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Gamalama volcano still angry, Ternate airport remains closed The Sultan Babullah airport of Ternate is still closed at least until Dec. 28 as Mount Gamalama continues activities.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 December 2014 10:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI opposes Ahok as Jakarta governor Some one thousand FPI Muslim activists staged a protest rally on the premises of the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD), rejecting a plan to appoint Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) as the Jakarta governor succeeding Joko Widodo.

Posted in Protests @ 24 September 2014 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Pertamina labor union threatens to stop gas supplies to PGN The Federation of Pertamina United Labor Unions (FSPPB) has threatened to stop gas supplies to state gas distributor PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) following a planned acquisition of PT Pertamina Gas (Pertagas) by PT PGN.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 13 May 2014 23:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bogowonto train derailed after collision with truck An economy class train, the Bogowonto en route from Jakarta to Yogyakarta, derailed last evening after a collision with a truck on a railroad crossing in Ciledug, near the city of Cirebon in West Java.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 May 2014 07:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Satinah`s task force deplores minister`s statement The Head of Task Force to free Satinah, Muhammad Maftuh Basyuni, stated that he was deplored by Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandars statement, accusing his team of unprofessionalism.

Posted in Crime @ 16 April 2014 13:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono campaigns for Democratic Party in Yogyakarta President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has delivered a 20-minute oration during the Democratic Partys campaign in Bantul, Yogyakarta on Monday. "I ask you to vote for Democratic Party at number seven to keep moving forward, instead of backward, for another five years ahead," Yudhoyono requested.

Posted in Elections @ 17 March 2014 18:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian T-50i jet fighter conducts emergency landing An Indonesian Air Forces T-50i jet fighter conducted an emergency landing at the Ahmad Yani International Airport in Semarang, Central Java Province, on Friday. Bakti Yuda, the airports air traffic controller, confirmed that the airport was temporarily shut down as a result of the emergency landing.

Posted in Military @ 28 February 2014 20:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud's eruption is force majeure The Transportation Ministry has declared the eruption of Mount Kelud in Kediri, East Java, to be a force majeure, which exempts airlines from compensating passengers due to cancelled flights.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 February 2014 13:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


7 airports in Indonesia closed due to Mount Kelud eruption Seven airports on the Indonesian island of Java have been closed due to the eruption of Mount Kelud in Kediri, East Java, on Thursday night. "Seven airports have been temporarily closed due to Mount Keluds eruption," Director General of Air Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation Herry Bakti stated here on Friday.

Posted in Travel @ 14 February 2014 22:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air plane fails to land at El Tari Airport On Tuesday, a Lion Air plane failed to land at the El Tari Airport in the East Nusa Tenggara provincial capital of Kupang amid bad weather conditions.

Posted in Weather @ 21 January 2014 22:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta begins emergency river dredging Jakarta officially commenced the long-overdue project to dredge the city’s rivers and waterways to prevent flooding. The project, known as the Jakarta Emergency Dredging Initiative (JEDI) was approved in 2009 but the actual dredging was delayed for five years.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 14 December 2013 08:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police delay implementation of headscarf for policewomen The Indonesian police plans to postpone the implementation of their decision to allow policewomen to wear headscarves while on duty, citing the pending issuance of a decision on uniformity. National Police chief General Sutarman confirmed the postponement here on Monday, saying a uniform headscarf for all policewomen had to be decided upon.

Posted in Politics @ 02 December 2013 17:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Remittances from Indonesian workers reach Rp100 trillion Indonesia earns about Rp100 trillion in foreign exchange every year from Indonesian workers in various countries across Asia and Europe, a manpower official has said.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2013 18:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 'Workers, employers must build harmonious relations' Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said employers and workers should develop harmonious relations so they could jointly decide upon a basic minimum wage without having conflicts.

Posted in Economy @ 29 October 2013 20:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Miss World`s final round moved to Bali CEO of MNC Group Hary Tanoesoedibjo expressed his disappointment over the government`s decision to centralise all activities of the Miss World 2013 beauty pageant in Bali, following protests from Islamic organisations.

Posted in General @ 16 September 2013 18:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK : 'Losses worth Rp6.7 trillion to state in minerals sector' The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said it has found losses to the state worth Rp6.7 trillion in the minerals and coal sector over the past nine years. The losses were in non tax revenues including royalty and fixed fee in the period of 2003-2011, KPK Deputy Chairman Busyro Muqoddas said here on Thursday.

Posted in Corruption @ 29 August 2013 23:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic organisations against Miss World (of course) The Jakarta Globe reports that high-ranking Islamic leaders in Indonesia continue to object to plans to hold the Miss World Beauty Pageant in Bali in the week leading up to the final round on September 8, 2013.

Posted in Protests @ 26 August 2013 03:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three flights from Dumai cancelled due to haze Three flights from Dumai city are cancelled due to low visibility following haze that is still happening in the area, chief of Dumai airport`s authority, Catur Hargowo, said here on Monday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 01 July 2013 17:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Forestry Minister in Riau to inspect forest fire control Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan led a coordinating meeting on forest and plantation fire control here on Saturday. A number of personnel from forest fire brigade "Manggala Agni", military, police and forest rangers were present in the event.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dumai airport cancels two flights due to haze Dumai city`s airport in Riau province cancels two flights here on Wednesday due to thick haze from the forest fire that hit the area, the airport management`s spokesman, Catur Hargowo, said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 19 June 2013 12:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Smog covers Dumai city, Riau Thick smog covered Dumai city affecting the visibility in the city`s main roads as low as 200 meters on Wednesday at around 10 am local time. The heavy smog affected the people`s daily activity especially those riding motorcycles due to the low visibility.

Posted in General @ 05 June 2013 17:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batik Air to offer full service flights from May 3, 2013 Lion Air has officially launched their full service airline called Batik Air, which will begin operations on May 3, 2013 using 737-900ERs. The airline has also signed a commitment with Boeing to order five 787 Dreamliners for the airline, and intends to have them delivered by 2015, the first to order the type since Garuda Indonesia cancelled its firm order for 10 aircraft.

Posted in Travel @ 22 April 2013 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia, Australia sign air service agreement Indonesia and Australia have signed an air service agreement governing details of transport capacity, frequency and types of planes operated by each other`s airline companies.

Posted in Travel @ 07 February 2013 21:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Power outages hit Ngurah Rai airport Public service at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport was disrupted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at 2:20 pm when a power interruption left most of the airport in the dark.The Wednesday power outage followed a similar power failure on Monday, two days earlier.

Posted in Power supply @ 01 December 2012 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


NU leaders regret clemency for drug convicts - The executive board of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the country`s largest non political Islamic organization, said it regrets clemency granted by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for two drug convicts.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 October 2012 01:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Victims commemorate second Bali Bombings Survivors and families of victims of the second Bali bombings in 2005 gathered to commemorate the tragedy here on Monday. In their message read out on the occasion they called on all community elements, including the government to prevent terrorism.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2012 17:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer: 'Bounty for arrest of president baseless' The bounty offered by separatist group Free West Papua Movement for the arrest of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his October visit to Britain has no legal basis, according to an observer.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2012 22:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'No need to worry about Leopard purchase plan' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesians need not worry about the government`s plan to purchase leopard tanks from Germany because the tanks would only be used for defense purposes.

Posted in Military @ 10 July 2012 17:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Three US warships arrive in Banongan Three American warships have arrived at the coastal region of Banongan, Situbondo, East Java, situated 194 km to the east of Surabaya, on Monday morning.

Posted in Military @ 04 June 2012 10:28 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


PKS to remain in government coalition: PKS president President of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq has said his party would remain in the government coalition, even though it was not invited to a recent meeting of the Coalition`s Joint Secretariat.

Posted in Politics @ 07 April 2012 17:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP supports Yusril`s attempt to review budget law A legislator from an opposition party has expressed support for a former minister`s request at the Constitutional Court (MK) for a judicial review of a newly approved clause in the Law on the 2012 Revised State Budget.

Posted in Politics @ 02 April 2012 16:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


MP asks 'fuel price' protesters not to vandalize public property An Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) lawmaker has asked the people not to vandalize public property while holding rallies against the government`s plan to raise fuel prices.

Posted in Politics @ 24 March 2012 05:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful earthquake off Indonesia triggers brief tsunami alert A powerful earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra on early Wednesday morning, seismologists said, prompting a brief tsunami alert but causing no damage.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 January 2012 04:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia airlines shows firm passenger growth Indonesian airlines are in a period of accelerated growth, despite the looming debt crisis that threatens aviation in Europe and the United States.

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2011 01:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia AirAsia worst for flight cancellations Indonesia AirAsia was dubbed the worst airline in the country for flight cancellation in the first semester of 2011, with 471 flights canceled during the period, the government said Tuesday.

Posted in Travel @ 02 November 2011 04:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New Lombok airport finally opened officially Jakarta Globe reports that the beleaguered Lombok International Airport began operations at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 30, 2011. Long delayed for a variety of reasons ranging from funding, lack of supporting infrastructure, theft of building materials, environmental disputes and construction delays - the original opening date of March 2010 was pushed back by 1.5 years.

Posted in Travel @ 02 October 2011 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sriwijaya Air leaves behind 200 passengers at airport Where airlines like Lion Air and Batavia Air have been publicly criticized by the Indonesian government over their many delays, and state-owned airlines like Garuda Indonesia and Merpati Nusantasa seem to be perfect companies, Sriwijaya Air is also not looking to collect any bonus points this week.

Posted in Travel @ 11 August 2011 10:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Flying Merpati Nusantara? Are you sure? Figures from ticketindonesia.info show that the airline with the most canceled flights in their name is Merpati Nusantara. This Indonesian state-owned company, also partially owned by Garuda Indonesia, seems to have a peculiar way of conducting business; selling tickets, canceling flights and then wait for months to pay back the money paid for tickets on those canceled flight. At least it seems that way.

Posted in Travel @ 28 July 2011 14:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


President Yudhoyono demands answers on Merpati air crash Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday demanded the cabinet answers on the Merpati airplane crash that killed 27 people.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 May 2011 20:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Court begins trial of deadly Ahmadiyah attack An Indonesian Court on Tuesday began the trail of 12 men accused over the deadly attack on an Ahmadiyah community, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in General @ 26 April 2011 20:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Family blames Indonesian police for son's death The family of a man who reportedly died after hanging himself in police detention said Friday Indonesian officers were involved in the incident. The Jakarta Globe reported that Susanto, 19, died after attempting to hang himself in his cell on Monday evening. He was taken to the Luwuk Hospital, but he died after arrival.

Posted in Crime @ 23 April 2011 03:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No tsunami after powerful 7.1 magnitude quake off Java island A powerful earthquake struck the Indian Ocean south of the Indonesian island of Java on early Monday morning, seismologists said, prompting local residents to flee to higher ground. A tsunami warning was later canceled.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 April 2011 23:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seaports too small: fewer cruise ships to Indonesia The number of cruise ship visits to Indonesia in 2011 is put at only 31, a decline from the numbers projected last year due to the cancellation of planned ship visits to Bali and Komodo.

Posted in Tourism @ 09 March 2011 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta cancels ban on Ahmadiyah religious group The Jakarta provincial government on Monday canceled the ban on the Indonesia's Ahmadiyah religious group and its activities, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Religion @ 07 March 2011 16:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bromo ash cloud halts Bali international flights At least 13 international flights scheduled to arrive and depart from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali, have been canceled after volcanic ash from Mount Bromo infiltrated Denpasar's airspace Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 January 2011 12:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia set for Malaysia in second leg of AFF Cup final Three days after their 3-0 defeat against Malaysia, the Indonesian national football squad is set for the second leg of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup final match to decide the cup winner.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2010 09:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Independent coalition demands politicians out of election commission A coalition of non-governmental organizations on Thursday demanded the Indonesian House of Representatives to cancel the membership of politicians for the General Elections Commissions (KPU), citing conflicts of interest.

Posted in Politics @ 26 November 2010 03:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda cancels flights due to ongoing system problems Continuing problems with Garuda Indonesia's new automated crew rotation system resulted in the cancellation of 11 flights and the delays of another six, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 23 November 2010 19:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll rises to 191 in Merapi eruptions The death toll in Indonesia's Mount Merapi eruptions risen to 191 on Wednesday as international airlines again cancel and postpone routes to and from the region. Disaster management officials confirmed the number of deaths since Merapi began making strong eruptions late last month. In addition, over 340,000 people are currently staying in temporary camps.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 November 2010 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. President Obama to visit Indonesia despite volcano threat U.S. President Barack Obama is due to arrive on Tuesday for a 24-hour visit to Indonesia as part of a 10-day Asian tour, despite concerns resulting from the ongoing eruptions at Mount Merapi, Indonesian and U.S. officials said on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 09 November 2010 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta declared no-fly zone after volcano eruption Just days before President Barack Obama's visit to Indonesia, all international airlines canceled flights into the country’s capital city Saturday after a volcano hundreds of miles to the west unleashed its most powerful eruption in a century. The cancellation also means passengers leaving Jakarta for overseas had to call off their trips.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 November 2010 15:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Towards the danger? About one and a half year ago I moved out from Yogyakarta, where I stayed for three years. Those three years started two months after the destructive earthquake which was directly followed by a small eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano directly north of where I lived then - Jakal KM 5, as it is locally known best.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 November 2010 13:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful earthquake, small tsunamis hit Sumatra A small tsunami was recorded after a powerful earthquake struck off the western coast of Sumatra, officials said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The 7.2-magnitude earthquake at 9.42 p.m. local time (1442 GMT) was centered just off the Mentawai Islands, about 240 kilometers south of Padang, the capital and largest city of West Sumatra.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 October 2010 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Obama Indonesia bound, again? U.S. President Obama is quoted on the U.S. White House Website as confirming his plans to visit Indonesia in November 2010, his third attempt to visit his boyhood home after plans for his first two visits were postponed due to commitments to pass his health-care agenda and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted in Politics @ 26 September 2010 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Burger King to stop buying oil from Sinar Mas Environmentalists on Saturday praised Burger King's decision to stop buying palm oil from an Indonesian company accused of destroying rainforests. The U.S. hamburger chain giant said Friday that it was canceling its contract with PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology over concerns it had not adopted sustainable farming practices.

Posted in Environment @ 05 September 2010 01:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Obama cancels visit to Indonesia - again U.S. President Barack Obama has canceled, for the second time, a planned visit to the Asia Pacific that included a stop in Bali in mid-June. Citing the "on-going environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said: "President Obama spoke tonight with Prime Minister Rudd of Australia, and with President Yudhoyono.

Posted in Politics @ 06 June 2010 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 120 new species of plants and animals discovered At least 120 new species of plants and animals have been discovered in the tropical rain forests of Borneo in the last three years. Several of the remarkable findings were done by Dutch. Evolutionbiologist Menno Schilthuizen and his Malaysian student Liew Thor-Seng found a new kind of snail with a tail that is three times as long as his head for example.

Posted in Environment @ 23 April 2010 02:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Travelers from Indonesia affected by Europe ash cloud Indonesia and Asia are increasingly feeling the impact of the volcanic ash cloud hanging over Europe, with airlines forced to cancel dozens of European flights for a third day on Sunday and warning that the chaos could last up to a week, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars.

Posted in Travel @ 19 April 2010 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iceland volcanic eruption causes chaos in Europe air traffic Ash clouds from an Icelandic volcano that erupted Wednesday disrupted air traffic across Northern Europe on Thursday, as British and Nordic authorities closed airspace, airports including Europe's busiest airport- London Heathrow - shut down and carriers canceled hundreds of flights.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 April 2010 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blackout prevents Lion Air from landing A Lion Air commercial plane failed to land at Fatmawati Soekarno Airport in Bengkulu on Friday evening due to a blackout that affected the facility, Antara reported. The aircraft hovered above the airport for a while before it flew back to Jakarta as the airport was too dark to land.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 13 March 2010 02:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia media conspires against Yudhoyono Demonstrators that demand the resignation of president Yudhoyono and vice-president Boediono took to the streets yesterday as well. Demonstrations occurred in cities across Indonesia, but the biggest demonstration was held in Makassar, South Sulawesi. If the biggest demonstration was there and not in Jakarta, it is a sign that it wasn't all that important after all.

Posted in Protests @ 30 January 2010 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


More than 2.2 million tourists for Bali is difficult Bali set a new record of foreign tourist arrivals with 2.2 million in 2009, but local and international tourism industry players doubt the island can equal or break the mark in the future. Ida Bagus Sidharta Putra of Santrian Group tours and travel network said Saturday Bali was lucky to receive foreign tourists who shifted their destination from Thailand due to a protracted political crisis there last year.

Posted in Tourism @ 11 January 2010 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Britons in jail over propery fraud Radar Bali carries news of yet another property transaction by foreign nationals attempting to secure land in Bali gone sour. U.K. nationals, Christopher James Forbes, 50, who list his address as the Bali View Apartment, Jalan Nakula 390 in Kuta, and Angus Knowles Jackson were arrested on Christmas Eve pursuant to a criminal complaint filed with the Bali police by Dmitry Chernikov, a Russian national.

Posted in Crime @ 28 December 2009 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More problems for Batavia Air in Surabaya Passengers waiting for their flights to Kupang and Jakarta with Batavia Air have been delayed for many hours. Most of them are still stranded at the international airport of Juanda near Surabaya. The plane in the direction of Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara, should have departed yesterday afternoon, but has not departed as of earlier this afternoon.

Posted in General @ 04 December 2009 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI member admits watching porn For days members of the well-known masked white-robed Islamists of Front Pembela Islam ('Islamic Defenders Front') held demonstrations against a comedy film which is currently being produced because one of it's actors - Japanese porn star Maria 'Miyabi' Ozawa - has a leading roll, allthough not naked at all.

Posted in Religion @ 11 October 2009 10:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Only two pilots in simulator, training a success The first reaction from Indonesia on the ban to fly to countries of the European Union for all Indonesian airliners was as clear as it could be. Furious they were, because there were no structural problems at all in the airline industry in the country. President Yudhoyono even canceled a visit to the Netherlands because of the ban. And all this even when there was not a single Indonesian airliner flying to Europe, since Garuda Indonesia had stopped flying to Amsterdam late 2004 already.

Posted in General @ 04 September 2009 06:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Operating licenses expired; Garuda cancels purchase of airlines Garuda Indonesia has abandoned plans to acquire either Linus Airways or Star Air following the formal revocation on July 26, 2009, of the operating licenses of the two air carriers by the Indonesian Department of Civil Aviation.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 21 July 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia might propose to host East Asia Summit Indonesia is likely to host the East Asia Summit (EAS) following its cancellation in Thailand, according to the government on Tuesday. "We might propose to host, on the grounds that Jakarta is the location of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Secretariat," said Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah.

Posted in Economy @ 15 April 2009 09:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Higher taxes for older planes in the pipeline Minister of Transportation, Jusman Syafi Djamal, has told the press that he is considering asking for higher tax rates for older planes operated by Indonesian air carriers as an incentive to drive a modernization of the country's air armada. Behind the Minister's plan is the view that older aircraft are more frequently involved in "safety incidents" in Indonesia and have generally poor operating efficiencies.

Posted in General @ 30 March 2009 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesian cleric arrested over underage marriage Police arrested a Muslim cleric in Indonesia's Central Java province for marrying a 12-year-old girl in violation of the country's child-protection law, an officer said Wednesday. Pujiono Cahyo Widianto, 43, revealed in August that he had taken the girl as a second wife in a traditional Islamic wedding ceremony, sparking criticism from child-protection groups.

Posted in Religion @ 18 March 2009 09:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Emaar withdraws from US$600 million Lombok project The Jakarta Globe reports that a massive US$600 Million mega-resort planned for South Lombok is now in jeopardy. The project of shopping, recreation areas, golf courses and luxurious hotels on a 1,200 hectare site is a "pet project" of Indonesia's Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, who personally invited Dubai's state-owned Emaar Properties to spearhead the investment.

Posted in Economy @ 17 March 2009 05:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Seven killed in floods across Indonesia During heavy rains and tropical storms lasting for three days, floods have killed four people in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara of eastern Indonesia, and three in Jakarta and its neighboring city Bogor by Tuesday, the Jakarta Post reported. The Social Service Agency Head Sentianus Medi said that 10 villages in Central Kupang, East Kupang and Sulamu districts were submerged in 1.5 meters of water, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes and seek refuge.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 February 2009 15:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit northern shores of Java island At least 400 houses in Pecakaran village, Wonokerto regency of Pekalongan, Central Java, were inundated with water levels reaching up to half a meter due to an continuous rainfall in recent days. The incessant rain also caused some bridges and farms in other neighboring villages to be broken and ruined by landslides.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 February 2009 04:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2.000 Rupiah bank notes to be issued next year The State-owned bank notes printing company (Perum Peruri) executive-director Junino Jahja said his office will print Rp2.000 bank notes next year, in line with Bank Indonesia plans to issue the bank notes in 2009.

Posted in General @ 23 December 2008 05:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Local Muslims reject arrival of Abu Bakar Ba'ashir The plan of religious leader Abu Bakar Ba'ashir to bring a visit to Lumajang has caused a strong reaction from local Muslims. They reject the arrival of the Muslem cleric from Solo. They say that a majority of the people in Lumajang will feel uneasy with a visit from him. "We strongly are against a visit of Abu Bakar Ba'ashir to Lumajang," said Abdurrohim, one of the Islamic leaders from the Tompokersan sub-district in Lumajang.

Posted in Religion @ 04 December 2008 12:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Rihanna cancels concert in Indonesia amid safety concerns Just a day before she was set to take the stage, pop singer Rihanna has canceled a concert in Indonesia amid concerns about her safety. The Bajan beauty was scheduled to perform in front of a sold-out crowd in the capital Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in General @ 14 November 2008 00:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stocks fall as government raises bank guarantee The Indonesian stock-exchange fell by 5 percent at the reopening of trade on Monday after a three-day halt, despite the government increasing the bank guarantee to help restore investor confidence in the economy amid the global financial market crisis. Finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawai announced that the government would extend the bank guarantee deposit from 100 million rupiah (7.500 euro) up to 2 billion rupiah (150.000 euro).

Posted in Economy @ 14 October 2008 08:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Investors dropped US$41 billion in Indonesia jobs Twenty-one foreign and domestic investors cancelled their plans to set up oil refineries in Indonesia worth a total US$41.4 billion approved by the government in the period 1994 - 2000. The oil refineries were supposed to be built on Java island, Aceh province, and Riau on Sumatra island, Kalimantan, and West Nusa Tenggara province, said Muhammad Nadjib, deputy chief for investment development at the Capital Investment Board (BKPM).

Posted in General @ 23 August 2008 04:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono only wants to go to Europe with Garuda Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has decided to cancel his planned state visits to several European countries. He will not bring a visit before the ban for Indonesian airlines to fly to any country in the European Union has ended, in special the ban for Garuda Indonesia. "The President only wants to fly with Garuda Indonesia," said Minister of Transportation Jusman Syafii Djamal.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 July 2008 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Price of hajj from Indonesia to raise 20 percent The department of Religious Affairs in Indonesia has formally set the price of the hajj pilgrimage for this year. The price will be some 450 US dollar higher than last year, which translates into a hike of 5 million Rupiah, or 20 percent. The hike in prices is mostly caused by the higher cost of flying because of high world oil prices. The Minister of Religious Affairs, Maftuh Basyuni, said that the price of the pilgrimage is decided upon by presidential decree.

Posted in Religion @ 23 July 2008 04:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Hari Nyepi' to bring absolute silence to Bali On that day the Balinese celebrate New Year or Nyepi - the Balinese equivalent of the word for silence. This is a day the Balinese Hindus dedicate to quiet introspection and spiritual cleansing.

Posted in Religion @ 24 February 2008 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud flow dam breaks, railway closed Rail traffic in eastern Java came to a halt on Friday afternoon after an emergency dam at the mud flow gave away earlier last night. The railway between kilometer 32 and 33 is flooded with mud with heights up to half a meter.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 04 January 2008 14:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airport building Medan burned down A terminal building of Polonia airport in Medan, northern Sumatra, was engulfed by flames last night around 20:30 local time (GMT+7). The fire destroyed the entire departure terminal for domestic flights. Until this moment the fire is still burning and the airport is closed. All flights to and from the airport have been canceled until further notice.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 December 2007 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six Garuda B737-400s seized by customs officers Asia aviation soared to new heights on Thursday, October 25, 2007, with the inaugural flight of the Airbus 380 from Singapore to Sydney, while in Indonesia aviation circles were reaping publicity of a less favorable kind when six Boeing 737-400 aircraft leased by national flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia were seized by Indonesian customs and excise officials in Jakarta.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 October 2007 08:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two moderate earthquakes strike Aceh Two moderate earthquakes on Saturday struck Indonesia's Aceh province, site of a quake-triggered tsunami in 2004, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the temblors measured 6.1 and 6.0 on the Richter scale, but Indonesia's National Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said they were 5.9 and 5.8.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 September 2007 01:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


West Sumatra struck by fourth earthquake Indonesia has cancelled a tsunami alert triggered by that sprawling nation's fourth earthquake in about 24 hours. The fourth quake occurred in Sumatra, about 121 kilometres northeast of Lais Bengkulu at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers. The latest quake measured 6.8 on the Richter scale.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 September 2007 09:01 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: Youth key to new political party In the lead-up to Indonesia’s 2009 elections, a new left party has been formed. The National Liberation Party of Unity (Papernas) was founded on the basis of three main demands: the cancellation of Indonesia’s foreign debt, the nationalisation of the minerals sector, including oil and gas, and national industrialisation.

Posted in Politics @ 29 July 2007 15:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda complies with IATA safety standards On July 4, 2007, Tempo Interaktif reported Garuda Indonesia is in the process of renewing its certficaton for compliance with the strict safety standards of the International Aviation Transport Association (IATA). According to Tempo, the national airline has already met 95% of the standards of the International Aviation Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), scheduled to be carried out in August.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 07 July 2007 11:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands rally against nuclear power plants Thousands of people demonstrated in the province of central Java today to protest the government plan to build a nuclear power plant in the city of Kudus. Local residents as well as environment activists hit the streets and public places in Kudus, 400 kilometers east of Jakarta. They protest the construction of the power plant which is to be started in 2016.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 12 June 2007 12:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Railway near Sidoarjo flooded again Mud coming out from a Lapindo Brantas gas well covered the railway track again. This time the flooding occurred in the village of Ketapang Keres, Porong. The mud reached a height of some 20 centimeters and was able to flow onto the track after one of the dams that has been built in a hurry to stop the flow of mud, gave way and collapsed partially. The mud has covered some 600 meters of railway track.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 17 April 2007 09:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes in Maluku A powerful earthquake rocked northern Maluku province yersterday evening, but there was no risk of a tsunami. Indonesia's meteorologiy agency (BMG) had earlier warned people on the island of Bacan to be watchful over changing sealevels. The earthquake with a magnitude 6.5 on th Richter scale was powerful enough to create a local tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 February 2007 01:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hunt for Adam Air flight 574 It was a fairly normal beginning of the new year, for as far the first day of the year can be a normal one. The sun was shining here and the weather looked good for the day. Maybe a little bit strange, since we are in the middle of the wet season here so in fact we have to expect a lot of rain almost every single day now. The weather is slightly strange since there is really bad weather of the Java Sea. From Southern Sumatra until as far east at the Moluccan Spice Islands the weather is bad; very high waves, strong winds and a lot of rain are pounding the area. At first you think that that is not a big deal there out at sea, at least there will be no victims in flash floods, landslides and other misery that comes with the wet season in Indonesia.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


 Wrestling shows off Indonesia TV Several popular American wrestling programmes have been pulled from Indonesian television, a spokeswoman said on Thursday, following the death of a nine-year-old boy whose friends practised fighting moves on him. SmackDown and other shows produced by the Stamford, Connecticut-based World Wrestling Entertainment Inc were last screened on Tuesday, said a spokeswoman for Indonesia's Lativi broadcaster, the only company to have aired the programmes.

Posted in Media @ 30 November 2006 05:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong quake hits near Moluccas islands A strong undersea earthquake struck near the Moluccas islands in northern Indonesia on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site, but there were no reports of a tsunami or casualties. The U.S. agency put the strength of the quake, which struck at 10.32 a.m. (01.32 GMT), at a magnitude of 6.1.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 November 2006 12:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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