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64 drug traffickers to be executed Vice-President Jusuf Kalla has confirmed that the government will go ahead with the execution of 64 drug traffickers who have been sentenced to death by court.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 December 2014 20:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Dahlan Iskan urges Garuda to hold extraordinary meeting State-owned Enterprise Minister Dahlan Iskan has instructed state airlines PT Garuda Indonesia to convene a special meeting of shareholders to discuss its swelling losses.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 August 2014 20:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer raises suspicion over Jokowi-Blake meeting A political observer accused US Ambassador Robert O Blake of seeking to implant US influence on Indonesian presidential hopeful Joko Widodo when they met here on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 15 April 2014 19:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


60 Thailand fishermen to be deported from Aceh At least 60 fishermen from Thailand, have reportedly been arrested in the West Aceh waters, Aceh province and will be deported after the trial over illegal fishing.

Posted in Crime @ 14 April 2014 20:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia: 'No radar data concealed over MH370's location' Indonesia denied rumors that it had concealed radar data that showed the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH 370s location, a press release from the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur received here on Tuesday said.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 March 2014 08:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian navy joins search for missing Malaysian plane The Indonesian navy had deployed five ships and a helicopter to help search for a Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing early Saturday, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto said.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 March 2014 22:23 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


BNN arrests Pakistani narcotic drug courier The Indonesian National Drugs Agency (BNN) has arrested a Pakistani narcotic drug courier at Jakartas Soekarno-Hatta airport, along with two Indonesians who are fellow syndicate members.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 February 2014 20:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Keeping Bali’s mother temple sacred The provincial government of Bali has prepared a small team to review input from a number of sources on how best to create a Pura Agung Besakih Authority to control and oversee the operation of Bali’s Mother Temple.

Posted in Religion @ 02 February 2014 06:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs seize 4,658 grams methamphetamine in woman's shoes The Customs and Excise officials at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Wednesday seized 4,568 grams of methamphetamine, worth Rp6 billion, concealed inside 11 womens footwear, stated an official.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 January 2014 20:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam police arrest 61 Vietnamese fishermen for illegal fishing The Batam Water Police recently took 61 Vietnamese fishermen into custody for illegal fishing in the waters of Riau Island province, stated an official. "On January 4, the fishermen were caught onboard four big fishing vessels in the waters of the Anambas District. They entered the Riau Island waters through the South China Sea," Commander of Bisma 8001 patrol boat Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sigit N. Hidayat remarked here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 10 January 2014 18:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Thai Lion Air starts commercial flights at December 4 Thai Lion Air, a daughtercompany of Lion Air Group, founded in Thailand, will start it's commercial flights on December 4, 2013. Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport (DMK) will be used and in Jakarta, departures and arrivals are from terminal 2E. The airline will start operations with three routes.

Posted in Travel @ 20 November 2013 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


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

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


Malaysia interested in Indonesian-made CN295 planes The Malaysian government has expressed keen interest in buying Indonesian-made CN295 military transport aircraft, considering it is very competitive particularly in Southeast Asia, Indonesian Deputy Defense Minister Lt. Gen. (ret) Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin said.

Posted in General @ 31 May 2013 22:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to send muslim clerics to South Thailand The Ministry of Religious Affairs plans to send several Muslim clerics to South Thailand to carry out a peacekeeping mission, Minister Suryadharma Ali said here on Wednesday. He said the deployment is a follow up to a meeting between representatives from Indonesia and south Thailand provincial government recently.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 01 May 2013 16:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sampang police detain 76 Rohingya refugees Sampang police detained 76 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in Tanglok seaport, Madura Island, East Java Province, on Saturday evening. "The arrest happened last night and right now they are in the Pamekasan immigration office," Sampang Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Solehan said here on Sunday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 April 2013 15:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to visit three ASEAN countries President Susilo Yudhoyono is scheduled to visit three ASEAN countries, respectively Singapore, Myanmar, and Brunei Darussalam early next week.

Posted in Politics @ 20 April 2013 10:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs office foils attempt to smuggle in sugar The Customs and Excise Office officials have foiled an attempt to smuggle in five tons of sugar. "The sugar was to be smuggled out of the Free Trade and Port Zone of Pulau Weh and was transported in a truck," customs official Beni Noveri said here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 01 March 2013 23:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans house maids from working in Middle East Indonesia still bans female domestic helpers from working in the Middle East, particularly in countries which are still affected by a moratorium, a minister said.

Posted in Economy @ 11 February 2013 19:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor: 'Lindsay's death sentence fair' Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika said the death sentence for British national Lindsay June Sandiford was fair. "We must honor the court`s ruling. They must have calculated consequences in narcotic crimes," he said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 January 2013 17:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lower occupancy Bali hotels during holidays The head of the Denpasar chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), I.B. Gede Sidharta Putra, told Radar Bali that there has been a “retreat” in hotel occupancy levels over the just concluded Christmas and New Years Holiday period.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 January 2013 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australiang motorcycle gangs set up links on Bali The Sydney Morning Herald has run an investigative article by Michael Bachelard examining how Australian motorcycle gangs are establishing business links in Bali.

Posted in Crime @ 31 December 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK, immigration launch online blacklisting system for corruptors The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the Directorate General of Immigration will launch an online blacklisting system for corruptors in an effort to increase efforts to fight corruption.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 October 2012 15:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia has grand plans for family development The Indonesian government has a master plan for family development up to 2035, Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri said at the 5th East Asia Ministerial Forum on Families, held in Brunei Darussalam, on Wednesday.

Posted in Health @ 05 October 2012 00:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Solution needed to solve international corruption' Indonesian chief minister for legal, political and security affairs Djoko Suyanto said efforts must be made to find a way to settle corruption cases affecting other countries.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 September 2012 19:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police destroy Rp1.1 trillion worth of drugs Jakarta Police destroyed various types of previously confiscated illegal drugs worth Rp1.1 trillion near Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, in Tangerang, Banten province, on Thursday.

Posted in Drugs @ 05 July 2012 10:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Billionaire Liem Sioe Liong passes away Billionaire Indonesian Chinese Liem Sioe Liong passed away at the age of 95 in Singapore on Sunday evening, senior Liason Officer PT Bintan Inti Industrial Estate, Jamin Hidayat, confirmed.

Posted in General @ 10 June 2012 17:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three US warships arrive in Banongan Three American warships have arrived at the coastal region of Banongan, Situbondo, East Java, situated 194 km to the east of Surabaya, on Monday morning.

Posted in Military @ 04 June 2012 10:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US, Indonesian navies conduct joint exercise As many as 2,074 personnel from the Indonesian and US navies participated in a joint exercise organised here on Wednesday by the Eastern Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Agung Pramono.

Posted in Military @ 30 May 2012 12:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami alert issued after 8.5 magnitude Sumatra quake A tsunami watch was issued for countries across the Indian Ocean after a massive earthquake hit waters off Indonesia on Wednesday, triggering widespread panic as residents along coastlines fled to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 April 2012 12:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six foreign boats caught poaching fish in Indonesian waters Indonesia`s ministry of fisheries patrol ship `Hiu` has caught six boats from Thailand and Vietnam illegally fishing in the country`s offshore waters. The foreign boats were apprehended in the Indonesian exclusive economic zone on March 29, fisheries minister Sharif Cicip Sutardjo said here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 30 March 2012 15:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


10 Indonesian hotels win ASEAN Green Award Ten hotels operating in Indonesia have won ASEAN Green Hotel Recognition Award 2012 for applying environmentally friendly principles to their operations. Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Pangestu presented the award to representatives of the hotels here on Wednesday.

Posted in Tourism @ 14 January 2012 03:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Defense Minister: 'Piracy in Malacca Strait down sharply' Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said the incidence of piracy has dropped very sharply in the Malacca Strait following increased sea security exercises including in the area.

Posted in Crime @ 01 January 2012 10:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


300 Indonesians on death row abroad for drug offences Almost 300 Indonesians are facing the death penalty abroad for involvement in narcotic drug cases, according to National Narcotic Agency (BNN) chief Gories Mere. "Until now, 284 Indonesians have been sentenced to death abroad in connection with narcotic cases," he said at a year-end press conference here on Tuesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 28 December 2011 05:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Environmentalists capture endangered Sumatran rhino in Borneo Malaysian environmentalists on Monday announced the capture of a female Sumatran rhino which is on the brink of extinction, giving rise to a last chance to save the species before it is too late.

Posted in Environment @ 26 December 2011 13:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wanted bribery suspect Nunun Nurbaeti nabbed Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto said here Saturday Nunun Nurbaeti, a suspect in a high-profile bribery case, has been arrested in Bangkok and brought back to Jakarta.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 December 2011 03:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Environmentalists: 'Sumatran rhino on the brink of extinction' Indonesian environmentalists on Thursday warned that the Sumatran rhinoceros in Lampung province is on the brink of extinction due to hunting and habitat destruction, just weeks after the Western Black Rhinoceros was declared extinct.

Posted in Environment @ 24 November 2011 21:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two fans trampled to death during SEA Games soccer final Two people were trampled to death on Monday evening when anxious crowds of soccer fans rushed into a stadium to witness the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games soccer final in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 November 2011 16:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesian imports increase by 56 % in September Indonesian imports increased by 56.4 percent in September when compared to the same period last year, reaching a total value of $15.1 billion, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 November 2011 16:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and S. Korea sign defense cooperation agreement The governments of Indonesia and South Korea on Friday signed a defense agreement to strengthen its cooperation, local media reported.

Posted in Military @ 09 September 2011 16:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Cheating minister suddenly disappears The Indonesian minister of Public Housing, Suharso Monoarfa, has suddenly disappeared from the surface of the earth as it seems. This comes after news about him cheating surfaced and his wife now wants to divorce him.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 06 September 2011 06:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN warns new strain of bird flu is spreading in Asia The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday urged heightened preparedness and surveillance against a possible 'major resurgence' of Avian Influenza amid signs that a mutant strain of the deadly bird flu virus is spreading in Asia and elsewhere.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 29 August 2011 20:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda's Citilink to be revived National airline Garuda Indonesia plans to more than quadruple the amount of people that Citilink, its budget carrier, will fly in the next four years with new routes and aircraft, a top executive said on Wednesday.

Posted in Travel @ 05 August 2011 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


French embassy staff member arrested with cocaine A 52-year-old woman, identifying herself as an employee of the French Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, was apprehended by customs officials at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on Saturday, July 2, 2011 trying to conceal 3.17 grams of cocaine in mouth.

Posted in Drugs @ 11 July 2011 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ASEAN air force leaders agree to boost regional security In order to increase security measures and stability in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) area, air force chiefs from the region on Wednesday agreed to strengthen its cooperation.

Posted in General @ 16 June 2011 04:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry: Indonesia to lead ASEAN's economic growth in 2012' Indonesia's 2012 economic growth is expected to top the Association of Southeast Asian Nations's (ASEAN) member states, Indonesia's Finance Ministry said Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 June 2011 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai PM: Cambodian troops must leave border to solve dispute Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday said the border conflict cannot be solved if Cambodian troops remain at the ancient Preah Vihear temple, MCOT Online reported. "I think the problem lies in Cambodia's refusal to withdraw its troops from the disputed area around Preah Vihear temple," Vejjajiva said.

Posted in Politics @ 08 May 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


1 of 5 Indonesian judges corrupt - official Indonesia's Judicial Commission chief said 20 percent of Indonesian judges are corrupt, participating in bribes and failing to maintain independent during cases, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 March 2011 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thailand rejects Indonesian observers in disputed border area Thailand on Wednesday rejected allowing the entrance of Indonesian observers in the disputed area on the Thai-Cambodian border, the Bangkok Post reported.

Posted in Politics @ 23 March 2011 23:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


South Asia a hotspot for drug traffickers The United Nations reported on Wednesday that South Asia has become one of the main regions used by drug cartels to source chemicals needed for the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine, namely ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.

Posted in Drugs @ 02 March 2011 20:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to observe Cambodia-Thailand border conflict Amidst the recent border conflicts between Thailand and Cambodia, both countries have accepted Indonesia to observe both sides of the border, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 23 February 2011 05:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


129 Myanmar refugees rescued off North Sumatra waters The Indonesian Navy on Tuesday rescued 129 Myanmar refugees who were stranded in Krueng Raya waters in Aceh province, the Antara news agency reported on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 16 February 2011 18:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


IMF admits errors in Indonesian bailout package The International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn admitted its bailout package designed for Indonesia ten years ago had mistakes, which led to several changes, local media reported Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 04 February 2011 07:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia backs East Timor's ASEAN membership Indonesia on Sunday expressed its support of East Timor's bid to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), local media reported.

Posted in Politics @ 17 January 2011 02:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Cigarettes and tobacco get warning image in Indonesia The Indonesian government is to put warning images on cigarettes and tobacco. No longer will the black text in a white box be enough to warn the people. An image will be added in the near future to point smokers at the dangers of smoking. Several countries in the region already have this kind of images printed on every pack of cigarettes.

Posted in Health @ 13 January 2011 02:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia beats Malaysia 2-1 but loses AFF Cup final Despite losing 2-1 in the second leg in Jakarta on Wednesday, Malaysia secured the 2010 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup with an aggregate victory of 4-2 over Indonesia.

Posted in Sports @ 30 December 2010 03:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's anti-terror agency warns of possible terrorist attacks The Indonesian National Anti-terror Agency (BNPT) on Tuesday warned citizens about the possibility of bombings and other forms of terrorist attacks, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 December 2010 18:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted in Drugs @ 15 November 2010 04:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace vessel barred from entering Indonesian waters A Greenpeace vessel on Wednesday was barred by the Foreign Ministry from entering Indonesian waters, the organization said. The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior was slated to dock at the Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta but it was not allowed to sail on Indonesian waters.

Posted in Politics @ 15 October 2010 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Accor to open 16 new hotels in Indonesia by 2012 International hotel operator Accor plans to open 16 new hotels across Indonesia by 2012 to support its expansion plan in the country’s growing hotel industry, says an executive of the hotel chain.

Posted in Travel @ 28 May 2010 02:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign prisoner becomes Indonesian problem A foreigner which is currently ending his jail term in a prison in Tanjungpinang in Riau Islands province after he was convicted of stealing fish from the seas around Natuna, has lost his nationality. This is causing problems for Indonesia. The man, is only known as the 30-year-old Lyce, according to the head of the immigration office in Tanjungpinang.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 April 2010 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's tourism - a National tragedy Anak Agung Gde Agung is one of Indonesia's most distinguished and well-informed senior statesmen. He is a graduate of Harvard and Leiden universities. He as attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States and served as social services minister during the administration of President Abdurrahman Wahid.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


More than 2.2 million tourists for Bali is difficult Bali set a new record of foreign tourist arrivals with 2.2 million in 2009, but local and international tourism industry players doubt the island can equal or break the mark in the future. Ida Bagus Sidharta Putra of Santrian Group tours and travel network said Saturday Bali was lucky to receive foreign tourists who shifted their destination from Thailand due to a protracted political crisis there last year.

Posted in Tourism @ 11 January 2010 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sees tourist arrivals up 8.5 % in 2010 Indonesia aims to attract 7 million foreign tourists in 2010, up from about 6.45 million visitors this year, Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik said on Wednesday. The minister said Indonesia had edged past it's target of 6.4 million arrivals for this year despite the global economic crisis and militant suicide attacks on two luxury hotels in Jakarta in July.

Posted in Tourism @ 31 December 2009 04:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Direct flights to Phuket from Medan and Jakarta with AirAsia Budget airliner AirAsia has opened up two new routes that link the Indonesian cities of Medan in North Sumatra and the capital city of Jakarta with the popular beach resort town of Phuket in Thailand. AirAsia is the first airline to fly direct flights between the locations, which will be flown by new Airbus A320 planes belonging to Thai AirAsia.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 November 2009 11:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A real ambassador to Indonesia; charged with corruption More people are pointed at as suspects in a corruption case at the Indonesian embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. After a team of investigators visited Thailand, they decided that the current ambassador to Thailand, Muhammad Hatta, also is a suspect in a case in which 2.5 billion Rupiah (176,000 euro) is 'misplaced'.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 October 2009 08:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Palembang to host Musi Festival in December The city of Palembang in southern Sumatra is to host the Musi Festival between December 3 and 9 in an effort to bring more tourists to the city. Various attractions will be presented by the local administration, like an International Dragon Boat Festival, a culinary festival and education exhibit. The head of the tourism agency in the city, Baharuddin Ali, said that the event would be organized at the same time as the celebration of the River Days.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 October 2009 06:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali restaurants make Miele's top 10 Asian list Bali's Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique and KuDeTa have been voted among the Top 10 Restaurant in Asia in the 2009 edition of the Miele Guide. At an award ceremony held in Singapore on September 30, 2009, Mozaic Restaurant was ranked #6 and KuDeTa #9 among the 10 dining venues considered the very best in Asia by Miele.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2009 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda increases seat capacity for lebaran holidays Garuda Indonesia will add 42,226 seats to its scheduled services operating September 16 0 28, 2009, to meet an expected surge in demand over the Islamic Lebaran holidays. The extra seats will be create by adding extra flights or increasing the size of aircraft used on an existing 17 domestic and 7 international routes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 31 August 2009 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Buy an Indonesian island! Besides counting islands, Indonesia has more on it's hands. Just recently it became known that the website www.privateislandsonline.com is selling several Indonesian islands. Some of you will directly say that foreigners can not own any land in Indonesia, which is correct, and is also stated on the website. There is no freehold, only leasehold. So in fact you are not buying an island, you are leasing it.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 August 2009 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two foreigners wanted as pedophiles extradited from Bali After sitting behind bars at Bali's Kerobokan prison for nearly eight months, a man on Interpol's Most Wanted List, 46 year-old Christian Burger, is now in France to face child sexual abuse charges. Burger, who has both French and Swiss citizenship, was placed on a plane to Paris on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, following the issuance of a letter agreeing to his extradition signed by Indonesia's President Yudhoyono. He has issued the needed letter last Monday, as was confirmed by Public Prosecutor I Ketut Sujaya, SH.

Posted in Crime @ 08 August 2009 13:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


479 cases of Mexican Flu in Indonesia The Department of Health in Indonesia has announced that the total number of cases of H1N1 Mexican Flu in the country has increased by 35. The total of patients in Indonesia is now totaling 479, of which only one patient has died. Most of the patients were Indonesians, only five of the newly confirmed cases are foreigners in Indonesia.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 30 July 2009 11:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The long history of Jemaah Islamiyah and Indonesia, 2 The JI was established as a loose confederation of several Islamic groups. Sometime around 1969, two men, Abu Bakar Bashir,and Abdullah Sungkar, began an operation to propagate the Darul Islam movement, a conservative strain of Islam. Darul Islam was almost eliminated in the 1950s after members belonging to that sect instigated a rebellion in an effort to create an Islamic state in parts of Indonesia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2009 13:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian tourism arrivals up 1.69% National tourism arrivals increased 1.69% during the first six months of 2009, totaling 2.41 million. Bisnis.com quotes Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, who points to the latest arrival statistics as proof that the world financial crisis is having minimum impact on the national tourism sector. Speaking in Bandung, West Java, Wacik said, "the graph showing this increase is gladdening because it happens in the middle of a crisis while visitors to several other tourism destinations have decreased."

Posted in Tourism @ 10 July 2009 08:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia might propose to host East Asia Summit Indonesia is likely to host the East Asia Summit (EAS) following its cancellation in Thailand, according to the government on Tuesday. "We might propose to host, on the grounds that Jakarta is the location of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Secretariat," said Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah.

Posted in Economy @ 15 April 2009 09:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono returns from Thailand earlier Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono returned home from Thailand on Saturday, earlier than scheduled, after riots hit Pattaya, of Thailand, press officer of the Indonesian Presidential Palace Nachrowi said. "President has returned from Thailand at 19:00 Jakarta time today," he told.

Posted in Politics @ 11 April 2009 06:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia named second best travel destination in Asia Indonesia was ranked second in GoAsia's The Best Travel Destination in Asia after Thailand while Malaysia was placed as the third best, the Jakarta Post reported quoting the Indonesia Foreign Ministry as saying on Friday. Go Asia, a German tourism institution, invited travel agents from all over the world to participate in the voting process on Wednesday in Berlin. The body also gave awards for Asia's best tourism organizations or tourism boards, airlines and tour operators.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 March 2009 06:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thailand, Indonesia to launch bilateral trade agreement Commerce ministers of Thailand and Indonesia Saturday hold a meeting, agreeing to launch a bilateral trade agreement on economic cooperation, according to news release from the Thai Ministry of Commerce. Porntiva Nagasai, Thai Minister of Commerce, and Mari Elga Pangestu, Indonesian Minister of Commerce, met on the sideline of the 14th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit which opened here on Saturday.

Posted in Economy @ 28 February 2009 05:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's per capita income up 24% in 2008 Indonesia's per capita income rose 24 per cent to US$2,271 in 2008 from US$1,942 in 2007 with Gross Domestic Product at Rp4,954 trillion (US$450 billion) based on current prices. Last year, the country's GDP based on constant prices of 2000 reached Rp2,082.1 trillion, head of the central bureau of Statistics Rusman Heriawan said.

Posted in Economy @ 17 February 2009 05:46 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


Indonesian coral reefs predict large quake within 20 years Researchers reported Thursday that a study of reefs in Indonesia found that corals record cyclical events in the environment, and that these events could foretell a considerable earthquake in the eastern Indian Ocean within the next twenty years. Scientists at the California Institute of Technology's Tectonics Observatory studied corals off Indonesia's Sumatra island, and found them to include annual growth rings, similar to those in tree trunks, which document cyclical events such as earthquakes.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 December 2008 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia Indonesian style With a flight in the afternoon I departed from Yogyakarta to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. For the first time I was to fly this route with AirAsia. It is called AirAsia here, but in fact it's a separate company that listens to the name Indonesia AirAsia. This difference is subtle, but if you know that AirAsia uses airline code AK, and Indonesia AirAsia QZ, it all becomes clear.

Posted in Travel @ 29 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


National tourism targets difficult to achieve Bisnis.com quoted well known tourism observer Wuryastuti Sunario as saying she is pessimistic that the official national tourism target of 7 million visitors for 2008 can be achieved, bearing in mind that growth rates in national tourism reached only 11.43% during the first six months of the year.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 September 2008 12:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government orders AirAsia to assign seat number to passengers Indonesian AirAsia was recently scolded by the Director General of Civil Aviation, Tri S. Sunoko, who told the low cost airline to start assigning seat numbers on the airline's boarding passes. According to the Indonesian aviation official, the pre-assignment of seats is needed to help identify passengers in the event of an air accident.

Posted in General @ 26 July 2008 11:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 10 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


Strong 7.5-magnitude quake hits Western Sumatra A strong 7.5-magnitude quake struck Indonesia's Sumatra island on Wednesday, triggering mass panic here and sparking tsunami alerts locally and in Thailand, officials and residents said. There were no immediate reports of damage. The US Geological Survey said the undersea quake struck at 3:08 pm (0808 GMT) some 312 kilometres west-southwest of the North Sumatra capital Medan, at a depth of 34 kilometres.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 February 2008 13:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IITF 2008 - Holiday fair offering discounted travel packages With the theme 'Plan Your Holidays Ahead', the Indonesia International Travel Fair 2008 which is considered to be an important event in the Visit Indonesia Year (VIY 2008) calendar of events, will be held on 27-30 March 2008. Balai Kartini Expo, located at the heart of Jakarta, was chosen to be the venue for IITF 2008 which is a one-day B2B and a 3-day consumer show where the Jakarta consumers can purchase domestic and international travel packages at very special prices.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2008 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air to acquire airlines in six countries Indonesia's budget carrier Lion Air said Wednesday that it was preparing funds to acquire shares in airlines in six Asian countries as part of the company's ambition to boost its global presence. Lion Air will buy stakes in airlines in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Bangladesh and South Korea at the amount permitted under their respective laws.

Posted in General @ 15 November 2007 01:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second tsunami-detection system to launch in Indian Ocean A second tsunami-detection system for the Indian Ocean will launch from Jakarta, Indonesia, September 19, part of the $1 billion U.S. recovery, restoration and technical contribution to the region after the 9.1-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated the area in 2004.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 September 2007 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tele Atlas announces agreement with Bakosurtanal Tele Atlas, a leading global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location based solutions, announced today it has signed an agreement with Bakosurtanal (Badan Koordinasi Survei dan Pemetaan Nasional, National Coordinating Agency for Survey and Mapping), the government institution responsible for creating and maintaining large scale geographical maps in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 25 June 2007 13:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia offers visa on arrival for Middle East tourists Indonesia's tourist industry is experiencing a boom as the nation has the highest number of foreign arrivals since 2001. This year around six million tourists are expected to visit the country. Thamrin Bachri, director-general of tourism at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, said that the government is focusing on visitors from the Middle East as well. 60.000 tourists from that region visited Indonesia last year, while this number is expected to grow to 100.000 this year and to 150.000 in 2008.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 May 2007 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalimantan deports Thai, Myanmar, Vietnamese fishermen A total number of 65 fishermen from Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam were deported from West Kalimantan today. This was said by a navy officer. "This morning, at 6.45 a.m., the fishermen left Pemangkat harbor, Sambas District, for their respective countries," said commander of the naval base in Pontianak, Lt. Col. Taufik Harun.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2007 08:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia signs rice import deal with Thailand and Vietnam Indonesia has agreed to sign a preliminary agreement with Thailand and Vietnam to import some 400,000 tonnes of rice via government-to-government deals. This was reported by a senior trade ministry official on Friday. These agreements on rice imports are part of the governments prevously announced plans to buy up to 1.5 million tonnes of rice this year alone to bring stability to prices in Indonesia. “We will import 400,000 tonnes of rice via government-to-government deals and we have a Memorandum of Understanding with Vietnam and Thailand,” said Diah Maulida, director general of foreign trade at the trade ministry.

Posted in General @ 24 February 2007 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia defends flu vaccine deal Indonesia has defended its decision to stop sharing samples of the deadly bird flu virus with the World Health Organisation after it signed an agreement with a US drug manufacturer. The government said it would resume cooperation with the WHO only if it stopped providing samples to other commercial vaccine makers.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 15 February 2007 10:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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