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'Double-track railway construction should be accelerated' The construction of double-track railway in Java Island should be accelerated, the Vice Minister of Transportation Bambang Susantono reported here on Wednesday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 10 September 2014 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan Iskan urges Garuda to hold extraordinary meeting State-owned Enterprise Minister Dahlan Iskan has instructed state airlines PT Garuda Indonesia to convene a special meeting of shareholders to discuss its swelling losses.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 August 2014 20:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister has yet to agree to gas price hike Chief economic minister, Chairul Tanjung, has not yet agreed to increase the price of the 12-kg gas cylinder although state-owned oil and gas firm Pertamina has plans to raise it.

Posted in Economy @ 13 August 2014 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


minister: 'Indonesia`s control over its waters still weak' Marine Resources and Fisheries Minister Sharif C Sutardjo admitted that the governments control over the country's waters was still weak due to small budget for ship operations.

Posted in Military @ 08 June 2014 15:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Halim Perdanakusuma opened for commercial flights Indonesia opened Halim Perdanakusuma air force base in Jakarta for commercial flights, here on Friday, as part of efforts to reduce congestion at Soekarno-Hatta airport.

Posted in Travel @ 10 January 2014 18:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Double track of northern Java railway operational in 2014 The double track of northern Java railway between Jakarta and Surabaya of East Java is expected to be operational early 2014. Operation of the new track would considerably reduce the burden of the highways linking the two largest cities in the country.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 27 November 2013 11:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi to modernize people's markets in capital city Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, or Jokowi as he is popularly called, made another breakthrough by starting the modernization of peoples markets in the capital city on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2013 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Local government organizes free homebound travel More than 10,000 Idul Fitri homebound travelers aboard 190 free buses left Jakarta for various destinations in Central Java on Saturday. Central Java Deputy Governor Rustriningsih saw off the homebound travelers at Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum in the Indonesia-in-miniature park (TMII), East Jakarta.

Posted in Travel @ 03 August 2013 15:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Set aside political interests over fuel subsidy' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appealed to political elites in the country here on Wednesday to set aside their political interests with regard to fuel price. He said there was a bigger national interest behind the government`s plan to raise the subsidized oil prices and give compensation to the poor.

Posted in Politics @ 13 June 2013 00:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 4.6 million elderly in Indonesia prone to be neglected Some 4.6 million out of 18 million elderly people in Indonesia are prone to be neglected, Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri said here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 28 May 2013 15:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls on people to save on fuels President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on the people to seriously help save on fuel oil consumption in an effort to alleviate the burden of the state budget and preserve the environment.

Posted in Economy @ 16 May 2013 08:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for eradication of illegal levies President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for cooperation among regional heads of government to erase illegal levies locally known as "pungli" on private companies. Illegal fees could make companies to lose their ability to pay the wage of their workers, he said here on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 April 2013 07:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt urged to simplify land holding certification Real Estate Indonesia (REI) called on the government to simplify land holding certificates that are required by property developers.

Posted in General @ 22 February 2013 00:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt denies having no guts to raise subsidized fuel prices Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa has denied a media report that the government does not have the guts to raise the prices of subsidized fuels. "I don`t like somebody saying the government does not have the courage to raise the fuel prices. As a matter of fact, we have raised them repeatedly," he said.

Posted in General @ 28 January 2013 21:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Electricity rate hike to weaken laborers' purchasing power An increase in the price of electricity beginning this month will reduce the purchasing power of laborers, Said Iqbal, the president of the Indonesian Workers Unions Confederation (KSPI) said.

Posted in Economy @ 03 January 2013 17:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta finally goes ahead with MRT plan After weeks of uncertainty, the Jakarta administration has revealed it will move forward with the plan to construct the city’s first Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line next year.

Posted in Economy @ 22 December 2012 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'MRT constrained by subsidy schemes' Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa has stated that the construction of Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) is still constrained by the subsidy schemes that hamper the development plans of Jakarta provincial administration.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2012 14:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sports minister resigns over alleged corruption Sports Minister Andi Malaranggeng resigned from his present post at his ministry after the issuance of a travel ban by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) against him.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 December 2012 10:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi wants MRT talks with central government Jakarta`s Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said he hoped to reach an agreement with the central government on sharing the repayment of loan used to built Jakarta`s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project.

Posted in General @ 06 December 2012 13:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian budget deficit predicted to widen Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo said the country's budget deficit is expected to widen to more than the previously set target of 2.23 percent as a result of growing energy subsidy.

Posted in Economy @ 03 December 2012 18:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI provides free medical treatment to public The Indonesian Defence Forces (TNI) provided free medical treatment to 1,000 residents in Ciracas district, East Jakarta, on Thursday to mark its 67th anniversary which falls on October 5.

Posted in Military @ 27 September 2012 21:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sends food aid to North Korea The Indonesian Government has provided food assistance worth US$2 million to North Korea to help it tide over its current food crisis.

Posted in Health @ 19 September 2012 16:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sunda Strait bridge not to burden state budget Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo said the US$27.8 billion Sunda strait bridge project would not burden the state budget. "The project would not be a burden for the state burden now or in the future," Agus told the lawmakers in a meeting here on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 28 August 2012 22:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Billionaire Liem Sioe Liong passes away Billionaire Indonesian Chinese Liem Sioe Liong passed away at the age of 95 in Singapore on Sunday evening, senior Liason Officer PT Bintan Inti Industrial Estate, Jamin Hidayat, confirmed.

Posted in General @ 10 June 2012 17:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia: 'Bank credit grows 26 percent' Bank credit grew 26 percent in April year-on-year, beating earlier estimates of 23-24 percent. Central bank deputy governor Halim Alamsyah said here on Monday that such growth indicated that the domestic economy was doing well.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2012 13:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to raise untaxed income level President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that the government is in the process of finalising a plan to raise the limit of workers` untaxed income to Rp24 million from Rp15.8 million per year.

Posted in Economy @ 27 April 2012 15:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer: state budget increasingly comes under pressure The 2012 state budget will increasingly come under pressure from soaring fuel subsidy due to a rise in global crude price, an economist said. "With the global crude price reaching US$126 a barrel, the fuel subsidy may soar to Rp238 trillion," Ikhsan Modjo of Brawijaya University in Malang, East Java, said on Sunday.

Posted in Economy @ 26 March 2012 13:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator: 'Govt to provide subsidy for farmers' The government will provide subsidy for farmers in compensation for fuel oil price hikes next April, a legislator said. "The government has now provided farmers with seeds and fertilizers," Herman Khaeron of the House of Representatives (DPR)`s Commission IV on agriculture, said here on Sunday.

Posted in Economy @ 19 March 2012 10:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to postpone power rate increase The government has decided to postpone its plan to raise the basic electricity tariff by three percent per quarter beginning May 1, a minister said.

Posted in Economy @ 15 March 2012 02:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More power needed to power Bali Bali Post predicts that by 2013 Bali will be facing an electrical crisis made all the more acute by large scale infrastructure projects scheduled to come on line in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) Summit scheduled for late 2013. Among the projects cited as placing an added, and possibly unsupportable burden, on Bali’s electrical grid are the new toll way, the expansion of Bali’s airport, the Bali International Park Project (BIP) and the opening of a number large hotel projects.

Posted in Power supply @ 13 March 2012 02:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: Ideal fuel price hike 1000 to 1500 rupiah' Vice minister of energy Widjajono Partowidagdo has suggested what he believes are ideal figures for the hike in the price of subsidized gasoline on Monday. "Ideally, the rise should be between Rp1,000 and Rp1,500," he said.

Posted in Economy @ 27 February 2012 09:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Economist: Raising fuel price more realistic Raising the present gasoline price will be a more realistic policy than the government's plan to limit subsidized fuel oil consumption to reduce its subsidy burden, an economist here said.

Posted in Economy @ 24 January 2012 01:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Doubts over announced fuel subsidy cut Tempo Interactive reports that the State-Owned Oil company Pertamina have publicly admitted that are not prepared to implement the government policy to sell non-subsidized Pertamax fuel to the public on April 1, 2012.

Posted in Economy @ 22 January 2012 08:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First Bali toll road project to start in two weeks The toll way connecting Benoa Harbor and Nusa Dua is scheduled to commence construction on December 21, 2011, with the project expected to be completed within 12 months thereafter.

Posted in Economy @ 04 December 2011 13:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poor Indonesians use 70 percent of income on cigarettes Seventy percent of poor Indonesian's income is spent on cigarettes, according to an investigation released on Wednesday.

Posted in Health @ 28 July 2011 06:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Ignorance feeds cigarette habit among young in Indonesia Indonesia has a higher percentage of young smokers than any other country, but ignorance and a powerful tobacco lobby are making it difficult to stamp out nicotine addiction, say health workers and the government.

Posted in Health @ 19 January 2011 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia aids Australian flash flooding with $1 million The Government of Indonesia will be sending $1 million to help the relief efforts in Australia's Lockyer Valley flash flooding which has, according to the latest report, killed 18 people, the country's state-run Antara news agency reported on Monday.

Posted in General @ 17 January 2011 08:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia claws its way to economic superpower status Indonesia is one of the "rising stars" of emerging Asia and some economists believe this vast nation will one day become a regional superpower, behind only China and India, as global economic activity increasingly shifts towards east Asia, away from the faltering developed nations of the west and Japan.

Posted in Economy @ 03 October 2010 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor confirms elimination of 110,000 dogs Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika confirmed via Kompas.com that 110,000 dogs have been eliminated thus far in the island's continuing drive to stem an outbreak of rabies." In the meantime, some 200,000 dogs have been vaccinated. The total number of dogs on the island is put at 540,000 animals," explained the governor in a meeting with the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) on Tuesday, August 24, 2010.

Posted in Health @ 31 August 2010 01:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic council: 'Death penalty for corrupt persons' A head of the Islamic Council of Scholars (Majelis Ulama Indonesia, or MUI), K.H. Effendi Yusuf, supports earlier words that corrupt persons should be allowed to receive a death penalty for their actions in certain cases. The organization that decides what is and what is not halal in Indonesia, is now tagging a large number of people in the country without much hesitation.

Posted in Religion @ 19 August 2010 12:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Possible power price hike already causes anger Planned increases in electrical rates paid by Indonesian businesses and private consumers are expected to place an unusual burden on Indonesia's low-cost Melati-class hotels who will find it problematic to increase their very low rates in order to pay higher power bills.

Posted in Power supply @ 21 June 2010 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Overcrowding fuels TB in prisons Serious overcrowding, a shortage of medical staff and a lack of funding are thwarting Indonesia's efforts to tackle tuberculosis (TB) in prisons, experts say. Indonesia's 422 prisons hold more than 140,000 inmates, even though they were designed for 80,000, according to the Justice Ministry.

Posted in Health @ 27 January 2010 05:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The little ones are back again! I had to do without them for quite some time as they were very rare in Yogyakarta. The last time I remember receiving one of them must have been more than two years ago by now. Not because they are not needed, it's just because making them is costly enough. Distribution is another problem, because of the sheer weight when you need to distribute a lot of them throughout the country.

Posted in Culture @ 28 July 2009 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thailand, Indonesia to launch bilateral trade agreement Commerce ministers of Thailand and Indonesia Saturday hold a meeting, agreeing to launch a bilateral trade agreement on economic cooperation, according to news release from the Thai Ministry of Commerce. Porntiva Nagasai, Thai Minister of Commerce, and Mari Elga Pangestu, Indonesian Minister of Commerce, met on the sideline of the 14th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit which opened here on Saturday.

Posted in Economy @ 28 February 2009 05:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta withdraws it's support for the Bali toll road Efforts to construct a toll bridge connecting Sanur and Nusa Dua via Serangan Island have just been complicated further by the withdrawal of financial support by the central government, leaving the people of Bali to find their own funding for a project estimated to eventually cost about 117 million euro.

Posted in General @ 05 November 2008 01:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


LPG price hike hurts the poor - once again Residents in some areas have protested against the latest price hike of LPG. The price of a 12 kilogram bottle of LPG was hiked today. The official price was increased by some 6.000 Rupiah, while local shops sold the LPG at prices around 75.000 Rupiah per unit. In just over a year the price of LPG has risen by almost 50 per cent, which means that many who were forced to transfer from cooking oil to gas earlier on, now feel the burden as well.

Posted in Economy @ 25 August 2008 11:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Royal cremation in Ubud on July 15th Local press reports estimate 300,000 local residents and tourists will flock to Ubud over the coming days leading up to the grand cremation of 3 members of the Puri Ubud royal household on Tuesday, July 15, 2008. In all, more than 68 traditional villages will play a formal role in the multi-day celebration.

Posted in General @ 13 July 2008 05:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fuel subsidies may rise to 14.1 bn euro President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Wednesday oil subsidies may rise to 14.1 bn euro this year if crude prices average $140 a barrel and urged parliament to work with the government to tackle the issue. Fuel prices were increased in May due to ballooning subsidies on the back of soaring global oil prices, sparking protests in a country where millions are already suffering from higher food prices.

Posted in Economy @ 04 July 2008 07:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese looking to take more money from tourists Efforts by Bali's provincial House of Representatives to impose a "donation" on tourists passing through Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport has been strongly rejected by Jakarta who saw the imposition of an additional financial burden on Bali's tourists as unacceptable.

Posted in Tourism @ 08 March 2008 09:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Java and Bali facing continuing electrical power crisis The Chief Director of state power company PLN, Eddie Widiono, has declared that the Java-Bali power grid will continue to suffer shortages in 2008.

Posted in Power supply @ 07 January 2008 00:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Inter-island ferry service fares to increase 20% The Indonesian Government will increase the cost of ferry crossings nation-wide effective December 1, 2007. In announcing the fare hikes which will affect 22 inter-island crossings in Indonesia operated by 198 ships, the Minister of Transportation Jusman Safei Djamal, said the increases were necessary to stem the losses now being suffered by the Nation's ferry operators.

Posted in General @ 17 November 2007 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt considers fuel rationing for private vehicles The Indonesian Government is reportedly weighing the option of imposing a program of gasoline rationing for private vehicles if global oil prices continue their march to a level in excess of US$100 per barrel.

Posted in Economy @ 12 November 2007 01:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


New international airport in the plans for Bali Jembrana Regency in the west of Bali has drawn up a plan to construct its own international airport, and is awaiting the go-ahead, and funds totaling some US$110 million, from the central government to proceed with the ambitious project, officials said. A feasibility study has just been completed on a Jembrana International City Airport, but there were indications of resistance to the project from the Bali government, said Regent I Gede Winasa.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mudflow victims agree to compensation payment arrangement Residents of the housing complex Tanggulangin Anggun Sejahtera I whose properties have been flooded by mud from the Lapindo drilling well in Sidoarjo, East Java, have agreed to accept the compensation payment arrangements as offered by the government. The residents initially demanded 100 percent payment of all costs in one payment, but now they accepted an initial 20 percent payment and the remaining 80 percent in April 2008.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 01 May 2007 12:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: age limit of acquired planes at 10 years The government is preparing new regulations that will limit the age of newly acquired planes to stimulate domestic operators to give priority to safety, an official announced earlier today. Domestic airliners will be banned from hiring or buying planes that do not meet this new requirement.

Posted in General @ 28 February 2007 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia crash brings safety of budget airlines into question The proliferation of budget airlines across Asia has made air travel affordable for millions, but this week's aircraft disaster in Indonesia has underlined the challenge for governments to ensure safety standards are met. Analysts say there is no hard evidence that budget airlines are more accident-prone than full-service carriers, but admit they have a harder job convincing the public they are not cutting corners as well as costs.

Posted in General @ 04 January 2007 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia meets creditors in Singapore Flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia said that it had met creditors, floating rate notes holders in particular, in Singapore on Friday. "Apart from explaining the company`s financial performance and operation, we also reported our plans and debt restructuring," Garuda president Emirsyah Satar said in a press release.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 18 December 2006 03:05 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


Ceremony honours Bali blasts victims WHITE frangipani flowers and red rose petals were cast across Jimbaran Bay's gentle waves by weeping survivors of suicide bombs that ripped through its beachfront cafes a year ago. Twenty innocent people died in the blasts in the second attack on Bali by the terrorist network, Jemaah Islamiah. Yesterday morning 40 Australian survivors and victims' families joined about 50 local victims and dignitaries to commemorate the first anniversary.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 October 2006 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia’s super-rich in one list by Forbes Asia Forty names were crowned by Forbes Asia magazine as the richest in Indonesia. Three of them joined the list at the end of the economic and financial crises. They are Trihatma Kusuma Haliman (Agung Podomoro), Eddy William Katuari (Wings Group), and Arifin Panigoro (Medco Energi). What are their business secrets? Here is Tempo’s report.

Posted in Economy @ 01 October 2006 10:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Need for speed in Indonesia Two years into his five-year term, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono presents himself as a sincere, hard-working reformer, a long-distance runner pacing himself on a marathon run. But many Indonesians think the country needs a sprinter.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2006 14:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia drops plan to raise phone tariff The Indonesian government will not raise charges on fixed-line phones due to concerns about low consumer purchasing power despite a planned hike to take effect in January next year, an official has said. "Our economic condition is not that conducive. This is a result of the low purchasing power of the people and the recent natural disasters," the Communications and Information Ministry's director general of post and telecommunications, Gatot Dewa was quoted Tuesday by The Jakarta Post daily as saying. "Therefore, the fixed-line telephone rates will not be increased."

Posted in Economy @ 22 August 2006 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Labor protest paralyzes part of downtown Jakarta About 10,000 Indonesian workers held a protest rally in Jakarta in a bid to force the government to scrap a proposed labor law, bringing traffic in the nation's capital to a standstill. The protest paralyzed a key road leading to the office of Vice President Jusuf Kalla, causing traffic jams near buildings housing the central bank and companies including PT Garuda Indonesia, the nation's biggest airline.

Posted in Protests @ 05 April 2006 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla says no hike in power rates this year Vice President Jusuf Kalla confirmed Friday the government would drop a planned increase in electricity rates this year amid widespread opposition. Kalla said the government would likely provide around half of the extra subsidies needed by state electricity company PT PLN to cover rising fuel costs without having to increase rates, while the other half would have to be shouldered by PLN chiefly through efficiency measures.

Posted in Power supply @ 18 March 2006 07:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


S&P: Sovereign credit rating outlook raised to 'positive' Standard & Poor's Rating Services said it has raised its outlook on Indonesia's sovereign credit rating to 'positive' from 'stable'. S&P also affirmed Indonesia's 'B+/B' foreign currency and its 'BB/B'local currency sovereign credit rating. 'The outlook revision takes into account the more favorable policy setting that emerged in the wake of significant adjustments in (the government's) fiscal and monetary policy stance, and the expectation that this will improve deficit and debt ratios further,' S&P said in a statement.

Posted in Economy @ 10 February 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Is affordable, clean water for all just a dream? The number of Indonesian urban poor without access to running water, an estimated 50 million people, exceeds the combined populations of Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. Nearly half of all people currently living in Jakarta, the fourth most populous city in the world, lack a piped water connection; this number of unconnected is greater than the urban population of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Posted in General @ 06 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HIV-positive Dolvince keeps spirit of life aflame The mere mention of the term "PLWHA" (person living with HIV/AIDS) will make people's imagination immediately form the image of a frail person characterized by a severe inferiority complex and a strong urge to keep himself aloof from society. This is a common image about a PLWHA because the people in this country, generally, still find it difficult to accept them.

Posted in Culture @ 01 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY in control, but tougher challenges ahead Despite a number of decisions that many consider burdensome to the public during his first year in office, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has managed to keep his support intact. The latest survey conducted by the Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI) confirmed on Wednesday that Susilo remains popular, albeit to a lesser degree than when catapulted to the presidency last year. But stiffer challenges lie ahead, especially given that some of his policies will provide ammunition to opposition groups.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2005 07:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shell to open retail gas station in Indonesia A gas station run by Shell will start operating in Karawaci, Tangerang, Banten province, early next month, an oil official confirmed here on Wednesday. "After opening its first station in Karawaci, Shell will build another gas station in Warung Buncit, South Jakarta," Tubagus Haryono, head of the oil and gas industry regulatory agency BP Migas, was quoted by official news agency Antara as saying.

Posted in General @ 12 October 2005 14:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia may raise fuel prices by 50% in October Indonesia's government may raise fuel prices by at least 50 percent in October to avoid missing the budget deficit target as surging global prices boost the cost of subsidies, Planning Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 September 2005 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia says to hike fuel prices in early October Indonesia plans to raise domestic fuel prices early next month, the government said on Monday, in the first clear indication of when it would reduce crippling but politically sensitive fuel subsidies. "We have not set the date but it will be in early October," State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra told reporters when asked about the timing of the fuel price hike. He said the size of the increase was being calculated.

Posted in Economy @ 12 September 2005 08:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New oil refinery inaugurated in Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyonoofficially inaugurated a new oil refinery in Balongan, Indramayu, West Java province on Sunday. The Langit Biru refinery will boost the country's oil production in order to reduce the country's dependence on importedfuel, official news agency Antara reported. Susilo said that the refinery could also help save the state budget from rocketing oil prices on the international market.

Posted in Economy @ 28 August 2005 15:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina cuts supply for quota State oil and gas firm PT Pertamina has reduced premium gasoline supply in trial periods in major cities, including Jakarta and Surabaya, and is monitoring the public reaction and response to the move before its full implementation. Head of Pertamina's fuel division Achmad Faisal said the plan was aimed at putting national fuel consumption on a par with the quota set by the government.

Posted in Economy @ 05 July 2005 07:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Garuda 1Q operating loss surges to IDR139B National flag carrier Garuda International's operating loss almost doubled year-on-year to IDR139 billion ($14.5 million) in the first three months of 2005, the Jakarta Post reports. Rising fuel costs and intense market competition contributed to the loss, the report says, citing the carrier's chief executive Emirsyah Satar.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Corby urges judges to free her With her voice breaking, Schapelle Corby has made a last-ditch plea to three Indonesian judges to let her go free, claiming she was an innocent victim who had been punished enough.Before a packed Denpasar court decorated by her family and friends with yellow freedom ribbons, Corby denied any involvement with drugs and said her only crime had been to leave her luggage unlocked.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Scientists fear another major quake may strike Indonesia Seismologists say there is a heightened risk that a major earthquake may soon strike the western coast of Sumatra as a result of the monster quake that generated the December 26 tsunami. They warn that the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh, which was already badly hit by the killer wave, could be at risk from a quake measuring up to 7.5 on the Richter scale and there is a potential for a tsunami-making 8.5 quake offshore.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta airport operator to open budget terminal Domestic terminals at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, west of Jakarta, may soon be able to share the burden of ever-increasing passengers, with a new terminal to be built especially for low-cost carriers. Airport administrator PT Angkasa Pura II plans to renovate its haj terminal this year into a budget-airlines terminal, said the company's public relations manager, M. Wasfan, on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 03 February 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia scraps foreign troop pull-out deadline Foreign forces including the US Navy can continue tsunami relief operations in Indonesia beyond a March 26 deadline, the government said as the disaster's overall death toll topped 168,000. In Thailand the leaders of Canada, Sweden, Norway and Finland, which all lost citizens in the tragedy, were discussing reconstruction and efforts to identify the dead, while non-governmental organisations said 2,500 Myanmese migrant workers may have died in one province alone.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


S&P upgrades Indonesia sovereign ratings Standard & Poor's raised Indonesia's sovereign credit ratings on Wednesday, citing "ongoing progress" in the management of south-east Asia's largest economy. S&P lifted its long-term foreign currency rating one notch to Single B-plus from Single B and its local currency rating two notches to Double B from Single B-plus. It also said the outlook for Jakarta's ratings was positive, meaning future upgrades were likely.

Posted in Economy @ 22 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The government says it will gradually liberalize the domestic fuel market over the next five years, with the aim of completely eliminating costly fuel subsidies by 2010. "In the year 2010, fuel prices will be determined by the mechanism of healthy and appropriate competition, and the government will only give special help to replace subsidies for certain fuels," Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro was quoted as saying Monday (29/11/04) by detikcom online news portal.

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


Constructing the Indonesian presidency Presidency has been defined, among others, as the collective administrative and governmental entity operating in a presidential office. Presidency varies from one state to another and from one period to another in a single country. Sukarno's presidency differed from Soeharto's, B.J. Habibie's, Abdurrahman Wahid's and Megawati Soekarnoputri's.

Posted in Elections @ 25 October 2004 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


PT KAI to import used electric train cars Indonesia's state-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) has gone ahead with a plan to import second-hand electric train cars amid controversy over the wisdom of the decision. State-owned train industry PT Industry Kereta Api (Inka) has strongly criticized the plan, saying imports are not necessary as the cars could be produced locally.

Posted in General @ 06 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional court overturns anti-terror law Indonesia's constitutional court has overturned the country's tough anti-terror law. Friday's decision casts doubt on recent convictions, in particular those involving the deadly bomb attack on the island of Bali in 2002. In a five to four majority decision, the judges ruled that Indonesia's anti-terror law is unconstitutional. The decision could affect the convictions of more than 30 alleged terrorists, including the men convicted of killing more than 200 people in the Bali nightclub bombing of 2002.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Currency market intervention futile With many investors converting their funds into dollar-based assets, Bank Indonesia (central bank) has been selling dollars in the international currency market. It has also been threatening to curb currency trading among commercial banks while raising banks' reserve requirements. Despite these efforts, the rupiah has shed almost 9 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar since Jan. 1.

Posted in Economy @ 15 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Local phone rates to rise by up to 28% Independent experts criticized on Wednesday the government's decision to allow the country's fixed-line operators to raise local telephone rates by up to 28 percent. Sudaryatmo of the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) said "the government is not sensitive enough to realize that the phone rates hike will simply be another burden on the public." "The government should first carry out a study into the public's capability to pay the higher rates in relation to their incomes, before allowing the phone rate hike," he told The Jakarta Post.

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


On behalf of The United States-Indonesia Society and the National Commission on United States-Indonesia Relations, I thank you for this opportunity to present my perspectives on some of the major trends and challenges shaping priorities for U.S. policy in Southeast Asia. I returned yesterday from two weeks in Indonesia and also look forward to sharing my views on developments in that important nation.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Supreme Court decision overturning the conviction of House Speaker Akbar Tanjung landed with the thud of a police baton on the future of reform in Indonesia. The ruling will have its most direct impact on the July 5 presidential election, but ripples will be felt throughout society. Despite some potential bright spots in the verdict and its aftermath, it's a dark day for justice and hope for this nation of 220 million people.

Posted in Politics @ 16 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight bridges collapse in C. Sulawesi after flooding Eight bridges in Central Sulawesi have collapsed in floods caused by incessant rain over the past two weeks. The natural disaster, which is common during the wet season, also cut roads linking several parts of the province, an official said on Saturday. Mashud Kasim, the head of the Central Sulawesi Office of Settlement and Regional Infrastructure, said damages that the provincial government would have to bear amounted to Rp 38.5 billion (US$4.5 billion).

Posted in Flooding @ 29 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia welcomes capture of Saddam Indonesia has welcomed news of Saddam Hussein's capture by US forces, saying his arrest should help Iraqis to govern their own nation. "The capture of Saddam Hussein is long overdue," Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa was quoted as saying by Reuters. "It is our hope that his capture will help speed up the process of reconciliation and the transition toward a democratic government of Iraq, where sovereignty is restored in the hands of the Iraqi people," he added.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Infrastructure crisis looms for Indonesia Indonesia's dilapidated infrastructure poses a greater threat to human life than terrorism and will hamper long-term growth if investments are not made to improve it soon, the World Bank said yesterday. 'In terms of the impact on human lives, it's obviously dramatically worse than terrorism for Indonesia. There's no comparison,' World Bank country director Andrew Steer said on the sidelines of a conference on averting an infrastructure crisis.

Posted in General @ 03 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exodus to reach peak on Sunday The annual Idul Fitri exodus was once in evidence in the capital on Saturday as thousands of people left Jakarta by various means of transportation. Meanwhile, the death toll during this year's exodus has already reached 17. The massive getaway is expected to reach its peak on Sunday and Monday. For some lucky travelers, free trips home have been sponsored by private sector companies and a political party.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to lift telephone charges After a delay of about 10 months, the Indonesian government said it would raise telephone rates by an average 15 percent before the year end, The Jakarta Post reported Thursday. The Ministry of Communications' post and telecommunications Director-General Djamhari Sirat said Wednesday a similar hike, thethird 15 percent increase, would also be implemented next year.

Posted in General @ 06 November 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rp 80 trillion needed for fired discharged civil servants The government would require the huge sum of up to Rp 80 trillion (EUR 8.42 billion) to cover the severance payments of tens of thousands of civil servants dismissed for being unproductive. Sofwan Chudhorie, a member of House of Representatives Commission II on home affairs, from the National Awakening Party (PKB) faction, said the amount would be earmarked for such payments.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Monorail may offer some relief to Jakarta WHEN Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso flew to Kuching, Malaysia, last week to sign a deal for a monorail project worth US$400 million (S$704 million) for the Indonesian capital, it heralded a belated move to set up some sort of credible mass transit system in the gridlocked, polluted city of 12 million people. Jakarta is one of the last major metropolises in South-east Asia without an underground railway network. Blueprints have been drawn up in recent years, but were shelved at the onset of the Asian economic meltdown in late 1997.

Posted in General @ 02 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia faces up to post-IMF reality After five years under the harsh tutelage of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest economy, is to break free from the IMF's bailout program and loan lifeline at the end of this year when its US$5 billion line of credit expires. A government committee has drafted an economic blueprint, a White Paper for post-IMF Indonesia that will be revealed on Friday, simultaneously with the draft budget for 2004, by President Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Posted in Economy @ 17 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel subsidies have long been a thorny problem for various Indonesian governments. Attempts to reduce the level of these subsidies by increasing domestic fuel prices have often been met by protests, forcing the price hike to be reversed. In January 2003, the government again tried to increase fuel prices, and was again forced to back down by public protests. In this article , Dr. Bachrawi Sanusi takes an indepth look at the issue:

Posted in General @ 15 July 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wants closer Europe ties A two-day meeting of European and Asian finance ministers has called for closer economic ties between the two regions as they struggle to shake off the impact of war, terrorism and SARS. The fifth Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM), hosted by Indonesia on the resort island of Bali, was officially opened by Indonesia's top economics minister Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti and Finance Minister Budiono.

Posted in Politics @ 07 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to allocate $202 mln for Aceh offensive Indonesia said on Tuesday it would allocate 1.7 trillion rupiah ($202 million) from the 2003 state budget to finance the military offensive in Aceh province. The military (TNI) launched a major operation against separatist rebels in the westernmost province on Monday just hours after President Megawati Sukarnoputri put Aceh under martial law. "The funds will come from the reserve account in the budget, 1.2 trillion will be allocated to the TNI and half a trillion for the Indonesian Police," Finance Minister Boediono told reporters.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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