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House summons Boediono over Bank Century scandal
Former Bank Indonesia governor Boediono will be summoned by the House of Representatives (DPR) monitoring team in relation to the Bank Century bailout scandal on Wednesday, a legislator stated here on Tuesday.

Boedionos presence is important as he has to clarify his statement that it was the Insurance Deposit Agency (LPS), which was responsible for ... ( read on )
President asks Kelud refugees not to risk returning home yet
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked the refugees of the Mount Kelud eruption not to risk going back home before the area is deemed safe.

"I hope the refugees remain patient and wait until it is safe because plenty of houses, farmland and infrastructure were damaged. The safety of our people is paramount," President Yudhoyono ... ( read on )
TNI secures lava canal of Mount Kelud
The Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers have beefed up security arrangements around the lava canal of Mount Kelud in the Kediri District, East Java province, as it can be dangerous to the residents.

"We have continuously informed the people and checked the condition of the location. We have been monitoring the lava canal and have urged ... ( read on )
Former chief justice calls to end political oligarchy
Former constitutional court chief justice Mahfud MD has called on the people to put an end to political oligarchy, which has so far dominated governance and is not good for a democracy.

"Oligarchy begets transactions and transactions beget oligarchy," he noted at a seminar "Straightening Out Law Enforcement Reform in Indonesia under Political Constellation" at the ... ( read on )
Hong Kong grants Indonesia request over Century assets
The High Court of Hong Kongs Special Administrative Region has complied Indonesias request to confiscate Bank Centurys assets stashed in that country with regard to a corruption case.

"The recovery of the assets largely depends on the commitment and cooperation of the jurisdictional authorities of Indonesia and Hong Kong. The success of this process should ... ( read on )
Satellite detects 81 hotspots in Riau
The Terra and Aqua satellite detected 81 hotspots of forest, plantation and peat land fires in Riau Province on Monday afternoon.

The number decreased significantly from 386 hotspots in the morning, Slamet Riyadi, the head of the Pekanbaru meteorological, climatology and geophysics agencys data and information section, said here on Tuesday.

Of the 29 hotspots, ... ( read on )
Minister Suswono questioned as witness at KPK
Agriculture Minister Suswono came to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) here on Monday following a summons from the agency for questioning as a witness over a corruption case.

"As I have said if KPK needs me I will always be ready to come to tell everything they want to know from me. If I ... ( read on )
Burglar steals Rp208 million in Public Housing Ministry
A burglar reportedly stole a cash of 208 million rupiah in the Public Housing Ministry building, located in Jalan Raden Patah I no. 1 Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta on Monday.

"But none of the doors in the office building is found damaged," the South Jakarta police public relations officer, Commissioner Aswin said here on Monday, ... ( read on )
Wiranto denies any deal made with Hary Tanoe
The General Chairman of Hanura Party, Wiranto, said here on Monday that there had not been any political deals made with regard to Hary Tanoe`s joining his party. "There has not been any deal made. It all came out of a common view towards Indonesia`s future," he said.

Wiranto, a former military leader, said he ... ( read on )
Bulog ready to distribute rice to Riau flood victims
The branch of the state logistics board (Bulog) in Riau province said it is ready to distribute rice for flood victims in several districts in Riau and Riau Islands provinces. "We are waiting for an order from the regional administrations to start extending the relief aid for the victims," Riau Bulog spokesman Saiful said here ... ( read on )
Anti-graft body postpones questioning of finance minister
The planned questioning as witness of Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo on Tuesday by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over the Hambalang Sports Complex Development (P3SON) scandal has been postponed.

"It is true that there is a schedule for the questioning of the finance minister tomorrow but the finance ministry has confirmed Agus Martowardojo is on ... ( read on )
Bali regional government becomes toll road shareholder
The provincial government of Bali has formally become a shareholder in PT Jasa Marga Tol – the operator of the new toll road set to soon connect Benoa – Ngurah Rai Airport – Nusa Dua.

The National New Agency Antara quotes the 2nd Assistant for the Provincial Government of Bali, Ketut Wija, on Thursday, February 14, 2013, ... ( read on )
Political temperatures on the rise in Bali
Anyone doubting that political temperatures are on the rise in Bali in the period leading up to the election of its next governor on May 15, 2013, need look no further than the ongoing polemic on whether or not the current governor Made Mangku Pastika is barred from making official visits to the regency of ... ( read on )
FPI involved in 34 violence cases in 2010-2011
The police have recorded a total of 34 cases of violence or destructive behavior by FPI (Islam Defenders Front) members across the country in the period 2010-2011, a spokesman said.

"According to our records, the FPI engaged in violence and destructive behavior in 29 cases in 2010 and in 5 cases in 2011 in the following ... ( read on )
Constitutional Court scraps unjust rule on extra-marital children
The Indonesian Constitutional Court (MK) has invalidated a long-standing legal rule stipulating that a child born outside an official marriage only has a civil relationship with its mother and not with its father.

The MK ruled that a child born outside formal wedlock does have a civil relationship with the man who, through existing ... ( read on )
Police chief: 'Hundreds of police officers fired every year'
Hundreds of police officers have been dismissed every year in Indonesia for various violations, a senior police official claimed on Thursday. The police force fires 200 to 500 officers each year for various offences, National Police Deputy Chief Commissioner General Nanan Sukarna Said during a visit to Palu, Central Sulawesi.

He called on the people ... ( read on )
Illegal activity endangers Indonesian orangutan sanctuary
As a group of rehabilitated orangutans are waiting to be released into a reserved area in Indonesia's Kalimantan, activists on Thursday stated that illegal activity in the sanctuary continues to endanger the natural habitat and its animals.

Center for Orangutan Protection chief Hardi Baktiantoro on Thursday told the Jakarta Globe that there continues to be forest ... ( read on )
Indonesia's economic growth in Q1 could reach 6.5 percent
Indonesia's Finance Ministry on Thursday announced that the country's economic growth in the year's first quarter could reach 6.5 percent.

Bambang Permadi Soemantri Brodjonegoro, acting chairman of the country's Fiscal Policy Agency, told Viva News that between January and March, economic growth is expected to reach 6.5. percent, which would represent almost a 1 percent increase ... ( read on )
Legislator: 'Ahmadis should live on isolated island'
This weeks ten points for mutual understanding go to H.M. Busro, who is a legislator in the House or Representatives and also a member of the 8th Commission. During a meeting with Ahmadiyah members over the recent and violent attack on it's members he said that Ahmadiyah could best be put on an island together, ... ( read on )
Yudhoyono admits Indonesia yet to be prosperous
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono admitted Wednesday that the Indonesian nation was not yet prosperous nor was it already enjoying good welfare. “But if there are critics who say we have slid backward in developmental terms, I will say, they are not honest,” the president said during a working visit to Tuban district, East Java. On the ... ( read on )
Construction of 'Trans Nusa Highway' to be kicked off soon
The National Road Building Agency for Indonesia's 8th District will soon begin realizing the construction and upgrading of 3,000 kilometers of major road stretching from Bali's western port of Gilimanuk to Atambua in West Timor. The entire road project, scheduled to get underway in March 2008, will cost Rp. 730 billion (54.3 million euro), allocated ... ( read on )
Indonesia ranks 100th in world press freedom
Press freedom in Indonesia according to non governmental organizations, monitoring international media in 167 countries in the world, as surveyed by Reporters Without Borders (RWB) is low for Indonesia. In the press freedom index of 2007 released in Tokyo on Sunday, Indonesia ranked second in South Asia after Cambodia but in the entire world Indonesia ... ( read on )
HIV population among fastest-growing in Asia
The HIV population in Indonesia is among the fastest growing in Asia, officials said yesterday at the presentation of a World Health Organisation (WHO) review concerning the epidemic. Director general of the contagious diseases department of the Health Ministry, I Nyoman Kandun said HIV was spreading quickly among so-called high-risk groups and in parts of ... ( read on )
Chinese observe lunar New Year throughout Indonesia
Ethnic Chinese throughout Indonesia celebrate the Chinese New Year today. Many of them will bring a visit to temples for praying to their gods and ancestors. The Dharma Bhakti, Sam Njan Kiong and Amorva Bumi temples in Jakarta were filled with visitors celebrating 'Imlek', as the Chinese New Year is also known in Indonesia. Most ethnic ... ( read on )
14 Leptospirosis patients in Tarakan hospital
After the recent floods in some parts of West and Central Java, new cases of Leptospirosis rose to 14. All of the patients are in a hospital in Tarakan. Dr. Nazir, the hospital's internist told Antara News that two of the freshly admitted patients were in serious condition. He also told that most of ... ( read on )
Yudhoyono's plan for Indonesia's resurrection
Indonesia is trying to bring back the glory days when it was prominent in Asia. It is doing so by playing a larger role as a negotiator throughout the region, acting as a mediator between the Koreas, and pushing for democracy in Myanmar. At the same time, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is trying to unify ... ( read on )
Indonesia confirms 19th human bird flu death
Bird flu has killed its 19th Indonesian human victim, a 23-year-old man, according to tests by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, an Indonesian health ministry official said on Saturday. "We have received the test result from CDC Atlanta. Purnomo (the victim) was positive," Hariadi Wibisono, director-general of control of animal-borne ... ( read on )
Moody's changes Indonesia rating outlook to positive
Moody's Investors Service has changed the outlook to positive from stable on Indonesia's B2 foreign currency country ceiling for bonds, its B3 foreign currency country ceiling for bank deposits, and the Indonesian government's B2 foreign and local currency ratings. Moody's said that the outlook change was prompted by the continuing improvement in Indonesia's debt ratios, both ... ( read on )
Dengue fever death toll climbs to 161
The death toll from a dengue fever outbreak hitting Indonesia's sprawling archipelago has climbed to 161, said health ministry data on Wednesday. Dengue fever has traditionally been a killer across the world's fourth-most-populous nation, but the death toll so far this year is more than double the same period last year. The latest figure was ... ( read on )
Awareness key to dengue prevention
The frantic clean-up drives and fumigation of neighborhoods affected by the dengue fever outbreak will do little to stem the disease if people do not change their living habits, said a health official. "People tend to forget the danger of dengue fever if there are no victims in their neighborhood in the off season, while ... ( read on )
1000 more islands found in archipelago
Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, has 1,000 more islands than previously thought, an official said yesterday. Analysis of satellite imaging data by the Aviation and Space Institute shows 18,108 islands compared to some 17,000 previously believed to exist, said the head of the institute, Mr Mahdi Kartasasmita. Last December, Indonesia lost two of those islands when ... ( read on )
Gunung Merapi remains dangerous
Yogyakarta Volcanology Observation Agency renewed its warning to sand miners and climbers of the possibility of a major outburst of hot lava and steam from Mount Merapi in the coming weeks, due to the rainy season.Chief of the observation agency Ratdomopurbo said workers quarrying sand on rivers in Magelang regency should stop their daily activities ... ( read on )
Govt declares Imlek as national holiday
After decades of waiting, Indonesians of Chinese descent rejoiced on Sunday when President Megawati Soekarnoputri announced that, beginning in 2003, the Lunar New Year, or Imlek as the Chinese new year is known here, would become an official national holiday."I know many have asked for the Chinese New Year Imlek to be a national holiday. ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
Police wrap up more than four months of work identifying the dead in the Oct. 12 Bali bombing, estimating the final death toll at 202 people from 21 countries.
More than 3,000 Papuans living in remote areas demonstrate in the provincial capital of Jayapura to demand the formation of a Central Irian Jaya province to speed up development in the impoverished region.
Dutch Minister of Overseas Affairs Van Maarseveen tells parliament that the Dutch government will try to form an interim government to represent all of Indonesia.
Pres. A. Wahid reiterates that he does not see a serious threat to his presidency, playing down increasing calls for his resignation. Wahid has been under pressure to step down following the House' Feb. 1 decision to censure him for two financial scandals
The government and a House of Representatives special team on electricity rates agree to propose an average rate increase of 29.43 percent starting April 1, but protecting low-income households with a maximum 900 kilowatts per hour supply.
President Abdurrahman Wahid supports Maj. Gen. Agus Wirahadikusumah, the chief of the Wirabuana Military Command overseeing Sulawesi, who is facing disciplinary measures for openly criticizing former Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. Wiranto.
World Bank president James Wolfensohn expresses confidence that the Indonesian government can fight corruption, reduce the foreign debt burden and boost economic recovery.
Thirteen people, including Central Java Governor Mardiyanto, receives awards from President B.J. Habibie at the State Palace in Jakarta for their success in promoting the agricultural intensification program last year.
The House of Representatives passes an antimonopoly bill into law to promote fair market competition.
Panji Masyarakat magazine hits the streets headlining the details of a telephone conversation between President BJ Habibie and Attorney General Andi M. Ghalib. Habibie calls for a high-level probe into how the conversation was leaked to the press.
The government announces an increase in monthly regional minimum wages by an average of 16.7 percent.
The Armed Forces formally nominates BJ Habibie for the vice presidency, while incumbent Vice President Try Sutrisno unexpectedly announces he is unwilling to be renominated for a second term.
Semarang archbishop Suharyo pays a rare courtesy call on Amien Rais, leader of Muhammadiyah, in Yogyakarta to boost relations between religious leaders. The meeting is the first of its kind in 32 years.
German finance minister Theo Waigel says in Jakarta he fully understands Indonesia's objectives in considering the introduction of a currency board system to stabilize the rupiah, but that such a system is not viable at this point in time.
Scores of Chinese-Indonesian entrepreneurs, who have been regular targets of recent violent protests over soaring prices, donate essential commodities and money to 960 poor families in Surabaya.
The Indonesian Museum of Records in Semarang announces that it has recorded Masngudin, 75, from Tegalsari Barat village near the city, for his ability to twist his face into numerous positions.
German finance minister Theo Waigel signs a memorandum of understanding to provide Indonesia with Dm375 million (US$206 million) in financial assistance to help overcome the economic crisis.
Amien Rais, leader of Muhammadiyah, after meeting with Catholic leaders in Yogyakarta, calls on Muslims to stay away from riots targeting the property of people of Chinese descent because it is against Islamic teachings.
Harnoko Dewantono alias Oki, the sole defendant in a Los Angeles triple murder case, admits at the Central Jakarta District Court to having killed his younger brother Ery Tri Harto Dharmawan, but denies killing two other people.
The government accepts the proposal of Canada's Bre-X Minerals Ltd. and its Indonesian partners to develop the Busang II and III gold mines in East Kalimantan and agrees that Bre-X can have 45 percent share.
Sinta Dewi Sampoerna of the Surabaya-based Sampoerna Group is listed as the largest of 200 individual taxpayers in 1993, surpassing tycoon Sudono Salim, the chairman of the Salim Group, while PT Telkom is named the largest corporate taxpayer.
Peter Simon Goodman, an American journalist who works for the Japan Times, is asked to leave East Timor.
Foreign minister Ali Alatas arrives in Washington on a mission to explain Indonesia's position on the bloody Nov. 12 incident last November in Dili, East Timor, which claimed 50 lives.
President Soeharto receives the World Health Organization's Health for all Gold Medal from WHO director general Hiroshi Nakajima in Jakarta for his commitment to the health of the Indonesian people.
The Ujungpadang military tribunal in South Sulawesi sentences Lt. Hermanto, 22, to death for killing his superior, Lt. Novi Herawadi, in May last year, while his accomplice Sgt. Burhanuddin, 32, gets life imprisonment.
Police temporarily shut down the controversial Yayasan Keluarga Adil Makmur money lending foundation, led by Jusuf H. Ongkowidjaja, in West Jakarta pending results of an investigation into its executives.
Former U.S. ambassador to Indonesia Marshall Green in Jakarta says the Western world has failed to give Gen. Soeharto credit for his success in reviving the country following the 1965 abortive coup.
State Minister of Research and Technology BJ Habibie inaugurates a solar water treatment system in Kedung village, Tangerang, West Java, built by British Petroleum Solar International Ltd. and the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology.
Eleven Indonesian soldiers are killed and 18 others injured when a truck they are traveling in collides with a bus in Pasuruan, East Java.
Noted intellectual Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana reveals that an average civil servant in Indonesia works no more than 1,500 hours a year, while their counterparts in the U.S work 1,700 hours and in Japan 2,100 hours.
Mudjono, Ali Said and Ismail Saleh are sworn in at the State Palace, Jakarta, as chairman of the Supreme Court, minister of justice and attorney general respectively.
The East Indonesian Parliament Mission, led by Arnold Mononutu, arrives in Yogyakarta to meet President Sukarno and the working body of the National Committee of Central Indonesia (BP-KNIP).
British and Indian soldiers alight from 52 trucks and rob houses in Mega Mendung, Bogor, West Java, arrest 37 people, take away 16,000 Dutch guilders and molest local women.
Japanese troops enter Denpasar, Bali, after landing at Sanur beach.
The Surakarta branch of Syarikat Islam, Insulinde and the Association of Laborers and Farmers (PKBT) hold a grand rally in Surakarta.
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