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Bank Indonesia allocates Rp3 trillion to print paper money Bank Indonesia, the central bank, has set aside Rp3 trillion per year to print paper currency, which is considered as a substantial amount, hence the government will encourage the use of non-cash transactions.

Posted in Economy @ 19 August 2014 13:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi`s resignation letter is on its way The resignation letter of the elected President, Joko Widodo, from his current post as Jakarta governor is under legal process and waiting to be published, an official stated here Friday.

Posted in Elections @ 25 July 2014 16:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK questions religious affairs minister on alleged corruption The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Tuesday questioned Minister of Religious Affairs Suryadharma Ali on an alleged corruption in hajj funds collected by the government.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 May 2014 16:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


MInister: 'No region in Indonesia has child-friendly status' Minister of Womens Empowerment and Child Protection Linda Amalia Sari Gumelar said there is no single region in Indonesia that has a child-friendly status.

Posted in Crime @ 05 May 2014 19:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia kicks off parliamentary elections Indonesians cast their votes in parliamentary elections held simultaneously across the nation, which is the biggest democracy after India and the United States, on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2014 07:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Indonesia needs to anticipate ASEAN Open Sky Policy' Indonesia needs to anticipate the ASEAN Open Sky Policy in the aviation sector in the Southeast Asian region in 2015, a senior official said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 April 2014 12:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jayapura district to be free of malaria by 2026 The Jayapura district administration is committed to eliminating malaria in three phases, as part of the "Malaria-Free Jayapura District 2026" program. The first phase is the malaria control intensification program (2010-2016), the Head of Jayapura District Mathius Awoitauw said here on Saturday.

Posted in Health @ 01 March 2014 16:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Global Fund to hold meeting in Jakarta The Global Fund plans to hold its 31st meeting in Jakarta, on March 6-7, to further discuss its strategies and funding commitment towards fighting AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in the world.

Posted in Health @ 28 February 2014 22:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tangerang mayor: 'My wealth comes from God' South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany remained philosophical on Wednesday after digesting the news that her husband, Tubagus “Wawan” Chaeri Wardana, would be charged with money laundering over his alleged involvement in a crooked medical equipment procurement scheme. “One’s job, wealth and challenges all come from Allah and belong to Allah,” she said.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 January 2014 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia needs to revitalize migrant policies Indonesia needs to revitalize its policies in the migrant workers sector to provide fair treatment for its migrant workers abroad who contribute foreign exchange to the state, an ILO official said.

Posted in Economy @ 18 December 2013 09:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta monorail project also kicked off Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi broke the ground on Wednesday to mark the start of work to build the city`s monorail project. Construction of the project was halted 5 years ago on financial problem after some of pillars had been implanted in some areas.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 16 October 2013 18:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


MRT, better late than never After decades of delay, construction has finally begun on the landmark rail-based mass rapid transit (MRT) system, in Jakarta, a megaproject designed to help the capital catch up with those of neighboring countries in modern urban transportation.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 14 October 2013 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood inundates thousand houses in Jatiasih Flood water has inundated more than one thousand houses in three housing complexes in the Jatiasih sub-district in Bekasi, West Java, after heavy rain poured the area from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 April 2013 17:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body postpones questioning of finance minister The planned questioning as witness of Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo on Tuesday by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over the Hambalang Sports Complex Development (P3SON) scandal has been postponed.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 February 2013 18:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Political temperatures on the rise in Bali Anyone doubting that political temperatures are on the rise in Bali in the period leading up to the election of its next governor on May 15, 2013, need look no further than the ongoing polemic on whether or not the current governor Made Mangku Pastika is barred from making official visits to the regency of Tabanan and the report of the expulsion of a Denpasar municipal legislator from a town-forum meeting conducted by the governor on Saturday, February 16, 2013.

Posted in Politics @ 18 February 2013 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Education minister fails to meet rights body`s summons Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh failed to meet a summons from the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) on Wednesday to clarify the revision of government regulation number 74/2008 on teachers.

Posted in General @ 07 February 2013 01:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of new Bali prison halted over budget issues Plans announced by the government to commence the construction of a prison to house narcotics offenders in Bangli are now stuck, with only an empty field and walls for the prison occupying the designated site in Banjar Buungan in Desa Tiga.

Posted in Crime @ 26 January 2013 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PPATK suspects irregularities in hajj pilgrimage spending The Financial Transactions Analysis and Reporting Center (PPATK) said there are indication of malfeasance in the management of hajj pilgrimage under the Religious Affairs Ministry.

Posted in Religion @ 03 January 2013 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to start flights to US from 2015 Bisnis.com reports that the CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar, confirms his airline is targeting to commence service the U.S.A. by the end of 2015.Said Emirsyah: “Garuda will be ready to fly to the US in 2015, because by that time we’ll have our B-777-300 ER fleet.”

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 23 September 2012 10:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia needs 4,000 pilots for ASEAN Open Sky Indonesia needs 4,000 pilots, 7,500 technicians, and 1,000 air traffic controllers to be ready for ASEAN Open Sky 2015 and ASEAN Single Aviation Market (ASAM) 2020.

Posted in Travel @ 27 June 2012 12:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Billionaire Liem Sioe Liong passes away Billionaire Indonesian Chinese Liem Sioe Liong passed away at the age of 95 in Singapore on Sunday evening, senior Liason Officer PT Bintan Inti Industrial Estate, Jamin Hidayat, confirmed.

Posted in General @ 10 June 2012 17:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One time zone for all of Indonesia? In a move that an advisory panel claims will improve national efficiency, Indonesia is steadily moving towards plans to put the entire Indonesian nation on a single time-zone, synchronizing clocks across the 5,300 milometer breadth of the archipelagic nation with the clocks of neighboring Singapore, Malaysia and China.

Posted in General @ 05 June 2012 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla says plan to unify time zone wrong Former vice president M Jusuf Kalla believes that the plan to merge Indonesia`s three existing time zones into a single time zone is a mistake that could affect 200 million people in the country.

Posted in General @ 29 May 2012 15:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor elections expected to proceed to two rounds Political observer Andrinof Chaniago has predicted that the Jakarta Regional Head elections will proceed in two rounds.

Posted in Politics @ 20 March 2012 14:14 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


Boeing and Lion Air confirm historic $22.4 billion deal U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing on Tuesday announced that it has finalized a historic deal with Jakarta-based Lion Air to purchase at least 230 aircraft. The deal is valued at approximately $22.4 billion per list prices.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2012 08:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pondok Pesantren Laki-laki As-Sodomiyah Last week it made some headlines, but I didn't have the time to get back to it right away. Well, that should be special new then, right? Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be that special. Hardly any attention was given to it in Indonesia, at least not of the stone-throwing and firebombing kind of attention that we should expect with this kind of news.

Posted in Religion @ 24 January 2012 07:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


10 Indonesian hotels win ASEAN Green Award Ten hotels operating in Indonesia have won ASEAN Green Hotel Recognition Award 2012 for applying environmentally friendly principles to their operations. Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Pangestu presented the award to representatives of the hotels here on Wednesday.

Posted in Tourism @ 14 January 2012 03:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prince Walid to help save Tuti from execution Saudi Prince Walid bin Talal bin Abdul Azis al Saud has promised to help save Indonesian migrant worker Tuti Tursilawati (27) from execution in Saudi Arabia, a top Indonesian manpower ministry official said.

Posted in Crime @ 27 December 2011 07:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hungry monkeys on the rampage on Bali The tribes of monkeys that inhabit the jungles of Nenggan in the village of Abiantuwun, Kediri in the regency of Tabanan are hungry. As a result, valuable crops are being attacked and ravaged by tens of ravenous primates.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 17 December 2011 04:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Helicopter crash in south-central Indonesia kills 2 Two people were killed on early Sunday afternoon when a helicopter chartered by a mining company crashed in south-central Indonesia, officials said on Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 September 2011 16:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. pilot among three killed in small plane crash Papua A small aircraft crashed in a remote area in the eastern Indonesian province of Papua on Thursday afternoon, killing three people, including a U.S. national, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 September 2011 16:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A double tracked Pantura almost a reality An infrastructure project that was started back in the Dutch colonial era, will hopefully be rounded up in the coming years. What project took almost a century to be completed? The construction of a double tracked - now it's only a single track for the biggest part - railroad connection between Jakarta and Surabaya through the northern lowlands of Java Island.

Posted in Travel @ 28 August 2011 06:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta's recreational parks ready for waves of visitors Three of Jakarta`s favorite recreational centers - Ragunan Zoo, Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park (TMII), and Jaya Ancol Dreamland - are ready to admit huge numbers of visitors during this year`s Lebaran holidays.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 August 2011 05:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sriwijaya Air leaves behind 200 passengers at airport Where airlines like Lion Air and Batavia Air have been publicly criticized by the Indonesian government over their many delays, and state-owned airlines like Garuda Indonesia and Merpati Nusantasa seem to be perfect companies, Sriwijaya Air is also not looking to collect any bonus points this week.

Posted in Travel @ 11 August 2011 10:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Jellyfish alert for Bali's eastern coasts Bali Post, Nusa Bali and Beritabali.com are both reporting that a species of purple and poisonous jellyfish have invaded the waters off Bali’s western beaches near Tabanan in an area stretching from the Tanah Lot Temple, to the Kediri district, Yeh Gangga and Kerambitan.

Posted in Environment @ 18 July 2011 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police enter Islamic boarding school 2 days after bomb blast Two days after a bomb explosion in an Islamic boarding school in Indonesia killed one person, police were finally able to enter school grounds after struggling with armed students, officials said Wednesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 July 2011 02:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air flies to Kuala Lumpur Starting from June 26, 2011, Lion Air will fly to Kuala Lumpur. With departure at 09:05 local time from Jakarta, the two capitals are now linked by Lion Air as well. Fares are cheap also, starting from as low as just 25 euro, inclusive of luggage! Departure from Kuala Lumpur is at 13:00 local time.

Posted in Travel @ 11 June 2011 08:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Construction of Jakarta light rail to kick off soon? Where most metropolis in the world - inclusive of those in virtually all third-world-countries - already are 'equipped' with at least one form of mass rapid transit, Indonesia has do do it the railroad tracks that were laid down during the Dutch colonial period and buses that were put on the road for the first time when Suharto just became president.

Posted in Economy @ 27 March 2011 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and China agree on joint production of missiles Indonesia and China on Tuesday agreed to strengthen their defense cooperation, including the joint production of missiles, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Military @ 22 March 2011 15:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia as new Pakistan It seems to be very common these days that after every Friday and Sunday, there are messages in the Indonesian press in which the results of the criminal intolerance of a small group of severely mentally limited people have tarnished the Indonesian state-ideology once more.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 05:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia governor: 'Southeast Asia considers single currency' Bank Indonesia governor Halim Alamsyah has said the Southeast Asia region could consider an eventual currency convergence to strengthen the region's economy and facilitate international transactions.

Posted in Economy @ 11 December 2010 05:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia formalizes diplomatic ties with 21 countries Indonesia on Monday formalized 21 new diplomatic relationships, leaving Israel and Taiwan as the only two countries which do not have diplomatic links with Indonesia.

Posted in Politics @ 29 November 2010 22:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Muntilan turned into disaster zone Yesterday, after a night of rest without too much new activity of the Mount Merapi volcano, we left for that area soon after breakfast to see what happened outside the city of Yogyakarta. That this was much worse than inside the city was nothing to doubt about. How bad? That is something I didn't know yet, because I had never had the chance to experience it.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2010 10:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor confirms elimination of 110,000 dogs Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika confirmed via Kompas.com that 110,000 dogs have been eliminated thus far in the island's continuing drive to stem an outbreak of rabies." In the meantime, some 200,000 dogs have been vaccinated. The total number of dogs on the island is put at 540,000 animals," explained the governor in a meeting with the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) on Tuesday, August 24, 2010.

Posted in Health @ 31 August 2010 01:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 30 million trees planted nationwide Over 30 million trees have been planted nationwide so far under the one-billion-tree planting program which is to run until 2013, a senior forestry official said. "We are convinced we will meet the set target in 2013," Director General for Forest and Land Rehabilitation Indri Astuti said Saturday.

Posted in Environment @ 14 June 2010 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two times a day to Ambon with Batavia Air Batavia Air now flies between Jakarta and Ambon twice a day and seven days a week. The first flight of the day in the early morning is a direct flight between the two cities. The flight later on the day makes a short transit in Surabaya before continuing to it's final destination. Prices start at 573.000 Rupiah (less than 55 euro!) per single trip.

Posted in Travel @ 19 May 2010 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A few hours in Jalan Jaksa I have been there before and I have written about it before. It is still a nice and not unimportant easy-to-reach destination for a quick lunch and a Large Bintang before you start the second half of the day. Just relaxing for a couple of hours, coming to terms after the first part of the day.

Posted in Travel @ 23 March 2010 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former PLN director to get long jail term The former director of the state-owned power company PLN for the areas outside Java and Bali, Hariadi Sadono, faces ten years in prison because of possible corruption over the purchase of customer management software. One of the prosecutors said that he had asked the judges for this jail term in the special court for corruption cases in Jakarta.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 March 2010 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death penalty for three convicted Dutchmen approaching The death penalty that is being prepared against three Dutchmen in Indonesia is currently negotiated about at a high diplomatic level. For one of the three men a review has been submitted a short while ago. The other two will have their reviews submitted in a short period of time as well.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 February 2010 01:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Arrests made in Bali over ATM scandal Police in Bali and Jakarta have made a number of arrests in a scam that has fleeced larges sums of money from the bank accounts of people who used ATMs in Bali. The well-organized and sophisticated criminals reportedly installed an additional fake slot on an ATM Machine together with a small CCTV camera that recorded the password entered by the ATM customer.

Posted in Crime @ 25 January 2010 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tune Hotels: 'Don't tell lies about our services' Tune Hotels has responded to claims that its pricing strategy for its two Bali properties is threatening the viability of local, Balinese-owned Melati class hotels. Quoted in Bali Post, a member of the Badung House of Representatives alleged that a Tune Hotel in Legian was "of a five star standard" but offering prices as low as Rp. 230,000 (18 euro) a night which compete with locally owned and operated Melati class hotels.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2010 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UNESCO eyeing Bali for three new cultural heritage sites Beritabali.com says three areas in Bali are targeted for designation as "Cultural Heritage Areas" by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010. The three areas singled out for the recognition on the island are: the rice terraces of Jatiluwih near Tabanan; the Pakerisan river valley in Gianyar; and the "subak" or traditional water irrigation system at Taman Ayung in Badung.

Posted in Culture @ 24 December 2009 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's governor Pastika committed to culling dogs In a decision certain to anger Bali's animal rights groups who argue the elimination of stray dog populations is an ineffective way to halt the spread of the rabies, the governor of Bali, Made Mangku Pastika, has directed that the extermination of stray dogs continue and be accelerated.

Posted in Health @ 19 December 2009 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to the quiet of the desa After a completely messed up trip with a DAMRI bus from Jakarta we have arrived in the rural area of Java in the area of Cilacap. We have landed in the desa of Binangun in the kampung Sidamulya to be more precize. Most likely there are much more places named Binangun, but that doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 07 December 2009 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More problems for Batavia Air in Surabaya Passengers waiting for their flights to Kupang and Jakarta with Batavia Air have been delayed for many hours. Most of them are still stranded at the international airport of Juanda near Surabaya. The plane in the direction of Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara, should have departed yesterday afternoon, but has not departed as of earlier this afternoon.

Posted in General @ 04 December 2009 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A bigger and much improved airport for Bali PT Angkasa Pura I (PAP), the State-owned company that manages Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, recently outlined the major renovation and upgrading work at Bali's only airport soon to get underway. Quoted in Beritabali.com, the general manager of Angkasa Pura I, Heru Legowo, said the total cost of the planned modifications at Bali's airport is budgeted at Rp. 1.6 trillion (110 million euro).

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2009 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda shopping for more aircraft The Jakarta Post reports that Garuda Indonesia has allocated US$100 million (70 million euro) for expenditure in 2010 as the first of five yearly installments that will increase the airline's present fleet from 67 to 116 aircraft. Garuda's finance director Eddy Purwanto told the press, "We plan to spend $100 million in capital expenditure in 2010 to buy more planes as well as to fulfill Garuda's other operational expenditure."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 14 November 2009 11:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali reports hotter than usual weather Tourists and residents across the island are complaining that temperatures on the island are exceptionally hot. According to Kompas.com, Bali's hotter-than-normal-heat-wave have seen sunbathers, who used to spend the entire day on Kuta Beach, abandoning the shoreline at 9:30 a.m. to escape the escalating heat.

Posted in Weather @ 02 November 2009 00:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sancaka train derails near Nganjuk The Sancaka train on route from Surabaya to Yogyakarta derailed near the village of Awar-Awar, Wilingan, in the regency of Nganjuk in East Java last evening. The cause of the derailment is not known yet. The train left from Surabaya at 17:00 local time, and should arrive in Yogyakarta around 23:00. Many people on several stations were stranded because of the derailment.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 November 2009 00:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Majapahit village discovered near Mojokerto A joint archeology team for historical Majapahit (1293 to around 1500) sites has discovered a complete village from that age in one single area. The village is located near the city of Mojokerto in East Java. This is the first time that a complete village has been found. The village was most likely used by the elite of the Majapahit kingdom.

Posted in History @ 28 October 2009 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No shortage of stupid cops Not the first time and most likely also not the last time that I was 'aught in a 'trap' when on the road. This means that all motorcyclists are stopped by police to check their paperwork. Drivers of motorcycles should always bring a valid STNK ('license plate registration') and SIM C ('driving license for motorcycles') with them.

Posted in General @ 27 October 2009 12:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian child bride? No problem! Always had the desire to take a very young girl as your second wife but never found parents that wanted to sell their child and find a place where such actions are allowed? Indonesia might very well be the solution for this problem as it seems.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 October 2009 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What is 'newcomer' KLM going to do? Although KLM is flying to destinations like Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia through a 'detour' - by codeshares with Malaysian and Singapore Airlines for example - they will also fly to Bali with their own blue swans three times a week later this year. This means that three plane loads of Dutchmen can fly to Bali to celebrate their holidays without leaving the Netherlands behind during their long flights.

Posted in Travel @ 15 October 2009 12:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hoping for the hereafter with Wings Air It has been quiet a while that I flew with Wings Air. This company is a 100% daughter of Lion Air, but that does not mean that they offer the same services. Services may be similar, it is mainly the planes belonging to Wings Air that are the problem, while those planes are quite important in the industry.

Posted in Travel @ 14 October 2009 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playing fire chief in Jodoh It is something that children do, as well as adults. For adults it is a full-time job or volunteer job and not something you just do incidentally. But that last one is what happened two nights ago. It was just after six in the evening when a Dutch friend and I were having a beer in one of the many cafe's in the Jodoh area on the island of Batam. One of the Australians that entered before we did walked outside but came right back in. "There is a fire," he said with a normal voice.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 October 2009 04:10 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


Almost 300 flights from Jakarta delayed As much as 294 flights from the international airport of Soekarno-Hatta near Jakarta were more than half an hour late yesterday. The flights were domestic as well as international flights, told a staff member at a Lebaran information point at the airport. Most planes were delayed because of operational reasons, caused by delays elsewhere in the country earlier on the day.

Posted in General @ 19 September 2009 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


27 million people on the move on aging infrastructure The Ministry of Transportation has said that it expected that more than 27 million people will hit the roads to be with their families during the upcoming Idul Fitri period later this month. Jusman Syafii Djamal, Minister of Transport, told that it was expected that some 16.3 million people would take public transport and planes, while 11 million others would use private vehicles.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 September 2009 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Implementation of tags on this blog Behind the scenes of this website, there are always things to be improved. Normally the visitor does not see these changes, because it's just improving already existing processes. One of those changes is how blog articles behind are created and published the scenes for example. The eventual result however can be seen by visitors.

Posted in Website @ 09 September 2009 12:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Denpasar to issue biometric ID-cards Bali's capital city of Denpasar will initiate a pilot project for new identity cards (KTP) utilizing a Single Identity Number (SIN) and biometric markers as part of overall steps to stop the widespread misuse of double KTPs.

Posted in General @ 06 September 2009 10:28 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


Sidoarjo mud no longer pumped away Irresponsibility by PT Lapindo Brantas may cause more problems for the people already affected by the mud flow near Sidoarjo just south of Surabaya in East Java province. The mud, that has been gushing out of a crater in the earth for over three years now, used to be pumped away in the Porong river. But these pumps are not working correctly anymore. Only two out of the 12 are functioning.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 03 September 2009 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rainforest in Kerinci Seblat disappearing fast The rain forest in the Kerinci Seblat national park on the island of Sumatra is disappearing fast. Illegal logging which continues in the area and understaffing at the security department of the national park are pointed to as the main causes. Some 500 hectares of previously untouched forests have now turned into wastelands.

Posted in Environment @ 31 August 2009 04:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan in Jalan Jaksa; too much alcohol It was a Saturday yesterday. As usual I got up on time and after breakfast, mandi and a quick look on the internet I grabbed my stuff for a short trip to Jakarta, which is still about one hour from here. The bus at ten in the morning was one bus later than I had planned on taking in the first place, but well, that's how things go. No big deal.

Posted in Ramadan @ 30 August 2009 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Mujahidin activist: 'My child is not a terrorist!' That terrorists are strange people might be nothing new to you, but the hype of denial is reaching new hights every single day. Fortunately for PKS member of parliament Anugerah, he was forgotten instantly when it became clear that the child of a former member of the Majelis Mujahidin Indonesia ('Mujahidin Council Indonesia', MMI) is wanted because of his involvement to last months suicide bomb attacks in Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 August 2009 13:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Thirteen f*cking demonstrations in Jakarta today One demonstration causes irritation, two demonstrations cause a traffic jam, three demonstrations is still quite normal in Jakarta. Four is okay as well, but the one who gave a permit for all thirteen demonstrations held today alone should be publicly humiliated by driving him through Jalan Thamrin at lunchtime a few times. Too stupid for words, all those demonstrations on just ONE single day in one of the most congested cities on this planet.

Posted in Protests @ 12 August 2009 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Old and dirty money; how to get rid of it You will all probably have experience with it. You have just paid in the local supermarket and your change is a pile of banknotes that are just a few euro cents in value. If you are lucky enough, they will add a handful of aluminum coins with even less value than those uang kertas ('paper money') as well.

Posted in Culture @ 06 August 2009 15:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens arrested in Stadium Club after brawl The local police of West Jakarta has arrested 25 people after a brawl in the Stadium Club discotheque in Taman Sari, North Jakarta. All people were searched and a number of weapons like big knives, wooden sticks and bamboo were seized from those arrested. A spokesperson of the police told that they have checked up on 42 people in total. 18 of them were released almost immediately because a lack of evidence that they were involved in the brawl.

Posted in Crime @ 27 July 2009 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Everyday is demonstration day in Jakarta Every single day - maybe excluded of some religious holidays - is demonstration day in Jakarta. The city will never be free of mid-afternoon demonstrations on high-profile locations because of all those demonstrations in one day. But the problem is, that most of those demonstrations consist of a group of less than 50 people, often paid to join their little demonstration to make it look big and have their pictures taken for a local newspaper.

Posted in Protests @ 24 July 2009 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two more killed at Freeport mine in Papua province Gunmen have killed two people in an attack at the world's largest gold mine in Indonesia's Papua Province. This is the latest in a series of attacks that began on July 11. Local aid officials are concerned the military will use the attacks as pretext to arrest independence activists.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 July 2009 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


12 hours per day without power nothing special as well Earlier today there was a blog item about the fact that some 7.500 villages all over Indonesia's most remote islands did not have power supply from the state power company PLN. But it can be much worse than that. In the civilized world that we call Riau, in Southern Sumatra at just a stones' throw away from the Indonesian capital Jakarta, they do have power lines, but no power.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 July 2009 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7.500 villages in Indonesia still without power Over 7.500 villages throughout Indonesia still don't have access to power from the state-run power company PLN. Not having access to power causes those villages to lag behind in economical development. The State Department for the Development of Underdeveloped Areas (PDT) is still working on getting power to those thousands of villages by the use of solar power and micro hydro plants.

Posted in Economy @ 16 July 2009 08:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


44 patients with suspected Mexican Flu in hospitals As much as 44 suspected cases of Mexican Flu are recorded in Indonesia at this moment. However information about most cases is limited, there are 14 suspected patients in a Jakarta hospital while 11 others are in the Sanglah general hospital on the resort island of Bali. 11 more suspected cases are treated in a hospital in Medan, North Sumatra.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 03 July 2009 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Oops, we cut off your penis by accident With millions of children being circumcised every year in Indonesia, you might assume that sometimes things go wrong here. Yesterday it was Salman Alfarisi, aged 12, that was to be circumcised for religious reasons. This happened in a local healthcare facility in Air Dingin near the city of Padang on the island of Sumatra.

Posted in Health @ 02 July 2009 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HRW: 'Papuans tortured by Indonesian army' Indonesia's controversial special forces, which are trained by Australia, have been accused of new human rights abuses in the troubled province of Papua. In a report by US-based Human Rights Watch, off-duty members of the elite Kopassus branch of the Indonesian army are said to have tortured and abused Papuans.

Posted in Violence @ 26 June 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


News items integrated into blog.indahnesia.com As from today, all news items that have been published on indahnesia.com ever since the year 2000 have been fully integrated with this blog. The main reason to do so is to give visitors more opportunity to react to entries posted on this blog. Earlier people could only react to news items when they were linked to the forum. Not the best solution, so this has changed now. Finally!

Posted in General @ 24 June 2009 06:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


UPDATED: News items also added to the blog Recently all news items that have been published on indahnesia.com have been fully integrated with blog.indahnesia.com. Now you can react to every single news item posted on indahnesia.com. Earlier on this was limited to a set of forum topics linked to news items.

Posted in Website @ 01 June 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Time for something new; goodbye Jogja It has been three years this coming July that I left for Indonesia with a 'single trip' Singapore Airlines. You can not enter Indonesia officially when you only have a single trip indeed, but that was the feeling I had back them. Moving from the Netherlands to try and see whether I could spend three months in that country. Of course I assumed that everything would be fine, otherwise I would not just try it for.

Posted in General @ 30 May 2009 10:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 10 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, CJ's Anther club is located at just a stones throw distance from the hotel discusses earlier, Shangri-La, and offers the same line of entertainment. The atmosphere however is slightly different than that of B.A.T.S., something that is caused by a different type of visitors that visits this place. In B.A.T.S. it is mainly Western expats, here the area is full of Koreans, Japanese, Indians and Africans from 'south of the Sahara', which is the politically correct name now I suppose.

Posted in Nightlife @ 06 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia goes to the polls today Indonesia holds legislative elections today, amid concerns about vote buying, fraud and some regional violence in the country. But the elections mark a transition for the young democracy. Indonesia's legislative elections span thousands of islands with more than 40 political parties and tens of thousands of candidates.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2009 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Higher taxes for older planes in the pipeline Minister of Transportation, Jusman Syafi Djamal, has told the press that he is considering asking for higher tax rates for older planes operated by Indonesian air carriers as an incentive to drive a modernization of the country's air armada. Behind the Minister's plan is the view that older aircraft are more frequently involved in "safety incidents" in Indonesia and have generally poor operating efficiencies.

Posted in General @ 30 March 2009 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police raids abortion clinic in Jakarta The police has raided a general clinic along Jalan Percetakan Negara II in the district Johar Baru, Central Jakarta. The raid was organized after police had gathered enough evidence after they received some information earlier on. The clinic, where abortions were done, only opened it's doors from 05:00 to 09:00 local time. The clinic was known to be a general clinic.

Posted in Health @ 26 February 2009 13:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians ignore religious edicts against smoking, yoga Indonesia's most powerful Islamic scholars weren't looking for a debate when they handed down their latest fatwas on how to be a good Muslim. But they still got an argument and, perhaps worse, a chorus of "Who cares?" after decreeing that it is haram, or forbidden, to smoke in public, or for children and pregnant women to have a puff of tobacco anywhere.

Posted in Religion @ 07 February 2009 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The bus trip from Surabaya to Malang Sitting in a bus is not something that I do with the greatest love. However every once in a while I will still do something that I don't want to do every single day. After the flight from Yogyakarta to Surabaya in the early morning, I didn't reach my final destination for the day - by far. But fortunately I had already taken that into account when I booked the ticket. At that time I decided to use only public transport to find my way to Malang, which was my final destination for the day.

Posted in Travel @ 23 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia car sales slides in November The number of Indonesia's car sales in November dropped to over 47,000 units from that of 54,000 units in the previous month, chairman the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association Bambang Trisulo said here Tuesday. The high interest rates, tumbling commodity prices and lack of U.S. dollars liquidity as a fallout of the global financial turmoil, have started battering consumption.

Posted in Economy @ 09 December 2008 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A deserted Kuta in November I have to admit, it is somewhere far outside any holiday season in the middle of November, maybe that will help create the almost deserted Kuta around this time of year. It was a short trip of about one hour from the beating cultural and religious heart of Bali, Ubud. With a virtually blue sky I left the spiritual village on a rented Mio (scooter), heading for the hot lowlands and crowds of Southern Bali. That crowd was a relative thing here, but seen from Ubud almost everything in the outside world looks crowded.

Posted in Travel @ 25 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian central bank keeps benchmark rate at 9.5% Indonesian central bank kept on hold its benchmark interest rate at 9.5 percent on Thursday, the bank said. "Amid the current global financial upheaval and slowing of the world economy, the Bank Indonesia (the central bank) thinks that it is necessary to keep a right monetary policy so that it can achieve a balance between the economic growth and efforts to maintain monetary stability," the bank said in a statement.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2008 11:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia okays Niaga-Lippo merger PT Bank CIMB Niaga Tbk and PT Bank Lippo Tbk have received approval from Bank Indonesia, the countrys banking regulator, to merge their businesses. In a statement here Thursday, CIMB Group said the approval was given yesterday, paving the way for the first banking merger under the Indonesian government's single presence policy. CIMB Group chief executive, Datuk Nazir Razak, said the merger would create the fifth largest bank in Indonesia by assets.

Posted in Economy @ 16 October 2008 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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