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Minister: 'Indonesia needs 12 submarines to secure territories' Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said on Wednesday that as a country made up of islands, Indonesia needs at least 12 submarines by 2024 to achieve a minimum essential force (MEF) for securing its maritime areas.

Posted in Military @ 29 August 2012 22:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda's Citilink to be revived National airline Garuda Indonesia plans to more than quadruple the amount of people that Citilink, its budget carrier, will fly in the next four years with new routes and aircraft, a top executive said on Wednesday.

Posted in Travel @ 05 August 2011 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More power problems ahead for Bali As Bali's residents face increasingly frequent power outages, the people who run the state-owned power company PT PLN are blaming their spotty performance on an outdated and worn out physical plants at power generating stations supplying Bali consumers.

Posted in Power supply @ 27 March 2010 02:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Obama delays trip to Indonesia and Australia President Barack Obama has postponed his trip to Asia until June so he can stay in Washington for a possible Sunday vote on his health care overhaul. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday the president is disappointed and regrets having to delay his visits to Indonesia and Australia but has told the leaders of those nations that health care is a crucial priority.

Posted in Politics @ 19 March 2010 02:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Should Indonesia get a second Jakarta? President Yudhoyono is the third president that coined the idea of creating a new capital away from Jakarta because that city is choking with people, traffic jams and waste. He said that plans to develop a new capital were welcome, but the government itself does not lay focus to creating a new Jakarta elsewhere, that would be up to others.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2009 01:20 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


Bali Hai II sailing again after scheduled overhaul After more than one month undergoing a scheduled major overhaul in a Surabaya dry-dock, Bali Hai II has returned to Bali and resumed its daily schedule of island cruises to Nusa Lembongan and evening dinner cruises.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 July 2007 08:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fear subsides for ethnic Chinese community It wasn't so long ago that Chinese writing was banned from public places here and Chinese schools and newspapers were prohibited. But walk into the former office of Suharto, the retired Indonesian strongman who maintained these laws in an effort to integrate the ethnic Chinese community, and a large decorative poster of Chinese characters greets visitors.

Posted in Culture @ 17 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two years of SBY: Bouquet for Aceh, brickbat for economy As he heads into his third year as Indonesia's president on Friday, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono enjoys respectable popularity, but is struggling to ignite Southeast Asia's largest economy, analysts say. The 57-year-old former general, who was nominated for a Nobel peace prize for overseeing a peace pact with separatist rebels in Aceh, has crafted a respected image abroad, but at home the battles he faces are more complex.

Posted in Politics @ 29 October 2006 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Huge cigarette investment lights up prospects of economic revival Suwarno drags deeply on his kretek cigarette, the scented fumes swirling lazily in the Indonesian sunshine. Strong and cheap, the exotic smoke leaves him a little dizzy, but each lungful could take his country nearer its long overdue economic recovery.

Posted in Economy @ 20 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia kicks off arms expo A major defence industry showcase opened in Indonesia Wednesday, moving the country closer to the high-tech weapons it wants to fight militants and crush rebels but doing little to ease concerns of those who want it held to account for past military abuses. The four-day expo comes as Jakarta is struggling to overhaul its military under a US embargo imposed in response to abuses by Indonesia's armed forces in insurgency-hit Papua and Aceh and during East Timor's 1999 independence vote.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President plans Jakarta overhaul President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stated his commitment to overhauling the country’s sprawling capital. Jakarta's facelift will center on managing its most pressing problems: traffic, garbage and waterways. The President met a range of Jakarta councilors on Tuesday (16/11/04) to discus tourism and the beautification of one of Jakarta's prime tourist areas: the Ancol complex of theme parks and markets on Jakarta's northern shores.

Posted in General @ 17 November 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vote drags on amid slow count Indonesia appears destined for weeks of post-election limbo as President Megawati Sukarnoputri met yesterday with senior party leaders and strategists to discuss what had gone wrong. Early figures from Monday’s poll showed Mrs Megawati had defied pundits and was clinging to a slender lead over the rival Golkar party founded by the former dictator Suharto. Forecasts had suggested Golkar would romp home. With only a fraction of ballots counted, Mrs Megawati’s Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) had captured 19%, followed closely by Golkar with 15.4%.

Posted in Elections @ 07 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia faces three national elections in 2004, including a presidential vote, but they are unlikely to bring fundamental change. Citizens are increasingly disillusioned with the half-decade of democracy and “money politics” they have experienced since the collapse of Soeharto’s authoritarian New Order.

Posted in Politics @ 18 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to buy two corvettes from the Netherlands The Indonesian navy has signed an initial agreement with Dutch shipbuilding company Royal Schelde for the purchase of two corvettes, a foreign news agency on Thursday. Navy chief Admiral Bernard Kent Sondakh, on behalf of the defense minister, and Royal Schelde marketing director Robert Post, signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday Antara said.

Posted in Military @ 08 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN admits power reserves running thin State-owned electricity company PT PLN said that power reserves on Java and Bali had been depleted, but stopped short of saying there could be more blackouts in the future. Company president Eddie Widiono said that the current reserve margin had reached 28 percent, which is lower than the minimum reserve margin of 30 percent to avert power disruptions.

Posted in Power supply @ 05 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IMF: Indonesia may surpass 2004 GDP growth target The International Monetary Fund said Friday that Indonesia's economy in 2004 could grow by more than the government's forecast of between 4% and 5%. The IMF's director for Asia Pacific, Daniel Citrin, who is leading a review of Indonesia's economy, also said the government's 2004 budget deficit target of 1% of gross domestic product was "reasonable."

Posted in Economy @ 03 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Graft forces Indonesia to beg for money Indonesia would not need to "beg" for money from the international community if it tackled the corruption costing the cash-strapped country some $28.4 billion a year, an outspoken minister said. In typically blunt comments, Planning Minister Kwik Kian Gie told donors meeting in Bali that among the losses to the state from graft, Indonesia was losing around $9 billion from stolen or smuggled logs, fish and sand and $8 billion from tax leakages.

Posted in Economy @ 22 January 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Traffic and ground transportation have become major headaches for residents of Jakarta. The city administration has failed to deal with the chaotic traffic that clogs the capital's streets, and an integrated transportation system offering safe and fast mass rapid transit remains but a dream. The Jakarta Post's Soeryo Winoto discussed the issue with Jakarta-based urban transportation expert Djamester Simarmata.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 November 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia mulls cut in corporate, value-added taxes Faced with the bleak prospect of a continuing decline in foreign direct investments, Indonesia is mulling the possibility of cutting corporate and value-added taxes after its 2004 general election. The move, revealed by Finance Minister Boediono at the World Economic Forum in Kuala Lumpur, is also aimed at improving the government's tax collection base, which is among the lowest in the region.

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Budi Sadikin, a clean-cut, affable young executive, is smiling broadly. And for good reason. As head of consumer banking in Indonesia for ABN AMRO Bank, the 37-year-old has watched deposits at the Dutch bank's 15 branches triple in value in just three years — to $800 million at the end of 2000. Until 1998, ABN AMRO, which has been doing business in Indonesia for 175 years, did not even have a consumer-banking unit. Now Sadikin oversees a 200-strong team whose job it is to coax more affluent Indonesians to deposit their money in a foreign bank.

Posted in Politics @ 04 July 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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