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Minister: 'Cockpit voice recorder already lifted' The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of the doomed AirAsia QZ8501 has already been lifted, Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan stated here on Tuesday. It is yet to be confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) whether the retrieved CVR actually belongs to the AirAsia QZ8501 aircraft.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 January 2015 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Transport minister urges development of Cilamaya port Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan said that Cilamaya seaport in Karawang, West Java, should be developed to accelerate the shipment of cargo from industrial areas in the district.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 26 November 2014 23:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


30 million people expected to travel during Idul-Fitri Around 30 million people are expected to return to their hometowns to celebrate Idul-Fitri holidays (mudik) at the end of Ramadan, a deputy minister said. "Of the total, around three to four million will travel through sea transportation," Transportation Deputy Minister Bambang Susantono said here on Thursday.

Posted in Travel @ 03 July 2014 22:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP visits Bengkulu to observe Pancasila birthday Vice President Boediono visited Bengkulu to observe the birthday of the state Pancasila ideology in the province and to tour a number of historic places where President Soekarno was once exiled.

Posted in General @ 01 June 2014 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourists advised not to visit Bali during Day of Seclusion Foreign tourists are advised not to visit Bali during the Hindu Day of Seclusion on March 31, 2014, a regional government official said.

Posted in Religion @ 13 March 2014 11:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


East Kalimantan police foil meth, ecstasy smuggling attempt East Kalimantan police foiled an attempt to smuggle crystal methamphetamine and ecstasy drugs at Semayang seaport, Balikpapan, East Kalimanan province, an officer said on Saturday.

Posted in Drugs @ 22 February 2014 23:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Three million workers to join nationwide labor strike' The Indonesian Labor Union Confederation (KSPI) is predicting that three million workers will join a nationwide strike on October 31 and November 1, 2013 to demand a 50 percent salary increase in 2014..

Posted in Protests @ 28 October 2013 18:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five airports get special security for upcoming holidays Transportation Minister EE Mangindaan said five international airports in the country would get special security in connection with Islamic post-fasting holiday of Lebaran.

Posted in Travel @ 01 August 2013 22:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sampang police detain 76 Rohingya refugees Sampang police detained 76 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in Tanglok seaport, Madura Island, East Java Province, on Saturday evening. "The arrest happened last night and right now they are in the Pamekasan immigration office," Sampang Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Solehan said here on Sunday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 April 2013 15:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Workers demand revocation of outsourcing system Thousands of workers took to the streets in many parts of the country on Wednesday to demand among other things revocation of outsourcing system they consider hurting workers.

Posted in Protests @ 03 October 2012 16:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight killed in ferry boat accident Eight people were killed after the ferry boat in which they were traveling sank in Sunda Strait early Wednesday, according to seaport operator PT ASDP Indonesia.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 September 2012 13:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest three for carrying 35,000 ecstasy pills Police in Lampung, Sumatra, have arrested three residents of Medan, North Sumatra, for carrying 35,000 ecstasy pills at Seaport Interdiction area in Bakauheni, South Lampung.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 January 2012 03:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jasa Marga to construct first Bali toll road PT Jasa Marga has plans to construct the first toll road on the island of Bali. This toll road, with a planned length of 11 kilometers, will partially be constructed above the sea to ease traffic in the area between Denpasar and Nusa Dua.

Posted in Economy @ 05 November 2011 00:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Polonia security nab passenger carrying 7.4 kg of meth Security officers of Polonia Airport here on Friday nabbed a Garuda Indonesia passenger for carrying 7.4 kg of methamphetamine. The smuggler was identified as Noerdin M Amin (42) from Bekasi, West Java, a source said.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 November 2011 17:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to increase international airports to 65 in 15 years Indonesia's Transportation Ministry on Wednesday said the Southeast Asian country is looking to have 65 international airports in 15 years.

Posted in Economy @ 28 April 2011 02:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Passengers now required to give finger prints at customs The Jakarta Globe carries the news that visitors to Bali can now expect yet another delay in the notoriously long lines at customs and immigration at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport with the introduction of a mandatory fingerprinting for tourist visitors.

Posted in Travel @ 20 April 2010 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PT Pelindo v.s. Islamists: two dead and counting The evacuation of the grave of Habib Hasan bin Muhammad al Haddad alias Mbah Priok, in Koja, North Jakarta, has ended in a big brawl between members of the civil police Satpol PP and members of the radical Islamic FPI (Front Pembela Islam) and FBR (Forum Betawi Rembug). The grave has to be demolished in favour of a new seaport terminal, but the Islamists have other plans obviously.

Posted in Religion @ 14 April 2010 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism minister: 'Faster processing of visa-on-arrival' The minister for Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has planned to cut short the processing time of visa on arrival services at airports and seaports in Indonesia within the first 100 days in office. He said the accelerating the service would certainly improve the image of Indonesia as a tourist destination which would lead to more foreigners visiting Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 24 October 2009 04:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former governor faces four year in jail over bribery The former governor of South Sumatra, Syahrial Oesman, is facing a jail term of four years over alleged corruption of 5 billion Rupiah (350,000 euro). He has allegedly channeled money to members of the House of Representatives. "We demand the board of judges to convict defendant Syahrial Oesman in this corruption crime," said Zet Tadungallo, a member of the corruption watchdog KPK team of prosecutors.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 September 2009 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sales tax refund for visitors in 2010 The government will introduce a new policy on January 1, 2010, that will refund sales tax (VAT) spent on purchases by tourist visitors to Indonesia. Speaking to Bisnis Indonesia, the Director of Tax Regulation, Catur Rini Widosari, said the government will set a minimum level of Rp. 5 million (352 euro) to qualify for the 10% tax rebate, but there will be no maximum limit under the new policy.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 September 2009 13:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New Suramadu bridge built to last a century The newly built Suramadu bridge between the city of Surabaya on the island of Java and the island of Madura is expected to last a century. The lifespan is mainly based on the volume of traffic that will use the bridge. According to the head of the executing body for the Suramadu bridge, Akhmad Ghofar Ismail, the bridge is able to accept an incredible increase in volume of traffic. Furthermore a twin bridge can always be built if needed.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2009 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia checks airports and seaports for swine flu The Department of Transport follows the Department of Public Health in preventing swine flu from entering Indonesia. A number of airports and seaports have prepared themselves already according to Bambang S. Ervan, a spokesperson for the department earlier today.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 27 April 2009 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali marks New Year's Day of Silence Residents and tourists on the popular Indonesian resort island of Bali on Thursday celebrated the annual Day of Silence, a Hindu New Year observance during which the island shuts down and people are banned from the streets. The New Year, called Nyepi, is one of the most important religious events for Balinese Hindus, and this year, they welcomed the Saka New Year of 1931.

Posted in Religion @ 26 March 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Daydreaming about a toll road over Java The road between Yogyakarta and Malang consists mainly of a reasonably maintained two lane road. That is what they call jalan raya ('big road') here, but it's not that big after all. The two most widely used roads for traveling from west to east and the other way around on the island is one road that is virtually on the beach, the Pesisir. The second is a road that runs through the Javanese heartland and brings you to Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surakarta (popularly known as Solo), Madiun and Malang. The road from Yogyakarta to Malang is some 375 kilometers - not in a direct line of course - and has different levels of maintenance in different areas. The road in nice condition in the province of Yogyakarta are in sharp contrast with the bad situation near Madiun.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Hari Nyepi' to bring absolute silence to Bali On that day the Balinese celebrate New Year or Nyepi - the Balinese equivalent of the word for silence. This is a day the Balinese Hindus dedicate to quiet introspection and spiritual cleansing.

Posted in Religion @ 24 February 2008 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shipment of illegal wood intercepted in Jakarta The customs in Tanjung Priok, the seaport in northern Jakarta, has prevented the illegal export of some 15 containers of wood and wood products. The illegal wood was to be exported to Shanghai in China. False documents were used to get the wood out of Indonesia. Related to this case, two men were arrested by the police, they are only identified as K.D. and R.D. This operation by the customs prevented the loss of some 14 billion Rupiah (about 1 million euro) to the state.

Posted in General @ 11 January 2008 14:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians to celebrate end of Ramadan, start cramming bus and train stations Indonesia has begun its yearly returning mass exodus on Sunday when millions of people leave the big cities to return to their home villages to celebrate the end of the Islamis holy month of Ramadan. Tens of thousands have started crowding bus and train stations in the big cities a mere six days before 'Idul Fitri' (Eid al-Fitr) to beat the mass exodus later in the week when buses, cars and motorcycles create massive traffic jams on roads in many parts of the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Ramadan @ 07 October 2007 16:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fiscal tax to end in 2010? The Jakarta Post reports that the Indonesian government plans to abolish the unpopular fiscal tax in 2010. According to the paper quoting Metro TV, Indonesia's Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani, has confirmed that a formal draft abolishing the tax is now before the government.

Posted in General @ 22 September 2007 10:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia extends visa facility to 11 countries Indonesia has expanded the visa on arrival (VoA) facility to 11 more countries and is currently considering 11 more countries in an attempt to lure foreign tourists to the country. The 11 newly granted countries are Algeria, the Czech Republic, Fiji, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Panama, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Tunisia. The Directorate General of Immigration announced yesterday that based on a decree, citizens from a total of 63 countries are now able to enjoy a visa on arrival.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 June 2007 17:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visa on arrival to Indonesia for 11 more countries The Indonesian government is preparing the visa on arrival facility for 11 more countries in a bid to increase revenues from the tourism industry, as local press reported earlier today. A senior official with the Foreign Affairs Ministry had named the 11 countries likely to receive the visa on arrival as being Algeria, Czech Republic, Fiji, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Panama, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Tunisia.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 April 2007 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poso residents fear alleged arrival of millitants Residents of the troubled Muslim town of Poso, in Central Sulawesi province, have expressed concern over allegations that jihadist paramilitary troops have left Java and are due in Poso, where another police raid led to the arrest of two suspected terrorists on Thursday. The latest raid followed two more in January that left 17 Islamic militants dead. Levi Bagu, resident of the Kapompa Village, Labuan, Poso, is worried that the arrival of militants could unsettle Poso even more. "I just want to live in peace," Bagu told Adnkronos International (AKI).

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 03 February 2007 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Anarchy reigns in West Lombok Back to Lombok after almost two years - my last visit to this beautiful and quiet island east of the messy Bali dates back to January 2005 - I noticed that certain things had changed, and too bad not only for the good of the island. It has nothing to do with increased tourist numbers to the island or the fact that big positive points are to be awarded.

Posted in Culture @ 05 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia: '100 percent ownership for private sector' Indonesian Transportation Minister Hatta Rajasa assured investors Wednesday that private firms -- both local and foreign -- would still be allowed to own up to 100 percent of infrastructure projects despite the upcoming amendment of the existing transportation legislation. "I can assure you that there will be no change to the 100 percent private-sector ownership principle in transportation-sector projects," Hatta told the press yesterday (Nov 1) after addressing a discussion held in conjunction with the "Indonesia Infrastructure Conference and Exhibition 2006".

Posted in Economy @ 03 November 2006 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets, 3 Whether it's in Bali, Sulawesi or Java, you will get tickets for everything, everywhere. Most of them end up in the trash can - or on the street for that matter - right away, but some of them are worth while keeping as a memory to places you have ever been. Maybe it's not important to remember whether you have been there, but maybe it's more important when you were there.

Posted in Travel @ 30 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


All access to Bali to close on March 30 The Bali administration will close all access to the island March 30 when Hindus -- the majority of Bali's population -- mark the annual Day of Silence, an official said. "Tourists are not allowed to enter Bali during the Day of Silence to allow Hindu followers to pray solemnly," said provincial administration spokesman I Gusti Agung Mayun in Denpasar.

Posted in Religion @ 26 March 2006 11:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


A handful of tickets Traveling in Indonesia, whenever you attempt to do this, you will notice the vast amount of small paper - sometimes even like toilet-paper - tickets you get. On virtually every occasion you will get at least one. Not one, but one for your car, motorbike, your friends, your family, your kids. And it gets even worse, since you don't get tickets for everyone, but also for everything. This becomes clear when you take the ferry. It doesn't matter which ferry, but you will get a ticket to enter the seaport, for parking, for boarding the boat, for bringing your car and to be insured during your trip. This results in a handful of tickets, and then you only got onto the ferry.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military chief denies clash with police in Central Sulawesi A high-ranking military chief denied that rival factions of the armed forces and police have clashed in the restive province of Central Sulawesi, a local media report said Tuesday. Major General Arief Budi Sampurna, chief of the Wirabuana Regional Military Command overseeing Sulawesi, denied the incident took place and said military and police were conducting joint patrols for the Muslim holy day of Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice).

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 10 January 2006 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


New museums for Sawahlunto Two museums that will display artifacts from the 19th century will open in two weeks time in Sawahlunto city, West Sumatra. The museum opening is in conjunction with the city's 117 anniversary, said Sawahlunto Mayor Amran Nur. The museum opening is aimed at attracting tourists to the city, famous as a coal mining center, said Amran. The museums in question are the Train Museum and Storeroom Museum, which are located in downtown Sawahlunto, some 117 kilometers from Padang, the capital of West Sumatra province. The museums will be inaugurated by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, said Amran.

Posted in General @ 05 December 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A boat trip from Bali to Lombok Only for the first time since 1999, I was about to make some boat trips. After planning a trip by motor from Yogya all the way to Sumbawa Besar (yes, on Sumbawa island), I soon discovered there was no road all the way, but there were some stretches of sea to cross as well. By plane was one option, but then I had to check in my motorbike several times. I didn't even think about using a plane, since it was most likely a lot of work arrange six flights to and back from some of Indonesia's eastern islands.

Posted in Travel @ 19 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More suspects held over Tentena bombings Police have arrested six more people they believe are involved in the Saturday bombings in Tentena, Central Sulawesi, with suspicions now surfacing that some of the alleged perpetrators were linked to a riot in a neighboring province last year.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 02 June 2005 11:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


The Netherlands to renew economic tie with Indonesia The Netherlands is planning to renew its economic ties with Indonesia through the provision of a number of incentives and assistance. This would include support for the development of the country's agriculture and fishery industries, as well as the reconstruction of tsunami-stricken Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam.

Posted in Economy @ 15 February 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans massive reconstruction in tsunami-hit Aceh The Indonesian government said Wednesday it has made up its mind to spend the next five years rebuilding infrastructure in many parts of Aceh Province where tidal waves triggered by a powerful earthquake swept through on Sunday. Vice President Jusuf Kalla said a state of emergency will be applied in Aceh for the first one year when rebuilding process will focus on the emergency needs, including food, clothes, medicines and temporary shelters.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 December 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Infrastructure crisis looms for Indonesia Indonesia's dilapidated infrastructure poses a greater threat to human life than terrorism and will hamper long-term growth if investments are not made to improve it soon, the World Bank said yesterday. 'In terms of the impact on human lives, it's obviously dramatically worse than terrorism for Indonesia. There's no comparison,' World Bank country director Andrew Steer said on the sidelines of a conference on averting an infrastructure crisis.

Posted in General @ 03 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exodus to reach peak on Sunday The annual Idul Fitri exodus was once in evidence in the capital on Saturday as thousands of people left Jakarta by various means of transportation. Meanwhile, the death toll during this year's exodus has already reached 17. The massive getaway is expected to reach its peak on Sunday and Monday. For some lucky travelers, free trips home have been sponsored by private sector companies and a political party.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus, railway stations crammed as holiday nears With just three full days before the kick off of Idul Fitri celebrations on Nov. 25, thousands of migrants living in Jakarta began to overstretch the limits of the airport, seaports, bus terminals and train stations, not to mention the main highways leading out of town to Central Java and East Java, as they rushed to get back to their hometowns in time for the holidays.

Posted in Ramadan @ 21 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia issues SARS health alert cards Indonesia has begun issuing health alert cards to warn people using its airports and seaports of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which has hit several countries in the region. The cards, issued to passengers to and from SARS-hit countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Vietnam, contain general information on the atypical pneumonia, which has triggered a worldwide health alert.

Posted in SARS @ 31 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 182 killed in Bali blasts A massive car-bomb explosion on the Indonesian resort island of Bali has killed at least 182 people and injured hundreds more. Many of the victims were tourists from Australia, Britain and other countries. Authorities are calling the blast in Bali a terrorist attack, the worst in Indonesia's history. One or more explosions destroyed a crowded nightclub in the town of Kuta and damaged hotels and other buildings hundreds of meters away.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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