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18 of 20 foreign tourists in sinking boat off Bima saved At least 18 of 20 foreign tourist reported missing in the sea off Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, were found safe and rescued by rescue team and local fishermen. The boat with 25 people on board including 5 crewmen capsized off the Sangeang island in the district of Bima, West Nusa Tenggara on Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 August 2014 11:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI thwarts attempts to smuggle fuel oils to Timor Leste Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel in the eastern Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara have foiled attempts to smuggle 15,730 liters of fuel oils to neighboring Timor Leste between May and June, stated a spokesman.

Posted in Crime @ 27 June 2014 19:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven die on good friday ceremony in Flores At least seven persons died after a ship that carried hundreds of passengers for the Good Friday Sea Ceremony in Indonesia's Flores waters sank when hit by strong waves on Friday afternoon.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 April 2014 16:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Lewotobi alert status raised to alert level II Increased seismic activity reported in Mount Lewotobi located in the Flores Timur district in Indonesias eastern province of East Nusa Tenggara has led officials to raise its danger status to alert level II.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 February 2014 20:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrests terror suspects in West Nusa Tenggara The police arrested two alleged terror suspects on Thursday at 9:00 p.m. local time, in the Karang Bongot Village of the West Lombok District, West Nusa Tenggara Province.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 January 2014 21:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air plane fails to land at El Tari Airport On Tuesday, a Lion Air plane failed to land at the El Tari Airport in the East Nusa Tenggara provincial capital of Kupang amid bad weather conditions.

Posted in Weather @ 21 January 2014 22:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati plane fails to land in Maumere A Merpati Nusantara Air Service plane failed to land at Frans Seda Airport in Maumere, returning instead to El Tari Airport in Kupang (both in East Nusa Tenggara Province) on Monday, due to bad weather.

Posted in Travel @ 20 January 2014 20:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung volcano erupts over 30 times An Indonesian volcano that has erupted relentlessly for months shot volcanic ash into the air 30 times on Saturday, forcing further evacuations with more than 20,000 people now displaced, an official said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 January 2014 15:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ngada district head named as suspect in airport blockade Police have named the Ngada District Head Marianus Sae as suspect in the blocking of Turelelo airport in the district on December 21. Based on questionings, the police suspected the Ngada district head of violating Article 421 of the 2009 Aviation Law by ordering other people to commit a criminal offense, he noted.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 30 December 2013 22:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More tourists visit Komodo National Park in 2013 The town of Labuan Bajo, the entry point to Komodo island, in East Nusa Tenggara, has seen a steady influx of domestic and foreign tourists, following the inclusion of the Komodo National Park in the New7Wonders of Nature.

Posted in Tourism @ 30 December 2013 17:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


District head closes airport after denied seat on full flight The district head of Ngada, East Nusa Tenggara, decided to bar state-controlled airline Merpati Nusantara from landing at Turelelo Soa airport on Saturday after he was refused a ticket on a Merpati flight that was already fully booked.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 December 2013 03:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President to name combat vehicle after Komodo Lizard President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will immortalize the `Komodo` lizard, as it becomes the name of the Indonesian-made tactical combat vehicle.

Posted in Military @ 14 September 2013 13:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Palue Island to be emptied over Mount Rokatenda danger Residents living on the tiny island of Palue, in East Nusa Tenggara,will be moved to a nearby island over concern that the erupting Mount Rokatenda could become a larger threat, a disaster mitigation agency official said on Saturday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 August 2013 04:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mountt Rokatenda in East Nusa Tengara erupts Mount Rokatenda in Palue island, East Nusa Tenggara province, erupted early Saturday, spewing ash onto a number of villages on the island. The eruption, which occurred at nearly 01.00 a.m., also was accompanied by earthquakes, local resident Bertolomeus Pelle said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 August 2013 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


130 countries join Sail Komodo 2013 About 130 countries have registered as participants of Sail Komodo 2013 and the total number is still counting, the Head of Tourism and Culture Agency of East Nusa Tenggara Abraham Klakik said here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 08 July 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit Timor island Flash floods hit five districts on Timor Island, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province, following heavy rains over the past one week, a local official said. The floods swept away 47 houses and damaged around 126 others, Tini Thadeus, the head of NTT`s disaster mitigation agency, said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 June 2013 12:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All passengers survive after a plane skids off runway All 46 passengers of a plane operated by Merpati Airlines survived after it skidded off the El Tari airport runway in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, on Monday morning.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 June 2013 15:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


National flag half-mast at state palace for Taufiq Kiemas The national flag was raised half-mast at the state palace here on Sunday to mourn the death of the chairman of the People`s Consultative Assembly (MPR), Taufiq Kiemas. The flag was also seen raised half-mast at the private residence of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Cikeas, Bogor, West Java.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2013 16:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


310 legal aid organizations to get funds from government A number of 310 legal aid organizations (OBH) have passed verifications as legal aid agencies in the government`s legal assistance program for the poor and will get funds from the government.

Posted in General @ 03 June 2013 20:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


150 ships from 40 countries to take part in Sail Komodo 2013 Around 150 ships from 40 countries have been registered to participate in Sail Komodo 2013 which will be held in July-August.

"Up to Wednesday, 150 ships have been registered, and the number might increase further because every day there are always requests to participate in the event which will be held in East Nusa Tenggara," H.A. Haris of the local tourism office, said here on Wednesday.

The Sail Komodo registration for participation is open until participants will start sailing from Darwin, Australia on July 27, 2013, to Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara Province. If one ship carries five people on board, there will be around 750 people who will sail for one month during Sail Komodo.

He urged all stakeholders in East Nusa Tenggara to warmly welcome the participants and make them feel comfortable and safe when staying in the province.As part of annual Sail Indonesia activities, East Nusa Tenggara Province will host an international maritime event called Sail Komodo this year.

"Sail Komodo will make Komodo Island famous and help attract foreign as well as domestic tourists to visit the island," said Indonesian Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono when chairing a coordinating meeting on the implementation of Sail Komodo, in Jakarta on February 4, 2013.

Posted in General @ 22 May 2013 20:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Air Force urged to distribute national examination sheets Ministry of Education and Culture has asked Air Force to help distribute the national examination sheets 2013 for senior high school students in 11 provinces in central Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2013 00:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcanic ashes still cover Palue Island Volcanic ashes are still covering Palue Island, East Nusa Tenggara Province, following another eruption of Mount Rokatenda on Monday, Deputy District Head of Sikka Damianus Wera said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 March 2013 21:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry frees 11 Indonesian fishermen The Ministry of Maritime and Fisheries Affairs (KKP) succeeded on Friday in freeing 11 Indonesian fishermen who were arrested by Malaysian authorities early this month, a cabinet minister said.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2013 19:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tropical cyclone Rusty hits East Nusa Tenggara The Meteorology and Geophysics Station of East Nusa Tenggara reported on Monday that the tropical Cyclone Rusty had reached the province and triggered strong wind in the region.

Posted in Weather @ 25 February 2013 19:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rokatenda eruption forces 2,675 people to take refuge Some 2,675 residents of Palue Island, Sikka and Ende Districts, East Nusa Tenggara Province, were forced to take refuge as Mount Rokatenda has erupted since Saturday evening.

Around 1,552 refugees are inhabitants of Sikka and the rest from Ende, Deputy District Head of Sikka Damianus Wera said here on Wednesday. They have taken refuge in Maumere, the capital of Sikka, and Maurole, Ende District.


Inhabitants of five villages on Palue Island, however, have refused to leave their villages despite the volcanic eruption. Food and clean water have been distributed to the refugees as well as villagers who have decided to stay in their homes.


Mt Rokatenda erupted on Saturday evening and spewed ash into the sky at a height of between 3.000-4.000 meters above the sea level. The volcanic ash fell as mud rains into four districts on Flores Island, namely Maumere, Ende, Nagekeo and Ngada. The emergency status of Mt Rokatenda eruption has been raised to alert status (level III).

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 February 2013 15:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods inundate North Sumatra Floods submerged hundreds of houses, oilpalm plantations and mosques in Stabat, Tanjung Pura, and Tandam, Langkat District, North Sumatra Province. The floodwaters started to rise on Friday evening as a nearby river overflowed, Ginting, a local resident, said here on Saturday.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 February 2013 08:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian victims of human trafficking repatriated Eighty-two Indonesian migrant workers who had fallen victim to human trafficking have returned to their home country, accompanied by Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Marshal Herman Prayitna.

Posted in Crime @ 30 January 2013 02:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong winds may hit Indonesia According to the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), strong winds are likely to hit Indonesia. "There is a possibility that strong winds will hit Indonesia. People should try to be far away from tress, billboards and old buildings," said the Head of Data Center, Information and Public Relations at BNPB, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, on Friday.

Posted in Weather @ 11 January 2013 15:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 300 illegal immigrants detained in Kupang The Kupang immigration office in East Nusa Tenggara said it has detained 304 new illegal immigrants from Middle East on their way to Australia.

Posted in Crime @ 09 January 2013 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Teachers asked to propose for extra allowance The district administration of Belu, East Nusa Tenggara, told school teachers in frontier areas sharing border with East Timor in Belu to submit their proposal for special allowance in 2013.

Posted in Economy @ 05 January 2013 13:28 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


Disasters to be expected in Indonesia in 2013 The number of whirlwinds that hit Indonesia last year was 28 times higher than that of the year 2002 due to the impact of global warming, according National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Posted in General @ 24 December 2012 03:35 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


PLN installs solar cells at Indonesia-Timor Leste border posts State electricity company PT PLN has installed solar cells at 31 border posts between Indonesia and Timor Leste in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), according to East Nusa Tenggara PLN General Manager Richard Safkau.

Posted in Power supply @ 30 October 2012 14:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kupang pleased with plans for Siloam Hospital Kupang Mayor Jonas Salen has expressed his pleasure over the planned Siloam International Hospital in East Nusa Tenggara's (NTT) provincial city.

Posted in Health @ 22 October 2012 21:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Rokatenda continues to spew volcanic ash Mount Rokatenda in East Nusa Tenggara province again spewed volcanic ash up to tens of meters into the sky on Monday, a spokesman said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 October 2012 21:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to attend Manggarai Church Centennial President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to attend Manggarai`s Catholic Church`s Centennial jubilee in West Flores District here on Thursday and Friday (Oct. 18 - 19), a governor said.

Posted in Religion @ 14 October 2012 15:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NTT governor visits Adonara over village feud East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Governor Frans Lebu Raya flew into the inter-village conflict zone in Adonara, Flores Timur district on Monday to meet the warring parties and find the best possible solution to the problem.

Posted in Violence @ 08 October 2012 18:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI sends soldiers to violence-hit Adonara island The Indonesian military (TNI) has sent a platoon of soldiers to Adonara island, East Nusa Tenggara province, to restore security after residents of two neighboring villages clashed over a land dispute, according to a military spokesman.

Posted in Military @ 04 October 2012 23:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


E Nusa Tenggara braving for severe sun heat The people in East Nusa Tenggara are braving for scorching air temperature forecast to reach as high as 38 degrees Celsius next month.

Posted in Weather @ 24 September 2012 12:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


900 illegal immigrants arrested by immigration in Kupang Immigration officers in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, have arrested some 900 illegal immigrants from Middle Eastern countries, who were headed for Australia, this year.

Posted in Crime @ 20 September 2012 22:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


446 Indonesian boat crew still at Australian detention cells A total of 446 Indonesian boat crew members are still held in Australian prisons until this month for smuggling asylum seekers to that country, an ambassador said.

Posted in Crime @ 19 September 2012 17:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NTT police acts against international drug networks The East Nusa Tenggara police have stepped up efforts to detain suspected individuals entering the region to prevent the infiltration of any drug dealer networks in the province, a police official said.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 August 2012 18:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Australia to discuss C-130 Hercules Indonesia and Australia are all set to finalize an Australian grant for five C-130 Hercules in the coming days. On Monday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that the deal was included as part of the President`s agenda during his visit to Darwin that has been scheduled between Monday and Wednesday.

Posted in Military @ 02 July 2012 11:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake shakes West Manggarai A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the northwestern coast of West Manggarai district in East Nusa Tenggara province on Wednesday at 07.56 p.m., the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 June 2012 19:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Heavy rain predicted for central and eastern Indonesia The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) predicts that heavy rain will be falling until next week in a number of areas in Indonesia`s central and eastern areas.

Posted in Weather @ 15 March 2012 02:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six Indonesian fishermen repatriated from Timor Leste The Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has negotiated the repatriation of six fishermen from Sinjai, South Sulawesi and Alor Island, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), who had earlier been captured by the Timor Leste`s Navy.

Posted in Crime @ 25 February 2012 01:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati plane fails to land at Kalabahi airport Bad weather prevented a Merrpati plane with 30 passengers on board from landing at Malli Alor Airport in Kalabahi, East Nusa Tenggara, on Thursday, a passenger said.

Posted in Travel @ 02 February 2012 13:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off Flores island A strong earthquake struck the Savu Sea off the Indonesian island of Flores on early Saturday morning, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. No tsunami warnings were issued.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 January 2012 23:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Spokesperson: '25 volcanoes showing abnormal activity' Twenty-five volcanoes in Indonesia are now showing abnormal activity or have been put in alert or watch status, presidential special aide Andi Arief said here on Saturday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 January 2012 09:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Evacuations as activity rises at Indonesia's Mount Lewotolo Hundreds of people living near a volcano in the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara were evacuated on Thursday because of increased volcanic activity, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 January 2012 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bima port returning to normal after deadly clash Security conditions at Sape ferry port of Bima district in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) where police and demonstrators clashed on Saturday are returning to normal, according to ANTARA correspondent on Sunday.

Posted in Violence @ 26 December 2011 02:08 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


YPTB: Timo Sea largely destroyed after 2009 Montara oil spill Recent undersea pictures and video have shown that conditions in Indonesia's Timor Sea have deteriorated at an alarming rate, largely caused by the 2009 Montara oil spill, the Care West Timor Foundation (YPTB) said.

Posted in Elections @ 20 October 2011 22:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six volcanoes on high alert, but no direct danger Despite increasing activity at six volcanoes across the country, the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) says there is no need to evacuate residents for now.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 October 2011 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia urges Aussie compensation of 2009 oil spill Indonesia has urged the Government of Australia to sign a compensation payment agreement related to the 2009 Montara oil spill, which has already been postponed on two occasions.

Posted in Environment @ 21 September 2011 02:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia announces $22 billion in infrastructure projects The government of Indonesia on Friday announced 17 new infrastructure projects worth Rp.190 trillion ($22.23 billion).

Posted in Economy @ 27 May 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Disaster-prone, but still hungry for nuclear energy In the hope of bringing electricity to some of Indonesia's 90 million people who are currently without it, the country is proceeding with plans to build four nuclear reactors, despite growing opposition sparked by the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan.

Posted in Power supply @ 22 March 2011 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Statistics: AIDS in Indonesia Incidence, prevalence rates, and other statistics on AIDS in Indonesia, with Papua province being the worst affected. Figures are as provided by the Department of Health up to June 30th 2010.

Posted in Health @ 03 December 2010 02:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 15 killed after flash floods in Nusa Tenggara At least 15 people were killed during the flash floods that struck Skinu Village in Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province on Wednesday night, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 November 2010 02:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourist boat capsizes near Komodo Island A tourist boat carrying about 15 foreigners capsized near Komodo island, the best known diving spot in East Nusa Tenggara Province after reportedly hitting a reef in the waters on Tuesday. Blue Dragon boat carrying tourists from United States, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, and Malaysia sank in Lohoksera south of Komodo Island which all were rescued by local search and rescue service, although a Japanese and a diving instructor were left injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 September 2010 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Komodo Island drops to 17th place in voting Komodo Island has slipped to the 17th place in the race for a place among the world’s new seven wonders of nature. Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik said Sunday concerns about security in the country might have caused the decline.

Posted in Environment @ 21 December 2009 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More problems for Batavia Air in Surabaya Passengers waiting for their flights to Kupang and Jakarta with Batavia Air have been delayed for many hours. Most of them are still stranded at the international airport of Juanda near Surabaya. The plane in the direction of Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara, should have departed yesterday afternoon, but has not departed as of earlier this afternoon.

Posted in General @ 04 December 2009 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati plane makes emergency landing at Kupang airport A Fokker 100 plane belonging to Merpati Nusantara with flight number MZ 5840 has made an emergency landing on the El Tari airport of Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara province. The plane made the landing last night. After the landing a number of passengers was in shock and a few had passed out.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 December 2009 01:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.2 magnitude earthquake shakes East Nusa Tenggara A 6.2 magnitude earthquake scale hit the area southwest of the city of Waingapu in East Nusa Tenggara in the afternoon Saturday, which was immediately followed by a 5.1 magnitude quake - the fourth and the fifth quakes that hit the area on the same day. No injuries or damaged have been reported.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 November 2009 14:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch boy suspected of having contracted Mexican Flu A student from the Netherlands which is visiting Maumere in the district of Sikka, East Nusa Tenggara province, is suspected of having contracted H1N1 Mexican flu. A medical team has already isolated the 13-year old in a special department of the T.C. Hillers general hospital. The identity of the boy has not been released. According to a doctor, the boy was brought to the hospital last Saturday.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 13 July 2009 09:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lake Kelimutu changes colors A change of color of Lake Kelimutu, which is located in a volcanic crater in the district of Ende in the province of East Nusa Tenggara is possibly a sign that a disaster is about to happen. One of the lakes is changing color, which causes locals to speculate about what will happen next. According to locals the change in color has been visible since just two days.

Posted in Environment @ 23 May 2009 06:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


45% of Indonesia's population threatened by malaria Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said on Monday that about 45 percent of the country's population is at risk of contracting malaria. Speaking to a hearing with the House of Representatives DPR, the minister said 424 of Indonesia's 495 districts and cities were malaria endemic regions.

Posted in Health @ 15 February 2009 11:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven killed in floods across Indonesia During heavy rains and tropical storms lasting for three days, floods have killed four people in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara of eastern Indonesia, and three in Jakarta and its neighboring city Bogor by Tuesday, the Jakarta Post reported. The Social Service Agency Head Sentianus Medi said that 10 villages in Central Kupang, East Kupang and Sulamu districts were submerged in 1.5 meters of water, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes and seek refuge.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 February 2009 15:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogya 'clean', Kupang most corrupt city in Indonesia Yogyakarta, which is known as the city of education, has been named as the city most clean of corruption. Kupang, in East Nusa Tenggara, holds the last position and is seen as the most corrupt in the country. These are the results from a survey held by Transparansi Internasional Indonesia (TII), held in 50 cities in Indonesia during the months September through December 2008.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 January 2009 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One liter of petrol for 50.000 Rupiah in West Timor A fuel crisis that grips six districts near Kupang, in the province of East Nusa Tenggara, has caused the price for just one liter of petrol to be as high as 50.000 Rupiah, which is ten times as much as the current official price. Diesel fuel and cooking oil are traded at 25.000 per liter, which has caused the transportation sector to come to a complete stop. "Only rich people can afford it to buy fuel here for their vehicles," said Martinus Rohi, a teacher at an elementary school in the area.

Posted in Economy @ 06 January 2009 15:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Egon and Lewotobi on Flores come to life The Volcanology department of the Department of Energy and Natural Resources has put the Mount Egon volcano in the district of Sikka and the Mount Lewotobi volcano in the district of Eastern Flores to the second level. Both had an normal activity earlier on. At the moment it is possible that clouds of smoke with high levels of dangerous gases can escape from both volcanoes.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 July 2008 10:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


High waves forecasted for Merauke waters The Meteorological and Geophysical Institute BMG has predicted that waves with heights up to four meters will occur in the seas south of Merauke. Waves this high are dangerous to all kinds of vessels. Based on forecasts from BMG, high waves with heights between three and four meters will also occur in the Arafuru Sea. The conditions are dangerous enough for any passing vessel like freighters, ferries and fishing boats.

Posted in Weather @ 08 June 2008 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to quit OPEC soon Indonesia will quit the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) due to years of declining production and investment in the field, a senior official has said. Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said at a press conference Wednesday that Indonesia, the only Southeast Asian member of the oil cartel, will not renew its membership at the end of this year which means that Indonesia will lose its vote at OPEC to influence global oil prices.

Posted in General @ 29 May 2008 10:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds flee homes after volcano erupts on Flores Hundreds of people have fled their homes after the Mount Egon volcano erupted on the island of Flores on Tuesday evening. There are no reports of damages or casualties according to Indonesia's volcanology and disaster management agencies on Wednesday. Head of the volcanology agency Surono said that Mount Egon in the Sikka regency of East Nusa Tenggara province spewed lava at 22:15 p.m. local time on Tuesday and resulted smoke up to 4,000 meters high.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 April 2008 13:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of 'Trans Nusa Highway' to be kicked off soon The National Road Building Agency for Indonesia's 8th District will soon begin realizing the construction and upgrading of 3,000 kilometers of major road stretching from Bali's western port of Gilimanuk to Atambua in West Timor. The entire road project, scheduled to get underway in March 2008, will cost Rp. 730 billion (54.3 million euro), allocated to be paid from the 2008 State Budget.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2008 05:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands face food shortage in East Nusa Tenggara Thousands of people in Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara faced serious food shortage after farmers in the regency failed to harvest their rice fields for two consecutive seasons. Secretary to Sikka regental administration Genyo Kerong said Thursday that residents of 80 out of 160 villages in the regency have ran out their food stocks following the failures of the twice rice harvests sparked by long drought there.

Posted in General @ 16 February 2007 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deforestation in Indonesia reaches 2 million hectares annually The deforestation rate in Indonesia has reached two million hectares annually while its reforestation rate is only around 600,000 hectares per year, a local official said here on Wednesday. The deforestation rate has tended to increase from year to year, Dr. Harri Santosa, secretary of the organizing committee of the National Forest and Land Rehabilitation Program, said.

Posted in Environment @ 28 December 2006 09:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Croc blamed in Indonesia disappearances Villagers found two human hands, a leg and a pair of shorts inside a half-ton crocodile they trapped and killed in eastern Indonesia, a conservationist said Wednesday. At least five people have gone missing in recent months in the same area of East Nusa Tenggara province and are believed to have been eaten by a crocodile or crocodiles, said local conservationist Lorens Mbatu.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 December 2006 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Diarrhea sweeps Nusa Tenggara, 43 children die Forty-three children aged under five have died and thousands of people have been hospitalized because of suffering diarrhea since August in East Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia, Kompas daily reported here Saturday. The cause of the disease was the poor water quality and sanitation during the long drought in the eastern part of the vast archipelago country, said the head of the health department of the Timor Tengah district Markus Righuwa.

Posted in Health @ 28 October 2006 14:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police kill one in Papua as mob attacks over govt aid fter being denied government assistance, dozens of Papuans went on a rampage Friday, burning government offices and clashing with police officers. Police opened fire on the mob after they set fire to a post office and the Puncak Jaya regency council building in Mulia city at about 1 p.m. One person was killed and four others injured. The deceased has been identified as Lirius Tabuni.

Posted in Violence @ 15 October 2006 11:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Calmer after Indonesia executions Conditions were calmer and under control after Indonesian government deployed thousands of security forces to guard public areas Saturday in Central Sulawesi province. Angry mobs had rioted Friday in Christian areas of Indonesia after the government carried out early-morning executions of three Christian men convicted of massacring Muslims during sectarian violence six years ago.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 September 2006 14:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fully reopens border with Timor Leste The Indonesian Military (TNI) has fully reopened the land border in East Nusa Tenggara province to allow Indonesians entering Timor Leste as security situation in the neighbor has returned to normal, an officer said Thursday. "We have fully reopened the land border. Indonesians are allowed to go to Timor Leste and so Timor Leste people can enter Indonesia as long as they have necessary legal document," Major Infantry Aziz Mahmudi, spokesman of border patrol, was quoted by the national Antara news agency as saying.

Posted in Politics @ 14 July 2006 14:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


41 passengers survive from sunken ferry in Nusa Tenggara Indonesian rescuers on Tuesday found 41 survivors from a ferry that sunk off East Nusa Tenggara province earlier on Monday but the fate of other passengers remained unknown. The survivors, including six ferry crews, were stranded on Ndao island, about 2,000 km east of Jakarta.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 April 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


72 feared dead in Kupang ferry sinking About 72 passenger are still missing from a ferry that sank in waters off Kupang in Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province, the Jakarta Post daily reported on Sunday. Search and rescue teams are still trying to find the missing passengers, a local official was quoted as saying.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 February 2006 10:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake rocks 2000km stretch of Indonesia A magnitude 7.7 earthquake has jolted a 2,000-kilometre swathe of Indonesia for two minutes, sending panicked residents fleeing to higher ground, fearful of a tsunami. There were no immediate reports of a tsunami, injuries or serious damage. The quake struck early on Saturday morning deep beneath the Banda Sea about 195 kilometres south of Ambon city in the Maluku Islands, the US Geological Survey said on its website.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 January 2006 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villages swamped in NTT, Jambi Continuous rain during the past few days has flooded many villages in East Nusa Tenggara and Jambi, with waters more than a meter deep in some areas. Thirteen villages were affected by the flooding in Belu and the Rote Ndao regencies. In Rote Ndao a local wharf was destroyed by floodwaters.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 January 2006 15:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Five people drown in Alor ferry sinking A small interisland ferry sank in the Dole strait in East Nusa Tenggara at about 2 a.m. Monday, killing five, with eight others still missing. Twenty-three other passengers survived the accident and were rescued by a search and rescue team consisting of members of the Alor Police, the Water Police and the local municipality police. Search and rescue efforts were continuing late Monday, but heavy rains and strong winds were hampering efforts.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 January 2006 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radicalism extends roots, becoming institutionalized There is no danger that Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, will be turned into an Islamic state. One reason for this is that most Indonesians practice a moderate strain of Islam and are tolerant of different religions. Another reason is that the nation's founding fathers, who included charismatic Muslim leaders and ulema, never wanted Indonesia to be an Islamic state.

Posted in Religion @ 26 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu reaches Kupang East Nusa Tenggara governor Piet A. Tallo has requested technical institutions handling health and farming matters to be honest and tell the general public if they find the avian influenza virus in any poultry farming locations. This request was made following controversy between staff reports and findings in the field regarding the spread of the deadly virus in one of the poultry farms in the regency of Lasiana, Kupang.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 30 September 2005 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Seven govt officials to face corruption probes President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has endorsed a request from the police and prosecutors to question seven more top regional administration officials in relation to separate corruption cases.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 August 2005 14:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Black markets thrive as fuel crisis worsens The price of premium gasoline soared by up to 500 percent in some provinces on Wednesday as the country's fuel shortage bit deeper, with the National Police stationing officers at gas stations around the country to prevent outbreaks of violence among frustrated customers.

Posted in General @ 07 July 2005 08:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Jakartans start to feel the bite of fuel shortage Antonius was irate when he saw a sign posted at a gasoline station here, telling the public that there was no more gasoline. He quickly drove his Daihatsu Taruna to another gasoline station in West Jakarta, and to his relief, they still had fuel there. "But, due to the long line of vehicles, I still had to queue for nearly half an hour to get the fuel," he told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Economy @ 05 July 2005 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia shifted to counter widespread malnutrition The Indonesian government has launched a series of measures recently to tackle the growing incidence of malnutrition affecting thousands of under-fives in half a dozen provinces. Last Saturday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono initiated the so-called Community Self-Help Month and National Health Week, promising 150 billion rupiahs (about 16 million US dollars) to revive the Integrated Health Services Posts (Posyandu) originally established by the Soeharto regime and to further empower Community Health Centers.

Posted in General @ 22 June 2005 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cases of malnutrition also reported from Alor regency More malnutrition cases were reported on Thursday as the central government dispatched a team of health workers to West Nusa Tenggara to study the cases that were first revealed in the province a day earlier.

Posted in Health @ 27 May 2005 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dengue fever deaths on the rise in Indonesia Another 20 people have died from dengue fever in Indonesia, bringing the death toll this year to 122. A further 6,400 people have been infected with the mosquito-borne virus, prompting the government to place Jakarta and five other provinces under alert for a possible dengue epidemic.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 15 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


My mobile phone had been ringing incessantly and beeping a series of text messages when I first learned that my husband was hurt in the blast at the Australian Embassy on Thursday. I was ignoring it as I was in the middle of an interview during an assignment to East Nusa Tenggara, nearly 2,000 km from Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 September 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina cash flow critical, but fuel problems resolved State oil and gas firm PT Pertamina said the fuel supply problems that have been affecting some areas of the country were due to technical problems rather than low fuel stocks. The company gave assurances that national fuel stocks were sufficient and that the supply problems had been resolved. "There is no fuel shortage at present. The latest problem, which occurred two weeks ago and affected a few areas, is due to technical problems," Hanung Budya Yukyanta, the company's spokesman, told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 06 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati signs regulation to delay vote in some areas Indonesia's President Megawati Sukarnoputri has signed a regulation to delay voting in districts where ballot papers and other supplies have not arrived in time for Monday's general elections. The voting is expected to take place on schedule throughout most of the archipelago.

Posted in Elections @ 03 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hamzah: PPP not set on Islamic state United Development Party (PPP) leader Hamzah Haz asserted on Saturday his party did not want to turn Indonesia into an Islamic state. "The first principle (of Pancasila is belief in) one God, which is a declaration that Indonesia is a religious nation," he told thousands of supporters during a campaign rally at the Bung Karno Sports Complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta.

Posted in Elections @ 28 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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