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Merpati plane fails to land in Maumere
A Merpati Nusantara Air Service plane failed to land at Frans Seda Airport in Maumere, returning instead to El Tari Airport in Kupang (both in East Nusa Tenggara Province) on Monday, due to bad weather.

"At 1:30 p.m. eastern Indonesia time, the M-60 plane left El Tari Airport in Kupang for Frans Seda Airport, but ... ( read on )
Govt: 'No plan to buy special military satellite'
The government is yet to discuss a plan to use non-tax state revenues to buy a special military satellite, Communication and Informatics Minister Tifatul Sembiring stated.

"It has not yet been discussed since there is no such regulation in place," he remarked at a working meeting with the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission I in ... ( read on )
Four school children swept away by flood in Bekasi
Four elementary school students were found dead on Monday after being swept away by floods in South Tambun, Bekasi, West Java, on Saturday. They had gone missing since Saturday after being swept away by floodwaters. Parts of Bekasi have been hit by floods since the past few days following incessant downpours in the current rainy ... ( read on )
Death toll of Jakarta floods reaches 11
The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has reported that the death toll due to the floods in Jakarta has reached 11. "Since the onset of the floods until today (January 12-20), the death toll has reached 11 people," Head of Jakarta BPBDs Control Section, Basuki Rakhmat, stated here on Monday.

The deaths were caused mainly ... ( read on )
Floods inundate 146 villages in Karawang
Heavy flooding inundated as many as 146 villages in 25 subdistricts in Karawang, West Java, following heavy rainfall over the region in the last several days. On Monday, Head of Karawang Social Affairs and Disaster Mitigation Office Rochuyun A. Santosa stated that the floods have become an overwhelming disaster as 25 out of the 30 ... ( read on )
Army personnel deployed to help disaster victims
Military Area Command (Kodam) III/Siliwangi deployed thousands of personnel to help the flood victims in a number of areas in West Java and Banten. Commander of Kodam III/Siliwangi Major General Dedi Kusnadi Thamim, on Monday, stated that Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel have been deployed in the flood areas since the last few days.

"The TNI personnel ... ( read on )
Sinking of Permata vessel leaves two dead
The sinking of the Permata Sukron vessel on Sunday evening in Lembata District led to the deaths of two passengers. The accident occurred on Sunday evening, claiming two casualties identified as a husband and wife, according Vice Regent of E Flores Valens Tukan in a phone interview with ANTARA News here on Monday.

Valens stated ... ( read on )
President calls on all sides to remain on flood alert
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on all elements to remain alert against floods because rainfall was expected to be still high in the coming several weeks. The president made the remarks after holding a meeting on floods and observed the flood command post in Bidara Cina, East Jakarta, on Sunday.

"It is not yet safe ... ( read on )
Number of flood refugees increases two-fold
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has reported that the number of flood refugees in Jakarta jumped more than two-fold on Saturday, compared to the number of those on Friday.

"The number of evacuees rose on Saturday from 19 thousand to 43 thousand," BNPB Chief Syamsul Maarif said to the President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on ... ( read on )
6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off Flores island
A strong earthquake struck the Savu Sea off the Indonesian island of Flores on early Saturday morning, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. No tsunami warnings were issued.

The 6.3-magnitude earthquake at 4.32 a.m. local time (2032 GMT Friday) was centered in the Savu Sea about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) ... ( read on )
Seven-meter-long python caught by local residents
Local residents of Bengkulu, a province in Sumatra Island, have caught a python that was seven meters long with a body diameter of 25 centimeters.

"We succeeded in catching the python after it almost devoured a goat belonging to local resident," said Dartim, one of the men who caught the snake in Bengkulu, Tuesday. He ... ( read on )
Jamsostek readies to purchase Garuda Indonesia shares
Indonesia's PT Jaminan Sosial Tenaga Kerja (Jamsostek) on Wednesday announced that it is pushing to buy 7.5 percent of state-owned airline Garuda Indonesia's stock during its upcoming initial public offering.

Jamsostek Director Hotbonar Sinaga said the company is preparing a budget of Rp 900 billion ($100 million) to purchase Garuda's shares, which will reportedly be offered ... ( read on )
Gayus gets 7-year prison term in tax corruption case
In one of Indonesia's most media-covered corruption cases, tax officer Gayus Tambunan was sentenced to 7 years in prison for his involvement in bribes that led to his multibillion rupiah wealth, local media reported Wednesday.

Gayus, 31, was found guilty of bribing a judge and law enforcements, as well as misusing his authority in accepting tax ... ( read on )
Malaysian arrested with 10,000 ecstasy tablets
Customs in Tanjung Balai in Karimun Riau have arrested a Malaysian when he wanted to enter Indonesia with some 10,000 tablets of ecstasy and two kilograms of marijuana. The person, only identified as 45-year-old L.C.H. was asked to stop when he almost walked through the door leaving the harbor. Scanners here detected that something was ... ( read on )
Naik ojek 'haram'. Who cares?
A religious decree banning the use of ojek (motorcycle 'taxi') from the FMP3, which stands for for the name of a group of religious Islamic schools in East Java province, is completely ignored by the normal people in the Indonesian society. They see the use of ojek as a quick way to get anywhere when ... ( read on )
Captain of sunken ferry declared suspect
The captain of an Indonesian ship that sank in waters off Sulawesi island last week, leaving more than 200 missing, has been declared a suspect for possible negligence causing loss of life, National Police spokesman Abubakar Natraprawira said here on Monday. The 700-ton Teratai Prima with over 250 passengers and 17 crew members sunk before down ... ( read on )
Airporttax to be raised nationwide after Bali takes the lead
Angkasa Pura I - the government-owned operating authorities for all Indonesian airports is seeking government approval to increase passenger service charges by as much as 50% for Jakarta, bringing charges for international passengers in line with those already in place in Bali. The Chief Director of PT Angkasa Pura II Edie Haryoto told Bisnis Indonesia that ... ( read on )
Visa-free facility proposed for ten countries
Travel Trade Gazette's (TTG) Mimi Hudoyo reports that the Indonesian Department of Culture and Tourism is seeking agreement to change current visa regulations to permit visa-free short visits from 10 countries. If the proposal submitted to the Ministry of Law and Human Rights is successful, the citizens of Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, U.K., Germany, ... ( read on )
Minor quake jolts Yogyakarta
A minor tectonic earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale shook Yogyakarta at 5.56 a.m. on Saturday. Traumatized by last year`s quake which killed thousands of people in the province, residents living near the epicenter were made panicked. Tiar Prasetyo of the Meteorological and Geophysics (BMG) said that the epicenter of the quake was located ... ( read on )
Indonesia may curb exports of crude palm oil
Indonesia, the world's second largest palm oil grower, may curb unprocessed exports of the commodity to encourage the development of local refining, an official at the Trade Ministry said. Curbing overseas sales of crude palm oil (CPO) is among the options that will be discussed at a meeting on January 22, Agus Tjahyono, agricultural exports ... ( read on )
Bird flu claims 62nd human life in West Java
Bird flu has killed a woman in Indonesia, the 62nd death from the virus in the country with the highest human fatality rate, a health ministry official said on Saturday. The 19-year-old woman from West Java died on Friday, Dr. Muhammad Nadirin at the ministry's bird flu centre, told Reuters. "She was sick since Jan. ... ( read on )
Papua refugees charge Indonesia with genocide
Indonesia has denied claims by asylum-seekers in Australia that genocide was taking place in the remote Indonesian province of Papua. The claim came from a group of more than 40 Papuans who fled their homes by boat last week, and then disappeared for several days before landing in tropical northern Australia. The group of 36 adults ... ( read on )
Indonesia detains more terrorist suspects
In less than 24 hours, Indonesian anti-terrorism police detained two terrorist suspects and close aides to the country's most-wanted militant, Malaysian Noordin Mohammad Top, local media reports said Thursday. After detaining an Indonesian militant on Wednesday afternoon, the anti-terrorist squad on Thursday morning arrested another Muslim radical in Central Java province, the state-run Antara news ... ( read on )
Jakarta floods force minister to take ojek
Torrential rainfall flooded parts of Jakarta early Wednesday (19/1/05), causing severe traffic congestion that forced Manpower and Transmigration Minister Fahmi Idris to take an ojek (motorbike taxi) to work. Idris left his house near Jalan Warung Buncit, South Jakarta, in his chauffeur-driven Volvo limousine supplied by the state, but the vehicle soon became trapped in ... ( read on )
Indonesia hopeful of peace talks with GAM
The Indonesian Government says it hopes to be in talks with the Free Aceh separatist movement (GAM) in Aceh before the end of the month. Indonesia's Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda said there must be a silver lining to the catastrophe and he said contacts were already being established to re-start peace negotiations with GAM rebels ... ( read on )
The son of founding president set to run for office
A son of Indonesia's founding president Sukarno says he is willing in principle to battle his sisters, including incumbent president, Megawati Sukarnoputri, for the presidency this year. Muhammad Guruh Sukarnoputra, an official with President Megawati's own Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, will need the backing of a party to stand in the country's first direct ... ( read on )
Parties strive to meet deadline
All 24 parties contesting this April's polls managed to submit their revised candidature documents on Monday to the General Elections Commission (KPU), but only thanks to the commission's leniency. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Social Democratic Labor Party (PBSD), the Indonesian Unity Party (PSI), the United Democratic ... ( read on )
Fuel en electricity prices down again
Indonesia's government cut selected fuel and electricity prices after recent hikes sparked popular protests last week, but tried to appease its international creditors by saying the move won't have any effect on the 2003 budget. Indonesia pushed fuel and electricity prices higher this month as part of a policy to slash the budget deficit under ... ( read on )
Mega support wanes as protests continue
When she became president 18 months ago, Megawati Sukarnoputri was lauded as a champion of the poor, a mother figure who promised to look after the "orang kecil" - the downtrodden little guy. But mention her name in the narrow alleys of Indonesia's hideously overcrowded slums and impoverished rural villages nowadays and you'll hear cries ... ( read on )
Bombs at TMII provided by fugitive Tommy: Police
Police said on Saturday a woman arrested at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) on Friday in the possession of three bombs admitted she received the bombs from Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, the fugitive son of former president Soeharto. They also said they had uncovered a number of clues that pointed to Tommy's possible involvement in ... ( read on )
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Alwi Shihab is elected chairman of former president Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid's National Awakening Party (PKB) after his strongest competitor, Saifullah Yusuf, withdrew his candidacy from the chairmanship race during a party congress in Yogyakarta.
A group of 17 officials of the Islam-based United Development Party (PPP), led by noted Muslim cleric Zainuddin MZ, declares the establishment of the United Development Party of Reform (PPP-Reformasi) in a modest ceremony at a hotel in Senayan, Jakarta.
President Abdurrahman Wahid's government unveils its first state budget, aimed at rebuilding the crippled banking sector, stamping out corruption and placating separatist movements in resource-rich provinces.
The Indonesian government and Bank Indonesia sign a new agreement with the International Monetary Fund, clearing the way for new loans to the country.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers promises to provide more technical and financial support to Indonesia if the country continues with its political and economic reform program.
U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, in Washington, promises Minister of Foreign Affairs Alwi Shihab a large increase in aid, and gives Jakarta time to investigate human rights abuses in E. Timor internally before Washington seeks an outside probe.
Abdurrahman Wahid, or Gus Dur, the chairman of the Nahdlatul Ulama Islamic organization, undergoes three hours of brain surgery at Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital in Central Jakarta.
President Soeharto ends months of speculation about whether he will run in the March presidential election for a record seventh term, by accepting the nomination of Golkar, the Armed Forces and the bureaucracy.
The remains of Tri Harto Darmawan, or Eri, who was murdered in Los Angeles, is flown home to Jakarta a week after the arrival of the body Gina Sutan Aswar, another victim in the same case.
The Netherlands grants US$1 million to Indonesia for projects to assist female workers in East and West Java, Jakarta and South Sulawesi.
Indonesia's Ardy B. Wiranata wins the men's singles title at the US$100,000 Japan Open badminton championships in Tokyo, while his teammate Susi Susanti is defeated by Huang Hua of China in the women's singles final.
Maj. Gen. Boesyiri Soeryawinoto is installed as Irian Jaya governor, replacing Brig. Gen. H. Soetran.
Wilopo, a national movement activist and former prime minister and Supreme Consultative Body chief, dies at the age of 71.
Earthquakes hit Kurima Jaya Wijaya regency, killing 15 people, while 2,000 others are trapped by landslide at the foot of Mount Jaya Wijaya.
Japan signs the Japan-Indonesia Peace Pact, in which it pledges to provide Indonesia US$223,080,000 in compensation in the form of properties, capital and services. Japan occupied Indonesia from March 1942 to August 1945.
Indian PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru opens the Asian Conference on Indonesia in New Delhi, held at the initiative of India and Burma. The conference calls for the return of the Indonesian govt to Yogyakarta and the withdrawal of Dutch troops from Indonesia.
Burmese leader U Aung San, at a congress of the Anti-Fascist People's Freedom League in Rangoon, states that the Burmese people support the struggle of the Indonesian people.
Acehnese Sultan Mahmud Syah II is forced to surrender after Dutch commander Van Heutsz arrests and takes his two wives hostage.
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