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A number of districts want to have nuclear power plant A number of districts in the country want to build a nuclear power plant (PLTN) to cope with crisis in power supply in their respective areas, an official said. "Mr Basuri Tjahaja Purnama, regent of Belitung Timur proposed to me to build a mini PLTN in his area," head of the National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) Djarot Sulistio Wisnubroto said here on Friday.

Posted in Power supply @ 21 November 2014 20:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bill Clinton visit expected to give positive impact for Aceh Aceh Governor Zaini Abdullah said the visit of former United States President Bill Clinton to Aceh will have a positive impact on the western Indonesian province. "We expect a positive impact on Aceh after the visit by the former President of the United States," Aceh Governor Abdullah Zaini said here on Saturday.

Posted in Politics @ 19 July 2014 18:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey: 'Young voters prefer Jokowi-JK pair' Young voters in the age group of 17 to 22 years prefer the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla pair to the Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa duo for the presidential election scheduled on July 9, according to Polcomm.

Posted in Elections @ 24 June 2014 17:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bad weather hampers rescue of sinking boat in Papua Bad weather in Yapen waters hampered the rescue effort of a sinking boat that carried 30 people in the area of Pasorae Strait to Kurudu Kaipuri waters of Papua.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 April 2014 16:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lake Toba officially declared as 'Toba Caldera Geopark' President Susilo Yudhoyono officially designated Lake Toba as Toba Caldera Geopark, in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, on Thursday. The confirmation of Toba Lake as a geopark is crucial in supporting Indonesia's plan to propose Lake Toba caldera geopark to be included in UNESCO's Geopark Global Network (GGN).

Posted in Environment @ 28 March 2014 15:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 20 Indonesian fishermen serving jail term in Malaysia At least 20 Indonesian traditional fishermen from the district of Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, are serving jail term in Pulau Penang prison, Malaysia. Secretary of the North Sumatra branch of the Indonesian fishermen (HNSI), Ihya Ulumuddin, said he had no information when the small fishermen from Pantai Labu sub-district, would be released.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 March 2014 13:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati calls on students to monitor 2014 elections Opposition party leader Megawati Soekarnoputri called on students here on Saturday not to become absentee voters, but to help monitor the upcoming general elections. "Do not become absentee voters, because if we do we might get a leader that we do not want. We, instead, must monitor the election to avoid fraud," she said before students of Surabaya University.

Posted in Elections @ 01 March 2014 23:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sultan hopes Yogyakarta to fully recover on Wednesday The governor of Yogyakarta special region in central Java hopes that the region will fully recover by Wednesday, after being flooded by ash rain from Mt. Keluds eruption last Thursday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 February 2014 15:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor Ratu Atut will not step down herself Firman Wijaya, the lawyer of the governor of Banten charged with corruption Ratu Atut Chosiyah, has said that his client would step down when she was charged and brought to court. Until now she only is a suspect and is detained. Wijaya also says that the KPK should not be cocky against a regional head.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 January 2014 09:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BATAN may begin construction of nuclear power plant in 2015 The head of the National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN), Djarot S. Wisnusubroto, has said he expects the construction of a nuclear power plant (PLTN) to begin by 2015.

Posted in Power supply @ 17 December 2013 10:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 3 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


'Islamic parties have no strong figure to unite them' A researcher has noted that Islamic parties in Indonesia have no strong figure to nominate as a presidential candidate, which is hampering coalition efforts.

Posted in Politics @ 25 November 2013 19:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO supports Jakarta`s free medical treatment for the poor The World Health Organization (WHO) appreciates and supports Jakarta city`s program of free medical treatment for the poor. A WHO`s team has studied the program for months and found it appreciable.

Posted in Health @ 11 September 2013 22:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lawmaker: 'Terrorism still real in Jakarta' A lawmaker from the Commission III of the House of Representatives (DPR) Eva Kusuma Sundari said Tuesday`s shooting of a police officer showed that terrorism is still a threat in Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 September 2013 14:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Army deployed  to avoid oil stealing in Palembang Indonesian Army Chief of Staff Moeldoko said Indonesian Military (TNI) has deployed personnel to avoid oil stealing that often takes place in Palembang, South Sumatra.

Posted in Crime @ 28 August 2013 17:24 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


Palue Island to be emptied over Mount Rokatenda danger Residents living on the tiny island of Palue, in East Nusa Tenggara,will be moved to a nearby island over concern that the erupting Mount Rokatenda could become a larger threat, a disaster mitigation agency official said on Saturday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 August 2013 04:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Reform efforts still continuing' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said reform efforts in Indonesia that began in 1999 following a financial crisis in 1998 had not yet finished and are still continuing.

Posted in Politics @ 15 June 2013 00:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Saudi Arabia cuts Indonesia's hajj quota by 20% The Saudi government has cut Indonesia`s hajj pilgrimage quota this year by 20 percent or 42,200 pilgrims from 211,000 to 168,000 pilgrims, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadarma Ali said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 June 2013 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost four million Indonesians live on palm oil About 3.7 million people in Indonesia live on oil palm plantations, a senior agriculture ministry said. Speaking to a seminar at Santika Hotel here on Friday, Secretary of the Directorate General of Agriculture Mukti Sardjono said that oil palm played an important role in providing income for the people.

Posted in Economy @ 30 March 2013 18:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of Papua separatists change allegiance At least 212 members of the Papua separatist, OPM, have pledged to forgo the idea of establishing a free Papua state saying they want to be part of Indonesia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 26 January 2013 08:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Navy hopes navy's third fleet to be operational in 2014 The navy hopes the plan to form a new navy fleet will come to reality in 2014, Navy spokesman CommodoreUntung Suropati said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Military @ 23 January 2013 18:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police reveal names of wanted persons in Poso Police in Poso revealed the names of 24 persons so far wanted for their alleged involvement in violent cases in the past year in the Central Sulawesi district.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 January 2013 16:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi wants MRT talks with central government Jakarta`s Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said he hoped to reach an agreement with the central government on sharing the repayment of loan used to built Jakarta`s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project.

Posted in General @ 06 December 2012 13:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan and Jokowi to build low cost apartments in slum areas Minister for State Enterprises Dahlan Iskan said state construction companies will cooperate in building six low cost apartment tower in slum areas of Marunda, area of state owned bonded zone operator PT Kawasan Berikat Nusantara (KBN) and Klender.

Posted in General @ 28 November 2012 15:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament endorses North Kalimantan as new province The House of Representatives (DPR) endorsed North Kalimantan Province as a new autonomous region on Thursday, after bifurcating it from the East Kalimantan Province.

Posted in Politics @ 25 October 2012 15:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kuta residents deal with taxi problem themselves Community elements from the Kuta area of Bali have begun taking matters into their own hands in dealing with errant taxies illegally parked and waiting for their next fare in their area.

Posted in General @ 20 October 2012 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


E Nusa Tenggara braving for severe sun heat The people in East Nusa Tenggara are braving for scorching air temperature forecast to reach as high as 38 degrees Celsius next month.

Posted in Weather @ 24 September 2012 12:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sends food aid to North Korea The Indonesian Government has provided food assistance worth US$2 million to North Korea to help it tide over its current food crisis.

Posted in Health @ 19 September 2012 16:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


900,000 people in tsunami danger zone in West Sumatra The National Disaster Control Agency (BNPB) said at least 900,000 people in West Sumatra live in areas within tsunami dangerous zone.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 September 2012 23:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Timika gateway for arms dealing Timika District Military Commander Lt Col Inf Christian Tehuteru has suspected that the Mimika district town of Timika was a gateway for the distribution trade of firearms and ammunition.

Posted in Crime @ 30 May 2012 12:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to build three hospitals for workers The public housing ministry will build three hospitals for workers in the Jabodetabek industrial area this year. "We are going to build three hospitals in the Jabodetabek. The funds and the design are available," Public Housing Minister Djan Faridz said here Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 May 2012 08:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono hopes May Day rallies run peacefully President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed hope that workers in Jakarta and the rest of the country would stage peaceful rallies to mark the International Labor Day or May Day on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 30 April 2012 16:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to soon develop renewable energy Indonesia will soon develop renewable energy to replace the country`s diminishing oil reserves, according to Deputy Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Kardaya Warnika.

Posted in Economy @ 08 April 2012 04:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Seven hospitals expected to be internationally accredited Seven state-owned A-class hospitals are expected to receive international accreditation by 2014.

Posted in Health @ 07 March 2012 14:13 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


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

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


Indonesia loses 3.5 billion euro a year over counterfeit goods The Indonesian economy loses at least Rp. 43.2 trillion (3.5 billion euro) a year in potential taxes due to counterfeit goods being imported into the country, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 15 November 2011 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air working on new full-service airline Lion Air has announced plans to launch a full-service airline soon. A new company, PT Space Aviation Service, has been set up for this purpose already. The general director of Lion Air, Edward Sirait, said that they were currently arranging licenses for the new company.

Posted in Travel @ 03 October 2011 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Dutch government has to pay for Rawagede widows The Netherlands is responsible for the damage that survivors suffered during the killing spree on the village of Rawagede by Dutch soldiers during the Second World War. A court in The Hague confirmed that the Netherlands should pay damages to seven widows of victims.

Posted in History @ 15 September 2011 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7 people survive over 3 weeks in sea after boat capsizes Over 3 weeks after their boat capsized in the south coast of West Java, Indonesia, seven people were able to survive until a passing ship spotted and rescued them, local media reported Tuesday, adding that five others remained missing.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 June 2011 02:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia road accidents kill almost 60,000 each year Traffic accidents in Indonesia kill tens of thousands each year, and Indonesian Vice President Boediono has now launched Road Safety Decade 2011-2020 in an effort to bring that number down, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 June 2011 19:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crews recover black box from Merpati plane crash site A search team on Sunday afternoon recovered the black box from a Merpati Nusantara Airlines passenger plane which crashed in the sea off Indonesia's West Papua province on Saturday, officials said. All 27 people on board were killed.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 May 2011 19:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Wings Air purchases 15 more ATR 72-500 planes Wings Air, a full daugher of Indonesian airliner Lion Air, has confirmed the purchase of another 15 units of ATR 72-500 planes. Lion Air confirmed the order with a joint venture between Turboprop An Alenia Aeronotica and EADS. The most recent purchase is a continuation of a purchase of 30 planes in 2009.

Posted in Travel @ 01 March 2011 11:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hot weather slows search for Mount Merapi victims Hot weather causes search and rescue for victims of hot pyroclastic flows exhausted by the Mount Merapi volcano. It is expected that there are still a number of bodies in several villages in and around Cangkringan, but because of hot weather, evacuation efforts are slower than expected. Search and rescue teams had to retreat to an emergency post in Wedomartani, Ngemplak.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 November 2010 03:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge undersea volcano mapped off Sulawesi Scientists on a deep-sea expedition off Indonesia have discovered a towering volcano: It rises 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) from the ocean floor, yet remains far from sight at the water's surface. U.S. and Indonesian researchers, using a powerful sonar system and a robotic vehicle with high-definition video, are exploring terrain off Sulawesi island in hopes of getting a glimpse into complex and little-known marine ecosystems.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 July 2010 05:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian gamblers help Singapore visitor arrivals soar Singapore welcomed 30.3 percent more visitors in May than the same month a year ago as the city-state’s two new casinos helped draw in tourists. The Singapore Tourism Board said on Monday that 946,000 people visited the city-state last month, up from 939,000 in April and 726,000 in May 2009.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 June 2010 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Agriculture expansion plan under fire The Indonesian government's plan to develop a food estate in Papua has come in for heavy criticism for potentially marginalizing small farmers and threatening the environment. The government hopes the 1.6 million hectare Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate in Merauke District will turn Indonesia into one of the world's biggest food producers.

Posted in Environment @ 01 April 2010 16:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


90% of Indonesian museums not fit to visit Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, says that 90% of Indonesian museums are not fit for tourist to visit. "The condition of our museums is concerning. 90% are not well managed and are unfit to visit," says Wacik. Because of this, Wacik is calling for more attention to be paid to how the country's museums are managed and operated.

Posted in General @ 23 February 2010 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wants to be large producer of crops Following Brazil's trail, Indonesia is encouraging foreign and local investors to lease huge swathes of fertile countryside and help make the country a major food producer. "Feed Indonesia, then feed the world," was the recent call from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after the government announced plans to fast-track development of vast agricultural estates in remote areas like Papua and Borneo.

Posted in Economy @ 22 February 2010 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo Island drops to 17th place in voting Komodo Island has slipped to the 17th place in the race for a place among the world’s new seven wonders of nature. Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik said Sunday concerns about security in the country might have caused the decline.

Posted in Environment @ 21 December 2009 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BlackBerry opens website in Indonesia The fulfillment of the promise made by the company of the very popular BlackBerry mobile phones, Research In Motion (RIM) is being reached step by step. Now the company has also opened a website for it's Indonesian users. The website currently offers information for the Indonesian market about warranties and locations.

Posted in General @ 30 October 2009 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Rolling blackouts on Bali until early December As announced earlier, Bali will be the scene of rolling blackouts for two months to come. These planned outages are performed to lessen the use of power to prevent an overload on the entire Bali power grid. A gas plant in Gilimanuk is currently under maintenance, which causes a 130 megawatt drop in power supply for the resort island. The maintenance lasts until early December and will cause a power deficit of some 20 megawatts during evening hours.

Posted in Economy @ 11 October 2009 04:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Search for survivors halted Rescuers are refocusing their efforts on survivors now that hopes of finding anyone alive under the rubble of destroyed buildings in the capital, Padang, were slim, officials said. Most people missing in Padang city were buried under heavy concrete and it is unlikely they could survive for five days, said Priyadi Kardono, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA).

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 October 2009 02:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Body of terrorist refused by villagers The burial of the body of terrorist Urwah alias Bagus Budi Pranoto has lead to problems in the village of Mijen in Kudus regency. Villagers do not want the body to be buried in their graveyard. Urwah would have created a bad image for their village. The house of the family of Urwah in the city of Kudus also is quiet, not many people seem to want to day goodbye to the dead terrorist.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 September 2009 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3.6 million drug addicts in Indonesia The Badan Narkotika Nasional (BNN, National Narcotics Brigade) in Indonesia has said that the country currently has 3.6 million registered addicts of various kinds of narcotics. It is estimated that only some ten percent of the cases around drug abuse surfaces, which makes people believe that the problem is in fact far larger.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 August 2009 03:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No-smoking laws enforced in North Jakarta The provincial government of the Special Capital Region of Jakarta (DKI Jakarta) has once again organized a no-smoking razzia. There are official no-smoking laws in the country and province, but they are rarely enforced. In North Jakarta seven places were checked for smokers; mainly malls and other public places were checked, including the main Boulevard Kelapa Gading.

Posted in General @ 18 June 2009 05:59 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


Indonesia urges Australia to back global crisis fund The Indonesian Trade Minister has expressed hopes that Australia will support a key Indonesian proposal at the G20 meeting in April. Mari Pangestu says she would like Canberra to canvass rich nations to commit to a fund to support developing countries through the global financial crisis at the G20 talks in London.

Posted in Economy @ 19 February 2009 13:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hopes to further boost ties with U.S. Indonesia has expressed hopes that its ties with the United States under the administration of President Barack Obama will be boosted by the upcoming visit of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday.

Posted in Politics @ 13 February 2009 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Changes urged to permit foreign land ownership The National Estate Agency (BPN) has formally asked the National Ministry for Housing and the Indonesian Real Estate Association (REI) to commence collecting information on the source of income used in property purchases involving foreign interest as a means to help control illegal money laundering.

Posted in General @ 22 November 2008 01:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia hopes on agreement on bird flu virus specimen Indonesia hopes negotiations on the material transfer agreement for bird flu virus specimen can be rounded up at the inter-governmental meeting of WHO members in November, health minister Siti Fadillah Supari said. Indonesia hopes the agreement can be kept simple but it has to able to accommodate the interests of the developing countries, Antara news agency on Friday quoted the minister as saying.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 05 September 2008 03:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muhamadiyah: 'Ramadhan to start at 1 September' The head office of Muhamadiyah, Indonesia's second largest Muslem organization, in Jakarta has decided that the first day of the holy month of fasting will be on 1 September 2009. At that day the month of Ramadhan will start officially. The announcement was made by the vice-secretary of Muhamadiyah, Fatah Wibisono, in Jakarta earlier today.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 August 2008 09:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia goes 'code-share' with Singapore Airlines Garuda Indonesia has announced that it will work together with Singapore Airlines on the operational field starting today. They will work together in offering flights and selling tickets. With this cooperation they hope to increase the number of foreign visitors Indonesia, in special to Bali. "The code-share with Singapore Airlines is the first step towards a daily flight service between Singapore and Bali starting early August," said the general director of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 21 June 2008 06:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia against prisoner transfers for drug criminals Authorities in Indonesia say they oppose transferring prisoners convicted of drug crimes or terrorism back to Australia, dealing a blow to the hopes of the Bali Nine and Schapelle Corby. Australia and Indonesia have been negotiating a prisoner exchange deal for more than two years.

Posted in Drugs @ 12 March 2008 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pressure from gas leaks in Siring Barat increases The water leaks mixed with gas which is easy flammable in a garage which is owned by a resident of Siring Barat, sub-district Porong in the district Sidoarjo is increasing in pressure. A number of villagers is forced to attach pipes from the leaks so they can divert the muddy water through their houses into the sewer. One of these places is a phone house owned by Siti Asiyah, a resident of Siring Barat. After they have attached the pipes, she hopes she will be able to open up her business again since it is the only form of income the family has.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 09 February 2008 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police taking bribe gets unwanted international attention As reported on Balidiscovery.com, a Balinese policeman recently was the object of unwanted international attention when he was caught receiving a bribe from two Canadian tourists in Bali who surreptitiously recorded the encounter on video.

Posted in General @ 16 December 2007 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tallest Jesus statue in Asia unveiled in Indonesia A 30-meter high statue of Jesus has been unveiled in the North Sulawesi Province of Indonesia, making it the tallest in Asia. While Indonesia is the world's highest populated Muslim country, the North Sulawesi Province is largely occupied by the Minahasans, 95% of whom are Christian.

Posted in General @ 14 December 2007 04:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua to protect forests, seeks cash Papua want to preserve parts of its rain forest in exchange for help in cash money to help slow down global warming. These were the words of the governor at the U.N. climate talks. "We have decided to set aside a large part of our conversion forests to save the planet," said governor Barnabas Suebu during climate talks in Bali. Currently conversion forests are marked to be used as palm oil or pulp plantations.

Posted in Environment @ 06 December 2007 15:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hoisting of Morning Star flag to be stopped directly Hundreds of students who name themselves the Morning Star Youth Movement Anti-colonial Indonesia have raised the Morning Star flag yesterday. Hoisting the flag took place in a ceremony held in the deep forests near Jayapura. The ceremony was held to remember the day that the independence of Papua Barat was proclaimed. Outside a number of youth, the ceremony was attended by a number of members of the National Freedom Army of the Papua Independence Organisation TPN OPM.

Posted in Protests @ 01 December 2007 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wants Australian uranium Indonesia has said it expects to be able to buy Australian uranium if it continues with the plans to build a nuclear power plant on the earthquake-prone island of Java. The government has repeatedly said that it hopes to build it's first nuclear power plant by 2016.

Posted in General @ 30 August 2007 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'No more rainforest clearing for palm oil' Indonesian Minister for Environment Rachmat Witoelar said Indonesia will not allow palm oil producers to clear primary forests for establishing plantations, reports Bloomberg. "Expansion of palm oil plantations will not be allowed to sacrifice natural forests," Witoelar said in an interview yesterday. "They will be planted in lots that are already empty. There are plenty of these, 18 million hectares of them."

Posted in Environment @ 06 June 2007 06:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Bali Nine appeal to challenge death sentence Lawyers of the convicted Bali Nine drug trafficker Scott Rush say experts on international law will speak in the constitutional court of Indonesia next week to appeal against his death sentence. Rush is one of nine Australians aught smuggling eight kilograms of heroin out of Indonesia.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 April 2007 03:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Wisnu Park completed by October 2008 According to the Indonesian-language Bisnis Indonesia, President Bambang Susilo Yudhoyono has expressed the wish that the 250-hectare cultural park and monument Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) complex on Bali's Ungasan peninsula can be finally complete by October 2008, in time for the World Cultural Festival planned in Bali.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 April 2007 03:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President: Be smart and creative in promoting tourism The Indonesian language website Bisnis.com reports that Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on the Department of Culture and Tourism to optimize their work, be smarter and more creative in developing national tourism. The President's comments were made at the opening of a 3-day national coordinating meeting on culture and tourism held at the National Palace in Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 01 April 2007 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia gets help from Australia after crash Australia offered more medical aid to Indonesia after a Garuda Indonesia plane crashed. The Australian Embassy in Jakarta contacted the office of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to offer more medical help, as was said by Prime Minister John Howard. "The Indonesians have indicated that they will be very ready to take that up if it is needed," Howard told on television on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 March 2007 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch government to return historic documents on Aceh The Dutch government will return historic documents and books on Aceh to the provincial administration in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD). This was told by governor Irwandi Yusuf. "Dutch Ambassador to Indonesia Nikolaos van Dam is scheduled to return the copies of all documents and books on the history of Aceh on February 28," Irwandi said.

Posted in General @ 26 February 2007 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yeo: Linking Indonesian sand ban to extradition treaty unfortunate Indonesia's ban on sand exports to Singapore was one of the key concerns in Parliament on Monday. Members of Parliament were keen to find out about the impact of the ban on the construction industry and Singapore's relations with Indonesia. In his reply, Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo said linking the sand ban to the extradition treaty being sought by Indonesia and border talks would be unfortunate and counterproductive.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2007 01:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Bird flu raises its head again in Indonesia A 37-year-old woman has tested positive for bird flu in Indonesia and is being treated in a hospital on the outskirts of the capital, a Health Ministry official said on Tuesday. The case comes after a 14-year-old boy tested positive for bird flu at the weekend, the country's first new infection in almost two months.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 09 January 2007 09:20 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


Rebel split overshadows elections in Aceh Muhammad Nasir has more than earned the right to cast a vote in the upcoming historic elections in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province. Only 18 months ago, the 39-year-old was languishing in jail, a political prisoner from the armed Free Aceh Movement (GAM), which had waged a guerrilla war against the Indonesian government since 1976.

Posted in Elections @ 09 December 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


South Korea, Indonesia agree to build reactors, share nuclear fuel and technology Indonesia and South Korea agreed this week to consider jointly building nuclear power plants and exchanging fissile material and technology, according to documents obtained Thursday. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his South Korean counterpart Roh Moo-hyun signed a bilateral agreement on the peaceful use of nuclear energy Monday, but kept the details under wraps.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 08 December 2006 02:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono to visit Japan President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and entourage are scheduled make a state visit to Japan from November 26 to 29, 2006. The Culture and Information Office of the Japanese Embassy here told the press recently that while in Japan the President and his wife Mrs Ani Yudhoyono will pay a courtesy call on the Japanese Emperor and his consort.

Posted in Politics @ 02 November 2006 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia goes Dutch to chase World Cup dream Indonesia is looking to plunder the soccer leagues of former colonial rulers the Netherlands in a bid to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time since independence 57 years ago. The country's soccer chiefs say dozens of youngsters of Indonesian descent are playing for top Dutch clubs, and they hope to lure them back to give the national team a much-needed boost.

Posted in Sports @ 01 November 2006 14:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pushes for geothermal renewal ndonesia, land of earthquakes and volcanos, is literally sitting on top of the solution for its energy needs: Vast reservoirs of hot water deep beneath the earth's crust can be harnessed to generate electricity. What's more, it's a clean, renewable energy source. Yet the country continues to import millions of barrels of oil and fuel annually. Legal uncertainties, financial risks and government bureaucracy have repelled international investors from developing its geothermal resources.

Posted in Environment @ 18 October 2006 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia turns to greener motorised rickshaws For years, their acrid fumes have been as much a part of the Indonesian capital as the distinctive smell of the country's clove cigarettes. Now the Jakarta city government hopes the old smoke-belching motorised rickshaws or bajajs, which Indonesians pronounce as "budge eye", may finally be able to rattle off into the sunset.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2006 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia hopes to have single digit interest rate in 2007 Indonesia hopes the central bank interest rate will reach to single digit in 2007 to facilitate economic activities, the central bank governor Burhanuddin Abdullah said here on Monday. "If the trend is improved, hopefully the single digit interest rate can be achieved," he said. He said that if Indonesia could maintain inflation rate below 7 percent, the interest rate could be 10 percent.

Posted in Economy @ 12 September 2006 07:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Israel drops objections vs. Indonesia Israel has dropped its objections to Indonesia joining the UN peacekeeping force in south Lebanon, and the two sides are now discussing when Jakarta would send a promised 1,000 troops, a UN official said Friday. After talks that included UN peacekeeping officials, Israel reversed its claim that, because the two nations did not have diplomatic ties, it would not allow troops from Indonesia, the official said.

Posted in Military @ 02 September 2006 04:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says targets $100 mln for bird flu fight Indonesia hopes to secure about $100 million to fight bird flu next year, the vice president said on Friday, after criticism the country is not doing enough to control the disease. Indonesia has the world's highest death toll from bird flu and scientists and even the World Bank have called on the government to step up the fight to control a disease that is endemic in almost all provinces.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 September 2006 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Santos downgrades Indonesia oil resource Oil and gas producer Santos Ltd has been forced to downgrade the size of its Jeruk offshore Indonesian oil discovery which may now be less than half the size originally thought. Data from the third appraisal well drilled to test the reservoir has seen the height of the hydrocarbon column at Jeruk slashed to about 145 metres from the previous estimate of 379 metres.

Posted in Economy @ 15 July 2006 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina: Indonesia okays Cepu oilfield plan Indonesia's energy regulator has approved the development plan for its big Cepu oilfield, with production on track to begin in late 2008 or early 2009, the head of state oil firm Pertamina said on Monday. "The development has been approved, we are proceeding with the field development," Pertamina President and CEO Ari Soemarno told Reuters on the sidelines of the Asia Oil & Gas Conference (AOGC). "We hope we can start late 2008 or early 2009."

Posted in Economy @ 12 June 2006 18:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java earthquake death toll nears 5,700 The death toll from the Indonesian earthquake pushed neared 5,700 as hopes faded of finding more survivors from Indonesia's latest quake. International aid was on Tuesday beginning to stream into Java island, where the quake struck at the weekend leaving many in urgent need of medical assistance.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 18:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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