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SAR agency believes many bodies trapped in AirAsia plane`s fuselage Head of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) Vice Marshal F Henry Bambang Soelistyo believed many bodies of AirAsia crash victims are trapped in the planes fuselage as the number of bodies recovered continues to fall.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2015 09:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian ship discovers AirAsia victim`s body and luggage A Malaysian ship involved in evacuation operations recovered a body and luggage believed to be of the victim of AirAsia flight QZ8501 carrying 162 people from Surabaya to Singapore, which disappeared on Sunday (Dec. 28).

Posted in Accidents @ 01 January 2015 19:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President orders ministers to take charge immediately Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ordered all ministers to start executing their tasks immediately after being inaugurated on Monday in order to fulfill the peoples expectations from the new cabinet.

Posted in Politics @ 27 October 2014 20:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia deports 20,000 Indonesian migrant workers annually Malaysia deports around 20 thousand Indonesian migrant workers every year, allegedly because they fall foul of the law, National Board for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI) said.

Posted in Crime @ 31 August 2014 01:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ambassador: 'ISIS getting funding from the West' The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) movement was inseparable from the interest of some Western countries and got financial support from them, Indonesias Ambassador to Switzerland, Joko Susilo, has said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 August 2014 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi sets up transition office Presidential-elect Joko Widodo has set up "a transition office" to prepare programs for the implementation of his vision and mission and also to deliver on his campaign promises.

Posted in Politics @ 05 August 2014 13:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US congratulates Indonesia on its successful elections The US government has congratulated the people of Indonesia on its successful presidential elections on Wednesday, the US here said on its official website.

Posted in Elections @ 10 July 2014 18:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President hopes election results will be honored President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed hope that competing candidates and their supporters will accept and honor the results of the election on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 07 July 2014 22:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House agrees to cut Bappenas budget by Rp46.47 billion The House of Representatives (DPR RI) agreed to slash the budget of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) by Rp46.47 billion as part of efforts to cut budgets at 86 ministries and government institutions in 2014.

Posted in Economy @ 17 June 2014 08:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


MInister: 'No region in Indonesia has child-friendly status' Minister of Womens Empowerment and Child Protection Linda Amalia Sari Gumelar said there is no single region in Indonesia that has a child-friendly status.

Posted in Crime @ 05 May 2014 19:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Analyst: 'Kalla perfect running mate for Jokowi' Former vice president M. Jusuf Kalla is the perfect vice presidential candidate for Joko Widodo (Jokowi) who is running for president in the presidential election held next July 9, political analyst from Pelita Harapan University Embrus Sihombing said here on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 04 May 2014 16:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta to repair 50 km of Merapi evacuation road The Yogyakarta Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency said the government will repair the 50-kilometer evacuation road that was damaged by the plying of trucks from a sand mine near Mount Merapi of Yogyakarta.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 02 May 2014 21:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Indonesian new president must maintain anti-graft body' Honorary Council Secretary of the Constitutional Court (MK) Hikmahanto Juwana said that the next president who would be elected in this years presidential race must maintain the existence of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Posted in Corruption @ 20 April 2014 12:36 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


President: 'PLN to resolve power shortage in North Sumatra' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had asked the relevant institutions to resolve power shortage in North Sumatra so that the people would not experience rotating power outage.

Posted in Power supply @ 02 April 2014 17:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hong Kong grants Indonesia request over Century assets The High Court of Hong Kongs Special Administrative Region has complied Indonesias request to confiscate Bank Centurys assets stashed in that country with regard to a corruption case.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 February 2014 10:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


LAPAN ready to develop pioneer aircraft The National Aeronautics and Aviation Agency (LAPAN) plans this year to develop pioneer N219 aircraft, thereby spearheading the development of the national aviation industry, noted a minister.

Posted in Economy @ 07 February 2014 21:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia marks International Anti-Corruption Day Indonesia marked International Anti-Corruption Day as well as Human Rights Day at a function held in the Presidential Palace, here on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 December 2013 19:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Corruption real threat to development' Corruption is a real threat to development, stated President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here, on Monday, in the wake of the Anti-Corruption Day commemoration. "Corruption is still happening in Indonesia. It is a real threat to the development of this nation," Yudhoyono noted.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 December 2013 18:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPI reprimands six broadcasting companies The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) has reprimanded six TV stations for their disproportionate coverage of political news, talk-shows and advertisements.

Posted in Elections @ 05 December 2013 22:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Military chief pledges to take stern measures against attackers National Defense Forces (TNI) chief Gen. Moeldoko has pledged to take stern action against those who attacked a police post in Karawang district, West Java. The assailants are believed to be servicemen.

Posted in Violence @ 23 November 2013 01:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police second most in public complaints to Ombudsman The second most frequent complaints received by the Indonesian Ombudsman from the public are against the countrys police. "Police have always second among the institutions complained most against by the public," Ombudsman member Budi Santoso said in a meeting here on Thursday with police.

Posted in General @ 07 November 2013 12:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of police to guard Jambi labour protest At least 1,500 members of the Jambi Regional Police are to be deployed to maintain peace during labor protests planned to take place from October 28 to November 2, 2013.

Posted in Protests @ 25 October 2013 15:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono expresses shock at arrest of chief justice President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he was shocked and deeply concerned upon hearing the arrest of the Constitutional Court`s Chief Justice Akil Mochtar by an anti-graft agency on Wednesday night.

Posted in Politics @ 03 October 2013 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'State loses 2.1 trillion rupiah over e-KTP corruption' The Technology Information Academic Forum said it would be ready to help the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to uncover alleged corruption in the procurement of electronic identity card (e-KTP).

Posted in Corruption @ 02 September 2013 21:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lebaran remittances estimated to reach Rp15 trillion Indonesia`s Manpower Minister Muhaimin Iskandar estimated remittances from migrant workers during the current fasting month and ahead of the post-fasting holiday of Lebaran this year could reach Rp15 trillion.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2013 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign firms allegedly involved in Riau forest fires Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya has alleged that a number of foreign firms are involved in the current forest and woodland fires in Riau province. "It seems that (the fires) also involved foreign firms," he said in the State Palace compounds in Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President orders ministries to put out forest fires President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered all ministries and relevant institutions to put out forest fires in Sumatra in one month. "The President has given us directives that hotspots and haze in Sumatra should be overcome immediately," Chief Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa told a press conference after a cabinet ministers` plenary meeting here on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 23:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau extremely susceptible to drug trafficking The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) on Wednesday stated that Riau was extremely susceptible to international drug trafficking and might grow as an entry point of drug smuggling.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 June 2013 15:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Second largest dam in the country under construction Expected to start operation in April 2014, the Jatigede dam in Sumedang District, West Java, will be the second largest in Indonesia. Currently the Jatiluhur dam in Purwakarta district, also in West Java, is the largest reservoir in the country.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2013 14:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 4.6 million elderly in Indonesia prone to be neglected Some 4.6 million out of 18 million elderly people in Indonesia are prone to be neglected, Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri said here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 28 May 2013 15:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


People must be careful in choosing leader The people must be careful in choosing a state leader in 2014 elections because it will be very decisive in shaping the fate of the country in the future, noted figure Mahfud MD said.

Posted in Politics @ 11 May 2013 16:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Terrorists seeking to break army-police unity The chief of the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT), Ansyaad Mbai, said terrorists were seeking to break the military- police unity to weaken the power of law enforcers.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 February 2013 17:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Education minister fails to meet rights body`s summons Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh failed to meet a summons from the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) on Wednesday to clarify the revision of government regulation number 74/2008 on teachers.

Posted in General @ 07 February 2013 01:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


81 big trees collapse in Jakarta About 81 big trees collapsed in Jakarta when the city was hit by strong winds on January 10, said an official. "The trees hit nine cars and three houses. About five billboards also collapsed due to strong winds on Thursday," said a spokesperson for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Friday.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 January 2013 15:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to launch a three-digit rocket in 2013 Indonesia is planning to launch a three-digit rocket, with a range of 100km to 900km, to strengthen its artillery system. Indonesia is planning to launch the rocket next year.

Posted in Military @ 27 December 2012 19:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Corruption predicted to increase in 2013 An observer of the Advocate Division of Corruption Study Center of Gadjah Mada University (Pukat UGM), Oce Madril, has predicted that corruption would increase in 2013-2014, due to tense political rivalries.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 December 2012 04:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police gives priority to Jakarta ahead of Christmas, New Year The National Police Headquarters will give top priority to the capital city of Jakarta in its efforts to ensure security across the country during Christmas and New Year celebrations, the Head of Security Maintenance Department of the National Police, Commissioner General Imam Sujarwo, said.

Posted in General @ 21 December 2012 20:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Indonesia to produce N-219 aircraft in 2014' Research and Technology Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta has stated that Indonesia will produce N-219 transport aircraft in 2014.

Posted in Economy @ 20 December 2012 17:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No indication of toppling of President Yudhoyono A survey institute director has stated that there are no indications that suggest the toppling of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, despite the current legal and political climate in the country.

Posted in Politics @ 13 December 2012 21:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft agency prioritizes corruption prevention efforts The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is currently focusing on efforts to prevent corruption in Indonesia by running anti-corruption campaigns in cooperation with various institutions of the country, according to KPK Chief Abraham Samad.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 December 2012 17:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan warned against being too outspoken Outspoken minister for state enterprises Dahlan Iskan, who triggered an uproar by saying lawmakers seeking to extort money from state companies has been warned to be more cautious in making statements.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 November 2012 17:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Many fictitious official trips in state-owned enterprises' State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has stated that corruption in the form of fictitious official trips is quite common in state-owned enterprises.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 October 2012 18:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Military not taking part in running detention houses for KPK The military chief Admiral Agus Suhartono said the military only lends detention houses to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), adding it would not be involved in running the place.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 September 2012 20:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Solution needed to solve international corruption' Indonesian chief minister for legal, political and security affairs Djoko Suyanto said efforts must be made to find a way to settle corruption cases affecting other countries.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 September 2012 19:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hillary Clinton to visit Indonesia on September 3 US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Indonesia on September 3, to discuss with senior Indonesian officials about the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership and respective engagements on regional global issues.

Posted in Politics @ 29 August 2012 14:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Indonesia to raise civil servants` salaries by 7%' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government would increase the basic salaries of civil servants, military and police personnel by seven percent in 2013.

Posted in Economy @ 16 August 2012 22:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK grills more than 10 witnesses in simulator case Indonesia`s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has questioned more than 10 witnesses in connection with an alleged corruption case in the National Traffic Police Corps.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 August 2012 23:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No conflict between KPK and police Presidential spokesperson Julian Aldrin Pasha has denied any conflict between the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the National Police (Polri) in connection with the investigation into alleged corruption during the procurement of driving simulators.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 August 2012 22:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia has opportunities to strengthen domestic industries Indonesia still has a lot of opportunities to strengthen its industries due to continuing investment growth, a presidential aide said.

Posted in Economy @ 02 August 2012 14:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament appoints of Financial Service Authority members The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) confirmed the appointment of the chairman and members of the Financial Service Authority (OJK) for the 2012-18 period at a plenary meeting here on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 June 2012 18:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Attention needed for tsunami early warning system The Acehnese government has said that the tsunami early warning system, which has been installed in a coastal area, needs special attention for improvements in the future.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 April 2012 12:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


LIPI protests breach of property right by US researcher The Chief of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Lukman Hakim, has protested a breach of property rights by a researcher of the University of California, Davis, in connection with joint research results.

Posted in General @ 25 April 2012 18:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Military, police members exchange apologies in Gorontalo Military (TNI) and police members hugged each other and exchanged apologies here on Tuesday after declaring their commitment to maintaining security in Gorontalo province in Sulawesi following a clash on Sunday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 24 April 2012 18:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to use military aircraft to carry logistics to Papua The government will deploy military and police aircraft to transport logistics to Papua since Susi Air and Trigana Air are not yet operating following a recent shooting at Mulia airport.

Posted in General @ 19 April 2012 16:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pondok Pesantren Laki-laki As-Sodomiyah Last week it made some headlines, but I didn't have the time to get back to it right away. Well, that should be special new then, right? Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be that special. Hardly any attention was given to it in Indonesia, at least not of the stone-throwing and firebombing kind of attention that we should expect with this kind of news.

Posted in Religion @ 24 January 2012 07:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia taking steps to face European crisis The government of Indonesia is taking steps to anticipate the impact of European crisis on the national economy, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said.

Posted in Economy @ 04 December 2011 04:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono names seven new national heroes President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono awarded hero titles to several national figures for their great contributions to the country here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 09 November 2011 05:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


1.2 million Indonesians join Malaysian amnesty program About 1.2 million Indonesian migrant workers have registered themselves in a massive amnesty program called “pemutihan” initiated by the Malaysian government to legalize the many immigrant workers who seek jobs illegally in the country.

Posted in Economy @ 02 September 2011 06:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia lifts ban on cattle trade with Indonesia Australian Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig on Wednesday announced that the ban on cattle trade with Indonesia was lifted and new requirements for exporters were set, Australia's Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.

Posted in Economy @ 06 July 2011 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aussie suspend cattle exports over slaughterhouse cruelty The Australian livestock export industry on Monday said it would be suspending the supply of live cattle to three Indonesian slaughterhouses, after a documentary broadcast on national TV showed extreme animal cruelty.

Posted in Crime @ 30 May 2011 23:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police backs govt efforts tackle Islamist movement Indonesia's national police says it is ready to back up the religious affairs ministry in efforts to prevent propagation of the Islamic State of Indonesia (NII) movement. "To prevent more potential victims, cooperation with the ministry is needed," national police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo said Thursday.

Posted in Religion @ 06 May 2011 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1 of 5 Indonesian judges corrupt - official Indonesia's Judicial Commission chief said 20 percent of Indonesian judges are corrupt, participating in bribes and failing to maintain independent during cases, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 March 2011 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Child imprisonment in Indonesia rampant The Indonesian Commission for Child Protection said on Wednesday that nearly 7,000 minors face criminal trials in Indonesian courtrooms each year, the Jakarta Globe reported. The commission, also known as the KPAI, said that 90 percent of them, about 6,300 minors, end up incarcerated alongside adult suspects, as there are no special holding cells for children.

Posted in Crime @ 16 March 2011 19:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US man facing deportation threatens to kill himself, daughters An American man facing deportation threatened to kill himself and his four children if he is forced to leave Indonesia without them, the Jakarta Globe reported Wednesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 09 March 2011 15:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia and Finland sign renewable energy pact The governments of Indonesia and Finland on Monday signed a bilateral renewable energy pact that would promote the use of wood-based biomass and agricultural residues, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Environment @ 15 February 2011 01:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House looking for lower haj pilgrimage cost The House of Representatives’ Commission VIII on social and religious affairs is deliberating reduction in the haj pilgrimage cost for this year, and necessary measures to improve services for the pilgrims. Commission member Iskan Qolba Lubis said the new price would be decided during a series of meetings with the government and related parties on June 5-7.

Posted in Religion @ 26 May 2010 06:43 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


Ex-health minister faces prison for alleged embezzlement Former health minister Achmad Sujudi is facing a long jail term in an alleged corruption case. During his term in office, a procurement project has cost the state some 105 billion Rupiah (7,7 million euro). Achmad Sujudi was involved in a corruption scheme together with the general director of PT. Kimia Farma, Gunawan Pranoto and director of PT. Rifa Jaya Mulia, Rinaldi Yusuf.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 December 2009 09:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of Sunda Strait bridge starts in 2014 Djoko Kirmanto, former minister of Public Works, has said that the government expected to start construction of the 40-kilometer long Sunda Strait bridge between the islands of Java and Sumatra at latest in 2014. The government is currently wrapping up a pre-feasibilty study and is to form a national team of representatives from related institutions.

Posted in Economy @ 12 November 2009 12:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Underage marriages still common practice The Commission for the Protection of Indonesian Children (KPAI) has expressed concerns about the high number of marriages involving underage children. According to the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) some one third of all marriages taking place in Indonesia each year involve at least one person that is under the age of 18.

Posted in Culture @ 12 September 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister of Culture and Tourism to resign The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has decided to resign from his current position in the cabinet to become a legislator. He will be representing the Democratic Party of President Yudhoyono in the House of Representatives. "I will submit my resignation letter to the President Tuesday afternoon. If the President agrees, I will be able to officially resign by Oct. 1," he said.

Posted in Politics @ 09 September 2009 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five percent pay rise for civil servants and police The national budget for 2010, which is currently being talked about, makes room for an average of five percent pay rise for civil servants, members of the Indonesian army, the police and retirement payouts. 2010 will see 28 trillion Rupiah (2 billion euro) - or 21 percent - in extra funds to realize this. The funds are also planned to be used for the payout of a 13th month for salaries and retirement payouts.

Posted in Economy @ 03 August 2009 12:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Anti corruption watchdog chief named suspect in murder plot The head of Indonesia's powerful anti-corruption watchdog, Antasari Azhar, has been named as a suspect in the Mafia-style execution of a senior executive, amid allegations of a love triangle gone wrong. But Azhar's lawyer has dismissed the notion his client masterminded the murder of Nasrudin Zulkarnaen, describing it as a conspiracy to destroy a graft-busting crime fighter.

Posted in Crime @ 04 May 2009 08:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Local Muslims reject arrival of Abu Bakar Ba'ashir The plan of religious leader Abu Bakar Ba'ashir to bring a visit to Lumajang has caused a strong reaction from local Muslims. They reject the arrival of the Muslem cleric from Solo. They say that a majority of the people in Lumajang will feel uneasy with a visit from him. "We strongly are against a visit of Abu Bakar Ba'ashir to Lumajang," said Abdurrohim, one of the Islamic leaders from the Tompokersan sub-district in Lumajang.

Posted in Religion @ 04 December 2008 12:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Tourist arrivals over 2008 likely to reach only 6.4 million Bisnis.com quotes Noviendi Makalam, the Secretary of the Directorate General of Marketing at the Department of Culture and Tourism as trying to gain some distance from previously stated targets, saying "the 8 million foreign tourists target and 6.4 billion euro in foreign exchange is the result a government-wide plan involving not only the Department of Culture and Tourism, but also other institutions including the Department of Finance."

Posted in Tourism @ 12 November 2008 08:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia must brace itself for economic recession Indonesia must face the current global economic turmoil by taking concrete and substantial steps, as the turmoil cannot be solved with conventional ways, an economic analyst Sutrisno Iwantono said. He added that Indonesia needs to take immediate steps such as diversification of export destinations, strengthening the domestic markets, as well as reinforcing the agricultural bases in rural areas, to salvage the national economy.

Posted in Economy @ 06 October 2008 07:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


24 new parties for 2009 general election in Indonesia Twenty-four new political parties in Indonesia meet qualifications as legal entities after they have passed the verification process held by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, local English newspaper the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday. "Only 24 of the 115 registered parties eventually fulfilled all the administrative requirements, including having offices in at least 20 provinces," Aidir Amin Daud, the ministry's director of public institutions said.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2008 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 2.5 million abortions in Indonesia annually Although banned by law as well as an Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI) edict, some 2.5 million abortions will happen in Indonesia every year, an academician has said. "The figure does not yet include abortions effected with non-medical assistance or with the help of shaman," Antara news agency Sunday quoted Professor Dr Jurnalis Uddin of Jakarta-based YARSI University as saying at a seminar here.

Posted in Health @ 25 February 2008 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Situation report Mount Kelut volcano; no. 3 The Team for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Observation in Blitar reported today that the temperature of water in the crater continues to increase, albeit slowly. The highest level of alert (level 4) is still in force.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 21 October 2007 09:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Almost 10 million bank accounts closed in three months Around 9.7 million bank accounts have been closed or emptied in the last three months according to the National Development Agenc (Bappenas). This raises alarm bells in the country's banking sector and the entire economy. The data, which was compiled by the Deposit Insurance Agency (LPS), referred mosty to accounts with deposits of less than Rp 100 million (8,333 euro).

Posted in Economy @ 24 March 2007 14:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Djarum ad campaign wakes up police Indonesian police sleeping on the job? Those in Indonesia can talk about it, but just don't tell everyone about it. Police are threatening to file a lawsuit against cigarette producer PT. Djarum for a nationwide campaign - billboards, tv, newspapers and magazines - that fools with police officers sleeping on the job. "The force is a state institution that deserves respect," said police spokesman Maj. Gen. Sisno Adiwinoto.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 15 March 2007 06:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government should pull military out of business The Indonesian government should end military ownership of businesses without further delay, Human Rights Watch said today as it launched the 159-page Indonesian translation of a study on military self-financing in Indonesia.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 February 2007 06:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


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

Posted in Flooding @ 09 February 2007 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


U.S. uses sattelite imaging to search for missing Adam Air plane The United States will assist the search for an Adam Air Boeing 737-400 plane which went missing in West Sulawesi waters on Monday afternoon through satellite imaging devices placed around the assumed crash site. "They will assist through satellite imaging," Commander of the Indonesian Defence Force (TNI) Marshal Djoko Suyanto said when ANTARA News asked for a confirmation here Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2007 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Weeks of net chaos expected in Indonesia It is expected to take between two and four weeks for Internet capacity to recover in Indonesia after it dropped to 17 percent Tuesday following the earthquake in China 's Taiwan. "The question of when Internet connections will recover, regretfully, lies in the hands of external parties," the Jakarta Post daily on Friday quoted Basuki Yusuf Iskandar, director general of posts and telecommunication at the Communications and Information Ministry, as saying at a press conference.

Posted in General @ 30 December 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


About 57,000 houses built in tsunami-hit Aceh in past two years Donor institutions and the Aceh- Nias Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency ( BRR Aceh-Nias) have so far built 57,000 units of permanent housing for earthquake and tsunami victims in Indonesia's Aceh and Nias regions in the past two years.

-Around 22,000 units of housing for victims of the disasters in the two regions are expected to be completed by the end of March next year, Antara news agency quoted BRR Aceh-Nias chief Kuntoro Mangkusubroto as saying on Saturday in Banda Aceh, capital of Aceh province.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2006 04:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adrianus Meliala: Pushing for reform of Indonesian police Asked about the progress of police reform in Indonesia, criminologist and police analyst Adrianus Eliasta Sembiring Meliala said that it was obvious, but the direct benefit for citizens would not be realized in one night.

Posted in Human rights @ 09 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes frontline in World Bank battle against corruption Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of America's invasion of Iraq and its ambitions to reshape the world, was President George Bush's controversial choice to take the reins of the World Bank last year. Mr Wolfowitz, despised by many for his policies but admired for his intellect, ignored the furore over his appointment, waiting 12 months to make his first major policy pronouncement. Its location, Indonesia, and his warning of rampant corruption undermining global aid and development efforts, was almost as ambitious and controversial as his attempts to re-engineer the Middle East.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trials and travails of Indonesia's richest man Publicity-shy paper and plantation magnate Sukanto Tanoto is in Indonesia's national headlines after topping two high-profile lists. Forbes Asia last month listed the 56-year-old tycoon as the richest individual in Indonesia, with assets worth about US$2.8 billion (Rp25.2 trillion). In June, the self-made ethnic-Chinese tycoon also topped a list of state-owned Bank Mandiri's six biggest debtors.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Secrecy, speculation surrounded prizes A Finn who helped mediate peace in Indonesia is tipped to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize, while bookmakers favor a Turkish novelist for the literature award. But in the hyper-secretive world of the panels that have spent much of the year sifting through hundreds of nominations, it's all a guessing game until the announcements start tumbling out onMonday.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2006 15:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IMF, WB also responsible for forest destruction The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) are two institutions allegedly engaged in destroying the forests in Indonesia and in other developing countries. "The role of the IMF and WB is in the channeling of funds to companies engaged in investment without first studying the impact of the application of their policies," Greenpeace activist Red Costantino said in a meeting on "International People`s Forum Versus IMF and WB" here on Sunday.

Posted in Environment @ 18 September 2006 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia lobbies for greater Asian voice, more investment Indonesia is adding its voice to calls for Asian countries to be allowed a greater voice in international institutions like the IMF and World Bank. Indonesia also says that eradicating poverty is its national priority, something both the World Bank and IMF also want to see. So the Indonesian delegation, which has come to Singapore for the IMF/World Bank annual meetings, wants to use this opportunity to promote their country as an investment destination.

Posted in Economy @ 16 September 2006 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia behind the learning curve Indonesia is arguably Asia's least well-educated country, and the government is largely to blame. With 30% of its 242 million population school-aged, the world's largest Muslim country ranks lowest among its Asian neighbors in terms of public education expenditure.

Posted in Economy @ 03 September 2006 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to raise funds for fighting bird flu Indonesia will raise budget to combat avian influenza in the country, where 46 out of 60 contracted people have died, a senior official of the World Bank said on Wednesday. Andrew Steer, World Bank's top official for Indonesia, made the remarks after meeting with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla at the vice presidential office. Steer said Kalla told him that Indonesia would return the possibly-declined budget of 45 million U.S. dollars in 2007 to about 54 million U.S. dollars.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 August 2006 06:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New policy package on financial sector issued The government and Bank Indonesia (BI) have signed a joint decree to improve coordination between fiscal and monetary authorities and help reform financial markets. Announcing the package Wednesday, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Boediono said it was expected to accelerate reforms in the banking sector, non-bank financial institutions and in capital markets. It would also enhance businesses' access to capital, he said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 July 2006 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising radicalism, intolerance threaten Indonesia's diversity Fifty years ago, Clifford Geertz wrote: " ... archipelagic in geography, eclectic in civilization, and heterogeneous in culture, Indonesia flourishes when it accepts and capitalizes on its diversity and disintegrates when it denies and suppresses it". The comment, part of Geertz's assessment of the political situation in Indonesia in the late fifties, also anticipates the future of Indonesia.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects foreign loan offers for quake victims The Indonesian government will reject any foreign offer to provide loans for its ongoing efforts to help victims of the Yogyakarta and Central Java earthquake, a cabinet minister said. "We will not accept any overseas loan although a number of foreign countries and international institutions, including the ADB, have offered to extend soft loans, we prefer grant aid," National Development Planning Minister Paskah Suzetta said here on Thursday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 June 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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