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VP makes unscheduled visit to central Jakarta immigration office Vice President (VP) Boediono paid a surprise visit to the Central Jakarta immigration office and the office of the city land administration on Wednesday. The vice president arrived at the immigration office at 9.30 a.m. local time. He traveled with a small cavalcade of escort vehicles and even the path leading to the office was not completely secured.

Posted in General @ 03 September 2014 12:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ongoing complaints about new Bali airport terminal The Bali Consumer Protection Bureau (YLPK-Bali) has undertaken a customer service surveys for Bali Ngurah Rai International and the Lombok International Airports.I Putu Armaya, director of YLPK, told Metrobali.com on June 24, 2014, that the survey was undertaken over 5 days ,June 4-8, 2014. The survey involved around 300 respondents - both domestic and international air passengers.

Posted in Travel @ 30 June 2014 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta proposes to construct three underpasses The Jakarta provincial administration plans to build underground crossing tunnels in several locations in the capital city to ease off pedestrian traffic at street crossings, Governor Joko Widodo stated here on Friday. "We will build tunnels in three locations. Hopefully, the construction can start within this year," the governor noted.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 09 May 2014 17:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta monorail project to be completed in 2017: Adhi Karya Publicly traded construction company PT Adhi Karya Tbk said construction of Jakartas monorail project linking Bekasi-Cawang and Cibubur-Cawang will start in 2015 to be completed in 2017. Construction of the Jakarta Link Transportation (JLT) will start in April , 2015 although it has yet to wait for the presidential regulation on monorail.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 03 April 2014 23:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rhoma Irama and the fake Professor title “Professor of Dangdut” Rhoma Irama may have to revert back to the less scholarly “King of Dangdut” in the not-too-distant future after Indonesia’s education minister indicated that the presidential candidate may be liable to criminal penalties if his illustrious certificate of education turned out to have been acquired from a scam college run by a colorful UK-Iranian educator.

Posted in Politics @ 03 March 2014 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


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


Government to recruit 3,000 doctors as civil servant candidates As an endeavor to support the Social Security Management Agency (BPJS) on health, the government will recruit three thousand doctors as civil servants, who will be exempt from the entrance examination, an official stated.

Posted in Health @ 07 January 2014 22:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to reach zero-hole roads target in 2014 The Government of Jakarta Capital Regions has planned to reach the zero-hole roads target throughout the area in 2014. The government of Jakarta has also allocated Rp50 billion, with a total of Rp250 billion, for street improvements in each of the Capitals regions.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 18 December 2013 18:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia needs to revitalize migrant policies Indonesia needs to revitalize its policies in the migrant workers sector to provide fair treatment for its migrant workers abroad who contribute foreign exchange to the state, an ILO official said.

Posted in Economy @ 18 December 2013 09:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi to modernize people's markets in capital city Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, or Jokowi as he is popularly called, made another breakthrough by starting the modernization of peoples markets in the capital city on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2013 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House endorses Sutarman as national police chief The House of Representatives (DPR) in its plenary meeting on Tuesday endorsed Commissioner General Sutarman as the Republic of Indonesia`s National Police chief.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2013 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal drugs cause Rp57 trillion loss to Indonesia Official from the National Anti-Narcotics Body (BNN) Mariani said illegal drug use is to cause Rp57 Trillion loss to Indonesia this year which is an increase if compared to 2008`s number of Rp25 Trillion.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 July 2013 20:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in General @ 15 July 2013 18:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Japan eases off entry visa requirements for Indonesia The Japan government to ease off entry visa requirements for some ASEAN countries where Malaysia and Thailand nationals are exempted for visa while nationals from Indonesia gets extension of period of stays for those holding multiple entry visa, official said.

Posted in Travel @ 27 June 2013 19:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah opens 21 hours per day The Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, opens 21 hours a day to accelerate registration of workers wishing to obtain documents in lieu of passport (SPLP) from the Saudi government, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 18 June 2013 23:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Air Force detains US military aircraft in Aceh The Indonesian Air Force temporarily detained US military aircraft at Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport here on Monday because it had no permit to fly over Indonesia`s air corridors.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 20 May 2013 22:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNN: 'Number of drug users in Indonesia predicted to grow' It is predicted that the number of drug users in Indonesia will increase from 3.8 million in 2011 (2.2 percent of total 240 million population) to 4.58 million in 2013, Anti-Narcotics Body (BNN) chairman Comr. Gen. Anang Iskandar said.

Posted in Drugs @ 20 February 2013 22:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Small traders get their space on new Bali airport terminal After increasing pressure on a number of fronts, the managers of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, PT Angkasa Pura I (AP-I), has relented on strict qualifying requirements for traders currently operating from the airport and seeking commercial space in newly renovated air gateway for the Island.

Posted in General @ 16 February 2013 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK arrests three suspects in high profile bribery case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has arrested three suspects involved in an alleged high profile bribery case implicating a political party chief.

Posted in Corruption @ 31 January 2013 14:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lower occupancy Bali hotels during holidays The head of the Denpasar chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), I.B. Gede Sidharta Putra, told Radar Bali that there has been a “retreat” in hotel occupancy levels over the just concluded Christmas and New Years Holiday period.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 January 2013 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali connected to Java power grid before 2013 The National News Agency Antara reports that the State Power Board PT PLN is targeting that new sub-ocean high power connections between Bali and near-by Nusa Lembongan will be in operation by the end of 2012.

Posted in Power supply @ 22 October 2012 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Red-cross running short of blood' Chief Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono has said the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), particularly the Jakarta office, is running short of supplies of blood due to the decreasing number of blood donors during the fasting month.

Posted in General @ 23 August 2012 19:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian ministry forbids Greenpeace to hold rallies Indonesian Legal and Human Rights Ministry forbids Greenpeace Indonesia to hold more rallies to criticize Indonesian policies and companies in Indonesia which are public legal entities.

Posted in General @ 20 June 2012 21:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Clemency for drug offender draws harsh criticism   The decision of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut the sentence of Australian marijuana smuggler Schapelle Leigh Corby by five years on humanitarian grounds, has drawn harsh criticism at home.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 May 2012 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Democrat party yet to discuss presidential candidate The ruling Democrat Party has not yet decided on its presidential and vice presidential candidates for the 2014 general elections, according to party chairman Anas Urbaningrum.

Posted in Politics @ 18 May 2012 10:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Five Indonesian hospitals internationally accredited' Only five out of 1,800 hospitals existing in Indonesia are currently accredited internationally, and all five are privately-owned, Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih said.

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


Moslem demonstrators protest construction of church Around 3,000 people from various Moslem organizations on Thursady staged a demonstration that blocked the Cikarang Barat toll road exit to protest the construction of a church.

Posted in Religion @ 29 December 2011 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


1.2 million Indonesians join Malaysian amnesty program About 1.2 million Indonesian migrant workers have registered themselves in a massive amnesty program called “pemutihan” initiated by the Malaysian government to legalize the many immigrant workers who seek jobs illegally in the country.

Posted in Economy @ 02 September 2011 06:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Better compensation for Indonesia airline passengers Indonesian airlines are now being compelled by the government to bring compensation paid to disappointed passengers and in the event of catastrophic events more into line with international airline practice.

Posted in Travel @ 27 August 2011 06:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia lifts ban on cattle trade with Indonesia Australian Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig on Wednesday announced that the ban on cattle trade with Indonesia was lifted and new requirements for exporters were set, Australia's Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.

Posted in Economy @ 06 July 2011 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Pakistani plane forced to land in Indonesia A Pakistani plane on Monday was forced to land in Indonesia for flying without proper permission, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in General @ 07 March 2011 21:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Russia's Solway Industries to invest $3 billion in nickel plant Russia's Solway Industries will be investing $3 billion in Indonesia's North Maluku region to build a nickel smelting plant with a capacity of 150,000 tons per year, local media reported Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 16 February 2011 00:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Blackberry agrees to filter porn in Indonesia With cell phone maker Blackberry agreeing to block pornography in its Indonesian phones, the country's communication ministry said the company has until Friday to finalize the mechanism, local media reported on Monday.

Posted in General @ 18 January 2011 04:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia backs East Timor's ASEAN membership Indonesia on Sunday expressed its support of East Timor's bid to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), local media reported.

Posted in Politics @ 17 January 2011 02:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Qantas grounds its A380 fleet after mid-air scare over Batam Qantas on Thursday said it will suspend all Airbus A380 flights after a Sydney-bound flight made a dramatic emergency landing in Singapore due to an "uncontained engine failure."

Posted in Accidents @ 05 November 2010 02:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia claws its way to economic superpower status Indonesia is one of the "rising stars" of emerging Asia and some economists believe this vast nation will one day become a regional superpower, behind only China and India, as global economic activity increasingly shifts towards east Asia, away from the faltering developed nations of the west and Japan.

Posted in Economy @ 03 October 2010 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda'sdesperate need for more pilots Bisnis.com reports that the national airline Garuda needs more than 600 pilots to meet its current shortfall in cockpit staff. The corporate secretary for Garuda's Pilot Association (APG), Josias Pontonuwu, said the need for more pilots is tied to the airlines new aircraft and new routes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 July 2010 04:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New immigration checks revoked at Bali's airport After angry complaints from arriving tourists compelled to stand in line at Bali's airport for up to four or more hours, the border control management (BCM) procedures requiring fingerprints and photos of arriving passengers have been ditched on instructions from the Minister of Justice and Human Rights.

Posted in Tourism @ 09 May 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Even longer queues at Indonesian immigration Virtually every local paper in Bali is carrying news of the long delays being experienced by arriving passengers at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport where new Board Control Management (BCM) requirements have made an already long customs and immigration process even longer.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 May 2010 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No connection to power grid for 50,000 Balinese families Bali's severe shortage of electrical power is perhaps best exemplified by the grim statistic that 50,000 requests for new connection and 8.900 requests for increased power capacity remain outstanding and unserved.

Posted in Power supply @ 20 April 2010 08:52 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


Habitat and SCTV rebuild West Sumatra On November 24th 2009 morning, the groundbreaking of West Sumatra Disaster Response was organized by Habitat for Humanity Indonesia. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Deputy of Self-supporting Housing- Indonesia Ministry of Housing, Mr. Kriya Arsjah,Vice Head District of Padang Pariaman Mr. Drs.H Ali Mukhni, Habitat for Humanity Indonesia National Director Mr. Tri Budiardjo and Director of Pundi Amal SCTV Mr. Risanggono. The ceremony was also attended by the local government representative, non profit organiations that operates in West Sumatra and Habitat's main donors: DBS Bank, General Motors , and Rajawali Corporation. Electronic cinema actor and actress, Iqbal Pakula and Donita, were also turned up in this event.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 December 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


73 rivers in Bali have run dry The prolonged dry season currently being experienced in Bali is having profound impact on the island's ecology. As reported by Bali Post, of the 165 rivers found on the island, 73 have now run dry. Of the remaining 92 river still flowing, most of these are doing so with substantially reduced flow rates. Many of the dried-up rivers are in West Buleleng, East Buleleng, Kubu and Seraya areas of Bali.

Posted in Weather @ 25 October 2009 02:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans beef import from New Zealand Indonesia, the biggest Muslim country in the world, has banned imports of all beef from New Zealand and some of beef from Australia which does not meet religious certification, Indonesian Agriculture Minister Anton Apriantono said Friday.

Posted in Religion @ 06 June 2009 10:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia 'takes over' Darwin - Bali route from Garuda Indonesia Just days after Garuda Indonesia announced it would be abandoning its nearly three decades of service between Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia and Bali, Indonesian Air Asia (IAA) have stepped up to the plate and declared their intentions to assume that route.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 21 May 2009 14:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Changes urged to permit foreign land ownership The National Estate Agency (BPN) has formally asked the National Ministry for Housing and the Indonesian Real Estate Association (REI) to commence collecting information on the source of income used in property purchases involving foreign interest as a means to help control illegal money laundering.

Posted in General @ 22 November 2008 01:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia grounds four more airlines Indonesia has grounded four airlines and given them three months to improve safety standards or face a ban, a transport ministry spokesman said today. A safety audit found airlines Pura Wisata Baruna, Sampoerna Air Nusantara, Dabi Air Nusantara and Atlas Deltasatya failed to meet minimum standards in several safety categories, spokesman Bambang Ervan said.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2008 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


111 illegal villas facing closure on August 29, 2008 The Regional Tourism office of Badung, acting on the Governor's August 29, 2008 deadline for the legalization of all commercial villas, is preparing two team to move against illegal or unregistered villa operators. According to BisnisBali there are an estimated 111 illegal villa still operating in the North Kuta and Mengwi areas of the island.

Posted in General @ 16 August 2008 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Paperwork for execution Amrozi and friends being prepared The court in Bali is currently preparing the paperwork needed for the three that are sentenced to death because of their involvement in the first Bali bomb attack in 2002. These steps are taken in order to make sure that the executions will take before the holy month of Ramadan. "All paperwork is currently being gathered. Tomorrow we will hand it over to the Attorney General in Jakarta," said Putu Alit Adnyana a spokesperson of the court in Denpasar.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 July 2008 12:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


24 new parties for 2009 general election in Indonesia Twenty-four new political parties in Indonesia meet qualifications as legal entities after they have passed the verification process held by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, local English newspaper the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday. "Only 24 of the 115 registered parties eventually fulfilled all the administrative requirements, including having offices in at least 20 provinces," Aidir Amin Daud, the ministry's director of public institutions said.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2008 03:43 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


Java and Bali facing continuing electrical power crisis The Chief Director of state power company PLN, Eddie Widiono, has declared that the Java-Bali power grid will continue to suffer shortages in 2008.

Posted in Power supply @ 07 January 2008 00:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New international airport in the plans for Bali Jembrana Regency in the west of Bali has drawn up a plan to construct its own international airport, and is awaiting the go-ahead, and funds totaling some US$110 million, from the central government to proceed with the ambitious project, officials said. A feasibility study has just been completed on a Jembrana International City Airport, but there were indications of resistance to the project from the Bali government, said Regent I Gede Winasa.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to return to The Netherlands? Despite the current blacklisting of all Indonesian registered commercial aircraft from European airspace by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Indonesian national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia appears adamant in its desire to resume service to Europe, planning to recommence service to Amsterdam in 2008.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 04 October 2007 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ericsson awarded network expansion contract by XL Ericsson has been awarded an expansion contract by PT Excelcomindo Pratama Tbk (XL) to expand its GSM/GPRS and WCDMA/HSPA in the country.

Posted in Economy @ 07 August 2007 08:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Safety ratings for Indonesian airlines The Indonesian Department of Transportation has issued its the results of its scheduled re-audit of safety and air worthiness for all commercial air operators in Indonesia, following an initial audit in March 2007 which failed to see even a single domestic air carrier receive a "clean pass" Category I rating.

Posted in General @ 03 July 2007 01:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adam Air to continue expansion Adam Skyconnection Airlines said the Jan. 1 crash of one of its aircraft will not affect expansion plans as the Indonesian budget carrier will pursue adding 60 planes within five years and searching for a strategic investor. The airline also plans to lease 10 Boeing 737 planes this year, bringing its total fleet to 32, according to the company's president director, Adam Suherman, whose family owns the Jakarta- based carrier.

Posted in General @ 14 February 2007 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Group files complaint against Miss Indonesia A militant Islamic group has filed a police report against Indonesia's Miss Universe candidate accusing her of indecency, a lawyer for the organization said on Tuesday. Nadine Chandrawinata's participation in the contest and display of her body in a swimsuit there "is actually insulting for Indonesian dignity and women", Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) attorney Sugito told Reuters.

Posted in Religion @ 25 July 2006 13:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Faiths take joint stand against new decree Christian leaders and members of the Ahmadiyah group presented a united stand Friday in opposing the revised decree on places of worship, and threatened to ignore it unless it is changed to meet their demands. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), meanwhile, is also dismayed by what it considers the disproportional accommodation of other religions.

Posted in Politics @ 25 March 2006 11:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Property for foreigners Property analysts and developers share the same pessimistic projection that demand for all kinds of property will decline as the central bank continues to raise interest rates to cope with strong inflationary pressures and with a four-year low in consumer confidence.

Posted in General @ 30 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Major blazes hit South Jakarta Two fires broke out in South Jakarta early Wednesday morning, causing billions of rupiah in losses and heavy traffic on the first day that offices opened after the Idul Fitri holiday. Hundreds of houses in densely populated Kebayoran Lama burned down in the first blaze, the cause of which the police and firefighters have yet to determine. No fatalities were reported in the fire.

Posted in General @ 10 November 2005 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 'rainy season could mean spike in bird flu' The health minister called on people to be vigilant against bird flu in the upcoming rainy season, saying they could be especially susceptible to the disease during that time. "We are asking people to be careful," Health Minister Siti Fadila Supari told reporters Friday, saying the number of bird flu cases could rise in November and December.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 15 October 2005 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Bank Indonesia raises interest rates with 0.75% Indonesia's central bank on Tuesday raised its benchmark target rate by three quarters of a percentage point to 9.5 percent and said it would increase banks' reserve requirements as it attempted to support the country's battered markets. Following are analysts' views on the policy moves.

Posted in Economy @ 30 August 2005 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


CreditSights: 'Bank Indonesia rate may rise to 12 percent' Bank Indonesia needs to increase interest rates now and be ready to raise them as high as 12 percent, a level unseen since February 2003, or risk further erosion in the nation's finances, according to CreditSights Inc.

Posted in Economy @ 30 August 2005 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Rupiah loses more ground as market confidence ebbs The rupiah lost nearly 5 pct today, falling past 10,800 per dollar at one point as the market continued to lose confidence in the capability of both Bank Indonesia and the government to defend the local unit, analysts said. They said today's fresh oil price spike was what triggered renewed selling pressure on the rupiah.

Posted in Economy @ 29 August 2005 14:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


West Sulawesi becomes Indonesia's 33rd province The House of Representatives passed the bill establishing West Sulawesi as a province on Wednesday, bring the number of provinces in the country to 33. The plenary meeting was enlivened by the donning of traditional costumes of the Mandar tribe by Deputy House Speaker Soetardjo Soerjogoeritno, who presided over the meeting, and Minister of Home Affairs Hari Sabarno.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Currency market intervention futile With many investors converting their funds into dollar-based assets, Bank Indonesia (central bank) has been selling dollars in the international currency market. It has also been threatening to curb currency trading among commercial banks while raising banks' reserve requirements. Despite these efforts, the rupiah has shed almost 9 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar since Jan. 1.

Posted in Economy @ 15 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati kicks off Jakarta monorail construction project Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri inaugurated Monday construction of a $600 million monorail transportation system in Jakarta that involves a consortium of Indonesian and foreign investors including Hitachi Asia Ltd. The monorail, which will be built as part of a 40-year build-operate-transfer scheme, is expected to ease the capital's chronic traffic and pollution problems.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BI may fail to arrest rupiah's slide The Indonesian rupiah is headed for its biggest six-month decline since the first half of 2001 as central bank efforts to halt the drop fail to sway investors. Bank Indonesia bought its own currency every month this year, threatened to curb currency trading among commercial banks and raised lenders' reserve requirements in an effort to stem the rupiah's 9 percent drop since Jan. 1. The rupiah fell to a 25- month low of 9,595 per dollar on June 2.

Posted in Economy @ 09 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No major changes allowed to Hotel Indonesia An official at the Jakarta Culture and Museum Agency says no proposal for the renovation of Hotel Indonesia has been submitted. The hotel, the management of which has been taken over by cigarette producer Djarum Group, is a heritage site. The head of the agency's supervision division, Candrian Attahiyyat, warned on Thursday that no renovation work should take place without the contractors meeting the rigid requirements set by the agency. "Changing the original structure and appearance of a building classified as an A-class heritage site like Hotel Indonesia is not allowed," he said.

Posted in General @ 10 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic candidates mum on polygamy Realizing their demographic power, Islamic political parties are working hard to win women's votes in the April 5 legislative election. A no-less important strategy is avoiding sensitive issues like polygamy, permitted in Islam. Interviewed by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, Nursanita Nasution of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and Aisyah Amini of the United Development Party (PPP) said their parties would support all measures to ensure better protection for women.

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Parties strive to meet deadline All 24 parties contesting this April's polls managed to submit their revised candidature documents on Monday to the General Elections Commission (KPU), but only thanks to the commission's leniency. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Social Democratic Labor Party (PBSD), the Indonesian Unity Party (PSI), the United Democratic Nationhood Party (PPDK), and the Democratic Party only managed to get their documents in between five and 10 minutes after the 4 p.m. deadline.

Posted in Elections @ 20 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Only 1,600 candidates pass KPU screening The General Elections Commission (KPU) announced on Tuesday that only 1,611 of 8,871 legislative candidates have passed the first screening, with none from, among others, the National Awakening Party (PKB) and the Reform Star Party (PBR). A small number of legislative aspirants failed absolutely to pass KPU verification as they did not meet the minimum age requirement of 21, but the KPU did not provide any figures.

Posted in Elections @ 07 January 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tutut may join presidential race Former president Soeharto's eldest daughter Siti "Tutut" Hardiyanti Rukmana has been asked to run for the presidency in next year election, a move that could pave the way for the return of the old forces onto the country's political stage. Concern for the Nation Functional Party (PKPB) chairman Gen. (ret) Raden Hartono asked Tutut on Wednesday to become his party's sole torch bearer, claiming that people across the country wanted her to run.

Posted in Elections @ 04 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six more parties pass screening for 2004 elections Six more of the 40 political parties undergoing factual verification have passed the final screening and are thus officially eligible for next year's elections, the National Elections Commission (KPU) announced on Tuesday. KPU chairman Nazaruddin Syamsuddin said the six parties had met the minimum requirements of having branch offices in at least two-thirds or 21 of the country's 32 provinces and in two-thirds of regencies or municipalities in those provinces.

Posted in Elections @ 03 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU worries about late party screening Less than half of 32 provincial elections commission (KPUDs) have submitted the results of their field verification on 40 political parties, raising fears the slow progress would severely affect preparations for next year's elections. KPU deputy chairman Ramlan Surbakti said over the weekend that only 14 provincial KPUDs had submitted their reports by Saturday, two days after the deadline lapsed last Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 01 December 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt hangs up phone rate plan In what might be seen as bowing to public pressure ahead of the general election, the government on Tuesday delayed plans to raise telephone rates before the end of this year. "There will be no price hike for telephone rates (in the remaining period of) this year," Minister of Communications Agum Gumelar said, following a meeting with the House of Representatives Commission IV on telecommunications and transportation.

Posted in General @ 19 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Budi Sadikin, a clean-cut, affable young executive, is smiling broadly. And for good reason. As head of consumer banking in Indonesia for ABN AMRO Bank, the 37-year-old has watched deposits at the Dutch bank's 15 branches triple in value in just three years — to $800 million at the end of 2000. Until 1998, ABN AMRO, which has been doing business in Indonesia for 175 years, did not even have a consumer-banking unit. Now Sadikin oversees a 200-strong team whose job it is to coax more affluent Indonesians to deposit their money in a foreign bank.

Posted in Politics @ 04 July 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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