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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


Salary for 1,400 Merpati employees delayed by eight months About 300 employees of Merpati Nusantara Airlines staged a rally outside the State Enterprises Ministry on Tuesday demanding the payment of pending eight-month salary to 1,400 employees of the cash-strapped carrier.

Posted in Travel @ 12 August 2014 22:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PNG tourist visits decline due to closure of border The number of tourists from Papua New Guinea, PNG, visiting Jayapura is reported to have decreased after the border was closed by the local authorities following a shooting incident by unknown gunmen.

Posted in General @ 20 June 2014 19:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK investigators pledge to trace Suryadharma Ali`s wealth The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators will trace the wealth of Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali, who was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to haj pilgrimage management, a KPK commissioner said.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 22:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud evacuees allowed to return home The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has allowed evacuees to return to their homes on the slope of Mount Kelud after the volcanos status has been lowered from the top to the third alert.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 February 2014 21:28 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


Seven airports closed due to volcanic ash from Mount Kelud Seven airports and one airstrip remain closed on Saturday, as of 10:00 am local time (GMT +7), due to volcanic ash from Mount Kelud in East Java, an official said.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2014 12:45 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


32 people treated at Bantul hospital due to Kelud eruption Thirty-two people have received treatment at the PKU Muhammadiyah hospital in Bantul, Yogyakarta, due to the ill effects of the Mount Kelud eruption in East Java.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 February 2014 16:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Northern main road Java blocked by floodwaters The northern coastal road from Jakarta to Surabaya, popularly known as Pantura, has been completely blocked by floodwaters in Pamanukan in the district of Subang. The fly-over in the heart of Pamanukan has been flooded on both sides and is submerged in about one meter of water. This main road is economically very important for transport over land.

Posted in Flooding @ 19 January 2014 07:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi moves to ban topeng monyet shows The city administration wants to clear the long-tailed monkeys used in the popular roadside topeng monyet (masked monkey) shows off the capital's streets, in a bid to protect the monkeys, which inhabit Jakarta's northern coast, beritajakarta.com reported over the weekend.

Posted in General @ 23 October 2013 10:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze forces temporary closure of schools in Pekanbaru The Pekanbaru education office has temporary closed kindergartens and elementary schools partly in the city, which have been hit by haze.

Posted in Forest fires @ 29 August 2013 14:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police has cyber crime investigation satellite Jakarta Metropolitan Police has cyber crime investigation satellite which was built in cooperation with the National Police (Polri) and Australian Federal Police (AFP), police has said.

Posted in Crime @ 29 April 2013 15:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President sees penitentiary raid as attack on state authority President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the raid last week on a penitentiary in Cebongan in the district of Sleman, Yogyakarta, was an attack on state authority.

Posted in Politics @ 26 March 2013 14:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police destroy Rp15 bln worth of marijuana The South Jakarta Police on Friday destroyed Rp15 billion worth of seized marijuana weighing 1.5 tons. "The seized evidence was accumulated from the police disclosure for two months operation," Head of South Jakarta Metro Police Sector Station Kombespol Wahyu Hadiningrat said here Friday.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 February 2013 19:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan and Jokowi to build low cost apartments in slum areas Minister for State Enterprises Dahlan Iskan said state construction companies will cooperate in building six low cost apartment tower in slum areas of Marunda, area of state owned bonded zone operator PT Kawasan Berikat Nusantara (KBN) and Klender.

Posted in General @ 28 November 2012 15:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Media leaders seek direct clarification from Dahlan A number of mass media leaders met with state enterprises minister Dahlan Iskan to seek clarification directly from him regarding his clash with the House of Representatives (DPR).

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 November 2012 21:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan said he was not afraid State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan said that he was not afraid and would tell more names of legislators that have allegedly extorted state-owned companies. "Tomorrow I will submit more names and cases in writing to the House of Representatives` (DPR) Ethics Council (BK)," he said here on Tuesday after a ministry leadership meeting.

Posted in Politics @ 06 November 2012 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New tool to keep Indonesia one step ahead of disaster To help communities better prepare for floods, earthquakes and tsunamis, a new hazard impact modelling tool, the Indonesia scenario assessment for emergencies (InaSAFE), was launched Wednesday, according to the Australian Embassy here in its official web site on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 24 October 2012 21:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police guarantee security of foreign embassies The Indonesian police have guaranteed the security of foreign embassies in Indonesia, according to National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo.

Posted in Protests @ 21 September 2012 20:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace Indonesia urged to be transparent Greenpeace Indonesia has been urged to open up or tell about its management of funds it has received from the public or donors. "Greenpeace Indonesia must be open and explain transparently to the people about the funds because they are collected from the public," the chairman of the Special Committee on Social Organizations Bill, Abdul Malik Haramain, said here on Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 11 June 2012 16:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bekasi workers block Cikarang toll road Tens of thousands of Bekasi workers staged rallies on Friday, blocking the Jakarta - Cikarang toll road access to Bekasi from KM 21 to KM 26. Tens of thousands of road users are trapped on various locations in and around Bekasi because of the closures, that started just in the morning rush hour at about eight o'clock.

Posted in Protests @ 27 January 2012 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Licenses of 'dirty' restaurants and hotels to be revoked The provincial government of Bali has affirmed that they will not hesitate to revoke the operating licenses of hotels and restaurants failing to properly dispose of their waste and sewerage.

Posted in Environment @ 07 August 2011 04:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air to make improvements to avoid delays After Indonesian airliner Lion Air has been warned several times by different authorities about the increasing number of delays with the airline, it has now announced that it is to take immediate actions. A number of changes are forced through with the airline in the coming days. These changes are not voluntarily though.

Posted in Travel @ 17 July 2011 10:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Best Western Kuta closed, but still open, over permits As expected, enforcement officers from the Badung regency descended on the Best Western Kuta on Thursday, April 28, 2011, to post a sign in both English and Indonesian declaring hotel closed.

Posted in Politics @ 02 May 2011 03:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge claim for Aussie papers publishing Wikileaks about Yudhoyono Two Australian newspapers that published articles last Friday accusing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of abusing power and influencing judges based on leaked cables obtained from Wikileaks were sued for $1 billion on Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 15 March 2011 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The need for good paperwork in Bali The Bali Post reports that the regional government of Gianyar and local enforcement officials have affixed a closure notice (segel) at the entrance to the Hanging Garden Luxury Resort & Spa located in Payangan, Ubud. The notice, which could effectively close the 38-villa property in two months, was posted on Thursday, March 10, 2011.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 March 2011 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono accused of corruption on Wikileaks Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday was accused of abusing power and influencing judges, according to leaked cables obtained on Wikileaks and published on Australian media. The reports published were published Friday in Australia's The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and were based on Wikileaks' sources of diplomatic notes sent by the U.S. Embassy to Washington, D.C.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 March 2011 14:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malang Airport closed because of ash from Bromo volcano The directorate of Transport in Indonesia has ordered the immediate closure of the airport of Malang, Abdurahman Saleh. This is done because of the increasing amount of ash in the air - originating from the Mount Bromo volcano. The volcano, that has been erupting for several days now, is ejecting more ash into the skies. The airport is located about 25 kilometers from the crater of the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 November 2010 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta airport reopened after Mount Merapi eruptions The airport of Yogyakarta, one of the international airports on the Indonesian island of Java, has reopened on Saturday. Flights from and to the airport were halted soon after the first heavy eruptions of the Mount Merapi volcano late last month.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 November 2010 13:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta airport closed until at least November 20 The international airport of Yogyakarta, Adisucipto, will be closed until at least November 20, 18:00 local time. The volcanic activity of the Mount Merapi volcano is still very high, that it is decided to keep the airport closed for another five days to take away all uncertainty. Earlier, the airport had been closed to November 15, with a possibility to extend this, depending on the current situation.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 November 2010 01:27 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


Ash rains Mount Merapi reach Solo Ash rains originating from the Mount Merapi volcano mixed with normal rain reached the city of Solo in the afternoon yesterday. The ash, originating from the most recent eruption of the volcano around 15:30 local time yesterday, forced the airport of Adi Soemarmo near Solo to close down for an hour.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 November 2010 00:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Concerns about military operations in Puncak Jaya region Reports from the Puncak Jaya region, inside the central highlands of West Papua, indicate that Indonesian security forces, principally the militarized police BRIMOB, have launched actions against the small, armed Free Papua Movement (OPM). In May, security force spokespersons warned that if the local OPM leader, Goliat Tabuni, did not surrender by June 28, major operations would be launched to capture him and his small force.

Posted in Military @ 19 June 2010 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Road near Sidoarjo mud flow to be raised The main thoroughfare in Porong, closed several times already because of mud from the mud volcano nearby, will be raised with some 80 centimeters to avoid future problems with mud flowing onto the road. A stretch of road with a length of one kilometer will be raised as soon as possible.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 07 May 2010 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drivers Blue Bird taxi seek police protection on Bali Drivers of Bali Blue Bird taxis have asked protection from Denpasar Police following protests and violence by drivers from other groups, which are united in the Bali Tourism Service Association (PJWB). "Our drivers are afraid of those who violently sweep our taxis on the streets. The protesters urge our passengers to get off the taxi,” Bali Blue Bird spokesman Nyoman Mertadi told Antara news agency on Tuesday.

Posted in Protests @ 17 February 2010 00:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Big money is the 'boss' in Bali NusaBali carries the story that the closure of at least four entertainment and accommodation venues by the Badung regency's enforcement agency (Satpol PP) is being criticized as an example of "selective enforcement of the rules." The four closed businesses in the Kuta area - The Wave, Holiday Colada, Wild Catz and Sara Residence are threatening to re-open unless the rules are enforced in a more even-handed fashion.

Posted in Corruption @ 12 October 2009 13:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Crackdown on illegal hotels and clubs Community enforcement officers have finally begun to take decisive action against Badung regency accommodation and night entertainment venues who have failed to secure required licenses and permits in support of their operations.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 October 2009 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pig farms in Balikpapan have to close in 2010 The city government of Balikpapan has decided to close down all pig farms within the city limits of the city in eastern Kalimantan in 2010. Farmers are given one year to prepare themselves for the closure. Based on information of the city government, there are currently 40 pig farms in the area. On average there are somewhere between 100 and 150 pigs in each farm.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 07 May 2009 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


MD82's; the Wings Air trash bin for air transport At the end of last year I was able to experience how it was to fly a brand new plane as well as a very old one in just a matter of days. That very old one was a short domestic flight from Jakarta to Yogyakarta with Indonesia Air Asia, while just several months earlier I had traveled from Yogyakarta to Kuala Lumpur with Air Asia in one of the newest planes - at that moment - in use with the airline. It was the new plane that fascinated me most, while I only thought about the old one a few months later.

Posted in Travel @ 22 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Two small bombs near Freeport mine in eastern Indonesia Two small bombs went off early Friday on a road leading to a massive mine operated by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. in eastern Indonesia and a third unexploded mortar round was found nearby, police said. No one was injured and there was little damage. The near-simultaneous explosions targeted a bridge and a nearby security post 15 kilometers from the Grasberg mine in Papua province, said PT Freeport Indonesia spokesman, Mindo Pangaribuan, refusing to elaborate until the police probe was complete.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 12 September 2008 05:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia 'regrets' Timor atrocities President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has endorsed a truth commission report stating his country was to blame for gross human rights abuses against the Timorese in 1999. But he has stopped short of a formal apology and rejected prosecuting those responsible.

Posted in Human rights @ 15 July 2008 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rolling blackouts for eight hours as plant is short of fuel More than 20.000 customers of PLN - Indonesia's state power company - in the districts of Jember and Lumajang in eastern Java experience rolling power blackouts. The blackouts occur because two steam powered plants are out of operation due to short supplies of fuel. The Muaratawar and Tambak Lorok plants are virtually out of order.

Posted in General @ 31 May 2008 10:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Air chief: Adam Air banned from flying Indonesian budget airline Adam Air has been banned from flying on safety grounds, the country's chief of air transport said Tuesday. "The transport ministry has decided to revoke Adam Air's operational specification, effective 17:00 Tuesday (local time)," Budhi Muliawan Suyitno told reporters here. "With this, Adam Air is banned from operating its aircraft. All of its planes must be automatically grounded."

Posted in General @ 19 March 2008 09:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gloomy future for Adam Air as investor retreats Following the latest safety incident involving an Adam Air flight that slid off the runway at Batam's Hang Nadim Airport on March 10, 2008, the Indonesian Department of Civil Aviation has threatened to "freeze" the airlines Air Operating Certificate if the carrier's management is unable to quickly correct its safety management shortcomings.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2008 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Safety ratings for Indonesian airlines The Indonesian Department of Transportation has issued its the results of its scheduled re-audit of safety and air worthiness for all commercial air operators in Indonesia, following an initial audit in March 2007 which failed to see even a single domestic air carrier receive a "clean pass" Category I rating.

Posted in General @ 03 July 2007 01:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Main tollroad near Porong in southern direction closed The main road near Porong, which connects Surabaya and Gempol, is closed for traffic in the direction of Malang to the south and Jember-Banyuwangi to the east. The closure came in effect at 10.00 local time today. The two lanes which originate in Surabaya and run south are closed because of mud flowing on the road since the last nine days.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 April 2007 08:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY closes civil servant school after murder President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered the temporary closure and restructuring of a school that trains civil servants after the murder of several of it's students. He froze new admissions for the year following a suspected murder of cadet Cliff Muntu at the school last Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 10 April 2007 02:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia reopens border with East Timor Indonesia today reopened the border with East Timor because the fugitive rebel who caused the closure is no longer seen as a threat, according an official. "As of today our border is reopened," said Ahmet Bey Sofwan, Indonesia's ambassador to East Timor earlier today. The closure lasted just over one month. Dili earlier asked for the closure to stop renegade Majr Alfredo Reinado and his supporters from escaping to Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 29 March 2007 13:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six airlines given three months to improve The Transport Ministry has given three months time to six airlines to improve safety standards of face closure. The six airlines that were placed in the warning list are Adam Air, Kartika Airlines, Jatayu, Batavia, Trans Wisata Air and Dirgantara. Budhi Muliawan Suyitno, the director general of civil aviation at the Transport Ministry, said that an audit of 54 aviation firms revealed that not one of them made it to the first of three classes.

Posted in General @ 23 March 2007 01:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airline ratings to be announced this week The government will announce the results of an audit on Indonesia's airliners this week, as was told by the general aviation chief earlier today. The audit came after immense pressure to improve air safety following a series of accidents in the last months.The team, set up by the government to evaluate transport safety, has recommended that airliners found to have violated safety regulations to be closed.

Posted in General @ 20 March 2007 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 13 reactions


Airliners may be shut down after accidents The Indonesian government may close airliners after a series of accidents that killed hundreds of people, this was said by Vice President Jusuf Kalla yesterday. "Whoever can not meet the regulations will face sanction, including the liquidation of the company," Kalla told a press briefing at his office in Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 17 March 2007 03:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from Indonesia gas pipe blast hits 13 A 43-year-old man died on Sunday from injuries sustained after a gas pipeline explosion in Java island last month, taking the toll from the disaster to 13, media reports said. The Nov. 22 blast, which disrupted gas operations in the region covered by state oil company Pertamina's East Java Gas Pipeline, occurred in an area where hot mud has been gushing unchecked since the end of May following a drilling accident.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 04 December 2006 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from Indonesia pipeline blast reaches 12 A man died late on Wednesday after suffering injuries from last week's gas pipeline explosion in the Indonesian area swamped by a devastating mudflow, pushing the incident's death toll to 12, a doctor said. The Nov. 22 blast, which disrupted gas operations in the region covered by state oil company Pertamina's East Java Gas Pipeline, occurred in an area where hot mud has been gushing unchecked since the end of May following a drilling accident.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 01 December 2006 05:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from Indonesia pipeline blast climbs Two more bodies were found on Friday near the scene of a gas pipeline explosion in Indonesia's East Java province which was linked to a devastating mudflow, pushing the death toll from the incident to 10. "Rescuers found two more dead bodies this morning and we are currently preparing the identification and autopsy of those bodies," Sukamto Kasmuri, director of the main hospital in the East Java regency of Sidoarjo, told reporters.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 25 November 2006 14:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trials and travails of Indonesia's richest man Publicity-shy paper and plantation magnate Sukanto Tanoto is in Indonesia's national headlines after topping two high-profile lists. Forbes Asia last month listed the 56-year-old tycoon as the richest individual in Indonesia, with assets worth about US$2.8 billion (Rp25.2 trillion). In June, the self-made ethnic-Chinese tycoon also topped a list of state-owned Bank Mandiri's six biggest debtors.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police foil attempted closure of church The suppression of religious freedom in this predominantly Muslim nation continues in West Java, where dozens of churches and places of worship have been forcibly closed by Muslim extremists over the past year. A mob of around 50 people attempted Saturday to demolish a house they claimed was being used illegally by Christians as a place of worship in the hamlet of Cibintinu, Arjasari village, some 20 kilometers south of Bandung.

Posted in Religion @ 25 September 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pangandaran beach resort closed to visitors Pangandaran beach resort in Ciamis regency of West Java province, which was recently devastated by a tsunami following a strong quake in the Indian Ocean, has been temporarily closed to the public as of July 20. The looting of hotels, cafes and houses in the tsunami-stricken tourist resort has prompted the Ciamis authorities to close the area temporarily, Ciamis police chief Adj. Sr. Comr Samsudin Janiep confirmed on Friday.

Posted in General @ 21 July 2006 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java earthquake death toll nears 5,700 The death toll from the Indonesian earthquake pushed neared 5,700 as hopes faded of finding more survivors from Indonesia's latest quake. International aid was on Tuesday beginning to stream into Java island, where the quake struck at the weekend leaving many in urgent need of medical assistance.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 18:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Desperate quake victims await aid Heavy rain and damaged roads were hindering efforts to help survivors of a major earthquake in Indonesia, as officials put the death toll at more than 5,100 dead, 6,500 seriously injured and thousands more left homeless. While aid has been trickling in, overwhelmed hospitals were struggling to treat huge numbers of patients with limited medical supplies.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 May 2006 19:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jawa quake leaves at least 1,700 dead, thousands injured A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia's main island of Java, killing at least 1,700 people, injuring thousands more and causing mass destruction. Thousands of families fled their homes in panic after the 6.2 magnitude quake struck early in the morning, many running for higher ground amid false rumours of a tsunami like the one that devastated the country in December 2004.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2006 11:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hospitals: At least 200 dead in quake, toll expected to rise At least 200 people were killed and thousands injured when a strong earthquake rocked the densely-populated southern coast of Indonesia's Central Java, hospitals said. At least 200 people were killed and thousands injured when a strong earthquake rocked the densely-populated southern coast of Indonesia's Central Java, hospitals said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2006 07:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Renowned author Pramoedya Ananta Toer dies aged 81 Renowned Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer, who overcame imprisonment and censorship to publish dozens of stories and novels about his country, died at home among family Sunday, his daughter said. He was 81. Pramoedya was hospitalized Thursday in the intensive care unit of Jakarta's Catholic St. Carolus Hospital with heart trouble and complications from diabetes, but was taken home Saturday at his family's request.

Posted in General @ 30 April 2006 09:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Study warns residents to keep safe distance A university's four case scenarios for restless Mt. Merapi predicts local residents would escape harm in the event of an eruption -- as long as they stay eight kilometers from the volcano's crater. Soetoto from the Natural Disaster Study Center of Yogyakarta's Gadjah Mada University said Wednesday previous eruptions of the Central Java volcano had not caused the expulsion of smalls stones or rocks over a great distance, only dust clouds.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 April 2006 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY: Freeport Papua mine closure not an option The Indonesian government won't consider a unilateral closure of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.'s (FCS) massive Grasberg mine in Papua despite allegations of poor environmental management at the facility, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Monday.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 17 April 2006 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Two die, three hurt in Medan train crash Two train workers died and three others were injured when cargo trains carrying palm oil crashed Friday morning in Fortuna village in Perbaungan district, Serdang Bedagai regency. A witness, Surya, said a Dolok Hilir 2901 train hit a 2911 train from behind at 5:30 a.m., turning the cars upside down and spilling their cargo.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 April 2006 18:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Axes, arrows and AK-47s used in clash in Papua Four people died today in an exchange of fire between soldiers and suspected separatists in Indonesia’s remote resource-rich province of Papua, a military spokesman said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 10 April 2006 20:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Protests in Papua threaten peace, crisis group says Protests in Indonesia's Papua province threaten the resource-rich region's peace process, which will collapse without the support of the Indonesian government, the International Crisis Group said. The government sent additional forces to Papua's capital, Jayapura, after the deaths of five security officers last week during protests to demand the closure of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.'s Grasberg mine, the world's largest for gold and second-biggest for copper.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 24 March 2006 08:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mine protesters clash with Papua police Protesters demanding the closure of a U.S.-owned gold mine in Papua clashed with police Wednesday in the second day of violent protests in the province. Two officers were injured after being hit with protesters' arrows, police said. Around 200 protesters fought with police as they tried to march on the Grasberg mine, run by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., Lt. Col. Dedi Junaidi told el-Shinta radio station.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 15 March 2006 08:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US mining giant faces nationwide protests Students have staged rallies in many parts of Indonesia over the last several days demanding the closure of U.S. mining giant Freeport-McMoran, which they accused of stealing wealth and destroying environment. In the southern Java town of Yogyakarta on Thursday, students took to the streets urging the government to close Freeport's minein the country's most remote province of Papua.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 02 March 2006 13:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cirebon to close sand mines Regent Dedi Supardi on Thursday promised to put an end to all sand mining activities, which some have blamed for exacerbating recent flooding in the regency. He said, however, the closures would be done in stages. "We've closed illegal sand mining operations, but in the meantime, those which have permits will be closed down in stages, when their operating permits expire. But we'll close all C-type mining (for sand and building materials) by September at the latest," Dedi said.

Posted in General @ 17 February 2006 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims, minorities and the state in Indonesia Indonesian Islam will remain moderate and tolerant by and large, but problems and challenges will continue to exist. The future of Indonesia depends on the ways in which the government and various Muslim groups actually act in public life. While violence, discrimination, and grievances are still felt among the minorities, especially non-Muslims, the Muslim majority continue maintaining the tolerant, moderate character of the country. A small number of hard-liners and terrorists will be disproportionately influential, but the tolerant, moderate majority and the government will not be silent.

Posted in Religion @ 30 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hotel discos will stay open during Ramadhan The city reminded the management of entertainment centers in the capital on Tuesday to close their business during the holy month as a sign of respect to Muslims. Jakarta Deputy Governor Fauzi Bowo said that regular bars, nightclubs, discotheques, amusement centers and massage parlors had to remain closed one day before the holy month started on Oct. 4 until one day after it ended on Nov. 2.

Posted in Ramadan @ 28 September 2005 08:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Yudhoyono stresses freedom of worship should prevail President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stressed the right to religious freedom in Indonesia and called on citizens to help prevent violence against any faith. Yudhoyono, according to his spokesman Andi Mallarangeng, called on all ranks of the government and the community 'to prevent violence agains religious worship activities.'

Posted in Religion @ 05 September 2005 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia president warns of terror attacks Indonesia's president warned on Monday of possible terrorist attacks in the coming two months, and said he would also take steps to show the country was still a tolerant Muslim nation. Speaking at a seminar in Jakarta, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said bombmakers from the militant network Jemaah Islamiah posed a threat to the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 August 2005 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christians face proselytism charges in Indonesia Three evangelical women in Indonesia are facing charges which could to prison for allegedly contravening a law against “Christianisation”. They have been accused by a chapter of the Indonesian Council of Muslim Clerics of trying to get Muslim children to convert to Christianity through “the use of lies, deception or enticement.”

Posted in Human rights @ 25 July 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects proposal on E-Timor war crimes tribunal The United Nations Security Council has been handed a report that recommends an International War Crimes tribunal on atrocities in East Timor, if Indonesia fails to retry those accused of masterminding the violence in 1999. But Indonesia has rejected the proposal.

Posted in Human rights @ 30 June 2005 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parcel closes Indonesia embassy in Australia A suspicious package sparked a fresh security alert at Indonesia's Embassy in Canberra on Tuesday, but tests showed white powder it contained was harmless. Officers in breathing gear sifted through mail at the building close to Australia's Parliament House after a report of a suspicious package, a federal police spokesman said.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2005 07:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Indonesia says will lift Aceh's emergency status A civilian emergency law imposed on Indonesia's Aceh last year to deal with a simmering rebellion will be lifted this month, the head of the tsunami-hit province's reconstruction agency said on Sunday. The move could signal Indonesia's willingness to intensify efforts to strike a peace deal with rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) when a fourth round of peace talks is held in Helsinki from May 26-31.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 08 May 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami victims still being recovered in Indonesia The body squad has been doing its dirty, dangerous and unavoidable work here for nearly a month. Yet, every day, incredibly, there are still more victims of the Asian tsunami to be found, bagged and buried. The squad — Indonesian soldiers and Red Cross volunteers — gathers in the Punge neighborhood of this provincial capital. The Indonesian army says more than 17,600 bodies have been pulled from this area. The Indonesian Red Cross says more than 92,700 bodies have been found in Aceh province, the area hit hardest Dec. 26 by the earthquake and tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 23 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia starts building refugee camps The United Nations said Wednesday that camps for up to 500,000 tsunami refugees will be built on devastated Sumatra island, while world leaders headed to Indonesia to discuss how to distribute billions of dollars in aid. Indonesia's government has started breaking ground on four camps around Banda Aceh, the main city in northern Sumatra, where an estimated 1 million people were left homeless by the tsunami. The United Nations plans to provide tents and equipment for up to 500,000, said Michael Elmquist, who heads the U.N. relief effort in Aceh.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 January 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President plans Jakarta overhaul President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stated his commitment to overhauling the country’s sprawling capital. Jakarta's facelift will center on managing its most pressing problems: traffic, garbage and waterways. The President met a range of Jakarta councilors on Tuesday (16/11/04) to discus tourism and the beautification of one of Jakarta's prime tourist areas: the Ancol complex of theme parks and markets on Jakarta's northern shores.

Posted in General @ 17 November 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt reaffirms sovereignty over Papua The government has brushed aside any questions about the legitimacy of the 1964 UN-sponsored self-determination vote in Papua, saying current standards should not be applied to past events. Commenting on the recent release by the U.S. of a document that shows Washington in 1964 dismissed the vote as a sham, Ministry of Foreign Affairs' spokesman Marty Natalegawa said the disclosure would do nothing to change the status of Papua as part of Indonesia.

Posted in Politics @ 12 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BI completes liquidations of 52 banks The central bank has officially revoked the licenses of two banks, Bank Ratu and Prasidha Utama Bank -- the remaining two of the 52 banks the government decided to close down at the height of the crisis in the late 1990s. The closure of the two banks was stipulated in two decrees of Bank Indonesia's governor dated April 29. The liquidation of the two banks was delayed as the central bank had to wait for decisions of the Supreme Court giving the go-ahead, Antara reported on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto tops world corruption league Former dictator Suharto has topped a list of the world's most corrupt politicians over the past two decades. The list is part of Transparency International's new Global Corruption Report 2004, which charts the flow of stolen assets, recommends ways to recover money looted by despots, and sets out new standards on political finance and favors. Transparency International says Suharto stole about $15 billion to $35 billion during his 32 years of rule in a country where the Gross Domestic Product per capita hovers at around $700.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 March 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IBRA raises IDR26.1T from assets sales in 2003 The Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency has raised as much as IDR26.1 trillion (EUR 2,47 billion) from its sales of assets this year, compared with a year-end target of IDR26 trillion, said IBRA Chairman Syafruddin Temenggung. He said in a statement that the funds are being used to help finance the country's 2003 budget deficit.

Posted in Economy @ 26 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


American companies feel impact boycotts Companies that were once proof of American entrepreneurial skill are having to retreat in the face of a boycott by Muslims of US products in protest against the US's support for Israel. Although it is not sanctioned by Muslim governments, which are fearful of American reprisals, the boycott has hit such American giants as McDonald's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Starbucks, Coke and Pepsi.

Posted in General @ 08 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourism showing signs of recovery Tourist arrivals to Bali almost doubled in December from the previous month to 68,000, signaling a recovery in an industry that has been devastated by the Oct. 12 nightclub bombings, Indonesia's statistics bureau said. Still, Indonesia's tourist industry, which contributes about 5 percent to annual gross domestic product, suffered badly in 2002 due to the blast, the statistics bureau said in figures received Tuesday.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 February 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AFTA: A wake-up call for RI business Ira Murweni, a 34-year old housewife, strolled along an aisle in a supermarket in South Jakarta. To meet her family's needs, she goes shopping at least twice a month. She recalled an interesting discovery. "Since the beginning of last year, the price gap between imported and locally made products has shrunk," Ira observed. Susanna Merry, a 35-year-old housewife living in Bekasi, had a similar view.

Posted in Economy @ 29 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Since the terror bombings that killed nearly 200 people and destroyed his Paddy's bar, Kadek Wiranatha has closed two hotels and put off the launch of Bali's first airline. His Bounty Hotel remains open, but employees say their earnings have been halved by the absence of tipping tourists.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 December 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sony pullout plan rocks Indonesia In the past three years Japanese electronics giant Sony has shut down 16 plants across the globe and laid off thousands of its workers. Sony said last month it would stop making audio-visual products at its Indonesian subsidiary, PT Sony Electronics Indonesia, as part of its "overall, global restructuring effort". Indonesian Manpower Minister Jacob Nuwa Wea, however, has publicly threatened to lead a campaign for a boycott of Sony products unless it "explains" the proposed closure of its Indonesian factory.

Posted in Economy @ 07 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police find cakes, not bomb, in Jakarta building Police said on Tuesday a suspicious package found at Jakarta's high-rise Deutsche Bank building, which houses most of Indonesia's foreign media, contained cakes, not a bomb. Occupants were evacuated at around 1 p.m. (0600 GMT) after the package was found in the building, which is next to the British embassy.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia warns of more terror attacks Indonesia's Security Minister says intelligence information points to the possibility of more terrorist acts taking place soon in Indonesia and his security officials are focusing on Ambon and Poso, where sectarian conflicts have spiralled out of controlled. Speaking at a news conference after an internal security meeting, Mr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono also said the new attacks are expected to be in a different form from the recent Bali bombings.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schools ordered to close in haze-choked Palangkaraya Schools have been ordered to close in the capital of Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province because of persistent choking haze caused by fires, an official said Thursday. Palangkaraya mayor Salundik Goyong Wednesday ordered the closure with immediate effect of all schools in the city and surrounding areas, mayoral spokesman Halis Lanca said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The lively tinkle of the grand piano, the sound of the bass, and the beat of the drums by the Bill Heid Trio generated a warm atmosphere at the official residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America, Ralph L. Boyce, on Jalan Taman Suropati, Jakarta, on September 19. The performance of the famous jazz group—which often graces the stage of the John F. Kennedy Center, a prestigious cultural showplace in Washington—mesmerized the American diplomats. They were carried away by the beat of the music, tapped their feet, and sipped champagne. Boyce, no mean drummer and guitarist himself, was all smiles as he jammed with the band.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


British, Canadian embassies in Indonesia issue alert The Canadian and British embassies have joined the U.S. Embassy in warning their citizens traveling to two tourist areas in Indonesia to be vigilant, saying Westerners may be targets of violence. The notices issued Friday followed a similar warning Thursday night to American citizens living in Indonesia and follows the closure last week of the U.S. and British embassies in Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 September 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US embassy opens after alleged terror threat The United States embassy here and the consulate in Surabaya reopened on Monday after four working days closed as a result of a terrorist threat from the al-Qaeda network. Dozens of people were seen queuing at the embassy to arrange documents, while heavily armed police stood guard outside the building located on Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan, Central Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. embassy in Indonesia to reopen but threat remains The U.S. Embassy in Indonesia, closed since September 9 due to the threat of a terrorist attack, will reopen on Monday, but the public should still stay away "unless it is absolutely necessary", the embassy said. A statement from the embassy said on Sunday that "the cooperation of the Indonesian security authorities has permitted the reopening".

Posted in General @ 15 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cruelty in Indonesian zoos A charity report says that some of the world's top holiday destinations in Indonesia are the scenes of "shocking levels of cruelty" to zoo animals. The findings follow an investigation by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and one of its Indonesian member societies, Animal Conservation for Life (KSBK).

Posted in General @ 26 March 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods displace 18,000 people across Jakarta As many as 18,000 people were forced to flee on Thursday and Friday when floods struck their homes in various neighborhoods across Jakarta on Friday. Three days of incessant rain in the capital combined with floods in Bogor, from where many rivers in Jakarta originate, caused rivers to overflow, inundating 11 subdistricts.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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