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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


Oil subsidy set at Rp81 trillion in revised 2015 budget The Indonesian government has set a fuel subsidy of only Rp81 trillion in the 2015 revised budget, down from Rp276 trillion set previously in the 2015 budget. "The value includes carryover debt from last year totaling Rp25 trillion to Pertamina," Finance Minister Bambang Soemantri Brodjonegoro stated here on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 09 January 2015 20:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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


64 drug traffickers to be executed Vice-President Jusuf Kalla has confirmed that the government will go ahead with the execution of 64 drug traffickers who have been sentenced to death by court.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 December 2014 20:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia will raise aviation safety standards The government, through the transportation ministry, will raise its aviation safety standards from category II to category I based on the guidelines set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Posted in Travel @ 13 November 2014 18:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military sees KPU as strategic object Indonesian Military Commander, General Moeldoko, said the General Elections Commission (KPU) has been positioned as strategic object on the occasion of Presidential Election 2014, therefore it required extra security.

Posted in Elections @ 18 July 2014 19:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six die, three go missing in Bogor landslide A landslide claimed six lives and three others went missing in the Neglasari hamlet of Cariu Sub-district, Bogor District, West Java, on early Tuesday, stated a rescuer. The landslide occurred as a high cliff fell and buried five houses, Head of Bogor Districts Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) Yos Sudrajat remarked here on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 June 2014 19:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia revises down economic growth target Bank Indonesia (BI) revised down its prediction of economic growth in 2014, from its initial 5.5-5.9 percent to 5.1-5.5 percent. "The factor that had made us revise the economic growth target down is the revision of export performance," BI governor Agus Martowardojo said at a press conference here on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 08 May 2014 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five dead in speedboat accident in Bangka Belitung Five passengers reportedly died after a speed boat capsized in Nangka Island water, Sungaiselan Subdistrict, Central Bangka Regency of Bangka Belitung Province on Sunday. The speedboat "Rasyida" was carrying 28 passengers before sinking after being hit by big waves in Nangka Island water.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 April 2014 22:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: '250 hospitals ready to develop traditional treatment' Some 250 hospitals in Indonesia are preparing to introduce traditional and herbal treatments as an alternative to modern medical therapies, a Health Ministry official said.

Posted in Health @ 12 April 2014 17:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


48 students in Manado infected with HIV/AIDS The National AIDS Commission (KPAP) reported that at least 48 students and college students were infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus / Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in Manado, North Sulawesi.

Posted in Health @ 26 March 2014 19:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI commander warns against disrupting stability Defense Forces (TNI) Commander General Moeldoko warned here on Monday against disrupting national stability during the general elections this year, citing the consequences.

Posted in Military @ 24 March 2014 16:34 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


President asks Kelud refugees not to risk returning home yet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked the refugees of the Mount Kelud eruption not to risk going back home before the area is deemed safe.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 February 2014 21:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jockey 3-in-1 as sex-service in Jakarta For those who have been in Jakarta, they will most likely remember the never ending traffic jams and possibly also the zones that need some carpooling for private cars during busy hours. Knowing Indonesia, there is a solution for this, they care called jockey.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 December 2013 07:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flooding Bengawan Solo inundates 100 villages in Bojonegoro Water from the overflowing Bengawan Solo River has inundated nearly 100 villages in 15 sub-districts in Bojonegoro, East Java, National Disaster Mitigation Agency stated on Friday.

Posted in Flooding @ 20 December 2013 21:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi defends English-free primary school curriculum The Jakarta administration has backed the Education Ministry’s controversial new curriculum that scraps English classes, computer studies and physical education as mandatory courses in primary schools.

Posted in General @ 14 December 2013 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Health Ministry stops campaign bus with objectionable slogan Due to the controversy surrounding the operation of a bus meant for an HIV/AIDS information campaign, the Health Ministry has ordered the organizer to stop operating the bus.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 December 2013 19:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta's Governor meets national leadership criteria Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, meets the national leadership criteria based on criteria set by the countrys second largest Muslim organization Muhammadiyah, an observer said.

Posted in Politics @ 03 November 2013 20:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight suspected terrorists detained Densus 88, the country’s anti-terrorism unit, has captured eight terrorist suspects in two days for their alleged involvement in the shooting of police officers at three locations in South Tangerang in Banten province.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 November 2013 02:46 CET by Jeroen · 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


Freeport says 25 workers still unaccounted for PT Freeport Indonesia said efforts were still being made to find 25 workers trapped in the company`s Big Gossan underground training facility in Papua that collapsed on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 May 2013 23:23 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


Govt has no right to ban women from working abroad The government has no right to ban Indonesian women from working abroad but rather it must protect them against any work risk wherever they are employed, according to the Indonesian Migrant Workers Placement Agencies Association (Himsataki).

Posted in General @ 12 February 2013 10:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-district head facing 9 years jail term Former Banyuwangi district head Ratna Ani Lestari, tried for alleged corruption by a Surabaya district court, is facing a sentence of nine years in jail.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 January 2013 23:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Whirlwinds strike S Sulawesi`s villages, killing one Whirlwinds hit 11 sub districts in Pinrang District, South Sulawesi Province, on Monday evening, killing one person and injuring another, an official said.

Posted in Weather @ 08 January 2013 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Leptospirosis threatens Yogyakarta this rainy season Yogyakarta`s Health Department has informed the residents that leptospirosis can spread in the city during the rainy season. "In 2011, many people were affected by leptospirosis. We have sent an official letter, warning the residents of Yogyakarta about this disease," said Tuty Setyowati, Head of Yogyakarta's Health Department, on Friday.

Posted in Health @ 28 December 2012 17:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Citilinks opens route Jakarta - Padang The Indonesian airline Citilink, daughter company of Garuda Indonesia, has opened a new route on November 23, 2012, Jakarta - Padang - Jakarta. Departure from Jakarta is at 17:00 local time and from Padang at 19:25 local time. Citilink offers daily flights on this route.

Posted in Travel @ 26 November 2012 02:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey: 'Most Indonesians agree to have nuclear power plant' A latest survey shows that the majority of Indonesians agree with plan to develop nuclear energy to better guarantee power supply in the country.

Posted in Power supply @ 23 November 2012 16:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia needs to increase its military strength Former Indonesian military chief retired Gen. Endriartono Sutarto said the country needs to modernize its military equipment to protect its sovereignty. The country needs to have a strong military to command respect from other countries, Sutarto said here on Sunday.

Posted in Military @ 18 November 2012 17:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New tool to keep Indonesia one step ahead of disaster To help communities better prepare for floods, earthquakes and tsunamis, a new hazard impact modelling tool, the Indonesia scenario assessment for emergencies (InaSAFE), was launched Wednesday, according to the Australian Embassy here in its official web site on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 24 October 2012 21:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta smokers demand special room inside buildings Several members of a people`s group called `Cigarettes Community` have demanded that the Jakarta government revise Governor`s Regulation number 88/2010 that abolishes the presence of smoking room inside buildings in Jakarta.

Posted in Health @ 08 October 2012 19:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali’s wet season due in October Bali Daily reports that the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) is signaling that Bali’s rainy season commence in October.The BMKG is sending the additional warning that residents in Bali should be on the alert for the potential of landslides, floods and whirlwinds.

Posted in Weather @ 24 September 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali needs off-street parking A group calling itself the People’s Group for Indonesian Transportation (Masyarakat Transportasi Indonesia – MTI) has called on the provincial government of Bali and the municipal administration of Denpasar to bring greater order to cars parking on the island’s roads.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2012 08:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Solution needed to solve international corruption' Indonesian chief minister for legal, political and security affairs Djoko Suyanto said efforts must be made to find a way to settle corruption cases affecting other countries.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 September 2012 19:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspect terrorists arrested in Solo to have Philippines link The police suspect that the network of terrorists that was ambushed in Solo in the province of Central Java on Friday night has links with a terror network based in the Philippines, a police official said on Saturday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 September 2012 20:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia set up dengue network Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia announced on Tuesday that they have set up a network to push forward information sharing and training in fighting dengue.

Posted in Health @ 28 August 2012 18:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rupiah-USD exchange rate sluggish after market open After remaining closed for several days on account of public holidays, markets in Indonesia opened on Thursday, with the rupiah to US dollar exchange rate staying sluggish. Jakarta interbank transactions fixed the rupiah`s exchange rate against the USD at Rp9,485 per US dollar.

Posted in Earthquake @ 23 August 2012 13:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta residents asked not to use motorbikes in Lebaran exodus Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo has called on the local residents not to ride motorbikes to their home villages during 2012 Id-Ul Fitr (Lebaran) holiday mass exodus.

Posted in Ramadan @ 10 August 2012 22:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Health Ministry to set up more than 1,400 posts for travellers The Ministry of Health has planned to set up 1,468 health-care posts, with at least 65,000 paramedics, for home-bound travelers during Id-ul-Fitr, according to a minister.

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 August 2012 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lady Gaga concert in Jakarta canceled after Islamist threats Controversial US singer Lady Gaga is having a bad romance with her fans in Indonesia, dubbed as “Little Monsters”, with her scheduled concert in Jakarta officially cancelled by her management amid strong reactions from hard line Indonesian groups.

Posted in Religion @ 27 May 2012 11:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police officer acquitted in murder case Adjunct Senior Commissioner Mindo Tampubolon had been acquitted in the murder case of Putri Mega Umboh at the Batam District Court, Riau Islands, on Thursday, although the public prosecutor demanded life in prison on the defendant.

Posted in Crime @ 25 May 2012 09:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes near Manokwari An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 on the Richter Scale has hit near Manokwari, West Papua province. The quake took place at 10:16 local time or 08:16 West Indonesia time. No information was available of casualties or damage.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 April 2012 04:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dengue fever endemic in Malang Fifty-seven sub-districts in Malang city, East Java, are working to halt the spread of dengue fever, local health office spokeswoman Enny Sekar Rengganingati said here on Monday.

Posted in Health @ 17 April 2012 02:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court to arrange illegitimate child rights Chairman of the Indonesian Constitutional Court Mahfud MD called on the ministers of religious affairs and Interior affairs to immediately follow the decision of the Court relating to a judicial decision on Act No. 1 of 1974 relating to marriage.

Posted in General @ 28 February 2012 08:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry of Justice denies receiving funds from US Justice and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin has categorically denied an allegation his ministry had received Rp1 trillion in funds from the United States to allow the latter to interrogate Indonesian prison inmates.

Posted in Politics @ 16 February 2012 02:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Man confirmed dead of bird flu in north Jakarta A resident of Sunter, PD (23), in North Jakarta has been confirmed to have died of bird flu, a health ministry official said here on Tuesday. The death makes total deaths of bird flu in Indonesia since 2005 to 151 out of 183 cases, the director general of disease control and environmental health, Tjandra Yoga Aditama, said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 12 January 2012 02:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aussie health warning for Bali tattoo parlors A number of Australian media outlets are warning of a threat of HIV infection from having a tattoo in Bali. The warning comes after Western Australia’s Department of Health issued a health warning confirming a Western Australia man had contracted HIV after a visit to a Bali tattoo parlor.

Posted in Health @ 28 December 2011 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ban Ki-moon: Indonesia needs to make improvements UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said Indonesia had to do improvement in various fields, although it has made a lot of progress in reducing natural disaster risk. "Indonesia still has to improve a lot of things," the UN chief said in the sidelines of his participation in the 4th ASEAN-UN Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Saturday.

Posted in Economy @ 20 November 2011 13:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia still has no plan to build nuclear power plant The government still has no plan to build a nuclear power plant in the near future as it still has to familiarize the people with nuclear energy, a Research and Technology Ministry official said.

Posted in Power supply @ 11 November 2011 09:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four killed in most recent Busway related accidents An accident involving public transportation left four people dead on Sunday, which an expert said was the result of a lack of discipline among road users. Ayuningtyas, a 17-year-old high school student, died after being run over by a Transjakarta bus on Jl. Jatinegara Barat, East Jakarta, early on Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 October 2011 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dry season to hold on for one more month The dry season is expected to extend its stay in western Indonesia until October, given the current low temperatures across the Java Sea, a scientist says.

Posted in Weather @ 15 September 2011 11:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


UN warns new strain of bird flu is spreading in Asia The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday urged heightened preparedness and surveillance against a possible 'major resurgence' of Avian Influenza amid signs that a mutant strain of the deadly bird flu virus is spreading in Asia and elsewhere.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 29 August 2011 20:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda faces criticism for semi-naked breast checks Garuda Indonesia, the country\'s flag carrier, is facing strong criticism after reports claim it is conducting near-naked physical checks for South Korean flight attendant jobs, local media reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 24 August 2011 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia pilots threaten to go on strike The Indonesian national air carrier Garuda Indonesia is threatened with a strike by its Pilot Association who are demanding pay parity with foreign pilots employed on contract by the air carrier.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 July 2011 11:36 CET by Jeroen · 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


One more strong earthquake off Sumatra A strong earthquake struck off Southwestern Sumatra in Indonesia on early Monday morning, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami alert was issued.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2011 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono receives UN disaster management award President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday received a United Nations award for his achievement in disaster management and risk reduction, the Antara news agency reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 11 May 2011 17:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All 20 Sinar Kudus crew saved The Indonesian military (TNI) and ship operator PT Samudera Indonesia on Sunday confirmed the release of the MV Sinar Kudus crew of 20 Indonesians from Somali pirates who took them hostage last month.

Posted in Crime @ 02 May 2011 04:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sends troops to free hostages from Somali pirates Indonesia's National Defense Forces (TNI) on Friday announced that it had deployed troops to rescue the 20 nationals that were captured by Somali pirates last month.

Posted in Military @ 16 April 2011 01:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia prepares rescue operation against Somali pirates Indonesia's National Defense Forces (TNI) on Thursday announced that it is prepared to deploy security forces to rescue the 22 nationals captured by Somali pirates last month if negotiations remain unsuccessful.

Posted in Military @ 14 April 2011 14:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'No use of military force against Somali pirates' The Indonesian government on Wednesday reiterated it will continue negotiating with Somali pirates to release 22 Indonesian sailors who were taken hostage during an attack last month, despite mounting calls for a military deployment.

Posted in Crime @ 13 April 2011 23:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


South Asia a hotspot for drug traffickers The United Nations reported on Wednesday that South Asia has become one of the main regions used by drug cartels to source chemicals needed for the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine, namely ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.

Posted in Drugs @ 02 March 2011 20:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono blasts Jakarta governor Fauzi for failing Jakarta President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is publicly criticizing Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo for failing to make good on his campaign pledges, calling them "empty promises". In his opening remarks at an official meeting with ministers, non-ministerial officials and heads of state-owned enterprises, was also attended by Fauzi, Yudhoyono said he was fed up with the unrealized promises made by politicians.

Posted in Politics @ 23 February 2011 00:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia supports Indonesian earthquake experts A new generation of Indonesian earthquake scientists will be trained through an Australian-funded graduate research program launched in Bandung, West Java, Wednesday. The new program has been created through a partnership between the Indonesian Agency for Disaster Management, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences and the Bandung Institute of Technology.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 February 2011 14:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian soldiers face jail over torture video A prosecutor asked the Jayapura Military Court in Indonesia's Papua Province on Thursday to sentence three soldiers for torturing two Papuans, local daily The Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Human rights @ 21 January 2011 02:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sex causing most new HIV infections in Bali Bali's dramatic increase of HIV prevalence among sex workers has changed the face of the epidemic on this famed tourist destination of 3.9 million local residents, NGOs say. Earlier number showed that the prevalence among injecting drug users was most important.

Posted in Health @ 05 January 2011 06:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt, religious leaders and UNICEF to promote breastfeeding As Indonesia commemorates national Mothers Day this week, influential leaders from the government and the country's religious community have come together with the support of UNICEF to promote the importance of breastfeeding.

Posted in Health @ 22 December 2010 20:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


304 dead after Mount Merapi eruptions The death toll from Mount Merapi’s ongoing eruption is now 304, the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said Sunday. Recently recovered bodies were behind the increase, BNPB disaster risk reduction chief Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a text message to the Post on Sunday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 21 November 2010 11:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands return to slopes of Mount Merapi Thousands of villagers returned to ash-covered homes along the slopes of Indonesia's most volatile volcano Monday, after the government said some areas well away from the fiery crater appeared out of danger from another eruption.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 November 2010 07:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UNICEF sends relief supplies to support Indonesia after disasters The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Friday announced that it is sending relief supplies to support the Indonesian Government's humanitarian efforts after the disasters that affected the nation.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2010 01:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


CPJ: Playboy editor's case is a test for Indonesia Erwin Arnada, editor of the now-defunct Indonesian edition of Playboy, was released for several hours on Wednesday in order to stand trial at Indonesia's Supreme Court on charges of public indecency. The former chief editor was arrested earlier this month after an arrest warrant was issued for him, allegedly because he failed to show up in court.

Posted in General @ 28 October 2010 02:50 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


HIV/AIDS infections increase dramatically in Bali Radar Bali puts the current number of people suffering from HIV/AIDS in Bali at around 7,000 people, a 75% increase from the 4,000 victims counted just four years before in 2006. The official count is put at 3,659 people according to confirmed cases recorded since 1987. The actual number of cases, now put at 7,000, reflects the "hidden" number of sufferers believed to be living in Bali. In 2010, a total of 421 new HIV/AIDS cases were recorded in Bali with 54 deaths attributed to the disease.

Posted in Health @ 03 October 2010 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rabies death toll in Bali now put at 93 Bali's Rabies epidemic continues to plague the island. According to Radar Bali, a total of 93 people have died from suspected rabies spread from dog bites, despite massive expenditures and efforts to inoculate pet dogs and eliminate stray animals.

Posted in Health @ 08 September 2010 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung volcano erupts after 400-year sleep The Sinabung volcano on the island of Sumatra erupted on Sunday for the first time in four centuries, sending smoke 1,500 meters into the air and prompting the evacuation of thousands of residents, officials said. There were no reports of casualties so far and aviation in the area was unaffected.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 August 2010 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Teen prostitution on the rise in Bandung The Bandung authority is at loss to uncover cases of covert prostitution involving junior and senior high school students, whose number continues to rise in the West Java capital. Eli, a sex worker advocacy program mentor from the Rumah Cemara Group in Bandung, said it was hard to provide advocacy to teenagers involved in covert prostitution since most were not receptive.

Posted in General @ 20 June 2010 09:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Police investigates 'porn with famous artists' The police in Jakarta has started an investigation about the spread of an amateur porn movie that has become very popular on the internet in recent days. The team that has been put together has the grueling task of investigating who is responsible for spreading the 'indecent' video in the first place, something that will not be easy at all.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 June 2010 11:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Many hotels and restaurants on Bali don't pay taxes Radar Bali says that 579 hotels and restaurants in the Badung regency of Bali are suspected of having misappropriated the 11% development tax applied to all hotel and restaurant bills. As a result, officials estimate some Rp. 87 billion (7,8 million euro) is at risk.

Posted in Economy @ 25 May 2010 01:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schapelle 'not my weed' Corby seeking clemency with Yudhoyono The Australian beautician academy student Schapelle Corby has reportedly filed a petition with Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono seeking clemency in connection with her 20-year jail sentence for smuggling 4.2 kilogram of marijuana into Bali.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 April 2010 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In court because of a bee-sting A court in Indonesia has decided not to sentence a boy after he stung a class-mate with a bee. The now nine year old David Yusuf could be sentenced to three years in prison for severe abuse, but the judges decided to let him walk. The case dragged on for almost a year.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 02 February 2010 01:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More aid for West Sumatra quake victims Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the country's largest Muslim organization, and the Australian government agency AusAID have extended relief aid worth A$250,000 for victims of the magnitude 7.9 earthquake that devastated much of West Sumatra last month.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 November 2009 00:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN: 'Climate change worsening disasters' Climate change is contributing to more frequent and deadlier natural disasters, and governments need to speed up measures to mitigate their impact, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes, warns.

Posted in Environment @ 17 October 2009 08:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cleric cleared of sex abuse over child bride An Indonesian court has acquitted controversial Muslim cleric Pujiono Cahyo Widianto over child sexual molestation charges for marrying an underage girl, aged 12 last year. Widianto risked up to 15 years in jail, had he been convicted of the charges. Prosecutors said they would appeal the court ruling. The girl is his second wife.

Posted in Religion @ 15 October 2009 05:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java quake survivors in dire need of shelter As relief efforts are ramped up following the West Sumatra earthquake on 30 September, aid groups have warned that thousands of survivors of an earlier quake on the Indonesian island of Java are facing health risks unless they receive adequate shelter.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 October 2009 01:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Outbreak of diseases feared in rainy West Sumatra Health officials said they were trying to keep disease at bay in the aftermath of the powerful quake that hit Indonesia's West Sumatra Province, as search and rescue efforts ground to a halt. Heavy rain drenched parts of West Sumatra on 5 October, bringing fresh air to some but more misery to thousands of people still living without adequate shelter after the magnitude 7.6 earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 October 2009 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fraud with my credit card For everything is a first time. Yesterday I was SMS-ed from the Netherlands with the request to check my email. No company asked me to do that, but my contact person in the Netherlands which can be contacted by the Rabobank in case it is needed. I checked my email right away and found out that the Fraud Prevention team of the Rabobank had blocked by credit card because they suspected that my card was used by others.

Posted in Crime @ 30 September 2009 11:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court chief: 'Drop investigation on KPK leaders' The chief of the Constitutional Court, Mahfud M.D., has asked the national police to drop an investigation into deputy chiefs of the Corruption Eradication Commission KPK, Chandra Hamzah and Bibit Samad Rianto if no solid evidence was found. Mahfud said that he doubted that the commission leaders had really committed crimes an asked the police to publicly back up their accusations.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 September 2009 04:02 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


Only two pilots in simulator, training a success The first reaction from Indonesia on the ban to fly to countries of the European Union for all Indonesian airliners was as clear as it could be. Furious they were, because there were no structural problems at all in the airline industry in the country. President Yudhoyono even canceled a visit to the Netherlands because of the ban. And all this even when there was not a single Indonesian airliner flying to Europe, since Garuda Indonesia had stopped flying to Amsterdam late 2004 already.

Posted in General @ 04 September 2009 06:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


92 dead of starvation in Papua Crop failure that has hit eight villages in the district of Suntamon in the Yahukimo region of Papua, has caused starvation among it's residents. The district head of Suntamon, Niko Banjo, has said that the starvation has started four months ago and has cost the lives of 92 people already. "Most victims are children. They can not feed themselves and become more vulnerable to disease like malaria. They also live in remote areas," he said over the telephone.

Posted in Health @ 03 September 2009 12:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trafficking fuels commercial sex work Among the alleyways of Dolly, in Indonesia's second-largest city, it is not difficult to find thousands of young women lured by the prospects of a better life working as commercial sex workers (CSWs). "I never chose to be a prostitute. It just happened," Isah, 19, told, describing her tenure in one of Southeast Asia's largest commercial sex venues.

Posted in Human rights @ 11 August 2009 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


One killed in bomb simulation class How difficult is can be to dismantle a bomb has become very clear for the regional police of North Sulawesi. When that district held a bomb practice school, a simulation bomb exploded when it was being dismantled by a police officer. He was killed instantly and two others near him were injured in the explosion of the fake device.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 August 2009 03:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians flock to illegal gold mines on Lombok Poor people in Indonesia have been flocking to the island of Lombok, where they are finding gold, and it is transforming their lives. They are breaking the law but some have been able to earn more money in a day than they had in a year as farmers or labourers. Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen discovers that there are serious risks to the Lombok gold rush.

Posted in Economy @ 25 July 2009 10:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Life in Jakarta back to normal after bombings It was just a short visit to Jakarta, just one night, but it took place after the first bombing in a number of years in Indonesia. Where media all want to talk about the results for Indonesia - as if the country is as small as Luxembourg or Brunei, and even that is still too big - locals seem to go on with their lives as they did before. While the area around the two hotels, J.W. Marriott and Ritz Carlton was still partly closed off, the rest of Jakarta looked like a Saturday morning when it was Saturday morning.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 July 2009 12:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police head promises tough action on corrupt officers The head of the Indonesian police has promised to act stern against police officers which extort money (pungli) when giving service to the people. "Related to the service we offer, police often would like to see that some payment is made. Who dares to do that, is at risk. We will put them on trial," said the head of the Indonesian police force, Bambang Hendarsono Danuri in Jakarta.

Posted in Corruption @ 29 June 2009 08:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AIDS is cheap in Bali as well Bali now has the unenviable distinction of having the second highest rate of HIV/AID infections in Indonesia. Based on the number of AIDS cases among every 100,000 residents, Papua is the worst affected (129.35), Bali second (33.75) and Jakarta third (30.52). According to DenPost, if viewed merely from the total number of reported cases, Bali gets ranked fifth nation-wide after, in descending order, West Java, Jakarta, East Java and Papua.

Posted in Health @ 03 June 2009 03:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1 billion Rupiah in fake duty stamps uncovered in Surabaya The customs office in East Java province has succeeded in closing down a criminal group which sold fake duty stamps in Jakarta and East Java. Earlier, two printing facilities in Jakarta and Lippo Karawaci were raided. From there it just took two days to track down the address of one of the people involved. Several arrests were made that same day.

Posted in Crime @ 24 May 2009 21:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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