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Thailand, Indonesia to launch bilateral trade agreement Commerce ministers of Thailand and Indonesia Saturday hold a meeting, agreeing to launch a bilateral trade agreement on economic cooperation, according to news release from the Thai Ministry of Commerce. Porntiva Nagasai, Thai Minister of Commerce, and Mari Elga Pangestu, Indonesian Minister of Commerce, met on the sideline of the 14th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit which opened here on Saturday.

Posted in Economy @ 28 February 2009 05:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia in largest Asian debt sale for five years Indonesia has completed the largest Asian debt sale for five years by selling $3bn in sovereign bonds in a dual-tranche transaction to fund a stimulus package aimed at mitigating the impact of the global crisis. The yields were 11.75 per cent on a $2bn 10-year offer and 10.5 per cent on a $1bn five-year offer. These were higher than expected, and both more than 8.4 percentage points higher than similar US Treasuries. But Sri Mulyani Indrawati, finance minister, told the Financial Times that the price was worth paying to ensure the "security of the whole national economy".

Posted in Economy @ 27 February 2009 05:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police raids abortion clinic in Jakarta The police has raided a general clinic along Jalan Percetakan Negara II in the district Johar Baru, Central Jakarta. The raid was organized after police had gathered enough evidence after they received some information earlier on. The clinic, where abortions were done, only opened it's doors from 05:00 to 09:00 local time. The clinic was known to be a general clinic.

Posted in Health @ 26 February 2009 13:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mysterious ‘yawning fish’ discovered in Maluku Until January 2008, no one knew it existed, or if they did, they weren’t talking. A husband and wife team who were part owners of a dive shop in Ambon City, Indonesia, along with the shop’s dive guide, took the first known photos of the fish. They shared the photos with Ted Pietsch, a marine scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle, who said last year that the critter appeared to represent an unknown family (in the biological-classification sense) of angler fish.

Posted in Environment @ 25 February 2009 04:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air MD-90 in Batam landing incident A Lion Air Boeing MD-90 late yesterday landed at Batam airport without its front landing gear extended, resulting in damage to the undercarriage and the airport having to be closed. The Indonesian airline's general director, Edward Sirait, says the MD-90, local registration PK-LIO, was on a domestic flight from Medan to Batam when the crew discovered the aircraft's front landing gear was unable to be deployed.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 February 2009 06:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Schoolgirl allegedly raped and killed by own uncle Ramian Juntak (53) was crying when she told about the suspicion she had that her youngest child was raped and murdered by her uncle. The mother of the child told that Hastuti Sinambela (16) was housed at the address of the uncle in Pekanbaru, where she was found dead hanged bu a rope at the end of December 2008. When the parents went to pick up the body, they noticed that the body of their daughter had undergone a struggle before she died.

Posted in Crime @ 23 February 2009 09:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police raids drug-factory in luxury Bogor villa A luxury villa in Kampung Pasir Putih in Bogor, West Java, has been raided by the regional and local police of Bogor earlier today. The villa was used as a factory for the production of synthetic drugs and is said to be the biggest factory in Bogor. At the moment of the raid the police was able to seize amounts of chemicals and production equipment.

Posted in Drugs @ 22 February 2009 00:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ATM robbed, 86 million Rupiah taken Once again an automated teller machine (ATM) has been robbed in Yogyakarta. This happened early in the morning this time. The ATM belonging to national bank BNI in front of Toko Maga along Jalan Bantul in the southern part of Yogyakarta city was broken into. Robbers took some 86 million Rupiah (5.600 euro). The head of the Yogyakarta police said that the robbery took place around three in the morning local time.

Posted in Crime @ 21 February 2009 10:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New trade regulation on steel imports to protect steel The government on Friday tightened regulations on the import of 202 iron and steel products in a bid to protect local producers caught in the economic slump. Diah Maulida, director general of trade at the Ministry of Trade, said the decree, effective April 1, was issued in order to allow the market to absorb 2.5 million tons of domestic iron and steel products.

Posted in Economy @ 20 February 2009 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia urges Australia to back global crisis fund The Indonesian Trade Minister has expressed hopes that Australia will support a key Indonesian proposal at the G20 meeting in April. Mari Pangestu says she would like Canberra to canvass rich nations to commit to a fund to support developing countries through the global financial crisis at the G20 talks in London.

Posted in Economy @ 19 February 2009 13:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Yudhoyono admits Indonesia yet to be prosperous President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono admitted Wednesday that the Indonesian nation was not yet prosperous nor was it already enjoying good welfare. “But if there are critics who say we have slid backward in developmental terms, I will say, they are not honest,” the president said during a working visit to Tuban district, East Java.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2009 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's per capita income up 24% in 2008 Indonesia's per capita income rose 24 per cent to US$2,271 in 2008 from US$1,942 in 2007 with Gross Domestic Product at Rp4,954 trillion (US$450 billion) based on current prices. Last year, the country's GDP based on constant prices of 2000 reached Rp2,082.1 trillion, head of the central bureau of Statistics Rusman Heriawan said.

Posted in Economy @ 17 February 2009 05:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina drops planned diesel exports Indonesian state oil firm Pertamina has scrapped plans to export diesel this month for the first time because of low regional diesel prices, a company official said on Monday. Pertamina had earlier planned to export some diesel to reduce high stockpiles and was also looking at cutting runs at its nine refineries with a combined capacity of around 1 million barrels per day.

Posted in Economy @ 16 February 2009 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


45% of Indonesia's population threatened by malaria Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said on Monday that about 45 percent of the country's population is at risk of contracting malaria. Speaking to a hearing with the House of Representatives DPR, the minister said 424 of Indonesia's 495 districts and cities were malaria endemic regions.

Posted in Health @ 15 February 2009 11:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


5.1-magnitude aftershock jolts Talaud An aftershock measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale jolted Talaud district in North Sulawesi province, on Saturday at 1.30 pm local time. The quake's epicenter was located at 4.02 degrees northern latitude and 126.86 degrees eastern longitude, 132 km northeast of Melonguane, Talaud District, at a depth of 10 km below sea level, information of the Manado meteorological, geophysics, and climatology office, said here on Saturday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 February 2009 04:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia hopes to further boost ties with U.S. Indonesia has expressed hopes that its ties with the United States under the administration of President Barack Obama will be boosted by the upcoming visit of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday.

Posted in Politics @ 13 February 2009 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7.4 magnitude earthquake strikes off Sulawesi Over 300 buildings were seriously damaged and over 3,000 people escaped from their homes after a 7.4-magnitude quake rocked North Sulawesi province on Thursday morning, according to the Health Ministry. The quake damaged houses, religious centers, school buildings and hospitals, but no report of casualties, head of a crisis center of the Ministry Rustam Pakaya said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 February 2009 12:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Series of quakes rock Indonesia A series of moderate earthquakes with magnitudes of 5.6, 5.4, 5.2 and 5.0 struck Indonesia on Wednesday, with no report of damage or casualties, meteorology agency said. The 5.6 quake jolted at 11:17 Jakarta time (04:17 GMT) with epicenter at 181 km southeast of Gorontalo in North Sulawesi and at 10 km in depth, an official of the agency said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 February 2009 15:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven killed in floods across Indonesia During heavy rains and tropical storms lasting for three days, floods have killed four people in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara of eastern Indonesia, and three in Jakarta and its neighboring city Bogor by Tuesday, the Jakarta Post reported. The Social Service Agency Head Sentianus Medi said that 10 villages in Central Kupang, East Kupang and Sulamu districts were submerged in 1.5 meters of water, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes and seek refuge.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 February 2009 15:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit northern shores of Java island At least 400 houses in Pecakaran village, Wonokerto regency of Pekalongan, Central Java, were inundated with water levels reaching up to half a meter due to an continuous rainfall in recent days. The incessant rain also caused some bridges and farms in other neighboring villages to be broken and ruined by landslides.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 February 2009 04:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate aftershock hits West Papua An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale jolted Manokwari district in Indonesia's West Papua Province in the early morning of Sunday, Meteorology and Geophysics Agency was quoted by the national Antara News Agency assaying.

Posted in Earthquake @ 08 February 2009 12:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians ignore religious edicts against smoking, yoga Indonesia's most powerful Islamic scholars weren't looking for a debate when they handed down their latest fatwas on how to be a good Muslim. But they still got an argument and, perhaps worse, a chorus of "Who cares?" after decreeing that it is haram, or forbidden, to smoke in public, or for children and pregnant women to have a puff of tobacco anywhere.

Posted in Religion @ 07 February 2009 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono joins public in Chinese festival celebration Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono joined a public gathering to celebrate the Chinese lantern festival in the Jakarta Expo Center here on Friday. Yudhoyono said at the event that the public should stand united despite pluralistic differences that might disrupt the country's harmony. "Pluralism should instead become a basis to develop culture and creative economy," he said.

Posted in Religion @ 06 February 2009 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Denpasar police crack down on shirtless motorcyclists In addition to issuing tickets to motorcyclists lacking driver's licenses, vehicle title and helmets, NusaBali reports that Denpasar's traffic police will soon also be taking actions against drivers, presumably male, cruising Bali's roads bare-chested. Declared "Operation Sympathetic" and focused primarily on the streets of Kuta, a police official confirmed that special attention would be given to foreign male tourists driving motorcycles while not wearing a shirt.

Posted in General @ 05 February 2009 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia cuts rates by 50 basis points to 8.25% Bank Indonesia Governor Boediono and his board voted unanimously on Wednesday morning to cut interest rates by 50 basis points from the current 8.75 percent to 8.25 percent - exactly in line with analyst expectations.

Posted in Economy @ 04 February 2009 05:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali battles against rabies Authorities in Bali, the scenic tourist destination of Indonesia, have culled over 1,000 dogs and vaccinated nearly 20,000 others in a bid to fight against the spread of rabies in the tourist paradise island, a local animal husbandry official Ni Wayan Sukanadi said in Bali on Tuesday.

Posted in Health @ 03 February 2009 01:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia receives 3 Sukhoi jets from Russia The Indonesian military received three new Sukhoi jet fighters from Russia on Monday in an effort to boost defense capacity following a series of deadly accidents caused by outdated military aircraft, the Jakarta Post said. The country now has totally 7 Sukhoi fighters, all of which were purchased from Russia through a credit scheme.

Posted in Military @ 02 February 2009 01:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sex cult leader named suspect for insulting religion He encouraged spouse-swopping and wild orgies, and gave sermons in his underpants. On a news website, police are said to describe him as looking 'cool... just like youngsters nowadays', with dyed brown hair and fair skin. But he's no love guru. He is the leader of a deviant sect in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 01 February 2009 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction
    
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