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Indonesian Air Force holds static show in Biak
The national air defense command of the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) in Biak Numfor District, Papua Province, held a static air defense exhibition at the Manuhua airbase on Sunday.

"The air defense exhibition may serve as a means to inform the Indonesian people of the TNI AU`s weaponry in securing the air territory of ... ( read on )
Agricultural land conversion in Bali alarming
Agricultural land conversion in Bali in the past five years has been alarming and potentially threatening food resilience in the tourist island, a local university professor said.

"In the past five years around 5,000 hectares of agricultural land have been converted or averagely 1,000 hectares a year," Prof Dr I Wayan Windia from state Udayana ... ( read on )
Earthquake strikes near Lombok
An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter Scale shook Bali and it’s neighboring island of Lombok at 12:42 pm local time on Saturday, June 22, 2013.Information from the Indonesian Department of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) said the epicenter of the earthquake was 14 kilometers northwest of Lombok at a depth of 10 kilometers.

The quake ... ( read on )
Ship with illegal immigrants capsized near Christmas island
A ship carrying more than one hundred illegal immigrants has capsized in the waters between Indonesia and Australia`s Christmas Island.

"There is a report that a ship has capsized between Indonesia and Christmas Island, or between Indonesia and Australia. I have talked with Prime Minister Julia Gillard," President Yudhoyono said here on Friday.

He added ... ( read on )
Indonesia: clemency for 23 nationals facing death in Saudi Arabia
The Indonesian government on Thursday called for clemency for 23 nationals facing death penalty in Saudi Arabia, the state-run Antara news agency reported.

Law and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar said the government is still seeking pardon for the 23 Indonesian migrant workers despite Saudi authorities ruled that the convicts could not be released until receiving ... ( read on )
E. coli bacteria found in 70 percent of Yogyakarta wells
Indonesian health officials have expressed concern as reports show that around 70 percent of wells in Java's touristic city of Jogjakarta are contaminated by the E. coli bacteria, officials said Thursday.

Jogjakarta's Office of Environment Management (BLH) retrieved samples from 36 wells last year to conduct the study, which proved the existence of an E. coli ... ( read on )
Indonesia bans labor workers migrating to Saudi Arabia
The government of Indonesia on Wednesday announced that it will temporarily halt sending labor workers to Saudi Arabia as of August 1, while officials consider the possibility of having legal affairs attaches in several countries where national labor workers are facing legal issues.

In order to improve Indonesian workers' safety and labor conditions, Manpower Minister Muhaimin ... ( read on )
Moody's improves Indonesia debt rating
The international ratings agency Moody's revised Indonesia's debt rating from stable into positive. The positive outlook shows the greater possibility that Indonesia may get to have a rating improvement within the next year.

"The solid macro-economic fundamentals, the falling debt ratio, as well as the prudent fiscal policy support and excellent structural reform have been positive ... ( read on )
Java and Bali brace for higher electricity rates
Electricity rates for customers on the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali are likely to be higher than elsewhere in the Republic if current plans to introduce regional electrical tariffs are enacted by the government.

The Director General of Electricity and Energy Consumption (LPE), from the Department of Energy and Natural Resources (ESDM), Jacobus Purwono, told ... ( read on )
40,000 kinds of traditional medicine in Indonesia
Indonesia, the largest archipelagic country, has a vast variety of herbal plants, spawning about 40,000 traditional medicines. The 40,000 odd traditional medicines were presented by president director of herbal medicine maker PT Sido Muncul, Irwan Hidayat, to 200 physicians at a health seminar held in Jakarta, on Saturday. Nearly 50 percent of the total herbal medicines ... ( read on )
Post offices to provide access to digital world
Communities in Indonesia will soon be able to familiarize themselves with new government-initiated internet kiosks at post offices featuring at least four desktop computers, a scanner, a printer and a digital camera. In a drive to provide communities with greater access to the internet for educational and entrepreneurial purposes, the kiosks were jointly created by ... ( read on )
Indonesia says it plans to use human bird flu vaccine
The vaccine to combat bird flu in humans could be ready as early as July according to Indonesia, adding that it was preparing to use it immediately despite calls from the WHO to build a stockpile first. Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari said that the advice of the WHO was not realistic for Indonesia, which ... ( read on )
WHO: Human bird flu transmission proven in Indonesia
Bird flu was spread directly between members of an Indonesian family in the first laboratory- confirmed case of human-to-human transmission of the lethal virus, a World Health Organization official said. Genetic sequencing of a virus sample taken from a 10-year- old boy who died from the H5N1 avian influenza strain showed a minute change that was ... ( read on )
Spread of bird flu ‘likely’ by personal contact
Human-to-human transmission is the most likely cause of bird flu last month in seven members of a family living on Indonesia's Sumatra Island, the country's Ministry of Health said. The cases, six of which were fatal, represent Indonesia's largest reported cluster of infections caused by the lethal H5N1 avian influenza strain, the ministry said in a ... ( read on )
World Bank: Indonesia has room for further fuel price hikes
The government has room for raising fuel prices further to cut fuel subsidy spending amid continuing high world oil prices, a senior World Bank official said. 'Continuing high level of oil prices obviously suggests that there is room for further such policy actions (fuel price hikes),' the bank's vice president for East Asia and the ... ( read on )
Jakarta forgets woes for a day, celebrates birthday
Tens of thousands of cheering Indonesians lined the streets of Jakarta Sunday, putting aside their daily toil to mark the 475th birthday of one of Asia's most crowded capitals with parades and dancing. Hundreds of colorful floats passed through the city's main thoroughfares, normally clogged by traffic jams, with trucks shaped like boats and fish ... ( read on )
Two Indonesians named in billionaires club
Both are 53 and both sit atop business empires built solely on kretek, the sweet smelling clove-flavored cigarettes. On Friday, Rachman Halim and Putera Sampoerna were named among the world's 538 billionaires by the leading U.S. business magazine Forbes. Rachman, head of the Wonowidjojo clan who owns the Gudang Garam tobacco company, ranks 292nd with ... ( read on )
Not in my backyard
As Jakarta loses control of its domestic situation, the region confronts a slowdown in foreign investment, a rise in Muslim extremism, and the threat of chaos — or even civil war — in Southeast Asia's largest country A Caltex oil plant in Riau, Indonesia. Water and gas supply agreements with neighboring Singapore remain ... ( read on )
Disappointment leads to birth of new moral movement
A new moral movement made up of some 33 public figures is emerging out of the growing disappointment at the slow pace of reform under the administration of President Abdurrahman Wahid. The group, led by Muslim scholar Nurcholish Madjid, made its public debut on Thursday, announcing a major gathering in Bali next week to find ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
Four Madurese refugees are killed and numerous others are injured in clashes between locals and refugees near the Pontianak refugee camp following the killing of a six-year-old boy in a robbery. 63,000 Madurese refugees sheltered in four sports halls.
Ten people are injured and a car is burned during a brawl between supporters of Reverend A. Sitorus and those of SL Simanjuntak of the Congregation of Batak Protestant Churches (HKBP) over the venue to celebrate the HKBP's 65th anniversary.
Some 300 members of the Islam Defenders Front attack the National Commission on Human Rights office in C. Jakarta, demanding the abolition of the commission for failing to provide a fair report on human rights abuses in the 1984 Tanjung Priok riots.
Attorney General Marzuki Darusman rejects an appeal by the Bank Indonesia board of governors to release central bank Governor Sjahril Sabirin from detention because his case is still being investigated.
The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence demands that the National Commission on Human Rights retracts its report on the 1984 Tanjung Priok riot and that it reinvestigate the incident.
The Jakarta State Administrative Court rejects Megawati Soekarnoputri's appeal for an annulment of a government order for police questioning over an illegal meeting at her house. Megawati is the ousted leader of the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI).
The govt cancels its controversial plan to hold a seminar on the impeachment of first president Sukarno. The Provisional People's Consultative Assembly in June '66 rejected Sukarno's accountability speech called Nawaksara to defend his administration.
Seven East Timorese, claiming their lives have been under constant threat, seek political asylum at the Swedish and the Finnish embassies in Jakarta.
On behalf of the Indonesian people, President Soeharto sends heartfelt condolences to the people of Iran for the devastating earthquake which hit the country last week, killing some 40,000 people.
RM Muhammad Subuh Sumohadiwidjojo, founder of the Persaudaraan Kejiwaan Susila Budi Dharma (Subud) mystical and spiritual fraternity, dies in Jakarta at the age of 86.
The Central Jakarta District Court sentences policeman Second Lt. Sukarno and customs officer Jahrudin to eight years and security officer Suroso Ahmadi to 7.5 years in jail for smuggling.
President Soeharto opens Indonesia's first International Air Show at the defunct Kemayoran Airport in Jakarta.
The Bugis multisailed ship "Phinisi Nusantara"arrives at Muarabaru fishing port, North Jakarta, after participating in a trade fair in Vancouver.
The Indonesian marching band wins a contest at an international festival in Namar, Norway.
The UN Security Council advises the Commission of Three Countries to establish economic relations between member countries and Indonesia and that the Republic of the United States of Indonesia must be formed democratically.
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