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Fuselage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 recovered Chief of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) F. H. Bambang Soelistyo said here on Wednesday that the fuselage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 has been recovered. "The fuselage with a wing still attached was found today," he affirmed at the Basarnas headquarters.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 January 2015 19:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister has yet to agree to gas price hike Chief economic minister, Chairul Tanjung, has not yet agreed to increase the price of the 12-kg gas cylinder although state-owned oil and gas firm Pertamina has plans to raise it.

Posted in Economy @ 13 August 2014 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Budi Mulya sentenced to 10 years` imprisonment Former deputy governor of Bank Indonesia Budi Mulya was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years imprisonment by the anti corruption court with a fine of Rp500 million or an additional jail term of 5 months.

Posted in Crime @ 17 July 2014 02:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New presidential aircraft arrives in Halim air base The new Boeing Business Jet 2 Green 737-800 for Presidential aircraft use is reported to have arrived at the Halim Perdana Kusuma airport, Jakarta. The aircraft, worth 91 million US dollars, was manufactured by the Boeing factory in the United States, with the aircraft dimension reaching 38 meters in length with a wingspan of 35.79 meters.

Posted in General @ 10 April 2014 19:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia kicks off parliamentary elections Indonesians cast their votes in parliamentary elections held simultaneously across the nation, which is the biggest democracy after India and the United States, on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2014 07:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Indonesia needs to anticipate ASEAN Open Sky Policy' Indonesia needs to anticipate the ASEAN Open Sky Policy in the aviation sector in the Southeast Asian region in 2015, a senior official said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 April 2014 12:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda launching new planes on new routes The national airline Garuda Indonesia is scheduled to commence direct non-stop daily service between Jakarta and Amsterdam in May 2014.The new service, bypassing traditional technical stops in the Middle East, will be made possible with the delivery of new Boeing 777-300s.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 March 2014 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airlines delay flights to Pekanbaru to minimize losses The authorities at Syarif Kasim II International Airport, Pekanbaru, Riau Province, stated that several airways have delayed their flights to the airport to minimize losses until the air condition gets better.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 March 2014 18:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Villa demolition yet to solve flood problem' Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya stated that the demolition of illegal villas in the Puncak resort area have not yet been able to solve the environment problem. "We support the measure to demolish illegal villas in the area, but it has not really solved the flood problem," the minister stated, while examining the demolition of illegal villages in the Puncak resort area on Monday.

Posted in General @ 21 January 2014 17:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam police arrest 61 Vietnamese fishermen for illegal fishing The Batam Water Police recently took 61 Vietnamese fishermen into custody for illegal fishing in the waters of Riau Island province, stated an official. "On January 4, the fishermen were caught onboard four big fishing vessels in the waters of the Anambas District. They entered the Riau Island waters through the South China Sea," Commander of Bisma 8001 patrol boat Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sigit N. Hidayat remarked here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 10 January 2014 18:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Christians observe Christmas eve peacefully in Jakarta On the occasion of Christmas Eve, the situation in Jakarta was peaceful and conducive on Tuesday, a police officer stated. "The situation during Christmas Eve was conducive. There was no disturbance or act of terror," Senior Commissioner Rikwanto, a spokesman of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police, noted here on Wednesday.

Posted in Religion @ 25 December 2013 15:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


500 Indonesians overstaying in Saudi Arabia flown home About 500 Indonesians overstaying in Saudi Arabia were flown to Jakarta on Saturday. Head of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) for Saudi Arabia Sherief Rachmat confirmed about 500 of the 7,800 "overstayers" in Jawazat Tarhil Sumaysi, Saudi Arabia, left for home at noon.

Posted in General @ 09 November 2013 20:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


13 dead in helicopter crash near Malaysia border An Indonesian Military Force (TNI) helicopter crashed in Malinau district, North Kalimantan Province, near the Indonesia-Malaysia border on Saturday morning, reportedly killing 13 people. The search and rescue team found the downed helicopter in a field near the border area between Malinau district and Serawak (Malaysia).

Posted in Accidents @ 09 November 2013 17:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five hospitalized after Sinabung eruption in Tanah Karo Five people have to be hospitalized in the North Sumatra city of Kabanjahe after the eruption of Mount Sinabung on Sunday. Jhonson Tarigan, a spokesman of the Sinabung Disaster Control Agency said the five people suffered difficulty in breathing after inhaling volcanic ashes.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 September 2013 11:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Soekarno Hatta airport railway to be operational in 2015' Railway company PT.Railink said railway link between Jakarta`s Manggarai station and Soekarno Hatta airport will be operational in 2015. The airport railway will have 10 trains or 60 carriages, M.N.Fadhila, the Railink president said.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 04 September 2013 22:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Truck loaded with 3700 kilograms of weed crashes A truck loaded with an estimated 3700 kilograms of marijuana has crashed on the main road between Banda Aceh and Medan. The accident happened in the area of Simpang Beutong in Pidie district. The ganja was meant to be brought to Medan, North Sumatra to be distributed there.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 August 2013 11:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air plane evacuated at Djalaluddin Airport The Lion Air plane, which had skidded off the runway at Djalaluddin Airport in Gorontalo on August 6, 2013, was evacuated on Friday at 4 p.m. local time. The Lion Air Boeing 737-800 plane was towed away to the end of the runway by an excavator and is being guarded by patrol cars.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 August 2013 16:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt prepares Rp6 tln for basic infrastructures The Public Works Ministry is preparing at least Rp6 trillion in funds to build various basic infrastructure facilities in return for the imminent fuel price hike.

Posted in General @ 05 June 2013 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks Kopassus to maintain profesionalism President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked the Army`s Special Forces (Kopassus) to maintain professionalism in performing duties as the national special security forces.

Posted in Military @ 16 April 2013 15:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ruling party`s chief named suspect over corruption Indonesia`s ruling Democrat Party`s chief Anas Urbaningrum was named suspect in connection with a corruption case here on Friday and banned to travel abroad.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 February 2013 21:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of 'official poor' on the rise on Bali The Bali Post, reporting information from the Bali Statistics Bureau (BPS-Bali), confirms that poverty is on the rise in Bali.The number of “officially poor” in Bali in 2012 (based on a March survey) counted 168,800 impoverished citizens, an increase from the 166,200 estimated in 2011.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2013 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Indonesia to produce N-219 aircraft in 2014' Research and Technology Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta has stated that Indonesia will produce N-219 transport aircraft in 2014.

Posted in Economy @ 20 December 2012 17:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 November 2012 00:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Russian busted for smuggling drugs into Bali A 30-year-old Russian faces the possibility of 11 years in prison for trying to smuggle one kilogram of methamphetamine into Bali concealed in capsules inside his alimentary tract.

Posted in Drugs @ 06 October 2012 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A'lian premier to attend 10th anniversary of Bali bombing Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is scheduled to attend the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park in Bali on October 12, 2012.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 September 2012 22:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Severe drought takes victims in Pekalongan Long drought began to leave its mark with 1,800 people of the regency of Pekalongan, Central Java, hit by acute infection in respiratory tract.

Posted in Health @ 18 September 2012 10:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua students ask police to inventory gun owners The Indonesian Papuan University Students Movement (GMPI) has requested that local police again compile an inventory of gun ownership by civilians in Indonesia`s eastern most province of Papua.

Posted in Violence @ 14 June 2012 14:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


800 terrorists captured by police in past 10 years Over the past decade, the Indonesian police have captured 800 terrorists in the country, according to the Counter Terrorism Agency`s director of prevention, Brigadier General ESA Permadi.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 May 2012 11:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to provide clean water facilities in border areas North Sulawesi Province Government is planning to build clean water systems in the two outer islands of Miangas and Marore, which border the Philippines.

Posted in General @ 23 May 2012 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PGN raises industry gas price to US$10.13 State-owned gas distributor firm PGN has decided to raise the price of gas for industry by 49 percent from US$6.8 to US$10.13 per million British thermal unit (mmbtu) beginning on May 1, 2012, the PGN secretary said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 May 2012 16:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN operates biggest solar power plant in Morotai State electricity company PT PLN is operating the biggest solar power plant (PLTS) with a capacity of 600 kW in the outermost island of Morotai in North Maluku.

Posted in Power supply @ 16 April 2012 02:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia ready to grow further Garuda Indonesia is adding 11 new aircraft this year as they expand their air network. At the same time, Garuda is adding 10 airplanes to the armada of their low-cost subsidiary Citilink serving domestic routes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 26 March 2012 14:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to lower economic growth target Indonesia will revise downward its growth target for the 2012 budget from 6.7 percent to 6.5 percent, Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo has said.

Posted in Economy @ 07 March 2012 14:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven hospitals expected to be internationally accredited Seven state-owned A-class hospitals are expected to receive international accreditation by 2014.

Posted in Health @ 07 March 2012 14:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Five Indonesian hospitals internationally accredited' Only five out of 1,800 hospitals existing in Indonesia are currently accredited internationally, and all five are privately-owned, Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih said.

Posted in Health @ 17 February 2012 12:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Subsidized fertilizers to have color to prevent abuse Subsidized fertilizers will this year be given a pink color in an effort to prevent abuse, National Outstanding Farmers and Fishermen Association (KTNA) spokesman Winarno Thohir said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 January 2012 03:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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.

Posted in Health @ 15 December 2011 21:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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.

Posted in Health @ 15 December 2011 13:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 5 killed after landslide on Nias Island At least five people were killed on Thursday when a rain-triggered landslide hit a village on an island off Indonesia's Sumatra, officials said. Several others remain missing.

Posted in Weather @ 01 December 2011 20:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to monitor activities related to OPM anniversary National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo said police would monitor all activities in Papua related to the anniversary of the Free Papua Organization (OPM) on December 1.

Posted in General @ 30 November 2011 09:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia airlines shows firm passenger growth Indonesian airlines are in a period of accelerated growth, despite the looming debt crisis that threatens aviation in Europe and the United States.

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2011 01:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood inundates 932 houses in West Sumatra Flood has been inundating 932 houses in Sasak sub-district, West Sumatra, in the past few days, forcing some 800 people to evacuate to higher ground. The flood made Maligi village isolated because it could not be reached either by sea or land, acting Nagari Sasak Mayor Roni said on Sunday.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 November 2011 16:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Will Garuda get competition from Sriwijaya Air? Plans from Indonesian Airliner Sriwijaya Air to give Garuda Indonesia some competition, will be realised in the second quarter of 2012. The airliner will then also offer full service flights, like Garuda is doing at the moment. The first visible step is the replacfement of all Boeing 737-200 planes for Boeing 737-500 planes.

Posted in Travel @ 14 October 2011 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Turnover Garuda Indonesia at 6 trilion Rupiah in Q2 2011 PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk earned revenue to IDR 6.02 trillion in the second quarter of 2011 or an increase of 40.5 percent over the achievement in the same period in 2010, amounting to IDR 4.28 trillion. The figure also shows an increase by 16 percent compared to past achievements in the first quarter which amounted to Rp 5.18 trillion.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 September 2011 13:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN warns new strain of bird flu is spreading in Asia The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday urged heightened preparedness and surveillance against a possible 'major resurgence' of Avian Influenza amid signs that a mutant strain of the deadly bird flu virus is spreading in Asia and elsewhere.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 29 August 2011 20:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


10.000 more hotel rooms add to oversupply for Bali Beritabali.com says the Bali Hotel Association (BHA) is predicting an increase of 10,000 new hotel rooms will come on line in Bali in 2011. The permits for these new hotels were issued before the provincial government of Bali introduced a moratorium on new hotel projects in the island’s southernmost regions.

Posted in Tourism @ 31 July 2011 13:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Australia sign expanded air agreement Indonesia and Australia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that allows a 70% increase in air passengers between the two countries to 25,000 seats each week. A revised memorandum of understanding covering air rights was signed in July 2010.

Posted in Travel @ 11 July 2011 08:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands strike on 4th day of strikes at Freeport mine Around 8,000 workers at a gold and copper mine in the eastern region of Indonesia entered their fourth day of strikes, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 July 2011 01:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry: Indonesia to lead ASEAN's economic growth in 2012' Indonesia's 2012 economic growth is expected to top the Association of Southeast Asian Nations's (ASEAN) member states, Indonesia's Finance Ministry said Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 June 2011 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai PM: Cambodian troops must leave border to solve dispute Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday said the border conflict cannot be solved if Cambodian troops remain at the ancient Preah Vihear temple, MCOT Online reported. "I think the problem lies in Cambodia's refusal to withdraw its troops from the disputed area around Preah Vihear temple," Vejjajiva said.

Posted in Politics @ 08 May 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilink will operate first Airbus A320 in July The low-cost daughter company of Indonesian airliner Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, will soon start renewing it's fleet. It will receive it's first Airbus A320 plane in July 2011. Until the year end it will receive another five of those planes, so it can replace older planes it is currently operating.

Posted in Travel @ 09 April 2011 02:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia needs 120 new pilots each year Garuda Indonesia airlines needs at least 120 new pilots per year. These new pilots are for manning the fleet which continues to grow and to replace retired pilots. As stated by Garuda Indonesia's vice president of Flight Operations, Capt. S Samad.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 06 April 2011 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police: parcel bombs from outside Jakarta Indonesian police on Tuesday said the series of parcel bombs that have targeted different areas of the country's capital, Jakarta, might have been sent from outside the city.

Posted in Crime @ 29 March 2011 16:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcanic activity Mount Bromo volcano still high The activity of the Mount Bromo volcano in East Java province is still high. The 2.329 meter high volcano is almost constantly in eruption and exhausts dark clouds of ash. The height of the ash clouds however is slightly lower compared to several weeks ago. The volcano also produces volcanic tremors.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 24 March 2011 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thailand rejects Indonesian observers in disputed border area Thailand on Wednesday rejected allowing the entrance of Indonesian observers in the disputed area on the Thai-Cambodian border, the Bangkok Post reported.

Posted in Politics @ 23 March 2011 23:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Social Minister over a year in prison for graft Former Social Affairs Minister Bachtiar Chamsyah on Tuesday was sentenced to over a year in prison for graft in the procurement of goods for victims of natural disasters in Indonesia.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2011 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former police chief faces 7 years in prison for corruption Indonesia's former National Police chief of detectives is now facing a 7-year prison term for accusations of accepting a Rp 500-million (40,000 euro) bribe and embezzlement charges regarding security funds, the Jakarta Globe reported Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 15 February 2011 05:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to recruit pilots Mandala Airlines Garuda Indonesia plans to recruit 180 new pilots in 2011, and as many as 36 pilots of whom are former pilots of the Mandala Airlines. "This year we are looking to recruit as many as 180 pilots, 36 pilots will come from Mandala Airlines," said Emirsyah, President Director of Garuda Indonesia, at the Indonesian Stock Exchange, Jakarta, Friday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 February 2011 05:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Bromo volcano still on alert level three The Center for Volcanoes and Geological Disasters PVMBG has announced that the alert status of the Mount Bromo volcano in eastern Java still stands firm at level three or 'aware'. The volcano still produces small eruptions frequently and every once in a while a large ash cloud is exhausted as well. Some of them reach as high as 800 meters from the crater.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 February 2011 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ten new aircraft for Garuda Indonesia Until May 2012, Garuda Indonesia will receive a total of 10 new planes to be used to accomodate passenger growth of the company. According to the latest information from Standard Chartered, both companies have already signed a cooperation for the lease of the planes via Pembroke Group Limited, a daughter-company of Standard Chartered that leases, finances and manages planes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 06 February 2011 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Bromo volcano erupts with four loud bangs The Mount Bromo volcano in eastern Java has erupted once again earlier today. The volcano presented itself with four thunderous rumbles. Volcanic material was also expelled from inside the volcano. This material reached up to 200 meters above the crater of the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 February 2011 15:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ash from Mount Bromo volcano towards Lumajang Ash clouds exhausted by the most recent small eruptions of the Mount Bromo volcano still find their way into the direction of the district of Lumajang, East Java province. "The direction of the wind is still northwestern, which brings the ash clouds in that direction," said Mulyono, head of the observation post for the Bromo volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 December 2010 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Bromo eruptions slowing down Indonesia's Mount Bromo has had increased volcanic activity since early November, prompting government officials to issue the highest volcano alert status, but experts say its beginning to calm down.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 November 2010 18:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More hot ash clouds as Mount Merapi seems to cool down The Mount Merapi volcano is currently showing signs of cooling down somewhat, especially compared to the deadly eruption it caused one week ago. During that eruption, huge amounts of ash were exhausted and almost 200 people died. The volcano is still very active however, and is also still exhausting hot ash clouds.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 November 2010 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Telkomsel blocks 800,000 porn sites Telecommunication giant Telkomsel claims to have blocked 800,000 porn sites in response to the government’s drive against pornography during Ramadan fasting month. Telkomsel president director Sarwoto Atmosutarno said Thursday the company had filtered the adult sites through its proxy server or gateway, which automatically denies its customers access to the porn sites.

Posted in Ramadan @ 12 August 2010 15:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda will spread its wings over Europe Garuda is preparing to once again become an international airline after a hiatus in which the national flag carrier shrunk to regional airline status. Buoyant with the resumption of service to Europe with its Amsterdam flight in June 2010, the technical and maintenance director of the airline told that service will be extended to include Italy, London, Paris and Frankfurt.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 22 June 2010 03:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Agriculture expansion plan under fire The Indonesian government's plan to develop a food estate in Papua has come in for heavy criticism for potentially marginalizing small farmers and threatening the environment. The government hopes the 1.6 million hectare Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate in Merauke District will turn Indonesia into one of the world's biggest food producers.

Posted in Environment @ 01 April 2010 16:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bengawan Solo river to be dammed The government has planned to build a Rp 800 billion (67million euro) dam named Bendung Gerak Sembayat in Bengawan Solo river, located between Lamongan and Gresik of East Java, says a minister. Djoko said the dam would be built immediately to counter floods during rainy season.

Posted in Economy @ 31 March 2010 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Sidoarjo mud flow as tourist destination' Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono yesterday visited a disaster zone caused by a massive mud volcano blamed on gas drilling and said it could be turned into a tourist attraction. The mud has been devouring land and homes in East Java’s Sidoarjo district since May 2006, endangering as many as 100,000 people and causing $4.9bn worth of damage, an Australian expert estimates.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 30 March 2010 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former PPP minister involved in corruption cases After naming former social services minister Bachtiar Chamsyah, from the Islamic United Development Party (PPP) a suspect in an unlawful procurement of sewing machines and cattle, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has implicated him in a new graft case.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 March 2010 02:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former PLN director to get long jail term The former director of the state-owned power company PLN for the areas outside Java and Bali, Hariadi Sadono, faces ten years in prison because of possible corruption over the purchase of customer management software. One of the prosecutors said that he had asked the judges for this jail term in the special court for corruption cases in Jakarta.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 March 2010 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wants to be large producer of crops Following Brazil's trail, Indonesia is encouraging foreign and local investors to lease huge swathes of fertile countryside and help make the country a major food producer. "Feed Indonesia, then feed the world," was the recent call from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after the government announced plans to fast-track development of vast agricultural estates in remote areas like Papua and Borneo.

Posted in Economy @ 22 February 2010 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ongoing problems for victims of Sidoarjo mud flow Nearly 50,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Indonesia still lack basic services and are awaiting full compensation after a mudflow destroyed homes and farmland almost four years ago.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 February 2010 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five years after the tsunami: Waiting for permanent homes According to the World Bank, the Indonesian government has shown tremendous leadership in coordinating the US$7 billion reconstruction effort. Thousands of homes, schools, government offices and hospitals were rebuilt by the tsunami reconstruction agency, which wound up its work in April.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 December 2009 07:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda to open 10 new routes in 2010 National News Agency Antara reports that Garuda Indonesia plans to open at least ten new domestic, regional and international routes in 2010, once 23 new airplanes join the national carrier's armada. Pujobroto, a spokesman for Garuda, told press in Bima on the island of Sumbawa, "following the realization of 18 new domestic routes this year, next year we will open 10 more routes."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 22 December 2009 02:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First aid and disaster training in Papua On November 1, 2009, a project to expand training in first aid and disaster relief began in the city of Jayapura. Papua, the easternmost province of Indonesia, is regularly shaken by earthquakes. The regions around the cities of Jayapura, Biak, Manokwari and Nabire are the worst affected.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 November 2009 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta expects to earn Rp1.6 trillion from tourism The administration of Jakarta is upbeat over it's target earn some 1.6 trillion Rupiah (115 million euro) from tourism alone this year. A number of regions, including Surabaya, have organized a Jakarta Tourism Expo 2009 this year.

Posted in Tourism @ 22 November 2009 07:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda shopping for more aircraft The Jakarta Post reports that Garuda Indonesia has allocated US$100 million (70 million euro) for expenditure in 2010 as the first of five yearly installments that will increase the airline's present fleet from 67 to 116 aircraft. Garuda's finance director Eddy Purwanto told the press, "We plan to spend $100 million in capital expenditure in 2010 to buy more planes as well as to fulfill Garuda's other operational expenditure."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 14 November 2009 11:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sari Club site to be donated to park project? Bali's Governor Made Mangku Pastika has called for the owners to relinquish their ownership of the land where the former Sari Club once stood before being leveled by terrorist on October 12, 2002. Quoted by Beritabali.com, the Governor is dissuading the owners of the now vacant lot from their plans to build a new night spot on the land, in favor of a plan by a group of Australian citizen to construct a Bali Peace Park to commemorate the victims of the 2002 bombing.

Posted in General @ 20 October 2009 05:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Some luxury with Batavia Air After flying with AirAsia resulted in a slight disappointment I tried to fly with Batavia Air more often. They also have a number of new planes and offer regular fares which are attractive enough to give it a try as well. Fares are not that much different than those of AirAsia, but AirAsia just knows how to play the pricing game better.

Posted in Travel @ 13 October 2009 03:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A lunch in Singapore Singapore is just some 45 minutes away by fast ferry from Batam. An easy target for a day of shopping, a return trip 'new visa' or a lunch. From Singapore Batam is also seen as place to shop as prices are lower there while choice is still not that bad as well. Furthermore people can enjoy themselves with alcohol from early on the day until the early hours of the next morning.

Posted in Travel @ 07 October 2009 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to have a new batik museum The Textile Museum in Central Jakarta is preparing to open an additional part of the museum inside the current complex to house the ever growing collection of batik. This is also done to attract more visitors to the museum as well. The head of the museum, Indra Riawan, said that they were looking to complete the planning for the new museum before the end of the year.

Posted in Culture @ 29 September 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands left seeking shelter after Java quake Thousands of Indonesians are struggling to find shelter several days after a powerful earthquake, which killed at least 57 people, struck off the coast of the heavily populated Java island. More than 26,800 houses were damaged and 334 collapsed in West Java, according to government figures provided to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Indonesia.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 September 2009 02:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Mandiri to buy 11% stake in Garuda Indonesia Bank Mandiri, the biggest lender in Indonesia, has announced that it will take an 11 percent stake in now state-owned Garuda Indonesia. All parties involved agreed on this share for Bank Mandiri. Under the plan, Mandiri will convert 100 million dollar of the bond debt into equity. The buy values Garuda Indonesia around 910 million dollar (635 million euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 29 August 2009 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


August 17, Liberation Day Every August 17th, the Indonesians celebrate the fact they threw out the Dutch in 1945. Merdeka! Now wait a second, they had to wait a few years more for that to materialise, so officially the day is called Hari Proklamasi, the day they proclaimed the Republik Indonesia. Whatever, it is a national holiday anyway, and it is celebrated all over Indonesia.

Posted in Culture @ 11 August 2009 05:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to provide free medical care for the poor in 2010 Bali's provincial government is preparing a budget of Rp. 250 billion (18 million euro) to pay for a free medical care program to be introduced in 2010. "Jaminan Kesehatan Bali Mandara" is the extension of a program launched in 2008 in 500 villages at a cost of Rp. 12 billion (800.000 euro) that covers the cost of medical examinations, treatment, surgical operations, outpatient care and hospitalization.

Posted in Health @ 01 August 2009 12:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New offices and new look for Garuda Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has formally inaugurated the new head corporate offices for Garuda Indonesia located at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta Airport. According to Bisnis.com, the cost of the new home-base for Indonesia's national carrier is Rp. 112 billion (7.9 million euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 26 July 2009 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Lion Air MD90 skids of runway on Lombok airport An MD90 plane with flight number GT 652 which belongs to Lion Air skidded off the runway at the Selaparang airport on the island of Lombok. The plane had just arrived from Jakarta when it skidded over the runway. Based on information the pilot should have turned the plane at the end of runway 09, but did this earlier on the runway. The airport was closed for 3.5 hours and two other flights had to wait for their departure.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 June 2009 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Sunken boat located just ten kilometers away from Adam Air plane The location of the capsized and sunken boat Teratai Prima is just ten kilometers away from the place where an Adam Air passenger plane crashed into the sea early 2007. This information was released by the Majene Coast Guard (KPLP). KPLP said that the location of the sunken boat was off Batu Roro Cape in West Sulawesi.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 January 2009 04:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia cuts oil prices for third time in a few months Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced subsidized-oil prices cuts to boost purchasing power. The move is Indonesia's latest effort to cushion the deepening fallout of the global recession, following the fall of global oil price up to over 40 U.S. dollars per barrel after reaching record of 147 U.S. dollars a barrel in July.

Posted in Economy @ 13 January 2009 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua earthquakes drive thousands into tent camps Disaster relief officials say the number of people in tent camps more than doubled to 17,400 after a pair of powerful earthquakes in remote eastern Indonesia. Authorities warned many people who fled their homes already suffered from malaria or respiratory illness and could become sicker. A 10-year-old girl had already been reported crushed to death in the West Papua capital, Manokwari.

Posted in Earthquake @ 08 January 2009 13:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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 record of over 147 U.S. dollars a barrel on July 11.

Posted in Economy @ 15 December 2008 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda set to receive new airplanes starting in 2009 Garuda Indonesia will be taking delivery of brand new Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft in May 2009. The Vice-President of Garuda, Pujobroto, said the new airplanes are the first delivery of 50 "new generation" B737-800s on order by the Indonesian national carrier from the Boeing factory in Seattle, Washington (U.S.A.).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 30 November 2008 10:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia adopts measures to boost Rupiah Indonesia has obligated state-own firms to place their U.S. dollars in the country and speed up the implementation of project funded by donors, Coordinating Minister for Economy Sri Mulyani Indrawati told a press briefing on Tuesday evening after a sudden cabinet meeting. The measure was aimed at boosting Rupiah value which has been declining against the U.S. dollars due to the impact of global financial turmoil.

Posted in Economy @ 29 October 2008 09:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia continues to operate in the black Garuda Indonesia is targeting a net profit of Rp. 518 billion (38.4 milion euro) for the year 2008, an increase of 100% over the Rp. 259 billion profit booked in 2007. The CEO of Garuda, Emirsyah Satar, told Bisnis Indonesia that he is optimistic that the targeted profit can be achieved against forecasted income for the year of Rp. 17 - 18 trillion (1.29 billion euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 October 2008 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda has eyes on Europe for 2010 Garuda Indonesia is planning to re-commence service to major capital cities in Europe in 2010 once additional aircraft become available to operate these flights. The airline's CEO, Emirsyah Satar, told Bisnis Indonesia that the 10 new Boeing 777s on order will start arriving in Indonesia in 2010. Explained Satar: "Our armada is still insufficient to fly to Europe and we must await the delivery of new Boeing 777. The delivery will take place in 2010, we can do nothing but wait."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 31 August 2008 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Full train derails in Bekasi, no casualties Wagons of a diesel-powered train on the route Karawang-Jakarta, derailed near the Tambun station in Bekasi, western Java. According to eyewitnesses, the train derailed just before entering the train station. Wheels of the train that was braking in order to stop at the station came out of the tracks. At the time of the derailment there were some 1.800 passengers on the train.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 August 2008 12:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda's new Boeing aircraft begin to arrive Garuda's fleet of new Boeing 737-800 New Generation aircraft have begun to arrive in Indonesia from their production plant in Seattle, Washington (U.S.A.). Quoted by Tempo Interaktif, the CEO of the Airline, Emirsyah Satar said on Thursday, July 17th, "one unit arrives on Friday and another one next month."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 19 July 2008 12:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of houses burned down in Jakarta A big fire in a crowded residential neighborhood in Cipinang Besar Selatan, Jakarta, has caused some 1,500 to be forced to look for another place to stay. There are some 800 families which houses were burned down, according to Sudarmono. To house the victims of this fire, the Indonesian Red Cross and the regional government will put up army tents.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 June 2008 08:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tangerang police seizes 18 kilograms of marijuana As much as 18 kilograms of marijuana was seized by the regional police of Tangerang. They also arrested a person only known by the initials E.S., which is said to be the owner of these illegal goods. In front of cameras E.S. told reporters that the goods originated from Aceh. He bought them in Cilegon, Banten. "The marijuana is from Aceh, and I bought it in Cilegon," he said to reporters. He paid some 800.000 Rupiah (55 euro) per kilogram for it in Cilegon and was able to sell it at around two million Rupiah (138 euro) per kilogram again.

Posted in Drugs @ 17 June 2008 12:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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