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Police officers arrested in Kuching not on duty in Malaysia Two Indonesian police officers arrested in Kuching had no order to cross the border to Sarawak , Malaysia, from West Kalimantan, the State Police headquarters said. Adj. Sr. Comr. Idha Endri Prastiono and chief brig. MH Harahap were arrested by the Malaysian Royal Police (PDRM) on alleged drug trafficking.

Posted in Drugs @ 02 September 2014 15:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian air force to build air base in West Kalimantan The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) will soon build a type C air base of at Temajuk in Sambas district, West Kalimantan province, to strengthen security in the area bordering Malaysia.

Posted in Military @ 09 June 2014 22:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia deports 93 more indonesian migrant workers The Government of Malaysia has deported 93 more Indonesian migrant workers to Nunukan district in North Kalimantan.

Posted in Crime @ 21 March 2014 08:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost all Sumatran forest fires deliberately set Chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Syamsur Maarif stated that around 99 percent of forest and plantation fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan were deliberately set.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 February 2014 16:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


19 Chinese men detained for invalid forestry use permit The Regional Police Department of West Kalimantan has detained 19 Chinese men after they failed to present a valid forestry use permit. "The 19 Chinese men were arrested on Friday, December 13, during a campaign by the Forestry Department to enforce the use of forestry permits," said West Kalimantans Head of Forestry Department Marius Marcellus, in Pontianak, on Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 16 December 2013 19:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


KPK grills wife of former chief judge Akil Mochtar The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) grilled the wife of suspended Constitutional Court chief judge Akil Mochtar for five hours as a witness here on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 October 2013 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Take firm action against forest fire perpetrators The Indonesian Forum for Environment (Walhi) has asked the government to take the firmest possible action against forest and land fires perpetrators.

Posted in Forest fires @ 25 June 2013 15:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two vessels caught red handed in illegal transaction Two tankers flying Indonesian flag have been caught red handed by a customs and excise sea patrol when the tankers allegedly committing illegal transfer of cargo in the Riau Island Provincial waters.

Posted in Crime @ 30 January 2013 23:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Disasters to be expected in Indonesia in 2013 The number of whirlwinds that hit Indonesia last year was 28 times higher than that of the year 2002 due to the impact of global warming, according National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Posted in General @ 24 December 2012 03:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for inclusive Christmas celebration President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed his hope that Christmas 2012 would be celebrated inclusively and enjoyed by all Indonesians who wish to participate, National Christmas Committee Chairperson Nafsiah Mboi said here on Friday.

Posted in Religion @ 07 December 2012 20:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Nuclear power plant establishment in East Kalimantan' Indonesia`s Research and Technology Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta is in support of the East Kalimantan (Kaltim) Administration, to establish nuclear power plants (PLTN) in the region. "We hope Kaltim can be a pioneer in alternative energy, which is cheap and abundant," the Minister said in Balikpapan, on Wednesday (Nov 21).

Posted in Power supply @ 22 November 2012 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Narcotics agency administers urine test to judges The National Narcotics Agency of the West Kalimantan Province has administered urine test to the judges and the staff of the local high court on Monday morning.

Posted in Drugs @ 12 November 2012 14:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police foil sugar smuggling attempt A joint team of police and military personnel successfully foiled an attempt to smuggle 18 tonnes of sugar from Malaysia into Indonesia on Thursday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 27 September 2012 20:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Densus arrests another terror suspect The police anti-terrorist squad, Densus 88, arrested a suspected terrorist in Melawi district, West Kalimantan, on Saturday, a police spokesman said on Sunday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 September 2012 03:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK investigating judges at prosecution office The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is investigating the three bribery suspects it arrested earlier on Friday at its central Java high prosecution office, a spokesperson said.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 August 2012 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK arrests 2 corruption court judges The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has arrested two ad hoc judges and a suspected broker at a Semarang corruption court (Tipikor) in central Java, KPK Deputy Chairman Bambang Widjojanto said on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 August 2012 17:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


88 already die in traffic accidents ahead of Idul Fitri A total of 88 people have died due to traffic accidents several days before the fall of the post fasting Idul Fitr holiday later this week, the police said here on Monday.

Posted in Ramadan @ 13 August 2012 21:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian govt to ramp up troops in Natuna The government plans to increase its military presence this year on the Natuna Islands, Riau Islands Province, according to an official.

Posted in Military @ 25 May 2012 15:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to increase number of border patrol soldiers In 2012 the government plans to add an additional battalion of soldiers and build 15 new security checkpoints in West Kutai District, East Kalimantan, said an official here on Monday. "We have only three security checkpoints in the West Kutai region," said Indonesian Army Regional Military Commander VI Mulawarman Major General Subekti.

Posted in General @ 02 April 2012 08:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to send 364 personnel to Pontianak over FPI The National Police Headquarters has sent 364 Mobile Brigade members to Pontianak, West Kalimantan, in anticipation of security disruptions.

Posted in Violence @ 18 March 2012 10:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Seven hospitals expected to be internationally accredited Seven state-owned A-class hospitals are expected to receive international accreditation by 2014.

Posted in Health @ 07 March 2012 14:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Four foreigners arrested for carrying meth in W. Kalimantan West Kalimantan police have arrested four foreign nationals hailing from Kuching, Sarawak, for carrying 4.0229 grams of methamphetamine into the country.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 November 2011 14:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Two pirated ships and 10 crew members freed after 4 days Two pirated Indonesian ships were freed after 10 crew members were held hostage for four days off the northern island of Kalimantan, officials said on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 04 June 2011 00:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia announces $22 billion in infrastructure projects The government of Indonesia on Friday announced 17 new infrastructure projects worth Rp.190 trillion ($22.23 billion).

Posted in Economy @ 27 May 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


IOM: Around 3,200 people smuggled into Indonesia in 2010 The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday said around 3,200 people from war-torn Middle Eastern countries were smuggled into Indonesia in 2010.

Posted in Crime @ 09 May 2011 15:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalimantan awaits Jakarta’s signal on nuclear power plant Kalimantan local administrations are waiting for the central government to approve a plan to build a nuclear power plant in the region, a local official said. He said the local administrations had conducted the necessary feasibility studies to back their ambitious plan.

Posted in Power supply @ 15 December 2010 08:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Statistics: AIDS in Indonesia Incidence, prevalence rates, and other statistics on AIDS in Indonesia, with Papua province being the worst affected. Figures are as provided by the Department of Health up to June 30th 2010.

Posted in Health @ 03 December 2010 02:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi survivors offered transmigration The Boyolali administration says it will move 86 families affected by Mount Merapi's eruption from the Central Java regency to other parts of Indonesia. "We are offering transmigration as a solution for the survivors," Boyolali Manpower and Transmigration Agency head Sugianto said, as quoted by Antara news agency.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 November 2010 14:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


West Kalimantan needs 1 trillion for road works The government of West Kalimantan has proposed the allocation of just over 1 trillion Rupiah (71 million euro) for the maintenance of roads and new construction projects in the province. This number would be double that of this year's budget for the province. "We are hoping the allocation (for road projects) would double next year," said Jakius Sinyor, the head of the provincial Public Works.

Posted in Economy @ 15 September 2009 10:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


771 cases of Mexican flu in Indonesia The Indonesian health ministry has announced that they have found 80 new cases of H1N1 in seven provinces across the country. They were comprised of 32 men and 48 women. All of them are Indonesian citizens. The new patients came from Central Java, East Java, West Kalimantan, Lampung, Aceh and Riau provinces.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 10 August 2009 11:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15-year-old girl kidnapped to work as whore in Malaysia The police has discovered a network in which people get kidnapped before they are 'sold' when they are sent to neighboring countries as an Indonesian foreign worker. A young girl from Lampung, South Sumatra, was forced to work as nothing more than a sex slave in Malaysia. This case only became known when the victim, only known as S.S., was able to escape before reporting the situation to the Pontianak police in West Kalimantan.

Posted in Crime @ 23 January 2009 11:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Number of foreign tourists to Indonesia down 4.60 % The number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia between January and November 2006 dropped by 4.60 percent compared to that in the same period of the previous year, head of the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) Rusman Heriawan said. Foreign tourists visiting Indonesia through 13 gates between January and November, 2006, numbered 3,59 million or decreased by 4.60 percent compared to 3.76 million in 2005, Rusman said here Tuesday.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 January 2007 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Landslides and floods in Lampung, Mataram, Semarang and Sambas Heavy downpours continue to cause severe problems throughout the Indonesian archipelago. In several places flash floods and landslides occurred in the last few days. Indahnesia.com gathered several messages and put them together as a news item.

Posted in Weather @ 02 January 2007 12:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit Montallat in Nort Barito, Kalimantan A number of villages in Montallat sub district, Barito Utara District, Central Kalimantan Province, was inundated as Barito River overflowed following incessant downpours. Floodwaters covered roads as high as 30 centimeters in Montallat, Bambang, Montallat resident, told ANTARA via phone on Thursday. "Floods have started on Tuesday (Dec. 26) and tend to continue raising," Bambang said.

Posted in Flooding @ 28 December 2006 10:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House not yet able to eradicate internal corruption The accountability and transparency mechanism of the House of Representatives (DPR), carried out by the DPR Honorary Board, is not thorough enough to eradicate corruption taking place within parliament. “The Honorary Board handles more issues that are related to public morality, such as Yahya Zaini,” said Adnan Topan Husodo, a member of the Working Board of Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW).

Posted in Corruption @ 13 December 2006 14:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ferry sinks off Borneo, 10 dead Ten people, including eight children, have died and one passenger is missing after a ferry sank two days ago off the Indonesian side of Borneo island, an official said on Monday. Eddy Royani, head of the Sukamara port in Central Kalimantan province, said the Karya Mandiri was carrying 60 people. The vessel sank about 65 km from the port of Sukamara, which lies 580 km northeast of Jakarta.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 November 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says forest fires almost gone Indonesia said on Thursday 90 percent of forest and brush fires that have produced thick smoke blanketing much of Southeast Asia have died out as regional officials met to discuss plans to tackle the annual hazard. The smoke, known in the region as haze, has affected much of Southeast Asia for months, triggering fears of a repeat of the choking situation that hit the region in 1997-98.

Posted in Forest fires @ 03 November 2006 03:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze from forest fires paralyses Indonesia airports Thick smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has shut airports and slashed visibility to below 100 metres (330 ft) -- and there is no respite in sight, officials said on Wednesday. The fires have been raging for weeks, spreading smoke across much of Southeast Asia and triggering fears of a repeat of the environmental disaster in 1997-98 when dry conditions linked to the El Nino weather pattern caused a choking haze that cost the region billions of dollars in economic losses.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 October 2006 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rains bring relief to some areas in haze-shrouded Indonesia Heavy rains brought relief to some areas of Indonesia shrouded in smoke by land-clearing fires, but blazes elsewhere Monday delayed flights and brought misery to residents. Skies were clear across parts of central Sumatra and west Kalimantan provinces on Borneo island, locals said. "Finally God has sent us rain to clear the haze," said Sadikin, a resident in Pontianak, the largest city in west Kalimantan.

Posted in Forest fires @ 09 October 2006 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia have different perception on land border Indonesia and Malaysia still have different perception in deciding land border areas in Kalimantan (Borneo) island, ANTARA news agency reported quoting an Indonesian envoy as saying. Malaysia had identified nine border problems -- four in its state of Sabah (eastern Kalimantan) and five other in its state of Sarawak (western Kalimantan) while Indonesia problems on 10 areas including that in Tanjung Datu in West Kalimantan have yet to be solved.

Posted in Politics @ 18 September 2006 11:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia battles hundreds of forest fires Firefighters battled hundreds of forest fires on the Indonesian island of Borneo Friday, as haze blanketed at least two cities in the region, officials said. "There are fires burning all over farmers' land," said Yohannes Sudarto, a forestry ministry official coordinating firefighting efforts in Central Kalimantan, a province on Borneo island. He said that 45 firefighters were trying to put out the fires, but were struggling because in many places they had no access to water.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 August 2006 13:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans militants from going to Mideast Indonesian police said on Monday that the government had banned Islamic militants from travelling to the Middle East or elsewhere to fight Israel. The comments by a police spokesman came after the self-styled head of the Jakarta-based ASEAN Muslim Youth Movement said more than 200 militants had been sent on missions to attack Israel's interests and countries that support the Jewish state.

Posted in General @ 07 August 2006 15:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chameleon-like snake discovered in Borneo Scientists in Indonesia have discovered a new and mysterious species of snake in the depths of rain forest-clad Borneo which has the ability to change colours, the WWF conservation group has said. The half-meter long snake, known locally as a "mud snake", was collected by a WWF consultant and a German reptile expert in the wetlands along the Kapuas River in West Kalimantan more than a year ago. "It has since been established that it is really a new species," the WWF's Iwan Wibisono told AFP.

Posted in Environment @ 27 June 2006 17:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Malaysia, Indonesia agree to launch cloud seeding Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to launch cloud seeding to put out fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan on Borneo island, a Malaysian senior official said Wednesday. Cloud seeding will be carried out over the Indonesian provincesof Riau, North Sumatra and West Kalimantan, and, if necessary, extended to other areas, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Adenan Satem said.

Posted in General @ 18 August 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian pilot dies after unscheduled landing An Indonesian airline pilot flying a jet with more than 100 passengers died on board his aircraft, just minutes after making an unscheduled landing on the island of Borneo. "The pilot collapsed and died while still inside the airplane, shortly after he had successfully landed it," said Situmorang, a staff member at Supadio airport in the West Kalimantan provincial capital Pontianak.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 November 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Antam seeks financing for massive bauxite project State-owned mining company PT Aneka Tambang (Antam) said it would seek financing for its massive bauxite processing project in Tayan, West Kalimantan, next year after it completed negotiations with overseas partners to form a joint venture for the project. "We expect to start seeking financing for the project next year after we sign a joint venture deal for the project with our partners," said Antam President Director Dedi Aditya Sumanagara during a meeting with the House of Representatives' energy and mining commission on Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 07 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoky haze blankets parts of Indonesia, delaying flights Smoky haze from forest and brush fires blanketed parts of the Indonesian islands of Borneo and Sumatra Saturday, disrupting flights in western Borneo island, officials said. At least five flights in Pontianak city in West Kalimantan province were delayed early Saturday by smoke from fires lit to clear new plantation land, said Kosasi Munir, the city's airport operational chief. Morning visibility was only at 50 to 300 metres (165 to 990 feet), Munir said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 21 August 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest businessman over haze-linked fires Indonesian police have arrested a businessman for ordering workers to deliberately start fires to clear farm land, contributing to the smoke haze that has blanketed parts of Indonesia and its neighbours, a report said Sunday. Police in the province of Riau, one of the areas usually hardest hit by the annual chocking haze, arrested a man identified only by his initials ADS and the head of a private palm oil firm on Saturday, the Kompas newspaper said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poll commission seeks new legal basis for election delay The General Elections Commission (KPU) says it would need a presidential decree or government regulation in lieu of law to postpone a poll in a particular area if the necessary election materials were not delivered. KPU deputy chairman Ramlan Surbakti said there was no article in the Election Law (Law No. 12/2003) that could justify an election delay because of logistical problems. "This new legal basis would be additional as the law does not provide for any delay due to logistical problems," Ramlan said before a plenary KPU meeting.

Posted in Elections @ 26 March 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Inmates escape from Bandung jail Three inmates escaped from a jail in the West Java capital of Bandung today in the second jailbreak in Indonesia in two days. State news agency Antara said the three prisoners at Sukamiskin penitentiary broke out of Cell No.60 and climbed over a wall to freedom. The fugitives were identified as Ida Bagus Bima Purwoko alias Agus (36), Fauzi alias Ghani (32), and Romly Angkasa (26). The report did not state what they had been serving time for.

Posted in General @ 22 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Irate passengers take Batavia crew hostage At least 31 angry passengers held several crew members of a Batavia Air airplane hostage here after their flight to Jakarta was delayed for around nine hours at Juanda Airport until Friday morning. Rudy Herlambang, one of the protesters, said the passengers had to take action because Batavia broke its promise and tried to deliberately cancel the flight as fewer than half of the plane's 100 seats were filled.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 19 December 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six more parties pass screening for 2004 elections Six more of the 40 political parties undergoing factual verification have passed the final screening and are thus officially eligible for next year's elections, the National Elections Commission (KPU) announced on Tuesday. KPU chairman Nazaruddin Syamsuddin said the six parties had met the minimum requirements of having branch offices in at least two-thirds or 21 of the country's 32 provinces and in two-thirds of regencies or municipalities in those provinces.

Posted in Elections @ 03 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House approves creation of 24 new regencies A plenary meeting of the House of Representatives endorsed on Thursday 13 bills on the creation of 24 new regencies in 13 provinces into law. The 24 regencies approved include Kolaka Utara, Kolaka Utara, Bombana and Wakatobi in the province of Southeast Sulawesi, Sumbawa Barat (West Nusa Tenggara) and Lingga (Riau). Also, are Tojo Una-una (Central Sulawesi), Melawai and Sekadau (West Kalimantan), Minahasa Utara (North Sulawesi), and Supiori (Papua).

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2003 00:01 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


Ten killed in Borneo landslide Ten people, including two children, were killed and two others seriously wounded late on Friday when heavy rains triggered a landslide in a remote area on Indonesia's part of Borneo island, police said Saturday. Police said three days of heavy rain had triggered the landslide in a village at the foot of a hill in Pontianak regency in West Kalimantan.

Posted in Weather @ 12 January 2003 00:01 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


Haze returns to bring misery to Borneo Choking haze from forest fires has returned to cover much of Indonesia's side of Borneo island, forcing residents to wear masks as the pollution index rises to three times world safety standards, officials said on Friday. Visibility in at least two provinces has dropped to as low as 50 metres over the past few days and all flights to and from Central Kalimantan's airport have been cancelled since the beginning of the month as the smoke has spread.

Posted in Forest fires @ 13 September 2002 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hamzah elected Vice President Hamzah Haz was elected the country's ninth' vice president on Thursday, bringing with him renewed hope for peace with a call for political parties to come together to support President Megawati Soekarnoputri's government. Speaking before a plenary session of the People's Consultative Assembly, Hamzah said harmonious cooperation between major political parties was needed to help the nation emerge from its prolonged crisis.

Posted in Politics @ 27 July 2001 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


Long-simmering tensions between indigenous Dayaks and immigrant Madurese suddenly exploded in the town of Sampit, Central Kalimantan, in the middle of February 2001. Within days, isolated killings perpetrated by both sides had developed into a one-sided massacre of Madurese by enraged Dayaks. In the following weeks the killings spread to other areas in the province and by early April almost the entire Madurese population had fled the province. The massacre of about 500 – and possibly many more - Madurese by Dayaks and the flight of virtually the entire Madurese community closely resembled two similar events in the Sambas district in the northern part of West Kalimantan in 1996-7 and in 1999 and highlighted the danger of violence spreading to West and East Kalimantan.

Posted in Violence @ 27 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On February 20, a West Kalimantan panglima, a kind of witch doctor arrived in the Dayak village of Luwuk Bunter, 24 kilometers north of Sampit. The panglima, named Edi, cast a spell on some oil and gave it to selected warriors to drink.

Posted in Violence @ 13 April 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alarming rise in Malaria outbreaks in Indonesia There has been an alarming increase in malaria outbreaks in Indonesia in the past few years, with some areas showing a 200 percent rise in the number of reported cases. Officials attribute the rise to, among other things, environmental changes, relatively high population mobility and refugees.

Posted in Health @ 14 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight die in latest clashes in Sampit A new bout of ethnic violence erupted on Wednesday in East Kotawaringin regency, Central Kalimantan, with reports that another eight people have been killed. Latest reports coming out of the small town of Sampit, about 214 kilometers west of the provincial capital Palangka Raya, bely police reports that the situation had calmed and was under control since the violence initially exploded on Sunday between migrant Madurese settlers and the local Dayak tribe.

Posted in Violence @ 22 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalimantan ethnic clashes kill 75, many beheaded More than 75 people have been slaughtered -- some beheaded and their heads carried around -- in savage ethnic bloodshed on Indonesia's portion of Borneo island, local officials and media said on Thursday. National police chief Suroyo Bimantoro told reporters the police and army had each sent in an extra battalion and the navy was being called in to handle a flood of thousands of refugees.

Posted in Violence @ 22 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


100 netted in illegal migrant raids City officials arrested 100 illegal migrants who failed to display ID Cards as the 'door-to-door' raid began on Thursday, an official said. The raid, which commenced at 6 a.m., was held in four subdistricts in Central Jakarta, head of the Central Jakarta Population Agency F.X. Wuryanto said.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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