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Three flights to Semarang diverted to Surabaya
Three flights from Jakarta to Ahmad Yani Airport in Semarang was diverted to Juanda Airport in Surabaya due to bad weather on Thursday.

"Three flights were diverted to Surabaya, namely Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air and Sriwijaya Air," stated the General Affairs and Communication Section Head of PT Angkasa Pura I Ahmad Yani Airport Anom Fitranggono.

... ( read on )
Four dead in Yogyakarta train accident
Four motorists died after being hit by a train at a railroad crossing in Gamping village, Sleman district, Yogyakarta on Thursday. According to an eyewitness Priyo Priyono, the accident took place at 6 a.m. local time, when the railroad crossing gate closed to make way for "Prameks" train that was heading for Solo.

The ... ( read on )
Impeached district head not to contest supreme court ruling
Aceng HM Fikri, the district head of Garut who had caused an uproar after he divorced his new young wife just days after marriage, said he would not contest the Supreme Court` ruling for his dismissal.

"The MA ruling is final and no other legal avenues would be taken to contest it," he said at ... ( read on )
Navy hopes navy's third fleet to be operational in 2014
The navy hopes the plan to form a new navy fleet will come to reality in 2014, Navy spokesman CommodoreUntung Suropati said here on Wednesday.

The plan proposed by the navy is waiting only for an approval from the president to revise the presidential regulation No 10 in 2010 on the military organizational structure. ... ( read on )
Bali governor: 'Lindsay's death sentence fair'
Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika said the death sentence for British national Lindsay June Sandiford was fair. "We must honor the court`s ruling. They must have calculated consequences in narcotic crimes," he said here on Wednesday.

Lindsay (56) was sentenced to death on Tuesday after she was proven guilty of smuggling 4.7 kilograms of cocaine ... ( read on )
Supreme Court: Nazaruddin jail term increased to 7 years
The Supreme Court has denied the conviction appeal of Nazaruddin, the former politician and legislator from the ruling Democrat Party, and increased his sentence for corruption to seven years in jail.

The chief of the panel of judges handling the appeals case, Artidjo Alkostar, said the Supreme Court had met the prosecution`s demand and sentenced ... ( read on )
'No annexation of Semakau island by Singapore'
Indonesian Naval Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Marsetio said there is no annexation of Indonesia`s outlying island, Semakau, in Riau Islands, by Singapore. Marsetio said on Tuesday the Indonesian outer islands have been registered with the United Nations (UN).

"About the number of islands, we have registered with the UN so it is clear which ... ( read on )
Woman on drugs kills 9 pedestrians in Jakarta
A woman who drove her vehicle into a group of pedestrians in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Sunday morning has tested positive for drugs, officials said on Monday. The incident left nine people killed.

Afriani Susanti, the driver of the vehicle, slammed into a group of pedestrians in the Tugu Tani area of Central Jakarta ... ( read on )
Indonesian police looking for drug smuggling ship
Indonesian police are looking for a cargo vessel that was used by an international narcotic drug syndicate to smuggle crystal methamphetamine into the country through Ujung Genteng, a coastal village in Sukabumi, West Java, on Friday (Jan 20) morning.

"We have contacted the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to help us find the ship because according ... ( read on )
Tighter security after mass ATM skimming in Indonesia
Banks in Indonesia are taking immediate steps to prevent the theft of their clients' money through their automatic teller machines (ATMs) after four banks reported theft of more than Rp5 billion (400.000 euro) in this way since Jan 16.

Bank Indonesia, the country's central bank, said the four national banks had lost Rp5 billion but one ... ( read on )
This was in the picture! #16
A clear blue sea near the island of Samalona, off the coast of the city of Makassar in South Sulawesi. Sulawesi is known for it's diving destinations. Although most of the well-known destinations are in the northern region, this does not mean you can find beautiful spots like this elsewhere.

For those interested; the complete picture, ... ( read on )
Five Indonesian airports set for open skies reports that the Ministry of Transportation will soon designate five airports as participants in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) "open skies" program commencing from 2013.

The Director General of Air Transportation, Herry Bakti S. Gumay, revealed that the five airports expected to be included in the program are: Soekarno-Hatta (Cengkareng) in Jakarta, Kuala ... ( read on )
Adopt a Sumatran tiger!
Indonesia is thinking about making it possible to adopt a Sumatran tiger. In this way, Jakarta thinks it can prevent the species from going extinct; there are only a few hundred Sumatran tigers left in the wild. They are threatened by deforestation and poaching.

Those who are interested should have some money to spare and life ... ( read on )
Eight dead in North Sulawesi flash flood
Incessant rain has caused floods in two remote villages in eastern Indonesia leaving eight people dead and 13 others missing. Health official Rustam Pakaya says flooding early Friday in Sulawesi province washed away 16 houses and damaged dozens of others.

Every year flooding and landslides kill scores of people during the monsoon season in Indonesia, a ... ( read on )
15-year-old girl kidnapped to work as whore in Malaysia
The police has discovered a network in which people get kidnapped before they are 'sold' when they are sent to neighboring countries as an Indonesian foreign worker. A young girl from Lampung, South Sumatra, was forced to work as nothing more than a sex slave in Malaysia. This case only became known when the victim, ... ( read on )
Gamalama volcano on alert after smoke from crater
The Gamalama volcano on the island of Ternate in the province of North Maluku has been put on a higher alert and has now become an 'Aware'. This has been done after the volcano started to exhaust clouds of smoke with heights up to 400 meters into the air. Since last Tuesday the volcano continuously ... ( read on )
Indonesia to privatize 37 state-owned companies in 2008
The Indonesian government Monday submitted a list of 37 state-owned enterprises (SOEs) for its privatization drive this year to the House of Representatives. "There are 37 SOEs that we propose for the 2008 restructuring program," said Minister for State-owned Enterprises Affairs Sofjan Djalil. "But we have yet to get a final say from the ... ( read on )
Schools closed in Poso after clashes
Some schools were closed in Indonesia's troubled Poso region on Tuesday a day after 12 people were killed in a clash between police and suspected Islamic militants, but there was no more violence, officials said. One policeman was among those killed in the clashes after a raid on a militant hideout. "Schools nearby are temporarily closed ... ( read on )
Victim of missing Adam Air plane to get compensation
Adam Air Monday promised to give 500 million rupiah (42.500 euro) compensation to each passenger of its plane, which has disappeared since Jan. 1 when it was on its way from East Java's capital of Surabaya to North Sulawesi's capital of Manado. The plane has disappeared together with its 92 passengers and 10 crew members. Adam ... ( read on )
Total and Indonesia in dispute over contract
A dispute erupted Monday between Indonesia and Total, the French oil group, after Jakarta said it would seek to renegotiate the terms of its contract for the Mahakam oil and gas block off the coast of Borneo. Total immediately said it saw no reason to change anything. The war of words began as Thierry Desmarest, ... ( read on )
Garuda Indonesia narrows loss for 2005
Struggling Garuda Indonesia said its losses narrowed in 2005 due to improved cost efficiencies but earnings were hard-hit by bombings on Bali and high oil prices. The flag carrier's losses declined by 17.14 percent to Rp 672 billion (US$71.60 million) in 2005, its president Emirsyah Satar told a parliamentary commission. The already-ailing flag carrier has ... ( read on )
Ex-general who organized 1st democratic elections dies
Rudini, the retired Indonesian general who organized Indonesia's first democratic general elections in 1999, died of illness late Saturday at the age of 76, according to Indonesian media reports Sunday. According to the reports, Rudini died at 11:15 p.m. Saturday at a hospital in South Jakarta where he had been hospitalized for heart and kidney ... ( read on )
Indonesia ups tsunamis toll by 7,000
Indonesia's death toll from last month's earthquake and tsunami disaster has risen by more than 7,000 to 173,981, the health ministry said on Sunday. The revised Indonesian figure pushes the total number of deaths in countries hit by the December 26 tsunami to over 227,000. The Indonesian health ministry said 173,741 people had died in ... ( read on )
Tsunami victims still being recovered in Indonesia
The body squad has been doing its dirty, dangerous and unavoidable work here for nearly a month. Yet, every day, incredibly, there are still more victims of the Asian tsunami to be found, bagged and buried. The squad — Indonesian soldiers and Red Cross volunteers — gathers in the Punge neighborhood of this provincial capital. ... ( read on )
Aceh rebels serve prison terms in Central Java
Under a tight security escort 54 convicted Free Aceh Movement (GAM) members were transferred from Aceh on Thursday to prisons across Central Java to serve their sentences. The group is the first batch of 143 prisoners who will do their jail time in exile across Java. Wearing blue prison uniforms, the rebels -- all sentenced ... ( read on )
PLN: Java-Bali region prone to blackouts
The country's main Java-Bali power grid will continue to run with thin reserves until April due to the lack of fresh power supply despite growing power demands, making the region vulnerable to rotating blackouts. Basuki Prajitno, general manager of power plants and load management of state-owned electricity firm PT PLN said demand for electricity had ... ( read on )
Military chief backs Aussie missile plan
Indonesia’s top military commander has thrown his backing behind Australian plans to join the US in developing a “Son-of-Star-Wars” shield against long-range missile attack, saying the umbrella could help guard Indonesia. Commander-in-chief General Endriartono Sutarto, speaking after a meeting of all senior military commanders, including fiery army chief Ryamizard Ryacudu, said the missile shield could ... ( read on )
Military helps shape elections
Indonesian generals, on the defensive since the ouster of the dictatorship they supported for 32 years, are becoming kingmakers again as the campaign for presidential and parliamentary elections heats up. And despite the danger that Indonesia's young democracy is being undercut by its inability to rein in the military, candidates and political parties are courting ... ( read on )
Another view on 'Ghosts or Ghos-sips?'
There are no actual proof in the existence of ghosts. When approaching claims made by people who have seen ghosts, we should approach those claims with skepticism. Before we accept those claims to be true, we should consider every single aspect of those claims from every different angle until there's no room for doubts, which ... ( read on )
Megawati celebrates birthday with special gift
President Megawati Sukarnoputri celebrated her 56th birthday Wednesday with a special gift in the form of boisterous expression of support from about 200 party supporters for her to seek re-election next year. The young supporters under the banner "Indonesian Buffalo Youth" (BMI), an activist movement of her Indonesia Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-Struggle) came in several buses ... ( read on )
Tourists die in flood
An American tourist was killed and a Canadian was missing and feared dead after a flash flood hit a popular waterfall, police said. Hannah Showaker, 25, of Pennsylvania, and Alana Fife, 22, were snapping photos yesterday of the Sekar Langit waterfall, 600km east of Jakarta, police said. Within seconds, a wave of water rushed down ... ( read on )
Three years of bloody Maluku conflicts
Three years ago, a petty dispute between a local and two migrants in the Ambon capital of Maluku degenerated into a full-scale sectarian riot which up to this year has killed 9,000 people and forced more than 500,000 people out of their homes.The involvement of outsiders and provocateurs in the ensuing violence worsened the tension ... ( read on )
Gus Dur walks out of scandals hearing
President Abdurrahman Wahid on Monday left legislators dumbfounded as he abruptly walked out of a meeting with the House of Representatives' special committee investigating the Bulog and Brunei scandals. Abdurrahman surprised everyone as he left the meeting hall at the Jakarta Convention Center only some 45 minutes into the scheduled two-hour session. The President refused ... ( read on )
Scientists warn of major volcanic eruption, spiritual leaders
Towering columns of poisonous smoke, scorching ash and red-hot lava spewed from a volcano in the heart of Indonesia's densely populated Java Island on Monday and scientists warned nearby villagers to prepare for possible evacuation. However, traditional shamans around rumbling Mount Merapi dismissed such fears: They "have done a deal" with the volcano's spirits so ... ( read on )
RI to retain 40,000 tons of coffee to prop up prices
Indonesia plans to retain up to 40,000 tons of coffee until August this year as part of its commitment to prop up falling coffee prices in the world, Minister of Agriculture Bungaran Saragih said on Monday. The minister said that the decision to join the coffee retention program initiated by the Association of Coffee Producing ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
Minister of Information Syamsul M. says the poor should not be affected by the latest fuel price hike as the govt has allocated Rp 2.85 t. (US$274 m.) this year to be distributed to 55 m. poor families to help them cope with effects of the price increase.
Aceh's Human Rights Care Forum in Banda Aceh claims that 1,041 people were killed in various incidents in Aceh from Jan. 1, 2000, to Jan. 15, 2001, comprising 827 civilians, 147 military or police members and 67 separatist rebels, while 1,000 injured.
Indonesia and Brazil agree to set up a coalition with East Timor to speed up the recovery agenda in the former Indonesian province and to cooperate to help East Timor become a modern society.
A place of worship and a house are set ablaze by a mob in the village of Mbawa in Donggo district, Bima, Sumbawa island, as Mataram slowly returns to normal after being rocked by sectarian violence the week before.
Four people die in Aceh during an exchange of fire between police and Aceh separatist rebels as security forces continue their offensive against the Free Aceh Movement (GAM).
18 people die and over two dozen more are injured in a clash on Haruku island, east of Ambon, Maluku, on the eve of visits by President Abdurrahman Wahid to Aceh and Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri to Maluku.
The Central Jakarta District Court sentences Sae Lim Iaw, a Thai national, to life in prison for drug trafficking.
President Soeharto receives the Golden Order of Merit from the president of the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF), Dr. Primo Nebiolo, at the State Palace in Jakarta, for his role in developing athletics in Indonesia and the world.
Seven people are killed, including a Singaporean, when a ferry is engulfed in fire near Batam island, Riau.
President Soeharto dedicates Indonesia's first educational television station, which is operated by private company PT Cipta Televisi Pendidikan Indonesia, owned by the president's eldest daughter, Siti "Tutut" Hardiyanti Rukmana
The trial of former Monitor tabloid editor Arswendo Atmowiloto begins at the Central Jakarta District Court under tight security.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization director general Federico Mayor Zaragoza meets with President Soeharto in Jakarta and announces that the organization is planning to name the Buddhist Borobudur temple a common world heritag
Three people are killed and two others missing when an Indonesian Air Force Albatross plane sinks after crashing into a wharf at Ujung Pandang Harbor in South Sulawesi.
Vice President Adam Malik receives the 1981 International Prize of Dag Hammarskjold for diplomacy
The so-called Armed Forces of the Righteous King (APRA), led by Col. Raymond Westerling, "the Butcher of South Sulawesi", attacks Bandung, West Java, killing 79 unarmed Indonesian soldiers from the Siliwangi Division.  
President Sukarno begins an official visit to India, Pakistan and Burma as a token of gratitude for the countries' political support of Indonesia's independence struggle, and to enhance Indonesia's position on the international stage.  
Indonesian finance minister Maramis, who is in New Delhi, is named foreign minister of the emergency government of the Republic of Indonesia.
Cabinet chief Amir Sjarifuddin returns his mandate after his supporters abandon him for extending larger concession to Sjahrir.
The State of Madura is established by the Dutch with RAA Tjakraningrat as its head.
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