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Garuda has eyes on Europe for 2010 Garuda Indonesia is planning to re-commence service to major capital cities in Europe in 2010 once additional aircraft become available to operate these flights. The airline's CEO, Emirsyah Satar, told Bisnis Indonesia that the 10 new Boeing 777s on order will start arriving in Indonesia in 2010. Explained Satar: "Our armada is still insufficient to fly to Europe and we must await the delivery of new Boeing 777. The delivery will take place in 2010, we can do nothing but wait."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 31 August 2008 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda adds 44,000 seats for Idul Fitri holidays PT Garuda Indonesia is preparing 44,000 additional seat to handle the expected surge in demand expected over the Lebaran and Idul Fitri period of September 2008. The Head of Communications for GA. Pujobroto, has issued a press release stating that from September 25 - October 6, 2008 the airline will add 44,533 seats over 11 selected routes. The 11 routes to benefit from the increase in seats are comprised of 8 domestic routes and 3 international routes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 30 August 2008 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia court seizes assets linked to Suharto family Indonesia's government has seized 134 million US dollars from a firm linked to former President Suharto's family. Finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, says Bank Mandiri had been ordered to transfer the funds to a government account.

Posted in General @ 29 August 2008 05:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 20 oil, gas basins found in Eastern Indonesia At least 20 new basins of oil and gas were found, mostly located in eastern part of Indonesia. The country now has 87 basins in with 67 of them on a map previously released in 1985, according to local media on Thursday. Geological experts have discovered at least 20 new basins which are similar in size as those listed in the previous maps, the Indonesian Business daily quoted secretary general of Indonesian geologist (IAGI) Ridwan Djamaludin as saying.

Posted in General @ 28 August 2008 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia doubles size of Sumatra national park Sumatra's endangered elephants and tigers are to get a boost from an Indonesian government move to expand one of their last havens. Speaking in Jakarta, head of WWF in Indonesia, Mubariq Ahmad says a four-year-old national park on the island will be more than doubled to 86,000 hectares.

Posted in Environment @ 28 August 2008 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Members of FPI run into police raid in downtown Jakarta Dozens of members from the FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) who were headed to Istana Negara - the state palace - ran into a police raid in the Semanggi area. The group dressed in mainly white which used cars and motorbikes were stopped for not wearing helmets and not being able to show their driving licenses. Furthermore the group was stopped for bringing flags and other attributes because it endangered other road users.

Posted in General @ 27 August 2008 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


6.6 magnitude earthquake rattles western Java, no tsunami A powerful shallow quake with magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter Scale rocked West Java province of Indonesia on Tuesday, with a potential for a tsunami, the Indonesian Meteorology Agency said. The quake was felt up nearby Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, with intensity of 2 to 3 MMI (modified mercally intensity), an official of the agency, Hidayanti, said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 August 2008 08:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


24 foreigners housed in Bali's Kerobokan prison Antara News Agency estimates that 24 foreign nationals are now housed as prisoners in Denpasar's main Kerobokan prison. The prison’s warden, Yon Suharyono, said, "of the number, 18 are convicted prisoners and six detainees." Detainees are traditionally held at the prison while awaiting trial.

Posted in Crime @ 25 August 2008 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


LPG price hike hurts the poor - once again Residents in some areas have protested against the latest price hike of LPG. The price of a 12 kilogram bottle of LPG was hiked today. The official price was increased by some 6.000 Rupiah, while local shops sold the LPG at prices around 75.000 Rupiah per unit. In just over a year the price of LPG has risen by almost 50 per cent, which means that many who were forced to transfer from cooking oil to gas earlier on, now feel the burden as well.

Posted in Economy @ 25 August 2008 11:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia’s debut rupiah sukuk falls short of expectations Indonesia has sold only 4.7 trillion rupiah of its debut rupiah-denominated Islamic bond, or sukuk, an amount slightly below its target. As a result, the government is likely to increase the size of its global dollar sukuk later this year in a bid to make up for the shortfall, people close to the deal told Dow Jones Newswires on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 24 August 2008 05:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Investors dropped US$41 billion in Indonesia jobs Twenty-one foreign and domestic investors cancelled their plans to set up oil refineries in Indonesia worth a total US$41.4 billion approved by the government in the period 1994 - 2000. The oil refineries were supposed to be built on Java island, Aceh province, and Riau on Sumatra island, Kalimantan, and West Nusa Tenggara province, said Muhammad Nadjib, deputy chief for investment development at the Capital Investment Board (BKPM).

Posted in General @ 23 August 2008 04:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Attorney General: 'Have faith in the execution of Amrozi' The three sentenced to death for their part in the Bali bombings in October 2002, in which 202 people - mostly foreigners - died, are going to be executed, it's just that the exact time of their execution is not sure yet. The Attorney General's office by mouth of Abdul Hakim Ritonga said that the executions are going to take place for sure. "The final decision for Amrozi and the two other bombers is already received by the Attorney General, which just needs to response to it," he said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 August 2008 16:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Serpong police confiscates 2.400 bottles of liquor The regional police in Serpong, western Java, has succeeded in confiscating 2.400 bottles of liquor from a warehouse in the area. Outside confiscating the bottles as evidence, the police also secured the two owners, only known a G.S. and S.I., of the warehouse.

Posted in General @ 21 August 2008 10:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New corruption scandal set to rock Central Bank Another corruption scandal is set to rock Indonesia's central bank, as well as the country's parliament. New evidence has emerged that lawmakers were paid to elect Ms Miranda Goeltom as the central bank's senior deputy governor in 2004. A lawmaker has admitted to the Anti-Corruption Commission that he received some US$54,000 in cash, allegedly as a payout for favouring Ms Goeltom over two other candidates for the post.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 August 2008 09:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Excution order for Amrozi on table of Attorney General A member of the staff of the Attorney General in Jakarta, Abdul Hakim Ritonga, said that the execution order for the three convicted of being the masterminds of the Bali bombs in 2002, is already on the table of Attorney General Hendarman Supanji. According to Ritonga, the execution is just a doorstep away, waiting for final approval by the Attorney General. "The documents are on his table already."

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 August 2008 04:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Daydreaming about a toll road over Java The road between Yogyakarta and Malang consists mainly of a reasonably maintained two lane road. That is what they call jalan raya ('big road') here, but it's not that big after all. The two most widely used roads for traveling from west to east and the other way around on the island is one road that is virtually on the beach, the Pesisir. The second is a road that runs through the Javanese heartland and brings you to Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surakarta (popularly known as Solo), Madiun and Malang. The road from Yogyakarta to Malang is some 375 kilometers - not in a direct line of course - and has different levels of maintenance in different areas. The road in nice condition in the province of Yogyakarta are in sharp contrast with the bad situation near Madiun.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cable bridge collapses in Padang three killed Over 50 people were injured in the collapse of a cable bridge near the regents office in the town of Sijunjung in western Sumatra yesterday evening. Three people were killed in the incident and dozens of others were brought to hospitals for treatment of their wounds. According to an eyewitness, the bridge collapsed suddenly when dozens of people walked on it.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 August 2008 03:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatran train accident claims eight lives At least eight people were killed and 60 others injured, 27 seriously, after two carriages of a passenger train collided with each other in Sumatra. Antara newsagency quotes Mawardi, head of Lampung Province's state-run railway company as saying the accident occurred in the provincial capital Bandarlampung.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 August 2008 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


111 illegal villas facing closure on August 29, 2008 The Regional Tourism office of Badung, acting on the Governor's August 29, 2008 deadline for the legalization of all commercial villas, is preparing two team to move against illegal or unregistered villa operators. According to BisnisBali there are an estimated 111 illegal villa still operating in the North Kuta and Mengwi areas of the island.

Posted in General @ 16 August 2008 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia launches inaugural flight to Singapore The inaugural flight of AirAsia Indonesia landed at Singapore's Changi Airport Thursday, making it the third airline to start operations in Singapore this year. Aboard the flight from Pekanbaru, the capital city of Riau province, was the carrier's chief executive officer, Dharmadi, who like many Indonesians uses only one name.

Posted in General @ 15 August 2008 09:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia not to interfere in Indosat's contract with Al Manar The government is not to interfere in how telecommunications company PT Indosat responds to the United States government's request to terminate its contract with Al Manar TV station, which is owned by Hezbollah, in Lebanon, a minister said. "The government will not interfere in a business entity's domain," the minister said, adding that the government would stick to the laws on business contracts between private parties.

Posted in General @ 15 August 2008 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to issue first shariah bonds tomorrow After a long wait, the Indonesian government will finally issue government shariah bonds (SBSN) or the first 'sukuk'. They will be issued tomorrow. The newly introduced sukuk will be sold as 'akad ijarah' or sell and rent back with a length of seven and ten years. The general director of the state dept department of the Department of Finance, Rahmat Waluyanto, said that this SBSN will be the same as the normally issued bonds (SUN, surat utang negara). The only difference is that this SUN will follow the principles of shariah.

Posted in Economy @ 14 August 2008 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian authorities plan uniforms for accused corruptors There is growing criticism of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's decision not to dismiss two senior ministers, implicated in a Bank Indonesia corruption scandal. The situation has been further complicated in recent weeks by allegations that the father-in-law of President Yudhoyono's eldest son was approving the bribes.

Posted in Human rights @ 13 August 2008 15:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Full train derails in Bekasi, no casualties Wagons of a diesel-powered train on the route Karawang-Jakarta, derailed near the Tambun station in Bekasi, western Java. According to eyewitnesses, the train derailed just before entering the train station. Wheels of the train that was braking in order to stop at the station came out of the tracks. At the time of the derailment there were some 1.800 passengers on the train.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 August 2008 12:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muhamadiyah: 'Ramadhan to start at 1 September' The head office of Muhamadiyah, Indonesia's second largest Muslem organization, in Jakarta has decided that the first day of the holy month of fasting will be on 1 September 2009. At that day the month of Ramadhan will start officially. The announcement was made by the vice-secretary of Muhamadiyah, Fatah Wibisono, in Jakarta earlier today.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 August 2008 09:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati gets a capital injection of 300 billion Rupiah The Indonesian government has decided to increase the working capital for PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines with some 300 billion Rupiah (22 million euro). The funds will be used for lay-off premiums for 1.300 employees and to upgrade the 19 planes that are owned by the company. This decision was made during a cabinet meeting that was chaired by president Yudhoyono.

Posted in Economy @ 10 August 2008 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Waves drag seven into sea; four killed Seven people from Kampung Gambir in the subdistrict of Cikeulet, Garut, were washed into sea by high waves. Four of them drowned and three others were rescued. Two of the bodies have not been found yet. The seven victims were dragged into the sea by high waves when they were looking for fish. At the moment, the local police and residents are still looking for the two missing bodies along the beach.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 August 2008 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 29 Avian Influenza virus has hit Indonesia killing three people with 13 others admitted to hospital with symptoms. Residents in Asahan district of North Sumatra province say last week, villagers began showing symptoms of avian flu after a large number of chickens died suddenly. A baby boy and a seven year old girl were transferred early this morning to a bird flu isolation unit at Adam Malik hospital in the provincial capital of Medan.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 August 2008 16:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to execute 39 drug traffickers by 2009 Indonesian officials say Jakarta will have executed a total of 39 local and foreign drug traffickers held on death row by the end of next year. National Police Drugs Unit spokesman Indradi Thanos says the president has rejected clemency for the 39, and that the next step will be their execution.

Posted in General @ 07 August 2008 04:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.6 magnitude earthquake rattles eastern Indonesia An undersea earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale shook parts of eastern Indonesia on Thursday morning, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The quake struck at about 06:41 am local time (22:41 GMT Wednesday) with its epicentre about 51 kilometres north-east of Sumbawa Island, according to an official report from the Jakarta meteorology and geophysics agency.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 August 2008 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests five Indian nationals for overstaying Five Indian nationals, including a woman, have been arrested by Indonesian police for "overstaying". Immigration chief of Jayapura, Maman Budiman said that the five Indian nationals were arrested by police while they were in a hotel in Jayapura, the capital of Papuan province, yesterday. An investigation found that their visa had expired a month ago.

Posted in General @ 06 August 2008 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Nuclear power plant to be built in Banten' The Minister of Research and Technology, Kusmayanto Kadiman, has said that the government is planning on building a nuclear power plant on the northern shore of Banten province. Kadiman said that the power plant was to be constructed between 2015 and 2020 and should have a capacity of 1.000 Megawatt. The total cost of the project is some two billion euro.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 05 August 2008 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia warns oil output to finish in 10 years’ time Indonesia’s oil watchdog, BPMIGAS, warned on Friday that the country’s dwindling oil reserves could be exhausted in 10 years’ time if no new reserves are found. Indonesia has struggled to develop its rich energy resources, turning into a net importer of crude oil in recent years.

Posted in Economy @ 04 August 2008 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 28 A 19 year-old Indonesian man has died of bird flu, putting total death to 112 in the country, Director General of Communicable Disease Control at the health ministry Nyoman Kandun said on Sunday. The man working for cargo died last week at Tanggerang town in the outskirts of Jakarta, the director said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 04 August 2008 02:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore Airlines launches its fourth daily flight to Denpasar In a ceremony attended by officials of Garuda Indonesia, Singapore Airlines, the press, representatives of local tourism organizations and Bali government officials - the first arrival of Singapore Airlines' fourth daily flight was celebrated at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport on Friday, August 1, 2008.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 August 2008 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourist arrivals approach record territory The foreign arrivals figures to Bali covering the first six months of 2008 are now in. Month-after-month of record breaking arrival totals support the increasingly popular view that 2008 will see 2 million plus foreign tourists pass through Bali's International airport - the first time Bali has penetrated the 2 million barrier.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 August 2008 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four airlines seeking traffic rights to Indonesia Four foreign airlines have declared their interest in commencing scheduled flight services to Indonesia: Shanghai Airlines (China), China Eastern (China), Aeroflot (Russia) and Mohan Air (Iran). A Director General of Civil Aviation, Tri S. Sunoko, confirmed to Bisnis Indonesia that his office has received formal applications for traffic rights in Indonesia by the afore mentioned airlines.

Posted in General @ 02 August 2008 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Dukono volcano exhausts thick black smoke The Mount DokDukono uno volcano, located in the district of Galela in the northern part of the island of Halmahera, in the Maluku archipelago, has been showing increasing activity for the last few weeks. The volcano now exhausts thick black clouds of smoke from it's crater. Ash and small stones are ejected as well. The activity status of the volcano was only lowered from level three to level two last April.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 August 2008 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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