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30 million people expected to travel during Idul-Fitri Around 30 million people are expected to return to their hometowns to celebrate Idul-Fitri holidays (mudik) at the end of Ramadan, a deputy minister said. "Of the total, around three to four million will travel through sea transportation," Transportation Deputy Minister Bambang Susantono said here on Thursday.

Posted in Travel @ 03 July 2014 22:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands throng president Yudhoyono's open house Thousands of people flocked to the presidential palace on Thursday to shake hands with President Susilo Bambang Yudhyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono on the occasion of Idul Fitri.

Posted in General @ 08 August 2013 21:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police conduct urine tests on bus drivers Police in Karawang district, West Java, conducted urine tests on bus drivers at Klari terminal on Monday. "All bus drivers, particularly inter-provincial bus drivers, are obliged to undergo a urine test," the head of the Karawang police resort`s narcotics unit, Adj. Comr. Senen Ali, said.

Posted in General @ 06 August 2013 00:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police question seven FPI members following clashes The police questioned seven members of the Islamic Defenders` Front (FPI) following clashes between members of the Islamic-based organization with local people in Kendal (Central Java Province) and Makassar (South Sulawesi), an official said.

Posted in Violence @ 24 July 2013 16:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'No annexation of Semakau island by Singapore' Indonesian Naval Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Marsetio said there is no annexation of Indonesia`s outlying island, Semakau, in Riau Islands, by Singapore. Marsetio said on Tuesday the Indonesian outer islands have been registered with the United Nations (UN).

Posted in Politics @ 23 January 2013 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor urges Solo people to stay calm after terror attacks Central Java Governor Bibit Waluyo has called on the residents of Solo to keep calm despite a series of terror attacks in the city over the past two weeks. "The police are investigating the cases, so I want all people in Solo city to stay calm," he said here on Friday, adding that all the parties should cooperate in dealing with the problem.

Posted in Terrorism @ 31 August 2012 21:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


People pack Jakarta streets to celebrate end of fasting month People in cars, on motorbikes and on foot packed several streets in capital city Jakarta to celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan on Saturday evening. Traffic jam was seen in the Thamrin street section between the Hotel Indonesia roundabout to Monas Square, which are the popular spots in the city.

Posted in Ramadan @ 19 August 2012 02:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia resolves to be leading nation by 2045 President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that Indonesia is determined to become a world leader by 2045.

Posted in Economy @ 16 August 2012 18:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono discusses creating healthy society President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono discussed ongoing efforts to create a healthy society during the coordination meeting of the Ministry of Health, here on Wednesday. To create a healthy society, there are many precautions and measures that need to be enacted to ensure public health remains a national goal, the president said.

Posted in Health @ 01 August 2012 15:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono calls for rehabilitation of damaged schools President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for the rehabilitation of 91,634 damaged schools, consisted of 61,697 elementary school buildings and 29,937 secondary school buildings.

Posted in General @ 01 August 2012 14:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Marapi spews volcanic ash again Mount Marapi, situated between the Tanahdatar and Agam districts of West Sumatra, spewed volcanic ash on Monday morning, according to a local resident.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 May 2012 13:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 12 dead after ferry sinks in eastern Indonesia At least twelve people have been killed and an unknown number of people remain missing after a ferry boat sank in eastern Indonesia on early Saturday morning, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 August 2011 14:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta's recreational parks ready for waves of visitors Three of Jakarta`s favorite recreational centers - Ragunan Zoo, Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park (TMII), and Jaya Ancol Dreamland - are ready to admit huge numbers of visitors during this year`s Lebaran holidays.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 August 2011 05:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Actual ticket prices on ticketindonesia.info After several months of preparations, the website ticketindonesia.info has finally launched it's new website with actual ticket prices. Visitors of the website that are looking for tickets for domestic flights or a regional flight in Southeast Asia will now be presented real prices of tickets as well.

Posted in Travel @ 14 February 2011 11:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another expat’s home stormed in religious riot on Lombok A German man was the second foreigner to see his home destroyed in Lombok during the holy month after his complaints about damage to his property interrupted evening prayers. "He barged into the village chief’s house, accusing residents of destroying his statues, and questioned what kind of Muslims we were," Mustan said.

Posted in Religion @ 11 September 2010 02:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government: Idul Fitri to fall on September 10 The government announced on Wednesday the Ramadan fasting month would be rounded up to 30 days, which means Idul Fitri will fall on Sept. 10. Minister of Religious Affairs Suryadharma Ali said after a meeting to set the date for Idul Fitri at his office that the moon was not visible during simultaneous observation conducted in 29 towns across the country from Jayapura to Banda Aceh on Wednesday.

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 September 2010 02:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian rains to continue all year Unseasonally heavy rains will continue across Indonesia for the rest of this year, officials from the country's state weather agency said on Wednesday, after rains have damaged crops, hampered miners and boosted inflation.

Posted in Weather @ 15 August 2010 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Telkomsel blocks 800,000 porn sites Telecommunication giant Telkomsel claims to have blocked 800,000 porn sites in response to the government’s drive against pornography during Ramadan fasting month. Telkomsel president director Sarwoto Atmosutarno said Thursday the company had filtered the adult sites through its proxy server or gateway, which automatically denies its customers access to the porn sites.

Posted in Ramadan @ 12 August 2010 15:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan: Which 'porn' is really blocked? Just several weeks ago the Indonesian Minister of Communication, reli-nut Tifatul Sembiring of the radical Islamic Party for Prosperous Justice PKS, threatened to block half the internet. This was to protect Islamic values during the holy month of fasting, Ramadan. And was most likely to be maintained afterward as well, because it was already implemented anyway.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 August 2010 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muhammadiyah confirms Ramadan to start Wednesday Indonesia's second largest Muslim organization, Muhammadiyah, has confirmed Aug. 11 as the beginning of the Ramadhan fasting month. Muhammadiyah chairman Din Syamsuddin said Tuesday that the decision was based on 'hisab' - an astronomical calculation that predicts 'hilal' or new moon, which will appear on Wednesday.

Posted in Ramadan @ 10 August 2010 11:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More suspected terrorists raided before Ramadan As in previous year the police has been busy netting suspected terrorists. This just days before the official start of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan. The police has already apprehended two suspected terrorists in Jakarta earlier this week. The government wants to make clear that they are in control and that terrorism is not tolerated in this country.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2010 06:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 'No price hikes in airline sector during Lebaran' The government has confirmed that prices of airline tickets during the Lebaran period - the end of the month of fasting Ramadan - will not be increased. "There will be no hike," said the head of the Air Transport department of the Ministry of Transport, Herry Bhakti. He said this after he was asked about possible price hikes during this busy travel period.

Posted in Travel @ 28 July 2010 08:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Higher toll road tariffs from tomorrow Starting tomorrow, higher tariffs of toll roads will become effective. The first increase in two years - according to laws that allow price increases once every two years to correct for inflation and increased operational costs - will be some 30 percent. A price hike was planned for earlier this month, but because of the Ramadan month of fasting and the following busy travel period, the increase was delayed.

Posted in Economy @ 27 September 2009 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Selamat Idul Fitri 1 Syawal 1430 H From Indonesia we wish all visitors from indahnesia.com Selamat Idul Fitri. Today is the day that Muslims in Indonesia celebrate the end of the holy month of fasting Ramadan. For the first time in several years, the two biggest groups of Muslems in Indonesia, Nahdlatul Ulama and the Muhammadiyah , celebrate this holiday on the same day as well.

Posted in Ramadan @ 20 September 2009 02:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Buka botol in B.A.T.S. It was a regular Friday night on which my girlfriend and I decided to go clubbing. Not that same night because that would mean we had to hurry to go out, something that is not really beneficial and something I don't want to do at all. So not tonight, but the next night, the malam minggu (the evening before Sunday, so Saturday night) we would go to Jakarta.

Posted in Nightlife @ 16 September 2009 12:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


View CCTV camera's monitoring mudik The Department of Communication has launched a website where you can peek along with 21 camera's. These camera's are placed in strategic positions along highways and main roads of western Java to keep an eye at the traffic in the coming two weeks. An estimated 16 million people will hit the roads to find their way home to celebrate the end of the Ramadan.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 September 2009 10:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


'Almost all roads fine for Idul Fitri holidays' The Department of Public Works (PU) has said that ten days before the first day of Idul Fitri, some 98 percent of the construction and renovation works on roads is finished. It only gave information about the roads that are appointed as official mudik routes, with mudik being the 27-million odd homecoming travels to celebrate the end of the Ramadan month of fasting.

Posted in Ramadan @ 12 September 2009 02:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of bolts stolen near Purwokerto station Dozens of bolts and safety hooks used on train tracks have been stolen in the area around the Purwokerto train station located in Central Java. The Mobile Brigade of Banyumas checked the entire length of the track and soon discovered the theft. It is most likely that the bolts and hooks were stolen to be sold as scrap iron.

Posted in Crime @ 06 September 2009 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands left seeking shelter after Java quake Thousands of Indonesians are struggling to find shelter several days after a powerful earthquake, which killed at least 57 people, struck off the coast of the heavily populated Java island. More than 26,800 houses were damaged and 334 collapsed in West Java, according to government figures provided to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Indonesia.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 September 2009 02:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


30 arrested for raiding night spots in Makassar The police in Makassar, South Sulawesi, has arrested some 30 members of the Front Pemuda Bersatu (United Youth Movement, FPB) who were raiding night spots in the city. The members of the movement were raiding places as billiard halls, karaoke and cafe's. They entered the places holding a speech that they did not have the decency to close down during the Ramadan period. It is however not allowed to hold raids and the night spots that are still open should have permits.

Posted in Ramadan @ 02 September 2009 03:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam police chief does not know his staff is raiding hotels Hotel operators in Batam have complained about raids on their hotels by local police. They say it hurts tourism more than it improves safety or anything else. The raids started with the start of the holy month of fasting, Ramadan, but the Association of Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants' (PHRI) on the island has said that the national police is no moral police.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 31 August 2009 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Ramadan in Jalan Jaksa; too much alcohol It was a Saturday yesterday. As usual I got up on time and after breakfast, mandi and a quick look on the internet I grabbed my stuff for a short trip to Jakarta, which is still about one hour from here. The bus at ten in the morning was one bus later than I had planned on taking in the first place, but well, that's how things go. No big deal.

Posted in Ramadan @ 30 August 2009 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI doesn't agree with how it goes - again The head of the FPI (Front Pembela Islam, 'Islamic Defenders Front') has said that the current Cipta Kondisi operation held by the police during the holy month of Ramadan is provocative. Habib Rizieq Shihab said that the operation by the police was like terrorism and intimidate religious persons like in the time of Suharto. "It violates human rights and the constitution," he said in an SMS while he was in Samarinda, Kalimantan.

Posted in Religion @ 30 August 2009 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Toll on Indonesia's highways to increase The state roll road management agency in Indonesia (BPJT) has announced that three of the largest toll road operators in the country have asked to be allowed to increase their tolls with some 12 to 19 percent this year. Toll rates are allowed to rise every two years. If the agency agrees with the new prices, they will come into effect as soon as September 4, 2009.

Posted in Economy @ 27 August 2009 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta: 'No raids by non-government groups' The Jakarta city government has warned private organizations not to disturb or attack nightclubs and other businesses that stay open during the Ramadan. The police chief in Jakarta has made it clear that mass organizations are not authorized to perform such supervisory functions. Enforcement of law and local bylaws can only be performed by the police, the city government and appointed order agencies.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 August 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Train tickets around Lebaran almost sold out However the holy month of fasting has not even started, most have already made plans to go home to celebrate the end of it. Yesterday all tickets for all classes in trains from Jakarta to various cities throughout Java were sold out. Tickets for departure five days before the end of the Ramadan were even sold out completely.

Posted in Ramadan @ 19 August 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prostitution zones in Blitar regency to stay open during Ramadan Prostitutes in the regency of Blitar don't have to worry any longer now the regional government has decided that not all prostitution areas in the district have to be closed down during the Ramadan this year. One of the three locations will stay open this year, so people that serve customers can go to that one place in the district of Selorejo. The red light areas in Talun and Ponggok will be closed however.

Posted in Culture @ 16 August 2009 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police looking for haram money before Ramadan It happens every year. In the run up to the holy month of fasting Ramadan, a part of the Indonesian police force is panicked slightly. They have to pay for their mudik (a trip back to their home town) at the end of the period of fasting and will have less work during the month itself because millions of people go home as well and public life changes drastically.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 August 2009 04:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three 'naughty couples' disturbed in their activities Three 'naughty couples' were not even safe having sex in different hotels in the city of Depok last night. At two different locations Satpol PP, the civil police, came into action. The first couple was caught in Hotel Uli Arta and two others in Hotel Genggong in the city. The places were raided during an operation against liquor and prostitution in the run up to the Islamic holy month of fasting which starts next week.

Posted in Ramadan @ 16 August 2009 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Old and dirty money; how to get rid of it You will all probably have experience with it. You have just paid in the local supermarket and your change is a pile of banknotes that are just a few euro cents in value. If you are lucky enough, they will add a handful of aluminum coins with even less value than those uang kertas ('paper money') as well.

Posted in Culture @ 06 August 2009 15:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muhammadiyah: Ramadan starts at 22 August In the run up to the holy month of fasting Ramadan, the Muhammadiyah in East Java has already decided that the start of the fasting period - or 1 Ramadan 1430 - will be on 22 August. Secretary of the Muhammadiyah in East Java, Najib Hamid, said that the end of the Ramadan - 1 Syawal 1430 - would be on 20 September.

Posted in Ramadan @ 30 July 2009 10:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


500.000 motorcycles a month PT Astra Honda Motor, one of the biggest sellers of motorcycles in Indonesia, has anounced that it expects to sell some 500.000 motorcycles in July. Last June they sold 'only' 485.000 motorcycles in the country. The rise in sales figures for the company are mostly related to the fact that the Indonesian central bank has lowered the interest rate to only 6.75 percent. Marketing director Julius Aslan also told that the upcoming Idul Fitri holidays - after the Ramadan month of fasting - will lift sales even further.

Posted in Culture @ 27 July 2009 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan in Yogyakarta: Sahur! Sahur! Sahur! It is around half past two in the early morning at a random Sunday in the holy month of fasting Ramadan. For a big part of the population this is the time to enjoy a nice meal, a part of the people leaves the nearby nightclub Republic for the lesehan* at Jalan Malioboro. A colorful group of young women in short skirts, high heels and often quite a lot of make-up and proper young men in a blouse quickly fills up the lesehan. They have just over one hour to eat their meal and enjoy a cigarette before the call to open the fasting for this Sunday is made by the imam from the mosque almost next door to the nightclub.

Posted in Ramadan @ 26 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious boarding school for 'waria' in Yogyakarta When the Ramadan arrives, the 'waria' (wanita-pria or shemale) also have the need to join others for their prayers in a local mosque. But there is still a negative effect surrounding them. They are lucky enough to have a religious leader (ustadz) which noticed this problem and decided to open a religious boarding school for shemales in Notoyudan, Yogyakarta. "Here we are humans again. We learn to recite prayers together, break the fast together and thing like that. All activities are done together," said Arief.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 September 2008 05:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


21 dead in stampede over alms in Pasuruan At least 21 people have been crushed to death in a queue for a charity handout from a wealthy family in Indonesia. Scores more were hurt in the stampede, which took place after about 10,000 people queued for a charity handout to mark the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The crush happened in the East Java town of Pasuruan when a crowd of poor people were waiting for a donation, known as zakat, of three euro each.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 September 2008 15:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: Really closed down? The afternoon after that, the second day of Ramadan, I made a walk through the town of Nagoya, which is the most important place on the island outside the industrial estates and shipyards which are spread on other parts of the island. Nagoya Hill is the biggest shopping center of the island. Entirely according to Indonesian standards this shopping center - also called 'superblok' - features a big Hypermart supermarket, a Matahari department store, half a floor of mobile communication and one floor of food court of mixed quality. It is directly noticeable that it is an entirely different world than outside. Restaurants outside behave themselves as chameleons by acting they are closed, while they are still open.

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: everything closed down The first of September of this year was the official start of the Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Moslems in Indonesia. In general this comes with all kinds of threats from - in general - radical elements in the society that some places should better shut down for the entire month or otherwise be visited by people that are not visitors or customers. Fortunately those people are not the majority nor the government in this country, thus the local government on Batam has decided that the two weeks of obliged shut-downs is to be limited to only four days; the first day of fasting, the 17th day and the days of Idul Fitri (also known as the Arabic term Eid-ul Fitr). This however is the official regulation, outside that it will still be different than people hoped for.

Posted in Ramadan @ 05 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising prices hit Indonesia's Ramadan Across many parts of Indonesia, families are having a close look at their budgets once again during the Islamic holy month of fasting, Ramadan. Rising food and fuel prices limit spending power for the festivities that are normally held when breaking the daily fast. The world's fourth largest country has seen rising costs in the lead-up to the month of fasting, putting those families hit hard by earlier price hikes of fuel under more pressure.

Posted in Ramadan @ 02 September 2008 04:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Paperwork for execution Amrozi and friends being prepared The court in Bali is currently preparing the paperwork needed for the three that are sentenced to death because of their involvement in the first Bali bomb attack in 2002. These steps are taken in order to make sure that the executions will take before the holy month of Ramadan. "All paperwork is currently being gathered. Tomorrow we will hand it over to the Attorney General in Jakarta," said Putu Alit Adnyana a spokesperson of the court in Denpasar.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 July 2008 12:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Attorney General: 'Amrozi and friends won't make it until Lebaran' The Attorney General will order the execution of the people convicted for the Bali Bomb attacks in October 2002 before the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. This decision is made based on sociological factors of the people. "If the execution is performed during the holy month of fasting, it will disturb the fasting of many. Outside that, it will also interfere with the psychological mind of the people," said Attorney General Hendarman Supandji during a press meeting in the Attorney General's main building at Jalan Sultan Hasanuddin in Jakarta earlier today.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 July 2008 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesians to celebrate end of Ramadan, start cramming bus and train stations Indonesia has begun its yearly returning mass exodus on Sunday when millions of people leave the big cities to return to their home villages to celebrate the end of the Islamis holy month of Ramadan. Tens of thousands have started crowding bus and train stations in the big cities a mere six days before 'Idul Fitri' (Eid al-Fitr) to beat the mass exodus later in the week when buses, cars and motorcycles create massive traffic jams on roads in many parts of the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Ramadan @ 07 October 2007 16:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merdeka! Merdeka! With just over two weeks to go, Indonesia is slowly turning into a more colorful country than usual. Independence Day is coming - the 17th of August. That will be celebrated as well. Of course the red and white flags will be everywhere around, but the celebration is more than just raising a flag in the early morning. Like I wrote a year ago, cleaning is done as preparation. Things that haven't been cleaned for almost a year are now cleaned to be finished just a few days short of the 17th - so they don't have to care about it for another year as well.

Posted in Culture @ 31 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alun-alun Lor; a nice green heart It hasn't been that long that it was a sunny and very hot day in Yogyakarta when I made a short walk around the so-called alun-alun lor, the northern square belonging to the kraton, the palace of the family of the sultan. The green grass - during the wet season the grass often is green, in the dry season it more resembles hay - reached until half a meter in some places. Not well maintained as we should expect at a palace, but at least there was an open space in the city which offered the opportunity to blow of some steam. This blowing steam you should not do at times that I generally visit this kind of locations, no it's much better in the early hours until seven in the morning and after five in the afternoon again. The salespeople along the edge will offer you something to drink or eat if you like.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Militant admits to beheading Christian girls ensions remained high in Indonesia’s volatile region of Poso Saturday, January 20, after a key Islamic militant admitted to taking part in the killing of three Christian high school girls there in 2005. He reportedly also confessed to shooting the Rev. Susianty Tinulele to death in Palu in 2004.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 21 January 2007 09:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Beheaded girls were Ramadan 'trophies' Three Christian high school girls were beheaded as a Ramadan "trophy" by Indonesian militants who conceived the idea after a visit to Philippines jihadists, a court heard yesterday. The girls' severed heads were dumped in plastic bags in their village in Indonesia's strife-torn Central Sulawesi province, along with a handwritten note threatening more such attacks. The note read: "Wanted: 100 more Christian heads, teenaged or adult, male or female; blood shall be answered with blood, soul with soul, head with head."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 11 November 2006 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anarchy reigns in West Lombok Back to Lombok after almost two years - my last visit to this beautiful and quiet island east of the messy Bali dates back to January 2005 - I noticed that certain things had changed, and too bad not only for the good of the island. It has nothing to do with increased tourist numbers to the island or the fact that big positive points are to be awarded.

Posted in Culture @ 05 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Tommy to be freed on parole next week The youngest son of former president Suharto could be released from prison next week after serving two-thirds of his 10-year sentence for ordering the murder of a Supreme Court judge, a prison official said Saturday. Hutomo "Tommy" Mandalaputra, who is being held at the Cipinang Prison in eastern Jakarta, was one of thousands of prisoners to receive sentence reductions for good behavior this week as part of celebrations marking the end of the Islamic holy month Ramadan.

Posted in General @ 29 October 2006 13:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


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

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


Death toll from bridge collapse rises to 7 The number of death toll from Wednesday's suspension bridge collapse in a mountainous tourist resort in Central Java province rose to seven on Thursday, a police officer said. "The fatality has become seven, two of those injured have died," Police chief of Baturaden district of the province named only Sudrajad told Xinhua by telephone.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 October 2006 16:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sightseers in death plunge as bridge fails A footbridge packed with local tourists broke at a mountain resort on Java island Wednesday, killing five people and injuring 29 others who plunged more than 60 feet to a rocky riverbed, police and tourist officials said. Surono, an employee at the Baturaden resort in Central Java province, said one of the steel cables holding the small bridge snapped. Police Chief Emron Putra Agung said five people were killed and 29 injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 October 2006 17:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia steps up security in Java Indonesian security forces have tightened measures in the Central Java region to deter any terrorist acts during Muslim post-Ramadan festivities. The region has been known as one of the havens for terrorists to escape to or hide.

Posted in General @ 14 October 2006 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iran and Indonesia consider nuclear energy cooperation Iran and Indonesia are preparing to discuss possible cooperation in nuclear technology for “nonmilitary” purposes. The matter is likely to be tackled during a visit by Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla to Iran at the end of Ramadan, which finishes in the last week of October. Breaking the news, Iran's Ambassador Behrouz Kamal Vandi said collaboration for a "concrete" policy on nuclear cooperation will be discussed during the meeting in the context of several alternative energy sources. He said: "Nuclear energy is very important to the two countries to reduce their reliance on current sources of energy.”

Posted in Nuclear power @ 12 October 2006 16:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims begin observing holy month of Ramadan Indonesia's president urged his people on Sunday to be stronger in facing challenges as the world's most populous Muslim nation began observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims are expected to refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk in order to focus on the spiritual.

Posted in Ramadan @ 24 September 2006 14:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Post-tsunami baby boom on the horizon Giggling women swarm outside a little gray tent in Block D of a sprawling refugee camp. The attraction is one tiny miracle — 2-month-old Asmaul Tzuchina, swaying peacefully in a cloth hammock. The baby simply known as Tzuchi, which means “pure” in Acehnese, represents new life and hope for the women who lost children to the earthquake-spawned tsunami nearly a year ago.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 December 2005 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bashir excluded from sentence cuts The Indonesian Government has refused the jailed extremist cleric Abu Bakar Bashir a further reduction of his sentence. Bashir is serving 30 months in jail for his role in the 2002 Bali bar bombings that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians. On major holidays Indonesia normally reduces sentences of prisoners who have shown good behaviour, and Bashir has benefited from such cuts.

Posted in Politics @ 03 November 2005 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


October inflation surges to 17.9% on fuel Indonesia's inflation rate jumped to a six-year high after the government increased fuel prices, putting pressure on the central bank to raise interest rates today. Stocks and the rupiah fell. Consumer prices climbed 17.9 percent in October from a year earlier after a 9.1 percent rise in September, the Central Statistics Bureau said today in Jakarta. That's faster than the median forecast of 13.3 percent in a Bloomberg survey.

Posted in Economy @ 01 November 2005 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four dead in police clash with sect in Sulawesi A clash between police and machete-wielding members of a shadowy Islamic sect on Indonesia's eastern Sulawesi island has killed four people, three of them officers, a senior policeman said on Wednesday. The fighting a day earlier on the rugged hills just outside the Central Sulawesi provincial capital of Palu broke out when police sought to apprehend the leader of a tiny sect which has been branded deviant by local Muslim clerics.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 26 October 2005 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Millions in Indonesia celebrate Ramadan After waking early for pre-dawn meals and prayers, Muslims across Indonesia began the fasting month on Wednesday, with many pausing to reflect on the country’s latest terrorist attacks blamed on Islamic militants.

Posted in Ramadan @ 05 October 2005 09:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Malaysian bombmakers key Bali suspects Two Malaysians accused of orchestrating the bombings in Bali three years ago are suspected of having a hand in the latest terrorist attack on the Indonesian island. However, Malaysian authorities claimed to have eradicated terrorist cells in the country. Indonesian authorities believe terror group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) is behind the suicide blasts that ripped through the popular tourist destination Saturday night, killing 26 people including three Australians.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 October 2005 13:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Indonesia shocks with fuel price moves Indonesia's government on Friday night raised key fuel prices by a higher-than-expected average of 126 per cent and announced a plan to bring prices in line with the global market in moves likely to test the patience of its people for tough reforms.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2005 20:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


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

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


Yudhoyono likely to survive fuel price rise protest Indonesia's looming fuel price increases Saturday will power protests that will bruise, but not cripple, the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, analysts say. A government compensation plan and timing of the fuel price increase for the eve of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan will help defuse public anger over the cut in price subsidies that have given Indonesians some of the cheapest fuel in the world for decades.

Posted in Politics @ 26 September 2005 15:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia says to hike fuel prices in early October Indonesia plans to raise domestic fuel prices early next month, the government said on Monday, in the first clear indication of when it would reduce crippling but politically sensitive fuel subsidies. "We have not set the date but it will be in early October," State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra told reporters when asked about the timing of the fuel price hike. He said the size of the increase was being calculated.

Posted in Economy @ 12 September 2005 08:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY: Indonesia to wait until after October to raise fuel prices Indonesia will wait until at least after October to raise fuel prices, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Wednesday, despite a prolonged fall in the rupiah due to soaring world oil prices which has hurt investor confidence. The global price rise has prompted the government to snap up dollars to pay for oil imports and put pressure on the budget due to expensive fuel subsidies.

Posted in Economy @ 31 August 2005 23:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb in Central Sulawesi Kills five, police says A bomb went off in front of a busy market in Poso in central Indonesia's Sulawesi province on Saturday morning, killing five people and injuring at least seven, local police said. The bomb exploded at about 9:20 a.m. Sulawesi time, next to a mini bus parked about 50 meters outside the Poso police station, said Abdi Darma, head of the town police. The explosion damaged at least two vehicles parked near the minivan, he said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 13 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim militants attack cafe in Kemang Muslim militants in Indonesia's capital vandalized a cafe in an area popular with foreigners on Saturday because it was serving beer during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, police and one of the militants said. Around 300 members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) ordered customers at the Star Deli in South Jakarta to leave, before smashing the building's windows and doors, said Alawi Usman, a spokesman for the group.

Posted in Violence @ 23 October 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan marks time of fasting and prayer The holy month of Ramadan begins this weekend. Most Muslims will begin their month of fasting and prayer tonight at sundown, while some will start Saturday. Ramadan (pronounced RAHM-uh-don) is the ninth month, and an important part, of the Islamic calendar. Muslims believe that it was during Ramadan, more than 1,400 years ago, that God began to reveal their holy book, the Koran, to the prophet Muhammad.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six drown when boat capsizes in Sulawesi Six people drowned and three others had to be hospitalized when the boat they were travelling on sprung a leak and capsized on a river in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, news reports said today. The boat, carrying 20 passengers, was travelling on the Jeneberang river from Gowa district to Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi, 1,350 kilometres northeast of Jakarta, when the accident occurred around mid-day yesterday.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 November 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terrorists plan attacks in Indonesia Two of Asia's most wanted terrorists are armed with explosives and planning fresh attacks on Western hotels and banks -- possibly disguising themselves as beggars and receiving shelter from fellow radicals, officials said. Malaysians Azahari bin Husin and Noordin Mohammed Top -- both alleged leaders of the al-Qaeda-linked Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and believed to have been key players in last year's Bali bombings that killed 202 people -- are the target of a massive manhunt following their narrow escape from a police dragnet in the West Javanese city of Bandung on Oct. 31.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


JI starting to regroup in Indonesia The feared Jemaah Islamiah (JI) network responsible for the Bali bombings is beginning to regroup and launch new attacks against Christians in Indonesia to mark the onset of Ramadan, according to new reports. Following several weeks of violence in Poso, central Sulawesi, in which 13 people died, Indonesia's respected Tempo magazine said the attacks were the handiwork of militants linked to JI.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 27 October 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia announces start of Ramadan It has been announced the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan will start in Indonesia on Monday. Indonesia's religious affairs minister, Said Agil Husin Al Munawar, has been quoted as saying that a weekend meeting of religious experts decided on the day after the sighting of the new moon. The governor of the capital Jakarta, Sutiyoso, has ordered most of the city's nightclubs, bars, discos, saunas, and massage parlours closed for the month.

Posted in Religion @ 27 October 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Al-Qaeda linked to McDonalds blast Indonesian police on Saturday searched a house linked to a possible al Qaeda suspect in their hunt for those behind two bomb blasts in Sulawesi, including one at a McDonald's restaurant that killed three people. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has stepped up its anti-terror drive since the October 12 Bali bombings that killed at least 191 people, about half of them foreigners.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 December 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven dead in road crash Seven people have died after their minivan crashed into an approaching truck in Indonesia's West Java province, local media reported. All except one passenger aboard the minibus died when it collided with the truck at daybreak, said Nurkaya, a police officer in Subang, about 250kms east of Jakarta. He was quoted by the Detikcom online news agency.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military fires mortars at Aceh rebels Separatist rebels in Indonesia's Aceh province, surrounded for more than a week in swampy terrain by some 1,000 government troops, said on Monday the military fired mortars at the group to make them surrender. The military confirmed the weekend attack at Paya Cot Trieng village in North Aceh despite previously saying it would give the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels several more days to surrender.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 11 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Troops surround rebel camp Indonesia's military said Saturday that it had surrounded hundreds of insurgents in a hidden camp in rebellious Aceh province and have demanded they surrender. The guerrillas have refused and vowed to die fighting. The rare, large-scale standoff comes at a delicate time in the 27-year separatist war in Aceh. Peace talks are set to resume next month and both sides had indicated a willingness to sign a cease-fire.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 09 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least five die as ferry capsizes A ship with about 200 passengers on board sank near Ambon island in central Indonesia, killing at least five people, officials said Monday. Ambon police spokesman Lt. Tony Sugadra said that emergency vessels and local fishermen picked up 127 survivors after the ferry went down late Sunday. About 80 of them were being treated at hospitals in the region.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bids for Aceh peace deal before Ramadan Indonesia made a final effort to strike a peace deal with separatist rebels in the troubled province of Aceh on Sunday in a bid to stem the violence before the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan begins later this week. The exiled leadership of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) said on Thursday the rebels would halt military operations during Ramadan but needed more time to iron out a "few issues" and were only prepared to sign a deal in early December.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 03 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Armed group raids nightspots in Javanese town About 500 Muslims armed with swords and clubs attacked two nightspots in the central Javanese city of Solo, police and witnesses said yesterday. The attackers, who were dressed in white robes, were demanding that the establishments close duri ng the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Posted in General @ 18 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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