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KPK traces treasure of non-active Riau Governor The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is tracing and taking data of non-active Riau Governor Annas Maamuns assets for his alleged corruption case, according to KPK official.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 October 2014 10:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Soeharto`s daughter inaugurated as MP Former president Soehartos daughter Siti Hediati Haryadi or Titi Soeharto was among the new members of parliament to be inaugurated for the 2014-2019 term here on Wednesday. Titi Soeharto, a member of the Golkar Party, was elected as a House of Representatives (DPR) member in the legislative elections held on April 9.

Posted in Politics @ 01 October 2014 20:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor: 'New oil reserve discovered in Riau' Governor of Riau Province Annas Maamun revealed on Monday that a new oil reserve, presumably the biggest in Riau, was found in Rokan Hilir District by PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI).

Posted in Economy @ 18 August 2014 15:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: '2 million hectares of Riau oil palm plantation illegal' Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan has urged the Riau Province Administration not to issue additional permit for oil palm plantation, as two million hectares of the plantation is illegal or has no permit.

Posted in Environment @ 06 August 2014 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sangeang Api in West Nusa Tenggara erupts Mount Sangeang Api in Bima District, West Nusa Tenggara, erupted on Friday at 03:55 p. m. local time spewing plumes of ash and smoke 3,000 meters westbound into the air.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 31 May 2014 00:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police name 100 suspects in forest fires The Riau provincial police have named 100 people as suspects in alleged forest and plantation fire cases in the provinces several districts and cities. "The number increases from 90 suspects previously," Riau Police Chief Brigadier General Condro Kirono informed ANTARA here on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 March 2014 22:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for heavier punishment for arsonists President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for heavier punishment for those who deliberately lit fires in forest, plantation and peat-soil areas. "The president has emphasized the importance of strict and indiscriminate legal enforcement. Light punishment for forest arson must be evaluated," the president tweeted on his account @SBYudhoyono on Monday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 17 March 2014 12:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze disrupts oil palm production in Riau Haze from the ongoing forest fires in the Riau province had disrupted the harvest of oil palm fruits, a local farmer Rohim, 57 years old, said here on Friday. "The thick haze makes it hard for farmers to see the palm fruits that are ready to be harvested," Rohim noted.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 March 2014 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Riau governor jailed for 14 years for corruption Former governor of Sumatra's Riau province Rusli Zainal was sentenced to 14 years in jail for corruption here on Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 12 March 2014 23:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police hunting down four suspects in Riau`s land fires Police are hunting down four people suspected of setting fire to forested land in Riau province. "The four people who are now put on the polices wanted list are investors and sellers of conservation areas," Chief of the Riau Provincial Police Brig. Gen. Condro Kirono said here on Friday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 07 March 2014 11:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Victims due to haze to receive compensation The Ministry of Social Affairs will provide compensation for a haze victim who died in Riau province, according to National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Head Syamsul Maarif. "The amount of the compensation will be decided later, after holding coordination discussions with the local government," the BNPB chairman said here on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 07 March 2014 09:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost all Sumatran forest fires deliberately set Chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Syamsur Maarif stated that around 99 percent of forest and plantation fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan were deliberately set.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 February 2014 16:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Satellite detects 81 hotspots in Riau The Terra and Aqua satellite detected 81 hotspots of forest, plantation and peat land fires in Riau Province on Monday afternoon.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 February 2014 10:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick haze in Riau disturbs air transportation Planes heading to Sultan Syarif Kasim international airport, Pekanbaru, Riau province, are forced to circle around before landing due to decreasing visibility, a result of ongoing forest fire in the area, an official stated.

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 February 2014 14:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detain Malaysian for starting forest fire in Riau The Riau province police announced here on Saturday that they had detained a Malaysian national who is being investigated for his alleged involvement in starting a forest fire in Riau earlier this year.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 December 2013 15:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung erupts three times Mount Sinabung in Karo district of North Sumatra, erupted three times on Wednesday morning, hurling volcanic ash into the sky. Head of Data Center of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a short text message that the first eruption took place at 2:40 am belching volcanic ash some 2,000 meters into the air.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 November 2013 15:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All flights must avoid route on Mount Sinabung The Ministry of Transportation has urged all flights to avoid routes on Mount Sinabung which erupted on Sunday in Karo District, North Sumatra.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 November 2013 16:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wife of chief judge banned from travelling abroad The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has banned the wife of Constitutional Court Chief Justice Akil Mochtar, who has recently been named a suspect of a bribery case, from travelling abroad.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 October 2013 17:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze forces temporary closure of schools in Pekanbaru The Pekanbaru education office has temporary closed kindergartens and elementary schools partly in the city, which have been hit by haze.

Posted in Forest fires @ 29 August 2013 14:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Orangutans habitat displaced by oil palm expansion' The massive expansion of oil palm plantations in Central Kalimantan has led to increased environmental damages and displacement of protected animals, such as orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus).

Posted in Environment @ 03 August 2013 17:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lebaran remittances estimated to reach Rp15 trillion Indonesia`s Manpower Minister Muhaimin Iskandar estimated remittances from migrant workers during the current fasting month and ahead of the post-fasting holiday of Lebaran this year could reach Rp15 trillion.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2013 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze raises respiratory disease sufferers by 20 pct The Health Monitoring Office (KKP) of Pekanbaru`s Port recorded increase in respiratory disease by 20 percent as a result of haze that hit Riau Province. The institution found the total increase when they conducted an integrated data collection and evaluation program (surveillance) of the illness type caused land fire`s haze.

Posted in Forest fires @ 30 June 2013 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Take firm action against forest fire perpetrators The Indonesian Forum for Environment (Walhi) has asked the government to take the firmest possible action against forest and land fires perpetrators.

Posted in Forest fires @ 25 June 2013 15:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of Sumatra's fire hot spots increases to 227 The number of hot spots from forest and plantation fires across Sumatra increased from 118 to 227 on Sunday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 June 2013 12:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of Sumatra`s fire hot spots drops significantly The NOAA satellite detected 21 hot spots from forest, plantation and peatland fires across Sumatra, including 13 in Riau Province, on Friday. "The number is much less than on the previous days," Tri Puryanti, an analyst of Pekanbaru meteorological, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG), said here on Saturday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Forestry Minister in Riau to inspect forest fire control Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan led a coordinating meeting on forest and plantation fire control here on Saturday. A number of personnel from forest fire brigade "Manggala Agni", military, police and forest rangers were present in the event.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNPB sets aside Rp25 billion to battle forest fires The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has set aside Rp25 billion (around 2.5 million US Dollar) to make artificial rain over forest fires in Riau Province to battle haze looming over the region and neighboring countries.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 13:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze from forest fire affects respiratory health Haze from forest fire in Sumatra has increased the number of respiratory problem cases in Dumai, Riau Province, over the past few weeks, a local office said. In the early June 2013, the number of respiratory problems was 351 cases and increased to 393 cases now, Marjoko Santoso, the head of the Dumai health office, said here on Monday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 17 June 2013 18:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh kidnappers set free British hostage A gang of armed criminals on Thursday set free an expatriate Marcom Primsore (62) from Britain after being held for two days in the forest of East Aceh.

Posted in Crime @ 13 June 2013 19:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Smog covers Dumai city, Riau Thick smog covered Dumai city affecting the visibility in the city`s main roads as low as 200 meters on Wednesday at around 10 am local time. The heavy smog affected the people`s daily activity especially those riding motorcycles due to the low visibility.

Posted in General @ 05 June 2013 17:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two persons missing in flash flood in C. Sulawesi Sigi Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has not found yet two bodies of a flash flood`s victims in Sigi District, Central Sulawesi Province on Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 April 2013 16:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost four million Indonesians live on palm oil About 3.7 million people in Indonesia live on oil palm plantations, a senior agriculture ministry said. Speaking to a seminar at Santika Hotel here on Friday, Secretary of the Directorate General of Agriculture Mukti Sardjono said that oil palm played an important role in providing income for the people.

Posted in Economy @ 30 March 2013 18:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rescue workers discover 12 bodies of Cililin landslide Evacuation team for landslide mitigation at Mukapayung village, Cililin sub-district of West Java province has discovered two other bodies that makes the total casualties of the disaster to 12 persons.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 March 2013 18:01 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


Floods inundate North Sumatra Floods submerged hundreds of houses, oilpalm plantations and mosques in Stabat, Tanjung Pura, and Tandam, Langkat District, North Sumatra Province. The floodwaters started to rise on Friday evening as a nearby river overflowed, Ginting, a local resident, said here on Saturday.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 February 2013 08:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood hits 21 hamlets in North Sumatra A flood hit 21 hamlets in North Sumatra`s Serdang Bedagai district on Wednesday due to the overflowing of Padang and Sibaro rivers. The flood began at around 01.00 a.m. after the dike at Bukit Cermin and Mariah Padang villages was broken down.

Posted in Flooding @ 30 January 2013 23:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam coastal areas to be developed into coconut plantation The government plans to develop Batam municipality`s coastal areas into a coconut and cassava production center to meet local and national demands, an official said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 January 2013 00:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pagaralam citizens find three ancient human statues The citizens of Curup village, North Dempo district, Pagaralam city, South Sumatra province, have found three statues of human heads, which are allegedly prehistoric relics from 4,000 BC.

Posted in History @ 01 January 2013 18:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


14 killed in South Lampung clash Two days of clashes in South Lampung district, Lampung province, have claimed the lives of 14 people, police said. Four of them were killed on Sunday and the rest on Monday, head of the South Lampung Police Resort Adj. Snr. Comr. Tatar Nugroho said on Tuesday.

Posted in Violence @ 30 October 2012 22:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Densus arrests another terror suspect The police anti-terrorist squad, Densus 88, arrested a suspected terrorist in Melawi district, West Kalimantan, on Saturday, a police spokesman said on Sunday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 September 2012 03:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hartati Murdaya detained  by KPK in graft case Another senior leader of the ruling Democratic Party Hartati Murdaya was detained by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Wednesday in a bribery case. Hartati, a member of the party`s Advisory Board which is chaired by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was sent to KPK`s detention house after 9-hours questioning.

Posted in Corruption @ 12 September 2012 23:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Dahlan Iskan hospitalized in Singapore due to fatigue State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has been hospitalized at a hospital in Singapore since Sunday (September 9), after he complained of fatigue.

Posted in Politics @ 11 September 2012 13:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian citizen`s murder suspect surrendered in Malaysia The prime suspect in the killing of an Indonesian citizen whose body was found in an oil palm plantation ditch at Kampung Tapah, Setiu, Terengganu, Saturday, July 27, finally surrendered on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 03 August 2012 00:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia has opportunities to strengthen domestic industries Indonesia still has a lot of opportunities to strengthen its industries due to continuing investment growth, a presidential aide said.

Posted in Economy @ 02 August 2012 14:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK arrests Buol district head over alleged corruption Central Sulawesi`s Buol District Head Amran Batalipu was arrested as a suspect in a corruption case linked to oil palm plantation licensing on Friday. "He is on the way to Jakarta for questioning over alleged bribery," Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Johan Budi said here on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 July 2012 09:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian ministry forbids Greenpeace to hold rallies Indonesian Legal and Human Rights Ministry forbids Greenpeace Indonesia to hold more rallies to criticize Indonesian policies and companies in Indonesia which are public legal entities.

Posted in General @ 20 June 2012 21:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK detains Miranda Goeltom Former Bank Indonesia senior deputy governor Miranda Goeltom was detained on Friday as a suspect in an alleged bribery case, in connection with her election to her post in 2004.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 June 2012 18:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia again deports 81 Indonesian migrant workers The Malaysian Government again deported a total of 81 migrant workers, through the Tunon Taka, sea-port, Nunukan, East Kalimantan, the Indonesian consulate staff has said.

Posted in Economy @ 19 May 2012 13:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to send joint team to Malaysia over shooting case The government will send another fact-finding team, comprising personnel from the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the national police and the attorney general`s office, to Malaysia to investigate the death of three migrant workers.

Posted in Politics @ 04 May 2012 16:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds demonstrate in front of Malaysian Embassy Hundreds of Indonesians staged a rally in front of the Malaysian Embassy here on Thursday, urging the Malaysian government to investigate local police who shot and killed three Indonesian workers in Malaysia in March.

Posted in Protests @ 03 May 2012 16:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh flash flood destroys 162 houses A flash flood that hit Southeast Aceh district on Thursday night left at least 162 houses damaged, the National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB) said.

Posted in Flooding @ 15 April 2012 20:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five shot, five missing in land dispute clash in Riau A clash between local residents and guards of a plantation company in a land dispute in Batang Kumuh village, Rokan Hulu (Rohul) district, Riau province, on Thursday night is reported to have led to the shooting of five civilians by police and the disappearance of five others.

Posted in Violence @ 05 February 2012 07:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US satellite detects 61 hot spots in Sumatra The US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) has detected 61 hot spots on Sumatra Island, according to the Ketaping Padang meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG).

Posted in Environment @ 22 January 2012 01:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven-meter-long python caught by local residents Local residents of Bengkulu, a province in Sumatra Island, have caught a python that was seven meters long with a body diameter of 25 centimeters.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 20 January 2012 01:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


10 Indonesian hotels win ASEAN Green Award Ten hotels operating in Indonesia have won ASEAN Green Hotel Recognition Award 2012 for applying environmentally friendly principles to their operations. Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Pangestu presented the award to representatives of the hotels here on Wednesday.

Posted in Tourism @ 14 January 2012 03:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Environmentalists capture endangered Sumatran rhino in Borneo Malaysian environmentalists on Monday announced the capture of a female Sumatran rhino which is on the brink of extinction, giving rise to a last chance to save the species before it is too late.

Posted in Environment @ 26 December 2011 13:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians sew mouths shut in deforestation protest A group of Indonesian protesters have sewed their mouths shut in a protest against deforestation which took place in front of the parliament's House building in the capital of Jakarta this week, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Protests @ 22 December 2011 09:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three named suspects for killing orangutans Three men had been named suspects for allegedly slaughtering Orangutans in Kutai Timur district, East Kalimantan, an official said.

Posted in Crime @ 21 December 2011 04:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two men arrested for killing dozens of orangutans Indonesian police arrested two men on Monday for allegedly killing dozens of monkeys and orangutans in the province of East Kalimantan, the Jakarta Post reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 22 November 2011 23:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi eruptions buried hundreds of springs Hundreds of springs in the Mount Merapi area have disappeared after being exposed to materials from the mountain`s recent eruptions and as a result , people there were now suffering water shortages, Sultan Hamengkubuwono X said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 November 2011 09:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatran tiger kills 5-year-old in western Indonesia A young girl was killed during the weekend when she was attacked by a Sumatran tiger while playing outside her house in western Indonesia, local media reported on Monday.

Posted in General @ 07 November 2011 11:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four foreign tourists killed in bus crash Four foreign tourists were killed when their bus crashed into a hill in Subang, West Java on Friday. The bus departed from Bandung and was carrying 13 tourists from the Netherlands, Belgium and India and was en route to Ciater hot spring when its brakes gave way while it was driving downhill.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 October 2011 14:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trainer plane crash in Java, Indonesia kills 2 A small aircraft crashed in Indonesia's Java island during a training mission, killing two people, officials said Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 April 2011 15:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal activity endangers Indonesian orangutan sanctuary As a group of rehabilitated orangutans are waiting to be released into a reserved area in Indonesia's Kalimantan, activists on Thursday stated that illegal activity in the sanctuary continues to endanger the natural habitat and its animals.

Posted in Environment @ 18 February 2011 06:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi replanting movement launched People living on the slopes of Mount Merapi are being encouraged to replant as part of a government campaign to restore land badly damaged by recent eruptions. The campaign officially kicked off on Tuesday with Agriculture Minister Suswono planting banana trees in Batur village, Sleman, in Yogyakarta.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 December 2010 04:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five suspected militants killed by police in North Sumatra Indonesian police shot dead five suspected Islamist militants and arrested four others in a raid on their hideout on Sumatra island, police said Sunday. The five suspects were killed and a policeman was injured in a gunbattle Saturday on an oil-palm plantation in Dolok Sagala village in North Sumatra province, provincial police chief Oegroseno told reporters.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2010 07:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Burger King to stop buying oil from Sinar Mas Environmentalists on Saturday praised Burger King's decision to stop buying palm oil from an Indonesian company accused of destroying rainforests. The U.S. hamburger chain giant said Friday that it was canceling its contract with PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology over concerns it had not adopted sustainable farming practices.

Posted in Environment @ 05 September 2010 01:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 2,000 orangutans inhabit Kutai National Park At least 2,000 orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) have been found to be inhabiting Kutai National Park in East Kutai, East Kalimantan, the forests of which were thought to have been too damaged.

Posted in Environment @ 11 June 2010 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


8.3 million hectares of Riau rainforest 'disappeared' The destruction of the tropical rain forest in Riau is just stunning. Of the 9.2 million hectares of rain forest existing in 1982, even before the provinces of Riau and Riau Islands were formed, only some 860.000 hectares is left now. In just 28 years some 8.3 million hectares has vanished completely.

Posted in Environment @ 14 May 2010 12:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 120 new species of plants and animals discovered At least 120 new species of plants and animals have been discovered in the tropical rain forests of Borneo in the last three years. Several of the remarkable findings were done by Dutch. Evolutionbiologist Menno Schilthuizen and his Malaysian student Liew Thor-Seng found a new kind of snail with a tail that is three times as long as his head for example.

Posted in Environment @ 23 April 2010 02:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Agriculture expansion plan under fire The Indonesian government's plan to develop a food estate in Papua has come in for heavy criticism for potentially marginalizing small farmers and threatening the environment. The government hopes the 1.6 million hectare Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate in Merauke District will turn Indonesia into one of the world's biggest food producers.

Posted in Environment @ 01 April 2010 16:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unilever and Nestle ban palmoil giant Sinar Mas After Unilever, Nestle also decided to ban Indonesian palmoil giant Sinar Mas as a supplier for their factories. The world's biggest food producer has done this after pressure from environmental organisations like Greenpeace, which accuse Sinar Mas of destroying the Indonesian rain forests.

Posted in Environment @ 19 March 2010 05:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Burning gas source found in field near Riau village A burning gas source was found in the village of Sukamaju in te Rumbai Pesisir district in Pekanbaru, Riau Province. The location of the burning gas is not too far from the oil field that is been exploited by PT Chevron Pasifik Indonesia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 March 2010 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens now feared dead in Bandung landslide About 60 people are missing and six dead have been found after a landslide at a tea plantation in Indonesia's West Java province, a disaster relief agency official said on Wednesday, as the military searched for survivors.

Posted in Weather @ 25 February 2010 00:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bandung tea plantation hit by landslide Hundreds were left homeless after a landslide hit a workers' housing area in Dewata tea plantation on Ciwidey, Bandung, West Java on Tuesday. News portal kompas.com, quoting an employee at the plantation said that hundreds of people were in need of tents after the landslide hit the workers’ barracks at around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Posted in Weather @ 23 February 2010 12:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wants to be large producer of crops Following Brazil's trail, Indonesia is encouraging foreign and local investors to lease huge swathes of fertile countryside and help make the country a major food producer. "Feed Indonesia, then feed the world," was the recent call from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after the government announced plans to fast-track development of vast agricultural estates in remote areas like Papua and Borneo.

Posted in Economy @ 22 February 2010 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former minister Frans Seda (83) dead A former minister of Finance, Franciscus Xaverius (Frans) Seda, died earlier this morning. This was confirmed by one of the friends of the well-known Catholic person, Policarpus da Lopez. He told that he received a telephone call that confirmed the death of the former politician.

Posted in General @ 31 December 2009 08:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


LIPI: Cut a tree, plant ten new trees In a survey that has cost some 250 million Rupiah (195,000 euro), the botanic garden in Cibodas and LIPI (the Indonesian Institute of Sciences), has concluded that for every tree that is cut down, at least ten new seedlings have to planted to replace it. The seedlings should be put in the earth before the tree is actually cut, realizing that Indonesians normally don't tend to clean up their work after they have started.

Posted in Environment @ 13 November 2009 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five-minute 'porn movie' spreads in Kediri A couple of schoolchildren of one Kediri high school have become actors in their own porn movie. In the last week, this movie has been spreading quickly under mostly minor students of the school and the city. The five-minute porn movie is a big hit in the city. The video is easily transferred from one mobile phone to another using Bluetooth connection.

Posted in General @ 05 October 2009 04:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rainforest in Kerinci Seblat disappearing fast The rain forest in the Kerinci Seblat national park on the island of Sumatra is disappearing fast. Illegal logging which continues in the area and understaffing at the security department of the national park are pointed to as the main causes. Some 500 hectares of previously untouched forests have now turned into wastelands.

Posted in Environment @ 31 August 2009 04:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abuse case highlights need for stricter laws Public outcry over an Indonesian domestic worker’s 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


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

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


Group of wild orangutans discovered in Borneo Conservationists have discovered a large population of orangutans in the eastern part of the island of Borneo which is shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. The most conservative estimates put the population count at several hundred, but biologists say it could possibly be in the region of 2,000.

Posted in Environment @ 12 April 2009 13:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two rare Sumatran elephants killed Two Sumatran elephants have been shot and killed in Indonesia's Bengkulu province, a conservation official said Tuesday. The elephants were killed last week in the Kerinci Seblat National Park, said Dudy Wuryanto, head of the nature conservation agency in the neighbouring province of Jambi. He said the motive for the killings was unclear.

Posted in General @ 31 March 2009 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tura village residents: 'Do not take our forest away' Around 15,000 hectares of community forest in Central Kalimantan will be cleared for the expansion of palm oil plantations, threatening the livelihood of more than 2,500 people. The community of Tura, Tumbang Tanjung and Tumbang Lahang villages along the Katingan river, are concerned of the impending disaster that will come when their forest is taken away by the companies. Their apprehension is expressed in a film, titled "Petak Danum Itah" or "Our Homeland", made by the community themselves with the support of the Centre for Orangutan Protection was premiered in Jakarta today.

Posted in Environment @ 17 December 2008 06:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace ship 'Esperanza' to visit Indonesia Greenpeace ship Esperanza (Spanish for "hope") will be kicking off the Indonesian leg of its "Forests for Climate' tour from 6th October to 15th November 2008. The ship arrives in in Jayapura, Papua on 6th November to shine the spotlight on what is seen as the last frontier of intact ancient forest in Indonesia.

Posted in Environment @ 26 September 2008 04:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Executions are the new hype in Indonesia Two members from one family, mother Sumiarsih (59) and son Sugeng (43), were executed earlier this month after they had been on death row for an astonishing twenty years. They were sentenced to death in the 1980's over a murder on five members of their own family out of vengeance. After twenty years in prison, they names - and their story - reappeared in the news once again. The end of their story was clear for almost twenty years already, but it just did never materialize. Probably someone did not like cleaning his office, so these two death row candidates were only executed by firing squad earlier this month.

Posted in Crime @ 25 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia executes 'shaman' for killing 42 women Indonesia has executed a man who strangled 42 women and girls, and then drank their saliva, a spokesman for the Attorney General said earlier today. The serial killer, Ahmad Suradji, was sentenced to death by a court in 1997 after he was convicted of killing the women and girls on the island of Sumatra.

Posted in Crime @ 11 July 2008 12:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace: Peatland forest destruction continues in Indonesia Peatland forests in Indonesia are continuously destructed by palm oil industry, although the government has stopped issuing new permits for new plantations at peatland ecosystem, a Greenpeace campaigner said here Monday. Hapsoro, Greenpeace campaigner for Southeast Asia, said that the Greenpeace team has found a new plantation opened without permits on peatland forest in Indonesia's Riau province at Sumatra Island.

Posted in Environment @ 07 April 2008 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to get 2 billion euro investment from Middle East Middle East investors plan to spend about two billion euro on projects in Indonesia, Bisnis Indonesia newspaper reported, citing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Emaar Properties PJSC, Pacific Inter-Link Sdn Bhd, Al Ghurair Group, Ras Al Khaimah and Limitless LLC are among the investors planning to enter Indonesia, Bisnis said.

Posted in Economy @ 22 March 2008 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Destruction of Sumatra forests driving global climate change and species extinction Turning just one Sumatran province's forests and peat swamps into pulpwood and palm oil plantations is generating more annual greenhouse gas emissions than the Netherlands and rapidly driving the province's elephants into extinction, a new study by WWF and partners has found.

Posted in Environment @ 28 February 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia to privatize 37 state-owned companies in 2008 The Indonesian government Monday submitted a list of 37 state-owned enterprises (SOEs) for its privatization drive this year to the House of Representatives. "There are 37 SOEs that we propose for the 2008 restructuring program," said Minister for State-owned Enterprises Affairs Sofjan Djalil. "But we have yet to get a final say from the privatization committee. We plan to hold a meeting with the committee this week regarding the 37 SOEs," he said during a hearing with the House commission four overseeing SOEs.

Posted in Economy @ 23 January 2008 04:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua to protect forests, seeks cash Papua want to preserve parts of its rain forest in exchange for help in cash money to help slow down global warming. These were the words of the governor at the U.N. climate talks. "We have decided to set aside a large part of our conversion forests to save the planet," said governor Barnabas Suebu during climate talks in Bali. Currently conversion forests are marked to be used as palm oil or pulp plantations.

Posted in Environment @ 06 December 2007 15:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Evacuees wait for Mount Kelut to erupt The threat of an eruption of Mount Kelut (or Mount Kelud), one of the deadliest volcanoes in Indonesia, remains very high despite a slump in activity over the last dy or so. Frustration under tens of thousands of villagers which were forced to flee is also growing. Last week the status of the volcano was raised to the highest level after several warning signs. But since Saturday there hasn't been any major activity according to Surono, a government volcanologist. This makes it really difficult to convince evacuees to remain in their shelters.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 October 2007 15:47 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


Situation report Mount Kelut volcano; no. 1 On 16 October 2007 at 18:00 local time, the Directorate for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Management in Bandung, West Java Province, raised the alert status of Kelud Volcano to the highest level 4. This indicates that an eruption is imminent. Mount Kelud is located approximately 90 kilometres southwest of Surabaya in East Java.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 October 2007 06:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian migrant worker dies in Malaysia Another migrant worker from Indonesia, who worked in an oil palm plantation in Malaysia, died on October 5. He was identified as Redi Martin. "We have not yet been informed of the cause of his death, but the death was allegedly due to torture by Malaysian security personnel," told Saidi, the dead worker's uncle. Saidi also told that Redi's body is expected to arrive in the village of Kalikudi today.

Posted in General @ 18 October 2007 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rents helicopters to douse haze fires Indonesia has rented two helicopters to cope with the returning forest fires which cause a haze over the region regularly. "The government has brought in two helicopters to overcome the forest fires," said Malem Sambet Kaban, forestry minister. He said that the two rented helicopters, Russian Kamov Ka-32A helicopters rented from South Korea, will be used in West and Central Kalimantan, the two provinces that were most affected.

Posted in Forest fires @ 26 September 2007 17:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Firefighters battle forest fires on Sumatra Firefighters battle dozens of land-clearing forest fires on the island of Sumatra, officials told, as thick clouds of haze spread across parts of the region. Donny Osmon, head of a local firefighter agency, said that farmers and agricultural companies began setting the fires last Sunday, at the start of the dry season, to clear brush and peat lands for use as agricultural estate.

Posted in Forest fires @ 19 July 2007 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Annual haze disrupts flights in Indonesia Smoke from land-clearing forest fires disrupts flights serving the Indonesian part of Borneo as the country enters the dry season, according to a local official on Sunday. The haze covered the city of Pontianak in the western part of the island for the last two days, delaying flights on Sunday morning because of the reduced visibility, reported local airport chief Syamsul Bachrie.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 July 2007 16:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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