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Indonesia has no child protection system in place Child abuse cases continue to increase in Indonesia as it does not yet have an effective child protection management system to handle crimes on juveniles, noted the National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA).

Posted in General @ 24 October 2014 18:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


KPU claims 98.53 pct of C1 forms already uploaded The General Elections Commission (KPU) had reported that 98.53 percent of C1 forms recording votes cast at polling stations have been uploaded at www.kpu.go.id, Commissioner Ferry Kurnia Rizkiyansyah said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Elections @ 17 July 2014 01:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ongoing complaints about new Bali airport terminal The Bali Consumer Protection Bureau (YLPK-Bali) has undertaken a customer service surveys for Bali Ngurah Rai International and the Lombok International Airports.I Putu Armaya, director of YLPK, told Metrobali.com on June 24, 2014, that the survey was undertaken over 5 days ,June 4-8, 2014. The survey involved around 300 respondents - both domestic and international air passengers.

Posted in Travel @ 30 June 2014 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Communication ministry still awaits Vimeo`s official response The Indonesian Communication and Informatics Ministry is still awaiting a response from the representative of video-sharing website Vimeo.com following the Indonesian governments request that the site disable pornographic content from being accessed by Indonesian users.

Posted in General @ 16 May 2014 15:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Long list of complaints for Baliís renovated airport A public forum organized by the Bali Tourism Board on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to discuss service and conditions at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport brought a shower of strong criticism from stakeholders in the Islandís tourism industry concerned with the many complaints about the airport received form the traveling public.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 April 2014 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


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

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


Six die after consuming suspected contaminated alcohol Six residents of the Malang district in East Java died after drinking alcohol suspected of being adulterated in a party in Lawang on Monday. Lawang police sector chief Commissioner Gatot Setiawan said here on Wednesday 15 people binge drank and six of them had died.

Posted in Health @ 16 April 2014 23:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono denies using state facilities for his campaign Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono denies the allegation of using the states presidential facilities for the campaign of his Democratic Party (PD). "I did not use the presidential facilities in any of my campaign," the president clarified in his office, Jakarta, Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 April 2014 19:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Supreme Court judge reports Trans7 for alleged defamation Gayus Lumbuun, a Supreme Court judge, reported to police Trans7 television station, for presenting a story alleging him of receiving a bribe in legal case involving two popular singers, Julia Perez and Dewi Persik.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 26 February 2014 23:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Urgent need to curb corruption at Baliís airport' A member of the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI), Mangku Nyoman Kandia, told Bisnis Bali on Monday, December 2, 2013, the government must take steps to reduce the possibility of corruption by immigration and customs officers at Baliís Ngurah Rai Airport while, at the same time, reducing the length immigration queues.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 December 2013 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police second most in public complaints to Ombudsman The second most frequent complaints received by the Indonesian Ombudsman from the public are against the countrys police. "Police have always second among the institutions complained most against by the public," Ombudsman member Budi Santoso said in a meeting here on Thursday with police.

Posted in General @ 07 November 2013 12:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK grills Lebak district head candidate The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has grilled Lebak district head candidate Amir Hamzah in connection with his alleged involvement in a bribery case implicating non-active Constitutional Court Chief Judge Akil Mochtar.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 October 2013 18:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods affects some telecommunication infrastructure facilities The Ministry of Communications and Information said some telecommunications infrastructure facilities in flood-affected locations in Jakarta were still off due to floods.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2013 14:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor charged over 55-year swamp lease The Bali Friends of the Earth (WALHI) have formally charged Baliís Governor Made Magnus Pastika before the State Administrative Court (PTUN) in connection with the 55-year lease given to a private company to manage the Tahura Mangrove Forest Area (Tahura) in South Bali.

Posted in Environment @ 05 January 2013 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hospitals urged to not reject emergency patients Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi has called on all hospitals in Indonesia to not turn away patients arriving in a critical condition.

Posted in Health @ 07 November 2012 16:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Nightclubs along main road cause parking problems A member of the Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) is calling on nightspots along the busy Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, stretching from the Ngurah Rai Airport to Sanur, to stop using the shoulder of the road for visitor parking.

Posted in General @ 08 October 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Visa fee threathens tourism development' Bisnis.com reports that Indonesiaís Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, has expressed her concern that the permanent imposition of the US$25 visa-on-arrival fee threatens the future development of tourism to Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 September 2012 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Denny ready to face OC Kaligis` legal challenge Vice Minister of Justice and Human Rights Denny Indrayana has said he is prepared to face a lawsuit from senior lawyer OC Kaligis in view of his recent statement that was considered to be offensive to lawyers.

Posted in Politics @ 28 August 2012 21:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta election supervisor receives 54 complaints The Jakarta Election Supervisory Committee has announced that it received 54 complaints from local people about fraud during the Jakarta gubernatorial elections on July 11.

Posted in Elections @ 12 July 2012 15:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightclubs closed during Ramadhan in Ternate The local government of Ternate asked nightclub owners to close their joints during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan. "We have asked all nightclub owners in Kota Ternate to close their clubs during Ramadhan," said Deputy Mayor of Kota Ternate Arifin Djafar here on Wednesday.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 July 2012 10:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Six years jail for corrupt former tax official Gayus Former tax official Gayus Tambunan was sentenced to six years in jail and fined Rp1 billion for corruption and money laundering on Thursday. The chairman of a panel of judges at the Corruption Court here, Suhartoyo, said Gayus had validly been proven guilty of corruption in several cases.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 March 2012 02:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Expat hotel owner jailed in Singaraja NusaBali reports that the expatriate owner of the Hotel Melka in Singaraja, Karl Gunther Meyer (52), is being held in the Singaraja prison in under suspicion of fraud or embezzlement involving billions of rupiahs allegedly taken from a business associate.

Posted in Crime @ 28 February 2012 08:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali full of illegal money changers News Agency Antara reports that 40% of the moneychangers operating in Bali do not hold the required permits issued by Bank Indonesia. The Secretary General of the Association of the Foreign Exchange Dealers (APVA), Ayu Astuti D, said, ďaccording to our data, 30-40% of the 146 (foreign exchange) companies headquartered in Bali are illegal.Ē

Posted in Economy @ 23 February 2012 14:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians file lawsuit against U.S. consulate in Surabaya A group of Indonesian nationals filed a lawsuit against the United States consulate general in eastern Java on Tuesday for building a barrier and obstructing traffic on a public road.

Posted in General @ 14 December 2011 10:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Govt picks Karawang as location for new airport The government has chosen Karawang, West Java, as the location for a new airport, an official from the Transportation Ministry has announced. He said that the government planned to build a new airport in response to complaints about services at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Cengkareng due to overcapacity.

Posted in Economy @ 21 November 2011 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian activists: 8 killed during clashes at gold mine Indonesian activists on Thursday claimed that at least eight people were killed during weekend clashes in the country's eastern Papua region, where officials previously confirmed one fatality.

Posted in Violence @ 17 November 2011 13:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Activists urge economic development for Papua Indonesia needs to boost economic development in Papua, human rights activists say, a day after thousands in the restive region rallied for independence.

Posted in Human rights @ 05 August 2011 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Long delays for Lion Air flights from Singapore It was a normal Wednesday last week and still it seemed that something was completely wrong with Lion Air. After they had received a stern warning from the Department of Transport, the came with so-called 'own' improvements, but the airline does not seem capable of letting their many flights depart on schedule.

Posted in Travel @ 31 July 2011 06:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police searching for sexy striptease dancer The Indonesian police is looking for a striptease dancer. They are not interested in the 18-year-old Lilis to have her performed for them though, but more because she is to appear in court in Bandar Lampung over what she did; doing a striptease act.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 30 May 2011 05:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali: trash in plain sight of foreign tourists an eyesore Bisnis Bali reports that foreign tourists visiting Bali continue to complain about the lack of cleanliness in many tourist areas of the island. Nyoman Kandia, the head of the Bali branch of the Indonesian Guide Association (HPI), recently called on the government and the public to join forces in addressing the problem of trash in Bali which has become the source of numerous complaints from foreign visitors served by the island's tourist guides.

Posted in Environment @ 27 March 2011 04:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to observe Cambodia-Thailand border conflict Amidst the recent border conflicts between Thailand and Cambodia, both countries have accepted Indonesia to observe both sides of the border, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 23 February 2011 05:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


State secrets might be stolen from S-Korea hotel room The Indonesian Foreign Ministry on Sunday confirmed that one of the hotel rooms belonging to Indonesian envoys during a state visit to Seoul, South Korea was broken into.

Posted in Politics @ 21 February 2011 01:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former tax officer gets 10 year prison for money laundering Former Jakarta tax office director Bahasyim Assifie on Wednesday was sentenced to 10 years in prison for money laundering, the latest corruption case involving officials in Indonesia.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 February 2011 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gayus gets 7-year prison term in tax corruption case In one of Indonesia's most media-covered corruption cases, tax officer Gayus Tambunan was sentenced to 7 years in prison for his involvement in bribes that led to his multibillion rupiah wealth, local media reported Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 January 2011 03:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian minister denies allegations of raping Indonesian maid Malaysian Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim on Wednesday denied the allegations that state he raped his Indonesian maid four years ago, local media reported.

Posted in Crime @ 06 January 2011 04:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: 'Torture of suspects normal in Indonesia' Law enforcement officials from police to prison wardens routinely torture Indonesian suspects and convicts to extract confessions or obtain information, a new report asserted Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 02 January 2011 01:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christmas spirit: Decorations are 'excessive' and 'hurt's Muslims' feelings' The top Islamic body - who else - from the world's most populous Muslim country complained about over-the-top Christmas decorations in Indonesian malls and other places where the public gathers.

Posted in Religion @ 24 December 2010 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another expatís home stormed in religious riot on Lombok A German man was the second foreigner to see his home destroyed in Lombok during the holy month after his complaints about damage to his property interrupted evening prayers. "He barged into the village chiefís house, accusing residents of destroying his statues, and questioned what kind of Muslims we were," Mustan said.

Posted in Religion @ 11 September 2010 02:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


State railway launches 'women-only' carriages Indonesia's state railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) on Thursday launched special carriages for women traveling between the capital, Jakarta, and the West Java city of Bogor. Transportation minister Freddy Numberi and women and child rights minister Linda Amalia Sari attended the launch ceremony at Depok train station in West Java.

Posted in Culture @ 20 August 2010 13:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President orders police escort to avoid total road closure President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked the police escort to close only one lane while his car convoy travels to avoid excessive congestion. "The President forbids total traffic block while his convoy passes through," the presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said over the weekend as quoted by tempointeraktif.com.

Posted in Politics @ 19 July 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New immigration checks revoked at Bali's airport After angry complaints from arriving tourists compelled to stand in line at Bali's airport for up to four or more hours, the border control management (BCM) procedures requiring fingerprints and photos of arriving passengers have been ditched on instructions from the Minister of Justice and Human Rights.

Posted in Tourism @ 09 May 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Even longer queues at Indonesian immigration Virtually every local paper in Bali is carrying news of the long delays being experienced by arriving passengers at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport where new Board Control Management (BCM) requirements have made an already long customs and immigration process even longer.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 May 2010 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parking fees to be checked after complaints The provincial government of Jakarta has announced to get into action against parking companies that apply fees that are higher than the maximum fees allowed in the province. Fauzi Bowo, governor of the capital city, has said that raising fees for parking is not allowed and can only be done by governor's decree.

Posted in General @ 07 February 2010 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


The mess at PLN Cikarang #5 After a month of 'uncertainty' I headed for the local office of PLN once more late last week. I was still hoping to be able to pay my electricity bill. It was the fifth time I was here, just to pay the bill for the power that I had consumed since the time I moved in here last June. Earlier attempts to pay failed because of several reasons, see the related blog articles for that.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 24 December 2009 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


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

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


Indonesia healthcare system failing millions Indonesia's health system is failing to provide even the most basic care to vast swathes of the population, say specialists. Many who cannot afford doctors' fees often receive no treatment at all, while the wealthy fly abroad for a check-up. The system is plagued by under-funding, decentralization, lack of qualified staff, rising medical costs and outdated medical equipment, say insiders.

Posted in Health @ 07 August 2009 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


A warning for Megawati and Kalla The advocacy team of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Boediono sent a strong warning to the team of Jusuf Kalla-Wiranto and Mega-Prabowo, telling them to prove all of the alleged manipulation and violations during the 2009 Presidential Elections. "We ask that all the complaints are presented with their evidence," said Amir Syamsuddin, an attorney for the team.

Posted in Politics @ 05 August 2009 09:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta sweeps streets with nail-sweepers Cleaning the streets in Jakarta is almost impossible, but last night, members of the highway police of the Greater Jakarta Police swept the streets clean. Clean of nails that is. Jalan Gatot Subroto in the direction of Slipi and Kolong in Semanggi were cleaned by a special nail-weeper. The nail-sweeper only roamed the streets for a few hours from 23:30 to 02:00 local time, but during that time it managed to clean the streets of some two kilograms of nails.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 August 2009 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia stops sending maids to Malaysia immediately Indonesia has ordered employment agencies to stop sending its citizens to Malaysia to work as maids. Indonesian Manpower Minister Erman Suparno said the decision - effective today - would remain in place until safeguards are implemented in Malaysia. ďI have spoken of the temporary halt in bilateral talks with the Malaysian Human Resources Minister (Datuk Dr S. Subrama-niam) during the International Labour Conference in Geneva on June 12,Ē Erman said in a statement yesterday.

Posted in Politics @ 27 June 2009 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


The bare necessities of Kuta nightlife Responding to numerous complaints from the local community and suggestions that agitated neighbor were getting ready to take matters into their own hands, a team of district and village officials - backed up with a cadre of local citizenry, swooped down on a Kuta night spot rounding up scantily-clad exotic dancers and the bars' management for a late-night "meeting" at the Lurah or Sub-district chief's office.

Posted in Nightlife @ 27 May 2009 20:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia goes to the polls today Indonesia holds legislative elections today, amid concerns about vote buying, fraud and some regional violence in the country. But the elections mark a transition for the young democracy. Indonesia's legislative elections span thousands of islands with more than 40 political parties and tens of thousands of candidates.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2009 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


White Rose Hotel in Bali seized by prosecutors Radar Bali reports that the White Rose Hotel. located on Jalan Raya Legian in Kuta, has been seized by officers from the Bali police headquarters in connection with an ongoing investigation of a complaint made by Hari Budihartono on February 21, 2009.

Posted in General @ 24 March 2009 08:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sex cult leader named suspect for insulting religion He encouraged spouse-swopping and wild orgies, and gave sermons in his underpants. On a news website, police are said to describe him as looking 'cool... just like youngsters nowadays', with dyed brown hair and fair skin. But he's no love guru. He is the leader of a deviant sect in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 01 February 2009 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Anti-corruption court indicts former First Media executive Prosecutors at the Anti-Corruption Court on Tuesday indicted Billy Sindoro, a former director of cable television and Internet provider PT First Media Tbk, for allegedly giving Rp 500 million ($46,000) as a bribe to a government official in charge of monitoring monopolistic business practices.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 December 2008 04:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia moves to protect workers abroad The delay in the recruitment of Indonesian housemaids and drivers has prompted Jakarta to set up a commission to look into the interests of Indonesian workers, including their overseas employment, training and health.

Posted in General @ 01 September 2008 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian authorities plan uniforms for accused corruptors There is growing criticism of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's decision not to dismiss two senior ministers, implicated in a Bank Indonesia corruption scandal. The situation has been further complicated in recent weeks by allegations that the father-in-law of President Yudhoyono's eldest son was approving the bribes.

Posted in Human rights @ 13 August 2008 15:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to share bird flu data with researchers Genetic information about Indonesiaís bird flu virus will be available to researchers who have been monitoring the disease. A free global database launched Thursday will give scientists and health experts access to influenza virus samples and genetic sequencing in an effort to make sure the disease isnít mutating to a form that could spread more easily between people.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 May 2008 04:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Call to demolish illegal villas in Tabanan regency The Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) in Tabanan is calling on the Regent and Governor to demolish illegal luxury villas built in the Tabanan Regency of Bali.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2008 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Residents of Siring Barat want financial help for mud flow Some 200 residents of the sub-district of Siring Barat, in the area of Porong in the district of Sidoarjo in eastern Java, demonstrated yesterday in front of the building of the local government of Porong. They want that the area they live in is included in the map on which the mud flow is indicated, so they can claim the right for payment. Last Thursday a dam broke, after which their area flooded with watery mud as well.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 08 January 2008 01:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police taking bribe gets unwanted international attention As reported on Balidiscovery.com, a Balinese policeman recently was the object of unwanted international attention when he was caught receiving a bribe from two Canadian tourists in Bali who surreptitiously recorded the encounter on video.

Posted in General @ 16 December 2007 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No more parking mafia! You know them, the ever friendly people who always know where to find that parking space you need. If not on the pavement, in front of an entrance or on a dead-end part of the highway system in Jakarta. There is always place for just one more car, motorbike or bikes, which are folded together near a trash can or tree. No problem at all and we are all happy that we can park at a distance less than ten meters from where we want to go. Nothing wrong with paying a little extra on top of the set prices. Gladly even, because 'better be lazy than tired', is something you have to pay for. Of course we are not talking huge amounts here and for hat few thousand Rupiah's you won't push aside cars yourself, I won't believe that.

Posted in Culture @ 05 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Dead man travels across Java unnoticed on train A dead passenger has traveled on a train on an executive passenger train for at least half a day before being noticed. This was reported by an Indonesian newspaper yesterday. Family members found the body of Edy Haryanto, 55, sitting in a locked lavatory on Thursday afternoon, more than one day after he had boarded the train in the central Javanese town of Tegal together with some friends, Warta Kota newspaper said.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 April 2007 05:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia's largest environmental group upset over Newmont ruling Chalid Muhammad from Indonesiaís largest non-governmental environmental group Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia (WALHI), translated ďthe Friends of the Earth,Ē has accused the five judges in the Newmont trial of being biased toward the U.S. miner. The group said it will lodge complaints of bias against judges.

Posted in General @ 26 April 2007 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15 new ferries to be build before 2009 The government is planning to build 15 ferries until 2009, so old ones can be replaced. This was announced by a transportation official on Wednesday. "The program will hopefully improve people's confidence in sea transportation," N.M. Teweng said, he is the spokesman of the Transportation Ministry's transportation system division. He presented a meeting on West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) development planning taking place in Mataram April 16-19.

Posted in General @ 19 April 2007 06:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Leftist Dita Sari 2009 presidential candidate Dita Sari, a leader of Indonesia's People's Democratic Party (PRD), has vowed to run as a candidate for the leftist Papernas alliance in Indonesia's next presidential polls despite threats by radical Islamists. "We will not be intimidated," said Dita in an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI). Papernas has been labelled "communist" - an ideology and party prohibited in Indonesia - and last week its supporters were attacked by members of the Front Pembela Islam (FPI). "I will do everything to take part in the presidential elections," Dita said.

Posted in Politics @ 04 April 2007 15:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Adam Air to continue expansion Adam Skyconnection Airlines said the Jan. 1 crash of one of its aircraft will not affect expansion plans as the Indonesian budget carrier will pursue adding 60 planes within five years and searching for a strategic investor. The airline also plans to lease 10 Boeing 737 planes this year, bringing its total fleet to 32, according to the company's president director, Adam Suherman, whose family owns the Jakarta- based carrier.

Posted in General @ 14 February 2007 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilots concerned over Indonesia airlines Four years ago, young pilots lined up to join a new contender in Indonesia's booming aviation industry. But at least 20 left Adam Air within months, citing concerns that poor maintenance, corruption and rule-bending could lead to a crash - charges the airline denied. "I didn't want to wait until I had lost my friends," said Feisal Banser, 30, a former Adam Air flight captain who knew several crew members on a passenger jet that crashed Jan. 1 with 102 people on board.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Fate of Adam Air plane carrying 102 remains mystery Adam Air Flight KI-574 took off on New Year's Day with 102 people. An hour into what should have been a short hop between islands, the pilot reported heavy winds. Then the plane vanished, sparking a massive search. Thousands of soldiers battled rugged jungle terrain, a fleet of aircraft took to the skies and ships scoured the sea for a third day Thursday, spanning a 28,000-square-mile area - roughly the size of Ireland, or the U.S. state of California. But by nightfall they had found no trace of the Boeing 737.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2007 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What a garden does to people However we approach the end of the year, it may be clear that my garden here in the tropics still looks fairly green. Some of you may have been following that via internet and probably you enjoyed the always green garden. However green is relative, when I don't give extra water during the dry season, that green will be gone pretty quick.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top Golkar official quits over sex video A senior official of the ruling Golkar party resigned from his post after being linked to a sex scandal that tarnished the image of the party. Mr Yahya Zaini, 42, the head of the religious affairs committee in Golkar's Executive Board, had been identified as the man seen in a steamy video cavorting with a singer in a hotel room.

Posted in General @ 07 December 2006 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 reactions


Indonesia gas sale fails amid Java mudflow row Indonesian energy and mining firm PT Energi on Tuesday lost a potential buyer of some gas assets as controversy over devastating mud flows from near a drilling site in East Java continued to rage. PT Energi Mega Persada Tbk wants to sell stakes in firms that control gas block operator Lapindo Brantas -- a company that has been blamed for causing mud to gush from near a drilling site for months.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 28 November 2006 16:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes frontline in World Bank battle against corruption Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of America's invasion of Iraq and its ambitions to reshape the world, was President George Bush's controversial choice to take the reins of the World Bank last year. Mr Wolfowitz, despised by many for his policies but admired for his intellect, ignored the furore over his appointment, waiting 12 months to make his first major policy pronouncement. Its location, Indonesia, and his warning of rampant corruption undermining global aid and development efforts, was almost as ambitious and controversial as his attempts to re-engineer the Middle East.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoking ban gradually vanishing into thin air Clean air campaigners were careful about selecting a smoke-free dining establishment as the venue for a public discussion in Cikini, Central Jakarta, on Thursday. The waitresses, however, had gone about placing ashtrays on every table, encouraging some participants to light up. "It's a fact, the smoking ban is not effective. I don't know why the management of this cafe allows people to smoke," said the moderator of the discussion, Tubagus Haryo Karbiyanto, who chairs the air quality division of the Jakarta Caucus for the Environment.

Posted in General @ 17 November 2006 09:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia haze back over Singapore A shift in wind direction brought the haze from Indonesia's land-clearing fires back to Singapore on Tuesday after an earlier clean air reprieve. The Pollution Standards Index (PSI) moved out of the healthy range to 57 and remained within the moderate category. Singaporeans have been out in force since last Wednesday, when heavy showers cleared the air of the weeks of haze that triggered warnings from environmental officials to stay indoors and in air conditioned rooms.

Posted in Forest fires @ 31 October 2006 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze brings misery, health problems in Indonesia Thick smoke from bush and forest fires in Indonesia has forced schools to close and brought misery to residents, officials said on Friday, with no sign of firefighters in one hard-hit area. A vast blanket of smoke, or haze as it is known locally, occurs every year in Indonesia, angering neighbours Singapore and Malaysia who have long demanded Jakarta do more to stop the dry-season fires being lit by farmers and big companies.

Posted in Forest fires @ 06 October 2006 14:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim group damages 'sacred' tree in The governor of Jakarta has filed a complaint with police after a Muslim youth group hacked and damaged a 100-year-old banyan tree in the Indonesian capital in a bid to dispel rumours the tree harbours special powers. "The city government tried hard not to cut the tree when we built a new bus lane. It is more than 100 years old and it is important for the environment," said Susi Marsitawati of Jakarta's park agency.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 October 2006 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Security crackdown ahead of execution of christian militants Indonesian officials said Wednesday they had deployed thousands of police on Sulawesi island ahead of this week's planned executions of three Christian men found guilty of leading deadly attacks on Muslims six years ago. Amid complaints that the men did not receive a fair trial, a top Christian leader urged his community not to resort to violence and to pray that the president would grant them a last-minute reprieve.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 21 September 2006 10:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia asks Malaysia for explanation of fatal shooting Indonesia is seeking clarification from the Malaysian government about a report that five Indonesian citizens were killed in a shooting incident involving police in the country's Pahang state during the weekend. "We asked our officials in Kuala Lumpur to seek an official explanation from the Malaysian government about what really happened that day as soon as we heard the news," Foreign Ministry director for Indonesian citizens protection Ferry Adamhar told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Posted in General @ 19 September 2006 09:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To Kuala Lumpur shortly It was about time for me to get a new visa. Because of regulations it's not possible to extend a certain kind of visa - tourist visa. Also you can't apply for a new visa when in Indonesia as well. You will have to go to an Indonesian embassy. Where that embassy is doesn't really matter, so there are a lot of options left to look around for a holiday-hobbyist. And so I got to plan my first 'visa trip' to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Someone I know from the internet lives around there as well, so I also created the opportunity to meet. That should not be a problem because I would stay there for one entire week. I wasn't in a hurry - I didn't have to go back to Indonesia the same day or so - so I could look around there while my passport would be updated with a new sticker which permits entry into Indonesia again.

Posted in Travel @ 15 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government hunting down haze culprits Indonesian law enforcers are making arrests and quizzing plantation companies suspected to be responsible for forest fires in several parts of the country following complaints at home and abroad over the perils of the annual haze. According to Indonesian news agency, ANTARA, police have arrested 20 people in Sumatra's Riau province and will quiz at least six plantation firms in Kalimantan.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 August 2006 14:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


The conmen of Parangtritis What should have been a nice day driving around, became a very funny little adventure. Especially about some remarks that would be made in Parangtritis. Thinking back to this in fact ridiculous fact where four people can laugh about for a long time, it's time to do some efforts to go back writing a little bit. We go back just two days. Not too early the four of us get in the rental car (license plate starting with AB, so we are just like real Yogyakartans), to drive around for the afternoon; some beach, a little bit of disaster area south of Yogyakarta and then simply back home to eat.

Posted in Culture @ 25 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hails Aceh peace, warns much work ahead Indonesia's president on Monday hailed the successes of a one-year-old peace deal in Aceh province, but said hard work was needed to ensure that violence did not return to the tsunami-ravaged region. "Remember, the world is full of examples where a perfect peace plan is spoiled by imperfect players,'' Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in a speech in Jakarta on Monday, a day before the one-year anniversary of the accord's signing.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 August 2006 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Group files complaint against Miss Indonesia A militant Islamic group has filed a police report against Indonesia's Miss Universe candidate accusing her of indecency, a lawyer for the organization said on Tuesday. Nadine Chandrawinata's participation in the contest and display of her body in a swimsuit there "is actually insulting for Indonesian dignity and women", Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) attorney Sugito told Reuters.

Posted in Religion @ 25 July 2006 13:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lone Indonesia bird flu survivor goes home Jones Ginting can't remember much of his battle with bird flu, and it's probably for the best. For the first two weeks, he slipped in and out of consciousness at Adam Malik Hospital. His skin stuck to the sweaty sheets as a fever raged. His arms were as rigid as steel pipes. When he did come to, he was delirious and agitated, fighting nurses who were trying to give him the antiviral drug Tamiflu. And always, always, he was struggling to breathe.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 July 2006 13:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Press Council: Playboy broke 'Code of ethics' Indonesia's Press Council has ruled that the publishers of Playboy Indonesia broke the organization's "journalistic code of ethics" through the distribution of its first issue earlier this month. That violation hinged on Playboy Indonesia's failure to ensure the men's lifestyle magazine wouldn't be sold to children and adolescents, a statement posted on the Press Council's Web site late Friday said.

Posted in Media @ 24 April 2006 17:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 20 reactions


Playboy obsessed with security, ethic, legal problems Playboy Indonesia has found itself in troubled water as its maiden issue triggered off protests nationwide in the past two weeks and the police here on Thursday summoned its editor-in-chief Erwin Arnada to investigate its publication in the largest Muslim country of the world.

Posted in General @ 21 April 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Keep your kisses short in Tangerang Unrelated people who kiss each other on the lips for more than five minutes at public places in the Indonesian city of Tangerang will face arrest, local media said on Friday. The government in Tangerang, a suburb west of Jakarta, defended the regulation as a practical guideline for its officers to follow up on tough and heavily criticised anti-prostitution laws passed by the city council last year.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 April 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Malls main target of smoking ban check It's getting down to the wire for owners of buildings that house cafes and restaurants to install exhaust fans and post no-smoking signs. On Thursday, the city administration will deploy a task force to enforce sanctions against smoking-ban violators. The main targets of Thursday's raid are 14 buildings in five municipalities, most of which are malls.

Posted in General @ 05 April 2006 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Locals grow crops in protected Kendari forest "Don't just blame us for stripping the forest -- first take a look at what local people have done to conserve it," said Haji Naim, 58, one of a group of farmers standing at the foot of the hilly Murhum Forest Park in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. Along with the others, Haji is cultivating crops in the protected forest park -- part of what he calls an "agroforestry" system.

Posted in Environment @ 22 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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