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Fuel prices lowered, again Indonesians will enjoy lower fuel, cooking gas and cement prices next week, yet prices of other goods and services may not immediately follow suit as business struggle with a weakening currency and high distribution costs.

Posted in Economy @ 17 January 2015 01:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


People urged to give Jokowi time to select ministers A political observer from state General Soedirman University in Purwokerto, Central Java, has called on the people to give President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) time to select his ministers.

Posted in Politics @ 23 October 2014 19:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President-elect Jokowi gains international recognition The newly elected Indonesian President Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has gained international recognition with congratulatory messages trickling in from leaders across the globe.

Posted in Elections @ 24 July 2014 18:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hatta Rajasa continues his silence Hatta Rajasa, the running mate of Prabowo Subianto, continued to remain silent until Thursday following Prabowos declaration to reject the July 9 presidential election and withdraw from the remaining election process two days ago.

Posted in Elections @ 24 July 2014 16:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi wins presidential elections The Indonesian elections commission on Tuesday night officially proclaimed Joko Widodo the winner of the most bitterly fought and closest-run presidential election in the countryís history.

Posted in Elections @ 22 July 2014 16:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU asks two candidates to respect official results The General Elections Commission (KPU) Chairman Husni Kamil Manik has called on both the presidential candidate pairs to respect the official results of the presidential election by the KPU.

Posted in Elections @ 10 July 2014 17:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Biak Fair closed after shooting incident The Biak Numfor district administration closed the Biak Fair on Monday after the shooting incident in which an elite Indonesian soldier was killed. Private Wardi Deni of the Air Force special force was shot at by a sniper early at 03.15 on Sunday .

Posted in Violence @ 28 April 2014 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Long list of complaints for Baliís renovated airport A public forum organized by the Bali Tourism Board on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to discuss service and conditions at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport brought a shower of strong criticism from stakeholders in the Islandís tourism industry concerned with the many complaints about the airport received form the traveling public.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 April 2014 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi's running mate to be surprise The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), which is the likely winner of the legislative elections on April 9, has claimed that the running mate for Jokowi will be a surprise, Rieke Diah Pitaloka stated.

Posted in Politics @ 24 April 2014 19:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


China to provide free visa to Indonesian citizens In future, China will provide free visa to Indonesian citizens planning to visit the country, Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Liu Jianchao stated.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2014 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Helicopter makes emergency landing in Central Java A helicopter had to make an emergency landing due to bad weather conditions at the Dukuh Jetis Square, Kadipaten Village, Andong, Boyolali District, Central Java, on Friday, though no casualties were reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 February 2014 22:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Location of proposed new Bali airport still not clear The continuing tug-of-war over the location for a proposed new airport in North Bali entered a new phase with the announcement by the Regent of Buleleng that villages surrounding Kubutambahan are favored for Baliís second air gateway.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 07 December 2013 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House endorses Sutarman as national police chief The House of Representatives (DPR) in its plenary meeting on Tuesday endorsed Commissioner General Sutarman as the Republic of Indonesia`s National Police chief.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2013 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan Iskan wants to improve democrat party State-owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has said he wanted to improve Democrat party from its negative image if he is permitted to do so. "Democrat, a middle party, is now corrupt but it can be improved. I will improve it if I am permitted to do so," Dahlan said here on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 25 August 2013 14:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to End Visa-on-Arrival for Iranians The Jakarta Globe reports that effective August 20, 2013, Indonesia will withdraw the visa-on-arrival facility currently extended to Iranian passport holders visiting Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 20 July 2013 04:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Public transportation fares up by 15 percent Public transportation fares to increase by 15 percent following the fuel price hike announced by the government last Friday (June 21), Transportation Minister EE Mangindaan said here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 24 June 2013 15:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police foil attempt to hoard 5.2 tonnes of subsidized fuel Sukabumi police foiled an attempt to hoard 5.2 tons of subsidized fuel oil in Purabaya Subdistrict, Sukabumi District, following the government`s plan to increase fuel prices.

Posted in Crime @ 17 June 2013 19:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Violence should have been prevented, president says A number of anarchic acts, including the latest one in Palopo, South Sulawesi, should have been prevented, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here on Monday."The latest violent act in Palopo is due to the absence of preventive measure," the president said at a limited meeting on political, security and legal issues at his office.

Posted in Violence @ 01 April 2013 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Money laundering charge against Luthfi groundless Zainudin Paru, the lawyer of former lawmaker and president of the Islamic Justice and Welfare Party Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq described as groundless the money laundering charge against his client by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Posted in Corruption @ 27 March 2013 18:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead, seven injured in Aceh earthquake One dead and seven injured following an earthquake measuring 6 on the Richter scale that hit Pidie district, Aceh Provice, at 05.26 am on Tuesday. "A nine-year old girl died after her house collapsed due to earthquake," Aceh province`s Chief of Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) Jarwansyah said here on Tuesday.

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


Batavia Air flirts with AirAsia and fails Earlier in July this year, Batavia Air and AirAsia announced that Indonesia AirAsia would obtain an almost 80 percent share in Batavia Air. This lead to questions from the government as foreign companies are not allowed to own majority stakes in Indonesian companies. While this construction via an Indonesian investor are fully legal, it was an undesirable situation.

Posted in Travel @ 31 October 2012 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military not taking part in running detention houses for KPK The military chief Admiral Agus Suhartono said the military only lends detention houses to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), adding it would not be involved in running the place.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 September 2012 20:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP registers with KPU for 2014 general elections The Indonesian Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) has become the fifth political party to register with the General Elections Commission (KPU) for participation in the 2014 general elections.

Posted in Elections @ 14 August 2012 23:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Yudhoyono appoints Nafsiah Mboi new Minister of Health President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has named Nafsiah Mboi as the new health minister to replace minister Endang Sedyaningsih, who recently died from cancer.

Posted in Politics @ 13 June 2012 11:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boeing and Lion Air confirm historic $22.4 billion deal U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing on Tuesday announced that it has finalized a historic deal with Jakarta-based Lion Air to purchase at least 230 aircraft. The deal is valued at approximately $22.4 billion per list prices.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2012 08:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tiger Airways buys stake in grounded Indonesian airline Singapore budget airline Tiger Airways has bought a 33 percent stake in grounded Indonesian carrier Mandala Airlines, the companies announced on Monday. Financial details were not immediately disclosed.

Posted in General @ 30 January 2012 13:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air to create city check-in for Bali To meet the steady increase in Bali passengers and to ease congestion at the under-renovation Bali Airport, Lion Air have announced plans to open a city check-in. The announcement was made by Fajar Teguh Santoso, the Area Manager for Lion Air†based in Denpasar.

Posted in Travel @ 25 January 2012 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of convicts to get Christmas remissions A total of 5,200 prisoners in Indonesia will get remissions on the occasion of Christmas Day. 162 of them will automatically become free men after receiving special remission II on Christmas this year. This according the director general of penitentiaries at the ministry of Law and Human Rights, Sihabudin, said here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 25 December 2011 01:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boeing and Indonesia's Lion Air sign 230 aircraft deal U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing and Jakarta-based Lion Air on Friday signed a provisional order for at least 230 aircraft in a deal valued at approximately $21.7 billion per list prices. U.S. President Barack Obama witnessed the signing.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2011 09:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 6 reactions


Pres. Yudhoyono to announce new cabinet tomorrow President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will officially announce the results of a Cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday evening at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha says.

Posted in Politics @ 17 October 2011 07:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines to fly again? (Part 2) While indications abound that Indonesiaís Mandala Airline may soon resume service, a definite announcement of return to commercial service remains elusive.

Posted in Travel @ 23 July 2011 11:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono not running for third term in 2014 Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday announced that neither he nor a member of his family would run for the 2014 presidency.

Posted in Politics @ 09 June 2011 15:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


ASEAN members agree on manpower management cooperation Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in an effort to battle the global economic crisis agreed to cooperate on manpower management,

Posted in Economy @ 11 May 2011 01:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All 20 Sinar Kudus crew saved The Indonesian military (TNI) and ship operator PT Samudera Indonesia on Sunday confirmed the release of the MV Sinar Kudus crew of 20 Indonesians from Somali pirates who took them hostage last month.

Posted in Crime @ 02 May 2011 04:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to implement UN resolution on women The government of Indonesia on Monday announced it will soon implement the United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security, the country's Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Human rights @ 14 March 2011 16:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of Bali toll road in just 9 months? The Ministry for State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) is targeting the commencement of construction of the Serangan - Tanjung Benoa Toll way for April 2011, projecting that the road can be completed in only seven months if the project is not delayed by land acquisition issues.

Posted in Economy @ 09 March 2011 05:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Westin to open 107-room hotel in Ubud Starwood Hotels & Resorts have formally announced they have singed an agreements with an Indonesian firm, PT Bina Buana Sarana, to develop and operate a new 107-room hotel - The Westin Ubud Resort and Spa. Scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2012, the property will become Starwood's 6th hotel in Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 24 January 2011 04:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Microsoft to invest around $2.5 billion in Indonesia Microsoft on Friday announced that it will invest around $2.5 billion in Indonesia to develop cloud-computing systems, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Economy @ 21 January 2011 20:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mandala Airlines ceases operation due to debt Indonesia's low-cost Mandala Airlines has announced that it will be ceasing its operations starting Thursday to initiate "business restructuring."

Posted in Travel @ 13 January 2011 05:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI promises no attacks during Christmas, under conditions? Rizieq Shihab, head of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), on Tuesday promised that his followers will restrain from disrupting Christmas celebrations in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 02:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three journalists guilty of illegaly buying Krakatau Steel IPO shares Three of the four journalists were found guilty in using their positions to obtain shares in the initial public offering (IPO) of Indonesia's state-owned steel company PT Krakatau Steel, local media reported.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 December 2010 18:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Coca Cola Amatil to invest $300 million in Indonesia Coca Cola Amatil on Thursday announced it plans to invest $300 million in Indonesia during the next three years.

Posted in Economy @ 25 November 2010 20:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to apply for SkyTeam membership Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia will start its joining process leading to full entry into the SkyTeam airline alliance after the signing of an official agreement next week, local media reported. After the signing, that will take place on November 23 in Jakarta, the airline will join the alliance around early 2012.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 19 November 2010 17:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Amost 7.000 volunteers for 'Crush Malaysia' The Center of National Defense (Posko Bela Negara), which has been opened just recently in Cikini, Central Jakarta, is currently seeing a flood of people willing to register themselves as volunteer for a 'Crush Malaysia' campaign. Until yesterday, over 6,500 volunteers registered themselves. It seems that old times from the Soekarno-era are revived somewhat once again.

Posted in Protests @ 01 September 2010 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Alhamdulilah, wanted terrorist Dulmatin dead' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has confirmed that one of the terrorists killed is indeed the wanted Dulmatin. He was shot and killed by anti-terrorism unit Densus 88 when he was in an internet cafe and tried to open fire at the approaching police.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 March 2010 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Still more problems with power on Bali Despite earlier assurances that repairs were completed on the Gilmanuk sub-station and that Bali's frequent blackouts were at an end, state-owned power company (PLN) Officials have once again had to make the embarrassing admission that power blackouts are back for at least the short term due to new mechanical problems.

Posted in Power supply @ 01 February 2010 01:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another 'Visit Indonesia Year' coming Indonesia's Department of Culture and Tourism has announced its intention to continue the current Visit Indonesia Year (VIY) campaign for a third year as part of plans to attract 7 million foreign visitors in 2010.

Posted in Tourism @ 19 October 2009 11:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


KLM will fly to Bali soon The Dutch airline KLM will fly to Bali with a direct flight three times a week from December this year. A stop in Singapore is scheduled for the trip however. The company made this announcement earlier today. This good news for those travelers that can not entirely leave behind their home country comes during a period in which KLM is having talks with Garuda Indonesia over a possible agreement.

Posted in Travel @ 02 October 2009 12:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


A diving lesson with Batavia Air It is just several minutes before half past one as Batavia Air flight 7P-577 from Jakarta is preparing to land on Hang Nadim international airport on Batam. After a nice and quiet flight that departed just a few minutes behind schedule from Jakarta, Batam is visible and the last empty cups of water and paper napkins are collected by the stewardesses.

Posted in Travel @ 27 September 2009 10:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


DNA test confirms Noordin M. Top indeed dead A DNA test performed on the body of the terrorist of which the finger prints matched those of wanted Islamist militant Noordin M. Top have confirmed that he was indeed killed in a police raid. Earlier this week, anti-terrorist police raided a house in a village near Solo in Central Java, killing four and arresting three others.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 September 2009 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's governor says no against rebuilding Sari Club Bali's Governor Made Mangku Pastika has asked the regent van Badung not to grant permission for the building of a night club on the location of the former Sari Club, destroyed by a terrorist bomb on October 12, 2002. Governor Pastika's recommendation comes following an announcement by a local businessman of his plans to build another night club on the lot.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 September 2009 15:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another hour of delay Before you know it you are in another boarding room. In this case on the airport of Hang Nadim. Back to Jakarta indeed, but the Batavia Air plane has not arrived yet so the minutes of delay start to count already. In contrary to the airport of Jakarta, there are no boards with information about the recently introduced laws on the protection of passengers in case of delay. Most people don't know about the fact that they have the right to a snack and a drink if there is a delay indeed.

Posted in Travel @ 16 August 2009 09:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali immigration officers avoid criminal charges As reported on earlier, 44 immigration officers at Bali's main airport have been under investigation for embezzling an estimated Rp. 3 billion (210.000 euro) in visa-on-arrival fees between October 2008 and May 2009. Kompas reports that a decision has been made by the Immigration Department to limit punishments to only disciplinary and administrative sanctions.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 August 2009 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Yudhoyono officially wins presidential elections Incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won a second term after the General Elections Commission completed its count of votes in the Indonesian presidential election late Thursday night, local media organisations reported. An official announcement of the count, completed two days ahead of schedule, is expected on Friday, The Jakarta Post said.

Posted in Elections @ 24 July 2009 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia to ask tourists to wear masks Indonesia is planning to ask all people arriving from Australia and other swine flu-affected countries to wear face masks for at least three days, the health minister says. The presence of the A(H1N1) virus was confirmed in Indonesia only last week and so far four of the eight known cases have been foreigners.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 30 June 2009 04:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono's Democrat Party wins Indonesia's election The ruling Democrat Party led by Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won the republicís legislative election, winning 148 seats. The final results of the April 9 election, announced by the election commission last night, showed that the Democrat controlled 26.43% of the 560-seat parliament.

Posted in Elections @ 10 May 2009 12:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Democratic Party to announce Yudhoyono's running mate The Democratic Party (PD) is to announce the running mate of its presidential candidate Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Bandung, West Java, early next week, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported Friday quoting a PD executive as saying. Andi Malarangeng, the PD's associate chairman for human resources, said here Friday the announcement of Yudhoyono's running mate for the upcoming July presidential election would be made in Bandung.

Posted in Politics @ 09 May 2009 12:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lombok Emaar project not dead? The reported death a US$600 million tourism project in Lombok as reported by Bali Discovery and based on a Jakarta Globe report, is being adamantly denied by high-ranking Indonesian officials who insist the deal is far from dead and that a three-month deadline extension has been negotiated by the government with the Dubai-based Emaar International Group.

Posted in General @ 23 March 2009 08:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


North Bali airport confirmed Jakarta Post reports that Bali's Governor Made Mangku Pastika has now confirmed that Bali will move ahead with plans to build a second airport near its northern shore. This announcement came after an order from Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla decreeing that the expansion of Bali's current airport in Tuban must move ahead and be completed by 2011.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2009 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to announce two more executions today The High Court in Indonesia will later today announce the death sentence of two people which will be executed as soon as possible. Based on information that was gathered, the High Court has ordered the execution of ten people this year. Two others are still waiting for their official announcement to be executed. The two are Ujang, a serial killer from Palembang, Sumatra. and Ona Denis, a Malawi resident which is sentenced to death for a drug-related offense in Tangerang, Banten.

Posted in Crime @ 22 December 2008 03:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia court rejects Bali bombers' appeal Execution by firing squad does not violate Indonesia's constitution, the country's top court ruled on Tuesday. Indonesia's Constitutional Court rejected the claim by three men on death row, who were convicted in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings, that their executions by firing squad would violate the country's constitution. Their request for beheading was also dismissed by the court.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 October 2008 12:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tour de Indonesia - Java to Bali on a bike Prolonged uncertainty over whether of not the epic Tour de Indonesia cycling event would continue has ended with an announcement from the Indonesian Cycling Association (PB ISSI) that the race will take place in 2008. The 1,035 km race from Jakarta to Bali will be held November 23 - December 5, 2008.

Posted in Sports @ 19 October 2008 01:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bombers 'could be executed next week' Three key Islamic militants on death row over the 2002 Bali bombings could be executed as early as next week. The Indonesian Government today took the unusual step of announcing that an announcement about the executions will be made on Friday, October 24. Indonesia typically announces executions after they have been carried out.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 October 2008 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muhamadiyah: 'Ramadhan to start at 1 September' The head office of Muhamadiyah, Indonesia's second largest Muslem organization, in Jakarta has decided that the first day of the holy month of fasting will be on 1 September 2009. At that day the month of Ramadhan will start officially. The announcement was made by the vice-secretary of Muhamadiyah, Fatah Wibisono, in Jakarta earlier today.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 August 2008 09:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2009 general elections delayed four days The voting day for the general elections of 2009 has officially be postponed to April 9, 2009. This was decided in a meeting with the General Election Commission KPU and the Second Commission of the House of Representatives (Komisi II DPR) earlier today. The election process is to be revised as soon as possible. It is not possible to make a very detailed revision because a lack of time.

Posted in Elections @ 03 July 2008 12:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Need for fuel does not decline with higher prices For most Indonesians it came as unexpected as ever. With a shortage of foreign news, strictly regulated by the Indonesian government, it was not in the line of expectations of the average man in the street that fuel prices might just be hiked with one third all of a sudden. However almost the entire population of this planet knows what the current market price of a barrel of crude oil is - somewhere about 130 US dollar - Indonesia assumed that everything was fine. Use of fuel would decrease, prices would come down and nationwide production was to rise as well.

Posted in General @ 31 May 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Kalla: 'I hope you will watch television tonight' Vice-president Yusuf Kalla said that he hoped that Indonesians would be watching television tonight. This might be a clearest signal until now that drastic hikes in subsidized fuels are imminent. Some say they might even be raised as early as midnight tonight, just more than four hours away for most Indonesians.

Posted in General @ 23 May 2008 14:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Long rows at gas stations ahead of expected price hike Queues are emerging ahead of the announcement from the government to increase fuel prices. In many parts of the country people are looking for a way to buy the now still cheap fuels in larger quantities than normal. In cities like Palangkaraya, Banjarmasin (Kalimantan), Jambi and across the island of Java people are queuing up. Some gas stations have even limited the amount sold to one customer.

Posted in General @ 11 May 2008 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government issues latest airline safety rankings As reported in Kompas, the latest review of national airline safety issued by the Governments has determined not to increase the actual safety category rating of any national airline, despite an admission that actual scores have improved a number of air carriers.

Posted in General @ 29 March 2008 12:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gloomy future for Adam Air as investor retreats Following the latest safety incident involving an Adam Air flight that slid off the runway at Batam's Hang Nadim Airport on March 10, 2008, the Indonesian Department of Civil Aviation has threatened to "freeze" the airlines Air Operating Certificate if the carrier's management is unable to quickly correct its safety management shortcomings.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2008 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TSA: Baliís Ngurah Rai airport now rated 'safe' On October 7, 2007, The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have that Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport is once again considered to be compliant with the strict aviation safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The announcement reverses a December 23, 2005, declaration by the TSA stating the Bali airport fell below minimum safety standards that resulted in cautionary warnings to that effect being prominently posted at major airports across the U.S.A..

Posted in Tourism @ 15 October 2007 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pressure to cancel the 'Honoris Causa Award' for Jakarta governor Open Letter to the Rector and Students Senate of the Diponegoro University in Semarang

Posted in Human rights @ 06 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: H5N1 samples going to WHO again Indonesia's health minister announced today at the World Health Organization's (WHO's) annual meeting that the country has resumed sending H5N1 avian influenza virus samples to the WHO, appearing to end a 5-month standoff over developing countries' access to vaccines. "I am pleased to announce to all of you that Indonesia has resumed sending its H5N1 specimens to the WHO collaborating center in Tokyo," Siti Fadilah Supari said at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, according to a Reuters report.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 May 2007 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia in Guinness Book of Records for deforestation rate Greenpeace is using a novel marketing ploy to raise awareness about forest loss in Indonesia: the Guinness Book of World Records. The green group has convinced the publisher of to recognize Indonesia as the "country with the fastest rate of forest destruction on the planet." According to Greenpeace, the text will read:

Posted in Environment @ 05 May 2007 18:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to resume sharing H5N1 samples with WHO Indonesia and the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed today that Indonesia will resume sharing its H5N1 avian influenza virus samples while the WHO will work to ensure that developing countries have access to pandemic vaccines based on viruses they supply.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 17 February 2007 01:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A third of Borneo to be conserved, new declaration passed An historic declaration to conserve the "Heart of Borneo" was officially signed today between the three Bornean governments - Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia. The tri-country declaration will conserve and sustainably manage one of the most important centers of biological diversity in the world. The Heart of Borneo is an area of equatorial rainforest larger than Kansas, covering nearly a third of the island.

Posted in Environment @ 13 February 2007 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


SBY and Kalla perform Idul Adha prayers at Istiqlal Mosque Millions of Indonesian Muslims, including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, First Lady Mme. Ani Yudhoyono, and Vice President Jusuf Kalla, performed Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) prayers for the 1427 Hegira under cloudy skies and rains at mosques throughout the country on Sunday morning.

Posted in Religion @ 31 December 2006 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh votes to decide life after war More than 2 million people are expected to vote in Indonesia's once-rebellious Aceh on Monday in landmark elections aimed at bolstering a peace deal between the government and separatists. Jakarta and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) signed the Aug. 15, 2005 truce under Finnish mediation to end almost three decades of fighting that had killed 15,000 people since the rebels launched a struggle for an independent state on the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra island.

Posted in Elections @ 11 December 2006 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The day before the fall of Suharto Controversy has surrounded the book written by former President Habibie, which reveals a number of new historical facts about the events of May 1998. The military is mentioned as having a hand in speeding up the downfall of the Suharto regime. Two major-generals and a number of colonels are suspected of having "allowed" university students to occupy the parliament building in Senayan. Tempo sorts out the important moments during the 24 hours preceding Suharto's downfall. Here is the report.

Posted in History @ 03 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Secrecy, speculation surrounded prizes A Finn who helped mediate peace in Indonesia is tipped to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize, while bookmakers favor a Turkish novelist for the literature award. But in the hyper-secretive world of the panels that have spent much of the year sifting through hundreds of nominations, it's all a guessing game until the announcements start tumbling out onMonday.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2006 15:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO reports 2 Bird Flu deaths Two young boys died of bird flu in Indonesia - one from a family that has already lost four members to the disease, the World Health Organization said Friday. In Rome, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization warned that the state of emergency surrounding the spread of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in poultry and other animals will last for years.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 May 2006 10:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia vows to step up bird flu fight Health officials in Indonesia say they'll improve their efforts to stop bird flu. The announcement comes after two children died of the H5N1 virus, pushing the country's human death total to 22. Indonesia has been criticized for not acting quickly enough when bird flu first appeared in chickens three years ago.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 12 March 2006 14:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BI to limit role of foreigners at lending banks The central bank plans to limit the role of foreign employees at foreign-owned lenders in the country, an effort it says will provide more jobs for local workers and encourage the institutions to increase their credit to homegrown businesses. Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah said expatriate staff positions at the banks would be limited to middle-level management -- two levels below directors.

Posted in Economy @ 17 January 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Inflation down in December Indonesia's inflation rate fell in December for the first time in seven months after the state oil company cut fuel costs and food prices stabilised. Consumer prices in South-East Asia's largest economy rose 17.1% from a year earlier, Choiril Maksum, director of the Central Statistic Bureau said yesterday in Jakarta. The rate was lower than the six-year high of 18.4% in November and the 18% median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of 10 economists. Prices fell 0.04% from a month earlier.

Posted in Economy @ 03 January 2006 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels disband armed wing Indonesia's Aceh rebels formally disbanded their armed wing on Tuesday, effectively ending their 30-year separatist insurgency one year after the tsunami destroyed their battlefield. The move paves the way for the guerrillas to transform themselves into candidates in provincial elections in April, in which they expect to win strong support.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 December 2005 20:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Yogyakarta residents turn to coal briquettes for fuel Today's high fuel prices are no longer a source of stress for Agus Sumarwoto as two months ago the catering entrepreneur turned to coal briquettes. He chose coal briquettes as an alternative fuel as they are cost efficient. Before using the coal briquettes, Agus had to use 15 tanks of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) a week, with each tank of 15 kilograms of LPG costing him Rp 51,000. The catering company had to use firewood and kerosene to cook certain kinds of foods, causing the company to spend Rp 250,000 a day on fuel.

Posted in General @ 22 October 2005 18:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Inflation rate at 33-month high in September Indonesia's inflation accelerated at its fastest pace in 33 months in September, adding to expectations the central bank will raise interest rates again to curb the price pressures expected from the government's Oct. 1 fuel cost increase.

Posted in Economy @ 03 October 2005 10:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New fuel prices up by 126% The government announced early on Saturday that the prices of fuels for domestic consumption raised in an average of 126 percent.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2005 19:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Short news around fuel price hikes Thousands of students, workers, activists and farmers took to the streets across the country on Thursday to protest the plan to raise fuel prices by up to 80 percent, while motorists queued up at gas stations before the new prices take effect.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2005 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 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


Gambing eradicated in capital? Don't bet on it From the stream of people entering the house of a togel (illegal lottery) ticket seller in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, on Monday afternoon, it would seem the police drive to eradicate gambling has ended as something less than a success. "We have been back in business for several days now ... Everybody seems thirsty to bet," the owner of the house told The Jakarta Post while taking care of customers in the living room.

Posted in General @ 28 September 2005 08:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia set for fuel cost rise Indonesia is to raise nationwide fuel prices from 1 October, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has announced. The controversial decision comes as the country moves to cut fuel subsidies in response to the soaring cost of oil. President Yudhoyono said his government would go ahead with the fuel price rise, but did not say by how much.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2005 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 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


Corby's last hearing brings in two Aussies After hearing testimony on Wednesday from two Brisbane-based employees of Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd., the Denpasar District Court closed the second trial for an Australian woman convicted of smuggling drugs into Bali.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 August 2005 14:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Govt to restrict budget airlines' access to protect domestic carriers Indonesia is to impose new restrictions on foreign budget airlines flying to key destinations such as Jakarta and Bali to protect its own operators in the face of fierce competition, reports said on Wednesday. Transport Minister Hatta Rajasa said the new regulations would remain in place until Indonesia had negotiated agreements with other national aviation authorities over the booming low-cost air industry in the region.

Posted in Economy @ 23 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Philip Morris offers to buy Sampoerna for US$5.2 billion Marlboro maker Philip Morris on Monday said it is offering US$5.2 billion for one of heavy-smoking Indonesia's largest cigarette firms to expand its share of one of the world's biggest markets. The US firm agreed to acquire a 40 percent stake in Sampoerna for 10,600 rupiah a share -- 20 percent higher than the closing price of 8,850 last Thursday -- and said it wanted to buy the remainder for the same amount.

Posted in Economy @ 14 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia in for the long haul: PM Australian troops and aid workers would stay in Indonesia to help rebuild tsunami-torn areas for as long as they were needed, Prime Minister John Howard said today. In a speech broadcast to the nation tonight, Mr Howard said the south-east Asian tragedy demanded a long-term response. "A tragedy of this magnitude ... requires a long-term commitment of resources if shattered communities are to be rebuilt and survivors provided with some hope for the future," he said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 January 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia reports 79,940 deaths The death toll from the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunamis in the Indian Ocean is approaching 115,000, following an announcement today by Indonesia's government that 79,940 died there in the disaster.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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