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Anti-graft body confiscates a mayor`s grandmother's car The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) had confiscated a car belonging to the grandmother of Tangerang Selatans mayor Airin Rachmi Diany. The car was confiscated on Wednesday in connection with the alleged case of money laundering of Airins husband Tubagus Chaery Wardhana (TCW) alias Wawan.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 April 2014 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft agency confiscates Wawan's luxury cars The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has confiscated more than ten luxury vehicles belonging to Tubagus Chaeri Wardana alias Wawan in connection with a money laundering crime he has allegedly committed.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 January 2014 10:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK raids South Tangerang mayor house The investigators of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) raided the house of South Tangerang mayor, Airin Rachmi Diany, in Alam Sutera, Serpong, on Monday. The investigators arrived in a mini-bus at her house at around 12 p.m.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 January 2014 19:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono visits Soeharto memorial President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited the Great General Soeharto Memorial at Soeharto`s birthplace in Kemusuk village, Sleman, Yogyakarta, in Central Java on Friday.

Posted in General @ 18 October 2013 19:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


August 15 to be declared Aceh Peace Day The Aceh government will soon announce that August 15 will be observed annually as peace day in Indonesia`s western-most province. "The Aceh governor will issue a regulation setting forth Aceh`s peace day," Aceh administration spokesman Nurdin F Jos said here on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 14 August 2013 22:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lippo Group to set up 12 hospitals in eastern regions Lippo Group plans to set up around 12 hospitals in eastern regions next year, its president, Theo L Sambuaga said. "Around 12 hospitals will be built in the future including general hospitals in several eastern regions such as Ambon, Palu, Sorong, Ternate and Kupang," he said at the Grand Opening of Siloam Hospital here on Wednesday.

Posted in Health @ 17 April 2013 20:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Monkey attacks, kill baby in Riau A wild monkey attacked and killed a six-month old baby in Menaming village, Rambang Sub-district, Rokan Hulu District, Riau province, on Friday (March 29), a village head said. "It was a horrible and sad event for the baby`s family," Menaming Village Head Firdaus Daulay said here.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 March 2013 10:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire destroys Grand Bali Hotel at Nusa Dua The 63-room Grand Bali Hotel located at Nusa Dua suffered major damage from a fire that struck mid-day on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 March 2013 10:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Youths aware of waste management Many Indonesian youth are now aware of importance of waste management in preserving the national resources.

Posted in Environment @ 03 December 2012 10:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake rocks Bali A major quake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale jolted Bali early on Tuesday, but no report of casualty and damage to property on the tourist island.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 September 2012 10:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


People pack Jakarta streets to celebrate end of fasting month People in cars, on motorbikes and on foot packed several streets in capital city Jakarta to celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan on Saturday evening. Traffic jam was seen in the Thamrin street section between the Hotel Indonesia roundabout to Monas Square, which are the popular spots in the city.

Posted in Ramadan @ 19 August 2012 02:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


German Chancellor visits Istiqlal Mosque German Chancellor Angela Dorothea Merkel visited Istiqlal grand Mosque here on Tuesday as part of her two-day state visit to Indonesia. During the visit to Southeast Asia`s largest mosque, Merkel was accompanied by the mosque`s imam H Ahmad Husni Ismail, M.Ag, and the chief of mosque`s executive management board H Mubarak Msi.

Posted in Politics @ 10 July 2012 13:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


448 buildings damaged in Sukabumi earthquake The 6.1-magnitude earthquake that hit Sukabumi on Monday has damaged 448 buildings, reported an official of the Sukabumi disaster mitigation office (BPBD).

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 June 2012 08:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Farmers, fishermen rally against thermal power plant Dozens of farmers and fishermen in Batang district, Central Java, demonstrated on Monday against a plan to build a thermal power plant (PLTU), which they said will affect their villages.

Posted in Protests @ 23 April 2012 13:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'West Aceh needs more sirens for tsunami warning system' Chief of Aceh Disaster Mitigation Agency Teuku Ahmad Dadek said West Aceh district needs more sirens for tsunami early warning system in the area.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 April 2012 02:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Grandmother caught selling marijuana Police caught a 73-year old grandmother while she was about to sell five kilograms of marijuana in front of the Matur sub-district office here on Wednesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 21 March 2012 18:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All parties in Aceh asked to conduct peaceful elections Chief Security Minister Djoko Suyanto has called on all parties in Aceh to create peace in connection with the regional elections scheduled on April 9.

Posted in Politics @ 15 March 2012 02:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Soeharto grandson facing alleged fraud investigation Ari Sigit, a grandson of former President Soeharto, is facing a police investigation for alleged fraud at the expense of the management of a PT Krakatau Steel subsidiary.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2012 01:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian girl swept away by 2004 tsunami found alive An Indonesian girl who was thought to have died when a huge tsunami devastated the island of Sumatra in December 2004, has been found alive and reunited with her parents, local media reported on Thursday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 December 2011 13:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian officials call for laws to slow population growth Indonesian officials are calling on the government to introduce new laws in an attempt to slow down the population growth rate in the country, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 30 November 2011 00:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Umar Patek returns to Bali for Bali Bomb reenactment Umar Patek, the terror suspect arrested in Pakistan in January 2011 and returned to Indonesia, was brought to Bali by Indonesian police to Bali on Thursday, October 20, 2011, to visit five locations linked with the 2002 Bali bombing.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 October 2011 12:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Helicopter crash in south-central Indonesia kills 2 Two people were killed on early Sunday afternoon when a helicopter chartered by a mining company crashed in south-central Indonesia, officials said on Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 September 2011 16:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. pilot among three killed in small plane crash Papua A small aircraft crashed in a remote area in the eastern Indonesian province of Papua on Thursday afternoon, killing three people, including a U.S. national, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 September 2011 16:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Helicopter goes missing during search for crashed plane An Indonesian Army helicopter carrying five people went missing on Saturday while searching for a small plane which crashed in Indonesia's Papua region a day earlier, local media reported on Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 September 2011 05:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two foreigners missing after plane crash in Indonesia's Papua Two foreigners are missing after their small plane carrying supplies to a remote area crashed during bad weather conditions in Indonesia's Papua region on Friday afternoon, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 September 2011 03:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali pushes on with island-wide rail network The Indonesian government is moving ahead with plans to construct a 560 kilometer long rail system circumnavigating Bali at a total cost of Rp. 7 trillion (600 million euro).

Posted in Economy @ 10 April 2011 10:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government: 'Not enough reason to disband Ahmadiyah' The government said it needed a stronger justification to disband Ahmadiyah than the fact that its doctrine was viewed by hardliners to "deviate" from orthodox Islam, a religious leader said Saturday.

Posted in Religion @ 21 February 2011 01:14 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


House of North Sumatra governor seized by KPK One of the houses of the governor of North Sumatra, Syamsul Arifin, in the neighborhood Raffles Hills in Cibubur, East Jakarta, has been seized by the corruption watchdog KPK. A spokesperson of the KPK, Johan Budi, said that the money that was used to buy the house originated from regional government coffers, and thus was corruption.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 October 2010 12:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sriwijaya Air e-tickets available on ticketindonesia.info Starting today, e-tickets from the Indonesian airliner Sriwijaya Air are available for reservation on ticketindonesia.info. The several dozen destinations of the airline, with in general very attractive prices, have been added to the search function and can be booked quick and easy just like the nine other airlines already available on this website.

Posted in Travel @ 06 September 2010 01:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Four new hotels at indahnesia.com We have added some new hotels again at indahnesia.com. At the moment you can book over 700 hotels in Indonesia directly from our website. We currently offer hotels in 50 different regions and cities across the Indonesian archipelago, with over 300 unique hotels on the resort island of Bali. For your comfort we have even listed Bali's famous tourist destinations.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 August 2010 08:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A short break in Taman Menteng At a normal weekday I took a reasonable early air-conditioned bus to Jakarta. I regularly make this trip because it enables me to travel cheap as well as fast - as fast as traffic allows the bus to go - to downtown Jakarta.

Posted in Travel @ 16 April 2010 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A few hours in Jalan Jaksa I have been there before and I have written about it before. It is still a nice and not unimportant easy-to-reach destination for a quick lunch and a Large Bintang before you start the second half of the day. Just relaxing for a couple of hours, coming to terms after the first part of the day.

Posted in Travel @ 23 March 2010 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: 'Terrorists wanted Islamic state in Indonesia' During interrogation, a recently arrested terrorism suspect said his group was aiming to build an Islamic country through military force, National Police spokesman Edward Aritonang said Thursday. Edward said the statement was obtained from Ubaid, one of the terrorist suspects arrested in Aceh and now in police custody.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 March 2010 04:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former PLN director to get long jail term The former director of the state-owned power company PLN for the areas outside Java and Bali, Hariadi Sadono, faces ten years in prison because of possible corruption over the purchase of customer management software. One of the prosecutors said that he had asked the judges for this jail term in the special court for corruption cases in Jakarta.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 March 2010 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ten new hotels on indahnesia.com We have added some new hotels again at indahnesia.com. At the moment you can book over 700 hotels in Indonesia directly from our website. We currently offer hotels in 50 different regions and cities across the Indonesian archipelago, with over 300 unique hotels on the resort island of Bali. For your comfort we have even listed Bali's famous tourist destinations.

Posted in Website @ 26 February 2010 06:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eleven new hotels on indahnesia.com We have added some new hotels again at indahnesia.com. At the moment you can book over 700 hotels in Indonesia directly from our website. We currently offer hotels in 49 different regions and cities across the Indonesian archipelago, with over 300 unique hotels on the resort island of Bali. For your comfort we have even listed Bali's famous tourist destinations.

Posted in Website @ 29 January 2010 14:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PIN-codes for 264,000 Indonesia bank accounts stolen A spokesman for the national police in Indonesia, Edward Aritonang, has said that 13 suspects had stolen a grand total of some 264,000 PIN-codes for personal bank accounts belonging to Indonesian customers. However not all the stolen PIN-codes are active, most of them were, as it seems. Some people may already have closed their accounts earlier.

Posted in Crime @ 24 January 2010 02:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Antasari framed into murder case? A forensic expert testifying in a murder trial involving former anti graft leader Antasari Azhar said Thursday the police had asked him to manipulate the autopsy of murder victim Nasruddin Zulkarnaen. Not long after he submitted the autopsy report to the police, Abdul said he had received two calls from an officer from City Police's forensic laboratory center and its detective deputy chief.

Posted in Crime @ 14 December 2009 10:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


22 new hotels on indahnesia.com We have added some new hotels again at indahnesia.com. At the moment you can book over 675 hotels in Indonesia directly from our website. We currently offer hotels in 49 different regions and cities across the Indonesian archipelago, with over 300 unique hotels on the resort island of Bali. For your comfort we have even listed Bali's famous tourist destinations.

Posted in Website @ 05 December 2009 01:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Stamp release: Joint issue Indonesia - Singapore Indonesia and Singapore have issued a set of stamps together on October 31, 2009. The Indonesian part of the issue contains a mini sheet with eight stamps, four full sheets with stamps, a first day cover with one set of stamps and a special presentation pack. On the stamps are images of well-known places in Indonesia and Singapore.

Posted in Website @ 01 November 2009 06:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Women start polygamy movement After over 300 people became member of the movement in several countries, the polygamy-movement from Malaysia has now spread it's wings over Indonesia as well. Earlier this week, a meeting was held in Bandung which was the start of the movement in Indonesia. There were some 150 people from various parts in Indonesia present.

Posted in Religion @ 21 October 2009 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Nusa Dua Fiesta XIII 2009 Bali's Nusa Dua Complex will once again host the Nusa Dua Fiesta XIII 2009 October 17-21, 2009, which will include participation by 20 different provinces across Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 October 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Buka botol in B.A.T.S. It was a regular Friday night on which my girlfriend and I decided to go clubbing. Not that same night because that would mean we had to hurry to go out, something that is not really beneficial and something I don't want to do at all. So not tonight, but the next night, the malam minggu (the evening before Sunday, so Saturday night) we would go to Jakarta.

Posted in Nightlife @ 16 September 2009 12:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susi Air flies between Jakarta and Pangandaran Susi Air has announced that it will start serving the route Jakarta - Pangandaran via Bandung. The flight will depart from Halim Perdanakusuma airport in southern Jakarta, will make a stopover in Bandung and will continue the trip to Pangandaran from there. Normal travel time from Jakarta to Pangandaran is about six hours, but with this flight it will be shortened to about one hour.

Posted in General @ 30 August 2009 08:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Prison sentences cut ahead of Independence Day Authorities in Bengkulu reduced prison terms for over 660 convicts in three penitentiary and one detention facility in the province on Monday to mark the 64th Independence day of Indonesia. Head of the Rehabilitaion Unit of the Law and Human Rights Offices, Grand Sjahputra, told Thursday that 44 of the 668 convicts received term reductions were directly released as their term ended with the reduction.

Posted in Crime @ 13 August 2009 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moving? Yes, but not to the Netherlands After I wrote an article recently, some people thought that I was about to return to the Netherlands. Indeed I was in the Netherlands and indeed I was about to move. Whether I put these two facts in one article on purpose or not, it were two things that played an important role at that moment. Both of them have been rounded off properly though and it wasn't that hard after all.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2009 06:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Tura village residents: 'Do not take our forest away' Around 15,000 hectares of community forest in Central Kalimantan will be cleared for the expansion of palm oil plantations, threatening the livelihood of more than 2,500 people. The community of Tura, Tumbang Tanjung and Tumbang Lahang villages along the Katingan river, are concerned of the impending disaster that will come when their forest is taken away by the companies. Their apprehension is expressed in a film, titled "Petak Danum Itah" or "Our Homeland", made by the community themselves with the support of the Centre for Orangutan Protection was premiered in Jakarta today.

Posted in Environment @ 17 December 2008 06:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Royal cremation in Ubud on July 15th Local press reports estimate 300,000 local residents and tourists will flock to Ubud over the coming days leading up to the grand cremation of 3 members of the Puri Ubud royal household on Tuesday, July 15, 2008. In all, more than 68 traditional villages will play a formal role in the multi-day celebration.

Posted in General @ 13 July 2008 05:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests Jemaah Islamiyah chief Indonesian police said yesterday they had captured the head of Southeast Asian extremist network Jemaah Islamiyah, blamed for some of the deadliest terror attacks in the region. They said Zarkasi had been heading the militant Muslim outfit since 2004 and that he had been seized in raids last weekend which also netted the alleged head of a JI special forces unit.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 June 2007 02:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia disputes report Obama attended radical Islamic school U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama fought back against an allegation that he was educated at a radical Islamic school as a child in Indonesia, determined to avoid being tripped up by unsubstantiated charges like those that undermined Sen. John Kerry in 2004. Interviews by The Associated Press at the elementary school in Jakarta found that it is a public and secular institution that has been open to students of all faiths since before the White House contender attended in the late 1960s.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2007 08:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First A1 victory for New Zealand on Sentul track New Zealand secured its first-ever victory in the A1 Grand Prix series on Sunday with a dominant lights-to-flag drive from Jonny Reid in the sprint race at the Sentul circuit, Indonesia. Team Mexico's Salvador Duran put Reid under pressure in the closing laps of the race to finish a fighting second ahead of Great Britain's Robbie Kerr.

Posted in Sports @ 10 December 2006 13:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia beckons A1 racers For the second time in two weeks, the A1GP series returns to South East Asia. This time, the series will set up camp at the Sentul circuit on the Indonesian island of Java, 42km from the capital Jakarta, for round five of the 12-round season. The Sentul circuit is located in the wealthy region of Bogor, a popular summer resort and centre of trade for products of the surrounding region including coffee, tea and assorted spices.

Posted in Sports @ 07 December 2006 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian court convicts 7 Papuans for killing Americans An Indonesian court on Tuesday convicted seven men of leading an armed ambush that killed two American school teachers in remote Papua province four years ago, and sentenced the alleged ringleader to life imprisonment. Chief Judge Andriani Nurdin of the Central Jakarta District Court said defendant Antonius Wamang had 'committed a gross violation of human rights for attacking civilians' and deserved harsher punishment than the 20-year sentence asked by prosecutors, the state-run Antara news agency reported.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 November 2006 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto looks healthy at wedding Former Indonesian President Suharto, who escaped trial for corruption on health grounds, appeared healthy today as he attended the wedding of one of his grandsons, a report said. The 85-year-old former President arrived at the At-Tien mosque shortly before the wedding of Danny Bimo Hendra Utomo, the son of his eldest daughter Siti "Tutut" Hardiayanti Rukmana, to actress Lulu Tobing, Elshinta Radio said.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2006 05:39 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


Lone Indonesia bird flu survivor goes home Jones Ginting can't remember much of his battle with bird flu, and it's probably for the best. For the first two weeks, he slipped in and out of consciousness at Adam Malik Hospital. His skin stuck to the sweaty sheets as a fever raged. His arms were as rigid as steel pipes. When he did come to, he was delirious and agitated, fighting nurses who were trying to give him the antiviral drug Tamiflu. And always, always, he was struggling to breathe.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 July 2006 13:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia quake victims put ghost fears to rest More than 120 earthquake survivors have cast aside their fear of spirits and built makeshift tents over tombstones in a small Indonesian cemetery in the badly-hit Bantul region. With tarpaulin stretched overhead and rugs thrown over graves, the survivors have managed to get sleep and escape nightly rain since the Saturday quake. Some even set up cooking equipment over larger, grander headstones.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 May 2006 16:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Search for survivors as Indonesia quake tops 3,000 Rescue workers dug desperately for survivors on Sunday as residents returned to ruined homes on Indonesia's densely populated island of Java a day after a powerful earthquake killed more than 3,000. Trucks full of volunteers from Indonesian political parties and Islamic groups, as well as military vehicles carrying soldiers, headed south from the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta to Bantul, hardest hit by the quake, to help in the effort.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former President Suharto rushed to hospital Former Indonesian president Suharto has been rushed to a Jakarta hospital suffering intestinal bleeding, a news report says. Jakarta-based private television network Metro TV reported in its midnight program the former strongman was admitted to Pertamina Central Hospital in South Jakarta at 6.30pm on Thursday, with some of his children and grandchildren accompanying him.

Posted in General @ 05 May 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Renowned author Pramoedya Ananta Toer dies aged 81 Renowned Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer, who overcame imprisonment and censorship to publish dozens of stories and novels about his country, died at home among family Sunday, his daughter said. He was 81. Pramoedya was hospitalized Thursday in the intensive care unit of Jakarta's Catholic St. Carolus Hospital with heart trouble and complications from diabetes, but was taken home Saturday at his family's request.

Posted in General @ 30 April 2006 09:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pramoedya Ananta Toer in hospital Noted Indonesian writer Pramoedya Ananto Toer (81) was taken to an emergency ward of St Carolus Hospital in Jakarta Thursday night due to his health condition. "His health condition is worsening and he has refused to eat anything for a week," his daughter, Astuti, said.

Posted in General @ 29 April 2006 18:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four more sought over shooting of Americans Indonesian authorities are hunting for four more people over the 2002 killing of two Americans in Papua province, police said on Monday after declaring eight men suspects in the case last week. The eight were arrested on Wednesday over an ambush that killed two Americans and an Indonesian, all teachers from a school run by PT Freeport Indonesia, a unit of U.S.-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., which operates mines in Papua's mountains.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 17 January 2006 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslide survivors pray for miracle loved ones Surviving from the grisly landslide disaster, frail Syamsuri can only hope and pray that his four children and three grandchildren are still alive. "I know the chances are slim because they are still buried in mud, but I will keep praying for them to be rescued," said the 70-year-old man through tears. Syamsuri said the disaster was so unexpected and stunning. He recalled how he was staying at the house of Juariyah, one of his daughters, when the disaster struck.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 January 2006 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Living on a fault line A year after the tsunami, scientists fear that another monster earthquake might one day strike Sumatra, triggering a fresh inundation by the sea. How frightened should we be?

Posted in Earthquake @ 15 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HIV-positive Dolvince keeps spirit of life aflame The mere mention of the term "PLWHA" (person living with HIV/AIDS) will make people's imagination immediately form the image of a frail person characterized by a severe inferiority complex and a strong urge to keep himself aloof from society. This is a common image about a PLWHA because the people in this country, generally, still find it difficult to accept them.

Posted in Culture @ 01 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soeharto admitted to hospital Former president Soeharto was admitted to the Pertamina Hospital in South Jakarta on Friday suffering from an identified illness. The RCTI television broadcaster said the former strongman was admitted to the hospital at about 4:30 p.m. Friday but it was not clear what he was suffering from.

Posted in General @ 05 November 2005 15:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mr Popularity survives a tough year On Thursday, one year after the inauguration of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a 200-metre mural was erected facing Jakarta's main roundabout. The mural was in front of the deserted Hotel Indonesia where a dissident was bundled out of a window in the film The Year of Living Dangerously.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2005 10:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to host A1 Grand Prix in January The Sentul Circuit in the Indonesian province of West Java will host the A1 grand prix, the first motor sports in which drivers compete for their countries, in January next year, a local newspaper reported on Tuesday. The host country has been asked to upgrade the 4.1-km circuit to make it suitable to the fast racing of the so-called World Cup of motor sports, reported Jakarta-based Kompas.

Posted in Sports @ 18 October 2005 13:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Keeping a collection of rare and banned books The dimness inside the Room of Rarities at the library of Surabaya's Medayu Agung Foundation gives way to brightness when Oei Hiem Hwie enters the room and turns on the main lights. Rows of neatly arranged books can be seen through the glass doors of a wooden cabinet ornamented with Jepara carving. "You will soon find out why this room is called the Hall of Rare Collection," Oei told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Culture @ 17 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia embassy bomber gets death An Indonesian has been sentenced to death for helping to plan and carry out last year's bombing at the Australian embassy in Jakarta - the harshest penalty yet for the attack that killed 10 people. Iwan Darmawan, 30, said he would appeal Tuesday's verdict, which was the latest in a series of tough sentences against those found guilty of terrorist attacks in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 September 2005 17:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to bury plane crash victims Indonesia said it would hold a mass burial Wednesday for unidentified victims of a plane crash that killed 148 people, even as a 5-year-old boy given up for dead was found in a hospital and reunited with his parents. Investigators sifted through the charred wreckage of the Mandala Airlines' Boeing 737-200, trying to determine why it slammed onto a crowded street in Indonesia's third-largest city Monday, creating a path of destruction as it plowed into houses, cars, and pedestrians.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


Tsunami victims still being recovered in Indonesia The body squad has been doing its dirty, dangerous and unavoidable work here for nearly a month. Yet, every day, incredibly, there are still more victims of the Asian tsunami to be found, bagged and buried. The squad — Indonesian soldiers and Red Cross volunteers — gathers in the Punge neighborhood of this provincial capital. The Indonesian army says more than 17,600 bodies have been pulled from this area. The Indonesian Red Cross says more than 92,700 bodies have been found in Aceh province, the area hit hardest Dec. 26 by the earthquake and tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 23 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami victims hunt food, flood hospital The hungry scavenged for food and water and the wounded flooded hospitals in Indonesia's Aceh yesterday, as a global relief effort staggered to help survivors of the tsunami catastrophe. US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who took a helicopter tour over Aceh's ruined provincial capital, said he has never seen anything like it. "I have been in war and I have been through a number of hurricanes, tornados and other relief operations, but I have never seen anything like this," he told reporters afterward.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Constructing the Indonesian presidency Presidency has been defined, among others, as the collective administrative and governmental entity operating in a presidential office. Presidency varies from one state to another and from one period to another in a single country. Sukarno's presidency differed from Soeharto's, B.J. Habibie's, Abdurrahman Wahid's and Megawati Soekarnoputri's.

Posted in Elections @ 25 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto will not back any candidates in presidential poll Indonesia's former Armed Forces Commander Wiranto, who was knocked out in July's presidential race, is opting to stay neutral in next month's concluding round between President Megawati Sukarnoputri and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. In his first news conference after the Constitutional Court rejected his election appeal, Mr Wiranto also says his political career is not over.

Posted in Elections @ 28 August 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia will celebrate its 59 anniversary on Tuesday and many people nationwide are planning to welcome the anniversary by holding festivities around the special day. The Jakarta Post talked to city residents on what they planned to do on Aug. 17.

Posted in History @ 17 August 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five die in Indonesia after eating puffer fish A family of five died and nine others were sickened in Indonesia after eating parts of a puffer fish during a communal cookout, police said Wednesday. Soon after consuming the fish on the island of Flores, the five - including a 9-year-old boy, his father and grandfather - began vomiting and died on the scene, according to Sgt. Dewo of the East Flores police department.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 1,000 lose homes in Kebon Melati inferno Siti Rohayah's eyes were brimming with tears while she watched firefighters struggling to put out the fire that destroyed her home on Wednesday morning in the Kebon Melati subdistrict, Central Jakarta. The 30-year-old mother, who is expecting her eighth baby in several days, lost everything in the fire. Helped by her mother Umayah, 55, she rescued her children from the fire that quickly spread from one house to another. Her husband, Umar Faruk, was still working at the nearby Tanah Abang market when the incident took place.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 July 2004 00:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Staying in Jakarta for almost 5 years now inspired me to scribble this experiences and I would like to share with my readers in this article.

Posted in General @ 20 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Djarum wins bid to manage Hotel Indonesia Indonesia's third largest cigarette company, PT Djarum, appears to have won a government contract to manage the legendary, state-owned Hotel Indonesia and Hotel Wisata in Central Jakarta for the next 30 years. Djarum is now the only contender after eight other bidders, including electronics producer PT Maspion Indonesia, withdrew at the last minute because they could or would not commit to spending around US$250 million to upgrade the rundown, loss-making hotels.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 October 2003 00:01 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


Evi, not her real name, fell down the stairs. Or, maybe she was hit by a motorbike while crossing the street. Her claims, however, cannot hide the fact that the young woman now lying in a clinic's examination bed was badly beaten by somebody.

Posted in Culture @ 29 July 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 30 years ago, there were no luxury hotels, spas or expensive restaurants in the present location of the exclusive resort area of Nusa Dua, or literarily means the two islets referring to the projections of big rocks in the middle of the white stretch of beaches. If you look up the map of Bali Island, you will find the Nusa Dua area, 30 kilometers south of Bali\'s provincial capital of Denpasar, in the bottom part of the map overlooking the Indonesian Ocean.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 May 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims, Christians rally joyfully in Ambon Thousands of Muslims and Christians mingled freely in a parade across the Maluku capital of Ambon on Thursday to express their happiness with and support for the recent peace accord, local leaders and residents said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 01 March 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three years ago, a petty dispute between a local and two migrants in the Ambon capital of Maluku degenerated into a full-scale sectarian riot which up to this year has killed 9,000 people and forced more than 500,000 people out of their homes.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 23 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The presidential palace complex has been witness to momentous changes in the country's history, and the changing of the guard of the highest powers in the land. But while the powers that be may come and go, it seems that some "residents" stay put no matter what. This is the 78th article in our series on Old Batavia. If Dutchman J.A. van Braam, the first owner of what is today the present presidential palace complex, were still alive, he could see that his former home is now an abode for supernatural creatures.

Posted in Culture @ 02 September 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stumbles from crisis to crisis under President Wahid and the one person with the clout and popular support to replace him prefers to sit in the wings. What makes Megawati so static?

Posted in Politics @ 22 August 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Most railway stations in Jakarta still have their original Dutch architecture, it is just sometimes difficult to detect because of the generally poor condition of the stations. This 81st article on old Batavia looks at the history of rail travel in the city. The state railway company might be advised to follow the practice of its Dutch predecessors in averting bad luck and accidents.

Posted in History @ 06 July 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stumbles from crisis to crisis under President Wahid and the one person with the clout and popular support to replace him prefers to sit in the wings. What makes Megawati so static?

Posted in Politics @ 10 April 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dolar, dolar, dolar !!! - I can imagine very well, the shouting of traders in Rupiah and 'Dolar Amerika Serikat', the US Greenback. Not in the JSX, where 16 people got killed last year, but just in the streets, at markets downtown Jakarta and far outside. People who can afford to buy foreign money actually will, those who cant, are already too late. The Rupiah tipped 11,500 to the US$ before BI(1 intervened, and two days after we are seeing levels around and just below the 10,000 mark. That's still dramatically below levels that were targeted by the Indonesian government for the economical year 2001, which lasts to 31 december 2001.

Posted in Politics @ 15 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From his grief-gouged eyes to the way he presses his hands together to stop them from shaking, it's clear that if Syamsudin Noor makes it through the next few weeks, he is still a dead man inside. Syamsudin has pushed through a crowd of fellow refugees to tell his story, describing in patient detail how a visitation of almost unimaginable brutality destroyed his remote village of Sangai in Indonesia's Kalimantan province. "All my children, my grandchildren were killed," he mourns. "They cut off their heads and then cut them up and took them away to eat. There were a lot of Madurese in Sangai. Now 95% of us are dead."

Posted in Violence @ 10 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A story that I wrote a long time ago, but I never finished. Right now I finished it, and the texts that dates back from August 2000, I didn't change. Some information ( personal that is ) is already outdated, unfortunately.

Posted in Travel @ 05 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mass demonstrations today Around one hundred thousand supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) plan to stage a grand meeting and demonstration themed " Aspirations of the Jember People" at the town square in Jember, East Java, today. The ulemas and religion`s figures will pray for the country currently suffering unabated political disturbance caused by the actions of the political elite to prioritize their respective group`s interests. Deputy chairman of the organizing team, Abdul Muis, said this meeting will provide `concrete evidence` that Jember people are consistent in supporting Abdurrahman Wahid as Indonesia`s President until 2004. He said that Wahid is the constitutionally chosen President. As such, if unconstitutionally ousted from power in the middle of his term, the action will destroy the basic system of the country.

Posted in Protests @ 13 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur in E.Java, supporters plan more protests Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid or Gus Dur flew into his political heartland of East Java on Friday to try to calm fanatical supporters who said they plan to continue their increasingly violent protests. The Muslim cleric made no comment on arrival in the provincial capital Surabaya, and headed straight for Pasuruan, about 735 km (480 miles) east of Jakarta and stronghold of a huge Islamic organisation founded by his grandfather.

Posted in Protests @ 09 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The deadly Christmas and New Year bombings in Indonesia and Manila, which killed 40 people and left hundreds injured, have Indonesians and Filipinos puzzled. Is radical Islam, they wonder, entering a dangerous new phase in Southeast Asia? Or is Islamic militancy, as police investigators and analysts now seem convinced, merely a convenient cover for politically powerful rivals bent on using terror campaigns in their struggle for supremacy?

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