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Lion Air to build Indonesia's largest cargo airport in Lebak Lion Air, Indonesia's largest privately owned airlines, plans to build a cargo airport in Lebak, Banten province, which will be bigger than the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, the companys CEO, Rusdi Kirana, stated here on Friday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 28 November 2014 19:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Jokowi announces cabinet lineup President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) accompanied by Vice President Jusuf Kalla announced his cabinet lineup consisting of 34 ministers or the so-called "Work Cabinet" for 2014-2019 period at the Merdeka Palace on Sunday as follows.

Posted in Politics @ 26 October 2014 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia requires additional 100 thousand MW electricity Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi stated that Indonesia still needed additional 100 thousand MW electricity to support industrial development at home.

Posted in Power supply @ 04 September 2014 19:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


48 students in Manado infected with HIV/AIDS The National AIDS Commission (KPAP) reported that at least 48 students and college students were infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus / Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in Manado, North Sulawesi.

Posted in Health @ 26 March 2014 19:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Karawang district declares state of emergency The Karawang district administration in West Java has declared a state of emergency following floods that affected 25 sub-districts in the past few days. "Karawang is in a state of emergency for 14 days starting January 19," Karawang district head H. Ade Swara said in a press statement released on Tuesday.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2014 10:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four school children swept away by flood in Bekasi Four elementary school students were found dead on Monday after being swept away by floods in South Tambun, Bekasi, West Java, on Saturday. They had gone missing since Saturday after being swept away by floodwaters. Parts of Bekasi have been hit by floods since the past few days following incessant downpours in the current rainy season.

Posted in Flooding @ 20 January 2014 20:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods inundate 146 villages in Karawang Heavy flooding inundated as many as 146 villages in 25 subdistricts in Karawang, West Java, following heavy rainfall over the region in the last several days. On Monday, Head of Karawang Social Affairs and Disaster Mitigation Office Rochuyun A. Santosa stated that the floods have become an overwhelming disaster as 25 out of the 30 subdistricts in Karawang have been inundated.

Posted in Flooding @ 20 January 2014 17:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian economy to slow down in 2014 Indonesia's economy is expected to slow down in 2014 as a result of being impacted by various domestic and foreign factors, said market analyst Surjanto Yasaputera here on Thursday. "The BI rate hike from seven percent to 7.5 percent is one of the factors holding back foreign investors from making new investments," he stated.

Posted in Economy @ 14 November 2013 16:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Surabaya declares intention to be prostitution-free city Indonesias second biggest city, Surabaya, marked the commemoration of National Heroes Day on November 10 here on Sunday with a pledge to be a prostitution-free city.

Posted in General @ 10 November 2013 18:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Sri Mulyani suggests remittance fee reduction to five percent World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati has suggested a reduction in the remittance fee for members of the Indonesian diaspora from 15 percent to 5 percent.

Posted in Economy @ 19 August 2013 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian army to have new chief in May The Indonesian Army will next month have a new commander who will succeed incumbent Chief of Staff Gen Pramono Edhie Wibowo who will retire, Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) Commander Admiral Agus Suhartono said.

Posted in Military @ 15 April 2013 19:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tropical cyclone Rusty hits East Nusa Tenggara The Meteorology and Geophysics Station of East Nusa Tenggara reported on Monday that the tropical Cyclone Rusty had reached the province and triggered strong wind in the region.

Posted in Weather @ 25 February 2013 19:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Small traders get their space on new Bali airport terminal After increasing pressure on a number of fronts, the managers of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, PT Angkasa Pura I (AP-I), has relented on strict qualifying requirements for traders currently operating from the airport and seeking commercial space in newly renovated air gateway for the Island.

Posted in General @ 16 February 2013 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam coastal areas to be developed into coconut plantation The government plans to develop Batam municipality`s coastal areas into a coconut and cassava production center to meet local and national demands, an official said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 January 2013 00:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Electricity rate hike to weaken laborers' purchasing power An increase in the price of electricity beginning this month will reduce the purchasing power of laborers, Said Iqbal, the president of the Indonesian Workers Unions Confederation (KSPI) said.

Posted in Economy @ 03 January 2013 17:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PTDI-Airbus military strengthen business partnership Indonesian aircraft manufacturer PTDI and Airbus Military have strengthened their business partnership through a variety of joint production programs that include long-term agreements between the two companies.

Posted in Economy @ 19 December 2012 15:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Democrat Party still seeking best figure for president The ruling Democrat Party is still looking for the best figure to be nominated as the party`s presidential candidate for the 2014 election, advisory board member Syarif Hasan said.

Posted in Politics @ 05 December 2012 15:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sluice gate on high alert following heavy downpours in Bogor Heavy downpours in Bogor and Puncak region increased the water debit of Ciliwung River and caused the water level of Katulampa sluice gate to exceed the normal level.

Posted in Weather @ 18 November 2012 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to buy tanks from Germany Indonesia will buy 103 Leopard Main Battle Tanks (MBT), 50 medium Marder 1A3 tanks and 10 other supporting tanks from Germany, according to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Defense on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 13 September 2012 22:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Indonesia not a failed state' National Development Planning Minister Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana denied on Monday that Indonesia was a failed state, saying the country was making progress. "We are not a failed state because we are improving. By scoring 80.6 points in a recent survey, we are moving closer to a moderate level," she told a press conference here.

Posted in Economy @ 25 June 2012 15:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 3 reactions


47 illegal immigrants plan to go to Australia Ciemas Police Sector chief Adjunct Police Commissioner Sumaryoto said 47 illegal Afghan immigrants wanted to cross to Christmas Island, Australia, from Ciemas waters.

Posted in Crime @ 04 June 2012 05:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda signs agreement to purchase 11 Airbus planes Garuda Indonesia signed an agreement with Airbus on Wednesday to purchase 11 A330-300 planes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 13 April 2012 12:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnitude 5.2 quake strikes Talaud in North Sulawesi An earthquake with an intensity of 5.2 on the Richter scale struck southwest of Talaud Islands in North Sulawesi province on Tuesday at 5.21 am local time. The medium quake struck under the sea in a depth of 5 kilometers, but has no potential to cause a tsunami, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said in Bandar Lampung.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 March 2012 05:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Poverty eradication efforts needs speeding up' Indonesia needs to speed up its poverty eradication efforts because the number of poor people in the country is still high, a National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) official said.

Posted in Economy @ 08 December 2011 02:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono asked G20  not to forget initial goal At the recent G20 summit in France, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had told world leaders not forget the initial goal of the group`s formation despite the current economic crisis in the Euro zone.

Posted in Politics @ 05 November 2011 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mother of passenger aboard crashed plane receives call Authorities have located the crash site of a medium-sized passenger plane which crashed in the western region of Indonesia on Thursday, but rescue workers have been unable to reach the site. There are hopes of survivors.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 September 2011 20:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian plane with 18 passengers crashes in N Sumatra A medium-sized passenger plane with 18 people on board crashed in the western region of Indonesia on early Thursday morning, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 29 September 2011 14:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and S. Korea sign defense cooperation agreement The governments of Indonesia and South Korea on Friday signed a defense agreement to strengthen its cooperation, local media reported.

Posted in Military @ 09 September 2011 16:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


ASEAN members agree on manpower management cooperation Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in an effort to battle the global economic crisis agreed to cooperate on manpower management,

Posted in Economy @ 11 May 2011 01:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Post-tsunami recovery at Mentawai islands to cost $133.4 million Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Monday announced that reconstruction efforts for the Mentawai islands, which was struck by a devastating tsunami on October 25, 2010 that cuased over 400 deaths, will cost around 1.16 trillion rupiahs ($133.4 million).

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 April 2011 00:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and China agree on joint production of missiles Indonesia and China on Tuesday agreed to strengthen their defense cooperation, including the joint production of missiles, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Military @ 22 March 2011 15:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seaports too small: fewer cruise ships to Indonesia The number of cruise ship visits to Indonesia in 2011 is put at only 31, a decline from the numbers projected last year due to the cancellation of planned ship visits to Bali and Komodo.

Posted in Tourism @ 09 March 2011 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tanjung Priok in Jakarta seaport overloaded The capacity of Port of Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, is considered no longer adequate to accommodate the amount of goods entering. "As a result, there is accumulation of goods and this resulted in losses to hundreds of millions of Rupiah per day," said Vice Chairman of Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (Kadin) Transportation sector, Syafrizal.

Posted in Economy @ 24 January 2011 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Accor to open 16 new hotels in Indonesia by 2012 International hotel operator Accor plans to open 16 new hotels across Indonesia by 2012 to support its expansion plan in the country’s growing hotel industry, says an executive of the hotel chain.

Posted in Travel @ 28 May 2010 02:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Status of Mount Batur volcano raised to 'careful' The Mount Batur volcano, located on the island of Bali shows signs of renewed activity. The first recorded eruption of the volcano was in 1804. Since then it erupted at least 28 times with intervals of between one and 39 years. Normally the 1,717 meter high volcano erupts in a strombolian eruption where lava just flows out of it's crater. The last eruption as on July 7, 2000.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 November 2009 00:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2nd United Indonesia Cabinet unveiled President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has announced his second United Indonesia Cabinet last evening. There are 34 ministers, most of them are politicians from his coalition parties. Six ministers were from his own Democratic Party, including the important minister of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2009 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Quakes in Sumatra, Java and Papua related' The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has said that three earthquakes that occurred within 24 hours in different parts of Indonesia are related to each other. A medium-sized quake took place in Mentawai, West Sumatra a few hours before the 7.3 magnitude quake in Java. This one was followed by an earthquake near Nabire in the easternmost province of Papua the morning after.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 September 2009 06:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake causes landslide in Cianjur; dozens feared dead Dozens of residents of the village of Gunung Hanafi, in the underdistrict Cibinong Selatan in Cianjur are feared dead after a landslide caused by the earthquake ripped through the village. The 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook big parts of western Indonesia for around two minutes before it came to an end. Reports from light to medium damage are widespread.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thailand, Indonesia to launch bilateral trade agreement Commerce ministers of Thailand and Indonesia Saturday hold a meeting, agreeing to launch a bilateral trade agreement on economic cooperation, according to news release from the Thai Ministry of Commerce. Porntiva Nagasai, Thai Minister of Commerce, and Mari Elga Pangestu, Indonesian Minister of Commerce, met on the sideline of the 14th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit which opened here on Saturday.

Posted in Economy @ 28 February 2009 05:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


45% of Indonesia's population threatened by malaria Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said on Monday that about 45 percent of the country's population is at risk of contracting malaria. Speaking to a hearing with the House of Representatives DPR, the minister said 424 of Indonesia's 495 districts and cities were malaria endemic regions.

Posted in Health @ 15 February 2009 11:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two more aftershocks hit Manokwari Two more medium-sized aftershocks shook the area around Manokwari, West Papua. The first earthquake had an intensity of 5.5 on the Richter Scale and had place around 12:41 lokal time. The second quake, which had a strength of 5.4 on the Richter Scale came just a little while later, at 13:07 local time.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 January 2009 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian central bank keeps benchmark rate at 9.5% Indonesian central bank kept on hold its benchmark interest rate at 9.5 percent on Thursday, the bank said. "Amid the current global financial upheaval and slowing of the world economy, the Bank Indonesia (the central bank) thinks that it is necessary to keep a right monetary policy so that it can achieve a balance between the economic growth and efforts to maintain monetary stability," the bank said in a statement.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2008 11:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia also scraps import duty on soybeans The Indonesian government has removed the ten percent import tax on soybean effective from today and is studying more measures to deal with the rising price of the commodity in global markets, an official said Monday. The tax could be re-imposed if the price of soybean falls, said Bayu Krisnamurti, Deputy Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs.

Posted in Economy @ 22 January 2008 06:54 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


Kiev offering help to set up Jakarta subway system The city of Kiev (Ukraine) has offered subway development assistance to the city government of Jakarta, which is planning to have a mass rapid transportation system, quoting the deputy mayor of Kiev, Sergiy Yaroslavovych Rudik. Kiev, which already has a subway system with 40 stations, is ready to send experts to Jakarta to help it building it's own subway system. Rudik signed a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of a sister-city relationship between Jakarta and Kiev.

Posted in General @ 21 June 2007 12:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to get three new Japan-made patrol boats The Indonesian police will receive three new Japan-made patrol boats later this year. They are to be used to deal with crimes like piracy in the Malacca Strait, where Japanese ships frequently pass, according to a Japanese official. "The three motorboats will set sail to Indonesia next December or three months faster than schedule," said assistant project manager K. Fujiwara from Sumidagawa Shipyard Co. Ltd.

Posted in General @ 18 June 2007 14:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 18 million micro-businesses in Indonesia Indonesia has almost 19 million micro-businesses which are good for a total of 83.2 percent of the total number of enterprises in Indonesia. This is the conclusion of a census conducted by the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) held in 2006. There were almost 3.6 million small businesses (15.8 percent), 153,000 medium-scale businesses (0.7 percent) and just over 44.000 large businesses (0.2 percent) according to Nursinah Amal Urai, a director at BPS.

Posted in Economy @ 06 May 2007 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three moderate earthquakes shake Indonesia on one day An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale occurred in the waters of Taliwang, West Sumba district, West Nusa Tenggra, at 10:10 a.m. (0310 GMT) on Saturday. "The earthquake took place under the sea water, some 291 km to the south east of Taliwang," Fausi of the Meteorological and Geophysics office said here on Saturday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 January 2007 09:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: Indonesia focuses on nuclear cooperation for peaceful purposes Indonesia will in the medium and long term focus on nuclear cooperation with several other countries for peaceful purposes, including the development of the national defense industry, Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono said. "For the time being we will not establish nuclear cooperation for defense purposes, but only for peaceful purposes in accordance with the agreement that had been signed," Juwono said after opening an Educational Communication Forum here on Tuesday.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 06 December 2006 04:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia no longer hit by economic crisis : Kalla says Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said here on Sunday that Indonesia is no longer hit by economic crisis because per capita income has reached US$1,500. "The economic crisis has actually ended," Kalla said to respond a speech deliverd by chairman of the Nation Awakening Party (PKB) Muhaimin Iskandar in the party`s national meeting.

Posted in Economy @ 30 July 2006 13:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia to provide more fund for quake victims Australia plans to provide 21 million U.S. dollars to support the rehabilitation and reconstruction in earthquake-devastated areas of Yogyakarta province over the next three to four years, local media reported on Saturday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 July 2006 15:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert: Indonesia quake may trigger Merapi eruption The earthquake that killed over 5,000 people on Indonesia's Java island is linked to the one that triggered the deadly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and may signal the imminent eruption of a nearby volcano, an expert said on Monday. Indonesia sits in a seismically active "ring of fire", a region marked by regular volcanic and tectonic activity, and which bore the brunt of the December 2004 quake-generated tsunami which left more than 230,000 dead or missing.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 May 2006 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert terms Indonesia a bird flu ‘time bomb’ Indonesia has become a bird flu “time-bomb” because of its failure to eradicate high numbers of deadly H5N1 sites, the head of the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health said yesterday. “Indonesia is a time-bomb for the region,” organisation head Bernard Vallat said calling the situation in the southeast Asian arhcipelago a cause for “great concern”.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 April 2006 10:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Investment freeze mulled for cigarette sector The Industry Ministry, pointing to indications of a saturated cigarette industry, has proposed the temporary closing of the subsector to new investment for new factories. "The proposal is based upon reports from local agencies that the number of cigarette producers has soared while utilization of their production capacity is still below 50 percent," Industry Minister Fahmi Idris said Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 16 March 2006 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia raises February crude imports to 6.18M barrels Indonesia's state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina (PTM.YY) has sharply raised crude imports for February from January due to lower domestic crude supply, said a company official Friday. The company bought a total of 6.18 million barrels of crude via a tender, he said, adding that the volume is sharply higher from its purchase for January of 3.45 million bbls.

Posted in Economy @ 16 December 2005 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Property for foreigners Property analysts and developers share the same pessimistic projection that demand for all kinds of property will decline as the central bank continues to raise interest rates to cope with strong inflationary pressures and with a four-year low in consumer confidence.

Posted in General @ 30 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of textile workers fired after fuel price hikes Over 70,000 workers have been laid off since the government hiked fuel prices on Oct. 1, local media reported on Tuesday. "The workers are from Bandung, the capital of West Java province and Surakarta in Central Java province. I expect the number to reach 100,000 by the end of this year," Chairman of the Textile Association Benny Sutrisno was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying.

Posted in Economy @ 25 October 2005 17:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to allow Pertamina, PLN to raise fuel, power prices In an attempt to rein in the ballooning fuel subsidy, the government will allow state oil and gas company PT Pertamina and state power firm PT PLN to charge market prices for fuel and power intended for specific uses. The move is expected to help the government cut projected fuel consumption from 59.69 million kiloliters (kl) to 55 million kl, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Purnomo Yusgiantoro said on Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2005 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moody's changes Indonesia rating outlook to positive Moody's Investors Service has changed the outlook to positive from stable on Indonesia's B2 foreign currency country ceiling for bonds, its B3 foreign currency country ceiling for bank deposits, and the Indonesian government's B2 foreign and local currency ratings.

Posted in Economy @ 18 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


United Indonesia Cabinet line up President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced on Wednesday at the State Palace his cabinet line up. The line up was announced at 11:50 p.m. after being postponed from the original schedule at 8 p.m.

Posted in Elections @ 21 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt hailed for dumping exit tax More plaudits were expressed on Thursday regarding the government's plan to abolish the departure tax imposed on people wishing to travel overseas, as this would facilitate businesses in expanding their businesses overseas. Minister of Industry and Trade Rini Soewandi said the plan would encourage more businesspeople to travel abroad to promote trade.

Posted in Economy @ 20 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to suspend Amsterdam, Seoul and other routes Garuda Indonesia is planning to reduce or halt a series of services in the upcoming winter season, among them flights to Amsterdam and Seoul. The moves are "adjustment steps taken in line with the medium-term programmes of the company," a press statement by the state-owned airline said. It said that for the winter season Garuda Indonesia will "temporarily close the route to Amsterdam at the end of October 2004."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 03 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HM Sampoerna 1H Sales IDR8.15T Vs IDR6.99T PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna (HMSP.JK) Monday said its first half sales this year rose 17% on year to 8.15 trillion rupiah (EUR1=IDR11,088), mostly on stronger cigarette sales. Indonesia's second largest cigarette producer's sales rose from IDR6.99 trillion in the first half of 2003, Sampoerna said in a statement. During the first six months of this year, it sold 20.2 billion sticks of cigarettes, up 14% from 17.7 billion a year earlier.

Posted in Economy @ 19 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Icons, not issues, fill Indonesian campaign ads He's 82, ailing, and doesn't get out much, but Indonesia's autocratic ex-president Suharto is all over TV screens these days in ads for a political party whose main campaigner is his tycoon daughter Siti Hardiyanti Rukmana. The ads for next month's parliamentary election start with a housewife suggesting that viewers "don't think too much, just go for Suharto". Then farmers are seen saying that they crave a return of what is called the Suharto era of economic stability.

Posted in Elections @ 24 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BRI has people queuing If there remains a lack of confidence in Indonesia’s economy, no-one told the “huge crowd” that queued for a slice of the initial public offering of Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) on Thursday (23/10/03). The Jakarta Post noted that very little noise has been made about the float, but word has clearly got around that, of all the banks on the market, this is the one that is producing the goods.

Posted in General @ 27 October 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Just as they have in the developed world, big-box hypermarkets, which are taking over the top end of the retail trade, are causing severe dislocations in the rest of Indonesia's food chain, from smaller supermarkets down to wet markets to the warungs where housewives sell cigarettes and candy out of their living room windows.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim body launches own cigarette brand Indonesia's largest Muslim organisation, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), has come up with its own brand of kretek cigarettes in an attempt to cash in on the industry's good business. The Tali Jagat ('rope of the universe') kretek hit the market last week after it was launched in the town of Pasuruan, East Java. Mr H. Sulaiman, the head of NU's Sirkah Muawwanah cooperative in Pasuruan, was quoted by Radar Bromo daily as saying: 'NU has a lot of members in Pasuruan. That is why we chose to launch the cigarettes there.'

Posted in Religion @ 12 January 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Traffic and ground transportation have become major headaches for residents of Jakarta. The city administration has failed to deal with the chaotic traffic that clogs the capital's streets, and an integrated transportation system offering safe and fast mass rapid transit remains but a dream. The Jakarta Post's Soeryo Winoto discussed the issue with Jakarta-based urban transportation expert Djamester Simarmata.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 November 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta Organda seeks bus fare increase The Organization of Land Transportation Owners (Organda) revealed on Monday that they had agreed to propose an increase in public bus fares in the capital by an average of Rp 600 (6 US cents) starting on May 18. "In today's meeting, we (Organda) reached an agreement to raise bus fares," Putu Wirta Antara, deputy chairman of Organda told The Jakarta Post over the phone. According to Putu, the fares would be raised by Rp 600. Fares for regular buses will be set at Rp 1,200, from the current Rp 700. Fares of medium-sized and small-seater buses, which are Rp 900 currently, will be increased to Rp 1,500.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta may increase bus fares by up to 57 percent Despite the government's promised subsidy for bus operators, the Jakarta administration has proposed to the City Council an increase of between 30 percent and 60 percent in public transportation fares following the recent fuel price hike.

Posted in General @ 28 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amien gives new Cabinet 90 days People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Amien Rais said the new Cabinet had three months to prove it could cope with the various challenges the nation is facing. "If the Cabinet fails to perform well, the House of Representatives (DPR) may take steps," he told reporters on Saturday after a meeting with the heads of regional branches of the National Mandate Party (PAN) across East Java.

Posted in Politics @ 28 August 2000 16:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chinese loan to buy buses falls through The Jakarta administration has failed to clinch a soft loan from the Chinese government for the purchase of new buses from the country but will still buy Chinese buses under a new scheme, Governor Sutiyoso said on Friday."We attempted to secure the Chinese soft loan but to no avail and now there is a consortium."I hope everything will go smoothly with this new scheme," the governor told reporters at City Hall.

Posted in General @ 29 July 2000 09:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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