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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


Stay calm, Papua military urges Sorong citizens after clash The Papua Regional Military Commander Mayor General Christian Zebua appealed to the Sentani citizens to stay calm and not be provoked by people who triggered riots on April 20, 2014, in Sorong, West Papua Province.

Posted in Violence @ 22 April 2014 19:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud volcanic materials pose danger of floods Around 50 million cubic meters of Mount Keluds volcanic materials have posed danger of flooding in areas around the slopes of the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 February 2014 18:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono inspects Kelud eruption evacuation centers President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono inspected Mt. Keluds eruption evacuation center at An-Nuur Mosque in Kediri, East Java on Monday. "Together with the First Lady, I would only want to assure that everything has been handled well," he stated with the evacuees around him.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 February 2014 16:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood forces 5,125 Jakarta residents to evacuate Torrential rains since Sunday, Jan.12 that lead to floods in the capital city, have forced 5,125 Jakarta residents to evacuate their homes. "Up until 7 a.m. Monday, floods had inundated 31 sub districts in 18 districts of Jakarta," stated The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, here on Monday.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2014 12:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau fires workers for missing morning prayers Nineteen untenured employees of Riauís Rokan Hulu district government were fired in November because they did not show up to 5 a.m. prayers, a mandatory religious program put in place by the local government.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 December 2013 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five hospitalized after Sinabung eruption in Tanah Karo Five people have to be hospitalized in the North Sumatra city of Kabanjahe after the eruption of Mount Sinabung on Sunday. Jhonson Tarigan, a spokesman of the Sinabung Disaster Control Agency said the five people suffered difficulty in breathing after inhaling volcanic ashes.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 September 2013 11:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


August 15 to be declared Aceh Peace Day The Aceh government will soon announce that August 15 will be observed annually as peace day in Indonesia`s western-most province. "The Aceh governor will issue a regulation setting forth Aceh`s peace day," Aceh administration spokesman Nurdin F Jos said here on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 14 August 2013 22:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods and landslides claims eight in Ambon Flood and landslide on Tuesday in Ambon, Maluku Province, claimed eight casualties while five persons were still unaccounted for after heavy rain poured the region on Monday evening.

Posted in Weather @ 30 July 2013 18:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds wounded in Central Aceh quake Hundreds of people were wounded as a powerful earthquake rocked Central Aceh and Bener Meriah districts in Aceh province on Tuesday afternoon.

"Hundreds of quake victims have been hospitalized, with some of them treated in open space," local resident Iwan Bahagia said when contacted from the Aceh provincial capital of Banda Aceh on Tuesday evening.The quake also disrupted communication networks to affected areas.


Posted in Earthquake @ 02 July 2013 21:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake strikes near Lombok An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter Scale shook Bali and itís neighboring island of Lombok at 12:42 pm local time on Saturday, June 22, 2013.Information from the Indonesian Department of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) said the epicenter of the earthquake was 14 kilometers northwest of Lombok at a depth of 10 kilometers.

Posted in Earthquake @ 23 June 2013 10:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Saudi Arabia cuts Indonesia's hajj quota by 20% The Saudi government has cut Indonesia`s hajj pilgrimage quota this year by 20 percent or 42,200 pilgrims from 211,000 to 168,000 pilgrims, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadarma Ali said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 June 2013 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Terror perpetrators in Poso increasingly aggressive Presidium Chairman of the Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) Neta S Pane said the perpetrators of terror acts in Poso, Central Sulawesi, had become more and more aggressive as reflected in the suicide bombing incident Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 June 2013 19:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police office hit by suicide bomb Poso Police office in Central Sulawesi Province was hit by a suicide bomb carried out by a male motorist on Monday morning. The suicide bomber`s body was torn into pieces, Sofyan, a local journalist, who was in the scene when the bombing happened, said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 June 2013 11:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to send muslim clerics to South Thailand The Ministry of Religious Affairs plans to send several Muslim clerics to South Thailand to carry out a peacekeeping mission, Minister Suryadharma Ali said here on Wednesday. He said the deployment is a follow up to a meeting between representatives from Indonesia and south Thailand provincial government recently.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 01 May 2013 16:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods inundate North Sumatra Floods submerged hundreds of houses, oilpalm plantations and mosques in Stabat, Tanjung Pura, and Tandam, Langkat District, North Sumatra Province. The floodwaters started to rise on Friday evening as a nearby river overflowed, Ginting, a local resident, said here on Saturday.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 February 2013 08:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 60 thousand evacuated due to floods in Karawang Over 60 thousand residents have been evacuated in Karawang district, West Java, due to floods in 80 villages, 23 subdisricts, Karawang district Head Ade Swara said here on Sunday.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2013 02:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods isolate 1,500 families in Agam Floods hit the Nagari Tiku Lima Jorong village, Agam district, West Sumatra province on Sunday and caused at least 1,500 families isolated, according to a village head.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 December 2012 22:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Istiqlal shares five thousand kilograms of sacrificial meat Officials of Eid al-Adha at Istiqlal, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, have finished distributing five thousand kilograms of sacrificial meat to the public.

Posted in Religion @ 27 October 2012 14:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi performs Idul Adha prayer with president New Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, accompanied President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to perform Idul Adha prayers at the Istiqlal Mosque here on Friday. Besides Jokowi, Agus Harimurti and Edhie Bakoro Yudhoyono, sons of President Yudhoyono, also accompanied the head of state during the prayer gathering.

Posted in Religion @ 26 October 2012 14:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police nab suspected terrorist in Solo The police`s anti terrorist squad known as Densus 88 arrested a man, believed to be terrorist suspect, in the village of Griyan, Solo, on Saturday morning. The man known as Badri (40), was arrested after early morning prayer at the Alhuda Mosque in the village, a villager said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 September 2012 11:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two found dead in West Sumatra landslide Two people were found dead on Wednesday night after being buried in a landslide triggered by heavy rains in the West Sumatra provincial capital of Padang earlier in the day.

Posted in Weather @ 13 September 2012 14:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono observes Idul Fitri at palace President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono observed Idul Fitri as his first activity with his immediate family members at the Presidential Palace on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2012 12:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


People pack Jakarta streets to celebrate end of fasting month People in cars, on motorbikes and on foot packed several streets in capital city Jakarta to celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan on Saturday evening. Traffic jam was seen in the Thamrin street section between the Hotel Indonesia roundabout to Monas Square, which are the popular spots in the city.

Posted in Ramadan @ 19 August 2012 02:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


5.6-magnitude quake jolts W. Nusa Tenggara A 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook West Nusa Tenggara province on Thursday, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG). The epicenter of the quake which struck at 06.04 p.m. was located 9.27 degrees southern latitude and 116.37 degree eastern longitude or some 60 km southeast of Central Lombok district at a depth of 77 km, the agency said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 August 2012 00:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Noted US cleric visit Islamic boarding schools in Lombok Noted cleric from Baltimore, the US, Muhammad Bashar Arafat, is in Lombok, in West Nusa Tenggara province to visit a number of Islamic boarding schools to inform about Islam development in his country.

Posted in Religion @ 14 July 2012 18:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


German Chancellor visits Istiqlal Mosque German Chancellor Angela Dorothea Merkel visited Istiqlal grand Mosque here on Tuesday as part of her two-day state visit to Indonesia. During the visit to Southeast Asia`s largest mosque, Merkel was accompanied by the mosque`s imam H Ahmad Husni Ismail, M.Ag, and the chief of mosque`s executive management board H Mubarak Msi.

Posted in Politics @ 10 July 2012 13:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Imam of Nabawi mosque visits Aceh Syeh Ali Jaber, one of the imams of Nabawi Mosque in Madina, Saudi Arabia, visited West Aceh district, Aceh Darussalam province, on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 27 June 2012 11:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


448 buildings damaged in Sukabumi earthquake The 6.1-magnitude earthquake that hit Sukabumi on Monday has damaged 448 buildings, reported an official of the Sukabumi disaster mitigation office (BPBD).

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 June 2012 08:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two IPB security personnel shot dead in Bogor Two security personnel of the Bogor-based Agriculture Institute (IPB) identified as Supriatna (44) and Suhardi (46) were shot dead several minutes before the Friday prayer service at Al-Hurriyah mosque at the IPB campus, the Institute`s spokesman said.

Posted in Crime @ 25 May 2012 13:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP calls for regulation on mosque loudspeakers Vice President Boediono asked the Indonesian Council of Mosques here on Friday to start discussing a possible regulation about the use of loudspeakers at mosques.

Posted in General @ 27 April 2012 13:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police guard Adhmadiyah mosque in Tasikmalaya after vandalism Police officers are guarding the Baitual Rahim mosque, belonging to the Ahmadiyah sect, in Babakan Sindang, Tasikmalaya, West Java, following an attack on Friday morning.

Posted in Violence @ 20 April 2012 16:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'West Aceh needs more sirens for tsunami warning system' Chief of Aceh Disaster Mitigation Agency Teuku Ahmad Dadek said West Aceh district needs more sirens for tsunami early warning system in the area.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 April 2012 02:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All parties in Aceh asked to conduct peaceful elections Chief Security Minister Djoko Suyanto has called on all parties in Aceh to create peace in connection with the regional elections scheduled on April 9.

Posted in Politics @ 15 March 2012 02:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood submerges over 1,000 houses in Tangerang A flood triggered by the overflowing of the Cirarap and Sabi Rivers, tributaries of the Cisadane River, has submerged 1,055 houses in Periuk sub district, Tangerang City, Banten Province.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 February 2012 14:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia investigates deaths of two children in police custody Indonesian police are investigating the deaths last week of two young brothers inside a police prison in the province of West Sumatra, the Jakarta Globe reported on Saturday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 January 2012 21:20 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


President hands sacrificial animal to Istiqlal mosque President Susilo Yudhoyono handed a cow to the Istiqlal mosque's animal sacrifice committee shortly after performing Idul Adha prayers at the Southeast Asia's largest mosque on Sunday.

Posted in Religion @ 06 November 2011 07:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


RI hajj pilgrims now staying closer to Haram Mosque The government has been able to provide lodgings for Indonesian hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia that are located closer to the Haram Mosque and make sure none of the rooms is occupied beyond capacity.

Posted in Religion @ 02 November 2011 18:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three suspected terrorists arrested The national police say that they have arrested three more terrorist suspects connected to the bomb attack at the police headquarters mosque in Cirebon, West Java. The three suspects are Heru Komarudin alias Haekal alias Rois, Yahya alias Yaya Bin Shapiih and Suhanto alias Borju alias Umar alias Anto bin Sahir.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 October 2011 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


NU: 'Suicide bombing can never be a form of jihad' A regional spokesperson of Nahdlatul Ulama (PWNU), the second largest Islamic organisation in Indonesia, has said that a suicide bombing could never be a form of jihad ('inner battle', but popularly 'holy war') because you hurt yourself and others during that act.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 September 2011 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Government: 'Lebaran not tomorrow, but the day after' Just a while ago it was decided upon during a sidang istbat - extraordinary 'meeting' with the Indonesian government, Islamic scolars and foreign guests, that the most important day of the Islamic year, the first day of the month of Syawal, or Idul Fitri, not falls on August 30, but one day later on August 31. This news broke after August 30 had been picked as Idul Fitri or Lebaran as official public holiday over a year ago.

Posted in Ramadan @ 29 August 2011 16:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poll: Young in Malaysia, Indonesia oppose polygamy The vast majority of young Muslims in Indonesia and Malaysia appear to disapprove of the traditional acceptance of polygamy but remain reluctant to openly support interfaith marriages or premarital sex, a new survey shows.

Posted in Religion @ 13 July 2011 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrests another suspect in mosque bombing Indonesia's National Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a Central Java man suspected of being involved in the bombing of the mosque in a police compound.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 May 2011 17:25 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Nine killed in landslide East Java province Nine people were killed and eight others were injured on Sunday after a landslide in Indonesia's East Java province, Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 April 2011 20:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suicide bomber hits Cirebon mosque, several injured A suspected suicide bomber attacked a mosque inside a police station in West Java on early Friday afternoon, local media reported, injuring more than a dozen people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 April 2011 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Saudi Arabia to sign defense agreement Indonesia's Defense Ministry on Tuesday announced that it had agreed to establish a defense cooperation with Saudi Arabia.

Posted in Military @ 13 April 2011 00:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Two Aceh couples caned for extramarital affairs Two Indonesian couples on Friday were publicly caned for having had extra marital affairs in a conservative Muslim province in Aceh, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Religion @ 08 April 2011 23:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


River overflow floods villages in eastern Java Three villages in Java, Indonesia were flooded due to river overflows, local media reported Thursday. The Lamong River in the Dawarblandong subdistrict of Mojokerto, East Java, submerged the villages of Talun, Banyulegi, and Pulorejo since early Thursday, but authorities said the flooding would naturally recede in the next two or three days, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 March 2011 00:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Human Rights Watch: 'Revoke decrees against Ahmadiyah' Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should void decrees recently adopted by two provinces that ban activities by the Ahmadiyah religious community, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 15 March 2011 10:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flash floods leave nine dead, 21 missing in northern Sumatra Indonesian authorities on Friday informed that flash floods in northern Sumatra have killed nine people and left 21 missing, the Antara news agency reported. Since Wednesday, incessant heavy rains have struck a mountainous area in Tangse sub district, Pidie District in Aceh Province.

Posted in Flooding @ 11 March 2011 22:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of houses flooded due to heavy rains in West Sumatra Indonesian authorities on Monday informed that dozens of houses were flooded due to heavy rains during the weekend in Agam District in West Sumatra, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Flooding @ 28 February 2011 20:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police arrest 8 terror suspects in Central Java Indonesian anti-terror police arrested 8 suspected terrorists believed to be behind the bombing plots of two police stations and three churches in the Central Java city of Solo, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 January 2011 03:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia as new Pakistan It seems to be very common these days that after every Friday and Sunday, there are messages in the Indonesian press in which the results of the criminal intolerance of a small group of severely mentally limited people have tarnished the Indonesian state-ideology once more.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 05:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Armed men attack mosque in southern Jakarta A group of armed men on Friday attacked the Ahmadiyah mosque in Kebayoran Lama, south Jakarta, but no fatalities were reported, officials said.

Posted in Religion @ 03 December 2010 19:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The breathtaking view and sound of a pyroclastic cloud Two days ago, also soon after our breakfast, we got on our motorcycle to make the trip towards Klaten. Since all roads directly north of Yogyakarta were sealed off, and Cangkringan was one of the worst-hit areas, I wanted to go east as far as possible before driving back to the Mount Merapi volcano again. There were relatively little problems in that area, which was also easy to reach.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 November 2010 05:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Refugee camps full, people forced to sleep in trucks The ever increasing number of refugees caused by the erupting Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java is causing refugee shelters in the district of Magelang to be flooded with refugees. Most of them are now forced to just stay near one of the shelters instead of finding shelter inside one of them.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 09 November 2010 01:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another expatís home stormed in religious riot on Lombok A German man was the second foreigner to see his home destroyed in Lombok during the holy month after his complaints about damage to his property interrupted evening prayers. "He barged into the village chiefís house, accusing residents of destroying his statues, and questioned what kind of Muslims we were," Mustan said.

Posted in Religion @ 11 September 2010 02:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI elites gearing up to replace Habib Rizieq The radical islamic FPI (Islam Defenders Front) will not hold its congress for new leadership until 2013, yet several of its elites are already in competition to wrest the chairmanship from the frail Habib Rizieq. A source within the FPI said internal rivalry has intensified since 2005 between the founding elite and those who have since joined the organization.

Posted in Religion @ 16 July 2010 13:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds in shelter after flood hit Manado Flood inundated hundreds of houses in a number of subdistricts in the North Sulawesi capital of Manado following a heavy downpour on Saturday, Antara reported. The disaster affected the subdistricts of Paal 2, Ternate Tanjung, Ternate Baru and Komo, forcing residents to seek shelter at churches, mosques and relatives' houses.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 May 2010 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A trip to Cagar Alam Pangandaran Still coughing from the drive home the night before I woke up quite early in the morning after being quite reluctant to get up this early. It was finally dry by now, but it kept on raining for quite some time especially for this time in May. Most people here do not complain about it though; although roads are not repaired yet the newly planted rice and such are growing rapidly in return.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 May 2010 09:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamists ban non-Islamic TV in Aceh More and more Taliban-like regulations are repressing millions of non-Islamic and Islamic residents in Aceh, North Sumatra. Now the leaders there are working on a qanun (regional Islamic bylaw) that prohibits television stations from broadcasting programs that are not of any use to Islam.

Posted in Religion @ 05 May 2010 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hizbut Tahrir supporters protest against Obama Two thousand supporters of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) in South Sulawesi staged Sunday an anti-US President Barrack Obama rally in Makassar, rejecting his plan to visit Indonesia. The rally began at Al Markaz Al Islami mosque and continued to Mandala monument.

Posted in Protests @ 15 March 2010 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens now feared dead in Bandung landslide About 60 people are missing and six dead have been found after a landslide at a tea plantation in Indonesia's West Java province, a disaster relief agency official said on Wednesday, as the military searched for survivors.

Posted in Weather @ 25 February 2010 00:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three convicted to public caning escape in Aceh Three men convicted of playing dominoes for money have escaped from jail moments before a public caning in devoutly Muslim Aceh province. Local Islamic police chief Muhammad Rusli said Saturday the men bolted during an unguarded bathroom visit minutes before the punishment for violating anti-gambling laws.

Posted in General @ 30 January 2010 09:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


List of most influential Muslems: Congratulations Indonesia! Congratulations! Indonesia did not win again. They did not loose either, but are just playing a small role in this case. Most likely that is the best solution as well. Huh? What? Not winning is still okay? For sure, since it is all about the small representation of Indonesians in the list of 500 most prominent Muslems in the world.

Posted in Religion @ 20 November 2009 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


W. Sumatra earthquake damages 65 cultural heritage sites Some 65 cultural heritage sites in the province of West Sumatra have sustained damage in the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit the province on September 30, 2009. The head of the cultural heritage conservation for West Sumatra, Riau and Riau Island, Fitra Alda, told that old and historically important buildings were damaged in the city of Padang.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 November 2009 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mess at PLN Cikarang #3 Last contact with PLN dated back to July this year. Indeed I was not called back or did I receive information in any other way from them. So until that very moment I did not have a clue about what was going on and how I was able to pay for my monthly electrical bill.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 06 November 2009 09:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Ahmadiyah should be respected as well' A series of attacks on followers of the Ahmadiyah religious sect in Indonesia has once again drawn criticism, with an expert in religion and democracy urging the government to exercise its authority when there are violations of human rights.

Posted in Religion @ 16 October 2009 12:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake devastation exposes poor building standards The damage caused to Indonesia's West Sumatra province by the earthquake last month has exposed what experts say are poor construction standards in the seismically vulnerable region. In the provincial capital of Padang, schools, shops, hotels and government offices collapsed in the 30 September quake, burying hundreds of people; many of the bodies have yet to be recovered.

Posted in Earthquake @ 08 October 2009 03:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four villages wiped out completely by landslides At least four remote villages in the hilly areas along the western coast of Sumatra have been wiped out by landslides that were triggered by the 7.6 magnitude earthquake on September 30. It is estimated that over 600 people are buried. The government has said that the current death toll stands at 540, with most deaths in urban areas like Padang and Pariaman.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 October 2009 02:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Confucian and Islamic prayers in temple A joint prayer among Chinese Indonesians and members of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), which is the biggest Islamic organization in Indonesia, was held in the Tay Kak Sie Temple in Semarang yesterday to pray for the health of former president Abdurrahman Wahid, better known as Gus Dur. The dual prayers were lead by Haksu Bing Buana Jaya and Muhammad Munif Zuhri.

Posted in Religion @ 07 September 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15 dead in quake; reports from huge damage area The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that shook big parts of western Indonesia has caused widespread damage in big parts of western Java. At least 15 people were killed in the quake in various locations hit by the earthquake. Priyadi Kardono, the head of the National Disaster Management Agency, said 15 people were dead in several locations. Earlier, Priyadi said six died in Cianjur alone because of a landslide that was triggered by the massive earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 14:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abu Jibril: 'Densus 88 is not really polite' Abu Jibril, the father of fugitive terrorism suspect Mohamad Jibril, has said that the arrogance of which anti-terrorism unit Densus 88 executed their task. A 20-man team of Densus 88 searched the house of Abu Jibril last night. According to the father of eight children - yes the one who was pictured on this blog with a gun yesterday - they don't have any politeness in their guts.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 August 2009 10:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau governor asks to pray for rain Forest fires are once more disturbing the normal way of life for many people in Riau province on the island of Sumatra. Forest fires, lit by people to clear land for agriculture or by people who want to hide that they actually stole wood from the forest, are causing a dense haze over the area which even reaches as far as peninsular Malaysia.

Posted in Forest fires @ 09 August 2009 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-terrorism unit arrests one suspected terrorist in Cilacap The head of the regional police of Banyumas, M. Ghufron, has said that one person has been arrested by the anti-terrorism unit Densus 88 because it is suspected that he is a terrorist. "We arrested one person in the region. After that we also searched his house," he said when he was asked for confirmation by telephone earlier.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 June 2009 03:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The easy life in the kampung The long trip by bus lay behind us when we arrived at what we called home at half past three in the night. Most of the family stayed awake to greet us, so not to be rude I sat down on the wooden bench to eat something. After that it was soon time to excuse me to catch some sleep. I just wanted to go along with the rest here, so getting up early is something obligatory. Of course there is the understanding that I didn't have much sleep, so I could get some sleep without any problems.

Posted in Travel @ 17 June 2009 12:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife It is just after six in the humid evening when Jakarta suddenly goes dark. It is Magrib, within a few minutes of the call for prayer performed by thousands of muezzin which create a true chaos of sounds throughout Jakarta, the evening arrives to the city that never sleeps. However many hundreds of thousands - mostly men - hurry themselves to a nearby mosque, life in the city continues as usual.

Posted in Nightlife @ 26 March 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 20,000 displaced by floods in Eastern Java More than 20,000 people have fled homes after floods hit Eastern Java since Feb. 23, the National Disaster Management Agency reported. Consecutive days of downpours have triggered Bengawan Solo river passing through Central and East Java overflowed and submerged more than five thousand houses and forced the residents to took shelters in higher grounds, spokesman of the agency Priyadi Kardono said.

Posted in Flooding @ 01 March 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians flock to see partial solar eclipse Indonesians in several provinces on Monday viewed a partial solar eclipse, but thick clouds blocked the sighting for many others. The annular eclipse, in which the moon is on the far side of its orbit and can't completely cover the Sun, while not as dramatic as a total eclipse, attracted wide attention throughout the archipelago nation.

Posted in General @ 26 January 2009 03:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI holds warfare training and recruitment session for Gaza At a prayer gathering, some 500 members of the radical Islamic Islamic Defenders Front FPI (Front Pembela Islam), held a warfare training session at the Mekarhayu Mosque in the village of Cilame in West Bandung. The activities that were organized there are related to volunteers of FPI who want to help ease the suffering of the people in the Gaza Strip, caused by the Israeli actions there.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 January 2009 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


A Wings Air flight in the early morning I had to get quite early this time, around four o'clock in the morning. That time is better known here as subuh, about the time at which the first prayer of the day for Muslims is held. However the alarm from my cell phone - no need for a buzzer or watch - was set at exactly four o'clock, I woke up just a few minutes earlier. In the background I could already hear some mosques uttering their first call for prayer at this early time. However that is no reason for me to get up this early, catching a plane is.

Posted in Travel @ 14 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of supporters clash with police Thousands of people gathered for the funerals of three Indonesians executed on Sunday for the 2002 Bali bombings, sparking clashes between police and emotional supporters. The three men from the group Jemaah Islamiah, Imam Samudra, 38, and brothers Mukhlas, 48, and Amrozi, 46, were executed by firing squad in central Java shortly after midnight, claiming to want to die as "martyrs" and having shown no remorse for the attacks.

Posted in General @ 09 November 2008 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan in Yogyakarta: Sahur! Sahur! Sahur! It is around half past two in the early morning at a random Sunday in the holy month of fasting Ramadan. For a big part of the population this is the time to enjoy a nice meal, a part of the people leaves the nearby nightclub Republic for the lesehan* at Jalan Malioboro. A colorful group of young women in short skirts, high heels and often quite a lot of make-up and proper young men in a blouse quickly fills up the lesehan. They have just over one hour to eat their meal and enjoy a cigarette before the call to open the fasting for this Sunday is made by the imam from the mosque almost next door to the nightclub.

Posted in Ramadan @ 26 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious boarding school for 'waria' in Yogyakarta When the Ramadan arrives, the 'waria' (wanita-pria or shemale) also have the need to join others for their prayers in a local mosque. But there is still a negative effect surrounding them. They are lucky enough to have a religious leader (ustadz) which noticed this problem and decided to open a religious boarding school for shemales in Notoyudan, Yogyakarta. "Here we are humans again. We learn to recite prayers together, break the fast together and thing like that. All activities are done together," said Arief.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 September 2008 05:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: 'You wanna fuck nice girl?' I probably have to stress once again that it was broad daylight when I walked around in the nightlife district of Batam - which is better known as 'Kampung Bule' indeed. However I have to be honest that I don't know what is usually going on at night here, I could imagine certain aspects of nightlife here from stories and Googling for certain keywords of course. Not directly what I am looking for, and maybe because of that reason I just explored the area during broad daylight to see what is going on here. From the Nagoya Hill shopping mall I walked to a local warnet (internet cafe) to check some things out and to make my walk around the district.

Posted in Ramadan @ 13 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Ahmadiyah mosque burned as protests grow A group calling itself the Jamaah Al Mubalighin Communication Forum burned down a mosque belonging to the "deviant" Ahmadiyah sect in Parakan Salak village in Sukabumi regency, West Java, early Monday. Sukabumi Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Gunthor Ghafar told that the incident began when the forum members met Sunday for a Koran reading session at At-Taqwa Mosque, about 700 meters from Ahmadiyah's Al Furqon Mosque.

Posted in Violence @ 29 April 2008 15:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead in local 'anti-liquor raid' in Solo With as reason that they wanted to fight against liquor, a resident has become a deadly victim. The incident happened when more than ten youths from the Kusumodilagan area, Joyosuran in Solo, central Java were drinking liquor on Monday evening. A group of members who see themselves as members of the local mosque attacked the youths. Beause the fight was unfair, the drinking youths ran away.

Posted in Violence @ 18 March 2008 01:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of people evacuated in Sukoharjo Hundreds of residents from the village of Kadokan, in Grogol, sub-district Sukoharjo in central Java are forced to evacuate because floods that have already inundated their houses is still getting worse. Villagers are forced to find shelter in the local mosque because their houses are flooded in over one meter of water. This flood is caused by high amounts of rainfall and rising waters in the Bengawan Solo river.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 March 2008 06:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit Semarang city Floods have flooded dozens of homes in the city of Semarang. Heavy rain that hit the area since yesterday afternoon until yesterday evening was the cause of these floods which were mixed with mud as well. The flood originated from the Kaligarang river, which was already at a high level because of the heavy rainfall. The worst flood occurred in the sub-sub-district of Sukorejo in sub-district Gunungpati. Floodwaters here reached up to one meter. A part of the residents, mainly elderly and children, had to evacuate themselves to a mosque.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 January 2008 10:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Day and night at the alun-alun in Malang During the last year I regularly brought a visit to Malang. There I visited a Dutch friend who had stayed in Indonesia some years more than I did, and please read that 'some' as a big understatement. It doesn't really matter in fact, however someone who has lived here for so many years can be a huge source of information about many subjects. He sure is for me at least. Every once in a while I can learn from specific situations which still make me go 'huh?'. Outside that I like to spend some of my time there at a somewhat crowded place. Like in many cities and villages that is the central square or alun-alun. Often a nice place to submerge yourself entirely in the local situation and current events.

Posted in Travel @ 22 December 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire guts over 500 houses in Jakarta's Kalibaru district A huge city fire on Monday has destroyed some 532 houses in the Jakarta district of Kalibaru. There were no fatal victims in the fire, according to Antara news agency. The people who lost their homes took refuge in schools and mosques in the area.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 October 2007 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Karangetang volcano erupts again today The Karangetang volcano in eastern Indonesia spewed hot lava and clouds of ash high into the atmosphere early on Monday according to a volcanologist. The eruption came just hours after hundreds of residents living on the slopes were evacuated. There are no reports of injuries or damage according to Yudi Satipang, a volcanologist who has been monitoring the Karangetang volcano on the island of Siau since it was placed on high alert last weekend.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 August 2007 16:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


600 million euro investment in tourism for Lombok Taj Hamaad, an Advisor to the Dubai-based Group Emaar International Properties, has confirmed that they will invest 600 million euro in a new tourism resort development in Lombok, an island just east of Bali. According to Hamaad, technical agreements and final a final memorandum of understanding (MOA) are now being hammered out prior to ground-breaking ceremonies planned for later this year.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 August 2007 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The quiet kampung; the daily life It is a very normal Thursday afternoon when I sit down on the veranda. A light rain shower crosses my path here after a long and humid day on which it didn't want to raining the first place. The rain was not enough to clean the humid air and so tomorrow will be another of those warm and slow days. Last year the wet season only lasted until the middle of March, but now there is still rain on a regular base. Not a changing climate, but just a slight change in ocean temperatures. As far as on the other side of the world this impacts tropical areas as well, because weather here isn't that monotonous as it looks like when you see those holiday pictures with a blue sky. For sure there is much sun, but there are clouds as well and rain of course, even during the dry season. Maybe it's just a different type of rain, more light instead of a complete tropical downpour.

Posted in Travel @ 08 June 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Keeping connected in Yogyakarta One year on from the Yogyakarta earthquake, hundreds of thousands of people are rebuilding their lives, picking up the pieces that were so violently smashed. For a lot of survivors, the long road to recovery is compounded by feelings of grief and loss. Many people lost family members and friends in the earthquake. Some also lost the ability to walk. Nearly a thousand people suffered spinal injuries, a tragically common consequence of earthquakes, when collapsing buildings crushed occupants.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2007 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten The UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports has prepared this report.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 February 2007 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Residents clear flood waste in Indonesia Deadly floods receded from much of the Indonesian capital Wednesday, leaving stinking debris blocking streets and a daunting cleanup for residents, many angry at the country's leaders following the latest in a string of disasters. "Every year the government promises there will be no more floods, but just look around you," said Endang Trisilowati as her children hauled sacks of black mud out of her house in downtown Jakarta. "I have to buy a new sofa, new beds, everything. It is a disgrace."

Posted in Flooding @ 08 February 2007 01:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More rain adds to misery in Indonesia's capital Overnight downpours sent storm waters coursing back into some low-lying areas Tuesday, as authorities warned of the threat of diseases and anger mounted at the government's response to the disaster that has killed at least 44 people in the capital.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 February 2007 13:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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