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President Yudhoyono offers easter greetings
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on his Twitter account @SBYudhoyono conveyed his Easter greetings to Christians. "Happy Easter to all Christians," the president tweeted on Sunday.

The president expressed his hope that the Easter celebration could encourage the peoples motivation to do good deeds for fellow human beings. Christians in Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim ... ( read on )
'Indonesian new president must maintain anti-graft body'
Honorary Council Secretary of the Constitutional Court (MK) Hikmahanto Juwana said that the next president who would be elected in this years presidential race must maintain the existence of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

"I agree if KPKs status remains ad hoc but the new president and the House of Representatives (DPR) must maintain its ... ( read on )
Mount Merapi spewing volcanic material to nearby areas
Mount Merapi in Magelang, Central Java, rumbled on Sunday morning, spewing some volcanic materials such as ash and sand to the nearby villages.

The officer of Mount Merapi Observation Post in Ngepos, Srumbung subdistrict Triyono said the volcano was rumbling at around 04.25 - 04.35 am local time.

"However, the mounts peak was foggy, it couldnt ... ( read on )
President Yudhoyono to visit three ASEAN countries
President Susilo Yudhoyono is scheduled to visit three ASEAN countries, respectively Singapore, Myanmar, and Brunei Darussalam early next week.

Presidential special staff for international relations Teuku Faizasyah in a press statement, made available here on Saturday, said the president would start his tour from Singapore on April 22-23, 2013.

"While in his working visit to ... ( read on )
Power plant on Java to stop using fuel oil
The government aims to stop using fuel oil for electricity power plants situated in Java island by June 2012. "In the middle of this year, there would be no more plants using fuel oil in Java," said Jarman, Director General of Electricity Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, here on Friday.

Jarman stated that the ... ( read on )
Police guard Adhmadiyah mosque in Tasikmalaya after vandalism
Police officers are guarding the Baitual Rahim mosque, belonging to the Ahmadiyah sect, in Babakan Sindang, Tasikmalaya, West Java, following an attack on Friday morning.

Tasikmalaya Resort Police Deputy Chief Mahyudin said police officers would be stationed there until the situation has stabilized. "We will stay on guard until the situation becomes conducive," he said. ... ( read on )
Former Democrat treasurer gets over four years of jail
Former treasurer of Democrat Party Nazaruddin gets four years and ten month of jail sentence for bribery case during the construction of Southeast Asian (SEA) Games` athlete village last 2011.

"The judges sentence four years and ten month of jail to the convict and obliged him to pay Rp200 million fine or an extra 10 ... ( read on )
Changing the rule after violating them
The chairman of the Karangasem House of Representatives (DPRD-Karangasem), I Gede Dana, is calling for a definite decision on whether to close down or allow the Hotel Chateau de Bali project located on Bukit Mimba in East Bali to continue.

Said Dana: "If this stalled project gets permission under the RTRW (provincial zoning law) or the ... ( read on )
20,000+ police to safeguard Jakarta churches during Easter
Jakarta Police plans to deploy at least 20,000 officers to safeguard the Indonesian capital over the Easter holiday period, which begins this Friday. Jakarta Police operational bureau head Sr. Comr. Sujarno said around two-thirds of the police force would be involved in the operation.

"We will deploy officers to churches and other vital objects," Sujarno said. ... ( read on )
Indonesia and Turkey agree on military industry cooperation
The parliaments of Indonesia and Turkey on Tuesday agreed to increase cooperation in the fields of military and defense industry, officials said.

Indonesia's Chairman of the House of Representatives Commission I for defense, information and foreign affairs Mahfudz Siddiq, told Antara news agency that Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and President Abdullah Gul had signed a ... ( read on )
No connection to power grid for 50,000 Balinese families
Bali's severe shortage of electrical power is perhaps best exemplified by the grim statistic that 50,000 requests for new connection and 8.900 requests for increased power capacity remain outstanding and unserved.

Kompas quoted the spokesman of state-owned power company (PLN), Agung Mastika, who estimates that an additional 200 megawatts of power is needed to bring power ... ( read on )
Passengers now required to give finger prints at customs
The Jakarta Globe carries the news that visitors to Bali can now expect yet another delay in the notoriously long lines at customs and immigration at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport with the introduction of a mandatory fingerprinting for tourist visitors.

The head of immigration's sub directorate for Information-systems, Rohadi Iman Santoso, has announced the new ... ( read on )
Krakatau volcano goes on higher alert because of eruptions
The Anak Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait is once again exhausting hot rocks. The current condition of the volcano forced the Volcanologic and Geological Mitigation Center to raise the alert status of the volcano from 'aware' to 'careful' earlier today. According to seismographic readings there were 126 small eruptions, 149 exhausts of hot steam ... ( read on )
Most likely more flights between Singapore and Bali
The government says it will add 350,00 seats each year on the air segment between Singapore and Bali in order to meet growing demand and sustain ambitious official tourism targets. As reported on Tempo Interaktif, quoted Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik who said: "from four trips each day we'll go to seven. In ... ( read on )
The southern edge of Yogya: Rice farmer becomes onion farmer
In the soaring heat of the countryside just north of the southern beaches near Yogyakarta I was driving towards the east on a small countryside road. This road is the only way out for the area directly west of the Opak River which causes the area to be fairly quiet until today. There are no ... ( read on )
New-car ban in Indonesia?
Rachmat Witoelar, Minister of Environment, has proposed a ban on the sale of new cars in a radical bid to slash pollution levels in the rapidly growing urban areas in the country. He said the plan could be launched if new nationwide anti-pollution measures did not improve the air quality. "If there is no progress ... ( read on )
Strike at US-owned mine Freeport in Papua continues
Thousands of workers from a mine in the easternmost province of Papua continued to strike for a third day yesterday, disrupting work at one of the biggest copper mines in the world. The workers moved their rally to a site outside the local headquarters of PT. Freeport Indonesia in Timika while protest leaders resumes talks ... ( read on )
Java prepares to evacuate as volcano trembles
Indonesia prepared to evacuate thousands of villagers on Monday after a massive volcano in the heart of densely populated Java island started spewing thick clouds of smoke and hot lava, officials said. Authorities have placed Mount Merapi, which overlooks the ancient city of Jogjakarta, on Orange Code, or the second highest alert level, following fears ... ( read on )
Flash floods, landslides claim 23 lives in Java
Overnight flash flooding and landslides triggered by rains in Indonesia's densely-populated East Java have killed at least 23 people, the state Antara news agency said on Thursday. “Until noon (0500 GMT) we have registered 23 dead victims, with most killed in Bendungan sub-district," the head of Trenggalek district, Soeharto, was quoted as saying. In hilly Bendungan, ... ( read on )
Cardig acquires Mandala Airlines from military
Cargo transporter Cardig International has owned 100 percent of Indonesia's cash-strapped carrier Mandala Airlines under a purchase agreement earlier this month, an executive said Monday. Mandala president Diono Nurjadin told reporters here the negotiation began in September last year, several days after a Mandala plane crashed near an airport in the North Sumatra capital of ... ( read on )
Powerful quake strikes off Sumatra
A powerful earthquake struck off the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra Island early Thursday, the U.S. geological survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The 6.0-magnitude quake struck at 0236 local time (1936 GMT Wednesday) 394 kilometers (245 miles) southwest of the city of Banda Aceh, on the island's ... ( read on )
WHO tests confirm 24th bird flu death
Indonesia's 24th bird flu death has been confirmed by World Health Organisation tests, a hospital spokesman said. 'The latest results from the WHO were received yesterday concerning a man who died at (Sulianti Saroso hospital) on April 8 or 9,' hospital spokesman and spokesman for the national bird flu team, Ilham Patu, told Agence France-Presse. He ... ( read on )
RI's natural wealth, a blessing and curse
The ongoing discussion about the urgent need to increase the education budget and Vice President Jussuf Kalla's irritation with Indonesian backwardness despite the obvious natural wealth of the country, as reported in this paper on April 5, highlights a problem that is not limited to Indonesia, but harms this country and coincidentally a number of ... ( read on )
Asia buzz: want blood on your hands?
When they stood at the forefront of a popular uprising against President Suharto back in 1998, Abdurrahman Wahid and Amien Rais called on people to unite for democracy and for Indonesia. Where are those lofty sentiments now? Wahid, also known as Gus Dur, is now President. Rais is now the leader of ... ( read on )
Aceh trial opens under tight security
Defendants in the joint civilian-military trial which opened here on Wednesday are facing the death penalty for alleged mass killings in West Aceh last year. The 90-minute hearing heard a team of prosecutors led by Nuraini AS charge the 25 defendants, 24 military personnel and a civilian with the premeditated murder of noted Muslim leader ... ( read on )
Investigation team on East Timor atrocities inaugurated
The government named a 79-member team Wednesday to investigate human rights violations in East Timor during the last days of Indonesian rule in the province. The team includes 38 prosecutors and 16 police officers and has a three-month mandate to conduct an inquiry of last year's campaign of rape, murder and destruction. Attorney General Marzuki Darusman ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
Senior economist Mubyarto becomes the first recipient of the Bung Hatta award from the Bung Hatta University in Padang, W. Sumatra, for his dedication in the economic and educational fields. The award is named after RI's first vice president M. Hatta.
Attorney General Marzuki Darusman replaces Chairul Imam with Ris Pandopotan Sihombing as his chief corruption prosecutor only a week after Chairul put former president Soeharto under city arrest.
Djamaludin Suryohadikusumo, the former minister of forestry and plantations from 1993 to 1998, is questioned at the Attorney General's Office in connection with an investigation into timber tycoon Mohamad "Bob" Hasan.
People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Amien Rais claims that he and President Abdurrahman Wahid have resolved their differences while agreeing to remain critical of each other.
An Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency senior executive discloses that the agency has appointed 11 foreign and local banks to assist it in restructuring some Rp 6.7 trillion (US$875.82 million) in bank nonperforming loans owed by some 670 debtors.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) urges all parties to seek a solution to Indonesian teachers' demand for better pay in order to put an end to strikes which have sacrificed children's basic right to education.
Hari Kartana is appointed new president of publicly listed international telephone operator PT Indosat amid reports of intervention by political parties, replacing Indra Setiawan.
President Abdurrahman Wahid urges the nation to encourage the Indonesian Military (TNI) to abandon its sociopolitical role and concentrate solely on defense affairs.
The House of Representatives passes a bill that empowers Bank Indonesia to track the flow of foreign exchange in and out of the country.
Two buildings owned by the Catholic and Protestant churches are set on fire by hundreds of people in Ujungpandang, South Sulawesi, in what the authorities say was retaliation for a bomb blast which damaged the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta the day before.
Fresh outbreaks of violence leave four people dead and some 30 houses burned in the Banda islands, Central Maluku, 300 kilometers southeast of Ambon.
The Karawang District Court in West Java sentences 21 people to two to four months in prison for rioting in Rengasdengklok, Karawang regency, in January. Seven vehicles, one church and two Buddhist monasteries were burned in the unrest.
President Soeharto inaugurates the new energy museum at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, which was built at a cost of Rp 17 billion (US$7.72 million) on three hectares of land, in conjunction with the park's 20th anniversary.
The Armed Forces accuses the independent Indonesian Prosperity Trade Union (SBSI) of fomenting riots and vandalism in Medan, North Sumatra, and surrounding areas over the past seven days.
State Minister of Women's Roles Mien Sugandhi speaks out against Indonesia's participation in international beauty pageants that require women to expose their bodies, but says she does not have the authority to ban Indonesian women from participating.
A new ruling requiring private vehicles to have at least three people on board on major roads is introduced in Jakarta. The ruling is intended to encourage people to leave their cars at home and take a bus.
Noted Muslim scholar Abdurrahman Wahid is barred by East Java authorities from speaking to members of the United Development Party (PPP) on April 30 in Surabaya. It is the third time this year he has been banned from speaking.
President Soeharto officially opens three more attractions at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in Jakarta: a telecommunications museum, a transportation museum and a science center.
The 44th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Jakarta ends, adopting 11 resolutions on cooperation and improvement of the quality of life of an estimated 2.8 billion people in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) bans Habib Segaff, a Muslim preacher and principal of Nurul Ulum Islamic school in Surabaya, from giving public lectures after the council deems that his lectures contain inaccuracies and misinterpretation of Islam.
President Soeharto inaugurates the 20.7-kilometer Bekasi-Semanggi toll road, which is part of a planned 74-kilometer toll road linking the city of Jakarta with the West Java district of Cikampek to the east.
Operational Command for the Restoration of Security and Order (Kopkamtib) Commander Adm. Sudomo and religious affairs minister Alamsyah Perwiranegara together with some Muslim scholars agree to ban the term Komando Jihad.
President Soeharto dedicates Indonesia's first low-cost apartment in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta.
Judo Sumbono is installed as the new president director of state oil and gas company Pertamina, replacing Piet Haryono.
President Soeharto dedicates the controversial Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in East Jakarta.
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