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Indonesia will raise aviation safety standards The government, through the transportation ministry, will raise its aviation safety standards from category II to category I based on the guidelines set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Posted in Travel @ 13 November 2014 18:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia aims for economic growth of 5.6% in 2015 The government has proposed an economic growth of 5.6 percent in the Draft 2015 State Budget, considering the improvement in economic fundamentals and economic stability as well as conducive external factors.

Posted in Economy @ 16 August 2014 00:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Chief justice pledges court would not bow to any pressure Chairman of the Constitutional Court Hamdan Zoelva pledges that the Court would handle the case of election dispute on facts and it would not bow to any pressure. "No pressure from state agencies, political parties, mass organizations or demonstrators could have its effect on the Court," the chief justice said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Elections @ 05 August 2014 23:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia demands trial of party responsible for MH17 tragedy Indonesia demands trial of the party responsible for the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight downed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday (July 17), Indonesias Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Desra Percaya stated.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 July 2014 10:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Satinah`s task force deplores minister`s statement The Head of Task Force to free Satinah, Muhammad Maftuh Basyuni, stated that he was deplored by Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandars statement, accusing his team of unprofessionalism.

Posted in Crime @ 16 April 2014 13:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nasdem supports Jokowi as presidential candidate The general chairman of the National Democrat (NasDem) party, Surya Paloh, said his party has agreed to merge with the Indonesia Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) and support PDIPs presidential candidate Joko Widodo.

Posted in Elections @ 12 April 2014 17:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry of industry issues policies to maintain growth The Ministry of Industry has issued a package of policies to maintain the growth of national industries affected by current financial market conditions and the rupiah depreciation.

Posted in Economy @ 28 August 2013 17:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government to boost economic growth to six percent The Indonesian government is keen to boost economic growth to six percent amid the global economic meltdown, said Finance Minister Chatib Basri.

Posted in Economy @ 12 August 2013 16:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kontras calls for protection for minority shiite community An outspoken non-governmental organization (NGO) urges the government to provide protection for the minority Shiite community who has been forced to flee their villages to live in refugee camps after a bloody conflict with non Shiite Muslim community in Sampang, Madura, East Java Province.

Posted in Religion @ 10 July 2013 11:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Better sanitation awareness needed in Indonesia Indonesian First Lady Ani Yudhoyono has called for a better public awareness concerning sanitation in Indonesia. "The President and I have paid a lot of attention to the sanitation development. This is serious problem facing many nations in the world," the First Lady said when receiving participants of the National Sanitation Jamboree at the State Palace, here, on Friday.

Posted in General @ 28 June 2013 13:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


DPR guarantees Autonomy Status of Maluku southernmost islands The House of Representatives` Commission II overseeing local governments and regional autonomy, guarantees the expansion of Maluku`s Southernmost Islands autonomy to separate from Southwest Maluku (MBD) district.

Posted in General @ 28 March 2013 11:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Defense minister assures no coup to happen Defense minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro weighed in over coup rumor here on Friday saying that it would never happen.

Posted in Military @ 22 March 2013 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sky Aviation touts safety at Sukhoi Superjet unveiling Indonesian airline Sky Aviation assured the public that the Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 is safe during a press conference unveiling the first of 12 planes purchased by the small domestic airline on Thursday.

Posted in Travel @ 28 February 2013 13:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bulog ready to distribute rice to Riau flood victims The branch of the state logistics board (Bulog) in Riau province said it is ready to distribute rice for flood victims in several districts in Riau and Riau Islands provinces. "We are waiting for an order from the regional administrations to start extending the relief aid for the victims," Riau Bulog spokesman Saiful said here on Monday.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 February 2013 20:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US $1.56 billion for modernization Indonesian Army The Indonesian Army will have Rp14 trillion (US$1.56 billion) to buy its main equipment of weapons system this year. "That is the amount approved by the House of Representatives for the army to buy new weapons," Army Chief of Staff General Pramono Edhie Wibowo said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Military @ 13 February 2013 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt has no right to ban women from working abroad The government has no right to ban Indonesian women from working abroad but rather it must protect them against any work risk wherever they are employed, according to the Indonesian Migrant Workers Placement Agencies Association (Himsataki).

Posted in General @ 12 February 2013 10:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to divert ciliwung river flow to control flood The government plans to build a waterway to divert excess Ciliwung river flow to the East Flood Control Canal(KBT) to reduce flooding in the capital city in the future, according to Djoko Kirmanto. The public works minister said here on Monday the cost of the project was estimated at around Rp500 billion.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2013 21:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No guarantee for flood-free Jakarta The Jakarta regional government cannot guarantee that the capital city will be free from floods after the completion of the river restoration project in 2017-18, according to a minister.

Posted in Flooding @ 27 December 2012 08:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilinks opens route Jakarta - Padang The Indonesian airline Citilink, daughter company of Garuda Indonesia, has opened a new route on November 23, 2012, Jakarta - Padang - Jakarta. Departure from Jakarta is at 17:00 local time and from Padang at 19:25 local time. Citilink offers daily flights on this route.

Posted in Travel @ 26 November 2012 02:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey: 'Most Indonesians agree to have nuclear power plant' A latest survey shows that the majority of Indonesians agree with plan to develop nuclear energy to better guarantee power supply in the country.

Posted in Power supply @ 23 November 2012 16:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 3 reactions


Landslide forces Jakarta - Bogor trains to a halt Indonesian state-owned railroad company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) has announced that the commuter trains between Jakarta and Bogor will not operate for the time being after a large landslide caused the double track to sink. Trains from Jakarta will only run until Depok train station just south of Jakarta.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 November 2012 12:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia needs to increase its military strength Former Indonesian military chief retired Gen. Endriartono Sutarto said the country needs to modernize its military equipment to protect its sovereignty. The country needs to have a strong military to command respect from other countries, Sutarto said here on Sunday.

Posted in Military @ 18 November 2012 17:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Train for female passengers between Jakarta and Bogor The state railway company has operated an electric commuter train specially for female and child passengers between Bogor and Jakarta. "It is good, we feel safe without men in the train," Tia Renjani, one of the passengers said before departing from Bogor to her working place in Jakarta on Monday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 October 2012 21:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police guarantee security of foreign embassies The Indonesian police have guaranteed the security of foreign embassies in Indonesia, according to National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo.

Posted in Protests @ 21 September 2012 20:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US closes embassy, offices close in anticipation of rallies The US Embassy in Jakarta, the US Consulate General in Surabaya, the American Presence Post in Medan, the US Consular Agency in Bali and the US Mission to ASEAN have been closed on Friday, in anticipation of rallies.

Posted in Politics @ 21 September 2012 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer: 'Bounty for arrest of president baseless' The bounty offered by separatist group Free West Papua Movement for the arrest of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his October visit to Britain has no legal basis, according to an observer.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2012 22:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two tourists drown, 2 missing at Palabuhanratu beach Two local tourists have died and two others are missing, and are expected to have drowned at sea while visiting the Palabuhanratu beach of Sukabumi in West Java during the Idul Fitr holiday, a rescuer said on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 August 2012 19:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia guarantees food stocks, prices during Idul Fitri The government will guarantee the availability of food stocks, as well as ensure their prices remain reasonable during the post-fasting Idul Fitr festival, a minister said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 August 2012 18:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'No need to worry about Leopard purchase plan' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesians need not worry about the government`s plan to purchase leopard tanks from Germany because the tanks would only be used for defense purposes.

Posted in Military @ 10 July 2012 17:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


All Indonesian workers to be repatriated from Syria Minister of Manpower and Transmigration Muhaimin Iskandar has called for the repatriation of all Indonesian migrant workers from Syria in the wake of escalating political conflict in the Arab country.

Posted in Violence @ 19 June 2012 14:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Candidate: 'Cops should stand up to anti-Gaga groups' Jakarta gubernatorial candidate Faisal Basri is calling on police to stand up against aggressive organizations threatening violence over US singer Lady Gaga’s concert in the capital.

Posted in Politics @ 24 May 2012 04:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PGN raises industry gas price to US$10.13 State-owned gas distributor firm PGN has decided to raise the price of gas for industry by 49 percent from US$6.8 to US$10.13 per million British thermal unit (mmbtu) beginning on May 1, 2012, the PGN secretary said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 May 2012 16:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to use military aircraft to carry logistics to Papua The government will deploy military and police aircraft to transport logistics to Papua since Susi Air and Trigana Air are not yet operating following a recent shooting at Mulia airport.

Posted in General @ 19 April 2012 16:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights body to field monitoring team in Aceh The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) plans to field four teams to monitor the people of Aceh in exercising their rights in the governor and district head elections in the province on April 9.

Posted in Elections @ 08 April 2012 20:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fresh water investment plan for Bali The government of Bali via the Bali Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM-Bali) is offering a number of fresh water supply infrastructure projects in four regencies/cities in Bali worth an estimated value of Rp. 1.305 trillion (US$145 million).

Posted in Health @ 05 April 2012 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


MP asks 'fuel price' protesters not to vandalize public property An Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) lawmaker has asked the people not to vandalize public property while holding rallies against the government`s plan to raise fuel prices.

Posted in Politics @ 24 March 2012 05:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Organda demands conversion kit safety guarantee The Organization of Land Transportation Operators (Organda) has asked for the safety guarantee of converter kits to be used in public transport.

Posted in Economy @ 23 March 2012 08:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious figures: 'Diversity brings harmony in Indonesia' Thousands of religious congregation representatives in Indonesia gathered at Nusantara Hall of Parliamentary Building in Jakarta on Sunday to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week 2012 with the theme Diversity Creates Harmony in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 13 February 2012 01:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


95 Indonesians to be deported from US after 20 years Ninety-five Indonesian citizens living in Garrison City, New Hampshire, USA, are to be deported because their stay permits have expired. In view of the prospect, the government had urged the citizens to abide by the rules existing in the foreign country.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 February 2012 07:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's halal food exports increasing Export of halal Indonesian food commodities to many Muslim and non-Muslim countries such as Japan, China and Singapore has increased. According to Trade Ministry data, halal Indonesian food exports to Japan was up 25 percent, to China and Singapore 23 percent higher.

Posted in Religion @ 18 January 2012 00:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Amnesty Int'l urges Indonesia to protect Shiite minority Amnesty International has urged the Indonesian government to provide protection for hundreds of Shiites who have been forced to return to their village in East Java after being evicted from their homes in Madura by an anti-Shiite mob.

Posted in Religion @ 16 January 2012 07:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia threatens to cut BlackBerry data service The Indonesian government has threatened to shut down BlackBerry data services in the country because the smartphone's manufacturer "has not been cooperative," a local newspaper reported on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2011 01:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hasyim: 'Money behind idea of hajj privatization' Former chairman of Indonesia`s largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Hasyim Muzadi said money consideration had been behind the idea of privatization of hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Religion @ 08 December 2011 13:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Cabinet Secretary promises solution for Yasmin church Cabinet Secretary Dipo Alam says he met last week with representatives of GKI Taman Yasmin church in Bogor, West Java, in a dialogue to settle the dispute surrounding the much-protested ban on the church's activities.

Posted in Religion @ 05 December 2011 10:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abraham Samad elected new KPK chief Abraham Samad was elected as the new chief of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for the period 2011-2015 here on Friday. Samad won 43 votes out of 56 from members of the House of Representatives` Commission III, defeating present KPK chief Busyro Muqoddas and other candidates.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 December 2011 06:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Marzuki: 'US military base to affect regional stability' House of Representatives (DPR) Speaker Marzuki Alie said the presence of a US military base in Australia will definitely affect the stability the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) has been nurturing in the region.

Posted in Politics @ 24 November 2011 01:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to host 2012 D-8 ministerial meeting Indonesia on Wednesday was appointed as host of the third Developing-8 (D-8) Ministerial Meeting, which is scheduled to take place in 2012.

Posted in Politics @ 18 May 2011 16:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia negotiates release of 22 hostages with Somali pirates Indonesia on Monday said it is negotiating with Somali pirates to release 22 Indonesian sailors who were taken hostage during an attack last month.

Posted in Crime @ 11 April 2011 15:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six people killed in religious clash in Indonesia Six followers of a minority sect declared heretical by the government died after clashing with about 1,000 Muslims in Indonesia's West Java province of Banten on Sunday, state-run news agency Antara reported.

Posted in Religion @ 06 February 2011 16:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Soldiers sentenced to prison for torturing Papuan men Three Indonesian soldiers on Monday were sentenced to prison for torturing two Papuan men after videos surfaced in YouTube, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Crime @ 24 January 2011 17:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatran tiger population less than 30 in Way Kambas park Indonesia's critically endangered Sumatran tiger's population has reduced to less than 30 in the Way Kambas National Park, local media reported Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 19 January 2011 08:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Independent coalition demands politicians out of election commission A coalition of non-governmental organizations on Thursday demanded the Indonesian House of Representatives to cancel the membership of politicians for the General Elections Commissions (KPU), citing conflicts of interest.

Posted in Politics @ 26 November 2010 03:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ash rains Mount Merapi reach Solo Ash rains originating from the Mount Merapi volcano mixed with normal rain reached the city of Solo in the afternoon yesterday. The ash, originating from the most recent eruption of the volcano around 15:30 local time yesterday, forced the airport of Adi Soemarmo near Solo to close down for an hour.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 November 2010 00:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Road near Sidoarjo mud flow to be raised The main thoroughfare in Porong, closed several times already because of mud from the mud volcano nearby, will be raised with some 80 centimeters to avoid future problems with mud flowing onto the road. A stretch of road with a length of one kilometer will be raised as soon as possible.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 07 May 2010 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More flights available on ticketindonesia.info Starting today, some 1,000 flights more are available for booking via the website ticketindonesia.info. On this website, you can book tickets for domestic flights against the price set by airlines, enabling you to plan your travels across the archipelago. After an update, some 1,000 flights of Garuda Indonesia have been added. Most of them are flights with one transit.

Posted in Travel @ 04 April 2010 10:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Democrats: 'Being gay in Indonesia is a Constitutional right' Politicians from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party have finally come into action by unlawful actions against gay and lesbians in the country. Although their actions seem too little too late, they are clear that that gays and lesbians have the constitutional right to hold a congress wherever and whenever they wish.

Posted in Religion @ 26 March 2010 08:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia out of race to host World Championship 2022 Indonesia is no longer participating in the race to host the World Championship Soccer in 2022. The FIFA has announced this after the Indonesian government failed to comply to regulations. According to the FIFA, Indonesia has not submitted a number of documents, among them are letters of guarantee.

Posted in Sports @ 20 March 2010 01:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bishop: 'Islam terrorises minorities' The majority of Muslems in Indonesia terrorizes religious minorities like Christians. The local authorities have the obligation to guarantee that minorities are free in expression of their religion, but that doesn't stop Muslems from forcing their rules onto them. These words were spoken by bishop Johannes Pujasumarta of West Java when he was interviewed by the Catholic press agency AsaiaNews.

Posted in Religion @ 11 February 2010 13:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Still more problems with power on Bali Despite earlier assurances that repairs were completed on the Gilmanuk sub-station and that Bali's frequent blackouts were at an end, state-owned power company (PLN) Officials have once again had to make the embarrassing admission that power blackouts are back for at least the short term due to new mechanical problems.

Posted in Power supply @ 01 February 2010 01:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


How does Noordin M. Top look today? It has become clear to the Indonesian police force that terrorists in hiding are not that easy to catch. Noordin M. Top, Southeast Asia's number one searched for terrorist, was not killed in a police raid last week, but is still on the run, as he has been for the last seven years of his live.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 August 2009 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BlackBerry to be banned from Indonesia? Hard to imagine that Indonesia will have to do it without new BlackBerry smartphones as early as next month. With almost one million units told in recent years - most of them in 2009 - the Indonesian government demanded that the owners of BlackBerry, Research in Motion (RIM) opens a service center in Indonesia. Guarantee cards and manuals should also be in the Indonesian language if distributed in Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 24 July 2009 04:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Everyday is demonstration day in Jakarta Every single day - maybe excluded of some religious holidays - is demonstration day in Jakarta. The city will never be free of mid-afternoon demonstrations on high-profile locations because of all those demonstrations in one day. But the problem is, that most of those demonstrations consist of a group of less than 50 people, often paid to join their little demonstration to make it look big and have their pictures taken for a local newspaper.

Posted in Protests @ 24 July 2009 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreigners dead after drinking poisonous rice wine Holidaymakers in Bali have been given a grim warning: avoid traditional rice and palm wine on the Indonesian resort island or face an agonising death. At least 25 people have been killed in the past week, including four foreign tourists, after a batch of the liquor, known as arak, was heavily cut with methanol.

Posted in Health @ 03 June 2009 06:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; Dragonfly Along one of the main streets of Jakarta is the anonymous Graha BIP, a office building like others along the same street. It is just a little stroll to the Kartika Chandra Hotel and the offices of government agencies like LIPI and BKPM are just around the corner as well. No clear indication that the basement of Graha BIP is home to a place that is currently known as Dragonfly.

Posted in Nightlife @ 13 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal alcohol and counterfeit custom stamps seized Bali's Custom and Excise Officers have conducted a raid on a warehouse in Bali confiscating thousands of bottles of imported wine and alcohol. The raid, conducted in April 16, 2009, uncovered nearly 550 cases of alcohol containing over 5,600 bottles. Also discovered by customs officials were a quantity of counterfeit custom stickers.

Posted in Crime @ 29 April 2009 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Automatic gates to be installed on Jakarta Busway lane The Jakarta Transportation Board is preparing steps to put automated gates at the recently opened Busway route Lebak Bulus - Harmoni. These gates will be the same as those installed on the second Busway route Pulogadung - Harmoni. The gates have to be installed to prevent other road users using the reserved bus-lanes on the route. "People have to learn that," said Riza Hasyim, vice-president of the Jakarta Transportation Board.

Posted in General @ 06 March 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Pertamina fuel depot in Jakarta burns down State oil and gas company PT Pertamina`s public relations officer Wianda Pusponegoro has said reports were still not available on the cause of the fire at one of the company`s fuel storage tanks in Plumpang village in North Jakarta. "We are still trying to find the cause of the fire," Wianda told on Sunday night.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 January 2009 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla orders extension of runway at Yogyakarta airport Vice-President Jusuf Kalla has ordered the Minister of Transport, Jusman Syafii Djamal, and the director of Indonesian airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I, Bambang Darwoto, to speed up the extension of the runway at Yogyakarta International Airport Adi Sucipto. Kalla hopes that at the end of the year the airport can be used to receive big airplanes so that the number of tourists will increase.

Posted in General @ 18 January 2009 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia stocks fall as government raises bank guarantee The Indonesian stock-exchange fell by 5 percent at the reopening of trade on Monday after a three-day halt, despite the government increasing the bank guarantee to help restore investor confidence in the economy amid the global financial market crisis. Finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawai announced that the government would extend the bank guarantee deposit from 100 million rupiah (7.500 euro) up to 2 billion rupiah (150.000 euro).

Posted in Economy @ 14 October 2008 08:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Investors dropped US$41 billion in Indonesia jobs Twenty-one foreign and domestic investors cancelled their plans to set up oil refineries in Indonesia worth a total US$41.4 billion approved by the government in the period 1994 - 2000. The oil refineries were supposed to be built on Java island, Aceh province, and Riau on Sumatra island, Kalimantan, and West Nusa Tenggara province, said Muhammad Nadjib, deputy chief for investment development at the Capital Investment Board (BKPM).

Posted in General @ 23 August 2008 04:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More fuel price hikes can not be ruled out The Indonesian government can not rule out any new fuel price hikes before the presidential elections in 2009. This was said by Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. The current fuel subsidies have a big impact on the state budget, which should be reduced. The government raised fuel prices of subsidized fuels with almost 30 percent last month, which sparked protests throughout the country.

Posted in General @ 03 June 2008 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans Islamic Ahmadiyah sect Indonesia's Attorney General has banned a controversial Islamic sect from practising in the country. But the government has stopped short of disbanding the Ahmadiyah sect altogether.

Posted in Religion @ 18 April 2008 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Day and night at the alun-alun in Malang During the last year I regularly brought a visit to Malang. There I visited a Dutch friend who had stayed in Indonesia some years more than I did, and please read that 'some' as a big understatement. It doesn't really matter in fact, however someone who has lived here for so many years can be a huge source of information about many subjects. He sure is for me at least. Every once in a while I can learn from specific situations which still make me go 'huh?'. Outside that I like to spend some of my time there at a somewhat crowded place. Like in many cities and villages that is the central square or alun-alun. Often a nice place to submerge yourself entirely in the local situation and current events.

Posted in Travel @ 22 December 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lodaya Malam to Bandung, trains run on time It is half past two in the afternoon on a warm Tuesday afternoon at the start of the wet monsoon. No guarantee for rain however, it has been strange weather for over a week now in Yogyakarta and elsewhere in Java it seems to be more of the same. The wind blows from the wrong direction I was told. Maybe that is just good, because that would mean I could have a dry trip to Bandung. However using the train is less reliable on the weather than flying, it is still prone to various delays.

Posted in Travel @ 06 December 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Between volcanoes There are those period in which the normal life gets a little bit more exciting. It is mainly the many volcanoes which show off at the most strange times and can cause the most strange events. In the middle of 2006 it was the Mount Merapi volcano which caused people to flee it's slopes with an outflow of lava and some lahar (hot or cold mud flows with volcanic rocks), right now I am virtually half way between the Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait and the Mount Kelud volcano in eastern Java.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freehold land title for foreigners in Bali Foreigners trying to obtain a freehold title on land in Indonesia should note that current law is clear in both its letter and intent: namely, foreigners cannot directly hold freehold title on Indonesian land.

Posted in General @ 12 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Indonesia: 'bird flu medicine before sharing samples' Indonesia has confirmed it will not cooperate with the World Health Organisation (WHO) by sharing live samples of the bird flu virus until it has guarantees that they will get access to affordable drugs to fight the disease. The WHO has accused Indonesia of putting the world at risk by failing to share the live samples. Indonesia currently has the highest number of deaths related to the disease in the world.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 12 August 2007 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The quiet kampung; the daily life It is a very normal Thursday afternoon when I sit down on the veranda. A light rain shower crosses my path here after a long and humid day on which it didn't want to raining the first place. The rain was not enough to clean the humid air and so tomorrow will be another of those warm and slow days. Last year the wet season only lasted until the middle of March, but now there is still rain on a regular base. Not a changing climate, but just a slight change in ocean temperatures. As far as on the other side of the world this impacts tropical areas as well, because weather here isn't that monotonous as it looks like when you see those holiday pictures with a blue sky. For sure there is much sun, but there are clouds as well and rain of course, even during the dry season. Maybe it's just a different type of rain, more light instead of a complete tropical downpour.

Posted in Travel @ 08 June 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia: H5N1 samples going to WHO again Indonesia's health minister announced today at the World Health Organization's (WHO's) annual meeting that the country has resumed sending H5N1 avian influenza virus samples to the WHO, appearing to end a 5-month standoff over developing countries' access to vaccines. "I am pleased to announce to all of you that Indonesia has resumed sending its H5N1 specimens to the WHO collaborating center in Tokyo," Siti Fadilah Supari said at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, according to a Reuters report.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 May 2007 02:58 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


Mudflow victims agree to compensation payment arrangement Residents of the housing complex Tanggulangin Anggun Sejahtera I whose properties have been flooded by mud from the Lapindo drilling well in Sidoarjo, East Java, have agreed to accept the compensation payment arrangements as offered by the government. The residents initially demanded 100 percent payment of all costs in one payment, but now they accepted an initial 20 percent payment and the remaining 80 percent in April 2008.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 01 May 2007 12:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'Promise before sharing bird flu virus samples again' Children rarely die from measles or other easy to prevent diseases in the West, but the developing world often has to do it without lifesaving drugs and vaccines. Will access to eventual bird flu remedies be any different? That's the question that Indonesia is asking while refusing to share it's H5N1 bird flu samples with the World Health Organization (WHO) . It will continue to do so until it gets a guarantee that it will obtain vaccines if a pandemic breaks out.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 26 March 2007 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: free political prisoners in Papua At least 18 Papuans are serving sentences in Indonesian jails simply for peaceful acts of freedom of expression and opinion, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Such imprisonment violates international law and Indonesia's international legal obligations. The 42-page report, "Protest and Punishment: Political Prisoners in Papua," documents how the Indonesian government continues to use the criminal law to punish individuals who peacefully advocate for independence in the eastern Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Irian Jaya (hereafter referred to as Papua). All the prisoners have been convicted for treason or spreading hatred against the government, for nonviolent activities such as flag-raising, or attendance at peaceful meetings on self-determination options for Papua.

Posted in Human rights @ 22 February 2007 04:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia withholds vital bird flu data Indonesia, the country worst hit by the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, has stopped sharing human genetic samples of the highly pathogenic illness with foreign laboratories, raising fears it could slow international efforts to prepare for a pandemic. Officials say Indonesia stopped providing samples internationally last month, hindering efforts to confirm whether the virus killing its citizens is H5N1 and limiting production of vaccines to help prevent its spread.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 February 2007 00:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Jakarta poultry ban implemented The capital of Indonesia has been cleared of all domestic poultry in the government's efforts to manage bird flu that has claimed a total of 63 human deaths, almost a third of the world's total. Authorities conducted door-to-door checks to implement the prohibition of raising domestic poultry.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 03 February 2007 02:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shares predicted to continue strong gains in 2007 Jakarta's main stock index is set for further heady gains this year, supported by improving economic conditions, firm commodity prices and subdued inflation which should give corporate earnings a boost, encouraging fresh capital into the sharemarket, analysts said. They are picking a gain of between 16-43 pct, after last year's 55 pct surge, which saw the composite index repeatedly setting new records to finish 2006 at an all-time high of 1,805.522 points.

Posted in Economy @ 09 January 2007 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Indonesia to grab 60,000 jobs in South Korea Indonesia has a great opportunity to grab around 60,000 jobs offered by the South Korean government in the sectors of industry, manucfacturing, construction, agriculture, fishery and stock breeding. The placement of workers in South Korea is currently not done by Indonesian labour recruitment agencies, but directly by the manpower and transmigration ministries of the two countries as stipulated in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on October 29, 2006.

Posted in Economy @ 13 December 2006 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Banker predicts Indonesia's economy continue grow in 2007 A banker has predicted that Indonesia`s economy would continue to grow in 2007 following the lowering six times of Bank Indonesia`s reference rate by 250 base points and the active expansion of banking credits to customers. "The sign for improvement in Indonesia`s economy has been seen since the second quarter of this year with the falling of Bank Indonesia`s interest rate and that of the banking credits," Gunawan Geniusahardja, a commissioner of PT PermataBank, said here on Tuesday after presenting a public expose on subbordinate bonds of PermataBank.

Posted in Economy @ 14 November 2006 15:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


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

Posted in Economy @ 31 October 2006 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What Indonesia can learn from Thai military coup Politics in new democracies like Thailand has always sprung surprises. While Prime Minister Thaksin Sinawatra visited New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Thai army chief Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin led a bloodless coup and declared himself the temporary prime minister. It is interesting to observe that the coup did not spark social unrest, as if it were business as usual. On top of that, the tacit endorsement of revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej was a crucial factor behind the smooth process of the coup.

Posted in Politics @ 05 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightspots told to 'respect' Ramadhan A band of 70 public order officers will patrol the capital to ensure nightspots and entertainment centers comply with an order to adjust their operating hours during the Ramadhan fasting month. Agency head Hariyanto Badjoeri said his office distributed a circular from the City Tourism Agency to the management of entertainment centers and nightspots in the capital earlier this month.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 September 2006 14:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Stop abusive forced evictions of urban poor in Jakarta The Jakarta regional government has been forcibly evicting tens of thousands of the capital's urban poor from their homes, often leaving them homeless and destitute, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The 115-page report, "Condemned Communities: Forced Evictions in Jakarta," describes the government's excessive use of force to clear out urban slums.

Posted in Human rights @ 07 September 2006 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


City told to focus on monorail, not turnpike With the government issuing a letter guaranteeing its support for the monorail project, activists and experts called on the city administration Friday to focus on the project rather than a plan to build six inner city turnpikes. Tubagus Haryo Karbyanto of the Jakarta Environment Caucus said the support from the central government meant the administration needed to prioritize the construction of secure and comfortable mass transportation rather than building turnpikes, which would only worsen Jakarta's traffic conditions.

Posted in General @ 23 August 2006 04:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pancasila values must be implemented Belief in one supreme God, humanism, national unity, consultative democracy and social justice. These five principles came into the minds of Indonesia's founding fathers when they discussed the country's ideology. The five principles later became what we now know as Pancasila or the five pillars.

Posted in Politics @ 09 July 2006 13:33 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


Australia sends envoy to repair Indonesia ties Australia's top diplomat will visit Jakarta this week to try and ease tensions with Indonesia caused by Australia's decision to grant refugee visas to 42 Papuans who fled Indonesia in an outrigger canoe. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said his country's relationship with Australia should be reviewed following the decision, but Prime Minister John Howard on Tuesday said Australia had no reason to apologise for its policies.

Posted in Politics @ 18 April 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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