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Russia discusses investment in Indonesian railways Russia has voiced its interest in investing in several major projects in Indonesia such as the development of railway tracks and aluminum factories in the country.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 12 November 2014 18:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina steps up production target by 9 percent for 2015 The state oil and gas company Pertamina has forecast an increase of 9 percent in its oil and gas production target for the next year as compared to its projected target for 2014.

Posted in Economy @ 03 November 2014 16:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President-elect Jokowi gains international recognition The newly elected Indonesian President Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has gained international recognition with congratulatory messages trickling in from leaders across the globe.

Posted in Elections @ 24 July 2014 18:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sangeang Api in West Nusa Tenggara erupts Mount Sangeang Api in Bima District, West Nusa Tenggara, erupted on Friday at 03:55 p. m. local time spewing plumes of ash and smoke 3,000 meters westbound into the air.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 31 May 2014 00:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo to strengthen anti-graft body if elected president Greater Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party Advisory Council chief and presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto has reiterated his intention to strengthen the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) if he is elected president.

Posted in Elections @ 03 April 2014 23:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto: 'Time for Indonesians to make changes' It is time for Indonesia to move towards becoming a progressive nation under the guidance of an ethical leader, noted Peoples Conscience (Hanura) party leader Wiranto.

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2014 18:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


China to provide free visa to Indonesian citizens In future, China will provide free visa to Indonesian citizens planning to visit the country, Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Liu Jianchao stated.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2014 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military to have Apache combat helicopters The Indonesian army will be strengthened with 8 units of AH-64 Apache AH-64 combat helicopter, Army Chief of Staff General Budiman said. The helicopters would be delivered by phases starting next year until 2017, Budiman said here on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 24 January 2014 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flooding spreads to other areas in Indonesia In the past two weeks, floods and landslides have hit parts of Indonesia, particularly Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi, and Kalimantan Islands, and continue to spread further, thereby claiming more lives as torrential rains continue to lash.

Posted in Weather @ 22 January 2014 21:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Karawang district declares state of emergency The Karawang district administration in West Java has declared a state of emergency following floods that affected 25 sub-districts in the past few days. "Karawang is in a state of emergency for 14 days starting January 19," Karawang district head H. Ade Swara said in a press statement released on Tuesday.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2014 10:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods inundate 146 villages in Karawang Heavy flooding inundated as many as 146 villages in 25 subdistricts in Karawang, West Java, following heavy rainfall over the region in the last several days. On Monday, Head of Karawang Social Affairs and Disaster Mitigation Office Rochuyun A. Santosa stated that the floods have become an overwhelming disaster as 25 out of the 30 subdistricts in Karawang have been inundated.

Posted in Flooding @ 20 January 2014 17:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flooding Bengawan Solo inundates 100 villages in Bojonegoro Water from the overflowing Bengawan Solo River has inundated nearly 100 villages in 15 sub-districts in Bojonegoro, East Java, National Disaster Mitigation Agency stated on Friday.

Posted in Flooding @ 20 December 2013 21:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Netherlands agree on island construction project The governments of Indonesia and the Netherlands have reached an agreement on the five islands construction project near the Tanjung Perak Port, Surabaya (East Java), for building the proposed industrial area.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 12 December 2013 16:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal not to withdraw from party`s presidential nomination The general chairman of the Golkar Party, Indonesias second-largest party, Aburizal Bakrie, said here on Friday that he will not withdraw from his party's nomination as a presidential candidate.

Posted in Politics @ 22 November 2013 19:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to receive Dutch Prime Minister President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to receive Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the Merdeka Palace on Wednesday afternoon. The President will have a tete-a-tete with Rutte at 3:30 p.m., which will be followed by a bilateral meeting between the delegations from the two countries.

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2013 12:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch prime minister visiting Indonesia Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will make an official visit to Indonesia from November 19 to 22, and will be accompanied by a business delegation.

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


President to name combat vehicle after Komodo Lizard President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will immortalize the `Komodo` lizard, as it becomes the name of the Indonesian-made tactical combat vehicle.

Posted in Military @ 14 September 2013 13:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Agricultural land conversion in Bali alarming Agricultural land conversion in Bali in the past five years has been alarming and potentially threatening food resilience in the tourist island, a local university professor said.

Posted in Environment @ 23 June 2013 14:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Second largest dam in the country under construction Expected to start operation in April 2014, the Jatigede dam in Sumedang District, West Java, will be the second largest in Indonesia. Currently the Jatiluhur dam in Purwakarta district, also in West Java, is the largest reservoir in the country.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2013 14:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to visit three ASEAN countries President Susilo Yudhoyono is scheduled to visit three ASEAN countries, respectively Singapore, Myanmar, and Brunei Darussalam early next week.

Posted in Politics @ 20 April 2013 10:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two persons missing in flash flood in C. Sulawesi Sigi Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has not found yet two bodies of a flash flood`s victims in Sigi District, Central Sulawesi Province on Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 April 2013 16:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood hits 21 hamlets in North Sumatra A flood hit 21 hamlets in North Sumatra`s Serdang Bedagai district on Wednesday due to the overflowing of Padang and Sibaro rivers. The flood began at around 01.00 a.m. after the dike at Bukit Cermin and Mariah Padang villages was broken down.

Posted in Flooding @ 30 January 2013 23:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five more bodies found in Agam landslides Rescue workers found five more bodies bringing the number of dead victims to 11 with nine more people still missing in the rain triggered landslides in the Agam district of West Sumatra early Sunday.

Posted in Weather @ 27 January 2013 20:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bengawan Solo flood in Bojonegoro receding The flood caused by the overflow of Bengawan Solo River in Bojonegoro regency, East Java province, is showing signs of receding, according to an official.

Posted in Flooding @ 08 January 2013 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flash floods damage hundreds of hectares of E. Java rice fields Flash floods hit several villages in Bojonegoro district, East Java province, on Wednesday, damaging hundreds of hectares of paddy fields.

Posted in Flooding @ 02 January 2013 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Regional heads urged to protect rice fields Indonesia`s district heads have been called to protect rice fields to support national rice production.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2012 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of houses in Central Kalimantan flooded More than 8,870 houses in a number of subdistricts in Central Kalimantan have been flooded for four days due to the overflowing of River Barito. "The thousands of houses are flooded 1 to 3 meters deep," Head of the North Barito District Natural Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD) Guntur Pardede said on Sunday.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 December 2012 00:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 100 houses flooded in Cianjur A flood inundated at least 100 houses in Cianjur district, West Java, on Sunday, forcing tens of families to evacuate to higher ground.

Posted in Flooding @ 02 December 2012 23:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to receive several leaders in Bali President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Friday was scheduled to hold separate bilateral talks with several leaders attending the Bali Democracy Forum.

Posted in Politics @ 09 November 2012 11:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono starts three-day visit in Britain Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in the company of First Lady Ani Yudhoyono and entourage, arrived at the Heathrow international airport, London at about 6.0 p.m. local time or 40 minutes earlier than the schedule.

Posted in Politics @ 31 October 2012 12:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia`s Medical Center opens branches in Indonesia Malaysia`s Mahkota Medical Center (MMC) has opened 16 branches in Indonesia in an effort to provide cheap medical services for Indonesian patients, its executive said.

Posted in Health @ 14 October 2012 15:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UNESCO world heritage site 'on sale' A special committee of legislators from the Tabanan House of Representatives (DPRD-Tabanan) reviewing the provincial zoning law (RTRW) recently surveyed the Jatiluwih rice terraces at Penebel, Tabanan – elevated to a World Heritage Status by UNESCO.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 06 October 2012 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt developing programmes to tackle drought The government has planned to develop and implement programmes in order to minimise the impact of drought on the nation`s agricultural land, according to Agriculture Minister Suwono.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2012 23:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Australia to strengthen military cooperation Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said the Indonesian and Australian governments will strengthen military cooperation in humanitarian fields.

Posted in Military @ 03 August 2012 02:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Presidents calls for closer govt and private cooperation President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said the government and the private sector must strengthen cooperation to boost the country`s economy. "The private sector and the government are often late in benefiting the real opportunities for our economy and businesses," Yudhoyono said on the plane heading to Mexico, Sunday, for the G20 Summit.

Posted in Politics @ 17 June 2012 15:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda signs agreement to purchase 11 Airbus planes Garuda Indonesia signed an agreement with Airbus on Wednesday to purchase 11 A330-300 planes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 13 April 2012 12:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flash flood destroys hundreds of houses in W Sumatra A flash flood triggered by heavy rains destroyed at least 113 houses at Nagari Simpang, Pasaman district, West Sumatra, on Wednesday evening. About ten houses were washed away, spokesman of the Pasaman district administration Budi Hermawan said on Thursday.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 February 2012 02:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Archaeologists find cutting tools in Kudus A team of archaeologists from Yogyakarta Archaeology Center found three cutting tools in excavations near the Terban village hall in Jekulo sub district, Kudus district, Central Java province, a local official said here Monday.

Posted in History @ 15 February 2012 08:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods submerge farming areas in Banyumas Floods inundated hundreds of hectares of farming areas at several villages in Banyumas, Kalibagor and Patikraya subdistricts, in Banyumas District, Central Java Province, on Monday.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 January 2012 00:44 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


Ban Ki-moon: Indonesia needs to make improvements UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said Indonesia had to do improvement in various fields, although it has made a lot of progress in reducing natural disaster risk. "Indonesia still has to improve a lot of things," the UN chief said in the sidelines of his participation in the 4th ASEAN-UN Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Saturday.

Posted in Economy @ 20 November 2011 13:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


President to inspect ASEAN summit preparations again President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will go to Bali on Tuesday to inspect preparations for the 19th ASEAN Summit and other meetings associated with it, one of his spokesmen said here on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2011 12:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono asked G20  not to forget initial goal At the recent G20 summit in France, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had told world leaders not forget the initial goal of the group`s formation despite the current economic crisis in the Euro zone.

Posted in Politics @ 05 November 2011 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fadel Muhammad promises to help develop Gorontalo Former marine resources and fisheries minister Fadel Muhammad who was once governor of Gorontalo province expressed his readiness to continue developing the region, especially in the fields of agriculture and fisheries.

Posted in Economy @ 05 November 2011 12:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Turnover Garuda Indonesia at 6 trilion Rupiah in Q2 2011 PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk earned revenue to IDR 6.02 trillion in the second quarter of 2011 or an increase of 40.5 percent over the achievement in the same period in 2010, amounting to IDR 4.28 trillion. The figure also shows an increase by 16 percent compared to past achievements in the first quarter which amounted to Rp 5.18 trillion.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 September 2011 13:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drought hits Mount Merapi disaster area Drought strikes the disaster area around the Mount Merapi volcano in central Java at the moment. The area that is being hit is still growing as well. Local and regional governments have therefore started dropping bags of water in at least hard-hit 11 villages in Sleman regency, Yogyakarta province.

Posted in Economy @ 24 June 2011 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Turkey agree on military industry cooperation The parliaments of Indonesia and Turkey on Tuesday agreed to increase cooperation in the fields of military and defense industry, officials said.

Posted in Military @ 20 April 2011 01:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia and Russia renew air service agreement Indonesia and Russia on Monday renewed their air service agreement to conduct direct flights between each nation, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in General @ 29 March 2011 00:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Malaysia sign health cooperation agreement The Health Ministries of Indonesia and Malaysia on Friday signed a health cooperation agreement, officials said Friday.

Posted in General @ 25 February 2011 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt prepares 2 million ha of land for food security The government has prepared two million hectares of land to bolster the nation’s food security progam in the face of extreme weather and skyrocketing food prices. Agriculture Minister Suswono said on Saturday that the land would located be outside Java Island, in Merauke, Papua.

Posted in Economy @ 09 January 2011 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi replanting movement launched People living on the slopes of Mount Merapi are being encouraged to replant as part of a government campaign to restore land badly damaged by recent eruptions. The campaign officially kicked off on Tuesday with Agriculture Minister Suswono planting banana trees in Batur village, Sleman, in Yogyakarta.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 December 2010 04:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A cool and windy wet season Although this year did not really have a dry season of any kind in large parts of Indonesia, the wet season has noticeably started a while ago. The change from the dry to the wet season is hard to point out this year, but the bad weather that hits large areas of Java and elsewhere is a direct consequence of a fierce wet season.

Posted in Weather @ 19 December 2010 12:24 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


Construction of Pejagan - Pemalang to start in 2010 After years of negotiating, the construction of the Pejagan-Pemalang has finally reached an important milestone. Construction of the the 57,5 kilometer long toll road will start early 2010 after funds to purchase all land needed to construct the toll road are finally ready. The total cost of buying the land from the current owners is estimated at 114 billion Rupiah (8.6 million euro).

Posted in Economy @ 19 December 2009 04:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


It is really quiet in the rice fields If you have already made the trip to the rice fields you will notice that it is extremely quiet here when you take a break yourself. Some people are most likely working somewhere nearby, but they are only producing sounds that are not overstemming more natural sounds, as long as they don't use a chainsaw to cut down an old coconut-tree that is.

Posted in Travel @ 11 December 2009 14:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To the gunung The word gunung means mountain, but that doesn't always mean that this mountain really is a mountain. A stretch of land that runs upward also is named a mountain. After this was clear, we - my girlfriend, her dad, a niece and me - went 'up the mountain' to bring a visit to the recently purchased rice fields where a gubug ('resting house') has been built as well by now.

Posted in Travel @ 10 December 2009 23:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A night of rain and thunder It is after six o'clock in the morning when I decide to get up. Outside it is still raining, weather that started the afternoon before with heavy thunder and some rain as well. During the night, this weather came and went continuously, but for the daily life here that doesn't matter at all, remarkably enough.

Posted in Travel @ 09 December 2009 06:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to the quiet of the desa After a completely messed up trip with a DAMRI bus from Jakarta we have arrived in the rural area of Java in the area of Cilacap. We have landed in the desa of Binangun in the kampung Sidamulya to be more precize. Most likely there are much more places named Binangun, but that doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 07 December 2009 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta #3 I woke up again early in the morning when we already had made a short stop in Cirebon before departing again. Slowly a new day started and the first people were already working on their rice paddies. The colorful fields range from fresh green young plants to the brown colors of a newly harvested field and the left-overs on the dry fields.

Posted in Travel @ 24 November 2009 05:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


LIPI: Cut a tree, plant ten new trees In a survey that has cost some 250 million Rupiah (195,000 euro), the botanic garden in Cibodas and LIPI (the Indonesian Institute of Sciences), has concluded that for every tree that is cut down, at least ten new seedlings have to planted to replace it. The seedlings should be put in the earth before the tree is actually cut, realizing that Indonesians normally don't tend to clean up their work after they have started.

Posted in Environment @ 13 November 2009 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java quake survivors in dire need of shelter As relief efforts are ramped up following the West Sumatra earthquake on 30 September, aid groups have warned that thousands of survivors of an earlier quake on the Indonesian island of Java are facing health risks unless they receive adequate shelter.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 October 2009 01:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mutiara Timur train derails near Pasuruan Five of the nine wagons of the Mutiara Timur business-class train on route from Banyuwani to Surabaya derailed at kilometer 69 in the area of Rejoso, Pasuruan district in East Java province. The accident happened around 04:00 local time. Four passengers of the train were brought to the R. Darsono hospital in Pasuruan.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 August 2009 04:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A simple terrorist hide-out in Bekasi Always wondered what a terrorist hide-out would look like? Well, it looks like any other house in the block because residents should not be aware of any strange activities of course. Terrorists prefer to blend in with the local population. The ones hiding out in the house in Temanggung that was stormed earlier today even worked the fields!

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2009 11:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terrorist hide-out closed off with police line after shootout The anti-terrorst unit Densus 88 has placed police lines around the house they were besieging for over 12 hours. Five members of the team entered the house just 15 minutes ago with some gunfire. They came out a few minutes later, bringing a white object. The head of the regional police as well as the head of the national police have just arrived at the location of the shootout as well.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2009 04:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Buy Indonesian products! Don't if you want to live. The Indonesian government has launched a campaign that should stimulate Indonesians to buy locally produced products instead of those 'haram' and 'zionist' foreign products from far and remote countries. Indonesians generally don't care too much about what their government tells them, but in this case it actually seems to work.

Posted in Accidents @ 29 May 2009 09:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Smoke from forest fires threathen Medan flights Smoke from forest fires starts to cause problems for flights from and to the airport of Medan, Polonia. Normally there is a sight of around six kilometers, but this has now dropped to only three. Strong winds from the forest fires in the direction of the airport and rainfall have caused thickening smoke around the airport.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 May 2009 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over sixty killed in military plane crash in Eastern Java Dozens of people have been killed in a military plane crash near the village of Geplak, in the district of Magetan in East Java. Dozens of heavily injured people have been transferred to several hospitals in the area. According to a RTCI reporter on the scene, dozens were killed in the crash.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 May 2009 06:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia opens tsunami museum in Aceh Indonesia has opened a tsunami museum in Aceh province to remember the severity impact of the catastrophe in 2004 that killed more than 230,000 people in Asia and most of them in the province. The museum displays pictures of victims and the huge damage in coastal areas of the province in northern tip of Sumatra island when a tsunami triggered by a strong earthquake devastated the area on Dec. 24 2004.

Posted in General @ 02 March 2009 11:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 15,000 displaced by floods in southern Sumatra More than 15,000 people have escaped floods in Lampung province on the island of Sumatra, a local disaster management agency said Friday. Consecutive days of heavy rain have caused rivers to overflow. Thousands of houses in South and East Lampung are submerged since Thursday, Ridwan, a local official of the agency said.

Posted in Flooding @ 27 December 2008 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gives exploration rights on 22 oil fields Indonesia has awarded rights for exploration on 22 oil-and-gas blocks to energy companies, including ConocoPhilips, Chevron and Husky Energy, a director at the energy ministry said here Friday. "22 blocks have been awarded to foreign and local companies," Evita Legowo, director at the ministry told on telephone. The director said that a U.S. unit from Chevron got a right to look for oil on onshore and offshore oil and gas blocks of West Papua I and West Papua II.

Posted in Economy @ 17 October 2008 11:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Russian oil firms could develop deposits in Indonesia Russian oil companies could be involved in broad cooperation in Indonesia, the southeast Asian country’s ambassador to Moscow said on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 22 September 2008 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soputan volcano in Minahasa erupts The Mount Soputan volcano in Southern Minahasa has started to erupt around 09:00 local time this morning. Based on information from head of the observation post Sendi Manengke, there were exhausts of dust around that time, as well as a tremor with an amplitude of 45 mm. "Soputan exhausted dust. A number of villages near the volcano are covered with it; Maliku, Kota Menara and Ritey," told Sendi earlier today.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 June 2008 09:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sidoarjo mud flow may collapse in coming years Indonesia's disastrous mud volcano is collapsing on itself, according to new research released on the second anniversary of the ever-growing environmental catastrophe. Every day, 100,000 cubic metres of hot, stinking sludge continues to ooze from the mud volcano, which burst through the earth two years ago during deep drilling at a nearby exploratory well, linked to Indonesia's richest man and also part-owned by Australian company Santos.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 30 May 2008 14:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Report: 'Indonesia to export oil in five years' Indonesia is hoping to be an oil exporter again in five years, the vice president reportedly said Thursday after Jakarta announced it was quitting the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries. "Our target is that in five years we can be an exporter again given that our oil fields have been explored efficiently and we are saving energy domestically," Vice President Jusuf Kalla was quoted as saying.

Posted in General @ 30 May 2008 04:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to quit OPEC soon Indonesia will quit the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) due to years of declining production and investment in the field, a senior official has said. Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said at a press conference Wednesday that Indonesia, the only Southeast Asian member of the oil cartel, will not renew its membership at the end of this year which means that Indonesia will lose its vote at OPEC to influence global oil prices.

Posted in General @ 29 May 2008 10:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tens of thousands of marijuana plants found on Aceh fields Regional police in Aceh Tenggara, in the northernmost province of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam or Aceh, have again found fields full of marijuana plants which were ready to be harvested. A total of four hectares has been fount. The head of the operational department of the regional police, Bidik S. said that the police are continuing to hold raids through the mountainous regions of the province to fight against marijuana and to secure the found locations.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 May 2008 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


The southern edge of Yogya: Rice farmer becomes onion farmer In the soaring heat of the countryside just north of the southern beaches near Yogyakarta I was driving towards the east on a small countryside road. This road is the only way out for the area directly west of the Opak River which causes the area to be fairly quiet until today. There are no main roads here, no buses and trucks but palm trees, open rice fields, parked bicycles and a strait black asphalt road which seems to disintegrate into water in the remote distance because of the scorching hot sun.

Posted in Travel @ 20 April 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods in Karawang spreads The flooding in North Karawang, western Java, is still spreading. More than ten districts in Karawang have been flooded, among them villages and rice fields. Until now 17 out of 30 sub-districts have to deal with flooding, including the sub-districts of Rengasdengklok, Pakisjaya, Batujaya and Jakerta.

Posted in Flooding @ 15 February 2008 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Whirlwind damages dozens of houses in Jombang Some 73 houses in two villages in the district of Jombang, eastern Java, were damaged during a whirlwind. Of the 73 houses that were damaged, 41 are located in the village of Ngrimbi and 32 in the village of Brongkol. Most houses suffered damage to the roof. One school in the village of Ngrimbi was also damaged.

Posted in Weather @ 19 January 2008 05:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bojonegoro city now also flooded The floods in the district of Bojonegoro, eastern Java, on Sunday expanded. Earlier 14 sub-districts were flooded around the city, but earlier today the city itself was partially flooded as well. As reported by a reporter for Metro TV, a number of main streets, including Jalan Gajah Mada, were submerged in floodwaters.

Posted in Flooding @ 30 December 2007 12:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Plane parts Batava Air plane in fields near airport Several parts of a Boeing 737-400 plane that belongs to Batavia Air were found in the area of Kampung Malang, Gempol Sari, Sepatan Timur, Tangerang in the province of Banten, western Java. The parts originated from a plane that had just left for Pontianak from the international airport of Soekarno-Hatta nearby where the parts were found.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 November 2007 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Residents flee as Mount Kelud begins erupting The Mount Kelud volcano in eastern Java has begun erupting earlier on Saturday, according to seismic readings. There was no visual confirmation however because of bad weather and fog around the peak of the volcano, according to a vulcanologist. Residents are fleeing the slopes of the mountain in sheer panic and the observation posts have been abandoned.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 November 2007 13:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Soputan volcano erupts A volcano erupted on the island of Sulawesi on Thursday, shooting plumes of white smoke and sand more than 1 kilometer into the air. Villages nearby are covered in a thin layer of ash, officials said. Some violent tremors sent farmers away from their fields around the crater of Mount Soputan just before the eruption according to Sandy Manengke, a local monitoring official. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 October 2007 13:52 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


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 2 First time to have a drink. I looked in the direction of the only warung that I could find here at the moment. I didn't really want to look for another one. Fortunately there was someone to serve, in the form of a Javanese women which sat on a bench in front of the house. Probably waiting for a customer. A bemo passed. That stopped and the driver got out. Hopefully he didn't bring any passengers, otherwise they had to wait. I wasn't the only one there when I walked into that direction. The driver ordered an iced tea and sat down. I just had picked up the nice idea to drink a coffee here. It had been a long time that I drunk a kopi tubruk actually. That is nice for a change. I found a nice spot at the one big table available.

Posted in Travel @ 19 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 1 However it wasn't Saturday for sure, but a Tuesday, still I had the feeling that I had to take my motorbike for a nice day of traveling. Where it would bring me? At least as far as Purworejo. To my amazement and some shame I had never been there before, so that became the primary target. I at least had to go there so I could honestly say that I had been there. Furthermore there were no plans, like usual. It was already late in the morning, so it was not really supposed to become a long trip. Maybe after Purworejo it was time to find my way back. That also depended on what I would find along the way of course. Seen the distance and the road conditions it was to take about one and a half hour to get there. My modest estimation.

Posted in Travel @ 17 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Biking on Saturday afternoon It was a Saturday afternoon as any other, but sometimes I just feel the need to get out for a while. This is not always possible, but when there is a possibility and there are no other appointments in the agenda, then it just might happen that after lunch I decide to grab my stuff for a trip on the motorbike. It's not too far away, within the borders of the province of Yogyakarta, but at least I can get away from the daily life for a while. Helmet, keys and a wallet is enough. To store some of the memories I have I also bring a camera with me and within a matter of minutes I leave the area. Where do I go then? Ooh, I felt like having a drink in Wonosari, so that became my first destination, knowing that most likely it would be something in that direction, but that doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 09 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Baby killed, 23 injured in train derailment near Tegal A crowded passenger train derailed and skidded into rice fields, killing a baby and injuring 23 others, as was told by a railway official. One of the victims was stuck beneath the train and is said to be in critical condition. "We are still evacuating the crashed train," said Suprapto, spokesman for the state-run railway company.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 April 2007 06:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landing speed key factor in Yogyakarta plane crash The Garuda passenger yet that crashed earlier this month killing 21, was landing with a speed much higher than normal. This was said by the chief inspector on Saturday. The plane with 140 people on board overshot the runway at Adi Sucipto airport of Yogyakarta. It crashed in rice fields and bust into flames.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 March 2007 03:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The first plane It was less than one week before it really happened. I was in Kuala Lumpur to settle some official stuff, and when drinking an iced tea I took some time off in the evening to visit a friend. It was getting late and however we usually only 'speak' to each other on the internet, we had some serious issues as well. Sometimes it's best to make a small joke about accidents and disasters. The people on board of the missing Adam Air plane are having a splendid time diving there, things like that, whether they are fun or not. As long as it doesn't happen in your own direct environment, you can still say things like that. I also told that I always missed such events; earthquakes when I'm away; other disasters beyond my easy reach and other things like that.

Posted in Travel @ 17 March 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Many still without food and shelter after Sumatra quakes Officials on the island of Sumatra asked for patience on Saturday after telling that relief aid for the people left homeless after twin earthquakes had been handed out to people who did not need it. Many people living in remote areas away from cities have complained about upcoming food shortages after Tuesdays twin earthquakes that killed more than 70 people in the area.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 March 2007 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Increasing volcanic activity after Sumatra earthquakes A twin earthquake that killed over 70 people in western Sumatra may have triggered heightened activity at three volcanoes according to experts. Geologists said that sensors on the slopes of three volcanoes - Talang, Tandikat and Marapi - have above-average activity since the 6.3 and 6.1 earthquakes. "We usually need about a month to observe whether the earthquake could trigger an eruption," said Gede Suantika, official from Indonesia's volcanology institute.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 March 2007 05:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Planes landing gear failed before crash Investigators that work on the crash of a Boeing 737-400 that burst into flames after skidding of he runway, said that it's front wheels broke off as is touched down. "We are trying to find out why the wheel broke," said investigator Marjdono Siswo Suwarno. Forensics struggled to identify the victims from Wednesday's accident on the airport of Yogyakarta, central Java. Many were burned beyond recognition.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 March 2007 00:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gets help from Australia after crash Australia offered more medical aid to Indonesia after a Garuda Indonesia plane crashed. The Australian Embassy in Jakarta contacted the office of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to offer more medical help, as was said by Prime Minister John Howard. "The Indonesians have indicated that they will be very ready to take that up if it is needed," Howard told on television on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 March 2007 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[update] 21 dead after Garuda plane crashes at Yogyakarta airport At least 21 people are dead and many others injured after a plane of airliner Garuda crashed upon landing and burst into flames at the airport of Yogyakarta, central Java. "I saw many bodies, dozens of bodies badly burnt near the exit," told captain Yos Bintoro, an airport official to ElShinta radio after the accident. "I saw people dead in the cockpit. I cannot say if that's the pilot or co-pilot," he said.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 07 March 2007 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 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


Australian company sued over Indonesia mudspill The Australian mining company Santos has been named in a Jakarta lawsuit lodged by an Indonesian environmental organisation. As Indonesia correspondent Geoff Thompson reports, since May last year a 'mud volcano' has spewed from the earth submerging villages, factories and fields and displacing thousands in Sidoarjo in East Java.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 14 February 2007 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


West-Java farmers struggle to survive Farmers living outside Indonesia's flood-hit capital said Monday they were struggling to survive after hundreds of square miles of land were inundated, destroying rice and other recently planted crops. With waters receding, many returned to their washed-out fields Monday to survey the damage.

Posted in Flooding @ 12 February 2007 11:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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