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64 drug traffickers to be executed Vice-President Jusuf Kalla has confirmed that the government will go ahead with the execution of 64 drug traffickers who have been sentenced to death by court.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 December 2014 20:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Surabaya receives award for maintaining culture preserves The Education and Culture Ministry of Indonesia has awarded a medal to the Surabaya city government for its efforts in caring for culture preserves.

Posted in History @ 06 September 2014 21:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


KPU claims 98.53 pct of C1 forms already uploaded The General Elections Commission (KPU) had reported that 98.53 percent of C1 forms recording votes cast at polling stations have been uploaded at www.kpu.go.id, Commissioner Ferry Kurnia Rizkiyansyah said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Elections @ 17 July 2014 01:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TV station slammed for reporting Jokowi is a communist The Jokowi-JK campaign has criticized a private television station for reporting that Jokowi is a communist. "The report is tendentious and unethical," the campaigns spokesman Hasto Kristiyanto said in a press statement received here on Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 03 July 2014 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Court meets Antasari's demand over judicial review The Constitutional Court (MK) met Antasari Azhars demand on Thursday allowing the former chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to file another judicial review over his case.

Posted in Crime @ 06 March 2014 21:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian T-50i jet fighter conducts emergency landing An Indonesian Air Forces T-50i jet fighter conducted an emergency landing at the Ahmad Yani International Airport in Semarang, Central Java Province, on Friday. Bakti Yuda, the airports air traffic controller, confirmed that the airport was temporarily shut down as a result of the emergency landing.

Posted in Military @ 28 February 2014 20:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


400 police personnel guard Anas at anti-graft office Jakarta Metropolitan Police deployed 400 personnel to safeguard the arrival of former ruling Democratic Party (PD) chairman Anas Urbaningrum at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) here on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 January 2014 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Remittances from Indonesian workers reach Rp100 trillion Indonesia earns about Rp100 trillion in foreign exchange every year from Indonesian workers in various countries across Asia and Europe, a manpower official has said.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2013 18:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs officer arrested in large bribe case The finance division of the National Police arrested a customs officer and a Jakarta businessman on Tuesday on suspicion of their involvement in an organized corruption ring to circumvent state audits on imports, police said on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 31 October 2013 02:48 CET by Jeroen · 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


Yudhoyono expresses shock at arrest of chief justice President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he was shocked and deeply concerned upon hearing the arrest of the Constitutional Court`s Chief Justice Akil Mochtar by an anti-graft agency on Wednesday night.

Posted in Politics @ 03 October 2013 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry of industry issues policies to maintain growth The Ministry of Industry has issued a package of policies to maintain the growth of national industries affected by current financial market conditions and the rupiah depreciation.

Posted in Economy @ 28 August 2013 17:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police destroy Rp15 bln worth of marijuana The South Jakarta Police on Friday destroyed Rp15 billion worth of seized marijuana weighing 1.5 tons. "The seized evidence was accumulated from the police disclosure for two months operation," Head of South Jakarta Metro Police Sector Station Kombespol Wahyu Hadiningrat said here Friday.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 February 2013 19:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan and Jokowi to build low cost apartments in slum areas Minister for State Enterprises Dahlan Iskan said state construction companies will cooperate in building six low cost apartment tower in slum areas of Marunda, area of state owned bonded zone operator PT Kawasan Berikat Nusantara (KBN) and Klender.

Posted in General @ 28 November 2012 15:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll of Mamasa floods rise to 14 The number of dead victims of flash floods and landslides that hit East Batangharu village, Mamasa district, West Sulawesi province on Thursday, has until Sunday risen to 14 while three others are still reported missing. Mamasa District Head Ramlan Badawi said here on Sunday that besides the 17 victims, two others were still in the local healthcare center for a medical treatment.

Posted in Flooding @ 11 November 2012 11:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Another politician detained by anti-graft agency One more politician has been detained by anti-graft agency KPK for interrogation in connection with a graft case involving a project to purchase Koran books for the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 September 2012 22:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspect terrorists arrested in Solo to have Philippines link The police suspect that the network of terrorists that was ambushed in Solo in the province of Central Java on Friday night has links with a terror network based in the Philippines, a police official said on Saturday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 September 2012 20:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


90 % of road accidents caused by negligence Some 90 percent of road accidents were caused by negligence, Dr Yosafra, a public transportation expert from the University of Andalas (Unand), said here Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 August 2012 16:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Chief minister: KPK and police leaders to meet again Chief Minister for Security, Political and Legal Affairs Djoko Suyanto said leaders of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the national police would meet again to discuss the handling of an alleged corruption case in the police force.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 August 2012 21:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US, Indonesian armies conduct joint exercise in Malang The Indonesian army and the US Army Pacific (USARPAC) are conducting a joint exercise, code-named "Garuda Shield 2012", in Singosari, Malang, East Java.

Posted in Military @ 11 June 2012 16:27 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


President cuts Corby`s sentence by five years President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has cut the sentence of Australian drugs convict Schapelle Leigh Corby by five years, Minister/State Secretary Sudi Silalahi confirmed here on Tuesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 22 May 2012 16:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Russian DNA expert helps identify Sukhoi crash victims A Russian DNA expert has arrived here to assist in the identification of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 victims. Professor Paprov Ivanov joined the national police`s Disaster Victim Identification team on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 May 2012 12:45 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


President calls for recovery of public sense of security President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered Chief Security Minister Djoko Suyanto and National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo to recover public sense of security following recent violent incidents in the capital.

Posted in General @ 17 April 2012 10:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Social media used as human trafficking tool Human-trafficking offenders remain resorting to using the social media to kidnap more victims."Presumably, the human trafficking actors are now seeking their victims using the social media such as Facebook, Twitter and many more," said the secretary of the Women Empowerment and Children Protection Ministry, Sri Danti, here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 11 April 2012 02:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to send 364 personnel to Pontianak over FPI The National Police Headquarters has sent 364 Mobile Brigade members to Pontianak, West Kalimantan, in anticipation of security disruptions.

Posted in Violence @ 18 March 2012 10:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Human Rights defenders ask court to free Papuan activists Noted rights defenders in a Friday press release has called on the courts to release five Papuan activists from detention and dismiss all charges against them as they had done nothing more than voice their aspirations.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2012 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven hospitals expected to be internationally accredited Seven state-owned A-class hospitals are expected to receive international accreditation by 2014.

Posted in Health @ 07 March 2012 14:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Chief warden replaced after riot at prison in Bali The chief warden of Bali`s Kerobokan penitentiary, Bowo Nariwono, as well as the prison`s chief of security, Anang Khuzaini, were replaced following recent riots at the prison. The positions were transferred at about 9.30am on Friday during a short ceremony at the official residence of the chief warden.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2012 01:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Corruption, red tape obstructing economic growth' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono admitted here Friday that corruption and complicated bureaucratic procedures were still obstructing Indonesia`s economic growth.

Posted in Politics @ 24 December 2011 10:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: two dead in clashes with residents in Mesuji Police said two clashes happened between local residents and police in Mesuji district, Lampung province, during 2011. Lampung regional police command spokesperson Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sulistyaningsih said here on Thursday, during the clashes, two people were killed by police fire but harsh sanctions had been imposed on the officers who had opened fire in violation of standing procedures.

Posted in Violence @ 16 December 2011 03:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President chairs limited meeting on main weaponry system President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono chaired a limited meeting to discuss the procurement of main weaponry system (Alutsista) at his office on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 10 November 2011 08:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt awaiting results of police probe into Papua congress incidents Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto said the government would wait for the results of the police investigation into the incidents around the recent Papua People`s Congress in Papua that left some people dead.

Posted in Violence @ 07 November 2011 18:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


YPTB: Timo Sea largely destroyed after 2009 Montara oil spill Recent undersea pictures and video have shown that conditions in Indonesia's Timor Sea have deteriorated at an alarming rate, largely caused by the 2009 Montara oil spill, the Care West Timor Foundation (YPTB) said.

Posted in Elections @ 20 October 2011 22:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia urges Aussie compensation of 2009 oil spill Indonesia has urged the Government of Australia to sign a compensation payment agreement related to the 2009 Montara oil spill, which has already been postponed on two occasions.

Posted in Environment @ 21 September 2011 02:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Better compensation for Indonesia airline passengers Indonesian airlines are now being compelled by the government to bring compensation paid to disappointed passengers and in the event of catastrophic events more into line with international airline practice.

Posted in Travel @ 27 August 2011 06:45 CET by Jeroen · 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


Two pirated ships and 10 crew members freed after 4 days Two pirated Indonesian ships were freed after 10 crew members were held hostage for four days off the northern island of Kalimantan, officials said on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 04 June 2011 00:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crews recover black box from Merpati plane crash site A search team on Sunday afternoon recovered the black box from a Merpati Nusantara Airlines passenger plane which crashed in the sea off Indonesia's West Papua province on Saturday, officials said. All 27 people on board were killed.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 May 2011 19:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI promises no attacks during Christmas, under conditions? Rizieq Shihab, head of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), on Tuesday promised that his followers will restrain from disrupting Christmas celebrations in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 02:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll rises to 34 after Merapi eruptions The death toll has risen to at least 34 following Mount Merapiís latest eruption, officials said Thursday. According to hospital medics, 33 bodies had been under the supervision of Dr. Sardjito Hospital, while one other in Panti Nugroho Slemen Hospital.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 October 2010 05:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court upholds ban on 'Balibo' Calling the film "violent" and "sensitive", the Jakarta State Administrative Court upheld a ban on the Australian feature film Balibo. A panel of judges ruled that the Film Censorship Board (LSF) had fulfilled the administrative procedures required to ban the controversial film. The court agreed with the LSFís argument that the film "can open old wounds".

Posted in Politics @ 07 August 2010 03:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


New immigration checks revoked at Bali's airport After angry complaints from arriving tourists compelled to stand in line at Bali's airport for up to four or more hours, the border control management (BCM) procedures requiring fingerprints and photos of arriving passengers have been ditched on instructions from the Minister of Justice and Human Rights.

Posted in Tourism @ 09 May 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Even longer queues at Indonesian immigration Virtually every local paper in Bali is carrying news of the long delays being experienced by arriving passengers at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport where new Board Control Management (BCM) requirements have made an already long customs and immigration process even longer.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 May 2010 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Conservationists report mud flow case to KPK The non-government environment protection organization Walhi (Wahana Lingkungan Hidup) has reported a possible case of corruption in handling the well-known Sidoarjo mud flow in East Java province. A spokesperson of Walhi, Erwin Usman, said that state funds were misused. The report has been made based on an audit done by the Financial Control Board BPK in 2007.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 18 December 2009 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Commission: 'Scrap discriminating shariya-based bylaws' The National Commission on Violence Against Women urges the government to include the reviewing of a number of sharia-based bylaws deemed discriminative against women as part of its first 100-day program.

Posted in Religion @ 10 December 2009 07:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal levies sought at Bali's Tourism Office NusaBali has broken a story indicating large-scale unofficial payments being made to the Badung Tourist Office (Dispar Badung) in connection with the issuance of licenses for hotels, restaurants and bars in the regency.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 December 2009 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Reducing immigration lines at Bali's airport On Sunday, November 15, 2009, Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, and the Minister of Law and Human Right, Patrialis Akbar, conducted a snap inspection of the visa-on-arrival (VOA) procedures at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport.

Posted in Travel @ 26 November 2009 01:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A diving lesson with Batavia Air It is just several minutes before half past one as Batavia Air flight 7P-577 from Jakarta is preparing to land on Hang Nadim international airport on Batam. After a nice and quiet flight that departed just a few minutes behind schedule from Jakarta, Batam is visible and the last empty cups of water and paper napkins are collected by the stewardesses.

Posted in Travel @ 27 September 2009 10:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sales tax refund for visitors in 2010 The government will introduce a new policy on January 1, 2010, that will refund sales tax (VAT) spent on purchases by tourist visitors to Indonesia. Speaking to Bisnis Indonesia, the Director of Tax Regulation, Catur Rini Widosari, said the government will set a minimum level of Rp. 5 million (352 euro) to qualify for the 10% tax rebate, but there will be no maximum limit under the new policy.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 September 2009 13:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government to simplify liquor import and distribution Bisnis Indonesia reports that the Indonesian Department of Trade is in the process of revising regulations pertaining to the import of alcoholic beverages. Currently under consideration is a simplification of the current rules that would unify the two different set of rules now governing imported and locally produced alcohol.

Posted in Economy @ 30 May 2009 15:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia checks airports and seaports for swine flu The Department of Transport follows the Department of Public Health in preventing swine flu from entering Indonesia. A number of airports and seaports have prepared themselves already according to Bambang S. Ervan, a spokesperson for the department earlier today.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 27 April 2009 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia Indonesian style With a flight in the afternoon I departed from Yogyakarta to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. For the first time I was to fly this route with AirAsia. It is called AirAsia here, but in fact it's a separate company that listens to the name Indonesia AirAsia. This difference is subtle, but if you know that AirAsia uses airline code AK, and Indonesia AirAsia QZ, it all becomes clear.

Posted in Travel @ 29 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia moves to protect workers abroad The delay in the recruitment of Indonesian housemaids and drivers has prompted Jakarta to set up a commission to look into the interests of Indonesian workers, including their overseas employment, training and health.

Posted in General @ 01 September 2008 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Local government in Batu considers chasity belt for massage parlours Detik.com reports that the municipal government in the East Java resort area of Batu are preparing to "clamp down" on suspected prostitution practices taking place at many of the area's panti pijat or traditional massage parlors. Iman Suryono, a municipal police official (pamong praja) in Batu, is dedicated to elimating the "plus-plus" and "happy ending" element from the local spa business. To achieve this "end," local authorities are considering making "chastity belts" part of the required uniform for masseuses in the cool hill-side resort close best known for its local inns and delicious apple crop.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 April 2008 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Bali bombers must be executed' President Yudhoyono said that the death sentence for three Islamic militants, which are currently on death row for their part in the 2002 Bali bombings, must be carried out. With this he clearly indicates that there is no way of granting them clemency. Imam Samudra, Amrozi and Ali Gufron face execution by a firing squad after the Supreme Court rejected their final appeal. The three also refused to seek clemency from the president, saying that they want to die as martyrs.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2007 05:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU bans flights by Indonesian airlines All airlines that have their base in Indonesia will be banned from flying to the European Union because of safety concerns. This information has been released by the European Commission. "Once more, the EU blacklist will prove to be an essential tool not only to prevent unsafe airlines from flying to Europe and to inform passengers traveling worldwide but also to make sure that airlines and civil aviation authorities take appropriate actions to improve safety," said Jacques Barrot, commission vice president in charge of transport.

Posted in General @ 28 June 2007 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Ferry fire survivers get 600.000 Rupiah compensation Several survivors of Thursdays fire on boat the ferry Levina I complained that they received compensation worth only 600.000 Rupiah (50,20 euro) from the operating company. Helu, one of the survivors, said he received a mere 600.000 Rupiah in an envelope. "They said it was a refund worth four times the price of the ticket which cost 150,000 Rupiah," he said. The staff of the operator told him only it was a refund.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 February 2007 04:20 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


Indonesia seeking US$12 billion for infrastructure projects Indonesia Indonesia will seek US$12 billion (Ä9.4 billion) in private capital to fund infrastructure projects at a conference that kicks off Wednesday, but it faces challenges overcoming an image of corruption that may scare off investors. Topping the list of deals on offer are the construction of a US$1.5 billion (Ä1.2 billion) fiber optic network and two coal-fired power plants worth nearly US$2.48 billion (Ä1.9 billion), said Conference Chairman Chris Kanter.

Posted in Economy @ 31 October 2006 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia terminates Exxon Mobil's Natuna contract Indonesia has terminated a contract held by Exxon Mobil Corp. on the huge Natuna offshore gas field, the country's oil minister said on Tuesday, amid high extraction costs and a lack of buyers for the gas. Despite the difficulties developing the field, the move to end Exxon's contract may cause concern among foreign investors about uncertainties of doing business in Indonesia, compounding worries over the legal system, labour and corruption.

Posted in Economy @ 11 October 2006 06:11 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


Wild elephants run amok, kill five residents in Indonesia A number of elephants ran amok and killed at least five residents recently in Tangganus and East Lampung district, Indonesia's Lampung Province, on southern Sumatra island. Most of the victims' bodies were ripped by the wild animals, while the crops in the farming areas belonging to local residents were destroyed, Antara news agency on Sunday quoted an officer of the province's forestry representative office as saying.

Posted in General @ 20 August 2006 14:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


S'pore, RI negotiating Bintan management Singapore is negotiating with Indonesia to seek concessions to partly manage Bintan Island in Riau Islands province by turning it into free trade zone (FTZ), which could accommodate more foreign manufacturing companies. The first round of negotiation, which looks likely to trigger controversy among local politicians, began on Batam island Saturday, with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Singapore's Foreign Affair Minister George Yong-Boon Yeo at the forefront of the talks.

Posted in Economy @ 19 March 2006 07:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia deploys British arms against protesters British military equipment is being used by the Indonesian authorities against civilians in remote parts of the country. Despite promises by Foreign Office ministers that UK arms exported to the country are not used for internal repression, a photograph seen by The Observer shows a British-made Tactica water cannon vehicle deployed in the troubled eastern province of West Papua.

Posted in Human rights @ 27 November 2005 11:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Azahariís body only to be released after probe The Indonesian police will only release terrorist Dr Azahari Husinís body to his family after completing their investigations. However, it is not immediately known if any request has been made by Dr Azahariís wife to claim the body. National police spokesman Soenarko Danu Ardhanto said there were certain procedures to follow.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2005 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Warship fires at Chinese boat An Indonesian warship has opened fire on a Chinese fishing boat, killing a member of its crew and wounding two others. The Indonesian navy said the boat was in a group of four Chinese vessels suspected of fishing illegally. It said they were challenged but failed to respond to radio signals and tried to escape.

Posted in General @ 21 September 2005 10:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Reaction to U.S. aid in Indonesia mixed In the world's most populous Muslim nation, not everyone is entirely happy to see Americans in helicopters handing out food and water to the hungry victims of last week's tsunami. Though Secretary of State Colin Powell on Tuesday expressed hope that the sight of U.S. soldiers passing out aid would help ease anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world, many Muslims say they cannot ignore that the same U.S. military that invaded Iraq and Afghanistan is now engaged in its largest operation in South Asia since the Vietnam War.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six die when passengers boat capsizes in Maluku Six people died when a fully loaded passenger boat capsized off the coast of Southeast Maluku regency on Sunday. Spokesman for the Maluku Police, Comr. Endro Prasetyo, said on Wednesday that the KM Taruma Jaya which operated on Ngadi island, Tual, sank as it might have exceeded its passenger and baggage capacity. Besides 85 passengers and six boat crew members, the ship was believed to be fully loaded with passengers' baggage.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 November 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's foreign investment falls 11 percent Indonesia's foreign direct investment (FDI) fell 11 percent to 8.85 billion USD in the first 10 months of this year compared to 9.94 billion USD in the same period last year, according to statistics from the Indonesia Investment Coordination Committee (BKPM). Of 969 FDI projects licensed in the reviewed period, 357 were in trade and maintenance services, 70 in metallurgy, machinery and electronics, 61 in hotels and restaurants, 44 in communications and household utilities, and 164 in other services. The projects generated jobs for more than 143,000 people, including 4,114 foreign workers.

Posted in Economy @ 11 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian embassy prepared for the worst Location of the Australian embassy in JakartaDespite Thursday's powerful explosion in front of the Australian Embassy, the building did not suffer heavy damage unlike its glass-clad high-rise neighbors. An embassy official said the building had been readied for bombing, fire and shooting incidents. "That's why the damage was minimal when compared to (that of) nearby buildings," he said requesting anonymity.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 September 2004 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Explosion near Australian embassy in Jakarta Big mess after the explosion near the Aussie embassyA powerful explosion outside Australia's embassy in central Jakarta left at three people dead and at least three badly injured Thursday and caused extensive damage to nearby buildings, officials and witnesses said. According to local television, Anton Sujarwo, a security guard at the embassy, was killed in the blast but the identities of the other two have yet to be confirmed.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government to issue APEC business travel card The government will issue the APEC business travel card for businesspeople and government officials handling trade schemes under the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), an official said on Thursday. "The travel card holders will get special immigration treatment when entering APEC member countries that also issue the card," said spokesman of the Directorate General for Immigration at theMinistry of Justice and Human Rights, Ade Endang Dahlan.

Posted in Human rights @ 16 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Campaign violence, public disorder emerge The violent behavior on Thursday by the campaign participants in several cities sent an alarming message to the 24 political parties that they needed to keep a handle on their supporters and improve their street campaign strategies to ensure that the April 5 legislative election would proceed peacefully and democratically. In Surakarta, Central Java, supporters of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), chaired by incumbent President Megawati Soekarnoputri, beat up a supporter of the Muslim-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). The region has a history of riots, including ethnic violence.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels serve prison terms in Central Java Under a tight security escort 54 convicted Free Aceh Movement (GAM) members were transferred from Aceh on Thursday to prisons across Central Java to serve their sentences. The group is the first batch of 143 prisoners who will do their jail time in exile across Java.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 January 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt delays implementation of new visa policy again The government has again postponed the implementation of the new policy revoking the visa-on-arrival facility extended to nationals of 48 countries, saying the President must consider opposition from tourism industry players. The implementation of the controversial policy had earlier been delayed on Oct. 1 because its operational regulations had not yet been issued.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In the early hours of 2003, the very early hours, I decided it was about time to expand my world of Indonesia on the world wide web. Since about 4 years I have maintained a Dutch links-website under Startpagina ( indonesie.pagina.nl, Startpagina.nl ). Iím doing fine with that one, collecting more and more visitors over the year. Most are still Dutch, and thatís the big reason why I made the second step in uniting the Indonesian-loving community in the Netherlands. I started a forum, which was offered by Startpagina for quite some time, but I didnít want to start because I was busy working on my websites.

Posted in General @ 15 June 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia issues SARS health alert cards Indonesia has begun issuing health alert cards to warn people using its airports and seaports of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which has hit several countries in the region. The cards, issued to passengers to and from SARS-hit countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Vietnam, contain general information on the atypical pneumonia, which has triggered a worldwide health alert.

Posted in SARS @ 31 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dossiers on Trisakti and Semanggi cases returned Human rights ad hoc prosecutors have returned the dossiers on three student shootings in 1998 and 1999 to investigators from the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) because of procedural shortcomings in some of the witness testimony. Attorney General's Office spokesman Barman Zahir said on Wednesday that the dossiers were returned to the rights commission on Tuesday.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Removal of taste enhancer across the nation goes on The withdrawal of over 3,000 tons of Ajinomoto taste enhancers continued across the country on Sunday as six PT Ajinomoto Indonesia executives remain in detention over the controversy, concerning the use of pig enzymes in its production process. Police assisted the withdrawal of all Ajinomoto taste enhancers over the weekend, and as of Sunday afternoon seized at least 110 kilograms from several traditional markets in the capital.

Posted in General @ 08 January 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deal offered as emergency looms Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri continued on Friday night to weigh a transfer of power deal proposed by President Abdurrahman Wahid who reportedly threatened to impose a state of national emergency should impeachment proceedings against him proceed.

Posted in Politics @ 26 May 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tension mounts in Indonesia In recent weeks thousands of Wahid's supporters particularly in his home province of East Java have formed paramilitary squads. They have announced plans to come to the capital before the parliament votes on Wahid's fate at the end of this month. A difficult time awaits him. But what worries international observers is the prospects of instability and violence in the country. Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid, currently embroiled in a crisis to remain in the office, has warned that a "nationwide rebellion" would erupt if the parliament attempts to impeach him on corruption charges. He said more than 400,000 people from across the main island of Java and southern end of Sumatra were ready to come into the capital to protest against moves to oust him from presidency.

Posted in Politics @ 24 April 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stumbles from crisis to crisis under President Wahid and the one person with the clout and popular support to replace him prefers to sit in the wings. What makes Megawati so static?

Posted in Politics @ 10 April 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mass demonstrations today Around one hundred thousand supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) plan to stage a grand meeting and demonstration themed " Aspirations of the Jember People" at the town square in Jember, East Java, today. The ulemas and religion`s figures will pray for the country currently suffering unabated political disturbance caused by the actions of the political elite to prioritize their respective group`s interests. Deputy chairman of the organizing team, Abdul Muis, said this meeting will provide `concrete evidence` that Jember people are consistent in supporting Abdurrahman Wahid as Indonesia`s President until 2004. He said that Wahid is the constitutionally chosen President. As such, if unconstitutionally ousted from power in the middle of his term, the action will destroy the basic system of the country.

Posted in Protests @ 13 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nation is in worst condition since 1945, says Megawati Deploring the growing climate of violence in the country, Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri on Friday said that the country currently found itself in its worst state since independence in 1945. "We are now going through the worst times we have experienced in the last 56 years," Megawati said while addressing a ceremony marking the start of National Press Day and the 55th anniversary of the Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) at the Surakarta Press Monument.

Posted in General @ 10 February 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapis rumblings a sobering forewarning Mount Merapi's return to activity in recent weeks is much more than a natural phenomenon for many Javanese. For them, viewing Merapi as part of a trio of sacred kingdoms in Central Java, it is a sobering warning that all is not well with the country.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bunker search leads police to drill into Tommy's home Using drills and jack hammers until late on Monday night, the police were still trying to open an alleged underground bunker below the residence of fugitive Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, despite President Abdurrahman Wahid's claim that Tommy was hiding in a former general's house. "We need special equipment to continue drilling into the floor of Tommy's fitness center. We have gone a little beyond 20 centimeters, and we'll keep on going until we reach it," Comr. Rycko Amelza Daniel of the City Police Detectives unit told The Jakarta Post on Monday night.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soeharto trial venue rocked The South Jakarta District Court is due to begin the long- awaited trial of former president Soeharto on Thursday amid more uncertainty following an explosion adjacent to the trial venue late on Wednesday night. A parked yellow Koantas Bima city bus was left mangled by the explosion. No casualties were reported and there was also little damage to surrounding buildings. The bus was parked in front of the Mitra Karya auto repair shop on Jl. Taman Marga Satwa, South Jakarta, about 300 meters across the street from the Ministry of Agriculture compound, where the trial will be held.

Posted in General @ 31 August 2000 16:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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