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House approves Budi Gunawan as police chief The House of Representatives (DPR) plenary session here Thursday approved Commissioner General Budi Gunawan as the Indonesian Police Chief to replace General Sutarman after the House leaders met with heads of all factions.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 15 January 2015 14:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fisheries minister promises to eradicate illegal fishing The newly-appointed Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti said she would eliminate illegal fishing activities rampant in Indonesian waters for the past several years.

Posted in Politics @ 29 October 2014 20:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati Nusnatara reaching a point of no return? NusaBali reports that the director-general of civil aviation from the Ministry of Transportation is warning that unless steps are urgently taken to rescue the State-owned airline Merpati Nusantara, the company will fade into oblivion of its own accord.

Posted in General @ 11 August 2014 05:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President-elect Jokowi gains international recognition The newly elected Indonesian President Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has gained international recognition with congratulatory messages trickling in from leaders across the globe.

Posted in Elections @ 24 July 2014 18:59 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


New religious affairs minister visits anti-graft body Newly inducted Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin visited the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) office on Tuesday to hold consultation on Hajj pilgrimage management at his ministry. "I only want to get inputs from the KPK," he stated while arriving at the KPK building on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 June 2014 21:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President to appoint new religious affairs minister soon President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will soon appoint a new religious affairs minister to replace Suryadharma Ali, who was named as a suspect in an alleged corruption case related to hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 June 2014 22:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian hajj pilgrims to use electronic bracelets Indonesias government is discussing plans to equip hajj pilgrims with electronic bracelets to reduce the number of Indonesians lost in Saudi Arabia, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Nasaruddin Umar said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 03 June 2014 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister convinced hajj management better this year Interim Religious Affairs Minister Agung Laksono who is also chief peoples welfare minister, said that the implementation of hajj pilgrimage this year will be better.

Posted in Religion @ 01 June 2014 12:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suryadharma Ali returns his mandate  to president Suryadharma Ali returned his mandate as religious affairs minister to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Monday who in turn asked him to write a resignation letter in the next few days.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 May 2014 22:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK investigators pledge to trace Suryadharma Ali`s wealth The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators will trace the wealth of Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali, who was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to haj pilgrimage management, a KPK commissioner said.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 22:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suryadharma: 'Not to resign as religious affairs minister' Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali stated on Friday he will not resign, although he was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 21:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious affairs minister suspect in corruption case Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 01:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Health department: 'Postpone Umrah pilgrimage over MERS' West Sumatra Health Department issued an advice to postpone Umra pilgrimage for people above 60 years and those who are not in good health, following the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus outbreak.

Posted in Health @ 12 May 2014 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three MERS-CoV suspects identified in Pekanbaru Three people have been suspected of being infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona virus (MERS-CoV), now under medical treatment in this Riau capital city.

Posted in Health @ 07 May 2014 11:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK questions religious affairs minister on alleged corruption The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Tuesday questioned Minister of Religious Affairs Suryadharma Ali on an alleged corruption in hajj funds collected by the government.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 May 2014 16:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bogowonto train derailed after collision with truck An economy class train, the Bogowonto en route from Jakarta to Yogyakarta, derailed last evening after a collision with a truck on a railroad crossing in Ciledug, near the city of Cirebon in West Java.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 May 2014 07:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rizal Djalil elected BPK chief Rizal Djalil was elected to lead the State Audit Board (BPK), succeeding Hadi Poernomo who retired on April 21, 2014, BPK secretary general Hendar Ristriawan said.

Posted in General @ 22 April 2014 21:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister asks for reports on exam fraud Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh has asked the people to report any fraud in the implementation of national examinations, to the authorities.

Posted in General @ 14 April 2014 20:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pros and cons of Jokowi`s presidential candidacy Many Indonesians have hailed the presidential candidacy of Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, who has been idolized for his down-to-earth style of governance.

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2014 17:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati reveals reasons for picking Jokowi The general chairperson of the Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), Megawati Soekarnoputri, has revealed her reason for choosing Joko Widodo (Jokowi) as the partys presidential candidate here on Saturday.

Posted in Politics @ 22 March 2014 19:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tangerang mayor: 'My wealth comes from God' South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany remained philosophical on Wednesday after digesting the news that her husband, Tubagus “Wawan” Chaeri Wardana, would be charged with money laundering over his alleged involvement in a crooked medical equipment procurement scheme. “One’s job, wealth and challenges all come from Allah and belong to Allah,” she said.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 January 2014 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Jockey 3-in-1 as sex-service in Jakarta For those who have been in Jakarta, they will most likely remember the never ending traffic jams and possibly also the zones that need some carpooling for private cars during busy hours. Knowing Indonesia, there is a solution for this, they care called jockey.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 December 2013 07:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mayor of South Tangerang next in line for KPK investigation The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has launched an investigation into alleged corruption in the administration of South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diani, the sister in-law of the controversial Banten Governor, Ratu Atut Chosiyah.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 October 2013 10:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


House endorses Sutarman as national police chief The House of Representatives (DPR) in its plenary meeting on Tuesday endorsed Commissioner General Sutarman as the Republic of Indonesia`s National Police chief.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2013 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK to grill Banten governor as witness in bribery case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will question Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah on Friday regarding an alleged bribery case related to the Lebak district head`s disputed election.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 October 2013 22:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali Youth Alliance rejects radical organizations Several members of the Dvipa Bali Youth Alliance staged a protest outside Bali Police Headquarters here on Monday to denounce the presence of radical organizations in the country.

Posted in Protests @ 16 September 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former police general Djoko Susilo gets a decade in jail The former chief of Traffic Police Corps, Inspector General Djoko Susilo, was sentenced to 10 years in jail and fined Rp500 million for corruption linked to a driving simulator project.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 September 2013 20:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Not time yet for Jokowi to be presidential candidate' This is not the right time for Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to be nominated as a presidential candidate, according to a political observer. He stated that Jokowi could pass the test by turning Jakarta into a better place than what it was at present.

Posted in Politics @ 26 August 2013 21:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan Iskan wants to improve democrat party State-owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has said he wanted to improve Democrat party from its negative image if he is permitted to do so. "Democrat, a middle party, is now corrupt but it can be improved. I will improve it if I am permitted to do so," Dahlan said here on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 25 August 2013 14:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The roundabout that 'eats' cars Don't be scared, it's less mysterious than it sounds. For those that know Jakarta a little bit, Bunderan HI, the roundabout in front of Hotel Indonesia, will most likely ring a bell. The roundabout has a pond with a statue that is known as Tugu Selamat Datang, built by then president Soekarno in preparation of the 4th Asian Games in 1962.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 August 2013 04:41 CET by Jeroen · 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


Corruption court slaps 8 year jail term on judge The Semarang Corruption Court sentenced one of its former judges Kartini Julianna Mandalena Marpaung to 8 years` imprisonment for receiving bribe. Kartini was found guilty of receiving bribe in the trial earlier of a number of the Grobogan district officials charged with embezzling the district budget fund.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 April 2013 19:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air plane overshoots runway and crashlands in sea A plane belonging to the Indonesian airliner Lion Air has overshot the runway and then crashlanded into the sea at the end of the runway. The accident happened around 15:00 local time today at the international airport of Bali, where the runway ends and starts almost directly at the coastline with just a few meters of space.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 April 2013 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hajj pilgrimage cost for 2013 down $90 The government and the House of Representatives (DPR) have agreed to a decline in hajj pilgrimage cost (BPIH) by an average of US$90 for this year.

Posted in Religion @ 02 April 2013 16:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 12 killed in Cianjur tour bus accident  Going downhill at high speed in Cianjur, West Java, a tour bus hit a rocky hillside, leaving 12 people dead, 12 sustained severe injury, and tens other had minor injury, according to a report on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 February 2013 20:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kuta beaches littered with trash Strong winds over the past week have brought an annual harvest of flotsam that washed ashore on Bali’s popular Kuta Beach. The unsavory sight of plastic, trash, trees and plastic containers has covered the entire length of the beach, requiring a continual and diligent clean-up effort be mounted by local authorities and community members.

Posted in General @ 26 January 2013 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor: 'Lindsay's death sentence fair' Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika said the death sentence for British national Lindsay June Sandiford was fair. "We must honor the court`s ruling. They must have calculated consequences in narcotic crimes," he said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 January 2013 17:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PPATK suspects irregularities in hajj pilgrimage spending The Financial Transactions Analysis and Reporting Center (PPATK) said there are indication of malfeasance in the management of hajj pilgrimage under the Religious Affairs Ministry.

Posted in Religion @ 03 January 2013 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK should not hesitate to follow up Century case A constitutional law expert from Brawijaya University, Dr. Ibnu Tricahyo, has stated that the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) should not hesitate to follow up the Bank Century bailout case even though it involves the Vice President.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 December 2012 18:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslide forces Jakarta - Bogor trains to a halt Indonesian state-owned railroad company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) has announced that the commuter trains between Jakarta and Bogor will not operate for the time being after a large landslide caused the double track to sink. Trains from Jakarta will only run until Depok train station just south of Jakarta.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 November 2012 12:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi discusses Ciliwung with two ministers Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo met with Minister of Public Works Djoko Kirmanto and Minister of Public Housing Djan Farid here on Wednesday to discuss normalization of river Ciliwung that passes through the capital city.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 November 2012 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


First solo-album of Mas Paul launched on iTunes On the 9th of October the first Mas Paul-album was launched on iTunes. The title of this CD is 'Tempo Baru'. the music is composed, arranged and played by Dutch composer Paul Elbers. This keyboardplayer played with RK Veulpoepers BV (www.rkveulpoepersbv.com), Fanfare van de Eeuwigdurende Bijstand and MMWOPS for traveling festival 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams'.

Posted in Culture @ 06 November 2012 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Human rights protest mars Indonesia’s state visit to UK A demonstration by Survival International and dozens of human rights protesters has marred the start of Indonesia’s first state visit to London in 33 years.

Posted in Protests @ 01 November 2012 01:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


58 Indonesian hajj pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia Ten more Indonesian hajj pilgrims died in Saudi Arabia, bringing to 58 the total number of deaths since the first flight batch arrived in the Holy Land on September 21.

Posted in Religion @ 17 October 2012 12:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic oarding schools not shaping radicals Coordinating minister for people`s welfare Agung Laksono has refuted the allegation that Islamic Boarding Schools or Pondok Pesantren have helped shape radical groups.

Posted in Religion @ 14 October 2012 14:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Russian busted for smuggling drugs into Bali A 30-year-old Russian faces the possibility of 11 years in prison for trying to smuggle one kilogram of methamphetamine into Bali concealed in capsules inside his alimentary tract.

Posted in Drugs @ 06 October 2012 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 17,000 Indonesian hajj pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia A total of 17,051 Indonesian hajj pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia since the first batch arrived at King Abdul Azis airport in Jeddah five days ago, according to a hajj official.

Posted in Religion @ 26 September 2012 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


4,433 Indonesians arrive in Jeddah for hajj pilgrimage A total of 4,433 Indonesians from various regions have arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to participate in the hajj pilgrimage.

Posted in Religion @ 22 September 2012 22:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian government sets 2012 haj pilgrimage costs Following long discussions and deliberations, the Religious Ministry and Commission 8 of the House of Representatives set this year`s Haj Pilgrimage Cost (BPIH) at an average of US$ 3,617.

Posted in Religion @ 10 July 2012 13:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lawmaker angry seeing luxury car with TNI plate number A lawmaker from the House of Representatives (DPR)`s Defense Commission has asked for an immediate confiscation of a luxurious car found using a military (TNI) plate number at a parking lot at Soekarno-Hatta airport.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 May 2012 14:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Management of hajj pilgrimage to remain in govt hands The management of the hajj pilgrimage will remain in the hands of the government, because the president has not issued any directive to transfer it to the private sector so far, a senior official said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 16 May 2012 14:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls on Muslims to increase tolerance President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has appealed to the country`s Muslims to make the Prophet Muhammad`s birthday a momentum to increase tolerance, togetherness and true understanding of religious teachings.

Posted in Politics @ 09 February 2012 01:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House to decide subsidized fuel cut next week The House of Representatives (DPR)`s Commission VII on energy affairs will decide next week its attitude regarding the government`s plan to limit subsidized fuel oil consumption beginning on April 1, 2012.

Posted in Economy @ 17 January 2012 02:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Guruh Soekarnoputra to run for president Guruh Soekarnoputra, a son of Indonesia`s first president, Soekarno, marked his 59th birthday on Friday with a statement he intends to run for president in 2014.

Posted in Politics @ 16 January 2012 02:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Subsidized fertilizers to have color to prevent abuse Subsidized fertilizers will this year be given a pink color in an effort to prevent abuse, National Outstanding Farmers and Fishermen Association (KTNA) spokesman Winarno Thohir said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 January 2012 03:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hasyim: 'Money behind idea of hajj privatization' Former chairman of Indonesia`s largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Hasyim Muzadi said money consideration had been behind the idea of privatization of hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Religion @ 08 December 2011 13:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


370 Indonesian hajj pilgrims die in the Holy Land The number of Indonesians who died in the Holy Land while making the hajj pilgrimage this year by 4.16 pm local time Friday or 8.15 pm West Indonesia Standard Time (WIB) on Sunday reached 370, official data showed.

Posted in Religion @ 21 November 2011 01:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 212 hajj pilgrims die in the Holy Land The number of Indonesians who died in the Holy Land while making the hajj pilgrimage this year had by Saturday afternoon local time reached 212, official data showed.

Posted in Religion @ 14 November 2011 00:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


YPTB: Timo Sea largely destroyed after 2009 Montara oil spill Recent undersea pictures and video have shown that conditions in Indonesia's Timor Sea have deteriorated at an alarming rate, largely caused by the 2009 Montara oil spill, the Care West Timor Foundation (YPTB) said.

Posted in Elections @ 20 October 2011 22:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau: tremblors up to five times a minute Scientists at the observation post for the Mount Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra have announced that the number of tremors in the volcano has now increased to up to four or five a minute. During Wednesday, a total of 5,000 tremors were recorded.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 October 2011 10:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New Lombok airport finally opened officially Jakarta Globe reports that the beleaguered Lombok International Airport began operations at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 30, 2011. Long delayed for a variety of reasons ranging from funding, lack of supporting infrastructure, theft of building materials, environmental disputes and construction delays - the original opening date of March 2010 was pushed back by 1.5 years.

Posted in Travel @ 02 October 2011 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Found: a clean toilet in Indonesia! Yes, it's true, they have found a clean toilet in Indonesia and have awarded it a prize as well. Okay, this is the result of a survey held among a number of airports in Indonesia, but hey, you have to start somewhere. And ask yourself, do you also hate it when you have to visit a dirty airport toilet because the queue for the plane toilets was just too long just before landing?

Posted in Culture @ 28 September 2011 04:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam to become 'tourism portal' by 2015? Batam in the Riau Islands is set a target to become a “tourism portal” for western Indonesia in 2015, the local administration says. Batam has the potential to become a hub for tourism promotion for western Indonesian regions, Batam Mayor Ahmad Dahlan said Monday in Batam.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 August 2011 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


It's emergency, help Every once in a time you probably receive an email that is clearly a form of scam. Often orginating from an known person that is trying to persuade you into sending 'a small amount of' money so he/she can claim a huge sum of money from a deceased family member or something similar.

Posted in Crime @ 04 August 2011 05:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Long delays for Lion Air flights from Singapore It was a normal Wednesday last week and still it seemed that something was completely wrong with Lion Air. After they had received a stern warning from the Department of Transport, the came with so-called 'own' improvements, but the airline does not seem capable of letting their many flights depart on schedule.

Posted in Travel @ 31 July 2011 06:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flying Merpati Nusantara? Are you sure? Figures from ticketindonesia.info show that the airline with the most canceled flights in their name is Merpati Nusantara. This Indonesian state-owned company, also partially owned by Garuda Indonesia, seems to have a peculiar way of conducting business; selling tickets, canceling flights and then wait for months to pay back the money paid for tickets on those canceled flight. At least it seems that way.

Posted in Travel @ 28 July 2011 14:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Fly to the orang utans with Trigana Air Trigana Air, as a relatively small player on the Indonesian market, offers a number of increasingly popular destinations. These destinations can not be reached with large aircraft, so Trigana Air fills this gap in the market with smaller ATR planes. They are focussed on the island of Kalimantan.

Posted in Tourism @ 30 June 2011 07:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt proposes increase in hajj pilgrimage price Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali says that the government has proposed that this year’s hajj pilgrimage price be raised US$505. The proposed increase, which would bring the cost to $3,847, is due to rising oil prices that lead to higher transportation expenses.

Posted in Religion @ 03 June 2011 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Life in prison for Malaysian drug trafficker in Indonesia A Malaysian man on Monday was sentenced to life in prison for trafficking over 3 kilograms of methamphetamine, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 May 2011 17:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fish kill in Lake Ranau Since early last month, fish kill is taking place in the Ranau Lake, located inside an old volcano in Lampung province in southern Sumatra. The area under the current lake is still geologically and volcanologically active, which causes the lake to change colors sometimes because of chemical processes.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 May 2011 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Murderer and corruptor Tommy Suharto starts own party Former president Suharto’s youngest son, Hutomo Mandala Putra or Tommy, is ready to declare his new political party, the National Republic Party, in June this year. Lt. Gen Edi Waluyo, a party initiator, said Friday that he and some other party initiators had already begun preparing the party’s officials in regions.

Posted in Politics @ 23 April 2011 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Anti-porn' lawmaker quits after ... watching porn! Indonesian anti-porn lawmaker Arifinto on Monday announced his resignation after being caught viewing pornography last week during a House of Representatives plenary session. Arifinto is one of the founders of the Justice Party that later merged with the Prosperous Justice Party that has advocated for Indonesia's 2008 Anti-Pornography Law.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 April 2011 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of Jakarta light rail to kick off soon? Where most metropolis in the world - inclusive of those in virtually all third-world-countries - already are 'equipped' with at least one form of mass rapid transit, Indonesia has do do it the railroad tracks that were laid down during the Dutch colonial period and buses that were put on the road for the first time when Suharto just became president.

Posted in Economy @ 27 March 2011 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Democrat Party lawmaker Roy Suryo kicked off plane Democratic Party lawmaker Roy Suryo was kicked off a Lion Air flight on Saturday morning for taking seats reserved for two other passengers for himself and his wife. A Lion Air passenger posted on his Twitter account @ernestprakasa that he was surprised to find his and his friend’s seats had been occupied by the couple when he boarded the plane.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 26 March 2011 09:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


'Foreign' cars target in efforts to reduce traffic on Bali The provincial government of Bali is trying to reduce traffic congestion in Bali by enforcing stricter controls on vehicles operating in Bali with police registration plates from locations outside the island. Stricter controls limiting the use of non-Bali registered vehicles would bring the double benefit of not only reducing the traffic on Bali's roads but increasing provincial tax revenues.

Posted in General @ 15 March 2011 06:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Actual ticket prices on ticketindonesia.info After several months of preparations, the website ticketindonesia.info has finally launched it's new website with actual ticket prices. Visitors of the website that are looking for tickets for domestic flights or a regional flight in Southeast Asia will now be presented real prices of tickets as well.

Posted in Travel @ 14 February 2011 11:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick smog over Riau because of forest fires Forest fires once again burn forests in Riau province in southern Sumatra. Almost the entire provice is now covered in a curtain of smog. The Meteorologica, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG in the city of Pekanbaru has said that the most recent sattelite images show at least 50 hot spots in southern Sumatra alone.

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 February 2011 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cheap food? To Yogyakarta! Since I lived in Yogyakarta for some two years - yes I do see this as a privilege because most people are not able to do it, thus missing a lot of the real atmosphere of the city, I didn't always keep in mind the fact that Yogyakarta is in fact fairly cheap in several areas of business.

Posted in Tourism @ 01 February 2011 12:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest six teenagers on terrorism charges Indonesian counterterrorism police on Tuesday arrested six teenagers in Central Java for their alleged involvement in terrorist activities, the Jakarta Post reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 January 2011 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mysterious crop circle found in Yogyakarta A mysterious crop circle appeared Sunday afternoon in a small rice field in the outskirts of the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, local media reported Monday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 January 2011 04:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi volcano victims turn to tourism to rebuild their lives The crowds of Indonesians eager to glimpse the destruction wrought by their country's most active volcano are providing business opportunities amid a tragedy. People left homeless by volcanic eruptions in Indonesia last year have turned to tourism as a form of income, charging entry fees and selling graphic DVDs to hundreds of visitors a day.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 January 2011 01:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cigarettes and tobacco get warning image in Indonesia The Indonesian government is to put warning images on cigarettes and tobacco. No longer will the black text in a white box be enough to warn the people. An image will be added in the near future to point smokers at the dangers of smoking. Several countries in the region already have this kind of images printed on every pack of cigarettes.

Posted in Health @ 13 January 2011 02:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian government vows to tackle corruption in 2011 The Indonesian government has vowed to tackle corruption in 2011 as accorded in a meeting with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 December 2010 14:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A cool and windy wet season Although this year did not really have a dry season of any kind in large parts of Indonesia, the wet season has noticeably started a while ago. The change from the dry to the wet season is hard to point out this year, but the bad weather that hits large areas of Java and elsewhere is a direct consequence of a fierce wet season.

Posted in Weather @ 19 December 2010 12:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


The TransJakarta Busway as wrong example With currently at least a dozen routes throughout many parts of Jakarta it is possible to travel around the city for just 3,500 Rupiah per person. It doesn't even matter how many transfers you make. The oldest routes have their own lanes through dense traffic conditions in many parts of the city, but elsewhere the big buses have to compete with a few million other road users.

Posted in Travel @ 12 December 2010 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top terrorist Abu Tholut arrested in Kudus Indonesian police say they have arrested their most-wanted fugitive, a man believed to have an important role in terrorist activity. Abu Tholut alias Mustofa is one of Indonesia's top wanted suspects after militant figures Noordin M. Top and Dulmatin died at the hands of police last year.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 December 2010 08:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Land tensions flare for former refugees Tensions between sharecroppers and landowners in Indonesia's western half of Timor island over limited cultivable land have led to outbreaks of violence that threaten to escalate, say local officials.

Posted in Economy @ 10 December 2010 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Activity Mount Merapi volcano decreasing The head of the Geological Agency, R. Sukhyar, has said that the amount of energy stored in the Mount Merapi volcano since the eruptions that took place from 3 to 8 November, is about equal to the amount of energy it stored after the first large eruption on October 26. This is one of the reasons that the danger zones of the volcano have been reset earlier today.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 November 2010 10:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The naughty hand of minister-idiot Tifatul Sembiring Once more, the biggest munafik created a buzz around his very own pathetic little person as Minister of Information of the Indonesian Republic, Tifatul Sembiring. How he did it this time? Well, it's quite simple; as self-proclaimed 'good muslem' - member of the radical Islamic PKS party that has an hidden agenda of founding an Islamic state in Indonesia and Southeast Asia - he shook the hand of a female person that was not his own wife.

Posted in Religion @ 10 November 2010 12:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The breathtaking view and sound of a pyroclastic cloud Two days ago, also soon after our breakfast, we got on our motorcycle to make the trip towards Klaten. Since all roads directly north of Yogyakarta were sealed off, and Cangkringan was one of the worst-hit areas, I wanted to go east as far as possible before driving back to the Mount Merapi volcano again. There were relatively little problems in that area, which was also easy to reach.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 November 2010 05:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muntilan turned into disaster zone Yesterday, after a night of rest without too much new activity of the Mount Merapi volcano, we left for that area soon after breakfast to see what happened outside the city of Yogyakarta. That this was much worse than inside the city was nothing to doubt about. How bad? That is something I didn't know yet, because I had never had the chance to experience it.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2010 10:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Difficult search for missing and dead around Mount Merapi After a heavy eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano three days ago, the search for dead and missing is still very difficult. The volcano is still very active and hot ash clouds like the one that came down the volcano's slopes three days ago are still hitting the area around the volcano every few hours which causes circumstances to be very dangerous.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2010 07:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To Yogyakarta with a little detour With two tickets Batam-Jakarta-Yogyakarta we made an effort to get to our final destination of the day quite early in the morning today. When I checked the news enjoying a fresh cup of coffee I found out that the airport of Yogyakarta was still closed and that this was likely to stay this way for some time to come. So no direct flight to Yogyakarta today.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 November 2010 16:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Towards the danger? About one and a half year ago I moved out from Yogyakarta, where I stayed for three years. Those three years started two months after the destructive earthquake which was directly followed by a small eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano directly north of where I lived then - Jakal KM 5, as it is locally known best.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 November 2010 13:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Qantas grounds its A380 fleet after mid-air scare over Batam Qantas on Thursday said it will suspend all Airbus A380 flights after a Sydney-bound flight made a dramatic emergency landing in Singapore due to an "uncontained engine failure."

Posted in Accidents @ 05 November 2010 02:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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