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Blackout in Padang after quake State electricity company PLN cut power supplies to Padang following a 7.6-magnitude earthquake that rocked the neighboring town of Pariaman, located 78 kilometers southwest of the West Sumatra capital city.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 September 2009 17:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


75 killed in Sumatra quake Padang Mayor Fauzi Bahar said Wednesday at least 75 people had been killed during the 7.6-magnitude earthquake that rocked West Sumatra earlier in the afternoon. Kompas.com reported the mayor had phoned Vice President Jusuf Kalla to inform him of the number during an emergency Cabinet meeting at Kalla's house in Central Jakarta this evening.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 September 2009 17:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7.6 magnitude earthquake off Sumatra island A strong undersea earthquake struck off the western coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island late Wednesday afternoon, but there were no immediate reports of injury and damage, seismologists said. The quake, measuring at 7.6 on the Richter scaled, struck at 5:16 pm (1016 GMT) at a depth of 71 kilometers, about 57 kilometers south-west of Pariaman on West Sumatra province, Indonesia's National Meteorological and Geophysics Agency (BMG) said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 September 2009 17:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Fraud with my credit card For everything is a first time. Yesterday I was SMS-ed from the Netherlands with the request to check my email. No company asked me to do that, but my contact person in the Netherlands which can be contacted by the Rabobank in case it is needed. I checked my email right away and found out that the Fraud Prevention team of the Rabobank had blocked by credit card because they suspected that my card was used by others.

Posted in Crime @ 30 September 2009 11:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Power outages in Jakarta after substation fire The regional office of the state power company PLN in the areas of Jakarta and Tangerang have announced that they will introduce scheduled outages in large parts of the region to avoid rolling and unplanned blackouts after a substation was damaged in a fire yesterday. Generators will be put into place for important facilities like hospitals, health centers and police offices. Even some traffic lights will be powered by generators to keep the traffic flowing.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 September 2009 10:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






More tourists to Indonesia in 2010? The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has said that the target of the number of tourists that will visit Indonesia in 2010 has been raised by half a million foreign tourists from the 2009 target of 6,5 million. "We are planning to raise the target for foreign tourist arrivals in 2010 to seven million, taking into account security improvements in Indonesia as well as the growth in arrivals this year," said Sapta Nirwandar, a marketing director at the ministry.

Posted in Tourism @ 30 September 2009 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Hunting dogs to  to prevent spread of rabies After rabies infected dogs caused four human deaths in the Tabanan regency, action has been taken to prevent that from happening again. Some 5,300 dogs in a number of villages will be killed or vaccinated to prevent the virus from spreading further in the regency. Ni Nyoman Rusmini, head of the Husbandry Office in the region, said that some 14,000 dogs were already vaccinated and the remaining dogs would be traced down.

Posted in Health @ 30 September 2009 03:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smirnoff priced at 22 Singapore dollar Ever wondered if there was any cheap alcohol in Indonesia? Of course there is, but what you will find first is the locally brewed kind, varying from arak (rice wine) as well as fake branded liquor in small bottles in most parts of Indonesia to real wine - and of good enough quality as well - on the island of Bali. The wine however is not cheap with some 100,000 Rupiah (7.50 euro) per bottle or more. The locally produced and fake branded liqor (Jack Daniel's and other well-known brands) are sold for somewhere between 15,000 and 30,000 per 0.25 liter.

Posted in Travel @ 29 September 2009 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No porn for Makassar civil servants The regional government of Makassar in South Sulawesi has ordered it's civil servants not to download pornography at government offices. With increasing ease, porn is accessible via internet, something that Indonesians have found out as well. It is no secret that Indonesians do also use the internet to find what they are looking for.

Posted in General @ 29 September 2009 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two men and one couple busted for 'being together' Residents of the village of Ngrowo in the district of Bojonegoro last night entered a room of a boarding house after they suspected that the people inside were doing something that God has forbidden. When the villagers noticed that two men entered the room around eight in the evening, they did not suspect anything. After nine in the evening - normal visiting hours are until that time in Indonesia - however the second young man had not left yet.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 September 2009 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Jakarta to have a new batik museum The Textile Museum in Central Jakarta is preparing to open an additional part of the museum inside the current complex to house the ever growing collection of batik. This is also done to attract more visitors to the museum as well. The head of the museum, Indra Riawan, said that they were looking to complete the planning for the new museum before the end of the year.

Posted in Culture @ 29 September 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


5.5 magnitude aftershock south of Java An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 on the Richter Scale, according to the Indonesian Geophysics agency, has struck 143 kilometers southeast of the city of Sukabumi, which was hit hard during the 7.3 magnitude earthquake on September 2, 2009. The earthquake struck at 07:26 local time (GMT+7) and had it's epicenter at sea. The quake was not strong enough to cause a tsunami however.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 September 2009 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emergency landing for Merpati plane A Boeing 737-300 belonging to Merpati has made an emergency landing on the international airport of Makassar in South Sulawesi yesterday morning. The plane, which had just left from Makassar for Surabaya, returned to the airport after just 20 minutes after departure. The plane had 115 passengers and crew on board. No people were injured in the incident.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 September 2009 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dieng volcano complex 'burps' Based on information released by the Center of Volcanology and Disaster Management, the Dieng volcano complex in the regency of Wonosobo is showing slightly increased activity. The last time there was a large eruption in the complex was on February 20, 1979. Then, 149 people died because they came in contact with poisonous gases. Smaller eruptions however are more common.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 September 2009 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A diving lesson with Batavia Air It is just several minutes before half past one as Batavia Air flight 7P-577 from Jakarta is preparing to land on Hang Nadim international airport on Batam. After a nice and quiet flight that departed just a few minutes behind schedule from Jakarta, Batam is visible and the last empty cups of water and paper napkins are collected by the stewardesses.

Posted in Travel @ 27 September 2009 10:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Rabies vaccines out of stock at Bali's main hospital Bali's ongoing struggle to fight the current rabies epidemic is being complicated by the lack of rabies vaccine at Bali's Sanglah General Hospital. As reported by Berita Bali.com, the drug store on the hospital's premises has posted a sign in its window announcing that rabies vaccine are "out of stock" .

Posted in Health @ 27 September 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Higher toll road tariffs from tomorrow Starting tomorrow, higher tariffs of toll roads will become effective. The first increase in two years - according to laws that allow price increases once every two years to correct for inflation and increased operational costs - will be some 30 percent. A price hike was planned for earlier this month, but because of the Ramadan month of fasting and the following busy travel period, the increase was delayed.

Posted in Economy @ 27 September 2009 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


50 shops at Prambanan complex burned down Some 50 small shops selling snacks and souvenirs at the Prambanan Temple complex in Central Java were completely lost in a fire. The fire broke out at around 19:30 local time (GMT+7), when shops were already closed for about two hours. There were no people at the scene of the fire when it occurred so there were no injuries.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 September 2009 01:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sail 2010 to be organised near Banda After a successful Sail Bunaken 2009, held in Manado in North Sulawesi, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries will organize a similar event next year as well. The location for this event will be Banda, one of the island is the Moluccan archipelago. The event is already named 'Sail Banda 2010'.

Posted in Tourism @ 26 September 2009 11:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Display of maps at hotel booking pages improved After several reports of a failure of properly displaying a Google Maps map on several pages of the hotels that can be booked via indahnesia.com, we have found out what the actual problem was. This problem has been solved directly as well, so maps will appear for those hotels that have enabled us to display their location.

Posted in Website @ 26 September 2009 10:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wanted: New leader of corruption watchdog KPK After Antasari Azhar was arrested for his supposed involvement in a murder case earlier this year, the Indonesian corruption watchdog KPK does not have a leader anymore. A.A., as he is named popularly, has been put on non-active shortly after his arrest. Since he was the head of the corruption watchdog, there was no way that he would be able to return to his post, even if he was to be freed later on.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 September 2009 06:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims declare fight against terrorism Some 5.000 Muslims from several districts in the Surakarta region gathered yesterday to declare their fight against terrorism. A number of Islamic organizations and leaders of boarding schools gathered on the central square of Kotabarat to denounce acts of terrorism which have already killed hundreds in Indonesia alone in the past decade.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 September 2009 05:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! #4 However the right answer was not given on blog.indahnesia.com, we will reveal what the picture was about. It was an image of a tower on the Balongan oil refinery in the regency of Indramayu in West Java province. To view the picture in our new large format, please visit the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 26 September 2009 02:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The biggest baby of Indonesia born in Sumatra The biggest baby ever born in Indonesia draws crowds to the general hospital in Kisaran in North Sumatra. The baby - named Akbar, which means 'great' in Arabic - was born with a weight of 8.7 kilograms. Akbar Risuddin was born from a diabetic mother during a cesarean delivery which was quite hard to round off because of high unusual weight and size.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 September 2009 09:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Mandarin Oriental in Jakarta to reopen The Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta is to reopen next month following a renovation that took some 20 months. The luxury hotel and property will now offer 272 rooms and over 1,000 square meters of event space. The space for meetings and the banquet will have space for up to 600 guests and the meeting rooms are naturally lit.

Posted in Tourism @ 25 September 2009 06:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogya to get over 170 internet hot-spots Some 174 internet hot-spots will be installed throughout Yogyakarta to help ease internet access in the city. A local partner of the tourism agency said this. "In the first phase, 14 internet hot-spots will be made available in Jalan Malioboro," said Fadjar Vyatatomo, general director of Hanoman Duta Mataram.

Posted in Economy @ 25 September 2009 03:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three tourists dragged away by waves Three tourists have most likely been killed when they were dragged away by waves on the Pelabuhanratu beach in the Sukabumi regency earlier today. Until now, the three missing people have not been found. The three are said to be from Bogor in West Java. The incident happened around 08:00 local time this morning at two different places on the beach.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 September 2009 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sexy, a young woman with candy Simply strange to see. Make a sexy picture of yourself, or ask your friends to make one of you, just to put this picture on your Facebook or Myspace in the hope that people are willing to give a comment on it. Many people aim at comments that are all to predictable, but short replies like "Sexy!", "Hot!" and "I would like to have sex with you!" in various phrases are all to common, also in Indonesian of course.

Posted in Sexy @ 24 September 2009 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


What's in the picture? #4 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 24 September 2009 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Son of mayor arrested during drug party The police of the city Bontang in East Kalimantan has arrested five people early on Wednesday. They were caught during a drug party held in a house in the city. One of those arrested was soon identified as the son of Bontang mayor Sofyan Hasdam. The Bontang police chief, Ismed Wijaya, confirmed the arrest of the mayors son. The remainder of the crystal methamphetamine, popularly named shabu-shabu was seized by the police.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 September 2009 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Busway in Bandung launched today Bandung is the next city to get some form of new public transport in the form of Trans Metro Bandung (TMB) rapid mass transport. After a long period of protests by other bus operators the new system will be put in use today. The head of the TMB operating company, Yadi Haryani, told that the mayor of Bandung already issued a decree on the official launch.

Posted in General @ 24 September 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cargo train derails near Lawang in East Java A cargo train has derailed in the area of Lawang in the Malang regency in East Java province. A number of trains were delayed and services to and from the city of Surabaya were disrupted as well. At least four trains departing from Malang and Surabaya stations were delayed while the derailed train was cleared from the track by the Indonesian state-owned railway company.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 September 2009 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rain and cold weather hit Bali Although is still dry season, the southeastern part of Bali has seen unseasonably cold and wet weather caused by a so-called Madden-Julian oscillation in the higher stratosphere. An official from the Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG said. Rain and low temperatures was the weather during the Idul Fitri holidays.

Posted in Weather @ 23 September 2009 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Made in Chian - for sale in Indonesia I was shopping earlier today and when queuing up the cashier - it was crowded because it is still Idul Fitri - I noticed a small pack of fireworks. Attracted to everything that burns, I grabbed it to take a closer look. I did not have the intention to buy it, since I am supposed to be an adult now, not playing with fireworks like I did when I was ten.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 September 2009 03:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Body of terrorist refused by villagers The burial of the body of terrorist Urwah alias Bagus Budi Pranoto has lead to problems in the village of Mijen in Kudus regency. Villagers do not want the body to be buried in their graveyard. Urwah would have created a bad image for their village. The house of the family of Urwah in the city of Kudus also is quiet, not many people seem to want to day goodbye to the dead terrorist.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 September 2009 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bogor toll road tested by public A stretch of new toll road which will later become part of the Bogor Outer Toll Road has been opened for testing by the public. The four kilometers of new toll road start at Sentul Selatan and ends at Kedung Halang in Bogor. Until September 24, users of the new toll road can use the road for free.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2009 02:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fifteen dead in Halmahera boat accident High waves have caused a wooden boat to sink in the waters of the island of Halmahera in North Maluku. 15 passengers were killed in the accident while 15 others are still missing, according to the Indonesian navy. 29 of the 59 passengers and crew on board of the boat were rescued soon after the boat went down Monday late in the afternoon.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 September 2009 11:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aid dispatched after hunger-related deaths in Papua The Indonesian government said it will send a team to a poor district in eastern Papua Province after a rights group reported deaths from hunger and associated diseases there. Swadiatma, an adviser to the Coordinating Ministry for People's Welfare, said the team of officials would be dispatched this week to the isolated district of Yahukimo in Papua to investigate reports of the deaths, and assess the long-term needs of the population.

Posted in Health @ 22 September 2009 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali hit by power outage A sub-sea interconnecting high-voltage cable carrying power from Java to Bali failed on Wednesday evening, September 15, 2009, plunging much of Bali into darkness starting from 19:05 local time (GMT+8). Frantic efforts to restore the peak demand capacity of 440 megawatt returned power in some areas within a half-hour, however, many consumers sat in the dark until late in the evening before power was fully restored.

Posted in Economy @ 22 September 2009 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of visitors flock to Yogya beaches The second day of Lebaran, yesterday, has moved thousands of local tourists from different parts of Yogyakarta and surrounding areas to visit the beaches on the southern side of the province. The beaches of Depok and Parangtritis were flooded with tourists looking for a nice scenery and the fresh sea-food. There was even a shortage of parking space at certain moments.

Posted in Tourism @ 22 September 2009 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke from burning factory Cileungsi visible It is a nice and clear Monday morning with some slight cloud cover along the skies. Nothing special to be seen from the window on the first floor. However, there is something strange actually. In the first place it looks just like a cloud hovering above the earths surface at low altitude, but it originates from a vertical column. Smoke. And where there is smoke, there is fire indeed.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 September 2009 05:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


200 million in goods and money stolen in Idul Fitri robbery Robbers got their chance during the Idul Fitri prayers yesterday. They stole electronics, jewelry and cash totaling some 200 million Rupiah (14.500 euro) in a robbery on a house in the city of Makassar, South Sulawesi. The house was left empty because the residents were attending the Idul Fitri mass prayers.

Posted in Crime @ 21 September 2009 04:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court chief: 'Drop investigation on KPK leaders' The chief of the Constitutional Court, Mahfud M.D., has asked the national police to drop an investigation into deputy chiefs of the Corruption Eradication Commission KPK, Chandra Hamzah and Bibit Samad Rianto if no solid evidence was found. Mahfud said that he doubted that the commission leaders had really committed crimes an asked the police to publicly back up their accusations.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 September 2009 04:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


DNA test confirms Noordin M. Top indeed dead A DNA test performed on the body of the terrorist of which the finger prints matched those of wanted Islamist militant Noordin M. Top have confirmed that he was indeed killed in a police raid. Earlier this week, anti-terrorist police raided a house in a village near Solo in Central Java, killing four and arresting three others.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 September 2009 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Selamat Idul Fitri 1 Syawal 1430 H From Indonesia we wish all visitors from indahnesia.com Selamat Idul Fitri. Today is the day that Muslims in Indonesia celebrate the end of the holy month of fasting Ramadan. For the first time in several years, the two biggest groups of Muslems in Indonesia, Nahdlatul Ulama and the Muhammadiyah , celebrate this holiday on the same day as well.

Posted in Ramadan @ 20 September 2009 02:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost 200 killed in Idul Fitri traffic A spokesperson of the national police said Saturday that at least 184 people have been killed in homecoming traffic rush in the six days prior to the Idul Fitri holiday. National Police spokesman Maj. Gen. Nanan Sukarna told a press conference in Jakarta that at least 466 traffic accidents have occurred less than a week before the holiday.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 September 2009 11:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Injuries and damage after quake strikes off Bali The earthquake that struck some 100 kilometers south of the resort island of Bali has caused some injuries and damage, according to a spokesperson of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency BMKG. No tsunami warning was issued, but the shaking was felt strongly throughout most parts of the island.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 September 2009 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnitude 6.4 earthquake south of Bali An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter Scale occurred in the waters south of the resort island of Bali earlier this morning. The quake took place at 07:04 local time (GMT+8) and was located at 101 kilometers southeast of Nusa Dua in southern Bali.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 September 2009 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost 300 flights from Jakarta delayed As much as 294 flights from the international airport of Soekarno-Hatta near Jakarta were more than half an hour late yesterday. The flights were domestic as well as international flights, told a staff member at a Lebaran information point at the airport. Most planes were delayed because of operational reasons, caused by delays elsewhere in the country earlier on the day.

Posted in General @ 19 September 2009 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits northern Maluku An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter Scale occurred in the waters of northern Maluku province earlier this morning. The quake took place at 03:34 local time (GMT+9) and was located at 117 kilometers northwest of the city of Ternate in North Maluku.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 September 2009 01:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


25 kilometers of traffic jam near Bandung A number of roads used to transport millions of people for the upcoming Idul Fitri holidays has come to a halt over a distance of 25 kilometers. Based on information gathered from around the main roads, there is one big traffic jam from Rancaekek in the regency of Bandung until the border with neighboring regencies Garut and Tasikmalaya.

Posted in Ramadan @ 18 September 2009 11:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Farah Quinn the sexy TV-chef People who watch television in Indonesia probably know her. She presents a TV-program on Saturdays in which she prepares good-looking meals. Whether they taste as good as they look, I don't know because I never tried it, but there is more than just the cooking in the program 'A la Chef' she presents on Trans TV that looks good. The now 29-year old Farah Quinn, married with a bule ('Caucasian'), is quite a famous tv-person for women and men alike so it seems.

Posted in Sexy @ 18 September 2009 09:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Bad weather ahead in busy travel period The head of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics agency , Sri Woro, has said that waters in big parts of Indonesia will be hit by waves with heights up to five meters, caused by bad weather in the region. The bad weather comes at a time which is the most busy travel period in Indonesia, the upcoming Idul Fitri celebrations.

Posted in Weather @ 18 September 2009 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parents of killed terrorists missing The parents of Adib Susilo, one of the terrorists that was killed in a police raid on a house in Mojosongo village near the city of Solo yesterday, went missing shortly after their son was killed. A neighbor told that Parno and hit wife Yanti were picked up by four men which were dressed up in similar clothing. This happened around nine in the morning, just a few hours after the police raid had come to an end and just moments before uniformed police arrived to pick up the parents.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 September 2009 01:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drug addicts seen as criminals under new law The House of Representatives has passed a new anti-narcotics bill last Monday amid criticism from anti-drug groups saying that the new law will not help rehabilitate drug addicts. "This law classifies drug addicts as criminals and therefore subjects them to criminal charges, while doctors have said that drug addiction is a curable disease," said Asmin Fransisca, the coordinator for the Indonesian Coalition for Drug Policy Reform (ICDPR).

Posted in Drugs @ 18 September 2009 01:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HEAD OF POLICE: 'NOORDIN M. TOP IS DEAD' The head of the national police, Bambang Hendarso Danuri, has confirmed that Noordin M. Top, the most wanted terrorist in Southeast Asia, has been killed in a raid near the city of Solo in Central Java earlier today. "The fingerprints we took from one of the terror suspects' bodies matched those of Noordin that we obtained from Malaysia. We found similarity in at least 14 points, which is a justifiable proof," told Bambang during a press conference at the National Police Headquarters.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 September 2009 12:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Noordin Mohammad Top dead again? After last nights anti-terrorist raid by Densus 88, it is now speculating on who were among the three or four people killed in the gunfight and explosions in a house in a village near the city of Solo in Central Java. Some media already reported that they know for sure that Noordin M. Top has been killed this time and a member of parliament also said the same.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 September 2009 12:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! #3 This time indeed no picture of Indonesian nature, but a building project that has never been finished. The picture was a part of a concrete pillar which eventually should have become an elevated toll road. That highway was never constructed and these pillars are lost in the landscape along Kali Malang in the regency of Bekasi, directly east of Jakarta. To view the picture in our new large format, please visit the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 17 September 2009 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Technical problems at the website Since around half past three Dutch time (GMT+2) problems occurred at the computer that is displaying this website. However the problems only occurred in parts of the website, it was the part that is displayed for visitors that had the problem, so visitors did not see anything more than an error telling them the website was unavailable. The problems occurred at all websites so websites like indonesiepagina.nl and kamus-online.com were also unavailable.

Posted in Website @ 17 September 2009 07:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb found in terrorist hideout The police are working on defusing a bomb that has been found during an anti-terror raid on a house in the village of Kepuhsari, near the city of Solo in Central Java. Dozens of police have closed off the entire neighborhood after the raid, in which a long gunfight was heard by residents. At the end of the raid there were two loud explosions. It is suspected that the police was on the hunt for suspects of the twin bombings in Jakarta last July.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 September 2009 07:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three dead in Solo anti-terrorist raid The special anti-terrorist unit Densus 88 has shot and killed three suspected terrorists in a village near the city of Solo in Central Java. The bodies have been taken to the airport of Adi Soemarmo, where they will be flown to Jakarta for further examination. The three dead terrorists were the result of a night long siege on a house in the village in which Densus 88 was in a gunfight with the suspected terrorists.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 September 2009 07:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Buka botol in B.A.T.S. It was a regular Friday night on which my girlfriend and I decided to go clubbing. Not that same night because that would mean we had to hurry to go out, something that is not really beneficial and something I don't want to do at all. So not tonight, but the next night, the malam minggu (the evening before Sunday, so Saturday night) we would go to Jakarta.

Posted in Nightlife @ 16 September 2009 12:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #3 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 16 September 2009 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Three dead in failed robbery of money transport An armored money transport has been the target of a failed robbery last night. The transport was moving money from a branch of Bank Danamon in Muntilan in the regency of Magelang. The three people inside the money transport were cold-bloodedly killed by the robbers, who did not even attempt to steal the money.

Posted in Crime @ 16 September 2009 05:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost 40 dead in Sumatra floods Floods in the district of Mandailing Natal, North Sumatra, have killed at least 38 people while dozens of others are reported as missing. The flood occurred when the Selang Aling river was not able to cope with heavy rains upstream. The floods reached two meters in six villages in the under-districts of Muara Batang Gadis and happened just after midnight yesterday. Most people were sleeping at the time the flood suddenly occurred.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 September 2009 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


West Kalimantan needs 1 trillion for road works The government of West Kalimantan has proposed the allocation of just over 1 trillion Rupiah (71 million euro) for the maintenance of roads and new construction projects in the province. This number would be double that of this year's budget for the province. "We are hoping the allocation (for road projects) would double next year," said Jakius Sinyor, the head of the provincial Public Works.

Posted in Economy @ 15 September 2009 10:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


View CCTV camera's monitoring mudik The Department of Communication has launched a website where you can peek along with 21 camera's. These camera's are placed in strategic positions along highways and main roads of western Java to keep an eye at the traffic in the coming two weeks. An estimated 16 million people will hit the roads to find their way home to celebrate the end of the Ramadan.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 September 2009 10:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Former governor of Bank Indonesia goes to Cipinang prison Burhanuddin, a former governor of the Indonesian Central Bank has been given a three-year sentence for corruption by the Supreme Court. He will spend the prison term in the Cipinang prison in East Jakarta. "We have executed the verdict today," said the director for prosecutions of the corruption watchdog KPK, Ferry Wibisono earlier. While this case was handled by the special corruption court, Burhanuddin still had to spend the days before his verdict in detention at the national police headquarters.

Posted in Corruption @ 15 September 2009 06:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Being gay in Aceh now punishable by sharia law In another huge step backwards, the regional government of Aceh, in the northern tip of Sumatra, has accepted the new - far more strict - Islamic laws. The ones now in place just tell people how to dress and obliges Muslems to pray, but the laws now accepted include a prison term of eight years for just being gay and being stoned to death if you decided to have sex with someone else then your spouse.

Posted in Religion @ 14 September 2009 13:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


How to scare the shit out of people Plane crashes normally are breaking news across the world because of their sudden nature and the often high numbers of casualties involved in that kind of accidents. Reporting such events - and others that are also causing worldwide news - should be handled with care. However it is not always that easy to select the information and images going with them. Making a mistake in a hurry is nothing uncommon as well.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 September 2009 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aviastar Twin Otter skids over runway in Papua A Twin Otter plane from the airline Aviastar skidded over the runway of Serui airport in Papua when it tried to land at around 10:00 local time (GMT+9) this morning. The three crew members and five passengers were not injured in the incident however. According to Iman Setiawan of the local police, the incident happened when the plane tried to land. At 400 meters before the end of the runway the plane slipped

Posted in Accidents @ 14 September 2009 05:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Truck with illegal wood breaks Kalimantan bridge A truck loaded with wood that was illegally taken from Kalimantan forests, came crashing down into a river after the bridge it was using suddenly broke. The accident happened yesterday afternoon. The truck with the illegally cut wood eventually ended up ten meters lower, in the Sungai Setui riverbed in the village of Legai, Tanah Grogot district in East Kalimantan.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 September 2009 05:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke covers city of Palembang Smoke from forest fires in the region have once again covered the city of Palembang in South Sumatra. Activity on the Musi river has been slowed by the smoke. The smoke originates from forest fires which occur in forests around the Musi river itself and cause visibility to drop to some 200 meters.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 September 2009 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta begging by-law to be enforced The Social Affairs Agency in Jakarta has made plans to hunt down and arrest the people behind the begging syndicates in the city. Budiharjo, head of the agency, has said that there is a list of 33 names of people that are leading so-called begging syndicates in the capital city. Only 11 of these people are from Jakarta, while the others came from other places.

Posted in General @ 14 September 2009 01:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1.74 tons of marijuana seized by Sukabumi police The regional police of Sukabumi has seized some 1.74 tons of dried marijuana when it raided a house in the city of Sukabumi last Friday. The raid was a joint operation between the National Narcotics Brigade and the police in the region. The total value of the drugs is estimated at 6 billion Rupiah (410.000 euro). The drugs were already prepared for distribution. Four suspects were arrested during the raid.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 September 2009 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali declared a rabies infected area Beritabali.com reports that Bali has been declared as a rabies contaminated region. This declaration follows the growing number of outbreak of the disease in Badung, Denpasar and Tabanan. The remaining six regencies of the island have been designated potential areas for the spread of rabies.

Posted in Health @ 13 September 2009 03:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of underage prostitutes arrested Dozens of underage prostitutes have been arrested in a raid held by the Tegal police in Central Java last evening. Hundreds of bottles of liquor were also seized during the raid. Most of the youngsters were arrested around a number of nightspots in the city. Some of the pimps were also arrested, but the police said is was not that easy to catch them.

Posted in Crime @ 13 September 2009 03:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two injured in shooting of Freeport bus Once again a group of gunmen opened fire at a bus belonging to the PT Freeport mine in Timika. The shooting that took place on Saturday morning injured two men. The bus was said to carry ten security guards and two cleaning service employees of PT Freeport when it was shot at near mile 42 to 43 along the main road leading to the mine around 08:50 local time (GMT+9).

Posted in PT Freeport @ 12 September 2009 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Almost all roads fine for Idul Fitri holidays' The Department of Public Works (PU) has said that ten days before the first day of Idul Fitri, some 98 percent of the construction and renovation works on roads is finished. It only gave information about the roads that are appointed as official mudik routes, with mudik being the 27-million odd homecoming travels to celebrate the end of the Ramadan month of fasting.

Posted in Ramadan @ 12 September 2009 02:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Snipers on the highway? The local police in some districts along the northern highway over the island of Java will install snipers on points where crime is rampant. The snipers will be placed between Situbondo and Banyuwangi in East Java province during the Idul Fitri travel period. "As many as 30 snipers will be placed in the highway to reduce crime rate during the holidays," said Sapto Nugroho, of the Besuku Police.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 September 2009 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Underage marriages still common practice The Commission for the Protection of Indonesian Children (KPAI) has expressed concerns about the high number of marriages involving underage children. According to the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) some one third of all marriages taking place in Indonesia each year involve at least one person that is under the age of 18.

Posted in Culture @ 12 September 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


27 million people on the move on aging infrastructure The Ministry of Transportation has said that it expected that more than 27 million people will hit the roads to be with their families during the upcoming Idul Fitri period later this month. Jusman Syafii Djamal, Minister of Transport, told that it was expected that some 16.3 million people would take public transport and planes, while 11 million others would use private vehicles.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 September 2009 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Papua waisted 30 trillion Rupiah on autonomy' In the eight years that a special autonomy has been in place in Papua, the people there still do not enjoy improved welfare, partly because incompetent government actions in the two provinces. An official from West Papua said that both provincial governments had wasted some 30 trillion Rupiah (2.1 billion euro) in funds meant to support autonomy.

Posted in Politics @ 11 September 2009 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! #2 It was a volcano indeed, but the correct one was not mentioned in the reactions, so no honor to give away this week. So what was in the picture then? It was the Gunung Api volcano in the Banda Archipelago. To view the picture in our new large format, please visit the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 10 September 2009 12:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN wants to raise price of power by 30% The state-owned power company PLN will propose to hike rates up to 30 percent for households and industries in the country to make the company profitable again. The proposal however was soon shot down by senior business representatives that said that such an increase would hurt economical growth.

Posted in Economy @ 10 September 2009 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh: the sick western tip of Indonesia The most strict Islamic region in Indonesia, the westernmost tip of the island of Sumatra, is to adopt a much stricter form of Islamic law than the one now in place. Married adulterers will be stoned to death in the new law, which will make Indonesia look like a complete fool if the law is eventually allowed to be adopted by the central government.

Posted in Religion @ 10 September 2009 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke affects South Sumatra and Kalimantan regions A thick smoke, caused by forest fires, covers Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan and is getting even thicker now. The visibility in some areas of the city is less than 50 meters. Residents of Palangkaraya hope for any rain to come soon, some even held an exceptional istisqo prayer, in which one asks for rain.

Posted in Forest fires @ 09 September 2009 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Implementation of tags on this blog Behind the scenes of this website, there are always things to be improved. Normally the visitor does not see these changes, because it's just improving already existing processes. One of those changes is how blog articles behind are created and published the scenes for example. The eventual result however can be seen by visitors.

Posted in Website @ 09 September 2009 12:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #2 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 09 September 2009 11:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Former governor faces four year in jail over bribery The former governor of South Sumatra, Syahrial Oesman, is facing a jail term of four years over alleged corruption of 5 billion Rupiah (350,000 euro). He has allegedly channeled money to members of the House of Representatives. "We demand the board of judges to convict defendant Syahrial Oesman in this corruption crime," said Zet Tadungallo, a member of the corruption watchdog KPK team of prosecutors.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 September 2009 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister of Culture and Tourism to resign The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has decided to resign from his current position in the cabinet to become a legislator. He will be representing the Democratic Party of President Yudhoyono in the House of Representatives. "I will submit my resignation letter to the President Tuesday afternoon. If the President agrees, I will be able to officially resign by Oct. 1," he said.

Posted in Politics @ 09 September 2009 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.0 magnitude quake hits near Tolitoli An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 on the Richter Scale has struck near Toli-Toli in Central Sulawesi province around 01:51 local time (GMT+8). The earthquake was centered at 27 kilometer northwest of the city and was registered to have a depth of only 12 kilometers.

Posted in Earthquake @ 09 September 2009 02:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


210,000 people homeless after West Java earthquake The total number of people that have become homeless has reached 210,000 people in total now. Last Monday the figure only stood at over 186,000 people, but this increased to 210,000 people today because counting was still going on in many quake-hit areas in western Java.

Posted in Earthquake @ 08 September 2009 13:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda charged with price-fixing in Australia Garuda Indonesia has been charged by the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) for conspiring to fix air cargo prices. The lawsuit alleges that Garuda and other carriers of colluding to fix fuel and security surcharges in Indonesia and Hong Kong between 2001 and 2006.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 08 September 2009 11:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.1 earthquake strikes south of Yogyakarta An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter Scale has hit south of Yogyakarta. The quake had place around 23:12 local time (GMT+7) and caused residents to flee their houses. According to the head of the Meteorological and Geophysical Agency in Yogyakarta said that the quake took place on the ocean at a distance of 253 kilometers southeast of Wonosari, the capital of the district of Gunungkidul, in the province.

Posted in Earthquake @ 08 September 2009 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five dead in military Nomad plane crash A Nomad P-837 plane from the Indonesian Navy has crashed in the area of Tambakan, district Bulungan at some 15 minutes away from the airport of Tarakan in East Kalimantan. The airport authority of the airport of Longbawang, Malinao in East Kalimantan has has released this information. The plane is estimated to have crashed around 13:00 local time (GMT+8).

Posted in Accidents @ 07 September 2009 14:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sales tax refund for visitors in 2010 The government will introduce a new policy on January 1, 2010, that will refund sales tax (VAT) spent on purchases by tourist visitors to Indonesia. Speaking to Bisnis Indonesia, the Director of Tax Regulation, Catur Rini Widosari, said the government will set a minimum level of Rp. 5 million (352 euro) to qualify for the 10% tax rebate, but there will be no maximum limit under the new policy.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 September 2009 13:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Brand new from the roadside It is quite difficult to get them, those new 2,000 Rupiah bank notes. And it gets even more difficult when you want to have a bundle of 100 notes, like they are issued by Bank Indonesia. You would say that bringing a visit to a branch of Bank Indonesia to change these bank notes, but that is not entirely true.

Posted in Culture @ 07 September 2009 06:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unregistered children at risk Satri Rama's youngest children do not have birth certificates, but that does not bother the 39-year-old mother of five. "We don't need birth certificates, we need to eat," she said, standing in a damp shack in the centre of Indonesia's capital.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2009 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Confucian and Islamic prayers in temple A joint prayer among Chinese Indonesians and members of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), which is the biggest Islamic organization in Indonesia, was held in the Tay Kak Sie Temple in Semarang yesterday to pray for the health of former president Abdurrahman Wahid, better known as Gus Dur. The dual prayers were lead by Haksu Bing Buana Jaya and Muhammad Munif Zuhri.

Posted in Religion @ 07 September 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud leak appear in Sukahening village Just a few days after the heavy earthquake of September 2, 2009, the village of Sukahening in the district of Tasikmalaya has become the scene of a new natural event, a mud leak. Based on observations by television station Metro TV, the mud is pushed out of the earth in a hole with a diameter of up to two meters. The village of Sukahening is some 25 kilometers away from the city of Tasikmalaya.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 September 2009 03:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of bolts stolen near Purwokerto station Dozens of bolts and safety hooks used on train tracks have been stolen in the area around the Purwokerto train station located in Central Java. The Mobile Brigade of Banyumas checked the entire length of the track and soon discovered the theft. It is most likely that the bolts and hooks were stolen to be sold as scrap iron.

Posted in Crime @ 06 September 2009 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Denpasar to issue biometric ID-cards Bali's capital city of Denpasar will initiate a pilot project for new identity cards (KTP) utilizing a Single Identity Number (SIN) and biometric markers as part of overall steps to stop the widespread misuse of double KTPs.

Posted in General @ 06 September 2009 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali dive operators asked to show their licenses During the first week of September 2009, joint enforcement teams comprised of officials from the Bali provincial government, tourism police, water police, public prosecutors, members of the Water Sport Association (Gahawisri Bali), environmental authorities and tourism officials visited dive operators in the regency of Buleleng, north Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 September 2009 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead in Serang whirlwind One resident of the village of Domas, in the underdistrict of Pontang in Serang, has been killed by a whirlwind that touched down in the village around 19:30 local time last night. The victim, Sukenah (50) died of a heart attack when he heard the village was about to be hit by a whirlwind.

Posted in Weather @ 06 September 2009 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of houses flooded in Medan city Thousands of houses in the Medan Sunggal area, in the city of Medan, have been flooded with up to 80 centimeters of water. The flood occurred during heavy rains that hit the area for about four hours last night. The water reached up to the waist in Jalan Rajawali, Jalan Sei Sikambing and Jalan Gatot Subroto as far as the Medan Baru area.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 September 2009 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia and 'visa-before-arrival' Inbound passengers to Bali on board Garuda Indonesia flights from Tokyo are seeing their waiting time at the airport of Bali reduced by virtue of a new on board immigration service now in operation. Explained by the manager of Garuda Indonesia in Denpasar, Bagus Siregar, passengers will have their passports processed by immigration officers during their flight from Tokyo and Bali.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 05 September 2009 14:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Large cracks in crater-edge Mount Galunggung The edge of the crater of the Mount Galunggung volcano in the district of Tasikmalaya in West Java province has cracked over a length of 300 meters. The crack is just about a centimeter wide however, but it is assumed that the large earthquake of September 2, 2009 is the cause. The activity of the volcano however is not increasing. The crack is only dangerous because it can cause a landslide.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 September 2009 03:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands left seeking shelter after Java quake Thousands of Indonesians are struggling to find shelter several days after a powerful earthquake, which killed at least 57 people, struck off the coast of the heavily populated Java island. More than 26,800 houses were damaged and 334 collapsed in West Java, according to government figures provided to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Indonesia.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 September 2009 02:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead in train derailment in East Java The assistant train driver was killed in a train derailment of the Penataran train. The train derailed and turned over in Malang, East Java province earlier this afternoon. Six passengers were injured in the accident. The locomotive and the first wagon jumped out of the tracks and crashed into a fence in the Karanglo area in Malang. It is assumed that the train hit a water buffalo before it derailed.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 September 2009 15:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pork as zakat Most likely the clerk was slightly confuse because he was fasting that he somewhat stressed when he saw my pork. It was around five in the afternoon when I strolled through the Hypermart supermarket, searching for a small gas stove which can be put on a table during the meal. Still sold out, so I went shopping for some food. The freezer full of daging babi. White text on a red background may look like big danger, but it is merely dead, packed and frozen pork.

Posted in Ramadan @ 04 September 2009 13:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SMS: '8.6 magnitude earthquake will strike tonight' In a bad attempt to create panic, an SMS that is said to originate from the Meteorological and Geophysical Agency BMKG is spreading among residents in western Java. The SMS is spreading just two days after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake killed some 60 people and damaged tens of thousands of buildings throughout western Java.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 September 2009 12:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Quakes in Sumatra, Java and Papua related' The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has said that three earthquakes that occurred within 24 hours in different parts of Indonesia are related to each other. A medium-sized quake took place in Mentawai, West Sumatra a few hours before the 7.3 magnitude quake in Java. This one was followed by an earthquake near Nabire in the easternmost province of Papua the morning after.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 September 2009 06:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Only two pilots in simulator, training a success The first reaction from Indonesia on the ban to fly to countries of the European Union for all Indonesian airliners was as clear as it could be. Furious they were, because there were no structural problems at all in the airline industry in the country. President Yudhoyono even canceled a visit to the Netherlands because of the ban. And all this even when there was not a single Indonesian airliner flying to Europe, since Garuda Indonesia had stopped flying to Amsterdam late 2004 already.

Posted in General @ 04 September 2009 06:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'development of culture and tourism on right track' Indonesia's culture and tourism are developing well despite of the world's financial crisis that wrecked many countries, the Jakarta Post quoted a minister as saying on Thursday. Minister for Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik said that Indonesia's movie and music industry grew significantly compared with the previous year while tourist arrivals was expected to keep growing this year.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 September 2009 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aid trickles in as Yudhoyono visits quake-hit area As the death toll of last Wednesdays large earthquake has reached 57 and disaster tourists are flocking to he heavily damaged areas like Tasikmalaya, the government has also started bringing aid to those in need in the worst-affected areas. Priyadi Kardono, spokesman of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), has said that among the dead were 21 people from Cianjur. They were buried in a landslide triggered by the earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 September 2009 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's governor says no against rebuilding Sari Club Bali's Governor Made Mangku Pastika has asked the regent van Badung not to grant permission for the building of a night club on the location of the former Sari Club, destroyed by a terrorist bomb on October 12, 2002. Governor Pastika's recommendation comes following an announcement by a local businessman of his plans to build another night club on the lot.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 September 2009 15:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


92 dead of starvation in Papua Crop failure that has hit eight villages in the district of Suntamon in the Yahukimo region of Papua, has caused starvation among it's residents. The district head of Suntamon, Niko Banjo, has said that the starvation has started four months ago and has cost the lives of 92 people already. "Most victims are children. They can not feed themselves and become more vulnerable to disease like malaria. They also live in remote areas," he said over the telephone.

Posted in Health @ 03 September 2009 12:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1,500 houses flattened in Tasikmalaya Yesterdays heavy earthquake in western Java, has caused thousands of houses in the district of Tasikmalaya to be heavily damaged and partly flattened. Based on the latest information, some 1,500 houses and other buildings were completely flattened during the quake. Some 900 other houses are almost flattened. Residents are spending their time in tents and government buildings.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 September 2009 04:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sidoarjo mud no longer pumped away Irresponsibility by PT Lapindo Brantas may cause more problems for the people already affected by the mud flow near Sidoarjo just south of Surabaya in East Java province. The mud, that has been gushing out of a crater in the earth for over three years now, used to be pumped away in the Porong river. But these pumps are not working correctly anymore. Only two out of the 12 are functioning.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 03 September 2009 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials fear rising death toll after Java quake At least 33 people died in a powerful earthquake, which struck off Indonesia’s populous island of Java on 2 September, officials said. “At least 33 people are confirmed dead. The death toll could be much higher. The area is quite remote and communication is limited,” Health Ministry crisis center chief Rustam Pakaya told IRIN from Jakarta, the capital.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 September 2009 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garut in the dark as death toll slowly climbs The city of Garut, in western Java, has lost virtually all power during the heavy earthquake that shook the region earlier today. Based on information gathered at in the city, eight of the districts in the city of Garut do not have power; Kecamatan Cisirupan, Padendeng, Bungbulang, Singajaya, Sendey, Pamulihan, Bayu Resmi, and Leuwigoong.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 16:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Southern Bandung and Cilacap report heavy damage The area of South Bandung, mainly areas like Ciwidey and Pangalengan, emerge as areas which have been worst hit by the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that his western Java earlier this afternoon. Based on information from search and rescue teams, almost all houses in the two areas are heavily damaged. The Hyatt Hotel in the city reports that the swimming pool is leaking.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 15:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


60 missing in Cianjur landslide About 60 residents of Gunung Hafani, in the Cianjur district are still missing after an earthquake-triggered landslide hit their village. Based on information from the village head, Sulaiman, there should be some 60 people under the rubble, or 12 families. They were unable to flee from the location as they were living below the hillside that came down.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 14:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15 dead in quake; reports from huge damage area The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that shook big parts of western Indonesia has caused widespread damage in big parts of western Java. At least 15 people were killed in the quake in various locations hit by the earthquake. Priyadi Kardono, the head of the National Disaster Management Agency, said 15 people were dead in several locations. Earlier, Priyadi said six died in Cianjur alone because of a landslide that was triggered by the massive earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 14:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Video's show panic during 7.3 magnitude earthquake The two video's below show the panic that occurred during the two-minute long 7.3 magnitude earthquake that was felt in big parts of western Indonesia. In Bandung, the third largest city in the country, power was out for several hours after the quake. Buildings in the city sustained damage varying from cracked walls to broken windows and fallen objects in supermarkets.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake causes landslide in Cianjur; dozens feared dead Dozens of residents of the village of Gunung Hanafi, in the underdistrict Cibinong Selatan in Cianjur are feared dead after a landslide caused by the earthquake ripped through the village. The 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook big parts of western Indonesia for around two minutes before it came to an end. Reports from light to medium damage are widespread.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Damage in western Java after 7.3 earthquake Damage reports from west Java start to come in to several tv-stations reporting the earthquake that struck the area less than one hour ago. People in the area of Tasikmalaya report cracks in walls. Some houses have also collapsed during the two-minute long 7.3 Richter Scale earthquake that took place at 14:55 local time (GMT -7). Several buildings in the capital Jakarta, some 240 kilometers away from the epicenter, had cracked walls.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 10:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


5.1 aftershock follows, no tsunami reported The earthquake with a strength of 7.4 on the Richter Scale that shook large parts of western Indonesia at 14:55 local time (GMT +7) was followed by an aftershock of 5.1 on the Richter Scale. The epicenter of this quake was close to the main earthquake. A tsunami-alarm was broadcasted on Indonesian tv-channels within five minutes of the earthquake. There has not been any report of a tsunami until now.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 10:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7.4 earthquake felt over western Indonesia An earthquake with a strength of 7.4 on the Richter Scale shook large parts of western Indonesia at 14:55 local time (GMT +7). The epicenter of the earthquake was located at 102 kilometers southwest of the third largest city of Indonesia, Bandung.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 10:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


BREAKING: 7.3 quake southeast of Tasikmalaya An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter Scale struck 143 kilometers southwest of Tasikmalaya at 14:55 local time. The quake was felt as far as Yogyakarta and Jakarta. A tsunami alarm as been issued.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 10:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Order your Indonesian escort girl online now! Ever wondered how to order your Indonesian girl online? Well, for those who though that you have to get out of your house life has just become easier today! A website , hosted by Google, so probably not online for too long. The site starts with a lot of information about different sexual actions and eventually closes of with the way of booking; by email or mobile Indonesian phone number.

Posted in Culture @ 02 September 2009 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Twelve years in prison for one SMS Arif, who sent just one angry SMS to the First Lady, Ani Yudhoyono, is now facing a 12 year prison term for threatening the president and his family. He can also be fined up to 2 billion Rupiah (142.000 euro) when he is convicted of violating the Information Technology law that was accepted late last year.

Posted in Crime @ 02 September 2009 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


30 arrested for raiding night spots in Makassar The police in Makassar, South Sulawesi, has arrested some 30 members of the Front Pemuda Bersatu (United Youth Movement, FPB) who were raiding night spots in the city. The members of the movement were raiding places as billiard halls, karaoke and cafe's. They entered the places holding a speech that they did not have the decency to close down during the Ramadan period. It is however not allowed to hold raids and the night spots that are still open should have permits.

Posted in Ramadan @ 02 September 2009 03:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods in Jakarta after heavy rainstorms Heavy rainstorms have hit the greater Jakarta area overnight. Rain started to fall down from around 20.00 local time yesterday evening and did not stop until the early hours of today. Rain of this intensity and length is rare, since it is in the middle of the dry season in the area. The heavy rains caused some streets to flood immediately.

Posted in Weather @ 02 September 2009 02:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! It was indeed Danau Kelimutu that was on the picture. No prize as said before, but Anne Mieke will have the honor to have guessed the first picture. I hope I can publish a picture like this every week or so. If there are people that want to donate a picture, you are very welcome!

Posted in Picture guess @ 02 September 2009 01:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UPDATED: Hotels in Indonesia In the recent days, over 30 new hotels were added to the 600 hotels already available on indahnesia.com. We now cover large parts of Indonesia with our hotels, from Aceh in the west to Jayapura in the remote eastern part of the country. With online booking facilities in place, you are able to secure your hotel room just as easy as buying a plane ticket.

Posted in Website @ 01 September 2009 14:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


600 soldiers deployed at Freeport mine The Indonesian army has sent over 600 troops to secure the working area of the mines of PT Freemont Indonesia near Timika in the easternmost region of Papua. Starting tomorrow they will guard the area. The troops were sent in after a number of attacks on the road leading to the site. The regional commander of the army, Maj. Gen. Ahmad Yani Nasution has told that the national police chief had asked for the military presence.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 01 September 2009 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Get ready for higher power rates The state-owned PLN is in desperate need of more funds to cover operating deficits and undertake a much needed expansion of the Indonesian power grid. The House of Representatives has recently increased the subsidies paid by the government to PLN, while PLN president director, Fahmi Mochtar, has declared his desire to raise power tariffs - both moves intended to put the Company in a better position for what has been termed a "fast track" energy program.

Posted in Economy @ 01 September 2009 01:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. A name is enough, but a description of what you are seeing is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 01 September 2009 01:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions
    
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