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22,000 pesonnel secure election dispute hearing Jakarta Regional Police have deployed 22,000 police personnel to provide security around the Constitutional Court building here during election dispute hearing.

Posted in Elections @ 06 August 2014 20:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar party`s senior politician against coalition decision A senior Golkar Party politician, Ginandjar Kartasasmita, has expressed his disagreement with the party chiefs decision to participate in the permanent coalition established by parties supporting the Prabowo-Hatta pair.

Posted in Politics @ 15 July 2014 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


General Election Commision reschedules presidential debate The General Elections Commission (KPU) has amended the schedule of next Sundays vice presidential debate from 8.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. after the Muslims evening "Taraweh" prayers, stated KPU Commissioner Sigit Pamungkas.

Posted in Elections @ 26 June 2014 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo visits Soeharto`s cemetery Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on Sunday visited former president Soehartos cemetery in Karanganyar, Central Java, on Sunday. He visited Soehartos grave at the Astana Giribangun cemetery in Matesih in concurrence with the anniversary of the former presidents death.

Posted in Politics @ 08 June 2014 21:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'60 percent of Golkar cadres support Jusuf Kalla' A senior politician from the Golkar Party, Fahmi Idris, is predicting that 60 percent of the party cadres will support Jusuf Kalla in the presidential election on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 31 May 2014 00:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo names Mahfud MD success team chairman Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has asked former Constitutional Court chairman Mahfud MD to be the chairman of his presidential elections success team.

Posted in Elections @ 21 May 2014 08:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal Bakrie fails to lead Golkar: Party member Aburizal Bakrie has failed to lead the party to win the election and form a coalition with another party to face the upcoming presidential election, noted Golkar Party member Ais Anantama Said.

Posted in Politics @ 20 May 2014 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar party supports Prabowo as presidential candidate Golkar Party, the runner up in the April 9 legislative elections, finally declared its support for Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa as the presidential and vice presidential candidates on Monday.

Posted in Elections @ 19 May 2014 19:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal congratulates Megawati over quick count results Golkar Party Chairman Aburizal Bakrie congratulated Megawati Soekarnoputri over the results of quick vote counts that put her Indonesia Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) as the winner of the legislative elections on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2014 21:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President : 'Lapindo has to compensate Sidoarjo disaster' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) has reminded PT Lapindo Brantas of compensation that has to be settled with the victim of gas mud in Sidoarjo, East Java. The Constitutional Court recently ruled that Lapindo, not the state, is responsible for paying the compensation for the victims of the disaster several years earlier, Yudhoyono said.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 06 April 2014 19:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo Subianto hopes to become president The chief patron of Gerindra Party, Prabowo Subianto, has said that he is optimistic about winning the presidential election on July 9. "(I am) very optimistic," he told newsmen after attending a campaign rally at Krida Nusantara field in Cilacap, Central Java, on Tuesday.

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2014 18:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mbak Tutut campaigns for Golkar Siti Hardiyanti, popularly known as Mbak Tutut, has decided to campaign for Golkar Party and has officially registered her name with the General Elections Commission (KPU).

Posted in Elections @ 17 March 2014 18:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal not to withdraw from party`s presidential nomination The general chairman of the Golkar Party, Indonesias second-largest party, Aburizal Bakrie, said here on Friday that he will not withdraw from his party's nomination as a presidential candidate.

Posted in Politics @ 22 November 2013 19:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President leads coalition meeting over draft of state budget President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono chaired a closed-door meeting with leaders of government coalition parties on Tuesday night to discuss recent economic developments as part of efforts to save the draft revision of the 2013 state budget.

Posted in Politics @ 12 June 2013 11:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto to run for president in 2014 Indonesia`s retired army general, Wiranto, will run for president in 2014. "I am ready to run for president in 2014," said the general chairman of the People`s Conscience Party (Hanura) on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 12 December 2012 18:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sultan Hamengku Buwono resigns from Golkar party Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X of Yogyakarta who is also the governor of the special region in central Java has resigned from Golkar Party. "I have reported my resignation to Golkar Party general chairman Aburizal Bakrie. This is done as a follow up of the passage of the bill of the region`s special status," he said here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2012 23:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bakri`s presidential candidacy not yet final A leader of the Golkar Party said the presidential candidacy of the party`s general chairman Aburizal Bakrie is not yet final.

Posted in Politics @ 05 August 2012 20:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Spokesman: 'Boediono not to run for president in 2014' Vice President Boediono will not run for president in 2014, his spokesman, Yopie Hidayat, said here on Friday. "So, he does not have political ambition to run for president in 2014. If a party wishes to nominate him, he will turn down the offer," he said at the vice presidential palace.

Posted in Politics @ 26 February 2012 04:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal Bakrie reports Ramadhan Pohan to police Golkar Party leader Aburizal Bakrie has reported Democrat Party (PD) politician Ramadhan Pohan to the police for alleged defamation. A lawyer of Bakrie, Rudy Alfonso, said the lawyers` team he was heading was certain the report would lead to a case in court.

Posted in Politics @ 02 February 2012 07:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gayus admits to receiving $3 million from Bakrie companies Former junior tax officer Gayus Halomoan Tambunan, a key player in an alleged legal mafia and tax mafia, confirmed on Tuesday that he had received Rp 28 billion (2.3 million euro) from three companies controlled by the family of Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 September 2010 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four years on, victims of Lapindo mudflow still in limbo Hundreds of people and activists staged a rally to mark the fourth year since the Sidoarjo mudflow submerged thousands of houses in Sidoarjo, East Java. Meanwhile, hundreds of others commemorated in Porong, Sidoarjo, by staging a concert, shadow puppet play and traditional East Javanese ludruk theater performances.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 31 May 2010 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia media conspires against Yudhoyono Demonstrators that demand the resignation of president Yudhoyono and vice-president Boediono took to the streets yesterday as well. Demonstrations occurred in cities across Indonesia, but the biggest demonstration was held in Makassar, South Sulawesi. If the biggest demonstration was there and not in Jakarta, it is a sign that it wasn't all that important after all.

Posted in Protests @ 30 January 2010 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Aburizal Bakrie forgets his own mess and talks Century Aburizal Bakrie seems to be very eager to move on and leave his own muddy 'history' behind him. The chairman of the Golkar Party has said that the scandal around Bank Century should be completely clear for the public. He seems to forget that his own mud flow near Sidoarjo is covering up large parts of that district for almost four years now.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 17 January 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal Bakrie elected as Golkar chairman The Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare, Aburizal Bakrie, has been elected chairman of the Golkar Party early on Thursday, paving the way for the much-anticipated alliance with the administration of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Aburizal secured 296 votes, while his closest rival, Surya Paloh only received 240.

Posted in Politics @ 08 October 2009 02:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


75 killed in Sumatra quake Padang Mayor Fauzi Bahar said Wednesday at least 75 people had been killed during the 7.6-magnitude earthquake that rocked West Sumatra earlier in the afternoon. Kompas.com reported the mayor had phoned Vice President Jusuf Kalla to inform him of the number during an emergency Cabinet meeting at Kalla's house in Central Jakarta this evening.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 September 2009 17:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aid dispatched after hunger-related deaths in Papua The Indonesian government said it will send a team to a poor district in eastern Papua Province after a rights group reported deaths from hunger and associated diseases there. Swadiatma, an adviser to the Coordinating Ministry for People's Welfare, said the team of officials would be dispatched this week to the isolated district of Yahukimo in Papua to investigate reports of the deaths, and assess the long-term needs of the population.

Posted in Health @ 22 September 2009 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to ask tourists to wear masks Indonesia is planning to ask all people arriving from Australia and other swine flu-affected countries to wear face masks for at least three days, the health minister says. The presence of the A(H1N1) virus was confirmed in Indonesia only last week and so far four of the eight known cases have been foreigners.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 30 June 2009 04:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exiled Papua rebel leader returns home A former Free Papua Movement's leader, Nicolaas Jouwe, who has been in overseas exile for years returned to Indonesia for a visit on Thursday and planned to meet with the country's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono before visiting his birthplace of Papua. Co-founder of the movement arrived here on Thursday and he met with Indonesian Minister of People Welfare and Poverty Alleviation Aburizal Bakrie at his office here Friday.

Posted in General @ 21 March 2009 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono admits Indonesia yet to be prosperous President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono admitted Wednesday that the Indonesian nation was not yet prosperous nor was it already enjoying good welfare. “But if there are critics who say we have slid backward in developmental terms, I will say, they are not honest,” the president said during a working visit to Tuban district, East Java.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2009 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians have to work more next year The government has decided that next year, Indonesians will only get four extra holidays outside the official ones, usually to fill one working day between a weekend and an official holiday. This year there are five of these days and last year even got six of them. This decision as made by the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration. "In 2009 there will be 13 national holidays and four extra free days for all," said the Coordinating Minister Aburizal Bakrie in a press conference at his office in Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2008 11:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mud flow that doesn't end While former Indonesian president Suharto was known as the 'Smiling General', current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is known as the 'Crying General'. He shed tears when he talked with the victims of the mud flow near Sidoarjo when they recounted their struggle. Back then, Yudhoyono promised direct compensation. More than one year later, the only company to have paid up is Australian oil and gas explorer Santos.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 21 October 2007 07:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to increase AIDS funding by 400 percent, mostly for Papua Indonesia is to increase the amount of money it spends on fighting AIDS by as much as 400 percent over the next few years. The major focus will be in the hardest-hit province of Papua, according to the welfare minister. Indonesia has one of Asia's fastest growing rates of HIV, with up to 290,000 infections on a total population of 235 million. Most of these cases are related to injecting drug users and prostitution.

Posted in Health @ 20 July 2007 13:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Permanent mud flow team set up The government has set up a permanent team to help communities affected by the mud flow that has swamped entire villages in East Java. A spokesman of President Yudhoyono announced this on Tuesday. Toll roads, railway tracks and factories have been submerged and over 15,000 people are displaced since May last year when the mud started flowing from a 'mud volcano', following a drilling accident in Sidoarjo, near Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 April 2007 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Giant concrete balls in attempt to stem mud eruption Authorities will try to slow down the gushing mud volcano today. The volcano has already inundated villages and factories. They will drop hundreds of giant concrete balls into the location of the mud volcano, an official reported. Every single day, around one million oil drums of hot, noxious mud - about 50 Olympic swimming pools - flows out of the hole at a drilling site. This is a continuing event for the last nine months. Already 11,000 people have been evacuated from the area.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 23 February 2007 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans new tactic to curb massive mud flow Indonesia will drop hundreds of concrete balls into a mud volcano in a bid to brake the flow of hot liquid that has displaced more than 10,000 people and inundated entire villages in Java, an official said on Friday. The torrent of hot mud has been flowing since an oil drilling accident in May in Sidoarjo, an industrial suburb of East Java's Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 03 February 2007 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia asks troops to fight bird flu Indonesia has called on the military to help fight bird flu, a day after a young girl became the country's sixth victim this month. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered the military chief to deploy soldiers to help fight the disease, Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi told reporters. "He called on governors, regents, mayors to be more active in leading efforts to fight bird flu in affected areas," Silalahi said after ministers held talks with Yudhoyono.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 27 January 2007 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists: Indonesia mud volcano caused by drilling A mud volcano that inundated dozens of villages was probably triggered by commercial gas drilling, research published in a respected scientific journal shows, contradicting an Indonesian Government Minister who insists it was a natural disaster. ``It is very likely'' that the mud flow in Sidoarjo, eastern Java, which has spewed a million barrels of mud a day for eight months, is manmade, four researchers say in the February issue of Geological Society of American's GSA Today.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 24 January 2007 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lapindo told to pay 323 mln euro for Indonesia mud disaster The Indonesian energy firm blamed for a mud disaster that left about 10,000 homeless will have to pay 323 million euro to victims and for efforts to stop the toxic flow, the country's president said on Thursday. Entire villages have been inundated by the torrent of mud that has flowed since a drilling accident in May, causing an unfolding environmental disaster in the Sidoarjo area near Indonesia's second largest city, Surabaya.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 29 December 2006 10:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gas sale fails amid Java mudflow row Indonesian energy and mining firm PT Energi on Tuesday lost a potential buyer of some gas assets as controversy over devastating mud flows from near a drilling site in East Java continued to rage. PT Energi Mega Persada Tbk wants to sell stakes in firms that control gas block operator Lapindo Brantas -- a company that has been blamed for causing mud to gush from near a drilling site for months.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 28 November 2006 16:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from Indonesia pipeline blast climbs Two more bodies were found on Friday near the scene of a gas pipeline explosion in Indonesia's East Java province which was linked to a devastating mudflow, pushing the death toll from the incident to 10. "Rescuers found two more dead bodies this morning and we are currently preparing the identification and autopsy of those bodies," Sukamto Kasmuri, director of the main hospital in the East Java regency of Sidoarjo, told reporters.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 25 November 2006 14:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono describes mudflow as disaster President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has described the events that took place in the area of Porong (East Java) as a disaster. He said this in a special meeting of his cabinet concerning the explosion of a gas pipeline owned by state-run Pertamina in his office. At least 440 hectares of land are seen as dangerous and are forbidden areas at this moment.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 24 November 2006 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trials and travails of Indonesia's richest man Publicity-shy paper and plantation magnate Sukanto Tanoto is in Indonesia's national headlines after topping two high-profile lists. Forbes Asia last month listed the 56-year-old tycoon as the richest individual in Indonesia, with assets worth about US$2.8 billion (Rp25.2 trillion). In June, the self-made ethnic-Chinese tycoon also topped a list of state-owned Bank Mandiri's six biggest debtors.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia delays plans to divert mudflow into river Indonesian disaster crews were forced to abandon plans Thursday to begin diverting millions of tons of mud from an industrial accident into a nearby river because of problems with a new pumping system, an official said. The runaway mudflow, sparked by a gas exploration drilling accident in East Java province last May, now covers more than 400 hectares, has drowned several villages, a highway, and displaced more than 12,000 people.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 06 October 2006 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Protesters pour 700 kg of mud outside Aburizal's office Protesters dumped a truckload of mud outside the office of State Minister for People's Welfare Aburizal Bakrie on Wednesday to demand more help for thousands of people affected by a mud flow that swamped a large swath of East Java province. The sludge was collected from the torrent, which began surging from the ground four months after an accident at a gas well owned by a company linked to the family of Aburizal.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 27 September 2006 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mudslide could last 100 years, say scientists Mud, gas and boiling water that have been gushing out of the ground in East Java since May, submerging half a dozen villages and 20 factories, could continue for a century with "catastrophic consequences", European experts said on Monday. Efforts to seal the channels through which the mud is escaping are unlikely to succeed, and it is impossible to tell how much fluid remains underground, according to a University of Oslo geology team.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 September 2006 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Mystery mud swallowing villages An ever-expanding ten-mile square lake of hot oozing mud has already forced up to 10,000 people from their homes in Indonesia, after a deep-bore drilling operation went terribly wrong somehow. The drilling company, Lapindo Brantas, has admitted responsibility for the gigantic, bubbling torrent of noxious mud, which has already destroyed twelve factories and seven villages in East Java. However, they are refusing to explain exactly why the Earth is spewing unstoppable toxic goop, citing an ongoing police investigation.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 12 September 2006 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


The gray ooze that ate the villages Nothing, it seems, can stop the mud. For more than three months, the hot, noxious goop has spewed up through a crack in the earth at a natural-gas exploration site, swamping everything in its path. The expanding, surreal gray lake with the stench of rotten eggs has enveloped more than 10 square miles of land in eastern Java, Indonesia's most densely populated island. The flow has forced 8,000 to 10,000 people from their homes, engulfed about a dozen factories, contaminated fish farms and intermittently closed a major highway.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 10 September 2006 14:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says targets $100 mln for bird flu fight Indonesia hopes to secure about $100 million to fight bird flu next year, the vice president said on Friday, after criticism the country is not doing enough to control the disease. Indonesia has the world's highest death toll from bird flu and scientists and even the World Bank have called on the government to step up the fight to control a disease that is endemic in almost all provinces.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 September 2006 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to raise funds for fighting bird flu Indonesia will raise budget to combat avian influenza in the country, where 46 out of 60 contracted people have died, a senior official of the World Bank said on Wednesday. Andrew Steer, World Bank's top official for Indonesia, made the remarks after meeting with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla at the vice presidential office. Steer said Kalla told him that Indonesia would return the possibly-declined budget of 45 million U.S. dollars in 2007 to about 54 million U.S. dollars.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 August 2006 06:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to drop water bombs to douse forest fires Indonesia will drop water bombs and try to induce rain via cloud seeding next week in a bid to douse forest fires blanketing parts of Southeast Asia with choking smoke, officials said on Friday. Welfare Minister Aburizal Bakrie said water bombs, each containing between 1,000 and 3,000 litres, would be dropped from military cargo planes in fire-ravaged areas on Sumatra and Borneo islands.

Posted in Forest fires @ 25 August 2006 16:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No end in sight to Sidoarjo mudflow Hot mud that has been flowing from a gas well in Sidoarjo, East Java, since May 29 breached a dam Thursday morning, forcing thousands of more people from their homes. Later in the day Vice President Jusuf Kalla led an emergency meeting to discuss the continuing environmental and human disaster.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 August 2006 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands displaced by noxious mud in Java Noxious mud oozing from around an oil well since late May has driven about 8,000 people from their homes in Indonesia's East Java province and left hundreds gasping for breath or vomiting, according to local officials. "Factories, houses, fields, freeways have been drowned by the mud which is spread over more then 200 ha (494 acres)," Win Hendrarso, head of Sidoarjo regency, an area near the city of Surabaya where the well is located, told reporters late on Thursday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 07 July 2006 14:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood death toll in South Sulawesi tops 263 At least 263 people have died since massive floods and landslides swept through several regencies in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province Wednesday, reports said Saturday. Sinjai regency was the worst hit by the disaster with death toll being confirmed at 248 as of Saturday, reported the national Antara news agency.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 June 2006 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia probably first to report human-spread bird flu The first instances of human-to-human bird flu transmission probably occurred in Indonesia, according to a minister of the archipelago nation. Aburizal Bakrie, coordinating minister for people's welfare, said yesterday that the seven cluster cases of H5N1 positive reported last month included the first cases of human-to-human transmission. The minister was speaking at a meeting to announce a nationwide campaign to prevent an outbreak and prepare for a pandemic.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 11 June 2006 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird Flu campaign to start as human tally climbs A campaign to warn Indonesians about bird flu will start next week, a United Nations official said, almost a year after the virus infected the first of 49 people in the world's fourth-most-populous country. Thousands of government workers and members of social and religious groups will be involved in the nationwide effort to stem avian flu outbreaks in poultry, avoid human cases and help prepare for a pandemic, said John Budd, head of communications with the United Nations Children's Fund in Jakarta.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 June 2006 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to up Tamiflu stockpile to 12 million Concerned about the increase in the number of bird flu fatalities among people, the government promised Saturday that it would distribute 12 million Tamiflu tablets to affected provinces. Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said by the end of this month, the government would import 1.5 million tablets to increase its national stockpile, which currently stands at 16,000 tablets.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 05 March 2006 09:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministers sound alarm over bird flu With more human cases of bird flu being reported in the country, ministers warn the virus may be mutating into a more virulent form that is capable of being transmitted from human to human.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 February 2006 18:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods, landslides may have killed 377 on Java Floods and landslides in Indonesia's Java island may have killed 377 people, government officials and the United Nations said. The estimate may rise as rescue workers search for survivors.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 January 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Bad weather hinders famine relief in Papua No relief has arrived as yet for starving Papuans, after bad weather prevented on Saturday the delivery of food aid and medicines to a famine-stricken area of Papua. Only small amounts of food and medicines trickled into the famine-affected area of Yahukimo regency, while most of the aid was still piling up in Wamena, including assistance that had been brought by a military transport plane dispatched earlier from Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2005 13:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Boediono takes on economy President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday aimed at boosting his government's economic performance against a background of high inflation and unemployment. The changes to the one-year-old Cabinet saw Boediono, a former finance minister in the administration of President Megawati Soekarnoputri, take over the coordinating minister for the economy post, replacing Aburizal Bakrie, who was given a new assignment as the coordinating minister for people's welfare.

Posted in Politics @ 06 December 2005 17:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia needs 15 years to be corruption-free President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesia needed at least 15 years to create a public life which is really free from corruptive practices. The president made the remark in a meeting with 500 Indonesian nationals at the auditorium of the Indonesian embassy in Busan, South Korea, on Sunday.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 November 2005 09:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia threatens to seize oil field Indonesia threatened on Tuesday to take over the $2 billion Cepu oil block unless Exxon Mobil Corp. and state oil firm Pertamina resolve a row by the end of the year over who will operate the resource-rich field. "If there is not an agreement, then we can take it over and give it to someone else," chief economics minister Aburizal Bakrie told reporters in comments overshadowing one of Exxon's 10 biggest global undeveloped projects.

Posted in Economy @ 15 November 2005 17:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia likely to change economic team President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's plan for a long-awaited Cabinet reshuffle has fueled expectations of changes in his government's economic team. It is likely that "one or two" ministers will be out of their current jobs after a long-promised evaluation of their performance, Yudhoyono said Wednesday, without elaborating.

Posted in Politics @ 13 November 2005 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo starts selection of new Cabinet members President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has started interviewing several people as candidates for members of his new Cabinet team, a source at the State Palace said. The source, who requested anonymity, was quoted by the online news service of Kompas daily on Sunday as saying that the interviews had been conducted over the past few days.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2005 18:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Oil price hike may increase inflation to 11 percent The Indonesia's oil price hike will contribute between 2 percent and 3 percent on inflation rate, bringing the country's inflation between 10 percent to 11 percent, a minister said here Thursday. Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economy Aburizal Bakrie said that based on the current prices hikes resulted from the oil price hike, the contribution seemed less than 3 percent.

Posted in Economy @ 06 October 2005 18:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia fuel-price hikes spark strikes Indonesia more than doubled the average cost of fuel on Saturday to try to stave off an economic crisis despite protests by thousands of people, some of whom burned tires and threw rocks at police. Security forces responded to Friday's demonstrations by firing tear gas at more than 100 rioting students, then chasing them down and hitting some with sticks. Transportation strikes in at least seven cities left thousands stranded, media reports said.

Posted in Protests @ 01 October 2005 08:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Indonesia shocks with fuel price moves Indonesia's government on Friday night raised key fuel prices by a higher-than-expected average of 126 per cent and announced a plan to bring prices in line with the global market in moves likely to test the patience of its people for tough reforms.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2005 20:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


New fuel prices up by 126% The government announced early on Saturday that the prices of fuels for domestic consumption raised in an average of 126 percent.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2005 19:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Household oil Rp 2.000, Premium Rp 4.500, diesel Rp 4.300 The Indonesian government has put the price of household oil at Rp 2.000 per liter up from Rp 700, an astonishing 186 per cent, and the price of premium petrol will be raised to Rp 4500 per liter (up from Rp 2400). This is an increase of about 88 per cent. Diesel will be increased from Rp 2.100 to Rp 4.300, an increase of 105 percent.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2005 18:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Short news around fuel price hikes Thousands of students, workers, activists and farmers took to the streets across the country on Thursday to protest the plan to raise fuel prices by up to 80 percent, while motorists queued up at gas stations before the new prices take effect.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2005 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia raises rates as rupiah plunges again Indonesia raised its key interest rate today by 25 basis points to 7.50 per cent effective immediately, following an ongoing fall in the rupiah this week amid worries over climbing oil prices. The beleaguered currency fell to fresh lows today past the 10,200 level to the US dollar, despite efforts by the central Bank Indonesia to intervene, dealers said.

Posted in Economy @ 25 August 2005 08:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Rupiah breaches 10,000 level amid doubts over bank intervention A Jakarta money changer. The Indonesian rupiah has weakened to again breach the 10,000-to-the-dollar level as traders sold off the currency amid fears the central bank would not keep up last week's aggressive defence of the currency.

Posted in Economy @ 22 August 2005 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


 Indonesia, China to sign comprehensive agreement Minister of Trade Mari E. Pangestu said on Saturday that Indonesia and China would sign a comprehensive cooperation agreement on Monday, expected to have a strategic impact bilateral relations. "For the first time, the signing of the agreement will be comprehensive, as it will cover various disciplines, including politics, security, socio-politics and investment," Mari told the press.

Posted in Politics @ 23 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protests fall flat after Indonesia hikes fuel prices A fuel hike that will hit Indonesia's poor hard came into effect Tuesday, but the expected large-scale demonstrations failed to materialize as the government promised to beef-up anti-poverty assistance programs. The government announced late Monday it was cutting fuel subsidies, amounting to an average 29 percent increase in prices from gasoline to diesel oil. Fuel prices have been a sensitive topic since riots over a price hike in 1998 hastened the collapse of former President Suharto's dictatorship.

Posted in Protests @ 01 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministery: Govt to hike fuel prices starting Tuesday Indonesia's government will implement long-planned fuel price increases starting Tuesday, including a 32% increase in the price of gasoline, Minister of Energy and Mines Purnomo Yusgiantoro told reporters late Monday. The price increases will result from a reduction in massive fuel subsidies that have crippled the government's ability to fund economic development and have prompted illegal imports of petroleum products, Purnomo told a special press briefing attended by top government ministers.

Posted in Economy @ 28 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Netherlands to renew economic tie with Indonesia The Netherlands is planning to renew its economic ties with Indonesia through the provision of a number of incentives and assistance. This would include support for the development of the country's agriculture and fishery industries, as well as the reconstruction of tsunami-stricken Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam.

Posted in Economy @ 15 February 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Donors pledge $5.1 billion to Indonesia A grouping of donor nations has pledged to provide Indonesia with $5.1 billion in aid this year, comprising $3.4 billion in regular assistance, as well as $1.7 billion to help rebuild northern Sumatra, where about 166,000 people were killed by last month’s earthquake and tsunamis.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bakrie: Indonesia needs up to 110 bln euro for infrastructure Indonesia may need to spend as much as 110 billion euro on roads, power plants and other infrastructure in the next five years, the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Aburizal Bakrie said today in Jakarta. The forecast for infrastructure spending excludes an estimated 36 trillion rupiah (3 billion euro) that's needed to rebuild parts of Aceh province devastated by last month's earthquake and tsunami, Bakrie said in a statement. The figure includes 17 billion euro of infrastructure projects that the government will offer during a two-day conference starting today in Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 17 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


S&P upgrades Indonesia sovereign ratings Standard & Poor's raised Indonesia's sovereign credit ratings on Wednesday, citing "ongoing progress" in the management of south-east Asia's largest economy. S&P lifted its long-term foreign currency rating one notch to Single B-plus from Single B and its local currency rating two notches to Double B from Single B-plus. It also said the outlook for Jakarta's ratings was positive, meaning future upgrades were likely.

Posted in Economy @ 22 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to reduce taxation on companies Indonesia plans to cut its corporate tax rate starting next year to spur investment and growth, said Aburizal Bakrie, the coordinating minister for economic affairs. The tax rate will be cut to 25 percent from 30 percent over a period of five years, starting with a one percentage-point reduction in 2005, Bakrie said Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 December 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK publishes wealth of five ministers Coordinating Minister for the Economy Aburizal Bakrie has declared assets worth a whopping Rp 1.19 trillion (US$132 million), making him perhaps the richest serving state official. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) published on Friday the wealth reports of Aburizal and four fellow ministers, out of 25 Cabinet ministers who had declared their assets to the antigraft body.

Posted in General @ 16 November 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to shorten FDI approval processing to 30 days The Indonesian government would drastically shorten time needed to process foreign investment licenses from 150 days to 30 days, Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economy Aburizal Bakrie said. "It's usually 150 days, but we will shorten it to only 30 days.Even though the regulations have not been prepared yet, I will instruct the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) to do so as soonas possible," Aburizal was quoted by the daily Jakarta Post here Saturday as saying.

Posted in Economy @ 13 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


United Indonesia Cabinet line up President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced on Wednesday at the State Palace his cabinet line up. The line up was announced at 11:50 p.m. after being postponed from the original schedule at 8 p.m.

Posted in Elections @ 21 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sony pullout plan rocks Indonesia In the past three years Japanese electronics giant Sony has shut down 16 plants across the globe and laid off thousands of its workers. Sony said last month it would stop making audio-visual products at its Indonesian subsidiary, PT Sony Electronics Indonesia, as part of its "overall, global restructuring effort". Indonesian Manpower Minister Jacob Nuwa Wea, however, has publicly threatened to lead a campaign for a boycott of Sony products unless it "explains" the proposed closure of its Indonesian factory.

Posted in Economy @ 07 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati Sukarnoputri was born to power. But in order to wield it for the benefit of Indonesia, she will have to learn to work with, and control, the powerbrokers in parliament and the military. Can she do it? On a day when most business executives in Jakarta were chasing rumors about the possible shape of President Megawati Sukarnoputri's cabinet, investment banker Tim Gray was past caring. Let others worry whether her government will prove any more stable than that of her impeached predecessor, Abdurrahman Wahid. Gray is leaving town. "The type of deals I do, the movement of capital into this market, those sources of capital have dried up," he says. After more than 10 years in Jakarta, he left his job as president of Development Capital, a privately held investment bank, and headed to Dubai. It's a departure with regrets, says the American-born banker. But even with Megawati as president, there's no sense staying. "They've dug themselves a deep hole. To dig themselves out is going to take years."

Posted in Politics @ 06 August 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


24% export growth targeted in 2001 The Economy Team targets 24%-export growth in 2001. The figure is lower than in 2000, where the export growth reached 30%, reflects a declining global demand. Coordinator Minister for the Economy Rizal Ramli made these announcements following his meeting with Minister of Industry and Trade Lt. Gen. (ret.) Luhut B. Panjaitan and Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) at the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) Building on Friday afternoon, January 5.

Posted in Economy @ 08 January 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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