President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Saturday met with visiting Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who seeks closer ties between the two countries. The two leaders met for 30 minutes, which was followed with bilateral talks between officials of the two countries. But, there was no immediate report about the result of the talks.
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Islam is not a danger, Dutch PM says
Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende called for a rapprochement between Muslims and people of other faiths on Friday. "It causes me pain to see that people regard Islam as a danger. Islam is not a danger. The people who misuse Islam to spread terror are the danger," Balkenende said during a speech at an ... ( read on
No smoking, please
Finally, the 2005 Jakarta gubernatorial decree banning smoking in public places has been implemented, after a two-month delay. The decree, an auxiliary regulation to the 2005 bylaw on air pollution control, is expected to end any arguments about people's right to breathe clean air.
The city administration appears to be serious about implementing the decree. The ... ( read on
Jakarta beefs up security ahead of summit
Nearly 25,000 security officers will be deployed to safeguard the Asian-African Summit in Jakarta later this month, with 55 heads of state expected to attend. Jakarta city police have urged the community to be alert for possible threats that could derail the April 22-23 summit.
Landlords have been urged to check the identity of renters, especially ... ( read on
Wahid alleges fraud in vote tally as concerns mount
Former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid has alleged fraud in the computerided tally of election results and said 16 parties would meet to discuss whether to accept the outcome of Monday's poll. "There is widespread fraud," he said in an interview on local radio, citing the vote count and "various other" problems. "It's still a question ... ( read on
President's party clings to lead in poll
Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri's party was clinging on Thursday to a razor-thin lead over the former political vehicle of ex-strongman Suharto in vote-counting for a parliamentary election. More than 147 million people in the world's fourth most populous country were eligible to vote in Monday's election which sets the stage for a July 5 presidential ... ( read on
9 killed in restive Aceh province
A police official said nine people were killed by Indonesian police and military in four separate incidents on Tuesday in restive Aceh province, where a peace agreement is already under serious strain. Lt-Col Mariyanto, police chief of the district of Pidie, told Reuters the dead included one member of the separatist Free Aceh movement (GAM) ... ( read on
Central bank cuts overnight interest rate
Indonesia's central bank on Monday cut its intervention rate for rupiah deposited overnight by 25 basis points to 11.25 percent, the lowest in 27 months, citing slowing inflation.
Bank Indonesia sets intervention rates - the interest rate it pays commercial banks to hold money on deposit - in daily intervals from overnight to seven days. This ... ( read on
Two die as SARS spreads to Singapore, Indonesia
Two persons, including a doctor, died from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), while six nurses suffering from the deadly flu-like disease were hospitalised today in Singapore. "Two SARS patients in intensive care passed away today," the Ministry of Health said in its daily update.
One was the mother of the first index case, referring to ... ( read on
Batam and Bintan to be included in S’pore-US deal
A free trade deal being hammered out between the US and Singapore will include goods made in neighbouring Indonesia – and may be extended to cover parts made in other South-East Asian nations in the future, the Singapore trade minister said Saturday. The agreement, if completed, will be Washington's first free trade pact in Asia. ... ( read on
Thousands rally against Israeli action
Several thousand Indonesians rallied on Sunday to protest against Israel's military operations in Palestinian areas, the latest demonstration in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Separately, Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda said he had told a visiting senior U.S. official that Indonesia wanted the United States to press Israel to withdraw from Palestinian territories. The protesters ... ( read on
ExxonMobil gas field catches fire after rebel attack
Fire was raging in the early hours of Saturday morning at a natural gas field belonging to U.S. energy giant Exxon Mobil Oil Indonesia (EMOI) after it was allegedly attacked by rebels, reports said here. There were no immediate reports of casualties, but the fire, which first broke out at about 1 a.m. at gas ... ( read on
Other events on this day
UNICEF goodwill ambassador and British actor Roger Moore arrives in Jakarta on a six-day visit to raise awareness about the importance of iodized salt in the diet, particularly for children.
House Speaker Akbar Tandjung warns President Abdurrahman Wahid of creating social unrest as a result of his controversial statements and the continuing political and economic instability.
Thousands of prointegration civilian militia members from 13 militia groups rally in the East Timor town of Maliana, claiming they are ready to die for Indonesia's sovereignty over the province.
Lukman Harun, a Muslim politician and executive of Indonesia's second largest Islamic organization Muhammadiyah, dies in Jakarta aged 64.
Troops fire warning shots to disperse a group of Madurese people who attack a public hospital in Singkawang, West Kalimantan, generating panic among nurses, doctors and patients. Ten people are arrested for their involvement in the incident.
The UNDP announces the contribution of US$36 million to 24 Indonesian organizations for electoral activities, with the General Elections Commission scheduled to receive $30 million for technical and infrastructure support.
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat holds a 30-minute meeting with President BJ Habibie during his stopover in Jakarta en-route to Malaysia and Vietnam from Japan.
Indonesia and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reach an agreement on a new set of economic reform measures, which for the first time specifically address the problem of the country's huge corporate debt owed to foreign banks.
2,000 ethnic Dayaks attack the Ngabang Military headquarters in West Kalimantan, protesting the alleged kidnapping of a Dayak man by a member of the Armed Forces. One protester is shot to death by troops during the incident.
The trial of four soldiers allegedly responsible for the 1993 fatal shooting of four villagers of Nipah, Madura, begins at the Military tribunal in Surabaya, East Java.
Central Java's social health service office discloses that as many as 800 people might have the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes the deadly AIDS in the province. Four people were reported to have died of AIDS.
Commodore IG Sudana is inducted as Air Force Operation Commander by Air Force Chief Rilo Pambudi, replacing Rear Marshall Subagiyo.
Thirty-five Australian 'Indonesianists', including Harold Crouch and Herb Feith, sign a letter supporting George J. Aditjondro, a lecturer at Satya Wacana Christian University in Salatiga, who incurred the government's wrath for his study on E. Timor.
Finance Minister Mar'ie Muhammad replaces Sjahrizal, president of the state-owned Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) and former president of Bank Pembangunan Indonesia (Bapindo), after a credit scandal at Bapindo tarnishes the latter's reputation.
Arswendo Atmowiloto, 42, editor of the tabloid 'Monitor', is sentenced to five years in jail by a Jakarta court for blasphemy against Islam after publishing the results of a popularity poll which ranked Prophet Muhammad 11th, behind Arswendo himself.
Four people are killed and 70 others injured when hundreds of terrified shoppers try to evacuate the 'Dallas' department store in Bandung, West Java, after the fire alarm sounded.
A hand grenade explodes at a cattle market in the village of Maron, Probolinggo, East Java, killing five people and injuring 29 others.
Armed Forces Commander Gen. Try Sutrisno welcomes student protest rallies as the reflection of "dynamism in a stable country" -- as long as they do not disturb public order.
Rumanian President Elena Ceasescu arrives in Jakarta for a three-day tour at the invitation of President Soeharto. It is Ceasescu's second visit to Indonesia since 1982.
Jakarta's city health office reveals that the World Bank granted Rp 300 million to the city administration for the 1988-89 fiscal year to intensify the battle against dengue haemorhagic fever.
Julius Nyerere, Chairman of the South-South Commission and former Tanzanian President, arrives in Jakarta for talks with Indonesian leaders on efforts to strengthen cooperation among developing countries.
Sunardi Djoyomihardjo, chairman of the Indonesian Newspaper Publisher and Chief Editor of the Berita Yudha daily, dies from a heart attack in Jakarta at the age of 64.
Former Light Industries Minister (1966-1968) and Muhammadiyah Islamic organization figure, M. Sanusi, 65, is tried in the Central Jakarta District Court for plotting to assassinate President Soeharto.
Four women were killed and three people injured when a police sergeant ran amok firing his weapon randomly toward a police housing complex in Batubulan village, 10 kilometers out of Denpasar, Bali.
Transvestites in Jakarta protest a statement made by an official of the Indonesian Red Cross that proposed transvestites be banned from donating their blood because homosexual people have a high chance of transferring the AIDS virus to blood recipients..
The International Social Security Association (ISSA) for Asia holds its conference in Jakarta to discuss rural social security programs.
President Soeharto instructs all government offices, state-owned companies and banks to conserve energy.
Sultan of Brunei Sir Hassanal Bolkiah arrives in Jakarta for an unofficial five-day visit.
RI and Dutch hold negotiations for W. Sumatra and agree to move the W. Sumatra administration from Bukittinggi to Padang, while the Dutch agree some 500 Indonesian policemen can be deployed in the city and that it will return weapons seized by Britain.
Dutch Governor-General Van der Capellen issues a decision to limit Holland's military control of Sumatra to Tanah Datar.