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Indonesia passes broad anti-pornography bill Shouts of "Thank you, God!" erupted inside the Indonesian Parliament building Thursday after lawmakers passed anti-pornography legislation, bringing to an end nearly 10 years of debate.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2008 03:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 30 reactions


Radical wind blows stronger than ever through Indonesia With the adoption of the 'anti-pornography' laws yesterday, Indonesia is approaching more and more the ideal image of a remote province of the Middle East. With adopting the law, which has been pushed forward by the radical-Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) and the MUI (Council of Islamic Scholars) for almost a decade now, it is now possible to act on your own when you see something that is not acceptable for you. In most countries that would be called 'taking matters into your own hands', but not anymore in Indonesia, where a young democracy is buried under a thick layer of radical-Islamic mud.

Posted in Religion @ 31 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Twenty-five feared dead in sandslide in Sulawesi At least 25 sand miners were feared dead in a sandslide Thursday in Sulawesi Island, eastern Indonesia, said Indonesia's Health Ministry. Head of crisis center of the ministry Rustam Pakaya said the accident occurred when the miners were collecting sand in a local sand mine. "A huge amount of sand came down and buried the 25 people yesterday afternoon," he told.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 October 2008 04:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Indonesian central bank governor jailed The former governor of Indonesia's central bank has been sentenced to five years in jail for corruption. Burhanuddin Abdullah, whose term as governor ended in May 2008 and who has always denied any wrongdoing, told the court he will appeal.

Posted in General @ 29 October 2008 10:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia adopts measures to boost Rupiah Indonesia has obligated state-own firms to place their U.S. dollars in the country and speed up the implementation of project funded by donors, Coordinating Minister for Economy Sri Mulyani Indrawati told a press briefing on Tuesday evening after a sudden cabinet meeting. The measure was aimed at boosting Rupiah value which has been declining against the U.S. dollars due to the impact of global financial turmoil.

Posted in Economy @ 29 October 2008 09:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Bali bombers could die as early as Saturday The three Bali bombers on death row in Indonesia may be executed as early as Saturday, as security is tightened around their island prison. According to the office of Indonesia's Attorney-General, after midnight this Friday is the earliest time Amrozi, Mukhlas and Imam Samudra could face the firing squad.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 October 2008 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali security on high alert for terrorism The imminent execution of the men convicted for planning the 2002 Bali bombing and the Jakarta arrest in recent days of a network of terrorists preparing to blow up a major fuel depot have prompted Bali's security officials to go on high alert.

Posted in General @ 26 October 2008 06:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliamentary commission agrees Indover rescue Indonesia's central bank may bail out a failed subsidiary in the Netherlands to avoid a possible sovereign credit rating downgrade, lawmakers said on Friday, in a deal that local media estimated could cost nearly $700 million. A Dutch court in early October froze assets and liabilities of Indonesische Overzeese Bank NV (Indover), a subsidiary of Bank Indonesia that is active in the interbank market, at the request of the Dutch central bank (DNB) amid the global credit crisis.

Posted in Economy @ 25 October 2008 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Australia fears extremist elements in Indonesia Australia says the recent arrest of a number of terrorist suspects in Indonesia indicates the threat from extremists is "ever present." Earlier this week, Indonesian police said they had captured five members of an Islamic militant cell, seizing arms, ammunition and explosives.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 October 2008 11:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to execute Bali bombers next month Indonesia is to execute three Islamic militants for Bali bombing in October 2002, spokesman of the Attorney General Office Jasman Pandjaitan announced here Friday. The spokesman said that all the legal effort by Ali Gufron alias Muklas, Amrozi, and Imam Samudra alias Abdul Azis, to reduceor delete their punishment were aborted.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 October 2008 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction






Indonesia police arrest suspected terror cell Indonesian police say they've arrested five members of a terrorist cell that was planning to blow up a state oil facility in north Jakarta. After a series of arrests in recent days, Indonesia' national police spokesman announced that five suspected terrorists have been arrested in Jakarta and Bogor.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 October 2008 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia court rejects Bali bombers' appeal Execution by firing squad does not violate Indonesia's constitution, the country's top court ruled on Tuesday. Indonesia's Constitutional Court rejected the claim by three men on death row, who were convicted in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings, that their executions by firing squad would violate the country's constitution. Their request for beheading was also dismissed by the court.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 October 2008 12:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Stong earthquake hits Sulawesi island A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 hit Indonesia's Sulawesi island on Monday but there were no immediate reports of any deaths or damage, an official at the national quake agency said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 October 2008 02:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Transport Minister: 'Indonesian airlines will not collapse' The Department of Transportation is working closely with the national aviation industry to anticipate the negative effects of the current global economic crisis. According to the Minister of Communication, Jusman Syafii Djamal, national airlines may eventually encounter difficulties in securing aircraft leases and insurance as the result of a continuing economic downturn. "Fortunately," the Minister added, "the price of fuel is reducing. In addition, while the price of leasing aircraft is increasing, the lease contracts for most national airlines will not expire in the near future."

Posted in Economy @ 19 October 2008 01:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tour de Indonesia - Java to Bali on a bike Prolonged uncertainty over whether of not the epic Tour de Indonesia cycling event would continue has ended with an announcement from the Indonesian Cycling Association (PB ISSI) that the race will take place in 2008. The 1,035 km race from Jakarta to Bali will be held November 23 - December 5, 2008.

Posted in Sports @ 19 October 2008 01:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






One third of transvestites in Jakarta is HIV positive Thirty-four per cent of transvestites in this city are infected with HIV, a survey has revealed. According to the Biology and Behaviour Survey (STBP), the number of HIV infection among the transvestite community in Jakarta has steadily risen since 1995, when only 0.3% was reportedly HIV positive.

Posted in Health @ 18 October 2008 01:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gives exploration rights on 22 oil fields Indonesia has awarded rights for exploration on 22 oil-and-gas blocks to energy companies, including ConocoPhilips, Chevron and Husky Energy, a director at the energy ministry said here Friday. "22 blocks have been awarded to foreign and local companies," Evita Legowo, director at the ministry told on telephone. The director said that a U.S. unit from Chevron got a right to look for oil on onshore and offshore oil and gas blocks of West Papua I and West Papua II.

Posted in Economy @ 17 October 2008 11:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia okays Niaga-Lippo merger PT Bank CIMB Niaga Tbk and PT Bank Lippo Tbk have received approval from Bank Indonesia, the countrys banking regulator, to merge their businesses. In a statement here Thursday, CIMB Group said the approval was given yesterday, paving the way for the first banking merger under the Indonesian government's single presence policy. CIMB Group chief executive, Datuk Nazir Razak, said the merger would create the fifth largest bank in Indonesia by assets.

Posted in Economy @ 16 October 2008 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia grounds four more airlines Indonesia has grounded four airlines and given them three months to improve safety standards or face a ban, a transport ministry spokesman said today. A safety audit found airlines Pura Wisata Baruna, Sampoerna Air Nusantara, Dabi Air Nusantara and Atlas Deltasatya failed to meet minimum standards in several safety categories, spokesman Bambang Ervan said.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2008 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stocks fall as government raises bank guarantee The Indonesian stock-exchange fell by 5 percent at the reopening of trade on Monday after a three-day halt, despite the government increasing the bank guarantee to help restore investor confidence in the economy amid the global financial market crisis. Finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawai announced that the government would extend the bank guarantee deposit from 100 million rupiah (7.500 euro) up to 2 billion rupiah (150.000 euro).

Posted in Economy @ 14 October 2008 08:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bombers 'could be executed next week' Three key Islamic militants on death row over the 2002 Bali bombings could be executed as early as next week. The Indonesian Government today took the unusual step of announcing that an announcement about the executions will be made on Friday, October 24. Indonesia typically announces executions after they have been carried out.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 October 2008 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia continues to operate in the black Garuda Indonesia is targeting a net profit of Rp. 518 billion (38.4 milion euro) for the year 2008, an increase of 100% over the Rp. 259 billion profit booked in 2007. The CEO of Garuda, Emirsyah Satar, told Bisnis Indonesia that he is optimistic that the targeted profit can be achieved against forecasted income for the year of Rp. 17 - 18 trillion (1.29 billion euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 October 2008 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebel leader returns from exile to Indonesia Tengku Muhammad Hassan di Tiro, top leader of the former separatist organization Free Aceh Movement (GAM), arrived in Aceh Saturday from his exile, police said. He was greeted by enthusiastic people in Aceh as he and entourage passed by in the streets, said Tengku Adnan Brangsa, an aide of Tiro and the spokesman of the local party the Partai Aceh.

Posted in General @ 11 October 2008 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Lost' deer species discovered after 78 years in Sumatra A rare species of deer has been rediscovered in Sumatra 78 years after it was last sighted, reports Fauna & Flora International. The deer, known as the Sumatran muntjac (Muntiacus montanus), was rescued from a snare during an anti-poaching patrol by the Kerinci-Seblat National Park Tiger Protection Team in Kerinci-Seblat National Park. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) subsequently caught two more of the deer on film using camera traps.

Posted in Environment @ 10 October 2008 03:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The wet season arrived with thunder and rain It didn't last another five minutes again before I felt the first rain coming down. And it wasn't water thrown up by the tires of trucks and buses but rain. I assumed that I drove too far for the passing rainstorm, but that was an illusion. The real situation was much more wet than those few drops of rain, but it would only be clear later on. Since the rain was intensifying I decided to take a break somewhere along the road - no idea where - to drink a glass of hot jeruk hangat (hot water with a small orange squeezed in it) and a Sampoerna cigarette. Just to get oversight about the situation.

Posted in Weather @ 10 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia keeps stock exchange closed Indonesia closed its stock exchange for the second day to halt a flurry of selling that sent the main stock index plummeting more than 20 percent this week, while Asian trading ended mixed. Stock exchange president Erry Firmansyah said it will remain closed to give investors a chance to "calm down before they make decisions."

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2008 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The last minutes of the dry season It is October 8, 2008 in the morning when I prepare myself for a trip to the neighboring city of Solo. I do this because there are still some stamps missing in my albums. I do not collect points here, converted to money they are worth almost nothing and that 50 Rupiah discount on a bottle of iced tea of 3.500 Rupiah is something I am not waiting for as well. Those stamps however, I would like to have, so it occasionally occurs that I have to do some more effort for them than just the short trip to the local main post office downtown, at the other side of 'Malioboro'.

Posted in Weather @ 09 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sulawesi's Mount Soputan erupts again One of Indonesia's most active volcanoes erupted Monday, spewing flames and clouds of smoke up to a kilometre into the air. Indonesia's volcanology centre said the nearest villages are about eight kilometres from the mouth of the crater on Mount Soputan, putting residents well beyond the danger zone.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 October 2008 03:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia increases interest rate Bank Indonesia has increased its policy rate by 25 basis points to 9.5% as they continue their ongoing battle with inflation. Indonesia did not join Australia, who cut rates today by the highest since a recession in 1992. It is predicted however that today’s increase may be the last this year as the aim of the central bank moves onto supporting growth rather than continuing the fight against inflation.

Posted in Economy @ 07 October 2008 03:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia must brace itself for economic recession Indonesia must face the current global economic turmoil by taking concrete and substantial steps, as the turmoil cannot be solved with conventional ways, an economic analyst Sutrisno Iwantono said. He added that Indonesia needs to take immediate steps such as diversification of export destinations, strengthening the domestic markets, as well as reinforcing the agricultural bases in rural areas, to salvage the national economy.

Posted in Economy @ 06 October 2008 07:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cargo officials suspected of smuggling sea shells 16 boxes about to be boarded on a departing Qantas flight were intercepted by local authorities who found thousands of rare shells hidden among local handicrafts and textiles. Authorities estimate the value of the protected sea shells to be in the hundreds of millions of Rupiahs.

Posted in Environment @ 05 October 2008 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


12 Indonesian aircraft grounded in surprise check-up NusaBali and Kompas report that as a result of a ramp check audits carried out by the government's airworthiness and flight operations directorate September 26-29, 2008, a total of 12 airplanes were immediately grounded for safety violations. From a total of 46 aircraft inspected, these were the results:

Posted in General @ 04 October 2008 13:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia records 295 deaths during Lebaran exodus Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, recorded 295 deaths from a total of 695 traffic accidents during the fast-breaking festival exodus this year, The Jakarta Post on Friday quoted Indonesian National Police as saying. "As many as 631 were badly injured while the number of those suffering from light injuries are 631," said National Police spokesman Abubakar Nataprawira, citing the police's log between Sept. 25 and Oct. 3.

Posted in Ramadan @ 03 October 2008 12:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia makes gains in fight against corruption Indonesia's fight to curb corruption has led to a series of headline-grabbing investigations in recent months. Indonesia's leap from 143rd to 126th on the Transparency International corruption perception index last month is a small sign of improvement in a country widely viewed as one of the most corrupt in Asia.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 October 2008 04:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bombers defiant as they await execution Three Islamic militants on death row in Indonesia for their involvement in the deadly 2002 Bali bombings say they have no regrets about carrying out the attacks. The twin nightclub bombings killed 202 mostly foreign tourists. Speaking with a group of reporters Wednesday at a maximum security prison on an island in eastern Indonesia, the bombers warned that retribution would come to those who carry out their executions.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2008 04:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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