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Workers threaten to go on nationwide strike Indonesian workers have threatened to go on a nationwide strike if the government fails to meet their demands raised jointly in the capital city of Jakarta on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 10 December 2014 21:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Budi Mulya sentenced to 10 years` imprisonment Former deputy governor of Bank Indonesia Budi Mulya was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years imprisonment by the anti corruption court with a fine of Rp500 million or an additional jail term of 5 months.

Posted in Crime @ 17 July 2014 02:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ongoing complaints about new Bali airport terminal The Bali Consumer Protection Bureau (YLPK-Bali) has undertaken a customer service surveys for Bali Ngurah Rai International and the Lombok International Airports.I Putu Armaya, director of YLPK, told Metrobali.com on June 24, 2014, that the survey was undertaken over 5 days ,June 4-8, 2014. The survey involved around 300 respondents - both domestic and international air passengers.

Posted in Travel @ 30 June 2014 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious affairs minister suspect in corruption case Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 01:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor would like to see ten milion as minimum wage Bali's Governor told those attending his monthly open-house town meeting he wants to see every worker in the tourism sector to earn a minimum Rp. 10 million ( US$870) per month. Adding: ďIn principle, I want to see workers in Bali prosper. Don't let them suffer privations, even though (the privations) are permitted within the law.Ē

Posted in Economy @ 05 May 2014 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


732 Sinabung evacuees refuse to return home As many as 732 evacuees from Mount Sinabungs eruption in Karo district, North Sumatra, refused to leave the disaster command post at Telagah village in Langkat district on Wednesday. "We refuse to return to our villages unless we do that together," coordinator of evacuees Indra stated.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 March 2014 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK questions Anas again as suspect in bribery case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) reinterrogated former ruling party general chairman Anas Urbaningrum here on Wednesday, for his alleged involvement in a bribery case linked to the Hambalang sports complex development and other projects. Anas has been held at the KPK detention center since January 10.

Posted in Corruption @ 29 January 2014 19:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI committed to keeping national political stability National Defense Forces (TNI) is committed to keeping the national political stability in the run up to general elections in 2014, TNI Chief General Moeldoko has assured.

Posted in Military @ 08 January 2014 18:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Century scandal causes Rp7.4 trillion losses to the state Bank Century scandal caused a loss of Rp7.4 trillion in state fund, the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) said on Monday. The loss was a result of short term loan facility (FPJP) to Bank Century, and the determination of the sick lender as a failed bank, which have potential systemic impact, BPK Chairman Hadi Poernomo said here on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 December 2013 21:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minimum wage set, Jakarta workers disappointed The Jakarta Labor Forum expressed disappointment with Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo for approving a minimum wage of Rp2.441 million per month for Jakarta workers.

Posted in Economy @ 01 November 2013 19:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor announces minimum wage for Jakarta 2.4 million Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo said he has signed a monthly provincial minimum wage (UMP) order of Rp2.441 million for industrial workers in Jakarta on the basis of the Jakarta Remuneration Council`s recommendations.

Posted in Protests @ 01 November 2013 19:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 'Workers, employers must build harmonious relations' Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said employers and workers should develop harmonious relations so they could jointly decide upon a basic minimum wage without having conflicts.

Posted in Economy @ 29 October 2013 20:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Thousands of workers hold rally in Jakarta, demanding higher wages About five thousand workers from various unions held a rally in front of the Presidential Palace on Thursday, demanding an increase in their wages and the immediate implementation of the National Health Insurance (Jamkesmas).

Posted in Protests @ 05 September 2013 15:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


East Timorese kidnapper of French boy in court The trial of the Timor Leste woman charged in the attempted kidnapping of a 2-year-old French boy in June has commenced at the Denpasar District Court.

Posted in Crime @ 26 August 2013 03:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono announces may 1st as national holiday President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Tuesday announced May 1st or widely known as Labor Day as national holiday. "Today I have officially approved that every May 1st will be national holiday," said the president on his official twitter account @SBYudhoyono.

Posted in Politics @ 30 July 2013 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


General Pramono hands over post to Lt Gen Moeldoko General Pramono Edhie Wibowo handed over his post of army chief of staff to Lieutenant General Moeldoko in a ceremony held at the Army Headquarters here on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 23 May 2013 17:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to hold biggest-ever military exercise in 2014 The National Defense Force (TNI) will hold the biggest-ever military exercise next year, TNI Chief Admiral Agus Suhartono said.

Posted in Military @ 10 May 2013 08:48 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


Workers threaten to go on strike on August 16 President of the Indonesian Labor Union Confederation (KSPI) Said Iqbal has called on workers across the country to go on strike on August 16 unless the government meets their demand related to occupational social security programs.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2013 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for eradication of illegal levies President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for cooperation among regional heads of government to erase illegal levies locally known as "pungli" on private companies. Illegal fees could make companies to lose their ability to pay the wage of their workers, he said here on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 April 2013 07:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali transport operators seek a hike in rates The Jakarta Post (Bali Daily) reports that the Baliís Tourist Transportation Association (Pawiba) is seeking to increase the tariff for tourism transport in Bali from levels that have remained largely static since 2005.

Posted in Travel @ 25 March 2013 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ruling party`s chief named suspect over corruption Indonesia`s ruling Democrat Party`s chief Anas Urbaningrum was named suspect in connection with a corruption case here on Friday and banned to travel abroad.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 February 2013 21:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of workers hold rally in Jakarta Thousands of workers from the Indonesian Metal Workers Federation (FSPMI) of the greater Jakarta area (Jabodetabek) held a rally here on Wednesday, demanding social security benefits and refusing low wages. "The rally also marks the organization`s 14th anniversary celebration," said the organization`s President Said Iqbal.

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2013 15:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Navy hopes navy's third fleet to be operational in 2014 The navy hopes the plan to form a new navy fleet will come to reality in 2014, Navy spokesman CommodoreUntung Suropati said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Military @ 23 January 2013 18:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor: 'Jakarta flood losses mau reach Rp20 trillion' Jakarta is likely to suffer losses of up to Rp20 trillion (US$2 billion) as a result of the floods that have inundated the capital since January 15. In order to better tackle floods in the future, Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo proposed the construction of a multipurpose underground tunnel in the city.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 January 2013 21:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Workers stage rally against electricity tariff hike Hundreds of workers staged a rally here on Wednesday to protest against an electricity tariff increase which they said may lead companies to postpone minimum provincial wage hikes.

Posted in Protests @ 16 January 2013 21:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crimes against children increasing in Indonesia In 2012, crimes against children in Indonesia were dominated by rape cases and sexual assaults, said the Chairperson of the Indonesian Commission for Child Protection (KPAI), Maria Ulfah Anshor.

Posted in Violence @ 09 January 2013 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Statistics agency: Number of poor population down The number of poor population in Indonesia drops by 0.54 million or 540,000 until September 2012, according to the National Statistic Agency (BPS).

Posted in Economy @ 02 January 2013 23:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 'Provincial minimum wage cannot satisfy all' Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo said the Jakarta administration could not satisfy all in connection with his decision to raise provincial minimum wage (UMP) from Rp1.5 million per month to Rp2.2 million in 2013. "It is difficult to satisfy all," Jokowi, as Joko Widodo is popularly called, said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 28 November 2012 18:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia`s military spending at 0.7 pct of GDP Indonesia`s military spending is still very small recorded at only 0.7 percent of its gross domestic product or far below that of other countries in the world, Vice President Boediono said.

Posted in Military @ 07 November 2012 16:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minimum regional wage to be decided in mid-November Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar has said the increase in Indonesian labourers` minimum regional wage, or UMR, will be decided in the middle of this month.

Posted in Economy @ 01 November 2012 15:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bogor police and military deployed as 100 thousands protest A joint team of around 3,600 personnel of Indonesian police and Army (TNI) has been deployed here to guard against protests by thousands of workers demanding improvement in their welfare, Bogor police spokesman has said.

Posted in Protests @ 29 October 2012 12:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Modernization of weapons not for aggression President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said modernization of weapons is not intended for aggressive purposes or initiating arms race. He made the statement here on Friday at the commemoration of the 67th anniversary of the country`s defense forces.

Posted in Military @ 05 October 2012 17:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Military man get six years for human trafficking A military court in Madiun, East Java, on Monday sentenced Indonesian Military Personnel Second Sergeant Ilmun Abdul Said, 36, to six years in jail for smuggling immigrants. The defendant was also fined Rp500 million and dismissed from the military service due to his actions.

Posted in Crime @ 24 September 2012 21:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Health sector needs Rp80 tln to achieve MDGS Budget allocations for the health sector must be raised by 68 percent to Rp80.6 trillion next year to achieve the target of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the health sector, a spokesperson said.

Posted in Health @ 05 September 2012 23:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament allocates Rp18 trillion for defense in 2013 Parliament agrees to set an Rp18 trillion budget for defense sector in the state budget draft 2013, Vice Chief of Commission I at the House of representatives (DPR) Tubagus Hasanuddin said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Military @ 04 September 2012 22:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Indonesia needs 12 submarines to secure territories' Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said on Wednesday that as a country made up of islands, Indonesia needs at least 12 submarines by 2024 to achieve a minimum essential force (MEF) for securing its maritime areas.

Posted in Military @ 29 August 2012 22:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US offers 24 F-16 fighters in grant to Indonesia The US has offered to provide additional F-16 fighter jets to Indonesia through a grant, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said here on Wednesday. He noted that the offer was made when the defense ministry`s secretary general, Vice Marshal Eris Herryanto, visited the United States last week.

Posted in Military @ 15 August 2012 22:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military strength still below essential force President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here on Thursday the Indonesian military strength is still much below the minimum requirement.

Posted in Military @ 09 August 2012 20:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'No need to worry about Leopard purchase plan' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesians need not worry about the government`s plan to purchase leopard tanks from Germany because the tanks would only be used for defense purposes.

Posted in Military @ 10 July 2012 17:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Bappenas: 'Number of child workers still high' The number of child workers in Indonesia is still high because of poverty, according to National Development Planning Minister Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana. Armida stated that she would incorporate the child worker issue into the country`s poverty eradication program.

Posted in Crime @ 20 June 2012 16:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Around 100,000 workers rally in Jakarta A total of 100,000 workers participated in a rally covering several landmarks in Jakarta to commemorate World Labour Day, also known as May Day.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2012 14:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


President: 'Labor disputes must be settled thoroughly' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked for a thorough settlement of the workers` demand for pay rise without any remaining problems, Hatta Rajasa said.

Posted in Economy @ 02 February 2012 06:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia finds agreement over minimum wage for Bekasi The government has found a settlement over the dispute on minimum wage for Bekasi district that has caused a huge demonstration and blockade of a key toll road to and from Jakarta recently.

Posted in Economy @ 29 January 2012 01:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bekasi workers block Cikarang toll road Tens of thousands of Bekasi workers staged rallies on Friday, blocking the Jakarta - Cikarang toll road access to Bekasi from KM 21 to KM 26. Tens of thousands of road users are trapped on various locations in and around Bekasi because of the closures, that started just in the morning rush hour at about eight o'clock.

Posted in Protests @ 27 January 2012 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to stop sending domestic workers abroad by 2017 The government of Indonesia has said it will stop sending domestic workers abroad by 2017 following numerous cases of abuse, the Jakarta Post reported on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 January 2012 14:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police bust drug trafficking ring Jakarta police have busted a methamphetamine trafficking ring by arresting nine people who were about to distribute 16 kilograms of the drug in the capital.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 December 2011 02:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police arrest 27 after violent wage protests At least 27 people have been arrested after two consecutive days of violent protesters in the Indonesian province of Riau Islands, police said on Saturday. Around 20 people were injured.

Posted in Protests @ 26 November 2011 14:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Delays expected during ASEAN and East Asia summits During the ASEAN and East Asia Summit to be held in Nusa Dua, Bali November 17-19, 2011, passengers arriving or departing Baliís Ngurah Rai Airport may expect frequent delays.

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2011 02:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


agoda.com spotlight on Jakarta: hotels from USD 22! agoda.com, a leading global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) today announced a chic selection of hotel deals in the exciting Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 November 2011 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Better compensation for Indonesia airline passengers Indonesian airlines are now being compelled by the government to bring compensation paid to disappointed passengers and in the event of catastrophic events more into line with international airline practice.

Posted in Travel @ 27 August 2011 06:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupts three more times Indonesia\'s Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, erupted three more times on Wednesday, local authorities said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 August 2011 04:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Warning for Lion Air, Batavia Air over delays Bisnis Indonesia reveals that the Indonesian Department of Civil Aviation has published on-time performance figures for Indonesian air carriers with Batavia Air and Lion Air earning "red card" results for managing to fly on schedule less than 70% of the time.

Posted in Travel @ 09 August 2011 06:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia: 3 school board members wanted for terrorism after bomb blast Three board members from the Umar Bin Khatab (UBK) Islamic boarding school, where a bomb blast over two weeks ago killed one person, are still wanted for their involvement in terrorist attacks, officials said Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 July 2011 06:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines to fly again? (Part 2) While indications abound that Indonesiaís Mandala Airline may soon resume service, a definite announcement of return to commercial service remains elusive.

Posted in Travel @ 23 July 2011 11:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic boarding school principal named terror suspect Indonesian National Police on Saturday officially announced the arrest of the principal of the Umar Bin Khatab (UBK) Islamic boarding school, where a bomb blast two weeks ago killed one person, and named him a terror suspect.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 July 2011 22:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jellyfish alert for Bali's eastern coasts Bali Post, Nusa Bali and Beritabali.com are both reporting that a species of purple and poisonous jellyfish have invaded the waters off Baliís western beaches near Tabanan in an area stretching from the Tanah Lot Temple, to the Kediri district, Yeh Gangga and Kerambitan.

Posted in Environment @ 18 July 2011 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


French embassy staff member arrested with cocaine A 52-year-old woman, identifying herself as an employee of the French Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, was apprehended by customs officials at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport on Saturday, July 2, 2011 trying to conceal 3.17 grams of cocaine in mouth.

Posted in Drugs @ 11 July 2011 09:41 CET by Jeroen · 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


Defense Ministry to propose $8.5 billion budget for 2012 The Defense Ministry's planning director on Wednesday said that a budget of 80 trillion Indonesian Rupiahs ($8.5 billion) for 2012 will be proposed to the Indonesian government.

Posted in Military @ 01 June 2011 22:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One more warning for zoning law violations on Bali The provincial enforcement team for Bali has delivered the second written warning to the Beach World Project within the Nusa Dua Complex.

Posted in Environment @ 26 April 2011 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesian Muslim cleric charged for marrying 12-year-old A wealthy Muslim cleric is being charged with violating the country's Child Protection Act for marrying a 12-year-old girl and sexually abusing her, prosecutors said on Thursday. Wisiyanto claimed that under Islam, this unofficial marriage, which is his second, is acceptable. However, the news has outraged Indonesians nationwide.

Posted in Religion @ 22 October 2010 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Dutch man arrested for allegedly molesting girl Willem Johan Stegenus, a 65-year-old Dutch citizen, was arrested for allegedly molesting a 16-year-old girl. Karangasem Police chief Jr. Com. I Gede Mustika confirmed that Stegenus had been named a suspect based on reports filed by the girl's parents.

Posted in Crime @ 09 April 2010 11:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tax refund: Government decides where you should shop The Indonesian Directorate General of Taxation have appointed eight retail companies to help introduce the first phases of the new value-added-tax (VAT) refund scheme available to visitors to Indonesia effective April 1, 2010.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 April 2010 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Push for change in property law in Indonesia An international real estate conference planned for Bali in May is prompting Indonesian property developers to lobby intensively for a change in Indonesian law to allow foreign nationals to purchase apartments and private residences.

Posted in Economy @ 19 January 2010 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Child labor in Cirebon tea processing plant The Commission for the Protection of Children in Indonesia (KPAI) has reported the owner of PT Hutan Unggul Persada, Johanes, because of the exploitation of some 90 children still in their teens. They were put to work in the factory to produce tea of the brand Jangkar. A representative of KPAI, Masnah Sari, said that he reported the findings to the Cirebon police yesterday.

Posted in Human rights @ 16 January 2010 02:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


If you can't compete, banish them Following accusations leveled by Kuta residents and widely reported in the Bali press that the newly opened Tune Hotel on Jalan Ciung Wenara in Kuta was contaminating ground water with fuel oil, the two low cost hotels in Bali affiliated with AirAsia have come in for more sharp criticism, this time by local legislators who question both the hotel's environmental practice and its destructive impact on the market mechanism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 December 2009 01:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Julia Robert pays extra to start filming in Bali Oscar-winning Hollywood star Julia Roberts has arrived in Bali for what is expected to be a month-long filming of the Bali portion of Elizabeth Gilbert's novel "Eat Pray Love." Gilbert's best-selling autobiographical recounting of her post-divorce travels in Italy, India and Bali is to become a Columbia Pictures (Sony) film starring Roberts, Javier Bardem and Richard Jenkins.

Posted in Media @ 19 October 2009 03:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security lacking at many Bali tourist class hotels Beritabali.com reports that 44 "Melati" or "tourist class" hotels recently failed to earn security and safety certificates issued by the government of Bali. The certificates are issued after visits and review by a team of officials from various departments of the island's government.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 October 2009 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sales tax refund for visitors in 2010 The government will introduce a new policy on January 1, 2010, that will refund sales tax (VAT) spent on purchases by tourist visitors to Indonesia. Speaking to Bisnis Indonesia, the Director of Tax Regulation, Catur Rini Widosari, said the government will set a minimum level of Rp. 5 million (352 euro) to qualify for the 10% tax rebate, but there will be no maximum limit under the new policy.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 September 2009 13:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prison sentences cut ahead of Independence Day Authorities in Bengkulu reduced prison terms for over 660 convicts in three penitentiary and one detention facility in the province on Monday to mark the 64th Independence day of Indonesia. Head of the Rehabilitaion Unit of the Law and Human Rights Offices, Grand Sjahputra, told Thursday that 44 of the 668 convicts received term reductions were directly released as their term ended with the reduction.

Posted in Crime @ 13 August 2009 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abuse case highlights need for stricter laws Public outcry over an Indonesian domestic workerís alleged abuse by her Malaysian employer has prompted the Indonesian government to demand better protection for its citizens working in the neighbouring country. With red blisters and scabs on her face and upper body, Siti Hajar fled her employer's house and sought shelter at the Indonesian embassy in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, in June.

Posted in Politics @ 11 August 2009 12:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian tourism arrivals up 1.69% National tourism arrivals increased 1.69% during the first six months of 2009, totaling 2.41 million. Bisnis.com quotes Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, who points to the latest arrival statistics as proof that the world financial crisis is having minimum impact on the national tourism sector. Speaking in Bandung, West Java, Wacik said, "the graph showing this increase is gladdening because it happens in the middle of a crisis while visitors to several other tourism destinations have decreased."

Posted in Tourism @ 10 July 2009 08:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One million cubic meters of trash and only one place to go Kompas.com reports that each month some 75,000 cubic meters of trash and waste materials - a figure approaching 1 million cubic meters in a year - are generated by the people living in Bali's capital of Denpasar and surrounding areas.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 30 May 2009 15:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Inadequate power supply contributes to slowdown of investments The Jakarta Post reports that limited power supplies are causing headaches for domestic and foreign investors in Bali. Quoting the vice-chairman of the Bali branch of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN), Tedja Nandi Yasa, the lack of power on Bali's electrical grid has become severe: "We have been working hard to promote Bali, but the anxiety over the minimum electricity supply has eliminated almost 50 percent of the chance to invest here."

Posted in Economy @ 27 May 2009 16:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; Aphrodite It is a humid night - like most nights in Jakarta indeed - after some light rain when I sit in a taxi on my way to meet two female friends. First something to eat and then enjoying the nightlife until the early hours of the next day, that was the deal we made by SMS during the course of the day. SMS-ing is much more convenient than calling each other all the time because connections are often not optimal. Another important thing is that SMS-es can be read again in case you forgot something.

Posted in Nightlife @ 08 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesians ignore religious edicts against smoking, yoga Indonesia's most powerful Islamic scholars weren't looking for a debate when they handed down their latest fatwas on how to be a good Muslim. But they still got an argument and, perhaps worse, a chorus of "Who cares?" after decreeing that it is haram, or forbidden, to smoke in public, or for children and pregnant women to have a puff of tobacco anywhere.

Posted in Religion @ 07 February 2009 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Changes urged to permit foreign land ownership The National Estate Agency (BPN) has formally asked the National Ministry for Housing and the Indonesian Real Estate Association (REI) to commence collecting information on the source of income used in property purchases involving foreign interest as a means to help control illegal money laundering.

Posted in General @ 22 November 2008 01:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Transport Minister: 'Indonesian airlines will not collapse' The Department of Transportation is working closely with the national aviation industry to anticipate the negative effects of the current global economic crisis. According to the Minister of Communication, Jusman Syafii Djamal, national airlines may eventually encounter difficulties in securing aircraft leases and insurance as the result of a continuing economic downturn. "Fortunately," the Minister added, "the price of fuel is reducing. In addition, while the price of leasing aircraft is increasing, the lease contracts for most national airlines will not expire in the near future."

Posted in Economy @ 19 October 2008 01:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia grounds four more airlines Indonesia has grounded four airlines and given them three months to improve safety standards or face a ban, a transport ministry spokesman said today. A safety audit found airlines Pura Wisata Baruna, Sampoerna Air Nusantara, Dabi Air Nusantara and Atlas Deltasatya failed to meet minimum standards in several safety categories, spokesman Bambang Ervan said.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2008 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rolling blackouts to hit Jakarta again for two weeks State owned power company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) will enforce rolling blackouts for at least two weeks between 11 and 25 July. This decision was forced following shortages in supply of power from two plants in Muarakarang and Tanjung Priok.

Posted in General @ 05 July 2008 03:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia grounds five small airlines Indonesia has grounded five airlines and given them three months to improve safety standards or face a ban, a transport ministry spokesman said. A safety audit found airlines Helizona, SMAC, Asco Nusa Air, Tri-MG Intra Asia Airlines and Dirgantara Air Service failed to meet minimum standards in all safety categories, spokesman Bambang Ervan told.

Posted in General @ 01 July 2008 16:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia migrant workers bring in big bucks Migrant workers from Indonesia continue to make a huge contribution to the country's economy because the remittances they make. During the second quarter of 2007, these workers overseas send home some 1.1 billion euro. This is 5.4 percent more than the same period last year, according to data from Bank Indonesia. The central bank estimated that the figure for the full year will reach about 3.5 billion euro.

Posted in Economy @ 21 October 2007 06:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TSA: Baliís Ngurah Rai airport now rated 'safe' On October 7, 2007, The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have that Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport is once again considered to be compliant with the strict aviation safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The announcement reverses a December 23, 2005, declaration by the TSA stating the Bali airport fell below minimum safety standards that resulted in cautionary warnings to that effect being prominently posted at major airports across the U.S.A..

Posted in Tourism @ 15 October 2007 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two moderate earthquakes strike Aceh Two moderate earthquakes on Saturday struck Indonesia's Aceh province, site of a quake-triggered tsunami in 2004, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the temblors measured 6.1 and 6.0 on the Richter scale, but Indonesia's National Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said they were 5.9 and 5.8.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 September 2007 01:42 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


Gasoline shortage hits Bali A number of gas stations were forced to temporarily suspend operations when new supplies of premium gasoline failed to arrive in Bali. The shortage, which lasted for 3- 4 days during the second week of May 2007, was blamed for 30-40 minute lines at the gas stations that stayed open to distribute diminishing fuel supplies.

Posted in General @ 20 May 2007 06:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Domestic workers In Indonesia subject to beatings and rape A new Amnesty International report alleges domestic workers in Indonesia face withheld wages, workdays of up to 22 hours, beatings, sexual violence and forced confinement. The report also says attempts by the government to address the problem are falling short, leaving millions of women vulnerable to abusive employers.

Posted in Human rights @ 15 February 2007 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Jakarta flood victims face stinking garbage, mud Thousands of residents of the Indonesian capital began returning to their homes on Wednesday as flood waters receded, but they faced a huge task clearing up streets and homes caked in stinking garbage and mud. The death toll from the floods, the worst for at least five years, rose to 50 people, a health ministry official said.

Posted in Flooding @ 07 February 2007 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to grab 60,000 jobs in South Korea Indonesia has a great opportunity to grab around 60,000 jobs offered by the South Korean government in the sectors of industry, manucfacturing, construction, agriculture, fishery and stock breeding. The placement of workers in South Korea is currently not done by Indonesian labour recruitment agencies, but directly by the manpower and transmigration ministries of the two countries as stipulated in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on October 29, 2006.

Posted in Economy @ 13 December 2006 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Taiwan Buddhist group to launch TV station in Muslim Indonesia A Taiwan Buddhist group plans to launch a television station in Muslim Indonesia to encourage Indonesians to care for poor people in their country, the group said Friday. 'We have obtained licence from the Indonesian government to launch a TV station which will be a branch of our Da-Ai [Big Love] TV,' said Ke Chuan-fu, a spokesman for Da-Ai TV, run by the Tzu Chi Foundation.

Posted in General @ 11 November 2006 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bombers warned to file appeal within a month or face firing squad Indonesia's Attorney General's Office(AGO) is giving the lawyers of the three 2002 Bali bombing convicts until the end of the month to file for a Supreme Court review of their cases or it will set an execution date in the near future. "The date will be set if there is no further legal intervention from their lawyers along the way," said attorney general Abdul Rahman, who believes the three bombers should be executed soon to avoid further delays.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2006 09:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze from forest fires paralyses Indonesia airports Thick smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has shut airports and slashed visibility to below 100 metres (330 ft) -- and there is no respite in sight, officials said on Wednesday. The fires have been raging for weeks, spreading smoke across much of Southeast Asia and triggering fears of a repeat of the environmental disaster in 1997-98 when dry conditions linked to the El Nino weather pattern caused a choking haze that cost the region billions of dollars in economic losses.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 October 2006 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pushes for geothermal renewal ndonesia, land of earthquakes and volcanos, is literally sitting on top of the solution for its energy needs: Vast reservoirs of hot water deep beneath the earth's crust can be harnessed to generate electricity. What's more, it's a clean, renewable energy source. Yet the country continues to import millions of barrels of oil and fuel annually. Legal uncertainties, financial risks and government bureaucracy have repelled international investors from developing its geothermal resources.

Posted in Environment @ 18 October 2006 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt mulls cigarette price hike If fuel and electricity are to escape much speculated hikes, then it's probably the turn of cigarettes to go up in price to pad state coffers. The government is considering raising next year both the retail price and excise duty of cigarettes sold in the country, the Finance Ministry's Director General for Customs and Excise, Anwar Suprijadi, said Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2006 11:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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