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Long list of complaints for Baliís renovated airport A public forum organized by the Bali Tourism Board on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to discuss service and conditions at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport brought a shower of strong criticism from stakeholders in the Islandís tourism industry concerned with the many complaints about the airport received form the traveling public.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 April 2014 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai Lion Air starts commercial flights at December 4 Thai Lion Air, a daughtercompany of Lion Air Group, founded in Thailand, will start it's commercial flights on December 4, 2013. Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport (DMK) will be used and in Jakarta, departures and arrivals are from terminal 2E. The airline will start operations with three routes.

Posted in Travel @ 20 November 2013 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor: 'Lindsay's death sentence fair' Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika said the death sentence for British national Lindsay June Sandiford was fair. "We must honor the court`s ruling. They must have calculated consequences in narcotic crimes," he said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 January 2013 17:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines adds new routes In December 2012†Mandala Airlines†plans to open four new air routes between Padang (West Sumatra) and Singapore and Denpasar (Bali) with Surabaya (East Java) and Singapore. Mandalaís commercial manager, Brata Rafly, told the press that the new routes would serve both the business and tourism sectors between the cities served.

Posted in General @ 05 November 2012 03:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Bali customs foils smuggling of 4,791 grams of cocaine The customs office of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali foiled the smuggling of 4,791 grams of cocaine by a British national, Lindsay June Sandiford.

Posted in Drugs @ 28 May 2012 13:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Soekarno-Hatta customs foil smuggled cocaine in anus The Soekarno-Hatta Customs Control and Service Office in Tangerang, Banten, has foiled the smuggling of 205 grams of what looked like brown powder strongly alleged to be cocaine found in the perpetrator's anus.

Posted in Drugs @ 08 May 2012 07:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wanted bribery suspect Nunun Nurbaeti nabbed Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto said here Saturday Nunun Nurbaeti, a suspect in a high-profile bribery case, has been arrested in Bangkok and brought back to Jakarta.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 December 2011 03:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


French embassy staff member arrested with cocaine A 52-year-old woman, identifying herself as an employee of the French Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, was apprehended by customs officials at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport on Saturday, July 2, 2011 trying to conceal 3.17 grams of cocaine in mouth.

Posted in Drugs @ 11 July 2011 09:41 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


Thai smuggler caught after swallowing 1,200 ecstasy pills Authorities have arrested a Thai woman after she tried to enter the Indonesian resort island of Bali with approximately 1,200 ecstasy pills, the Jakarta Globe reported on Monday.

Posted in Drugs @ 20 December 2010 19:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


British, Japanese citizens arrested for drug smuggling in Bali Indonesian authorities arrested two foreigners, one British and one Japanese, as well as one national for smuggling drugs into the country at island beach resort, Bali, local authorities said Monday. The three could face possible execution.

-Khuram Antonio Khan Garcia, 39, a from the United Kingdom, was arrested after arriving on a Qatar Airways flight at around 8 p.m. local time. He was carrying 3.1 kilograms (6.8 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine, which was hidden in the lining of his suitcase, airport official Bagus Endro Wibowo explained.

-The drugs, officials said, were worth around 9.5 billion rupiah ($1.07 million).

-After his arrest at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, local authorities questioned Garcia, and according to his statements, he revealed the identities two accomplices.

-As a result, officials subsequently arrested Yan Zacharia Santosa, 31, from Jakarta, who was staying in Bali at the moment and was reportedly supposed to receive the drugs and later distribute them.

-Morita Yuki, 35, from Japan, was also arrested after arriving later in the evening from Bangkok, Thailand. He was carrying 6 kilograms (13.2 pounds) of hashish in his suitcase, which was calculated to be worth around 3.5 billion rupiah ($395,500).

-All three suspects will be handed over to the Bali Police's Narcotics Division where they will be facing the country's harsh anti-drug policies.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 November 2010 04:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


General Motors may reopen Indonesia plant General Motors Co., the largest U.S. automaker may spend $150 million to restart a plant in Indonesia that has been closed for about five years, said Tim Lee, the companyís president for international operations.

Posted in Economy @ 02 September 2010 06:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Travelers from Indonesia affected by Europe ash cloud Indonesia and Asia are increasingly feeling the impact of the volcanic ash cloud hanging over Europe, with airlines forced to cancel dozens of European flights for a third day on Sunday and warning that the chaos could last up to a week, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars.

Posted in Travel @ 19 April 2010 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 2.2 million tourists for Bali is difficult Bali set a new record of foreign tourist arrivals with 2.2 million in 2009, but local and international tourism industry players doubt the island can equal or break the mark in the future. Ida Bagus Sidharta Putra of Santrian Group tours and travel network said Saturday Bali was lucky to receive foreign tourists who shifted their destination from Thailand due to a protracted political crisis there last year.

Posted in Tourism @ 11 January 2010 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Direct flights to Phuket from Medan and Jakarta with AirAsia Budget airliner AirAsia has opened up two new routes that link the Indonesian cities of Medan in North Sumatra and the capital city of Jakarta with the popular beach resort town of Phuket in Thailand. AirAsia is the first airline to fly direct flights between the locations, which will be flown by new Airbus A320 planes belonging to Thai AirAsia.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 November 2009 11:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A real ambassador to Indonesia; charged with corruption More people are pointed at as suspects in a corruption case at the Indonesian embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. After a team of investigators visited Thailand, they decided that the current ambassador to Thailand, Muhammad Hatta, also is a suspect in a case in which 2.5 billion Rupiah (176,000 euro) is 'misplaced'.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 October 2009 08:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda increases seat capacity for lebaran holidays Garuda Indonesia will add 42,226 seats to its scheduled services operating September 16 0 28, 2009, to meet an expected surge in demand over the Islamic Lebaran holidays. The extra seats will be create by adding extra flights or increasing the size of aircraft used on an existing 17 domestic and 7 international routes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 31 August 2009 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The changing face of Bali n article below was originally published in The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, August 4, 2009. Written by Balinese Ketut Kartika Inggas, it underlines impact the tourism industry is having on the island's culture and traditional life style. Inggas is an alumnae of University of East Anglia, England (MA in Development Studies), curently working in Bangkok:

Posted in Culture @ 26 August 2009 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two foreigners wanted as pedophiles extradited from Bali After sitting behind bars at Bali's Kerobokan prison for nearly eight months, a man on Interpol's Most Wanted List, 46 year-old Christian Burger, is now in France to face child sexual abuse charges. Burger, who has both French and Swiss citizenship, was placed on a plane to Paris on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, following the issuance of a letter agreeing to his extradition signed by Indonesia's President Yudhoyono. He has issued the needed letter last Monday, as was confirmed by Public Prosecutor I Ketut Sujaya, SH.

Posted in Crime @ 08 August 2009 13:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Medan residents test positive for Mexican Flu Three residents of the city of Medan, in North Sumatra, have tested positive for the H1N1 Mexican Flu. They are only identified as VC (20 years), WKC (9 years) and CV (17 years). They all live in the same street and are now treated in the Adam Malik general hospital in the city. Their blood samples were taken last Tuesday, when they were brought to the hospital, according to Azwan Lubis, the medical director of the hospital.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 09 July 2009 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


44 patients with suspected Mexican Flu in hospitals As much as 44 suspected cases of Mexican Flu are recorded in Indonesia at this moment. However information about most cases is limited, there are 14 suspected patients in a Jakarta hospital while 11 others are in the Sanglah general hospital on the resort island of Bali. 11 more suspected cases are treated in a hospital in Medan, North Sumatra.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 03 July 2009 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia launching new Bangkok to Bali service Thai AirAsia - the Thailand associate of the AirAsia Group has announced the introduction of a daily Bangkok-Denpasar service effective January 20, 2009. To kick-start the new Bali service Thai AirAsia is offering a special one-way introductory fare to Bali from Bangkok for only THB 999 (22 euro). Seats are very limited for this special offer which is being sold on a first-come-first-served basis.

Posted in Tourism @ 11 January 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia in Guinness Book of Records for deforestation rate Greenpeace is using a novel marketing ploy to raise awareness about forest loss in Indonesia: the Guinness Book of World Records. The green group has convinced the publisher of to recognize Indonesia as the "country with the fastest rate of forest destruction on the planet." According to Greenpeace, the text will read:

Posted in Environment @ 05 May 2007 18:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu-hit Indonesia to ban city backyard poultry Indonesia, which has the world's highest number of bird flu deaths, intends to bar city residents from keeping chickens and other poultry in their backyards, ministers said on Friday. Indonesia has become a frontline in the battle against the virus that has killed 55 people in the country, where millions of chickens roam freely in urban residential areas.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 October 2006 04:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's monorail struggles to get on track Gridlocked cars. Noxious traffic fumes. Indonesia's capital is crying out for a new transport network, but stop-start plans for a monorail illustrate the country's chequered efforts to build badly needed infrastructure. The idea of a gleaming monorail gliding above the congested tropical city of nearly 9 million people is an enticing one and proponents point to neighbouring Bangkok's Skytrain or Kuala Lumpur's monorail in at least easing equally grim transport woes.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2006 14:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird Flu infects Papua province as virus moves east Bird flu was found in fowl in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, evidence the lethal virus is moving closer to the South Pacific and Australia. The H5N1 strain of avian influenza earlier this month reached the province that borders Papua New Guinea, Laurence Gleeson, an official with the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, told reporters yesterday in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta. The H5N1 virus has reappeared in Laos and may spread to Bangladesh, Gleeson said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 May 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No smoking, please Finally, the 2005 Jakarta gubernatorial decree banning smoking in public places has been implemented, after a two-month delay. The decree, an auxiliary regulation to the 2005 bylaw on air pollution control, is expected to end any arguments about people's right to breathe clean air.

Posted in Culture @ 08 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plane seller insists on cash, not barter The managing director of the Indonesian aircraft firm involved in a sale to Thailand has directly contradicted Thai government claims it will take 300,000 tonnes of Thai rice for the sale - and insists the deal will involve cash.

Posted in Economy @ 22 December 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta readies funds for MRT project The Jakarta administration has earmarked some Rp 135 billion (11.4 million Euro) in its 2006 budget draft for the ambitious mass rapid transit (MRT) network, the first concrete step taken to materialize the undertaking. "I have been informed by Minister (of Transportation) Hatta Radjasa that the construction of the MRT line will begin next year. The project will be financed by a loan from the Japanese government," Governor Sutiyoso said early this week when asked about the budget allocation.

Posted in General @ 28 November 2005 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bounty turns up heat on JI mystery man Southeast Asia's most wanted man is very similar to the terrorist groups he represents low profile, well travelled, little known and explosive. Dulmatin, now 35 and at the top of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) organisation, won notoriety last week when the US State Department's Rewards for Justice programme put a $10-million bounty on information leading to his capture or death.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 October 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Increasing problems for Phuket Air in UK Phuket Air logoA cut-price Thai holiday airline has been banned from flying to Britain after a safety scare during April in which passengers staged a rebellion when they saw fuel leaking from a wing. Phuket Air, which was used by several leading tour operators including Kuoni and Thomson Holidays, has had its operating licences suspended in Britain and its other European destination, the Netherlands.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 May 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Phuket Air still in trouble Phuket Air expects to resume its Bangkok-Amsterdam service within days, following a ban of the service by the Dutch civil aviation authorities after it was discovered that an aircraft serving the route had a faulty emergency lighting system and a Phuket Air pilot was found not to have a necessary medical certificate.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 May 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deadly ground Alinda-Jane Hannah, a New Zealander living in Phuket, was nearly killed by the Dec. 26 tsunami. Driving along a road in the beachside town of Kamala, she and her 3-year-old daughter Nakita-Rose were almost washed away by the waves as they swamped the eastern coast of the island. A sharp intimation of mortality revisited Hannah last week when a loudspeaker in a nearby mosque woke her shortly before midnight, warning of another tsunami on the way. Hannah fled to higher ground, together with tens of thousands of other locals and tourists. Now, she says, after three months of trying to forget the terror of Dec. 26, "all the awful thoughts are back."

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 April 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake toll up to 2000, says Indonesia A massive earthquake is believed to have killed between 1000 and 2000 people on Indonesia's Nias island, the country's Vice President Jusuf Kalla said today. Already reeling from fatalities caused by the Boxing Day tsunami disaster, the 600,000-strong popular surfing island found itself near the epicentre of the 8.7-magnitude quake, which struck at 11.15pm local time (2.15am today AEST).

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh buries dead, peace hopes fade Nearly 5,000 tsunami victims have been buried in Indonesia's Aceh province over the past week, but uncertainty surrounds the region's future after talks between the government and rebels broke down. Five weeks after a quake triggered massive waves around a dozen nations bordering the Indian Ocean, authorities in Indonesia say they found 5,000 more people killed by the disaster.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: Tourist arrivals 2.55 million as of August The number of tourist arrivals through 13 main entry points throughout Indonesia jumped by 31.23 percent to over 2.55 million in the first seven months of the year from only 1.94 million in the corresponding period last year, an official saidon Thursday. "This is the highest increase ever recorded within the last five years after the country's tourist industry was hit by a series of terror attacks and catastrophes ranging from SARS outbreak to bird flu infection over the last two years," Udin Saifuddin of the office of the Minister of Tourism and Culturesaid.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nigerian drug smuggler sent to death row The Tangerang District Court handed down another death sentence on Wednesday; to a Nigerian citizen, Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, 39, who was convicted of smuggling 1.2 kilograms of heroin into the country from Pakistan in December. The court granted the prosecutors' call for the death penalty but did not fine him the requested Rp 50 million (EUR 4450).

Posted in Drugs @ 02 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indian national executed for drug smuggling An Indian national was executed by firing squad early on Thursday for smuggling heroin into Indonesia, despite opposition from international human rights groups, officials said. "We confirmed that the execution of (Chaubey) has been carried out," said on official at North Sumatra's prosecutor's office. The execution of Ayodhya Prasad Chaubey, 65, took place at about 2:30 a.m. at a secret location in North Sumatra province, 1,575 kilometres northwest of Jakarta.

Posted in Drugs @ 05 August 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Before he slipped into unconsciousness, six-year-old Kaptan Boonmanuj told his mother, "Mum, my chest feels like it's going to explode." On Jan. 26, after two weeks in a coma, Kaptan died in Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital, becoming Thailand's first victim of avian flu. His parents returned home to the hamlet of Ben Ya Pad, deep in the country's rural western province of Kanchanaburi. Two days had passed since their son's death, and rice farmer Chamnan Boonmanuj and his wife Chongrak sat receiving friends and relatives, the smell of burning incense heavy in the front room of their concrete house. Behind them, Kaptan's body lay in a white coffin. Propped against it was his bicycle, along with a picture of Kaptan wearing his school uniform. Outside, a row of ornate wreaths was placed beside the wall of the house. One was from the Ministry of Public Health.

Posted in Health @ 06 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects no-fly zone request for Bush visit Indonesia has rejected a request by the US government to make the air space over Bali a no-fly zone for eight hours next week when US President, George W Bush, makes a brief stopover on the island, reports said today. "We give the same facilities to all visiting foreign heads of state. So there will be no special treatment for the US president," Indonesian Transportation Minister Agum Gumeler told the state-run Antara news agency.

Posted in Human rights @ 18 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Location of Hambali top-secret Terror mastermind Hambali was still "in another country", Indonesia's police chief said today despite senior Thai officials saying he was flown to Indonesia after his arrest. Asked if Hambali will be brought to Indonesia, General Dai Bachtiar replied: "Not yet. Not yet." "We are thankful that the person we have been looking for has apparently been found, although he is still in another country," he said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 August 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia receives grant to fight air pollution The Asian Development Bank has approved a $US600,000 grant to help combat worsening air pollution in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. The technical assistance grant will be used to prepare the 'Blue Skies' project, which will promote clean vehicle fuel in Jakarta.

Posted in Environment @ 13 March 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freedom for alleged smuggler The Federal Government's vow to bring alleged people smuggler Abu Quassey to justice is about to be tested after the man accused of sending more than 350 people to their deaths in a boat that sank off Java, was released from a Jakarta prison yesterday.

Posted in Drugs @ 01 January 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke haze creeps back over parts of Southeast Asia The thick haze which blanketed parts of Indonesia and its neighbors for months three years ago is beginning to choke regional skies again, officials said on Monday. The haze has been returning to parts of Kalimantan and Sumatra as well as southern Thailand.

Posted in Forest fires @ 01 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


When I was in Indonesia for the second time, I also knew thet I was sure to go the third time as well. Back them I already got the chance to look for nice tickets. That does not only means cheap, because cheap is not always good. At that time I was looking for good and familiair names in the business.

Posted in Travel @ 27 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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