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People urged to give Jokowi time to select ministers A political observer from state General Soedirman University in Purwokerto, Central Java, has called on the people to give President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) time to select his ministers.

Posted in Politics @ 23 October 2014 19:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BI: economic slowdown in Q2 in line with stabilization scheme Indonesias economic slowdown in the second quarter of this year was in line with macro-economic stability policy adopted by the government and Bank Indonesia aimed especially to control inflation and current account deficit, the central bank said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 August 2014 10:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Chief justice pledges court would not bow to any pressure Chairman of the Constitutional Court Hamdan Zoelva pledges that the Court would handle the case of election dispute on facts and it would not bow to any pressure. "No pressure from state agencies, political parties, mass organizations or demonstrators could have its effect on the Court," the chief justice said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Elections @ 05 August 2014 23:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Corby finally walks free under parole after years in jail Schapelle Leigh Corby, finally walked free under a parole on Monday morning from her jail in Bali where she had spent two third of her prison term for drug smuggling. Corby,36, from Queensland, Australia, walked out of Kerobokan prison in Denpasar at 08.00 western local time under heavy police guard .

Posted in Drugs @ 10 February 2014 14:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Corby's parole will not undermine justice system' Justice and human rights minister Amir Syamsuddin said the governments decision to grant parole to Australian drug dealer Schapelle Leigh Corby would not undermine the countrys justice system.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 February 2014 21:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati plane fails to land in Maumere A Merpati Nusantara Air Service plane failed to land at Frans Seda Airport in Maumere, returning instead to El Tari Airport in Kupang (both in East Nusa Tenggara Province) on Monday, due to bad weather.

Posted in Travel @ 20 January 2014 20:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President extends aid to flood victims in North Sulawesi President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has extended emergency aid such as foods and medicines to people affected by floods in North Sulawesi provincial cities of Manado, Tomohon and Minahasa district.

Posted in Flooding @ 17 January 2014 23:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former law minister to be Nazaruddin`s legal adviser The former law minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra has expressed interest to become the legal adviser to the former ruling Democrat Party treasurer M. Nazaruddin, who is currently serving a jail term on charges of corruption.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 January 2014 21:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


16 killed in North Sulawesi floods and landslides At least 16 people fell victim to Wednesdays floods and landslides in Indonesias North Sulawesi province. On Thursday, Head of the North Sulawesi Provincial Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD) Noldy Liow stated that 15 bodies were recovered and one was still missing.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 January 2014 22:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


40.000 displaced by flood-landslide in North Sulawesi At least 40 thousand residents have been displaced by flash floods and landslides in the North Sulawesi region, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) stated on Thursday. Head of Information Center of BNPB Sutopo Purwo Nugroho stated in a press release, on Thursday that floods hit six districts in North Sulawesi, namely Manado, North Minahasa, Tomohon, Minahasa, South Minahasa and Sangihe Islands.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 January 2014 13:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian economy to slow down in 2014 Indonesia's economy is expected to slow down in 2014 as a result of being impacted by various domestic and foreign factors, said market analyst Surjanto Yasaputera here on Thursday. "The BI rate hike from seven percent to 7.5 percent is one of the factors holding back foreign investors from making new investments," he stated.

Posted in Economy @ 14 November 2013 16:53 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


Police conduct urine tests on bus drivers Police in Karawang district, West Java, conducted urine tests on bus drivers at Klari terminal on Monday. "All bus drivers, particularly inter-provincial bus drivers, are obliged to undergo a urine test," the head of the Karawang police resort`s narcotics unit, Adj. Comr. Senen Ali, said.

Posted in General @ 06 August 2013 00:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indoensia's inflation may reach 9 percent Indonesia's inflation may jump to 9 percent this year under the impact of the recent rise in the prices of subsidized fuel oils, World Bank economist Ndiame Diop has predicted. "The higher fuel prices will first have a greater impact on the inflation rate by increasing average annual inflation rate in 2013," he said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 July 2013 17:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Set aside political interests over fuel subsidy' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appealed to political elites in the country here on Wednesday to set aside their political interests with regard to fuel price. He said there was a bigger national interest behind the government`s plan to raise the subsidized oil prices and give compensation to the poor.

Posted in Politics @ 13 June 2013 00:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcanic tremors still shaking timbang crater continuously The Banjarnegara Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said several tremors had continuously shaken Timbang Crater in Sumber Rejo Village, Banjarnegara District, Central Java from Sunday to Monday morning.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 April 2013 20:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK: 'Anas may be charged with money laundering' The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said it did not rule out Anas Urbaningrum, former general chairman of the ruling Democratic Party being charged with money laundering.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 March 2013 00:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Small traders get their space on new Bali airport terminal After increasing pressure on a number of fronts, the managers of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, PT Angkasa Pura I (AP-I), has relented on strict qualifying requirements for traders currently operating from the airport and seeking commercial space in newly renovated air gateway for the Island.

Posted in General @ 16 February 2013 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lapan: 'Extreme weather conditions occurring in Indonesia' Indonesia`s National Aviation and Space Board (Lapan) said people may experience extreme weather conditions until mid-January as Indonesia`s skies continue to be covered by thick clouds.

Posted in Weather @ 09 January 2013 14:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit four districts in North Sumatra Floods hit four districts in North Sumatra Province, killing two people and one went missing, a spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 December 2012 17:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Power price hike for Bali in the making Bisnis Bali reports that a planned 15% hike in electrical power rates will increase overall energy costs by up to 10%. For many companies in the tourism sector, expenditures for energy represent 5% of gross revenues.

Posted in Power supply @ 29 September 2012 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Clemency for drug offender draws harsh criticism   The decision of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut the sentence of Australian marijuana smuggler Schapelle Leigh Corby by five years on humanitarian grounds, has drawn harsh criticism at home.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 May 2012 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator questions Corby clemency Member of the House of Representatives Commission III Aboebakar Alhabsyi questioned the motives of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono who granted a five-year clemency to convicted Australian drug peddler Schapelle Leigh Corby.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 May 2012 10:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Candidate: 'Cops should stand up to anti-Gaga groups' Jakarta gubernatorial candidate Faisal Basri is calling on police to stand up against aggressive organizations threatening violence over US singer Lady Gaga’s concert in the capital.

Posted in Politics @ 24 May 2012 04:04 CET by Jeroen · 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


Observer: state budget increasingly comes under pressure The 2012 state budget will increasingly come under pressure from soaring fuel subsidy due to a rise in global crude price, an economist said. "With the global crude price reaching US$126 a barrel, the fuel subsidy may soar to Rp238 trillion," Ikhsan Modjo of Brawijaya University in Malang, East Java, said on Sunday.

Posted in Economy @ 26 March 2012 13:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Heavy rain predicted for central and eastern Indonesia The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) predicts that heavy rain will be falling until next week in a number of areas in Indonesia`s central and eastern areas.

Posted in Weather @ 15 March 2012 02:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Q1 economic growth to reach 6.5 percent Despite the global financial crisis, economic growth in Indonesia is estimated to reach 6.5 percent in the first quarter of 2012, according to Bank Indonesia (BI).

Posted in General @ 08 March 2012 17:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Corby refuses to be moved from Kerobokan penitentiary Schapelle Leigh Corby, the Australian prisoner over a narcotics case, has refused to be moved from the Kerobokan penitentiary in Badung that was burned during a riot on Tuesday night.

Posted in Crime @ 25 February 2012 02:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Consumer group wants drug test voor all aircrew The National Consumer Protection Agency (BPKN) has urged the Transportation Ministry to subject all airline crews in the country to narcotic drug tests to prevent the recurrence of the recent meth-consuming pilot case.

Posted in Drugs @ 10 February 2012 14:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 7 reactions


Amnesty Int'l urges Indonesia to protect Shiite minority Amnesty International has urged the Indonesian government to provide protection for hundreds of Shiites who have been forced to return to their village in East Java after being evicted from their homes in Madura by an anti-Shiite mob.

Posted in Religion @ 16 January 2012 07:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Javan rhinos in Vietnam extinct; few left in Indonesia The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) on Tuesday confirmed the Javan rhinoceros have been driven to complete extinction in Vietnam, leaving only a few left alive in Indonesia.

Posted in Environment @ 25 October 2011 16:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda faces criticism for semi-naked breast checks Garuda Indonesia, the country\'s flag carrier, is facing strong criticism after reports claim it is conducting near-naked physical checks for South Korean flight attendant jobs, local media reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 24 August 2011 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian court sentences mob attack victim to prison A Muslim sect member was sentenced on Monday to six months in prison for disobeying police and violent assault in a deadly mob attack perpetrated against him and other Ahmadiyah members, The Jakarta Globe reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 August 2011 02:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Long delays for Lion Air flights from Singapore It was a normal Wednesday last week and still it seemed that something was completely wrong with Lion Air. After they had received a stern warning from the Department of Transport, the came with so-called 'own' improvements, but the airline does not seem capable of letting their many flights depart on schedule.

Posted in Travel @ 31 July 2011 06:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ignorance feeds cigarette habit among young in Indonesia Indonesia has a higher percentage of young smokers than any other country, but ignorance and a powerful tobacco lobby are making it difficult to stamp out nicotine addiction, say health workers and the government.

Posted in Health @ 19 January 2011 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


Witness gives inconsistent testimony at Susno trial A key witness in the Susno Duadji trial provided testimony wherein details given failed to match those already provided by convicted case broker, Sjahril Djohan. The witness, police officer Adj. Sr. Comr. Syamsul Rizal, testified at the South Jakarta District Court that he met Sjahril at the residence of former National Police detective chief Comr. Gen. Susno Duadji on Dec. 27.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 December 2010 04:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia as new Pakistan It seems to be very common these days that after every Friday and Sunday, there are messages in the Indonesian press in which the results of the criminal intolerance of a small group of severely mentally limited people have tarnished the Indonesian state-ideology once more.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 05:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Land tensions flare for former refugees Tensions between sharecroppers and landowners in Indonesia's western half of Timor island over limited cultivable land have led to outbreaks of violence that threaten to escalate, say local officials.

Posted in Economy @ 10 December 2010 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tribal clashes erupt in eastern Indonesia due to offensive ringtone Three people were arrested on Thursday after an 'offensive ringtone' led to tribal violence in the eastern region of Indonesia that resulted in dozens of homes and motorcycles being set on fire.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2010 15:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia claws its way to economic superpower status Indonesia is one of the "rising stars" of emerging Asia and some economists believe this vast nation will one day become a regional superpower, behind only China and India, as global economic activity increasingly shifts towards east Asia, away from the faltering developed nations of the west and Japan.

Posted in Economy @ 03 October 2010 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Be aware of possible heavy earthquake Bengkulu' The Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG has advised the residents of Bengkulu province in West Sumatra to be aware of a possible earthquake. After the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Aceh last week it might very well be possible that there will be another sudden move in the area, according the agency.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 April 2010 03:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bad weather ahead! The Indonesian weather service, BMKG, has released news earlier today that very bad weather is to hit large areas of the country. Warnings are now outstanding for lots of percipation combined with strong wind gusts and a lot of electrical activity as well.

Posted in Weather @ 26 March 2010 02:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Big flood hit Karawang area A high amount of rainfall in parts of West Java Province has brought flooding to the Karawang District since March 20, 2010. Initial reports by Dadang Muchtar, the district's head, is that 10,747 houses have been flooded impacting 11,540 families with 44,071 persons living in the area.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 March 2010 01:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


A few hours in Jalan Jaksa I have been there before and I have written about it before. It is still a nice and not unimportant easy-to-reach destination for a quick lunch and a Large Bintang before you start the second half of the day. Just relaxing for a couple of hours, coming to terms after the first part of the day.

Posted in Travel @ 23 March 2010 09:18 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's tourism - a National tragedy Anak Agung Gde Agung is one of Indonesia's most distinguished and well-informed senior statesmen. He is a graduate of Harvard and Leiden universities. He as attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States and served as social services minister during the administration of President Abdurrahman Wahid.

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


President Yudhoyono releases third music album Taking a break from political tension facing his administration, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono released his third song album at Taman Ismail Marzuki culture center on Sunday, kompas.com reported. Titled "Ku Yakin Sampai ke Sana" ("I believe I can reach there"), the new album comprises nine songs of various genres.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 24 January 2010 11:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami early warning system a work in progress Five years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, Indonesia’s early warning system remains a work in progress, officials and experts say. Indonesia began setting up an early warning system in 2005, a year after a 9.2 Richter scale earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami which left over 230,000 dead.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 January 2010 10:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Yudhoyono renews pledge to lead fight against corruption Referring to corruption as a common enemy, on Tuesday President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono reasserted his pledge to lead a jihad (holy war) against corruption in Indonesia. In a televised speech on the eve of International Anti-Corruption Day, Yudhoyono asked the public to work together to fight graft, saying he wished to create a clean government as his legacy by the end of his term in 2014.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 December 2009 06:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smokers stand trial in Surabaya The district court in Surabaya has tried residents disobeying the smoking bylaw for the first time since it became in effect last year. Smoking in public areas has since been forbidden. One of the smokers that was convicted was disappointed about his trial, while he only had to pay 40,000 Rupiah (2.85 euro) in fines, where the maximum penalty has been set at 50 million Rupiah (3,571 euro).

Posted in Crime @ 21 November 2009 01:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Release of wiretaps fuels corruption debate Yesterday, hours of recorded wiretaps were broadcasted live on Indonesian television when showed in the Constitutional Court after months of accusations between the national police and the corruption watchdog KPK. The tapes involve key law enforcement officials and put even more pressure on president Yudhoyono to defend his anti-graft credentials.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 November 2009 05:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court chief: 'Drop investigation on KPK leaders' The chief of the Constitutional Court, Mahfud M.D., has asked the national police to drop an investigation into deputy chiefs of the Corruption Eradication Commission KPK, Chandra Hamzah and Bibit Samad Rianto if no solid evidence was found. Mahfud said that he doubted that the commission leaders had really committed crimes an asked the police to publicly back up their accusations.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 September 2009 04:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sidoarjo mud no longer pumped away Irresponsibility by PT Lapindo Brantas may cause more problems for the people already affected by the mud flow near Sidoarjo just south of Surabaya in East Java province. The mud, that has been gushing out of a crater in the earth for over three years now, used to be pumped away in the Porong river. But these pumps are not working correctly anymore. Only two out of the 12 are functioning.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 03 September 2009 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15 dead in quake; reports from huge damage area The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that shook big parts of western Indonesia has caused widespread damage in big parts of western Java. At least 15 people were killed in the quake in various locations hit by the earthquake. Priyadi Kardono, the head of the National Disaster Management Agency, said 15 people were dead in several locations. Earlier, Priyadi said six died in Cianjur alone because of a landslide that was triggered by the massive earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 14:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Toll on Indonesia's highways to increase The state roll road management agency in Indonesia (BPJT) has announced that three of the largest toll road operators in the country have asked to be allowed to increase their tolls with some 12 to 19 percent this year. Toll rates are allowed to rise every two years. If the agency agrees with the new prices, they will come into effect as soon as September 4, 2009.

Posted in Economy @ 27 August 2009 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta: 'No raids by non-government groups' The Jakarta city government has warned private organizations not to disturb or attack nightclubs and other businesses that stay open during the Ramadan. The police chief in Jakarta has made it clear that mass organizations are not authorized to perform such supervisory functions. Enforcement of law and local bylaws can only be performed by the police, the city government and appointed order agencies.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 August 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


No elderly and children on pilgrimage, will Indonesia follow? Health ministers in the Arab world have decided not to allow elderly, children and ill from going on the Muslim pilgrimage later this year. It is a preventive measure to stop the spread of the H1N1 Mexican Flu virus that has killed some 900 people worldwide since March this year. The virus is easy to spread, but does not kill at a high rate.

Posted in Religion @ 23 July 2009 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lack of maintenance Situ Gintul dam possible cause of collapse The dam collapse of the Situ Gintung dam in Ciputat shows signs of a structural failure of the dam, which was built in the Dutch colonial time. A geotechnical engineer, Agus Setyo Muntohar, explained that the man-made construction of the Situ Gintung dam was only to hold water. "Because it was a man-made structure, regular checks should be performed at the site," Agus said at the Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta.

Posted in Accidents @ 29 March 2009 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia cuts oil prices by some 10 % to shield economy Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced on Sunday the reduction of oil prices to protect the country's economy from the fallout of the global financial crisis. The president made the decision after a cabinet meeting on Sunday evening, following the ease of the global oil prices to nearly 40 U.S. dollars a barrel from a record of over 147 U.S. dollars a barrel on July 11.

Posted in Economy @ 15 December 2008 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian coral reefs predict large quake within 20 years Researchers reported Thursday that a study of reefs in Indonesia found that corals record cyclical events in the environment, and that these events could foretell a considerable earthquake in the eastern Indian Ocean within the next twenty years. Scientists at the California Institute of Technology's Tectonics Observatory studied corals off Indonesia's Sumatra island, and found them to include annual growth rings, similar to those in tree trunks, which document cyclical events such as earthquakes.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 December 2008 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian central bank keeps benchmark rate at 9.5% Indonesian central bank kept on hold its benchmark interest rate at 9.5 percent on Thursday, the bank said. "Amid the current global financial upheaval and slowing of the world economy, the Bank Indonesia (the central bank) thinks that it is necessary to keep a right monetary policy so that it can achieve a balance between the economic growth and efforts to maintain monetary stability," the bank said in a statement.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2008 11:17 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


Indonesia keeps stock exchange closed Indonesia closed its stock exchange for the second day to halt a flurry of selling that sent the main stock index plummeting more than 20 percent this week, while Asian trading ended mixed. Stock exchange president Erry Firmansyah said it will remain closed to give investors a chance to "calm down before they make decisions."

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2008 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising prices hit Indonesia's Ramadan Across many parts of Indonesia, families are having a close look at their budgets once again during the Islamic holy month of fasting, Ramadan. Rising food and fuel prices limit spending power for the festivities that are normally held when breaking the daily fast. The world's fourth largest country has seen rising costs in the lead-up to the month of fasting, putting those families hit hard by earlier price hikes of fuel under more pressure.

Posted in Ramadan @ 02 September 2008 04:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud lava dome is not expanding anymore The Center for Mitigation of Natural Disasters (PVMBG) in Bandung has confirmed that the lava dome on top of the Mount Kelud (sometimes written as Kelut) has stopped growing. The lava dome is now some 250 meters high and 400 meters in diameter and contains volcanic material from inside the Mount Kelud volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 June 2008 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: 'Indonesia to export oil in five years' Indonesia is hoping to be an oil exporter again in five years, the vice president reportedly said Thursday after Jakarta announced it was quitting the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries. "Our target is that in five years we can be an exporter again given that our oil fields have been explored efficiently and we are saving energy domestically," Vice President Jusuf Kalla was quoted as saying.

Posted in General @ 30 May 2008 04:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to quit OPEC soon Indonesia will quit the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) due to years of declining production and investment in the field, a senior official has said. Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said at a press conference Wednesday that Indonesia, the only Southeast Asian member of the oil cartel, will not renew its membership at the end of this year which means that Indonesia will lose its vote at OPEC to influence global oil prices.

Posted in General @ 29 May 2008 10:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Old oil well spews out crude oil in Bojonegoro An old oil well in the subdistrict of Kedewan in the district of Bojonegoro in eastern Java spews out crude oil mixed with water. Villagers from the village of Hargomulio, near the well, have gathered around the well to collect the oil mixed with water in storage trays.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 May 2008 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace campaign forces Unilever u-turn on palm oil Greenpeace today welcomed Unilever’s call for a moratorium on rainforest destruction in Indonesia, that is wiping out orang-utans and devastating the climate.

Posted in Environment @ 02 May 2008 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fuel prices may be raised to ease subsidy bill The Indonesian government might consider raise prices of subsidized fuels in the country to prevent the growing subsidy bill from getting even larger with oil prices on the global market reaching records every week. Indonesia - a diesel and gasoline importer - provides hefty subsidies for fuel that is used by consumers, but with oil prices far above the 95 US dollar per barrel this becomes increasingly expensive.

Posted in General @ 21 April 2008 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia likely to cut rice imports The Indonesian government has said that it is unlikely to import rice from other countries this year because of a sufficient stock after nationwide harvests. This reduces the pressure on the tight global supplies in times of record-breaking rice prices. Prices of Thai rice - a benchmark for the market - have doubled since the start of this year mainly because of rising demand from China and African nations. Vietnam and India have already decided to curb exports to protect their own markets.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2008 12:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pressure from gas leaks in Siring Barat increases The water leaks mixed with gas which is easy flammable in a garage which is owned by a resident of Siring Barat, sub-district Porong in the district Sidoarjo is increasing in pressure. A number of villagers is forced to attach pipes from the leaks so they can divert the muddy water through their houses into the sewer. One of these places is a phone house owned by Siti Asiyah, a resident of Siring Barat. After they have attached the pipes, she hopes she will be able to open up her business again since it is the only form of income the family has.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 09 February 2008 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia also scraps import duty on soybeans The Indonesian government has removed the ten percent import tax on soybean effective from today and is studying more measures to deal with the rising price of the commodity in global markets, an official said Monday. The tax could be re-imposed if the price of soybean falls, said Bayu Krisnamurti, Deputy Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs.

Posted in Economy @ 22 January 2008 06:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto losing consciousness, Kalla arrives at hospital Former president Suharto was losing consciousness, the hospital treating him said, and the Vice President had been summoned to his bedside to witness the 86-year-old's death. Suharto was losing consciousness and having difficulty breathing at 17:00 local time (08:00 GMT). on Friday, according to a statement released at 8.30 p.m. by Pertamina hospital in Jakarta where he is being treated.

Posted in General @ 11 January 2008 15:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud spills boiling water from it's crater The Mount Kelud volcano is dangerously close to an eruption on Monday as magma was pushing upwards through the blocked crater, causing boiling water to spill down it's slopes, according a volcanologist. The water level in the crater lake has fallen because of cracks in it's surface. This also caused damage to essential equipment used to monitor the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 November 2007 10:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud crater lake heats up even further Mount Kelud, the 1,731-meter volcano with a history of deadly eruptions, is still about to erupt, keeping tens of thousands of residents in refugee shelters. A scientist at one of the monitoring posts around the volcano said that the water in the 15-meter deep crater lake reached 39.0° C on Saturday morning, that is just below the 40.0° C before it's last eruption in 1990.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 October 2007 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Agency: 'Eruption of Mount Kelut imminent' Indonesia is warning that one of it's most active volcanoes may now erupt at any time. The alert status for the volcano is at the highest level at the moment. "An eruption is imminent" stated the website of the Volcanological Survey of Indonesia. Officials have now ordered the evacuation of some 30,000 people living within the danger zones on the slopes of the 1,731-meter volcano in eastern Java.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 October 2007 07:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's big earthquake 'on it's way' A team of international earthquake specialists says that Indonesia is currently facing another potential 'giant' earthquake in the near future. The scientists, among them a team from the California Institute of Technology, says that the three major earthquakes that struck off western Sumatra last week, have actually increased the chances of a renewed major disaster.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Search underway for black box Adam Air plane A salvage ship operated by the United States has arrived in Indonesia to hunt for the black box of an Adam Air plane that crashed into the sea on New Years' day, killing 102 passengers and crew. The Boeing went missing off South Sulawesi and sparked a massive search in the early days of this year. The body of the plane is thought to lay on the floor of the Makassar Strait. No bodies have been found until today.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 August 2007 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pressure to cancel the 'Honoris Causa Award' for Jakarta governor Open Letter to the Rector and Students Senate of the Diponegoro University in Semarang

Posted in Human rights @ 06 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report blaming quake stokes volcano row A new report that blames the earthquake of May 2006 for the mud volcano in eastern Java has stoked dispute on Tuesday about whether the drilling well or geology has caused the disaster that engulfed thousands of homes and businesses until today. Scientists tell that they may never find the exact trigger for the eruption of mud from the ground that engulfed an area four times Monaco and already forced 15,000 people to leave their homes.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 01 August 2007 13:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud flow causes living room geyser Large amounts of water have been shooting out of the ground in homes and a restaurant hundreds of meters away from the submerged area of land near the mud volcano in Eastern Java. Experts tell that these bursts are caused by underground pressure linked to the flow of mud flowing out of a drilling site near Sidoarjo, just south of Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 20 June 2007 15:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian central bank to leave Rupiah to market The central bank in Indonesia will allow the market to determine the exchange rates for the Rupiah, even if the currency strengthens beyond 9,000 against the dollar, as was said by deputy governor Aslim Tadjuddin on Friday. Soon after his comments, the currency did indeed break the psychological mark and rose to 8,975 per dollar.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2007 09:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mudflow victims demonstrate at State Palace again A number of victims from the mud flow in East Java held another demonstration in front of the presidential palace on Monday in their effort to pressure the government to meet their demands for direct compensation for property they have lost in the disaster. The residents arrived at around nine in the morning and left five hours later after their made clear their demands for full payment to settle the issues.

Posted in Protests @ 24 April 2007 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two new suspects questioned in Munir case The former head of Garuda Indonesia and another official of the same airline have been arrested in connection with the murder of a human rights activist who was poisoned during a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam. Munir Thalib, known for his cricital views on the Indonesian military was murdered in 2004.

Posted in Crime @ 15 April 2007 05:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'Promise before sharing bird flu virus samples again' Children rarely die from measles or other easy to prevent diseases in the West, but the developing world often has to do it without lifesaving drugs and vaccines. Will access to eventual bird flu remedies be any different? That's the question that Indonesia is asking while refusing to share it's H5N1 bird flu samples with the World Health Organization (WHO) . It will continue to do so until it gets a guarantee that it will obtain vaccines if a pandemic breaks out.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 26 March 2007 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airline ratings to be announced this week The government will announce the results of an audit on Indonesia's airliners this week, as was told by the general aviation chief earlier today. The audit came after immense pressure to improve air safety following a series of accidents in the last months.The team, set up by the government to evaluate transport safety, has recommended that airliners found to have violated safety regulations to be closed.

Posted in General @ 20 March 2007 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 13 reactions


Mud volcano stops 30 minutes, experts baffled The mud volcano that has displaced over 15,000 briefly stopped spewing hot mud for the first time in the more than nine months the volcano is active. Scientists are baffled by the news. "The flow of mud coming out of the crater suddenly stopped for about 30 minutes shortly before noon on Monday," said Rudi Novrianto, spokesman for the government team active working to plug the flow.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 20 March 2007 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Central Sulawesi situation may be exploding soon Australian and Indonesian intelligence reports signal that murderous sectarian violence is to return to the area of Poso, Central Sulawesi. Last week, information was released concerning islamic militants that have been blamed for a series of deadly bombings in Jakarta and Bali could be in the last stages of planning fresh attacks in Poso. Australia warned nationals to avoild travelling to Central Sulawesi. The United States and New Zealand have issued similar warnings.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 February 2007 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yeo: Linking Indonesian sand ban to extradition treaty unfortunate Indonesia's ban on sand exports to Singapore was one of the key concerns in Parliament on Monday. Members of Parliament were keen to find out about the impact of the ban on the construction industry and Singapore's relations with Indonesia. In his reply, Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo said linking the sand ban to the extradition treaty being sought by Indonesia and border talks would be unfortunate and counterproductive.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2007 01:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation update: Erupting mud volcano The first scientific report reveals that the 2006 eruption will most likely continue to erupt and emit several thousand cubic metres of mud a day for months, if not years to come. This will leave at least 10 km2 around the volcano vent uninhabitable for years and over 11,000 people permanently evacuated.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 February 2007 12:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakartans warned more rain on the way The Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) has warned Jakartans to expect another week of torrential rains that triggered massive flooding and paralyzed large parts of the city in the last two days. BMG climatologist Endro Santoso said the heavy rains that have pounded Jakarta over the last several days would likely continue for at least another week.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 06:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans new tactic to curb massive mud flow Indonesia will drop hundreds of concrete balls into a mud volcano in a bid to brake the flow of hot liquid that has displaced more than 10,000 people and inundated entire villages in Java, an official said on Friday. The torrent of hot mud has been flowing since an oil drilling accident in May in Sidoarjo, an industrial suburb of East Java's Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 03 February 2007 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists: Indonesia mud volcano caused by drilling A mud volcano that inundated dozens of villages was probably triggered by commercial gas drilling, research published in a respected scientific journal shows, contradicting an Indonesian Government Minister who insists it was a natural disaster. ``It is very likely'' that the mud flow in Sidoarjo, eastern Java, which has spewed a million barrels of mud a day for eight months, is manmade, four researchers say in the February issue of Geological Society of American's GSA Today.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 24 January 2007 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilots concerned over Indonesia airlines Four years ago, young pilots lined up to join a new contender in Indonesia's booming aviation industry. But at least 20 left Adam Air within months, citing concerns that poor maintenance, corruption and rule-bending could lead to a crash - charges the airline denied. "I didn't want to wait until I had lost my friends," said Feisal Banser, 30, a former Adam Air flight captain who knew several crew members on a passenger jet that crashed Jan. 1 with 102 people on board.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


How fearful Australia deserted East Timor JUST three months after Indonesia invaded East Timor 30 years ago, the Australian government of the prime minister, Malcolm Fraser, was covertly supporting the tiny colony's complete integration into its giant neighbour, according to cabinet documents from 1976, released today.

Posted in General @ 01 January 2007 02:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia overturns Bashir's conviction Indonesia overturned a terror conviction Thursday against the militant Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, who served 2 1/2 years for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed more than 200 people. The Supreme Court ruling is likely to anger the United States and its regional ally Australia, both of which publicly accused the aging cleric of being a top leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked Southeast Asian terror group.

Posted in General @ 21 December 2006 16:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First A1 victory for New Zealand on Sentul track New Zealand secured its first-ever victory in the A1 Grand Prix series on Sunday with a dominant lights-to-flag drive from Jonny Reid in the sprint race at the Sentul circuit, Indonesia. Team Mexico's Salvador Duran put Reid under pressure in the closing laps of the race to finish a fighting second ahead of Great Britain's Robbie Kerr.

Posted in Sports @ 10 December 2006 13:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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