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Indonesian government freezes 61 more flight permits The Indonesian government froze 61 more flight permits of five airline companies on Friday. "Based an audit results, 61 flight permits were issued to five airline companies, which have been found violating license regulations set by the government," Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan announced during a press conference.

Posted in Travel @ 09 January 2015 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia will raise aviation safety standards The government, through the transportation ministry, will raise its aviation safety standards from category II to category I based on the guidelines set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Posted in Travel @ 13 November 2014 18:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Indonesia has no child protection system in place Child abuse cases continue to increase in Indonesia as it does not yet have an effective child protection management system to handle crimes on juveniles, noted the National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA).

Posted in General @ 24 October 2014 18:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ambassador: 'ISIS getting funding from the West' The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) movement was inseparable from the interest of some Western countries and got financial support from them, Indonesias Ambassador to Switzerland, Joko Susilo, has said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 August 2014 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Number of sea travelers expected to increase' The number of this years post-fasting Idul Fitri travelers will increase by about three percent to 1.5 million, stated Transportation Minister A.A. Mangindaan. "It is predicted to increase by 3 percent from that in the previous year," the minister remarked here on Tuesday.

Posted in Travel @ 15 July 2014 15:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo-Hatta pair ready for honest, peaceful election The Prabowo-Hatta presidential and vice presidential candidate pair have expressed their readiness to ensure an honest and peaceful election by avoiding acts that can be detrimental to the people of Indonesia.

Posted in Politics @ 04 June 2014 18:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian hajj pilgrims to use electronic bracelets Indonesias government is discussing plans to equip hajj pilgrims with electronic bracelets to reduce the number of Indonesians lost in Saudi Arabia, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Nasaruddin Umar said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 03 June 2014 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister convinced hajj management better this year Interim Religious Affairs Minister Agung Laksono who is also chief peoples welfare minister, said that the implementation of hajj pilgrimage this year will be better.

Posted in Religion @ 01 June 2014 12:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No alcohol should be sold in warung Under recently passed national regulations, the sale of “Class-A” alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of between 0-5% can now only take place at minimarkets, hypermarkets and supermarkets and the sale of low-alcohol beverages, such as beer, is no longer allowed at warung kaki lima, small grocers and small food stands.

Posted in Economy @ 05 May 2014 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Official: 'Indonesia needs to anticipate ASEAN Open Sky Policy' Indonesia needs to anticipate the ASEAN Open Sky Policy in the aviation sector in the Southeast Asian region in 2015, a senior official said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 April 2014 12:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono denies using state facilities for his campaign Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono denies the allegation of using the states presidential facilities for the campaign of his Democratic Party (PD). "I did not use the presidential facilities in any of my campaign," the president clarified in his office, Jakarta, Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 April 2014 19:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President denies using state budget for campaign President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has denied allegations that he is using state money and facilities for his campaign activities in various regions.

Posted in Elections @ 28 March 2014 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President issues instruction on corruption prevention President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday signed presidential instruction no. 2/2014, entitled Drafting of Corruption Prevention and Eradication Action Plan (PPK). The presidential directive becomes effective on March 21, 2014, the cabinet secretary said on its website.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2014 21:18 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


Prabowo: 'Agriculture more important than economic concerns' The issue of agriculture is a more important concern than simple economics, because it has a strategic role in the life of the nation, according to Indonesian Farmers Association Chairman Prabowo Subianto.

Posted in Economy @ 01 March 2014 16:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Corby parole according to the law' The parole granted to Schapelle Leigh Corby, the Australian citizen who was convicted for drug smuggling, was in conformity with all administrative requirements, according to the Justice and Human Rights Minister.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 February 2014 22:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia marks International Anti-Corruption Day Indonesia marked International Anti-Corruption Day as well as Human Rights Day at a function held in the Presidential Palace, here on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 December 2013 19:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Monitoring post limiting trekking activities on Mountt Kerinci The Mount Kerinci monitoring post has issued an alert prohibiting mountaineers from scaling the 3,805 meter mountains peak, following an increase in volcanic activity on Sunday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 December 2013 19:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sixty tourists stung by jellyfish at Pelabuhanratu Beach As many as 60 tourists were stung by jellyfish at Pelabuhanratu Beach, West Java, on Saturday. "Jellyfish were swept into the beach due to the cold water and they sting visiting tourists," spokesperson of Sukabumi Water Tourism Safety Board Dede Sumarna said here on Saturday.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 August 2013 19:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, China establish anti corruption cooperation Indonesia and China have established anti corruption cooperation, according to a press release from Indonesian Embassy here on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 June 2013 12:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNN: Number of drug addicts growing in Indonesia The number of drug addicts in Indonesia has tended to increase in the past years, the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) said. "Based on a survey by BNN, the number of drug addicts rose from 3.8 million in 2008 to 4.2 million in 2011," BNN director Tyaswening said here on Thursday.

Posted in Drugs @ 16 May 2013 23:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali prepares to regulate local fruit sales The Jakarta Post reports that the province of Bali plans to propose specific bylaws protecting the market for local farmers by controlling the sale and consumption of local fruit.

Posted in Economy @ 23 February 2013 11:01 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


Thousands of workers hold rally in Jakarta Thousands of workers from the Indonesian Metal Workers Federation (FSPMI) of the greater Jakarta area (Jabodetabek) held a rally here on Wednesday, demanding social security benefits and refusing low wages. "The rally also marks the organization`s 14th anniversary celebration," said the organization`s President Said Iqbal.

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2013 15:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government must be responsible for Batavia bankruptcy     The Indonesian Airline Ticketing Association (Astindo) for Riau province office said the government should be responsible for the bankruptcy of Batavia Air as declared by a court on Wednesday.

Posted in Travel @ 01 February 2013 22:34 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


Anti-graft body urged to question finance minister A legislator has urged the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to question Finance Minister Agus Martowardoyo over an alleged corruption in the Hambalang Sports Complex construction scandal.

Posted in Corruption @ 19 December 2012 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PTDI-Airbus military strengthen business partnership Indonesian aircraft manufacturer PTDI and Airbus Military have strengthened their business partnership through a variety of joint production programs that include long-term agreements between the two companies.

Posted in Economy @ 19 December 2012 15:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Conserving energy and resources in Bali Former Indonesian Minister of Tourism and keen observer of the national tourism industry, I Gede Ardika, has declared that the development of sustainable tourism projects demands conservation of water and energy resources as a necessary prerequisite.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2012 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air flirts with AirAsia and fails Earlier in July this year, Batavia Air and AirAsia announced that Indonesia AirAsia would obtain an almost 80 percent share in Batavia Air. This lead to questions from the government as foreign companies are not allowed to own majority stakes in Indonesian companies. While this construction via an Indonesian investor are fully legal, it was an undesirable situation.

Posted in Travel @ 31 October 2012 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal villa complex in Canggu, North Kuta Badung Enforcement Officials (Satpol PP Badung) recently descended on the construction site of the Club Residence Canggu in Tibubeneng Village, North Kuta to forcibly halt the ongoing construction of that multi-townhouse development.

Posted in General @ 29 October 2012 10:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightclubs along main road cause parking problems A member of the Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) is calling on nightspots along the busy Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, stretching from the Ngurah Rai Airport to Sanur, to stop using the shoulder of the road for visitor parking.

Posted in General @ 08 October 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UNESCO world heritage site 'on sale' A special committee of legislators from the Tabanan House of Representatives (DPRD-Tabanan) reviewing the provincial zoning law (RTRW) recently surveyed the Jatiluwih rice terraces at Penebel, Tabanan – elevated to a World Heritage Status by UNESCO.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 06 October 2012 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Implementation of Bali smoking ban too slow A survey conducted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at starred hotels in Kuta carried out by provincial enforcement officers (Satpol PP-Bali) and working units of the provincial government (SKPD) revealed that most properties have yet to implement the Smoke-Free-Law of 2011 in their public areas.

Posted in Health @ 29 September 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Regional governments urged to issue smoking ban Provincial governors, district heads and city mayors in Indonesia have been urged to issue regulations to ban cigarette smoking, due to an increasing number of smokers in the country. The call was made by the country`s health minister, Nafsiah Mboi, when speaking during the Indonesian Eastern Region Forum Festival here on Monday.

Posted in Health @ 24 September 2012 20:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Stricter environmental regulations for Gianyar The Gianyar regency is preparing new regulations that will govern the way in which new hotels are built and ensure that accommodation projects are “green” and friendly to the environment.

Posted in Environment @ 18 September 2012 10:38 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


President revises regulation on deputy ministers President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has signed a new presidential regulation on the status of deputy ministers, in the wake of a recent Supreme Court ruling.

Posted in Politics @ 09 June 2012 09:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sukhoi to compensate crash victims` families The representative office of Russia`s Sukhoi company said here on Friday that the aircraft manufacturer would provide compensation to the families of the victims of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane that crashed on Mount Salak recently.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 May 2012 19:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Management of hajj pilgrimage to remain in govt hands The management of the hajj pilgrimage will remain in the hands of the government, because the president has not issued any directive to transfer it to the private sector so far, a senior official said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 16 May 2012 14:53 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


Army assures that violent members will be punished The army confirmed that the man committing violence in a video that went viral through YouTube recently was its member.

Posted in Military @ 02 May 2012 12:41 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


Bali to declare large parts of  public spaces 'no-smoking' Bali is preparing to lead a nation-wide movement to establish no-smoking areas in most public places. A provincial law will come into effect on June 1, 2012, that will make enclosed building spaces off grounds to smoking, including hotels and nightspots. The law also strictly regulates advertising of tobacco products.

Posted in Health @ 05 April 2012 03:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BPK discovers state losses amounting to Rp13.25 trillion The State Audit Board (BPK) has discovered 4,941 cases of non-compliance that have caused losses, potential losses and income shortages worth Rp13.25 trillion based on the results of audit in the second semester 2011.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 April 2012 14:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to revise law on mass organizations The government planned to revise Law No 8 of 1985 on mass organizations (Ormas) to make them in line with the latest developments following the reform era. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono disclosed the plan in a meeting with journalists at the State Palace in Jakarta Monday night.

Posted in Politics @ 15 February 2012 12:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs step up patrol to prevent sand smuggling Customs officers from Riau Islands province are increasing patrols to prevent sand smuggling to Singapore.

Posted in Crime @ 06 February 2012 02:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


95 Indonesians to be deported from US after 20 years Ninety-five Indonesian citizens living in Garrison City, New Hampshire, USA, are to be deported because their stay permits have expired. In view of the prospect, the government had urged the citizens to abide by the rules existing in the foreign country.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 February 2012 07:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to limit subsidized gasoline consumption The government is ready to limit the use of subsidized gasoline in accordance with Law No. 22 of 2011 on the 2012 state budget, an official said. "We don`t want to violate the law," Director General of Oil and Gas at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Evita Legowo said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 22 December 2011 02:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to monitor activities related to OPM anniversary National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo said police would monitor all activities in Papua related to the anniversary of the Free Papua Organization (OPM) on December 1.

Posted in General @ 30 November 2011 09:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia resort island Bali bans smoking in public places The provincial legislature on the Indonesian resort island of Bali has passed a new law which will soon ban smoking in all public places, the Jakarta Globe reported on Monday. It is not yet known when the ban will go into effect.

Posted in Health @ 28 November 2011 20:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilink opens Surabaya - Denpasar route Citilink, the strategic low-cost daughter company of Garuda Indonesia, has opened a new route earlier this week. The airline has commenced a twice-a-day flight between Surabaya and Denpasar following the arrival of two Airbus A320 aircraft.

Posted in Travel @ 16 November 2011 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace accused of illegal activities Lawmakers have called on the government to review the existence of Greenpeace in Indonesia following a series of incidents that they say were triggered by the organization's reluctance to comply with the country's laws.

Posted in Environment @ 27 October 2011 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air working on new full-service airline Lion Air has announced plans to launch a full-service airline soon. A new company, PT Space Aviation Service, has been set up for this purpose already. The general director of Lion Air, Edward Sirait, said that they were currently arranging licenses for the new company.

Posted in Travel @ 03 October 2011 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Islamic groups demand Ahmadiyah group be outlawed Hundreds of conservative Muslims on Saturday rallied in the Indonesian capital to demand the government outlaw an Islamic sect, the Jakarta Globe reported. Almost 1,500 protesters wearing white robes gathered in Jakarta to urge the banning of the minority Ahmadiyah group. According to reports, some protesters held placards reading "Disband Ahmadiyah or Revolution."

Posted in Religion @ 30 July 2011 23:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Light sentences for Ahmadiyah killings spark condemnation A wave of condemnation greeted the verdicts imposed on Thursday against 12 people accused of killing three members of the minority Ahmadiyah group in Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 28 July 2011 23:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pays 'blood money' for convicted maid in Saudi Arabia The Indonesian government paid Rp 4.6 billion (380.000 euro) in 'blood money' to stop the execution of an Indonesian maid convicted of murder in Saudi Arabia, the Jakarta Globe reported on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 26 June 2011 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans labor workers migrating to Saudi Arabia The government of Indonesia on Wednesday announced that it will temporarily halt sending labor workers to Saudi Arabia as of August 1, while officials consider the possibility of having legal affairs attaches in several countries where national labor workers are facing legal issues.

Posted in Politics @ 23 June 2011 02:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air flies to Kuala Lumpur Starting from June 26, 2011, Lion Air will fly to Kuala Lumpur. With departure at 09:05 local time from Jakarta, the two capitals are now linked by Lion Air as well. Fares are cheap also, starting from as low as just 25 euro, inclusive of luggage! Departure from Kuala Lumpur is at 13:00 local time.

Posted in Travel @ 11 June 2011 08:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


At least 17 dead after Indonesian boat capsizes At least 17 people have been confirmed dead after a boat capsized off the Indonesian island of Kalimantan, officials said Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 June 2011 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BI imposes harsh sanctions on Citibank Bank Indonesia (BI) announced Friday it was imposing severe sanctions on Citibank following a massive embezzlement scandal by a bank employee and the suspected death of a customer at the hands of debt collectors recently. The bank possibly faces other sanctions if found guilty of the two crimes by a court.

Posted in Economy @ 08 May 2011 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Changing the rule after violating them The chairman of the Karangasem House of Representatives (DPRD-Karangasem), I Gede Dana, is calling for a definite decision on whether to close down or allow the Hotel Chateau de Bali project located on Bukit Mimba in East Bali to continue.

Posted in Environment @ 20 April 2011 08:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia approves long-awaited immigration law Indonesia's House of Representatives on Thursday passed into law the long-awaited immigration bill, the Jakarta Globe newspaper reported. The passage of the immigration law was labeled as a "breakthrough" by Fahri Hamzah, deputy chairman of House Commission III. The new law will significantly impact foreign spouses of Indonesian citizens.

Posted in General @ 07 April 2011 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta cancels ban on Ahmadiyah religious group The Jakarta provincial government on Monday canceled the ban on the Indonesia's Ahmadiyah religious group and its activities, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Religion @ 07 March 2011 16:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising religious violence in Indonesia gaining national attention In Indonesia religious violence has been on the rise for the past few years but the recent brutal attack on the Ahmadiyah sect has focused national attention on the problem. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for disbanding any Muslim groups involved in violence.

Posted in Religion @ 17 February 2011 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Condoms from 'ATM' for users of prostitutes in Malang The regent of Malang, Rendra Kresna, has made it easier for users of prostitutes in Malang to get their hands on a condom. Not to promote prostitution - efforts to close down several red light areas in the district fail over and over again because of resistance from the population - but to curb the spread of diseases like HIV/AIDS.

Posted in Health @ 14 February 2011 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


MUI: Valentine less haram than stated earlier For those who still don't want to believe that Indonesians don't want to be submitted to too much Islamic rules we have some good news. Valentine's Day, February 14, is a day like any other according tot he Council of Islamic Scholars in Indonesia, MUI. Earlier this week the same group of no-brainers announced that Valentine's Day would be entirely haram because it was not in line with Islam.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 February 2011 11:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fines Singapore's Temasek in anti-monopoly violation Indonesia on Tuesday fined Singapore's investment powerhouse Temasek Holdings Pte and its nine affiliates Rp 15 billion ($1.7 million) each for violating anti-monopoly laws, local media reported.

Posted in Economy @ 19 January 2011 07:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to block Blackberry browsing if provider fails to filter porn Indonesia's communication ministry is threatening to block Blackberry internet browsing capabilities if pornographic internet content is not filtered out by Canadian tech company Research in Motion (RIM) in the coming week, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2011 05:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jambi province wants to test virginity schoolgirls Girls that are no longer a virgin, could be banned from school. A number of representatives in the province of Jambi on Sumatra is thinking about a decree. Before a girl is registered at high school, they will have to have themselves tested for their virginity. According to the representatives, this should 'solve' the problem of 'free sex' among teenagers and young adults.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 September 2010 03:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Burger King to stop buying oil from Sinar Mas Environmentalists on Saturday praised Burger King's decision to stop buying palm oil from an Indonesian company accused of destroying rainforests. The U.S. hamburger chain giant said Friday that it was canceling its contract with PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology over concerns it had not adopted sustainable farming practices.

Posted in Environment @ 05 September 2010 01:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mothers of Indonesia, prepare for jail if you don't breastfeed! Women who refuse to breastfeed their newly-born babies may face jail sentence for denying their children’s right. Article 128 of the 2009 law on health stipulates that babies have the right to six months of exclusive breast milk unless their mothers could not fulfill their obligation due to medical problems.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 August 2010 06:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


A strange wish: three-year tourist visas A proposal from a group of Japanese tourist that the visa period beyond the current 2 months maximum to three years has received support from the Bali Chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) and the Bali Tourism Authority (Diparda). A sign that both organisations have lost their common sense in supporting ideas originating from the people in the street.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 May 2010 01:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamists ban non-Islamic TV in Aceh More and more Taliban-like regulations are repressing millions of non-Islamic and Islamic residents in Aceh, North Sumatra. Now the leaders there are working on a qanun (regional Islamic bylaw) that prohibits television stations from broadcasting programs that are not of any use to Islam.

Posted in Religion @ 05 May 2010 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Married three times = fired M. Nasir Qamarullah, a judge in the religious court of Pare-Pare, South Sulawesi, has been fired without honor because he has violated the ethical code. He was married to three wives, while Indonesian civil servants, which he is one of, are not allowed to have more than one wife.

Posted in Religion @ 29 April 2010 02:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Big dicks can not become police The website kompas.com brought the news that to become a real policeman, men should stay away from using products that make vital parts of the body bigger than they used to be. The head of the police in Papua, Bekto Suprapto, has said that the use of stimulants to get a bigger penis, is not allowed and is a reason to be rejected.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 April 2010 11:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia out of race to host World Championship 2022 Indonesia is no longer participating in the race to host the World Championship Soccer in 2022. The FIFA has announced this after the Indonesian government failed to comply to regulations. According to the FIFA, Indonesia has not submitted a number of documents, among them are letters of guarantee.

Posted in Sports @ 20 March 2010 01:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono vows to protect rights of Chinese Indonesians President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono promised Saturday to further protect the civil rights of Chinese Indonesians, particularly followers of Confucianism. The pledge marked the President’s address to thousands of Chinese Indonesians attending the commemoration of the Chinese New Year at the Jakarta Convention Center in Central Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 21 February 2010 04:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Suramadu bridge causes increase of prostitution' While Batam is looking to legalize brothels, clerics in Bangkalan in Madura, East Java, have demanded prostitution be banned. Local clerics urged the provincial legislature on Friday for the passage of the draft ordinance banning prostitution and adultery.

Posted in General @ 20 February 2010 11:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


More limitations for importing films to Indonesia A United States trade representative to Indonesia, Demetrios Marantis, has expressed his concern over a new decree that is currently considered by the Indonesian government. This decree will further restrict regulations over imports of foreign films to Indonesia. Marantis said that if the decree was accepted, it could disrupt bilateral relationship.

Posted in Culture @ 13 February 2010 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Peddlers to be removed from kraton square Yogyakarta The southern square (alun-alun kidul) belonging to the kraton in Yogyakarta will slowly be stripped from it's peddlers that are earning a living around the square. Since several days, it is not allowed anymore to set up shop on the pavement, this information was released by the head of a government tidiness service in the city.

Posted in Economy @ 13 February 2010 01:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds forced to dress according to sharia Hundreds of residents considered to be wearing unacceptable clothing according to sharia regulations, were temporarily detained during an operation at the busy Mesra Darussalam traffic crossing in Banda Aceh, Aceh Nanggroe Darussalam, on Tuesday afternoon.

Posted in Religion @ 28 January 2010 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 reactions


Hazardous e-waste needs regulation A lack of regulations is hampering Indonesia's efforts to manage electronic waste, leaving communities exposed to health hazards from the toxic chemicals, officials and experts say. The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) estimates that the world produces 50 million tons of electrical and electronic equipment waste - e-waste - every year.

Posted in Health @ 12 December 2009 02:09 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


Displaced mudflow victims to get aid from foreign agencies Over three years after the start of the 'Sidoarjo mudflow', thousands of displaced residents of Porong, near Sidoarjo in East Java, now start receive aid from foreign agencies. A humanitarian organisation sponsored by Norway has started to give free medication and medical treatments for the hundreds of refugees in shelters at the Pasar Baru market in Porong.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 24 November 2009 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Women in West Aceh banned from wearing trousers Women wearing jeans and other trousers in the regency of West Aceh, in North Sumatra, will have to face the regional Sharia police. Vendors of trousers for women will also have to close down. The regent for West Aceh, Ramli, has issued the new controversial Islamic regulation yesterday. People who disobey, will be forced to wear loose-fitting attire when Sharia police cuts their trousers.

Posted in Religion @ 29 October 2009 00:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1,100 illegal buildings flattened in Jakarta The number of buildings in Jakarta that is demolished because they are not built according to regulations now stands at 1,100. The head of the Building Supervision Office (P2B) in Jakarta, Hari Sasongko Kushadi, told that last year only some 700 buildings have been demolished. Most of the 1,100 buildings lack a proper building permit (IMB) while others were built in green zones or over drainage systems.

Posted in Crime @ 26 October 2009 07:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New Aceh legislators: 'F*ck you sharia law!' The newly inaugurated members of the legislative council in Aceh are planning on revising the sharia 'stoning'-bylaw recently passed by - now - former legislators. That law allows people that commit adultery to be stoned to death in the province. The turn-around is remarkable, but does more resemble the wishes of the people in the province than enacting such Islamic regulations in the first place.

Posted in Religion @ 23 October 2009 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Some luxury with Batavia Air After flying with AirAsia resulted in a slight disappointment I tried to fly with Batavia Air more often. They also have a number of new planes and offer regular fares which are attractive enough to give it a try as well. Fares are not that much different than those of AirAsia, but AirAsia just knows how to play the pricing game better.

Posted in Travel @ 13 October 2009 03:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two men and one couple busted for 'being together' Residents of the village of Ngrowo in the district of Bojonegoro last night entered a room of a boarding house after they suspected that the people inside were doing something that God has forbidden. When the villagers noticed that two men entered the room around eight in the evening, they did not suspect anything. After nine in the evening - normal visiting hours are until that time in Indonesia - however the second young man had not left yet.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 September 2009 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drug addicts seen as criminals under new law The House of Representatives has passed a new anti-narcotics bill last Monday amid criticism from anti-drug groups saying that the new law will not help rehabilitate drug addicts. "This law classifies drug addicts as criminals and therefore subjects them to criminal charges, while doctors have said that drug addiction is a curable disease," said Asmin Fransisca, the coordinator for the Indonesian Coalition for Drug Policy Reform (ICDPR).

Posted in Drugs @ 18 September 2009 01:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Being gay in Aceh now punishable by sharia law In another huge step backwards, the regional government of Aceh, in the northern tip of Sumatra, has accepted the new - far more strict - Islamic laws. The ones now in place just tell people how to dress and obliges Muslems to pray, but the laws now accepted include a prison term of eight years for just being gay and being stoned to death if you decided to have sex with someone else then your spouse.

Posted in Religion @ 14 September 2009 13:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Papua waisted 30 trillion Rupiah on autonomy' In the eight years that a special autonomy has been in place in Papua, the people there still do not enjoy improved welfare, partly because incompetent government actions in the two provinces. An official from West Papua said that both provincial governments had wasted some 30 trillion Rupiah (2.1 billion euro) in funds meant to support autonomy.

Posted in Politics @ 11 September 2009 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Get ready for higher power rates The state-owned PLN is in desperate need of more funds to cover operating deficits and undertake a much needed expansion of the Indonesian power grid. The House of Representatives has recently increased the subsidies paid by the government to PLN, while PLN president director, Fahmi Mochtar, has declared his desire to raise power tariffs - both moves intended to put the Company in a better position for what has been termed a "fast track" energy program.

Posted in Economy @ 01 September 2009 01:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia will fly to Amsterdam directly Once more Garuda Indonesia has announced that it will start with direct flights to the Netherlands again. Their last flight from Amsterdam was late 2004, and because of the current ban for Indonesian airliners to land in countries of the European Union, Garuda has to hold out a little while longer.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 30 August 2009 07:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Best Western opens in a no-hotel zone Two Bali newspapers, NusaBali and BisnisBali, both report that the Best Western Sapta Petala Hotel in Kuta has opened for business, despite lacking the required operating permits and licenses.

Posted in Politics @ 22 August 2009 12:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police looking for haram money before Ramadan It happens every year. In the run up to the holy month of fasting Ramadan, a part of the Indonesian police force is panicked slightly. They have to pay for their mudik (a trip back to their home town) at the end of the period of fasting and will have less work during the month itself because millions of people go home as well and public life changes drastically.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 August 2009 04:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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