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Gamalama volcano still angry, Ternate airport remains closed The Sultan Babullah airport of Ternate is still closed at least until Dec. 28 as Mount Gamalama continues activities.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 December 2014 10:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati Nusnatara reaching a point of no return? NusaBali reports that the director-general of civil aviation from the Ministry of Transportation is warning that unless steps are urgently taken to rescue the State-owned airline Merpati Nusantara, the company will fade into oblivion of its own accord.

Posted in General @ 11 August 2014 05:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ship carrying 97 Indonesian sinks off Malaysian waters A ship carrying 97 Indonesians sank off Air Hitam river, Selangor Malaysia, on Tuesday night, Information Director from Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry Sofia Sudarma said here on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 18 June 2014 13:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of Jakarta monorail project delayed again PT Jakarta Monorail (JM) said construction of monorail project in Jakarta has been delayed again over cost of pillars supporting the rails being not yet settled with state construction company PT Adhi Karya .

Posted in Infrastructure @ 22 February 2014 00:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sultan hopes Yogyakarta to fully recover on Wednesday The governor of Yogyakarta special region in central Java hopes that the region will fully recover by Wednesday, after being flooded by ash rain from Mt. Keluds eruption last Thursday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 February 2014 15:53 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 arrests terror suspects in West Nusa Tenggara The police arrested two alleged terror suspects on Thursday at 9:00 p.m. local time, in the Karang Bongot Village of the West Lombok District, West Nusa Tenggara Province.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 January 2014 21:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President extends aid to flood victims in North Sulawesi President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has extended emergency aid such as foods and medicines to people affected by floods in North Sulawesi provincial cities of Manado, Tomohon and Minahasa district.

Posted in Flooding @ 17 January 2014 23:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


16 killed in North Sulawesi floods and landslides At least 16 people fell victim to Wednesdays floods and landslides in Indonesias North Sulawesi province. On Thursday, Head of the North Sulawesi Provincial Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD) Noldy Liow stated that 15 bodies were recovered and one was still missing.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 January 2014 22:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


District head closes airport after denied seat on full flight The district head of Ngada, East Nusa Tenggara, decided to bar state-controlled airline Merpati Nusantara from landing at Turelelo Soa airport on Saturday after he was refused a ticket on a Merpati flight that was already fully booked.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 December 2013 03:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


19 Chinese men detained for invalid forestry use permit The Regional Police Department of West Kalimantan has detained 19 Chinese men after they failed to present a valid forestry use permit. "The 19 Chinese men were arrested on Friday, December 13, during a campaign by the Forestry Department to enforce the use of forestry permits," said West Kalimantans Head of Forestry Department Marius Marcellus, in Pontianak, on Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 16 December 2013 19:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta monorail project also kicked off Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi broke the ground on Wednesday to mark the start of work to build the city`s monorail project. Construction of the project was halted 5 years ago on financial problem after some of pillars had been implanted in some areas.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 16 October 2013 18:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Railway company to build Yogyakarta-Solo electric train lines The Indonesian Railway Company (KAI) is planning to build electric train (KRL) lines connecting Yogyakarta and Solo.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2013 05:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three flights from Dumai cancelled due to haze Three flights from Dumai city are cancelled due to low visibility following haze that is still happening in the area, chief of Dumai airport`s authority, Catur Hargowo, said here on Monday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 01 July 2013 17:28 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


Workers at Freeport projects end three-day strike Around 1,500 workers of three local contractors for PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua, resumed work on Friday ending a three day strike.

Posted in Protests @ 03 May 2013 14:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rescue workers still searching for missing vessel in Maluku A rescue team resumed search for a vessel with more than ten people on board reported missing since last Friday. The KM. Merlin was on its way from Nila to Waipia on the island of Seram in the regency of Maluku Tengah.

Posted in General @ 22 April 2013 10:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Italian national dies in Central Java prison after bomb threat On Monday, February 11, 2013, the strange and twisting tale of Bali expatriate Andrea Geovani Soreti (earlier reported as Sorenti) ended in police custody at a Sleman, Central Java hospital where he died, aged 49, reportedly of dehydration, septicemia and kidney failure.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 February 2013 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor: 'Jakarta flood losses mau reach Rp20 trillion' Jakarta is likely to suffer losses of up to Rp20 trillion (US$2 billion) as a result of the floods that have inundated the capital since January 15. In order to better tackle floods in the future, Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo proposed the construction of a multipurpose underground tunnel in the city.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 January 2013 21:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police say situation in Kutai Barat returning to normal National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo said situation in Kutai Barat, Kalimantan, has returned to normal while the cause of the conflict was purely criminal and suspects involved had been caught.

Posted in Violence @ 26 November 2012 18:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


German national on trial for 0.1 gram of meth A German chef working in Bali and caught with 0.1 gram of methamphetamines in July has commenced his trial before the Denpasar District Court that could send him to prison for 20 years.

Posted in Drugs @ 20 October 2012 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two found dead in West Sumatra landslide Two people were found dead on Wednesday night after being buried in a landslide triggered by heavy rains in the West Sumatra provincial capital of Padang earlier in the day.

Posted in Weather @ 13 September 2012 14:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Anak Krakatau still on alert status Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait is still on level II alert, according to an observation officer. "We have asked all tourists and fishermen to stay away from the volcano because it could endanger the safety of their lives," Mount Anak Krakatau Observation Post officer Jumono said on Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 September 2012 14:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Habibie: N250 still the best Former vice president BJ Habibie said that N250 is still one of the best aircraft. On the sidelines of an open house on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr celebration at his residence on Jalan Patra Kuningan here on Sunday Habibie said the plane will be able to fly in the next five years with some design changes.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2012 22:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Indonesia to raise civil servants` salaries by 7%' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government would increase the basic salaries of civil servants, military and police personnel by seven percent in 2013.

Posted in Economy @ 16 August 2012 22:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-Gorontalo governor named suspect in graft case Former Gorontalo governor and marine affairs and fisheries minister Fadel Muhammad has been named a suspect in connection with the abuse of an unspent budget of Rp5.4 billion in 2001, according to a prosecutor.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2012 17:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PTDI, Sukhoi cooperation continues despite crash The President Director of state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), Budi Santoso, said the company`s plan to manufacture and supply the Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft tail would continue despite the accident two weeks ago in West Java.

Posted in General @ 23 May 2012 15:44 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


Mandala Air to fly again from April 4, 2012 The Indonesian minister of Transportation has handed over the flight permissions, or air operator certificate AOC to the managers of Mandala Airlines. This just happened recently although the document was already signed on February 20, 2012. The airline will resume flights on April 4, starting with three Airbus 320 planes.

Posted in Travel @ 27 March 2012 12:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer: state budget increasingly comes under pressure The 2012 state budget will increasingly come under pressure from soaring fuel subsidy due to a rise in global crude price, an economist said. "With the global crude price reaching US$126 a barrel, the fuel subsidy may soar to Rp238 trillion," Ikhsan Modjo of Brawijaya University in Malang, East Java, said on Sunday.

Posted in Economy @ 26 March 2012 13:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tiger Airways buys stake in grounded Indonesian airline Singapore budget airline Tiger Airways has bought a 33 percent stake in grounded Indonesian carrier Mandala Airlines, the companies announced on Monday. Financial details were not immediately disclosed.

Posted in General @ 30 January 2012 13:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bima district chief revokes PT SMN's exploration permit Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik said the Bima district chief in West Nusa Tenggara has revoked the exploration permit of mining company PT Sumber Mineral Nusantara (PT SMN).

Posted in Politics @ 27 January 2012 08:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


3 dead as bridge collapses in Kutai Kartanegara At least three people died and more than a dozen others were injured when Mahakam II Bridge, connecting Tenggarong and Tenggarong Seberang districts in Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan, collapsed.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 November 2011 07:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police arrest 27 after violent wage protests At least 27 people have been arrested after two consecutive days of violent protesters in the Indonesian province of Riau Islands, police said on Saturday. Around 20 people were injured.

Posted in Protests @ 26 November 2011 14:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Mandala Airlines will be operational before 2012' PT Mandala Airlines will resume operations before the end of this year. Funds needed for this plan to reach U.S. $ 250 million, which is to purchase five new aircraft and also rent five planes.

Posted in Travel @ 07 October 2011 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines to fly again? (Part 2) While indications abound that Indonesia’s Mandala Airline may soon resume service, a definite announcement of return to commercial service remains elusive.

Posted in Travel @ 23 July 2011 11:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious radio station to end national anthem ban Officials have prodded a religious-based community radio station in Balikpapan to resume broadcasting the national anthem as required by law.

Posted in Religion @ 13 June 2011 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai PM: Cambodian troops must leave border to solve dispute Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday said the border conflict cannot be solved if Cambodian troops remain at the ancient Preah Vihear temple, MCOT Online reported. "I think the problem lies in Cambodia's refusal to withdraw its troops from the disputed area around Preah Vihear temple," Vejjajiva said.

Posted in Politics @ 08 May 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thailand rejects Indonesian observers in disputed border area Thailand on Wednesday rejected allowing the entrance of Indonesian observers in the disputed area on the Thai-Cambodian border, the Bangkok Post reported.

Posted in Politics @ 23 March 2011 23:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mandala Airlines ceases operation due to debt Indonesia's low-cost Mandala Airlines has announced that it will be ceasing its operations starting Thursday to initiate "business restructuring."

Posted in Travel @ 13 January 2011 05:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines files bankruptcy protection; stops all flights The Indonesian airline Mandala Airlines has announced that it will cease all flights starting January 13, 2011. This was decided after the company fell victim to seemingly sudden financial problems a few days ago, which makes it necessary to restructure drastically. The company has filed for bankruptcy protection with the court earlier today.

Posted in Travel @ 12 January 2011 14:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia set for Malaysia in second leg of AFF Cup final Three days after their 3-0 defeat against Malaysia, the Indonesian national football squad is set for the second leg of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup final match to decide the cup winner.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2010 09:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'Malaysia cheated on victory during first leg of AFF Cup final The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) on Monday said Malaysia's national team cheated during the first leg of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup final on Sunday, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Sports @ 28 December 2010 00:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wikileaks: Ban on training Kopassus lifted over Obama visit Indonesia threatened to derail a visit to Jakarta by President Barack Obama this year unless he overturned the US ban on training the controversial Kopassus army special forces, Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 17 December 2010 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta airport closed until at least November 20 The international airport of Yogyakarta, Adisucipto, will be closed until at least November 20, 18:00 local time. The volcanic activity of the Mount Merapi volcano is still very high, that it is decided to keep the airport closed for another five days to take away all uncertainty. Earlier, the airport had been closed to November 15, with a possibility to extend this, depending on the current situation.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 November 2010 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hot weather slows search for Mount Merapi victims Hot weather causes search and rescue for victims of hot pyroclastic flows exhausted by the Mount Merapi volcano. It is expected that there are still a number of bodies in several villages in and around Cangkringan, but because of hot weather, evacuation efforts are slower than expected. Search and rescue teams had to retreat to an emergency post in Wedomartani, Ngemplak.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 November 2010 03:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ash rains Mount Merapi reach Solo Ash rains originating from the Mount Merapi volcano mixed with normal rain reached the city of Solo in the afternoon yesterday. The ash, originating from the most recent eruption of the volcano around 15:30 local time yesterday, forced the airport of Adi Soemarmo near Solo to close down for an hour.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 November 2010 00:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami death toll surpasses 300 as rescuers arrive The death toll following a tsunami that wrecked villages on Indonesian islands off the western coast of Sumatra on late Monday has risen to more than 300, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 October 2010 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six hours of traffic jam in Puncak The main road through the Puncak area in West Java had to handle extreme volumes of vehicles yesterday, caused by Indonesians that wanted to celebrate their holiday. The travelers got stuck, as is not uncommon in this area, on the sole main road through the mountains. This time the traffic jam reached a length of six hours and reached as far as Taman Safari Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 July 2010 01:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HRW: 'Prosecute abusive soldiers in civilian courts' The Indonesian parliament should enact a pending bill that would permit civilian authorities to investigate and prosecute soldiers responsible for crimes against civilians, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to a key lawmaker released today.

Posted in Human rights @ 24 April 2010 03:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta sultan hospitalized Yogyakarta governor Sultan Hamengku Buwono X has received intensive medical treatment at Bethesda Hospital since Friday due to exhaustion. A representative of the royal family, however, said the sultan would take a break to attend a ceremony to mark his 64th anniversary at the Yogyakarta Palace on Saturday evening.

Posted in Health @ 18 April 2010 04:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Woman on trial for harboring terrorist An Indonesian woman went on trial Monday on charges of harboring Southeast Asia's most wanted terrorist at the home where he was slain last year in a shootout with police. Judges opened and then immediately adjourned the trial of 21-year-old Putri Munawaroh.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 April 2010 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilot of Garuda plane crash free after court decision Marwoto Komar, the pilot convicted of criminal negligence in the death of 21 passengers, including 5 Australians, in the March 2007 crash landing of a Garuda Boeing 737 at Yogyakarta's airport, is a free man now that the appeal courts in Indonesia have quashed his conviction and a 2 year prison sentence.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 December 2009 01:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia and KLM to cooperate Airliner KLM has signed a cooperation with Garuda Indonesia. General director of KLM, Peter Hartman, and his Indonesian colleague Emirsyah Satar, signed the agreement on the Indonesian resort island of Bali earlier. Separate from this agreement, earlier this year KLM already announced that it was to start flights to Bali again.

Posted in Travel @ 08 December 2009 07:03 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


Garuda invited to resume flights to the U.S.A. Bisnis Indonesia reports that the U.S. Government has invited Garuda Indonesia< to re-open its long-abandoned direct flights between the U.S.A. and Indonesia with assistance from the U.S. Federal Aviation Agency (FAA). Garuda terminated its flights to Los Angeles in mid-1998 that operated on a route that traveled in both directions between Jakarta - Bali - Biak - Honolulu - Los Angeles.

Posted in Travel @ 17 November 2009 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda flies to Amsterdam again from June 2010 Garuda Indonesia has announced that it will resume flights between Jakarta and Amsterdam as of June 1, 2010. A daily flight between the destinations will be made with an Airbus A330-200 plane, which makes a short stop in Dubai.

Posted in Travel @ 17 October 2009 06:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Quake survivors struggle with trauma Daniel Himawan, 11, stood silently on the front porch as his mother swept the floor of their house, which was damaged in the earthquake that devastated Indonesia's West Sumatra province. "I'm scared that another big earthquake will hit again," said Himawan, a sixth-grader.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 October 2009 11:33 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


Three hurt when two trains collide in Jakarta Two trains on the electrical train line between Central Jakarta and the city of Bogor have collided between the train stations of Manggarai and Tebet. An economy class train hit an express train from behind with low speed. The express train was waiting for a red light at the time of the collision. Three people were slightly injured

Posted in Accidents @ 05 June 2009 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police investigates possible corruption at Situ Gintung The Greater Jakarta police is investigating the head of the Public Works department of Tangerang, Eddy Adolf Nicolas Malonda. He was called in relation to possible corruption with funds meant for the improvement of the Situ Gintung dam, which collapsed last week. A Jakarta police representative said that Eddy was called to give answers to some questions. "Until now the cooperation is optimal," he said.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 April 2009 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


92 bodies found in debris of Jakarta dam burst disaster The number of victims after the Situ Gintung dam burst in Ciputat, a southern suburb of the Indonesian capital Jakarta in Tangerang keeps going up. At 21:45 local time last night the number of casualties had reached 92.

Posted in Accidents @ 29 March 2009 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 200 passengers of capsized boat still missing Until now only 21 people and staff have been rescued from the waters off West Sulawesi after a ferry capsized there early yesterday morning. The fate of some 229 other passengers and crew is still unknown. Two more victims were found alive in two different locations near Majene overnight. Both were brought to the general hospital in the city.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 January 2009 06:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-corruption court indicts former First Media executive Prosecutors at the Anti-Corruption Court on Tuesday indicted Billy Sindoro, a former director of cable television and Internet provider PT First Media Tbk, for allegedly giving Rp 500 million ($46,000) as a bribe to a government official in charge of monitoring monopolistic business practices.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 December 2008 04:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tiny primate rediscovered on Sulawesi The tiny Furby-like pygmy tarsier, presumed to be extinct, was found during a recent expedition to Indonesia. And the cuddly, huge-eyed nocturnal critter is the very definition of cute. "They always look like they have a perpetual smile on their face, which adds to the attraction," says physical anthropologist Sharon Gursky-Doyen, who found the presumed lost species.

Posted in Environment @ 19 November 2008 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia moves to protect workers abroad The delay in the recruitment of Indonesian housemaids and drivers has prompted Jakarta to set up a commission to look into the interests of Indonesian workers, including their overseas employment, training and health.

Posted in General @ 01 September 2008 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian authorities plan uniforms for accused corruptors There is growing criticism of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's decision not to dismiss two senior ministers, implicated in a Bank Indonesia corruption scandal. The situation has been further complicated in recent weeks by allegations that the father-in-law of President Yudhoyono's eldest son was approving the bribes.

Posted in Human rights @ 13 August 2008 15:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ghost ship runs aground in Padang-Padang An international surfing championship in Bali was disrupted when an illegal fishing boat washed onto the reefs at Bali's Padang-Padang bay on Saturday, July 12, 2008. The "mystery boat" scuttled on the reef with its freezers full of fish but without any crew to be found anywhere on board.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 19 July 2008 12:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia denies seeking payment for virus samples An Indonesian health official, responding to recent comments by the US health secretary, today denied that Indonesia wants financial compensation if it resumes sharing its H5N1 avian influenza virus samples.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 April 2008 03:16 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


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


Three year sentence sought for ferry captain Prosecutors in Indonesia want three years in jail for the captain of the ferry that sank off the coast of northern Java last years, an accident in which over 300 people died. State prosecutors said that Wiratno Cendanawasih, 53, who was captain at the ill-fated Senopati Nusantara at the time of the accident, was guilty of negligence leading to the deaths.

Posted in General @ 18 September 2007 11:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu spread from humans to humans in 2006 In the first systematic, statistical analysis of its kind, infectious-disease-modeling experts at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center confirm that the avian influenza A (H5N1) virus in 2006 spread between a small number of people within a family in Indonesia. The findings, by biostatistician Ira M. Longini Jr., Ph.D., and colleagues, will be published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Posted in Health @ 29 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Earthquake halts Pertamina's Balongan refinery A 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit west Java early Thursday has forced a Pertamina oil refinery to be shut down for the next three days. The Balongan refinery in the town of Indramayu, which was close to the earthquake's epicenter, was shut down temporarily after the powerful quake caused power failure in the compound of the refinery.

Posted in Earthquake @ 09 August 2007 17:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Annual haze disrupts flights in Indonesia Smoke from land-clearing forest fires disrupts flights serving the Indonesian part of Borneo as the country enters the dry season, according to a local official on Sunday. The haze covered the city of Pontianak in the western part of the island for the last two days, delaying flights on Sunday morning because of the reduced visibility, reported local airport chief Syamsul Bachrie.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 July 2007 16:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Problems mount at Asian Cup in Indonesia Problems are mounting for organisers of the Asian Cup in Indonesia with poorly organised ticket sales, criticism of training pitches and a floodlight failure at the main stadium. Indonesia has had little experience in hosting big sporting events and appears to be struggling to get it right.

Posted in Sports @ 12 July 2007 01:45 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


EU bans flights by Indonesian airlines All airlines that have their base in Indonesia will be banned from flying to the European Union because of safety concerns. This information has been released by the European Commission. "Once more, the EU blacklist will prove to be an essential tool not only to prevent unsafe airlines from flying to Europe and to inform passengers traveling worldwide but also to make sure that airlines and civil aviation authorities take appropriate actions to improve safety," said Jacques Barrot, commission vice president in charge of transport.

Posted in General @ 28 June 2007 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia suspects ominous H5N1 mutations Officials from Indonesia's avian flu commission said today that the H5N1 avian influenza virus may have mutated in a way that makes it more transmissible from birds to humans, but a World Health Organization (WHO) official said the WHO had seen no evidence of such a change, according to news services.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 07 June 2007 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: H5N1 samples going to WHO again Indonesia's health minister announced today at the World Health Organization's (WHO's) annual meeting that the country has resumed sending H5N1 avian influenza virus samples to the WHO, appearing to end a 5-month standoff over developing countries' access to vaccines. "I am pleased to announce to all of you that Indonesia has resumed sending its H5N1 specimens to the WHO collaborating center in Tokyo," Siti Fadilah Supari said at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, according to a Reuters report.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 May 2007 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia cuts interest rate to 8.75% The Indonesian Central Bank has cut it's main interest rate by 25 basis points on Tuesday, in line with expectations. This is the 11th rate-cut in one year in response to falling inflation and a strong Indonesian currency.

Posted in Economy @ 09 May 2007 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strike at US-owned mine Freeport in Papua continues Thousands of workers from a mine in the easternmost province of Papua continued to strike for a third day yesterday, disrupting work at one of the biggest copper mines in the world. The workers moved their rally to a site outside the local headquarters of PT. Freeport Indonesia in Timika while protest leaders resumes talks with the company's officials in an attempt to reach a deal.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 20 April 2007 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trigana Air Fokker 27 skidds of runway after tire breaks A Fokker 27 plane from Trigana Air made an emergency landing at the end of the runway of the airport in Wamena, in the district of Jayawijaya in Papua. The accident occurred at eight o'clock in the morning after one of it's tires broke out.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 April 2007 06:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rare striped rabbit found in Sumatra highlands


Posted in Environment @ 09 April 2007 04:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two more reported dead from bird flu Indonesia has announced two more deaths from bird flu on Thursday. The Health Ministry said a 14-year-old and boy and 28-year-old woman had died, bringing tot total death toll in Indonesia alone to 71. The boy was from West Sumatra and died last Saturday, while the woman from Jakarta died on Wednesday. Indonesia announced three deaths just yesterday.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 29 March 2007 09:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bishop: Indonesian military razed church in Dili Testifying at the Truth Commission Indonesia-Timor, former Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili said that Indonesian forces and their militia allies had systematically burned the diocese's compound as well as other churches. Several clergy and an unknown number of others were killed in these fires. Bishop Belo, who headed the Archdiocese of Dili during the 1999 riots, was the main witness before the commission when they resumed public hearings in Jakarta.

Posted in Violence @ 27 March 2007 02:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bad weather hampers ferry operations Java-Sumatra Ferry boats have halted the route between Merak in West Java and Bakauheni in Sumatra during the last 11 days because of extremely bad weather. Waves in the route over the Sunda Strait sometimes reached a height of four meters, as was told by assistant supervisor Mudhofar of state ferry company ASDP.

Posted in Weather @ 12 March 2007 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alun-alun Lor; a nice green heart It hasn't been that long that it was a sunny and very hot day in Yogyakarta when I made a short walk around the so-called alun-alun lor, the northern square belonging to the kraton, the palace of the family of the sultan. The green grass - during the wet season the grass often is green, in the dry season it more resembles hay - reached until half a meter in some places. Not well maintained as we should expect at a palace, but at least there was an open space in the city which offered the opportunity to blow of some steam. This blowing steam you should not do at times that I generally visit this kind of locations, no it's much better in the early hours until seven in the morning and after five in the afternoon again. The salespeople along the edge will offer you something to drink or eat if you like.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to resume sharing H5N1 samples with WHO Indonesia and the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed today that Indonesia will resume sharing its H5N1 avian influenza virus samples while the WHO will work to ensure that developing countries have access to pandemic vaccines based on viruses they supply.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 17 February 2007 01:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia defends flu vaccine deal Indonesia has defended its decision to stop sharing samples of the deadly bird flu virus with the World Health Organisation after it signed an agreement with a US drug manufacturer. The government said it would resume cooperation with the WHO only if it stopped providing samples to other commercial vaccine makers.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 15 February 2007 10:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sunken ferry captain among survivors, 400 still missing The captain of an Indonesian passenger ferry that capsized off the northern coast of Java last week, leaving hundreds missing, was one of 13 people rescued from an unmanned oil rig, officials said Thursday. A group of 15 other survivors who also were found Wednesday clinging to a reef near Kangean Island, off the coast of East Java province, were transported Thursday afternoon by the Indonesian Navy to Surabaya, the provincial capital.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2007 07:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's crowded skies It's been four days since budget carrier Adam Air's Flight 574 disappeared over the Indonesian archipelago, and despite a search and rescue effort involving ships, planes and ground patrols, authorities are no closer to finding the wreckage or any possible survivors. The Boeing 737-400, which took off from Indonesia's main island of Java en route to the popular diving destination of Manado with 102 people on board, emitted a signal from its emergency beacon over the mountainous island of Sulawesi before dropping out of sight on New Year's Day.

Posted in Travel @ 05 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Surveillance plane makes emergency landing An Indonesian Air Force surveillance plane used to search for the Adam Air Boeing 737-400 plane believed to have gone missing in West Sulawesi made an emergency landing at the Balikpapan air base in East Kalimantan on Wednesday due to bad weather. "After it took off at around 06.00 am central Indonesian time and did a search (for the missing aircraft), the plane stopped its flight due to bad weather," spokesman of the Indonesian Air Force Headquarters Air Commodore Daryatmo said on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 January 2007 11:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Speaking in Islamic tongues in Indonesia For those recently heaping praise on Indonesia for its moderate Muslim and emerging democratic credentials, consider the case of Islamic preacher Yusman Roy. Last year Roy was sentenced to two years in prison on blasphemy charges for leading Muslim prayers at an East Java Islamic school in his native Bahasa Indonesia rather than Arabic as conservative religious councils require. In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, the language issue pitches modern, liberal interpretations of Islam, known broadly here as abangan, against conservative orthodox views, represented broadly as santri.

Posted in Religion @ 16 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebel split overshadows elections in Aceh Muhammad Nasir has more than earned the right to cast a vote in the upcoming historic elections in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province. Only 18 months ago, the 39-year-old was languishing in jail, a political prisoner from the armed Free Aceh Movement (GAM), which had waged a guerrilla war against the Indonesian government since 1976.

Posted in Elections @ 09 December 2006 03:54 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


Indonesian court convicts 7 Papuans for killing Americans An Indonesian court on Tuesday convicted seven men of leading an armed ambush that killed two American school teachers in remote Papua province four years ago, and sentenced the alleged ringleader to life imprisonment. Chief Judge Andriani Nurdin of the Central Jakarta District Court said defendant Antonius Wamang had 'committed a gross violation of human rights for attacking civilians' and deserved harsher punishment than the 20-year sentence asked by prosecutors, the state-run Antara news agency reported.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 November 2006 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank of Indonesia cuts key rate for sixth time Indonesia’s central bank cut its benchmark interest rate for the sixth time since May and said borrowing costs may be reduced again in December, after inflation slowed to a two-year low and the currency strengthened. Bank Indonesia Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah and his fellow policy makers cut the rate used as a reference for bill sales by half a percentage point to 10.25%.

Posted in Economy @ 08 November 2006 02:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia may cut key policy rate for sixth time since May Indonesia's central bank will probably cut its benchmark interest rate by half a percentage point, the sixth reduction since May, to help revive consumer spending after inflation slowed to a two-year low. Bank Indonesia Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah and his fellow policy makers will cut the rate used as a reference for bills sales to 10.25 percent, according to 15 of 16 economists in a Bloomberg survey. One expects a reduction to 10 percent. The central bank decision is due in Jakarta tomorrow.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2006 03:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected bomb damages empty church in Sulawesi A homemade explosive went off in an empty church on Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, alarming residents but injuring no one, a senior police officer said Sunday. The blast late Saturday night was heard around three kilometers (nearly 2 miles) away, but caused no major physical damage to the building, witnesses said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 02 July 2006 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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