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Govt unlikely to raise quota of subsidized fuel The government is unlikely to raise the subsidized fuel quota of 46 million kiloliters in the revised 2014 state budget even if the quota will be exceeded, Finance Minister Chatib Basri said. "No matter what happens, we have no other choice but to maintain the quota at 46 million kiloliters," he said here on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 18 July 2014 20:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'PLN to resolve power shortage in North Sumatra' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had asked the relevant institutions to resolve power shortage in North Sumatra so that the people would not experience rotating power outage.

Posted in Power supply @ 02 April 2014 17:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK : 'Losses worth Rp6.7 trillion to state in minerals sector' The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said it has found losses to the state worth Rp6.7 trillion in the minerals and coal sector over the past nine years. The losses were in non tax revenues including royalty and fixed fee in the period of 2003-2011, KPK Deputy Chairman Busyro Muqoddas said here on Thursday.

Posted in Corruption @ 29 August 2013 23:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Tanjung Gusta terrorist convicts recaptured Police anti-terror squad Densus 88 has recaptured two terrorist convicts who escaped after the July 11 riot at the Tanjung Gusta prison in Medan, North Sumatra.

Posted in Crime @ 22 August 2013 20:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police capture 102 escapees from Tanjung Gusta prison Police have captured 102 escapees from the Tanjung Gusta prison in Medan, North Sumatra, since the July 11 mass jailbreak that left five people dead.

Posted in Crime @ 16 July 2013 17:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods affects some telecommunication infrastructure facilities The Ministry of Communications and Information said some telecommunications infrastructure facilities in flood-affected locations in Jakarta were still off due to floods.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2013 14:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 'Luxurious car owners to use non-subsidized fuel' The Indonesian government has urged owners of luxurious cars to use non-subsidized fuel oils as their quotas are predicted to be used up by December 24. "Have an empathy with those deserving the subsidy," Deputy Minister of Energy Rudi Rubiandini said here on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 28 November 2012 17:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Public should switch to non-subsidized fuel' Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik has urged the public to switch from subsidized fuel to non-subsidized fuel due to the shortage of subsidized fuel supply until the end of this year.

Posted in General @ 27 November 2012 00:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Morotai`s residents desperately need clean water Some residents have not been receiving clean water during the last six years in Juanga and Pandanga village, Morotai Island district, North Maluku province. Wisnu, a resident of Juanga village, said recently that the Water Utility Company (PDAM) of Morotai Island district draws water from three wells and clean water from Nakamura Island.

Posted in Health @ 27 October 2012 20:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Minister: 'Red-cross running short of blood' Chief Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono has said the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), particularly the Jakarta office, is running short of supplies of blood due to the decreasing number of blood donors during the fasting month.

Posted in General @ 23 August 2012 19:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pandeglang 3,800 elementary school teachers short Pandeglang, a district town in Banten province, is facing a shortage of about 3,847 elementary school teachers, according to Pandeglang Education Service head Abdul Azis. "It has been found that the district needs an additional 3,847 primary school teachers," he stated here on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 23 August 2012 00:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BPK discovers state losses amounting to Rp13.25 trillion The State Audit Board (BPK) has discovered 4,941 cases of non-compliance that have caused losses, potential losses and income shortages worth Rp13.25 trillion based on the results of audit in the second semester 2011.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 April 2012 14:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More power needed to power Bali Bali Post predicts that by 2013 Bali will be facing an electrical crisis made all the more acute by large scale infrastructure projects scheduled to come on line in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) Summit scheduled for late 2013. Among the projects cited as placing an added, and possibly unsupportable burden, on Bali’s electrical grid are the new toll way, the expansion of Bali’s airport, the Bali International Park Project (BIP) and the opening of a number large hotel projects.

Posted in Power supply @ 13 March 2012 02:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi eruptions buried hundreds of springs Hundreds of springs in the Mount Merapi area have disappeared after being exposed to materials from the mountain`s recent eruptions and as a result , people there were now suffering water shortages, Sultan Hamengkubuwono X said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 November 2011 09:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boskalis gets contract for Indonesian submarine power cables Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has signed a contract with Samsung for the construction of a cable laying ship. The vessel will have a length of over 100 meters and a loading capacity of 5.000 tons. It is expected that the vessel will be delivered in the second half of 2012. Royal Boskalis Westminster B.V. has also won a contract with a value of 20 million euro for two submarine cables between the island of Java and Bali in Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 25 May 2011 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of drivers stuck in 12km traffic jam to seaport Hundreds of frustrated truck drivers have been stranded for several days on the road to the Indonesian port city of Merak, the Jakarta Globe reported Sunday.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2011 21:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to recruit pilots Mandala Airlines Garuda Indonesia plans to recruit 180 new pilots in 2011, and as many as 36 pilots of whom are former pilots of the Mandala Airlines. "This year we are looking to recruit as many as 180 pilots, 36 pilots will come from Mandala Airlines," said Emirsyah, President Director of Garuda Indonesia, at the Indonesian Stock Exchange, Jakarta, Friday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 February 2011 05:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More power to support Indonesian economy Indonesia aims to increase its electricity capacity to 15,000 megawatts this year to support its economic growth target of 7 percent by 2014, a senior minister says. "The15,000 MW capacity can be achieved through construction of new power plants," Coordinating Minister for the Economy Hatta Radjasa told.

Posted in Power supply @ 25 April 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No connection to power grid for 50,000 Balinese families Bali's severe shortage of electrical power is perhaps best exemplified by the grim statistic that 50,000 requests for new connection and 8.900 requests for increased power capacity remain outstanding and unserved.

Posted in Power supply @ 20 April 2010 08:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Overcrowding fuels TB in prisons Serious overcrowding, a shortage of medical staff and a lack of funding are thwarting Indonesia's efforts to tackle tuberculosis (TB) in prisons, experts say. Indonesia's 422 prisons hold more than 140,000 inmates, even though they were designed for 80,000, according to the Justice Ministry.

Posted in Health @ 27 January 2010 05:42 CET by Jeroen · 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


73 rivers in Bali have run dry The prolonged dry season currently being experienced in Bali is having profound impact on the island's ecology. As reported by Bali Post, of the 165 rivers found on the island, 73 have now run dry. Of the remaining 92 river still flowing, most of these are doing so with substantially reduced flow rates. Many of the dried-up rivers are in West Buleleng, East Buleleng, Kubu and Seraya areas of Bali.

Posted in Weather @ 25 October 2009 02:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One liter of fuel for 40,000 Rupiah in Padang The price of fuel in the city of Padang and surrounding regions has jumped to absurd levels soon after the earthquake. With most gas stations too damaged to be opened for service and others not being able to sell fuel because of shortages, traders can ask almost anything for just one liter of fuel. Most fuel now costs 40,000 Rupiah per liter (2.85 euro) where this normally is 5,500 Rupiah per liter (0.39 euro) for fuel sold in the streets.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 October 2009 03:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rabies vaccines out of stock at Bali's main hospital Bali's ongoing struggle to fight the current rabies epidemic is being complicated by the lack of rabies vaccine at Bali's Sanglah General Hospital. As reported by Berita Bali.com, the drug store on the hospital's premises has posted a sign in its window announcing that rabies vaccine are "out of stock" .

Posted in Health @ 27 September 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aid dispatched after hunger-related deaths in Papua The Indonesian government said it will send a team to a poor district in eastern Papua Province after a rights group reported deaths from hunger and associated diseases there. Swadiatma, an adviser to the Coordinating Ministry for People's Welfare, said the team of officials would be dispatched this week to the isolated district of Yahukimo in Papua to investigate reports of the deaths, and assess the long-term needs of the population.

Posted in Health @ 22 September 2009 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of visitors flock to Yogya beaches The second day of Lebaran, yesterday, has moved thousands of local tourists from different parts of Yogyakarta and surrounding areas to visit the beaches on the southern side of the province. The beaches of Depok and Parangtritis were flooded with tourists looking for a nice scenery and the fresh sea-food. There was even a shortage of parking space at certain moments.

Posted in Tourism @ 22 September 2009 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


More tourists to Indonesia in first quarter of 2009 An official of the Department of Culture and Tourism has told the press that Indonesia is not capable of "vertical promotion" using international broadcast media due to a lack of needed funding. Nia Nurcaya, Director for Conferences, Incentives and Promotion of the Marketing Division of the Department of Culture and Tourism, said, "in terms of the vertical promotion of tourism, Indonesia is left far behind by other neighboring nations, such as Malaysia."

Posted in Tourism @ 14 June 2009 09:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's fishing fleet confined to port A shortage of fuel at Bali's port of Benoa has forced 600 ships from an estimated fleet of 830 fishing boats to remain alongside until more fuel becomes available. According to the Bali Post, around 9,000 fishing ships crews have been idled by the fuel shortage that has brought protests from the Indonesian Longline Tuna Fishing Association. (ALTI).

Posted in General @ 12 June 2009 11:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From cappuccino to Coca Cola Jack Daniels in one nights' out (I) It is still fairly early in the afternoon for a nice evening, but still life slowly comes out of the starting blocks. It isn't a nightclub, where the doors will be kept closed until around ten in the evening. It now happens in other locations in Jogja where preparations are made. All across the city students and young adults have created meeting points to start their Saturday evening together. One of those meeting points, to say it bluntly, is Kedai Kopi Jakal. This is the name that the place has earned already, because it is not the official name.

Posted in Culture @ 09 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


One liter of petrol for 50.000 Rupiah in West Timor A fuel crisis that grips six districts near Kupang, in the province of East Nusa Tenggara, has caused the price for just one liter of petrol to be as high as 50.000 Rupiah, which is ten times as much as the current official price. Diesel fuel and cooking oil are traded at 25.000 per liter, which has caused the transportation sector to come to a complete stop. "Only rich people can afford it to buy fuel here for their vehicles," said Martinus Rohi, a teacher at an elementary school in the area.

Posted in Economy @ 06 January 2009 15:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Juanda, a beautiful new airport near Surabaya Several years ago I was there for the last time - at that time it was the first time as well - at the airport of Surabaya. A small building which was far too small for the number of passengers that had to be served from the airport there. A common problem at airports, especially in the western part of Indonesia where the airline industry has grown incredibly in recent years following the startup of a number of new routes flown by several different airlines.

Posted in Travel @ 17 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia moves to protect workers abroad The delay in the recruitment of Indonesian housemaids and drivers has prompted Jakarta to set up a commission to look into the interests of Indonesian workers, including their overseas employment, training and health.

Posted in General @ 01 September 2008 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Full buses in Jakarta Outside the use of the many thousands of - in general - old buses that are still in use today, there is a new option which was introduced just a few years ago. In 2004 these were brand new buses which were used on - then - just two routes. One route ran from north to south and back and the other one from west to east and back. The official name TransJakarta can be found on the buses, but for the rest the company is known as 'Busway'. And that is exactly what it is, because TransJakarta is too common. In the four year that this company exists hundreds of bus stops were constructed from durable materials and four more routes were organized as well. They seem to run all across the city without any logic though.

Posted in Travel @ 09 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rolling blackouts to hit Jakarta again for two weeks State owned power company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) will enforce rolling blackouts for at least two weeks between 11 and 25 July. This decision was forced following shortages in supply of power from two plants in Muarakarang and Tanjung Priok.

Posted in General @ 05 July 2008 03:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rolling blackouts hit Jakarta as power plants fail The state-owned power company PLN in the Greater Jakarta and Tangerang area has scheduled rolling blackouts until next week to overcome an acute shortage of power delivery caused by a number of big power plants in the Java-Bali system. The head of the Tangerang area, Azwar Lubis, said that the power outages were scheduled and are announced at the regional website of PLN as well.

Posted in Power supply @ 19 June 2008 05:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Straight through the 'Big Durian' by car What is the fastest way to get from the north of Jakarta to somewhere in the southern part of the city? That is a question which is hard to answer for a city like Jakarta. With some 15 million residents and several hundreds of square kilometers of city it often is such a big unorganized situation that you will not be able to just go somewhere to buy groceries or to pick someone up.

Posted in Travel @ 18 June 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Need for fuel does not decline with higher prices For most Indonesians it came as unexpected as ever. With a shortage of foreign news, strictly regulated by the Indonesian government, it was not in the line of expectations of the average man in the street that fuel prices might just be hiked with one third all of a sudden. However almost the entire population of this planet knows what the current market price of a barrel of crude oil is - somewhere about 130 US dollar - Indonesia assumed that everything was fine. Use of fuel would decrease, prices would come down and nationwide production was to rise as well.

Posted in General @ 31 May 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Fuel crisis hits Bali, three days for new supplies Fuel shortage has been hitting Indonesia's resort island of Bali over the last few days, causing an unusual view in which many empty-tanked vehicles are left unattended on streets. Motorists have left their cars and motorcycles with empty tanks on streets as many fuel outlets they came by no longer had gasoline or diesel fuel stocks, national Antara news agency reported Friday.

Posted in General @ 04 April 2008 15:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Supply shortage causes power outages in Jakarta and West Java Since last evening, state power company PLN has put out power in the Bigger Jakarta and Tangerang areas partially to avoid a total long-lasting blackout. The shortage of power is caused by the fact that a number of power plants is out of operation. Until this afternoon, PLN has rolling blackouts planned for these areas.

Posted in Power supply @ 21 February 2008 09:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java and Bali facing continuing electrical power crisis The Chief Director of state power company PLN, Eddie Widiono, has declared that the Java-Bali power grid will continue to suffer shortages in 2008.

Posted in Power supply @ 07 January 2008 00:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of residents in Ngawi spend night at roofs Thousands of residents of the districts of Genong and Kwadungan in Ngawi, eastern Java, are forced to spend the night on top of the roofs of their houses because of flooding. They can only wait for help there. The evacuation process is a slow one because there is a shortage of boats. Floods still inundate the area where waters reach heights of around three meters.

Posted in Flooding @ 28 December 2007 04:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Japan to accept 1,000 nurses from Indonesia Japan is to accept 1,000 nurses and health care workers from Indonesia starting early next year under the free trade pact. They need these workers to ease the shortage of such staff. This will be the first time that Japan is bringing foreign nurses and care workers on a full-time basis. Starting in April, Japan will accept 200 licensed nurses and 300 certified health care workers per year.

Posted in Economy @ 23 December 2007 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New international airport in the plans for Bali Jembrana Regency in the west of Bali has drawn up a plan to construct its own international airport, and is awaiting the go-ahead, and funds totaling some US$110 million, from the central government to proceed with the ambitious project, officials said. A feasibility study has just been completed on a Jembrana International City Airport, but there were indications of resistance to the project from the Bali government, said Regent I Gede Winasa.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali runs out of alcoholic drinks A number of hotels and retail outlets across Bali are complaining of an increasingly critical shortage of wines and spirits posing a risk that holidaymakers to Bali may soon be without the liquid wherewithal for merrymaking. According to a report in the Indonesian language DenPost, the Indonesian Customs and Excise Department have banned the import of all imported alcoholic beverages following the recent discovery of a smuggling ring using illegal duty stamps.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 August 2007 14:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gasoline shortage hits Bali A number of gas stations were forced to temporarily suspend operations when new supplies of premium gasoline failed to arrive in Bali. The shortage, which lasted for 3- 4 days during the second week of May 2007, was blamed for 30-40 minute lines at the gas stations that stayed open to distribute diminishing fuel supplies.

Posted in General @ 20 May 2007 06:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Many still without food and shelter after Sumatra quakes Officials on the island of Sumatra asked for patience on Saturday after telling that relief aid for the people left homeless after twin earthquakes had been handed out to people who did not need it. Many people living in remote areas away from cities have complained about upcoming food shortages after Tuesdays twin earthquakes that killed more than 70 people in the area.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 March 2007 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia signs rice import deal with Thailand and Vietnam Indonesia has agreed to sign a preliminary agreement with Thailand and Vietnam to import some 400,000 tonnes of rice via government-to-government deals. This was reported by a senior trade ministry official on Friday. These agreements on rice imports are part of the governments prevously announced plans to buy up to 1.5 million tonnes of rice this year alone to bring stability to prices in Indonesia. “We will import 400,000 tonnes of rice via government-to-government deals and we have a Memorandum of Understanding with Vietnam and Thailand,” said Diah Maulida, director general of foreign trade at the trade ministry.

Posted in General @ 24 February 2007 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands face food shortage in East Nusa Tenggara Thousands of people in Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara faced serious food shortage after farmers in the regency failed to harvest their rice fields for two consecutive seasons. Secretary to Sikka regental administration Genyo Kerong said Thursday that residents of 80 out of 160 villages in the regency have ran out their food stocks following the failures of the twice rice harvests sparked by long drought there.

Posted in General @ 16 February 2007 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More rain adds to misery in Indonesia's capital Overnight downpours sent storm waters coursing back into some low-lying areas Tuesday, as authorities warned of the threat of diseases and anger mounted at the government's response to the disaster that has killed at least 44 people in the capital.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 February 2007 13:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


High water level halts evacuation of flood victims High level of water from the ground and fast water flows have halted the efforts of rescuers to evacuate flood victims, who are still trapped on the roofs and second floors of their inundated houses in the capital.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia could lose 2,000 islands due to climate change Rising sea levels because of global warming stand to inundate around 2,000 islands in Indonesia by 2030, the country's environment minister said Monday. The assessment by Rachmat Witoelar was the government's bleakest yet of the effects of global warming on the Southeast Asian nation that is made up of some 18,000 islands, most of them unpopulated.

Posted in Environment @ 29 January 2007 09:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Haj probe team gets a hint of food shortage saga The Indonesian haj probe team said Saturday it had collected information from various sources in Saudi Arabia and got a hint of the cause of the haj food supply shortage recently.

Posted in Religion @ 13 January 2007 07:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The nowhere people Fitriyah was 14 when her mother left their Java village to work as a maid in Saudi Arabia. There were two letters from Sulastri after she arrived in Riyadh, and then a silence for seven years: no calls, no letters, and no money. When Fitriyah saw her mother again, she was dead. The autopsy stated that Sulastri had died from insect bites. But there was no explanation for the bruises covering the body when it was returned. "For seven years, I had no idea what had happened and why she didn't write. Now, at least, I can understand her silence," she whispers.

Posted in Culture @ 24 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia says no objection to selling uranium to Indonesia A security agreement signed by Indonesia and Australia earlier this week has provided a basis for Indonesia to buy uranium from Australia for a planned nuclear power plant, according to a local media Wednesday. Local newspaper The Jakarta Post quoted Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer as saying that the provision about the nuclear industry was a very important step forward for the two countries, which have pledged to support the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Posted in General @ 15 November 2006 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: ''El Nino may endure through next year' Indonesia may be affected by "moderately intense'' El Nino weather conditions that could last right through next year, parching Southeast Asia's largest economy, the meteorological agency said. Floods may follow. The events, caused by warming of equatorial waters in the Pacific Ocean, occur every two to seven years and shift normal weather patterns worldwide. Authorities would begin cloud- seeding, an official at the agency said at a briefing today.

Posted in Weather @ 09 November 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN signs deal on 1,200 MW power plant Indonesia state electricity firm PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) signed a preliminary deal with U.S. energy firm AES Corp.), Japanese trading firm Sojitz and local firm PT Triaryani to build a 1,200 megawatt coal-fired power plant, the energy minister said on Wednesday. The cost of the project, to be located in South Sumatra, in the west of the archipelago, is estimated at about $1.5 billion.

Posted in Power supply @ 01 November 2006 14:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sugar being smuggled to Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Saturday that there were some quarters who smuggled out and sold sugar to neighbouring countries. He said the figures on production and demand in the country showed the supply of sugar was adequate. "The problem arises because prices of sugar in Indonesia, Thailand and Brunei are much higher.

Posted in Economy @ 30 September 2006 15:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia projects first nuclear power plant operational by 2011 Indonesia's first 1,200-megawatt nuclear power plant is projected to be in operation by 2011, a senior government official said in a report published on Sunday. Indonesia, the world\'s fourth most-populous nation, has intensified its plans for the construction of nuclear power plants in an attempt to alleviate dependency on oil-and-gas to accommodate the growing demand for electricity, said Eko Hatmo, a senior official at the state-run national Atomic Energy Agency.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 06 August 2006 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS wants women-only cars in railway law The Muslim-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has proposed that the railway law require every train provide a women-only car to prevent sexual harassment of female passengers. A member of the special committee on the railway law from the PKS faction, Abdul Hakim, said Friday that the measure was needed because of the "inhumane conditions" of most train cars, especially in the greater Jakarta area.

Posted in General @ 16 July 2006 15:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lack of funds hits Java quake relief Aid organisations helping the survivors of last month's massive earthquake on the Indonesian island of Java have warned that emergency relief operations are being hampered by a shortage of funds from international donors.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 June 2006 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java earthquake death toll nears 5,700 The death toll from the Indonesian earthquake pushed neared 5,700 as hopes faded of finding more survivors from Indonesia's latest quake. International aid was on Tuesday beginning to stream into Java island, where the quake struck at the weekend leaving many in urgent need of medical assistance.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 18:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Diarrhea, dengue lurk as floods hit Jakarta The city health agency has warned of the threat of water-borne diseases following recent flooding in the city. Agency spokeswoman Zelvino said Thursday that during the rainy season residents were more at risk for diseases, particularly diarrhea, leptospirosis and dengue fever, which is found mostly during and shortly after the rainy season.

Posted in Health @ 21 January 2006 20:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Long blackouts in Aceh and North Sumatra State power company PLN on Wednesday began cutting power to Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam and North Sumatra provinces for two hours a day, again leaving residents in the dark after a year of regular blackouts in 2005. The rolling blackouts, which will continue over the next 52 days, will take place during peak usage hours, between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., according to the company's spokesman in North Sumatra, Agus Muliadi.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2006 10:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jember rescue efforts hampered Salimah, a woman at her 40s, looked pale. Her clothes blackened with mud, the frail villager has not had food for two days. "Unless food aid is dispatched into our area soon, the death toll, especially among the children, will rise," she told Antara. Salimah was one of 110 Panti district residents still isolated on Tuesday after flash floods swept through three districts in Jember regency East Java, killing at least 63 people.

Posted in Flooding @ 04 January 2006 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 55 die of hunger in Papua At least 55 people have died and over 100 others are now in critical condition due to a shortage of food in Papua province of Indonesia since last month, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here Friday. The lack of food was caused by failure of harvest in their cultivated land and they have no stock of food, according to the president.

Posted in Health @ 10 December 2005 10:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Jakarta water shortage likely by 2008 Jakarta's drinking water utility, PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya, says Indonesia's capital Jakarta faces a serious water shortage by 2008, the Jakarta Post reports. Worsening pollution is steadily shrinking the quality and quantity of water from the Jatiluhur reservoir, Jakarta's main drinking water source, the report says, citing PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya's institutional relations director, Kumala Siregar.

Posted in General @ 14 November 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police, troops on standby ahead of fuel price rise President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on all parties in the country to refrain from blaming each other for the current fuel oil crisis. Petrol stations across Indonesia are reporting fuel shortages, as Indonesians try to stock up on petrol and diesel ahead of a much feared price hike on October 1.

Posted in Protests @ 28 September 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Fuel scarcity worsens before price hikes Gasoline and diesel shortages worsened across Indonesia as the government's scheduled price increase on Oct. 1 draws near, Jakarta Post reported on Tuesday. Filling stations were packed with long lines of vehicles, while police officers desperately tried to track down on and nab people thought to be hoarding fuel until the price goes up, according to the Jakarta Post.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2005 10:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Subsidy cut to fuel the fire In the wake of a two-month "mini crisis" that saw the rupiah hit a four-year low of 11,750 per dollar on August 30, Jakarta has finally announced an imminent and substantial reduction in fuel subsidies. The exact date and the level of cuts have yet to be announced, though there is widespread speculation over both. Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said fuel prices may rise as early as October 1 while National Development Planning Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said an increase in November would be too late to help reduce subsidies to the level of Rp89.2 trillion. She said fuel prices might increase by at least 50% in October.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia set for fuel cost rise Indonesia is to raise nationwide fuel prices from 1 October, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has announced. The controversial decision comes as the country moves to cut fuel subsidies in response to the soaring cost of oil. President Yudhoyono said his government would go ahead with the fuel price rise, but did not say by how much.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2005 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Power stations stopped working The coal-fired Paiton power plant in East Java stopped generating electricity and two units at the Suralaya power plant were affected, said Energy Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. Power generation dropped by 5,000 megawatts to about 8,000 megawatts because of the fault, Widiono said.

Posted in Power supply @ 18 August 2005 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN: Severe power shortages likely in Bali, Java by October Electric power reserves in Java and Bali are expected to reach a critical point during the dry season which is estimated to begin in October, a PLN (state electricity company) official said. "Power reserves during that time are expected to drop to around 120 Megawatt while the safe level is 600 MW," PLN General Manager for Java and Bali distribution Muljo Adji said here Tuesday.

Posted in Power supply @ 27 July 2005 18:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina to shut Dumai refinery Saturday Indonesia's state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina (PTM.YY) will commence Saturday the maintenance turnaround of its Dumai oil refinery, a company official said Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 22 July 2005 19:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia energy crisis shows old habits die hard Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's efforts to tackle domestic fuel shortages show that, despite talk of reform, Southeast Asia's biggest economy is struggling to part with old ways.

Posted in General @ 12 July 2005 21:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia leader urges energy conservation Indonesia's president called on government departments to cut down on air conditioning and take other energy-saving measures in the face of nationwide fuel shortages.

Posted in General @ 11 July 2005 21:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Black markets thrive as fuel crisis worsens The price of premium gasoline soared by up to 500 percent in some provinces on Wednesday as the country's fuel shortage bit deeper, with the National Police stationing officers at gas stations around the country to prevent outbreaks of violence among frustrated customers.

Posted in General @ 07 July 2005 08:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


No fuel? Don't panic, says SBY As the gasoline shortage worsened across the country on Wednesday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told people not to panic, saying the government was gradually increasing the country's supplies, which would be back to normal soon. Susilo said the government was also drafting regulations on energy saving and plans for alternative power generation.

Posted in General @ 07 July 2005 08:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Jakartans start to feel the bite of fuel shortage Antonius was irate when he saw a sign posted at a gasoline station here, telling the public that there was no more gasoline. He quickly drove his Daihatsu Taruna to another gasoline station in West Jakarta, and to his relief, they still had fuel there. "But, due to the long line of vehicles, I still had to queue for nearly half an hour to get the fuel," he told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Economy @ 05 July 2005 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


More power plants likely to be shut down due to fuel shortage A 750-megawatt power plant in Grati, Pasuruan, East Java Province of Indonesia, stopped operation on Monday as it ran out of fuel stock, the Antara news agency reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Power supply @ 21 June 2005 13:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Door-to-door vaccination reaches more under-fives Although many parents were reportedly reluctant to bring their under-fives for polio vaccination on Tuesday, the administration said on Wednesday that the number of babies vaccinated was much higher than its initial estimate.

Posted in Polio @ 02 June 2005 11:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Govt: Blackouts not due to power crisis The government asked on Wednesday for understanding from people in Bali and Java over the planned rotating blackouts on the Java-Bali power network. Ongoing work on the massive grid had caused a shortage of power, but it was aimed at improving power in the future.

Posted in Power supply @ 26 May 2005 06:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia coffee supply tight despite higher price Supply disruption caused by a series of natural calamities in recent months and labor shortages that followed have driven Indonesian coffee prices significantly higher, but production hasn't kept pace with rising demand. The situation has been made worse by farmers hoarding coffee in the hope that prices would rise further, market participants said.

Posted in Economy @ 12 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands evacuated as Indonesia volcano rumbles More than 25,000 panicked residents have been evacuated from the slopes of a volcano on Indonesia's Sumatra island and officials raisedthe alert level on Wednesday as the mountain's activity intensified. The heightened rumbling of Mount Talang has coincided with a string of moderate earthquakes on Sumatra, which is still recovering from a massive December 26 quake andtsunami that killed nearly 130,000 people in Aceh province to the north.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt says three months to restore power, water on Nias It will take at least three months to fully restore electricity and water to the earthquake-ravaged Indonesian island of Nias, the country's vice president said Saturday. Yusuf Kalla, on a visit to the remote northwestern island where up to 1,300 people may have died in an 8.7-magnitude quake last Monday, said electricity in some areas was back on line, but complete restoration would take weeks.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dengue fever deaths on the rise in Indonesia Another 20 people have died from dengue fever in Indonesia, bringing the death toll this year to 122. A further 6,400 people have been infected with the mosquito-borne virus, prompting the government to place Jakarta and five other provinces under alert for a possible dengue epidemic.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 15 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gives up counting its dead Indonesia has given up on trying to count the exact number of dead from Sunday's Indian Ocean tsunami so it can get on with the task of burying tens of thousands of disaster victims whose corpses lay rotting on the devastated island of Sumatra. As the sun set on Asia for the last time this year, millions were homeless, many of them with no clean water to drink and little or no food.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 January 2005 00:01 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


Scope of destruction in Indonesia remains unclear It is called Mecca's Veranda because for centuries, Aceh province's bustling ports have been the final embarkation point for devout Indonesian Muslims bound for the hajj, the mandatory pilgrimage all Muslims are expected to make at least once. Today, vast swaths of the rugged province on the northern tip of Sumatra have disappeared beneath mountains of mud left by Sunday's tsunami. Giant waves demolished homes and businesses on the Indonesian island and claimed the lives of thousands.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia death toll hits 32,000 Rescuers in Indonesia's battered island of Sumatra are struggling to combat disease and food shortages, in the wake of Sunday's devastating earthquake. The death toll in Indonesia now stands at more than 32,000, officials say. Most of those were in Aceh province on northern Sumatra, the landmass closest to the epicentre of the quake. Many areas along Sumatra's west coast have not yet been reached, and officials said the death toll could therefore rise further.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Disease fear as Indonesia battles devastation Indonesian soldiers and volunteers are searching for bodies in treetops and laying dead babies in fish crates, trying to clean up before disease could spread after a tsunami killed 4,500 people. Many of the dead were youngsters and elderly who drowned in waters churning with huge rocks, logs and the remnants of homes uprooted by earthquake-triggered waves that slammed into Aceh province on the northern tip of Sumatra island on Sunday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina cash flow critical, but fuel problems resolved State oil and gas firm PT Pertamina said the fuel supply problems that have been affecting some areas of the country were due to technical problems rather than low fuel stocks. The company gave assurances that national fuel stocks were sufficient and that the supply problems had been resolved. "There is no fuel shortage at present. The latest problem, which occurred two weeks ago and affected a few areas, is due to technical problems," Hanung Budya Yukyanta, the company's spokesman, told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 06 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


If oil-crunched Indonesia goes nuclear As the only Asian member and current president of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) oil cartel, Indonesia should be capitalising on the high prices for crude oil and laughing its way to the bank. South-east Asia's largest country, and by far its most populous, has the world's 16th largest proven oil reserves. However, output has declined in the past three years from an average of just over 1.2 million barrels per day to about 1.1 million now, below its Opec quota of 1.27 million. Official figures published in Jakarta last month show Indonesia became a net importer of crude oil for the first time in February and March.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 05 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soaring oil prices have again been creating headlines in the economic sections of most newspapers. After climbing about 40 percent last year, oil prices have continued to gyrate widely over the past two weeks.

Posted in Economy @ 24 May 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Confusion clouds yesterdays polls Indonesians were voting in parliamentary elections yesterday in a crowded contest expected to see the former political party of ousted strongman Suharto win the most votes, but not a majority. Nearly 600,000 polling stations opened in stages across the three time zones of the world's most populous Muslim country amid tight security. The ballot has been billed as the biggest one-day vote in history, and is only Indonesia's second democratic election since Suharto's fall in 1998.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta scraps steel import duties Indonesia has temporarily scrapped import duties on steel products for one year, the Finance Ministry said. The move, which takes effect on April 1, follows sharp increases in domestic steel prices since late last year due to a shortage of steel on the international market. "Imports of hot rolled coil, steel plates and cold rolled coil will have import duties abolished," the Finance Ministry said in a statement obtained on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 26 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN to add 5000 MW new power capacity by 2010 Indonesia's state-owned PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara, or PLN, is looking to add 5,000 megawatts of new generating capacity to Indonesia's power network by 2010, according to Ulysses Simanjuntak, senior officer at PLN's commerce and finance division.

Posted in Power supply @ 12 February 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia does about face and announces chicken cull Indonesia bowed to international pressure over its handling of a bird flu outbreak on Thursday, saying it would cull chickens instead of vaccinating them in a bid to contain the spread of the disease. The decision, announced by a cabinet minister, comes one day after the world's fourth most populous country came under fire at an international conference for putting domestic politics before international public health.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 30 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Indonesia to import 2.3m tons rice, sugar this year' Once hailed as a self-sufficient rice producing country, Indonesia this year has to import 2.3 million tons of rice, says a top official. Speaking in the cool mountain resort of Ambarawa in Central Java, Minister for the Economy Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti said that domestic production had failed to match the demand arising from population growth. Indonesia achieved self-sufficiency in primary food commodities in 1983.

Posted in Economy @ 25 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


After my few days left in Jogja after my week in Lombok, I'm back in Jakarta again. Yesterday I took the plane from Jogja to Jakarta to relax for the last few days, and to possibly meet some friends and other people here. Earlier on, I didn't know that some friends from Jogja, were about to go to Jakarta as well, but not by plane, by with the train. One of them left on Monday morning, I left Monday afternoon, and two more are currently in the train, waiting and travelling to Stasiun Pasar Senen. I hope to meet them tomorrow, for doing something else than what I'm doing now, writing stories and waiting for tonight, when I will meet an old friend which lives in Jakarta, somewhere...

Posted in Travel @ 02 September 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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