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Batam police chief does not know his staff is raiding hotels Hotel operators in Batam have complained about raids on their hotels by local police. They say it hurts tourism more than it improves safety or anything else. The raids started with the start of the holy month of fasting, Ramadan, but the Association of Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants' (PHRI) on the island has said that the national police is no moral police.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 31 August 2009 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Prostitutes arrested in Indramayu sweeping The regional police of Indramayu, West Java Province, has sweeped a number of places where prostitutes work. These locations are located along the main road along the northern coast of the island, which is now getting more crowded every day because people are going home to celebrate the Lebaran holidays.

Posted in Culture @ 31 August 2009 05:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rainforest in Kerinci Seblat disappearing fast The rain forest in the Kerinci Seblat national park on the island of Sumatra is disappearing fast. Illegal logging which continues in the area and understaffing at the security department of the national park are pointed to as the main causes. Some 500 hectares of previously untouched forests have now turned into wastelands.

Posted in Environment @ 31 August 2009 04:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda increases seat capacity for lebaran holidays Garuda Indonesia will add 42,226 seats to its scheduled services operating September 16 0 28, 2009, to meet an expected surge in demand over the Islamic Lebaran holidays. The extra seats will be create by adding extra flights or increasing the size of aircraft used on an existing 17 domestic and 7 international routes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 31 August 2009 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan in Jalan Jaksa; too much alcohol It was a Saturday yesterday. As usual I got up on time and after breakfast, mandi and a quick look on the internet I grabbed my stuff for a short trip to Jakarta, which is still about one hour from here. The bus at ten in the morning was one bus later than I had planned on taking in the first place, but well, that's how things go. No big deal.

Posted in Ramadan @ 30 August 2009 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Susi Air flies between Jakarta and Pangandaran Susi Air has announced that it will start serving the route Jakarta - Pangandaran via Bandung. The flight will depart from Halim Perdanakusuma airport in southern Jakarta, will make a stopover in Bandung and will continue the trip to Pangandaran from there. Normal travel time from Jakarta to Pangandaran is about six hours, but with this flight it will be shortened to about one hour.

Posted in General @ 30 August 2009 08:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Garuda Indonesia will fly to Amsterdam directly Once more Garuda Indonesia has announced that it will start with direct flights to the Netherlands again. Their last flight from Amsterdam was late 2004, and because of the current ban for Indonesian airliners to land in countries of the European Union, Garuda has to hold out a little while longer.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 30 August 2009 07:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


90 illegal street racers fined in Jakarta The traffic police in the Greater Jakarta area has fined some 90 illegal street racers at several places in Jakarta early this morning. The police held raids on several locations where street races normally occur. Owners of 18 driver licenses and 72 STNK (vehicle registration cards) were handed out fines.

Posted in General @ 30 August 2009 04:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI doesn't agree with how it goes - again The head of the FPI (Front Pembela Islam, 'Islamic Defenders Front') has said that the current Cipta Kondisi operation held by the police during the holy month of Ramadan is provocative. Habib Rizieq Shihab said that the operation by the police was like terrorism and intimidate religious persons like in the time of Suharto. "It violates human rights and the constitution," he said in an SMS while he was in Samarinda, Kalimantan.

Posted in Religion @ 30 August 2009 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Bank Mandiri to buy 11% stake in Garuda Indonesia Bank Mandiri, the biggest lender in Indonesia, has announced that it will take an 11 percent stake in now state-owned Garuda Indonesia. All parties involved agreed on this share for Bank Mandiri. Under the plan, Mandiri will convert 100 million dollar of the bond debt into equity. The buy values Garuda Indonesia around 910 million dollar (635 million euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 29 August 2009 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Already ten dead in ferry accident Kalimantan Ten people on board of the the ferry Sari Mulia that sunk on the Barito river yesterday afternoon have been found dead. One of the dead is a little child of only two years old. The coordinator of the regional search and rescue team, Suprapto, has said that 116 people were rescued until now.

Posted in Accidents @ 29 August 2009 12:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Record company: 'Malaysian anthem belongs to Indonesia' To stir the current cultural war between Indonesia and Malaysia, an Indonesian record company has reacted to the recent mishap with the traditional Balinese Tari Pendet showing up in an video commercial for Malaysia. Allthough Discovery Channel has said they made the mistake, and were sorry for it, the fire is burning once again.

Posted in Culture @ 29 August 2009 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


110 safe after boat sinks on Kalimantan river Some 21 people went missing after the Sari Mulia boat sunk in the waters of a river in Negara Desa Batalas in the under-district of Candi Laras Utara in the district of Tapin, Kalimantan. "110 passengers were rescued from the waters and one person was found dead. There are still 21 people missing," told a spokesperson of the local police, Fery Aditiya Sasmita.

Posted in Accidents @ 29 August 2009 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'If trains go faster, people reach their destination earlier' The Minister of Transport has finally seen the light. He stated earlier today that the time needed to travel between Surabaya and Banyuwangi could be shortened from six hours, the current time a train needs, to only three hours. He has come up with a very inventive way to get this done properly:

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 August 2009 13:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: Mohamad Jibril seen as suspect of terrorism After three nights in 'Hotel Police Headquarters' in South Jakarta, Mohamad Jibril is now officially seen as the latest suspect in the twin suicide bombings of two hotel in Jakarta last month. "After thorough investigation, Mohamed Jibril is now an official suspect," said the head of the national police, Bambang Hendarsono Danuri after the Friday afternoon prayers.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 August 2009 10:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Sentani airport occupied by Yobe tribe members Since early this morning, the airport of Sentani, near Jayapura in the easternmost province of Papua, has been occupied by people from the Yobe tribe. They demand a proper settlement for the estate that has been taken from them. Three planes of different airliners were not able to land on the airport and were diverted to the airport of Biak.

Posted in Protests @ 28 August 2009 09:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.9 earthquake strikes in the Banda Sea A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 has hit the waters of the Banda Sea earlier today. The quake had place ar 09:51 local time (GMT+7) at a depth of 670 kilometers below the seabed. Because of it's depth, it did not create a tsunami. The center of the earthquake was 234 kilometers southeast of Bau-Bau and the tremor was felt as far away as Waingapu on the island of Sumba. The quake was also felt as a light earthquake in the cities of Kupang and Ende.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 August 2009 05:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


MP: 'Mohamad Dibril too small to fund terrorism' A member of the Indonesian parliament, Ali Mochtar Ngabalin of the Partai Bulan Bintang (PBB, Moon & Star Party) has said that the police is wrong in thinking that Mohamad Jibril is involved in looking for funds to pay for acts of terrorism in Indonesia. He said this after the family of Mohamad Jibril had a meeting with some of the members of the First Commission of the parliament. They asked the police to be closely watched so that he would not be intimidated.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 August 2009 04:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Buy an Indonesian island! Besides counting islands, Indonesia has more on it's hands. Just recently it became known that the website www.privateislandsonline.com is selling several Indonesian islands. Some of you will directly say that foreigners can not own any land in Indonesia, which is correct, and is also stated on the website. There is no freehold, only leasehold. So in fact you are not buying an island, you are leasing it.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 August 2009 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Toll on Indonesia's highways to increase The state roll road management agency in Indonesia (BPJT) has announced that three of the largest toll road operators in the country have asked to be allowed to increase their tolls with some 12 to 19 percent this year. Toll rates are allowed to rise every two years. If the agency agrees with the new prices, they will come into effect as soon as September 4, 2009.

Posted in Economy @ 27 August 2009 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine dead in ferry accident off Bali Nine people were killed while three others went missing after a ferry sank in waters near the resort island of Bali yesterday afternoon. Ketut Parwa, head of the search and rescue (SAR) team of the island said that the ferry had 27 passengers on board. It left from Kusamba for the small island of Nusa Penida near Bali.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 August 2009 07:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Counting Indonesia's islands - all of them Indonesia is to count it's islands - all of them - in the coming three years. Currently estimates of the actual number of islands in the Indonesian archipelago vary from 14,000 to some 17,500 islands, but the exact number is not known. Indonesia is to catalog all islands, including giving them a name and registration number for reporting them to the United Nations.

Posted in Politics @ 27 August 2009 06:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3.6 million drug addicts in Indonesia The Badan Narkotika Nasional (BNN, National Narcotics Brigade) in Indonesia has said that the country currently has 3.6 million registered addicts of various kinds of narcotics. It is estimated that only some ten percent of the cases around drug abuse surfaces, which makes people believe that the problem is in fact far larger.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 August 2009 03:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia wants to fly free - again Garuda Indonesia has again presented plans to raise between 300 and 400 million dollar in an initial public offering (IPO) early 2010. Emirsyah Satar told reported that the funds raised from the IPO would be used to pay for the expansion plans of the company. He added that Garuda Indonesia was worth some 1.5 billion dollar (1.1 billion euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 26 August 2009 11:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Abu Jibril: 'Densus 88 is not really polite' Abu Jibril, the father of fugitive terrorism suspect Mohamad Jibril, has said that the arrogance of which anti-terrorism unit Densus 88 executed their task. A 20-man team of Densus 88 searched the house of Abu Jibril last night. According to the father of eight children - yes the one who was pictured on this blog with a gun yesterday - they don't have any politeness in their guts.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 August 2009 10:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The changing face of Bali n article below was originally published in The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, August 4, 2009. Written by Balinese Ketut Kartika Inggas, it underlines impact the tourism industry is having on the island's culture and traditional life style. Inggas is an alumnae of University of East Anglia, England (MA in Development Studies), curently working in Bangkok:

Posted in Culture @ 26 August 2009 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Interest from government account stolen by officials The corruption watchdog KPK has ordered six banks in Java, Sumatra and Kalimantan to close accounts of provincial government officials that were receiving interest from savings accounts that belong to their local administrations. Haryono Umar, staff of the KPK said that the banks would bear incentives for government officials that parked government funds in savings accounts.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 August 2009 04:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schappelle Corby goes crazy in Bali prison Australian drug smuggler Schappelle Corby is going crazy in Balinese prison where she has to fulfill a 20-year jail term after trying to smuggle several kilograms of marijuana from Bali to Australia. In a psychiatric report she is said to be 'hanging by a thread', and should be reviewed as soon as possible for being sent home to Australia to finish her sentence there. An Australian psychiatrist was allowed to visit Corby last month.

Posted in Drugs @ 26 August 2009 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Former Mujahidin activist: 'My child is not a terrorist!' That terrorists are strange people might be nothing new to you, but the hype of denial is reaching new hights every single day. Fortunately for PKS member of parliament Anugerah, he was forgotten instantly when it became clear that the child of a former member of the Majelis Mujahidin Indonesia ('Mujahidin Council Indonesia', MMI) is wanted because of his involvement to last months suicide bomb attacks in Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 August 2009 13:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


14,000 kilograms of sugar seized The regional police of Bengkayang, which belongs to the city of Pontianak on the island of Kalimantan, has seized 286 bags of illegally imported sugar from Sarawak, Malaysia. The sugar was imported via Jagoi Babang. The police did not have an eye on any suspects yet.

Posted in Crime @ 25 August 2009 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Discovery Channel put Tari Pendet in Malaysia ad Just a few days after it all started, it became very clear where it went wrong with the "Enigmatic Malaysia" tourism campaign. It was not Malaysia that put in the traditional Tari Pendet dance from Bali, but it was Discovery Channel that made the mistake when creating a trailer video for their tv-series about Malaysia, which are broadcasted around the Independence Day of that country.

Posted in Culture @ 25 August 2009 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1.005 cases of Mexican flu in Indonesia According to the Department of Health in Indonesia, there were 57 new cases of H1N1 Mexican flu in the country. Only laboratory confirmed cases are counted. In total there are now 1.005 cases of the disease confirmed in Indonesia alone.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 24 August 2009 10:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Don't touch our Tari Pendet, Malaysia! Indonesia has reacted furiously about a traditional Indonesian dance which is used in a new Malaysian tourist campaign "Enigmatic Malaysia". The dance is not related to Malaysia at all, but is being used to promote Malaysia anyway. The Tari Pendet is a traditional Balinese dance, normally performed by for or five young girls.

Posted in Culture @ 24 August 2009 08:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


No Zivanna Letisha Siregar as Miss Universe Zivanna Letisha Siregar did not make it until the final 15 contestants for Miss Universe. However she lead the popular vote on the internet website with a fairly large majority, she was eventually not choosen to compete among the last fifteen. She failed to advance to the bathing suit round.

Posted in General @ 24 August 2009 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Member of PKS doesn't know his brother is terrorist Anugerah, member of the PKS '(Partai Keadilan Sejahtera', a strict Islamic party which earlier wanted a unitary Islamic state in Southeast Asia) said he didn't know that his little brother is a fugitive. Wanted for terrorist activities in Indonesia, Saefuddin Jaelani, is currently on the run for Indonesian authorities.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 August 2009 04:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Poll: Miss Indonesia Zivanna Letisha Siregar most popular The Indonesian contestant currently competing in the Miss Universe competition, Zivanna Letisha Siregar, leads the online poll sponsored by the event. In the poll, in which tens of thousands of visitors have voted for their favorite woman, the Indonesian is followed by Brazilian Larissa Costa and Guatemalan Lourdes Figueroa.

Posted in General @ 23 August 2009 13:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Endangered tiger killed and stolen from zoo Thieves have killed a tiger in the Taman Rimba Zoo in Jambi last Saturday. The female Sumatran tiger was killed before the body was stolen from the zoo, according to local authorities. The incident happened around three in the morning. The police chief in Jambi, Posma Lubis, said that it was most likely that the tiger was killed and stolen to be sold via an international network. There was no sign of damage to the cage.

Posted in Environment @ 23 August 2009 08:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta: 'No raids by non-government groups' The Jakarta city government has warned private organizations not to disturb or attack nightclubs and other businesses that stay open during the Ramadan. The police chief in Jakarta has made it clear that mass organizations are not authorized to perform such supervisory functions. Enforcement of law and local bylaws can only be performed by the police, the city government and appointed order agencies.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 August 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Demonstrate to get deported from Saudi Arabia! Indonesians that desperately want to find their way out from Saudi Arabia have found a new way to do so. A few hundred peaceful Indonesian demonstrators that organized a rally in front of the Indonesian consulate general in Jeddah were arrested for... well demonstrating peacefully and are now waiting to be deported. Most of the demonstrators stayed the country illegally after their haji or umroh or stayed there while their contract stopped in the hope of a better future there.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 August 2009 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Best Western opens in a no-hotel zone Two Bali newspapers, NusaBali and BisnisBali, both report that the Best Western Sapta Petala Hotel in Kuta has opened for business, despite lacking the required operating permits and licenses.

Posted in Politics @ 22 August 2009 12:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two small earthquakes hit Yogyakarta Two small earthquakes have hit Yogyakarta in recent days. Three days ago, on August 19, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 struck just south of the province in the Indian Ocean. This quake was felt on the island as well and caused some panic. The earthquake that struck today however took place on land, just 13 kilometers southeast of the town of Bantul and had a magnitude of 4.4 on the Richter Scale.

Posted in Earthquake @ 22 August 2009 10:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terrorists to kill Obama in Indonesia? Terrorists in Indonesia are said to have detailed plans to stage a terrorist attack on American president Barack Obama. The attack should be carried out by sharp shooters. This information was made public by a safety expert in Indonesia. Obama is expected to bring a visit to Indonesia in November this year.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 August 2009 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House of suspected terrorist burned down A house that is located in the foothills of Mount Salak, near Bogor, has been burned by residents in the village. The house was burned down because the residents suspected that the house was a hideout place for terrorist leader Noordin M. Top. Villagers said that they have seen a person that has the same face as the the terrorists seen in Cilacap and Temanggung.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 August 2009 06:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Suharto's son wants Indonesian presidency' Hutomo Mandala Putra, the son of late Indonesian president Suharto, has started his effort to finally become a president. An aide of Tommy, as he is widely known, has said this to the press. Tommy has built up quite an impressive 'track record' in legal matters, including a conviction for murder. He is now seeking to become the new leader of the Golkar Party, the political movement of his father, which has been in turmoil after loosing the recent elections.

Posted in Politics @ 21 August 2009 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military commander: 'Report people with sorban and jubah' Haryadi Soetanto, military commander of the Diponegoro division of the Indonesian army, has said that Indonesians should not be scared to report people that dress different than what is normal in the current Indonesian culture. "If there are foreigners wearing a sorban (Islamic headscarf) or jubah (Islamic long robe) or even wear a beard, they should be reported to the local authorities. The people should be more direct in this kind of situations," he said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 August 2009 09:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Five years on, Indonesia better prepared for catastrophes The devastating tsunami which hit Indonesia so hard in December 2004 had two positive effects: it pushed the population to reflect and improve its mechanisms for managing catastrophes, and in the country's Aceh province it led to the end of a conflict which had lasted 70 years.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 August 2009 07:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost 1.000 cases of H1N1 in Indonesia Indonesia has confirmed 22 new cases of the H1N1 Mexican Flu virus, putting the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 930, a Health Ministry official said here Wednesday. Director General of Disease Control and Environmental Health of the ministry, Prof. Dr. Tjandra Yoga Aditama, said that the virus spread to 24 out of 33 provinces in Indonesia.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 20 August 2009 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More trains and higher prices during mudik PT. Kereta Api will put in service three extra trains to absorb the large number of passengers during mudik this year. The three extra trains will total a number of 30 wagons. The trains will be added to the normal train schedule on the island of Java and will all be ekonomi class trains.

Posted in Ramadan @ 20 August 2009 04:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Talang volcano shakes to life Activity of the Mount Talang volcano is increasing. The head of the observation post for the volcano, Dalipa Marjusi, strongly advised that people living on it's slopes should keep at least three kilometers distance from the summit. The volcano has become unstable by tremors in the area. Outside that there has also been a release of toxic gases at the main crater. There are also cracks appearing on the slopes near the summit.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 August 2009 15:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens killed in Kalimantan road accident A traffic accident on the island of Kalimantan has killed 25 people. Dozens of others were injured in the accident. The victims were workers and their family on board of a truck that transported 60 people in total.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 August 2009 13:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Train tickets around Lebaran almost sold out However the holy month of fasting has not even started, most have already made plans to go home to celebrate the end of it. Yesterday all tickets for all classes in trains from Jakarta to various cities throughout Java were sold out. Tickets for departure five days before the end of the Ramadan were even sold out completely.

Posted in Ramadan @ 19 August 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freeport partially closes road access to Timika Freeport McMoran partially closed down the main access to its mining complex in Timika on Monday a day after six workers with several companies working in the complex were wounded in an ambush. A spokesman for the US mining giant, Mindo Pangaribuan, said that “to ensure the safety of the workers and their family, we closed the access to the operation location of PT Freeport Indonesia.”

Posted in PT Freeport @ 18 August 2009 06:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's Airport: where does the money go to? While Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport is the focus of much criticism concerning poor management, over-commercialization and appalling service, the managers of the airport recently presented “the other side of the story” detailing the many financial contributions made by the airport’s operation to the local economy.

Posted in Economy @ 18 August 2009 04:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RMS nowadays just wants autonomy Indonesia is has reacted positive to the Maluku government in exile when they announced that they no longer fight for an independent state. The Indonesian ambassador to the Netherlands, Junus Effendi Habibie, told this to Wereldomroep. According to the ambassador there already is autonomy in the Maluku region, so the situation doesn't have to be changed anymore. A complete independence is rejected straight away.

Posted in Politics @ 18 August 2009 04:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One more dead of H1N1 Mexican Flu in Indonesia Indonesia recorded 34 people newly infected by A/H1N1 virus, putting the total cases to 872 in the country, Health Ministry said in a statement on Sunday. One person has also died of the virus. The virus has now spread to over half of Indonesia's 33 provinces. Details about where the new cases were found, or where the person died of the virus, have not been made public.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 17 August 2009 10:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors to pursue immigration corruption scandal? As reported on earlier, State Auditors recently uncovered the misappropriation of Rp. 3 billion (211,000 euro) in visa-on-arrival fees committed by 44 members of the immigration service assigned to Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 August 2009 06:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus belonging to Freeport shot at Again a disturbance related to mining company PT Freeport in Papua, the easternmost region of Indonesia. A group of armed men attacked a bus carrying employees of the company, injuring five of them. The police is still on the hunt for the group. The incident happened yesterday afternoon just before three o'clock when bus number two was shot at. The bus was driven by Sarifudin and had dozens of employees on board.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 17 August 2009 05:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.9 quake shakes Mentawai region An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale has shaken the Mentawai islands around 14:38 local time. The quake was felt as far as the city of Padang. According to the Geophysics and Meteorological Agency, the quake occurred at a depth of 32 kilometers under the sea floor. The earthquake was fairly big, but there was no possibility of a tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 August 2009 12:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prostitution zones in Blitar regency to stay open during Ramadan Prostitutes in the regency of Blitar don't have to worry any longer now the regional government has decided that not all prostitution areas in the district have to be closed down during the Ramadan this year. One of the three locations will stay open this year, so people that serve customers can go to that one place in the district of Selorejo. The red light areas in Talun and Ponggok will be closed however.

Posted in Culture @ 16 August 2009 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another hour of delay Before you know it you are in another boarding room. In this case on the airport of Hang Nadim. Back to Jakarta indeed, but the Batavia Air plane has not arrived yet so the minutes of delay start to count already. In contrary to the airport of Jakarta, there are no boards with information about the recently introduced laws on the protection of passengers in case of delay. Most people don't know about the fact that they have the right to a snack and a drink if there is a delay indeed.

Posted in Travel @ 16 August 2009 09:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Xenophobic Bashir against Israel trading office in Indonesia One of the most well-known and renowned xenophobic persons in Indonesia, Abu Bakar Bashir, has reacted in horror to the news that Israel is said to have opened a trading office in Indonesia, Jakarta to be more exact. Bashir has demanded that president Yudhoyono 'expels those Zionists from Indonesia'.

Posted in Religion @ 16 August 2009 05:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police looking for haram money before Ramadan It happens every year. In the run up to the holy month of fasting Ramadan, a part of the Indonesian police force is panicked slightly. They have to pay for their mudik (a trip back to their home town) at the end of the period of fasting and will have less work during the month itself because millions of people go home as well and public life changes drastically.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 August 2009 04:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three 'naughty couples' disturbed in their activities Three 'naughty couples' were not even safe having sex in different hotels in the city of Depok last night. At two different locations Satpol PP, the civil police, came into action. The first couple was caught in Hotel Uli Arta and two others in Hotel Genggong in the city. The places were raided during an operation against liquor and prostitution in the run up to the Islamic holy month of fasting which starts next week.

Posted in Ramadan @ 16 August 2009 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal villas are big business in Bali’s Gianyar regency A special committee of the Regional House of Representatives from the regency of Gianyar in Bali has estimated that 60% of that district's potential hotel and restaurant tax income is lost via illegal commercial villas who side-step their tax obligations.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 August 2009 13:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indosat launches Palapa D satellite this month Indosat is to launch the Palapa D satellite at the end of this month. The Palapa D satellite will replace the Palapa C2 which will be operational until 2011. This information was made public by the general director of Indosat, Harry Sasongko, at the Satellite Building at the Palapa satellite station in Jatiluhur, Purwakarta in West Java province. The Satellite Building will be used to keep track of the satellite and it's traffic.

Posted in Media @ 15 August 2009 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iron from new Suramadu brigde stolen Staff of the Highway Patrol (PJR) on the recently opened Suramadu bridge between Surabaya and Madura have caught a thief which had just stolen a piece of iron used to break the waves around one of the towers in the middle of the bridge. It is not the first time that iron has been stolen from the bridge, and stealing already started even before the bridge was officially opened.

Posted in Crime @ 14 August 2009 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


One hour delay at Soetta I have just arrived at 'Soekarno-Hatta International Airport of Jakarta', or short just 'the airport' or even shorter Soetta. Later this afternoon, at 16:20 local time, my flight should depart. When I got out of the taxi about half an hour ago I first bought a cup of iced tea at A&W. Not the best choice in the area, but I needed over an hour to reach the airport and had already spend an hour in the bus. Two hours without drinking is far from good for me.

Posted in Travel @ 14 August 2009 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two third of legislators absent at speech president When the president holds a speech in parliament it is normally assumed that most members of parliament do show some interest in at least showing up. Whether they are awake during the speech is another question in this matter. During a speech held by president Yudhoyono earlier, 359 of the 548 members of parliament did not even bother to show up.

Posted in Politics @ 14 August 2009 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


100.000 posts on the forum It has been a day or two ago now, and I didn't even notice it when we reached the number of posts. All together we succeeded in posting over 100.000 messages on the forum. In this number the removed messages - spam and those irritating users - not even counted. Those are few and far between however.

Posted in Others @ 14 August 2009 05:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Prison sentences cut ahead of Independence Day Authorities in Bengkulu reduced prison terms for over 660 convicts in three penitentiary and one detention facility in the province on Monday to mark the 64th Independence day of Indonesia. Head of the Rehabilitaion Unit of the Law and Human Rights Offices, Grand Sjahputra, told Thursday that 44 of the 668 convicts received term reductions were directly released as their term ended with the reduction.

Posted in Crime @ 13 August 2009 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Explosives found at Bogor farm The Indonesian police has found explosives at a farm in Bogor, West Java province. The police seized some 12 kilograms of explosives of different types and at the moment they are looking for the person that has rented the place a while ago. Ugi, resident of Kampung Bojong in northern Bogor, told that he rented out the farm house to students for their research. The students who rented the place together are students at the Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB).

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 August 2009 09:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cheater! I am going to kill you! Suharti went crazy. A woman in the village of Selok Awar-awar, Pasirian, in the district of Lumajang, East Java province killed her husband, Supardi, because he was cheating. Suharti already noticed that there was something wrong for a long time. She knew there was another woman involved and he was always flirting with other women as well.

Posted in Violence @ 13 August 2009 03:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


How does Noordin M. Top look today? It has become clear to the Indonesian police force that terrorists in hiding are not that easy to catch. Noordin M. Top, Southeast Asia's number one searched for terrorist, was not killed in a police raid last week, but is still on the run, as he has been for the last seven years of his live.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 August 2009 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Residents: 'No terrorist in our graveyard!' Residents of Kampung Caringin in the village of Sampora, Kuningan, have refused the burial of Ibrohim in their graveyard. Ibrohim was one of the people that helped bomb the J.W. Marriott Hotel and Ritz Carlton Hotel last month. Residents told that they don't want to have a body of a terrorist in their graveyard. The village head of Sampora, Nurohidin, confirmed the deman of his residents.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 August 2009 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


89 kilograms of marijuana found in one room The local police in Depok have succeeded in seizing 89 kilograms of marijuana ready to be distributed in a boarding house in the Pancoran Mas Permai housing complex in the city in West Java province. The police was not able to arrest the person who was about to distribute the drugs, only known by his initials A.Y.

Posted in Drugs @ 12 August 2009 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


POLICE: MAN KILLED IN TEMANGGUNG WAS IBROHIM Police in Indonesia said that a DNA test on the body of a man killed in the anti-terrorism raid in Temanggung last Saturday showed that the body was not terrorist mastermind Noordin M. Top. The body was identified by police as being the body of Ibrohim, who worked as a florist in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Jakarta which was the scene of a twin attack on July 17, 2009.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 August 2009 04:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Thirteen f*cking demonstrations in Jakarta today One demonstration causes irritation, two demonstrations cause a traffic jam, three demonstrations is still quite normal in Jakarta. Four is okay as well, but the one who gave a permit for all thirteen demonstrations held today alone should be publicly humiliated by driving him through Jalan Thamrin at lunchtime a few times. Too stupid for words, all those demonstrations on just ONE single day in one of the most congested cities on this planet.

Posted in Protests @ 12 August 2009 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abuse case highlights need for stricter laws Public outcry over an Indonesian domestic worker’s alleged abuse by her Malaysian employer has prompted the Indonesian government to demand better protection for its citizens working in the neighbouring country. With red blisters and scabs on her face and upper body, Siti Hajar fled her employer's house and sought shelter at the Indonesian embassy in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, in June.

Posted in Politics @ 11 August 2009 12:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


August 17, Liberation Day Every August 17th, the Indonesians celebrate the fact they threw out the Dutch in 1945. Merdeka! Now wait a second, they had to wait a few years more for that to materialise, so officially the day is called Hari Proklamasi, the day they proclaimed the Republik Indonesia. Whatever, it is a national holiday anyway, and it is celebrated all over Indonesia.

Posted in Culture @ 11 August 2009 05:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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Posted in Others @ 11 August 2009 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mutiara Timur train derails near Pasuruan Five of the nine wagons of the Mutiara Timur business-class train on route from Banyuwani to Surabaya derailed at kilometer 69 in the area of Rejoso, Pasuruan district in East Java province. The accident happened around 04:00 local time. Four passengers of the train were brought to the R. Darsono hospital in Pasuruan.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 August 2009 04:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trafficking fuels commercial sex work Among the alleyways of Dolly, in Indonesia's second-largest city, it is not difficult to find thousands of young women lured by the prospects of a better life working as commercial sex workers (CSWs). "I never chose to be a prostitute. It just happened," Isah, 19, told, describing her tenure in one of Southeast Asia's largest commercial sex venues.

Posted in Human rights @ 11 August 2009 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


771 cases of Mexican flu in Indonesia The Indonesian health ministry has announced that they have found 80 new cases of H1N1 in seven provinces across the country. They were comprised of 32 men and 48 women. All of them are Indonesian citizens. The new patients came from Central Java, East Java, West Kalimantan, Lampung, Aceh and Riau provinces.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 10 August 2009 11:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aljazeera: 'Killed terrorist not Noordin M. Top' Television station Aljazeera claims that it has received information from a source within the Indonesian national police force that the body of the person that was killed during the anti terrorism raid in Temanggung, Central Java, last Saturday is not that of terrorist Noordin M. Top. The police however suspects that the person killed is Noordin M. Top and DNA testing should soon conclude whether he was killed or not.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 August 2009 08:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Air Asia passengers take employee hostage over delay A full planeload of passengers - about 180 of them - which should have been flying with Air Asia from Medan to Jakarta last night, were faced with large delays at the airport of Polonia near Medan yesterday evening. The huge delay of flight number QZ 7497 caused a number of passengers to get very angry. Eventually one staff member of the airline was taken hostage. All the passengers wanted was an explanation about the delay from the airline.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 August 2009 06:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Former Manado mayor faces 10 years in prison The former mayor of the city of Manado, Jimmy Rimba Rogi, will hear today how long he will have to spend in prison for his alleged corruption. He will be sentenced by the Court of Judges for Corruption Cases (Tipikor). Jimmy is suspected of corruption with funds of the regional budget of Manado in 2006 and 2007. He is said to have caused the state losses of up to 69 billion Rupiah (4.9 million euro).

Posted in Corruption @ 10 August 2009 04:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


DNA test only way to proove Noordin M. Top was indeed killed The only way to find out who was killed in the raid by Indonesian anti-terrorist forces of Densus 88 yesterday in Temanggung Central Java, is by testing DNA. For now the police does not want to say a word about this test. Wawan Purwanto, a specialist on police matters says that it is very important that the final result of any test is made public as soon as possible. "Residents will always wonder about this," he said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 August 2009 11:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau governor asks to pray for rain Forest fires are once more disturbing the normal way of life for many people in Riau province on the island of Sumatra. Forest fires, lit by people to clear land for agriculture or by people who want to hide that they actually stole wood from the forest, are causing a dense haze over the area which even reaches as far as peninsular Malaysia.

Posted in Forest fires @ 09 August 2009 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono target of foiled attack Terrorists planned to kill Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in revenge for the execution of the Bali bombers. However late yesterday Indonesia's National Police chief, Bambang Hendarso Danuri, would not confirm that South East Asia's most wanted man, Noordin M Top, had been shot dead after a 17-hour siege in Central Java.

Posted in Tourism @ 08 August 2009 15:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two foreigners wanted as pedophiles extradited from Bali After sitting behind bars at Bali's Kerobokan prison for nearly eight months, a man on Interpol's Most Wanted List, 46 year-old Christian Burger, is now in France to face child sexual abuse charges. Burger, who has both French and Swiss citizenship, was placed on a plane to Paris on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, following the issuance of a letter agreeing to his extradition signed by Indonesia's President Yudhoyono. He has issued the needed letter last Monday, as was confirmed by Public Prosecutor I Ketut Sujaya, SH.

Posted in Crime @ 08 August 2009 13:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A simple terrorist hide-out in Bekasi Always wondered what a terrorist hide-out would look like? Well, it looks like any other house in the block because residents should not be aware of any strange activities of course. Terrorists prefer to blend in with the local population. The ones hiding out in the house in Temanggung that was stormed earlier today even worked the fields!

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2009 11:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


METRO TV: 'NOORDIN MOHAMMAD TOP DEAD' Indonesian tv-station Metro TV states that the fugitive top-terrorist Noordin Mohammad Top has been killed by anti-terrorism forces while his hide-out in Beji village in the district of Temanggung was besieged. He is said to be shot in the chest.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2009 05:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Terrorist hide-out closed off with police line after shootout The anti-terrorst unit Densus 88 has placed police lines around the house they were besieging for over 12 hours. Five members of the team entered the house just 15 minutes ago with some gunfire. They came out a few minutes later, bringing a white object. The head of the regional police as well as the head of the national police have just arrived at the location of the shootout as well.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2009 04:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-terrorism unit enters house Noordin M. Top Dozens of members of the anti-terrorism unit Densus 88 have moved towards the house where Noordin M. Top 'most likely' is hiding out. An explosion caused by Densus 88 was followed by some troops moving towards the house. Five of them have entered the house while firing shots. The other members of Densus 88 are currently on standby on several locations nearby the house.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2009 04:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Live on TV: shootout with terrorists in Temanggung The Indonesian television has cleared out two stations of their normal programs which now broadcast live one of the biggest anti-terrorist actions in Indonesia ever. Hundreds of members of the national and regional police, anti-terrorism unit Densus 88 and the mobile brigade have gathered around a house in the village of Beji in the district of Temanggung.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2009 03:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of kilograms of explosives in Bekasi house The police has started to clean out the house from hundreds of kilograms of explosives that were found inside the terrorist hide-out in the Nusaphala Indah housing complex in Bekasi, West Java province. The evacuation started around 07:30 local time and was witnessed by hundreds of locals which had flocked to the scene after two terrorists were killed there earlier today.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2009 03:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Heavy gunfights with terrorists in Temanggung Last night and early this morning, the police tried to raid the house of terrorist Mohzahri in the village of Dusun Beji, Temanggung, Central Java province. They did not get in the house because a heavy firefight broke out when people from inside the house started to shoot at the police.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2009 03:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two terrorists shot dead in Bekasi The Indonesian police have shot and killed two terrorists in a raid on the Nusaphala Indah housing complex in Jati Asih in the city of Bekasi, West Java province, early this morning. When the police started the raid, the two of them tried to escape. The identity of the two terrorists is not known yet. Based on information gathered on the scene, the police also found explosives and a red pick-up truck which was parked in front of the house.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2009 02:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A 'just-in-time' invitation Do you plan things as much as possible if you have the chance? That is what I do. Some of you will tell me that I should not live in Indonesia for that matter, but I think it's quite possible generally spoken. Others know that I have to do my own things and dropping by without informing me first is no problem as well, even if the door is not opened because I am not at home at the time they decide to visit me.

Posted in Culture @ 07 August 2009 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia healthcare system failing millions Indonesia's health system is failing to provide even the most basic care to vast swathes of the population, say specialists. Many who cannot afford doctors' fees often receive no treatment at all, while the wealthy fly abroad for a check-up. The system is plagued by under-funding, decentralization, lack of qualified staff, rising medical costs and outdated medical equipment, say insiders.

Posted in Health @ 07 August 2009 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


High-class illegal brothel in Surabaya closed down A high-class illegal brothel has been closed down by the East Java police. During the raid, Kok Jiang was arrested for being pimp. Nine of his 'children' were arrested as well. Kok Jiang posted messages on advertisement pages of newspapers in and around Surabaya looking for people who want to assist bringing customers to him. He also asked for new girls to join in working in his 'massage parlor'. When girls started working for him, he also required them doing 'extra services', locally known as pijat plus-plus.

Posted in Culture @ 07 August 2009 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Mud leak occurs near Sidoarjo mud flow, again It is certainly not the first time that a new flow of mud occurs near the Lapindo mud flow in the district of Sidoarjo, East Java province. This time it is the residence of a local named Sudarmanto where the leak occurred. Based on information gathered, the new leak started from a drilled well around 06:00 local time yesterday. With a depth of 24 meters, the well started to produce gases mixed with water and mud.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 07 August 2009 01:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RSS feeds updated It needed some heavy reprogramming. The RSS feeds on indahnesia.com were terribly outdated and did not comply to standards that are currently widely used by all kinds of feed readers and other websites to integrate blog entries, forum topics and news events from indahnesia.com. Here they are, brand new and perfectly in line with current standards for RSS feeds.

Posted in Others @ 06 August 2009 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Old and dirty money; how to get rid of it You will all probably have experience with it. You have just paid in the local supermarket and your change is a pile of banknotes that are just a few euro cents in value. If you are lucky enough, they will add a handful of aluminum coins with even less value than those uang kertas ('paper money') as well.

Posted in Culture @ 06 August 2009 15:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villagers block roads to Inco nickel mine Several hundred villagers have blocked a main road leading to the nickel mine operated by PT International Nickel Indonesia (PT Inco) on the island of Sulawesi. The company says that operations at the mine continue at normal level despite the protests.

Posted in Protests @ 06 August 2009 06:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Key interest rate cut to 6.50 percent The board of governors of Bank Indonesia have decided yesterday that the benchmark interest rate was to be lowered with 25 basis points to 6.50 percent per year. "This decision was made after the board of governors concluded that the declining inflation rate continues in line with the limited domestic demand as well as the expectation of declining inflation," said Bank Indonesia in a statement.

Posted in Economy @ 06 August 2009 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Passengers of Merpati Twin Otter found dead Members of a search and rescue team that have been searching for the passengers of the Twin Otter belonging to state-run Merpati Nusantara have eventually found the bodies of all 15 people aboard. Earlier it was assumed that there were 16 passengers and crew aboard. The president director of Merpati, Bambang Bhakti, said that a search and rescue team and local residents had reached the crash-site on a slope of Bintang mountain, at an altitude of 2.850 meters.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 August 2009 11:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia reports third death of H1N1 Mexican flu A two year-old Indonesian girl has died after contracting the H1N1 Mexican flu virus, putting the total death by the virus in the country to three out. A total of 662 persons are infected, according to the Department of Health. The girl underwent treatment in a hospital when she showed respiratory problems, pneumonia and a fever before she died on August 3.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 05 August 2009 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A warning for Megawati and Kalla The advocacy team of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Boediono sent a strong warning to the team of Jusuf Kalla-Wiranto and Mega-Prabowo, telling them to prove all of the alleged manipulation and violations during the 2009 Presidential Elections. "We ask that all the complaints are presented with their evidence," said Amir Syamsuddin, an attorney for the team.

Posted in Politics @ 05 August 2009 09:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Beware of nail throwing criminals Every once in a while you stumble upon a sign that can be very unclear without additional text. The picture below has been on my mobile phone for quite some time because I even forgot I made it some while ago. With the article about the nail-sweeping police (see related articles below) evidence of warnings come in handy.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 August 2009 07:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Jakarta sweeps streets with nail-sweepers Cleaning the streets in Jakarta is almost impossible, but last night, members of the highway police of the Greater Jakarta Police swept the streets clean. Clean of nails that is. Jalan Gatot Subroto in the direction of Slipi and Kolong in Semanggi were cleaned by a special nail-weeper. The nail-sweeper only roamed the streets for a few hours from 23:30 to 02:00 local time, but during that time it managed to clean the streets of some two kilograms of nails.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 August 2009 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati Twin Otter localized in Papua mountains The Merpati Nusantara Twin Otter plane that went missing in the Papua region of Indonesia has been localized. The plane has been found in the Ampisibil area in the district of Pegunungan Bintang. The plane went missing two days ago. Commander of the Search and Rescue team in Jayapura, Suandi Miharja, said that the plane was found at 06:30 local time by pilot Erik Doglas when he was looking for the plane from the sky.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 August 2009 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali immigration officers avoid criminal charges As reported on earlier, 44 immigration officers at Bali's main airport have been under investigation for embezzling an estimated Rp. 3 billion (210.000 euro) in visa-on-arrival fees between October 2008 and May 2009. Kompas reports that a decision has been made by the Immigration Department to limit punishments to only disciplinary and administrative sanctions.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 August 2009 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


24-year old dies of Mexican Flu in Jakarta A patient infected with the H1N1 flu died on Sunday after being treated for several days at the Persahabatan Hospital in Jakarta. She died due to severe complications and was being treated for the H1N1 virus for at least one week. She also suffered from pneumonia before she was infected with H1N1. The doctor said the complication then caused bacteria to enter her lungs which caused her to die of heart failure.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 03 August 2009 13:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five percent pay rise for civil servants and police The national budget for 2010, which is currently being talked about, makes room for an average of five percent pay rise for civil servants, members of the Indonesian army, the police and retirement payouts. 2010 will see 28 trillion Rupiah (2 billion euro) - or 21 percent - in extra funds to realize this. The funds are also planned to be used for the payout of a 13th month for salaries and retirement payouts.

Posted in Economy @ 03 August 2009 12:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


561 cases of Mexican flu in Indonesia Over the last few days, the Department of Health in Indonesia has announced almost 100 new cases of H1N1 Mexican Flu in the country. The total of confirmed infections in the country now stands at 561. The disease has now spread to 17 of the 33 provinces. Among the most recent new cases, 41 announced earlier today, were five foreigners and three of the cases have recently returned from outside the country.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 03 August 2009 07:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian prince demands more money from Manohara The Syariah High Court yesterday allowed Tengku Temenggong of Kelantan Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Sultan Ismail Petra - or just 'the prince' - to amend his debt claim from his wife, Cik Puan Temenggong Manohara Odelia Pinot - or just Manohara - from RM972,750 to RM1,112,250. Judge Mohd Yusof Awang set October 5 for a re-mention of the case and gave Manohara 14 days before the date to file for her defence.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 03 August 2009 05:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Coal truck drivers on strike in Bengkulu Around 120 truck drivers that normally transport coal in the city of Bengkulu have gone on strike. They also parked their trucks in front of the house of the mayor of Bengkulu. The protesters demand to have a meeting with the mayor. Until then they will not transport coal from the Pulai Baai mooring place anymore. Local residents have stopped trucks from using main roads in the city because they are blamed for the bad roads.

Posted in Protests @ 03 August 2009 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


An old-fashioned Saturday night in Jogja It was an old-fashioned Saturday evening in Jogjakarta. A part of my life that I left behind for a new life a few hundred kilometers away. I didn't miss a thing about it in the last two months, but when I am 'submerged' in it once again, it is fairly easy to pick up the old rhythm again. That is exactly what I did, together with my girlfriend and a number of friends in town.

Posted in Travel @ 02 August 2009 15:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Plane with 16 people missing in Papua province A small plane with 16 people on board went missing in Indonesia's eastern province of Papua on Sunday, the state Antara news agency reported. The Twin Otter plane, belonging to the state-owned Merpati Nusantara Airline, was travelling from Sentani airport in the provincial capital of Jayapura, to Bintang district's Oksibit airport, Antara said.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 August 2009 10:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


One killed in bomb simulation class How difficult is can be to dismantle a bomb has become very clear for the regional police of North Sulawesi. When that district held a bomb practice school, a simulation bomb exploded when it was being dismantled by a police officer. He was killed instantly and two others near him were injured in the explosion of the fake device.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 August 2009 03:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to provide free medical care for the poor in 2010 Bali's provincial government is preparing a budget of Rp. 250 billion (18 million euro) to pay for a free medical care program to be introduced in 2010. "Jaminan Kesehatan Bali Mandara" is the extension of a program launched in 2008 in 500 villages at a cost of Rp. 12 billion (800.000 euro) that covers the cost of medical examinations, treatment, surgical operations, outpatient care and hospitalization.

Posted in Health @ 01 August 2009 12:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to Jogja as a tourist It has been two months ago that I left from Yogyakarta to move to my new house in Lippo Cikarang. Now everything has settled down - for some time already by the way - it is about time to go back to the city where I spent almost three years of my life. As I told before, I did not move from Yogyakarta because I had to, so returning is not a big problem for me.

Posted in Travel @ 01 August 2009 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shipment of illegally cut wood seized in Riau The regional police in Riau has successfully seized a shipment of over 10 tonnes of wood that has been illegally cut. The wood that was taken from the forests of Riau were destined for Malaysia. The head of the marine police in Riau, Zainal Paliwang, explained that wood in various sizes has been seized from three boats that routinely operate the waters of Kampung Pacul in the district of Bengkalis.

Posted in Environment @ 01 August 2009 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UPDATED: Picture galleries Formerly named photobooks, the picture galleries on indanesia.com have been upgraded to improve viewing experience for visitors in the first place with proper navigation above and below the pictures. We have also readied the picture galleries to accommodate much larger pictures, up to 700 pixels wide! A few of those large pictures have been uploaded already.

Posted in Website @ 01 August 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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