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Pottery artifacts from 14th century found in Kambelo, Maluku Pottery fragments from Tiongkok dating back to the 14th century when Yuan Dynasty ruled the country were found in Kambelo, South Hoamoal sub-district, West Seram district, Maluku, in June 2014, an archeologist stated on Wednesday.

Posted in History @ 03 September 2014 19:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia Airlines confirms 12 Indonesians aboard MH17 There were 12 Indonesians among 298 passengers, who boarded flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that crashed in Ukraine on Thursday, Malaysia Airlines has confirmed.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 July 2014 18:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PT PAL Indonesia to produce warship State-owned ship building company PT PAL Indonesia started building a Watchtower Missile Destroyer fregate on Wednesday to meet the ministry of defenses order.

Posted in Military @ 16 April 2014 19:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and the Netherlands strengthen defense cooperation The defense ministers of Indonesia and the Netherlands, Purnomo Yusgiantoro and Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert, signed an MoU to strengthen defense cooperation between the two countries in Den Haag, the Netherlands.

Posted in Politics @ 06 February 2014 19:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two cultural heritage relics missing from Musirawas Two cultural heritage relics, a gold-plated elephant statue and a Tunggul Wulung spear, kept in the Musirawas Culture and Tourism Office in South Sumatra Province have gone missing.

Posted in History @ 26 December 2013 13:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Netherlands agree on island construction project The governments of Indonesia and the Netherlands have reached an agreement on the five islands construction project near the Tanjung Perak Port, Surabaya (East Java), for building the proposed industrial area.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 12 December 2013 16:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Urgent need to curb corruption at Baliís 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 Baliís 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, Netherlands agree to improve bilateral relations Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte agreed here on Wednesday to increase cooperation and improve bilateral relations between the two countries.

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2013 23:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to receive Dutch Prime Minister President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to receive Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the Merdeka Palace on Wednesday afternoon. The President will have a tete-a-tete with Rutte at 3:30 p.m., which will be followed by a bilateral meeting between the delegations from the two countries.

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2013 12:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch prime minister visiting Indonesia Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will make an official visit to Indonesia from November 19 to 22, and will be accompanied by a business delegation.

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


Purchase your Indonesia Air tickets through ticketindonesia.info Starting today, ticketindonesia.info has started selling tickets for Indonesian airliner Indonesia Air (PT Indonesia Air Transport) through it's website. This small airline used to be known as IAT, but has gone through a complete reformation since the take-over by the MNC Group. The airline has purchased new planes and offers attractive routes.

Posted in Travel @ 28 February 2013 13:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Netherlands offers help to preserve Jakarta's 'Old City' Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmersmans met Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama at the City Hall on Wednesday to offer help to preserve an old Kota district area of Jakarta.

Posted in History @ 20 February 2013 22:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua badly needs health care facility Coordinating Minister for the People`s Welfare Agung Laksono expressed concern with the condition of health care infrastructure in Papua and Papua Barat.

Posted in Health @ 22 December 2012 10:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutchman dies in North Bali road accident A Dutch national died in a motorcycle mishap on the Singaraja to Lovina road in Buleleng regency on Thursday, November 22, 2012. 66-year-old Henk Goarenstroom (reported by Indonesian media) died instantly from head injuries sustained when he fell from a motorcycle being driven by fellow Dutchmen Barry Roggeween (43).

Posted in Accidents @ 25 November 2012 10:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Megawati to inaugurate Sukarno monument in Bangka Indonesia`s fifth President, Megawati Soekarnoputri, will inaugurate the monument of Sukarno, called the `Bung Karno Monument`, in Air Anyir village in Bangka, on Saturday (November 24).

Posted in General @ 20 November 2012 14:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


First solo-album of Mas Paul launched on iTunes On the 9th of October the first Mas Paul-album was launched on iTunes. The title of this CD is 'Tempo Baru'. the music is composed, arranged and played by Dutch composer Paul Elbers. This keyboardplayer played with RK Veulpoepers BV (www.rkveulpoepersbv.com), Fanfare van de Eeuwigdurende Bijstand and MMWOPS for traveling festival 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams'.

Posted in Culture @ 06 November 2012 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer: 'Bounty for arrest of president baseless' The bounty offered by separatist group Free West Papua Movement for the arrest of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his October visit to Britain has no legal basis, according to an observer.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2012 22:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian red and white flag attracts fewer buyers The Indonesian Red and White flag has attracted fewer buyers on the occasion of the nation`s Independence Day on Friday, sellers said.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2012 14:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'No need to worry about Leopard purchase plan' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesians need not worry about the government`s plan to purchase leopard tanks from Germany because the tanks would only be used for defense purposes.

Posted in Military @ 10 July 2012 17:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Police: 'Dutch citizen to be handed to prosecutor' A Dutch citizen, Bedrettin Kaya, who allegedly committed a torture against a police brigadier here, will immediately be handed to the public prosecutor`s office for further legal process, a police spokesman said.

Posted in Crime @ 20 May 2012 15:57 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


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


Pre-election violence hits district in Indonesia's Papua Supporters of rival political candidates have clashed in Indonesia's restive Papua province this week, just days ahead of district elections, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 17 February 2012 04:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Unidentified gunmen kill policeman in Papua An Indonesian police officer was killed on Tuesday when officers were attacked by an armed group in Indonesia's restive province of Papua, officials said. One attacker was also wounded.

Posted in Crime @ 07 February 2012 21:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pondok Pesantren Laki-laki As-Sodomiyah Last week it made some headlines, but I didn't have the time to get back to it right away. Well, that should be special new then, right? Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be that special. Hardly any attention was given to it in Indonesia, at least not of the stone-throwing and firebombing kind of attention that we should expect with this kind of news.

Posted in Religion @ 24 January 2012 07:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Residents find ancient bronze jar Residents of the Pasar Lama sub-district in South Sumatra province are reported to have discovered an undated ancient bronze jar while digging a house foundation, on Wednesday (Dec 28).

Posted in History @ 30 December 2011 03:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


OPM: Indonesian police kill fourteen Papuan separatists The separatist Free Papua Organization (OPM) on Thursday claimed fourteen of its members have allegedly been killed during a recent police raid in the district of Paniai in Indonesia's restive Papua region, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Violence @ 15 December 2011 22:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Netherlands apologizes for Rawagede tragedy The Netherlands through its ambassador in Jakarta, Tjeerd de Zwaan, here on Friday apologized for a Dutch military operation in Rawagede village in 1947 that killed numerous civilian locals.

Posted in History @ 10 December 2011 09:51 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


Suspected rebels kill police officer in Indonesia's Papua An Indonesian police officer died on Monday morning after being injured in an attack by suspected separatist rebels in the country's restive Papua region last week, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 December 2011 00:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police release 12 alleged separatists Indonesian police have been forced to release twelve alleged separatist rebels just a day after announcing they had made a major breakthrough in the war against the Free Papua Movement (OPM), local media reported on Saturday.

Posted in Protests @ 26 November 2011 14:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


agoda.com spotlight on Jakarta: hotels from USD 22! agoda.com, a leading global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) today announced a chic selection of hotel deals in the exciting Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 November 2011 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to monitor Dutch compensation for 1947 massacre The Indonesian government will monitor developments around a Dutch court ruling on the 1947 Rawagede massacre, a presidential spokesman said on Thursday.

Posted in History @ 16 September 2011 03:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch government has to pay for Rawagede widows The Netherlands is responsible for the damage that survivors suffered during the killing spree on the village of Rawagede by Dutch soldiers during the Second World War. A court in The Hague confirmed that the Netherlands should pay damages to seven widows of victims.

Posted in History @ 15 September 2011 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A double tracked Pantura almost a reality An infrastructure project that was started back in the Dutch colonial era, will hopefully be rounded up in the coming years. What project took almost a century to be completed? The construction of a double tracked - now it's only a single track for the biggest part - railroad connection between Jakarta and Surabaya through the northern lowlands of Java Island.

Posted in Travel @ 28 August 2011 06:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fatahillah Museum closed until 2014 The Fatahillah Museum of History in Kota Tua, the old city of Jakarta, will be closed for two years to allow for conservation work to be carried out on the badly damaged museum complex. Museum manager Enny Prihantini said many parts of the museum were beyond repair, including walls, flooring and windows.

Posted in Culture @ 09 July 2011 11:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of Jakarta light rail to kick off soon? Where most metropolis in the world - inclusive of those in virtually all third-world-countries - already are 'equipped' with at least one form of mass rapid transit, Indonesia has do do it the railroad tracks that were laid down during the Dutch colonial period and buses that were put on the road for the first time when Suharto just became president.

Posted in Economy @ 27 March 2011 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreigners contract Legionaires' disease in Bali At least 14 foreigners have contracted Legionnaires' disease in Indonesia's Bali island, which is the country's most visited beach resort, local media reported Sunday.

Posted in Health @ 31 January 2011 05:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch tourist missing on Mount Agung on Bali A Dutch tourist and a local tour guide have been missing since Wednesday on Mount Agung on the Indonesian island of Bali's Karangasem district.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2011 14:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saved from the satay stick A total of 87 rare green turtles, some believed to be hundreds of years old, were released back into the seas surrounding the island of Bali. The turtles, now free again, were seized by Bali's Water Police during the course of a raid on turtle smugglers.

Posted in Environment @ 21 November 2010 04:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian ambassador: PVV voters are terribly scared The Indonesian ambassador to the Netherlands. Yunus Effendi Habibie, has said that those who voted for the PVV (Freedom Party) may have contracted 'a terrible form of scaredness'. He also said that the Indonesian president would most likely not visit the Netherlands if the PVV was to form a cabinet. The Indonesian ambassador said this to the Dutch newspaper het Financieele Dagblad.

Posted in Politics @ 24 September 2010 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda reports strong loads on new Amsterdam route Bisnis.com reports that three weeks into the re-launch of Garuda Indonesia's Jakarta-Amsterdam service load factors are running at 70%. The commercial director of Garuda, Agus Priyanto, predicts that load factors on the new European route will reach 80% in July.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 27 June 2010 03:22 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


Dutch man arrested for allegedly molesting girl Willem Johan Stegenus, a 65-year-old Dutch citizen, was arrested for allegedly molesting a 16-year-old girl. Karangasem Police chief Jr. Com. I Gede Mustika confirmed that Stegenus had been named a suspect based on reports filed by the girl's parents.

Posted in Crime @ 09 April 2010 11:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and The Netherlands working together on CO2-problem The Netherlands is about to participate in four projects in Indonesia in order to reduce it's production of CO2 gas. One project will use natural gas while three other projects will be aimed at retrieving gas from trash that can be used as energy.

Posted in Environment @ 05 March 2010 11:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death penalty for three convicted Dutchmen approaching The death penalty that is being prepared against three Dutchmen in Indonesia is currently negotiated about at a high diplomatic level. For one of the three men a review has been submitted a short while ago. The other two will have their reviews submitted in a short period of time as well.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 February 2010 01:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


This was in the picture! #15 During the first meeting of the Nederlandsch-Indische Sterrekundige Vereeniging (Dutch-Indies Astronomical Society) in the 1920s, it was agreed that an observatory was needed to study astronomy in the Dutch East Indies. Bosscha Observatory is the oldest observatory in Indonesia. The observatory is located in Lembang, West Java, approximately 15 kilometers (9 mi) north of Bandung. It is situated on a hilly six hectares of land and is 1,310 m (4,298 ft) above mean sea level plateau.

Posted in Picture guess @ 12 January 2010 12:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! #12 On the picture was the current city hall of the city of Malang in East Java province. The building, built in the Dutch colonial time, was almost entirely destroyed during the struggle for independence but was later completely rebuilt. Nowadays it is one of the many remarkable buildings from the Dutch colonial time in the city.

Posted in Picture guess @ 16 December 2009 11:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Should Indonesia get a second Jakarta? President Yudhoyono is the third president that coined the idea of creating a new capital away from Jakarta because that city is choking with people, traffic jams and waste. He said that plans to develop a new capital were welcome, but the government itself does not lay focus to creating a new Jakarta elsewhere, that would be up to others.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2009 01:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Waiting along the toll road It is half past ten in the evening and the DAMRI bus that left the Kampung Rambutan bus terminal around half past seven in the evening has stopped and is on the emergency lane of the toll road between Jakarta and Bandung. Just short of three hours of traveling in the direction of Cilacap and engine problems already forced us to stop. What the exact problem is, is not known. There are bottles of water and the driver and kenek (from the Dutch word 'knecht', helper) are looking for a solution.

Posted in Travel @ 06 December 2009 15:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Release Papuan flag-raisers Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should exonerate three Papuan men convicted of rebellion on November 12, 2009, for raising a pro-independence flag, Human Rights Watch said today.

Posted in Protests @ 19 November 2009 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


''Dutch druglord in Indonesia executed soon' Dutchman Ang Kiem Soei, who is convicted to death in Indonesia for running an ecstasy factory, is most likely to be executed next month. He also was a part of an international organization of drug traders. Soei has been in prison for over seven years now and his legal options have run out.

Posted in Drugs @ 18 November 2009 08:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


What is 'newcomer' KLM going to do? Although KLM is flying to destinations like Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia through a 'detour' - by codeshares with Malaysian and Singapore Airlines for example - they will also fly to Bali with their own blue swans three times a week later this year. This means that three plane loads of Dutchmen can fly to Bali to celebrate their holidays without leaving the Netherlands behind during their long flights.

Posted in Travel @ 15 October 2009 12:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playing fire chief in Jodoh It is something that children do, as well as adults. For adults it is a full-time job or volunteer job and not something you just do incidentally. But that last one is what happened two nights ago. It was just after six in the evening when a Dutch friend and I were having a beer in one of the many cafe's in the Jodoh area on the island of Batam. One of the Australians that entered before we did walked outside but came right back in. "There is a fire," he said with a normal voice.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 October 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KLM will fly to Bali soon The Dutch airline KLM will fly to Bali with a direct flight three times a week from December this year. A stop in Singapore is scheduled for the trip however. The company made this announcement earlier today. This good news for those travelers that can not entirely leave behind their home country comes during a period in which KLM is having talks with Garuda Indonesia over a possible agreement.

Posted in Travel @ 02 October 2009 12:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Display of maps at hotel booking pages improved After several reports of a failure of properly displaying a Google Maps map on several pages of the hotels that can be booked via indahnesia.com, we have found out what the actual problem was. This problem has been solved directly as well, so maps will appear for those hotels that have enabled us to display their location.

Posted in Website @ 26 September 2009 10:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Technical problems at the website Since around half past three Dutch time (GMT+2) problems occurred at the computer that is displaying this website. However the problems only occurred in parts of the website, it was the part that is displayed for visitors that had the problem, so visitors did not see anything more than an error telling them the website was unavailable. The problems occurred at all websites so websites like indonesiepagina.nl and kamus-online.com were also unavailable.

Posted in Website @ 17 September 2009 07:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Only two pilots in simulator, training a success The first reaction from Indonesia on the ban to fly to countries of the European Union for all Indonesian airliners was as clear as it could be. Furious they were, because there were no structural problems at all in the airline industry in the country. President Yudhoyono even canceled a visit to the Netherlands because of the ban. And all this even when there was not a single Indonesian airliner flying to Europe, since Garuda Indonesia had stopped flying to Amsterdam late 2004 already.

Posted in General @ 04 September 2009 06:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Order your Indonesian escort girl online now! Ever wondered how to order your Indonesian girl online? Well, for those who though that you have to get out of your house life has just become easier today! A website , hosted by Google, so probably not online for too long. The site starts with a lot of information about different sexual actions and eventually closes of with the way of booking; by email or mobile Indonesian phone number.

Posted in Culture @ 02 September 2009 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Garuda Indonesia will fly to Amsterdam directly Once more Garuda Indonesia has announced that it will start with direct flights to the Netherlands again. Their last flight from Amsterdam was late 2004, and because of the current ban for Indonesian airliners to land in countries of the European Union, Garuda has to hold out a little while longer.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 30 August 2009 07:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


RSS feeds updated It needed some heavy reprogramming. The RSS feeds on indahnesia.com were terribly outdated and did not comply to standards that are currently widely used by all kinds of feed readers and other websites to integrate blog entries, forum topics and news events from indahnesia.com. Here they are, brand new and perfectly in line with current standards for RSS feeds.

Posted in Others @ 06 August 2009 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


An old-fashioned Saturday night in Jogja It was an old-fashioned Saturday evening in Jogjakarta. A part of my life that I left behind for a new life a few hundred kilometers away. I didn't miss a thing about it in the last two months, but when I am 'submerged' in it once again, it is fairly easy to pick up the old rhythm again. That is exactly what I did, together with my girlfriend and a number of friends in town.

Posted in Travel @ 02 August 2009 15:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Back to Jogja as a tourist It has been two months ago that I left from Yogyakarta to move to my new house in Lippo Cikarang. Now everything has settled down - for some time already by the way - it is about time to go back to the city where I spent almost three years of my life. As I told before, I did not move from Yogyakarta because I had to, so returning is not a big problem for me.

Posted in Travel @ 01 August 2009 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second Dutch death in Jakarta bombings confirmed A Dutch man who went missing after the bombings in Jakarta just over a week ago, has certainly be killed in those bombings. The Department of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands has told. The man is the second Dutch victim in the bombings. Most likely he is the husband of the Dutch woman who was confirmed to be killed in the bombings as well.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 July 2009 04:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Create your own international driver license Almost all of you travelers to Indonesia which have used a car or motorbike know that the police in general is quite corrupt and will do anything to get a few Rupiah's into their pockets when you are stopped for whatever reason. Money gone, but most will think that it doesn't really matter. That is true, because what is 20.000 Rupiah for not bringing your SIM (drivers license) in Yogyakarta or 50.000 Rupiah for not wearing your helmet in Jakarta?

Posted in Culture @ 22 July 2009 05:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


RNW: 'Jakarta bombings claimed by Jemaah Islamiyah' Dutch press agency Radio Nederland Wereldomroep (RNW) reports that the recent bombings on the J.W. Marriott Hotel and Ritz-Carlton Hotel are claimed by the militant Islamic Jemaah Islamiyah. They are said to have sent an SMS to RNW. Earlier Indonesian authorities already told that they suspected that the group, related to Al-Qaeda, was behind the attacks. The SMS sent to RNW is the first reaction of the terrorist organization.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 July 2009 04:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Possibly two Dutchmen killed in Jakarta bombing As is made public now, two Dutchmen might have been killed in the terrorist attack in Jakarta last Friday. Two Dutchmen are missing according to a spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dutch police is also involved in the investigation to the victims of the attacks, according to a spokesperson for the nationwide police service KLPD.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2009 03:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Big fire destroys five shops at Pasar Baru A big fire that started yesterday afternoon and was only put out in the early days of this morning destroyed at least five shops in the Pasar Baru (or Passer Baroe as the old Dutch name is still used here) district in North Jakarta. The fire was hard to extinguish, so 28 fire trucks were sent to the location to combat the fire. According to a spokesperson of the city's Fire Department, the fire was said to have started around five in the afternoon.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 July 2009 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


News items integrated into blog.indahnesia.com As from today, all news items that have been published on indahnesia.com ever since the year 2000 have been fully integrated with this blog. The main reason to do so is to give visitors more opportunity to react to entries posted on this blog. Earlier people could only react to news items when they were linked to the forum. Not the best solution, so this has changed now. Finally!

Posted in General @ 24 June 2009 06:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Blog entries now also appear in the forum Because of a technicality at the indahnesia.com forum I didn't allow display of blog entries on the forum. This technicality has been solved, so as of now, it is also possible to react on blog entries via the forum directly. For the time being, only blog entries with at least one reply are displayed. This is done to prevent too much blog entries from appearing in the forum topics.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2009 07:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Foreigners dead after drinking poisonous rice wine Holidaymakers in Bali have been given a grim warning: avoid traditional rice and palm wine on the Indonesian resort island or face an agonising death. At least 25 people have been killed in the past week, including four foreign tourists, after a batch of the liquor, known as arak, was heavily cut with methanol.

Posted in Health @ 03 June 2009 06:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Time for something new; goodbye Jogja It has been three years this coming July that I left for Indonesia with a 'single trip' Singapore Airlines. You can not enter Indonesia officially when you only have a single trip indeed, but that was the feeling I had back them. Moving from the Netherlands to try and see whether I could spend three months in that country. Of course I assumed that everything would be fine, otherwise I would not just try it for.

Posted in General @ 30 May 2009 10:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 10 reactions


Bali government's response to the H1N1 virus praised BisnisBali quotes the Chairman of the Bali Tourism Board (BTB), I. B. Ngurah Wijaya, as praising the government's quick and efficient handling of the suspected H1N1 Virus case involving a Dutch tourist landing at Bali's airport on May 10, 2009. Said Wijaya: "I think the way in which officials handled the case was excellent. I only hope that such preparedness on the part of the government is not limited to instances in which there is 'case'."

Posted in Health @ 17 May 2009 04:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch tourist on Bali tests negative for Mexican Flu The Dutch tourist that was brought to the Sanglah general hospital yesterday after she was identified as a possible suspected case of Mexican Flu, Michele van Dorsen (32), has been sent home by the hospital earlier today because the tested negative for the H1N1 virus. She was released from the isolation room about half past eight this morning. "According to a lab test she is negative for H1N1," said a hospital spokesperson.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 12 May 2009 09:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch tourist on Bali suspected of having Mexican Flu A Dutch tourist which just arrived on the international airport of Ngurah Rai, on the resort island of Bali, has been brought to the Sanglah general hospital. It is suspected that the passenger has been infected with the H1N1 Mexican Flu virus. Michele van Dorsen has been put in isolation.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 11 May 2009 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia orders Red Cross out of restricted Papua Officials say Indonesia's government has ordered the International Committee of the Red Cross to shut its office in the restricted Papua province. ICRC Indonesia delegation head Vincent Nicod said Thursday four staff members were pulled from the regional capital, Jayapura, in March.

Posted in General @ 23 April 2009 11:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lack of maintenance Situ Gintul dam possible cause of collapse The dam collapse of the Situ Gintung dam in Ciputat shows signs of a structural failure of the dam, which was built in the Dutch colonial time. A geotechnical engineer, Agus Setyo Muntohar, explained that the man-made construction of the Situ Gintung dam was only to hold water. "Because it was a man-made structure, regular checks should be performed at the site," Agus said at the Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta.

Posted in Accidents @ 29 March 2009 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife It is just after six in the humid evening when Jakarta suddenly goes dark. It is Magrib, within a few minutes of the call for prayer performed by thousands of muezzin which create a true chaos of sounds throughout Jakarta, the evening arrives to the city that never sleeps. However many hundreds of thousands - mostly men - hurry themselves to a nearby mosque, life in the city continues as usual.

Posted in Nightlife @ 26 March 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch journalists arrested in Indonesia Four Dutch journalists have been arrested in the Indonesian province of Papua, Dutch news wire ANP reported Tuesday. The four were arrested in the city of Jayapura while reporting on a rally calling for Papua's independence. Dutch international radio Wereldomroep confirmed that the incident involved three of its freelancers and a correspondent for the leading Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad.

Posted in General @ 25 March 2009 01:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliamentary commission agrees Indover rescue Indonesia's central bank may bail out a failed subsidiary in the Netherlands to avoid a possible sovereign credit rating downgrade, lawmakers said on Friday, in a deal that local media estimated could cost nearly $700 million. A Dutch court in early October froze assets and liabilities of Indonesische Overzeese Bank NV (Indover), a subsidiary of Bank Indonesia that is active in the interbank market, at the request of the Dutch central bank (DNB) amid the global credit crisis.

Posted in Economy @ 25 October 2008 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


The last minutes of the dry season It is October 8, 2008 in the morning when I prepare myself for a trip to the neighboring city of Solo. I do this because there are still some stamps missing in my albums. I do not collect points here, converted to money they are worth almost nothing and that 50 Rupiah discount on a bottle of iced tea of 3.500 Rupiah is something I am not waiting for as well. Those stamps however, I would like to have, so it occasionally occurs that I have to do some more effort for them than just the short trip to the local main post office downtown, at the other side of 'Malioboro'.

Posted in Weather @ 09 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Release peaceful demonstrators in Papua The Indonesian government should immediately release more than a dozen Papuans detained for raising the Papuan "Morning Star" flag in Fakfak, a major city in western Papua, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called on the Indonesian government to launch an investigation into the excessive use of force by the Indonesian police, who beat and kicked the activists during the arrests on July 19, 2008. "Once again, the Indonesian authorities have stopped Papuans from peacefully expressing their political views," said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "The police should not resort to violence to suppress political activism."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former intelligence official arrested over Munir case The former deputy head of Indonesia's top intelligence body has been arrested, for alleged involvement in the murder of a prominent human rights activist four years ago. Muchdi Purwo-prandjono was arrested as a key suspect in the murder of Munir, the co-founder of Imparsial and Kontras, two groups critical of the military and its methods of quashing dissent and separatism.

Posted in Crime @ 20 June 2008 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Dutch prisoners to be executed by firing squad Two Dutch prisoners are threatened to be executed by a firing squad because they have been sentenced to death for producing ecstasy. According to their Dutch lawyer Bart Stapert the Dutch government is not taking enough action to prevent the capital punishments from being executed any time soon.

Posted in Drugs @ 09 April 2008 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian government orders ISP's to block several websites The Indonesian government has ordered internet service providers (ISP's) in Indonesia to block several websites, including YouTube and MySpace, after an anti-Islamic film sparked protests. Main internet providers in Indonesia told that they had already acted on the request from the government to block websites that feature the short film. Redaction of indahnesia.com however could still access all websites at the moment of this news message.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2008 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 20 reactions


Indonesia blockbuster film shows gentle face of Islam An Indonesian film seeking to shatter religious stereotypes and show the compassionate face of Islam has become one of the biggest blockbuster hits in the would's most populous Muslim nation. More than three million people, including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and top government officials, have flocked to cinemas to watch Ayat Ayat Cinta (Verses of Love), an Islamic romance released in the middle of January.

Posted in General @ 01 April 2008 13:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia: 'Dutch anti-Islam film can disturb interfaith harmony' Indonesia on Friday warned a Dutch lawmaker not to release an anti-Islam film which could destroy interfaith harmony, the country foreign ministry said here. Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, who heads the Freedom Party, will release his short film this month, which he says will depict the Koran as a 'fascist book', despite mounting protests and disagreement from the Dutch government.

Posted in Religion @ 14 March 2008 11:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 16 reactions


Six people arrested in Tangerang for smuggling ecstasy A spokesman for the Anti-drugs department of the Metro Jaya regional police in Jakarta, Arman Depari, just announced the initials of the six people that were arrested in Ruko Mutiara Palem, Cengkareng, Tangerang, while the full names of those arrested were already known to the reporters at the press conference. The people arrested were Siegfried Mets (Dutch), Ong Tiong Yoh (Singapore), Chen Hoa Yi (Taiwan), Tzu Chiang (Taiwan), Li Hao Yi (Taiwan) and Alek alias Alexander (Indonesia).

Posted in Drugs @ 28 February 2008 05:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


When life is made impossible Together we are sitting below a blue plastic cover that is used as roof for a bed and some personal possessions. That is all that Kudasi has left. Together we look back at the earthquake that struck some one and a half year ago first. It caused the death of several thousand people and tens of thousands ended up in the same situation as he is in now. He was lucky then, in Parangtritis, a village at the southern beach directly south of the city of Yogyakarta, damage was limited. Now however he became one of the victims, but not from an earthquake. It were the 'new colonials' as he describes it. It is a commonly used term to represent a government that is pushing it's own ideas forward not listening to the people they ought to represent.

Posted in Culture @ 04 February 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First Dutch-made corvette inaugurated by Indonesian navy The new Dutch-made warship that arrived in Indonesia last Wednesday has been taken into use earlier today when it left for the waters of Batam from the Belawan area. The first operation of the ship was overseen by admiral Sumardjono.

Posted in Military @ 26 January 2008 10:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wilders endangers his fellow countrymen all over the world Many are waiting for the moment - unfortunately a big part of the people is only waiting for it for negative reasons - the short move made by Dutch politician Geert Wilders about the Koran, the holy book for Muslims. He wants to show the world that Islam is a religion of violence and that 'their book' - the Koran indeed - is a source of fascism in the religion. That is the very short story and I'm sure other aspects of Islam will be highlighted as well. It is expected that that won't be too positive as well, which is causing that negative feeling. Such a kind of straight-forwarded attack on Islam - or any other religion for that matter - will provoke strong reactions and these will not be limited to the area that we know as The Netherlands.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 29 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 1 Traveling by minibus we arrived in Jakarta from Bandung with a large detour via Soekarno-Hatta International Airport we were dropped at our destination, a boarding house in Pluit, a neighborhood in the far north of Jakarta. A friend of us also stayed in the boarding house, so it seemed like a nice idea to spend several nights there, also because there was a nice shower and air-conditioning of course. Without both it would be a pretty sweaty adventure in the always sticky city of Jakarta. In this case preventing is better than having to look for a cure later on, so we preferred a room in the boarding house. After we dropped our bags we ate something, because lunch time had already passed. After lunch we had a quick look around to see where we had ended up after all.

Posted in Flooding @ 12 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Day and night at the alun-alun in Malang During the last year I regularly brought a visit to Malang. There I visited a Dutch friend who had stayed in Indonesia some years more than I did, and please read that 'some' as a big understatement. It doesn't really matter in fact, however someone who has lived here for so many years can be a huge source of information about many subjects. He sure is for me at least. Every once in a while I can learn from specific situations which still make me go 'huh?'. Outside that I like to spend some of my time there at a somewhat crowded place. Like in many cities and villages that is the central square or alun-alun. Often a nice place to submerge yourself entirely in the local situation and current events.

Posted in Travel @ 22 December 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Grammatical error in Tourism 2008 campaign to be fixed A grammatical error in the 'Visit Indonesia 2008' campaign - to be found on airplanes, websites and advertisements - has to be fixed, said an official at the Ministry of Tourism on Wednesday. The slogan of the campaign reads 'Celebrating 100 years of nation's awakning'. 'Nation's', in correct English, should read 'national' or has to be preceded by a definite article.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 December 2007 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tallest Jesus statue in Asia unveiled in Indonesia A 30-meter high statue of Jesus has been unveiled in the North Sulawesi Province of Indonesia, making it the tallest in Asia. While Indonesia is the world's highest populated Muslim country, the North Sulawesi Province is largely occupied by the Minahasans, 95% of whom are Christian.

Posted in General @ 14 December 2007 04:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian president likely to visit the Netherlands next year The Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will likely bring a visit to the Netherlands next year. He will then sign a wide development agreement with Dutch prime-minister. This was announced by minister Bert Koenders (Development Cooperation) on Monday in the Indonesian capital. Koenders is on a visit in Indonesia and had conversations with vice-president Yusuf Kalla and others.

Posted in Politics @ 11 December 2007 12:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fixing dams to limit damage from threatening eruption Workers near the Mount Kelut volcano are working hard to strengthen dams and drainage tunnels on Saturday to control a possible hot mud flow from the volcano in case of an eruption. These works come at the time that scientists have raised the alert-status of the volcano to the second highest. The dams are designed to hold back and divert deadly hot mud flows (lahar), told Saut Simatupang, a government volcanologist.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 October 2007 14:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourists are back again Sometimes you have those days that you want to enjoy the evening after a day of traveling around. This enjoying will work perfectly having a cold beer and some company. Earlier that day I had enjoyed the celebrations of Independence Day in and around Yogyakarta and after that I headed for Jalan Malioboro to do some shopping. That has to be done as well, and to combine it with something good, I decided to look for a place in one of the many bars or restaurants in the first small street off Jalan Malioboro, Jalan Sosrowijayan.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Dutch made corvette for Indonesian Navy to arrive mid-august The Indonesian Navy is expected to receive a Sigma-class corvette in the next few weeks. "We expect the corvette to arrive mid August. It is currently on its way from the Netherlands to Indonesia," head of the Indonesian Navy`s Information Service Commodore Sugeng Darmawan said here on Friday.

Posted in Military @ 03 August 2007 14:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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