely random day at the end of August. Time to catch a plane to head for a new destination. Fortunately I know what is waiting for me on the other side. This is, for me personally, a lot less stress. I tend to arrange everything into the smallest details, and that from someone that tries to build a life in Indonesia. Yeah, I know, it sounds strange, but until now it was relatively easy for that matter. The bright red AirAsia plane touches down after about two hours of flight. The environment still is tropical and green. It is clouded, that is the only thing I notice directly. That means that here at least I can see what kind of weather it is, because that is a big difference than just two hours ago. Because Jakarta is always covered under a thick layer of brown smog and other lethal stuff.

Posted in Travel @ 06 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to plant 79 million trees in a day Indonesia will attempt to repair its reputation as one of the biggest contributors to deforestation by planting 79 million trees in one day next month. The initiative is part of a global campaign to plant a billion trees and will precede a UN summit on climate change in Bali in December. “Everybody, residents and officials from the lowest unit of the Government to the President, will take part in this movement,” Ahmad Fauzi Masud, a spokesman for the Forestry Ministry, said

Posted in Environment @ 05 October 2007 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to return to The Netherlands? Despite the current blacklisting of all Indonesian registered commercial aircraft from European airspace by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Indonesian national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia appears adamant in its desire to resume service to Europe, planning to recommence service to Amsterdam in 2008.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 04 October 2007 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia planning bridge between Java and Sumatra Indonesia is considering to build a suspension bridge over the 30-kilometer strait between the islands Java and Sumatra. The construction would be a major engineering feat in the geologically active region, according to a construction consortium on Thursday. Governors of both provinces at either end of the Sunda Strait and a group of local firms agreed to conduct a feasibility study on the bridge, which could become the longest in the world, told Heka Hertanto, a spokesman for PT Artha Graha, a leading firm in the consortium hoping to build the bridge.

Posted in General @ 04 October 2007 11:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Court rejects bid to make polygamy easier A bid of a businessman in Indonesia to make polygamy more easy was rejected by the constitutional court on Wednesday. Indonesia allows polygamy, but according to the current marriage law, a man can only get approval from a court to take a second wife if the first wife agrees, or if she is disabled or cannot have children.

Posted in General @ 03 October 2007 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No tsunami after 6.4 quake off Sumatra coast A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter Scale struck west of the island of Sumatra earlier today, which caused an automatic tsunami alert which was soon withdrawn. The earthquake struck some 160 kilometers off the coast of Bengkulu according to BMG, the Meteorological and Geophysics Agency.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 October 2007 14:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 10 A 21-year-old man who died on Friday in West Jakarta, was infected with bird flu, according to the Ministry of Health earlier on Monday. This confirmation put the total death toll of bird flu in Indonesia alone at 86, out of 107 cases in total. This information was released by Suharda Ningrum of the bird flu center of the ministry. "Two laboratory tests today showed that the man is positive of avian influenza," she told.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 October 2007 16:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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