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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


'Double-track railway construction should be accelerated' The construction of double-track railway in Java Island should be accelerated, the Vice Minister of Transportation Bambang Susantono reported here on Wednesday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 10 September 2014 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police officers arrested in Kuching not on duty in Malaysia Two Indonesian police officers arrested in Kuching had no order to cross the border to Sarawak , Malaysia, from West Kalimantan, the State Police headquarters said. Adj. Sr. Comr. Idha Endri Prastiono and chief brig. MH Harahap were arrested by the Malaysian Royal Police (PDRM) on alleged drug trafficking.

Posted in Drugs @ 02 September 2014 15:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US Navy works with Indonesia to protect sunken gravesite US Navy underwater archeologists, in conjunction with Indonesian Navy divers, have assessed in an interim report that the wrecked vessel surveyed in the Java Sea in June is "consistent with the identification" of the World War II wreck of the cruiser USS Houston (CA 30), and that divers documented conclusive evidence of a pattern of unauthorized disturbance of the gravesite.

Posted in History @ 19 August 2014 13:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Corruption as extraordinary crime' Corruption is an extraordinary crime that must be uprooted completely, emphasized President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. "Corruption is an extraordinary crime and our common enemy, and I say, I do not compromise with this kind of crime," the president affirmed in his annual state-of-the-nation address on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 15 August 2014 13:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi wins presidential elections The Indonesian elections commission on Tuesday night officially proclaimed Joko Widodo the winner of the most bitterly fought and closest-run presidential election in the countryís history.

Posted in Elections @ 22 July 2014 16:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military sees KPU as strategic object Indonesian Military Commander, General Moeldoko, said the General Elections Commission (KPU) has been positioned as strategic object on the occasion of Presidential Election 2014, therefore it required extra security.

Posted in Elections @ 18 July 2014 19:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Antigraft activists applaud Akilís life sentence A leading antigraft watchdog has applauded the Anti-Corruption Courtís decision to sentence former Constitutional Court chief justice Akil Mochtar to life in prison. ďThis verdict will not only give a deterrent effect but also send a message to other law enforcers not to commit corruption or take bribes,Ē said Emerson Yuntho, the legal monitoring coordinator of the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 July 2014 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal Bakrie fails to lead Golkar: Party member Aburizal Bakrie has failed to lead the party to win the election and form a coalition with another party to face the upcoming presidential election, noted Golkar Party member Ais Anantama Said.

Posted in Politics @ 20 May 2014 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: Next govt must focus on fighting corruption' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono stated that fighting corruption should become one of the main tasks of the next government. "We are aware that there are still several homework (left to be done), among others, corruption cases," President Yudhoyono clarified during the opening of a national development planning meeting here on Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 April 2014 16:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Court meets Antasari's demand over judicial review The Constitutional Court (MK) met Antasari Azhars demand on Thursday allowing the former chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to file another judicial review over his case.

Posted in Crime @ 06 March 2014 21:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Corby finally walks free under parole after years in jail Schapelle Leigh Corby, finally walked free under a parole on Monday morning from her jail in Bali where she had spent two third of her prison term for drug smuggling. Corby,36, from Queensland, Australia, walked out of Kerobokan prison in Denpasar at 08.00 western local time under heavy police guard .

Posted in Drugs @ 10 February 2014 14:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Corby's parole will not undermine justice system' Justice and human rights minister Amir Syamsuddin said the governments decision to grant parole to Australian drug dealer Schapelle Leigh Corby would not undermine the countrys justice system.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 February 2014 21:43 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


Jokowi defends English-free primary school curriculum The Jakarta administration has backed the Education Ministryís controversial new curriculum that scraps English classes, computer studies and physical education as mandatory courses in primary schools.

Posted in General @ 14 December 2013 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to extradite Italian mob fugitive Antonio Vitale Indonesia will extradite Italian fugitive Antonio Messicati Vitale, following a Bali provincial courts recent approval of the extradition request from an Italian prosecutor, Attorney General Offices spokesman Untung Setia Arimuladi said here on Saturday.

Posted in Crime @ 23 November 2013 21:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No to mining business in Raja Ampat Minister for the Environment Balthasar Kambuaya said he would reject any proposal for mining operation in the district of Raja Ampat of West Papua. "I have already told my staff to reject any such proposal in the district of Raja Ampat," Balthasar said here on Friday.

Posted in Environment @ 18 October 2013 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bulog to supply 20 tons of beef per day The state logistics agency (Bulog) will soon supply 20 tons of beef to the market per day to curb the price of the commodity which has shown no sign of declining.

Posted in General @ 10 July 2013 19:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 4.6 million elderly in Indonesia prone to be neglected Some 4.6 million out of 18 million elderly people in Indonesia are prone to be neglected, Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri said here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 28 May 2013 15:54 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


Ruling Democratic party looking for new leader Indonesia`s ruling Democratic Party is looking for a new leader after the former leader resigned following his naming as a suspect in a corruption case.

Posted in Politics @ 30 March 2013 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Rescue workers discover 12 bodies of Cililin landslide Evacuation team for landslide mitigation at Mukapayung village, Cililin sub-district of West Java province has discovered two other bodies that makes the total casualties of the disaster to 12 persons.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 March 2013 18:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air adds flights in western Indonesia Already from the very first week of 2013 Lion Air has announced that it will increase the number of flights on a number of their existing routes. These extra flights are put in their daily schedule as rising demand for certain routes is increasing faster than new flights can be added as it seems.

Posted in Travel @ 02 January 2013 12:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to operate unmanned aircraft Indonesia plans to operate unmanned aircraft in 2013, manufactured by the Agency for Technology Assessment and Application (BPPT), according to minister of research and technology Gusti Muhammad Hatta.

Posted in Military @ 30 December 2012 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to ask help Singapore in capturing convicted corruptor The Indonesian Integrated Team will send a letter to the Singaporean government, seeking cooperation in tracking down corruption convict Djoko Tjandra.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 December 2012 16:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to raise budget allocations for Papua The government will raise the amount of general allocation funds for mountainous districts in Indonesia`s eastern-most province of Papau next year, a presidential aide said.

Posted in Economy @ 05 December 2012 22:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslide forces Jakarta - Bogor trains to a halt Indonesian state-owned railroad company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) has announced that the commuter trains between Jakarta and Bogor will not operate for the time being after a large landslide caused the double track to sink. Trains from Jakarta will only run until Depok train station just south of Jakarta.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 November 2012 12:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Media leaders seek direct clarification from Dahlan A number of mass media leaders met with state enterprises minister Dahlan Iskan to seek clarification directly from him regarding his clash with the House of Representatives (DPR).

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 November 2012 21:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Severe drought takes victims in Pekalongan Long drought began to leave its mark with 1,800 people of the regency of Pekalongan, Central Java, hit by acute infection in respiratory tract.

Posted in Health @ 18 September 2012 10:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Solution needed to solve international corruption' Indonesian chief minister for legal, political and security affairs Djoko Suyanto said efforts must be made to find a way to settle corruption cases affecting other countries.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 September 2012 19:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Six airlines offer extra flights during Lebaran Six airlines have offered extra flights in anticipation of increased passenger traffic during the Lebaran holiday season, according to Air Transportation Director General Herry Bhakti.

Posted in Travel @ 07 August 2012 17:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament appoints of Financial Service Authority members The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) confirmed the appointment of the chairman and members of the Financial Service Authority (OJK) for the 2012-18 period at a plenary meeting here on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 June 2012 18:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Umar Patek sentenced to 20 years in jail for terrorism The West Jakarta District Court sentenced Hisyam bin Ali Zein alias Umar Patek to 20 years in jail on Thursday for his involvement in a number of terrorism crimes. The panel of judges led by Encep Yuliardi stated the 46-year old man had convincingly been found guilty of committing terrorism.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 June 2012 17:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Corruption convict captured in San Francisco Indonesia`s corruption convict Sherny Kojongian, who was wanted by the police in connection with the BLBI case of Bank BHS, has been caught in US city of San Francisco.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 June 2012 09:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Democrat treasurer gets over four years of jail Former treasurer of Democrat Party Nazaruddin gets four years and ten month of jail sentence for bribery case during the construction of Southeast Asian (SEA) Games` athlete village last 2011.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 April 2012 07:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono installs new ambassadors President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appointed four new Indonesian ambassadors extraordinary and plenipotentiary, at the State Palace, here, Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 05 March 2012 08:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All civil servants to be required to report wealth Administrative Reform Minister Azwar Abubakar said all civil servants would be required to report their wealth to anticipate the recurrence of cases of civil servants having huge bank accounts.

Posted in Politics @ 01 March 2012 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court scraps unjust rule on extra-marital children The Indonesian Constitutional Court (MK) has invalidated a long-standing legal rule stipulating that a child born outside an official marriage only has a civil relationship with its mother and not with its father.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2012 08:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Trail begins for 2002 Bali bomb suspect Umar Patek The main suspect behind the deadly bombing which hit the Indonesian resort island of Bali in 2002 faced the start of his first trial on Monday, local media reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 February 2012 11:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


300 Indonesians on death row abroad for drug offences Almost 300 Indonesians are facing the death penalty abroad for involvement in narcotic drug cases, according to National Narcotic Agency (BNN) chief Gories Mere. "Until now, 284 Indonesians have been sentenced to death abroad in connection with narcotic cases," he said at a year-end press conference here on Tuesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 28 December 2011 05:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Extra flights and new route for Lion Air The fast-growing Indonesian airliner Lion Air has expanded it's schedules once more this month. A number of flights were added on existing routes between popular destinations and a new route between Surabaya and Singapore was opened. This route is targeted at the large business community in both cities.

Posted in Travel @ 28 December 2011 05:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight Indonesian fishermen missing off West Sumatra Eight fishermen were reported missing on Tuesday after their fishing boat was hit by a strong storm off the western Indonesian coast of Sumatra, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 December 2011 02:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two people die of dengue fever in Jambi Two people were recently reported to have died of dengue fever at Sultan Thaha Saefuddin general hospital in Tebo district, Jambi province, hospital spokesman dr Hendra said here on Thursday.

Posted in Health @ 15 December 2011 13:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono names seven new national heroes President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono awarded hero titles to several national figures for their great contributions to the country here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 09 November 2011 05:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


agoda.com spotlight on Jakarta: hotels from USD 22! agoda.com, a leading global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) today announced a chic selection of hotel deals in the exciting Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 November 2011 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government: 'Lebaran not tomorrow, but the day after' Just a while ago it was decided upon during a sidang istbat - extraordinary 'meeting' with the Indonesian government, Islamic scolars and foreign guests, that the most important day of the Islamic year, the first day of the month of Syawal, or Idul Fitri, not falls on August 30, but one day later on August 31. This news broke after August 30 had been picked as Idul Fitri or Lebaran as official public holiday over a year ago.

Posted in Ramadan @ 29 August 2011 16:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Higher alert-status for Anak Ranakah volcano on Flores The Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG has announced that it has raised the alert status for the Anak Ranakah volcano in the district of Manggarai on the island of Flores in southeastern Indonesia. The status is now two out of scale of four. The 2,247 meter high volcano almost continuously emits a small plume of white smoke, but now the activity inside the volcano has also increased.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 August 2011 10:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terror suspect Umar Patek admits assembling 2002 bombs Terror suspect Umar Patek has admitted to having assembled the explosive devices which were used in the 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people were killed, officials said on Saturday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 August 2011 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


President Yudhoyono calls for the arrest of more fugitives Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday called on National Police to continue pursuing wanted fugitives following the arrest of Muhammad Nazaruddin.

Posted in Crime @ 12 August 2011 05:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Colombia approves extradition of fugitive Nazaruddin The Colombian government has approved the extradition of fugitive bribery suspect Muhammad Nazaruddin who was arrested in Cartagena on Sunday, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 August 2011 05:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fugitive ex-treasurer Nazaruddin captured in Colombia Indonesian police on Monday confirmed that fugitive Muhammad Nazaruddin, who is accused of accepting bribes worth almost $3 million, was arrested by Interpol agents in South America.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 August 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia launches international search for fugitive ex-treasurer Indonesia's police and immigration departments have launched an international joint mission to seek fugitive Muhammad Nazaruddin, who is accused of accepting bribes worth almost $3 million, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 July 2011 18:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lawmaker: 'Foreigners must be watched' A lawmaker said that the government should improve how it monitors foreigners' activities in Indonesia to prevent espionage. "We need to be sure that these foreigners will do us no harm in the future. That is why we need to be extra careful," Effendy Choirie from the Nation Awakening Party (PKB) said on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 20 July 2011 12:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupts, disrupts air traffic network Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, on Monday erupted, officials said, who also warned air traffic networks.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 July 2011 02:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Interpol seeks Nazaruddin for bribery allegations Indonesian National Police and Interpol are still trying to locate the whereabouts of Muhammed Nazaruddin, who is accused of accepting bribes worth almost $3 million, officials said Thursday.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 July 2011 16:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aussie suspend cattle exports over slaughterhouse cruelty The Australian livestock export industry on Monday said it would be suspending the supply of live cattle to three Indonesian slaughterhouses, after a documentary broadcast on national TV showed extreme animal cruelty.

Posted in Crime @ 30 May 2011 23:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Aceh couples caned for extramarital affairs Two Indonesian couples on Friday were publicly caned for having had extra marital affairs in a conservative Muslim province in Aceh, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Religion @ 08 April 2011 23:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police: parcel bombs from outside Jakarta Indonesian police on Tuesday said the series of parcel bombs that have targeted different areas of the country's capital, Jakarta, might have been sent from outside the city.

Posted in Crime @ 29 March 2011 16:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Condoms from 'ATM' for users of prostitutes in Malang The regent of Malang, Rendra Kresna, has made it easier for users of prostitutes in Malang to get their hands on a condom. Not to promote prostitution - efforts to close down several red light areas in the district fail over and over again because of resistance from the population - but to curb the spread of diseases like HIV/AIDS.

Posted in Health @ 14 February 2011 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Mysterious crop circle found in Yogyakarta A mysterious crop circle appeared Sunday afternoon in a small rice field in the outskirts of the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, local media reported Monday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 January 2011 04:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian minister denies allegations of raping Indonesian maid Malaysian Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim on Wednesday denied the allegations that state he raped his Indonesian maid four years ago, local media reported.

Posted in Crime @ 06 January 2011 04:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former diplomat faces 3 years in graft case State prosecutor with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) demanded a three year prison sentence for former Foreign Ministry secretary general Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat in an alleged corruption case related to the renovation the Indonesian embassy in Singapore in 2003.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 January 2011 10:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: 'Torture of suspects normal in Indonesia' Law enforcement officials from police to prison wardens routinely torture Indonesian suspects and convicts to extract confessions or obtain information, a new report asserted Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 02 January 2011 01:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism suffers under ash from Mount Bromo volcano The volcanic activity of the Mount Bromo volcano in East Java province has caused heavy damage to the tourism industry in the area. The volcanic ash, emitted by the volcano, covers a large area where normally people make a living from tourists. The areas most heavily hit are Cemorolawang, Ngadisari and Probolinggo.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 December 2010 06:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta Busway as wrong example With currently at least a dozen routes throughout many parts of Jakarta it is possible to travel around the city for just 3,500 Rupiah per person. It doesn't even matter how many transfers you make. The oldest routes have their own lanes through dense traffic conditions in many parts of the city, but elsewhere the big buses have to compete with a few million other road users.

Posted in Travel @ 12 December 2010 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi erupts again, danger zone expands Indonesia's Mount Merapi on Wednesday erupted again with more force than last week's blasts, spewing out hot ash, lava, and burning rocks up to 5 kilometers (3 miles) into the sky for over an hour. Authorities expanded Merapi's danger zone to 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), which is beginning to reach areas not yet evacuated as well as refugee camps.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 November 2010 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Train tickets mostly sold out ahead of Idul Fitri Idul Fitri is still one month to go, but train tickets for trips from Jakarta to popular destinations in Central Java, Yogyakarta and East Java within a week ahead of the Islamic holiday have been sold out. Head of Senen railway station Taviv Saryono said on Wednesday there were no more tickets left for business and executive classes for departure between Sept. 3 and Sept. 9.

Posted in Travel @ 12 August 2010 03:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Civet cat dung coffee may be haram Indonesia's top Islamic body says it may forbid followers from drinking the world's most expensive coffee - extracted from the dung of a civet cat - over concerns it is unclean. Kopi Luwak is made from hard beans that have been eaten by the nocturnal critters and then fermented in their stomachs before being pooped out and roasted.

Posted in Religion @ 20 July 2010 12:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister against sex education in schools Sex education has been in place in many schools across the country, but Education Minister Muhammad Nuh expressed on Thursday his objection to the extra curricular subject. Nuh said children did not need formal education about sex as they would learn it by nature.

Posted in Politics @ 12 June 2010 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Early hours in NED During the long weekend of last week the island was flooded with Indonesian and foreign tourists that either want to shop cheaper, or want to do things that they can not do at home. Some prefer to get completely wasted on alcohol - more cheap here than in Singapore - in a matter of hours to he can take the boat back a few hours later, the other spends a night on the island to taste some of the forbidden fruits here.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 June 2010 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More power to support Indonesian economy Indonesia aims to increase its electricity capacity to 15,000 megawatts this year to support its economic growth target of 7 percent by 2014, a senior minister says. "The15,000 MW capacity can be achieved through construction of new power plants," Coordinating Minister for the Economy Hatta Radjasa told.

Posted in Power supply @ 25 April 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Teachers in Lampung protest against pungli Dozens of teachers in the district of Natar in Lampung province have demonstrated against so-called pungli ('pungutan liar' or paying kickbacks) earlier today. The teachers demanded the resignation of servants of the Educational Board of South Lampung because of these illegal activities.

Posted in Protests @ 15 April 2010 04:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia launches biometric verification for border control The Directorate General of Immigration at the Department of Law and Human Rights in Indonesia, locally known as imigrasi, today announced the rollout by SITA of a border control system that includes biometrics capture at 27 of the nation's air and sea ports.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2010 05:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More flights available on ticketindonesia.info Starting today, some 1,000 flights more are available for booking via the website ticketindonesia.info. On this website, you can book tickets for domestic flights against the price set by airlines, enabling you to plan your travels across the archipelago. After an update, some 1,000 flights of Garuda Indonesia have been added. Most of them are flights with one transit.

Posted in Travel @ 04 April 2010 10:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jail term for rape of young Norwegian woman The suspect of the rape of a Norwegian woman, Oktaviano Prastiwan, is waiting for his sentence to be handed out. He will most likely get seven years in prison. Prosecutor Ari Dewanto said that the suspect has been charged with having extramarital sex with a defenseless victim.

Posted in Crime @ 23 March 2010 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scrapping 7-day visa-on-arrival causes problems Resort developers and tour agents who market tour packages for Batam and Bintan islands are crying foul over Jakarta's sudden decision to change its visa rules. On Jan 25, the Law and Human Rights Ministry said it would scrap the option for a US$10 visa-on-arrival for visitors from non-Asean countries, like the United States and Australia, which would let them stay in Indonesia for seven days.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 February 2010 13:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Regent sentenced to jail over corruption Suspended Sleman Regent Ibnu Subiyanto was convicted Wednesday of committing graft in procurement of school textbooks in 2004 and sentenced to four years in prison. Ibnu also has to pay Rp 200 million in fine or else he will have to serve an extra three months of imprisonment.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 January 2010 10:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mess at PLN Cikarang #5 After a month of 'uncertainty' I headed for the local office of PLN once more late last week. I was still hoping to be able to pay my electricity bill. It was the fifth time I was here, just to pay the bill for the power that I had consumed since the time I moved in here last June. Earlier attempts to pay failed because of several reasons, see the related blog articles for that.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 24 December 2009 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Wings Air plane skids over runway and breaks down An old McDonnell Douglas plane from airline Wings Air has finally broken down. This happened at the Syamsuddin Noor airport near the city of Banjarbaru in South Kalimantan. The plane arrived from Surabaya at 18:15 when it skidded over the runway and broke down right away. The 160 passengers and crew were all safe but were panicked by the incident.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 December 2009 01:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional court: 'Case against KPK members fake' The Constitutional Court in Jakarta says a possible fabrication of evidence was used to incriminate two Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leaders following the revelation of a series of controversial wiretapped conversations involving businessman Anggodo Widjojo and top officials at the National Police and the Attorney Generalís Office (AGO).

Posted in Corruption @ 26 November 2009 06:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia Airlines: KL - Bali flights three times a day Malaysia Airlines have increased to three flights a day its services between Kuala Lumpur and Bali. Tourist visitors traveling from the Malaysian capital have the choice of three departure times at 08:45, 12:25 and 15:20. The additional flight, increasing from twice to thrice the number of daily flights, will remain in effect until December 31, 2009.

Posted in Travel @ 10 November 2009 00:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


 The mess at PLN Cikarang #2 Early July, I headed for the local office of PLN in Lippo Cikarang, located almost besides the local post office, so that was not too difficult to find. I expected it to be a short visit, but that would turn out to be a completely different. My address was not found in the system of the cashier as well and I was not able to pay my bill here as well for the time being.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 03 November 2009 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali reports hotter than usual weather Tourists and residents across the island are complaining that temperatures on the island are exceptionally hot. According to Kompas.com, Bali's hotter-than-normal-heat-wave have seen sunbathers, who used to spend the entire day on Kuta Beach, abandoning the shoreline at 9:30 a.m. to escape the escalating heat.

Posted in Weather @ 02 November 2009 00:52 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


1,100 illegal buildings flattened in Jakarta The number of buildings in Jakarta that is demolished because they are not built according to regulations now stands at 1,100. The head of the Building Supervision Office (P2B) in Jakarta, Hari Sasongko Kushadi, told that last year only some 700 buildings have been demolished. Most of the 1,100 buildings lack a proper building permit (IMB) while others were built in green zones or over drainage systems.

Posted in Crime @ 26 October 2009 07:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia plays with passengers Every once in a while I do get to fly short distances in Indonesia. Because I don't fly to very exotic destinations which can only be reached once every few days, I often have the choice between several operators. That puts back the fun in flying a little bit, because looking for the right tickets is part of the travel already.

Posted in Travel @ 12 October 2009 05:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bringing passengers to Padang big business Because there are still many passengers heading for the quake-struck city of Padang in West Sumatra, Mandala has added extra flights from and to the city until the end of the month to accommodate all passengers. Extra flights will be organized between Jakarta - Padang and Batam - Padang. In total some 9.710 chairs will be added with Airbus 320 and Airbus 319 planes.

Posted in Travel @ 12 October 2009 01:53 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


Sexy, a young woman with candy Simply strange to see. Make a sexy picture of yourself, or ask your friends to make one of you, just to put this picture on your Facebook or Myspace in the hope that people are willing to give a comment on it. Many people aim at comments that are all to predictable, but short replies like "Sexy!", "Hot!" and "I would like to have sex with you!" in various phrases are all to common, also in Indonesian of course.

Posted in Sexy @ 24 September 2009 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


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

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


Garuda increases seat capacity for lebaran holidays Garuda Indonesia will add 42,226 seats to its scheduled services operating September 16 0 28, 2009, to meet an expected surge in demand over the Islamic Lebaran holidays. The extra seats will be create by adding extra flights or increasing the size of aircraft used on an existing 17 domestic and 7 international routes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 31 August 2009 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More trains and higher prices during mudik PT. Kereta Api will put in service three extra trains to absorb the large number of passengers during mudik this year. The three extra trains will total a number of 30 wagons. The trains will be added to the normal train schedule on the island of Java and will all be ekonomi class trains.

Posted in Ramadan @ 20 August 2009 04:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal villas are big business in Baliís Gianyar regency A special committee of the Regional House of Representatives from the regency of Gianyar in Bali has estimated that 60% of that district's potential hotel and restaurant tax income is lost via illegal commercial villas who side-step their tax obligations.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 August 2009 13:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two foreigners wanted as pedophiles extradited from Bali After sitting behind bars at Bali's Kerobokan prison for nearly eight months, a man on Interpol's Most Wanted List, 46 year-old Christian Burger, is now in France to face child sexual abuse charges. Burger, who has both French and Swiss citizenship, was placed on a plane to Paris on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, following the issuance of a letter agreeing to his extradition signed by Indonesia's President Yudhoyono. He has issued the needed letter last Monday, as was confirmed by Public Prosecutor I Ketut Sujaya, SH.

Posted in Crime @ 08 August 2009 13:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


High-class illegal brothel in Surabaya closed down A high-class illegal brothel has been closed down by the East Java police. During the raid, Kok Jiang was arrested for being pimp. Nine of his 'children' were arrested as well. Kok Jiang posted messages on advertisement pages of newspapers in and around Surabaya looking for people who want to assist bringing customers to him. He also asked for new girls to join in working in his 'massage parlor'. When girls started working for him, he also required them doing 'extra services', locally known as pijat plus-plus.

Posted in Culture @ 07 August 2009 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bali immigration officers avoid criminal charges As reported on earlier, 44 immigration officers at Bali's main airport have been under investigation for embezzling an estimated Rp. 3 billion (210.000 euro) in visa-on-arrival fees between October 2008 and May 2009. Kompas reports that a decision has been made by the Immigration Department to limit punishments to only disciplinary and administrative sanctions.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 August 2009 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Five percent pay rise for civil servants and police The national budget for 2010, which is currently being talked about, makes room for an average of five percent pay rise for civil servants, members of the Indonesian army, the police and retirement payouts. 2010 will see 28 trillion Rupiah (2 billion euro) - or 21 percent - in extra funds to realize this. The funds are also planned to be used for the payout of a 13th month for salaries and retirement payouts.

Posted in Economy @ 03 August 2009 12:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions
    
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