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Indonesian navy to place warships in Muntok
The navy base at Bangka Belitung plans to place some of its warships in the sea off Muntok, regency of West Bangka, to help maintain sea security in that area. "The Muntok waters are easily a place for criminal offense such as piracy, smuggling and illegal fishing," the navy base commander Col. Iwa Kartiwa said.

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Customs seize 4,658 grams methamphetamine in woman's shoes
The Customs and Excise officials at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Wednesday seized 4,568 grams of methamphetamine, worth Rp6 billion, concealed inside 11 womens footwear, stated an official.

"The 11 shoes belonged to a Thailand national, with the initial J.S., who had fled China and was on her way to Bali via the Soekarno-Hatta Airport," ... ( read on )
KPK questions Anas again as suspect in bribery case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) reinterrogated former ruling party general chairman Anas Urbaningrum here on Wednesday, for his alleged involvement in a bribery case linked to the Hambalang sports complex development and other projects. Anas has been held at the KPK detention center since January 10.

On his arrival at the at KPK building for ... ( read on )
Floodwater still on Jakarta`s main roads paralysing traffic
A number of main roads in Jakarta are still inundated by flood water with rain continuing to pour on the city from Tuesday night until Wednesday morning. The water is as deep as 50 centimeters in some places paralyzing traffic, the city Disaster Control Agency (BPBD) said here on Wednesday.

In western Jakarta at ... ( read on )
Indonesia finds agreement over minimum wage for Bekasi
The government has found a settlement over the dispute on minimum wage for Bekasi district that has caused a huge demonstration and blockade of a key toll road to and from Jakarta recently.

"To make industrial relations and investment climate remain conducive and the country`s industries remain competitive the labor unions have agreed to make ... ( read on )
KPK detains 19 suspects in traveler check scam
One by one, politicians considered bribery suspects were taken into custody by the Corruption Eradication Commissionís (KPK). KPK deputy chairman Haryono Umar confirmed Friday the commission had decided to detain the suspects who allegedly received bribes in connection with the election of a Bank Indonesia senior deputy governor in 2004.

As many as 19 of 26 ... ( read on )
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Police hunt for Sumatra church attackers
Police are stepping up their hunt for suspects following attacks against two Protestant churches and a pastorís home in North Sumatra three days ago. Hundreds of Christians have fled the area since the attacks.

But South Tapanuli police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Subandriya said police needed to proceed carefully and avoid action that could further stoke ... ( read on )
Presidential Elections on July 9, 2009
The National Elections Commission (KPU) have decreed that the next general election for Indonesia's President and Vice President will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 2009. If a run off election is required, that will take place on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. The Presidential Elections will be preceded by legislative elections set for April 9, ... ( read on )
Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 22
The human death toll from bird flu in Indonesia has risen to 100, after two more people died over the weekend from the H5N1 strain of the disease, a Health Ministry official said Tuesday. Two Indonesians from the outskirts of Jakarta died on Sunday, said Joko Suyono of the Health Ministry's Bird Flu Centre. Suyono said ... ( read on )
Indonesia could lose 2,000 islands due to climate change
Rising sea levels because of global warming stand to inundate around 2,000 islands in Indonesia by 2030, the country's environment minister said Monday. The assessment by Rachmat Witoelar was the government's bleakest yet of the effects of global warming on the Southeast Asian nation that is made up of some 18,000 islands, most of them ... ( read on )
Poso violence could help Indonesia militants regroup
Renewed trouble in Indonesia's central Sulawesi island, long the site of deadly Christian-Muslim rivalry, underscores how communal tensions may help reinvigorate the country's militant Islamic movement. The latest violence, on January 22, began with a police raid in the city of Poso on Muslim militants suspected of attacks on local Christians, including the 2005 beheadings of ... ( read on )
US congressman nominates Yudhoyono for Nobel Prize
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 2006 by a senior congressman for international relations committee, Robert Wexler for his ability to bring significant progress in Indonesia during his one year ruling. In a press release obtained here, Sunday, Wexler said, Yudhoyono has made dramatical change during his one year administration. Yudhoyono is ... ( read on )
Jakarta market vendor dies of bird flu
A market vendor in Jakarta, who had a history of contact with sick poultry, died of the H5N1 strain of the bird flu Thursday. Officials at Jakarta's Infectious Diseases Hospital said local tests for the 22-year-old indicate he had the virus. If blood and swab samples sent to a World Health Organisation-approved laboratory in Hong ... ( read on )
Indonesia and Aceh rebels make headway on peace
Indonesia and Aceh separatists, thrown together after three decades of bloodshed by the tsunami that devastated the province, said on Saturday they would meet again soon to seek a peace deal to help rebuild Aceh. Government officials and exiled leaders of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), meeting for the first time in nearly two years, ... ( read on )
Strong quake rocks Maluku islands
A strong earthquake jolted Indonesia's eastern Moluccas island chain on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage. Officials said the tremor, which measured 6.8 on the open-ended Richter scale, could have caused a tsunami. The epicentre for the early morning quake was in the Seram Sea, more than 100 km ... ( read on )
IBRA plans to sell US$9b loans this year
In Indonesia, the Bank Restructuring Agency, or IBRA, is racing against time to sell off its remaining assets before it disbands by year-end. It plans to sell 81 trillion rupiah (US$9 billion) of bad loans, starting next month. The recovery rate is seen at between 20 and 28 percent, similar to the rate achieved in ... ( read on )
Jawa mudslide kills 20
A mudslide triggered by heavy rain in Indonesia's West Java province has killed at least 20 people and dozens are missing, a local government official said on Wednesday. The mudslide hit two villages near the base of Mount Mandalawangi late on Tuesday, the official, Dian Widyaningsih, said. "Four hours of pouring rain caused a mudslide ... ( read on )
Students storm Indonesia parliament
Police fired tear gas and warning shots as thousands of rock-throwing students stormed the gates of Indonesia's parliament Monday in the largest protest yet against the country's president. Three students were badly beaten by police as running battles broke out on the lawns of the heavily guarded legislature. An estimated 10,000 protesters had marched through ... ( read on )
Everything will be okay: President
President Abdurrahman Wahid played down on Sunday security fears in the wake of rumored mass rallies between people in support of and against him on Monday. "God willing, there will be nothing," Abdurrahman said after a meeting at the Merdeka Palace on Sunday morning to discuss security in the capital. However, without elaborating, he said ... ( read on )
Military could seize power if nation plunges into chaos: Minister
Minister of Defense Mahfud MD warned here on Monday the Indonesian Military (TNI) was most likely to seize power if the nation plunged into chaos and its democratization process ran foul. In a chaotic situation, the military was in a position to take over the government as it was in possession of weapons, he told ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
Some 200 people of the Forum for Harmonious Inter-Faith Relationships stage a peaceful rally at the Bali Representatives Council building in Denpasar, demanding that television station Indosiar stop airing its prime-time action series Angling Dharma.
The International Monetary Fund approves new loans of US$341 million for Indonesia as a part of a $5 billion aid package for Indonesia tied to quarterly reform programs that are set out under a letter of intent signed last month, the fourth since 2000.
Fifteen Indonesian textile workers are sentenced by Seremban court, 64 km south of Kuala Lumpur, to six months in prison for hostel riots in Nilai town, Negeri Sembilan state, Malaysia.
The government announces an average 15 percent increase in telephone charges starting Jan. 31., based on the need to attract new investment into the country's fixed-line telecommunications sector.
Bank Indonesia freezes the accounts of Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, the youngest son of former president Soeharto, at three out of 54 banks that had been checked.
President Abdurrahman Wahid performs the umrah, Islamic minor pilgrimage, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The umrah is the first itinerary in the President's three-day visit to the country.
The United Nations raises alarm at the potential for social unrest in East Timor because of widespread unemployment, high food prices and frayed social services in the aftermath of the territory's vote for independence held last August.
Purwakarta Regent Bunjamin Dudin in West Java reveals that an anthrax-plagued ostrich husbandry in Ciparungsari village is running without a permit from the local administration. At least 28 people have reportedly been suffering from anthrax.
Foreign minister Ali Alatas says Indonesia remains firmly against establishing ties with Israel.
The 850,000-strong Legion of Indonesian Veterans says it would renominate Soeharto in the 1998 presidential election, saying he had statesmanlike qualities not found in other Indonesians.
Three soldiers are tried at the military court in Jayapura, Irian Jaya, charged with the death of civilians in June the previous year.
The government announces Indonesia will be sending building material worth US$1m to Japan to help it rebuild several cities devastated by a powerful earthquake earlier in the month.
The Yogya Post daily names former chairman of the Muhammadiyah Moslem organization AR Fachruddin as Yogyakarta's Man of the Year and awards top national tennis player Yayuk Basuki the 'Highest Achievement' title for the year.
Japan gives RI 32 million yen for renovation of the Bandung Institute of Teacher's Training in West Java.
President Soeharto sends a cable of condolence to U.S. President Ronald Reagan over yesterday's explosion of the Challenger with its seven crew members aboard.
The Indonesian Armed Forces Academy (Akabri) is established; the Army Academy is based in Magelang, C. Java, the Navy in Surabaya, the Air Force in Yogyakarta and the Police in Sukabumi, W. Java.
Gen. Soedirman, the supreme commander of the Indonesian Army (TNI), dies in Magelang, Central Java, aged 38.
Responding to a call from the Islamic party Masyumi, President Sukarno appoints Vice President Mohammad Hatta as prime minister in a presidential Cabinet.
People in Balikpapan (East Kalimantan), Banjarmasin (South Kalimantan) and Pontianak (West Kalimantan) fight against the Netherlands Indies Civil Administration troops as they attempt to enter the cities.
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