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Death toll in Banjarnegara landslide increases to 51 The death toll of the landslide that hit Jemblung hamlet in Central Javas Banjarnegara district rose to 51 on Monday afternoon, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB).

Posted in Accidents @ 15 December 2014 20:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Whirlwind damages tens of houses in Batam Several areas in Batam City of Riau Archipelago bore the brunt of a whirlwind, which caused minor to major damages to tens of houses on early Thursday.

Posted in Weather @ 12 June 2014 18:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four dead, eight missing in building collapse Four dead and eight others were still missing after a three story building, which is still under construction, collapsed in Samarinda city, Indonesia last Tuesday (June 3) morning.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 June 2014 10:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rizal Djalil elected BPK chief Rizal Djalil was elected to lead the State Audit Board (BPK), succeeding Hadi Poernomo who retired on April 21, 2014, BPK secretary general Hendar Ristriawan said.

Posted in General @ 22 April 2014 21:52 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


'Islamic parties have no strong figure to unite them' A researcher has noted that Islamic parties in Indonesia have no strong figure to nominate as a presidential candidate, which is hampering coalition efforts.

Posted in Politics @ 25 November 2013 19:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 4,000 passenger buses needed, quickly Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi said the city administration gives priority to procurement of 4,000 buses to serve as means of mass transport to reduce congestion in the city`s streets.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 12 October 2013 15:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Accident at Redjosari sugar plant kills five workers Five workers lost their lives in an accident at Redjosari Sugar Plant, belonging to PT Perkebunan Nusantara XI in Magetan, East Java, on Sunday, according to witnesses. The accident happened after a sugar evaporation kettle in the factory broke down on Sunday (Sept 15), said Siswoyo, one of family members of a victim on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 September 2013 23:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kontras calls for protection for minority shiite community An outspoken non-governmental organization (NGO) urges the government to provide protection for the minority Shiite community who has been forced to flee their villages to live in refugee camps after a bloody conflict with non Shiite Muslim community in Sampang, Madura, East Java Province.

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


Chopper crashes during training at army air base Indonesian military training helicopter Huges 300C crashed during a training at the Army air base at Ahmad Yani Airport here on Tuesday. Major Toni Safrudin, the chief of the Ahmad Yani Army Air Base Security Section said that the accident occurred at around 08.30 am (GMT +7) and there were no casualties.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 June 2013 15:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Storms destroy hundreds of houses in East Java Storms have swept across the regency of Jember in East Java destroying and damaging hundreds of houses, last weekend, the regional Natural Disaster Relief Agency said.

Posted in Weather @ 30 March 2013 16:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Potential geothermal reserves found in Kolaka The energy and mineral resources ministry said a potential geothermal reserve has been found in the district of Kolaka, Southeast Sulawesi Province. The geothermal reserve was found near nickel mines in Kolaka by the ministry`s researchers, Made Suantika, the head of soil shifting and mitigation division at the ministry, said here.

Posted in Environment @ 22 March 2013 16:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 12 killed in Cianjur tour bus accident  Going downhill at high speed in Cianjur, West Java, a tour bus hit a rocky hillside, leaving 12 people dead, 12 sustained severe injury, and tens other had minor injury, according to a report on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 February 2013 20:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides hit 10 sub-districts in Sukabumi Landslides have hit 10 sub-districts in Sukabumi district, West Java province, following incessant heavy rains on Sunday.

Posted in Weather @ 19 November 2012 14:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


North Sulawesi ready to face tsunami Thee regencies in North Sulawesi already have contingency plan to face natural disasters especially tsunami, the Regional Natural Disaster Control Agency (BPBD) said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 September 2012 10:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police find explosives during Depok house raid Personnel from anti-terror police force and Jakarta police office found stocks of explosives while raiding a house in Bojong Gede, Depok district, West Java, on Monday morning.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 September 2012 00:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police should be careful in deciding causes of Depok explosion Chief Political, Legal and Security Minister Djoko Suyanto called on police to be careful in deciding the causes of an explosion in Jalan Nusantara, Beji, North Depok, West Java on Saturday night (Sept. 8)

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 September 2012 11:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President instructs police to investigate Depok explosion President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has instructed police to investigate the explosion which injured and caused five victims to be in critical condition in Depok, West Java (near Jakarta) on Saturday night (Sept. 8)

Posted in Accidents @ 09 September 2012 10:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hillary: 'There should be no discrimination against minorities' Visiting US State Secretary Hillary Clinton in her remark at a press conference here on Monday said there should be no discrimination against any minority in this world.

Posted in Politics @ 04 September 2012 00:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Clerics hold key to settle Sampang conflicts An influential Islamic leader said clerics hold the key to settle the conflicts between Sunni and Shia Muslims in Sampang Madura. A fresh conflict broke on Sunday last week between the two Islamic groups with mobs of Sunni Muslims attacking Shiite students and teachers with swords and machetes.

Posted in Violence @ 01 September 2012 20:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 900 people killed in accidents during Lebaran A total of 908 fatalities from road accidents have been recorded across the country during the traffic Ketupat Operation 2012, according to a national police spokesman.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 August 2012 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Health Ministry to set up more than 1,400 posts for travellers The Ministry of Health has planned to set up 1,468 health-care posts, with at least 65,000 paramedics, for home-bound travelers during Id-ul-Fitr, according to a minister.

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 August 2012 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rohingya case good opportunity for Suu Kyi Myanmar`s Rohingya Muslim minority issue should provide a golden opportunity for Aung San Suu Kyi to prove to the world as a Nobel peace prize recipient, said an Indonesian Muslim scholar Azyumardi Azra here, Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 03 August 2012 03:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Clemency for drug offender draws harsh criticism   The decision of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut the sentence of Australian marijuana smuggler Schapelle Leigh Corby by five years on humanitarian grounds, has drawn harsh criticism at home.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 May 2012 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Management of hajj pilgrimage to remain in govt hands The management of the hajj pilgrimage will remain in the hands of the government, because the president has not issued any directive to transfer it to the private sector so far, a senior official said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 16 May 2012 14:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI has renounced violence, says chairman Chairman of the Islam Defenders` Front (FPI) Habib Rizieq said members of his organization had abandoned violence as a way of expressing their aspirations. Habib made the statement during meeting with Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali here on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 20 February 2012 11:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious figures: 'Diversity brings harmony in Indonesia' Thousands of religious congregation representatives in Indonesia gathered at Nusantara Hall of Parliamentary Building in Jakarta on Sunday to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week 2012 with the theme Diversity Creates Harmony in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 13 February 2012 01:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


95 Indonesians to be deported from US after 20 years Ninety-five Indonesian citizens living in Garrison City, New Hampshire, USA, are to be deported because their stay permits have expired. In view of the prospect, the government had urged the citizens to abide by the rules existing in the foreign country.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 February 2012 07:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pondok Pesantren Laki-laki As-Sodomiyah Last week it made some headlines, but I didn't have the time to get back to it right away. Well, that should be special new then, right? Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be that special. Hardly any attention was given to it in Indonesia, at least not of the stone-throwing and firebombing kind of attention that we should expect with this kind of news.

Posted in Religion @ 24 January 2012 07:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amnesty Int'l urges Indonesia to protect Shiite minority Amnesty International has urged the Indonesian government to provide protection for hundreds of Shiites who have been forced to return to their village in East Java after being evicted from their homes in Madura by an anti-Shiite mob.

Posted in Religion @ 16 January 2012 07:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 212 hajj pilgrims die in the Holy Land The number of Indonesians who died in the Holy Land while making the hajj pilgrimage this year had by Saturday afternoon local time reached 212, official data showed.

Posted in Religion @ 14 November 2011 00:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two dead in suicide bomb attack on Surakarta church At least two people had been confirmed dead in a suicide attack in a church in Solo. Bambang Sumartono, an official at Dr. Oen hospital, said that 20 people, including a child, were admitted to the hospital, and one of the victims, a teenager, died in the emergency room.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 September 2011 11:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


433 dead in exodus road accidents The National Command Post for Idul Fitri reported that hundreds of people died in road accidents related to the annual homecoming exodus. "According to data from the police traffic corps, 433 people died in road accidents," National Command Post head Hotma Simanjuntak said as quoted by tribunnews.com on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 September 2011 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian court sentences mob attack victim to prison A Muslim sect member was sentenced on Monday to six months in prison for disobeying police and violent assault in a deadly mob attack perpetrated against him and other Ahmadiyah members, The Jakarta Globe reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 August 2011 02:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two churches burnt on Indonesia's Sumatra Two churches were burnt on Indonesia's island of Sumatra on Tuesday evening, the latest attacks against religious minorities in the country, local media reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Violence @ 03 August 2011 17:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Islamic groups demand Ahmadiyah group be outlawed Hundreds of conservative Muslims on Saturday rallied in the Indonesian capital to demand the government outlaw an Islamic sect, the Jakarta Globe reported. Almost 1,500 protesters wearing white robes gathered in Jakarta to urge the banning of the minority Ahmadiyah group. According to reports, some protesters held placards reading "Disband Ahmadiyah or Revolution."

Posted in Religion @ 30 July 2011 23:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Light sentences for Ahmadiyah killings spark condemnation A wave of condemnation greeted the verdicts imposed on Thursday against 12 people accused of killing three members of the minority Ahmadiyah group in Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 28 July 2011 23:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


HRW: Larger awareness for human rights concerns in Indonesia Human Rights Watch on Tuesday said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should raise military accountability for abuses, freedom of expression, and the rights of religious minorities during her visit to Indonesia from Thursday through Sunday.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 July 2011 03:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


EU voices concern at religious violence in Indonesia The European Union (EU) on Friday expressed "grave concern" due to the recent violence against religious minorities in Indonesia, mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the death penalty in India.

Posted in Violence @ 08 July 2011 16:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Radical Islamic Indonesian group prays for bin Laden They chanted "Osama, Hero! ... Obama, Terrorist! ... Destroy America!" Hundreds of followers of the Islamic Defenders Front gathered Wednesday at its Jakarta headquarters to give Osama bin Laden "a million thanks and honor." They sang Islamic songs before chanting prayers for bin Laden.

Posted in Religion @ 05 May 2011 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court begins trial of deadly Ahmadiyah attack An Indonesian Court on Tuesday began the trail of 12 men accused over the deadly attack on an Ahmadiyah community, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in General @ 26 April 2011 20:26 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Jakarta cancels ban on Ahmadiyah religious group The Jakarta provincial government on Monday canceled the ban on the Indonesia's Ahmadiyah religious group and its activities, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Religion @ 07 March 2011 16:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Body of Ahmadiyah follower unearthed after burial The body of an Ahmadiyah follower on Friday was unearthed by an unidentified group of people shortly after the burial in West Java, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Crime @ 04 March 2011 20:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government: 'Not enough reason to disband Ahmadiyah' The government said it needed a stronger justification to disband Ahmadiyah than the fact that its doctrine was viewed by hardliners to "deviate" from orthodox Islam, a religious leader said Saturday.

Posted in Religion @ 21 February 2011 01:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising religious violence in Indonesia gaining national attention In Indonesia religious violence has been on the rise for the past few years but the recent brutal attack on the Ahmadiyah sect has focused national attention on the problem. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for disbanding any Muslim groups involved in violence.

Posted in Religion @ 17 February 2011 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Yudhoyono condemns church attacks, orders legal action President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono condemned Tuesday's attacks against three churches and the court building in Temanggung, Central Java, and ordered legal actions to be taken against the perpetrators. The statements were conveyed to the media by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto.

Posted in Violence @ 09 February 2011 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim mob attacks Indonesia churches after blasphemy trial A Muslim mob on Tuesday destroyed at least three churches and clashed with Indonesian police in central Java after a Christian man was sentenced for blasphemy against Islam, the daily Kompas reported.

Posted in Violence @ 08 February 2011 17:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six people killed in religious clash in Indonesia Six followers of a minority sect declared heretical by the government died after clashing with about 1,000 Muslims in Indonesia's West Java province of Banten on Sunday, state-run news agency Antara reported.

Posted in Religion @ 06 February 2011 16:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six children died of food poisoning in Central Java Six children over the weekend were killed due to food poisoning in Central Java, the Jakarta Globe reported on Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 January 2011 18:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI promises no attacks during Christmas, under conditions? Rizieq Shihab, head of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), on Tuesday promised that his followers will restrain from disrupting Christmas celebrations in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 02:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia increases security measures after Church attacks Two recent attacks against churches in the Central Java province of Indonesia has prompted authorities to open investigations and step up their security measures in fear of further attacks as Christmas season begins, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Religion @ 08 December 2010 15:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boys work as prostitute to pleasure older woman Virtually everything that has been forbidden by various gods in Indonesia, is still being donw. And it's not just only the stereotype - elderly - white man that is looking for a fresh green leaf. The short story below is proof of that and originated from a front page of a regional newspaper in Indonesia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 December 2010 05:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Growing 'Christianisation' and religious intolerance in Indonesia Religious tolerance in Indonesia has come under increasing strain in recent years, particularly where hardline Islamists and Christian evangelicals compete for the same ground. Islamists use 'Christianisation' - a term that generally refers both to Christian efforts to convert Muslims and the alleged growing influence of Christianity in Muslim-majority Indonesia - as a justification for mass mobilisation and vigilante attacks.

Posted in Religion @ 25 November 2010 01:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Anak Krakatau releases toxic gases Indonesian officials on Wednesday warned residents of lethal gases following Mount Anak Krakatau's increased volcanic activity.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 November 2010 02:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Increased volcanic activity seen at Mount Anak Krakatau With Indonesia facing twin disasters from Mount Merapi's eruptions and the Mentawai islands tsunami, Mount Anak Krakatau's activity is increasing and sea temperatures nearby are rising due to its activity, officials said on Tuesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 November 2010 01:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UNICEF sends relief supplies to support Indonesia after disasters The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Friday announced that it is sending relief supplies to support the Indonesian Government's humanitarian efforts after the disasters that affected the nation.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2010 01:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mentawai tsunami death toll rises to 413, almost 300 still missing The latest death toll in the remote Indonesian islands of Mentawai after the tsunami caused by a 7.7-magnitude earthquake has risen to at least 413 with 298 people still missing, 267 critically injured, and another 142 suffering minor injuries, officials said Friday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 October 2010 07:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hizbut Tahrir denounces HKBP, demands Islamic state Hundreds of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia members rallied at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Thursday to support a regulation on houses of worship and implementation of sharia. “HKBP commits treason against the state,” read posters displayed by the Muslim group activists.

Posted in Religion @ 24 September 2010 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry may revise decree on houses of worship The Religious Affairs Ministry said Wednesday it was open to revisions of a 2006 joint ministerial decree requiring local consent on sites for house of worship, provided religious leaders agreed. The ministry’s statement came amid calls to amend the controversial decree voiced by a political party, NGOs, a House leader and the Constitutional Court chief.

Posted in Religion @ 16 September 2010 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamist creep in Indonesia When Indonesia passed a strict anti-pornography bill in 2008, many feared radical Islamic groups would use it to impose their values on the public at large. If the case currently hitting the headlines is any indication, they were right.

Posted in Politics @ 25 June 2010 05:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


NGOs push for stronger child protection laws Millions of Indonesian children remain vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and discrimination because the government has not prioritised children’s rights, says a coalition of NGOs. On 25 May, the National NGO Coalition for Child Rights Monitoring launched its review report on the implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) between 1997 and 2009, making a number of recommendations to better protect Indonesian children.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 June 2010 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta blast caused by meteorite? Police and astronomers are investigating Thursday’s blast from a falling object that damaged three homes in Duren Sawit, East Jakarta, which witnesses claim was a meteorite strike. Police ruled out earlier speculation that the incident was a gas canister exploding.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 May 2010 02:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


School children Yogyakarta drink alcohol after school School children in Yogyakarta have found an adult way of entertainment for themselves after school is out for the day. A group of eight school children from a elementary school in Wates, Yogyakarta province, had decided that drinking liquor would be a fun thing to do when school is our, but they have caused quite a stir in the region.

Posted in Health @ 30 April 2010 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


724 bodies recovered after West Sumatra earthquake The West Sumatra disaster management coordination unit (Satkorlak) put the death toll from Wednesday’s devastating earthquake in West Sumatra at 724 as of Tuesday evening and 285 others were still missing. The board also recorded 746 residents suffering from major injuries and 1,344 from minor injuries, kompas.com reported.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 October 2009 04:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five-minute 'porn movie' spreads in Kediri A couple of schoolchildren of one Kediri high school have become actors in their own porn movie. In the last week, this movie has been spreading quickly under mostly minor students of the school and the city. The five-minute porn movie is a big hit in the city. The video is easily transferred from one mobile phone to another using Bluetooth connection.

Posted in General @ 05 October 2009 04:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Being gay in Aceh now punishable by sharia law In another huge step backwards, the regional government of Aceh, in the northern tip of Sumatra, has accepted the new - far more strict - Islamic laws. The ones now in place just tell people how to dress and obliges Muslems to pray, but the laws now accepted include a prison term of eight years for just being gay and being stoned to death if you decided to have sex with someone else then your spouse.

Posted in Religion @ 14 September 2009 13:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Video's show panic during 7.3 magnitude earthquake The two video's below show the panic that occurred during the two-minute long 7.3 magnitude earthquake that was felt in big parts of western Indonesia. In Bandung, the third largest city in the country, power was out for several hours after the quake. Buildings in the city sustained damage varying from cracked walls to broken windows and fallen objects in supermarkets.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two foreigners wanted as pedophiles extradited from Bali After sitting behind bars at Bali's Kerobokan prison for nearly eight months, a man on Interpol's Most Wanted List, 46 year-old Christian Burger, is now in France to face child sexual abuse charges. Burger, who has both French and Swiss citizenship, was placed on a plane to Paris on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, following the issuance of a letter agreeing to his extradition signed by Indonesia's President Yudhoyono. He has issued the needed letter last Monday, as was confirmed by Public Prosecutor I Ketut Sujaya, SH.

Posted in Crime @ 08 August 2009 13:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla's popularity campaign: 'War against Malaysia' Current vice-president Jusuf Kalla is working hard to promote himself for the upcoming presidential elections on July 8 as it seems. He is talking tough to Malaysia about an apparent border incident concerning the Malaysian navy. Nationalist feelings are flaring up once again as Malaysia is threatening Indonesian sovereignty once again, at least in Indonesian eyes.

Posted in Military @ 02 June 2009 07:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Black smoke from electric train carriage, passengers flee An electric train carriage on it's way from Jakarta to Bogor broke down near the Universitas Indonesia train station in Depok, just south of Jakarta, just after noon earlier today. The seventh carriage showed signs of black smoke at the time the train stopped there. At the time the train arrived at the Manggarai station earlier, there were already some problems with that carriage, but the driver decided to continue the trip to Bogor anyway.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 March 2009 12:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7.4 magnitude earthquake strikes off Sulawesi Over 300 buildings were seriously damaged and over 3,000 people escaped from their homes after a 7.4-magnitude quake rocked North Sulawesi province on Thursday morning, according to the Health Ministry. The quake damaged houses, religious centers, school buildings and hospitals, but no report of casualties, head of a crisis center of the Ministry Rustam Pakaya said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 February 2009 12:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Girl in Islamic boarding school pregnant twice by rape leader A leader of a Islamic boarding school (Pondok Pesantren) is accused of raping two of his students and is currently in a police cell in the district of Malang. The leader, only known as N.H., was arrested by the regional police of Malang in a rented house in Pare, in the district of Kediri. N.H. is also the leader of a boarding school in the village Kaumrejo, sub-district Ngantang in the district of Malang. There he has allegedly raped two of his students. The two girls, both 17, are from the village of Ngawensari, sub-district Ringin Anom, district Kendal in Central Java.

Posted in Religion @ 23 November 2008 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Petrol bomb attacks in Maluku province Three separate explosions have caused minor damage in the city of Ternate in Indonesia's Moluccas islands, northeast of Java, local television has reported. It is understood three small petrol bombs were used in the attacks early Monday morning. Metrotvnews.com said one of the bombs caused slight damage to the home office of the governor of North Maluku.

Posted in Crime @ 03 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim hardliner sentenced to 18 months in jail An Indonesian court Thursday sentenced a Muslim hardliner to 18 months in prison for his role in a violent attack against an interfaith rally in June that left dozens of people injured. The Central Jakarta district court found Habib Rizieq Shihab, chairman of Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI), guilty of committing an act of inciting hatred and instigating violence.

Posted in General @ 01 November 2008 04:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.N. body says torture widespread in Indonesia A UN rights body says Indonesia's police, armed forces and intelligence services routinely torture and degrade criminal suspects to extract confessions. The U.N. Committee Against Torture says it is "deeply concerned about numerous ongoing credible and consistent allegations" of abuse in the Indonesian justice system.

Posted in General @ 17 May 2008 03:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Bali shuts down for 'Day of Silence' The normally vibrant Indonesian tourist destination of Bali came to a standstill Friday as the island's Hindu majority celebrated the start of the Hindu new year. The Day of Silence, known here as Nyepi, saw Balinese confined to their homes, unable to work, play and - for some - even talk or eat.

Posted in Religion @ 07 March 2008 09:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Streets of Kuta to be made more pedestrian friendly The physical infrastructure for streets in Bali is inadequate to meet the safety requirements of pedestrians and vehicular road users. Bad road surface conditions, the lack of sidewalks, insufficient drainage, and the absence of shaded and green corridors - all contribute to Kuta's failure to meet standards of safety needed for tourist areas with high levels of pedestrian traffic.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2008 04:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 15 A 3-year old boy has been hospitalized in Jakarta with bird flu, according to the Health Ministry yesterday. Nyoman Kandun, director of disease control for Indonesia's health ministry, informed that two separate laboratory tests confirmed that the boy has the H5N1 bird flu virus. Reuters press agency reported that the boy only had minor symptoms however. This case is the 111th case of bird flu in Indonesia.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 October 2007 03:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alert level raised for Papandayan volcano in West Java Disaster authorities in Indonesia have raised the alert level of the Mount Papandayan volcano in the province of West Java after volcanic activity recorded in recent weeks shows signs of an imminent eruption. The Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency said that there were continuous minor tremors near the volcano and that temperatures around the volcano were rising as well.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 August 2007 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Damage as high tidal waves hit Indonesian islands High tidal waves - not tsunami's - have struck many coastlines across the western part of Indonesia, forcing hundreds out of their homes after water destroyed property. On the island of Bali, tourists were warned to stay away from main beaches in Kuta. In nearby Jimbaran, fishing boats were damaged.

Posted in Environment @ 18 May 2007 12:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to privatize more state firms The government is planning to add several more state-owned companies, BUMN, SOEs) to the program for privatization this year in a bid to raise more cash to fill up the budget deficit, according to an official. "We will identify the SOEs that are ready to go public this year while taking a look at the market conditions," said State Minister for State Enterprises Sofyan Djalil. "If it is feasible, we'll ask for more divestment approvals from the House of Representatives."

Posted in General @ 15 May 2007 11:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What if I was a terrorist Just over one week ago it all happened. At walking distance one person was killed, some were arrested and after that the party was over as quick as it started. It wasn't a criminal shootout and n drugs were found as well. It was nothing more than busting some terrorism-suspects by an anti-terror squad from the Indonesian police (Densus 88); they were simply overwhelmed in their hide-out. The one that tried to flea, was directly given some bullets and didn't survive the event. Seven others were arrested. In fact that could be the entire story, but it was just not to happen that way. It proved to be the start of what currently looks like a terror cell uncovered. Within two weeks after the first shooting several more police actions were held. Police is scarce with giving information, but in recent days is became clear that most likely a part of the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah has been found.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Minor quake jolts Yogyakarta A minor tectonic earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale shook Yogyakarta at 5.56 a.m. on Saturday. Traumatized by last year`s quake which killed thousands of people in the province, residents living near the epicenter were made panicked. Tiar Prasetyo of the Meteorological and Geophysics (BMG) said that the epicenter of the quake was located at 8.0 south latitude and 110.5 east longitude at a depth of 10 km.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 January 2007 14:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five dead in train accident Central Java A crowded car of an Indonesian passenger train derailed and plunged into a dry river bed early Tuesday morning, killing five people and leaving dozens of others with mostly minor injuries, police said. A 3-year-old child was among those who died in the accident near the Central Javanese town of Purokerto, said police Sgt. Sunaryro.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 January 2007 08:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides and floods in Lampung, Mataram, Semarang and Sambas Heavy downpours continue to cause severe problems throughout the Indonesian archipelago. In several places flash floods and landslides occurred in the last few days. Indahnesia.com gathered several messages and put them together as a news item.

Posted in Weather @ 02 January 2007 12:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ten killed in concert crush in Indonesia A stampede at a packed pop concert in central Indonesia killed 10 people and injured scores of others, most of them teenagers, police said Wednesday. The crush began as the audience of thousands was leaving the performance of Ungu, a popular Indonesian guitar band, at a sports stadium in the town of Pekalongan, Central Java province, late Tuesday, Sgt. Slamet said.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 December 2006 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. warns of possible terrorist attacks in Indonesia Americans and other Westerners in Indonesia should remain alert to the possibility of militant attacks over the Christmas and New Year period, the U.S. embassy in Jakarta said on Monday. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, has in recent years been hit by a series of bomb blasts blamed on Islamic militants.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 December 2006 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fear subsides for ethnic Chinese community It wasn't so long ago that Chinese writing was banned from public places here and Chinese schools and newspapers were prohibited. But walk into the former office of Suharto, the retired Indonesian strongman who maintained these laws in an effort to integrate the ethnic Chinese community, and a large decorative poster of Chinese characters greets visitors.

Posted in Culture @ 17 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Draft law calls for amputation of thieves' hands in Aceh Thieves could have their hands amputated in Indonesia's Aceh province under a proposed Islamic law that may alarm rights activists and Western governments. The draft law was published Tuesday in an advertisement in Aceh's Serambi newspaper that was paid for by the agency responsible for implementing Islamic Shariah law in the tsunami-ravaged province, which only recently emerged from decades of civil war.

Posted in Religion @ 13 December 2006 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Indonesia gas sale fails amid Java mudflow row Indonesian energy and mining firm PT Energi on Tuesday lost a potential buyer of some gas assets as controversy over devastating mud flows from near a drilling site in East Java continued to rage. PT Energi Mega Persada Tbk wants to sell stakes in firms that control gas block operator Lapindo Brantas -- a company that has been blamed for causing mud to gush from near a drilling site for months.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 28 November 2006 16:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deep sea quake hits Sulwesi Island 5.1-magnitude deep sea earthquake hit Indonesia's province of South Sulawesi Friday, meteorology agency officials said. The quake hit at 02:33 pm (0633 GMT) and was centered 111 kilometers (69 miles) under the sea floor, some 150 kilometers northeast of the South Sulawesi provincial capital, Makassar.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 November 2006 16:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Train plunges into river, killing 8 in Indonesia A train carriage derailed and plunged into a river in Indonesia's Bengkulu province Monday morning, killing at least eight passengers and injuring 26 others. The ill-fated carriage was the last of the six carriages of the economy-class Salero train, which just departed and traveled only six km from a station in Lubuk Linggau regency, about 600 km northwest of Jakarta, reported the national Antara news agency. The evacuation process involving policemen and soldiers is underway.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 November 2006 14:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


2 militants in 2002 Bali bombing freed Two Islamic militants jailed for the Bali bombings that killed 202 people were freed Tuesday, and nine others had their sentences reduced to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month. But the decision to include convicted terrorists was likely to anger countries that lost citizens in the Oct. 12, 2002, suicide attacks on two crowded nightclubs.

Posted in General @ 24 October 2006 17:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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