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Surabaya receives award for maintaining culture preserves The Education and Culture Ministry of Indonesia has awarded a medal to the Surabaya city government for its efforts in caring for culture preserves.

Posted in History @ 06 September 2014 21:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US Navy works with Indonesia to protect sunken gravesite US Navy underwater archeologists, in conjunction with Indonesian Navy divers, have assessed in an interim report that the wrecked vessel surveyed in the Java Sea in June is "consistent with the identification" of the World War II wreck of the cruiser USS Houston (CA 30), and that divers documented conclusive evidence of a pattern of unauthorized disturbance of the gravesite.

Posted in History @ 19 August 2014 13:27 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


Rhoma Irama and the fake Professor title “Professor of Dangdut” Rhoma Irama may have to revert back to the less scholarly “King of Dangdut” in the not-too-distant future after Indonesia’s education minister indicated that the presidential candidate may be liable to criminal penalties if his illustrious certificate of education turned out to have been acquired from a scam college run by a colorful UK-Iranian educator.

Posted in Politics @ 03 March 2014 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia aims to graduate 4,000 doctorates per year Indonesia is still lacking human resources at the doctorate level, so it is setting a target to graduate 4,000 students with doctorate degrees every year, a deputy minister said.

Posted in General @ 01 March 2014 23:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


President: 'Indonesia must achieve food self-sufficiency' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he hoped Indonesia would achieve self-sufficiency in the production of food in the near future with the support of all involved parties.

Posted in Elections @ 31 October 2013 21:34 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


Soekarno-Hatta Airport gets clean toilet award Jakarta`s Soekarno-Hatta airport in the Tangerang district of Banten Province, has received the second prize in a clean public toilet competition organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, an airport official revealed.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 27 September 2013 18:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Second largest dam in the country under construction Expected to start operation in April 2014, the Jatigede dam in Sumedang District, West Java, will be the second largest in Indonesia. Currently the Jatiluhur dam in Purwakarta district, also in West Java, is the largest reservoir in the country.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2013 14:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President invites all parties to strengthen inter-faith tolerance Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on all parties to jointly strengthen inter-faith tolerance as Indonesia is a country with a pluralistic society. "Indonesia is a diverse country that believes in God," the president said on his Twitter account @ SBYudhoyono in Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in Religion @ 07 June 2013 13:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


Jokowi confirmed as world`s third best mayor Former Surakarta mayor and now Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, has been confirmed by The City Mayors Foundation as the world`s third best mayor, but Jokowi said the award was not something special for him.

Posted in General @ 08 January 2013 14:35 CET by Blog Bot · 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


UNESCO: 'Batur`s caldera part of global geopark network' The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared the caldera area of Mt Batur located in Kintamani district, Bali, as part of Global Geopark Network (GGN), a ministry official said here Thursday.

Posted in Environment @ 04 October 2012 23:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia opens consulate in Tallin, Estonia The official opening of the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Indonesia (RI) based in Szda 10-16, Tallin took place in Estonia and Indonesia joined the list of 30 nations which formerly had an office at the address.

Posted in Politics @ 28 September 2012 16:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to propose anti-religion denigration protocol at UN Indonesia will propose an international protocol against desecration of religion to prevent conflicts and maintain world peace during the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono reiterated the plan at a press conference before leaving for New York to attend the UN meeting here on Saturday.

Posted in Religion @ 22 September 2012 21:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President yudhoyono to visit US President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono will leave for New York, the United States, this weekend on a working visit until September 30.

Posted in Politics @ 21 September 2012 20:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian animation goes International Indonesia's animation studios have started getting international projects thanks to the excellent capabilities of the country's animators, according to the Director of Electronics and Telematic Industries of the Ministry of Industry, Triharso.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 July 2012 10:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian bank fugitive to be deported on Wednesday The Indonesia bank fugitive involved in the Bank Indonesia Liquidity Support (BLBI) program in the Bank Harapan Sentosa (BHS) case, Sherny Kojongian, has been deported from the United States and is scheduled to arrive in Jakarta on Wednesday (June 13).

Posted in Corruption @ 12 June 2012 14:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 80 million residents own E-KTP, minister says Home Affairs minister Gamawan Fauzi has said that approximately 80 million people of Indonesia have completed their electronic identification cards (e-KTP).

Posted in General @ 01 June 2012 18:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lady Gaga concert in Jakarta canceled after Islamist threats Controversial US singer Lady Gaga is having a bad romance with her fans in Indonesia, dubbed as “Little Monsters”, with her scheduled concert in Jakarta officially cancelled by her management amid strong reactions from hard line Indonesian groups.

Posted in Religion @ 27 May 2012 11:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Bekasi mayor arrested in Bali villa Following a scandal in November 2010 when tax-swindler Gayus Tambunan was spotted wearing a disguise at an international tennis tournament in Bali while missing from his cell at National Police Headquarters in Jakarta, Bali has again earned fame as the resort-of-choice for wanted felons with the arrest on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 of the former mayor of Bekasi (West Java), Mochtar Muhammad.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 March 2012 06:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Swedish King Carl Gustaf begins 4-day visit to Indonesia Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday received Swedish King Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus on his official four-day visit, the Antara news agency reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 February 2012 02:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Nike to pay $1 million to Indonesian workers for unpaid hours A group of Indonesian Nike factory workers have won a settlement against the sportswear company in which they will be awarded $1 million for unpaid overtime work hours, non-governmental organization (NGO) Educating for Justice said Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2012 03:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Jakarta wins best tourism province award The Jakarta provincial government has won The Best Province for Tourism Development award during the Indonesia Tourism Award (ITA) 2011 event.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 December 2011 03:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia bloggers invited to help raise HIV/AIDS awareness In the lead up to World AIDS Day on December 1, active bloggers in Indonesia are being invited to help raise awareness of HIV/AIDS through a dynamic online competition.

Posted in Health @ 12 November 2011 03:23 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


Found: a clean toilet in Indonesia! Yes, it's true, they have found a clean toilet in Indonesia and have awarded it a prize as well. Okay, this is the result of a survey held among a number of airports in Indonesia, but hey, you have to start somewhere. And ask yourself, do you also hate it when you have to visit a dirty airport toilet because the queue for the plane toilets was just too long just before landing?

Posted in Culture @ 28 September 2011 04:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono receives UN disaster management award President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday received a United Nations award for his achievement in disaster management and risk reduction, the Antara news agency reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 11 May 2011 17:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Theaters may stop screening imported films The uncertainty over the future of imported films in the country could cost filmgoers a chance to enjoy Academy Award nominated films such as Natalie Portman’s Black Swan, James Franco’s 127 Hours and Jeff Bridges’ True Grit on the big screen.

Posted in Culture @ 20 February 2011 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal activity endangers Indonesian orangutan sanctuary As a group of rehabilitated orangutans are waiting to be released into a reserved area in Indonesia's Kalimantan, activists on Thursday stated that illegal activity in the sanctuary continues to endanger the natural habitat and its animals.

Posted in Environment @ 18 February 2011 06:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian soldiers face jail over torture video A prosecutor asked the Jayapura Military Court in Indonesia's Papua Province on Thursday to sentence three soldiers for torturing two Papuans, local daily The Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Human rights @ 21 January 2011 02:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt cuts prison terms of 727 inmates on Waisak In observance of the Buddha’s Day of Enlightenment, or Waisak, the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights awarded on Friday remission to 727 inmates across the country. The ministry’s director of registration and statistics Rachmat Prio Sutardjo said 11 inmates would walk free as the remission resulted in completion of their jail terms.

Posted in Crime @ 29 May 2010 04:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jogjakarta awarded 'Best Travel Destination 2009' Jogjakarta has been awarded the award for Best Travel Destination 2009 by the Indonesian Tourism Award 2009 (ITA 2009). It is the first time that the award has been given by Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism in cooperation with SWA Magazine. Nine other cities, Denpasar, Malang, Surabaya, Tana Toraja, Manado, Kutai Kertanegara, Badung, Solo and Lombok also received awards.

Posted in Tourism @ 24 November 2009 01:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Baturraden appointed as Central Java's best tourist destination Baturraden, a nature conservation park located at the foot of Mount Slamet, won the award for best eco-tourism destination in Central Java. The Best Man-Made Tourism site award went to Bojongsari (Owabong) water tourism in Purbalingga. "We were judged as the best in the competition in Central Java," said Baturraden Tourism Manager in Banyumas, Soedarto.

Posted in Tourism @ 14 October 2009 04:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Yogya 'clean', Kupang most corrupt city in Indonesia Yogyakarta, which is known as the city of education, has been named as the city most clean of corruption. Kupang, in East Nusa Tenggara, holds the last position and is seen as the most corrupt in the country. These are the results from a survey held by Transparansi Internasional Indonesia (TII), held in 50 cities in Indonesia during the months September through December 2008.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 January 2009 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gives exploration rights on 22 oil fields Indonesia has awarded rights for exploration on 22 oil-and-gas blocks to energy companies, including ConocoPhilips, Chevron and Husky Energy, a director at the energy ministry said here Friday. "22 blocks have been awarded to foreign and local companies," Evita Legowo, director at the ministry told on telephone. The director said that a U.S. unit from Chevron got a right to look for oil on onshore and offshore oil and gas blocks of West Papua I and West Papua II.

Posted in Economy @ 17 October 2008 11:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatran train accident claims eight lives At least eight people were killed and 60 others injured, 27 seriously, after two carriages of a passenger train collided with each other in Sumatra. Antara newsagency quotes Mawardi, head of Lampung Province's state-run railway company as saying the accident occurred in the provincial capital Bandarlampung.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 August 2008 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia blockbuster film shows gentle face of Islam An Indonesian film seeking to shatter religious stereotypes and show the compassionate face of Islam has become one of the biggest blockbuster hits in the would's most populous Muslim nation. More than three million people, including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and top government officials, have flocked to cinemas to watch Ayat Ayat Cinta (Verses of Love), an Islamic romance released in the middle of January.

Posted in General @ 01 April 2008 13:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Court clears Suharto son in civil graft case A court on Thursday rejected a civil case against the youngest son of former presidet Suharto for alleged corruption and awarded him 550,000 dollars in a countersuit he filed, judges said. The move provoked an outcry among activists in Indonesia who have been fighting to bring the relatives of Suharto, who died last month aged 86, to justice over alleged graft.

Posted in Crime @ 29 February 2008 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian filmmakers want censor board banned Top film makers in Indonesia have launched a legal bid to have the country's censorship board disbanded. They say it stifles creativity. A group of five young directors lodged a petition with the Constitutional Court earlier this week, requesting the removal of provisions in the film law regulating the establishment of the censorship body. "The existence of the Indonesian Censorship Board is against our constitutional right to communicate and receive information," told Tino Saroengallo, an award-winning documentary film-maker.

Posted in General @ 16 November 2007 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia privatises part of toll road company The Indonesian government is selling a 30 percent stake in PT Jasa Marga, the leading state toll road operator, at an IPO targeted at the top of the range to raise some 267 million euro. This makes it the fourth largest IPO in Indonesia since the Asian financial crisis in 1997-1998. The deal is the second sale of an Indonesian government owned company this year. Earlier PT Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) had raised some 537 million euro, of which 43 percent went to the state coffers. The sale cut the government’s stake in BNI from 99.1% to about 73%.

Posted in Economy @ 29 October 2007 01:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ericsson awarded network expansion contract by XL Ericsson has been awarded an expansion contract by PT Excelcomindo Pratama Tbk (XL) to expand its GSM/GPRS and WCDMA/HSPA in the country.

Posted in Economy @ 07 August 2007 08:00 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 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


Fear subsides for ethnic Chinese community It wasn't so long ago that Chinese writing was banned from public places here and Chinese schools and newspapers were prohibited. But walk into the former office of Suharto, the retired Indonesian strongman who maintained these laws in an effort to integrate the ethnic Chinese community, and a large decorative poster of Chinese characters greets visitors.

Posted in Culture @ 17 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stripped of bronze medal at Asian Games Indonesia has been stripped of their equestrian bronze medal which has been awarded to fourth-placed India in the three-day Event Team, equestrian officials said. Britain's Andrew Griffiths, the technical delegate for equestrian eventing, said Indonesia has used illegal spurs and were demoted to fourth following a protest from India's German equestrian eventing Chef d'Equipe Ralf Ehrenbrink.

Posted in Sports @ 10 December 2006 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adrianus Meliala: Pushing for reform of Indonesian police Asked about the progress of police reform in Indonesia, criminologist and police analyst Adrianus Eliasta Sembiring Meliala said that it was obvious, but the direct benefit for citizens would not be realized in one night.

Posted in Human rights @ 09 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hidden tragedy of West Papua "Of course the police are just as good at torturing as the army. Some of the cruder forms [include] putting a table leg onto the foot of somebody and then somebody heavily dancing on the table, which can be extremely painful. So, I mean torture is routine."

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes frontline in World Bank battle against corruption Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of America's invasion of Iraq and its ambitions to reshape the world, was President George Bush's controversial choice to take the reins of the World Bank last year. Mr Wolfowitz, despised by many for his policies but admired for his intellect, ignored the furore over his appointment, waiting 12 months to make his first major policy pronouncement. Its location, Indonesia, and his warning of rampant corruption undermining global aid and development efforts, was almost as ambitious and controversial as his attempts to re-engineer the Middle East.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans paroled son of Suharto from going abroad The son of former Indonesian strongman Suharto, freed from prison last week after serving nearly five years for murder, was banned Friday from traveling abroad for one year as part of his parole, a local report said. Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, 44, a multi-millionaire businessman, left Jakarta's Cipinang Prison on October 30 after serving less than half of a 10-year prison sentence for the murder of a Supreme Court judge.

Posted in General @ 11 November 2006 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anarchy reigns in West Lombok Back to Lombok after almost two years - my last visit to this beautiful and quiet island east of the messy Bali dates back to January 2005 - I noticed that certain things had changed, and too bad not only for the good of the island. It has nothing to do with increased tourist numbers to the island or the fact that big positive points are to be awarded.

Posted in Culture @ 05 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia seeking US$12 billion for infrastructure projects Indonesia Indonesia will seek US$12 billion (€9.4 billion) in private capital to fund infrastructure projects at a conference that kicks off Wednesday, but it faces challenges overcoming an image of corruption that may scare off investors. Topping the list of deals on offer are the construction of a US$1.5 billion (€1.2 billion) fiber optic network and two coal-fired power plants worth nearly US$2.48 billion (€1.9 billion), said Conference Chairman Chris Kanter.

Posted in Economy @ 31 October 2006 13:42 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


Indonesia plans to build national railway network The Indonesian government plans to build a railway network on the country's major islands to help speed economic development, a newspaper reported Wednesday. The railway projects would include the expansion of existing networks in Java and Sumatra and the construction of new ones in Kalimantan , Sulawesi and parts of Papua.

Posted in Economy @ 20 September 2006 15:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Chevron finds oil in Indonesia The Indonesian government said Thursday that Chevron Corp. struck oil in a test well in Sumatra. Half of Indonesia's oil production comes from Sumatran fields, and Chevron Pacific Indonesia is the largest oil producer in that country. The Parit Minyak-1test well showed oil at two different depths -- 6,000 feet and 9,000 feet.

Posted in Economy @ 12 August 2006 14:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US congressman nominates Yudhoyono for Nobel Prize President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 2006 by a senior congressman for international relations committee, Robert Wexler for his ability to bring significant progress in Indonesia during his one year ruling. In a press release obtained here, Sunday, Wexler said, Yudhoyono has made dramatical change during his one year administration.

Posted in General @ 29 January 2006 16:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Ex-government investment official detained in graft probe Investigators from Indonesia's anti-corruption commission have detained the government's former investment chief, Theo Toemion. Lawyer Sugeng Teguh Santoso says Mr Toemin is being held over a probe into funds used by the Investment Coordinating Board to promote Indonesia to foreign businessmen.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Depok, Tangerang named 'dirtiest' cities The government announced a list of the country's dirtiest cities for the first time on Friday in a bid to encourage municipal administrations to clean up their acts, and their heavily polluted urban areas. Previous governments had only made the names of the cleanest cities public.

Posted in Environment @ 17 December 2005 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU chairman gets 7 years General Elections Commission (KPU) chairman Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin was sentenced on Wednesday to seven years in jail for corruption in a high profile case that could eventually implicate other prominent figures, including some close to the administration. The verdict against Nazaruddin, a former leading political scientist at the prestigious University of Indonesia, came after he successfully led the poll body through the country's first ever direct presidential election last year, which saw President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's rise to power on antigraft promises.

Posted in Human rights @ 15 December 2005 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Boediono takes on economy President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday aimed at boosting his government's economic performance against a background of high inflation and unemployment. The changes to the one-year-old Cabinet saw Boediono, a former finance minister in the administration of President Megawati Soekarnoputri, take over the coordinating minister for the economy post, replacing Aburizal Bakrie, who was given a new assignment as the coordinating minister for people's welfare.

Posted in Politics @ 06 December 2005 17:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina, ExxonMobil to sign Cepu deal this month State oil-and-gas firm PT Pertamina and ExxonMobil Oil Indonesia Inc will sign this month a joint operation agreement (JOA) for the development of the Cepu block, Pertamina president Widya Purnama said. 'The deal for a joint operation agreement with ExxonMobil for Cepu will be definitely completed this month,' Purnama said.

Posted in Economy @ 05 December 2005 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freedom of speech showing strain in the new Indonesia When 76-year-old Professor Winarno Surachmad shuffled before 30,000 of his former teaching colleagues to pour out his poem about the woes of the education system, he drew the wrath of Indonesia's Vice-President, Jusuf Kalla. Mr Kalla scowled at lines, among them: "When rhinos and komodo are protected, teachers are just neglected."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 November 2005 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three recognized as national heroes in state ceremony President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono posthumously bestowed the title of National Hero on three Indonesians on Wednesday to mark National Heroes Day, which falls on Nov. 10. The three figures are the late Kiras Bangun from North Sumatra, the late Bagindo Azizchan from West Sumatra and the late Andi Abdullah Bau Masseppe from South Sulawesi.

Posted in General @ 10 November 2005 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Tour d' Indonesia: Paul Griffin wins first stage Irishman Paul Griffin took control of the Dji Sam Soe Tour d'Indonesia on Monday, winning a hard-fought first stage to Cirebon. Griffin, riding for the Giant Asia Racing Team, unleashed an unbeatable sprint in the final metres of the race to hold off his 19 break-away companions, taking the 134 km stage and the yellow jersey of race leader. "It feels great" to have the yellow jersey, said Griffin who added that he relishes riding in hot conditions. "I'm okay in the heat, I prefer it to the cold of Ireland."

Posted in General @ 12 September 2005 13:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A year later, Munir’s killers evade justice One year after a leading Indonesian human rights activist was murdered after boarding a flight from Jakarta to Europe, the Indonesian government has failed to properly investigate and prosecute those behind Munir Said Thalib’s death, Human Rights Watch said today.

Posted in Politics @ 08 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Newmont lays out defense in pollution case Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM) says the pollution allegations against the company in Indonesia have weakened over the last year to the point where the two sides are now arguing about technical and permitting issues in court. "The argument that we killed people went away... then the argument about heinous diseases went away," Blake Rhodes, a Newmont attorney working on the case, said Tuesday. "It's now down to technical issues."

Posted in General @ 11 August 2005 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali named world's best tourist island of 2005 For the second time, the New York-based tourism magazine Travel + Leisure named Bali as the world's best tourist island in 2005. "We have been received confirmation from the magazine's editor. An appreciation ceremony will be held on July 14," an Indonesian diplomat in New York, Kristio Wahyono, said.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 July 2005 13:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to open 43 new areas for oil and gas exploration Indonesia will open 43 new areas for oil and gas exploration in 2005 in a bid to shore up declining oil reserves and output, an official at the mines and energy ministry told Reuters. Asia-Pacific’s only OPEC member became a net oil importer last year due to production problems at ageing wells, but officials insist Indonesia should be able to restore its net exporter status in the longer term.

Posted in Economy @ 10 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia to hold talks with Indonesia on territorial row Malaysia says it will hold talks with Indonesia to resolve a disputed maritime area in the Sulawesi Sea. "Now that both parties are claiming for possession, we will hold diplomatic talks to avoid untoward incidences," Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said told his staff at a regular morning assembly on Monday. "We are positive of achieving good results from diplomatic discussions," he said.

Posted in Politics @ 07 March 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sends 4 F-16 jetfighters to East Kalimantan The Indonesian Air Force is stationing four F-16 jetfighters in East Kalimantan to carry out patrol duties over the Ambalat area in the Sulawesi Sea which Malaysia recently claimed as being part of its territory, the country's official news agency said Sunday. "The four jetfighters have left their base in Madiun, East Java,and will arrive in Balikpapan, East kalimantan, in the afternoon,"the Antara News Agency quoted Air Force Chief of Staff Vice Marshal Djoko Suyanto as saying at the presidential office here Sunday.

Posted in Military @ 07 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to defend waters claimed by Malaysia Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said here Saturday that the government will defend its ownership of the offshore Ambalat which was also claimed by Malaysia, while stressing dialogue remains an important way to seek settlement. "We consider that the area belongs to Indonesia. Therefore Indonesia will defend it with all security forces we have," he wasquoted by Detikcom online news service as saying.

Posted in General @ 05 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami-hit Indonesia coast to get buffer zone Coastal cities in tsunami-hit Aceh province will be pushed back and protected from the sea by a buffer zone to prevent any repeat of the disaster that killed at least 114,000 people six weeks ago, a top urban planning official said on Monday. Many residents of coastal areas demolished by the killer waves, which left another 130,000 people missing, may soon receive the unwelcome news they can never rebuild their homes in the same place.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


For the first time in history, Indonesia has a president who was directly elected by the people. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Jusuf Kalla, or more popularly known as SBY and JK, will have taken oath this morning, as the country's new president and vice president. Hopes are high that the pair can make a difference and bring about a better future.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Presidential candidate SBY gets PhD in agriculture Indonesia's presidential candidate Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono obtained a doctorate in agricultural sciences, a newspaper report said on Sunday. Susilo, a retired lieutenant general, successfully defended his paper on the development of rural areas and analysis of fiscal policies at the Bogor Institute of Agriculture on Saturday. His 160-minute thesis presentation, capping three years of studies, was deemed "excellent", the Kompas daily said.

Posted in General @ 03 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Year of Living Dangerously' airs in Indonesia The Oscar-winning movie The Year of Living Dangerously, set during the emergence of Indonesia's Suharto and banned by the former dictator, has been broadcast for what is believed to be the first time, in a sign the country may be coming to terms with its brutal past. But Indonesian viewers watching Sunday's broadcast of The Year of Living Dangerously were spared one of the film's most graphic scenes, a gunpoint massacre during the murderous chaos surrounding Suharto's 1965-1966 rise to power.

Posted in Media @ 28 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bob Hasan expelled from IOC Mohamad Bob Hasan of Indonesia was on Tuesday kicked out of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Somalia's chief Olympian Farah W. Addo declared persona non grata at the upcoming Athens Games. The 116th IOC Session agreed with an overwhelming 101 votes to expel Hasan, who had been suspended from the IOC since 2001 over corruption in his home country.

Posted in General @ 11 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati kicks off Jakarta monorail construction project Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri inaugurated Monday construction of a $600 million monorail transportation system in Jakarta that involves a consortium of Indonesian and foreign investors including Hitachi Asia Ltd. The monorail, which will be built as part of a 40-year build-operate-transfer scheme, is expected to ease the capital's chronic traffic and pollution problems.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt earmarks EUR 4.73m for chicken cull compensation The Indonesian government is earmarking 50 billion rupiah (EUR 4.73m) to compensate farmers culling poultry infected with bird flu, the country's welfare minister said today. "Each farmer will get chicks and feedstock worth between 5000-6000 rupiah (48-57 cents) per package," Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare, Yusuf Kalla, told journalists after praying at Jakarta's main Istiqlal mosque.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Corruption rampant in courts, police, govt' The lack of political will to combat corruption has once again positioned Indonesia as one of the most corrupt countries in the world, anticorruption activists say. Quoting a survey released by the Berlin-based Transparency International (TI) on Tuesday, Emmy Hafild said Indonesia was the second most corrupt country in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) after Myanmar, and the third in Asia after Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights activist HJC Princen dies at 76 Senior human rights activist Haji Johannes Cornelis Princen who died early on Friday after suffering a stroke, was eventually laid to rest at Pondok Kelapa cemetery in East Jakarta late Friday afternoon. He was 76.

Posted in Human rights @ 22 February 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The past 12 years have hardly been normal for Suraiya Kamaruzzaman. As a women's rights activist in conflict-torn Aceh, intimidation and terror have been part of the 33-year-old's daily life.

Posted in Politics @ 30 December 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pemuteran village, Gerokgak subdistrict, Buleleng, Bali, is gaining fame as a haven for tourists with a deep love for meditation and the sea as well as a site for a captive breeding program of three rare turtle species. Until the 1980s, many turtles were laying eggs in the sands of Bali's beaches. Of the world's six turtle species, five have their home in Bali. Unfortunately, turtle hunting has not only left the island's turtles nearly extinct but has also discouraged them from ever visiting Bali's beaches any more.

Posted in Environment @ 29 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials wary of sudden surge in TB Health officials are wary of the possibility of a sudden surge in tuberculosis infection due to the high number of internally displaced people spread across the country. "Fifty percent of the world's refugees have been infected by tuberculosis (TB) and every year there are an average of 17,000 refugees hit by the illness," Director General for Communicable Diseases Umar Fahmi told media in a briefing on World TB Day on Friday.

Posted in Health @ 25 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More teachers strike for pay rise More teachers took to the streets across Indonesia on Monday, forcing some schools to close, as the government came close to approving a hefty increase in their allowances. The protests on Monday were conducted by teachers from the West Java town of Garut, who came by bus to Jakarta; there were similar, albeit smaller, protests in Semarang and Makassar.

Posted in General @ 17 April 2000 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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