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Fisheries minister promises to eradicate illegal fishing The newly-appointed Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti said she would eliminate illegal fishing activities rampant in Indonesian waters for the past several years.

Posted in Politics @ 29 October 2014 20:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta stock index down, rupiah value falls The Jakarta composite index (JCI) fell 27.27 points in the first minutes of trade on Wednesday on negative sentiment from the escalation of conflicts in Ukraine. The index of the Indonesian Stock Exchange (BEI) opened 0.53 percent lower at 5,081.81 points with index of 45 most liquid stocks down 0.78 percent to 868.63 points.

Posted in Economy @ 06 August 2014 10:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military sees KPU as strategic object Indonesian Military Commander, General Moeldoko, said the General Elections Commission (KPU) has been positioned as strategic object on the occasion of Presidential Election 2014, therefore it required extra security.

Posted in Elections @ 18 July 2014 19:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


PDIP-Nasdem set up success team for Jokowi The Indonesia Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) and its coalition partner the National Democrat Party (Nasdem) have set up campaign and success teams to support the success of their candidate Jokowi in the presidential election on July 9.

Posted in Politics @ 02 May 2014 22:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI commander warns against disrupting stability Defense Forces (TNI) Commander General Moeldoko warned here on Monday against disrupting national stability during the general elections this year, citing the consequences.

Posted in Military @ 24 March 2014 16:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


China to provide free visa to Indonesian citizens In future, China will provide free visa to Indonesian citizens planning to visit the country, Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Liu Jianchao stated.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2014 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nineteen volcanoes in Indonesia on alert level As many as 19 out of 127 volcanoes in Indonesia have shown increasing volcanic activities and their statuses have been raised from normal to alert level II (Waspada).

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 February 2014 17:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former law minister to be Nazaruddin`s legal adviser The former law minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra has expressed interest to become the legal adviser to the former ruling Democrat Party treasurer M. Nazaruddin, who is currently serving a jail term on charges of corruption.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 January 2014 21:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia marks International Anti-Corruption Day Indonesia marked International Anti-Corruption Day as well as Human Rights Day at a function held in the Presidential Palace, here on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 December 2013 19:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal not to withdraw from party`s presidential nomination The general chairman of the Golkar Party, Indonesias second-largest party, Aburizal Bakrie, said here on Friday that he will not withdraw from his party's nomination as a presidential candidate.

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


Akil Mochtar tested negative for narcotic drug consumption Former Constitution Court chief justice Akil Mochtar has been tested negative for narcotic drugs consumption by the National Narcotics Agency (BNN). "The results of tests conducted on AM`s urine and hair are all negative," BNN spokesman Senior Commissioner Sumirat Dwiyanto revealed at a press conference on Tuesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 08 October 2013 15:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Miss World`s final round moved to Bali CEO of MNC Group Hary Tanoesoedibjo expressed his disappointment over the government`s decision to centralise all activities of the Miss World 2013 beauty pageant in Bali, following protests from Islamic organisations.

Posted in General @ 16 September 2013 18:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry of industry issues policies to maintain growth The Ministry of Industry has issued a package of policies to maintain the growth of national industries affected by current financial market conditions and the rupiah depreciation.

Posted in Economy @ 28 August 2013 17:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan Iskan wants to improve democrat party State-owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has said he wanted to improve Democrat party from its negative image if he is permitted to do so. "Democrat, a middle party, is now corrupt but it can be improved. I will improve it if I am permitted to do so," Dahlan said here on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 25 August 2013 14:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indoensia's inflation may reach 9 percent Indonesia's inflation may jump to 9 percent this year under the impact of the recent rise in the prices of subsidized fuel oils, World Bank economist Ndiame Diop has predicted. "The higher fuel prices will first have a greater impact on the inflation rate by increasing average annual inflation rate in 2013," he said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 July 2013 17:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Urine tests of a crashed plane`s pilot and co-pilot negative Urine and blood tests of Lion Air`s pilot and co-pilot whose plane landed in shallow water before reaching the runway of Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar, Bali, last Saturday (April 13), showed negative results, official said.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 April 2013 15:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono calls on people to have positive thinking President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on the people to not always think negatively towards the country`s problems.

Posted in General @ 22 March 2013 20:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House speaker disagrees with dissolution of Densus 88 House Speaker Marzuki Alie said he disagreed with the dissolution of the Densus 88 anti-terror squad, saying its presence is able to minimize terror acts in Indonesia. "If Densus 88 has weaknesses, it is the weaknesses that should be improved, its institution should not be disbanded," the House Speaker said here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 01 March 2013 23:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NGO rejects giant sea wall establishment in Jakarta Non-Government Organization (NGO) People Coalition for Fishery Fairness (Kiara) has rejected the project of Giant Sea Wall establishment in Jakarta beach because it was thought to have certain purpose instead of reclamation.

Posted in Environment @ 15 February 2013 19:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


2.5 million visitors for Tanah Lot in 2012 The number of visitors to West Bali’s iconic Tanah Lot Temple for the period January – November 2012 totaled 2.4 million people. Operators now expect to end the year with 2.5 million visitors to the picturesque ancient temple set on a rock a short distance from Bali’s coastline.

Posted in Tourism @ 31 December 2012 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nuclear technology has long been developed in Indonesia Nuclear technology has long been developed in Indonesia but the public still focuses on its potential negative impact, according to National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) researcher Haryanto.

Posted in General @ 17 December 2012 15:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic oarding schools not shaping radicals Coordinating minister for people`s welfare Agung Laksono has refuted the allegation that Islamic Boarding Schools or Pondok Pesantren have helped shape radical groups.

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


KPK: '170 district heads involved in corruption cases' Some 170 district heads in Indonesia are being questioned by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over their involvement in various corruption cases."We are now focusing on the investigation process," KPK Corruption Prevention Unit spokesman Dedi Rahim said here on Thursday.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 October 2012 17:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta smokers demand special room inside buildings Several members of a people`s group called `Cigarettes Community` have demanded that the Jakarta government revise Governor`s Regulation number 88/2010 that abolishes the presence of smoking room inside buildings in Jakarta.

Posted in Health @ 08 October 2012 19:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to propose anti-religion denigration protocol at UN Indonesia will propose an international protocol against desecration of religion to prevent conflicts and maintain world peace during the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono reiterated the plan at a press conference before leaving for New York to attend the UN meeting here on Saturday.

Posted in Religion @ 22 September 2012 21:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jasa Marga: 'Bali toll road can not be halted' The spokesman for PT Jasa Marga – the consortium building the new Benoa – Ngurah Rai – Nusa Dua toll way has compared the road network in Bali to a patient suffering from coronary disease.

Posted in Economy @ 18 September 2012 10:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Border conflict still poses challenge for region' The border conflict taking place in Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific still poses a challenge to the region, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in his state of the nation address at a joint session of the members of the House of Representatives (DPR) and the Regional Representative Council (DPD) on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 16 August 2012 17:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia guarantees food stocks, prices during Idul Fitri The government will guarantee the availability of food stocks, as well as ensure their prices remain reasonable during the post-fasting Idul Fitr festival, a minister said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 August 2012 18:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister seeks explanation from Telkom on satellite loss State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan will soon hold a meeting with PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia`s board of directors to discuss the loss of Telkom-3 satellite.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 August 2012 21:42 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


Jakarta police destroy Rp1.1 trillion worth of drugs Jakarta Police destroyed various types of previously confiscated illegal drugs worth Rp1.1 trillion near Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, in Tangerang, Banten province, on Thursday.

Posted in Drugs @ 05 July 2012 10:24 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


Hatta says restrictions not to begin on May 1 Chief Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa said that the government would not implement its restrictions on the use of subsidized gasoline as of May 1, as preparations for the implementation are still underway.

Posted in General @ 24 April 2012 13:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects presence of nuclear weapons Indonesia will voice its firm rejection of the production and deployment of nuclear weapons during the nuclear security summit here on March 26-27, a presidential spokesman said.

Posted in Military @ 27 March 2012 04:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono concerned about anarchist actions President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed concern about anarchism and violence in many regions due to ignorance amongst people concerning their personal rights.

Posted in Politics @ 25 February 2012 02:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: Kalimantan suitable for nuclear power plant Kalimantan is suitable for the development of nuclear energy as it is relatively free from the threat of earthquakes in comparison to Java, Research and Technology Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta said Friday.

Posted in Power supply @ 28 January 2012 10:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Facebook blamed for higher divorce rate The social networking service Facebook has become quite popular in Indonesia but it is now believed to be a factor contributing to a rapid increase in the divorce rate, a local religious court official said.

Posted in Culture @ 21 January 2012 06:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia forecasts 18 percent growth rate in 2012 exports The government of Indonesia on Thursday said it estimates its exports in 2012 will increase by at least 18 percent, despite a negative outlook in global markets.

Posted in Economy @ 19 August 2011 00:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gerindra: Partai Demokrat may have Rp 47 t in deposit Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) advisory council member Permadi has alleged that the Democratic Party has kept Rp 47 trillion (4 billion euro) in bank deposits accumulated from donations given by party cadres and partners.

Posted in Politics @ 29 May 2011 02:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta busway as a good example Earlier I wrote about the TransJakarta busway as a bad example of how things should be taken care of if implementing public transport. But this system does not only have negative sides of course, so TransJakarta also deserves a more positive piece of writing if you ask me.

Posted in Travel @ 26 March 2011 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


MUI: Valentine less haram than stated earlier For those who still don't want to believe that Indonesians don't want to be submitted to too much Islamic rules we have some good news. Valentine's Day, February 14, is a day like any other according tot he Council of Islamic Scholars in Indonesia, MUI. Earlier this week the same group of no-brainers announced that Valentine's Day would be entirely haram because it was not in line with Islam.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 February 2011 11:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor calls for closure of illicit cafe's BeritaBali.com reports that governor Made Mangku Pastika has called on regional leaders to bring into line the numerous illegal cafes (kafes), oftentimes operating as fronts for prostitution, now operating across the island. Moreover, the governor is asking Bali regents to close those kafes not holding operating licenses.

Posted in Health @ 16 January 2011 04:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia set for Malaysia in second leg of AFF Cup final Three days after their 3-0 defeat against Malaysia, the Indonesian national football squad is set for the second leg of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup final match to decide the cup winner.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2010 09:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'Malaysia cheated on victory during first leg of AFF Cup final The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) on Monday said Malaysia's national team cheated during the first leg of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup final on Sunday, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Sports @ 28 December 2010 00:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'All porn sites will be blocked before Ramadhan' Information and Communications Minister Tifatul Sembiring said in Jakarta on Thursday that his ministry would block all local and foreign porn sites and the target for the completion of the blockage will before Ramadhan fasting month next month.

Posted in Ramadan @ 22 July 2010 15:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Idiot as minister: 'Internet a risk to nation' Indonesia's communications minister said a celebrity sex video scandal showed the internet was a threat to the nation and vowed to issue a decree to curb its use. "We want to minimize the negative impact from the internet as it will destroy this nation," Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, from the hard line Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), told.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreigners able to buy property soon? Indonesia plans to allow foreigners to own property in the country and has completed its review of investment rules under the so-called negative list, said the country's investment coordination agency. The country will deregulate its property industry by the end of the first half year of 2010, paving the way for foreigners to buy homes and commercial real estate directly.

Posted in General @ 06 April 2010 08:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Indonesia's legal system still not well organized' Indonesia's legal system is bad and negatively affecting its detention center management, according to Law and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar. Indonesia's detention centers were in general overcrowded, he said.

Posted in General @ 28 March 2010 10:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saving turtles in Bali Bali's negative reputation as a center for the slaughter and sale of turtles is slowly changing, due to a number of heroic efforts such as the establishment of the Bali Turtle Education and Conservation Center established on Serangan Island five years ago.

Posted in Environment @ 26 December 2009 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A night of rain and thunder It is after six o'clock in the morning when I decide to get up. Outside it is still raining, weather that started the afternoon before with heavy thunder and some rain as well. During the night, this weather came and went continuously, but for the daily life here that doesn't matter at all, remarkably enough.

Posted in Travel @ 09 December 2009 06:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First aid and disaster training in Papua On November 1, 2009, a project to expand training in first aid and disaster relief began in the city of Jayapura. Papua, the easternmost province of Indonesia, is regularly shaken by earthquakes. The regions around the cities of Jayapura, Biak, Manokwari and Nabire are the worst affected.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 November 2009 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's rabies saga continues Confirmed cases of rabies now stretch to all four corners of Bali with rabid dogs now detected in two communities at Sambirenteg, Tejakula in the Buleleng regency, North Bali. Officials in Buleleng are responding by educating the local community on preventive steps to stop the further spread of the disease.

Posted in Health @ 08 November 2009 07:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The changing face of Bali n article below was originally published in The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, August 4, 2009. Written by Balinese Ketut Kartika Inggas, it underlines impact the tourism industry is having on the island's culture and traditional life style. Inggas is an alumnae of University of East Anglia, England (MA in Development Studies), curently working in Bangkok:

Posted in Culture @ 26 August 2009 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House of suspected terrorist burned down A house that is located in the foothills of Mount Salak, near Bogor, has been burned by residents in the village. The house was burned down because the residents suspected that the house was a hideout place for terrorist leader Noordin M. Top. Villagers said that they have seen a person that has the same face as the the terrorists seen in Cilacap and Temanggung.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 August 2009 06:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch tourist on Bali tests negative for Mexican Flu The Dutch tourist that was brought to the Sanglah general hospital yesterday after she was identified as a possible suspected case of Mexican Flu, Michele van Dorsen (32), has been sent home by the hospital earlier today because the tested negative for the H1N1 virus. She was released from the isolation room about half past eight this morning. "According to a lab test she is negative for H1N1," said a hospital spokesperson.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 12 May 2009 09:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


February 2009 arrivals to Bali down 10 percent Final arrival figures through the end of February 2009 are now in hand from immigration authorities at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport that confirm that while Bali is enjoying a record strong start to 2009, it may also be sitting at the crest of a cimminent downturn. January-February arrivals totaled 304,013 - a 3.05% improvement over the same two months in 2008 (295,025).

Posted in Tourism @ 13 April 2009 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A world of snow and ice in Yogyakarta Yeah, the title looks like pure fraud, but that doesn't seem to be completely true though. For some time now, about one and a half year, Yogyakarta has its own ice rink for those who want to skate some rounds or just want to do crazy on two of those thin metal strips under your feel. That is at least what they say in advertisements for the ice rink. That reality is slightly different than in those advertisements, is not really amazing. However the leaflet got in a pile 'still to do' somewhere on my desk, I already had the chance to have a look what the fuss was all about.

Posted in General @ 08 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


National tourism targets difficult to achieve Bisnis.com quoted well known tourism observer Wuryastuti Sunario as saying she is pessimistic that the official national tourism target of 7 million visitors for 2008 can be achieved, bearing in mind that growth rates in national tourism reached only 11.43% during the first six months of the year.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 September 2008 12:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sidoarjo mud flow may collapse in coming years Indonesia's disastrous mud volcano is collapsing on itself, according to new research released on the second anniversary of the ever-growing environmental catastrophe. Every day, 100,000 cubic metres of hot, stinking sludge continues to ooze from the mud volcano, which burst through the earth two years ago during deep drilling at a nearby exploratory well, linked to Indonesia's richest man and also part-owned by Australian company Santos.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 30 May 2008 14:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


The southern edge of Yogya: Rice farmer becomes onion farmer In the soaring heat of the countryside just north of the southern beaches near Yogyakarta I was driving towards the east on a small countryside road. This road is the only way out for the area directly west of the Opak River which causes the area to be fairly quiet until today. There are no main roads here, no buses and trucks but palm trees, open rice fields, parked bicycles and a strait black asphalt road which seems to disintegrate into water in the remote distance because of the scorching hot sun.

Posted in Travel @ 20 April 2008 00:00 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


EU continues its blacklist of Indonesian aviation Long-awaited reports from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) that could have cleared the way for the lifting of the current blacklisting of Indonesian aviation have now been published. While noting improvements have been made in aviation safety, EASA decided to leave the current ban in place, saying much remains to be done before the skies of the Republic can be declared "safe" for European travelers.

Posted in General @ 03 December 2007 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian filmmakers want censor board banned Top film makers in Indonesia have launched a legal bid to have the country's censorship board disbanded. They say it stifles creativity. A group of five young directors lodged a petition with the Constitutional Court earlier this week, requesting the removal of provisions in the film law regulating the establishment of the censorship body. "The existence of the Indonesian Censorship Board is against our constitutional right to communicate and receive information," told Tino Saroengallo, an award-winning documentary film-maker.

Posted in General @ 16 November 2007 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New international airport in the plans for Bali Jembrana Regency in the west of Bali has drawn up a plan to construct its own international airport, and is awaiting the go-ahead, and funds totaling some US$110 million, from the central government to proceed with the ambitious project, officials said. A feasibility study has just been completed on a Jembrana International City Airport, but there were indications of resistance to the project from the Bali government, said Regent I Gede Winasa.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Plonco, Ospek, Hazing The death of IPDN student Cliff Muntu is not surprising. In Indonesia, seniority is very much embedded into local education culture. I began to sense this when I enter junior high school, and as I moved up onto higher education in Indonesia, the sense of seniority is felt even more.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pressure to cancel the 'Honoris Causa Award' for Jakarta governor Open Letter to the Rector and Students Senate of the Diponegoro University in Semarang

Posted in Human rights @ 06 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 5 The child who died of bird flu last week appears to have caught the virus from dead of sick chickens living in her area, a health ministry official told earlier today. "She had indirect contact with dead chickens near her school," told Joko Suyono, an official at the ministry's bird flu center.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 14 July 2007 16:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The importance of Bali's domestic market The total number of domestic airline passengers nation-wide in Indonesia decreased -9.69% in the first three months of 2007, totaling 6.119 million as compared to the 6.775 million in the same period in 2006. The downturn in domestic passengers may be due to a collective fear of flying following the a series of air disasters during the first three months of the year and negative government safety warnings affecting all Indonesian domestic carriers.

Posted in Tourism @ 09 May 2007 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: free political prisoners in Papua At least 18 Papuans are serving sentences in Indonesian jails simply for peaceful acts of freedom of expression and opinion, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Such imprisonment violates international law and Indonesia's international legal obligations. The 42-page report, "Protest and Punishment: Political Prisoners in Papua," documents how the Indonesian government continues to use the criminal law to punish individuals who peacefully advocate for independence in the eastern Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Irian Jaya (hereafter referred to as Papua). All the prisoners have been convicted for treason or spreading hatred against the government, for nonviolent activities such as flag-raising, or attendance at peaceful meetings on self-determination options for Papua.

Posted in Human rights @ 22 February 2007 04:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shares predicted to continue strong gains in 2007 Jakarta's main stock index is set for further heady gains this year, supported by improving economic conditions, firm commodity prices and subdued inflation which should give corporate earnings a boost, encouraging fresh capital into the sharemarket, analysts said. They are picking a gain of between 16-43 pct, after last year's 55 pct surge, which saw the composite index repeatedly setting new records to finish 2006 at an all-time high of 1,805.522 points.

Posted in Economy @ 09 January 2007 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


The hunt for Adam Air flight 574 It was a fairly normal beginning of the new year, for as far the first day of the year can be a normal one. The sun was shining here and the weather looked good for the day. Maybe a little bit strange, since we are in the middle of the wet season here so in fact we have to expect a lot of rain almost every single day now. The weather is slightly strange since there is really bad weather of the Java Sea. From Southern Sumatra until as far east at the Moluccan Spice Islands the weather is bad; very high waves, strong winds and a lot of rain are pounding the area. At first you think that that is not a big deal there out at sea, at least there will be no victims in flash floods, landslides and other misery that comes with the wet season in Indonesia.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia crash brings safety of budget airlines into question The proliferation of budget airlines across Asia has made air travel affordable for millions, but this week's aircraft disaster in Indonesia has underlined the challenge for governments to ensure safety standards are met. Analysts say there is no hard evidence that budget airlines are more accident-prone than full-service carriers, but admit they have a harder job convincing the public they are not cutting corners as well as costs.

Posted in General @ 04 January 2007 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia claiming bird flu success as cases drop Human bird flu deaths in Indonesia have slowed markedly over the last three months - a drop local officials attributed to a more aggressive fight. But The World Health Organization said it was too soon to draw conclusions. The WHO cautioned that the fall - a rare piece of good news in the country worst hit by the H5N1 virus - did not indicate a trend and refused to speculate on possible reasons for it.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 22 December 2006 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebel split overshadows elections in Aceh Muhammad Nasir has more than earned the right to cast a vote in the upcoming historic elections in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province. Only 18 months ago, the 39-year-old was languishing in jail, a political prisoner from the armed Free Aceh Movement (GAM), which had waged a guerrilla war against the Indonesian government since 1976.

Posted in Elections @ 09 December 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia considering widening polygamy ban after popular preacher takes second wife Indonesia is considering banning ministers, lawmakers and other government officials from practicing polygamy after the country's most popular Islamic preacher took a second wife, sparking renewed debate about the practice. There are no plans to outlaw polygamy all together in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Currently, men are only allowed to have a second wife if his first is an invalid, terminally ill or infertile. The regulation, however, is rarely enforced and most commentators say the practice is becoming more common.

Posted in Politics @ 07 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia calls for more talks between Islam, West Only through dialogue can stereotypes such as Westerners regarding Islam as "a breeding ground for terrorists" and Muslims seeing the West as "deficient in morals" be removed, an Indonesian minister said on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda told a conference on Islam and Europe that such inaccurate, sweeping generalisations existed in both communities because media and other sources failed to present the complete picture of those cultures.

Posted in Religion @ 23 November 2006 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trials and travails of Indonesia's richest man Publicity-shy paper and plantation magnate Sukanto Tanoto is in Indonesia's national headlines after topping two high-profile lists. Forbes Asia last month listed the 56-year-old tycoon as the richest individual in Indonesia, with assets worth about US$2.8 billion (Rp25.2 trillion). In June, the self-made ethnic-Chinese tycoon also topped a list of state-owned Bank Mandiri's six biggest debtors.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu death toll rises to 52 An Indonesian man who had been suffering from bird flu for days died early on Thursday, a hospital official said, taking Indonesia's death toll from the disease to 52. "He died because of breathing problems which he had suffered since he was admitted to the hospital," said Hadi Yusuf, who heads the bird flu ward at Hasan Sadikin hospital in Bandung, West Java's provincial capital.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 13 October 2006 04:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Man dies of bird flu, cluster case unlikely A 20-year-old Indonesian man who health officials thought had been part of a family cluster of bird flu cases died of the disease on Thursday, a hospital official said. The man's 25-year-old brother died on Sunday after displaying bird flu symptoms but there has been no positive confirmation he had the disease because no samples were taken for testing. A third sibling, a 15-year old girl, is being treated at Hasan Sadikin hospital. Tests for her have been negative.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 29 September 2006 05:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confirms another retrospective case of bird flu Indonesia has confirmed another retrospective case of bird flu in the archipelago nation, which the World Health Organisation said may have resulted from human-to-human transmission. The additional case brings Indonesia's total to 65, of which 49 have been fatal -- the world's highest human death toll from the virus.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 15 September 2006 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO confirms 60th bird flu case, urges sequence sharing The World Health Organization on Wednesday confirmed the 60th case of human infection with the H5N1 strain of bird flu after a 6-year-old girl was tested positive of having the virus. In a statement, the WHO said the girl from Bekasi in West Java Province developed symptoms on Aug. 6 and was hospitalized on Aug. 11. ''She remains hospitalized but is recovering. The source of her infection is currently under investigation,'' the statement said as reported by Kyodo.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 August 2006 13:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plays down likelihood of bird flu cluster Indonesian health authorities have played down the likelihood of a bird flu cluster case in an area in West Java where at least three people have been infected with the deadly virus. A cluster case -- where human-to-human transmission occurs rather than infection through sickened poultry -- heightens the chance of the H5N1 virus mutating to become easily spread among people.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 August 2006 17:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lone Indonesia bird flu survivor goes home Jones Ginting can't remember much of his battle with bird flu, and it's probably for the best. For the first two weeks, he slipped in and out of consciousness at Adam Malik Hospital. His skin stuck to the sweaty sheets as a fever raged. His arms were as rigid as steel pipes. When he did come to, he was delirious and agitated, fighting nurses who were trying to give him the antiviral drug Tamiflu. And always, always, he was struggling to breathe.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 July 2006 13:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO confirms 38th death of bird flu in Indonesia The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that an Indonesian girl who died last month was contracted with avian influenza, bringing the country's total death toll to 39 out of 52 contracted ones, a health ministry official said here on Thursday. Director at the ministry Nyoman Kandun said that the confirmation was given after the sending of the second samples of the seven-year-old girl from Pamulang in outskirt of Jakarta.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 June 2006 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO confirms two more bird flu cases Two more Indonesians have been confirmed as infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus, a health official said on Monday, citing results from a World Health Organisation-recognised laboratory in Hong Kong.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 29 May 2006 15:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New proposal could put Indonesia on same time A proposed merged time zone would put an end to residents of the eastern part of the country showing up red-eyed for work after watching prime-time television shows broadcast from Jakarta. The advantages for businesses -- operating in the same work hours instead of dealing with a one or two-hour difference -- also could be considerable.

Posted in General @ 10 May 2006 11:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


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

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


Teams comb streets to test birds Mrs. Jaelani was curious as the bird flu surveillance team tested her neighbor's poultry on Friday's first day of door-to-door checks. "Doctors, after taking samples from these chickens, would you come to my place and check my poultry? We have five chickens and a bird," said the resident of Palmeriam subdistrict in Matraman, East Jakarta.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 25 February 2006 16:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Pesantren' communities unable to accept pluralism, tolerance The recent research conducted by the International Center for Islam and Pluralism (ICIP), the Indonesian Islamic Boarding School Association (BKSPPI) and AusAID, in which I was involved, shows that many pesantren (Islamic boarding schools), both traditional (salaf) and modern, in West Java reject pluralism as they perceive this as an acceptance of the relativity of religion -- or rejecting the notion that Islam is the absolute truth.

Posted in Religion @ 26 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Fifth death from bird flu confirmed Indonesia's Health Ministry today confirmed the country's fifth human death from avian influenza after receiving test reports from the World Health Organization's laboratory in Hong Kong. It would be the 63rd such death reported in Asia since 2004.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 05 November 2005 10:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Another suspected birdflu death in Indonesia An Indonesian man has died in hospital with a suspected case of bird flu. A spokesman for Jakarta's Sulianti Saroso hospital says the man died from pneumonia. He says the Jakarta resident showed symptoms of bird flu after being admitted to the hospital on Monday but the results of first tests were negative. Blood samples had been taken for further tests.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 October 2005 09:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


SBY still popular despite a year of tough decisions President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono remains a popular president, with 63 percent of Indonesians satisfied with his performance in running the country, a new survey shows. Similarly, 58 percent of the people were satisfied with Vice President Jusuf Kalla's performance, the survey released on Thursday by the Indonesian Research Institute (LSI) says.

Posted in Politics @ 07 October 2005 14:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fifth H5N1 case in Jakarta confirmed The Indonesian ministry of health again examined the blood sample of a six-year-old child, only identified as MT, for likely being infected by avian influenza (AI), the ministry`s official said here Saturday.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 18 September 2005 11:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions
    
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