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Bomb found in shopping center area in Palu A low explosive bomb was found in a shopping center area in Palu of Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province on Tuesday, ahead of the Muslim festival of Idul Fitri, local police said. The hand-made bomb covered with a plastic bag was found after midnight on a side of Jalan Danau Poso street in Palu, provincial police spokesman Irfaizal Nasution said.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2008 16:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono to run for re-election in 2009 Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a former general, said he would run for a second term in the 2009 presidential election so that he could continue his reforms, a move that was widely expected. Yudhoyono, who was elected in 2004 in Indonesia's first direct elections for the presidency, also indicated he would probably run again with Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

Posted in Politics @ 29 September 2008 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Taxpayers: register or regret it later The National News Agency Antara warns that the government is preparing in 2009 to impose tax penalties ranging from 20% to 100% on individuals and coporation found not to have an official tax number (NPWP).

Posted in General @ 28 September 2008 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


107 additional flights during Lebaran holidays The Lebaran Holiday period, which stretches for more than two weeks in the periods prior and post the Idul Fitri celebrations on October 1-2, 2008, will be the busiest travel period of the entire year in Bali and the rest of Indonesia.

Posted in Ramadan @ 27 September 2008 06:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace ship 'Esperanza' to visit Indonesia Greenpeace ship Esperanza (Spanish for "hope") will be kicking off the Indonesian leg of its "Forests for Climate' tour from 6th October to 15th November 2008. The ship arrives in in Jayapura, Papua on 6th November to shine the spotlight on what is seen as the last frontier of intact ancient forest in Indonesia.

Posted in Environment @ 26 September 2008 04:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Ramadan in Yogyakarta: Sahur! Sahur! Sahur! It is around half past two in the early morning at a random Sunday in the holy month of fasting Ramadan. For a big part of the population this is the time to enjoy a nice meal, a part of the people leaves the nearby nightclub Republic for the lesehan* at Jalan Malioboro. A colorful group of young women in short skirts, high heels and often quite a lot of make-up and proper young men in a blouse quickly fills up the lesehan. They have just over one hour to eat their meal and enjoy a cigarette before the call to open the fasting for this Sunday is made by the imam from the mosque almost next door to the nightclub.

Posted in Ramadan @ 26 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia halts U.S. naval lab's activities Indonesia has halted the activities of a U.S. naval medical lab in Jakarta following a dispute over the terms of a contract, the health minister said on Thursday. The U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 2 has been key to efforts to track bird flu in Indonesia, the country with the most human deaths from the H5N1 virus.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2008 14:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia withdraws Chinese dairy products Indonesia has withdrawn all dairy produce from China because of the recent scandal involving melamine in Chinese milk products. On Tuesday, the Indonesian government banned imports of milk products from China. A number of other Asian countries have introduced similar measures. Following the news that more articles had been found to contain melamine, Taiwan has ordered the removal of Chinese dairy produce from the shops.

Posted in Health @ 24 September 2008 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pacific Blue to launch 11 weekly Australia-Indonesia flights Pacific Blue Airlines is set to expand its international route network into Asia for the first time, with the launch of 11 Australia-Indonesia direct flights a week from December 1 this year. Subject to regulatory approval, Pacific Blue will operate direct services from Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth to Denpasar, the gateway to exotic Bali.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2008 05:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Russian oil firms could develop deposits in Indonesia Russian oil companies could be involved in broad cooperation in Indonesia, the southeast Asian country’s ambassador to Moscow said on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 22 September 2008 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Narcotics prison to be built in Bangli NusaBali reports that a custom-built penitentiary for convicted narcotic offenders will soon be constructed on a 2 hectare site in Bangli starting in 2009.

Posted in Crime @ 21 September 2008 04:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


13 hurt in China Airlines turbulence flight in Indonesia Thirteen Chinese were hurt when a plane operated by China Airlines was struck by turbulence on its route from Taipei to Bali of Indonesia on Saturday, a doctor said. Guning Atmajaya, the doctor who treated eight of the passengers at the Sanglah Hospital, said that six of them were seriously injured and needed an intensive medical care.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2008 06:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese protests against porn bill in Indonesia Balinese legislators, artists and tourism operators join forces on Friday opposing the endorsement of the pornography bill by the Indonesian parliament. Bikini-clad tourist center of Bali island may have to cover up if the law is passed across the country. The bill could be passed this week.

Posted in General @ 19 September 2008 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia a non-starter in 'arms race' Indonesia does not have the capacity to join the regional arms race flagged last week by Kevin Rudd and will instead rely on Australia's planned military build-up as part of its own defence strategy. Senior officials will travel to Australia within weeks for discussions on military hardware supplies, including the Australian manufacture of military equipment in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 18 September 2008 04:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK names two suspects in bribery case The Corruption Eradication Commission has named Mohammad Iqbal, a member of the Business Competition Supervisory Commission, and Billy Sindoro, President Director of First Media, as suspects for bribery less than a day after the arrest was made on them. Muhammad Iqbal is detained at Central Jakarta Police headquarters while Billy is detained in West Jakarta, both will be under police custody for 20 days.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2008 05:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Three partial statues and relief found in Kediri villige Three artifacts, a relief and hundreds of pieces of stone blocks which are thought to originate from a wealthy kingdom in the area, were found in the village of Sumbercangkring, sub-district Gurah in the district of Kediri in eastern Java. Head of the Cultural and Tourist department in the region, Suradi, said earlier today that the historical items were, amongst others, a head of a Dwarapala with a height of 98 centimeters, a partial head of Ganesha with a height of 16 centimeters and a head of an unknown statue with a height of 48 centimeters.

Posted in General @ 16 September 2008 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious boarding school for 'waria' in Yogyakarta When the Ramadan arrives, the 'waria' (wanita-pria or shemale) also have the need to join others for their prayers in a local mosque. But there is still a negative effect surrounding them. They are lucky enough to have a religious leader (ustadz) which noticed this problem and decided to open a religious boarding school for shemales in Notoyudan, Yogyakarta. "Here we are humans again. We learn to recite prayers together, break the fast together and thing like that. All activities are done together," said Arief.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 September 2008 05:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


21 dead in stampede over alms in Pasuruan At least 21 people have been crushed to death in a queue for a charity handout from a wealthy family in Indonesia. Scores more were hurt in the stampede, which took place after about 10,000 people queued for a charity handout to mark the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The crush happened in the East Java town of Pasuruan when a crowd of poor people were waiting for a donation, known as zakat, of three euro each.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 September 2008 15:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected bomb explodes near Timika airport A suspected bomb detonated Sunday night near an international airport in eastern Indonesia, causing no injuries, a national police spokesman said. The explosion happened around 10:15 p.m. local time (GMT+9) at a small electrical hub about a kilometer from Moses Kilangin International Airport in Timika, West Papua, spokesman Abubakar Nataprawira told. Anti-terrorism teams and a bomb squad were immediately dispatched to the scene, he said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 14 September 2008 04:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Call for more flights Bali to Melbourne Bisnis.com reports that Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has called on Garuda Indonesia to increase flight frequencies between Denpasar and Melbourne from four times a week to five in order to meet strong market demand. "The route Denpasar-Melbourne is always packed with passengers, we need to add flight frequencies," explained Minister Wacik in remarks made at the opening of the Indonesian Tourism and Travel Fair 2008 in Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 September 2008 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: 'You wanna fuck nice girl?' I probably have to stress once again that it was broad daylight when I walked around in the nightlife district of Batam - which is better known as 'Kampung Bule' indeed. However I have to be honest that I don't know what is usually going on at night here, I could imagine certain aspects of nightlife here from stories and Googling for certain keywords of course. Not directly what I am looking for, and maybe because of that reason I just explored the area during broad daylight to see what is going on here. From the Nagoya Hill shopping mall I walked to a local warnet (internet cafe) to check some things out and to make my walk around the district.

Posted in Ramadan @ 13 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Two small bombs near Freeport mine in eastern Indonesia Two small bombs went off early Friday on a road leading to a massive mine operated by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. in eastern Indonesia and a third unexploded mortar round was found nearby, police said. No one was injured and there was little damage. The near-simultaneous explosions targeted a bridge and a nearby security post 15 kilometers from the Grasberg mine in Papua province, said PT Freeport Indonesia spokesman, Mindo Pangaribuan, refusing to elaborate until the police probe was complete.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 12 September 2008 05:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnitude 6.6 quake shakes Maluku province A powerful earthquake rattled the central Maluku region on Thursday morning, briefly triggering a tsunami alert and sending panicked residents fleeing from homes and buildings, officials said. The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 and struck 85 kilometers beneath the Molucca Sea, the U.S. Geological Survey. Indonesia's seismological agency put the magnitude at 7.6 and immediately issued a tsunami alert over the radio and television. It was revoked one hour later after the threat had passed.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 September 2008 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


National tourism targets difficult to achieve Bisnis.com quoted well known tourism observer Wuryastuti Sunario as saying she is pessimistic that the official national tourism target of 7 million visitors for 2008 can be achieved, bearing in mind that growth rates in national tourism reached only 11.43% during the first six months of the year.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 September 2008 12:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese protest against porn bill in Indonesia Balinese legislators, artists and tourism operators joined forces on Friday opposing the endorsement of an anti-pornography bill by the Indonesian parliament. Bikini-clad tourist center of Bali island may have to cover up if the law is passed across the country. The bill was due to be passed this week if agreed upon but has been delayed again.

Posted in General @ 10 September 2008 06:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two new foreign airlines to serve Bali The Jakarta Post quotes Heru Legowo, the General Manager of the Bali Airport Authority (PT Angkasa Pura I), as announcing that two new airlines are planning to land in Bali before the end of the current year. "The two airlines are Hong Kong Express based in Hong Kong and Virgin Blue in Australia," Legowo said.

Posted in General @ 09 September 2008 11:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: Really closed down? The afternoon after that, the second day of Ramadan, I made a walk through the town of Nagoya, which is the most important place on the island outside the industrial estates and shipyards which are spread on other parts of the island. Nagoya Hill is the biggest shopping center of the island. Entirely according to Indonesian standards this shopping center - also called 'superblok' - features a big Hypermart supermarket, a Matahari department store, half a floor of mobile communication and one floor of food court of mixed quality. It is directly noticeable that it is an entirely different world than outside. Restaurants outside behave themselves as chameleons by acting they are closed, while they are still open.

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects Australian prison transfer Indonesia's justice ministry has denied a prison transfer request by convicted Australian drug smuggler, Schapelle Corby. The ministry says Corby has only served four years of a 20 year sentence and her request may have been granted if she had served more of her sentence.

Posted in Crime @ 08 September 2008 05:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian marine police seize smuggled cigarettes from Indonesia The Malaysian marine police has seized some 110.000 packets of cigarettes which are believed to be smuggled to the country from Indonesia. The catch was made after a 15-minute high-speed sea chase, according to an official on Sunday. The contraband, with a value of some 200.000 euro, was seized after the smugglers made an attempt to escape in their cargo boat after they were ordered to stop for a routing inspection by patrolling marine personnel last Friday night.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2008 05:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo dragon disappearing from natural habitat The legendary Komodo dragon, a giant carnivorous lizard that feasts on water buffalo, and occasionally even attacks humans, is disappearing from its limited habitat, according to zoologists. The dragons, which grown to three meters long and weigh as much as 165 kilograms, are found only on Komodo and a handful of neighbouring islands in central Indonesia. Already endangered, their numbers are dwindling as a result of habitat destruction and hunting of their prey.

Posted in Environment @ 06 September 2008 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hopes on agreement on bird flu virus specimen Indonesia hopes negotiations on the material transfer agreement for bird flu virus specimen can be rounded up at the inter-governmental meeting of WHO members in November, health minister Siti Fadillah Supari said. Indonesia hopes the agreement can be kept simple but it has to able to accommodate the interests of the developing countries, Antara news agency on Friday quoted the minister as saying.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 05 September 2008 03:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: everything closed down The first of September of this year was the official start of the Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Moslems in Indonesia. In general this comes with all kinds of threats from - in general - radical elements in the society that some places should better shut down for the entire month or otherwise be visited by people that are not visitors or customers. Fortunately those people are not the majority nor the government in this country, thus the local government on Batam has decided that the two weeks of obliged shut-downs is to be limited to only four days; the first day of fasting, the 17th day and the days of Idul Fitri (also known as the Arabic term Eid-ul Fitr). This however is the official regulation, outside that it will still be different than people hoped for.

Posted in Ramadan @ 05 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hopes to attract more Chinese visitors Indonesian tourism industry desires mutual support in developing tourism with Guangdong Province in China, an official from the Indonesian tourism and culture ministry said on Thursday. "We know that Guangdong is the province which attracts the most foreign tourists compared with other provinces in China," expert staff of Indonesian tourism and culture ministry Titien told.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 September 2008 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia lowers taxes to attract business Indonesia’s parliament has passed a long-awaited law cutting corporate and personal income tax rates to broaden the country’s relatively tiny tax base and stimulate economic growth. Analysts hailed the legislation as a major milestone in Indonesia’s transition to a more business-friendly market. But they cautioned that further reforms are needed, particularly in labour regulations and the legal sector, to improve the investment climate.

Posted in General @ 03 September 2008 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising prices hit Indonesia's Ramadan Across many parts of Indonesia, families are having a close look at their budgets once again during the Islamic holy month of fasting, Ramadan. Rising food and fuel prices limit spending power for the festivities that are normally held when breaking the daily fast. The world's fourth largest country has seen rising costs in the lead-up to the month of fasting, putting those families hit hard by earlier price hikes of fuel under more pressure.

Posted in Ramadan @ 02 September 2008 04:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia moves to protect workers abroad The delay in the recruitment of Indonesian housemaids and drivers has prompted Jakarta to set up a commission to look into the interests of Indonesian workers, including their overseas employment, training and health.

Posted in General @ 01 September 2008 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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