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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


New DPR and DPD members officially sworn in The official swearing-in of the new members of the House of Representatives (DPR) and Regional Representatives Council (DPD) and the Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR), who won the 2014 elections, took place here on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 October 2014 19:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia requires additional 100 thousand MW electricity Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi stated that Indonesia still needed additional 100 thousand MW electricity to support industrial development at home.

Posted in Power supply @ 04 September 2014 19:57 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


28.3 million Indonesians live in poverty More than 28.28 million Indonesian people live in poverty as of March 2014 compared to 28.17 million in the same period last year, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS). "It was the result of a shift in the number of people working in the agricultural sector due to the impact of climate change, which had led to belated harvest," BPS Chief Suryamin said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 July 2014 22:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


5.7 magnitude earthquake shakes Ambon An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale shook Ambon city in the eastern Indonesian province of Maluku on Friday evening, prompting local residents to rush outdoors.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 May 2014 19:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to improve air defense in Papua The Indonesian Air Force will improve air defense in Papua territory to avoid foreign infiltration through the airspace. The National Air Defense Commander Sector IV, Air Marshall Asnam Muhidir, said the Indonesian Air Force will establish a radar unit in Jayapura to enhance Indonesian Air Defense in the eastern region in 2015.

Posted in Military @ 16 April 2014 23:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake jolts Morotai A tectonic earthquake measuring 6.2 on Richter scale shook Morotai Island, North Maluku Province, at 10:32 p.m Eastern Indonesian Standard Time (WIT) on Tuesday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 November 2013 01:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood kills two in Tangerang A flood inundated several residential areas and killed two inhabitants of Tangerang City, Banten Province, on Thursday. The victims were identified as Ratna, 63, and Sukamto, 61, chairman of the disaster alert youth group (Tagana), Iksan Bhakti, said here on Friday.

Posted in Flooding @ 15 November 2013 20:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court tightens security following riot The Constitutional Court (MK) has stepped up security in the courtroom and areas surrounding it, following a mass riot that took place on Thursday, while the verdict for a lawsuit against the results of a recent election held in the Maluku province was being delivered.

Posted in Violence @ 15 November 2013 15:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police kill one alleged terrorist and arrest two others Police anti-terrorist squad Densus 88 killed an alleged terrorist and arrested two others in Bone, South Sulawesi, on Thursday. As the head of the public information section of the National Police Headquarters` Public Relations Division, Senior Commissioner Agus Rianto confirmed the initials of the three alleged terrorists here on Friday: S alias PG, E alias J alias U, and AI.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 October 2013 18:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong tectonic earthquake jolts Maluku A tectonic earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scaled jolted West Southeast Maluluku (MTB) district in Maluku province at 9.53 am local time on Monday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 August 2013 13:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods and landslides claims eight in Ambon Flood and landslide on Tuesday in Ambon, Maluku Province, claimed eight casualties while five persons were still unaccounted for after heavy rain poured the region on Monday evening.

Posted in Weather @ 30 July 2013 18:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Ambon villagers killed in landslide At least two villagers were killed on Tuesday in landslide in the village of Batu Merah, Ambon, the Maluku regional disaster control agency (BPBD) said. Heavy downpour since Monday night triggered the landslide falling on a rented house with 8 people inside, Kifly Wakanno, secretary of the regional BPBD , said.

Posted in Weather @ 30 July 2013 11:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Three illegal mine workers in Maluku buried after landslide Three illegal gold mine workers are believed to have died after being buried in the pit following a landslide at the illegal mine at Gunung Botak in the sub-district of Wamsait, Buru island, Maluku Province.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 May 2013 23:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rescue workers still searching for missing vessel in Maluku A rescue team resumed search for a vessel with more than ten people on board reported missing since last Friday. The KM. Merlin was on its way from Nila to Waipia on the island of Seram in the regency of Maluku Tengah.

Posted in General @ 22 April 2013 10:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


DPR guarantees Autonomy Status of Maluku southernmost islands The House of Representatives` Commission II overseeing local governments and regional autonomy, guarantees the expansion of Maluku`s Southernmost Islands autonomy to separate from Southwest Maluku (MBD) district.

Posted in General @ 28 March 2013 11:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flash flood damages 500 houses in East Java Flash flood hit 500 houses in Situbondo district, East Java, last Saturday night, Situbondo District`s Chief of Disaster Mitigation Agency Zainul Arifin said.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2013 11:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven missing when speed boat sinks in Maluku waters At least seven passengers were missing as a speed boat sank in East Kei Kecil waters, Southeast Maluku District, Maluku Province, on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 January 2013 13:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Statistics agency: Number of poor population down The number of poor population in Indonesia drops by 0.54 million or 540,000 until September 2012, according to the National Statistic Agency (BPS).

Posted in Economy @ 02 January 2013 23:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


LAPAN prepares rocket launch in Morotai The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) is preparing a rocket launch for September 2013 on Morotai Island (North Maluku), Head of LAPAN Bambang S Tejasukmana said here on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 20 December 2012 18:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP calls for social solidarity maintenance Vice President Boediono has called on all parties to maintain the values of social solidarity and prevent them from being eroded by the flow of modern life and globalization.

Posted in Politics @ 20 December 2012 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Morotai to become rocket launch site Officials from the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space of Indonesia (LAPAN) has surveyed a number of locations on Morotai Islands District, North Maluku, to find a launch site for its Satellite Orbiting Rocket (RPS).

Posted in General @ 15 December 2012 22:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


5.9-magnitude quake rocks Ternate A 5.9-magnitude undersea earthquake rocked the North Maluku provincial capital of Ternate on Tuesday evening but there was no immediate report of casualties or material damage, according to the local geophysics station.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 December 2012 18:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


6.3 magnitude earthquake hits Banda Sea An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale jolted Banda Sea, southeast of Maluku province, on Wednesday at 3.56 pm local time.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 November 2012 18:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake shakes central Maluku An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale rocked Central Maluku, on Tuesday at 9.59 am Western Indonesian Standard Time (WIB).

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 November 2012 11:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate earthquake jolts Ambon city A tectonic earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale jolted the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon in Maluku province on Thursday afternoon, according to local Meteorology and Geophysics Agency report.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 November 2012 14:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BMKG warns of high waves in Arafura Sea The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) office in Ambon has warned Aru Islands residents to be on the alert for three-metre-high waves from the Arafura Sea, which are likely to hit the district's coasts between October 31 and November 5.

Posted in Weather @ 30 October 2012 23:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Morotai`s residents desperately need clean water Some residents have not been receiving clean water during the last six years in Juanga and Pandanga village, Morotai Island district, North Maluku province. Wisnu, a resident of Juanga village, said recently that the Water Utility Company (PDAM) of Morotai Island district draws water from three wells and clean water from Nakamura Island.

Posted in Health @ 27 October 2012 20:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Observer: 'Bounty for arrest of president baseless' The bounty offered by separatist group Free West Papua Movement for the arrest of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his October visit to Britain has no legal basis, according to an observer.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2012 22:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Gamalama erupts Mount Gamalama in North Maluku province erupted at 01.22 p.m. and 02.15 p.m. on Sunday, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 September 2012 06:25 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


Quake jolts North Maluku A quake measuring 5.8 on the Richter Scale jolted Morotai island in North Maluku at 10.31pm on Saturday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 August 2012 04:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Soutwest Maluku to have mobile hospital The Southwest Maluku district (MBD) in Maluku province will soon have a mobile hospital to provide the local community with better and timely health services, according to MBD health office spokesman Hans Aipassa.

Posted in Health @ 13 July 2012 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of Indonesian postal service employees on strike Around 5,000 employees of the Indonesian postal service provider, PT Pos Indonesia, will be on strike from June 28-30, 2012. "The striking employees represent PT Pos employees and retirees throughout Indonesia," said Gibson S Nababan, a spokesman of PT Pos Indonesia`s Labor Union (SPPI), here on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 28 June 2012 15:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


SAR: 60 victims of sunken vessel still missing Sixty passengers from the MV Putri Ayu, which capsized on its way from Ambon to Namrolle in the eastern Indonesian province of Maluku on Sunday, are still missing, chief of the Ambon Search and Rescue office, Doddy Haryanto, said.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 June 2012 17:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Social affairs minister on working visit to Ambon Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri arrived in Ambon on Thursday morning, on a two-day working visit, in a bid to boost the social welfare sector in Maluku province.

Posted in Politics @ 14 June 2012 16:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Dukono spews volcanic ash Mount Dukono in North Maluku province spewed volcanic ash on Tuesday, after showing signs of decreased activity in the past couple of weeks. "The volcanic ash spread to as far as Tobelo, the capital of North Halmahera district," head of the North Halmahera district natural mitigation board (BPBD) Yudhi H. said on Wednesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 June 2012 16:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Gamkonora erupts Mount Gamkonora, in North Maluku province, erupted on Wednesday afternoon, forcing hundreds of residents living on the volcano`s slope to evacuate to safer areas.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 June 2012 14:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President revises regulation on deputy ministers President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has signed a new presidential regulation on the status of deputy ministers, in the wake of a recent Supreme Court ruling.

Posted in Politics @ 09 June 2012 09:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


USAID provides US$33.7 million for sanitation The United States Assistance for International Development (USAID) has provided assistance worth US$33.7 million for sanitation program over the past five years in Indonesia.

Posted in Health @ 04 June 2012 00:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Dukono still on level II alert The National Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) has announced Mount Dukono in Halmahera, North Maluku, is still on level II alert.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 May 2012 16:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono`s son evades mob fury President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono`s son Edhie Baskoro managed to escape the wrath of an unruly mob after arriving at Babullah Airport in Ternate, North Maluku, on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 24 May 2012 10:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest six bomb terror suspects in Ambon Police have arrested six people suspected of involvement in a bomb terror in the wake of May 11 clash between two groups of residents in the Maluku provincial capital of Ambon.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 May 2012 08:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's economy grows 6.3 pct in Q1 Indonesia`s economy has grown 6.3 percent year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter of this year, according to the National Statistics Agency (BPS). "Compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, in terms of GDP, it has grown 1.4 percent," BPS chief Suryamin said here on Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2012 13:44 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


PLN operates biggest solar power plant in Morotai State electricity company PT PLN is operating the biggest solar power plant (PLTS) with a capacity of 600 kW in the outermost island of Morotai in North Maluku.

Posted in Power supply @ 16 April 2012 02:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tectonic earthquake jolts Aru Islands A tectonic earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale jolted Aru Islands District in Maluku Province at 08.42 local time on Wednesday morning.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 April 2012 09:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnitude 5.2 quake strikes Talaud in North Sulawesi An earthquake with an intensity of 5.2 on the Richter scale struck southwest of Talaud Islands in North Sulawesi province on Tuesday at 5.21 am local time. The medium quake struck under the sea in a depth of 5 kilometers, but has no potential to cause a tsunami, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said in Bandar Lampung.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 March 2012 05:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


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

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


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

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


Volcanic mudflow kills three in eastern Indonesia At least three people were killed on late Tuesday evening when mudflows streaming from Mount Gamalama in eastern Indonesia hit several nearby villages, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 December 2011 04:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Christians celebrate Christmas eve in peace Christians in the capital observed the Christmas Eve in peace on Saturday night, with no significant security disturbance reported. Hundreds of police officers were deployed to provide security during the Christmas Eve mass in almost all churches in the capital, Antara observed.

Posted in Religion @ 25 December 2011 03:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


100 passengers of capsized boat in Maluku safe As many as 100 passengers of KM Acu that capsized in Teluk Gasa waters in the district of Maluku Tenggara Barat (MTB) on Wednesday (21/12) afternoon were found safe and had now been evacuated to a beach there.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 December 2011 03:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'No political detainees in Indonesia' Coordinating Minister for Political, Security and Legal Affairs Djoko Suyanto said there is no political detainee in Indonesia including in Papua. "Who are now being detained are those who have violated the law according to the Criminal Code," he said when asked to confirm about the issue here on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 09 December 2011 02:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Panic after strong earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia A strong earthquake struck the Molucca Sea in eastern Indonesia on early Monday afternoon, seismologists said, causing panic but no damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 November 2011 10:38 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


Bird flu detected on Lombok island, no human cases Indonesian health officials on Tuesday confirmed that bird flu has been detected in poultry on the island of Lombok, although no human cases of the disease have been reported.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 18 October 2011 16:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian church bomber identified as wanted terrorist The Indonesian suicide bomber who attacked a protestant church in Central Java on Sunday has been identified as a wanted terrorist, authorities said on Tuesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 September 2011 00:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


National police deployed after clashes in Ambon kill 6 Indonesian National Police on Monday announced that it has deployed 400 personnel to the eastern island of Ambon, where riots broke out in its capital since Sunday.

Posted in Violence @ 12 September 2011 22:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three dead in violent clashes in Ambon Riots broke out in Ambon on Sunday, claiming three lives and injuring 60 others following a rumor that an ojek (motor taxi) driver was tortured to death by another group of residents in the city.

Posted in Violence @ 12 September 2011 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Helicopter crash in Sulawesi, Indonesia kills 10 Ten people were killed, including four Australians, when a helicopter crashed on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Wednesday, officials said on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 August 2011 16:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. to aid Indonesia's education with $165 million The government of the United States is planning to aid Indonesia's education program with a $165 million to fund several programs, officials said Friday.

Posted in General @ 13 May 2011 16:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air adds many new flights and routes The Indonesian airline Lion Air is currently working hard to expand it's already large network. During the month of May, four new routes will be opened while 18 existing routes will see their frequencies increased from today's levels. Expansion of their network can be noticed throughout the country.

Posted in Travel @ 08 May 2011 15:19 CET by Jeroen · 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


Pakistani plane forced to land in Indonesia A Pakistani plane on Monday was forced to land in Indonesia for flying without proper permission, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in General @ 07 March 2011 21:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Russia's Solway Industries to invest $3 billion in nickel plant Russia's Solway Industries will be investing $3 billion in Indonesia's North Maluku region to build a nickel smelting plant with a capacity of 150,000 tons per year, local media reported Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 16 February 2011 00:52 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


Strong earthquake hits the Banda Sea in Indonesia, no damage A strong earthquake struck deep underneath the Banda Sea in Indonesia on early Wednesday morning, seismologists said, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 November 2010 00:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off Maluku island A strong earthquake struck north of the Indonesian island of Wetar on early Sunday morning, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The 6.1-magnitude earthquake at 12.44 a.m. local time (1544 GMT Saturday) was centered in the Banda Sea, northwest of the Indonesian island of Wetar in Maluku Province.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 October 2010 04:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No tsunami after 7.4 magnitude quake off Papua An earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia's easternmost region of Papua early Thursday, prompting a tsunami warning which was later redrawn. The epicenter of the quake was 141 km southeast of Kaimana in West Papua province at a depth of 25 km, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 September 2010 03:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-terror unit deals out own terror Australia has sent an official to the Indonesian province of Maluku to investigate claims that Indonesia's elite counter-terrorism unit, Detachment 88, which Australia and the US train and fund, brutalised a group of separatists last month, repeatedly beating and abusing them in detention.

Posted in Violence @ 13 September 2010 11:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Seulawah Agam shows signs of activity The Center for Volcanology and Disaster Mitigation has put Mt. Seulawah Agam in Aceh on the lowest alert level following a series of earthquakes recorded in the last few days. As a consequence of the new status, the center declares the area in a radius of three kilometers from the crater off limits.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 September 2010 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 18 dead in landslide on Buru Island At least 18 people were killed and seven injured in a rain-triggered landslide triggered in an eastern Indonesian province, officials said Sunday. The landslide took place on Buru island in Maluku province.

Posted in Weather @ 26 July 2010 06:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-malaria efforts focus on pregnant women, children Health authorities are successfully battling malaria in remote eastern Indonesia by linking efforts to fight the mosquito-borne disease to maternal and child healthcare.

Posted in Health @ 21 May 2010 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda's Ambon route expected to boost Maluku's tourism The much awaited reopening of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia`s Ambon route in June is expected to have a significant effect on tourism in Maluku. Starting June 1, there will be regular flights from Jakarta to Ambon.

Posted in Travel @ 14 May 2010 03:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7.0 magnitude earthquake hits northern Maluku An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter Scale has shaken the northern Maluku region earlier today. The quake took place at just before nine o'clock local time this morning, which is just before eight o'clock in Central Indonesian time.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 March 2010 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Release Papuan flag-raisers Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should exonerate three Papuan men convicted of rebellion on November 12, 2009, for raising a pro-independence flag, Human Rights Watch said today.

Posted in Protests @ 19 November 2009 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Stones thrown at PLN office because of power outages The offices of state-owned power company PLN in Ternate, Maluku province, has once again become the target of angry people. The office was the target of stones thrown by angry people because power outages have hit the area for quite some time now. A number of windows of the building located along Jalan A. Yani has been scattered.

Posted in Protests @ 07 November 2009 01:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Maluku Residents of Saumlaki, and some other cities in the Maluku archipelago panicked and alarmed their traditional alarms when a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck their area at 23:40 local time (GMT+9) last evening. Residents fled their houses and sounded the alarm to indicate to others that they had to flee to a safe place told Mouthy Siwabessy, a resident of Saumlaki.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 October 2009 01:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sail 2010 to be organised near Banda After a successful Sail Bunaken 2009, held in Manado in North Sulawesi, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries will organize a similar event next year as well. The location for this event will be Banda, one of the island is the Moluccan archipelago. The event is already named 'Sail Banda 2010'.

Posted in Tourism @ 26 September 2009 11:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fifteen dead in Halmahera boat accident High waves have caused a wooden boat to sink in the waters of the island of Halmahera in North Maluku. 15 passengers were killed in the accident while 15 others are still missing, according to the Indonesian navy. 29 of the 59 passengers and crew on board of the boat were rescued soon after the boat went down Monday late in the afternoon.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 September 2009 11:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits northern Maluku An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter Scale occurred in the waters of northern Maluku province earlier this morning. The quake took place at 03:34 local time (GMT+9) and was located at 117 kilometers northwest of the city of Ternate in North Maluku.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 September 2009 01:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bad weather ahead in busy travel period The head of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics agency , Sri Woro, has said that waters in big parts of Indonesia will be hit by waves with heights up to five meters, caused by bad weather in the region. The bad weather comes at a time which is the most busy travel period in Indonesia, the upcoming Idul Fitri celebrations.

Posted in Weather @ 18 September 2009 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Counting Indonesia's islands - all of them Indonesia is to count it's islands - all of them - in the coming three years. Currently estimates of the actual number of islands in the Indonesian archipelago vary from 14,000 to some 17,500 islands, but the exact number is not known. Indonesia is to catalog all islands, including giving them a name and registration number for reporting them to the United Nations.

Posted in Politics @ 27 August 2009 06:24 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


RMS nowadays just wants autonomy Indonesia is has reacted positive to the Maluku government in exile when they announced that they no longer fight for an independent state. The Indonesian ambassador to the Netherlands, Junus Effendi Habibie, told this to Wereldomroep. According to the ambassador there already is autonomy in the Maluku region, so the situation doesn't have to be changed anymore. A complete independence is rejected straight away.

Posted in Politics @ 18 August 2009 04:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The long history of Jemaah Islamiyah and Indonesia, 1 Jemaah Islamiyah ("Islamic Congregation"), or simply JI, is a Southeast Asian militant Islamic organization dedicated to the establishment of an Islamic State in Southeast Asia incorporating Indonesia, Malaysia, the southern Philippines, Singapore and Brunei. JI was added to the United Nations 1267 Committee's list of terrorist organizations linked to al-Qaeda or the Taliban on 25 October 2002 under UN Security Council Resolution 1267.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2009 13:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


4.000 homeless after fire destroys 600 houses in Ternate A fire that destroyed hundreds of houses did not only cause a lot of financial damage, but id also destroyed the houses of some 4.000 residents in the neighborhood of Makassar Timur in the district of Ternate Tengah in North Maluku province. The big fire started around 21:00 local time (GMT+8) Thursday evening and eventually destroyed 557 houses. No one was killed in the fire however.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 July 2009 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono admits Indonesia yet to be prosperous President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono admitted Wednesday that the Indonesian nation was not yet prosperous nor was it already enjoying good welfare. “But if there are critics who say we have slid backward in developmental terms, I will say, they are not honest,” the president said during a working visit to Tuban district, East Java.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2009 07:13 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


Gamalama volcano on alert after smoke from crater The Gamalama volcano on the island of Ternate in the province of North Maluku has been put on a higher alert and has now become an 'Aware'. This has been done after the volcano started to exhaust clouds of smoke with heights up to 400 meters into the air. Since last Tuesday the volcano continuously emits thick white smoke. The last eruption of the volcano was in 2003.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 23 January 2009 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crackdown on freedom of expression in Maluku At least 70 people have been arrested or imprisoned for peaceful pro-independence activities in the province of Maluku, Indonesia over the last two years, Amnesty International revealed today. The Indonesian government should immediately and unconditionally release all those detained for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression, belief and association.

Posted in Protests @ 20 December 2008 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Petrol bomb attacks in Maluku province Three separate explosions have caused minor damage in the city of Ternate in Indonesia's Moluccas islands, northeast of Java, local television has reported. It is understood three small petrol bombs were used in the attacks early Monday morning. Metrotvnews.com said one of the bombs caused slight damage to the home office of the governor of North Maluku.

Posted in Crime @ 03 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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