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Seven Indonesians on board of missing Malaysia Airlines
Seven Indonesians are reportedly on board of the missng Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Saturday morning, statement from Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur said.

"During a press conference held by Malaysias Transportation Minister, the number of Indonesians on board of the plane is revised to be 7 not 12 ... ( read on )
President Yudhoyono talks about his retirement plans
What would President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono do after he is no longer a president?. He has not made any decision yet but "we have often talked about it with Ibu (Madame) Ani, my beloved wife," he said at a press conference here on Thursday.

President Yudhoyono who was in Budapest, Hungary, for a state visit ... ( read on )
Indonesia's Q1 economic growth to reach 6.5 percent
Despite the global financial crisis, economic growth in Indonesia is estimated to reach 6.5 percent in the first quarter of 2012, according to Bank Indonesia (BI).

Amidst a global economic slowdown and prolonged uncertainty in global financial markets, especially in Europe, Indonesia's domestic economic activity has remained strong, BI said following Thursday's Board of Governors' Meeting.

"Economic ... ( read on )
Merpati Nusantara opens several new routes
Indonesian airliner Merpati Nusantara has opened a number of new routes. With these new routes, the airline is to compete more directly with fast-growing Lion Air which operate many flights to smaller destinations with their daugher-company Wings Air.

Starting March 4, Merpati Nusantara started new operations from Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta) to destinations like Pangkal Pinang, Lampung en ... ( read on )
Indonesia to build missile manufacturing plant
Indonesia plans to build a plant to produce C-705 missiles as a follow-up to the cooperation agreement with China made some time ago, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said.

"The plan is now still being discussed to manufacture C-705 missiles that have a shooting range of up to 140 kilometers," he said here on Tuesday.

He ... ( read on )
Indonesia mulling to raise base electricity tariff in May
The government is mulling to raise base electricity tariff (TDL) by 10 percent in stages as of May 2012. Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik said here on Tuesday the base electricity tariff and the price of subsidized fuel oils will not be raised simultaneously.

"If the price of subsidized fuel oils is to ... ( read on )
Indonesia and Philippines join to fight crime and terrorism
The governments of Indonesia and the Philippines on Tuesday agreed to boost cooperation in their efforts to fight terrorism.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during a joint press conference with Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino said both countries have agreed on further cooperating in several sectors such as politics, security, and defense.

The two leaders met at ... ( read on )
Strong currents on Bali beach sweep away 5 high school students
Five people are feared dead in Bali, Indonesia's west coast, after a strong currents swept them away while they were swimming at the beach on Monday, officials said.

Jembrana Police chief Adjutant Senior Commander Irfing Jaya told the Jakarta Globe that eight high school students went out swimming at Pangyangan Beach late Sunday afternoon, and while ... ( read on )
Former PLN director to get long jail term
The former director of the state-owned power company PLN for the areas outside Java and Bali, Hariadi Sadono, faces ten years in prison because of possible corruption over the purchase of customer management software. One of the prosecutors said that he had asked the judges for this jail term in the special court for corruption ... ( read on )
Two more dead by methanol tainted alcohol
Repeating a deadly pattern that claimed 26 lives last year, locally produced alcohol tainted with methanol has sent at least 23 people to the hospital, two of whom have died. Those warded at Denpasar's Sanglah General Hospital all come from the Klungkung district of East Bali and were transferred to the capital for more intensive ... ( read on )
Black smoke from electric train carriage, passengers flee
An electric train carriage on it's way from Jakarta to Bogor broke down near the Universitas Indonesia train station in Depok, just south of Jakarta, just after noon earlier today. The seventh carriage showed signs of black smoke at the time the train stopped there. At the time the train arrived at the Manggarai station ... ( read on )
Balinese looking to take more money from tourists
Efforts by Bali's provincial House of Representatives to impose a "donation" on tourists passing through Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport has been strongly rejected by Jakarta who saw the imposition of an additional financial burden on Bali's tourists as unacceptable. Quoted in NusaBali, a Balinese legislator who is a member of Commission IV of the National House ... ( read on )
Tail crashed plane painted white and broken off
In the early hours of Thursday, less than 24 hours after the Garuda Indonesia plane crashed at the airport of Yogyakarta, Adi Sucipto, the only remaining part of the airplane, the tail wing, has been painted white. The logo of the airline is not visible anymore for visitors, also because the entire wing seems to ... ( read on )
Indonesia gets help from Australia after crash
Australia offered more medical aid to Indonesia after a Garuda Indonesia plane crashed. The Australian Embassy in Jakarta contacted the office of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to offer more medical help, as was said by Prime Minister John Howard. "The Indonesians have indicated that they will be very ready to take that up if it ... ( read on )
Aid flows in as Sumatra buries earthquake victims
Dozens of victims of the twin earthquakes in western Sumatra were buried on Wednesday as aid flowed in for thousands of displaced when their homes were flattened during the quakes. Disaster management told that 72 people were killed in these quakes, which were also felt in neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. Many had to spend a ... ( read on )
Landslide kills 12 in West Java
A landslide in an unauthorised sand-digging location has killed 12 workers and injured two others in Indonesia's West Java province. The workers were collecting sand in a digging area in Cipatat district that had been shut down by local authorities when an avalanche of gravel came down on them. "Twelve dead victims have been identified from ... ( read on )
Govt to name Soemarno to lead Pertamina, replacing Purnama
Indonesia will today promote PT Pertamina's marketing head, Ari Soemarno, to be president of the state-owned oil company, officials said. Soemarno will become Pertamina's third president in five years, replacing Widya Purnama, who has held the post since August 2004, said an official at the state enterprises ministry in Jakarta today. Soemarno will be appointed ... ( read on )
Indonesia withdraws 5 warships from disputed water
The Indonesian navy withdrew five of its seven warships from the disputed water territory with Malaysia in Indonesia's Sulawesi sea, Indonesian Naval Commander for Eastern Indonesia Real Admiral Sosialisman said Tuesday. "The reason we left only two warships is because Malaysia also left two," the commander was quoted as saying by the state news agency ... ( read on )
Top security minister sends letter to President
Indonesia`s top security minister, Soesilo Bambang Yudhoyono, on Tuesday admitted he has sent President Megawati Soekarnoputri a letter describing his authority and responsibilities as coordinating minister for security affairs. "I sent a letter to the president today (Tuesday) to consult her about the current issue related to my responsibilities in security affairs," Yudhoyono said, ... ( read on )
American companies feel impact boycotts
Companies that were once proof of American entrepreneurial skill are having to retreat in the face of a boycott by Muslims of US products in protest against the US's support for Israel. Although it is not sanctioned by Muslim governments, which are fearful of American reprisals, the boycott has hit such American giants as McDonald's, ... ( read on )
Golkar threatens to withdraw from government
Members of Indonesia's second-largest political party threatened Friday to boycott Parliament and withdraw their representatives from the Cabinet following the detention of their leader over a graft scandal. "If there is no compromise then we will withdraw our support from the coalition," said Riris Indramurti, a legislator from the Golkar Party, which used to be ... ( read on )
The killing field
Blood. countless gallons of blood soaked deep into the clay of a soccer field. There have been two heavy thunderstorms in the four days since 118 children, women and men—Madurese refugees huddled together and promised safe passage—were systematically butchered on the high-school playing field in Parenggean, a logging town deep in central Kalimantan. Those rains ... ( read on )
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