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Indonesia expects coffee exports to reach US$1.4 billion Indonesia expects its coffee exports to increase to US$1.4 billion until the end of this year although exports were recorded at only US$333 million in the first semester.

Posted in Economy @ 14 August 2014 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military to have Apache combat helicopters The Indonesian army will be strengthened with 8 units of AH-64 Apache AH-64 combat helicopter, Army Chief of Staff General Budiman said. The helicopters would be delivered by phases starting next year until 2017, Budiman said here on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 24 January 2014 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Accident at Redjosari sugar plant kills five workers Five workers lost their lives in an accident at Redjosari Sugar Plant, belonging to PT Perkebunan Nusantara XI in Magetan, East Java, on Sunday, according to witnesses. The accident happened after a sugar evaporation kettle in the factory broke down on Sunday (Sept 15), said Siswoyo, one of family members of a victim on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 September 2013 23:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Soekarno Hatta airport railway to be operational in 2015' Railway company PT.Railink said railway link between Jakarta`s Manggarai station and Soekarno Hatta airport will be operational in 2015. The airport railway will have 10 trains or 60 carriages, M.N.Fadhila, the Railink president said.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 04 September 2013 22:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal drugs cause Rp57 trillion loss to Indonesia Official from the National Anti-Narcotics Body (BNN) Mariani said illegal drug use is to cause Rp57 Trillion loss to Indonesia this year which is an increase if compared to 2008`s number of Rp25 Trillion.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 July 2013 20:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Second largest dam in the country under construction Expected to start operation in April 2014, the Jatigede dam in Sumedang District, West Java, will be the second largest in Indonesia. Currently the Jatiluhur dam in Purwakarta district, also in West Java, is the largest reservoir in the country.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2013 14:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNN: 'Number of drug users in Indonesia predicted to grow' It is predicted that the number of drug users in Indonesia will increase from 3.8 million in 2011 (2.2 percent of total 240 million population) to 4.58 million in 2013, Anti-Narcotics Body (BNN) chairman Comr. Gen. Anang Iskandar said.

Posted in Drugs @ 20 February 2013 22:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US $1.56 billion for modernization Indonesian Army The Indonesian Army will have Rp14 trillion (US$1.56 billion) to buy its main equipment of weapons system this year. "That is the amount approved by the House of Representatives for the army to buy new weapons," Army Chief of Staff General Pramono Edhie Wibowo said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Military @ 13 February 2013 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for electric-powered public transport President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for the development of electric-powered public transport to improve the nation`s transportation system, according to Research and Technology Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta.

Posted in General @ 03 January 2013 17:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Regional heads urged to protect rice fields Indonesia`s district heads have been called to protect rice fields to support national rice production.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2012 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Unemployment among university graduates increasing Indonesian Manpower Minister Muhaimin Iskandar has expressed concern due to the increasing number of unemployed university graduates in the country.

Posted in Economy @ 01 December 2012 20:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali connected to Java power grid before 2013 The National News Agency Antara reports that the State Power Board PT PLN is targeting that new sub-ocean high power connections between Bali and near-by Nusa Lembongan will be in operation by the end of 2012.

Posted in Power supply @ 22 October 2012 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NU: 'Disappointment by Supreme Court ruling drug convict' An Islamic leader has expressed disappointment over the Supreme Court`s decision to revoke the death penalty for the convicted owner of a narcotic drug factory, Hengky Gunawan.

Posted in Religion @ 04 October 2012 23:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali self-suffucient in rice and soybeans The State News Agency Antara  reports that Bali is secure in terms of food security and not threatened by continuing drought conditions in many part of Indonesia. Ida Bagus Wisnuardana, head of the food crop division for Bali, confirms that Bali has adequate sufficiencies of rice and soybeans.

Posted in General @ 18 September 2012 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian legislator opposes import of Israel fruits A legislator has strongly criticized the importation of dates and shantang oranges fruits from Israel, saying the income from such trade aids Israel`s continued occupation of Palestine.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 09 August 2012 21:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Complete investigation into Sukhoi crash could take a year The Head of the National Committee of Transportation Safety (KNKT)`s Investigation Field, Masruri, said it would take about 12 months to complete a thorough investigation into the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100) plane crash.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 May 2012 16:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia promoting nuclear power plant in Bangka The government continued campaigning about the benefits and security of a nuclear power plant among the population of Bangka island in the Sumatran province of Bangka-Belitung.

Posted in Power supply @ 21 April 2012 15:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 70% of all alcohol sales on Bali illegal Radar Bali reports that 70% of the alcoholic beverages sold on the island are illegal. The value of illegal liquor sold on the island is estimated to account to sales of Rp. 1 billion per day or Rp. 360 billion (US$40 million) per year.

Posted in Crime @ 16 April 2012 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects presence of nuclear weapons Indonesia will voice its firm rejection of the production and deployment of nuclear weapons during the nuclear security summit here on March 26-27, a presidential spokesman said.

Posted in Military @ 27 March 2012 04:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Six volcanoes on high alert, but no direct danger Despite increasing activity at six volcanoes across the country, the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) says there is no need to evacuate residents for now.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 October 2011 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupts four times Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupted four times on Tuesday after increasing its volcanic activity during the past week, officials said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 September 2011 00:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Poisonous gasses from Mount Papandayan crater Indonesian authorities have warned people to keep a distance of at least two kilometers from the twin craters of Mount Papandayan in West Java province. The volcano is on high alert, a status three out of four, because of increased activity of the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 August 2011 11:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poor Indonesians use 70 percent of income on cigarettes Seventy percent of poor Indonesian's income is spent on cigarettes, according to an investigation released on Wednesday.

Posted in Health @ 28 July 2011 06:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia: Over 2,000 evacuated in Mount Lokon eruption Over 2,000 people have been displaced in the latest eruption from Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, officials said Wednesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 July 2011 17:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupts, disrupts air traffic network Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, on Monday erupted, officials said, who also warned air traffic networks.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 July 2011 02:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boskalis gets contract for Indonesian submarine power cables Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has signed a contract with Samsung for the construction of a cable laying ship. The vessel will have a length of over 100 meters and a loading capacity of 5.000 tons. It is expected that the vessel will be delivered in the second half of 2012. Royal Boskalis Westminster B.V. has also won a contract with a value of 20 million euro for two submarine cables between the island of Java and Bali in Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 25 May 2011 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sends troops to free hostages from Somali pirates Indonesia's National Defense Forces (TNI) on Friday announced that it had deployed troops to rescue the 20 nationals that were captured by Somali pirates last month.

Posted in Military @ 16 April 2011 01:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police seize two million illegal porn videos in Jakarta More than two million illegal pornographic videos were recently seized by Indonesian authorities in Jakarta, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Crime @ 22 December 2010 09:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nestle to invest $100 million in new Indonesian factory Nestle S.A. on Thursday announced that it is planning to invest $100 million to open a new factory in Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 09 December 2010 14:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau shakes and moans The Mount Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait between the islands Java and Sumatra is producing heavy sounds and tremors inside it's belly. The sounds and tremors are also getting increasingly more regular, according to the head of the observation post for the volcano in Cinangka, Serang district, in the province of Banten.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 November 2010 01:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


FPI gets to keep a grave as reward for murder He was most probably completely absent-minded when he decided that the grave of some dead descendant of Muhammad in Koja, northern Jakarta, should become a national historic monument. Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo made this decision less than 24 hours after a bloody riot between civil police and members of the radical islamic FPI ('Front Pembela Islam', Islamic Defenders' Front) yesterday.

Posted in Religion @ 15 April 2010 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death penalty for three convicted Dutchmen approaching The death penalty that is being prepared against three Dutchmen in Indonesia is currently negotiated about at a high diplomatic level. For one of the three men a review has been submitted a short while ago. The other two will have their reviews submitted in a short period of time as well.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 February 2010 01:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


It is really quiet in the rice fields If you have already made the trip to the rice fields you will notice that it is extremely quiet here when you take a break yourself. Some people are most likely working somewhere nearby, but they are only producing sounds that are not overstemming more natural sounds, as long as they don't use a chainsaw to cut down an old coconut-tree that is.

Posted in Travel @ 11 December 2009 14:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


12 hours per day without power nothing special as well Earlier today there was a blog item about the fact that some 7.500 villages all over Indonesia's most remote islands did not have power supply from the state power company PLN. But it can be much worse than that. In the civilized world that we call Riau, in Southern Sumatra at just a stones' throw away from the Indonesian capital Jakarta, they do have power lines, but no power.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 July 2009 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Activity of Mount Slamet still increases The volcanic activity of the Mount Slamet volcano keeps on increasing. Where there were first some hundred tremors a day which lasted between 20 and 95 seconds, now the volcano also emits molten rock up to heights of 900 meters from the peak of the volcano. The volcano has now released lava some 80 times. The eruptions that occurred today were much bigger than those recorded yesterday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 April 2009 04:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourist arrivals approach record territory The foreign arrivals figures to Bali covering the first six months of 2008 are now in. Month-after-month of record breaking arrival totals support the increasingly popular view that 2008 will see 2 million plus foreign tourists pass through Bali's International airport - the first time Bali has penetrated the 2 million barrier.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 August 2008 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Dutch prisoners to be executed by firing squad Two Dutch prisoners are threatened to be executed by a firing squad because they have been sentenced to death for producing ecstasy. According to their Dutch lawyer Bart Stapert the Dutch government is not taking enough action to prevent the capital punishments from being executed any time soon.

Posted in Drugs @ 09 April 2008 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jemaah Islamiyah’s publishing industry The Indonesian government should more closely monitor publishers associated with Indonesia’s most prominent extremist organisation, Jemaah Islamiyah (JI).

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 March 2008 11:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seizes 3.4 million euro worth of ecstasy Indonesian authorities have seized ecstasy tablets with an estimated value of 3.4 million euro. Five people - among them were two Malaysians - were also arrested during raids in several locations of Jakarta. About half a million pills were confiscated from several apartments in Jakarta, told Indradi Thanos, the director of the narcotics department from the national police.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 November 2007 12:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seeks payment for saving tropical forests The Indonesian government will advance a bold proposal to preserve tropical forests at the coming United Nations Framework on Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) to be held in Bali December 3-14, 2007.

Posted in Environment @ 15 October 2007 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Nine get death penalty for producing ecstasy in Indonesia Indonesia's Supreme Court sentenced nine men, including Chinese, French and Dutch nationals, to death Tuesday for producing millions of pills of the illegal recreational drug Ecstasy. The punishment for the foreigners was harsher than that rendered by a lower court last year which had ordered the execution of just the two alleged Indonesian ringleaders.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 May 2007 09:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia accused of risking flu fight Public health experts have warned that an exclusive H5N1 vaccine deal Indonesia has struck with a pharmaceutical company may jeopardise the world's access to a pandemic vaccine, if the country becomes the epicentre of a global outbreak. Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding with US drug manufacturer Baxter Healthcare to develop a human bird flu vaccine.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 February 2007 01:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia may curb exports of crude palm oil Indonesia, the world's second largest palm oil grower, may curb unprocessed exports of the commodity to encourage the development of local refining, an official at the Trade Ministry said. Curbing overseas sales of crude palm oil (CPO) is among the options that will be discussed at a meeting on January 22, Agus Tjahyono, agricultural exports director, said in an interview yesterday. "There are lots of options besides taxes to discourage exports," Tjahyono said. "We can impose regulations."

Posted in Economy @ 20 January 2007 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Steel smuggled into Indonesia reaches US$1 bln per year About one billion US dollar worth of steel products which could have been produced at home is smuggled into Indonesia annually, Director General for Metal Textile Machine Industry Anshari Bukhari said in Bogor, West Java, on Sunday. He said that the government learnt the illegal import of steel after they saw the difference of data on the import of steel at the Central Burea of Statistics (BPS) and on export of the products to Indonesia by producing countries.

Posted in Economy @ 26 November 2006 09:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exxon stands firm on Natuna contract Despite uncertainty over its contract, giant oil and gas company ExxonMobil has expressed optimism that it will start developing the D-Alpha gas field in the Natuna Sea in 2008. "The contract is still valid and stands as it is. There have been no official talks about the contract being revised, let alone terminated," Peter J. Coleman, the company's president and general manager for Indonesia, told the press in Jakarta on Thursday evening.

Posted in General @ 13 October 2006 13:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu found in pigs in Bali The H5N1 bird flu virus has infected pigs on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, a senior agriculture ministry official said on Monday. "There were two pigs that were infected by bird flu in Bali. These were old cases that happened last July," Musni Suatmodjo, agriculture ministry director of animal health, told Reuters.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 October 2006 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, China lift import duty on cocoa, chili powder Indonesia and China agreed to lift import duty on cocoa and chili powder, in a bid to increase trade volume of the two countries, a leadingnewspaper reported Saturday. Indonesia will reduce import tariff on chili powder from China from ten percent to zero percent and China will decrease import duty on cocoa from Indonesia from 15 percent to zero percent, the Kompas daily report says.

Posted in Economy @ 07 October 2006 15:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze brings misery, health problems in Indonesia Thick smoke from bush and forest fires in Indonesia has forced schools to close and brought misery to residents, officials said on Friday, with no sign of firefighters in one hard-hit area. A vast blanket of smoke, or haze as it is known locally, occurs every year in Indonesia, angering neighbours Singapore and Malaysia who have long demanded Jakarta do more to stop the dry-season fires being lit by farmers and big companies.

Posted in Forest fires @ 06 October 2006 14:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IMF, WB also responsible for forest destruction The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) are two institutions allegedly engaged in destroying the forests in Indonesia and in other developing countries. "The role of the IMF and WB is in the channeling of funds to companies engaged in investment without first studying the impact of the application of their policies," Greenpeace activist Red Costantino said in a meeting on "International People`s Forum Versus IMF and WB" here on Sunday.

Posted in Environment @ 18 September 2006 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Main Islamic group mulls ban on TV gossip programs Indonesia's largest Islamic movement, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), is considering issuing an edict that would ban Muslims from producing or watching popular television gossip shows, an NU official said Sunday. "It is still being debated and any final decision will have to be taken in a plenary later today," said Ali Machsan Musa, head of NU's East Java chapter.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2006 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy tests tolerance in Indonesia When Erwin Arnada, editor in chief of Playboy magazine in Indonesia, answered a summons at the police headquarters in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, he turned up smiling, behaved like a good citizen and, in turn, was treated politely during nearly six hours of questioning. The parrying, he recalled, went something like this:

Posted in Culture @ 26 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java earthquake death toll exceeds 6,000 people Relief workers found more bodies in Indonesia's earthquake-devastated central Java region, raising the death toll to 6,234 people in the worst natural disaster in the Southeast Asian nation since the 2004 tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 June 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi evacuees begin leaving camps as danger recedes Close to 2,500 people have left safety shelters as Indonesian authorities cut back the areas thought to be under threat from simmering Mount Merapi, officials said Monday. After evaluating the volcano's activities in the past week, the Vulcanology office in Yogyakarta has reduced the areas considered as danger zones.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 May 2006 06:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina, ExxonMobil reach Cepu deal State oil and gas firm PT Pertamina and U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil Corp. announced Monday they had finally reached an agreement to jointly operate the Cepu oil block, ending a protracted four-year dispute. Under the agreement, expected to be officially signed on Wednesday, Pertamina and ExxonMobil will form a joint-operating organization, to be known as Cepu Organization, that will run the oil-and-gas-rich block under a 30-year production-sharing contract with the government, they said in a press release.

Posted in Economy @ 14 March 2006 08:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Details still fuzzy on changes to porn bill Following a visit by legislators to Bali, Batam and Papua to gauge public opinion on the pornography bill, it's still a guessing game whether there will be major changes to the controversial bill. While House of Representatives special committee chairman Balkan Kaplale promised people in Batam there would be major changes to the draft of the bill, legislator Rustam E. Tamburaka said in Bali that "there may be some exceptions in the bill for Bali and Papua".

Posted in Politics @ 06 March 2006 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to up Tamiflu stockpile to 12 million Concerned about the increase in the number of bird flu fatalities among people, the government promised Saturday that it would distribute 12 million Tamiflu tablets to affected provinces. Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said by the end of this month, the government would import 1.5 million tablets to increase its national stockpile, which currently stands at 16,000 tablets.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 05 March 2006 09:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Locals grow crops in protected Kendari forest "Don't just blame us for stripping the forest -- first take a look at what local people have done to conserve it," said Haji Naim, 58, one of a group of farmers standing at the foot of the hilly Murhum Forest Park in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. Along with the others, Haji is cultivating crops in the protected forest park -- part of what he calls an "agroforestry" system.

Posted in Environment @ 22 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asian Muslims vow new cartoon protests as anger spreads Asian Muslims angered by cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed called new protests after prayers on Friday as dozens of protesters stormed a block housing the Danish embassy in the Indonesian capital. Afghanistan's president and the governments of Pakistan and Indonesia have all condemned the publication of the drawings in Denmark and then in other European newspapers.

Posted in Protests @ 03 February 2006 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 176 reactions


Pertamina, ExxonMobil to sign Cepu deal this month State oil-and-gas firm PT Pertamina and ExxonMobil Oil Indonesia Inc will sign this month a joint operation agreement (JOA) for the development of the Cepu block, Pertamina president Widya Purnama said. 'The deal for a joint operation agreement with ExxonMobil for Cepu will be definitely completed this month,' Purnama said.

Posted in Economy @ 05 December 2005 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Idul Fitri 'losing its color' in Jakarta The fasting month of Ramadhan and Idul Fitri celebrations in Jakarta have lost much of their colorful cultural traditions, a senior citizen says. Republika daily newspaper writer Alwi Shahab remembers that Idul Fitri Eve in the 1940s and 1950s was a special time for Betawi (native Jakarta) women. Unlike on ordinary days, they were allowed to spend the evening outside their houses, tasked with buying flowers for the Lebaran decorations, Alwi said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 03 November 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Pertamina: up to US$1.5b needed for fuel imports this month State oil and gas firm PT Pertamina needs 1.3-1.5 bln usd for fuel imports within the next 10 days to replenish national fuel stock levels following higher than expected consumption this month, Pertamina's president Widya Purnama said. Purnama said national fuel stock level has dropped to cover only 17.5 days of nationwide consumption against the normal level of 20 to 21 days.

Posted in Economy @ 20 June 2005 13:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Koninginnedag and 'Kantjil 2 go' Sometimes, just sometimes when I'm walking around, having a cold drink on a nice Dutch spring day, I have the feeling that I'm on holiday. One of those days was just barely a week ago, when I was on my way to Amsterdam. I'm going there a few times a year to meet with friends or my travel agent, but this time they would be stuck in traffic elsewhere in the city or, in case of the travel agent, they would be closed. Ooh well, what's the deal then? It was 'Koninginnedag', or Queens day. Every 30th April the birthday of former queen Juliana is celebrated. Queen Beatrix, the current queen, didn't want to change that date to her own birthday to honour her, and so it happened that every 30th April is a national holiday with celebrations virtually everywhere. Cities, towns and villages have their own live bands playing on their squares and the biggest cities have one day of local markets on which everyone is - almost - free to sell what they want.

Posted in Travel @ 05 May 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to launch tender for 22 oil and gas blocks this month The government plans to launch the tender for 22 oil and gas blocks in the third week of this month following an earlier delay, Koran Tempo reported, quoting an official at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. It quoted the ministry's director for exploration Novian Thayib as saying that the tender will include two producing oil and gas blocks whose contracts have expired.

Posted in Economy @ 04 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to build nuclear reactor Indonesian authorities have given the go-ahead to build the country's first nuclear power plant on the densely-populated island of Java, with the aim of producing electricity by 2016.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 18 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Heineken to brew beer in Indonesia Dutch brewer Heineken plans to start producing beer in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, in a bid to tap the premium segment of the market, its local partner said on Thursday. Indonesia, where beer consumption has been hit by weak purchasing power and fewer foreign tourists due to a string of terror attacks, has a per capita consumption of 0.6 litres a year - the size of one standard local Heineken bottle - lower than Malaysia's 10 litres and China's 18 litres.

Posted in Economy @ 17 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Just outside Sengkang we brought a visit to some houses with traditional weaving installations under their house. In this way they are protected from the sun’s direct heat and they are working close to home. It’s nice to see the fabrics being produced in front of your nose, too bad it’s nothing for me to buy something like it. If you ever want to buy something like it, you can choose from all kinds of natural dyes. If you which they can put real gold in it as well. Everything is for sale, however the people producing it, do wear it themselves as well.

Posted in Travel @ 13 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina cash flow critical, but fuel problems resolved State oil and gas firm PT Pertamina said the fuel supply problems that have been affecting some areas of the country were due to technical problems rather than low fuel stocks. The company gave assurances that national fuel stocks were sufficient and that the supply problems had been resolved. "There is no fuel shortage at present. The latest problem, which occurred two weeks ago and affected a few areas, is due to technical problems," Hanung Budya Yukyanta, the company's spokesman, told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 06 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No reason to panic just yet, says KPU The General Elections Commission (KPU) admitted on Monday that some delays had occurred in the delivery of election materials, but it remained convinced that everything was under control. KPU chairman Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin said after a plenary meeting the printing of 320 million ballot papers for the election of House of Representatives (DPR) and Regional Representatives Council (DPD) members was 98-percent finished.

Posted in Elections @ 19 March 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN to add 5000 MW new power capacity by 2010 Indonesia's state-owned PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara, or PLN, is looking to add 5,000 megawatts of new generating capacity to Indonesia's power network by 2010, according to Ulysses Simanjuntak, senior officer at PLN's commerce and finance division.

Posted in Power supply @ 12 February 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


There are no actual proof in the existence of ghosts. When approaching claims made by people who have seen ghosts, we should approach those claims with skepticism. Before we accept those claims to be true, we should consider every single aspect of those claims from every different angle until there's no room for doubts, which in this case, is unlikely.

Posted in Culture @ 23 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BRI has people queuing If there remains a lack of confidence in Indonesia’s economy, no-one told the “huge crowd” that queued for a slice of the initial public offering of Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) on Thursday (23/10/03). The Jakarta Post noted that very little noise has been made about the float, but word has clearly got around that, of all the banks on the market, this is the one that is producing the goods.

Posted in General @ 27 October 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Indonesia to import 2.3m tons rice, sugar this year' Once hailed as a self-sufficient rice producing country, Indonesia this year has to import 2.3 million tons of rice, says a top official. Speaking in the cool mountain resort of Ambarawa in Central Java, Minister for the Economy Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti said that domestic production had failed to match the demand arising from population growth. Indonesia achieved self-sufficiency in primary food commodities in 1983.

Posted in Economy @ 25 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel subsidies have long been a thorny problem for various Indonesian governments. Attempts to reduce the level of these subsidies by increasing domestic fuel prices have often been met by protests, forcing the price hike to be reversed. In January 2003, the government again tried to increase fuel prices, and was again forced to back down by public protests. In this article , Dr. Bachrawi Sanusi takes an indepth look at the issue:

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


Indonesia to relaunch power projects The Indonesian government is to relaunch Wednesday the development of 26 power projects that were halted in late 1997 by an economic and monetary crisis, senior government officials said Monday, the Kyodo News Service reported. A dispute with Karaha Bodas Co. of the United States still needs to be settled, but renegotiations with most independent power producers are already complete.

Posted in Power supply @ 09 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court: Death to ecstasy maker An Indonesia court on Monday sentenced a Dutch citizen to death for operating what police say was one of the biggest ecstasy factories in Southeast Asia. Judge M. Hatta Ali found Ang Kiem Soei, a Dutch citizen of Chinese descent, guilty of producing and selling illegal drugs.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 January 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: Nike, Adidas Factories Still Sweatshops Sportswear giants Nike Inc. and Adidas-Salomon have taken steps to shed their sweatshop image in Indonesia but employees are still overworked and underpaid, a leading aid agency said. Australia-based Oxfam Community Aid Abroad released a report Thursday saying the rival companies had responded to international pressure from rights groups and aid agencies to improve working conditions, but had not done enough.

Posted in Economy @ 07 March 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The city administration's target to flood Jakarta streets with 14,500 kancil vehicles in the next three months, to replace the noisy, polluting bajaj, would not materialize as the company tasked to produce Kancil would only be able to assemble 250 Kancil vehicles in the next three months. The marketing director of automotive firm PT. Kurnia Abadi Niaga Citra Indah Lestari (Kancil), Kresna D. Abednegoro, said on Thursday that the company would only be able to supply 1,000 locally-made kancils by the end of this year.

Posted in Politics @ 08 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From his grief-gouged eyes to the way he presses his hands together to stop them from shaking, it's clear that if Syamsudin Noor makes it through the next few weeks, he is still a dead man inside. Syamsudin has pushed through a crowd of fellow refugees to tell his story, describing in patient detail how a visitation of almost unimaginable brutality destroyed his remote village of Sangai in Indonesia's Kalimantan province. "All my children, my grandchildren were killed," he mourns. "They cut off their heads and then cut them up and took them away to eat. There were a lot of Madurese in Sangai. Now 95% of us are dead."

Posted in Violence @ 10 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert warns of high cost of subway A overseas expert warned on Tuesday of the price the city would have to pay for its Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) or subway system, saying the project would be barely feasible. Director for International Affairs at Japan's Teito Rapid Transit Authority (TRTA) Kunio Kawakami told a seminar on the Indonesian railway system here that there were only a few subway systems worldwide whose operating income exceeded operating costs.

Posted in General @ 07 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RI to retain 40,000 tons of coffee to prop up prices Indonesia plans to retain up to 40,000 tons of coffee until August this year as part of its commitment to prop up falling coffee prices in the world, Minister of Agriculture Bungaran Saragih said on Monday. The minister said that the decision to join the coffee retention program initiated by the Association of Coffee Producing Countries (ACPC) last year was taken in October, 2000.

Posted in Economy @ 23 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt addresses expatriate taxation concerns The Directorate General of Taxation has insisted that expatriates in Indonesia have to register with local tax offices and file tax returns in line with the a new income tax law that will come into force in January but assured them of a smooth implementation of the ruling. The ruling was reaffirmed by Director General of Taxation Machfud Sidik and other senior tax officers at a meeting with tax consultants and representatives of foreign chambers of commerce here last week.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police shift blame for Glodok raid Top police officers blamed each other on Sunday for the botched raid on sellers of illegal Video Compact Discs (VCDs) in Glodok on Saturday which triggered widespread rioting in the West Jakarta commercial district. "The National Police Headquarters did not inform the city police about the planned VCD raid. Our operational and control forces were taken by surprise, when they heard about the raid," Jakarta Police chief Maj. Gen. Nurfaizi said after a coordination meeting with the capital's five precinct chiefs at city police headquarters.

Posted in Violence @ 15 May 2000 10:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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