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House approves Budi Gunawan as police chief The House of Representatives (DPR) plenary session here Thursday approved Commissioner General Budi Gunawan as the Indonesian Police Chief to replace General Sutarman after the House leaders met with heads of all factions.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 15 January 2015 14:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: 'Power vacuum if presidential inauguration delayed' National Police Chief General Sutarman has said that a power vacuum could result in case the inauguration of new president is delayed.

Posted in Politics @ 08 May 2014 22:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI commander warns against disrupting stability Defense Forces (TNI) Commander General Moeldoko warned here on Monday against disrupting national stability during the general elections this year, citing the consequences.

Posted in Military @ 24 March 2014 16:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to build elevated train track in 2015 Jakarta city will build an elevated train track to address the traffic congestion in the capital starting 2015. "The building of the elevated train track can be done by next year, 2015," Director General of Railways from the Transportation Ministry, Herman Dwiatmoko, stated in a written statement received here on Friday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 21 March 2014 18:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airlines delay flights to Pekanbaru to minimize losses The authorities at Syarif Kasim II International Airport, Pekanbaru, Riau Province, stated that several airways have delayed their flights to the airport to minimize losses until the air condition gets better.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 March 2014 18:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian T-50i jet fighter conducts emergency landing An Indonesian Air Forces T-50i jet fighter conducted an emergency landing at the Ahmad Yani International Airport in Semarang, Central Java Province, on Friday. Bakti Yuda, the airports air traffic controller, confirmed that the airport was temporarily shut down as a result of the emergency landing.

Posted in Military @ 28 February 2014 20:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of Jakarta monorail project delayed again PT Jakarta Monorail (JM) said construction of monorail project in Jakarta has been delayed again over cost of pillars supporting the rails being not yet settled with state construction company PT Adhi Karya .

Posted in Infrastructure @ 22 February 2014 00:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three flights to Semarang diverted to Surabaya Three flights from Jakarta to Ahmad Yani Airport in Semarang was diverted to Juanda Airport in Surabaya due to bad weather on Thursday.

Posted in Weather @ 23 January 2014 20:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Halim Perdanakusuma opened for commercial flights Indonesia opened Halim Perdanakusuma air force base in Jakarta for commercial flights, here on Friday, as part of efforts to reduce congestion at Soekarno-Hatta airport.

Posted in Travel @ 10 January 2014 18:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister to send team to governor Ratu Atut Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi said he would send a team to Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah on Friday to discuss the delay in the inauguration of the Tangerang Mayor.

Posted in Politics @ 20 December 2013 08:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta begins emergency river dredging Jakarta officially commenced the long-overdue project to dredge the city’s rivers and waterways to prevent flooding. The project, known as the Jakarta Emergency Dredging Initiative (JEDI) was approved in 2009 but the actual dredging was delayed for five years.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 14 December 2013 08:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


MRT, better late than never After decades of delay, construction has finally begun on the landmark rail-based mass rapid transit (MRT) system, in Jakarta, a megaproject designed to help the capital catch up with those of neighboring countries in modern urban transportation.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 14 October 2013 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


State companies ready to build Sunda Strait bridge project Minister for State Enterprises Dahlan Iskan said two state construction companies have the capability to build the 30-kilometer bridge spanning the sea between Java and Sumatra in the Sunda Strait. The two state construction companies are ready to carry out full feasibility studies of the US$25 billion project, Dahlan said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 30 July 2013 22:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President leads coalition meeting over draft of state budget President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono chaired a closed-door meeting with leaders of government coalition parties on Tuesday night to discuss recent economic developments as part of efforts to save the draft revision of the 2013 state budget.

Posted in Politics @ 12 June 2013 11:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Budget for education and culture ministry not cut' Chief Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa said the government would not cut the Education and Culture Ministry`s budget as part of its plan to reduce ministries` swelling expenditures.

Posted in General @ 15 May 2013 15:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Air Force urged to distribute national examination sheets Ministry of Education and Culture has asked Air Force to help distribute the national examination sheets 2013 for senior high school students in 11 provinces in central Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2013 00:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sky Aviation touts safety at Sukhoi Superjet unveiling Indonesian airline Sky Aviation assured the public that the Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 is safe during a press conference unveiling the first of 12 planes purchased by the small domestic airline on Thursday.

Posted in Travel @ 28 February 2013 13:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: 'Papua shooting incident not related to rebellion' Chief of the Papua Provincial Police Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian said the recent shooting of soldiers and civilians in Puncak and Puncak Jaya Districts, Papua Province, was not related to rebellion.

Posted in Violence @ 25 February 2013 22:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor optimistic giant sea wall to start in 2013 Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, Jokowi, is optimistic that the construction of giant sea levees or giant sea wall to prevent sea water inland will start this year.

Posted in General @ 12 February 2013 01:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor: 'Jakarta flood losses mau reach Rp20 trillion' Jakarta is likely to suffer losses of up to Rp20 trillion (US$2 billion) as a result of the floods that have inundated the capital since January 15. In order to better tackle floods in the future, Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo proposed the construction of a multipurpose underground tunnel in the city.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 January 2013 21:19 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


Over 17,000 Indonesian hajj pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia A total of 17,051 Indonesian hajj pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia since the first batch arrived at King Abdul Azis airport in Jeddah five days ago, according to a hajj official.

Posted in Religion @ 26 September 2012 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Telkom seeking  new partner to launch replacement satellite PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk said it is seeking new partner to launch a new satellite to replace Telkom-3 lost in space on launching failure by Russian rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, last month.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 September 2012 23:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Telkom : 'Indonesian Telkom-3 satellite lost in space' The Telkom-3 satellite owned by Indonesian telecommunication services company Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) has been reported lost, hours after it was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:31 AM Jakarta time on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 August 2012 22:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House approves higher education draft law The House of Representatives (DPR) has approved the Draft Law on Higher Education into Law following two years of deliberations. "This law is Indonesia`s first legal umbrella of higher education which cannot be delayed", Minister of Education and Culture M Nuh told the press at his office here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 13 July 2012 16:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Attention needed for tsunami early warning system The Acehnese government has said that the tsunami early warning system, which has been installed in a coastal area, needs special attention for improvements in the future.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 April 2012 12:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 14 dead, 40 injured in West Java bus accident At least 14 people were killed on early Friday evening when a bus lost control and crashed into several vehicles in the Indonesian province of West Java, local media reported on Saturday. Dozens more were injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 February 2012 14:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air worst in delayed flights Lion Air has been ranked the worst in the number of delayed flights in the first six months of this year, scoring 70.16 percent in on-time performance, the government says. Garuda Indonesia topped the performance with 86.22 percent, followed by Sriwijaya Air with 76.12 and Indonesia Air Asia with 72.90 percent.

Posted in Travel @ 02 November 2011 04:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two children dead of H5N1 bird flu on Bali The brother and sister, aged 10 and 5, admitted to Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital and diagnosed as infected with the H5N1 (Avian Flu) virus on Friday, October 7, 2011, have died.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 14 October 2011 14:07 CET by Jeroen · 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


Indonesia urges Aussie compensation of 2009 oil spill Indonesia has urged the Government of Australia to sign a compensation payment agreement related to the 2009 Montara oil spill, which has already been postponed on two occasions.

Posted in Environment @ 21 September 2011 02:20 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Flying Merpati Nusantara? Are you sure? Figures from ticketindonesia.info show that the airline with the most canceled flights in their name is Merpati Nusantara. This Indonesian state-owned company, also partially owned by Garuda Indonesia, seems to have a peculiar way of conducting business; selling tickets, canceling flights and then wait for months to pay back the money paid for tickets on those canceled flight. At least it seems that way.

Posted in Travel @ 28 July 2011 14:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


New airport on Lombok to be opened on October 1? Vice-president Boediono has ordered the management of PT Angkasa Pura I, the manager of airports in Indonesia, to open up the new Lombok international airport from October 1, 2011. "I want to hear from PT Angkasa Pura I that they will be able to open the airport, because it should have been opened in early 2010 already."

Posted in Economy @ 17 July 2011 11:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Expert: Delays at Lion Air are management problem Bisnis.com writes that the Indonesian carrier Lion Air needs to urgently improve its internal management systems in order to reduce the frequency of delayed flights, if they do not wish to loose market share.

Posted in Travel @ 12 June 2011 03:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia signs two-year deforestation moratorium Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday signed a decree declaring a two-year moratorium on new logging concessions in the country.

Posted in Environment @ 19 May 2011 18:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of Bali toll road in just 9 months? The Ministry for State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) is targeting the commencement of construction of the Serangan - Tanjung Benoa Toll way for April 2011, projecting that the road can be completed in only seven months if the project is not delayed by land acquisition issues.

Posted in Economy @ 09 March 2011 05:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


253 Indonesians evacuated from Libya arrive in Tunisia About 253 Indonesians were evacuated from Libya early Sunday after waiting more than 40 hours for an aircraft the Indonesian embassy had chartered, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in General @ 06 March 2011 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi volcano victims turn to tourism to rebuild their lives The crowds of Indonesians eager to glimpse the destruction wrought by their country's most active volcano are providing business opportunities amid a tragedy. People left homeless by volcanic eruptions in Indonesia last year have turned to tourism as a form of income, charging entry fees and selling graphic DVDs to hundreds of visitors a day.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 January 2011 01:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Truck crashes into Garuda plane on Schiphol airport A plane belonging to Garuda Indonesia was hit by a truck when it was about to depart from Schiphol airport in the Netherlands. Because of the accident, the plane had to be evacuated which caused long delays for the 125 passengers on board. 70 other passengers who were waiting in Dubai, to be picked up at a stop-over, were also delayed.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 04 September 2010 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Travelers from Indonesia affected by Europe ash cloud Indonesia and Asia are increasingly feeling the impact of the volcanic ash cloud hanging over Europe, with airlines forced to cancel dozens of European flights for a third day on Sunday and warning that the chaos could last up to a week, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars.

Posted in Travel @ 19 April 2010 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Sidoarjo mud flow as tourist destination' Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono yesterday visited a disaster zone caused by a massive mud volcano blamed on gas drilling and said it could be turned into a tourist attraction. The mud has been devouring land and homes in East Java’s Sidoarjo district since May 2006, endangering as many as 100,000 people and causing $4.9bn worth of damage, an Australian expert estimates.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 30 March 2010 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Obama delays trip to Indonesia and Australia President Barack Obama has postponed his trip to Asia until June so he can stay in Washington for a possible Sunday vote on his health care overhaul. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday the president is disappointed and regrets having to delay his visits to Indonesia and Australia but has told the leaders of those nations that health care is a crucial priority.

Posted in Politics @ 19 March 2010 02:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lombok international airport still not open yet An international airport, currently under construction in Central Lombok regency, West Nusa Tenggara, is scheduled to be in operation in the coming months, an official said Tuesday. “State owned PT Angkasa Pura I, which is in charge of managing the airport facility, was not ready for the soft opening,” Baharuddin said in Mataram.

Posted in Travel @ 17 March 2010 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Please upgrade Bali airport quickly!' Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, was in Bali on Sunday, February 28, 2010, to officiate at the launching of a book covering the history of Bali aviation. Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport: Gateway to Paradise 1930-2010 which has been published by Angkasa Pura I, the company that manages Bali's only air gateway.

Posted in General @ 03 March 2010 00:35 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


Five Indonesian airports set for open skies Bisnis.com reports that the Ministry of Transportation will soon designate five airports as participants in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) "open skies" program commencing from 2013.

Posted in Travel @ 23 January 2010 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sriwijaya Air skids off runway at Makassar airport A Boeing 737-200 belonging to Indonesian airline Sriwijaya Air has skidded of the runway at the Sultan Hasanuddin in Makassar, South Sulawesi. The accident happened around 14:30 local time yesterday after a tire blew out upon landing. All passengers and crew were safe and the plane was evacuated shortly after the landing.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2010 00:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati Boeing bursts tire on landing strip A Boeing 737-300 plane, belonging to Merpati Nusantara airline, saw it's tire burst when the plane touched down at the Sultan Hasanuddin airport of Makassar in South Sulawesi earlier this morning. No people were injured, but because the plane stopped on the landing strip, two other flights were eventually delayed to later on the day.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 December 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More problems for Batavia Air in Surabaya Passengers waiting for their flights to Kupang and Jakarta with Batavia Air have been delayed for many hours. Most of them are still stranded at the international airport of Juanda near Surabaya. The plane in the direction of Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara, should have departed yesterday afternoon, but has not departed as of earlier this afternoon.

Posted in General @ 04 December 2009 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali international airport to be expanded The expansion of the international airport of Ngurah Rai on the island of Bali will start early next year. Both the domestic as well as the international passenger terminals will be extended, and supporting facilities like parking lots will be upgraded.

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2009 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emergency landing for Merpati plane A Boeing 737-300 belonging to Merpati has made an emergency landing on the international airport of Makassar in South Sulawesi yesterday morning. The plane, which had just left from Makassar for Surabaya, returned to the airport after just 20 minutes after departure. The plane had 115 passengers and crew on board. No people were injured in the incident.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 September 2009 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Higher toll road tariffs from tomorrow Starting tomorrow, higher tariffs of toll roads will become effective. The first increase in two years - according to laws that allow price increases once every two years to correct for inflation and increased operational costs - will be some 30 percent. A price hike was planned for earlier this month, but because of the Ramadan month of fasting and the following busy travel period, the increase was delayed.

Posted in Economy @ 27 September 2009 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Busway in Bandung launched today Bandung is the next city to get some form of new public transport in the form of Trans Metro Bandung (TMB) rapid mass transport. After a long period of protests by other bus operators the new system will be put in use today. The head of the TMB operating company, Yadi Haryani, told that the mayor of Bandung already issued a decree on the official launch.

Posted in General @ 24 September 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cargo train derails near Lawang in East Java A cargo train has derailed in the area of Lawang in the Malang regency in East Java province. A number of trains were delayed and services to and from the city of Surabaya were disrupted as well. At least four trains departing from Malang and Surabaya stations were delayed while the derailed train was cleared from the track by the Indonesian state-owned railway company.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 September 2009 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost 300 flights from Jakarta delayed As much as 294 flights from the international airport of Soekarno-Hatta near Jakarta were more than half an hour late yesterday. The flights were domestic as well as international flights, told a staff member at a Lebaran information point at the airport. Most planes were delayed because of operational reasons, caused by delays elsewhere in the country earlier on the day.

Posted in General @ 19 September 2009 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another hour of delay Before you know it you are in another boarding room. In this case on the airport of Hang Nadim. Back to Jakarta indeed, but the Batavia Air plane has not arrived yet so the minutes of delay start to count already. In contrary to the airport of Jakarta, there are no boards with information about the recently introduced laws on the protection of passengers in case of delay. Most people don't know about the fact that they have the right to a snack and a drink if there is a delay indeed.

Posted in Travel @ 16 August 2009 09:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Air Asia passengers take employee hostage over delay A full planeload of passengers - about 180 of them - which should have been flying with Air Asia from Medan to Jakarta last night, were faced with large delays at the airport of Polonia near Medan yesterday evening. The huge delay of flight number QZ 7497 caused a number of passengers to get very angry. Eventually one staff member of the airline was taken hostage. All the passengers wanted was an explanation about the delay from the airline.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 August 2009 06:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Lombok Emaar project not dead? The reported death a US$600 million tourism project in Lombok as reported by Bali Discovery and based on a Jakarta Globe report, is being adamantly denied by high-ranking Indonesian officials who insist the deal is far from dead and that a three-month deadline extension has been negotiated by the government with the Dubai-based Emaar International Group.

Posted in General @ 23 March 2009 08:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Freeport to look for efficiency as copper price falls PT Freeport Indonesia, a unit of Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold Inc., said on Wednesday that it will look for efficiency and was to delay exploration projects, following lower world copper prices. But spokesman of the company Mindo Pangaribuan said that the firm, which has cut 75 jobs at its Jakarta office recently, was still optimistic that the prices could recover in coming months.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 01 January 2009 10:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2.000 Rupiah bank notes to be issued next year The State-owned bank notes printing company (Perum Peruri) executive-director Junino Jahja said his office will print Rp2.000 bank notes next year, in line with Bank Indonesia plans to issue the bank notes in 2009.

Posted in General @ 23 December 2008 05:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Passengers fume as luggage diverted to Jakarta More than 100 AirAsia passengers flying in from Bandung, Indonesia, were left fuming at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang when they discovered that their luggage had travelled to Jakarta instead. One of the passengers, Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) vice-president Mohd Noor Ab- dullah, said he had arrived at about 5pm at the LCCT but was told that his luggage would only arrive at 11.30pm.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 December 2008 06:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Balinese protest against porn bill in Indonesia Balinese legislators, artists and tourism operators joined forces on Friday opposing the endorsement of an anti-pornography bill by the Indonesian parliament. Bikini-clad tourist center of Bali island may have to cover up if the law is passed across the country. The bill was due to be passed this week if agreed upon but has been delayed again.

Posted in General @ 10 September 2008 06:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Full train derails in Bekasi, no casualties Wagons of a diesel-powered train on the route Karawang-Jakarta, derailed near the Tambun station in Bekasi, western Java. According to eyewitnesses, the train derailed just before entering the train station. Wheels of the train that was braking in order to stop at the station came out of the tracks. At the time of the derailment there were some 1.800 passengers on the train.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 August 2008 12:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono only wants to go to Europe with Garuda Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has decided to cancel his planned state visits to several European countries. He will not bring a visit before the ban for Indonesian airlines to fly to any country in the European Union has ended, in special the ban for Garuda Indonesia. "The President only wants to fly with Garuda Indonesia," said Minister of Transportation Jusman Syafii Djamal.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 July 2008 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2009 general elections delayed four days The voting day for the general elections of 2009 has officially be postponed to April 9, 2009. This was decided in a meeting with the General Election Commission KPU and the Second Commission of the House of Representatives (Komisi II DPR) earlier today. The election process is to be revised as soon as possible. It is not possible to make a very detailed revision because a lack of time.

Posted in Elections @ 03 July 2008 12:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lodaya Malam to Bandung, trains run on time It is half past two in the afternoon on a warm Tuesday afternoon at the start of the wet monsoon. No guarantee for rain however, it has been strange weather for over a week now in Yogyakarta and elsewhere in Java it seems to be more of the same. The wind blows from the wrong direction I was told. Maybe that is just good, because that would mean I could have a dry trip to Bandung. However using the train is less reliable on the weather than flying, it is still prone to various delays.

Posted in Travel @ 06 December 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Accessroad Soekarno-Hatta Airport flooded, flights delayed More than 30 scheduled domestic flights from Soekarno-Hatta international airport west of Jakarta were delayed today. This was caused by the fact that most passengers showed up late to board their plane because the main toll road to the airport was flooded by seawater due to high tides.

Posted in Flooding @ 27 November 2007 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mud flow that doesn't end While former Indonesian president Suharto was known as the 'Smiling General', current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is known as the 'Crying General'. He shed tears when he talked with the victims of the mud flow near Sidoarjo when they recounted their struggle. Back then, Yudhoyono promised direct compensation. More than one year later, the only company to have paid up is Australian oil and gas explorer Santos.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 21 October 2007 07:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Black boxes from Adam Air plane found Salvage crews have retrieved the flight data and cockpit voice recorders from an Indonesian aircraft that crashed in almost 9 months ago. The recorders will now be sent to the United States to determine the cause of the accident. fforts to recover the so-called "black boxes" have been delayed for months due to disagreements over who should pay.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 August 2007 01:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 1 However it wasn't Saturday for sure, but a Tuesday, still I had the feeling that I had to take my motorbike for a nice day of traveling. Where it would bring me? At least as far as Purworejo. To my amazement and some shame I had never been there before, so that became the primary target. I at least had to go there so I could honestly say that I had been there. Furthermore there were no plans, like usual. It was already late in the morning, so it was not really supposed to become a long trip. Maybe after Purworejo it was time to find my way back. That also depended on what I would find along the way of course. Seen the distance and the road conditions it was to take about one and a half hour to get there. My modest estimation.

Posted in Travel @ 17 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adi Sucipto airport temporarily closed due to bad weather Adi Sucipto airport in Yogyakarta was temporarily closed yesterday afternoon because of strong winds and heavy rain. It reopened at 14:15 again after the weather had improved. The departure of a Garuda flight to Bali (GA 252) had been delayed by one hour. The plane was scheduled to depart from the airport at 13:15.

Posted in Weather @ 09 April 2007 03:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia crash brings safety of budget airlines into question The proliferation of budget airlines across Asia has made air travel affordable for millions, but this week's aircraft disaster in Indonesia has underlined the challenge for governments to ensure safety standards are met. Analysts say there is no hard evidence that budget airlines are more accident-prone than full-service carriers, but admit they have a harder job convincing the public they are not cutting corners as well as costs.

Posted in General @ 04 January 2007 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Relatives of missing aircraft's passengers busy seeking information A number of relatives of passengers of the missing Adam Air aircraft were on Monday busy seeking information on the whereabouts of the ill-fated aircraft which lost contact with air control in Makassar at 14:07 while on its way to Manado, North Sulewesi, from Surabaya, East Java. Reports from Manado said a number of people related to passsengers on the missing plane came to Sam Ratulangi Airport on Monday evening to enquire about the aircraft`s whereabouts at the Adam Air ticket sales counter.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2007 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bombers warned to file appeal within a month or face firing squad Indonesia's Attorney General's Office(AGO) is giving the lawyers of the three 2002 Bali bombing convicts until the end of the month to file for a Supreme Court review of their cases or it will set an execution date in the near future. "The date will be set if there is no further legal intervention from their lawyers along the way," said attorney general Abdul Rahman, who believes the three bombers should be executed soon to avoid further delays.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2006 09:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seeking US$12 billion for infrastructure projects Indonesia Indonesia will seek US$12 billion (€9.4 billion) in private capital to fund infrastructure projects at a conference that kicks off Wednesday, but it faces challenges overcoming an image of corruption that may scare off investors. Topping the list of deals on offer are the construction of a US$1.5 billion (€1.2 billion) fiber optic network and two coal-fired power plants worth nearly US$2.48 billion (€1.9 billion), said Conference Chairman Chris Kanter.

Posted in Economy @ 31 October 2006 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exxon stands firm on Natuna contract Despite uncertainty over its contract, giant oil and gas company ExxonMobil has expressed optimism that it will start developing the D-Alpha gas field in the Natuna Sea in 2008. "The contract is still valid and stands as it is. There have been no official talks about the contract being revised, let alone terminated," Peter J. Coleman, the company's president and general manager for Indonesia, told the press in Jakarta on Thursday evening.

Posted in General @ 13 October 2006 13:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another jet skids off Indonesia runway in smoky haze A passenger jet skidded off the runway upon landing in thick haze in Kalimantan on Tuesday as forest fires in the country spread a pall of smoke around the region. A Boeing 737-200 jetliner skidded 50 meters (164 ft) off the runway in the town of Tarakan in East Kalimantan province on Borneo island.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 October 2006 03:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rains bring relief to some areas in haze-shrouded Indonesia Heavy rains brought relief to some areas of Indonesia shrouded in smoke by land-clearing fires, but blazes elsewhere Monday delayed flights and brought misery to residents. Skies were clear across parts of central Sumatra and west Kalimantan provinces on Borneo island, locals said. "Finally God has sent us rain to clear the haze," said Sadikin, a resident in Pontianak, the largest city in west Kalimantan.

Posted in Forest fires @ 09 October 2006 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia haze worsens, airplanes warned Indonesia on Wednesday urged airports in areas shrouded by thick smoke from forest fires caused by deforestation to close if conditions made landings’ hazardous, after a jet with more than 100 on board skidded off a runway in Borneo. The passenger jet operated by Mandala Airlines skidded off the runway upon landing amid thick haze in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province on Tuesday as fires spread choking haze to neighboring Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore.

Posted in Forest fires @ 05 October 2006 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Plane skidds into swamp in Kalimantan amit smoke from forest fires A domestic passenger jet skidded off the runway into swampland after landing Tuesday at an airport in central Indonesia, an airport employee said. There were no reports of fatalities or major injuries. Visibility was very poor at Juwata airport in east Kalimantan because of smoke from brush-clearing fires that have delayed flights at other airports in the province in recent days, employee Alfan told el-Shinta radio station from the scene.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 October 2006 06:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal forest fires blanket Indonesia and neighbors Smoke and ash from land-clearing fires in Indonesia blanketed a large swath of Indonesia's west Monday, sending air quality levels plummeting there and in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia. The smoke was shrouding an estimated 556,000 square kilometers of land on Sumatra and across Indonesian Borneo.

Posted in Forest fires @ 03 October 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's monorail struggles to get on track Gridlocked cars. Noxious traffic fumes. Indonesia's capital is crying out for a new transport network, but stop-start plans for a monorail illustrate the country's chequered efforts to build badly needed infrastructure. The idea of a gleaming monorail gliding above the congested tropical city of nearly 9 million people is an enticing one and proponents point to neighbouring Bangkok's Skytrain or Kuala Lumpur's monorail in at least easing equally grim transport woes.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2006 14:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sets date for execution of Christian militants Three Indonesian Christian militants convicted of leading a mob that killed Muslims will be executed on Thursday, the convicts' lawyer said, but there was no immediate word on the fate of their clemency appeals. Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus Silva were sentenced to death in 2001 after being found guilty of leading a Christian mob in an attack that killed more than 200 people at an Islamic boarding school during Muslim-Christian clashes in Central Sulawesi's Poso region.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 19 September 2006 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia delays troop deployment to Lebanon Indonesia has delayed sending troops to join a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Lebanon until next month owing to congestion on the ground, a military spokesman said on Friday. Admiral Mohamad Sunarto, an Indonesian army spokesman, said an advance team of 125 would now depart on October 10 and the main body would leave on October 24. The earlier plan had been for the force to be in place by the end of this month.

Posted in Military @ 15 September 2006 12:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to execute Christians despite clemency request Indonesia will execute three Christians, on death row for triggering sectarian violence among a mob in 2000, despite renewed pleas for clemency earlier this week, National Police chief General Sutanto said here on Wednesday. General Sutanto said the men's fresh bid for pardon would not be valid due to it being against the country's law, which does not allow two requests to be submitted within two years of each other.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 31 August 2006 06:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


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

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


Indonesia delays planned execution of Bali bombers Indonesia has delayed the scheduled executions of three Muslim militants convicted of carrying out the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed more than 200 people, after their defence attorneys announced they would file a final appeal, a government spokesman said Monday. The condemned men - Imam Samurda and brothers Amrozi Nurhasyim and Ali Gufron - were among more than 30 people convicted in the bombings, many of whom were believed to be members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a South-East Asian offshoot of al-Qaeda.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 August 2006 17:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia begins immunizations in earthquake zone Hundreds of women cradling babies and holding the hands of children lined up Wednesday as Indonesia kicked off a massive campaign to immunize more than 1.5 million people against disease following last month's deadly earthquake. “We are racing against time,” said Gandung Hermanto, head of the surveillance division at the health department in Bantul, the district hardest hit by the May 27 quake that turned ramshackle homes into piles of bricks and rubble in less than a minute.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 June 2006 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prayers in Java as looters hinder quake aid Survivors of the Indonesian earthquake have held their first prayers since the disaster after looters raided aid convoys bringing food and medicines to stranded victims. As thousands flocked to mosques across Central Java, many survivors who had spent six nights in the open were still waiting for help as trucks loaded with badly-needed supplies were ambushed en route, a disaster relief official said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 June 2006 08:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia braces for big May Day rallies Security forces were on top alert throughout Indonesia on Monday ahead of May Day rallies that could see tens of thousands take to the streets in Jakarta alone, police said. The demonstrations are taking place against a backdrop of government plans to revise a 2003 labour law, a move that has prompted a rising tide of worker opposition.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2006 07:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Execution of Poso convicts postponed The execution of three Christians convicted of masterminding the 2001 sectarian conflict in Poso, Central Sulawesi, has been postponed for "technical reasons", the Attorney General's Office said Saturday. The Attorney General's Office had earlier announced that the three would be executed at the end of March after their plea for presidential clemency was rejected.

Posted in Violence @ 02 April 2006 17:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Study: Sumatra quake could be set to rumble again The fault that caused the devastating earthquake in Indonesia in December 2004 and the destructive tsunami that followed could still cause some big ruptures, U.S. researchers said on Thursday. Analysis of the damage of a quake that followed in the same area three months later shows potential for large movements south of the 2004 and 2005 ruptures, Richard Briggs and Kerry Sieh of the California Institute of Technology said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 March 2006 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood risk increases in Jakarta as more rain expected Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, where 40 percent of the city is below sea level, may receive 15 percent more rainfall in the next month raising the risk of floods. With 13 rivers flowing into the city of 9 million people, excess rainfall increases the danger of flooding because Jakarta's only flood canal hasn't the capacity to drain the water.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 January 2006 07:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PT Dirgantara Indonesia claims production of 484 planes Aerospace industry PT Dirgantara Indonesia claimed Tuesday it has produced 484 aircraft of various types since its establishment in 1976. The company has managed to sell aircraft to foreign markets, Dirgantara Acting President Nuril Fuad told President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who was visiting the factory in the West Java capital of Bandung, some 150 km south of Jakarta. He said Malaysia has purchased eight aircraft, Thailand bought two, South Korea acquired eight and Pakistan ordered four.

Posted in Economy @ 03 January 2006 19:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Govt to delay last Aceh police withdrawal Transport problems have delayed until early next week the withdrawal of Indonesia's last police reinforcements from Aceh province, the final stage in a pullout of tens of thousands of soldiers and police under a landmark peace deal, police said. The contingent, which had been due to leave on Saturday, was likely to leave on Monday because of problems getting a vessel to ship them home.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 January 2006 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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