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28.3 million Indonesians live in poverty More than 28.28 million Indonesian people live in poverty as of March 2014 compared to 28.17 million in the same period last year, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS). "It was the result of a shift in the number of people working in the agricultural sector due to the impact of climate change, which had led to belated harvest," BPS Chief Suryamin said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 July 2014 22:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Accident at Redjosari sugar plant kills five workers Five workers lost their lives in an accident at Redjosari Sugar Plant, belonging to PT Perkebunan Nusantara XI in Magetan, East Java, on Sunday, according to witnesses. The accident happened after a sugar evaporation kettle in the factory broke down on Sunday (Sept 15), said Siswoyo, one of family members of a victim on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 September 2013 23:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police conduct urine tests on bus drivers Police in Karawang district, West Java, conducted urine tests on bus drivers at Klari terminal on Monday. "All bus drivers, particularly inter-provincial bus drivers, are obliged to undergo a urine test," the head of the Karawang police resort`s narcotics unit, Adj. Comr. Senen Ali, said.

Posted in General @ 06 August 2013 00:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs office foils attempt to smuggle in sugar The Customs and Excise Office officials have foiled an attempt to smuggle in five tons of sugar. "The sugar was to be smuggled out of the Free Trade and Port Zone of Pulau Weh and was transported in a truck," customs official Beni Noveri said here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 01 March 2013 23:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Statistics agency: Number of poor population down The number of poor population in Indonesia drops by 0.54 million or 540,000 until September 2012, according to the National Statistic Agency (BPS).

Posted in Economy @ 02 January 2013 23:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police foil sugar smuggling attempt A joint team of police and military personnel successfully foiled an attempt to smuggle 18 tonnes of sugar from Malaysia into Indonesia on Thursday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 27 September 2012 20:57 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


Garuda employees stealing alcohol from Garuda galleys According to Kompas.com, the police precinct at Baliís Ngurah Rai Airport have busted a syndicate stealing alcoholic beverages from the business class galleys of Garuda Indonesia aircraft transiting Bali.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 29 July 2011 08:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trainer plane crash in Java, Indonesia kills 2 A small aircraft crashed in Indonesia's Java island during a training mission, killing two people, officials said Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 April 2011 15:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government moving to check rising food costs In an urgent step to curb inflationary food prices the Indonesian government will abolish value-added taxes and import duties on a number of food products.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2011 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt prepares 2 million ha of land for food security The government has prepared two million hectares of land to bolster the nationís food security progam in the face of extreme weather and skyrocketing food prices. Agriculture Minister Suswono said on Saturday that the land would located be outside Java Island, in Merauke, Papua.

Posted in Economy @ 09 January 2011 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six children died of food poisoning in Central Java Six children over the weekend were killed due to food poisoning in Central Java, the Jakarta Globe reported on Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 January 2011 18:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The breathtaking view and sound of a pyroclastic cloud Two days ago, also soon after our breakfast, we got on our motorcycle to make the trip towards Klaten. Since all roads directly north of Yogyakarta were sealed off, and Cangkringan was one of the worst-hit areas, I wanted to go east as far as possible before driving back to the Mount Merapi volcano again. There were relatively little problems in that area, which was also easy to reach.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 November 2010 05:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Agriculture expansion plan under fire The Indonesian government's plan to develop a food estate in Papua has come in for heavy criticism for potentially marginalizing small farmers and threatening the environment. The government hopes the 1.6 million hectare Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate in Merauke District will turn Indonesia into one of the world's biggest food producers.

Posted in Environment @ 01 April 2010 16:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wants to be large producer of crops Following Brazil's trail, Indonesia is encouraging foreign and local investors to lease huge swathes of fertile countryside and help make the country a major food producer. "Feed Indonesia, then feed the world," was the recent call from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after the government announced plans to fast-track development of vast agricultural estates in remote areas like Papua and Borneo.

Posted in Economy @ 22 February 2010 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta #2 The information panel above the LCD-television even indicates where the train is. We have just passed Kepanjen station and are headed for Blitar at a reasonable pace. Thanks to a power outlet in the wall of the train at every couple of seats and the mobile internet connection I always use, I can now even continue writing and internetting following my own biorhythm.

Posted in Travel @ 21 November 2009 13:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


35 million gone in two minutes A businessman in sugar cane from Sumber Sari in the district of Nganjuk became the victim of a robbery on Friday afternoon. Sutrisno (56) picked up his identity card that he forgot from the Sugar Cane Farmers Corporation (KPTR) in the district of Patianrowo when his car was approached by two people using a motorcycle.

Posted in Crime @ 07 November 2009 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sexy, a young woman with candy Simply strange to see. Make a sexy picture of yourself, or ask your friends to make one of you, just to put this picture on your Facebook or Myspace in the hope that people are willing to give a comment on it. Many people aim at comments that are all to predictable, but short replies like "Sexy!", "Hot!" and "I would like to have sex with you!" in various phrases are all to common, also in Indonesian of course.

Posted in Sexy @ 24 September 2009 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


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

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


14,000 kilograms of sugar seized The regional police of Bengkayang, which belongs to the city of Pontianak on the island of Kalimantan, has seized 286 bags of illegally imported sugar from Sarawak, Malaysia. The sugar was imported via Jagoi Babang. The police did not have an eye on any suspects yet.

Posted in Crime @ 25 August 2009 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


When life is made impossible Together we are sitting below a blue plastic cover that is used as roof for a bed and some personal possessions. That is all that Kudasi has left. Together we look back at the earthquake that struck some one and a half year ago first. It caused the death of several thousand people and tens of thousands ended up in the same situation as he is in now. He was lucky then, in Parangtritis, a village at the southern beach directly south of the city of Yogyakarta, damage was limited. Now however he became one of the victims, but not from an earthquake. It were the 'new colonials' as he describes it. It is a commonly used term to represent a government that is pushing it's own ideas forward not listening to the people they ought to represent.

Posted in Culture @ 04 February 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to scrap import duty on wheat The Indonesian government will exempt wheat from import duty as surging wheat and flour prices have hurt local food producers, an official said Monday. "The 5 percent duty on wheat will be scrapped, what we need now is a ministerial decree," Bayu Krisnamurthi, a deputy for coordinating minister for economic affairs, was quoted by leading news website Detikcom as saying.

Posted in Economy @ 22 January 2008 06:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One killed as military aircraft crashes in Indonesia An Indonesian air force jet crashed into a sugar cane field shortly after take-off earlier on Monday, killing one of two people on board, according to a military spokesman and witnesses at the scene of the crash. The second pilot in the OV-10 Bronco counterinsurgency aircraft ejected himself from the plane before it crashed and was not injured, said Rear Marchal Daryatmo.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 July 2007 11:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 2 First time to have a drink. I looked in the direction of the only warung that I could find here at the moment. I didn't really want to look for another one. Fortunately there was someone to serve, in the form of a Javanese women which sat on a bench in front of the house. Probably waiting for a customer. A bemo passed. That stopped and the driver got out. Hopefully he didn't bring any passengers, otherwise they had to wait. I wasn't the only one there when I walked into that direction. The driver ordered an iced tea and sat down. I just had picked up the nice idea to drink a coffee here. It had been a long time that I drunk a kopi tubruk actually. That is nice for a change. I found a nice spot at the one big table available.

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


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 1 However it wasn't Saturday for sure, but a Tuesday, still I had the feeling that I had to take my motorbike for a nice day of traveling. Where it would bring me? At least as far as Purworejo. To my amazement and some shame I had never been there before, so that became the primary target. I at least had to go there so I could honestly say that I had been there. Furthermore there were no plans, like usual. It was already late in the morning, so it was not really supposed to become a long trip. Maybe after Purworejo it was time to find my way back. That also depended on what I would find along the way of course. Seen the distance and the road conditions it was to take about one and a half hour to get there. My modest estimation.

Posted in Travel @ 17 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bulog boss becomes graft suspect The head of Indonesia's state-owned logistics agency (Bulog) has been named a suspect in a corruption case involving cows from Australia. Hendarman Supandji, the top anti-graft prosecutor, said the alleged case took place in 2001. "Investigators of the case of cow imports from Australia have named Bulog chief Widjanarko Puspoyo as a suspect.

Posted in General @ 15 March 2007 02:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia may curb exports of crude palm oil Indonesia, the world's second largest palm oil grower, may curb unprocessed exports of the commodity to encourage the development of local refining, an official at the Trade Ministry said. Curbing overseas sales of crude palm oil (CPO) is among the options that will be discussed at a meeting on January 22, Agus Tjahyono, agricultural exports director, said in an interview yesterday. "There are lots of options besides taxes to discourage exports," Tjahyono said. "We can impose regulations."

Posted in Economy @ 20 January 2007 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia push a biofuels cartel With the world increasingly hungry for alternatives to crude oil, two Southeast Asian nations plan a way to control prices. Just at the time the administration of US President George W Bush is being urged by a group of leading US business executives and senior military officers to act decisively to break Americaís dependence on oil and the EU is seeking alternative energy sources, Malaysia and Indonesia are seeking to create a an Opec-style cartel on one of the alternatives Ė palm oil, used for biofuels.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


State planttion company to import 44,000 tons of sugar State plantation company PTPN XI will import 44,000 tons of sugar after the Trade Ministry on Monday issued permits to state firms to import 200,000 tons of sugar to meet domestic demand in 2007. "We are ready to perform this duty," PTPN XI corporate secretary Adig Suwandi said on Tuesday. The Trade Ministry on Monday licenced five state firms to import 200,000 tons of sugar with the first delivery scheduled for Janury 1, 2007 and the last delivery April 30, 2007.

Posted in General @ 05 December 2006 04:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia targets sugar and cotton sectors Indonesia is planning to invest in the sugar and cotton sector in the Coast Province, Indonesiaís ambassador to Kenya, Mr Djismun Kasri, said on Sunday. Kasri said his country has been importing sugar and cotton products from European countries, but it would source the commodities cheaper if Indonesia invested in the two sectors locally. The ambassador spoke yesterday when he paid a courtesy call on the acting Mombasa mayor, Mr Ali Shekue.

Posted in Economy @ 04 December 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from Indonesia gas pipe blast hits 13 A 43-year-old man died on Sunday from injuries sustained after a gas pipeline explosion in Java island last month, taking the toll from the disaster to 13, media reports said. The Nov. 22 blast, which disrupted gas operations in the region covered by state oil company Pertamina's East Java Gas Pipeline, occurred in an area where hot mud has been gushing unchecked since the end of May following a drilling accident.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 04 December 2006 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from Indonesia pipeline blast reaches 12 A man died late on Wednesday after suffering injuries from last week's gas pipeline explosion in the Indonesian area swamped by a devastating mudflow, pushing the incident's death toll to 12, a doctor said. The Nov. 22 blast, which disrupted gas operations in the region covered by state oil company Pertamina's East Java Gas Pipeline, occurred in an area where hot mud has been gushing unchecked since the end of May following a drilling accident.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 01 December 2006 05:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from Indonesia pipeline blast climbs Two more bodies were found on Friday near the scene of a gas pipeline explosion in Indonesia's East Java province which was linked to a devastating mudflow, pushing the death toll from the incident to 10. "Rescuers found two more dead bodies this morning and we are currently preparing the identification and autopsy of those bodies," Sukamto Kasmuri, director of the main hospital in the East Java regency of Sidoarjo, told reporters.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 25 November 2006 14:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Indonesia allots 6M hectares for biofuel Indonesia has earmarked 6 million hectares for development of its biofuel industry, part of plans to reduce its dependence on crude oil and susceptibility to price fluctuations, its energy minister said Friday. "Our target to develop our biofuel industry is by 2009-2010," said Energy Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. "And we have plans for 6 million hectares (14.8 million acres) of development, worth about US$20 billion (euro15.6 billion)."

Posted in Economy @ 05 August 2006 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel imports slump as consumption declines Oil traders looking for a rebound in Indonesiaís oil demand that could resuscitate moribund diesel and gasoline markets may be in for a long wait as Indonesians have quickly learned to live with less fuel. Despite hopes for a quick recovery, consumers in Asiaís fifth-biggest oil user are burning nearly 20 percent or 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) less fuel than a year ago after the government doubled retail prices last October, industry officials say.

Posted in Economy @ 19 February 2006 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From Jogja, itís just a short trip by motorbike to Solo, also known as Surakarta. Short is relative, because it takes about as long as a train ride from my current hometown of Eindhoven to Amsterdam, somewhere between 75 and 90 minutes. The road to Solo is quite easy. In fact itís one long road which starts near the Tugu monument, in downtown Jogja. Travelling to the east the road is named Jl. Jend. Sudirman, Jl. Urip Sumoharjo, Jl. Adisucipto and finally Jl. Solo, starting outside the Jogja outer road, which can bring you to any side of Jogja in a matter of 30 minutes by motorbike.

Posted in Travel @ 13 August 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airports are fun, not only in Indonesia, but everywhere on the world. After flying to Indonesia several times I have seen the airports of Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Zurich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Jogjakarta, Denpasar, Surabaya and Makassar. Not an impressive number, but itís still growing longer. However the remote destinations always seem more attractive for me, a local flight in Indonesia, from Makassar to Jogja, with a short stop at Surabaya made me smile while thinking of it just recently. Itís just one of those experiences I should not forget about.

Posted in Travel @ 31 May 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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