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SAR rescues Merapi landslide victims
The Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Boyolali Regency, Central Java successfully rescued two climbers from Yogyakarta who were caught in landslides in Pasar Bubar, on the slope of Mount Merapi.

Anggara Yuda Lubis (22) and Angelika (21) were rescued on Monday at 3 p.m. local time and immediately rushed to the Pandanaran Hospital, Boyolali. ... ( read on )
KPK confiscates documents from mayor's residence
The investigators of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) confiscated eight bundles of documents from the residence of Tangerang Selatan Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany in Alam Sutera, Serpong, Banten, on Monday.

"After conducting a search of the house, the KPK confiscated eight bundles," stated T.B. Sukatma, lawyer of Airins husband, Tubagus Chaeri Wardana. He claimed that ... ( read on )
Two student mountaineers from Surabaya found dead
Two mountain climbers from the Students Nature Lover (Mahapala) School of Economics Indonesia (STIESIA) Surabaya was found dead in Mount Kembar (3,052 meters) in the Arjuno-Welirang Mountain, Batu, East Java, on Monday.

"Three students who climbed Mount Kembar on Friday (Jan. 17) were declared missing on Sunday (Jan. 19). All three climbers were found on ... ( read on )
KPK raids South Tangerang mayor house
The investigators of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) raided the house of South Tangerang mayor, Airin Rachmi Diany, in Alam Sutera, Serpong, on Monday. The investigators arrived in a mini-bus at her house at around 12 p.m.

"Around seven people entered the house," a security guard at the Narada Cluster, where her home is ... ( read on )
Five more bodies found in Agam landslides
Rescue workers found five more bodies bringing the number of dead victims to 11 with nine more people still missing in the rain triggered landslides in the Agam district of West Sumatra early Sunday.

The landslides hit when more people were still sleeping at 5.30 in the village on Sunday morning. The rescue workers ... ( read on )
Four killed in Jambi landslides
Four people were killed when they were buried by a landslade in Lempur village, Gunung Raya, sub-district,Kerinci district, Jambi,on Saturday, a disaster mitigation official said.

Chief of Kerinci`s Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) Darifus said here on Sunday the landslide occurred at 7.30 pm on Saturday, injuring four others. Another victim was reportedly still missing, he ... ( read on )
Artist Raffi Ahmad taken to custody by narcotics agency
Artist Raffi Ahmad and three friends were taken into custody by the National Narcotics Agency (BNN)at 4 am Sunday morning, BNN deputy for prosecution Benny Mamoto said. When contacted here on Sunday, Benny confirmed that his agency had taken into custody four persons for allegedly having consumed narcotics.

"Yes, we nabbed them at dawn this ... ( read on )
Bima district chief revokes PT SMN's exploration permit
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik said the Bima district chief in West Nusa Tenggara has revoked the exploration permit of mining company PT Sumber Mineral Nusantara (PT SMN).

"Just now I heard the Bima district head has revoked it (the exploration permit of PT SMN)," he said after making an expose in connection ... ( read on )
Bekasi workers block Cikarang toll road
Tens of thousands of Bekasi workers staged rallies on Friday, blocking the Jakarta - Cikarang toll road access to Bekasi from KM 21 to KM 26. Tens of thousands of road users are trapped on various locations in and around Bekasi because of the closures, that started just in the morning rush hour at about ... ( read on )
Police arrest three for carrying 35,000 ecstasy pills
Police in Lampung, Sumatra, have arrested three residents of Medan, North Sumatra, for carrying 35,000 ecstasy pills at Seaport Interdiction area in Bakauheni, South Lampung.

"The three namely Bawananden (46), Marwan Bakri (45) and Sutan Hariman Siregar (44) are detained in the location," Lampung regional police command spokesman Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sulistryaningsih said when contacted ... ( read on )
India's SAIL to set up $3.3 billion steel plant in Indonesia
India's state-run Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) will be reportedly setting up a Rs 15,000 crore ($3.3 billion) plant in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan as part of the recent business deals signed by both countries, local media reported.

However, a timeline has not been set up for the 3-million ton per annum plant, the Business Standard ... ( read on )
Overcrowding fuels TB in prisons
Serious overcrowding, a shortage of medical staff and a lack of funding are thwarting Indonesia's efforts to tackle tuberculosis (TB) in prisons, experts say. Indonesia's 422 prisons hold more than 140,000 inmates, even though they were designed for 80,000, according to the Justice Ministry.

The government started a programme to control TB in prisons in 2004 ... ( read on )
Cell phone trojan emptying bank accounts in Indonesia
Kaspersky Lab has turned up a troubling new trojan menacing Indonesia. Called Trojan-SMS.Python.Flocker, the trojan is particularly interesting because it doesn't operate over a PC - instead, it works its evil through text messaging. This isn't the first SMS-based malware discovered. Python.Flocker is a reworking of another cell phone trojan made by Russian hackers. This trojan ... ( read on )
Suharto's family grave being prepared for funeral tomorrow
Astana Giribangung, the family grave of the family of former president Suharto in Karanganyar, central Java, is starting to see high activity. It didn't take long for activity to pick up after the news broke that the former president had passed away at 13:10 local time (GMT+7). Many preparations are executed by the police and ... ( read on )
Former president Suharto passes away
Former president of Indonesia Suharto, has passed away ealier today. This was announced by the police, according to Indonesian media. Suharto earlier this nigh suffered multi-organ failure for the second time. He had to be put on life support and received CPR. The 86-year-old Suharto was brought to hospital some three weeks ago with problems to ... ( read on )
Detikcom: 'Former president Suharto passes away'
According to Indonesian news website, former president Suharto has passed away at 13:10 local time (GMT+7) in the Pertamina hospital in Jakarta. Other news sources report he is in a coma at the moment however.

More soon ... ... ( read on )
Indonesia asks troops to fight bird flu
Indonesia has called on the military to help fight bird flu, a day after a young girl became the country's sixth victim this month. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered the military chief to deploy soldiers to help fight the disease, Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi told reporters. "He called on governors, regents, mayors to be ... ( read on )
Strong 7.7 magnitude earthquake rattles Banda Sea
A strong earthquake measuring about 7.7 on the Richter scale, rocked the sea floor of the Banda Sea. The earthquake took place at 01:58 Saturday local time or 16:58 (UTC) on Friday, January 27, 2006. The magnitude 7.7 quake took place at great depth, over 300 kilometers. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no ... ( read on )
Prosecutors demand second death penalty for 'Bali Nine'
Indonesian prosecutors asked a court on Thursday to sentence to death another one of the alleged ring leaders of a drug smuggling operation involving nine Australians dubbed the 'Bali Nine'. Prosecutors demanded the death penalty for Australian Andrew Chan, 21, who was arrested April 17 at a hotel in Bali during a sting operation on ... ( read on )
Garuda plans to turn Citilink service into budget carrier
PT Garuda Indonesia plans to turn its Citilink service into an independent low-cost carrier, and it is considering leasing 10 Airbus A319s for the new airline, the Jakarta Post reported, citing a Garuda official. Garuda plans to spin off the Citilink business unit in the first half of this year, the newspaper quoted Joseph Saul, ... ( read on )
Indonesia falls victim to bird flu
Indonesia yesterday admitted that millions of birds in dozens of districts across the sprawling archipelago have been dying of the avian flu virus and other illnesses for the last five months. Officials in the world's fourth most populous nation insisted that no human cases of bird flu had been reported. But independent health experts disputed ... ( read on )
Indonesia denies bird flu cover-up
Indonesia's Agriculture Minister denies his Government covered up reports of bird flu causing the deaths of chickens as far back as last September. Researchers claim the Government decided to hide the data to protect its poultry industry. If true, the conclusions the scientists say they reached last year would mean Indonesia was experiencing outbreaks of ... ( read on )
Taiwan suspends chicken imports from Indonesia
The Council of Agriculture yesterday announced an immediate ban on the importation of poultry and birds from Indonesia in its effort to keep Taiwan free of the H5N1 avian flu virus that has ravaged the Asian poultry industry and claimed human life. The move follows a similar ban placed on Thai poultry on January 23 ... ( read on )
Spreading bird flu scare hits some Asian currencies
The spreading bird flu scare hit Asian currencies, including the Sing dollar, in Asian trade on Monday as Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan and Laos all confirmed cases. The news sparked short-covering of the US dollar, amid concern the outbreak could weigh on Asia's economic growth and scare tourists and potential investors away. In the Sing dollar's ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
Indonesia's Angelique Widjaya, 17, teamed with Argentinean Gisella Dulko, beats top seeds Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia)/Matea Mezak (Croatia) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 in 106 minutes at the Australian Open junior women's doubles in Melbourne.
The National Archives Building, located on Jl. Gajah Mada in Central Jakarta, wins the UNESCO Award of Excellence for 2001 in the category of "best restoration of an historical building in the Asia-Pacific region".
Muhammadiyah Muslim organization, ends its annual meeting in Denpasar, Bali, calling on the international community to put an end to all violence and neo-imperialism and to further develop international dialog and renounce an y hegemonic power.
An official of the Ministry of Social Affairs claims that at least 25 percent of non-governmental organizations working for the benefit of the country's 100,000 street children were set up because of the lure of huge loans from Asian Development Bank.
The government launches an antianthrax operation in Purwakarta, West Java, banning the transportation of livestock on roads in and out of the area to prevent the possibility of the disease spreading.
President Abdurrahman Wahid orders the National Police chief to capture the mastermind behind the bombing at Yogyakarta's Grand Mosque, in the vicinity of the Sultan's palace.
The four factions in the House of Representatives agree to reduce the number of Armed Forces' seats in the new 500-member House to 38 from the previous 75.
Two Indonesians are beheaded in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for killing the wife of a fellow Indonesian after breaking into their home to steal her jewelry.
President B.J. Habibie approves PT Freeport's controversial plan to expand its giant Grasberg mine in Irian.
Maj. Gen. (ret) Theo Syafei is summoned by the Jakarta Police for questioning following reports that he maligned Islam and fomenting hatred against the religion.
East Java Governor Basofi Soedirman appeals to 100 local Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) scholars to dissolve their group FOKUS, fearing a rift among Muslim scholars.
Brig. Gen. Dibyo Widodo is installed as Jakarta Police chief by National Police chief Gen. Banurusman Astrosemitro. He replaces Maj. Gen. M. Hindarto.
Minister of Tourism, Post and Telecommunications Soesilo Soedarman dedicates an international telephone exchange and 15 digital exchanges with a combined capacity of 115,000 lines.
Professor Dr. Sumitro Djojohadikusumo receives the Hatta Award from the Association of Indonesian Economists (ISEI) in Jakarta for his distinguished service in developing and applying economics in improving the nation's welfare.
Djali Ahimsa, 53, takes over as director general of the National Atomic Power Board (Batan) from A. Baiquni.
President Soeharto dedicates Indonesia's longest bridges, the 420-meter Kapuas and the 370-meter Landak, in the West Kalimantan capital of Pontianak.
One hundred and forty three people die and 369 are missing when Tampomas II, a passenger ship owned by state-owned shipping company PT Pelni, sinks in the Strait of Makassar near Masalembo island.
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