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Fuel prices lowered, again Indonesians will enjoy lower fuel, cooking gas and cement prices next week, yet prices of other goods and services may not immediately follow suit as business struggle with a weakening currency and high distribution costs.

Posted in Economy @ 17 January 2015 01:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


KPK traces treasure of non-active Riau Governor The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is tracing and taking data of non-active Riau Governor Annas Maamuns assets for his alleged corruption case, according to KPK official.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 October 2014 10:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia aims for economic growth of 5.6% in 2015 The government has proposed an economic growth of 5.6 percent in the Draft 2015 State Budget, considering the improvement in economic fundamentals and economic stability as well as conducive external factors.

Posted in Economy @ 16 August 2014 00:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


KPK raids offices rooms of officials in Karawang The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Saturday raided the office rooms of the regent of Karawang and other officials of the district administration looking for document related to the issuance of land use approval in the city.

Posted in Corruption @ 19 July 2014 21:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti graft commission arrests district chief from Papua The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on the night of June 16 arrested Biak Numfor Districts chief with the initials YS in a hotel in Jakarta, KPKs spokesman Johan Budi said here on Tuesday. "We have arrested him and five other people last night during a raid in a hotel in Jakarta," Johan added.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 June 2014 19:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New presidential aircraft arrives in Halim air base The new Boeing Business Jet 2 Green 737-800 for Presidential aircraft use is reported to have arrived at the Halim Perdana Kusuma airport, Jakarta. The aircraft, worth 91 million US dollars, was manufactured by the Boeing factory in the United States, with the aircraft dimension reaching 38 meters in length with a wingspan of 35.79 meters.

Posted in General @ 10 April 2014 19:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK arrests corruption fugitive Anggoro Widjojo KPK, Indonesias anti-graft agency, has arrested its long-wanted corruption suspect, Anggoro Widjojo, in China.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 January 2014 22:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former MP charged of acting as go-between in bribery case A former parliamentary member from Golkar Party, Chairun Nisa, has been charged of acting as a go-between in the high profile corruption case involving former constitutional court chief justice Akil Mochtar.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 January 2014 20:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Temporary surcharge for airlines to be allowed Bisnis.com is reporting that Indonesian airlines will soon be able to impose a cost recovery surcharge to recoup losses they are suffering due to the weakening exchange value of the Indonesian Rupiah against the U.S. dollar.

Posted in Travel @ 03 January 2014 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police seize drugs worth eight billion rupiahs in Lampung The Lampung police arrested three suspected drug dealers and secured eight billion rupiah (around 666 thousand US Dollars) worth of narcotics in the form of five kilogram of methamphetamine crystal and 3 thousand ecstasy pills.

Posted in Drugs @ 26 December 2013 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


KPK to question energy and mineral resources minister The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) intends to question Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik as a witness soon in an alleged graft case involving the Upstream Oil and Gas regulatory special task force (SKK Migas).

Posted in Corruption @ 26 November 2013 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rudi Rubiandini named suspect in money laundering case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named former Chief of Special Task Forces for the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory (SKK Migas) Rudi Rubiandini as a suspect in a money laundering case.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 November 2013 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina president answers anti-graft body summons President Director of the states oil and gas company PT Pertamina Karen Agustiawan responded to the anti-graft bodys summons as a witness in the oil and gas bribery case of 2012-2013.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 November 2013 19:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar removes Chairun Nisa following arrest Golkar on Tuesday announced it has removed Chairun Nisa as a member of the House of Representatives following her arrest earlier this month for allegedly bribing Constitutional Court Chief Akil Mochtar.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2013 23:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court chief jugde arrested over alleged corruption The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested Chief Judge of the Constitutional Court (MK), AM, who was caught red-handed of receiving alleged bribe for a legal case concerning regional head election in Central Kalimantan.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 October 2013 09:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Tougher immigration policy against illegal asylum seekers The Australian government has put into effect a stricter immigration policy to prevent more asylum seekers from entering the country illegally, according to Australian ambassador to Indonesia Greg Moriarty.

Posted in Crime @ 02 August 2013 20:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNPB sets aside Rp25 billion to battle forest fires The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has set aside Rp25 billion (around 2.5 million US Dollar) to make artificial rain over forest fires in Riau Province to battle haze looming over the region and neighboring countries.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 13:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP instructs ministers to maintain food price stability Vice President Boediono has instructed relevant ministers and officials to maintain food price stability in the face of subsidized fuel price hikes and the fasting month of Ramadhan.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2013 23:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House plenary enacts bill on revised budget into law The House of Representatives finally enacted the Bill on the 2013 Revised State Budget into law through a voting mechanism in its plenary session here on Monday night.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2013 01:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNPB to install tsunami early warning sirens in Bengkulu The Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) is to install six tsunami early warning sirens in six districts of Bengkulu, an official said. The sirens installment is a part of the tsunami shelter development program which will cost around Rp68 billion (6.8 million US dollar).

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 June 2013 20:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Curator Batavia Air: passengers will be served last The curators of Batavia Air, which was declared bankrupt late last month, have announced that passengers will come last when it comes to dividing any refunds. First priority is with the large creditors that want to see the debts of Batavia Air paid as soon as possible.

Posted in Travel @ 03 February 2013 08:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air declared bankrupt by Jakarta court The Indonesian airline Batavia Air (PT Metro Batavia) has been declared bankrupt by a Jakarta court earlier today. This was decided upon after the airline had incurred a substantial debt to several debtors. Among the biggest debtors was lease company ILFC that demanded about five million US dollars from the airline.

Posted in Travel @ 30 January 2013 13:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Australiang motorcycle gangs set up links on Bali The Sydney Morning Herald has run an investigative article by Michael Bachelard examining how Australian motorcycle gangs are establishing business links in Bali.

Posted in Crime @ 31 December 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sends food aid to North Korea The Indonesian Government has provided food assistance worth US$2 million to North Korea to help it tide over its current food crisis.

Posted in Health @ 19 September 2012 16:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutor: 'Angie received Rp33.73 billion' Politician Angelina Patricia Pinkan Sondakh (Angie) here on Thursday was charged with receiving Rp33.73 billion from Permai Group. "Angelina as a state official namely a member of the House of Representatives (DPR) in the period of 2009-2014 has received Rp12.58 billion and US$ 2.35 million," public prosecutor Agus Salim said reading the charges at the corruption court.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 September 2012 19:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rupiah-USD exchange rate sluggish after market open After remaining closed for several days on account of public holidays, markets in Indonesia opened on Thursday, with the rupiah to US dollar exchange rate staying sluggish. Jakarta interbank transactions fixed the rupiah`s exchange rate against the USD at Rp9,485 per US dollar.

Posted in Earthquake @ 23 August 2012 13:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta metropolitan police arrests human smuggler Jakarta Metropolitan Police personnel has arrested a people`s smuggler from Uzbekistan, Salim Mustafa alias Theodoros Ioannis alias Musaev Samir, listed as Interpol`s wanted people (DPO).

Posted in Crime @ 11 June 2012 16:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sukhoi allocates Rp1.25 billion for each crash victim`s family First Vice President of the CJSC Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, Igor L Vinogradov, declared in a written statement that the insurance payment provided to the family of each victim of the accident will be Rp1.25 billion.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 June 2012 15:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President : 'Govt to station marine battalion in Riau islands' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government plans to station a marine battalion in the Riau Islands to maintain security in the Malacca Strait section in Indonesian waters.

Posted in Military @ 02 June 2012 16:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to soon develop renewable energy Indonesia will soon develop renewable energy to replace the country`s diminishing oil reserves, according to Deputy Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Kardaya Warnika.

Posted in Economy @ 08 April 2012 04:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Army to acquire unmanned spy plane in 2012 Indonesia`s National Defense Forces (TNI) will acquire an unmanned reconnaissance aircraft (UAV) from Kital Philippine Corp in 2012, Deputy Defense Minister Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin said. "It will be a brand new aircraft and be delivered this year," Sjafrie said at the Defense Ministry.

Posted in Military @ 11 February 2012 06:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Pondok Pesantren Laki-laki As-Sodomiyah Last week it made some headlines, but I didn't have the time to get back to it right away. Well, that should be special new then, right? Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be that special. Hardly any attention was given to it in Indonesia, at least not of the stone-throwing and firebombing kind of attention that we should expect with this kind of news.

Posted in Religion @ 24 January 2012 07:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nike to pay $1 million to Indonesian workers for unpaid hours A group of Indonesian Nike factory workers have won a settlement against the sportswear company in which they will be awarded $1 million for unpaid overtime work hours, non-governmental organization (NGO) Educating for Justice said Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2012 03:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Boeing and Indonesia's Lion Air sign 230 aircraft deal U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing and Jakarta-based Lion Air on Friday signed a provisional order for at least 230 aircraft in a deal valued at approximately $21.7 billion per list prices. U.S. President Barack Obama witnessed the signing.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2011 09:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 6 reactions


'Mandala Airlines will be operational before 2012' PT Mandala Airlines will resume operations before the end of this year. Funds needed for this plan to reach U.S. $ 250 million, which is to purchase five new aircraft and also rent five planes.

Posted in Travel @ 07 October 2011 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls on nation to brace for economic crisis Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday called for readiness among citizens, warning that the current global crisis could strike the country's economy harshly.

Posted in Economy @ 24 September 2011 04:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


It's emergency, help Every once in a time you probably receive an email that is clearly a form of scam. Often orginating from an known person that is trying to persuade you into sending 'a small amount of' money so he/she can claim a huge sum of money from a deceased family member or something similar.

Posted in Crime @ 04 August 2011 05:33 CET by Jeroen · 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


Govt proposes increase in hajj pilgrimage price Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali says that the government has proposed that this year’s hajj pilgrimage price be raised US$505. The proposed increase, which would bring the cost to $3,847, is due to rising oil prices that lead to higher transportation expenses.

Posted in Religion @ 03 June 2011 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BI imposes harsh sanctions on Citibank Bank Indonesia (BI) announced Friday it was imposing severe sanctions on Citibank following a massive embezzlement scandal by a bank employee and the suspected death of a customer at the hands of debt collectors recently. The bank possibly faces other sanctions if found guilty of the two crimes by a court.

Posted in Economy @ 08 May 2011 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Somali pirates hijack Singapore ship with 25 Indonesian crew Somali pirates on Saturday hijacked a Singapore-flagged ship off the coast of Kenya with more than two dozen crew members on board, most of them Indonesians, officials said on Sunday.

Posted in Crime @ 01 May 2011 19:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Murderer and corruptor Tommy Suharto starts own party Former president Suharto’s youngest son, Hutomo Mandala Putra or Tommy, is ready to declare his new political party, the National Republic Party, in June this year. Lt. Gen Edi Waluyo, a party initiator, said Friday that he and some other party initiators had already begun preparing the party’s officials in regions.

Posted in Politics @ 23 April 2011 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


1 of 5 Indonesian judges corrupt - official Indonesia's Judicial Commission chief said 20 percent of Indonesian judges are corrupt, participating in bribes and failing to maintain independent during cases, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 March 2011 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Somali pirates hijack Indonesian bulk carrier with 20 crew members Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked an Indonesian-flagged bulk carrier with 20 crew members on board, the European Union Naval Force - Somalia (EUNAVFOR) confirmed on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 17 March 2011 13:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former police chief faces 7 years in prison for corruption Indonesia's former National Police chief of detectives is now facing a 7-year prison term for accusations of accepting a Rp 500-million (40,000 euro) bribe and embezzlement charges regarding security funds, the Jakarta Globe reported Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 15 February 2011 05:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Abu Bakar Bashir was banker for terrorists' Abu Bakar Bashir is suspected to have given money for the training of terrorists in Aceh province in Indonesia. The public prosecutor has announced this on the first day of the trial against Bashir, earlier today in the South Jakarta district court.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 February 2011 08:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia supports Indonesian earthquake experts A new generation of Indonesian earthquake scientists will be trained through an Australian-funded graduate research program launched in Bandung, West Java, Wednesday. The new program has been created through a partnership between the Indonesian Agency for Disaster Management, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences and the Bandung Institute of Technology.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 February 2011 14:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia exports over 2010 reached new record The head of the Indonesian Bureau of Statistics BPS, Rusman Heriawan, has said that the exports from Indonesia over 2010 reached a record high. A total of 157.73 billion dollar worth of goods and services was exported to most countries in the world. December gained the number one monthly export with 16,8 billion dollar in exports.

Posted in Economy @ 03 February 2011 13:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former tax officer gets 10 year prison for money laundering Former Jakarta tax office director Bahasyim Assifie on Wednesday was sentenced to 10 years in prison for money laundering, the latest corruption case involving officials in Indonesia.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 February 2011 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gayus gets 7-year prison term in tax corruption case In one of Indonesia's most media-covered corruption cases, tax officer Gayus Tambunan was sentenced to 7 years in prison for his involvement in bribes that led to his multibillion rupiah wealth, local media reported Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 January 2011 03:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian President Yudhoyono steps in tax corruption case Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday said he will be taking intervention in the tax corruption case of Gayus Tambunan, local media reported. "The public has asked the President to be involved in resolving corruption cases," President Yudhoyono was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Post.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 January 2011 06:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Somali pirates hijack South Korean tanker with 21 crew members Somali pirates on Saturday hijacked a Norwegian-owned but South Korean-operated chemical tanker in the waters of the Indian Ocean, the European Union Naval Force - Somalia confirmed.

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


Nearly 100 Indonesians evacuated due to flooding in Australia Indonesia's Foreign Ministry on Thursday informed that at least 97 Indonesians have been evacuated from Australia due to major flooding, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2011 20:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia claws its way to economic superpower status Indonesia is one of the "rising stars" of emerging Asia and some economists believe this vast nation will one day become a regional superpower, behind only China and India, as global economic activity increasingly shifts towards east Asia, away from the faltering developed nations of the west and Japan.

Posted in Economy @ 03 October 2010 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indictment: 'Ex-tax officer amassed Rp 885 billion' Former senior tax officer Bahasyim Assifie went on trial on Thursday in connection with a multimillion dollar money laundering case between 2004 and 2010. In their indictment read out at the South Jakarta District Court, state prosecutors said Bahasyim, former chief of the Jakarta tax office for Koja and Palmerah areas, had amassed a whopping Rp 885.15 billion (73 million euro).

Posted in Corruption @ 01 October 2010 01:58 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


Indonesian gamblers now go to Singapore After Batam closed down it's semi-allowed casino's after they changed governors there - talking about stable investment climate - Singapore opened it first casino yesterday. The main target? Millions of Indonesians with money to spare that would like to gamble a little but don't want to travel too far to do so.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 February 2010 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visa-on-arrival can be extended as of January 26 Good news for travelers to Indonesia that did not pick up a visa on beforehand. The immigration office in Indonesia has announced yesterday that foreigners can extend their visa-on-arrival starting today. Visitors from a number of countries across the world are granted a visa-on-arrival which used to be valid for only 30 days, without the option to extend this, thus being forced out of the country to get a new visa.

Posted in Tourism @ 26 January 2010 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Garuda to go public within a matter of months The Indonesian government has confirmed that the national airline PT Garuda Indonesia will offer up to 25% of its shares via an initial public offering scheduled for Q2 of 2010. To this end, an underwriter has been appointed by Garuda.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 21 January 2010 06:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Release of wiretaps fuels corruption debate Yesterday, hours of recorded wiretaps were broadcasted live on Indonesian television when showed in the Constitutional Court after months of accusations between the national police and the corruption watchdog KPK. The tapes involve key law enforcement officials and put even more pressure on president Yudhoyono to defend his anti-graft credentials.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 November 2009 05:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exports from Indonesia come crashing down Indonesian exports have seen a big decrease during 2009 because of the worldwide economic crisis. Indonesian exports grew 17.7% between 2005 and 2008, higher than the 10% growth worldwide in that same period. It is expected that exports will drop some 20% this year, with exports outside the gas and oil sector decreasing 10 to 15%.

Posted in Economy @ 31 October 2009 00:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourists robbed by airport staff Staff at the international airport of Ngurah Rai on the resort island of Bali again have found a way to extort money for unknowing tourist that are leaving for home. This time it's fake tax duties that are filling up pockets of crooked employees at the airport. Where Indonesia does not see internet as a way to advertise, Australians know how this works and use email to tell others their story.

Posted in Crime @ 26 October 2009 08:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


A lunch in Singapore Singapore is just some 45 minutes away by fast ferry from Batam. An easy target for a day of shopping, a return trip 'new visa' or a lunch. From Singapore Batam is also seen as place to shop as prices are lower there while choice is still not that bad as well. Furthermore people can enjoy themselves with alcohol from early on the day until the early hours of the next morning.

Posted in Travel @ 07 October 2009 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smirnoff priced at 22 Singapore dollar Ever wondered if there was any cheap alcohol in Indonesia? Of course there is, but what you will find first is the locally brewed kind, varying from arak (rice wine) as well as fake branded liquor in small bottles in most parts of Indonesia to real wine - and of good enough quality as well - on the island of Bali. The wine however is not cheap with some 100,000 Rupiah (7.50 euro) per bottle or more. The locally produced and fake branded liqor (Jack Daniel's and other well-known brands) are sold for somewhere between 15,000 and 30,000 per 0.25 liter.

Posted in Travel @ 29 September 2009 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Only two pilots in simulator, training a success The first reaction from Indonesia on the ban to fly to countries of the European Union for all Indonesian airliners was as clear as it could be. Furious they were, because there were no structural problems at all in the airline industry in the country. President Yudhoyono even canceled a visit to the Netherlands because of the ban. And all this even when there was not a single Indonesian airliner flying to Europe, since Garuda Indonesia had stopped flying to Amsterdam late 2004 already.

Posted in General @ 04 September 2009 06:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'development of culture and tourism on right track' Indonesia's culture and tourism are developing well despite of the world's financial crisis that wrecked many countries, the Jakarta Post quoted a minister as saying on Thursday. Minister for Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik said that Indonesia's movie and music industry grew significantly compared with the previous year while tourist arrivals was expected to keep growing this year.

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


Order your Indonesian escort girl online now! Ever wondered how to order your Indonesian girl online? Well, for those who though that you have to get out of your house life has just become easier today! A website , hosted by Google, so probably not online for too long. The site starts with a lot of information about different sexual actions and eventually closes of with the way of booking; by email or mobile Indonesian phone number.

Posted in Culture @ 02 September 2009 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Bank Mandiri to buy 11% stake in Garuda Indonesia Bank Mandiri, the biggest lender in Indonesia, has announced that it will take an 11 percent stake in now state-owned Garuda Indonesia. All parties involved agreed on this share for Bank Mandiri. Under the plan, Mandiri will convert 100 million dollar of the bond debt into equity. The buy values Garuda Indonesia around 910 million dollar (635 million euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 29 August 2009 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Buy an Indonesian island! Besides counting islands, Indonesia has more on it's hands. Just recently it became known that the website www.privateislandsonline.com is selling several Indonesian islands. Some of you will directly say that foreigners can not own any land in Indonesia, which is correct, and is also stated on the website. There is no freehold, only leasehold. So in fact you are not buying an island, you are leasing it.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 August 2009 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia wants to fly free - again Garuda Indonesia has again presented plans to raise between 300 and 400 million dollar in an initial public offering (IPO) early 2010. Emirsyah Satar told reported that the funds raised from the IPO would be used to pay for the expansion plans of the company. He added that Garuda Indonesia was worth some 1.5 billion dollar (1.1 billion euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 26 August 2009 11:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


'Suharto's son wants Indonesian presidency' Hutomo Mandala Putra, the son of late Indonesian president Suharto, has started his effort to finally become a president. An aide of Tommy, as he is widely known, has said this to the press. Tommy has built up quite an impressive 'track record' in legal matters, including a conviction for murder. He is now seeking to become the new leader of the Golkar Party, the political movement of his father, which has been in turmoil after loosing the recent elections.

Posted in Politics @ 21 August 2009 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two more killed at Freeport mine in Papua province Gunmen have killed two people in an attack at the world's largest gold mine in Indonesia's Papua Province. This is the latest in a series of attacks that began on July 11. Local aid officials are concerned the military will use the attacks as pretext to arrest independence activists.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 July 2009 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


President Medvedev shows off with 'Bhinneka Tunggal Ika'-coin What does the Indonesian government know what we don't know (yet)? When surfing on the internet I found a small article on the website of Bloomberg stating that Russian President Medvedev was showing off a coin which is said to be a possible future release. Normally those kind of 'news articles' do only make it as far as internet back-rooms where you can gossip about the upcoming New World Order and things related to that. Sometimes funny to read, but to take it seriously? No, nothing for me.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 July 2009 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Agency: Poverty rate in Indonesia drops compared to last year Indonesia's poverty rate dropped 1.3 percentage point this year from 15.4 per cent last year owing to stable inflation and higher wages, the national bureau of statistics said Wednesday. According to a survey conducted in March, 32.5 million Indonesians live under the poverty line, or 14.15 per cent of the country's population, the bureau said.

Posted in Economy @ 02 July 2009 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amnesty: Police abuse rampant in Indonesia Torture and other forms of ill-treatment carried out by Indonesian police remain rampant despite the government's efforts to reform the police force, human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 June 2009 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesian exports down 23 percent in April Indonesian exports in April fell 22.5 per cent from the same month a year ago to 8.46 billion dollars, the Central Bureau of Statistics said Monday. Indonesia, South-East Asia's largest economy, had a trade surplus of 2.08 billion dollars in April because its imports dropped 45 per cent to 6.38 billion dollars, the bureau said.

Posted in Economy @ 02 June 2009 08:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, CJ's Anther club is located at just a stones throw distance from the hotel discusses earlier, Shangri-La, and offers the same line of entertainment. The atmosphere however is slightly different than that of B.A.T.S., something that is caused by a different type of visitors that visits this place. In B.A.T.S. it is mainly Western expats, here the area is full of Koreans, Japanese, Indians and Africans from 'south of the Sahara', which is the politically correct name now I suppose.

Posted in Nightlife @ 06 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Global financial crisis showing heavier effects on Indonesia Indonesia is suffering from the gradually increasing impact of the global financial crisis, with its export value growth in 2009 predicted to drop below zero. Indonesian central bank (Bank Indonesia)'s Deputy Governor Hartadi Sarwono said on Thursday that the country's export value is expected to drop 4.6 percent this year.

Posted in Economy @ 20 March 2009 08:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia named second best travel destination in Asia Indonesia was ranked second in GoAsia's The Best Travel Destination in Asia after Thailand while Malaysia was placed as the third best, the Jakarta Post reported quoting the Indonesia Foreign Ministry as saying on Friday. Go Asia, a German tourism institution, invited travel agents from all over the world to participate in the voting process on Wednesday in Berlin. The body also gave awards for Asia's best tourism organizations or tourism boards, airlines and tour operators.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 March 2009 06:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's central bank slashes interest rate by 50 basis points The Indonesian central bank on Wednesday cut its benchmark interest rate by a half percentage point to 7.75 percent to boost economic growth and reduce unemployment, the bank said in a statement. Easing inflation and the fall of overseas sales have triggered governor Boediono and his seven colleagues to reduce the rate, which is more than the expected 25 basis points.

Posted in Economy @ 05 March 2009 09:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia opens tsunami museum in Aceh Indonesia has opened a tsunami museum in Aceh province to remember the severity impact of the catastrophe in 2004 that killed more than 230,000 people in Asia and most of them in the province. The museum displays pictures of victims and the huge damage in coastal areas of the province in northern tip of Sumatra island when a tsunami triggered by a strong earthquake devastated the area on Dec. 24 2004.

Posted in General @ 02 March 2009 11:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia in largest Asian debt sale for five years Indonesia has completed the largest Asian debt sale for five years by selling $3bn in sovereign bonds in a dual-tranche transaction to fund a stimulus package aimed at mitigating the impact of the global crisis. The yields were 11.75 per cent on a $2bn 10-year offer and 10.5 per cent on a $1bn five-year offer. These were higher than expected, and both more than 8.4 percentage points higher than similar US Treasuries. But Sri Mulyani Indrawati, finance minister, told the Financial Times that the price was worth paying to ensure the "security of the whole national economy".

Posted in Economy @ 27 February 2009 05:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia receives 3 Sukhoi jets from Russia The Indonesian military received three new Sukhoi jet fighters from Russia on Monday in an effort to boost defense capacity following a series of deadly accidents caused by outdated military aircraft, the Jakarta Post said. The country now has totally 7 Sukhoi fighters, all of which were purchased from Russia through a credit scheme.

Posted in Military @ 02 February 2009 01:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia cuts oil prices for third time in a few months Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced subsidized-oil prices cuts to boost purchasing power. The move is Indonesia's latest effort to cushion the deepening fallout of the global recession, following the fall of global oil price up to over 40 U.S. dollars per barrel after reaching record of 147 U.S. dollars a barrel in July.

Posted in Economy @ 13 January 2009 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to launch stimulus to boost economy Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Wednesday his country will launch a stimulus this year to boost economic growth as an effort to cushion the deepening impact of global recession. "There is a stimulus on top of the state budget in 2009," Yudhoyono told at a press conference after a cabinet meeting.

Posted in Economy @ 03 January 2009 05:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to invest 6.5 billion euro on infrastructure next year Indonesia planned to raise spending on infrastructure next year to 100 trillion rupiah (some 6.5 billion euro) from this year's 60 trillion rupiah (about 3.9 billion euro) to create jobs and boost economic growth in an effort to cushion the impact of the global financial routs, the finance ministry said here Wednesday. The global economic turmoil is predicted to deepen in 2009, particularly in the first quarter, Indonesian acting Coordinating Minister for Economy Sri Muyani Indrawati said.

Posted in Economy @ 24 December 2008 11:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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