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Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 27 A toddler from Central Java has died from bird flu, putting the total death toll in Indonesia alone to 108, according to information released by the Health Department on Wednesday. The 3-year-old first showed symptoms of flu and breathing difficulties on April 17. He died just five days later after he was already admitted to a local hospital, told Lily Sulistyowati from the department.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 30 April 2008 10:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ahmadiyah mosque burned as protests grow A group calling itself the Jamaah Al Mubalighin Communication Forum burned down a mosque belonging to the "deviant" Ahmadiyah sect in Parakan Salak village in Sukabumi regency, West Java, early Monday. Sukabumi Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Gunthor Ghafar told that the incident began when the forum members met Sunday for a Koran reading session at At-Taqwa Mosque, about 700 meters from Ahmadiyah's Al Furqon Mosque.

Posted in Violence @ 29 April 2008 15:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air to fly additional international route soon Indonesia's Lion Air has declared its intention to begin flying between Bali and Singapore in June or July 2008, utilizing Boeing 737-900ER aircraft. As reported in Bisnis Indonesia, the public relations manager of Lion Air, Hasyim Alhabsi, said service would initially be once each day with additional flights to follow.

Posted in General @ 28 April 2008 14:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia to build pay-as-you-go hotels in Indonesia Bisnis Indonesia reports that AirAsia is interested in building a network of low-cost hotels in several locations across Indonesia, including Bali. Sendjaja Widjaja, the Deputy-Chairman, Indonesia, for AirAia, told the press that hotels to be built in Indonesia will pursue a low-cost formula in keeping with the carriers low-fare approach to the market.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 April 2008 11:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two moderate earthquakes hit western Indonesia Two earthquakes measuring 5.5 and 5.6 respectively on the Richter scale rocked Sumatra and Java Islands in western Indonesia on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualty, Indonesian meteorology and disaster management agencies said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 April 2008 03:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia to triple rice seed budget to lift output Indonesia is planning to spend 6 trillion Rupiah (416 million euro) to provide farmers with rice seeds this year. These seeds include high-yielding hybrid varieties to boost output, told vice-President Jusuf Kalla earlier today. Authorities in Indonesia have been trying to take measures to cushion the impact of soaring food prices, particularly for the staple rice, amid concerns over social cohesion in the country.

Posted in General @ 26 April 2008 14:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to officially ban Ahmadiyah sect soon The Indonesian government will officially ban the Ahmadiyah sect next week, following the edict by the country's Ulema Council and a decision made by the Attorney General Office to outlaw the sect, Indonesian Attorney General Hendarman Supandji said on Friday. The Ahmadi movement was prohibited from performing its belief because of deviating from the true Islamic teaching.

Posted in General @ 25 April 2008 16:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia denies seeking payment for virus samples An Indonesian health official, responding to recent comments by the US health secretary, today denied that Indonesia wants financial compensation if it resumes sharing its H5N1 avian influenza virus samples.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 April 2008 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police dismantles ecstasy-factory near Makassar The anti-drug brigade of the regional police in Makassar, Southern Sulawesi, has closed down an ecstasy-factory early in the morning. Outside confiscating a number of tablets also self-made weapons were confiscated and the owner of the building in which the factory was located was arrested. This person has been arrested in 2005 for the production of drugs as well.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 April 2008 14:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Krakatau and Ibu volcanoes on high alert Indonesian authorities on Tuesday raised the alert status for the offspring of the Krakatoa volcano in the Strait of Sunda, and Mount Ibu in eastern province of North Maluku, after both showed increased activity.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 April 2008 13:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia jails leaders of terrorist Jemaah Islamiyah A court in Indonesia has sentenced two leaders of the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network to 15 years in prison. The network is blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings. The self-proclaimed leaders, Abu Dujana and Zarkasih, were sentenced in the district court of South Jakarta.Both were arrested in separate police raids in June 2007. They were finally found guilty of helping terrorists and possessing, storing and moving weapons.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 April 2008 11:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fuel prices may be raised to ease subsidy bill The Indonesian government might consider raise prices of subsidized fuels in the country to prevent the growing subsidy bill from getting even larger with oil prices on the global market reaching records every week. Indonesia - a diesel and gasoline importer - provides hefty subsidies for fuel that is used by consumers, but with oil prices far above the 95 US dollar per barrel this becomes increasingly expensive.

Posted in General @ 21 April 2008 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Most likely more flights between Singapore and Bali The government says it will add 350,00 seats each year on the air segment between Singapore and Bali in order to meet growing demand and sustain ambitious official tourism targets.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 April 2008 03:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The southern edge of Yogya: Rice farmer becomes onion farmer In the soaring heat of the countryside just north of the southern beaches near Yogyakarta I was driving towards the east on a small countryside road. This road is the only way out for the area directly west of the Opak River which causes the area to be fairly quiet until today. There are no main roads here, no buses and trucks but palm trees, open rice fields, parked bicycles and a strait black asphalt road which seems to disintegrate into water in the remote distance because of the scorching hot sun.

Posted in Travel @ 20 April 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake rocks Indonesia - East Timor region An earthquake with magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter scale rocked East Timor and eastern parts of Indonesia on Saturday, no immediate reports of damages or casualty, Indonesian meteorology agency and health ministry said here. The quake struck at 18:21 time (10:21 GMT) with epicenter at 81 km northeast Dili the capital of the country and at 10 km under sea bed, an official of the agency Diana Rahayu told.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 April 2008 13:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia bans Islamic Ahmadiyah sect Indonesia's Attorney General has banned a controversial Islamic sect from practising in the country. But the government has stopped short of disbanding the Ahmadiyah sect altogether.

Posted in Religion @ 18 April 2008 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alert status for Papandayan volcano raised Authorities in Indonesia have raised the alert level for a volcano near the country's third largest city following increased volcanic activity, a volcanology center official said on Thursday. More than 100 volcanic tremors were recorded from Mount Papandayan in West Java on Wednesday, although there were no visible signs it would erupt soon, said Estu Kriswati from the volcanology center in the nearby city of Bandung.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 April 2008 17:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds flee homes after volcano erupts on Flores Hundreds of people have fled their homes after the Mount Egon volcano erupted on the island of Flores on Tuesday evening. There are no reports of damages or casualties according to Indonesia's volcanology and disaster management agencies on Wednesday. Head of the volcanology agency Surono said that Mount Egon in the Sikka regency of East Nusa Tenggara province spewed lava at 22:15 p.m. local time on Tuesday and resulted smoke up to 4,000 meters high.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 April 2008 13:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia likely to cut rice imports The Indonesian government has said that it is unlikely to import rice from other countries this year because of a sufficient stock after nationwide harvests. This reduces the pressure on the tight global supplies in times of record-breaking rice prices. Prices of Thai rice - a benchmark for the market - have doubled since the start of this year mainly because of rising demand from China and African nations. Vietnam and India have already decided to curb exports to protect their own markets.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2008 12:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests two members of Jemaah Islamiyah Indonesian authorities have arrested two more members of the Islamic militant group Jemaah Islamiyah. A senior police official in Jakarta says the arrests may help police to track down Noordin Mohammad Top, one of the most senior members of the Jemaah Islamiah who is still on the run.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 April 2008 13:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Taiwanese arrested for drugs trafficking Indonesian authorities have arrested two Taiwanese nationals for trying to smuggle nearly seven kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine into the country, local media reports said Sunday. The two, identified as Kuo Ting Liu, 23, and Huang Yu Lum, 26, were arrested on Friday by custom officers at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International airport, soon after they arrived on a China Airlines flight from Hong Kong.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 April 2008 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The southern edge of Yogya: The eroded beach of Samas Some days you will most likely not have a full agenda so you can finally do something that has been waiting for some time. Earlier this month I had such a day, I have more than one a month fortunately, but I can not always do what I want because the weather often has to be nice as well. This time it was jack pot; a nice blue sky in the early morning and some small clouds at the time I was about to depart for a days out. My plan was to take a motorbike trip to the beach of Samas.

Posted in Travel @ 13 April 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First frog without lungs found in Indonesia Looks like a frog. Swims like a frog. But doesn't croak. A flattened, brown, aquatic species from Borneo has just become the only frog shown to have no lungs. The species, Barbourula kalimantanensis, is so rare that until last year only two specimens were known to science and no herpetologist had seen it alive, says David Bickford of the National University of Singapore.

Posted in Environment @ 12 April 2008 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chief of Indonesian central bank arrested on graft charges The anti-corruption commission in Indonesia has finally arrested the country's central bank governor on graft charges, a spokesman for the body said Thursday. The watchdog, which has been investigating Burhanuddin Abdullah since last February over the alleged misappropriation of 100 billion Rupiah in bank funds, said he was taken in for questioning early Thursday and later arrested.

Posted in General @ 11 April 2008 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's longest bridge to be completed in 2009 The Indonesian government is expecting the completion of its longest bridge connecting Java and Madura islands before the start of general elections in April 2009, local press said Monday. The 5.4-km long bridge is under construction between Surabaya in East Java and the town of Bangkalan on the island of Madura.

Posted in General @ 10 April 2008 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Dutch prisoners to be executed by firing squad Two Dutch prisoners are threatened to be executed by a firing squad because they have been sentenced to death for producing ecstasy. According to their Dutch lawyer Bart Stapert the Dutch government is not taking enough action to prevent the capital punishments from being executed any time soon.

Posted in Drugs @ 09 April 2008 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


How to 'unblock' websites blocked by the government After the Indonesian government has forced Indonesian internet providers (ISP's) to block a number of websites, they are now gradually being closed down by the providers. To avoid being left out from the outside world of YouTube, MySpace and other blocked websites, blog and social networks there is a very easy trick to step over the block, and that is by visiting websites that relay other websites, named 'proxy'.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2008 11:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian government orders ISP's to block several websites The Indonesian government has ordered internet service providers (ISP's) in Indonesia to block several websites, including YouTube and MySpace, after an anti-Islamic film sparked protests. Main internet providers in Indonesia told that they had already acted on the request from the government to block websites that feature the short film. Redaction of indahnesia.com however could still access all websites at the moment of this news message.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2008 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 20 reactions


Greenpeace: Peatland forest destruction continues in Indonesia Peatland forests in Indonesia are continuously destructed by palm oil industry, although the government has stopped issuing new permits for new plantations at peatland ecosystem, a Greenpeace campaigner said here Monday. Hapsoro, Greenpeace campaigner for Southeast Asia, said that the Greenpeace team has found a new plantation opened without permits on peatland forest in Indonesia's Riau province at Sumatra Island.

Posted in Environment @ 07 April 2008 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


24 new parties for 2009 general election in Indonesia Twenty-four new political parties in Indonesia meet qualifications as legal entities after they have passed the verification process held by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, local English newspaper the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday. "Only 24 of the 115 registered parties eventually fulfilled all the administrative requirements, including having offices in at least 20 provinces," Aidir Amin Daud, the ministry's director of public institutions said.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2008 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Local government in Batu considers chasity belt for massage parlours Detik.com reports that the municipal government in the East Java resort area of Batu are preparing to "clamp down" on suspected prostitution practices taking place at many of the area's panti pijat or traditional massage parlors. Iman Suryono, a municipal police official (pamong praja) in Batu, is dedicated to elimating the "plus-plus" and "happy ending" element from the local spa business. To achieve this "end," local authorities are considering making "chastity belts" part of the required uniform for masseuses in the cool hill-side resort close best known for its local inns and delicious apple crop.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 April 2008 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


South Maluku Republic activist jailed for life The leader of a secessionist group in Indonesia has been sentenced to life in prison for waving a separatist flag in front of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the nation's president. The incident was a major embarrassment to the president as he was attending a government ceremony in Maluku in June last year.

Posted in General @ 04 April 2008 16:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Fuel crisis hits Bali, three days for new supplies Fuel shortage has been hitting Indonesia's resort island of Bali over the last few days, causing an unusual view in which many empty-tanked vehicles are left unattended on streets. Motorists have left their cars and motorcycles with empty tanks on streets as many fuel outlets they came by no longer had gasoline or diesel fuel stocks, national Antara news agency reported Friday.

Posted in General @ 04 April 2008 15:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge fire rips through West Jakarta neighborhood A huge fire broke out early this morning in Siapang Street, Pasar Boncos area in West Jakarta. The fire broke out around half past one in the morning and originated in a trash bin at a residence. The fire soon spread through the neighborhood since the hot weather helped spread the the fire. At the end hundreds of houses in three areas were completely destroyed.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 April 2008 10:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourist arrivals 16 percent higher in February The number of foreign tourists in Indonesia rose nearly 16 percent in February from a year ago, helped by a surge in visitors to the resort island of Bali, government data showed on Tuesday. The predominantly Hindu island of Bali, which accounted for about 40 percent of total foreign arrivals, has seen tourist numbers rebound after a slow recovery from the impact of suicide bomb attacks by Islamic militants in 2002 and 2005.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 April 2008 05:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake hits Bengkulu A strong earthquake with the magnitude of 6.1 rocked Bengkulu province of Sumatra Island, Indonesia on Wednesday afternoon, according to Indonesia's meteorology agency. The quake struck at 15:48 p.m. local time (GMT+7) with the epicenter at 67 km southeast Bengkulu town, capital of Bengkulu province and at 31 km under sea bed without potential of tsunami, a text message from the agency said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 April 2008 13:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia blockbuster film shows gentle face of Islam An Indonesian film seeking to shatter religious stereotypes and show the compassionate face of Islam has become one of the biggest blockbuster hits in the would's most populous Muslim nation. More than three million people, including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and top government officials, have flocked to cinemas to watch Ayat Ayat Cinta (Verses of Love), an Islamic romance released in the middle of January.

Posted in General @ 01 April 2008 13:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions
    
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