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Mount Sinabung hot ash cloud kills 15
Mount Sinabung eruptions casualties due to volcanic ashes that spread in Sukameriah Village of Karo District, N Sumatra on Saturday afternoon rose from 14 to 15 on Sunday.
"Another victim named Surya Sembiring from Guru Kinayan Village who was previously hospitalized in Efarina Etaham Hospital for burn injuries died on Sunday," Coordinator in Sinabung Disaster ... ( read on
Keeping Baliís mother temple sacred
The provincial government of Bali has prepared a small team to review input from a number of sources on how best to create a Pura Agung Besakih Authority to control and oversee the operation of Baliís Mother Temple.
Pura Agung Besakih is located at an elevation of 1,000 meters above sea level on the slopes of ... ( read on
Indonesia-Nigeria cooperate to fight against drugs smuggling
The Indonesian National Narcotics Agency (BNN) and Nigeria have agreed to share information as part of their committment to eradicating and preventing drug smuggling, involving the citizens of both countries.
The cooperation is stipulated in a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which was signed during the visit to Abuja by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Saturday, ... ( read on
Garuda Indonesia workers mulling strike
PT Garuda Indonesia workers are considering to go on strike because of mounting resentment at and dissatisfaction about the management`s actions and attitudes in matters related to their interests.
"We are planning to launch a strike because we no longer have harmonious relations with the management since they had failed to implement our collective ... ( read on
Merpati plane fails to land at Kalabahi airport
Bad weather prevented a Merrpati plane with 30 passengers on board from landing at Malli Alor Airport in Kalabahi, East Nusa Tenggara, on Thursday, a passenger said.
Linus Kia, one of the 30 passengers said the plane with flight number MZ-6502, operated by Merpati Airlines, was circling over Malli Alor Airport in Kalabahi three times ... ( read on
Aburizal Bakrie reports Ramadhan Pohan to police
Golkar Party leader Aburizal Bakrie has reported Democrat Party (PD) politician Ramadhan Pohan to the police for alleged defamation. A lawyer of Bakrie, Rudy Alfonso, said the lawyers` team he was heading was certain the report would lead to a case in court.
About the defamation Ramadhan had allegedly committed, Rudy said the Democrat Party legislator ... ( read on
President: 'Labor disputes must be settled thoroughly'
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked for a thorough settlement of the workers` demand for pay rise without any remaining problems, Hatta Rajasa said.
After attending a meeting at the presidential palace to discuss the minimum wage issue here on Tuesday, the chief economic minister said if the problems left were piled up they could ... ( read on
Jakarta to spend $190 mln on controlling floods
The Jakarta administration is planning to spend US$190 million on controlling floods in the capital under the Jakarta Urgent Flood Mitigation Project (JUFMP).
"US$140 million of the funds will come from World Bank loans and US$50 million from the central government and the Jakarta city administration," Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo said in a press conference ... ( read on
Former tax officer gets 10 year prison for money laundering
Former Jakarta tax office director Bahasyim Assifie on Wednesday was sentenced to 10 years in prison for money laundering, the latest corruption case involving officials in Indonesia.
Assifie was convicted of corruption and money laundering in relation to over $7 million found in bank accounts in the names of his wife and children. The former tax ... ( read on
Ferry fire finally extinguished with rising death toll at 28
Indonesian authorities are expected to begin full investigations into the ferry boat fire off the Sunda Strait that killed at least 28 after all of the fires were extinguished on Tuesday.
Five days after the incident, joint rescue and search teams composed of local police, navy, and fire department forces, were able to extinguish all the ... ( read on
Erosion hits beaches in Nusa Dua as well
Concerned about ongoing beach erosion, the General Manager of the Melia Bali, Jim Boyles, met with the Bupati of the Badung Regency, AA Gde Agung, last month, to urgently consult on the growing erosion problems threatening Nusa Dua.
Underlining his concern, Boyles explained: "We are ready to join efforts to prevent further erosion. We are ... ( read on
Indonesia's tourism - a National tragedy
Anak Agung Gde Agung is one of Indonesia's most distinguished and well-informed senior statesmen. He is a graduate of Harvard and Leiden universities. He as attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States and served as social services minister during the administration of President Abdurrahman Wahid.
The following article is reprinted from ... ( read on
In court because of a bee-sting
A court in Indonesia has decided not to sentence a boy after he stung a class-mate with a bee. The now nine year old David Yusuf could be sentenced to three years in prison for severe abuse, but the judges decided to let him walk. The case dragged on for almost a year.
The boy had ... ( read on
Indonesia receives 3 Sukhoi jets from Russia
The Indonesian military received three new Sukhoi jet fighters from Russia on Monday in an effort to boost defense capacity following a series of deadly accidents caused by outdated military aircraft, the Jakarta Post said. The country now has totally 7 Sukhoi fighters, all of which were purchased from Russia through a credit scheme.
Indonesian Defense ... ( read on
Four dead in clash between police and army
Again violence between members of the police and the army in Masohi, Maluku. Early this morning, a member of the 731th battalion attacked a member of the regional police in Central Maluku. This incident was reported to Major General Rashid Qurnain which was in Masohi at that time. He also reported that at one member ... ( read on
IITF 2008 - Holiday fair offering discounted travel packages
With the theme 'Plan Your Holidays Ahead', the Indonesia International Travel Fair 2008 which is considered to be an important event in the Visit Indonesia Year (VIY 2008) calendar of events, will be held on 27-30 March 2008. Balai Kartini Expo, located at the heart of Jakarta, was chosen to be the venue for IITF ... ( read on
Within two hours Jakarta floods spread to 144 locations
According to the Flood Coordination Team of the Jakarta area, there were flood reported at 144 locations in the city. They all formed in less than two hours. Around 12:00 local time (GMT+7) yesterday afternoon there were floods on 70 locations in the city. Just two hours later there were 144 spots. This information was ... ( read on
Indonesia hopes to bolster lagging tourism figures
Tourist arrivals into Indonesia dropped in 2006 by 4.1% in comparison to 2005, recording just over 4.79 million visitors, so this year at the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) the delegates hope to generate a more positive beat for Indonesia. The Indonesian Ministry of Cultura and Tourism and industry representatives this year will be concentrating their ... ( read on
Police arrest two wanted Muslim militants
Policemen arrested on Thursday two men wanted as top members of a local Islamic militant group that has terrorized the country's Central Sulawesi province and had links to an Asian terror network, police said. Officers wounded one of them who had fired at the security forces, said a senior police official in Central Sulawesi's Poso ... ( read on
Bandung teenager dies of suspected bird flu
A 15-year-old boy whose results from local tests came back positive for bird flu has died at Hasan Sadikin Hospital in the Indonesian town of Bandung, local press reports said Thursday. If the local lab tests are confirmed by the WHO-accredited lab in Hong Kong, it would be Indonesia's 15th human fatality from bird flu, ... ( read on
Foreign tourist arrival down 10 pct in 2005
The number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia in 2005 decreased to 4.07 million people, or 10. 28 percent lower than in 2004, Statistic Bureau announced here Wednesday. The bureau chief Choirul Maksum told a press conference that the number of foreign tourists coming to the Indonesis's beautiful resort of Bali island in December last year ... ( read on
Jakarta halts activities
People in Jakarta halted their activities on Saturday following an overnight heavy downpour that triggered massive flooding, including at city's protocol roads.As of 11:30 a.m. Saturday thousands of road users and their vehicles that had been trapped in a massive trafic congestion since Friday night in several areas in West Jakarta and Tangerang were eventually ... ( read on
Merapis rumblings a sobering forewarning
Mount Merapi's return to activity in recent weeks is much more than a natural phenomenon for many Javanese. For them, viewing Merapi as part of a trio of sacred kingdoms in Central Java, it is a sobering warning that all is not well with the country. The activity of the volcano, straddling the border between ... ( read on
Amien foresees nearing impeachment proceedings
Speaker of the Peoples' Consultative Assembly (MPR) Amien Rais revealed on Friday that leaders of major factions at the House of Representatives and MPR were exploring constitutional options allowing the prompt initiation of an MPRspecial session to impeach President Abdurrahman Wahid. He noted that if the House went ahead with its decision to issue a ... ( read on
Other events on this day
Bambang Trihatmodjo, a son of former president Soeharto, is questioned as a witness by National Police detectives in connection with the acquisition of the assets of textile company Kanindotex.
The House agrees to drop the 1999 emergency law and to provide time for the govt to draft and disseminate information on a revised version to avoid prolonged use of the repressive 1959 emergency law.
State Minister of Administrative Reforms Ryaas Rasyid announces he is quitting the Cabinet as of today in protest of Pres. Abdurrahman Wahid's policies, especially on the implementation of regional autonomy, after receiving no response to his resignation.
Hundreds of students and lawyers continue to rally in Surabaya (E. Java), Yogyakarta and Makassar (S. Sulawesi), demanding Pres. Abdurrahman Wahid step down, while in the town of Salatiga (C. Java) some 5,000 supporters of Wahid hold a rally.
The Consultative Group on Indonesia (CGI) pledges US$4.7 billion in loans to Indonesia to help the democratically elected government tackle the country's various tough challenges.
Some 200 Jakarta-based NGOs join forces in a massive campaign against drugs by establishing a consortium, named the Consortium for the Alleviation of Drug Abuse Program (KPPPN).
President Abdurrahman Wahid meets with French President Jacques Chirac and foreign investors in Paris, briefing them on the latest developments in Indonesia, assuring that he is in full control of the situation in Indonesia.
The bodies of ten people killed by anti-independence militia groups are exhumed from a mass grave near the border town of Pasabe, in the isolated enclave of Oecussi, East Timor.
Golkar Party chairman Akbar Tandjung confirms that former justice minister and state secretary Muladi resigned from the party because of his academic commitments as a professor of law at Semarang-based Diponegoro University in Central Java.
Fresh violence greets the arrival of six ministers and a fact-finding team from the National Commission on Human Rights in Ambon, where at least 61 people were killed in religious clashes the previous month.
Renewed mob violence hits the East Java town of Pasuruan, Ujungpandang in South Sulawesi and Banawa in Central Sulawesi following rumors of dramatic increases in the price of basic commodities.
The Indonesian Armed Forces (ABRI) reaffirms its commitment to renominating President Soeharto even if there is a change in the military's leadership, saying the choice is part of its strategic plan to help restore the country's ailing economy.
United States military commander in the Asia Pacific Adm. Joseph Prueher expresses concern about the crisis in Indonesia, adding that his forces were doing all they could to help bring stability to the country.
Tycoon Liem Sioe Liong tops the list of Indonesia's 200 biggest individual taxpayers of 1995, after ranking second for the previous two years, while PT Freeport Indonesia is listed as the largest corporate taxpayer, rising from its 53rd ranking in 1994.
Hasan Basri Ginting, alias Elly, 20, is sentenced to life imprisonment after the Medan District Court in North Sumatra found him guilty of murdering three people the previous year.
House of Representatives member AA Baramuli SH uncovers a Rp 1.3 trillion corruption case at the Indonesian Development Bank (Bapindo) involving businessman Eddy Tansil.
Air Force chief Siboen signs a memorandum of understanding with the Wirontono Group, allowing the business group to lease the Air Force's 41-hectare headquarters in South Jakarta for 25 years for Rp 82 billion.
Nine people from Karawang, West Java, all over 40 years old, are found dead. They died from exposure to cold, hunger and exhaustion while making a pilgrimage at a height of 2,500 meters on Mt Ciremai (3,080 meters) to the south of Cirebon city.
Home minister Rudini tells the House of Representatives that former political prisoners involved in the Sept. 30, 1965, movement would be allowed to vote in the general election.
President Soeharto opens the second and third phases of the Kamojang geothermal power plant, 40 km south of Bandung, West Java, warning the nation not to depend heavily on oil for power generation.
Indonesia's communication satellite Palapa B-2 fails to enter orbit.
President Soeharto refuses clemency for Timzar Zubil, alias Sudirman, 27, a political prisoner sentenced to death for subversive activities in North Sumatra in March 1978.
The body of Bung Tomo, a freedom fighter during the battle of Surabaya in 1945, who died while performing the haj in Saudi Arabia, arrives at Halim Perdanakusumah Airport in Jakarta.
UN secretary-general Kurt Waldheim sends condolences to President Soeharto over the sinking of Tampomas II, which left 112 people dead and 329 others missing in late January 1981.
The University of Indonesia (UI) is established in Jakarta.
Several members of subversive groups in the Netherlands-Indies Army, under the leadership of Ch. Taulu and S. Wuisan in Minahasa, North Sulawesi, are arrested by the Dutch military.
Australia refuses to back the Dutch by supporting Australian port workers' refusal to load weapons destined for use by the Dutch in its war with Indonesia.
20,000 people rally in Amsterdam demanding a peaceful settlement of the Dutch-Indonesian dispute and Dutch recognition of Indonesia's right to self-government.
U.S. Life magazine publishes a picture of President Sukarno and Prime Minister Sjahrir, sent by American journalist Johnny Flory who followed President Sukarno's tour in Java.
The Dutch East Indies Company issues a law imposing a fine of one and half Dutch guilders on all officials of the Malay church not attending Sunday service.