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Indonesia to develop trans-Sumatra toll road
The Trans-Sumatra Toll Road Development Project will soon commence following the signing of the order by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY).

"Yesterday (Thursday, September 18), the presidential regulation for the Trans-Sumatra Toll Road Development Project was signed by President SBY. So, PT Hutama Karya could prepare itself for the groundbreaking in the middle of next ... ( read on )
446 Indonesian boat crew still at Australian detention cells
A total of 446 Indonesian boat crew members are still held in Australian prisons until this month for smuggling asylum seekers to that country, an ambassador said.

"Out of the number, 26 are children who are held in immigration detention cells and prisons across Australian states such as Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania," Indonesian ambassador to ... ( read on )
Indonesia sends food aid to North Korea
The Indonesian Government has provided food assistance worth US$2 million to North Korea to help it tide over its current food crisis.

Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare, Agung Laksono, accompanied by a representative of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), presented the aid offer to North Korean representatives.

"The aid reflects Indonesia`s solidarity with North ... ( read on )
Military personnel stationed at Glodok ahead of election
The military (TNI) has stationed some of its personnel at Glodok China town in West Jakarta ahead of Jakarta gubernatorial election on Thursday.

"TNI personnel have been involved to secure vital objects including Glodok ahead of the election," Jakarta Metropolitan Police Command spokesman Senior Commissioner Rikwanto said here on Wednesday.

He said TNI has fielded ... ( read on )
Almost 200 killed in Idul Fitri traffic
A spokesperson of the national police said Saturday that at least 184 people have been killed in homecoming traffic rush in the six days prior to the Idul Fitri holiday. National Police spokesman Maj. Gen. Nanan Sukarna told a press conference in Jakarta that at least 466 traffic accidents have occurred less than a week ... ( read on )
Injuries and damage after quake strikes off Bali
The earthquake that struck some 100 kilometers south of the resort island of Bali has caused some injuries and damage, according to a spokesperson of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency BMKG. No tsunami warning was issued, but the shaking was felt strongly throughout most parts of the island.

At least seven people were injured. Some ... ( read on )
Magnitude 6.4 earthquake south of Bali
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter Scale occurred in the waters south of the resort island of Bali earlier this morning. The quake took place at 07:04 local time (GMT+8) and was located at 101 kilometers southeast of Nusa Dua in southern Bali.

Based on information from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics ... ( read on )
Almost 300 flights from Jakarta delayed
As much as 294 flights from the international airport of Soekarno-Hatta near Jakarta were more than half an hour late yesterday. The flights were domestic as well as international flights, told a staff member at a Lebaran information point at the airport. Most planes were delayed because of operational reasons, caused by delays elsewhere in ... ( read on )
Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits northern Maluku
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter Scale occurred in the waters of northern Maluku province earlier this morning. The quake took place at 03:34 local time (GMT+9) and was located at 117 kilometers northwest of the city of Ternate in North Maluku.

Based on information from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency ... ( read on )
Balinese protests against porn bill in Indonesia
Balinese legislators, artists and tourism operators join forces on Friday opposing the endorsement of the pornography bill by the Indonesian parliament. Bikini-clad tourist center of Bali island may have to cover up if the law is passed across the country. The bill could be passed this week. The Balineses came into the parliament building and met ... ( read on )
Second tsunami-detection system to launch in Indian Ocean
A second tsunami-detection system for the Indian Ocean will launch from Jakarta, Indonesia, September 19, part of the $1 billion U.S. recovery, restoration and technical contribution to the region after the 9.1-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated the area in 2004. The first device, called a deep-ocean assessment and reporting of tsunami (DART) system, launched from ... ( read on )
Indonesia's big earthquake 'on it's way'
A team of international earthquake specialists says that Indonesia is currently facing another potential 'giant' earthquake in the near future. The scientists, among them a team from the California Institute of Technology, says that the three major earthquakes that struck off western Sumatra last week, have actually increased the chances of a renewed major disaster. A ... ( read on )
Indonesia sets date for execution of Christian militants
Three Indonesian Christian militants convicted of leading a mob that killed Muslims will be executed on Thursday, the convicts' lawyer said, but there was no immediate word on the fate of their clemency appeals. Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus Silva were sentenced to death in 2001 after being found guilty of leading a Christian ... ( read on )
Indonesia asks Malaysia for explanation of fatal shooting
Indonesia is seeking clarification from the Malaysian government about a report that five Indonesian citizens were killed in a shooting incident involving police in the country's Pahang state during the weekend. "We asked our officials in Kuala Lumpur to seek an official explanation from the Malaysian government about what really happened that day as soon ... ( read on )
Muslims protest at Pope's statement
Over 100 Indonesian Muslims staged a rally outside the Vatican embassy in Jakarta on Monday, demanding the Pope to apology for its controversial statement on Muslims. Wearing white shirts or white t-shirts and holding white flags with red rose in its center, the demonstrators from the Islamic Defender Front (FPI), the Soldier of Islamic Defender ... ( read on )
Indonesia's debt load accounts for 52 percent of GDP
Indonesia's overseas and domestic debt loads stood at 1,282 trillion rupiah (around 128.2 billion US dollars) as of March this year, equivalent to some 52 percent of the country's gross domestic product, an official said Monday. "The figure comprises 624 trillion rupiah (62.4 billion dollars) of debt in foreign exchange and 658 trillion rupiah (65.8 ... ( read on )
Indonesia pulls troops from Aceh province
Indonesia withdrew 800 soldiers from tsunami-battered Aceh province on Sunday after rebels handed over a quarter of their guns, moving quickly to fulfill key obligations under a peace deal to end three decades of fighting. The troops the first of some 30,000 security forces slated to leave the province by the year's end chanted and ... ( read on )
A boat trip from Bali to Lombok
Only for the first time since 1999, I was about to make some boat trips. After planning a trip by motor from Yogya all the way to Sumbawa Besar (yes, on Sumbawa island), I soon discovered there was no road all the way, but there were some stretches of sea to cross as well. By ... ( read on )
Editor's jail sentence threatens press freedom
Handing down a jail sentence for a libel case has serious implications for press freedom in Indonesia, said Natalie Hill, deputy Asia director at Amnesty International, commenting on the jail sentence imposed on the chief editor of leading news magazine, Tempo. "It is only since 1998 that media restrictions have been lifted in Indonesia," said Ms ... ( read on )
Indonesia says Iraq war could be destabilising
Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim nation, has warned that the unilateral use of force in Iraq would pose a "grave" danger of destabilising the region. In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda said mechanisms exist within the U.N. system to deal with the challenges of Iraq and "peaceful efforts must ... ( read on )
Indonesia to sell homes, apartments and warehouses
Indonesia is offering to sell 1,700 pieces of property in its effort to clear its books of assets taken over after the 1997 financial crisis, officials said Thursday. The land, shops, apartment blocks, warehouses and villas are valued at dlrs 67 million. The money is to go toward balancing the country's budget deficit - expected ... ( read on )
Dengue fever hits Bogor
Three hundred and sixty-six people suffered from dengue fever and one person died from the disease between January and August of this year, a health agency official said on Monday. Bogor Health Agency chief Triwandha Elan said that last year 631 people suffered from dengue fever and five people died. He said that the Bogor ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
President Megawati Soekarnoputri meets with U.S. President George W. Bush in Washington and pledges that Indonesia would help the U.S. in its fight against international terrorism.
A communal riot hits the village of Cipatujah, Tasikmalaya regency in West Java, destroying 23 houses and two churches.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Endriartono Sutarto in a hearing with the House of Representatives, calls on President Megawati Soekarnoputri and the House to disarm the National Police in enforcing the law and maintaining security.
Leaders of five religions, grouped as the South Sulawesi Religious Believers Forum, call on the U.S. to refrain from taking excessive retaliatory measures against states it suspected of backing last week's terrorist attacks on America.
Army Inspector General Maj.Gen. Djoko Subroto clears the Army's Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad) of corruption charges pertaining to the use of Rp 190 billion (US$21 million) managed by its foundation and Lt. Gen. Djadja Suparman.
Activists from the Youth and Students for People's Mandate stage a demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, protesting against the United States' pressure on Indonesia over the Atambua incident in West Nusa Tenggara.
Two people die and seventeen others are injured when a passenger vessel, KM Anda II, is intercepted and sprayed with bullets by gunmen in the waters off Dalam Bay, Ambon, Maluku.
East Timorese resistance leader Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao, who was freed by Indonesian authorities earlier this month after seven years in prison and house arrest in Jakarta, arrives in Darwin, Australia, after fleeing Indonesia.
Megawati Soekarnoputri, the chairwoman of a faction of the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) not recognized by the government, receives the Global Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Promotion of International Understanding from Priyadarshni Academy
The settlement project of Kali Code in Yogyakarta, organized by architect/author/Catholic priest, Y.B. Mangunwijaya, won the Aga Khan Award for its success in transforming slum areas into healthy residential areas.
Kartacahyadi, alias Yongki, 27, and Tugiman bin Sikin, 37, are sentenced by the Solo district court, Central Java, to death for robbing and murdering a family in the city in February 1989.
Papua New Guinea opens its consulate general office in Jayapura, Irian Jaya.
Sumenep regency located on Madura island in East Java wins the 1988 Iraq Literacy Prize granted by UNESCO for its successful efforts to increase the literacy rate amongst the local people.
Moslem scholar KH Muhammad Syukri Ghozali, chairman of the Indonesia Ulemas Council (MUI), dies of a heart attack in Jakarta at 78.
Ellyas Pical, 22, wins his international boxing debut after turning pro in 1982, by outboxing favored Viboon Muangsurin of Thailand in a non-title bout in Jakarta.
Indonesia's Liem Swie King wins the world badminton championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, defeating Misbun Sidek in rubber-set struggle, 15-12, 3-15, 15-12. He received US$7.000.
Indonesian representatives meet with Japanese government in Tokyo to solve problem foreign debts of between US$ 2.2 billion and $2.7 billion.
The government initiates its first currency reform by slashing the value of the rupiah by 99.9 percent.
Australia and Belgium select the USA as the third member of the Three Countries Commission, in line with the UN Securities Council resolution dated Aug. 27, 1947.
A rally, attended by President Sukarno, at Ikada Square in Jakarta, welcomes Indonesia's proclamation of independence showing the world that the new republic is established despite a strong presence of Japanese troops.
Angry youths attack Yamato Hotel in Surabaya and tear the blue color off the Dutch flag, hoisted on the hotel's roof by Dutch internees occupying it, leaving the red and white colors.
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