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PKS backs government`s policy to raise fuel prices
The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) fully supports the government`s policy to raise the prices of subsidized fuels, the party`s former president said.

"The meeting of the party`s executive board two days ago decided that the PKS faction (in the House of Representatives) and the party executive board must not stand against something which serve public ... ( read on )
Yudhoyono: 'Reform efforts still continuing'
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said reform efforts in Indonesia that began in 1999 following a financial crisis in 1998 had not yet finished and are still continuing.

"I wish the Indonesian people would see conditions at present and in the future," he said in his speech at the closing of the Forum of Indonesian Chief ... ( read on )
First Lady Ani Yudhoyono to undergo surgery in US
First Lady Ani Yudhoyono will undergo surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the US, according to presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha.

"The medical team from the Allegheny General Hospital has said the First Lady is scheduled to undergo an operation tomorrow at 7.30am local time or 7.30pm Western Indonesian Time," he said here ... ( read on )
Laid off Indonesian workers protest at parliament building
Dozens of laid off workers from a food packing company rallied inside the building of Indonesia's House of Representatives in Jakarta on Wednesday, local media reported.

Last April, around 300 workers were laid off by PT Glopac Indonesia for starting and joining a labor union, the Antara news agency reported, adding that the company did not ... ( read on )
Indonesia and Philippines agree to joint sea border security
The governments of Indonesia and the Philippines have agreed to increase their border security by cooperating through coordinating patrol teams.

Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) spokesman Rear Admiral Iskandar Sitompul told the Antara news agency that as part of a military cooperation between the two countries, a coordinated patrol will be enforced in the two countries' sea ... ( read on )
Elephants run amok in Riau village again
A group of elephants has run amok again in a village in Riau province. They have trampled at least four houses in their rage. Based on information from villagers, the elephants have already trampled to death one villager last Saturday. The four houses are on a main migration route for the large animals. Residents of ... ( read on )
Malaysia ready to help Indonesia douse forest fires
Malaysia is ready to help Indonesia put out its raging forest and open fires, the wind-blown smoke of which has caused a haze in some parts of Malaysia and reduced visibility and air quality. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak made the offer of assistance when asked whether Malaysia was prepared to help out, ... ( read on )
1,200 Denpasar police on duty during governor's race
The city of Denpasar will deploy 1,200 personnel to ensure the coming race for the governorship of Bali on July 9, 2008 goes smoothly. The contingent of 1,200 Balinese police officers from the Denpasar precinct represent two-thirds of the 1801 police personnel assigned to the Island's capital. The Denpasar officers will be distributed across 925 polling ... ( read on )
People smuggler arrested in Indonesia
The Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, says that an alleged key people smuggler to Australia has been arrested in Indonesia. Abraham Lauhenapessy, which is also known as Captain Bram, is suspected of smuggling at least 83 Sri Lankans to Australia. All of them are currently detained on Nauru. The Australian authorities have been ... ( read on )
Two trapped after Mount Merapi volcano erupts
Rescuers dug through volcanic debris Thursday to reach two people trapped when Indonesia‘s most volatile volcano erupted, nearly enveloping a village with a searing gas cloud and forcing thousands of residents to flee. "The situation is ... life-threatening," said Yousana Siagian, head of the government‘s Vulcanology and Disaster Mitigation Center, after the alert level for ... ( read on )
Indonesia offers visa-on-arrival to India
Indonesia on Tuesday offered visa-on-arrival facility to 13 countries including India in a bid to boost tourist arrivals into the country, reports Xinhua. "Thirteen countries including China and India have been agreed on for getting visa-on-arrival facility," Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Culture Jero Wacik said. The minister said apart from China and India, the other ... ( read on )
Currency market intervention futile
With many investors converting their funds into dollar-based assets, Bank Indonesia (central bank) has been selling dollars in the international currency market. It has also been threatening to curb currency trading among commercial banks while raising banks' reserve requirements. Despite these efforts, the rupiah has shed almost 9 percent of its value against the U.S. ... ( read on )
Court rules acquitted JI trio must not walk free
Indonesia's supreme court has ordered three suspected members of the Jemaah Islamiyah network should remain in detention despite their acquittal on terrorism charges by an appeal court last month. A spokesman for the attorney-general's office says the ruling was issued last week pending the outcome of a counter-appeal by prosecutors to the supreme court. In a ... ( read on )
More refugees on move in Aceh, rebel toll tops 200
Indonesian security forces have killed more than 200 rebels in Aceh province since a fresh offensive to crush the separatists began four weeks ago, the military said Sunday. In a statement, the military said it had killed 202 members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) while 24 soldiers and policemen had lost their lives. Five ... ( read on )
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In the early hours of 2003, the very early hours, I decided it was about time to expand my world of Indonesia on the world wide web. Since about 4 years I have maintained a Dutch links-website under Startpagina (, ). I’m doing fine with that one, collecting more and more ... ( read on )
Pertamina prepared for possible run of fuel
State oil and gas company Pertamina assured the public on Thursday that it had enough fuel to handle a possible run arising from the government's decision to raise fuel prices by an average of 30 percent. "Pertamina is ready to respond to a sudden increase in fuel demand within the next few days," said Pertamina ... ( read on )
Government delays fuel price hike
The government abruptly delayed on Thursday the planned fuel price hike a day before it was due to come into effect, saying it had to weigh further the political, social and security implications which might arise. The decision was announced by Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Purnomo Yusgiantoro, after an economic meeting chaired by ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
One person dies when a C-160 Transall airplane belonging to PT Manunggal Air Service skids off the runway into a fence at Sentani Airport, Jayapura, Irian Jaya, shortly after takeoff for a flight to Wamena.
A Nigerian, Johnson, 25, is shot dead by police detectives for resisting arrest in an apartment in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta. Police found 100 grams of heroin in his possession.
Former president Soeharto leaves Pertamina Hospital in South Jakarta after three days of treatment for a heart ailment.
Pres. Abdurrahman Wahid receives a Soeharto Award from the University of Indonesia's Student Executive Council for failing to eradicate corruption, collusion and nepotism (KKN) and for maintaining the status quo.
People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Amien Rais supports calls for Abdurrahman to have a medical checkup, suspecting recent erratic statements may be a result of ailing health.
One thousand farmers from the Pasundan Farmers Union stage a rally in front of the Bandung administrative office, West Java, demanding the government limit concessions granted to big plantation companies and give space to farmers to plant.
Pvt. Rifel de Queljoe of the 733rd Airborne Infantry Battalion is stabbed to death in a mob attack after his motorbike bumps into a pedicab in Tulehu village, Salahutu district, Ambon, Maluku.
W. Bank VP for East Asia and the Pacific Jemal ud-din Kassum in Jakarta warns the govt that it must be able to provide concrete results from its economic reform programs and its effort to curb corruption in order to continue receiving int'l supports.
Three days after meeting United States President Bill Clinton in Washington D.C., President Abdurrahman states in Tehran, Iran, that Indonesia remains committed to an independent foreign policy and is unwilling to be controlled by the West.
Two children of late president Sukarno, Rachmawati Soekarnoputri and Bayu Soekarnoputra, visit President BJ Habibie to invite him to the opening of Bung Karno University.
President BJ Habibie replaces Attorney General Soedjono C. Atmonegoro, who had been in office for two months, with Maj. Gen. Muhammad Ghalib without any specific reason.
The N-250, the first wholly Indonesian-designed aircraft and show piece of PT IPTN, makes its international debut at the Paris Air Show held at Le Bourget Airport, Paris.
The World Bank approves two loans totaling US$123.9 million to Indonesia for the development of higher education and farming on reclaimed swampland.
The Supreme Court rejects Surya Paloh's request for a judicial review on a ruling revoking the publishing license "Prioritas" daily in 1987.
The Ministry of Education and Culture presents art awards to 24 noted writers and artists for promoting national culture, including novelist Budi Darma and poet Sutardji Calzoum Bachri.
Authorities in East Jakarta stop a discussion on workers' rights and freedom of association on the grounds that the organizers arranged a clandestine meeting.
President Soeharto and his family in a private capacity go on the haj pilgrimage to Mecca, but King Fahd invites him as an official guest of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
A major Indonesian-Dutch oceanographic expedition costing US$8 million, called the Snellius II program, ends.
Lt. Gen. (ret) Sarwo Edhie Wibowo, former commander of the Army's Special Troops (RPKAD), is installed as chairman of the Agency for the Propagation of Pancasila.
A presidential team of economic experts led by Widjojo Nitisastro is initiated.
The first Indonesian badminton team fielded in Singapore captures the Thomas Cup.
Indian industrialist Patnaik, a close friend of Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, meets with President Sukarno in Yogyakarta.
An Indonesian Chinese institution named Chung Hwa Inni Hzueg Hui is established.
The Congress of Indonesian Women (KOWANI) is established in Madiun, East Java.
Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru sends a letter to Prime Minister Sjahrir notifying him that Bombay residents have sent 200 bales of clothes to Indonesia as a token of appreciation for the rice they received.
Indonesian youths led by journalist BM Diah establish the New Generation of Indonesia movement in Menteng, Central Jakarta, to unite Indonesians and to fight for independence.
The Dutch East Indies government officially opens the Meer Uitgebreid Lager Onderweijs (MULO) courses and makes it the independent junior high school of MULO.
Jan Willem Janssens arrives in Buitenzorg (now Bogor), to replace Governor-General Herman Willem Daendels following his appointment by French Emperor Napoleon on Nov. 22, 1810.
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