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President dismisses Sutarman as national police chief President Joko Widodo officially announced the dismissal of General Sutarman as the National Police chief. "From now on, starting this moment, I carried out a presidential decree (about dismissal of police chief) so that the duties, powers and responsibilities given to Commissioner General Badrodin Haiti," General Sutarman said here on Friday evening.

Posted in Politics @ 17 January 2015 00:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Workers threaten to go on nationwide strike Indonesian workers have threatened to go on a nationwide strike if the government fails to meet their demands raised jointly in the capital city of Jakarta on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 10 December 2014 21:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Diesel supply to Jakarta secured despite pipeline explosion State-owned oil company PT Pertamina announced that Jakartas diesel supply is still secure despite oil pipeline explosion in Subang area, West Java Province, on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 August 2014 19:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia allocates Rp3 trillion to print paper money Bank Indonesia, the central bank, has set aside Rp3 trillion per year to print paper currency, which is considered as a substantial amount, hence the government will encourage the use of non-cash transactions.

Posted in Economy @ 19 August 2014 13:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia demands trial of party responsible for MH17 tragedy Indonesia demands trial of the party responsible for the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight downed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday (July 17), Indonesias Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Desra Percaya stated.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 July 2014 10:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of workers plan to mark May Day Thousands of workers from various regions planned to hold demonstrations for eight hours a day on May 1 and 2 in several locations in Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 30 April 2014 19:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rhoma Irama and the fake Professor title “Professor of Dangdut” Rhoma Irama may have to revert back to the less scholarly “King of Dangdut” in the not-too-distant future after Indonesia’s education minister indicated that the presidential candidate may be liable to criminal penalties if his illustrious certificate of education turned out to have been acquired from a scam college run by a colorful UK-Iranian educator.

Posted in Politics @ 03 March 2014 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Djoko Susilo receives much higher sentence in High Court The Jakarta High Court has handed down a heftier sentence to corruption convict Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo, ordering him to serve 18 years in prison and refund the state Rp 32 billion ($2624,000) for his involvement in the graft-ridden procurement of driving simulators.

Posted in Corruption @ 19 December 2013 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau fires workers for missing morning prayers Nineteen untenured employees of Riau’s Rokan Hulu district government were fired in November because they did not show up to 5 a.m. prayers, a mandatory religious program put in place by the local government.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 December 2013 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor announces minimum wage for Jakarta 2.4 million Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo said he has signed a monthly provincial minimum wage (UMP) order of Rp2.441 million for industrial workers in Jakarta on the basis of the Jakarta Remuneration Council`s recommendations.

Posted in Protests @ 01 November 2013 19:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 'Workers, employers must build harmonious relations' Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said employers and workers should develop harmonious relations so they could jointly decide upon a basic minimum wage without having conflicts.

Posted in Economy @ 29 October 2013 20:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of police to guard Jambi labour protest At least 1,500 members of the Jambi Regional Police are to be deployed to maintain peace during labor protests planned to take place from October 28 to November 2, 2013.

Posted in Protests @ 25 October 2013 15:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of workers hold rally in Jakarta, demanding higher wages About five thousand workers from various unions held a rally in front of the Presidential Palace on Thursday, demanding an increase in their wages and the immediate implementation of the National Health Insurance (Jamkesmas).

Posted in Protests @ 05 September 2013 15:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Security tightened at Tangerang toll road Police tighten security at several entry gates of Tangerang toll road and Soekarno-Hatta airport in Tangerang, Banten province, in connection with Mayday on Wednesday.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2013 11:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Democratic party needs uncontroversial figure President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono`s party needs a figure who is not controversial to put the party`s house in order, an observer said.

Posted in Politics @ 28 March 2013 15:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'38 Indonesians facing death penalty in Saudi Arabia' About 38 Indonesians are facing death penalty in Saudi Arabia for conducting various crimes, the Foreign Affairs Ministry`s Director for Protection of Indonesian Nationals Abroad, Tatang Budhie Razak, said here on Wednesday. "Of the 38 men and women, four are waiting for execution process while the rest are having their case in court," Tatang said.

Posted in Crime @ 14 March 2013 19:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Artificial rain demand increasing The Indonesian Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) receives increasing demand of artificial rain to increase the water volume in a number of dams to anticipate an imminent dry season.

Posted in Weather @ 07 March 2013 15:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Small traders get their space on new Bali airport terminal After increasing pressure on a number of fronts, the managers of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, PT Angkasa Pura I (AP-I), has relented on strict qualifying requirements for traders currently operating from the airport and seeking commercial space in newly renovated air gateway for the Island.

Posted in General @ 16 February 2013 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam coastal areas to be developed into coconut plantation The government plans to develop Batam municipality`s coastal areas into a coconut and cassava production center to meet local and national demands, an official said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 January 2013 00:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Conserving energy and resources in Bali Former Indonesian Minister of Tourism and keen observer of the national tourism industry, I Gede Ardika, has declared that the development of sustainable tourism projects demands conservation of water and energy resources as a necessary prerequisite.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2012 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali connected to Java power grid before 2013 The National News Agency Antara reports that the State Power Board PT PLN is targeting that new sub-ocean high power connections between Bali and near-by Nusa Lembongan will be in operation by the end of 2012.

Posted in Power supply @ 22 October 2012 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Security brought under control after attack on Freeport office Security in Kuala Kencana city has been brought under control following an attack by a group of people on the office of PT Freeport Indonesia, company spokesman Ramdani Sirait said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 22 September 2012 22:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of workers in Riau island to conduct strike Thousands of workers in Riau Island stated they will conduct a strike if the government doesn`t respond to their demand, a source said. "We want the government to abolish the outsourcing system, cheap wages and corruption," Chairman of Riau islands` Indonesian Metal Workers Federation (FSPMI) Otong Sutisna said here on Sunday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 September 2012 15:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia resolves to be leading nation by 2045 President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that Indonesia is determined to become a world leader by 2045.

Posted in Economy @ 16 August 2012 18:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of Indonesian postal service employees on strike Around 5,000 employees of the Indonesian postal service provider, PT Pos Indonesia, will be on strike from June 28-30, 2012. "The striking employees represent PT Pos employees and retirees throughout Indonesia," said Gibson S Nababan, a spokesman of PT Pos Indonesia`s Labor Union (SPPI), here on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 28 June 2012 15:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia needs 4,000 pilots for ASEAN Open Sky Indonesia needs 4,000 pilots, 7,500 technicians, and 1,000 air traffic controllers to be ready for ASEAN Open Sky 2015 and ASEAN Single Aviation Market (ASAM) 2020.

Posted in Travel @ 27 June 2012 12:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police officer acquitted in murder case Adjunct Senior Commissioner Mindo Tampubolon had been acquitted in the murder case of Putri Mega Umboh at the Batam District Court, Riau Islands, on Thursday, although the public prosecutor demanded life in prison on the defendant.

Posted in Crime @ 25 May 2012 09:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds demonstrate in front of Malaysian Embassy Hundreds of Indonesians staged a rally in front of the Malaysian Embassy here on Thursday, urging the Malaysian government to investigate local police who shot and killed three Indonesian workers in Malaysia in March.

Posted in Protests @ 03 May 2012 16:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Around 100,000 workers rally in Jakarta A total of 100,000 workers participated in a rally covering several landmarks in Jakarta to commemorate World Labour Day, also known as May Day.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2012 14:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 70% of all alcohol sales on Bali illegal Radar Bali reports that 70% of the alcoholic beverages sold on the island are illegal. The value of illegal liquor sold on the island is estimated to account to sales of Rp. 1 billion per day or Rp. 360 billion (US$40 million) per year.

Posted in Crime @ 16 April 2012 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fresh water investment plan for Bali The government of Bali via the Bali Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM-Bali) is offering a number of fresh water supply infrastructure projects in four regencies/cities in Bali worth an estimated value of Rp. 1.305 trillion (US$145 million).

Posted in Health @ 05 April 2012 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Honda to build fourth motorcycle plant in Indonesia Honda Motor Company has announced that its joint venture company in Indonesia will be building the fourth motorcycle plant in the Asian country to satisfy rapidly increasing market demands.

Posted in General @ 13 March 2012 18:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pre-election violence hits district in Indonesia's Papua Supporters of rival political candidates have clashed in Indonesia's restive Papua province this week, just days ahead of district elections, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 17 February 2012 04:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Unidentified gunmen kill policeman in Papua An Indonesian police officer was killed on Tuesday when officers were attacked by an armed group in Indonesia's restive province of Papua, officials said. One attacker was also wounded.

Posted in Crime @ 07 February 2012 21:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Islamic groups stone ministry over alcohol sales Members of Indonesia's hard-line Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) on Thursday stoned the Ministry of Home Affairs in Central Jakarta after the minister accused religious groups of "spreading lies" during an ongoing dispute over alcohol sales, local media reported on Friday.

Posted in Protests @ 13 January 2012 21:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


OPM: Indonesian police kill fourteen Papuan separatists The separatist Free Papua Organization (OPM) on Thursday claimed fourteen of its members have allegedly been killed during a recent police raid in the district of Paniai in Indonesia's restive Papua region, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Violence @ 15 December 2011 22:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of people flee Indonesian village in fear of police Hundreds of people have fled a village in Indonesia's restive Papua region following the deployment of more than 100 security officers, the Jakarta Post reported on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 07 December 2011 22:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected rebels kill police officer in Indonesia's Papua An Indonesian police officer died on Monday morning after being injured in an attack by suspected separatist rebels in the country's restive Papua region last week, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 December 2011 00:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police release 12 alleged separatists Indonesian police have been forced to release twelve alleged separatist rebels just a day after announcing they had made a major breakthrough in the war against the Free Papua Movement (OPM), local media reported on Saturday.

Posted in Protests @ 26 November 2011 14:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of Telkomsel workers go on strike in Indonesia Thousands of Telkomsel workers in Indonesia went on strike on Thursday to demand improved labor benefits, local media reported.

Posted in General @ 10 November 2011 22:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rotating blackouts in Bali starting from February 2011 Rotating blackouts in Bali’s power supply are predicted to reoccur in February 2012. The power interruptions will take place during scheduled, routine repairs on the gas powered power plant (PLTG) in Gilimanuk, West Bali, that, during periods of the planned repairs causing the plant to go off-line Bali will lose 130 megawatts of power generation capability.

Posted in Power supply @ 23 October 2011 12:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air working on new full-service airline Lion Air has announced plans to launch a full-service airline soon. A new company, PT Space Aviation Service, has been set up for this purpose already. The general director of Lion Air, Edward Sirait, said that they were currently arranging licenses for the new company.

Posted in Travel @ 03 October 2011 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Pilot strike looming for Garuda Indonesia The Pilots Association for Garuda Indonesia (APG), representing 80% of the Indonesian Cockpit crew of the national air carrier, has announced its intention to go on strike commencing Thursday, July 28, 2011. , Jeffrey Ticoalu, representing the APG, said 

"we are announcing today that we will go on a strike on July 28, starting from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 23 July 2011 12:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia pilots threaten to go on strike The Indonesian national air carrier Garuda Indonesia is threatened with a strike by its Pilot Association who are demanding pay parity with foreign pilots employed on contract by the air carrier.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 July 2011 11:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors: life sentence for Bashir over terrorist cell Indonesian prosecutors on Monday announced that they recommended life sentence for Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir for his role in a terrorist cell, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 May 2011 18:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge claim for Aussie papers publishing Wikileaks about Yudhoyono Two Australian newspapers that published articles last Friday accusing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of abusing power and influencing judges based on leaked cables obtained from Wikileaks were sued for $1 billion on Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 15 March 2011 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


FPI promises no attacks during Christmas, under conditions? Rizieq Shihab, head of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), on Tuesday promised that his followers will restrain from disrupting Christmas celebrations in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 02:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nestle to invest $100 million in new Indonesian factory Nestle S.A. on Thursday announced that it is planning to invest $100 million to open a new factory in Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 09 December 2010 14:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Serial child rapist faces 15-year prison term An Indonesian man is facing a 15-year prison term for a series of child rapes carried out in the island of Bali, prosecutors said Wednesday. Mochammad Davis Suharto, also known as Codet, which translates to Scarface, 30, allegedly raped five elementary school girls in Bali, aged 9 to 12, between February and April, as well as another six girls, aged 5 to 11, in Batam, Riau Islands.

Posted in Crime @ 11 November 2010 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesian ambassador: PVV voters are terribly scared The Indonesian ambassador to the Netherlands. Yunus Effendi Habibie, has said that those who voted for the PVV (Freedom Party) may have contracted 'a terrible form of scaredness'. He also said that the Indonesian president would most likely not visit the Netherlands if the PVV was to form a cabinet. The Indonesian ambassador said this to the Dutch newspaper het Financieele Dagblad.

Posted in Politics @ 24 September 2010 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two foreigners facing prison for Bali property fraud Christopher James Forbes and Angus Knowles Jackson, accused on involvement in a US$195,000 fraudulent property deal are facing the possibility of 2.5 years in prison if prosecutors sentencing demands are met by the Denpasar Court.

Posted in Crime @ 04 June 2010 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BlackBerry opens website in Indonesia The fulfillment of the promise made by the company of the very popular BlackBerry mobile phones, Research In Motion (RIM) is being reached step by step. Now the company has also opened a website for it's Indonesian users. The website currently offers information for the Indonesian market about warranties and locations.

Posted in General @ 30 October 2009 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Julia Robert pays extra to start filming in Bali Oscar-winning Hollywood star Julia Roberts has arrived in Bali for what is expected to be a month-long filming of the Bali portion of Elizabeth Gilbert's novel "Eat Pray Love." Gilbert's best-selling autobiographical recounting of her post-divorce travels in Italy, India and Bali is to become a Columbia Pictures (Sony) film starring Roberts, Javier Bardem and Richard Jenkins.

Posted in Media @ 19 October 2009 03:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI member admits watching porn For days members of the well-known masked white-robed Islamists of Front Pembela Islam ('Islamic Defenders Front') held demonstrations against a comedy film which is currently being produced because one of it's actors - Japanese porn star Maria 'Miyabi' Ozawa - has a leading roll, allthough not naked at all.

Posted in Religion @ 11 October 2009 10:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Protests over land acquisition Semarang - Solo toll road Acquisition of land needed for the construction of the Semarang - Solo toll road in the village of Sarono in the Kalirejo subdistrict in Central Java, has lead to protests of local residents. Six of them refuse to agree to a payment scheme. One of the residents, Benny, told that he would not agree with a payment of just 500.000 Rupiah (36 euro) per square meter, because that was too little.

Posted in Protests @ 30 July 2009 11:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


BlackBerry to be banned from Indonesia? Hard to imagine that Indonesia will have to do it without new BlackBerry smartphones as early as next month. With almost one million units told in recent years - most of them in 2009 - the Indonesian government demanded that the owners of BlackBerry, Research in Motion (RIM) opens a service center in Indonesia. Guarantee cards and manuals should also be in the Indonesian language if distributed in Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 24 July 2009 04:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


Garuda to fly Brisbane-Bali in November 2009 Bali Post reports that Garuda Indonesia is considering re-establishing flight service between Bali (Denpasar) and Brisbane, Australia. The re-examination of the viability of putting Brisbane back on the Indonesian carrier's Australian gateways comes on heals of the recent termination of service to Darwin and an ongoing evaluation of route efficacy.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 30 April 2009 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batik design to become world heritage this year The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will appoint batik designs from Indonesia as one of the cultural heritages in May this year. The secretary of Coordinating Minister for Social Welfare, Indroyono Soesilo, said that the Indonesian people are hoping to establish batik design as heritage as soon as possible. "If UNESCO will recognize batik designs, it will be good for Indonesia since it will recognize our ancestors across the world," said Indroyono in Yogyakarta yesterday.

Posted in General @ 09 January 2009 05:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands protest against upcoming fuel price hike Thousands of demonstrators have protested against the planned fuel price hikes this afternoon. Most of the demonstrators had gathered in front of the Presidential Merdeka palace in Jakarta. Another favorite place for the demonstrators was in front of the main government building in Jakarta. The demonstrators demanded that the government agreed with a list of seven demands they made, one of them was not raising the fuel prices. They also demanded lower food prices and free health care and education.

Posted in Protests @ 21 May 2008 16:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to execute two drug traffickers soon Authorities in Indonesia are making final preparations to the execution of two convicted drug traffickers, this was announced by an official yesterday. "We are currently preparing the execution of two people who have been sentenced to death for drug offenses," attorney general's office spokesman Bonaventura Daulat Nainggolan told. He didn't give any names, but said that they both had gone through all the options for appeal and their demand for clemency was rejected by the president as well.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 May 2008 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gloomy future for Adam Air as investor retreats Following the latest safety incident involving an Adam Air flight that slid off the runway at Batam's Hang Nadim Airport on March 10, 2008, the Indonesian Department of Civil Aviation has threatened to "freeze" the airlines Air Operating Certificate if the carrier's management is unable to quickly correct its safety management shortcomings.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2008 02:17 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


Indonesia: Youth key to new political party In the lead-up to Indonesia’s 2009 elections, a new left party has been formed. The National Liberation Party of Unity (Papernas) was founded on the basis of three main demands: the cancellation of Indonesia’s foreign debt, the nationalisation of the minerals sector, including oil and gas, and national industrialisation.

Posted in Politics @ 29 July 2007 15:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mudflow victims demonstrate at State Palace again A number of victims from the mud flow in East Java held another demonstration in front of the presidential palace on Monday in their effort to pressure the government to meet their demands for direct compensation for property they have lost in the disaster. The residents arrived at around nine in the morning and left five hours later after their made clear their demands for full payment to settle the issues.

Posted in Protests @ 24 April 2007 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Trials and travails of Indonesia's richest man Publicity-shy paper and plantation magnate Sukanto Tanoto is in Indonesia's national headlines after topping two high-profile lists. Forbes Asia last month listed the 56-year-old tycoon as the richest individual in Indonesia, with assets worth about US$2.8 billion (Rp25.2 trillion). In June, the self-made ethnic-Chinese tycoon also topped a list of state-owned Bank Mandiri's six biggest debtors.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iran's President arrives in Indonesia amid N-row Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Jakarta early Wednesday for a visit during which he may ask Indonesia to play a mediating role with Western nations over his country's contested nuclear program, AFP reported. Ahmadinejad was greeted amid tight security by Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda and about two dozen Indonesian and Iranian officials.

Posted in Politics @ 10 May 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schools around rumbling Merapi send children home Elementary schools around Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi on the world's most crowded island of Java suspended classes indefinitely as the volcano continued to heat up, a local media report said Wednesday. Faculty members said the decision was made to allow children to go on indefinite holiday after demands from parents fearing the crater's imminent eruption.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 April 2006 09:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papuans prepared to 'risk lives' for asylum There are reports that groups of Papuan students in Jakarta may be preparing to storm the Australian Embassy in a mass attempt to demand asylum, in an effort to draw attention to their demands for independence. The reports come as an Indonesian business association announces a boycott of Australian goods.

Posted in Violence @ 06 April 2006 15:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 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


Faiths take joint stand against new decree Christian leaders and members of the Ahmadiyah group presented a united stand Friday in opposing the revised decree on places of worship, and threatened to ignore it unless it is changed to meet their demands. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), meanwhile, is also dismayed by what it considers the disproportional accommodation of other religions.

Posted in Politics @ 25 March 2006 11:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Newmont suspends exploration after camp attack The Newmont mining company suspended gold and copper exploration on Indonesia’s Sumbawa Island after unidentified people torched a camp for its workers, the company said on Monday. No one was injured Sunday when the assailants set the remote camp in Elang district on fire, but the attack underlined the difficulties facing foreign mining companies working in remote regions of the sprawling archipelago.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 20 March 2006 07:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors demand second death penalty for 'Bali Nine' Indonesian prosecutors asked a court on Thursday to sentence to death another one of the alleged ring leaders of a drug smuggling operation involving nine Australians dubbed the 'Bali Nine'. Prosecutors demanded the death penalty for Australian Andrew Chan, 21, who was arrested April 17 at a hotel in Bali during a sting operation on an organized drug smuggling network on the resort island.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 January 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia expects death penalty backlash Indonesia is braced for a public backlash in Australia against any death sentences meted out to the Bali Nine. Prosecutors in Denpasar will in the next fortnight start making sentence demands for the nine Australians, who were arrested last April over a failed bid to smuggle 8kg of heroin worth $4 million from Bali to Sydney.

Posted in Drugs @ 06 January 2006 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt withdraws last Aceh police personnel Indonesia finally withdrew its last police reinforcements from Aceh province yesterday under a landmark peace deal after problems finding ships to return them to their home bases. The withdrawal marked the final stage in a pullout of tens of thousands of Indonesian soldiers and police reinforcements from Aceh under the peace agreement between rebels and government forces.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 06 January 2006 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Former Aceh rebels complete weapons handover Former rebels in Aceh completed a weapons handover on Monday under a peace pact that ended one of Asia's longest running civil wars, foreign monitors said. "Today we could confirm that the (Free) Aceh Movement has offered the last of their weapons, thereby completing their commitment under the Helsinki MOU (Memorandum of Understanding)," Pieter Feith, chief of the European Union-led Aceh Monitoring Mission, told a news conference.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 December 2005 18:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo starts selection of new Cabinet members President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has started interviewing several people as candidates for members of his new Cabinet team, a source at the State Palace said. The source, who requested anonymity, was quoted by the online news service of Kompas daily on Sunday as saying that the interviews had been conducted over the past few days.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2005 18:31 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


Bizarre wish list hinders Corby Schapelle Corby's chances of winning her appeal have slumped after the Federal Government was unable to meet a list of bizarre demands by her new defence team, headed by the bejewelled Indonesian lawyer, Hotman Paris Hutapea.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 June 2005 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt rejects rebel demand to take part in Aceh local elections The Indonesian government on Tuesday rejected a key demand by Aceh separatist rebels, to take part in future local elections in the tsunami-battered province. Indonesian laws barred the government from "accommodating" the Free Aceh Movement's (GAM) demands for local polls and the right to form a party, said the senior security minister, Widodo Adisucipto.

Posted in General @ 08 June 2005 09:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami rebuilding effort stalls Political squabbling, donor demands and government indecision have stalled the building of roads, water treatment plants and nearly 180,000 homes for survivors of last December's tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 May 2005 09:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Suharto returns home Former Indonesian President Suharto has returned home less than a week after he was taken to hospital suffering from internal bleeding. Looking pale but relieved, he was wheeled out of Jakarta's Pertamina Hospital at 5pm local time (1000GMT).

Posted in Human rights @ 11 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta hotels offer high-speed internet access Star-rated hotels in Yogyakarta are competing to offer wireless, high-speed Internet connections to meet customers' demands for rapid access to information. The five-star Melia Purosani Hotel on Jl Suryotomo offers a 24-hour wireless service in its lobby area, Soka Lounge, Parangsari Poolside Garden and in its Ching San, and El Patio restaurants.

Posted in General @ 07 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, rebels unable to agree on truce Indonesian officials and Aceh rebels ended their first talks in 20 months Sunday without agreeing to ceasefire terms. Talks broke off a day early, but the two sides said they would meet again soon with mediators in Finland. Senior security minister Widodo Adi Sucipto, who led an Indonesian team to Helsinki, said the form of the truce remained the main obstacle to a deal. Still, mediators were optimistic that an end to 28 years of fighting could be achieved.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia starts building refugee camps The United Nations said Wednesday that camps for up to 500,000 tsunami refugees will be built on devastated Sumatra island, while world leaders headed to Indonesia to discuss how to distribute billions of dollars in aid. Indonesia's government has started breaking ground on four camps around Banda Aceh, the main city in northern Sumatra, where an estimated 1 million people were left homeless by the tsunami. The United Nations plans to provide tents and equipment for up to 500,000, said Michael Elmquist, who heads the U.N. relief effort in Aceh.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 January 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


For the first time in history, Indonesia has a president who was directly elected by the people. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Jusuf Kalla, or more popularly known as SBY and JK, will have taken oath this morning, as the country's new president and vice president. Hopes are high that the pair can make a difference and bring about a better future.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confirms two women hostages taken in Iraq Two Indonesian women working for a British company in Iraq were among 10 people kidnapped by an Islamic militant group, officials in Jakarta confirmed on Friday. Indonesian foreign ministry officials said the women, who were pictured wearing Muslim headscarves in video shot by the militants and aired on Arabic television, were from Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Campaigning by the five candidates contesting the politically powerful post of president of the Indonesian Republic officially ended on Wednesday. Voting in the country’s first-ever direct presidential election is due to take place on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 03 July 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asep, a Jakarta parking-lot attendant, rejoiced in 1998 when Indonesian strongman Suharto was overthrown after three decades of authoritarian rule. But democracy hasn't proved to be quite the boon he and so many other Indonesians expected. In some ways, says Asep, his life is worse now than ever before. Under Suharto, he says, at least he only had to bribe one person—a stadium security officer—for the right to manage the lot at Senayan Stadium. But now, Asep complains, he is routinely approached by people claiming to be policemen, soldiers, sports department officials and political-party officers, all demanding baksheesh of a few thousand rupiah or a pack of cigarettes. These kickbacks often eat away almost half of his meager earnings of $2 a day, but "it's hard not to give," says Asep, "because you don't know anymore who is really in charge."

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deaths in Ambon hit 23, fresh clashes Fresh clashes erupted on Monday between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia's eastern city of Ambon and officials said the death toll from weekend violence had risen to 23. Early evening drizzle put out fires from buildings and houses torched by rampaging mobs in Ambon, once a scenic seaside town but which partly lies in ruins following years of sectarian violence.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 26 April 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deaths in Ambon hit 18, fresh clashes Fresh clashes erupted on Monday between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia's eastern city of Ambon and the interior minister said the death toll from weekend violence had risen to 18. Residents said they could hear sporadic gunfire across the Moluccas provincial capital as police and army reinforcements arrived in the city. It was not clear who was firing.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 26 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar passes PDI-P, rivals reject tally Golkar Party has narrowly overtaken President Megawati Sukarnoputri’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), with more than 60% of the votes from the April 5 general election now counted. While analysts are predicting Golkar will surge further ahead as results continue to come in from the outer provinces, 19 other parties have said they will reject the election outcome because of rampant irregularities and alleged polling violations.

Posted in Elections @ 11 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security tight for Indonesia polls Indonesians have begun voting in parliamentary elections in a crowded contest expected to see the former political party of ousted strongman Suharto win the most votes, but not a majority. Polling stations opened in stages across the world's most populous Muslim nation amid tight security in what is billed as the biggest one-day vote in history, and is only Indonesia's second democratic election since Suharto's fall in 1998.

Posted in Elections @ 05 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Polls open for parliamentary elections Indonesians began voting in parliamentary elections Monday in a contest expected to see the former political party of ousted strongman Suharto win the most votes, but not a majority. Polling stations opened at around 8 a.m. (7 p.m. EDT, Sunday), about one hour late, in the Papua provincial capital of Jayapura in eastern Indonesia. Polling stations had yet to open in some towns in the province, where demands for independence have simmered for decades. Officials were rushing to set up tents and ballot boxes in those areas.

Posted in Elections @ 05 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detain 23 during protests ahead of elections in Makassar Police said they detained 23 demonstrators in South Sulawesi province Saturday during protests across the country ahead of Monday's general elections. The protesters in Makassar, the South Sulawesi capital, were demonstrating in front of the local elections commission office, provincial police spokesman Andi Nurmantahia told AFP by telephone. "They had no permission," he said, adding that intelligence officers were questioning 23 of the protesters.

Posted in Elections @ 04 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parties flood firms with t-shirt orders Election campaigns are bringing a flood of orders to factories to produce low-cost T-shirts as political parties rush to provide uniforms for their supporters. However, many of these orders could end up in the hands of overseas factories, not Indonesian firms. The head of the Indonesian Textile Association (API) for the Jakarta area, Benny Benyamin, said there had been a marked increase in orders for T-shirts and fabric around the campaign period but only some producers had experienced significantly higher orders.

Posted in Elections @ 17 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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