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Death toll in Banjarnegara landslide increases to 51
The death toll of the landslide that hit Jemblung hamlet in Central Javas Banjarnegara district rose to 51 on Monday afternoon, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB).

"Search is on for 57 more missing people," head of the agencys data and information center Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said here on Monday. Nearly 200 of ... ( read on )
Anti-graft body arrests Lombok public prosecutor
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested a public prosecutor on charges of receiving a bribe from a businesswoman on Saturday night. KPK spokesman Johan Budi confirmed the arrest of the head of the public prosecutors office in Central Lombok district, West Nusa Tenggara province.

But he declined to elaborate on the arrest. "We will explain ... ( read on )
President: 'Indonesian`s bargaining position improves'
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said Indonesias bargaining position in regional and global relations has been improving as the country plays an increasingly important role in various international forums and organizations.

"I say this is the last year (of my second term in office). During the past nine years (of my term in office) I ... ( read on )
Democrat to announce presidential candidate next year
The ruling Democrat Party plans to announce its presidential and vice presidential candidates for the election in 2014 next year, head of external relations Andi Nurpati said.

"I think in 2103 a lot of the names of presidential candidates would emerge from parties including from the Democrat Party," she said on the sidelines of the ... ( read on )
Morotai to become rocket launch site
Officials from the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space of Indonesia (LAPAN) has surveyed a number of locations on Morotai Islands District, North Maluku, to find a launch site for its Satellite Orbiting Rocket (RPS).

Morotai Regional Development Planning Board spokesman Iskandar Latuconsina said here on Saturday that a team from LAPAN has surveyed several ... ( read on )
Tourism growth for Bali expected to moderate
As reported by The Jakarta Post, Bali is targeting 3.1 million foreign tourist visitors in 2013, based on the belief that improvements in the island’s infrastructure will add to the island’s appeal.

Bali is in the process of completing a toll road connecting Benoa – Ngurah Rai Airport – Nusa Dua, a traffic underpass at Simpang ... ( read on )
OPM: Indonesian police kill fourteen Papuan separatists
The separatist Free Papua Organization (OPM) on Thursday claimed fourteen of its members have allegedly been killed during a recent police raid in the district of Paniai in Indonesia's restive Papua region, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Leo Yeimo, spokesman for the Paniai chapter of the outlawed rebel group, said the fourteen members were killed on Tuesday ... ( read on )
Dengue fever outbreak in Sumatra, Indonesia kills 27
An ongoing outbreak of dengue fever in western Indonesia has killed at least 27 people in the past two months, officials said on Thursday. Hundreds more have been affected.

Health officials on Thursday confirmed that two more people have died of dengue fever at the Sultan Thaha Saefuddin general hospital in the Tebo district of Jambi ... ( read on )
Two people die of dengue fever in Jambi
Two people were recently reported to have died of dengue fever at Sultan Thaha Saefuddin general hospital in Tebo district, Jambi province, hospital spokesman dr Hendra said here on Thursday.

Hendra said besides the two fatalities, 11 others dengue patients were still being treated at the hospital.

"The 11 dengue patients are still being treated ... ( read on )
More violence hits Kuta tourist district
Kuta after dark added to its unwanted reputation for crime and violence last week when an off-duty military officer shot and seriously wounded a security guard working at the Santa Fe Bar in Seminyak.
Wayan Surata was shot in the early hour of Monday, December 5, 2011, with shots allegedly fired by First Corporal Agus Muklas. Muklas ... ( read on )
Indonesia earmarks Rp1.3 trillion to buy rice for poor
Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono said that the government had allocated funds totaling Rp1.3 trillion to procure rice for the poor (raskin) to be provided in the 13th package.

"The government had added a fund of Rp1.3 trillion for 13th raskin program," the minister said here on Wednesday.

He said that the number ... ( read on )
Indonesian terror suspect Abu Tholut defended by 16 attorneys
A representative on Wednesday informed that terrorist Abu Tholut, one of the previously most-wanted men in Indonesia, will be defended by a team of sixteen attorneys.

According to the Jakarta Post, Tholut - who is also known as Imran Baihaqi - will be defended by attorneys with the Advocacy Group for Imran Baihaqi (GAIB).

TPM is the ... ( read on )
Kalimantan awaits Jakarta’s signal on nuclear power plant
Kalimantan local administrations are waiting for the central government to approve a plan to build a nuclear power plant in the region, a local official said. He said the local administrations had conducted the necessary feasibility studies to back their ambitious plan.

"We believe that a nuclear power plant is the ideal answer to our energy ... ( read on )
Indonesia as new Pakistan
It seems to be very common these days that after every Friday and Sunday, there are messages in the Indonesian press in which the results of the criminal intolerance of a small group of severely mentally limited people have tarnished the Indonesian state-ideology once more.

To name some of the sinners; it is mostly oriented to ... ( read on )
FPI promises no attacks during Christmas, under conditions?
Rizieq Shihab, head of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), on Tuesday promised that his followers will restrain from disrupting Christmas celebrations in Indonesia.

Shibab's announcement came as a surprise as FPI has been behind attacks on churches and minority sects in the past years. The Islamic leader now said, however, that Christians should be allowed to ... ( read on )
What's in the picture? #12
What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is ... ( read on )
Four new hotels on
We have added some new hotels again at At the moment you can book over 675 hotels in Indonesia directly from our website. We currently offer hotels in 49 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 )
Indonesia is running out of imported alcohol quickly
The Indonesian government has put new import regulations in place as well as a massive tax hike creating a Customs clampdown on Indonesia’s alcohol supplies leading up to the Christmas holiday season, according to a report in Bali Update this week. Much to the frustration of hotel and restaurant operators, alcohol supplies have been reduced ... ( read on )
Indonesia cuts oil prices by some 10 % to shield economy
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced on Sunday the reduction of oil prices to protect the country's economy from the fallout of the global financial crisis. The president made the decision after a cabinet meeting on Sunday evening, following the ease of the global oil prices to nearly 40 U.S. dollars a barrel from a ... ( read on )
7.1 earthquake rattles Maluku
An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale shook parts of eastern Indonesia Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The quake's epicentre was in the Maluku province, 128 kilometres southeast of Saumlaki regency, according to an official report from the Jakarta meteorology and geophysics agency. The quake epicentre was 100 kilometres ... ( read on )
A fifth documentary banned at Jakarta film festival
The organisers of the Jakarta International Film Festival announced yesterday that the authorities have verbally banned the screening of the documentary "Promised Paradise" by Dutch filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich. Reporters Without Borders condemns the decision to censor another film dealing with Indonesia’s recent history. Helmrich’s documentary is about the 2002 Bali bombings. AFP quoted one of ... ( read on )
Indonesia urges GAM to disband
The Indonesian government Friday reiterated calls for former separatist group the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) to disband itself as the peace agreement between the two sides has been running smoothly. GAM had struggled for independence in Aceh for 30 years before it signed the landmark peace accord with the government last August. Under the agreement, the ... ( read on )
Landslides in Sumatra destroy mosque, kill 17
Landslides in Indonesia's Sumatra island killed 17 people on Friday, most of them worshippers in a mosque, a rescue official said. Satria Arjuna, chief of the emergency team in the area, said workers were searching for 11 more people missing after the landslides struck two villages in the remote area of western Sumatra. The official said ... ( read on )
Indonesia, Malaysia push a biofuels cartel
With the world increasingly hungry for alternatives to crude oil, two Southeast Asian nations plan a way to control prices. Just at the time the administration of US President George W Bush is being urged by a group of leading US business executives and senior military officers to act decisively to break America’s dependence on ... ( read on )
Japan hoping Indonesia to extend gas contract soon
Japan is expecting Indonesia to soon extend its gas contracts with Tokyo which will expire in 2010 and 2011, a Japanese official said. "We are very hopeful that Indonesia will make a decision as soon as possible on extending its contract for the supply of LNG to Japan," Japan`s Deputy Ambassador to Indonesia Satoru Satoh ... ( read on )
Indonesia, Russia mull satellite launch from island near Papua
Indonesia and Russia are considering using an island off Indonesia's Papua province as a launching base for a Russian communications satellite, an Indonesian official said. 'Indonesia and Russia are discussing the use of Biak as a satellite launching base,' Indonesian presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal told Agence France-Presse by telephone from Kuala Lumpur. Djalal declined to ... ( read on )
Hotels must report guests to police
Jakarta Police are requiring all hotels across the capital to report the identities of their guests to police as soon as they check in. "We already require newcomers in all neighborhoods to report within 24 hours of their arrival. Now, we want hotels to report their guests' identities to us," city police chief Insp. Gen. ... ( read on )
KPU chairman gets 7 years
General Elections Commission (KPU) chairman Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin was sentenced on Wednesday to seven years in jail for corruption in a high profile case that could eventually implicate other prominent figures, including some close to the administration. The verdict against Nazaruddin, a former leading political scientist at the prestigious University of Indonesia, came after he successfully ... ( read on )
400 hospitalised after gas leak in Indonesia
Over 400 people were hospitalised in the Indonesian province of West Java after gas began leaking from a pipe owned by a textile producer, a local media report said on Wednesday. Hundreds of sick residents, some unconscious, were brought to the local hospital on Tuesday in ambulances, private cars and public buses with complaints of ... ( read on )
Living on a fault line
A year after the tsunami, scientists fear that another monster earthquake might one day strike Sumatra, triggering a fresh inundation by the sea. How frightened should we be? The village of Maligi on the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra seems idyllic-- two dozen houses strung along a palm -- and casuarina-covered strip of ... ( read on )
Indonesia terror threat 'high' over Christmas
The Foreign Office has warned of a "heightened risk" of terrorist attacks in Indonesia over the Christmas and New Year holiday. A spokesman warned Britons travelling to or living in the country that terrorists could strike at anytime and could target tourist resorts. Fears that westerners could be targeted by Islamist terrorists have grown since ... ( read on )
Indonesia welcomes capture of Saddam
Indonesia has welcomed news of Saddam Hussein's capture by US forces, saying his arrest should help Iraqis to govern their own nation. "The capture of Saddam Hussein is long overdue," Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa was quoted as saying by Reuters. "It is our hope that his capture will help speed up the process ... ( read on )
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Indonesian Linda Dharmayanthi, 24, from Jakarta, is sentenced to life imprisonment by the Multan District Court, Punjab, Pakistan, for trying to smuggle heroin to the United Arab Emirates. She is also fined one million rupees (US$16,500).
A soldier, Pvt. Saharuddin, is killed by a mob, allegedly from the Dani tribe, in the remote town of Tiom, some 80 km. south of Wamena, Irian Jaya, following a dispute between soldiers and locals over the pulling down of the Morning Star separatist flag.
The Indonesian Army declared its first anniversary 54 years after it was formed by "annexing" the anniversary of the infantry.
President B.J. Habibie says in Hanoi that it would be arrogant not to accept the presidency for a second term if the People's Consultative Assembly chose him again.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) approves the disbursement of a US$957 million credit to Indonesia under the $43 billion economic rescue package.
Jakarta Police arrest 259 student protesters from City Forum (Forkot) for staging a street rally without a permit.
Minister of Forestry Djamaludin Suryohadikusumo says fires had destroyed over 165,000 ha of forest during the year, causing Rp132b (US$26.4m) in resource losses.
Lampung Police ban a monolog about slain labor activist Marsinah, titled Marsinah Menggugat, to be staged by actress Ratna Sarumpaet.
The European Union at a summit in Dublin repeats calls for Indonesia to improve its human rights record in the former Portuguese colony of East Timor.
Indonesia's badminton queen Susi Susanti wins the women's singles title at the World Cup badminton championships in Jakarta after beating China's Wang Chan, 11-7, 11-4.
Indonesian runner Rumini takes the gold medal in the women's heptathlon with a total of 4,370 points at the 18th Southeast Asian Games in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Student activists Yeni Rosa Damayanti, Teddy Wibisono, Gunardi Aswantoro and Wandy Nicodemus T, convicted of defaming President Soeharto, are released after a serving a year in prison.
President Soeharto simultaneously dedicates five new power plants in West Java, Bali and Lombok at a ceremony in the Gunung Salak geothermal power station compound, West Java.
President Soeharto leaves for New Delhi, India, to attend the Education For All conference, involving nine of the most populous developing nations.
Indonesia's All-England badminton champion, Susi Susanti, retains her sixth Grand Prix title in the women's singles after beating South Korea's Heung Soon-lee in Kuala Lumpur.
Abdurrahman Wahid, the chairman of the Nahdlatul Ulama Islamic organization and a noted-intellectual, is elected Man of the Year by Editor weekly magazine.
A Pelita Air Service helicopter crashes in Nasbun Indragiri Hilir, Riau, Sumatra, killing two people.
Justice Minister Ismail Saleh dismisses the idea of abolishing capital punishment because it is not against the state ideology of Pancasila.
Eleven students who were climbing Mt. Lawu, on the border of East and Central Java, die and five others go missing in bad weather.
Foreign Minister Mochtar Kusumaatmadja says Pope John Paul II, who bypassed Indonesia on his Southeast Asian tour, had been misinformed about the situation in East Timor.
Cyprus and Indonesia open diplomatic relations to strengthen relations between the government and citizens of the two countries.
Thirty-seven people are killed and three others go missing after floods sweep through the West Sumatra town of Solok over two days.
Foreign Minister Mochtar Kusumaatmadja is elected as the new president of the Indonesian Chess Association at its 21st congress in Yogyakarta, replacing Begug Purnomosidi.
Datuk Prof. Ismail Hussein, a Malay literature professor from the University of Malaysia, receives an honorary doctorate in literature from the University of Indonesia.
The Indonesian contingent defends its title for the third time at the 11th Southeast Asian Games in Manila, capturing 85 gold medals, 73 silver and 55 bronze.
The presidential selection board of the Republic of the United States of Indonesia was formed and chaired by M. Roem.
Vice President M. Hatta asks the Commission of Three Countries to settle negotiations with the Dutch.
The government announces that Indonesia will introduce wide autonomy to the region.
A new Eastern Indonesia State Cabinet is formed with Anak Agung Gde Agung as its prime minister, replacing Warouw.
The Conference of the Front of Pioneers (Barisan Pelopor) in Surakarta, Central Java, concludes after determining to change its name to the Indonesian Wild Ox Front (Barisan Banteng Republik Indonesia), electing Dr. Muwardi as its leader.
Following a strike, the East Indies government revokes the right to associate for the Indonesian Communist Party, the People's Federation and other labor unions.
VSTP, a Dutch-Indonesian labor union within the rail industry, agrees to establish an underground movement.
Indonesian Communist Party leaders hold a mass rally in Prambanan, Yogyakarta, and plan to launch an armed resistance against the East Indies government.
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