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Flooding spreads to other areas in Indonesia
In the past two weeks, floods and landslides have hit parts of Indonesia, particularly Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi, and Kalimantan Islands, and continue to spread further, thereby claiming more lives as torrential rains continue to lash.

In Jakarta, the number of refugees has shown a steep rise from 30,784 people recorded on January 19, to 89,334 ... ( read on )
Customs office investigates suspected cooking oil smuggling
The Customs and Excise Office of the Nunukan District, East Kalimantan, is investigating the alleged smuggling of 3.74 tons of cooking oil from Malaysia.

On Wednesday, Nunukan Customs Office Chief Eko Yulianto Widhi reported that his office was examining the 220 packs of cooking oil, each weighing 17 kg, and could not yet ascertain whether ... ( read on )
President to spend night in Sinabung evacuee camp
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will spend Thursday night in an evacuee camp with victims of the Mount Sinabung eruptions in North Sumatras Karo district.

"The President who will be accompanied by (First Lady) Ani Yudhoyono and entourage is scheduled to arrive at the Soewondo military base in Medan at 9 a.m. local time. He will ... ( read on )
Landslide kills 12 people in Kudus
A landslide has reportedly killed 12 residents from Duku Kembangan, Menawan village, Gebog sub-district, Kudus District, Central Java Province, on Tuesday evening. Of the 12 casualties, however, only one body has been found so far while the rest are believed to have been still buried under the mud, stated Suroso, head of the social affairs ... ( read on )
3,500 police officers to be deployed at flood-hit areas
The Police Headquarters will deploy 3,500 police officers at several areas in Indonesian that have been hit by floods, landslides, and volcano eruption. "The 3,500 policemen are from the Police Headquarters and Mobile Brigade," Commissioner General Badrodin Haiti, the head of the Police Headquarters Security and Maintenance Departement, stated here on Wednesday.

They will be ... ( read on )
Ex-district head facing 9 years jail term
Former Banyuwangi district head Ratna Ani Lestari, tried for alleged corruption by a Surabaya district court, is facing a sentence of nine years in jail.

Prosecutor Firmanyah asked the court on Tuesday to punish Ratna with a nine year`s imprisonment saying Ratna was found guilty of causing a loss of Rp19.7 billion to the state ... ( read on )
Indonesian and US air forces to hold joint training
The Indonesian Air Force and the US Pacific Air Force will hold a joint training called "Pacific Angel" here from April 22 to 28 this year.

"The joint training in engineering capacity and medical capacity is aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries and to practice exchange of information," Col. Frits MR, deputy ... ( read on )
Governor: 'Jakarta flood losses mau reach Rp20 trillion'
Jakarta is likely to suffer losses of up to Rp20 trillion (US$2 billion) as a result of the floods that have inundated the capital since January 15. In order to better tackle floods in the future, Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo proposed the construction of a multipurpose underground tunnel in the city.

"Building a deep tunnel ... ( read on )
Thousands of Jakartans still displaced by flood
National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) head of data, information and public relations Sutopo Purwo Nugroho has stated that at least 33,502 people who were affected by the floods in Jakarta continue to take shelter in evacuation camps.

"Although the floods have subsided, some evacuees are still staying in the camps. As of 8.30pm today, the ... ( read on )
One dead, seven injured in Aceh earthquake
One dead and seven injured following an earthquake measuring 6 on the Richter scale that hit Pidie district, Aceh Provice, at 05.26 am on Tuesday. "A nine-year old girl died after her house collapsed due to earthquake," Aceh province`s Chief of Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) Jarwansyah said here on Tuesday.

A major earthquake 6 on ... ( read on )
GKI Yasmin church mass disrupted by protest
A Sunday mass being held at the house of a congregation member at the Taman Yasmin complex, and which was being attended by around 50 members of the the GKI Yasmin church, was forced to stop when a group of protesters arrived and demanded that the congregation halt the service.

Hendrik, one of the congregation members ... ( read on )
Japan to repatriate remains of WWII dead from Papua
The Japanese government plans to repatriate the remains of Japanese World War II dead still to be found in several parts of Papua province, a local tourism official said.

The Japanese government has formed a team to handle the repatriation and it was scheduled to meet the Indonesian government in Jakarta next March, Ch ... ( read on )
Doubts over announced fuel subsidy cut
Tempo Interactive reports that the State-Owned Oil company Pertamina have publicly admitted that are not prepared to implement the government policy to sell non-subsidized Pertamax fuel to the public on April 1, 2012.

“From the 3,062 gas stations in Java and Bali, there are 687 stations that haven’t switched their tanks to Pertamax,” said Pertamina’s ... ( read on )
US satellite detects 61 hot spots in Sumatra
The US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) has detected 61 hot spots on Sumatra Island, according to the Ketaping Padang meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG).

The hot spots were detected in West Sumatra, Riau, Jambi, Bengkulu and South Sumatra Provinces, and producing haze that is blanketing the areas," Padang BMKG head Syafrizal said ... ( read on )
Dutch tourist missing on Mount Agung on Bali
A Dutch tourist and a local tour guide have been missing since Wednesday on Mount Agung on the Indonesian island of Bali's Karangasem district.

The Dutch tourist known as Eric, and Wayan, the tour guide, left for Mt. Agung on Monday at 10 a.m. local time with four other climbers. It was raining and Mount Agung ... ( read on )
From hotel room to standard prison cell
Artalyta Suryani, a businesswoman convicted for corruption, thought she had it all figured out after she was put in prison for her crime. Her cell in the Pondok Bambu prison in East Jakarta was turned into a hotel room in which she was supposed to stay for a few years. Her 64 square meter large ... ( read on )
Good hopes for growth of tourism in 2010
The Bali Hotels Association (BHA) has forecast a 5% to 7% growth for the Bali tourism market on the back of increased flights from KLM and Garuda. In terms of geographical source of arrivals, BHA expects markets from Europe, Russia, the Middle East and the United States to grow strongly in the second half of ... ( read on )
Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 31
Two people have died from bird flu near the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. According to the country's health ministry, the victims were a 29-year-old woman who died in December and a 5-year-old girl who died earlier this month. More people have lost their lives to bird flu in Indonesia than in any other country in the ... ( read on )
MD82's; the Wings Air trash bin for air transport
At the end of last year I was able to experience how it was to fly a brand new plane as well as a very old one in just a matter of days. That very old one was a short domestic flight from Jakarta to Yogyakarta with Indonesia Air Asia, while just several months earlier ... ( read on )
Indonesia also scraps import duty on soybeans
The Indonesian government has removed the ten percent import tax on soybean effective from today and is studying more measures to deal with the rising price of the commodity in global markets, an official said Monday. The tax could be re-imposed if the price of soybean falls, said Bayu Krisnamurti, Deputy Coordinating Minister for Economic ... ( read on )
Indonesia to scrap import duty on wheat
The Indonesian government will exempt wheat from import duty as surging wheat and flour prices have hurt local food producers, an official said Monday. "The 5 percent duty on wheat will be scrapped, what we need now is a ministerial decree," Bayu Krisnamurthi, a deputy for coordinating minister for economic affairs, was quoted by ... ( read on )
Wilders endangers his fellow countrymen all over the world
Many are waiting for the moment - unfortunately a big part of the people is only waiting for it for negative reasons - the short move made by Dutch politician Geert Wilders about the Koran, the holy book for Muslims. He wants to show the world that Islam is a religion of violence and that ... ( read on )
10 killed in gunbattle in Poso
Nine militants and one policeman were killed in a gunbattle when Indonesian police trying to capture wanted-militants allegedly played leading role in the communal clash years ago in Poso of Central Sulawesi province of Indonesia, provincial police chief Badrodin Haiti said. Police have been blocked by militants with shootings and hand- made bombs in Tegal Rejo ... ( read on )
Gunbattle with suspected Sulawesi militants kills 3
Police raided a suspected Islamic militant stronghold in central Indonesia on Monday, touching off a gunbattle that killed an officer and two civilians, police said. The clash took place in Poso town on Sulawesi Island, the scene of bloody fighting between Muslim and Christian gangs six years ago and sporadic bombings and shootings by Islamic ... ( read on )
Child killed, five wounded in earthquake off Sulawesi
One child was killed and five people were injured in a violent earthquake that rocked north Sulawesi Island in Indonesia Sunday night. The epicenter was in the Molucca Sea at 1927 (1127 GMT), some 160km (100 miles) south-east of the city of Manado. The earthquake, which measured 6.5 on the Richter scale, was centered some ... ( read on )
VP Kalla holds historic meeting with GAM chiefs
As snow floated down from the dark skies over Finland's capital Helsinki, Vice President Jusuf Kalla and exiled leaders of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) held a historic meeting aimed at building a long-lasting peace in Aceh. Kalla met for the first time with GAM leaders Malik Mahmud and Zaini Abdullah here Friday evening (early ... ( read on )
Villages swamped in NTT, Jambi
Continuous rain during the past few days has flooded many villages in East Nusa Tenggara and Jambi, with waters more than a meter deep in some areas. Thirteen villages were affected by the flooding in Belu and the Rote Ndao regencies. In Rote Ndao a local wharf was destroyed by floodwaters. "Three school buildings were damaged ... ( read on )
Floods strike dozens of villages in Nusa Tenggara
A flash flood inundated a village with 2 meters (6 feet) of water, killing three villagers and forcing hundreds to flee their homes on the Indonesian island of Lombok, a local official and media report said on Sunday. The flood in the Sambalia subdistrict also left six people missing, Kompas online reported on Sunday. Three people ... ( read on )
Bakso Belanda
Back home for a week, leaving me with lots of work at the office, at home and in Indonesia. Maybe it's just good that I'm working hard right from the day I'm home, because I'm quite sure I would be missing Indonesia like hell when I was bored to death here. It was just 6 ... ( read on )
Graft forces Indonesia to beg for money
Indonesia would not need to "beg" for money from the international community if it tackled the corruption costing the cash-strapped country some $28.4 billion a year, an outspoken minister said. In typically blunt comments, Planning Minister Kwik Kian Gie told donors meeting in Bali that among the losses to the state from graft, Indonesia was ... ( read on )
Megawati to seek re-election
Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri says she would run for re-election in 2004, predicting that tens of millions of Indonesians will support her despite rising criticism of her 19-month tenure in office. Her comments to members of her political party signal the opening shots in her campaign for next year's elections, and showed how seriously she ... ( read on )
Flooding, a chronic problem in Jakarta
If you think flooding in Jakarta is a new phenomenon you couldn't be more wrong. For hundreds of years, perhaps even longer, the area where the capital is situated has been plagued by annual flooding.As early as the 1640s the administration of the then Batavia, the Dutch East India Company (VOC), had realized the need ... ( read on )
Mt. Merapi activity intensifies: Rizal
Monday's activity of the 2,968-meter-high Merapi volcano increased nearly threefold compared to the day before with the emission of increasing amounts of lava and gas clouds, and dust seen blanketing its slopes, except for the eastern side. Head of the Yogyakarta Volcanology Development and Research Station (BPPTK) Syamsul Rizal said that between midnight and 6 ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
Japan pledges some Rp 20 billion (US$2 million) in education grants for Indonesia for 2002.
Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Yukio Takeuchi inaugurates dormitories and classrooms of the Pabelan Islamic boarding school in Magelang, C. Java, which the Japanese govt helped finance in 2001 with assistance reaching more than Rp 800 million.
Dozens of women from the province of Riau protest in front of the Ministry of Home Affairs in Jakarta, demanding govt approval for the establishment of a Riau Islands province.
Tengku Abdullah Syafei, 46, the commander of the armed wing of the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM), is shot dead by the Indonesian Military (TNI), in a raid on his jungle headquarters in Cubo, Pidie regency, 135 kilometers east of Banda Aceh.
Pres. Abdurrahman Wahid abruptly walks out of a meeting with the House of Representatives' special committee investigating the State Logistics Agency and Brunei scandals after the committee fails to clarify whether it is a political forum or legal one.
Thirty-four people are killed in landslides triggered by days of heavy rain in Sangihe Talaud regency on Sangir island, about 209 kilometers from Manado Port, North Sulawesi, while 20 others are feared dead.
Veteran writer Slamet Soeseno dies at his office in Jakarta of heart failure at the age of 73.
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 South Sulawesi capital of Makassar march to the police station to demand the release of people detained during recent street rallies.
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.
Indonesian 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.
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, Central Java. Soeharto refuses to meet with the residents.
The East Jakarta District Court sentences Sunarto, alias Babeb 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.
The government bans the Hindu Sai Baba sect for violating a number of regulations.
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.
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 million) at the complex of the PT Texmaco Perkasa textile factory in Karawang, West Java.
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Paias Wingti ends his four-day visit to Indonesia, emphasizing the significance of promoting solid Indonesia-PNG ties as part of the "total foreign policy" of his country.
Lawyer Adnan Buyung Nasution pleads guilty to contempt of court and is admonished by the Indonesian Bar Association for his actions during the trial of former ASEAN secretary-general HR Dharsono, who was facing charges of subversion in January last year.
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 Java Governor Azwar Anas announces a temporary ban on the circulation of soccer betting sheets after complaints from local cultural figures.
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 (MPR) 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.
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