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Ambassador: 'ISIS getting funding from the West' The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) movement was inseparable from the interest of some Western countries and got financial support from them, Indonesias Ambassador to Switzerland, Joko Susilo, has said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 August 2014 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Number of sea travelers expected to increase' The number of this years post-fasting Idul Fitri travelers will increase by about three percent to 1.5 million, stated Transportation Minister A.A. Mangindaan. "It is predicted to increase by 3 percent from that in the previous year," the minister remarked here on Tuesday.

Posted in Travel @ 15 July 2014 15:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Surabaya administration cracks down on beggars The Surabaya city government in East Java is cracking down on street beggars and homeless drifters whose number continues to increase during the holy month of Ramadhan this year.

Posted in General @ 05 July 2014 16:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police to deploy 30,000 during presidential poll The Jakarta Metropolitan Police will deploy around 30 thousand personnel to secure the July 9 presidential election in the capital. The personnel will also supervise the distribution of ballot papers to polling stations in the capital, chief of the metropolitan polices public relations bureau Snr. Comr. Rikwanto said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 02 July 2014 19:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Muhammadiyah calls against politicizing fasting month Muhammadiyah, one of Indonesias largest Islamic organizations, has called on all people to not politicize the Islamic fasting month that will fall late this month.

Posted in Religion @ 17 June 2014 08:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sutan Bhatoegana named suspect in corruption case Sutan Bhatoegana (SB), a parliamentary member from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyonos Democrat Party, has been named a suspect in a corruption case at the energy and mineral resources ministry.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 May 2014 18:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Government to boost economic growth to six percent The Indonesian government is keen to boost economic growth to six percent amid the global economic meltdown, said Finance Minister Chatib Basri.

Posted in Economy @ 12 August 2013 16:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian government decides Idul Fitri on August 8 The Indonesian government here on Wednesday declared the fall of Idul Fitri on Thursday, August 8. The decision was made in an Isbath meeting attended by representatives from various Islamic organizations in the country.

Posted in Religion @ 08 August 2013 00:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono discuss reconciliation over Shiite issue President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with Maduranese clerics and figures and local government officials to find a solution over Shiites who have been expelled from their homes on the island of Madura.

Posted in Religion @ 02 August 2013 08:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five airports get special security for upcoming holidays Transportation Minister EE Mangindaan said five international airports in the country would get special security in connection with Islamic post-fasting holiday of Lebaran.

Posted in Travel @ 01 August 2013 22:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Lebaran remittances estimated to reach Rp15 trillion Indonesia`s Manpower Minister Muhaimin Iskandar estimated remittances from migrant workers during the current fasting month and ahead of the post-fasting holiday of Lebaran this year could reach Rp15 trillion.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2013 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · 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


VP instructs ministers to maintain food price stability Vice President Boediono has instructed relevant ministers and officials to maintain food price stability in the face of subsidized fuel price hikes and the fasting month of Ramadhan.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2013 23:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Domestic tourists causes economic growth' Domestic tourist visiting attractions across the country during the just completed Idul Fitri holiday grew dramatically, providing much needed income to the local economies during the traditional downturn in foreign visitors of the fasting month.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 September 2012 03:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor urges Solo people to stay calm after terror attacks Central Java Governor Bibit Waluyo has called on the residents of Solo to keep calm despite a series of terror attacks in the city over the past two weeks. "The police are investigating the cases, so I want all people in Solo city to stay calm," he said here on Friday, adding that all the parties should cooperate in dealing with the problem.

Posted in Terrorism @ 31 August 2012 21:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Red-cross running short of blood' Chief Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono has said the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), particularly the Jakarta office, is running short of supplies of blood due to the decreasing number of blood donors during the fasting month.

Posted in General @ 23 August 2012 19:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A granade thrown at police station A granade thrown by unknown people exploded last night at a police station on the eve of Idul Fitri, the end of Islamic fasting month,in the Central Java city of Solo but no one was injured , police said.

Posted in Crime @ 19 August 2012 08:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


People pack Jakarta streets to celebrate end of fasting month People in cars, on motorbikes and on foot packed several streets in capital city Jakarta to celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan on Saturday evening. Traffic jam was seen in the Thamrin street section between the Hotel Indonesia roundabout to Monas Square, which are the popular spots in the city.

Posted in Ramadan @ 19 August 2012 02:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia resolves to be leading nation by 2045 President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that Indonesia is determined to become a world leader by 2045.

Posted in Economy @ 16 August 2012 18:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia guarantees food stocks, prices during Idul Fitri The government will guarantee the availability of food stocks, as well as ensure their prices remain reasonable during the post-fasting Idul Fitr festival, a minister said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 August 2012 18:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


88 already die in traffic accidents ahead of Idul Fitri A total of 88 people have died due to traffic accidents several days before the fall of the post fasting Idul Fitr holiday later this week, the police said here on Monday.

Posted in Ramadan @ 13 August 2012 21:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Health Ministry to set up more than 1,400 posts for travellers The Ministry of Health has planned to set up 1,468 health-care posts, with at least 65,000 paramedics, for home-bound travelers during Id-ul-Fitr, according to a minister.

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 August 2012 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightclubs closed during Ramadhan in Ternate The local government of Ternate asked nightclub owners to close their joints during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan. "We have asked all nightclub owners in Kota Ternate to close their clubs during Ramadhan," said Deputy Mayor of Kota Ternate Arifin Djafar here on Wednesday.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 July 2012 10:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Thousands of convicts to get Christmas remissions A total of 5,200 prisoners in Indonesia will get remissions on the occasion of Christmas Day. 162 of them will automatically become free men after receiving special remission II on Christmas this year. This according the director general of penitentiaries at the ministry of Law and Human Rights, Sihabudin, said here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 25 December 2011 01:33 CET by Blog Bot · 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


At least 12 dead after ferry sinks in eastern Indonesia At least twelve people have been killed and an unknown number of people remain missing after a ferry boat sank in eastern Indonesia on early Saturday morning, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 August 2011 14:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Tourism @ 27 August 2011 05:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Actual ticket prices on ticketindonesia.info After several months of preparations, the website ticketindonesia.info has finally launched it's new website with actual ticket prices. Visitors of the website that are looking for tickets for domestic flights or a regional flight in Southeast Asia will now be presented real prices of tickets as well.

Posted in Travel @ 14 February 2011 11:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government: Idul Fitri to fall on September 10 The government announced on Wednesday the Ramadan fasting month would be rounded up to 30 days, which means Idul Fitri will fall on Sept. 10. Minister of Religious Affairs Suryadharma Ali said after a meeting to set the date for Idul Fitri at his office that the moon was not visible during simultaneous observation conducted in 29 towns across the country from Jayapura to Banda Aceh on Wednesday.

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 September 2010 02:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Telkomsel blocks 800,000 porn sites Telecommunication giant Telkomsel claims to have blocked 800,000 porn sites in response to the government’s drive against pornography during Ramadan fasting month. Telkomsel president director Sarwoto Atmosutarno said Thursday the company had filtered the adult sites through its proxy server or gateway, which automatically denies its customers access to the porn sites.

Posted in Ramadan @ 12 August 2010 15:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan: Which 'porn' is really blocked? Just several weeks ago the Indonesian Minister of Communication, reli-nut Tifatul Sembiring of the radical Islamic Party for Prosperous Justice PKS, threatened to block half the internet. This was to protect Islamic values during the holy month of fasting, Ramadan. And was most likely to be maintained afterward as well, because it was already implemented anyway.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 August 2010 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muhammadiyah confirms Ramadan to start Wednesday Indonesia's second largest Muslim organization, Muhammadiyah, has confirmed Aug. 11 as the beginning of the Ramadhan fasting month. Muhammadiyah chairman Din Syamsuddin said Tuesday that the decision was based on 'hisab' - an astronomical calculation that predicts 'hilal' or new moon, which will appear on Wednesday.

Posted in Ramadan @ 10 August 2010 11:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic groups told not to conduct raids on entertainment centers Religious Affairs Minister Suryadarma Ali has asked Islamic groups in Indonesia not to conduct raids on entertainment centers ahead of the Islamic fasting month which will start this month. He made the request at the University of Sunan Gunung Djati in Bandung, West Java, on Friday, as certain Islamic organizations once tended to resort to violence in dealing with differences.

Posted in Ramadan @ 02 August 2010 08:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 'No price hikes in airline sector during Lebaran' The government has confirmed that prices of airline tickets during the Lebaran period - the end of the month of fasting Ramadan - will not be increased. "There will be no hike," said the head of the Air Transport department of the Ministry of Transport, Herry Bhakti. He said this after he was asked about possible price hikes during this busy travel period.

Posted in Travel @ 28 July 2010 08:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'All porn sites will be blocked before Ramadhan' Information and Communications Minister Tifatul Sembiring said in Jakarta on Thursday that his ministry would block all local and foreign porn sites and the target for the completion of the blockage will before Ramadhan fasting month next month.

Posted in Ramadan @ 22 July 2010 15:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Busiest travel period ahead in Indonesia: book your plane tickets now! Starting from September 10 it is Idul Fitri in Indonesia again, the end of the holy month of fasting, also known as Eid-ul-Fitr. Tens of millions of Indonesians will use any means of transport to get home in the days before that date to celebrate this important holiday with their families back home, so the many forms of transport in the country will be severely put to the test.

Posted in Travel @ 17 June 2010 15:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Higher toll road tariffs from tomorrow Starting tomorrow, higher tariffs of toll roads will become effective. The first increase in two years - according to laws that allow price increases once every two years to correct for inflation and increased operational costs - will be some 30 percent. A price hike was planned for earlier this month, but because of the Ramadan month of fasting and the following busy travel period, the increase was delayed.

Posted in Economy @ 27 September 2009 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Selamat Idul Fitri 1 Syawal 1430 H From Indonesia we wish all visitors from indahnesia.com Selamat Idul Fitri. Today is the day that Muslims in Indonesia celebrate the end of the holy month of fasting Ramadan. For the first time in several years, the two biggest groups of Muslems in Indonesia, Nahdlatul Ulama and the Muhammadiyah , celebrate this holiday on the same day as well.

Posted in Ramadan @ 20 September 2009 02:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Almost all roads fine for Idul Fitri holidays' The Department of Public Works (PU) has said that ten days before the first day of Idul Fitri, some 98 percent of the construction and renovation works on roads is finished. It only gave information about the roads that are appointed as official mudik routes, with mudik being the 27-million odd homecoming travels to celebrate the end of the Ramadan month of fasting.

Posted in Ramadan @ 12 September 2009 02:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh: the sick western tip of Indonesia The most strict Islamic region in Indonesia, the westernmost tip of the island of Sumatra, is to adopt a much stricter form of Islamic law than the one now in place. Married adulterers will be stoned to death in the new law, which will make Indonesia look like a complete fool if the law is eventually allowed to be adopted by the central government.

Posted in Religion @ 10 September 2009 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.0 magnitude quake hits near Tolitoli An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 on the Richter Scale has struck near Toli-Toli in Central Sulawesi province around 01:51 local time (GMT+8). The earthquake was centered at 27 kilometer northwest of the city and was registered to have a depth of only 12 kilometers.

Posted in Earthquake @ 09 September 2009 02:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands left seeking shelter after Java quake Thousands of Indonesians are struggling to find shelter several days after a powerful earthquake, which killed at least 57 people, struck off the coast of the heavily populated Java island. More than 26,800 houses were damaged and 334 collapsed in West Java, according to government figures provided to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Indonesia.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 September 2009 02:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pork as zakat Most likely the clerk was slightly confuse because he was fasting that he somewhat stressed when he saw my pork. It was around five in the afternoon when I strolled through the Hypermart supermarket, searching for a small gas stove which can be put on a table during the meal. Still sold out, so I went shopping for some food. The freezer full of daging babi. White text on a red background may look like big danger, but it is merely dead, packed and frozen pork.

Posted in Ramadan @ 04 September 2009 13:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam police chief does not know his staff is raiding hotels Hotel operators in Batam have complained about raids on their hotels by local police. They say it hurts tourism more than it improves safety or anything else. The raids started with the start of the holy month of fasting, Ramadan, but the Association of Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants' (PHRI) on the island has said that the national police is no moral police.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 31 August 2009 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Ramadan in Jalan Jaksa; too much alcohol It was a Saturday yesterday. As usual I got up on time and after breakfast, mandi and a quick look on the internet I grabbed my stuff for a short trip to Jakarta, which is still about one hour from here. The bus at ten in the morning was one bus later than I had planned on taking in the first place, but well, that's how things go. No big deal.

Posted in Ramadan @ 30 August 2009 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Toll on Indonesia's highways to increase The state roll road management agency in Indonesia (BPJT) has announced that three of the largest toll road operators in the country have asked to be allowed to increase their tolls with some 12 to 19 percent this year. Toll rates are allowed to rise every two years. If the agency agrees with the new prices, they will come into effect as soon as September 4, 2009.

Posted in Economy @ 27 August 2009 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta: 'No raids by non-government groups' The Jakarta city government has warned private organizations not to disturb or attack nightclubs and other businesses that stay open during the Ramadan. The police chief in Jakarta has made it clear that mass organizations are not authorized to perform such supervisory functions. Enforcement of law and local bylaws can only be performed by the police, the city government and appointed order agencies.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 August 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Train tickets around Lebaran almost sold out However the holy month of fasting has not even started, most have already made plans to go home to celebrate the end of it. Yesterday all tickets for all classes in trains from Jakarta to various cities throughout Java were sold out. Tickets for departure five days before the end of the Ramadan were even sold out completely.

Posted in Ramadan @ 19 August 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Three 'naughty couples' disturbed in their activities Three 'naughty couples' were not even safe having sex in different hotels in the city of Depok last night. At two different locations Satpol PP, the civil police, came into action. The first couple was caught in Hotel Uli Arta and two others in Hotel Genggong in the city. The places were raided during an operation against liquor and prostitution in the run up to the Islamic holy month of fasting which starts next week.

Posted in Ramadan @ 16 August 2009 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Old and dirty money; how to get rid of it You will all probably have experience with it. You have just paid in the local supermarket and your change is a pile of banknotes that are just a few euro cents in value. If you are lucky enough, they will add a handful of aluminum coins with even less value than those uang kertas ('paper money') as well.

Posted in Culture @ 06 August 2009 15:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muhammadiyah: Ramadan starts at 22 August In the run up to the holy month of fasting Ramadan, the Muhammadiyah in East Java has already decided that the start of the fasting period - or 1 Ramadan 1430 - will be on 22 August. Secretary of the Muhammadiyah in East Java, Najib Hamid, said that the end of the Ramadan - 1 Syawal 1430 - would be on 20 September.

Posted in Ramadan @ 30 July 2009 10:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


Bali marks New Year's Day of Silence Residents and tourists on the popular Indonesian resort island of Bali on Thursday celebrated the annual Day of Silence, a Hindu New Year observance during which the island shuts down and people are banned from the streets. The New Year, called Nyepi, is one of the most important religious events for Balinese Hindus, and this year, they welcomed the Saka New Year of 1931.

Posted in Religion @ 26 March 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan in Yogyakarta: Sahur! Sahur! Sahur! It is around half past two in the early morning at a random Sunday in the holy month of fasting Ramadan. For a big part of the population this is the time to enjoy a nice meal, a part of the people leaves the nearby nightclub Republic for the lesehan* at Jalan Malioboro. A colorful group of young women in short skirts, high heels and often quite a lot of make-up and proper young men in a blouse quickly fills up the lesehan. They have just over one hour to eat their meal and enjoy a cigarette before the call to open the fasting for this Sunday is made by the imam from the mosque almost next door to the nightclub.

Posted in Ramadan @ 26 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


21 dead in stampede over alms in Pasuruan At least 21 people have been crushed to death in a queue for a charity handout from a wealthy family in Indonesia. Scores more were hurt in the stampede, which took place after about 10,000 people queued for a charity handout to mark the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The crush happened in the East Java town of Pasuruan when a crowd of poor people were waiting for a donation, known as zakat, of three euro each.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 September 2008 15:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: 'You wanna fuck nice girl?' I probably have to stress once again that it was broad daylight when I walked around in the nightlife district of Batam - which is better known as 'Kampung Bule' indeed. However I have to be honest that I don't know what is usually going on at night here, I could imagine certain aspects of nightlife here from stories and Googling for certain keywords of course. Not directly what I am looking for, and maybe because of that reason I just explored the area during broad daylight to see what is going on here. From the Nagoya Hill shopping mall I walked to a local warnet (internet cafe) to check some things out and to make my walk around the district.

Posted in Ramadan @ 13 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Ramadan on Batam: everything closed down The first of September of this year was the official start of the Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Moslems in Indonesia. In general this comes with all kinds of threats from - in general - radical elements in the society that some places should better shut down for the entire month or otherwise be visited by people that are not visitors or customers. Fortunately those people are not the majority nor the government in this country, thus the local government on Batam has decided that the two weeks of obliged shut-downs is to be limited to only four days; the first day of fasting, the 17th day and the days of Idul Fitri (also known as the Arabic term Eid-ul Fitr). This however is the official regulation, outside that it will still be different than people hoped for.

Posted in Ramadan @ 05 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising prices hit Indonesia's Ramadan Across many parts of Indonesia, families are having a close look at their budgets once again during the Islamic holy month of fasting, Ramadan. Rising food and fuel prices limit spending power for the festivities that are normally held when breaking the daily fast. The world's fourth largest country has seen rising costs in the lead-up to the month of fasting, putting those families hit hard by earlier price hikes of fuel under more pressure.

Posted in Ramadan @ 02 September 2008 04:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Serpong police confiscates 2.400 bottles of liquor The regional police in Serpong, western Java, has succeeded in confiscating 2.400 bottles of liquor from a warehouse in the area. Outside confiscating the bottles as evidence, the police also secured the two owners, only known a G.S. and S.I., of the warehouse.

Posted in General @ 21 August 2008 10:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Excution order for Amrozi on table of Attorney General A member of the staff of the Attorney General in Jakarta, Abdul Hakim Ritonga, said that the execution order for the three convicted of being the masterminds of the Bali bombs in 2002, is already on the table of Attorney General Hendarman Supanji. According to Ritonga, the execution is just a doorstep away, waiting for final approval by the Attorney General. "The documents are on his table already."

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 August 2008 04:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muhamadiyah: 'Ramadhan to start at 1 September' The head office of Muhamadiyah, Indonesia's second largest Muslem organization, in Jakarta has decided that the first day of the holy month of fasting will be on 1 September 2009. At that day the month of Ramadhan will start officially. The announcement was made by the vice-secretary of Muhamadiyah, Fatah Wibisono, in Jakarta earlier today.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 August 2008 09:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Paperwork for execution Amrozi and friends being prepared The court in Bali is currently preparing the paperwork needed for the three that are sentenced to death because of their involvement in the first Bali bomb attack in 2002. These steps are taken in order to make sure that the executions will take before the holy month of Ramadan. "All paperwork is currently being gathered. Tomorrow we will hand it over to the Attorney General in Jakarta," said Putu Alit Adnyana a spokesperson of the court in Denpasar.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 July 2008 12:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Attorney General: 'Amrozi and friends won't make it until Lebaran' The Attorney General will order the execution of the people convicted for the Bali Bomb attacks in October 2002 before the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. This decision is made based on sociological factors of the people. "If the execution is performed during the holy month of fasting, it will disturb the fasting of many. Outside that, it will also interfere with the psychological mind of the people," said Attorney General Hendarman Supandji during a press meeting in the Attorney General's main building at Jalan Sultan Hasanuddin in Jakarta earlier today.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 July 2008 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesian migrant worker dies in Malaysia Another migrant worker from Indonesia, who worked in an oil palm plantation in Malaysia, died on October 5. He was identified as Redi Martin. "We have not yet been informed of the cause of his death, but the death was allegedly due to torture by Malaysian security personnel," told Saidi, the dead worker's uncle. Saidi also told that Redi's body is expected to arrive in the village of Kalikudi today.

Posted in General @ 18 October 2007 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The bare breasts of Djarum It has to be said that it is somewhat strange to see when you are browsing the internet and you end up looking at a number of pictures where some women with bare breasts advertise an Indonesian cigarette-brand. In this case it was Djarum that was doing its best in Hungary to have their brand settled in the local market. Whether the clove-cigarette-producer will be able to build a brand as strong as it is in Indonesia, I can't tell, but would having women with their breasts bared have any positive impact in this entire story?

Posted in Culture @ 09 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Militant admits to beheading Christian girls ensions remained high in Indonesia’s volatile region of Poso Saturday, January 20, after a key Islamic militant admitted to taking part in the killing of three Christian high school girls there in 2005. He reportedly also confessed to shooting the Rev. Susianty Tinulele to death in Palu in 2004.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 21 January 2007 09:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Power line breaks, causes accident on Cipularang highway Traffic at the Cipularang toll road came to a grinding hold on Friday evening when a high-voltage power cable (Saluran Udara Tegangan Ekstra Tinggi, SUTET), which crossed the road here, broke of and came down in the Sadang area, district of Purwakarta. The cable just missed the cars on the road below. After the cable broke, several small accidents occured. Three cars were damaged and two people were reported to have injuries. The power cable broke around 19.00 local time (WIB), in the middle of the busy time directly after Ramadhan month of fasting.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 October 2006 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rain clears haze in SE Asia, Indonesia airports open Airports closed by low visibility have reopened in Indonesia and the air is cleaner over Singapore and Kuala Lumpur after rain doused forest fires spreading haze across the region, officials said on Friday. It was not immediately clear however if the improvement was temporary or whether the haze could return after a few days.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 October 2006 10:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from bridge collapse rises to 7 The number of death toll from Wednesday's suspension bridge collapse in a mountainous tourist resort in Central Java province rose to seven on Thursday, a police officer said. "The fatality has become seven, two of those injured have died," Police chief of Baturaden district of the province named only Sudrajad told Xinhua by telephone.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 October 2006 16:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sightseers in death plunge as bridge fails A footbridge packed with local tourists broke at a mountain resort on Java island Wednesday, killing five people and injuring 29 others who plunged more than 60 feet to a rocky riverbed, police and tourist officials said. Surono, an employee at the Baturaden resort in Central Java province, said one of the steel cables holding the small bridge snapped. Police Chief Emron Putra Agung said five people were killed and 29 injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 October 2006 17:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2 militants in 2002 Bali bombing freed Two Islamic militants jailed for the Bali bombings that killed 202 people were freed Tuesday, and nine others had their sentences reduced to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month. But the decision to include convicted terrorists was likely to anger countries that lost citizens in the Oct. 12, 2002, suicide attacks on two crowded nightclubs.

Posted in General @ 24 October 2006 17:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta looks deserted as fasting month draws to end As the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadhan draws to close, Indonesia's capital city Jakarta's boisterous hustle and bustle receded as of Sunday because many residents returned to their home villages or towns to celebrate the Islamic festive days of Idul Fitri which will fall on Monday. According to local media reports, the quietness of the city was felt in the last three or two days.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 October 2006 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of masked people raid cafe's in Yogyakarta About fifty people dressed in black and white wearing a full-face mask raided a number of cafe's that stayed open in this Ramadhan month in Yogyakarta Saturday evening (7 Oct). A representative of the local police in Yogyakarta, Asep Taufik, told that a number of cafe's - among them Made Kafe and Ruwis Kafe in Jl. Parangtritis, anur Kafe in Jl. Mergangsan and Bamboo Resto in Jl Veteran - had become victim to a group raiding them. "A group of people that arrived on motorbikes broke tables, windows and available bottles of drinks in these cafe's".

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 October 2006 04:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 56 reactions


Police foil attempted closure of church The suppression of religious freedom in this predominantly Muslim nation continues in West Java, where dozens of churches and places of worship have been forcibly closed by Muslim extremists over the past year. A mob of around 50 people attempted Saturday to demolish a house they claimed was being used illegally by Christians as a place of worship in the hamlet of Cibintinu, Arjasari village, some 20 kilometers south of Bandung.

Posted in Religion @ 25 September 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims begin observing holy month of Ramadan Indonesia's president urged his people on Sunday to be stronger in facing challenges as the world's most populous Muslim nation began observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims are expected to refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk in order to focus on the spiritual.

Posted in Ramadan @ 24 September 2006 14:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightspots told to 'respect' Ramadhan A band of 70 public order officers will patrol the capital to ensure nightspots and entertainment centers comply with an order to adjust their operating hours during the Ramadhan fasting month. Agency head Hariyanto Badjoeri said his office distributed a circular from the City Tourism Agency to the management of entertainment centers and nightspots in the capital earlier this month.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 September 2006 14:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Group files complaint against Miss Indonesia A militant Islamic group has filed a police report against Indonesia's Miss Universe candidate accusing her of indecency, a lawyer for the organization said on Tuesday. Nadine Chandrawinata's participation in the contest and display of her body in a swimsuit there "is actually insulting for Indonesian dignity and women", Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) attorney Sugito told Reuters.

Posted in Religion @ 25 July 2006 13:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Padang mayor defends sharia as good for development Padang Mayor Fauzi Bahar dismisses concerns about his mayoralty's gradual enactment of sharia, arguing that Islamic law is beneficial to development because it makes people more devout. Fauzi told The Jakarta Post it was the duty of the state to encourage people to live according to religious teachings, not to prevent it.

Posted in Religion @ 09 February 2006 17:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Long blackouts in Aceh and North Sumatra State power company PLN on Wednesday began cutting power to Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam and North Sumatra provinces for two hours a day, again leaving residents in the dark after a year of regular blackouts in 2005. The rolling blackouts, which will continue over the next 52 days, will take place during peak usage hours, between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., according to the company's spokesman in North Sumatra, Agus Muliadi.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2006 10:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Idul Fitri 'losing its color' in Jakarta The fasting month of Ramadhan and Idul Fitri celebrations in Jakarta have lost much of their colorful cultural traditions, a senior citizen says. Republika daily newspaper writer Alwi Shahab remembers that Idul Fitri Eve in the 1940s and 1950s was a special time for Betawi (native Jakarta) women. Unlike on ordinary days, they were allowed to spend the evening outside their houses, tasked with buying flowers for the Lebaran decorations, Alwi said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 03 November 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


 20 arrested in raid on sect in Palu Penetrating rugged hills in Palu, police on Wednesday arrested 20 suspected members of a shadowy religious sect who were assumed responsible for the killing of three police officers on Tuesday.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 27 October 2005 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four dead in police clash with sect in Sulawesi A clash between police and machete-wielding members of a shadowy Islamic sect on Indonesia's eastern Sulawesi island has killed four people, three of them officers, a senior policeman said on Wednesday. The fighting a day earlier on the rugged hills just outside the Central Sulawesi provincial capital of Palu broke out when police sought to apprehend the leader of a tiny sect which has been branded deviant by local Muslim clerics.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 26 October 2005 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge police deployment for Idul Fitri holiday Indonesia will deploy more than 30,000 extra police this week as the world's most populous Muslim nation gears up for celebrations marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadhan, police said Sunday. "About 33,400 policemen across Indonesia will be deployed," police spokesman Bambang Suncoko told AFP.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 October 2005 11:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight FPI members arrested for carrying sharp weapons Eight members of the "Islam Defenders Front" (FPI) have been apprehended by West Jakarta police for carrying sharp weapons during a rally in front of the West Jakarta Police precinct on Tuesday. Some 150 FPI members were protesting the slow pace of investigations into a clash between their group and residents of the Kalijodo red-light district in West Jakarta last Sunday, in which four FPI members were injured.

Posted in Ramadan @ 19 October 2005 07:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 123 reactions


President to go on 'safari' during Ramadhan Recovering from his flu, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is set to go on tour across the archipelago during the rest of the fasting month in a throwback to the Ramadhan 'safaris' of the New Order period. Susilo's trip will start in the densely populated area of Cilincing, North Jakarta, on Friday. The President, together with some other government officials, will then travel to Banten, South Kalimantan, Southeast Sulawesi and West Nusa Tenggara.

Posted in Ramadan @ 14 October 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Millions in Indonesia celebrate Ramadan After waking early for pre-dawn meals and prayers, Muslims across Indonesia began the fasting month on Wednesday, with many pausing to reflect on the country’s latest terrorist attacks blamed on Islamic militants.

Posted in Ramadan @ 05 October 2005 09:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Hotel discos will stay open during Ramadhan The city reminded the management of entertainment centers in the capital on Tuesday to close their business during the holy month as a sign of respect to Muslims. Jakarta Deputy Governor Fauzi Bowo said that regular bars, nightclubs, discotheques, amusement centers and massage parlors had to remain closed one day before the holy month started on Oct. 4 until one day after it ended on Nov. 2.

Posted in Ramadan @ 28 September 2005 08:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Yudhoyono likely to survive fuel price rise protest Indonesia's looming fuel price increases Saturday will power protests that will bruise, but not cripple, the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, analysts say. A government compensation plan and timing of the fuel price increase for the eve of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan will help defuse public anger over the cut in price subsidies that have given Indonesians some of the cheapest fuel in the world for decades.

Posted in Politics @ 26 September 2005 15:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia says to hike fuel prices in early October Indonesia plans to raise domestic fuel prices early next month, the government said on Monday, in the first clear indication of when it would reduce crippling but politically sensitive fuel subsidies. "We have not set the date but it will be in early October," State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra told reporters when asked about the timing of the fuel price hike. He said the size of the increase was being calculated.

Posted in Economy @ 12 September 2005 08:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb in Central Sulawesi Kills five, police says A bomb went off in front of a busy market in Poso in central Indonesia's Sulawesi province on Saturday morning, killing five people and injuring at least seven, local police said. The bomb exploded at about 9:20 a.m. Sulawesi time, next to a mini bus parked about 50 meters outside the Poso police station, said Abdi Darma, head of the town police. The explosion damaged at least two vehicles parked near the minivan, he said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 13 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Central Sulawesi rocked by strong earthquake A strong earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale hit Central Sulawesi province on Wednesday but caused no damage or casualties, meteorology officials said. The quake struck at 5:48 am local time (4:48 a.m. Jakarta time) and was centered deep beneath the sea bed in the Strait of Makassar, some 37 kilometers west of the Sulawesi town of Donggala, a meteorology office statement said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 November 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal immigrants urged to accept KL amnesty Malaysia's prime minister has assured illegal immigrants that they would not be arrested or persecuted if they leave the country voluntarily under an amnesty offer. The premier, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, said late Saturday that illegal workers should come out immediately to avoid bottlenecks in the closing days of the amnesty.

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


Muslim militants attack cafe in Kemang Muslim militants in Indonesia's capital vandalized a cafe in an area popular with foreigners on Saturday because it was serving beer during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, police and one of the militants said. Around 300 members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) ordered customers at the Star Deli in South Jakarta to leave, before smashing the building's windows and doors, said Alawi Usman, a spokesman for the group.

Posted in Violence @ 23 October 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan marks time of fasting and prayer The holy month of Ramadan begins this weekend. Most Muslims will begin their month of fasting and prayer tonight at sundown, while some will start Saturday. Ramadan (pronounced RAHM-uh-don) is the ninth month, and an important part, of the Islamic calendar. Muslims believe that it was during Ramadan, more than 1,400 years ago, that God began to reveal their holy book, the Koran, to the prophet Muhammad.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Inflation in November up 1.01%, but still on track for year Consumer price index rose in November by 1.01 percent from the previous month, bringing the cumulative inflation in the first 11 months to 4.08 percent, strengthening hopes that full-year inflation will be lower than the initial government forecast of 6 percent to 7 percent. Chairperson of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) Sudarti Soerbakti said that although the November inflation rate was quite high, the bureau was optimistic that full-year inflation would be below 6 percent.

Posted in Economy @ 01 December 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six drown when boat capsizes in Sulawesi Six people drowned and three others had to be hospitalized when the boat they were travelling on sprung a leak and capsized on a river in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, news reports said today. The boat, carrying 20 passengers, was travelling on the Jeneberang river from Gowa district to Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi, 1,350 kilometres northeast of Jakarta, when the accident occurred around mid-day yesterday.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 November 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three die in stampede, dozens injuries What supposedly to become a graceful moment turned out to be a fatal mess when a charity distribution to the poor asking for alms, ended up in a stampede in which three people were died and dozens were injured on Friday morning on Jl. Raya Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta. The fatalities were all women Fatimah, 60, Rodiah, 50, and Halimah, 45. Another victim Sumanah, 55, was in state of coma and was taken to Siaga Hospital in Pasar Minggu.

Posted in General @ 07 November 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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