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PNG tourist visits decline due to closure of border
The number of tourists from Papua New Guinea, PNG, visiting Jayapura is reported to have decreased after the border was closed by the local authorities following a shooting incident by unknown gunmen.

Jayapura immigration Chief Gardu Tampubolon said that the tourists from PNG have to use the sea route after the land border was temporary ... ( read on )
President Yudhoyono to inaugurate Sail Raja Ampat
President Susilo Yudhoyono is scheduled to open the international maritime event of Sail Raja Ampat on August 22, 2014, stated West Papua Governor Abraham O Atururi.

"Sail Raja Ampat was originally scheduled for June 21 but was then postponed to August 22, so I have met with President Yudhoyono and asked him to inaugurate ... ( read on )
President orders ministries to put out forest fires
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered all ministries and relevant institutions to put out forest fires in Sumatra in one month. "The President has given us directives that hotspots and haze in Sumatra should be overcome immediately," Chief Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa told a press conference after a cabinet ministers` plenary meeting here on Thursday.

Hatta ... ( read on )
Batam, Singapore shrouded in haze coming from Sumatra`s fires
Thick smog haze has covered Batam and Singapore on Thursday, significantly reducing the visibility and causing eye irritation. The three-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reading spiked to 321 in Singapore, Simon D.I. Soekarno of the Indonesian embassy in Singapore told Antara on Thursday.

The Singaporean government issued a strong statement regarding the haze problem. In ... ( read on )
BNPB sets aside Rp25 billion to battle forest fires
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has set aside Rp25 billion (around 2.5 million US Dollar) to make artificial rain over forest fires in Riau Province to battle haze looming over the region and neighboring countries.

"Haze from the forest fires have reached Singapore, thus we are to anticipate this matter," Head of Data and ... ( read on )
Indonesian ministry forbids Greenpeace to hold rallies
Indonesian Legal and Human Rights Ministry forbids Greenpeace Indonesia to hold more rallies to criticize Indonesian policies and companies in Indonesia which are public legal entities.

"The reason is that Greenpeace Indonesia only holds an association legal permit in Indonesia," said an official from the ministry`s Abriana Kusuma Dewi in a discussion with the ... ( read on )
SAR: 60 victims of sunken vessel still missing
Sixty passengers from the MV Putri Ayu, which capsized on its way from Ambon to Namrolle in the eastern Indonesian province of Maluku on Sunday, are still missing, chief of the Ambon Search and Rescue office, Doddy Haryanto, said.

"The ill-fated vessel carried 72 people, including 12 crew members," he said. According to the manifest ... ( read on )
Bappenas: 'Number of child workers still high'
The number of child workers in Indonesia is still high because of poverty, according to National Development Planning Minister Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana. Armida stated that she would incorporate the child worker issue into the country`s poverty eradication program.

"Child workers are an important issue for all of us. The number of child workers aged below ... ( read on )
Gov't: More Indonesian migrants face execution in Saudi Arabia
At least 22 Indonesian migrant workers could be facing execution for crimes they committed in Saudi Arabia, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said, saying it designated Rp 4.6 billion (400.000 euro) of its budget to help one of the workers.

Indonesian Law and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar told the Antara news agency that 22 out of ... ( read on )
Air Force One inbound for Bali
The 9th Udayana Military Command headquartered in Bali have declared their readiness to safeguard the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama in November 2011.

The assurances were offered by the Commander of Bali's military district, Major General Leonard Louk, during a coffee morning held with members of the press at his office on Tuesday, June 14, ... ( read on )
36 illegal Afghans arrested on Madura
The regional police of Pamekasan on the island of Madura has arrested a total of 36 illegal Afghan immigrants. All of them were adult males, most of which have not yet been identified. The people were arrested in a house belonging to a villager of Tlonto Ares after neighbors informed the police about their whereabouts.

At ... ( read on )
Teen prostitution on the rise in Bandung
The Bandung authority is at loss to uncover cases of covert prostitution involving junior and senior high school students, whose number continues to rise in the West Java capital. Eli, a sex worker advocacy program mentor from the Rumah Cemara Group in Bandung, said it was hard to provide advocacy to teenagers involved in covert ... ( read on )
Garuda finalizing acquisition of Star Air
Unsuccessful in their bid to reach an agreement that would allow the purchase of 100% of the shares of Linus Airways, the national air carrier Garuda Indonesia is reported to be near finalizing an agreement to purchase Star Air. Both Linus Airways and Star Air ceased operations in 2008. Garuda is seeking to purchase the ... ( read on )
Dozens of FPI members demonstrate against Ahmadiyah in Makassar
Dozens of members of the FPI (Front Pembela Islam) have demonstrated in front of the regional representative office of Ahmadiyah in Makassar earlier today. They asked the government to release a presidential decree about the Ahmadiyah sect because it is said to have stained Islam. "The problem with Ahmadiyah is not related to freedom of religion ... ( read on )
Former intelligence official arrested over Munir case
The former deputy head of Indonesia's top intelligence body has been arrested, for alleged involvement in the murder of a prominent human rights activist four years ago. Muchdi Purwo-prandjono was arrested as a key suspect in the murder of Munir, the co-founder of Imparsial and Kontras, two groups critical of the military and its methods ... ( read on )
Mud flow causes living room geyser
Large amounts of water have been shooting out of the ground in homes and a restaurant hundreds of meters away from the submerged area of land near the mud volcano in Eastern Java. Experts tell that these bursts are caused by underground pressure linked to the flow of mud flowing out of a drilling site ... ( read on )
Indonesia confirms 39th bird flu death
Indonesia today confirmed its 39th death from bird flu after tests by a WHO-affiliated laboratory showed that a 14-year-old boy had died of the virus, a health ministry official said. 'Ibrahim Ahmad, 14, was positively infected with bird flu, according to the results of tests by the WHO-affiliated laboratory in Hong Kong,' said Ningrum from ... ( read on )
36 dead in South Sulawesi floods
At least 36 people, many of them children, have been killed and dozens were missing after flooding and landslides in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province, police and residents said Tuesday. Incessant rains over the past two days inundated rice paddies and damaged hundreds of houses in five provincial districts in the central Indonesian region. The worst hit ... ( read on )
Mudflow scatters villagers in East Java
Three weeks of an unceasing, foul- smelling mudflow from a gas well accident have uprooted more locals in Porong district of East Java province and forced them to shelter in cramped markets, schools and government offices. On Sunday, more than 3,800 residents from the four worst-hit villages near Sidoarjo were staying at newly built Pasar ... ( read on )
May motorcycle sales up 19% vs April, down 23% y-o-y
Industry-wide motorcycle sales grew 19 percent to 322, 680 units in May from 271,092 in April, but were down 23 percent from 419,608 a year ago, the Indonesian Motorcycle Industry Association (AISI) said. In the first five months, total sales reached 1.47 million units against 1.98 million a year earlier, with PT Astra International's "Honda" ... ( read on )
Pertamina: up to US$1.5b needed for fuel imports this month
State oil and gas firm PT Pertamina needs 1.3-1.5 bln usd for fuel imports within the next 10 days to replenish national fuel stock levels following higher than expected consumption this month, Pertamina's president Widya Purnama said. Purnama said national fuel stock level has dropped to cover only 17.5 days of nationwide consumption against the ... ( read on )
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Nunik 1 and Nunik 2, one-month-old conjoined twins from Bogor, West Java, die at the Jakarta's Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital (RSCM). The baby girls, who shared a heart and liver, were due to be surgically separated.
President A. Wahid abruptly stops his address at a ceremony commemorating the 31st anniversary of first president Sukarno's death, after people shout out the name of Sukarno's eldest daughter, VP Megawati Soekarnoputri, calling her "their president".
Minister of Health and Social Welfare A. Sujudi reveals the govt has earmarked Rp 534.1 billion for his ministry for a six-month period to cover various priority programs, including medical services for the underprivileged.
President A. Wahid opens an international workshop on crimes against humanity at State Palace, calling on all institutions, including the Indonesian Military and National Police, to undertake internal restructuring to ensure the protection of human rights
President Abdurrahman Wahid in Cairo, Egypt, claims that former president Soeharto's wealth totals at least US$45 billion, and expresses hope that his predecessor will return 95 percent of it.
The World Bank agrees to provide a US$5 million "Learning Innovation Loan" for the National Library to buy new books for provincial libraries in Central Java, West Nusa Tenggara and South Sumatra.
Over 30,000 followers of Indonesia's founding president, Sukarno, commemorate the 29th anniversary of his death in his hometown of Blitar, East Java.
"The Jakarta Post" rejects as excessive demands by PT IPTN over an incorrect report on a CN-235 plane crash a month before. Included among IPTN's demands were a correction and an apology published in local and foreign publications.
President Soeharto dedicates the Jakarta Fairground on the 44-hectare plot at the former site of the Kemayoran airport.
The police halt a discussion on the book "Bung Karno Dalam Pergulatan Pemikiran" (Sukarno in the Struggle of Ideas) held in Blitar, East Java, in conjunction with the 22nd anniversary of his death.
President Soeharto confers the Budaya Parama Dharma cultural medal on his wife Mrs. Hartinah Soeharto in Jakarta for her contribution to the development and promotion of national culture.
Six East Timorese students seek political asylum at the Japanese and the Vatican embassies in Jakarta. Foreign minister Ali Alatas says Japan and the Holy See will comply with their wishes to leave Indonesia.
M. Ardans is installed as governor of East Kalimantan, replacing Suwandi.
President Soeharto opens the International Hospital Federation's regional conference at the State Palace in Jakarta, expressing confidence that all Indonesians would enjoy better health before 2000.
Murry Richard Brian is denied entry into Medan under a blanket ban on Australian journalists imposed after the "Sydney Morning Herald" published articles discrediting President Soeharto and his family.
The fourth plenary meeting of the Provisional People's Consultative Assembly (MPRS) is opened.
The Dutch government sends an aide-memoire to Prime Minister Sjahrir which states its dissatisfaction with Indonesia's response to the Dutch General Commissioner's note of May 27, 1947 requesting de jure control over Indonesia.
The Indonesian Communist Party holds a leadership meeting in Batavia to prepare an armed rebellion against the Dutch, but only Batavia, Banten, Priangan and South Sumatra branches attend.
Two thousand British troops led by Lieutenant Governor of Java Thomas Stamford Raffles attack and occupy Yogyakarta Palace. Sultan Hamengkubuwono II is expelled.
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