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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


PPP chairman asked to clarify Gerindra rally presence United Development Party (PPP) General Chairman Suryadharma Ali has been asked to clarify his presence in a Gerindra campaign rally in Jakarta on March 23. PPP Regional Branch Chairman for East Java, Musaffa Noer, asked that Ali should explain it in a plenary meeting of PPP Central Executive Board (DPP) and PPP Regional Branches (DPW).

Posted in Politics @ 16 April 2014 13:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Satinah`s task force deplores minister`s statement The Head of Task Force to free Satinah, Muhammad Maftuh Basyuni, stated that he was deplored by Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandars statement, accusing his team of unprofessionalism.

Posted in Crime @ 16 April 2014 13:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia Islamic parties have possibility to coalesce Islam-based political parties in Indonesia have the possibility to join forces in the presidential race next July, according to a political party chairman. "It is possible for Islam-based political parties to coalesce," General Chairman of the Islam-based United Development Party (PPP) Suryadharma Ali said here on Saturday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 March 2014 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo: 'Agriculture more important than economic concerns' The issue of agriculture is a more important concern than simple economics, because it has a strategic role in the life of the nation, according to Indonesian Farmers Association Chairman Prabowo Subianto.

Posted in Economy @ 01 March 2014 16:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Islamic parties have no strong figure to unite them' A researcher has noted that Islamic parties in Indonesia have no strong figure to nominate as a presidential candidate, which is hampering coalition efforts.

Posted in Politics @ 25 November 2013 19:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls on people in Aceh to preserve peace President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on the people of Aceh to continue to maintain peace in this once conflict-torn region. "Eight years ago we were able to end the conflict in Aceh. It was because of our patience and hard work. In view of that, maintain and preserve the peace," he urged the public here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2013 23:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono leads Taufiq`s funeral ceremony President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led the funeral ceremony of Chairman of the People`s Consultative Assembly Taufiq Kiemas at the Kalibata Heroes` Cemetery in South Jakarta on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2013 21:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two former leaders of legislative assembly law fugitives Two former leaders of the Bojonegoro legislative assembly have been declared law fugitives after failing to honor summon for execution of the verdict of law court in corruption case.

Posted in Crime @ 14 May 2013 23:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Air Force urged to distribute national examination sheets Ministry of Education and Culture has asked Air Force to help distribute the national examination sheets 2013 for senior high school students in 11 provinces in central Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2013 00:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister condemns prison attack in Sleman Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsudin condemned the attack on Cebongan prison in Slaman, Yoyakarta, that killed four detainees at the wee hours on Saturday.

"The attackers are cruel people. They have damaged state facilities, attacked state apparatus and killed people cruelly," the minister said when he visited the prison on Saturday noon.

Around 17 armed men raided the Cebongan prison in the district of Sleman, Yogyakarta, early on Saturday and killed four inmates and wounded several wardens.

"As a minister of law and human rights I expressed my deep condolences to the victims` families and offered my apology for the failure of my personnel to protect them," he said when inspecting the penitentiary after the incident.

He expressed hope that law enforcers, in this case Yogyakarta police, would soon investigate and uncover the assailants who attacked wardens and cruelly killed four detainees. The minister said he had heard complete explanations on the chronology of the incident but he would not give details too far.

"We do not want to cause distortion in the (police) efforts to enforce the law. We only ask law enforcers to be serious and transparent. This is not a simple case as this happens for the first time in Indonesia," the minister said. He said law enforcers must investigate it first and no one may speculate on which group the perpetrators belong to.

"We hope that all sides would hold themselves and would not speculate," he said. The incident occurred following a clash in Hugo`s Cafe in the district days before that led to the death of a member of Army special force Kopassus.

The chief of the Yogyakarta regional police command, Brigadier General Sabar Rahardjo, said the four killed were "those involved in the clash in Hugo`s Cafe several days ago."

Posted in Violence @ 23 March 2013 21:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sky Aviation touts safety at Sukhoi Superjet unveiling Indonesian airline Sky Aviation assured the public that the Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 is safe during a press conference unveiling the first of 12 planes purchased by the small domestic airline on Thursday.

Posted in Travel @ 28 February 2013 13:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 12 killed in Cianjur tour bus accident  Going downhill at high speed in Cianjur, West Java, a tour bus hit a rocky hillside, leaving 12 people dead, 12 sustained severe injury, and tens other had minor injury, according to a report on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 February 2013 20:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Italian national dies in Central Java prison after bomb threat On Monday, February 11, 2013, the strange and twisting tale of Bali expatriate Andrea Geovani Soreti (earlier reported as Sorenti) ended in police custody at a Sleman, Central Java hospital where he died, aged 49, reportedly of dehydration, septicemia and kidney failure.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 February 2013 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Transportation Safety Committee needs 267 investigators The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) needs a total of 267 investigators to cover cases of transportation across the country, said KNKT chief Tatang Kurniadi.

Posted in General @ 28 December 2012 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Power outages hit Ngurah Rai airport Public service at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport was disrupted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at 2:20 pm when a power interruption left most of the airport in the dark.The Wednesday power outage followed a similar power failure on Monday, two days earlier.

Posted in Power supply @ 01 December 2012 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House speaker: 'Anti-graft agency cannot stand alone' House Speaker Marzuki Alie has stated that an anti-corruption agency cannot be expected to eradicate corruption in the country without the cooperation of other parties.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 November 2012 00:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Russian busted for smuggling drugs into Bali A 30-year-old Russian faces the possibility of 11 years in prison for trying to smuggle one kilogram of methamphetamine into Bali concealed in capsules inside his alimentary tract.

Posted in Drugs @ 06 October 2012 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Telkom seeking  new partner to launch replacement satellite PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk said it is seeking new partner to launch a new satellite to replace Telkom-3 lost in space on launching failure by Russian rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, last month.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 September 2012 23:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Clerics hold key to settle Sampang conflicts An influential Islamic leader said clerics hold the key to settle the conflicts between Sunni and Shia Muslims in Sampang Madura. A fresh conflict broke on Sunday last week between the two Islamic groups with mobs of Sunni Muslims attacking Shiite students and teachers with swords and machetes.

Posted in Violence @ 01 September 2012 20:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister seeks explanation from Telkom on satellite loss State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan will soon hold a meeting with PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia`s board of directors to discuss the loss of Telkom-3 satellite.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 August 2012 21:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Telkom : 'Indonesian Telkom-3 satellite lost in space' The Telkom-3 satellite owned by Indonesian telecommunication services company Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) has been reported lost, hours after it was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:31 AM Jakarta time on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 August 2012 22:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Telkom admits to Telkom-3 satellite launch failure Indonesian telecommunication services company Telkom has acknowledged that the Briz-M booster failed during the launch of Telkom-3 satellite from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on Monday (August 6, 2012) at 7.31 pm Russian time.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 August 2012 19:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry hands over compensation to Aminah family The Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration on Thursday handed over compensation to the family of Aminah binti Sarki Nurkin, an Indonesian migrant worker who died last month in Qatar.

Posted in General @ 03 May 2012 16:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected H5N1 patient passes away in Bandung Suspected bird flu (H5N1) patient, known by initial as Mr. A (42), died at Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung, West Java, on Saturday night, hospital spokesman dr Primal Sudjana said here on Sunday.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 March 2012 12:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Passenger bus plunges into ravine in West Java, killing 11 At least eleven people were killed on late Wednesday evening when a passenger bus was involved in an accident in West Java, Indonesian authorities said on Thursday. Several others were injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 February 2012 00:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hungry monkeys on the rampage on Bali The tribes of monkeys that inhabit the jungles of Nenggan in the village of Abiantuwun, Kediri in the regency of Tabanan are hungry. As a result, valuable crops are being attacked and ravaged by tens of ravenous primates.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 17 December 2011 04:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Chief: KPK's Bank Century probe may take years A Corruption Eradication Commmission (KPK) deputy chief said the commission`s investigation into the Bank Century bailout case may take years to complete.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 December 2011 04:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three bodies evacuated from Sulawesi floods Three bodies have been evacuated from floods in Bolapapu village, Sigi district, Central Sulawesi province on Sunday, while the other three persons were still missing, an official said.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 December 2011 09:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami buoy launched south of Bali Following a breakdown in 2007 linked to equipment failure, The Agency For The Assessment And Application of Technology (BPPT) in cooperation with the government of Australia, has re-launched a tsunami detector in the seas south of Bali.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 December 2011 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt considering to dissolve regional corruption courts The Law and Human Rights Ministry is considering civil society calls for the dissolution of regional corruption courts in light of their frequent failures to convict corruption defendants, the ministry`s vice chief said.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 November 2011 14:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


YPTB: Timo Sea largely destroyed after 2009 Montara oil spill Recent undersea pictures and video have shown that conditions in Indonesia's Timor Sea have deteriorated at an alarming rate, largely caused by the 2009 Montara oil spill, the Care West Timor Foundation (YPTB) said.

Posted in Elections @ 20 October 2011 22:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian brain damaged after drinking toxic cocktail An Australian nurse has fallen ill after drinking a toxic alcoholic beverage at an Indonesian resort island, local media reported on Wednesday. She is currently hospitalized after eventually suffering from brain damage and kidney failure.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 October 2011 06:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia urges Aussie compensation of 2009 oil spill Indonesia has urged the Government of Australia to sign a compensation payment agreement related to the 2009 Montara oil spill, which has already been postponed on two occasions.

Posted in Environment @ 21 September 2011 02:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mount Tambora shows rising volcanic activity The status of the Mount Tambora volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa has been raised to the second-highest alert status as its activity has been increasing since April, the Jakarta Globe reported on Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 September 2011 00:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian court sentences mob attack victim to prison A Muslim sect member was sentenced on Monday to six months in prison for disobeying police and violent assault in a deadly mob attack perpetrated against him and other Ahmadiyah members, The Jakarta Globe reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 August 2011 02:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Licenses of 'dirty' restaurants and hotels to be revoked The provincial government of Bali has affirmed that they will not hesitate to revoke the operating licenses of hotels and restaurants failing to properly dispose of their waste and sewerage.

Posted in Environment @ 07 August 2011 04:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert: Delays at Lion Air are management problem Bisnis.com writes that the Indonesian carrier Lion Air needs to urgently improve its internal management systems in order to reduce the frequency of delayed flights, if they do not wish to loose market share.

Posted in Travel @ 12 June 2011 03:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two 'tourists' get almost-permanent stay on Bali Jakarta Globe reports that 35-year-old Morita Yuki of Japan has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his failed attempt to smuggle 5.9 kilograms of hashish into Bali in November of 2010. The illegal cash of drugs had an estimated street value of US$410,000 and was concealed in a suitcase brought by the Japanese.

Posted in Drugs @ 01 May 2011 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wikileaks: Ban on training Kopassus lifted over Obama visit Indonesia threatened to derail a visit to Jakarta by President Barack Obama this year unless he overturned the US ban on training the controversial Kopassus army special forces, Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 17 December 2010 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Qantas grounds its A380 fleet after mid-air scare over Batam Qantas on Thursday said it will suspend all Airbus A380 flights after a Sydney-bound flight made a dramatic emergency landing in Singapore due to an "uncontained engine failure."

Posted in Accidents @ 05 November 2010 02:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic figure as rapist That you should not be amazed about many things in Indonesia is something we all know, but sometimes an effort is made to move boundaries even further with a big failure as result. An ustad (Islamic community figure) in the village of Babakan Cikao near the city of Purwakarta. This very religious person was eventually found to be a marijuana smoking rapist.

Posted in Crime @ 05 June 2010 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Many hotels and restaurants on Bali don't pay taxes Radar Bali says that 579 hotels and restaurants in the Badung regency of Bali are suspected of having misappropriated the 11% development tax applied to all hotel and restaurant bills. As a result, officials estimate some Rp. 87 billion (7,8 million euro) is at risk.

Posted in Economy @ 25 May 2010 01:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HRW: 'Prosecute abusive soldiers in civilian courts' The Indonesian parliament should enact a pending bill that would permit civilian authorities to investigate and prosecute soldiers responsible for crimes against civilians, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to a key lawmaker released today.

Posted in Human rights @ 24 April 2010 03:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schapelle 'not my weed' Corby seeking clemency with Yudhoyono The Australian beautician academy student Schapelle Corby has reportedly filed a petition with Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono seeking clemency in connection with her 20-year jail sentence for smuggling 4.2 kilogram of marijuana into Bali.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 April 2010 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Power outage after 5.2 magnitude quake North Sumatra A mild earthquake jolted the western coast of North Sumatra on Sunday evening, causing a blackout across the regency of Tarutung. Local manager of the state electricity company PLN, M Simbolon, said the quake was responsible for the power failure, but he was not certain as to how the tremor could trigger a blackout..

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 March 2010 00:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More power outages for Bali Despite earlier promises that the irritations accompanying electrical blackouts would end on December 6, 2009, the state-owned power company PLN has announced that repairs on the Gilimanuk generating station will take longer than expected and consumers should expect blackouts to continue at least until January 15, 2010.

Posted in Power supply @ 08 December 2009 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Batavia Air plane breaks down on landing strip A Batavia Air plane on the route Denpasar - Surabaya broke down at the landing strip of the international airport of Ngurah Rai on the resort island of Bali earlier today. Technical failure struck the plane when it was heating up the engines for departure. Four passengers or crew were injured in the incident when they exited the plane by emergency procedure. The plane is slightly damaged.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 December 2009 09:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey: 'Buildings on shaky ground in event of another quake' Indonesia’s West Sumatra province, recently hit by a deadly 7.9 magnitude earthquake, is likely to experience an even bigger quake, and buildings need to be constructed to withstand this, experts say. The 30 September earthquake, which struck off West Sumatra’s coast, hit the provincial capital of Padang, killing more than 1,100 people and leaving numerous collapsed and damaged buildings.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 November 2009 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


List of most influential Muslems: Congratulations Indonesia! Congratulations! Indonesia did not win again. They did not loose either, but are just playing a small role in this case. Most likely that is the best solution as well. Huh? What? Not winning is still okay? For sure, since it is all about the small representation of Indonesians in the list of 500 most prominent Muslems in the world.

Posted in Religion @ 20 November 2009 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Release Papuan flag-raisers Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should exonerate three Papuan men convicted of rebellion on November 12, 2009, for raising a pro-independence flag, Human Rights Watch said today.

Posted in Protests @ 19 November 2009 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security lacking at many Bali tourist class hotels Beritabali.com reports that 44 "Melati" or "tourist class" hotels recently failed to earn security and safety certificates issued by the government of Bali. The certificates are issued after visits and review by a team of officials from various departments of the island's government.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 October 2009 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Display of maps at hotel booking pages improved After several reports of a failure of properly displaying a Google Maps map on several pages of the hotels that can be booked via indahnesia.com, we have found out what the actual problem was. This problem has been solved directly as well, so maps will appear for those hotels that have enabled us to display their location.

Posted in Website @ 26 September 2009 10:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aid dispatched after hunger-related deaths in Papua The Indonesian government said it will send a team to a poor district in eastern Papua Province after a rights group reported deaths from hunger and associated diseases there. Swadiatma, an adviser to the Coordinating Ministry for People's Welfare, said the team of officials would be dispatched this week to the isolated district of Yahukimo in Papua to investigate reports of the deaths, and assess the long-term needs of the population.

Posted in Health @ 22 September 2009 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali hit by power outage A sub-sea interconnecting high-voltage cable carrying power from Java to Bali failed on Wednesday evening, September 15, 2009, plunging much of Bali into darkness starting from 19:05 local time (GMT+8). Frantic efforts to restore the peak demand capacity of 440 megawatt returned power in some areas within a half-hour, however, many consumers sat in the dark until late in the evening before power was fully restored.

Posted in Economy @ 22 September 2009 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Papua waisted 30 trillion Rupiah on autonomy' In the eight years that a special autonomy has been in place in Papua, the people there still do not enjoy improved welfare, partly because incompetent government actions in the two provinces. An official from West Papua said that both provincial governments had wasted some 30 trillion Rupiah (2.1 billion euro) in funds meant to support autonomy.

Posted in Politics @ 11 September 2009 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


92 dead of starvation in Papua Crop failure that has hit eight villages in the district of Suntamon in the Yahukimo region of Papua, has caused starvation among it's residents. The district head of Suntamon, Niko Banjo, has said that the starvation has started four months ago and has cost the lives of 92 people already. "Most victims are children. They can not feed themselves and become more vulnerable to disease like malaria. They also live in remote areas," he said over the telephone.

Posted in Health @ 03 September 2009 12:44 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


24-year old dies of Mexican Flu in Jakarta A patient infected with the H1N1 flu died on Sunday after being treated for several days at the Persahabatan Hospital in Jakarta. She died due to severe complications and was being treated for the H1N1 virus for at least one week. She also suffered from pneumonia before she was infected with H1N1. The doctor said the complication then caused bacteria to enter her lungs which caused her to die of heart failure.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 03 August 2009 13:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Government alcohol import tax branded a failure The Jakarta Post reports that analysts have branded the current high import tax regime on alcoholic beverage as a policy failure that has "neither discouraged consumption nor maximized revenues" and, as many had predicted, has "fostered a thriving black market."

Posted in General @ 10 May 2009 09:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Lack of maintenance Situ Gintul dam possible cause of collapse The dam collapse of the Situ Gintung dam in Ciputat shows signs of a structural failure of the dam, which was built in the Dutch colonial time. A geotechnical engineer, Agus Setyo Muntohar, explained that the man-made construction of the Situ Gintung dam was only to hold water. "Because it was a man-made structure, regular checks should be performed at the site," Agus said at the Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta.

Posted in Accidents @ 29 March 2009 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Denpasar police crack down on shirtless motorcyclists In addition to issuing tickets to motorcyclists lacking driver's licenses, vehicle title and helmets, NusaBali reports that Denpasar's traffic police will soon also be taking actions against drivers, presumably male, cruising Bali's roads bare-chested. Declared "Operation Sympathetic" and focused primarily on the streets of Kuta, a police official confirmed that special attention would be given to foreign male tourists driving motorcycles while not wearing a shirt.

Posted in General @ 05 February 2009 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia is running out of imported alcohol quickly The Indonesian government has put new import regulations in place as well as a massive tax hike creating a Customs clampdown on Indonesia’s alcohol supplies leading up to the Christmas holiday season, according to a report in Bali Update this week. Much to the frustration of hotel and restaurant operators, alcohol supplies have been reduced to a trickle, leaving many guests disappointed by not being able to enjoy their favourite beverage.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2008 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali rejects new anti-pornography law The adoption of the unpopular anti-pornography law by the national House of Representatives in Jakarta on Thursday, October 31, 2008, prompted a walk-out by the representatives of two political parties and the threat of civil disobedience from the people of Bali.

Posted in Politics @ 02 November 2008 12:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


National tourism targets difficult to achieve Bisnis.com quoted well known tourism observer Wuryastuti Sunario as saying she is pessimistic that the official national tourism target of 7 million visitors for 2008 can be achieved, bearing in mind that growth rates in national tourism reached only 11.43% during the first six months of the year.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 September 2008 12:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Executions are the new hype in Indonesia Two members from one family, mother Sumiarsih (59) and son Sugeng (43), were executed earlier this month after they had been on death row for an astonishing twenty years. They were sentenced to death in the 1980's over a murder on five members of their own family out of vengeance. After twenty years in prison, they names - and their story - reappeared in the news once again. The end of their story was clear for almost twenty years already, but it just did never materialize. Probably someone did not like cleaning his office, so these two death row candidates were only executed by firing squad earlier this month.

Posted in Crime @ 25 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 23 Another bird flu patient has died in the Persahabatan Hospital in eastern Jakarta. The victim, who is only known as R was 32 years old and passed away last Thursday evening after receiving treatment in the hospital for one week. The patient eventually died because of multiple organ failure. Before the patient was brought to the hospital there alreay was an acute lung infections which didn't improve anymore when receiving treatment.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 February 2008 12:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former president Suharto passes away Former president of Indonesia Suharto, has passed away ealier today. This was announced by the police, according to Indonesian media. Suharto earlier this nigh suffered multi-organ failure for the second time. He had to be put on life support and received CPR.

Posted in General @ 27 January 2008 07:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Suharto develops possible deadly blood infection Ailing former dictator Suharto has developed sepsis, a potentially deadly blood infection, and the 86-year-old's heart became unstable Tuesday, his medical team said. Sepsis, characterized by a whole-body inflammatory state caused by infection, can progress to blood circulatory dysfunction and eventually death. It is considered especially dangerous for the elderly or patients in critical condition and can lead to septic shock, which has a fatality rate of more than 60 percent.

Posted in General @ 15 January 2008 08:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto in very critical condition The condition of former president Suharto worsened on Sunday, two days after he suffered multiple organ failure, and was now "very critical", the doctor leading the team treating him said. The 86-year-old former president was admitted to hospital January 4 with heart, kidney and lung problems and his health fluctuated daily before dramatically worsening Friday, when he was hooked to a ventilator to save his life.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2008 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Streets of Kuta to be made more pedestrian friendly The physical infrastructure for streets in Bali is inadequate to meet the safety requirements of pedestrians and vehicular road users. Bad road surface conditions, the lack of sidewalks, insufficient drainage, and the absence of shaded and green corridors - all contribute to Kuta's failure to meet standards of safety needed for tourist areas with high levels of pedestrian traffic.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2008 04:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gravely ill Suharto improves slightly The health of Indonesia's ex-president Suharto improved Saturday, a day after he suffered multiple organ failure, as the government said it wanted to settle a graft case against him out of court. The octogenarian former president was forced to step down a decade ago after 32 years of repressive and often brutal rule in the world's fourth-most populous nation.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2008 10:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six Garuda B737-400s seized by customs officers Asia aviation soared to new heights on Thursday, October 25, 2007, with the inaugural flight of the Airbus 380 from Singapore to Sydney, while in Indonesia aviation circles were reaping publicity of a less favorable kind when six Boeing 737-400 aircraft leased by national flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia were seized by Indonesian customs and excise officials in Jakarta.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 October 2007 08:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 6 A woman has died of bird flu in Bali, the first human death from the virus on the resort island. An official from the Health Ministry told earlier today that a 29-year-old woman from West Bali died one day earlier in a hospital suffering from high fever.Her five-year-old daughter died recently after playing with chickens, but it was not clear if the girl died of bird flu.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 13 August 2007 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake halts Pertamina's Balongan refinery A 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit west Java early Thursday has forced a Pertamina oil refinery to be shut down for the next three days. The Balongan refinery in the town of Indramayu, which was close to the earthquake's epicenter, was shut down temporarily after the powerful quake caused power failure in the compound of the refinery.

Posted in Earthquake @ 09 August 2007 17:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to increase AIDS funding by 400 percent, mostly for Papua Indonesia is to increase the amount of money it spends on fighting AIDS by as much as 400 percent over the next few years. The major focus will be in the hardest-hit province of Papua, according to the welfare minister. Indonesia has one of Asia's fastest growing rates of HIV, with up to 290,000 infections on a total population of 235 million. Most of these cases are related to injecting drug users and prostitution.

Posted in Health @ 20 July 2007 13:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Problems mount at Asian Cup in Indonesia Problems are mounting for organisers of the Asian Cup in Indonesia with poorly organised ticket sales, criticism of training pitches and a floodlight failure at the main stadium. Indonesia has had little experience in hosting big sporting events and appears to be struggling to get it right.

Posted in Sports @ 12 July 2007 01:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests 31 after separatist protest Police in Indonesia have arrested 31 people after dancers staged a separatist protest in front of the president in Ambon last week. Maluku police spokesman Djoko Susilo said that 28 protesters and three others were arrested after the group danced in front of president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and unfurled a separatist flag. "We will resolve this case down to its very roots," said Susilo as criticism of security forces for failing to prevent the incident mounted.

Posted in Protests @ 01 July 2007 03:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands face food shortage in East Nusa Tenggara Thousands of people in Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara faced serious food shortage after farmers in the regency failed to harvest their rice fields for two consecutive seasons. Secretary to Sikka regental administration Genyo Kerong said Thursday that residents of 80 out of 160 villages in the regency have ran out their food stocks following the failures of the twice rice harvests sparked by long drought there.

Posted in General @ 16 February 2007 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia disputes report Obama attended radical Islamic school U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama fought back against an allegation that he was educated at a radical Islamic school as a child in Indonesia, determined to avoid being tripped up by unsubstantiated charges like those that undermined Sen. John Kerry in 2004. Interviews by The Associated Press at the elementary school in Jakarta found that it is a public and secular institution that has been open to students of all faiths since before the White House contender attended in the late 1960s.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2007 08:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plane likely spiraled into sea A jetliner with 102 people onboard probably went into a spiral at cruising altitude and plunged into the sea, a top transport safety official said Tuesday, deeming a mid-flight explosion unlikely. Setyo Rahardjo, chief of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the chance is small the Boeing 737 blew up because search and rescue teams have not found burnt wreckage or human remains since New Year's Day, when the Adam Air plane went missing.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 January 2007 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta wilts in unseasonal hot spell Well into what should be the rainy season, Jakarta is suffering through record-high temperatures, and experts warn residents they can expect more of the same.The Meteorological and Geophysics Agency says Jakarta has recently seen temperatures as high as 36 degrees Celsius. Normally, the temperature in the city stays below 32 degrees in January.R

Posted in Weather @ 14 January 2007 07:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shares predicted to continue strong gains in 2007 Jakarta's main stock index is set for further heady gains this year, supported by improving economic conditions, firm commodity prices and subdued inflation which should give corporate earnings a boost, encouraging fresh capital into the sharemarket, analysts said. They are picking a gain of between 16-43 pct, after last year's 55 pct surge, which saw the composite index repeatedly setting new records to finish 2006 at an all-time high of 1,805.522 points.

Posted in Economy @ 09 January 2007 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Veep promises to spare no efforts in search for missing plane After five days of searching, there's still no still no trace of an Indonesian jetliner missing with 102 people aboard. American experts arrived on Indonesia's Sulawesi island earlier today to help investigate the apparent crash of budget carrier Adam Air. The Boeing 737 vanished after battling fierce winds and storms.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 January 2007 02:25 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


Adrianus Meliala: Pushing for reform of Indonesian police Asked about the progress of police reform in Indonesia, criminologist and police analyst Adrianus Eliasta Sembiring Meliala said that it was obvious, but the direct benefit for citizens would not be realized in one night.

Posted in Human rights @ 09 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gas sale fails amid Java mudflow row Indonesian energy and mining firm PT Energi on Tuesday lost a potential buyer of some gas assets as controversy over devastating mud flows from near a drilling site in East Java continued to rage. PT Energi Mega Persada Tbk wants to sell stakes in firms that control gas block operator Lapindo Brantas -- a company that has been blamed for causing mud to gush from near a drilling site for months.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 28 November 2006 16:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hidden tragedy of West Papua "Of course the police are just as good at torturing as the army. Some of the cruder forms [include] putting a table leg onto the foot of somebody and then somebody heavily dancing on the table, which can be extremely painful. So, I mean torture is routine."

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bush faces rising anti-U.S. sentiment in predominantly Muslim Indonesia A politically weakened U.S. President George W. Bush will face anger over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when he visits mostly Muslim Indonesia on Monday for talks aimed at broadening ties with a strategic ally in the war on terror. Islamic groups have vowed to disrupt Bush's brief stop in the country, which is also seen in Washington as a key counterbalance to China's emerging economic and military might in Southeast Asia.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 November 2006 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu death toll hits 56 as toddler dies in hospital The human death toll from bird flu in Indonesia rose to 56 after a 2-year-old boy who died Monday in a Jakarta hospital from the H5N1 virus, health officials said. In addition, the country also posted a new confirmed human bird flu case, with a 36-year-old woman who has been undergoing treatment for the virus at the same hospital since Friday, said Ningrun, an official at the Health Ministry's bird flu centre.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 14 November 2006 02:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ExxonMobil to negotiate Natuna gas field in Indonesia The U.S. giant oil and gas company ExxonMobil is ready to discuss for renewing its rights to operate on the major offshore gas field Natuna off Indonesia's Borneo island, the company said here Friday. After terminating contract with ExxonMobil last month, Indonesia has given a top priority to the company to reach a new deal on operating agreement for the field containing around 222 trillion cubic feet of gas.

Posted in Economy @ 04 November 2006 04:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia agonises over search for clean judges Achmad Ali shifted uncomfortably, constantly adjusting his collar as he was interviewed by the Indonesian Judicial Commission about joining the nation's highest legal body, the Supreme Court. Like most Indonesians, the university law school dean is an avid user of SMS phone messaging. Commission members were complaining about being besieged by pleas to ignore reports that Mr Ali was under investigation for embezzling law school funds.

Posted in Human rights @ 04 November 2006 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says forest fires almost gone Indonesia said on Thursday 90 percent of forest and brush fires that have produced thick smoke blanketing much of Southeast Asia have died out as regional officials met to discuss plans to tackle the annual hazard. The smoke, known in the region as haze, has affected much of Southeast Asia for months, triggering fears of a repeat of the choking situation that hit the region in 1997-98.

Posted in Forest fires @ 03 November 2006 03:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Administrations identify newcomers as source of problems In spite of widespread criticism, the administrations of Jakarta, Tangerang and Depok continue to insist identity checks are the key to limiting rural-urban migration. The three neighboring administrations plan to carry out door-to-door checks for individuals without ID cards issued by their city of residence.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 November 2006 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Yudhoyono faltering on Human Rights' After two years at the helm, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has drawn praise for ending the 30-year war in Aceh. Yet, human rights activists do not share the same enthusiasm when it comes to reforming the powerful military and solving human rights cases.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2006 04:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Writers fest highlights poverty and human rights Freedom and human rights are common themes which persist across international literary festivals around the world. The third annual Ubud Writers and Readers festival which closed last week was no exception. The five-day event featured workshops, seminars and panel discussions on topics ranging from the effects of globalization to understanding of Islam in the modern world.

Posted in Culture @ 14 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia have different perception on land border Indonesia and Malaysia still have different perception in deciding land border areas in Kalimantan (Borneo) island, ANTARA news agency reported quoting an Indonesian envoy as saying. Malaysia had identified nine border problems -- four in its state of Sabah (eastern Kalimantan) and five other in its state of Sarawak (western Kalimantan) while Indonesia problems on 10 areas including that in Tanjung Datu in West Kalimantan have yet to be solved.

Posted in Politics @ 18 September 2006 11:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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