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Jakarta Police personnel secure churches for Christmas The Jakarta Metropolitan Police Command has stationed thousands of personnel to secure Christmas Eve service in churches on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 24 December 2014 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Workers rally at presidential palace marking May Day -Thousands of workers staged another rally by marching from the Hotel Indonesia (HI) Circle to the Merdeka Palace, on Friday, to celebrate International Labor Day (May Day).

Posted in Protests @ 02 May 2014 20:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono offers easter greetings President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on his Twitter account @SBYudhoyono conveyed his Easter greetings to Christians. "Happy Easter to all Christians," the president tweeted on Sunday.

Posted in Religion @ 20 April 2014 13:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono attends Cap Go Meh celebration President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, flanked by First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, attended the "Cap Go Meh" celebration to mark the 15th day after the Chinese New Year here on Friday evening.

Posted in Religion @ 14 February 2014 22:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono sees bright future for Indonesia batik President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono predicts a bright future for the Indonesian batik, given the huge numbers of the middle class population and the nations batik-loving life style.

Posted in Culture @ 05 February 2014 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Yudhoyono: 'Do not let radicalism grow' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said radicalism and extreme ideas must not be allowed to grow in Indonesia because they would only disrupt current peaceful and harmonious relations between different religious followers.

Posted in Religion @ 27 December 2013 23:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Christians observe Christmas eve peacefully in Jakarta On the occasion of Christmas Eve, the situation in Jakarta was peaceful and conducive on Tuesday, a police officer stated. "The situation during Christmas Eve was conducive. There was no disturbance or act of terror," Senior Commissioner Rikwanto, a spokesman of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police, noted here on Wednesday.

Posted in Religion @ 25 December 2013 15:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


National police chief calls for anticipation against terrorism National Police Chief Gen Sutarman has reminded all police personnel to keep vigil on any acts of terrorism that could happen during Christmas and the New Year celebrations.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 December 2013 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Djoko Susilo receives much higher sentence in High Court The Jakarta High Court has handed down a heftier sentence to corruption convict Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo, ordering him to serve 18 years in prison and refund the state Rp 32 billion ($2624,000) for his involvement in the graft-ridden procurement of driving simulators.

Posted in Corruption @ 19 December 2013 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian army ready to assist police secure Christmas Indonesian Military (TNI) is ready to assist the police in providing security during Christmas and New Year celebrations in Indonesia by deploying personnel in areas of worship to prevent terrorist activities.

Posted in Religion @ 18 December 2013 21:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Elections @ 31 October 2013 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands throng president Yudhoyono's open house Thousands of people flocked to the presidential palace on Thursday to shake hands with President Susilo Bambang Yudhyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono on the occasion of Idul Fitri.

Posted in General @ 08 August 2013 21:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Japan eases off entry visa requirements for Indonesia The Japan government to ease off entry visa requirements for some ASEAN countries where Malaysia and Thailand nationals are exempted for visa while nationals from Indonesia gets extension of period of stays for those holding multiple entry visa, official said.

Posted in Travel @ 27 June 2013 19:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Buddhist students campaign for Borobudur preservation Buddhist students campaigned for preservation of Borobudur Temple on the sidelines of Vesak 2557 BE (2013) celebration in Borobudur Sub-district, Magelang District, Central Java Province, Saturday.

Posted in Culture @ 25 May 2013 15:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks people to preserve tolerance President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono asked all parties to continue maintaining tolerance and political ethics in entering the year of politics in the run up to the 2014 general elections.

Posted in Religion @ 07 April 2013 22:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono calls on people to prioritize economy President Susilo Yudhoyono called on the nation to keep on maintaining the economic conditions to assure continued growth despite increasing political tension ahead of the general elections in 2014.

Posted in Economy @ 24 February 2013 22:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of workers hold rally in Jakarta Thousands of workers from the Indonesian Metal Workers Federation (FSPMI) of the greater Jakarta area (Jabodetabek) held a rally here on Wednesday, demanding social security benefits and refusing low wages. "The rally also marks the organization`s 14th anniversary celebration," said the organization`s President Said Iqbal.

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2013 15:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Climber found dead during New Year celebrations One climber was found dead and another in critical condition during New Year celebrations at the peak of Mount Sindoro in Temanggung district, Central Java province, on Tuesday, according to a rescue worker.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 January 2013 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono attends Christmas celebrations President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono attended Christmas celebrations at the Jakarta convention centre on Thursday. Vice President Boediono, his spouse, Herawati Boediono, and several ministers from the cabinet, Indonesia Bersatu II, were also present at the event.

Posted in Religion @ 28 December 2012 07:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Christmas mass in Kuta delivered in English Hundreds of foreign tourists attended a Christmas Mass at St Fransiskus Xaverius Paroki church in Badung district on Christmas Eve, where the Mass was delivered in both Indonesian and English.

Posted in Religion @ 25 December 2012 04:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta`s main streets will be closed on New Year`s eve The main roads of Jakarta, starting from the Medan Merdeka Barat street (in front of the National Monument), Thamrin street and Sudirman street up to the Bunderan (roundabout) Senayan area, will be closed on New Year`s Eve.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2012 02:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police gives priority to Jakarta ahead of Christmas, New Year The National Police Headquarters will give top priority to the capital city of Jakarta in its efforts to ensure security across the country during Christmas and New Year celebrations, the Head of Security Maintenance Department of the National Police, Commissioner General Imam Sujarwo, said.

Posted in General @ 21 December 2012 20:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to secure 38,499 churches during the holiday season The Indonesian Police will protect 38,499 churches as part of the 10-day Operation Candle, from December 23, 2012 to January 2013, in light of Christmas, New Year`s Eve and the New Year.

Posted in Religion @ 11 December 2012 19:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for inclusive Christmas celebration President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed his hope that Christmas 2012 would be celebrated inclusively and enjoyed by all Indonesians who wish to participate, National Christmas Committee Chairperson Nafsiah Mboi said here on Friday.

Posted in Religion @ 07 December 2012 20:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Habibie: N250 still the best Former vice president BJ Habibie said that N250 is still one of the best aircraft. On the sidelines of an open house on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr celebration at his residence on Jalan Patra Kuningan here on Sunday Habibie said the plane will be able to fly in the next five years with some design changes.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2012 22:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK investigating judges at prosecution office The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is investigating the three bribery suspects it arrested earlier on Friday at its central Java high prosecution office, a spokesperson said.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 August 2012 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'May Day must be observed orderly' Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar called on the public on Sunday to observe the May Day on May 1 orderly and peacefully.

Posted in Protests @ 29 April 2012 19:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI has renounced violence, says chairman Chairman of the Islam Defenders` Front (FPI) Habib Rizieq said members of his organization had abandoned violence as a way of expressing their aspirations. Habib made the statement during meeting with Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali here on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 20 February 2012 11:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh ulema warn muslims against Valentines Day Islamic scholars (ulema) in Aceh have warned Muslims, the younger generation in particular, that observing Valentine`s Day is not allowed in Islam and against sharia law that is in force in all of Aceh province.

Posted in Religion @ 08 February 2012 12:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police bust drug trafficking ring Jakarta police have busted a methamphetamine trafficking ring by arresting nine people who were about to distribute 16 kilograms of the drug in the capital.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 December 2011 02:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Christians celebrate Christmas eve in peace Christians in the capital observed the Christmas Eve in peace on Saturday night, with no significant security disturbance reported. Hundreds of police officers were deployed to provide security during the Christmas Eve mass in almost all churches in the capital, Antara observed.

Posted in Religion @ 25 December 2011 03:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI ready to help secure Christmas celebrations The Islam Defenders Front (FPI) is ready to help police secure places of worship during Christmas and New Year celebrations across the country, its chief said. "We always get involved in efforts to secure places of warship to create a conducive situation," FPI Chairman Habib Rizieq said here on Thursday.

Posted in Religion @ 23 December 2011 02:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono leads meeting on Christmas, New Year security President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led a cabinet meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a wide range of issues, including security precautions for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Posted in General @ 22 December 2011 01:59 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Government: 'Lebaran not tomorrow, but the day after' Just a while ago it was decided upon during a sidang istbat - extraordinary 'meeting' with the Indonesian government, Islamic scolars and foreign guests, that the most important day of the Islamic year, the first day of the month of Syawal, or Idul Fitri, not falls on August 30, but one day later on August 31. This news broke after August 30 had been picked as Idul Fitri or Lebaran as official public holiday over a year ago.

Posted in Ramadan @ 29 August 2011 16:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest six teenagers on terrorism charges Indonesian counterterrorism police on Tuesday arrested six teenagers in Central Java for their alleged involvement in terrorist activities, the Jakarta Post reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 January 2011 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


India and Indonesia ink business deals worth $15.1 billion With Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visiting India, the two countries on Tuesday signed 18 cooperation agreements worth $15.1 billion in several areas, such as mining, infrastructure, and manufacturing, local media reported.

Posted in Economy @ 26 January 2011 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


India to invest $12 billion in Indonesia India is planning to invest around $12 billion in Indonesia as the country's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is set for his three-day visit to India, the Jakarta Globe reported on Sunday.

Posted in Economy @ 24 January 2011 04:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Antasari's 18-year sentence to begin early new year The 18-year sentence of former Corruption Eradication Commission chief and murder convict, Antasari Azhar, will begin shortly after New Year celebrations, on Jan. 3. Antasari is convicted of murdering businessman Nasruddin Zulkarnaen. The Supreme Court rejected his appeal in September, keeping his 18-years sentence in prison.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 January 2011 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: Christmas celebrations peaceful around the country The National Police say Christmas has so far been celebrated peacefully across the country, with no major incidents disrupting the festivities. National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar said there had been hitherto no security issues since Christmas masses had begun on Friday evening.

Posted in Religion @ 25 December 2010 12:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wikileaks: Ban on training Kopassus lifted over Obama visit Indonesia threatened to derail a visit to Jakarta by President Barack Obama this year unless he overturned the US ban on training the controversial Kopassus army special forces, Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 17 December 2010 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI promises no attacks during Christmas, under conditions? Rizieq Shihab, head of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), on Tuesday promised that his followers will restrain from disrupting Christmas celebrations in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 02:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors seek long sentences for suspected Aceh terrorists Indonesian prosecutors on Monday demanded jail sentences of as long as 12 years for the four suspected 'Al-Qaeda in Aceh' terrorists, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 December 2010 06:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A full Bali for Christmas and New Year Hotels in Bali are fully booked for the Christmas and New Yearís holidays, the head of the islandís hotel association said on Sunday, while police said there had been no indication of an increased threat of terrorist attack.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 December 2010 08:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese hold ceremony for Mount Batur volcano Thousands of devout Balinese Hindus converged at Bali's Mt. Batur on Sunday, December 5, 2010, to participate in two sacred ceremonies dedicated to preventing a cataclysmic explosion of the still active volcano.

Posted in Religion @ 12 December 2010 04:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government: Idul Fitri to fall on September 10 The government announced on Wednesday the Ramadan fasting month would be rounded up to 30 days, which means Idul Fitri will fall on Sept. 10. Minister of Religious Affairs Suryadharma Ali said after a meeting to set the date for Idul Fitri at his office that the moon was not visible during simultaneous observation conducted in 29 towns across the country from Jayapura to Banda Aceh on Wednesday.

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 September 2010 02:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian public holidays in 2011 The Indonesian government has decided the national public holidays for the year 2011. As usual the public holidays account for free days during major religious events for different religions in the country, added with a number of public holidays around the most important ones. A list of all holidays as per government decree is listed below.

Posted in General @ 08 July 2010 05:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Democrats: 'Being gay in Indonesia is a Constitutional right' Politicians from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party have finally come into action by unlawful actions against gay and lesbians in the country. Although their actions seem too little too late, they are clear that that gays and lesbians have the constitutional right to hold a congress wherever and whenever they wish.

Posted in Religion @ 26 March 2010 08:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Striptease cafe' in Bandung closed by police The city government Bandung in West Java, is planning on asking the owner of Kafe Bell Air in the Paskal Hyper Square shopping mall along Jalan HOS Tjokroaminoto what was going on in his place. It is expected that the place was offering striptease acts when celebrating New Year a few days back. If there indeed was a striptease act, the permit of the cafe can be suspended for that.

Posted in General @ 03 January 2010 02:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Merry Christmas! From my normal working environment located in that beautiful tropical country we know as Indonesia, I wish all visitors, readers and watchers of indahnesia.com Merry Christmas. That the food will be good, the visitors go home soon and the roads are not too slippery. In the mean time we might just be able to think about the origins of this important holiday for many.

Posted in Website @ 25 December 2009 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


11,000 police ready to safeguard Christmas The province of Central Java has informed that some 11,000 police officers are prepared to guard the Christmas and New Year celebrations in the province. The provincial head of police, Alex Bambang Riatmodjo told yesterday.

Posted in General @ 24 December 2009 01:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Palembang to host Musi Festival in December The city of Palembang in southern Sumatra is to host the Musi Festival between December 3 and 9 in an effort to bring more tourists to the city. Various attractions will be presented by the local administration, like an International Dragon Boat Festival, a culinary festival and education exhibit. The head of the tourism agency in the city, Baharuddin Ali, said that the event would be organized at the same time as the celebration of the River Days.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 October 2009 06:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four nights of classic Balinese cinema in Ubud As part of its celebration of 20 years of operation, Bali's Amandari in Sayan, Ubud, is hosting 4 nights of classic Balinese cinema at their resort October 14-17, 2009. Presented in cooperation with Cinematheque De La Dance in Paris and The French Embassy in Jakarta, the showings are without charge with a cash bar available. Each film performance begins at 7:00 p.m. sharp.

Posted in Culture @ 12 October 2009 05:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bad weather ahead in busy travel period The head of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics agency , Sri Woro, has said that waters in big parts of Indonesia will be hit by waves with heights up to five meters, caused by bad weather in the region. The bad weather comes at a time which is the most busy travel period in Indonesia, the upcoming Idul Fitri celebrations.

Posted in Weather @ 18 September 2009 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono joins public in Chinese festival celebration Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono joined a public gathering to celebrate the Chinese lantern festival in the Jakarta Expo Center here on Friday. Yudhoyono said at the event that the public should stand united despite pluralistic differences that might disrupt the country's harmony. "Pluralism should instead become a basis to develop culture and creative economy," he said.

Posted in Religion @ 06 February 2009 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christmas celebrated peacefully in Indonesia Indonesian Christians have celebrated Christmas in a smooth and peaceful way across the country, with tight security measures in place ensuring no major incidents occurred. Christmas celebrations in some cities of the largest Muslim country from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning ran smoothly, peacefully and solemnly without any security disturbances, local press reported on Friday.

Posted in Religion @ 27 December 2008 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


107 additional flights during Lebaran holidays The Lebaran Holiday period, which stretches for more than two weeks in the periods prior and post the Idul Fitri celebrations on October 1-2, 2008, will be the busiest travel period of the entire year in Bali and the rest of Indonesia.

Posted in Ramadan @ 27 September 2008 06:55 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


'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


Search halted for missing students on Mount Agung The search on Bali's Mount Agung for two missing students from Bandung's Widyatama University - Eko Saputra Sudirman and Yunita Indah Savitri has been halted. As reported earlier, three trekkers went missing on December 26, 2007, with a search effort commenced on December 30, 2007. The body of one of the hikers, Muhammad Ikbal (21) was discovered by searchers on January 6th but the remaining 2 students are still missing.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 January 2008 10:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta organises 'celebrate your birthday' record event To help the people in Yogyakarta in their recovery after the earthquake of 27 May 2006 and also to celebrate the 252th birthday of the city of Yogyakarta (7 October 1756 - 7 October 2008) everyone is invited to join the effort to set a new national or even international record so that the name of Yogyakarta will be known all over the world soon.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 January 2008 00:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


BMG: 'Big parts of Indonesia in danger of more floods' The Meteorological and Geophysical Agency predicts that in the coming days big parts of Indonesia will be hit by rains with an intensity between light and very heavy together with strong winds. There are warnings outstanding for the new years celebrations in Jabodetabek where it will most likely rain throughout the day. This information was released by Achmad Zakir, who is head of the information department of BMG.

Posted in Weather @ 31 December 2007 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Holiday traffic kills 112 people in Indonesia Holiday traffic has killed 112 people and wounded another 144 others during accidents throughout the country since October 6, according to police. Most deadly road accidents took place in the provinces of Central Java, East Java and North Sumatra. Chief of the Indonesian police Public Information Service, Bambang Kuncoko, said. "Although the death toll has exceeded 100, in general traffic is relatively safe for holidaymakers for Muslims' Idul Fitri," said the spokesman on Friday.

Posted in General @ 13 October 2007 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians to celebrate end of Ramadan, start cramming bus and train stations Indonesia has begun its yearly returning mass exodus on Sunday when millions of people leave the big cities to return to their home villages to celebrate the end of the Islamis holy month of Ramadan. Tens of thousands have started crowding bus and train stations in the big cities a mere six days before 'Idul Fitri' (Eid al-Fitr) to beat the mass exodus later in the week when buses, cars and motorcycles create massive traffic jams on roads in many parts of the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Ramadan @ 07 October 2007 16:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourists are back again Sometimes you have those days that you want to enjoy the evening after a day of traveling around. This enjoying will work perfectly having a cold beer and some company. Earlier that day I had enjoyed the celebrations of Independence Day in and around Yogyakarta and after that I headed for Jalan Malioboro to do some shopping. That has to be done as well, and to combine it with something good, I decided to look for a place in one of the many bars or restaurants in the first small street off Jalan Malioboro, Jalan Sosrowijayan.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Australian families angered at cut sentences Ten prisoners convicted for the bombings on Bali in 2002 had their prison terms cut by up to five months today, angering relatives of some of the victims. The six, convicted for their involvement in the 2002 bombings which left 202 people dead, have been given remissions of five months as part of the Indonesian Independence Day celebrations.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 August 2007 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merdeka! Merdeka! With just over two weeks to go, Indonesia is slowly turning into a more colorful country than usual. Independence Day is coming - the 17th of August. That will be celebrated as well. Of course the red and white flags will be everywhere around, but the celebration is more than just raising a flag in the early morning. Like I wrote a year ago, cleaning is done as preparation. Things that haven't been cleaned for almost a year are now cleaned to be finished just a few days short of the 17th - so they don't have to care about it for another year as well.

Posted in Culture @ 31 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia anti-graft fight gets boost from extradition treaty President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said yesterday that the newly signed treaty with Singapore would most likely become a major help for his government to fight corruption. Under the new extradition treaty, fugitive businessmen who hide in foreign countries with huge amounts of money stolen from the country, can be brought home to face justice. He said this during a visit to Bali.

Posted in Politics @ 29 April 2007 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alun-alun Lor; a nice green heart It hasn't been that long that it was a sunny and very hot day in Yogyakarta when I made a short walk around the so-called alun-alun lor, the northern square belonging to the kraton, the palace of the family of the sultan. The green grass - during the wet season the grass often is green, in the dry season it more resembles hay - reached until half a meter in some places. Not well maintained as we should expect at a palace, but at least there was an open space in the city which offered the opportunity to blow of some steam. This blowing steam you should not do at times that I generally visit this kind of locations, no it's much better in the early hours until seven in the morning and after five in the afternoon again. The salespeople along the edge will offer you something to drink or eat if you like.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: free political prisoners in Papua At least 18 Papuans are serving sentences in Indonesian jails simply for peaceful acts of freedom of expression and opinion, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Such imprisonment violates international law and Indonesia's international legal obligations. The 42-page report, "Protest and Punishment: Political Prisoners in Papua," documents how the Indonesian government continues to use the criminal law to punish individuals who peacefully advocate for independence in the eastern Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Irian Jaya (hereafter referred to as Papua). All the prisoners have been convicted for treason or spreading hatred against the government, for nonviolent activities such as flag-raising, or attendance at peaceful meetings on self-determination options for Papua.

Posted in Human rights @ 22 February 2007 04:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chinese observe lunar New Year throughout Indonesia Ethnic Chinese throughout Indonesia celebrate the Chinese New Year today. Many of them will bring a visit to temples for praying to their gods and ancestors. The Dharma Bhakti, Sam Njan Kiong and Amorva Bumi temples in Jakarta were filled with visitors celebrating 'Imlek', as the Chinese New Year is also known in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2007 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two million searches performed at KAMUS-online.com Today yet another milestone for KAMUS-online.com. Less than two weeks after the number of phrases reached 200.000, it is now the celebration of the number of searches that has been performed. That number reached a magical 2 million. All these searches are performed via the website and include free searches which visitors can perform, but also paid searches that are performed by users with personal access to the online dictionary.

Posted in General @ 15 February 2007 04:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks people to watch out for natural disaster President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here Sunday asked people from all walks of life to be aware of various kinds of natural calamities as disasters not only in Indonesia but also in other states. "I hope all people will continue to be aware (of natural disasters)," the head of state said at the beautiful Indonesia-in-miniature park (TMII) where he observed a security preparation for East Jakarta area during the New Year`s eve.

Posted in General @ 01 January 2007 02:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia frees activist murder suspect The only suspect in the poisoning death of Indonesia's most prominent human rights activist was freed from prison after receiving a month's reduction in his sentence as part of Christmas celebrations, a prison official said Tuesday. Pollycarpus Priyanto, a 45-year-old pilot, was originally sentenced to 14 years on charges of putting a fatal dose of arsenic in Munir Thalib's food while the human rights campaigner was on a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam two years ago.

Posted in Human rights @ 26 December 2006 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. warns of possible terrorist attacks in Indonesia Americans and other Westerners in Indonesia should remain alert to the possibility of militant attacks over the Christmas and New Year period, the U.S. embassy in Jakarta said on Monday. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, has in recent years been hit by a series of bomb blasts blamed on Islamic militants.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 December 2006 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abu Bakar Bashir: 'Let Christians celebrate Christmas' adical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, head of the Indonesian Mujaheddin Council (MMI), on Saturday urged Indonesian Muslims not to "disturb" Christians, and not to take part in any celebrations during the Christmas season, local media reported. "Obviously, Indonesian Muslims are not allowed to disturb, or join in any Christmas celebration, such as congratulate Christians or help them during Christmas," Abu Bakar Bashir was quoted as saying by Detik.Com, a Jakarta-based online news provider.

Posted in General @ 16 December 2006 15:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Tommy to be freed on parole next week The youngest son of former president Suharto could be released from prison next week after serving two-thirds of his 10-year sentence for ordering the murder of a Supreme Court judge, a prison official said Saturday. Hutomo "Tommy" Mandalaputra, who is being held at the Cipinang Prison in eastern Jakarta, was one of thousands of prisoners to receive sentence reductions for good behavior this week as part of celebrations marking the end of the Islamic holy month Ramadan.

Posted in General @ 29 October 2006 13:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Christians on death row seek clemency Three Christian militants facing execution in Indonesia after being convicted of leading a mob that killed Muslims have made a fresh appeal to the president for clemency, a presidential spokesman said on Monday. The three had sent a letter to the office of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, presidential spokesman Andi Mallarangeng said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 28 August 2006 14:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia trims sentences for Bali bombing convicts At least 10 people convicted for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people had their sentences cut on Thursday to mark Indonesia's independence day, allowing one of them to walk free from prison. Australia said victims and their families would be upset by the decision. Most of those killed were foreign tourists, including 88 Australians.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2006 15:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia leader upbeat on economy, vows to aid poor Indonesia's president pledged on Wednesday to use an anticipated pick-up in Southeast Asia's biggest economy to tackle poverty, and also to stick with a fight against corruption and encourage foreign investment. In an annual address to parliament ahead of Indonesia's Aug. 17 independence day, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono focused on the economy,but also hailed a peace deal in Aceh and repeated a willingness to commit troops to a U.N. force in Lebanon.

Posted in General @ 16 August 2006 07:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Independence Day preparations With several days left until the annual celebration of the independence of Indonesia, 17 August 2006 exactly 61 years ago, the daily view in the streets has changed pretty much. Not that it has become more crowded or more quiet, because that doesn't realy matter this time of year, this day is commonly celebrated with the neighbors in the neighborhood. Many of the central fields in villages and cities will be the stage of small games at the 17th, especially old Dutch games with a Indonesian flavour added to it.

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


Soccer on Friday Just back from a couple of days in Malang it's about time to turn on the computer again and to clean the keyboard. Since the short holiday to Bali I didn't see any chance to write something down, but that is going to change now. The few days in Malang were a pleasant difference with the somewhat more normal life in Yogyakarta. The garden has been watered and the windows are open, though there is not too much wind. Several days back, back to Friday to be more precise. Soccer club Arema (Malang) has to play a game that day.

Posted in Culture @ 13 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Tengger of Bromo: Magic, mystique and modernism Legend has it that the Tengger ethnic group in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru area of East Java is descended from the ancient Majapahit royal family. The name "Tengger" itself is said to be an acronymic derivation of two legendary figures from the region, Rara Anteng and Jaka Seger. As it has been long told, during a time of chaos for the Majapahit kingdom, Princess Rara Anteng took refuge in the area around Mount Bromo. While she was being evacuated, Rara Anteng met Jaka Seger, the son of a priest from the kingdom of Kediri, which was also in great turmoil. Their meeting was the beginning of a love story, and the area was later christened after their combined names.

Posted in Culture @ 28 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


May 1 holiday rejected in Indonesia Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla on Monday rejected calls to grant a holiday during the International Labor Day commemoration on May 1, saying the country already has too many days off. "If we accepted the calls, there would be too many holidays. Therefore we oppose them," he told reporters here. Kalla said Indonesia has at least 12 holidays a year for religious events and national celebrations.

Posted in General @ 02 May 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ousting demons to usher in new year It has been unnervingly quiet on the tourism front in Bali of late - many have been laid off or put on part-time - giving the Balinese more time at home, more time to just be ... Balinese.

Posted in Culture @ 02 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abraham out front in West Irian Jaya polls Supporters of former Sorong regent Abraham Octovianus Atururi celebrated Sunday amid provisional results showing him headed for victory in West Irian Jaya's first direct gubernatorial election. Abraham, whose running mate is Rahimin Katjong, was reported ahead in all the election regions -- eight regencies and one mayoralty -- in the newly established but disputed province.

Posted in Elections @ 13 March 2006 08:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indramayu girl dies of bird flu, local test shows A 13-year-old Indonesian girl died of bird flu at the weekend while two others from her family have tested positive for the H5N1 virus, a health ministry official said on Monday, citing the results of local tests. If confirmed by outside laboratories recognized by the World Health Organization, the case would take total known deaths in Indonesia from the avian flu to 13 and the number who have had bird flu to 20.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 January 2006 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb blast kills seven in Palu A bomb packed with nails exploded in a crowded Christian market selling pork ahead of New Year celebrations in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, killing seven people and wounding 47, police said. The blast in Palu, capital of volatile Central Sulawesi province, came after warnings of militant violence during the Christmas and New Year season in Indonesia.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 31 December 2005 10:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesians observe peaceful Christmas Indonesians observed Christmas peacefully across the country as tens of thousands of police and troops remained on high alert for possible terrorist attacks. The security forces had earlier warned of possible terrorist attacks during the Christmas and New Year holidays as militants might seek revenge for the killing last month of Malaysian bomb-expert Azahari bin Husin, a senior member of the regional terror network Jamaah Islamiyah (JI), during a police raid in East Java.

Posted in General @ 26 December 2005 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta safe at Christmas Eve The situation of Jakarta`s security was reported to be safe during which thousands of Christians were celebrating their Christmas eve at respective church on Saturday evening. "Up till now, the security of Jakarta is safe and under control. Security apparatuses remain standing on guard to safeguard the churches and some areas prone to security disturbance," Chief of the Jakarta Police Headquarter`s Information Service Senior Commissioner Ketut Untung Yoga Ana said here on Saturday evening.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2005 09:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Xanana Gusmao to attend X'mas in Jakarta cathedral Timor Lorosae President Xanana Gusmao will attend a Christmas mass at Jakarta`s Cathedral here Saturday evening. "President Xanana has already sent a letter to the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry indicating his intention to attend Christmas mass at the Cathedral at 10 p.m. local time," said Janhars Yukti the chairman of the Cathedral`s Christmas Celebration Committee here Friday.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2005 09:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia police tell churches to dig bomb holes Police have ordered churches in the Indonesian city of Solo to dig holes to throw away suspicious objects that might be bombs, a newspaper said on Friday, amid fears of Christmas-related attacks. Police across the world's most populous Muslim country have been stepping up security measures ahead of the year-end holidays to avoid a repeat of 2000 Christmas Eve bombings of churches in several Indonesian cities which killed 19 people.

Posted in General @ 16 December 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hotels must report guests to police Jakarta Police are requiring all hotels across the capital to report the identities of their guests to police as soon as they check in. "We already require newcomers in all neighborhoods to report within 24 hours of their arrival. Now, we want hotels to report their guests' identities to us," city police chief Insp. Gen. Firman Gani said on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2005 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Muslims to guard churches during Christmas Volunteers from Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation will guard churches across the world's most populous Muslim nation on Christmas amid fears of terrorist attacks. Jakarta police have said they will boost security in the capital ahead of Christmas to avoid a repeat of 2000 Christmas Eve bombings on churches in several Indonesian cities, including the country's capital.

Posted in General @ 10 December 2005 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Papua residents told not to celebrate 'independence day' Papua Governor JP Solossa on Wednesday told residents not to celebrate the self-declared independence anniversary of Papua on Dec. 1. "All residents should go about their day as usual. Do not be provoked by groups that are planning to commemorate Papua's 'independence'," Solossa said. He was speaking after the West Papua Liberation Front announced plans to mark the 43rd anniversary of Papua's self-declared independence with a prayer service.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 December 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fires dash hopes in Jakarta during Idul Fitri The Idul Fitri celebration was over for Parlan, 36, as he stared at what was left of his house on Jl. Kampung Muka in Lodan, North Jakarta, after a massive fire early on Saturday. "I don't know what all this means. We had just bought the house after saving little by little for years. Now it's gone. But I will keep praying that we can rebuild the house soon," he told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Ramadan @ 06 November 2005 15:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Idul Fitri 'losing its color' in Jakarta The fasting month of Ramadhan and Idul Fitri celebrations in Jakarta have lost much of their colorful cultural traditions, a senior citizen says. Republika daily newspaper writer Alwi Shahab remembers that Idul Fitri Eve in the 1940s and 1950s was a special time for Betawi (native Jakarta) women. Unlike on ordinary days, they were allowed to spend the evening outside their houses, tasked with buying flowers for the Lebaran decorations, Alwi said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 03 November 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge police deployment for Idul Fitri holiday Indonesia will deploy more than 30,000 extra police this week as the world's most populous Muslim nation gears up for celebrations marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadhan, police said Sunday. "About 33,400 policemen across Indonesia will be deployed," police spokesman Bambang Suncoko told AFP.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 October 2005 11:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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
    
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