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Environmentalists: 'Sumatran rhino on the brink of extinction'
Indonesian environmentalists on Thursday warned that the Sumatran rhinoceros in Lampung province is on the brink of extinction due to hunting and habitat destruction, just weeks after the Western Black Rhinoceros was declared extinct.

Indonesian Rhino Foundation chairman Widodo Ramono said the rhino population is now about 30 in Way Kambas National Park in Lampung province ... ( read on )
Moderate quake strikes south of Yogyakarta
A moderate earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale struck Bantul district, Yogyakarta, province here on Thursday at 10.55 AM local time.

According to information from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG the tremor was centered 144 kilometers southwest Bantul district at a depth of 10 kilometers.

"I only felt the tremor for a ... ( read on )
Thousands of houses in North Sumatra flooded
A flood triggered by heavy rains on Wednesday inundated at least 2,000 houses in Belawan subdistrict, North Sumatra. "Houses at Belawan I and Belawan II villages were hit the hardest by the flood," Belawan subdistrict head Andi Syukur Harahap said. The water level at the two villages reached 30 cm, he said.

He admitted ... ( read on )
Marzuki: 'US military base to affect regional stability'
House of Representatives (DPR) Speaker Marzuki Alie said the presence of a US military base in Australia will definitely affect the stability the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) has been nurturing in the region.

"The ASEAN region which has been relatively stable so far, will undoubtedly be disturbed by the US military presence there," ... ( read on )
Mount Anak Krakatau continues to spew puffs of smoke
Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait, West Java, continues spewing puffs of white smoke, but the Geological Disaster Mitigation and Volcanology Center (PVMBG) maintains the danger status of the mountain at Level III or alert level.

Chief of Mt Anak Krakatau Observation Post in Pasauran, Cinangka, Serang, Banten province, Anton S Pambudi, said here ... ( read on )
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The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta #3
I woke up again early in the morning when we already had made a short stop in Cirebon before departing again. Slowly a new day started and the first people were already working on their rice paddies. The colorful fields range from fresh green young plants to the brown colors of a newly harvested field ... ( read on )
Displaced mudflow victims to get aid from foreign agencies
Over three years after the start of the 'Sidoarjo mudflow', thousands of displaced residents of Porong, near Sidoarjo in East Java, now start receive aid from foreign agencies. A humanitarian organisation sponsored by Norway has started to give free medication and medical treatments for the hundreds of refugees in shelters at the Pasar Baru market ... ( read on )
Jogjakarta awarded 'Best Travel Destination 2009'
Jogjakarta has been awarded the award for Best Travel Destination 2009 by the Indonesian Tourism Award 2009 (ITA 2009). It is the first time that the award has been given by Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism in cooperation with SWA Magazine. Nine other cities, Denpasar, Malang, Surabaya, Tana Toraja, Manado, Kutai Kertanegara, Badung, Solo ... ( read on )
Anti-corruption watchdog seizes 194 bn Rupiah from state officials
Indonesia Anti-Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said that it has seized 194 billion Rupiah (12.9 million euro) in state assets from public officials during the 2007-2008 period, according to a newspaper on Monday. Indonesia has been combating corruption, which hampered its efforts in attracting foreign investment. Chairman of the commission, Antasari Azhar, was quoted by the Jakarta ... ( read on )
Islamic Council to decide over 'fatwa' against smoking early 2009
The Islamic Council of Scholars in Indonesia (Majelis Ulama Indonesia, or just MUI) will decide about the fatwa about smoking early next year. They are to decide whether smoking is allowed or has to be banned by the Islamic scholars. They can also decide not to choose a direction however. A high percentage of Indonesians ... ( read on )
Indonesia seizes 3.4 million euro worth of ecstasy
Indonesian authorities have seized ecstasy tablets with an estimated value of 3.4 million euro. Five people - among them were two Malaysians - were also arrested during raids in several locations of Jakarta. About half a million pills were confiscated from several apartments in Jakarta, told Indradi Thanos, the director of the narcotics department from ... ( read on )
East Timorese people begin to regret secesion from Indonesia
Many people in East Timor which gained independence from Indonesia through a United Nations-sponsored referendum in August 1999 have begun to regret the secession, Mrs. Domingos, an East Timorese woman visiting her relatives here said on Friday. "Independence from Indonesia is being enjoyed by only a certain group of people while the majority in remote ... ( read on )
Deep sea quake hits Sulwesi Island
5.1-magnitude deep sea earthquake hit Indonesia's province of South Sulawesi Friday, meteorology agency officials said. The quake hit at 02:33 pm (0633 GMT) and was centered 111 kilometers (69 miles) under the sea floor, some 150 kilometers northeast of the South Sulawesi provincial capital, Makassar. People visiting a mall in Makassar thought that a bomb had ... ( read on )
Huge hole in Gempol-Porong tollroad
The explosion of a gas pipe of state-run company Pertamina near the center of the drilling well of PT Brantas Lapindo in Porong, Sidoarjo (East Java) has caused a hole in the tollroad ahead. The hole is at least three to five meters wide and is located at kilometer 38. A reporter of Antara news ... ( read on )
President Yudhoyono describes mudflow as disaster
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has described the events that took place in the area of Porong (East Java) as a disaster. He said this in a special meeting of his cabinet concerning the explosion of a gas pipeline owned by state-run Pertamina in his office. At least 440 hectares of land are seen as dangerous ... ( read on )
Kalla: 'Rupiah's strength is a concern'
The Indonesian rupiah's strength is a concern and businesses in Southeast Asia's biggest economy may feel more comfortable if it weakened to about 9,500 against the dollar, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said. The level favored by Kalla is about 4 percent lower than the rupiah's close yesterday at 9,139 to the dollar. The measure traded at ... ( read on )
Aceh hit by bird flu
Hundreds of chickens have died of bird flu in Aceh province, Indonesia says. Bird flu has been found in more than 20 other provinces in the country, but its emergence in Aceh is especially worrying, analysts say. This is because thousands of Acehnese still live in crowded refugee camps as a result of last year's ... ( read on )
Visa-on-arrival in Indonesia harbinger of closer cooperation
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s appreciation of Indonesia’s adoption of a visa-on-arrival policy for Indian nationals during the visit of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Wednesday set the tone for a whole range of MoUs to be signed between the two countries. Both countries agreed to work together to improve connectivity and people-to-people contacts between ... ( read on )
Streets of Jakarta not paved in gold
Jakarta stands out like a gleaming beacon to the rest of the country, attracting a wave of migrants each year. And the largest influx of migrants to the capital takes place each year following Idul Fitri, when thousands of Indonesians from the rural areas stream into Jakarta full of hopes for a better life.But for ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
Indonesian editor Goenawan Mohamad and journalists from Belarus, Eritrea, Niger, Panama are awarded the 1998 International Press Freedom awards by the Committee for the Protection of Journalists for covering the news in difficult and dangerous conditions.
Rescue workers find the bodies of four students who, along with eight others, became lost while climbing on Hantu hill, Mount Merapi, near the West Sumatra capital of Padang.
Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri arrives in Atambua in West Timor, Nusa Tenggara, to talk with East Timor refugees in the town to get firsthand information on their plight.
Irian Jaya Governor Freddy Numberi urges people to channel their demands for independence through the Provincial Legislative Council instead of hoisting the West Papuan flag on Dec. 1.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) reveals that 200 divers from 60 villages operating without standard diving equipment in waters of the Togean islands have either died or become incapacitated over the last seven years.
Students from Trisakti University and the Communication Forum for Jakarta Student Senates present a chicken to Attorney General Lt. Gen. Muhammad Ghalib at his office for his sluggish inquiry into former president Soeharto's wealth.
The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas-HAM) forms a team to investigate the Nov. 13 clash between students and security personnel at the Semanggi cloverleaf junction, which claimed more than 10 lives.
Gold contributions totaling 2,249 grams raised during the "I Love Rupiah" campaign, launched by former minister of social affairs Siti Hardiyanti Rukmana to strengthen national reserves, were auctioned off by the state in Bandung, West Java.
Foreign minister Ali Alatas slams Portugal for suspending UN-sponsored negotiations over the future of East Timor based on unsubstantiated reports of a massacre in the territory.
Ahem Erningpraja, an independence fighter and a former minister of manpower (1959-1960), dies of old age at 85.
President Soeharto is in Vancouver, Canada, attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and in a meeting with U.S. President Bill Clinton, he says he did not object to foreign doctors examining jailed labor leader Muchtar Pakpahan.
Two security officers from the Indonesian delegation attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vancouver, Canada, are arrested and stripped of their APEC accreditation for breach of the peace at the University of British Columbia.
A delegation of 15 members of the Association of the Indonesian Law Students Councils files a petition with the ruling Golkar Party at the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) to reject the renomination of President Soeharto for the 1998/2003 presidency.
25,000 Catholics gather at the Fatucama peninsula, seven kilometers east of Dili, to watch the blessing of a giant statue, Christ the King, by Dili Bishop Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo.
Thirty-three non-governmental organizations lodge a petition with the Ministry of Information in Jakarta, demanding the government to ban sexist advertisements that insult women's dignity.
President Soeharto meets Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos and Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong in Manila on the first day of his two-day visit to attend the fourth Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economic leaders meeting at Subic Bay.
Several Muslim activists announce the establishment of the New Indonesian Muslim Congregation or Masyumi Baru, to accommodate Muslim aspirations.
Twenty-nine East Timorese students, residing at the U.S. Embassy since Nov. 12, leave Jakarta for asylum in Portugal aboard a KLM plane.
Editorial writer Johannes Kristanto, 49, of the largest daily newspaper Kompas, is named the winner of the 1993 Radio Tampa Asian Award for contributing to better understanding of Japan in Indonesia.
Information Minister Harmoko announces the government has blacklisted Steven Erlanger of the New York Times for his recent article of Nov. 11, Soeharto's Indonesia: A Family 'Toll Mahal', defaming Indonesia's first family.
Forty sailors attack police stations in the East Java capital of Surabaya after a brawl between two policemen and a group of navy men at a gas station, killing one policeman and a navy man and injuring six others.
President Soeharto sends a message of condolence to Lebanon at the passing of President Rene Muawad who was assassinated on Nov. 23.
The West German Embassy opens a consulate in the Sanur tourist resort of Bali, to provide West German tourists with necessary services.
President Soeharto, at the commemoration of Prophet Muhammad's birthday in Jakarta, confirms that Indonesia is not a theocratic state, but Pancasila (state ideology) state.
Widjojo Nitisastro, former chief economic planner, and Soedjono Hoemardhani, Inspector General for Development Projects, are awarded the highest decoration from the Japanese government in Jakarta: the First Class of the Order of the sacred Treasure.
Visiting Indonesian Army Commander Lt. Gen. Rudini receives the Panglima Gagah Angkatan Tentara Malaysia Award, the highest in the Malaysian armed forces, from Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in Kuala Lumpur.
Police in Yogyakarta seize 17 copies of a pornographic film featuring Indonesians, including a well-known movie actress, in a raid on several rental shops in the city.
The first National Koran Reading Contest (MTQ) is held in Makassar, South Sulawesi.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recognizes the Republic of Indonesia.
The People's Sovereignty Party, meeting in Makassar, South Sulawesi, issues a statement proclaiming Sulawesi as a part of Indonesia, refusing to recognize Sulawesi's representatives in a false conference in Denpasar, Bali.
Freedom fighters in Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, attack a paper mill in Sungai Tanang, occupied by Japanese troops.
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