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President: 'No mercy for drug dealers'
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo insisted that the government will not pardon heavy drug dealers sentenced to death by the court. "This crime warrants no forgiveness," Jokowi said here on Tuesday.

According to him, the imposition of a death sentence to drug dealers should be acted on because 64 drug dealers have been sentenced to death ... ( read on )
Fuel truck driver blamed for deadly crash with train
A railway company official has blamed the truck driver for the deadly crash with a passenger train at a railway crossing in Bintaro in Jakartas southwestern outskirts on Monday.

"The fuel truck driver did not comply with the rules. He rammed through the crossings bars," the head of the state railway companys operation region 1, ... ( read on )
Indonesia marks International Anti-Corruption Day
Indonesia marked International Anti-Corruption Day as well as Human Rights Day at a function held in the Presidential Palace, here on Monday.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in his speech on the occasion, specially called for serious supervision and management in the procurement of goods and services as it still remains one of the potential sources ... ( read on )
Yudhoyono: 'Corruption real threat to development'
Corruption is a real threat to development, stated President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here, on Monday, in the wake of the Anti-Corruption Day commemoration. "Corruption is still happening in Indonesia. It is a real threat to the development of this nation," Yudhoyono noted.

The President explained that awareness among people is the first positive step toward ... ( read on )
7 dead after commuter train crashes into fuel truck in Jakarta
Seven people reportedly died following a crash involving a commuter train and a fuel truck near Bintaro Permai areas railway crossing in the Tangerang province, on Monday at 11:15 West Indonesia Time (WIB).

The front wagon of the commuter train, which was travelling from Serpong in the Tangerang province to Tanah Abang in Jakarta was ... ( read on )
Indonesia ranked 100th on list of corruption nations
Indonesia ranked 100th together with 11 other corrupt countries, according to Transparency International, a global anti-corruption watchdog, in its Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2011.

"Transparency International ranked Indonesia at 100th on its list with a score of 3.0, increasing 0.2 from its 2010 CPI score of 2.8," Attorney General Basrief Arif said in its written ... ( read on )
Mont Lokon in North Sulawesi erupts again
Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, erupted again at 11.02pm local time on Saturday.

The chief of the Lokon and Mahawu volcano monitoring station in Kaskaskasen, Farid Ruskanda Bima, estimated the ash sent by the eruption reached 2,500 meter high.

"Tonight`s eruption was the closest to the time when tremor started at 6pm on Saturday," ... ( read on )
Minister: 'No political detainees in Indonesia'
Coordinating Minister for Political, Security and Legal Affairs Djoko Suyanto said there is no political detainee in Indonesia including in Papua. "Who are now being detained are those who have violated the law according to the Criminal Code," he said when asked to confirm about the issue here on Wednesday.

Djoko Suyanto earlier received Amnesty ... ( read on )
Nestle to invest $100 million in new Indonesian factory
Nestle S.A. on Thursday announced that it is planning to invest $100 million to open a new factory in Indonesia.

Nestle will be producing chocolate milk and baby foods in the factory, which will be established in the western province of Java. The construction project is anticipated to take place in two phases, the first in ... ( read on )
Govt to open airport train bid next year
Transportation Vice Minister Bambang Susantono told reporters Thursday that the investment needed to construct a railway line connecting the Mangarai station in South Jakarta to Soekarno-Hatta International airport in Tangerang, Banten, will be offered to investors by June next year.

"Several countries have shown their interest to join the bid, Bambang said, adding that those countries ... ( read on )
Yudhoyono renews pledge to lead fight against corruption
Referring to corruption as a common enemy, on Tuesday President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono reasserted his pledge to lead a jihad (holy war) against corruption in Indonesia. In a televised speech on the eve of International Anti-Corruption Day, Yudhoyono asked the public to work together to fight graft, saying he wished to create a clean government ... ( read on )
A night of rain and thunder
It is after six o'clock in the morning when I decide to get up. Outside it is still raining, weather that started the afternoon before with heavy thunder and some rain as well. During the night, this weather came and went continuously, but for the daily life here that doesn't matter at all, remarkably enough.

In ... ( read on )
This was in the picture! #11
Christ Blessing is a statue of Jesus Christ in the city of Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. The statue stands 50 meters tall and consists of 20 meters of pedestal and 30 meters of statue. It is made of 25 tonnes of metal fiber and 35 tonnes of steel, and is located at the peak of ... ( read on )
Indonesia car sales slides in November
The number of Indonesia's car sales in November dropped to over 47,000 units from that of 54,000 units in the previous month, chairman the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association Bambang Trisulo said here Tuesday. The high interest rates, tumbling commodity prices and lack of U.S. dollars liquidity as a fallout of the global financial turmoil, have ... ( read on )
Emergency dam of mud flow in Sidoarjo breaches
An emergency withholding dam at point 61 in the village of Gempolsari, Tanggulangin in Sidoarjo breached earlier today. Before, the dam was used as an alternative route for the villages of Gempolsari, Ketapang and Renokenogo. The dam breached after heavy rain lashed the area for a few days. The heavy rains also cause a debit ... ( read on )
Seawater rises to one meter in North Jakarta suburbs
The flood of seawater in Muara Baru, Penjaringan, North Jakarta gets worse again. Water levels in the area of Jalan Muara Baru Raya are rising. Flood waters entered the houses around 07:00 local time (GMT+7). The floodwaters hit over 800 houses with heights between 50 and 100 centimeters. Some of the houses were damaged when ... ( read on )
The luxury of a swimming pool in your hotel
After the trip by train and a nice glass of teh hangat (see "Lodaya Malam to Bandung, trains run on time") it was time to continue our trip. We didn't reach our goal for the day, however it wasn't that far anymore. We had to end up at the Jayakarta hotel which was located ... ( read on )
Two killed in clash in Papua province
Two people including an Indonesian military officer were killed in a clash between security forces and separatists in the remote eastern province of Papua, a military official said on Saturday. The clash occurred on Friday after the officer and some residents tried to enter a separatist camp in Puncak Jaya regency, about 325 km southwest ... ( read on )
Rebel split overshadows elections in Aceh
Muhammad Nasir has more than earned the right to cast a vote in the upcoming historic elections in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province. Only 18 months ago, the 39-year-old was languishing in jail, a political prisoner from the armed Free Aceh Movement (GAM), which had waged a guerrilla war against the Indonesian government since 1976. But the ... ( read on )
Indonesia proposes Muslim force in Iraq
Indonesia`s foreign minister says a military force from Muslim countries should be deployed in Iraq ahead of the U.S. withdrawal to help resolve the conflict in the war-torn country. In an interview with the English-language The Jakarta Post, Hassan Wirajuda said moderate Islamic countries should participate in the 'intervening force', which would not be seen ... ( read on )
Indonesian military ordered Australian journalist deaths
According to official omitted government reports, 5 young Australian journalists were executed on the orders of Indonesian military chiefs. George Brownbill, a top lawyer contests the official story that all 5 journalists were caught in a crossfire in Balibo while covering the 1975 invasion of East Timor by Indonesian forces. An intercepted radio message between a ... ( read on )
Adrianus Meliala: Pushing for reform of Indonesian police
Asked about the progress of police reform in Indonesia, criminologist and police analyst Adrianus Eliasta Sembiring Meliala said that it was obvious, but the direct benefit for citizens would not be realized in one night. "This is because police reform takes place in three interrelated and complex domains: structural, instrumental and cultural. Policing activities have not ... ( read on )
Thousands of Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage
Thousands of Muslims from across Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, departed Thursday for Saudi Arabia on the annual hajj pilgrimage. Minister of Religious Affairs Muhammad Maftuh Basyuni waved off 445 pilgrims, all dressed in white robes and with their passports hung on string around their necks, from a special Hajj Terminal at Jakarta's ... ( read on )
Indonesia military to lose its big companies
Indonesia's military, undergoing phased reforms intended to bring it under civilian control, may soon lose all its major businesses, although legislators said on Thursday the move would not go far enough. Defence Minister Juwono Sudarsono, a respected academic and former ambassador, told legislators on Wednesday the government wanted to take over such enterprises and ... ( read on )
Earthquake jolts western part of Java island
An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale rocked the western part Indonesia's densely populated Java island early Thursday but there were no reports of casualties or damage, officials said. The quake jolted Ciamis district at 1:14am local time and was strongly felt in neighboring Tasikmalaya in West Java province, said Suharjono of the national ... ( read on )
East Java health agency confirms chikungunya outbreak
The East Java Health Agency admitted on Tuesday that there was an outbreak of chikungunya fever in Mojokerto regency. "There is indeed a chikungunya outbreak in Mojokerto but it is not a dangerous case although it is contagious," agency head Bambang Giatno told reporters. The newly discovered virus was originally detected in Africa and has spread ... ( read on )
Parties draw their electoral numbers
Shouts of joy and superstition marked the draw on Monday to determine the numerical order of the 24 parties that will contest the 2004 elections. President Megawati Soekarnoputri's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan) drew number 18, House of Representatives Speaker Akbar Tandjung's Golkar Party drew number 20, Vice President Hamzah Haz' United Development ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
A cargo train hits a city bus at a nearby railway crossing in Surabaya, East Java, killing eleven people.
Activists of the City Forum (Forkot) rally near former president Soeharto's residence on Jl. Cendana, C.Jakarta, demanding Soeharto be brought to court and saying he deserves death penalty for corruption and human rights violations during his 32 tenure.
The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras): 1,216 cases of human rights abuse and 2,119 people had died over the past 12 months in the volatile areas, including Irian Jaya & Aceh, with police troops as top human rights abuse.
The South Korean government pledges to give a grant of 120 sets of portable generators to help East Timor refugees in East Nusa Tenggara who have decided to remain in Indonesia.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Alwi Shihab decries a Dec. 9 report in the Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review magazine stating that President Abdurrahman Wahid said he was asked by Malaysia to mediate ties between Kuala Lumpur and Tel Aviv.
Fifteen people are killed and 48 others go missing when landslide engulfs an area at the foot of Lantiak hill in Seberang Palinggam subdistrict, South Padang, West Sumatra.
The Central Jakarta District Court sentences Uci Sanusi and Nurly, alias Rully, to three years in jail for involvement in the April bombing of the Istiqlal Grand Mosque.
Former president Soeharto is grilled by the attorney general for more than three hours over allegations of corruption connected to him during his 32 years in power.
The House of Representatives passes a bill on broadcasting, giving the government sweeping powers over the industry.
Abdurrahman Wahid, chairman of the Nahdlatul Ulama Islamic organization, urges the authorities to investigate the death of Ahmad Siddik while in custody in East Java.
About 300 East Timorese students from universities in Java and Bali demonstrate in Yogyakarta in support of Nobel peace laureate Dili Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo.
President Soeharto opens the Organization of Islamic Conference's annual meeting in Jakarta, urging the organization to strengthen development cooperation to combat the economic plight faced by many of its member states.
The congress of the Association of the Indonesian Muslim Intellectuals (ICMI) reelects State Minister of Research and Technology B.J. Habibie as its chairman.
President Soeharto attends the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) summit in Dakar, Senegal.
The authorities confiscate 103 protected green turtles in a raid in the marine reserve around the islands of Enu and Arun in Southeast Maluku.
Human rights campaigner Abdul Hakim Garuda Nusantara says the Dili massacre on Nov. 12 signaled a major setback in human rights in Indonesia.
Vice President Sudharmono closes the three-day symposium of Muslim intellectuals in Malang, East Java, during which the Association of Indonesian Muslim Intellectuals (ICMI) was founded.
The fifth ASEAN Law Association (ALA) conference in Nusa Dua, Bali, concludes with a recommendation to harmonize business laws in the region to help foster closer economic cooperation among member countries.
World trade union leaders, Emilian Hamernick of Czechoslovakia and VS Mathur of India, condemn the Indonesian government for the execution of M. Munir, former leader of the Indonesian Communist Party's labor wing of SOBSI, last June.
Live Aid concert organizer Bob Geldof urges the Indonesian government to hand over royalties on pirated cassette tapes of the July superconcert or face a trade and tourism boycott by the rest of the world.
Leaders of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Islamic organization recognizes Pancasila as the nation's sole ideology and calls for the inclusion of Pancasila in NU's statutes.
The Army chief of staff bans Army officers from involvement in political activities.
Dutch troops launch a "sweeping movement" in the Krawang area of Rawah Gede in West Java, killing 300 hoodlums and injuring 200 others.
The East Indonesian Cabinet of Warouw falls.
President Sukarno and Vice President Mohammad Hatta visit Banten to counter Dutch propaganda claiming that Banten is an Islamic region in West Java which would not be free under the leadership of Sukarno and Hatta.
Freedom fighters from Demak, Kudus and Pati travel to Semarang, Central Java, to launch a "sweeping movement" in the city after they took over Kalibanteng Airport.
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