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Workers rally at presidential palace marking May Day -Thousands of workers staged another rally by marching from the Hotel Indonesia (HI) Circle to the Merdeka Palace, on Friday, to celebrate International Labor Day (May Day).

Posted in Protests @ 02 May 2014 20:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of workers plan to mark May Day Thousands of workers from various regions planned to hold demonstrations for eight hours a day on May 1 and 2 in several locations in Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 30 April 2014 19:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto: 'Time for Indonesians to make changes' It is time for Indonesia to move towards becoming a progressive nation under the guidance of an ethical leader, noted Peoples Conscience (Hanura) party leader Wiranto.

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2014 18:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati to campaign in Bali Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Chairperson Megawati Soekarnoputri is scheduled to campaign at Badung district in Bali on Saturday afternoon, according to party officials. "We hope the people of Bali will give their strong support to PDI-P," the partys deputy secretary general, Hasto Kristiyanto, said here this morning.

Posted in Elections @ 22 March 2014 14:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President officially opens Bali toll road President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono officially opened the 12.7-km Bali toll road, spanning across Benoa Bay, at 4 pm local time on Monday. Apart from pressing a button to mark the official opening of the toll road, the president was the first person to pay the toll fare using the e-toll card.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2013 17:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Denny ready to face OC Kaligis` legal challenge Vice Minister of Justice and Human Rights Denny Indrayana has said he is prepared to face a lawsuit from senior lawyer OC Kaligis in view of his recent statement that was considered to be offensive to lawyers.

Posted in Politics @ 28 August 2012 21:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police to tighten permits for football match Jakarta police plan to tighten the issuance of permits for football matches that the potential to create clashes among supporters following the death of three supporters following a match here on Sunday.

Posted in Violence @ 28 May 2012 09:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lady Gaga concert in Jakarta canceled after Islamist threats Controversial US singer Lady Gaga is having a bad romance with her fans in Indonesia, dubbed as “Little Monsters”, with her scheduled concert in Jakarta officially cancelled by her management amid strong reactions from hard line Indonesian groups.

Posted in Religion @ 27 May 2012 11:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police not to allow Lady Gaga to perform in Jakarta The Jakarta Metropolitan Police Command will not issue a permit for the holding of Lady Gaga`s concert at Bung Karno Stadium, police sokesman said.

Posted in General @ 15 May 2012 09:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two fans trampled to death during SEA Games soccer final Two people were trampled to death on Monday evening when anxious crowds of soccer fans rushed into a stadium to witness the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games soccer final in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 November 2011 16:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia beats Malaysia 2-1 but loses AFF Cup final Despite losing 2-1 in the second leg in Jakarta on Wednesday, Malaysia secured the 2010 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup with an aggregate victory of 4-2 over Indonesia.

Posted in Sports @ 30 December 2010 03:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia set for Malaysia in second leg of AFF Cup final Three days after their 3-0 defeat against Malaysia, the Indonesian national football squad is set for the second leg of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup final match to decide the cup winner.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2010 09:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'Malaysia cheated on victory during first leg of AFF Cup final The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) on Monday said Malaysia's national team cheated during the first leg of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup final on Sunday, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Sports @ 28 December 2010 00:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia beats Indonesia 3-0 in first leg of AFF Cup final Indonesia's national football squad was beaten 3-0 by Malaysia in the first leg of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup final on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 27 December 2010 09:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia closer to Asean Cup final after defeating the Philippines The Indonesian National Football team defeated the Philippines 1-0 in the first leg of the semifinal in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup on Thursday.

Posted in Sports @ 17 December 2010 15:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Chris John retains WBA Featherweight title for 13th time WBA Featherweight Champion Chris John, of Indonesia, defended his title for the 13th consecutive time after defeating Fernando David Saucedo, of Argentina, by unanimous decision on Sunday.

Posted in Sports @ 06 December 2010 17:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Refugee camps full, people forced to sleep in trucks The ever increasing number of refugees caused by the erupting Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java is causing refugee shelters in the district of Magelang to be flooded with refugees. Most of them are now forced to just stay near one of the shelters instead of finding shelter inside one of them.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 09 November 2010 01:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A short break in Taman Menteng At a normal weekday I took a reasonable early air-conditioned bus to Jakarta. I regularly make this trip because it enables me to travel cheap as well as fast - as fast as traffic allows the bus to go - to downtown Jakarta.

Posted in Travel @ 16 April 2010 15:31 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


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, Stadium However the name might look like you are attending a game of soccer when you enter this piece of 'paradise on earth', it is not anything like it. It could at best be a nice confusion of words if you are smart enough, so you will not be caught for lying when you are telling in all honesty that you went to the stadium, but keep it in English then. The building that calls itself 'Stadium' is not just a club, it is a center of pleasure and entertainment, 24 hours a day, almost all days of the year.

Posted in Nightlife @ 29 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife It is just after six in the humid evening when Jakarta suddenly goes dark. It is Magrib, within a few minutes of the call for prayer performed by thousands of muezzin which create a true chaos of sounds throughout Jakarta, the evening arrives to the city that never sleeps. However many hundreds of thousands - mostly men - hurry themselves to a nearby mosque, life in the city continues as usual.

Posted in Nightlife @ 26 March 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police ban soccer final after fan riot The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) said Friday it would switch the venue of the final match to Bandung after the Jakarta Police headquarters banned the match in the capital for security concerns. "The Jakarta Police have warned against having the final match in Jakarta, as the situation here is not conducive," PSSI secretary-general Noegraha Besoes said in a press conference.

Posted in Violence @ 08 February 2008 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta organises 'celebrate your birthday' record event To help the people in Yogyakarta in their recovery after the earthquake of 27 May 2006 and also to celebrate the 252th birthday of the city of Yogyakarta (7 October 1756 - 7 October 2008) everyone is invited to join the effort to set a new national or even international record so that the name of Yogyakarta will be known all over the world soon.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 January 2008 00:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia's life expectancy rises Life expectancy in Indonesia has increased from 66.2 years in 2004 to 69.4 years in 2006, the country's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here Wednesday. The president said that the rise due to the improvement of health and nutrition condition of the world's forth most populous country. "The life expectancy in our country rose from 66.2 years in 2004 to 69.4 in 2006," he said in a prepared speech at the anniversary of national health day at the sport stadium here.

Posted in General @ 14 November 2007 11:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Problems mount at Asian Cup in Indonesia Problems are mounting for organisers of the Asian Cup in Indonesia with poorly organised ticket sales, criticism of training pitches and a floodlight failure at the main stadium. Indonesia has had little experience in hosting big sporting events and appears to be struggling to get it right.

Posted in Sports @ 12 July 2007 01:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kiev offering help to set up Jakarta subway system The city of Kiev (Ukraine) has offered subway development assistance to the city government of Jakarta, which is planning to have a mass rapid transportation system, quoting the deputy mayor of Kiev, Sergiy Yaroslavovych Rudik. Kiev, which already has a subway system with 40 stations, is ready to send experts to Jakarta to help it building it's own subway system. Rudik signed a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of a sister-city relationship between Jakarta and Kiev.

Posted in General @ 21 June 2007 12:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia offers visa on arrival for Middle East tourists Indonesia's tourist industry is experiencing a boom as the nation has the highest number of foreign arrivals since 2001. This year around six million tourists are expected to visit the country. Thamrin Bachri, director-general of tourism at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, said that the government is focusing on visitors from the Middle East as well. 60.000 tourists from that region visited Indonesia last year, while this number is expected to grow to 100.000 this year and to 150.000 in 2008.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 May 2007 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ten killed in concert crush in Indonesia A stampede at a packed pop concert in central Indonesia killed 10 people and injured scores of others, most of them teenagers, police said Wednesday. The crush began as the audience of thousands was leaving the performance of Ungu, a popular Indonesian guitar band, at a sports stadium in the town of Pekalongan, Central Java province, late Tuesday, Sgt. Slamet said.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 December 2006 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soccer on Friday Just back from a couple of days in Malang it's about time to turn on the computer again and to clean the keyboard. Since the short holiday to Bali I didn't see any chance to write something down, but that is going to change now. The few days in Malang were a pleasant difference with the somewhat more normal life in Yogyakarta. The garden has been watered and the windows are open, though there is not too much wind. Several days back, back to Friday to be more precise. Soccer club Arema (Malang) has to play a game that day.

Posted in Culture @ 13 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono to visit earthquake-hit Yogyakarta President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has planned to visit eartquake-hit Yogyakarta on Sunday, Elshinta Radio reported here on Saturday. Yudhoyono and his entourage will take an overland trip to Yogyakarta because minor damage at the runway of Adi Sucipto airport due to the earthquake in the city makes it impossible for the president to take an air trip.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2006 12:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1st year remembrance of tsunami disaster in Aceh A collaboration between the Indonesian Ministry of Health, Cut Nyak Dien Hospital in Meulaboh, dr. Sardjito Hospital and The University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) Jogjakarta with support from The University of Melbourne and The Royal Children’s Hospital.

Posted in General @ 28 January 2006 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hotel discos will stay open during Ramadhan The city reminded the management of entertainment centers in the capital on Tuesday to close their business during the holy month as a sign of respect to Muslims. Jakarta Deputy Governor Fauzi Bowo said that regular bars, nightclubs, discotheques, amusement centers and massage parlors had to remain closed one day before the holy month started on Oct. 4 until one day after it ended on Nov. 2.

Posted in Ramadan @ 28 September 2005 08:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


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

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


Campaigning by the five candidates contesting the politically powerful post of president of the Indonesian Republic officially ended on Wednesday. Voting in the country’s first-ever direct presidential election is due to take place on Monday.

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


Asep, a Jakarta parking-lot attendant, rejoiced in 1998 when Indonesian strongman Suharto was overthrown after three decades of authoritarian rule. But democracy hasn't proved to be quite the boon he and so many other Indonesians expected. In some ways, says Asep, his life is worse now than ever before. Under Suharto, he says, at least he only had to bribe one person—a stadium security officer—for the right to manage the lot at Senayan Stadium. But now, Asep complains, he is routinely approached by people claiming to be policemen, soldiers, sports department officials and political-party officers, all demanding baksheesh of a few thousand rupiah or a pack of cigarettes. These kickbacks often eat away almost half of his meager earnings of $2 a day, but "it's hard not to give," says Asep, "because you don't know anymore who is really in charge."

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Free election marks crossroads for Indonesia Six years into the uncertainties of multiparty democracy, Indonesians are electing a new legislature Monday after a campaign shadowed by nostalgia for two former authoritarian rulers -- one dead, the other disgraced. President Megawati Sukarnoputri's government is struggling with economic weakness, secessionist rebellions and the emergence of Muslim terrorists. But there is little debate on economic policy or Muslim extremism, critical though these issues are to this sprawling country of 210 million people scattered across 17,000 islands.

Posted in Elections @ 04 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim party draws biggest election crowd A conservative Muslim party has drawn the biggest crowd yet in Indonesia's parliamentary election campaign, as an estimated 100,000-plus supporters massed at a Jakarta stadium on Tuesday to hear its anti-corruption message. Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) leader Hidayat Nur Wahid, wearing a white Muslim shirt, black pants and white Muslim cap, told an enthusiastic crowd the PKS would "fight for every level of society's prosperity, and the strategy is by eradicating corruption".

Posted in Elections @ 30 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hamzah: PPP not set on Islamic state United Development Party (PPP) leader Hamzah Haz asserted on Saturday his party did not want to turn Indonesia into an Islamic state. "The first principle (of Pancasila is belief in) one God, which is a declaration that Indonesia is a religious nation," he told thousands of supporters during a campaign rally at the Bung Karno Sports Complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta.

Posted in Elections @ 28 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four dead in rock concert stampede in Indonesia Four people were killed and dozens injured in a stampede during a rock concert in Indonesia's South Kalimantan province last night. The stampede happened as thousands of mostly young fans jostled to get out of a soccer stadium in the city of Banjarmasin at the end of the performance by a local rock group Sheila on 7, the official Antara news agency said.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Free concert to boost peace ends in riot A free rock music concert meant to promote peace and social harmony ended abruptly with rioting and police warning shots, reports said Sunday. At least six people were reportedly injured. Veteran rocker Iwan Fals, whose regime baiting songs were banned by former dictator Suharto, tried to calm the 100,000-strong crowd with a nationalist anthem as people began throwing stones and bottles in the sports stadium where the show was being staged.

Posted in Violence @ 01 September 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nation celebrates Sukarno birthday What started as a day of sentimental remembrance became one full of political nuances as the nation commemorated on Wednesday the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of the state's founding father, Sukarno. The apex of the commemorations was a ceremony at the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Center, the name of which was only recently reinstated after having been changed to the Senayan Sports Complex.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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