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Wiranto: 'Time for Indonesians to make changes'
It is time for Indonesia to move towards becoming a progressive nation under the guidance of an ethical leader, noted Peoples Conscience (Hanura) party leader Wiranto.

"We have to change because the state has an idea and the people have hope. This change needs a spotless, honest, and resolute leader with a good conscience," Wiranto ... ( read on )
Prabowo Subianto hopes to become president
The chief patron of Gerindra Party, Prabowo Subianto, has said that he is optimistic about winning the presidential election on July 9. "(I am) very optimistic," he told newsmen after attending a campaign rally at Krida Nusantara field in Cilacap, Central Java, on Tuesday.

The reason for the belief, he said, was the public support ... ( read on )
PDIP able to face smear campaign on Jokowi
The Indonesian Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) has stated that it believed it could face smear campaign that has so far been launched on its presidential candidate, Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

"PDIP thinks the attack is part of the steep road that a leader must take," party Secretary General Tjahjo Kumolo declared in an electronic message received ... ( read on )
Fire destroys Grand Bali Hotel at Nusa Dua
The 63-room Grand Bali Hotel located at Nusa Dua suffered major damage from a fire that struck mid-day on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

The fire, thought to have been started by a short-circuit, quickly consumed the thatched roof of the hotel and spread to all areas of the hotel, causing guests and staff to flee the ... ( read on )
Bali transport operators seek a hike in rates
The Jakarta Post (Bali Daily) reports that the Bali’s Tourist Transportation Association (Pawiba) is seeking to increase the tariff for tourism transport in Bali from levels that have remained largely static since 2005.

Pawiba’s chairman, Bagus Soediana, said: 

“Eight years have passed, but the tariff has never been changed, while the price of fuel, spare parts, ... ( read on )
Are Australians bored with Bali?
Quoting extensively from a Report in Bali Update, Clive Dorman, a leading travel journalist writing for the Sydney Morning Herald asks “Are Australian Bored with Bali?”

Using January foreign visitor arrival statistics reported on, the article underlines the fall off in arrivals noted in January from a number of major source markets, including Australia who ... ( read on )
Former Bekasi mayor arrested in Bali villa
Following a scandal in November 2010 when tax-swindler Gayus Tambunan was spotted wearing a disguise at an international tennis tournament in Bali while missing from his cell at National Police Headquarters in Jakarta, Bali has again earned fame as the resort-of-choice for wanted felons with the arrest on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 of the former ... ( read on )
No more paperwork for Indonesians at immigration checkpoints
The government says that Indonesian citizens will no longer need to complete arrival and departure cards when passing through immigration checkpoints. Immigration Directorate General spokesman Maryoto Sumadi said it implemented the regulation effective Thursday evening.

"The regulation's implementation was made possible because the identity of traveling citizens will be automatically recorded at all 44 immigration checkpoints," ... ( read on )
Yudhoyono calls for investigation into purchase of jets
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered law enforcement agencies and other departments to investigate alleged violations of laws occurring during the procurement of Sukhoi fighter jets.

"Open and investigate the alleged case completely. If, indeed, a mark-up has been done, take action against anyone involved, from former or present (governments)," he said on the sidelines ... ( read on )
Former Minister of Home Affairs arrested for corruption
Hari Sabarno, former Minister of Home Affairs, on Friday was arrested for his involvement in a corruption case, the Antara news agency reported.

The detention was ordered by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) that is investigating the alleged corruption case of fire trucks procurement that began in September 2010.

Hari, also a retired general, was sent to ... ( read on )
One dead, one injured in explosion in East Java, Indonesia
An explosion on Friday left one person dead and several injured in a market in East Java, Indonesia, the Jakarta Globe reported.

The blast took place at about 9:20 a.m. local time at an iron welding stall in Surabaya, East Java. A 16-year old boy, identified only as Effendi, was killed and another teenager, Musdar, is ... ( read on )
River overflow floods villages in eastern Java
Three villages in Java, Indonesia were flooded due to river overflows, local media reported Thursday. The Lamong River in the Dawarblandong subdistrict of Mojokerto, East Java, submerged the villages of Talun, Banyulegi, and Pulorejo since early Thursday, but authorities said the flooding would naturally recede in the next two or three days, Indonesia's Antara news ... ( read on )
Big flood hit Karawang area
A high amount of rainfall in parts of West Java Province has brought flooding to the Karawang District since March 20, 2010. Initial reports by Dadang Muchtar, the district's head, is that 10,747 houses have been flooded impacting 11,540 families with 44,071 persons living in the area.

The government has issued a two week emergency ... ( read on )
Dutch journalists arrested in Indonesia
Four Dutch journalists have been arrested in the Indonesian province of Papua, Dutch news wire ANP reported Tuesday. The four were arrested in the city of Jayapura while reporting on a rally calling for Papua's independence. Dutch international radio Wereldomroep confirmed that the incident involved three of its freelancers and a correspondent for the leading ... ( read on )
Bali bombers execution not in near future
The Indonesian Attorney Generals Office (AGO) said Tuesday the execution of three convicted Bali bombers must wait their decision whether or not they ask a presidential pardon. "They have said earlier they will never ask for a presidential pardon. But if they will, then we must wait," AGO spokesman Bonaventura Nainggolan told reporters here. The trio ... ( read on )
Batu Tara volcano keeps spewing lava
Thousands of people on the island of Lembata, in the Solor Archipelago are evacuated from the area of the Batu Tara volcano as it spews ash and lava. The volcano became more active during Saturday, as was reported by the Jakarta Post. Tons of ash and lava came from it's crater and were dumped in ... ( read on )
Aceh 'hand-severance' ordinance still being processed
The provincial administration of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD) is still processing a draft ordinance (Qanun) on theft - this particular one is popularly known as the 'hand-severance qanun'. In order to make it more acceptable from the human rights point of view, the provincial sharia official said. "The draft hand-severance qanun is now still in ... ( read on )
Border with East Timor stays closed
The border between Indonesia and East Timor will stay shut despite Dili's request to open the crucial supply link. The consul of East Timor in Kupang said his country submitted an official request to open the border again as soon as possible. Governor Piet Alexander Tallo said in response that Indonesia had denied the request. Indonesia ... ( read on )
Faiths take joint stand against new decree
Christian leaders and members of the Ahmadiyah group presented a united stand Friday in opposing the revised decree on places of worship, and threatened to ignore it unless it is changed to meet their demands. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), meanwhile, is also dismayed by what it considers the disproportional accommodation of other religions. Several Ahmadiyah ... ( read on )
Implications of pornography bill and Islamic law
In the past few months much has been in the local Press about Sharia regulations in regions of Indonesia as well as the frequently cited Pornography Law being deliberated on in the House. These clippings in the press have been anything but flattering of Sharia which to a practicing Muslim is the crux of his ... ( read on )
UNHCR to leave Aceh, with unfulfilled promises
UNHCR, the UN refugee agency today announced its plan to leave Aceh by Friday, March 25. The moves coincide with the government's announced plans for the transition from emergency relief to long-term reconstruction, and to weed out irrelevant foreign worker. Unfortunately, the agency will leave Aceh with some unfulfilled promises, including plan to build permanent ... ( read on )
Suharto tops world corruption league
Former dictator Suharto has topped a list of the world's most corrupt politicians over the past two decades. The list is part of Transparency International's new Global Corruption Report 2004, which charts the flow of stolen assets, recommends ways to recover money looted by despots, and sets out new standards on political finance and favors. ... ( read on )
Minister: Elections could be postponed
In spite of repeated assurances from the General Election Commission (KPU) that the election would be held on schedule, several delays in the preparations have led one highly placed minister to consider a delay. Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs ad interim Hari Sabarno hinted on Wednesday that the election may be delayed in ... ( read on )
Islamic candidates mum on polygamy
Realizing their demographic power, Islamic political parties are working hard to win women's votes in the April 5 legislative election. A no-less important strategy is avoiding sensitive issues like polygamy, permitted in Islam. Interviewed by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, Nursanita Nasution of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and Aisyah Amini of the United Development ... ( read on )
Cabinet room deserted for campaign season
Since the start of the 22-day election campaign on March 11, the Cabinet has gone into virtual hibernation, with President Megawati Soekarnoputri, Vice President Hamzah Haz and a number of senior ministers devoting most of their energies to pressing the flesh. Both the presidential and vice presidential offices are now rarely visited by their occupants, even ... ( read on )
Strong earthquake hits Nusa Tenggara
A strong earthquake rocked parts of central Indonesia Tuesday, damaging several houses and injuring two people, officials and media reports said. The magnitude 5.3 temblor was centered in the Flores Sea and struck at 10:53 a.m. (0353 GMT), said Budi Waluyo of the National Earthquake Center. Police Sgt. Wayan Wiryo said the quake had damaged ... ( read on )
Radicals target foreigners
Ten members of a radical Islamic group were arrested Monday in Indonesia's capital after they tried to force their way into a Sizzler restaurant to harass foreigners and protest the war in Iraq. The Islamic Youth Movement was "trying to stop taxis loaded with suspected foreigners" near the restaurant, said a police official, 2nd Lt. ... ( read on )
OPEC, Indonesia fear oil price slide
OPEC, which pumps 40 per cent of the world's oil, may meet earlier than planned if the "price of oil falls too fast", Indonesia's Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said yesterday. OPEC's next meeting is scheduled for June 11 in Doha, Qatar. "There is an oversupply of 1.3 million barrels a day in ... ( read on )
Landslides kill 12 in Sulawesi
Landslides triggered by heavy rain killed 12 Indonesians at a tourist destination in South Sulawesi, police said. All the victims were found in Sa'dan Balusu, a district in Tanah Toraja, said Sergeant Munip of the local police. The state news agency Antara reported that three other people were found dead yesterday near Makale, the region's ... ( read on )
Officials wary of sudden surge in TB
Health officials are wary of the possibility of a sudden surge in tuberculosis infection due to the high number of internally displaced people spread across the country. "Fifty percent of the world's refugees have been infected by tuberculosis (TB) and every year there are an average of 17,000 refugees hit by the illness," Director General ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
Foreign minister Hassan Wirayuda calls travel warnings to RI issued by the US and the UK are 'overreacting' and asks them to rectify their advisory, saying information on terrorist threats and possible violence during anti-war rallies here are groundless.
The trial of corruption suspect and Golkar Party leader Akbar Tandjung at the Central Jakarta District Court begins. Akbar is also the speaker of the House of Representatives.
Four senior high school students from Banjarmasin, the South Kalimantan capital, are killed after falling off a cliff near Bijuan waterfall, a popular tourist destination in Tanah Laut regency.
The House of Representatives endorses a bill on money-laundering, signaling the country's commitment to fighting the practice and shedding its image as a haven for money-laundering.
President Megawati Soekarnoputri promises Chinese businesses in Beijing an end to the days of discrimination against Chinese in Indonesia, which is focusing on ensuring stability and security.
Police detectives in the West Java town of Depok, south of Jakarta, and members of Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital's forensic laboratory discover 34 fetuses buried behind a maternity clinic in Cimanggis and in a field in the town.
Malaysia and Indonesia agree to consider widening their extradition agreement to allow for frequent prisoner exchanges.
President Abdurrahman Wahid insists that the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) revoke its 34-year-old decree banning communist teachings, claiming the decree violates basic human rights.
The university senate of Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta annuls Ipong S. Azhar's degree in sociology due to plagiarism, but offers him another chance to propose a new thesis for a doctorate.
Indonesia deplores the overnight strike by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Yugoslavia, urging parties to settle the Kosovo crisis through negotiations.
The government releases four aging former members of the outlawed Indonesian Communist Party from Cipinang Prison in East Jakarta, including Abdul Latief and Boengkoes.
Indonesia unexpectedly announces the dissolution of the Inter-Governmental Group on Indonesia, which had channeled aid to Indonesia since 1968, after comments by the Netherlands about Indonesia's political situation.
Vice Adm. Muhammad Arifin, 51, is installed as new Navy chief of staff at the State Palace, Jakarta, replacing Adm. R. Kasenda.
The trial of Mohammad Siradjuddin alias Pak de, a faith healer charged with the murder of fashion model Dietje, begins at the South Jakarta District Court under tight security.
Two people are killed and 11 others injured when a Merpati Nusantara Airlines plane crashes into a hill in Kasulage, North Sulawesi.
S. Sudjojono, one of Indonesia's greatest painters, dies of lung cancer in Jakarta at the age of 72.
Ahmad Rasyid Sutan Mansur, a former chairman of Muhammadiyah and a respected Muslim leader, dies in Jakarta after a long illness. He was 90.
Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX becomes the second vice president of the Republic of Indonesia.
A Dutch warship and an Indonesian Air Force plane engage in battle near Gag island, Irian Jaya. The Dutch ship takes a hit and catches fire.
Dr. Jalaluddin, special envoy of Egyptian King Farouk, arrives in Yogyakarta.
Freedom fighters rebel against the Dutch in Biak, Irian Jaya.
The Linggajati Agreement between the Netherlands and Indonesia is signed at Rijswijk Palace (now Merdeka Palace) in Jakarta.
The civil administration in East Sumatra is restructured.
Indonesian, Australian and Russian flags are torn, trampled on and burned by Netherlands Indies civil administration troops when a group of Indonesian arrive in Jakarta from Australia.
Syarikat Islam holds its first meeting in Surakarta, Central Java.
Knowledge of Malayan and regional languages becomes a prerequisite for graduates of the Military Academy in Semarang and for officials. A 25 percent salary cut is imposed on those who fail the requirement.
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