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Indonesia wants visa on arrival facility for citizens visiting China
Indonesia has called for the Chinese government to grant the visa on arrival facility for Indonesians traveling to the country, saying that Indonesia had already been doing the same for Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia.

"Indonesia has agreed to grant visas on arrival for Chinese citizens. But until now the Chinese government has not adopted a ... ( read on )
Double track of northern Java railway operational in 2014
The double track of northern Java railway between Jakarta and Surabaya of East Java is expected to be operational early 2014. Operation of the new track would considerably reduce the burden of the highways linking the two largest cities in the country.

"Early next year precisely in the first quarter of 2014, the track ... ( read on )
President: Independence, firmness key to combating corruption
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Tuesday independent anti-graft institutes and firm law enforcement are the key to combating corruption in the country.

"The key to fighting against corruption is the independence and firmness on the part of corruption eradicating institutes. They must really be strong," the President said when receiving a delegation of the ... ( read on )
Unknown gunmen kill three police officers in Papua
One officer was safe but three others were killed after unknown gunmen attacked a police station in Pirime in the district of Lanny Jaya, Papua, early on Tuesday morning.

One of the officers who was killed in the attack at around 6.30am local time is Second Inspector Rofli Takubesi, who was the chief of the ... ( read on )
Earthquake shakes central Maluku
An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale rocked Central Maluku, on Tuesday at 9.59 am Western Indonesian Standard Time (WIB).

The quake`s epicenter was located 2.66 degrees southern latitude and 129.33 degrees eastern longitude, 57 km northeast of Central Maluku, and at a depth of 10 km, the National Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, ... ( read on )
Gembiraloka zoo to have penguin attraction by 2013
The Gembiraloka Zoo of Yogyakarta has set itself a target of completing a penguin attraction by 2013. The penguin attraction was aimed to attract more visitors to the Yogyakarta landmark, which is visited by around 700-800 people everyday, Spokesperson of Gembiraloka Zoo Gunardi said here, Monday.

"We have been developing the penguin pool since October ... ( read on )
House speaker: 'Anti-graft agency cannot stand alone'
House Speaker Marzuki Alie has stated that an anti-corruption agency cannot be expected to eradicate corruption in the country without the cooperation of other parties.

"An anti-corruption agency cannot stand alone in doing its duty just because it has to define its existence and independence. Besides, the agency certainly needs some assistance in combating corruption," ... ( read on )
Minister: 'Public should switch to non-subsidized fuel'
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik has urged the public to switch from subsidized fuel to non-subsidized fuel due to the shortage of subsidized fuel supply until the end of this year.

"If the society and companies want to contribute to the country, they have to start using non-subsidized fuel, considering the lack of ... ( read on )
3 dead as bridge collapses in Kutai Kartanegara
At least three people died and more than a dozen others were injured when Mahakam II Bridge, connecting Tenggarong and Tenggarong Seberang districts in Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan, collapsed.

"The East Kalimantan governor reported to the President that three people had died and 17 were injured," State Secretary Sudi Silalahi told reporters Saturday as quoted ... ( read on )
Spectacular footage of erupting Mount Krakatau volcano
The Mount Krakatau volcano (also known as Krakatoa) is showing off in recent weeks. With increasing activity also comes nice footage of small eruptions of the volcano, complete with ash clouds shooting into the sky and pumice falling down on the slopes of the volcano. One of the most illustrative video's of this moment was ... ( read on )
Tsunami survivors still lack adequate shelter
One month after a deadly tsunami struck Indonesia's southern Mentawai islands, shelter for the more than 11,000 people affected remains a critical challenge, aid workers and officials say. "The most urgent need for people affected by the tsunami is housing and restoring their livelihoods," Andi Hanindito, head of emergency response with the Ministry of Social ... ( read on )
Mount Krakatau shakes and moans
The Mount Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait between the islands Java and Sumatra is producing heavy sounds and tremors inside it's belly. The sounds and tremors are also getting increasingly more regular, according to the head of the observation post for the volcano in Cinangka, Serang district, in the province of Banten.

Anton Pambudi, the ... ( read on )
Former Gayus judges deny bribery allegations
Two former judges in charge of an embezzlement case implicating Gayus H. Tambunan, Haran Tarigan and Bambang Widiatmoko told South Jakarta District Court that they did not receive bribes from Gayus during the case examination process.

Haran and Bambang were summoned as witnesses to Gayus' former lawyer, Haposan Hutagalung’s trial. "I receive no bribe either before ... ( read on )
Riau police stops 60 TKI from being sent abroad
The police in the Riau Archipelago has successfully stopped 60 soon-to-be TKI (Indonesian Overseas Workers) that were about to be sent to Malaysia illegally. When the police came into action, some 60 people were safeguarded from being sent abroad. They were already in the international harbour of Batam Center, waiting for their boat to arrive.

Two ... ( read on )
Case against KPK members to be dropped
The Junior attorney general for special crimes, Marwan Effendi, has publicly said that the Attorney General's Office (AGO) is to drop the charges against the two suspended members of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Bibit Samad Rianto and Chandra M. Hamzah. Marwan said that his office would issue a letter in which the prosecution would ... ( read on )
Accessroad Soekarno-Hatta Airport flooded, flights delayed
More than 30 scheduled domestic flights from Soekarno-Hatta international airport west of Jakarta were delayed today. This was caused by the fact that most passengers showed up late to board their plane because the main toll road to the airport was flooded by seawater due to high tides. More than 30 scheduled domestic flights were delayed ... ( read on )
Santos cuts Jeruk to 50 million barrels as woes mount
MORE than two years after indicating it had a massive oil discovery in Indonesia, Santos yesterday disclosed reserves at its Jeruk find were "most likely to be less than 50 million barrels". The sharp downgrade - to less than a third of the estimate only four months ago - adds to Santos's Indonesian woes with ... ( read on )
Independent Papua flag raised in PNG
The Morning Star flag of Papua has been raised in Port Moresby to commemorate a 1997 proclamation of independence by activists opposed to the region being part of Indonesia. Around 120 people gathered in the Papua New Guinea capital for the raising of the flag and to hear a message read from West Papua New ... ( read on )
The Philippines deports terrorist's wife to Indonesia
The desire of Istiada Oemar Sovie, alias Amenah Toha, the captured wife of Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist, to be deported to Indonesia, together with all of her children, will not be realized after all. Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. said the Philippine government will have to deport Toha on or before the ... ( read on )
Yogyakarta six months after the quake
Six months after a powerful earthquake reduced much of two Indonesian provinces to rubble, IOM is still building thousands of temporary homes, providing support services to badly injured survivors and transporting hundreds of metric tons of supplies into the quake-affected areas. The 27 May, 6.3 magnitude quake struck at dawn off the coast of Java, ... ( read on )
Indonesia reports new human bird flu case
A 16-year-old Indonesian boy has tested positive for the H5N1 avian flu virus, making him the 12th confirmed case among humans in the country, a health official says. "We have received a laboratory test from Hong Kong and the results were positive," said Hariadi Wibisono, a seniorofficial at the Health Ministry, adding the patient was ... ( read on )
Indonesia deploys British arms against protesters
British military equipment is being used by the Indonesian authorities against civilians in remote parts of the country. Despite promises by Foreign Office ministers that UK arms exported to the country are not used for internal repression, a photograph seen by The Observer shows a British-made Tactica water cannon vehicle deployed in the troubled eastern ... ( read on )
Sulawesi: Back to Makassar
As soon as Tana Toraja was introduced to me, it was taken away as well. I still remember the fact that I agreed on those meagre four days in Tana Toraja ‘because my schedule is too tight’, as it always is. In the van, just leaving the hotel for the last time, I was asking ... ( read on )
Other events on this day
Five people are killed and five others are injured when fighting between the Laskar Jihad Muslim militia group and Christians spreads to Tabalu, Betalemba and Patiunga villages in Poso, C. Sulawesi, after first breaking out in Betalemba village at noon.
Visiting East Timor leader Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao and former pro-Jakarta militia leader Joao Tavares agree in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, to put aside their differences and work together for peace in East Timor through reconciliation.
Thousands of Timorese gather at the Dili Cathedral to pay their last respects to three slain priests whose bodies were found in a mass grave at Oeluli beach, near the Timor border.
Irian Jaya Police Chief Brig. Gen. S.J. Wenas and Trikora Military Commander Brig. Gen. Albert Ingkiriwang prohibit any attempts to fly the separatist West Papua flag in the run-up to the rebel group's anniversary on Dec. 1.
A poll involving 900 students and 100 lecturers in five large cities in Java, Oct. 12 to Nov. 22, reveals that 66.5 percent believe that the best way to settle East Timor's problems is to let the East Timorese decide their own fate.
Falintil separatist rebels ambush and kill two soldiers out on patrol near Terema village in Bobonaro regency, 80 kilometers west the East Timor capital of Dili.
The Bantul District Court in Yogyakarta releases Dwi Sumadji alias Iwik, who was charged with murdering Fuad Muhammad Syafruddin, a journalist at the city's Bernas daily
President Soeharto and his family complete their minor pilgrimage (umrah) to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Information minister Harmoko and home minister Yogie S.M. advise Dili Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo to sue Germany's Der Spiegel magazine when accusing the magazine of twisting his comments.
The Central Jakarta District Court sentences 115 supporters of the ousted Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) leader, Megawati Soekarnoputri, to four months and three days jail each for their involvement in the July 27 riot.
The government gives awards to members of the Indonesian delegation, consisting of 65 marine experts including foreign minister Prof. Mochtar Kusuma-Atmadja and Hasyim Djalal.
Minister of Social Service Haryati Soebadio in a hearing with the House of Representatives (DPR) states that the legal status of the state-sponsored lottery of SDSB is a controversy and debatable (khilafiyah).
President Soeharto attends the G-15 Summit in Venezuela, criticizing the UN for a lack of democracy.
Achmad Siddiq and Abdurrahman Wahid are each elected as the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Muslim organization's chairman of the legislative body (shuriah) and chairman of the executive body (tanfidziyah) at the organization's 28th congress in Yogyakarta.
Australian foreign minister Bill Hayden when opening the 31st Colomba Plan meeting in Sydney, Australia, praises Indonesia for its success in creating a model of birth control in Asia.
President of Garuda Indonesia Airways RAJ Lumenta reveals that the national flag-carrier reaped profits of Rp 55.5 billion.
Veteran actor Rendra Karno dies of asthma and hypertension in Jakarta at 65.
President Soeharto officially opens the 27 km Jakarta-Tangerang toll road.
South Sumatra's Regional House of Representatives agrees to fulfill the Bengkulu people's demand to increase the status of Bengkulu to a province.
The city of Bandung in West Java is divided into two parts - one area for the Allied Forces and the Dutch troops and another for Indonesians - to avoid conflict between both sides.
The first war erupts in Padang, West Sumatra, when the Dutch troops, protected by the British troops, forcedly occupied a vocational senior high school in the city.
The Central National Committee's second plenary meeting in Jakarta issues a resolution to strongly protest the Commander of British troops in Indonesia who had attacked Indonesian people, and asked the UN to withdraw the troops from Indonesia.
The Allied Forces bomb Yogyakarta targeting the radio broadcasting station, the Sonobudoyo art building and the Public hall.
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