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8.9 million Indonesians travel to Europe annually Over 8.9 million Indonesians visit Europe every year not only for holidaying but also for pursuing higher education, stated European Union Ambassador to Indonesia Olof Skoog.

Posted in Tourism @ 14 October 2014 11:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt saves 190 citizens facing death sentence overseas The government has claimed that it had saved at least 190 Indonesian citizens facing death sentence overseas through legal actions.

Posted in Crime @ 16 August 2014 00:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU asks two candidates to respect official results The General Elections Commission (KPU) Chairman Husni Kamil Manik has called on both the presidential candidate pairs to respect the official results of the presidential election by the KPU.

Posted in Elections @ 10 July 2014 17:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Defense Minister: 'Presidential election proceeds peacefully' The presidential election had run smoothly and peacefully without any significant obstacles, stated Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. "The implementation of the election has proceeded well," the defense minister noted after observing the pacification of the election at the Jakarta Military Commands Post in East Jakarta on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 09 July 2014 19:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo and Jokowi share similar probability to win The results of different pollsters quick counts have shown that a possible victory belongs to both Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa and Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla pairs. The two camps even declared that they won the election by referring to the outcomes of different credible pollsters quick counts.

Posted in Elections @ 09 July 2014 17:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian citizens overseas to give votes earlier The Indonesian citizens overseas will vote for the Indonesian presidential elections on July 4--6, 2014 earlier than the July 9 presidential elections in the country, a general election commissioner said.

Posted in Elections @ 03 July 2014 09:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK searches state printing firm`s office over e-KTP The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Tuesday searched the office of the state-owned printing company (PNRI) as part of efforts to probe alleged corruption charges in procuring electronic identification cards (e-KTP). "The search is still going on," KPKs spokesman Johan Budi said.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 May 2014 16:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK proposes travel ban on five people over e-KTP case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) proposed an overseas travel ban on five people to facilitate investigation into the alleged corruption case related to the procurement of electronic identification cards (e-KTP) at the home affairs ministry.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 26 April 2014 00:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda launching new planes on new routes The national airline Garuda Indonesia is scheduled to commence direct non-stop daily service between Jakarta and Amsterdam in May 2014.The new service, bypassing traditional technical stops in the Middle East, will be made possible with the delivery of new Boeing 777-300s.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 March 2014 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hong Kong grants Indonesia request over Century assets The High Court of Hong Kongs Special Administrative Region has complied Indonesias request to confiscate Bank Centurys assets stashed in that country with regard to a corruption case.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 February 2014 10:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia needs to revitalize migrant policies Indonesia needs to revitalize its policies in the migrant workers sector to provide fair treatment for its migrant workers abroad who contribute foreign exchange to the state, an ILO official said.

Posted in Economy @ 18 December 2013 09:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK to question energy and mineral resources minister The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) intends to question Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik as a witness soon in an alleged graft case involving the Upstream Oil and Gas regulatory special task force (SKK Migas).

Posted in Corruption @ 26 November 2013 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Mayor of South Tangerang next in line for KPK investigation The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has launched an investigation into alleged corruption in the administration of South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diani, the sister in-law of the controversial Banten Governor, Ratu Atut Chosiyah.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 October 2013 10:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


More than 4.8 million tourists visit Indonesia until July More than 4,872,260 foreign tourists visited Indonesia in the first seven months of this year, up 6.4 percent from the same period last year, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 September 2013 00:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of Indonesian overstayers ask for Saudi amnesty About 300,000 Indonesian immigrants overstaying their stay permits in Saudi Arabia are asking for amnesty to the Saudi government, a senior manpower official said.

Posted in General @ 04 July 2013 17:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry frees 11 Indonesian fishermen The Ministry of Maritime and Fisheries Affairs (KKP) succeeded on Friday in freeing 11 Indonesian fishermen who were arrested by Malaysian authorities early this month, a cabinet minister said.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2013 19:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body postpones questioning of finance minister The planned questioning as witness of Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo on Tuesday by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over the Hambalang Sports Complex Development (P3SON) scandal has been postponed.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 February 2013 18:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt has no right to ban women from working abroad The government has no right to ban Indonesian women from working abroad but rather it must protect them against any work risk wherever they are employed, according to the Indonesian Migrant Workers Placement Agencies Association (Himsataki).

Posted in General @ 12 February 2013 10:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia launches public campaign on khat ban The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) has launched a public campaign on khat (chata edulis), the active ingredient of cathinone considered by the agency as part of the narcotic substances` group I which includes hashish, morphine and methamphetamine, in Cisarua, West Java.

Posted in Drugs @ 08 February 2013 13:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian embassy repatriates 1,928 citizens from Syria The Indonesian Embassy in Damascus has last year repatriated 1,928 Indonesian citizens, including seven university students, from conflict-torn Syria, Rahmat Hindiarta Kusuma, the embassy`s third secretary, told ANTARA in London on Friday.

Posted in Violence @ 25 January 2013 08:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wives of PKS officials banned from nominating for legislator The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has decided to ban the wives of public officials of the party from nominating for legislative membership. "The ban is aimed at avoiding a conflict of interests and dynastic politics," PKS President Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq in a press statement released on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 06 January 2013 14:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body urged to question finance minister A legislator has urged the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to question Finance Minister Agus Martowardoyo over an alleged corruption in the Hambalang Sports Complex construction scandal.

Posted in Corruption @ 19 December 2012 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism growth for Bali expected to moderate As reported by The Jakarta Post, Bali is targeting 3.1 million foreign tourist visitors in 2013, based on the belief that improvements in the islandís infrastructure will add to the islandís appeal.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 December 2012 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft agency prioritizes corruption prevention efforts The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is currently focusing on efforts to prevent corruption in Indonesia by running anti-corruption campaigns in cooperation with various institutions of the country, according to KPK Chief Abraham Samad.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 December 2012 17:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President to call press conference over sports minister case President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will call a press conference in connection with the legal case of Youth and Sports Minister Andi Mallarangeng.

Posted in Politics @ 07 December 2012 11:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sports minister resigns over alleged corruption Sports Minister Andi Malaranggeng resigned from his present post at his ministry after the issuance of a travel ban by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) against him.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 December 2012 10:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK, immigration launch online blacklisting system for corruptors The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the Directorate General of Immigration will launch an online blacklisting system for corruptors in an effort to increase efforts to fight corruption.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 October 2012 15:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Visa fee threathens tourism development' Bisnis.com reports that Indonesiaís Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, has expressed her concern that the permanent imposition of the US$25 visa-on-arrival fee threatens the future development of tourism to Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 September 2012 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US expert on anti-corruption efforts visits Indonesia American Attorney Danforth Newcomb, who specializes in prosecuting and fighting corruption, is visiting Indonesia from September 17-28 to speak on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in the United States.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 September 2012 19:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


120 sailing ships to participate in Sail Morotai At least 120 sailing ships from Indonesia and other countries will participate in the upcoming international marine event of Sail Morotai, to be held in the Morotai Islands district, North Maluku, in mid-September 2012.

Posted in General @ 23 April 2012 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Ex-death row convict thanks president One of the Indonesian workers who earlier faced the death row in Saudi Arabia thanked President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday for being freed from execution.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 March 2012 10:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


French archaeologist discover 12th century shipwreck Fragments from a 12th century shipwreck have been discovered in Medan's China Town, supporting earlier claims about the discovery of an ancient shipwreck. Medan is a major city in Indonesia that support local and regional economy activities since a long time ago.

Posted in History @ 25 February 2012 01:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to stop sending domestic workers abroad by 2017 The government of Indonesia has said it will stop sending domestic workers abroad by 2017 following numerous cases of abuse, the Jakarta Post reported on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 January 2012 14:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prince Walid to help save Tuti from execution Saudi Prince Walid bin Talal bin Abdul Azis al Saud has promised to help save Indonesian migrant worker Tuti Tursilawati (27) from execution in Saudi Arabia, a top Indonesian manpower ministry official said.

Posted in Crime @ 27 December 2011 07:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian brain damaged after drinking toxic cocktail An Australian nurse has fallen ill after drinking a toxic alcoholic beverage at an Indonesian resort island, local media reported on Wednesday. She is currently hospitalized after eventually suffering from brain damage and kidney failure.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 October 2011 06:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Owner of passport used by Nazaruddin arrested The North Sumatra Police on Tuesday arrested Muhammad Syarifuddin, the holder of a passport allegedly used by fugitive graft suspect Muhammad Nazaruddin to flee overseas.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 August 2011 06:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 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


12 Indonesian migrant workers from Saudi Arabia in hospital Twelve people were taken to hospital on Wednesday after a ship carrying more than 2,300 migrant workers repatriated from Saudi Arabia docked in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 04 May 2011 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Saudi Arabia to release 300 Indonesian prisoners Saudi Arabia pledged to release more than 300 Indonesians jailed in the country for various offenses after an Indonesian minister visited the Arab state to seek clemency for 23 Indonesians on death row, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Politics @ 17 April 2011 17:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia needs 120 new pilots each year Garuda Indonesia airlines needs at least 120 new pilots per year. These new pilots are for manning the fleet which continues to grow and to replace retired pilots. As stated by Garuda Indonesia's vice president of Flight Operations, Capt. S Samad.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 06 April 2011 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to appeal in Saudi Arabia tortured migrant worker case Indonesia announced on Wednesday that it will appeal the three-year jail sentence given to a Saudi Arabian woman for torturing her Indonesian maid, local media reported on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 13 January 2011 03:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia might halt sending workers to Saudi Arabia over maid killing Indonesia on Friday announced that its government is considering putting a hold on dispatching workers to Saudi Arabia as international outrage has surrounded the case of a tortured Indonesian maid, officials said.

Posted in General @ 19 November 2010 18:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta declared no-fly zone after volcano eruption Just days before President Barack Obama's visit to Indonesia, all international airlines canceled flights into the countryís capital city Saturday after a volcano hundreds of miles to the west unleashed its most powerful eruption in a century. The cancellation also means passengers leaving Jakarta for overseas had to call off their trips.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 November 2010 15:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Filipino woman sentenced to death for trafficking heroin A Filipino woman was sentenced to death on Wednesday for trafficking heroin in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, the Manila Times reported. The Filipino woman, whose name is being held for privacy reasons, was arrested on April 25 at Adisucipto International Airport in Yogyakarta by Customs authorities.

Posted in Drugs @ 28 October 2010 12:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two men on trial for ATM card scheme Two men on trial in Bali accused of stealing funds from Automated Teller Machines (ATM) in various locations across Bali saw State prosecutors demanding prisons terms of 13 years and fines of Rp. 100 million (83.000 euro) for each of the men.

Posted in Crime @ 28 September 2010 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


153 TKI deported from Malaysia Some 153 so-called TKI (Indonesian overseas workers) were deported from Malaysia because of various problems. The TKI were sent to the harbor of Tanjungpinang in the Riau Islands province from Malaysya. The TKI were all arrested earlier because they did not have the proper documents to work in Malaysia.

Posted in Economy @ 10 March 2010 03:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's tourism - a National tragedy Anak Agung Gde Agung is one of Indonesia's most distinguished and well-informed senior statesmen. He is a graduate of Harvard and Leiden universities. He as attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States and served as social services minister during the administration of President Abdurrahman Wahid.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Over 400 illegal TKI sent home by Malaysia Just over 400 illegal TKI (Indonesian Overseas Workers) have been sent back from Malaysia because they lacked the proper documents. They were sent to Tanjung Priok in North Jakarta. All of the 407 deported Indonesians didn't have a passport. Some of the illegal overseas workers now say that they have been abused by the Malaysian police.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 December 2009 07:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau police stops 60 TKI from being sent abroad The police in the Riau Archipelago has successfully stopped 60 soon-to-be TKI (Indonesian Overseas Workers) that were about to be sent to Malaysia illegally. When the police came into action, some 60 people were safeguarded from being sent abroad. They were already in the international harbour of Batam Center, waiting for their boat to arrive.

Posted in Human rights @ 27 November 2009 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta expects to earn Rp1.6 trillion from tourism The administration of Jakarta is upbeat over it's target earn some 1.6 trillion Rupiah (115 million euro) from tourism alone this year. A number of regions, including Surabaya, have organized a Jakarta Tourism Expo 2009 this year.

Posted in Tourism @ 22 November 2009 07:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abuse case highlights need for stricter laws Public outcry over an Indonesian domestic workerís alleged abuse by her Malaysian employer has prompted the Indonesian government to demand better protection for its citizens working in the neighbouring country. With red blisters and scabs on her face and upper body, Siti Hajar fled her employer's house and sought shelter at the Indonesian embassy in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, in June.

Posted in Politics @ 11 August 2009 12:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


157 cases of Mexican Flu in Indonesia Swine flu cases which were found in Indonesia for the first time late last month, have continued to increase and spread to other regions, the Ministry of Health said. The ministry in a press release said on Thursday it had recorded 15 new cases so that the total number of patients suspected to have contracted the H1N1 strain of virus had reached 157.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 17 July 2009 06:17 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


Indonesia resource nationalism stirs before polls As Indonesia heads for elections, some politicians are taking a more nationalist line on the country's vast natural resources, a move that could scare off much-needed foreign capital amid the global credit crunch. While some industry experts see the rumblings over foreign investment as campaign trail posturing, the rhetoric highlights the risks for investors in Southeast Asia's biggest economy, particularly in its energy and mining sectors.

Posted in Elections @ 22 March 2009 06:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exiled Papua rebel leader returns home A former Free Papua Movement's leader, Nicolaas Jouwe, who has been in overseas exile for years returned to Indonesia for a visit on Thursday and planned to meet with the country's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono before visiting his birthplace of Papua. Co-founder of the movement arrived here on Thursday and he met with Indonesian Minister of People Welfare and Poverty Alleviation Aburizal Bakrie at his office here Friday.

Posted in General @ 21 March 2009 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's central bank slashes interest rate by 50 basis points The Indonesian central bank on Wednesday cut its benchmark interest rate by a half percentage point to 7.75 percent to boost economic growth and reduce unemployment, the bank said in a statement. Easing inflation and the fall of overseas sales have triggered governor Boediono and his seven colleagues to reduce the rate, which is more than the expected 25 basis points.

Posted in Economy @ 05 March 2009 09:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian exports mark biggest drop in 22 years Indonesia's exports fell 36 percent in January from a year ago, the biggest drop since 1986, amid plunging demand for the country's vast natural resources and manufactured goods, the statistic's agency reported Monday. The downward trend - which began in October - was in line with declines in exports from other nations across Asia.

Posted in Economy @ 03 March 2009 11:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Central bank cuts rate by 50 basis point to 8.75% The Indonesian central bank Wednesday slashed its benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points to 8.75 percent following the good outlook of inflation to spur growth, according to a statement by the bank. The 50 basis point cut is in line with the recent demand from the government and business sector, as the country has decided to rely much on the huge domestic market following the fall of demand of its products in overseas.

Posted in Economy @ 08 January 2009 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to invest 6.5 billion euro on infrastructure next year Indonesia planned to raise spending on infrastructure next year to 100 trillion rupiah (some 6.5 billion euro) from this year's 60 trillion rupiah (about 3.9 billion euro) to create jobs and boost economic growth in an effort to cushion the impact of the global financial routs, the finance ministry said here Wednesday. The global economic turmoil is predicted to deepen in 2009, particularly in the first quarter, Indonesian acting Coordinating Minister for Economy Sri Muyani Indrawati said.

Posted in Economy @ 24 December 2008 11:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia slashes investment target in 2009 due to recession Indonesia has revised down its investment target next year to 17 billion U.S. dollars from the previous target of 20 billion U.S. dollars, due to the fallout of the global financial problems, chairman of the country's investment board Muhammad Lutfi said here Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 23 December 2008 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia car sales slides in November The number of Indonesia's car sales in November dropped to over 47,000 units from that of 54,000 units in the previous month, chairman the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association Bambang Trisulo said here Tuesday. The high interest rates, tumbling commodity prices and lack of U.S. dollars liquidity as a fallout of the global financial turmoil, have started battering consumption.

Posted in Economy @ 09 December 2008 15:03 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


'Visit Indonesia Year 2008' launched by Minister of Tourism The Indonesian Culture and Tourism Ministry has launched "Visit Indonesia Year (VIY) 2008" in an effort to attract more foreign tourists to the country, the Antaranews agency reported on Thursday. Indonesian Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik officially declared the start of VIY 2008 at a function in the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) on Wednesday night, the report said.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 December 2007 13:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air to fly to Hong Kong from next month Budget airline Lion Air will open its new route to Hong Kong next month in the company's ambition to expand businesses to regional level. Lion will use its new Boeing 737-900ER to serve the Hong Kong route once a day from the East Java capital of Surabaya.

Posted in General @ 12 November 2007 07:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six Garuda B737-400s seized by customs officers Asia aviation soared to new heights on Thursday, October 25, 2007, with the inaugural flight of the Airbus 380 from Singapore to Sydney, while in Indonesia aviation circles were reaping publicity of a less favorable kind when six Boeing 737-400 aircraft leased by national flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia were seized by Indonesian customs and excise officials in Jakarta.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 October 2007 08:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia migrant workers bring in big bucks Migrant workers from Indonesia continue to make a huge contribution to the country's economy because the remittances they make. During the second quarter of 2007, these workers overseas send home some 1.1 billion euro. This is 5.4 percent more than the same period last year, according to data from Bank Indonesia. The central bank estimated that the figure for the full year will reach about 3.5 billion euro.

Posted in Economy @ 21 October 2007 06:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clove Marlboro launched in Indonesia Philip Morris International has launched 'Marlboro Mix 9', a Marlboro cigarette in Indonesia flavored with clove, seeking to boost sales in one of the world's biggest markets where smokers in Europe and the United States stop smoking. The company, a unit of New York-based Altria Group, last year bought a controlling stake in cigarette manufacturer Sampoerna for 5.2 billion US dollar. It was the largest foreign takeover in Indonesian history.

Posted in General @ 04 July 2007 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesian money may be printed abroad The central bank in Indonesia is mulling printing the local currency overseas as state-run banknote firm Peruri can not meet the demand, as was told by an official today. Bank Indonesia, the central bank, currently needs 6.6 billion new banknotes in this year alone, but the bank calculated that Peruri is not able to print all of the notes within a given time period.

Posted in General @ 25 April 2007 16:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bulog boss becomes graft suspect The head of Indonesia's state-owned logistics agency (Bulog) has been named a suspect in a corruption case involving cows from Australia. Hendarman Supandji, the top anti-graft prosecutor, said the alleged case took place in 2001. "Investigators of the case of cow imports from Australia have named Bulog chief Widjanarko Puspoyo as a suspect.

Posted in General @ 15 March 2007 02:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adam Air to continue expansion Adam Skyconnection Airlines said the Jan. 1 crash of one of its aircraft will not affect expansion plans as the Indonesian budget carrier will pursue adding 60 planes within five years and searching for a strategic investor. The airline also plans to lease 10 Boeing 737 planes this year, bringing its total fleet to 32, according to the company's president director, Adam Suherman, whose family owns the Jakarta- based carrier.

Posted in General @ 14 February 2007 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia may curb exports of crude palm oil Indonesia, the world's second largest palm oil grower, may curb unprocessed exports of the commodity to encourage the development of local refining, an official at the Trade Ministry said. Curbing overseas sales of crude palm oil (CPO) is among the options that will be discussed at a meeting on January 22, Agus Tjahyono, agricultural exports director, said in an interview yesterday. "There are lots of options besides taxes to discourage exports," Tjahyono said. "We can impose regulations."

Posted in Economy @ 20 January 2007 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Report: Indonesia to file civil charges against Suharto The Indonesian attorney-general's office plans to file a civil lawsuit against former president Suharto by the end of this month, the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday. The Jakarta Post quoted Attorney-General Abdul Rahman Saleh as saying his office was still calculating how much money it aimed to seize from Suharto. "I don't know the exact amount. One thing for sure, it's a lot of money," he said.

Posted in General @ 06 January 2007 12:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Weeks of net chaos expected in Indonesia It is expected to take between two and four weeks for Internet capacity to recover in Indonesia after it dropped to 17 percent Tuesday following the earthquake in China 's Taiwan. "The question of when Internet connections will recover, regretfully, lies in the hands of external parties," the Jakarta Post daily on Friday quoted Basuki Yusuf Iskandar, director general of posts and telecommunication at the Communications and Information Ministry, as saying at a press conference.

Posted in General @ 30 December 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The nowhere people Fitriyah was 14 when her mother left their Java village to work as a maid in Saudi Arabia. There were two letters from Sulastri after she arrived in Riyadh, and then a silence for seven years: no calls, no letters, and no money. When Fitriyah saw her mother again, she was dead. The autopsy stated that Sulastri had died from insect bites. But there was no explanation for the bruises covering the body when it was returned. "For seven years, I had no idea what had happened and why she didn't write. Now, at least, I can understand her silence," she whispers.

Posted in Culture @ 24 December 2006 00:00 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


Speaking in Islamic tongues in Indonesia For those recently heaping praise on Indonesia for its moderate Muslim and emerging democratic credentials, consider the case of Islamic preacher Yusman Roy. Last year Roy was sentenced to two years in prison on blasphemy charges for leading Muslim prayers at an East Java Islamic school in his native Bahasa Indonesia rather than Arabic as conservative religious councils require. In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, the language issue pitches modern, liberal interpretations of Islam, known broadly here as abangan, against conservative orthodox views, represented broadly as santri.

Posted in Religion @ 16 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla: 'Rupiah's strength is a concern' The Indonesian rupiah's strength is a concern and businesses in Southeast Asia's biggest economy may feel more comfortable if it weakened to about 9,500 against the dollar, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said.

Posted in Economy @ 24 November 2006 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Broadcast photos of convicted corruptor in anti-graft campaign Indonesian television aired the photo of a fugitive convicted of embezzling millions of dollars of state funds, the first in what will be a weekly slot exposing people convicted of corruption, authorities said Wednesday. Two TV stations plan to screen the images of 14 people convicted of graft or white-collar crime in coming weeks to boost a campaign against corruption, which remains endemic at all levels of the government, said spokesman I Wayan Pasek Suartha of the Attorney General's office.

Posted in Crime @ 18 October 2006 08:42 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


Exxon stands firm on Natuna contract Despite uncertainty over its contract, giant oil and gas company ExxonMobil has expressed optimism that it will start developing the D-Alpha gas field in the Natuna Sea in 2008. "The contract is still valid and stands as it is. There have been no official talks about the contract being revised, let alone terminated," Peter J. Coleman, the company's president and general manager for Indonesia, told the press in Jakarta on Thursday evening.

Posted in General @ 13 October 2006 13:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Goodbye pluralism Houses of worship are an important topic of discussion for many people, as the recent debate over them showed. The impression was that people put more importance on the buildings themselves than on practicing the good deeds taught inside them. The heated debate revolved around drawing up new rules on church or mosque construction to replace an antiquated joint ministerial decree. If any issue reflects the nation's progress, it is this one. After 61 years as a free nation we are still fighting over rudimentary matters of religion.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans militants from going to Mideast Indonesian police said on Monday that the government had banned Islamic militants from travelling to the Middle East or elsewhere to fight Israel. The comments by a police spokesman came after the self-styled head of the Jakarta-based ASEAN Muslim Youth Movement said more than 200 militants had been sent on missions to attack Israel's interests and countries that support the Jewish state.

Posted in General @ 07 August 2006 15:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Timor Leste's PM to visit Indonesia Timor Leste's new prime minister, Jose Ramos Horta, will possibly visit Indonesia at the end of this week, Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda said on Thursday. "We are trying to fix a mutually agreeable time and this will possibly be the end of this week," Antara news agency on Thursday quoted the foreign minister as saying after a meeting with the President at the State Palace.

Posted in Politics @ 20 July 2006 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bird flu toll hits 41 Indonesian authorities have confirmed that a child who died last week was the country's 41st victim of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus. The three-year-old girl died in a Jakarta hospital on 6 July. Officials said an overseas laboratory had confirmed the presence of the virus. This means the country's human bird flu toll now stands only one behind hardest-hit Vietnam.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 14 July 2006 14:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects foreign loan offers for quake victims The Indonesian government will reject any foreign offer to provide loans for its ongoing efforts to help victims of the Yogyakarta and Central Java earthquake, a cabinet minister said. "We will not accept any overseas loan although a number of foreign countries and international institutions, including the ADB, have offered to extend soft loans, we prefer grant aid," National Development Planning Minister Paskah Suzetta said here on Thursday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 June 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Doctor: Suharto's condition deteriorates Former Indonesian President Suharto's condition has deteriorated after further internal bleeding, but the long-time ruler is fully conscious, one of his doctors said on Saturday. Suharto, 84, who ruled Indonesia for 32 years, was admitted to hospital more than a week ago because of bleeding in his digestive system, which lowered his body's oxygen level, including to his brain.

Posted in General @ 13 May 2006 13:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel imports slump as consumption declines Oil traders looking for a rebound in Indonesiaís oil demand that could resuscitate moribund diesel and gasoline markets may be in for a long wait as Indonesians have quickly learned to live with less fuel. Despite hopes for a quick recovery, consumers in Asiaís fifth-biggest oil user are burning nearly 20 percent or 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) less fuel than a year ago after the government doubled retail prices last October, industry officials say.

Posted in Economy @ 19 February 2006 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PT Dirgantara Indonesia claims production of 484 planes Aerospace industry PT Dirgantara Indonesia claimed Tuesday it has produced 484 aircraft of various types since its establishment in 1976. The company has managed to sell aircraft to foreign markets, Dirgantara Acting President Nuril Fuad told President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who was visiting the factory in the West Java capital of Bandung, some 150 km south of Jakarta. He said Malaysia has purchased eight aircraft, Thailand bought two, South Korea acquired eight and Pakistan ordered four.

Posted in Economy @ 03 January 2006 19:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Spokesman: Yudhoyono refuses pay raise President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has refused a proposed increase in his salary and perks. The 2006 state budget had earmarked funds for an average five percent increase in official salaries but Yudhoyono has declined his own rise, presidential spokesman Andi Mallarangeng said. "The president has decided to issue a presidential regulation confirming that salaries and allowances for the president and the vice president will not be raised," he was quoted as saying by the Detikcom news website.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2006 19:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims, minorities and the state in Indonesia Indonesian Islam will remain moderate and tolerant by and large, but problems and challenges will continue to exist. The future of Indonesia depends on the ways in which the government and various Muslim groups actually act in public life. While violence, discrimination, and grievances are still felt among the minorities, especially non-Muslims, the Muslim majority continue maintaining the tolerant, moderate character of the country. A small number of hard-liners and terrorists will be disproportionately influential, but the tolerant, moderate majority and the government will not be silent.

Posted in Religion @ 30 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


Singapore's Valuair to start flights to Surabaya Valuair Ltd., a Singapore-based low-fare carrier, said it will start offering daily flights to Surabaya from the island state to meet rising travel demand between the two countries. Valuair will fly Airbus SAS A320 aircraft for the new services starting Oct. 23 with fares from S$199 ($118) for a round trip ticket, the airline said today in an e-mailed statement.

Posted in Economy @ 21 October 2005 15:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Security tightened after Bali suicide bombings Security was tightened across Indonesia Sunday after suicide bombers detonated a string of explosions at tourist hot-spots on the island of Bali, killing 19 and injuring at least 132. The attacks -- two at cafes near Jimbaran and one at a restaurant in Kuta's main square -- came less than two weeks ahead of the third anniversary of 2002's deadly nightclub bombings in Bali.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Indonesia's debt load accounts for 52 percent of GDP Indonesia's overseas and domestic debt loads stood at 1,282 trillion rupiah (around 128.2 billion US dollars) as of March this year, equivalent to some 52 percent of the country's gross domestic product, an official said Monday. "The figure comprises 624 trillion rupiah (62.4 billion dollars) of debt in foreign exchange and 658 trillion rupiah (65.8 billion dollars) in local currency," Minister of Finance Jusuf Anwar said in an open-door hearing with legislators at the parliament compound here.

Posted in Economy @ 19 September 2005 13:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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