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Indonesian minister to crack down upon illegal fishing Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has vowed to step up efforts to curb illegal fishing in Indonesian waters, which has caused losses worth trillions of rupiah to the state and disadvantaged traditional fishermen.

Posted in Economy @ 03 November 2014 16:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi inaugurated as Indonesia`s new president Indonesia officially declared Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and M. Jusuf Kalla as its new president and vice president, respectively on Monday. The declaration was made following their swearing in as the countrys new leaders for the 2015-2019 term in a plenary meeting of the Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR) broadcast live by various national television stations.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2014 20:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sampang conflict settlement needs courage Courage is required to settle a religious conflict in Sampang, Madura, East Java province, said Waluyo, a senior official at the Social Affairs Ministry. Two Muslim siblings, Tajul Muluk and Roisul Hukama, began to fight, which resulted in a religious conflict in the area. We have to find a solution, he said on Tuesday.

Posted in Violence @ 01 January 2013 16:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Yogyakarta`s privileges reflect respect of state' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stated that Law No.13/2012 on Yogyakarta`s Special Status reflects the state`s respect for the unique powers of the Yogyakarta local government.

Posted in Politics @ 10 October 2012 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


High urbanization levels in cities can boost crime rate High urbanization can lead to an increase in the crime rate of big cities like Jakarta, sociologist Musni Umar of the National University said on Wednesday.

Posted in Crime @ 22 August 2012 19:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Indonesia to raise civil servants` salaries by 7%' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government would increase the basic salaries of civil servants, military and police personnel by seven percent in 2013.

Posted in Economy @ 16 August 2012 22:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia resolves to be leading nation by 2045 President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that Indonesia is determined to become a world leader by 2045.

Posted in Economy @ 16 August 2012 18:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'May Day must be observed orderly' Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar called on the public on Sunday to observe the May Day on May 1 orderly and peacefully.

Posted in Protests @ 29 April 2012 19:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to reduce poverty rate to 4 or 5 percent by 2025 The government of Indonesia on Friday said it plans to reduce its nationwide poverty rate down to four or five percent in less than 15 years, local media reported.

Posted in Economy @ 25 February 2012 01:51 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Confirmation of fuel price hikes to be released tomorrow The Minister of Finance in Indonesia, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, has informed that the prices of fuel are about to rise with some 28.7 percent. The new prices are most likely to be announced tomorrow afternoon after the handouts of the direct cash aid to poor families. The prices will most likely be as following: regular petrol (premium) Rp. 6.000, up from Rp. 4.500, diesel (solar) Rp. 5.500, up from Rp. 4.300 and cooking oil will become Rp. 2.500, up from Rp. 2.000.

Posted in Economy @ 22 May 2008 08:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bush faces rising anti-U.S. sentiment in predominantly Muslim Indonesia A politically weakened U.S. President George W. Bush will face anger over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when he visits mostly Muslim Indonesia on Monday for talks aimed at broadening ties with a strategic ally in the war on terror. Islamic groups have vowed to disrupt Bush's brief stop in the country, which is also seen in Washington as a key counterbalance to China's emerging economic and military might in Southeast Asia.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 November 2006 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two major projects to improve ICT infrastructure Indonesia is undertaking two major projects to improve its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure, an Indonesian official said here Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 19 April 2006 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia plans new cartoons protest Thousands of Muslim protesters are scheduled to march on the Danish Embassy in Indonesia to protest against drawings of the prophet Mohammed that have ignited Islamic anger around the world. "We will condemn the publications of the cartoons," said Dedi Supriyadi, from the Justice and Prosperity Party, the Islamist political party organising the protest.

Posted in Protests @ 06 February 2006 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Muslims, minorities and the state in Indonesia Indonesian Islam will remain moderate and tolerant by and large, but problems and challenges will continue to exist. The future of Indonesia depends on the ways in which the government and various Muslim groups actually act in public life. While violence, discrimination, and grievances are still felt among the minorities, especially non-Muslims, the Muslim majority continue maintaining the tolerant, moderate character of the country. A small number of hard-liners and terrorists will be disproportionately influential, but the tolerant, moderate majority and the government will not be silent.

Posted in Religion @ 30 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto returns home Former Indonesian President Suharto has returned home less than a week after he was taken to hospital suffering from internal bleeding. Looking pale but relieved, he was wheeled out of Jakarta's Pertamina Hospital at 5pm local time (1000GMT).

Posted in Human rights @ 11 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia-Africa leaders pay nostalgic Indonesian visit Leaders of nations from South Africa to North Korea came to this former Dutch colonial hill station on Sunday to honor political pioneers who set the stage for the Non-Aligned Movement 50 years ago. Arriving from Jakarta in a fleet of jetliners, leaders and representatives of some 100 countries retraced the steps taken by the heads of 29 Asian and African governments who met here in 1955 to seek a path apart from the Soviet and U.S. sides of the Cold War divide.

Posted in Politics @ 24 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tourism won't benefit from visa policy It is welcoming news to see that our new State Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik is looking at extending the number of countries whose tourists will be eligible for a visa on arrival, albeit a visa that costs US$25 and is only valid for 30 days. Jero says he is undertaking a survey of major entry points to see what needs to be done to improve the performance of Indonesia's queue-up-and-pay visa policy.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati tells Indonesia to accept poll result A tearful President Megawati Sukarnoputri has told Indonesians to accept the result of the country's landmark leadership ballot, but has not explicitly conceded defeat to her former security chief. Megawati's team has threatened to challenge the vote count from some areas, putting winner Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a bind and risking what could have been an orderly end to Indonesia's first direct presidential election.

Posted in Elections @ 05 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fast-growing Islamic party backs Bambang Presidential front runner Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won support from an increasingly popular Islamic party in his first formal political deal as a survey showed he had widened his lead over incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri. The Justice and Prosperity Party - which will be the sixth-biggest party with 45 seats in the next parliament - became the first yesterday to declare its support for him in next month's run-off election.

Posted in Elections @ 27 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar vows not yo repeat Suharto-era blunders The chairman of Indonesia's former ruling Golkar party has promised not to repeat the mistakes it made as former dictator, Suharto's political vehicle. Akbar Tandjung, who is also parliamentary speaker and a presidential-hopeful, insists that his party is committed to reform. The party has been using the economic stability of the Suharto-era as a ticket to garner more votes. As Indonesians go to the polls in legislative elections on Monday, April 5th, analysts are saying that voters are now concerned with electing a party that can bring about economic prosperity.

Posted in Elections @ 13 April 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Free election marks crossroads for Indonesia Six years into the uncertainties of multiparty democracy, Indonesians are electing a new legislature Monday after a campaign shadowed by nostalgia for two former authoritarian rulers -- one dead, the other disgraced. President Megawati Sukarnoputri's government is struggling with economic weakness, secessionist rebellions and the emergence of Muslim terrorists. But there is little debate on economic policy or Muslim extremism, critical though these issues are to this sprawling country of 210 million people scattered across 17,000 islands.

Posted in Elections @ 04 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim party draws biggest election crowd A conservative Muslim party has drawn the biggest crowd yet in Indonesia's parliamentary election campaign, as an estimated 100,000-plus supporters massed at a Jakarta stadium on Tuesday to hear its anti-corruption message. Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) leader Hidayat Nur Wahid, wearing a white Muslim shirt, black pants and white Muslim cap, told an enthusiastic crowd the PKS would "fight for every level of society's prosperity, and the strategy is by eradicating corruption".

Posted in Elections @ 30 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto tops world corruption league Former dictator Suharto has topped a list of the world's most corrupt politicians over the past two decades. The list is part of Transparency International's new Global Corruption Report 2004, which charts the flow of stolen assets, recommends ways to recover money looted by despots, and sets out new standards on political finance and favors. Transparency International says Suharto stole about $15 billion to $35 billion during his 32 years of rule in a country where the Gross Domestic Product per capita hovers at around $700.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 March 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


General runs for President in Indonesia As he flew over the coal mines and shrimp farms that dot Indonesia's part of Borneo island, a smiling Gen. Wiranto couldn't contain himself. ``Did you see how they touched me?'' he said. ``It was as if I was Michael Jackson and they were my fans.'' Wiranto had come from a campaign rally in this gritty industrial town 750 miles northeast of Jakarta, where supporters jostled to touch him and chanted ``Long live Wiranto.''

Posted in Elections @ 11 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Royal message to Indonesia His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send a congratulatory message to President Megawati Sukarnoputri, President of the Republic of Indonesia on the occasion of the 58th Independence Day anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia.

Posted in Politics @ 17 August 2003 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


It's the road from nowhere, but it's surprisingly busy. Mafalda Florindo and Isabella Antonine walk along it, smiling betel-stained grins as they talk about cloth they had just bought for a good price. A little farther, Alicin Soares, a rice grower, maneuvers his truck along the dusty track. His vehicle is filled with people, some of them smoking, and five jerricans of gasoline. Later Antonio Serrano arrives in a van filled with Coke and Fanta, 50 cases in all, to be sold at a tidy profit of $1 a case. He does the trip every day.

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


Indonesia starting to gain from reforms Indonesia is beginning to reap the benefits of its economic reforms, Trade Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said here Tuesday, urging investors not to be distracted by violence wracking the country. In a briefing to business leaders, Pandjaitan said Indonesia had revised its growth forecasts upwards, as the benefits of reforms undertaken after the 1997 Asian financial crisis began to kick in.

Posted in General @ 16 January 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amien gives new Cabinet 90 days People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Amien Rais said the new Cabinet had three months to prove it could cope with the various challenges the nation is facing. "If the Cabinet fails to perform well, the House of Representatives (DPR) may take steps," he told reporters on Saturday after a meeting with the heads of regional branches of the National Mandate Party (PAN) across East Java.

Posted in Politics @ 28 August 2000 16:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The prosperous, tree-lined streets of Bandung hearken back to an era earlier this century when the city was known as the Paris of Java. Dutch colonial administrators at that time enlisted European architects and town planners to transform Bandung into an elegant holiday destination dotted with Art Deco buildings and other designs of the day. This heritage, along with cool mountain air, makes the city of 1.8 million people the envy of other large Indonesian centers. Hotels are packed with crowds fleeing Jakarta during weekends. "A lot of government big-shots like to come here and whoop it up," says Rus Edi, a taxi driver.

Posted in General @ 06 June 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government 'to get tough with Papuans' President Abdurrahman Wahid and Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Adm. Widodo A.S. have pledged to take stern measures against the Irianese for declaring independence, House of Representatives Speaker Akbar Tandjung said on Sunday. Speaking during a visit to Pangkalpinang, South Sumatra, Akbar said the House would support every means sought by the government to maintain the state's unity, Antara reported.

Posted in Violence @ 05 June 2000 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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