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Indonesian military sees KPU as strategic object Indonesian Military Commander, General Moeldoko, said the General Elections Commission (KPU) has been positioned as strategic object on the occasion of Presidential Election 2014, therefore it required extra security.

Posted in Elections @ 18 July 2014 19:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian jet fighters hold drill in East Java Several Indonesian Air Force jet fighters held a drill in Situbondo District, East Java Province, on Wednesday during this years Joint Military Exercises. Jet fighters such as Sukhoi, F-16 and BAE Hawk flew in several maneuvers and spewed tens of bombs on a ground target in the Karang Tekok exercise range in the district.

Posted in Military @ 04 June 2014 18:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono encourages fire fighters in Riau President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with fire fighters in Riau here on Saturday in a bid to boost morale as they continue fighting forest and land fires that have caused haze to spread throughout the region.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 March 2014 19:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze disrupts oil palm production in Riau Haze from the ongoing forest fires in the Riau province had disrupted the harvest of oil palm fruits, a local farmer Rohim, 57 years old, said here on Friday. "The thick haze makes it hard for farmers to see the palm fruits that are ready to be harvested," Rohim noted.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 March 2014 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost all Sumatran forest fires deliberately set Chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Syamsur Maarif stated that around 99 percent of forest and plantation fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan were deliberately set.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 February 2014 16:24 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


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


All crew members of crashed helicopter in Papua survive Four crew members and a passenger aboard a helicopter that crashed in Kampung (village) Aroanop, Tembagapura District, Mimika, Papua on Sunday at about 3.30 pm local time were found survived, an official said.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 December 2013 09:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to modernize its military Army General Moeldoko said modernization of the military equipment will come first in his agenda as a new Indonesian military chief. "I will prepare a working program to modernize the military equipment," Moeldoko said here on Tuesday after the House of Representative in a plenary session approved his appointment as a new military chief.

Posted in Military @ 27 August 2013 13:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine choppers readied to put out land fires The National Disaster Mitigation Body (BNPB) has again readied nine helicopters to put out land and forest fires in Riau province.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 July 2013 21:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of Sumatra`s fire hot spots drops significantly The NOAA satellite detected 21 hot spots from forest, plantation and peatland fires across Sumatra, including 13 in Riau Province, on Friday. "The number is much less than on the previous days," Tri Puryanti, an analyst of Pekanbaru meteorological, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG), said here on Saturday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


General Pramono hands over post to Lt Gen Moeldoko General Pramono Edhie Wibowo handed over his post of army chief of staff to Lieutenant General Moeldoko in a ceremony held at the Army Headquarters here on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 23 May 2013 17:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian army prefers Black Hawk to Apache The government is still undecided whether it would finally buy Black Hawk or Apache helicopters from the US. The army however prefers Black Hawk to Apache because Apache is more expensive, army chief of staff General Pramono Edhi Wibowo said here on Monday.

Posted in Military @ 25 February 2013 17:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia to buy combat helicopters from United States Indonesia wants to buy a number of combat helicopters from the United States for the army , Defenses Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said. "The choice is Apache combat helicopters to strengthen the army weapons system," Purnomo said here on Friday.

Posted in Military @ 15 February 2013 19:21 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


Modernization of weapons not for aggression President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said modernization of weapons is not intended for aggressive purposes or initiating arms race. He made the statement here on Friday at the commemoration of the 67th anniversary of the country`s defense forces.

Posted in Military @ 05 October 2012 17:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US, Indonesian navies conduct joint exercise As many as 2,074 personnel from the Indonesian and US navies participated in a joint exercise organised here on Wednesday by the Eastern Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Agung Pramono.

Posted in Military @ 30 May 2012 12:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Evacuation team leaving for Sukhoi plane crash location A team has left for the location of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane crash in Mount Salak in Bogor, West Java, to carry out evacuation.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 May 2012 08:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two command posts to search missing Sukhoi aircraft Two command posts have been prepared in Bogor and Sukabumi districts to help search for the missing Sukhoi Superjet-100 airplane that reportedly lost contact during a demonstration flight at the top of Mount Salak, West Java on Wednesday (May 9).

Posted in Accidents @ 10 May 2012 05:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sukhoi Superjet-100 found in Mount Salak area An official said on Thursday morning that the Russian Sukhoi Super Jet 100 airplane that went missing on Wednesday afternoon had been spotted by one of the rescue helicopters.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 May 2012 04:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bogor village residents see Sukhoi plane before missing A number of Tapos I village, Tenjolaya sub district, Bogor district admitted that they saw the reported missing Sukhoi Superjet 100 flew over their village at around 15:00 pm on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 May 2012 01:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to increase number of border patrol soldiers In 2012 the government plans to add an additional battalion of soldiers and build 15 new security checkpoints in West Kutai District, East Kalimantan, said an official here on Monday. "We have only three security checkpoints in the West Kutai region," said Indonesian Army Regional Military Commander VI Mulawarman Major General Subekti.

Posted in General @ 02 April 2012 08:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Helicopter believed to have crashed in Papua`s interior An Airfast helicopter carrying staff from mining company PT Freeport was reported to have crashed at 11.00 local time in Papua`s interior area, Kampong Tsinga. According to Freeport spokesperson Ramdani Sirait, the helicopter was carrying the company`s two-man exploration team when it crashed.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 March 2012 10:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Defense ministry gets three Bell-412 choppers Indonesian aerospace company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI)) handed three Bell-412 EP helicopters to the Defense Ministry in Bandung, West Java, on Friday. PT DI delivered the helicopters to the Defense Ministry to strengthen the operations of the Indonesian Army and Navy.

Posted in Military @ 05 March 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll reaches 95 in Indonesian immigrant boat sinking The death toll after a ship carrying Australia-bound immigrants sank off the coast of Indonesia on Saturday evening has risen to at least 95, officials said on Friday. Around 100 people remain missing.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 December 2011 19:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds still missing after boat sinking off Indonesia Up to 200 people remain missing after a ship carrying Australia-bound immigrants sank off the coast of Indonesia on late Saturday evening, officials said on Tuesday. Nearly 50 others have been rescued.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 December 2011 05:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Stranded fishermen in Antarctica days away from rescue The crew of a stricken Russian fishing vessel which is stranded in Antarctica and is taking on water is at least four to five days away from being rescued, rescue officials said on Friday. The ship is carrying crew members from Russia, Indonesia and Ukraine.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 December 2011 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


OPM: Indonesian police kill fourteen Papuan separatists The separatist Free Papua Organization (OPM) on Thursday claimed fourteen of its members have allegedly been killed during a recent police raid in the district of Paniai in Indonesia's restive Papua region, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Violence @ 15 December 2011 22:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


14 trilion rupiah for Indonesian army to buy new weapons The Indonesian Army (TNI AD) will receive budget allocations of Rp14 trillion from the government to procure main armament system (alutsista), Army Chief of Staff General Pramono Edhie Wibowo said.

Posted in Military @ 13 November 2011 05:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK: Rp 152 trillion in state funds restored The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) confirmed that since 2003 it had managed to recover up to Rp 152 trillion (US$17 billion) in state funds from foreign companies in the oil and gas sector.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 November 2011 00:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mother of passenger aboard crashed plane receives call Authorities have located the crash site of a medium-sized passenger plane which crashed in the western region of Indonesia on Thursday, but rescue workers have been unable to reach the site. There are hopes of survivors.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 September 2011 20:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nearly 100 Indonesians evacuated due to flooding in Australia Indonesia's Foreign Ministry on Thursday informed that at least 97 Indonesians have been evacuated from Australia due to major flooding, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2011 20:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mentawai tsunami death toll rises to 413, almost 300 still missing The latest death toll in the remote Indonesian islands of Mentawai after the tsunami caused by a 7.7-magnitude earthquake has risen to at least 413 with 298 people still missing, 267 critically injured, and another 142 suffering minor injuries, officials said Friday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 October 2010 07:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami death toll surpasses 300 as rescuers arrive The death toll following a tsunami that wrecked villages on Indonesian islands off the western coast of Sumatra on late Monday has risen to more than 300, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 October 2010 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 113 dead after tsunami hits Mentawai Islands Navy ships packed with medicine and food and rescuers in helicopters headed to remote Indonesian islands on Tuesday that were pounded by a 3-meter tsunami, sweeping away villages and killing at least 113 people.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 October 2010 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KRI Banjarmasin handed over to Indonesian Navy State shipbuilder PT PAL handed over a new warship to the Defense Ministry on Saturday and will produce a more sophisticated combat vessel, Antara news agency reported. The construction of the KRI Banjarmasin is part of a program to rejuvenate the Indonesian Navy fleet. Financial constraints have forced the Navy to keep many aging vessels operating, leaving them vulnerable to accidents.

Posted in Military @ 29 November 2009 08:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Need money? Ask the army to help you out! The Indonesian army is known for it's.. well, known for it's what actually? Every once in a while they are in the news because of a brawl with members of the police force (until a few years back they were still one, but now they have to split their income with them) and furthermore helicopters and planes regularly crash across Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 25 June 2009 07:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to boost military role in disaster relief In a country often hit by natural disasters, Indonesia's armed forces should shift their focus from the battlefield to emergency and relief efforts, said its defense minister on Wednesday. Juwono Sudarsono said that most of the defense spending in the next decade would be spend on improving transport capability to be able to respond better to emergencies.

Posted in Military @ 11 October 2007 11:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rents helicopters to douse haze fires Indonesia has rented two helicopters to cope with the returning forest fires which cause a haze over the region regularly. "The government has brought in two helicopters to overcome the forest fires," said Malem Sambet Kaban, forestry minister. He said that the two rented helicopters, Russian Kamov Ka-32A helicopters rented from South Korea, will be used in West and Central Kalimantan, the two provinces that were most affected.

Posted in Forest fires @ 26 September 2007 17:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Funds for handling forest fires reach Rp300 bln Collected funds from different institutions to be used to avert and overcome forest fires amounted to 300 billion Rupiah (24.8 million euro) for this year, according to Forestry Minister M.S. Kaban. The minister told that the funds were collected from the Office of the Coordinating Minister for People' s Welfare (100 billion Rupiah), the Forestry Ministry (66 billion Rupiah), while the rest found it's origins from provincial administrations. "Each province of the seven participating provinces provides Rp10 billion," the minister said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 17 June 2007 14:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


United Nations ready to assist flood-stricken Indonesia The United Nations agencies stand ready to support the Government of Indonesia in response to the severe flooding that has affected the capital of Jakarta and surrounding areas in recent days.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 February 2007 00:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


High water level halts evacuation of flood victims High level of water from the ground and fast water flows have halted the efforts of rescuers to evacuate flood victims, who are still trapped on the roofs and second floors of their inundated houses in the capital.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 02:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


700 servicemen sent to Rantepau, Mamuju to search for missing plane As many as 700 personnel from the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Police were sent to Rantepau (South Sulawesi) and Mamuju in (West Sulawesi) to help search for the Adam Air`s missing plane. The armed personnel were seen off by the coordinator of the SAR Mission (an intergrated SAR team) Air Commodore Eddy Suyanto from the Hasanuddin airbase in South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar on Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2007 11:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia denies discrimination in transport mishaps rescue efforts Indonesia Saturday denied there has been discrimination in the rescue efforts pertaining to two transport mishaps in the republic recently. Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla said the authorities had worked hard to search for and rescue passengers of a ferry, KN Senopati Nusantara, that sank in Central Java waters and an Adam Air aircraft that went missing in the air space over the Sulawesi islands.

Posted in General @ 06 January 2007 12:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sunken ferry captain among survivors, 400 still missing The captain of an Indonesian passenger ferry that capsized off the northern coast of Java last week, leaving hundreds missing, was one of 13 people rescued from an unmanned oil rig, officials said Thursday. A group of 15 other survivors who also were found Wednesday clinging to a reef near Kangean Island, off the coast of East Java province, were transported Thursday afternoon by the Indonesian Navy to Surabaya, the provincial capital.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2007 07:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[Update] 12 survive Adam Air jet crash; 90 dead [Update] 02 January 2007 20:37 WIB - Senior Indonesian officials said on Tuesday reports that an airliner with 102 people on board had been found on Sulawesi island were wrong, and the plane was still missing. Officials had earlier said that wreckage of the Adam Air plane had been found after it had crashed into the mountains in heavy rain. There were reports 12 people had survived the crash.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 January 2007 04:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Crash fears grow as plane goes missing in storm AN Indonesian passenger plane carrying 102 people was feared to have crashed after it disappeared in stormy weather yesterday. Rescue teams were sent to search an area where military aviation officials said the Boeing 737-400 may have crashed. The transport minister, Hatta Radjasa, said a distress signal was picked up over Sulawesi, a major island in the Indonesian archipelago, about 500 miles from the Adam Air flight's destination. It was unknown if the aircraft disappeared over sea or land.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2007 01:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Search continues for Indonesia ferry survivors Indonesian navy ships on Monday renewed efforts to reach survivors of a ferry disaster who spent a third night on the open sea as continuing rough weather hindered the search for hundreds still missing. "Navy ships are still searching now. We're still trying the best we can," Central Java navy commander Colonel Yan Simamora told AFP.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 January 2007 11:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nearly 70 rescued from sinking ship north of Java Sixty nine people have been rescued from a sinking passenger ship carrying over 600 people at the waters off Indonesia's Central Java province earlier Saturday, head of rescue team Riyadi said. "The weather is unfavorable, very strong wind and heavy rain keeps pouring down, make us difficult to rescue them," he told Xinhua on telephone from the province.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 December 2006 15:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


126 dead after devastating floods in North Aceh recedes Rescuers reaching remote Indonesian villages for the first time since weeklong rains triggered floods and landslides said Friday that survivors are dehydrated and in desperate need of medical attention. The number of people killed stood at 126, with more than 400,000 displaced. In neighboring Malaysia, which is experiencing its most severe weather in a century, authorities found the body of a 14-year-old boy floating in a flood-swollen canal, bringing the tally of dead to 11. Nearly 90,000 have been displaced in Malaysia, where flood waters have caused nearly €15.2 million in damages. Both nations were bracing for continued rains throughout the weekend.

Posted in Flooding @ 29 December 2006 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


North Sumatra floods recede, at least 100 dead Deadly floodwaters in north-western Indonesia have begun to recede but authorities said on Tuesday at least 100 people had been killed and they were searching remote areas for up to 200 people still missing. Floods and subsequent landslides have killed at least 100 people in Aceh and North Sumatra provinces, with tens of thousands forced to flee their homes for higher ground, local officials said.

Posted in Flooding @ 26 December 2006 12:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt rushes relief to flood-ravaged Aceh Indonesia rushed tents, food and other emergency aid to flood-ravaged parts of Sumatra island on Monday while the United Nations pledged US$2 million (€1.5 million) for survivors. Soldiers loaded the aid into a military cargo plane in the capital, Jakarta.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 December 2006 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia-Russia: Arms, atoms and oil The United States, China and now a resurgent Russia are all competing for regional influence in Southeast Asia, and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is shrewdly playing his diplomatic cards among all three suitors.

Posted in Military @ 13 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia opposition upset over helipad for Bush The construction of a helipad in Indonesia's famed botanical gardens for an upcoming visit by U.S. President George W. Bush will damage protected plants, an opposition party said on Tuesday. Bush will visit Indonesia this month on a brief stopover after attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam on Nov. 18. Details on the Bush visit have not been officially announced, but Indonesian media reports say it will take place on Nov. 20.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 November 2006 02:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Calmer after Indonesia executions Conditions were calmer and under control after Indonesian government deployed thousands of security forces to guard public areas Saturday in Central Sulawesi province. Angry mobs had rioted Friday in Christian areas of Indonesia after the government carried out early-morning executions of three Christian men convicted of massacring Muslims during sectarian violence six years ago.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 September 2006 14:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt drops relief supplies in flood-hit area Helicopters dropped relief supplies on Sunday to thousands of victims of flooding and landslides on Sulawesi island, officials said. Some 10,000 people have been displaced following two days of torrential rain at the start of the week that flattened homes and turned swathes of land into vast lakes of water.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 June 2006 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flimsy tents now home for Indonesia quake survivors Tens of thousands of Indonesians took refuge in flimsy tents in the earthquake-hit region of Java island on Thursday, as officials urged a stop to aid distribution by night to prevent theft and looting. Rescue workers were still pulling dead bodies from the rubble of the 6.3 magnitude quake, which struck at dawn on Saturday and levelled entire villages around the ancient royal capital of Yogyakarta, reducing homes to piles of wood, tiles and tin.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 June 2006 15:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists find 'Lost world' in West Papua jungle SCIENTISTS have found a "Lost World" in an Indonesian mountain jungle, home to dozens of exotic new species of birds, butterflies, frogs and plants. "It's as close to the Garden of Eden as you're going to find on Earth," said Bruce Beehler, co-leader of the US, Indonesian, and Australian expedition to part of the cloud-shrouded Foja mountains in West Papua.

Posted in Environment @ 07 February 2006 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Jember's victims build hope out of the mud Wielding a shovel, Neneng cleared the thick layer of mud from her house. "It's difficult to get rid of the mud. I am glad to have the help of my relatives," said Neneng, one of the survivors of the Jember flash floods on Sunday, the death toll of which climbed to 77 on Thursday. Neneng and her husband Syamsul Arifin said they had seen tons of mud cascading toward their house on Monday in Panti district, Jember regency, East Java.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 January 2006 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jember rescue efforts hampered Salimah, a woman at her 40s, looked pale. Her clothes blackened with mud, the frail villager has not had food for two days. "Unless food aid is dispatched into our area soon, the death toll, especially among the children, will rise," she told Antara. Salimah was one of 110 Panti district residents still isolated on Tuesday after flash floods swept through three districts in Jember regency East Java, killing at least 63 people.

Posted in Flooding @ 04 January 2006 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PT Dirgantara Indonesia claims production of 484 planes Aerospace industry PT Dirgantara Indonesia claimed Tuesday it has produced 484 aircraft of various types since its establishment in 1976. The company has managed to sell aircraft to foreign markets, Dirgantara Acting President Nuril Fuad told President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who was visiting the factory in the West Java capital of Bandung, some 150 km south of Jakarta. He said Malaysia has purchased eight aircraft, Thailand bought two, South Korea acquired eight and Pakistan ordered four.

Posted in Economy @ 03 January 2006 19:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Military plans to quit business ventures soon Indonesia’s armed forces will withdraw from business activities in two years, sooner than planned, in a bid to improve their image, the military said in a statement on its web site.

Posted in Military @ 14 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deadly ground Alinda-Jane Hannah, a New Zealander living in Phuket, was nearly killed by the Dec. 26 tsunami. Driving along a road in the beachside town of Kamala, she and her 3-year-old daughter Nakita-Rose were almost washed away by the waves as they swamped the eastern coast of the island. A sharp intimation of mortality revisited Hannah last week when a loudspeaker in a nearby mosque woke her shortly before midnight, warning of another tsunami on the way. Hannah fled to higher ground, together with tens of thousands of other locals and tourists. Now, she says, after three months of trying to forget the terror of Dec. 26, "all the awful thoughts are back."

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


Indonesia admits slow response to quake Indonesia's government today admitted that it had been slow to deliver food and water to victims of Monday's earthquake. As rescuers continued to pull survivors from the rubble left by the disaster, Bachtiar Chamsyah, the country's social affairs minister, was confronted by angry residents of Gunung Sitoli, the main town on Nias island, to the north of Sumatra.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 March 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aftershocks amid relief efforts on Nias Island Strong aftershocks rattled earthquake-devastated Nias island on Thursday as international aid flowed in and rescuers pulled survivors out of the rubble of collapsed buildings. At least three tremors rocked the area off the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, one of them measured at 6.3 on the Richter scale by the Hong Kong observatory, causing alarm as rescue efforts and body recovery operations entered a third day.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 March 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake toll up to 2000, says Indonesia A massive earthquake is believed to have killed between 1000 and 2000 people on Indonesia's Nias island, the country's Vice President Jusuf Kalla said today. Already reeling from fatalities caused by the Boxing Day tsunami disaster, the 600,000-strong popular surfing island found itself near the epicentre of the 8.7-magnitude quake, which struck at 11.15pm local time (2.15am today AEST).

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UNHCR to leave Aceh, with unfulfilled promises UNHCR, the UN refugee agency today announced its plan to leave Aceh by Friday, March 25. The moves coincide with the government's announced plans for the transition from emergency relief to long-term reconstruction, and to weed out irrelevant foreign worker. Unfortunately, the agency will leave Aceh with some unfulfilled promises, including plan to build permanent house in Calang. Who's next?

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Reaction to U.S. aid in Indonesia mixed In the world's most populous Muslim nation, not everyone is entirely happy to see Americans in helicopters handing out food and water to the hungry victims of last week's tsunami. Though Secretary of State Colin Powell on Tuesday expressed hope that the sight of U.S. soldiers passing out aid would help ease anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world, many Muslims say they cannot ignore that the same U.S. military that invaded Iraq and Afghanistan is now engaged in its largest operation in South Asia since the Vietnam War.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN warns many more dead in Indonesia The chaotic operation to help Indonesia's tsunami survivors stalled after a plane crash blocked the relief effort's main airport, as the UN warned there could be tens of thousands of new deaths. Even as hundreds of workers backed by helicopters descended on Aceh province on Sumatra island, the area worst-hit, the UN's aid coordination chief said the full horror of the death and ruin had yet to be realized.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll to 94,000, millions of survivors await aid Indonesia said on Monday that its death toll from last week's massive earthquake, that triggered powerful tsunamis, has reached 94,081, which brings the death toll in all 11 affected countries in the Indian Ocean basin to at least 137,321. On Monday, the Health Ministry announced that Indonesia's death toll had increased by nearly 14,000 people to 94,081 and that 271,908 people had been displaced made homeless.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 January 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Full extent of Indonesia disaster slowly revealed Survivors huddle in clearings without food or shelter all along the tsunami-ravaged coast of Indonesia's Aceh province, and corpses float miles out to sea. A week after giant waves swamped parts of the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, the water is only just beginning to drain away to reveal the full extent of the horrific destruction and yet more bodies to count.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 January 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says it will establish early warning system for tsunamis Indonesia said Monday it plans to establish an early warning system for disasters with its neighbors, as its death toll from last week's earthquake and tsunami jumped to almost 100,000. Indonesia, which suffered the most death and destruction in last week's disaster, will host a conference later this week of nations hit and major aid donors that is likely to focus on how best to deliver relief efforts.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


World sends cash, food, medical teams to Sumatra The unprecedented global response to the tsunami disaster has seen several countries pledging hundreds of millions of dollars, relief supplies and medical teams to help survivors in Aceh and North Sumatra provinces. More than 80,000 people were killed in the Dec. 26 natural disaster. Around 40 countries have, so far, pledged some US$2 billion to meet the needs of 5 million survivors in 11 countries, including the worst-affected, Indonesia.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Heavy rain falls on corpse-littered Aceh Heavy rain fell on Indonesia's corpse-littered city of Banda Aceh Saturday, creating the conditions for cholera and other waterborne diseases to spread and adding to the misery of the thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunamis. A steady stream of foreign military aircraft _ including the first Blackhawk helicopters off of a U.S. aircraft carrier _ touched down at the airport close to this provincial capital with emergency aid. But officials acknowledged distribution networks were not in place to deliver the supplies to the most hard-hit areas.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Multinational armada steams toward wave-ravaged shores A U.S. carrier battle group was steaming to take up position Friday off Indonesia's Sumatra island to spearhead an unprecedented multinational military effort to assist the survivors of last weekend's quake and tsunamis. A second U.S. marine strike group was meanwhile steaming westward from the Pacific territory of Guam for the seas off Sri Lanka to buttress the burgeoning global drive to bring water, medical supplies to millions of increasingly desperate people.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 December 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia sends Navy ship, choppers to Indonesia Prime Minister John Howard has announced Australia is sending a Navy ship and helicopters to Indonesia and the Government has also offered to set up a field hospital in Aceh. Mr Howard says the Asian tsunami is a human tragedy of mammoth proportions and everything must be done to help the people of neighbouring nations.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia quake death toll tops 14,000 As dawn broke Monday across the Bay of Bengal, countries struck by tsunamis in the wake of the most powerful earthquake the planet has seen in 40 years focused on relief and rescue efforts, and said the death toll from the giant waves -- already more than 14,000 -- is expected to rise further. The tsunamis also left thousands injured, thousands missing and hundreds of thousands homeless in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands killed in massive tsunami Legions of rescuers spread across Asia today after an earthquake of epic power struck deep beneath the Indian Ocean, unleashing 20-foot tidal waves that ravaged coasts across thousands of miles and killed more than 13,340 people and left millions homeless in the fourth-largest temblor in a century. The death toll along the southern coast of Asia -- and as far west as Somalia, on the African coast, where nine people were reported lost -- steadily increased as authorities sorted out a far-flung disaster caused by Sunday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake, strongest in 40 years.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to hold vote despite delays The justice minister has threatened to arrest election officials, thousands of polling stations still don't have ballots and parts of Aceh province are too dangerous to hold a vote. Nonetheless Indonesia will hold parliamentary elections Monday for the second time since the fall of the longtime dictator Suharto in 1998 - though election officials acknowledge voting will be delayed for up to five days in the remote regions of Papua and West Irian Jaya.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia dengue deaths hit 255, Singapore on alert Singapore has stepped up monitoring for dengue fever, which has killed at least 255 people in neighbouring Indonesia in an outbreak that has made thousands ill. A spokeswoman for Indonesia's health ministry said authorities were still waiting for test results to find out whether a deadly new strain of the virus was responsible for the high number of deaths in the world's fourth most populous nation.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 25 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesian forces kill 7 Aceh separatists Indonesian forces killed seven separatists of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) Tuesday, July 1, in several gunfights, as the country’s human rights investigators were verifying reports of new mass graves in the turbulent region. Government troops also arrested 13 separatists and seized 15 time bombs and seven grenades, spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Yani Basuki said, arguing there were no air strikes against GAM posts on Tuesday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia declares war on corruption A joke among MNCs says that there is little point pursuing Asian contracts without a sizeable chequebook. Greasing palms is a normal part of doing business. Indonesia regularly comes off worst in transparency and corruption surveys, but the country’s trade and industry minister, Ms Rini Soewandi, says a determined drive is underway to weed out corruption.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 23000 in Aceh Flee, rebel toll at 58 Indonesia said on Friday 58 separatist rebels in Aceh province have been killed, and 23,000 civilians have fled their homes, since the military began its biggest offensive in years. An Indonesian military document, seen by reporters on Friday afternoon, listed 58 rebels killed, up from a figure of 38 given in the morning.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 May 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sees no early victory in Aceh Indonesian forces clashed Wednesday with separatist rebels in the western province of Aceh, where the military said its campaign could take up to six months. The military says it has killed 15 GAM fighters since the offensive began, while GAM has estimated 20 civilians have been killed by the operation. No independent confirmation was available.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poland offers Indonesia military cooperation Poland on Thursday offered visiting Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri extensive cooperation in the military field. "We are proposing a vast cooperation in the military and arms domain," President Aleksander Kwasniewski told a joint conference with Megawati at the outset of her 48-hour visit. "We discussed political, economic, trade, military and tourism cooperation," Megawati said.

Posted in Military @ 25 April 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military fires mortars at Aceh rebels Separatist rebels in Indonesia's Aceh province, surrounded for more than a week in swampy terrain by some 1,000 government troops, said on Monday the military fired mortars at the group to make them surrender. The military confirmed the weekend attack at Paya Cot Trieng village in North Aceh despite previously saying it would give the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels several more days to surrender.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 11 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police and military in a show of force More than 5,600 armed military and police personnel, two police helicopters, numerous armored vehicles, water canon and hundreds of motorcycles were deployed on Tuesday as part of a dress rehearsal for protecting the upcoming special session of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR). Witnessed by the Assembly leaders in the MPR compound, the security personnel, drawn from the Jakarta Police and Jakarta Military Command, demonstrated their skills in maintaining security inside the buildings and around the compound.

Posted in Politics @ 18 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wahid trip to Aceh in doubt amid violence A trip by President Abdurrahman Wahid to Aceh province was in doubt on Thursday after fighting at an ExxonMobil gas field, which has been closed for security reasons threatening Indonesia's gas exports. Wahid's planned visit to Meulaboh, South Aceh, next week "might be cancelled," his spokesman Wimar Witoelar told journalists. Sources at the presidential palace said the military had strongly objected to the planned visit.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 24 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Defiant Wahid brushes off impeachment attempt Struggling to hold together the world's fourth most-populous nation, Indonesian's beleaguered president said he is confident he will defeat any effort to impeach him over financial scandals. In an interview with The Associated Press, President Abdurrahman Wahid said he had lobbied individual lawmakers and was prepared to fight an impeachment measure in court, if needed.

Posted in Politics @ 21 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. warship, USS O'brien told to leave RI waters U.S. Spurance Class type destroyer USS O'brein was told to leave Maluku waters by Indonesia's Rencong and Pandrong naval ships as its arrival raised suspicion. The warship was reportedly armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles. Commander of the Indonesian Navy Eastern Fleet, Rear Adm. Djoko Sumaryono, told Antara on Thursday that the warship was spotted in Indonesian territory between the Seram Sea and the Buru Sea on Saturday without notification of its purpose.

Posted in Politics @ 26 October 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods kill at least 38 people in East Nusa Tenggara Floods following two days of rain in East Nusa Tenggara have killed at least 38 people and swept through hundreds of homes, Antara said on Thursday. In its evening news broadcast on Thursday, state television TVRI quoted data issued by the provincial administration as saying that 125 people had died and no less than 160 houses severely damaged in the floods.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 May 2000 10:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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