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Indonesia plan to ban low-cost carrier operation regrettable Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonans plan to ban low-cost carrier operation in Indonesia is unfortunate as it will deprive consumers of cheap flight fares, said former Chairman of Indonesian Consumers Foundation Indah Sukmaningsih.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 January 2015 20:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to provide 100 free public buses The Jakarta Provincial Administration plans to provide 100 free city buses to reduce the use of private vehicles and to ease traffic congestion in the city. "This program is aimed to lessen the use of private vehicles, especially motorcycles," Acting Governor of Jakarta Basuki Tjahaya Purnama stated here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 11 November 2014 19:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta begins towing illegally parked vehicles The Jakarta provincial administration on Monday has initiated to tow and impose fines for illegally parked vehicles on the citys streets.

Posted in General @ 08 September 2014 21:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


202 Indonesian regions to hold local elections in 2015 At least 202 regions in Indonesia will organize regional head elections in 2015, Chairman of the National Election Commission (KPU) Husni Kamil Manik has said.

Posted in Elections @ 10 August 2014 14:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sail Raja Ampat to be launched on June 21, 2014 Sail Raja Ampat 2014 is ready to be kicked off at Waisai Torang Cinta (WTC) beach, Kota Waisai, Raja Ampat, West Papua, on June 21, 2014.

Posted in Tourism @ 26 May 2014 12:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Flash floods sweep away seven houses in Kudus Flash floods have swept away seven houses and seriously damaged four others as the Gelis River overflowed in Kota Sub-district, Kudus District, Central Java, on Tuesday. The eleven houses were located on the banks of Gelis River, Adi Santoso, stated Demaan neighborhood head.

Posted in Flooding @ 28 January 2014 19:24 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Mount Sinabung erupts three times Mount Sinabung in Karo district of North Sumatra, erupted three times on Wednesday morning, hurling volcanic ash into the sky. Head of Data Center of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a short text message that the first eruption took place at 2:40 am belching volcanic ash some 2,000 meters into the air.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 November 2013 15:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President chairs limited meeting to discuss food security President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono chaired a limited meeting with a number of governors and related ministers at Bung Hatta Palace here on Tuesday to discuss food security. At 9 am local time the head of state started the meeting that will last up to 1 pm with the governors and related ministers.

Posted in General @ 29 October 2013 10:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutor demands seven months jail for FPI members in riot The Semarang court prosecutor on Thursday demanded a seven-month jail term for two members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) for their alleged involvement in clashes with the locals in the Sukorejo sub-district last July.

Posted in Violence @ 24 October 2013 15:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Malaysia deports 93 problematic Indonesian workers The Government of Malaysia has deported 93 problematic Indonesian migrant workers in Sabah through Tunon Taka international port in Nunukan District, North Kalimantan.

Posted in General @ 22 June 2013 14:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Correctional center destroys 150 hand phones of inmates The Kotabaru correctional center in South Kalimantan has destroyed 150 mobile phones of various brands seized from the prison inmates. "The handsets, confiscated from the prisoners have been burned," head of the center Ahmad Junaidi said here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 03 June 2013 11:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Malindo Air has started operations Malindo Air is a Malaysian-Indonesian airline founded in September 2012 by Lion Air (Indonesia) and NADI (Malaysia). The airline was granted their operating permits earlier this year. Shortly after, they started operations on flights between Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, all in Malaysia.

Posted in Travel @ 21 April 2013 07:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Navy ready to face Indonesian exodus from Sabah The Indonesian Navy is ready to deploy warships to ferry Indonesian migrant workers (TKI) from Sabah, Malaysia, if an exodus takes place in connection with the conflict between Malaysia and the Philippines` Sulu Sultanate.

Posted in Military @ 13 March 2013 16:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Artificial rain demand increasing The Indonesian Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) receives increasing demand of artificial rain to increase the water volume in a number of dams to anticipate an imminent dry season.

Posted in Weather @ 07 March 2013 15:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian workers in Sabah evacuated to safer place As many as 162 Indonesian oil palm plantation workers in Lahad Datu in the Malysian state of Sabah have been evacuated to a location around six kilometers away from the conflict center. They will remain the location until situation is really safe, according to a press statement from the foreign ministry received here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 04 March 2013 17:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Netherlands offers help to preserve Jakarta's 'Old City' Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmersmans met Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama at the City Hall on Wednesday to offer help to preserve an old Kota district area of Jakarta.

Posted in History @ 20 February 2013 22:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bengawan Solo flood in Bojonegoro receding The flood caused by the overflow of Bengawan Solo River in Bojonegoro regency, East Java province, is showing signs of receding, according to an official.

Posted in Flooding @ 08 January 2013 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia`s Medical Center opens branches in Indonesia Malaysia`s Mahkota Medical Center (MMC) has opened 16 branches in Indonesia in an effort to provide cheap medical services for Indonesian patients, its executive said.

Posted in Health @ 14 October 2012 15:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi pledges to start Jakarta development from slum areas Joko Widodo (Jokowi) pledged he would start Jakarta`s development from the slum area if he is elected governor of the capital city for the next five years.

Posted in Politics @ 15 September 2012 13:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnitude 5.4 earthquake jolts south Bengkulu An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted southern part of Bengkulu at 10.09 on Tuesday morning, Kotabumi Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) spokesman Chrismanto said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 August 2012 11:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightclubs closed during Ramadhan in Ternate The local government of Ternate asked nightclub owners to close their joints during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan. "We have asked all nightclub owners in Kota Ternate to close their clubs during Ramadhan," said Deputy Mayor of Kota Ternate Arifin Djafar here on Wednesday.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 July 2012 10:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Ancient inscriptions found in West Sulawesi Local residents in Majene district, West Sulawesi, have found three ancient inscriptions that are likely to be 400 to 500 years old, according to an official.

Posted in History @ 28 June 2012 10:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundred books with insults on Prophet Mohammad burned PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama, the publisher of a book containing insults about the Prophet Mohammad, burned hundreds of copies of the book on Wednesday following protests from Islamic organizations.

Posted in Religion @ 13 June 2012 17:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


21 Kalimantan sex workers test positive for AIDS Twenty-one commercial sex workers in Kotawaringin Timur district, Central Kalimantan, have tested positive for AIDS, a local health official said.

Posted in Health @ 20 May 2012 15:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thirteeen bus passengers killed in fire taken by families Thirteen passengers killed in a fire in a PO Yanti Group bus in Jorong Ulu, Limapuluh Kota district in West Sumatra early on Tuesday have been taken by the IR families.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 May 2012 19:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnitude 5.4 quake again jolts Aceh A magnitude 5.4 earthquake again jolted Aceh province on Saturday night following the magnitude 8.5 earthquake on Wednesday afternoon.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 April 2012 22:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four killed in most recent Busway related accidents An accident involving public transportation left four people dead on Sunday, which an expert said was the result of a lack of discipline among road users. Ayuningtyas, a 17-year-old high school student, died after being run over by a Transjakarta bus on Jl. Jatinegara Barat, East Jakarta, early on Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 October 2011 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 12 dead after ferry sinks in eastern Indonesia At least twelve people have been killed and an unknown number of people remain missing after a ferry boat sank in eastern Indonesia on early Saturday morning, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 August 2011 14:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boat accident in Indonesia kills at least 6 At least six people are confirmed dead after a passenger speed boat carrying 40 people capsized on the Indonesian island of Borneo, local media reported on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 August 2011 16:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven killed in Indonesia boat explosion Seven officials were killed and two others were seriously injured when a patrol boat belonging to the customs office exploded on Friday night in western Indonesia, rescuers said on Saturday.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 July 2011 22:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fatahillah Museum closed until 2014 The Fatahillah Museum of History in Kota Tua, the old city of Jakarta, will be closed for two years to allow for conservation work to be carried out on the badly damaged museum complex. Museum manager Enny Prihantini said many parts of the museum were beyond repair, including walls, flooring and windows.

Posted in Culture @ 09 July 2011 11:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Palm oil ship sinks off Kalimantan, Indonesia An Indonesian palm oil ship sunk off the island of Kalimantan, but authorities have received no official word regarding the incident or reports of casualties, officials said Friday.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 June 2011 15:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll rises to 27 after boat capsizes off Kalimantan The death toll has risen to 27 after an Indonesian boat capsized off the island of Kalimantan on Monday, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 June 2011 00:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 17 dead after Indonesian boat capsizes At least 17 people have been confirmed dead after a boat capsized off the Indonesian island of Kalimantan, officials said Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 June 2011 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two villages affected by flashfloods in East Java Two villages on Wednesday were affected and many houses inundated by flash floods in East Java, Indonesia, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 April 2011 23:24 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


Train collision in West Java kills at least five At least five people were killed and 21 injured when two trains collided early Friday morning in Indonesia's West Java, local media reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 January 2011 02:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police finds over 80 kilograms of pot in Deli Serdang The Narcotics unit of the Deli Serdang police in North Sumatra, has arrested a drug runner. More than 80 kilograms of marijuana were also seized. The pot most likely originated from the province of Aceh, the northernmost province of Sumatra. The runner, Fitriadi, is a resident of the village of Kotasan in Galang and has been arrested.

Posted in Drugs @ 22 April 2010 02:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's tourism - a National tragedy Anak Agung Gde Agung is one of Indonesia's most distinguished and well-informed senior statesmen. He is a graduate of Harvard and Leiden universities. He as attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States and served as social services minister during the administration of President Abdurrahman Wahid.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Direct flights to Phuket from Medan and Jakarta with AirAsia Budget airliner AirAsia has opened up two new routes that link the Indonesian cities of Medan in North Sumatra and the capital city of Jakarta with the popular beach resort town of Phuket in Thailand. AirAsia is the first airline to fly direct flights between the locations, which will be flown by new Airbus A320 planes belonging to Thai AirAsia.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 November 2009 11:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New transport minister replaces station head and warns airport The newly installed Minister of Transportation, Freddy Numberi, did not wait long before making some moves in order to straighten up his portfolio. Just a few days after he was inaugurated, he openly criticized the operator of Terminal 1 at the Soekarno-Hatta international airport. He also fired the head of the Jakartakota train station in Jakarta after. He inspected both transportation hubs on beforehand.

Posted in Politics @ 28 October 2009 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims declare fight against terrorism Some 5.000 Muslims from several districts in the Surakarta region gathered yesterday to declare their fight against terrorism. A number of Islamic organizations and leaders of boarding schools gathered on the central square of Kotabarat to denounce acts of terrorism which have already killed hundreds in Indonesia alone in the past decade.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 September 2009 05:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Brand new from the roadside It is quite difficult to get them, those new 2,000 Rupiah bank notes. And it gets even more difficult when you want to have a bundle of 100 notes, like they are issued by Bank Indonesia. You would say that bringing a visit to a branch of Bank Indonesia to change these bank notes, but that is not entirely true.

Posted in Culture @ 07 September 2009 06:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Full buses in Jakarta Outside the use of the many thousands of - in general - old buses that are still in use today, there is a new option which was introduced just a few years ago. In 2004 these were brand new buses which were used on - then - just two routes. One route ran from north to south and back and the other one from west to east and back. The official name TransJakarta can be found on the buses, but for the rest the company is known as 'Busway'. And that is exactly what it is, because TransJakarta is too common. In the four year that this company exists hundreds of bus stops were constructed from durable materials and four more routes were organized as well. They seem to run all across the city without any logic though.

Posted in Travel @ 09 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal jamu seized by Banyuwangi police The narcotics brigade of the regional police of Banyuwangi have seized thousands of bottles of illegal jamu - traditional medicine which are suspected to contain medication that is not allowed. Yesterday the police succeeded in seizing some 100 boxes with bottles and packages of illegal jamu with an estimated value of several million Rupiah.

Posted in Crime @ 11 June 2008 02:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soputan volcano in Minahasa erupts The Mount Soputan volcano in Southern Minahasa has started to erupt around 09:00 local time this morning. Based on information from head of the observation post Sendi Manengke, there were exhausts of dust around that time, as well as a tremor with an amplitude of 45 mm. "Soputan exhausted dust. A number of villages near the volcano are covered with it; Maliku, Kota Menara and Ritey," told Sendi earlier today.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 June 2008 09:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands protest against upcoming fuel price hike Thousands of demonstrators have protested against the planned fuel price hikes this afternoon. Most of the demonstrators had gathered in front of the Presidential Merdeka palace in Jakarta. Another favorite place for the demonstrators was in front of the main government building in Jakarta. The demonstrators demanded that the government agreed with a list of seven demands they made, one of them was not raising the fuel prices. They also demanded lower food prices and free health care and education.

Posted in Protests @ 21 May 2008 16:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two new electric trains for Jakarta-Bogor route Two economy class electrical trains with air conditioning (KRL) will be put in service from tomorrow, as was informed by the Jabotabek devision of the Indonesian state-run railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia. Both trains will ply the route between Bogor and Jakarta in both directions.

Posted in General @ 10 February 2008 09:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 2 All of a sudden I got a rush that I would be able to find a bajaj - a terrible orange noise factory on three wheels - driver who was to drive me around through these 'floods', the water was less than 30 centimeters high, so it didn't seem that terrible through my untrained eyes. My girlfriend wanted to join me as well, but not directly because she wanted to see it, but mainly because I had a stupid idea like this once again. Safety was the main reason I guess, however I would be able to save myself here. If water levels would reach high enough which was pretty unlikely given the fact that the sea was less than a kilometer away with a flat landscape - I would be able to swim home as well. That is the worse-case-scenario however, I prefer to stay as dry as possible.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of passengers wait five hours for train Hundreds of train passengers who were waiting for the 'ekonomi' train from Rangkas Bitung to Jakartakota stranded on the station of Parung Panjang in Bogor. They originated from the trains from Rangkas Bitung and Parung Panjang. Normally the train to Jakartakota leaves at 4:15 local time (GMT+7).

Posted in General @ 12 December 2007 12:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pressure to cancel the 'Honoris Causa Award' for Jakarta governor Open Letter to the Rector and Students Senate of the Diponegoro University in Semarang

Posted in Human rights @ 06 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire in Jakarta causes melting of railway track A fire that razed through many houses on both side of a railroad track in Duri Angke, West Jakarta has even caused the railway track to melt. The fire started around 17:40 local time on Tuesday. "I received a report from the Kebayoran Railway Station that several points of the rail track in the area melted," a spokesman for the state railway company PT KAI, Ahmad Sujadi.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 May 2007 02:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dead man travels across Java unnoticed on train A dead passenger has traveled on a train on an executive passenger train for at least half a day before being noticed. This was reported by an Indonesian newspaper yesterday. Family members found the body of Edy Haryanto, 55, sitting in a locked lavatory on Thursday afternoon, more than one day after he had boarded the train in the central Javanese town of Tegal together with some friends, Warta Kota newspaper said.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 April 2007 05:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Traveling between Yogyakarta and Malang It's not really difficult go get up on time, around seven in the morning, so for that matter it's a nice service that it's possible to get a minivan in front of the door within the hour when I'm making a trip to a destination at a bigger distance than just in the city or nearby. That kind of minivan is called a travel here, and plies a fixed route a few times a day, for example from Yogyakarta via Solo, Madiun and Malang to Surabaya. Of course you can also travel the other way around, if you like you can go as far as Jakarta, but from Yogyakarta that is such a big distance that I rather prefer taking the train or a plane. Trains often depart or arrive at the most strange times possible, but that's a matter of looking what you personally most like.

Posted in Travel @ 19 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake hits Gorontalo province A tectonic quake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia's Gorontalo province at 6:27 a.m. local time on Sunday (2227 GMT, Saturday). The quake was located at 0.01 degrees north latitude and 123.43 degrees east longitude with the epicenter in the depth of 169 kilometers from the sea surface, Antara news agency quoted the Gorontalo provincial meteorological and geophysics agency as saying.

Posted in Earthquake @ 13 November 2006 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soccer on Friday Just back from a couple of days in Malang it's about time to turn on the computer again and to clean the keyboard. Since the short holiday to Bali I didn't see any chance to write something down, but that is going to change now. The few days in Malang were a pleasant difference with the somewhat more normal life in Yogyakarta. The garden has been watered and the windows are open, though there is not too much wind. Several days back, back to Friday to be more precise. Soccer club Arema (Malang) has to play a game that day.

Posted in Culture @ 13 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


North Sumatra to get new airport soon After repeated delays, the central government has renewed its promise to start the construction of Kuala Namu airport in Deli Serdang regency in September. The facility would replace North Sumatra's ailing Polonia airport in Medan. The promise was made by State Minister of National Development Planning Paskah Suzetta in Medan on Thursday after consulting with Transportation Minister Hatta Radjasa.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2006 18:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Train roof caves in, 46 hospitalized Passengers related hearing frightening noises of creaking ironwork before the roof of an overcrowded train car caved in Friday morning in Jakarta, leaving hundreds injured in the ensuing panic. Witnesses said most people were hurt as they tried to escape, or were thrown from the roof when the train came to a sudden halt on the route from Rangkas Bitung in Banten to Kota, West Jakarta. At least 46 people were hospitalized.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 March 2006 09:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Padang mayor defends sharia as good for development Padang Mayor Fauzi Bahar dismisses concerns about his mayoralty's gradual enactment of sharia, arguing that Islamic law is beneficial to development because it makes people more devout. Fauzi told The Jakarta Post it was the duty of the state to encourage people to live according to religious teachings, not to prevent it.

Posted in Religion @ 09 February 2006 17:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Villages swamped in NTT, Jambi Continuous rain during the past few days has flooded many villages in East Nusa Tenggara and Jambi, with waters more than a meter deep in some areas. Thirteen villages were affected by the flooding in Belu and the Rote Ndao regencies. In Rote Ndao a local wharf was destroyed by floodwaters.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 January 2006 15:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


New busway routes up and running Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso did the honors on Sunday at City Hall on Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan, Central Jakarta, sounding a siren to launch the opening of two more busway corridors in the capital. With the success of the first Blok M-Kota corridor, launched two years ago amid widespread criticism that it was unsuitable for Jakarta, the governor as well as members of the public, the business community and the once skeptical media had good reason to feel confident as the new blue-and-white additions went into service at Pulogadung terminal.

Posted in General @ 16 January 2006 16:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Four-hour blaze destroys 240 homes Susi, 43, was still sound asleep when she was suddenly awoken by her neighbors shouting that her house, located in Kota Bambu Utara subdistrict, West Jakarta, was on fire. She took few minutes to realize what was happening before she and her husband rushed out, saving all three of their children but leaving their belongings behind to be consumed by the flames.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 December 2005 15:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta readies funds for MRT project The Jakarta administration has earmarked some Rp 135 billion (11.4 million Euro) in its 2006 budget draft for the ambitious mass rapid transit (MRT) network, the first concrete step taken to materialize the undertaking. "I have been informed by Minister (of Transportation) Hatta Radjasa that the construction of the MRT line will begin next year. The project will be financed by a loan from the Japanese government," Governor Sutiyoso said early this week when asked about the budget allocation.

Posted in General @ 28 November 2005 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police hunt down financial backer of Noordin's network Police are currently looking for an East Java resident believed to be a financial backer of terrorist operations led by Noordin M. Top and the now dead Azahari bin Husin, as part of efforts to halt terror activities in the country and capture Noordin. State news agency Antara quoted an intelligence source as saying that police were trying to locate the whereabouts of 34-year-old Edy Prayitno and were conducting close surveillance on many houses including that of Edy's former wife in Madiun, East Java.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 November 2005 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Poso students shot by unidentified men Two senior high school students in Poso were shot by unidentified men at around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, more than a week after the conflict-prone town was shocked by the beheadings of three Christian schoolgirls.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 09 November 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Some hotels have their stories Over about seven years of travelling to Indonesia, I have spend many of my nights at houses with relatives in Jakarta, Bali and Yogyakarta, but as a traveller it's not possible to forget all about the hotels, even if you want to. But in fact, most hotel guests won't mention their stay there when talking about their holiday with friends and family. Probably because hotels are a need and not a desired place of stay during their holiday. Why stay in a hotel when you have all the luxury at home? That is holiday of course.

Posted in Travel @ 23 July 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One night in Banyuwangi On my trip from Yogyakarta to the east, to Bali, Lombok and even Sumbawa, I was scheduled to make a stop-over in Banyuwangi, the last city before I was to enter the boat to Bali to enter a completely different world. After driving a good 1000 kilometers on my brand new motorbike it was time to find a place to sleep for the night. Though Banyuwangi itself is not a harbour city, Ketapang is, however it close to each other, so it doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 10 April 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lampung to build intercity railway The Lampung administration signed on Friday a cooperation agreement with state railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) to develop a railway network in the province. According to the agreement signed by Governor Sjachroedin ZP and PT KAI president Omar Berto, PT KAI provides two locomotives and commuter passenger cars, a railway master plan, railway infrastructure and stations, as well as unearthing existing railway.

Posted in General @ 29 October 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blok M in South Jakarta to get major makeover The Jakarta administration plans to rearrange the already-crowded and chaotic area of Blok M, South Jakarta, to make it a commercial center. The plan is aimed at curbing the fast-growing businesses, which have encroached on the residential areas of South Jakarta. "Blok M area will become a more comfortable commercial center with more space available to accommodate businesses," assistant to the city secretary for development affairs IGKG Suena said on Monday. "As a consequence, we will also clear the area of street vendors."

Posted in General @ 12 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In a series of short stories I will shine a light on things I have seen, I have done, I have smelled and touched in my three weeks stay in Indonesia (Jogjakarta and Sulawesi) in March 2004. Many things tend to fade away as soon as you are back home, picking up your daily life. Luckily I had a little booklet for some daily remarks. That will be my guide for this stories and stories to come.

Posted in Travel @ 10 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO update on Dengue fever in Indonesia From 1 January to 4 April 2004 a total of 52,013, mainly hospitalized cases of dengue and 603 deaths have been registered with the Indonesian Ministry of Health. The overall case-fatality rate this year, particularly in Jakarta, has been lower than in previous years.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 09 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong quake rocks Maluku islands A strong earthquake jolted Indonesia's eastern Moluccas island chain on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage. Officials said the tremor, which measured 6.8 on the open-ended Richter scale, could have caused a tsunami. The epicentre for the early morning quake was in the Seram Sea, more than 100 km (60 miles) northwest of the Moluccas' main city, Ambon, officials from the state Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said. Aftershocks were also reported.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two busway buses damaged one day before launch A day after calling for a perfect launch for the busway project, Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso said on Tuesday that two of the 56 busway buses had already been damaged. "It's true that two of the buses hit overhanging branches, shattering their windows," he said, without providing details. Sutiyoso had urged the 126 busway drivers to maintain their image as "good drivers" by not making any technical mistakes.

Posted in General @ 14 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake shakes Sulawesi island A large undersea earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale shook parts of Indonesia's Sulawesi island on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said. The temblor was centered under the Sulawesi Sea, 136 kilometers (85 miles) northwest of Kotamobagu town on north Sulawesi island, said agency official Muhammad Yusuf.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb explodes in Poso A bomb blast damaged the Lembomawo village administrative office in Poso Kota subdistrict, Poso regency, Central Sulawesi on Tuesday, but there were no fatalities in the incident. The bomb, packed in a plastic bag, was discovered by Mince Muda inside a local passenger bus traveling between Poso and Lembomawo, some witnesses said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sutiyoso puts brakes on 3-in-1 policy The tryout of the new extended three-in-one traffic policy, slated for Monday, skidded to a stop on Friday during a five-hour closed-door discussion between Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso and the busway project team. Sutiyoso postponed the discussion on the controversial issue to Monday.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3-in-1 extension to start on Monday The Jakarta administration will kick off on Monday the tryout of an extended three-in-one traffic policy along the 12.9-kilometer corridor of the bus rapid transit (BRT) or busway, from Blok M, South Jakarta, to Kota, West Jakarta. The one-month tryout is partly to anticipate the operation of 56 new buses along the busway special lane starting on Jan. 15.

Posted in General @ 18 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Controversial Jakarta busway kicks off on Jan. 15 The Jakarta administration announced on Tuesday that the controversial busway will open on Jan. 15, in line with the extension and expansion of the three-in-one traffic policy. Each passenger will be charged Rp 2,500 (29 U.S. cents) per trip along the Blok M-Kota route. The buses will operate from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. The buses will be free for the first two weeks.

Posted in General @ 10 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta extends, expands three-in-one traffic policy Objections from motorists to the Jakarta Administration's plan to extend the three-in-one traffic policy apparently did not deter the bureaucrats from continuing their plan and even expanding it. City secretary for development affairs Irzal Djamal, who is also head of the busway project team, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that the policy would be enforced to support the launching of 60 buses in the Bus Rapid Transit or busway project in January.

Posted in General @ 13 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security forces hunting Poso attack mastermind A joint police and military force are pursuing Mohamadong alias Ndang accused of masterminding a series of fresh attacks in Poso and the neighboring regency of Morowali, Central Sulawesi. Sources at Poso Police Station said on Monday that Ndang was a resident of Ampana subdistrict in Poso but he often moved to other places. Security forces have been tracking him after he was spotted in Lembo subdistrict, Morowali, they added.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 21 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


After my few days left in Jogja after my week in Lombok, I'm back in Jakarta again. Yesterday I took the plane from Jogja to Jakarta to relax for the last few days, and to possibly meet some friends and other people here. Earlier on, I didn't know that some friends from Jogja, were about to go to Jakarta as well, but not by plane, by with the train. One of them left on Monday morning, I left Monday afternoon, and two more are currently in the train, waiting and travelling to Stasiun Pasar Senen. I hope to meet them tomorrow, for doing something else than what I'm doing now, writing stories and waiting for tonight, when I will meet an old friend which lives in Jakarta, somewhere...

Posted in Travel @ 02 September 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pager set at seven, being paged at 6:18 and 6:49, being picked up at 7:30. Itís not an easy life when you are on holiday, as you may have read before. But having the ultimate first and last chance to celebrate Indonesiaís 58th Independence Day in Indonesia, is a chance that I would definately not want to pass. Since a few days Iím able to drive the bebek (motorbike for two persons) myself, so I donít need to rent one, as I only did one time before in my life. No, itís much more fun doing it all yourself, though it was late again last night, watching some women having a nice game of billiards.

Posted in Travel @ 17 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Driving around in Bandung, so much to see. I was planning on visiting a location just outside Bandung, called Kota Baru Parahyangan. They are building a completely new city there within a few years, at least thatís the plan. The area is now home to open landscapes with sawahís, some farms and few people. The construction of the about 12,000 houses, 2 schools, a hospital, university, shopping mall, and everything else that comes with Indonesian life, has just started about a year ago. At this moment, only a food court and some 150 houses are completed, not forgetting to mention the 6 lane road running from the end of the jalan tol (tol road) to far beyond the first set of completed houses to several locations where construction just has started (as it seems).

Posted in Travel @ 13 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In the midst of a true anti-teroris atmosphere I was leaving for Jakarta today. Very early in the morning (read in the night) polisi was driving around Bogor with a hurry. The newspapers now reported that they are behind several terrorists in Surabaya, the same is happening with those in Bogor, because the police were in a hurry for a mass-arrest. I donít know whether they actually found someone, probably they arrested a few for display in ďPatrolliĒ.

Posted in Travel @ 08 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What intrigues me about the 'old Indonesia' is the Dutch part. Maybe because I'm Dutch myself, but mainly because there is fairly little I know about it actually. If I think about how little information I got in school over the years I actually was in school. I wrote about this earlier, and about the facts that the Dutch maybe aren't proud of what they did in the Far East. But now the other side, there is no denying that the Dutch actually have been in Indonesia if it only were for that they left behind in buildings only.

Posted in History @ 04 February 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor Sutiyoso pledged on Monday that the ambitious Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project would be started in his second five-year term. "I will work hard to make it (the project) happen during my term," Sutiyoso told reporters after meeting the new Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Yutaka Limura at City Hall.

Posted in General @ 11 November 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Busway likely to precede subway project The government's overdue subway project is in danger of being overshadowed by the attractive busway program, which will be implemented at the end of this year in the capital. Under pressure to alleviate the city's congestion problem, but unable to finance the US$1.5 billion subway project, the city administration opted for a shortcut and approved the establishment of a busway along the city's main thoroughfares from Blok M, South Jakarta, to Kota, West Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 17 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tension high in Glodok area Tension was high in the Glodok area in Kota, Central Jakarta, on Thursday, after Taman Sari Public Order Officers demolished VCD vendors' stands along the road during a raid on the vendors on Wednesday night. On Thursday morning vendors gathered in front of the Glodok Electronics Mall to retaliate against the officers, but police personnel from Taman Sari Police subprecinct managed to subdue them.

Posted in General @ 29 September 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


$1.3b subway project may start next year The city administration hopes to start the construction of its Fatmawati-Kota subway project, which is to be financed by a Japanese loan worth US$1.3 billion, next year, a senior official said on Thursday."If the final design of the project can be completed early next year, we expect that the construction will also be able to start next year," Deputy Governor for Development Affairs Budihardjo Sukmadi told reporters after accompanying Governor Sutiyoso to a meeting with executives from Japan's Itochu Corporation.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kebayoran Baru, the first housing complex Living in Kebayoran Baru area remains just a dream for most Jakartans. The area not only offers luxurious housing but also hang out spots such as malls, hotels, cafes and the like. However, history has shown that Kebayoran Baru needed years before developing itself into an "attractive" neighborhood. In the 1950s, it was still an "unwanted" living area as it was located eight kilometers from the city center, considered quite far at the time. In addition, road access to the area was inadequate as the housing was built on a plantation.

Posted in General @ 18 August 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Most railway stations in Jakarta still have their original Dutch architecture, it is just sometimes difficult to detect because of the generally poor condition of the stations. This 81st article on old Batavia looks at the history of rail travel in the city. The state railway company might be advised to follow the practice of its Dutch predecessors in averting bad luck and accidents.

Posted in History @ 06 July 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Harmaini, headman of the village of Padang Japang, is a political dinosaur. The calendar in his office is a year old and his pen and paper supply ran out weeks back. But the 63-year-old shows up everyday in a freshly-pressed safari suit, does some retirement planning and is actually eager to welcome his imminent replacement, a village chief elected in a whole new way. "I'm relieved," he says, "that we'll finally be going back to a system that truly suits our community."

Posted in Culture @ 09 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sampit tense again after guns go missing Tension rose in the riot-torn town of Sampit again on Tuesday following the disappearance of six guns and 80 sets of military uniforms despite the security forces effort to restore order in the area, an official said. The official, who requested anonymity, said that the guns and uniforms had probably been stolen by locals.

Posted in Violence @ 07 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight die in latest clashes in Sampit A new bout of ethnic violence erupted on Wednesday in East Kotawaringin regency, Central Kalimantan, with reports that another eight people have been killed. Latest reports coming out of the small town of Sampit, about 214 kilometers west of the provincial capital Palangka Raya, bely police reports that the situation had calmed and was under control since the violence initially exploded on Sunday between migrant Madurese settlers and the local Dayak tribe.

Posted in Violence @ 22 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wave of refugees leave Sampit Thousands of Sampit's citizens, the capital of East Kotawaringin Regency in Central Kalimantan, left Palangkaraya on Tuesday (20/2) in waves. Palangkaraya is located around 220 kilometers east of Sampit. Trucks laden with belongings of Sampit people and hundreds of private cars were constantly heading towards Palangkaraya.

Posted in Violence @ 21 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Food supply to flood hit areas disrupted Supplies of food and medicines to regencies devastated by floods and landslides in West Sumatra were being obstructed as the roads leading to the affected areas had been cut, while other alternative routes had been washed away due to the incessant rain, governor Zainal Bakar said here on Tuesday. "We've been trying to provide emergency aid as far as we can. Aid first then rehabilitation," he said, adding that evacuations were continuing, especially in the disaster-hit regencies, including 50 Kota, Pasaman, Agam,Pesisir Selatan and Tanah Datar, and the mayoralties of Solok, Padang and Pariaman.

Posted in Flooding @ 29 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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