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Six die, three go missing in Bogor landslide
A landslide claimed six lives and three others went missing in the Neglasari hamlet of Cariu Sub-district, Bogor District, West Java, on early Tuesday, stated a rescuer. The landslide occurred as a high cliff fell and buried five houses, Head of Bogor Districts Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) Yos Sudrajat remarked here on Tuesday.
"The ill-fated ... ( read on
Anti graft commission arrests district chief from Papua
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on the night of June 16 arrested Biak Numfor Districts chief with the initials YS in a hotel in Jakarta, KPKs spokesman Johan Budi said here on Tuesday. "We have arrested him and five other people last night during a raid in a hotel in Jakarta," Johan added.
He explained ... ( read on
Police chief: 'Obor Rakyat under investigation'
The police have started investigation into the libel lawsuit filed by presidential candidate Joko Widodos team of lawyers against "Obor Rakyat" tabloid, stated Police Chief General Sutarman.
"We have summoned a number of witnesses in connection with the police investigation," Sutarman noted here on Tuesday in response to the libel lawsuit filed by the president ... ( read on
Muhammadiyah calls against politicizing fasting month
Muhammadiyah, one of Indonesias largest Islamic organizations, has called on all people to not politicize the Islamic fasting month that will fall late this month.
"In connection with the presidential election that will fall during the fasting month, Muhammadiyah appeals to all people, success teams and candidates to preserve the holiness of the Ramadhan by ... ( read on
House agrees to cut Bappenas budget by Rp46.47 billion
The House of Representatives (DPR RI) agreed to slash the budget of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) by Rp46.47 billion as part of efforts to cut budgets at 86 ministries and government institutions in 2014.
"The House Commission agrees to cut the budget for Bappenas to Rp1.14 trillion from Rp1.17 trillion previously," Chief ... ( read on
Police foil attempt to hoard 5.2 tonnes of subsidized fuel
Sukabumi police foiled an attempt to hoard 5.2 tons of subsidized fuel oil in Purabaya Subdistrict, Sukabumi District, following the government`s plan to increase fuel prices.
"We managed to intercept and secure a truck loaded with 5.2 tons of subsidized oil fuel stored in jerrycans," Spokesperson of Sukabumi Police Adjunct Commissioner Alan Dahlan said here ... ( read on
Police detain three students protesting fuel price hike
Police in Bengkulu city on Monday detained three students protesting against the government`s plan to raise the prices of subsidized fuels.
"We are detaining them for a while to remind them that setting something ablaze during a rally is not allowed," chief of the Bengkulu city police Adj. Senr. Comr. Iksantiyo Bagus Pramono said.
The ... ( read on
Haze from forest fire affects respiratory health
Haze from forest fire in Sumatra has increased the number of respiratory problem cases in Dumai, Riau Province, over the past few weeks, a local office said. In the early June 2013, the number of respiratory problems was 351 cases and increased to 393 cases now, Marjoko Santoso, the head of the Dumai health office, ... ( read on
Minister: 'Fuel subsidy should go to poor people'
Increase in subsidized fuel prices should be accompanied with a step to provide subsidy for poor people who need it, Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said.
"It would be better if state budget, which so far is much used to subsidize fuel, is used for helping the poor, rather than letting the rich to ... ( read on
Presidents calls for closer govt and private cooperation
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said the government and the private sector must strengthen cooperation to boost the country`s economy. "The private sector and the government are often late in benefiting the real opportunities for our economy and businesses," Yudhoyono said on the plane heading to Mexico, Sunday, for the G20 Summit.
The president said, ... ( read on
Indonesia has comprehensive design on Papua
The government remains committed to developing Papua into a land of peace as declared by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2004. President Yudhoyono is pursuing peaceful and dignified approaches and dialogs to solve the problems in Papua, Velix Wanggai, a presidential special staff in charge of regional development and autonomy, said in a press statement ... ( read on
Mt. Marapi spews volcanic ash on Sunday morning
Mount Marapi in West Sumatra province spewed volcanic ash up to 500 meters into the sky on Sunday morning. "The volcano spewed volcanic ash for about 10 minutes starting at around 08.30 a.m.," Mubarak, who lived on the slope of the volcano said on Sunday.
"The volcanic ash fell on around the volcano`s slope," he ... ( read on
Former minister sentenced to 16 months for corruption
A former Indonesian minister was sentenced on Friday to 16 months in prison on corruption charges, prosecutors said.
Paskah Suzetta, former National Development and Planning Minister, along with several others, were found guilty of receiving bribes while serving as lawmakers in connection with the 2004 selection of central bank deputy governor Miranda Goeltom, the Antara news ... ( read on
Indonesian ministry says country needs multi-airport system
Indonesia's Transportation Ministry on Thursday called for the country to develop multi-airport system to reduce density at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
Denny Siahaan, head of the Transportation Ministry's Training and Development Institute, told the Antara news agency that multi-airport system in Indonesia would reduce density in the main airport, give an alternative to the metropolitan population in ... ( read on
Busiest travel period ahead in Indonesia: book your plane tickets now!
Starting from September 10 it is Idul Fitri in Indonesia again, the end of the holy month of fasting, also known as Eid-ul-Fitr. Tens of millions of Indonesians will use any means of transport to get home in the days before that date to celebrate this important holiday with their families back home, so the ... ( read on
Paying taxes not for Batam
Because of the relative closeness of the free world - everything is relative - that is called Singapore, you will find all kind of products on Batam up for the grabs. Of course you should make sure that you are buying the real stuff, but generally spoken you will, but without the hefty import duties ... ( read on
The easy life in the kampung
The long trip by bus lay behind us when we arrived at what we called home at half past three in the night. Most of the family stayed awake to greet us, so not to be rude I sat down on the wooden bench to eat something. After that it was soon time to excuse ... ( read on
17 killed in Sumatra mine blast
The death toll of a coal mine explosion on the island of Sumatra rose to 17, while 23 others were still believed to be trapped underground, local officials said on Tuesday. The accident happened following an explosion Tuesday morning in a mine in Sawah Lunto in West Sumatra province, said Head of the Provincial Disaster ... ( read on
Tangerang police seizes 18 kilograms of marijuana
As much as 18 kilograms of marijuana was seized by the regional police of Tangerang. They also arrested a person only known by the initials E.S., which is said to be the owner of these illegal goods. In front of cameras E.S. told reporters that the goods originated from Aceh. He bought them in Cilegon, ... ( read on
Funds for handling forest fires reach Rp300 bln
Collected funds from different institutions to be used to avert and overcome forest fires amounted to 300 billion Rupiah (24.8 million euro) for this year, according to Forestry Minister M.S. Kaban. The minister told that the funds were collected from the Office of the Coordinating Minister for People' s Welfare (100 billion Rupiah), the Forestry ... ( read on
Volcano continues to spew glowing lava
Coughing Mount Merapi, which is located between Yogyakarta and Central Java Province, Indonesia, continued to spew hot clouds and glowing lava in the southerly direction toward Gendol River on Saturday. "From the Babadan observation post, it was monitored that Mount Merapi expelled two hot clouds over a maximum distance of 1.5 kilometer in the wee ... ( read on
Indonesia's polio cases expected to rise
The polio cases in Indonesia is expected to rise from the current number of 46, since many children have not got polio vaccination, a spokesperson of the World Health Organization (WHO) said in Jakarta Thursday. "The increase of polio cases is possible, because the level of vaccination is low in the areas where the polio ... ( read on
Yudhoyono maintains lead
The team of former security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and welfare minister Jusuf Kalla continues to lead all candidates in Indonesia, according to a poll by the Democracy Study Institute (LKaDe). 45.17 per cent of respondents would support Yudhoyono and Kalla of the Democratic Party (PDI) in the country’s first-ever direct presidential ballot.
Current president Megawati ... ( read on
A long war slices deep in Indonesia
On a Friday just before noon prayers in the simple wooden mosque, soldiers stormed into this village, herded the people together and, according to two residents, marched them toward a neighboring hamlet, setting fire to houses as they went. After six weeks, the village elder, Bin Ali, 52, and his neighbor, Agus Salim, 35, summoned ... ( read on
Exploring an attractive, legendary beach in West Sumatra
Every country has its myths, legends and folklore that embellish cultures and in many instances draw people together towards a mutual experience and understanding of life's lessons. Indonesia, it seems, has more than its fair share of these intriguing tales. All parts of the country, large or small, urban or rural, near or far, have ... ( read on
Other events on this day
President Abdurrahman Wahid meets with Pakistani ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf and President Muhammad Rafiq Tarar on a one-day visit, saying the meetings were "very fruitful" and heralded a "new era" in relations between the two Muslim countries.
The World Bank approves two International Development Association (IDA) loans totaling US$115.4 million for health and sanitation projects for poor communities in Lampung and Yogyakarta.
Former president Soeharto, 79, undergoes a brain scan at state Harapan Kita Hospital in Jakarta to check whether a number of strokes had affected his memory and ability to face trial for alleged corruption during 32 years of rule.
Irian Jaya separatists kill three transmigrants who were on their way home to Arso I village from work at a nearby oil palm plantation, about 50 kilometers southwest of Jayapura.
Minister of Defense and Security/ABRI Commander Gen. Wiranto gently rejects some highly influential East Javanese religious teachers' support for him to lead the nation, dismissing speculation that he has ambitions to one day become president.
"The Jakarta Post" and state-owned aircraft maker IPTN agree in principle to seek an out of court settlement to their dispute over a recent report on the crash of a CN-235 airplane, built by IPTN, while conducting a test to parachute-drop a 4-ton cargo.
State Minister of Administrative Reforms TB Silalahi says that the eradication of corruption is impossible because it is common throughout the world, but says it can be minimized.
Thousands of passengers are stranded when Jakarta and Bogor public transportation drivers go on strike to protest new routes.
Col. Atok Rismanto is inducted as the new East Timor provincial police chief, replacing Col. Jusuf Mucharam who has been transferred to the National Police Headquarters in Jakarta.
Singaporean President Ong Teng Cheong arrives in the Indonesian town of Padang in West Sumatra, starting a three-day visit to the province.
The 11-year-old daughter of the Minister of Transmigration Siswono Yudohusodo, Emeralda, dies in Jerusalem after being treated for thalassemia. Her disease was diagnosed four years ago.
President Soeharto launches the operation of the new 3,200 deadweight-ton "Ciremai MV" ship operated by state-owned shipping firm PT Pelni in Cirebon port, West Java.
President Soeharto approves the visit of members of the Petition 50 dissidents group to state-owned shipyard PT PAL in Surabaya, East Java, to show his main critics the government's progress.
Filomeno da Silva Pareira, 37, a civil servant, is sentenced to five years in jail by the Dili District Court for conspiring East Timor's secession from Indonesia.
Nico Thomas captures the International Boxing Federation mini flyweight crown after beating Samuth Sithranuepol from Thailand in 12 rounds in Jakarta.
Brig. Gen. Arie Sudewo is installed as commander of the West Java Siliwangi regional military command, replacing Maj. Gen. Raja Inal Siregar who has been appointed governor of North Sumatra.
Mrs. Tien Soeharto hands over Taman Mini Indonesia Indah theme park to President Soeharto, who officially accepts it on behalf of the republic and its people.
Maj. Gen. Muhammad Poedi Samsoedin takes over command of the Jakarta Police from Gen. Soedarmadji.
PT Nurtanio aircraft company delivers a CASA NC-212 aviocar to Air Guam during a ceremony at Guam international airport, USA. Air Guam has ordered three such aircraft from Nurtanio.
Abdul Muis, a noted author, journalist, movement activist and national hero, dies in Bandung, West Java, at the age of 76.
The Aceh branch of the Muhammadiyah urges the Sumatra governor to make a regulation on the collection and distribution of Islamic alms.
The U.S. rejects Britain's proposal to offer "good services" to Indonesia and the Dutch, and separately calls on both sides to seek a solution in the form of peaceful cooperation.
Indonesia rejects a federal system under the Netherlands proposed by Dutchman van Mook.
The Police Academy in Mertoyudan, Magelang, Central Java, is opened.
Six hundred farmers go on strike and refuse to work at a plantation in Polanharjo, Klaten, Central Java.
A federation of Syarikat Islam regional chapters, the Central Syarikat Islam, organizes its first congress in Bandung, and elects HOS Cokroaminoto as its chairman.
Si Singamangaraja XII, the King of Batak Land in North Sumatra and an independence hero, dies at the age of 58.