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'Double-track railway construction should be accelerated' The construction of double-track railway in Java Island should be accelerated, the Vice Minister of Transportation Bambang Susantono reported here on Wednesday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 10 September 2014 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


East Java: '500 billion for southern coastal highway' The East Java provincial government has decided to allocate Rp500 billion in funds to develop the provinces southern coastal highway after the central government has stopped financing the project.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 17 August 2014 23:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four killed as train rams into minivan in Demak Four passengers of a minivan were killed when a train rammed into it at a railroad crossing without a barricade in the Central Java provincial district of Demak on Thursday. The dead, all employees of a company marketing coffee and instant noodles, were identified as Triwibowo (driver), Putri Indah, Topik Noven Setiawan, and Jumiyati Nunik Suprihatini.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 July 2014 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


An Australian imprisoned for illegal possession of drug Joseph Julie Anne Karen Hope (32) of Australia was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment for illegal possession of drug. The presiding judge of the Mataram district court Bagus Iriawan said Joseph was guilty of drug abuse.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 March 2014 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least Rp2 trillion needed to repair battered roads At least Rp2.12 trillion would be needed for the repair of roads battered by heavy flooding and landslides all over the Indonesia. The cost is for emergency repairs around Rp510.32 billion and permanent repairs around Rp1.517 trillion, highway construction director general Djoko Murjanto said here.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 30 January 2014 10:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Double track of northern Java railway operational in 2014 The double track of northern Java railway between Jakarta and Surabaya of East Java is expected to be operational early 2014. Operation of the new track would considerably reduce the burden of the highways linking the two largest cities in the country.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 27 November 2013 11:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta-Surabaya toll road plan must move forward: Minister State-owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Dahlan Iskan said the government`s plan to build toll roads, stretching from Jakarta to Surabaya in East Java, must move forward in spite of criticism from some quarters.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 18 October 2013 23:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police deploy 400 personnel to secure Mesuji Some 400 police personnel were deployed to secure the Mesuji Police Office on Wednesday when a protest broke out as demonstrators demanded the release of the leader of forest encroachers.

Posted in Protests @ 04 September 2013 16:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tightens security against possible infiltration of terrorists Bali police tighten control at all entry gates to the tourist island to prevent infiltration of terrorists to the island which has twice suffered big terrorist bombings over the past several years. Units of police mobile brigade are placed at the ports of Gilimanuk, Badung and Padangbai, Bali Police Chief Insp. Gen. Arif Wahyunadi said here on Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 August 2013 13:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Traffic jam extends 3 km along Trans-Sumatra highway Slow procession of Lebaran holiday home-bound travelers extended as far as 3 km along Trans-Sumatra highway in Bandarlampung, Lampung Province, on Monday morning.

Posted in General @ 29 July 2013 12:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 100 illegal immigrants nabbed in Cianjur Police detained more than 100 illegal immigrant in Cianjur, West Java , on the highway leading to southern coast of Java on Thursday. Police detective Adj Comr. Gito of the Cianjur police said the first group of 80 illegal immigrants from Maynmar, Pakistan, and Afghanistan were stopped in the Cianjur-Bandung highway.

Posted in Crime @ 13 June 2013 22:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides trapped cars in Bengkulu highway Rain-triggered landslides blocked and trapped a number of cars and motorcycles along a highway between the districts of Bengkulu Utara and Lebong.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 May 2013 10:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 'MRT, monorail, then deep tunnel' Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has stated that he will implement development projects in the city one by one, starting from Mass Rapid Transportation (MRT), followed by Monorail, and then finally the deep tunnel.

Posted in General @ 09 January 2013 16:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Toll road projects in Dumai remains in the pipeline The government`s plan to build a 16.3 kilometer toll road between Dumai and Pekanbaru in Riau remained in the pipeline. There has been no concrete step taken toward construction of the toll road until the end of 2012, head of Dumai land office Wan Fahrizal Noor told ANTARA News here on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 06 January 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Transportation Safety Committee needs 267 investigators The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) needs a total of 267 investigators to cover cases of transportation across the country, said KNKT chief Tatang Kurniadi.

Posted in General @ 28 December 2012 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Leading environmentalist attacked on Bali The Bali police have established a special task force to investigate a brutal physical attack suffered by Gendo Suardana, a leading environmental activist in Bali that occurred on Monday, November 5, 2012.

Posted in Crime @ 17 November 2012 05:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bogor police and military deployed as 100 thousands protest A joint team of around 3,600 personnel of Indonesian police and Army (TNI) has been deployed here to guard against protests by thousands of workers demanding improvement in their welfare, Bogor police spokesman has said.

Posted in Protests @ 29 October 2012 12:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Damage to mangrove caused by highway construction to be repaired The contractors building the toll road connecting Benoa Ė Ngurah Rai Airport Ė Nusa Dua (JDP) have publicly affirmed that they will repair any damage caused to the mangrove forest by the project.The contractors making the pledge are PT Wijaya Karya, PT Adhi Karya and PT Hutama Karya.

Posted in Environment @ 01 October 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


14 holiday travelers killed in traffic accidents in North Sumatra At least 14 persons, homebound for the Lebaran festival, have been killed in 64 traffic accidents that have taken place in Medan in north Sumatra in the last four days, a police report said on Wednesday.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 August 2012 18:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Health Ministry to set up more than 1,400 posts for travellers The Ministry of Health has planned to set up 1,468 health-care posts, with at least 65,000 paramedics, for home-bound travelers during Id-ul-Fitr, according to a minister.

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 August 2012 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


47 illegal immigrants plan to go to Australia Ciemas Police Sector chief Adjunct Police Commissioner Sumaryoto said 47 illegal Afghan immigrants wanted to cross to Christmas Island, Australia, from Ciemas waters.

Posted in Crime @ 04 June 2012 05:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of students injured in bus accident A bus carrying 25 elementary school students and teachers overturned on trans Sumatra highway on Wednesday, injuring dozens of them. The bus hit a tree and slid into a ditch after it overturned, eyewitnesses said.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 May 2012 17:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to have world`s longest bridge The construction of the Sunda Strait Bridge (JSS) is awaiting a feasibility study so that the building of the mega-project would be realized according to plan.

Posted in General @ 10 May 2012 14:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police seize 1.16 tons of marijuana in Jambi Police detained a truck driver and seized 1.16 tons of dried marijuana, worth Rp2 billion, which was being carried by a truck from Aceh on the Trans-Sumatra highway in Muarojambi district early Thursday.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 April 2012 11:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Another PLN tower in Aceh cut by unknown people Unknown people have cut a PLN (state electricity company) tower interconnecting the Aceh and North Sumatra power grids at Jambo Aye, North Aceh district, Aceh province, a PLN official said.

Posted in Crime @ 28 January 2012 02:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 11 reactions


Mob torches dozens of houses in South Lampung A mob torched at least 60 houses at Sidomulyo village in South Lampung district, Lampung province, on Tuesday following a clash between two groups of people earlier in the day. The mob also destroyed 23 other houses, sources told.

Posted in Violence @ 25 January 2012 00:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign scientists to study Lapindo Sidoarjo mudflow A team of foreign scientists will be traveling to Indonesia's East Java province in order to observe the Lapindo mudflow that began five years ago in Sidoarjo, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 27 May 2011 00:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism service: 'Bali also needs a toll road' Bisnis Bali suggest that plans now being discussed to build a second international airport in Bali's north are certain to confront many impediments, not least of which will be connected with a lack of adequate infrastructure.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 May 2011 08:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Overloaded trucks destroying Bali's roads The poor state of many roads in Bali is blamed on the blatant disregard of maximum weight limitations by trucks traveling the island's thoroughfares. According to Beritabali.com, an estimated 90% of these trucks are in violation of the maximum weight limitations imposed on every vehicle.

Posted in Culture @ 17 April 2011 11:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cold lava flooding after Merapi eruptions hit Yogyakarta With heavy rainfall accompanied by sporadic but strong wind currents, Indonesia's Yogyakarta was hit by the largest outflow of cold lava and mud, locally known as lahar dingin, since October's Merapi eruptions, local media reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 January 2011 02:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 120 new species of plants and animals discovered At least 120 new species of plants and animals have been discovered in the tropical rain forests of Borneo in the last three years. Several of the remarkable findings were done by Dutch. Evolutionbiologist Menno Schilthuizen and his Malaysian student Liew Thor-Seng found a new kind of snail with a tail that is three times as long as his head for example.

Posted in Environment @ 23 April 2010 02:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Overpass near Dewa Ruci Monument on Bali? The national news service Antara reports that governor I Made Mangku Pastika views the building of suspended overpass roads around the Dewa Ruci Monument (Simpang Siur) as the "way out" of Bali's current traffic congestion dilemma.

Posted in General @ 04 February 2010 01:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


High speed train link for West Java province? A consortium comprising of almost 20 companies for the Hydrogen Hi-Speed Rail Super Highway (H2RSH) project is scheduled to start its feasibility study on Jan. 11, 2010, involving transportation experts from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).

Posted in Travel @ 09 January 2010 01:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volunteers NU hand out condoms in prostitution zones Volunteers of the second largest Muslim movement in Indonesia, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) handed out hundreds of condoms in a number of prostitution zones along the northern highway near the city of Tegal in Central Java. The volunteers also handed out leaflets with information about the dangers of HIV/AIDS at several points of the national highway.

Posted in Health @ 04 December 2009 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to Yogya: twelve hours by bus How to get to Yogyakarta? Of course the plane is a good solution from Jakarta, but we didn't want to. My plan was to catch the bus in the morning, so we would arrive in Yogya in the evening, but as we found out there were no morning buses departing for Yogya from Cikarang, so we just took the bus departing in the evening, because we wanted to go to Yogya anyway.

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thirteen killed in Palopo landslide A landslide that occurred in the district of Wara Barat of the city of Palopo in Central Sulawesi has killed 13 residents. Directly after the landslide occurred, other residents in the area scrambled to the location to look for victims under the debris, but only bodies were pulled from the rubble.

Posted in Weather @ 10 November 2009 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! #3 This time indeed no picture of Indonesian nature, but a building project that has never been finished. The picture was a part of a concrete pillar which eventually should have become an elevated toll road. That highway was never constructed and these pillars are lost in the landscape along Kali Malang in the regency of Bekasi, directly east of Jakarta. To view the picture in our new large format, please visit the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 17 September 2009 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


View CCTV camera's monitoring mudik The Department of Communication has launched a website where you can peek along with 21 camera's. These camera's are placed in strategic positions along highways and main roads of western Java to keep an eye at the traffic in the coming two weeks. An estimated 16 million people will hit the roads to find their way home to celebrate the end of the Ramadan.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 September 2009 10:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Smoke covers city of Palembang Smoke from forest fires in the region have once again covered the city of Palembang in South Sumatra. Activity on the Musi river has been slowed by the smoke. The smoke originates from forest fires which occur in forests around the Musi river itself and cause visibility to drop to some 200 meters.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 September 2009 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Almost all roads fine for Idul Fitri holidays' The Department of Public Works (PU) has said that ten days before the first day of Idul Fitri, some 98 percent of the construction and renovation works on roads is finished. It only gave information about the roads that are appointed as official mudik routes, with mudik being the 27-million odd homecoming travels to celebrate the end of the Ramadan month of fasting.

Posted in Ramadan @ 12 September 2009 02:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Snipers on the highway? The local police in some districts along the northern highway over the island of Java will install snipers on points where crime is rampant. The snipers will be placed between Situbondo and Banyuwangi in East Java province during the Idul Fitri travel period. "As many as 30 snipers will be placed in the highway to reduce crime rate during the holidays," said Sapto Nugroho, of the Besuku Police.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 September 2009 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


27 million people on the move on aging infrastructure The Ministry of Transportation has said that it expected that more than 27 million people will hit the roads to be with their families during the upcoming Idul Fitri period later this month. Jusman Syafii Djamal, Minister of Transport, told that it was expected that some 16.3 million people would take public transport and planes, while 11 million others would use private vehicles.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 September 2009 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iron from new Suramadu brigde stolen Staff of the Highway Patrol (PJR) on the recently opened Suramadu bridge between Surabaya and Madura have caught a thief which had just stolen a piece of iron used to break the waves around one of the towers in the middle of the bridge. It is not the first time that iron has been stolen from the bridge, and stealing already started even before the bridge was officially opened.

Posted in Crime @ 14 August 2009 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Jakarta sweeps streets with nail-sweepers Cleaning the streets in Jakarta is almost impossible, but last night, members of the highway police of the Greater Jakarta Police swept the streets clean. Clean of nails that is. Jalan Gatot Subroto in the direction of Slipi and Kolong in Semanggi were cleaned by a special nail-weeper. The nail-sweeper only roamed the streets for a few hours from 23:30 to 02:00 local time, but during that time it managed to clean the streets of some two kilograms of nails.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 August 2009 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


250 million Euro needed for construction Cisumdawu tollroad The West Java government needs some 3400 billion Rupiah (250 million euro) to build the Cileunyi-Sumedang-Dawuan (Cisumdawu) toll road. When the toll road is finally constructed, it will not only ease traffic on the route Bandung - Cireon, but also integrate the Trans Jawa highway from Cikampek to Palimanan.

Posted in General @ 10 March 2009 09:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Denpasar police crack down on shirtless motorcyclists In addition to issuing tickets to motorcyclists lacking driver's licenses, vehicle title and helmets, NusaBali reports that Denpasar's traffic police will soon also be taking actions against drivers, presumably male, cruising Bali's roads bare-chested. Declared "Operation Sympathetic" and focused primarily on the streets of Kuta, a police official confirmed that special attention would be given to foreign male tourists driving motorcycles while not wearing a shirt.

Posted in General @ 05 February 2009 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The bus trip from Surabaya to Malang Sitting in a bus is not something that I do with the greatest love. However every once in a while I will still do something that I don't want to do every single day. After the flight from Yogyakarta to Surabaya in the early morning, I didn't reach my final destination for the day - by far. But fortunately I had already taken that into account when I booked the ticket. At that time I decided to use only public transport to find my way to Malang, which was my final destination for the day.

Posted in Travel @ 23 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected bomb explodes near Timika airport A suspected bomb detonated Sunday night near an international airport in eastern Indonesia, causing no injuries, a national police spokesman said. The explosion happened around 10:15 p.m. local time (GMT+9) at a small electrical hub about a kilometer from Moses Kilangin International Airport in Timika, West Papua, spokesman Abubakar Nataprawira told. Anti-terrorism teams and a bomb squad were immediately dispatched to the scene, he said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 14 September 2008 04:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysians run into massive bureaucracy for toll road construction Initial approaches by a group of Malaysian investors to build a number of toll road projects in Bali may have come to a sudden halt due to regulatory and bureaucratic restrictions. Tempo Interaktif reports that the plan of Malaysia Datuk Khalid, the husband of singing star Siti Nurhaliza, to build and operate toll roads connecting Sanur beach - Tanjung Benoa and Ngurah Rai Airport - Nusa Dua has run afoul due to procedural rules governing such a project.

Posted in General @ 06 July 2008 04:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Landslide cuts main road in Sumatra A landslide in Indonesian West Sumatra province of Sumatra Island on Saturday evening blocked transportation with nearby provinces, National Disaster Management Agency said on Sunday. A kiosk and a truck were buried by the landslide, said Setio Sutarmo, an official of the agency.

Posted in Weather @ 23 March 2008 13:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Main road over Sulawesi blocked by landslide between Poros and Pantura The Trans-Sulawesi highway between Poros and Pantura (the northern part of the road) which forms the main connection between the provinces of Gorontalo and Central Sulawesi has been cut of because of landslides at several points. The landslides occurred after heavy rains hit the district of North Gorontalo in the past few days.

Posted in Weather @ 30 January 2008 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian beaches ravaged by 2004 tsunami still eroding The catastrophic damage of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was mostly done within a few hours, but that was just the beginning of a different process that may take up to a decade or more to complete - the stabilization of new beaches and landforms in areas ravaged by this disaster. In continued studies, researchers at Oregon State University and the U.S. Geological Survey are finding that the beaches may continue to shift and change for several more years, as the lands adjust both to the tsunami impacts and the sudden drop of some nearby land by three to six feet.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dining with Lions in Bali What is almost certainly Bali's - and perhaps Asia's most unique dining venue has opened with the inauguration of the Tsavo Lion Restaurant at the Bali Safari & Marine Park, located just 20 minutes east of Denpasar on the new Jalan Bypass Professor Ida Bagus Mantra highway.

Posted in Tourism @ 24 December 2007 09:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No more parking mafia! You know them, the ever friendly people who always know where to find that parking space you need. If not on the pavement, in front of an entrance or on a dead-end part of the highway system in Jakarta. There is always place for just one more car, motorbike or bikes, which are folded together near a trash can or tree. No problem at all and we are all happy that we can park at a distance less than ten meters from where we want to go. Nothing wrong with paying a little extra on top of the set prices. Gladly even, because 'better be lazy than tired', is something you have to pay for. Of course we are not talking huge amounts here and for hat few thousand Rupiah's you won't push aside cars yourself, I won't believe that.

Posted in Culture @ 05 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 1 However it wasn't Saturday for sure, but a Tuesday, still I had the feeling that I had to take my motorbike for a nice day of traveling. Where it would bring me? At least as far as Purworejo. To my amazement and some shame I had never been there before, so that became the primary target. I at least had to go there so I could honestly say that I had been there. Furthermore there were no plans, like usual. It was already late in the morning, so it was not really supposed to become a long trip. Maybe after Purworejo it was time to find my way back. That also depended on what I would find along the way of course. Seen the distance and the road conditions it was to take about one and a half hour to get there. My modest estimation.

Posted in Travel @ 17 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Traveling between Yogyakarta and Malang It's not really difficult go get up on time, around seven in the morning, so for that matter it's a nice service that it's possible to get a minivan in front of the door within the hour when I'm making a trip to a destination at a bigger distance than just in the city or nearby. That kind of minivan is called a travel here, and plies a fixed route a few times a day, for example from Yogyakarta via Solo, Madiun and Malang to Surabaya. Of course you can also travel the other way around, if you like you can go as far as Jakarta, but from Yogyakarta that is such a big distance that I rather prefer taking the train or a plane. Trains often depart or arrive at the most strange times possible, but that's a matter of looking what you personally most like.

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


Main tollroad near Porong in southern direction closed The main road near Porong, which connects Surabaya and Gempol, is closed for traffic in the direction of Malang to the south and Jember-Banyuwangi to the east. The closure came in effect at 10.00 local time today. The two lanes which originate in Surabaya and run south are closed because of mud flowing on the road since the last nine days.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 April 2007 08:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Residents clear flood waste in Indonesia Deadly floods receded from much of the Indonesian capital Wednesday, leaving stinking debris blocking streets and a daunting cleanup for residents, many angry at the country's leaders following the latest in a string of disasters. "Every year the government promises there will be no more floods, but just look around you," said Endang Trisilowati as her children hauled sacks of black mud out of her house in downtown Jakarta. "I have to buy a new sofa, new beds, everything. It is a disgrace."

Posted in Flooding @ 08 February 2007 01:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia floods drive timber prices Massive flooding in Malaysia and Indonesia, the world's top two exporters of tropical timber, has forced timber prices up sharply, according to a new industry report. "The incessant rainfall and widespread flooding drove prices for Malaysian timber products sharply up," the International Tropical Timber Organisation was quoted by AFP as saying in its latest newsletter.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2007 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge hole in Gempol-Porong tollroad The explosion of a gas pipe of state-run company Pertamina near the center of the drilling well of PT Brantas Lapindo in Porong, Sidoarjo (East Java) has caused a hole in the tollroad ahead. The hole is at least three to five meters wide and is located at kilometer 38. A reporter of Antara news on the scene reported earlier today that the hole in the road is more than big enough for a dumptruck.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 24 November 2006 16:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Power line breaks, causes accident on Cipularang highway Traffic at the Cipularang toll road came to a grinding hold on Friday evening when a high-voltage power cable (Saluran Udara Tegangan Ekstra Tinggi, SUTET), which crossed the road here, broke of and came down in the Sadang area, district of Purwakarta. The cable just missed the cars on the road below. After the cable broke, several small accidents occured. Three cars were damaged and two people were reported to have injuries. The power cable broke around 19.00 local time (WIB), in the middle of the busy time directly after Ramadhan month of fasting.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 October 2006 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest 14 Christians over killings of Muslims Police arrested 14 Christians accused of bludgeoning two Muslim men to death amid anger at the execution of three Roman Catholic militants on Sulawesi island last month, a police officer said Monday. The fish salesmen were killed at an illegal roadblock on the island's main highway and their bodies were buried in a shallow grave nearby, said Central Sulawesi Police Chief Brig. Gen. Badrudin Haiti.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 09 October 2006 15:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia delays plans to divert mudflow into river Indonesian disaster crews were forced to abandon plans Thursday to begin diverting millions of tons of mud from an industrial accident into a nearby river because of problems with a new pumping system, an official said. The runaway mudflow, sparked by a gas exploration drilling accident in East Java province last May, now covers more than 400 hectares, has drowned several villages, a highway, and displaced more than 12,000 people.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 06 October 2006 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


A visit to the Indonesian embassy It has been a short while, but still I think about that one day that I was headed for the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Because I had obtained a nice booklet of maps of the city, and I also bought a monthly card for the LRT (city trains), I would be able to drop in there to bring my paperwork. The embassy opened at nine o'clock in the morning, like usual, so if I would get up at around eight o'clock I would have enough time to prepare myself. That is what happened. Half past eight the alarm of my telephone went off and I took a short shower. The train station of Chinatown - that's the place where I found a nice little hotel for the week - was located at about 300 meters from the hotel. I waned to the central station of Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral) because you can take the monorail from there. This route brought me in the direction of the Indonesian embassy, however I still had to walk quite some distance. With a bottle of water that should be possible however. I also got the chance to use the monorail trains, because waiting until the one in Jakarta is finished would mean I was able to go to Kuala Lumpur a few more times, because that one won't be ready for some time being, if I read the stories about that.

Posted in Travel @ 25 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The gray ooze that ate the villages Nothing, it seems, can stop the mud. For more than three months, the hot, noxious goop has spewed up through a crack in the earth at a natural-gas exploration site, swamping everything in its path. The expanding, surreal gray lake with the stench of rotten eggs has enveloped more than 10 square miles of land in eastern Java, Indonesia's most densely populated island. The flow has forced 8,000 to 10,000 people from their homes, engulfed about a dozen factories, contaminated fish farms and intermittently closed a major highway.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 10 September 2006 14:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flooding affects planes, trains in Semarang It was a bright Sunday in Semarang but the floodwaters from three days of heavy rain were still inundating most parts of the city, with Ahmad Yani Airport and Tawang railroad station still not fully back to normal. Garuda Indonesia's general manager in Semarang, Arjo K. Bardijan, said on Sunday that the airline was still transporting passengers scheduled to depart from Semarang to Adi Sumarmo Airport in the neighboring city of Surakarta.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 January 2006 14:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Pertamina cuts supply for quota State oil and gas firm PT Pertamina has reduced premium gasoline supply in trial periods in major cities, including Jakarta and Surabaya, and is monitoring the public reaction and response to the move before its full implementation. Head of Pertamina's fuel division Achmad Faisal said the plan was aimed at putting national fuel consumption on a par with the quota set by the government.

Posted in Economy @ 05 July 2005 07:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


US to build $245 m highway in Aceh US deputy secretary of state Robert Zoellick signed an agreement on Sunday to build a $245 million road along Acehís western coast, one of the first of many huge projects to rebuild the Indonesian province after the devastating December 26 tsunami. The 240-km (150-mile) highway will connect Acehís provincial capital, Banda Aceh, with the city of Meulaboh, which was almost wiped out by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and the biggest tsunami ever recorded.

Posted in Earthquake @ 09 May 2005 00:01 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


Yogya from the air It's not the world as I know it, an aerial view over the city. Normally I will only see cities from the roads I drive on by motorbike. It's much more cheap to do so, because using a helicopter to have a look in town is not for the average man. Still I had the chance to make some pictures from the window upon arriving in Yogyakarta in December last year. Since the airport is close to the city and the weather was clear, I made a handful of pictures.

Posted in Travel @ 14 February 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scope of destruction in Indonesia remains unclear It is called Mecca's Veranda because for centuries, Aceh province's bustling ports have been the final embarkation point for devout Indonesian Muslims bound for the hajj, the mandatory pilgrimage all Muslims are expected to make at least once. Today, vast swaths of the rugged province on the northern tip of Sumatra have disappeared beneath mountains of mud left by Sunday's tsunami. Giant waves demolished homes and businesses on the Indonesian island and claimed the lives of thousands.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java's roads packed with holiday travelers Driyanto, a 42-year-old man from Jakarta, left the capital at 4 a.m. on Friday for Banyumas municipality in Central Java. He arrived in Cirebon, West Java, 12 hours later. The trip normally takes about four hours. "I arrived here at around 4 p.m., meaning it took 12 hours from Jakarta," Driyanto told The Jakarta Post while taking a travel break in Cirebon.

Posted in Ramadan @ 16 November 2004 00:01 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 sunís direct heat and they are working close to home. Itís nice to see the fabrics being produced in front of your nose, too bad itís 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 isnít much choice here, but well, itís 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 hadnít 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


Jakarta roads offer freedom for F1 wannabes Neither the traffic or the potholes can stop some Jakartans from speeding, and with the police turning a blind eye to the problem speeding motorists have turned some roads in the capital into their own private race tracks. Of the 295,003 tickets issued by the Jakarta Police from January to July, surprisingly not a single one was for speeding. The highway patrol can often be seen cruising along the toll roads, but they are also seemingly uninterested in citing speeding drivers.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Building owners OK wider sidewalk In order to make way for wider pedestrian sidewalks, the owners of 22 buildings along Jl. Thamrin, Central Jakarta, have agreed to take their fences back a notch. The additional width provided by the buildings varied from 0.6 meter to 3.5 meters, said head of the City Parks Agency open spaces division Mochamad Setyadi, on Monday. "Not all sidewalks will be six meters wide as initially planned," he said.

Posted in General @ 10 August 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Truck rolls into wedding party in Ambarawa, killing 17 A driver-less truck loaded with cement rolled backward into a wedding party on Indonesia's Java island, killing 17 guests and injuring 12 others, police said Monday. The driver was repairing the truck when it overran wooden chocks placed behind its wheels and slid 20 meters (65 feet) down a slight hill into the party on Sunday, said Capt. Kusnoto, who goes by a single name.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus crash kills 14 in Sumatra A passenger bus slammed into a minibus on Indonesia's Sumatra island, killing 14 people, including a 1-year-old baby, police said Tuesday. The accident occurred late Monday in the town of Lampung, about 300 kilometers (120 miles) northwest of Jakarta, Lampung police chief Maj. Eriyadi Wibowo. Wibowo said the 14 passengers killed were on the minibus, and that victims included a 1-year-old baby.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In a series of short stories I will shine a light on things I have seen, I have done, I have smelled and touched in my three weeks stay in Indonesia (Jogjakarta and Sulawesi) in March 2004. Many things tend to fade away as soon as you are back home, picking up your daily life. Luckily I had a little booklet for some daily remarks. That will be my guide for this stories and stories to come.

Posted in Travel @ 10 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia proposes SE Asian peacekeeping force President Megawati Soekarnoputri is tentatively scheduled to visit Aceh province early next month to inaugurate a number of development projects, Aceh Governor Abdullah Puteh said. "According to preliminary information, the President will arrive in Aceh early March but this is subject to confirmation later," Puteh said here on Friday.

Posted in Military @ 21 February 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exodus to reach peak on Sunday The annual Idul Fitri exodus was once in evidence in the capital on Saturday as thousands of people left Jakarta by various means of transportation. Meanwhile, the death toll during this year's exodus has already reached 17. The massive getaway is expected to reach its peak on Sunday and Monday. For some lucky travelers, free trips home have been sponsored by private sector companies and a political party.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus, railway stations crammed as holiday nears With just three full days before the kick off of Idul Fitri celebrations on Nov. 25, thousands of migrants living in Jakarta began to overstretch the limits of the airport, seaports, bus terminals and train stations, not to mention the main highways leading out of town to Central Java and East Java, as they rushed to get back to their hometowns in time for the holidays.

Posted in Ramadan @ 21 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government told to reconsider road project in Leuser park Legislators urged the government on Tuesday to abandon its plan to continue construction on a Rp 1 trillion (US$1.2 million) highway cutting through Aceh province in Sumatra. "We do not see any urgency to build the road, at the cost of destroying the Leuser ecosystem," said legislator Zaenal Arifin on Tuesday, echoing what environmentalists said recently.

Posted in Environment @ 12 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: Jawa bus pileup kills 54 The death toll from a school bus crash reached 54 Thursday and police said they had launched a search for a truck driver accused of causing one of the country's worst road accidents this year. A bus full of high students was returning late Wednesday from a trip to Bali when a semi-trailer veered into its lane and crashed head-on into it, police said. A second truck then smashed into the back of the bus on the busy highway near Situbondo, some 800 kilometers (500 miles) east of Jakarta.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Monorail may offer some relief to Jakarta WHEN Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso flew to Kuching, Malaysia, last week to sign a deal for a monorail project worth US$400 million (S$704 million) for the Indonesian capital, it heralded a belated move to set up some sort of credible mass transit system in the gridlocked, polluted city of 12 million people. Jakarta is one of the last major metropolises in South-east Asia without an underground railway network. Blueprints have been drawn up in recent years, but were shelved at the onset of the Asian economic meltdown in late 1997.

Posted in General @ 02 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Driving around in Bandung, so much to see. I was planning on visiting a location just outside Bandung, called Kota Baru Parahyangan. They are building a completely new city there within a few years, at least thatís the plan. The area is now home to open landscapes with sawahís, some farms and few people. The construction of the about 12,000 houses, 2 schools, a hospital, university, shopping mall, and everything else that comes with Indonesian life, has just started about a year ago. At this moment, only a food court and some 150 houses are completed, not forgetting to mention the 6 lane road running from the end of the jalan tol (tol road) to far beyond the first set of completed houses to several locations where construction just has started (as it seems).

Posted in Travel @ 13 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mob attacks police post in Indonesia A mob has attacked and ransacked a police post in Indonesia. The incident happened in Palimanan, in West Java, a day after a policeman allegedly shot dead a bus driver following a traffic accident. The company's bus drivers went on strike today to protest the shooting.

Posted in Violence @ 04 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Underground fires wreak havoc Thousands of underground coal fires around the world could be fuelling toxic pollution, contributing up to 3% of the rate of global warming and threatening wildlife, scientists warned yesterday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Plane crashes on toll road, pilot killed A small single-engine plane made a crash landing on the Jagorawi toll road, only hundreds of meters from the Cililitan toll gate in East Jakarta, killing the pilot and injuring the three passengers, including an Australian, and two motorists. The pilot, Brig. Gen. Bakat Purwanto, 47, was dead on arrival at the Indonesian Christian University (UKI) Hospital. The three other people on board were Michael Watson, a 58-year-old Australian police officer, Andreas Tanus, 49, who is a local consultant, and his six-year-old son, Matthew Tanus. "I had been flying many times with Pak Bakat ... Today, we just wanted to look around the city," Watson, who was a friend of the pilot, told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Facing a meltdown in its transportation system, the Jakarta government now dreams of a high-speed subway, elevated trains and modern buses to efficiently move its 12 million inhabitants. Experts conducting a S$15-million study hope to ease the severe gridlock that often turns a 5-km trip into a half-hour crawl.

Posted in General @ 19 July 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three die in toll road accident Three people were killed instantly, four suffered serious injuries and two others were slightly wounded in an accident that occurred on the Jakarta-Merak toll road in Cikupa, Tangerang, on Sunday evening. Tangerang Traffic Police chief Insp. Sudarmanto told the media on Monday that the fatal accident began as Abdullah, the driver of an Isuzu Panther minivan carrying 10 passengers from Jakarta, lost control. The driver may have been drowsy, such that his vehicle zigzagged, then hit the fence on the median and crossed over to the highway carrying vehicles in the opposite direction. At the same time, an Isuzu Panther minitruck heading to Jakarta appearedand a collision was inevitable. The minivan then skidded into the gutter.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mobs blockade Bali main highway Hundreds of residents of Gunaksa village, Dawan district, in Klungkung regency, some 40 kilometers east of here, blocked the provincial southern primary highway early on Friday in an apparent protest over a previous dispute.In the previous incident, some Gunaksa residents were threatened by four armed hoodlums from the neighboring village of Sampalan.

Posted in Protests @ 22 February 2002 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Diesel fuel crisis hits Central Java, Jakarta A shortage in supplies of diesel fuel is being experienced again in parts of Java but state oil company Pertamina insisted on Saturday that the supply was sufficient for the next three weeks. Pertamina suspects that the problem lies in the transportation system which is controlled by the private sector. This time the hardest hit by the shortage is Central Java. In Jakarta, an undersupply of diesel fuel has been reported in West and East Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 27 August 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Wave of refugees leave Sampit Thousands of Sampit's citizens, the capital of East Kotawaringin Regency in Central Kalimantan, left Palangkaraya on Tuesday (20/2) in waves. Palangkaraya is located around 220 kilometers east of Sampit. Trucks laden with belongings of Sampit people and hundreds of private cars were constantly heading towards Palangkaraya.

Posted in Violence @ 21 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Internet users expected to double to 4 million in 2001 The number of Internet users in Indonesia will double to four million in 2001, even if e-commerce is only picking up slowly due to problems with online payments, the Indonesian Association of Internet Service Providers (APJII) says. APJII Chairman Heru Nugroho explained that his optimistic projection was based on the rapid growth of the Internet industry in Asia, including Indonesia, over the past two years.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides, floods kill 62 in Sumatra island Landslides and floods following days of rain have killed at least 62 people and left 71 people missing in Sumatra island, reports and officials said here Sunday. A total of 57 people were killed and 71 were missing in West Sumatra, a search and rescue post there said, while five others were found dead following extensive floods in Aceh on the northern tip of Sumatra island.

Posted in Flooding @ 26 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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