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President-elect Jokowi gains international recognition The newly elected Indonesian President Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has gained international recognition with congratulatory messages trickling in from leaders across the globe.

Posted in Elections @ 24 July 2014 18:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lake Toba officially declared as 'Toba Caldera Geopark' President Susilo Yudhoyono officially designated Lake Toba as Toba Caldera Geopark, in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, on Thursday. The confirmation of Toba Lake as a geopark is crucial in supporting Indonesia's plan to propose Lake Toba caldera geopark to be included in UNESCO's Geopark Global Network (GGN).

Posted in Environment @ 28 March 2014 15:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Maintenance Facility receives EU recognition Indonesia`s aircraft maintenance company, PT Garuda Maintenance Facility (GMF) AeroAsia, has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) recognition.

Posted in General @ 15 July 2013 18:56 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


UNESCO: 'Batur`s caldera part of global geopark network' The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared the caldera area of Mt Batur located in Kintamani district, Bali, as part of Global Geopark Network (GGN), a ministry official said here Thursday.

Posted in Environment @ 04 October 2012 23:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


10 Indonesian hotels win ASEAN Green Award Ten hotels operating in Indonesia have won ASEAN Green Hotel Recognition Award 2012 for applying environmentally friendly principles to their operations. Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Pangestu presented the award to representatives of the hotels here on Wednesday.

Posted in Tourism @ 14 January 2012 03:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll reaches 11 after floods, landslide in Central Java The death toll has risen to eleven after a flash flood and a landslide struck a small village in the Indonesian province of Central Java on Sunday, officials said on Tuesday.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 December 2011 03:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta wins best tourism province award The Jakarta provincial government has won The Best Province for Tourism Development award during the Indonesia Tourism Award (ITA) 2011 event.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 December 2011 03:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Saman dance to be nominated as UNESCO world heritage Aceh`s Saman dance is to be nominated for recognition as an intangible world cultural heritage at the 6th session of the UNESCO Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage being held here from November 22 to 29, 2011.

Posted in Culture @ 25 November 2011 01:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono receives UN disaster management award President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday received a United Nations award for his achievement in disaster management and risk reduction, the Antara news agency reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 11 May 2011 17:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai PM: Cambodian troops must leave border to solve dispute Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday said the border conflict cannot be solved if Cambodian troops remain at the ancient Preah Vihear temple, MCOT Online reported. "I think the problem lies in Cambodia's refusal to withdraw its troops from the disputed area around Preah Vihear temple," Vejjajiva said.

Posted in Politics @ 08 May 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thailand rejects Indonesian observers in disputed border area Thailand on Wednesday rejected allowing the entrance of Indonesian observers in the disputed area on the Thai-Cambodian border, the Bangkok Post reported.

Posted in Politics @ 23 March 2011 23:15 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 Merapi’s 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


At least 28 killed after Mount Merapi violently erupts One of Indonesia's most active volcanoes spewed out clouds of ash and jets of searing gas on Wednesday in an eruption that has killed at least 28 people and injured 14. Authorities have been trying to evacuate more than 11,000 villagers living on the slopes of the volcano, where many houses have been destroyed, the ruins lying covered in white ash.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 October 2010 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Nineteen 'local' religions request for recognition Said Aqil Siradj, the chief of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama, said Sunday that 19 "local" religions across the country have requested the government for recognition in addition to the six sanctioned religions; Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism.

Posted in Religion @ 20 September 2010 08:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Waterbirds in mangrove forests under threat The number of species and the populations of waterbirds in Muara Angke natural conservation area, North Jakarta, have decreased because of water pollution and human encroachment into the area, an environmental organization says.

Posted in Environment @ 05 February 2010 01:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UNESCO eyeing Bali for three new cultural heritage sites Beritabali.com says three areas in Bali are targeted for designation as "Cultural Heritage Areas" by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010. The three areas singled out for the recognition on the island are: the rice terraces of Jatiluwih near Tabanan; the Pakerisan river valley in Gianyar; and the "subak" or traditional water irrigation system at Taman Ayung in Badung.

Posted in Culture @ 24 December 2009 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo Island drops to 17th place in voting Komodo Island has slipped to the 17th place in the race for a place among the world’s new seven wonders of nature. Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik said Sunday concerns about security in the country might have caused the decline.

Posted in Environment @ 21 December 2009 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Release Papuan flag-raisers Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should exonerate three Papuan men convicted of rebellion on November 12, 2009, for raising a pro-independence flag, Human Rights Watch said today.

Posted in Protests @ 19 November 2009 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hopes on agreement on bird flu virus specimen Indonesia hopes negotiations on the material transfer agreement for bird flu virus specimen can be rounded up at the inter-governmental meeting of WHO members in November, health minister Siti Fadillah Supari said. Indonesia hopes the agreement can be kept simple but it has to able to accommodate the interests of the developing countries, Antara news agency on Friday quoted the minister as saying.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 05 September 2008 03:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Planes landing gear failed before crash Investigators that work on the crash of a Boeing 737-400 that burst into flames after skidding of he runway, said that it's front wheels broke off as is touched down. "We are trying to find out why the wheel broke," said investigator Marjdono Siswo Suwarno. Forensics struggled to identify the victims from Wednesday's accident on the airport of Yogyakarta, central Java. Many were burned beyond recognition.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 March 2007 00:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Writers fest highlights poverty and human rights Freedom and human rights are common themes which persist across international literary festivals around the world. The third annual Ubud Writers and Readers festival which closed last week was no exception. The five-day event featured workshops, seminars and panel discussions on topics ranging from the effects of globalization to understanding of Islam in the modern world.

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


Ceremony honours Bali blasts victims WHITE frangipani flowers and red rose petals were cast across Jimbaran Bay's gentle waves by weeping survivors of suicide bombs that ripped through its beachfront cafes a year ago. Twenty innocent people died in the blasts in the second attack on Bali by the terrorist network, Jemaah Islamiah. Yesterday morning 40 Australian survivors and victims' families joined about 50 local victims and dignitaries to commemorate the first anniversary.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 October 2006 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tries to save historic rack railway Indonesian tourism is synonymous with Bali - the jet-set crowd, European tourists and hippy backpackers flocking to the resort island to hit the beaches and health spas. But for travellers with more discriminating tastes, specifically a thirst for the country's railway history, an historic town on the main island of Java is the place to be.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2006 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt wants non-Muslims tried by Islamic court in Aceh The government insisted Tuesday that Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam should be tried by the planned Islamic Court in the predominantly Muslim province. State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra told the special committee deliberating a bill on the province's administration that non-Muslims accused of committing ordinary crimes, such as theft and adultery, would be tried under the sharia-inspired bylaws (qanun).

Posted in Religion @ 26 April 2006 21:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Young boy survives Mandala crash A 5-year-old boy given up for dead in a plane crash in Indonesia that killed 148 people has been found in a hospital and reunited with his parents. Investigators sifted Tuesday through the charred wreckage of the Mandala Airlines' Boeing 737-200, trying to determine why it slammed onto a crowded street in Indonesia's third-largest city, creating a path of destruction as it plowed into houses, cars, and pedestrians.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2005 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


Indonesia to bury plane crash victims Indonesia said it would hold a mass burial Wednesday for unidentified victims of a plane crash that killed 148 people, even as a 5-year-old boy given up for dead was found in a hospital and reunited with his parents. Investigators sifted through the charred wreckage of the Mandala Airlines' Boeing 737-200, trying to determine why it slammed onto a crowded street in Indonesia's third-largest city Monday, creating a path of destruction as it plowed into houses, cars, and pedestrians.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


An informed electorate could cost Megawati Heavyweight political parties have long held sway in Indonesia, but the emergence of a new breed of voter more likely to listen to the media or even mystics for guidance has robbed them of their former dominance, analysts say. Despite this shift from the days when parties extended influence into the lowest echelons of society, President Megawati Sukarnoputri has gambled on her credibility to win the backing of political titans ahead of September presidential polls.

Posted in Elections @ 24 August 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Election fever along with the inevitable campaigning essentially began as soon as the legislation was finalized by the House of Representatives (DPR) in mid-2003.

Posted in Politics @ 03 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: Jawa bus pileup kills 54 The death toll from a school bus crash reached 54 Thursday and police said they had launched a search for a truck driver accused of causing one of the country's worst road accidents this year. A bus full of high students was returning late Wednesday from a trip to Bali when a semi-trailer veered into its lane and crashed head-on into it, police said. A second truck then smashed into the back of the bus on the busy highway near Situbondo, some 800 kilometers (500 miles) east of Jakarta.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali explosions death toll rises to 190 The confirmed death toll from the devastating bomb blast in Bail has risen to 190, officials said here on Tuesday. The final toll could be much higher, as forensic scientists continue trying to match fragments of body parts, and several bodies were believed to have been reduced to ash by the intensity of the explosions and fire.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 October 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali death toll set to rise The number of people killed in the Bali terrorist bomb attack will far exceed the official death toll of 186, officials said on Friday. Many of the bodies recovered from Saturday's blast and the ensuing fire that completely destroyed the Sari Club and Padi bar in the Indonesian island's central Kuta district were charred beyond recognition or blown to pieces.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 October 2002 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A new World Bank report says that as many as 120 million Indonesians are either living in abject poverty or are staring poverty in the face. But does any one really care? You would be forgiven for thinking that the nation's political elite are either ignorant or simply cannot be bothered with the issue. Poverty was hardly mentioned in the recently concluded meeting of the People's Consultative Assembly.

Posted in Economy @ 11 November 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The presidential palace complex has been witness to momentous changes in the country's history, and the changing of the guard of the highest powers in the land. But while the powers that be may come and go, it seems that some "residents" stay put no matter what. This is the 78th article in our series on Old Batavia. If Dutchman J.A. van Braam, the first owner of what is today the present presidential palace complex, were still alive, he could see that his former home is now an abode for supernatural creatures.

Posted in Culture @ 02 September 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


10 killed in two incidents in Ambon At least 10 people were killed in two separate incidents in Ambon on Wednesday, an official and reports say. The latest incident took place around 8 a.m. local time Wednesday when an assembled bomb, fastened under the seat of a motorcycle, exploded in Slamet Riyadi Port in Ambon, killing three people instantly. Ambon Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Hasanuddin said from Ambon by phone that the driver and the passenger of the motorcycle died instantly when the bomb exploded.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 16 August 2001 00:02 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
    
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