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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


Jokowi clarifies smear campaign before Banten ulemas Presidential hopeful Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has clarified smear campaign against him when he met ulemas at Al-Khairiyah Islamic boarding school in Cilegon. "Rumors saying that I will abolish rice distribution for the poor and the teacher certification program are slander. In fact, if Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla pair wins, we will increase them," Jokowi said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Elections @ 01 July 2014 23:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


28.3 million Indonesians live in poverty More than 28.28 million Indonesian people live in poverty as of March 2014 compared to 28.17 million in the same period last year, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS). "It was the result of a shift in the number of people working in the agricultural sector due to the impact of climate change, which had led to belated harvest," BPS Chief Suryamin said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 July 2014 22:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


President Yudhoyono inspects Kelud eruption evacuation centers President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono inspected Mt. Keluds eruption evacuation center at An-Nuur Mosque in Kediri, East Java on Monday. "Together with the First Lady, I would only want to assure that everything has been handled well," he stated with the evacuees around him.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 February 2014 16:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven dead as Jakarta floods continue Heavy rainfall and flooding have left at least seven dead this week in Indonesiaís capital, according to city officials. The causes include sickness, drowning after slipping and getting electrocuted, according to Surya Putra, Jakarta Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) information chief on Saturday.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 January 2014 09:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian woman avoids death penalty in Malaysia Indonesian Nuruzahari bin Ibrahim, a 25 year old woman, will not receive the death penalty in Malaysia and will be released from detention after judge Puan Choong Siew Khim decided to release her. The judge acquitted Nuruzahari after the public prosecutor accepted Nuruzaharis written plea and dropped all charges against her.

Posted in Drugs @ 14 December 2013 14:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood hit Kampung Melayu celebrating Idul Adha Floods submerged most of the Kampung Melayu area of East Jakarta, when the people were celebrating Idul Adha on Tuesday. "The flood water was as high as 30 to 100 centimeters in Kampung Melayu this morning," head of the emergency and logistic division of the Regional Disaster Controlling Agency (BPBD) Iwan Samosir said.

Posted in Flooding @ 15 October 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK to grill Banten governor as witness in bribery case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will question Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah on Friday regarding an alleged bribery case related to the Lebak district head`s disputed election.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 October 2013 22:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Expect low number of absentee voters if Jokowi runs A researcher from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Prof Ikrar Nusa Bhakti, said voter turnout would be higher if Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) runs for president in 2014.

Posted in Politics @ 27 September 2013 20:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 4.8 million tourists visit Indonesia until July More than 4,872,260 foreign tourists visited Indonesia in the first seven months of this year, up 6.4 percent from the same period last year, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 September 2013 00:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic organisations against Miss World (of course) The Jakarta Globe reports that high-ranking Islamic leaders in Indonesia continue to object to plans to hold the Miss World Beauty Pageant in Bali in the week leading up to the final round on September 8, 2013.

Posted in Protests @ 26 August 2013 03:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Idul Fitri travellers on motorcycles drop 33.9 percent The number of homebound travelers traveling on motorcycles during the Idul Fitri 2013 exodus dropped by 33.9 percent as compared by to 2012, according to Transportation Minister Evert Erenst Mangindaan.

Posted in Travel @ 20 August 2013 13:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine choppers readied to put out land fires The National Disaster Mitigation Body (BNPB) has again readied nine helicopters to put out land and forest fires in Riau province.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 July 2013 21:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Saudi Arabia cuts Indonesia's hajj quota by 20% The Saudi government has cut Indonesia`s hajj pilgrimage quota this year by 20 percent or 42,200 pilgrims from 211,000 to 168,000 pilgrims, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadarma Ali said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 June 2013 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yenny Wahid drops plan to join Democrat Party Zannuba Arifah Chafsoh or Yenny Wahid, a daughter of late president Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid, has dropped a plan to join the ruling Democrat Party.

Posted in Politics @ 16 April 2013 23:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono named new democrat party general chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was appointed as the new general chairman of the Democrat Party until 2015 in an extraordinary meeting here on Saturday.

Posted in Politics @ 30 March 2013 17:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Consortium of state-owned companies to build monorail Five state-owned companies would cooperate to build a monorail in the Jakarta region to ease traffic congestion in the capital city, State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan said here on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 07 February 2013 22:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 17 reactions


Lease company drops demand for Batavia Air bankruptcy Lease company International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has dropped their request that sought the bankruptcy of PT Metro Batavia, better known as Batavia Air. This was announced during the latest hearing of the case in a Jakarta court earlier this afternoon.

Posted in Travel @ 30 January 2013 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta warmed by morning sun after severe flooding The people of Jakarta terrorized by big floods on Thursday and Friday may breathe a sigh of relief when weather forecasters said there was no signs of a repeat of Thursday`s disastrous flooding at least for Saturday.

Posted in Flooding @ 19 January 2013 09:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 3,000 people evacuated over floods in Jakarta At least 3,000 residents have been evacuated to safer places and emergency shelters due to flooding in various parts of Jakarta until 8 am on Wednesday, disaster mitigation officials said.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 January 2013 12:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Statistics agency: Number of poor population down The number of poor population in Indonesia drops by 0.54 million or 540,000 until September 2012, according to the National Statistic Agency (BPS).

Posted in Economy @ 02 January 2013 23:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President concerned over continuing human rights violations President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed concern here on Monday over human rights violations that happened in horizontal or communal conflicts in the country caused by excessive euphoria in the implementation of freedom of expression.

Posted in General @ 10 December 2012 19:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police, TNI chiefs review security at Bakauheni port The National Police (Polri) Chief General Timur Pradopo and National Defense Forces (TNI) Commander Admiral Agus Suhartono inspected the Bakuheni ferry port in Lampung on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 18 August 2012 14:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian red and white flag attracts fewer buyers The Indonesian Red and White flag has attracted fewer buyers on the occasion of the nation`s Independence Day on Friday, sellers said.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2012 14:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Russian team allowed to take part in further evacuation The Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) has allowed a Russian search and rescue team to take part in further evacuation of the remains of Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash victims on Friday.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 May 2012 22:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's economy grows 6.3 pct in Q1 Indonesia`s economy has grown 6.3 percent year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter of this year, according to the National Statistics Agency (BPS). "Compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, in terms of GDP, it has grown 1.4 percent," BPS chief Suryamin said here on Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2012 13:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia health minister's conditions worsening Health minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih`s health conditions have been worsening since Tuesday morning and she is now being given a standard Intensive Care Unit (ICU) treatment.

Posted in Politics @ 01 May 2012 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP supports Yusril`s attempt to review budget law A legislator from an opposition party has expressed support for a former minister`s request at the Constitutional Court (MK) for a judicial review of a newly approved clause in the Law on the 2012 Revised State Budget.

Posted in Politics @ 02 April 2012 16:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BMKG detects drop in number of hot spots in W. Sumatra The Ketaping Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in West Sumatra said that in the last week there had been a drop in the number of hot spots in the area monitored by the satellite.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 March 2012 05:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Grandmother caught selling marijuana Police caught a 73-year old grandmother while she was about to sell five kilograms of marijuana in front of the Matur sub-district office here on Wednesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 21 March 2012 18:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police looking for drug smuggling ship Indonesian police are looking for a cargo vessel that was used by an international narcotic drug syndicate to smuggle crystal methamphetamine into the country through Ujung Genteng, a coastal village in Sukabumi, West Java, on Friday (Jan 20) morning.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 January 2012 09:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Defense Minister: 'Piracy in Malacca Strait down sharply' Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said the incidence of piracy has dropped very sharply in the Malacca Strait following increased sea security exercises including in the area.

Posted in Crime @ 01 January 2012 10:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian imports increase by 56 % in September Indonesian imports increased by 56.4 percent in September when compared to the same period last year, reaching a total value of $15.1 billion, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 November 2011 16:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Infant mortality rate remains high in Indonesia Indonesia's infant mortality rate remains high despite showing a downward trend during the past few years, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) representative for Indonesia Angela Kearney told the Antara news agency.

Posted in Health @ 07 October 2011 01:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta's recreational parks ready for waves of visitors Three of Jakarta`s favorite recreational centers - Ragunan Zoo, Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park (TMII), and Jaya Ancol Dreamland - are ready to admit huge numbers of visitors during this year`s Lebaran holidays.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 August 2011 05:41 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


Gov't: Over 12 percent of Indonesians living in poverty The number of people living in poverty in Indonesia reached over 30 million as of last March, according to a report released by the country's Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 July 2011 02:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspicious package found outside U.S. Embassy in Jakarta A suspicious package was found outside the U.S. Embassy in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Tuesday, causing some panic among employees and office workers in the area.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2011 16:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines in the hands of Saratoga Group The Saratoga Group, an investment company founded by Edwin Soeryadjaya and Sandiaga Uno, has announced that is had acquired 51 percent of Mandala Airlines stock. The remaining shares are in the hands of Tiger Airways with 33 percent and 16 percent for the old shareholders and creditors of the airline.

Posted in Travel @ 21 May 2011 01:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Democrat Party lawmaker Roy Suryo kicked off plane Democratic Party lawmaker Roy Suryo was kicked off a Lion Air flight on Saturday morning for taking seats reserved for two other passengers for himself and his wife. A Lion Air passenger posted on his Twitter account @ernestprakasa that he was surprised to find his and his friendís seats had been occupied by the couple when he boarded the plane.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 26 March 2011 09:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


One dead, many injured in chaos in Aceh after tsunami rumor One person on Friday died and many were injured in the chaos that stemmed from tsunami rumors in Aceh, northwestern Indonesia, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 March 2011 21:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's exports decrease 14 percent in January Indonesia's exports dropped 14 percent in the month of January, the country's Central Statistics Agency (BPS) said Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 March 2011 04:24 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Indonesian economy grows 6.1 percent in 2010 Indonesia's Central Statistics Agency (BPS) on Monday announced that in 2010, the country's economy grew by 6.1 percent on a year-to-year basis.

Posted in Economy @ 08 February 2011 02:58 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


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

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


Alert status Mount Merapi volcano lowered to level 2 The Agency for Research of Volcanolgy in the province of Yogyakarta has lowered the status of the Mount Merapi volcano. It now stands at level two. This change was made after the activity of the volcano decreased further in comparison to several weeks ago, when the alert status of the volcano was also lowered.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 31 December 2010 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands return to slopes of Mount Merapi Thousands of villagers returned to ash-covered homes along the slopes of Indonesia's most volatile volcano Monday, after the government said some areas well away from the fiery crater appeared out of danger from another eruption.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 November 2010 07:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Anak Krakatau releases toxic gases Indonesian officials on Wednesday warned residents of lethal gases following Mount Anak Krakatau's increased volcanic activity.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 November 2010 02:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Increased volcanic activity seen at Mount Anak Krakatau With Indonesia facing twin disasters from Mount Merapi's eruptions and the Mentawai islands tsunami, Mount Anak Krakatau's activity is increasing and sea temperatures nearby are rising due to its activity, officials said on Tuesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 November 2010 01:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Has Garuda lost the thread on heritage conservation? Garuda Indonesia is on a roll. The national carrier has returned to Europe with flights to Amsterdam; new aircraft are on order to make their already young fleet even younger; plans are in hand for more new routes, including resuming service to America's West Coast; the airline has re-established its safety certification with IATA and the EU; and, most importantly, the airline is turning a profit.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 June 2010 12:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-malaria efforts focus on pregnant women, children Health authorities are successfully battling malaria in remote eastern Indonesia by linking efforts to fight the mosquito-borne disease to maternal and child healthcare.

Posted in Health @ 21 May 2010 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta sultan hospitalized Yogyakarta governor Sultan Hamengku Buwono X has received intensive medical treatment at Bethesda Hospital since Friday due to exhaustion. A representative of the royal family, however, said the sultan would take a break to attend a ceremony to mark his 64th anniversary at the Yogyakarta Palace on Saturday evening.

Posted in Health @ 18 April 2010 04:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


' ... and I am Christian' Most lights were still on after the short introduction video of a 25-year-old ethnic Chinese who told that he was able to work hard. He worked at a well-known national bank and has his own car. He likes to spend his spare time traveling. This kind of description often lures a row of women that would like to take the gamble of creating a relationship with this person.

Posted in Religion @ 30 March 2010 13:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


1.1 billion euro against poverty in Indonesia The Indonesian government has prepared Rp 13.7 trillion (1.1 billion euro) in poverty alleviation funding for the Mandiri Community Empowerment National Program (PNPM Mandiri) in an attempt to further reduce the poverty rate this year.

Posted in Economy @ 09 March 2010 12:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Internet facilitates illegal kidney trade in Indonesia Thomas, 30, said mounting debt forced him to take the desperate step of selling a kidney on the internet for 300 million rupiah (25.000 euro). "I have to take my chances because that's the only way I can get the money to pay off my debt," Thomas, who declined to give his surname, told.

Posted in Health @ 12 January 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-health minister faces prison for alleged embezzlement Former health minister Achmad Sujudi is facing a long jail term in an alleged corruption case. During his term in office, a procurement project has cost the state some 105 billion Rupiah (7,7 million euro). Achmad Sujudi was involved in a corruption scheme together with the general director of PT. Kimia Farma, Gunawan Pranoto and director of PT. Rifa Jaya Mulia, Rinaldi Yusuf.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 December 2009 09:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Case against KPK members to be dropped The Junior attorney general for special crimes, Marwan Effendi, has publicly said that the Attorney General's Office (AGO) is to drop the charges against the two suspended members of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Bibit Samad Rianto and Chandra M. Hamzah. Marwan said that his office would issue a letter in which the prosecution would be halted as soon as possible.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 November 2009 03:02 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


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


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


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


Bali declared a rabies infected area Beritabali.com reports that Bali has been declared as a rabies contaminated region. This declaration follows the growing number of outbreak of the disease in Badung, Denpasar and Tabanan. The remaining six regencies of the island have been designated potential areas for the spread of rabies.

Posted in Health @ 13 September 2009 03:52 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


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

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


Passengers of Merpati Twin Otter found dead Members of a search and rescue team that have been searching for the passengers of the Twin Otter belonging to state-run Merpati Nusantara have eventually found the bodies of all 15 people aboard. Earlier it was assumed that there were 16 passengers and crew aboard. The president director of Merpati, Bambang Bhakti, said that a search and rescue team and local residents had reached the crash-site on a slope of Bintang mountain, at an altitude of 2.850 meters.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 August 2009 11:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Pickpocketed at the Busway It was about to happen of course. But for the first time in ten years Indonesia it happened on a place where I could expect it the most. On the Jakarta Busway. It was a rush hour trip from Halte Bunderan HI to terminal Blok M. I traveled during rush hour because I had a scheduled birthday to attend in southern Jakarta at seven. I would not make it, but that was less of a problem.

Posted in Culture @ 28 June 2009 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Malaysia ready to help Indonesia douse forest fires Malaysia is ready to help Indonesia put out its raging forest and open fires, the wind-blown smoke of which has caused a haze in some parts of Malaysia and reduced visibility and air quality. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak made the offer of assistance when asked whether Malaysia was prepared to help out, especially to extinguish the fires in Sumatra.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 June 2009 11:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moving? Yes, but not to the Netherlands After I wrote an article recently, some people thought that I was about to return to the Netherlands. Indeed I was in the Netherlands and indeed I was about to move. Whether I put these two facts in one article on purpose or not, it were two things that played an important role at that moment. Both of them have been rounded off properly though and it wasn't that hard after all.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2009 06:26 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


Smoke from forest fires threathen Medan flights Smoke from forest fires starts to cause problems for flights from and to the airport of Medan, Polonia. Normally there is a sight of around six kilometers, but this has now dropped to only three. Strong winds from the forest fires in the direction of the airport and rainfall have caused thickening smoke around the airport.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 May 2009 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; Dragonfly Along one of the main streets of Jakarta is the anonymous Graha BIP, a office building like others along the same street. It is just a little stroll to the Kartika Chandra Hotel and the offices of government agencies like LIPI and BKPM are just around the corner as well. No clear indication that the basement of Graha BIP is home to a place that is currently known as Dragonfly.

Posted in Nightlife @ 13 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; Aphrodite It is a humid night - like most nights in Jakarta indeed - after some light rain when I sit in a taxi on my way to meet two female friends. First something to eat and then enjoying the nightlife until the early hours of the next day, that was the deal we made by SMS during the course of the day. SMS-ing is much more convenient than calling each other all the time because connections are often not optimal. Another important thing is that SMS-es can be read again in case you forgot something.

Posted in Nightlife @ 08 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesian exports mark biggest drop in 22 years Indonesia's exports fell 36 percent in January from a year ago, the biggest drop since 1986, amid plunging demand for the country's vast natural resources and manufactured goods, the statistic's agency reported Monday. The downward trend - which began in October - was in line with declines in exports from other nations across Asia.

Posted in Economy @ 03 March 2009 11:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New trade regulation on steel imports to protect steel The government on Friday tightened regulations on the import of 202 iron and steel products in a bid to protect local producers caught in the economic slump. Diah Maulida, director general of trade at the Ministry of Trade, said the decree, effective April 1, was issued in order to allow the market to absorb 2.5 million tons of domestic iron and steel products.

Posted in Economy @ 20 February 2009 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia car sales slides in November The number of Indonesia's car sales in November dropped to over 47,000 units from that of 54,000 units in the previous month, chairman the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association Bambang Trisulo said here Tuesday. The high interest rates, tumbling commodity prices and lack of U.S. dollars liquidity as a fallout of the global financial turmoil, have started battering consumption.

Posted in Economy @ 09 December 2008 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia exports in October down 11.6 percent Indonesia`s exports in October 2008 dropped 11.61 percent to US$10.81 billion, according to the country`s Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS). BPS chief Rusman Heriawan said here on Monday Indonesia`s oil and gas exports dropped most drastically by 25.72 percent to US$1,808 million while non-oil and gas exports slid 8.10 percent to US$9 million from the month before.

Posted in Economy @ 02 December 2008 13:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia keeps stock exchange closed Indonesia closed its stock exchange for the second day to halt a flurry of selling that sent the main stock index plummeting more than 20 percent this week, while Asian trading ended mixed. Stock exchange president Erry Firmansyah said it will remain closed to give investors a chance to "calm down before they make decisions."

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2008 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia increases interest rate Bank Indonesia has increased its policy rate by 25 basis points to 9.5% as they continue their ongoing battle with inflation. Indonesia did not join Australia, who cut rates today by the highest since a recession in 1992. It is predicted however that todayís increase may be the last this year as the aim of the central bank moves onto supporting growth rather than continuing the fight against inflation.

Posted in Economy @ 07 October 2008 03:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo dragon disappearing from natural habitat The legendary Komodo dragon, a giant carnivorous lizard that feasts on water buffalo, and occasionally even attacks humans, is disappearing from its limited habitat, according to zoologists. The dragons, which grown to three meters long and weigh as much as 165 kilograms, are found only on Komodo and a handful of neighbouring islands in central Indonesia. Already endangered, their numbers are dwindling as a result of habitat destruction and hunting of their prey.

Posted in Environment @ 06 September 2008 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rolling blackouts to hit Jakarta again for two weeks State owned power company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) will enforce rolling blackouts for at least two weeks between 11 and 25 July. This decision was forced following shortages in supply of power from two plants in Muarakarang and Tanjung Priok.

Posted in General @ 05 July 2008 03:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parts of Bandung hit by hail storm Parts of the city of Bandung, in western Java, were hit by bad weather with strong winds and heavy rain. This time there was also hail, which is pretty rare in tropical regions. The small stones of ice with a size of about one centimeter dropped from the sky in various parts of the city while it was raining. The hail caused damage to a number of vehicles that were outside.

Posted in Weather @ 30 March 2008 15:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto's family grave being prepared for funeral tomorrow Astana Giribangung, the family grave of the family of former president Suharto in Karanganyar, central Java, is starting to see high activity. It didn't take long for activity to pick up after the news broke that the former president had passed away at 13:10 local time (GMT+7). Many preparations are executed by the police and the army. Some of the people that are at the scene of the family grave are the local police chief, the regional police chief, the regent of Karanganyar and the commander of the local army department.

Posted in General @ 27 January 2008 10:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 1 Traveling by minibus we arrived in Jakarta from Bandung with a large detour via Soekarno-Hatta International Airport we were dropped at our destination, a boarding house in Pluit, a neighborhood in the far north of Jakarta. A friend of us also stayed in the boarding house, so it seemed like a nice idea to spend several nights there, also because there was a nice shower and air-conditioning of course. Without both it would be a pretty sweaty adventure in the always sticky city of Jakarta. In this case preventing is better than having to look for a cure later on, so we preferred a room in the boarding house. After we dropped our bags we ate something, because lunch time had already passed. After lunch we had a quick look around to see where we had ended up after all.

Posted in Flooding @ 12 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New flooding in South Jakarta After heavy rain fell down, a number of areas in Jakarta were flooded again. The bad condition of the drainage system caused flooding of some main streets with water as high as half a meter. In Petogogan, Kebayoran Baru in South Jakarta more than one hundred houses in fifteen areas were flooded. The water reached up to 60 centimeters after which it dropped with some 40 centimeters later today. According to local residents, the Petogogan area already is accustomed to flooding from the Kali Krukut river. The people here don't evacuate themselves until there is at least one meter of water in the streets and houses.

Posted in Flooding @ 07 December 2007 16:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia files $1.5 billion lawsuit against Suharto Indonesia has filed a 1,5 billion US dollar case against former president Suharto and a foundation that gave education scholarships that was controlled by him in a bid to recover funds allegedly misused during his 32 years in power.

Posted in General @ 10 July 2007 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


March poverty rate 16.58 pct vs 17.75 pct in March 2006 The poverty rate in Indonesia as a percentage of the total population dropped to 16.58 percent in March this year, compared to 17.75 percent in March 2006. This is announced by Arizal Ahnaf, deputy chairman of the Central Bureau of Statistics BPS. He told at a press conference that the number of people living below the poverty line declined from 39.3 million last year to 37.2 million in March this year.

Posted in General @ 02 July 2007 15:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visa on arrival to Indonesia for 11 more countries The Indonesian government is preparing the visa on arrival facility for 11 more countries in a bid to increase revenues from the tourism industry, as local press reported earlier today. A senior official with the Foreign Affairs Ministry had named the 11 countries likely to receive the visa on arrival as being Algeria, Czech Republic, Fiji, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Panama, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Tunisia.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 April 2007 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More concrete balls needed to fill the mud volcano An official involved in 'plugging' the mud volcano near Sidoarjo, east Java, with concrete balls told that they will have to use thousands more balls than initially planned. The plan involves chains of four heavy balls being dropped into the crater. Until now, workers have managed to lower the initial target of somewhat less than 400 chains.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 15 March 2007 13:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's illiteracy rate drops to 8 percent An official from the government said that 8.07 percent of the 230 million are still illiterate. "That is a shame, but data said so," National Education and Tourism Minister Bambang Sudibyo said at a meeting of Indonesian Muslim Students on Saturday, as was reported by Malaysian press agency Bernama. He added that since he became minister on his current post in 2004, the percentage had dropped from 10.2 percent.

Posted in General @ 04 March 2007 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 12 reactions


Mud volcano swallows concrete balls The plan to drop giant concrete balls into the still active mud volcano to slow it's flow may be changed after these balls slid far deeper than expected, Rudi Novrianto, a spokesman said earlier today. The balls slid as far as one kilometer into the crater, roughly twice as deep as expected. Many more of these concrete balls were required to slow down the mud flow now.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 27 February 2007 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alun-alun Lor; a nice green heart It hasn't been that long that it was a sunny and very hot day in Yogyakarta when I made a short walk around the so-called alun-alun lor, the northern square belonging to the kraton, the palace of the family of the sultan. The green grass - during the wet season the grass often is green, in the dry season it more resembles hay - reached until half a meter in some places. Not well maintained as we should expect at a palace, but at least there was an open space in the city which offered the opportunity to blow of some steam. This blowing steam you should not do at times that I generally visit this kind of locations, no it's much better in the early hours until seven in the morning and after five in the afternoon again. The salespeople along the edge will offer you something to drink or eat if you like.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Giant concrete balls in attempt to stem mud eruption Authorities will try to slow down the gushing mud volcano today. The volcano has already inundated villages and factories. They will drop hundreds of giant concrete balls into the location of the mud volcano, an official reported. Every single day, around one million oil drums of hot, noxious mud - about 50 Olympic swimming pools - flows out of the hole at a drilling site. This is a continuing event for the last nine months. Already 11,000 people have been evacuated from the area.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 23 February 2007 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourists to get longer visas for Indonesia Indonesia has announced that foreign visitors will soon have the chance to apply for a longer visa than the current 30-day visa on arrival. Vice President Jusuf Kalla told AFP that foreigners visiting Indonesia will be able to apply for visas up to 120 days, longer than most other countries in the region.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 February 2007 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 33 reactions


More rain adds to misery in Indonesia's capital Overnight downpours sent storm waters coursing back into some low-lying areas Tuesday, as authorities warned of the threat of diseases and anger mounted at the government's response to the disaster that has killed at least 44 people in the capital.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 February 2007 13:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hopes to bolster lagging tourism figures Tourist arrivals into Indonesia dropped in 2006 by 4.1% in comparison to 2005, recording just over 4.79 million visitors, so this year at the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) the delegates hope to generate a more positive beat for Indonesia. The Indonesian Ministry of Cultura and Tourism and industry representatives this year will be concentrating their energies toward TRAVEX at ATF, with 49 hospitality properties and 18 tour operators.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2007 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction
    
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