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Police in Cianjur ordered to shoot on spot street hoodlums Cianjur police chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Dedy Kusuma Bakti has passed shoot on the spot order in a bid to crack down on street hoodlums threatening the public security.

Posted in Crime @ 10 June 2014 21:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rescue team finds lost climber in Semeru The rescue team on Friday afternoon found the climber who was lost in the Tawon Songo area of Mount Semeru on Tuesday. "Praise to God, the search and rescue team has found the lost climber alive in the Tawon Songo area on Friday at 12:55 p.m.," the chief of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park Agency, Ayu Dewi Utari, told Antara here on Friday.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 June 2014 23:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven die on good friday ceremony in Flores At least seven persons died after a ship that carried hundreds of passengers for the Good Friday Sea Ceremony in Indonesia's Flores waters sank when hit by strong waves on Friday afternoon.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 April 2014 16:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


7 dead after commuter train crashes into fuel truck in Jakarta Seven people reportedly died following a crash involving a commuter train and a fuel truck near Bintaro Permai areas railway crossing in the Tangerang province, on Monday at 11:15 West Indonesia Time (WIB).

Posted in Accidents @ 09 December 2013 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds wounded in Central Aceh quake Hundreds of people were wounded as a powerful earthquake rocked Central Aceh and Bener Meriah districts in Aceh province on Tuesday afternoon.

"Hundreds of quake victims have been hospitalized, with some of them treated in open space," local resident Iwan Bahagia said when contacted from the Aceh provincial capital of Banda Aceh on Tuesday evening.The quake also disrupted communication networks to affected areas.


Posted in Earthquake @ 02 July 2013 21:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood in front of Hotel Indonesia not yet receded Flood in front of Hotel Indonesia roundabout has not yet receded until Thursday (Jan 17) night. ANTARA learned that the 20 centimeter-high water is still surrounding the area that`s located in Thamrin main road.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 January 2013 00:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods force operator to close a bus lane Heavy rain falls in Sunday morning which triggered a one-meter flood in Pesing sub-district, Kalideres, West Jakarta, caused the operator of the Trans-Jakarta Busway to close the bus lane to the Kalideres Terminal.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2013 15:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


504 houses inundated by flood in Banten Province Some 504 houses in Pandeglang district, Banten province, have been inundated by floods since Monday night, with floodwaters reaching a height of 1-2 metres, according to National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 December 2012 19:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Cessna plane crash near Kuningan kills one A 172 Cessna Skyhawk of the Aero Flyer Institute crashed in Sukadana village, Ciawigebang Sub District, Kuningan District, West Java, on Monday, killing its pilot, police said.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 July 2012 17:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Dukono still on level II alert The National Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) has announced Mount Dukono in Halmahera, North Maluku, is still on level II alert.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 May 2012 16:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire truck explodes, injuring tens of people Some 50 people suffered burns and were rushed to a nearest hospital when a fire truck exploded in Jorong Padang Data Nagari Pagaruyung, Tanahdatar, West Sumatra, at 7 pm local time on Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 May 2012 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu claims another life in Indonesia A 12-year-old boy has died of bird flu on the Indonesian island of Bali, bringing the country's death toll from the disease to 154 since 2005, the Ministry of Health confirmed on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 26 February 2012 03:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoking in trains to be banned PT Kereta Api Indonesia will impose a smoking ban on March 1, 2012 in economy, business and executive coach cars. As of March 1, passengers will not be allowed to smoke in coaches during a train journey, including in areas near the toilet, according, Bambang Setya Prayitno, a spokesperson.

Posted in Health @ 10 February 2012 05:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Evacuations as activity rises at Indonesia's Mount Lewotolo Hundreds of people living near a volcano in the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara were evacuated on Thursday because of increased volcanic activity, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 January 2012 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: 'Suicide bomber was not alone' Police say that a number of findings indicate that the suicide bomber in Surakarta, Central Java, did not act alone. "The perpetrator needed communication. Although he was alone in the field, don’t assume that he committed suicide all by himself," police spokesman Brig. Gen. I Ketut Untung Yoga Ana said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 September 2011 02:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Soputan volcano on Sulawesi erupts Mount Soputan in North Sulawesi province erupted about 6am on Sunday (8am AEST) but people living in the sparsely populated area have not been evacuated, Iing Kusnadi, a scientist at the volcano's monitoring post said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 July 2011 10:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia and Indonesia sign agreement to tackle drug trafficking Australia and Indonesia on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement to tackle transnational drug trafficking, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Drugs @ 17 March 2011 16:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau volcano still produces sound of explosions The Mount Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Sumatra and Java still causes regular explosions with a heavy thundering sound. These explosions can be heard as far away as the nearest mainland at Anyer, almost 50 kilometers away, where windows are trembling. The head of the observation post for the volcano confirmed the regular bangs.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 January 2011 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Up to 10 centimeters of ash after Mount Bromo erupts The current eruption of the Mount Bromo volcano that is still ongoing, causes ash rains in the entire district of Probolinggo. Ash is falling down in the entire area, but at some locations closer to the volcano, the situation can be referred to as serious.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 December 2010 12:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt starts building temporary houses for Merapi refugees National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) secretary Fatchul Hadi says the government has kicked off the construction of 300 temporary housing units for people displaced by the Mount Merapi eruptions. The temporary houses would be prioritized for those living nearest to the volcano's crater as their residences were the most severely damaged by the ongoing volcanic eruptions, Fatchul said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 23 November 2010 02:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung volcano erupts after 400-year sleep The Sinabung volcano on the island of Sumatra erupted on Sunday for the first time in four centuries, sending smoke 1,500 meters into the air and prompting the evacuation of thousands of residents, officials said. There were no reports of casualties so far and aviation in the area was unaffected.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 August 2010 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #5 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 02 October 2009 12:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


What's in the picture? #4 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 24 September 2009 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


What's in the picture? #3 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 16 September 2009 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


92 dead of starvation in Papua Crop failure that has hit eight villages in the district of Suntamon in the Yahukimo region of Papua, has caused starvation among it's residents. The district head of Suntamon, Niko Banjo, has said that the starvation has started four months ago and has cost the lives of 92 people already. "Most victims are children. They can not feed themselves and become more vulnerable to disease like malaria. They also live in remote areas," he said over the telephone.

Posted in Health @ 03 September 2009 12:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia wants to fly free - again Garuda Indonesia has again presented plans to raise between 300 and 400 million dollar in an initial public offering (IPO) early 2010. Emirsyah Satar told reported that the funds raised from the IPO would be used to pay for the expansion plans of the company. He added that Garuda Indonesia was worth some 1.5 billion dollar (1.1 billion euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 26 August 2009 11:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


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

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


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, CJ's Anther club is located at just a stones throw distance from the hotel discusses earlier, Shangri-La, and offers the same line of entertainment. The atmosphere however is slightly different than that of B.A.T.S., something that is caused by a different type of visitors that visits this place. In B.A.T.S. it is mainly Western expats, here the area is full of Koreans, Japanese, Indians and Africans from 'south of the Sahara', which is the politically correct name now I suppose.

Posted in Nightlife @ 06 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia raises alert on volcano in East Java Indonesia has raised to maximum its alert on the Mount Semeru volcano in East Java, warning of potentially dangerous lava flows, an official at the country's vulcanology center said on Saturday. The 3,376-meter Semeru is one of the most active volcanoes on Java island. Seven people were killed by the mountain's heat clouds in 1994.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 March 2009 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sulawesi's Mount Soputan erupts again One of Indonesia's most active volcanoes erupted Monday, spewing flames and clouds of smoke up to a kilometre into the air. Indonesia's volcanology centre said the nearest villages are about eight kilometres from the mouth of the crater on Mount Soputan, putting residents well beyond the danger zone.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 October 2008 03:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eightteen dead in military plane crash Evacuation was underway for the 18 bodies, including three foreigners, from an Indonesian military plane that crashed in the West Java jungle, officials and local media reports said Saturday. But foggy weather and steep terrain in the Mount Salak area were hampering the joint rescue teams comprised of hundreds of military and police officers and local residents, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 June 2008 11:50 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


Landslide kills 12 near Freeport mine in eastern Indonesia Twelve people died in a landslide near a massive copper mine operated by Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold in Indonesia's Papua province, but the firm's mining operations were unaffected, officials said on Tuesday. A torrent of mud fell into a river, burying local miners who were working on Monday night, Godhelp Cornelis Mansnembra, the police chief in the nearest main town of Mimika, said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 06 May 2008 02:53 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


Mount Soputan volcano erupts A volcano erupted on the island of Sulawesi on Thursday, shooting plumes of white smoke and sand more than 1 kilometer into the air. Villages nearby are covered in a thin layer of ash, officials said. Some violent tremors sent farmers away from their fields around the crater of Mount Soputan just before the eruption according to Sandy Manengke, a local monitoring official. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 October 2007 13:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soputan volcano on Sulawesi erupts The Soputan volcano on the northern top of the island of Sulawesi has started spewing ash and rocks. Lava debris is starting to descend down it's slopes but no evacuation had taken place according to an official on Tuesday. Mount Soputan, 2.175 kilometers northeast of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, is no threat to the nearest villages, located at 11 kilometers from it's crater. Even in the event of an actual eruption there is no direct danger, according to Saut Sumatupang, head of Indonesia's Volcanology Survey.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 August 2007 16:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rare striped rabbit found in Sumatra highlands


Posted in Environment @ 09 April 2007 04:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-rebel faces new fight as governor of Aceh A former rebel inaugurated as governor of the Indonesian province of Aceh has said he now faced a new and lengthy fight for his people's welfare. Irwandi Yusuf, a former spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), won the first direct elections for the post on 38 percent of the December 11 vote, with his nearest rivals on less than 17 percent. "We are grateful and thank all the people in Aceh for trusting us with this job. We realise that we are given a big task," Yusuf told his supporters Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 08 February 2007 15:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Total and Indonesia in dispute over contract A dispute erupted Monday between Indonesia and Total, the French oil group, after Jakarta said it would seek to renegotiate the terms of its contract for the Mahakam oil and gas block off the coast of Borneo. Total immediately said it saw no reason to change anything. The war of words began as Thierry Desmarest, Total's chief executive, announced an extra $6bn of investment in the block over the next five years after meeting Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the Indonesian president, during a visit to Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 23 January 2007 08:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides in Sumatra destroy mosque, kill 17 Landslides in Indonesia's Sumatra island killed 17 people on Friday, most of them worshippers in a mosque, a rescue official said. Satria Arjuna, chief of the emergency team in the area, said workers were searching for 11 more people missing after the landslides struck two villages in the remote area of western Sumatra.

Posted in Weather @ 15 December 2006 08:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Baby boom' among rare Javan rhinos Four Javan rhinos were born recently in Indonesia, the first known births in three years, raising hope for the future of the endangered species, WWF-Indonesia said Friday. At least four different footprints were discovered by a WWF team in Ujung Kulon national park, at the far western end of Java island, where nearly all of the surviving Javan rhinoceroses roam.

Posted in Environment @ 02 September 2006 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Outbreak of killer virus 'ignored' If statistics are anything to go by, Umar bin Aup should be dead. Seven weeks ago in his village, Rancasalak on the south-western coast of Java, dozens of hens including some of his family's 14 birds started dying for reasons no one could explain. Then, in early August, after hundreds of fowl had succumbed and at least three people in the area had died in mysterious circumstances, Umar, 16, came down with a fever. 'A day later, I was finding it hard to breathe and then I started vomiting,' he told The Observer as he convalesced at home surrounded by his nine siblings. 'I hadn't been sick for three years so it was a surprise to me.'

Posted in Bird Flu @ 26 August 2006 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird Flu sweeps across Indonesia Cities in Indonesia are falling like dominos to bird flu: Garut in West Java, then Kendari in Southeast Sulawesi, then Dairi, Serang, and finally Simalungun in North Sumatra. Surabaya, Indonesia's second largest city, is still unaffected, but the cause of the recent deaths of 40 chickens there has yet to be determined. Other areas have not yet reported outbreaks but it may just be a matter of time before they too fall to bird flu. In Garut, the virus first appeared in the villages of Cikelet and Cigadog, but it has since spread to other villages. The number of suspected bird flu victims continues to rise each day.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 25 August 2006 16:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi evacuees begin leaving camps as danger recedes Close to 2,500 people have left safety shelters as Indonesian authorities cut back the areas thought to be under threat from simmering Mount Merapi, officials said Monday. After evaluating the volcano's activities in the past week, the Vulcanology office in Yogyakarta has reduced the areas considered as danger zones.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 May 2006 06:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono to visit volcano to monitor evacuations Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will visit Mount Merapi, which has been spewing lava and superheated gas for days, to convince residents to evacuate the area as some villagers prefer to stay and offer prayers to ward off a full eruption. "It's the government's task to provide facilities so that people can evacuate themselves or be evacuated,'' presidential spokesman Andi Mallarangeng said in an interview. "Still, President Yudhoyono respects the local myth, the local wisdom.''

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 May 2006 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hotels must report guests to police Jakarta Police are requiring all hotels across the capital to report the identities of their guests to police as soon as they check in. "We already require newcomers in all neighborhoods to report within 24 hours of their arrival. Now, we want hotels to report their guests' identities to us," city police chief Insp. Gen. Firman Gani said on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2005 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Bad weather hinders famine relief in Papua No relief has arrived as yet for starving Papuans, after bad weather prevented on Saturday the delivery of food aid and medicines to a famine-stricken area of Papua. Only small amounts of food and medicines trickled into the famine-affected area of Yahukimo regency, while most of the aid was still piling up in Wamena, including assistance that had been brought by a military transport plane dispatched earlier from Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2005 13:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Tsunami early warning system installed Indonesia has activated the first stage of tsunami early warning system in the water off Sumatra island to avoid a repeat of last year's huge deaths in a quake-triggered tsunami on the island, officials said here Friday. Indonesian and German scientists have installed two of the 20 equipment since Tuesday some 250 kilometers off the coast western Sumatra and expected to complete the work by Nov. 28, said Director of the Inventory of the Natural Resources of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology Yusuf Surachman Djadjadihardya.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2005 08:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia protests to Malaysia over patrol boat incident Indonesia's foreign affairs ministry summoned the Malaysian charge d'affaires on Friday to demand an explanation over an incident in Indonesian waters last week, in which Malaysian naval officers are said to have used force to help free fishermen arrested by Indonesian police for illegal fishing.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2005 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seismologist warns of more huge quakes off Sumatra island A prominent seismologist said he could not rule out the risk of a third big quake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, where two massive temblors have occurred in just three months. "The probability of a third quake in the coming months and years, cannot be excluded," Mustapha Meghraoui, in charge of active tectonics at the Institute for Planetary Physics in Strasbourg, eastern France, told Agence France Presse.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia quake death toll rises to 1,000
The city of Gunung Sitoli, on Pulau Nias is almost flattened
The death toll from a powerful earthquake that devastated a remote Indonesian island rose to an estimated 1,000 Wednesday, according to Sumatra's governor, as rescuers searched frantically through collapsed buildings for survivors. Bodies were still being dug from ruins of houses and shops early Wednesday and laid out in front of churches and mosques.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 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


In a series of short stories I will shine a light on things I have seen, I have done, I have smelled and touched in my three weeks stay in Indonesia (Jogjakarta and Sulawesi) in March 2004. Many things tend to fade away as soon as you are back home, picking up your daily life. Luckily I had a little booklet for some daily remarks. That will be my guide for this stories and stories to come.

Posted in Travel @ 10 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to hold vote despite delays The justice minister has threatened to arrest election officials, thousands of polling stations still don't have ballots and parts of Aceh province are too dangerous to hold a vote. Nonetheless Indonesia will hold parliamentary elections Monday for the second time since the fall of the longtime dictator Suharto in 1998 - though election officials acknowledge voting will be delayed for up to five days in the remote regions of Papua and West Irian Jaya.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia faces three national elections in 2004, including a presidential vote, but they are unlikely to bring fundamental change. Citizens are increasingly disillusioned with the half-decade of democracy and “money politics” they have experienced since the collapse of Soeharto’s authoritarian New Order.

Posted in Politics @ 18 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcano erupts on Halmahera A volcano has erupted in eastern Indonesia, spewing dust as far as 60 kms, but no casualties have been reported, an official said on Wednesday. Mount Dukono erupted June 7 after releasing gases for three months, Syamsu Rizal, an official from Indonesia's Volcanology Agency said. The volcano is on the remote and sparsely populated island of Halmahera, about 2,600 kilometers northeast of Jakarta.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 June 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll hits 28 in ferry sinking Indonesian rescuers searched waters off Sumatra island on Tuesday for more survivors from a sunken ferry as the death toll rose to 28 with some passengers still missing, an official said. Authorities have estimated around 70 people were on board the Mutiara Indah when it capsized in waters off the eastern coast of Sumatra on Sunday night. But several of the around 60 survivors said the boat was carrying up to 150 passengers when a fire broke out on the vessel's deck, local media have reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In the very early hours of a day in july, 2000, we left home in Pondok Labu for a five-day trip to Yogyakarta. With we I mean Fifi, one of my relations in Indonesia and myself. We would go there to visit Candi Borobudur and Candi Prambanan, and to have pleasant stay outside Jakarta for a few days. That early morning already meant a surprise to me. Jakarta could be quiet like a rural area as well, but you had to go out very early. And that would not be the last surprise.

Posted in Travel @ 12 October 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military: Indonesia penetrated by foreign terrorists Indonesia's military chief said on Thursday that foreign terrorists were in the world's most populous Muslim nation, saying they had operated in two eastern regions hit by Muslim-Christian violence. The brief but candid comments by General Endriartono Sutarto are the clearest the government has given yet about foreign terrorist activity in Indonesia, already seen as the weak link in fighting terror in Southeast Asia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 September 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Evi, not her real name, fell down the stairs. Or, maybe she was hit by a motorbike while crossing the street. Her claims, however, cannot hide the fact that the young woman now lying in a clinic's examination bed was badly beaten by somebody.

Posted in Culture @ 29 July 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blood shed to the ground. A big black buffalo is just slaughtered to dead. But its soul is now ready to accompany the soul of its deceased master on his future journey in the realm of the death. "So blessed be thy buffalo in Tana Toraja as here, thy become the most important of all animals. Thy is the status symbol and plays a part in many myths, even ancient warriors look upon thee as example of bravery".

Posted in Tourism @ 26 May 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Busway likely to precede subway project The government's overdue subway project is in danger of being overshadowed by the attractive busway program, which will be implemented at the end of this year in the capital. Under pressure to alleviate the city's congestion problem, but unable to finance the US$1.5 billion subway project, the city administration opted for a shortcut and approved the establishment of a busway along the city's main thoroughfares from Blok M, South Jakarta, to Kota, West Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 17 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unlike the Suharto era, Indonesia now has quite radical Islamic groups operating in the open. Among them, the Islamic Defenders Front (Front Pembela Islam, FPI) is infamous for unleashing paramilitary gangs on 'iniquitous' nightspots. The Sunni Communication Forum (Forum Komunikasi Ahlusunnah Wal Jamaah, FKAWJ) fights for Muslims in Maluku. The Liberation Party (Hizbut Tahrir) is a branch of the Middle Eastern movement of the same name. It calls for the Indonesian nation-state to be abolished and replaced by the classic model of an Islamic state, the caliphate. Both FKAWJ and Hizbut Tahrir bluntly reject democratic models as a Western invention, incompatible with Islam. The campus-based Hizbut Tahrir shows restraint in its actions, but the other two frequently operate in a grey area of the law (see accompanying article).

Posted in Religion @ 20 November 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Members of the Penan tribe of northeastern Borneo know that Batu Lawi, a 2,000-m sheer limestone pinnacle, is a demon-haunted place to be avoided at all costs. To Bruno Manser, however, Batu Lawi represented everything he loved about the untouched forest of the region. He almost perished trying to reach its summit in 1988. As he told friends, he spent 24 hours hanging from a rope, unable to reach the rock face. Only a desperate swing brought him within grabbing distance of the rock.

Posted in Culture @ 01 September 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Every country has its myths, legends and folklore that embellish cultures and in many instances draw people together towards a mutual experience and understanding of life's lessons. Indonesia, it seems, has more than its fair share of these intriguing tales. All parts of the country, large or small, urban or rural, near or far, have tales often from times long past that form part of the culture. Some of these tales are more fanciful than others, featuring outlandish escapades and creatures from fantasy worlds but most, (if not all), have some message or lesson that is as relevant to our modern world as it was when the stories first occurred or were first invented.

Posted in Politics @ 17 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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