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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


Diesel supply to Jakarta secured despite pipeline explosion State-owned oil company PT Pertamina announced that Jakartas diesel supply is still secure despite oil pipeline explosion in Subang area, West Java Province, on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 August 2014 19:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to double tourism totals in 5 years? Mari Elka Pangestu, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy warns that Indonesian President-Elect Joko Widodo plans to attract 20 million foreign tourists by 2019 will require hard work. Quoted by Metrobali.com Pangestu said on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, “The target of 20 million foreign tourist in five years will require a lot of hard work.”

Posted in Tourism @ 23 August 2014 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor: 'New oil reserve discovered in Riau' Governor of Riau Province Annas Maamun revealed on Monday that a new oil reserve, presumably the biggest in Riau, was found in Rokan Hilir District by PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI).

Posted in Economy @ 18 August 2014 15:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


East Java: '500 billion for southern coastal highway' The East Java provincial government has decided to allocate Rp500 billion in funds to develop the provinces southern coastal highway after the central government has stopped financing the project.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 17 August 2014 23:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia forced to land due to bird ingestion An AirAsia flight from Ahmad Yani Airport, Semarang in Central Java bound for Singapore, was forced to return to the airport due to a bird hit. The plane had just taken off when one of the engines suffered a hit.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 May 2014 23:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta to repair 50 km of Merapi evacuation road The Yogyakarta Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency said the government will repair the 50-kilometer evacuation road that was damaged by the plying of trucks from a sand mine near Mount Merapi of Yogyakarta.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 02 May 2014 21:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two thirds of Jakarta's Senen Market destroyed by fire Thousands of kiosks were destroyed after a fire ravaged the Senen Market in Central Jakarta at dawn on Friday, an official said. The kiosks included imported secondhand cloth kiosks, silk-screening service kiosks and motorcycle repair kiosks.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 April 2014 16:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Some Kelud refugees choose to stay in shelter Some of refugees from Kediri Regency in East Java, have chosen to stay in the shelter although the government has reduced the Mount Kelud status to alert level.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 21 February 2014 15:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud evacuees allowed to return home The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has allowed evacuees to return to their homes on the slope of Mount Kelud after the volcanos status has been lowered from the top to the third alert.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 February 2014 21:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI secures lava canal of Mount Kelud The Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers have beefed up security arrangements around the lava canal of Mount Kelud in the Kediri District, East Java province, as it can be dangerous to the residents.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 February 2014 20:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flash floods, landslides hit Malang Flash floods triggered by incessant rains have hit Malang, causing landslides and cutting off road access between Malang and Kediri over the past few days.

Posted in Flooding @ 01 February 2014 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least Rp2 trillion needed to repair battered roads At least Rp2.12 trillion would be needed for the repair of roads battered by heavy flooding and landslides all over the Indonesia. The cost is for emergency repairs around Rp510.32 billion and permanent repairs around Rp1.517 trillion, highway construction director general Djoko Murjanto said here.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 30 January 2014 10:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian, Australian foreign ministers hold meeting Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa meets with his visiting Australian counterpart Julie Bishop, here on Thursday at noon, to discuss ways to repair relations between both countries amidst spying allegations. The on going closed-door meeting is at the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry office building.

Posted in Politics @ 05 December 2013 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Traffic jam extends 3 km along Trans-Sumatra highway Slow procession of Lebaran holiday home-bound travelers extended as far as 3 km along Trans-Sumatra highway in Bandarlampung, Lampung Province, on Monday morning.

Posted in General @ 29 July 2013 12:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lebaran remittances estimated to reach Rp15 trillion Indonesia`s Manpower Minister Muhaimin Iskandar estimated remittances from migrant workers during the current fasting month and ahead of the post-fasting holiday of Lebaran this year could reach Rp15 trillion.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2013 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


52% of irrigation networks damaged Agriculture Minister Suswono said nearly 52 percent of the country`s irrigation networks is damaged, affecting national rice production. "Besides the climate change, a shortfall in farm production is also caused by damaged irrigation networks," he said here on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 08 June 2013 20:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt prepares Rp6 tln for basic infrastructures The Public Works Ministry is preparing at least Rp6 trillion in funds to build various basic infrastructure facilities in return for the imminent fuel price hike.

Posted in General @ 05 June 2013 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government dismisses idea of moving capital city The government indicates it is not in favor of moving the capital city from Jakarta saying it opts for seeking to prevent the city`s almost annual flooding. Presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said here on Monday President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has hinted no interest in moving the capital city.

Posted in General @ 21 January 2013 18:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods affects some telecommunication infrastructure facilities The Ministry of Communications and Information said some telecommunications infrastructure facilities in flood-affected locations in Jakarta were still off due to floods.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2013 14:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Many locations in Jakarta remain under water Several locations in Jakarta remained under water on Saturday, including Pluit in North Jakarta where flood waters were reported to be two meters deep. Other locations still heavily flooded in North Jakarta included Bandengan and Teluk Gong.

Posted in Flooding @ 19 January 2013 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta warmed by morning sun after severe flooding The people of Jakarta terrorized by big floods on Thursday and Friday may breathe a sigh of relief when weather forecasters said there was no signs of a repeat of Thursday`s disastrous flooding at least for Saturday.

Posted in Flooding @ 19 January 2013 09:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor spends night at poor woman's home Bali’s governor, Made Mangku Pastika caused considerable comment among the public and the press when, on Saturday, January 5, 2013, did a sleep over at the house of a poor woman in North Bali.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2013 05:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Morotai`s residents desperately need clean water Some residents have not been receiving clean water during the last six years in Juanga and Pandanga village, Morotai Island district, North Maluku province. Wisnu, a resident of Juanga village, said recently that the Water Utility Company (PDAM) of Morotai Island district draws water from three wells and clean water from Nakamura Island.

Posted in Health @ 27 October 2012 20:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Damage to mangrove caused by highway construction to be repaired The contractors building the toll road connecting Benoa – Ngurah Rai Airport – Nusa Dua (JDP) have publicly affirmed that they will repair any damage caused to the mangrove forest by the project.The contractors making the pledge are PT Wijaya Karya, PT Adhi Karya and PT Hutama Karya.

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


Govt developing programmes to tackle drought The government has planned to develop and implement programmes in order to minimise the impact of drought on the nation`s agricultural land, according to Agriculture Minister Suwono.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2012 23:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


162 houses in Langkat ravaged by whirlwind Some 162 houses in Babalan and Sei Lepan subdistrict, Langkat regency, North Sumatra had been raged by a whirlwind causing hundreds of millions of rupiahs in losses.

Posted in Weather @ 07 May 2012 13:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


SAR team rescues Australians, British in Makassar waters A local search and rescue (SAR) team has rescued two Australians and two British persons sailing from the Philippines to East Timor in Makassar waters.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 May 2012 14:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Attention needed for tsunami early warning system The Acehnese government has said that the tsunami early warning system, which has been installed in a coastal area, needs special attention for improvements in the future.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 April 2012 12:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rotating blackouts in Bali starting from February 2011 Rotating blackouts in Bali’s power supply are predicted to reoccur in February 2012. The power interruptions will take place during scheduled, routine repairs on the gas powered power plant (PLTG) in Gilimanuk, West Bali, that, during periods of the planned repairs causing the plant to go off-line Bali will lose 130 megawatts of power generation capability.

Posted in Power supply @ 23 October 2011 12:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fatahillah Museum closed until 2014 The Fatahillah Museum of History in Kota Tua, the old city of Jakarta, will be closed for two years to allow for conservation work to be carried out on the badly damaged museum complex. Museum manager Enny Prihantini said many parts of the museum were beyond repair, including walls, flooring and windows.

Posted in Culture @ 09 July 2011 11:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Overloaded trucks destroying Bali's roads The poor state of many roads in Bali is blamed on the blatant disregard of maximum weight limitations by trucks traveling the island's thoroughfares. According to Beritabali.com, an estimated 90% of these trucks are in violation of the maximum weight limitations imposed on every vehicle.

Posted in Culture @ 17 April 2011 11:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trucks and bulldozers clean Bali's Kuta beach Over two dozen garbage trucks and two loaders were dispatched to Bali's popular Kuta beach last week to undertake an urgent clean up the large piles of flotsam, jetsam and other waste that has washed ashore in recent weeks.

Posted in Environment @ 10 April 2011 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Truck crashes into Garuda plane on Schiphol airport A plane belonging to Garuda Indonesia was hit by a truck when it was about to depart from Schiphol airport in the Netherlands. Because of the accident, the plane had to be evacuated which caused long delays for the 125 passengers on board. 70 other passengers who were waiting in Dubai, to be picked up at a stop-over, were also delayed.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 04 September 2010 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Railway firm grounds five executive trains State railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia has grounded five executive trains until after Idul Fitri holiday for safety reasons. The company’s commercial director, Sulistyo Wimbo Hardjito, said on Wednesday the trains would undergo repair works after problems were found in their wheel’s shock breaking system. A number of executive trains derailed in the past month.

Posted in Travel @ 18 August 2010 13:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Repairing the road in between rainstorms The first evening and night in Pangandaran were rain-soaked. Fortunately it had become dry when the early morning had started, although the day started with a completely covered sky so the wet clothes from the night before did not dry quickly. Only when I saw the first neighbors arriving in a truck a little bit of sunshine started to break open the cloud cover.

Posted in Culture @ 20 May 2010 02:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A trip to Cagar Alam Pangandaran Still coughing from the drive home the night before I woke up quite early in the morning after being quite reluctant to get up this early. It was finally dry by now, but it kept on raining for quite some time especially for this time in May. Most people here do not complain about it though; although roads are not repaired yet the newly planted rice and such are growing rapidly in return.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 May 2010 09:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to get some form of train system? Bali's governor Made Mangku Pastika is studying the feasibility of creating a slow rail system that will circle Bali, providing inexpensive access to many of the less-visited areas of the island. As reported by beritabali.com, the Governor views the proposed rail system as a solution to the imbalances in tourism development between north and south Bali.

Posted in Economy @ 26 April 2010 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Camera's in TransJakarta busway stations Some of the bus stops of the TransJakarta busway, that's in Jakarta indeed, have CCTV available. Normally this kind of technique is broken beyond repair soon after it has been installed, but this case is a positive exception. The camera's in 13 of the bus stops along corridor one and six are up and running. You can even view their images on the internet.

Posted in General @ 09 February 2010 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's tourism - a National tragedy Anak Agung Gde Agung is one of Indonesia's most distinguished and well-informed senior statesmen. He is a graduate of Harvard and Leiden universities. He as attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States and served as social services minister during the administration of President Abdurrahman Wahid.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Still more problems with power on Bali Despite earlier assurances that repairs were completed on the Gilmanuk sub-station and that Bali's frequent blackouts were at an end, state-owned power company (PLN) Officials have once again had to make the embarrassing admission that power blackouts are back for at least the short term due to new mechanical problems.

Posted in Power supply @ 01 February 2010 01:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Power outages still hit Bali frequently As Bali's program of rotating black outs enters its third month, public displeasure with the service, or lack thereof, from the state-owned power company (PLN) continues to mount, fueled further by the inability of PLN to publish an accurate schedule of power cuts.

Posted in Power supply @ 15 January 2010 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More power outages for Bali Despite earlier promises that the irritations accompanying electrical blackouts would end on December 6, 2009, the state-owned power company PLN has announced that repairs on the Gilimanuk generating station will take longer than expected and consumers should expect blackouts to continue at least until January 15, 2010.

Posted in Power supply @ 08 December 2009 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


More problems for Batavia Air in Surabaya Passengers waiting for their flights to Kupang and Jakarta with Batavia Air have been delayed for many hours. Most of them are still stranded at the international airport of Juanda near Surabaya. The plane in the direction of Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara, should have departed yesterday afternoon, but has not departed as of earlier this afternoon.

Posted in General @ 04 December 2009 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air plane breaks down on landing strip A Batavia Air plane on the route Denpasar - Surabaya broke down at the landing strip of the international airport of Ngurah Rai on the resort island of Bali earlier today. Technical failure struck the plane when it was heating up the engines for departure. Four passengers or crew were injured in the incident when they exited the plane by emergency procedure. The plane is slightly damaged.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 December 2009 09:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rail connection Bogor - Sukabumi still closed after landslide The rail connection between Bogor and Sukabumi has been closed for over a month now, but progress has been made and the route is slated for reopening early next week. A landslide wiped out the track over a distance of several hundred meters near a bridge over the Cigombong river. In the first planning, reconstruction should only take a week though.

Posted in Weather @ 01 December 2009 04:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Reducing immigration lines at Bali's airport On Sunday, November 15, 2009, Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, and the Minister of Law and Human Right, Patrialis Akbar, conducted a snap inspection of the visa-on-arrival (VOA) procedures at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport.

Posted in Travel @ 26 November 2009 01:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kuta Beach shoreline eroding again The investment of substantial sums in recent years to reclaim and protect Kuta's shoreline has done little to prevent severe erosion in the last days of October 2009. A major stretch of Kuta has lost 15 meters of beach depth along a stretch 200 meters long. A member of Commission B of Bali's House of Representatives (DPRD), Wayan Puspa Negara, said the erosion damage was severe and has been taking place over the past several months.

Posted in Weather @ 03 November 2009 01:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bali to face power outages September - November 							  The state-run power company PLN has warned that Bali can expect period blackouts between the dates of September 23 - November 23, 2009, as repairs are undertaken on a gas-powered electrical generating plant near Gilimanuk in the western top of Bali. Consumers are being warned that the key areas of Kuta, Nusa Dua and Denpasar can expect to experience several hours of blackouts on each day during the specified period.

Posted in Power supply @ 25 July 2009 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Bali government: '28 million euro to stop erosion of beaches' Tempo Interaktif estimates that as much as 25% of Bali's shorelines have suffered significant erosion caused by sea waves. Of the total shorelines abrased by high waves the government of Bali has only been able to take remedial steps on 53% of the affected beaches.

Posted in Environment @ 22 June 2008 05:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Bima' train partially derails near Gubeng station One wagon of the Bima train from Jakarta to Surabaya derailed between the stations of Wonokromo and Gubeng just before seven in the morning local time earlier today. "Four wheels have derailed, it is the last wagon on the train," said Sugeng Riyono, head of the 8th operational devision of PT KAI, the Indonesian state-owned railroad company.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 June 2008 07:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Train derails in Central Jakarta A train on the route Rangkas Bitung - Pasar Senen has derailed just before entering the Kampung Bandan trainstation in Central Jakarta earlier this afternoon. Other trains on the track in both directions (Tangerang and Bekasi) were not able to stop at this station anymore. The locomotive with registration number CC 201-77 of the train derailed and closed the track in both directions. Local residents hurried themselves to the location, but only to get some of the diesel that was leaking from the locomotive.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 May 2008 13:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Streets of Kuta to be made more pedestrian friendly The physical infrastructure for streets in Bali is inadequate to meet the safety requirements of pedestrians and vehicular road users. Bad road surface conditions, the lack of sidewalks, insufficient drainage, and the absence of shaded and green corridors - all contribute to Kuta's failure to meet standards of safety needed for tourist areas with high levels of pedestrian traffic.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2008 04:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of boats destroyed by waves near Pelabuhan Ratu About 60 fishing boats which are owned by local fishers in the area of Pelabuhan Ratu, in Sukabumi, western Java, were destroyed by high waves. The boats were dragged away by high waves and destroyed when they were thrown back onto the beaches again.

Posted in Weather @ 03 January 2008 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Railroad near Porong gets more bumpy The railroad near Porong, Sidoarjo, which has been damaged by the mud flow, is still getting worse. However the track is already seen as critical, it is still used to transport people on the routes with destinations Malang, Pasuruan and Banyuwangi. This piece of track is normally used by 40 trains a day.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 13 December 2007 13:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Power outages in Solo area after tower collapse A number of areas in and around Solo, central Java,were hit by power outages starting from 19:00 local time (GMT+7) yesterday evening.These outages were caused by the collapse of one power in the area of Klaten, central Java, that supports a number of high voltage power cables. Outages hit the areas of Palur, Solo city and parts of Wonogiri. Outages lasted around one hour.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 November 2007 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of houses flooded with seawater in North Jakarta Emergency repairs to a dam in Muara Karang, northern Jakarta, that earlier broke are still in progress. The dam is being closed with bags of sand. This dam was built to prevent high tides from entering the area, but now it has broken, hundreds of houses in the area are in around one meter of water.

Posted in Flooding @ 28 November 2007 05:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crooked railway track in Porong repaired Repairs on the crooked railway track on the line between Siring and Jatirejo in Porong, south of Sidoarjo - close to the hot mud flow from the Lapindo Brantas drilling well - has been completed with success. The repairs started on Monday evening and lasted into Tuesday. The condition of the track between the villages of Ketapang (in Tanggulangin subdistrict) and Siring (in the Porong subdistrict) has been fully restored.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 31 October 2007 04:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to plant 79 million trees in a day Indonesia will attempt to repair its reputation as one of the biggest contributors to deforestation by planting 79 million trees in one day next month. The initiative is part of a global campaign to plant a billion trees and will precede a UN summit on climate change in Bali in December. “Everybody, residents and officials from the lowest unit of the Government to the President, will take part in this movement,” Ahmad Fauzi Masud, a spokesman for the Forestry Ministry, said

Posted in Environment @ 05 October 2007 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali Hai II sailing again after scheduled overhaul After more than one month undergoing a scheduled major overhaul in a Surabaya dry-dock, Bali Hai II has returned to Bali and resumed its daily schedule of island cruises to Nusa Lembongan and evening dinner cruises.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 July 2007 08:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Angry Aceh residents break down tsunami system Angry residents in Banda Aceh have broken down the tsunami warning system in the area after a false alarm a few days ago caused widespread panic among residents in the city. Big parts of Aceh were devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Posted in General @ 08 June 2007 05:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire in Jakarta causes melting of railway track A fire that razed through many houses on both side of a railroad track in Duri Angke, West Jakarta has even caused the railway track to melt. The fire started around 17:40 local time on Tuesday. "I received a report from the Kebayoran Railway Station that several points of the rail track in the area melted," a spokesman for the state railway company PT KAI, Ahmad Sujadi.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 May 2007 02:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia calls in Japan to deal with mud flow crisis The Japanese will most likely provide a soft loan with a value of up to 1 trillion Rupiah (84 million euro) to help the country stopping the mud flow from the gas drilling site in East Java, which has been gushing mud for almost one year now. The loans were proposed to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono just last week. The Japanese government offered possible solution to stop the mud flow, according to Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 17 May 2007 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dam near mud flow source starts to crack Workers are working hard on Thursday to repair a big dam containing mud from the Lapindo well that has already flooded hundreds of homes. Cracks started to appear in the man-made embankment on Wednesday causing authorities to declare the area as a danger zone directly.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 27 April 2007 03:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud flow continues to grow wilder; dam collapses The mud flow from Lapindo's drilling operations in Porong, Sidoarjo in East Java, is not cooling down but is even growing wilder which caused the collapse of a main dam on Sunday. The head of the design and supervision team of the group in charge of controlling the mud flow, Arie Setyadi, said the 20-meter-high dam had collapsed after heavy rains.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 April 2007 02:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two trains derail in Indonesia on one day Two trains derailed in two separate accidents in Java on Saturday. At least 50 people were injured according to reports in the local media. One of the accidents occurred in the area of Garut in West Java. A train derailment there injured around 50 people, some of them seriously, when a number of cars derailed.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 April 2007 02:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Main tollroad near Porong in southern direction closed The main road near Porong, which connects Surabaya and Gempol, is closed for traffic in the direction of Malang to the south and Jember-Banyuwangi to the east. The closure came in effect at 10.00 local time today. The two lanes which originate in Surabaya and run south are closed because of mud flowing on the road since the last nine days.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 April 2007 08:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Railway industry waits huge overhaul if bill passed The government is preparing a bill on rail transportation that will effectively end the state's monopoly of the industry. It also required an audit of state railway company PT Kereta Api (PT KA). When the bill - scheduled for 27 March - is passed, the government and PT KA are required to hold a technical audit as a step towards rehabilitating all facilities and networks on Java and Sumatra.

Posted in General @ 18 March 2007 15:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HFH Indonesia to start house rehabilitation for Jakarta flood victims Habitat for Humanity Indonesia has put its wheels into motion with a fast response to rehabilitate 1,000 flood-damaged homes in Jakarta in three months. HFH Indonesia kicked off the project on 17th February with the rehabilitation of five houses in Sukakarya, Bekasi, one of the most affected areas. This will involve mostly repairs of the houses' earth flooring. Come next week, Habitat will start rehabilitation works in Jakarta.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 February 2007 04:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Canada joins search for missing Adam Air plane A jet plane from Canada arrived at Hasanuddin airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Tuesday, to participate in the search for an Adam Air jetliner that went missing while flying from Java to Manado, North Sulawesi, last week, with 102 people on board. The air base`s spokesman, Captain Mulyadi, confirmed a King Air-200 with call sign N-857 from Canada had arrived here with three crew members.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 January 2007 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hunt for Adam Air flight 574 It was a fairly normal beginning of the new year, for as far the first day of the year can be a normal one. The sun was shining here and the weather looked good for the day. Maybe a little bit strange, since we are in the middle of the wet season here so in fact we have to expect a lot of rain almost every single day now. The weather is slightly strange since there is really bad weather of the Java Sea. From Southern Sumatra until as far east at the Moluccan Spice Islands the weather is bad; very high waves, strong winds and a lot of rain are pounding the area. At first you think that that is not a big deal there out at sea, at least there will be no victims in flash floods, landslides and other misery that comes with the wet season in Indonesia.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


122 survivors of ill-fated MV Senopati rescued A total of 122 survivors of the ill-fated MV Senopati, which sank in the vicinity of Mandalika island in the Java Sea in the wee hours of Saturday, were rescued up to Sunday morning, a radio report said on Sunday. Fishermen found 18 other survivors on Sunday Monday morning, adding the total number of survivors to 122, but around 400 others were still missing, El-Shinta radio station reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 December 2006 06:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: Ill-fated KM Senopati was still sea-worthy The "KM Senopati Nusantara", the motor vessel (MV) which sank in Suar Mandalika waters early Saturday (Dec, 30), was still sea worthy and not very old, Tranportation Minister Hatta Radjasa said. The KM Senopati Nusantara was made in 1990 and it underwent repairs in 2006, the minister told the press here on Saturday.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 December 2006 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Weeks of net chaos expected in Indonesia It is expected to take between two and four weeks for Internet capacity to recover in Indonesia after it dropped to 17 percent Tuesday following the earthquake in China 's Taiwan. "The question of when Internet connections will recover, regretfully, lies in the hands of external parties," the Jakarta Post daily on Friday quoted Basuki Yusuf Iskandar, director general of posts and telecommunication at the Communications and Information Ministry, as saying at a press conference.

Posted in General @ 30 December 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud in East Java threathens railroad The flow of mud after the breaking of the dam near pond A in Desa Kedungbendo, Tanggulangin, is still growing. It doesn't only flood the TAS housing complex, but it also flows to the west and approaches Desa Ketapang, Tanggulangin. Since last Saturday morning, the mud started to overflow the flood channel in front of primary school Kedungbendo 3. Not long after it started to overflow the area of the school, not long after the school had been evacuated.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 December 2006 15:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Russian aircraft damaged in Indonesia A Russian aircraft was slightly damaged while landing at the airport in Banjarmasin in southern Kalimantan, Indonesia, a RIA Novosti correspondent said Friday. Two Be-200 amphibious aircraft from Russia's Emergencies Ministry have been involved in firefighting operations on Sumatra and Kalimantan.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 November 2006 02:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Two years of SBY: Bouquet for Aceh, brickbat for economy As he heads into his third year as Indonesia's president on Friday, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono enjoys respectable popularity, but is struggling to ignite Southeast Asia's largest economy, analysts say. The 57-year-old former general, who was nominated for a Nobel peace prize for overseeing a peace pact with separatist rebels in Aceh, has crafted a respected image abroad, but at home the battles he faces are more complex.

Posted in Politics @ 29 October 2006 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia behind the learning curve Indonesia is arguably Asia's least well-educated country, and the government is largely to blame. With 30% of its 242 million population school-aged, the world's largest Muslim country ranks lowest among its Asian neighbors in terms of public education expenditure.

Posted in Economy @ 03 September 2006 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The conmen of Parangtritis What should have been a nice day driving around, became a very funny little adventure. Especially about some remarks that would be made in Parangtritis. Thinking back to this in fact ridiculous fact where four people can laugh about for a long time, it's time to do some efforts to go back writing a little bit. We go back just two days. Not too early the four of us get in the rental car (license plate starting with AB, so we are just like real Yogyakartans), to drive around for the afternoon; some beach, a little bit of disaster area south of Yogyakarta and then simply back home to eat.

Posted in Culture @ 25 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


World Bank urges Indonesia to raise bird flu budget The World Bank urged the Indonesian government on Thursday to increase its budget for the bird flu programme, saying the virus was a severe threat to the country's economy and the health of its people. Indonesia, which has been criticised for not doing enough to stamp out the H5N1 virus, plans to spend $46.45 million for bird flu control in 2007, down from $57.37 million allocated for this year.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 August 2006 13:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Independence Day preparations With several days left until the annual celebration of the independence of Indonesia, 17 August 2006 exactly 61 years ago, the daily view in the streets has changed pretty much. Not that it has become more crowded or more quiet, because that doesn't realy matter this time of year, this day is commonly celebrated with the neighbors in the neighborhood. Many of the central fields in villages and cities will be the stage of small games at the 17th, especially old Dutch games with a Indonesian flavour added to it.

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


Children from Mblali On a late afternoon late last week I was to receive a short text message. I get a lot of them here as it is a cheap way to communicate here during the day, but this one was more special, or more important however you want to call it. It was from a foundation that has done emergency response after the earthquake in Central Java - today two months ago - as well as to tsunami-stricken Pangandaran just a while ago. They are still active in the area of Mblali, a village where people from other villages have found shelter after the earthquake. As one of the few they have maintained their outpost on the local field there, while most other organizations have already wrapped up their 'on-the-spot' emergency efforts.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia begins immunizations in earthquake zone Hundreds of women cradling babies and holding the hands of children lined up Wednesday as Indonesia kicked off a massive campaign to immunize more than 1.5 million people against disease following last month's deadly earthquake. “We are racing against time,” said Gandung Hermanto, head of the surveillance division at the health department in Bantul, the district hardest hit by the May 27 quake that turned ramshackle homes into piles of bricks and rubble in less than a minute.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 June 2006 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aid has yet to reach some in central Java Villagers pleaded for food and shelter Thursday in areas yet to be reached by foreign relief teams five days after Indonesia's devastating earthquake. Survivors searched for scraps of tin and other materials to rebuild destroyed homes. Others blocked traffic to plead for money or placed flower pots and trash cans on streets to slow traffic and beg for donations.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 June 2006 15:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt fights to stop disease as quake toll rises to 4,983 Indonesian authorities rushed to provide survivors of the May 27 earthquake in Java with clean water and shelter to halt the spread of disease among 200,000 homeless people, as the death toll rose to 4,983. Aid agencies such as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies supplied 2,000 tents for 10,000 people in areas south of Yogyakarta and are transporting tents used for survivors of the 2004 tsunami in Aceh. The World Food Program will start distributing 100 metric tons of fortified noodles and other food today, agency spokesman Barry Came said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 May 2006 06:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Yogya airport reopens for commercial flights on Tuesday' The Ministry of Transport today informed that the international airport east of Yogyakarta, Adi Sucipto, will most probably be reopened for commercial flights as early as Tuesday, Hatta Rajasa told reporters. According to Hatta, the airport can currently only be used by emergency flights. "The landing strip can be used up toi a length of 1400 meters, just enough for Hercules emergency flights and smaller planes", Hatta said on a press meeting in the temporary office for the vice-President in Yogyakarta.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 18:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two die, three hurt in Medan train crash Two train workers died and three others were injured when cargo trains carrying palm oil crashed Friday morning in Fortuna village in Perbaungan district, Serdang Bedagai regency. A witness, Surya, said a Dolok Hilir 2901 train hit a 2911 train from behind at 5:30 a.m., turning the cars upside down and spilling their cargo.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 April 2006 18:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Social workers: 'Much of the cash-for-the-poor diverted' Most of the social welfare programs created by the government following the fuel subsidy cuts are missing their proper targets, a report released by a group of social workers says. The report showed the four main programs -- the School Operational Aid (BOS) scheme, costing Rp 6.7 trillion; the Health Insurance plan, at Rp 3.8 trillion; the Rp 3.4 trillion Village Infrastructure Development program; and the Direct Cash Aid program costing Rp 6.5 trillion -- were not being distributed properly.

Posted in General @ 17 January 2006 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Long blackouts in Aceh and North Sumatra State power company PLN on Wednesday began cutting power to Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam and North Sumatra provinces for two hours a day, again leaving residents in the dark after a year of regular blackouts in 2005. The rolling blackouts, which will continue over the next 52 days, will take place during peak usage hours, between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., according to the company's spokesman in North Sumatra, Agus Muliadi.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2006 10:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Homeless adrift a year after Boxing Day tsunami Billions of dollars have been pledged and thousands of new homes built but the city of Banda Aceh is still a scene of devastation after the Boxing Day tsunami of last year. Tens of thousands are surviving in shanty towns of scrap wood and metal churned up by the terrifying force of the sea. There are 67,500 still living in tents. More than 200,000 survivors are thought to be staying with friends or relatives. Along the coast, towns and villages are nothing more than swampland and rubble. Survivors are jammed together in windowless plywood barracks hurriedly built by the army.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Satellite launch delayed for 8th time The launch of Indonesian PT Telkom's satellite scheduled for Nov. 14 will be postponed again mainly due to a ground equipment problem, Telkom General Director Arwin Rasyid said Sunday. The launch has been delayed due to technical problem in gasoline launch table, Arwin said at the Telkom's satellite main controller station in Cibinong, West Java, Antara News Agency reported.

Posted in Economy @ 14 November 2005 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: Rp 4t needed to repair irrigation system The Ministry of Agriculture will propose an additional budget of Rp 4 trillion (US$396 million) to repair the country's irrigation system, minister Anton Apriyantono said on Sunday. "The fund is needed to maintain the country's tertiary irrigation systems which are in poor condition," he said.

Posted in Environment @ 23 October 2005 17:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four planes grounded after fatal crash Indonesian air transport authorities have grounded four Boeing 737-200s belonging to four unnamed private airlines in the wake of a recent fatal crash. "Four Boeing 737-200s owned by four airlines have been declared grounded until all damaged components are repaired," the Kompas newspaper quotes Transport Minister Hatta Rajasa as saying.

Posted in General @ 11 September 2005 11:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Power blackout results in chaos Indonesia's president ordered the police and the national intelligence agency to investigate a power failure that left nearly 100 million people - almost half the country - in the dark yesterday. Indonesia's state-run power utility said it did not know the cause of the failure, which cut electricity to homes, businesses and trains for more than five hours and caused major traffic jams in the capital, Jakarta.

Posted in Power supply @ 19 August 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia May crude output at 34-yr low Indonesia's crude oil production fell to the lowest level in 34 years in May to 936,000 barrels per day (bpd), from 953,000 bpd a month earlier, due to repairs on several wells, an industry source said on Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 07 June 2005 08:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami rebuilding effort stalls Political squabbling, donor demands and government indecision have stalled the building of roads, water treatment plants and nearly 180,000 homes for survivors of last December's tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 May 2005 09:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Govt says three months to restore power, water on Nias It will take at least three months to fully restore electricity and water to the earthquake-ravaged Indonesian island of Nias, the country's vice president said Saturday. Yusuf Kalla, on a visit to the remote northwestern island where up to 1,300 people may have died in an 8.7-magnitude quake last Monday, said electricity in some areas was back on line, but complete restoration would take weeks.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Traditional houses outlast new in Sumatra quake You could call it the tale of two houses: one, a seemingly rickety stilt structure built 80 years ago using no nails stands defiantly upright, while next door, a six-year-old brick-and-cement home lies in a pile of rubble -- sent crashing to the ground by Monday's massive earthquake. "Everyone knows bricks are not so strong," Agus, who owns what is left of the brick house, said while taking a break from salvaging what he could from the collapsed structure.

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


German runs 'renegade' tsunami relief effort A 31-year-old German is using two utility turboprop jets belonging to his business to ferry medical aid to the Indonesian town of Meulaboh, among the worst-hit in tsunami- bludgeoned Sumatra. The two planes Christian von Strombeck bought last year to transport seafood from the coasts of southern Java to his factory in Jakarta and his three Indonesian pilots have been flying eight hours a day since 28 December, primarily ferrying medical aid from Medan.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia in for the long haul: PM Australian troops and aid workers would stay in Indonesia to help rebuild tsunami-torn areas for as long as they were needed, Prime Minister John Howard said today. In a speech broadcast to the nation tonight, Mr Howard said the south-east Asian tragedy demanded a long-term response. "A tragedy of this magnitude ... requires a long-term commitment of resources if shattered communities are to be rebuilt and survivors provided with some hope for the future," he said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 January 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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