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Ship carrying 97 Indonesian sinks off Malaysian waters
A ship carrying 97 Indonesians sank off Air Hitam river, Selangor Malaysia, on Tuesday night, Information Director from Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry Sofia Sudarma said here on Wednesday.

"Based on information from Deputy Ambassador of Indonesia in Kuala Lumpur, Hermono, 55 out of the 97 victims had been evacuated while the rest were still missing. ... ( read on )
Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah opens 21 hours per day
The Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, opens 21 hours a day to accelerate registration of workers wishing to obtain documents in lieu of passport (SPLP) from the Saudi government, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said on Tuesday.

From May 13 to July 3 the consulate general will serve Indonesian overstayers and illegal workers living ... ( read on )
VP instructs ministers to maintain food price stability
Vice President Boediono has instructed relevant ministers and officials to maintain food price stability in the face of subsidized fuel price hikes and the fasting month of Ramadhan.

"In the run-up to the fasting month, prices usually increase. But we hope normal increase. We should prevent price increase which exceeds the normal hike," the Vice ... ( read on )
House plenary enacts bill on revised budget into law
The House of Representatives finally enacted the Bill on the 2013 Revised State Budget into law through a voting mechanism in its plenary session here on Monday night.

In the voting, of the 519 House members who attended the plenary session, 338 supported the government`s proposed draft revised state budget and 181 others rejected it.

... ( read on )
Customs officers foil drug smuggling attempt
Customs authorities at Sultan Iskandar Muda international airport in Aceh Besar district, Aceh province, foiled an attempt to smuggle heroin and crystal methamphetamine (shabu-shabu) worth Rp9.975 billion on Sunday.

"Officers found the contraband from a passenger of Air Asia plying between Kuala Lumpur and Banda Aceh on June 17," head of the Banda Aceh customs ... ( read on )
Indonesia, China to increase cooperation in defense
Indonesia`s defense minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro received the commander of the China`s PLA`s Strategic Missile Corps and member of the Central Military Commission, General Jing Zhiyuan at the former`s office here on Monday.

The secretary general of the ministry of defense, Vice Marshal Eris Herryanto, said General Jing Zhiyuan came to Indonesia to increase cooperation between ... ( read on )
Passenger bus rolls over in West Java, killing five
At least five people were killed on Friday when a passenger bus rolled over in the West Java province of Indonesia, local media reported on Saturday.

The accident happened near Karawang in West Java on kilometer marker 61 of the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road when the bus plunged into a ditch and rolled over, the Jakarta Post ... ( read on )
Districts in Yapen Waropen isolated by earthquakes
At least 12 remote districts in Yapen Waropen regency, Papua, have been isolated following an earthquake, which devastated the area on Wednesday. About 98,000 people living in the 12 districts were badly in need of basic necessities, mainly foods, medicines, tents and blankets, Alex Kriseo, a deputy secretary of the Yapen Waropen regental administration, said ... ( read on )
Idiot as minister: 'Internet a risk to nation'
Indonesia's communications minister said a celebrity sex video scandal showed the internet was a threat to the nation and vowed to issue a decree to curb its use. "We want to minimize the negative impact from the internet as it will destroy this nation," Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, from the hard line Islamic ... ( read on )
No-smoking laws enforced in North Jakarta
The provincial government of the Special Capital Region of Jakarta (DKI Jakarta) has once again organized a no-smoking razzia. There are official no-smoking laws in the country and province, but they are rarely enforced. In North Jakarta seven places were checked for smokers; mainly malls and other public places were checked, including the main Boulevard ... ( read on )
Hundreds of houses burned down in Jakarta
A big fire in a crowded residential neighborhood in Cipinang Besar Selatan, Jakarta, has caused some 1,500 to be forced to look for another place to stay. There are some 800 families which houses were burned down, according to Sudarmono. To house the victims of this fire, the Indonesian Red Cross and the regional government ... ( read on )
Jakarta monorail project in government hands
The Jakarta monorail project that has been stalled for years already because a lack of funds is now back in the hands of the central government and the provincial government of Jakarta. Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo said that the involvement of the central government was required because of the big amounts of money involved in ... ( read on )
Straight through the 'Big Durian' by car
What is the fastest way to get from the north of Jakarta to somewhere in the southern part of the city? That is a question which is hard to answer for a city like Jakarta. With some 15 million residents and several hundreds of square kilometers of city it often is such a big unorganized ... ( read on )
Police to get three new Japan-made patrol boats
The Indonesian police will receive three new Japan-made patrol boats later this year. They are to be used to deal with crimes like piracy in the Malacca Strait, where Japanese ships frequently pass, according to a Japanese official. "The three motorboats will set sail to Indonesia next December or three months faster than schedule," said ... ( read on )
Indonesia allows aid into East Timor
Indonesia is to open its border with East Timor to allow humanitarian aid to reach some 130,000 people affected by recent violence. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced the move at a meeting with his East Timorese counterpart in the Indonesian island of Bali. Meanwhile, the leader of East Timor's rebels has said his group has ... ( read on )
Indonesia leader's tsunami action gets mixed grades
When Indonesia's Aceh province was hit by one of the worst natural disasters the world has seen, the country looked to newly-elected President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for leadership and were not disappointed. Immediately after the Dec. 26 tsunami hit, leaving 166,000 dead or missing and destroying the homes of more than half a million people, Yudhoyono ... ( read on )
Govt orders pirates, sea terrorists shot on sight
Indonesia's naval chief has ordered his commanders to shoot dead armed terrorists or pirates operating in key waterways including the busy Strait of Malacca, which carries a third of world trade. Navy Chief of Staff, Bernard Kent Sondakh, would also meet soon with his counterparts from Malaysia and Singapore to seek ways to increase joint ... ( read on )
Wiranto fights on as party divides
FORMER Indonesian armed forces chief Wiranto is campaigning hard for the imminent presidential election, but some observers believe his efforts have been spoilt by the lack of support from his own Golkar party. One analyst told The Australian that he had even seen members of the party's youth wing campaigning for Mr Wiranto's main rival, ... ( read on )
Media on the payroll
Koran Indonesia looks deceptively like a normal newspaper, but is clearly slanted to make Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri's government look good. "The economy has recovered," reads one headline, while another announces: "Farmers are getting wealthier." The paper appeared on newsstands on the first day of campaigning for Indonesia's first direct presidential elections, and it comes ... ( read on )
Limited, but no ban on outside access Aceh
The Indonesian Government has issued new rules restricting access by foreigners to Aceh, but has not imposed a feared complete ban. Under the terms of the decree by President Megawati Soekarnoputri released late on Tuesday, foreign and Indonesian aid organisations will be able to function in the province - which is under martial law - ... ( read on )
Volcano erupts on Halmahera
A volcano has erupted in eastern Indonesia, spewing dust as far as 60 kms, but no casualties have been reported, an official said on Wednesday. Mount Dukono erupted June 7 after releasing gases for three months, Syamsu Rizal, an official from Indonesia's Volcanology Agency said. The volcano is on the remote and sparsely populated island ... ( read on )
F-16 jets used against separatists
The Indonesian military has used two of its US-made F-16 jets as it stepped up its campaign against separatist forces in Aceh, although military officials yesterday denied reports they had bombed or fired on rebel hide-outs. Two other US-made aircraft, OV-10 Broncos, also were involved in the attacks, although air force spokesman Colonel Iskandar said ... ( read on )
Indonesia bans foreign tourists from Aceh
Indonesia has banned foreign tourists from visiting war-torn Aceh while all other foreigners, including journalists, would need permission to visit the westernmost province. The ban comes after Indonesian troops shot dead a German tourist on June 4 when he did not identify himself to a night patrol. The curbs were outlined in a presidential decree, ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) chairman Amien Rais urges President Megawati not to heed growing calls for her to replace some of her Cabinet ministers because a Cabinet shakeup could lead to political instability in the country.
Four Indonesian tugboat crewmen are kidnapped in waters off the southern Philippines by suspected Muslim Abu Sayyaf guerrillas.
Indonesian Navy joins the navies of 15 mainly Asia-Pacific countries, including Australia, the U.S & Russia, in a mine-sweeping exercise aimed at improving multinational efforts to keep the region's vital shipping lanes safe by combing South China Sea.
New Coordinating Minister for the Economy Burhanuddin Abdullah meets with International Monetary Fund representative in Jakarta John Dodsworth, proposing several options to end the current row over the amendment of the central bank law.
Andi Depu, an independence fighter popularly known as Ibu Agung Depu, dies in Ujungpandang (now Makassar), South Sulawesi.
One person is killed and 9 are injured during a clash between police officers and demonstrators in front of clove plantation company PT Perkebunan Cengkih Branggah Banaran, Blitar, East Java. They demand the return of their 235 hectares of land.
Minister of Justice/State Secretary Muladi installs former deputy attorney general Ismudjoko as acting attorney general, replacing Andi M. Ghalib.
Chairman of the Nahdlatul Ulama Muslim organization Abdurrahman Wahid suggests a separation between the head of government and the head of state.
Motinggo Busye, a noted writer, painter and filmmaker, dies of liver and heart complications due to diabetes in Jakarta at the age of 62.
Dili Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, co-winner of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize, meets U.S. President Bill Clinton in Washington.
President Soeharto promises the national press that the government will no longer revoke publishing licenses arbitrarily.
A Merpati Nusantara Airlines Fokker 27 plane crashes into Gawalise Mountain in Donggala, Central Sulawesi, killing 12 people onboard.
Twenty-one Muslim clerics in East Java state their support for Soeharto as the next president.
President Soeharto inducts Lt. Gen. Try Sutrisno and Lt. Gen. Moch. Sanusi as the Army chief of staff and National Police chief respectively.
Communications satellite Palapa B-1 is launched by the Challenger space shuttle, replacing Palapa A-1 and Palapa A-2.
The Dutch government receives a letter from the Dutch general commissioner in Indonesia advising the government of Indonesia's response to a May 27, 1947 note from the general commissioner demanding control over Indonesia.
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