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Densus 88 arrests wanted terror suspect The polices anti-terrorist unit Densus 88, on Monday, arrested another wanted terror suspect linked to the Indonesian Eastern Mujahidin (MIT) network led by Santoso, who is now still at large.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 January 2015 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


National Police maps community group affiliated with ISIS The Indonesian National Police (Polri) has mapped a community group, which is allegedly affiliated with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). "The people affiliated with ISIS are hard-line groups that have existed in Indonesia, and they have already been mapped by the police. We continue to track them," Sutarman stated here on Thursday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 August 2014 17:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister has yet to agree to gas price hike Chief economic minister, Chairul Tanjung, has not yet agreed to increase the price of the 12-kg gas cylinder although state-owned oil and gas firm Pertamina has plans to raise it.

Posted in Economy @ 13 August 2014 23:27 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


PPP chairman asked to clarify Gerindra rally presence United Development Party (PPP) General Chairman Suryadharma Ali has been asked to clarify his presence in a Gerindra campaign rally in Jakarta on March 23. PPP Regional Branch Chairman for East Java, Musaffa Noer, asked that Ali should explain it in a plenary meeting of PPP Central Executive Board (DPP) and PPP Regional Branches (DPW).

Posted in Politics @ 16 April 2014 13:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP leads preliminary result of LSI quick count The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) led the preliminary result of a quick vote count by the Jakarta-based pollster, the Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI), in the parliamentary election on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2014 18:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Indonesia needs to anticipate ASEAN Open Sky Policy' Indonesia needs to anticipate the ASEAN Open Sky Policy in the aviation sector in the Southeast Asian region in 2015, a senior official said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 April 2014 12:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


China includes part of Natuna waters in its map China has included part of Natuna waters in Indonesias Riau Islands province in its territorial map, assistant deputy to the chief security minister for defense strategic doctrine Commodore Fahru Zaini stated.

Posted in Politics @ 13 March 2014 13:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Flood kills two in Tangerang A flood inundated several residential areas and killed two inhabitants of Tangerang City, Banten Province, on Thursday. The victims were identified as Ratna, 63, and Sukamto, 61, chairman of the disaster alert youth group (Tagana), Iksan Bhakti, said here on Friday.

Posted in Flooding @ 15 November 2013 20:06 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


Minister stresses on urgent need for low cost cars A government policy governing the production of low cost green cars (LCGC), which is a best possible solution agreeable to all parties, must be formulated, the Coordinating Minister for Economy Hatta Rajasa said.

Posted in Economy @ 20 September 2013 13:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Workers at Freeport projects end three-day strike Around 1,500 workers of three local contractors for PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua, resumed work on Friday ending a three day strike.

Posted in Protests @ 03 May 2013 14:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Land conversion must be controlled: Minister Land conversion must be controlled in order to reduce the area of critical land, Environmental Affairs Minister Balthasar Kambuaya said here on Friday. "If land conversion is not controlled, natural disaster such as floods and landslides will continue to happen," Kambuaya said after opening Familiarization Toward Green Indonesia 2013.

Posted in General @ 26 April 2013 13:56 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


'No annexation of Semakau island by Singapore' Indonesian Naval Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Marsetio said there is no annexation of Indonesia`s outlying island, Semakau, in Riau Islands, by Singapore. Marsetio said on Tuesday the Indonesian outer islands have been registered with the United Nations (UN).

Posted in Politics @ 23 January 2013 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lapan: 'Extreme weather conditions occurring in Indonesia' Indonesia`s National Aviation and Space Board (Lapan) said people may experience extreme weather conditions until mid-January as Indonesia`s skies continue to be covered by thick clouds.

Posted in Weather @ 09 January 2013 14:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New tool to keep Indonesia one step ahead of disaster To help communities better prepare for floods, earthquakes and tsunamis, a new hazard impact modelling tool, the Indonesia scenario assessment for emergencies (InaSAFE), was launched Wednesday, according to the Australian Embassy here in its official web site on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 24 October 2012 21:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Military personnel stationed at Glodok ahead of election The military (TNI) has stationed some of its personnel at Glodok China town in West Jakarta ahead of Jakarta gubernatorial election on Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 19 September 2012 16:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aircraft missing in East Kalimantan An aircraft with four passengers onboard belonging to PT Intan Angkasa went missing Friday afternoon when it was carrying out a mapping work in mining area around the East Kalimantan city of Bontang, airport official said.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 August 2012 23:47 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


Jakarta police on standby for flood anticipation At least 1,000 Jakarta Traffic Police are on standby in case flooding occurs in the capital city of Indonesia, said an official here on Thursday.

Posted in Flooding @ 07 April 2012 03:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to discuss fuel subsidy reduction ideas The government will soon discuss with the House of Representatives (DPR) the results of its study on fuel oils, a minister said. Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Jero Wacik said here Monday that the government had finished its study on fuels, which was requested by the DPR.

Posted in Economy @ 24 February 2012 03:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Archaeologists find cutting tools in Kudus A team of archaeologists from Yogyakarta Archaeology Center found three cutting tools in excavations near the Terban village hall in Jekulo sub district, Kudus district, Central Java province, a local official said here Monday.

Posted in History @ 15 February 2012 08:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Army to acquire unmanned spy plane in 2012 Indonesia`s National Defense Forces (TNI) will acquire an unmanned reconnaissance aircraft (UAV) from Kital Philippine Corp in 2012, Deputy Defense Minister Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin said. "It will be a brand new aircraft and be delivered this year," Sjafrie said at the Defense Ministry.

Posted in Military @ 11 February 2012 06:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Minister: 'Poverty rate down to 11,7 percent in 2013' The government will lower the poverty rate from 12.36 percent in 2011 to 11.7 percent this year, Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono said. "It is expected the rate will drop to 11.7 by March 2013 and to achieve the target all parties need to work hard," he said in his new year speech here on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 January 2012 05:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pays 'blood money' for convicted maid in Saudi Arabia The Indonesian government paid Rp 4.6 billion (380.000 euro) in 'blood money' to stop the execution of an Indonesian maid convicted of murder in Saudi Arabia, the Jakarta Globe reported on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 26 June 2011 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans labor workers migrating to Saudi Arabia The government of Indonesia on Wednesday announced that it will temporarily halt sending labor workers to Saudi Arabia as of August 1, while officials consider the possibility of having legal affairs attaches in several countries where national labor workers are facing legal issues.

Posted in Politics @ 23 June 2011 02:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Army helicopter crash critically injures four An Indonesian Army helicopter on Monday crashed in the eastern region of the country, critically injuring four passengers, officials said.

Posted in Military @ 17 May 2011 00:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two terror suspects sentenced to ten years in prison The West Jakarta District Court on Monday sentenced two terror suspects to ten years in prison each for their involvement in a terror training camp in Indonesia, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 February 2011 23:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bromo ash cloud halts Bali international flights At least 13 international flights scheduled to arrive and depart from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali, have been canceled after volcanic ash from Mount Bromo infiltrated Denpasar's airspace Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 January 2011 12:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge undersea volcano mapped off Sulawesi Scientists on a deep-sea expedition off Indonesia have discovered a towering volcano: It rises 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) from the ocean floor, yet remains far from sight at the water's surface. U.S. and Indonesian researchers, using a powerful sonar system and a robotic vehicle with high-definition video, are exploring terrain off Sulawesi island in hopes of getting a glimpse into complex and little-known marine ecosystems.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 July 2010 05:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Teen prostitution on the rise in Bandung The Bandung authority is at loss to uncover cases of covert prostitution involving junior and senior high school students, whose number continues to rise in the West Java capital. Eli, a sex worker advocacy program mentor from the Rumah Cemara Group in Bandung, said it was hard to provide advocacy to teenagers involved in covert prostitution since most were not receptive.

Posted in General @ 20 June 2010 09:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Sexy and Indonesian #7: Luna Maya Luna Maya, born on August 26, 1983 in Denpasar on the resort island of Bali, is an actress known from Indonesian tv and big screen. She started her carrier as a catwalk and advertisement model. Back in 2004 she featured in her first film, 30 Hari Mencari Cinta which put her on the map. She now owns a clothing line and restaurant as well.

Posted in Sexy @ 11 December 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Villages vanished in massive landslides Several villages have been wiped off the map after quake-triggered landslides covered up three or four entire villages in the hills and mountains on the western coast of the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, which has been hit hard by last weeks 7.6 magnitude earthquake just 45 kilometers away from the city of Padang. Over 600 bodies have been recovered, but fears are that many thousands more are buried under collapsed buildings and landslides.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 October 2009 06:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds missing in landslide after earthquake Not only Padang has been hit hard by the 7.6 magnitude earthquake of September 30, 2009. A village in the district of Gunung Tigo, near the city of Pariaman, has been wiped of the map completely when an earthquake-triggered landslide came down on the village, covering some 300 houses. Many hundreds of people are expected to be buried here.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 October 2009 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake intensity map of Sumatra quake The USGS has released an earthquake intensity map of the area hit by the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck the area of Padang and Pariaman in West Sumatra yesterday late in the afternoon. The map only indicates estimates of damage that could be expected after such an earthquake and is not based on news reports.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 October 2009 10:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Display of maps at hotel booking pages improved After several reports of a failure of properly displaying a Google Maps map on several pages of the hotels that can be booked via indahnesia.com, we have found out what the actual problem was. This problem has been solved directly as well, so maps will appear for those hotels that have enabled us to display their location.

Posted in Website @ 26 September 2009 10:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least eight killed in Jakarta hotel bombings At least eight people were killed in two powerful explosions at the JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels Friday morning in the Indonesian capital, media reports said. Jakarta police officers said four foreigners died in the apparent attack, but media reports put the death toll at eight. A number of people were injured in the blasts.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 July 2009 04:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia Bisa! They stole my motorbike already It was just my second night in my new neighborhood of Lippo Cikarang when I woke up and found out that something was wrong. As I was preparing to go to Jakarta by bus - a one hour drive to Komdak bus shelter - I wanted to get my motorbike from the parking space which is fenced off with an iron fence. I wanted to get the key first, but no key at the place where it should be. And then; no motorbike there. Oops, what had gone wrong and where is the thing?

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 June 2009 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UPDATED: Hotels in Indonesia Hotels offered on indahnesia.com in cooperation with Agoda.com have been upgraded to display more detailed information and pictures about the hotels and their environment. Google maps have been added in many occasions to display the location of the hotels and other hotels in the neighborhood.

Posted in Website @ 01 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 20 oil, gas basins found in Eastern Indonesia At least 20 new basins of oil and gas were found, mostly located in eastern part of Indonesia. The country now has 87 basins in with 67 of them on a map previously released in 1985, according to local media on Thursday. Geological experts have discovered at least 20 new basins which are similar in size as those listed in the previous maps, the Indonesian Business daily quoted secretary general of Indonesian geologist (IAGI) Ridwan Djamaludin as saying.

Posted in General @ 28 August 2008 11:10 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


'Fishers attacked by Australian sea patrol in Indonesian waters' Members of an Australian sea patrol are said to have entered Indonesian waters to arrest dozens of traditional fishermen which were searching for fish and other sea products. The Australians have also set one boat on fire. The entire incident has been recorded by one of the fishermen who happened to have a mobile phone with a camera. The movie apparently shows that the Australians entered Indonesian waters near the island of Timor.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 June 2008 15:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Destruction of Sumatra forests driving global climate change and species extinction Turning just one Sumatran province's forests and peat swamps into pulpwood and palm oil plantations is generating more annual greenhouse gas emissions than the Netherlands and rapidly driving the province's elephants into extinction, a new study by WWF and partners has found.

Posted in Environment @ 28 February 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Wilders endangers his fellow countrymen all over the world Many are waiting for the moment - unfortunately a big part of the people is only waiting for it for negative reasons - the short move made by Dutch politician Geert Wilders about the Koran, the holy book for Muslims. He wants to show the world that Islam is a religion of violence and that 'their book' - the Koran indeed - is a source of fascism in the religion. That is the very short story and I'm sure other aspects of Islam will be highlighted as well. It is expected that that won't be too positive as well, which is causing that negative feeling. Such a kind of straight-forwarded attack on Islam - or any other religion for that matter - will provoke strong reactions and these will not be limited to the area that we know as The Netherlands.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 29 reactions


Residents of Siring Barat want financial help for mud flow Some 200 residents of the sub-district of Siring Barat, in the area of Porong in the district of Sidoarjo in eastern Java, demonstrated yesterday in front of the building of the local government of Porong. They want that the area they live in is included in the map on which the mud flow is indicated, so they can claim the right for payment. Last Thursday a dam broke, after which their area flooded with watery mud as well.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 08 January 2008 01:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Gamkonora volcano Mount Gamkonora, located in South Ibu Sub-district, West Halmahera District, North Maluku Province, erupted yesterday at 14:50 hrs East Indonesian Time or 12:50 Jakarta time. Mount Gamkonora is located 3.5 hours from Ternate, capital of North Maluku Province. The mountain spewed cold lava and the dust is now piling up to 30 cm high with the radius of around 7.5 km from the epicenter. The Center for Vulcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation has increased the level of alertness from Level III to Level IV (the highest one) since yesterday. SATKORLAK PB reported that there have been five eruptions since 07:30 Jakarta time this morning.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 July 2007 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Tele Atlas announces agreement with Bakosurtanal Tele Atlas, a leading global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location based solutions, announced today it has signed an agreement with Bakosurtanal (Badan Koordinasi Survei dan Pemetaan Nasional, National Coordinating Agency for Survey and Mapping), the government institution responsible for creating and maintaining large scale geographical maps in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 25 June 2007 13:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 2 First time to have a drink. I looked in the direction of the only warung that I could find here at the moment. I didn't really want to look for another one. Fortunately there was someone to serve, in the form of a Javanese women which sat on a bench in front of the house. Probably waiting for a customer. A bemo passed. That stopped and the driver got out. Hopefully he didn't bring any passengers, otherwise they had to wait. I wasn't the only one there when I walked into that direction. The driver ordered an iced tea and sat down. I just had picked up the nice idea to drink a coffee here. It had been a long time that I drunk a kopi tubruk actually. That is nice for a change. I found a nice spot at the one big table available.

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


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 1 However it wasn't Saturday for sure, but a Tuesday, still I had the feeling that I had to take my motorbike for a nice day of traveling. Where it would bring me? At least as far as Purworejo. To my amazement and some shame I had never been there before, so that became the primary target. I at least had to go there so I could honestly say that I had been there. Furthermore there were no plans, like usual. It was already late in the morning, so it was not really supposed to become a long trip. Maybe after Purworejo it was time to find my way back. That also depended on what I would find along the way of course. Seen the distance and the road conditions it was to take about one and a half hour to get there. My modest estimation.

Posted in Travel @ 17 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Biking on Saturday afternoon It was a Saturday afternoon as any other, but sometimes I just feel the need to get out for a while. This is not always possible, but when there is a possibility and there are no other appointments in the agenda, then it just might happen that after lunch I decide to grab my stuff for a trip on the motorbike. It's not too far away, within the borders of the province of Yogyakarta, but at least I can get away from the daily life for a while. Helmet, keys and a wallet is enough. To store some of the memories I have I also bring a camera with me and within a matter of minutes I leave the area. Where do I go then? Ooh, I felt like having a drink in Wonosari, so that became my first destination, knowing that most likely it would be something in that direction, but that doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 09 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Two bombs explode in Poso district Two home-made bombs exploded within minutes of eachother in the district of Poso in Central Sulawesi. The police reported no casualties. The first bomb exploded in the area of Mapane at around 19:45 local time yesterday evening. The second one followed a few minutes later in the Kasiguncu area, about two kilometers away according a district police officer.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 15 April 2007 09:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police finds more material related to Jemaah Islamiyah Police in Yogyakarta say they have found maps and charts mapping the structure of Jemaah Islamiyah, the Southeast-Asian extremist branch of Al-Qaeda, responsible for terror attacks including those on Bali in 2002. A board governed the group, according to the photocopied charts, which contain handwritings of suspected group leader Abu Dujana, as was told by anti-terror police chief Brigadier General Surya Dharma.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 April 2007 08:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Officals closing in on Sanur beachfront polluters The Indonesian-language DenPost says that five major hotels along Sanur beach have been identified by municipal authorities as polluting nearby waters through the pumping of raw sewage. Municipal authorities are warning that they are in the final statges of accumulating data on which hotels are responsible for the pollution and will move rapidly and resolutely once all the facts are in hand. Local authorities in cooperation with local community groups are monitoring the affected beachfronts and the yet-to-be-publicly announced hotels.

Posted in General @ 01 April 2007 09:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's 'Hobbit' indeed a new species: scientists A tiny human-like skull discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003 warrants the designation of a new human species, a group of international anthropologists have confirmed. The skull is believed to have belonged to a woman who grew to be only about a metre in height, and who lived on the island east of Bali about 18,000 years ago.

Posted in General @ 01 February 2007 01:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia makes new efforts to curb spread of bird flu In a bid to stem a surge in human deaths from the H5N1 virus (bird flu), the Indonesian government will slaughter hundreds of thousands of backyard chickens over the next week, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said here Wednesday. This is a new and concrete measure taken by the Indonesian government in facing with a critical situation since several bird flu patents died recently. But the policy has met with different reaction and opposition from owners of fowls.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 18 January 2007 09:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN to provide initial $2 million for flood relief in Aceh The United Nations said it will provide an initial $2 million (Ä1.5 million) in emergency relief to the Indonesian province of Aceh, in response to this week's flash floods. Funding from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the U.N. said Sunday, will send relief aid to Aceh, where an estimated 170,000 people have been displaced by raging waters. Many of those affected are staying in tents or in public buildings.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 December 2006 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatra: Another killer tsunami looms Scientists predict a repeat of the deadly 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that killed more than 280,000 lives. Their warnings gained added weight with a fresh earthquake that killed seven and injured 100 more when it struck Sumatra on Monday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 December 2006 14:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shocking climate impact of wetland destruction in Indonesia Wetlands International and Delft Hydraulics present shocking information on climate change caused by wetland destruction in Indonesia. Huge areas of wet peatland forests are drained and logged. Drainage starts a rapid process of decomposition, made worse by annual peat fires that last for months. Together they contribute large amounts of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Recently calculated emissions of greenhouse gases unexpectedly reveal that Indonesia has the third largest emissions of the world.

Posted in Environment @ 04 November 2006 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Haze brings misery, health problems in Indonesia Thick smoke from bush and forest fires in Indonesia has forced schools to close and brought misery to residents, officials said on Friday, with no sign of firefighters in one hard-hit area. A vast blanket of smoke, or haze as it is known locally, occurs every year in Indonesia, angering neighbours Singapore and Malaysia who have long demanded Jakarta do more to stop the dry-season fires being lit by farmers and big companies.

Posted in Forest fires @ 06 October 2006 14:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A lesson from Malaysia One more time I would like to look back to Malaysia a little bit. However I was only there for a week, I still had time to look around more than enough to get back to it for (maybe) one more time. Maybe it's just that I have too much time here, but I think it's rather because I would like Indonesia to have something of it as well. They will have to do most of the work however, I don't have much to tell here of course. I can at least tell about my ideas a little bit on the internet, to get it of my list and probably to never get back to it.

Posted in General @ 06 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A visit to the Indonesian embassy It has been a short while, but still I think about that one day that I was headed for the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Because I had obtained a nice booklet of maps of the city, and I also bought a monthly card for the LRT (city trains), I would be able to drop in there to bring my paperwork. The embassy opened at nine o'clock in the morning, like usual, so if I would get up at around eight o'clock I would have enough time to prepare myself. That is what happened. Half past eight the alarm of my telephone went off and I took a short shower. The train station of Chinatown - that's the place where I found a nice little hotel for the week - was located at about 300 meters from the hotel. I waned to the central station of Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral) because you can take the monorail from there. This route brought me in the direction of the Indonesian embassy, however I still had to walk quite some distance. With a bottle of water that should be possible however. I also got the chance to use the monorail trains, because waiting until the one in Jakarta is finished would mean I was able to go to Kuala Lumpur a few more times, because that one won't be ready for some time being, if I read the stories about that.

Posted in Travel @ 25 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia have different perception on land border Indonesia and Malaysia still have different perception in deciding land border areas in Kalimantan (Borneo) island, ANTARA news agency reported quoting an Indonesian envoy as saying. Malaysia had identified nine border problems -- four in its state of Sabah (eastern Kalimantan) and five other in its state of Sarawak (western Kalimantan) while Indonesia problems on 10 areas including that in Tanjung Datu in West Kalimantan have yet to be solved.

Posted in Politics @ 18 September 2006 11:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The conmen of Parangtritis What should have been a nice day driving around, became a very funny little adventure. Especially about some remarks that would be made in Parangtritis. Thinking back to this in fact ridiculous fact where four people can laugh about for a long time, it's time to do some efforts to go back writing a little bit. We go back just two days. Not too early the four of us get in the rental car (license plate starting with AB, so we are just like real Yogyakartans), to drive around for the afternoon; some beach, a little bit of disaster area south of Yogyakarta and then simply back home to eat.

Posted in Culture @ 25 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smouldering Mount Merapi slows tourism In the shadow of Mount Merapi, a 30-year-old woman selling snacks to tourists visiting the rumbling Indonesian volcano says business has never been this bad. Tourists who once thronged the area are too frightened to trek to Babadan, one of Merapi's observation points, just 4.5 km (3 miles) from the peak of the restive mountain. "I used to get 100 customers during weekends, but it's too quiet now," said Ngatini, a mother of two, sitting in her wooden hut covered with thick volcanic ash.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 June 2006 10:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Study warns residents to keep safe distance A university's four case scenarios for restless Mt. Merapi predicts local residents would escape harm in the event of an eruption -- as long as they stay eight kilometers from the volcano's crater. Soetoto from the Natural Disaster Study Center of Yogyakarta's Gadjah Mada University said Wednesday previous eruptions of the Central Java volcano had not caused the expulsion of smalls stones or rocks over a great distance, only dust clouds.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 April 2006 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two major projects to improve ICT infrastructure Indonesia is undertaking two major projects to improve its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure, an Indonesian official said here Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 19 April 2006 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia vows to step up bird flu fight Health officials in Indonesia say they'll improve their efforts to stop bird flu. The announcement comes after two children died of the H5N1 virus, pushing the country's human death total to 22. Indonesia has been criticized for not acting quickly enough when bird flu first appeared in chickens three years ago.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 12 March 2006 14:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets Traveling in Indonesia, whenever you attempt to do this, you will notice the vast amount of small paper - sometimes even like toilet-paper - tickets you get. On virtually every occasion you will get at least one. Not one, but one for your car, motorbike, your friends, your family, your kids. And it gets even worse, since you don't get tickets for everyone, but also for everything. This becomes clear when you take the ferry. It doesn't matter which ferry, but you will get a ticket to enter the seaport, for parking, for boarding the boat, for bringing your car and to be insured during your trip. This results in a handful of tickets, and then you only got onto the ferry.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2006 00:00 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


Diarrhea, dengue lurk as floods hit Jakarta The city health agency has warned of the threat of water-borne diseases following recent flooding in the city. Agency spokeswoman Zelvino said Thursday that during the rainy season residents were more at risk for diseases, particularly diarrhea, leptospirosis and dengue fever, which is found mostly during and shortly after the rainy season.

Posted in Health @ 21 January 2006 20:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BI to limit role of foreigners at lending banks The central bank plans to limit the role of foreign employees at foreign-owned lenders in the country, an effort it says will provide more jobs for local workers and encourage the institutions to increase their credit to homegrown businesses. Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah said expatriate staff positions at the banks would be limited to middle-level management -- two levels below directors.

Posted in Economy @ 17 January 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Living on a fault line A year after the tsunami, scientists fear that another monster earthquake might one day strike Sumatra, triggering a fresh inundation by the sea. How frightened should we be?

Posted in Earthquake @ 15 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong quake jolts Aceh again and causes panic A strong earthquake rocked Indonesia's tsunami-ravaged Aceh province on Wednesday, causing panicked residents to flee their homes. As the earthquake hit the province, people started running for higher ground. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 October 2005 17:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong 6.7 earthquake shakes Nias region A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 on the Richter scale struck the Nias region at 8:52 local time. The earthquake caused panic on the island of Nias, which had been struck by a very strong earthquake earlier this year. There are no reports of victims, but thre are reports of damaged buildings in the islands capital of Gunungsitoli.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 July 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake hits Sumatra West coast An earthquake estimated at 6.3 on the Richter scale has struck off the coast of Indonesia's Aceh province. The Hong Kong observatory has located the undersea quake around 260 kilometres west of Medan city. There are no immediate reports of any damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 April 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists fear another major quake may strike Indonesia Seismologists say there is a heightened risk that a major earthquake may soon strike the western coast of Sumatra as a result of the monster quake that generated the December 26 tsunami. They warn that the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh, which was already badly hit by the killer wave, could be at risk from a quake measuring up to 7.5 on the Richter scale and there is a potential for a tsunami-making 8.5 quake offshore.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sends 4 F-16 jetfighters to East Kalimantan The Indonesian Air Force is stationing four F-16 jetfighters in East Kalimantan to carry out patrol duties over the Ambalat area in the Sulawesi Sea which Malaysia recently claimed as being part of its territory, the country's official news agency said Sunday. "The four jetfighters have left their base in Madiun, East Java,and will arrive in Balikpapan, East kalimantan, in the afternoon,"the Antara News Agency quoted Air Force Chief of Staff Vice Marshal Djoko Suyanto as saying at the presidential office here Sunday.

Posted in Military @ 07 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to defend waters claimed by Malaysia Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said here Saturday that the government will defend its ownership of the offshore Ambalat which was also claimed by Malaysia, while stressing dialogue remains an important way to seek settlement. "We consider that the area belongs to Indonesia. Therefore Indonesia will defend it with all security forces we have," he wasquoted by Detikcom online news service as saying.

Posted in General @ 05 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


German runs 'renegade' tsunami relief effort A 31-year-old German is using two utility turboprop jets belonging to his business to ferry medical aid to the Indonesian town of Meulaboh, among the worst-hit in tsunami- bludgeoned Sumatra. The two planes Christian von Strombeck bought last year to transport seafood from the coasts of southern Java to his factory in Jakarta and his three Indonesian pilots have been flying eight hours a day since 28 December, primarily ferrying medical aid from Medan.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami sweeps Indonesia towns from map Some villages on the western coast of Indonesia's Aceh province have been wiped from the map. In others, only a few houses remain. Bridges crossing estuaries have been swept away. The force of the tsunami waves of Sunday was so great the water only stopped when it reached the foot of tree-clad mountains as far as two kilometres inland.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 December 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On a usual early morning, around seven, I woke up from my last night in Bira, a small coastal town on the lifted coral sediments of the south-western tip of Sulawesi. It was time to get dressed, have some breakfast, which isnít much choice here, but well, itís Bira, a place with only a handful of people living here, compared to other places in Indonesia. Getting dressed and packing my backpack again I was thinking I would not be here for quite some time. I hadnít planned a second trip to Sulawesi yet, so this is probably the last I would see of Bira in quite some time.

Posted in Travel @ 06 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[update] S. Sumatra shaken by 7.2 earthquake Location map of the 7.2 quakeA major earthquake occurred at 14:35:18 (UTC) on Sunday, July 25, 2004. The magnitude 7.2 event has been located in SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.) This according to USGS.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign investment in Indonesia down Foreign direct investment in Indonesia fell by almost 35 percent in the first half of the year, underscoring the troubles facing the country's economy, the government said Wednesday. The country's official investment board did not provide any reason for the drop to US$3.05 billion from US$4.65 billion invested over the same period last year.

Posted in Economy @ 15 July 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dead candidate wins votes in Indonesia A candidate in last week's legislative elections in Indonesia won nearly 800 votes despite having died three months ago, poll officials said. "It's a bit ridiculous," said Andi Mappinawang, an election committee member in south Sulawesi province where the mix-up occurred. "Maybe the voters didn't know that he had died."

Posted in Elections @ 13 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU worries about late party screening Less than half of 32 provincial elections commission (KPUDs) have submitted the results of their field verification on 40 political parties, raising fears the slow progress would severely affect preparations for next year's elections. KPU deputy chairman Ramlan Surbakti said over the weekend that only 14 provincial KPUDs had submitted their reports by Saturday, two days after the deadline lapsed last Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 01 December 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police HQs may be next bombing targets Amid their aggressive campaign to arrest suspected terrorists behind the string of bombings in the country, police revealed on Wednesday that terrorists were ready to strike back, with the National and Jakarta Police Headquarters on their priority list of targets. "The suspects that we arrested earlier confessed that they already had a plan to launch another terror attack in the capital," said National Police chief of detectives, Comr. Gen. Erwin Mappaseng.

Posted in General @ 18 September 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


Hotel blast suspects named by Indonesia Indonesian police identified five men yesterday wanted for this month's bomb attack at Jakarta's Marriott Hotel and said militant leader Hambali had provided up to $45,000 (BD17,101) to fund bombings in the country. Chief of detectives Erwin Mappaseng said the five suspects in the Marriot attack included two Malaysians believed to have been involved in the Bali blasts last year that killed 202 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests hotel bomb suspects Police said Friday they have made several arrests in connection with last week's deadly hotel bombing in Jakarta following the capture of Asia's most wanted man and suspected leader of regional militant group Jemaah Islamiyah.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 August 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Arrests in Indonesia over Marriott bombing Indonesian police have made some arrests related to the August 5 hotel bombing in Jakarta which killed 12 people. National detective chief, Erwin Mappaseng, did not disclose the number or say how closely the detainees are believed linked to the JW Marriott blast. He says police chief Dai Bachtiar will announce details in one or two days.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 August 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The first impressions from Indonesia this year. Yesterday I arrived with a late flight via Frankfurt and Singapore. Waiting for the stopovers in Singapore and Frankfurt wasnít the main problem, but it seemed like I couldít get used to the little turbulence. At the end I was almost ill, not a very good start of my holiday, but the same happened last year, thinking that it would all soon pass over.

Posted in Travel @ 07 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seizes terror suspects Indonesian police say they have arrested 10 members of the Islamic militant group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) suspected of a bombing campaign against churches and other crimes. Nineteen people were killed in the Christmas Eve 2000 bomb attacks in the cities of Medan and Pekanbaru on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh offensive breeds chaos, fear The Indonesian military says it is trying to help Aceh's 4 million people by imposing martial law and launching a land, sea and air offensive to crush separatist rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). But less than two weeks after the launch of the operation, it has brought only heartbreak and fear for many Acehnese. "We are anxious and on edge," a transportation worker said. "We are at a loss what to do."

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 29 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Calls for restraint as Indonesia steps ups offensive Hundreds of Indonesian troops poured into Aceh province to crush pro-independence rebels today but the United States and Australia urged the government and the insurgents to get back to negotiations. The military began one of its biggest operations yet after President Megawati Sukarnoputri declared martial law in Aceh just hours after peace talks in Tokyo with the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) broke down late yesterday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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