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PDIP: 'Indonesian govt must crack down on tax mafia' Secretary General of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Hasto Kristiyanto said the government should fight tax mafia.

Posted in General @ 26 December 2014 21:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi wants all parties to be merry during campaigns Presidential candidate Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has expressed hope that all parties will be merry during the presidential election campaigns between June 4 and July 5, 2014.

Posted in Politics @ 04 June 2014 18:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta calls for diplomatic solution to South China Sea conflict Indonesia calls for all parties involved in the South China Sea conflict to refrain from conducting violent acts and prioritize a diplomatic solution, according to Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministrys press statement received here on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 16 May 2014 16:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua merchants close Skouw border market Several merchants in Skouw border market in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea borderline are still closing their shanties due to fear after the shooting incident that occurred on Wednesday (April 16) and Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 17 April 2014 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


60 Thailand fishermen to be deported from Aceh At least 60 fishermen from Thailand, have reportedly been arrested in the West Aceh waters, Aceh province and will be deported after the trial over illegal fishing.

Posted in Crime @ 14 April 2014 20:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister expects immediate haze pollution ratification Environmental Affairs Minister Baltasar Kambuaya has expressed hope that the trans boundary haze pollution agreement will soon be ratified to handle the haze pollution from forest fires.

Posted in Forest fires @ 13 March 2014 11:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 20 Indonesian fishermen serving jail term in Malaysia At least 20 Indonesian traditional fishermen from the district of Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, are serving jail term in Pulau Penang prison, Malaysia. Secretary of the North Sumatra branch of the Indonesian fishermen (HNSI), Ihya Ulumuddin, said he had no information when the small fishermen from Pantai Labu sub-district, would be released.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 March 2014 13:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airlines delay flights to Pekanbaru to minimize losses The authorities at Syarif Kasim II International Airport, Pekanbaru, Riau Province, stated that several airways have delayed their flights to the airport to minimize losses until the air condition gets better.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 March 2014 18:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


18,000 evacuees Mount Sinabung eruption still in shelter Many evacuees from the Mount Sinabung eruptions in North Sumatras Karo district have returned home, with nearly 18 thousand of them still taking shelter as of Saturday, a spokesman said on Sunday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 23 February 2014 14:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sultan hopes Yogyakarta to fully recover on Wednesday The governor of Yogyakarta special region in central Java hopes that the region will fully recover by Wednesday, after being flooded by ash rain from Mt. Keluds eruption last Thursday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 February 2014 15:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dumai residents panic following oil refinery fire The fires that devoured the oil refinery of the state energy company, PT Pertamina, in Dumai, Riau Province on Sunday at 22.00 p.m., triggered panic among residents and irate officers of the company.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 February 2014 15:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Drugs @ 07 February 2014 21:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former law minister to be Nazaruddin`s legal adviser The former law minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra has expressed interest to become the legal adviser to the former ruling Democrat Party treasurer M. Nazaruddin, who is currently serving a jail term on charges of corruption.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 January 2014 21:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung eruption isolates villages in Karo A number of villages in Namanteran Subdistrict, Karo District, North Sumatra, are now isolated as vehicles are hampered to reach the areas due to volcanic ash from Mount Sinabung eruption that blocks access roads.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 January 2014 15:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali hotel rate war escalates As Bali grows increasing fearful of an escalating price war among the Islandís hotels, rates among hotels within the Nusa Dua Complex (BTDC) are reported to be increasing. Bisnis Bali said that despite declining occupancies, the average room rate among BTDC hotel hit US$152.94 per night.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 December 2013 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung erupts three times Mount Sinabung in Karo district of North Sumatra, erupted three times on Wednesday morning, hurling volcanic ash into the sky. Head of Data Center of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a short text message that the first eruption took place at 2:40 am belching volcanic ash some 2,000 meters into the air.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 November 2013 15:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police should take stern action against illegal gun owners Chairman of the Indonesia Police Watch Presidium (IPW) Neta S Pane urged police and the government to take stern actions against illegal weapon owners following the recent spate of shooting cases. In his written statement received here on Sunday, Pane said that police could not prevent and catch the mysterious gunmen.

Posted in Violence @ 01 September 2013 17:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Palue Island to be emptied over Mount Rokatenda danger Residents living on the tiny island of Palue, in East Nusa Tenggara,will be moved to a nearby island over concern that the erupting Mount Rokatenda could become a larger threat, a disaster mitigation agency official said on Saturday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 August 2013 04:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong tectonic earthquake jolts Maluku A tectonic earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scaled jolted West Southeast Maluluku (MTB) district in Maluku province at 9.53 am local time on Monday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 August 2013 13:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Retired three star police general Susno Duadji in jail Former chief of police detective retired Comr. Gen. Susno Duadji has been put in jail for corruption and abuse of power after being in hiding for several days.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 May 2013 13:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Potential geothermal reserves found in Kolaka The energy and mineral resources ministry said a potential geothermal reserve has been found in the district of Kolaka, Southeast Sulawesi Province. The geothermal reserve was found near nickel mines in Kolaka by the ministry`s researchers, Made Suantika, the head of soil shifting and mitigation division at the ministry, said here.

Posted in Environment @ 22 March 2013 16:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tangkuban Parahu volcano suddenly erupts The Mount Tangkuban Parahu volcano, north of the large city of Bandung, has erupted earlier today. The eruption was clearly visible this time. The volcano has been increasinly active since the start of this year and earlier showed signs of being in eruption, but those were only visible with sensitive instruments.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 March 2013 12:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military control along Malaysian border area The Indonesian military guarding the border area with Malaysia in the regency of Nunukan, East Kalimantan, is tightening control in the frontier area against possible disruption of security as a result of conflict in Malaysian`s Sabah state across the border with the incursion of an armed group from the Sulu Sultanate in Southern Philippines.

Posted in Military @ 04 March 2013 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House speaker disagrees with dissolution of Densus 88 House Speaker Marzuki Alie said he disagreed with the dissolution of the Densus 88 anti-terror squad, saying its presence is able to minimize terror acts in Indonesia. "If Densus 88 has weaknesses, it is the weaknesses that should be improved, its institution should not be disbanded," the House Speaker said here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 01 March 2013 23:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead, seven injured in Aceh earthquake One dead and seven injured following an earthquake measuring 6 on the Richter scale that hit Pidie district, Aceh Provice, at 05.26 am on Tuesday. "A nine-year old girl died after her house collapsed due to earthquake," Aceh province`s Chief of Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) Jarwansyah said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 22 January 2013 10:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Water surface in several dams in the greater Jakarta alarming The water levels in a number of dams in the Greater Jakarta areas are alarming on Sunday following almost incessant rains over the past week.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2013 10:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


5-year cycle of big floods feared to hit Jakarta in 2013 The five-year cycle of big floods that always put most of Jakarta under water is feared to come early 2013.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 December 2012 01:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong quake hits Banggai Islands A 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Banggai Islands district in Central Sulawesi province on Monday evening, sparking panic among local residents but no damage reported.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 December 2012 23:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


5.9-magnitude quake rocks Ternate A 5.9-magnitude undersea earthquake rocked the North Maluku provincial capital of Ternate on Tuesday evening but there was no immediate report of casualties or material damage, according to the local geophysics station.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 December 2012 18:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey: 'Most Indonesians agree to have nuclear power plant' A latest survey shows that the majority of Indonesians agree with plan to develop nuclear energy to better guarantee power supply in the country.

Posted in Power supply @ 23 November 2012 16:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 3 reactions


Rabies still threat in Central Sulawesi Rabies is still a feared disease in Central Sulawesi with more than 100 known cases reported every year. Every year, there are always cases of rabies in the province of 3.6 million people , Head of the provincial health office Greesje Kuhu said here Tuesday.

Posted in Health @ 16 October 2012 14:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NU leaders regret clemency for drug convicts - The executive board of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the country`s largest non political Islamic organization, said it regrets clemency granted by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for two drug convicts.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 October 2012 01:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic leaders support journalists` sharia caucus Aceh Islamic clerics and regional administration support the establishment of a caucus aimed to fully implement the Sharia Law in the province. The Caucus of the Sharia defenders has been established by a group of local journalists.

Posted in Religion @ 24 September 2012 13:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More suspected terrorists arrested in Solo Two suspected terrorists arrested by police on Saturday, September 22, 2012 in Solo, Central Java are being linked to the Thorik terrorist network that surrendered to police on September 9, 2012. Okezone.com reports that the two men arrested were poised to launch terrorist acts linked to bombs confiscated by police in connection with their arrest.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 September 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


North Sulawesi ready to face tsunami Thee regencies in North Sulawesi already have contingency plan to face natural disasters especially tsunami, the Regional Natural Disaster Control Agency (BPBD) said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 September 2012 10:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two found dead in West Sumatra landslide Two people were found dead on Wednesday night after being buried in a landslide triggered by heavy rains in the West Sumatra provincial capital of Padang earlier in the day.

Posted in Weather @ 13 September 2012 14:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


5.6-magnitude quake jolts W. Nusa Tenggara A 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook West Nusa Tenggara province on Thursday, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG). The epicenter of the quake which struck at 06.04 p.m. was located 9.27 degrees southern latitude and 116.37 degree eastern longitude or some 60 km southeast of Central Lombok district at a depth of 77 km, the agency said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 August 2012 00:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Students reject bill on higher education institutes The Bandung Student Movement on Monday stated its opposition to a bill pertaining to institutes of higher education that is expected to be passed into law in August 2012.

Posted in Protests @ 30 April 2012 13:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnitude 4.5 quake jolts Sukabumi, West Java A magnitude 4.5 earthquake shooked Sukabumi in West Java at 9.31pm on Saturday. The Meteorology, Geophysics and Climatology Agency recorded the quake`s epicenter was at 7.43 degrees south latitude and 106.47 degrees east longitude or 52 kilometers from Sukabumi.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 April 2012 00:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Farmers, fishermen rally against thermal power plant Dozens of farmers and fishermen in Batang district, Central Java, demonstrated on Monday against a plan to build a thermal power plant (PLTU), which they said will affect their villages.

Posted in Protests @ 23 April 2012 13:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to limit private cars' subsidized fuel consumption The government will go ahead with its plan to limit the use of subsidized fuels by private cars to meet the subsidized fuel quota target of 40 million kiloliters set in the revised 2012 state budget, an official said.

Posted in Economy @ 13 April 2012 12:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tectonic earthquake jolts Aru Islands A tectonic earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale jolted Aru Islands District in Maluku Province at 08.42 local time on Wednesday morning.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 April 2012 09:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court to arrange illegitimate child rights Chairman of the Indonesian Constitutional Court Mahfud MD called on the ministers of religious affairs and Interior affairs to immediately follow the decision of the Court relating to a judicial decision on Act No. 1 of 1974 relating to marriage.

Posted in General @ 28 February 2012 08:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Corby refuses to be moved from Kerobokan penitentiary Schapelle Leigh Corby, the Australian prisoner over a narcotics case, has refused to be moved from the Kerobokan penitentiary in Badung that was burned during a riot on Tuesday night.

Posted in Crime @ 25 February 2012 02:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flash flood sweeps through five sub-districts in E Java A flash flood swept through five sub-districts in Probolinggo district, East Java, on Sunday morning, destroying thousands of houses. At least six people were reported missing.

Posted in Flooding @ 30 January 2012 10:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful 6.3 magnitude quake rocks Gorontalo An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale rocked Gorontalo province on Tuesday evening, prompting scores of people to rush outdoors for fear of eventualities.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 December 2011 03:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake jolts Bengkulu, West Sumatra An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted Bengkulu early Wednesday morning at 00.43, awakening the people who were sleeping soundly to scramble out of their houses in panic.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 November 2011 04:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police release 12 alleged separatists Indonesian police have been forced to release twelve alleged separatist rebels just a day after announcing they had made a major breakthrough in the war against the Free Papua Movement (OPM), local media reported on Saturday.

Posted in Protests @ 26 November 2011 14:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Panic after strong earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia A strong earthquake struck the Molucca Sea in eastern Indonesia on early Monday afternoon, seismologists said, causing panic but no damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 November 2011 10:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt awaiting results of police probe into Papua congress incidents Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto said the government would wait for the results of the police investigation into the incidents around the recent Papua People`s Congress in Papua that left some people dead.

Posted in Violence @ 07 November 2011 18:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood inundates 932 houses in West Sumatra Flood has been inundating 932 houses in Sasak sub-district, West Sumatra, in the past few days, forcing some 800 people to evacuate to higher ground. The flood made Maligi village isolated because it could not be reached either by sea or land, acting Nagari Sasak Mayor Roni said on Sunday.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 November 2011 16:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's population grows to 241 million in 2011 The Indonesian population is estimated to have increased to more than 241 million this year, far exceeding the results of the 2010 census, the Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN) said.

Posted in General @ 06 November 2011 10:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police still conducting dialog with striking Freeport workers Police are still conducting dialogs in their efforts to persuade Freeport workers in Papua to end their strike in support of their demand for a pay raise.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 02 November 2011 15:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau volcano threatens to erupt again Tourists and fishermen are advised to keep at least two kilometers distance from the summit of an Indonesian volcano. This advice was issued yesterday after the authorities heightened the alert status of the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 October 2011 03:02 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


Boat accident in Indonesia kills at least 6 At least six people are confirmed dead after a passenger speed boat carrying 40 people capsized on the Indonesian island of Borneo, local media reported on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 August 2011 16:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Activists urge economic development for Papua Indonesia needs to boost economic development in Papua, human rights activists say, a day after thousands in the restive region rallied for independence.

Posted in Human rights @ 05 August 2011 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful earthquake hits parts of western Java Parts of southern West Java have been shaken by a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5. The epicenter of the quake was located at about 86 kilometers southwest of the city of Sukabumi and had a depth of 30 kilometers under the sea floor.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 July 2011 13:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus plunges into river; 16 dead At least 16 people died after a passenger bus carrying 65 people plunged into a river in the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, officials said Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 June 2011 16:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian teenager jailed over Central Java bombing spree A 17-year-old Indonesian student was sentenced to two years in prison for his role in a terrorist cell, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in General @ 07 April 2011 22:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ready to operate nuclear power plants Indonesia's Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten) on Tuesday announced that the country is ready to operate nuclear power plants as soon as constructed.

Posted in Power supply @ 29 March 2011 21:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami after Japan quake kills one in Indonesia A tsunami generated as a result of an enormous earthquake that struck off the northeastern coast of Japan on Friday left one person dead in Indonesia, local media reported on Sunday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 13 March 2011 08:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong currents on Bali beach sweep away 5 high school students Five people are feared dead in Bali, Indonesia's west coast, after a strong currents swept them away while they were swimming at the beach on Monday, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 March 2011 02:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ahmadiyah religious sect officially banned in West Java The Ahmadiyah religious sect on Thursday was officially banned by the West Java provincial government in Indonesia, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Religion @ 03 March 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Commission to investigate deadly Ahmadiyah attack Indonesia's National Commission on Human Rights on Monday announced that it formed a team in order to investigate the deadly Ahmadiyah attack in Banten, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Religion @ 07 February 2011 18:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreigners contract Legionaires' disease in Bali At least 14 foreigners have contracted Legionnaires' disease in Indonesia's Bali island, which is the country's most visited beach resort, local media reported Sunday.

Posted in Health @ 31 January 2011 05:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Nearly 100 Indonesians evacuated due to flooding in Australia Indonesia's Foreign Ministry on Thursday informed that at least 97 Indonesians have been evacuated from Australia due to major flooding, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2011 20:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia as new Pakistan It seems to be very common these days that after every Friday and Sunday, there are messages in the Indonesian press in which the results of the criminal intolerance of a small group of severely mentally limited people have tarnished the Indonesian state-ideology once more.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 05:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors seek long sentences for suspected Aceh terrorists Indonesian prosecutors on Monday demanded jail sentences of as long as 12 years for the four suspected 'Al-Qaeda in Aceh' terrorists, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 December 2010 06:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia increases security measures after Church attacks Two recent attacks against churches in the Central Java province of Indonesia has prompted authorities to open investigations and step up their security measures in fear of further attacks as Christmas season begins, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Religion @ 08 December 2010 15:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI forces waria model contest to stop The true face of radical Islam in Indonesia, represented by the Islamic idiots that call themselves Front Pembela Islam (Islamic Defenders Front, FPI), have closed down a modeling contest for waria (men dressed as women). Their demand was that no such activity was to be held in any circumstance.

Posted in Religion @ 02 December 2010 02:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami survivors still lack adequate shelter One month after a deadly tsunami struck Indonesia's southern Mentawai islands, shelter for the more than 11,000 people affected remains a critical challenge, aid workers and officials say. "The most urgent need for people affected by the tsunami is housing and restoring their livelihoods," Andi Hanindito, head of emergency response with the Ministry of Social Affairs, told IRIN.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 November 2010 04:55 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


The breathtaking view and sound of a pyroclastic cloud Two days ago, also soon after our breakfast, we got on our motorcycle to make the trip towards Klaten. Since all roads directly north of Yogyakarta were sealed off, and Cangkringan was one of the worst-hit areas, I wanted to go east as far as possible before driving back to the Mount Merapi volcano again. There were relatively little problems in that area, which was also easy to reach.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 November 2010 05:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll rises to 34 after Merapi eruptions The death toll has risen to at least 34 following Mount Merapiís latest eruption, officials said Thursday. According to hospital medics, 33 bodies had been under the supervision of Dr. Sardjito Hospital, while one other in Panti Nugroho Slemen Hospital.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 October 2010 05:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi threatens over 50,000 people on Java More than 50,000 people are threatened and urged to evacuate on Indonesia's island of Java as Mount Merapi is feared to erupt soon, officials said on Monday. Authorities say more than 50,000 people may be in danger if the volcano erupts now, and urged residents to move to safer ground immediately. However, many locals are refusing to evacuate, saying it is too soon.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 October 2010 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful earthquake, small tsunamis hit Sumatra A small tsunami was recorded after a powerful earthquake struck off the western coast of Sumatra, officials said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The 7.2-magnitude earthquake at 9.42 p.m. local time (1442 GMT) was centered just off the Mentawai Islands, about 240 kilometers south of Padang, the capital and largest city of West Sumatra.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 October 2010 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian ambassador: PVV voters are terribly scared The Indonesian ambassador to the Netherlands. Yunus Effendi Habibie, has said that those who voted for the PVV (Freedom Party) may have contracted 'a terrible form of scaredness'. He also said that the Indonesian president would most likely not visit the Netherlands if the PVV was to form a cabinet. The Indonesian ambassador said this to the Dutch newspaper het Financieele Dagblad.

Posted in Politics @ 24 September 2010 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister tells Bekasi mayor to act against FPI Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi has asked Bekasi mayor to take actions against the local chapter of Islam Defenders Front (FPI) if the hard-line organizationís leaders are found guilty of committing a crime that sparks public fear. "If the FPI chairman is involved the mayor needs to take actions," Gamawan was quoted by kompas.com.

Posted in Violence @ 17 September 2010 03:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Rabies death toll in Bali now put at 93 Bali's Rabies epidemic continues to plague the island. According to Radar Bali, a total of 93 people have died from suspected rabies spread from dog bites, despite massive expenditures and efforts to inoculate pet dogs and eliminate stray animals.

Posted in Health @ 08 September 2010 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian rains to continue all year Unseasonally heavy rains will continue across Indonesia for the rest of this year, officials from the country's state weather agency said on Wednesday, after rains have damaged crops, hampered miners and boosted inflation.

Posted in Weather @ 15 August 2010 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four feared dead after Mount Karangetang eruption Four people are missing and feared dead after a volcano eruption in Eastern Indonesia, according to a National Disaster Mitigation Agency official. Mount Karangetang, on Siau Island, is one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes, according to The Jakarta Globe.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 August 2010 13:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamist creep in Indonesia When Indonesia passed a strict anti-pornography bill in 2008, many feared radical Islamic groups would use it to impose their values on the public at large. If the case currently hitting the headlines is any indication, they were right.

Posted in Politics @ 25 June 2010 05:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three dead, damage after Papua earthquakes A series of powerful earthquakes rattled Indonesia on Wednesday, killing at least three people, triggering landslides and demolishing dozens of homes. A tsunami warning sent panicked residents fleeing buildings to high ground.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 June 2010 14:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Repairing the road in between rainstorms The first evening and night in Pangandaran were rain-soaked. Fortunately it had become dry when the early morning had started, although the day started with a completely covered sky so the wet clothes from the night before did not dry quickly. Only when I saw the first neighbors arriving in a truck a little bit of sunshine started to break open the cloud cover.

Posted in Culture @ 20 May 2010 02:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No connection to power grid for 50,000 Balinese families Bali's severe shortage of electrical power is perhaps best exemplified by the grim statistic that 50,000 requests for new connection and 8.900 requests for increased power capacity remain outstanding and unserved.

Posted in Power supply @ 20 April 2010 08:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Possible new problems after gas leak pops up near mud flow The train track and main road between the large city of Surabaya and Malang has is threathened to be flooded once again near the Sidoarjo mud flow. At several locations along the main supporting dam along the road and the track, there is mud escaping via leaks.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 19 April 2010 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Agriculture expansion plan under fire The Indonesian government's plan to develop a food estate in Papua has come in for heavy criticism for potentially marginalizing small farmers and threatening the environment. The government hopes the 1.6 million hectare Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate in Merauke District will turn Indonesia into one of the world's biggest food producers.

Posted in Environment @ 01 April 2010 16:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Big flood hit Karawang area A high amount of rainfall in parts of West Java Province has brought flooding to the Karawang District since March 20, 2010. Initial reports by Dadang Muchtar, the district's head, is that 10,747 houses have been flooded impacting 11,540 families with 44,071 persons living in the area.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 March 2010 01:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Panic after rumors of Jatiluhur dam breach The ever increasing water level of the Jatiluhur basin is causing panic among residents living directly below it. They panic is mainly fed by rumors that the dam was about to burst because of the very high water levels. No direct evidence has been found related to this, but residents from some villages have evacuated to higher ground just to be sure.

Posted in General @ 22 March 2010 04:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.5 magnitude earthquake hits Mentawai Islands The sleeping population of Mentawai and the city of Padang in West Sumatra were shaken from their beds by a moderate earthquake that struck the area just after 23:00 local time. The quake, with a magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter Scale, had it's epicenter at 119 kilometers southeast of Pagai Selatan in the Mentawai Archipelago off the coast of West Sumatra.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 March 2010 01:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rats probably spread rabies on Bali as well The latest and what may prove to be the 13th death attributed to rabies in Bali, since the disease surfaced in 2009, took the life of a 46 year-old Balinese woman, Ni Nyoman Koming, of Tabanan on Thursday, January 14, 2010. Admitted to the Tabanan Hospital with symptoms suggesting rabies, the patient and her family insisted she had not suffered a dog or domestic animal bite, but had been bitten by a rat two months earlier.

Posted in Health @ 19 January 2010 03:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate 5.4 magnitude quake shakes West Java A moderate but shallow earthquake has shaken parts of West Java earlier this morning. The 5.4 magnitude earthquake had place at around 07:25 local time in the morning at a depth of just 14 kilometers. The quake caused panic among residents, some fleeing from their homes in fear of a much larger earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 January 2010 04:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 20 dead in Medan nightclub fire At least 20 people have died in a fire that gutted popular nightclub M City in the North Sumatra capital of Medan on Friday night. As of 23:00 local time, rescue workers were struggling to find more people feared trapped in the building, particularly on the third and fourth floors, news portal kompas.com reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 December 2009 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta It has been a year ago that I used the Indonesian railroad services. That was a trip from Yogyakarta to Jakarta with a dirty, cold and old-fashioned train. Trains like that are still widely available on Java. It normally is really cold on board of one of these trains, which makes traveling with them not the best option available.

Posted in Travel @ 19 November 2009 12:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Maluku Residents of Saumlaki, and some other cities in the Maluku archipelago panicked and alarmed their traditional alarms when a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck their area at 23:40 local time (GMT+9) last evening. Residents fled their houses and sounded the alarm to indicate to others that they had to flee to a safe place told Mouthy Siwabessy, a resident of Saumlaki.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 October 2009 01:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1,115 bodies recovered after West Sumatra earthquake The death toll of the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that shook West Sumatra on September 30 has reached 1,115 according to local and regional authorities in the region. The disaster management team in the region said that most people had been killed in the Padang Pariaman district, where 675 bodies were recovered. 313 bodies were found in the provincial capital of Padang.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 October 2009 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villages vanished in massive landslides Several villages have been wiped off the map after quake-triggered landslides covered up three or four entire villages in the hills and mountains on the western coast of the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, which has been hit hard by last weeks 7.6 magnitude earthquake just 45 kilometers away from the city of Padang. Over 600 bodies have been recovered, but fears are that many thousands more are buried under collapsed buildings and landslides.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 October 2009 06:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


608 bodies recovered; mass grave prepared The official death toll of the 7.6 magnitude earthquake in the area of Padang, West Sumatra, has now reached 608 people. 285 of the death were found in Padang Pariaman, 242 in Padang, 32 in Pariaman, 32 in Agam, 10 in Pesisir Selatan, 4 in Solok and 3 in Pasaman Barat. 343 others have been recorded as missing, but fears are that several thousand other are still buried under collapsed buildings and landslides.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 October 2009 06:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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