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Russia discusses investment in Indonesian railways Russia has voiced its interest in investing in several major projects in Indonesia such as the development of railway tracks and aluminum factories in the country.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 12 November 2014 18:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Victims due to haze to receive compensation The Ministry of Social Affairs will provide compensation for a haze victim who died in Riau province, according to National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Head Syamsul Maarif. "The amount of the compensation will be decided later, after holding coordination discussions with the local government," the BNPB chairman said here on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 07 March 2014 09:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods inundate 18.000 houses in Bandung district Around 18 thousand houses were inundated in Bojongsoang, Baleendah and Dayeuhkolot sub-districts, Bandung District, West Java, on Monday, following the overflow of the Citarum River.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 March 2014 18:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost all Sumatran forest fires deliberately set Chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Syamsur Maarif stated that around 99 percent of forest and plantation fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan were deliberately set.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 February 2014 16:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau forst fire hot spot multiplied 150 times forest fire hot spots in Riau have multiplied 150 times, from 64 on Sunday (Feb. 23) to 1,234 on Monday, across eight districts and cities, as detected by Terra and Aqua Satellites, BMKG stated.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 February 2014 13:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods still threatening Jakarta until March The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) called on residents of Jakarta and its satellite town of Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi (Jabodetabek) to remain alert because floods were still threatening the areas until March.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 February 2014 00:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Satellite detects 81 hotspots in Riau The Terra and Aqua satellite detected 81 hotspots of forest, plantation and peat land fires in Riau Province on Monday afternoon.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 February 2014 10:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Katulampa sluice in Bogor on alert one status The Katulampa sluice in Bogor, West Java, has reached the alert one (I) level on Thursday morning due to heavy rain in the upstream area of the Ciliwuing River, a disaster mitigation official said.

Posted in Flooding @ 30 January 2014 11:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floodwater still on Jakarta`s main roads paralysing traffic A number of main roads in Jakarta are still inundated by flood water with rain continuing to pour on the city from Tuesday night until Wednesday morning. The water is as deep as 50 centimeters in some places paralyzing traffic, the city Disaster Control Agency (BPBD) said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Flooding @ 29 January 2014 11:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 'No plan to buy special military satellite' The government is yet to discuss a plan to use non-tax state revenues to buy a special military satellite, Communication and Informatics Minister Tifatul Sembiring stated.

Posted in Military @ 20 January 2014 20:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UI plans to build unmanned vessels to help rescue team The state University of Indonesia (UI) is studying cooperation with the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) to build a prototype of unmanned vessels to be used by search and rescue (SAR) teams.

Posted in General @ 29 November 2013 11:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia suspends police cooperation with Australia The Indonesian police have suspended cooperation with Australia police over spying row. The Indonesian government has been angered by alleged interception of phone calls of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife and a number of other leaders of the country.

Posted in Politics @ 23 November 2013 19:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatra haze might affect Malaysia due to wind direction Haze from land-clearance fires in Riau Province, Sumatra Island, might affect Malaysia, with the wind blowing toward the neighboring country, said a weather analyst.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 August 2013 15:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


297 hotspots for forest fires detected in Riau The Terra and Aqua satellite has detected 297 hotspots for forest fires throughout the Riau Province, according to the Pekanbaru meteorological, climatology, and geophysics station (BMKG).

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 August 2013 13:56 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


Take firm action against forest fire perpetrators The Indonesian Forum for Environment (Walhi) has asked the government to take the firmest possible action against forest and land fires perpetrators.

Posted in Forest fires @ 25 June 2013 15:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of Sumatra's fire hot spots increases to 227 The number of hot spots from forest and plantation fires across Sumatra increased from 118 to 227 on Sunday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 June 2013 12:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of Sumatra`s fire hot spots drops significantly The NOAA satellite detected 21 hot spots from forest, plantation and peatland fires across Sumatra, including 13 in Riau Province, on Friday. "The number is much less than on the previous days," Tri Puryanti, an analyst of Pekanbaru meteorological, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG), said here on Saturday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Forestry Minister in Riau to inspect forest fire control Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan led a coordinating meeting on forest and plantation fire control here on Saturday. A number of personnel from forest fire brigade "Manggala Agni", military, police and forest rangers were present in the event.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam, Singapore shrouded in haze coming from Sumatra`s fires Thick smog haze has covered Batam and Singapore on Thursday, significantly reducing the visibility and causing eye irritation. The three-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reading spiked to 321 in Singapore, Simon D.I. Soekarno of the Indonesian embassy in Singapore told Antara on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 14:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNPB sets aside Rp25 billion to battle forest fires The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has set aside Rp25 billion (around 2.5 million US Dollar) to make artificial rain over forest fires in Riau Province to battle haze looming over the region and neighboring countries.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 13:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police has cyber crime investigation satellite Jakarta Metropolitan Police has cyber crime investigation satellite which was built in cooperation with the National Police (Polri) and Australian Federal Police (AFP), police has said.

Posted in Crime @ 29 April 2013 15:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to launch a three-digit rocket in 2013 Indonesia is planning to launch a three-digit rocket, with a range of 100km to 900km, to strengthen its artillery system. Indonesia is planning to launch the rocket next year.

Posted in Military @ 27 December 2012 19:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Morotai to become rocket launch site Officials from the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space of Indonesia (LAPAN) has surveyed a number of locations on Morotai Islands District, North Maluku, to find a launch site for its Satellite Orbiting Rocket (RPS).

Posted in General @ 15 December 2012 22:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Train for female passengers between Jakarta and Bogor The state railway company has operated an electric commuter train specially for female and child passengers between Bogor and Jakarta. "It is good, we feel safe without men in the train," Tia Renjani, one of the passengers said before departing from Bogor to her working place in Jakarta on Monday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 October 2012 21:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Minister seeks explanation from Telkom on satellite loss State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan will soon hold a meeting with PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia`s board of directors to discuss the loss of Telkom-3 satellite.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 August 2012 21:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Telkom : 'Indonesian Telkom-3 satellite lost in space' The Telkom-3 satellite owned by Indonesian telecommunication services company Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) has been reported lost, hours after it was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:31 AM Jakarta time on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 August 2012 22:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Telkom admits to Telkom-3 satellite launch failure Indonesian telecommunication services company Telkom has acknowledged that the Briz-M booster failed during the launch of Telkom-3 satellite from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on Monday (August 6, 2012) at 7.31 pm Russian time.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 August 2012 19:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BMKG detects drop in number of hot spots in W. Sumatra The Ketaping Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in West Sumatra said that in the last week there had been a drop in the number of hot spots in the area monitored by the satellite.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 March 2012 05:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami buoy launched south of Bali Following a breakdown in 2007 linked to equipment failure, The Agency For The Assessment And Application of Technology (BPPT) in cooperation with the government of Australia, has re-launched a tsunami detector in the seas south of Bali.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 December 2011 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Move to end roaming fees within ASEAN ASEAN communication and information technology ministers are discussing a free-of-charge roaming policy in the region to facilitate voice-based and satellite-based communications. The policy will extend connectivity services in the region.

Posted in Economy @ 19 November 2011 11:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Activity Mount Merapi volcano decreasing The head of the Geological Agency, R. Sukhyar, has said that the amount of energy stored in the Mount Merapi volcano since the eruptions that took place from 3 to 8 November, is about equal to the amount of energy it stored after the first large eruption on October 26. This is one of the reasons that the danger zones of the volcano have been reset earlier today.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 November 2010 10:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to launch its own weather satellite The National Space and Aeronautics Institution (LAPAN) plans to launch a satellite, to be named “Nano”, to observe weather this year, an official says. Head of LAPAN’s applied technology center Rika Andiarti said the satellite would work to observe temperature and humidity along with other required data.

Posted in Weather @ 28 June 2010 05:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta blast caused by meteorite? Police and astronomers are investigating Thursday’s blast from a falling object that damaged three homes in Duren Sawit, East Jakarta, which witnesses claim was a meteorite strike. Police ruled out earlier speculation that the incident was a gas canister exploding.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 May 2010 02:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami early warning system a work in progress Five years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, Indonesia’s early warning system remains a work in progress, officials and experts say. Indonesia began setting up an early warning system in 2005, a year after a 9.2 Richter scale earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami which left over 230,000 dead.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 January 2010 10:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Garuda Indonesia and 'visa-before-arrival' Inbound passengers to Bali on board Garuda Indonesia flights from Tokyo are seeing their waiting time at the airport of Bali reduced by virtue of a new on board immigration service now in operation. Explained by the manager of Garuda Indonesia in Denpasar, Bagus Siregar, passengers will have their passports processed by immigration officers during their flight from Tokyo and Bali.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 05 September 2009 14:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Counting Indonesia's islands - all of them Indonesia is to count it's islands - all of them - in the coming three years. Currently estimates of the actual number of islands in the Indonesian archipelago vary from 14,000 to some 17,500 islands, but the exact number is not known. Indonesia is to catalog all islands, including giving them a name and registration number for reporting them to the United Nations.

Posted in Politics @ 27 August 2009 06:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia raises alert on volcano in East Java Indonesia has raised to maximum its alert on the Mount Semeru volcano in East Java, warning of potentially dangerous lava flows, an official at the country's vulcanology center said on Saturday. The 3,376-meter Semeru is one of the most active volcanoes on Java island. Seven people were killed by the mountain's heat clouds in 1994.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 March 2009 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia not to interfere in Indosat's contract with Al Manar The government is not to interfere in how telecommunications company PT Indosat responds to the United States government's request to terminate its contract with Al Manar TV station, which is owned by Hezbollah, in Lebanon, a minister said. "The government will not interfere in a business entity's domain," the minister said, adding that the government would stick to the laws on business contracts between private parties.

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


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 20 A 32-year-old woman has died of bird flu, the health ministry said in a statement Monday, bringing the toll to 95 in the nation worst hit by the H5N1 virus. "The patient died at home on January 10," the ministry's bird flu information centre said, adding that two laboratory tests had since confirmed that she was infected with the bird flu virus.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 14 January 2008 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lodaya Malam to Bandung, trains run on time It is half past two in the afternoon on a warm Tuesday afternoon at the start of the wet monsoon. No guarantee for rain however, it has been strange weather for over a week now in Yogyakarta and elsewhere in Java it seems to be more of the same. The wind blows from the wrong direction I was told. Maybe that is just good, because that would mean I could have a dry trip to Bandung. However using the train is less reliable on the weather than flying, it is still prone to various delays.

Posted in Travel @ 06 December 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's big earthquake 'on it's way' A team of international earthquake specialists says that Indonesia is currently facing another potential 'giant' earthquake in the near future. The scientists, among them a team from the California Institute of Technology, says that the three major earthquakes that struck off western Sumatra last week, have actually increased the chances of a renewed major disaster.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia to provide phone links to all villages by end 2008 The government is preparing telephone links to all villages in the country by the end of 2008, told Minister of Communication Muhammad Nuh on Tuesday. Some 38,000 villages - over half of the total of 70,000 - still don't have telephone links according to the minister during a lunch with foreign reporters. "We start with 18,000 villages for 2007 and the rest, 20,000, in 2008," he said.

Posted in General @ 31 July 2007 13:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Don't buy products from illegal logging' Yesterday Indonesia made an appeal to consumers in the world to stop buying products that are made from illegally logged wood. It also said that rich countries should pay the poor to preserve forests in the battle against global warming. Environmentalists say that illegal logging in Indonesia strips 2.1 million hectares, with a value of around 3.5 billion euro, of forest every year.

Posted in Environment @ 10 April 2007 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Satellite tracks wildfire plumes in Indonesia Scientists in the United States have linked the extreme weather caused by El Nino to the widespread wildfires in Indonesia. "Droughts over Indonesia are often brought on by a shift in the atmospheric circulation over the tropical Pacific associated with El Nino conditions," said David Edwards, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. "Although the current El Nino is rather weak compared to that of 1997-98, we have found dramatic increases in wildfire activity and corresponding pollution."

Posted in Forest fires @ 03 March 2007 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten This report has been prepared by the UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 February 2007 01:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation update: Erupting mud volcano The first scientific report reveals that the 2006 eruption will most likely continue to erupt and emit several thousand cubic metres of mud a day for months, if not years to come. This will leave at least 10 km2 around the volcano vent uninhabitable for years and over 11,000 people permanently evacuated.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 February 2007 12:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Piece of missing jet found off Sulawesi A fisherman found a piece of a Boeing 737 that disappeared more than 10 days ago, the first hard evidence that the plane carrying 102 people had crashed into the sea off Sulawesi, a top search official said Thursday. The piece of tail from Adam Air Flight KI-574 was recovered Wednesday in the Makassar Strait, 185 miles off Sulawesi Island's coast, said Eddy Suyanto, the head of search and rescue operations.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 January 2007 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


The hunt for Adam Air flight 574 It was a fairly normal beginning of the new year, for as far the first day of the year can be a normal one. The sun was shining here and the weather looked good for the day. Maybe a little bit strange, since we are in the middle of the wet season here so in fact we have to expect a lot of rain almost every single day now. The weather is slightly strange since there is really bad weather of the Java Sea. From Southern Sumatra until as far east at the Moluccan Spice Islands the weather is bad; very high waves, strong winds and a lot of rain are pounding the area. At first you think that that is not a big deal there out at sea, at least there will be no victims in flash floods, landslides and other misery that comes with the wet season in Indonesia.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


U.S. uses sattelite imaging to search for missing Adam Air plane The United States will assist the search for an Adam Air Boeing 737-400 plane which went missing in West Sulawesi waters on Monday afternoon through satellite imaging devices placed around the assumed crash site. "They will assist through satellite imaging," Commander of the Indonesian Defence Force (TNI) Marshal Djoko Suyanto said when ANTARA News asked for a confirmation here Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2007 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Fate of Adam Air plane carrying 102 remains mystery Adam Air Flight KI-574 took off on New Year's Day with 102 people. An hour into what should have been a short hop between islands, the pilot reported heavy winds. Then the plane vanished, sparking a massive search. Thousands of soldiers battled rugged jungle terrain, a fleet of aircraft took to the skies and ships scoured the sea for a third day Thursday, spanning a 28,000-square-mile area - roughly the size of Ireland, or the U.S. state of California. But by nightfall they had found no trace of the Boeing 737.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2007 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rescuers to search sea for Adam Air plane wreck Search teams will Wednesday scan the seas off the island of Sulawesi for a plane which went missing with 102 people on board, officials said after reports the wreckage had been found on the island proved false. The Adam Air plane with 96 passengers and six crew on board vanished from air traffic control radar screens Monday. The Boeing 737-400 had sent distress signals an hour after taking off from Java island en route to Sulawesi.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 January 2007 05:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Weeks of net chaos expected in Indonesia It is expected to take between two and four weeks for Internet capacity to recover in Indonesia after it dropped to 17 percent Tuesday following the earthquake in China 's Taiwan. "The question of when Internet connections will recover, regretfully, lies in the hands of external parties," the Jakarta Post daily on Friday quoted Basuki Yusuf Iskandar, director general of posts and telecommunication at the Communications and Information Ministry, as saying at a press conference.

Posted in General @ 30 December 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia-Russia: Arms, atoms and oil The United States, China and now a resurgent Russia are all competing for regional influence in Southeast Asia, and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is shrewdly playing his diplomatic cards among all three suitors.

Posted in Military @ 13 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to press ahead with nuclear power despite protests Indonesia is pressing ahead with plans to construct nuclear power plants on the islands of Java and Madura, despite strong protests, mostly from environmental organizations. Facing spiraling energy demand and soaring global oil prices, Indonesia has been considering a number of alternatives to generate electricity and nuclear power is among them.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 17 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcano chasers move in as locals flee rumbling Merapi On the steaming slopes of Indonesia's mount Merapi, villagers fleeing their paddy fields pass tourists on the way up. The 2 914m volcano has been rumbling for more than three weeks and started oozing lava this month, prompting scientists to warn the pressure cooker could soon start spewing molten rock and clouds of gas and dust.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 May 2006 19:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Study: Sumatra quake could be set to rumble again The fault that caused the devastating earthquake in Indonesia in December 2004 and the destructive tsunami that followed could still cause some big ruptures, U.S. researchers said on Thursday. Analysis of the damage of a quake that followed in the same area three months later shows potential for large movements south of the 2004 and 2005 ruptures, Richard Briggs and Kerry Sieh of the California Institute of Technology said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 March 2006 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia curbs live foreign news Indonesia is to begin enforcing a law that bans local broadcasters from relaying live news provided by foreign stations. The ban will affect programmes from the BBC and Voice of America (VOA), the communications minister said on Monday. Local media organisations protested against the law as an attack on press freedom when it was passed last year.

Posted in Media @ 30 January 2006 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia, Russia mull satellite launch from island near Papua Indonesia and Russia are considering using an island off Indonesia's Papua province as a launching base for a Russian communications satellite, an Indonesian official said. 'Indonesia and Russia are discussing the use of Biak as a satellite launching base,' Indonesian presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal told Agence France-Presse by telephone from Kuala Lumpur.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta readies funds for MRT project The Jakarta administration has earmarked some Rp 135 billion (11.4 million Euro) in its 2006 budget draft for the ambitious mass rapid transit (MRT) network, the first concrete step taken to materialize the undertaking. "I have been informed by Minister (of Transportation) Hatta Radjasa that the construction of the MRT line will begin next year. The project will be financed by a loan from the Japanese government," Governor Sutiyoso said early this week when asked about the budget allocation.

Posted in General @ 28 November 2005 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami early warning system installed Indonesia has activated the first stage of tsunami early warning system in the water off Sumatra island to avoid a repeat of last year's huge deaths in a quake-triggered tsunami on the island, officials said here Friday. Indonesian and German scientists have installed two of the 20 equipment since Tuesday some 250 kilometers off the coast western Sumatra and expected to complete the work by Nov. 28, said Director of the Inventory of the Natural Resources of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology Yusuf Surachman Djadjadihardya.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2005 08:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Satellite launch delayed for 8th time The launch of Indonesian PT Telkom's satellite scheduled for Nov. 14 will be postponed again mainly due to a ground equipment problem, Telkom General Director Arwin Rasyid said Sunday. The launch has been delayed due to technical problem in gasoline launch table, Arwin said at the Telkom's satellite main controller station in Cibinong, West Java, Antara News Agency reported.

Posted in Economy @ 14 November 2005 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to establish tsunami early warning system Indonesia will establish a tsunami early warning system in its most earthquake-prone region by the end of this year. The system, developed by German and Indonesian researchers, involves sensors on the ocean floor and buoys on the surface of the sea that transmit earthquake and tsunami activity to observation stations on the coast via satellite.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 October 2005 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Starbucks will open two new outlets in Jakarta Indonesia's PT Sari Coffee, a unit of listed PT Mitra Adi Perkasa, will open two Starbucks outlets later this month in Jakarta, an official with Sari Coffee said Tuesday. Sari Coffee will open an outlet at a new upmarket shopping mall in the southern Jakarta satellite town of Pondok Indah, and open its first drive-through store along the busy Jakarta-Cikarang toll road, said Kiki Soewarso, the company's public relations manager.

Posted in General @ 02 August 2005 10:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia finds bird flu signs near home of victims Authorities have found signs of bird flu in chicken droppings near the home of three Indonesians who died from the virus this month, but have not yet linked the discovery to the victims, an official said on Tuesday. Experts from the Health Ministry have been puzzled by the deaths of a man and his two young daughters near Jakarta due to bird flu, the first human fatalities in the world's fourth-most populous country.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 26 July 2005 11:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia braces for massive rebuilding: Minister The system broke down in this provincial capital when massive earthquake-triggered walls of water swept through it on Sunday, but recovery is already under way, State Minister of Communications and Information Sofyan A. Djalil said on Wednesday. Banda Aceh and other parts of Aceh province bore the brunt of a death toll that officials say could exceed 40,000.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 December 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flights disrupted as haze worsens in Jambi Increasing smoke and haze from bush and forest fires in the past week around Jambi city have disrupted flights and led to respiratory problems among residents. M. Sidabutar, the head of Sultan Thaha Airport Management, said on Monday that the worsening haze had decreased pilot visibility so many flights in and out of Jambi had to be delayed. "We have informed Jakarta and other airports in order to delay flights to Jambi as the haze thickened this morning," said Sidabutar.

Posted in Weather @ 07 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia chokes on smoke from 1,100 forest fires More than 1,100 forest fires burning in central Indonesia have enveloped the region in a choking haze that's reduced air quality and delayed flights, officials said yesterday. Bush fires have sent smoke billowing over large parts of Indonesia's Sumatra and Kalimantan islands in recent months, and the cloud has also spread to neighboring Malaysia.

Posted in Forest fires @ 05 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze stops 7 aircraft from landing at Pekanbaru airport Seven aircraft failed to land at the Sultan Syarief Airport on Tuesday due to the thick haze from forest and bushfires raging in Indonesia's Riau province. Airport chief Sutrisno said visibility increased to about 400 metres at 8am from 300 metres at 6am on Tuesday. As visibility was below the threshold, seven airplanes failed to land at the airport and one airplane failed to take off, he said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Local phone rates to rise by up to 28% Independent experts criticized on Wednesday the government's decision to allow the country's fixed-line operators to raise local telephone rates by up to 28 percent. Sudaryatmo of the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) said "the government is not sensitive enough to realize that the phone rates hike will simply be another burden on the public." "The government should first carry out a study into the public's capability to pay the higher rates in relation to their incomes, before allowing the phone rate hike," he told The Jakarta Post.

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


Rampant deforestation blamed for Langkat flash flood Government officials have joined environmental activists in blaming inconsistent forest management and poor law enforcement as the main causes of rampant deforestation that resulted in the flash flood which killed at least 103 people on Sunday. Hundreds are missing following the flood in Langkat regency, North Sumatra. "Yes. It's due to unprofessional management. We're not disciplined," Vice President Hamzah Haz said on Tuesday, commenting on the disaster.

Posted in Weather @ 04 November 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia asks Malaysia to arrest Aceh rebel leader Indonesian police have asked Malaysia to arrest a senior Aceh rebel leader who reportedly escaped to the neighboring nation after a massive military offensive in the province, a top officer said on Tuesday. The whereabouts of Sofyan Daud, a key rebel leader and spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), are still unclear. However, Indonesian police are checking media reports that he was in Malaysia after Daud spoke to several local newspapers by satellite phone.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 29 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine civilians shot dead in Aceh A housewife and a newly-married man were among nine civilians killed in the past three days in the ongoing Government battle against separatists in Indonesia's Aceh province, the military and residents said. The housewife, 52-year-old Cut Zainabah, was executed by two unidentified men who arrived at her North Aceh house Friday night local time, a resident of the area said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke haze from burning vegetation back in Indonesia Smoke haze from burning vegetation has returned to parts of the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo, and is starting to affect visibility. A meteorology official at Pekanbaru in central Sumatra said the haze had reduced morning and late afternoon visibility to between two and three kilometres compared to the normal level of above 10 kilometres.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Russia offers Indonesia floating nuclear plant Russia has offered Indonesia a floating nuclear power plant that can be installed in a ship to deal with potential lack of power supply, an Indonesian cabinet minister said. "Russia has offered us a floating nuclear power plant," State Minister for Research and Technology Hatta Radjasa told journalists here on Saturday before leaving for Russia.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 22 April 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1000 more islands found in archipelago Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, has 1,000 more islands than previously thought, an official said yesterday. Analysis of satellite imaging data by the Aviation and Space Institute shows 18,108 islands compared to some 17,000 previously believed to exist, said the head of the institute, Mr Mahdi Kartasasmita. Last December, Indonesia lost two of those islands when the International Court of Justice granted ownership of Sipadan and Ligitan to Malaysia. The ruling prompted calls for Indonesia to pay more attention to its smaller islands.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shares down on fear of escalating protests Indonesian shares are lower early Wednesday as blue chips fall further on concerns that protests against recent price and tariff hikes will escalate, dealers said. At 0245 GMT, the Jakarta Stock Exchange Composite index was down 0.5%, or 2.067 points, at 392.452. Decliners lead gainers 13 to four, with 12 stocks unchanged. Volume is light at 11 million shares valued at 25 billion rupiah (€ 1=IDR 9,291).

Posted in Protests @ 08 January 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The lively tinkle of the grand piano, the sound of the bass, and the beat of the drums by the Bill Heid Trio generated a warm atmosphere at the official residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America, Ralph L. Boyce, on Jalan Taman Suropati, Jakarta, on September 19. The performance of the famous jazz group—which often graces the stage of the John F. Kennedy Center, a prestigious cultural showplace in Washington—mesmerized the American diplomats. They were carried away by the beat of the music, tapped their feet, and sipped champagne. Boyce, no mean drummer and guitarist himself, was all smiles as he jammed with the band.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new autonomy law introduced last year immediately encouraged many Indonesians to set up television stations in remote cities far away from the bustling capital, where the current nationwide stations dominate the landscape of free-TV.

Posted in Culture @ 16 March 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Heavy rains to hit Nusa Tenggara Some rain is expected in Jakarta, but not on the order of last week's storms, over the next few days, but heavy thunderstorms are expected to pound East Java, Central Java, Bali, West and East Nusa Tenggara in the coming days beginning today, meteorologists predict.

Posted in Weather @ 04 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kebayoran Baru, the first housing complex Living in Kebayoran Baru area remains just a dream for most Jakartans. The area not only offers luxurious housing but also hang out spots such as malls, hotels, cafes and the like. However, history has shown that Kebayoran Baru needed years before developing itself into an "attractive" neighborhood. In the 1950s, it was still an "unwanted" living area as it was located eight kilometers from the city center, considered quite far at the time. In addition, road access to the area was inadequate as the housing was built on a plantation.

Posted in General @ 18 August 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KabelVision hooks up with five Net Service Providers KabelVision, the first TV cable and broadband Internet network provider in Indonesia, will forge alliances with five more Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Jakarta next month to expand its coverage of broadband internet services. Deputy director Srihanto Nugroho told reporters on Thursday that the move was expected to encourage more Internet users in the capital to switch from using the dial-up telephone connection to the Internet to KabelVision's high speed fiber optic connection.

Posted in General @ 17 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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