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Police arrest terrorist suspects in East Java Police have arrested two terrorist suspects believed to be members of the Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT) network led by Santoso and Daeng Koro in East Java.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 August 2014 01:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Biggest red light area in Indonesia permanently closed Dolly, Indonesias biggest red light area located in Surabaya city, East Java province, was permanently closed on Wednesday night (June 18).

Posted in Culture @ 19 June 2014 14:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Global Fund to hold meeting in Jakarta The Global Fund plans to hold its 31st meeting in Jakarta, on March 6-7, to further discuss its strategies and funding commitment towards fighting AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in the world.

Posted in Health @ 28 February 2014 22:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hong Kong grants Indonesia request over Century assets The High Court of Hong Kongs Special Administrative Region has complied Indonesias request to confiscate Bank Centurys assets stashed in that country with regard to a corruption case.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 February 2014 10:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Keeping Bali’s mother temple sacred The provincial government of Bali has prepared a small team to review input from a number of sources on how best to create a Pura Agung Besakih Authority to control and oversee the operation of Bali’s Mother Temple.

Posted in Religion @ 02 February 2014 06:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Location of proposed new Bali airport still not clear The continuing tug-of-war over the location for a proposed new airport in North Bali entered a new phase with the announcement by the Regent of Buleleng that villages surrounding Kubutambahan are favored for Bali’s second air gateway.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 07 December 2013 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Political parties barred from accepting foreign funds Political parties in Indonesia participating in next years general elections have been barred from accepting donations from foreign countries, an official from the country's general election supervising agency (Bawaslu) has said.

Posted in Politics @ 29 November 2013 00:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight suspected terrorists detained Densus 88, the country’s anti-terrorism unit, has captured eight terrorist suspects in two days for their alleged involvement in the shooting of police officers at three locations in South Tangerang in Banten province.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 November 2013 02:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police has cyber crime investigation satellite Jakarta Metropolitan Police has cyber crime investigation satellite which was built in cooperation with the National Police (Polri) and Australian Federal Police (AFP), police has said.

Posted in Crime @ 29 April 2013 15:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Floods force operator to close a bus lane Heavy rain falls in Sunday morning which triggered a one-meter flood in Pesing sub-district, Kalideres, West Jakarta, caused the operator of the Trans-Jakarta Busway to close the bus lane to the Kalideres Terminal.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2013 15:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 'MRT, monorail, then deep tunnel' Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has stated that he will implement development projects in the city one by one, starting from Mass Rapid Transportation (MRT), followed by Monorail, and then finally the deep tunnel.

Posted in General @ 09 January 2013 16:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Investigations in progress with regard to bailout scandal Indonesia`s chief anti-graft investigator, Abraham Samad, said investigations are being carried out with regard to the (Rp6.7 trillion) Bank Century bailout scandal.

Posted in Crime @ 07 December 2012 18:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Human rights protest mars Indonesia’s state visit to UK A demonstration by Survival International and dozens of human rights protesters has marred the start of Indonesia’s first state visit to London in 33 years.

Posted in Protests @ 01 November 2012 01:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to develop tourist villages for elderly foreigners Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that Bali has plans to develop seven tourism villages catering to retired foreign visitors.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 October 2012 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House passes bill on Yogyakarta special region The House of Representatives (DPR) passed the bill on the administration of Yogyakarta special region into law in a plenary meeting here on Thursday ending dispute over its status.

Posted in Politics @ 30 August 2012 21:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia has comprehensive design on Papua The government remains committed to developing Papua into a land of peace as declared by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2004. President Yudhoyono is pursuing peaceful and dignified approaches and dialogs to solve the problems in Papua, Velix Wanggai, a presidential special staff in charge of regional development and autonomy, said in a press statement here Sunday.

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


Indonesia to have world`s longest bridge The construction of the Sunda Strait Bridge (JSS) is awaiting a feasibility study so that the building of the mega-project would be realized according to plan.

Posted in General @ 10 May 2012 14:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia: 'Bank credit grows 26 percent' Bank credit grew 26 percent in April year-on-year, beating earlier estimates of 23-24 percent. Central bank deputy governor Halim Alamsyah said here on Monday that such growth indicated that the domestic economy was doing well.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2012 13:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia issues grant for health and water needs Indonesia The government of Australia has issued a 5 trillion Rupiah (U.S.$555 million) grant to Indonesia to assist regions in need of health facilities and clean water, officials said on Saturday.

Posted in Health @ 28 January 2012 14:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign NGOs to be banned from soliciting domestic donations Under a bill on societal organizations currently being deliberated in parliament, foreign non-governmental organizations will not be allowed to solicit financial donations from members of the Indonesian public, a legislator said.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2012 02:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace accused of illegal activities Lawmakers have called on the government to review the existence of Greenpeace in Indonesia following a series of incidents that they say were triggered by the organization's reluctance to comply with the country's laws.

Posted in Environment @ 27 October 2011 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New Lombok airport finally opened officially Jakarta Globe reports that the beleaguered Lombok International Airport began operations at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 30, 2011. Long delayed for a variety of reasons ranging from funding, lack of supporting infrastructure, theft of building materials, environmental disputes and construction delays - the original opening date of March 2010 was pushed back by 1.5 years.

Posted in Travel @ 02 October 2011 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wikileaks release: Police deny relations with FPI The National Police denied on Sunday a Wikileaks statement about an alleged police relationship with the Islam Defenders Front (FPI). "Wikileaks data is false, inaccurate and obtained without facts," National Police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said as quoted by tribunnews.com.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 September 2011 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New wasp species in Indonesia shocks scientists An American scientist working with a team of Indonesians scientists has discovered a new giant black warrior wasp species. The wasp will be added to the list of items named after the country’s national symbol, the mythical bird Garuda.

Posted in Environment @ 02 September 2011 06:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's 2011 state budget reaches $6.65 billion Indonesia's 2011 state budget stood at Rp 56.9 trillion ($6.65 billion) as of May 31, the country's Finance Ministry said Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 July 2011 01:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir sentenced 15 years Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was sentenced on Thursday to 15 years in prison for his role in a terrorist cell, which was linked to the organization that carried out the 2002 Bali bombings, prosecutors said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 June 2011 15:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia signs two-year deforestation moratorium Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday signed a decree declaring a two-year moratorium on new logging concessions in the country.

Posted in Environment @ 19 May 2011 18:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors: life sentence for Bashir over terrorist cell Indonesian prosecutors on Monday announced that they recommended life sentence for Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir for his role in a terrorist cell, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 May 2011 18:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


China, Indonesia to boost bilateral cooperation China and Indonesia on Friday vowed to boost bilateral cooperation to benefit the two major emerging developing economies in Asia.

Posted in General @ 30 April 2011 04:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Militant sentenced 10 years in jail over Aceh terror group An Indonesian militant on Wednesday was sentenced to ten years in prison for his involvement in an Aceh terror group and training camp, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 April 2011 20:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Post-tsunami recovery at Mentawai islands to cost $133.4 million Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Monday announced that reconstruction efforts for the Mentawai islands, which was struck by a devastating tsunami on October 25, 2010 that cuased over 400 deaths, will cost around 1.16 trillion rupiahs ($133.4 million).

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 April 2011 00:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali: trash in plain sight of foreign tourists an eyesore Bisnis Bali reports that foreign tourists visiting Bali continue to complain about the lack of cleanliness in many tourist areas of the island. Nyoman Kandia, the head of the Bali branch of the Indonesian Guide Association (HPI), recently called on the government and the public to join forces in addressing the problem of trash in Bali which has become the source of numerous complaints from foreign visitors served by the island's tourist guides.

Posted in Environment @ 27 March 2011 04:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of Bali toll road in just 9 months? The Ministry for State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) is targeting the commencement of construction of the Serangan - Tanjung Benoa Toll way for April 2011, projecting that the road can be completed in only seven months if the project is not delayed by land acquisition issues.

Posted in Economy @ 09 March 2011 05:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Donations to save migrant worker from beheading in Saudi Arabia Indonesia's Foreign Ministry has only gathered half of the donations needed to save an Indonesian maid sentenced to death by beheading in Saudi Arabia, the Jakarta Globe reported. "So far we've managed to collect Rp 2.3 billion (180.000 euro) from various donors," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Kusuma Habir said on Wednesday.

Posted in Crime @ 03 March 2011 21:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim cleric Baashir denies funding al-Qaeda in Aceh cell Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Baashir on Thursday denied charges accusing him of funding the terrorist cell known as al-Qaeda in Aceh cell operating in Indonesia, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 February 2011 16:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Australia sign transport safety and security agreement Indonesia and Australia have signed a transport safety and security agreement, further reassuring their bilateral cooperation.

Posted in Politics @ 16 December 2010 19:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta Busway as wrong example With currently at least a dozen routes throughout many parts of Jakarta it is possible to travel around the city for just 3,500 Rupiah per person. It doesn't even matter how many transfers you make. The oldest routes have their own lanes through dense traffic conditions in many parts of the city, but elsewhere the big buses have to compete with a few million other road users.

Posted in Travel @ 12 December 2010 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 November 2010 04:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IAEA: Indonesia ready to have nuclear power plants The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) considers that Indonesia is ready to have nuclear power plants as new energy source, an official said in an interview on Monday. The head of the National Atomic Agency (BATAN) Hudi Hastowo said that Indonesia has been preparing to have the power plants for a long time.

Posted in Power supply @ 19 May 2010 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1.1 billion euro against poverty in Indonesia The Indonesian government has prepared Rp 13.7 trillion (1.1 billion euro) in poverty alleviation funding for the Mandiri Community Empowerment National Program (PNPM Mandiri) in an attempt to further reduce the poverty rate this year.

Posted in Economy @ 09 March 2010 12:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Overcrowding fuels TB in prisons Serious overcrowding, a shortage of medical staff and a lack of funding are thwarting Indonesia's efforts to tackle tuberculosis (TB) in prisons, experts say. Indonesia's 422 prisons hold more than 140,000 inmates, even though they were designed for 80,000, according to the Justice Ministry.

Posted in Health @ 27 January 2010 05:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's governor Pastika committed to culling dogs In a decision certain to anger Bali's animal rights groups who argue the elimination of stray dog populations is an ineffective way to halt the spread of the rabies, the governor of Bali, Made Mangku Pastika, has directed that the extermination of stray dogs continue and be accelerated.

Posted in Health @ 19 December 2009 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to have a new batik museum The Textile Museum in Central Jakarta is preparing to open an additional part of the museum inside the current complex to house the ever growing collection of batik. This is also done to attract more visitors to the museum as well. The head of the museum, Indra Riawan, said that they were looking to complete the planning for the new museum before the end of the year.

Posted in Culture @ 29 September 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia healthcare system failing millions Indonesia's health system is failing to provide even the most basic care to vast swathes of the population, say specialists. Many who cannot afford doctors' fees often receive no treatment at all, while the wealthy fly abroad for a check-up. The system is plagued by under-funding, decentralization, lack of qualified staff, rising medical costs and outdated medical equipment, say insiders.

Posted in Health @ 07 August 2009 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia to ask tourists to wear masks Indonesia is planning to ask all people arriving from Australia and other swine flu-affected countries to wear face masks for at least three days, the health minister says. The presence of the A(H1N1) virus was confirmed in Indonesia only last week and so far four of the eight known cases have been foreigners.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 30 June 2009 04:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More tourists to Indonesia in first quarter of 2009 An official of the Department of Culture and Tourism has told the press that Indonesia is not capable of "vertical promotion" using international broadcast media due to a lack of needed funding. Nia Nurcaya, Director for Conferences, Incentives and Promotion of the Marketing Division of the Department of Culture and Tourism, said, "in terms of the vertical promotion of tourism, Indonesia is left far behind by other neighboring nations, such as Malaysia."

Posted in Tourism @ 14 June 2009 09:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia targets 6.8 million tourists for 2009 Indonesia is targeting 6.8 million foreign tourist visitors in 2009 with tourism officials insisting that the tourism sector will remain the "prima donna" of the nation's foreign exchange generators.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 December 2008 05:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta withdraws it's support for the Bali toll road Efforts to construct a toll bridge connecting Sanur and Nusa Dua via Serangan Island have just been complicated further by the withdrawal of financial support by the central government, leaving the people of Bali to find their own funding for a project estimated to eventually cost about 117 million euro.

Posted in General @ 05 November 2008 01:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New international airport in the plans for Bali Jembrana Regency in the west of Bali has drawn up a plan to construct its own international airport, and is awaiting the go-ahead, and funds totaling some US$110 million, from the central government to proceed with the ambitious project, officials said. A feasibility study has just been completed on a Jembrana International City Airport, but there were indications of resistance to the project from the Bali government, said Regent I Gede Winasa.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lombok International Airport to open in 2010 PT Angkasa Pura I is targeting to commence operations of a new international airport in Lombok, Bali's near neighbor to the east, by 2010. To be built at an estimated cost of Rp. 665 billion (approximately 51.95 million euro), the new airport for Lombok will be located in the central province of that island. Construction on the new Lombok air gateway commenced in 2006 and is expected to be completed by 2009, with formal operations to commence the following year.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 September 2007 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Bali, update 1 A 43-year-old woman which is suspected of being infected with the bird flu virus has died in Bali, which causes fears of a wider outbreak. Blood samples from the woman were sent to Jakarta for further testing. If this case is confirmed it is the third person on Bali to die from the virus this month alone. Radio Australia reports that the outbreak is also having an effect on the restaurant business and of course farmers which depend on raising poultry.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 27 August 2007 10:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia anti-graft fight gets boost from extradition treaty President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said yesterday that the newly signed treaty with Singapore would most likely become a major help for his government to fight corruption. Under the new extradition treaty, fugitive businessmen who hide in foreign countries with huge amounts of money stolen from the country, can be brought home to face justice. He said this during a visit to Bali.

Posted in Politics @ 29 April 2007 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to reopen international tourism offices as arrivals sag In an attempt to boost the declining number of foreign visitors to Indonesia, the government will re-open a dozen international tourism offices this year, local media reports said Tuesday. Indonesia missed its tourist arrival target of 5.5 million in 2006, with only 4.8 million foreign visitors to the country, according to Tourism Minister Jero Wacik. Indonesia has set a target of 6 million foreign visitors for this year and 8 million in 2009.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 February 2007 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten This report has been prepared by the UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 February 2007 01:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten The UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports has prepared this report.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 February 2007 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN to provide initial $2 million for flood relief in Aceh The United Nations said it will provide an initial $2 million (€1.5 million) in emergency relief to the Indonesian province of Aceh, in response to this week's flash floods. Funding from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the U.N. said Sunday, will send relief aid to Aceh, where an estimated 170,000 people have been displaced by raging waters. Many of those affected are staying in tents or in public buildings.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 December 2006 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia worried TB fight might be overshadowed Indonesia's battle against tuberculosis, which kills one person every four minutes in the country, should not be overshadowed by other high-profile diseases such as bird flu, the health minister said on Wednesday. Indonesia has the most deaths from bird flu with 57 fatalities since 2005 and has become one of the frontlines of the battle to prevent a possible human pandemic in which millions could die.

Posted in Health @ 29 November 2006 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seeking US$12 billion for infrastructure projects Indonesia Indonesia will seek US$12 billion (€9.4 billion) in private capital to fund infrastructure projects at a conference that kicks off Wednesday, but it faces challenges overcoming an image of corruption that may scare off investors. Topping the list of deals on offer are the construction of a US$1.5 billion (€1.2 billion) fiber optic network and two coal-fired power plants worth nearly US$2.48 billion (€1.9 billion), said Conference Chairman Chris Kanter.

Posted in Economy @ 31 October 2006 13:42 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


Trials and travails of Indonesia's richest man Publicity-shy paper and plantation magnate Sukanto Tanoto is in Indonesia's national headlines after topping two high-profile lists. Forbes Asia last month listed the 56-year-old tycoon as the richest individual in Indonesia, with assets worth about US$2.8 billion (Rp25.2 trillion). In June, the self-made ethnic-Chinese tycoon also topped a list of state-owned Bank Mandiri's six biggest debtors.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia delays deployment of peacekeeping troops to Lebanon Indonesia will delay its deployment of peacekeeping troops to Lebanon by one week for logistical reasons, a military spokesman said Tuesday. In a related development, the country signed a euro 17.2 million (US$21.6 million) deal to buy 32 armored vehicles from French company Renault SA for use in Lebanon, said military Maj. Gen. Syafrie Syamsudin.

Posted in Military @ 11 October 2006 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick smog in Jambi province uncontrollable Jambi deputy governor Antony Zeidra Abidin held an impromptu meeting Sunday with a number of head of agencies and related authorities under his administration to deal with the increasingly thickening fog over Jambi, caused by forest and oil palm plantation fire. Antony, in charge of the Jambi province forest fire control and eradication team, held the emergency meeting after inspecting the fire raging in the oil palm estates in Arang-Arang on Saturday, according to a report by the Indonesian news agency, Antara.

Posted in Forest fires @ 02 October 2006 07:55 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


Terror guide spread in Indonesia A GUIDEBOOK urging jihad in the spirit of Osama bin Laden, "the conqueror of communist and American forces", is being distributed across Indonesia in an attempt to create small independent terrorist cells, a new report claims. The 82-page book has been secretly distributed over the past several months, according to a report yesterday in news magazine Tempo.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 September 2006 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia behind the learning curve Indonesia is arguably Asia's least well-educated country, and the government is largely to blame. With 30% of its 242 million population school-aged, the world's largest Muslim country ranks lowest among its Asian neighbors in terms of public education expenditure.

Posted in Economy @ 03 September 2006 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Outbreak of killer virus 'ignored' If statistics are anything to go by, Umar bin Aup should be dead. Seven weeks ago in his village, Rancasalak on the south-western coast of Java, dozens of hens including some of his family's 14 birds started dying for reasons no one could explain. Then, in early August, after hundreds of fowl had succumbed and at least three people in the area had died in mysterious circumstances, Umar, 16, came down with a fever. 'A day later, I was finding it hard to breathe and then I started vomiting,' he told The Observer as he convalesced at home surrounded by his nine siblings. 'I hadn't been sick for three years so it was a surprise to me.'

Posted in Bird Flu @ 26 August 2006 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to enact Aceh governance law Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) will endorse a governance bill for Aceh province on July 11, with the main focus of establishing a direct gubernatorial election, a local media reported on Saturday. Chairman of the DPR's special committee on the bill Ferry Mursyidan Baldan said that a team was honing the wording of the 261-article bill before it was delivered to a plenary session for endorsement.

Posted in Politics @ 01 July 2006 09:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects foreign loan offers for quake victims The Indonesian government will reject any foreign offer to provide loans for its ongoing efforts to help victims of the Yogyakarta and Central Java earthquake, a cabinet minister said. "We will not accept any overseas loan although a number of foreign countries and international institutions, including the ADB, have offered to extend soft loans, we prefer grant aid," National Development Planning Minister Paskah Suzetta said here on Thursday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 June 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu in Indonesia, one death every 2.5 days in May Indonesia averaged one human bird flu death every 2 1/2 days in May, putting it on pace to soon surpass Vietnam as the world's hardest-hit country. The latest death, announced Wednesday, was a 15-year-old boy whose preliminary tests were positive for the H5N1 virus. It comes as international health officials express growing frustration that they must fight Indonesia's stifling bureaucracy as well as the disease.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 June 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Currency market movements and impact on Indonesia Currency markets are attracting considerable attention from international investors and politicians. In particular, investors are showing increased sensitivity to stories that investors (particularly central banks) may reduce holdings of U.S. assets. The dollar has recently exhibited vulnerability in stories that China or Middle Eastern government's may switch their holdings of U.S. dollars into some other. Even if denied, the effects of these stories often linger in the currency markets.

Posted in Economy @ 16 May 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police name 41 suspects in the Tuban violence The police have identified 41 suspects in riots linked to the Tuban regental elections and are focusing on seven people believed to have masterminded the unrest, National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam said Monday. The naming of the suspects came after the questioning of 104 people believed to be involved in Saturday's vandalism, where the incumbent regent's residence and the office of the Tuban chapter of the General Election Commission were among the buildings burned down, Anton said.

Posted in Violence @ 02 May 2006 20:47 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


WHO: Indonesia's response to emerging AIDS epidemic inadequate Indonesia's response to an emerging AIDS epidemic is "inadequate," the head of the U.N. agency fighting the virus said on Wednesday, calling on the President to take a more active role. HIV has infected an estimated 150,000 to 250,000 people in the country and is spreading quickly among injecting drug users, as well as sex workers and their clients, said UNAIDS chief Peter Piot.

Posted in Health @ 01 December 2005 08:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


U.N. urging to take stronger action against bird flu U.N. officials are urging Indonesia to take more aggressive steps to contain the bird flu epidemic in poultry before the current human outbreak escalates and spreads beyond the country's borders. With avian influenza now diagnosed among birds in two-thirds of the country's provinces, Indonesia must begin the immediate culling of poultry in infected areas and revamp its campaign to vaccinate fowl against the virus, according to officials from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 October 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt puts Newmont boss on trial Newmont Mining, the world's biggest goldminer, will stand trial in Indonesia on charges of polluting the sea with mine waste after a panel of judges rejected the company's efforts to have the case dismissed.

Posted in General @ 21 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia president warns of terror attacks Indonesia's president warned on Monday of possible terrorist attacks in the coming two months, and said he would also take steps to show the country was still a tolerant Muslim nation. Speaking at a seminar in Jakarta, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said bombmakers from the militant network Jemaah Islamiah posed a threat to the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 August 2005 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans first nuclear power unit in 2017 Indonesia, Southeast Asia's biggest economy, plans to start generating electricity at a nuclear power plant in 2017, Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Purnomo Yusgiantoro said on Friday.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 03 June 2005 17:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia denies Corby bribery claims The Indonesian embassy has strongly denied suggestions that the prosecutors in Schapelle Corby's drug-smuggling case have sought bribes. Suggestions of bribery in the Corby case were first raised in a radio interview between broadcaster Alan Jones and Ron Bakir, the Gold Coast businessman who is funding the Gold Coast woman's defence.

Posted in General @ 16 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Banda Aceh battles raging fire A lack of water is preventing firefighters in Indonesia's tsunami-devastated city of Banda Aceh from getting close to a raging blaze. Firefighters say the fire, spanning at least three kilometers (1.5 miles), was possibly caused by residents burning garbage. The Associated Press reports that while no one was living in the area, about 100 former residents were in the vicinity trying to salvage belongings and looking for missing loved ones.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Death came from the sea' Soldiers searched for bodies in treetops, families wept over the dead laid on beaches and rescuers scoured coral isles for missing tourists as Asia counted the cost today of a tsunami that killed more than 16,000 people. The devastating waves were unleashed by the world's biggest earthquake in 40 years which struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra early on Sunday. "Death came from the sea," said Satya Kumari, a construction worker living on the outskirts of the former French enclave of Pondicherry in India.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:05 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


SBY: Indonesia may ban al Qaeda linked group Indonesia will outlaw an al Qaeda-linked group blamed for deadly bombings in Southeast Asia if its existence can be proved and if its members are involved in terrorist activities, the new president said. In an interview with Time magazine, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he would review steps being taken to deal with terrorism and with the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) group.

Posted in Politics @ 26 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono slams foreign funding rumour Indonesian presidential frontrunner Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono rejected on Tuesday rumours he and his party have received foreign funding. Ex-general Yudhoyono, who topped the July first-round presidential vote with 33.6 percent in a field of five, faces incumbent President Megawati Sukarnoputri in a Sept. 20 run-off after failing to win a clear majority. As he fended off accusations of foreign backing Yudhoyono's campaign was boosted by further defections from the powerful Golkar party, a partner in Megawati's coalition.

Posted in Elections @ 01 September 2004 00:01 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


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


The power behind the throne smiles. Mr Taufik Kiemas, the garrulous husband of President Megawati Sukarnoputri, sips hot Javanese tea and munches kueh lapis as he talks animatedly about his wife's impending re-election. He should know. The 59-year-old Sumatran-born business tycoon is the dalang or puppet master in the courts of power, working quietly behind the scenes to build alliances and destroy her foes.

Posted in Politics @ 24 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dengue toll hits 191 in Indonesia Dengue fever has spread to four more Indonesian provinces, as the national death toll for the year so far rises to 191. Indonesia's Health Department says another 9,700 people from 16 provinces have become infected with the virus. The department has called it an "extraordinary" outbreak, because the number of infections is more than double that of the same period last year.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 20 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Supreme Court decision overturning the conviction of House Speaker Akbar Tanjung landed with the thud of a police baton on the future of reform in Indonesia. The ruling will have its most direct impact on the July 5 presidential election, but ripples will be felt throughout society. Despite some potential bright spots in the verdict and its aftermath, it's a dark day for justice and hope for this nation of 220 million people.

Posted in Politics @ 16 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN to add 5000 MW new power capacity by 2010 Indonesia's state-owned PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara, or PLN, is looking to add 5,000 megawatts of new generating capacity to Indonesia's power network by 2010, according to Ulysses Simanjuntak, senior officer at PLN's commerce and finance division.

Posted in Power supply @ 12 February 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Election fever along with the inevitable campaigning essentially began as soon as the legislation was finalized by the House of Representatives (DPR) in mid-2003.

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


South Sulawesi wants $400m to build railway The South Sulawesi provincial administration is seeking EUR380 million (more than Rp 4 trillion) for the construction of a 145-kilometer railway connecting Makassar and Pare-pare starting in 2015 as part of the effort to accelerate economic development in the province. Local transportation office director Farid Suaib said the development of a railway was essential to spur inter-regency trade in the province.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia could ban inter-religious marriages Christian organisations may face curbs on preaching and people of different religions could be banned from marrying under laws being considered by Indonesia. With an eye on next year's elections, where Islamic-affiliated parties are expected to drain support from President Megawati Sukarnoputri's bid to retain office, hardline Muslim groups are drafting laws to combat Christianity's spread in the world's largest Muslim country.

Posted in Religion @ 25 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Final disembarkation call for aviation workers The government has decided to press ahead with its plan for massive lay-offs at ailing state aircraft maker Dirgantara Indonesia despite angry protests by employees of the virtually bankrupt company. Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti said the decision was reached at a limited cabinet meeting on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 14 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to bear most of cost of Java-Madura bridge Indonesia's government agreed Thursday to provide most of the Rp 2.7 trillion (US$319.5 million) needed to construct a bridge linking the Indonesian island of Madura to densely-populated East Java province. "It has been decided that the funding will come from the state budget, from the provincial budget, the (state-owned road building firm) Jasa Marga and $150 million from the People's Republic of China," Settlement and Infrastructure Minister Sunarno said.

Posted in General @ 13 November 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


S&P raises Indonesia's rating, boosts sentiment Foreign investor sentiment toward Indonesia got a further boost Monday from a decision by Standard & Poor's to upgrade the country's credit rating by one notch. Although widely expected, the move nevertheless represents a vote of confidence in the government's bid to cut its public debt, and comes at a time when the country is looking to end its reliance on the International Monetary Fund and to tap the international debt market for the first time since the 1997-98 Asian crisis.

Posted in Economy @ 12 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's post-IMF soon reality Indonesia is set, later this year, to exit the International Monetary Fund's lending program, the last country to graduate the post-Asian crisis of 1997-1998. Many economists agree it is time to leave the program but what will happen next remains open to debate.

Posted in General @ 06 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN indicts Indonesian generals The UN has indicted the former Indonesian armed forces chief along with six other generals and East Timor's ex-governor for crimes against humanity during the territory's bloody independence vote in 1999. "The accused have all been charged with crimes against humanity for murder, deportation and persecution," the United Nations said in a statement issued in the East Timorese capital of Dili.

Posted in Crime @ 25 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Medical supplies to Bali boosted Australia today boosted emergency assistance to Bali, donating an extra $300,000 to help health services after Saturday's bomb blast. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said the extra funding was in addition to assistance such as IV fluids, analgesics, bandages and blood provided over the past two days.

Posted in Health @ 15 October 2002 00:02 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 – 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
    
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