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Indonesia to develop trans-Sumatra toll road The Trans-Sumatra Toll Road Development Project will soon commence following the signing of the order by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY).

Posted in Infrastructure @ 19 September 2014 18:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: '2 million hectares of Riau oil palm plantation illegal' Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan has urged the Riau Province Administration not to issue additional permit for oil palm plantation, as two million hectares of the plantation is illegal or has no permit.

Posted in Environment @ 06 August 2014 21:23 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


Police checks video of gold robbery in Pekanbaru The Pekanbaru Resort Police secured four CCTV units for the video recording of a robbery of 3 kilograms of gold and Rp500 million in cash from a Jenderal Sudirman Street store, Pekanbaru City, Riau Province.

Posted in Crime @ 21 April 2014 18:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police seize 1.5 kilogram meth from Malaysian citizens The Regional Police Department of Riau, in cooperation with National Narcotics Agency, have seized 1.5 kilograms methamphetamine from five suspects two of whom are Malaysian citizens.

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


Police name 100 suspects in forest fires The Riau provincial police have named 100 people as suspects in alleged forest and plantation fire cases in the provinces several districts and cities. "The number increases from 90 suspects previously," Riau Police Chief Brigadier General Condro Kirono informed ANTARA here on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 March 2014 22:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US grant of F-16 fighter jets to arrive in October The first batch of the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets, which are a grant from the United States, is expected to arrive in Indonesia in October, according to Indonesia Air Force Chief of Staff Air Marshal Ida Bagus Putu Dunia.

Posted in Military @ 19 March 2014 22:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for heavier punishment for arsonists President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for heavier punishment for those who deliberately lit fires in forest, plantation and peat-soil areas. "The president has emphasized the importance of strict and indiscriminate legal enforcement. Light punishment for forest arson must be evaluated," the president tweeted on his account @SBYudhoyono on Monday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 17 March 2014 12:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze disrupts oil palm production in Riau Haze from the ongoing forest fires in the Riau province had disrupted the harvest of oil palm fruits, a local farmer Rohim, 57 years old, said here on Friday. "The thick haze makes it hard for farmers to see the palm fruits that are ready to be harvested," Rohim noted.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 March 2014 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Riau governor jailed for 14 years for corruption Former governor of Sumatra's Riau province Rusli Zainal was sentenced to 14 years in jail for corruption here on Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 12 March 2014 23:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airlines delay flights to Pekanbaru to minimize losses The authorities at Syarif Kasim II International Airport, Pekanbaru, Riau Province, stated that several airways have delayed their flights to the airport to minimize losses until the air condition gets better.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 March 2014 18:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Squadron of F16 jets in Pekanbaru to operate in June The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) has set a target to make a squadron of 24 F16 fighter jets operational at the Roesmin Nurjadin Air Base in the Riau provincial capital of Pekanbaru, by June 2014.

Posted in Military @ 26 February 2014 23:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau forst fire hot spot multiplied 150 times forest fire hot spots in Riau have multiplied 150 times, from 64 on Sunday (Feb. 23) to 1,234 on Monday, across eight districts and cities, as detected by Terra and Aqua Satellites, BMKG stated.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 February 2014 13:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Satellite detects 81 hotspots in Riau The Terra and Aqua satellite detected 81 hotspots of forest, plantation and peat land fires in Riau Province on Monday afternoon.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 February 2014 10:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick haze in Riau disturbs air transportation Planes heading to Sultan Syarif Kasim international airport, Pekanbaru, Riau province, are forced to circle around before landing due to decreasing visibility, a result of ongoing forest fire in the area, an official stated.

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 February 2014 14:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New F-16 squadron in Pekanbaru to start operating next year A new squadron of F16 fighter jets at the Roesmin Nurjadin Air Base in Pekanbaru, Riau province, is expected to start operating in one year, Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal B Putu Dunia said.

Posted in Military @ 15 November 2013 16:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze forces temporary closure of schools in Pekanbaru The Pekanbaru education office has temporary closed kindergartens and elementary schools partly in the city, which have been hit by haze.

Posted in Forest fires @ 29 August 2013 14:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatra haze might affect Malaysia due to wind direction Haze from land-clearance fires in Riau Province, Sumatra Island, might affect Malaysia, with the wind blowing toward the neighboring country, said a weather analyst.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 August 2013 15:04 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


Police detain 20 asylum seekers from Afghanistan Siak police in Riau, have detained 20 asylum seekers or illegal immigrants from Afghanistan. They were in a bus when police stopped them in the sub-district of Mandau, in the Bengkalis regency on Wednesday, Siak police chief Adj. Sr. Comr Sugeng Putut Wicaksono said via telephone on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 01 August 2013 21:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine choppers readied to put out land fires The National Disaster Mitigation Body (BNPB) has again readied nine helicopters to put out land and forest fires in Riau province.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 July 2013 21:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau`s chief drug dealer arrested The National Drugs Agency (BBN) has arrested a chief drug dealer and his two men who are members of the air force in Riau province.

Posted in Drugs @ 05 July 2013 15:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three flights from Dumai cancelled due to haze Three flights from Dumai city are cancelled due to low visibility following haze that is still happening in the area, chief of Dumai airport`s authority, Catur Hargowo, said here on Monday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 01 July 2013 17:28 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


Haze raises respiratory disease sufferers by 20 pct The Health Monitoring Office (KKP) of Pekanbaru`s Port recorded increase in respiratory disease by 20 percent as a result of haze that hit Riau Province. The institution found the total increase when they conducted an integrated data collection and evaluation program (surveillance) of the illness type caused land fire`s haze.

Posted in Forest fires @ 30 June 2013 20:20 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


Riau extremely susceptible to drug trafficking The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) on Wednesday stated that Riau was extremely susceptible to international drug trafficking and might grow as an entry point of drug smuggling.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 June 2013 15:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batik Air flies to Bali and Yogyakarta Batik Air - the new subsidiary airline of the Lion Group of the well-known airline Lion Air - on Friday, May 17, 2013, introduced services from Jakarta to Yogyakarta and to Denpasar (Bali).

Posted in Travel @ 18 May 2013 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau students demand gas block nationalization Dozens of students who are members of the Executive Board of Riau University`s Students, staged a protest by blocking the entrance to PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia in Rumbai complex, Pekanbaru on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2013 19:26 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


Lion Air officially launches Batik Air Indonesia’s largest low-cost carrier Lion Air launched its full-service Batik Air at the country's main gateway Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Cengkareng, Banten, on Thursday.

Posted in Travel @ 25 April 2013 11:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Purchase your Indonesia Air tickets through ticketindonesia.info Starting today, ticketindonesia.info has started selling tickets for Indonesian airliner Indonesia Air (PT Indonesia Air Transport) through it's website. This small airline used to be known as IAT, but has gone through a complete reformation since the take-over by the MNC Group. The airline has purchased new planes and offers attractive routes.

Posted in Travel @ 28 February 2013 13:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Electricity tariff hike to save Rp14 trillion subsidized budget The electricity tariff hike by 14 to 15 percent this year is predicted to save a subsidy budget of Rp14 trillion, an official said.

Posted in Economy @ 18 January 2013 14:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Toll road projects in Dumai remains in the pipeline The government`s plan to build a 16.3 kilometer toll road between Dumai and Pekanbaru in Riau remained in the pipeline. There has been no concrete step taken toward construction of the toll road until the end of 2012, head of Dumai land office Wan Fahrizal Noor told ANTARA News here on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 06 January 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air adds flights on existing routes The largest airline in Indonesia - by domestic passengers - Lion Air, has once again added a number of flights on it's existing routes. Two of those flights are evening flights to Pekanbaru and Palembang in southern Sumatra, both from Jakarta.

Posted in Travel @ 26 November 2012 08:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sriwijaya Air opens route Pekanbaru - Batam Sriwijaya Air has commenced flights on the route Pekanbaru - Batam - Pekanbaru on November 20, 2012. This daily flight departs from Pekanbaru at 14:25 local time and from Batam at 15:50 local time. With this new daily flight, Sriwijaya Air realises it's desire to grow in short haul regional flights.

Posted in Travel @ 26 November 2012 08:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police officers suspected of being drug dealers arrested Pekanbaru`s police have arrested four army servicemen and three police officers suspected of being members of drug trafficking syndicate in Riau. Pekanbaru police spokesman Sr. commissioner Adang Ginanjar said the seven suspects were arrested separately.

Posted in Drugs @ 16 November 2012 17:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jet fighter pilot survives deadly crash The pilot of a Hawk 200 jet fighter which crashed near a housing area in Pekanbaru at 9.47 am local time has luckily survived. According to an eyewitness, the ill-fated jet fighter was performing an aerobatic manoeuvre, along with two other similar aircraft, above the housing area.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 October 2012 16:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia`s Medical Center opens branches in Indonesia Malaysia`s Mahkota Medical Center (MMC) has opened 16 branches in Indonesia in an effort to provide cheap medical services for Indonesian patients, its executive said.

Posted in Health @ 14 October 2012 15:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Polonia security nab passenger carrying 7.4 kg of meth Security officers of Polonia Airport here on Friday nabbed a Garuda Indonesia passenger for carrying 7.4 kg of methamphetamine. The smuggler was identified as Noerdin M Amin (42) from Bekasi, West Java, a source said.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 November 2011 17:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia police bust international drug ring in Sumatra The Indonesian National Police on Wednesday uncovered an international drug ring in the island of Sumatra, where they seized drugs worth an estimated Rp 3 billion ($348,000), officials said.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 June 2011 02:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert: Delays at Lion Air are management problem Bisnis.com writes that the Indonesian carrier Lion Air needs to urgently improve its internal management systems in order to reduce the frequency of delayed flights, if they do not wish to loose market share.

Posted in Travel @ 12 June 2011 03:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic scholars in Riau: 'No women as mayor' A group of religious idiots - eeh, Islamic scholars - in the province of Riau in southern Sumatra, has announced that a woman as candidate for a mayoral position is haram, against their interpretation of Islam. This was announced by the Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) earlier today.

Posted in Religion @ 14 March 2011 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New destinations Batavia Air, Lion Air, AirAsia and Citilink Er wordt hard aan de (lucht)wegen getimmerd in Indonesie. Met regelmaat openen maatschappijen nieuwe routes om de snel groeiende vraag naar voornamelijk binnenlandse vluchten aan te kunnen. Met een snel groeiende middenklasse en ook een toenemend aantal buitenlandse toeristen komen er zo steeds meer toeristische bestemmingen bij die eenvoudig te bereiken zijn.

Posted in Travel @ 27 February 2011 01:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick smog over Riau because of forest fires Forest fires once again burn forests in Riau province in southern Sumatra. Almost the entire provice is now covered in a curtain of smog. The Meteorologica, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG in the city of Pekanbaru has said that the most recent sattelite images show at least 50 hot spots in southern Sumatra alone.

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 February 2011 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five new destinations for Lion Air The subsidiary of Lion Air - Wings Air - has opened up five new routes to several smaller destinations in central Indonesia. The new flights are to the destinations of Kolaka, Maumere, Ende, Natuna and Malaka (Malaysia). These routes are all flown by brand new ATR 72-500 planes and are flown from Jakarta or Denpasar.

Posted in Travel @ 17 July 2010 06:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Burning gas source found in field near Riau village A burning gas source was found in the village of Sukamaju in te Rumbai Pesisir district in Pekanbaru, Riau Province. The location of the burning gas is not too far from the oil field that is been exploited by PT Chevron Pasifik Indonesia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 March 2010 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


26 dead, 250 rescued after ferry sinks in Riau Eventually 26 people were killed while 250 others were rescued from waters near the Riau Archipelago after a ferry that linked the area with mainland Sumatra sunk on Sunday afternoon. The Dumai Express 10 was sailing from Batam to Pekanbaru when it hit bad weather and sunk off the island of Karimun near Singapore in the northern part of the archipelago.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 November 2009 01:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal Bakrie elected as Golkar chairman The Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare, Aburizal Bakrie, has been elected chairman of the Golkar Party early on Thursday, paving the way for the much-anticipated alliance with the administration of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Aburizal secured 296 votes, while his closest rival, Surya Paloh only received 240.

Posted in Politics @ 08 October 2009 02:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One liter of fuel for 40,000 Rupiah in Padang The price of fuel in the city of Padang and surrounding regions has jumped to absurd levels soon after the earthquake. With most gas stations too damaged to be opened for service and others not being able to sell fuel because of shortages, traders can ask almost anything for just one liter of fuel. Most fuel now costs 40,000 Rupiah per liter (2.85 euro) where this normally is 5,500 Rupiah per liter (0.39 euro) for fuel sold in the streets.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 October 2009 03:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 600 hotels at your fingertips Here at indahnesia.com we have been working hard to improve out services. We have installed this new fancy blog and are in progress of updating the forums as well, but outside that we would like you to take a look at the 600+ hotels we are currently offer.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 July 2009 05:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Baby with two heads born in Indonesia A male baby with two heads has been born in Pekanbaru, Sumatra. It has only one complete body. The baby was born with two arms, two legs, one pair of kidneys, one pair of lungs and one anus. Doctors do not know yet if the baby has one or two hearts. If it has only one, it will not survive. After the news became public, local flocked the hospital to catch a glimpse of the baby.

Posted in Health @ 28 July 2009 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


12 hours per day without power nothing special as well Earlier today there was a blog item about the fact that some 7.500 villages all over Indonesia's most remote islands did not have power supply from the state power company PLN. But it can be much worse than that. In the civilized world that we call Riau, in Southern Sumatra at just a stones' throw away from the Indonesian capital Jakarta, they do have power lines, but no power.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 July 2009 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick smoke forces schools in Riau to close down Thick smoke caused by forest fires in the province of Riau on the island of Sumatra has hampered school activities. A number of schools in the district of Rokan Hilir has been forced to close down. Already a number of schools has been closed down, also in the neighboring district of Bangko, where almost all elementary schools have been closed.

Posted in Environment @ 26 May 2009 19:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 33 A two-year boy suspected of contracting bird flu, identified as Wahyu Ibnu Saputra, died at Arifin Achmad Public Hospital in Pekanbaru, capital of Indonesia' s Riau Province on Thursday. Wahyu died after suffering respiratory problems and falling unconscious, said Dr Azizman Saad, coordinator of the bird flu control at the Arifin Achmad hospital, as saying in Pekanbaru on Thursday.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 27 March 2009 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schoolgirl allegedly raped and killed by own uncle Ramian Juntak (53) was crying when she told about the suspicion she had that her youngest child was raped and murdered by her uncle. The mother of the child told that Hastuti Sinambela (16) was housed at the address of the uncle in Pekanbaru, where she was found dead hanged bu a rope at the end of December 2008. When the parents went to pick up the body, they noticed that the body of their daughter had undergone a struggle before she died.

Posted in Crime @ 23 February 2009 09:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia launching new Bangkok to Bali service Thai AirAsia - the Thailand associate of the AirAsia Group has announced the introduction of a daily Bangkok-Denpasar service effective January 20, 2009. To kick-start the new Bali service Thai AirAsia is offering a special one-way introductory fare to Bali from Bangkok for only THB 999 (22 euro). Seats are very limited for this special offer which is being sold on a first-come-first-served basis.

Posted in Tourism @ 11 January 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia launches inaugural flight to Singapore The inaugural flight of AirAsia Indonesia landed at Singapore's Changi Airport Thursday, making it the third airline to start operations in Singapore this year. Aboard the flight from Pekanbaru, the capital city of Riau province, was the carrier's chief executive officer, Dharmadi, who like many Indonesians uses only one name.

Posted in General @ 15 August 2008 09:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia adds Pekanbaru - Singapore to it's network AirAsia, the leading and largest low cost carrier in Asia announced another route today, first flight from Pekanbaru, Indonesia to Singapore scheduled on 14 August 2008, signifying the carrier’s commitment in expanding its already vast network in the region.

Posted in General @ 21 July 2008 13:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crowds gather at offices of FPI in several cities To prevent any actions by people who want to see FPI disbanded, the regional branch of FPI in Pekanbaru, Riau, has brought itself to readiness to fight possible crowds demanding the disbandment of FPI. The head of the regional branch there, Haris Kampai, said that they would fight anyone near their office demanding the disbandment of FPI. "The Riau branch of FPI has never had any anarchist behavior, it's Ahmadiyah that should be disbanded, not FPI", said Haris, pointing at a sect that is said to deviate from Islam.

Posted in Protests @ 05 June 2008 09:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslide cuts main road in Sumatra A landslide in Indonesian West Sumatra province of Sumatra Island on Saturday evening blocked transportation with nearby provinces, National Disaster Management Agency said on Sunday. A kiosk and a truck were buried by the landslide, said Setio Sutarmo, an official of the agency.

Posted in Weather @ 23 March 2008 13:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 17 A man from Sumatra, western Indonesia, has died from bird flu, bringing the total death toll to 91 in Indonesia alone, told a top official from the Health Ministry on Saturday. The 31-year-old died yesterday after arriving at a government hospital in Pekanbaru, told Nyoman Kandun, the director general of communicable disease control at the Health Ministry.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 November 2007 08:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 11 The Ministry of Health says another person has died from bird flu, raising the total toll in Indonesia to 87. A 44-year-old woman has died in the general hospital in Pekanbaru, Central Sumatra. Both samples taken tested positive for the H5N1 virus. The bird flu information center from the ministry says that the woman, who was first treated in a clinic on October 1, was moved to a private hospital in Pekanbaru the next day before being sent to the state hospital for bird flu cases.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 October 2007 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.5 quake strikes off western Sumatra An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter Scale jolted West Sumatra on Wednesday, striking the same area as the powerful tremors earlier this month, Indonesia's meteorology agency said. The earthquake took place at 22:43 local time (15:43 GMT) at a depth of 35 kilometers. There is no tsunami alert issued at this moment.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 September 2007 18:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bird flu victim in recovery A three-year-old who earlier tested positive for bird flu has recovered from the potentially deadly illness after a quick treatment according to a doctor on Saturday. The girl, who was admitted to a regional hospital in Pekanbaru, on the island of Sumatra, had contact with dead chickens that also tested positive for bird flu.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 June 2007 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 3 A man who slaughtered chickens and then ate them has died of bird flu according to a health official on Thursday. This case would bring the human death toll in Indonesia to 80. Suharda Ningrum, a representative from the bird flu center from the Health Ministry, said that the man died last Tuesday. The man was admitted to a hospital in Pekanbaru last Monday.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 14 June 2007 16:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu death toll climbs to 75 in Indonesia Bird flu has again claimed a victim in Indonesia; a 29-year old woman from Pekanbaru in the Riau province, died from the virus on 3 May. She was brought to a hospital on 1 May suffering from fever and respiratory problems, but died only two days later. According to the Health Ministry, two laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of the H5N1 virus, but the source of the infection is still unknown.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 May 2007 03:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wild elephants kill farmer, destroy houses on Sumatra island Wild rampaging elephants trampled a farmer to death and destroyed several houses in a village on Indonesia's Sumatra island, witnesses said Tuesday. The people of Lubuk Embut, a village on Riau province 900 kilometers (600 miles) northwest of the capital Jakarta, have been terrorized over the last few days by a herd of around 20 starving elephants in search of food, said Jayok, a village chief.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2006 13:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia apologizes to its neighbors for smoke haze Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has apologized for the smoke haze that has choked parts of neighboring Malaysia and Singapore, and agreed to hold a regional meeting to tackle forest fires in the country. "Under the name of the Indonesian government, I should apologize to the neighboring countries over this incident,'' Yudhoyono told reporters in Jakarta today. "Clearly, it's not something we want.''

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 October 2006 04:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four elephants found dead on Sumatra island Four wild elephants have been found dead in the jungles of Indonesia's Sumatra island, and a conservationist said Friday he suspected they were deliberately poisoned. Nurcholis Fadli from the conservation group WWF said the animals were found on Thursday in separate places near Segati, a village in Riau province 900 kilometers (600 miles) northwest of the capital Jakarta.

Posted in Environment @ 22 September 2006 15:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire smoke blankets city on Sumatra Smoke from raging ground and forest fires has blanketed Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province on Indonesia's Sumatra island, local meteorology and airport officials said on Friday. Marzuki, an offcial of the meteorology agency, said that the visibility had decreased to the range of 6 to 7 kilometers. The normal is from five to ten kilometers. "This morning the visibility was extremely down to between 30 meters to 50 meters," Marzuki told Xinhua by telephone.

Posted in Forest fires @ 29 July 2006 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security advisory: Labour Day strikes planned in Indonesia "As Indonesian Workers' Unions continue to defy government appeals to all workers not to go on a mass strike on World Labor Day (May 1st), Jakarta Police Chief Inspector General Firman Gani plans to deploy some 12,000 police personnel across the capital in anticipation of widespread rallies on 1 May. The Jakarta Military Command is also scheduled to have approximately 5,000 soldiers standing on alert and the Jakarta Public Order Agency will have 7,000 public order officers on stand-by as well, a day before the planned strike action commences.

Posted in Protests @ 28 April 2006 17:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Calls grow for foreign property ownership Many long-term expatriate residents here cannot consider Indonesia a welcoming second home when they are barred from owning property here. "Property ownership is the core around which one builds one's life. Why should foreigners be handicapped here?" complains Robert Eskapa, a British businessman who has opened a pizza-chain in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2006 15:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Depok, Tangerang named 'dirtiest' cities The government announced a list of the country's dirtiest cities for the first time on Friday in a bid to encourage municipal administrations to clean up their acts, and their heavily polluted urban areas. Previous governments had only made the names of the cleanest cities public.

Posted in Environment @ 17 December 2005 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY warns against fueling violence While protests are mounting ahead of the government's announcement of the new fuel prices, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono warned the public against turning violent. "Go ahead if you want to express yourselves by protesting, but don't burn or destroy things. (Peaceful expression) is what democracy is all about," Susilo said during a meeting with university rectors at the State Palace on Wednesday.

Posted in Protests @ 29 September 2005 08:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Fuel scarcity worsens before price hikes Gasoline and diesel shortages worsened across Indonesia as the government's scheduled price increase on Oct. 1 draws near, Jakarta Post reported on Tuesday. Filling stations were packed with long lines of vehicles, while police officers desperately tried to track down on and nab people thought to be hoarding fuel until the price goes up, according to the Jakarta Post.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2005 10:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Haze stops 7 aircraft from landing at Pekanbaru airport Seven aircraft failed to land at the Sultan Syarief Airport on Tuesday due to the thick haze from forest and bushfires raging in Indonesia's Riau province. Airport chief Sutrisno said visibility increased to about 400 metres at 8am from 300 metres at 6am on Tuesday. As visibility was below the threshold, seven airplanes failed to land at the airport and one airplane failed to take off, he said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight bridges collapse in C. Sulawesi after flooding Eight bridges in Central Sulawesi have collapsed in floods caused by incessant rain over the past two weeks. The natural disaster, which is common during the wet season, also cut roads linking several parts of the province, an official said on Saturday. Mashud Kasim, the head of the Central Sulawesi Office of Settlement and Regional Infrastructure, said damages that the provincial government would have to bear amounted to Rp 38.5 billion (US$4.5 billion).

Posted in Flooding @ 29 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seizes terror suspects Indonesian police say they have arrested 10 members of the Islamic militant group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) suspected of a bombing campaign against churches and other crimes. Nineteen people were killed in the Christmas Eve 2000 bomb attacks in the cities of Medan and Pekanbaru on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke haze from burning vegetation back in Indonesia Smoke haze from burning vegetation has returned to parts of the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo, and is starting to affect visibility. A meteorology official at Pekanbaru in central Sumatra said the haze had reduced morning and late afternoon visibility to between two and three kilometres compared to the normal level of above 10 kilometres.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schools ordered to close in haze-choked Palangkaraya Schools have been ordered to close in the capital of Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province because of persistent choking haze caused by fires, an official said Thursday. Palangkaraya mayor Salundik Goyong Wednesday ordered the closure with immediate effect of all schools in the city and surrounding areas, mayoral spokesman Halis Lanca said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new autonomy law introduced last year immediately encouraged many Indonesians to set up television stations in remote cities far away from the bustling capital, where the current nationwide stations dominate the landscape of free-TV.

Posted in Culture @ 16 March 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze turns day into night in parts of Riau Haze from forest fires, that have been raging in several parts of Sumatra, thickened over Riau's provincial capital, Pekanbaru, on Wednesday, where day turned into a virtual night, forcing many people to wear face masks in order to breathe.

Posted in Forest fires @ 21 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to halt Riau sand export to Singapore The government has decided to stop exporting Riau sand to Singapore on the grounds that it gives no benefit to the state, a state official said on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 08 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke haze creeps back over parts of Southeast Asia The thick haze which blanketed parts of Indonesia and its neighbors for months three years ago is beginning to choke regional skies again, officials said on Monday. The haze has been returning to parts of Kalimantan and Sumatra as well as southern Thailand.

Posted in Forest fires @ 01 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wave of refugees leave Sampit Thousands of Sampit's citizens, the capital of East Kotawaringin Regency in Central Kalimantan, left Palangkaraya on Tuesday (20/2) in waves. Palangkaraya is located around 220 kilometers east of Sampit. Trucks laden with belongings of Sampit people and hundreds of private cars were constantly heading towards Palangkaraya.

Posted in Violence @ 21 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians welcome new year with relief Indonesians heaved a sigh of great relief as they welcomed New Year's Day, grateful that days of fears of bomb attacks proved unfounded. Instead, sounds from firecracker explosions and paper trumpets filled the air, marking the arrival of a new millennium. In Pekanbaru, however, people preferred a quiet celebration and no sounds of firecrackers were heard in the city that was hit by a bomb attack last Christmas Eve. Firecracker vendors quit their business following the deadly explosion at a church in the city last Sunday.

Posted in General @ 01 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blast rocks residential area in Pekanbaru A powerful blast rocked a residential area in Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province, as a parked car exploded late on Thursday. There were no fatalities in the incident. On Friday, police confirmed the incident but declined to give further details saying they were still waiting for the results of the forensic examination being carried out by the police forensiclaboratory.

Posted in General @ 30 December 2000 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christmas Eve bombings kill at least 15 people At least 15 people were killed and dozens others injured when bombs exploded almost simultaneously outside churches in several towns in Indonesia on Sunday night as the country's minority Christian community prepared to celebrate Christmas. The casualties so far include two churchgoers and a cigarette seller in Jakarta, three in Sukabumi (West Java), including a woman and a baby after attending a church sevice in Sukabumi, five in Pekanbaru (Riau)including four police officers guarding a church, two in Bandung (West Java) and one each in Mojokerto and Sidomulyo, both in East Java.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four policemen killed in Pekanbaru blast Four policemen were killed in a bomb blast that occurred at the HKBP church in Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau, Sunday night. The four were killed when they were inspecting a parcel found inside the church building after the congregation had left, Antara reported.

Posted in General @ 24 December 2000 00:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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