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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 has no child protection system in place Child abuse cases continue to increase in Indonesia as it does not yet have an effective child protection management system to handle crimes on juveniles, noted the National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA).

Posted in General @ 24 October 2014 18:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto: 'Time for Indonesians to make changes' It is time for Indonesia to move towards becoming a progressive nation under the guidance of an ethical leader, noted Peoples Conscience (Hanura) party leader Wiranto.

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2014 18:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI Chief arrives in China for five days working visit Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) Chief General Moeldoko arrived in Beijing on Monday for a five-day working visit to China, according to the country's defense attach here, Colonel Navy Samuel Kowaas.

Posted in Military @ 25 February 2014 14:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Borobudur temple expected to be fully opened soon Borobudur temple, the worlds largest Buddhist temple located in central Java, is expected to be fully opened next week as the cleaning up work of the temple from Mount Keluds ash has reached 80 percent.

Posted in Culture @ 23 February 2014 13:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rescue team searches for seven Japanese missing The Denpasar Search and Rescue (SAR) team is searching for seven Japanese tourists who went missing in the waters off the Nusa Lembongan Island, Klungkung Regency, an official said here on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 15 February 2014 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military to have Apache combat helicopters The Indonesian army will be strengthened with 8 units of AH-64 Apache AH-64 combat helicopter, Army Chief of Staff General Budiman said. The helicopters would be delivered by phases starting next year until 2017, Budiman said here on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 24 January 2014 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Free tourist bus tours for Jakarta visitors The Jakarta Tourism Agency welcomed the arrival of five double-decker tour buses Monday night as the capital, long listed as a sight best left unseen on a visit to Indonesia, began an aggressive push to double the number of foreign tourists visiting the city.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 January 2014 06:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia eyeing Russian submarines The Indonesian military (TNI) chief Gen. Moeldoko, confirmed that TNI is studying the possibility of strengthening its submarine fleet with Russian Kilo Class submarines. "Currently we are still studying and calculating the plan to strengthen our defense in the water territory.

Posted in Military @ 29 December 2013 16:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven dead in tourist bus crash in Bali Seven people, including five foreign tourists, were found dead near Pecatu area, Badung district, Bali, after the tourist bus in which they get into fall to a 20-meters deep of valley here on Monday afternoon.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 November 2013 08:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to launch a three-digit rocket in 2013 Indonesia is planning to launch a three-digit rocket, with a range of 100km to 900km, to strengthen its artillery system. Indonesia is planning to launch the rocket next year.

Posted in Military @ 27 December 2012 19:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Closing illegal online travel agents almost impossible As part of a growing dialogue on illegal online travel agents (OTA) in Bali, Bisnis Bali reports that trying to curb such operations won’t be an easy task.

Posted in Travel @ 01 December 2012 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Power outages hit Ngurah Rai airport Public service at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport was disrupted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at 2:20 pm when a power interruption left most of the airport in the dark.The Wednesday power outage followed a similar power failure on Monday, two days earlier.

Posted in Power supply @ 01 December 2012 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


ASITA: 'illegal guides, agencies cause loses' Illegal travel agencies, illegal guides and illegal accommodation providers are depicted as a natural outcome of the increasingly competitive environment within Bali’s tourism industry.

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


Implementation of Bali smoking ban too slow A survey conducted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at starred hotels in Kuta carried out by provincial enforcement officers (Satpol PP-Bali) and working units of the provincial government (SKPD) revealed that most properties have yet to implement the Smoke-Free-Law of 2011 in their public areas.

Posted in Health @ 29 September 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Unlicensed guides cause poor service level Illegal and unlicensed guides operating in Bali are being cited as the cause of poor service to visitors coming to the island that results in damage to the destination’s reputation.

Posted in Tourism @ 23 September 2012 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police find explosives during Depok house raid Personnel from anti-terror police force and Jakarta police office found stocks of explosives while raiding a house in Bojong Gede, Depok district, West Java, on Monday morning.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 September 2012 00:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police declare Toriq terrorist Jakarta Metropolitan Police (Polda Metro Jaya) have confirmed that Muhammad Toriq, a 30-year-old man who has been absconding ever since the police found a half-finished home-made bomb at a house in Tambora, West Jakarta, on Wednesday afternoon (September 6), is a terrorist.

Posted in Terrorism @ 06 September 2012 14:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bappenas: 'Number of child workers still high' The number of child workers in Indonesia is still high because of poverty, according to National Development Planning Minister Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana. Armida stated that she would incorporate the child worker issue into the country`s poverty eradication program.

Posted in Crime @ 20 June 2012 16:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Attention needed for tsunami early warning system The Acehnese government has said that the tsunami early warning system, which has been installed in a coastal area, needs special attention for improvements in the future.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 April 2012 12:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police shoot dead two suspected terrorists Police have shot dead two suspected terrorists at Pondok Aren in the southwestern outskirts of Jakarta. "True, we have shot dead two terrorist suspects and arrested two others," Chief of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Insp Gen Untung S Rajab confirmed on Friday night.

Posted in Terrorism @ 31 March 2012 14:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry of Justice denies receiving funds from US Justice and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin has categorically denied an allegation his ministry had received Rp1 trillion in funds from the United States to allow the latter to interrogate Indonesian prison inmates.

Posted in Politics @ 16 February 2012 02:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More violence in Bounty Discotheque Following the shooting of a security guard at the Santa Fe Café on December 5, 2011 , violence has once again occurred on the streets of Kuta.

Posted in Violence @ 19 December 2011 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda faces criticism for semi-naked breast checks Garuda Indonesia, the country\'s flag carrier, is facing strong criticism after reports claim it is conducting near-naked physical checks for South Korean flight attendant jobs, local media reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 24 August 2011 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Dutch tourist missing on Mount Agung on Bali A Dutch tourist and a local tour guide have been missing since Wednesday on Mount Agung on the Indonesian island of Bali's Karangasem district.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2011 14:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mbah Maridjan’s home now tourist attraction Mount Merapi’s deceased spiritual guardian Mbah Maridjan’s home in Kinahrejo hamlet in Sleman, Yogyakarta, has now become a tourist attraction. The remains of Mbah Maridjan’s house are currently one of the most visited attractions for tourists.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 January 2011 01:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt, religious leaders and UNICEF to promote breastfeeding As Indonesia commemorates national Mothers Day this week, influential leaders from the government and the country's religious community have come together with the support of UNICEF to promote the importance of breastfeeding.

Posted in Health @ 22 December 2010 20:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia as new Pakistan It seems to be very common these days that after every Friday and Sunday, there are messages in the Indonesian press in which the results of the criminal intolerance of a small group of severely mentally limited people have tarnished the Indonesian state-ideology once more.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 05:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors seek long sentences for suspected Aceh terrorists Indonesian prosecutors on Monday demanded jail sentences of as long as 12 years for the four suspected 'Al-Qaeda in Aceh' terrorists, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 December 2010 06:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian ambassador: PVV voters are terribly scared The Indonesian ambassador to the Netherlands. Yunus Effendi Habibie, has said that those who voted for the PVV (Freedom Party) may have contracted 'a terrible form of scaredness'. He also said that the Indonesian president would most likely not visit the Netherlands if the PVV was to form a cabinet. The Indonesian ambassador said this to the Dutch newspaper het Financieele Dagblad.

Posted in Politics @ 24 September 2010 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Repairing the road in between rainstorms The first evening and night in Pangandaran were rain-soaked. Fortunately it had become dry when the early morning had started, although the day started with a completely covered sky so the wet clothes from the night before did not dry quickly. Only when I saw the first neighbors arriving in a truck a little bit of sunshine started to break open the cloud cover.

Posted in Culture @ 20 May 2010 02:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali generates almost half of Indonesia foreign exchange Antara, the state-owned news agency, reports that Bali contributes Rp. 34 trillion (3.1 billion euro) or 45% of all foreign exchange earned nationally from tourism. This figure corresponds with the approximate 2 million Bali visitors from a national total of 6.4 million tourists in 2009.

Posted in Economy @ 19 May 2010 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A trip to Cagar Alam Pangandaran Still coughing from the drive home the night before I woke up quite early in the morning after being quite reluctant to get up this early. It was finally dry by now, but it kept on raining for quite some time especially for this time in May. Most people here do not complain about it though; although roads are not repaired yet the newly planted rice and such are growing rapidly in return.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 May 2010 09:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Even longer queues at Indonesian immigration Virtually every local paper in Bali is carrying news of the long delays being experienced by arriving passengers at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport where new Board Control Management (BCM) requirements have made an already long customs and immigration process even longer.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 May 2010 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Magazine: 'Bali airport one of the ugliest' It will not come a surprise to anyone who has travelled through Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport that Travel and Leisure magazine has named it one of the "12 Ugliest Airports in the World". The magazine's Karrie Jacobs contends that Bali's air gateway has "gone out of its way to acquire the uncanny placelessness that typifies the modern airport”.

Posted in Travel @ 25 February 2010 01:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visa-on-arrival can be extended as of January 26 Good news for travelers to Indonesia that did not pick up a visa on beforehand. The immigration office in Indonesia has announced yesterday that foreigners can extend their visa-on-arrival starting today. Visitors from a number of countries across the world are granted a visa-on-arrival which used to be valid for only 30 days, without the option to extend this, thus being forced out of the country to get a new visa.

Posted in Tourism @ 26 January 2010 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Child labor in Cirebon tea processing plant The Commission for the Protection of Children in Indonesia (KPAI) has reported the owner of PT Hutan Unggul Persada, Johanes, because of the exploitation of some 90 children still in their teens. They were put to work in the factory to produce tea of the brand Jangkar. A representative of KPAI, Masnah Sari, said that he reported the findings to the Cirebon police yesterday.

Posted in Human rights @ 16 January 2010 02:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta It has been a year ago that I used the Indonesian railroad services. That was a trip from Yogyakarta to Jakarta with a dirty, cold and old-fashioned train. Trains like that are still widely available on Java. It normally is really cold on board of one of these trains, which makes traveling with them not the best option available.

Posted in Travel @ 19 November 2009 12:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali named 'number two' by Lonely Planet Bali has been named one of the best regions in the world to visit in a new Lonely Planet travel guide. The famed Island of the Gods came in second behind Alsace in France, and ahead of Fernando de Noronha in Brazil. Lake Baikal in Russia was the other Asian region to make the top 10 list.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 November 2009 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


 The mess at PLN Cikarang #2 Early July, I headed for the local office of PLN in Lippo Cikarang, located almost besides the local post office, so that was not too difficult to find. I expected it to be a short visit, but that would turn out to be a completely different. My address was not found in the system of the cashier as well and I was not able to pay my bill here as well for the time being.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 03 November 2009 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali reports hotter than usual weather Tourists and residents across the island are complaining that temperatures on the island are exceptionally hot. According to Kompas.com, Bali's hotter-than-normal-heat-wave have seen sunbathers, who used to spend the entire day on Kuta Beach, abandoning the shoreline at 9:30 a.m. to escape the escalating heat.

Posted in Weather @ 02 November 2009 00:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali restaurants make Miele's top 10 Asian list Bali's Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique and KuDeTa have been voted among the Top 10 Restaurant in Asia in the 2009 edition of the Miele Guide. At an award ceremony held in Singapore on September 30, 2009, Mozaic Restaurant was ranked #6 and KuDeTa #9 among the 10 dining venues considered the very best in Asia by Miele.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2009 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No elderly and children on pilgrimage, will Indonesia follow? Health ministers in the Arab world have decided not to allow elderly, children and ill from going on the Muslim pilgrimage later this year. It is a preventive measure to stop the spread of the H1N1 Mexican Flu virus that has killed some 900 people worldwide since March this year. The virus is easy to spread, but does not kill at a high rate.

Posted in Religion @ 23 July 2009 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


93 illegal bali tour guides brought to court 93 unlicensed travel guides were recently brought to trial after being caught operating at various tourism sites around Tabanan, such as Alas Kedaton, Tanah Lot and Ulun Danu. According to BeritaBali.com, the trials were held at Tabanan's District Court on Tuesday, June 30, 2009. The unlicensed guides, many hailing from outside Bali, were punished by the court with fines of Rp. 150,000 (10.50 euro) for violating the provincial law on tourism guiding.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 July 2009 03:36 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


Drug bust nets two Swedish men at Kuta hotel Two Swedish tourists, Kjell Avald Holst (25) and Karl John Bronell (26), have had an abrupt change of accommodation during their Bali holiday following their arrest by Bali police at a popular Kuta hotel and their removal to holding cells at police headquarters.

Posted in Drugs @ 02 May 2009 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 13 reactions


Mysterious ‘yawning fish’ discovered in Maluku Until January 2008, no one knew it existed, or if they did, they weren’t talking. A husband and wife team who were part owners of a dive shop in Ambon City, Indonesia, along with the shop’s dive guide, took the first known photos of the fish. They shared the photos with Ted Pietsch, a marine scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle, who said last year that the critter appeared to represent an unknown family (in the biological-classification sense) of angler fish.

Posted in Environment @ 25 February 2009 04:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian coral reefs predict large quake within 20 years Researchers reported Thursday that a study of reefs in Indonesia found that corals record cyclical events in the environment, and that these events could foretell a considerable earthquake in the eastern Indian Ocean within the next twenty years. Scientists at the California Institute of Technology's Tectonics Observatory studied corals off Indonesia's Sumatra island, and found them to include annual growth rings, similar to those in tree trunks, which document cyclical events such as earthquakes.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 December 2008 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Transport Minister: 'Indonesian airlines will not collapse' The Department of Transportation is working closely with the national aviation industry to anticipate the negative effects of the current global economic crisis. According to the Minister of Communication, Jusman Syafii Djamal, national airlines may eventually encounter difficulties in securing aircraft leases and insurance as the result of a continuing economic downturn. "Fortunately," the Minister added, "the price of fuel is reducing. In addition, while the price of leasing aircraft is increasing, the lease contracts for most national airlines will not expire in the near future."

Posted in Economy @ 19 October 2008 01:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seminar reveals figures pointing to looming menace of HIV/AIDS The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to mount in Bali with health officials now estimating some 4,000 people have died from the disease on the Island. Each day 2-3 people die of HIV/AIDS adding at least 840 new fatalities to the mounting death toll each year. Meanwhile, health activists are warning that unless issues connected with the treatments, control and prevention of HIV/AIDS receive their proper due, the illness will, as reported in the Bali Post, sweep across the island like a AIDS tsunami.

Posted in Health @ 05 March 2008 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'Terrorists are losing their battle to spread hatred' Islamic terrorists blamed for a number of deadly suicide bombings in Indonesia have failed to further their 'cause of hatred' in the country, according to president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. He made the statement at the opening of an eye-clinic on the island of Bali, a gift from Australia to victims of the 2002 nightclub bombings which killed 202, among them 88 Australians.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2007 12:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda complies with IATA safety standards On July 4, 2007, Tempo Interaktif reported Garuda Indonesia is in the process of renewing its certficaton for compliance with the strict safety standards of the International Aviation Transport Association (IATA). According to Tempo, the national airline has already met 95% of the standards of the International Aviation Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), scheduled to be carried out in August.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 07 July 2007 11:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


There she is, the Indonesian Playboy However I have been asked for it several times before, I didn't own my very own Indonesian version of the very well-known magazine for the male part of the population. Until today, because I happen to run into a brand new one today, partially hidden behind other well-known names like FHM, Cosmo and Maxim. Directly I picked the dark-colored cover with gold-colored print from the top shelf. The beautifully thick glossy cover has been sealed in a thin plastic cover; if you want to see inside you first have to pay 50.000 Rupiah for it. Free is not for Playboy, you can pick any other magazine with a more 'modest' cover; a women just as pretty as the one in Playboy, but then wearing a Jilbab to cover her long black hair.

Posted in General @ 30 June 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New-car ban in Indonesia? Rachmat Witoelar, Minister of Environment, has proposed a ban on the sale of new cars in a radical bid to slash pollution levels in the rapidly growing urban areas in the country. He said the plan could be launched if new nationwide anti-pollution measures did not improve the air quality. "If there is no progress in restoring air quality, we will stop (new car sales)," Witoelar said. "It is a bitter pill to take, but it is for the sake of public health."

Posted in Environment @ 20 April 2007 15:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourism authority to arrest foreigners working as guides The Tourism Authority on Bali will continue conducting operations to catch foreigners working as a tourist guide in Bali, as was told by an official. "Foreigners who violate immigration regulations by working as tourist guides in Bali will be brought to court," said Made Suhadana, chairman of the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Guides Association (HPI).

Posted in Tourism @ 11 April 2007 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


20 new shark and ray species found in Indonesian waters Twenty new species of rays and sharks have been found in Indonesian waters during a five-year study of catches at local fish markets. The study, organized by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, or CSIRO, is the first real in-depth look at sharks and rays in Indonesia after Dutch scientist Pieter Bleeker described more than 1100 species between 1842 and 1860.

Posted in Environment @ 28 February 2007 10:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilots concerned over Indonesia airlines Four years ago, young pilots lined up to join a new contender in Indonesia's booming aviation industry. But at least 20 left Adam Air within months, citing concerns that poor maintenance, corruption and rule-bending could lead to a crash - charges the airline denied. "I didn't want to wait until I had lost my friends," said Feisal Banser, 30, a former Adam Air flight captain who knew several crew members on a passenger jet that crashed Jan. 1 with 102 people on board.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Piece of missing jet found off Sulawesi A fisherman found a piece of a Boeing 737 that disappeared more than 10 days ago, the first hard evidence that the plane carrying 102 people had crashed into the sea off Sulawesi, a top search official said Thursday. The piece of tail from Adam Air Flight KI-574 was recovered Wednesday in the Makassar Strait, 185 miles off Sulawesi Island's coast, said Eddy Suyanto, the head of search and rescue operations.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 January 2007 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


The hunt for Adam Air flight 574 It was a fairly normal beginning of the new year, for as far the first day of the year can be a normal one. The sun was shining here and the weather looked good for the day. Maybe a little bit strange, since we are in the middle of the wet season here so in fact we have to expect a lot of rain almost every single day now. The weather is slightly strange since there is really bad weather of the Java Sea. From Southern Sumatra until as far east at the Moluccan Spice Islands the weather is bad; very high waves, strong winds and a lot of rain are pounding the area. At first you think that that is not a big deal there out at sea, at least there will be no victims in flash floods, landslides and other misery that comes with the wet season in Indonesia.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Veep promises to spare no efforts in search for missing plane After five days of searching, there's still no still no trace of an Indonesian jetliner missing with 102 people aboard. American experts arrived on Indonesia's Sulawesi island earlier today to help investigate the apparent crash of budget carrier Adam Air. The Boeing 737 vanished after battling fierce winds and storms.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 January 2007 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono describes mudflow as disaster President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has described the events that took place in the area of Porong (East Java) as a disaster. He said this in a special meeting of his cabinet concerning the explosion of a gas pipeline owned by state-run Pertamina in his office. At least 440 hectares of land are seen as dangerous and are forbidden areas at this moment.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 24 November 2006 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes frontline in World Bank battle against corruption Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of America's invasion of Iraq and its ambitions to reshape the world, was President George Bush's controversial choice to take the reins of the World Bank last year. Mr Wolfowitz, despised by many for his policies but admired for his intellect, ignored the furore over his appointment, waiting 12 months to make his first major policy pronouncement. Its location, Indonesia, and his warning of rampant corruption undermining global aid and development efforts, was almost as ambitious and controversial as his attempts to re-engineer the Middle East.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu-hit Indonesia to ban city backyard poultry Indonesia, which has the world's highest number of bird flu deaths, intends to bar city residents from keeping chickens and other poultry in their backyards, ministers said on Friday. Indonesia has become a frontline in the battle against the virus that has killed 55 people in the country, where millions of chickens roam freely in urban residential areas.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 October 2006 04:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to fully arm Sukhoi jet fighters The Indonesian Air Force plans to fully arm its four Russia-made Sukhoi jetfighters, which arrived here in 2004 unarmed, a report said Saturday. The program is estimated to cost 7 million U.S. dollars, reported the country's leading news website Detikcom, quoting the air force chief. "The fund is intended to buy guided missiles, rockets and bombs, " said Air Marshal Herman Prayitno.

Posted in Military @ 15 October 2006 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia moves to lengthen jail terms Jemaah Islamiah terrorists and Australian drug offenders will spend more years in jail with Indonesia deciding to curtail their sentence remissions. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has approved regulations forcing all terrorists, drug offenders and prisoners convicted of several other serious crimes to serve at least two-thirds of their original sentences. They will not be eligible for regular remissions issued to other prisoners until they have served at least a third of their jail terms.

Posted in Human rights @ 09 October 2006 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Green issues at forefront of revisions to Jakarta spatial plan The Sutiyoso administration plans to revise the Jakarta Spatial Plan to improve the quality of life in the city and respond to environmental factors. "The revision is aimed at preventing further environmental destruction. Governor Sutiyoso himself wants the revision to come into effect in 2007," Jakarta Environmental Management Board (BPLHD) secretary Junani Kartawiria told a public discussion held by the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) on Thursday.

Posted in Environment @ 01 October 2006 08:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


In Indonesia, a tsunami of useless medicines Tonnes of drugs and medical equipment that have poured into Indonesia in the wake of a slew of major disasters are often damaged, out of date and unusable, aid workers said. Donors jumped into action following disasters ranging from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which killed 168,000 people in Aceh province, to a massive earthquake on Java in May that claimed some 5,800 lives.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 July 2006 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Thousands displaced by noxious mud in Java Noxious mud oozing from around an oil well since late May has driven about 8,000 people from their homes in Indonesia's East Java province and left hundreds gasping for breath or vomiting, according to local officials. "Factories, houses, fields, freeways have been drowned by the mud which is spread over more then 200 ha (494 acres)," Win Hendrarso, head of Sidoarjo regency, an area near the city of Surabaya where the well is located, told reporters late on Thursday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 07 July 2006 14:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcano chasers move in as locals flee rumbling Merapi On the steaming slopes of Indonesia's mount Merapi, villagers fleeing their paddy fields pass tourists on the way up. The 2 914m volcano has been rumbling for more than three weeks and started oozing lava this month, prompting scientists to warn the pressure cooker could soon start spewing molten rock and clouds of gas and dust.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 May 2006 19:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Makeup led to woman's branding as prostitute Every humiliating moment of that day is etched in Lilies Lindawati's memory. She still smarts at the indignity of being branded a prostitute as she stood before a jeering crowd in a "show trial" for Tangerang's new prostitution bylaw. "I felt like I was being raped in front of those people who laughed at me after the judge ruled I was a prostitute, simply because the law and order officers found a makeup compact and a lipstick in my bag," a tearful Lilies told The Jakarta Post in her rented home in Tangerang.

Posted in Human rights @ 04 May 2006 09:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 95 reactions


Tourists, locals marvel at might of Merapi Foreign tourists and locals alike have been marvelling at the spectacular sight of Indonesia's simmering Mount Merapi spewing smoke as experts monitor it for signs of imminent eruption.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 April 2006 09:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Keep your kisses short in Tangerang Unrelated people who kiss each other on the lips for more than five minutes at public places in the Indonesian city of Tangerang will face arrest, local media said on Friday. The government in Tangerang, a suburb west of Jakarta, defended the regulation as a practical guideline for its officers to follow up on tough and heavily criticised anti-prostitution laws passed by the city council last year.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 April 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Muslims, minorities and the state in Indonesia Indonesian Islam will remain moderate and tolerant by and large, but problems and challenges will continue to exist. The future of Indonesia depends on the ways in which the government and various Muslim groups actually act in public life. While violence, discrimination, and grievances are still felt among the minorities, especially non-Muslims, the Muslim majority continue maintaining the tolerant, moderate character of the country. A small number of hard-liners and terrorists will be disproportionately influential, but the tolerant, moderate majority and the government will not be silent.

Posted in Religion @ 30 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Roche says Indonesia can make Tamiflu Roche Holding Ltd. said Indonesia could make a generic version of Tamiflu without its license because the medicine, which may be useful in treating avian influenza, isn't protected by a patent in the Southeast Asian nation. "We've informed the government they can produce it for local use," said Martina Rupp, a spokeswoman for the Swiss drug maker. "Quality guidelines will have to be assured by the Indonesian government."

Posted in Bird Flu @ 26 November 2005 09:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Azahari, hard work and stupidity If there was ever an occasion when the words "terrorism" and "good news" can ever be used in the same sentence, then Wednesday's police raid that led to the death of bombmaker Dr. Azahari was certainly one of them. It had been a long time coming. The work of the notorious Demolition Man is believed to have been behind four of the worst terrorist attacks in Indonesia -- the Bali bombings of 2002, the JW Marriott Hotel bombing in 2003, the Kuningan bombing in Jakarta in 2004, and last month's bombings in Kuta and Jimbaran.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Funerals of Bali blast victims begin Funerals were taking place today for victims of three suicide bombers who killed at least 22 people and wounded more than 100 in Bali on Saturday. Hundreds of mourners crammed into the narrow streets close to the house of a waiter killed in the attack on Raja's restaurant in Kuta. In a traditional Hindu ceremony, chanting mourners beat gongs as they accompanied the body of Gusti Sedana, 33, which was carried on a golden yellow float before being cremated.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 19:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Questions over care of Bali's bombing monument On the eve of the third commemoration of Bali's tragic bombing of October 12, 2002, the regional government of Badung has been asked to clarify who is responsible for the care and management of Bali's Ground Zero Monument built to honor the 202 people who died in the terrorist attack.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2005 14:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia raises benchmark rate to 10.00% Indonesia's central bank raised its benchmark rate 50 basis points to 10.00% Tuesday, Bank Indonesia Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah told reporters at a media briefing. "The increase in the Bank Indonesia rate is in response to the central bank's policy to consistently guide inflationary expectations," Burhanuddin said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 September 2005 19:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rupiah loses more ground as market confidence ebbs The rupiah lost nearly 5 pct today, falling past 10,800 per dollar at one point as the market continued to lose confidence in the capability of both Bank Indonesia and the government to defend the local unit, analysts said. They said today's fresh oil price spike was what triggered renewed selling pressure on the rupiah.

Posted in Economy @ 29 August 2005 14:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Preachers told to support controversial MUI edicts Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI)'s edicts against secularism, pluralism and liberalism, the Indonesian Council for Islamic Propagation (DDII) will fully support the MUI in its "war on deviant thoughts", a top preacher said on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 08 August 2005 12:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Judges in Corby trial likely to dismiss letter as evidence While Australian-based lawyers have welcomed the Federal Government's letter, its contents appear to have disappointed Schapelle Corby's Indonesian legal team. And the prosecutor in the case is also unimpressed. Ida Bagus Wiswantanu says it's a pointless move and that the material comes too late to be tested in the trial process or to be considered as evidence.

Posted in Drugs @ 16 May 2005 11:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Tsunami rebuilding effort stalls Political squabbling, donor demands and government indecision have stalled the building of roads, water treatment plants and nearly 180,000 homes for survivors of last December's tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 May 2005 09:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Disaster of man's making now threatens Sumatra Cut Anita peered from the open flap of her sunbaked tent one recent day. She watched keenly as a carpenter hammered a wood plank less than five feet away. Another sawed a board in two, freeing the sweet fragrance of forest hardwood. Her new home was taking shape before her, and she dared not leave. "Someone else might take it," the doleful, wide-eyed woman said from the Red Cross tent erected on the concrete foundation of her former home, which was destroyed by the Dec. 26 tsunami.

Posted in Environment @ 15 May 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asian-African summit opens in Indonesia The summit of Asian and African leaders, which will adopt a strategic partnership declaration that will be aimed at strengthening cooperation among countries of the two continents, began in Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 22 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A police experience in Bali and Yogyakarta A different world of course, since Bali is located about 500 kilometers east of Yogyakarta. It's another island, another culture and whatever more, but one thing I encountered amazed me the most, but in fact I only realised it when I was home again, bringing back memories with some friends and beers. This is about the difference in approach, if you can call it that, of the local police concerning 'traffic violations'. For a start I would like to admit that I do actually make mistakes. Probably nothing close to a miracle.

Posted in Travel @ 20 February 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Jakarta bans smoking under new pollution laws Indonesia's capital will ban smoking in workplaces, including restaurants, buses and bars to improve the city's air quality, reports said Saturday. The Jakarta city council approved the smoking ban on Friday as part of a law to combat pollution, The Jakarta Post and other media said. City hall will start a pilot no-smoking program before the law takes effect, sometime in the next year, according to the reports.

Posted in Health @ 05 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


As soon as Tana Toraja was introduced to me, it was taken away as well. I still remember the fact that I agreed on those meagre four days in Tana Toraja ‘because my schedule is too tight’, as it always is. In the van, just leaving the hotel for the last time, I was asking myself when I would really stop taking about schedules at all. Probably never, because I will always have to take an airplane in and out Indonesia again, but the time between those fixed points is merely a collection of things to do and things done in the past. For now, I was on my way to Makassar again, this very same evening I would have dinner with the owner of Caraka Travelindo, which has provided me with this wonderful trip.

Posted in Travel @ 27 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Finally we found ourselves in the heart of Tana Toraja, seen as one of the few places in Indonesia where tourists go to see something that has to do with the everyday life, which is also ‘protected’ by the Indonesian government. It’s good that they see that such an important part of Sulawesi (and so Indonesian) history is preserved. And I was about to see some of it. I realised that it was not possible to see everything as thoroughly as I normally would, with my little four days in the area.

Posted in Travel @ 20 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Just outside Sengkang we brought a visit to some houses with traditional weaving installations under their house. In this way they are protected from the sun’s direct heat and they are working close to home. It’s nice to see the fabrics being produced in front of your nose, too bad it’s nothing for me to buy something like it. If you ever want to buy something like it, you can choose from all kinds of natural dyes. If you which they can put real gold in it as well. Everything is for sale, however the people producing it, do wear it themselves as well.

Posted in Travel @ 13 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On a usual early morning, around seven, I woke up from my last night in Bira, a small coastal town on the lifted coral sediments of the south-western tip of Sulawesi. It was time to get dressed, have some breakfast, which isn’t much choice here, but well, it’s Bira, a place with only a handful of people living here, compared to other places in Indonesia. Getting dressed and packing my backpack again I was thinking I would not be here for quite some time. I hadn’t planned a second trip to Sulawesi yet, so this is probably the last I would see of Bira in quite some time.

Posted in Travel @ 06 November 2004 00:00 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


'Year of Living Dangerously' airs in Indonesia The Oscar-winning movie The Year of Living Dangerously, set during the emergence of Indonesia's Suharto and banned by the former dictator, has been broadcast for what is believed to be the first time, in a sign the country may be coming to terms with its brutal past. But Indonesian viewers watching Sunday's broadcast of The Year of Living Dangerously were spared one of the film's most graphic scenes, a gunpoint massacre during the murderous chaos surrounding Suharto's 1965-1966 rise to power.

Posted in Media @ 28 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge problems await next president Over 100 million people are expected to flock to hundreds of thousands of polling stations on Monday to cast their votes in the final round of the country's first-ever direct presidential election. While recognizing Monday's election as a significant milestone in the country's democratization process, experts nevertheless warned on Sunday against putting too much hope in the next president.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Uncluttered by tenses, prepositions and grammatical quirks, Indonesia’s national tongue was once a gift to travellers who quickly grasped the basics. Now a bizarre passion for acronyms is threatening to engulf the language, leaving visitors and even locals lost in translation.

Posted in Culture @ 06 September 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Campaigning by the five candidates contesting the politically powerful post of president of the Indonesian Republic officially ended on Wednesday. Voting in the country’s first-ever direct presidential election is due to take place on Monday.

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


Indonesia prepares for day of the generals DESPITE enduring 32 years of brutal military rule, Indonesia has not lost its respect for gold braid and epaulettes. Two of the three front-runners in the presidential race are former generals, and both served the monolithic New Order regime that finally crumbled in 1998. General Wiranto, chosen this week as the Golkar party's presidential candidate, was Indonesia's armed forces commander until 2000 and responsible for the military brutality in East Timor.

Posted in Elections @ 24 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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