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Archaeology office unearths prehistoric bracelets in Jayapura The Archaeology Office of Jayapura, Papua, has discovered prehistoric bracelet artifacts made from coral sea shells in Puay Village, East Sentani Sub-District, Jayapura, Papua. "Most of the coral sea bracelets found in the hill slopes have been eroded by the water flowing in Lake Sentani," Hari Suroto, an archaeologist, stated here on Monday.

Posted in History @ 12 January 2015 14:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi inaugurated as Indonesia`s new president Indonesia officially declared Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and M. Jusuf Kalla as its new president and vice president, respectively on Monday. The declaration was made following their swearing in as the countrys new leaders for the 2015-2019 term in a plenary meeting of the Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR) broadcast live by various national television stations.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2014 20:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU asks two candidates to respect official results The General Elections Commission (KPU) Chairman Husni Kamil Manik has called on both the presidential candidate pairs to respect the official results of the presidential election by the KPU.

Posted in Elections @ 10 July 2014 17:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Defense Minister: 'Presidential election proceeds peacefully' The presidential election had run smoothly and peacefully without any significant obstacles, stated Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. "The implementation of the election has proceeded well," the defense minister noted after observing the pacification of the election at the Jakarta Military Commands Post in East Jakarta on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 09 July 2014 19:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President hopes election results will be honored President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed hope that competing candidates and their supporters will accept and honor the results of the election on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 07 July 2014 22:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister asks for reports on exam fraud Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh has asked the people to report any fraud in the implementation of national examinations, to the authorities.

Posted in General @ 14 April 2014 20:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislative elections peaceful: Chief security minister Chief Security Minister Djoko Suyanto stated here on Thursday that the legislative elections on April 9 had gone off peacefully and smoothly.

Posted in Elections @ 10 April 2014 19:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's economy predicted to grow 5.8 percent in Q1 Finance minister Chatib Basri had predicted Indonesia's economy grew 5.7 to 5.8 percent in the first quarter of 2014, primarily due to consumer spending. The minister said here on Monday consumer spending was expected to rise in March, although the impact had not been felt as of now.

Posted in Economy @ 07 April 2014 20:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mbak Tutut campaigns for Golkar Siti Hardiyanti, popularly known as Mbak Tutut, has decided to campaign for Golkar Party and has officially registered her name with the General Elections Commission (KPU).

Posted in Elections @ 17 March 2014 18:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Riau governor jailed for 14 years for corruption Former governor of Sumatra's Riau province Rusli Zainal was sentenced to 14 years in jail for corruption here on Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 12 March 2014 23:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Not time yet for Jokowi to be presidential candidate' This is not the right time for Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to be nominated as a presidential candidate, according to a political observer. He stated that Jokowi could pass the test by turning Jakarta into a better place than what it was at present.

Posted in Politics @ 26 August 2013 21:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali airport renovation not completed yet for APEC Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika has expressed his disappointment over delays in completion and handover of the renovated Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 26 August 2013 03:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


SAR team evacuates dead body of Slovenian tourist A search and rescue team from the Denpasar agency has evacuated the body of Slovenian tourist Alexander who died after he was swept away high waves in Sawangan beach, South Kuta, Badung district on Saturday (July 27).

Posted in Accidents @ 30 July 2013 20:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau`s chief drug dealer arrested The National Drugs Agency (BBN) has arrested a chief drug dealer and his two men who are members of the air force in Riau province.

Posted in Drugs @ 05 July 2013 15:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


78 Indonesians to be deported after Jeddah incident About 78 Indonesians who are being detained by authority in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for their involvement in a stampede in front of the Indonesian consulate will be deported soon, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa said here on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 13 June 2013 21:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


An indonesian dies during chaos in Saudi Arabia An Indonesian is reportedly died during chaos in front of Indonesian Consulate office in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday (June 9), spokesman to foreign Affairs Ministry Michael Tene said here on Monday.

Posted in Violence @ 10 June 2013 15:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Indonesia to be free of child laborers in 2020' Indonesia is expected to be free from child laborers in 2020 through the implementation of its Child Labor Elimination Program (PPA) in support of its Family Empowerment Program (PKH), a minister said.

Posted in General @ 24 May 2013 10:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bulog ready to distribute rice to Riau flood victims The branch of the state logistics board (Bulog) in Riau province said it is ready to distribute rice for flood victims in several districts in Riau and Riau Islands provinces. "We are waiting for an order from the regional administrations to start extending the relief aid for the victims," Riau Bulog spokesman Saiful said here on Monday.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 February 2013 20:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor spends night at poor woman's home Bali’s governor, Made Mangku Pastika caused considerable comment among the public and the press when, on Saturday, January 5, 2013, did a sleep over at the house of a poor woman in North Bali.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2013 05:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Christmas mass in Kuta delivered in English Hundreds of foreign tourists attended a Christmas Mass at St Fransiskus Xaverius Paroki church in Badung district on Christmas Eve, where the Mass was delivered in both Indonesian and English.

Posted in Religion @ 25 December 2012 04:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to go ahead with Sunda Strait Bridge The government has assured it will go ahead with its plan to construct the Sunda Strait Bridge (JSS) while the relevant parties are still discussing it, according to Public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto.

Posted in Economy @ 28 November 2012 19:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati to inaugurate Sukarno monument in Bangka Indonesia`s fifth President, Megawati Soekarnoputri, will inaugurate the monument of Sukarno, called the `Bung Karno Monument`, in Air Anyir village in Bangka, on Saturday (November 24).

Posted in General @ 20 November 2012 14:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air flirts with AirAsia and fails Earlier in July this year, Batavia Air and AirAsia announced that Indonesia AirAsia would obtain an almost 80 percent share in Batavia Air. This lead to questions from the government as foreign companies are not allowed to own majority stakes in Indonesian companies. While this construction via an Indonesian investor are fully legal, it was an undesirable situation.

Posted in Travel @ 31 October 2012 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Istiqlal shares five thousand kilograms of sacrificial meat Officials of Eid al-Adha at Istiqlal, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, have finished distributing five thousand kilograms of sacrificial meat to the public.

Posted in Religion @ 27 October 2012 14:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


President Yudhoyono wants APEC summit to run smoothly Bali Post reports that Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stated his desire that the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit planned in Bali in October 2013 runs smoothly and successfully.Yudhoyono has linked a successful APEC Conference to the larger success of Indonesia and the Asia Pacific nations in general.

Posted in Politics @ 23 September 2012 08:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Preparations for national exam proceeding smoothly Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh has said preparations for the holding of a national examinations have been proceeding smoothly such as the sending of the examination materials to the regions.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2012 11:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister denies increase in food prices Chief Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa has denied that food commodity prices are increasing in the run-up to the fuel oil price hike scheduled on April 1.

Posted in Economy @ 30 March 2012 06:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President urges demonstrators to remain lawful President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on all elements who wish to conduct demonstrations against the government`s fuel policy to remain lawful and avoid hurting others.

Posted in Politics @ 22 March 2012 14:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


First lady Ani Yudhoyono`s gall bladder surgery successful The presidential team of doctors successfully completed Indonesian First Lady Ani Yudhoyono`s gall bladder surgery, at the Gatot Subroto Military Hospital on March 16. Spokesman of the presidential team of doctors, Dr. Aris Wibudi, said the surgery started at 8 am on Friday and was completed in an hour.

Posted in Politics @ 18 March 2012 02:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to revise law on mass organizations The government planned to revise Law No 8 of 1985 on mass organizations (Ormas) to make them in line with the latest developments following the reform era. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono disclosed the plan in a meeting with journalists at the State Palace in Jakarta Monday night.

Posted in Politics @ 15 February 2012 12:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jayapura administration obliges circumcision The Jayapura administration of Papua will oblige circumcision for the society to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS. Administration Officer of Jayapura Regent Edison Muabuay said earlier that according to research in several countries, circumcision was one of the preventive steps to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS.

Posted in Health @ 07 February 2012 08:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI ready to help secure Christmas celebrations The Islam Defenders Front (FPI) is ready to help police secure places of worship during Christmas and New Year celebrations across the country, its chief said. "We always get involved in efforts to secure places of warship to create a conducive situation," FPI Chairman Habib Rizieq said here on Thursday.

Posted in Religion @ 23 December 2011 02:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono leads meeting on Christmas, New Year security President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led a cabinet meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a wide range of issues, including security precautions for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Posted in General @ 22 December 2011 01:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament passes land acquisition bill into law The House of Representatives (DPR) passed the bill on land acquisition for public interests into law at a plenary session here on Friday.

Posted in Polio @ 18 December 2011 01:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: two dead in clashes with residents in Mesuji Police said two clashes happened between local residents and police in Mesuji district, Lampung province, during 2011. Lampung regional police command spokesperson Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sulistyaningsih said here on Thursday, during the clashes, two people were killed by police fire but harsh sanctions had been imposed on the officers who had opened fire in violation of standing procedures.

Posted in Violence @ 16 December 2011 03:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Long delays for Lion Air flights from Singapore It was a normal Wednesday last week and still it seemed that something was completely wrong with Lion Air. After they had received a stern warning from the Department of Transport, the came with so-called 'own' improvements, but the airline does not seem capable of letting their many flights depart on schedule.

Posted in Travel @ 31 July 2011 06:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines to fly again? After the sudden shut-down of airliner Mandala Airlines earlier this year, there are now rumours that the company will most likely start flying again soon. The director general of PT Angkasa Pura II, the operator of airports in Indonesia, is said to have received this information earlier.

Posted in Travel @ 17 May 2011 14:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former diplomat faces 3 years in graft case State prosecutor with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) demanded a three year prison sentence for former Foreign Ministry secretary general Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat in an alleged corruption case related to the renovation the Indonesian embassy in Singapore in 2003.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 January 2011 10:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian lawmaker denies requesting 100 billion bribe  Indonesian lawmaker Muhammad Hatta on Wednesday denied allegations that he requested a Rp. 100 billion ($11.11 million) bribe, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 December 2010 01:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Civet cat dung coffee may be haram Indonesia's top Islamic body says it may forbid followers from drinking the world's most expensive coffee - extracted from the dung of a civet cat - over concerns it is unclean. Kopi Luwak is made from hard beans that have been eaten by the nocturnal critters and then fermented in their stomachs before being pooped out and roasted.

Posted in Religion @ 20 July 2010 12:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New immigration checks revoked at Bali's airport After angry complaints from arriving tourists compelled to stand in line at Bali's airport for up to four or more hours, the border control management (BCM) procedures requiring fingerprints and photos of arriving passengers have been ditched on instructions from the Minister of Justice and Human Rights.

Posted in Tourism @ 09 May 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Road near Sidoarjo mud flow to be raised The main thoroughfare in Porong, closed several times already because of mud from the mud volcano nearby, will be raised with some 80 centimeters to avoid future problems with mud flowing onto the road. A stretch of road with a length of one kilometer will be raised as soon as possible.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 07 May 2010 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Passenger plane skids off runway in Indonesia A routine domestic flight almost ended in disaster on Tuesday when a jet carrying more than 100 passengers broke apart on landing in Indonesia, injuring about 20 people, officials said. The Merpati airline Boeing 737 bounced off the tarmac at Rendani domestic airport in Manokwari, West Papua.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 April 2010 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Julia Robert pays extra to start filming in Bali Oscar-winning Hollywood star Julia Roberts has arrived in Bali for what is expected to be a month-long filming of the Bali portion of Elizabeth Gilbert's novel "Eat Pray Love." Gilbert's best-selling autobiographical recounting of her post-divorce travels in Italy, India and Bali is to become a Columbia Pictures (Sony) film starring Roberts, Javier Bardem and Richard Jenkins.

Posted in Media @ 19 October 2009 03:14 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


A trip by bus from Kampung Rambutan to Karangbawang At the end of a Sunday afternoon we left from Lippo Cikarang in the direction of Kampung Rambutan, a bus terminal at the edge of Jakarta. From here we would take the bus later today. We would take the one headed for Cilacap at the southern coast of Central Java to bring a visit to the family of my girlfriend. The trip to the bus terminal took about one hour, which was only a small leg in the entire trip.

Posted in Travel @ 16 June 2009 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moving? Yes, but not to the Netherlands After I wrote an article recently, some people thought that I was about to return to the Netherlands. Indeed I was in the Netherlands and indeed I was about to move. Whether I put these two facts in one article on purpose or not, it were two things that played an important role at that moment. Both of them have been rounded off properly though and it wasn't that hard after all.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2009 06:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


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

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


Christmas celebrated peacefully in Indonesia Indonesian Christians have celebrated Christmas in a smooth and peaceful way across the country, with tight security measures in place ensuring no major incidents occurred. Christmas celebrations in some cities of the largest Muslim country from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning ran smoothly, peacefully and solemnly without any security disturbances, local press reported on Friday.

Posted in Religion @ 27 December 2008 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New corruption scandal set to rock Central Bank Another corruption scandal is set to rock Indonesia's central bank, as well as the country's parliament. New evidence has emerged that lawmakers were paid to elect Ms Miranda Goeltom as the central bank's senior deputy governor in 2004. A lawmaker has admitted to the Anti-Corruption Commission that he received some US$54,000 in cash, allegedly as a payout for favouring Ms Goeltom over two other candidates for the post.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 August 2008 09:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1,200 Denpasar police on duty during governor's race The city of Denpasar will deploy 1,200 personnel to ensure the coming race for the governorship of Bali on July 9, 2008 goes smoothly. The contingent of 1,200 Balinese police officers from the Denpasar precinct represent two-thirds of the 1801 police personnel assigned to the Island's capital.

Posted in Elections @ 15 June 2008 12:03 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


Bali hosting global warming talks Leaders from many governments started to arrive in Bali on Sunday for what is expected to be a lengthly and contentious negotiation on how to fight global warming. It is believed that global warming can cause a devastating rise in sea levels, which would send hundreds of millions of people into poverty and cause mass extinction of animals.

Posted in Environment @ 03 December 2007 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police prepares 200.000 men for 1 May demonstrations Police in Jakarta are preparing 200.000 men for public security in the capital tomorrow, 1 May, when tens of thousands of workers are expected to hold rallies to mark Labor Day. The personnel deployed would be from several departments of the police, including Densus-88, the anti-terror unit, according to senior police spokesman Ketut Untung Yoga Ana.

Posted in Protests @ 30 April 2007 10:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda plane makes emergency landing because of wheel A Garuda jetliner with 142 people on board made an emergency landing at the airport of Makassar, South Sulawesi earlier today after a problem developed with one of it's wheels. Flight GA 602 was carrying 134 passengers and eight crew and had departed from Jakarta to fly to Manado in North Sulawesi. "The plane has finally landed smoothly. All passengers on board the plane were fine," said Yan Daulina, spokesman of Hasanuddin airport in Makassar.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 April 2007 11:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chinese observe lunar New Year throughout Indonesia Ethnic Chinese throughout Indonesia celebrate the Chinese New Year today. Many of them will bring a visit to temples for praying to their gods and ancestors. The Dharma Bhakti, Sam Njan Kiong and Amorva Bumi temples in Jakarta were filled with visitors celebrating 'Imlek', as the Chinese New Year is also known in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2007 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods strike Jakarta, West Java, thousands stranded Torrential rain triggered floods in the capital, Jakarta, on Friday, blocking roads and trapping residents in their homes as torrents of muddy water reached a depth of 2m, police and witnesses said. Floods during the rainy season in Indonesia are common, but the heavy rains this week have caused chaos on roads and shut some train lines around Jakarta, police said.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 February 2007 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia works hard to achieve food self-sufficiency The Indonesian government is making efforts by setting up PT. Pangan Energi Nusantara (PEN) to enable the country to become self-sufficient in food, especially in rice, as well as to empower its farmers' economy. "The plan is based on a strong will to improve the country's food resilience by empowering the farmers' economy," Antara news agency quoted State Enterprises Minister Sugiarto as saying on Saturday.

Posted in Economy @ 07 January 2007 12:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia urges GAM to disband The Indonesian government Friday reiterated calls for former separatist group the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) to disband itself as the peace agreement between the two sides has been running smoothly. GAM had struggled for independence in Aceh for 30 years before it signed the landmark peace accord with the government last August.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 09:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-rebel leader sweeps Aceh poll A former rebel leader swept to victory in landmark elections in Aceh province one year after a peace deal ended a decades-long civil war that claimed 15,000 lives, pollsters said yesterday. The Indonesian government said it would respect the outcome of the vote in the province, which was the worst-hit region in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster. Election monitors said the vote was free and fair.

Posted in Elections @ 13 December 2006 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What Indonesia can learn from Thai military coup Politics in new democracies like Thailand has always sprung surprises. While Prime Minister Thaksin Sinawatra visited New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Thai army chief Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin led a bloodless coup and declared himself the temporary prime minister. It is interesting to observe that the coup did not spark social unrest, as if it were business as usual. On top of that, the tacit endorsement of revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej was a crucial factor behind the smooth process of the coup.

Posted in Politics @ 05 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To Kuala Lumpur shortly It was about time for me to get a new visa. Because of regulations it's not possible to extend a certain kind of visa - tourist visa. Also you can't apply for a new visa when in Indonesia as well. You will have to go to an Indonesian embassy. Where that embassy is doesn't really matter, so there are a lot of options left to look around for a holiday-hobbyist. And so I got to plan my first 'visa trip' to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Someone I know from the internet lives around there as well, so I also created the opportunity to meet. That should not be a problem because I would stay there for one entire week. I wasn't in a hurry - I didn't have to go back to Indonesia the same day or so - so I could look around there while my passport would be updated with a new sticker which permits entry into Indonesia again.

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


Aceh celebrates year of peace Tens of thousands of Acehnese gathered on Tuesday around the provincial capital's black-domed mosque to mark the anniversary of a landmark truce and to urge Indonesia's government not to water down the pact. At the governor's mansion, officials involved in the peace deal congregated in a hall to mark the Helsinki-signed pact, aimed at ending a 30-year war in which 15,000 people died.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 August 2006 08:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia pulls last troops from Aceh province Indonesian soldiers lugged guns and heavy bags up gangplanks Thursday as they completed the final phase of a troop reduction in tsunami-ravaged Aceh province — a key step in an accord with separatist rebels to end a 29-year war. The last of 24,000 troops pulled out on five Navy ships and a Hercules air carrier, just days after Free Aceh Movement rebels completed the handover of their weapons and disbanded their military wing.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 30 December 2005 07:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta safe at Christmas Eve The situation of Jakarta`s security was reported to be safe during which thousands of Christians were celebrating their Christmas eve at respective church on Saturday evening. "Up till now, the security of Jakarta is safe and under control. Security apparatuses remain standing on guard to safeguard the churches and some areas prone to security disturbance," Chief of the Jakarta Police Headquarter`s Information Service Senior Commissioner Ketut Untung Yoga Ana said here on Saturday evening.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2005 09:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Xanana Gusmao to attend X'mas in Jakarta cathedral Timor Lorosae President Xanana Gusmao will attend a Christmas mass at Jakarta`s Cathedral here Saturday evening. "President Xanana has already sent a letter to the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry indicating his intention to attend Christmas mass at the Cathedral at 10 p.m. local time," said Janhars Yukti the chairman of the Cathedral`s Christmas Celebration Committee here Friday.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2005 09:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Aceh rebels complete weapons handover Former rebels in Aceh completed a weapons handover on Monday under a peace pact that ended one of Asia's longest running civil wars, foreign monitors said. "Today we could confirm that the (Free) Aceh Movement has offered the last of their weapons, thereby completing their commitment under the Helsinki MOU (Memorandum of Understanding)," Pieter Feith, chief of the European Union-led Aceh Monitoring Mission, told a news conference.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 December 2005 18:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exiled GAM leader returns to Aceh An official of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) exiled leadership arrived in Indonesia's Aceh province on Monday after a 25-year absence to see the peace process aimed at ending nearly three decades of conflict. The Stockholm-based GAM and Indonesia's government were pushed back to negotiations partly by the Dec. 26 Indian Ocean tsunami that devastated Aceh, and made some on both sides re-think the fight over whether Aceh should be independent.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 02 November 2005 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia withdraws troops from Aceh Indonesia will withdraw 2,600 soldiers from tsunami-battered Aceh province Tuesday with another 3,500 slated to go by month's end as part of a historic peace accord to end three decades of fighting, a military spokesman said. The agreement signed last month in Finland calls on the Indonesian military to more than halve the 60,000 troops it has in the province by the end of the year and for separatist rebels to hand in all of their self-declared 840 weapons.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 September 2005 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pulls troops from Aceh province Indonesia withdrew 800 soldiers from tsunami-battered Aceh province on Sunday after rebels handed over a quarter of their guns, moving quickly to fulfill key obligations under a peace deal to end three decades of fighting. The troops the first of some 30,000 security forces slated to leave the province by the year's end chanted and waved their helmets in the air as they marched aboard the warship that set sail hours later.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 September 2005 08:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY: Indonesia to wait until after October to raise fuel prices Indonesia will wait until at least after October to raise fuel prices, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Wednesday, despite a prolonged fall in the rupiah due to soaring world oil prices which has hurt investor confidence. The global price rise has prompted the government to snap up dollars to pay for oil imports and put pressure on the budget due to expensive fuel subsidies.

Posted in Economy @ 31 August 2005 23:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Aceh rebels sign truce The Indonesian government and Aceh rebels have signed a peace treaty to end nearly 30 years of fighting in the oil- and gas-rich province that killed 15,000 people. The signing ceremony in Helsinki on Monday followed seven months of talks mediated by former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, who spurred the two sides to agreement to help international aid reach the Aceh region, which was devastated by last year's tsunami.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 August 2005 12:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seismologist warns of more huge quakes off Sumatra island A prominent seismologist said he could not rule out the risk of a third big quake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, where two massive temblors have occurred in just three months. "The probability of a third quake in the coming months and years, cannot be excluded," Mustapha Meghraoui, in charge of active tectonics at the Institute for Planetary Physics in Strasbourg, eastern France, told Agence France Presse.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to process 11,000 permits per day The Indonesian Government will process as many as 11,000 work permits per day at the 11 processing centres in Indonesia for its illegal workers who are heading back to Malaysia for re-employment. Indonesia's Manpower and Transmigration Minister Fahmi Idris said his government also planned to cut red tape to smoothen the re-entry of illegal workers who had left during the amnesty period.

Posted in Economy @ 28 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A police experience in Bali and Yogyakarta A different world of course, since Bali is located about 500 kilometers east of Yogyakarta. It's another island, another culture and whatever more, but one thing I encountered amazed me the most, but in fact I only realised it when I was home again, bringing back memories with some friends and beers. This is about the difference in approach, if you can call it that, of the local police concerning 'traffic violations'. For a start I would like to admit that I do actually make mistakes. Probably nothing close to a miracle.

Posted in Travel @ 20 February 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Munir investigation stalls in Netherlands The National Police's commitment to thoroughly investigating the suspicious death of rights campaigner Munir is likely to soon be put to the test, with the police team now in the Netherlands apparently at a loss to know where to start with its probe. The team's primary objective of collecting the original autopsy report appears unlikely to be fulfilled as the Dutch government says it will hand over the document only if the investigating team can produce a formal request from the Indonesian government.

Posted in Crime @ 22 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java's roads packed with holiday travelers Driyanto, a 42-year-old man from Jakarta, left the capital at 4 a.m. on Friday for Banyumas municipality in Central Java. He arrived in Cirebon, West Java, 12 hours later. The trip normally takes about four hours. "I arrived here at around 4 p.m., meaning it took 12 hours from Jakarta," Driyanto told The Jakarta Post while taking a travel break in Cirebon.

Posted in Ramadan @ 16 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to import Russian diesel fuel State oil and gas company PT Pertamina will import diesel fuel from Russia as part of a three-year long term contract, a top company official said on Tuesday. "The import of Russian diesel fuel can save up Rp 1 trillion (US$109 million) per year as the price is cheaper," president director Widya Purnama said.

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


Megawati tells Indonesia to accept poll result A tearful President Megawati Sukarnoputri has told Indonesians to accept the result of the country's landmark leadership ballot, but has not explicitly conceded defeat to her former security chief. Megawati's team has threatened to challenge the vote count from some areas, putting winner Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a bind and risking what could have been an orderly end to Indonesia's first direct presidential election.

Posted in Elections @ 05 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge problems await next president Over 100 million people are expected to flock to hundreds of thousands of polling stations on Monday to cast their votes in the final round of the country's first-ever direct presidential election. While recognizing Monday's election as a significant milestone in the country's democratization process, experts nevertheless warned on Sunday against putting too much hope in the next president.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta stock exchange plunges 4% after explosion Location of the Australian embassy in JakartaIndonesian share prices slumped nearly four percent in morning trade Thursday as investors rushed to dump stocks on news of a large blast near the Australian embassy in central Jakarta, dealers said. The cause of the blast is not yet known but hospital officials said at least three people were killed.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Panwaslu: Double puncture spoils a good poll The Election Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu) hailed on Tuesday the country's first direct presidential election as peaceful and democratic, but warned that the use of nonpermanent ink and double perforation of ballot papers could reduce the quality of the poll. "We should be grateful that the election was generally free of violence despite tensions in many poll stations over the use of nonpermanent ink and the immediate validation of double perforations on ballot papers," committee member Didik Supriyanto said.

Posted in Elections @ 07 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Small parties start strong in vote Elections for a new Parliament proceeded smoothly on Monday with early and unofficial counts from polling places here in the capital showing surprising strength for two small parties, including an Islamic party. But election experts warned that this trend was unlikely to hold in the vital rural areas where most voters live and where the two major secular parties have strongholds.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia counts votes after peaceful ballot Counting got underway in Indonesia on Monday after a smooth and peaceful voting earlier in the day. Voter turnout was high for the polls to elect parliamentarians across the country in a new legislative process under Indonesia's presidential system. Indonesians now have to elect national, provincial, regional and in some areas, municipal leaders. Among those who cast their ballots was Indonesia's former President Suharto whose public appearance attracted much attention.

Posted in Elections @ 05 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Millions of ballots damaged Here come the ballot papers: A few million are damaged, thousands contain mistakes or are missing and millions more have yet to arrive. With the legislative election just 17 days away, President Megawati Soekarnoputri is now voicing fears about whether the poll will run smoothly, while the General Elections Commission (KPU) continues to assure the public things are under control.

Posted in Elections @ 19 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Judge resigns after corruption ruling quashed An Indonesian judge said last night he would quit in protest after a court overturned a draft ruling against parliamentary speaker and presidential hopeful Akbar Tandjung. The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a lower court ruling that Tandjung was guilty in a case involving about EUR 3,3 million in funds from state food agency Bulog.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia begins charging many tourists for visa on arrival Indonesian immigration officials on Sunday began charging visitors from many countries visa on arrival fees. Tourists from 20 countries and from Taiwan who previously did not need visas are from February 1 required to buy visas on arrival, at a cost of $US25 for a stay of up to 30 days and $US10 for a three day permit. In Jakarta, tourists arriving from Singapore on two flights were the first to pay such fees, an immigration official said.

Posted in Tourism @ 01 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


YLKI warns of rocky Idul Fitri journeys The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) warned holidaymakers on Monday not to expect a smooth journey, with disruptions likely no matter the type of land transportation. Tulus Abadi, who is coordinating the YLKI's Idul Fitri exodus monitoring team, said the myriad problems afflicting land transportation, primarily trains and buses, had yet to be properly addressed by the government.

Posted in Ramadan @ 18 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Plane crashes on toll road, pilot killed A small single-engine plane made a crash landing on the Jagorawi toll road, only hundreds of meters from the Cililitan toll gate in East Jakarta, killing the pilot and injuring the three passengers, including an Australian, and two motorists. The pilot, Brig. Gen. Bakat Purwanto, 47, was dead on arrival at the Indonesian Christian University (UKI) Hospital. The three other people on board were Michael Watson, a 58-year-old Australian police officer, Andreas Tanus, 49, who is a local consultant, and his six-year-old son, Matthew Tanus. "I had been flying many times with Pak Bakat ... Today, we just wanted to look around the city," Watson, who was a friend of the pilot, told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The residents of Banjarsari hamlet in Cilandak Barat subdistrict, South Jakarta, are among the handful of Jakartans who pay serious attention to their environment. Unlike many other places in the heavily polluted capital, Banjarsari, located near the Jl. TB Simatupang toll road and Jl. RS Fatmawati, is green and clean.

Posted in Environment @ 03 June 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SUHARTO: A Political Biography

Posted in Politics @ 29 March 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


One killed in Pasuruan as unrest continues One person was killed and four others injured in a fierce clash between people claiming to be President Abdurrahman Wahid's supporters and security officers in tense Pasuruan on Wednesday, while another group of people ransacked and torched a Muhammadiyah senior high school in neighboring Situbondo. However, in general the situation remained under control in East Java, the stronghold of Abdurrahman, contrary to people's belief that on Tuesday more people would take to the streets to protest the House of Representative's (DPR) plenary session in Jakarta.

Posted in Violence @ 31 May 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia is still in crisis. Currently violence flares up again in Aceh. The battle for independence has revived. And Aceh is not the only place, on the Moluccas Christians and Muslems are still fighting eachoter over the most stupendous things, and elsewhere in Indonesia the situation is tense every once in a whyle. Currently about 95% of Indonesias population is subjected to Ramadhan, Islamic fasting. Until almost the end of december they will not eat between sunrise, and sunset, they will not enjoy a sigarette, have sex, and that kind of things. I will skip the part of the explaination or Ramadhan, because I'm not into that at all. . Violence in Aceh rose several weeks before Ramadhan actually started. Demonstrations in cities like Banda Aceh caused rising tensions all over Indonesia, afraid that more heavy violence will cause new terror in the region, prompting renewed economical tensions in the region. Since the economy is still very bad, they try to prevent in all manners any new violence on the archipelago. Since Ramadhan started, quiet has returned, and nature took over the violence, killing over one hundred people in Northern Sumatera floodings and landslides, and leaving at least the same amound injured or missing, could that be the punishment from above?

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


Govt addresses expatriate taxation concerns The Directorate General of Taxation has insisted that expatriates in Indonesia have to register with local tax offices and file tax returns in line with the a new income tax law that will come into force in January but assured them of a smooth implementation of the ruling. The ruling was reaffirmed by Director General of Taxation Machfud Sidik and other senior tax officers at a meeting with tax consultants and representatives of foreign chambers of commerce here last week.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


City set for violent protests over fuel hike City authorities say they are fully prepared for violent protests, strikes and shortages when fuel prices are raised on Sunday. The authorities said on Thursday 200 buses were on standby should bus drivers in the capital go on strike to protest the 12 percent fuel price hike.

Posted in General @ 29 September 2000 16:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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