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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


Arif Wibowo new president director of Garuda Indonesia Arif Wibowo, the president director of Citilink Indonesia, has been named president director of PT Garuda Indonesia, replacing Emirsyah Satar. So Wibowo now has bigger aeroplane as "pilot in command" to fly.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2014 15:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali deports four foreigners for violating stay permit The Immigration Office of Bali province will deport four foreigners for violating their visa permits, Chief of Supervisory Unit at Balis Immigration Office Mohamad Soleh said here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2014 20:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


Jokowi receives Japanese foreign minister Jakarta Governor and president-elect Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, received Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida for a meeting at the Jakarta City Hall on Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 12 August 2014 17:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Plans for high-speed train between Jakarta and Bandung The government’s plan to use the Shinkansen bullet train to link Jakarta and Bandung in the next five years will shorten travel time for the 150-kilometer route between the two cities from around three hours to only 37 minutes.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 02 July 2014 05:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: '250 hospitals ready to develop traditional treatment' Some 250 hospitals in Indonesia are preparing to introduce traditional and herbal treatments as an alternative to modern medical therapies, a Health Ministry official said.

Posted in Health @ 12 April 2014 17:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'Flight clearances for planes in search of MH370' Indonesia has given 49 flight clearances for aircraft from foreign countries in their search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 21 March 2014 08:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Japan plans to send home remains of 20 thousand soldiers The Japanese government plans to return home the remains of as many as 20 thousand World War II troops who fought in the South Pacific and are buried in Biak Noemfoor District, Papua Province.

Posted in History @ 19 March 2014 08:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Japan grants 550 million yen worth of health equipment The Japanese government offers a grant 550 million yen (about 4 million euro) worth of health equipment for Indonesia to be used in three hospitals in the country. "If the cooperation is clear, we would be offered an aid worth 550 million yens for hospitals in Indonesia," deputy health minister Ali Ghufron said at a Medical Excellence JAPAN Seminar here on Thursday.

Posted in Health @ 27 February 2014 23:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rescue team searches for seven Japanese missing The Denpasar Search and Rescue (SAR) team is searching for seven Japanese tourists who went missing in the waters off the Nusa Lembongan Island, Klungkung Regency, an official said here on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 15 February 2014 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airports closed over Mount Kelud eruption Volcanic ash from a major eruption in Indonesia shrouded a large swath of the country's most densely populated island on Friday, closed three international airports and sent thousands fleeing.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 February 2014 03:25 CET by Jeroen · 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 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


Jakarta festivals lure rising number of foreign tourists The increasing number of cultural festivals held in the capital has managed to attract more foreign tourist to Jakarta, an official said on Monday. “A number of cultural festivals and tourism events held by Jakarta in 2013 has been proven to increase the number of foreign tourists visiting the city,” agency head Arie Budhiman said.

Posted in Culture @ 07 January 2014 09:06 CET by Jeroen · 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: 'Indonesian`s bargaining position improves' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said Indonesias bargaining position in regional and global relations has been improving as the country plays an increasingly important role in various international forums and organizations.

Posted in Economy @ 15 December 2013 14:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Double track of northern Java railway operational in 2014 The double track of northern Java railway between Jakarta and Surabaya of East Java is expected to be operational early 2014. Operation of the new track would considerably reduce the burden of the highways linking the two largest cities in the country.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 27 November 2013 11:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Remittances from Indonesian workers reach Rp100 trillion Indonesia earns about Rp100 trillion in foreign exchange every year from Indonesian workers in various countries across Asia and Europe, a manpower official has said.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2013 18:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to build two wastewater treatment plants in 2014 The Jakarta provincial government will establish two Integrated Waste Water Treatment Plant (IPALT) zones in 2014 to reinforce the city`s wastewater treatment system.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 25 October 2013 22:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


MRT, better late than never After decades of delay, construction has finally begun on the landmark rail-based mass rapid transit (MRT) system, in Jakarta, a megaproject designed to help the capital catch up with those of neighboring countries in modern urban transportation.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 14 October 2013 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry accredits 2,300 journalists for APEC Summit 2013 RI`s Ministry of Communication and Informatics has accredited 2,300 journalists around the world to cover APEC Summit 2013 in Bali, from October 1 to 8.

Posted in General @ 06 September 2013 20:53 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


Japan eases off entry visa requirements for Indonesia The Japan government to ease off entry visa requirements for some ASEAN countries where Malaysia and Thailand nationals are exempted for visa while nationals from Indonesia gets extension of period of stays for those holding multiple entry visa, official said.

Posted in Travel @ 27 June 2013 19:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Transportation Safety Committee needs 267 investigators The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) needs a total of 267 investigators to cover cases of transportation across the country, said KNKT chief Tatang Kurniadi.

Posted in General @ 28 December 2012 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta finally goes ahead with MRT plan After weeks of uncertainty, the Jakarta administration has revealed it will move forward with the plan to construct the city’s first Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line next year.

Posted in Economy @ 22 December 2012 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nuclear technology has long been developed in Indonesia Nuclear technology has long been developed in Indonesia but the public still focuses on its potential negative impact, according to National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) researcher Haryanto.

Posted in General @ 17 December 2012 15:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


ANTARA news agency marks 75th anniversary Indonesia`s national news agency ANTARA marked its 75th anniversary here on Thursday in a ceremony attended among others by its former chiefs. Its current president director, Saiful Hadi, in his speech said that ANTARA would always put forward public interests in its operations.

Posted in General @ 13 December 2012 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi wants MRT talks with central government Jakarta`s Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said he hoped to reach an agreement with the central government on sharing the repayment of loan used to built Jakarta`s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project.

Posted in General @ 06 December 2012 13:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey: 'Most Indonesians agree to have nuclear power plant' A latest survey shows that the majority of Indonesians agree with plan to develop nuclear energy to better guarantee power supply in the country.

Posted in Power supply @ 23 November 2012 16:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 3 reactions


Tourism growth slowing down Bisnis.com reports that tourism leaders are beginning to see predictions of 9 million tourists to Indonesia in 2013 as overly optimistic and problematic to achieve in the light of the developing global economic situation.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 November 2012 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kroya-Kutoarjo double rail track to be built in 2013 The railway directorate general said it will start construction of double rail track between Kroya and Kutoarjo, Central Java in 2013. "The project of the 76-kilometer track is the second phase of of a rail track project in southern part of Java," Surono, the chief spokesman of state railway company (PT KAI), said here Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 16 October 2012 14:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Indonesia to have navy museum' The Education and Culture Ministry`s Director of Museum And Cultural Heritage Preservation, Surya Helmy, has stated that Indonesia will soon have a Navy museum, which will be set up inside a warship.

Posted in History @ 10 October 2012 21:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Victims commemorate second Bali Bombings Survivors and families of victims of the second Bali bombings in 2005 gathered to commemorate the tragedy here on Monday. In their message read out on the occasion they called on all community elements, including the government to prevent terrorism.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2012 17:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Visa fee threathens tourism development' Bisnis.com reports that Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, has expressed her concern that the permanent imposition of the US$25 visa-on-arrival fee threatens the future development of tourism to Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 September 2012 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


War veterans arrive in Morotai to revive WW II memories World War II veterans from several countries have arrived in Morotai Island District, North Maluku, to recall war-related events that took place on the island once used as a military base by the United States and Japan.

Posted in History @ 13 September 2012 19:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of World War II veterans invited to Morotai At least 100 World War II veterans from the United States, Australia and Japan are invited to attend the opening ceremony of "Sail Morotai" in the regency of Morotai, North Maluku on September 15.

Posted in General @ 24 August 2012 11:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Minister: 'Bali needs direct flights to support tourism' Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, sees direct flights as critical to increasing international tourist flows to Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 09 July 2012 05:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal expatriate workers in Bali Radar Bali reports that data from the Denpasar Manpower Department shows more than 500 foreign workers are currently registered with their office.

Posted in Economy @ 09 July 2012 05:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian animation goes International Indonesia's animation studios have started getting international projects thanks to the excellent capabilities of the country's animators, according to the Director of Electronics and Telematic Industries of the Ministry of Industry, Triharso.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 July 2012 10:14 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


Kalla says plan to unify time zone wrong Former vice president M Jusuf Kalla believes that the plan to merge Indonesia`s three existing time zones into a single time zone is a mistake that could affect 200 million people in the country.

Posted in General @ 29 May 2012 15:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


120 sailing ships to participate in Sail Morotai At least 120 sailing ships from Indonesia and other countries will participate in the upcoming international marine event of Sail Morotai, to be held in the Morotai Islands district, North Maluku, in mid-September 2012.

Posted in General @ 23 April 2012 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia promoting nuclear power plant in Bangka The government continued campaigning about the benefits and security of a nuclear power plant among the population of Bangka island in the Sumatran province of Bangka-Belitung.

Posted in Power supply @ 21 April 2012 15:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fresh water investment plan for Bali The government of Bali via the Bali Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM-Bali) is offering a number of fresh water supply infrastructure projects in four regencies/cities in Bali worth an estimated value of Rp. 1.305 trillion (US$145 million).

Posted in Health @ 05 April 2012 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia ready to grow further Garuda Indonesia is adding 11 new aircraft this year as they expand their air network. At the same time, Garuda is adding 10 airplanes to the armada of their low-cost subsidiary Citilink serving domestic routes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 26 March 2012 14:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Indonesian mothers die during delivery every hour Indonesia`s maternal mortality rate is still high as it is believed that almost every hour two Indonesian women die while giving birth, a senior family planning official said,

Posted in Health @ 03 February 2012 10:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Japan to repatriate remains of WWII dead from Papua The Japanese government plans to repatriate the remains of Japanese World War II dead still to be found in several parts of Papua province, a local tourism official said.

Posted in History @ 22 January 2012 10:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's halal food exports increasing Export of halal Indonesian food commodities to many Muslim and non-Muslim countries such as Japan, China and Singapore has increased. According to Trade Ministry data, halal Indonesian food exports to Japan was up 25 percent, to China and Singapore 23 percent higher.

Posted in Religion @ 18 January 2012 00:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


President hands sacrificial animal to Istiqlal mosque President Susilo Yudhoyono handed a cow to the Istiqlal mosque's animal sacrifice committee shortly after performing Idul Adha prayers at the Southeast Asia's largest mosque on Sunday.

Posted in Religion @ 06 November 2011 07:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono asked G20  not to forget initial goal At the recent G20 summit in France, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had told world leaders not forget the initial goal of the group`s formation despite the current economic crisis in the Euro zone.

Posted in Politics @ 05 November 2011 14:45 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


Mount Lokon in Indonesia's Sulawesi erupts again Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupted again on Wednesday afternoon after showing increased volcanic activity since the day before, officials said on Thursday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 October 2011 19:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Found: a clean toilet in Indonesia! Yes, it's true, they have found a clean toilet in Indonesia and have awarded it a prize as well. Okay, this is the result of a survey held among a number of airports in Indonesia, but hey, you have to start somewhere. And ask yourself, do you also hate it when you have to visit a dirty airport toilet because the queue for the plane toilets was just too long just before landing?

Posted in Culture @ 28 September 2011 04:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Turnover Garuda Indonesia at 6 trilion Rupiah in Q2 2011 PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk earned revenue to IDR 6.02 trillion in the second quarter of 2011 or an increase of 40.5 percent over the achievement in the same period in 2010, amounting to IDR 4.28 trillion. The figure also shows an increase by 16 percent compared to past achievements in the first quarter which amounted to Rp 5.18 trillion.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 September 2011 13:09 CET by Jeroen · 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


Garuda faces criticism for semi-naked breast checks Garuda Indonesia, the country\'s flag carrier, is facing strong criticism after reports claim it is conducting near-naked physical checks for South Korean flight attendant jobs, local media reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 24 August 2011 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's trade surplus declines third straight month Indonesia's exports reached $16.52 billion and imports reached $14.89 in April, resulting in a surplus of $1.53 billion, the country's Central Statistics Agency (BPS) said Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 03 June 2011 00:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two 'tourists' get almost-permanent stay on Bali Jakarta Globe reports that 35-year-old Morita Yuki of Japan has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his failed attempt to smuggle 5.9 kilograms of hashish into Bali in November of 2010. The illegal cash of drugs had an estimated street value of US$410,000 and was concealed in a suitcase brought by the Japanese.

Posted in Drugs @ 01 May 2011 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'Radiation-free certification for Japanese food imports' The Indonesian government on Thursday said it had requested that all food imported from Japan be accompanied with certification that ensures the safety of the imports, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Health @ 24 March 2011 19:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


Tsunami after Japan quake kills one in Indonesia A tsunami generated as a result of an enormous earthquake that struck off the northeastern coast of Japan on Friday left one person dead in Indonesia, local media reported on Sunday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 13 March 2011 08:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Evacuations in North Sulawesi in anticipation of tsunami The Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG has announced that it expects tsunami waves, caused by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan earlier this afternoon to hit parts of eastern Indonesia. The tsunami waves are expected to hit parts of Papua, North Maluku and North Sulawesi around 18:00 West Indonesia time.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 March 2011 11:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BMKG: Tsunami's to hit Indonesia after Japan quake The Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG has announced that it expects tsunami waves, caused by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan earlier this afternoon to hit parts of eastern Indonesia. The tsunami waves are expected to hit parts of Papua, North Maluku and North Sulawesi around 18:00 West Indonesia time.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 March 2011 10:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia exports over 2010 reached new record The head of the Indonesian Bureau of Statistics BPS, Rusman Heriawan, has said that the exports from Indonesia over 2010 reached a record high. A total of 157.73 billion dollar worth of goods and services was exported to most countries in the world. December gained the number one monthly export with 16,8 billion dollar in exports.

Posted in Economy @ 03 February 2011 13:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More commuter trains for travelers in Greater Jakarta Seen the ever increasing number of passengers on the KRL commuter trains in Greater Jakarta, the state-owned company running the trains, PT KAI Commuter Jabodetabek, will increase the number of trains as soon as possible. As early as next year, more trains will be running on the routes operated by the KRL commuter trains.

Posted in General @ 31 January 2011 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Microsoft to invest around $2.5 billion in Indonesia Microsoft on Friday announced that it will invest around $2.5 billion in Indonesia to develop cloud-computing systems, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Economy @ 21 January 2011 20:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President may expand Greater Jakarta area President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono wants to expand Greater Jakarta - to perhaps as far as Sukabumi - to fight congestion in the capital, according to his spokesman. "The President plans to develop Jakarta. There will be an expansion to Purwakarta, Sukabumi and other areas to curb congestion in Jakarta," Presidential spokesman Julian Pasha told reporters on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2011 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia considering new Jakarta airport An airport spokesman on Friday confirmed that the government is considering building a new airport in the area surrounding the Indonesian capital city, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Economy @ 07 January 2011 08:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia targeting $8.4b from foreign tourists in 2011 Indonesia expects to earn $8.4 billion in tourism revenue this year, up from $7.6 billion last year, according to Tourism Minister Jero Wacik. Total foreign arrivals are expected to increase to as many as 7.7 million this year from 7 million tourists last year, he said in Jakarta on Thursday.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 January 2011 04:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police seize two million illegal porn videos in Jakarta More than two million illegal pornographic videos were recently seized by Indonesian authorities in Jakarta, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Crime @ 22 December 2010 09:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to open airport train bid next year Transportation Vice Minister Bambang Susantono told reporters Thursday that the investment needed to construct a railway line connecting the Mangarai station in South Jakarta to Soekarno-Hatta International airport in Tangerang, Banten, will be offered to investors by June next year.

Posted in Economy @ 09 December 2010 12:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


British, Japanese citizens arrested for drug smuggling in Bali Indonesian authorities arrested two foreigners, one British and one Japanese, as well as one national for smuggling drugs into the country at island beach resort, Bali, local authorities said Monday. The three could face possible execution.

-Khuram Antonio Khan Garcia, 39, a from the United Kingdom, was arrested after arriving on a Qatar Airways flight at around 8 p.m. local time. He was carrying 3.1 kilograms (6.8 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine, which was hidden in the lining of his suitcase, airport official Bagus Endro Wibowo explained.

-The drugs, officials said, were worth around 9.5 billion rupiah ($1.07 million).

-After his arrest at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, local authorities questioned Garcia, and according to his statements, he revealed the identities two accomplices.

-As a result, officials subsequently arrested Yan Zacharia Santosa, 31, from Jakarta, who was staying in Bali at the moment and was reportedly supposed to receive the drugs and later distribute them.

-Morita Yuki, 35, from Japan, was also arrested after arriving later in the evening from Bangkok, Thailand. He was carrying 6 kilograms (13.2 pounds) of hashish in his suitcase, which was calculated to be worth around 3.5 billion rupiah ($395,500).

-All three suspects will be handed over to the Bali Police's Narcotics Division where they will be facing the country's harsh anti-drug policies.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 November 2010 04:00 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


Jakarta declared no-fly zone after volcano eruption Just days before President Barack Obama's visit to Indonesia, all international airlines canceled flights into the country’s capital city Saturday after a volcano hundreds of miles to the west unleashed its most powerful eruption in a century. The cancellation also means passengers leaving Jakarta for overseas had to call off their trips.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 November 2010 15:43 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


President Obama Indonesia bound, again? U.S. President Obama is quoted on the U.S. White House Website as confirming his plans to visit Indonesia in November 2010, his third attempt to visit his boyhood home after plans for his first two visits were postponed due to commitments to pass his health-care agenda and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted in Politics @ 26 September 2010 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Govt to withdraw nine million faulty gas canisters The government will soon withdraw nine million 3-kilogram gas cylinders from circulation for failing to meet the national standard, a minister said Wednesday. Coordinating People's Welfare Minister Agung Laksono told reporters the faulty cylinders would be collected through state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina refill depots.

Posted in General @ 29 July 2010 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


11 dead in Surabaya night club fire Eleven people were killed, including one Japanese and one Australian, and scores of others were injured after fire engulfed a night club in Surabaya, the capital of East Java province earlier Friday, officials said. Police officer at the scene named only Ngadiran told over the phone that one of the killed was a pregnant woman.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 June 2010 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A trip to Cagar Alam Pangandaran Still coughing from the drive home the night before I woke up quite early in the morning after being quite reluctant to get up this early. It was finally dry by now, but it kept on raining for quite some time especially for this time in May. Most people here do not complain about it though; although roads are not repaired yet the newly planted rice and such are growing rapidly in return.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 May 2010 09:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A strange wish: three-year tourist visas A proposal from a group of Japanese tourist that the visa period beyond the current 2 months maximum to three years has received support from the Bali Chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) and the Bali Tourism Authority (Diparda). A sign that both organisations have lost their common sense in supporting ideas originating from the people in the street.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 May 2010 01:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


20 year jail term for rape and murder of Japanese tourist A judge on Bali has sentenced the 26-year-old David Goltar Wicaksono to 20 years in prison for the rape and murder of the 33-year old Rikasano, a Japanese tourist. The perpetrator, from Malang in East Java, was arrested late last year as a suspect in the case and was indeed found to be guilty now.

Posted in Crime @ 04 May 2010 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The long wait for a visa on Bali airport Bisnis Bali reports that despite a total of 26 visa on arrival counters at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, long delays of as much as two hours are being encountered by those landing during peak traffic hours.

Posted in Travel @ 26 February 2010 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Coffee, tea or a 30-day visa? After several false starts, Garuda Indonesia has formally introduced visa on board immigration processing on their flights from Japan, effective February 1, 2010. According to Beritabali.com, South Korean and Australia are being eyed as candidates for the new visa service.

Posted in Travel @ 08 February 2010 00:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Japanese woman killed in Bali A 41-year old woman from Japan was found dead in the house she rented in the resort town of Kuta on the popular holiday island of Bali. Hiromi Shimada was found naked with her legs tied together. She had multiple stab wounds according to Gede Sugianyar, a spokesperson for the police on the island of Bali.

Posted in Crime @ 28 December 2009 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soekarno-Hatta: World's second most on-time airport As airlines continue to charge customers more while offering fewer services, at least the world's busiest airports are showing signs of improved performance. That's according to data published by FlightStats, an Oregon-based company that tracks historical and real-time flight information for airports and airlines around the world.

Posted in Travel @ 17 December 2009 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta It has been a year ago that I used the Indonesian railroad services. That was a trip from Yogyakarta to Jakarta with a dirty, cold and old-fashioned train. Trains like that are still widely available on Java. It normally is really cold on board of one of these trains, which makes traveling with them not the best option available.

Posted in Travel @ 19 November 2009 12:31 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


Tourism minister: 'Faster processing of visa-on-arrival' The minister for Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has planned to cut short the processing time of visa on arrival services at airports and seaports in Indonesia within the first 100 days in office. He said the accelerating the service would certainly improve the image of Indonesia as a tourist destination which would lead to more foreigners visiting Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 24 October 2009 04:03 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
    
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