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

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


Motorcycle homebound travelers flock Merak port Nearly a thousand home-bound travelers on motorcycles, on Saturday, flocked the Merak port, Banten, waiting to be transferred by ferry to Bakauheni port, Sumatra Island. The travelers had been arriving at the port since early morning. At the time of filing this report, long queues were forming at Merak port, according to Antaras observations.

Posted in Religion @ 26 July 2014 15:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four killed as train rams into minivan in Demak Four passengers of a minivan were killed when a train rammed into it at a railroad crossing without a barricade in the Central Java provincial district of Demak on Thursday. The dead, all employees of a company marketing coffee and instant noodles, were identified as Triwibowo (driver), Putri Indah, Topik Noven Setiawan, and Jumiyati Nunik Suprihatini.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 July 2014 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bogowonto train derailed after collision with truck An economy class train, the Bogowonto en route from Jakarta to Yogyakarta, derailed last evening after a collision with a truck on a railroad crossing in Ciledug, near the city of Cirebon in West Java.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 May 2014 07:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body confiscates a mayor`s grandmother's car The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) had confiscated a car belonging to the grandmother of Tangerang Selatans mayor Airin Rachmi Diany. The car was confiscated on Wednesday in connection with the alleged case of money laundering of Airins husband Tubagus Chaery Wardhana (TCW) alias Wawan.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 April 2014 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: 'Two die after a clash in Timika' A Monday morning clash that occurred in Jalan Yos Sudarso of Timika, Papua Province, led to the death of two people, namely Didimus Hagabal and Musa Janampa.

Posted in Violence @ 28 April 2014 21:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


48 students in Manado infected with HIV/AIDS The National AIDS Commission (KPAP) reported that at least 48 students and college students were infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus / Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in Manado, North Sulawesi.

Posted in Health @ 26 March 2014 19:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former minister questioned by anti-graft agency as witness Former minister of forestry MS Kaban here, Thursday, was questioned as a witness by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in connection with the corruption case of Integrated Radio Communication System (SKRT) project in his ministry in 2006-2007.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 February 2014 16:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jockey 3-in-1 as sex-service in Jakarta For those who have been in Jakarta, they will most likely remember the never ending traffic jams and possibly also the zones that need some carpooling for private cars during busy hours. Knowing Indonesia, there is a solution for this, they care called jockey.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 December 2013 07:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel truck driver blamed for deadly crash with train A railway company official has blamed the truck driver for the deadly crash with a passenger train at a railway crossing in Bintaro in Jakartas southwestern outskirts on Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 December 2013 22:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


7 dead after commuter train crashes into fuel truck in Jakarta Seven people reportedly died following a crash involving a commuter train and a fuel truck near Bintaro Permai areas railway crossing in the Tangerang province, on Monday at 11:15 West Indonesia Time (WIB).

Posted in Accidents @ 09 December 2013 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven dead in tourist bus crash in Bali Seven people, including five foreign tourists, were found dead near Pecatu area, Badung district, Bali, after the tourist bus in which they get into fall to a 20-meters deep of valley here on Monday afternoon.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 November 2013 08:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wife of chief judge banned from travelling abroad The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has banned the wife of Constitutional Court Chief Justice Akil Mochtar, who has recently been named a suspect of a bribery case, from travelling abroad.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 October 2013 17:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lawmaker: 'Terrorism still real in Jakarta' A lawmaker from the Commission III of the House of Representatives (DPR) Eva Kusuma Sundari said Tuesday`s shooting of a police officer showed that terrorism is still a threat in Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 September 2013 14:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Truck loaded with 3700 kilograms of weed crashes A truck loaded with an estimated 3700 kilograms of marijuana has crashed on the main road between Banda Aceh and Medan. The accident happened in the area of Simpang Beutong in Pidie district. The ganja was meant to be brought to Medan, North Sumatra to be distributed there.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 August 2013 11:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The roundabout that 'eats' cars Don't be scared, it's less mysterious than it sounds. For those that know Jakarta a little bit, Bunderan HI, the roundabout in front of Hotel Indonesia, will most likely ring a bell. The roundabout has a pond with a statue that is known as Tugu Selamat Datang, built by then president Soekarno in preparation of the 4th Asian Games in 1962.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 August 2013 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police name bus driver suspect in deadly accident Police have named Muhammad Amin, the driver of Giri Indah tourist bus, a suspect in a deadly accident at Tugu Utara Village, Bogor District, West Java, on Wednesday. "We have named the driver a key suspect in this accident," chief of the Bogor district police Adj. Snr. Comr. Asep Syafrudin said here on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 August 2013 19:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ready to receive Leopard tanks The 8th Cavalry Battalion (Yonkav) of the Indonesian Army Strategic Command (Kostrad) in Pasuruan of E Java is ready to receive Germany`s Leopard Main Battle Tank (MBT) to reinforce Indonesia`s defence capability.

Posted in Military @ 21 August 2013 16:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two police officers shot by unknown gunmen in Tangerang Two police officers were shot by unidentified gunmen on Jalan Graha Raya, Pondok Aren, Tangerang in the Banten province at 9.30pm on Friday.

Posted in Violence @ 17 August 2013 01:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police conduct urine tests on bus drivers Police in Karawang district, West Java, conducted urine tests on bus drivers at Klari terminal on Monday. "All bus drivers, particularly inter-provincial bus drivers, are obliged to undergo a urine test," the head of the Karawang police resort`s narcotics unit, Adj. Comr. Senen Ali, said.

Posted in General @ 06 August 2013 00:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detain 20 asylum seekers from Afghanistan Siak police in Riau, have detained 20 asylum seekers or illegal immigrants from Afghanistan. They were in a bus when police stopped them in the sub-district of Mandau, in the Bengkalis regency on Wednesday, Siak police chief Adj. Sr. Comr Sugeng Putut Wicaksono said via telephone on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 01 August 2013 21:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Idul Fitri travelers urged to not use motorcycles Jakarta Police Deputy Chief Brig. Gen. Sudjarno asked Idul Fitri holiday travelers to not use motorcycles when they went home towns to celebrate the post-fasting holiday of Lebaran next week.

Posted in Travel @ 01 August 2013 21:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


21 illegal immigrants from Afghanistan caught in Jambi Twenty one illegal immigrants from Afghanistan caught by police in Jambi, Sumatra, on Friday are being accommodated at the local immigration office waiting for transfer to Pekanbaru. They are still being intensively interrogated by immigration officials, head of Jambi province`s immigration office, Marsudi, said here on Sunday.

Posted in Crime @ 30 June 2013 22:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police uncover illegal selling of subsidized oil to industry Jakarta police have uncovered illegal selling of subsidized diesel fuel to an industry in Cipayung, East Jakarta.

Posted in Crime @ 19 June 2013 18:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bandarlampung city legislator nabbed carrying drugs A Bandarlampung city legislator from the ruling Democratic Party, Endang Asnawi bin Jino, was nabbed by police on drug charge at the Bakauheni port town of Lampung.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 May 2013 22:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police shoot dead two motorcycle thieves Police shot dead two and arrested one of the suspected members of the Red Devil, a group of motorcycle thieves in Jakarta. Police are still hunting for other suspected members of the group, West Jakarta chief detective Adj. Sr. Comr Hengky Haryadi said here on Monday.

Posted in Crime @ 28 January 2013 21:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Heroin smuggled from Malaysia seized The customs officers of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali have foiled an attempt to smuggle 372 grams of heroin, worth Rp855 million, from Malaysia into Indonesia.

Posted in Drugs @ 08 January 2013 22:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kuta residents deal with taxi problem themselves Community elements from the Kuta area of Bali have begun taking matters into their own hands in dealing with errant taxies illegally parked and waiting for their next fare in their area.

Posted in General @ 20 October 2012 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


60 illegal immigrants from Middle East held in Madiun The immigration office of Madiun, East Java, held 60 illegal immigrants from Middle East arrested by police at the regency of Pacitan, on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 September 2012 22:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 900 people killed in accidents during Lebaran A total of 908 fatalities from road accidents have been recorded across the country during the traffic Ketupat Operation 2012, according to a national police spokesman.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 August 2012 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


90 % of road accidents caused by negligence Some 90 percent of road accidents were caused by negligence, Dr Yosafra, a public transportation expert from the University of Andalas (Unand), said here Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 August 2012 16:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


14 holiday travelers killed in traffic accidents in North Sumatra At least 14 persons, homebound for the Lebaran festival, have been killed in 64 traffic accidents that have taken place in Medan in north Sumatra in the last four days, a police report said on Wednesday.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 August 2012 18:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tax officer caught red handed by KPK An official of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said its has arrested another tax official allegedly taking bribe. Iswan Elmi, a KPK deputy, said here on Friday the KPK team of investigators arrested the tax official identified only as AS and an employee of a private company identified as EDG.

Posted in Corruption @ 13 July 2012 16:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Dukono spews volcanic ash Mount Dukono in North Maluku province spewed volcanic ash on Tuesday, after showing signs of decreased activity in the past couple of weeks. "The volcanic ash spread to as far as Tobelo, the capital of North Halmahera district," head of the North Halmahera district natural mitigation board (BPBD) Yudhi H. said on Wednesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 June 2012 16:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Gamkonora erupts Mount Gamkonora, in North Maluku province, erupted on Wednesday afternoon, forcing hundreds of residents living on the volcano`s slope to evacuate to safer areas.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 June 2012 14:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Uganda national detained for smuggling crystal meth The customs and excise officers at Ngurah Rai International Airport have arrested a Ugandan man, Bashir Gadafi Palikoko, for attempting to smuggle one kilogram of crystal methamphetamine into the country, according to an official.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 June 2012 15:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian embassy`s driver shot dead in Damascus A driver of the Indonesian embassy, Abdul Rojak Harbi - a Syrian national - was shot dead in Damascus while he was taking the embassy`s car to a workshop. Indonesian Ambassador to Syria, Wahib Abdul Jawad, told ANTARA on Friday that Harbi, 56, who had worked for the embassy since 1985, was buried near his home in Damascus.

Posted in Violence @ 01 June 2012 18:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of students injured in bus accident A bus carrying 25 elementary school students and teachers overturned on trans Sumatra highway on Wednesday, injuring dozens of them. The bus hit a tree and slid into a ditch after it overturned, eyewitnesses said.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 May 2012 17:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'May Day must be observed orderly' Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar called on the public on Sunday to observe the May Day on May 1 orderly and peacefully.

Posted in Protests @ 29 April 2012 19:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police seize 1.16 tons of marijuana in Jambi Police detained a truck driver and seized 1.16 tons of dried marijuana, worth Rp2 billion, which was being carried by a truck from Aceh on the Trans-Sumatra highway in Muarojambi district early Thursday.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 April 2012 11:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police round up 50 hoodlums at Soekarno-Hatta airport Police on Thursday rounded up 50 alleged hoodlums who had disturbed air passengers` sense of comfort and safety at Soekarno-Hatta international airport.

Posted in General @ 05 March 2012 07:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


20 killed in West Java bus accident A packed passenger bus has slammed into several vehicles in Puncak, Bogor, West Java, killing 20 people. The private El-Shinta radio said the bus driver appeared to have lost control when the brakes failed Friday evening in the hilly region of Cisarua in West Java.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 February 2012 01:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Woman on drugs kills 9 pedestrians in Jakarta A woman who drove her vehicle into a group of pedestrians in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Sunday morning has tested positive for drugs, officials said on Monday. The incident left nine people killed.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 January 2012 23:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus plunges into ravine, 2 passengers killed A bus carrying 20 people plunged into a 80-meter-deep ravine in North Kolaka district, Southeast Sulawesi, early on Tuesday, killing two passengers. The bus developed an engine malfunction when it was trying to negotiate a steep road at Walasiho village, North Kolaka district, eyewitnesses said.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 December 2011 09:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four killed in most recent Busway related accidents An accident involving public transportation left four people dead on Sunday, which an expert said was the result of a lack of discipline among road users. Ayuningtyas, a 17-year-old high school student, died after being run over by a Transjakarta bus on Jl. Jatinegara Barat, East Jakarta, early on Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 October 2011 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four foreign tourists killed in bus crash Four foreign tourists were killed when their bus crashed into a hill in Subang, West Java on Friday. The bus departed from Bandung and was carrying 13 tourists from the Netherlands, Belgium and India and was en route to Ciater hot spring when its brakes gave way while it was driving downhill.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 October 2011 14:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor apologizes for rape comments Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo on Saturday apologized for his comments which suggested that women could avoid sexual assault by not wearing revealing clothes, the Jakarta Globe reported on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 18 September 2011 10:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor: 'Victims the blame for sexual assaults' Women’s rights activists condemned Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo for his statement that shifted the blame for a spike in rape cases onto women wearing tight and revealing outfits. Fauzi said on Friday that women should not wear miniskirts when riding public transportation vehicles to avoid "any unwanted consequences".

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 September 2011 03:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


National police deployed after clashes in Ambon kill 6 Indonesian National Police on Monday announced that it has deployed 400 personnel to the eastern island of Ambon, where riots broke out in its capital since Sunday.

Posted in Violence @ 12 September 2011 22:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


19 dead when bus collides with minibus A heavy traffic accident between a bus belonging to Sumber Kencono and an Elf minibus has claimed the lives of at least 19 passengers. The accident happened at the by-pass road near the city of Mojokerto. The minibus violently crashed and a bench with passengers was ejected from the vehicle with force.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 September 2011 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three dead in violent clashes in Ambon Riots broke out in Ambon on Sunday, claiming three lives and injuring 60 others following a rumor that an ojek (motor taxi) driver was tortured to death by another group of residents in the city.

Posted in Violence @ 12 September 2011 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mobile brigade officers on trains against hijacking At least two police officers from the mobile brigade unit will be on a train to secure crew and passengers’ safety, following the Gajayana train hijacking on Saturday morning. PT Kereta Api Operational Area I head of public relations Mateta Rizalulhaq said that the mobile brigade officers would be armed with firearms.

Posted in Travel @ 28 August 2011 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Passenger bus plunges into ravine, killing 3 At least three people were killed on Wednesday when a passenger bus plunged into a ravine in East Java in Indonesia, officials said on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 August 2011 05:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Car accident kills nine Indonesians in eastern Malaysia Nine Indonesians were killed on early Thursday morning when their car collided head-on with a truck in eastern Malaysia, police said. Two others were injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 August 2011 03:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda employees stealing alcohol from Garuda galleys According to Kompas.com, the police precinct at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport have busted a syndicate stealing alcoholic beverages from the business class galleys of Garuda Indonesia aircraft transiting Bali.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 29 July 2011 08:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian soldiers charged with torture after killing civilian Three Indonesian soldiers were indicted for killing a civilian in the province of Papua, which made international headlines after a torture video was made available on the Internet and showed the soldiers' brutality, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 21 July 2011 16:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Passenger bus rolls over in West Java, killing five At least five people were killed on Friday when a passenger bus rolled over in the West Java province of Indonesia, local media reported on Saturday.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 June 2011 06:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crackdown on illegal taxi's on Bali continues An informal promise by the Bali Transportation, Information and Communications Agency (Dishub), the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) and the provincial enforcement agency (SATPOL-PP) to temporarily halt the crackdown on illegal transport operators is apparently not being honored.

Posted in General @ 11 June 2011 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus collision in Java, Indonesia kills 9 At least 9 people were killed in Indonesia's Java island after a small passenger bus crashed with a truck on Sunday evening, officials said Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 May 2011 15:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal middlemen and taxi drivers arrested at Jakarta airport Dozens of illegal traders in tickets who were looking for a nice trade in terminals 1 and 2 of the international airport of Soekarno-Hatta near Jakarta have been arrested. "They indeed were a target in our cleanup operation," said Abdi, a manager of state-run airport manager PT Angkasa Pura II.

Posted in Crime @ 11 May 2011 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta busway as a good example Earlier I wrote about the TransJakarta busway as a bad example of how things should be taken care of if implementing public transport. But this system does not only have negative sides of course, so TransJakarta also deserves a more positive piece of writing if you ask me.

Posted in Travel @ 26 March 2011 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of drivers stuck in 12km traffic jam to seaport Hundreds of frustrated truck drivers have been stranded for several days on the road to the Indonesian port city of Merak, the Jakarta Globe reported Sunday.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2011 21:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 6 dead after minivan rolls over in Central Java At least six people died in Indonesia's Java island when the vehicle they were riding was hit by a truck, local authorities said Thursday. The accident occurred in Temanggung's Bajen village, which is located in Central Java province.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 February 2011 03:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


MUI: Valentine less haram than stated earlier For those who still don't want to believe that Indonesians don't want to be submitted to too much Islamic rules we have some good news. Valentine's Day, February 14, is a day like any other according tot he Council of Islamic Scholars in Indonesia, MUI. Earlier this week the same group of no-brainers announced that Valentine's Day would be entirely haram because it was not in line with Islam.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 February 2011 11:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 17 killed after bus falls into ravine in Central Java At least 17 people were killed after a bus carrying 47 people dropped into a ravine in Indonesia's province of Central Java, local media reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 February 2011 05:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ferry fire finally extinguished with rising death toll at 28 Indonesian authorities are expected to begin full investigations into the ferry boat fire off the Sunda Strait that killed at least 28 after all of the fires were extinguished on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 February 2011 03:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mbah Maridjan’s home now tourist attraction Mount Merapi’s deceased spiritual guardian Mbah Maridjan’s home in Kinahrejo hamlet in Sleman, Yogyakarta, has now become a tourist attraction. The remains of Mbah Maridjan’s house are currently one of the most visited attractions for tourists.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 January 2011 01:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau shakes and moans The Mount Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait between the islands Java and Sumatra is producing heavy sounds and tremors inside it's belly. The sounds and tremors are also getting increasingly more regular, according to the head of the observation post for the volcano in Cinangka, Serang district, in the province of Banten.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 November 2010 01:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Growing 'Christianisation' and religious intolerance in Indonesia Religious tolerance in Indonesia has come under increasing strain in recent years, particularly where hardline Islamists and Christian evangelicals compete for the same ground. Islamists use 'Christianisation' - a term that generally refers both to Christian efforts to convert Muslims and the alleged growing influence of Christianity in Muslim-majority Indonesia - as a justification for mass mobilisation and vigilante attacks.

Posted in Religion @ 25 November 2010 01:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To Yogyakarta with a little detour With two tickets Batam-Jakarta-Yogyakarta we made an effort to get to our final destination of the day quite early in the morning today. When I checked the news enjoying a fresh cup of coffee I found out that the airport of Yogyakarta was still closed and that this was likely to stay this way for some time to come. So no direct flight to Yogyakarta today.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 November 2010 16:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amost 7.000 volunteers for 'Crush Malaysia' The Center of National Defense (Posko Bela Negara), which has been opened just recently in Cikini, Central Jakarta, is currently seeing a flood of people willing to register themselves as volunteer for a 'Crush Malaysia' campaign. Until yesterday, over 6,500 volunteers registered themselves. It seems that old times from the Soekarno-era are revived somewhat once again.

Posted in Protests @ 01 September 2010 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


A short break in Taman Menteng At a normal weekday I took a reasonable early air-conditioned bus to Jakarta. I regularly make this trip because it enables me to travel cheap as well as fast - as fast as traffic allows the bus to go - to downtown Jakarta.

Posted in Travel @ 16 April 2010 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nothing wrong with Blue Bird Bali The latest chapter in the continuing saga of challenges to the continued operation of Blue Bird Taxis or PT Praja Bali Transportasi has seen the provincial government announce that a meeting of a judicial team of government officials have concluded the troubled taxi service is "technically legal."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 March 2010 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drivers Blue Bird taxi seek police protection on Bali Drivers of Bali Blue Bird taxis have asked protection from Denpasar Police following protests and violence by drivers from other groups, which are united in the Bali Tourism Service Association (PJWB). "Our drivers are afraid of those who violently sweep our taxis on the streets. The protesters urge our passengers to get off the taxi,” Bali Blue Bird spokesman Nyoman Mertadi told Antara news agency on Tuesday.

Posted in Protests @ 17 February 2010 00:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Naik ojek 'haram'. Who cares? A religious decree banning the use of ojek (motorcycle 'taxi') from the FMP3, which stands for for the name of a group of religious Islamic schools in East Java province, is completely ignored by the normal people in the Indonesian society. They see the use of ojek as a quick way to get anywhere when traffic is clogging up again and you just need to be somewhere soon.

Posted in Religion @ 20 January 2010 01:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bali government may reconsider taxi quota According to Beritabali.com, the government of Bali may reconsider its position on the issuance of new taxi licenses following demonstrations and protests by hundreds of taxi drivers opposed to more taxis being allowed to operated on the island.

Posted in General @ 30 December 2009 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To the gunung The word gunung means mountain, but that doesn't always mean that this mountain really is a mountain. A stretch of land that runs upward also is named a mountain. After this was clear, we - my girlfriend, her dad, a niece and me - went 'up the mountain' to bring a visit to the recently purchased rice fields where a gubug ('resting house') has been built as well by now.

Posted in Travel @ 10 December 2009 23:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Waiting along the toll road It is half past ten in the evening and the DAMRI bus that left the Kampung Rambutan bus terminal around half past seven in the evening has stopped and is on the emergency lane of the toll road between Jakarta and Bandung. Just short of three hours of traveling in the direction of Cilacap and engine problems already forced us to stop. What the exact problem is, is not known. There are bottles of water and the driver and kenek (from the Dutch word 'knecht', helper) are looking for a solution.

Posted in Travel @ 06 December 2009 15:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Volunteers NU hand out condoms in prostitution zones Volunteers of the second largest Muslim movement in Indonesia, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) handed out hundreds of condoms in a number of prostitution zones along the northern highway near the city of Tegal in Central Java. The volunteers also handed out leaflets with information about the dangers of HIV/AIDS at several points of the national highway.

Posted in Health @ 04 December 2009 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta #3 I woke up again early in the morning when we already had made a short stop in Cirebon before departing again. Slowly a new day started and the first people were already working on their rice paddies. The colorful fields range from fresh green young plants to the brown colors of a newly harvested field and the left-overs on the dry fields.

Posted in Travel @ 24 November 2009 05:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back in Yogya: crowds in the streets I moved from Yogya some five months ago now. I don't have any feeling that resembled homesickness, but it is not bad at all to be back here again for a few days. A few days back already I woke up when the bus had already left the area of Semarang, which meant that it was less than three hours traveling before the bus would drop us at one of the big intersections along the southern ring road of the city.

Posted in Travel @ 15 November 2009 09:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight dead in bus-truck collision Eight passengers of a bus died, while 13 others were wounded when their bus collided with a truck in the village of Socorejo, Tuban regency yesterday. All victims were residents of Sumber Mulyo village in the regency of Purbolinggo. They were among 65 people on board of a bus that was heading for a graveyard in the city of Kudus.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 November 2009 03:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No shortage of stupid cops Not the first time and most likely also not the last time that I was 'aught in a 'trap' when on the road. This means that all motorcyclists are stopped by police to check their paperwork. Drivers of motorcycles should always bring a valid STNK ('license plate registration') and SIM C ('driving license for motorcycles') with them.

Posted in General @ 27 October 2009 12:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15-year-old raped until she passes out In, a 15-year-old, has most likely become the victim of abuse and rape last Monday. Until now she is out of consciousness in the emergency room of the Raha hospital in Southeast Sulawesi. Parts of her body, like her hands and her left foot, show injuries by sharp objects.

Posted in Crime @ 21 October 2009 14:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


52 bodies recovered from collapsed hotel Until this moment, 52 bodies have been pulled from the rubble of Hotel Ambacang, one of the biggest hotels in the city of Padang that was flattened during the earthquake of September 30. Eight people were pulled out the rubble alive after some two days of fighting to stay alive in between the rubble of the hotel.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 October 2009 03:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Three dead in failed robbery of money transport An armored money transport has been the target of a failed robbery last night. The transport was moving money from a branch of Bank Danamon in Muntilan in the regency of Magelang. The three people inside the money transport were cold-bloodedly killed by the robbers, who did not even attempt to steal the money.

Posted in Crime @ 16 September 2009 05:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Truck with illegal wood breaks Kalimantan bridge A truck loaded with wood that was illegally taken from Kalimantan forests, came crashing down into a river after the bridge it was using suddenly broke. The accident happened yesterday afternoon. The truck with the illegally cut wood eventually ended up ten meters lower, in the Sungai Setui riverbed in the village of Legai, Tanah Grogot district in East Kalimantan.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 September 2009 05:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta begging by-law to be enforced The Social Affairs Agency in Jakarta has made plans to hunt down and arrest the people behind the begging syndicates in the city. Budiharjo, head of the agency, has said that there is a list of 33 names of people that are leading so-called begging syndicates in the capital city. Only 11 of these people are from Jakarta, while the others came from other places.

Posted in General @ 14 September 2009 01:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead in train derailment in East Java The assistant train driver was killed in a train derailment of the Penataran train. The train derailed and turned over in Malang, East Java province earlier this afternoon. Six passengers were injured in the accident. The locomotive and the first wagon jumped out of the tracks and crashed into a fence in the Karanglo area in Malang. It is assumed that the train hit a water buffalo before it derailed.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 September 2009 15:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


90 illegal street racers fined in Jakarta The traffic police in the Greater Jakarta area has fined some 90 illegal street racers at several places in Jakarta early this morning. The police held raids on several locations where street races normally occur. Owners of 18 driver licenses and 72 STNK (vehicle registration cards) were handed out fines.

Posted in General @ 30 August 2009 04:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens killed in Kalimantan road accident A traffic accident on the island of Kalimantan has killed 25 people. Dozens of others were injured in the accident. The victims were workers and their family on board of a truck that transported 60 people in total.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 August 2009 13:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freeport partially closes road access to Timika Freeport McMoran partially closed down the main access to its mining complex in Timika on Monday a day after six workers with several companies working in the complex were wounded in an ambush. A spokesman for the US mining giant, Mindo Pangaribuan, said that “to ensure the safety of the workers and their family, we closed the access to the operation location of PT Freeport Indonesia.”

Posted in PT Freeport @ 18 August 2009 06:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police looking for haram money before Ramadan It happens every year. In the run up to the holy month of fasting Ramadan, a part of the Indonesian police force is panicked slightly. They have to pay for their mudik (a trip back to their home town) at the end of the period of fasting and will have less work during the month itself because millions of people go home as well and public life changes drastically.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 August 2009 04:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Coal truck drivers on strike in Bengkulu Around 120 truck drivers that normally transport coal in the city of Bengkulu have gone on strike. They also parked their trucks in front of the house of the mayor of Bengkulu. The protesters demand to have a meeting with the mayor. Until then they will not transport coal from the Pulai Baai mooring place anymore. Local residents have stopped trucks from using main roads in the city because they are blamed for the bad roads.

Posted in Protests @ 03 August 2009 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


500.000 motorcycles a month PT Astra Honda Motor, one of the biggest sellers of motorcycles in Indonesia, has anounced that it expects to sell some 500.000 motorcycles in July. Last June they sold 'only' 485.000 motorcycles in the country. The rise in sales figures for the company are mostly related to the fact that the Indonesian central bank has lowered the interest rate to only 6.75 percent. Marketing director Julius Aslan also told that the upcoming Idul Fitri holidays - after the Ramadan month of fasting - will lift sales even further.

Posted in Culture @ 27 July 2009 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15.000 sheets of paper to catch Noordin Mohammad Top The regional police of Surakarta (Solo) in Central Java, is doing all it can to make the moving space for terrorists in the region as small as possible. Outside the roadside checkups that are organized at various locations in the area, they have also printed some 15.000 posters with pictures of fugitive terrorist Noordin Mohammad Top. They are spread in busy areas in the entire district of Surakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 July 2009 13:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Create your own international driver license Almost all of you travelers to Indonesia which have used a car or motorbike know that the police in general is quite corrupt and will do anything to get a few Rupiah's into their pockets when you are stopped for whatever reason. Money gone, but most will think that it doesn't really matter. That is true, because what is 20.000 Rupiah for not bringing your SIM (drivers license) in Yogyakarta or 50.000 Rupiah for not wearing your helmet in Jakarta?

Posted in Culture @ 22 July 2009 05:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


A goodbye to the kampung After a day or four, which was a few days back by now, it was time to go back home to the 'civilized world', however that is a wrong choice of words if you ask me. My girlfriend and I decided that four days was enough, above all it was a 'mere' eight hours shaking by bus and 55.000 Rupiah to get here, so it was not something impossible if you want to go.

Posted in Travel @ 22 June 2009 09:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A trip by bus from Kampung Rambutan to Karangbawang At the end of a Sunday afternoon we left from Lippo Cikarang in the direction of Kampung Rambutan, a bus terminal at the edge of Jakarta. From here we would take the bus later today. We would take the one headed for Cilacap at the southern coast of Central Java to bring a visit to the family of my girlfriend. The trip to the bus terminal took about one hour, which was only a small leg in the entire trip.

Posted in Travel @ 16 June 2009 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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