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People urged to give Jokowi time to select ministers A political observer from state General Soedirman University in Purwokerto, Central Java, has called on the people to give President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) time to select his ministers.

Posted in Politics @ 23 October 2014 19:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Next govt must have guts to raise subsidized fuel prices The future government should have the determination to increase the price of subsidized fuels to prevent fuel subsidy in the state budget (APBN) from soaring, an energy observer reported.

Posted in Economy @ 25 August 2014 19:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President-elect Jokowi gains international recognition The newly elected Indonesian President Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has gained international recognition with congratulatory messages trickling in from leaders across the globe.

Posted in Elections @ 24 July 2014 18:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Budi Mulya sentenced to 10 years` imprisonment Former deputy governor of Bank Indonesia Budi Mulya was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years imprisonment by the anti corruption court with a fine of Rp500 million or an additional jail term of 5 months.

Posted in Crime @ 17 July 2014 02:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer: 'Jokowi becomes target of rivals' Political observer Arbi Sanit of the University of Indonesia said efforts were being made to tarnish the name of presidential candidate Joko Widodo (Jokowi) through an alleged corruption case in the procurement of Transjakarta buses.

Posted in Politics @ 24 May 2014 21:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer: 'Kalla has potential to overshadow Jokowi' Political observer Hendri Satrio of the Paramadina University said Jusuf Kalla (JK), who is a former vice president and a senior statesman, has the potential to overshadow Joko Widodo or Jokowi.

Posted in Politics @ 21 May 2014 08:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer raises suspicion over Jokowi-Blake meeting A political observer accused US Ambassador Robert O Blake of seeking to implant US influence on Indonesian presidential hopeful Joko Widodo when they met here on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 15 April 2014 19:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia`s citizens in U.S. cast votes on Saturday Indonesian citizens living in the United States (U.S.), along with the Indonesian Ambassador, Budi Bowoleksono and his wife Reshanty Bowoleksono cast votes on Saturday (April 5) for legislative general elections.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2014 22:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS expresses optimism to be in big three The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) expressed its optimism that it would become one of the big three political parties following the upcoming legislative elections on April 9, 2014.

Posted in Elections @ 05 April 2014 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo's electability unaffected by human rights issue Political observer from Pelita Harapan University (UPH) Emrus Sihombing has opined that human rights issue will not affect the electability of Prabowo Subianto, the presidential hopeful from Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) party.

Posted in Politics @ 03 April 2014 16:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pros and cons of Jokowi`s presidential candidacy Many Indonesians have hailed the presidential candidacy of Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, who has been idolized for his down-to-earth style of governance.

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2014 17:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto: 'Time for Indonesians to make changes' It is time for Indonesia to move towards becoming a progressive nation under the guidance of an ethical leader, noted Peoples Conscience (Hanura) party leader Wiranto.

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2014 18:34 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


Jokowi defends English-free primary school curriculum The Jakarta administration has backed the Education Ministryís 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


Remittances from Indonesian workers reach Rp100 trillion Indonesia earns about Rp100 trillion in foreign exchange every year from Indonesian workers in various countries across Asia and Europe, a manpower official has said.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2013 18:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Democracy must include peace, economic growth' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said democracy could not operate alone, but must proceed side-by-side with peace, stability and economic growth so that democracy benefits the people.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2013 23:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta's Governor meets national leadership criteria Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, meets the national leadership criteria based on criteria set by the countrys second largest Muslim organization Muhammadiyah, an observer said.

Posted in Politics @ 03 November 2013 20:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta-Surabaya toll road plan must move forward: Minister State-owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Dahlan Iskan said the government`s plan to build toll roads, stretching from Jakarta to Surabaya in East Java, must move forward in spite of criticism from some quarters.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 18 October 2013 23:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Soekarno-Hatta Airport gets clean toilet award Jakarta`s Soekarno-Hatta airport in the Tangerang district of Banten Province, has received the second prize in a clean public toilet competition organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, an airport official revealed.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 27 September 2013 18:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lawmaker: 'Terrorism still real in Jakarta' A lawmaker from the Commission III of the House of Representatives (DPR) Eva Kusuma Sundari said Tuesday`s shooting of a police officer showed that terrorism is still a threat in Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 September 2013 14:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Not time yet for Jokowi to be presidential candidate' This is not the right time for Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to be nominated as a presidential candidate, according to a political observer. He stated that Jokowi could pass the test by turning Jakarta into a better place than what it was at present.

Posted in Politics @ 26 August 2013 21:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Democratic party needs uncontroversial figure President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono`s party needs a figure who is not controversial to put the party`s house in order, an observer said.

Posted in Politics @ 28 March 2013 15:36 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


Corruption predicted to increase in 2013 An observer of the Advocate Division of Corruption Study Center of Gadjah Mada University (Pukat UGM), Oce Madril, has predicted that corruption would increase in 2013-2014, due to tense political rivalries.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 December 2012 04:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Conserving energy and resources in Bali Former Indonesian Minister of Tourism and keen observer of the national tourism industry, I Gede Ardika, has declared that the development of sustainable tourism projects demands conservation of water and energy resources as a necessary prerequisite.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2012 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan warned against being too outspoken Outspoken minister for state enterprises Dahlan Iskan, who triggered an uproar by saying lawmakers seeking to extort money from state companies has been warned to be more cautious in making statements.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 November 2012 17:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor Jokowi observes densely populated areas The new Jakarta governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) a day after being installed by Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi, on Tuesday observed Pademangan, one of the densely populated areas in the capital city.

Posted in Politics @ 16 October 2012 21:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer: 'Bounty for arrest of president baseless' The bounty offered by separatist group Free West Papua Movement for the arrest of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his October visit to Britain has no legal basis, according to an observer.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2012 22:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wildfire rages on Mount Agung slopes A forest fire is burning on the northern slopes of Baliís sacred Mount Agung volcano - near the villages of Ban, Munting and Kubu, approximately 50 kilometers from the City of Amlapura.

Posted in Forest fires @ 04 September 2012 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police witnesses would comply with KPK summon Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission Abraham Samad said he is convinced witnesses among police officers would duly comply with the KPK summon for questioning over the driving simulator corruption case in police`s traffic corps.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 August 2012 21:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rupiah-USD exchange rate sluggish after market open After remaining closed for several days on account of public holidays, markets in Indonesia opened on Thursday, with the rupiah to US dollar exchange rate staying sluggish. Jakarta interbank transactions fixed the rupiah`s exchange rate against the USD at Rp9,485 per US dollar.

Posted in Earthquake @ 23 August 2012 13:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK begins investigation of evidence of driving simulator case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) began investigation on Tuesday of goods held as evidence of alleged corruption in the procurement of police`s driving simulators.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 August 2012 21:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian maid becomes millionaire after inheriting property An Indonesian maid, whose name cannot be revealed for security reasons, has inherited 20 million Saudi riyals after her employer`s death. As reported by local Saudi daily Okaz on Tuesday (July 9), the Indonesian maid came to Saudi Arabia to work for a property tycoon in the city of Taif.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 July 2012 14:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt continues returning workers in Syria The government has continued making efforts to return its citizens in Syria due to worsening security conditions in that country, Jumhur Hidayat said here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2012 09:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


MP asks 'fuel price' protesters not to vandalize public property An Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) lawmaker has asked the people not to vandalize public property while holding rallies against the government`s plan to raise fuel prices.

Posted in Politics @ 24 March 2012 05:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor elections expected to proceed to two rounds Political observer Andrinof Chaniago has predicted that the Jakarta Regional Head elections will proceed in two rounds.

Posted in Politics @ 20 March 2012 14:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Analyst: 'Retired military personnel should remain neutral' Retired military personnel are urged to remain neutral and avoid getting involved in practical politics, political observer from Habibie Center, Bawono Kumoro, said here on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 12 March 2012 02:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert: Delays at Lion Air are management problem Bisnis.com writes that the Indonesian carrier Lion Air needs to urgently improve its internal management systems in order to reduce the frequency of delayed flights, if they do not wish to loose market share.

Posted in Travel @ 12 June 2011 03:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crackdown on illegal taxi's on Bali continues An informal promise by the Bali Transportation, Information and Communications Agency (Dishub), the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) and the provincial enforcement agency (SATPOL-PP) to temporarily halt the crackdown on illegal transport operators is apparently not being honored.

Posted in General @ 11 June 2011 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai PM: Cambodian troops must leave border to solve dispute Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday said the border conflict cannot be solved if Cambodian troops remain at the ancient Preah Vihear temple, MCOT Online reported. "I think the problem lies in Cambodia's refusal to withdraw its troops from the disputed area around Preah Vihear temple," Vejjajiva said.

Posted in Politics @ 08 May 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One more warning for zoning law violations on Bali The provincial enforcement team for Bali has delivered the second written warning to the Beach World Project within the Nusa Dua Complex.

Posted in Environment @ 26 April 2011 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thailand rejects Indonesian observers in disputed border area Thailand on Wednesday rejected allowing the entrance of Indonesian observers in the disputed area on the Thai-Cambodian border, the Bangkok Post reported.

Posted in Politics @ 23 March 2011 23:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to observe Cambodia-Thailand border conflict Amidst the recent border conflicts between Thailand and Cambodia, both countries have accepted Indonesia to observe both sides of the border, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 23 February 2011 05:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese hold ceremony for Mount Batur volcano Thousands of devout Balinese Hindus converged at Bali's Mt. Batur on Sunday, December 5, 2010, to participate in two sacred ceremonies dedicated to preventing a cataclysmic explosion of the still active volcano.

Posted in Religion @ 12 December 2010 04:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anyer residents hear loud explosions caused by Mount Krakatau Hundreds of residents of Anyer, Banten province in the far west of the island of Java, have heard three loud explosions shortly after midnight last night. The explosions were caused by the Anak Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait between the islands Sumatra and Java. The first explosion that could be heard on the mainland, some 50 kilometers away from the volcano, took place at 01:25 local time.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 November 2010 09:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The very dark side of Bali's night life Violence at a Kuta nightspot left one man injured and another dead on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. The tragic incident unfolded at the Red Room Bar on Jalan Dyana Pura where thugs brutally attacked the two men, beating them with blunt objects and stabbing them with knives.

Posted in Crime @ 18 July 2010 08:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati wants too much Defeated in the first round of the presidential elections held earlier this month, Megawati Soekarnoputri will do everything to disrupt the democratic process as much as possible. She and her campaign team are calling on the General Election Commission KPU to hold a second round of presidential elections, a runoff between her and current President Yudhoyono - who also won the first round with a vast majority of the votes.

Posted in Politics @ 29 July 2009 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Big political coalition to challenge Yudhoyono Indonesia's five big parties declared a big coalition on Friday to challenge current President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party in the upcoming presidential elections. The parties involved in the coalition are the Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), Golkar Party, Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra), People Conscience Party (Hanura) and the Unity and Development Party (PPP). Six other smaller parties were also involved in the coalition.

Posted in Politics @ 01 May 2009 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Krakatau volcano goes on higher alert because of eruptions The Anak Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait is once again exhausting hot rocks. The current condition of the volcano forced the Volcanologic and Geological Mitigation Center to raise the alert status of the volcano from 'aware' to 'careful' earlier today. According to seismographic readings there were 126 small eruptions, 149 exhausts of hot steam and over a hundred tremors over the course of a week.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 April 2009 11:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar party vows to win legislative elections The General Chairman of Indonesia's Golkar Party, Jusuf Kalla, said for the first time that his party should appear as the winner in the forthcoming legislative general elections. "Do we want to have presidential candidate from Golkar? Therefore we should have a big capital by winning the legislative general election with a majority vote exceeding other political parties," said Kalla during a get-together with his cadres in Tanjungkarang, Lampung, on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 09 March 2009 12:38 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


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


Mount Dukono volcano exhausts thick black smoke The Mount DokDukono uno volcano, located in the district of Galela in the northern part of the island of Halmahera, in the Maluku archipelago, has been showing increasing activity for the last few weeks. The volcano now exhausts thick black clouds of smoke from it's crater. Ash and small stones are ejected as well. The activity status of the volcano was only lowered from level three to level two last April.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 August 2008 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Activity of Mount Semeru volcano still high The activity of the Mount Semeru volcano near Lumajang in eastern Java is still relatively high. Based on seismic information from the Gunung Sawur observation post in the village of Sumber Wulu, in subdistrict Candipuro, there were 90 volcanic tremors, seven magmatic tremors and 30 tectonic tremors in the last 24 hours.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 May 2008 16:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lava island in Mount Kelud's crater growing The Mount Kelud volcano in eastern Java is still active. As is reported by reporters at the scene, the lava island inside the crater lake of the volcano is still growing. This is measured by the number of tremors originating from the crater. Clouds of white steam and smoke are still exhausted by the central part of the crater and reach altitudes of around 1,000 meters. The observation post for the Kelud volcano reported that there were 25 tremors inside the crater which caused the exhaust of white clouds of steam.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 November 2007 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Tectonic earthquake not directly related to volcanoes' The huge earthquake that took place around midnight local time in Western Java has been felt in big parts of Java island, the southern part of Sumatra and event the resort island of Bali. Residents of the central Javanese town of Magelang fled from their houses, expecting to see an erupting Merapi volcano. That volcano however, like all others, are still in the same condition as before the large earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 08 August 2007 20:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU to observe conditions of Indonesian airlines Minister of Transportation Jusman Syafei Jamal said that observers from the European Union will take a direct look at the condition of Indonesian airlines in connection with it's ban on airplanes from Indonesia from flying to it's airspace. "They will send a team to Indonesia but they also asked us to send them first five kinds of documents on Indonesia`s aviation," the minister said here on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 28 July 2007 09:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights group: 'Police killing, raping civilians in Papua' Security forces killed and beat unarmed civilians, raped women during operations against separatists in the province of Papua according to Human Rights Watch. Police chief General Sutanto denied any abuses were taking place in the remote region where mistrust between indigenous people and security forces runs high after years of military crackdowns.

Posted in Crime @ 05 July 2007 17:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-rebel faces new fight as governor of Aceh A former rebel inaugurated as governor of the Indonesian province of Aceh has said he now faced a new and lengthy fight for his people's welfare. Irwandi Yusuf, a former spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), won the first direct elections for the post on 38 percent of the December 11 vote, with his nearest rivals on less than 17 percent. "We are grateful and thank all the people in Aceh for trusting us with this job. We realise that we are given a big task," Yusuf told his supporters Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 08 February 2007 15:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia makes new efforts to curb spread of bird flu In a bid to stem a surge in human deaths from the H5N1 virus (bird flu), the Indonesian government will slaughter hundreds of thousands of backyard chickens over the next week, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said here Wednesday. This is a new and concrete measure taken by the Indonesian government in facing with a critical situation since several bird flu patents died recently. But the policy has met with different reaction and opposition from owners of fowls.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 18 January 2007 09:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's crowded skies It's been four days since budget carrier Adam Air's Flight 574 disappeared over the Indonesian archipelago, and despite a search and rescue effort involving ships, planes and ground patrols, authorities are no closer to finding the wreckage or any possible survivors. The Boeing 737-400, which took off from Indonesia's main island of Java en route to the popular diving destination of Manado with 102 people on board, emitted a signal from its emergency beacon over the mountainous island of Sulawesi before dropping out of sight on New Year's Day.

Posted in Travel @ 05 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels disband armed wing A year after the tsunami destroyed their battlefield, Indonesia's Aceh rebels formally disbanded their armed wing on Tuesday, effectively ending their 30-year separatist insurgency. The move paves the way for the guerrilla group to transform itself into a political party expected to make a strong showing in elections in April.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 26 December 2006 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What a garden does to people However we approach the end of the year, it may be clear that my garden here in the tropics still looks fairly green. Some of you may have been following that via internet and probably you enjoyed the always green garden. However green is relative, when I don't give extra water during the dry season, that green will be gone pretty quick.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia eyes path for ex-Aceh rebels to form political party Indonesia will soon set the ball rolling to allow former rebels in Aceh to establish a political party and join the mainstream in the once volatile province, a top peace monitor said on Saturday. Aceh will hold landmark elections on December 11, the first ever direct vote for top executive posts in the province and seen as a key step toward consolidating a peace deal struck in August 2005.

Posted in Elections @ 03 December 2006 03:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landmark election campaign begins in Aceh The candidates for the leaders of Aceh province in Indonesia began a two-week-long official campaign on Friday to compete over the positions of governor and mayors, the provincial electoral commission said. "The campaign starts today, from Nov. 24 to Dec. 7," M. Jafar, chairman of the commission, told Xinhua in a telephone interview.

Posted in Elections @ 25 November 2006 14:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Beheaded girls were Ramadan 'trophies' Three Christian high school girls were beheaded as a Ramadan "trophy" by Indonesian militants who conceived the idea after a visit to Philippines jihadists, a court heard yesterday. The girls' severed heads were dumped in plastic bags in their village in Indonesia's strife-torn Central Sulawesi province, along with a handwritten note threatening more such attacks. The note read: "Wanted: 100 more Christian heads, teenaged or adult, male or female; blood shall be answered with blood, soul with soul, head with head."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 11 November 2006 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Beheaders in Indonesia face death penalty The trial has begun of three Muslim men accused of beheading three Christian schoolgirls in Indonesia's volatile regency of Poso in the province of Central Sulawesi. The three men, Hasanuddin, Lilik Purnomo, and Irwanto Irano, all face the death penalty under Indonesia's anti-terrorism law if convicted of beheading the three schoolgirls in October 2005.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 09 November 2006 02:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister to inspect preparations for Aceh regional chief elections Indonesian Home Affairs Minister M Ma`ruf left Jakarta for Aceh Province on Wednesday to inspect preparations made for the upcoming implementation of the Aceh direct regional chief elections scheduled for December 11, 2006. Minister Ma`ruf is expected to visit several districts in Indonesia`s northernmost province of Aceh, to monitor the preparations made by the regions.

Posted in Elections @ 08 November 2006 05:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The day before the fall of Suharto Controversy has surrounded the book written by former President Habibie, which reveals a number of new historical facts about the events of May 1998. The military is mentioned as having a hand in speeding up the downfall of the Suharto regime. Two major-generals and a number of colonels are suspected of having "allowed" university students to occupy the parliament building in Senayan. Tempo sorts out the important moments during the 24 hours preceding Suharto's downfall. Here is the report.

Posted in History @ 03 November 2006 00:00 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


Mudslide could last 100 years, say scientists Mud, gas and boiling water that have been gushing out of the ground in East Java since May, submerging half a dozen villages and 20 factories, could continue for a century with "catastrophic consequences", European experts said on Monday. Efforts to seal the channels through which the mud is escaping are unlikely to succeed, and it is impossible to tell how much fluid remains underground, according to a University of Oslo geology team.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 September 2006 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Outbreak of killer virus 'ignored' If statistics are anything to go by, Umar bin Aup should be dead. Seven weeks ago in his village, Rancasalak on the south-western coast of Java, dozens of hens including some of his family's 14 birds started dying for reasons no one could explain. Then, in early August, after hundreds of fowl had succumbed and at least three people in the area had died in mysterious circumstances, Umar, 16, came down with a fever. 'A day later, I was finding it hard to breathe and then I started vomiting,' he told The Observer as he convalesced at home surrounded by his nine siblings. 'I hadn't been sick for three years so it was a surprise to me.'

Posted in Bird Flu @ 26 August 2006 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire smoke blankets city on Sumatra Smoke from raging ground and forest fires has blanketed Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province on Indonesia's Sumatra island, local meteorology and airport officials said on Friday. Marzuki, an offcial of the meteorology agency, said that the visibility had decreased to the range of 6 to 7 kilometers. The normal is from five to ten kilometers. "This morning the visibility was extremely down to between 30 meters to 50 meters," Marzuki told Xinhua by telephone.

Posted in Forest fires @ 29 July 2006 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi becomes more active The activities of smoldering Mount Merapi in Central Java province increased remarkably, expelling hot clouds at frequent intervals and sending trails of lava down its slopes, local media reported here on Saturday. The volcano sent out hot clouds every 10 minutes and lava at three-minute on average on Friday, the Jakarta Post reported. The lava and the clouds flowed to south toward Sleman regency and Klaten regency in Central Java.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 June 2006 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi spews more heat clouds and lava Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano showed increased activity on Wednesday, spewing more searing heat clouds and lava down its southwestern slopes, officials said. The volcano emitted 11 new clouds of gas and ash and 76 lava trails in the first six hours of Wednesday, the vulcanology office in Yogyakarta, 30 kilometers (18 miles) away, said in a daily report.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 24 May 2006 11:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lava spills into valley Lava flowed on Friday from Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi, which experts say could erupt at anytime, threatening thousands of people in the country's central Java heartland. Several thousand people have moved away from Gunung Merapi -or Fiery Mountain- which has been simmering for weeks, but officials put the total number of residents on and near the country's most active volcano at around 14,000.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 May 2006 10:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Travel warning part of Australia's propaganda against Indonesia Australia's travlel advisory that terrorist attacks would occur in Indonesia on Sunday, April 2, which was not true, constitutes part of Australia's propaganda against Indonesia, according to an observer. The travel warning is categorized as C3 rather than A1, meaning that the truth of the warning needs rechecking, Wawan H. Purwanto, an intelligence observer and a lecturer at State Intelligence Institute (IIN), said here Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 04 April 2006 10:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Former Indonesia religion minister jailed in graft case A former Indonesian minister of religion was sentenced to five years in jail on Tuesday over a funds scandal involving the Haj pilgrimage, one of a number of cases underscoring the president's war on corruption. The Central Jakarta District Court found Said Agil Munawar, religious affairs minister from 1999-2004, guilty of involvement in the scandal, which focussed on some 700 billion rupiah (43 million pounds) in surplus funds from the government Haj programme to Saudi Arabia.

Posted in General @ 07 February 2006 18:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villages swamped in NTT, Jambi Continuous rain during the past few days has flooded many villages in East Nusa Tenggara and Jambi, with waters more than a meter deep in some areas. Thirteen villages were affected by the flooding in Belu and the Rote Ndao regencies. In Rote Ndao a local wharf was destroyed by floodwaters.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 January 2006 15:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


A religious conflict tamed Despite a flurry of warnings about possible violence over the holidays, residents in this capital of Central Sulawesi Province, thought the bomb blast that ripped through a nearby pork-selling market on New Year's Eve was an earthquake. They were convinced, like so many others in the region, that the communal tensions that erupted into deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians five years ago were a thing of the past. Even after finding out it was a bomb, they condemned it as simply the work of a small group of "terrorists."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 11 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia guarded on straits patrol Indonesia has given qualified support to a plan for Australian navy patrol aircraft to help guard the strategic Malacca Straits against terrorist attacks and piracy. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohammad Najib discussed the plan with Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, asking if Canberra would consider sending long-range RAAF P-3C Orion patrol aircraft to help oversee the 1000kilometre waterway.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2005 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia deploys British arms against protesters British military equipment is being used by the Indonesian authorities against civilians in remote parts of the country. Despite promises by Foreign Office ministers that UK arms exported to the country are not used for internal repression, a photograph seen by The Observer shows a British-made Tactica water cannon vehicle deployed in the troubled eastern province of West Papua.

Posted in Human rights @ 27 November 2005 11:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


West New Guinea vote to join Indonesia in 1969 was 'a sham' A key 1969 vote on the future of the Indonesian island province of West New Guinea was "a sham" orchestrated by Jakarta, a Dutch government-commissioned study has found. That vote, which made the province part of Indonesia, has been followed by decades of abuse at the hands of the Indonesian military.

Posted in General @ 16 November 2005 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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 withdraws troops from Aceh Indonesia will withdraw 2,600 soldiers from tsunami-battered Aceh province Tuesday with another 3,500 slated to go by month's end as part of a historic peace accord to end three decades of fighting, a military spokesman said. The agreement signed last month in Finland calls on the Indonesian military to more than halve the 60,000 troops it has in the province by the end of the year and for separatist rebels to hand in all of their self-declared 840 weapons.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 September 2005 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Aceh rebels sign truce The Indonesian government and Aceh rebels have signed a peace treaty to end nearly 30 years of fighting in the oil- and gas-rich province that killed 15,000 people. The signing ceremony in Helsinki on Monday followed seven months of talks mediated by former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, who spurred the two sides to agreement to help international aid reach the Aceh region, which was devastated by last year's tsunami.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 August 2005 12:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to stay as full Opec member Indonesia, Asia-Pacificís only member of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), has decided to remain a full member of the group, an official at energy watchdog BPMIGAS said yesterday. Indonesiaís declining oil production has left it unable to meet its Opec quota, and it became a net importer of oil for several months of last year. That lead to some calls from parliamentary and industry groups for it to leave the group.

Posted in Economy @ 31 July 2005 10:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Mandiri Bank executives named in corruption probe Prosecutors investigating a graft case reportedly involving 1.3 billion dollars in loans from Indonesia's largest lender have named three state-bank executives as suspects. Bank Mandiri's president ECW Neloe, vice president I Wayan Pugeg and corporate banking director Sholeh Tasripan were Wednesday declared suspects in the corruption case, the attorney general's spokesman Suhandoyo told AFP.

Posted in Corruption @ 12 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia urged to downgrade OPEC status Indonesia should downgrade its membership in OPEC to "observer" status to reduce its financial commitment to the group, a government panel has recommended, but it was unclear whether the cartel would agree to the unprecedented move.

Posted in Politics @ 19 April 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia-Africa Summit aims at new cooperation After 50 years of suspension since the Asia-Africa Conference in Bandung in April 1955, nearly 60 leaders of Asian-African countries are expected to gather in Jakarta from next week to rebuild a bridge and structure for strengthening political and economic cooperation between the two continents.

Posted in Politics @ 17 April 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Finland venue for Aceh peace talks Aceh rebels and an Indonesian government delegation have arrived in Helsinki ahead of six days of talks aimed at bringing a lasting peace to the tsunami-ravaged region. Rebel leaders said Monday they will demand that Indonesian troops cease all anti-insurgency operations in Aceh before discussing a solution for self-government.

Posted in Politics @ 12 April 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuelling reforms in Indonesia It is the single most unpopular decision any Indonesian president could make, with the potential to trigger immediate political unrest. But the move by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut costly fuel subsidies and so push fuel prices up by 30 per cent in a poor nation is also the single most important decision for the recovery of the ailing Indonesian economy. And with half the Indonesian population scraping by on less than $2.50 a day, economic growth - and spending on basic services such as health, education and infrastructure - is the key to social and political stability on Australia's northern doorstep. The former president, Megawati Soekarnoputri, long understood this link, but lacked the political courage to take on the protesters. Yesterday, however, fuel prices did finally rise, despite the unhappy mobs and panic buying at the petrol bowsers.

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


Constructing the Indonesian presidency Presidency has been defined, among others, as the collective administrative and governmental entity operating in a presidential office. Presidency varies from one state to another and from one period to another in a single country. Sukarno's presidency differed from Soeharto's, B.J. Habibie's, Abdurrahman Wahid's and Megawati Soekarnoputri's.

Posted in Elections @ 25 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian ex-general sworn in as president Former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been sworn in as Indonesia's sixth president after sweeping to power by vowing faster job growth, a war on corruption and tough punishment for terrorists. A solemn-looking Yudhoyono took the oath of office on Wednesday inside a cavernous hall at parliament in front of the very legislators many expect will challenge the big popular mandate he won in Indonesia's first direct presidential election last month.

Posted in Elections @ 20 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN meter readings 'often incorrect' State-owned power company PT PLN has acknowledged that electricity meter readings are often incorrect and give rise to unreasonable bills. It plans to implement a new system, but has warned that customers may face high bills as a result of arrears and unpaid usage as a consequence. "There will be a 'booming' of bills," Fahmi Mochtar, the general manager of the firm's Jakarta and Tangerang branch, said on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 04 October 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former general Yudhoyono wins Indonesia poll Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has won Indonesia's presidential election run-off in a landslide, capping a rapid rise to power for the former general who has pledged to create jobs, stamp out graft and fight terrorism. Preliminary final results obtained on Monday gave Yudhoyono 60 percent of Indonesia's first direct leadership ballot while incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri took 39 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 04 October 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-general heads for win over Megawati An urbane former general who promises to fight terror and clean up government headed for an overwhelming victory against incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri in Indonesia's first direct presidential election Monday. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Megawati's one-time chief security minister, had won 59 percent of 10 million votes counted as of noon GMT, the election commission said. Megawati had 41 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:08 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 Indonesiaís 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


An informed electorate could cost Megawati Heavyweight political parties have long held sway in Indonesia, but the emergence of a new breed of voter more likely to listen to the media or even mystics for guidance has robbed them of their former dominance, analysts say. Despite this shift from the days when parties extended influence into the lowest echelons of society, President Megawati Sukarnoputri has gambled on her credibility to win the backing of political titans ahead of September presidential polls.

Posted in Elections @ 24 August 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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