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Anti-graft body confiscates a mayor`s grandmother's car
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) had confiscated a car belonging to the grandmother of Tangerang Selatans mayor Airin Rachmi Diany. The car was confiscated on Wednesday in connection with the alleged case of money laundering of Airins husband Tubagus Chaery Wardhana (TCW) alias Wawan.

"A silver Toyota Inova car with the plate number B159AKI ... ( read on )
Indonesia to be among the top 10 peacekeeping contributors
Indonesia aims to become one of the top ten contributors of personnel to the UN peacekeeping force, asserted President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. "Indonesia is now ranked 17th with 1,815 personnel," he stated here on Wednesday.

Most of the Indonesian peacekeepers are currently serving under the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The President believes ... ( read on )
Thousands of workers plan to mark May Day
Thousands of workers from various regions planned to hold demonstrations for eight hours a day on May 1 and 2 in several locations in Jakarta.

"The demonstrations will be done in turns by different worker unions, such as the Confederation of Indonesian Worker Unions (KSPI) on Thursday, May 1. The Confederation of the All Indonesia ... ( read on )
President: Next govt must focus on fighting corruption'
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono stated that fighting corruption should become one of the main tasks of the next government. "We are aware that there are still several homework (left to be done), among others, corruption cases," President Yudhoyono clarified during the opening of a national development planning meeting here on Wednesday.

He noted that prevention ... ( read on )
Mount Merapi status increased to alert level II
The Geology Disaster Technology Development and Research Center (BPPTKG) of Yogyakarta on Wednesday raised the status of Mount Merapi from normal (alert level I) to Waspada (alert level II) due to increasing volcanic activity.

Head of Yogyakarta BPPTKG Subandriyo stated here on Wednesday that the volcano, located at the border between Central Java and Sleman, ... ( read on )
Citilink denies planning to acquire Tiger Air Mandala
Low-cost airlines Citilink Indonesia had denied speculations that it will acquire Tiger Air Mandala, saying that an acquisition is a complex process. The statement of the Citilink CEO also clarified several news reports about the preparedness of the airline company to acquire Tiger Air Mandala.

"Who said that we will takeover Tiger Mandala. An acquisition ... ( read on )
Mount Slamet status increased to alert level III
The Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation Center PVMBG on Wednesday raised the status of Mount Slamet in Central Java from alert level II (Waspada) to alert level III (Siaga).

Head of Information and Data Center of National Disaster Mitigation Agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho on a message, Wednesday, stated that following the increasing volcanic activity, the ... ( read on )
Rudi Rubiandini sentenced to jail for 7 years
Former head of the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulator (SKK Migas) Rudi Rubiandini was sentenced on Tuesday to 7 years imprisonment for corruption and money laundering. The verdict was lighter than a 10 years jail term with a fine of Rp250 million or an additional jail term of three months demanded by the prosecutor.

The Jakarta ... ( read on )
VP calls for improvement of 'raskin' distribution
Vice President Boediono said the distribution of for the poor (raskin) needs to be improved if the fuel price hike is to be imposed later.

"The raskin should be delivered to the right-men. Its volume should be raised to lighten the poor expenditures," vice-president Boediono said at the closing of the National Development Planning Conference ... ( read on )
Bankers optimistic about economic growth
Most bankers in Indonesia are optimistic the country`s economy would grow strongly in 2013 despite global uncertainties, a survey says. The survey by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) Indonesia said 87 percent of respondents said the country`s economy would post a stable growth with moderate inflation in 2013.

Chairman of PW Indonesia Jusuf Wibisana said ... ( read on )
President Yudhoyono hopes May Day rallies run peacefully
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed hope that workers in Jakarta and the rest of the country would stage peaceful rallies to mark the International Labor Day or May Day on Tuesday.

"The President hopes that all rallies run peacefully," said Daniel Sparingga, the president`s special staff for political communication, in a press statement on ... ( read on )
Students reject bill on higher education institutes
The Bandung Student Movement on Monday stated its opposition to a bill pertaining to institutes of higher education that is expected to be passed into law in August 2012.

"We, the representatives of seven student organizations grouped in the Bandung Student Movement, reject the bill," said the movement`s spokesman Aldi Febrian in a press conference ... ( read on )
Attention needed for tsunami early warning system
The Acehnese government has said that the tsunami early warning system, which has been installed in a coastal area, needs special attention for improvements in the future.

"During the latest earthquake in April 11, 2012, there were no sirens from this early warning system, and it needs to be fixed," Aceh municipal spokesperson T Said ... ( read on )
China, Indonesia to boost bilateral cooperation
China and Indonesia on Friday vowed to boost bilateral cooperation to benefit the two major emerging developing economies in Asia.

Xinhua news agency said that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono exchanged views on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common concern.

Wen, who arrived in Jakarta Thursday ... ( read on )
Seven new hotels on
We have added some new hotels again at At the moment you can book over 750 hotels in Indonesia directly from our website. We currently offer hotels in 50 different regions and cities across the Indonesian archipelago, with over 300 unique hotels on the resort island of Bali. For your comfort we have even ... ( read on )
Yogyakarta Pentecostal church firebombed
Amid the massive police crackdown on terrorism, a Pentecostal church in Sleman, Yogyakarta, was targetted in a firebomb attack early on Friday morning. Two molotov cocktails were hurled at the church on the island of Java by assailants riding a motorcycle, eyewitnesses said Friday, as reported by

The incident took place at 1 am local ... ( read on )
Batavia Air opens new routes
Indonesian airline Batavia Air has started services of a number of new routes in recent weeks. These routes are mainly domestic flights but the airline also created a direct air link between Pontianak and Singapore on three days a week. These flights were added after requests from passengers and can now be booked online via ... ( read on )
School children Yogyakarta drink alcohol after school
School children in Yogyakarta have found an adult way of entertainment for themselves after school is out for the day. A group of eight school children from a elementary school in Wates, Yogyakarta province, had decided that drinking liquor would be a fun thing to do when school is our, but they have caused quite ... ( read on )
Garuda to fly Brisbane-Bali in November 2009
Bali Post reports that Garuda Indonesia is considering re-establishing flight service between Bali (Denpasar) and Brisbane, Australia. The re-examination of the viability of putting Brisbane back on the Indonesian carrier's Australian gateways comes on heals of the recent termination of service to Darwin and an ongoing evaluation of route efficacy. Garuda's CEO, Emirsyah Satar told reporters ... ( read on )
Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 27
A toddler from Central Java has died from bird flu, putting the total death toll in Indonesia alone to 108, according to information released by the Health Department on Wednesday. The 3-year-old first showed symptoms of flu and breathing difficulties on April 17. He died just five days later after he was already admitted to ... ( read on )
Jakarta police prepares 200.000 men for 1 May demonstrations
Police in Jakarta are preparing 200.000 men for public security in the capital tomorrow, 1 May, when tens of thousands of workers are expected to hold rallies to mark Labor Day. The personnel deployed would be from several departments of the police, including Densus-88, the anti-terror unit, according to senior police spokesman Ketut Untung Yoga ... ( read on )
Yudhoyono visits Palu
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono arrived in Palu this morning for a two-day working visit to the province. The head of state and the First Lady Ani Yudhoyono arrived there with a special presidential plane, RJ-85 which landed at the local airport at nine in the morning after departing from Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, Denpasar Bali. When ... ( read on )
Gusdur leaves for Tuban after mass riot
Chief patron of the National Awakening Party (PKB), Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid was scheduled to leave for Tuban district, East Java, on Sunday following the mass riots broke out in the district after the direct election of the district head on Thursday. "Yes, he will leave for Surabaya today and proceed to Sidoarjo district for ... ( read on )
Renowned author Pramoedya Ananta Toer dies aged 81
Renowned Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer, who overcame imprisonment and censorship to publish dozens of stories and novels about his country, died at home among family Sunday, his daughter said. He was 81. Pramoedya was hospitalized Thursday in the intensive care unit of Jakarta's Catholic St. Carolus Hospital with heart trouble and complications from diabetes, ... ( read on )
A handful of tickets, 3
Whether it's in Bali, Sulawesi or Java, you will get tickets for everything, everywhere. Most of them end up in the trash can - or on the street for that matter - right away, but some of them are worth while keeping as a memory to places you have ever been. Maybe it's not important ... ( read on )
More injured as shots, explosions heard in Ambon
At least 13 people have been injured as gunfire and explosions rocked the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon after week-long Muslim-Christian clashes that have left 37 people dead. Thirteen people were taken to Al Fatah hospital with burns and injuries caused by home-made bomb explosions just before dawn after fighting in three areas -- Tanah ... ( read on )
Embattled Christians in Maluku fear return of Jihad fighters
Christians in Indonesia's Maluku province and Christian campaigners abroad have reacted with alarm to reports that a disbanded Islamist militia may re-form and deploy to the troubled region amid a new outbreak of violence there. Indonesia's cabinet was meeting Thursday to discuss the violence. At least 36 people have been killed in the city of ... ( read on )
Police re-arrest Bashir, clash with supporters
Indonesian police arrested Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir as a terror suspect on Friday as he walked out of jail after serving time for lesser charges while his supporters hurled rocks and firebombs at police. Bashir, accused head of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah network, was released on Friday after 18 months in prison for ... ( read on )
US, Britain renew Indonesia warnings
The U.S. and British governments on Tuesday issued renewed warnings to their citizens against visiting Indonesia after new bombings in the country. The British embassy warned against all nonessential travel, citing the continuing "high risk of terrorism directed against westerners throughout the country." It cited several recent bombings in the country, including near the U.N. mission ... ( read on )
Dynamite, cyanide destroy coral reefs in S. Sulawesi
The widespread use of sodium cyanide and explosives in fishing has caused massive damage to coral reefs in South Sulawesi over the past decade, local environmentalists say. "Some studies show that about 70 percent of coral reefs in the Spermonde islands and on the west coast of South Sulawesi are seriously damaged because fishing activities ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
A group of lawyers, activists and scholars establish the Indonesian Court Monitor (ICM), an independent organization to scrutinize the country's courts and legal proceedings.
Six people are killed and 50 others injured when security personnel open fire to disperse warring groups at the border between Batu Merah and Mardika districts in Ambon, Maluku.
Sutan Mohammad Rasjid, one of Indonesia's independence fighters and the first Indonesian ambassador to Italy in 1954-1958, dies after being hospitalized for three days at Pondok Indah Hospital in South Jakarta. He was 89.
Indonesia and Malaysia sign a memorandum of understanding concerning the 182.2-kilometer border between the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan and the Malaysian state of Sarawak after 24 years of talks.
Residents of Madura island welcome the return of power following the reconnection of the electricity supply from the Javanese mainland after a two-month blackout caused by a ship anchor severing submarine power cables on Feb. 19.
Syamsuddin Mahmud, 63, is reelected governor of Aceh for a second five-year term.
Noted medicine man Hembing Wijayakusuma announces the finding of a herb called artemisia annua in Jayawijaya district, Irian Jaya, saying it contains a substance that can counteract malaria.
Four police officers are treated for head wounds when a shower of stones is hurled by 400 students protesting at the Syarif Hidayatullah Institute for Islamic Studies on the southern outskirts of Jakarta.
President Soeharto's youngest son, Hutomo Mandala Putra, marries Ardhia Pramesti Regita Cahyani, th daughter of a prominent businessman, in a ceremony combining traditional Javanese regalia and Islamic ritual at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, East Jakarta.
Lt. Col. Daniel Parinding, the airport commander in Dili, East Timor, is killed when his motorized hang glider crashes to the ground from a height of 60 meters. He was 42.
The management of Hongkong Bank in Jakarta decides to dismiss 189 employees following a two-week strike.
Titi Sugiarti, a labor activist, is found dead close to her workplace. The police state she committed suicide, but a local legal aid institute believes that she was killed for planning a mass strike at the factory at the end of next month.
The Armed Forces dissolves the special military operational command in East Timor, code named Kolakops, in its first step toward reducing the number of troops in the once-troubled province.
U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle visits Jakarta for talks on bilateral and regional issues.
The Minister of Defense/Armed Forces Commander M. Jusuf calls for the 1982 general election to be direct, open, free and confidential.
Defense minister Amir Sjarifuddin establishes the All Indonesian Navigation Service as a separated body from the defense ministry, led by R. Sardjono.
The Committee for a Comprehensive Indonesian Language, a language institute established by the Japanese occupation administration on Oct. 20, 1942, and led by Mohammad Hatta, is dissolved. It produced 7,000 new terms.
National movement leader Sukarno attends the congress of the Federation of the Indonesian National Political Associations (PPPKI) and suggests that the organization be reformed.
The first Indonesian Youth Congress is held in Batavia (now Jakarta) in an effort to achieve the unity of Indonesia's youth.
One hundred and eighty farmers demonstrate in front of the Klaten District Court in Central Java, demanding that their leaders be released from detention or that they all be arrested.
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