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Mily officer: 'Three victims of Papua`s landslide still missing' Three miners buried by a landslide that occurred in a traditional gold mining site in Baya Biru of Paniai District, Papua Province, on July 1, had yet to be found, a military officer said.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 July 2014 21:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry predicts mudik travelers to reach 27 million The number of home-bound travelers during the Idul Fitri Holiday 2014 is expected to reach 27 million, according to a forecast made by the Indonesian Transportation Ministry.

Posted in Travel @ 12 May 2014 18:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua military confiscate 28 weapons from separatists The Indonesian Military has seized 28 weapons from a separatist group during the period between January and April 2014, noted the Cendrawasih XVII Regional Military Commander Mayor General Christian Zebua.

Posted in Violence @ 02 May 2014 20:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Stay calm, Papua military urges Sorong citizens after clash The Papua Regional Military Commander Mayor General Christian Zebua appealed to the Sentani citizens to stay calm and not be provoked by people who triggered riots on April 20, 2014, in Sorong, West Papua Province.

Posted in Violence @ 22 April 2014 19:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police checks video of gold robbery in Pekanbaru The Pekanbaru Resort Police secured four CCTV units for the video recording of a robbery of 3 kilograms of gold and Rp500 million in cash from a Jenderal Sudirman Street store, Pekanbaru City, Riau Province.

Posted in Crime @ 21 April 2014 18:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven die on good friday ceremony in Flores At least seven persons died after a ship that carried hundreds of passengers for the Good Friday Sea Ceremony in Indonesia's Flores waters sank when hit by strong waves on Friday afternoon.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 April 2014 16:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Australian journalists deported from Bali Two Australian journalists, who broke immigration permission laws, were deported by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regional Office of Bali Province. "They availed the visa on arrival facility but got caught while doing some news reporting in Bali," Chief of Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regional Office of Bali Province I Gusti Kompiang Adnyana stated here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 March 2014 14:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: 'Pirates rob Liberian-flagged ship in Rupat Strait' A group of pirates robbed a Liberian-flagged motor vessel when it was sailing in Rupat Strait of Dumai waters, Riau Province, the Riau Police stated. "The robbery took place last weekend at 2:45 a.m.," stated Director of Riau Water Police Senior Commissioner Lukas Gunawan during an interview with ANTARA here, on Wednesday.

Posted in Crime @ 05 February 2014 21:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sinking of Permata vessel leaves two dead The sinking of the Permata Sukron vessel on Sunday evening in Lembata District led to the deaths of two passengers. The accident occurred on Sunday evening, claiming two casualties identified as a husband and wife, according Vice Regent of E Flores Valens Tukan in a phone interview with ANTARA News here on Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 January 2014 17:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Location of proposed new Bali airport still not clear The continuing tug-of-war over the location for a proposed new airport in North Bali entered a new phase with the announcement by the Regent of Buleleng that villages surrounding Kubutambahan are favored for Bali’s second air gateway.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 07 December 2013 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor: 'Efforts to solve traffic jams not yet maximum' Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo said the results of his efforts to solve traffic congestion problems in the capital city since he took office one year ago had not yet been widely felt.

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


President Yudhoyono to receive Harrison Ford President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to receive Hollywood top movie star Harrison Ford and his team at the Presidential Office here on Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 10 September 2013 13:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK arrests head of SKK Migas The Upstream Oil and Gas Special Working Unit (SKK Migas) confirmed that head of the agency Rudi Rubiandini had been arrested by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on graft charge.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 August 2013 10:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Condition of many Indonesian migrant workers unknown The condition of hundreds of Indonesian female migrant workers in Egypt is still unknown as they had never reported their presence to the Indonesian embassy in Cairo, a diplomat said.

Posted in General @ 08 July 2013 18:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze raises respiratory disease sufferers by 20 pct The Health Monitoring Office (KKP) of Pekanbaru`s Port recorded increase in respiratory disease by 20 percent as a result of haze that hit Riau Province. The institution found the total increase when they conducted an integrated data collection and evaluation program (surveillance) of the illness type caused land fire`s haze.

Posted in Forest fires @ 30 June 2013 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Indonesian military and police chiefs to be replaced' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will replace Indonesian Military Commander Admiral Agus Suhartono and Police Chief General Timur Pradopo in August or September this year, according to the Cabinet Secretariat`s official website.

Posted in Politics @ 09 April 2013 07:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rescue workers discover 12 bodies of Cililin landslide Evacuation team for landslide mitigation at Mukapayung village, Cililin sub-district of West Java province has discovered two other bodies that makes the total casualties of the disaster to 12 persons.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 March 2013 18:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcanic ashes still cover Palue Island Volcanic ashes are still covering Palue Island, East Nusa Tenggara Province, following another eruption of Mount Rokatenda on Monday, Deputy District Head of Sikka Damianus Wera said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 March 2013 21:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI deploys company of soldiers to secure Timika The Indonesian military (TNI) is deploying a company of soldiers to help the police protect Papua`s Timika city against possible subsequent clashes among traditional gold miners in the area.

Posted in Military @ 19 March 2013 08:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreigner attacked in own villa during robbery The Jakarta Globe and The West Australian reports that a 40-year-old Australian man suffered serious injuries requiring surgery and hospitalization after he was attacked by two men caught in the act of robbing his rented villa in Canggu.

Posted in Crime @ 05 January 2013 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sultan Hamengku Buwono X to resign from Golkar party Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X expressed his readiness to resign from Golkar party following the passage of the bill on the administration of Yogyakarta special region here on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 30 August 2012 21:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Dahlan sits on floor with newsmen at palace State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has again surprised many as he sat on the floor while answering questions from newsmen at the presidential palace here on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 19 April 2012 11:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry of Justice denies receiving funds from US Justice and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin has categorically denied an allegation his ministry had received Rp1 trillion in funds from the United States to allow the latter to interrogate Indonesian prison inmates.

Posted in Politics @ 16 February 2012 02:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-terrorist is now comic book hero The real life adventures of former al-Qaida-linked terrorist Nasir Abas have become a new comic book in Indonesia, chronicling his transformation from militant to invaluable ally in the fight against terrorism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 September 2011 09:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Army helicopter attacked while transporting shooting victim An Indonesian Army helicopter was attacked on Wednesday as it evacuated the body of a soldier who was previously killed at his military post in eastern Papua province, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 04 August 2011 14:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Poll: Young in Malaysia, Indonesia oppose polygamy The vast majority of young Muslims in Indonesia and Malaysia appear to disapprove of the traditional acceptance of polygamy but remain reluctant to openly support interfaith marriages or premarital sex, a new survey shows.

Posted in Religion @ 13 July 2011 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two pirated ships and 10 crew members freed after 4 days Two pirated Indonesian ships were freed after 10 crew members were held hostage for four days off the northern island of Kalimantan, officials said on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 04 June 2011 00:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 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


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


129 Myanmar refugees rescued off North Sumatra waters The Indonesian Navy on Tuesday rescued 129 Myanmar refugees who were stranded in Krueng Raya waters in Aceh province, the Antara news agency reported on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 16 February 2011 18:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ferry fire finally extinguished with rising death toll at 28 Indonesian authorities are expected to begin full investigations into the ferry boat fire off the Sunda Strait that killed at least 28 after all of the fires were extinguished on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 February 2011 03:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: 'Torture of suspects normal in Indonesia' Law enforcement officials from police to prison wardens routinely torture Indonesian suspects and convicts to extract confessions or obtain information, a new report asserted Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 02 January 2011 01:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia governor: 'Southeast Asia considers single currency' Bank Indonesia governor Halim Alamsyah has said the Southeast Asia region could consider an eventual currency convergence to strengthen the region's economy and facilitate international transactions.

Posted in Economy @ 11 December 2010 05:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rumor: Ancient volcano rumbles into live near Yogyakarta Earlier today an Indonesian online news service reported that the prehistoric Nglanggeran volcano in the area of Gunung Kidul (lit 'Southern Hills') southeast of the city of Yogyakarta had come back to life. The volcano was said to produce a rumbling sound and small plumes of smoke were also said to be visible at the peak. Residents were reported fleeing from the area as well.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 November 2010 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia claws its way to economic superpower status Indonesia is one of the "rising stars" of emerging Asia and some economists believe this vast nation will one day become a regional superpower, behind only China and India, as global economic activity increasingly shifts towards east Asia, away from the faltering developed nations of the west and Japan.

Posted in Economy @ 03 October 2010 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-terror unit deals out own terror Australia has sent an official to the Indonesian province of Maluku to investigate claims that Indonesia's elite counter-terrorism unit, Detachment 88, which Australia and the US train and fund, brutalised a group of separatists last month, repeatedly beating and abusing them in detention.

Posted in Violence @ 13 September 2010 11:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK chief candidates undergo interviews Seven candidates for the position of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman start the interview section of the selection round Thursday. The interviews, held at the Justice and Human Rights Ministry, will be taped and broadcast live through a closed-circuit network in the building.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 August 2010 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Patrialis seeks to end corruption at immigration The national television channel tvOne, reports that the Minister of Law and Human Rights, Patrialis Akbar, undertook a surprise inspections at the East Jakarta Immigration office earlier this week. Explaining the reason for his visit, Patrialis said, "I received a report that there were illegal fees being paid for the preparation of passports."

Posted in Corruption @ 30 July 2010 14:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IAEA: Indonesia ready to have nuclear power plants The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) considers that Indonesia is ready to have nuclear power plants as new energy source, an official said in an interview on Monday. The head of the National Atomic Agency (BATAN) Hudi Hastowo said that Indonesia has been preparing to have the power plants for a long time.

Posted in Power supply @ 19 May 2010 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bishop: 'Islam terrorises minorities' The majority of Muslems in Indonesia terrorizes religious minorities like Christians. The local authorities have the obligation to guarantee that minorities are free in expression of their religion, but that doesn't stop Muslems from forcing their rules onto them. These words were spoken by bishop Johannes Pujasumarta of West Java when he was interviewed by the Catholic press agency AsaiaNews.

Posted in Religion @ 11 February 2010 13:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


14 minister candidates take medical check up Fourteen minister candidates that were interviewed by president-elect and current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono took medical tests at the Gatot Subroto Hospital earlier on Sunday. Two other candidates, Hatta Rajasa and Andi Mallarangeng, were not able to undergo the tests because they were still helping Yudhoyono.

Posted in Polio @ 18 October 2009 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN: 'Climate change worsening disasters' Climate change is contributing to more frequent and deadlier natural disasters, and governments need to speed up measures to mitigate their impact, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes, warns.

Posted in Environment @ 17 October 2009 08:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amnesty: Police abuse rampant in Indonesia Torture and other forms of ill-treatment carried out by Indonesian police remain rampant despite the government's efforts to reform the police force, human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 June 2009 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


17 killed in Sumatra mine blast The death toll of a coal mine explosion on the island of Sumatra rose to 17, while 23 others were still believed to be trapped underground, local officials said on Tuesday. The accident happened following an explosion Tuesday morning in a mine in Sawah Lunto in West Sumatra province, said Head of the Provincial Disaster Management Agency Ade Edward.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 June 2009 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia looking to buy new C-130 military planes The Indonesian government is currently in talks with the United States to buy new Hercules C-130 planes produced by Lockheed Martin in two to three years from now. There is also a possibility that they will purchase fighter jets and u-boats. The government is targeting to expend some 1.2 percent of the gross domestic product for national security. At the moment this is only 0.68 percent.

Posted in Military @ 30 May 2009 11:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens killed after dam collapses in Jakarta suburb More than 50 people were found dead when the Situ Gintung dam, in the densely populated Tangerang district, burst at about 4am today. Head of the Crisis Management Centre at the Indonesian Health Ministry, Rustam A. Pakaya, told Bernama that the number of people killed would be higher being that more than 400 houses had been swept away as at 9am.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 March 2009 07:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey: 'Police most corrupt institution in Indonesia' Based on a survey held by Transparansi Internasional Indonesia (TII), the Indonesian police is seen as the most corrupt institution in the country. On the other hand the Council of Islamic Scholars (MUI) is seen as least corrupt. The survey was held between September and December 2008. Almost 4.000 people in 50 cities across the country were questioned.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 January 2009 11:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogya 'clean', Kupang most corrupt city in Indonesia Yogyakarta, which is known as the city of education, has been named as the city most clean of corruption. Kupang, in East Nusa Tenggara, holds the last position and is seen as the most corrupt in the country. These are the results from a survey held by Transparansi Internasional Indonesia (TII), held in 50 cities in Indonesia during the months September through December 2008.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 January 2009 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali immigration chief promises to fire corrupt officers BisnisBali reports that Bali's immigration chief, Drs. I Nyoman Putra, has vowed to sack any immigration officers found to be accepting payments outside of the official tariff set for document processing. Putra said that the official tariff for document processing is posted at all immigration offices and promised to fire any officials found to be charging "additional fees" for immigration services.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2008 16:10 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


Seeking recognition for Bali's heritage The Jakarta Post reports that a team representing Bali is expected to visit the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris soon in a continuing effort to lobby for three sites in Bali to be names as World Heritage Sites.

Posted in Environment @ 15 March 2008 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Bali bombers must be executed' President Yudhoyono said that the death sentence for three Islamic militants, which are currently on death row for their part in the 2002 Bali bombings, must be carried out. With this he clearly indicates that there is no way of granting them clemency. Imam Samudra, Amrozi and Ali Gufron face execution by a firing squad after the Supreme Court rejected their final appeal. The three also refused to seek clemency from the president, saying that they want to die as martyrs.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2007 05:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to boost military role in disaster relief In a country often hit by natural disasters, Indonesia's armed forces should shift their focus from the battlefield to emergency and relief efforts, said its defense minister on Wednesday. Juwono Sudarsono said that most of the defense spending in the next decade would be spend on improving transport capability to be able to respond better to emergencies.

Posted in Military @ 11 October 2007 11:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Militant inmate escapes from prison An Indonesian Islamic militant serving 20 years in prison for plotting a deadly cafe explosion in 2004 has escaped from jail in South Sulawesi province, an official of the prison said on Monday. Jasmin Bin Kasau used a rope to climb a wall of Guning Sari prison on last Friday night after a mass prayer, the official named only Rusdini said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 September 2007 14:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia files $1.5 billion lawsuit against Suharto Indonesia has filed a 1,5 billion US dollar case against former president Suharto and a foundation that gave education scholarships that was controlled by him in a bid to recover funds allegedly misused during his 32 years in power.

Posted in General @ 10 July 2007 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights group: 'Police killing, raping civilians in Papua' Security forces killed and beat unarmed civilians, raped women during operations against separatists in the province of Papua according to Human Rights Watch. Police chief General Sutanto denied any abuses were taking place in the remote region where mistrust between indigenous people and security forces runs high after years of military crackdowns.

Posted in Crime @ 05 July 2007 17:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clove Marlboro launched in Indonesia Philip Morris International has launched 'Marlboro Mix 9', a Marlboro cigarette in Indonesia flavored with clove, seeking to boost sales in one of the world's biggest markets where smokers in Europe and the United States stop smoking. The company, a unit of New York-based Altria Group, last year bought a controlling stake in cigarette manufacturer Sampoerna for 5.2 billion US dollar. It was the largest foreign takeover in Indonesian history.

Posted in General @ 04 July 2007 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


There she is, the Indonesian Playboy However I have been asked for it several times before, I didn't own my very own Indonesian version of the very well-known magazine for the male part of the population. Until today, because I happen to run into a brand new one today, partially hidden behind other well-known names like FHM, Cosmo and Maxim. Directly I picked the dark-colored cover with gold-colored print from the top shelf. The beautifully thick glossy cover has been sealed in a thin plastic cover; if you want to see inside you first have to pay 50.000 Rupiah for it. Free is not for Playboy, you can pick any other magazine with a more 'modest' cover; a women just as pretty as the one in Playboy, but then wearing a Jilbab to cover her long black hair.

Posted in General @ 30 June 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia to restrict Carrefour, Matahari expansion Indonesia is planning to introduce a law that will restrict new stores for hypermarket operators including Carrefour SA and PT Matahari Putra Prima as soon as next month in a bid to protect small retailers, said Mari Pangestu, Minister of Trade. Hypermarket operators will have to obtain clearance from the Ministry of Public Works before being allowed to open new stores, told Mari in an interview in Kuala Lumpur.

Posted in Economy @ 29 May 2007 10:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian prosecutors target Tommy Suharto The Attorney General's office in Indonesia said it will start questioning people towards filing a new civil case against Tommy Suharto as soon as next week. Tommy Suharto is the youngest son of former president Suharto. A court in Guernsey in the British Channel Islands has agreed to extend a current freeze of 59 million US dollar in funds held by a company controlled by Tommy Suharto. In this way they hope to unveil some of the paper trails left behind by the assumed ill-gotten gains.

Posted in General @ 25 May 2007 05:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Hamid silent over 50 dead inmates Justice and Humand Rights Minister Hamid Awaludin has refused to comment on the fact that large numbers of prisoners at the Tangerang prison who have died recently. Hamid tried to avoid reporters who wanted to ask about this matter in a rush outside the governor's office in Banten. “Please step back, there’s no time for interview,” said Hamid's adjutant.

Posted in Health @ 12 April 2007 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Leftist Dita Sari 2009 presidential candidate Dita Sari, a leader of Indonesia's People's Democratic Party (PRD), has vowed to run as a candidate for the leftist Papernas alliance in Indonesia's next presidential polls despite threats by radical Islamists. "We will not be intimidated," said Dita in an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI). Papernas has been labelled "communist" - an ideology and party prohibited in Indonesia - and last week its supporters were attacked by members of the Front Pembela Islam (FPI). "I will do everything to take part in the presidential elections," Dita said.

Posted in Politics @ 04 April 2007 15:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No signs of sabotage in crash There is no evidence of sabotage of terrorism involved in the Garuda Indonesia plane crash three days ago. This was told by Indonesian police. "We conclude there is no evidence of sabotage, terrorist acts or bomb explosions that may have caused the accident," Sisno Adiwinoto, national police spokesman told in an interview broadcast by El-Shinta radio yesterday.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 March 2007 02:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yusril snaps back over corruption query During an interview with The Jakarta Post last Tuesday, State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra was asked whether he gained financial advantages through a case currently being investigated. His reply - an emotional outburst - came totally unexpected. "You have gone beyond the KPK. The KPK interrogated me only as part of procedure. I think a journalist cannot act as an investigator. You are going beyond your authority as a journalist. If you were a public official, you could be sued in court for violating... going beyond your authority. Journalists are employed to raise questions and not to act as investigators," he told The Post.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 March 2007 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Preachers and revenge push terror in Indonesia Basri - one of Indonesia's most wanted Islamic militants - wears a tattoo of Mickey Mouse on his wrist and drank alcohol when he was young. He jammed on Nirvana songs in a rock band. He wasn't religous and even now he struggles remembering the verses of the Quran, the holy book of Islam. As Islamic militant he is accused of beheading three Christian girls and other attacks on the island of Sulawesi, a front for Islamic militants.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 February 2007 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adam Air to continue expansion Adam Skyconnection Airlines said the Jan. 1 crash of one of its aircraft will not affect expansion plans as the Indonesian budget carrier will pursue adding 60 planes within five years and searching for a strategic investor. The airline also plans to lease 10 Boeing 737 planes this year, bringing its total fleet to 32, according to the company's president director, Adam Suherman, whose family owns the Jakarta- based carrier.

Posted in General @ 14 February 2007 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poso residents fear alleged arrival of millitants Residents of the troubled Muslim town of Poso, in Central Sulawesi province, have expressed concern over allegations that jihadist paramilitary troops have left Java and are due in Poso, where another police raid led to the arrest of two suspected terrorists on Thursday. The latest raid followed two more in January that left 17 Islamic militants dead. Levi Bagu, resident of the Kapompa Village, Labuan, Poso, is worried that the arrival of militants could unsettle Poso even more. "I just want to live in peace," Bagu told Adnkronos International (AKI).

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 03 February 2007 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bombing film to premiere in Indonesia A controversial new movie about the 2002 Bali bombings premieres in Indonesia Thursday. More than 200 people, mostly foreign tourists, died in the bombing of a nightclub by Muslim extremist group Jemaa Islamiya. The Long Road to Heaven goes where Indonesia's timid media have feared to tread, examining the role of religion in the attacks.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2007 21:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia disputes report Obama attended radical Islamic school U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama fought back against an allegation that he was educated at a radical Islamic school as a child in Indonesia, determined to avoid being tripped up by unsubstantiated charges like those that undermined Sen. John Kerry in 2004. Interviews by The Associated Press at the elementary school in Jakarta found that it is a public and secular institution that has been open to students of all faiths since before the White House contender attended in the late 1960s.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2007 08:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia may curb exports of crude palm oil Indonesia, the world's second largest palm oil grower, may curb unprocessed exports of the commodity to encourage the development of local refining, an official at the Trade Ministry said. Curbing overseas sales of crude palm oil (CPO) is among the options that will be discussed at a meeting on January 22, Agus Tjahyono, agricultural exports director, said in an interview yesterday. "There are lots of options besides taxes to discourage exports," Tjahyono said. "We can impose regulations."

Posted in Economy @ 20 January 2007 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong monsoons could mean increased droughts in Indonesia Fears of strengthening monsoons in Asia could spell trouble for parts of Australia and Indonesia which will see longer and more frequent droughts in the future, according to a study published in Nature on Thursday. By examining the chemical makeup of corals off Indonesia's Sumatra island, researchers found that stronger monsoons in Asia 6,500 years ago led to greater ocean cooling in the eastern Indian Ocean, which reduced evaporation and, in turn increased the droughts in Indonesia and Australia.

Posted in Environment @ 18 January 2007 09:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confirms 75th case of human bird flu infection A 14-year-old boy tested positive for bird flu in Indonesia, marking the country's first case in almost two months and its 75th overall, a Health Ministry official said. The boy is being treated at Persahabatan Hospital in Jakarta after showing flu-like symptoms on Jan. 1, Muhammad Nadirin, an official at the Health Ministry's avian flu information center, said in a telephone interview today.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 07 January 2007 09:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: Indonesia to file civil charges against Suharto The Indonesian attorney-general's office plans to file a civil lawsuit against former president Suharto by the end of this month, the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday. The Jakarta Post quoted Attorney-General Abdul Rahman Saleh as saying his office was still calculating how much money it aimed to seize from Suharto. "I don't know the exact amount. One thing for sure, it's a lot of money," he said.

Posted in General @ 06 January 2007 12:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Indonesia proposes Muslim force in Iraq Indonesia`s foreign minister says a military force from Muslim countries should be deployed in Iraq ahead of the U.S. withdrawal to help resolve the conflict in the war-torn country. In an interview with the English-language The Jakarta Post, Hassan Wirajuda said moderate Islamic countries should participate in the 'intervening force', which would not be seen as an extension of the U.S.-led coalition or Iraqi security forces.

Posted in Military @ 09 December 2006 03:49 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


Landmark election campaign begins in Aceh The candidates for the leaders of Aceh province in Indonesia began a two-week-long official campaign on Friday to compete over the positions of governor and mayors, the provincial electoral commission said. "The campaign starts today, from Nov. 24 to Dec. 7," M. Jafar, chairman of the commission, told Xinhua in a telephone interview.

Posted in Elections @ 25 November 2006 14:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla: 'Rupiah's strength is a concern' The Indonesian rupiah's strength is a concern and businesses in Southeast Asia's biggest economy may feel more comfortable if it weakened to about 9,500 against the dollar, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said.

Posted in Economy @ 24 November 2006 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to press ahead with nuclear power despite protests Indonesia is pressing ahead with plans to construct nuclear power plants on the islands of Java and Madura, despite strong protests, mostly from environmental organizations. Facing spiraling energy demand and soaring global oil prices, Indonesia has been considering a number of alternatives to generate electricity and nuclear power is among them.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 17 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia may cut key policy rate for sixth time since May Indonesia's central bank will probably cut its benchmark interest rate by half a percentage point, the sixth reduction since May, to help revive consumer spending after inflation slowed to a two-year low. Bank Indonesia Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah and his fellow policy makers will cut the rate used as a reference for bills sales to 10.25 percent, according to 15 of 16 economists in a Bloomberg survey. One expects a reduction to 10 percent. The central bank decision is due in Jakarta tomorrow.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2006 03:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia agonises over search for clean judges Achmad Ali shifted uncomfortably, constantly adjusting his collar as he was interviewed by the Indonesian Judicial Commission about joining the nation's highest legal body, the Supreme Court. Like most Indonesians, the university law school dean is an avid user of SMS phone messaging. Commission members were complaining about being besieged by pleas to ignore reports that Mr Ali was under investigation for embezzling law school funds.

Posted in Human rights @ 04 November 2006 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Yudhoyono faltering on Human Rights' After two years at the helm, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has drawn praise for ending the 30-year war in Aceh. Yet, human rights activists do not share the same enthusiasm when it comes to reforming the powerful military and solving human rights cases.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2006 04:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's bird flu variant shows no major changes The bird flu virus that's killed one person a week in Indonesia this year hasn't mutated to become more contagious to people, the country's agriculture ministry said, citing an analysis of virus samples. Tests on 49 samples taken from birds on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Bali showed the H5N1 avian influenza virus has undergone no major changes, the ministry said in a statement today. The analysis was undertaken by a World Organization for Animal Health reference laboratory in Geelong, Australia.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 October 2006 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Spending has quickened, 50% of budget spent Indonesia's government has accelerated its spending on public work projects needed to spur growth in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. The government has spent "slightly above'' 50 percent of this year's budget as of early September, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said today. The government plans to spend 689.8 trillion rupiah ($75 billion) in 2006.

Posted in Economy @ 15 September 2006 11:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to allow protests against IMF, World Bank Indonesian police will allow activists opposed to the policies of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to meet in Batam, 40 minutes by ferry from Singapore where the lenders are holding their annual meetings. Activists were previously denied permission to hold the meeting on the island because it could hurt the political, security and investment environment in Indonesia, Anggaria Lopies, a spokesman from the Riau provincial police, said in a telephone interview today.

Posted in Protests @ 11 September 2006 14:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to drop water bombs to douse forest fires Indonesia will drop water bombs and try to induce rain via cloud seeding next week in a bid to douse forest fires blanketing parts of Southeast Asia with choking smoke, officials said on Friday. Welfare Minister Aburizal Bakrie said water bombs, each containing between 1,000 and 3,000 litres, would be dropped from military cargo planes in fire-ravaged areas on Sumatra and Borneo islands.

Posted in Forest fires @ 25 August 2006 16:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia growth may reach 10 percent Economic growth in Indonesia, ASEAN's largest member with 245 million people, is forecast at around 6.2 percent this year, Pangestu said. Indonesian officials have said they are trying to tap new energy sources in the archipelago to replace its dependency on crude oil. Energy minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said earlier it was setting aside at least 6 million (14.83 million acres) for the development of biofuel, including the use of palm oil.

Posted in Economy @ 24 August 2006 13:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Main Islamic group mulls ban on TV gossip programs Indonesia's largest Islamic movement, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), is considering issuing an edict that would ban Muslims from producing or watching popular television gossip shows, an NU official said Sunday. "It is still being debated and any final decision will have to be taken in a plenary later today," said Ali Machsan Musa, head of NU's East Java chapter.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2006 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy tests tolerance in Indonesia When Erwin Arnada, editor in chief of Playboy magazine in Indonesia, answered a summons at the police headquarters in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, he turned up smiling, behaved like a good citizen and, in turn, was treated politely during nearly six hours of questioning. The parrying, he recalled, went something like this:

Posted in Culture @ 26 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java tsunami death toll increases to 650 people The death toll from the July 17 earthquake and tsunami in south Java, Indonesia, rose to as many as 650 people, according to Rustam S. Pakaya, head of crisis management at the Health Ministry, said. There are 120 people still missing, while 1,800 were injured and 42,639 are homeless, Pakaya said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 July 2006 13:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami warning for Australia, Indonesia after quake Indonesia and Australia were advised of a possible local tsunami after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck the Indian Ocean south of the Indonesian island of Java.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 July 2006 13:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RI prepares to execute three convicted in Bali bombings Indonesia is preparing to execute three men convicted in the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, as their lawyers plan to lodge appeals next month. Imam Samudra, Amrozi and Ali Gufron have been on death row for more than two years since being convicted of playing key roles in Indonesia's worst terrorist attack.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 July 2006 08:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


WHO: Human bird flu transmission proven in Indonesia Bird flu was spread directly between members of an Indonesian family in the first laboratory- confirmed case of human-to-human transmission of the lethal virus, a World Health Organization official said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 23 June 2006 13:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Spread of bird flu ‘likely’ by personal contact Human-to-human transmission is the most likely cause of bird flu last month in seven members of a family living on Indonesia's Sumatra Island, the country's Ministry of Health said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 23 June 2006 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Bird Flu campaign to start as human tally climbs A campaign to warn Indonesians about bird flu will start next week, a United Nations official said, almost a year after the virus infected the first of 49 people in the world's fourth-most-populous country. Thousands of government workers and members of social and religious groups will be involved in the nationwide effort to stem avian flu outbreaks in poultry, avoid human cases and help prepare for a pandemic, said John Budd, head of communications with the United Nations Children's Fund in Jakarta.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 June 2006 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi volcano lava dome raises eruption concerns The lava dome on Indonesia's Mount Merapi is increasing, raising concerns the volcano will erupt and add to the chaos in central Java after last month's earthquake that killed more than 5,800 people. Mount Merapi, which is about 60 kilometers (35 miles) from the center of the May 27 earthquake near the city of Yogyakarta, has been emitting more gas, lava and ash in recent days, Agus Sampurno, an officer on duty at the Volcano Development and Research in Yogyakarta, said in a phone interview today.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 June 2006 11:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prayers in Java as looters hinder quake aid Survivors of the Indonesian earthquake have held their first prayers since the disaster after looters raided aid convoys bringing food and medicines to stranded victims. As thousands flocked to mosques across Central Java, many survivors who had spent six nights in the open were still waiting for help as trucks loaded with badly-needed supplies were ambushed en route, a disaster relief official said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 June 2006 08:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java earthquake death toll exceeds 6,000 people Relief workers found more bodies in Indonesia's earthquake-devastated central Java region, raising the death toll to 6,234 people in the worst natural disaster in the Southeast Asian nation since the 2004 tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 June 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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