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Indonesia expects coffee exports to reach US$1.4 billion Indonesia expects its coffee exports to increase to US$1.4 billion until the end of this year although exports were recorded at only US$333 million in the first semester.

Posted in Economy @ 14 August 2014 19:07 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


Indonesian military to have Apache combat helicopters The Indonesian army will be strengthened with 8 units of AH-64 Apache AH-64 combat helicopter, Army Chief of Staff General Budiman said. The helicopters would be delivered by phases starting next year until 2017, Budiman said here on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 24 January 2014 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


Indonesia eyeing Russian submarines The Indonesian military (TNI) chief Gen. Moeldoko, confirmed that TNI is studying the possibility of strengthening its submarine fleet with Russian Kilo Class submarines. "Currently we are still studying and calculating the plan to strengthen our defense in the water territory.

Posted in Military @ 29 December 2013 16:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Soekarno Hatta airport railway to be operational in 2015' Railway company PT.Railink said railway link between Jakarta`s Manggarai station and Soekarno Hatta airport will be operational in 2015. The airport railway will have 10 trains or 60 carriages, M.N.Fadhila, the Railink president said.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 04 September 2013 22:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 4.8 million tourists visit Indonesia until July More than 4,872,260 foreign tourists visited Indonesia in the first seven months of this year, up 6.4 percent from the same period last year, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 September 2013 00:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police probe into German`s death in Semarang Central Java police are conducting an inquiry into the death of a German citizen, Lukas Beckstett, believed to have been caused by a heart attack here. The 19-year-old German died early on Thursday while undergoing treatment at Dr. Kariadi hospital in Semarang.

Posted in General @ 22 August 2013 20:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ready to receive Leopard tanks The 8th Cavalry Battalion (Yonkav) of the Indonesian Army Strategic Command (Kostrad) in Pasuruan of E Java is ready to receive Germany`s Leopard Main Battle Tank (MBT) to reinforce Indonesia`s defence capability.

Posted in Military @ 21 August 2013 16:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Germans missing on Mount Merapi Two German mountaineers reportedly went missing on Sunday (Aug. 11) while climbing the southern slope of Mount Merapi, passing through Kinahrejo, Sleman district, on the border between Central Java and the Yogyakarta special administrative region.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 August 2013 16:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans house maids from working in Middle East Indonesia still bans female domestic helpers from working in the Middle East, particularly in countries which are still affected by a moratorium, a minister said.

Posted in Economy @ 11 February 2013 19:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


German national on trial for 0.1 gram of meth A German chef working in Bali and caught with 0.1 gram of methamphetamines in July has commenced his trial before the Denpasar District Court that could send him to prison for 20 years.

Posted in Drugs @ 20 October 2012 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta`s new governor rejects luxurious car The new governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo (Jokowi), has refused to sign the receipt for the purchase of a luxurious car - a Toyota Land Cruiser - offered to him.

Posted in Politics @ 18 October 2012 20:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President yudhoyono to visit US President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono will leave for New York, the United States, this weekend on a working visit until September 30.

Posted in Politics @ 21 September 2012 20:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to buy tanks from Germany Indonesia will buy 103 Leopard Main Battle Tanks (MBT), 50 medium Marder 1A3 tanks and 10 other supporting tanks from Germany, according to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Defense on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 13 September 2012 22:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police still detain eight suspected separatists Police still detain eight members of an armed gang suspected of being involved in a series of acts of violence in Papua. The gang leader Dani Kogoya and two of his followers Petrus Jikwa ans Sonny Kosay were arrested on Sunday at a hotel in Jayapura.

Posted in Violence @ 03 September 2012 21:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police nab two foreigners for using drugs Bali Police arrested two foreigners, a German and a Spanish national, due to their possession of illegal drugs. "From the provisional investigation, they do not know each other and have no relations. They were caught in two different places," said spokesperson Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sri Harmiti.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 August 2012 18:48 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


President Yudhoyono receives Chancellor Merkel President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received a courtesy call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Merdeka Palace here on Tuesday evening. Chancellor Merkel arrived at the Presidential Palace compounds at around 3.00 p.m., where President Yudhoyono met her upon her arrival.

Posted in Politics @ 10 July 2012 14:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


German Chancellor visits Istiqlal Mosque German Chancellor Angela Dorothea Merkel visited Istiqlal grand Mosque here on Tuesday as part of her two-day state visit to Indonesia. During the visit to Southeast Asia`s largest mosque, Merkel was accompanied by the mosque`s imam H Ahmad Husni Ismail, M.Ag, and the chief of mosque`s executive management board H Mubarak Msi.

Posted in Politics @ 10 July 2012 13:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three US warships arrive in Banongan Three American warships have arrived at the coastal region of Banongan, Situbondo, East Java, situated 194 km to the east of Surabaya, on Monday morning.

Posted in Military @ 04 June 2012 10:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 80 million residents own E-KTP, minister says Home Affairs minister Gamawan Fauzi has said that approximately 80 million people of Indonesia have completed their electronic identification cards (e-KTP).

Posted in General @ 01 June 2012 18:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wounded German tourist to be evacuated to Singapore Dietmer Pieper, 55, a German tourist who sustained shotgun wounds, will be evacuated to Singapore soon, said a health officer from Papua. The German embassy will coordinate with an insurance company to carry out the evacuation, remarked Joseph Rinta, the head of the Papua health office, here on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 31 May 2012 09:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President cuts Corby`s sentence by five years President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has cut the sentence of Australian drugs convict Schapelle Leigh Corby by five years, Minister/State Secretary Sudi Silalahi confirmed here on Tuesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 22 May 2012 16:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister satisfied with progress of e-ID card project Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi has expressed his satisfaction over the progress in the implementation of the electronic identification (e-ID) card or, as locally called, the e-KTP project.

Posted in General @ 08 May 2012 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Expat hotel owner jailed in Singaraja NusaBali reports that the expatriate owner of the Hotel Melka in Singaraja, Karl Gunther Meyer (52), is being held in the Singaraja prison in under suspicion of fraud or embezzlement involving billions of rupiahs allegedly taken from a business associate.

Posted in Crime @ 28 February 2012 08:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Berlin embassy implements one-hour visa service The Indonesian Embassy in Berlin has implemented a one-hour visa service for tourists wishing to visit the country, Ambassador Eddy Pratomo said here on Friday.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 February 2012 04:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians to get faster Schengen visa service Indonesians planning to travel to Schengen-visa countries in Europe are going to get faster visa application service, a press statement from the European Union office in Jakarta received here on Wednesday said.

Posted in Travel @ 25 January 2012 13:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia taking steps to face European crisis The government of Indonesia is taking steps to anticipate the impact of European crisis on the national economy, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said.

Posted in Economy @ 04 December 2011 04:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Long delays for Lion Air flights from Singapore It was a normal Wednesday last week and still it seemed that something was completely wrong with Lion Air. After they had received a stern warning from the Department of Transport, the came with so-called 'own' improvements, but the airline does not seem capable of letting their many flights depart on schedule.

Posted in Travel @ 31 July 2011 06:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poll: Young in Malaysia, Indonesia oppose polygamy The vast majority of young Muslims in Indonesia and Malaysia appear to disapprove of the traditional acceptance of polygamy but remain reluctant to openly support interfaith marriages or premarital sex, a new survey shows.

Posted in Religion @ 13 July 2011 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Germany to aid Indonesia fight deforestation The government of Germany on Friday agreed to aid Indonesia with its Forest and Climate Change program (ForClime), local media reported.

Posted in Environment @ 28 May 2011 01:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign scientists to study Lapindo Sidoarjo mudflow A team of foreign scientists will be traveling to Indonesia's East Java province in order to observe the Lapindo mudflow that began five years ago in Sidoarjo, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 27 May 2011 00:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia jails another 10 people linked to Aceh terror group Ten Indonesians linked to the terrorist paramilitary camp in the country's Aceh province were sentenced on Thursday from 8 to 10 years in a Jakarta court, prosecutors said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 31 December 2010 03:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven Indonesian men sentenced to prison for terrorism Seven Indonesians linked with the Aceh terror group have been sentenced for targeting foreigners and government leaders, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 December 2010 14:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Another expat’s home stormed in religious riot on Lombok A German man was the second foreigner to see his home destroyed in Lombok during the holy month after his complaints about damage to his property interrupted evening prayers. "He barged into the village chief’s house, accusing residents of destroying his statues, and questioned what kind of Muslims we were," Mustan said.

Posted in Religion @ 11 September 2010 02:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Early hours in NED During the long weekend of last week the island was flooded with Indonesian and foreign tourists that either want to shop cheaper, or want to do things that they can not do at home. Some prefer to get completely wasted on alcohol - more cheap here than in Singapore - in a matter of hours to he can take the boat back a few hours later, the other spends a night on the island to taste some of the forbidden fruits here.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 June 2010 07:57 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


Unilever and Nestle ban palmoil giant Sinar Mas After Unilever, Nestle also decided to ban Indonesian palmoil giant Sinar Mas as a supplier for their factories. The world's biggest food producer has done this after pressure from environmental organisations like Greenpeace, which accuse Sinar Mas of destroying the Indonesian rain forests.

Posted in Environment @ 19 March 2010 05:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First aid and disaster training in Papua On November 1, 2009, a project to expand training in first aid and disaster relief began in the city of Jayapura. Papua, the easternmost province of Indonesia, is regularly shaken by earthquakes. The regions around the cities of Jayapura, Biak, Manokwari and Nabire are the worst affected.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 November 2009 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali named 'number two' by Lonely Planet Bali has been named one of the best regions in the world to visit in a new Lonely Planet travel guide. The famed Island of the Gods came in second behind Alsace in France, and ahead of Fernando de Noronha in Brazil. Lake Baikal in Russia was the other Asian region to make the top 10 list.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 November 2009 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Destroying imported food part of strict import policy The Bali branch of the Agency for the Supervision of Food and Drugs (BPOM) has conducted on-site destruction of imported food items at several locations around Bali. On Friday, July 10, 2009, a total of 277 different products were crushed and burned in the parking lot of the Bali Deli. The items, not included on the BPOM's list of approved imports included products from Portugal, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, South Korea, U.S.A. and China.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 July 2009 02:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia named second best travel destination in Asia Indonesia was ranked second in GoAsia's The Best Travel Destination in Asia after Thailand while Malaysia was placed as the third best, the Jakarta Post reported quoting the Indonesia Foreign Ministry as saying on Friday. Go Asia, a German tourism institution, invited travel agents from all over the world to participate in the voting process on Wednesday in Berlin. The body also gave awards for Asia's best tourism organizations or tourism boards, airlines and tour operators.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 March 2009 06:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No embassy in Bandung, demonstration at German cultural institute Some 50 students united in the Pancasila Student Front West Java (Front Mahasiswa Pancasila Jawa Barat) organized a demonstration in front of the German cultural Goethe Institute in Jalan. R.E. Martadinata in Bandung earlier today. They were forced to hold their demonstration there, because Bandung does not have a representative office or embassy which could be the gathering place for their protests against Israel.

Posted in Protests @ 06 January 2009 15:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia a non-starter in 'arms race' Indonesia does not have the capacity to join the regional arms race flagged last week by Kevin Rudd and will instead rely on Australia's planned military build-up as part of its own defence strategy. Senior officials will travel to Australia within weeks for discussions on military hardware supplies, including the Australian manufacture of military equipment in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 18 September 2008 04:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Destruction of Sumatra forests driving global climate change and species extinction Turning just one Sumatran province's forests and peat swamps into pulpwood and palm oil plantations is generating more annual greenhouse gas emissions than the Netherlands and rapidly driving the province's elephants into extinction, a new study by WWF and partners has found.

Posted in Environment @ 28 February 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Visa-free facility proposed for ten countries Travel Trade Gazette's (TTG) Mimi Hudoyo reports that the Indonesian Department of Culture and Tourism is seeking agreement to change current visa regulations to permit visa-free short visits from 10 countries.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 January 2008 07:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Container rejected condoms intercepted in Jakarta Customs in the harbor of Tanjung Priok, Jakarta, have confiscated one container full of condoms or 26.000 kilograms. The condoms originate from Taiwan. They contain dangerous lubricants and were thus rejected. They were sent to Indonesia via Vietnam. These imported condoms were not individually packed, but were simply put in plastic bags and paper. These condoms were rejected by electronic testing in the factory. The documents with the container do not show who is the actual owner.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 December 2007 05:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


BMW reports 86% surge in Indonesia sales German car-maker BMW said its sales in Indonesia rose by 86 percent in 10 months to October this year from the same period last year supported by improving macro economy in the country. Local subsidiary PT BMW Indonesia reported sales of 802 units in the January-October period of 2007 against 431 units in the corresponding period last year.

Posted in Economy @ 20 November 2007 01:53 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


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

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


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten This report has been prepared by the UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 February 2007 01:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-rebel faces new fight as governor of Aceh A former rebel inaugurated as governor of the Indonesian province of Aceh has said he now faced a new and lengthy fight for his people's welfare. Irwandi Yusuf, a former spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), won the first direct elections for the post on 38 percent of the December 11 vote, with his nearest rivals on less than 17 percent. "We are grateful and thank all the people in Aceh for trusting us with this job. We realise that we are given a big task," Yusuf told his supporters Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 08 February 2007 15:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia overturns Bashir's conviction Indonesia overturned a terror conviction Thursday against the militant Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, who served 2 1/2 years for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed more than 200 people. The Supreme Court ruling is likely to anger the United States and its regional ally Australia, both of which publicly accused the aging cleric of being a top leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked Southeast Asian terror group.

Posted in General @ 21 December 2006 16:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First A1 victory for New Zealand on Sentul track New Zealand secured its first-ever victory in the A1 Grand Prix series on Sunday with a dominant lights-to-flag drive from Jonny Reid in the sprint race at the Sentul circuit, Indonesia. Team Mexico's Salvador Duran put Reid under pressure in the closing laps of the race to finish a fighting second ahead of Great Britain's Robbie Kerr.

Posted in Sports @ 10 December 2006 13:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stripped of bronze medal at Asian Games Indonesia has been stripped of their equestrian bronze medal which has been awarded to fourth-placed India in the three-day Event Team, equestrian officials said. Britain's Andrew Griffiths, the technical delegate for equestrian eventing, said Indonesia has used illegal spurs and were demoted to fourth following a protest from India's German equestrian eventing Chef d'Equipe Ralf Ehrenbrink.

Posted in Sports @ 10 December 2006 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia beckons A1 racers For the second time in two weeks, the A1GP series returns to South East Asia. This time, the series will set up camp at the Sentul circuit on the Indonesian island of Java, 42km from the capital Jakarta, for round five of the 12-round season. The Sentul circuit is located in the wealthy region of Bogor, a popular summer resort and centre of trade for products of the surrounding region including coffee, tea and assorted spices.

Posted in Sports @ 07 December 2006 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shocking climate impact of wetland destruction in Indonesia Wetlands International and Delft Hydraulics present shocking information on climate change caused by wetland destruction in Indonesia. Huge areas of wet peatland forests are drained and logged. Drainage starts a rapid process of decomposition, made worse by annual peat fires that last for months. Together they contribute large amounts of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Recently calculated emissions of greenhouse gases unexpectedly reveal that Indonesia has the third largest emissions of the world.

Posted in Environment @ 04 November 2006 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia seeking US$12 billion for infrastructure projects Indonesia Indonesia will seek US$12 billion (€9.4 billion) in private capital to fund infrastructure projects at a conference that kicks off Wednesday, but it faces challenges overcoming an image of corruption that may scare off investors. Topping the list of deals on offer are the construction of a US$1.5 billion (€1.2 billion) fiber optic network and two coal-fired power plants worth nearly US$2.48 billion (€1.9 billion), said Conference Chairman Chris Kanter.

Posted in Economy @ 31 October 2006 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia disaster shows risks of mud volcanoes In a village in Indonesia's East Java province, a man is struggling to watch television with a volcano erupting in his living room. Risks from volcanoes that ooze mud rather than spew lava have long been underestimated worldwide, even with a cataclysmic mudflow in another part of Java that has swamped an area the size of Monaco and forced 10,000 people from their homes.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 21 October 2006 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia to build nuclear power plant in 2010 The Indonesian government will begin the construction of a nuclear power plant in 2010 or 2011 as part of the country's energy diversification programme, a senior official said Monday. "Accordingly, the tender for the nuclear power plant construction should take place in 2008," Minister of Research and Technology Koesmayanto Kadiman was quoted as saying by news website Detikcom.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 11 September 2006 14:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tries to save historic rack railway Indonesian tourism is synonymous with Bali - the jet-set crowd, European tourists and hippy backpackers flocking to the resort island to hit the beaches and health spas. But for travellers with more discriminating tastes, specifically a thirst for the country's railway history, an historic town on the main island of Java is the place to be.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2006 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Group files complaint against Miss Indonesia A militant Islamic group has filed a police report against Indonesia's Miss Universe candidate accusing her of indecency, a lawyer for the organization said on Tuesday. Nadine Chandrawinata's participation in the contest and display of her body in a swimsuit there "is actually insulting for Indonesian dignity and women", Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) attorney Sugito told Reuters.

Posted in Religion @ 25 July 2006 13:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vanuatu is world's happiest country, Indonesia 23th The tiny South Pacific Ocean archipelago of Vanuatu is the happiest country on Earth, according to a study published Wednesday measuring people's wellbeing and their impact on the environment. Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica and Panama complete the top five in the Happy Planet Index, compiled by the British think-tank New Economics Foundation (NEF).

Posted in General @ 12 July 2006 08:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chameleon-like snake discovered in Borneo Scientists in Indonesia have discovered a new and mysterious species of snake in the depths of rain forest-clad Borneo which has the ability to change colours, the WWF conservation group has said. The half-meter long snake, known locally as a "mud snake", was collected by a WWF consultant and a German reptile expert in the wetlands along the Kapuas River in West Kalimantan more than a year ago. "It has since been established that it is really a new species," the WWF's Iwan Wibisono told AFP.

Posted in Environment @ 27 June 2006 17:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia placed on U.S. trafficking watch list Israel and Egypt, both U.S. allies, were demoted in a State Department ranking of countries judged on efforts to combat forced labor and other forms of exploitation. Three countries in Asia -- Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan -- were added to the watch list, cited as destinations or transit countries for forced labor and sexual exploitation. The Philippines was moved off the list.

Posted in General @ 06 June 2006 08:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects foreign loan offers for quake victims The Indonesian government will reject any foreign offer to provide loans for its ongoing efforts to help victims of the Yogyakarta and Central Java earthquake, a cabinet minister said. "We will not accept any overseas loan although a number of foreign countries and international institutions, including the ADB, have offered to extend soft loans, we prefer grant aid," National Development Planning Minister Paskah Suzetta said here on Thursday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 June 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcano chasers move in as locals flee rumbling Merapi On the steaming slopes of Indonesia's mount Merapi, villagers fleeing their paddy fields pass tourists on the way up. The 2 914m volcano has been rumbling for more than three weeks and started oozing lava this month, prompting scientists to warn the pressure cooker could soon start spewing molten rock and clouds of gas and dust.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 May 2006 19:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iran's President arrives in Indonesia amid N-row Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Jakarta early Wednesday for a visit during which he may ask Indonesia to play a mediating role with Western nations over his country's contested nuclear program, AFP reported. Ahmadinejad was greeted amid tight security by Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda and about two dozen Indonesian and Iranian officials.

Posted in Politics @ 10 May 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Taliban-style Islamic police terrorizing Aceh Dewi Haryanti was in a hurry. The 25-year-old was exchanging her hotel waitress uniform for street clothes for the trip to her second job at a boutique she owns with her sisters in the capital of Indonesia's tsunami-torn Aceh province.

Posted in Religion @ 12 March 2006 14:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Mexico and Indonesia 'will overtake British economy' MEXICO and Indonesia will both have bigger economies than the UK by 2050, according to a report out today which outlines the massive potential of the world’s emerging nations. The report examines long-term demographic trends to suggest that countries such as Mexico, Indonesia, Brazil and Turkey all have young and fast-growing populations compared with the UK and continental Europe, putting them in line for significantly higher long-term growth rates.

Posted in Economy @ 03 March 2006 13:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Denmark pulls ambassadors from Syria, Iran, Indonesia Denmark has temporarily withdrawn its ambassadors from Syria, Iran and Indonesia because their safety was at risk in the wake of a Danish newspaper's publication of drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday. Denmark's embassy buildings in all three countries had been targeted by angry mobs protesting the publication of the caricatures in September. European and American newspapers subsequently reprinted the drawings.

Posted in Protests @ 11 February 2006 18:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 58 reactions


Indonesia curbs live foreign news Indonesia is to begin enforcing a law that bans local broadcasters from relaying live news provided by foreign stations. The ban will affect programmes from the BBC and Voice of America (VOA), the communications minister said on Monday. Local media organisations protested against the law as an attack on press freedom when it was passed last year.

Posted in Media @ 30 January 2006 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Allianz launches Sharia-compliant insurance products Allianz AG said its Indonesian unit is launching Sharia-compliant insurance products, responding to 'growing requests' from its customers and banking partners. The insurer said customers can now buy life insurance, as well as fire and motor vehicle insurance, that will be Sharia-compliant. Under Sharia-law, it is forbidden to give or receive interest payments. Furthermore, Sharia-compliant banks will trade investments and share the profits with investors instead of offering interest on savings accounts.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2006 08:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BI to limit role of foreigners at lending banks The central bank plans to limit the role of foreign employees at foreign-owned lenders in the country, an effort it says will provide more jobs for local workers and encourage the institutions to increase their credit to homegrown businesses. Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah said expatriate staff positions at the banks would be limited to middle-level management -- two levels below directors.

Posted in Economy @ 17 January 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Royal Vopak, Oiltanking may invest $400 Mln in Indonesia The world's No. 1 and No. 2 oil storage firms Royal Vopak and Oiltanking plan to invest as much as $400 million in Indonesia, a government official said Tuesday. German Oiltanking GmbH plans to start building next month a $200 million oil storage facility in Cilegon, northwest of Jakarta, said Erie Sudarmo, the processing and commerce director at the Oil and Gas Directorate General.

Posted in Economy @ 21 December 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Living on a fault line A year after the tsunami, scientists fear that another monster earthquake might one day strike Sumatra, triggering a fresh inundation by the sea. How frightened should we be?

Posted in Earthquake @ 15 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami early warning system installed Indonesia has activated the first stage of tsunami early warning system in the water off Sumatra island to avoid a repeat of last year's huge deaths in a quake-triggered tsunami on the island, officials said here Friday. Indonesian and German scientists have installed two of the 20 equipment since Tuesday some 250 kilometers off the coast western Sumatra and expected to complete the work by Nov. 28, said Director of the Inventory of the Natural Resources of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology Yusuf Surachman Djadjadihardya.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2005 08:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to host A1 Grand Prix in January The Sentul Circuit in the Indonesian province of West Java will host the A1 grand prix, the first motor sports in which drivers compete for their countries, in January next year, a local newspaper reported on Tuesday. The host country has been asked to upgrade the 4.1-km circuit to make it suitable to the fast racing of the so-called World Cup of motor sports, reported Jakarta-based Kompas.

Posted in Sports @ 18 October 2005 13:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to establish tsunami early warning system Indonesia will establish a tsunami early warning system in its most earthquake-prone region by the end of this year. The system, developed by German and Indonesian researchers, involves sensors on the ocean floor and buoys on the surface of the sea that transmit earthquake and tsunami activity to observation stations on the coast via satellite.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 October 2005 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


German national found murdered in Jakarta A 60-year-old German national was found dead in his home in the Indonesian capital with stab wounds to his back, neck and arm, local media reports said Tuesday. Police suspected the cable company consultant, identified as Helmut Klein, was a victim of a robbery as several of his belongings - including a laptop, camera and watch - were missing.

Posted in General @ 24 August 2005 08:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Monas park has new Las Vegas-style fountain A touch of glamor has been lent to the National Monument (Monas) park -- already home to deer and colored pigeons -- with the opening on Saturday night of a fountain that emulates the Las Vegas Bellagio fountains. With music and choreographed laser beams, the Rp 26 billion fountain, which is in the west of the park in Central Jakarta, accompanies Monas, the city's principal landmark, a 132-meter-high column topped with a glittering flame.

Posted in General @ 24 July 2005 19:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Philip Morris raises stake in Sampoerna to 97 pct Philip Morris International Corp said it has raised its stake in Indonesia's third largest 'kretek' (clove) cigarette maker, PT HM Sampoerna, to 97 pct following an irrevocable tender offer for an additional 57 pct. The tender was launched a month ago and is due to close today.

Posted in Economy @ 18 May 2005 20:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Disaster of man's making now threatens Sumatra Cut Anita peered from the open flap of her sunbaked tent one recent day. She watched keenly as a carpenter hammered a wood plank less than five feet away. Another sawed a board in two, freeing the sweet fragrance of forest hardwood. Her new home was taking shape before her, and she dared not leave. "Someone else might take it," the doleful, wide-eyed woman said from the Red Cross tent erected on the concrete foundation of her former home, which was destroyed by the Dec. 26 tsunami.

Posted in Environment @ 15 May 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia admits slow response to quake Indonesia's government today admitted that it had been slow to deliver food and water to victims of Monday's earthquake. As rescuers continued to pull survivors from the rubble left by the disaster, Bachtiar Chamsyah, the country's social affairs minister, was confronted by angry residents of Gunung Sitoli, the main town on Nias island, to the north of Sumatra.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 March 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Banda Aceh battles raging fire A lack of water is preventing firefighters in Indonesia's tsunami-devastated city of Banda Aceh from getting close to a raging blaze. Firefighters say the fire, spanning at least three kilometers (1.5 miles), was possibly caused by residents burning garbage. The Associated Press reports that while no one was living in the area, about 100 former residents were in the vicinity trying to salvage belongings and looking for missing loved ones.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


German runs 'renegade' tsunami relief effort A 31-year-old German is using two utility turboprop jets belonging to his business to ferry medical aid to the Indonesian town of Meulaboh, among the worst-hit in tsunami- bludgeoned Sumatra. The two planes Christian von Strombeck bought last year to transport seafood from the coasts of southern Java to his factory in Jakarta and his three Indonesian pilots have been flying eight hours a day since 28 December, primarily ferrying medical aid from Medan.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Donors pledge $5.1 billion to Indonesia A grouping of donor nations has pledged to provide Indonesia with $5.1 billion in aid this year, comprising $3.4 billion in regular assistance, as well as $1.7 billion to help rebuild northern Sumatra, where about 166,000 people were killed by last month’s earthquake and tsunamis.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wary over debt freeze Tsunami-hit Indonesia was considering an offer of a debt repayment freeze from the Paris Club of donor nations, but was concerned the aid could damage its economy, foreign minister Hasan Wirayuda said yesterday. The Asian Development Bank said yesterday the disaster could throw nearly 2 million people into poverty, but most of the stricken nations would suffer limited economic damage.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 January 2005 00:03 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


Germany to provide US$66m soft loan for Jakarta train service The German government plans to provide 52 million euros (US$66 million) in loans and grants for the improvement of commuter train services in Greater Jakarta. The funds, provided through the German Development Bank (KfW), will be used to finance the assembly of 10 trains and their engines, and is expected to be agreed upon in December.

Posted in General @ 09 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bengkulu mayor suspected of embezzling $2 million An Indonesian mayor was named as a suspect in the embezzlement of Rp18 billion ($1.98 million) in state funds on Friday in the latest case of alleged corruption involving top officials. Chalik Effendi, mayor of Bengkulu town in Bengkulu province, Sumatra island, is suspected of issuing an illegal tender for 52 state-funded development projects, said district chief prosecutor Rusdi Taher.

Posted in Crime @ 29 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia requests permanent seat on UN Security Council Indonesia pressed its case on Monday to be the voice of "moderate Islam" at the United Nations by calling for a permanent seat on an expanded UN Security Council. With UN Secretary General Kofi Annan seeking proposals to reform the council after the Iraq war left the council divided, Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda said his country was well placed to take a council seat. "A developing world striving not only for social and economic progress but also for democratisation must have a voice on the Security Council," he said in a speech to the UN General Assembly.

Posted in Politics @ 27 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Building owners OK wider sidewalk In order to make way for wider pedestrian sidewalks, the owners of 22 buildings along Jl. Thamrin, Central Jakarta, have agreed to take their fences back a notch. The additional width provided by the buildings varied from 0.6 meter to 3.5 meters, said head of the City Parks Agency open spaces division Mochamad Setyadi, on Monday. "Not all sidewalks will be six meters wide as initially planned," he said.

Posted in General @ 10 August 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN to add 5000 MW new power capacity by 2010 Indonesia's state-owned PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara, or PLN, is looking to add 5,000 megawatts of new generating capacity to Indonesia's power network by 2010, according to Ulysses Simanjuntak, senior officer at PLN's commerce and finance division.

Posted in Power supply @ 12 February 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia begins charging many tourists for visa on arrival Indonesian immigration officials on Sunday began charging visitors from many countries visa on arrival fees. Tourists from 20 countries and from Taiwan who previously did not need visas are from February 1 required to buy visas on arrival, at a cost of $US25 for a stay of up to 30 days and $US10 for a three day permit. In Jakarta, tourists arriving from Singapore on two flights were the first to pay such fees, an immigration official said.

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


Indonesia to buy two corvettes from the Netherlands The Indonesian navy has signed an initial agreement with Dutch shipbuilding company Royal Schelde for the purchase of two corvettes, a foreign news agency on Thursday. Navy chief Admiral Bernard Kent Sondakh, on behalf of the defense minister, and Royal Schelde marketing director Robert Post, signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday Antara said.

Posted in Military @ 08 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New tourist visa policy to start on February. 1 The government announced on Friday that the new tourist visa policy will start on Feb. 1, despite strong opposition from the tourism and hospitality sectors. Justice and Human Rights Minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra said that President Megawati Soekarnoputri had approved this month the presidential decree on visas.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 January 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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