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Ministry predicts mudik travelers to reach 27 million The number of home-bound travelers during the Idul Fitri Holiday 2014 is expected to reach 27 million, according to a forecast made by the Indonesian Transportation Ministry.

Posted in Travel @ 12 May 2014 18:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Attorney General`s Office arrests fugitive ex-TVRI boss The Attorney Generals Office on Thursday arrested former president director of state-owned television station (TVRI) Sumita Tobing, who has been at large for over a year.

Posted in Crime @ 13 March 2014 19:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor to renegotiate monorail contract The regional government of Jakarta is renegotiating the contract of the Jakarta monorail project with PT Jakarta Monorail (JM). Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo stated that the renegotiation with PT JM laid emphasis on issues related to passengers and advertisements.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 26 February 2014 23:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono sees bright future for Indonesia batik President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono predicts a bright future for the Indonesian batik, given the huge numbers of the middle class population and the nations batik-loving life style.

Posted in Culture @ 05 February 2014 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Record number of tourists for Bali in 2013 The foreign arrival numbers for Bali through the end of November 2013 are in totaling 2.97 million, surpassing, even before figures for December are in, the highest total for any year in the history of Bali arrival.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 January 2014 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More tourists visit Komodo National Park in 2013 The town of Labuan Bajo, the entry point to Komodo island, in East Nusa Tenggara, has seen a steady influx of domestic and foreign tourists, following the inclusion of the Komodo National Park in the New7Wonders of Nature.

Posted in Tourism @ 30 December 2013 17:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


'Perumnas ready to assist in developing flat houses' State-owned housing company Perumnas said it was ready to help Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in the construction of flat houses for residents affected by floods in the Ciliwung river banks.

Posted in General @ 28 January 2013 17:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods affects some telecommunication infrastructure facilities The Ministry of Communications and Information said some telecommunications infrastructure facilities in flood-affected locations in Jakarta were still off due to floods.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2013 14:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods force operator to close a bus lane Heavy rain falls in Sunday morning which triggered a one-meter flood in Pesing sub-district, Kalideres, West Jakarta, caused the operator of the Trans-Jakarta Busway to close the bus lane to the Kalideres Terminal.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2013 15:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lower occupancy Bali hotels during holidays The head of the Denpasar chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), I.B. Gede Sidharta Putra, told Radar Bali that there has been a “retreat” in hotel occupancy levels over the just concluded Christmas and New Years Holiday period.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 January 2013 09:01 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


Jakarta`s feral cats being neutered to reduce numbers The West Jakarta Livestock and Fishery Office has neutered hundreds of feral cats wandering around the city`s local hospitals, bus stations, and neighbourhoods, in an effort to reduce their population and prevent rabies.

Posted in Health @ 10 December 2012 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore bad weather forces four planes to land in Batam At least four airplanes failed to land in Singapore Changi airport due to bad weather and had to be diverted to Batam`s Hang Nadim airport, Indonesia on Sunday morning (Nov 25), Batam airport spokesman said. The four planes landed in the Hang Nadim airport at "adjacent" time, according to the Batam administration public relations officer, Dwi Djoko Wiwoho here on Sunday.

Posted in Weather @ 25 November 2012 20:55 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


Minister: 'Domestic tourists causes economic growth' Domestic tourist visiting attractions across the country during the just completed Idul Fitri holiday grew dramatically, providing much needed income to the local economies during the traditional downturn in foreign visitors of the fasting month.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 September 2012 03:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Bali needs direct flights to support tourism' Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, sees direct flights as critical to increasing international tourist flows to Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 09 July 2012 05:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


All Indonesian workers to be repatriated from Syria Minister of Manpower and Transmigration Muhaimin Iskandar has called for the repatriation of all Indonesian migrant workers from Syria in the wake of escalating political conflict in the Arab country.

Posted in Violence @ 19 June 2012 14:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Identification process of air crash's victims complete The Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Team has completed the identification process of all remains of the ill-fated Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100)`s victims.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 May 2012 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Old Indonesian manuscripts located in Netherlands Around 26,000 old Indonesian manuscripts are currently held in the library of Leiden University in the Netherlands, Indonesian National Library spokesperson Sri Sulasih said here on Monday.

Posted in History @ 14 May 2012 16:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Indonesian mothers die during delivery every hour Indonesia`s maternal mortality rate is still high as it is believed that almost every hour two Indonesian women die while giving birth, a senior family planning official said,

Posted in Health @ 03 February 2012 10:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of people flee Indonesian village in fear of police Hundreds of people have fled a village in Indonesia's restive Papua region following the deployment of more than 100 security officers, the Jakarta Post reported on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 07 December 2011 22:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilink opens Surabaya - Denpasar route Citilink, the strategic low-cost daughter company of Garuda Indonesia, has opened a new route earlier this week. The airline has commenced a twice-a-day flight between Surabaya and Denpasar following the arrival of two Airbus A320 aircraft.

Posted in Travel @ 16 November 2011 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jasa Marga to construct first Bali toll road PT Jasa Marga has plans to construct the first toll road on the island of Bali. This toll road, with a planned length of 11 kilometers, will partially be constructed above the sea to ease traffic in the area between Denpasar and Nusa Dua.

Posted in Economy @ 05 November 2011 00:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian imports increase by 56 % in September Indonesian imports increased by 56.4 percent in September when compared to the same period last year, reaching a total value of $15.1 billion, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 November 2011 16:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


YPTB: Timo Sea largely destroyed after 2009 Montara oil spill Recent undersea pictures and video have shown that conditions in Indonesia's Timor Sea have deteriorated at an alarming rate, largely caused by the 2009 Montara oil spill, the Care West Timor Foundation (YPTB) said.

Posted in Elections @ 20 October 2011 22:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia urges Aussie compensation of 2009 oil spill Indonesia has urged the Government of Australia to sign a compensation payment agreement related to the 2009 Montara oil spill, which has already been postponed on two occasions.

Posted in Environment @ 21 September 2011 02:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A double tracked Pantura almost a reality An infrastructure project that was started back in the Dutch colonial era, will hopefully be rounded up in the coming years. What project took almost a century to be completed? The construction of a double tracked - now it's only a single track for the biggest part - railroad connection between Jakarta and Surabaya through the northern lowlands of Java Island.

Posted in Travel @ 28 August 2011 06:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta's recreational parks ready for waves of visitors Three of Jakarta`s favorite recreational centers - Ragunan Zoo, Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park (TMII), and Jaya Ancol Dreamland - are ready to admit huge numbers of visitors during this year`s Lebaran holidays.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 August 2011 05:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poor Indonesians use 70 percent of income on cigarettes Seventy percent of poor Indonesian's income is spent on cigarettes, according to an investigation released on Wednesday.

Posted in Health @ 28 July 2011 06:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Bank Indonesia: Growth rate to reach 6.6 percent Indonesia's central bank, Bank Indonesia, on Thursday forecast that the country's economic growth will reach 6.6 percent this year.

Posted in Economy @ 15 July 2011 02:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's trade surplus declines third straight month Indonesia's exports reached $16.52 billion and imports reached $14.89 in April, resulting in a surplus of $1.53 billion, the country's Central Statistics Agency (BPS) said Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 03 June 2011 00:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's investments up 27 percent in Q1 Indonesia's investment numbers rose by 27 percent during the year's first quarter, compared to 2010, government officials said Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 25 May 2011 02:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seaports too small: fewer cruise ships to Indonesia The number of cruise ship visits to Indonesia in 2011 is put at only 31, a decline from the numbers projected last year due to the cancellation of planned ship visits to Bali and Komodo.

Posted in Tourism @ 09 March 2011 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's exports decrease 14 percent in January Indonesia's exports dropped 14 percent in the month of January, the country's Central Statistics Agency (BPS) said Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 March 2011 04:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian economy grows 6.1 percent in 2010 Indonesia's Central Statistics Agency (BPS) on Monday announced that in 2010, the country's economy grew by 6.1 percent on a year-to-year basis.

Posted in Economy @ 08 February 2011 02:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian president Yudhoyono to open new airport in Lombok The beginning of March will see the airport being dedicated by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after all security and safety checks have been completed. Once all the test runs have been finalized the President will be at the ceremony for the opening which is taking place nearly a year behind schedule.

Posted in Travel @ 05 February 2011 03:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ferry boat fire in Indonesia's Sunda Strait kills at least six A large fire on a passenger ferry boat in Indonesia's Sunda Strait killed at least six people on early Friday morning, police said. The death toll is expected to rise.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 January 2011 03:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Christmas spirit: Christians top victims of intolerance in West Java An organisation run by Indonesian Muslim organisation Nahdlatul Ulama said that West Java tops reports of religious intolerance. Christians top the list of victims, followed by the Ahmadiyah Islamic sect.

Posted in Religion @ 24 December 2010 09:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A full Bali for Christmas and New Year Hotels in Bali are fully booked for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the head of the island’s hotel association said on Sunday, while police said there had been no indication of an increased threat of terrorist attack.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 December 2010 08:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Statistics: AIDS in Indonesia Incidence, prevalence rates, and other statistics on AIDS in Indonesia, with Papua province being the worst affected. Figures are as provided by the Department of Health up to June 30th 2010.

Posted in Health @ 03 December 2010 02:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta airport closed until at least November 20 The international airport of Yogyakarta, Adisucipto, will be closed until at least November 20, 18:00 local time. The volcanic activity of the Mount Merapi volcano is still very high, that it is decided to keep the airport closed for another five days to take away all uncertainty. Earlier, the airport had been closed to November 15, with a possibility to extend this, depending on the current situation.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 November 2010 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


State railway launches 'women-only' carriages Indonesia's state railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) on Thursday launched special carriages for women traveling between the capital, Jakarta, and the West Java city of Bogor. Transportation minister Freddy Numberi and women and child rights minister Linda Amalia Sari attended the launch ceremony at Depok train station in West Java.

Posted in Culture @ 20 August 2010 13:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Concerns about military operations in Puncak Jaya region Reports from the Puncak Jaya region, inside the central highlands of West Papua, indicate that Indonesian security forces, principally the militarized police BRIMOB, have launched actions against the small, armed Free Papua Movement (OPM). In May, security force spokespersons warned that if the local OPM leader, Goliat Tabuni, did not surrender by June 28, major operations would be launched to capture him and his small force.

Posted in Military @ 19 June 2010 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Road near Sidoarjo mud flow to be raised The main thoroughfare in Porong, closed several times already because of mud from the mud volcano nearby, will be raised with some 80 centimeters to avoid future problems with mud flowing onto the road. A stretch of road with a length of one kilometer will be raised as soon as possible.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 07 May 2010 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sheraton and Mercure Hotels on Komodo Island For those who wants to enjoy five star hotel comforts on Komodo Island, two hotel Sheraton and Mercure in Komodo Island. The two hotels will complete existing hotels. "Currently, there are two three stars hotels, Jayakarta Hotels, Bintang Flores and several small hotels in the area," said Director General of Marketing, Sapta Nirwandar.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 April 2010 01:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five climbers missing on Mount Kambuno Five members of a group of nature lovers Kapas Palopo, are officially reported missing after they didn't return from their hike on the Kambuno volcano in the region of Luwu Utara in South Sulawesi. The team left on January 31 and was to return on February 7, but until now the five still have not returned yet.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 February 2010 00:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia targets 7 million tourist arrivals in 2010 In 2010 Indonesia targets a total of 7 million international visitors spending on average US$ 1,000 per stay, thus contributing some US$ 7 billion to Indonesias economy, said Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Hatta Rajasa. This is an increase of between 8%-10% growth compared to 2009.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 February 2010 00:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Waterbirds in mangrove forests under threat The number of species and the populations of waterbirds in Muara Angke natural conservation area, North Jakarta, have decreased because of water pollution and human encroachment into the area, an environmental organization says.

Posted in Environment @ 05 February 2010 01:40 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


How to protect your ATM account? In the wake of a massive abuse of ATM cards belonging to Indonesian bank accounts, banks have warned people to be careful with their bank card and details in the first place. The steps taken below should prevent most of the so-called skimming from occurring.

Posted in Crime @ 26 January 2010 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sees tourist arrivals up 8.5 % in 2010 Indonesia aims to attract 7 million foreign tourists in 2010, up from about 6.45 million visitors this year, Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik said on Wednesday. The minister said Indonesia had edged past it's target of 6.4 million arrivals for this year despite the global economic crisis and militant suicide attacks on two luxury hotels in Jakarta in July.

Posted in Tourism @ 31 December 2009 04:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to the 'real' tourism for Bali? According to respected Indonesian elder statesman, Prof. Dr. Emil Salim, although Bali has manage to become the icon of Indonesian tourism, it is destined to lose its true bearings as a religious, cultural and nature destination which will result in a decline in the quality of international tourists drawn to the Island.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 December 2009 00:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


A bigger and much improved airport for Bali PT Angkasa Pura I (PAP), the State-owned company that manages Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, recently outlined the major renovation and upgrading work at Bali's only airport soon to get underway. Quoted in Beritabali.com, the general manager of Angkasa Pura I, Heru Legowo, said the total cost of the planned modifications at Bali's airport is budgeted at Rp. 1.6 trillion (110 million euro).

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2009 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Status of Mount Batur volcano raised to 'careful' The Mount Batur volcano, located on the island of Bali shows signs of renewed activity. The first recorded eruption of the volcano was in 1804. Since then it erupted at least 28 times with intervals of between one and 39 years. Normally the 1,717 meter high volcano erupts in a strombolian eruption where lava just flows out of it's crater. The last eruption as on July 7, 2000.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 November 2009 00:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15-year-old raped until she passes out In, a 15-year-old, has most likely become the victim of abuse and rape last Monday. Until now she is out of consciousness in the emergency room of the Raha hospital in Southeast Sulawesi. Parts of her body, like her hands and her left foot, show injuries by sharp objects.

Posted in Crime @ 21 October 2009 14:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


More tourists to Indonesia in 2010? The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has said that the target of the number of tourists that will visit Indonesia in 2010 has been raised by half a million foreign tourists from the 2009 target of 6,5 million. "We are planning to raise the target for foreign tourist arrivals in 2010 to seven million, taking into account security improvements in Indonesia as well as the growth in arrivals this year," said Sapta Nirwandar, a marketing director at the ministry.

Posted in Tourism @ 30 September 2009 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


How to scare the shit out of people Plane crashes normally are breaking news across the world because of their sudden nature and the often high numbers of casualties involved in that kind of accidents. Reporting such events - and others that are also causing worldwide news - should be handled with care. However it is not always that easy to select the information and images going with them. Making a mistake in a hurry is nothing uncommon as well.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 September 2009 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Denpasar to issue biometric ID-cards Bali's capital city of Denpasar will initiate a pilot project for new identity cards (KTP) utilizing a Single Identity Number (SIN) and biometric markers as part of overall steps to stop the widespread misuse of double KTPs.

Posted in General @ 06 September 2009 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia and 'visa-before-arrival' Inbound passengers to Bali on board Garuda Indonesia flights from Tokyo are seeing their waiting time at the airport of Bali reduced by virtue of a new on board immigration service now in operation. Explained by the manager of Garuda Indonesia in Denpasar, Bagus Siregar, passengers will have their passports processed by immigration officers during their flight from Tokyo and Bali.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 05 September 2009 14:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Train tickets around Lebaran almost sold out However the holy month of fasting has not even started, most have already made plans to go home to celebrate the end of it. Yesterday all tickets for all classes in trains from Jakarta to various cities throughout Java were sold out. Tickets for departure five days before the end of the Ramadan were even sold out completely.

Posted in Ramadan @ 19 August 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trafficking fuels commercial sex work Among the alleyways of Dolly, in Indonesia's second-largest city, it is not difficult to find thousands of young women lured by the prospects of a better life working as commercial sex workers (CSWs). "I never chose to be a prostitute. It just happened," Isah, 19, told, describing her tenure in one of Southeast Asia's largest commercial sex venues.

Posted in Human rights @ 11 August 2009 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Pickpocketed at the Busway It was about to happen of course. But for the first time in ten years Indonesia it happened on a place where I could expect it the most. On the Jakarta Busway. It was a rush hour trip from Halte Bunderan HI to terminal Blok M. I traveled during rush hour because I had a scheduled birthday to attend in southern Jakarta at seven. I would not make it, but that was less of a problem.

Posted in Culture @ 28 June 2009 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More tourists to Indonesia in first quarter of 2009 An official of the Department of Culture and Tourism has told the press that Indonesia is not capable of "vertical promotion" using international broadcast media due to a lack of needed funding. Nia Nurcaya, Director for Conferences, Incentives and Promotion of the Marketing Division of the Department of Culture and Tourism, said, "in terms of the vertical promotion of tourism, Indonesia is left far behind by other neighboring nations, such as Malaysia."

Posted in Tourism @ 14 June 2009 09:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moving? Yes, but not to the Netherlands After I wrote an article recently, some people thought that I was about to return to the Netherlands. Indeed I was in the Netherlands and indeed I was about to move. Whether I put these two facts in one article on purpose or not, it were two things that played an important role at that moment. Both of them have been rounded off properly though and it wasn't that hard after all.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2009 06:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Shenzhen Airlines flies Guangzhou - Bali direct A new twice-weekly direct air service flown by Shenzhen Airlines from Guangzhou (Canton) to Bali will cut 7 hours traveling time from the previous 12 hours it took to fly that route. Previously Chinese travelers faced the arduous prospect flying to Bali with an intermediate stop-over in Jakarta, a trip now reduced to only four hours with the launch of the direct flight service.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 May 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quick count: Secular parties win over Islamic parties The democratic party of current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono comes up as the winner during quick counts made by several different organisations. The party gets around 20 percent of the votes nationally. Numbers two and three are the Democratic Party of Struggle from former president Megawati Sukarnoputri and Golkar, the labour party of former president Suharto.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2009 13:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to announce two more executions today The High Court in Indonesia will later today announce the death sentence of two people which will be executed as soon as possible. Based on information that was gathered, the High Court has ordered the execution of ten people this year. Two others are still waiting for their official announcement to be executed. The two are Ujang, a serial killer from Palembang, Sumatra. and Ona Denis, a Malawi resident which is sentenced to death for a drug-related offense in Tangerang, Banten.

Posted in Crime @ 22 December 2008 03:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fewer people flying domestic in Indonesia Uncertain oil prices and a worsening global financial crisis have prompted Indonesian aviation industry observers to project a potential downturn of between 10 and 15% in passenger totals in by year end 2008. Foreshadowing this downturn, only 23 million passengers were carried by Indonesian carriers through the end of September 2008. This compares with a total of 37 million passengers who flew in 2007.

Posted in Economy @ 29 November 2008 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bombers could die as early as Saturday The three Bali bombers on death row in Indonesia may be executed as early as Saturday, as security is tightened around their island prison. According to the office of Indonesia's Attorney-General, after midnight this Friday is the earliest time Amrozi, Mukhlas and Imam Samudra could face the firing squad.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 October 2008 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One third of transvestites in Jakarta is HIV positive Thirty-four per cent of transvestites in this city are infected with HIV, a survey has revealed. According to the Biology and Behaviour Survey (STBP), the number of HIV infection among the transvestite community in Jakarta has steadily risen since 1995, when only 0.3% was reportedly HIV positive.

Posted in Health @ 18 October 2008 01:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


21 dead in stampede over alms in Pasuruan At least 21 people have been crushed to death in a queue for a charity handout from a wealthy family in Indonesia. Scores more were hurt in the stampede, which took place after about 10,000 people queued for a charity handout to mark the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The crush happened in the East Java town of Pasuruan when a crowd of poor people were waiting for a donation, known as zakat, of three euro each.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 September 2008 15:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo dragon disappearing from natural habitat The legendary Komodo dragon, a giant carnivorous lizard that feasts on water buffalo, and occasionally even attacks humans, is disappearing from its limited habitat, according to zoologists. The dragons, which grown to three meters long and weigh as much as 165 kilograms, are found only on Komodo and a handful of neighbouring islands in central Indonesia. Already endangered, their numbers are dwindling as a result of habitat destruction and hunting of their prey.

Posted in Environment @ 06 September 2008 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourist arrivals approach record territory The foreign arrivals figures to Bali covering the first six months of 2008 are now in. Month-after-month of record breaking arrival totals support the increasingly popular view that 2008 will see 2 million plus foreign tourists pass through Bali's International airport - the first time Bali has penetrated the 2 million barrier.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 August 2008 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government orders AirAsia to assign seat number to passengers Indonesian AirAsia was recently scolded by the Director General of Civil Aviation, Tri S. Sunoko, who told the low cost airline to start assigning seat numbers on the airline's boarding passes. According to the Indonesian aviation official, the pre-assignment of seats is needed to help identify passengers in the event of an air accident.

Posted in General @ 26 July 2008 11:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 10 reactions


June inflation 2.46 percent, year-on-year hits 11 percent As was expected before, the inflation rate in Indonesia was higher in June than in the month of May 2008. The inflation reached 2.46 percent, where it only was 1.41 percent in May. The numbers were released by Ali Rosidi, a member of the State Statistics Agency BPS, at a meeting with the press.

Posted in Economy @ 02 July 2008 04:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1.500 police arrest 49 members of radical Islamic FPI An overwhelming police force of some 1.500 personnel have finally made 49 arrests among members of the radical Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) in Jakarta after last Sundays attack on a peaceful demonstration in the city. The arrests were done in an orderly manner without any resistance from members of the FPI. The action was directly overseen by the head of the police of Metro Jaya, the Greater Jakarta police, Adang Firman. He first just wanted to arrest 10 people.

Posted in General @ 04 June 2008 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourist arrivals 16 percent higher in February The number of foreign tourists in Indonesia rose nearly 16 percent in February from a year ago, helped by a surge in visitors to the resort island of Bali, government data showed on Tuesday. The predominantly Hindu island of Bali, which accounted for about 40 percent of total foreign arrivals, has seen tourist numbers rebound after a slow recovery from the impact of suicide bomb attacks by Islamic militants in 2002 and 2005.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 April 2008 05:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Queueing up to pay your electricity bill It is nothing more than a monthly returning event if you look at it; paying your electricity bill. Somewhere in the last two days of the month an employee from the Indonesian state-run electricity company PLN (Perusahan Listrik Negara) comes to write down the current meter reading on the card and also enters these numbers in his handheld computer. After that he walks through the garden to the neighbors to continue his way.

Posted in Culture @ 12 March 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bali January 2008 arrivals burst out of the starting gate The National News Agency Antara reports that 154,000 foreign tourists visited Bali in January 2008. While these figures remain preliminary until confirmed by yet-to-be-received official figures from Bali's immigration office, the 154,000 tally suggests a record-breaking start to 2008, exceeding arrival totals for January 2007 (109,504) by a whopping +40.63%.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 February 2008 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's Air Paradise to fly no more The inclusion of the name of PT Air Paradise Indonesia in a list of airlines whose operating licenses have been withdrawn by the Government due to prolonged non-operations may spell the final epitaph in the heroic efforts of a Balinese businessman to create a Bali-based international airline.

Posted in General @ 03 February 2008 04:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau ejects hot stones and debris Volcanic activity at the Mount Anak Krakatau is still rising. Until 06:00 (GMT+7) there were 52 eruptions in which hot stones and debris was ejected from the volcano. Until this moment, the status of the volcano just off the western tip of Java, in the Sunda Strait is still 'on watch'. Between 00:00 and 06:00 (GMT+7) there were 24 volcanic tremors recorded by the observation post. There was an ejection of hot volcanic stones and debris 52 times and seven times a small earthquake. The eruptions of the Mount Anak Krakatau volcano reaches heights of between 100 and 300 meters from the peak of the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 November 2007 06:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists: 'Mount Kelud about to blow its top' Non-stop tremors rock the deadly Mount Kelud volcano on Friday, clearly signaling that a powerful eruption could be imminent, according to scientists. Villagers living on the slopes of the volcano however still refuse to flee, hoping that if they keep quiet, the volcano would not erupt. The intensity and frequency of the tremors inside the volcano already exceeded numbers reached in the days and hours before the eruption in 1990. The tremors are an indicator that an underground reservoir of magma is trying to break to the surface.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 November 2007 08:28 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


President Yudhoyono calls for distribution of masks President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked the governor of East Java, Imam Utomo, to distribute masks among residents living on the slopes of the restive Mount Kelut volcano in the district of Kediri. "I want the masks made available in large numbers and distributed among residents living around the volcano," Yudhoyono said in a dialog with the local police chiefs at the Indonesian Police Headquarters in Jakarta.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 October 2007 13:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia rises while European arrivals seek past glory As reported on balidiscovery.com, total foreign arrivals during the first four months of 2007 totaled 472,082 - representing an improvement of +38.38% over the same four months in 2006 and the strongest start to any year on record. The graphics presented here in 'Bali by the Numbers' examining Bali's top four source markets for the first four months of each year from 2000 - 2007 show:

Posted in Tourism @ 28 May 2007 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villa owners in Bali might become tax payers as well According to the Indonesian-language Bali Post, Bali's Governor has issued a circular memo (No. 556.2/1590/I/Dispara) addressing steps to give a clearer legal and business standing to the hundreds of villas operating commercially in Bali.

Posted in General @ 19 May 2007 11:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Minister: No new accommodation in Denpasar and Badung Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, recently told a business meeting in Bali that the construction of new accommodation in Badung and Denpasar must come to an end with current rooms on offer far exceeding market demand.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 May 2007 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ASEAN agrees to liberalize its skies The 10-member countries comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to liberalize air traffic rights between the 10 ASEAN capital cities commencing in 2008.

Posted in General @ 08 May 2007 06:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visa on arrival to Indonesia for 11 more countries The Indonesian government is preparing the visa on arrival facility for 11 more countries in a bid to increase revenues from the tourism industry, as local press reported earlier today. A senior official with the Foreign Affairs Ministry had named the 11 countries likely to receive the visa on arrival as being Algeria, Czech Republic, Fiji, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Panama, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Tunisia.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 April 2007 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Hamid silent over 50 dead inmates Justice and Humand Rights Minister Hamid Awaludin has refused to comment on the fact that large numbers of prisoners at the Tangerang prison who have died recently. Hamid tried to avoid reporters who wanted to ask about this matter in a rush outside the governor's office in Banten. “Please step back, there’s no time for interview,” said Hamid's adjutant.

Posted in Health @ 12 April 2007 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 27 dead in twin Sumatra earthquake At least 27 people are dead after two earthquakes strike West Sumatra earlier today. Two earthquakes, the first one with a magnitude of 6.3 and the second one 6.1 on the Richter Scale flattened buildings north of the coastal city of Padang. Dozens of injured are rushed to hospitals in the area, local TV stations report live from the area.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 March 2007 08:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15 dead in ferry fire At least 15 people have died in a fire earlier today on a ferry which was located in Jakarta Bay. A navy official reported that the fire was extinguished and that the 300 odd passengers were in the proces of being evacuated from the ferry. The Levina I was en route to Bangka Island, near Sumatra, when it caught fire just after dawn, 80 kilometers from Tanjung Priok, Jakarta's port. The fire has probably started in a truck parked on the car deck.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 February 2007 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HIV population among fastest-growing in Asia The HIV population in Indonesia is among the fastest growing in Asia, officials said yesterday at the presentation of a World Health Organisation (WHO) review concerning the epidemic. Director general of the contagious diseases department of the Health Ministry, I Nyoman Kandun said HIV was spreading quickly among so-called high-risk groups and in parts of the country where health care is of low quality.

Posted in Health @ 18 February 2007 09:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


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

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


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

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


United Nations ready to assist flood-stricken Indonesia The United Nations agencies stand ready to support the Government of Indonesia in response to the severe flooding that has affected the capital of Jakarta and surrounding areas in recent days.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 February 2007 00:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hopes to bolster lagging tourism figures Tourist arrivals into Indonesia dropped in 2006 by 4.1% in comparison to 2005, recording just over 4.79 million visitors, so this year at the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) the delegates hope to generate a more positive beat for Indonesia. The Indonesian Ministry of Cultura and Tourism and industry representatives this year will be concentrating their energies toward TRAVEX at ATF, with 49 hospitality properties and 18 tour operators.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2007 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction
    
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