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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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


'No more rainforest clearing for palm oil' Indonesian Minister for Environment Rachmat Witoelar said Indonesia will not allow palm oil producers to clear primary forests for establishing plantations, reports Bloomberg. "Expansion of palm oil plantations will not be allowed to sacrifice natural forests," Witoelar said in an interview yesterday. "They will be planted in lots that are already empty. There are plenty of these, 18 million hectares of them."

Posted in Environment @ 06 June 2007 06:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 2 First time to have a drink. I looked in the direction of the only warung that I could find here at the moment. I didn't really want to look for another one. Fortunately there was someone to serve, in the form of a Javanese women which sat on a bench in front of the house. Probably waiting for a customer. A bemo passed. That stopped and the driver got out. Hopefully he didn't bring any passengers, otherwise they had to wait. I wasn't the only one there when I walked into that direction. The driver ordered an iced tea and sat down. I just had picked up the nice idea to drink a coffee here. It had been a long time that I drunk a kopi tubruk actually. That is nice for a change. I found a nice spot at the one big table available.

Posted in Travel @ 19 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 1 However it wasn't Saturday for sure, but a Tuesday, still I had the feeling that I had to take my motorbike for a nice day of traveling. Where it would bring me? At least as far as Purworejo. To my amazement and some shame I had never been there before, so that became the primary target. I at least had to go there so I could honestly say that I had been there. Furthermore there were no plans, like usual. It was already late in the morning, so it was not really supposed to become a long trip. Maybe after Purworejo it was time to find my way back. That also depended on what I would find along the way of course. Seen the distance and the road conditions it was to take about one and a half hour to get there. My modest estimation.

Posted in Travel @ 17 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia will plant 2 billion trees in 2007 Indonesia is to rehabilitate 59.2 million hectares of damaged forests throughout the country, according to Malam Sambat Kaban, Indonesia's Forestry Minister. The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) reports that the country has set aside 330 million euro for 2007 to finance the planting of 2 billion seedlings on 2 million hectares of land along 318 rivers in all provinces in the country.

Posted in Environment @ 08 May 2007 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia in Guinness Book of Records for deforestation rate Greenpeace is using a novel marketing ploy to raise awareness about forest loss in Indonesia: the Guinness Book of World Records. The green group has convinced the publisher of to recognize Indonesia as the "country with the fastest rate of forest destruction on the planet." According to Greenpeace, the text will read:

Posted in Environment @ 05 May 2007 18:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to produce record amount of palm oil Indonesia is to produce a record 17,4 million tonnes of palm oil this year, probably surpassing Malaysia as the worlds biggest producer, as higher yields and more acres offset the effect of a long dry season last year, as was told by an official in the industry. “This is because of higher productivity,” said Derom Bangun, the head of the Indonesian Palm Oil Association.

Posted in Economy @ 03 May 2007 06:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesa is worlds number three greenhouse gas producer Indonesia is only behind the United States and China in greenhouse gas emissions. A study showed released by the World Bank and the British government last Friday. It's high rank is primarily due to its high deforestation rate - about 85 percent (2,563 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent results from forest fires and clearing. Remaining emissions from energy, agriculture and waste only reach 451 million tonnes.

Posted in Environment @ 27 March 2007 01:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Rehabilitation of Soeharto's peatland project The government plans to rehabilitate a large peatland in Central Kalimantan which was converted to an agricultural area during the reign of former president Soearto. This project has caused widespread damage to the environment, as was told by an official. "We have approval, in principle, from the president to rehabilitate the 'One Million Hectare Peatland' but we still are awaiting the necessary presidential decree to start," told Central Kalimantan governor Agustin Teras Narang.

Posted in Environment @ 12 March 2007 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A third of Borneo to be conserved, new declaration passed An historic declaration to conserve the "Heart of Borneo" was officially signed today between the three Bornean governments - Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia. The tri-country declaration will conserve and sustainably manage one of the most important centers of biological diversity in the world. The Heart of Borneo is an area of equatorial rainforest larger than Kansas, covering nearly a third of the island.

Posted in Environment @ 13 February 2007 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia push a biofuels cartel With the world increasingly hungry for alternatives to crude oil, two Southeast Asian nations plan a way to control prices. Just at the time the administration of US President George W Bush is being urged by a group of leading US business executives and senior military officers to act decisively to break America’s dependence on oil and the EU is seeking alternative energy sources, Malaysia and Indonesia are seeking to create a an Opec-style cartel on one of the alternatives – palm oil, used for biofuels.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze from forest fires paralyses Indonesia airports Thick smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has shut airports and slashed visibility to below 100 metres (330 ft) -- and there is no respite in sight, officials said on Wednesday. The fires have been raging for weeks, spreading smoke across much of Southeast Asia and triggering fears of a repeat of the environmental disaster in 1997-98 when dry conditions linked to the El Nino weather pattern caused a choking haze that cost the region billions of dollars in economic losses.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 October 2006 12:04 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


Indonesia haze worsens, airplanes warned Indonesia on Wednesday urged airports in areas shrouded by thick smoke from forest fires caused by deforestation to close if conditions made landings’ hazardous, after a jet with more than 100 on board skidded off a runway in Borneo. The passenger jet operated by Mandala Airlines skidded off the runway upon landing amid thick haze in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province on Tuesday as fires spread choking haze to neighboring Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore.

Posted in Forest fires @ 05 October 2006 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal forest fires blanket Indonesia and neighbors Smoke and ash from land-clearing fires in Indonesia blanketed a large swath of Indonesia's west Monday, sending air quality levels plummeting there and in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia. The smoke was shrouding an estimated 556,000 square kilometers of land on Sumatra and across Indonesian Borneo.

Posted in Forest fires @ 03 October 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick smog in Jambi province uncontrollable Jambi deputy governor Antony Zeidra Abidin held an impromptu meeting Sunday with a number of head of agencies and related authorities under his administration to deal with the increasingly thickening fog over Jambi, caused by forest and oil palm plantation fire. Antony, in charge of the Jambi province forest fire control and eradication team, held the emergency meeting after inspecting the fire raging in the oil palm estates in Arang-Arang on Saturday, according to a report by the Indonesian news agency, Antara.

Posted in Forest fires @ 02 October 2006 07:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government hunting down haze culprits Indonesian law enforcers are making arrests and quizzing plantation companies suspected to be responsible for forest fires in several parts of the country following complaints at home and abroad over the perils of the annual haze. According to Indonesian news agency, ANTARA, police have arrested 20 people in Sumatra's Riau province and will quiz at least six plantation firms in Kalimantan.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 August 2006 14:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia allots 6M hectares for biofuel Indonesia has earmarked 6 million hectares for development of its biofuel industry, part of plans to reduce its dependence on crude oil and susceptibility to price fluctuations, its energy minister said Friday. "Our target to develop our biofuel industry is by 2009-2010," said Energy Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. "And we have plans for 6 million hectares (14.8 million acres) of development, worth about US$20 billion (euro15.6 billion)."

Posted in Economy @ 05 August 2006 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Malaysia's investment in Indonesia doubles While other economies have reduced their investments in Indonesia after the financial crisis period in 1997, Malaysian investors have doubled their investment in the republic. Indonesia's Promotion, Investment Coordinating Board director Ikmal Lukman said Malaysia's investment in Indonesia had grown in terms of number and value of projects soon after the crisis.

Posted in Economy @ 25 May 2006 19:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatran elephants face extinction in Indonesia The number of Sumatran elephants in Indonesia's Riau province has declined by nearly 75 per cent in the past 11 years and without improved management, they face likely extinction in another five years, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said on Wednesday.

Posted in Environment @ 06 April 2006 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schools for Indonesians in Sabah There will be schools and teachers for children of Indonesians working in plantations in Sabah. This was among the decisions made during bilateral talks between Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla here yesterday.

Posted in General @ 30 March 2006 08:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia poised to be top palm oil producer Indonesia may overtake Malaysia as the world's top palm oil producer by next year, much earlier than previously expected, as Jakarta encourages investments in plantations to profit from the demand boom, a senior official at Rabobank said yesterday.

Posted in Economy @ 30 March 2006 08:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


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

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


Indonesia halts mudslide rescue efforts Indonesian rescuers have ended days of searching for bodies buried in mud from landslides that hit two separate areas on Indonesia's Java island. The combined death toll from the disasters is 137. Soldiers, police and volunteers have toiled to clear mud and rubble of flattened homes in East Java and Central Java.

Posted in Flooding @ 08 January 2006 15:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia landslides death toll hits 120 Rescuers searched on Friday for more bodies buried under tonnes of mud after massive landslides in Indonesia, and the president said he would investigate whether environmental degradation was to blame. Soldiers and police used excavators to clear mud and logs off flattened homes after torrential rains sent landslides crashing into several villages on Java island this week. The combined official death toll stands at 120.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 January 2006 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Central Java landslide kills 10, many more feared dead A landslide triggered by heavy rains crashed into a village in Indonesia's Central Java province on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people and trapping many more under muddy debris, an official said. The pre-dawn landslide, the latest in a series on Java island that killed 71 people earlier this week, smashed into hundreds of houses in a mountainous village of around 700 residents.

Posted in Flooding @ 04 January 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java flood death toll hits 59, villages cut off Hundreds of rescue workers and soldiers struggled to reach villages devastated by floods and landslides in Indonesia's East Java on Tuesday as the death toll from the disaster climbed to at least 59. Eddy Susilo, head of the Information Ministry branch in the town of Jember, not far from the scene, said the bodies of 57 villagers had been found. Two rescue workers had also drowned in swollen rivers on Tuesday, he added.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 January 2006 07:11 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


Casuarina trees create hope for coastal villagers Until five years ago, the coastal areas along the southern beaches of Bantul Regency were dry and infertile. No plants seemed to be able to survive the strong, burning wind and the land lay parched and barren. Agricultural efforts in the area were sporadic and often failed.

Posted in Environment @ 11 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Solutions sought for decline in orangutan population The government says a comprehensive assessment process is underway on the plight of the orangutan due to mass deforestation, but it will avoid scaring off foreign investors. Minister of Forestry Malam Sambat Kaban said over the weekend that his office was in talks with other authorities and the government of Malaysia on the decreasing number of orangutans -- Asia's only great ape -- which are only found in Kalimantan, parts of Malaysia and Brunei, and in Sumatra.

Posted in Environment @ 17 October 2005 10:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Record Indonesia palm oil exports expected Indonesia, the world's second-biggest exporter of palm oil, may have record exports of the commodity next year, helped by “ideal” growing conditions in key regions and a slump in the local currency, a US Government report said. Exports of palm oil, which is processed into cooking oil and margarine, and chemicals used in soap, may reach 9.6 million metric tonnes in the year ending September 2006, the Foreign Agricultural Service in Jakarta said in a report.

Posted in Economy @ 10 September 2005 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


British intervention Indonesia Sixty years ago on Aug. 17 Indonesia's Founding Fathers President Sukarno and Vice-President Mohamad Hatta issued the Proclamation of Independence or Proklomasi as it is known. An historic event. The national leaders, under great pressure from militant nationalist youth, had seized the hour.

Posted in History @ 16 August 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Disaster of man's making now threatens Sumatra Cut Anita peered from the open flap of her sunbaked tent one recent day. She watched keenly as a carpenter hammered a wood plank less than five feet away. Another sawed a board in two, freeing the sweet fragrance of forest hardwood. Her new home was taking shape before her, and she dared not leave. "Someone else might take it," the doleful, wide-eyed woman said from the Red Cross tent erected on the concrete foundation of her former home, which was destroyed by the Dec. 26 tsunami.

Posted in Environment @ 15 May 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia chokes on smoke from 1,100 forest fires More than 1,100 forest fires burning in central Indonesia have enveloped the region in a choking haze that's reduced air quality and delayed flights, officials said yesterday. Bush fires have sent smoke billowing over large parts of Indonesia's Sumatra and Kalimantan islands in recent months, and the cloud has also spread to neighboring Malaysia.

Posted in Forest fires @ 05 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Just when investors might have been thinking it was safe to look at Indonesia a little less skeptically, the biggest banking scandal to hit the country since the central bank liquidity scandal, this one involving Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) and allegedly fraudulent letters of credit, has shattered confidence yet again. With BNI marked for semi-privatization next year, the scandal could hardly have come at a worse time. It highlights concerns raised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over corporate governance in Indonesia and the central Bank Indonesia's failure to detect the scam until a year after it allegedly began.

Posted in General @ 03 December 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government told to reconsider road project in Leuser park Legislators urged the government on Tuesday to abandon its plan to continue construction on a Rp 1 trillion (US$1.2 million) highway cutting through Aceh province in Sumatra. "We do not see any urgency to build the road, at the cost of destroying the Leuser ecosystem," said legislator Zaenal Arifin on Tuesday, echoing what environmentalists said recently.

Posted in Environment @ 12 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim body launches own cigarette brand Indonesia's largest Muslim organisation, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), has come up with its own brand of kretek cigarettes in an attempt to cash in on the industry's good business. The Tali Jagat ('rope of the universe') kretek hit the market last week after it was launched in the town of Pasuruan, East Java. Mr H. Sulaiman, the head of NU's Sirkah Muawwanah cooperative in Pasuruan, was quoted by Radar Bromo daily as saying: 'NU has a lot of members in Pasuruan. That is why we chose to launch the cigarettes there.'

Posted in Religion @ 12 January 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Armed with an M-16 machine gun, Sergeant Juwono was—literally—cornering the market. The Indonesian soldier stood along a main road in war-torn Aceh province selling bumper stickers commemorating the country’s upcoming Aug. 17 Independence Day. He stopped every car driving north and gave a simple but effective sales pitch: buy a sticker or else.

Posted in Military @ 26 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Between 1986 and 1998, the period which culminated in the end of president Soeharto's 32-year rule, 17 million hectares of Indonesia's forests were cleared by timber, pulp and oil palm companies. Since then, If anything, the situation has only gotten worse.

Posted in Environment @ 11 December 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke haze creeps back over parts of Southeast Asia The thick haze which blanketed parts of Indonesia and its neighbors for months three years ago is beginning to choke regional skies again, officials said on Monday. The haze has been returning to parts of Kalimantan and Sumatra as well as southern Thailand.

Posted in Forest fires @ 01 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soeripto's troubles began after he compiled a report accusing Indonesia's largest timber conglomerate of "under-reporting" the kind of deliberate forest fires that threaten to smother Southeast Asia under another blanket of haze this summer.

Posted in Environment @ 14 May 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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