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Indonesia requires additional 100 thousand MW electricity Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi stated that Indonesia still needed additional 100 thousand MW electricity to support industrial development at home.

Posted in Power supply @ 04 September 2014 19:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pottery artifacts from 14th century found in Kambelo, Maluku Pottery fragments from Tiongkok dating back to the 14th century when Yuan Dynasty ruled the country were found in Kambelo, South Hoamoal sub-district, West Seram district, Maluku, in June 2014, an archeologist stated on Wednesday.

Posted in History @ 03 September 2014 19:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia deports 20,000 Indonesian migrant workers annually Malaysia deports around 20 thousand Indonesian migrant workers every year, allegedly because they fall foul of the law, National Board for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI) said.

Posted in Crime @ 31 August 2014 01:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fighting against ISIS presence Indonesia, the worlds largest Muslim populated country, is doing its best to prevent the influence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), alerting all regional police forces and Muslim organizations.

Posted in Religion @ 09 August 2014 19:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Immigration office detains 283 foreigners in Medan The Immigration officers have taken into custody at least 283 foreign people in Medan Immigration Detention House in Belawan town because they did not possess official legal documents or passports.

Posted in Crime @ 25 July 2014 20:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body seizes documents from Home Ministry The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) seized several electronic documents while searching the offices of the home affairs ministry and private company to probe the alleged corruption charges in procuring electronic identification cards (e-KTP) on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 April 2014 15:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods inundate 18.000 houses in Bandung district Around 18 thousand houses were inundated in Bojongsoang, Baleendah and Dayeuhkolot sub-districts, Bandung District, West Java, on Monday, following the overflow of the Citarum River.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 March 2014 18:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Borobudur temple expected to be fully opened soon Borobudur temple, the worlds largest Buddhist temple located in central Java, is expected to be fully opened next week as the cleaning up work of the temple from Mount Keluds ash has reached 80 percent.

Posted in Culture @ 23 February 2014 13:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake damages houses in Central Java A number of houses were damaged in Purworejo when an earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale hit the Central Java district town at 12.14 midday on Saturday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 January 2014 17:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Mandiri official arrested over fictitious credit application The Attorney Generals Office has arrested a Bank Mandiri official in connection with the disbursal of loans to build a thermal power plant in Central Kalimantan, which led to Rp43 billion in losses for the state.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 December 2013 23:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to extradite Italian mob fugitive Antonio Vitale Indonesia will extradite Italian fugitive Antonio Messicati Vitale, following a Bali provincial courts recent approval of the extradition request from an Italian prosecutor, Attorney General Offices spokesman Untung Setia Arimuladi said here on Saturday.

Posted in Crime @ 23 November 2013 21:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia suspends police cooperation with Australia The Indonesian police have suspended cooperation with Australia police over spying row. The Indonesian government has been angered by alleged interception of phone calls of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife and a number of other leaders of the country.

Posted in Politics @ 23 November 2013 19:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina president answers anti-graft body summons President Director of the states oil and gas company PT Pertamina Karen Agustiawan responded to the anti-graft bodys summons as a witness in the oil and gas bribery case of 2012-2013.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 November 2013 19:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Thousands of workers to take to streets of Jakarta Around 10 thousands of workers, grouped in the Confederation of Indonesian Workers Union (KSPI), will take to the streets of Jakarta on Wednesday to demand improvement of their fate.

Posted in Protests @ 10 April 2013 10:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest five suspects over Palopo violence Police have arrested five suspects in connection with recent local election-related violence in Palopo, South Sulawesi, in which several government offices have been burned.

Posted in Violence @ 02 April 2013 15:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Violence should have been prevented, president says A number of anarchic acts, including the latest one in Palopo, South Sulawesi, should have been prevented, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here on Monday."The latest violent act in Palopo is due to the absence of preventive measure," the president said at a limited meeting on political, security and legal issues at his office.

Posted in Violence @ 01 April 2013 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian workers in Sabah evacuated to safer place As many as 162 Indonesian oil palm plantation workers in Lahad Datu in the Malysian state of Sabah have been evacuated to a location around six kilometers away from the conflict center. They will remain the location until situation is really safe, according to a press statement from the foreign ministry received here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 04 March 2013 17:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta budget allocations to be exposed to public Jakarta governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will distribute posters exposing the capital city`s budget for 2013 to be put up at village and sub-district offices for the public to see. "They will be ready next week and would immediately be put up at village, sub-district offices and other offices for the public to see," he said here on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2013 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


AGO names three suspects in hybrid seed graft case The Attorney General`s Office confirmed on Friday it has named three suspects in an alleged graft case related to the procurement of hybrid seeds at the Agriculture Ministry between 2008 and 2012.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 February 2013 00:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods kill three, inundate 20 areas in Bandar Lampung Floods triggered by incessant downpours in Bandar Lampung, Lampung province, have killed three people and inundated 20 areas, according to an official.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 January 2013 13:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry provides Rp4.5 bln for Jakarta floods The Ministry of Social Affairs has provided Rp4.5 billion for the need to prepare buffer stocks for flood handling in Jakarta.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 January 2013 11:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta no longer suitable for center of government Vice Chairman of the Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR), Ahmad Farhan Hamid, has said that Jakarta should no longer be the center of government because of its many complex problems.

Posted in Politics @ 08 December 2012 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal villa complex in Canggu, North Kuta Badung Enforcement Officials (Satpol PP Badung) recently descended on the construction site of the Club Residence Canggu in Tibubeneng Village, North Kuta to forcibly halt the ongoing construction of that multi-townhouse development.

Posted in General @ 29 October 2012 10:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia`s Medical Center opens branches in Indonesia Malaysia`s Mahkota Medical Center (MMC) has opened 16 branches in Indonesia in an effort to provide cheap medical services for Indonesian patients, its executive said.

Posted in Health @ 14 October 2012 15:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US closes embassy, offices close in anticipation of rallies The US Embassy in Jakarta, the US Consulate General in Surabaya, the American Presence Post in Medan, the US Consular Agency in Bali and the US Mission to ASEAN have been closed on Friday, in anticipation of rallies.

Posted in Politics @ 21 September 2012 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta gubernatorial poll on September 20 set as holiday Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi has issued a decree stipulating that the second round of Jakarta gubernatorial election on September 20 as a holiday.

Posted in Elections @ 14 September 2012 01:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


West Java Governor inspects attendance of civil servants West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan made an impromptu inspection in several government offices here Thursday to check attendance of civil servants on the first working day following Idul Fitri holidays.

Posted in General @ 23 August 2012 14:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Military, Aceh police to join forces to combat illegal weapons use Iskandar Muda regional military troops will team up with the Aceh regional police to head patrols and conduct raids to recover illegal firearms in the Aceh Province, regional military Commander Major General Zahari Siregar said on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 03 August 2012 23:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Recommendation to fight corruption from Hong Kong Former chairman of Hong Kong`s anti corruption agency Bertrand de Speville said Indonesia needs to invest more to turn out skilled personnel of the country`s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Posted in Corruption @ 05 July 2012 18:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoking ban kicks off in Bali The province of Bali became "officially smoke free" as of June 1, 2012. Quoted by Republika.co.id, Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika said the ban on smoking in public places will be phased in, commencing with an immediate ban on smoking in government offices.

Posted in Health @ 05 June 2012 10:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami alert issued after 8.5 magnitude Sumatra quake A tsunami watch was issued for countries across the Indian Ocean after a massive earthquake hit waters off Indonesia on Wednesday, triggering widespread panic as residents along coastlines fled to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 April 2012 12:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla: 'Fuel subsidies only enjoyed by the rich' Former vice president Jusuf Kalla said fuel oil subsidies were so far being enjoyed only by a handful of people from the upper economic strata.

Posted in Politics @ 30 March 2012 06:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Air to fly again from April 4, 2012 The Indonesian minister of Transportation has handed over the flight permissions, or air operator certificate AOC to the managers of Mandala Airlines. This just happened recently although the document was already signed on February 20, 2012. The airline will resume flights on April 4, starting with three Airbus 320 planes.

Posted in Travel @ 27 March 2012 12:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rosa reports fee-seeking minister to KPK Mindo Rosalina Manulang alias Rosa, a key witness in the SEA Games athletes` village corruption case, on Thursday reported a cabinet minister to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for having asked for a project fee from Permai Group through her.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 February 2012 03:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pre-election violence hits district in Indonesia's Papua Supporters of rival political candidates have clashed in Indonesia's restive Papua province this week, just days ahead of district elections, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 17 February 2012 04:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Trail begins for 2002 Bali bomb suspect Umar Patek The main suspect behind the deadly bombing which hit the Indonesian resort island of Bali in 2002 faced the start of his first trial on Monday, local media reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 February 2012 11:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police question 40 officers over Sape violence The police have questioned 40 of their officers over the violence in last Saturday`s clash at the Sape ferry port in Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, that left two people dead.

Posted in Violence @ 28 December 2011 10:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Corruption, red tape obstructing economic growth' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono admitted here Friday that corruption and complicated bureaucratic procedures were still obstructing Indonesia`s economic growth.

Posted in Politics @ 24 December 2011 10:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia resort island Bali bans smoking in public places The provincial legislature on the Indonesian resort island of Bali has passed a new law which will soon ban smoking in all public places, the Jakarta Globe reported on Monday. It is not yet known when the ban will go into effect.

Posted in Health @ 28 November 2011 20:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta city authorities to seal Greenpeace office The Jakarta City government is to seal the office of Greenpeace on Jalan Kemang Utara, South Jakarta, on Monday on the ground the building was no longer being used according to its original purpose.

Posted in Politics @ 13 November 2011 02:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Bomb scare aboard Garuda Indonesia plane A Garuda Indonesia passenger plane landed safely at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Wednesday after a bomb threat was received at the airline's headquarters.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 06 October 2011 07:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia deploys Navy ships after second death in Tiaka riots The Indonesian government on Tuesday deployed two Navy ships to the northeastern island of Tiaka after a second death was reported due to ongoing riots.

Posted in Violence @ 24 August 2011 13:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fierce riots on Indonesia's Tiaka Island leaves one dead At least one person was shot dead on Monday after riots broke out on the northern Indonesian island of Tiaka, officials said on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 23 August 2011 07:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Army helicopter attacked while transporting shooting victim An Indonesian Army helicopter was attacked on Wednesday as it evacuated the body of a soldier who was previously killed at his military post in eastern Papua province, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 04 August 2011 14:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hope remains for Sri Mulyani to be president The Union of Independent People (SRI) Party, which plans to nominate former finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati in the 2014 presidential election, will register itself on Wednesday at the Law and Human Rights Ministry.

Posted in Politics @ 03 August 2011 11:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prisoners riot at Kerobokan Bali jail Prisoners at the notorious Kerobokan jail on the Indonesian island of Bali have rioted after attacking a warden and an anti-narcotics official who were trying to nab a suspected drug dealer. Dozens of inmates went on the rampage at the Kerobokan prison in the early hours before police and prison guards quelled the unrest.

Posted in Crime @ 26 June 2011 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono receives UN disaster management award President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday received a United Nations award for his achievement in disaster management and risk reduction, the Antara news agency reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 11 May 2011 17:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BI imposes harsh sanctions on Citibank Bank Indonesia (BI) announced Friday it was imposing severe sanctions on Citibank following a massive embezzlement scandal by a bank employee and the suspected death of a customer at the hands of debt collectors recently. The bank possibly faces other sanctions if found guilty of the two crimes by a court.

Posted in Economy @ 08 May 2011 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pakistan's Foreign Ministry confirms arrest of Bali bomb suspect Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday appeared on national television and confirmed that the country's security forces had captured a man wanted in connection with the 2002 Bali bombing.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 April 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to Pakistan to confirm Bali bomb terrorist arrest The government of Indonesia announced on Wednesday that a police team has been deployed to Pakistan to review the arrest of Indonesian terrorist Umar Patek, who is also wanted in the Southeast Asian country and linked to the Bali bombing.

Posted in Terrorism @ 30 March 2011 15:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bakrie companies not in Gayus company list Three companies under the Bakrie Group are not mentioned in a list of 151 companies the Finance Ministry submitted to the National Police in relation to the Gayus tax corruption case, attorney Hotma Sitompoel says. Hotma Sitompoel is the attorney of corruption convict Gayus H. Tambunan, a former low-level tax officer who was found to have billions of rupiah in his accounts.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 February 2011 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


CPJ: Playboy editor's case is a test for Indonesia Erwin Arnada, editor of the now-defunct Indonesian edition of Playboy, was released for several hours on Wednesday in order to stand trial at Indonesia's Supreme Court on charges of public indecency. The former chief editor was arrested earlier this month after an arrest warrant was issued for him, allegedly because he failed to show up in court.

Posted in General @ 28 October 2010 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four years on, victims of Lapindo mudflow still in limbo Hundreds of people and activists staged a rally to mark the fourth year since the Sidoarjo mudflow submerged thousands of houses in Sidoarjo, East Java. Meanwhile, hundreds of others commemorated in Porong, Sidoarjo, by staging a concert, shadow puppet play and traditional East Javanese ludruk theater performances.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 31 May 2010 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali customs destroy illegal alcohol cache Bali's Customs Office bulldozed 2,824 bottles of contraband alcohol on Friday, May 6, 2010, in the parking lot of their Bali Ngurah Rai Airport offices. The bottles of wine and hard liquor were estimated to have a value of Rp. 600 million (US$ 65,200) were seized in a number of raids conducted by Bali Customs Officers in 2009 and 2010 on illegal caches of booze not bearing official duty stamps.

Posted in Crime @ 12 May 2010 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drivers Blue Bird taxi seek police protection on Bali Drivers of Bali Blue Bird taxis have asked protection from Denpasar Police following protests and violence by drivers from other groups, which are united in the Bali Tourism Service Association (PJWB). "Our drivers are afraid of those who violently sweep our taxis on the streets. The protesters urge our passengers to get off the taxi,” Bali Blue Bird spokesman Nyoman Mertadi told Antara news agency on Tuesday.

Posted in Protests @ 17 February 2010 00:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Southeast Sulawesi promoting itself The Culture and Tourism Office for Southeast Sulawesi (Sultra) is opening tourism information centers in three major Indonesian cities in order to enhance the promotion of that province. The Head of the Culture and Tourism Office for Southeast Sulawesi, Ibrahim Marsel, told Bisnis.com that the three cities scheduled to host Sultra Tourism Information Offices are Jakarta, Bali and Batam.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 January 2010 02:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five years after the tsunami: Waiting for permanent homes According to the World Bank, the Indonesian government has shown tremendous leadership in coordinating the US$7 billion reconstruction effort. Thousands of homes, schools, government offices and hospitals were rebuilt by the tsunami reconstruction agency, which wound up its work in April.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 December 2009 07:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mess at PLN Cikarang #5 After a month of 'uncertainty' I headed for the local office of PLN once more late last week. I was still hoping to be able to pay my electricity bill. It was the fifth time I was here, just to pay the bill for the power that I had consumed since the time I moved in here last June. Earlier attempts to pay failed because of several reasons, see the related blog articles for that.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 24 December 2009 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Smokers stand trial in Surabaya The district court in Surabaya has tried residents disobeying the smoking bylaw for the first time since it became in effect last year. Smoking in public areas has since been forbidden. One of the smokers that was convicted was disappointed about his trial, while he only had to pay 40,000 Rupiah (2.85 euro) in fines, where the maximum penalty has been set at 50 million Rupiah (3,571 euro).

Posted in Crime @ 21 November 2009 01:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mess at PLN Cikarang #4 Just a few days after I had reported myself to the offices of PLN (the state-owned energy company_ two men reported to the house on a Friday afternoon. They were from PLN, at least that is what they said, because they did not bring a company car nor was there any logo on their clothes to prove they were indeed sent by PLN.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 11 November 2009 01:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Stones thrown at PLN office because of power outages The offices of state-owned power company PLN in Ternate, Maluku province, has once again become the target of angry people. The office was the target of stones thrown by angry people because power outages have hit the area for quite some time now. A number of windows of the building located along Jalan A. Yani has been scattered.

Posted in Protests @ 07 November 2009 01:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mess at PLN Cikarang #1 However I can arrange most things here in Lippo Cikarang at the offices of their own company, there are always a few exceptions - unfortunately. In most cases those exceptions are government companies. The best example is the power supply in this area. Power here in Lippo Cikarang is also supplied by PLN.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 31 October 2009 10:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Women in West Aceh banned from wearing trousers Women wearing jeans and other trousers in the regency of West Aceh, in North Sumatra, will have to face the regional Sharia police. Vendors of trousers for women will also have to close down. The regent for West Aceh, Ramli, has issued the new controversial Islamic regulation yesterday. People who disobey, will be forced to wear loose-fitting attire when Sharia police cuts their trousers.

Posted in Religion @ 29 October 2009 00:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.4 magnitude earthquake shakes West Java An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter Scale just shook western parts of Java and southern parts of Sumatra. The quake was located at sea at just 42 kilometers of Ujung Kulon, off the western tip of the island of Java. The quake was felt throughout western parts of the island, but no information about casualties or damages is known at the moment.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 October 2009 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


Smell of death spreads in Padang Five days after the earthquake in West Sumatra, the city of Padang starts to smell like death as bodies of diseased people start to decay. The bad smell rises from most collapsed buildings in the city now, indicating that there are still many bodies under the debris which have not been evacuated. Some of the sites that have started to spread the smell of death are the Ambacang Hotel, the central market, the BNI building and the Adira offices.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 October 2009 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Power outages in Jakarta after substation fire The regional office of the state power company PLN in the areas of Jakarta and Tangerang have announced that they will introduce scheduled outages in large parts of the region to avoid rolling and unplanned blackouts after a substation was damaged in a fire yesterday. Generators will be put into place for important facilities like hospitals, health centers and police offices. Even some traffic lights will be powered by generators to keep the traffic flowing.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 September 2009 10:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No porn for Makassar civil servants The regional government of Makassar in South Sulawesi has ordered it's civil servants not to download pornography at government offices. With increasing ease, porn is accessible via internet, something that Indonesians have found out as well. It is no secret that Indonesians do also use the internet to find what they are looking for.

Posted in General @ 29 September 2009 07:02 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


Officials fear rising death toll after Java quake At least 33 people died in a powerful earthquake, which struck off Indonesia’s populous island of Java on 2 September, officials said. “At least 33 people are confirmed dead. The death toll could be much higher. The area is quite remote and communication is limited,” Health Ministry crisis center chief Rustam Pakaya told IRIN from Jakarta, the capital.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 September 2009 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garut in the dark as death toll slowly climbs The city of Garut, in western Java, has lost virtually all power during the heavy earthquake that shook the region earlier today. Based on information gathered at in the city, eight of the districts in the city of Garut do not have power; Kecamatan Cisirupan, Padendeng, Bungbulang, Singajaya, Sendey, Pamulihan, Bayu Resmi, and Leuwigoong.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 16:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military commander: 'Report people with sorban and jubah' Haryadi Soetanto, military commander of the Diponegoro division of the Indonesian army, has said that Indonesians should not be scared to report people that dress different than what is normal in the current Indonesian culture. "If there are foreigners wearing a sorban (Islamic headscarf) or jubah (Islamic long robe) or even wear a beard, they should be reported to the local authorities. The people should be more direct in this kind of situations," he said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 August 2009 09:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Prison sentences cut ahead of Independence Day Authorities in Bengkulu reduced prison terms for over 660 convicts in three penitentiary and one detention facility in the province on Monday to mark the 64th Independence day of Indonesia. Head of the Rehabilitaion Unit of the Law and Human Rights Offices, Grand Sjahputra, told Thursday that 44 of the 668 convicts received term reductions were directly released as their term ended with the reduction.

Posted in Crime @ 13 August 2009 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thirteen f*cking demonstrations in Jakarta today One demonstration causes irritation, two demonstrations cause a traffic jam, three demonstrations is still quite normal in Jakarta. Four is okay as well, but the one who gave a permit for all thirteen demonstrations held today alone should be publicly humiliated by driving him through Jalan Thamrin at lunchtime a few times. Too stupid for words, all those demonstrations on just ONE single day in one of the most congested cities on this planet.

Posted in Protests @ 12 August 2009 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The little ones are back again! I had to do without them for quite some time as they were very rare in Yogyakarta. The last time I remember receiving one of them must have been more than two years ago by now. Not because they are not needed, it's just because making them is costly enough. Distribution is another problem, because of the sheer weight when you need to distribute a lot of them throughout the country.

Posted in Culture @ 28 July 2009 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New offices and new look for Garuda Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has formally inaugurated the new head corporate offices for Garuda Indonesia located at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta Airport. According to Bisnis.com, the cost of the new home-base for Indonesia's national carrier is Rp. 112 billion (7.9 million euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 26 July 2009 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Create your own international driver license Almost all of you travelers to Indonesia which have used a car or motorbike know that the police in general is quite corrupt and will do anything to get a few Rupiah's into their pockets when you are stopped for whatever reason. Money gone, but most will think that it doesn't really matter. That is true, because what is 20.000 Rupiah for not bringing your SIM (drivers license) in Yogyakarta or 50.000 Rupiah for not wearing your helmet in Jakarta?

Posted in Culture @ 22 July 2009 05:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Constitutional court allows voting by identity card The Constitutional Court decided on Monday evening that unregistered voters are allowed to exercise their voting right in next Wednesday`s presidential poll by showing their identity cards. "We hereby partially accept the judicial review request," Constitutional Court Chairman Mahfud M.D. said when reading the court's decision on a request for a judicial review of Law No. 42 / 2008 on Presidential and Vice Presidential Elections here on Monday.

Posted in Elections @ 07 July 2009 03:40 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


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; Dragonfly Along one of the main streets of Jakarta is the anonymous Graha BIP, a office building like others along the same street. It is just a little stroll to the Kartika Chandra Hotel and the offices of government agencies like LIPI and BKPM are just around the corner as well. No clear indication that the basement of Graha BIP is home to a place that is currently known as Dragonfly.

Posted in Nightlife @ 13 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; Aphrodite It is a humid night - like most nights in Jakarta indeed - after some light rain when I sit in a taxi on my way to meet two female friends. First something to eat and then enjoying the nightlife until the early hours of the next day, that was the deal we made by SMS during the course of the day. SMS-ing is much more convenient than calling each other all the time because connections are often not optimal. Another important thing is that SMS-es can be read again in case you forgot something.

Posted in Nightlife @ 08 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


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

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


Location of sunken ship close to Adam Air plane wreck The minister of Communication, Jusman Syafii, has said that the location of the capsized and sunken boat Teratai Prima, in the waters off the coast of Majene, is not that far from the place where a passenger plane belonging to Adam Air crashed into the sea over a year ago. "It looks like that," said Jusman to reporters at the offices of the Communications Department.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 13 January 2009 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia makes gains in fight against corruption Indonesia's fight to curb corruption has led to a series of headline-grabbing investigations in recent months. Indonesia's leap from 143rd to 126th on the Transparency International corruption perception index last month is a small sign of improvement in a country widely viewed as one of the most corrupt in Asia.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 October 2008 04:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia moves to protect workers abroad The delay in the recruitment of Indonesian housemaids and drivers has prompted Jakarta to set up a commission to look into the interests of Indonesian workers, including their overseas employment, training and health.

Posted in General @ 01 September 2008 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Full buses in Jakarta Outside the use of the many thousands of - in general - old buses that are still in use today, there is a new option which was introduced just a few years ago. In 2004 these were brand new buses which were used on - then - just two routes. One route ran from north to south and back and the other one from west to east and back. The official name TransJakarta can be found on the buses, but for the rest the company is known as 'Busway'. And that is exactly what it is, because TransJakarta is too common. In the four year that this company exists hundreds of bus stops were constructed from durable materials and four more routes were organized as well. They seem to run all across the city without any logic though.

Posted in Travel @ 09 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali immigration chief promises to fire corrupt officers BisnisBali reports that Bali's immigration chief, Drs. I Nyoman Putra, has vowed to sack any immigration officers found to be accepting payments outside of the official tariff set for document processing. Putra said that the official tariff for document processing is posted at all immigration offices and promised to fire any officials found to be charging "additional fees" for immigration services.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2008 16:10 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


Hardline Muslems clash with moderate mayority after attack Supporters of Indonesia’s largest Islamic organisation clashed with Muslim hard-liners following a bloody attack on interfaith activists by the radicals. One person was injured in the brawl late yesterday between members of Nahdhatul Ulama and hard-liners from the Islamic Defenders Front in Yogyakarta on Java island. Angry crowds have gathered outside offices and homes of the FPI in two other towns on Java in recent days.

Posted in Religion @ 03 June 2008 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


24 new parties for 2009 general election in Indonesia Twenty-four new political parties in Indonesia meet qualifications as legal entities after they have passed the verification process held by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, local English newspaper the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday. "Only 24 of the 115 registered parties eventually fulfilled all the administrative requirements, including having offices in at least 20 provinces," Aidir Amin Daud, the ministry's director of public institutions said.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2008 03:43 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


Many flood victims in Mojokerto not satisfied with relief efforts A part of the aid to people who are hit by floods in three sub-districts in the district of Bojonegoro, eastern Java, yesterday caused for some heated discussion, because there is a group of people which doesn't get any help. Based on information from reporters from Metro TV, people in the sub-district of Mojoanyar didn't get aid because they were not listed to receive it. They protested to the government employees at the spot. At the end they were registered and they were given a coupon to get some emergency help.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 December 2007 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of angkot-drivers strike in Bekasi Thousands of angkot (public transport) drivers in Bekasi, near Jakarta in West Java province are on strike. They choose to demonstrate in front of the Transportation Department offices of the regency of Bekasi instead. This protest is aimed at the so-called 'black-plate' angkot. Public transport in Indonesia uses yellow license plates, black ones are for privately owned cars. Using a black license plate is cheaper, illegal and causes losses to the official angkot operators.

Posted in General @ 10 December 2007 13:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Heavy damage reported in Padang after second quake The second large earthquake to strike western Sumatra in less than 24 hours has reportedly brought heavy damage to the city of Padang, directly at the western coast at just 185 kilometers to the north of the epicenter of the earthquake, which had an estimated power of 7.8 on the Richter Scale. Because it struck fairly early in the morning, schools didn't start yet and offices were still virtually empty.

Posted in Earthquake @ 13 September 2007 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four Americans detained on assault charges Four Americans, including a Marine working at the United States Embassy in Jakarta, were arrested for allegedly assaulting workers at a factory for swimsuits, according to police and an embassy official on Saturday. The Americans, together with 76 Indonesians are said to have broken locks, forced their way pas security and attacked eight employees of PT Natural Selaras.

Posted in General @ 01 September 2007 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank ANK to merge with Australia's Commonwealth Bank Bank Arta Niaga Kencana in Indonesia will be merged into the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) when a planned take-over is completed, according to a statement from the bank on Friday. CBA has already obtained stock from ANK held by private shareholders until 57 percent of the total. After the merger, CBA will have 50 branch offices operating on the islands of Java and Bali.

Posted in Economy @ 31 August 2007 04:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merdeka! Merdeka! With just over two weeks to go, Indonesia is slowly turning into a more colorful country than usual. Independence Day is coming - the 17th of August. That will be celebrated as well. Of course the red and white flags will be everywhere around, but the celebration is more than just raising a flag in the early morning. Like I wrote a year ago, cleaning is done as preparation. Things that haven't been cleaned for almost a year are now cleaned to be finished just a few days short of the 17th - so they don't have to care about it for another year as well.

Posted in Culture @ 31 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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