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House approves Budi Gunawan as police chief The House of Representatives (DPR) plenary session here Thursday approved Commissioner General Budi Gunawan as the Indonesian Police Chief to replace General Sutarman after the House leaders met with heads of all factions.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 15 January 2015 14:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


20 FPI members held after clash at City Hall The Jakarta police have held 20 members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) for their alleged involvement in riots and vandalism during rallies at City Hall and the Jakarta Legislative Assembly Building here on Friday.

Posted in Protests @ 03 October 2014 20:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi tenders resignation letter as governor today President-elect and current Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, handed over his resignation letter as governor to the members of Jakartas Legislative Council (DPRD) on Thursday noon. "Yes, today I will myself hand over the resignation letter to the DPRD members," Jokowi stated.

Posted in Politics @ 02 October 2014 14:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New DPR and DPD members officially sworn in The official swearing-in of the new members of the House of Representatives (DPR) and Regional Representatives Council (DPD) and the Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR), who won the 2014 elections, took place here on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 October 2014 19:14 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


Soldiers to guard Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border About 450 Indonesian Army (TNI) soldiers will secure the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border area in late September 2014 to replace the previous security personnel.

Posted in Military @ 28 August 2014 20:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Basuki wishes for a hard-working deputy Jakarta s vice governor Basuki Tjahaya Purnama revealed that he wanted a hard worker to be his deputy when he is inaugurated later as governor to replace Joko Widodo, who has been elected as president.

Posted in Politics @ 26 August 2014 17:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi`s resignation letter is on its way The resignation letter of the elected President, Joko Widodo, from his current post as Jakarta governor is under legal process and waiting to be published, an official stated here Friday.

Posted in Elections @ 25 July 2014 16:52 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


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


'60 percent of Golkar cadres support Jusuf Kalla' A senior politician from the Golkar Party, Fahmi Idris, is predicting that 60 percent of the party cadres will support Jusuf Kalla in the presidential election on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 31 May 2014 00:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia`s citizens in U.S. cast votes on Saturday Indonesian citizens living in the United States (U.S.), along with the Indonesian Ambassador, Budi Bowoleksono and his wife Reshanty Bowoleksono cast votes on Saturday (April 5) for legislative general elections.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2014 22:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former minister questioned by anti-graft agency as witness Former minister of forestry MS Kaban here, Thursday, was questioned as a witness by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in connection with the corruption case of Integrated Radio Communication System (SKRT) project in his ministry in 2006-2007.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 February 2014 16:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former chief justice calls to end political oligarchy Former constitutional court chief justice Mahfud MD has called on the people to put an end to political oligarchy, which has so far dominated governance and is not good for a democracy.

Posted in Politics @ 18 February 2014 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


T50i fighter jets strengthen Indonesian Air Force Indonesias Air Force (TNI AU) has been strengthened by new fighter jets T 50i Golden Eagle made in South Korea.

Posted in Military @ 13 February 2014 23:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Helicopter makes emergency landing in Central Java A helicopter had to make an emergency landing due to bad weather conditions at the Dukuh Jetis Square, Kadipaten Village, Andong, Boyolali District, Central Java, on Friday, though no casualties were reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 February 2014 22:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police chief inaugurates new Brimob Corps chief National Police Chief Gen. Sutarman inaugurated Brig. Gen. Robby Kaligis as Chief of the Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) Corps, replacing Insp. Gen. M. Rum Murkal, here on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 07 February 2014 21:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Defense Ministry looking to replace aging F-5 tiger fighter aircraft The Indonesian Defense Ministry announced its plan to replace the F-5 Tiger fighter aircraft with the latest generation of jet fighters such as the Russian Sukhoi Su-35.

Posted in Military @ 07 January 2014 22:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK urged to speed up investigations of Atut and Hambit Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi has urged the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to speed up investigation of Banten Governor Atut Choisiyah and Gunung Mas District Head Hambit Bintih both mired in litigation.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 January 2014 16:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung erupts three times Mount Sinabung in Karo district of North Sumatra, erupted three times on Wednesday morning, hurling volcanic ash into the sky. Head of Data Center of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a short text message that the first eruption took place at 2:40 am belching volcanic ash some 2,000 meters into the air.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 November 2013 15:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All flights must avoid route on Mount Sinabung The Ministry of Transportation has urged all flights to avoid routes on Mount Sinabung which erupted on Sunday in Karo District, North Sumatra.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 November 2013 16:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court names Hamdan Zoelva as new chief Indonesias Constitutional Court has elected Hamdan Zoelva as new chief judge, replacing Akil Mochtar, who recently was named a suspect in a corruption case.

Posted in General @ 01 November 2013 22:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of police to guard Jambi labour protest At least 1,500 members of the Jambi Regional Police are to be deployed to maintain peace during labor protests planned to take place from October 28 to November 2, 2013.

Posted in Protests @ 25 October 2013 15:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar removes Chairun Nisa following arrest Golkar on Tuesday announced it has removed Chairun Nisa as a member of the House of Representatives following her arrest earlier this month for allegedly bribing Constitutional Court Chief Akil Mochtar.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2013 23:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Soekarno Hatta airport railway to be operational in 2015' Railway company PT.Railink said railway link between Jakarta`s Manggarai station and Soekarno Hatta airport will be operational in 2015. The airport railway will have 10 trains or 60 carriages, M.N.Fadhila, the Railink president said.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 04 September 2013 22:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President installs new military and army chiefs President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has installed General Moeldoko as the commander of the Indonesian Defence Forces (TNI) and Lieutenant General Budiman as the chief of staff of the Indonesian Army (TNI AD).

Posted in Military @ 30 August 2013 14:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to modernize its military Army General Moeldoko said modernization of the military equipment will come first in his agenda as a new Indonesian military chief. "I will prepare a working program to modernize the military equipment," Moeldoko said here on Tuesday after the House of Representative in a plenary session approved his appointment as a new military chief.

Posted in Military @ 27 August 2013 13:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


General Pramono hands over post to Lt Gen Moeldoko General Pramono Edhie Wibowo handed over his post of army chief of staff to Lieutenant General Moeldoko in a ceremony held at the Army Headquarters here on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 23 May 2013 17:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President officially inducts Chatib Basri as finance minister President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the State Palace here on Tuesday officially installed Muhammad Chatib Basri as the new finance minister to replace Agus Martowardojo.

Posted in Politics @ 21 May 2013 17:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Indonesian military and police chiefs to be replaced' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will replace Indonesian Military Commander Admiral Agus Suhartono and Police Chief General Timur Pradopo in August or September this year, according to the Cabinet Secretariat`s official website.

Posted in Politics @ 09 April 2013 07:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A military command chief replaced The Indonesian Army Headquarters has replaced Maj. Gen Hardiono Saroso as chief of the Diponegoro Regional Military Command IV following the raid of a prison in Yoyakarta by Army`s Special Forces (Kopassus) members recently.

Posted in Military @ 06 April 2013 16:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to buy combat helicopters from United States Indonesia wants to buy a number of combat helicopters from the United States for the army , Defenses Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said. "The choice is Apache combat helicopters to strengthen the army weapons system," Purnomo said here on Friday.

Posted in Military @ 15 February 2013 19:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US $1.56 billion for modernization Indonesian Army The Indonesian Army will have Rp14 trillion (US$1.56 billion) to buy its main equipment of weapons system this year. "That is the amount approved by the House of Representatives for the army to buy new weapons," Army Chief of Staff General Pramono Edhie Wibowo said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Military @ 13 February 2013 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Democrat yet to name nominees for sports minister Democrat Party has yet to decide names of its figures who will replace Andi Malarangeng as Youth and Sports Minister, the party`s deputy secretary general Saan Mustafa said here on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 January 2013 20:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to operate unmanned aircraft Indonesia plans to operate unmanned aircraft in 2013, manufactured by the Agency for Technology Assessment and Application (BPPT), according to minister of research and technology Gusti Muhammad Hatta.

Posted in Military @ 30 December 2012 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta airport blames 15-year-old UPS unit for blackout Following the blackout in Jakarta International Airport Soekarno-Hatta on Sunday, December 16, the airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II blamed the 15-year-old Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) unit that is to be replaced in 2013.

Posted in General @ 18 December 2012 17:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mahfud to decide soon on possible presidential nomination Constitutional Court (MK) Chairman Mahfud MD said he might soon decide whether he would nominate himself as a presidential candidate for the 2014 presidential race.

Posted in Politics @ 01 December 2012 22:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gembiraloka zoo to have penguin attraction by 2013 The Gembiraloka Zoo of Yogyakarta has set itself a target of completing a penguin attraction by 2013. The penguin attraction was aimed to attract more visitors to the Yogyakarta landmark, which is visited by around 700-800 people everyday, Spokesperson of Gembiraloka Zoo Gunardi said here, Monday.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 November 2012 00:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta`s new governor rejects luxurious car The new governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo (Jokowi), has refused to sign the receipt for the purchase of a luxurious car - a Toyota Land Cruiser - offered to him.

Posted in Politics @ 18 October 2012 20:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor Jokowi observes densely populated areas The new Jakarta governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) a day after being installed by Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi, on Tuesday observed Pademangan, one of the densely populated areas in the capital city.

Posted in Politics @ 16 October 2012 21:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police prepare substitutes for withdrawn investigators National Police Chief Gen. Timur Pradopo said that replacements have been found for 20 police investigators who had been withdrawn from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Posted in Corruption @ 17 September 2012 23:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Telkom seeking  new partner to launch replacement satellite PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk said it is seeking new partner to launch a new satellite to replace Telkom-3 lost in space on launching failure by Russian rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, last month.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 September 2012 23:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Yudhoyono appoints Nafsiah Mboi new Minister of Health President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has named Nafsiah Mboi as the new health minister to replace minister Endang Sedyaningsih, who recently died from cancer.

Posted in Politics @ 13 June 2012 11:28 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


Power plant on Java to stop using fuel oil The government aims to stop using fuel oil for electricity power plants situated in Java island by June 2012. "In the middle of this year, there would be no more plants using fuel oil in Java," said Jarman, Director General of Electricity Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, here on Friday.

Posted in Power supply @ 20 April 2012 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to use military aircraft to carry logistics to Papua The government will deploy military and police aircraft to transport logistics to Papua since Susi Air and Trigana Air are not yet operating following a recent shooting at Mulia airport.

Posted in General @ 19 April 2012 16:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to soon develop renewable energy Indonesia will soon develop renewable energy to replace the country`s diminishing oil reserves, according to Deputy Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Kardaya Warnika.

Posted in Economy @ 08 April 2012 04:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Defense ministry gets three Bell-412 choppers Indonesian aerospace company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI)) handed three Bell-412 EP helicopters to the Defense Ministry in Bandung, West Java, on Friday. PT DI delivered the helicopters to the Defense Ministry to strengthen the operations of the Indonesian Army and Navy.

Posted in Military @ 05 March 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Chief warden replaced after riot at prison in Bali The chief warden of Bali`s Kerobokan penitentiary, Bowo Nariwono, as well as the prison`s chief of security, Anang Khuzaini, were replaced following recent riots at the prison. The positions were transferred at about 9.30am on Friday during a short ceremony at the official residence of the chief warden.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2012 01:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four officials dismissed over Nasir`s cell visit Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin has dismissed four officials of the Directorate General of Corrections over lawmaker Muhammad Nasir`s visit to the cell of graft suspect M. Nazaruddin outside visit hours at the Cipinang Penitentiary.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2012 12:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to buy Apache helicopters from US Indonesia plans to buy eight units of AH-64 Apache helicopter from the US, deputy minister of defense Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin said here on Thursday. He said the procurement was done not because the US had made an offer to the government. "It was done to meet Indonesia's needs. They did not offer them but it was us who sought them," he said.

Posted in Military @ 10 February 2012 11:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia finds agreement over minimum wage for Bekasi The government has found a settlement over the dispute on minimum wage for Bekasi district that has caused a huge demonstration and blockade of a key toll road to and from Jakarta recently.

Posted in Economy @ 29 January 2012 01:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Economist: Raising fuel price more realistic Raising the present gasoline price will be a more realistic policy than the government's plan to limit subsidized fuel oil consumption to reduce its subsidy burden, an economist here said.

Posted in Economy @ 24 January 2012 01:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia to grant four Hercules planes to Indonesia The Australian government is expected to grant four C-130 Hercules planes to Indonesia as the technical teams from the two countries may meet in the middle of this January, spokesman for the Defense Ministry, Hartind Asrin, told ANTARA here Tuesday.

Posted in Military @ 04 January 2012 06:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More violence in Bounty Discotheque Following the shooting of a security guard at the Santa Fe Café on December 5, 2011 , violence has once again occurred on the streets of Kuta.

Posted in Violence @ 19 December 2011 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to rebuild Tenggarong bridge in 2012 New bridge construction is expected to be built immediately in Kutai Kertanegara district to replace the recently collapsed suspension bridge, Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono said here on Sunday.

The bridge over the Mahakam river in East Kalimantan province collapsed at 4.30 pm last Saturday (Nov 26) causing a number of vehicles to fall into the river and killed at least 21 people.

"Members of the House of Representatives, the East Kalimantan provincial government officials and the Public Works Ministry have agreed to soon discuss about reconstruction of the bridge," Agung said after visiting the collapsed bridge in Kutai Kertanegara district.

The minister said the local government had allocated a Rp100 billion to rebuild the bridge while the rest of the fund for the reconstruction would be from the central government.

"If all evacuation process have completed, we can start doing the reconstruction of the bridge," said the minister, adding that his ministry was still focusing on the search of 16 bodies of victims of the collapsed bridge.

The minister said his office would also accelerate the evacuation of tens of vehicles and the ruins of the bridge from the bottom of the Mahakam river. Spanning 710 meters over the Mahakam River, the bridge is said to be the longest suspension bridge in Indonesia with a suspended section of 270 meters.

The names of several companies have been mentioned in the media as having participated in the bridge`s construction. PT Perencana Jaya was said to have served as consultant on the project, PT Hutama Karya as the main contractor and PT Bukaka Teknik Utama as provider of maintenance services.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 December 2011 13:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Will Garuda get competition from Sriwijaya Air? Plans from Indonesian Airliner Sriwijaya Air to give Garuda Indonesia some competition, will be realised in the second quarter of 2012. The airliner will then also offer full service flights, like Garuda is doing at the moment. The first visible step is the replacfement of all Boeing 737-200 planes for Boeing 737-500 planes.

Posted in Travel @ 14 October 2011 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead as Indonesian military fires at Freeport strikers Indonesian security forces opened fire on striking workers at Freeport-McMoran's gold and copper mine early Monday, killing one and critically wounding another, a union official said. Police said it was too early to comment and officials from Freeport, based in the U.S. state of Arizona, were preparing an official statement.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 10 October 2011 10:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air to make improvements to avoid delays After Indonesian airliner Lion Air has been warned several times by different authorities about the increasing number of delays with the airline, it has now announced that it is to take immediate actions. A number of changes are forced through with the airline in the coming days. These changes are not voluntarily though.

Posted in Travel @ 17 July 2011 10:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU and Indonesia sign aviation agreement The European Union (EU) on Thursday announced that it had signed an aviation agreement with the Republic of Indonesia on Wednesday to boost future transportation development between both parties.

Posted in Politics @ 30 June 2011 15:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


600 evacuated from Mount Dieng volcano highlands Over 600 people from villages in the Mount Dieng volcano highlands have been evacuated from the vicinity of the crater that is active at the moment. The volcano, near the city of Wonosobo in Central Java province is showing signs of increasing activity, so villagers are brought to a safer location.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 31 May 2011 05:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Dieng volcano status raised to 'dangerous' The Mount Dieng volcano, in the neighborhood of Wonosobo in Central Java province, is showing signs of increasing activity. The Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG has therefore raised the alert status of the volcano again, from 'careful' to 'dangerous'.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 May 2011 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Best Western Kuta closed, but still open, over permits As expected, enforcement officers from the Badung regency descended on the Best Western Kuta on Thursday, April 28, 2011, to post a sign in both English and Indonesian declaring hotel closed.

Posted in Politics @ 02 May 2011 03:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilink will operate first Airbus A320 in July The low-cost daughter company of Indonesian airliner Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, will soon start renewing it's fleet. It will receive it's first Airbus A320 plane in July 2011. Until the year end it will receive another five of those planes, so it can replace older planes it is currently operating.

Posted in Travel @ 09 April 2011 02:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia needs 120 new pilots each year Garuda Indonesia airlines needs at least 120 new pilots per year. These new pilots are for manning the fleet which continues to grow and to replace retired pilots. As stated by Garuda Indonesia's vice president of Flight Operations, Capt. S Samad.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 06 April 2011 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ready to operate nuclear power plants Indonesia's Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten) on Tuesday announced that the country is ready to operate nuclear power plants as soon as constructed.

Posted in Power supply @ 29 March 2011 21:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Russia renew air service agreement Indonesia and Russia on Monday renewed their air service agreement to conduct direct flights between each nation, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in General @ 29 March 2011 00:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Late arrival of Boeing 777-300 planes for Garuda The new Boeing 777-300 planes that were ordered by Garuda Indonesia (GIAA), will not be delivered to Garuda as scheduled. The planes were due to arrive late 2012 or at latest early 2013, but Boeing now says that is will not be able to comply to this. There is a backlog at the Boeing plant in Seattle in the United States. Garuda expects that two out of the total order of 10 will be delivered in 2013.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 March 2011 01:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Human Rights Watch: 'Revoke decrees against Ahmadiyah' Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should void decrees recently adopted by two provinces that ban activities by the Ahmadiyah religious community, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 15 March 2011 10:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta Busway as wrong example With currently at least a dozen routes throughout many parts of Jakarta it is possible to travel around the city for just 3,500 Rupiah per person. It doesn't even matter how many transfers you make. The oldest routes have their own lanes through dense traffic conditions in many parts of the city, but elsewhere the big buses have to compete with a few million other road users.

Posted in Travel @ 12 December 2010 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Panic after renewed eruption of Mount Merapi volcano Panic broke out among the population after the most recent large eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano late in the evening. The chaos caused traffic problems in which at least two people died. A spokesperson of the Red Cross has confirmed this.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 November 2010 02:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emaar still to invest 600 million dollar in Lombok resort? A fair degree of confusion prevails over the future of a US$600 mega tourism project on Bali's near neighbor of Lombok. A pet project of Indonesia's former Vice-President Jusuf Kalla, the 1,200 hectare site was proposed to house hotels, condominiums and a golf course financed by Dubai-based property Developer Emaar Properties.

Posted in Economy @ 05 August 2010 06:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI elites gearing up to replace Habib Rizieq The radical islamic FPI (Islam Defenders Front) will not hold its congress for new leadership until 2013, yet several of its elites are already in competition to wrest the chairmanship from the frail Habib Rizieq. A source within the FPI said internal rivalry has intensified since 2005 between the founding elite and those who have since joined the organization.

Posted in Religion @ 16 July 2010 13:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda will spread its wings over Europe Garuda is preparing to once again become an international airline after a hiatus in which the national flag carrier shrunk to regional airline status. Buoyant with the resumption of service to Europe with its Amsterdam flight in June 2010, the technical and maintenance director of the airline told that service will be extended to include Italy, London, Paris and Frankfurt.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 22 June 2010 03:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Possible power price hike already causes anger Planned increases in electrical rates paid by Indonesian businesses and private consumers are expected to place an unusual burden on Indonesia's low-cost Melati-class hotels who will find it problematic to increase their very low rates in order to pay higher power bills.

Posted in Power supply @ 21 June 2010 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former PLN director to get long jail term The former director of the state-owned power company PLN for the areas outside Java and Bali, Hariadi Sadono, faces ten years in prison because of possible corruption over the purchase of customer management software. One of the prosecutors said that he had asked the judges for this jail term in the special court for corruption cases in Jakarta.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 March 2010 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Erosion hits beaches in Nusa Dua as well Concerned about ongoing beach erosion, the General Manager of the Melia Bali, Jim Boyles, met with the Bupati of the Badung Regency, AA Gde Agung, last month, to urgently consult on the growing erosion problems threatening Nusa Dua.

Posted in General @ 02 February 2010 09:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tighter security after mass ATM skimming in Indonesia Banks in Indonesia are taking immediate steps to prevent the theft of their clients' money through their automatic teller machines (ATMs) after four banks reported theft of more than Rp5 billion (400.000 euro) in this way since Jan 16.

Posted in Crime @ 23 January 2010 13:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnetic strip on bank cards may become a problem Bank Indonesia has decreed that, beginning in early 2010, all credit cards issued in Indonesia are required to contain a computer chip as an added security measure. A regulation issued by the Bank in April 2009 mandates the use of chips.

Posted in Economy @ 06 January 2010 01:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali government may reconsider taxi quota According to Beritabali.com, the government of Bali may reconsider its position on the issuance of new taxi licenses following demonstrations and protests by hundreds of taxi drivers opposed to more taxis being allowed to operated on the island.

Posted in General @ 30 December 2009 07:00 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


LIPI: Cut a tree, plant ten new trees In a survey that has cost some 250 million Rupiah (195,000 euro), the botanic garden in Cibodas and LIPI (the Indonesian Institute of Sciences), has concluded that for every tree that is cut down, at least ten new seedlings have to planted to replace it. The seedlings should be put in the earth before the tree is actually cut, realizing that Indonesians normally don't tend to clean up their work after they have started.

Posted in Environment @ 13 November 2009 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mess at PLN Cikarang #4 Just a few days after I had reported myself to the offices of PLN (the state-owned energy company_ two men reported to the house on a Friday afternoon. They were from PLN, at least that is what they said, because they did not bring a company car nor was there any logo on their clothes to prove they were indeed sent by PLN.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 11 November 2009 01:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emergency landing for Merpati plane A Boeing 737-300 belonging to Merpati has made an emergency landing on the international airport of Makassar in South Sulawesi yesterday morning. The plane, which had just left from Makassar for Surabaya, returned to the airport after just 20 minutes after departure. The plane had 115 passengers and crew on board. No people were injured in the incident.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 September 2009 03:38 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


27 million people on the move on aging infrastructure The Ministry of Transportation has said that it expected that more than 27 million people will hit the roads to be with their families during the upcoming Idul Fitri period later this month. Jusman Syafii Djamal, Minister of Transport, told that it was expected that some 16.3 million people would take public transport and planes, while 11 million others would use private vehicles.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 September 2009 02:54 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


Indosat launches Palapa D satellite this month Indosat is to launch the Palapa D satellite at the end of this month. The Palapa D satellite will replace the Palapa C2 which will be operational until 2011. This information was made public by the general director of Indosat, Harry Sasongko, at the Satellite Building at the Palapa satellite station in Jatiluhur, Purwakarta in West Java province. The Satellite Building will be used to keep track of the satellite and it's traffic.

Posted in Media @ 15 August 2009 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, the women of B.A.T.S. The later it gets the more clear it becomes that it is not all about the music, the band and the alcohol here. Pleasure is okay, but there is much more to get here that just that. The later it gets, a part of the people here starts to show more and more lowbrow attitude. In some areas you will see women hopping from one man to another. It could just be to greet them a 'bye bye', but all changes if you know better than that, because there is more to it.

Posted in Nightlife @ 22 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Two rare Sumatran elephants killed Two Sumatran elephants have been shot and killed in Indonesia's Bengkulu province, a conservation official said Tuesday. The elephants were killed last week in the Kerinci Seblat National Park, said Dudy Wuryanto, head of the nature conservation agency in the neighbouring province of Jambi. He said the motive for the killings was unclear.

Posted in General @ 31 March 2009 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia to withdraw four banknotes from 1998 issue As of 31 December 2008, four banknotes which were issued in 1998, are no longer valid tender in Indonesia. The banknotes are officially withdrawn at the end of the year since they have been replaced by new ones in recent years. The banknotes that are withdrawn are the 10.000 Rupiah banknote with the image of Cut Nyak Dhien, the 20.000 Rupiah banknote with Ki Hajar Dewantara, the 50.000 Rupiah banknote with WR. Soepratman and the 100.000 Rupiah banknote with Soekarno and Hatta. The last one is made from polymer, not to be mistaken with the paper one, which will still be valid.

Posted in General @ 01 December 2008 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta withdraws it's support for the Bali toll road Efforts to construct a toll bridge connecting Sanur and Nusa Dua via Serangan Island have just been complicated further by the withdrawal of financial support by the central government, leaving the people of Bali to find their own funding for a project estimated to eventually cost about 117 million euro.

Posted in General @ 05 November 2008 01:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radical wind blows stronger than ever through Indonesia With the adoption of the 'anti-pornography' laws yesterday, Indonesia is approaching more and more the ideal image of a remote province of the Middle East. With adopting the law, which has been pushed forward by the radical-Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) and the MUI (Council of Islamic Scholars) for almost a decade now, it is now possible to act on your own when you see something that is not acceptable for you. In most countries that would be called 'taking matters into your own hands', but not anymore in Indonesia, where a young democracy is buried under a thick layer of radical-Islamic mud.

Posted in Religion @ 31 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan in Yogyakarta: Sahur! Sahur! Sahur! It is around half past two in the early morning at a random Sunday in the holy month of fasting Ramadan. For a big part of the population this is the time to enjoy a nice meal, a part of the people leaves the nearby nightclub Republic for the lesehan* at Jalan Malioboro. A colorful group of young women in short skirts, high heels and often quite a lot of make-up and proper young men in a blouse quickly fills up the lesehan. They have just over one hour to eat their meal and enjoy a cigarette before the call to open the fasting for this Sunday is made by the imam from the mosque almost next door to the nightclub.

Posted in Ramadan @ 26 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia lowers taxes to attract business Indonesia’s parliament has passed a long-awaited law cutting corporate and personal income tax rates to broaden the country’s relatively tiny tax base and stimulate economic growth. Analysts hailed the legislation as a major milestone in Indonesia’s transition to a more business-friendly market. But they cautioned that further reforms are needed, particularly in labour regulations and the legal sector, to improve the investment climate.

Posted in General @ 03 September 2008 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Executions are the new hype in Indonesia Two members from one family, mother Sumiarsih (59) and son Sugeng (43), were executed earlier this month after they had been on death row for an astonishing twenty years. They were sentenced to death in the 1980's over a murder on five members of their own family out of vengeance. After twenty years in prison, they names - and their story - reappeared in the news once again. The end of their story was clear for almost twenty years already, but it just did never materialize. Probably someone did not like cleaning his office, so these two death row candidates were only executed by firing squad earlier this month.

Posted in Crime @ 25 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Straight through the 'Big Durian' by car What is the fastest way to get from the north of Jakarta to somewhere in the southern part of the city? That is a question which is hard to answer for a city like Jakarta. With some 15 million residents and several hundreds of square kilometers of city it often is such a big unorganized situation that you will not be able to just go somewhere to buy groceries or to pick someone up.

Posted in Travel @ 18 June 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The southern edge of Yogya: The eroded beach of Samas Some days you will most likely not have a full agenda so you can finally do something that has been waiting for some time. Earlier this month I had such a day, I have more than one a month fortunately, but I can not always do what I want because the weather often has to be nice as well. This time it was jack pot; a nice blue sky in the early morning and some small clouds at the time I was about to depart for a days out. My plan was to take a motorbike trip to the beach of Samas.

Posted in Travel @ 13 April 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court orders Suharto heirs to defend graft case An Indonesian court on Tuesday resumed hearings in a civil corruption case against late former president Suharto with a ruling that his offspring have to defend in the graft case. The government is seeking 1.4 billion dollars in assets and damages from Suharto, 86, who died on January 27, and the Supersemar Foundation, a charity he previously chaired.

Posted in General @ 12 February 2008 16:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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