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Government announces fuel price hike Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has announced the increase of subsidized fuel oil prices that will take effective at 00:00 am or early Tuesday (Nov 18, 2014).

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2014 01:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


22,000 pesonnel secure election dispute hearing Jakarta Regional Police have deployed 22,000 police personnel to provide security around the Constitutional Court building here during election dispute hearing.

Posted in Elections @ 06 August 2014 20:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi sets up transition office Presidential-elect Joko Widodo has set up "a transition office" to prepare programs for the implementation of his vision and mission and also to deliver on his campaign promises.

Posted in Politics @ 05 August 2014 13:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK searches state printing firm`s office over e-KTP The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Tuesday searched the office of the state-owned printing company (PNRI) as part of efforts to probe alleged corruption charges in procuring electronic identification cards (e-KTP). "The search is still going on," KPKs spokesman Johan Budi said.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 May 2014 16:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK proposes travel ban on five people over e-KTP case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) proposed an overseas travel ban on five people to facilitate investigation into the alleged corruption case related to the procurement of electronic identification cards (e-KTP) at the home affairs ministry.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 26 April 2014 00:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK starts questioning witnesses in e-KTP case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Friday started questioning witnesses in the alleged graft case related to the procurement of electronic identification cards (e-KTP) at the Home Affairs Ministry.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 April 2014 17:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body seizes documents from Home Ministry The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) seized several electronic documents while searching the offices of the home affairs ministry and private company to probe the alleged corruption charges in procuring electronic identification cards (e-KTP) on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 April 2014 15:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police uncover online sales of child porn videos The Jakarta Metropolitan police have uncovered online sales of child porn videos and arrested Mcay as a suspect. "Mcay has created an Internet site to market child porn videos," the Metropolitan Police spokesman, Senior Commissioner Rikwanto, said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 11 March 2014 18:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK confiscates documents from mayor's residence The investigators of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) confiscated eight bundles of documents from the residence of Tangerang Selatan Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany in Alam Sutera, Serpong, Banten, on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 January 2014 19:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former ruling party chief grilled by KPK Indonesias anti-graft agency, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), grilled former chief of the ruling Democratic Party, Anas Urbaningrum, for the first time on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 January 2014 20:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anas Urbaningrum detained by KPK over corruption allegations On Friday, the former chairman of the ruling Democratic Party, Anas Urbaningrum, was detained by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), after several hours of interrogation, in connection with his alleged involvement in a corruption case.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 January 2014 21:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia needs to revitalize migrant policies Indonesia needs to revitalize its policies in the migrant workers sector to provide fair treatment for its migrant workers abroad who contribute foreign exchange to the state, an ILO official said.

Posted in Economy @ 18 December 2013 09:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airport customs foils Rp9.9 billion crystal meth smuggle Soekarno-Hatta airport`s Customs has foiled two separate attempts in one week to smuggle crystal methamphetamine and seized Rp9.9 billion worth of the narcotic, an official said here on Friday.

Posted in Drugs @ 18 October 2013 23:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 4,000 passenger buses needed, quickly Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi said the city administration gives priority to procurement of 4,000 buses to serve as means of mass transport to reduce congestion in the city`s streets.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 12 October 2013 15:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Expect low number of absentee voters if Jokowi runs A researcher from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Prof Ikrar Nusa Bhakti, said voter turnout would be higher if Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) runs for president in 2014.

Posted in Politics @ 27 September 2013 20:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President officially opens Bali toll road President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono officially opened the 12.7-km Bali toll road, spanning across Benoa Bay, at 4 pm local time on Monday. Apart from pressing a button to mark the official opening of the toll road, the president was the first person to pay the toll fare using the e-toll card.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2013 17:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'State loses 2.1 trillion rupiah over e-KTP corruption' The Technology Information Academic Forum said it would be ready to help the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to uncover alleged corruption in the procurement of electronic identity card (e-KTP).

Posted in Corruption @ 02 September 2013 21:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


State lost Rp6 trillion due to corruption in 11 projects Corruption convict and former Democrat Party treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin has said corrupt practices in 11 government projects have caused the state losses of Rp6 trillion.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 August 2013 18:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detain three students protesting fuel price hike Police in Bengkulu city on Monday detained three students protesting against the government`s plan to raise the prices of subsidized fuels.

Posted in Protests @ 17 June 2013 18:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Medan airport security officers detain man trying to smuggle gun The Polonia airport security officers here on Wednesday at noon detained a man who tried to smuggle a gun and 20 bullets, the chief of the airport security office, Saut Sihombing, said.

Posted in Crime @ 05 June 2013 17:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pres. Yudhoyono to inaugurate hospital for workers in August President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to inaugurate Hospital for Workers in August 2013, according to State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan.

Posted in General @ 03 June 2013 18:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lippo Group to set up 12 hospitals in eastern regions Lippo Group plans to set up around 12 hospitals in eastern regions next year, its president, Theo L Sambuaga said. "Around 12 hospitals will be built in the future including general hospitals in several eastern regions such as Ambon, Palu, Sorong, Ternate and Kupang," he said at the Grand Opening of Siloam Hospital here on Wednesday.

Posted in Health @ 17 April 2013 20:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Purchase your Indonesia Air tickets through ticketindonesia.info Starting today, ticketindonesia.info has started selling tickets for Indonesian airliner Indonesia Air (PT Indonesia Air Transport) through it's website. This small airline used to be known as IAT, but has gone through a complete reformation since the take-over by the MNC Group. The airline has purchased new planes and offers attractive routes.

Posted in Travel @ 28 February 2013 13:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BNN exposes nationwide narcotics distribution network The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) in East Java managed to uncover a narcotics distribution ring after the organisation received information from a suspect who was arrested earlier at Surabaya`s Juanda Airport.

Posted in Drugs @ 25 January 2013 22:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australiang motorcycle gangs set up links on Bali The Sydney Morning Herald has run an investigative article by Michael Bachelard examining how Australian motorcycle gangs are establishing business links in Bali.

Posted in Crime @ 31 December 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Convicted terrorist escapes wearing niqab Roki Aprisdianto (29), a convicted terrorist held at the Jakarta Metropolitan Police detention centre, has escaped disguised as a woman in niqab, according to the police.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 November 2012 20:09 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


Sultan Hamengku Buwono resigns from Golkar party Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X of Yogyakarta who is also the governor of the special region in central Java has resigned from Golkar Party. "I have reported my resignation to Golkar Party general chairman Aburizal Bakrie. This is done as a follow up of the passage of the bill of the region`s special status," he said here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2012 23:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Telkom : 'Indonesian Telkom-3 satellite lost in space' The Telkom-3 satellite owned by Indonesian telecommunication services company Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) has been reported lost, hours after it was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:31 AM Jakarta time on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 August 2012 22:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Govt considering to freeze Greenpeace Indonesia' Justice Minister Amir Syamsudin said the government is studying the possibility of freezing Greenpeace Indonesia due to various violations it has made so far. "We will see the stages for it. We hope the bill on mass organizations could give the answer. In essence foreign organizations must submit to laws effective in our country," he said.

Posted in Politics @ 02 August 2012 22:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Resident finds body of foreign tourist in Bali A Kutuh village resident, Badung district, Bali, found the body of a foreign tourist on Thursday. The remains of Mark Ovenden were discovered by I Wayan Suada on a footpath.

Posted in Crime @ 21 June 2012 15:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta metropolitan police arrests human smuggler Jakarta Metropolitan Police personnel has arrested a people`s smuggler from Uzbekistan, Salim Mustafa alias Theodoros Ioannis alias Musaev Samir, listed as Interpol`s wanted people (DPO).

Posted in Crime @ 11 June 2012 16:19 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


Cicurug residents find more bodies, ID cards of Sukhoi victims About 13 residents of Cicurug subdistrict, Sukabumi district, claimed they found some remains and several identity cards of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 victims who were killed in an air crash on Mount Salak, West Java province, on May 9, 2012.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 May 2012 12:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister satisfied with progress of e-ID card project Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi has expressed his satisfaction over the progress in the implementation of the electronic identification (e-ID) card or, as locally called, the e-KTP project.

Posted in General @ 08 May 2012 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry hands over compensation to Aminah family The Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration on Thursday handed over compensation to the family of Aminah binti Sarki Nurkin, an Indonesian migrant worker who died last month in Qatar.

Posted in General @ 03 May 2012 16:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Afghan, Sudanese immigrants in Pasuruan detention center A total of 68 Afghan and Sudanese immigrants being detained at the Malang immigration office will soon be taken to the Pasuruan immigration detention center in East Java.

Posted in Crime @ 22 April 2012 17:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Palu immigration office deports foreigners The Central Sulawesi Immigration Office eventually decided to deport Malhotra Sanjai, an Indian, who had been caught along with some other foreigners from Singapore.

Posted in Crime @ 22 April 2012 15:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No more paperwork for Indonesians at immigration checkpoints The government says that Indonesian citizens will no longer need to complete arrival and departure cards when passing through immigration checkpoints. Immigration Directorate General spokesman Maryoto Sumadi said it implemented the regulation effective Thursday evening.

Posted in Travel @ 25 March 2012 06:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police take DNA sample of terrorist suspect family member Police have taken the DNA sample of a family member of one of the terrorist suspects killed in Bali recently, in their efforts to assure the identification of the suspects.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 March 2012 15:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One Papua tribe extinct, two more to follow soon Unable to compete in the acculturation process with other groups, the Sebo tribe in Kayu Pulau, Jayapura, Papua, has become extinct, and two other tribes - the Tampoto and Dasim - are on the verge of extinction.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2012 13:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign NGOs to be banned from soliciting domestic donations Under a bill on societal organizations currently being deliberated in parliament, foreign non-governmental organizations will not be allowed to solicit financial donations from members of the Indonesian public, a legislator said.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2012 02:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


021-29918200: Air Asia malpractice It is a normal working day when I was called quite early in the morning, around eight, by the local number 021-29918200. I did not recognise that number, so I did not answer it. It often happens here that people dial the wrong number and then start asking all kinds of questions, even calling back to continue asking and making sure that I am not the one they are looking for.

Posted in Crime @ 02 January 2012 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


High security around 19th ASEAN summit Bali police will ensure the 19th ASEAN Summit security would be in accordance with universal protocol security standards, Bali police spokesman Brig Gen I Ketut Untung Yoga Ana said here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 14 November 2011 09:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Phone operators deny involvement in phone credit theft A number of phone operators claimed that they have taken precautions to prevent their customers unwittingly having their phone credit deducted by short text messages (SMS) offering prizes and premium content.

Posted in General @ 06 October 2011 03:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KAI unveils new logo and travel card system Among celebrations of the 66th anniversary of state-owned railway company PT KAI on Wednesday, the company unveiled a new corporate logo, hoping the new look will help re-energize its performance as a mass transportation provider.

Posted in Travel @ 28 September 2011 12:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Warning for Lion Air, Batavia Air over delays Bisnis Indonesia reveals that the Indonesian Department of Civil Aviation has published on-time performance figures for Indonesian air carriers with Batavia Air and Lion Air earning "red card" results for managing to fly on schedule less than 70% of the time.

Posted in Travel @ 09 August 2011 06:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Islamic groups demand Ahmadiyah group be outlawed Hundreds of conservative Muslims on Saturday rallied in the Indonesian capital to demand the government outlaw an Islamic sect, the Jakarta Globe reported. Almost 1,500 protesters wearing white robes gathered in Jakarta to urge the banning of the minority Ahmadiyah group. According to reports, some protesters held placards reading "Disband Ahmadiyah or Revolution."

Posted in Religion @ 30 July 2011 23:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Electronic ID program to be completed this year The government of Indonesia announced that its Electronic Identity (E-ID) Card program would be completed in 197 districts/cities this year, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in General @ 28 July 2011 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines in the hands of Saratoga Group The Saratoga Group, an investment company founded by Edwin Soeryadjaya and Sandiaga Uno, has announced that is had acquired 51 percent of Mandala Airlines stock. The remaining shares are in the hands of Tiger Airways with 33 percent and 16 percent for the old shareholders and creditors of the airline.

Posted in Travel @ 21 May 2011 01:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


BI imposes harsh sanctions on Citibank Bank Indonesia (BI) announced Friday it was imposing severe sanctions on Citibank following a massive embezzlement scandal by a bank employee and the suspected death of a customer at the hands of debt collectors recently. The bank possibly faces other sanctions if found guilty of the two crimes by a court.

Posted in Economy @ 08 May 2011 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fly to Hong Kong, Kuching and Riyadh! Ticket website ticketindonesia.info has added three new destinations on ticketindonesia.info. You can now fly from and to Hong Kong from Jakarta with Lion Air and AirAsia, and AirAsia also flies from Medan to Hong Kong. Kuching (Malaysia) has a direct flight to Pontianak and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) can be reached from Jakarta by Batavia Air.

Posted in Travel @ 16 February 2011 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Actual ticket prices on ticketindonesia.info After several months of preparations, the website ticketindonesia.info has finally launched it's new website with actual ticket prices. Visitors of the website that are looking for tickets for domestic flights or a regional flight in Southeast Asia will now be presented real prices of tickets as well.

Posted in Travel @ 14 February 2011 11:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


MUI: Valentine less haram than stated earlier For those who still don't want to believe that Indonesians don't want to be submitted to too much Islamic rules we have some good news. Valentine's Day, February 14, is a day like any other according tot he Council of Islamic Scholars in Indonesia, MUI. Earlier this week the same group of no-brainers announced that Valentine's Day would be entirely haram because it was not in line with Islam.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 February 2011 11:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesian lawmaker denies requesting 100 billion bribe  Indonesian lawmaker Muhammad Hatta on Wednesday denied allegations that he requested a Rp. 100 billion ($11.11 million) bribe, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 December 2010 01:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta Busway as wrong example With currently at least a dozen routes throughout many parts of Jakarta it is possible to travel around the city for just 3,500 Rupiah per person. It doesn't even matter how many transfers you make. The oldest routes have their own lanes through dense traffic conditions in many parts of the city, but elsewhere the big buses have to compete with a few million other road users.

Posted in Travel @ 12 December 2010 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Land tensions flare for former refugees Tensions between sharecroppers and landowners in Indonesia's western half of Timor island over limited cultivable land have led to outbreaks of violence that threaten to escalate, say local officials.

Posted in Economy @ 10 December 2010 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two men on trial for ATM card scheme Two men on trial in Bali accused of stealing funds from Automated Teller Machines (ATM) in various locations across Bali saw State prosecutors demanding prisons terms of 13 years and fines of Rp. 100 million (83.000 euro) for each of the men.

Posted in Crime @ 28 September 2010 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


International payment methods added to ticketindonesia.info Making a reservation for domestic flights in Indonesia has once again become more easy now the website ticketindonesia.info offers additional payment methods. After making a reservation for your flight you can now pay with iDEAL, Moneybookers and a number of credit cards; among them MasterCard, Amex, Visa and JCB.

Posted in Travel @ 01 June 2010 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fly Garuda Indonesia with discount! Traveling in Indonesia from April 1 until June 17, 2010? Use Garuda Indonesia for your domestic trips. Most domestic routes have low Q-class flights based on return trips within the discount period. Check out the prices today and make your reservations as quick as possible, as seats are rapidly being sold!

Posted in Travel @ 27 March 2010 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


How to protect your ATM account? In the wake of a massive abuse of ATM cards belonging to Indonesian bank accounts, banks have warned people to be careful with their bank card and details in the first place. The steps taken below should prevent most of the so-called skimming from occurring.

Posted in Crime @ 26 January 2010 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PIN-codes for 264,000 Indonesia bank accounts stolen A spokesman for the national police in Indonesia, Edward Aritonang, has said that 13 suspects had stolen a grand total of some 264,000 PIN-codes for personal bank accounts belonging to Indonesian customers. However not all the stolen PIN-codes are active, most of them were, as it seems. Some people may already have closed their accounts earlier.

Posted in Crime @ 24 January 2010 02:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tighter security after mass ATM skimming in Indonesia Banks in Indonesia are taking immediate steps to prevent the theft of their clients' money through their automatic teller machines (ATMs) after four banks reported theft of more than Rp5 billion (400.000 euro) in this way since Jan 16.

Posted in Crime @ 23 January 2010 13:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnetic strip on bank cards may become a problem Bank Indonesia has decreed that, beginning in early 2010, all credit cards issued in Indonesia are required to contain a computer chip as an added security measure. A regulation issued by the Bank in April 2009 mandates the use of chips.

Posted in Economy @ 06 January 2010 01:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trading XL for Simpati Something remarkable to me is the limited number of SMS messages or telephone calls that I received. That seems to be coincidence, but it isn't. Most people don't even know that I am pulang kampung, but the main reason is the simple fact that the network of my provider XL is not available for most time here. At some moments when the weather is good - so the wet season like now is an even worse time - I can barely send or receive an SMS here now. Making a telephone call is simply not possible.

Posted in Travel @ 13 December 2009 00:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


35 million gone in two minutes A businessman in sugar cane from Sumber Sari in the district of Nganjuk became the victim of a robbery on Friday afternoon. Sutrisno (56) picked up his identity card that he forgot from the Sugar Cane Farmers Corporation (KPTR) in the district of Patianrowo when his car was approached by two people using a motorcycle.

Posted in Crime @ 07 November 2009 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Advertisements everywhere: the ATM receipt Advertisement in Indonesia is just like the average Indonesian: to be found everywhere but in general you will not have a problem with it. Normally spoken I am not bothered by advertisements that you will find everywhere in the daily life in Indonesia. Everywhere there are advertisements. I am happy most of them are not interactive ones, but mainly billboards, banners and stickers.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 November 2009 07:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A lunch in Singapore Singapore is just some 45 minutes away by fast ferry from Batam. An easy target for a day of shopping, a return trip 'new visa' or a lunch. From Singapore Batam is also seen as place to shop as prices are lower there while choice is still not that bad as well. Furthermore people can enjoy themselves with alcohol from early on the day until the early hours of the next morning.

Posted in Travel @ 07 October 2009 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Fraud with my credit card For everything is a first time. Yesterday I was SMS-ed from the Netherlands with the request to check my email. No company asked me to do that, but my contact person in the Netherlands which can be contacted by the Rabobank in case it is needed. I checked my email right away and found out that the Fraud Prevention team of the Rabobank had blocked by credit card because they suspected that my card was used by others.

Posted in Crime @ 30 September 2009 11:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


This was in the picture! #3 This time indeed no picture of Indonesian nature, but a building project that has never been finished. The picture was a part of a concrete pillar which eventually should have become an elevated toll road. That highway was never constructed and these pillars are lost in the landscape along Kali Malang in the regency of Bekasi, directly east of Jakarta. To view the picture in our new large format, please visit the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 17 September 2009 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Denpasar to issue biometric ID-cards Bali's capital city of Denpasar will initiate a pilot project for new identity cards (KTP) utilizing a Single Identity Number (SIN) and biometric markers as part of overall steps to stop the widespread misuse of double KTPs.

Posted in General @ 06 September 2009 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda increases seat capacity for lebaran holidays Garuda Indonesia will add 42,226 seats to its scheduled services operating September 16 0 28, 2009, to meet an expected surge in demand over the Islamic Lebaran holidays. The extra seats will be create by adding extra flights or increasing the size of aircraft used on an existing 17 domestic and 7 international routes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 31 August 2009 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


90 illegal street racers fined in Jakarta The traffic police in the Greater Jakarta area has fined some 90 illegal street racers at several places in Jakarta early this morning. The police held raids on several locations where street races normally occur. Owners of 18 driver licenses and 72 STNK (vehicle registration cards) were handed out fines.

Posted in General @ 30 August 2009 04:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Residents: 'No terrorist in our graveyard!' Residents of Kampung Caringin in the village of Sampora, Kuningan, have refused the burial of Ibrohim in their graveyard. Ibrohim was one of the people that helped bomb the J.W. Marriott Hotel and Ritz Carlton Hotel last month. Residents told that they don't want to have a body of a terrorist in their graveyard. The village head of Sampora, Nurohidin, confirmed the deman of his residents.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 August 2009 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abuse case highlights need for stricter laws Public outcry over an Indonesian domestic worker’s alleged abuse by her Malaysian employer has prompted the Indonesian government to demand better protection for its citizens working in the neighbouring country. With red blisters and scabs on her face and upper body, Siti Hajar fled her employer's house and sought shelter at the Indonesian embassy in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, in June.

Posted in Politics @ 11 August 2009 12:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to provide free medical care for the poor in 2010 Bali's provincial government is preparing a budget of Rp. 250 billion (18 million euro) to pay for a free medical care program to be introduced in 2010. "Jaminan Kesehatan Bali Mandara" is the extension of a program launched in 2008 in 500 villages at a cost of Rp. 12 billion (800.000 euro) that covers the cost of medical examinations, treatment, surgical operations, outpatient care and hospitalization.

Posted in Health @ 01 August 2009 12:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to Jogja as a tourist It has been two months ago that I left from Yogyakarta to move to my new house in Lippo Cikarang. Now everything has settled down - for some time already by the way - it is about time to go back to the city where I spent almost three years of my life. As I told before, I did not move from Yogyakarta because I had to, so returning is not a big problem for me.

Posted in Travel @ 01 August 2009 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BlackBerry to be banned from Indonesia? Hard to imagine that Indonesia will have to do it without new BlackBerry smartphones as early as next month. With almost one million units told in recent years - most of them in 2009 - the Indonesian government demanded that the owners of BlackBerry, Research in Motion (RIM) opens a service center in Indonesia. Guarantee cards and manuals should also be in the Indonesian language if distributed in Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 24 July 2009 04:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesian student with H1N1 dies in Malaysia An Indonesian student studying in Malaysia has become the first A/H1N1 flu related fatality in the country, a Malaysian health official said here on Thursday. The student, aged around 30, once was a confirmed patient of the flu, but he died from cardiac arrest, instead of the flu itself, Malaysian Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 23 July 2009 15:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Create your own international driver license Almost all of you travelers to Indonesia which have used a car or motorbike know that the police in general is quite corrupt and will do anything to get a few Rupiah's into their pockets when you are stopped for whatever reason. Money gone, but most will think that it doesn't really matter. That is true, because what is 20.000 Rupiah for not bringing your SIM (drivers license) in Yogyakarta or 50.000 Rupiah for not wearing your helmet in Jakarta?

Posted in Culture @ 22 July 2009 05:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Constitutional court allows voting by identity card The Constitutional Court decided on Monday evening that unregistered voters are allowed to exercise their voting right in next Wednesday`s presidential poll by showing their identity cards. "We hereby partially accept the judicial review request," Constitutional Court Chairman Mahfud M.D. said when reading the court's decision on a request for a judicial review of Law No. 42 / 2008 on Presidential and Vice Presidential Elections here on Monday.

Posted in Elections @ 07 July 2009 03:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A goodbye to the kampung After a day or four, which was a few days back by now, it was time to go back home to the 'civilized world', however that is a wrong choice of words if you ask me. My girlfriend and I decided that four days was enough, above all it was a 'mere' eight hours shaking by bus and 55.000 Rupiah to get here, so it was not something impossible if you want to go.

Posted in Travel @ 22 June 2009 09:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; Dragonfly Along one of the main streets of Jakarta is the anonymous Graha BIP, a office building like others along the same street. It is just a little stroll to the Kartika Chandra Hotel and the offices of government agencies like LIPI and BKPM are just around the corner as well. No clear indication that the basement of Graha BIP is home to a place that is currently known as Dragonfly.

Posted in Nightlife @ 13 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strict health checks on arrival for tourists on Bali Checks on foreign tourists arriving at Ngurah Rai international airport at the resort island of Bali has been tightened. Every arriving passenger is asked to report about their own health by filling in a form from the Department of Health. Passengers are positive about the checks, but think that the yellow cards from the department should be more simple.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 03 May 2009 13:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, Stadium However the name might look like you are attending a game of soccer when you enter this piece of 'paradise on earth', it is not anything like it. It could at best be a nice confusion of words if you are smart enough, so you will not be caught for lying when you are telling in all honesty that you went to the stadium, but keep it in English then. The building that calls itself 'Stadium' is not just a club, it is a center of pleasure and entertainment, 24 hours a day, almost all days of the year.

Posted in Nightlife @ 29 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ecstasy factory found in North Jakarta appartment The anti-drugs unit from the Jakarta police succeeded in breaking down an ecstasy factory in an apartment in the Gading Mediterania complex in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. Three people were arrested in the apartment. Police also found evidence in the form of 17 kilo's of marijuana (worth 1.1 million euro), 31.000 tablets of ecstasy (worth 390.000 euro) , chemicals and equipment to make the drugs.

Posted in Drugs @ 16 January 2009 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia Indonesian style With a flight in the afternoon I departed from Yogyakarta to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. For the first time I was to fly this route with AirAsia. It is called AirAsia here, but in fact it's a separate company that listens to the name Indonesia AirAsia. This difference is subtle, but if you know that AirAsia uses airline code AK, and Indonesia AirAsia QZ, it all becomes clear.

Posted in Travel @ 29 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ahmadiyah leader accuses Bashir of undermining unitary state of Indonesia The head of the Ahmadiyah, Paninggilan Gunawan Ahmad, does not agree with the words of Abu Bakar Bashir that members of the Ahmadiyah movement should not be allowed to have identity cards that state that they are Islamic. He said that the "leader of the Koranic school in Ngruki is a crazy person. A mad man talking." According to Ahmad, decisions like this should always originate from the government so people should not take it serious at all.

Posted in Religion @ 13 June 2008 11:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali immigration chief promises to fire corrupt officers BisnisBali reports that Bali's immigration chief, Drs. I Nyoman Putra, has vowed to sack any immigration officers found to be accepting payments outside of the official tariff set for document processing. Putra said that the official tariff for document processing is posted at all immigration offices and promised to fire any officials found to be charging "additional fees" for immigration services.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2008 16:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Need for fuel does not decline with higher prices For most Indonesians it came as unexpected as ever. With a shortage of foreign news, strictly regulated by the Indonesian government, it was not in the line of expectations of the average man in the street that fuel prices might just be hiked with one third all of a sudden. However almost the entire population of this planet knows what the current market price of a barrel of crude oil is - somewhere about 130 US dollar - Indonesia assumed that everything was fine. Use of fuel would decrease, prices would come down and nationwide production was to rise as well.

Posted in General @ 31 May 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Confirmation of fuel price hikes to be released tomorrow The Minister of Finance in Indonesia, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, has informed that the prices of fuel are about to rise with some 28.7 percent. The new prices are most likely to be announced tomorrow afternoon after the handouts of the direct cash aid to poor families. The prices will most likely be as following: regular petrol (premium) Rp. 6.000, up from Rp. 4.500, diesel (solar) Rp. 5.500, up from Rp. 4.300 and cooking oil will become Rp. 2.500, up from Rp. 2.000.

Posted in Economy @ 22 May 2008 08:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Queueing up to pay your electricity bill It is nothing more than a monthly returning event if you look at it; paying your electricity bill. Somewhere in the last two days of the month an employee from the Indonesian state-run electricity company PLN (Perusahan Listrik Negara) comes to write down the current meter reading on the card and also enters these numbers in his handheld computer. After that he walks through the garden to the neighbors to continue his way.

Posted in Culture @ 12 March 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 2 First time to have a drink. I looked in the direction of the only warung that I could find here at the moment. I didn't really want to look for another one. Fortunately there was someone to serve, in the form of a Javanese women which sat on a bench in front of the house. Probably waiting for a customer. A bemo passed. That stopped and the driver got out. Hopefully he didn't bring any passengers, otherwise they had to wait. I wasn't the only one there when I walked into that direction. The driver ordered an iced tea and sat down. I just had picked up the nice idea to drink a coffee here. It had been a long time that I drunk a kopi tubruk actually. That is nice for a change. I found a nice spot at the one big table available.

Posted in Travel @ 19 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 1 However it wasn't Saturday for sure, but a Tuesday, still I had the feeling that I had to take my motorbike for a nice day of traveling. Where it would bring me? At least as far as Purworejo. To my amazement and some shame I had never been there before, so that became the primary target. I at least had to go there so I could honestly say that I had been there. Furthermore there were no plans, like usual. It was already late in the morning, so it was not really supposed to become a long trip. Maybe after Purworejo it was time to find my way back. That also depended on what I would find along the way of course. Seen the distance and the road conditions it was to take about one and a half hour to get there. My modest estimation.

Posted in Travel @ 17 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What if I was a terrorist Just over one week ago it all happened. At walking distance one person was killed, some were arrested and after that the party was over as quick as it started. It wasn't a criminal shootout and n drugs were found as well. It was nothing more than busting some terrorism-suspects by an anti-terror squad from the Indonesian police (Densus 88); they were simply overwhelmed in their hide-out. The one that tried to flea, was directly given some bullets and didn't survive the event. Seven others were arrested. In fact that could be the entire story, but it was just not to happen that way. It proved to be the start of what currently looks like a terror cell uncovered. Within two weeks after the first shooting several more police actions were held. Police is scarce with giving information, but in recent days is became clear that most likely a part of the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah has been found.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


'Gay NGO worker and partner tortured, sexually abused in Aceh' A 32-year-old GO worker and his partner from the same sex were allegedy brutally tortured and sexually abused by the police in Banda Aceh while in custody last January. This was said by the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). AHRC has named the NGO officials as Hartayo and Bobby. The motive behind the detention, torture and sexual abuse is because they are homosexuals, says AHRC in an 'urgent action' appeal.

Posted in Human rights @ 18 March 2007 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 reactions
    
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