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 Indonesia to execute six drug convicts Indonesia's attorney general announced on Thursday, January 15, that the country is ready to carry out the execution of 6 people on death row on Sunday. "The preparations for the implementation (of the execution) are almost final," Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo announced in a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

Posted in Drugs @ 16 January 2015 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gamalama volcano still angry, Ternate airport remains closed The Sultan Babullah airport of Ternate is still closed at least until Dec. 28 as Mount Gamalama continues activities.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 December 2014 10:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI opposes Ahok as Jakarta governor Some one thousand FPI Muslim activists staged a protest rally on the premises of the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD), rejecting a plan to appoint Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) as the Jakarta governor succeeding Joko Widodo.

Posted in Protests @ 24 September 2014 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to double tourism totals in 5 years? Mari Elka Pangestu, Indonesiaís Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy warns that Indonesian President-Elect Joko Widodo plans to attract 20 million foreign tourists by 2019 will require hard work. Quoted by Metrobali.com Pangestu said on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, ďThe target of 20 million foreign tourist in five years will require a lot of hard work.Ē

Posted in Tourism @ 23 August 2014 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


202 Indonesian regions to hold local elections in 2015 At least 202 regions in Indonesia will organize regional head elections in 2015, Chairman of the National Election Commission (KPU) Husni Kamil Manik has said.

Posted in Elections @ 10 August 2014 14:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi sets up transition office Presidential-elect Joko Widodo has set up "a transition office" to prepare programs for the implementation of his vision and mission and also to deliver on his campaign promises.

Posted in Politics @ 05 August 2014 13:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP prepares against Prabowo-Hatta`s evidence of fraud The Indonesias Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) will prepare documents for KPU against presidential candidate pair Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasas evidence of fraud during election following their filing of lawsuit with the Constitutional Court.

Posted in Elections @ 25 July 2014 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian air force to build air base in West Kalimantan The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) will soon build a type C air base of at Temajuk in Sambas district, West Kalimantan province, to strengthen security in the area bordering Malaysia.

Posted in Military @ 09 June 2014 22:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian hajj pilgrims to use electronic bracelets Indonesias government is discussing plans to equip hajj pilgrims with electronic bracelets to reduce the number of Indonesians lost in Saudi Arabia, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Nasaruddin Umar said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 03 June 2014 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister convinced hajj management better this year Interim Religious Affairs Minister Agung Laksono who is also chief peoples welfare minister, said that the implementation of hajj pilgrimage this year will be better.

Posted in Religion @ 01 June 2014 12:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sail Raja Ampat to be launched on June 21, 2014 Sail Raja Ampat 2014 is ready to be kicked off at Waisai Torang Cinta (WTC) beach, Kota Waisai, Raja Ampat, West Papua, on June 21, 2014.

Posted in Tourism @ 26 May 2014 12:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta to repair 50 km of Merapi evacuation road The Yogyakarta Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency said the government will repair the 50-kilometer evacuation road that was damaged by the plying of trucks from a sand mine near Mount Merapi of Yogyakarta.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 02 May 2014 21:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nasdem supports Jokowi as presidential candidate The general chairman of the National Democrat (NasDem) party, Surya Paloh, said his party has agreed to merge with the Indonesia Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) and support PDIPs presidential candidate Joko Widodo.

Posted in Elections @ 12 April 2014 17:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Squadron of F16 jets in Pekanbaru to operate in June The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) has set a target to make a squadron of 24 F16 fighter jets operational at the Roesmin Nurjadin Air Base in the Riau provincial capital of Pekanbaru, by June 2014.

Posted in Military @ 26 February 2014 23:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former chief justice Akil Mochtar to hear charges at court Former constitutional court chief justice Akil Mochtar will hear charges during the first day of his trial scheduled to take place here on Thursday afternoon.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 20 February 2014 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


China to provide free visa to Indonesian citizens In future, China will provide free visa to Indonesian citizens planning to visit the country, Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Liu Jianchao stated.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2014 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi to accelerate giant sea wall construction Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has said he wants to accelerate the construction of the Giant Sea Wall mega project in North Jakarta.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 22 November 2013 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Surabaya declares intention to be prostitution-free city Indonesias second biggest city, Surabaya, marked the commemoration of National Heroes Day on November 10 here on Sunday with a pledge to be a prostitution-free city.

Posted in General @ 10 November 2013 18:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of police to guard Jambi labour protest At least 1,500 members of the Jambi Regional Police are to be deployed to maintain peace during labor protests planned to take place from October 28 to November 2, 2013.

Posted in Protests @ 25 October 2013 15:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta-Surabaya toll road plan must move forward: Minister State-owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Dahlan Iskan said the government`s plan to build toll roads, stretching from Jakarta to Surabaya in East Java, must move forward in spite of criticism from some quarters.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 18 October 2013 23:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta monorail project also kicked off Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi broke the ground on Wednesday to mark the start of work to build the city`s monorail project. Construction of the project was halted 5 years ago on financial problem after some of pillars had been implanted in some areas.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 16 October 2013 18:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Miss World`s final round moved to Bali CEO of MNC Group Hary Tanoesoedibjo expressed his disappointment over the government`s decision to centralise all activities of the Miss World 2013 beauty pageant in Bali, following protests from Islamic organisations.

Posted in General @ 16 September 2013 18:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Miss World contest to be staged only in Bali The Indonesian government has announced that the Miss World 2013 pageant will only be held in Bali. "We have revised the security permit (allowing) it to be held completely in Bali. So changes have been made with regard to Miss World activities according to what the public wanted and the development interests of Indonesian tourism."

Posted in General @ 07 September 2013 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry accredits 2,300 journalists for APEC Summit 2013 RI`s Ministry of Communication and Informatics has accredited 2,300 journalists around the world to cover APEC Summit 2013 in Bali, from October 1 to 8.

Posted in General @ 06 September 2013 20:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The roundabout that 'eats' cars Don't be scared, it's less mysterious than it sounds. For those that know Jakarta a little bit, Bunderan HI, the roundabout in front of Hotel Indonesia, will most likely ring a bell. The roundabout has a pond with a statue that is known as Tugu Selamat Datang, built by then president Soekarno in preparation of the 4th Asian Games in 1962.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 August 2013 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five airports get special security for upcoming holidays Transportation Minister EE Mangindaan said five international airports in the country would get special security in connection with Islamic post-fasting holiday of Lebaran.

Posted in Travel @ 01 August 2013 22:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP instructs ministers to maintain food price stability Vice President Boediono has instructed relevant ministers and officials to maintain food price stability in the face of subsidized fuel price hikes and the fasting month of Ramadhan.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2013 23:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta prepared for floods The Jakarta administration has made adequate preparations in anticipation of floods, according to Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi). "We are well-prepared to deal with floods. The necessary facilities and personnel are ready," he said here on Tuesday, when leading a flood simulation exercise near the National Monument.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 November 2012 14:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 'Jakarta plans to become national cultural center' Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo has said the capital city is preparing to become the center of Indonesian culture by organizing a national cultural carnival as of 2013.

Posted in General @ 28 October 2012 11:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi kicks off people cultural festival Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo officially inaugurated People`s Cultural Festival at the National Monument (Monas) area, here, Sunday. The festival was organized to commemorate the National Youth Pledge Day, Kris Budiharjo, the chairman of the festival organizing committee, said.

Posted in General @ 28 October 2012 11:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Baliís wet season due in October Bali Daily reports that the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) is signaling that Baliís rainy season commence in October.The BMKG is sending the additional warning that residents in Bali should be on the alert for the potential of landslides, floods and whirlwinds.

Posted in Weather @ 24 September 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to buy tanks from Germany Indonesia will buy 103 Leopard Main Battle Tanks (MBT), 50 medium Marder 1A3 tanks and 10 other supporting tanks from Germany, according to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Defense on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 13 September 2012 22:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Telkom seeking  new partner to launch replacement satellite PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk said it is seeking new partner to launch a new satellite to replace Telkom-3 lost in space on launching failure by Russian rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, last month.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 September 2012 23:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hillary Clinton to visit Indonesia on September 3 US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Indonesia on September 3, to discuss with senior Indonesian officials about the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership and respective engagements on regional global issues.

Posted in Politics @ 29 August 2012 14:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of World War II veterans invited to Morotai At least 100 World War II veterans from the United States, Australia and Japan are invited to attend the opening ceremony of "Sail Morotai" in the regency of Morotai, North Maluku on September 15.

Posted in General @ 24 August 2012 11:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan to continue his monorail project State enterprises minister Dahlan Iskan said here on Thursday he would continue with Adhi Karya`s plan to build a 13-km long monorail network in Jakarta although governor Fauzi Bowo has said it is already outdated.

Posted in Economy @ 23 August 2012 20:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt continues returning workers in Syria The government has continued making efforts to return its citizens in Syria due to worsening security conditions in that country, Jumhur Hidayat said here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2012 09:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Management of hajj pilgrimage to remain in govt hands The management of the hajj pilgrimage will remain in the hands of the government, because the president has not issued any directive to transfer it to the private sector so far, a senior official said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 16 May 2012 14:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two command posts to search missing Sukhoi aircraft Two command posts have been prepared in Bogor and Sukabumi districts to help search for the missing Sukhoi Superjet-100 airplane that reportedly lost contact during a demonstration flight at the top of Mount Salak, West Java on Wednesday (May 9).

Posted in Accidents @ 10 May 2012 05:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bogor village residents see Sukhoi plane before missing A number of Tapos I village, Tenjolaya sub district, Bogor district admitted that they saw the reported missing Sukhoi Superjet 100 flew over their village at around 15:00 pm on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 May 2012 01:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hatta says restrictions not to begin on May 1 Chief Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa said that the government would not implement its restrictions on the use of subsidized gasoline as of May 1, as preparations for the implementation are still underway.

Posted in General @ 24 April 2012 13:56 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


Acehnese people more prepared for tsunami threat Some residents in the district of Meulaboh in Aceh claim to have been more prepared to face the tsunami disaster and preferred to observe natural signs before seeking shelter, which was proven when an earthquake measuring magnitude 8.5 rocked the Aceh province on Wednesday (April 4).

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 April 2012 02:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Preparations for national exam proceeding smoothly Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh has said preparations for the holding of a national examinations have been proceeding smoothly such as the sending of the examination materials to the regions.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2012 11:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK to declare Manado as integrity zone The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is making preparations for the launch on April 26, 2012 of the North Sulawesi provincial capital Manado as a corruption-free zone.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 March 2012 14:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Organda demands conversion kit safety guarantee The Organization of Land Transportation Operators (Organda) has asked for the safety guarantee of converter kits to be used in public transport.

Posted in Economy @ 23 March 2012 08:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


First lady Ani Yudhoyono`s gall bladder surgery successful The presidential team of doctors successfully completed Indonesian First Lady Ani Yudhoyono`s gall bladder surgery, at the Gatot Subroto Military Hospital on March 16. Spokesman of the presidential team of doctors, Dr. Aris Wibudi, said the surgery started at 8 am on Friday and was completed in an hour.

Posted in Politics @ 18 March 2012 02:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Christians celebrate Christmas eve in peace Christians in the capital observed the Christmas Eve in peace on Saturday night, with no significant security disturbance reported. Hundreds of police officers were deployed to provide security during the Christmas Eve mass in almost all churches in the capital, Antara observed.

Posted in Religion @ 25 December 2011 03:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono leads meeting on Christmas, New Year security President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led a cabinet meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a wide range of issues, including security precautions for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Posted in General @ 22 December 2011 01:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia lifts moratorium on sending workers to Malaysia Indonesia is again to send migrant workers to Malaysia after revoking its moratorium on dispatch of workers to the neighboring country as of December 1.

Posted in Economy @ 02 December 2011 12:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President to inspect ASEAN summit preparations again President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will go to Bali on Tuesday to inspect preparations for the 19th ASEAN Summit and other meetings associated with it, one of his spokesmen said here on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2011 12:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Umar Patek returns to Bali for Bali Bomb reenactment Umar Patek, the terror suspect arrested in Pakistan in January 2011 and returned to Indonesia, was brought to Bali by Indonesian police to Bali on Thursday, October 20, 2011, to visit five locations linked with the 2002 Bali bombing.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 October 2011 12:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SEA Games in Indonesia threatened by lack of funds The Southeast Asian (SEA) Games are being threatened just two months before their inauguration as Indonesia's budget cuts and lack of funds are impeding the games' preparations, local media reported on Friday.

Posted in Sports @ 09 September 2011 03:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Actual ticket prices on ticketindonesia.info After several months of preparations, the website ticketindonesia.info has finally launched it's new website with actual ticket prices. Visitors of the website that are looking for tickets for domestic flights or a regional flight in Southeast Asia will now be presented real prices of tickets as well.

Posted in Travel @ 14 February 2011 11:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More commuter trains for travelers in Greater Jakarta Seen the ever increasing number of passengers on the KRL commuter trains in Greater Jakarta, the state-owned company running the trains, PT KAI Commuter Jabodetabek, will increase the number of trains as soon as possible. As early as next year, more trains will be running on the routes operated by the KRL commuter trains.

Posted in General @ 31 January 2011 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ash from small Bromo eruption blows towards Malang The Mount Bromo volcano in the area of Probolinggo, East Java Province is still active. An ash cloud caused by one of the small eruptions of the volcano earlier this morning is now making it's way to the city of Malang. "There were several small eruptions earlier this morning. The ash clouds from these eruptions are headed for the city of Malang," said the head of the Crisis Center of the Department of Public Health, Mudjiharto.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 November 2010 05:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda cancels flights due to ongoing system problems Continuing problems with Garuda Indonesia's new automated crew rotation system resulted in the cancellation of 11 flights and the delays of another six, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 23 November 2010 19:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Patrialis seeks to end corruption at immigration The national television channel tvOne, reports that the Minister of Law and Human Rights, Patrialis Akbar, undertook a surprise inspections at the East Jakarta Immigration office earlier this week. Explaining the reason for his visit, Patrialis said, "I received a report that there were illegal fees being paid for the preparation of passports."

Posted in Corruption @ 30 July 2010 14:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Obama cancels visit to Indonesia - again U.S. President Barack Obama has canceled, for the second time, a planned visit to the Asia Pacific that included a stop in Bali in mid-June. Citing the "on-going environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said: "President Obama spoke tonight with Prime Minister Rudd of Australia, and with President Yudhoyono.

Posted in Politics @ 06 June 2010 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Turtle seller arrested by Bali police A total of 71 green turtles (chelonia mydas) - some weighing more than 200 kilograms and thought to be more than 70-years-old, were saved from the chopping block by Bali police in a raid conducted on Wednesday, May 19, 2010.

Posted in Environment @ 23 May 2010 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Obama still plans to travel to Indonesia soon An U.S. official based in Indonesia has confirmed that President Barack Obama will soon be visiting Bali as part of a brief visit to Indonesia. Andie De Arment, a U.S. Public Affairs Officer, was quoted by the Bali Post as saying the U.S. President's visit will have implications for U.S. - Indonesian relations.

Posted in Politics @ 22 May 2010 01:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IAEA: Indonesia ready to have nuclear power plants The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) considers that Indonesia is ready to have nuclear power plants as new energy source, an official said in an interview on Monday. The head of the National Atomic Agency (BATAN) Hudi Hastowo said that Indonesia has been preparing to have the power plants for a long time.

Posted in Power supply @ 19 May 2010 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Delays in opening of Lombok's new airport Plans to conduct a "soft opening" of the new Lombok International Airport (BIL) in March 2010 are going to be delayed, according the Chief of the Transportation, Communication and Information (Dishubkominfo) office for West Nusa Tenggara province, Ahmad Baharudin.

Posted in Travel @ 01 March 2010 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Waiting for the umbilical cord to fall off I didn't tell anything yet about the fact why we are in the kampung all of a sudden. In fact there is not much to tell since there is only one reason why we are here now and that is the birth of a new member of the family. A nice gave birth. She gave birth to a two-kilogram weighing, but healthy, son named David on December 3.

Posted in Culture @ 10 December 2009 01:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Being gay in Aceh now punishable by sharia law In another huge step backwards, the regional government of Aceh, in the northern tip of Sumatra, has accepted the new - far more strict - Islamic laws. The ones now in place just tell people how to dress and obliges Muslems to pray, but the laws now accepted include a prison term of eight years for just being gay and being stoned to death if you decided to have sex with someone else then your spouse.

Posted in Religion @ 14 September 2009 13:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.0 magnitude quake hits near Tolitoli An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 on the Richter Scale has struck near Toli-Toli in Central Sulawesi province around 01:51 local time (GMT+8). The earthquake was centered at 27 kilometer northwest of the city and was registered to have a depth of only 12 kilometers.

Posted in Earthquake @ 09 September 2009 02:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Destroying imported food part of strict import policy The Bali branch of the Agency for the Supervision of Food and Drugs (BPOM) has conducted on-site destruction of imported food items at several locations around Bali. On Friday, July 10, 2009, a total of 277 different products were crushed and burned in the parking lot of the Bali Deli. The items, not included on the BPOM's list of approved imports included products from Portugal, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, South Korea, U.S.A. and China.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 July 2009 02:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia likely allowed to fly to Europe soon The European Union will soon partially lift a blanket ban on Indonesian airlines, imposed in 2007 after a series of deadly air accidents, the Indonesian Transport Ministry said Saturday. The EU's Air Safety Committee has recommended that the bloc drop the ban on national carrier Garuda Indonesia and three other airlines which are deemed to have met EU's safety standards, said Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the ministry.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 05 July 2009 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batik design to become world heritage this year The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will appoint batik designs from Indonesia as one of the cultural heritages in May this year. The secretary of Coordinating Minister for Social Welfare, Indroyono Soesilo, said that the Indonesian people are hoping to establish batik design as heritage as soon as possible. "If UNESCO will recognize batik designs, it will be good for Indonesia since it will recognize our ancestors across the world," said Indroyono in Yogyakarta yesterday.

Posted in General @ 09 January 2009 05:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From cappuccino to Coca Cola Jack Daniels in one nights' out (I) It is still fairly early in the afternoon for a nice evening, but still life slowly comes out of the starting blocks. It isn't a nightclub, where the doors will be kept closed until around ten in the evening. It now happens in other locations in Jogja where preparations are made. All across the city students and young adults have created meeting points to start their Saturday evening together. One of those meeting points, to say it bluntly, is Kedai Kopi Jakal. This is the name that the place has earned already, because it is not the official name.

Posted in Culture @ 09 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia confirms Bali bomber executions Three Bali bombers have been executed on an Indonesian island for their lead roles in the 2002 nightclub bombings that killed 202 people. The family of Mukhlas and his younger brother Amrozi said the bombers had been executed along with Imam Samudra just after midnight local time on Nusakambangan Island, in Central Java, where they had been jailed.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2008 03:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to execute Bali bombers next month Indonesia is to execute three Islamic militants for Bali bombing in October 2002, spokesman of the Attorney General Office Jasman Pandjaitan announced here Friday. The spokesman said that all the legal effort by Ali Gufron alias Muklas, Amrozi, and Imam Samudra alias Abdul Azis, to reduceor delete their punishment were aborted.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 October 2008 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bombers 'could be executed next week' Three key Islamic militants on death row over the 2002 Bali bombings could be executed as early as next week. The Indonesian Government today took the unusual step of announcing that an announcement about the executions will be made on Friday, October 24. Indonesia typically announces executions after they have been carried out.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 October 2008 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Attorney General: 'Have faith in the execution of Amrozi' The three sentenced to death for their part in the Bali bombings in October 2002, in which 202 people - mostly foreigners - died, are going to be executed, it's just that the exact time of their execution is not sure yet. The Attorney General's office by mouth of Abdul Hakim Ritonga said that the executions are going to take place for sure. "The final decision for Amrozi and the two other bombers is already received by the Attorney General, which just needs to response to it," he said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 August 2008 16:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to execute two drug traffickers soon Authorities in Indonesia are making final preparations to the execution of two convicted drug traffickers, this was announced by an official yesterday. "We are currently preparing the execution of two people who have been sentenced to death for drug offenses," attorney general's office spokesman Bonaventura Daulat Nainggolan told. He didn't give any names, but said that they both had gone through all the options for appeal and their demand for clemency was rejected by the president as well.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 May 2008 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Domestic flights diverted to Halim Perdanakusuma PT Angkasa Pura II, the operator for Soekarno-Hatta international airport is ready to divert flights from the airport to the Halim Perdanakusuma airport in eastern Jakarta. This was announced by General Manager Edie Haryoto at the time the preparations were still ongoing earlier on Sunday. The airport will be used as an alternative for the time being because of floods at and around the Soekarno-Hatta international airport.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 February 2008 14:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto's family grave being prepared for funeral tomorrow Astana Giribangung, the family grave of the family of former president Suharto in Karanganyar, central Java, is starting to see high activity. It didn't take long for activity to pick up after the news broke that the former president had passed away at 13:10 local time (GMT+7). Many preparations are executed by the police and the army. Some of the people that are at the scene of the family grave are the local police chief, the regional police chief, the regent of Karanganyar and the commander of the local army department.

Posted in General @ 27 January 2008 10:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 3 It didn't get better when I carefully lifted the plastic flap and reached outside with my head. A driver on a motorbike which was in some kind of a hurry could hardly avoid me. In front of us a long row of red lights in the streets. Between the vehicles I could mainly see water and more nearby I heard the water gush out of the draining canal onto the pavement and the street. Ooh well, it must be raining heavily somewhere close, because it was quite an amount of water that came rushing towards us. Slowly the three wheels of the bajaj disappeared under water. I was hoping that the water would not reach too high at the end, because after over half an hour in this kind of transport, sitting becomes quite uncomfortable.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds start evacuation from slopes of Mount Kelut Hundreds of villagers living inside the danger zones on the slopes of Mount Kelut are in the process of evacuating as the volcano threatens to erupt, told a representative of the Health Ministry. The head of the local crisis center, Rustam Pakaya, said that the evacuees were just the high-risk persons like pregnant women, babies, children, old persons and crippled.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 October 2007 13:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Traveling between Yogyakarta and Malang It's not really difficult go get up on time, around seven in the morning, so for that matter it's a nice service that it's possible to get a minivan in front of the door within the hour when I'm making a trip to a destination at a bigger distance than just in the city or nearby. That kind of minivan is called a travel here, and plies a fixed route a few times a day, for example from Yogyakarta via Solo, Madiun and Malang to Surabaya. Of course you can also travel the other way around, if you like you can go as far as Jakarta, but from Yogyakarta that is such a big distance that I rather prefer taking the train or a plane. Trains often depart or arrive at the most strange times possible, but that's a matter of looking what you personally most like.

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


Jakarta airport to be connected with rail link in 2008 A 30 kilometer rail link between Manggarai in Central Jakarta and the international airport of Soekarno-Hatta west of the capital is now in the early planning stage and can be operational in 2008 according to Transportation Minister Hatta Rajasa said. "We are now working out the details of the project for eventual inclusion in a master-plan. We hope the rail link can be ready for use in 2008," the minister said during an inspection of preparations for the operation of a double railway track between Tanah Abang in Central Jakarta and Serpong, just south of Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 18 April 2007 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chickens rule the world Earlier this month it finally came through - Jakarta was to forbid all chickens in, on, around, below and besides houses, huts and other structures - but since then not much happened elsewhere to reach the same effect. Of course that will not be easy. Not outside Jakarta but also not within the city limits of a city of 15 million souls. Whether the city is flooded or not, chickens will always be there. Just recently a small group of people started to understand that chickens and humans can be a dangerous combination. This are probably people which already lost someone dear to this disease with incredibly high mortality rates. For all the others they can't care less, they have to make some living from it. Without chickens no food and that is what the local government realizes.

Posted in Health @ 10 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks people to watch out for natural disaster President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here Sunday asked people from all walks of life to be aware of various kinds of natural calamities as disasters not only in Indonesia but also in other states. "I hope all people will continue to be aware (of natural disasters)," the head of state said at the beautiful Indonesia-in-miniature park (TMII) where he observed a security preparation for East Jakarta area during the New Year`s eve.

Posted in General @ 01 January 2007 02:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Island of Bali holds tsunami drill Some 15,000 schoolchildren and residents took part in a tsunami evacuation drill on the island of Bali Tuesday as Indonesia commemorated the second anniversary of the catastrophe. Bands entertained participants as preparations got under way from 7:00 am, with students and residents from surrounding villages packing a one-kilometre (half-mile) stretch of Sanur beach.

Posted in General @ 27 December 2006 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatra: Another killer tsunami looms Scientists predict a repeat of the deadly 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that killed more than 280,000 lives. Their warnings gained added weight with a fresh earthquake that killed seven and injured 100 more when it struck Sumatra on Monday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 December 2006 14:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia beckons A1 racers For the second time in two weeks, the A1GP series returns to South East Asia. This time, the series will set up camp at the Sentul circuit on the Indonesian island of Java, 42km from the capital Jakarta, for round five of the 12-round season. The Sentul circuit is located in the wealthy region of Bogor, a popular summer resort and centre of trade for products of the surrounding region including coffee, tea and assorted spices.

Posted in Sports @ 07 December 2006 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fined $30,000 for failing to play in Israel Indonesia has to pay a fine of more than US$30,000 to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for unilaterally cancelling its participation in the Israel Fed Cup, in Tel Aviv, last July. The Indonesian Tennis Association (Pelti) had received an e-mailed message from the Executive Director of Fed Cup and Women`s Tennis, Juan Margets, saying that the Fed Cup Committee in its meeting last September 15 decided to fine Indonesia, Pelti Deputy Secretary General Ferry Raturandang said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Sports @ 16 November 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister to inspect preparations for Aceh regional chief elections Indonesian Home Affairs Minister M Ma`ruf left Jakarta for Aceh Province on Wednesday to inspect preparations made for the upcoming implementation of the Aceh direct regional chief elections scheduled for December 11, 2006. Minister Ma`ruf is expected to visit several districts in Indonesia`s northernmost province of Aceh, to monitor the preparations made by the regions.

Posted in Elections @ 08 November 2006 05:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's bird flu variant shows no major changes The bird flu virus that's killed one person a week in Indonesia this year hasn't mutated to become more contagious to people, the country's agriculture ministry said, citing an analysis of virus samples. Tests on 49 samples taken from birds on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Bali showed the H5N1 avian influenza virus has undergone no major changes, the ministry said in a statement today. The analysis was undertaken by a World Organization for Animal Health reference laboratory in Geelong, Australia.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 October 2006 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to raise funds for fighting bird flu Indonesia will raise budget to combat avian influenza in the country, where 46 out of 60 contracted people have died, a senior official of the World Bank said on Wednesday. Andrew Steer, World Bank's top official for Indonesia, made the remarks after meeting with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla at the vice presidential office. Steer said Kalla told him that Indonesia would return the possibly-declined budget of 45 million U.S. dollars in 2007 to about 54 million U.S. dollars.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 August 2006 06:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to execute Christians despite clemency request Indonesia will execute three Christians, on death row for triggering sectarian violence among a mob in 2000, despite renewed pleas for clemency earlier this week, National Police chief General Sutanto said here on Wednesday. General Sutanto said the men's fresh bid for pardon would not be valid due to it being against the country's law, which does not allow two requests to be submitted within two years of each other.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 31 August 2006 06:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Christians on death row seek clemency Three Christian militants facing execution in Indonesia after being convicted of leading a mob that killed Muslims have made a fresh appeal to the president for clemency, a presidential spokesman said on Monday. The three had sent a letter to the office of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, presidential spokesman Andi Mallarangeng said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 28 August 2006 14:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to send troops to Lebanon, Congo Indonesia has not only been making preparation to send troops which will join United Nations peac keeping force in Lebanon but also to deploy a taskforce of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) to continue a peace mission in Congo. The taskforce members that are going to be dispatched to Congo will be recruited from an army engineer detachment, TNI said in a statement made available Saturday.

Posted in Military @ 27 August 2006 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO confirms 60th bird flu case, urges sequence sharing The World Health Organization on Wednesday confirmed the 60th case of human infection with the H5N1 strain of bird flu after a 6-year-old girl was tested positive of having the virus. In a statement, the WHO said the girl from Bekasi in West Java Province developed symptoms on Aug. 6 and was hospitalized on Aug. 11. ''She remains hospitalized but is recovering. The source of her infection is currently under investigation,'' the statement said as reported by Kyodo.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 August 2006 13:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia told to return $5m after probe The World Bank is asking the Indonesian government to return $4.7m (Ä3.7m) in loans for road projects after an internal investigation found that a contractor allegedly paid more than $300,000 in kickbacks to government officials. The graft allegations are the first to hit the World Bankís projects in Indonesia since it asked for Jakarta to return $10m (Ä8m, £5m) related to a school textbook corruption scam in 2004.

Posted in General @ 14 August 2006 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Independence Day preparations With several days left until the annual celebration of the independence of Indonesia, 17 August 2006 exactly 61 years ago, the daily view in the streets has changed pretty much. Not that it has become more crowded or more quiet, because that doesn't realy matter this time of year, this day is commonly celebrated with the neighbors in the neighborhood. Many of the central fields in villages and cities will be the stage of small games at the 17th, especially old Dutch games with a Indonesian flavour added to it.

Posted in Culture @ 14 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soccer on Friday Just back from a couple of days in Malang it's about time to turn on the computer again and to clean the keyboard. Since the short holiday to Bali I didn't see any chance to write something down, but that is going to change now. The few days in Malang were a pleasant difference with the somewhat more normal life in Yogyakarta. The garden has been watered and the windows are open, though there is not too much wind. Several days back, back to Friday to be more precise. Soccer club Arema (Malang) has to play a game that day.

Posted in Culture @ 13 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to install tsunami warning system in Java and Bali Indonesia will prioritize the southern waters off Java and Bali islands when setting up tsunami early warning system, a minister said Thursday. Research and Technology Minister Kusmayanto Kadiman said the government would install the device on the basis of the density of population, the amount of assets and the vulnerability of the area from the possible disaster. "We put priority on southern sea off Java and Bali islands," Kusmayanto said.

Posted in General @ 20 July 2006 15:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Australia moving for prisoner exchange agreement Indonesia and Australia have agreed to sign agreement on the exchange of prisoners and further talks on this issue will be held this week, a senior official said Wednesday. "We will be in talks with the Australian attorney general tomorrow (Thursday) to finalize the preparation. Indonesia and Australia have agreed with the substance of the prisoner exchange agreement," Minister of Justice and Human Rights Affairs Hamid Awaluddin was quoted by the Detikcom news website as saying.

Posted in Politics @ 29 June 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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