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Pottery artifacts from 14th century found in Kambelo, Maluku Pottery fragments from Tiongkok dating back to the 14th century when Yuan Dynasty ruled the country were found in Kambelo, South Hoamoal sub-district, West Seram district, Maluku, in June 2014, an archeologist stated on Wednesday.

Posted in History @ 03 September 2014 19:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Salary for 1,400 Merpati employees delayed by eight months About 300 employees of Merpati Nusantara Airlines staged a rally outside the State Enterprises Ministry on Tuesday demanding the payment of pending eight-month salary to 1,400 employees of the cash-strapped carrier.

Posted in Travel @ 12 August 2014 22:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati to propose deferred repayment of its debts Cash-strapped carrier, Merpati Nusantara Airlines will soon submit a proposal to the commercial court for deferred repayment of its debts totaling Rp2 trillion to around 100 private and individual creditors.

Posted in Travel @ 12 August 2014 00:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Cileunyi-Tasikmalaya toll road project to cost Rp 4 trillion Construction of the 70-kilometer Cileunyi-Tasikmalaya toll road in southern West Java will cost around Rp4 trillion, an official said. The toll road which will link the regencies of Bandung , Garut and Tasikmalaya will reduce traffic congestion in the southern part of West Java, head of the West Java regional development Deny Juanda said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 07 August 2014 10:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects propagation of ISIS ideology Indonesia has rejected the propagation of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ideology in the country because it runs contrary to "Pancasila," chief security minister Djoko Suyanto said here on Monday.

Posted in Religion @ 05 August 2014 15:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Agung Laksono hopes Prabowo will concede defeat A senior minister has urged Prabowo Subianto to accept the decision of the General Elections Commission (KPU) to name the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla pair as the winner of the presidential election held on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 23 July 2014 19:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft agency questions Jero Wacik The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik for questioning as a witness over a graft case related to the ministrys amended State Budget (APBN-P) 2013 by Parliaments Commission VII.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 June 2014 15:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Banten Governor charged with bribing chief justice The provincial governor of Banten in West Java, Ratu Atut Chosiyah, was charged with paying Rp1 billion to former constitutional court chief justice Akil Mochtar to win an election dispute.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 May 2014 21:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PPP chairman asked to clarify Gerindra rally presence United Development Party (PPP) General Chairman Suryadharma Ali has been asked to clarify his presence in a Gerindra campaign rally in Jakarta on March 23. PPP Regional Branch Chairman for East Java, Musaffa Noer, asked that Ali should explain it in a plenary meeting of PPP Central Executive Board (DPP) and PPP Regional Branches (DPW).

Posted in Politics @ 16 April 2014 13:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Villa demolition yet to solve flood problem' Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya stated that the demolition of illegal villas in the Puncak resort area have not yet been able to solve the environment problem. "We support the measure to demolish illegal villas in the area, but it has not really solved the flood problem," the minister stated, while examining the demolition of illegal villages in the Puncak resort area on Monday.

Posted in General @ 21 January 2014 17:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President suspends several cooperations with Australia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has temporarily stopped cooperation between Indonesia and Australia in a number of areas pending the settlement of alleged spy issues.

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2013 15:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


KPK detains former youth and sport minister The anti graft body, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), on Thursday detained former Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister Andi Alfian Mallarangeng for developments related to the National Sports Education, Training and School (P3SON) in Bukit Hambalang, West Java.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 October 2013 18:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tougher immigration policy against illegal asylum seekers The Australian government has put into effect a stricter immigration policy to prevent more asylum seekers from entering the country illegally, according to Australian ambassador to Indonesia Greg Moriarty.

Posted in Crime @ 02 August 2013 20:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


21 illegal immigrants from Afghanistan caught in Jambi Twenty one illegal immigrants from Afghanistan caught by police in Jambi, Sumatra, on Friday are being accommodated at the local immigration office waiting for transfer to Pekanbaru. They are still being intensively interrogated by immigration officials, head of Jambi province`s immigration office, Marsudi, said here on Sunday.

Posted in Crime @ 30 June 2013 22:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt prepares Rp6 tln for basic infrastructures The Public Works Ministry is preparing at least Rp6 trillion in funds to build various basic infrastructure facilities in return for the imminent fuel price hike.

Posted in General @ 05 June 2013 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wild elephant enters village in Riau Herd of wild elephants entered human settlements in Mandau District, Bengkalis, Riau, causing residents damaged crops and panic. "We all panicked and run directly," a villager, Juwono, 39, said here on Friday.

Posted in Environment @ 22 March 2013 15:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian army prefers Black Hawk to Apache The government is still undecided whether it would finally buy Black Hawk or Apache helicopters from the US. The army however prefers Black Hawk to Apache because Apache is more expensive, army chief of staff General Pramono Edhi Wibowo said here on Monday.

Posted in Military @ 25 February 2013 17:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


'Perumnas ready to assist in developing flat houses' State-owned housing company Perumnas said it was ready to help Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in the construction of flat houses for residents affected by floods in the Ciliwung river banks.

Posted in General @ 28 January 2013 17:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian embassy repatriates 1,928 citizens from Syria The Indonesian Embassy in Damascus has last year repatriated 1,928 Indonesian citizens, including seven university students, from conflict-torn Syria, Rahmat Hindiarta Kusuma, the embassy`s third secretary, told ANTARA in London on Friday.

Posted in Violence @ 25 January 2013 08:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor instructs relocation of settlers on river banks Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has instructed all village and subdistrict heads to relocate settlers from river banks in Jakarta in an effort to accelerate normalization of rivers in the capital.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 January 2013 13:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sampang conflict settlement needs courage Courage is required to settle a religious conflict in Sampang, Madura, East Java province, said Waluyo, a senior official at the Social Affairs Ministry. Two Muslim siblings, Tajul Muluk and Roisul Hukama, began to fight, which resulted in a religious conflict in the area. We have to find a solution, he said on Tuesday.

Posted in Violence @ 01 January 2013 16:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll of Mamasa floods rise to 14 The number of dead victims of flash floods and landslides that hit East Batangharu village, Mamasa district, West Sulawesi province on Thursday, has until Sunday risen to 14 while three others are still reported missing. Mamasa District Head Ramlan Badawi said here on Sunday that besides the 17 victims, two others were still in the local healthcare center for a medical treatment.

Posted in Flooding @ 11 November 2012 11:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor Jokowi observes densely populated areas The new Jakarta governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) a day after being installed by Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi, on Tuesday observed Pademangan, one of the densely populated areas in the capital city.

Posted in Politics @ 16 October 2012 21:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NTT governor visits Adonara over village feud East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Governor Frans Lebu Raya flew into the inter-village conflict zone in Adonara, Flores Timur district on Monday to meet the warring parties and find the best possible solution to the problem.

Posted in Violence @ 08 October 2012 18:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono appoints Nafsiah Mboi new Minister of Health President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has named Nafsiah Mboi as the new health minister to replace minister Endang Sedyaningsih, who recently died from cancer.

Posted in Politics @ 13 June 2012 11:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Dukono still on level II alert The National Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) has announced Mount Dukono in Halmahera, North Maluku, is still on level II alert.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 May 2012 16:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Attention needed for tsunami early warning system The Acehnese government has said that the tsunami early warning system, which has been installed in a coastal area, needs special attention for improvements in the future.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 April 2012 12:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to use military aircraft to carry logistics to Papua The government will deploy military and police aircraft to transport logistics to Papua since Susi Air and Trigana Air are not yet operating following a recent shooting at Mulia airport.

Posted in General @ 19 April 2012 16:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


30 illegal immigrants sent to Tanjungpinang Cilegon immigration authorities are moving 30 illegal immigrants to immigration detention centers on Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands.

Posted in General @ 19 April 2012 14:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Labor disputes must be settled thoroughly' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked for a thorough settlement of the workers` demand for pay rise without any remaining problems, Hatta Rajasa said.

Posted in Economy @ 02 February 2012 06:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia finds agreement over minimum wage for Bekasi The government has found a settlement over the dispute on minimum wage for Bekasi district that has caused a huge demonstration and blockade of a key toll road to and from Jakarta recently.

Posted in Economy @ 29 January 2012 01:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nike to pay $1 million to Indonesian workers for unpaid hours A group of Indonesian Nike factory workers have won a settlement against the sportswear company in which they will be awarded $1 million for unpaid overtime work hours, non-governmental organization (NGO) Educating for Justice said Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2012 03:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Chief: KPK's Bank Century probe may take years A Corruption Eradication Commmission (KPK) deputy chief said the commission`s investigation into the Bank Century bailout case may take years to complete.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 December 2011 04:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono asked G20  not to forget initial goal At the recent G20 summit in France, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had told world leaders not forget the initial goal of the group`s formation despite the current economic crisis in the Euro zone.

Posted in Politics @ 05 November 2011 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi volcano starts rumbling again The activity of the Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java is increasing once again. According to the Volcanologic Agency BPPPTK, the renewed activity is caused by the formation of a new lava dome in the crater of the volcano. The alert status of the Mount Merapi volcano has not yet been changed and still stands at level three.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 April 2011 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Five years after the tsunami: Waiting for permanent homes According to the World Bank, the Indonesian government has shown tremendous leadership in coordinating the US$7 billion reconstruction effort. Thousands of homes, schools, government offices and hospitals were rebuilt by the tsunami reconstruction agency, which wound up its work in April.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 December 2009 07:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sentani airport occupied by Yobe tribe members Since early this morning, the airport of Sentani, near Jayapura in the easternmost province of Papua, has been occupied by people from the Yobe tribe. They demand a proper settlement for the estate that has been taken from them. Three planes of different airliners were not able to land on the airport and were diverted to the airport of Biak.

Posted in Protests @ 28 August 2009 09:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali immigration officers avoid criminal charges As reported on earlier, 44 immigration officers at Bali's main airport have been under investigation for embezzling an estimated Rp. 3 billion (210.000 euro) in visa-on-arrival fees between October 2008 and May 2009. Kompas reports that a decision has been made by the Immigration Department to limit punishments to only disciplinary and administrative sanctions.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 August 2009 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Two rare Sumatran elephants killed Two Sumatran elephants have been shot and killed in Indonesia's Bengkulu province, a conservation official said Tuesday. The elephants were killed last week in the Kerinci Seblat National Park, said Dudy Wuryanto, head of the nature conservation agency in the neighbouring province of Jambi. He said the motive for the killings was unclear.

Posted in General @ 31 March 2009 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four ex-BI officials formally charged in corruption case Four former Bank Indonesia (BI) executives have been formally accused of complicity in the illegal transfer of Indonesian Banking Development Foundation (YPPI) funds to a number of legislators and ex-BI officials in 2003.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 January 2009 05:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seeking recognition for Bali's heritage The Jakarta Post reports that a team representing Bali is expected to visit the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris soon in a continuing effort to lobby for three sites in Bali to be names as World Heritage Sites.

Posted in Environment @ 15 March 2008 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Elections @ 09 December 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adrianus Meliala: Pushing for reform of Indonesian police Asked about the progress of police reform in Indonesia, criminologist and police analyst Adrianus Eliasta Sembiring Meliala said that it was obvious, but the direct benefit for citizens would not be realized in one night.

Posted in Human rights @ 09 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wild elephants run amok, kill five residents in Indonesia A number of elephants ran amok and killed at least five residents recently in Tangganus and East Lampung district, Indonesia's Lampung Province, on southern Sumatra island. Most of the victims' bodies were ripped by the wild animals, while the crops in the farming areas belonging to local residents were destroyed, Antara news agency on Sunday quoted an officer of the province's forestry representative office as saying.

Posted in General @ 20 August 2006 14:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising radicalism, intolerance threaten Indonesia's diversity Fifty years ago, Clifford Geertz wrote: " ... archipelagic in geography, eclectic in civilization, and heterogeneous in culture, Indonesia flourishes when it accepts and capitalizes on its diversity and disintegrates when it denies and suppresses it". The comment, part of Geertz's assessment of the political situation in Indonesia in the late fifties, also anticipates the future of Indonesia.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Tengger of Bromo: Magic, mystique and modernism Legend has it that the Tengger ethnic group in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru area of East Java is descended from the ancient Majapahit royal family. The name "Tengger" itself is said to be an acronymic derivation of two legendary figures from the region, Rara Anteng and Jaka Seger. As it has been long told, during a time of chaos for the Majapahit kingdom, Princess Rara Anteng took refuge in the area around Mount Bromo. While she was being evacuated, Rara Anteng met Jaka Seger, the son of a priest from the kingdom of Kediri, which was also in great turmoil. Their meeting was the beginning of a love story, and the area was later christened after their combined names.

Posted in Culture @ 28 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Currency market movements and impact on Indonesia Currency markets are attracting considerable attention from international investors and politicians. In particular, investors are showing increased sensitivity to stories that investors (particularly central banks) may reduce holdings of U.S. assets. The dollar has recently exhibited vulnerability in stories that China or Middle Eastern government's may switch their holdings of U.S. dollars into some other. Even if denied, the effects of these stories often linger in the currency markets.

Posted in Economy @ 16 May 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono drops charges against Suharto Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has decided to halt legal proceedings against former long-serving president Suharto, a local newspaper reported Thursday. Susilo dropped the corruption charges against ailing Suharto, who underwent a colon surgery earlier this week, after consulting with top government and parliament officials just before midnight Wednesday, reported Kompas.

Posted in General @ 11 May 2006 16:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Locals grow crops in protected Kendari forest "Don't just blame us for stripping the forest -- first take a look at what local people have done to conserve it," said Haji Naim, 58, one of a group of farmers standing at the foot of the hilly Murhum Forest Park in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. Along with the others, Haji is cultivating crops in the protected forest park -- part of what he calls an "agroforestry" system.

Posted in Environment @ 22 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono's plan for Indonesia's resurrection Indonesia is trying to bring back the glory days when it was prominent in Asia. It is doing so by playing a larger role as a negotiator throughout the region, acting as a mediator between the Koreas, and pushing for democracy in Myanmar. At the same time, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is trying to unify the Indonesians by promoting a nationalism that hinges on this role as a leader in Asia.

Posted in Economy @ 18 February 2006 10:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Scientists find 'Lost world' in West Papua jungle SCIENTISTS have found a "Lost World" in an Indonesian mountain jungle, home to dozens of exotic new species of birds, butterflies, frogs and plants. "It's as close to the Garden of Eden as you're going to find on Earth," said Bruce Beehler, co-leader of the US, Indonesian, and Australian expedition to part of the cloud-shrouded Foja mountains in West Papua.

Posted in Environment @ 07 February 2006 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Palu villagers seek refuge after clash The deadly clash between the police and followers of sect leader Madi almost two weeks ago, and the ensuing hunt for him, have caused hundreds of people to seek refuge in the Central Sulawesi capital of Palu.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 08 November 2005 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Aceh rebels begin surrendering weapons Dozens of rebels from the Free Aceh Movement, or GAM, came to the regional capital of Banda Aceh Thursday to hand in a total of 78 weapons to international monitors from the European Union and Asian nations. Scores of GAM fighters rode onto a football field, and watched under the scorching sun, as their leaders handed over weapon after weapon to members of the Aceh Monitoring Mission.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 September 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Polio vaccination drive largely successful Indonesia's nationwide drive last week to vaccinate about 24 million young children against a spreading polio outbreak was largely successful though some parents continued to resist, health officials said Monday. The Indonesian health ministry reported the campaign had reached 90 percent of children under five years old despite lingering concerns among both parents and medical workers about the safety of the vaccine.

Posted in Polio @ 06 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia and rebels agree formula for Aceh peace Indonesia and Aceh rebels have agreed the formula for a peace deal to end a 30-year-old conflict that has cost 12,000 lives in the province that was laid waste by last December’s tsunami, Indonesia said on Sunday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 July 2005 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to defend waters claimed by Malaysia Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said here Saturday that the government will defend its ownership of the offshore Ambalat which was also claimed by Malaysia, while stressing dialogue remains an important way to seek settlement. "We consider that the area belongs to Indonesia. Therefore Indonesia will defend it with all security forces we have," he wasquoted by Detikcom online news service as saying.

Posted in General @ 05 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Aceh rebels make headway on peace Indonesia and Aceh separatists, thrown together after three decades of bloodshed by the tsunami that devastated the province, said on Saturday they would meet again soon to seek a peace deal to help rebuild Aceh. Government officials and exiled leaders of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), meeting for the first time in nearly two years, said their Finnish mediators would convene another meeting "in the near future" to discuss what an Indonesian minister called "a comprehensive peace settlement."

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 29 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blasts, shots and arson mark night in Ambon after killings Sporadic shooting, bombing and arson continued in the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon after an outbreak of Muslim-Christian violence killed at least 11 people and injured scores. The sound of blasts and shotgun fire could be heard Monday and dark smoke columns rose from various districts following deadly clashes the previous day, residents said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 26 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Supreme Court decision overturning the conviction of House Speaker Akbar Tanjung landed with the thud of a police baton on the future of reform in Indonesia. The ruling will have its most direct impact on the July 5 presidential election, but ripples will be felt throughout society. Despite some potential bright spots in the verdict and its aftermath, it's a dark day for justice and hope for this nation of 220 million people.

Posted in Politics @ 16 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Regreening campaign launched in Yogyakarta Six ministers launched the National Forest and Land Rehabilitation Movement at Jl. Lingkar Selatan, Bantul district, on Friday. Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Yusuf Kalla, home affairs minister Hari Sabarno, forestry minister M Prakoso, education minister Malik Fajar, settlement and regional infrastructure Minister Sunarno and state minister for the environment Nabiel Makarim planted samenea saman trees together in a nearby area as a symbol of the reforestation campaign, which will cover 29 river basins in 15 provinces.

Posted in Environment @ 09 January 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight bridges collapse in C. Sulawesi after flooding Eight bridges in Central Sulawesi have collapsed in floods caused by incessant rain over the past two weeks. The natural disaster, which is common during the wet season, also cut roads linking several parts of the province, an official said on Saturday. Mashud Kasim, the head of the Central Sulawesi Office of Settlement and Regional Infrastructure, said damages that the provincial government would have to bear amounted to Rp 38.5 billion (US$4.5 billion).

Posted in Flooding @ 29 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to bear most of cost of Java-Madura bridge Indonesia's government agreed Thursday to provide most of the Rp 2.7 trillion (US$319.5 million) needed to construct a bridge linking the Indonesian island of Madura to densely-populated East Java province. "It has been decided that the funding will come from the state budget, from the provincial budget, the (state-owned road building firm) Jasa Marga and $150 million from the People's Republic of China," Settlement and Infrastructure Minister Sunarno said.

Posted in General @ 13 November 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government told to reconsider road project in Leuser park Legislators urged the government on Tuesday to abandon its plan to continue construction on a Rp 1 trillion (US$1.2 million) highway cutting through Aceh province in Sumatra. "We do not see any urgency to build the road, at the cost of destroying the Leuser ecosystem," said legislator Zaenal Arifin on Tuesday, echoing what environmentalists said recently.

Posted in Environment @ 12 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood-devastated resort closed for six months for renovation The Bukit Lawang resort will be closed to tourists for six months so the local administration can rebuild the area after the devastating flood that killed more than 130 people. North Sumatra Governor Tengku Rizal Nurdin said on Sunday it would take at least six months to restore the resort, including an orangutan reserve, in Bahorok subdistrict, Langkat regency.

Posted in Weather @ 10 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lebaran transportation team to alter traffic routes The Lebaran Transportation Team 2003, decided that on November 21, 2003, or minus 4 days (4 days before Idul Fitri), all means of public passenger and cargo transportation from the East to Pantura (northern coastal route) in W.Java, will have to use the southern route.

Posted in Ramadan @ 06 November 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia in all-out bid to crush Aceh rebels Indonesian troops are pressing ahead with a military offensive against separatists in the province of Aceh. After three months of fighting following the collapse of a peace deal, army commanders said more than 800 Muslim fighters had been killed and around 1,000 captured out of an estimated rebel force of 5,000 or fewer.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 31 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia shelves Papua division after deadly clashes The Indonesian government on Wednesday decided to shelve plans to split easternmost Papua province into three after three days of street clashes involving supporters and opponents of the move left three people dead. ``Based on political and administrative considerations, the division of Papua province ... has been put off and (Papua) will be kept in the status quo,'' top security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told a press conference.

Posted in Violence @ 28 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


$1.6m haze payout to Indonesia A Malaysian-owned plantation firm whose director was jailed for causing smoke haze on Indonesia's Sumatra island has agreed to pay more than $US1 million (EUR 901,000) in compensation, an official said. "Following an agreement on April 23 with the company, PT Adei Plantation agreed to pay 1.1 million dollars in settlement money to the government," Nixon Silalahi, an environment ministry official,said today.

Posted in Forest fires @ 01 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First Sharia court for Aceh Indonesia's troubled Aceh province is to establish the country's first criminal court based on Sharia law, an official said on Wednesday. Indonesia already has religious courts which handle disputes about marriage or inheritance, but not criminal cases.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 February 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials: Gunung Papandayan dangerous Relevant authorities warned on Friday that activity at Mt. Papandayan, which experienced a major explosion early on Friday, has reached alarming levels, forcing thousands of people living within a radius of four kilometers (km) from its peak to flee. Mas Atje Purbawinata, a volcanologist from the directorate general for volcanology affairs and mitigation at Bandung, West Java, declared here on Friday that the volcano's status was raised to that of dangerous due to an increase in its activities after a major eruption at 6:33 a.m. on Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta brace for biggest flood Water levels at several water gates in Jakarta were rising rapidly, were at critical levels and were threatening to inundate the whole capital, officials said Friday.Director General for Water Resources of the ministry of regional settlement and infrastructure Hari Sidharta said the high water level was due to constant rain in the Greater Jakarta area, including Bogor, Tangerang, Bekasi and Depok.

Posted in Flooding @ 01 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


If you think flooding in Jakarta is a new phenomenon you couldn't be more wrong. For hundreds of years, perhaps even longer, the area where the capital is situated has been plagued by annual flooding.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Members of the Penan tribe of northeastern Borneo know that Batu Lawi, a 2,000-m sheer limestone pinnacle, is a demon-haunted place to be avoided at all costs. To Bruno Manser, however, Batu Lawi represented everything he loved about the untouched forest of the region. He almost perished trying to reach its summit in 1988. As he told friends, he spent 24 hours hanging from a rope, unable to reach the rock face. Only a desperate swing brought him within grabbing distance of the rock.

Posted in Culture @ 01 September 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Explosions mar Independence Day festivities in Aceh Red-and-white flags were flying high along the streets here for Independence Day celebrations on Friday, but most shops in the town were closed and business activities at a standstill. Only a few people came to observe a tightly guarded ceremony held in the town's Hiraq square, presided over by Regent Tarmizi Akarim and attended by local dignitaries.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 August 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati says sorry to Aceh, Irian Jaya people President Megawati Soekarnoputri, in the name of the government, on Thursday asked for forgiveness from the people in troubled Aceh and Irian Jaya for the prolonged conflicts in the westernmost and easternmost provinces. "I ask for your forgiveness over the prolonged conflicts due to the government's mismanagement in the past," Megawati told a plenary meeting of the House of Representatives (DPR) as televised nationwide.

Posted in Politics @ 16 August 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Long-simmering tensions between indigenous Dayaks and immigrant Madurese suddenly exploded in the town of Sampit, Central Kalimantan, in the middle of February 2001. Within days, isolated killings perpetrated by both sides had developed into a one-sided massacre of Madurese by enraged Dayaks. In the following weeks the killings spread to other areas in the province and by early April almost the entire Madurese population had fled the province. The massacre of about 500 – and possibly many more - Madurese by Dayaks and the flight of virtually the entire Madurese community closely resembled two similar events in the Sambas district in the northern part of West Kalimantan in 1996-7 and in 1999 and highlighted the danger of violence spreading to West and East Kalimantan.

Posted in Violence @ 27 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Every country has its myths, legends and folklore that embellish cultures and in many instances draw people together towards a mutual experience and understanding of life's lessons. Indonesia, it seems, has more than its fair share of these intriguing tales. All parts of the country, large or small, urban or rural, near or far, have tales often from times long past that form part of the culture. Some of these tales are more fanciful than others, featuring outlandish escapades and creatures from fantasy worlds but most, (if not all), have some message or lesson that is as relevant to our modern world as it was when the stories first occurred or were first invented.

Posted in Politics @ 17 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel price hike effective today The government finally raised fuel prices by a hefty 30 percent late on Friday, just one day after it had decided to delay the plan due to concerns over its social and security implications. Newly appointed Coordinating Minister for the Economy Burhanuddin Abdullah said the new fuel prices would take affect as of Saturday.

Posted in General @ 16 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta still hot, heat wave continues to grip Java People should prepare for an extreme heat wave to hit Java over the next two weeks as we enter the transition of the dry season and the wet season, an official said on Wednesday. "The intense heat over the past few days was caused by a dynamic air mass moving toward the southern part of the globe," Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) chief Sri Diharto told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Weather @ 08 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Food supply to flood hit areas disrupted Supplies of food and medicines to regencies devastated by floods and landslides in West Sumatra were being obstructed as the roads leading to the affected areas had been cut, while other alternative routes had been washed away due to the incessant rain, governor Zainal Bakar said here on Tuesday. "We've been trying to provide emergency aid as far as we can. Aid first then rehabilitation," he said, adding that evacuations were continuing, especially in the disaster-hit regencies, including 50 Kota, Pasaman, Agam,Pesisir Selatan and Tanah Datar, and the mayoralties of Solok, Padang and Pariaman.

Posted in Flooding @ 29 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sutiyoso: Huge funds needed to free Jakarta from floods The capital will never be free from floods unless it has a drainage canal at the city's east and west border areas to facilitate drainage to the sea, Governor Sutiyoso said. The only other option to escape being annually inundated during the rainy season is to move the city from the current location, the governor said on Tuesday. "Those are the only choices, both of which are impossible for us (to realize) at the moment," he said. According to the retired three-star general, the situation was mainly due to the fact that many buildings and houses had been constructed on land that is lower than sea level. "About 40 percent of the land in the capital is below sea level. So, it would require a huge amount of money to free Jakarta of floods," Sutiyoso said.

Posted in Flooding @ 28 September 2000 16:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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