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SAR deploys 21 divers to search for AirAsia plane The Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) has deployed 21 divers to look for AirAsia QZ8501 plane around Pangkalanbun waters, Central Kalimantan.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 December 2014 18:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


19 Chinese men detained for invalid forestry use permit The Regional Police Department of West Kalimantan has detained 19 Chinese men after they failed to present a valid forestry use permit. "The 19 Chinese men were arrested on Friday, December 13, during a campaign by the Forestry Department to enforce the use of forestry permits," said West Kalimantans Head of Forestry Department Marius Marcellus, in Pontianak, on Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 16 December 2013 19:52 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


Papua police to probe Freeport`s collapsed tunnel case Papua police have formed an investigation team to probe causes of the collapse of an underground training tunnel at Freeport Indonesia`s Big Gossan mine in the country`s easternmost province of Papua.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 May 2013 18:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Many fictitious official trips in state-owned enterprises' State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has stated that corruption in the form of fictitious official trips is quite common in state-owned enterprises.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 October 2012 18:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police collecting information from terrorist suspect Toriq Police are still intensively examining suspected terrorist M Toriq in an effort to develop his case. "Right now we are still seeking efforts to develop the case from Toriq," National Police head of public relations Brigadier General Boy Rafli Amar said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 September 2012 21:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Debate over Lapindo mud disaster continues The debate over the cause of the mud disaster in Sidoarjo, East Java, is continuing relentlessly even today, according to some experts. It remains unclear whether the mud flow occurred due to a drilling activity or it was a natural disaster.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 28 May 2012 13:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BPK discovers state losses amounting to Rp13.25 trillion The State Audit Board (BPK) has discovered 4,941 cases of non-compliance that have caused losses, potential losses and income shortages worth Rp13.25 trillion based on the results of audit in the second semester 2011.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 April 2012 14:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


French archaeologist discover 12th century shipwreck Fragments from a 12th century shipwreck have been discovered in Medan's China Town, supporting earlier claims about the discovery of an ancient shipwreck. Medan is a major city in Indonesia that support local and regional economy activities since a long time ago.

Posted in History @ 25 February 2012 01:49 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


Indonesia finds agreement over minimum wage for Bekasi The government has found a settlement over the dispute on minimum wage for Bekasi district that has caused a huge demonstration and blockade of a key toll road to and from Jakarta recently.

Posted in Economy @ 29 January 2012 01:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Javan rhinos in Vietnam extinct; few left in Indonesia The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) on Tuesday confirmed the Javan rhinoceros have been driven to complete extinction in Vietnam, leaving only a few left alive in Indonesia.

Posted in Environment @ 25 October 2011 16:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: 'Suicide bomber was not alone' Police say that a number of findings indicate that the suicide bomber in Surakarta, Central Java, did not act alone. "The perpetrator needed communication. Although he was alone in the field, donít assume that he committed suicide all by himself," police spokesman Brig. Gen. I Ketut Untung Yoga Ana said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 September 2011 02:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poll: Young in Malaysia, Indonesia oppose polygamy The vast majority of young Muslims in Indonesia and Malaysia appear to disapprove of the traditional acceptance of polygamy but remain reluctant to openly support interfaith marriages or premarital sex, a new survey shows.

Posted in Religion @ 13 July 2011 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign scientists to study Lapindo Sidoarjo mudflow A team of foreign scientists will be traveling to Indonesia's East Java province in order to observe the Lapindo mudflow that began five years ago in Sidoarjo, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 27 May 2011 00:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to observe Cambodia-Thailand border conflict Amidst the recent border conflicts between Thailand and Cambodia, both countries have accepted Indonesia to observe both sides of the border, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 23 February 2011 05:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Investigation after Taiwan bans sale of Indonesian instant noodle The Indonesian House of Representatives is set to launch an investigation after Taiwan banned the sales of an Indonesian instant noodle because it allegedly has banned preservatives, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Health @ 13 October 2010 03:00 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


Huge undersea volcano mapped off Sulawesi Scientists on a deep-sea expedition off Indonesia have discovered a towering volcano: It rises 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) from the ocean floor, yet remains far from sight at the water's surface. U.S. and Indonesian researchers, using a powerful sonar system and a robotic vehicle with high-definition video, are exploring terrain off Sulawesi island in hopes of getting a glimpse into complex and little-known marine ecosystems.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 July 2010 05:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 2,000 orangutans inhabit Kutai National Park At least 2,000 orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) have been found to be inhabiting Kutai National Park in East Kutai, East Kalimantan, the forests of which were thought to have been too damaged.

Posted in Environment @ 11 June 2010 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


NGOs push for stronger child protection laws Millions of Indonesian children remain vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and discrimination because the government has not prioritised childrenís rights, says a coalition of NGOs. On 25 May, the National NGO Coalition for Child Rights Monitoring launched its review report on the implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) between 1997 and 2009, making a number of recommendations to better protect Indonesian children.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 June 2010 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 120 new species of plants and animals discovered At least 120 new species of plants and animals have been discovered in the tropical rain forests of Borneo in the last three years. Several of the remarkable findings were done by Dutch. Evolutionbiologist Menno Schilthuizen and his Malaysian student Liew Thor-Seng found a new kind of snail with a tail that is three times as long as his head for example.

Posted in Environment @ 23 April 2010 02:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Child labor in Cirebon tea processing plant The Commission for the Protection of Children in Indonesia (KPAI) has reported the owner of PT Hutan Unggul Persada, Johanes, because of the exploitation of some 90 children still in their teens. They were put to work in the factory to produce tea of the brand Jangkar. A representative of KPAI, Masnah Sari, said that he reported the findings to the Cirebon police yesterday.

Posted in Human rights @ 16 January 2010 02:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Conservationists report mud flow case to KPK The non-government environment protection organization Walhi (Wahana Lingkungan Hidup) has reported a possible case of corruption in handling the well-known Sidoarjo mud flow in East Java province. A spokesperson of Walhi, Erwin Usman, said that state funds were misused. The report has been made based on an audit done by the Financial Control Board BPK in 2007.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 18 December 2009 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Focus on earthquake preparedness, not prediction Predicting earthquakes is an inexact science - which is why disaster preparedness remains key to saving lives, scientists say. Experts have forecast that a long undersea faultline along Indonesia's Sumatra Island is due to produce a powerful and devastating earthquake in the next few decades.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 November 2009 02:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HEAD OF POLICE: 'NOORDIN M. TOP IS DEAD' The head of the national police, Bambang Hendarso Danuri, has confirmed that Noordin M. Top, the most wanted terrorist in Southeast Asia, has been killed in a raid near the city of Solo in Central Java earlier today. "The fingerprints we took from one of the terror suspects' bodies matched those of Noordin that we obtained from Malaysia. We found similarity in at least 14 points, which is a justifiable proof," told Bambang during a press conference at the National Police Headquarters.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 September 2009 12:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Dozens of bolts stolen near Purwokerto station Dozens of bolts and safety hooks used on train tracks have been stolen in the area around the Purwokerto train station located in Central Java. The Mobile Brigade of Banyumas checked the entire length of the track and soon discovered the theft. It is most likely that the bolts and hooks were stolen to be sold as scrap iron.

Posted in Crime @ 06 September 2009 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One third of transvestites in Jakarta is HIV positive Thirty-four per cent of transvestites in this city are infected with HIV, a survey has revealed. According to the Biology and Behaviour Survey (STBP), the number of HIV infection among the transvestite community in Jakarta has steadily risen since 1995, when only 0.3% was reportedly HIV positive.

Posted in Health @ 18 October 2008 01:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia halts U.S. naval lab's activities Indonesia has halted the activities of a U.S. naval medical lab in Jakarta following a dispute over the terms of a contract, the health minister said on Thursday. The U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 2 has been key to efforts to track bird flu in Indonesia, the country with the most human deaths from the H5N1 virus.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2008 14:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three partial statues and relief found in Kediri villige Three artifacts, a relief and hundreds of pieces of stone blocks which are thought to originate from a wealthy kingdom in the area, were found in the village of Sumbercangkring, sub-district Gurah in the district of Kediri in eastern Java. Head of the Cultural and Tourist department in the region, Suradi, said earlier today that the historical items were, amongst others, a head of a Dwarapala with a height of 98 centimeters, a partial head of Ganesha with a height of 16 centimeters and a head of an unknown statue with a height of 48 centimeters.

Posted in General @ 16 September 2008 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono's popularity drops on fuel price hike President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's popularity ratings have fallen because of a recent fuel price increase and he would likely lose if an election were held today, a new poll showed on Sunday. Mr Yudhoyono, a former general, won the country's first direct presidential election in 2004 when he promised to tackle widespread corruption, spur economic growth and create jobs.

Posted in Politics @ 29 June 2008 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to delay open sky talks with EU The Indonesian government has linked open sky policy negotiations with the EU to the bloc's ban on Indonesian airplanes, effectively grounding the negotiations for the present, local press said Wednesday. Transportation Minister Jusman Syafii Djamal has said a decision had been made to "stop all discussions temporarily before it (EU) lifts its ban," reported English-language daily The Jakarta Post.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2007 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia dismisses human-to-human bird flu report Indonesia on Monday rejected a study by researchers from the United States that concluded that the bird flu virus had spread from person to person during one outbreak in 2006. Indonesia said it was misleading.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 03 September 2007 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu spread from humans to humans in 2006 In the first systematic, statistical analysis of its kind, infectious-disease-modeling experts at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center confirm that the avian influenza A (H5N1) virus in 2006 spread between a small number of people within a family in Indonesia. The findings, by biostatistician Ira M. Longini Jr., Ph.D., and colleagues, will be published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Posted in Health @ 29 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


EU bans flights by Indonesian airlines All airlines that have their base in Indonesia will be banned from flying to the European Union because of safety concerns. This information has been released by the European Commission. "Once more, the EU blacklist will prove to be an essential tool not only to prevent unsafe airlines from flying to Europe and to inform passengers traveling worldwide but also to make sure that airlines and civil aviation authorities take appropriate actions to improve safety," said Jacques Barrot, commission vice president in charge of transport.

Posted in General @ 28 June 2007 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia seen as worlds biggest ecstasy producer The national police in Indonesia said that the country is the worlds biggest producer of ecstasy, a synthetic, mind-altering drug with hallucinogenic properties. Antara news agency reported this yesterday based on findings from data collected by the national police's criminal investigation department.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 April 2007 02:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Experts worried over seismic trends Experts in Indonesia are worried that after the huge earthquake off the coast of Aceh in December 2004 - which was the world's strongest in the last 40 years - the center of seismic activity is gradually moving to the southeast, in the direction of Jakarta, where millions of people live. "We think that the next quake may take place in the Jambi Province but do not want to publicize this for fear of causing panic," said a source from the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) told after the earthquakes in West Sumatra.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 April 2007 08:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesa is worlds number three greenhouse gas producer Indonesia is only behind the United States and China in greenhouse gas emissions. A study showed released by the World Bank and the British government last Friday. It's high rank is primarily due to its high deforestation rate - about 85 percent (2,563 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent results from forest fires and clearing. Remaining emissions from energy, agriculture and waste only reach 451 million tonnes.

Posted in Environment @ 27 March 2007 01:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Seven climbers die on Mount Rinjani Seven climbers have been found dead on the slopes of Indonesia's second highest volcano. Their bodies were found on Mount Rinjani, an active volcano rising more than 12,000 feet above sea level on the island of Lombok.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 March 2007 23:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's 'Hobbit' indeed a new species: scientists A tiny human-like skull discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003 warrants the designation of a new human species, a group of international anthropologists have confirmed. The skull is believed to have belonged to a woman who grew to be only about a metre in height, and who lived on the island east of Bali about 18,000 years ago.

Posted in General @ 01 February 2007 01:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Victim of missing Adam Air plane to get compensation Adam Air Monday promised to give 500 million rupiah (42.500 euro) compensation to each passenger of its plane, which has disappeared since Jan. 1 when it was on its way from East Java's capital of Surabaya to North Sulawesi's capital of Manado. The plane has disappeared together with its 92 passengers and 10 crew members.

Posted in General @ 23 January 2007 08:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Strong monsoons could mean increased droughts in Indonesia Fears of strengthening monsoons in Asia could spell trouble for parts of Australia and Indonesia which will see longer and more frequent droughts in the future, according to a study published in Nature on Thursday. By examining the chemical makeup of corals off Indonesia's Sumatra island, researchers found that stronger monsoons in Asia 6,500 years ago led to greater ocean cooling in the eastern Indian Ocean, which reduced evaporation and, in turn increased the droughts in Indonesia and Australia.

Posted in Environment @ 18 January 2007 09:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatra: Another killer tsunami looms Scientists predict a repeat of the deadly 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that killed more than 280,000 lives. Their warnings gained added weight with a fresh earthquake that killed seven and injured 100 more when it struck Sumatra on Monday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 December 2006 14:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoking ban gradually vanishing into thin air Clean air campaigners were careful about selecting a smoke-free dining establishment as the venue for a public discussion in Cikini, Central Jakarta, on Thursday. The waitresses, however, had gone about placing ashtrays on every table, encouraging some participants to light up. "It's a fact, the smoking ban is not effective. I don't know why the management of this cafe allows people to smoke," said the moderator of the discussion, Tubagus Haryo Karbiyanto, who chairs the air quality division of the Jakarta Caucus for the Environment.

Posted in General @ 17 November 2006 09:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mudslide could last 100 years, say scientists Mud, gas and boiling water that have been gushing out of the ground in East Java since May, submerging half a dozen villages and 20 factories, could continue for a century with "catastrophic consequences", European experts said on Monday. Efforts to seal the channels through which the mud is escaping are unlikely to succeed, and it is impossible to tell how much fluid remains underground, according to a University of Oslo geology team.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 September 2006 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Bird flu kills nearly 600 chickens in West Java Indonesian authorities have warned of a major bird flu outbreak in the West Java town of Kuningan after 596 chickens died of the disease in August, an official said Tuesday. Local officials said bird flu attacks were found in two districts, namely Cigugur and Darma. "The 596 chickens died of bird flu based on rapid tests (at the scene) and laboratory tests," said Nana Adnan, head of the West Java veterinary office.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 September 2006 04:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO confirms 60th bird flu case, urges sequence sharing The World Health Organization on Wednesday confirmed the 60th case of human infection with the H5N1 strain of bird flu after a 6-year-old girl was tested positive of having the virus. In a statement, the WHO said the girl from Bekasi in West Java Province developed symptoms on Aug. 6 and was hospitalized on Aug. 11. ''She remains hospitalized but is recovering. The source of her infection is currently under investigation,'' the statement said as reported by Kyodo.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 August 2006 13:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Goodbye pluralism Houses of worship are an important topic of discussion for many people, as the recent debate over them showed. The impression was that people put more importance on the buildings themselves than on practicing the good deeds taught inside them. The heated debate revolved around drawing up new rules on church or mosque construction to replace an antiquated joint ministerial decree. If any issue reflects the nation's progress, it is this one. After 61 years as a free nation we are still fighting over rudimentary matters of religion.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian boy has bird flu, local tests A 16-year-old boy has tested positive for bird flu, health officials said on Monday, citing local laboratory results. It would take the total number of human infections in the country to 55. Additional tests were needed to confirm the results, but preliminary findings showed that the boy contracted the potentially fatal illness from sick chickens in the West Java district of Bekasi, east of capital, Jakarta.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 09 August 2006 14:46 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


Indonesia's silence on Timor Leste crisis For two months Timor Leste has gone through its worst crisis since its independence. Much of the country's trade and economy depend on us. Much of the geo-political space in which it has to pursue its foreign policy, and to achieve stability and justice, depends on us. They use our language, even smoke the same kretek cigarettes as we do. And, in the most fundamental sense, they had suffered under "our" harsh occupation. Yet, with a few exceptions, many prefer to remain silent, ignoring their sorry plight. Why?

Posted in History @ 16 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO dismisses human-to-human bird flu spread The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that there is no evidence that efficient transmission of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus has emerged from a family cluster of cases in Indonesia. Analysis now has indicated that the virus itself has not undergone the genetic mutation that might mark its development of a capability for efficient and sustained human transmission, the Antara news agency reported Friday, quoting a statement from the international body.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 02 June 2006 19:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO: Human-to-human bird flu transmission possible A family of eight people infected with bird flu in Indonesia may have passed the disease among themselves rather than individually catching it from poultry, but the World Health Organization is leaving its pandemic alert level unchanged, the agency said Wednesday. "All confirmed cases in the cluster can be directly linked to close and prolonged exposure to a patient during a phase of severe illness," said a WHO statement. "Although human-to-human transmission cannot be ruled out, the search for a possible alternative source of exposure is continuing."

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 May 2006 20:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO reports 2 Bird Flu deaths Two young boys died of bird flu in Indonesia - one from a family that has already lost four members to the disease, the World Health Organization said Friday. In Rome, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization warned that the state of emergency surrounding the spread of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in poultry and other animals will last for years.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 May 2006 10:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Central Java train crash kills 14, injures 12 Two trains collided in Central Java province on Saturday killing 14 people and injuring 12, police said. The early-morning accident occurred when two trains bound from Jakarta to Surabaya, Indonesia's second city, collided, a police official at Gubug near the crash site said.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 April 2006 13:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 12 reactions


Revealing BPK audit may slash power rate hike The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) has found the actual cost for electricity generation for this year will be 4.3 percent lower than state power firm PT PLN's projection, sparking hope that a planned rate hike will be minimal or scrapped altogether. BPK revised down costs by Rp 4.9 trillion (US$524 million) to Rp 93.23 trillion, or Rp 833 per kiloWatthour (kWh), agency chief Anwar Nasution told reporters after submitting the audit report to the House of Representatives on Thursday. PLN previously estimated the average cost to generate one kWh of power at Rp 870.

Posted in Economy @ 09 March 2006 15:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


200 BUMN officials probed over graft At least 200 officials at state-owned companies (BUMNs) are being investigated for their alleged involvement in graft and abuse of authority, State Minister for State Enterprises Sugiharto said Saturday. Sugiharto said several of the officials being questioned had officially been named suspects, but he declined to give their names at this early point in the investigation.

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Social workers: 'Much of the cash-for-the-poor diverted' Most of the social welfare programs created by the government following the fuel subsidy cuts are missing their proper targets, a report released by a group of social workers says. The report showed the four main programs -- the School Operational Aid (BOS) scheme, costing Rp 6.7 trillion; the Health Insurance plan, at Rp 3.8 trillion; the Rp 3.4 trillion Village Infrastructure Development program; and the Direct Cash Aid program costing Rp 6.5 trillion -- were not being distributed properly.

Posted in General @ 17 January 2006 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2005 oil and gas well drillings fall below its target Indonesia, Southeast Asia's biggest oil producer, drilled 62 oil and gas wells this year, below the government target, because of higher costs of oil rigs, a government official said. Indonesia had wanted companies such as PT Pertamina, BP Plc and ConocoPhillips and Total SA to drill as many as 81 wells this year to increase the country's oil and gas reserves, Kardaya told reporters today in Bandung, West Java.

Posted in Economy @ 18 December 2005 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected suicide shocks Bandung A teenage girl apparently committed suicide by hanging herself from the top of a door frame in her house in Bandung regency, West Java, on Friday. The death of 14-year-old Fitri Aprianti, a second-year student at Cipeundeuy state junior high school, shocked people in the Babakan Bojong area, who were preparing to break the fast at the time.

Posted in Crime @ 22 October 2005 18:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists in Indonesia find evidence of another 'Hobbit' Scientists digging in a remote Indonesian cave have uncovered a jaw bone that they say adds more evidence that a tiny prehistoric Hobbit-like species once existed. The jaw is from the ninth individual believed to have lived as recently as 12,000 years ago. The bones are in a wet cave on the island of Flores in the eastern limb of the Indonesian archipelago, near Australia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 October 2005 20:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bird flu reaches Kupang East Nusa Tenggara governor Piet A. Tallo has requested technical institutions handling health and farming matters to be honest and tell the general public if they find the avian influenza virus in any poultry farming locations. This request was made following controversy between staff reports and findings in the field regarding the spread of the deadly virus in one of the poultry farms in the regency of Lasiana, Kupang.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 30 September 2005 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Four planes grounded after fatal crash Indonesian air transport authorities have grounded four Boeing 737-200s belonging to four unnamed private airlines in the wake of a recent fatal crash. "Four Boeing 737-200s owned by four airlines have been declared grounded until all damaged components are repaired," the Kompas newspaper quotes Transport Minister Hatta Rajasa as saying.

Posted in General @ 11 September 2005 11:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A year later, Munirís killers evade justice One year after a leading Indonesian human rights activist was murdered after boarding a flight from Jakarta to Europe, the Indonesian government has failed to properly investigate and prosecute those behind Munir Said Thalibís death, Human Rights Watch said today.

Posted in Politics @ 08 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crashed Indonesia jet may have had fuel problem A preliminary probe into the crash of an Indonesian airliner that killed 149 people has found a fuel problem with one of the plane's engines, a transport safety official said on Wednesday. Setyo Rahardjo, head of the National Transport Safety Committee, told Reuters investigators had found a fault in one of the two engines on the Boeing 737-200, which slammed into a crowded neighbourhood in the city of Medan on Monday.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2005 19:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


Indonesia opposes U.N.-backed tribunal on E.Timor Indonesia has brushed off a call in a United Nations report for an international tribunal to try Indonesian and militia leaders blamed for a bloody 1999 rampage in East Timor. "We continue to oppose an international tribunal, which we find totally unnecessary," Foreign Ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa said on Thursday, a day after a report issued by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommended one.

Posted in Politics @ 29 July 2005 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia quake shook earth's entire surface The great Sumatra-Andaman earthquake that generated the devastating tsunami in December was so powerful that the ground shook everywhere on the Earth's surface and weeks later the planet still trembled.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 May 2005 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN meter readings 'often incorrect' State-owned power company PT PLN has acknowledged that electricity meter readings are often incorrect and give rise to unreasonable bills. It plans to implement a new system, but has warned that customers may face high bills as a result of arrears and unpaid usage as a consequence. "There will be a 'booming' of bills," Fahmi Mochtar, the general manager of the firm's Jakarta and Tangerang branch, said on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 04 October 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Presidential candidate SBY gets PhD in agriculture Indonesia's presidential candidate Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono obtained a doctorate in agricultural sciences, a newspaper report said on Sunday. Susilo, a retired lieutenant general, successfully defended his paper on the development of rural areas and analysis of fiscal policies at the Bogor Institute of Agriculture on Saturday. His 160-minute thesis presentation, capping three years of studies, was deemed "excellent", the Kompas daily said.

Posted in General @ 03 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to return US$10m to World Bank The World Bank said on Friday that the Indonesian government had returned the US$10 million in funds publishers here allegedly corrupted from the Book and Reading Development Project. The World Bank announced in Washington last Tuesday that collusion had led to the procurement of inferior quality books in a school book project and urged the Indonesian government to repay US$10 million of some $53 million disbursed.

Posted in Economy @ 02 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati's party loses ground in election President Megawati Sukarnoputri, whose party slumped in parliamentary elections on Monday, may have difficulty regaining the presidency in July, according to a national sample of returns released Tuesday. The findings of the vote sample organized by the National Democratic Institute, a Washington-based organization financed by the United States, showed her Indonesian Democratic Party for Struggle in second place, behind Golkar, the party of the former dictator Suharto.

Posted in Elections @ 07 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Health agency admits violations by hospitals over dengue patients Irregularities had been found among 16 recommended hospitals supposed to provide free medical services for poor dengue fever patients, the Jakarta Health Agency admitted on Thursday. However, the agency said it would not impose any sanctions on the hospitals. "The 16 hospitals recommended by the agency should have provided free treatment and should have not charged any fees, including medicine and administration fees, as long as the patients are being treated at third-class wards and suffer from dengue," agency official Murdiati Umbas said.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 26 March 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto tops world corruption league Former dictator Suharto has topped a list of the world's most corrupt politicians over the past two decades. The list is part of Transparency International's new Global Corruption Report 2004, which charts the flow of stolen assets, recommends ways to recover money looted by despots, and sets out new standards on political finance and favors. Transparency International says Suharto stole about $15 billion to $35 billion during his 32 years of rule in a country where the Gross Domestic Product per capita hovers at around $700.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 March 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RI tells US to take the log out of their own eye The government has denounced a U.S. report on human rights abuses in Indonesia, saying Washington was not competent to make judgments about what went on here. Foreign Affairs Ministry chief spokesman Marty Natalegawa said the annual report showed a "new standard of ignorance of what is actually happening in Indonesia." "Human rights conditions in Indonesia should to be judged by the Indonesian people themselves and not by some bureaucrats sitting in Washington," Marty told The Jakarta Post on Thursday, when he was asked to comment on the controversial report.

Posted in Economy @ 27 February 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Before he slipped into unconsciousness, six-year-old Kaptan Boonmanuj told his mother, "Mum, my chest feels like it's going to explode." On Jan. 26, after two weeks in a coma, Kaptan died in Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital, becoming Thailand's first victim of avian flu. His parents returned home to the hamlet of Ben Ya Pad, deep in the country's rural western province of Kanchanaburi. Two days had passed since their son's death, and rice farmer Chamnan Boonmanuj and his wife Chongrak sat receiving friends and relatives, the smell of burning incense heavy in the front room of their concrete house. Behind them, Kaptan's body lay in a white coffin. Propped against it was his bicycle, along with a picture of Kaptan wearing his school uniform. Outside, a row of ornate wreaths was placed beside the wall of the house. One was from the Ministry of Public Health.

Posted in Health @ 06 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poso calm as more troops arrive Calm returned on Monday to Poso regency, Central Sulawesi, after around 300 paramilitary police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) personnel arrived in the religiously divided town. Residents in the attack-hit villages of Saatu, Pantangolemba and Pinedapa resumed their daily activities. No further violence was reported after Sunday's dawn attacks there by masked gunmen, who killed at least nine people.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 14 October 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US warns Indonesia on US killings The United States said on Friday it had warned Indonesia "at the highest levels" that a failure by Jakarta to cooperate in solving the murder of two American teachers would seriously affect bilateral ties. Speaking with Indonesian Defence Minister Matori Abdul Djalil at his side, U.S. Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz also pressed Jakarta to ensure transparency in its military offensive in Aceh province and said independent monitoring should be allowed.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Travel advisory issued over pneumonia strain The World Health Organization on Saturday issued a worldwide emergency travel advisory containing guidance for travelers and airlines, citing the quick spread of an atypical pneumonia that now represents "a worldwide threat." More than 150 cases of the pneumonia, dubbed Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), have been reported in the last week, WHO said in a news release.

Posted in SARS @ 15 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trial opens in death of Indonesia activist Seven Indonesian special forces soldiers went on trial before a military court on Friday on charges of killing of an independence leader in Papua, Theys Eluay, in 2001. If found guilty, the seven could face up to 15 years in jail. The defendants include Lt. Col. Hartomo, the highest ranking solider on trial in the case. The other defendants were Chief Pvt. Ahmad Zulfahmi, Capt. Rionardo, Chief Sgt. Asrizal, 1st Lt. Agus Supriyanto, Maj. Doni Hutabarat and 1st Sgt. Laorensius.

Posted in Crime @ 03 January 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Al-Qaeda linked to McDonalds blast Indonesian police on Saturday searched a house linked to a possible al Qaeda suspect in their hunt for those behind two bomb blasts in Sulawesi, including one at a McDonald's restaurant that killed three people. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has stepped up its anti-terror drive since the October 12 Bali bombings that killed at least 191 people, about half of them foreigners.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 December 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


8 at center of Bali bomb probe Indonesian police focused the inquiry into the Bali nightclub bombing on a group of eight suspects, officials said, while the president won crucial parliamentary backing Thursday for an emergency anti-terrorism decree. Support from parliamentary leaders was considered necessary to give President Megawati Sukarnoputri the political room to issue the decree, which would give the government expanded power to fight terrorism but could put her on a collision course with Islamic extremists widely blamed for the bombings that claimed more than 180 lives Saturday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The president director of the State Electricity Company (PLN), Eddie Widiono, seems to be clairvoyant. Two years ago, at a seminar on electricity in Jakarta, he made a prediction that by 2003, Java-Bali would be shrouded in darkness. The reason: scarce electricity supply due to minimum PLN investments. Widiono's estimate might just be optimistic. On September 12, Asep, a resident of Cibinong, Bogor, nearly had a heart attack. A huge explosion shook his house, followed a second later by total darkness. The thundering noise came directly from next door, an electrical relay station handling extremely high voltages. Rushing outside, Asep saw one of the poles inside the station burning. "Wow, the noise was totally deafening, just like a bomb," he said. "Then there were fireworks and a sharp burning smell," he said.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cruelty in Indonesian zoos A charity report says that some of the world's top holiday destinations in Indonesia are the scenes of "shocking levels of cruelty" to zoo animals. The findings follow an investigation by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and one of its Indonesian member societies, Animal Conservation for Life (KSBK).

Posted in General @ 26 March 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 80% of Indonesia coral reefs under threat More than 80 percent of Indonesia's 51,000 square kilometers of coral reefs have been threatened due mainly to blast fishing practices and bleaching, according to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)'s new World Atlas of Coral Reefs. Indonesia, along with the Philippines, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, with between 500 and 600 species of coral in each of these countries, is home to the world's most diverse range of corals.

Posted in Environment @ 13 September 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Long-simmering tensions between indigenous Dayaks and immigrant Madurese suddenly exploded in the town of Sampit, Central Kalimantan, in the middle of February 2001. Within days, isolated killings perpetrated by both sides had developed into a one-sided massacre of Madurese by enraged Dayaks. In the following weeks the killings spread to other areas in the province and by early April almost the entire Madurese population had fled the province. The massacre of about 500 Ė and possibly many more - Madurese by Dayaks and the flight of virtually the entire Madurese community closely resembled two similar events in the Sambas district in the northern part of West Kalimantan in 1996-7 and in 1999 and highlighted the danger of violence spreading to West and East Kalimantan.

Posted in Violence @ 27 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Students storm Indonesia parliament Police fired tear gas and warning shots as thousands of rock-throwing students stormed the gates of Indonesia's parliament Monday in the largest protest yet against the country's president. Three students were badly beaten by police as running battles broke out on the lawns of the heavily guarded legislature.

Posted in Protests @ 29 January 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Everything will be okay: President President Abdurrahman Wahid played down on Sunday security fears in the wake of rumored mass rallies between people in support of and against him on Monday. "God willing, there will be nothing," Abdurrahman said after a meeting at the Merdeka Palace on Sunday morning to discuss security in the capital.

Posted in Politics @ 29 January 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Massive demo expected to hit Jakarta on Jan. 29 Massive demonstrations are expected to hit Jakarta and other cities in Indonesia on Jan. 29 when the House of Representatives will announce its stance on two financial scandals, allegedly involving President Abdurrahman Wahid. But the government and the Indonesian Military urged the public to be calm in responding to rumors about planned massive demonstrations by two opposing groups, one in support of Gus Dur and the other from anti-Gus Dur groups.

Posted in Protests @ 25 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur walks out of scandals hearing President Abdurrahman Wahid on Monday left legislators dumbfounded as he abruptly walked out of a meeting with the House of Representatives' special committee investigating the Bulog and Brunei scandals. Abdurrahman surprised everyone as he left the meeting hall at the Jakarta Convention Center only some 45 minutes into the scheduled two-hour session.

Posted in Crime @ 23 January 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bunker search leads police to drill into Tommy's home Using drills and jack hammers until late on Monday night, the police were still trying to open an alleged underground bunker below the residence of fugitive Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, despite President Abdurrahman Wahid's claim that Tommy was hiding in a former general's house. "We need special equipment to continue drilling into the floor of Tommy's fitness center. We have gone a little beyond 20 centimeters, and we'll keep on going until we reach it," Comr. Rycko Amelza Daniel of the City Police Detectives unit told The Jakarta Post on Monday night.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ajinomoto seasoning halal: Gus Dur In a bid to end a scandal over Ajinomoto taste enhancers, President Abdurrahman Wahid said on Tuesday the company's products did not contain pork and therefore could be consumed by Muslims. "President Abdurrahman Wahid said Ajinomoto seasoning is halal (allowed under Islamic law)," presidential spokesman Wimar Witoelar said.

Posted in General @ 09 January 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia names 19 as suspects in East Timor violence An East Timorese fisherman on Friday paddles by graves of those killed by anti-independence militiamen in last year's violence in Maubara, west of Dili, East Timor List includes three generals, but omits Wiranto.

Posted in Violence @ 01 September 2000 16:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former President Suharto charged with corruption Former Indonesian President Suharto, who stepped down in 1998 amid widespread protests against his authoritarian rule, was charged Thursday with corruption. "Suharto's status, as of today, is as an accused," Yushar Yahya, spokesman for Indonesia's attorney general's office, told reporters.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 August 2000 16:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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