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Jakarta Police personnel secure churches for Christmas The Jakarta Metropolitan Police Command has stationed thousands of personnel to secure Christmas Eve service in churches on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 24 December 2014 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal immigrants stranded at Pangandaran beach Tens of illegal immigrants from the Middle East were found stranded at Pangandaran Beach in West Java on Wednesday night, stated an official.

Posted in Crime @ 06 February 2014 12:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Do not let radicalism grow' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said radicalism and extreme ideas must not be allowed to grow in Indonesia because they would only disrupt current peaceful and harmonious relations between different religious followers.

Posted in Religion @ 27 December 2013 23:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Jakarta churches guarded to ensure Christmas security The Jakarta police command has stationed personnel to assure peaceful Christmas Eve service at churches in the capital city on Tuesday evening. Besides guarding churches, the police will also conduct patrol around the city as an anticipatory measure against possible disruption.

Posted in Religion @ 24 December 2013 19:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sinabung emergency response extended until January 4 The emergency response to the eruption of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra has been extended until January 4, 2014 as the volcano still shows signs of increased activity, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson said on Sunday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 December 2013 21:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


National police chief calls for anticipation against terrorism National Police Chief Gen Sutarman has reminded all police personnel to keep vigil on any acts of terrorism that could happen during Christmas and the New Year celebrations.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 December 2013 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian army ready to assist police secure Christmas Indonesian Military (TNI) is ready to assist the police in providing security during Christmas and New Year celebrations in Indonesia by deploying personnel in areas of worship to prevent terrorist activities.

Posted in Religion @ 18 December 2013 21:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All crew members of crashed helicopter in Papua survive Four crew members and a passenger aboard a helicopter that crashed in Kampung (village) Aroanop, Tembagapura District, Mimika, Papua on Sunday at about 3.30 pm local time were found survived, an official said.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 December 2013 09:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Double track of northern Java railway operational in 2014 The double track of northern Java railway between Jakarta and Surabaya of East Java is expected to be operational early 2014. Operation of the new track would considerably reduce the burden of the highways linking the two largest cities in the country.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 27 November 2013 11:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of illegal immigrants dead after boat capsized Dozens of illegal immigrants from Lebanon, Pakistan and Iraq have been reported drowned after their boat capsized in the Agrabinta waters in South Cianjur, West Java, on Friday.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 September 2013 22:01 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


Search still continues for 14 missing Sudanese off Merauke The Indonesian navy said it is still searching for 14 Sudanese immigrants missing since their boat capsized in the sea off Merauke, Papua, last week.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 August 2013 10:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tougher immigration policy against illegal asylum seekers The Australian government has put into effect a stricter immigration policy to prevent more asylum seekers from entering the country illegally, according to Australian ambassador to Indonesia Greg Moriarty.

Posted in Crime @ 02 August 2013 20:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 100 illegal immigrants nabbed in Cianjur Police detained more than 100 illegal immigrant in Cianjur, West Java , on the highway leading to southern coast of Java on Thursday. Police detective Adj Comr. Gito of the Cianjur police said the first group of 80 illegal immigrants from Maynmar, Pakistan, and Afghanistan were stopped in the Cianjur-Bandung highway.

Posted in Crime @ 13 June 2013 22:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Banten water police catch 80 illegal immigrants The Banten provincial water police caught 80 illegal immigrants from Iran and Myanmar in the waters off Peucang island on Thursday. The immigrants were caught after their boat leaked on their way to Christmas Island in Australia, director of the water police Snr. Comr. Budi Hermawan said.

Posted in Crime @ 07 June 2013 00:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi calls for religious tolerance The Governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, has urged the people of Jakarta to maintain religious tolerance and harmony.

Posted in General @ 07 January 2013 14:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lower occupancy Bali hotels during holidays The head of the Denpasar chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), I.B. Gede Sidharta Putra, told Radar Bali that there has been a “retreat” in hotel occupancy levels over the just concluded Christmas and New Years Holiday period.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 January 2013 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


People crossing border in Timor increase in number The number of people crossing the border between the Indonesian part of the Timor island of Atambua and Timor Leste rose sharply ahead and after Christmas on Dec 25.

Posted in Tourism @ 31 December 2012 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Domestic tourists flood Bali over year-end holidays Tens of thousands of domestic tourists are descending on Bali over the current Christmas and New Years holiday. Until January 5, 2013 Bali will see a total of 76 additional flights landing during the holiday period.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 December 2012 10:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono attends Christmas celebrations President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono attended Christmas celebrations at the Jakarta convention centre on Thursday. Vice President Boediono, his spouse, Herawati Boediono, and several ministers from the cabinet, Indonesia Bersatu II, were also present at the event.

Posted in Religion @ 28 December 2012 07:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Christmas mass in Kuta delivered in English Hundreds of foreign tourists attended a Christmas Mass at St Fransiskus Xaverius Paroki church in Badung district on Christmas Eve, where the Mass was delivered in both Indonesian and English.

Posted in Religion @ 25 December 2012 04:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims can convey Christmas greetings The Indonesia`s Religious Affairs Minister, Suryadharma Ali said, Muslims can convey Christmas greetings to Christians. "It is not unusual to convey Christmas greetings to Christians," said Ali on Monday.

Posted in Religion @ 24 December 2012 03:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


1,793 prisoners granted Christmas remission in NTT More than 1790 Christian prisoners in the East Nusatenggara province will receive Christmas remission on Tuesday. They are among inmates of 16 prisons in a number of cities in the Christian dominated province.

Posted in Crime @ 24 December 2012 02:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police gives priority to Jakarta ahead of Christmas, New Year The National Police Headquarters will give top priority to the capital city of Jakarta in its efforts to ensure security across the country during Christmas and New Year celebrations, the Head of Security Maintenance Department of the National Police, Commissioner General Imam Sujarwo, said.

Posted in General @ 21 December 2012 20:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to secure 38,499 churches during the holiday season The Indonesian Police will protect 38,499 churches as part of the 10-day Operation Candle, from December 23, 2012 to January 2013, in light of Christmas, New Year`s Eve and the New Year.

Posted in Religion @ 11 December 2012 19:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for inclusive Christmas celebration President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed his hope that Christmas 2012 would be celebrated inclusively and enjoyed by all Indonesians who wish to participate, National Christmas Committee Chairperson Nafsiah Mboi said here on Friday.

Posted in Religion @ 07 December 2012 20:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ship with illegal immigrants capsized near Christmas island A ship carrying more than one hundred illegal immigrants has capsized in the waters between Indonesia and Australia`s Christmas Island.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 June 2012 12:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


47 illegal immigrants plan to go to Australia Ciemas Police Sector chief Adjunct Police Commissioner Sumaryoto said 47 illegal Afghan immigrants wanted to cross to Christmas Island, Australia, from Ciemas waters.

Posted in Crime @ 04 June 2012 05:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Clemency for drug offender draws harsh criticism   The decision of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut the sentence of Australian marijuana smuggler Schapelle Leigh Corby by five years on humanitarian grounds, has drawn harsh criticism at home.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 May 2012 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Afghan, Sudanese immigrants in Pasuruan detention center A total of 68 Afghan and Sudanese immigrants being detained at the Malang immigration office will soon be taken to the Pasuruan immigration detention center in East Java.

Posted in Crime @ 22 April 2012 17:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More illegal immigrants arrested in Sukabumi Police in Sukabumi, West Java, have arrested some more illegal immigrants seeking to cross over to Australia, bringing the total caught so far to 72.

Posted in Crime @ 13 March 2012 14:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Christians celebrate Christmas eve in peace Christians in the capital observed the Christmas Eve in peace on Saturday night, with no significant security disturbance reported. Hundreds of police officers were deployed to provide security during the Christmas Eve mass in almost all churches in the capital, Antara observed.

Posted in Religion @ 25 December 2011 03:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of convicts to get Christmas remissions A total of 5,200 prisoners in Indonesia will get remissions on the occasion of Christmas Day. 162 of them will automatically become free men after receiving special remission II on Christmas this year. This according the director general of penitentiaries at the ministry of Law and Human Rights, Sihabudin, said here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 25 December 2011 01:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll reaches 95 in Indonesian immigrant boat sinking The death toll after a ship carrying Australia-bound immigrants sank off the coast of Indonesia on Saturday evening has risen to at least 95, officials said on Friday. Around 100 people remain missing.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 December 2011 19:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI ready to help secure Christmas celebrations The Islam Defenders Front (FPI) is ready to help police secure places of worship during Christmas and New Year celebrations across the country, its chief said. "We always get involved in efforts to secure places of warship to create a conducive situation," FPI Chairman Habib Rizieq said here on Thursday.

Posted in Religion @ 23 December 2011 02:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono leads meeting on Christmas, New Year security President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led a cabinet meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a wide range of issues, including security precautions for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Posted in General @ 22 December 2011 01:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of people flee Indonesian village in fear of police Hundreds of people have fled a village in Indonesia's restive Papua region following the deployment of more than 100 security officers, the Jakarta Post reported on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 07 December 2011 22:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia police: Sunda Strait prone to piracy The Sunda Strait, a waterway separating Java island from Sumatra island, is prone to piracy, police said. Therefore, the Banten police would also pay attention to the security of vessels passing through or crossing the strait from Java to Sumatra or vice versa, Banten Regional Police Chief Brig Gen Eko Haid S said.

Posted in Crime @ 06 December 2011 10:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six drown after boat with immigrants capsizes in Indonesia At least six illegal immigrants trying to reach Australia were killed on early Tuesday morning when their boat capsized off Indonesia, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 November 2011 18:33 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


Terror suspect Umar Patek admits assembling 2002 bombs Terror suspect Umar Patek has admitted to having assembled the explosive devices which were used in the 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people were killed, officials said on Saturday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 August 2011 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Police arrest six teenagers on terrorism charges Indonesian counterterrorism police on Tuesday arrested six teenagers in Central Java for their alleged involvement in terrorist activities, the Jakarta Post reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 January 2011 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police arrest 8 terror suspects in Central Java Indonesian anti-terror police arrested 8 suspected terrorists believed to be behind the bombing plots of two police stations and three churches in the Central Java city of Solo, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 January 2011 03:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: Christmas celebrations peaceful around the country The National Police say Christmas has so far been celebrated peacefully across the country, with no major incidents disrupting the festivities. National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar said there had been hitherto no security issues since Christmas masses had begun on Friday evening.

Posted in Religion @ 25 December 2010 12:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christmas spirit: Decorations are 'excessive' and 'hurt's Muslims' feelings' The top Islamic body - who else - from the world's most populous Muslim country complained about over-the-top Christmas decorations in Indonesian malls and other places where the public gathers.

Posted in Religion @ 24 December 2010 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali deploys 8,000 policemen to safeguard Christmas festivities Bali Deputy Police Chief Komang Udayana on Thursday announced that 8,000 police officers were deployed to safeguard Christmas and New Year's eve festivities, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Religion @ 23 December 2010 23:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali expecting very busy Christmas and New Year Beritabali.com reports that the Bali Tourism Office is saying that, on the average, 80% of all available hotel rooms in Bali have been booked for the coming Christmas and New Years period.

Posted in Tourism @ 19 December 2010 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI promises no attacks during Christmas, under conditions? Rizieq Shihab, head of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), on Tuesday promised that his followers will restrain from disrupting Christmas celebrations in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 02:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A full Bali for Christmas and New Year Hotels in Bali are fully booked for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the head of the island’s hotel association said on Sunday, while police said there had been no indication of an increased threat of terrorist attack.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 December 2010 08:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia increases security measures after Church attacks Two recent attacks against churches in the Central Java province of Indonesia has prompted authorities to open investigations and step up their security measures in fear of further attacks as Christmas season begins, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Religion @ 08 December 2010 15:08 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


Two Britons in jail over propery fraud Radar Bali carries news of yet another property transaction by foreign nationals attempting to secure land in Bali gone sour. U.K. nationals, Christopher James Forbes, 50, who list his address as the Bali View Apartment, Jalan Nakula 390 in Kuta, and Angus Knowles Jackson were arrested on Christmas Eve pursuant to a criminal complaint filed with the Bali police by Dmitry Chernikov, a Russian national.

Posted in Crime @ 28 December 2009 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merry Christmas! From my normal working environment located in that beautiful tropical country we know as Indonesia, I wish all visitors, readers and watchers of indahnesia.com Merry Christmas. That the food will be good, the visitors go home soon and the roads are not too slippery. In the mean time we might just be able to think about the origins of this important holiday for many.

Posted in Website @ 25 December 2009 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


11,000 police ready to safeguard Christmas The province of Central Java has informed that some 11,000 police officers are prepared to guard the Christmas and New Year celebrations in the province. The provincial head of police, Alex Bambang Riatmodjo told yesterday.

Posted in General @ 24 December 2009 01:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


New Metro departement store collapsed in Jakarta A number of people is trapped after a building belonging to Metro department store partially collapsed in Tanah Abang in Jakarta. The new building was built only three months ago. Hundreds of people are currently looking for people trapped under the rubble of the building. The place was crowded with people looking for last-minute Christmas sales when it collapsed.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 December 2009 05:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Hotels on Lombok island almost full for holiday season The upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays have caused 80 percent of all hotels on the island of Lombok, just east of the resort island of Bali, to report completely fully booked weeks. Bookings are made by Indonesians as well as foreigners. On the famous Gili Islands almost all hotels and homestays are fully booked already.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 December 2009 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More power outages for Bali Despite earlier promises that the irritations accompanying electrical blackouts would end on December 6, 2009, the state-owned power company PLN has announced that repairs on the Gilimanuk generating station will take longer than expected and consumers should expect blackouts to continue at least until January 15, 2010.

Posted in Power supply @ 08 December 2009 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 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


A 'just-in-time' invitation Do you plan things as much as possible if you have the chance? That is what I do. Some of you will tell me that I should not live in Indonesia for that matter, but I think it's quite possible generally spoken. Others know that I have to do my own things and dropping by without informing me first is no problem as well, even if the door is not opened because I am not at home at the time they decide to visit me.

Posted in Culture @ 07 August 2009 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moving? Yes, but not to the Netherlands After I wrote an article recently, some people thought that I was about to return to the Netherlands. Indeed I was in the Netherlands and indeed I was about to move. Whether I put these two facts in one article on purpose or not, it were two things that played an important role at that moment. Both of them have been rounded off properly though and it wasn't that hard after all.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2009 06:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Vice-President ends Bali airport depate Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla has apparently brought to an end the long-standing debate on the future of Bali's international airport by instructing that a Rp. 1.2 trillion (80 million euro) expansion must be completed by 2011. As reported by Bisnis Indonesia, the Vice President issued his instructions following an inspection visit to the airport over the Christmas/New Year period. He was accompanied on his visit by the Minister of Communications Jusman Syafii Djamal and the Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik.

Posted in Economy @ 11 January 2009 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christmas celebrated peacefully in Indonesia Indonesian Christians have celebrated Christmas in a smooth and peaceful way across the country, with tight security measures in place ensuring no major incidents occurred. Christmas celebrations in some cities of the largest Muslim country from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning ran smoothly, peacefully and solemnly without any security disturbances, local press reported on Friday.

Posted in Religion @ 27 December 2008 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia is running out of imported alcohol quickly The Indonesian government has put new import regulations in place as well as a massive tax hike creating a Customs clampdown on Indonesia’s alcohol supplies leading up to the Christmas holiday season, according to a report in Bali Update this week. Much to the frustration of hotel and restaurant operators, alcohol supplies have been reduced to a trickle, leaving many guests disappointed by not being able to enjoy their favourite beverage.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2008 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A world of snow and ice in Yogyakarta Yeah, the title looks like pure fraud, but that doesn't seem to be completely true though. For some time now, about one and a half year, Yogyakarta has its own ice rink for those who want to skate some rounds or just want to do crazy on two of those thin metal strips under your feel. That is at least what they say in advertisements for the ice rink. That reality is slightly different than in those advertisements, is not really amazing. However the leaflet got in a pile 'still to do' somewhere on my desk, I already had the chance to have a look what the fuss was all about.

Posted in General @ 08 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A deserted Kuta in November I have to admit, it is somewhere far outside any holiday season in the middle of November, maybe that will help create the almost deserted Kuta around this time of year. It was a short trip of about one hour from the beating cultural and religious heart of Bali, Ubud. With a virtually blue sky I left the spiritual village on a rented Mio (scooter), heading for the hot lowlands and crowds of Southern Bali. That crowd was a relative thing here, but seen from Ubud almost everything in the outside world looks crowded.

Posted in Travel @ 25 November 2008 00:00 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


Indonesia frees 312 inmates on Christmas day Indonesia has freed 312 inmates on Christmas for good behaviour, a government official said. About another 7,500 received reductions in their sentences ranging from 15 days to two months, Mohammad Syueib of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights told Elshinta news radio.

Posted in Human rights @ 25 December 2007 11:25 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


Indonesia will accept 83 Sri Lanka refugees Indonesia announced it would take in the 83 Sri Lankan asylu seekers. But only on the condition that they would be deported to their homeland as soon as possible. "We are ready to receive them, to receive 83 Sri Lankan asylum seekers back to Indonesia, with the understanding that this is only for transit," Indonesian foreign ministry spokesman Desra Percaya said earlier today.

Posted in General @ 02 March 2007 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poso violence could help Indonesia militants regroup Renewed trouble in Indonesia's central Sulawesi island, long the site of deadly Christian-Muslim rivalry, underscores how communal tensions may help reinvigorate the country's militant Islamic movement.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 January 2007 09:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia frees activist murder suspect The only suspect in the poisoning death of Indonesia's most prominent human rights activist was freed from prison after receiving a month's reduction in his sentence as part of Christmas celebrations, a prison official said Tuesday. Pollycarpus Priyanto, a 45-year-old pilot, was originally sentenced to 14 years on charges of putting a fatal dose of arsenic in Munir Thalib's food while the human rights campaigner was on a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam two years ago.

Posted in Human rights @ 26 December 2006 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. warns of possible terrorist attacks in Indonesia Americans and other Westerners in Indonesia should remain alert to the possibility of militant attacks over the Christmas and New Year period, the U.S. embassy in Jakarta said on Monday. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, has in recent years been hit by a series of bomb blasts blamed on Islamic militants.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 December 2006 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abu Bakar Bashir: 'Let Christians celebrate Christmas' adical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, head of the Indonesian Mujaheddin Council (MMI), on Saturday urged Indonesian Muslims not to "disturb" Christians, and not to take part in any celebrations during the Christmas season, local media reported. "Obviously, Indonesian Muslims are not allowed to disturb, or join in any Christmas celebration, such as congratulate Christians or help them during Christmas," Abu Bakar Bashir was quoted as saying by Detik.Com, a Jakarta-based online news provider.

Posted in General @ 16 December 2006 15:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia: ''El Nino may endure through next year' Indonesia may be affected by "moderately intense'' El Nino weather conditions that could last right through next year, parching Southeast Asia's largest economy, the meteorological agency said. Floods may follow. The events, caused by warming of equatorial waters in the Pacific Ocean, occur every two to seven years and shift normal weather patterns worldwide. Authorities would begin cloud- seeding, an official at the agency said at a briefing today.

Posted in Weather @ 09 November 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali foreseeing an end to tourists' fears Hotels are opening, a new condominium hotel and elite villa projects are enticing buyers and a new selection of chapels is available to couples who want an island wedding surrounded by bright blue seas. That is how Bali always wants it to be. But growth in the commercial property segment has been slow and painful, coming against the backdrop of two tragedies: the bombing in October 2002 that killed 202 people, mostly Australian tourists, and a second one in October 2005 that killed 26.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 July 2006 15:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami warning for Australia, Indonesia after quake Indonesia and Australia were advised of a possible local tsunami after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck the Indian Ocean south of the Indonesian island of Java.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 July 2006 13:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Long blackouts in Aceh and North Sumatra State power company PLN on Wednesday began cutting power to Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam and North Sumatra provinces for two hours a day, again leaving residents in the dark after a year of regular blackouts in 2005. The rolling blackouts, which will continue over the next 52 days, will take place during peak usage hours, between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., according to the company's spokesman in North Sumatra, Agus Muliadi.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2006 10:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sets up team to tackle Sulawesi violence Indonesia has set up a special counter-terrorism team to try to halt bloodshed in the country's east after a bomb attack on a Christian market which killed seven people, the chief security minister said on Wednesday. The bombing last Saturday hit a market in the city of Palu, capital of Central Sulawesi province.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 04 January 2006 20:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detain man after market bombing Indonesian police have detained a man and tightened road blocks around the city of Palu in a hunt for those responsible for killing seven people in a nail bomb attack on a Christian market on New Year's Eve. Police said on Sunday that several locations in Palu, capital of volatile Central Sulawesi province in the country's east, had also been raided. They declined to give details.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 01 January 2006 10:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb blast kills seven in Palu A bomb packed with nails exploded in a crowded Christian market selling pork ahead of New Year celebrations in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, killing seven people and wounding 47, police said. The blast in Palu, capital of volatile Central Sulawesi province, came after warnings of militant violence during the Christmas and New Year season in Indonesia.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 31 December 2005 10:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


President confirms escalated security threat President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono confirmed that he is under an increased security threat but said he will continue his duties as usual. Security forces in Indonesia have been on high alert over the Christmas period, concerned about revenge attacks after their killing last month of a top Malaysian bombmaker in East Java.

Posted in General @ 27 December 2005 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesians observe peaceful Christmas Indonesians observed Christmas peacefully across the country as tens of thousands of police and troops remained on high alert for possible terrorist attacks. The security forces had earlier warned of possible terrorist attacks during the Christmas and New Year holidays as militants might seek revenge for the killing last month of Malaysian bomb-expert Azahari bin Husin, a senior member of the regional terror network Jamaah Islamiyah (JI), during a police raid in East Java.

Posted in General @ 26 December 2005 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mourners reflect on the year since tsunami Mourners returned to battered shorelines Monday to mark one year since the Indian Ocean tsunami crashed ashore in a dozen countries, laying waste to coastal communities and sweeping away at least 216,000 lives. Under a clear sky and before a gentle sea, survivors, friends and relatives of those who died and world leaders commemorated those lost in one of the worst natural disasters the modern world has experienced.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 December 2005 09:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt says terrorists plotting to assassinate Yudhoyono Terrorists in Indonesia are planning to assassinate government officials including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Presidential Spokesman Andi Mallarangeng said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 December 2005 09:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Jakarta safe at Christmas Eve The situation of Jakarta`s security was reported to be safe during which thousands of Christians were celebrating their Christmas eve at respective church on Saturday evening. "Up till now, the security of Jakarta is safe and under control. Security apparatuses remain standing on guard to safeguard the churches and some areas prone to security disturbance," Chief of the Jakarta Police Headquarter`s Information Service Senior Commissioner Ketut Untung Yoga Ana said here on Saturday evening.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2005 09:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Xanana Gusmao to attend X'mas in Jakarta cathedral Timor Lorosae President Xanana Gusmao will attend a Christmas mass at Jakarta`s Cathedral here Saturday evening. "President Xanana has already sent a letter to the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry indicating his intention to attend Christmas mass at the Cathedral at 10 p.m. local time," said Janhars Yukti the chairman of the Cathedral`s Christmas Celebration Committee here Friday.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2005 09:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt deploys 47,800 to guard churches against terrorism Indonesia said it is deploying a fourth of its police force, or 47,800 officers, to guard every church in the country after warnings terrorists are planning attacks during the Christmas and New Year period. "The country has been put on top alert,'' National Police Spokesman Anton Bahrul Alam said at a press briefing in the nation capital Jakarta today. "We are increasing security in every church to anticipate any terrorism act.''

Posted in Violence @ 24 December 2005 09:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia police tell churches to dig bomb holes Police have ordered churches in the Indonesian city of Solo to dig holes to throw away suspicious objects that might be bombs, a newspaper said on Friday, amid fears of Christmas-related attacks. Police across the world's most populous Muslim country have been stepping up security measures ahead of the year-end holidays to avoid a repeat of 2000 Christmas Eve bombings of churches in several Indonesian cities which killed 19 people.

Posted in General @ 16 December 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hotels must report guests to police Jakarta Police are requiring all hotels across the capital to report the identities of their guests to police as soon as they check in. "We already require newcomers in all neighborhoods to report within 24 hours of their arrival. Now, we want hotels to report their guests' identities to us," city police chief Insp. Gen. Firman Gani said on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2005 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Muslims to guard churches during Christmas Volunteers from Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation will guard churches across the world's most populous Muslim nation on Christmas amid fears of terrorist attacks. Jakarta police have said they will boost security in the capital ahead of Christmas to avoid a repeat of 2000 Christmas Eve bombings on churches in several Indonesian cities, including the country's capital.

Posted in General @ 10 December 2005 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia worries about possible Christmas terrorism Indonesia is boosting security ahead of the Christmas and New Year's holiday season with intelligence pointing to possible terror attacks, local media reported this morning. Syamsir Siregar, head of State Intelligence Agency (BIN), said that his agency had learned of possible plans by terrorists to launch attacks at the end of this month, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 December 2005 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia tightens security for fear of terror Indonesia has tightened security to prevent potential terrorist attacks ahead of the Christmas and New Year festivals, local media reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 December 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police chief: More bombmakers are still on the loose National Police chief Gen. Sutanto warned Monday that master bombmaker Azahari Husin, who was killed in a raid last week, had trained several followers in bombmaking and they are still on the loose. "There are several individuals who have not yet been caught and they have already learned to make bombs, although not at a level as sophisticated as Azahari's," Sutanto told journalists.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 November 2005 10:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fears blitz on capital Indonesian authorities are tightening security in Jakarta, fearing a pre-Christmas bombing campaign planned by Bali terror leaders Azahari Husin and Noordin Top could still go ahead, despite Azahari's death last week. Documents found in the house where Azahari was shot dead by police on Wednesday have uncovered advanced plans for a wave of attacks on the capital.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2005 19:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Azahari, hard work and stupidity If there was ever an occasion when the words "terrorism" and "good news" can ever be used in the same sentence, then Wednesday's police raid that led to the death of bombmaker Dr. Azahari was certainly one of them. It had been a long time coming. The work of the notorious Demolition Man is believed to have been behind four of the worst terrorist attacks in Indonesia -- the Bali bombings of 2002, the JW Marriott Hotel bombing in 2003, the Kuningan bombing in Jakarta in 2004, and last month's bombings in Kuta and Jimbaran.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-drugs tsar picked to head Indonesia police Indonesia's top anti-narcotics policeman, who also has also played a prominent role in several terrorism cases, has been chosen to head the national police force, the president said on Monday. Commissioner General Sutanto, a long-time confidant of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has led the anti-narcotics agency since February 2005.

Posted in General @ 27 June 2005 14:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Krakatoa volcano sparks tsunami panic Many residents of Indonesia's Sumatra island fled to higher ground before dawn on Tuesday after rumours that a notorious volcano had erupted sending a tsunami hurtling towards the coast, local media reported. The panic was prompted by reports that Mount Anak Krakatoa, a volcano off Lampung province's southern coast between Sumatra and Java islands, had erupted, national news agency Antara reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 May 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia raises tsunami death toll to 166,320 Indonesia's Health Ministry raised the country's death toll from the Dec. 26 tsunami to 166,320 Wednesday, pushing the total number of people killed in the disaster around the region above 225,000. A Health Ministry statement said the new figure was based on the latest reports from the provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra, which were directly in the path of the killer tsunami spawned by a magnitude 9 earthquake the day after Christmas.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bush and other leaders quick to offer condolences and aid From President Bush to Pope John Paul II, the world's political and spiritual leaders urged support on Sunday for victims of the giant waves in Asia as relief agencies and governments girded to offer technical help and aid. The United States said assistance was already on its way to some of the most stricken areas. The speed and scale of the disaster - with thousands dead - left some relief specialists struggling to keep pace with events. "The needs are enormous," said Louis Michel, a senior official of the European Union, which offered $4 million in emergency funds.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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