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Indonesia will raise aviation safety standards The government, through the transportation ministry, will raise its aviation safety standards from category II to category I based on the guidelines set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Posted in Travel @ 13 November 2014 18:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina steps up production target by 9 percent for 2015 The state oil and gas company Pertamina has forecast an increase of 9 percent in its oil and gas production target for the next year as compared to its projected target for 2014.

Posted in Economy @ 03 November 2014 16:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


IAEA officer supports Indonesian experimental nuclear power plant Alexander Bychkov, the Deputy Director General of Nuclear Energy for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), stated his support for the Indonesian experimental nuclear power plant to be built in Serpong, Tangerang.

Posted in Power supply @ 21 August 2014 17:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Long list of complaints for Baliís renovated airport A public forum organized by the Bali Tourism Board on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to discuss service and conditions at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport brought a shower of strong criticism from stakeholders in the Islandís tourism industry concerned with the many complaints about the airport received form the traveling public.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 April 2014 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


President denies using state budget for campaign President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has denied allegations that he is using state money and facilities for his campaign activities in various regions.

Posted in Elections @ 28 March 2014 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


265 Indonesian migrant workers on foreign death rows Some 265 migrant workers from Indonesia are facing the death penalty in countries such as Malaysia, China and Saudi Arabia, Migrant Care founder Anis Hidayah said.

Posted in Crime @ 28 December 2013 20:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Do not let radicalism grow' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said radicalism and extreme ideas must not be allowed to grow in Indonesia because they would only disrupt current peaceful and harmonious relations between different religious followers.

Posted in Religion @ 27 December 2013 23:53 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


Hary Tanoe to face legal action over Miss World contest National entrepreneur Hary Tanoesoedibyo said he is ready to face legal action if he had violated the law by organising the 2013 Miss World contest in the country.

Posted in Protests @ 16 September 2013 20:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Minister: 'No division over Miss World beauty contest' Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali denied that the government has been divided over the holding of Miss World beauty pageant in Indonesia. He said on Tuesday that no common perception has been reached among the ministries on this issue.

Posted in Religion @ 03 September 2013 19:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sri Mulyani suggests remittance fee reduction to five percent World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati has suggested a reduction in the remittance fee for members of the Indonesian diaspora from 15 percent to 5 percent.

Posted in Economy @ 19 August 2013 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


150 ships from 40 countries to take part in Sail Komodo 2013 Around 150 ships from 40 countries have been registered to participate in Sail Komodo 2013 which will be held in July-August.

"Up to Wednesday, 150 ships have been registered, and the number might increase further because every day there are always requests to participate in the event which will be held in East Nusa Tenggara," H.A. Haris of the local tourism office, said here on Wednesday.

The Sail Komodo registration for participation is open until participants will start sailing from Darwin, Australia on July 27, 2013, to Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara Province. If one ship carries five people on board, there will be around 750 people who will sail for one month during Sail Komodo.

He urged all stakeholders in East Nusa Tenggara to warmly welcome the participants and make them feel comfortable and safe when staying in the province.As part of annual Sail Indonesia activities, East Nusa Tenggara Province will host an international maritime event called Sail Komodo this year.

"Sail Komodo will make Komodo Island famous and help attract foreign as well as domestic tourists to visit the island," said Indonesian Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono when chairing a coordinating meeting on the implementation of Sail Komodo, in Jakarta on February 4, 2013.

Posted in General @ 22 May 2013 20:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US admits mistake of violating Indonesian airspace The United States admitted the mistake made by its military aircraft, Dornier 328, that had illegally flown into the Indonesia airspace and later landed at Sultan Iskandar Muda airport in Aceh.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 May 2013 00:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malindo Air has started operations Malindo Air is a Malaysian-Indonesian airline founded in September 2012 by Lion Air (Indonesia) and NADI (Malaysia). The airline was granted their operating permits earlier this year. Shortly after, they started operations on flights between Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, all in Malaysia.

Posted in Travel @ 21 April 2013 07:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali prepares to regulate local fruit sales The Jakarta Post reports that the province of Bali plans to propose specific bylaws protecting the market for local farmers by controlling the sale and consumption of local fruit.

Posted in Economy @ 23 February 2013 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Suswono questioned as witness at KPK Agriculture Minister Suswono came to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) here on Monday following a summons from the agency for questioning as a witness over a corruption case.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 February 2013 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Aceh`s government to complete Meulaboh-Calang bypass The World Bank`s representative in Indonesia has urged the government of Aceh to complete the construction of a bypass road from Meulaboh in West Aceh to Calang in Aceh Jaya.

Posted in General @ 10 January 2013 19:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crimes against children increasing in Indonesia In 2012, crimes against children in Indonesia were dominated by rape cases and sexual assaults, said the Chairperson of the Indonesian Commission for Child Protection (KPAI), Maria Ulfah Anshor.

Posted in Violence @ 09 January 2013 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No guarantee for flood-free Jakarta The Jakarta regional government cannot guarantee that the capital city will be free from floods after the completion of the river restoration project in 2017-18, according to a minister.

Posted in Flooding @ 27 December 2012 08:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali once again wants a part of VoA money Once again a movement has been launched in Bali to secure a share of the visa-on-arrival fees (VoA) paid by visiting tourists to Bali that is now entirely remitted to Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 22 December 2012 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft agency prioritizes corruption prevention efforts The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is currently focusing on efforts to prevent corruption in Indonesia by running anti-corruption campaigns in cooperation with various institutions of the country, according to KPK Chief Abraham Samad.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 December 2012 17:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono to remove hindering development programs President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he would remove anyone who is considered uncooperative or a hindrance to development efforts.

Posted in Economy @ 05 December 2012 22:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Baliís beaches not free to all A number of hotels in Nusa Dua are being accused of expropriating their beachfronts, turning these areas into private beaches off-limits to non-hotel guests.

Posted in General @ 12 November 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Media leaders seek direct clarification from Dahlan A number of mass media leaders met with state enterprises minister Dahlan Iskan to seek clarification directly from him regarding his clash with the House of Representatives (DPR).

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 November 2012 21:56 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


Parliament endorses North Kalimantan as new province The House of Representatives (DPR) endorsed North Kalimantan Province as a new autonomous region on Thursday, after bifurcating it from the East Kalimantan Province.

Posted in Politics @ 25 October 2012 15:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kupang pleased with plans for Siloam Hospital Kupang Mayor Jonas Salen has expressed his pleasure over the planned Siloam International Hospital in East Nusa Tenggara's (NTT) provincial city.

Posted in Health @ 22 October 2012 21:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UNESCO: 'Batur`s caldera part of global geopark network' The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared the caldera area of Mt Batur located in Kintamani district, Bali, as part of Global Geopark Network (GGN), a ministry official said here Thursday.

Posted in Environment @ 04 October 2012 23:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President yudhoyono to visit US President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono will leave for New York, the United States, this weekend on a working visit until September 30.

Posted in Politics @ 21 September 2012 20:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police witnesses would comply with KPK summon Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission Abraham Samad said he is convinced witnesses among police officers would duly comply with the KPK summon for questioning over the driving simulator corruption case in police`s traffic corps.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 August 2012 21:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia guarantees food stocks, prices during Idul Fitri The government will guarantee the availability of food stocks, as well as ensure their prices remain reasonable during the post-fasting Idul Fitr festival, a minister said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 August 2012 18:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Islamic party against imports  from Israel The faction of Islamic-based Development United Party (PPP) criticized the government on entry of Israeli food products into the Indonesian market.

Posted in Politics @ 13 August 2012 21:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono says regionalism needed to build peace Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said lasting peace requires strong and dynamic regional development cooperation. "A lasting architecture of peace must be built based on strong and dynamic regionalism," he said in his speech at a dinner at the opening of the 11th Shangri La Dialog here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 01 June 2012 18:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


20 years in jail for bringing 6.9 kg of shabu Noerdin Muhammad Amin (41) alias Tudin, from Aceh, had been sentenced to 20 years in jail by the Medan district court on Thursday because he was found guilty of bringing 6.9 kg of methyl amphytamine locally called shabu-shabu kept in a cake wrapper.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 May 2012 21:35 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Management of hajj pilgrimage to remain in govt hands The management of the hajj pilgrimage will remain in the hands of the government, because the president has not issued any directive to transfer it to the private sector so far, a senior official said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 16 May 2012 14:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Identification of Sukhoi victims may take 2 weeks It will take at least two weeks to identify the passengers of the crashed Sukhoi Superjet 100, because of a DNA test. "The DNA test process might take at least two weeks' time," said Anton Castilani, Indonesian Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Chief Police Commissioner at Halim Perdanakusumah airport in Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 May 2012 12:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President says labor policies not politically motivated President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that the government has no political interests with regard to its recent plans to improve the welfare of workers in the country.

Posted in Politics @ 03 May 2012 13:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Social media used as human trafficking tool Human-trafficking offenders remain resorting to using the social media to kidnap more victims."Presumably, the human trafficking actors are now seeking their victims using the social media such as Facebook, Twitter and many more," said the secretary of the Women Empowerment and Children Protection Ministry, Sri Danti, here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 11 April 2012 02:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Floods in Jakarta due to environment exploitation' Environment affairs minister Balthasar Kambuaya confirmed here on Thursday that the flash floods in several parts of Jakarta in recent days were due to excessive human exploitation of the environment.

Posted in Flooding @ 08 April 2012 04:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Miniskirts = porn': Religious Affairs Minister Following the establishment of the anti-pornography task force, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali said that skirts that fall above the knee would be included in the working groupís definition of pornography, on which it would base its future work.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 March 2012 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Chief warden replaced after riot at prison in Bali The chief warden of Bali`s Kerobokan penitentiary, Bowo Nariwono, as well as the prison`s chief of security, Anang Khuzaini, were replaced following recent riots at the prison. The positions were transferred at about 9.30am on Friday during a short ceremony at the official residence of the chief warden.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2012 01:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tiger Airways buys stake in grounded Indonesian airline Singapore budget airline Tiger Airways has bought a 33 percent stake in grounded Indonesian carrier Mandala Airlines, the companies announced on Monday. Financial details were not immediately disclosed.

Posted in General @ 30 January 2012 13:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian officials call for laws to slow population growth Indonesian officials are calling on the government to introduce new laws in an attempt to slow down the population growth rate in the country, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 30 November 2011 00:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police release 12 alleged separatists Indonesian police have been forced to release twelve alleged separatist rebels just a day after announcing they had made a major breakthrough in the war against the Free Papua Movement (OPM), local media reported on Saturday.

Posted in Protests @ 26 November 2011 14:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt awaiting results of police probe into Papua congress incidents Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto said the government would wait for the results of the police investigation into the incidents around the recent Papua People`s Congress in Papua that left some people dead.

Posted in Violence @ 07 November 2011 18:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mimika district preparing to buy Freeport stake Five-percent stake in mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia, is bought by the Mimika district, administration deputy administrator H Abdul Muis, said here Thursday. He said the district administration was eyeing a 9.38 percent stake in PT Freeport that was previously owned by Indo Copper company.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 04 November 2011 12:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Mandala Airlines will be operational before 2012' PT Mandala Airlines will resume operations before the end of this year. Funds needed for this plan to reach U.S. $ 250 million, which is to purchase five new aircraft and also rent five planes.

Posted in Travel @ 07 October 2011 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-terrorist is now comic book hero The real life adventures of former al-Qaida-linked terrorist Nasir Abas have become a new comic book in Indonesia, chronicling his transformation from militant to invaluable ally in the fight against terrorism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 September 2011 09:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines in the hands of Saratoga Group The Saratoga Group, an investment company founded by Edwin Soeryadjaya and Sandiaga Uno, has announced that is had acquired 51 percent of Mandala Airlines stock. The remaining shares are in the hands of Tiger Airways with 33 percent and 16 percent for the old shareholders and creditors of the airline.

Posted in Travel @ 21 May 2011 01:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


FPI threatens to topple Indonesian president Yudhoyono The clowns of the radical islamic world in Indonesia have made threats against the state earlier today. The Islam Defenders Front (FPI) warns it will overthrow Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono from government if he dares disband any mass organization, including FPI.

Posted in Religion @ 10 February 2011 09:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


IMF admits errors in Indonesian bailout package The International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn admitted its bailout package designed for Indonesia ten years ago had mistakes, which led to several changes, local media reported Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 04 February 2011 07:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mandala Airlines ceases operation due to debt Indonesia's low-cost Mandala Airlines has announced that it will be ceasing its operations starting Thursday to initiate "business restructuring."

Posted in Travel @ 13 January 2011 05:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A cool and windy wet season Although this year did not really have a dry season of any kind in large parts of Indonesia, the wet season has noticeably started a while ago. The change from the dry to the wet season is hard to point out this year, but the bad weather that hits large areas of Java and elsewhere is a direct consequence of a fierce wet season.

Posted in Weather @ 19 December 2010 12:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Independent coalition demands politicians out of election commission A coalition of non-governmental organizations on Thursday demanded the Indonesian House of Representatives to cancel the membership of politicians for the General Elections Commissions (KPU), citing conflicts of interest.

Posted in Politics @ 26 November 2010 03:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Growing 'Christianisation' and religious intolerance in Indonesia Religious tolerance in Indonesia has come under increasing strain in recent years, particularly where hardline Islamists and Christian evangelicals compete for the same ground. Islamists use 'Christianisation' - a term that generally refers both to Christian efforts to convert Muslims and the alleged growing influence of Christianity in Muslim-majority Indonesia - as a justification for mass mobilisation and vigilante attacks.

Posted in Religion @ 25 November 2010 01:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamist creep in Indonesia When Indonesia passed a strict anti-pornography bill in 2008, many feared radical Islamic groups would use it to impose their values on the public at large. If the case currently hitting the headlines is any indication, they were right.

Posted in Politics @ 25 June 2010 05:16 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


Four years on, victims of Lapindo mudflow still in limbo Hundreds of people and activists staged a rally to mark the fourth year since the Sidoarjo mudflow submerged thousands of houses in Sidoarjo, East Java. Meanwhile, hundreds of others commemorated in Porong, Sidoarjo, by staging a concert, shadow puppet play and traditional East Javanese ludruk theater performances.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 31 May 2010 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Even longer queues at Indonesian immigration Virtually every local paper in Bali is carrying news of the long delays being experienced by arriving passengers at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport where new Board Control Management (BCM) requirements have made an already long customs and immigration process even longer.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 May 2010 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali brokers: 'Don't just establish zoning rules randomly' The chairman of the Organization of Indonesian Real Estate Brokers, Teguh Satria, has reminded the provincial government of Bali to exercise caution in establishing zoning rules, keeping in mind the coming "property boom." Satria said mistakes made in establishing zoning rules could thwart development and result in chaos.

Posted in General @ 02 May 2010 08:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three years longer in jail for Thai prisoner due to typo A Thai national was denied release and spent almost three additional years in a maximum-security prison in Indonesia because of a typing error, local media reported Friday. Kamjai was released on Thursday after he complained about his plight to Justice Minister Patrialis Akbar, who visited the island prison off the coast of Central Java on Wednesday for an inspection.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 April 2010 12:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreigners able to buy property soon? Indonesia plans to allow foreigners to own property in the country and has completed its review of investment rules under the so-called negative list, said the country's investment coordination agency. The country will deregulate its property industry by the end of the first half year of 2010, paving the way for foreigners to buy homes and commercial real estate directly.

Posted in General @ 06 April 2010 08:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More limitations for importing films to Indonesia A United States trade representative to Indonesia, Demetrios Marantis, has expressed his concern over a new decree that is currently considered by the Indonesian government. This decree will further restrict regulations over imports of foreign films to Indonesia. Marantis said that if the decree was accepted, it could disrupt bilateral relationship.

Posted in Culture @ 13 February 2010 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Harvard 'Engrish' School No, I am not perfect, but if you are pretending to be 'Harvard English School' then you should at least be able to write down your advertisements in English that is without any errors. But it is well-known that people in Asian countries have developed their own style of English, called 'Engrish'. In fact this language is nothing more than a bunch of spelling errors because a lack of education or mere strange spelling because of a different mother tongue.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 October 2009 06:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


How to scare the shit out of people Plane crashes normally are breaking news across the world because of their sudden nature and the often high numbers of casualties involved in that kind of accidents. Reporting such events - and others that are also causing worldwide news - should be handled with care. However it is not always that easy to select the information and images going with them. Making a mistake in a hurry is nothing uncommon as well.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 September 2009 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pork as zakat Most likely the clerk was slightly confuse because he was fasting that he somewhat stressed when he saw my pork. It was around five in the afternoon when I strolled through the Hypermart supermarket, searching for a small gas stove which can be put on a table during the meal. Still sold out, so I went shopping for some food. The freezer full of daging babi. White text on a red background may look like big danger, but it is merely dead, packed and frozen pork.

Posted in Ramadan @ 04 September 2009 13:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Mandiri to buy 11% stake in Garuda Indonesia Bank Mandiri, the biggest lender in Indonesia, has announced that it will take an 11 percent stake in now state-owned Garuda Indonesia. All parties involved agreed on this share for Bank Mandiri. Under the plan, Mandiri will convert 100 million dollar of the bond debt into equity. The buy values Garuda Indonesia around 910 million dollar (635 million euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 29 August 2009 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Record company: 'Malaysian anthem belongs to Indonesia' To stir the current cultural war between Indonesia and Malaysia, an Indonesian record company has reacted to the recent mishap with the traditional Balinese Tari Pendet showing up in an video commercial for Malaysia. Allthough Discovery Channel has said they made the mistake, and were sorry for it, the fire is burning once again.

Posted in Culture @ 29 August 2009 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The changing face of Bali n article below was originally published in The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, August 4, 2009. Written by Balinese Ketut Kartika Inggas, it underlines impact the tourism industry is having on the island's culture and traditional life style. Inggas is an alumnae of University of East Anglia, England (MA in Development Studies), curently working in Bangkok:

Posted in Culture @ 26 August 2009 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Discovery Channel put Tari Pendet in Malaysia ad Just a few days after it all started, it became very clear where it went wrong with the "Enigmatic Malaysia" tourism campaign. It was not Malaysia that put in the traditional Tari Pendet dance from Bali, but it was Discovery Channel that made the mistake when creating a trailer video for their tv-series about Malaysia, which are broadcasted around the Independence Day of that country.

Posted in Culture @ 25 August 2009 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors to pursue immigration corruption scandal? As reported on earlier, State Auditors recently uncovered the misappropriation of Rp. 3 billion (211,000 euro) in visa-on-arrival fees committed by 44 members of the immigration service assigned to Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 August 2009 06:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Bank Indonesia to withdraw four banknotes from 1998 issue As of 31 December 2008, four banknotes which were issued in 1998, are no longer valid tender in Indonesia. The banknotes are officially withdrawn at the end of the year since they have been replaced by new ones in recent years. The banknotes that are withdrawn are the 10.000 Rupiah banknote with the image of Cut Nyak Dhien, the 20.000 Rupiah banknote with Ki Hajar Dewantara, the 50.000 Rupiah banknote with WR. Soepratman and the 100.000 Rupiah banknote with Soekarno and Hatta. The last one is made from polymer, not to be mistaken with the paper one, which will still be valid.

Posted in General @ 01 December 2008 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia threatens to close Adam Air in three weeks Indonesia threatened Monday to close low-cost carrier Adam Air after two of its largest shareholders announced plans to pull out of the beleaguered company. The airline has defaulted on debt payments to airplane leasing companies, which has forced the company to ground 12 of its 22 planes, said Adam Suherman, whose family together with Sandra Ang owns a 50 percent stake.

Posted in General @ 17 March 2008 13:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


Grammatical error in Tourism 2008 campaign to be fixed A grammatical error in the 'Visit Indonesia 2008' campaign - to be found on airplanes, websites and advertisements - has to be fixed, said an official at the Ministry of Tourism on Wednesday. The slogan of the campaign reads 'Celebrating 100 years of nation's awakning'. 'Nation's', in correct English, should read 'national' or has to be preceded by a definite article.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 December 2007 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air to acquire airlines in six countries Indonesia's budget carrier Lion Air said Wednesday that it was preparing funds to acquire shares in airlines in six Asian countries as part of the company's ambition to boost its global presence. Lion Air will buy stakes in airlines in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Bangladesh and South Korea at the amount permitted under their respective laws.

Posted in General @ 15 November 2007 01:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia privatises part of toll road company The Indonesian government is selling a 30 percent stake in PT Jasa Marga, the leading state toll road operator, at an IPO targeted at the top of the range to raise some 267 million euro. This makes it the fourth largest IPO in Indonesia since the Asian financial crisis in 1997-1998. The deal is the second sale of an Indonesian government owned company this year. Earlier PT Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) had raised some 537 million euro, of which 43 percent went to the state coffers. The sale cut the governmentís stake in BNI from 99.1% to about 73%.

Posted in Economy @ 29 October 2007 01:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mud flow that doesn't end While former Indonesian president Suharto was known as the 'Smiling General', current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is known as the 'Crying General'. He shed tears when he talked with the victims of the mud flow near Sidoarjo when they recounted their struggle. Back then, Yudhoyono promised direct compensation. More than one year later, the only company to have paid up is Australian oil and gas explorer Santos.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 21 October 2007 07:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clove Marlboro launched in Indonesia Philip Morris International has launched 'Marlboro Mix 9', a Marlboro cigarette in Indonesia flavored with clove, seeking to boost sales in one of the world's biggest markets where smokers in Europe and the United States stop smoking. The company, a unit of New York-based Altria Group, last year bought a controlling stake in cigarette manufacturer Sampoerna for 5.2 billion US dollar. It was the largest foreign takeover in Indonesian history.

Posted in General @ 04 July 2007 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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 plans to privatize more state firms The government is planning to add several more state-owned companies, BUMN, SOEs) to the program for privatization this year in a bid to raise more cash to fill up the budget deficit, according to an official. "We will identify the SOEs that are ready to go public this year while taking a look at the market conditions," said State Minister for State Enterprises Sofyan Djalil. "If it is feasible, we'll ask for more divestment approvals from the House of Representatives."

Posted in General @ 15 May 2007 11:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Traveling between Yogyakarta and Malang It's not really difficult go get up on time, around seven in the morning, so for that matter it's a nice service that it's possible to get a minivan in front of the door within the hour when I'm making a trip to a destination at a bigger distance than just in the city or nearby. That kind of minivan is called a travel here, and plies a fixed route a few times a day, for example from Yogyakarta via Solo, Madiun and Malang to Surabaya. Of course you can also travel the other way around, if you like you can go as far as Jakarta, but from Yogyakarta that is such a big distance that I rather prefer taking the train or a plane. Trains often depart or arrive at the most strange times possible, but that's a matter of looking what you personally most like.

Posted in Travel @ 19 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Investigator: Argument between pilots may have caused crash Chief investigator into the Garuda Indonesia plane crash that killed 21 people, says a disagreement between the pilot and the co-pilot may have contributed to the crash. The chairman of the National Transport Safety Board in Indonesia, Tatang Kuniardi, is leading the investigation into the crash of flight 200.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 April 2007 10:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President: Be smart and creative in promoting tourism The Indonesian language website Bisnis.com reports that Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on the Department of Culture and Tourism to optimize their work, be smarter and more creative in developing national tourism. The President's comments were made at the opening of a 3-day national coordinating meeting on culture and tourism held at the National Palace in Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 01 April 2007 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Malaysia apologizes for Ambalat incursions Malaysia has made an apology over incursions by its naval boats into Indonesian waters. The neighboring country has admitted that it had made a mistake in making provocative moves in the Ambalat region, according to an Indonesian legislator. "As a civilized nation, we have to appreciate Malaysia's willingness to offer an apology," said Andreas H. Pareira, a House of Representatives (DPR) member of the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P).

Posted in Politics @ 30 March 2007 04:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten This report has been prepared by the UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 February 2007 01:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian company sued over Indonesia mudspill The Australian mining company Santos has been named in a Jakarta lawsuit lodged by an Indonesian environmental organisation. As Indonesia correspondent Geoff Thompson reports, since May last year a 'mud volcano' has spewed from the earth submerging villages, factories and fields and displacing thousands in Sidoarjo in East Java.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 14 February 2007 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to reopen international tourism offices as arrivals sag In an attempt to boost the declining number of foreign visitors to Indonesia, the government will re-open a dozen international tourism offices this year, local media reports said Tuesday. Indonesia missed its tourist arrival target of 5.5 million in 2006, with only 4.8 million foreign visitors to the country, according to Tourism Minister Jero Wacik. Indonesia has set a target of 6 million foreign visitors for this year and 8 million in 2009.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 February 2007 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Chickens rule the world Earlier this month it finally came through - Jakarta was to forbid all chickens in, on, around, below and besides houses, huts and other structures - but since then not much happened elsewhere to reach the same effect. Of course that will not be easy. Not outside Jakarta but also not within the city limits of a city of 15 million souls. Whether the city is flooded or not, chickens will always be there. Just recently a small group of people started to understand that chickens and humans can be a dangerous combination. This are probably people which already lost someone dear to this disease with incredibly high mortality rates. For all the others they can't care less, they have to make some living from it. Without chickens no food and that is what the local government realizes.

Posted in Health @ 10 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans new tactic to curb massive mud flow Indonesia will drop hundreds of concrete balls into a mud volcano in a bid to brake the flow of hot liquid that has displaced more than 10,000 people and inundated entire villages in Java, an official said on Friday. The torrent of hot mud has been flowing since an oil drilling accident in May in Sidoarjo, an industrial suburb of East Java's Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 03 February 2007 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Piece of missing jet found off Sulawesi A fisherman found a piece of a Boeing 737 that disappeared more than 10 days ago, the first hard evidence that the plane carrying 102 people had crashed into the sea off Sulawesi, a top search official said Thursday. The piece of tail from Adam Air Flight KI-574 was recovered Wednesday in the Makassar Strait, 185 miles off Sulawesi Island's coast, said Eddy Suyanto, the head of search and rescue operations.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 January 2007 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia says still apart with Exxon over Natuna Indonesia and Exxon Mobil Corp. played down a deadline on Monday for the expiration of a contract to operate the Natuna D-Alpha gas block, although an official at oil watchdog BPMIGAS said the two sides remained far apart. Indonesia says it has terminated the contract, while Exxon Mobil has said its Natuna contract remains valid until January 2009 and still plans to develop the field.

Posted in Economy @ 08 January 2007 13:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hunt for Adam Air flight 574 It was a fairly normal beginning of the new year, for as far the first day of the year can be a normal one. The sun was shining here and the weather looked good for the day. Maybe a little bit strange, since we are in the middle of the wet season here so in fact we have to expect a lot of rain almost every single day now. The weather is slightly strange since there is really bad weather of the Java Sea. From Southern Sumatra until as far east at the Moluccan Spice Islands the weather is bad; very high waves, strong winds and a lot of rain are pounding the area. At first you think that that is not a big deal there out at sea, at least there will be no victims in flash floods, landslides and other misery that comes with the wet season in Indonesia.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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's crowded skies It's been four days since budget carrier Adam Air's Flight 574 disappeared over the Indonesian archipelago, and despite a search and rescue effort involving ships, planes and ground patrols, authorities are no closer to finding the wreckage or any possible survivors. The Boeing 737-400, which took off from Indonesia's main island of Java en route to the popular diving destination of Manado with 102 people on board, emitted a signal from its emergency beacon over the mountainous island of Sulawesi before dropping out of sight on New Year's Day.

Posted in Travel @ 05 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


126 dead after devastating floods in North Aceh recedes Rescuers reaching remote Indonesian villages for the first time since weeklong rains triggered floods and landslides said Friday that survivors are dehydrated and in desperate need of medical attention. The number of people killed stood at 126, with more than 400,000 displaced. In neighboring Malaysia, which is experiencing its most severe weather in a century, authorities found the body of a 14-year-old boy floating in a flood-swollen canal, bringing the tally of dead to 11. Nearly 90,000 have been displaced in Malaysia, where flood waters have caused nearly Ä15.2 million in damages. Both nations were bracing for continued rains throughout the weekend.

Posted in Flooding @ 29 December 2006 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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