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Indonesia requires additional 100 thousand MW electricity Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi stated that Indonesia still needed additional 100 thousand MW electricity to support industrial development at home.

Posted in Power supply @ 04 September 2014 19:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar party`s senior politician against coalition decision A senior Golkar Party politician, Ginandjar Kartasasmita, has expressed his disagreement with the party chiefs decision to participate in the permanent coalition established by parties supporting the Prabowo-Hatta pair.

Posted in Politics @ 15 July 2014 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor would like to see ten milion as minimum wage Bali's Governor told those attending his monthly open-house town meeting he wants to see every worker in the tourism sector to earn a minimum Rp. 10 million ( US$870) per month. Adding: “In principle, I want to see workers in Bali prosper. Don't let them suffer privations, even though (the privations) are permitted within the law.”

Posted in Economy @ 05 May 2014 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Analyst: 'Kalla perfect running mate for Jokowi' Former vice president M. Jusuf Kalla is the perfect vice presidential candidate for Joko Widodo (Jokowi) who is running for president in the presidential election held next July 9, political analyst from Pelita Harapan University Embrus Sihombing said here on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 04 May 2014 16:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US grant of F-16 fighter jets to arrive in October The first batch of the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets, which are a grant from the United States, is expected to arrive in Indonesia in October, according to Indonesia Air Force Chief of Staff Air Marshal Ida Bagus Putu Dunia.

Posted in Military @ 19 March 2014 22:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


T50i fighter jets strengthen Indonesian Air Force Indonesias Air Force (TNI AU) has been strengthened by new fighter jets T 50i Golden Eagle made in South Korea.

Posted in Military @ 13 February 2014 23:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police chief inaugurates new Brimob Corps chief National Police Chief Gen. Sutarman inaugurated Brig. Gen. Robby Kaligis as Chief of the Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) Corps, replacing Insp. Gen. M. Rum Murkal, here on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 07 February 2014 21:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Defense Ministry looking to replace aging F-5 tiger fighter aircraft The Indonesian Defense Ministry announced its plan to replace the F-5 Tiger fighter aircraft with the latest generation of jet fighters such as the Russian Sukhoi Su-35.

Posted in Military @ 07 January 2014 22:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Do not let radicalism grow' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said radicalism and extreme ideas must not be allowed to grow in Indonesia because they would only disrupt current peaceful and harmonious relations between different religious followers.

Posted in Religion @ 27 December 2013 23:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BATAN may begin construction of nuclear power plant in 2015 The head of the National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN), Djarot S. Wisnusubroto, has said he expects the construction of a nuclear power plant (PLTN) to begin by 2015.

Posted in Power supply @ 17 December 2013 10:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 3 reactions


Jokowi defends English-free primary school curriculum The Jakarta administration has backed the Education Ministry’s controversial new curriculum that scraps English classes, computer studies and physical education as mandatory courses in primary schools.

Posted in General @ 14 December 2013 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mahfud MD confirms he will run for president Former Constitutional Court chief justice Mahfud MD has confirmed that he will run for president in 2014. In a meeting with Madureses younger generation here on Friday evening, he said he would no longer hide his intention to run for president.

Posted in Politics @ 16 November 2013 17:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Democracy must include peace, economic growth' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said democracy could not operate alone, but must proceed side-by-side with peace, stability and economic growth so that democracy benefits the people.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2013 23:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Democratic party needs uncontroversial figure President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono`s party needs a figure who is not controversial to put the party`s house in order, an observer said.

Posted in Politics @ 28 March 2013 15:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes model of world terrorist handling Indonesia now becomes a model of world terrorist handling, the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) Chief Ansyaad Mbai said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 March 2013 15:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Regional governments urged to issue smoking ban Provincial governors, district heads and city mayors in Indonesia have been urged to issue regulations to ban cigarette smoking, due to an increasing number of smokers in the country. The call was made by the country`s health minister, Nafsiah Mboi, when speaking during the Indonesian Eastern Region Forum Festival here on Monday.

Posted in Health @ 24 September 2012 20:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Call for corruption death sentence gains support Non-governmental organization Lumbung Informasi Rakyat (LIRA) said it fully supports Nahdlatul Ulama in calling for death sentence for corruption convicts. "It is not a new move but since it came from a big organization like NU it should carry greater weight," LIRA president H.M. Jusuf Rizal said here on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 September 2012 16:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono calls on elites to build good political tradition President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on political elites here on Monday to develop a good political tradition with regard to preventing political disturbance.

Posted in Politics @ 13 August 2012 21:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia encourages improvement of teachers` competence President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stated that the government is committed to improving the competence and welfare of teachers in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 01 August 2012 15:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono calls for rehabilitation of damaged schools President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for the rehabilitation of 91,634 damaged schools, consisted of 61,697 elementary school buildings and 29,937 secondary school buildings.

Posted in General @ 01 August 2012 14:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Culture preservation, tourism push to go hand in hand The preservation of culture and tourism promotion could go hand in hand, Culture and Education Deputy Minister Wiendu Nuryanti said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Tourism @ 08 May 2012 17:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-corruption curriculum implemented in Manado The anti-corruption curriculum has been implemented at all schools in Manado, North Sulawesi, said the local education office spokesman Dante Tombeg here on Thursday. "We have applied the anti-corruption curriculum in the subjects of civics, social sciences and religion at all schools in Manado," Dante announced.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 May 2012 15:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia ready to grow further Garuda Indonesia is adding 11 new aircraft this year as they expand their air network. At the same time, Garuda is adding 10 airplanes to the armada of their low-cost subsidiary Citilink serving domestic routes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 26 March 2012 14:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono concerned about anarchist actions President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed concern about anarchism and violence in many regions due to ignorance amongst people concerning their personal rights.

Posted in Politics @ 25 February 2012 02:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boeing and Lion Air confirm historic $22.4 billion deal U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing on Tuesday announced that it has finalized a historic deal with Jakarta-based Lion Air to purchase at least 230 aircraft. The deal is valued at approximately $22.4 billion per list prices.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2012 08:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh ulema warn muslims against Valentines Day Islamic scholars (ulema) in Aceh have warned Muslims, the younger generation in particular, that observing Valentine`s Day is not allowed in Islam and against sharia law that is in force in all of Aceh province.

Posted in Religion @ 08 February 2012 12:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Red Cross to collect 4.5 million blood pouches The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) will make an all out effort to reach its target of collecting 4.5 million blood pouches in 2012, its chairman M. Jusuf Kalla has said.

Posted in Health @ 14 December 2011 02:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


West Java Foundation to set up Batik Academy The West Java Batik Foundation (YBJB) is planning to set up a Batik Academy to train and prepare Batik professionals among youths.

Posted in Culture @ 01 December 2011 01:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Concern over disrespect to state symbols Indonesian House Speaker Marzuki Alie is concerned over growing disrespect to state symbols in the country. He said here on Monday that "in our democracy now state symbols seemed to have been non-existence. The President as a symbol must be respected (and) may not be humiliated."

Posted in Politics @ 22 November 2011 12:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boeing and Indonesia's Lion Air sign 230 aircraft deal U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing and Jakarta-based Lion Air on Friday signed a provisional order for at least 230 aircraft in a deal valued at approximately $21.7 billion per list prices. U.S. President Barack Obama witnessed the signing.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2011 09:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 6 reactions


Rotating blackouts in Bali starting from February 2011 Rotating blackouts in Bali’s power supply are predicted to reoccur in February 2012. The power interruptions will take place during scheduled, routine repairs on the gas powered power plant (PLTG) in Gilimanuk, West Bali, that, during periods of the planned repairs causing the plant to go off-line Bali will lose 130 megawatts of power generation capability.

Posted in Power supply @ 23 October 2011 12:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Garuda's Citilink to be revived National airline Garuda Indonesia plans to more than quadruple the amount of people that Citilink, its budget carrier, will fly in the next four years with new routes and aircraft, a top executive said on Wednesday.

Posted in Travel @ 05 August 2011 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to recruit pilots Mandala Airlines Garuda Indonesia plans to recruit 180 new pilots in 2011, and as many as 36 pilots of whom are former pilots of the Mandala Airlines. "This year we are looking to recruit as many as 180 pilots, 36 pilots will come from Mandala Airlines," said Emirsyah, President Director of Garuda Indonesia, at the Indonesian Stock Exchange, Jakarta, Friday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 February 2011 05:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ten new aircraft for Garuda Indonesia Until May 2012, Garuda Indonesia will receive a total of 10 new planes to be used to accomodate passenger growth of the company. According to the latest information from Standard Chartered, both companies have already signed a cooperation for the lease of the planes via Pembroke Group Limited, a daughter-company of Standard Chartered that leases, finances and manages planes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 06 February 2011 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia supports Indonesian earthquake experts A new generation of Indonesian earthquake scientists will be trained through an Australian-funded graduate research program launched in Bandung, West Java, Wednesday. The new program has been created through a partnership between the Indonesian Agency for Disaster Management, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences and the Bandung Institute of Technology.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 February 2011 14:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


51% of teenagers has sex before marriage The Population and Family Planning Agency BKKBN has released the results of a large survey held in several locations in the country. Statistics show that 51 percent of the teenagers in Jabodetabek (Greater Jakarta) has sex before marriage. The survey gave similar results in other areas of the country as well.

Posted in Health @ 28 November 2010 08:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


FPI elites gearing up to replace Habib Rizieq The radical islamic FPI (Islam Defenders Front) will not hold its congress for new leadership until 2013, yet several of its elites are already in competition to wrest the chairmanship from the frail Habib Rizieq. A source within the FPI said internal rivalry has intensified since 2005 between the founding elite and those who have since joined the organization.

Posted in Religion @ 16 July 2010 13:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Minister: 'No power plant any time soon' Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Darwin Zahedy Saleh said the government had yet to consider developing nuclear energy for electricity generation. "We will exploit other available energy sources first," Darwin told reporters Friday.

Posted in Power supply @ 06 February 2010 01:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia and Jetstar to cooperate Malaysia-based AirAsia and it's Australian counterpart Jetstar announced earlier this week that they were to form an alliance to help reduce costs even further. They were to cooperate in handling each others passengers at airports in the the region and would also consider buying new aircraft together. Earlier it was already reported that they were talking about a joint venture to safe costs.

Posted in Travel @ 09 January 2010 01:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami early warning system a work in progress Five years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, Indonesia’s early warning system remains a work in progress, officials and experts say. Indonesia began setting up an early warning system in 2005, a year after a 9.2 Richter scale earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami which left over 230,000 dead.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 January 2010 10:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Drug addicts seen as criminals under new law The House of Representatives has passed a new anti-narcotics bill last Monday amid criticism from anti-drug groups saying that the new law will not help rehabilitate drug addicts. "This law classifies drug addicts as criminals and therefore subjects them to criminal charges, while doctors have said that drug addiction is a curable disease," said Asmin Fransisca, the coordinator for the Indonesian Coalition for Drug Policy Reform (ICDPR).

Posted in Drugs @ 18 September 2009 01:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda set to receive new airplanes starting in 2009 Garuda Indonesia will be taking delivery of brand new Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft in May 2009. The Vice-President of Garuda, Pujobroto, said the new airplanes are the first delivery of 50 "new generation" B737-800s on order by the Indonesian national carrier from the Boeing factory in Seattle, Washington (U.S.A.).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 30 November 2008 10:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda's new Boeing aircraft begin to arrive Garuda's fleet of new Boeing 737-800 New Generation aircraft have begun to arrive in Indonesia from their production plant in Seattle, Washington (U.S.A.). Quoted by Tempo Interaktif, the CEO of the Airline, Emirsyah Satar said on Thursday, July 17th, "one unit arrives on Friday and another one next month."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 19 July 2008 12:17 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


Inul Daratista - not banned in Bali! The 28-year-old Indonesian singing star Inul Daratista has promised the organizers of the Fifth Kuta Karnival that she will take to the stage and contribute her talents to the event's closing ceremony scheduled to run from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 pm. on the main stage of the festival on Kuta Beach on Sunday, September 9, 2007.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 September 2007 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Mandala Airlines places first A320 order from Indonesia Mandala Airlines has signed a contract for 25 A320s and has become the first customer for the type from Indonesia. The airline already holds the status of being the first Indonesian carrier to operate A320s following the entry into service of the first of two leased aircraft in December 2006. The new A320s will be used to replace old generation Boeing 737-200s on Mandala Airlines' widespread domestic network that extends to over 20 destinations. The A320s will be configured with 180 economy class seats.

Posted in General @ 25 June 2007 11:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine get death penalty for producing ecstasy in Indonesia Indonesia's Supreme Court sentenced nine men, including Chinese, French and Dutch nationals, to death Tuesday for producing millions of pills of the illegal recreational drug Ecstasy. The punishment for the foreigners was harsher than that rendered by a lower court last year which had ordered the execution of just the two alleged Indonesian ringleaders.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 May 2007 09:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


'No abolishment of capital punishment for drug offenses' The government strongly rejects any proposals to abolish capital punishment for drug offenses on the ground of respect for human rights as all forms of criminal actions are in fact violations of these rights, as was said by Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh. Saleh said this at the session of the Constitutional Court in Jakarta to hear several of the cases of drug offenders sentenced to death who had filed requests for a review of articles mandating the death sentence.

Posted in Human rights @ 16 March 2007 18:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alun-alun Lor; a nice green heart It hasn't been that long that it was a sunny and very hot day in Yogyakarta when I made a short walk around the so-called alun-alun lor, the northern square belonging to the kraton, the palace of the family of the sultan. The green grass - during the wet season the grass often is green, in the dry season it more resembles hay - reached until half a meter in some places. Not well maintained as we should expect at a palace, but at least there was an open space in the city which offered the opportunity to blow of some steam. This blowing steam you should not do at times that I generally visit this kind of locations, no it's much better in the early hours until seven in the morning and after five in the afternoon again. The salespeople along the edge will offer you something to drink or eat if you like.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Preachers and revenge push terror in Indonesia Basri - one of Indonesia's most wanted Islamic militants - wears a tattoo of Mickey Mouse on his wrist and drank alcohol when he was young. He jammed on Nirvana songs in a rock band. He wasn't religous and even now he struggles remembering the verses of the Quran, the holy book of Islam. As Islamic militant he is accused of beheading three Christian girls and other attacks on the island of Sulawesi, a front for Islamic militants.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 February 2007 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A third of Borneo to be conserved, new declaration passed An historic declaration to conserve the "Heart of Borneo" was officially signed today between the three Bornean governments - Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia. The tri-country declaration will conserve and sustainably manage one of the most important centers of biological diversity in the world. The Heart of Borneo is an area of equatorial rainforest larger than Kansas, covering nearly a third of the island.

Posted in Environment @ 13 February 2007 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Paper: PLN narrows losses in 2006 Indonesian state electricity firm PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) cut its losses by over three quarters in 2006, the Jakarta Post newspaper reported on Friday. PLN’s chief commissioner Alhilal Hamdi said the start of operations at new power plants in Cilegon, Tanjung Jati and Cilacap helped the company reduce losses to 1.08 trillion ($120.1 million) from 4.92 trillion a year ago, the paper said.

Posted in Economy @ 07 January 2007 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fear subsides for ethnic Chinese community It wasn't so long ago that Chinese writing was banned from public places here and Chinese schools and newspapers were prohibited. But walk into the former office of Suharto, the retired Indonesian strongman who maintained these laws in an effort to integrate the ethnic Chinese community, and a large decorative poster of Chinese characters greets visitors.

Posted in Culture @ 17 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adrianus Meliala: Pushing for reform of Indonesian police Asked about the progress of police reform in Indonesia, criminologist and police analyst Adrianus Eliasta Sembiring Meliala said that it was obvious, but the direct benefit for citizens would not be realized in one night.

Posted in Human rights @ 09 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN signs deal on 1,200 MW power plant Indonesia state electricity firm PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) signed a preliminary deal with U.S. energy firm AES Corp.), Japanese trading firm Sojitz and local firm PT Triaryani to build a 1,200 megawatt coal-fired power plant, the energy minister said on Wednesday. The cost of the project, to be located in South Sumatra, in the west of the archipelago, is estimated at about $1.5 billion.

Posted in Power supply @ 01 November 2006 14:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Yudhoyono faltering on Human Rights' After two years at the helm, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has drawn praise for ending the 30-year war in Aceh. Yet, human rights activists do not share the same enthusiasm when it comes to reforming the powerful military and solving human rights cases.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2006 04:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia terminates Exxon Mobil's Natuna contract Indonesia has terminated a contract held by Exxon Mobil Corp. on the huge Natuna offshore gas field, the country's oil minister said on Tuesday, amid high extraction costs and a lack of buyers for the gas. Despite the difficulties developing the field, the move to end Exxon's contract may cause concern among foreign investors about uncertainties of doing business in Indonesia, compounding worries over the legal system, labour and corruption.

Posted in Economy @ 11 October 2006 06:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia allots 6M hectares for biofuel Indonesia has earmarked 6 million hectares for development of its biofuel industry, part of plans to reduce its dependence on crude oil and susceptibility to price fluctuations, its energy minister said Friday. "Our target to develop our biofuel industry is by 2009-2010," said Energy Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. "And we have plans for 6 million hectares (14.8 million acres) of development, worth about US$20 billion (euro15.6 billion)."

Posted in Economy @ 05 August 2006 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Rising radicalism, intolerance threaten Indonesia's diversity Fifty years ago, Clifford Geertz wrote: " ... archipelagic in geography, eclectic in civilization, and heterogeneous in culture, Indonesia flourishes when it accepts and capitalizes on its diversity and disintegrates when it denies and suppresses it". The comment, part of Geertz's assessment of the political situation in Indonesia in the late fifties, also anticipates the future of Indonesia.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Tengger of Bromo: Magic, mystique and modernism Legend has it that the Tengger ethnic group in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru area of East Java is descended from the ancient Majapahit royal family. The name "Tengger" itself is said to be an acronymic derivation of two legendary figures from the region, Rara Anteng and Jaka Seger. As it has been long told, during a time of chaos for the Majapahit kingdom, Princess Rara Anteng took refuge in the area around Mount Bromo. While she was being evacuated, Rara Anteng met Jaka Seger, the son of a priest from the kingdom of Kediri, which was also in great turmoil. Their meeting was the beginning of a love story, and the area was later christened after their combined names.

Posted in Culture @ 28 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia remembers downfall of Suharto Protesters wearing Suharto masks demanded the ailing former dictator face trial Sunday, the eighth anniversary of the massive pro-democracy demonstrations that ousted him. Suharto, 84, remained in the hospital following colon surgery two weeks ago to stem intestinal bleeding. Doctors said Sunday that the former strongman, who has been weakened by several strokes, was recovering, but remained seriously ill.

Posted in Human rights @ 21 May 2006 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Sharia-based bylaws violate Constitution' Tangerang is firmly in the spotlight after the issuance of a controversial bylaw to eradicate prostitution in the municipality. It also issued another bylaw that bans liquor. Syafi'i Anwar, executive director of the International Centre for Islam and Pluralism (ICIP), shared his views with Ridwan Max Sijabat >on what is happening in the region.

Posted in Religion @ 04 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lesson from nature The frantic effort to save thousands of lives from an imminent eruption of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta may reflect the best disaster management so far in Indonesia since the December 2004 tsunami caused the deaths of more than 130,000 people in Aceh and Nias.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police asks Playboy to stop publishing Indonesian police asked Playboy magazine on Thursday to stop publishing its local edition in the capital out of fears it could inflame Muslim anger, police and the magazine said. Ponti Carolus, the director of Playboy's publishing company, said the magazine would think about the request. "Give us 24 hours and we will let you know our decision," he told reporters at city police headquarters after meeting the police chief. "We are very glad to have input from the Jakarta police. It was quite wise."

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 April 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia takes antigraft fight to Interpol meeting Asian police forces should cooperate to strengthen efforts to fight corruption and money laundering, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Tuesday. "We should send a signal loud and clear to the corrupt everywhere that there is no safe haven anywhere for them to hide their stolen money," he said in a speech opening a three-day meeting of Asian police in Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 12 April 2006 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-pornograpy laws stir debate about an open society Since taking office as Indonesia's sixth president 17 months ago, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has grown from a former general into agraft-buster, an economic reformer and a peacemaker. Now add social conservative to the list. Addressing a Jakarta audience last week, Mr Yudhoyono complained about young women baring belly buttons in public and recounted how a singer hired for a presidential event had been sent packing for exposing her navel. "I was disturbed," he said. "I told her to go home. And she did just that without having the chance to sing a song."

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 23 reactions


Schools for Indonesians in Sabah There will be schools and teachers for children of Indonesians working in plantations in Sabah. This was among the decisions made during bilateral talks between Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla here yesterday.

Posted in General @ 30 March 2006 08:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Homeless adrift a year after Boxing Day tsunami Billions of dollars have been pledged and thousands of new homes built but the city of Banda Aceh is still a scene of devastation after the Boxing Day tsunami of last year. Tens of thousands are surviving in shanty towns of scrap wood and metal churned up by the terrifying force of the sea. There are 67,500 still living in tents. More than 200,000 survivors are thought to be staying with friends or relatives. Along the coast, towns and villages are nothing more than swampland and rubble. Survivors are jammed together in windowless plywood barracks hurriedly built by the army.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia under threat of 'lost generation' Her name, Sasih, in Sundanese means 'month'. Over the past 14 years, Sasih has given birth to five children -- two boys and three girls -- with the youngest being barely two years old. Along with husband Kadmira, a bajaj driver, the family of seven occupies a two-meter by two-meter rented room in a slum corner of Pejompongan, Central Jakarta.

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


Post-tsunami baby boom on the horizon Giggling women swarm outside a little gray tent in Block D of a sprawling refugee camp. The attraction is one tiny miracle — 2-month-old Asmaul Tzuchina, swaying peacefully in a cloth hammock. The baby simply known as Tzuchi, which means “pure” in Acehnese, represents new life and hope for the women who lost children to the earthquake-spawned tsunami nearly a year ago.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 December 2005 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia calls on religious leaders to help fight terrorism Religious leaders must condemn terrorism in the world's most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia's vice president said Friday, after police warned that a new generation of Islamic militants were behind the latest suicide bombings on Bali island.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 October 2005 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim body supports polio vaccinations Indonesia's top Muslim body gave its seal of approval on Friday to next week's plan by the government to immunise more than 24 million children with polio vaccines next week. The support could dispel any doubts about the vaccines which may deter people from going to immunisation posts in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, following an outbreak of the crippling disease.

Posted in Polio @ 26 August 2005 18:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Power stations stopped working The coal-fired Paiton power plant in East Java stopped generating electricity and two units at the Suralaya power plant were affected, said Energy Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. Power generation dropped by 5,000 megawatts to about 8,000 megawatts because of the fault, Widiono said.

Posted in Power supply @ 18 August 2005 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and China ink billions in energy pacts Indonesian companies signed billions of dollars in energy investment deals with Chinese counterparts on the sidelines of a state visit by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to Beijing last week, the Economics Ministry said Monday. "Out of the seven investment plans (that were signed last week), three will be realized soon with (financial) support from Chinese banks, and don't require guarantees from the government of Indonesia," the ministry said in a statement.

Posted in Economy @ 01 August 2005 16:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No fuel? Don't panic, says SBY As the gasoline shortage worsened across the country on Wednesday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told people not to panic, saying the government was gradually increasing the country's supplies, which would be back to normal soon. Susilo said the government was also drafting regulations on energy saving and plans for alternative power generation.

Posted in General @ 07 July 2005 08:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia to raise minimum cigarette prices 15%-20% The Indonesian government is raising the minimum ceiling on retail cigarette prices by 15% to 20% starting July 1 to boost revenue and discourage smoking, the Minister of Finance said Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 27 May 2005 13:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Corruptors should be given the death sentence' Drug abuse among Indonesian youth has become a cause of major concern, with studies revealing that many started to use drugs in their early teens. Amid the debate on the application of the death penalty to drug dealers and traffickers, The Jakarta Post asked some residents why they support capital punishment. Abdul Rivai, 54, is a civil servant in the Ministry of Social Affairs. He lives in Cipayung, East Jakarta, with his wife and two children:

Posted in Crime @ 10 August 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to build new port in Jakarta Indonesia will build a new port in Jakarta with an investment of US$500 million (Rp4.5 trillion) using Japanese technology. Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso said Jakarta's old port, Tanjung Priok, has not been expanded after 150 years in operation and is no longer efficient. The new port, called Jakarta New Port, will facilitate exports and imports via Jakarta, the governor said after inaugurating the start of construction on Monday.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singing general poised to win Hafi, a 35-year-old businessman, is nostalgic for the old days of military dictatorship in Indonesia. Six years after the democratic overthrow of military ruler Suharto, he is fed up with the turmoil that he blames on civilian leadership. And so on Monday he will vote for one of Suharto's former generals, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a charismatic populist who has soared dramatically to the top of the polls in Indonesia's presidential contest.

Posted in Elections @ 03 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


If oil-crunched Indonesia goes nuclear As the only Asian member and current president of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) oil cartel, Indonesia should be capitalising on the high prices for crude oil and laughing its way to the bank. South-east Asia's largest country, and by far its most populous, has the world's 16th largest proven oil reserves. However, output has declined in the past three years from an average of just over 1.2 million barrels per day to about 1.1 million now, below its Opec quota of 1.27 million. Official figures published in Jakarta last month show Indonesia became a net importer of crude oil for the first time in February and March.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 05 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2004 dengue outbreak claims 632 victims A virulent outbreak of dengue fever has claimed 632 victims out of 53,744 reported cases so far this year which is still below the death toll from the mosquito-borne disease in 2003, health officials said on Monday. Last year there were 52,011 reported cases of dengue in Indonesia of whom 792 died, or a mortality rate of 1.5 percent, said Rita Kusriastuti, a dengue expert at the ministry of health. "The dengue outbreak this year should be pretty similar to last year's" said Kusriastuti.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 12 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamist party likely to be future force When a young Indonesian Islamist party put more than 100,000 members on the streets of Jakarta last year to protest at the impending U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, people started to take notice. The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has caught the eye again during parliamentary elections this week, making strong gains that show it is an emerging power in Indonesian politics. But those gains came by shelving its conservative Muslim agenda in public and focusing on what irks Indonesians most -- graft, injustice and unemployment. Just what the party will do with its Islamist platform now remains an open question.

Posted in Elections @ 07 April 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


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


Just as they have in the developed world, big-box hypermarkets, which are taking over the top end of the retail trade, are causing severe dislocations in the rest of Indonesia's food chain, from smaller supermarkets down to wet markets to the warungs where housewives sell cigarettes and candy out of their living room windows.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel subsidies have long been a thorny problem for various Indonesian governments. Attempts to reduce the level of these subsidies by increasing domestic fuel prices have often been met by protests, forcing the price hike to be reversed. In January 2003, the government again tried to increase fuel prices, and was again forced to back down by public protests. In this article , Dr. Bachrawi Sanusi takes an indepth look at the issue:

Posted in General @ 15 July 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to relaunch power projects The Indonesian government is to relaunch Wednesday the development of 26 power projects that were halted in late 1997 by an economic and monetary crisis, senior government officials said Monday, the Kyodo News Service reported. A dispute with Karaha Bodas Co. of the United States still needs to be settled, but renegotiations with most independent power producers are already complete.

Posted in Power supply @ 09 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ABDUL Latief unsteadily enters the office of a Jakarta human rights group with a young man at his elbow. He struggles to mouth an intelligible greeting, the consequence of a stroke he suffered some years ago. Latief, a retired colonel, is a member of a dwindling generation to have an intimate recollection of the rise of modern Indonesia. He was witness to, and a crucial participant in, the events that produced the regime of former president Suharto.

Posted in History @ 10 February 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The lively tinkle of the grand piano, the sound of the bass, and the beat of the drums by the Bill Heid Trio generated a warm atmosphere at the official residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America, Ralph L. Boyce, on Jalan Taman Suropati, Jakarta, on September 19. The performance of the famous jazz group—which often graces the stage of the John F. Kennedy Center, a prestigious cultural showplace in Washington—mesmerized the American diplomats. They were carried away by the beat of the music, tapped their feet, and sipped champagne. Boyce, no mean drummer and guitarist himself, was all smiles as he jammed with the band.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Major celebrations are underway in the Netherlands to commemorate the Dutch East India Company's (VOC) 400th anniversary this year. This commemoration is especially targeted at Holland's younger generation, to instill a sense of pride in their history. However, nations that have suffered under colonialism, such as Indonesia, would surely have a different perspective on the VOC, the trading company with political and military power.

Posted in History @ 14 May 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


I was recently asked to address a conference in Seoul, Korea, organized around the theme of developing a culture of peace. Naturally, it fell to me to present an Islamic perspective on developing a culture of peace. My response was to explain that if we want to understand what Islam has to teach us about civilization, society and relations between communities, it is important that we consider the broad range of its rich intellectual heritage.

Posted in Religion @ 11 March 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Between 1986 and 1998, the period which culminated in the end of president Soeharto's 32-year rule, 17 million hectares of Indonesia's forests were cleared by timber, pulp and oil palm companies. Since then, If anything, the situation has only gotten worse.

Posted in Environment @ 11 December 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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