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Alert status Mount Merapi volcano lowered to level 2 The Agency for Research of Volcanolgy in the province of Yogyakarta has lowered the status of the Mount Merapi volcano. It now stands at level two. This change was made after the activity of the volcano decreased further in comparison to several weeks ago, when the alert status of the volcano was also lowered.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 31 December 2010 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia jails another 10 people linked to Aceh terror group Ten Indonesians linked to the terrorist paramilitary camp in the country's Aceh province were sentenced on Thursday from 8 to 10 years in a Jakarta court, prosecutors said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 31 December 2010 03:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UN: Aceh makes great strides after tsunami but faces challenges The Indonesian province of Aceh has made remarkable progress in rebuilding since the devastating tsunami six years ago but faces major challenges in cutting poverty and inequality and reducing the impact of future disasters, a United Nations (UN)-backed report said Wednesday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 December 2010 06:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia beats Malaysia 2-1 but loses AFF Cup final Despite losing 2-1 in the second leg in Jakarta on Wednesday, Malaysia secured the 2010 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup with an aggregate victory of 4-2 over Indonesia.

Posted in Sports @ 30 December 2010 03:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia set for Malaysia in second leg of AFF Cup final Three days after their 3-0 defeat against Malaysia, the Indonesian national football squad is set for the second leg of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup final match to decide the cup winner.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2010 09:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions






Jakarta crime rate falls slightly in 2010 Jakarta Police Chief Sutarman on Tuesday said that the crime rate in the capital this year fell by about 2,000 cases in comparison with 2009, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Crime @ 29 December 2010 01:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven Indonesian men sentenced to prison for terrorism Seven Indonesians linked with the Aceh terror group have been sentenced for targeting foreigners and government leaders, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 December 2010 14:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'Malaysia cheated on victory during first leg of AFF Cup final The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) on Monday said Malaysia's national team cheated during the first leg of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup final on Sunday, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Sports @ 28 December 2010 00:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia beats Indonesia 3-0 in first leg of AFF Cup final Indonesia's national football squad was beaten 3-0 by Malaysia in the first leg of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup final on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 27 December 2010 09:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism suffers under ash from Mount Bromo volcano The volcanic activity of the Mount Bromo volcano in East Java province has caused heavy damage to the tourism industry in the area. The volcanic ash, emitted by the volcano, covers a large area where normally people make a living from tourists. The areas most heavily hit are Cemorolawang, Ngadisari and Probolinggo.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 December 2010 06:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Mount Krakatau volcano emits molten rock The Mount Krakatau volcano has showed increased activity once again last Saturday. Glowing hot molten rock was emitted by the volcano and reached up to 75 meters above the crater. The activity has been increasing for some time now, according to information from the observation post for the volcano in the town of Serang in the far west of the island Java.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 December 2010 13:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi replanting movement launched People living on the slopes of Mount Merapi are being encouraged to replant as part of a government campaign to restore land badly damaged by recent eruptions. The campaign officially kicked off on Tuesday with Agriculture Minister Suswono planting banana trees in Batur village, Sleman, in Yogyakarta.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 December 2010 04:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian government vows to tackle corruption in 2011 The Indonesian government has vowed to tackle corruption in 2011 as accorded in a meeting with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 December 2010 14:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: Christmas celebrations peaceful around the country The National Police say Christmas has so far been celebrated peacefully across the country, with no major incidents disrupting the festivities. National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar said there had been hitherto no security issues since Christmas masses had begun on Friday evening.

Posted in Religion @ 25 December 2010 12:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christmas spirit: Christians top victims of intolerance in West Java An organisation run by Indonesian Muslim organisation Nahdlatul Ulama said that West Java tops reports of religious intolerance. Christians top the list of victims, followed by the Ahmadiyah Islamic sect.

Posted in Religion @ 24 December 2010 09:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Christmas spirit: Decorations are 'excessive' and 'hurt's Muslims' feelings' The top Islamic body - who else - from the world's most populous Muslim country complained about over-the-top Christmas decorations in Indonesian malls and other places where the public gathers.

Posted in Religion @ 24 December 2010 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau ash clouds reach up to two kilometers The height of the ash clouds that are currently being emitted by the Mount Krakatau volcano is still increasing and reaches almost up to two kilometers now. The volcano, located in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra, also shows an increase in the amount of tremors inside the belly of the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 24 December 2010 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali deploys 8,000 policemen to safeguard Christmas festivities Bali Deputy Police Chief Komang Udayana on Thursday announced that 8,000 police officers were deployed to safeguard Christmas and New Year's eve festivities, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Religion @ 23 December 2010 23:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pakistan and Indonesia could sign trade agreement in early 2011 The Governments of Pakistan and Indonesia are likely to sign a preferential trade agreement (PTA) in the first quarter of 2011, officials said on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 23 December 2010 19:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Surabaya airport to upgrade passenger capacity Indonesia's second largest airport, Juanda Airport in Surabaya of East Java, is planning to upgrade and increase its passenger capacity, according to news reports on Thursday.

Posted in Travel @ 23 December 2010 05:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Murderer of street kids gets death The Jakarta High Court has sentenced 49-year-old Baekuni, alias Babe, to death for sodomy and the premeditated murder of four street children. The verdict was higher than that of the East Jakarta District Court, which sentenced him to life imprisonment.

Posted in Crime @ 23 December 2010 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt, religious leaders and UNICEF to promote breastfeeding As Indonesia commemorates national Mothers Day this week, influential leaders from the government and the country's religious community have come together with the support of UNICEF to promote the importance of breastfeeding.

Posted in Health @ 22 December 2010 20:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Police seize two million illegal porn videos in Jakarta More than two million illegal pornographic videos were recently seized by Indonesian authorities in Jakarta, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Crime @ 22 December 2010 09:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood and landslides hit northern Bali Severe weather has brought a range of extreme weather phenomenon to Bali in mid-December 2010. Higher-than-normal winds and wave conditions are blamed for sporadic closings of the ferry crossing between Java and Bali. Meanwhile, heavy rains, flooding, hail storms, lightning strikes and landslides have been experienced in various parts of the island.

Posted in Weather @ 22 December 2010 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Witness gives inconsistent testimony at Susno trial A key witness in the Susno Duadji trial provided testimony wherein details given failed to match those already provided by convicted case broker, Sjahril Djohan. The witness, police officer Adj. Sr. Comr. Syamsul Rizal, testified at the South Jakarta District Court that he met Sjahril at the residence of former National Police detective chief Comr. Gen. Susno Duadji on Dec. 27.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 December 2010 04:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate 5.8 magnitude earthquake rattles Java island A moderate earthquake rattled the Indonesian island of Java on late Tuesday morning, seismologists said, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 December 2010 05:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Terror suspect Abu Bakar Bashir taken to hospital amidst tight security Indonesian terrorist suspect and Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was transported to a Jakarta hospital in an armored vehicle on Monday amidst tight security, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 December 2010 05:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai smuggler caught after swallowing 1,200 ecstasy pills Authorities have arrested a Thai woman after she tried to enter the Indonesian resort island of Bali with approximately 1,200 ecstasy pills, the Jakarta Globe reported on Monday.

Posted in Drugs @ 20 December 2010 19:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Up to 10 centimeters of ash after Mount Bromo erupts The current eruption of the Mount Bromo volcano that is still ongoing, causes ash rains in the entire district of Probolinggo. Ash is falling down in the entire area, but at some locations closer to the volcano, the situation can be referred to as serious.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 December 2010 12:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A cool and windy wet season Although this year did not really have a dry season of any kind in large parts of Indonesia, the wet season has noticeably started a while ago. The change from the dry to the wet season is hard to point out this year, but the bad weather that hits large areas of Java and elsewhere is a direct consequence of a fierce wet season.

Posted in Weather @ 19 December 2010 12:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ash from Mount Bromo volcano towards Lumajang Ash clouds exhausted by the most recent small eruptions of the Mount Bromo volcano still find their way into the direction of the district of Lumajang, East Java province. "The direction of the wind is still northwestern, which brings the ash clouds in that direction," said Mulyono, head of the observation post for the Bromo volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 December 2010 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali expecting very busy Christmas and New Year Beritabali.com reports that the Bali Tourism Office is saying that, on the average, 80% of all available hotel rooms in Bali have been booked for the coming Christmas and New Years period.

Posted in Tourism @ 19 December 2010 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia closer to Asean Cup final after defeating the Philippines The Indonesian National Football team defeated the Philippines 1-0 in the first leg of the semifinal in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup on Thursday.

Posted in Sports @ 17 December 2010 15:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wikileaks: Ban on training Kopassus lifted over Obama visit Indonesia threatened to derail a visit to Jakarta by President Barack Obama this year unless he overturned the US ban on training the controversial Kopassus army special forces, Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 17 December 2010 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven killed when tornado hits vessel off Indonesia's Kalimantan Seven of the twenty-one passengers on a vessel off the coast of Indonesia's Kalimantan island were killed on late Wednesday evening when a tornado caused strong waves, local authorities said on Friday.

Posted in Weather @ 17 December 2010 05:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Teenage girl expelled from Indonesian school after giving birth A 16-year-old student was expelled on Thursday after giving birth in the high school's clinic in Madiun, Indonesia, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 December 2010 22:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 6 reactions


Indonesia and Australia sign transport safety and security agreement Indonesia and Australia have signed a transport safety and security agreement, further reassuring their bilateral cooperation.

Posted in Politics @ 16 December 2010 19:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian lawmaker denies requesting 100 billion bribe  Indonesian lawmaker Muhammad Hatta on Wednesday denied allegations that he requested a Rp. 100 billion ($11.11 million) bribe, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 December 2010 01:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian terror suspect Abu Tholut defended by 16 attorneys A representative on Wednesday informed that terrorist Abu Tholut, one of the previously most-wanted men in Indonesia, will be defended by a team of sixteen attorneys.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 December 2010 23:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalimantan awaits Jakarta’s signal on nuclear power plant Kalimantan local administrations are waiting for the central government to approve a plan to build a nuclear power plant in the region, a local official said. He said the local administrations had conducted the necessary feasibility studies to back their ambitious plan.

Posted in Power supply @ 15 December 2010 08:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia as new Pakistan It seems to be very common these days that after every Friday and Sunday, there are messages in the Indonesian press in which the results of the criminal intolerance of a small group of severely mentally limited people have tarnished the Indonesian state-ideology once more.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 05:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI promises no attacks during Christmas, under conditions? Rizieq Shihab, head of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), on Tuesday promised that his followers will restrain from disrupting Christmas celebrations in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 02:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's anti-terror agency warns of possible terrorist attacks The Indonesian National Anti-terror Agency (BNPT) on Tuesday warned citizens about the possibility of bombings and other forms of terrorist attacks, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 December 2010 18:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests four suspected terrorists linked to Tholut and Bashir Indonesian authorities on Tuesday announced the arrest of four more suspected terrorists following the capture of Abu Tholut, one of Indonesia's most wanted terrorists.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 December 2010 14:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors seek long sentences for suspected Aceh terrorists Indonesian prosecutors on Monday demanded jail sentences of as long as 12 years for the four suspected 'Al-Qaeda in Aceh' terrorists, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 December 2010 06:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic cleric faces death penalty on terrorism charges An Indonesian Islamic cleric now faces the death penalty after new terror charges were brought against him, officials said on Monday. 72-year-old Abu Bakar Bashir, who is the suspected leader of a terrorist paramilitary training facility in the Aceh province of Sumatra, has been charged with at least five articles within Indonesia's anti-terrorism laws.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 December 2010 18:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands protest against governor elections in Yogyakarta Thousands of Indonesians hit the streets of Yogyakarta province on Monday in protest of a bill that would force residents to elect a governor instead of the Sultan to serve in the position.

Posted in Politics @ 13 December 2010 16:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A full Bali for Christmas and New Year Hotels in Bali are fully booked for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the head of the island’s hotel association said on Sunday, while police said there had been no indication of an increased threat of terrorist attack.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 December 2010 08:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians aboard sunk fishing boat near Antarctica At least five crew members were killed and seventeen others remain missing after a South Korean fishing boat sank in the waters off Antarctica on early Monday, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 December 2010 03:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI continues war against Christians On the morning of 12th December about 250 men from militant groups Front Pembela Islam (FPI), Forum Umat Islam (FUI), and Gerakan Reformasi Islam (Garis) raided seven houses believed to be being used as informal or illegal churches in the Rancaekek area of Bandung, West Java.

Posted in Religion @ 13 December 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Panic in Makassar after 5,9 magnitude quake An 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck over 230 kilometers southwest of Makassar in South Sulawesi, caused panic in the city. The earthquake took place around midnight last night, when most people were vast asleep. Although the earthquake took place at a large distance of the city, it could still be felt strongly in the city.

Posted in Earthquake @ 13 December 2010 01:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta Busway as wrong example With currently at least a dozen routes throughout many parts of Jakarta it is possible to travel around the city for just 3,500 Rupiah per person. It doesn't even matter how many transfers you make. The oldest routes have their own lanes through dense traffic conditions in many parts of the city, but elsewhere the big buses have to compete with a few million other road users.

Posted in Travel @ 12 December 2010 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 100,000 downloads in two days for Indonesia's Wikileaks Two days into its opening, users of Indonesia's version of Wikileaks, Indoleaks, have already downloaded the available documents over 100,000 times.

Posted in Politics @ 12 December 2010 07:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese hold ceremony for Mount Batur volcano Thousands of devout Balinese Hindus converged at Bali's Mt. Batur on Sunday, December 5, 2010, to participate in two sacred ceremonies dedicated to preventing a cataclysmic explosion of the still active volcano.

Posted in Religion @ 12 December 2010 04:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from rabies now at 108 Kompas.com confirms that the rabies virus has now claimed 108 victims in Bali. Ketut Gede (55) from Bangli died at the Sanglah General Hospital shortly after presenting with the clinical symptoms of rabies. "The victim was experiencing seizures, difficulties in swallowing, and phobias to both water and light," explained Dr. IGB Ken Wirasandhi of the rabies control team at the hospital.

Posted in Health @ 12 December 2010 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia governor: 'Southeast Asia considers single currency' Bank Indonesia governor Halim Alamsyah has said the Southeast Asia region could consider an eventual currency convergence to strengthen the region's economy and facilitate international transactions.

Posted in Economy @ 11 December 2010 05:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New airline to fly Brisbane to Bali route New international airline Strategic Airlines has announced a new Brisbane to Denpasar, Bali, route, starting in March 2011. Strategic will fly the route every Wednesday and Saturday with a dual-aisle Airbus A330 aircraft featuring 30 business class seats and 243 economy seats.

Posted in Travel @ 11 December 2010 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police suspects groups provoked students to rampage in Makassar Indonesia's South Sulawesi police department on Friday said that it suspects that 'certain groups' provoked students to rampage against law enforcement during the Makassar riot, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Protests @ 10 December 2010 22:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Top terrorist Abu Tholut arrested in Kudus Indonesian police say they have arrested their most-wanted fugitive, a man believed to have an important role in terrorist activity. Abu Tholut alias Mustofa is one of Indonesia's top wanted suspects after militant figures Noordin M. Top and Dulmatin died at the hands of police last year.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 December 2010 08:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Land tensions flare for former refugees Tensions between sharecroppers and landowners in Indonesia's western half of Timor island over limited cultivable land have led to outbreaks of violence that threaten to escalate, say local officials.

Posted in Economy @ 10 December 2010 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nestle to invest $100 million in new Indonesian factory Nestle S.A. on Thursday announced that it is planning to invest $100 million to open a new factory in Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 09 December 2010 14:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to open airport train bid next year Transportation Vice Minister Bambang Susantono told reporters Thursday that the investment needed to construct a railway line connecting the Mangarai station in South Jakarta to Soekarno-Hatta International airport in Tangerang, Banten, will be offered to investors by June next year.

Posted in Economy @ 09 December 2010 12:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Man arrested for sexually abusing 12 boys Indonesian authorities on Wednesday arrested a 46-year-old man for allegedly sexually abusing 12 boys near an internet cafe in the southern area of Jakarta, officials said.

Posted in Crime @ 08 December 2010 15:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia increases security measures after Church attacks Two recent attacks against churches in the Central Java province of Indonesia has prompted authorities to open investigations and step up their security measures in fear of further attacks as Christmas season begins, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Religion @ 08 December 2010 15:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US-backed elite Indonesian forces target churchmen and civilians A leading churchman in West Papua has called on President Obama to withdraw US cooperation with Indonesia’s elite ‘Kopassus’ forces, after finding himself on a military ‘enemies’ list. Kopassus soldiers murdered a previous ‘enemy’, Papuan leader Theys Eluay, in 2001.

Posted in Human rights @ 08 December 2010 11:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kuta nightlife seen as less safe after yet another murder The stabbing death of a 19-year-old Balinese, that was according to one report committed by a drunken security guard at the Bounty Disco, has once again contributed to Kuta's reputation for danger and criminality. Beritabali.com carried two versions in circulation regarding the incident that cost the young man's life.

Posted in Violence @ 08 December 2010 10:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Boys work as prostitute to pleasure older woman Virtually everything that has been forbidden by various gods in Indonesia, is still being donw. And it's not just only the stereotype - elderly - white man that is looking for a fresh green leaf. The short story below is proof of that and originated from a front page of a regional newspaper in Indonesia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 December 2010 05:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood inundates hundreds of houses in Kampung Melayu Hundreds of houses in Kampung Melayu, Jatinegara, became inundated by floodwaters at around three a.m. Tuesday morning. Floodwaters reached depths between 50 and 200 centimeters. According to information gathered by beritajakarta.com, the water came from Bogor, West Java, which was slammed by heavy rains Monday afternoon and evening.

Posted in Flooding @ 08 December 2010 01:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Borobudur temple to be reopened later this month Earlier this year the Borobudur temple complex near the town of Magelang in Central Java was closed due to an eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano. Soon, this complex should be reopened to the public, at least partly. Reopening is scheduled for later this month.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 December 2010 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chris John retains WBA Featherweight title for 13th time WBA Featherweight Champion Chris John, of Indonesia, defended his title for the 13th consecutive time after defeating Fernando David Saucedo, of Argentina, by unanimous decision on Sunday.

Posted in Sports @ 06 December 2010 17:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Alert status Bromo volcano lowered to level 3 The alert status for the Mount Bromo volcano in East Java province has been lowered from level 4 to level 3 earlier today. This decision was made because the volcano has showed further decreasing activity, especially compared to earlier this month. The volcano is still very active and an ash cloud can still be seen over the active crater.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 December 2010 11:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau activity still on fairly safe level The volcanic activity of the Mount Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait between Sumatra and Java still is on a relatively safe level for those who live closest to the volcano. This has been told by the head of the observation post for the volcano in the village of Hargopancuran in Lampung province in Sumatra.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 December 2010 10:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Half of Lebak residents still not connected to power grid Half of all residents in the Lebak district of Banten province still have to live without a connection to the national power grid as of today. The government therefore has started a regional project that should give all residents in the area access to power, one of the most important needs.

Posted in Power supply @ 05 December 2010 05:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected terrorist arrives in Jakarta under heavy guard Indonesian terror suspect, Fadli Sadama, arrived at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Tangerang, under strict guard from Detachment 88, Indonesia's National Police anti-terror squad, around 5 p.m on Saturday, a police spokesman said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 December 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Armed men attack mosque in southern Jakarta A group of armed men on Friday attacked the Ahmadiyah mosque in Kebayoran Lama, south Jakarta, but no fatalities were reported, officials said.

Posted in Religion @ 03 December 2010 19:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi alert status lowered to level 3 The Center for Volcanologic and Geological Disasters PVMBG, has lowered the alert-status of the Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java to level three, where this was level four. Lowering the status was only done after careful inventarisation of the current state of the volcano. It proved that the activity of the volcano was still decreasing further.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 December 2010 06:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Statistics: AIDS in Indonesia Incidence, prevalence rates, and other statistics on AIDS in Indonesia, with Papua province being the worst affected. Figures are as provided by the Department of Health up to June 30th 2010.

Posted in Health @ 03 December 2010 02:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt wants Yogya governor elected democratically The government has finally decided it wants a Yogyakarta governor elected democratically; No longer a position automatically entitled to the sultan.

Posted in Politics @ 03 December 2010 01:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Matahari says four interested in acquiring majority Indonesia's Matahari Putra Prima on Thursday announced that there are four retailers lined up and interested in obtaining the majority shareholder.

Posted in Economy @ 02 December 2010 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt studies Bangka Belitung for nuclear plant The government is ready to commence a feasibility study to build a nuclear power plant in South and West Bangka, Bangka Belitung, next year in a bid to realize the country's long-awaited dream to have its first nuclear power plant.

Posted in Power supply @ 02 December 2010 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gayus can’t remember where he got Rp 74 billion The National Police says it is having trouble investigating Gayus H. Tambunan’s graft case because Gayus claims he cannot remember where he got cash and gold amounting to Rp 74 billion (US$8.2 million). Gayus said he "forgot' where he got the cash and gold that was stored in his safety deposit box.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 December 2010 04:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI forces waria model contest to stop The true face of radical Islam in Indonesia, represented by the Islamic idiots that call themselves Front Pembela Islam (Islamic Defenders Front, FPI), have closed down a modeling contest for waria (men dressed as women). Their demand was that no such activity was to be held in any circumstance.

Posted in Religion @ 02 December 2010 02:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three journalists guilty of illegaly buying Krakatau Steel IPO shares Three of the four journalists were found guilty in using their positions to obtain shares in the initial public offering (IPO) of Indonesia's state-owned steel company PT Krakatau Steel, local media reported.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 December 2010 18:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BPS: Indonesia added 2.7 million jobs in 12 months Employment in Indonesia topped 116.5 million in August, up 2.7 million from the same period last year, according to recently released Central Statistics Agency (BPS) data. BPS chairman Rusman Heriawan said that the unemployment rate was 7.14 percent in August, down from 7.87 percent in August 2009.

Posted in Economy @ 01 December 2010 10:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi's mudflow forces hundreds to escape Severe flooding from Mount Merapi's cold volcanic mud in Indonesia's Yogyakarta has prompted government officials to declare state of emergency, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 November 2010 19:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Bromo eruptions slowing down Indonesia's Mount Bromo has had increased volcanic activity since early November, prompting government officials to issue the highest volcano alert status, but experts say its beginning to calm down.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 November 2010 18:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi survivors offered transmigration The Boyolali administration says it will move 86 families affected by Mount Merapi's eruption from the Central Java regency to other parts of Indonesia. "We are offering transmigration as a solution for the survivors," Boyolali Manpower and Transmigration Agency head Sugianto said, as quoted by Antara news agency.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 November 2010 14:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia formalizes diplomatic ties with 21 countries Indonesia on Monday formalized 21 new diplomatic relationships, leaving Israel and Taiwan as the only two countries which do not have diplomatic links with Indonesia.

Posted in Politics @ 29 November 2010 22:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malang Airport closed because of ash from Bromo volcano The directorate of Transport in Indonesia has ordered the immediate closure of the airport of Malang, Abdurahman Saleh. This is done because of the increasing amount of ash in the air - originating from the Mount Bromo volcano. The volcano, that has been erupting for several days now, is ejecting more ash into the skies. The airport is located about 25 kilometers from the crater of the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 November 2010 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali: Five million foreign tourists by 2015? Bali's visionary governor I Made Mangku Pastika remains confident that foreign tourist arrivals will continue to grow, reaching 5 million visitors by 2015. If achieved, this would be a more than 100% increase from the 2.3-2.4 million foreign visitors projected for all of 2010.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 November 2010 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Graft suspect re-installed as Bengkulu governor Incumbent Bengkulu Governor Agusrin Maryono Najamudin will be sworn in for a second term Monday despite his status as graft suspect. Agusrin, who is from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party, will be installed along with running mate Junaidi Hamzah before members of the Bengkulu Legislative Council.

Posted in Corruption @ 29 November 2010 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Krakatau watchers stymied by fog, ash Fog and ash are making it hard for volcanologists to monitor Mount Anak Krakatau’s tremors and eruptions. Observation of the volcano has been stymied by fog that obscures direct visual inspection and a solar-powered seismometer has been fouled by volcanic ash, Andi Suardi, head of the observation post at Hargopancuran village, South Lampung, said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 November 2010 01:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Regular flights Denpasar - Dili soon available The Indonesian government has appointed Merpati Nusantara Airlines and Batavia Air to serves the international air segment between Bali and Dili, East Timor. A total of 14 flights per week will ply the route with Merpati flying a daily service using a Boeing 737-300 carrying 138 passengers.

Posted in Travel @ 28 November 2010 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


51% of teenagers has sex before marriage The Population and Family Planning Agency BKKBN has released the results of a large survey held in several locations in the country. Statistics show that 51 percent of the teenagers in Jabodetabek (Greater Jakarta) has sex before marriage. The survey gave similar results in other areas of the country as well.

Posted in Health @ 28 November 2010 08:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


President pledges 1 billion tree planting program President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono pledged a one-billion tree planting movement at the Jati Luhur Dam, West Java on Sunday. The ceremony took place at the dam at 9 a.m, attended by legislators, party leaders, ministers and politic figures, Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Environment @ 28 November 2010 06:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ash from small Bromo eruption blows towards Malang The Mount Bromo volcano in the area of Probolinggo, East Java Province is still active. An ash cloud caused by one of the small eruptions of the volcano earlier this morning is now making it's way to the city of Malang. "There were several small eruptions earlier this morning. The ash clouds from these eruptions are headed for the city of Malang," said the head of the Crisis Center of the Department of Public Health, Mudjiharto.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 November 2010 05:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Spectacular footage of erupting Mount Krakatau volcano The Mount Krakatau volcano (also known as Krakatoa) is showing off in recent weeks. With increasing activity also comes nice footage of small eruptions of the volcano, complete with ash clouds shooting into the sky and pumice falling down on the slopes of the volcano. One of the most illustrative video's of this moment was shot earlier this month by YouTube user TyphoonHunter.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 November 2010 08:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami survivors still lack adequate shelter One month after a deadly tsunami struck Indonesia's southern Mentawai islands, shelter for the more than 11,000 people affected remains a critical challenge, aid workers and officials say. "The most urgent need for people affected by the tsunami is housing and restoring their livelihoods," Andi Hanindito, head of emergency response with the Ministry of Social Affairs, told IRIN.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 November 2010 04:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau shakes and moans The Mount Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait between the islands Java and Sumatra is producing heavy sounds and tremors inside it's belly. The sounds and tremors are also getting increasingly more regular, according to the head of the observation post for the volcano in Cinangka, Serang district, in the province of Banten.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 November 2010 01:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Gayus judges deny bribery allegations Two former judges in charge of an embezzlement case implicating Gayus H. Tambunan, Haran Tarigan and Bambang Widiatmoko told South Jakarta District Court that they did not receive bribes from Gayus during the case examination process.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 November 2010 01:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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