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Three more bodies of AirAsia victims to Surabaya hospital Three more bodies of victims of AirAsia flight QZ8501 were brought to Bhayangkara Regional Police Hospital in Surabaya, East Java, by Casa NC212 from Gusti Syamsir Alam Stagen Airport on Saturday afternoon.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 January 2015 18:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Profesional divers to lift AirAsia plane`s tail The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) has deployed 20 professional divers, divided into two teams, to lift the tail of the ill-fated AirAsia QZ8501 flight. "Each team comprises 10 divers," Commander of the First Squad Indonesian Diver Ebram Harimurti stated here on Friday.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 January 2015 16:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


SAR agency believes many bodies trapped in AirAsia plane`s fuselage Head of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) Vice Marshal F Henry Bambang Soelistyo believed many bodies of AirAsia crash victims are trapped in the planes fuselage as the number of bodies recovered continues to fall.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2015 09:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian ship discovers AirAsia victim`s body and luggage A Malaysian ship involved in evacuation operations recovered a body and luggage believed to be of the victim of AirAsia flight QZ8501 carrying 162 people from Surabaya to Singapore, which disappeared on Sunday (Dec. 28).

Posted in Accidents @ 01 January 2015 19:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia will raise aviation safety standards The government, through the transportation ministry, will raise its aviation safety standards from category II to category I based on the guidelines set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Posted in Travel @ 13 November 2014 18:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian minister to crack down upon illegal fishing Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has vowed to step up efforts to curb illegal fishing in Indonesian waters, which has caused losses worth trillions of rupiah to the state and disadvantaged traditional fishermen.

Posted in Economy @ 03 November 2014 16:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


National Museum displays oldest Buddha statue The National Museum of Indonesia has kept on public display the oldest statue of Buddha Dipangkara, a heritage treasure from the second century, to educate the people about their cultural history.

Posted in History @ 01 October 2014 20:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to be among the top 10 peacekeeping contributors Indonesia aims to become one of the top ten contributors of personnel to the UN peacekeeping force, asserted President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. "Indonesia is now ranked 17th with 1,815 personnel," he stated here on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 30 April 2014 21:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia kicks off parliamentary elections Indonesians cast their votes in parliamentary elections held simultaneously across the nation, which is the biggest democracy after India and the United States, on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2014 07:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'No radar data concealed over MH370's location' Indonesia denied rumors that it had concealed radar data that showed the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH 370s location, a press release from the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur received here on Tuesday said.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 March 2014 08:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian navy joins search for missing Malaysian plane The Indonesian navy had deployed five ships and a helicopter to help search for a Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing early Saturday, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto said.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 March 2014 22:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert reminds Indonesia of Indian Ocean future prospects An international sea law expert has emphasized the importance of Indian Ocean as Indonesia's future economic and political prospects in view of its natural resources.

Posted in Economy @ 27 February 2014 23:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven airports closed due to volcanic ash from Mount Kelud Seven airports and one airstrip remain closed on Saturday, as of 10:00 am local time (GMT +7), due to volcanic ash from Mount Kelud in East Java, an official said.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2014 12:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Amount of foreign workers in Indonesia declining Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar stated that the number of foreign workers in Indonesia continue to decline in the recent two years among other things due to upheaval of investment values.

Posted in Economy @ 09 February 2014 22:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian population to increase 28 pct in 2035 By 2035, the Indonesia population is expected to increase by 28.6 percent as compared to its population in 2010, National Development Planning Minister Armida Alisjahbana stated while revealing details about the governments population growth projection.

Posted in General @ 07 February 2014 22:16 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


Malaysian caught trying to smuggle 11,877 ecstasy pills A Malaysian citizen of Indian descent, MR, was caught at the Batam Center Ferry Port carrying 11,877 ecstasy pills worth around Rp3 billion.

Posted in Drugs @ 16 January 2014 20:31 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


President Yudhoyono to receive Harrison Ford President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to receive Hollywood top movie star Harrison Ford and his team at the Presidential Office here on Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 10 September 2013 13:14 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


Agricultural land conversion in Bali alarming Agricultural land conversion in Bali in the past five years has been alarming and potentially threatening food resilience in the tourist island, a local university professor said.

Posted in Environment @ 23 June 2013 14:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNPB to install tsunami early warning sirens in Bengkulu The Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) is to install six tsunami early warning sirens in six districts of Bengkulu, an official said. The sirens installment is a part of the tsunami shelter development program which will cost around Rp68 billion (6.8 million US dollar).

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 June 2013 20:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 4.6 million elderly in Indonesia prone to be neglected Some 4.6 million out of 18 million elderly people in Indonesia are prone to be neglected, Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri said here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 28 May 2013 15:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Twelve Acehnese fishermen still missing A total of 12 Acehnese traditional fishermen have gone missing during the last three days after being hit by a storm in the Indian Ocean, an official said. "Ten surviving fishermen have been found but we are still searching the other 12," Head of West Aceh Disaster Response Team Yusbar said here on Susoh Subdistrict, Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 May 2013 22:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs authorities foils attempt to smuggle drug The customs authorities of Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, foiled an attempt to smuggle in Rp1 billion worth of drug from Mumbai, India.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 March 2013 11:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs office foils attempt to smuggle in sugar The Customs and Excise Office officials have foiled an attempt to smuggle in five tons of sugar. "The sugar was to be smuggled out of the Free Trade and Port Zone of Pulau Weh and was transported in a truck," customs official Beni Noveri said here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 01 March 2013 23:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian embassy repatriates 1,928 citizens from Syria The Indonesian Embassy in Damascus has last year repatriated 1,928 Indonesian citizens, including seven university students, from conflict-torn Syria, Rahmat Hindiarta Kusuma, the embassy`s third secretary, told ANTARA in London on Friday.

Posted in Violence @ 25 January 2013 08:28 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


Pagaralam citizens find three ancient human statues The citizens of Curup village, North Dempo district, Pagaralam city, South Sumatra province, have found three statues of human heads, which are allegedly prehistoric relics from 4,000 BC.

Posted in History @ 01 January 2013 18:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indian company to exploit commercial areas on Ngurah Rai The Hindu Business Line reports that the GVK Group, an Indian company listed on that countryís stock exchange, has finalized an agreement for the operation, management and development of commercial facilities at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Posted in Economy @ 10 November 2012 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Russian busted for smuggling drugs into Bali A 30-year-old Russian faces the possibility of 11 years in prison for trying to smuggle one kilogram of methamphetamine into Bali concealed in capsules inside his alimentary tract.

Posted in Drugs @ 06 October 2012 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Small quake hits Bantul, Yogyakarta An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale rocked the regency of Bantul of Yogyakarta on Wednesday but no casualty and damage to property reported.

Posted in Earthquake @ 22 August 2012 23:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia promotes local film to Indian investors Indonesia is promoting its tourism sector through local films to Indian investors, Vice Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy Sapta Nirwandar said here on Friday. "One of Tourism and Creative Economic Ministry`s efforts to promote Indonesian tourism sector in India is through local films," Sapta noted.

Posted in Culture @ 10 August 2012 21:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono denies trilateral military cooperation There is little possibility of a trilateral military pact among Indonesia, Australia, and the United States, according to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. "Indonesia`s stance has been clear, firm and consistent: it would not let the region become a conflict arena," he said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Military @ 04 July 2012 15:46 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


Bali customs foils smuggling of 4,791 grams of cocaine The customs office of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali foiled the smuggling of 4,791 grams of cocaine by a British national, Lindsay June Sandiford.

Posted in Drugs @ 28 May 2012 13:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali welcomes Subak as a world cultural heritage The government and the people of Bali, especially the farmers, have welcomed the decision of the United Nations (PBB) to recognise subak, the Balinese traditional irrigation system in Dewata Island, as a World Cultural Heritage (WBD).

Posted in Culture @ 22 May 2012 08:42 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


Palu immigration office deports foreigners The Central Sulawesi Immigration Office eventually decided to deport Malhotra Sanjai, an Indian, who had been caught along with some other foreigners from Singapore.

Posted in Crime @ 22 April 2012 15:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami alert issued after 8.5 magnitude Sumatra quake A tsunami watch was issued for countries across the Indian Ocean after a massive earthquake hit waters off Indonesia on Wednesday, triggering widespread panic as residents along coastlines fled to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 April 2012 12:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In no hurry for second Bali airport The provincial government of Bali is questioning the seriousness of the Central Government in its stated desire to build an airport in the north Bali regency of Buleleng. Although long discussed, Baliís provincial administrators have yet to receive a copy of a promised feasibility study for an "airport of the north".

Posted in Economy @ 03 April 2012 15:12 CET by Jeroen · 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


Honda to build fourth motorcycle plant in Indonesia Honda Motor Company has announced that its joint venture company in Indonesia will be building the fourth motorcycle plant in the Asian country to satisfy rapidly increasing market demands.

Posted in General @ 13 March 2012 18:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dry season predicted to start in May The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysic Agency (BMKG) has predicted that the dry season in Indonesia will begin in 342 season zones in May 2012.

Posted in Weather @ 26 February 2012 03:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boeing and Lion Air confirm historic $22.4 billion deal U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing on Tuesday announced that it has finalized a historic deal with Jakarta-based Lion Air to purchase at least 230 aircraft. The deal is valued at approximately $22.4 billion per list prices.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2012 08:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians arrested for murder Taiwanese boat captain Two Indonesian deckhands have been taken into custody after allegedly killing the Taiwanese skipper of a fishing boat last December, the Antara news agency reported on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 05 January 2012 10:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police bust drug trafficking ring Jakarta police have busted a methamphetamine trafficking ring by arresting nine people who were about to distribute 16 kilograms of the drug in the capital.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 December 2011 02:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


300 Indonesians on death row abroad for drug offences Almost 300 Indonesians are facing the death penalty abroad for involvement in narcotic drug cases, according to National Narcotic Agency (BNN) chief Gories Mere. "Until now, 284 Indonesians have been sentenced to death abroad in connection with narcotic cases," he said at a year-end press conference here on Tuesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 28 December 2011 05:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Environmentalists capture endangered Sumatran rhino in Borneo Malaysian environmentalists on Monday announced the capture of a female Sumatran rhino which is on the brink of extinction, giving rise to a last chance to save the species before it is too late.

Posted in Environment @ 26 December 2011 13:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ratifies nuclear test ban treaty The Indonesian parliament on Tuesday ratified a treaty which will ban all nuclear explosions in all environments and for all purposes, officials said, making it the 156th country to do so.

Posted in General @ 06 December 2011 21:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Environmentalists: 'Sumatran rhino on the brink of extinction' Indonesian environmentalists on Thursday warned that the Sumatran rhinoceros in Lampung province is on the brink of extinction due to hunting and habitat destruction, just weeks after the Western Black Rhinoceros was declared extinct.

Posted in Environment @ 24 November 2011 21:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian imports increase by 56 % in September Indonesian imports increased by 56.4 percent in September when compared to the same period last year, reaching a total value of $15.1 billion, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 November 2011 16:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Accidents @ 01 November 2011 18:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More tourists visiting Komodo Island The number of foreign tourists visiting Komodo National Park has increased since Komodo became a finalist in the New7Wonders of Nature competition, East Nusa-Tenggara Deputy Governor Esthon Foenay said. "Up to August 2011, some 32,354 foreign tourists visited the Komodo national park while the number of domestic tourists who came to the island was 4,145, up from 2,955 in 2010," the deputy governor said.

Posted in Tourism @ 01 November 2011 02:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four foreign tourists killed in bus crash Four foreign tourists were killed when their bus crashed into a hill in Subang, West Java on Friday. The bus departed from Bandung and was carrying 13 tourists from the Netherlands, Belgium and India and was en route to Ciater hot spring when its brakes gave way while it was driving downhill.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 October 2011 14:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to have second airport in 2014? Indonesiaís Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, claims the construction of a new international airport in Buleleng, North Bali, is important to evenly distribute tourism visitors across the island. Wacik says that an airport in the north will split visitors across both the northern and southern regions of Bali.

Posted in Economy @ 12 September 2011 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake strikes western Sumatra, Indonesia A strong earthquake struck Northern Sumatra in western Indonesia on early Tuesday morning, seismologists said, but there was no immediate word about damage or casualties. No tsunami alert was issued.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 September 2011 20:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UN warns new strain of bird flu is spreading in Asia The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday urged heightened preparedness and surveillance against a possible 'major resurgence' of Avian Influenza amid signs that a mutant strain of the deadly bird flu virus is spreading in Asia and elsewhere.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 29 August 2011 20:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


10.000 more hotel rooms add to oversupply for Bali Beritabali.com says the Bali Hotel Association (BHA) is predicting an increase of 10,000 new hotel rooms will come on line in Bali in 2011. The permits for these new hotels were issued before the provincial government of Bali introduced a moratorium on new hotel projects in the islandís southernmost regions.

Posted in Tourism @ 31 July 2011 13:00 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


EU voices concern at religious violence in Indonesia The European Union (EU) on Friday expressed "grave concern" due to the recent violence against religious minorities in Indonesia, mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the death penalty in India.

Posted in Violence @ 08 July 2011 16:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


15 countries join UN Human Rights Council Fifteen new countries have been selected to join the United Nations Human Rights Council, including six countries that have never previously served on the Geneva-based body.

Posted in Politics @ 21 May 2011 02:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: per capita income to rise to $5,000 in 3 years They Indonesian Economic Ministry on Friday said it is pushing to increase the country's per capita income to $5,000 by 2014 and eventually become one of the world's largest economies.

Posted in Economy @ 21 May 2011 00:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No tsunami after powerful 7.1 magnitude quake off Java island A powerful earthquake struck the Indian Ocean south of the Indonesian island of Java on early Monday morning, seismologists said, prompting local residents to flee to higher ground. A tsunami warning was later canceled.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 April 2011 23:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead, many injured in chaos in Aceh after tsunami rumor One person on Friday died and many were injured in the chaos that stemmed from tsunami rumors in Aceh, northwestern Indonesia, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 March 2011 21:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


South Asia a hotspot for drug traffickers The United Nations reported on Wednesday that South Asia has become one of the main regions used by drug cartels to source chemicals needed for the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine, namely ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.

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


Government: 'Not enough reason to disband Ahmadiyah' The government said it needed a stronger justification to disband Ahmadiyah than the fact that its doctrine was viewed by hardliners to "deviate" from orthodox Islam, a religious leader said Saturday.

Posted in Religion @ 21 February 2011 01:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Theaters may stop screening imported films The uncertainty over the future of imported films in the country could cost filmgoers a chance to enjoy Academy Award nominated films such as Natalie Portmanís Black Swan, James Francoís 127 Hours and Jeff Bridgesí True Grit on the big screen.

Posted in Culture @ 20 February 2011 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau volcano sends ash clouds in the sky The height of the ash clouds that are exhausted by the Mount Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait now reach heights up to 1200 meters. This is not very unusual for the volcano, but does show that the volcano is still very active. The ash cloud is currently blown into southern direction, towards the Indian Ocean.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 January 2011 09:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


India's SAIL to set up $3.3 billion steel plant in Indonesia India's state-run Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) will be reportedly setting up a Rs 15,000 crore ($3.3 billion) plant in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan as part of the recent business deals signed by both countries, local media reported.

Posted in General @ 27 January 2011 03:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


India and Indonesia ink business deals worth $15.1 billion With Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visiting India, the two countries on Tuesday signed 18 cooperation agreements worth $15.1 billion in several areas, such as mining, infrastructure, and manufacturing, local media reported.

Posted in Economy @ 26 January 2011 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


India to invest $12 billion in Indonesia India is planning to invest around $12 billion in Indonesia as the country's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is set for his three-day visit to India, the Jakarta Globe reported on Sunday.

Posted in Economy @ 24 January 2011 04:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and India to begin economic cooperation talks With Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's scheduled visit to India next week, the two countries are expected to begin talks in order to enter a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA), the Business Standard reported Thursday.

Posted in General @ 21 January 2011 04:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ignorance feeds cigarette habit among young in Indonesia Indonesia has a higher percentage of young smokers than any other country, but ignorance and a powerful tobacco lobby are making it difficult to stamp out nicotine addiction, say health workers and the government.

Posted in Health @ 19 January 2011 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Somali pirates hijack South Korean tanker with 21 crew members Somali pirates on Saturday hijacked a Norwegian-owned but South Korean-operated chemical tanker in the waters of the Indian Ocean, the European Union Naval Force - Somalia confirmed.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2011 01:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UN: Aceh makes great strides after tsunami but faces challenges The Indonesian province of Aceh has made remarkable progress in rebuilding since the devastating tsunami six years ago but faces major challenges in cutting poverty and inequality and reducing the impact of future disasters, a United Nations (UN)-backed report said Wednesday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 December 2010 06:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. President Obama to visit Indonesia despite volcano threat U.S. President Barack Obama is due to arrive on Tuesday for a 24-hour visit to Indonesia as part of a 10-day Asian tour, despite concerns resulting from the ongoing eruptions at Mount Merapi, Indonesian and U.S. officials said on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 09 November 2010 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 113 dead after tsunami hits Mentawai Islands Navy ships packed with medicine and food and rescuers in helicopters headed to remote Indonesian islands on Tuesday that were pounded by a 3-meter tsunami, sweeping away villages and killing at least 113 people.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 October 2010 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia claws its way to economic superpower status Indonesia is one of the "rising stars" of emerging Asia and some economists believe this vast nation will one day become a regional superpower, behind only China and India, as global economic activity increasingly shifts towards east Asia, away from the faltering developed nations of the west and Japan.

Posted in Economy @ 03 October 2010 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emaar still to invest 600 million dollar in Lombok resort? A fair degree of confusion prevails over the future of a US$600 mega tourism project on Bali's near neighbor of Lombok. A pet project of Indonesia's former Vice-President Jusuf Kalla, the 1,200 hectare site was proposed to house hotels, condominiums and a golf course financed by Dubai-based property Developer Emaar Properties.

Posted in Economy @ 05 August 2010 06:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


How to obtain a 6-year visa for Bali 36 year-old Mohammed Umar Rangaswamy, an Indian national, was convicted of attempting to smuggle 9.744 kilograms of ketamine through Bali's airport on February 23, 2010. The Denpasar District Court imposed a sentence of 6 years in prison and a fine of Rp. 10 million (8,900 euro) in lieu of an additional 6 months added to the base sentence.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 August 2010 03:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian gamblers help Singapore visitor arrivals soar Singapore welcomed 30.3 percent more visitors in May than the same month a year ago as the city-stateís two new casinos helped draw in tourists. The Singapore Tourism Board said on Monday that 946,000 people visited the city-state last month, up from 939,000 in April and 726,000 in May 2009.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 June 2010 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


A fist look at Pangandaran Pangandaran has become a well-known - and of growing importance - tourist destination. Normally you will find hundreds of buses with thousands of passengers from the area of Bandung here. There are also foreigners though, several hundred of them are present at any time in this large village and some of them do actually live here.

Posted in Travel @ 16 May 2010 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gigolo's arrested after film release At least 28 man were arrested because they would have offered themselves as gigolo on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Female tourist would have benefited from their activities. The chief of security of Kuta Beach, one of the most popular beaches on the island, has said this Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 April 2010 01:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


7.2 magnitude earthquake off Aceh A magnitude 7.2 earthquake has rattled Aceh and its surrounding areas on the northern tip of Sumatra Island on early Wednesday, prompting a tsunami watch for the areas. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that the quake struck at 05:15 local time.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 April 2010 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven washed away by waves at Parangtritis beach Again the Goddess of the South Sea, Ratu Kidul has claimed victims. Seven people went missing on the beach of Parangtritis near Yogyakarta earlier today. They were dragged into the sea by the waves of the Indian Ocean. Bodies of three of them were recovered by rescue teams, that ventured out on sea soon after the incident, during the afternoon.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 February 2010 12:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's tourism - a National tragedy Anak Agung Gde Agung is one of Indonesia's most distinguished and well-informed senior statesmen. He is a graduate of Harvard and Leiden universities. He as attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States and served as social services minister during the administration of President Abdurrahman Wahid.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Tsunami early warning system a work in progress Five years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, Indonesiaís early warning system remains a work in progress, officials and experts say. Indonesia began setting up an early warning system in 2005, a year after a 9.2 Richter scale earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami which left over 230,000 dead.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 January 2010 10:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Back to the 'real' tourism for Bali? According to respected Indonesian elder statesman, Prof. Dr. Emil Salim, although Bali has manage to become the icon of Indonesian tourism, it is destined to lose its true bearings as a religious, cultural and nature destination which will result in a decline in the quality of international tourists drawn to the Island.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 December 2009 00:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Focus on earthquake preparedness, not prediction Predicting earthquakes is an inexact science - which is why disaster preparedness remains key to saving lives, scientists say. Experts have forecast that a long undersea faultline along Indonesia's Sumatra Island is due to produce a powerful and devastating earthquake in the next few decades.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 November 2009 02:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exports from Indonesia come crashing down Indonesian exports have seen a big decrease during 2009 because of the worldwide economic crisis. Indonesian exports grew 17.7% between 2005 and 2008, higher than the 10% growth worldwide in that same period. It is expected that exports will drop some 20% this year, with exports outside the gas and oil sector decreasing 10 to 15%.

Posted in Economy @ 31 October 2009 00:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Julia Robert pays extra to start filming in Bali Oscar-winning Hollywood star Julia Roberts has arrived in Bali for what is expected to be a month-long filming of the Bali portion of Elizabeth Gilbert's novel "Eat Pray Love." Gilbert's best-selling autobiographical recounting of her post-divorce travels in Italy, India and Bali is to become a Columbia Pictures (Sony) film starring Roberts, Javier Bardem and Richard Jenkins.

Posted in Media @ 19 October 2009 03:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali restaurants make Miele's top 10 Asian list Bali's Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique and KuDeTa have been voted among the Top 10 Restaurant in Asia in the 2009 edition of the Miele Guide. At an award ceremony held in Singapore on September 30, 2009, Mozaic Restaurant was ranked #6 and KuDeTa #9 among the 10 dining venues considered the very best in Asia by Miele.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2009 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rescuers struggle to reach Sumatra quake victims Rescue workers are battling to save scores of people trapped in collapsed buildings after two earthquakes struck Indonesia's West Sumatra Province, with aid supplies being flown in and NGOs mobilising helpers.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 October 2009 12:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rain and cold weather hit Bali Although is still dry season, the southeastern part of Bali has seen unseasonably cold and wet weather caused by a so-called Madden-Julian oscillation in the higher stratosphere. An official from the Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG said. Rain and low temperatures was the weather during the Idul Fitri holidays.

Posted in Weather @ 23 September 2009 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two small earthquakes hit Yogyakarta Two small earthquakes have hit Yogyakarta in recent days. Three days ago, on August 19, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 struck just south of the province in the Indian Ocean. This quake was felt on the island as well and caused some panic. The earthquake that struck today however took place on land, just 13 kilometers southeast of the town of Bantul and had a magnitude of 4.4 on the Richter Scale.

Posted in Earthquake @ 22 August 2009 10:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Giant volcano discovered off Sumatra island Scientists scouring the ocean floor to study the nature of tsunamis discovered a massive underwater volcano off Indonesia's western coast. The 4,600m high mountain spans 50km at its base, Yusuf Surachman Djajadihardja, a marine geologist with the government's Agency for Assessment and Application Technology, said on Friday. Its discovery was 'completely unexpected,' he said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 May 2009 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, CJ's Anther club is located at just a stones throw distance from the hotel discusses earlier, Shangri-La, and offers the same line of entertainment. The atmosphere however is slightly different than that of B.A.T.S., something that is caused by a different type of visitors that visits this place. In B.A.T.S. it is mainly Western expats, here the area is full of Koreans, Japanese, Indians and Africans from 'south of the Sahara', which is the politically correct name now I suppose.

Posted in Nightlife @ 06 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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