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Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 26 Two children have died from bird flu, a health ministry official said on Monday, taking the confirmed death toll in the country worst affected by the virus to 107. A 15-year-old boy from Subang, in West Java, died on Wednesday in an area where chickens had died, said Nyoman Kandun, director general of communicable disease control at the ministry.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 March 2008 12:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parts of Bandung hit by hail storm Parts of the city of Bandung, in western Java, were hit by bad weather with strong winds and heavy rain. This time there was also hail, which is pretty rare in tropical regions. The small stones of ice with a size of about one centimeter dropped from the sky in various parts of the city while it was raining. The hail caused damage to a number of vehicles that were outside.

Posted in Weather @ 30 March 2008 15:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government issues latest airline safety rankings As reported in Kompas, the latest review of national airline safety issued by the Governments has determined not to increase the actual safety category rating of any national airline, despite an admission that actual scores have improved a number of air carriers.

Posted in General @ 29 March 2008 12:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air plane on route Jakarta-Jambi delayed for eight hours Passengers of a Batavia Air flight from Jakarta to Jambi have waited more than eight hours for their departure, before the plane eventually left at 21:15 local time. Earlier, the passengers protested against their huge delay. They beseiged another Batavia Air plane which was scheduled for departure to Denpasar.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 March 2008 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia; a country without Playboy and porn In between breakfast and lunch yesterday, Indonesian lawmakers gave their support for a law that is officially named 'Electronic Information and Transaction Law'. This indirect anti-porn legislation will be effective two days from now. Because of the quick pace this new monster against (press-)freedom was pushed ahead, there is little attention for it in mainstream Indonesian media. It almost looks like something that happens every day here, but it is completely absurd that a law that has been approved yesterday will become active in a matter of days, especially a law that has as many implications as this one. In theory that is.

Posted in General @ 28 March 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction






Indonesia tries to ban web porn The Indonesian government has passed a law banning the viewing or production of "immoral content" on the internet. The new law is one of the most strict in the world and will come into force on 29 March. Anyone found guilty of breaking the law faces six years in prison and a fine equivalent to $109,000.

Posted in General @ 27 March 2008 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Prosecutors seek life sentences for alleged JI leaders Indonesian prosecutors have called for life sentences for two alleged former Jemaah Islamiah top commanders. Dujana and Zarkasih are both accused of being key players in terrorist attacks across Indonesia. Abu Dujana allegedly had a hand in the 2002 Bali bombings and the 2004 attack on the Australian embassy.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 March 2008 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bombers execution not in near future The Indonesian Attorney Generals Office (AGO) said Tuesday the execution of three convicted Bali bombers must wait their decision whether or not they ask a presidential pardon. "They have said earlier they will never ask for a presidential pardon. But if they will, then we must wait," AGO spokesman Bonaventura Nainggolan told reporters here.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 March 2008 13:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: Islamic cleric Bashir likens tourists to 'maggots' Hardline Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has compared tourists to "worms, snakes, maggots" and called for signs to be placed in Muslim areas warning them to dress modestly, a report said Monday. The preacher made the comments in a speech to an Islamic youth organisation in east Java in October. "Worms, snakes, maggots - those are animals that crawl. Take a look at Bali... those infidel tourists. They are naked," he said.

Posted in Religion @ 24 March 2008 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Landslide cuts main road in Sumatra A landslide in Indonesian West Sumatra province of Sumatra Island on Saturday evening blocked transportation with nearby provinces, National Disaster Management Agency said on Sunday. A kiosk and a truck were buried by the landslide, said Setio Sutarmo, an official of the agency.

Posted in Weather @ 23 March 2008 13:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia to get 2 billion euro investment from Middle East Middle East investors plan to spend about two billion euro on projects in Indonesia, Bisnis Indonesia newspaper reported, citing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Emaar Properties PJSC, Pacific Inter-Link Sdn Bhd, Al Ghurair Group, Ras Al Khaimah and Limitless LLC are among the investors planning to enter Indonesia, Bisnis said.

Posted in Economy @ 22 March 2008 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'No concern over re-assortment of avian, human flu virus' Indonesia dismissed fears of a virus re-assortment between avian and human seasonal influenza strains in a 2007 human death involving bird flu infection, the country's health ministry senior official said here. Director General of Communicable Diseases I Nyoman Kandun said the possibility of re-assortment between the avian influenza virus and other flu viruses was always possible, but had not yet happened.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 March 2008 08:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising food prices raise security concerns in Indonesia The soaring cost of rice and other basic food in Asia has raised security concerns across many Asian countries. In Indonesia, the high cost of staple foods is hurting the poor and raising fears of social unrest.

Posted in Economy @ 20 March 2008 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Air chief: Adam Air banned from flying Indonesian budget airline Adam Air has been banned from flying on safety grounds, the country's chief of air transport said Tuesday. "The transport ministry has decided to revoke Adam Air's operational specification, effective 17:00 Tuesday (local time)," Budhi Muliawan Suyitno told reporters here. "With this, Adam Air is banned from operating its aircraft. All of its planes must be automatically grounded."

Posted in General @ 19 March 2008 09:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New bird species found off Sulawesi Two field scientists from the University of Indonesia have found a new bird species, Zosterops Somadikartai or Togian white-eye, in the Togian Islands, Gulf of Tomini, Central Sulawesi province, local press reported Saturday.

Posted in Environment @ 19 March 2008 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






One dead in local 'anti-liquor raid' in Solo With as reason that they wanted to fight against liquor, a resident has become a deadly victim. The incident happened when more than ten youths from the Kusumodilagan area, Joyosuran in Solo, central Java were drinking liquor on Monday evening. A group of members who see themselves as members of the local mosque attacked the youths. Beause the fight was unfair, the drinking youths ran away.

Posted in Violence @ 18 March 2008 01:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia threatens to close Adam Air in three weeks Indonesia threatened Monday to close low-cost carrier Adam Air after two of its largest shareholders announced plans to pull out of the beleaguered company. The airline has defaulted on debt payments to airplane leasing companies, which has forced the company to ground 12 of its 22 planes, said Adam Suherman, whose family together with Sandra Ang owns a 50 percent stake.

Posted in General @ 17 March 2008 13:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Gloomy future for Adam Air as investor retreats Following the latest safety incident involving an Adam Air flight that slid off the runway at Batam's Hang Nadim Airport on March 10, 2008, the Indonesian Department of Civil Aviation has threatened to "freeze" the airlines Air Operating Certificate if the carrier's management is unable to quickly correct its safety management shortcomings.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2008 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seeking recognition for Bali's heritage The Jakarta Post reports that a team representing Bali is expected to visit the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris soon in a continuing effort to lobby for three sites in Bali to be names as World Heritage Sites.

Posted in Environment @ 15 March 2008 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'Dutch anti-Islam film can disturb interfaith harmony' Indonesia on Friday warned a Dutch lawmaker not to release an anti-Islam film which could destroy interfaith harmony, the country foreign ministry said here. Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, who heads the Freedom Party, will release his short film this month, which he says will depict the Koran as a 'fascist book', despite mounting protests and disagreement from the Dutch government.

Posted in Religion @ 14 March 2008 11:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 16 reactions


Eight hospitalized in Sumatra for suspected bird flu Eight people from the same village in Indonesia's Lampung province were admitted to hospital allegedly for developing bird flu symptoms, local press said Thursday. The patients, including two babies and two teenagers, all come from Way Laga village where dozens of chickens have died of the avian influenza.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 13 March 2008 14:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to build four nuclear power plants by 2025 The Indonesian government plans to build four nuclear power plants by 2025 to meet electricity demand, an official said Wednesday. "If one nuclear power plant can produce 1,200 megawatts of electricity, we need four plants by 2025 to meet our demand," State Minister for Research and Technology Kusmayanto Kadiman was quoted by the national Antara news agency as saying.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 13 March 2008 01:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia against prisoner transfers for drug criminals Authorities in Indonesia say they oppose transferring prisoners convicted of drug crimes or terrorism back to Australia, dealing a blow to the hopes of the Bali Nine and Schapelle Corby. Australia and Indonesia have been negotiating a prisoner exchange deal for more than two years.

Posted in Drugs @ 12 March 2008 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Queueing up to pay your electricity bill It is nothing more than a monthly returning event if you look at it; paying your electricity bill. Somewhere in the last two days of the month an employee from the Indonesian state-run electricity company PLN (Perusahan Listrik Negara) comes to write down the current meter reading on the card and also enters these numbers in his handheld computer. After that he walks through the garden to the neighbors to continue his way.

Posted in Culture @ 12 March 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Five hospitalized as Adam Air jetliner skids off runway Five passengers of a jetliner that skidded off a runway on the northern island of Batam on Monday were admitted to hospital, some with neck and head injuries. One of the five left hospital later in the day after doctors said his injuries were not serious.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 March 2008 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of people evacuated in Sukoharjo Hundreds of residents from the village of Kadokan, in Grogol, sub-district Sukoharjo in central Java are forced to evacuate because floods that have already inundated their houses is still getting worse. Villagers are forced to find shelter in the local mosque because their houses are flooded in over one meter of water. This flood is caused by high amounts of rainfall and rising waters in the Bengawan Solo river.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 March 2008 06:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TransJakarta bus system to get more buses To increase the frequency of buses in the TransJakarta bus system, the city government has promised to add more buses to th system. This will be arranged by Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo. At this moment, the TransJakarta bus system operator has 329 buses in it's fleet. The buses are used on seven corridors. Most routes now are overcrowded during operational hours, forcing people to be on overcrowded buses or to wait long for an empty bus to show up.

Posted in General @ 09 March 2008 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Natural gas leak near Indramayu worries residents A natural gas leak that has been found in an embankment in the village of Tambak, sub-district of Indramayu in western Java. The natural gas leak was first discovered by Mamang, a resident of Tambak. The gas leak smells like the familiar gas that is used for cooking, but the leak also exhausts some almost black mud. Residents now know that the gas is flammable as well.

Posted in General @ 09 March 2008 05:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese looking to take more money from tourists Efforts by Bali's provincial House of Representatives to impose a "donation" on tourists passing through Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport has been strongly rejected by Jakarta who saw the imposition of an additional financial burden on Bali's tourists as unacceptable.

Posted in Tourism @ 08 March 2008 09:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Bali shuts down for 'Day of Silence' The normally vibrant Indonesian tourist destination of Bali came to a standstill Friday as the island's Hindu majority celebrated the start of the Hindu new year. The Day of Silence, known here as Nyepi, saw Balinese confined to their homes, unable to work, play and - for some - even talk or eat.

Posted in Religion @ 07 March 2008 09:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia not to execute three of the Bali Nine Indonesia's Supreme Court has reduced the death sentences handed down to three Australians convicted of drugs smuggling to life imprisonment. The Australians' lawyer today announced that the Jakarta court issued its ruling a few days ago. Neither the Indonesian nor the Australian authorities have confirmed the news.

Posted in Drugs @ 06 March 2008 11:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Recent H5N1 viruses show no mutation in Indonesia Indonesia's health ministry said today that H5N1 avian influenza virus samples it sent to a World Health Organization (WHO) laboratory in the United States in February showed no signs of mutation, according to a Reuters report.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 March 2008 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seminar reveals figures pointing to looming menace of HIV/AIDS The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to mount in Bali with health officials now estimating some 4,000 people have died from the disease on the Island. Each day 2-3 people die of HIV/AIDS adding at least 840 new fatalities to the mounting death toll each year. Meanwhile, health activists are warning that unless issues connected with the treatments, control and prevention of HIV/AIDS receive their proper due, the illness will, as reported in the Bali Post, sweep across the island like a AIDS tsunami.

Posted in Health @ 05 March 2008 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Air Asia plane makes emergency landing at Palembang airport A plane that is owned by Air Asia, with flight number QZ 7661, has made an emergency landing at the airport of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II in Palembang, on Sumatra island. The emergency landing was made around 17:30 local time on Tuesday. The Boeing 737-300 with 99 passengers and crew on board was traveling from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) when they had to make an emergency landing because of a broken window.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 March 2008 04:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia has more young smokers The number of Indonesia's young smokers continues to increase and more than 80 percent of cigarette smokers in 2007 were less than 19 years old, Antara news agency quoted an expert as saying on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 04 March 2008 08:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'Corby may serve 9 more years before transfer' The convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby could still spend another nine years in an Indonesian prison under a prisoner transfer treaty being negotiated with Australia. There are still eight sticking points in negotiations between Australia and Indonesia over a prisoner transfer agreement which has been under discussion for several years.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 March 2008 20:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jemaah Islamiyah’s publishing industry The Indonesian government should more closely monitor publishers associated with Indonesia’s most prominent extremist organisation, Jemaah Islamiyah (JI).

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 March 2008 11:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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