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Fuel prices lowered, again Indonesians will enjoy lower fuel, cooking gas and cement prices next week, yet prices of other goods and services may not immediately follow suit as business struggle with a weakening currency and high distribution costs.

Posted in Economy @ 17 January 2015 01:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Defense Minister: 'Presidential election proceeds peacefully' The presidential election had run smoothly and peacefully without any significant obstacles, stated Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. "The implementation of the election has proceeded well," the defense minister noted after observing the pacification of the election at the Jakarta Military Commands Post in East Jakarta on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 09 July 2014 19:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto: 'Abduction of activists Prabowo`s personal initiative' Former defense minister and commander of the then Indonesian armed forces, retired General Wiranto, stated here on Thursday that the kidnapping of activists in 1998 was the personal initiative of Prabowo Subianto. Prabowo, then commander of the armys special Kopassus forces, had taken the initiative and had personally admitted it, Wiranto said.

Posted in History @ 19 June 2014 18:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mbak Tutut campaigns for Golkar Siti Hardiyanti, popularly known as Mbak Tutut, has decided to campaign for Golkar Party and has officially registered her name with the General Elections Commission (KPU).

Posted in Elections @ 17 March 2014 18:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi defends English-free primary school curriculum The Jakarta administration has backed the Education Ministry’s controversial new curriculum that scraps English classes, computer studies and physical education as mandatory courses in primary schools.

Posted in General @ 14 December 2013 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Three million workers to join nationwide labor strike' The Indonesian Labor Union Confederation (KSPI) is predicting that three million workers will join a nationwide strike on October 31 and November 1, 2013 to demand a 50 percent salary increase in 2014..

Posted in Protests @ 28 October 2013 18:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic organisations against Miss World (of course) The Jakarta Globe reports that high-ranking Islamic leaders in Indonesia continue to object to plans to hold the Miss World Beauty Pageant in Bali in the week leading up to the final round on September 8, 2013.

Posted in Protests @ 26 August 2013 03:08 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


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


Govt developing programmes to tackle drought The government has planned to develop and implement programmes in order to minimise the impact of drought on the nation`s agricultural land, according to Agriculture Minister Suwono.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2012 23:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Army assures that violent members will be punished The army confirmed that the man committing violence in a video that went viral through YouTube recently was its member.

Posted in Military @ 02 May 2012 12:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Preparations for national exam proceeding smoothly Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh has said preparations for the holding of a national examinations have been proceeding smoothly such as the sending of the examination materials to the regions.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2012 11:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina : 'Subsidized fuel quota only enough until October' Indonesia`s subsidized fuel oil quota of 40 million kiloliters for 2012 will only be enough to meet consumption until the third week of October, officials at state oil and gas company Pertamina have predicted.

Posted in Economy @ 13 April 2012 12:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Miniskirts = porn': Religious Affairs Minister Following the establishment of the anti-pornography task force, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali said that skirts that fall above the knee would be included in the working group’s definition of pornography, on which it would base its future work.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 March 2012 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia to reduce poverty rate to 4 or 5 percent by 2025 The government of Indonesia on Friday said it plans to reduce its nationwide poverty rate down to four or five percent in less than 15 years, local media reported.

Posted in Economy @ 25 February 2012 01:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of Telkomsel workers go on strike in Indonesia Thousands of Telkomsel workers in Indonesia went on strike on Thursday to demand improved labor benefits, local media reported.

Posted in General @ 10 November 2011 22:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Infant mortality rate remains high in Indonesia Indonesia's infant mortality rate remains high despite showing a downward trend during the past few years, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) representative for Indonesia Angela Kearney told the Antara news agency.

Posted in Health @ 07 October 2011 01:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flying Merpati Nusantara? Are you sure? Figures from ticketindonesia.info show that the airline with the most canceled flights in their name is Merpati Nusantara. This Indonesian state-owned company, also partially owned by Garuda Indonesia, seems to have a peculiar way of conducting business; selling tickets, canceling flights and then wait for months to pay back the money paid for tickets on those canceled flight. At least it seems that way.

Posted in Travel @ 28 July 2011 14:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia to invest 200 billion dollars in 14 years Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday announced that the country is planning a $200-billion investment in the next 14 years to advance economic development.

Posted in Economy @ 18 April 2011 15:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No explosives found in suspicious package on Bali Police on Monday informed that no explosives were found in the suspicious package that sparked an alert in the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 March 2011 18:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


123 Indonesians still waiting for evacuation from Libya At least 123 Indonesians are still in Libya, more than the previous number announced by the government earlier this week, the Jakarta Globe reported Thursday.



Posted in General @ 10 March 2011 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


253 Indonesians evacuated from Libya arrive in Tunisia About 253 Indonesians were evacuated from Libya early Sunday after waiting more than 40 hours for an aircraft the Indonesian embassy had chartered, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in General @ 06 March 2011 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sex causing most new HIV infections in Bali Bali's dramatic increase of HIV prevalence among sex workers has changed the face of the epidemic on this famed tourist destination of 3.9 million local residents, NGOs say. Earlier number showed that the prevalence among injecting drug users was most important.

Posted in Health @ 05 January 2011 06:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: Christmas celebrations peaceful around the country The National Police say Christmas has so far been celebrated peacefully across the country, with no major incidents disrupting the festivities. National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar said there had been hitherto no security issues since Christmas masses had begun on Friday evening.

Posted in Religion @ 25 December 2010 12:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pop star faces 12 years in prison for sex tape scandal Indonesian pop star Nasriel Irham on Monday appeared in court after two homemade sex tapes released on various websites resulted in him being charged under Indonesia's 2008 Anti-Pornography Law.

Posted in General @ 22 November 2010 17:25 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


Indonesia pop star arrested in sex tape scandal Indonesian police have arrested pop star Nazril "Ariel" Ilham for his involvement in sex videos that allegedly feature himself and two other top Indonesian celebrities. The singer was named a suspect after the police questioned the three celebrities and expert witnesses over the last two weeks.

Posted in General @ 24 June 2010 05:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 30 million trees planted nationwide Over 30 million trees have been planted nationwide so far under the one-billion-tree planting program which is to run until 2013, a senior forestry official said. "We are convinced we will meet the set target in 2013," Director General for Forest and Land Rehabilitation Indri Astuti said Saturday.

Posted in Environment @ 14 June 2010 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali brokers: 'Don't just establish zoning rules randomly' The chairman of the Organization of Indonesian Real Estate Brokers, Teguh Satria, has reminded the provincial government of Bali to exercise caution in establishing zoning rules, keeping in mind the coming "property boom." Satria said mistakes made in establishing zoning rules could thwart development and result in chaos.

Posted in General @ 02 May 2010 08:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's tourism - a National tragedy Anak Agung Gde Agung is one of Indonesia's most distinguished and well-informed senior statesmen. He is a graduate of Harvard and Leiden universities. He as attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States and served as social services minister during the administration of President Abdurrahman Wahid.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia healthcare system failing millions Indonesia's health system is failing to provide even the most basic care to vast swathes of the population, say specialists. Many who cannot afford doctors' fees often receive no treatment at all, while the wealthy fly abroad for a check-up. The system is plagued by under-funding, decentralization, lack of qualified staff, rising medical costs and outdated medical equipment, say insiders.

Posted in Health @ 07 August 2009 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Possibly two Dutchmen killed in Jakarta bombing As is made public now, two Dutchmen might have been killed in the terrorist attack in Jakarta last Friday. Two Dutchmen are missing according to a spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dutch police is also involved in the investigation to the victims of the attacks, according to a spokesperson for the nationwide police service KLPD.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2009 03:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Pertamina hikes price of LPG tomorrow The state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina said on Monday it will hike the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for households by 23 percent starting July 1. Pertamina said the move takes into account the sharp increase in LPG prices in the international market as well as the higher operation and distribution costs as a result of the fuel price hike.

Posted in Economy @ 30 June 2008 04:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono's popularity drops on fuel price hike President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's popularity ratings have fallen because of a recent fuel price increase and he would likely lose if an election were held today, a new poll showed on Sunday. Mr Yudhoyono, a former general, won the country's first direct presidential election in 2004 when he promised to tackle widespread corruption, spur economic growth and create jobs.

Posted in Politics @ 29 June 2008 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Need for fuel does not decline with higher prices For most Indonesians it came as unexpected as ever. With a shortage of foreign news, strictly regulated by the Indonesian government, it was not in the line of expectations of the average man in the street that fuel prices might just be hiked with one third all of a sudden. However almost the entire population of this planet knows what the current market price of a barrel of crude oil is - somewhere about 130 US dollar - Indonesia assumed that everything was fine. Use of fuel would decrease, prices would come down and nationwide production was to rise as well.

Posted in General @ 31 May 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia likely to cut rice imports The Indonesian government has said that it is unlikely to import rice from other countries this year because of a sufficient stock after nationwide harvests. This reduces the pressure on the tight global supplies in times of record-breaking rice prices. Prices of Thai rice - a benchmark for the market - have doubled since the start of this year mainly because of rising demand from China and African nations. Vietnam and India have already decided to curb exports to protect their own markets.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2008 12:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia; a country without Playboy and porn In between breakfast and lunch yesterday, Indonesian lawmakers gave their support for a law that is officially named 'Electronic Information and Transaction Law'. This indirect anti-porn legislation will be effective two days from now. Because of the quick pace this new monster against (press-)freedom was pushed ahead, there is little attention for it in mainstream Indonesian media. It almost looks like something that happens every day here, but it is completely absurd that a law that has been approved yesterday will become active in a matter of days, especially a law that has as many implications as this one. In theory that is.

Posted in General @ 28 March 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


New-car ban in Indonesia? Rachmat Witoelar, Minister of Environment, has proposed a ban on the sale of new cars in a radical bid to slash pollution levels in the rapidly growing urban areas in the country. He said the plan could be launched if new nationwide anti-pollution measures did not improve the air quality. "If there is no progress in restoring air quality, we will stop (new car sales)," Witoelar said. "It is a bitter pill to take, but it is for the sake of public health."

Posted in Environment @ 20 April 2007 15:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Djarum ad campaign wakes up police Indonesian police sleeping on the job? Those in Indonesia can talk about it, but just don't tell everyone about it. Police are threatening to file a lawsuit against cigarette producer PT. Djarum for a nationwide campaign - billboards, tv, newspapers and magazines - that fools with police officers sleeping on the job. "The force is a state institution that deserves respect," said police spokesman Maj. Gen. Sisno Adiwinoto.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 15 March 2007 06:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to declare bird flu a national disaster Indonesia will declare bird flu a national disaster, giving the government access to special funds to combat the disease that has killed 63 people nationwide, the planning minister said Wednesday. "It has become an epidemic," Paskah Suzetta told reporters in the capital, where authorities were preparing for the compulsory slaughter of thousands of backyard chickens as part of high profile efforts to fight the H5N1 virus.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 January 2007 01:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Faster diagnostic kits in Indonesia only in March With four deaths from bird flu in Indonesia since New Year's Day, the government announced that faster diagnostic kits would only be available in March. "We are expecting that this diagnostic kit will be able to detect symptoms in patients before they suffer heavy breathing," Indonesia's Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari was quoted as saying by Detik.com on Sunday. "The government will also increase the training for health officers on diagnosing and handling bird flu cases," she added.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 15 January 2007 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: ''El Nino may endure through next year' Indonesia may be affected by "moderately intense'' El Nino weather conditions that could last right through next year, parching Southeast Asia's largest economy, the meteorological agency said. Floods may follow. The events, caused by warming of equatorial waters in the Pacific Ocean, occur every two to seven years and shift normal weather patterns worldwide. Authorities would begin cloud- seeding, an official at the agency said at a briefing today.

Posted in Weather @ 09 November 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Habibie: Suharto should face corruption charges Indonesia's former dictator Suharto should stand trial on charges he embezzled at least US$600 million during his 32-year reign, his successor was quoted Friday as saying. The attorney general's office said recently it was dropping the long stalled graft-case against Suharto, who was overthrown in 1998 amid nationwide riots, citing a heart problem and a series of strokes that left him with brain damage.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 October 2006 13:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tries to save historic rack railway Indonesian tourism is synonymous with Bali - the jet-set crowd, European tourists and hippy backpackers flocking to the resort island to hit the beaches and health spas. But for travellers with more discriminating tastes, specifically a thirst for the country's railway history, an historic town on the main island of Java is the place to be.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2006 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia behind the learning curve Indonesia is arguably Asia's least well-educated country, and the government is largely to blame. With 30% of its 242 million population school-aged, the world's largest Muslim country ranks lowest among its Asian neighbors in terms of public education expenditure.

Posted in Economy @ 03 September 2006 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says targets $100 mln for bird flu fight Indonesia hopes to secure about $100 million to fight bird flu next year, the vice president said on Friday, after criticism the country is not doing enough to control the disease. Indonesia has the world's highest death toll from bird flu and scientists and even the World Bank have called on the government to step up the fight to control a disease that is endemic in almost all provinces.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 September 2006 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tests tsunami warning system on Bali island ): Indonesia's resort island of Bali held a tsunami warning drill on one of its most famous beaches Wednesday, three weeks after earthquake-spawned waves killed more than 600 people on neighboring Java. "We live in the front line if a tsunami comes, so this drill is very useful," said Ketut Joka, owner of a seafood restaurant at Jimbaran beach.

Posted in General @ 03 August 2006 10:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java deaths rise to 531 amid the search for survivors Indonesia pledged to build a nationwide tsunami alert system as soldiers pulled bodies from ravaged beaches, homes, and hotels yester day. Parents searched tearfully for their children and the death toll hit at least 531, with nearly 280 people missing.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 July 2006 12:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia probably first to report human-spread bird flu The first instances of human-to-human bird flu transmission probably occurred in Indonesia, according to a minister of the archipelago nation. Aburizal Bakrie, coordinating minister for people's welfare, said yesterday that the seven cluster cases of H5N1 positive reported last month included the first cases of human-to-human transmission. The minister was speaking at a meeting to announce a nationwide campaign to prevent an outbreak and prepare for a pandemic.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 11 June 2006 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird Flu campaign to start as human tally climbs A campaign to warn Indonesians about bird flu will start next week, a United Nations official said, almost a year after the virus infected the first of 49 people in the world's fourth-most-populous country. Thousands of government workers and members of social and religious groups will be involved in the nationwide effort to stem avian flu outbreaks in poultry, avoid human cases and help prepare for a pandemic, said John Budd, head of communications with the United Nations Children's Fund in Jakarta.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 June 2006 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aussie faces 10 years jail in Indonesia An Australian woman arrested with a small amount of marijuana on the Indonesian island of Lombok faces court on Monday, with the possibility of a 10-year jail sentence. Local resident Barbara Kathleen Higgs, 43, was arrested in February, allegedly with 50 grams of cannabis and two small bags of seeds, at the resort beach of Sengiggi, where she part-owns a hotel named the Bulan Baru, or New Moon.

Posted in Drugs @ 22 May 2006 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia remembers downfall of Suharto Protesters wearing Suharto masks demanded the ailing former dictator face trial Sunday, the eighth anniversary of the massive pro-democracy demonstrations that ousted him. Suharto, 84, remained in the hospital following colon surgery two weeks ago to stem intestinal bleeding. Doctors said Sunday that the former strongman, who has been weakened by several strokes, was recovering, but remained seriously ill.

Posted in Human rights @ 21 May 2006 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono says ex-president Suharto in 'serious condition' Indonesia's president said after visiting ailing ex-dictator Suharto in the hosptial early Friday that he was in "serious condition." Suharto, who was ousted after 32 years in power in 1998 amid student protests and nationwide riots, had a CT scan Thursday after being operated on to halt intestinal bleeding.

Posted in General @ 19 May 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia may do selective polio vaccinations Indonesia reached almost 24 million children in its last polio immunizations but may have another vaccination round in some regions to be sure of stamping out the disease by 2008, officials said on Monday. Over the past year polio, once considered virtually wiped out globally, has infected hundreds in Indonesia.

Posted in Health @ 09 May 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


May 1 holiday rejected in Indonesia Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla on Monday rejected calls to grant a holiday during the International Labor Day commemoration on May 1, saying the country already has too many days off. "If we accepted the calls, there would be too many holidays. Therefore we oppose them," he told reporters here. Kalla said Indonesia has at least 12 holidays a year for religious events and national celebrations.

Posted in General @ 02 May 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security advisory: Labour Day strikes planned in Indonesia "As Indonesian Workers' Unions continue to defy government appeals to all workers not to go on a mass strike on World Labor Day (May 1st), Jakarta Police Chief Inspector General Firman Gani plans to deploy some 12,000 police personnel across the capital in anticipation of widespread rallies on 1 May. The Jakarta Military Command is also scheduled to have approximately 5,000 soldiers standing on alert and the Jakarta Public Order Agency will have 7,000 public order officers on stand-by as well, a day before the planned strike action commences.

Posted in Protests @ 28 April 2006 17:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy obsessed with security, ethic, legal problems Playboy Indonesia has found itself in troubled water as its maiden issue triggered off protests nationwide in the past two weeks and the police here on Thursday summoned its editor-in-chief Erwin Arnada to investigate its publication in the largest Muslim country of the world.

Posted in General @ 21 April 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Survey shows prevalent conservatism Islamic conservatism is a growing force to be reckoned with across the country, with research indicating about 40 percent of citizens would support the replacement of state laws with sharia and one in 10 consider suicide bombings justified in some circumstances. A survey conducted in late January by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) found 40 percent of respondents approved of adulterers being stoned to death, 34 percent did not want to see another female president and 40 percent accepted polygamy.

Posted in Religion @ 17 March 2006 07:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia Muslim preacher detained under terror law Indonesian police have detained a Muslim preacher in the restive eastern town of Poso as part of a nationwide hunt for one of Southeast Asia's most wanted Islamic militants, police said on Monday. Police in the province of Central Sulawesi said authorities detained the preacher because of his suspected links to Malaysian Noordin M.Top, who is accused of playing a key role in a spate of bombings in Indonesia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 February 2006 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Asian Muslims vow new cartoon protests as anger spreads Asian Muslims angered by cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed called new protests after prayers on Friday as dozens of protesters stormed a block housing the Danish embassy in the Indonesian capital. Afghanistan's president and the governments of Pakistan and Indonesia have all condemned the publication of the drawings in Denmark and then in other European newspapers.

Posted in Protests @ 03 February 2006 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 176 reactions


Flood risk increases in Jakarta as more rain expected Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, where 40 percent of the city is below sea level, may receive 15 percent more rainfall in the next month raising the risk of floods. With 13 rivers flowing into the city of 9 million people, excess rainfall increases the danger of flooding because Jakarta's only flood canal hasn't the capacity to drain the water.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 January 2006 07:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia names two more Bali bombing suspects Two Indonesians arrested this month, including a close aide to the country's most wanted militant, were named suspects on Monday for involvement in last year's restaurant bombings on Bali, a police spokesman said. Police last week declared four other men suspects in the same case on charges of helping hide accused militant mastermind Noordin M. Top during and after the bombings that killed 20 people at three eateries on the famed resort island.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 January 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia to launch more polio campaigns in 2006 Indonesia will hold two more nationwide polio vaccination drives in 2006 to try to free its population from the disease, its health minister said on Tuesday, following advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Health workers across the world's fourth most populous nation last month vaccinated millions of children for the third time to ward off the crippling disease.

Posted in Polio @ 14 December 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Govt launches third nationwide polio campaign Indonesia launched its third nationwide polio immunisation campaign on Wednesday in a bid to stop the crippling disease spreading and will hold at least one more round early next year, the Health Ministry said. Hundreds of thousands of vaccinators will target 24 million children at 250,000 medical posts across the world's largest archipelago on Wednesday.

Posted in Polio @ 30 November 2005 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


 20 arrested in raid on sect in Palu Penetrating rugged hills in Palu, police on Wednesday arrested 20 suspected members of a shadowy religious sect who were assumed responsible for the killing of three police officers on Tuesday.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 27 October 2005 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta residents turn to coal briquettes for fuel Today's high fuel prices are no longer a source of stress for Agus Sumarwoto as two months ago the catering entrepreneur turned to coal briquettes. He chose coal briquettes as an alternative fuel as they are cost efficient. Before using the coal briquettes, Agus had to use 15 tanks of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) a week, with each tank of 15 kilograms of LPG costing him Rp 51,000. The catering company had to use firewood and kerosene to cook certain kinds of foods, causing the company to spend Rp 250,000 a day on fuel.

Posted in General @ 22 October 2005 18:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US announces grant to assist Indonesia fight polio outbreak The United States has announced a $US2.5 million grant to help Indonesia fight an outbreak of polio that has infected 269 children since it resurfaced in March. Announcing the aid, US Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt urged Indonesia to carry out another round of nationwide immunisations before the end of the year to halt the spread of the crippling virus.

Posted in Polio @ 18 October 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia calls on religious leaders to help fight terrorism Religious leaders must condemn terrorism in the world's most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia's vice president said Friday, after police warned that a new generation of Islamic militants were behind the latest suicide bombings on Bali island.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 October 2005 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police holding 'bomb suspect' Two people have been taken in for questioning over suspected involvement in weekend bombings on Bali island that killed up to 22 people, Bali's police chief Made Mangku Pastika told reporters on Tuesday. Authorities have said al-Qaeda-linked militants blamed for earlier blasts are top targets in the manhunt over the three suicide bombings on Saturday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 October 2005 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Cianjur 'bans' Ahmadiyah The Cianjur regency administration in West Java has officially banned the teachings of Ahmadiyah, more than week after hard-liners vandalized the mosques and houses of the Ahmadiyah Congregation in the area.

Posted in Religion @ 29 September 2005 08:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


SBY warns against fueling violence While protests are mounting ahead of the government's announcement of the new fuel prices, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono warned the public against turning violent. "Go ahead if you want to express yourselves by protesting, but don't burn or destroy things. (Peaceful expression) is what democracy is all about," Susilo said during a meeting with university rectors at the State Palace on Wednesday.

Posted in Protests @ 29 September 2005 08:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


New suspected bird flu cases emerge in other regions Four people in Bandung, Semarang and Bandar Lampung have been hospitalized with suspected avian influenza after showing symptoms of the disease. Chicken vendor Suprat, 58, was admitted to Dr. Kariadi Hospital in Semarang, Central Java, on Tuesday with a high fever, cough and respiratory problems.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 28 September 2005 08:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Subsidy cut to fuel the fire In the wake of a two-month "mini crisis" that saw the rupiah hit a four-year low of 11,750 per dollar on August 30, Jakarta has finally announced an imminent and substantial reduction in fuel subsidies. The exact date and the level of cuts have yet to be announced, though there is widespread speculation over both. Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said fuel prices may rise as early as October 1 while National Development Planning Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said an increase in November would be too late to help reduce subsidies to the level of Rp89.2 trillion. She said fuel prices might increase by at least 50% in October.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia set for fuel cost rise Indonesia is to raise nationwide fuel prices from 1 October, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has announced. The controversial decision comes as the country moves to cut fuel subsidies in response to the soaring cost of oil. President Yudhoyono said his government would go ahead with the fuel price rise, but did not say by how much.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2005 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Polio vaccination drive largely successful Indonesia's nationwide drive last week to vaccinate about 24 million young children against a spreading polio outbreak was largely successful though some parents continued to resist, health officials said Monday. The Indonesian health ministry reported the campaign had reached 90 percent of children under five years old despite lingering concerns among both parents and medical workers about the safety of the vaccine.

Posted in Polio @ 06 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Muslim body supports polio vaccinations Indonesia's top Muslim body gave its seal of approval on Friday to next week's plan by the government to immunise more than 24 million children with polio vaccines next week. The support could dispel any doubts about the vaccines which may deter people from going to immunisation posts in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, following an outbreak of the crippling disease.

Posted in Polio @ 26 August 2005 18:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


U.N. warns of possible Indonesia polio epidemic Indonesia's polio outbreak could develop into an epidemic with the onset of the wet season, a U.N. official said on Tuesday, one week before the start of a campaign to vaccinate 24 million children nationwide. Polio returned in May to Indonesia, which had been free of the water-borne disease since 1995.

Posted in Polio @ 24 August 2005 08:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Rupiah breaches 10,000 level amid doubts over bank intervention A Jakarta money changer. The Indonesian rupiah has weakened to again breach the 10,000-to-the-dollar level as traders sold off the currency amid fears the central bank would not keep up last week's aggressive defence of the currency.

Posted in Economy @ 22 August 2005 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia cuts Bashir sentence An Indonesian court has cut a 30-month sentence handed to militant Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir for his role in the Bali bombings by more than four months, a prison official said today. "He received a remission of four months and 15 days," Dedi Sutardi, the head of Cipinang penitentiary, said at a press conference to announce remissions for 2000 prisoners to mark Indonesia's Independence Day today.

Posted in Politics @ 17 August 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Polio cases hit 205 in Indonesia, two in capital Health workers have found 205 children infected with polio in Indonesia since the disease resurfaced this year, and two of the cases are in the densely populated capital Jakarta, officials said on Monday. Polio, a water-borne disease that can cause irreversible paralysis in hours, reemerged in May in the world's fourth most populous country, which had been polio-free since 1995.

Posted in Polio @ 08 August 2005 16:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Preachers told to support controversial MUI edicts Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI)'s edicts against secularism, pluralism and liberalism, the Indonesian Council for Islamic Propagation (DDII) will fully support the MUI in its "war on deviant thoughts", a top preacher said on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 08 August 2005 12:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia's polio outbreak infects over 200 children The number of children affected by the crippling polio virus in an outbreak in Indonesia has risen to 205. The highest number of cases is in West Java province with 54, only one case can be confirmed in the capital, Jakarta. Health officials say a second round of a nationwide anti-polio vaccination campaign had fewer takers because of parents' fears of possible harmful side effects.

Posted in Polio @ 07 August 2005 08:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Polio toll climbs to 155 in Indonesia Indonesia’s polio toll has climbed to 155, the UN health agency said today, with dozens of new cases reported in the last two weeks. Dr Bardan Jung Rana, a WHO medical officer in Indonesia, said the 33 new cases were all reported in areas already infected with the crippling disease and that the rise has been gradual.

Posted in Polio @ 22 July 2005 19:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia leader urges energy conservation Indonesia's president called on government departments to cut down on air conditioning and take other energy-saving measures in the face of nationwide fuel shortages.

Posted in General @ 11 July 2005 21:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina cuts supply for quota State oil and gas firm PT Pertamina has reduced premium gasoline supply in trial periods in major cities, including Jakarta and Surabaya, and is monitoring the public reaction and response to the move before its full implementation. Head of Pertamina's fuel division Achmad Faisal said the plan was aimed at putting national fuel consumption on a par with the quota set by the government.

Posted in Economy @ 05 July 2005 07:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Jakartans start to feel the bite of fuel shortage Antonius was irate when he saw a sign posted at a gasoline station here, telling the public that there was no more gasoline. He quickly drove his Daihatsu Taruna to another gasoline station in West Jakarta, and to his relief, they still had fuel there. "But, due to the long line of vehicles, I still had to queue for nearly half an hour to get the fuel," he told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Economy @ 05 July 2005 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia shifted to counter widespread malnutrition The Indonesian government has launched a series of measures recently to tackle the growing incidence of malnutrition affecting thousands of under-fives in half a dozen provinces. Last Saturday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono initiated the so-called Community Self-Help Month and National Health Week, promising 150 billion rupiahs (about 16 million US dollars) to revive the Integrated Health Services Posts (Posyandu) originally established by the Soeharto regime and to further empower Community Health Centers.

Posted in General @ 22 June 2005 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina: up to US$1.5b needed for fuel imports this month State oil and gas firm PT Pertamina needs 1.3-1.5 bln usd for fuel imports within the next 10 days to replenish national fuel stock levels following higher than expected consumption this month, Pertamina's president Widya Purnama said. Purnama said national fuel stock level has dropped to cover only 17.5 days of nationwide consumption against the normal level of 20 to 21 days.

Posted in Economy @ 20 June 2005 13:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cases of malnutrition also reported from Alor regency More malnutrition cases were reported on Thursday as the central government dispatched a team of health workers to West Nusa Tenggara to study the cases that were first revealed in the province a day earlier.

Posted in Health @ 27 May 2005 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia jails three for Jakarta hotel bombing Indonesia sentenced three men to jail on Tuesday for involvement in the 2003 bombing of a luxury Jakarta hotel, wrapping up the prosecution of suspects detained following the blast that killed 12 people. However, the two Malaysian men accused of masterminding the blast outside the JW Marriott Hotel -- Noordin M. Top and Azahari bin Husin -- remain fugitives, despite a nationwide manhunt.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 May 2005 20:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati seeks to regain power in Indonesia Former Indonesian president Megawati Soekarnoputri is struggling for her reelection as leader of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) that will pave the way for her presidential bid in five years to come. In the PDI-P national congress opened in Bali Monday, Megawati looked set to win majority of support despite a major setback in the party under her leadership.

Posted in Politics @ 28 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia at odds over fuel price INDONESIA'S parliament today placed itself on a collision course with the country's president, urging him to review a controversial fuel price hike that has sparked nationwide protests.

Posted in Economy @ 21 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hilton Hotels raise security in Indonesia Hilton Hotels Corp. tightened security Thursday at its three Indonesian properties after authorities ordered a nationwide security crackdown following warnings from foreign governments that terrorists were preparing to launch attacks against Western targets. Australia's warning was unusually specific, saying it had ``credible information'' that terrorists could be targeting the Hilton Hotel chain in the country. The United States, Britain, New Zealand and Japan also issued warnings but did not mention specific targets.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former general expected to win presidential election A former general, who has promised to uphold civilian rule, appears to have easily defeated the incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri in Indonesia’s presidential election today, according to a nationwide survey of votes. Gen. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was expected to win 61 percent of the vote compared to 39 percent for Ms. Megawati in the runoff election, according to the survey by the Washington based National Democratic Institute.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU launches computerized vote counting A new-and-improved computerized vote counting system was ready for the presidential election and would help to reduce vote-rigging in the poll, the General Elections Commission (KPU) announced on Sunday. As in the legislative election and the first round of the presidential election, the computerized vote counting will provide the public with updates from polling stations nationwide.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-General keeps big poll lead in campaign Presidential candidate Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, or SBYA former army general looks set to snatch Indonesia's presidency by a landslide in next week's election run-off, two surveys showed on Wednesday, but incumbent leader Megawati Sukarnoputri insisted she could win. The release of the surveys follows a deadly bomb blast last week outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, though pollsters were divided over whether heightened security fears would translate into more votes for either candidate on Sept. 20.

Posted in Elections @ 15 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second cell poised for Indonesia attack Militants behind the deadly bombing of Australia's Jakarta embassy have a second group poised for attack, Australia's top policeman warned as Canberra said on Saturday all its diplomatic missions would be made bomb-proof. "There is intelligence suggesting that there is a second group active in the area," Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty told ABC radio.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fast-growing Islamic party backs Bambang Presidential front runner Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won support from an increasingly popular Islamic party in his first formal political deal as a survey showed he had widened his lead over incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri. The Justice and Prosperity Party - which will be the sixth-biggest party with 45 seats in the next parliament - became the first yesterday to declare its support for him in next month's run-off election.

Posted in Elections @ 27 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia will celebrate its 59 anniversary on Tuesday and many people nationwide are planning to welcome the anniversary by holding festivities around the special day. The Jakarta Post talked to city residents on what they planned to do on Aug. 17.

Posted in History @ 17 August 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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