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MUI demands drop of judicial review of interfaith marriage law The Indonesia Council of Ulemas (MUI) has asked the countrys Constitutional Court (MK) to drop the case of judicial review on inter-religious marriages as it would benefit no one.

Posted in Religion @ 18 September 2014 19:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK summons Bawazier as witness in Wawan case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned former finance minister and chairman of the Peoples Conscience Party (Hanura)s Advisory Board Fuad Bawazier as a witness in a money-laundering case involving Tubagus Chaery Wardhana (TCW) or Wawan.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 April 2014 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi pledges to deal with Papua problems with 'heart' Presidential candidate of the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Joko Widodo said he would deal with all problems in Papua with "heart." "I dont like to promise too much. I am confident the Papua problem could be sorted out with heart and hard work not with promises," Jokowi, as he is known, said.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2014 19:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body questions brother-in-law of suspended governor The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned Tubagus Haerul Jaman, the younger brother-in-law of the suspended Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah, in an alleged bribery case in a regional head election dispute in Banten province.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 March 2014 20:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wawan is healthy, returns to detention house Tubagus Chaeri Wardana, alias Wawan, a suspect in corruption and money laundering cases, was declared healthy and sent back to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) detention house on Monday, according to KPK spokesman Johan Budi.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 March 2014 19:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK summons film star in money laundering case Film star Catherine Wilson has been summoned by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for questioning on money laundering case of Tubagus Chaeri Wardana alias Wawan.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 February 2014 13:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta festivals lure rising number of foreign tourists The increasing number of cultural festivals held in the capital has managed to attract more foreign tourist to Jakarta, an official said on Monday. “A number of cultural festivals and tourism events held by Jakarta in 2013 has been proven to increase the number of foreign tourists visiting the city,” agency head Arie Budhiman said.

Posted in Culture @ 07 January 2014 09:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK detains Banten governor Ratu Atut Banten governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah was detained at around 4:50 p.m. on Friday afternoon, after more than six hours of questioning at the KPK headquarters in South Jakarta.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 December 2013 11:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Health Ministry stops campaign bus with objectionable slogan Due to the controversy surrounding the operation of a bus meant for an HIV/AIDS information campaign, the Health Ministry has ordered the organizer to stop operating the bus.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 December 2013 19:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Singer Agnes Monica becomes Blueberry owner Popular Indonesian singer Agnes Monica, or popularly known as Agnez Monica, has now become one of majority shareholders in Blueberry smartphones manufacturer PT Ninetology Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 30 October 2013 05:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BNN discovers a new drug in Raffi Ahmad investigation The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) discovered a new drug after carrying out urine tests on Raffi Ahmad, an artist, and his friends, on Sunday.

Posted in Drugs @ 28 January 2013 18:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNN investigates 17 people on drug charges The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) will continue to investigate 17 people arrested at the house of artist Raffi Ahmad in Lebak Bulus, South Jakarta, on Sunday morning on charges of abusing drugs, a spokesman said.

Posted in Drugs @ 28 January 2013 01:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Artist Raffi Ahmad taken to custody by narcotics agency Artist Raffi Ahmad and three friends were taken into custody by the National Narcotics Agency (BNN)at 4 am Sunday morning, BNN deputy for prosecution Benny Mamoto said. When contacted here on Sunday, Benny confirmed that his agency had taken into custody four persons for allegedly having consumed narcotics.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 January 2013 15:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


First solo-album of Mas Paul launched on iTunes On the 9th of October the first Mas Paul-album was launched on iTunes. The title of this CD is 'Tempo Baru'. the music is composed, arranged and played by Dutch composer Paul Elbers. This keyboardplayer played with RK Veulpoepers BV (www.rkveulpoepersbv.com), Fanfare van de Eeuwigdurende Bijstand and MMWOPS for traveling festival 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams'.

Posted in Culture @ 06 November 2012 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Architects asked to create iconic buildings Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu has asked the country`s architects to develop creativeness and create iconic buildings.

Posted in General @ 20 October 2012 23:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightclubs along main road cause parking problems A member of the Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) is calling on nightspots along the busy Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, stretching from the Ngurah Rai Airport to Sanur, to stop using the shoulder of the road for visitor parking.

Posted in General @ 08 October 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono opens Bali festival President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in the company of First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, opened the 34th Bali Arts Festival 2012 at Ardha Candra arts center here on Sunday night.

Posted in Culture @ 10 June 2012 17:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono names seven new national heroes President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono awarded hero titles to several national figures for their great contributions to the country here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 09 November 2011 05:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Another bomb hidden in a book located in Indonesia Indonesian police on Thursday announced that a fourth explosive device hidden in a hollowed out book was sent to a residence in south Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 17 March 2011 16:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The transformation of Kuta Beach A 5.2 hectare complex incorporating hotels, restaurants, recreational and shopping options is gradually raking shape along a 250 meter long stretch of Kuta Boulevard. Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort occupies the land once filled by the Sahid Raya Hotel, now demolished to make way for the existing 4-star Harris Resort Kuta-Bali and the new 200-room 5-star Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort. The two properties will be complemented by a high-end retail hub dubbed "beachwalk" featuring over 200 retail and dining outlets.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 August 2010 09:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


NU youths: 'Porn more dangerous than drugs' A youth department of Nahdlatul Ulama has said that the spread of porn videos is more dangerous for youths and especially children than drug use. Because of this, spreaders and makers of porn should be punished severely. These strong words were used to express the meaning of the youths after a porn tape with three famous Indonesian artists - Luna Maya, Cut Tari and Ariel - started spreading among Indonesians earlier this months.

Posted in Religion @ 13 June 2010 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police investigates 'porn with famous artists' The police in Jakarta has started an investigation about the spread of an amateur porn movie that has become very popular on the internet in recent days. The team that has been put together has the grueling task of investigating who is responsible for spreading the 'indecent' video in the first place, something that will not be easy at all.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 June 2010 11:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2010 For five years, Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival (2005 - 2009) was held at Jakarta Convention Center (JCC). It was a deeply memorable period for us, and the visitors of Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival. We surely still remember that it was in JCC that we first witnessed a festival which would later establish itself as one of the best and largest in the world, a festival that is the pride of Indonesians.

Posted in Culture @ 07 February 2010 04:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #6: Agnes Monica The now 23-year-old Agnes Monica is a phenomenon in Indonesia. Like many well-known Indonesian artists she is active in numerous activities, which makes her known as a singer, dancer, actor, songwriter and producer. Her first CD "..And the Story Goes" sold 30.000 copies in just three days back in 2003, which put her right in the spotlights. Her success has brought her fame not only in her homeland, Indonesia, but also in neighboring Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines and in the Netherlands.

Posted in Sexy @ 02 December 2009 02:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Promoting use of condoms difficult in Indonesia After she made a commercial to promote a brand of condoms, Julia Perez has now become an official ambassador of the condom brand Sutra during the National Condom Week that was launched in Jakarta a few days ago. Perez told that it was very hard to organise such a campaign in Indonesia.

Posted in Culture @ 15 November 2009 09:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'development of culture and tourism on right track' Indonesia's culture and tourism are developing well despite of the world's financial crisis that wrecked many countries, the Jakarta Post quoted a minister as saying on Thursday. Minister for Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik said that Indonesia's movie and music industry grew significantly compared with the previous year while tourist arrivals was expected to keep growing this year.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 September 2009 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreigners dead after drinking poisonous rice wine Holidaymakers in Bali have been given a grim warning: avoid traditional rice and palm wine on the Indonesian resort island or face an agonising death. At least 25 people have been killed in the past week, including four foreign tourists, after a batch of the liquor, known as arak, was heavily cut with methanol.

Posted in Health @ 03 June 2009 06:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese protests against porn bill in Indonesia Balinese legislators, artists and tourism operators join forces on Friday opposing the endorsement of the pornography bill by the Indonesian parliament. Bikini-clad tourist center of Bali island may have to cover up if the law is passed across the country. The bill could be passed this week.

Posted in General @ 19 September 2008 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese protest against porn bill in Indonesia Balinese legislators, artists and tourism operators joined forces on Friday opposing the endorsement of an anti-pornography bill by the Indonesian parliament. Bikini-clad tourist center of Bali island may have to cover up if the law is passed across the country. The bill was due to be passed this week if agreed upon but has been delayed again.

Posted in General @ 10 September 2008 06:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mud flow that doesn't end While former Indonesian president Suharto was known as the 'Smiling General', current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is known as the 'Crying General'. He shed tears when he talked with the victims of the mud flow near Sidoarjo when they recounted their struggle. Back then, Yudhoyono promised direct compensation. More than one year later, the only company to have paid up is Australian oil and gas explorer Santos.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 21 October 2007 07:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Titian Budaya Malaysia Indonesia 2006 program The Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage Malaysia (KEKKWA) is organising the Titian Budaya programme for the second time this year. KEKKWA with the cooperation of Indonesias Culture and Tourism Department has scheduled the event on 16 and 17 December 2006 at the Jakarta Convention Centre, Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 17 December 2006 03:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Writers fest highlights poverty and human rights Freedom and human rights are common themes which persist across international literary festivals around the world. The third annual Ubud Writers and Readers festival which closed last week was no exception. The five-day event featured workshops, seminars and panel discussions on topics ranging from the effects of globalization to understanding of Islam in the modern world.

Posted in Culture @ 14 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands back anti-porn bill in Indonesia Tens of thousands of conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital Sunday in support of a proposed anti-pornography bill that critics say would chip away at the country's secular traditions. The protesters, who arrived in buses organized by mosques and conservative Islamic groups, urged parliament to immediately pass the bill, which in its current form would ban kissing in public - as well as erotic poetry, dancing, drawing, writing, photos and film.

Posted in Protests @ 21 May 2006 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-pornograpy laws stir debate about an open society Since taking office as Indonesia's sixth president 17 months ago, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has grown from a former general into agraft-buster, an economic reformer and a peacemaker. Now add social conservative to the list. Addressing a Jakarta audience last week, Mr Yudhoyono complained about young women baring belly buttons in public and recounted how a singer hired for a presidential event had been sent packing for exposing her navel. "I was disturbed," he said. "I told her to go home. And she did just that without having the chance to sing a song."

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 23 reactions


Govt states porn bill must target materials The government made its position clear on the pornography bill on Wednesday, stating the focus should be on limiting distribution of obscene materials instead of criminalizing personal conduct, particularly of women. "The government believes the eventual anti-porn law should be effective in protecting the nation from excessive exposure to pornographic material, thus it should touch more on how to regulate its distribution," State Minister for Women's Empowerment Meutia Hatta Swasono said after accompanying President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a meeting with the National Commission on Violence Against Women.

Posted in Politics @ 16 March 2006 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Details still fuzzy on changes to porn bill Following a visit by legislators to Bali, Batam and Papua to gauge public opinion on the pornography bill, it's still a guessing game whether there will be major changes to the controversial bill. While House of Representatives special committee chairman Balkan Kaplale promised people in Batam there would be major changes to the draft of the bill, legislator Rustam E. Tamburaka said in Bali that "there may be some exceptions in the bill for Bali and Papua".

Posted in Politics @ 06 March 2006 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1st year remembrance of tsunami disaster in Aceh A collaboration between the Indonesian Ministry of Health, Cut Nyak Dien Hospital in Meulaboh, dr. Sardjito Hospital and The University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) Jogjakarta with support from The University of Melbourne and The Royal Children’s Hospital.

Posted in General @ 28 January 2006 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New mammal discovered in Indonesia Researchers from the WWF conservation group may have made an extremely rare discovery of a new species of mammal in the dense forests of central Borneo, the organisation says. The carnivorous mammal, slightly larger than a domestic cat with dark red fur and a long bushy tail, was photographed twice by an automated camera at night in 2003 on the Indonesian side of the island, the WWF said on Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 06 December 2005 12:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Koninginnedag and 'Kantjil 2 go' Sometimes, just sometimes when I'm walking around, having a cold drink on a nice Dutch spring day, I have the feeling that I'm on holiday. One of those days was just barely a week ago, when I was on my way to Amsterdam. I'm going there a few times a year to meet with friends or my travel agent, but this time they would be stuck in traffic elsewhere in the city or, in case of the travel agent, they would be closed. Ooh well, what's the deal then? It was 'Koninginnedag', or Queens day. Every 30th April the birthday of former queen Juliana is celebrated. Queen Beatrix, the current queen, didn't want to change that date to her own birthday to honour her, and so it happened that every 30th April is a national holiday with celebrations virtually everywhere. Cities, towns and villages have their own live bands playing on their squares and the biggest cities have one day of local markets on which everyone is - almost - free to sell what they want.

Posted in Travel @ 05 May 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia launches air and sea offensive against rebels Indonesian troops launched a major offensive against separtist rebels in Aceh province just hours after the breakdown of peace talks in Tokyo and the imposition of martial law. More than 1,000 elite soldiers landed in the province by sea and air in an operation to "destroy" the Acehnese rebels in what was expected to be Indonesia's biggest military operation since its invasion of East Timor in 1975. The talks in Tokyo broke down when the rebels rejected Jakarta's demands to lay down their weapons, drop their independence bid and accept regional autonomy. The rebels vowed to resist any attack by the military and to fight on for independence.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh resigned, unhappy as war looms Standing by stacks of fruit he sells in Aceh's capital, Maimum does not share Indonesia's confidence a new military operation will be more successful than past efforts to defeat rebels who have fought for independence for decades. "It will go on for a long, long time," Maimum said on Tuesday, a day after a government deadline passed for talks between the two sides, and Jakarta said a big military offensive against Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels was inevitable.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 13 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saddam underdog hero in Indonesia Saddam Hussein has gained a place on the streets of Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 April 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


For the past 40 years Hotel Indonesia in Central Jakarta has been the capital's major landmark, and its fame is often linked to the country's political pride. Built to fill the need for an international standard hotel for the 1962 Asian Games, Hotel Indonesia was the first high-rise hotel in the country. At that time, it had 14 floors and 400 rooms compared to its current 586 rooms.

Posted in History @ 10 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai crown prince in Bali Officials of the state protocol office in Bali Province have been kept at their toes because the Thai crown prince, Vijarakongkarn repeatedly changed his itinerary while vacationing on the island. Antara reported that the prince, who was in Bali with his wife, canceled their visit to Tanah Lot on Friday.

Posted in General @ 06 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta stands out like a gleaming beacon to the rest of the country, attracting a wave of migrants each year. And the largest influx of migrants to the capital takes place each year following Idul Fitri, when thousands of Indonesians from the rural areas stream into Jakarta full of hopes for a better life.

Posted in Culture @ 24 November 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The presidential palace complex has been witness to momentous changes in the country's history, and the changing of the guard of the highest powers in the land. But while the powers that be may come and go, it seems that some "residents" stay put no matter what. This is the 78th article in our series on Old Batavia. If Dutchman J.A. van Braam, the first owner of what is today the present presidential palace complex, were still alive, he could see that his former home is now an abode for supernatural creatures.

Posted in Culture @ 02 September 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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