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Minister: '2 million hectares of Riau oil palm plantation illegal' Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan has urged the Riau Province Administration not to issue additional permit for oil palm plantation, as two million hectares of the plantation is illegal or has no permit.

Posted in Environment @ 06 August 2014 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: armed civilian group in recent firefight in Papua The police force confirmed that an armed civilian group was responsible for the recent armed conflict in the Puncak Jaya district, Papua.

Posted in Violence @ 10 April 2014 19:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police chief: 'Political rivalry behind Aceh deadly shooting' Indonesian Police Chief General Sutarman said political rivalry among parties was related to the Monday evening shooting that killed three people in Aceh Province; none of the election violence perpetrators had been arrested.

Posted in Violence @ 02 April 2014 21:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police name 100 suspects in forest fires The Riau provincial police have named 100 people as suspects in alleged forest and plantation fire cases in the provinces several districts and cities. "The number increases from 90 suspects previously," Riau Police Chief Brigadier General Condro Kirono informed ANTARA here on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 March 2014 22:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK seizes six trucks from Wawan The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has confiscated six trucks from money-laundering and corruption suspect Tubagus Chaeri Wardana alias Wawan, the antigraft bodys spokesman, Johan Budi, said.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 March 2014 18:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police hunting down four suspects in Riau`s land fires Police are hunting down four people suspected of setting fire to forested land in Riau province. "The four people who are now put on the polices wanted list are investors and sellers of conservation areas," Chief of the Riau Provincial Police Brig. Gen. Condro Kirono said here on Friday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 07 March 2014 11:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four-meter long croc captured in Bangka A four-meter long crocodile weighing almost 300 kilograms was captured by villagers of Gedong, Belinyu district, Bangka Belitung Province, on Thursday. "I and other residents managed to catch the four-meter long crocodile by using a mangrove monkey as bait to lure it," stated Mang Yasak, a Sungailiat resident here on Friday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 February 2014 22:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A soldier killed by extremists in Papua An Indonesian soldier was killed by a group of separatists in Ketinggian Pintu Angin , Papua on Friday. First private Sugiarto and his group was ambushed by armed extremists led by Yambi, Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Andika Perkasa said in a written statement here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 24 January 2014 22:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Navy halt treasure raider ship in Riau Islands The Indonesian warship, KRI Teluk Gilimanuk 531, of the Navy Western Fleet (Koarmabar) halted a local flagged KM Trianis ship carrying treasures salvaged from a shipwreck in the Mapur waters, Bintan District, Riau Islands.

Posted in History @ 08 January 2014 22:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-terrorist squad involved in hunt for police killers Following the killing of two policemen, a manhunt is being carried out by the anti-terrorist squad Densus 88 from the National Police headquarters and a special team from the Jakarta Metropolitan Police.

Posted in Crime @ 17 August 2013 20:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Motives of terrorism in Indonesia have changed Chief Security Minister Djoko Suyanto has claimed the motives behind terrorism in Indonesia have changed and are no longer related to issues exclusively affecting foreign lands.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 August 2013 15:43 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


Official: 'Orangutans habitat displaced by oil palm expansion' The massive expansion of oil palm plantations in Central Kalimantan has led to increased environmental damages and displacement of protected animals, such as orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus).

Posted in Environment @ 03 August 2013 17:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police still hunting down suspects of Tasikmalaya bomb The police is still hunting down suspects who allegedly had put a locally made bomb at Tasikmalaya district`s Police Precinct Office last Saturday (July 19) at 1.30 a.m, official said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2013 15:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police capture 102 escapees from Tanjung Gusta prison Police have captured 102 escapees from the Tanjung Gusta prison in Medan, North Sumatra, since the July 11 mass jailbreak that left five people dead.

Posted in Crime @ 16 July 2013 17:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police hunt for members of Malaysia ecstasy smuggling network Police are hunting two other members of an ecstasy smuggling network unveiled in a raid in Daan Mogot, West Jakarta, on Thursday.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 June 2013 15:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police hunt for prisoner involved in Poso violence cases Police are conducting a hunt for Mohammad Basri who fled several days ago from a prison where he is serving 19 years of his prison term for his involvement in several violent cases in Poso in 2004-2006.

Posted in Violence @ 25 April 2013 14:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest five suspects over Palopo violence Police have arrested five suspects in connection with recent local election-related violence in Palopo, South Sulawesi, in which several government offices have been burned.

Posted in Violence @ 02 April 2013 15:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Monkey attacks, kill baby in Riau A wild monkey attacked and killed a six-month old baby in Menaming village, Rambang Sub-district, Rokan Hulu District, Riau province, on Friday (March 29), a village head said. "It was a horrible and sad event for the baby`s family," Menaming Village Head Firdaus Daulay said here.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 March 2013 10:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes model of world terrorist handling Indonesia now becomes a model of world terrorist handling, the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) Chief Ansyaad Mbai said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 March 2013 15:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight military members killed in Papua Indonesia`s chief security minister Djoko Suyanto said armed groups had killed eight military (TNI) members in Papua. "The government condemned the brutal actions that had left eight TNI members dead," he said at a press conference at his office here on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 22 February 2013 00:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police shoot dead two motorcycle thieves Police shot dead two and arrested one of the suspected members of the Red Devil, a group of motorcycle thieves in Jakarta. Police are still hunting for other suspected members of the group, West Jakarta chief detective Adj. Sr. Comr Hengky Haryadi said here on Monday.

Posted in Crime @ 28 January 2013 21:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to ask help Singapore in capturing convicted corruptor The Indonesian Integrated Team will send a letter to the Singaporean government, seeking cooperation in tracking down corruption convict Djoko Tjandra.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 December 2012 16:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police should be careful in deciding causes of Depok explosion Chief Political, Legal and Security Minister Djoko Suyanto called on police to be careful in deciding the causes of an explosion in Jalan Nusantara, Beji, North Depok, West Java on Saturday night (Sept. 8)

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 September 2012 11:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President instructs police to investigate Depok explosion President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has instructed police to investigate the explosion which injured and caused five victims to be in critical condition in Depok, West Java (near Jakarta) on Saturday night (Sept. 8)

Posted in Accidents @ 09 September 2012 10:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia needs 4,000 pilots for ASEAN Open Sky Indonesia needs 4,000 pilots, 7,500 technicians, and 1,000 air traffic controllers to be ready for ASEAN Open Sky 2015 and ASEAN Single Aviation Market (ASAM) 2020.

Posted in Travel @ 27 June 2012 12:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Polri deploys police in Puncak Jaya after airplane shooting The National Police (Polri) has deployed officers in Puncak Jaya, particularly in southern PT Freeport area, Papua Province, to apprehend members of an armed group that shot at a Twin Otter airplane on Sunday, killing one passenger.

Posted in Crime @ 09 April 2012 11:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Unidentified gunmen kill policeman in Papua An Indonesian police officer was killed on Tuesday when officers were attacked by an armed group in Indonesia's restive province of Papua, officials said. One attacker was also wounded.

Posted in Crime @ 07 February 2012 21:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Environmentalists capture endangered Sumatran rhino in Borneo Malaysian environmentalists on Monday announced the capture of a female Sumatran rhino which is on the brink of extinction, giving rise to a last chance to save the species before it is too late.

Posted in Environment @ 26 December 2011 13:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Environmentalists: 'Sumatran rhino on the brink of extinction' Indonesian environmentalists on Thursday warned that the Sumatran rhinoceros in Lampung province is on the brink of extinction due to hunting and habitat destruction, just weeks after the Western Black Rhinoceros was declared extinct.

Posted in Environment @ 24 November 2011 21:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


agoda.com spotlight on Jakarta: hotels from USD 22! agoda.com, a leading global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) today announced a chic selection of hotel deals in the exciting Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 November 2011 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatran tiger kills 5-year-old in western Indonesia A young girl was killed during the weekend when she was attacked by a Sumatran tiger while playing outside her house in western Indonesia, local media reported on Monday.

Posted in General @ 07 November 2011 11:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Javan rhinos in Vietnam extinct; few left in Indonesia The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) on Tuesday confirmed the Javan rhinoceros have been driven to complete extinction in Vietnam, leaving only a few left alive in Indonesia.

Posted in Environment @ 25 October 2011 16:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian brain damaged after drinking toxic cocktail An Australian nurse has fallen ill after drinking a toxic alcoholic beverage at an Indonesian resort island, local media reported on Wednesday. She is currently hospitalized after eventually suffering from brain damage and kidney failure.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 October 2011 06:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


NU: 'Suicide bombing can never be a form of jihad' A regional spokesperson of Nahdlatul Ulama (PWNU), the second largest Islamic organisation in Indonesia, has said that a suicide bombing could never be a form of jihad ('inner battle', but popularly 'holy war') because you hurt yourself and others during that act.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 September 2011 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Owner of passport used by Nazaruddin arrested The North Sumatra Police on Tuesday arrested Muhammad Syarifuddin, the holder of a passport allegedly used by fugitive graft suspect Muhammad Nazaruddin to flee overseas.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 August 2011 06:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia denies allegations of dolphin, whale hunting Indonesia on Wednesday denied accusations that whales and dolphins were being hunted down in Indonesian waters, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Environment @ 19 May 2011 01:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Manhunt for 17 escaped inmates in West Papua At least 17 inmates escaped from a prison in Indonesia's West Papua province, prompting authorities to launch a large-scale manhunt, local media reported Sunday.

Posted in Crime @ 14 February 2011 05:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five inmates escape through cell ceiling Five convicts escaped from the Metro Correctional Facility in Lampung, South Sumatera, on Tuesday at 3:30 a.m. by climbing through a hole they made in the ceiling of their prison cell.

Posted in Crime @ 05 January 2011 01:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Spectacular footage of erupting Mount Krakatau volcano The Mount Krakatau volcano (also known as Krakatoa) is showing off in recent weeks. With increasing activity also comes nice footage of small eruptions of the volcano, complete with ash clouds shooting into the sky and pumice falling down on the slopes of the volcano. One of the most illustrative video's of this moment was shot earlier this month by YouTube user TyphoonHunter.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 November 2010 08:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five suspected militants killed by police in North Sumatra Indonesian police shot dead five suspected Islamist militants and arrested four others in a raid on their hideout on Sumatra island, police said Sunday. The five suspects were killed and a policeman was injured in a gunbattle Saturday on an oil-palm plantation in Dolok Sagala village in North Sumatra province, provincial police chief Oegroseno told reporters.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2010 07:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia police hunting down four top terror suspects The National Police identified on Friday at least four top terror suspects on the run, who are held responsible for the bank heist in Medan, North Sumatra last month and believed to plan more strikes in the country. National Police chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri said that Abu Tholut alias Mustafa was the brain behind the acts of terrorism in the North Sumatra capital.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 September 2010 02:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 2,000 orangutans inhabit Kutai National Park At least 2,000 orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) have been found to be inhabiting Kutai National Park in East Kutai, East Kalimantan, the forests of which were thought to have been too damaged.

Posted in Environment @ 11 June 2010 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! #23 A group of Papua-men, dressed in traditional clothing from that region, performs a traditional dance. Although residents of Papua nowadays have stopped head-hunting, other parts of their rich culture are still very alive. This sometimes leads to a tribal fight in remote regions in the easternmost provinces of Indonesia.

Posted in Picture guess @ 22 May 2010 07:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Strong action needed against tax mafia' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered law enforcement institutions to "seriously" handle alleged mafia practices at the tax office following the finding of dubious money transfers to a tax officer's bank account.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 April 2010 09:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bodies of terrorists not yet claimed by family Until now, the three bodies of terrorists that were killed by the police, have not been claimed by their families. The bodies of Hasan Nur, Enceng Kurnia and Pura Sudarma are still in the Kramat Jati police hospital in Jakarta. Two of the bodies had family members visiting, but they did not bring those bodies home with them.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 March 2010 14:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor: 'Terrorists want to set up base in Aceh' Aceh Governor Irwandi Yusuf says terrorist activity in the province has been under surveillance since last year, and that terrorists intend to use Aceh to build a new base for their Southeast Asia network. The governor said eight members of the armed terror group in Aceh Besar regency were initially recruited for a mission in the Gaza Strip.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 March 2010 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ten hurt in shootout between armed group and Brimob Ten people were injured in a shootout between the Indonesian mobile brigade Brimob and an armed group that is currently fleeing from the police. The shootout took place in a populated area in the regency of Aceh Besar in Aceh province. All injured were transported to a hospital in the city of Banda Aceh.

Posted in Violence @ 05 March 2010 05:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police hunt for Sumatra church attackers Police are stepping up their hunt for suspects following attacks against two Protestant churches and a pastorís home in North Sumatra three days ago. Hundreds of Christians have fled the area since the attacks.

Posted in Religion @ 29 January 2010 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Six injuries in latest attack near Freeport mine A group of unidentified gunmen opened fire at a convoy of vehicles carrying employees of US-based gold miner PT Freeport Indonesia and security officers on Sunday, the first shooting incident after a few months of peace.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 24 January 2010 10:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sharia police arrested over rape case A serious blow to the credibility and morality of Sharia police in Aceh province, has occurred after several members were detained for an alleged gang rape in Langsa regency. Police in the regency said Tuesday they had arrested two Sharia police officers, or Wilayatul Hisbah, for reportedly raping a female detainee at the Langsa Sharia Police Station.

Posted in Religion @ 13 January 2010 09:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Papua separatist Kelly Kwalik killed by police Kelly Kwalik, the leader of the separatist movement in the easternmost region of Papua in Indonesia has been shot dead by the Indonesian police in a shootout. Kwalik was shot when he tried to escape during a police raid in the town of Timika in the province. Kwalik was on the most-wanted list in Indonesia for many years.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 December 2009 02:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb found in terrorist hideout The police are working on defusing a bomb that has been found during an anti-terror raid on a house in the village of Kepuhsari, near the city of Solo in Central Java. Dozens of police have closed off the entire neighborhood after the raid, in which a long gunfight was heard by residents. At the end of the raid there were two loud explosions. It is suspected that the police was on the hunt for suspects of the twin bombings in Jakarta last July.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 September 2009 07:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta begging by-law to be enforced The Social Affairs Agency in Jakarta has made plans to hunt down and arrest the people behind the begging syndicates in the city. Budiharjo, head of the agency, has said that there is a list of 33 names of people that are leading so-called begging syndicates in the capital city. Only 11 of these people are from Jakarta, while the others came from other places.

Posted in General @ 14 September 2009 01:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House of suspected terrorist burned down A house that is located in the foothills of Mount Salak, near Bogor, has been burned by residents in the village. The house was burned down because the residents suspected that the house was a hideout place for terrorist leader Noordin M. Top. Villagers said that they have seen a person that has the same face as the the terrorists seen in Cilacap and Temanggung.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 August 2009 06:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus belonging to Freeport shot at Again a disturbance related to mining company PT Freeport in Papua, the easternmost region of Indonesia. A group of armed men attacked a bus carrying employees of the company, injuring five of them. The police is still on the hunt for the group. The incident happened yesterday afternoon just before three o'clock when bus number two was shot at. The bus was driven by Sarifudin and had dozens of employees on board.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 17 August 2009 05:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


POLICE: MAN KILLED IN TEMANGGUNG WAS IBROHIM Police in Indonesia said that a DNA test on the body of a man killed in the anti-terrorism raid in Temanggung last Saturday showed that the body was not terrorist mastermind Noordin M. Top. The body was identified by police as being the body of Ibrohim, who worked as a florist in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Jakarta which was the scene of a twin attack on July 17, 2009.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 August 2009 04:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


METRO TV: 'NOORDIN MOHAMMAD TOP DEAD' Indonesian tv-station Metro TV states that the fugitive top-terrorist Noordin Mohammad Top has been killed by anti-terrorism forces while his hide-out in Beji village in the district of Temanggung was besieged. He is said to be shot in the chest.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2009 05:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


1.8 kilograms of heroin: in prison for life A court in South Jakarta has demanded a life sentence for Raysi Yolanda, which smuggled 1.8 kilograms of heroin. The head of the judges of the South Jakarta court, Setia Untung Arimuladi, said yesterday that the demanded sentence was read to the suspect one day earlier.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 July 2009 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hunt for Noordin Mohammad Top Indonesian police is stepping up the hunt for wanted terrorist Noordin Mohammad Top (picture below) after the bombings of the J.W. Marriot and Ritz Carlon hotels in Jakarta last Friday. Recent information shows that Noordin is most likely involved in the bombings of the hotels via the terrorist network of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI). JI is known to have ties with the terror network of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaeda.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 July 2009 06:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The easy life in the kampung The long trip by bus lay behind us when we arrived at what we called home at half past three in the night. Most of the family stayed awake to greet us, so not to be rude I sat down on the wooden bench to eat something. After that it was soon time to excuse me to catch some sleep. I just wanted to go along with the rest here, so getting up early is something obligatory. Of course there is the understanding that I didn't have much sleep, so I could get some sleep without any problems.

Posted in Travel @ 17 June 2009 12:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, the women of B.A.T.S. The later it gets the more clear it becomes that it is not all about the music, the band and the alcohol here. Pleasure is okay, but there is much more to get here that just that. The later it gets, a part of the people here starts to show more and more lowbrow attitude. In some areas you will see women hopping from one man to another. It could just be to greet them a 'bye bye', but all changes if you know better than that, because there is more to it.

Posted in Nightlife @ 22 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Sex cult leader named suspect for insulting religion He encouraged spouse-swopping and wild orgies, and gave sermons in his underpants. On a news website, police are said to describe him as looking 'cool... just like youngsters nowadays', with dyed brown hair and fair skin. But he's no love guru. He is the leader of a deviant sect in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 01 February 2009 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


15-year-old girl kidnapped to work as whore in Malaysia The police has discovered a network in which people get kidnapped before they are 'sold' when they are sent to neighboring countries as an Indonesian foreign worker. A young girl from Lampung, South Sumatra, was forced to work as nothing more than a sex slave in Malaysia. This case only became known when the victim, only known as S.S., was able to escape before reporting the situation to the Pontianak police in West Kalimantan.

Posted in Crime @ 23 January 2009 11:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


'Lost' deer species discovered after 78 years in Sumatra A rare species of deer has been rediscovered in Sumatra 78 years after it was last sighted, reports Fauna & Flora International. The deer, known as the Sumatran muntjac (Muntiacus montanus), was rescued from a snare during an anti-poaching patrol by the Kerinci-Seblat National Park Tiger Protection Team in Kerinci-Seblat National Park. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) subsequently caught two more of the deer on film using camera traps.

Posted in Environment @ 10 October 2008 03:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: Really closed down? The afternoon after that, the second day of Ramadan, I made a walk through the town of Nagoya, which is the most important place on the island outside the industrial estates and shipyards which are spread on other parts of the island. Nagoya Hill is the biggest shopping center of the island. Entirely according to Indonesian standards this shopping center - also called 'superblok' - features a big Hypermart supermarket, a Matahari department store, half a floor of mobile communication and one floor of food court of mixed quality. It is directly noticeable that it is an entirely different world than outside. Restaurants outside behave themselves as chameleons by acting they are closed, while they are still open.

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo dragon disappearing from natural habitat The legendary Komodo dragon, a giant carnivorous lizard that feasts on water buffalo, and occasionally even attacks humans, is disappearing from its limited habitat, according to zoologists. The dragons, which grown to three meters long and weigh as much as 165 kilograms, are found only on Komodo and a handful of neighbouring islands in central Indonesia. Already endangered, their numbers are dwindling as a result of habitat destruction and hunting of their prey.

Posted in Environment @ 06 September 2008 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top terrorist Noordin Top may have fled Indonesia South East Asia's most wanted terror suspect accused of directing the 2002 Bali bombings may have evaded a massive manhunt and fled Indonesia, according to police interrogation documents. The documents, obtained by the Associated Press, include interviews with two senior Indonesian members of the Jemah Islamiyah network, the same network suspected terrorist Noordin Top belongs to.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 May 2008 12:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Search underway for black box Adam Air plane A salvage ship operated by the United States has arrived in Indonesia to hunt for the black box of an Adam Air plane that crashed into the sea on New Years' day, killing 102 passengers and crew. The Boeing went missing off South Sulawesi and sparked a massive search in the early days of this year. The body of the plane is thought to lay on the floor of the Makassar Strait. No bodies have been found until today.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 August 2007 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo dragon kills boy in Indonesia Guards in a national park in Indonesia have started a search for a Komodo dragon which attacked and killed an 8-year-old boy when he was going to the toilet in a bush. The fatal attack on a human by a giant lizard is the first in 33 years and happened Saturday on the island of Komodo, according to a guard of the park.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 June 2007 16:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia anti-graft fight gets boost from extradition treaty President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said yesterday that the newly signed treaty with Singapore would most likely become a major help for his government to fight corruption. Under the new extradition treaty, fugitive businessmen who hide in foreign countries with huge amounts of money stolen from the country, can be brought home to face justice. He said this during a visit to Bali.

Posted in Politics @ 29 April 2007 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police say explosives found bigger than Bali bomb Indonesia police chief Sutanto has said that explosives found this month in different raids throughout the island of Java, exceeded the amount used in the 2002 Bali bombings. At that time, a bomb-laden mini-van killed 202 people when it was brought to explosion near nightclubs in Kuta Beach at 12 October 2002. The bomb was believed to be produced by Malaysian terrorist Azahari Husin, who killed himself in 2005 when police was hunting him down.

Posted in Terrorism @ 31 March 2007 16:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1,000 troops deployed at East Timor border The military has deployed around 1,000 troops along the border with East Timor. This followed a security crisis in the new Asian country. MetroTV reported that the deployment was to anticipate the possibility of rebels crossing the border into Indonesia. The former military police chief Maj. Alfredo Reinado, escaped from prison in September after leading dozens of mutinous soldiers into the mountains. Indonesia has closed the checkpoints on the border since last Sunday to prevent an exodus of East Timorese.

Posted in Military @ 01 March 2007 04:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia continues hunting militants in Poso Indonesia decided to continue pursuing fugitive Muslim militants in troubled Poso of Central Sulawesi, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Thursday. "The president said the operation to enforce law and to pursue the wanted militants was continuously conducted," Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Widodo Adi Sucipto told a press conference after a security meeting led by president Susilo at the State Palace.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 26 January 2007 11:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schools closed in Poso after clashes Some schools were closed in Indonesia's troubled Poso region on Tuesday a day after 12 people were killed in a clash between police and suspected Islamic militants, but there was no more violence, officials said. One policeman was among those killed in the clashes after a raid on a militant hideout.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 January 2007 08:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plane likely spiraled into sea A jetliner with 102 people onboard probably went into a spiral at cruising altitude and plunged into the sea, a top transport safety official said Tuesday, deeming a mid-flight explosion unlikely. Setyo Rahardjo, chief of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the chance is small the Boeing 737 blew up because search and rescue teams have not found burnt wreckage or human remains since New Year's Day, when the Adam Air plane went missing.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 January 2007 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Probe into Indonesia jet crash hampered Soldiers hunted on beaches and in the sea on Saturday for the black box from an Indonesian jetliner that crashed with 102 people aboard, but ocean depths of more than 1 1/2 kilometers (0.93 miles) were hampering the search. Experts said authorities had to find the box -- also know as a flight data recorder -- or significant pieces of wreckage such as the engines, cockpit and wings to determine what caused the Boeing 737 to crash.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 January 2007 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Plane search focuses on undersea object A U.S. navy ship is set to join on Tuesday the search for an Indonesian airliner with 102 people on board missing for the past eight days, with the hunt focusing on a large metal object detected deep on the sea bed. The object was discovered on Monday by Indonesian ships with sonar technology about 1,000 metres (1,150 yards) under the ocean north of Mamuju in West Sulawesi province.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 January 2007 09:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


Indonesia plane pilot said to alter path A jetliner with 102 people aboard that disappeared after encountering 80 mph winds over northern Indonesian waters twice changed course, an official said, as authorities widened the search Friday for the Boeing 737. A U.S. National Transportation Safety Board team arrived to help investigate the apparent crash of Adam Air Flight KI-574, which disappeared from the radar Monday near the Sulawesi coastal town of Majene without issuing a mayday.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 January 2007 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Media accuse officials over plane 'survivors' Furious media accused authorities Wednesday of lying after officials erroneously reported that rescuers had found wreckage and survivors from a missing airliner carrying 102 people. "The people have been lied to," said the Pikiran Umum daily, as search and rescue teams hunted for the plane which vanished off radar screens Monday en route from central Java island to the island of Sulawesi.

Posted in Media @ 03 January 2007 11:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


General: 'Indonesian airliner still missing' [Update] 02 January 2007 21:05 WIB - Earlier message on this page concerning incorrect information about the fact that the plane had been found has been replaced with a message that the plane has not been found until now. Earlier messages proved to be wrong.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 January 2007 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 reactions


Hundreds found alive after ferry sinks off Java Bloated bodies washed up along Indonesia's coastline days after a ferry sank in stormy weather leaving 400 people missing, but rescue teams refused to give up hope with survivors still being found in life-rafts, some desperately waving their arms. Transport Minister Hatta Radjasa said Monday nearly 200 had been found alive and vowed to keep up search and rescue efforts for at least a week, as an air force plane dropped food and water to some survivors stranded in the Java Sea.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 January 2007 02:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegally imported skull returned to Indonesia A culturally significant skull that was smuggled into the country last year has been formally returned to Indonesia. The federal government seized the Asmat Skull in 2005 after it was illegally imported into the country. It was returned yesterday. Heritage minister Senator Ian Campbell said the skull was returned because the government was determined to protect important cultural heritage items from other countries.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2006 03:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh votes to decide life after war More than 2 million people are expected to vote in Indonesia's once-rebellious Aceh on Monday in landmark elections aimed at bolstering a peace deal between the government and separatists. Jakarta and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) signed the Aug. 15, 2005 truce under Finnish mediation to end almost three decades of fighting that had killed 15,000 people since the rebels launched a struggle for an independent state on the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra island.

Posted in Elections @ 11 December 2006 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What a garden does to people However we approach the end of the year, it may be clear that my garden here in the tropics still looks fairly green. Some of you may have been following that via internet and probably you enjoyed the always green garden. However green is relative, when I don't give extra water during the dry season, that green will be gone pretty quick.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. wrestling TV show 'SmackDown' under fire SmackDown, a popular U.S. professional wrestling television show, should be taken off air in Indonesia, a cabinet minister says after speculation a boy may have been killed by children mimicking the fight moves. Authorities have yet to decide whether the blows received by the 9-year-old boy in October caused his death a month later. However, widespread media coverage and public discussion has focussed on that possibility.

Posted in Media @ 29 November 2006 13:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Bali bomb recruiter shot dead ONE of Australia's most wanted terrorists, who recruited the suicide bombers to carry out the 2002 Bali bombings, has been killed in a shootout with Filipino soldiers. Umar Patek, a recruitment specialist for the Indonesian-based terror group Jemaah Islamiah, died in a stronghold of the Philippines militant group Abu Sayyaf. The group had been hiding Patek and his Bali bombing compatriot Dulmatin.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 September 2006 13:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Border with East Timor monitored after prison break Indonesia has tightened security along its border with East Timor, as the search continues for more than 50 prison escapees. Indonesia's Koran Tempo newspaper has quoted Colonel Ediwan Prabowo as saying that the Indonesian security border force, under his command, has been asked to be on alert and to monitor East Timor's border, to prevent a rebel East Timor military leader and other prison escapees from entering the country.

Posted in General @ 04 September 2006 12:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia steps up security at Timor border Indonesian authorities have stepped up security at the border with East Timor to prevent a rebel East Timor military leader who escaped from jail from entering the country, a report said Sunday. Major Alfredo Reinado escaped with 56 other inmates from his Dili jail last week, triggering an ongoing manhunt by UN police and international peacekeepers.

Posted in General @ 03 September 2006 10:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia navy arrests tsunami aid pirates in Aceh The Indonesian navy has arrested three former separatist rebels for pirating ships carrying aid for tsunami survivors in the country's far-west Aceh province, a senior commanding officer said on Wednesday. The three men, from two different groups, were caught in the north Aceh city of Lhokseumawe on July 18, two days after their latest operation, Rear Admiral Moekhlas Sidik, chief of the Indonesian Navy's Western Fleet, told reporters.

Posted in General @ 26 July 2006 14:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo dragon brings tourists, not their money Mohammed Sidik used to sell goats to Komodo National Park to feed to the wild Komodo dragons, the world's largest lizards, in a gory display for tourists. Park officials banned the practice a decade ago because they worried that the dragons were becoming lazy. Now the 10-foot-long predators waddle three miles to this squalid coastal village, raid Sidik's herd and eat his goats for free.

Posted in Environment @ 08 July 2006 13:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A glimpse into minds of terrorists The bombs should be small and placed in day packs, making them harder to detect. The bombers should dress like tourists. They should not bother targeting hotels because security is too tight. Instead they should consider restaurants, discos and theaters.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 July 2006 09:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


Police issue shoot-on-sight for for East Java rioters East Java Police chief Brig. Gen. Herman Suryadi has issued a shoot-on-sight order for rioters following the massive wave of vandalism by disgruntled supporters of a candidate in the Tuban regental elections. Tuban Police intensified their hunt for the masterminds of the violence, Herman said, with a curfew imposed for an indefinite period of time in the area.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2006 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lesson from nature The frantic effort to save thousands of lives from an imminent eruption of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta may reflect the best disaster management so far in Indonesia since the December 2004 tsunami caused the deaths of more than 130,000 people in Aceh and Nias.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia Muslim preacher detained under terror law Indonesian police have detained a Muslim preacher in the restive eastern town of Poso as part of a nationwide hunt for one of Southeast Asia's most wanted Islamic militants, police said on Monday. Police in the province of Central Sulawesi said authorities detained the preacher because of his suspected links to Malaysian Noordin M.Top, who is accused of playing a key role in a spate of bombings in Indonesia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 February 2006 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia names two more Bali bombing suspects Two Indonesians arrested this month, including a close aide to the country's most wanted militant, were named suspects on Monday for involvement in last year's restaurant bombings on Bali, a police spokesman said. Police last week declared four other men suspects in the same case on charges of helping hide accused militant mastermind Noordin M. Top during and after the bombings that killed 20 people at three eateries on the famed resort island.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 January 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia detains more terrorist suspects In less than 24 hours, Indonesian anti-terrorism police detained two terrorist suspects and close aides to the country's most-wanted militant, Malaysian Noordin Mohammad Top, local media reports said Thursday. After detaining an Indonesian militant on Wednesday afternoon, the anti-terrorist squad on Thursday morning arrested another Muslim radical in Central Java province, the state-run Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 January 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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