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Two rare Sumatran elephants killed Two Sumatran elephants have been shot and killed in Indonesia's Bengkulu province, a conservation official said Tuesday. The elephants were killed last week in the Kerinci Seblat National Park, said Dudy Wuryanto, head of the nature conservation agency in the neighbouring province of Jambi. He said the motive for the killings was unclear.

Posted in General @ 31 March 2009 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Higher taxes for older planes in the pipeline Minister of Transportation, Jusman Syafi Djamal, has told the press that he is considering asking for higher tax rates for older planes operated by Indonesian air carriers as an incentive to drive a modernization of the country's air armada. Behind the Minister's plan is the view that older aircraft are more frequently involved in "safety incidents" in Indonesia and have generally poor operating efficiencies.

Posted in General @ 30 March 2009 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lack of maintenance Situ Gintul dam possible cause of collapse The dam collapse of the Situ Gintung dam in Ciputat shows signs of a structural failure of the dam, which was built in the Dutch colonial time. A geotechnical engineer, Agus Setyo Muntohar, explained that the man-made construction of the Situ Gintung dam was only to hold water. "Because it was a man-made structure, regular checks should be performed at the site," Agus said at the Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta.

Posted in Accidents @ 29 March 2009 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


92 bodies found in debris of Jakarta dam burst disaster The number of victims after the Situ Gintung dam burst in Ciputat, a southern suburb of the Indonesian capital Jakarta in Tangerang keeps going up. At 21:45 local time last night the number of casualties had reached 92.

Posted in Accidents @ 29 March 2009 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


65 dead in dam burst while search for 100 others continues 65 people have been found dead after the Situ Gintung dam in the southern Jakarta suburb of Ciputat, Tangerang suddenly burst yesterday morning before sunrise. Almost 100 people are still missing, search and resque teams are searching through the rubble for them. This information is gathered from medical teams from the general hospital in Pondok Kopi at the Muhammadiyah University campus.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 March 2009 01:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Dozens killed after dam collapses in Jakarta suburb More than 50 people were found dead when the Situ Gintung dam, in the densely populated Tangerang district, burst at about 4am today. Head of the Crisis Management Centre at the Indonesian Health Ministry, Rustam A. Pakaya, told Bernama that the number of people killed would be higher being that more than 400 houses had been swept away as at 9am.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 March 2009 07:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 33 A two-year boy suspected of contracting bird flu, identified as Wahyu Ibnu Saputra, died at Arifin Achmad Public Hospital in Pekanbaru, capital of Indonesia' s Riau Province on Thursday. Wahyu died after suffering respiratory problems and falling unconscious, said Dr Azizman Saad, coordinator of the bird flu control at the Arifin Achmad hospital, as saying in Pekanbaru on Thursday.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 27 March 2009 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali marks New Year's Day of Silence Residents and tourists on the popular Indonesian resort island of Bali on Thursday celebrated the annual Day of Silence, a Hindu New Year observance during which the island shuts down and people are banned from the streets. The New Year, called Nyepi, is one of the most important religious events for Balinese Hindus, and this year, they welcomed the Saka New Year of 1931.

Posted in Religion @ 26 March 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife It is just after six in the humid evening when Jakarta suddenly goes dark. It is Magrib, within a few minutes of the call for prayer performed by thousands of muezzin which create a true chaos of sounds throughout Jakarta, the evening arrives to the city that never sleeps. However many hundreds of thousands - mostly men - hurry themselves to a nearby mosque, life in the city continues as usual.

Posted in Nightlife @ 26 March 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch journalists arrested in Indonesia Four Dutch journalists have been arrested in the Indonesian province of Papua, Dutch news wire ANP reported Tuesday. The four were arrested in the city of Jayapura while reporting on a rally calling for Papua's independence. Dutch international radio Wereldomroep confirmed that the incident involved three of its freelancers and a correspondent for the leading Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad.

Posted in General @ 25 March 2009 01:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






White Rose Hotel in Bali seized by prosecutors Radar Bali reports that the White Rose Hotel. located on Jalan Raya Legian in Kuta, has been seized by officers from the Bali police headquarters in connection with an ongoing investigation of a complaint made by Hari Budihartono on February 21, 2009.

Posted in General @ 24 March 2009 08:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lombok Emaar project not dead? The reported death a US$600 million tourism project in Lombok as reported by Bali Discovery and based on a Jakarta Globe report, is being adamantly denied by high-ranking Indonesian officials who insist the deal is far from dead and that a three-month deadline extension has been negotiated by the government with the Dubai-based Emaar International Group.

Posted in General @ 23 March 2009 08:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia resource nationalism stirs before polls As Indonesia heads for elections, some politicians are taking a more nationalist line on the country's vast natural resources, a move that could scare off much-needed foreign capital amid the global credit crunch. While some industry experts see the rumblings over foreign investment as campaign trail posturing, the rhetoric highlights the risks for investors in Southeast Asia's biggest economy, particularly in its energy and mining sectors.

Posted in Elections @ 22 March 2009 06:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exiled Papua rebel leader returns home A former Free Papua Movement's leader, Nicolaas Jouwe, who has been in overseas exile for years returned to Indonesia for a visit on Thursday and planned to meet with the country's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono before visiting his birthplace of Papua. Co-founder of the movement arrived here on Thursday and he met with Indonesian Minister of People Welfare and Poverty Alleviation Aburizal Bakrie at his office here Friday.

Posted in General @ 21 March 2009 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Global financial crisis showing heavier effects on Indonesia Indonesia is suffering from the gradually increasing impact of the global financial crisis, with its export value growth in 2009 predicted to drop below zero. Indonesian central bank (Bank Indonesia)'s Deputy Governor Hartadi Sarwono said on Thursday that the country's export value is expected to drop 4.6 percent this year.

Posted in Economy @ 20 March 2009 08:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia sends warship to help secure Somali waters Indonesia on Friday sent a warship to support maintaining security in the waters of Somali following the rampant piracy there, Indonesian Military Commander General Djoko Santoso said here. "The participation has been coordinated with the United Nation," Santoso said during the deployment of the ship here in Jakarta.

Posted in Military @ 19 March 2009 13:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian cleric arrested over underage marriage Police arrested a Muslim cleric in Indonesia's Central Java province for marrying a 12-year-old girl in violation of the country's child-protection law, an officer said Wednesday. Pujiono Cahyo Widianto, 43, revealed in August that he had taken the girl as a second wife in a traditional Islamic wedding ceremony, sparking criticism from child-protection groups.

Posted in Religion @ 18 March 2009 09:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Emaar withdraws from US$600 million Lombok project The Jakarta Globe reports that a massive US$600 Million mega-resort planned for South Lombok is now in jeopardy. The project of shopping, recreation areas, golf courses and luxurious hotels on a 1,200 hectare site is a "pet project" of Indonesia's Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, who personally invited Dubai's state-owned Emaar Properties to spearhead the investment.

Posted in Economy @ 17 March 2009 05:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesian election campaigns kicks off Political parties started to campaign on Monday to get people support in direct legislative election on April 9 and presidential election on July 8. The political parties gathered here in the capital of Jakarta vowing to conduct a peaceful campaign, amid the concern that clashes among supporters of political parties may occur. The 21-day campaign will end on April 5.

Posted in Politics @ 16 March 2009 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soldier killed in separatist attack in Papua The Liberation Army of separatist Free Papua Movement (OPM) which had since Friday launched attacks on security posts in Tingginambut area, Puncak Jaya district, Papua province, killed an Indonesian Army soldier, Private Saiful, of Battalion 754, on Saturday. Puncak Jaya Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Cris Rihulay on Saturday confirmed the incident, saying that the security officers were now trying to evacuate the victim to Mulia city, district capital of Puncak Jaya.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 March 2009 05:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four-meter long python found in Bantul Residents in the village of Gemagan in the sub-district of Bantul in Yogyakarta have found a four-meter long python weighing around 15 kilograms. The snake with a white and yellow flower motive and black spots was first found by Marjiyo, Bandi and Gendut, which were fishing not far from their village.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 March 2009 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia named second best travel destination in Asia Indonesia was ranked second in GoAsia's The Best Travel Destination in Asia after Thailand while Malaysia was placed as the third best, the Jakarta Post reported quoting the Indonesia Foreign Ministry as saying on Friday. Go Asia, a German tourism institution, invited travel agents from all over the world to participate in the voting process on Wednesday in Berlin. The body also gave awards for Asia's best tourism organizations or tourism boards, airlines and tour operators.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 March 2009 06:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia suspends operation of MD-90 planes Indonesian Transport Ministry has grounded all McDonnell Douglas MD-90 operated by budget airline of Lion Airline following two accidents in two weeks, Transport Minister Jusman Syafii Djamal said here Wednesday. The accidents came as Indonesia is struggling to improve air safety, expecting the European Union to lift its travel ban on Indonesia in March or July.

Posted in General @ 12 March 2009 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia frees Australians jailed in Papua Indonesia has freed five Australians who were jailed for illegally entering Papua after a higher court ruled that they had not breached immigration rules, their lawyer said on Tuesday. The five, who said that they were tourists, landed in Merauke, in the Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea, in September 2008 without a flight permit or visas.

Posted in Politics @ 11 March 2009 03:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


250 million Euro needed for construction Cisumdawu tollroad The West Java government needs some 3400 billion Rupiah (250 million euro) to build the Cileunyi-Sumedang-Dawuan (Cisumdawu) toll road. When the toll road is finally constructed, it will not only ease traffic on the route Bandung - Cireon, but also integrate the Trans Jawa highway from Cikampek to Palimanan.

Posted in General @ 10 March 2009 09:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar party vows to win legislative elections The General Chairman of Indonesia's Golkar Party, Jusuf Kalla, said for the first time that his party should appear as the winner in the forthcoming legislative general elections. "Do we want to have presidential candidate from Golkar? Therefore we should have a big capital by winning the legislative general election with a majority vote exceeding other political parties," said Kalla during a get-together with his cadres in Tanjungkarang, Lampung, on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 09 March 2009 12:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Black smoke from electric train carriage, passengers flee An electric train carriage on it's way from Jakarta to Bogor broke down near the Universitas Indonesia train station in Depok, just south of Jakarta, just after noon earlier today. The seventh carriage showed signs of black smoke at the time the train stopped there. At the time the train arrived at the Manggarai station earlier, there were already some problems with that carriage, but the driver decided to continue the trip to Bogor anyway.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 March 2009 12:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia raises alert on volcano in East Java Indonesia has raised to maximum its alert on the Mount Semeru volcano in East Java, warning of potentially dangerous lava flows, an official at the country's vulcanology center said on Saturday. The 3,376-meter Semeru is one of the most active volcanoes on Java island. Seven people were killed by the mountain's heat clouds in 1994.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 March 2009 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Automatic gates to be installed on Jakarta Busway lane The Jakarta Transportation Board is preparing steps to put automated gates at the recently opened Busway route Lebak Bulus - Harmoni. These gates will be the same as those installed on the second Busway route Pulogadung - Harmoni. The gates have to be installed to prevent other road users using the reserved bus-lanes on the route. "People have to learn that," said Riza Hasyim, vice-president of the Jakarta Transportation Board.

Posted in General @ 06 March 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia's central bank slashes interest rate by 50 basis points The Indonesian central bank on Wednesday cut its benchmark interest rate by a half percentage point to 7.75 percent to boost economic growth and reduce unemployment, the bank said in a statement. Easing inflation and the fall of overseas sales have triggered governor Boediono and his seven colleagues to reduce the rate, which is more than the expected 25 basis points.

Posted in Economy @ 05 March 2009 09:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 32 Four people have been confirmed dead by avian influenza in Indonesia since January this year, head of the national bird flu commission Bayu Krisnamurthi said on Tuesday. "Four deaths by bird flu have been confirmed in January and February," Krisnamurthi told. The deaths have brought the total fatality by the virus to 117 out of 143 infected people.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 04 March 2009 11:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian exports mark biggest drop in 22 years Indonesia's exports fell 36 percent in January from a year ago, the biggest drop since 1986, amid plunging demand for the country's vast natural resources and manufactured goods, the statistic's agency reported Monday. The downward trend - which began in October - was in line with declines in exports from other nations across Asia.

Posted in Economy @ 03 March 2009 11:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia opens tsunami museum in Aceh Indonesia has opened a tsunami museum in Aceh province to remember the severity impact of the catastrophe in 2004 that killed more than 230,000 people in Asia and most of them in the province. The museum displays pictures of victims and the huge damage in coastal areas of the province in northern tip of Sumatra island when a tsunami triggered by a strong earthquake devastated the area on Dec. 24 2004.

Posted in General @ 02 March 2009 11:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 20,000 displaced by floods in Eastern Java More than 20,000 people have fled homes after floods hit Eastern Java since Feb. 23, the National Disaster Management Agency reported. Consecutive days of downpours have triggered Bengawan Solo river passing through Central and East Java overflowed and submerged more than five thousand houses and forced the residents to took shelters in higher grounds, spokesman of the agency Priyadi Kardono said.

Posted in Flooding @ 01 March 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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