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Lion Air plane fails to land at El Tari Airport
On Tuesday, a Lion Air plane failed to land at the El Tari Airport in the East Nusa Tenggara provincial capital of Kupang amid bad weather conditions.

The pilot of the plane serving the Jakarta-Surabaya-Kupang flight route decided to divert the flight to the Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar, Bali, while awaiting favorable weather conditions, ... ( read on )
Two terror suspects Poso group arrested in Surabaya
Two terror suspects arrested in Surabaya, East Java, on Monday night are believed to be part of the Poso group led by Santoso, who has long been on the polices most-wanted list, claimed the Police.

"They were involved in training terrorists in Poso, Central Sulawesi. They had links with the Santoso-led Poso group," Head of ... ( read on )
Minister: 'Villa demolition yet to solve flood problem'
Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya stated that the demolition of illegal villas in the Puncak resort area have not yet been able to solve the environment problem. "We support the measure to demolish illegal villas in the area, but it has not really solved the flood problem," the minister stated, while examining the demolition of illegal ... ( read on )
President summons East Java governor over zoo problem
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono summoned East Java Governor Soekarwo and Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharani to discuss the problem being faced by the Surabaya Zoo (KBS).

"I have summoned them to here to discuss the KBS. I have been informed of the zoo problem. Policies must be laid down and steps must be taken. There might ... ( read on )
Karawang district declares state of emergency
The Karawang district administration in West Java has declared a state of emergency following floods that affected 25 sub-districts in the past few days. "Karawang is in a state of emergency for 14 days starting January 19," Karawang district head H. Ade Swara said in a press statement released on Tuesday.

He expressed hope that ... ( read on )
Govt to divert ciliwung river flow to control flood
The government plans to build a waterway to divert excess Ciliwung river flow to the East Flood Control Canal(KBT) to reduce flooding in the capital city in the future, according to Djoko Kirmanto. The public works minister said here on Monday the cost of the project was estimated at around Rp500 billion.

"In a meeting ... ( read on )
Police to investigate flood at UOB basement
Police will investigate the recent flooding at the basement of Plaza UOB on Jl MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta which left two people dead. "We will look into whether or not a criminal offense has been committed," Head of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Insp. Gen. Putut Eko Bayuseno said here on Monday.

Putut said ... ( read on )
Number of flood victims is on the rise
Governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo, said the number of flood victims in Jakarta has reached 103,000. "Yesterday, there were 103,000 victims, an increase from 91,000 on Saturday," said the Governor, who is also known as Jokowi, on Monday.

The Jakarta health office has set up 128 command posts in Jakarta, eight in Central Jakarta, 24 ... ( read on )
Government dismisses idea of moving capital city
The government indicates it is not in favor of moving the capital city from Jakarta saying it opts for seeking to prevent the city`s almost annual flooding. Presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said here on Monday President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has hinted no interest in moving the capital city.

Yudhoyono instead ordered for the ... ( read on )
Floods kill three in Bekasi
The floods that hit Bekasi district, West Java province, on January 18-19 have killed three people, according to a spokesman of the Bekasi Police Chief, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Bambang Wahyudi.

"The three victims include Omang, a 62-year-old farmer, and Samin, a 32-year-old cleaning service staff member. The identity of the third man remains unknown," he ... ( read on )
Floods affects some telecommunication infrastructure facilities
The Ministry of Communications and Information said some telecommunications infrastructure facilities in flood-affected locations in Jakarta were still off due to floods.

"The floods affected some telecommunications infrastructure facilities. Some of them are still off now," Gatot S Dewa Broto, the head of the ministry`s Information Center and Public Relations Affairs, said here on Monday.

... ( read on )
Thousand evacuees in Kampung Melayu return home
Thousand evacuees in Kampung Melayu returned home on Monday as the flood water in one of the worst-hit areas in the capital city had decreased. "The number of remaining evacuees is now less than 2,700," Kampung Melayu Village Head Bambang Pangestu said at his office.

He said many of them have not yet returned because ... ( read on )
Officials of Religious Affairs banned from leaving Indonesia
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has banned two senior officials of the religious affairs ministry over alleged corruption in the ministry .

The anti graft agency banned Ahmad Jauhari and Abdul Karim since January 16 as they are needed for investigations of corruption case over the procurement of the Koran in 2011-2012, KPK spokesman Johan ... ( read on )
Over 60 thousand evacuated due to floods in Karawang
Over 60 thousand residents have been evacuated in Karawang district, West Java, due to floods in 80 villages, 23 subdisricts, Karawang district Head Ade Swara said here on Sunday.

The district head said that the flood victims were evacuated to different safer places, makeshifts, refugee camps, mosques, house-shops and other shelters. Karawang`s disaster mitigation agency`s ... ( read on )
Facebook blamed for higher divorce rate
The social networking service Facebook has become quite popular in Indonesia but it is now believed to be a factor contributing to a rapid increase in the divorce rate, a local religious court official said.

The South Bengkulu religious court which handles divorce suits had recorded a total of 26 divorce cases since January ... ( read on )
Five soldiers named suspects in illegal immigrants case
Five Indonesian army (TNI-AD) members have been named suspects in the case of illegal immigrants whose boat sank in Prigi, Trenggalek, East Java, recently, on its way to Australia.

"Based on the results of an investigation, more suspects have been named, namely chief sergeant K, chief corporal K, sub-second lieutenant S, second sergeant M and ... ( read on )
10-year old girl eaten by crocodile in Indonesia
A crocodile has eaten a ten-year old girl that was playing in a river in Indonesia. This is the second child to be eaten at the same location in the past two months. This according to a spokesperson of the district of Lembata in eastern Indonesia.

The girl was swimming in the Wailolong river in West ... ( read on )
Microsoft to invest around $2.5 billion in Indonesia
Microsoft on Friday announced that it will invest around $2.5 billion in Indonesia to develop cloud-computing systems, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Sutanto Hartono, CEO of Microsoft Indonesia, said that the software giant agreed on a partnership with Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), Astra Graphia Information Technology, Greenview and Infynis System Indonesia for the project.

Cloud-computing systems consist in vast ... ( read on )
Indonesian woman locked and chained for 20 years
A 41-year-old Indonesian woman suffering from a mental disorder has been locked up and chained by her parents for 20 years in a small room, the Jakarta Post reported Thursday.

In 1990, a military officer forced Samsudin Purba, the father of Butet, 41, to lock her up in a room about 60 feet behind his house ... ( read on )
Indonesia and India to begin economic cooperation talks
With Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's scheduled visit to India next week, the two countries are expected to begin talks in order to enter a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA), the Business Standard reported Thursday.

Deputy Minister in Indonesia's Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Rizal Effendi Lukman told the paper that Yudhoyono, who will be the ... ( read on )
Indonesian soldiers face jail over torture video
A prosecutor asked the Jayapura Military Court in Indonesia's Papua Province on Thursday to sentence three soldiers for torturing two Papuans, local daily The Jakarta Globe reported.

Prosecutor Lt. Col. Edy Imran recommended to sentence the three soldiers - Second Sgt. Iwan Riskianto, First Pvt. Yason Agu and First Pvt. Thamrin Makangiri - to 12 months, ... ( read on )
Garuda to go public within a matter of months
The Indonesian government has confirmed that the national airline PT Garuda Indonesia will offer up to 25% of its shares via an initial public offering scheduled for Q2 of 2010. To this end, an underwriter has been appointed by Garuda.

"25% of Garuda shares will be released to the market. The funds will be used to ... ( read on )
What's in the picture? #16
What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on 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 ... ( read on )
Denpasar will organise ogoh-ogoh contest
To welcome the Balinese New Year of Nyepi, which will be observed in March this year, the city of Denpasar has announced that it will organize an ogoh-ogoh contest in the city. It has informed all banjar - village community groups - to join the contest, that should also become a tourist attraction.

Ogoh-ogoh are large ... ( read on )
Survey: 'Police most corrupt institution in Indonesia'
Based on a survey held by Transparansi Internasional Indonesia (TII), the Indonesian police is seen as the most corrupt institution in the country. On the other hand the Council of Islamic Scholars (MUI) is seen as least corrupt. The survey was held between September and December 2008. Almost 4.000 people in 50 cities across the ... ( read on )
Yogya 'clean', Kupang most corrupt city in Indonesia
Yogyakarta, which is known as the city of education, has been named as the city most clean of corruption. Kupang, in East Nusa Tenggara, holds the last position and is seen as the most corrupt in the country. These are the results from a survey held by Transparansi Internasional Indonesia (TII), held in 50 cities ... ( read on )
Pine tree forest near beach used for 'free sex'
A pine tree forest near the beach of Samas, in the district of Bantul in the province of Yogyakarta, which is planted to reduce the impact of natural events like tsunami's, is currently being used for other purposes. On weekend days and during holidays, the location becomes an area where couples have sex with each ... ( read on )
Search halted for missing students on Mount Agung
The search on Bali's Mount Agung for two missing students from Bandung's Widyatama University - Eko Saputra Sudirman and Yunita Indah Savitri has been halted. As reported earlier, three trekkers went missing on December 26, 2007, with a search effort commenced on December 30, 2007. The body of one of the hikers, Muhammad Ikbal (21) ... ( read on )
Indonesian beaches ravaged by 2004 tsunami still eroding
The catastrophic damage of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was mostly done within a few hours, but that was just the beginning of a different process that may take up to a decade or more to complete - the stabilization of new beaches and landforms in areas ravaged by this disaster. In continued studies, researchers ... ( read on )
Jakarta residents line up for free meat; mass poultry culls
200701201. The virus has killed more than 160 people worldwide, and scientists fear it could mutate into a form that is easily transmitted between people, possibly creating a pandemic that could kill millions. In the Indonesian capital, about 300 people took home fresh chicken meat from a field where residents voluntarily turned in about 10,000 chickens, ... ( read on )
Strong earthquake panics residents in Sulawesi
A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.3 shook buildings in this provincial capital in Indonesia's northern Sulawesi island on Sunday and sent residents fleeing from their homes, a Reuters eyewitness said. "You could feel shaking up and down and to the left and right," he said. "People panicked and ran out of their homes. They are ... ( read on )
7.3 earthquake off coast of Ternate
7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Sunday about 30 miles under the Molucca Sea in northeastern Indonesia, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicenter of the major quake was about 80 miles from the city of Ternate, in north eastern Indonesia, it said. It had a depth of more than six miles below the ocean floor. An official with ... ( read on )
Militant admits to beheading Christian girls
ensions remained high in Indonesia’s volatile region of Poso Saturday, January 20, after a key Islamic militant admitted to taking part in the killing of three Christian high school girls there in 2005. He reportedly also confessed to shooting the Rev. Susianty Tinulele to death in Palu in 2004. In a written statement in Central Jakarta ... ( read on )
Three moderate earthquakes shake Indonesia on one day
An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale occurred in the waters of Taliwang, West Sumba district, West Nusa Tenggra, at 10:10 a.m. (0310 GMT) on Saturday. "The earthquake took place under the sea water, some 291 km to the south east of Taliwang," Fausi of the Meteorological and Geophysics office said here on Saturday. The ... ( read on )
Indonesia, Malaysia floods drive timber prices
Massive flooding in Malaysia and Indonesia, the world's top two exporters of tropical timber, has forced timber prices up sharply, according to a new industry report. "The incessant rainfall and widespread flooding drove prices for Malaysian timber products sharply up," the International Tropical Timber Organisation was quoted by AFP as saying in its latest newsletter. "With ... ( read on )
Wreckage of missing Adam Air plane not found yet
Efforts to find the wreckage of Indonesia's Adam Air plane that went missing during a flight from Java to North Sulawesi Jan.1 had not yielded any positive results, said Antara News Agency on Sunday. Efforts to find the plane wreckage were continuing with the focus on the sea with security personnel stationed in the areas concerned ... ( read on )
Diarrhea, dengue lurk as floods hit Jakarta
The city health agency has warned of the threat of water-borne diseases following recent flooding in the city. Agency spokeswoman Zelvino said Thursday that during the rainy season residents were more at risk for diseases, particularly diarrhea, leptospirosis and dengue fever, which is found mostly during and shortly after the rainy season. Whatever germs people carry ... ( read on )
Megawati's sister named SBY's adviser
In what could add fuel to their sibling rivalry, Rachmawati Soekarnoputri, younger sister of former president Megawati, has crossed family lines and accepted the invitation of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to join his presidential team of advisers, reported. Presidential spokesman Andi Mallarangeng confirmed Friday that Susilo, who had a falling out with Megawati as a ... ( read on )
Two died of bird flu in Indonesia
Two Indonesian children died of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, the World Health Organization has confirmed. The deaths of the 13-year-old girl and her four-year-old brother bring the total number of bird flu fatalities in Indonesia to 14. More than 80 people have died since its resurgence in December 2003. The 13-year-old Indonesian girl ... ( read on )
Donors pledge $5.1 billion to Indonesia
A grouping of donor nations has pledged to provide Indonesia with $5.1 billion in aid this year, comprising $3.4 billion in regular assistance, as well as $1.7 billion to help rebuild northern Sumatra, where about 166,000 people were killed by last month’s earthquake and tsunamis. The $1.7 billion for emergency relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction in ... ( read on )
Reporting Aceh emotional for Najwa
Visions of battered Aceh and North Sumatra provinces struck television reporter Najwa Shihab last month with something she thought she had already knew: What journalism is all about. With her distinctive radiance Najwa may appear to be just like any other TV reporter-cum-anchor, with more unkind critics even suggesting that she is a bit overrated. ... ( read on )
Two killed in Gresik chemical plant explosion
Two people were killed and at least 52 injured when an explosion ripped through a chemical factory near Indonesia's second city of Surabaya on Tuesday in what appeared to be an accident, officials said. Hundreds of people fled their homes in nearby villages after the blast, fearing chemical contamination and the spread of a fire ... ( read on )
Gigolos in Jakarta
Jakarta, a city which is famous for its night life, discos, pubs has also a hidden unmasked Zorro's which we call gigolos who never show up them selves freely in normal daily life. Lapangan Banteng, a place in the heart of the city near Senen is a chosen place for these hidden folks to appear in ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
Former Bank Indonesia director Hendrobudiyanto stands trial at the Central Jakarta District Court, charged with manipulating the central bank's liquidity support funds (BLBI) and causing state losses of Rp 18.2 trillion.
Minister of Manpower and Transmigration J. Nua Wea apologizes to Malaysian govt for a violent riot involving 400 Indonesian workers at a textile factory in a town outside Kuala Lumpur 4 days ago, sparked by the arrest of 16 Indonesians on drug charges.
Indonesian Mujahidin Council (MMI) leader Abu Bakar Ba'asyir strongly denies having any links with Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network, although he says he supports the group's work for the cause of Islamic law and for its anti- U.S. stance.
Twenty-one members of the National Mandate Party (PAN), including Bara Hasibuan, Faisal Basri and Toeti Herati, officially resign, saying the party's policy is not in line with its platform and reform agenda.
A National Commission on Human Rights fact-finding team starts its inquiry into the year-long sectarian violence in Maluku.
The moderate Muslim-based National Awakening Party (PKB) and the nationalist Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan) vow they will strengthen their partnership to calm rising regional and sectarian tension.
Thousands of students from various colleges and universities and the congregation of Al Markaz al Islami Mosque in the S. Sulawesi capital of Makassar march to the police station to demand the release of people who were detained during recent street demo.
Former state minister of the empowerment of state enterprises Tanri Abeng and Bank Indonesia official Erman Munzir are officially named suspects in the Rp 546-billion Bank Bali scandal.
Five Indonesian cartoonists from Central Java -- Zainal Abidin, Mohammad Muslih, Koestana, Jitet and Misri -- win prizes at 21st Yomiuri International Cartoon Contest held by Japan's leading newspaper, "Yomiuri Shimbun".
Economist Faisal Basri criticizes the IMF for failing to explicitly admit its inability to address the country's economic woes, instead stubbornly demonstrating its arrogance by defending its widely criticized measures, including its tight monetary policy
More than 100 Kedungombo residents who were evicted from their land in the 1990s to make way for a dam, pray during a protest outside former president Soeharto's mansion in Kalitan, Solo, C. Java. Soeharto is on holiday with his family in the town.
Police say that two days of communal clashes in Maluku have claimed 24 lives, while unrest with similar religious and ethnic overtones flares up in other parts of the country, including North Sulawesi, West Kalimantan and Central Java.
Abdurrahman Wahid, chairman of Nahdlatul Ulama, RI's largest Muslim organization, denies he ever accused the Association of Indonesian Muslim Intellectuals (ICMI), chaired by State Min. of Research and Technology B.J. Habibie, of being a sectarian group.
The East Jakarta District Court sentences Sunarto, alias Babe bin Salman, 61, to four years in prison for sodomizing 10 street children between the ages of 11 and 16 between January 1994 and July 1996.
One person is killed and 40 others injured when an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale jolts the Kao and Malifut districts in Halmahera regency, North Maluku.
The government bans the Hindu Sai Baba sect for violating a number of regulations.
One hundred people are injured while participating in a religious ceremony when a hall in Bekasi, West Java, collapses.
Two oil tankers, "Maersk Navigator" and "Sanko Honour", collide in Indonesian waters 50 nautical miles west of the port of Sabang off the northern tip of Sumatra.
President Soeharto dedicates the operations of 48 new machinery, basic metal and electronics projects with a combined investment of about Rp 987 billion (US$483.5 m) at thecomplex of the PT Texmaco Perkasa textile factory in Karawang, West Java.
Papua New Guinea PM Paias Wingti ends his 4-day visit to RI, emphasizing the significance of promoting solid RI-PNG ties as part of the "total foreign policy" of his country, which has ties to SE Asia and the rest of the rest of the S. Pacific regions.
Film producer Bambang Prakosa, who is the husband of actress Yenny Rachman, is detained by the Jakarta Police over the kidnapping and assault of a magazine reporter by unidentified persons alleged to have links to the actress.
West Sumatra Governor Azwar Anas announces a temporary ban on the circulation of soccer betting sheets after complaints from local cultural figures.
The women's magazine "Sarinah" resumes publication after the government suspended it last December for violating regulations on management.
The Jakarta's special military command bans the poetry reading of "A Corruptor's Diary" by noted poet F. Rahardi for atheistic a day before its presentation in Jakarta.
Nine bombs explode near Borobudur temple in Muntilan, Central Java, causing extensive damage to the world-famous ancient Buddhist monument.
Seven people are killed and 32 others injured when two trains plying the Jakarta-Yogyakarta and Jakarta-Blitar routes crash near the village of Grumbul Wadastumpang, Kroya, in Central Java.
Sri Sultan Hamengkubowo IX is reelected as the chairman of the National Sports Council (KONI). He has held the post since 1976.
The Provisional People's Consultative Assembly (MPRS) holds a meeting to discuss President Sukarno's "Nawaksara" speech, and issues a statement saying the President has been neglectful in fulfilling his constitutional duties.
Former Koninklik Nederlands Indische Leger (KNIL) soldiers merge to form the United Republic of Indonesia's Armed Forces (APRIS), a realization of the results of the Round Table Conference on the military.
Maj. Gen. Mansergh, the British Commander in East Java, calls on rebellious groups in Surabaya to stop fighting and take part in negotiations between Indonesia and the Dutch.
The Dutch East Indie Company (VOC) grants permission for the entrance of Chinese immigrants, setting the maximum at 100 immigrants for a big "jung" (traditional Chinese ship) and 80 for small "jung", to stop the smuggling of immigrant in Batavia.
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