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 Indonesia to execute six drug convicts Indonesia's attorney general announced on Thursday, January 15, that the country is ready to carry out the execution of 6 people on death row on Sunday. "The preparations for the implementation (of the execution) are almost final," Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo announced in a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

Posted in Drugs @ 16 January 2015 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian minister to crack down upon illegal fishing Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has vowed to step up efforts to curb illegal fishing in Indonesian waters, which has caused losses worth trillions of rupiah to the state and disadvantaged traditional fishermen.

Posted in Economy @ 03 November 2014 16:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Court meets Antasari's demand over judicial review The Constitutional Court (MK) met Antasari Azhars demand on Thursday allowing the former chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to file another judicial review over his case.

Posted in Crime @ 06 March 2014 21:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI Chief arrives in China for five days working visit Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) Chief General Moeldoko arrived in Beijing on Monday for a five-day working visit to China, according to the country's defense attach here, Colonel Navy Samuel Kowaas.

Posted in Military @ 25 February 2014 14:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Keeping Baliís mother temple sacred The provincial government of Bali has prepared a small team to review input from a number of sources on how best to create a Pura Agung Besakih Authority to control and oversee the operation of Baliís Mother Temple.

Posted in Religion @ 02 February 2014 06:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


265 Indonesian migrant workers on foreign death rows Some 265 migrant workers from Indonesia are facing the death penalty in countries such as Malaysia, China and Saudi Arabia, Migrant Care founder Anis Hidayah said.

Posted in Crime @ 28 December 2013 20:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono receives Abbott`s response letter to wiretapping President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has received a letter from Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott responding to spying allegations conducted by Australia in 2009.

Posted in Politics @ 23 November 2013 21:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor announces minimum wage for Jakarta 2.4 million Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo said he has signed a monthly provincial minimum wage (UMP) order of Rp2.441 million for industrial workers in Jakarta on the basis of the Jakarta Remuneration Council`s recommendations.

Posted in Protests @ 01 November 2013 19:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to End Visa-on-Arrival for Iranians The Jakarta Globe reports that effective August 20, 2013, Indonesia will withdraw the visa-on-arrival facility currently extended to Iranian passport holders visiting Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 20 July 2013 04:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali transport operators seek a hike in rates The Jakarta Post (Bali Daily) reports that the Baliís Tourist Transportation Association (Pawiba) is seeking to increase the tariff for tourism transport in Bali from levels that have remained largely static since 2005.

Posted in Travel @ 25 March 2013 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Bali tourism official put in prison Baliís former chief of Tourism for the province of Bali (Kadisparda), I Gede Nurjaya, became an inmate at Baliís Kerobokan prison on January 2, 2013, starting the final chapter on a long and sometimes tortuous journey through the legal system.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 January 2013 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight convicts to be executed soon Eight convicts who have been sentenced to death this year will soon be executed, according to the Attorney General`s Office (AGO). "They are among the 133 defendants who have received the death sentence this year," Attorney General Basrief Arief said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Crime @ 26 December 2012 06:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Unemployment among university graduates increasing Indonesian Manpower Minister Muhaimin Iskandar has expressed concern due to the increasing number of unemployed university graduates in the country.

Posted in Economy @ 01 December 2012 20:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Keeping Bali hotel guests safe and sound The Bali chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Bali) is targeting by the end of 2012 to have audited the safety systems of 25 four and give star-rated hotels in Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 25 November 2012 01:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister asks anti-graft body to investigate state power firm State-owned Enterprise Minister Dahlan Iskan supported a proposal by lawmakers to have the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) review state electricity firm PLN`s losses of Rp37.6 trillion.

Posted in Corruption @ 13 November 2012 23:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court rules oil, gas law against constitution The Constitutional Court (MK) has ruled that articles governing the tasks and functions of the Upstream Oil and Gas Executive Agency (BP Migas) in the oil and gas law run counter to the 1945 Constitution.

Posted in General @ 13 November 2012 19:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry to build link between railway line and trans-Jakarta bus The Ministry of Transportation plans to build a link between the commuter railway line and the Trans-Jakarta bus lane in an effort to meet the needs of mass transportation in Jakarta by 2013.

Posted in General @ 07 November 2012 16:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crew that landed plane at wrong airport grounded The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation has grounded the pilot and co-pilot of Sriwijaya Airlines flight SJ021 that landed at the wrong airport in Padang, West Sumatra on October 13, 2012. Bisnis.com reports that the flight landed at the Tabing Padang Airport in Padang when, in fact, it was scheduled to land at the nearby Minangkabau International Airport.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 20 October 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UNESCO world heritage site 'on sale' A special committee of legislators from the Tabanan House of Representatives (DPRD-Tabanan)†reviewing the provincial zoning law (RTRW) recently surveyed the Jatiluwih rice terraces at Penebel, Tabanan Ė elevated to a World Heritage Status by UNESCO.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 06 October 2012 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NU: 'Disappointment by Supreme Court ruling drug convict' An Islamic leader has expressed disappointment over the Supreme Court`s decision to revoke the death penalty for the convicted owner of a narcotic drug factory, Hengky Gunawan.

Posted in Religion @ 04 October 2012 23:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President yudhoyono to visit US President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono will leave for New York, the United States, this weekend on a working visit until September 30.

Posted in Politics @ 21 September 2012 20:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police, TNI chiefs review security at Bakauheni port The National Police (Polri) Chief General Timur Pradopo and National Defense Forces (TNI) Commander Admiral Agus Suhartono inspected the Bakuheni ferry port in Lampung on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 18 August 2012 14:26 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


Dozens on death row over narcotics in Indonesia Fifty-eight people convicted and sentenced to death in narcotics cases are awaiting execution in Indonesian prisons.

Posted in Drugs @ 09 June 2012 09:18 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


Govt to provide clean water facilities in border areas North Sulawesi Province Government is planning to build clean water systems in the two outer islands of Miangas and Marore, which border the Philippines.

Posted in General @ 23 May 2012 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP supports Yusril`s attempt to review budget law A legislator from an opposition party has expressed support for a former minister`s request at the Constitutional Court (MK) for a judicial review of a newly approved clause in the Law on the 2012 Revised State Budget.

Posted in Politics @ 02 April 2012 16:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


GKI Yasmin church mass disrupted by protest A Sunday mass being held at the house of a congregation member at the Taman Yasmin complex, and which was being attended by around 50 members of the the GKI Yasmin church, was forced to stop when a group of protesters arrived and demanded that the congregation halt the service.

Posted in Religion @ 22 January 2012 11:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and U.S. sign $600 million cooperation deal Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday agreed to a $600 million cooperation project to boost environmentally friendly and sustainable development in the Asian country.

Posted in Economy @ 19 November 2011 04:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 221 Indonesians facing death penalty abroad A total of 221 Indonesians are facing the death penalty in three foreign countries, according to the spokesman of the Indonesia Migrant Workers Task Force, Humphrey R Djemat, here on Monday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 November 2011 18:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali immigration checks foreigners' working permits Denpost, Nusa Bali and The Jakarta Post all confirm that an official operation is now underway in Bali seeking to identify foreigners living on the island lacking proper immigration and working permits.

Posted in Crime @ 29 October 2011 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace accused of illegal activities Lawmakers have called on the government to review the existence of Greenpeace in Indonesia following a series of incidents that they say were triggered by the organization's reluctance to comply with the country's laws.

Posted in Environment @ 27 October 2011 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Antasari: 'Former prosecutors to be brought to court' Murder convict Antasari Azhar questioned the credibility of prosecutors at his initial trial and asked that they be brought to court for his next case review hearing.

Posted in Crime @ 14 September 2011 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to have second airport in 2014? Indonesiaís Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, claims the construction of a new international airport in Buleleng, North Bali, is important to evenly distribute tourism visitors across the island. Wacik says that an airport in the north will split visitors across both the northern and southern regions of Bali.

Posted in Economy @ 12 September 2011 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and S. Korea sign defense cooperation agreement The governments of Indonesia and South Korea on Friday signed a defense agreement to strengthen its cooperation, local media reported.

Posted in Military @ 09 September 2011 16:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police still searching for mysterious Antasari text message The National Police say that they are still searching for a mysterious text message allegedly containing threats sent by convicted murderer and former Corruption Eradication Commission Chief Antasari Azhar to murder victim Nasrudin Zulkarnaen.

Posted in Crime @ 09 September 2011 15:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Antasari: 'I will fight justice until the end' Convicted murderer and former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Antasari Azhar vowed to go all the way in proving his innocence and overturn his 18-year jail sentence.

Posted in Crime @ 09 September 2011 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amnesty Intl. wants new investigation in Munir case Those who gave the orders for the murder of Indonesian human rights activist Munir in 2004 have to be prosecuted. Amnesty International writes an open letter to the Indonesian prosecutor to ask for a new investigation in the murder case.

Posted in Crime @ 06 September 2011 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Higher alert-status for Anak Ranakah volcano on Flores The Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG has announced that it has raised the alert status for the Anak Ranakah volcano in the district of Manggarai on the island of Flores in southeastern Indonesia. The status is now two out of scale of four. The 2,247 meter high volcano almost continuously emits a small plume of white smoke, but now the activity inside the volcano has also increased.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 August 2011 10:30 CET by Jeroen · 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


Suspicious package found outside U.S. Embassy in Jakarta A suspicious package was found outside the U.S. Embassy in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Tuesday, causing some panic among employees and office workers in the area.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2011 16:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert: Delays at Lion Air are management problem Bisnis.com writes that the Indonesian carrier Lion Air needs to urgently improve its internal management systems in order to reduce the frequency of delayed flights, if they do not wish to loose market share.

Posted in Travel @ 12 June 2011 03:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono demands answers on Merpati air crash Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday demanded the cabinet answers on the Merpati airplane crash that killed 27 people.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 May 2011 20:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BI imposes harsh sanctions on Citibank Bank Indonesia (BI) announced Friday it was imposing severe sanctions on Citibank following a massive embezzlement scandal by a bank employee and the suspected death of a customer at the hands of debt collectors recently. The bank possibly faces other sanctions if found guilty of the two crimes by a court.

Posted in Economy @ 08 May 2011 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pakistan's Foreign Ministry confirms arrest of Bali bomb suspect Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday appeared on national television and confirmed that the country's security forces had captured a man wanted in connection with the 2002 Bali bombing.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 April 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to Pakistan to confirm Bali bomb terrorist arrest The government of Indonesia announced on Wednesday that a police team has been deployed to Pakistan to review the arrest of Indonesian terrorist Umar Patek, who is also wanted in the Southeast Asian country and linked to the Bali bombing.

Posted in Terrorism @ 30 March 2011 15:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fines Singapore's Temasek in anti-monopoly violation Indonesia on Tuesday fined Singapore's investment powerhouse Temasek Holdings Pte and its nine affiliates Rp 15 billion ($1.7 million) each for violating anti-monopoly laws, local media reported.

Posted in Economy @ 19 January 2011 07:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A second international airport for Bali? The Indonesian Ministry of Transport is reported to be seriously studying the creation of two new international airports for Jakarta and Bali while, at the same time, optimizing the use of the existing airports in those two destinations.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2011 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia governor: 'Southeast Asia considers single currency' Bank Indonesia governor Halim Alamsyah has said the Southeast Asia region could consider an eventual currency convergence to strengthen the region's economy and facilitate international transactions.

Posted in Economy @ 11 December 2010 05:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy Suharto sues Garuda over 'convicted murderer' Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, the son of deceased dictator Suharto, is suing state-owned airline Garuda Indonesia and the publishers of its in-flight magazine for referring to him as a ďconvicted murdererĒ in an article about one of his resorts. The civil hearing kicked off in the South Jakarta District Court on Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 09 September 2010 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


NGOs push for stronger child protection laws Millions of Indonesian children remain vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and discrimination because the government has not prioritised childrenís rights, says a coalition of NGOs. On 25 May, the National NGO Coalition for Child Rights Monitoring launched its review report on the implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) between 1997 and 2009, making a number of recommendations to better protect Indonesian children.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 June 2010 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreigners able to buy property soon? Indonesia plans to allow foreigners to own property in the country and has completed its review of investment rules under the so-called negative list, said the country's investment coordination agency. The country will deregulate its property industry by the end of the first half year of 2010, paving the way for foreigners to buy homes and commercial real estate directly.

Posted in General @ 06 April 2010 08:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death penalty for three convicted Dutchmen approaching The death penalty that is being prepared against three Dutchmen in Indonesia is currently negotiated about at a high diplomatic level. For one of the three men a review has been submitted a short while ago. The other two will have their reviews submitted in a short period of time as well.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 February 2010 01:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


A new fence for the presidential palace A plan worth some 14 billion Rupiah, just over a million euro, to build a new fence around the presidential palace in Jakarta is purely aimed at the safety of the president. Secretary of state Sudi Silalhi has told after media reported about the high costs of the new fence earlier this week.

Posted in General @ 05 February 2010 11:34 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


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


'Striptease cafe' in Bandung closed by police The city government Bandung in West Java, is planning on asking the owner of Kafe Bell Air in the Paskal Hyper Square shopping mall along Jalan HOS Tjokroaminoto what was going on in his place. It is expected that the place was offering striptease acts when celebrating New Year a few days back. If there indeed was a striptease act, the permit of the cafe can be suspended for that.

Posted in General @ 03 January 2010 02:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 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


Back to the 'real' tourism for Bali? According to respected Indonesian elder statesman, Prof. Dr. Emil Salim, although Bali has manage to become the icon of Indonesian tourism, it is destined to lose its true bearings as a religious, cultural and nature destination which will result in a decline in the quality of international tourists drawn to the Island.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 December 2009 00:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Commission: 'Scrap discriminating shariya-based bylaws' The National Commission on Violence Against Women urges the government to include the reviewing of a number of sharia-based bylaws deemed discriminative against women as part of its first 100-day program.

Posted in Religion @ 10 December 2009 07:56 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


''Dutch druglord in Indonesia executed soon' Dutchman Ang Kiem Soei, who is convicted to death in Indonesia for running an ecstasy factory, is most likely to be executed next month. He also was a part of an international organization of drug traders. Soei has been in prison for over seven years now and his legal options have run out.

Posted in Drugs @ 18 November 2009 08:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


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

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


Security lacking at many Bali tourist class hotels Beritabali.com reports that 44 "Melati" or "tourist class" hotels recently failed to earn security and safety certificates issued by the government of Bali. The certificates are issued after visits and review by a team of officials from various departments of the island's government.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 October 2009 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unregistered children at risk Satri Rama's youngest children do not have birth certificates, but that does not bother the 39-year-old mother of five. "We don't need birth certificates, we need to eat," she said, standing in a damp shack in the centre of Indonesia's capital.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2009 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schappelle Corby goes crazy in Bali prison Australian drug smuggler Schappelle Corby is going crazy in Balinese prison where she has to fulfill a 20-year jail term after trying to smuggle several kilograms of marijuana from Bali to Australia. In a psychiatric report she is said to be 'hanging by a thread', and should be reviewed as soon as possible for being sent home to Australia to finish her sentence there. An Australian psychiatrist was allowed to visit Corby last month.

Posted in Drugs @ 26 August 2009 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


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Posted in Others @ 11 August 2009 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Key interest rate cut to 6.50 percent The board of governors of Bank Indonesia have decided yesterday that the benchmark interest rate was to be lowered with 25 basis points to 6.50 percent per year. "This decision was made after the board of governors concluded that the declining inflation rate continues in line with the limited domestic demand as well as the expectation of declining inflation," said Bank Indonesia in a statement.

Posted in Economy @ 06 August 2009 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional court allows voting by identity card The Constitutional Court decided on Monday evening that unregistered voters are allowed to exercise their voting right in next Wednesday`s presidential poll by showing their identity cards. "We hereby partially accept the judicial review request," Constitutional Court Chairman Mahfud M.D. said when reading the court's decision on a request for a judicial review of Law No. 42 / 2008 on Presidential and Vice Presidential Elections here on Monday.

Posted in Elections @ 07 July 2009 03:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stops sending maids to Malaysia immediately Indonesia has ordered employment agencies to stop sending its citizens to Malaysia to work as maids. Indonesian Manpower Minister Erman Suparno said the decision - effective today - would remain in place until safeguards are implemented in Malaysia. ďI have spoken of the temporary halt in bilateral talks with the Malaysian Human Resources Minister (Datuk Dr S. Subrama-niam) during the International Labour Conference in Geneva on June 12,Ē Erman said in a statement yesterday.

Posted in Politics @ 27 June 2009 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Java and Bali brace for higher electricity rates Electricity rates for customers on the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali are likely to be higher than elsewhere in the Republic if current plans to introduce regional electrical tariffs are enacted by the government.

Posted in Economy @ 23 June 2009 10:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six arrested over deadly beating in Bounty Discotheque A 23-year-old New Zealand man, Sean Headifen, died on Sunday, April 12, 2009, after being brutalized by six men at the Bounty Discotheque in Kuta. The man died from head injuries in the early morning hours of Sunday after allegedly being physically set upon by staff of the discotheque with whom he had a verbal altercation after reportedly throwing a bottle at a staff member. The brutalization that followed took place both inside the popular night spot and in outside premises.

Posted in Crime @ 18 April 2009 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Presidential Elections on July 9, 2009 The National Elections Commission (KPU) have decreed that the next general election for Indonesia's President and Vice President will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 2009. If a run off election is required, that will take place on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. The Presidential Elections will be preceded by legislative elections set for April 9, 2009 with the formal certification of those results to be made by KPU on May 9, 2009.

Posted in Elections @ 29 January 2009 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fiskal tax increases to 2.5 million Rupiah As reported on balidiscovery.com, the onerous Rp. 1 million (67 euro) fiscal tax paid by all Indonesian nationals and registered residents will end on January 1, 2009, providing travelers can present proof of an official tax registration number NPWP. That's the good news, but for those registered residents and Indonesian nationals who have failed to obtain an official tax number they will soon be obliged to pay a fiscal tax of Rp. 2.5 million (168 euro) each time they travel abroad after January 1, 2009.

Posted in General @ 28 December 2008 04:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to announce two more executions today The High Court in Indonesia will later today announce the death sentence of two people which will be executed as soon as possible. Based on information that was gathered, the High Court has ordered the execution of ten people this year. Two others are still waiting for their official announcement to be executed. The two are Ujang, a serial killer from Palembang, Sumatra. and Ona Denis, a Malawi resident which is sentenced to death for a drug-related offense in Tangerang, Banten.

Posted in Crime @ 22 December 2008 03:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tura village residents: 'Do not take our forest away' Around 15,000 hectares of community forest in Central Kalimantan will be cleared for the expansion of palm oil plantations, threatening the livelihood of more than 2,500 people. The community of Tura, Tumbang Tanjung and Tumbang Lahang villages along the Katingan river, are concerned of the impending disaster that will come when their forest is taken away by the companies. Their apprehension is expressed in a film, titled "Petak Danum Itah" or "Our Homeland", made by the community themselves with the support of the Centre for Orangutan Protection was premiered in Jakarta today.

Posted in Environment @ 17 December 2008 06:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More executions likely to follow in Indonesia Bali Post reports that the execution last week of the three Bali Bombers will serve to accelerate the date of the execution of those members of the "Bali Nine" sitting on death row in Baliís Kerobokan prison. A Junior Chief State Prosecutor, Abdul Hakim Ritonga, told the press in Jakarta said that orders have been issued to create a formal list of all those on death row, a list that is expected to be in hand before the end of the current year.

Posted in Crime @ 17 November 2008 00:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Transport Minister: 'Indonesian airlines will not collapse' The Department of Transportation is working closely with the national aviation industry to anticipate the negative effects of the current global economic crisis. According to the Minister of Communication, Jusman Syafii Djamal, national airlines may eventually encounter difficulties in securing aircraft leases and insurance as the result of a continuing economic downturn. "Fortunately," the Minister added, "the price of fuel is reducing. In addition, while the price of leasing aircraft is increasing, the lease contracts for most national airlines will not expire in the near future."

Posted in Economy @ 19 October 2008 01:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Attorney General: 'Amrozi and friends won't make it until Lebaran' The Attorney General will order the execution of the people convicted for the Bali Bomb attacks in October 2002 before the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. This decision is made based on sociological factors of the people. "If the execution is performed during the holy month of fasting, it will disturb the fasting of many. Outside that, it will also interfere with the psychological mind of the people," said Attorney General Hendarman Supandji during a press meeting in the Attorney General's main building at Jalan Sultan Hasanuddin in Jakarta earlier today.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 July 2008 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia rejects Bali bombers final appeal A court official with the Bali court has said that the final appeal by the three Islamic militants that are convicted over the 2002 Bali bombings has been rejected, bringing them closer to being executed. The head of the court, Nyoman Gede Wirya, said that the men now formally had to ask the president for clemency if they want to avoid the death penalty.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 July 2008 10:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Corby gets out of prison to go to beauty salon Convicted Australian drugs trafficker Schapelle Corby, who is currently serving 20 years in prison for the attempted smuggling marijuana from Bali to Australia, spent several hours in a beauty salon to have her hair and nails done. The 30-year-old was convicted of smuggling 4.1 kilograms of marijuana in 2005. Together with two security guards she was brought to a beauty salon in the Balinese capital of Denpasar. The salon is near a hospital where she has been treated for depression, according to witnesses.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 03 July 2008 05:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Local government in Batu considers chasity belt for massage parlours Detik.com reports that the municipal government in the East Java resort area of Batu are preparing to "clamp down" on suspected prostitution practices taking place at many of the area's panti pijat or traditional massage parlors. Iman Suryono, a municipal police official (pamong praja) in Batu, is dedicated to elimating the "plus-plus" and "happy ending" element from the local spa business. To achieve this "end," local authorities are considering making "chastity belts" part of the required uniform for masseuses in the cool hill-side resort close best known for its local inns and delicious apple crop.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 April 2008 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Government issues latest airline safety rankings As reported in Kompas, the latest review of national airline safety issued by the Governments has determined not to increase the actual safety category rating of any national airline, despite an admission that actual scores have improved a number of air carriers.

Posted in General @ 29 March 2008 12:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bombers execution not in near future The Indonesian Attorney Generals Office (AGO) said Tuesday the execution of three convicted Bali bombers must wait their decision whether or not they ask a presidential pardon. "They have said earlier they will never ask for a presidential pardon. But if they will, then we must wait," AGO spokesman Bonaventura Nainggolan told reporters here.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 March 2008 13:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gloomy future for Adam Air as investor retreats Following the latest safety incident involving an Adam Air flight that slid off the runway at Batam's Hang Nadim Airport on March 10, 2008, the Indonesian Department of Civil Aviation has threatened to "freeze" the airlines Air Operating Certificate if the carrier's management is unable to quickly correct its safety management shortcomings.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2008 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali January 2008 arrivals burst out of the starting gate The National News Agency Antara reports that 154,000 foreign tourists visited Bali in January 2008. While these figures remain preliminary until confirmed by yet-to-be-received official figures from Bali's immigration office, the 154,000 tally suggests a record-breaking start to 2008, exceeding arrival totals for January 2007 (109,504) by a whopping +40.63%.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 February 2008 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


 Former Garuda Indonesia pilot jailed for activistís murder Indonesiaís supreme court has sentenced a former Garuda Indonesia airline pilot to 20 years in prison for the 'politically' motivated murder of one of the countryís leading human rights activist, it was announced on Friday. A court spokesman said the judges found Pollycarpus Priyanto killed Munir Thalib by poisoning his drink at Singaporeís Changi airport on September 7, 2004 while they chatted during a stopover of Munirís flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 25 January 2008 14:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU continues its blacklist of Indonesian aviation Long-awaited reports from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) that could have cleared the way for the lifting of the current blacklisting of Indonesian aviation have now been published. While noting improvements have been made in aviation safety, EASA decided to leave the current ban in place, saying much remains to be done before the skies of the Republic can be declared "safe" for European travelers.

Posted in General @ 03 December 2007 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Inter-island ferry service fares to increase 20% The Indonesian Government will increase the cost of ferry crossings nation-wide effective December 1, 2007. In announcing the fare hikes which will affect 22 inter-island crossings in Indonesia operated by 198 ships, the Minister of Transportation Jusman Safei Djamal, said the increases were necessary to stem the losses now being suffered by the Nation's ferry operators.

Posted in General @ 17 November 2007 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TSA: Baliís Ngurah Rai airport now rated 'safe' On October 7, 2007, The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have that Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport is once again considered to be compliant with the strict aviation safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The announcement reverses a December 23, 2005, declaration by the TSA stating the Bali airport fell below minimum safety standards that resulted in cautionary warnings to that effect being prominently posted at major airports across the U.S.A..

Posted in Tourism @ 15 October 2007 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Bali bombers 'likely to die' The three Bali bombers on death row in Bali are likely to be executed even if a court revokes the law permitting executions, a human rights campaigner says. Islamic militants Imam Samudra, Ali Ghufron and the so-called smiling terrorist Amrozi, are on death row in Indonesia for their parts in the October 2002 nightclub bombings, which killed 202 people including 88 Australians.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 October 2007 16:12 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


Indonesia rejects remaining two Bali bombers' appeals The Supreme Court in Indonesia has rejected final appeals from all three Islamic militants on death row for the 2002 Bali bombings, meaning they face execution by firing squad. A request by one of the bombers, Amrozi, for a case review - the final legal avenue for appeal under Indonesian law - was rejected earlier this month. Now his two accomplices have also had their requests rejected, Supreme Court spokesman Nurhadi told the online Detikcom news agency.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 September 2007 16:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amrozi's last effort to avoid firing squad rejected The Indonesia Supreme Court has rejected a request for a judicial review filed by - one of three terrorist sentenced to death for their role in the October 12, 2002, that claimed the lives of 202 people and seriously injured scores of others.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 September 2007 02:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia: 'in talks to buy Airbus jets' The national airline of Indonesia, PT Garuda Indonesia, is in talks with Airbus to buy some 20 Airbus A320 planes to expand it's fleet for domestic routes, according to an official from the airline on Thursday. Talks with Airbus, a unit of European aerospace group EADS, come after a deal with Boeing last March for 25 737-800 planes with an estimated value of 730 million euro.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 07 September 2007 08:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to push carbon-credits for peatlands conservation Wahjudi Wardojo, director general for forestry research at Indonesia's Forestry Ministry, told Reuters that industrialized countries will need to provide financial incentives for tropical countries to preserve ecosystems - like peatlands - that sequester large amounts of carbon.

Posted in Environment @ 29 August 2007 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU to send air safety experts to Indonesia The European Union will send safety experts to Indonesia for the review of an EU ban on Indonesian airlines which started last Friday, said the ambassador of the EU to Indonesia. All 51 airlines, including national carrier Garuda Indonesia, have been barred from entering European airspace because of safety concerns. Although no Indonesian airline currently flies to the EU, the ban obliges tourist agencies to warn customers that the airlines are unsafe if they sell package tours with these carriers.

Posted in General @ 06 July 2007 02:35 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
    
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