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US congratulates Indonesia on its successful elections The US government has congratulated the people of Indonesia on its successful presidential elections on Wednesday, the US here said on its official website.

Posted in Elections @ 10 July 2014 18:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia revises down economic growth target Bank Indonesia (BI) revised down its prediction of economic growth in 2014, from its initial 5.5-5.9 percent to 5.1-5.5 percent. "The factor that had made us revise the economic growth target down is the revision of export performance," BI governor Agus Martowardojo said at a press conference here on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 08 May 2014 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor would like to see ten milion as minimum wage Bali's Governor told those attending his monthly open-house town meeting he wants to see every worker in the tourism sector to earn a minimum Rp. 10 million ( US$870) per month. Adding: “In principle, I want to see workers in Bali prosper. Don't let them suffer privations, even though (the privations) are permitted within the law.”

Posted in Economy @ 05 May 2014 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bad weather hampers rescue of sinking boat in Papua Bad weather in Yapen waters hampered the rescue effort of a sinking boat that carried 30 people in the area of Pasorae Strait to Kurudu Kaipuri waters of Papua.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 April 2014 16:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pros and cons of Jokowi`s presidential candidacy Many Indonesians have hailed the presidential candidacy of Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, who has been idolized for his down-to-earth style of governance.

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2014 17:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Keeping Bali’s mother temple sacred The provincial government of Bali has prepared a small team to review input from a number of sources on how best to create a Pura Agung Besakih Authority to control and oversee the operation of Bali’s Mother Temple.

Posted in Religion @ 02 February 2014 06:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


14 villagers killed by molten debris from Mount Sinabung At least 14 villagers were killed on Saturday by volcanic debris spewed by Mount Sinabung in Karo District, North Sumatra.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 February 2014 22:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Katulampa sluice in Bogor on alert one status The Katulampa sluice in Bogor, West Java, has reached the alert one (I) level on Thursday morning due to heavy rain in the upstream area of the Ciliwuing River, a disaster mitigation official said.

Posted in Flooding @ 30 January 2014 11:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floodwater still on Jakarta`s main roads paralysing traffic A number of main roads in Jakarta are still inundated by flood water with rain continuing to pour on the city from Tuesday night until Wednesday morning. The water is as deep as 50 centimeters in some places paralyzing traffic, the city Disaster Control Agency (BPBD) said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Flooding @ 29 January 2014 11:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A soldier killed by extremists in Papua An Indonesian soldier was killed by a group of separatists in Ketinggian Pintu Angin , Papua on Friday. First private Sugiarto and his group was ambushed by armed extremists led by Yambi, Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Andika Perkasa said in a written statement here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 24 January 2014 22:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Train services disrupted because of floods Train services in Jakarta have been disrupted since yesterday because of the continuing floods that hit the capital area. Tanah Abang train station in downtown Jakarta has been flooded and can not be used for train services at the moment. The station has been closed down completely.

Posted in Flooding @ 19 January 2014 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood forces 5,125 Jakarta residents to evacuate Torrential rains since Sunday, Jan.12 that lead to floods in the capital city, have forced 5,125 Jakarta residents to evacuate their homes. "Up until 7 a.m. Monday, floods had inundated 31 sub districts in 18 districts of Jakarta," stated The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, here on Monday.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2014 12:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung volcano keeps on erupting heavily Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra has remained dangerous as eruptions continued to be recorded at 106 times in the past two days.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 January 2014 18:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detain Malaysian for starting forest fire in Riau The Riau province police announced here on Saturday that they had detained a Malaysian national who is being investigated for his alleged involvement in starting a forest fire in Riau earlier this year.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 December 2013 15:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Location of proposed new Bali airport still not clear The continuing tug-of-war over the location for a proposed new airport in North Bali entered a new phase with the announcement by the Regent of Buleleng that villages surrounding Kubutambahan are favored for Bali’s second air gateway.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 07 December 2013 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


6000 overstaying Indonesians repatriated from Saudi Arabia The Indonesian government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has repatriated 6,017 Indonesians, who had exceeded their permitted length of stay in Saudi Arabia, while the remaining 4,757 were still lodged in the Shumaysi Immigration Shelter.

Posted in General @ 05 December 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Health Ministry stops campaign bus with objectionable slogan Due to the controversy surrounding the operation of a bus meant for an HIV/AIDS information campaign, the Health Ministry has ordered the organizer to stop operating the bus.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 December 2013 19:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian economy to slow down in 2014 Indonesia's economy is expected to slow down in 2014 as a result of being impacted by various domestic and foreign factors, said market analyst Surjanto Yasaputera here on Thursday. "The BI rate hike from seven percent to 7.5 percent is one of the factors holding back foreign investors from making new investments," he stated.

Posted in Economy @ 14 November 2013 16:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta-Surabaya toll road plan must move forward: Minister State-owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Dahlan Iskan said the government`s plan to build toll roads, stretching from Jakarta to Surabaya in East Java, must move forward in spite of criticism from some quarters.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 18 October 2013 23:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Liberalisation strengthens foreign domination: NGOs Two Indonesian non-governmental organisations have criticised APEC`s decision to boost liberalisation, claiming that it would only strengthen foreign domination in the country.

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2013 18:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airport operator wants Merpati Nusantara to pay their bills PT Angkasa Pura I has revealed that the debt owed to them for airport charges by PT Merpati Nusantara Airline has reached Rp. 38.4 billion (US$3,84 million.) According to Bisnis.com, the head of corporate administration for PT Angkasa Pura I, Harry Budi Waluyo, said that state-owned Merpati also has debts for aeronautic services due to a number of airports managed by Angkasa Pura I and Angkasa Pura II.

Posted in Economy @ 26 August 2013 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Germans missing on Mount Merapi Two German mountaineers reportedly went missing on Sunday (Aug. 11) while climbing the southern slope of Mount Merapi, passing through Kinahrejo, Sleman district, on the border between Central Java and the Yogyakarta special administrative region.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 August 2013 16:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Reform efforts still continuing' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said reform efforts in Indonesia that began in 1999 following a financial crisis in 1998 had not yet finished and are still continuing.

Posted in Politics @ 15 June 2013 00:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three illegal mine workers in Maluku buried after landslide Three illegal gold mine workers are believed to have died after being buried in the pit following a landslide at the illegal mine at Gunung Botak in the sub-district of Wamsait, Buru island, Maluku Province.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 May 2013 23:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mentawai floods displace 10,000 residents Floods on Siberut Island, Mentawai District, West Sumatra Province, have displaced around 10,000 residents, according to a spokesperson of Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) of Mentawai Islands.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 April 2013 13:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


Lower occupancy Bali hotels during holidays The head of the Denpasar chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), I.B. Gede Sidharta Putra, told Radar Bali that there has been a “retreat” in hotel occupancy levels over the just concluded Christmas and New Years Holiday period.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 January 2013 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Record number of tourists visit Indonesia in 2012 The Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy reports that foreign tourist visitors to Indonesia through the end of November 2012 have reached 7.227 million, against a target for the year of 8 million.

Posted in Tourism @ 31 December 2012 06:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kuta residents deal with taxi problem themselves Community elements from the Kuta area of Bali have begun taking matters into their own hands in dealing with errant taxies illegally parked and waiting for their next fare in their area.

Posted in General @ 20 October 2012 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcanic activity continues at Mount Anak Krakatau Volcanic activity has been continuing at Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait since early October, according to an observation officer. "The volcano has not erupted since mid-September," said Andi Suardi, the head of the observation post in Hargopancuran village, Rajabasa subdistrict, South Lampung district, on Thursday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 October 2012 20:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Power price hike for Bali in the making Bisnis Bali reports that a planned 15% hike in electrical power rates will increase overall energy costs by up to 10%. For many companies in the tourism sector, expenditures for energy represent 5% of gross revenues.

Posted in Power supply @ 29 September 2012 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono wants APEC summit to run smoothly Bali Post reports that Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stated his desire that the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit planned in Bali in October 2013 runs smoothly and successfully.Yudhoyono has linked a successful APEC Conference to the larger success of Indonesia and the Asia Pacific nations in general.

Posted in Politics @ 23 September 2012 08:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali self-suffucient in rice and soybeans The State News Agency Antara  reports that Bali is secure in terms of food security and not threatened by continuing drought conditions in many part of Indonesia. Ida Bagus Wisnuardana, head of the food crop division for Bali, confirms that Bali has adequate sufficiencies of rice and soybeans.

Posted in General @ 18 September 2012 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jasa Marga: 'Bali toll road can not be halted' The spokesman for PT Jasa Marga – the consortium building the new Benoa – Ngurah Rai – Nusa Dua toll way has compared the road network in Bali to a patient suffering from coronary disease.

Posted in Economy @ 18 September 2012 10:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Anak Krakatau still on alert status Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait is still on level II alert, according to an observation officer. "We have asked all tourists and fishermen to stay away from the volcano because it could endanger the safety of their lives," Mount Anak Krakatau Observation Post officer Jumono said on Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 September 2012 14:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hillary: 'There should be no discrimination against minorities' Visiting US State Secretary Hillary Clinton in her remark at a press conference here on Monday said there should be no discrimination against any minority in this world.

Posted in Politics @ 04 September 2012 00:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NU: 'Clash in sampang not between Sunnis and Shiites' An Islamic leader has said the recent conflict in Sampang, Madura island, East Java province, was not between Nahdlatul Ulama (Sunnis) members and Shiites.

Posted in Religion @ 28 August 2012 22:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Deputy minister ready to be reported to police Deputy Minister for Law and Human Rights Affairs Denny Indrayana said he was ready if he was reported to police about his recent statement on corrupt lawyers in the Twitter social network.

Posted in Politics @ 26 August 2012 21:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia has opportunities to strengthen domestic industries Indonesia still has a lot of opportunities to strengthen its industries due to continuing investment growth, a presidential aide said.

Posted in Economy @ 02 August 2012 14:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali’s rice terraces a part of world heritage The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has finally ratified the Subak irrigation system in Bali and including it on the word heritage list during its just concluded 36th assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Posted in Culture @ 04 July 2012 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK detains Miranda Goeltom Former Bank Indonesia senior deputy governor Miranda Goeltom was detained on Friday as a suspect in an alleged bribery case, in connection with her election to her post in 2004.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 June 2012 18:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Debate over Lapindo mud disaster continues The debate over the cause of the mud disaster in Sidoarjo, East Java, is continuing relentlessly even today, according to some experts. It remains unclear whether the mud flow occurred due to a drilling activity or it was a natural disaster.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 28 May 2012 13:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Dukono still on level II alert The National Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) has announced Mount Dukono in Halmahera, North Maluku, is still on level II alert.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 May 2012 16:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali welcomes Subak as a world cultural heritage The government and the people of Bali, especially the farmers, have welcomed the decision of the United Nations (PBB) to recognise subak, the Balinese traditional irrigation system in Dewata Island, as a World Cultural Heritage (WBD).

Posted in Culture @ 22 May 2012 08:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Efforts to find Sukhoi crash victims continue Indonesian rescue teams are still searching and evacuating the bodies of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash victims in Bogor, West Java.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 May 2012 14:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Endang's burial to be held at San Diego Cemetery The burial of Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih, who passed away on Wednesday at 11.41 am at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Jakarta, will be held at San Diego Cemetery, Kerawang, West Java, on Thursday morning.

Posted in Politics @ 02 May 2012 12:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami alert issued after 8.5 magnitude Sumatra quake A tsunami watch was issued for countries across the Indian Ocean after a massive earthquake hit waters off Indonesia on Wednesday, triggering widespread panic as residents along coastlines fled to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 April 2012 12:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Helicopter believed to have crashed in Papua`s interior An Airfast helicopter carrying staff from mining company PT Freeport was reported to have crashed at 11.00 local time in Papua`s interior area, Kampong Tsinga. According to Freeport spokesperson Ramdani Sirait, the helicopter was carrying the company`s two-man exploration team when it crashed.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 March 2012 10:45 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


Some 75 bodies found in Banyuwangi waters Search and rescue teams operating in Banyuwangi waters have found the bodies of a total of 75 illegal immigrants whose boat capsized in the sea near Prigi, Trenggalek, East Java, recently.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 December 2011 02:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds still missing after boat sinking off Indonesia Up to 200 people remain missing after a ship carrying Australia-bound immigrants sank off the coast of Indonesia on late Saturday evening, officials said on Tuesday. Nearly 50 others have been rescued.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 December 2011 05:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Stranded fishermen in Antarctica days away from rescue The crew of a stricken Russian fishing vessel which is stranded in Antarctica and is taking on water is at least four to five days away from being rescued, rescue officials said on Friday. The ship is carrying crew members from Russia, Indonesia and Ukraine.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 December 2011 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


At least 12 dead after ferry sinks in eastern Indonesia At least twelve people have been killed and an unknown number of people remain missing after a ferry boat sank in eastern Indonesia on early Saturday morning, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 August 2011 14:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus plunges into river; 16 dead At least 16 people died after a passenger bus carrying 65 people plunged into a river in the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, officials said Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 June 2011 16:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


E. coli bacteria found in 70 percent of Yogyakarta wells Indonesian health officials have expressed concern as reports show that around 70 percent of wells in Java's touristic city of Jogjakarta are contaminated by the E. coli bacteria, officials said Thursday.

Posted in Health @ 23 June 2011 16:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crackdown on illegal taxi's on Bali continues An informal promise by the Bali Transportation, Information and Communications Agency (Dishub), the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) and the provincial enforcement agency (SATPOL-PP) to temporarily halt the crackdown on illegal transport operators is apparently not being honored.

Posted in General @ 11 June 2011 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK catch judge accepting bribes red-handed The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) caught a Central Jakarta Commercial Court judge accepting bribes from a curator on Wednesday night. "The judge was arrested in the Sunter area of North Jakarta last night around 10 p.m. after he accepted bribes from a curator," KPK public relations staff Priharsa told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 June 2011 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign scientists to study Lapindo Sidoarjo mudflow A team of foreign scientists will be traveling to Indonesia's East Java province in order to observe the Lapindo mudflow that began five years ago in Sidoarjo, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 27 May 2011 00:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One more warning for zoning law violations on Bali The provincial enforcement team for Bali has delivered the second written warning to the Beach World Project within the Nusa Dua Complex.

Posted in Environment @ 26 April 2011 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ferry boat fire in Indonesia's Sunda Strait kills at least six A large fire on a passenger ferry boat in Indonesia's Sunda Strait killed at least six people on early Friday morning, police said. The death toll is expected to rise.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 January 2011 03:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Train collision in West Java kills at least five At least five people were killed and 21 injured when two trains collided early Friday morning in Indonesia's West Java, local media reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 January 2011 02:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government moving to check rising food costs In an urgent step to curb inflationary food prices the Indonesian government will abolish value-added taxes and import duties on a number of food products.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2011 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Mount Merapi erupts again Indonesia's Mount Merapi on Monday erupted again, spewing out thick black smoke as residents continue to evacuate the area, local media reported. Jogjakarta's Volcanic Investigation and Technology Development Center chief, Subandriyo, has stated that continuing eruptions are expected.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 November 2010 02:12 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


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

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


Two times a day to Ambon with Batavia Air Batavia Air now flies between Jakarta and Ambon twice a day and seven days a week. The first flight of the day in the early morning is a direct flight between the two cities. The flight later on the day makes a short transit in Surabaya before continuing to it's final destination. Prices start at 573.000 Rupiah (less than 55 euro!) per single trip.

Posted in Travel @ 19 May 2010 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rinjani volcano on Lombok island comes to life Lombok's Gunung Barujari part of the Gunung Rinjani volcano complex on the island of Lombok has been placed on a "caution" (waspada) list by Indonesian officials following a rash of continuing explosions, sometimes throwing molten ash 1,200 meters skyward.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 May 2010 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nothing wrong with Blue Bird Bali The latest chapter in the continuing saga of challenges to the continued operation of Blue Bird Taxis or PT Praja Bali Transportasi has seen the provincial government announce that a meeting of a judicial team of government officials have concluded the troubled taxi service is "technically legal."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 March 2010 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Delays in opening of Lombok's new airport Plans to conduct a "soft opening" of the new Lombok International Airport (BIL) in March 2010 are going to be delayed, according the Chief of the Transportation, Communication and Information (Dishubkominfo) office for West Nusa Tenggara province, Ahmad Baharudin.

Posted in Travel @ 01 March 2010 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's governor Pastika committed to culling dogs In a decision certain to anger Bali's animal rights groups who argue the elimination of stray dog populations is an ineffective way to halt the spread of the rabies, the governor of Bali, Made Mangku Pastika, has directed that the extermination of stray dogs continue and be accelerated.

Posted in Health @ 19 December 2009 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More power outages for Bali Despite earlier promises that the irritations accompanying electrical blackouts would end on December 6, 2009, the state-owned power company PLN has announced that repairs on the Gilimanuk generating station will take longer than expected and consumers should expect blackouts to continue at least until January 15, 2010.

Posted in Power supply @ 08 December 2009 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #2 Because the first few pictures that were published here on the blog were a big hit - little reactions but many, many views - we are continuing with the 'Sexy and Indonesian' series for now. This time it is Fifi Buntaran that is on our blog. If you are in need of more, pictures can be found on Flickr.

Posted in Sexy @ 23 October 2009 04:08 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


Search for survivors halted Rescuers are refocusing their efforts on survivors now that hopes of finding anyone alive under the rubble of destroyed buildings in the capital, Padang, were slim, officials said. Most people missing in Padang city were buried under heavy concrete and it is unlikely they could survive for five days, said Priyadi Kardono, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA).

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 October 2009 02:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rabies vaccines out of stock at Bali's main hospital Bali's ongoing struggle to fight the current rabies epidemic is being complicated by the lack of rabies vaccine at Bali's Sanglah General Hospital. As reported by Berita Bali.com, the drug store on the hospital's premises has posted a sign in its window announcing that rabies vaccine are "out of stock" .

Posted in Health @ 27 September 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali dive operators asked to show their licenses During the first week of September 2009, joint enforcement teams comprised of officials from the Bali provincial government, tourism police, water police, public prosecutors, members of the Water Sport Association (Gahawisri Bali), environmental authorities and tourism officials visited dive operators in the regency of Buleleng, north Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 September 2009 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Get ready for higher power rates The state-owned PLN is in desperate need of more funds to cover operating deficits and undertake a much needed expansion of the Indonesian power grid. The House of Representatives has recently increased the subsidies paid by the government to PLN, while PLN president director, Fahmi Mochtar, has declared his desire to raise power tariffs - both moves intended to put the Company in a better position for what has been termed a "fast track" energy program.

Posted in Economy @ 01 September 2009 01:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PT Kereta Api plans to buy new locomotives with GE GE Transportation and PT Kereta Api (PTKA), Indonesia’s state-controlled railway, announced today that PTKA has confirmed an order for 20 C20-EMP locomotives with deliveries scheduled for 2010 and 2011. The companies have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that commits the parties to developing a long-term plan for the purchase or lease of up to 150 additional locomotives that will be specifically designed for Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 17 July 2009 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Purse snatcher shot by police near Ubud Ubud area police are continuing their crackdown on muggers and purse snatchers who have been targeting tourist visitors. On Wednesday, June 24, 2009, police capture two young men were apprehended in the process of snatching a purse near Ubud. One of the men, 20-year-old Lukman Hakim of Jembrana, Java, was shot by police in the thigh after he reportedly tried to evade capture.

Posted in Crime @ 29 June 2009 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism chief calls for end to custom's raids The Bali Tourism Service (DIPARDA) is urging the Bali Customs and Excise office to halt sweeping raids being conducted against Bali hotels and restaurants in the current drive to halt the sale of wine and liquor bearing counterfeit customs stamps.

Posted in General @ 11 June 2009 08:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-corruption watchdog detains relative of Yudhoyono Indonesia's anti-corruption watchdog arrested a relative of President Yudhoyono in connection with the misappropriation of millions of dollars in bank funds, media reports said Friday. After several hours of questioning, Aulia Tantowi Pohan, the father-in-law of Yudhoyono's son, was arrested Thursday in connection with an 8-million-dollar graft case at the country's central bank.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 November 2008 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Transport Minister: 'Indonesian airlines will not collapse' The Department of Transportation is working closely with the national aviation industry to anticipate the negative effects of the current global economic crisis. According to the Minister of Communication, Jusman Syafii Djamal, national airlines may eventually encounter difficulties in securing aircraft leases and insurance as the result of a continuing economic downturn. "Fortunately," the Minister added, "the price of fuel is reducing. In addition, while the price of leasing aircraft is increasing, the lease contracts for most national airlines will not expire in the near future."

Posted in Economy @ 19 October 2008 01:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia increases interest rate Bank Indonesia has increased its policy rate by 25 basis points to 9.5% as they continue their ongoing battle with inflation. Indonesia did not join Australia, who cut rates today by the highest since a recession in 1992. It is predicted however that today’s increase may be the last this year as the aim of the central bank moves onto supporting growth rather than continuing the fight against inflation.

Posted in Economy @ 07 October 2008 03:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali government: '28 million euro to stop erosion of beaches' Tempo Interaktif estimates that as much as 25% of Bali's shorelines have suffered significant erosion caused by sea waves. Of the total shorelines abrased by high waves the government of Bali has only been able to take remedial steps on 53% of the affected beaches.

Posted in Environment @ 22 June 2008 05:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tens of thousands of marijuana plants found on Aceh fields Regional police in Aceh Tenggara, in the northernmost province of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam or Aceh, have again found fields full of marijuana plants which were ready to be harvested. A total of four hectares has been fount. The head of the operational department of the regional police, Bidik S. said that the police are continuing to hold raids through the mountainous regions of the province to fight against marijuana and to secure the found locations.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 May 2008 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Seeking recognition for Bali's heritage The Jakarta Post reports that a team representing Bali is expected to visit the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris soon in a continuing effort to lobby for three sites in Bali to be names as World Heritage Sites.

Posted in Environment @ 15 March 2008 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Garuda to order ten Boeing 777-200ERs Bisnis Indonesia reports that Garuda Indonesia has followed up its recent move into profitability by announcing plans to purchase 10 Boeing 777-200ER aircraft worth an estimated US$2 billion to support route expansion plans to Europe, the Middle East and East Asia.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 10 February 2008 03:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


 Former Garuda Indonesia pilot jailed for activist’s murder Indonesia’s supreme court has sentenced a former Garuda Indonesia airline pilot to 20 years in prison for the 'politically' motivated murder of one of the country’s leading human rights activist, it was announced on Friday. A court spokesman said the judges found Pollycarpus Priyanto killed Munir Thalib by poisoning his drink at Singapore’s Changi airport on September 7, 2004 while they chatted during a stopover of Munir’s flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 25 January 2008 14:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 2 All of a sudden I got a rush that I would be able to find a bajaj - a terrible orange noise factory on three wheels - driver who was to drive me around through these 'floods', the water was less than 30 centimeters high, so it didn't seem that terrible through my untrained eyes. My girlfriend wanted to join me as well, but not directly because she wanted to see it, but mainly because I had a stupid idea like this once again. Safety was the main reason I guess, however I would be able to save myself here. If water levels would reach high enough which was pretty unlikely given the fact that the sea was less than a kilometer away with a flat landscape - I would be able to swim home as well. That is the worse-case-scenario however, I prefer to stay as dry as possible.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides in Pacitan and Malang cause damage Dozens of houses in the village of Tumpakrejo, in the sub-district of Gedangan Malang in the district of Malang in eastern Java, were damaged by a landslide. Five of them were heavily damaged. There were no casualties in this event. The landslide occurred after heavy rains lashed the area almost continuing for the last two days. The landslide occurred in the afternoon, so all people in the area were able to rescue themselves.

Posted in Weather @ 06 January 2008 02:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines seeks compensation from Airbus Tempo Interaktif reports that Mandala Airlines is negotiating with Airbus Industries regarding the increased cost of purchasing airplanes produced in the European Union (EU), an additional cost estimated at US$250,000 or around 2.3 billion Rupiah per aircraft.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2008 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU continues its blacklist of Indonesian aviation Long-awaited reports from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) that could have cleared the way for the lifting of the current blacklisting of Indonesian aviation have now been published. While noting improvements have been made in aviation safety, EASA decided to leave the current ban in place, saying much remains to be done before the skies of the Republic can be declared "safe" for European travelers.

Posted in General @ 03 December 2007 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Ijen volcano alert status raised to level II Hundreds of sulfur miners are still working in the crater of the Mount Ijen volcano in Bondowoso, eastern Java, because the activity of the volcano looks still normal. Despite this the alert status of the volcano has been raised to level II, 'on watch'. The volcanic activity of Mount Ijen is still continuing in the border area of the districts of Bondowoso and Banyuwangi.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 09 November 2007 08:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eruption threat of Mount Kelud rising Java's Mount Kelud could erupt any time but some people living in the East Java volcano's danger zone refused to evacuate. Tuesday had been set as the deadline for villagers within a 6-mile radius of the volcano's crater to leave but the Jakarta Post reported many refused to heed the warning.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 23 October 2007 01:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freehold land title for foreigners in Bali Foreigners trying to obtain a freehold title on land in Indonesia should note that current law is clear in both its letter and intent: namely, foreigners cannot directly hold freehold title on Indonesian land.

Posted in General @ 12 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions
    
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