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Jakarta governor to be non-active to run for presidency Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will be non-active after the General Election Commission (KPU) confirms his participation in the presidential election, Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi noted here on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 14 May 2014 19:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina labor union threatens to stop gas supplies to PGN The Federation of Pertamina United Labor Unions (FSPPB) has threatened to stop gas supplies to state gas distributor PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) following a planned acquisition of PT Pertamina Gas (Pertagas) by PT PGN.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 13 May 2014 23:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


High handling fees at Ngurai Rai burden for charters Charter aircraft operators are complaining bitterly about mandatory ground handling fees being imposed on visiting aircraft by a joint-veture partner of  PT Angkasa Pura I  who manage of Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport.

Posted in General @ 22 December 2013 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mayor of South Tangerang next in line for KPK investigation The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has launched an investigation into alleged corruption in the administration of South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diani, the sister in-law of the controversial Banten Governor, Ratu Atut Chosiyah.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 October 2013 10:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Forestry Minister in Riau to inspect forest fire control Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan led a coordinating meeting on forest and plantation fire control here on Saturday. A number of personnel from forest fire brigade "Manggala Agni", military, police and forest rangers were present in the event.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign firms allegedly involved in Riau forest fires Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya has alleged that a number of foreign firms are involved in the current forest and woodland fires in Riau province. "It seems that (the fires) also involved foreign firms," he said in the State Palace compounds in Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of 'official poor' on the rise on Bali The Bali Post, reporting information from the Bali Statistics Bureau (BPS-Bali), confirms that poverty is on the rise in Bali.The number of “officially poor” in Bali in 2012 (based on a March survey) counted 168,800 impoverished citizens, an increase from the 166,200 estimated in 2011.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2013 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to start flights to US from 2015 Bisnis.com reports that the CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar, confirms his airline is targeting to commence service the U.S.A. by the end of 2015.Said Emirsyah: “Garuda will be ready to fly to the US in 2015, because by that time we’ll have our B-777-300 ER fleet.”

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 23 September 2012 10:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali self-suffucient in rice and soybeans The State News Agency Antara  reports that Bali is secure in terms of food security and not threatened by continuing drought conditions in many part of Indonesia. Ida Bagus Wisnuardana, head of the food crop division for Bali, confirms that Bali has adequate sufficiencies of rice and soybeans.

Posted in General @ 18 September 2012 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK detains Miranda Goeltom Former Bank Indonesia senior deputy governor Miranda Goeltom was detained on Friday as a suspect in an alleged bribery case, in connection with her election to her post in 2004.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 June 2012 18:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President sets 8 targets for new cabinet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has set eight targets for his newly installed Cabinet to pursue in the remaining three years of his tenure.

Posted in Politics @ 19 October 2011 09:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to invest 200 billion dollars in 14 years Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday announced that the country is planning a $200-billion investment in the next 14 years to advance economic development.

Posted in Economy @ 18 April 2011 15:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Microsoft to invest around $2.5 billion in Indonesia Microsoft on Friday announced that it will invest around $2.5 billion in Indonesia to develop cloud-computing systems, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Economy @ 21 January 2011 20:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fines Singapore's Temasek in anti-monopoly violation Indonesia on Tuesday fined Singapore's investment powerhouse Temasek Holdings Pte and its nine affiliates Rp 15 billion ($1.7 million) each for violating anti-monopoly laws, local media reported.

Posted in Economy @ 19 January 2011 07:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from rabies now at 108 Kompas.com confirms that the rabies virus has now claimed 108 victims in Bali. Ketut Gede (55) from Bangli died at the Sanglah General Hospital shortly after presenting with the clinical symptoms of rabies. "The victim was experiencing seizures, difficulties in swallowing, and phobias to both water and light," explained Dr. IGB Ken Wirasandhi of the rabies control team at the hospital.

Posted in Health @ 12 December 2010 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More limitations for importing films to Indonesia A United States trade representative to Indonesia, Demetrios Marantis, has expressed his concern over a new decree that is currently considered by the Indonesian government. This decree will further restrict regulations over imports of foreign films to Indonesia. Marantis said that if the decree was accepted, it could disrupt bilateral relationship.

Posted in Culture @ 13 February 2010 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's rabies crisis spreads to new areas Radar Bali confirms that Bali's rabies epidemic has now spread to five of the island's nine regencies and metropolitan areas. According to Ida Bagus Alit, the Head of Bali's Animal Husbandry Department (Dinas Peternakan) confirmed that Karangasem and Bangli now have confirmed cases of the deadly disease in their dog populations, while previously cases of rabies were confined to Denpasar, Badung and Tabanan.

Posted in Health @ 01 November 2009 09:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rabies vaccines out of stock at Bali's main hospital Bali's ongoing struggle to fight the current rabies epidemic is being complicated by the lack of rabies vaccine at Bali's Sanglah General Hospital. As reported by Berita Bali.com, the drug store on the hospital's premises has posted a sign in its window announcing that rabies vaccine are "out of stock" .

Posted in Health @ 27 September 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


416 cases of Mexican Flu in Indonesia Indonesia again confirmed 16 people infected by H1N1 virus, bringing the total number of patients to 416, a director at the Health Ministry said here Monday in a statement. Tjandra Yoga Aditama said that one of the cases had recently returned from Hong Kong. The European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ECDC confirms that 1.000 people have died of the novel virus worldwide.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 28 July 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia resource nationalism stirs before polls As Indonesia heads for elections, some politicians are taking a more nationalist line on the country's vast natural resources, a move that could scare off much-needed foreign capital amid the global credit crunch. While some industry experts see the rumblings over foreign investment as campaign trail posturing, the rhetoric highlights the risks for investors in Southeast Asia's biggest economy, particularly in its energy and mining sectors.

Posted in Elections @ 22 March 2009 06:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia adopts measures to boost Rupiah Indonesia has obligated state-own firms to place their U.S. dollars in the country and speed up the implementation of project funded by donors, Coordinating Minister for Economy Sri Mulyani Indrawati told a press briefing on Tuesday evening after a sudden cabinet meeting. The measure was aimed at boosting Rupiah value which has been declining against the U.S. dollars due to the impact of global financial turmoil.

Posted in Economy @ 29 October 2008 09:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to privatize 37 state-owned companies in 2008 The Indonesian government Monday submitted a list of 37 state-owned enterprises (SOEs) for its privatization drive this year to the House of Representatives. "There are 37 SOEs that we propose for the 2008 restructuring program," said Minister for State-owned Enterprises Affairs Sofjan Djalil. "But we have yet to get a final say from the privatization committee. We plan to hold a meeting with the committee this week regarding the 37 SOEs," he said during a hearing with the House commission four overseeing SOEs.

Posted in Economy @ 23 January 2008 04:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 18 A 28-year-old mother has died of bird flu at a Jakarta hospital, bringing the total death toll from the disease to 92 in Indonesia, the local press said Tuesday. The woman, a mother of two in the Jakarta suburb of Tangerang, died during treatment at the Persahabatan Hospital early on Monday, as was reported by Kompas. Her relatives said she had suffered respiratory problems, high fever and severe pneumonia since last week.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 13 December 2007 09:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia planning bridge between Java and Sumatra Indonesia is considering to build a suspension bridge over the 30-kilometer strait between the islands Java and Sumatra. The construction would be a major engineering feat in the geologically active region, according to a construction consortium on Thursday. Governors of both provinces at either end of the Sunda Strait and a group of local firms agreed to conduct a feasibility study on the bridge, which could become the longest in the world, told Heka Hertanto, a spokesman for PT Artha Graha, a leading firm in the consortium hoping to build the bridge.

Posted in General @ 04 October 2007 11:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Hobbits' wrist action shows they were little, not people Three wrist bones from one of the tiny "hobbits" of Indonesia provide the evidence that confirms they are a new species of humans, scientists report. Since the discovery of the prehistoric humans on the island of Flores was announced three years ago, debate has raged over whether the fossils are a new species, called Homo floresiensis.

Posted in General @ 21 September 2007 03:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and South Korea sign nuclear cooperation deal Medco Energi Internasional and Hydro and Nuclear Power Co. Ltd. from South Korea have signed a preliminary pact to build a nuclear reactor in Indonesia, which has become a hot item due to danger of earthquakes in the country. Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Mining and Energy, Wednesday said that both energy firms had finalized deals with a total value of around 6.5 billion euro during President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's three-day visit to Seoul.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 25 July 2007 16:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to build international port in west Java Eight firms have completed a proposal to build a new international port in the province of Banten in an effort to improve the country's ailing infrastructure. This was told by an official at the state-owned port operator Pelindo II. The official didn't provide investment figures, but local media reported that the project is valued at around 10.1 trillion Rupiah (811 million euro). The government is planning to develop 25 international ports, including in the province of Banten in the western part of the island of Java.

Posted in Economy @ 13 July 2007 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rare striped rabbit found in Sumatra highlands


Posted in Environment @ 09 April 2007 04:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Six airlines given three months to improve The Transport Ministry has given three months time to six airlines to improve safety standards of face closure. The six airlines that were placed in the warning list are Adam Air, Kartika Airlines, Jatayu, Batavia, Trans Wisata Air and Dirgantara. Budhi Muliawan Suyitno, the director general of civil aviation at the Transport Ministry, said that an audit of 54 aviation firms revealed that not one of them made it to the first of three classes.

Posted in General @ 23 March 2007 01:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans sand exports Indonesia has announced a ban on land sand exports. Land sand is used in the construction industry to produce cement. Singapore says it is disappointed but it believes the ban is unlikely to have a significant impact on the construction industry. Indonesia says the ban on the export of sand is due to environmental reasons and to protect Indonesia's borders.

Posted in Economy @ 25 January 2007 08:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adam Air to replace Boeings with Airbus aircraft Budget carrier Adam Air said it plans to replace its fleet of Boeing 737s with Airbus 320s from next year. Adam Air sales director Gugi Pringwa Saputra said the additional aircraft would enable the company to open new routes. 'We will operate 40 Airbus planes in stages starting in 2008 to meet the demand of passengers for a more convenient and comfortable flight,' Saputra told reporters.

Posted in General @ 18 January 2007 08:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: Indonesia to file civil charges against Suharto The Indonesian attorney-general's office plans to file a civil lawsuit against former president Suharto by the end of this month, the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday. The Jakarta Post quoted Attorney-General Abdul Rahman Saleh as saying his office was still calculating how much money it aimed to seize from Suharto. "I don't know the exact amount. One thing for sure, it's a lot of money," he said.

Posted in General @ 06 January 2007 12:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia preps controversial mining law Indonesia’s Director General of Mining said the government is hoping Parliament will approve a new mining law in March forcing companies to process ore within Indonesia instead of exporting it to foreign smelters. Director General Simon Sembiring said the new law aims to ensure that "mining ore must be processed into metal in Indonesia" but that it will allow existing mine operations a period of transition.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 05 January 2007 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's crowded skies It's been four days since budget carrier Adam Air's Flight 574 disappeared over the Indonesian archipelago, and despite a search and rescue effort involving ships, planes and ground patrols, authorities are no closer to finding the wreckage or any possible survivors. The Boeing 737-400, which took off from Indonesia's main island of Java en route to the popular diving destination of Manado with 102 people on board, emitted a signal from its emergency beacon over the mountainous island of Sulawesi before dropping out of sight on New Year's Day.

Posted in Travel @ 05 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rescuers to search sea for Adam Air plane wreck Search teams will Wednesday scan the seas off the island of Sulawesi for a plane which went missing with 102 people on board, officials said after reports the wreckage had been found on the island proved false. The Adam Air plane with 96 passengers and six crew on board vanished from air traffic control radar screens Monday. The Boeing 737-400 had sent distress signals an hour after taking off from Java island en route to Sulawesi.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 January 2007 05:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


State planttion company to import 44,000 tons of sugar State plantation company PTPN XI will import 44,000 tons of sugar after the Trade Ministry on Monday issued permits to state firms to import 200,000 tons of sugar to meet domestic demand in 2007. "We are ready to perform this duty," PTPN XI corporate secretary Adig Suwandi said on Tuesday. The Trade Ministry on Monday licenced five state firms to import 200,000 tons of sugar with the first delivery scheduled for Janury 1, 2007 and the last delivery April 30, 2007.

Posted in General @ 05 December 2006 04:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Freeport looks beyond Indonesia, sticks to copper For the founders of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, this weekend's deal for Phelps Dodge Corp. marks a step away from the source of their wealth - and the belief that its product has still a long way to run. New Orleans-based Freeport in a friendly deal that would forge the world's biggest publicly traded copper miner. The acquisition would spread out Freeport's source of its copper to the Americas, where Phelps Dodge operates mines in the U.S., Chile and Peru.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 21 November 2006 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian gov't not to nationalize foreign firms Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here Thursday that the Indonesian government did not have any plan or wish to take over or nationalize foreign companies in Indonesia and he asked foreign firms to continue doing business in the country without any worry.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2006 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: '100 percent ownership for private sector' Indonesian Transportation Minister Hatta Rajasa assured investors Wednesday that private firms -- both local and foreign -- would still be allowed to own up to 100 percent of infrastructure projects despite the upcoming amendment of the existing transportation legislation. "I can assure you that there will be no change to the 100 percent private-sector ownership principle in transportation-sector projects," Hatta told the press yesterday (Nov 1) after addressing a discussion held in conjunction with the "Indonesia Infrastructure Conference and Exhibition 2006".

Posted in Economy @ 03 November 2006 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Haze from forest fires paralyses Indonesia airports Thick smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has shut airports and slashed visibility to below 100 metres (330 ft) -- and there is no respite in sight, officials said on Wednesday. The fires have been raging for weeks, spreading smoke across much of Southeast Asia and triggering fears of a repeat of the environmental disaster in 1997-98 when dry conditions linked to the El Nino weather pattern caused a choking haze that cost the region billions of dollars in economic losses.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 October 2006 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visa Indonesia records 90 % surge in transactions Visa Indonesia has announced that the total value of transactions made by using Visa electronic cards grew by 89.7 percent in the 12 months up to the end of June 2006, with a total transaction value of 26.44 billion U.S. dollars. The record high reaffirms Visa's position as the market leader in the Indonesian card market, The Jakarta Post reported Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 October 2006 04:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to sell up to 10 state firms The Indonesian government is likely to sell up to 10 state-owned enterprises next year in its major privatization drive, which seeks to cut state losses from inefficient and subsidy-reliant state firms, an official said Monday. The government has named six to 10 companies ready for privatization next year. "We are awaiting a presidential decree on the establishment of the privatization team," said Said Didu, secretary for the minister for state-owned enterprises.

Posted in Economy @ 26 September 2006 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's monorail struggles to get on track Gridlocked cars. Noxious traffic fumes. Indonesia's capital is crying out for a new transport network, but stop-start plans for a monorail illustrate the country's chequered efforts to build badly needed infrastructure. The idea of a gleaming monorail gliding above the congested tropical city of nearly 9 million people is an enticing one and proponents point to neighbouring Bangkok's Skytrain or Kuala Lumpur's monorail in at least easing equally grim transport woes.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2006 14:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government hunting down haze culprits Indonesian law enforcers are making arrests and quizzing plantation companies suspected to be responsible for forest fires in several parts of the country following complaints at home and abroad over the perils of the annual haze. According to Indonesian news agency, ANTARA, police have arrested 20 people in Sumatra's Riau province and will quiz at least six plantation firms in Kalimantan.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 August 2006 14:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia drops plan to raise phone tariff The Indonesian government will not raise charges on fixed-line phones due to concerns about low consumer purchasing power despite a planned hike to take effect in January next year, an official has said. "Our economic condition is not that conducive. This is a result of the low purchasing power of the people and the recent natural disasters," the Communications and Information Ministry's director general of post and telecommunications, Gatot Dewa was quoted Tuesday by The Jakarta Post daily as saying. "Therefore, the fixed-line telephone rates will not be increased."

Posted in Economy @ 22 August 2006 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New policy package on financial sector issued The government and Bank Indonesia (BI) have signed a joint decree to improve coordination between fiscal and monetary authorities and help reform financial markets. Announcing the package Wednesday, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Boediono said it was expected to accelerate reforms in the banking sector, non-bank financial institutions and in capital markets. It would also enhance businesses' access to capital, he said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 July 2006 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO: Human bird flu transmission proven in Indonesia Bird flu was spread directly between members of an Indonesian family in the first laboratory- confirmed case of human-to-human transmission of the lethal virus, a World Health Organization official said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 23 June 2006 13:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Doctor: Suharto's condition deteriorates Former Indonesian President Suharto's condition has deteriorated after further internal bleeding, but the long-time ruler is fully conscious, one of his doctors said on Saturday. Suharto, 84, who ruled Indonesia for 32 years, was admitted to hospital more than a week ago because of bleeding in his digestive system, which lowered his body's oxygen level, including to his brain.

Posted in General @ 13 May 2006 13:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


China firms in US$7 billion deal with Indonesia Four of China's power equipment firms have agreed on a US$7 billion deal with Indonesia, reported United Press International. According to the report, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the four Chinese manufacturers and Perusahaan Listrik Negara, Indonesia's state-owned electricity company, during the Boao forum on Hainan island last weekend.

Posted in Economy @ 02 May 2006 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Press Council: Playboy broke 'Code of ethics' Indonesia's Press Council has ruled that the publishers of Playboy Indonesia broke the organization's "journalistic code of ethics" through the distribution of its first issue earlier this month. That violation hinged on Playboy Indonesia's failure to ensure the men's lifestyle magazine wouldn't be sold to children and adolescents, a statement posted on the Press Council's Web site late Friday said.

Posted in Media @ 24 April 2006 17:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 20 reactions


Indonesia confirms a new case of human bird flu Indonesia confirms new bird flu case as UN bird flu coordinator recommends against culling of fowls in the country. Indonesia confirmed on Tuesday (April 11) a new case of human bird flu, while UN bird flu co-ordinator David Nabarro said he would not recommend the mass culling of fowls in the country.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 14 April 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia poised to be top palm oil producer Indonesia may overtake Malaysia as the world's top palm oil producer by next year, much earlier than previously expected, as Jakarta encourages investments in plantations to profit from the demand boom, a senior official at Rabobank said yesterday.

Posted in Economy @ 30 March 2006 08:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Govt to up Tamiflu stockpile to 12 million Concerned about the increase in the number of bird flu fatalities among people, the government promised Saturday that it would distribute 12 million Tamiflu tablets to affected provinces. Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said by the end of this month, the government would import 1.5 million tablets to increase its national stockpile, which currently stands at 16,000 tablets.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 05 March 2006 09:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Calls grow for foreign property ownership Many long-term expatriate residents here cannot consider Indonesia a welcoming second home when they are barred from owning property here. "Property ownership is the core around which one builds one's life. Why should foreigners be handicapped here?" complains Robert Eskapa, a British businessman who has opened a pizza-chain in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2006 15:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Locals grow crops in protected Kendari forest "Don't just blame us for stripping the forest -- first take a look at what local people have done to conserve it," said Haji Naim, 58, one of a group of farmers standing at the foot of the hilly Murhum Forest Park in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. Along with the others, Haji is cultivating crops in the protected forest park -- part of what he calls an "agroforestry" system.

Posted in Environment @ 22 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Royal Vopak, Oiltanking may invest $400 Mln in Indonesia The world's No. 1 and No. 2 oil storage firms Royal Vopak and Oiltanking plan to invest as much as $400 million in Indonesia, a government official said Tuesday. German Oiltanking GmbH plans to start building next month a $200 million oil storage facility in Cilegon, northwest of Jakarta, said Erie Sudarmo, the processing and commerce director at the Oil and Gas Directorate General.

Posted in Economy @ 21 December 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Depok, Tangerang named 'dirtiest' cities The government announced a list of the country's dirtiest cities for the first time on Friday in a bid to encourage municipal administrations to clean up their acts, and their heavily polluted urban areas. Previous governments had only made the names of the cleanest cities public.

Posted in Environment @ 17 December 2005 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU chairman gets 7 years General Elections Commission (KPU) chairman Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin was sentenced on Wednesday to seven years in jail for corruption in a high profile case that could eventually implicate other prominent figures, including some close to the administration. The verdict against Nazaruddin, a former leading political scientist at the prestigious University of Indonesia, came after he successfully led the poll body through the country's first ever direct presidential election last year, which saw President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's rise to power on antigraft promises.

Posted in Human rights @ 15 December 2005 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia reports new human bird flu case A 16-year-old Indonesian boy has tested positive for the H5N1 avian flu virus, making him the 12th confirmed case among humans in the country, a health official says. "We have received a laboratory test from Hong Kong and the results were positive," said Hariadi Wibisono, a seniorofficial at the Health Ministry, adding the patient was being treated at a hospital in Bandung in West Java province.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 27 November 2005 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


New fares scares taxi passengers and drivers "No way I am using a taxi! Not unless it's an emergency, it's just way too expensive now," Tika, an employee in Palmerah, South Jakarta, said on hearing that taxi companies had increased their fares on Monday. Several taxi companies in Jakarta -- including Blue Bird, Primajasa, Ekspress, Dian, and Tiffani -- began operating with the new increased fare in accordance with the gubernatorial decree issued on Oct. 10.

Posted in Economy @ 19 October 2005 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Govt: 'rainy season could mean spike in bird flu' The health minister called on people to be vigilant against bird flu in the upcoming rainy season, saying they could be especially susceptible to the disease during that time. "We are asking people to be careful," Health Minister Siti Fadila Supari told reporters Friday, saying the number of bird flu cases could rise in November and December.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 15 October 2005 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia to replace Pertamina directors Indonesia plans to replace directors of the state oil company after PT Pertamina's president director Widya Purnama rejected a government-brokered agreement to end a dispute with Exxon Mobil Corp over an oil field. State Enterprises Minister Sugiharto will decide on the new board to take office after the next shareholders' meeting, vice-president Jusuf Kalla told reporters in Jakarta, without saying when the meeting is or giving a reason for removing the board.

Posted in Economy @ 13 August 2005 10:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia graft agency to question justice minister Indonesia's justice minister will be questioned this week by the country's anti-corruption agency in relation to an investigation of the election commission, the agency's chief said on Monday. The Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) has been investigating suspected kickbacks by private firms to the General Election Commission, of which Justice Minister Hamid Awaluddin was a member last year.

Posted in Politics @ 06 June 2005 18:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia election chief arrested in graft probe The chairman of Indonesia's election commission has been arrested after being named a suspect in a corruption investigation. Investigators from the Anti-Corruption Commission arrested Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin overnight and took him to a police jail cell.

Posted in General @ 21 May 2005 09:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Mandiri Bank executives named in corruption probe Prosecutors investigating a graft case reportedly involving 1.3 billion dollars in loans from Indonesia's largest lender have named three state-bank executives as suspects. Bank Mandiri's president ECW Neloe, vice president I Wayan Pugeg and corporate banking director Sholeh Tasripan were Wednesday declared suspects in the corruption case, the attorney general's spokesman Suhandoyo told AFP.

Posted in Corruption @ 12 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to open 43 new areas for oil and gas exploration Indonesia will open 43 new areas for oil and gas exploration in 2005 in a bid to shore up declining oil reserves and output, an official at the mines and energy ministry told Reuters. Asia-Pacific’s only OPEC member became a net oil importer last year due to production problems at ageing wells, but officials insist Indonesia should be able to restore its net exporter status in the longer term.

Posted in Economy @ 10 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Philip Morris offers to buy Sampoerna for US$5.2 billion Marlboro maker Philip Morris on Monday said it is offering US$5.2 billion for one of heavy-smoking Indonesia's largest cigarette firms to expand its share of one of the world's biggest markets. The US firm agreed to acquire a 40 percent stake in Sampoerna for 10,600 rupiah a share -- 20 percent higher than the closing price of 8,850 last Thursday -- and said it wanted to buy the remainder for the same amount.

Posted in Economy @ 14 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia off the blacklist Indonesia is no longer considered a high-risk country within the global anti-money laundering (AML) system. This means financial institutions in developed countries are no longer required to give special attention to business and transactions with persons and companies in Indonesia. Basically, this means lower costs for transactions with Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 15 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia military to lose its big companies Indonesia's military, undergoing phased reforms intended to bring it under civilian control, may soon lose all its major businesses, although legislators said on Thursday the move would not go far enough. Defence Minister Juwono Sudarsono, a respected academic and former ambassador, told legislators on Wednesday the government wanted to take over such enterprises and convert them into state-owned companies, local media reported.

Posted in Military @ 09 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The government says it will gradually liberalize the domestic fuel market over the next five years, with the aim of completely eliminating costly fuel subsidies by 2010. "In the year 2010, fuel prices will be determined by the mechanism of healthy and appropriate competition, and the government will only give special help to replace subsidies for certain fuels," Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro was quoted as saying Monday (29/11/04) by detikcom online news portal.

Posted in General @ 01 December 2004 00:00 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


Report: Govt bans chicken imports from Malaysia over bird flu fears Indonesia has banned imports of chicken from Malaysia after the neighbouring country announced an outbreak of deadly bird flu, a report said Saturday. The agriculture ministry has issued a circular urging firms not to import chicken meat, chicks, eggs and chicken feathers from Malaysia, a government official was quoted as saying by the Koran Tempo daily.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 28 August 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt vows to check raging fires in Sumatra Indonesia is seeking help to put out the raging fires in Sumatra – the source of the haze over neighbouring Malaysia – and taking to court those who carry out open burning. Indonesian Embassy deputy chief of mission Suherman Obon said his country would be happy to accept Malaysia's assistance. “Our ambassador has reported the situation in Malaysia to Jakarta.

Posted in Forest fires @ 26 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jobs in footwear industry drop by almost 60% Over 180,000 people in the footwear industry lost their jobs last year, and many of them may have returned to traditional agriculture, according to the latest government data. The 2003 National Labor Force Survey report (Sakernas) published by the Central Statistic Agency (BPS) recently, stated that the number of jobs in the footwear industry plunged by 58.70 percent from 310,000 in 2002 to 128,000 last year.

Posted in Economy @ 21 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soaring oil prices have again been creating headlines in the economic sections of most newspapers. After climbing about 40 percent last year, oil prices have continued to gyrate widely over the past two weeks.

Posted in Economy @ 24 May 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Local phone rates to rise by up to 28% Independent experts criticized on Wednesday the government's decision to allow the country's fixed-line operators to raise local telephone rates by up to 28 percent. Sudaryatmo of the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) said "the government is not sensitive enough to realize that the phone rates hike will simply be another burden on the public." "The government should first carry out a study into the public's capability to pay the higher rates in relation to their incomes, before allowing the phone rate hike," he told The Jakarta Post.

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


Foreign investment falls sharply ahead of elections Foreign direct investment in Indonesia declined 66 percent year-on-year in January and February, official data shows, in line with analysts' predictions before elections this year. FDI approvals fell to 805.4 million dollars from 2.4 billion a year earlier, the National Coordinating Investment Board said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 March 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta scraps steel import duties Indonesia has temporarily scrapped import duties on steel products for one year, the Finance Ministry said. The move, which takes effect on April 1, follows sharp increases in domestic steel prices since late last year due to a shortage of steel on the international market. "Imports of hot rolled coil, steel plates and cold rolled coil will have import duties abolished," the Finance Ministry said in a statement obtained on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 26 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU axes more firms for missing ballot quota With polling day on April 5 being only two weeks away, more companies have been identified as having failed to print their ballot paper allotments on schedule. General Elections Commission (KPU) chairman Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin said on Monday the commission had taken back 127 film templates from Madju Medan Cipta, and others from the Manado-based Metro Post in North Sulawesi and the State Printing Company (PNRI) on Sunday, due to the firms' failures to print sufficient ballot papers for regental and municipal legislative council elections.

Posted in Elections @ 23 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On behalf of The United States-Indonesia Society and the National Commission on United States-Indonesia Relations, I thank you for this opportunity to present my perspectives on some of the major trends and challenges shaping priorities for U.S. policy in Southeast Asia. I returned yesterday from two weeks in Indonesia and also look forward to sharing my views on developments in that important nation.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No reason to panic just yet, says KPU The General Elections Commission (KPU) admitted on Monday that some delays had occurred in the delivery of election materials, but it remained convinced that everything was under control. KPU chairman Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin said after a plenary meeting the printing of 320 million ballot papers for the election of House of Representatives (DPR) and Regional Representatives Council (DPD) members was 98-percent finished.

Posted in Elections @ 19 March 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Millions of ballots damaged Here come the ballot papers: A few million are damaged, thousands contain mistakes or are missing and millions more have yet to arrive. With the legislative election just 17 days away, President Megawati Soekarnoputri is now voicing fears about whether the poll will run smoothly, while the General Elections Commission (KPU) continues to assure the public things are under control.

Posted in Elections @ 19 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parties flood firms with t-shirt orders Election campaigns are bringing a flood of orders to factories to produce low-cost T-shirts as political parties rush to provide uniforms for their supporters. However, many of these orders could end up in the hands of overseas factories, not Indonesian firms. The head of the Indonesian Textile Association (API) for the Jakarta area, Benny Benyamin, said there had been a marked increase in orders for T-shirts and fabric around the campaign period but only some producers had experienced significantly higher orders.

Posted in Elections @ 17 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt says may merge top two state banks Indonesia is considering merging its two largest state-controlled banks, a minister in charge of state firms said, a move analysts had speculated about after a multimillion dollar export credit scandal at the smaller of the two banks.

Posted in Economy @ 07 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Employers fear loss of 1m jobs More than one million Indonesian workers will lose their jobs this year due to ineffective government policies and fierce foreign competition, an employers' group has warned. New investors would stay away, scared by uncertainties resulting from this year's general election, said the Indonesia Employers Association, which groups the nation's leading businessmen.

Posted in Economy @ 07 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatera flood death toll at 239 A flash flood that swept through a resort town in North Sumatra province earlier this month may have killed up to 239 people, a report said Sunday (23/11/03). State news agency Antara said 157 bodies had been recovered and 82 people were still missing and presumed dead.

Posted in Flooding @ 11 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Water rate to increase by 30 percent The Jakarta administration submitted to the City Council its proposal for a 30 percent increase in tap water rates starting Jan. 1, 2004. However, the hike may not guarantee better service because the money will be used to pay debts and cover inflation. Chairman of the City Water Regulatory Body Achmad Lanti said on Monday that 17 percent of the hike would be used to pay off debts to city-owned tap water operator PD PAM Jaya, which amount to Rp 900 billion (US$105.88 million), to European-based partner companies PT Thames PAM Jaya (TPJ) and PT PAM Lyonaisse Jaya (Palyja) and the central government.

Posted in General @ 11 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia Jan-April approved FDI up 68.6% Approved foreign direct investment for Indonesia rose 68.6% in the first four months of the year to EUR2.66 billion from the same period last year, Senior Economics Minister Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-jakti said Friday. However, the rise in planned foreign investment wasn't matched by local investors. The minister said approved investment proposals from local investors dropped 51.6% to 4.2 trillion rupiah (EUR1=IDR9,700) in the January-April period from the same period last year.

Posted in Economy @ 23 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU statement on Aceh The EU Presidency welcomes the decision to hold the Joint Council Meeting between the Government of Indonesia and GAM in Tokyo on May 17-18, 2003. It commends the decision of the Government of Indonesia to pursue a peaceful solution for Aceh through political dialogue and welcomes the goodwill shown by the leadership of GAM. It also hopes that the Government of Indonesia and GAM will continue to be committed towards full implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Steps taken to protect US facilities Indonesia's chief security minister said Thursday Jakarta is acting to protect vital facilities such as those of major U.S. oil and mining firms in the event of war between the United States and Iraq. Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country and opposition to a U.S. attack on Iraq is widespread, with many analysts predicting such an act could spark violence by extreme elements in the country.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 30 January 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Students seize petrol trucks at rally Indonesian students seized five petrol trucks in the capital on Wednesday as thousands of protesters rallied in at least 10 cities across the country demanding a rollback of recent utility price hikes. Around 2,000 students gathered outside the presidential palace in Jakarta calling for President Megawati Sukarnoputri to stand down, some burning tyres and mock coffins and shouting "Democracy is Dead".

Posted in Protests @ 16 January 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sony pullout plan rocks Indonesia In the past three years Japanese electronics giant Sony has shut down 16 plants across the globe and laid off thousands of its workers. Sony said last month it would stop making audio-visual products at its Indonesian subsidiary, PT Sony Electronics Indonesia, as part of its "overall, global restructuring effort". Indonesian Manpower Minister Jacob Nuwa Wea, however, has publicly threatened to lead a campaign for a boycott of Sony products unless it "explains" the proposed closure of its Indonesian factory.

Posted in Economy @ 07 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


$1.3b subway project may start next year The city administration hopes to start the construction of its Fatmawati-Kota subway project, which is to be financed by a Japanese loan worth US$1.3 billion, next year, a senior official said on Thursday."If the final design of the project can be completed early next year, we expect that the construction will also be able to start next year," Deputy Governor for Development Affairs Budihardjo Sukmadi told reporters after accompanying Governor Sutiyoso to a meeting with executives from Japan's Itochu Corporation.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ten people killed in JSX blast A powerful blast rocked the Jakarta Stock Exchange (JSX) building here on Wednesday afternoon, killing at least 10 people and injuring dozens. The dead, mostly drivers, were brought up one-by-one about four hours after the 3:17 p.m. blast by a joint search and rescue team from the smoke-filled second tier of the underground parking lot of the 34-story skyscraper.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 September 2000 16:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The oil-rich province of Riau generates 20% of Indonesia's wealth but gets back only a fraction of that. The locals are demanding more.

Posted in Economy @ 28 August 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rickety pedestrian bridges a danger zone As the capital still lacks the pedestrian underpasses which are commonplace in many other metropolises around the world, crossing bridges are an essential means for Jakarta residents to make their way across hectic streets. There are 172 pedestrian overpasses serving hundreds of thousands of pedestrians, and hoards of vendors, every day.

Posted in General @ 21 April 2000 10:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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