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Government to announce another cut in fuel prices on Friday The government is set to announce another cut in the prices of subsidized premium gasoline, diesel oil, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) on Friday (Jan. 16). Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said stated here on Wednesday that the government had shortened the fuel pricing period to biweekly from monthly as originally planned.

Posted in Economy @ 14 January 2015 19:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia will raise aviation safety standards The government, through the transportation ministry, will raise its aviation safety standards from category II to category I based on the guidelines set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Posted in Travel @ 13 November 2014 18:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta stock index down, rupiah value falls The Jakarta composite index (JCI) fell 27.27 points in the first minutes of trade on Wednesday on negative sentiment from the escalation of conflicts in Ukraine. The index of the Indonesian Stock Exchange (BEI) opened 0.53 percent lower at 5,081.81 points with index of 45 most liquid stocks down 0.78 percent to 868.63 points.

Posted in Economy @ 06 August 2014 10:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BI: economic slowdown in Q2 in line with stabilization scheme Indonesias economic slowdown in the second quarter of this year was in line with macro-economic stability policy adopted by the government and Bank Indonesia aimed especially to control inflation and current account deficit, the central bank said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 August 2014 10:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


28.3 million Indonesians live in poverty More than 28.28 million Indonesian people live in poverty as of March 2014 compared to 28.17 million in the same period last year, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS). "It was the result of a shift in the number of people working in the agricultural sector due to the impact of climate change, which had led to belated harvest," BPS Chief Suryamin said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 July 2014 22:50 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


minister: 'Indonesia`s control over its waters still weak' Marine Resources and Fisheries Minister Sharif C Sutardjo admitted that the governments control over the country's waters was still weak due to small budget for ship operations.

Posted in Military @ 08 June 2014 15:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President to appoint new religious affairs minister soon President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will soon appoint a new religious affairs minister to replace Suryadharma Ali, who was named as a suspect in an alleged corruption case related to hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 June 2014 22:42 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


Jokowi's running mate to be surprise The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), which is the likely winner of the legislative elections on April 9, has claimed that the running mate for Jokowi will be a surprise, Rieke Diah Pitaloka stated.

Posted in Politics @ 24 April 2014 19:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 'VP candidate must be chosen carefully' The presidential candidate for the Indonesia Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that care must be taken when deciding on a vice presidential candidate because it is about the fate of the nation and state.

Posted in Politics @ 21 April 2014 19:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's economy predicted to grow 5.8 percent in Q1 Finance minister Chatib Basri had predicted Indonesia's economy grew 5.7 to 5.8 percent in the first quarter of 2014, primarily due to consumer spending. The minister said here on Monday consumer spending was expected to rise in March, although the impact had not been felt as of now.

Posted in Economy @ 07 April 2014 20:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo Subianto hopes to become president The chief patron of Gerindra Party, Prabowo Subianto, has said that he is optimistic about winning the presidential election on July 9. "(I am) very optimistic," he told newsmen after attending a campaign rally at Krida Nusantara field in Cilacap, Central Java, on Tuesday.

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2014 18:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police hunting down four suspects in Riau`s land fires Police are hunting down four people suspected of setting fire to forested land in Riau province. "The four people who are now put on the polices wanted list are investors and sellers of conservation areas," Chief of the Riau Provincial Police Brig. Gen. Condro Kirono said here on Friday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 07 March 2014 11:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Amount of foreign workers in Indonesia declining Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar stated that the number of foreign workers in Indonesia continue to decline in the recent two years among other things due to upheaval of investment values.

Posted in Economy @ 09 February 2014 22:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Banten Governor charged with extortion The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said on Monday it had sufficient evidence to add extortion to the list of charges facing Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah. “From the development of the case, investigators have found new corruption allegations concerning Ratu Atut,” KPK spokesman Johan Budi said in Jakarta.

Posted in Corruption @ 15 January 2014 05:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam police arrest 61 Vietnamese fishermen for illegal fishing The Batam Water Police recently took 61 Vietnamese fishermen into custody for illegal fishing in the waters of Riau Island province, stated an official. "On January 4, the fishermen were caught onboard four big fishing vessels in the waters of the Anambas District. They entered the Riau Island waters through the South China Sea," Commander of Bisma 8001 patrol boat Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sigit N. Hidayat remarked here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 10 January 2014 18:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali hotel rate war escalates As Bali grows increasing fearful of an escalating price war among the Island’s hotels, rates among hotels within the Nusa Dua Complex (BTDC) are reported to be increasing. Bisnis Bali said that despite declining occupancies, the average room rate among BTDC hotel hit US$152.94 per night.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 December 2013 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body arrests Lombok public prosecutor The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested a public prosecutor on charges of receiving a bribe from a businesswoman on Saturday night. KPK spokesman Johan Budi confirmed the arrest of the head of the public prosecutors office in Central Lombok district, West Nusa Tenggara province.

Posted in Corruption @ 15 December 2013 16:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK grills wife of former chief judge Akil Mochtar The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) grilled the wife of suspended Constitutional Court chief judge Akil Mochtar for five hours as a witness here on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 October 2013 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono visits Soeharto memorial President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited the Great General Soeharto Memorial at Soeharto`s birthplace in Kemusuk village, Sleman, Yogyakarta, in Central Java on Friday.

Posted in General @ 18 October 2013 19:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Decline of rupiah test for Bali tourist industry The rapid decline in the value of the Indonesian Rupiah against the U.S. Dollar and a host of other currencies is presenting a myriad of challenges to Bali and its tourism industry.

Posted in Economy @ 02 September 2013 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace: 'Indonesia's marine resources threatened' Greenpeace Indonesia says Indonesia`s rich marine resources are facing various threats that could cuase a decline in fish stocks in the country`s waters. "Indonesia`s fish stocks have continued to drop due to degradation and overfishing," the non-governmental organization`s sea campaigner Arifsyah Nasution said in a press statement received here on Wednesday.

Posted in Environment @ 14 August 2013 22:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


52% of irrigation networks damaged Agriculture Minister Suswono said nearly 52 percent of the country`s irrigation networks is damaged, affecting national rice production. "Besides the climate change, a shortfall in farm production is also caused by damaged irrigation networks," he said here on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 08 June 2013 20:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Land conversion must be controlled: Minister Land conversion must be controlled in order to reduce the area of critical land, Environmental Affairs Minister Balthasar Kambuaya said here on Friday. "If land conversion is not controlled, natural disaster such as floods and landslides will continue to happen," Kambuaya said after opening Familiarization Toward Green Indonesia 2013.

Posted in General @ 26 April 2013 13:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister considers state firms to manage cannabis farm State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan said he was considering the possibility of state-owned enterprises to manage cannabis farmland for health affairs aimed at using the cannabis seeds for curing cancer and heart diseases.

Posted in General @ 24 April 2013 08:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hajj pilgrimage cost for 2013 down $90 The government and the House of Representatives (DPR) have agreed to a decline in hajj pilgrimage cost (BPIH) by an average of US$90 for this year.

Posted in Religion @ 02 April 2013 16:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Are Australians bored with Bali? Quoting extensively from a Report in Bali Update, Clive Dorman, a leading travel journalist writing for the Sydney Morning Herald asks “Are Australian Bored with Bali?”

Posted in Travel @ 25 March 2013 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta warmed by morning sun after severe flooding The people of Jakarta terrorized by big floods on Thursday and Friday may breathe a sigh of relief when weather forecasters said there was no signs of a repeat of Thursday`s disastrous flooding at least for Saturday.

Posted in Flooding @ 19 January 2013 09:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Transportation Safety Committee needs 267 investigators The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) needs a total of 267 investigators to cover cases of transportation across the country, said KNKT chief Tatang Kurniadi.

Posted in General @ 28 December 2012 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert: 'Indonesia`s Democracy Index declines' The value of Indonesia`s democracy has declined over the past few years blamed on the attitude of both the people and the government officials, an expert says.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2012 14:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to raise budget allocations for Papua The government will raise the amount of general allocation funds for mountainous districts in Indonesia`s eastern-most province of Papau next year, a presidential aide said.

Posted in Economy @ 05 December 2012 22:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey: 'Most Indonesians agree to have nuclear power plant' A latest survey shows that the majority of Indonesians agree with plan to develop nuclear energy to better guarantee power supply in the country.

Posted in Power supply @ 23 November 2012 16:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 3 reactions


Legislator denies extorting state-owned company Member of the House of Representatives` (DPR) Commission XI Sumaryoto has denied that he has extorted state-owned PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 November 2012 18:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest suspect in death of student during brawl South Jakarta police have arrested a suspect in the death of a senior high school student during a recent inter-school brawl between students in Blok M area.

Posted in Violence @ 27 September 2012 21:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Indonesia to raise civil servants` salaries by 7%' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government would increase the basic salaries of civil servants, military and police personnel by seven percent in 2013.

Posted in Economy @ 16 August 2012 22:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Telkom admits to Telkom-3 satellite launch failure Indonesian telecommunication services company Telkom has acknowledged that the Briz-M booster failed during the launch of Telkom-3 satellite from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on Monday (August 6, 2012) at 7.31 pm Russian time.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 August 2012 19:13 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Clemency for drug offender draws harsh criticism   The decision of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut the sentence of Australian marijuana smuggler Schapelle Leigh Corby by five years on humanitarian grounds, has drawn harsh criticism at home.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 May 2012 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President cuts Corby`s sentence by five years President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has cut the sentence of Australian drugs convict Schapelle Leigh Corby by five years, Minister/State Secretary Sudi Silalahi confirmed here on Tuesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 22 May 2012 16:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PGN raises industry gas price to US$10.13 State-owned gas distributor firm PGN has decided to raise the price of gas for industry by 49 percent from US$6.8 to US$10.13 per million British thermal unit (mmbtu) beginning on May 1, 2012, the PGN secretary said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 May 2012 16:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UNESCO declares Wakatobi world biosphere reserve The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared the Wakatobi Marine National Park of Southeast Sulawesi province as a world biosphere reserve area unconditionally.

Posted in Elections @ 10 May 2012 15:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia: 'Bank credit grows 26 percent' Bank credit grew 26 percent in April year-on-year, beating earlier estimates of 23-24 percent. Central bank deputy governor Halim Alamsyah said here on Monday that such growth indicated that the domestic economy was doing well.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2012 13:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Walhi: 46 pct of river basins in Aceh damaged The Indonesian Forum for Environment (Walhi) has said that 46 percent of the river basins in Aceh province have sustained serious damage and urged the government to save them.

Posted in Environment @ 04 April 2012 09:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BMKG detects drop in number of hot spots in W. Sumatra The Ketaping Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in West Sumatra said that in the last week there had been a drop in the number of hot spots in the area monitored by the satellite.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 March 2012 05:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to lower economic growth target Indonesia will revise downward its growth target for the 2012 budget from 6.7 percent to 6.5 percent, Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo has said.

Posted in Economy @ 07 March 2012 14:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jusuf Kalla ready to run for president in 2014 Former vice president Jusuf Kalla said he is ready to run for president in 2014 if he receives support from the public. When asked about the political party he would join if he receives full support from the people, Kalla declined to comment.

Posted in Politics @ 06 February 2012 02:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia finds agreement over minimum wage for Bekasi The government has found a settlement over the dispute on minimum wage for Bekasi district that has caused a huge demonstration and blockade of a key toll road to and from Jakarta recently.

Posted in Economy @ 29 January 2012 01:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's foreign investment to surpass $19 billion in 2012 Foreign investment in Indonesia is projected to reach more than $19 billion this year, local media quoted Bank Indonesia officials as saying on Saturday.

Posted in Economy @ 14 January 2012 19:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Environmentalists capture endangered Sumatran rhino in Borneo Malaysian environmentalists on Monday announced the capture of a female Sumatran rhino which is on the brink of extinction, giving rise to a last chance to save the species before it is too late.

Posted in Environment @ 26 December 2011 13:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Poverty eradication efforts needs speeding up' Indonesia needs to speed up its poverty eradication efforts because the number of poor people in the country is still high, a National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) official said.

Posted in Economy @ 08 December 2011 02:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


2,300 Indonesians still in Yemen turmoil Some 2,300 Indonesians are still staying in Yemen and hundreds already evacuated back to Indonesia in the worsening situation in that country. "There are still 2,300 people, and they still had no wish for an evacuation," Indonesian ambassador to Yemen Nurul Aulia said from Cairo Thursday.

Posted in Protests @ 04 December 2011 09:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Environmentalists: 'Sumatran rhino on the brink of extinction' Indonesian environmentalists on Thursday warned that the Sumatran rhinoceros in Lampung province is on the brink of extinction due to hunting and habitat destruction, just weeks after the Western Black Rhinoceros was declared extinct.

Posted in Environment @ 24 November 2011 21:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to monitor Dutch compensation for 1947 massacre The Indonesian government will monitor developments around a Dutch court ruling on the 1947 Rawagede massacre, a presidential spokesman said on Thursday.

Posted in History @ 16 September 2011 03:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Lokon volcano activity declines Indonesia's Mount Lokon, located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, showed declining activity on Monday after erupting several times last week, authorities said. Meanwhile, new activity has been reported at Mount Marapi.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 August 2011 18:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta's recreational parks ready for waves of visitors Three of Jakarta`s favorite recreational centers - Ragunan Zoo, Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park (TMII), and Jaya Ancol Dreamland - are ready to admit huge numbers of visitors during this year`s Lebaran holidays.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 August 2011 05:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One more dead of rabies on Bali A 39-year-old Klungkung man, I Wayan Suartawan, has died at Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital of rabies. The man, who was the father of two, was admitted to the hospital on Thursday, August 4, 2011, and died the following day. According to the Bali Post, the man was the 18th fatality attributed to rabies in Bali in 2011.

Posted in Health @ 07 August 2011 06:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia kills four Somali pirates during rescue operation Indonesia on Monday announced that four Somali pirates were killed during an operation that freed 20 sailors, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in General @ 02 May 2011 16:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia FM: first time negotiating with Somali pirates Indonesia's Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa on Thursday said the government had never negotiated with Somali pirates, which are currently holding hostage 22 Indonesian sailors after hijacking their ship last month.

Posted in Crime @ 22 April 2011 00:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sends troops to free hostages from Somali pirates Indonesia's National Defense Forces (TNI) on Friday announced that it had deployed troops to rescue the 20 nationals that were captured by Somali pirates last month.

Posted in Military @ 16 April 2011 01:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia prepares rescue operation against Somali pirates Indonesia's National Defense Forces (TNI) on Thursday announced that it is prepared to deploy security forces to rescue the 22 nationals captured by Somali pirates last month if negotiations remain unsuccessful.

Posted in Military @ 14 April 2011 14:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'No use of military force against Somali pirates' The Indonesian government on Wednesday reiterated it will continue negotiating with Somali pirates to release 22 Indonesian sailors who were taken hostage during an attack last month, despite mounting calls for a military deployment.

Posted in Crime @ 13 April 2011 23:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia negotiates release of 22 hostages with Somali pirates Indonesia on Monday said it is negotiating with Somali pirates to release 22 Indonesian sailors who were taken hostage during an attack last month.

Posted in Crime @ 11 April 2011 15:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seaports too small: fewer cruise ships to Indonesia The number of cruise ship visits to Indonesia in 2011 is put at only 31, a decline from the numbers projected last year due to the cancellation of planned ship visits to Bali and Komodo.

Posted in Tourism @ 09 March 2011 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ruling party invites opposition Gerindra to join coalition Indonesia's ruling Democrat Party on Thursday invited the opposition Gerindra party to join the government coalition, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Politics @ 03 March 2011 21:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Theaters may stop screening imported films The uncertainty over the future of imported films in the country could cost filmgoers a chance to enjoy Academy Award nominated films such as Natalie Portman’s Black Swan, James Franco’s 127 Hours and Jeff Bridges’ True Grit on the big screen.

Posted in Culture @ 20 February 2011 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati refuses KPK witness summons Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri has declined to comply with a summons to appear as a witness in the investigation of the Bank Indonesia vote-buying bribery scandal.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 February 2011 01:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatran tiger population less than 30 in Way Kambas park Indonesia's critically endangered Sumatran tiger's population has reduced to less than 30 in the Way Kambas National Park, local media reported Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 19 January 2011 08:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President may expand Greater Jakarta area President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono wants to expand Greater Jakarta - to perhaps as far as Sukabumi - to fight congestion in the capital, according to his spokesman. "The President plans to develop Jakarta. There will be an expansion to Purwakarta, Sukabumi and other areas to curb congestion in Jakarta," Presidential spokesman Julian Pasha told reporters on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2011 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sex causing most new HIV infections in Bali Bali's dramatic increase of HIV prevalence among sex workers has changed the face of the epidemic on this famed tourist destination of 3.9 million local residents, NGOs say. Earlier number showed that the prevalence among injecting drug users was most important.

Posted in Health @ 05 January 2011 06:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN: Aceh makes great strides after tsunami but faces challenges The Indonesian province of Aceh has made remarkable progress in rebuilding since the devastating tsunami six years ago but faces major challenges in cutting poverty and inequality and reducing the impact of future disasters, a United Nations (UN)-backed report said Wednesday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 December 2010 06:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt starts building temporary houses for Merapi refugees National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) secretary Fatchul Hadi says the government has kicked off the construction of 300 temporary housing units for people displaced by the Mount Merapi eruptions. The temporary houses would be prioritized for those living nearest to the volcano's crater as their residences were the most severely damaged by the ongoing volcanic eruptions, Fatchul said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 23 November 2010 02:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll rises to 240 in Merapi eruptions Indonesia's Mount Merapi death toll has increased to 240 after two weeks of constant eruptions, officials said Friday. The National Disaster Management Agency confirmed the number of deaths after its latest count that included additional people who died from respiratory problems, heart attacks and other illnesses related to the eruptions. In addition, the number of refugees has reached 380,049 people have been displaced.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 November 2010 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-terror unit deals out own terror Australia has sent an official to the Indonesian province of Maluku to investigate claims that Indonesia's elite counter-terrorism unit, Detachment 88, which Australia and the US train and fund, brutalised a group of separatists last month, repeatedly beating and abusing them in detention.

Posted in Violence @ 13 September 2010 11:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mothers of Indonesia, prepare for jail if you don't breastfeed! Women who refuse to breastfeed their newly-born babies may face jail sentence for denying their children’s right. Article 128 of the 2009 law on health stipulates that babies have the right to six months of exclusive breast milk unless their mothers could not fulfill their obligation due to medical problems.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 August 2010 06:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


More tourists that have shorter stays The length of stay for foreign tourist visiting Indonesia declined 10.33% in May 2010, becoming 1.91 days as compared to 2.13 days in May 2009. Downturns in the length of stay were recorded in Jakarta, Central Java, North Sulawesi, East Kalimantan, Riau, Lampung, Jambi and Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 July 2010 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta should attract 1.6 million foreign visitors The Jakarta Administration has been continuously promoting the city as a foreign tourist destination, setting its sight on boosting arrivals to 1.6 million by end of the year, says an official.

Posted in Tourism @ 14 April 2010 02:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police investigates claim of Al Qaeda in Aceh Investigations are underway into whether a terrorist group police fatally clashed with in Aceh last week is connected to al-Qaeda, says the National Police. During an armed conflict with the group last week, three officers from the Mobile Brigade (Brimob), two civilians and two alleged terrorists were killed.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 March 2010 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Waterbirds in mangrove forests under threat The number of species and the populations of waterbirds in Muara Angke natural conservation area, North Jakarta, have decreased because of water pollution and human encroachment into the area, an environmental organization says.

Posted in Environment @ 05 February 2010 01:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's tourism - a National tragedy Anak Agung Gde Agung is one of Indonesia's most distinguished and well-informed senior statesmen. He is a graduate of Harvard and Leiden universities. He as attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States and served as social services minister during the administration of President Abdurrahman Wahid.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Internet facilitates illegal kidney trade in Indonesia Thomas, 30, said mounting debt forced him to take the desperate step of selling a kidney on the internet for 300 million rupiah (25.000 euro). "I have to take my chances because that's the only way I can get the money to pay off my debt," Thomas, who declined to give his surname, told.

Posted in Health @ 12 January 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo Island drops to 17th place in voting Komodo Island has slipped to the 17th place in the race for a place among the world’s new seven wonders of nature. Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik said Sunday concerns about security in the country might have caused the decline.

Posted in Environment @ 21 December 2009 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to the 'real' tourism for Bali? According to respected Indonesian elder statesman, Prof. Dr. Emil Salim, although Bali has manage to become the icon of Indonesian tourism, it is destined to lose its true bearings as a religious, cultural and nature destination which will result in a decline in the quality of international tourists drawn to the Island.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 December 2009 00:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Tourists staying shorter and spending less Despite growing tourist arrivals to Bali, recent information released by Bank Indonesia show that the amount being spent by tourist visitors to Bali is on the decline. Ida Bagus Viraguna Bagoes Oka who heads the Bali branch of Bank Indonesia, pointed to the changing composition of Bali visitors now dominated by Asians who stay for shorter periods and spend less on a per day basis while holidaying in Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 October 2009 15:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian tourism arrivals up 1.69% National tourism arrivals increased 1.69% during the first six months of 2009, totaling 2.41 million. Bisnis.com quotes Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, who points to the latest arrival statistics as proof that the world financial crisis is having minimum impact on the national tourism sector. Speaking in Bandung, West Java, Wacik said, "the graph showing this increase is gladdening because it happens in the middle of a crisis while visitors to several other tourism destinations have decreased."

Posted in Tourism @ 10 July 2009 08:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Oops, we cut off your penis by accident With millions of children being circumcised every year in Indonesia, you might assume that sometimes things go wrong here. Yesterday it was Salman Alfarisi, aged 12, that was to be circumcised for religious reasons. This happened in a local healthcare facility in Air Dingin near the city of Padang on the island of Sumatra.

Posted in Health @ 02 July 2009 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian exports mark biggest drop in 22 years Indonesia's exports fell 36 percent in January from a year ago, the biggest drop since 1986, amid plunging demand for the country's vast natural resources and manufactured goods, the statistic's agency reported Monday. The downward trend - which began in October - was in line with declines in exports from other nations across Asia.

Posted in Economy @ 03 March 2009 11:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New trade regulation on steel imports to protect steel The government on Friday tightened regulations on the import of 202 iron and steel products in a bid to protect local producers caught in the economic slump. Diah Maulida, director general of trade at the Ministry of Trade, said the decree, effective April 1, was issued in order to allow the market to absorb 2.5 million tons of domestic iron and steel products.

Posted in Economy @ 20 February 2009 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia slashes investment target in 2009 due to recession Indonesia has revised down its investment target next year to 17 billion U.S. dollars from the previous target of 20 billion U.S. dollars, due to the fallout of the global financial problems, chairman of the country's investment board Muhammad Lutfi said here Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 23 December 2008 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia car sales slides in November The number of Indonesia's car sales in November dropped to over 47,000 units from that of 54,000 units in the previous month, chairman the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association Bambang Trisulo said here Tuesday. The high interest rates, tumbling commodity prices and lack of U.S. dollars liquidity as a fallout of the global financial turmoil, have started battering consumption.

Posted in Economy @ 09 December 2008 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia exports in October down 11.6 percent Indonesia`s exports in October 2008 dropped 11.61 percent to US$10.81 billion, according to the country`s Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS). BPS chief Rusman Heriawan said here on Monday Indonesia`s oil and gas exports dropped most drastically by 25.72 percent to US$1,808 million while non-oil and gas exports slid 8.10 percent to US$9 million from the month before.

Posted in Economy @ 02 December 2008 13:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fewer people flying domestic in Indonesia Uncertain oil prices and a worsening global financial crisis have prompted Indonesian aviation industry observers to project a potential downturn of between 10 and 15% in passenger totals in by year end 2008. Foreshadowing this downturn, only 23 million passengers were carried by Indonesian carriers through the end of September 2008. This compares with a total of 37 million passengers who flew in 2007.

Posted in Economy @ 29 November 2008 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliamentary commission agrees Indover rescue Indonesia's central bank may bail out a failed subsidiary in the Netherlands to avoid a possible sovereign credit rating downgrade, lawmakers said on Friday, in a deal that local media estimated could cost nearly $700 million. A Dutch court in early October froze assets and liabilities of Indonesische Overzeese Bank NV (Indover), a subsidiary of Bank Indonesia that is active in the interbank market, at the request of the Dutch central bank (DNB) amid the global credit crisis.

Posted in Economy @ 25 October 2008 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia to execute Bali bombers next month Indonesia is to execute three Islamic militants for Bali bombing in October 2002, spokesman of the Attorney General Office Jasman Pandjaitan announced here Friday. The spokesman said that all the legal effort by Ali Gufron alias Muklas, Amrozi, and Imam Samudra alias Abdul Azis, to reduceor delete their punishment were aborted.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 October 2008 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Indonesia halts U.S. naval lab's activities Indonesia has halted the activities of a U.S. naval medical lab in Jakarta following a dispute over the terms of a contract, the health minister said on Thursday. The U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 2 has been key to efforts to track bird flu in Indonesia, the country with the most human deaths from the H5N1 virus.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2008 14:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourist arrivals approach record territory The foreign arrivals figures to Bali covering the first six months of 2008 are now in. Month-after-month of record breaking arrival totals support the increasingly popular view that 2008 will see 2 million plus foreign tourists pass through Bali's International airport - the first time Bali has penetrated the 2 million barrier.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 August 2008 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono's popularity drops on fuel price hike President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's popularity ratings have fallen because of a recent fuel price increase and he would likely lose if an election were held today, a new poll showed on Sunday. Mr Yudhoyono, a former general, won the country's first direct presidential election in 2004 when he promised to tackle widespread corruption, spur economic growth and create jobs.

Posted in Politics @ 29 June 2008 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors choose Central Java to execute Bali bombers Indonesian prosecutors said on Friday that Central Java has been selected for the venue to execute three convicted militants in death row for their key roles in the 2002 Bali bombings. "We are now asking approval from the Ministry of Justice," deputy attorney general Abdul Halim Ritonga was quoted by leading news website Detikcom as saying.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 May 2008 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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