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Dozens of illegal immigrants dead after boat capsized
Dozens of illegal immigrants from Lebanon, Pakistan and Iraq have been reported drowned after their boat capsized in the Agrabinta waters in South Cianjur, West Java, on Friday.

According to sources, 80 illegal immigrants were aboard the boat that capsized as it headed to Christmas Island, while 25 have been saved and are being housed ... ( read on )
Expect low number of absentee voters if Jokowi runs
A researcher from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Prof Ikrar Nusa Bhakti, said voter turnout would be higher if Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) runs for president in 2014.

"If Jokowi runs, it is sure that the number of absentee voters would be low," he said during a discussion entitled "2014 General Elections and ... ( read on )
Soekarno-Hatta Airport gets clean toilet award
Jakarta`s Soekarno-Hatta airport in the Tangerang district of Banten Province, has received the second prize in a clean public toilet competition organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, an airport official revealed.

Soekarno-Hatta senior General Manager Bram Bharoto Tjiptadi said on Friday that the assessment was based on seven parameters, known as "Sapta ... ( read on )
Police arrest suspect in death of student during brawl
South Jakarta police have arrested a suspect in the death of a senior high school student during a recent inter-school brawl between students in Blok M area.

"The student from state senior high school SMAN 6 - identified as FR - was caught in Condong Catur, Yogyakarta, Central Java, on Wednesday, along with his two ... ( read on )
Thousands of workers protest against outsourcing system
Thousands of workers from various labour unions gathered in front of the manpower ministry and staged a demonstration to demand higher wages, revocation of the outsourcing system, and implementation of health insurance for all Indonesian citizens.

"If there is no response from the government this time, God willing, we will call a strike from October ... ( read on )
TNI provides free medical treatment to public
The Indonesian Defence Forces (TNI) provided free medical treatment to 1,000 residents in Ciracas district, East Jakarta, on Thursday to mark its 67th anniversary which falls on October 5.

"The free medical treatment is given not only in Jakarta but also the rest of the country," said Tetty Agus Suhartono, chief of the Association of ... ( read on )
Police foil sugar smuggling attempt
A joint team of police and military personnel successfully foiled an attempt to smuggle 18 tonnes of sugar from Malaysia into Indonesia on Thursday.

"The sugar was transported by three trucks, which were seized in Sosok Senggau district, West Kalimantan," West Kalimantan Police Spokesman Adjunct Senior Commissioner Mukson Munandar said here on Thursday.

"The joint ... ( read on )
Indonesian revives state ideology with shadow puppet shows
In an attempt to revive the national ideology of "Pancasila" and raise awareness about its five main principles, the Indonesian government has been organizing shadow puppet shows across the country.

"Conveying the values of Pancasila through shadow puppet shows is an effort to attract people`s attention. They prefer something entertaining to other conventional ways ... ( read on )
Three killed, 100-plus injured after fire on Indonesian boat
Three people were killed on Monday and more than 100 others were injured when a passenger boat caught fire on a river in Indonesia, officials said on Tuesday.

The accident began at around 7 a.m. local time when the MV Marine Nusantara collided with the tugboat Pualuat Tiga 330/22 near Kadap Isle in the Barito ... ( read on )
NU: 'Suicide bombing can never be a form of jihad'
A regional spokesperson of Nahdlatul Ulama (PWNU), the second largest Islamic organisation in Indonesia, has said that a suicide bombing could never be a form of jihad ('inner battle', but popularly 'holy war') because you hurt yourself and others during that act.

"Suicide can not be justified in any way," said the head of the PWNU, ... ( read on )
Police: 'Suicide bomber was not alone'
Police say that a number of findings indicate that the suicide bomber in Surakarta, Central Java, did not act alone. "The perpetrator needed communication. Although he was alone in the field, don’t assume that he committed suicide all by himself," police spokesman Brig. Gen. I Ketut Untung Yoga Ana said.

He added that the suicide bomber ... ( read on )
Indonesia prosecutors say Australian must die
Indonesian prosecutors said Monday an Australian on death row for drug smuggling must be executed in line with his original sentence, rejecting appeals for mercy from Australian police. Presenting their response to the appeal of Scott Rush, 24, against his death sentence, prosecutors said no new material had been presented to warrant a more lenient ... ( read on )
A diving lesson with Batavia Air
It is just several minutes before half past one as Batavia Air flight 7P-577 from Jakarta is preparing to land on Hang Nadim international airport on Batam. After a nice and quiet flight that departed just a few minutes behind schedule from Jakarta, Batam is visible and the last empty cups of water and paper ... ( read on )
Rabies vaccines out of stock at Bali's main hospital
Bali's ongoing struggle to fight the current rabies epidemic is being complicated by the lack of rabies vaccine at Bali's Sanglah General Hospital. As reported by Berita, the drug store on the hospital's premises has posted a sign in its window announcing that rabies vaccine are "out of stock" .

The head of ... ( read on )
Higher toll road tariffs from tomorrow
Starting tomorrow, higher tariffs of toll roads will become effective. The first increase in two years - according to laws that allow price increases once every two years to correct for inflation and increased operational costs - will be some 30 percent. A price hike was planned for earlier this month, but because of the ... ( read on )
50 shops at Prambanan complex burned down
Some 50 small shops selling snacks and souvenirs at the Prambanan Temple complex in Central Java were completely lost in a fire. The fire broke out at around 19:30 local time (GMT+7), when shops were already closed for about two hours. There were no people at the scene of the fire when it occurred so ... ( read on )
107 additional flights during Lebaran holidays
The Lebaran Holiday period, which stretches for more than two weeks in the periods prior and post the Idul Fitri celebrations on October 1-2, 2008, will be the busiest travel period of the entire year in Bali and the rest of Indonesia. In anticipation of the massive jump in air passengers, Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport ... ( read on )
Indonesia 2007 growth seen strongest in 11 years
The economy of Indonesia is likely to expand 6.1 percent this year, its fastest pace in 11 years, with growth further accelerating in 2008, helped by relatively low interest rates and strong commodity exports, a poll showed. The full-year growth forecast for Southeast Asia’s biggest economy matched the estimate of a similar quarterly poll conducted ... ( read on )
Protesters pour 700 kg of mud outside Aburizal's office
Protesters dumped a truckload of mud outside the office of State Minister for People's Welfare Aburizal Bakrie on Wednesday to demand more help for thousands of people affected by a mud flow that swamped a large swath of East Java province. The sludge was collected from the torrent, which began surging from the ground four ... ( read on )
Govt mulls cigarette price hike
If fuel and electricity are to escape much speculated hikes, then it's probably the turn of cigarettes to go up in price to pad state coffers. The government is considering raising next year both the retail price and excise duty of cigarettes sold in the country, the Finance Ministry's Director General for Customs and Excise, ... ( read on )
Indonesia braced for violent protests
Indonesia will go on high alert for violent protests if it goes ahead with the execution of three of the Bali bombers. Jakarta will take the precaution after the executions of three Christians at the weekend sparked riots involving hundreds of people in Central Sulawesi province. Demonstrators torched an official's home and went on a ... ( read on )
Fuel scarcity worsens before price hikes
Gasoline and diesel shortages worsened across Indonesia as the government's scheduled price increase on Oct. 1 draws near, Jakarta Post reported on Tuesday. Filling stations were packed with long lines of vehicles, while police officers desperately tried to track down on and nab people thought to be hoarding fuel until the price goes up, according ... ( read on )
Subsidy cut to fuel the fire
In the wake of a two-month "mini crisis" that saw the rupiah hit a four-year low of 11,750 per dollar on August 30, Jakarta has finally announced an imminent and substantial reduction in fuel subsidies. The exact date and the level of cuts have yet to be announced, though there is widespread speculation over both. ... ( read on )
Indonesia requests permanent seat on UN Security Council
Indonesia pressed its case on Monday to be the voice of "moderate Islam" at the United Nations by calling for a permanent seat on an expanded UN Security Council. With UN Secretary General Kofi Annan seeking proposals to reform the council after the Iraq war left the council divided, Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda said his ... ( read on )
Provisional results of the presidential election as of 09:45 WIB
Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) on Monday. ... ( read on )
Schools ordered to close in haze-choked Palangkaraya
Schools have been ordered to close in the capital of Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province because of persistent choking haze caused by fires, an official said Thursday. Palangkaraya mayor Salundik Goyong Wednesday ordered the closure with immediate effect of all schools in the city and surrounding areas, mayoral spokesman Halis Lanca said."The closure will be until ... ( read on )
Lifting the Veil
The lively tinkle of the grand piano, the sound of the bass, and the beat of the drums by the Bill Heid Trio generated a warm atmosphere at the official residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America, Ralph L. Boyce, on Jalan Taman Suropati, Jakarta, on September 19. The performance of the ... ( read on )
Violence on Tuesday brings Ambon death toll to 32
Community clashes which erupted in the Hative Besarvillage in the Teluk Ambon Baguala district of Ambon Island onTuesday have brought the death toll in the riot torn town to atleast 32 people. Noya Fileopistos of the Christian coordinating post at theMaranatha church in Ambon said all the victims were Christians. "Until today, they have been able ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
Former State Logistics Agency (Bulog) chief Beddu Amang blames former president Soeharto at the South Jakarta District Court for a land swap deal in 1995 that caused some Rp 95.4 billion in state losses, saying he was only following the president's order.
President Megawati Soekarnoputri meets with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in Tokyo, while Japan rules out the possibility of a debt haircut as Japanese law does not permit such a form of debt relief.
People's Consultative Assembly Speaker Amien Rais warned Muslims in Indonesia not to resort to jihad against the United States unless it proceeded with its aggression in Afghanistan, saying that jihad had a broader meaning.
Indonesia and Saudi Arabia sign a labor agreement for the first time relating to the welfare and legal status of Indonesian migrant workers, marking a new chapter in the relationship between Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.
The U.S. government issues a travel notice, warning its citizens to defer travel to Indonesia and allows all its nonessential personnel to leave the country.
Bank Indonesia director for international affairs Veronica Sulistyo discloses that the U.S. government has asked Indonesia to freeze assets belonging to Osama bin Laden. Bank Indonesia said it needed evidence against bin Laden to implement the request.
Some 100 students from the Muhammadiyah Students Association rally at the provincial council and lay siege to the Australian Consulate in Medan, North Sumatra, demanding Australian troops be withdrawn from East Timor .
The East Nusa Tenggara's refugee coordination center registers 232,672 East Timorese from 45,513 families or almost one third of East Timor's population of 800,000. The refugees fled to the province following the August 30 ballot.
The Chinese Embassy is officially opened in the Borobudur hotel in Jakarta after bilateral ties were frozen 23 years ago.
Some 1,000 students of Jakarta's National University (Unas) launch a strike and prohibit anyone leaving the campus, including rector Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana, who is a prominent figure. They demand the decrease of college tuitions.
The UN General Assembly unanimously approves Indonesia to become its 60th member and the red and white flag is hoisted at the UN headquarters in New York.
Commander of Dutch troops Gen. Spoor welcomes the landing of the Klip Fountein in Tanjung Priok harbor, Jakarta, carrying 1,386 'kwartiermakers' (pioneers) from the December 7's Division.
Medical and Agricultural Colleges open in Klaten, Central Java.
The National Committee of Central Indonesia of Yogyakarta region announces that Indonesia has captured all powers of the Japanese forces and the government's leadership has been returned to Sultan Hamengkubuwono.
The first edition of Yogyakarta's Kedaulatan Rakyat (People's Sovereignty) is published.
The Kantor Berita National Indonesia (KNI) national news agency in Yogyakarta announces that regional power is in the hands of Indonesia's government.
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