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Arif Wibowo new president director of Garuda Indonesia Arif Wibowo, the president director of Citilink Indonesia, has been named president director of PT Garuda Indonesia, replacing Emirsyah Satar. So Wibowo now has bigger aeroplane as "pilot in command" to fly.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2014 15:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia requires additional 100 thousand MW electricity Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi stated that Indonesia still needed additional 100 thousand MW electricity to support industrial development at home.

Posted in Power supply @ 04 September 2014 19:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Double track of northern Java railway operational in 2014 The double track of northern Java railway between Jakarta and Surabaya of East Java is expected to be operational early 2014. Operation of the new track would considerably reduce the burden of the highways linking the two largest cities in the country.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 27 November 2013 11:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Orangutans habitat displaced by oil palm expansion' The massive expansion of oil palm plantations in Central Kalimantan has led to increased environmental damages and displacement of protected animals, such as orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus).

Posted in Environment @ 03 August 2013 17:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Reform efforts still continuing' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said reform efforts in Indonesia that began in 1999 following a financial crisis in 1998 had not yet finished and are still continuing.

Posted in Politics @ 15 June 2013 00:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt prepares Rp6 tln for basic infrastructures The Public Works Ministry is preparing at least Rp6 trillion in funds to build various basic infrastructure facilities in return for the imminent fuel price hike.

Posted in General @ 05 June 2013 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost four million Indonesians live on palm oil About 3.7 million people in Indonesia live on oil palm plantations, a senior agriculture ministry said. Speaking to a seminar at Santika Hotel here on Friday, Secretary of the Directorate General of Agriculture Mukti Sardjono said that oil palm played an important role in providing income for the people.

Posted in Economy @ 30 March 2013 18:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


DPR guarantees Autonomy Status of Maluku southernmost islands The House of Representatives` Commission II overseeing local governments and regional autonomy, guarantees the expansion of Maluku`s Southernmost Islands autonomy to separate from Southwest Maluku (MBD) district.

Posted in General @ 28 March 2013 11:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Navy hopes navy's third fleet to be operational in 2014 The navy hopes the plan to form a new navy fleet will come to reality in 2014, Navy spokesman CommodoreUntung Suropati said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Military @ 23 January 2013 18:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pancasila needs to be implemented to economic system Activist from Indonesian Nationalists Students Movements (GMNI) in Pamekasan, Madura, Hafid Hamsih has called for Indonesia`s five principles ideology, Pancasila, to be implemented into the economic system of this country.

Posted in Economy @ 01 June 2012 18:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia braced for economic slowdown Indonesia is bracing itself for the possibility of an economic slowdown following the worsening crisis in Europe, said Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo here on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 25 May 2012 15:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More power needed to power Bali Bali Post predicts that by 2013 Bali will be facing an electrical crisis made all the more acute by large scale infrastructure projects scheduled to come on line in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) Summit scheduled for late 2013. Among the projects cited as placing an added, and possibly unsupportable burden, on Bali’s electrical grid are the new toll way, the expansion of Bali’s airport, the Bali International Park Project (BIP) and the opening of a number large hotel projects.

Posted in Power supply @ 13 March 2012 02:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Q1 economic growth to reach 6.5 percent Despite the global financial crisis, economic growth in Indonesia is estimated to reach 6.5 percent in the first quarter of 2012, according to Bank Indonesia (BI).

Posted in General @ 08 March 2012 17:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono hopes industrialization can be sped up President Susilo Yudhoyono has said he hoped the development of the steel industries could help speed up overall industrialization in Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 01 March 2012 09:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta's Adisutjipto airport relocation being studied Adisutjipto Airport relocation plan from Sleman district to Kulon Progo district is still in the stage of a feasibility study, PT Angkasa Pura I spokesperson Isye Yuviana said here on Friday.

Posted in Travel @ 31 December 2011 06:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, China exploring cooperation on renewable energy Indonesia and China are exploring cooperation on the development of renewable energy, a cabinet minister said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 December 2011 02:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Poverty eradication efforts needs speeding up' Indonesia needs to speed up its poverty eradication efforts because the number of poor people in the country is still high, a National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) official said.

Posted in Economy @ 08 December 2011 02:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda's Citilink to be revived National airline Garuda Indonesia plans to more than quadruple the amount of people that Citilink, its budget carrier, will fly in the next four years with new routes and aircraft, a top executive said on Wednesday.

Posted in Travel @ 05 August 2011 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Accor Group to open 21 new hotels in Indonesia Accor has unveiled aggressive expansion plans in Indonesia, with 21 new hotels across its brands scheduled to open by 2014 in light of the archipelago's robust economy. The group will kick-off the string of openings with a 316-room Pullman property in the capital, the Pullman Jakarta Central Park, later this year.

Posted in Travel @ 01 June 2011 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia announces $22 billion in infrastructure projects The government of Indonesia on Friday announced 17 new infrastructure projects worth Rp.190 trillion ($22.23 billion).

Posted in Economy @ 27 May 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air adds many new flights and routes The Indonesian airline Lion Air is currently working hard to expand it's already large network. During the month of May, four new routes will be opened while 18 existing routes will see their frequencies increased from today's levels. Expansion of their network can be noticed throughout the country.

Posted in Travel @ 08 May 2011 15:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of Jakarta light rail to kick off soon? Where most metropolis in the world - inclusive of those in virtually all third-world-countries - already are 'equipped' with at least one form of mass rapid transit, Indonesia has do do it the railroad tracks that were laid down during the Dutch colonial period and buses that were put on the road for the first time when Suharto just became president.

Posted in Economy @ 27 March 2011 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to recruit pilots Mandala Airlines Garuda Indonesia plans to recruit 180 new pilots in 2011, and as many as 36 pilots of whom are former pilots of the Mandala Airlines. "This year we are looking to recruit as many as 180 pilots, 36 pilots will come from Mandala Airlines," said Emirsyah, President Director of Garuda Indonesia, at the Indonesian Stock Exchange, Jakarta, Friday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 February 2011 05:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Microsoft to invest around $2.5 billion in Indonesia Microsoft on Friday announced that it will invest around $2.5 billion in Indonesia to develop cloud-computing systems, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Economy @ 21 January 2011 20:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President may expand Greater Jakarta area President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono wants to expand Greater Jakarta - to perhaps as far as Sukabumi - to fight congestion in the capital, according to his spokesman. "The President plans to develop Jakarta. There will be an expansion to Purwakarta, Sukabumi and other areas to curb congestion in Jakarta," Presidential spokesman Julian Pasha told reporters on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2011 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia considering new Jakarta airport An airport spokesman on Friday confirmed that the government is considering building a new airport in the area surrounding the Indonesian capital city, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Economy @ 07 January 2011 08:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Coca Cola Amatil to invest $300 million in Indonesia Coca Cola Amatil on Thursday announced it plans to invest $300 million in Indonesia during the next three years.

Posted in Economy @ 25 November 2010 20:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sriwijaya Air e-tickets available on ticketindonesia.info Starting today, e-tickets from the Indonesian airliner Sriwijaya Air are available for reservation on ticketindonesia.info. The several dozen destinations of the airline, with in general very attractive prices, have been added to the search function and can be booked quick and easy just like the nine other airlines already available on this website.

Posted in Travel @ 06 September 2010 01:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Accor to open 16 new hotels in Indonesia by 2012 International hotel operator Accor plans to open 16 new hotels across Indonesia by 2012 to support its expansion plan in the country’s growing hotel industry, says an executive of the hotel chain.

Posted in Travel @ 28 May 2010 02:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Please upgrade Bali airport quickly!' Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, was in Bali on Sunday, February 28, 2010, to officiate at the launching of a book covering the history of Bali aviation. Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport: Gateway to Paradise 1930-2010 which has been published by Angkasa Pura I, the company that manages Bali's only air gateway.

Posted in General @ 03 March 2010 00:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


A bigger and much improved airport for Bali PT Angkasa Pura I (PAP), the State-owned company that manages Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, recently outlined the major renovation and upgrading work at Bali's only airport soon to get underway. Quoted in Beritabali.com, the general manager of Angkasa Pura I, Heru Legowo, said the total cost of the planned modifications at Bali's airport is budgeted at Rp. 1.6 trillion (110 million euro).

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2009 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda shopping for more aircraft The Jakarta Post reports that Garuda Indonesia has allocated US$100 million (70 million euro) for expenditure in 2010 as the first of five yearly installments that will increase the airline's present fleet from 67 to 116 aircraft. Garuda's finance director Eddy Purwanto told the press, "We plan to spend $100 million in capital expenditure in 2010 to buy more planes as well as to fulfill Garuda's other operational expenditure."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 14 November 2009 11:43 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 international airport to be expanded The expansion of the international airport of Ngurah Rai on the island of Bali will start early next year. Both the domestic as well as the international passenger terminals will be extended, and supporting facilities like parking lots will be upgraded.

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2009 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Get ready for higher power rates The state-owned PLN is in desperate need of more funds to cover operating deficits and undertake a much needed expansion of the Indonesian power grid. The House of Representatives has recently increased the subsidies paid by the government to PLN, while PLN president director, Fahmi Mochtar, has declared his desire to raise power tariffs - both moves intended to put the Company in a better position for what has been termed a "fast track" energy program.

Posted in Economy @ 01 September 2009 01:29 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


Residents resist extension of North Bali airport runway After an impasse lasting several months, citizens whose residences are blocking plans to extend the runway of the Letkol Wisnu Sumberkima Airport in Buleleng are reported to be deadlocked on any agreement for compensation that would allow the demolishment of their homes and the expansion of the current runway. According to BisnisBali, some citizens continue to hold out for a more generous pay-out before agreeing to allow the project to proceed.

Posted in General @ 16 June 2009 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Best Western Hotel Sapta Patala closed before it opens You think you can do anything in Indonesia because it's corrupt as hell? Forget about that one here. Indonesia is corrupt indeed, but if you don't pay enough to all those involved, only forget to pay one or if you encounter someone that is not corrupt, your about-to-open hotel ends up in a situation like this:

Posted in Corruption @ 13 June 2009 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


North Bali airport confirmed Jakarta Post reports that Bali's Governor Made Mangku Pastika has now confirmed that Bali will move ahead with plans to build a second airport near its northern shore. This announcement came after an order from Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla decreeing that the expansion of Bali's current airport in Tuban must move ahead and be completed by 2011.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2009 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vice-President ends Bali airport depate Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla has apparently brought to an end the long-standing debate on the future of Bali's international airport by instructing that a Rp. 1.2 trillion (80 million euro) expansion must be completed by 2011. As reported by Bisnis Indonesia, the Vice President issued his instructions following an inspection visit to the airport over the Christmas/New Year period. He was accompanied on his visit by the Minister of Communications Jusman Syafii Djamal and the Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik.

Posted in Economy @ 11 January 2009 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tura village residents: 'Do not take our forest away' Around 15,000 hectares of community forest in Central Kalimantan will be cleared for the expansion of palm oil plantations, threatening the livelihood of more than 2,500 people. The community of Tura, Tumbang Tanjung and Tumbang Lahang villages along the Katingan river, are concerned of the impending disaster that will come when their forest is taken away by the companies. Their apprehension is expressed in a film, titled "Petak Danum Itah" or "Our Homeland", made by the community themselves with the support of the Centre for Orangutan Protection was premiered in Jakarta today.

Posted in Environment @ 17 December 2008 06:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jetstar commences Perth-Bali service On Monday, October 27, 2008, the low-cost Australian carrier Jetstar commenced its new service between Perth and Denpasar (Bali). The Chief Executive Office of Jetstar, Bruce Buchanan, lauded the opening of Perth as the seventh international port for the airline, saying Western Australia was destined to make a major contribution to his airline's plans for overall expansion in Asia.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 November 2008 11:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Lost' deer species discovered after 78 years in Sumatra A rare species of deer has been rediscovered in Sumatra 78 years after it was last sighted, reports Fauna & Flora International. The deer, known as the Sumatran muntjac (Muntiacus montanus), was rescued from a snare during an anti-poaching patrol by the Kerinci-Seblat National Park Tiger Protection Team in Kerinci-Seblat National Park. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) subsequently caught two more of the deer on film using camera traps.

Posted in Environment @ 10 October 2008 03:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's economy likely grew over 6% for sixth quarter Indonesia's economy probably grew by more than 6 percent for a sixth quarter as the lowest interest rates in three years spurred spending on homes and cars. Southeast Asia's biggest economy expanded 6.2 percent in the three months to March 31 from a year earlier, about matching the 6.25 percent expansion in the preceding period, according to the median forecast of 17 economists in a Bloomberg News survey. The Central Statistics Bureau will release the data in Jakarta today.

Posted in Economy @ 13 May 2008 03:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emaar builds expansion to Indonesia with office in Jakarta Emaar Properties, the Dubai-based property developer with a significant presence in 36 markets globally, has accelerated its development plans for Indonesia with the opening of its country office in Jakarta. The office will steer the development of Emaar's first project in the country, the mega-tourism and mixed-use project in Lombok, and also explore new opportunities for growth.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 May 2008 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Most likely more flights between Singapore and Bali The government says it will add 350,00 seats each year on the air segment between Singapore and Bali in order to meet growing demand and sustain ambitious official tourism targets.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 April 2008 03:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia 2007 GDP expected to grow at fastest pace in 11 years The Indonesian economy is expected to have grown at its fastest pace in 2007 since the country was hit by the Asian financial crisis 11 years ago, driven mostly by private consumption. Falling interest rates, a strong financial market performance, and an increase in pay for civil servants are expected to have underpinned the recovery in purchasing power, said Destry Damayanti, an economist at Mandiri Securities.

Posted in Economy @ 14 February 2008 14:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda to order ten Boeing 777-200ERs Bisnis Indonesia reports that Garuda Indonesia has followed up its recent move into profitability by announcing plans to purchase 10 Boeing 777-200ER aircraft worth an estimated US$2 billion to support route expansion plans to Europe, the Middle East and East Asia.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 10 February 2008 03:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Bali, make up your mind about the airport' Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has issued a challenge to the people of Bali come to a clear decision in the face of growing congestion and infrastructure limitations at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport. The Minister warned that the current indecision surrounding Bali's sole airport must end and the people must decide if the current airport will be expanded or a new airport is to be built in the Buleleng, Jembrana or Karangasem areas of Bali.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2007 13:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air to acquire airlines in six countries Indonesia's budget carrier Lion Air said Wednesday that it was preparing funds to acquire shares in airlines in six Asian countries as part of the company's ambition to boost its global presence. Lion Air will buy stakes in airlines in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Bangladesh and South Korea at the amount permitted under their respective laws.

Posted in General @ 15 November 2007 01:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New international airport in the plans for Bali Jembrana Regency in the west of Bali has drawn up a plan to construct its own international airport, and is awaiting the go-ahead, and funds totaling some US$110 million, from the central government to proceed with the ambitious project, officials said. A feasibility study has just been completed on a Jembrana International City Airport, but there were indications of resistance to the project from the Bali government, said Regent I Gede Winasa.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Worrying signs from Mount Kelut The Mount Kelut volcano in East Java, which was put on the second-highest alert level last month, shows several alarming signs all indicating that it is about to erupt, said a top volcano expert in Indonesia. "I'm scared about Kelut," said Surono, head of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation in Bandung. "Kelut is now on the point of no return."

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 October 2007 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala offers more connections from new Bali air hub Indonesia's Mandala Airlines have announced three new routes from their new secondary air hub of Bali with the addition of Denpasar-Jogjakarta, Denpasar-Banjarmasin (Kalimantan) and Denpasar-Balikpapan (Kalimantan) - effective October 1, 2007.

Posted in General @ 22 September 2007 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ericsson awarded network expansion contract by XL Ericsson has been awarded an expansion contract by PT Excelcomindo Pratama Tbk (XL) to expand its GSM/GPRS and WCDMA/HSPA in the country.

Posted in Economy @ 07 August 2007 08:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'No more rainforest clearing for palm oil' Indonesian Minister for Environment Rachmat Witoelar said Indonesia will not allow palm oil producers to clear primary forests for establishing plantations, reports Bloomberg. "Expansion of palm oil plantations will not be allowed to sacrifice natural forests," Witoelar said in an interview yesterday. "They will be planted in lots that are already empty. There are plenty of these, 18 million hectares of them."

Posted in Environment @ 06 June 2007 06:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia to restrict Carrefour, Matahari expansion Indonesia is planning to introduce a law that will restrict new stores for hypermarket operators including Carrefour SA and PT Matahari Putra Prima as soon as next month in a bid to protect small retailers, said Mari Pangestu, Minister of Trade. Hypermarket operators will have to obtain clearance from the Ministry of Public Works before being allowed to open new stores, told Mari in an interview in Kuala Lumpur.

Posted in Economy @ 29 May 2007 10:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilots resign from Garuda Indonesia Over 70 pilots from Garuda Indonesia - Indonesia's national flag carrier - have resigned so far this year. They say poor working conditions and low salaries are the cause, according to the head of the airline's union. Most of the pilots have accepted more lucrative packages by other regional airlines, of which some are planning expansions of their fleets.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 24 May 2007 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indofood wants to produce more noodles The largest instant noodle maker in the world, Indonesian Indofood (PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk), plans to expand it's capacity from 13.5 billion packs per year to 14.5 billion to meet growing demand, as was told by a senior executive of the company on Tuesday. Thomas Tjhie, a director of Indofood, said the company was to spend 1.6 trillion Rupiah (132.2 million euro) this year, with 80 percent to be used for expansion.

Posted in Economy @ 03 April 2007 12:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adam Air to continue expansion Adam Skyconnection Airlines said the Jan. 1 crash of one of its aircraft will not affect expansion plans as the Indonesian budget carrier will pursue adding 60 planes within five years and searching for a strategic investor. The airline also plans to lease 10 Boeing 737 planes this year, bringing its total fleet to 32, according to the company's president director, Adam Suherman, whose family owns the Jakarta- based carrier.

Posted in General @ 14 February 2007 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Piece of missing jet found off Sulawesi A fisherman found a piece of a Boeing 737 that disappeared more than 10 days ago, the first hard evidence that the plane carrying 102 people had crashed into the sea off Sulawesi, a top search official said Thursday. The piece of tail from Adam Air Flight KI-574 was recovered Wednesday in the Makassar Strait, 185 miles off Sulawesi Island's coast, said Eddy Suyanto, the head of search and rescue operations.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 January 2007 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


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

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


Indonesia plane pilot said to alter path A jetliner with 102 people aboard that disappeared after encountering 80 mph winds over northern Indonesian waters twice changed course, an official said, as authorities widened the search Friday for the Boeing 737. A U.S. National Transportation Safety Board team arrived to help investigate the apparent crash of Adam Air Flight KI-574, which disappeared from the radar Monday near the Sulawesi coastal town of Majene without issuing a mayday.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 January 2007 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fate of Adam Air plane carrying 102 remains mystery Adam Air Flight KI-574 took off on New Year's Day with 102 people. An hour into what should have been a short hop between islands, the pilot reported heavy winds. Then the plane vanished, sparking a massive search. Thousands of soldiers battled rugged jungle terrain, a fleet of aircraft took to the skies and ships scoured the sea for a third day Thursday, spanning a 28,000-square-mile area - roughly the size of Ireland, or the U.S. state of California. But by nightfall they had found no trace of the Boeing 737.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2007 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[Update] 12 survive Adam Air jet crash; 90 dead [Update] 02 January 2007 20:37 WIB - Senior Indonesian officials said on Tuesday reports that an airliner with 102 people on board had been found on Sulawesi island were wrong, and the plane was still missing. Officials had earlier said that wreckage of the Adam Air plane had been found after it had crashed into the mountains in heavy rain. There were reports 12 people had survived the crash.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 January 2007 04:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia push a biofuels cartel With the world increasingly hungry for alternatives to crude oil, two Southeast Asian nations plan a way to control prices. Just at the time the administration of US President George W Bush is being urged by a group of leading US business executives and senior military officers to act decisively to break America’s dependence on oil and the EU is seeking alternative energy sources, Malaysia and Indonesia are seeking to create a an Opec-style cartel on one of the alternatives – palm oil, used for biofuels.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House not yet able to eradicate internal corruption The accountability and transparency mechanism of the House of Representatives (DPR), carried out by the DPR Honorary Board, is not thorough enough to eradicate corruption taking place within parliament. “The Honorary Board handles more issues that are related to public morality, such as Yahya Zaini,” said Adnan Topan Husodo, a member of the Working Board of Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW).

Posted in Corruption @ 13 December 2006 14:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Banker predicts Indonesia's economy continue grow in 2007 A banker has predicted that Indonesia`s economy would continue to grow in 2007 following the lowering six times of Bank Indonesia`s reference rate by 250 base points and the active expansion of banking credits to customers. "The sign for improvement in Indonesia`s economy has been seen since the second quarter of this year with the falling of Bank Indonesia`s interest rate and that of the banking credits," Gunawan Geniusahardja, a commissioner of PT PermataBank, said here on Tuesday after presenting a public expose on subbordinate bonds of PermataBank.

Posted in Economy @ 14 November 2006 15:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Motorcycle sales in Indonesia forecast to grow 5% in 2007 The sales of motorcycle in Indonesia is predicted to expand by 5 percent next year to 4.5 millions units, a dealer said here Friday. "Next year the demand of the motorcycle in the country will grow 5 percent," Vice Director of the Yamaha Kencana Indonesia Corp. Dyonisius Beti was quoted by the Antara news agency as saying. He said that the expansion was driven by about 5 percent economic growth predicted for next year.

Posted in Economy @ 28 October 2006 14:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Thick smog in Jambi province uncontrollable Jambi deputy governor Antony Zeidra Abidin held an impromptu meeting Sunday with a number of head of agencies and related authorities under his administration to deal with the increasingly thickening fog over Jambi, caused by forest and oil palm plantation fire. Antony, in charge of the Jambi province forest fire control and eradication team, held the emergency meeting after inspecting the fire raging in the oil palm estates in Arang-Arang on Saturday, according to a report by the Indonesian news agency, Antara.

Posted in Forest fires @ 02 October 2006 07:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia’s super-rich in one list by Forbes Asia Forty names were crowned by Forbes Asia magazine as the richest in Indonesia. Three of them joined the list at the end of the economic and financial crises. They are Trihatma Kusuma Haliman (Agung Podomoro), Eddy William Katuari (Wings Group), and Arifin Panigoro (Medco Energi). What are their business secrets? Here is Tempo’s report.

Posted in Economy @ 01 October 2006 10:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia plans to build national railway network The Indonesian government plans to build a railway network on the country's major islands to help speed economic development, a newspaper reported Wednesday. The railway projects would include the expansion of existing networks in Java and Sumatra and the construction of new ones in Kalimantan , Sulawesi and parts of Papua.

Posted in Economy @ 20 September 2006 15:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Sharks among 52 new species found off Indonesia Scientists said on Monday they found two types of shark, exotic "flasher" fish and corals among 52 new species in seas off Indonesia, confirming the western Pacific as the richest marine habitat on earth. They urged more protection for seas around the Bird's Head peninsula at the western end of New Guinea island from threats including mining and dynamite fishing that can smash coral reefs.

Posted in Environment @ 18 September 2006 11:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia to ban ethanol export The Indonesian government plans to ban ethanol export due to growing domestic demand in line with the expansion of biofuel industry, a senior official said Tuesday. Industry Minister Fahmi Idris said he has submitted proposal to close ethanol export to the trade minister and the forestry minister.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2006 14:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims in Asia protest Israeli attacks on Lebanon Muslims in Asia held angry but peaceful protests on Friday against Israel's bombardment of Lebanon, denouncing the Jewish state and demanding the United Nations take action to halt the violence. Demonstrators in Malaysia burned Israeli flags. In Indonesia they accused Israel of atrocities against civilians. In Bangladesh marchers shouted "Down with Israel.''

Posted in Protests @ 21 July 2006 14:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta Sultan told to withdraw from politics Yogyakarta Governor Sultan Hamengkubuwono X should leave politics and concentrate on culture and helping the province's poor, or he risks being abandoned by his people, an academic says. Sunan Kalijaga State Islam University lecturer Musa Asy'arie said Sunday the Sultan's withdrawal from practical politics would ensure the city-province remained a national center of culture.

Posted in Politics @ 10 July 2006 08:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Malaysia's investment in Indonesia doubles While other economies have reduced their investments in Indonesia after the financial crisis period in 1997, Malaysian investors have doubled their investment in the republic. Indonesia's Promotion, Investment Coordinating Board director Ikmal Lukman said Malaysia's investment in Indonesia had grown in terms of number and value of projects soon after the crisis.

Posted in Economy @ 25 May 2006 19:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Is affordable, clean water for all just a dream? The number of Indonesian urban poor without access to running water, an estimated 50 million people, exceeds the combined populations of Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. Nearly half of all people currently living in Jakarta, the fourth most populous city in the world, lack a piped water connection; this number of unconnected is greater than the urban population of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Posted in General @ 06 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia to launch flights to two new Indonesian cities Southeast Asia's top budget carrier AirAsia said Friday it will launch flights to two new destinations in Indonesia this month as part of its regional expansion. Daily services from Kuala Lumpur to Balikpapan in Kalimantan province on Borneo island will begin Dec. 20, to be followed by flights to Solo from Dec. 27, the Malaysian-based carrier said in a statement.

Posted in General @ 03 December 2005 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Solutions sought for decline in orangutan population The government says a comprehensive assessment process is underway on the plight of the orangutan due to mass deforestation, but it will avoid scaring off foreign investors. Minister of Forestry Malam Sambat Kaban said over the weekend that his office was in talks with other authorities and the government of Malaysia on the decreasing number of orangutans -- Asia's only great ape -- which are only found in Kalimantan, parts of Malaysia and Brunei, and in Sumatra.

Posted in Environment @ 17 October 2005 10:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aref arrives in Indonesia Iran's First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref leading a high ranking delegation arrived on in Jakarta on Thursday to attend the Asia-Africa Summit. Upon their arrival, the Iranian delegation were officially welcomed by Indonesian minister of research and technology.

Posted in Politics @ 22 April 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 31 killed in Solo airport plane crash Up to 31 people may have been killed and many more injured after a jet carrying 153 passengers and crew crashed on landing in heavy rain in Indonesia's central Java. Indonesia's Metro TV said 31 were dead and "tens" more hurt. Airport officials put the death toll at 31.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 November 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indosat earmarks US$700m for cellular phone expansion Indonesia's second biggest telecoms firm Indosat is earmarking at least 700 million dollars to develop its lucrative cellular telephone communication business in 2005, a report said. "The 700 million dollar amount is deemed enough. We are also considering to issue bonds or borrow from banks," Indosat finance director Wong Heang Tuck said according to the Media Indonesia newspaper.

Posted in General @ 19 October 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Matahari to open 50 hypermarkets over 5 years Indonesian retailer PT Matahari Putra Prima (MPPA.JK) said Thursday it plans to invest around one trillion rupiah ($1=IDR9,145) over the next five years to expand its business. "This investment will include a plan to open up to 50 new hypermarkets across the country," Matahari said in a statement. Matahari, which has a 20% share of the domestic retail industry excluding traditional markets, has opened eight supermarkets and seven department stores this year.

Posted in Economy @ 24 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, US sign open-skies agreement The US and Indonesian governments have signed an open-skies agreement that removes restrictions on the frequency of air transport services between the two countries. The agreement was signed Monday in Bali by US Communications Minister Norman Y Mineta and ad interim Communications Minister Soenarno.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign investment falls sharply ahead of elections Foreign direct investment in Indonesia declined 66 percent year-on-year in January and February, official data shows, in line with analysts' predictions before elections this year. FDI approvals fell to 805.4 million dollars from 2.4 billion a year earlier, the National Coordinating Investment Board said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 March 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto tops world corruption league Former dictator Suharto has topped a list of the world's most corrupt politicians over the past two decades. The list is part of Transparency International's new Global Corruption Report 2004, which charts the flow of stolen assets, recommends ways to recover money looted by despots, and sets out new standards on political finance and favors. Transparency International says Suharto stole about $15 billion to $35 billion during his 32 years of rule in a country where the Gross Domestic Product per capita hovers at around $700.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 March 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Controversial Jakarta busway kicks off on Jan. 15 The Jakarta administration announced on Tuesday that the controversial busway will open on Jan. 15, in line with the extension and expansion of the three-in-one traffic policy. Each passenger will be charged Rp 2,500 (29 U.S. cents) per trip along the Blok M-Kota route. The buses will operate from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. The buses will be free for the first two weeks.

Posted in General @ 10 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Matahari opens high-end supermarkets Indonesian retailer Matahari Putra Prima is to open two upscale supermarkets later this month and plans to open three more by the end of the year. The two supermarkets, which will be operated under the Matahari Marketplace banner, will open in Serpong, a town outside Jakarta, and Makassar, the capital city of South Sulawesi.

Posted in Economy @ 12 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim body launches own cigarette brand Indonesia's largest Muslim organisation, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), has come up with its own brand of kretek cigarettes in an attempt to cash in on the industry's good business. The Tali Jagat ('rope of the universe') kretek hit the market last week after it was launched in the town of Pasuruan, East Java. Mr H. Sulaiman, the head of NU's Sirkah Muawwanah cooperative in Pasuruan, was quoted by Radar Bromo daily as saying: 'NU has a lot of members in Pasuruan. That is why we chose to launch the cigarettes there.'

Posted in Religion @ 12 January 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minutes before his popular Paddy's club was struck by a bomb here last Saturday night, I Gde Wiratha, 55, was in one of his hotels some 5 km away, holding talks on his company's plan to launch Bali's first airline later this month. At around this time too, his brother and business partner, I Made Wiranatha, was getting ready to leave to shoot Kuta's clubbing scene for the fledgling airline's promotional video for the launch on Oct 27.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 October 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Power crisis adds to Jakarta woes A widespread blackout in the Indonesian capital and the surrounding West Java towns has underscored Jakarta's failure to build power infrastructure to keep pace with the growing demand. It has reinforced fears that a power crisis is looming in the country, especially as government has hardly managed to attract any new foreign investors into the power sector over the last five years. The blackout had left much of greater Jakarta in total darkness for about six hours on Thursday night.

Posted in Power supply @ 16 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Major celebrations are underway in the Netherlands to commemorate the Dutch East India Company's (VOC) 400th anniversary this year. This commemoration is especially targeted at Holland's younger generation, to instill a sense of pride in their history. However, nations that have suffered under colonialism, such as Indonesia, would surely have a different perspective on the VOC, the trading company with political and military power.

Posted in History @ 14 May 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia spurns VOC party On Wednesday, the Netherlands celebrated the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Dutch East India Company, also known by its Dutch initials VOC. Described by some as the world's first multinational, the VOC brought the Netherlands enormous wealth and power during the so-called Golden Age of global expansion.

Posted in Politics @ 20 March 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Boedino: Indonesia growth may speed up in 2003 Indonesia's economic growth may double to as fast as 7 percent next year, Finance Minister Boediono said, pushing the economy back to the size it was before the Asian financial crisis hit 4 1/2 years ago. The economy may grow between 6 percent and 7 percent next year, up from an estimated 3.5 percent to 4 percent this year, Boediono told parliament during preliminary discussions on next year's budget.

Posted in Economy @ 05 March 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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