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

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


Thick haze in Riau disturbs air transportation Planes heading to Sultan Syarif Kasim international airport, Pekanbaru, Riau province, are forced to circle around before landing due to decreasing visibility, a result of ongoing forest fire in the area, an official stated.

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 February 2014 14:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air plane fails to land at El Tari Airport On Tuesday, a Lion Air plane failed to land at the El Tari Airport in the East Nusa Tenggara provincial capital of Kupang amid bad weather conditions.

Posted in Weather @ 21 January 2014 22:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Bali airport renovation not completed yet for APEC Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika has expressed his disappointment over delays in completion and handover of the renovated Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 26 August 2013 03:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


'Higher tax bracket should apply for Bali nightclubs' Legislators from the Badung House of Representatives (DPRD-Badung) are complaining that lax collection policies by tax authorities are costing the regency substantial revenues in underpayment of taxes by nightspots and discothèques.

Posted in Economy @ 24 September 2012 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Delays expected during ASEAN and East Asia summits During the ASEAN and East Asia Summit to be held in Nusa Dua, Bali November 17-19, 2011, passengers arriving or departing Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport may expect frequent delays.

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2011 02:18 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


Lion Air opens Jakarta - Lampung route Starting from August 24, Lion Air will operate a daily flight from Jakarta to Lampung and back again. This new destination for Lion Air will once again increase the coverate of the airline in the country. Lion Air will compete with Garuda Indonesia and Sriwijaya Air on this route.

Posted in Travel @ 20 August 2011 05:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sriwijaya Air leaves behind 200 passengers at airport Where airlines like Lion Air and Batavia Air have been publicly criticized by the Indonesian government over their many delays, and state-owned airlines like Garuda Indonesia and Merpati Nusantasa seem to be perfect companies, Sriwijaya Air is also not looking to collect any bonus points this week.

Posted in Travel @ 11 August 2011 10:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 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


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


Thick smog over Riau because of forest fires Forest fires once again burn forests in Riau province in southern Sumatra. Almost the entire provice is now covered in a curtain of smog. The Meteorologica, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG in the city of Pekanbaru has said that the most recent sattelite images show at least 50 hot spots in southern Sumatra alone.

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 February 2011 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian president Yudhoyono to open new airport in Lombok The beginning of March will see the airport being dedicated by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after all security and safety checks have been completed. Once all the test runs have been finalized the President will be at the ceremony for the opening which is taking place nearly a year behind schedule.

Posted in Travel @ 05 February 2011 03:15 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


The big clean-up of the Borobudur temple After a series of delays, the management of the ancient Buddhist temple Borobudur, in Magelang, began the process of cleaning volcanic ash from the temple grounds on Friday, hoping to complete the operation in less than a month.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 November 2010 10:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Central Java train travel delayed by ash rains Ash from the Mount Merapi volcano is causing more and more problems in an increasingly large area. After main roads were turned into slippery grayish-white lines in the landscape, train travel in Central Java is now also disrupted by falling ash. Trains now generally depart and arrive with an hour delay.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 November 2010 08:43 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


Almost 20.000 evacuated after Sinabung eruption Since the eruption of the Sinabung volcano in the Karo district in North Sumatra yesterday around midnight, thousands of people have been brought to safety. Several dozen villages on the slopes of the erupting volcano have been evacuated and residents have found shelter in nearby cities like Kabanjahe and Berastagi.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 August 2010 02:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Brantas train breaks down near Sudirman station The Brantas train that departed in Kediri and was on it's way to Tanah Abang station in Jakarta broke down after technical problems at the Sudirman station in Jakarta earlier today. The train from Kediri was soon towed away to it's final destination just a few minutes away.

Posted in General @ 05 August 2010 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six hours of traffic jam in Puncak The main road through the Puncak area in West Java had to handle extreme volumes of vehicles yesterday, caused by Indonesians that wanted to celebrate their holiday. The travelers got stuck, as is not uncommon in this area, on the sole main road through the mountains. This time the traffic jam reached a length of six hours and reached as far as Taman Safari Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 July 2010 01:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


The long wait for a visa on Bali airport Bisnis Bali reports that despite a total of 26 visa on arrival counters at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, long delays of as much as two hours are being encountered by those landing during peak traffic hours.

Posted in Travel @ 26 February 2010 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Magazine: 'Bali airport one of the ugliest' It will not come a surprise to anyone who has travelled through Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport that Travel and Leisure magazine has named it one of the "12 Ugliest Airports in the World". The magazine's Karrie Jacobs contends that Bali's air gateway has "gone out of its way to acquire the uncanny placelessness that typifies the modern airport”.

Posted in Travel @ 25 February 2010 01:36 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


Sancaka train derails near Nganjuk The Sancaka train on route from Surabaya to Yogyakarta derailed near the village of Awar-Awar, Wilingan, in the regency of Nganjuk in East Java last evening. The cause of the derailment is not known yet. The train left from Surabaya at 17:00 local time, and should arrive in Yogyakarta around 23:00. Many people on several stations were stranded because of the derailment.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 November 2009 00:11 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


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


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

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


Inadequate power supply contributes to slowdown of investments The Jakarta Post reports that limited power supplies are causing headaches for domestic and foreign investors in Bali. Quoting the vice-chairman of the Bali branch of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN), Tedja Nandi Yasa, the lack of power on Bali's electrical grid has become severe: "We have been working hard to promote Bali, but the anxiety over the minimum electricity supply has eliminated almost 50 percent of the chance to invest here."

Posted in Economy @ 27 May 2009 16:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emaar withdraws from US$600 million Lombok project The Jakarta Globe reports that a massive US$600 Million mega-resort planned for South Lombok is now in jeopardy. The project of shopping, recreation areas, golf courses and luxurious hotels on a 1,200 hectare site is a "pet project" of Indonesia's Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, who personally invited Dubai's state-owned Emaar Properties to spearhead the investment.

Posted in Economy @ 17 March 2009 05:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 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


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


Batavia Air plane on route Jakarta-Jambi delayed for eight hours Passengers of a Batavia Air flight from Jakarta to Jambi have waited more than eight hours for their departure, before the plane eventually left at 21:15 local time. Earlier, the passengers protested against their huge delay. They beseiged another Batavia Air plane which was scheduled for departure to Denpasar.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 March 2008 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


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


Six Garuda B737-400s seized by customs officers Asia aviation soared to new heights on Thursday, October 25, 2007, with the inaugural flight of the Airbus 380 from Singapore to Sydney, while in Indonesia aviation circles were reaping publicity of a less favorable kind when six Boeing 737-400 aircraft leased by national flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia were seized by Indonesian customs and excise officials in Jakarta.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 October 2007 08:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Annual haze disrupts flights in Indonesia Smoke from land-clearing forest fires disrupts flights serving the Indonesian part of Borneo as the country enters the dry season, according to a local official on Sunday. The haze covered the city of Pontianak in the western part of the island for the last two days, delaying flights on Sunday morning because of the reduced visibility, reported local airport chief Syamsul Bachrie.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 July 2007 16:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bad weather hampers ferry operations Java-Sumatra Ferry boats have halted the route between Merak in West Java and Bakauheni in Sumatra during the last 11 days because of extremely bad weather. Waves in the route over the Sunda Strait sometimes reached a height of four meters, as was told by assistant supervisor Mudhofar of state ferry company ASDP.

Posted in Weather @ 12 March 2007 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government should pull military out of business The Indonesian government should end military ownership of businesses without further delay, Human Rights Watch said today as it launched the 159-page Indonesian translation of a study on military self-financing in Indonesia.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 February 2007 06:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten This report has been prepared by the UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 February 2007 01:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN: Bird flu endemic in Indonesia Avian influenza is now endemic in Indonesia because of past delays in dealing with H5N1 bird flu, with the virus now well established and a major concern in SouthEast Asia, says an Australian veterinary scientist. But Laurence Gleeson, a regional manager with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and other UN officials, were positive over steps taken to control bird flu in SouthEast Asia when speaking to reporters today.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 January 2007 09:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 431 Indonesian hajj pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia A total of 431 Indonesian Hajj pilgrims died in the Holy Land until late Monday (Jan 8) at 10 p.m. Saudi time, according to information from the Hajj Media Center of the Indonesian Religious Affairs Ministry on Tuesday. Up to Sunday (Jan 7), about 404,569 Hajj pilgrims from various countries left Saudi Arabia via the Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah and the Prince Mohammad bin Abdul Aziz Airport in Madina.

Posted in Religion @ 09 January 2007 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adam Air flight loses contact over Java Sea A passenger plane lost contact with flight controllers Monday as it flew between Java and Sulawesi islands, officials said. Aviation authorities are unable to contact Adam Air flight KI-774, Gunawan Suherman, Adam Air's chief executive, told The Associated Press.

Posted in General @ 01 January 2007 14:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 29 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


Rain clears haze in SE Asia, Indonesia airports open Airports closed by low visibility have reopened in Indonesia and the air is cleaner over Singapore and Kuala Lumpur after rain doused forest fires spreading haze across the region, officials said on Friday. It was not immediately clear however if the improvement was temporary or whether the haze could return after a few days.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 October 2006 10:38 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


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

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


Soccer on Friday Just back from a couple of days in Malang it's about time to turn on the computer again and to clean the keyboard. Since the short holiday to Bali I didn't see any chance to write something down, but that is going to change now. The few days in Malang were a pleasant difference with the somewhat more normal life in Yogyakarta. The garden has been watered and the windows are open, though there is not too much wind. Several days back, back to Friday to be more precise. Soccer club Arema (Malang) has to play a game that day.

Posted in Culture @ 13 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Santos downgrades Indonesia oil resource Oil and gas producer Santos Ltd has been forced to downgrade the size of its Jeruk offshore Indonesian oil discovery which may now be less than half the size originally thought. Data from the third appraisal well drilled to test the reservoir has seen the height of the hydrocarbon column at Jeruk slashed to about 145 metres from the previous estimate of 379 metres.

Posted in Economy @ 15 July 2006 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hopes for Aceh elections in August Elections in Indonesia's volatile Aceh province may be held in August if the parliament passes a bill on governing the region by next month, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Sunday. Elections are a key component of a landmark Finnish-brokered peace pact signed between Indonesia and the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) last year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 24 April 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


North Sumatra to get new airport soon After repeated delays, the central government has renewed its promise to start the construction of Kuala Namu airport in Deli Serdang regency in September. The facility would replace North Sumatra's ailing Polonia airport in Medan. The promise was made by State Minister of National Development Planning Paskah Suzetta in Medan on Thursday after consulting with Transportation Minister Hatta Radjasa.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2006 18:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Industries feel pinch from massive blackouts The massive blackouts that swept parts of Java and Bali islands have caused industries to suffer billions of rupiah in financial losses due to disruptions in their operations. The Indonesian Textile Association estimated that more than 100 spinning, weaving and garment industries in Greater Jakarta suffered losses of about 55 billion rupiah.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2005 14:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Power blackout results in chaos Indonesia's president ordered the police and the national intelligence agency to investigate a power failure that left nearly 100 million people - almost half the country - in the dark yesterday. Indonesia's state-run power utility said it did not know the cause of the failure, which cut electricity to homes, businesses and trains for more than five hours and caused major traffic jams in the capital, Jakarta.

Posted in Power supply @ 19 August 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bakso Belanda Back home for a week, leaving me with lots of work at the office, at home and in Indonesia. Maybe it's just good that I'm working hard right from the day I'm home, because I'm quite sure I would be missing Indonesia like hell when I was bored to death here. It was just 6 days ago, on an early Sunday morning at six, that the Singapore Airlines plane touched down on Schiphol Airport, ending my longest trip to Indonesia.

Posted in Culture @ 22 January 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airports are fun, not only in Indonesia, but everywhere on the world. After flying to Indonesia several times I have seen the airports of Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Zurich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Jogjakarta, Denpasar, Surabaya and Makassar. Not an impressive number, but it’s still growing longer. However the remote destinations always seem more attractive for me, a local flight in Indonesia, from Makassar to Jogja, with a short stop at Surabaya made me smile while thinking of it just recently. It’s just one of those experiences I should not forget about.

Posted in Travel @ 31 May 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vote drags on amid slow count Indonesia appears destined for weeks of post-election limbo as President Megawati Sukarnoputri met yesterday with senior party leaders and strategists to discuss what had gone wrong. Early figures from Monday’s poll showed Mrs Megawati had defied pundits and was clinging to a slender lead over the rival Golkar party founded by the former dictator Suharto. Forecasts had suggested Golkar would romp home. With only a fraction of ballots counted, Mrs Megawati’s Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) had captured 19%, followed closely by Golkar with 15.4%.

Posted in Elections @ 07 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto's old party eyes first place in poll The former party of ousted autocrat Suharto is set to win the most votes in Indonesia's parliamentary elections on Monday as it taps a yearning for the stability and rapid economic growth of his long rule. Although opinion polls show Golkar, once Suharto's political vehicle, getting nowhere near an absolute majority, the result is likely to be a big blow to incumbent President Megawati Sukarnoputri and could dent her hopes of winning a second term later this year.

Posted in Elections @ 04 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to hold vote despite delays The justice minister has threatened to arrest election officials, thousands of polling stations still don't have ballots and parts of Aceh province are too dangerous to hold a vote. Nonetheless Indonesia will hold parliamentary elections Monday for the second time since the fall of the longtime dictator Suharto in 1998 - though election officials acknowledge voting will be delayed for up to five days in the remote regions of Papua and West Irian Jaya.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Balloting to take place on time: election panel chief Indonesia's legislative elections will take place on April 5 as scheduled despite some difficulties in ballot paper distribution, the head of the election commission says. National Election Commission Chief Nazaruddin Syamsuddin, speaking after meeting President Megawati Sukarnoputri, said he was "optimistic" that the voting would suffer no delay.

Posted in Elections @ 29 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: Elections could be postponed In spite of repeated assurances from the General Election Commission (KPU) that the election would be held on schedule, several delays in the preparations have led one highly placed minister to consider a delay. Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs ad interim Hari Sabarno hinted on Wednesday that the election may be delayed in certain areas due to problems with the procurement and distribution of polling materials including 660 million ballot papers.

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU axes more firms for missing ballot quota With polling day on April 5 being only two weeks away, more companies have been identified as having failed to print their ballot paper allotments on schedule. General Elections Commission (KPU) chairman Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin said on Monday the commission had taken back 127 film templates from Madju Medan Cipta, and others from the Manado-based Metro Post in North Sulawesi and the State Printing Company (PNRI) on Sunday, due to the firms' failures to print sufficient ballot papers for regental and municipal legislative council elections.

Posted in Elections @ 23 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No reason to panic just yet, says KPU The General Elections Commission (KPU) admitted on Monday that some delays had occurred in the delivery of election materials, but it remained convinced that everything was under control. KPU chairman Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin said after a plenary meeting the printing of 320 million ballot papers for the election of House of Representatives (DPR) and Regional Representatives Council (DPD) members was 98-percent finished.

Posted in Elections @ 19 March 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Before he slipped into unconsciousness, six-year-old Kaptan Boonmanuj told his mother, "Mum, my chest feels like it's going to explode." On Jan. 26, after two weeks in a coma, Kaptan died in Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital, becoming Thailand's first victim of avian flu. His parents returned home to the hamlet of Ben Ya Pad, deep in the country's rural western province of Kanchanaburi. Two days had passed since their son's death, and rice farmer Chamnan Boonmanuj and his wife Chongrak sat receiving friends and relatives, the smell of burning incense heavy in the front room of their concrete house. Behind them, Kaptan's body lay in a white coffin. Propped against it was his bicycle, along with a picture of Kaptan wearing his school uniform. Outside, a row of ornate wreaths was placed beside the wall of the house. One was from the Ministry of Public Health.

Posted in Health @ 06 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU promises quicker vote count in 2004 The General Elections Commission (KPU) promised on Monday that vote counting in next year's presidential and representatives polls would not take months like the last election in 1999. But the commission said it could still take up to a month to work out the winner of Indonesia's first direct presidential election, seen as a major step in the country's messy transition to democracy from decades of autocratic rule.

Posted in Elections @ 29 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia faces up to post-IMF reality After five years under the harsh tutelage of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest economy, is to break free from the IMF's bailout program and loan lifeline at the end of this year when its US$5 billion line of credit expires. A government committee has drafted an economic blueprint, a White Paper for post-IMF Indonesia that will be revealed on Friday, simultaneously with the draft budget for 2004, by President Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Posted in Economy @ 17 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda pilots cancel strike at last minute Pilots at state-owned carrier Garuda Indonesia canceled a strike that was set to start Tuesday following a last-minute government intervention, a union spokesman said. It was the second time in a month that the pilots union has dropped plans to strike in its dispute with Garuda over wages. But the union on Tuesday insisted a strike remained an option if the company fails to meet their demands for salary hikes of up to three times their current levels.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 11 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Train derailment injures 36 Thirty-six people aboard the Mutiara Timur train were injured when three of the rear cars jumped the tracks and rolled over while passing through Rejoso, Pasuruan in East Java province late on Saturday. No fatalities were reported. According to Sutoyo, a spokesman for state-owned railroad company PT KAI in Jember, six of the victims suffered severe injuries, and three of them were being treated at Sidoarjo Hospital.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bandung to Jakarta trains resume service All trains plying the Bandung to Jakarta route resumed regular service on Tuesday following a landslide that caused railway tracks in the Cibatu area, West Java, to slip on Monday.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia begins flood cleanup Thousands of Indonesians driven from their homes in the capital by flooding that left at least 30 people dead returned Tuesday to face a growing fear of disease. The deluge in Jakarta — the worst in years — began 10 days ago, leaving 380,000 people homeless and inundating office blocks and roads in some areas with up to 8 feet of murky brown water. At one point, water lapped at the steps of the presidential palace.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2002 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Heavy downpour brings anguish for Jakartans Heavy rains continued in parts of greater Jakarta on Monday, adding to the misery of thousands of residents already suffering from massive flooding for the past week, reports said.

Posted in Weather @ 04 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta - Bandung train obstructed by flood Customers on the busy Jakarta to Bandung train route have suffered from delays and canceled services due to flooding and landslides. Officials at Jakarta's Gambir Train station said that train passengers had to stop at Sukatani, West Java, transfer to a bus for part of the journey, and then transfer back to the train to complete their journey. The delay was about four to five hours.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 January 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


When I was in Indonesia for the second time, I also knew thet I was sure to go the third time as well. Back them I already got the chance to look for nice tickets. That does not only means cheap, because cheap is not always good. At that time I was looking for good and familiair names in the business.

Posted in Travel @ 27 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands stranded as train derails in Central Java Thousands of travelers were left stranded at railway stations in Central and East Java when a train bound for the Senen railway station derailed in Karang Gandul, Purwokerto, Central Java, early Tuesday morning. The derailment, which disrupted the southern railway line, caused other train services to be delayed for several hours.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 January 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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