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FPI opposes Ahok as Jakarta governor
Some one thousand FPI Muslim activists staged a protest rally on the premises of the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD), rejecting a plan to appoint Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) as the Jakarta governor succeeding Joko Widodo.

"A majority of Jakartas residents are Muslims. It is unlawful (based on the Islamic law) for them ... ( read on )
Military man get six years for human trafficking
A military court in Madiun, East Java, on Monday sentenced Indonesian Military Personnel Second Sergeant Ilmun Abdul Said, 36, to six years in jail for smuggling immigrants. The defendant was also fined Rp500 million and dismissed from the military service due to his actions.

"The defendant has been found guilty of human smuggling and has ... ( read on )
Police arrest chief robbers of mini-market shops
Jakarta police have arrested five "captains" of robbers so far targeting mini-market shops in the city and its surrounding areas. "The five are believed to be the masterminds," Jakarta Metropolitan Police spokesman Senior Commissioner Rikwanto said here on Monday.

The five suspects are Andre Toardi, Rudi Harsono alias Encek, Ahmad Zaki alias Zaki, Ferri Gultom ... ( read on )
Anti-graft agency grills Brigadier General Didik
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) interrogated Brigadier General Didik Purnomo here on Monday, in connection with a graft case involving the purchase of driving simulators for the Traffic Police Corps.

"Today, Brigadier General Didik will be questioned at the National Police Headquarters detention centre," KPK spokesman Johan Budi said earlier. Didik is expected to give ... ( read on )
Regional governments urged to issue smoking ban
Provincial governors, district heads and city mayors in Indonesia have been urged to issue regulations to ban cigarette smoking, due to an increasing number of smokers in the country. The call was made by the country`s health minister, Nafsiah Mboi, when speaking during the Indonesian Eastern Region Forum Festival here on Monday.

She said that ... ( read on )
Islamic leaders support journalists` sharia caucus
Aceh Islamic clerics and regional administration support the establishment of a caucus aimed to fully implement the Sharia Law in the province. The Caucus of the Sharia defenders has been established by a group of local journalists.

"We give our support," Faisal Ali, the secretary general of Association of Aceh Islamic Scholars, said here ... ( read on )
E Nusa Tenggara braving for severe sun heat
The people in East Nusa Tenggara are braving for scorching air temperature forecast to reach as high as 38 degrees Celsius next month.

Currently the air temperature already reached an average of 34 degrees C or hotter than the normal level of 30-33 degrees C as the sun is getting closer to the equatorial ... ( read on )
'Higher tax bracket should apply for Bali nightclubs'
Legislators from the Badung House of Representatives (DPRD-Badung) are complaining that lax collection policies by tax authorities are costing the regency substantial revenues in underpayment of taxes by nightspots and discothèques.

Badung lawmakers want the higher tax of 12.5% applicable to “clubs” rather than the lower 10% now being applied to clubs and nightspots parading as ... ( read on )
Bali’s wet season due in October
Bali Daily reports that the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) is signaling that Bali’s rainy season commence in October.The BMKG is sending the additional warning that residents in Bali should be on the alert for the potential of landslides, floods and whirlwinds.

Wayan Suardana of BMKG Bali office said: “Generally, the island will experience a normal ... ( read on )
More suspected terrorists arrested in Solo
Two suspected terrorists arrested by police on Saturday, September 22, 2012 in Solo, Central Java are being linked to the Thorik terrorist network that surrendered to police on September 9, 2012. reports that the two men arrested were poised to launch terrorist acts linked to bombs confiscated by police in connection with their arrest. ... ( read on )
Russian tourist drowns on Ketewel Beach
A 48-year-old Russian tourist has drowned while swimming on Bali’s east coast, at Pantai Gumicik, Ketewel. Algrei Ilarioshoki drowned on Saturday, September 22, 2012, when he was swept out to sea by strong currents while swimming at the beach.

Radar Bali reports that the man was swimming with a fellow Russian, identified as Olga (49). The ... ( read on )
Six months jail for marijuana possession
The Denpasar District Court has sentenced a 54-year-old U.S. Citizen to 6 months imprisonment after finding him guilty of marijuana possession. The six-month sentence was less than the 9 months demanded by prosecutors.

Henry Rice Scobee heard his sentence on Thursday, September 20, 2012 in a trial that was precipitated by the man’s arrest on May ... ( read on )
Densus arrests another terror suspect
The police anti-terrorist squad, Densus 88, arrested a suspected terrorist in Melawi district, West Kalimantan, on Saturday, a police spokesman said on Sunday.

The suspected terrorist, identified as Anggri Pamungkas, was arrested on the border between Cobra and Bloyang villages in West Kalimantan as he was riding on a motorcycle along with Kusmardi, spokesman ... ( read on )
President calls on nation to brace for economic crisis
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday called for readiness among citizens, warning that the current global crisis could strike the country's economy harshly.

Compared to Indonesia's 2008-2009 crisis, Yudhoyono said during a cabinet meeting that the current one is different as the one three years ago was triggered by the U.S.' private sector. However, the ... ( read on )
Mount Merapi volcano shows signs of activity
The status of the Mount Merapi volcano in Central has officially been put at 'active' yesterday. This decision was made after a considerable increase of the number of tremors in and around the volcano. Several of the tremors could also be felt by residents nearby, but at the moment there is no sign that the ... ( read on )
Indonesian ambassador: PVV voters are terribly scared
The Indonesian ambassador to the Netherlands. Yunus Effendi Habibie, has said that those who voted for the PVV (Freedom Party) may have contracted 'a terrible form of scaredness'. He also said that the Indonesian president would most likely not visit the Netherlands if the PVV was to form a cabinet. The Indonesian ambassador said this ... ( read on )
Hizbut Tahrir denounces HKBP, demands Islamic state
Hundreds of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia members rallied at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Thursday to support a regulation on houses of worship and implementation of sharia. “HKBP commits treason against the state,” read posters displayed by the Muslim group activists.

The hard-line Islamic group activists unfurled posters to denounce followers of ... ( read on )
Three tourists dragged away by waves
Three tourists have most likely been killed when they were dragged away by waves on the Pelabuhanratu beach in the Sukabumi regency earlier today. Until now, the three missing people have not been found. The three are said to be from Bogor in West Java. The incident happened around 08:00 local time this morning at ... ( read on )
Sexy, a young woman with candy
Simply strange to see. Make a sexy picture of yourself, or ask your friends to make one of you, just to put this picture on your Facebook or Myspace in the hope that people are willing to give a comment on it. Many people aim at comments that are all to predictable, but short replies ... ( read on )
What's in the picture? #4
What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is ... ( read on )
Son of mayor arrested during drug party
The police of the city Bontang in East Kalimantan has arrested five people early on Wednesday. They were caught during a drug party held in a house in the city. One of those arrested was soon identified as the son of Bontang mayor Sofyan Hasdam. The Bontang police chief, Ismed Wijaya, confirmed the arrest of ... ( read on )
Busway in Bandung launched today
Bandung is the next city to get some form of new public transport in the form of Trans Metro Bandung (TMB) rapid mass transport. After a long period of protests by other bus operators the new system will be put in use today. The head of the TMB operating company, Yadi Haryani, told that the ... ( read on )
Indonesia withdraws Chinese dairy products
Indonesia has withdrawn all dairy produce from China because of the recent scandal involving melamine in Chinese milk products. On Tuesday, the Indonesian government banned imports of milk products from China. A number of other Asian countries have introduced similar measures. Following the news that more articles had been found to contain melamine, Taiwan has ... ( read on )
Militant inmate escapes from prison
An Indonesian Islamic militant serving 20 years in prison for plotting a deadly cafe explosion in 2004 has escaped from jail in South Sulawesi province, an official of the prison said on Monday. Jasmin Bin Kasau used a rope to climb a wall of Guning Sari prison on last Friday night after a mass prayer, ... ( read on )
Muslims begin observing holy month of Ramadan
Indonesia's president urged his people on Sunday to be stronger in facing challenges as the world's most populous Muslim nation began observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims are expected to refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk in order to focus on the spiritual. President Susilo Bambang ... ( read on )
Fire kills eight in Medan
Eight people - a family of seven and their housemaid - were killed when a fire gutted a house in the Indonesian north Sumatra capital of Medan Saturday. The blaze broke out before dawn and were believed to have died after inhaling thick smokes from the fire, reported an Indonesian daily Media Indonesia Sunday. The paper ... ( read on )
Bajaj Auto to set up dealerships in Indonesia
Two-wheeler maker Bajaj Auto's foray into the Indonesian market is set to take shape soon with production at its proposed unit expected to commence by early next year. "The unit is expected to commence production sometime in the first half of 2006," Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto, said. The unit is being set up ... ( read on )
PKS promises not to take hard-line on nightspots
Known for its Islamic outlook, the emergence of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) as a major faction in the Jakarta City Council has raised concerns for businessmen who own entertainment spots, who worry that the councillors will take an narrow view on nightspots. This fear, however, was dismissed by council PKS faction chairman Gunawan on ... ( read on )
Matahari to open 50 hypermarkets over 5 years
Indonesian retailer PT Matahari Putra Prima (MPPA.JK) said Thursday it plans to invest around one trillion rupiah ($1=IDR9,145) over the next five years to expand its business. "This investment will include a plan to open up to 50 new hypermarkets across the country," Matahari said in a statement. Matahari, which has a 20% share of ... ( read on )
Provisional results of the presidential election as of 10:00 WIB
Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) on Friday. ... ( read on )
Hunt for bombs as new alert issued for Bali
Indonesian police are hunting terrorists who have prepared two bombs, and hope to apprehend the suspects before the October 12 anniversary of last year's Bali bombings, the island's police chief said. The announcement comes as a new warning was issued today by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade about the risk of more terrorist ... ( read on )
Police: Bali bomb-maker planning more attacks
The man accused of designing the bombs that rocked the tourist island of Bali last year and a Jakarta hotel last month plans to strike again in the Indonesian capital, the country's police chief said Tuesday. Azahari, a 46-year-old British-educated Malaysian engineer accused by authorities in several countries of being the top bomb-maker for the ... ( read on )
Sjahrir declares new party
Noted economist Sjahrir declared on Monday the establishment of the New Indonesia Alliance Party (PIB), whose immediate aim is to contest the 2004 general election. In his speech before 3,000 people attending the ceremony held at Hotel Indonesia, Sjahrir said the new party sought to revive the economic sector for a new Indonesia through reasonable ... ( read on )
Indonesia likely to scrap visa-on-entry policy
Indonesia is likely to tighten visa policies after the recent arrests of some foreigners suspected of aiding separatist or terrorist activities in the country. It is likely to go ahead with its controversial plan to abolish its visa-on-entry policy given to citizens of 48 countries, a move that has drawn strong criticism from the business ... ( read on )
Blasts rock Jakarta Atrium Plaza
At least two explosions rocked the Atrium Plaza shopping mall in Central Jakarta's busy Senen business district on Sunday, just days after President Megawati Soekarnoputri joined the U.S.-led global war on terrorism. The blasts hit the same shopping mall where a bomb attack on Aug. 1 injured six people, including the Malaysian citizen who planted ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
C. Jakarta District Court fines former president A . Wahid Rp 500 million for damaging the reputation of the former secretary-general of the now defunct forestry and plantations ministry, Soeripto.
A bomb explodes near the Pattimura University in Ambon, the capital of Maluku, killing one person and seriously injuring another four.
U.S. giant software company Microsoft Corp. wins a legal battle at the West Jakarta District Court against software piracy by a local computer dealer, who was ordered by the court to compensate the plaintiff US$4.4 million.
Police announce the arrest of a gang of 25 men allegedly involved in a recent fatal blast at the Jakarta Stock Exchange (JSX) building and a grenade explosion in August at the Malaysian Embassy, believing that they are all armed civilians.
Second secretary of the Rumanian Embassy in Jakarta, Getoniu Stere, is killed when his car hits a tree on the capital's main thoroughfare of Jl. Sudirman.
The Indonesian government and the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) in Geneva agree to extend the humanitarian pause in the restive province and begin talks on a political solution to the Aceh issue.
Four people are killed when an express train serving the Jakarta-Bandung route rams into a minivan and pedicab at a railway crossing in Cimahi, West Java.
Seven people, including a 14-year-old boy and a student of the University of Indonesia, are killed in protests in Jakarta against the state security bill which was approved by the House yesterday.
Four family members, including a pregnant woman, die in a landslide in Selat district, Karangasem regency, Bali.
Nigerian E. Chukwu, 28, is sentenced to two years in prison by the Jakarta Central District Court for possessing and selling fake U.S. dollars with a face value of US$300.
President B.J. Habibie and Armed Forces Chief Gen. Wiranto allege certain groups are continuing their campaign of provocation in an attempt to destabilize security and public order to foil the govt's reform agenda and general election planning.
Thousands of farmers, students and activists mark Agrarian Day in Bogor, Jakarta, Padang, and Medan with street protests, blasting the government for policies they claim have dispossessed thousands of small landholders.
Maj.Gen. Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin is installed as Chief of the Jakarta Military Regional Command, replacing Maj.Gen. Sutiyoso, who was selected as Jakarta Governor.
Ministry of Forestry allocates funds of Rp 3.1 billion (US$1.02 million) from the Forestation Fund and State Budget to fight forest fires.
The influential Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) appeals to the authorities to stop screening the action-comedy film "True Lies" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger because it causes unrest among the people.
A Bell 212 helicopter belonging to PT Gatari crashes into the sea near Donggalai, Central Sulawesi, in route from Balikpapan, East Kalimantan to Gorontalo, Central Sulawesi, killing three of five crew members.
Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian head of state, arrives in Jakarta and briefs President Soeharto as chairman of NAM, on the series of agreements the PLO recently signed with Israel.
A helicopter chartered by PT Freeport Indonesia crashes in Paniai, Irian Jaya, killing the pilot and injuring the engineer.
State Minister for Research and Technology Prof. Dr. B.J. Habibie becomes the first Asian to receive the Theodore von Karman award in Beijing, China, for his achievements in development and applications of aeronautical technology.
Indonesia and Azerbaijen sign a communique in Moscow, Russia, opening diplomatic relations.
President Soeharto, Chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), speaks for the first time before the 47th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, USA, delivering "The Jakarta Message" from the 10th NAM Summit in Jakarta.
Vice President Sudharmono opens the 13rd Congress of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organization in Jakarta.
President Soeharto welcomes Malaysian king Yang Di Pertuan Agong Sultan Azlan Shah to Jakarta for a one-week visit.
Businessman and book publisher Haji Mas Agung alias Tjio Wie Tay dies in Jakarta at 63.
The Surabaya court in E. Java sentences Joo Khek Kiong, 58, and Loo Wat That, 37, to five years and two-and-a-half years imprisonment respectively for their negligence that resulted in a fireworks explosion killing eleven people and injuring 17 in March.
Mohamad Roem, a political leader during the revolution and a noted diplomat, dies of a heart attack in Jakarta at the age of 75.
The UN General Assembly agrees to include the Nieuw Guinea Affairs on the agenda for discussion.
Workers at several companies in Amsterdam strike in protest against the dispatch of Dutch soldiers to Indonesia with some soldiers refusing to go. Twenty people are injured.
A national movement named Ambonsch Studie Fonds is established in Ambon, Maluku, under the leadership of Dr. WK Tehupeiory.
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