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Dahlan Iskan urges Garuda to hold extraordinary meeting State-owned Enterprise Minister Dahlan Iskan has instructed state airlines PT Garuda Indonesia to convene a special meeting of shareholders to discuss its swelling losses.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 August 2014 20:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta calls for diplomatic solution to South China Sea conflict Indonesia calls for all parties involved in the South China Sea conflict to refrain from conducting violent acts and prioritize a diplomatic solution, according to Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministrys press statement received here on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 16 May 2014 16:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of chinese visitors to North Sumatra increases The number of Chinese visitors to North Sumatra in the first two months of this year rose 2.63 percent on year to 1,055.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 April 2014 21:58 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


China includes part of Natuna waters in its map China has included part of Natuna waters in Indonesias Riau Islands province in its territorial map, assistant deputy to the chief security minister for defense strategic doctrine Commodore Fahru Zaini stated.

Posted in Politics @ 13 March 2014 13:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rhoma Irama and the fake Professor title “Professor of Dangdut” Rhoma Irama may have to revert back to the less scholarly “King of Dangdut” in the not-too-distant future after Indonesia’s education minister indicated that the presidential candidate may be liable to criminal penalties if his illustrious certificate of education turned out to have been acquired from a scam college run by a colorful UK-Iranian educator.

Posted in Politics @ 03 March 2014 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI Chief arrives in China for five days working visit Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) Chief General Moeldoko arrived in Beijing on Monday for a five-day working visit to China, according to the country's defense attach here, Colonel Navy Samuel Kowaas.

Posted in Military @ 25 February 2014 14:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono attends Cap Go Meh celebration President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, flanked by First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, attended the "Cap Go Meh" celebration to mark the 15th day after the Chinese New Year here on Friday evening.

Posted in Religion @ 14 February 2014 22:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


China to provide free visa to Indonesian citizens In future, China will provide free visa to Indonesian citizens planning to visit the country, Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Liu Jianchao stated.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2014 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anggoro Widjojo questioned at KPK upon arrival The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) interrogated Anggoro Widjojo here on Thursday evening upon arrival from China where he had been arrested after being wanted by KPK since 2009 as a corruption suspect.

Posted in Corruption @ 31 January 2014 00:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK arrests corruption fugitive Anggoro Widjojo KPK, Indonesias anti-graft agency, has arrested its long-wanted corruption suspect, Anggoro Widjojo, in China.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 January 2014 22:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air CEO named political party deputy chief Lion Air CEO Rusdi Kirana was named deputy general chairman of the National Awakening Party (PKB) in a plenary meeting of the partys central executive board here on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2014 20:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Record number of tourists for Bali in 2013 The foreign arrival numbers for Bali through the end of November 2013 are in totaling 2.97 million, surpassing, even before figures for December are in, the highest total for any year in the history of Bali arrival.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 January 2014 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


19 Chinese men detained for invalid forestry use permit The Regional Police Department of West Kalimantan has detained 19 Chinese men after they failed to present a valid forestry use permit. "The 19 Chinese men were arrested on Friday, December 13, during a campaign by the Forestry Department to enforce the use of forestry permits," said West Kalimantans Head of Forestry Department Marius Marcellus, in Pontianak, on Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 16 December 2013 19:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Urgent need to curb corruption at Bali’s airport' A member of the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI), Mangku Nyoman Kandia, told Bisnis Bali on Monday, December 2, 2013, the government must take steps to reduce the possibility of corruption by immigration and customs officers at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport while, at the same time, reducing the length immigration queues.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 December 2013 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Tourism @ 27 November 2013 20:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven dead in tourist bus crash in Bali Seven people, including five foreign tourists, were found dead near Pecatu area, Badung district, Bali, after the tourist bus in which they get into fall to a 20-meters deep of valley here on Monday afternoon.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 November 2013 08:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta monorail project also kicked off Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi broke the ground on Wednesday to mark the start of work to build the city`s monorail project. Construction of the project was halted 5 years ago on financial problem after some of pillars had been implanted in some areas.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 16 October 2013 18:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


National holidays in Indonesia in 2014 National holidays set by the government for 2014 have increased by one day over 2013, totaling 15 days due to the addition of May Day. Shared public holidays, introduced by the government to create long holiday weekends, will total 4 in 2014.

Posted in General @ 26 August 2013 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, China establish anti corruption cooperation Indonesia and China have established anti corruption cooperation, according to a press release from Indonesian Embassy here on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 June 2013 12:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono calls on people to prioritize economy President Susilo Yudhoyono called on the nation to keep on maintaining the economic conditions to assure continued growth despite increasing political tension ahead of the general elections in 2014.

Posted in Economy @ 24 February 2013 22:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia should expand its footprints in China Indonesian ambassador to China and Mongolia, Imron Cotan said the 2013 is a momentum to further expand the former`s "footprints" in China, so that the people of both countries can understand each other.

Posted in Economy @ 01 January 2013 00:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airport customs foil meth smuggling attempt Soekarno-Hatta International Airport`s customs and excise officers foiled a smuggling attempt involving 5,688 grams of crystal methamphetamine worth more than Rp7 billion.

Posted in Drugs @ 17 September 2012 23:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Call for corruption death sentence gains support Non-governmental organization Lumbung Informasi Rakyat (LIRA) said it fully supports Nahdlatul Ulama in calling for death sentence for corruption convicts. "It is not a new move but since it came from a big organization like NU it should carry greater weight," LIRA president H.M. Jusuf Rizal said here on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 September 2012 16:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hillary Clinton in Indonesia for working visit US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived at Halim Perdanakusumah at around 6pm here on Monday for a working visit. She was welcomed upon arrival by US Ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel, the Commander of the Halim Perdanakusumah Air Base Commodore Adang Supriyadi and other officials.

Posted in Politics @ 03 September 2012 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hillary Clinton to visit Indonesia on September 3 US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Indonesia on September 3, to discuss with senior Indonesian officials about the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership and respective engagements on regional global issues.

Posted in Politics @ 29 August 2012 14:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Chinese armed forces stage anti-terror exercise Indonesian and Chinese armed forces staged the "Knife Sharp 2012" anti-terror joint military exercise in an effort to strengthen the two countries` military relations and improve the efficiency of their anti-terror forces.

Posted in Military @ 03 July 2012 13:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, China to increase cooperation in defense Indonesia`s defense minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro received the commander of the China`s PLA`s Strategic Missile Corps and member of the Central Military Commission, General Jing Zhiyuan at the former`s office here on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2012 10:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Billionaire Liem Sioe Liong passes away Billionaire Indonesian Chinese Liem Sioe Liong passed away at the age of 95 in Singapore on Sunday evening, senior Liason Officer PT Bintan Inti Industrial Estate, Jamin Hidayat, confirmed.

Posted in General @ 10 June 2012 17:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air to fly Denpasar - Guangzhou route After successfully commencing service between Jakarta and Guangzhou, Indonesian carrier Batavia Air is seeking to start flights between Denpasar (Bali) and Hangzhou. Batavia Air reportedly seeks to fly between Bali and Hangzhou three times a week.

Posted in Travel @ 10 June 2012 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President witnesses cultural festival in Bali President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Sunday witnessed a parade of ornamental vehicles to commemorate the 34th Bali Cultural Festival.

Posted in Culture @ 10 June 2012 10:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Chinese nationals to be deported soon Local immigration authorities will soon deport three Chinese nationals for abusing their stay permits, a spokesman said.

Posted in Economy @ 03 May 2012 20:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police seized over 30 kg of meth last month Jakarta police confiscated 30.5 kilograms of methamphetamine and 382,000 ecstasy pills - all coming from Malaysia and China - and arrested 15 suspects in the past month.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 May 2012 14:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


30,000 ancient Chinese coins found in Bengkulu Local residents in Central Bengkulu district, Bengkulu province, Sumatra Island, found a jar containing ancient Chinese bronze coins that might date back 300 to 600 years, according to an official here Tuesday.

Posted in History @ 03 April 2012 14:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police confiscate 350,000 ecstasy pills from the Netherlands Jakarta police have confiscated 350,000 ecstasy pills from the Netherlands, allegedly from members of a big syndicate known as BS and SA. "The suspects obtained the ecstasy pills from IW from the Netherlands who has now been put on the wanted list," Jakarta Metropolitan Police spokesman Senior Commissioner Rikwanto said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 14 March 2012 14:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to build missile manufacturing plant Indonesia plans to build a plant to produce C-705 missiles as a follow-up to the cooperation agreement with China made some time ago, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said.

Posted in Military @ 08 March 2012 03:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer: 'No need to worry about US military base' The Indonesian people do not need to worry about the presence of the United States military base in Darwin, Australia, Dewi Fortuna Anwar, political analyst of the Habibie Center, said.

Posted in Military @ 07 March 2012 14:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


French archaeologist discover 12th century shipwreck Fragments from a 12th century shipwreck have been discovered in Medan's China Town, supporting earlier claims about the discovery of an ancient shipwreck. Medan is a major city in Indonesia that support local and regional economy activities since a long time ago.

Posted in History @ 25 February 2012 01:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, China exploring cooperation on renewable energy Indonesia and China are exploring cooperation on the development of renewable energy, a cabinet minister said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 December 2011 02:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Public holidays in Indonesia in 2012 Here’s the national public holidays according to a joint decree from the Minister of Religion, Minister of Manpower and Transmigration and the Minister for Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform. Also included are the dates for Galungan and Kuningan in 2012 celebrated in Bali.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2011 06:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati targets 3.3 million passengers in 2011 PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines is optimistic that they will carry 3.3 million passengers in 2011, an increase of 10% over the total carried in 2010. The commercial manager of Merpati, Tonny A. Achmad, said the higher target is being driven by the commencement of service over a number of new domestic routes flown by the airline.

Posted in Travel @ 23 July 2011 11:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest 170 Chinese, Taiwanese for cyber crimes Indonesian police on Thursday arrested 170 foreigners living in the country for alleged involvement in an Internet-based scamming activity, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Crime @ 09 June 2011 20:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati Nusantara in need of cash injection Indonesian state-owned airliner Merpati Nusantara is in need of a cash injection from the Indonesian government of Rp. 560 billion, some 46.2 million euro.

Posted in Travel @ 19 May 2011 10:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


China-Indonesia trade could reach $50 billion this year Bilateral trade between China and Indonesia is expected to reach $50 billion this year, in the non-oil/non-gas sector, officials said Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 14 May 2011 02:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


President Yudhoyono demands answers on Merpati air crash Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday demanded the cabinet answers on the Merpati airplane crash that killed 27 people.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 May 2011 20:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Somali pirates hijack Singapore ship with 25 Indonesian crew Somali pirates on Saturday hijacked a Singapore-flagged ship off the coast of Kenya with more than two dozen crew members on board, most of them Indonesians, officials said on Sunday.

Posted in Crime @ 01 May 2011 19:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


China, Indonesia to boost bilateral cooperation China and Indonesia on Friday vowed to boost bilateral cooperation to benefit the two major emerging developing economies in Asia.

Posted in General @ 30 April 2011 04:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Premier Jiabao and Pres. Yudhoyono to boost bilateral ties Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday met and discussed bilateral relations and cooperation in various sectors including trade and education.

Posted in Politics @ 29 April 2011 15:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and China agree on joint production of missiles Indonesia and China on Tuesday agreed to strengthen their defense cooperation, including the joint production of missiles, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Military @ 22 March 2011 15:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians aboard sunk fishing boat near Antarctica At least five crew members were killed and seventeen others remain missing after a South Korean fishing boat sank in the waters off Antarctica on early Monday, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 December 2010 03:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian public holidays in 2011 The Indonesian government has decided the national public holidays for the year 2011. As usual the public holidays account for free days during major religious events for different religions in the country, added with a number of public holidays around the most important ones. A list of all holidays as per government decree is listed below.

Posted in General @ 08 July 2010 05:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore is just around the corner And that is something you notice when you have arrived on the island of Batam, at some 45 minutes by boat from Singapore. Jakarta is a western city already with a young population that is not that tight concerning the traditional adat in the country, but in Batam this is exaggerated even more.

Posted in Travel @ 01 June 2010 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 120 new species of plants and animals discovered At least 120 new species of plants and animals have been discovered in the tropical rain forests of Borneo in the last three years. Several of the remarkable findings were done by Dutch. Evolutionbiologist Menno Schilthuizen and his Malaysian student Liew Thor-Seng found a new kind of snail with a tail that is three times as long as his head for example.

Posted in Environment @ 23 April 2010 02:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


' ... and I am Christian' Most lights were still on after the short introduction video of a 25-year-old ethnic Chinese who told that he was able to work hard. He worked at a well-known national bank and has his own car. He likes to spend his spare time traveling. This kind of description often lures a row of women that would like to take the gamble of creating a relationship with this person.

Posted in Religion @ 30 March 2010 13:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


A few hours in Jalan Jaksa I have been there before and I have written about it before. It is still a nice and not unimportant easy-to-reach destination for a quick lunch and a Large Bintang before you start the second half of the day. Just relaxing for a couple of hours, coming to terms after the first part of the day.

Posted in Travel @ 23 March 2010 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono vows to protect rights of Chinese Indonesians President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono promised Saturday to further protect the civil rights of Chinese Indonesians, particularly followers of Confucianism. The pledge marked the President’s address to thousands of Chinese Indonesians attending the commemoration of the Chinese New Year at the Jakarta Convention Center in Central Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 21 February 2010 04:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian gamblers now go to Singapore After Batam closed down it's semi-allowed casino's after they changed governors there - talking about stable investment climate - Singapore opened it first casino yesterday. The main target? Millions of Indonesians with money to spare that would like to gamble a little but don't want to travel too far to do so.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 February 2010 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bandung subway? No way! Plans for an eight kilometer long subway in the city of Bandung, the capital of West Java Province, seem to be nothing more than a dream. A Chinese investor that apparently showed some interest in constructing the first 'tube' in Indonesia eventually was not that interested and withdrew itself from the plans. Constructing the eight kilometer of underground train track should cost around 1.2 trillion Rupiah (850 million euro)

Posted in Economy @ 20 December 2009 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Public holidays in Indonesia in 2010 Every year, Indonesia has a number of public holidays that are a collection of religious holidays from various religions and some additional national holidays. Here’s the list of public holidays in Indonesia for 2010:

Posted in General @ 07 December 2009 10:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


W. Sumatra earthquake damages 65 cultural heritage sites Some 65 cultural heritage sites in the province of West Sumatra have sustained damage in the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit the province on September 30, 2009. The head of the cultural heritage conservation for West Sumatra, Riau and Riau Island, Fitra Alda, told that old and historically important buildings were damaged in the city of Padang.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 November 2009 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Science in the land where gods reign Iyan Nurmansyah, living in Oxford in the United Kingdom wrote an opinion on the website of The Jakarta post last week. I will just copy the reaction below. He seems to point at the exact problems Indonesia is facing; corruption, religion and ignorant people. Speaks for itself I suppose.

Posted in Religion @ 18 October 2009 12:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Confucian and Islamic prayers in temple A joint prayer among Chinese Indonesians and members of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), which is the biggest Islamic organization in Indonesia, was held in the Tay Kak Sie Temple in Semarang yesterday to pray for the health of former president Abdurrahman Wahid, better known as Gus Dur. The dual prayers were lead by Haksu Bing Buana Jaya and Muhammad Munif Zuhri.

Posted in Religion @ 07 September 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Endangered tiger killed and stolen from zoo Thieves have killed a tiger in the Taman Rimba Zoo in Jambi last Saturday. The female Sumatran tiger was killed before the body was stolen from the zoo, according to local authorities. The incident happened around three in the morning. The police chief in Jambi, Posma Lubis, said that it was most likely that the tiger was killed and stolen to be sold via an international network. There was no sign of damage to the cage.

Posted in Environment @ 23 August 2009 08:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian student with H1N1 dies in Malaysia An Indonesian student studying in Malaysia has become the first A/H1N1 flu related fatality in the country, a Malaysian health official said here on Thursday. The student, aged around 30, once was a confirmed patient of the flu, but he died from cardiac arrest, instead of the flu itself, Malaysian Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 23 July 2009 15:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shenzhen Airlines flies Guangzhou - Bali direct A new twice-weekly direct air service flown by Shenzhen Airlines from Guangzhou (Canton) to Bali will cut 7 hours traveling time from the previous 12 hours it took to fly that route. Previously Chinese travelers faced the arduous prospect flying to Bali with an intermediate stop-over in Jakarta, a trip now reduced to only four hours with the launch of the direct flight service.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 May 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two suspected Mexian Flu patients in Jakarta Two Chinese tourists that are on a visit in Indonesia have been brought to the Sulianti Saroso hospital in Jakarta after they showed symptoms of Mexican Flu. A spokesperson of the hospital confirmed that two people were brought in last night that showed the symptoms of H1N1.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 13 May 2009 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono returns from Thailand earlier Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono returned home from Thailand on Saturday, earlier than scheduled, after riots hit Pattaya, of Thailand, press officer of the Indonesian Presidential Palace Nachrowi said. "President has returned from Thailand at 19:00 Jakarta time today," he told.

Posted in Politics @ 11 April 2009 06:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono joins public in Chinese festival celebration Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono joined a public gathering to celebrate the Chinese lantern festival in the Jakarta Expo Center here on Friday. Yudhoyono said at the event that the public should stand united despite pluralistic differences that might disrupt the country's harmony. "Pluralism should instead become a basis to develop culture and creative economy," he said.

Posted in Religion @ 06 February 2009 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia withdraws Chinese dairy products Indonesia has withdrawn all dairy produce from China because of the recent scandal involving melamine in Chinese milk products. On Tuesday, the Indonesian government banned imports of milk products from China. A number of other Asian countries have introduced similar measures. Following the news that more articles had been found to contain melamine, Taiwan has ordered the removal of Chinese dairy produce from the shops.

Posted in Health @ 24 September 2008 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


13 hurt in China Airlines turbulence flight in Indonesia Thirteen Chinese were hurt when a plane operated by China Airlines was struck by turbulence on its route from Taipei to Bali of Indonesia on Saturday, a doctor said. Guning Atmajaya, the doctor who treated eight of the passengers at the Sanglah Hospital, said that six of them were seriously injured and needed an intensive medical care.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2008 06:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourist arrivals approach record territory The foreign arrivals figures to Bali covering the first six months of 2008 are now in. Month-after-month of record breaking arrival totals support the increasingly popular view that 2008 will see 2 million plus foreign tourists pass through Bali's International airport - the first time Bali has penetrated the 2 million barrier.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 August 2008 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chinese pagoda with nine levels to be built in Tuban The construction of the highest Chinese pagoda in Indonesia at the Kwan Sing Bio temple in Tuban, eastern Java, has started earlier this week. A representative of the Department of Religious Affairs, Joko Wuryanto, laid the first stone for the pagoda which is to cost some 17 billion Rupiah (1.18 million euro). "The pagoda will have nine levels and it will also function as a tourist attraction," said Wuryanto in a speech. He also inaugurated the construction of a four story 20 x 89 meter building with a value of 8 billion Rupiah (560.000 euro).

Posted in Religion @ 29 July 2008 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tiger body parts sold openly in Indonesia Laws protecting the critically endangered Sumatran tiger have failed to prevent tiger body parts from being openly sold in Indonesia, according to a Traffic report released Wednesday.

Posted in Environment @ 13 February 2008 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian public holidays for 2008 3 ministries of the Indonesian Government have officially decreed the schedule of public holidays for 2008. Jointly agreed between the Minister of Religion, the Minister of Manpower and Transmigration, and the State Minister for Administrative Reform - the schedule covers both traditional religious and political holidays in addition to "shared holidays" creating extended holidays.

Posted in General @ 08 June 2007 05:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The quiet kampung; the daily life It is a very normal Thursday afternoon when I sit down on the veranda. A light rain shower crosses my path here after a long and humid day on which it didn't want to raining the first place. The rain was not enough to clean the humid air and so tomorrow will be another of those warm and slow days. Last year the wet season only lasted until the middle of March, but now there is still rain on a regular base. Not a changing climate, but just a slight change in ocean temperatures. As far as on the other side of the world this impacts tropical areas as well, because weather here isn't that monotonous as it looks like when you see those holiday pictures with a blue sky. For sure there is much sun, but there are clouds as well and rain of course, even during the dry season. Maybe it's just a different type of rain, more light instead of a complete tropical downpour.

Posted in Travel @ 08 June 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Nine get death penalty for producing ecstasy in Indonesia Indonesia's Supreme Court sentenced nine men, including Chinese, French and Dutch nationals, to death Tuesday for producing millions of pills of the illegal recreational drug Ecstasy. The punishment for the foreigners was harsher than that rendered by a lower court last year which had ordered the execution of just the two alleged Indonesian ringleaders.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 May 2007 09:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia rises while European arrivals seek past glory As reported on balidiscovery.com, total foreign arrivals during the first four months of 2007 totaled 472,082 - representing an improvement of +38.38% over the same four months in 2006 and the strongest start to any year on record. The graphics presented here in 'Bali by the Numbers' examining Bali's top four source markets for the first four months of each year from 2000 - 2007 show:

Posted in Tourism @ 28 May 2007 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seeks extradition of 15 executives from Singapore Indonesia will seek the extradition of 15 businessmen believed to be hiding millions of dollars in stolen state funds in Singapore, according to the new Attorney General Hendarman Supanji. In his first statement since being appointed last Tuesday, Supanji said authorities had compiled a list of suspects. No names were released, but local media identified them as being Indonesian Chinese who owned commercial banks when the banking system collapsed in 1997.

Posted in General @ 10 May 2007 05:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alun-alun Lor; a nice green heart It hasn't been that long that it was a sunny and very hot day in Yogyakarta when I made a short walk around the so-called alun-alun lor, the northern square belonging to the kraton, the palace of the family of the sultan. The green grass - during the wet season the grass often is green, in the dry season it more resembles hay - reached until half a meter in some places. Not well maintained as we should expect at a palace, but at least there was an open space in the city which offered the opportunity to blow of some steam. This blowing steam you should not do at times that I generally visit this kind of locations, no it's much better in the early hours until seven in the morning and after five in the afternoon again. The salespeople along the edge will offer you something to drink or eat if you like.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chinese observe lunar New Year throughout Indonesia Ethnic Chinese throughout Indonesia celebrate the Chinese New Year today. Many of them will bring a visit to temples for praying to their gods and ancestors. The Dharma Bhakti, Sam Njan Kiong and Amorva Bumi temples in Jakarta were filled with visitors celebrating 'Imlek', as the Chinese New Year is also known in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2007 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A third of Borneo to be conserved, new declaration passed An historic declaration to conserve the "Heart of Borneo" was officially signed today between the three Bornean governments - Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia. The tri-country declaration will conserve and sustainably manage one of the most important centers of biological diversity in the world. The Heart of Borneo is an area of equatorial rainforest larger than Kansas, covering nearly a third of the island.

Posted in Environment @ 13 February 2007 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Fear subsides for ethnic Chinese community It wasn't so long ago that Chinese writing was banned from public places here and Chinese schools and newspapers were prohibited. But walk into the former office of Suharto, the retired Indonesian strongman who maintained these laws in an effort to integrate the ethnic Chinese community, and a large decorative poster of Chinese characters greets visitors.

Posted in Culture @ 17 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia-Russia: Arms, atoms and oil The United States, China and now a resurgent Russia are all competing for regional influence in Southeast Asia, and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is shrewdly playing his diplomatic cards among all three suitors.

Posted in Military @ 13 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batminton: Indonesian men's double fails to grab gold in Doha Indonesian men`s double Luluk Hadiyanto/Alvent Yulianto failed to follow the step of their countrymate Taufik Hidayat who succeeded in contributing gold in men`s single after defeating his Chinese arch rival Lin Dan. In a game held at Aspire building, Sport Center of Doha, double Luluk/Advent were easily overpowered by their Malaysian rivals Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong in a strait set, 13-21 and 14-21.

Posted in Sports @ 10 December 2006 13:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yemen: 'Explosives shipment seized in Indonesia authorized' Yemeni authorities said Saturday that a shipment of explosives seized earlier this week in Indonesia was legal and had been heading to a private oil company drilling in Yemen. Indonesian troops on Wednesday found detonators and 63 tons of explosive powder on a Chinese ship after it broke down in the Malacca Strait. Indonesian police said that they were investigating the cache, and stated the shipment appeared to by heading to Yemen.

Posted in General @ 12 November 2006 02:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police discover detonators, 63 tons of explosive powder ndonesian troops found detonators and 63 tons of explosive powder on a Chinese ship anchored off Batam island after it broke down in the Malacca Strait, a local police chief said. "We are trying to find out if these explosives were legal and what they were intended for," said Brig. Gen. Sutarman, head of the Riau Islands police, adding that documents found on the ship indicated it was bound for Yemen.

Posted in Crime @ 10 November 2006 02:43 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, China lift import duty on cocoa, chili powder Indonesia and China agreed to lift import duty on cocoa and chili powder, in a bid to increase trade volume of the two countries, a leadingnewspaper reported Saturday. Indonesia will reduce import tariff on chili powder from China from ten percent to zero percent and China will decrease import duty on cocoa from Indonesia from 15 percent to zero percent, the Kompas daily report says.

Posted in Economy @ 07 October 2006 15:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


China, Indonesia intensify economic cooperation China and Indonesia agreed in Bali yesterday to intensify bilateral economic, trade and technical cooperation, especially in investment field. The agreement was reached at the 8th meeting of the Joint Commission on Economic, Trade and Technical Cooperation.

Posted in Economy @ 07 October 2006 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


China calls on Indonesia to abide by one-China policy Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan on Monday calls on Indonesia to faithfully abide by the one-China policy. Tang told visiting Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda that China firmly supports Indonesia's efforts in maintaining national unity and appreciates its contribution to promoting China-ASEAN relations. "To support each other on major issues concerning national sovereignty and territorial integrity is an important embodiment of China-Indonesia strategic partnership," he said.

Posted in Politics @ 12 June 2006 18:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


China delivers more aid to quake-hit Indonesia The first batch of China's 10 million yuan (1.25 million U.S. dollar) worth of relief materials for Indonesia's quake victims arrived in Indonesia's Solo airport Saturday afternoon. The goods include medicine, medical equipment, tents, sheets and power generators. The second batch will arrive here on Sunday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 June 2006 10:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected epidemic disease detected in quake-hit zone The mobile hospital of the Chinese relief team in Indonesia's quake-hit Bantul regency has detected one suspected case of bacteria diarrhea Thursday. If confirmed, the case will be the first reported epidemic case in Bantul, the area hardest-hit by the 5.9-magnitude earthquake, according to Zhao Heping, head of the China International Search and Rescue Team.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 June 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US boosts contribution to Indonesia The United States has again upped its contribution for assistance to victims of this weekend's devastating earthquake in Indonesia, allocating $5 million in emergency aid, the White House said Tuesday. The Bush administration initially announced $500,000 in aid after the quake struck early Saturday, and by the end of the day had increased that amount to $2.5 million.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 17:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia quake death toll at 5,427 International relief efforts picked up on Tuesday for survivors of a weekend earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people on Indonesia's Java island, with over a score of countries now involved. Planes carrying vital supplies from abroad reached the stricken region, while the airport at the ancient royal capital of Yogyakarta re-opened to commercial traffic despite a heavily damaged terminal.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Currency market movements and impact on Indonesia Currency markets are attracting considerable attention from international investors and politicians. In particular, investors are showing increased sensitivity to stories that investors (particularly central banks) may reduce holdings of U.S. assets. The dollar has recently exhibited vulnerability in stories that China or Middle Eastern government's may switch their holdings of U.S. dollars into some other. Even if denied, the effects of these stories often linger in the currency markets.

Posted in Economy @ 16 May 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


China Olympics 2008: destroying Papua's ancient rainforests With two-and-a-half years to go until the start of the 2008 Olympics to be held in Beijing China, the Chinese government and Olympic Committee have recently placed a $1 billion rush order for endangered rainforest timbers from Indonesia's Papua province to be used in construction for the games. A proposed timber processing factory would industrially harvest 800,000 cubic meters of the famous and threatened merbau (intsia spp) rainforest timbers, to be exported to China for the construction of sports facilities.

Posted in Environment @ 03 May 2006 19:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


China firms in US$7 billion deal with Indonesia Four of China's power equipment firms have agreed on a US$7 billion deal with Indonesia, reported United Press International. According to the report, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the four Chinese manufacturers and Perusahaan Listrik Negara, Indonesia's state-owned electricity company, during the Boao forum on Hainan island last weekend.

Posted in Economy @ 02 May 2006 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police issue shoot-on-sight for for East Java rioters East Java Police chief Brig. Gen. Herman Suryadi has issued a shoot-on-sight order for rioters following the massive wave of vandalism by disgruntled supporters of a candidate in the Tuban regental elections. Tuban Police intensified their hunt for the masterminds of the violence, Herman said, with a curfew imposed for an indefinite period of time in the area.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2006 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Renowned author Pramoedya Ananta Toer dies aged 81 Renowned Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer, who overcame imprisonment and censorship to publish dozens of stories and novels about his country, died at home among family Sunday, his daughter said. He was 81. Pramoedya was hospitalized Thursday in the intensive care unit of Jakarta's Catholic St. Carolus Hospital with heart trouble and complications from diabetes, but was taken home Saturday at his family's request.

Posted in General @ 30 April 2006 09:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel imports slump as consumption declines Oil traders looking for a rebound in Indonesia’s oil demand that could resuscitate moribund diesel and gasoline markets may be in for a long wait as Indonesians have quickly learned to live with less fuel. Despite hopes for a quick recovery, consumers in Asia’s fifth-biggest oil user are burning nearly 20 percent or 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) less fuel than a year ago after the government doubled retail prices last October, industry officials say.

Posted in Economy @ 19 February 2006 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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