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President Jokowi announces cabinet lineup President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) accompanied by Vice President Jusuf Kalla announced his cabinet lineup consisting of 34 ministers or the so-called "Work Cabinet" for 2014-2019 period at the Merdeka Palace on Sunday as follows.

Posted in Politics @ 26 October 2014 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI opposes Ahok as Jakarta governor Some one thousand FPI Muslim activists staged a protest rally on the premises of the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD), rejecting a plan to appoint Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) as the Jakarta governor succeeding Joko Widodo.

Posted in Protests @ 24 September 2014 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


MUI demands drop of judicial review of interfaith marriage law The Indonesia Council of Ulemas (MUI) has asked the countrys Constitutional Court (MK) to drop the case of judicial review on inter-religious marriages as it would benefit no one.

Posted in Religion @ 18 September 2014 19:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious minister defends abortion law The Governments Regulation Number 61/2014 on abortion legalized last July is in line with the Indonesian Ulema Councils (MUIs) recommendation, stated Minister for Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin. "In the regulation, abortion is allowed under certain conditions. It is in line with the recommendations from the MUI," Lukman remarked.

Posted in Health @ 13 August 2014 23:33 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


Indonesia fighting against ISIS presence Indonesia, the worlds largest Muslim populated country, is doing its best to prevent the influence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), alerting all regional police forces and Muslim organizations.

Posted in Religion @ 09 August 2014 19:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects propagation of ISIS ideology Indonesia has rejected the propagation of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ideology in the country because it runs contrary to "Pancasila," chief security minister Djoko Suyanto said here on Monday.

Posted in Religion @ 05 August 2014 15:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New religious affairs minister visits anti-graft body Newly inducted Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin visited the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) office on Tuesday to hold consultation on Hajj pilgrimage management at his ministry. "I only want to get inputs from the KPK," he stated while arriving at the KPK building on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 June 2014 21:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK saves rp248.89 trillion in state funds The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said corruption courts have handled hundreds of corruption cases so far in the country. The anti graft agency which was established in 2004 had saved the state a total loss of Rp248.89 trillion from the cases, its deputy chairman Bambang Widjojanto said.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 June 2014 16:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President to appoint new religious affairs minister soon President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will soon appoint a new religious affairs minister to replace Suryadharma Ali, who was named as a suspect in an alleged corruption case related to hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 June 2014 22:42 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


Anggito resigns as hajj affairs director general Director General for Hajj Affairs Anggito Abimanyu has tendered his resignation as he might be implicated in a corruption case in the religious affairs ministry. Coordinating Minister for the Public Welfare Agung Laksono said Abimanyu wanted to be focused on a legal case he might have to face.

Posted in General @ 30 May 2014 18:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suryadharma Ali returns his mandate  to president Suryadharma Ali returned his mandate as religious affairs minister to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Monday who in turn asked him to write a resignation letter in the next few days.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 May 2014 22:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK investigators pledge to trace Suryadharma Ali`s wealth The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators will trace the wealth of Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali, who was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to haj pilgrimage management, a KPK commissioner said.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 22:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suryadharma: 'Not to resign as religious affairs minister' Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali stated on Friday he will not resign, although he was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 21:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious affairs minister suspect in corruption case Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 01:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Health department: 'Postpone Umrah pilgrimage over MERS' West Sumatra Health Department issued an advice to postpone Umra pilgrimage for people above 60 years and those who are not in good health, following the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus outbreak.

Posted in Health @ 12 May 2014 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK questions religious affairs minister on alleged corruption The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Tuesday questioned Minister of Religious Affairs Suryadharma Ali on an alleged corruption in hajj funds collected by the government.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 May 2014 16:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for religious tolerance President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on the people to build harmony and religious tolerance during the observance of the Hindu Day of Silence here on Friday. "I call on the people, particularly the Hindu adherents to create a democratic climate and build harmony and tolerance," the President said when attending the Hindu Day of Seclusion at the Sports Hall of the Cilangkap Military Headquarters.

Posted in Religion @ 26 April 2014 00:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Stay calm, Papua military urges Sorong citizens after clash The Papua Regional Military Commander Mayor General Christian Zebua appealed to the Sentani citizens to stay calm and not be provoked by people who triggered riots on April 20, 2014, in Sorong, West Papua Province.

Posted in Violence @ 22 April 2014 19:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PPP chairman asked to clarify Gerindra rally presence United Development Party (PPP) General Chairman Suryadharma Ali has been asked to clarify his presence in a Gerindra campaign rally in Jakarta on March 23. PPP Regional Branch Chairman for East Java, Musaffa Noer, asked that Ali should explain it in a plenary meeting of PPP Central Executive Board (DPP) and PPP Regional Branches (DPW).

Posted in Politics @ 16 April 2014 13:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister asks for reports on exam fraud Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh has asked the people to report any fraud in the implementation of national examinations, to the authorities.

Posted in General @ 14 April 2014 20:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia Islamic parties have possibility to coalesce Islam-based political parties in Indonesia have the possibility to join forces in the presidential race next July, according to a political party chairman. "It is possible for Islam-based political parties to coalesce," General Chairman of the Islam-based United Development Party (PPP) Suryadharma Ali said here on Saturday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 March 2014 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Do not let radicalism grow' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said radicalism and extreme ideas must not be allowed to grow in Indonesia because they would only disrupt current peaceful and harmonious relations between different religious followers.

Posted in Religion @ 27 December 2013 23:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau fires workers for missing morning prayers Nineteen untenured employees of Riauís Rokan Hulu district government were fired in November because they did not show up to 5 a.m. prayers, a mandatory religious program put in place by the local government.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 December 2013 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono holds meeting with Sunni-Shiite reconciliation team President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has met with the Sunni-Shiite Reconciliation Team in Sampang on the island of Madura, East Java, on Wednesday. The informal meeting with the reconciliation team, led by Abd Ala, was the first meeting of the president on his two-day working visit to the island.

Posted in Religion @ 04 December 2013 18:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Islamic parties have no strong figure to unite them' A researcher has noted that Islamic parties in Indonesia have no strong figure to nominate as a presidential candidate, which is hampering coalition efforts.

Posted in Politics @ 25 November 2013 19:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Policewomen allowed to wear headscarves Indonesian policewomen will be allowed to wear headscarves on duty, according to a top police official. "Starting tomorrow, women who wish to wear headscarves can do so while on duty, " the new national police chief, General Sutarman, said after meeting with members of the Forum of Chief Editors at the National Police Headquarters here on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 20 November 2013 01:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight suspected terrorists detained Densus 88, the countryís anti-terrorism unit, has captured eight terrorist suspects in two days for their alleged involvement in the shooting of police officers at three locations in South Tangerang in Banten province.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 November 2013 02:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'No community group allowed to conduct law enforcement' The new national police chief, Commissioner General Sutarman, said no civilian group may conduct law enforcement activities.

Posted in General @ 29 October 2013 19:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'No division over Miss World beauty contest' Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali denied that the government has been divided over the holding of Miss World beauty pageant in Indonesia. He said on Tuesday that no common perception has been reached among the ministries on this issue.

Posted in Religion @ 03 September 2013 19:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze forces temporary closure of schools in Pekanbaru The Pekanbaru education office has temporary closed kindergartens and elementary schools partly in the city, which have been hit by haze.

Posted in Forest fires @ 29 August 2013 14:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic organisations against Miss World (of course) The Jakarta Globe reports that high-ranking Islamic leaders in Indonesia continue to object to plans to hold the Miss World Beauty Pageant in Bali in the week leading up to the final round on September 8, 2013.

Posted in Protests @ 26 August 2013 03:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


August 15 to be declared Aceh Peace Day The Aceh government will soon announce that August 15 will be observed annually as peace day in Indonesia`s western-most province. "The Aceh governor will issue a regulation setting forth Aceh`s peace day," Aceh administration spokesman Nurdin F Jos said here on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 14 August 2013 22:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian government decides Idul Fitri on August 8 The Indonesian government here on Wednesday declared the fall of Idul Fitri on Thursday, August 8. The decision was made in an Isbath meeting attended by representatives from various Islamic organizations in the country.

Posted in Religion @ 08 August 2013 00:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono discuss reconciliation over Shiite issue President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with Maduranese clerics and figures and local government officials to find a solution over Shiites who have been expelled from their homes on the island of Madura.

Posted in Religion @ 02 August 2013 08:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kontras calls for protection for minority shiite community An outspoken non-governmental organization (NGO) urges the government to provide protection for the minority Shiite community who has been forced to flee their villages to live in refugee camps after a bloody conflict with non Shiite Muslim community in Sampang, Madura, East Java Province.

Posted in Religion @ 10 July 2013 11:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Saudi Arabia cuts Indonesia's hajj quota by 20% The Saudi government has cut Indonesia`s hajj pilgrimage quota this year by 20 percent or 42,200 pilgrims from 211,000 to 168,000 pilgrims, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadarma Ali said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 June 2013 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President leads coalition meeting over draft of state budget President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono chaired a closed-door meeting with leaders of government coalition parties on Tuesday night to discuss recent economic developments as part of efforts to save the draft revision of the 2013 state budget.

Posted in Politics @ 12 June 2013 11:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest two terror suspects in Makassar and Poso Indonesian police officers arrested two terror suspects in Makassar, South Sulawesi, and in Poso, Central Sulawesi, on Saturday, a police spokesman said here on Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 June 2013 12:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President invites all parties to strengthen inter-faith tolerance Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on all parties to jointly strengthen inter-faith tolerance as Indonesia is a country with a pluralistic society. "Indonesia is a diverse country that believes in God," the president said on his Twitter account @ SBYudhoyono in Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in Religion @ 07 June 2013 13:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Legislator and son facing jail term in Koran graft case The prosecutor on Monday asked the Jakarta Corruption Court to punish with imprisonment a legislator and his son charged with extortion and graft in the procurement of computer laboratory and the Koran, the Islamic holy book.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 May 2013 00:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to send muslim clerics to South Thailand The Ministry of Religious Affairs plans to send several Muslim clerics to South Thailand to carry out a peacekeeping mission, Minister Suryadharma Ali said here on Wednesday. He said the deployment is a follow up to a meeting between representatives from Indonesia and south Thailand provincial government recently.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 01 May 2013 16:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Indonesia breaks democracy myths' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said Indonesia had broken a number of myths and stereotypes about democracy during his democratization processes.

Posted in Politics @ 23 April 2013 15:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks people to preserve tolerance President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono asked all parties to continue maintaining tolerance and political ethics in entering the year of politics in the run up to the 2014 general elections.

Posted in Religion @ 07 April 2013 22:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hajj pilgrimage cost for 2013 down $90 The government and the House of Representatives (DPR) have agreed to a decline in hajj pilgrimage cost (BPIH) by an average of US$90 for this year.

Posted in Religion @ 02 April 2013 16:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to host Muslim-Christian leaders conference Indonesia will host the Conference of Muslim-Christians Religious Leaders of Asia on February 26 through March 1, 2013 themed "Bringing A Common Word to Common Action for Justice".

Posted in Religion @ 20 February 2013 00:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Health minister: 'Maternal mortality rate still high' Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi said cases of stillbirth and the death rates of mother in the process of delivery are still high in the country. The high mortality rate is attributable to bleeding, mother being too young to give birth, and high frequency of giving birth, Nafsiah said here on Friday.

Posted in Health @ 15 February 2013 19:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials of Religious Affairs banned from leaving Indonesia The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has banned two senior officials of the religious affairs ministry over alleged corruption in the ministry .

Posted in Corruption @ 21 January 2013 14:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police reveal names of wanted persons in Poso Police in Poso revealed the names of 24 persons so far wanted for their alleged involvement in violent cases in the past year in the Central Sulawesi district.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 January 2013 16:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi calls for religious tolerance The Governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, has urged the people of Jakarta to maintain religious tolerance and harmony.

Posted in General @ 07 January 2013 14:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PPATK suspects irregularities in hajj pilgrimage spending The Financial Transactions Analysis and Reporting Center (PPATK) said there are indication of malfeasance in the management of hajj pilgrimage under the Religious Affairs Ministry.

Posted in Religion @ 03 January 2013 00:06 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


Muslims can convey Christmas greetings The Indonesia`s Religious Affairs Minister, Suryadharma Ali said, Muslims can convey Christmas greetings to Christians. "It is not unusual to convey Christmas greetings to Christians," said Ali on Monday.

Posted in Religion @ 24 December 2012 03:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garut regent impeached for illegal marriage The Garut Legislative Council (DPRD) on Friday recommended the dismissal of Garut Regent Aceng Fikri after finding him guilty of violating the code of ethics and breaking the oath of office - for his undertaking of an unregistered marriage with a teenager.

Posted in Politics @ 22 December 2012 00:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police gives priority to Jakarta ahead of Christmas, New Year The National Police Headquarters will give top priority to the capital city of Jakarta in its efforts to ensure security across the country during Christmas and New Year celebrations, the Head of Security Maintenance Department of the National Police, Commissioner General Imam Sujarwo, said.

Posted in General @ 21 December 2012 20:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for inclusive Christmas celebration President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed his hope that Christmas 2012 would be celebrated inclusively and enjoyed by all Indonesians who wish to participate, National Christmas Committee Chairperson Nafsiah Mboi said here on Friday.

Posted in Religion @ 07 December 2012 20:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police general detained for alleged involvement in corruption Police Inspector General Djoko Susilo was detained after being grilled for eight hours by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) here on Monday. "Today following questioning and based upon a detention order after a legal process I was detained," he said after the questioning.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 December 2012 21:01 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


Anti-graft body investigates 10 suspicious transactions The Corruption Eradication Commission is examining 10 reports on suspicious transactions (LHA) filed by the Financial Transaction Analysis and Report Centre (PPATK), according to KPK spokesman Johan Budi.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 October 2012 21:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


58 Indonesian hajj pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia Ten more Indonesian hajj pilgrims died in Saudi Arabia, bringing to 58 the total number of deaths since the first flight batch arrived in the Holy Land on September 21.

Posted in Religion @ 17 October 2012 12:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic oarding schools not shaping radicals Coordinating minister for people`s welfare Agung Laksono has refuted the allegation that Islamic Boarding Schools or Pondok Pesantren have helped shape radical groups.

Posted in Religion @ 14 October 2012 14:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prostitutes face imprisonment and fine in Padang A draft law calls for a three months` imprisonment and a fine of up to Rp50 million on people found guilty of prostitution in the West Sumatra capital of Padang. The bill is being discussed by the city council and mayor, Jhon Roza Syaukani, chairman of the special committee for the draft law, said here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 02 October 2012 15:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian revives state ideology with shadow puppet shows In an attempt to revive the national ideology of "Pancasila" and raise awareness about its five main principles, the Indonesian government has been organizing shadow puppet shows across the country.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2012 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 17,000 Indonesian hajj pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia A total of 17,051 Indonesian hajj pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia since the first batch arrived at King Abdul Azis airport in Jeddah five days ago, according to a hajj official.

Posted in Religion @ 26 September 2012 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Unlicensed guides cause poor service level Illegal and unlicensed guides operating in Bali are being cited as the cause of poor service to visitors coming to the island that results in damage to the destinationís reputation.

Posted in Tourism @ 23 September 2012 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to propose anti-religion denigration protocol at UN Indonesia will propose an international protocol against desecration of religion to prevent conflicts and maintain world peace during the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono reiterated the plan at a press conference before leaving for New York to attend the UN meeting here on Saturday.

Posted in Religion @ 22 September 2012 21:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Military personnel stationed at Glodok ahead of election The military (TNI) has stationed some of its personnel at Glodok China town in West Jakarta ahead of Jakarta gubernatorial election on Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 19 September 2012 16:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Hillary: 'There should be no discrimination against minorities' Visiting US State Secretary Hillary Clinton in her remark at a press conference here on Monday said there should be no discrimination against any minority in this world.

Posted in Politics @ 04 September 2012 00:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NU: 'Clash in sampang not between Sunnis and Shiites' An Islamic leader has said the recent conflict in Sampang, Madura island, East Java province, was not between Nahdlatul Ulama (Sunnis) members and Shiites.

Posted in Religion @ 28 August 2012 22:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister condemns violence against Shiites in Madura Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali has condemned the latest violence against the Shiite community in Sampang district, Madura Island, East Java Province. "Any violence in whatever form, including in the name of religion or sectarian differences, is unacceptable," the minister stated here on Monday.

Posted in Violence @ 27 August 2012 16:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakartans urged not to be provoked by video clips Chief security minister Djoko Suyanto has urged the public in Jakarta not to be provoked by a video clip showing provocations and threats in an attempt to prevent people from participating in the next Jakarta gubernatorial election run-off.

Posted in Politics @ 23 August 2012 16:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Journalist hit by stray bullet in Maralowa A reporter from Nuansa TV in Palu, Central Java, has been hit by a stray bullet when covering a communal clash between villagers in Marawola in the district of Sigi, Central Sulawesi.

Posted in Violence @ 21 August 2012 17:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


People pack Jakarta streets to celebrate end of fasting month People in cars, on motorbikes and on foot packed several streets in capital city Jakarta to celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan on Saturday evening. Traffic jam was seen in the Thamrin street section between the Hotel Indonesia roundabout to Monas Square, which are the popular spots in the city.

Posted in Ramadan @ 19 August 2012 02:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Noted US cleric visit Islamic boarding schools in Lombok Noted cleric from Baltimore, the US, Muhammad Bashar Arafat, is in Lombok, in West Nusa Tenggara province to visit a number of Islamic boarding schools to inform about Islam development in his country.

Posted in Religion @ 14 July 2012 18:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian government sets 2012 haj pilgrimage costs Following long discussions and deliberations, the Religious Ministry and Commission 8 of the House of Representatives set this year`s Haj Pilgrimage Cost (BPIH) at an average of US$ 3,617.

Posted in Religion @ 10 July 2012 13:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


800 terrorists captured by police in past 10 years Over the past decade, the Indonesian police have captured 800 terrorists in the country, according to the Counter Terrorism Agency`s director of prevention, Brigadier General ESA Permadi.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 May 2012 11:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Book carrying Prophet Muhammad`s picture to be investigated Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali has said his office will investigate reports about the discovery of a book carrying a picture of Prophet Muhammad in a library of an Islamic school in Solo, Central Java.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 May 2012 17:18 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


Indonesia has 143 social-conflict-prone areas Indonesia contains 143 social-conflict-prone areas, according to the Disadvantaged Regions Ministry. "Indonesia has 183 disadvantaged regions, 143 of which are conflict-prone areas - many of them in eastern Indonesia," said the Deputy Minister for the Development of Special Regions at the Ministry for Disadvantaged Regions, Suprayoga Hadi, here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 08 May 2012 16:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Elderly hajj pilgrims must be prioritized' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono asked the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the relevant agencies to give priority to elderly would-be hajj pilgrims.

Posted in Religion @ 12 April 2012 09:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: 'alleged terrorists caught were collecting funds' The Jakarta Metropolitan police suspect that the alleged terrorists arrested in Pondok Aren, South Tangerang, in the Banten province, West Java, were fund collectors. "We suspect that they are members of a `fai` (fund collecting) group," command spokesman Senior Commissioner Rikwanto said here on Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 April 2012 02:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Miniskirts = porn': Religious Affairs Minister Following the establishment of the anti-pornography task force, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali said that skirts that fall above the knee would be included in the working groupís definition of pornography, on which it would base its future work.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 March 2012 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


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

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


NU asks demonstrators not to turn lawless The country`s largest Muslim organization Nahdhatul Ulama (NU) asked demonstrators, who were opposed to the government`s fuel oil price hike, not to turn lawless while holding a rally.

Posted in Protests @ 13 March 2012 14:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest 1,766 people linked to thuggery Indonesian police have arrested 1,766 people across the country linked to in thuggery. "We have arrested 1,766 linked to thuggery and 344 of them have been processed while the rest is being recorded and given counseling," National Police head of public relations Inspector General Saud Usman said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 06 March 2012 16:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'HIV/AIDS spreading in Indonesia at worrying rate' The rate at which HIV/AIDS is spreading in Indonesia is becoming increasingly worrying and needs to be reversed through concerted efforts by the government and society, a national AIDS eradication official said.

Posted in Health @ 02 March 2012 09:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court to arrange illegitimate child rights Chairman of the Indonesian Constitutional Court Mahfud MD called on the ministers of religious affairs and Interior affairs to immediately follow the decision of the Court relating to a judicial decision on Act No. 1 of 1974 relating to marriage.

Posted in General @ 28 February 2012 08:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Twenty named suspect in attack on Ahmadiyah members About 20 men were named suspect in a violent attack on members of the Ahmadiyah sect on Friday (Feb 17) in Cisaat village in West Java Province last week, police said.

Posted in Religion @ 23 February 2012 10:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI has renounced violence, says chairman Chairman of the Islam Defenders` Front (FPI) Habib Rizieq said members of his organization had abandoned violence as a way of expressing their aspirations. Habib made the statement during meeting with Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali here on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 20 February 2012 11:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI involved in 34 violence cases in 2010-2011 The police have recorded a total of 34 cases of violence or destructive behavior by FPI (Islam Defenders Front) members across the country in the period 2010-2011, a spokesman said.

Posted in Crime @ 18 February 2012 16:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court scraps unjust rule on extra-marital children The Indonesian Constitutional Court (MK) has invalidated a long-standing legal rule stipulating that a child born outside an official marriage only has a civil relationship with its mother and not with its father.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2012 08:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Religious figures: 'Diversity brings harmony in Indonesia' Thousands of religious congregation representatives in Indonesia gathered at Nusantara Hall of Parliamentary Building in Jakarta on Sunday to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week 2012 with the theme Diversity Creates Harmony in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 13 February 2012 01:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls on Muslims to increase tolerance President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has appealed to the country`s Muslims to make the Prophet Muhammad`s birthday a momentum to increase tolerance, togetherness and true understanding of religious teachings.

Posted in Politics @ 09 February 2012 01:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jayapura administration obliges circumcision The Jayapura administration of Papua will oblige circumcision for the society to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS. Administration Officer of Jayapura Regent Edison Muabuay said earlier that according to research in several countries, circumcision was one of the preventive steps to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS.

Posted in Health @ 07 February 2012 08:13 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


Pondok Pesantren Laki-laki As-Sodomiyah Last week it made some headlines, but I didn't have the time to get back to it right away. Well, that should be special new then, right? Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be that special. Hardly any attention was given to it in Indonesia, at least not of the stone-throwing and firebombing kind of attention that we should expect with this kind of news.

Posted in Religion @ 24 January 2012 07:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Facebook blamed for higher divorce rate The social networking service Facebook has become quite popular in Indonesia but it is now believed to be a factor contributing to a rapid increase in the divorce rate, a local religious court official said.

Posted in Culture @ 21 January 2012 06:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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