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Quake damages houses in Central Java
A number of houses were damaged in Purworejo when an earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale hit the Central Java district town at 12.14 midday on Saturday.

Head of the Central Data Service of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said here on Saturday that at least one house was demolished, while ... ( read on )
6.5 scale earthquake hits Central Java
An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale struck Kebumen district, Central Java province, here on Saturday at 12.18 West Indonesian Time (WIB), according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

The quake was centered 104 kilometers southwest of Kebumen district, West Java province, at a depth of 48 kilometers. No casualties have been ... ( read on )
BNN exposes nationwide narcotics distribution network
The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) in East Java managed to uncover a narcotics distribution ring after the organisation received information from a suspect who was arrested earlier at Surabaya`s Juanda Airport.

BNN`s East Java chief, Brigadier General Iwan A Ibrahim, said seven suspects have been arrested in connection to the case. These suspects are members ... ( read on )
Governor urges residents of Pluit reservoir to relocate
Jakarta`s Governor, Joko Widodo (Jokowi), has urged people living along the bank of the Pluit Reservoir to relocate.

"We are persuading victims of floods to relocate to safer places. Once the residents of the Pluit Reservoir vacate their homes, we will be able to normalise a dam in the region," said the governor on ... ( read on )
Floods kill three, inundate 20 areas in Bandar Lampung
Floods triggered by incessant downpours in Bandar Lampung, Lampung province, have killed three people and inundated 20 areas, according to an official.

"A total of 265 houses were submerged, with floodwaters reaching a height of up to 2 metres," said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), in a press statement ... ( read on )
Indonesian embassy repatriates 1,928 citizens from Syria
The Indonesian Embassy in Damascus has last year repatriated 1,928 Indonesian citizens, including seven university students, from conflict-torn Syria, Rahmat Hindiarta Kusuma, the embassy`s third secretary, told ANTARA in London on Friday.

Rahamat said that the repatriation, as part of the embassy care and protection for Indonesians overseas, comprised 42 families of the embassy, 80 ... ( read on )
Indonesians to get faster Schengen visa service
Indonesians planning to travel to Schengen-visa countries in Europe are going to get faster visa application service, a press statement from the European Union office in Jakarta received here on Wednesday said.

The statement said the Jakarta embassies of countries in the Schengen visa area offered a much faster service to Indonesian visa applicants. In ... ( read on )
Lion Air to create city check-in for Bali
To meet the steady increase in Bali passengers and to ease congestion at the under-renovation Bali Airport, Lion Air have announced plans to open a city check-in. The announcement was made by Fajar Teguh Santoso, the Area Manager for Lion Air based in Denpasar.

"City Check will make it easier for passengers and reduce the density ... ( read on )
Mob torches dozens of houses in South Lampung
A mob torched at least 60 houses at Sidomulyo village in South Lampung district, Lampung province, on Tuesday following a clash between two groups of people earlier in the day. The mob also destroyed 23 other houses, sources told.

The incident forced residents of the village to take refuge to safer place to avoid another ... ( read on )
Mitsubishi to invest $2.8 billion in Indonesian LNG plant
Mitsubishi Corporation on Monday announced that the final investment decision on the Donggi-Senoro LNG project in Indonesia has been reached and will cost approximately 230 billion JPY ($2.8 billion).

The project, for the construction and operation of a natural gas liquefaction (LNG) facility, is being spearheaded by PT Donggi-Senoro LNG, a company 51 percent owned by ... ( read on )
Mysterious crop circle found in Yogyakarta
A mysterious crop circle appeared Sunday afternoon in a small rice field in the outskirts of the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, local media reported Monday.

The origin of the crop circle, which measures 70 meters (230 feet) in diameter, is still unknown, and Ngadiran, one of the six farmers who own the land told the Jakarta ... ( read on )
Arrests made in Bali over ATM scandal
Police in Bali and Jakarta have made a number of arrests in a scam that has fleeced larges sums of money from the bank accounts of people who used ATMs in Bali. The well-organized and sophisticated criminals reportedly installed an additional fake slot on an ATM Machine together with a small CCTV camera that ... ( read on )
North Bali airport confirmed
Jakarta Post reports that Bali's Governor Made Mangku Pastika has now confirmed that Bali will move ahead with plans to build a second airport near its northern shore. This announcement came after an order from Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla decreeing that the expansion of Bali's current airport in Tuban must move ahead and be ... ( read on )
Former Garuda Indonesia pilot jailed for activist’s murder
Indonesia’s supreme court has sentenced a former Garuda Indonesia airline pilot to 20 years in prison for the 'politically' motivated murder of one of the country’s leading human rights activist, it was announced on Friday. A court spokesman said the judges found Pollycarpus Priyanto killed Munir Thalib by poisoning his drink at Singapore’s Changi airport ... ( read on )
Bali bombing film to premiere in Indonesia
A controversial new movie about the 2002 Bali bombings premieres in Indonesia Thursday. More than 200 people, mostly foreign tourists, died in the bombing of a nightclub by Muslim extremist group Jemaa Islamiya. The Long Road to Heaven goes where Indonesia's timid media have feared to tread, examining the role of religion in the attacks. That's ... ( read on )
U.S. Navy reported to have detected Adam Air plane's black box
The USNS Mary Sears` Towed Ping Locater (TPL) was on Wednesday reported to have detected the black box of the missing Adam Air jetliner in waters off the coast of West Sulawesi provinceThe black box was first detected on Tuesday at 8 a.m. local time in waters off the coast of West Sulawesi`s Majene district, ... ( read on )
DAS plane breaks wheel upon landing
An passenger plane broke its front wheel while landing after aborting a flight Thursday, an airport spokesman said, in the latest of string of aviation incidents here. All 18 passengers and three crew were unhurt after the accident, involving a Dirgantara Air Services Casa-212 plane at Hasanuddin airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi. "The front landing wheel ... ( read on )
Police killings of alleged militants risk more violence
The killings of 15 alleged Islamic militants by police on conflict-ridden Sulawesi island this week risk inflaming Indonesia's terrorist movements and should be independently investigated, a think tank said. The police defended the raid, denying allegations in local media that three of those killed were innocent bystanders and insisting that officers opened fire after they ... ( read on )
Indonesia disputes report Obama attended radical Islamic school
U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama fought back against an allegation that he was educated at a radical Islamic school as a child in Indonesia, determined to avoid being tripped up by unsubstantiated charges like those that undermined Sen. John Kerry in 2004. Interviews by The Associated Press at the elementary school in Jakarta found ... ( read on )
SBY says to end borrow funds via CGI
Indonesia terminated the way to borrow funds from international organizations through the Consultative Group on Indonesia (CGI) forum, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono saidWednesday. The president told reporters that the decision was made to prevent dictation from the forum. "I think it is necessary to end (borrowing money through) the forum of CGI," Susilo said here ... ( read on )
Indonesia bans sand exports
Indonesia has announced a ban on land sand exports. Land sand is used in the construction industry to produce cement. Singapore says it is disappointed but it believes the ban is unlikely to have a significant impact on the construction industry. Indonesia says the ban on the export of sand is due to environmental reasons ... ( read on )
Indonesia reports new case of bird flu
Indonesia reported another suspected case of bird flu on Wednesday as World Health Organization officials visited markets in the teeming capital to try to find ways to contain the virus. The 22-year-old market vendor from south Jakarta was being treated in the capital's infectious disease hospital, said senior health official Hariadi Wibisono. Details of his ... ( read on )
Allianz launches Sharia-compliant insurance products
Allianz AG said its Indonesian unit is launching Sharia-compliant insurance products, responding to 'growing requests' from its customers and banking partners. The insurer said customers can now buy life insurance, as well as fire and motor vehicle insurance, that will be Sharia-compliant. Under Sharia-law, it is forbidden to give or receive interest payments. Furthermore, Sharia-compliant ... ( read on )
Record-breaking Asian fish tips tininess scale
Fishermen try to outdo each other with tales of the biggest catch. But scientists say they've discovered the smallest fish in the wetlands of Southeast Asia. The species, Paedocypris progenetica, is a distant cousin of the carp. An adult is about the size of a large mosquito. Researchers used a special stereoscopic microscope to measure ... ( read on )
Indonesia says bird flu found among chickens
Indonesia has confirmed an outbreak of avian influenza among chickens but has no evidence so far that the disease has spread to humans, a senior official of the agriculture ministry says. "It's been confirmed avian influenza exists, but no human cases so far," animal health director Tri Satya Putri Naipospos told reporters. Indonesia had previously insisted ... ( read on )
Indonesia mulls random blood tests for bird flu
Indonesia's government will soon decide whether to take random blood samples from several regions to check for signs of bird flu infections, an official said on Sunday. Director General for Contagious Disease Control and Environmental Sanitation Umar Fahmi Achmadi said his office was considering sending teams to take the random blood samples in the cities ... ( read on )
Quake on Sumbawa leaves 2000 homeless
A strong earthquake shook a remote Indonesian island, injuring two people and damaging scores of buildings, officials said Friday. The magnitude 5 quake was centred about 40 kilometres north of the town Bima on the southeastern island Sumbawa, Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said. Two villagers were injured by falling debris, the statement said. The ... ( read on )
Massive demo expected to hit Jakarta on Jan. 29
Massive demonstrations are expected to hit Jakarta and other cities in Indonesia on Jan. 29 when the House of Representatives will announce its stance on two financial scandals, allegedly involving President Abdurrahman Wahid. But the government and the Indonesian Military urged the public to be calm in responding to rumors about planned massive demonstrations by ... ( read on )
Bombs, the army and Suharto
The deadly Christmas and New Year bombings in Indonesia and Manila, which killed 40 people and left hundreds injured, have Indonesians and Filipinos puzzled. Is radical Islam, they wonder, entering a dangerous new phase in Southeast Asia? Or is Islamic militancy, as police investigators and analysts now seem convinced, merely a convenient cover for politically ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs Susilo B. Y. and his entourage meet with religious leaders in the restive city of Ambon, Maluku, insisting that their main mission is to assess the conflict between Muslims and Christians.
The executive director of the UN Environment Program (UNEP) Klaus Toepfer says the UN has chosen the Komodo (W. Nusa Tenggara) and Ujung Kulon (W. Java) national parks for a US$1 m. project linking environmental conservation and tourism.
Noted Muslim scholar Nurcholish Madjid says in Denpasar, Bali, that Indonesia will soon become a backward nation among Asian countries if it fails to combat serious corruption and a poor work ethic.
The South Jakarta District Court rules in favor of businessman Djoko S. Tjandra, one of the defendants in the Rp 546 billion (US$78 million) Bank Bali scandal, and regrants him city arrest status.
The government reveals that it exterminated over 3,000 ostriches to curb the spread of anthrax, which threatens more than 180,000 head of livestock in Purwakarta, West Java.
A legislator from Aceh, Tengku Nashiruddin Daud of the United Development Party (PPP), is found dead at the Pancur Batu tourist resort in Medan with several injuries, including a gun shot wound.
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport customs and excise officials disclose that they foiled 57 attempts to smuggle guns into the country over the past eight months.
Amien Rais, the chairman of the National Mandate Party (PAN), calls for the Armed Forces (ABRI) to be given only 15 unelected, nonvoting seats in the House of Representatives.
Megawati Soekarnoputri, the chairwoman of PDI Perjuangan, installs a number of prominent figures, including Frans Seda, Sabam Sirait, Mochtar Buchori, Dimyati Hartono, Maj. Gen. (ret) Theo Syafei and Hasyim Wahid, in posts in her party's R&D center.
Eighty prominent religious leaders and scholars gather at Abdurrahman Wahid's residence in Ciganjur, South Jakarta, to mourn recent outbreaks of violence that have claimed numerous lives, and appeal that the violence end with last week's unrest in Ambon.
The Indonesian government offers new investors in pioneering industries income tax holidays of up to eight years in a new bid to boost investment in the country.
The Indonesian Bishops Conference (KWI) issues a statement urging Catholics to pray for the president and the government to be given clarity of thought and strength when taking tough decisions to lift the country out of the economic crisis.
Twelve East Timorese asylum seekers scale the walls of the Polish Embassy in Jakarta.
Religious leaders from 22 member nations of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) conclude their two-day meeting in Jakarta, agreeing to coordinate their efforts to spread Islam.
Bosnian President Elija Izerbegovic arrives in Jakarta for a two-day visit to Indonesia and meets with President Soeharto, the second encounter between the two men. They first met in 1992 when Soeharto addressed the UN General Assembly in New York.
The Indonesian duo of Liem Swie King and Eddy Hartono capture the men's doubles title at the US$5,600 Tokyo Open, disposing of South Korea's Lee Deuk-choon and Sohn Chin-wan 15-4, 15-7 in the final.
Indonesia and Malaysia sign an antipiracy pact in Kuala Lumpur that will enable the marine police of both countries to check piracy in the Strait of Malacca.
Two Greek sailors, Dimitros Totas, 30, and Yoanes Samaras, 29, are sentenced to 30 months in prison by the Kabanjahe District Court, near the North Sumatra capital of Medan, for attempting to smuggle 14.5 kilograms of marijuana into Medan.
The extreme limit of the Dutch ultimatum on the possibility of it to retaliate if RI violates ceasefire in the areas of Surabaya (East Java) and Semarang (Central Java).
Students of the Military Academy in Tangerang, West Java, fight against Japanese troops in Serpong. Thirty-three students and officers of the academy are killed, including Capt. Daan Mogot.
Chairul Saleh, the chairman of the Congress of Indonesia's Youths, protests to Prime Minister Sjahrir against the kidnapping of Indonesian youths to be brought to Onrust island.
Residents in Buol Toli-Toli, Central Sulawesi, grouped in the Red-White Movement led by ID Awuy, launch a resistance against the Dutch authority, killing the controller of Toli-Toli, De Hoof, and deputy resident Matata Daeng Masese.
A change to the law on travel, enacted in 1918, stipulates that national movement activists, particularly those who have been branded communists, must get passports to travel outside of Java, as they are regarded as being able to create social disorder.
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