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Densus 88 arrests wanted terror suspect The polices anti-terrorist unit Densus 88, on Monday, arrested another wanted terror suspect linked to the Indonesian Eastern Mujahidin (MIT) network led by Santoso, who is now still at large.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 January 2015 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilink denies planning to acquire Tiger Air Mandala Low-cost airlines Citilink Indonesia had denied speculations that it will acquire Tiger Air Mandala, saying that an acquisition is a complex process. The statement of the Citilink CEO also clarified several news reports about the preparedness of the airline company to acquire Tiger Air Mandala.

Posted in Travel @ 30 April 2014 16:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lake Toba officially declared as 'Toba Caldera Geopark' President Susilo Yudhoyono officially designated Lake Toba as Toba Caldera Geopark, in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, on Thursday. The confirmation of Toba Lake as a geopark is crucial in supporting Indonesia's plan to propose Lake Toba caldera geopark to be included in UNESCO's Geopark Global Network (GGN).

Posted in Environment @ 28 March 2014 15:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flooding spreads to other areas in Indonesia In the past two weeks, floods and landslides have hit parts of Indonesia, particularly Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi, and Kalimantan Islands, and continue to spread further, thereby claiming more lives as torrential rains continue to lash.

Posted in Weather @ 22 January 2014 21:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


3,500 police officers to be deployed at flood-hit areas The Police Headquarters will deploy 3,500 police officers at several areas in Indonesian that have been hit by floods, landslides, and volcano eruption. "The 3,500 policemen are from the Police Headquarters and Mobile Brigade," Commissioner General Badrodin Haiti, the head of the Police Headquarters Security and Maintenance Departement, stated here on Wednesday.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 January 2014 17:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Monitoring post limiting trekking activities on Mountt Kerinci The Mount Kerinci monitoring post has issued an alert prohibiting mountaineers from scaling the 3,805 meter mountains peak, following an increase in volcanic activity on Sunday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 December 2013 19:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of police to guard Jambi labour protest At least 1,500 members of the Jambi Regional Police are to be deployed to maintain peace during labor protests planned to take place from October 28 to November 2, 2013.

Posted in Protests @ 25 October 2013 15:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest nine illegal immigrants at Jambi airport Police of South Jambi arrested nine illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan in Sultan Thaha Airport, Jambi. "They were secured by the airport security officers while waiting in the airport to head to Jakarta," Head of South Jambi Sector Police Office Adjunct Commissioner Dudi Nuveri said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 10 September 2013 13:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnitude 5.5 quake hits West Sumatra An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale jolted West Sumatra province at 12.43 pm on Wednesday, according to Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 August 2013 17:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Army deployed  to avoid oil stealing in Palembang Indonesian Army Chief of Staff Moeldoko said Indonesian Military (TNI) has deployed personnel to avoid oil stealing that often takes place in Palembang, South Sumatra.

Posted in Crime @ 28 August 2013 17:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


297 hotspots for forest fires detected in Riau The Terra and Aqua satellite has detected 297 hotspots for forest fires throughout the Riau Province, according to the Pekanbaru meteorological, climatology, and geophysics station (BMKG).

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 August 2013 13:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnitude 6.1 quake hits Mentawai A magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Pagai Selatan in the district of Mentawai islands, Sumatra, at 12.05 pm on Saturday. "The epicenter of the quake was 36 kilometer deep in the sea, 149 kilometers southeast of Mentawai islands, West Sumatra, or 164 kilometers southwest of Muko-Muko, Bengkulu, or 184 kilometers southwest of Sungai Penuh, Jambi," the spokesman of the Natural Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nuegroho, said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 July 2013 17:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


21 illegal immigrants from Afghanistan caught in Jambi Twenty one illegal immigrants from Afghanistan caught by police in Jambi, Sumatra, on Friday are being accommodated at the local immigration office waiting for transfer to Pekanbaru. They are still being intensively interrogated by immigration officials, head of Jambi province`s immigration office, Marsudi, said here on Sunday.

Posted in Crime @ 30 June 2013 22:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Take firm action against forest fire perpetrators The Indonesian Forum for Environment (Walhi) has asked the government to take the firmest possible action against forest and land fires perpetrators.

Posted in Forest fires @ 25 June 2013 15:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of Sumatra's fire hot spots increases to 227 The number of hot spots from forest and plantation fires across Sumatra increased from 118 to 227 on Sunday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 June 2013 12:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of Sumatra`s fire hot spots drops significantly The NOAA satellite detected 21 hot spots from forest, plantation and peatland fires across Sumatra, including 13 in Riau Province, on Friday. "The number is much less than on the previous days," Tri Puryanti, an analyst of Pekanbaru meteorological, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG), said here on Saturday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Forestry Minister in Riau to inspect forest fire control Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan led a coordinating meeting on forest and plantation fire control here on Saturday. A number of personnel from forest fire brigade "Manggala Agni", military, police and forest rangers were present in the event.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam, Singapore shrouded in haze coming from Sumatra`s fires Thick smog haze has covered Batam and Singapore on Thursday, significantly reducing the visibility and causing eye irritation. The three-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reading spiked to 321 in Singapore, Simon D.I. Soekarno of the Indonesian embassy in Singapore told Antara on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 14:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNPB sets aside Rp25 billion to battle forest fires The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has set aside Rp25 billion (around 2.5 million US Dollar) to make artificial rain over forest fires in Riau Province to battle haze looming over the region and neighboring countries.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 13:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Total solar eclipse will occur on may 9-10 The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has predicted a total solar eclipse that will occur on May 9-10, 2013.

Posted in General @ 03 May 2013 15:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Artificial rain demand increasing The Indonesian Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) receives increasing demand of artificial rain to increase the water volume in a number of dams to anticipate an imminent dry season.

Posted in Weather @ 07 March 2013 15:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four killed in Jambi landslides Four people were killed when they were buried by a landslade in Lempur village, Gunung Raya, sub-district,Kerinci district, Jambi,on Saturday, a disaster mitigation official said.

Posted in Weather @ 27 January 2013 17:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods kill three in Bekasi The floods that hit Bekasi district, West Java province, on January 18-19 have killed three people, according to a spokesman of the Bekasi Police Chief, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Bambang Wahyudi.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2013 18:01 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


Mount Kerinci spews thick smoke Mount Kerinci in Jambi province sent thick smoke up to 200 meters into the sky over the past few days, causing anxiety to residents living on the volcano`s slope. "The volcano had normal activity earlier. No thick smoke spewed from its crater," Syaipul, a resident of Kayu Aro village, said on Sunday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 December 2012 00:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UNESCO: 'Batur`s caldera part of global geopark network' The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared the caldera area of Mt Batur located in Kintamani district, Bali, as part of Global Geopark Network (GGN), a ministry official said here Thursday.

Posted in Environment @ 04 October 2012 23:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina oil pipe explodes killing five people in Jambi An oil pipe of state oil and gas company PT Pertamina exploded leaving five people dead and 18 others injured at the sub-district of Bayung Lencir, in the regency of Musi Banyuasin of Jambi, South Sumatra.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 October 2012 18:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Forestry ministry rejects claims of APP logging ramin woods Director General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation of the Forestry Ministry Darori said there were no logging activities by the Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) company in the Kalimantan and Riau provinces, in response to an accusation from environmental NGO Greenpeace.

Posted in Environment @ 21 May 2012 16:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police seize 1.16 tons of marijuana in Jambi Police detained a truck driver and seized 1.16 tons of dried marijuana, worth Rp2 billion, which was being carried by a truck from Aceh on the Trans-Sumatra highway in Muarojambi district early Thursday.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 April 2012 11:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police seize 10,000 liters of diesel oil The Jambi Police`s patrol team has confiscated 10,000 liters of subsidized diesel oil on Lingkar Timur street, Pematang Sulur village, Telanaipura subdistrict, Jambi province on Saturday.

Posted in Crime @ 15 April 2012 08:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Grandmother caught selling marijuana Police caught a 73-year old grandmother while she was about to sell five kilograms of marijuana in front of the Matur sub-district office here on Wednesday.

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


US satellite detects 61 hot spots in Sumatra The US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) has detected 61 hot spots on Sumatra Island, according to the Ketaping Padang meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG).

Posted in Environment @ 22 January 2012 01:33 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


Dengue fever outbreak in Sumatra, Indonesia kills 27 An ongoing outbreak of dengue fever in western Indonesia has killed at least 27 people in the past two months, officials said on Thursday. Hundreds more have been affected.

Posted in Health @ 15 December 2011 21:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two people die of dengue fever in Jambi Two people were recently reported to have died of dengue fever at Sultan Thaha Saefuddin general hospital in Tebo district, Jambi province, hospital spokesman dr Hendra said here on Thursday.

Posted in Health @ 15 December 2011 13:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jambi police arrest 31 illegal immigrants Police in Jambi province arrested 31 Afghan immigrants at 7.30 on Thursday evening, Jambi Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Yassir said Friday. "The police arrested the 31 Afghan immigrants because they did not have passports and other official documents," Yassir said.

Posted in Crime @ 12 November 2011 04:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia finds new gas, oil, and coal reserves in Sumatra New gas, oil, and coal reserves were discovered in Indonesia's island of Sumatra, which could have significant impact in the region's development, officials said Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 28 June 2011 00:56 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Garuda cancels flights due to ongoing system problems Continuing problems with Garuda Indonesia's new automated crew rotation system resulted in the cancellation of 11 flights and the delays of another six, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 23 November 2010 19:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jambi province wants to test virginity schoolgirls Girls that are no longer a virgin, could be banned from school. A number of representatives in the province of Jambi on Sumatra is thinking about a decree. Before a girl is registered at high school, they will have to have themselves tested for their virginity. According to the representatives, this should 'solve' the problem of 'free sex' among teenagers and young adults.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 September 2010 03:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More tourists that have shorter stays The length of stay for foreign tourist visiting Indonesia declined 10.33% in May 2010, becoming 1.91 days as compared to 2.13 days in May 2009. Downturns in the length of stay were recorded in Jakarta, Central Java, North Sulawesi, East Kalimantan, Riau, Lampung, Jambi and Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 July 2010 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jambi villager killed by tiger A 25-year-old resident from Sponjen village in the Muarojambi district in Jambi province has been killed after he was attacked by a tiger. Darmilus, the victim, was in a hut in the forest not far from his village when he was attacked. The village head said that Darmilus, together with six others, went to the area to catch fish.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 March 2010 04:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WWF catches Sumatran tiger family on tape A hidden camera from the WWF in Indonesia has captured a female tiger and two of it's cubs in the jungle in central Sumatra. This is the first tiger family that has been recorded by a camera belonging to the WWF. Four cameras were placed in the Rimbang Baling conservatory forest and the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park, located in Riau and Jambi.

Posted in Environment @ 08 January 2010 01:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UNESCO eyeing Bali for three new cultural heritage sites Beritabali.com says three areas in Bali are targeted for designation as "Cultural Heritage Areas" by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010. The three areas singled out for the recognition on the island are: the rice terraces of Jatiluwih near Tabanan; the Pakerisan river valley in Gianyar; and the "subak" or traditional water irrigation system at Taman Ayung in Badung.

Posted in Culture @ 24 December 2009 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam hopes to lure 500,000 Malaysian tourists in 2010 Batam island expects to attract at least 500,000 tourists from Malaysia during Visit Batam Year 2010. The director of the tourism and culture department, Guntur Sakti, said the target was achievable because in recent years Malaysian tourists were the third highest to visit Batam, about 45 minutes by ferry from Johor Baharu.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 December 2009 00:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government to clean 11 rivers The central government has announced plans to restore some 11 heavily poluted rivers as part of the governments actions on climate change. A spokesperson for the Department of Environment said that the program would be one of the highest priorities of the newly installed government.

Posted in Environment @ 15 November 2009 08:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Transmigrants from Gunungkidul move to Jambi and Gorontalo The Social Office for Work and Transmigration (Dinsosnakertrans) in the district of Gunungkidul in the province of Yogyakarta will send a number of so-called transmigrants to areas like Jambi in Sumatra and Gorontalo in Sumatra. Transmigrants are Indonesians that are being moved from one island to another for a better economic future.

Posted in Economy @ 09 November 2009 10:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7.0 magnitude earthquake shakes Bengkulu In a separate event, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7,0 on the Richter Scale has his the Bengkulu area of West Sumatra earlier his morning. The worst hit area's were Jambi and Bengkulu The earthquake struck at 09:31 local time (GMT +7) and was located at 54 kilometers away from Muko-Muko in Bengkulu. De quake was localized at a depth of ten kilometers.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 October 2009 06:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Endangered tiger killed and stolen from zoo Thieves have killed a tiger in the Taman Rimba Zoo in Jambi last Saturday. The female Sumatran tiger was killed before the body was stolen from the zoo, according to local authorities. The incident happened around three in the morning. The police chief in Jambi, Posma Lubis, said that it was most likely that the tiger was killed and stolen to be sold via an international network. There was no sign of damage to the cage.

Posted in Environment @ 23 August 2009 08:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two rare Sumatran elephants killed Two Sumatran elephants have been shot and killed in Indonesia's Bengkulu province, a conservation official said Tuesday. The elephants were killed last week in the Kerinci Seblat National Park, said Dudy Wuryanto, head of the nature conservation agency in the neighbouring province of Jambi. He said the motive for the killings was unclear.

Posted in General @ 31 March 2009 05:07 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


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


Garuda expands regional route network Bisnis.com reports that Garuda Indonesia will open 18 new regional routes commencing January 16, 2009. Pujobroto, the Airline's Corporate Vice-President, depicted the opening of the new routes as part of Garuda's overall growth plan. "The development of the new routes will be supported by 14 new Boeing 737NG that will begin gradually arriving in mid-2009," explained the Garuda official.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 10 January 2009 08:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Long rows at gas stations ahead of expected price hike Queues are emerging ahead of the announcement from the government to increase fuel prices. In many parts of the country people are looking for a way to buy the now still cheap fuels in larger quantities than normal. In cities like Palangkaraya, Banjarmasin (Kalimantan), Jambi and across the island of Java people are queuing up. Some gas stations have even limited the amount sold to one customer.

Posted in General @ 11 May 2008 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air plane on route Jakarta-Jambi delayed for eight hours Passengers of a Batavia Air flight from Jakarta to Jambi have waited more than eight hours for their departure, before the plane eventually left at 21:15 local time. Earlier, the passengers protested against their huge delay. They beseiged another Batavia Air plane which was scheduled for departure to Denpasar.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 March 2008 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


West Sumatra struck by fourth earthquake Indonesia has cancelled a tsunami alert triggered by that sprawling nation's fourth earthquake in about 24 hours. The fourth quake occurred in Sumatra, about 121 kilometres northeast of Lais Bengkulu at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers. The latest quake measured 6.8 on the Richter scale.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 September 2007 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


8.2 earthquake strikes near Bengkulu off Sumatra island A powerful earthquake hit Indonesia on Wednesday, causing buildings to sway strongly in the capital, and authorities issued a tsunami warning for much of the Indian Ocean region. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 and hit at about 6:10 p.m. It was centered 9.7 miles underground in the southern Sumatra area, the USGS said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 September 2007 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Funds for handling forest fires reach Rp300 bln Collected funds from different institutions to be used to avert and overcome forest fires amounted to 300 billion Rupiah (24.8 million euro) for this year, according to Forestry Minister M.S. Kaban. The minister told that the funds were collected from the Office of the Coordinating Minister for People' s Welfare (100 billion Rupiah), the Forestry Ministry (66 billion Rupiah), while the rest found it's origins from provincial administrations. "Each province of the seven participating provinces provides Rp10 billion," the minister said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 17 June 2007 14:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Experts worried over seismic trends Experts in Indonesia are worried that after the huge earthquake off the coast of Aceh in December 2004 - which was the world's strongest in the last 40 years - the center of seismic activity is gradually moving to the southeast, in the direction of Jakarta, where millions of people live. "We think that the next quake may take place in the Jambi Province but do not want to publicize this for fear of causing panic," said a source from the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) told after the earthquakes in West Sumatra.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 April 2007 08:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Rain clears haze in SE Asia, Indonesia airports open Airports closed by low visibility have reopened in Indonesia and the air is cleaner over Singapore and Kuala Lumpur after rain doused forest fires spreading haze across the region, officials said on Friday. It was not immediately clear however if the improvement was temporary or whether the haze could return after a few days.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 October 2006 10:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta looks deserted as fasting month draws to end As the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadhan draws to close, Indonesia's capital city Jakarta's boisterous hustle and bustle receded as of Sunday because many residents returned to their home villages or towns to celebrate the Islamic festive days of Idul Fitri which will fall on Monday. According to local media reports, the quietness of the city was felt in the last three or two days.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 October 2006 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze from forest fires paralyses Indonesia airports Thick smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has shut airports and slashed visibility to below 100 metres (330 ft) -- and there is no respite in sight, officials said on Wednesday. The fires have been raging for weeks, spreading smoke across much of Southeast Asia and triggering fears of a repeat of the environmental disaster in 1997-98 when dry conditions linked to the El Nino weather pattern caused a choking haze that cost the region billions of dollars in economic losses.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 October 2006 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another jet skids off Indonesia runway in smoky haze A passenger jet skidded off the runway upon landing in thick haze in Kalimantan on Tuesday as forest fires in the country spread a pall of smoke around the region. A Boeing 737-200 jetliner skidded 50 meters (164 ft) off the runway in the town of Tarakan in East Kalimantan province on Borneo island.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 October 2006 03:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick smog in Jambi province uncontrollable Jambi deputy governor Antony Zeidra Abidin held an impromptu meeting Sunday with a number of head of agencies and related authorities under his administration to deal with the increasingly thickening fog over Jambi, caused by forest and oil palm plantation fire. Antony, in charge of the Jambi province forest fire control and eradication team, held the emergency meeting after inspecting the fire raging in the oil palm estates in Arang-Arang on Saturday, according to a report by the Indonesian news agency, Antara.

Posted in Forest fires @ 02 October 2006 07:55 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


10 volcanoes in Indonesia declared in alert status Head of the Volcanological and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center(PVMBG) Yousana OP Siagian said at least 10 volcanoes in Indonesia have been declared to be in alert status. "PVMBG office will continue its coordination with volcanoes-monitoring posts in the country in a bid to watch their activities," he said as contacted by Antara through a phone call here on Friday, Kazinform cites ANTARA.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 January 2006 08:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President: RI consuming energy inefficiently President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here Friday Indonesia was consuming energy in less efficient ways than other countries and called on the people and state officials to help conserve energy. The government is trying its best to conserve energy and to find other alternative energy sources such as solar energy, coal and castor oil, he said when inaugurating 13 geothermal and oil projects.

Posted in General @ 28 October 2005 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Fights, frustration mar fuel cash handouts It was billed as a way to cushion the blow for Indonesia's poorest of the poor. But efforts to compensate 15.5 million families with cash to offset steep hikes in fuel prices have instead triggered violence. Angry mobs have trashed homes of local officials. Old people have died standing in queues and a woman committed suicide after hearing she was not poor enough to qualify.

Posted in General @ 26 October 2005 09:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Subsidy cut to fuel the fire In the wake of a two-month "mini crisis" that saw the rupiah hit a four-year low of 11,750 per dollar on August 30, Jakarta has finally announced an imminent and substantial reduction in fuel subsidies. The exact date and the level of cuts have yet to be announced, though there is widespread speculation over both. Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said fuel prices may rise as early as October 1 while National Development Planning Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said an increase in November would be too late to help reduce subsidies to the level of Rp89.2 trillion. She said fuel prices might increase by at least 50% in October.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christian inroads worry top Indonesia Muslim body Christians are making worrying inroads in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, delegates said at a meeting of the nation's top Islamic clerical group, the Jakarta Post newspaper said on Thursday. It said the clerics told the Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI), during the meeting in Jakarta that Christians were expanding their presence in the provinces, and in the capital itself.

Posted in Religion @ 28 July 2005 11:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 23 reactions


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


Flights disrupted as haze worsens in Jambi Increasing smoke and haze from bush and forest fires in the past week around Jambi city have disrupted flights and led to respiratory problems among residents. M. Sidabutar, the head of Sultan Thaha Airport Management, said on Monday that the worsening haze had decreased pilot visibility so many flights in and out of Jambi had to be delayed. "We have informed Jakarta and other airports in order to delay flights to Jambi as the haze thickened this morning," said Sidabutar.

Posted in Weather @ 07 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[update] S. Sumatra shaken by 7.2 earthquake Location map of the 7.2 quakeA major earthquake occurred at 14:35:18 (UTC) on Sunday, July 25, 2004. The magnitude 7.2 event has been located in SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.) This according to USGS.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 July 2004 00:01 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


KPU axes more firms for missing ballot quota With polling day on April 5 being only two weeks away, more companies have been identified as having failed to print their ballot paper allotments on schedule. General Elections Commission (KPU) chairman Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin said on Monday the commission had taken back 127 film templates from Madju Medan Cipta, and others from the Manado-based Metro Post in North Sulawesi and the State Printing Company (PNRI) on Sunday, due to the firms' failures to print sufficient ballot papers for regental and municipal legislative council elections.

Posted in Elections @ 23 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Millions of ballots damaged Here come the ballot papers: A few million are damaged, thousands contain mistakes or are missing and millions more have yet to arrive. With the legislative election just 17 days away, President Megawati Soekarnoputri is now voicing fears about whether the poll will run smoothly, while the General Elections Commission (KPU) continues to assure the public things are under control.

Posted in Elections @ 19 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU worries about late party screening Less than half of 32 provincial elections commission (KPUDs) have submitted the results of their field verification on 40 political parties, raising fears the slow progress would severely affect preparations for next year's elections. KPU deputy chairman Ramlan Surbakti said over the weekend that only 14 provincial KPUDs had submitted their reports by Saturday, two days after the deadline lapsed last Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 01 December 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government delays fuel price hike The government abruptly delayed on Thursday the planned fuel price hike a day before it was due to come into effect, saying it had to weigh further the political, social and security implications which might arise. The decision was announced by Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Purnomo Yusgiantoro, after an economic meeting chaired by Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri at Merdeka Selatan Palace.

Posted in Economy @ 15 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Family of four killed in Magelang landslide A family of four was killed in a landslide that hit Sriwedari village in Salaman district, Magelang regency, Central Java, Monday night. The bodies of Kusno, 42, his wife Inayah, 40, and their son Romadhon, 17, and daughter Koniah, 13, were found Tuesday morning by rescue workers, who had difficulties reaching the disaster-hit area, Antara reported. Magelang regent Hasyim Affandi had to use an ojek (rented motorbike) to reach the site.

Posted in Weather @ 13 December 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides kill 14 people in Yogyakarta At least 14 people were killed, dozens of houses damaged and roads covered by mudflows from landslides in the villages of Ngaren, Banjarsari and Semagung in Kulonprogo, a district west of Yogyakarta. Antara reported that rescue teams have managed to extricate the bodies of seven of the 14 victims.

Posted in Weather @ 12 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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