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Observer raises suspicion over Jokowi-Blake meeting A political observer accused US Ambassador Robert O Blake of seeking to implant US influence on Indonesian presidential hopeful Joko Widodo when they met here on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 15 April 2014 19:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BIN: 'Australia assures no wiretapping to take place again' Australia has assured Indonesia that no wiretapping will be conducted ever again on Indonesian officials, the Chief of the State Intelligence Agency (BIN), Marciano Norman, said on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2013 19:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lawmaker: 'Terrorism still real in Jakarta' A lawmaker from the Commission III of the House of Representatives (DPR) Eva Kusuma Sundari said Tuesday`s shooting of a police officer showed that terrorism is still a threat in Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 September 2013 14:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK arrests head of SKK Migas The Upstream Oil and Gas Special Working Unit (SKK Migas) confirmed that head of the agency Rudi Rubiandini had been arrested by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on graft charge.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 August 2013 10:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detain 20 asylum seekers from Afghanistan Siak police in Riau, have detained 20 asylum seekers or illegal immigrants from Afghanistan. They were in a bus when police stopped them in the sub-district of Mandau, in the Bengkalis regency on Wednesday, Siak police chief Adj. Sr. Comr Sugeng Putut Wicaksono said via telephone on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 01 August 2013 21:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four people arrested with billions of rupiahs in fake money The police have arrested four people with billions of rupiahs in fake money in Sleman, Yogyakarta. "The suspects offered loans in fake money with interest rate below bank lending rate," Sleman chief detective Adj. Comr. Heru Muslimin, said here on Monday.

Posted in Crime @ 15 July 2013 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides trapped cars in Bengkulu highway Rain-triggered landslides blocked and trapped a number of cars and motorcycles along a highway between the districts of Bengkulu Utara and Lebong.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 May 2013 10:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Italian national dies in Central Java prison after bomb threat On Monday, February 11, 2013, the strange and twisting tale of Bali expatriate Andrea Geovani Soreti (earlier reported as Sorenti) ended in police custody at a Sleman, Central Java hospital where he died, aged 49, reportedly of dehydration, septicemia and kidney failure.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 February 2013 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 'MRT, monorail, then deep tunnel' Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has stated that he will implement development projects in the city one by one, starting from Mass Rapid Transportation (MRT), followed by Monorail, and then finally the deep tunnel.

Posted in General @ 09 January 2013 16:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bodies of five suspected terrorists taken to Mataram The bodies of five suspected terrorists, who were shot dead by the elite police counter-terrorism team known as Detachment 88 (Densus 88), were taken to Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), on Saturday for an autopsy.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 January 2013 15:18 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Former minister Frans Seda (83) dead A former minister of Finance, Franciscus Xaverius (Frans) Seda, died earlier this morning. This was confirmed by one of the friends of the well-known Catholic person, Policarpus da Lopez. He told that he received a telephone call that confirmed the death of the former politician.

Posted in General @ 31 December 2009 08:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trading XL for Simpati Something remarkable to me is the limited number of SMS messages or telephone calls that I received. That seems to be coincidence, but it isn't. Most people don't even know that I am pulang kampung, but the main reason is the simple fact that the network of my provider XL is not available for most time here. At some moments when the weather is good - so the wet season like now is an even worse time - I can barely send or receive an SMS here now. Making a telephone call is simply not possible.

Posted in Travel @ 13 December 2009 00:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mess at PLN Cikarang #4 Just a few days after I had reported myself to the offices of PLN (the state-owned energy company_ two men reported to the house on a Friday afternoon. They were from PLN, at least that is what they said, because they did not bring a company car nor was there any logo on their clothes to prove they were indeed sent by PLN.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 11 November 2009 01:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian maid tortured and chained in Malaysia An Indonesia maid working in Malaysia has been tortured and abused by her two bosses. She was chained, regularly beaten with an iron stick and forced to sleep at the toilet. She was eventually rescued by the Malaysian police from the house where she worked in Taman Sentosa, Kelang, Selangor on Tuesday afternoon.

Posted in Crime @ 21 October 2009 13:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java quake survivors in dire need of shelter As relief efforts are ramped up following the West Sumatra earthquake on 30 September, aid groups have warned that thousands of survivors of an earlier quake on the Indonesian island of Java are facing health risks unless they receive adequate shelter.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 October 2009 01:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


92 dead of starvation in Papua Crop failure that has hit eight villages in the district of Suntamon in the Yahukimo region of Papua, has caused starvation among it's residents. The district head of Suntamon, Niko Banjo, has said that the starvation has started four months ago and has cost the lives of 92 people already. "Most victims are children. They can not feed themselves and become more vulnerable to disease like malaria. They also live in remote areas," he said over the telephone.

Posted in Health @ 03 September 2009 12:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda increases seat capacity for lebaran holidays Garuda Indonesia will add 42,226 seats to its scheduled services operating September 16 0 28, 2009, to meet an expected surge in demand over the Islamic Lebaran holidays. The extra seats will be create by adding extra flights or increasing the size of aircraft used on an existing 17 domestic and 7 international routes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 31 August 2009 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another hour of delay Before you know it you are in another boarding room. In this case on the airport of Hang Nadim. Back to Jakarta indeed, but the Batavia Air plane has not arrived yet so the minutes of delay start to count already. In contrary to the airport of Jakarta, there are no boards with information about the recently introduced laws on the protection of passengers in case of delay. Most people don't know about the fact that they have the right to a snack and a drink if there is a delay indeed.

Posted in Travel @ 16 August 2009 09:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


An old-fashioned Saturday night in Jogja It was an old-fashioned Saturday evening in Jogjakarta. A part of my life that I left behind for a new life a few hundred kilometers away. I didn't miss a thing about it in the last two months, but when I am 'submerged' in it once again, it is fairly easy to pick up the old rhythm again. That is exactly what I did, together with my girlfriend and a number of friends in town.

Posted in Travel @ 02 August 2009 15:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Second Dutch death in Jakarta bombings confirmed A Dutch man who went missing after the bombings in Jakarta just over a week ago, has certainly be killed in those bombings. The Department of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands has told. The man is the second Dutch victim in the bombings. Most likely he is the husband of the Dutch woman who was confirmed to be killed in the bombings as well.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 July 2009 04:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RNW: 'Jakarta bombings claimed by Jemaah Islamiyah' Dutch press agency Radio Nederland Wereldomroep (RNW) reports that the recent bombings on the J.W. Marriott Hotel and Ritz-Carlton Hotel are claimed by the militant Islamic Jemaah Islamiyah. They are said to have sent an SMS to RNW. Earlier Indonesian authorities already told that they suspected that the group, related to Al-Qaeda, was behind the attacks. The SMS sent to RNW is the first reaction of the terrorist organization.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 July 2009 04:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Corruption with visa-on-arrival at Bali airport DenPost reports that 44 immigration officials are now being examined by the Anti-Corruption Board (KPK) in connection with the suspected embezzlement of Rp. 3 billion (US$294,000) by immigration officials at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport. The alleged corruption reportedly occurred between the months of October 2008 and May 2009 in the under-reporting of funds received from visa on arrival sales.

Posted in Corruption @ 12 July 2009 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pickpocketed at the Busway It was about to happen of course. But for the first time in ten years Indonesia it happened on a place where I could expect it the most. On the Jakarta Busway. It was a rush hour trip from Halte Bunderan HI to terminal Blok M. I traveled during rush hour because I had a scheduled birthday to attend in southern Jakarta at seven. I would not make it, but that was less of a problem.

Posted in Culture @ 28 June 2009 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-terrorism unit arrests one suspected terrorist in Cilacap The head of the regional police of Banyumas, M. Ghufron, has said that one person has been arrested by the anti-terrorism unit Densus 88 because it is suspected that he is a terrorist. "We arrested one person in the region. After that we also searched his house," he said when he was asked for confirmation by telephone earlier.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 June 2009 03:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


17 killed in Sumatra mine blast The death toll of a coal mine explosion on the island of Sumatra rose to 17, while 23 others were still believed to be trapped underground, local officials said on Tuesday. The accident happened following an explosion Tuesday morning in a mine in Sawah Lunto in West Sumatra province, said Head of the Provincial Disaster Management Agency Ade Edward.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 June 2009 04:17 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


Indonesia Bisa! Thoughts on a Thursday morning It is just past eight in the morning local time when the tukang arrive. They were indirectly hired by me to take care of packing all my stuff. You can assume from me that it is quite a lot that has to be moved to Lippo Cikarang, my new living environment in a few days from here, so I am glad that there are some people helping me here.

Posted in General @ 04 June 2009 05:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Anti-terrorism unit sent to airport occupied by OPM After the Papua Freedom Movement OPM (Organisasi Papua Merdeka) occupied the Perintis airport in the district of Mamberamo Raya in Papua last week, the police of Papua has finally decided to sent an anti-terrorism unit, Densus 88, to the location to regain control over the airport.

Posted in General @ 19 May 2009 09:53 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


Mount Slamet volcano continues to erupt The head of the Center of Volcanology and Disaster Management, Surono, has said that the activity of the Mount Slamet volcano is still increasing. Observations at the observation post for the volcano in the village of Gambuhan show that since April 26, 2009 the number of lava eruptions and tremors is still increasing.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 April 2009 15:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A Wings Air flight in the early morning I had to get quite early this time, around four o'clock in the morning. That time is better known here as subuh, about the time at which the first prayer of the day for Muslims is held. However the alarm from my cell phone - no need for a buzzer or watch - was set at exactly four o'clock, I woke up just a few minutes earlier. In the background I could already hear some mosques uttering their first call for prayer at this early time. However that is no reason for me to get up this early, catching a plane is.

Posted in Travel @ 14 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Extremists threaten to kill president Yudhoyono Indonesian military authorities stepped up security of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono following threats to assassinate him and other senior officials if the three Bali bombers are executed, a military official said Tuesday. "We will prepare the security as well as possible, from planning to the implementation," Armed Forces Commander General Djoko Santoso was quoted as saying by the state-run Antara news agency.

Posted in General @ 04 November 2008 01:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gives exploration rights on 22 oil fields Indonesia has awarded rights for exploration on 22 oil-and-gas blocks to energy companies, including ConocoPhilips, Chevron and Husky Energy, a director at the energy ministry said here Friday. "22 blocks have been awarded to foreign and local companies," Evita Legowo, director at the ministry told on telephone. The director said that a U.S. unit from Chevron got a right to look for oil on onshore and offshore oil and gas blocks of West Papua I and West Papua II.

Posted in Economy @ 17 October 2008 11:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebel leader returns from exile to Indonesia Tengku Muhammad Hassan di Tiro, top leader of the former separatist organization Free Aceh Movement (GAM), arrived in Aceh Saturday from his exile, police said. He was greeted by enthusiastic people in Aceh as he and entourage passed by in the streets, said Tengku Adnan Brangsa, an aide of Tiro and the spokesman of the local party the Partai Aceh.

Posted in General @ 11 October 2008 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb found in shopping center area in Palu A low explosive bomb was found in a shopping center area in Palu of Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province on Tuesday, ahead of the Muslim festival of Idul Fitri, local police said. The hand-made bomb covered with a plastic bag was found after midnight on a side of Jalan Danau Poso street in Palu, provincial police spokesman Irfaizal Nasution said.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2008 16:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


13 hurt in China Airlines turbulence flight in Indonesia Thirteen Chinese were hurt when a plane operated by China Airlines was struck by turbulence on its route from Taipei to Bali of Indonesia on Saturday, a doctor said. Guning Atmajaya, the doctor who treated eight of the passengers at the Sanglah Hospital, said that six of them were seriously injured and needed an intensive medical care.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2008 06:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 26 Two children have died from bird flu, a health ministry official said on Monday, taking the confirmed death toll in the country worst affected by the virus to 107. A 15-year-old boy from Subang, in West Java, died on Wednesday in an area where chickens had died, said Nyoman Kandun, director general of communicable disease control at the ministry.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 March 2008 12:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Supply shortage causes power outages in Jakarta and West Java Since last evening, state power company PLN has put out power in the Bigger Jakarta and Tangerang areas partially to avoid a total long-lasting blackout. The shortage of power is caused by the fact that a number of power plants is out of operation. Until this afternoon, PLN has rolling blackouts planned for these areas.

Posted in Power supply @ 21 February 2008 09:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 60 dead in landslides in Karanganyar district, central Java At least 61 people were killed and 36 others went missing after rain-triggered landslides hit Tawangmangu district at Karanganyar regency of Central Java province on Wednesday, disaster management agency said. An official of the agency at the field Anggit M.S. told that rescuers, comprising soldiers, police and personnel from the national rescue agency, were searching those missing under the buried houses.

Posted in Weather @ 26 December 2007 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Hoisting of Morning Star flag to be stopped directly Hundreds of students who name themselves the Morning Star Youth Movement Anti-colonial Indonesia have raised the Morning Star flag yesterday. Hoisting the flag took place in a ceremony held in the deep forests near Jayapura. The ceremony was held to remember the day that the independence of Papua Barat was proclaimed. Outside a number of youth, the ceremony was attended by a number of members of the National Freedom Army of the Papua Independence Organisation TPN OPM.

Posted in Protests @ 01 December 2007 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelut (Kelud) volcano now at highest alert status Indonesia yesterday raised the alert level for Mount Kelut volcano to the highest level, as residents started fleeing amid signs an eruption could be imminent, officials and a witness said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 October 2007 04:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Militant inmate escapes from prison An Indonesian Islamic militant serving 20 years in prison for plotting a deadly cafe explosion in 2004 has escaped from jail in South Sulawesi province, an official of the prison said on Monday. Jasmin Bin Kasau used a rope to climb a wall of Guning Sari prison on last Friday night after a mass prayer, the official named only Rusdini said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 September 2007 14:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soputan volcano on Sulawesi erupts The Soputan volcano on the northern top of the island of Sulawesi has started spewing ash and rocks. Lava debris is starting to descend down it's slopes but no evacuation had taken place according to an official on Tuesday. Mount Soputan, 2.175 kilometers northeast of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, is no threat to the nearest villages, located at 11 kilometers from it's crater. Even in the event of an actual eruption there is no direct danger, according to Saut Sumatupang, head of Indonesia's Volcanology Survey.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 August 2007 16:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to provide phone links to all villages by end 2008 The government is preparing telephone links to all villages in the country by the end of 2008, told Minister of Communication Muhammad Nuh on Tuesday. Some 38,000 villages - over half of the total of 70,000 - still don't have telephone links according to the minister during a lunch with foreign reporters. "We start with 18,000 villages for 2007 and the rest, 20,000, in 2008," he said.

Posted in General @ 31 July 2007 13:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two missing mountainers climbing Mount Semeru found alive Two climbers that had been reported missing last week when climbing Mount Semeru were found alive earlier today and were evacuated from Besuk Tompe to Loji Air. "Thank God, the two mountaineers, Markus (28) and Riko (27), have been found alive although they are very weak for not having had any food for the last four days," said Joko Prihanton, head of Beuk Tompe National Park by telephone.

Posted in General @ 11 June 2007 16:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Keeping connected in Yogyakarta One year on from the Yogyakarta earthquake, hundreds of thousands of people are rebuilding their lives, picking up the pieces that were so violently smashed. For a lot of survivors, the long road to recovery is compounded by feelings of grief and loss. Many people lost family members and friends in the earthquake. Some also lost the ability to walk. Nearly a thousand people suffered spinal injuries, a tragically common consequence of earthquakes, when collapsing buildings crushed occupants.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2007 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


E-ticketing finally takes off in Indonesia according to IATA After lagging behind with e-ticketing, 82 percent of all passengers in Indonesia now access websites or make a telephone call to have their tickets issued electronically, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This percentage is higher than the global and regional averages.

Posted in General @ 19 May 2007 09:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Doctor becomes bird flu suspect after treating boy A doctor who was treating a 15-year-old boy who died from bird flu is now himself treated in an isolation room after developing symptoms of the disease, as was announced by hospital staff yesterday. The doctor had treated the boy from Indramayu in West Java in a hospital in Bandung. Th boy died of bird fly at 25 March.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 April 2007 04:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of buildings collapsed, fires break out after quakes The powerful twin earthquake that hit western Sumatra earlier Tuesday killed at least 26 people. It also flattened hundreds of buildings. Hospitals in the area are flooded with wounded according to officials and witnesses. Under the collapsed buildings are a building of the BRI (government bank), a traditional market and some schools. Not all casualties from those sites are counted as some buildings are ablaze.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 March 2007 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rain hampers Flores landslide rescue efforts Rains and the given fact of the remoteness of the areas earlier hit by landslides hamper relief efforts for the about 40 missing. Hundreds of people are displaced after landslides hit the island of Flores last week. Around 1,000 people have been evacuated from the area because their houses were washed away. Main roads also got damaged in the landslides, which further complicates the process. At least 34 people are confirmed dead.

Posted in Weather @ 05 March 2007 11:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


50 still missing after landslides in Nusa Tenggara Rescue teams are still trying to find the fifty-odd people missing after landslides hit several villages on Flores. Roads blocked by landslides hamper rescue efforts. The landslides, which are triggered by heavy rain in the last days, hit several villages in four districts of Manggarai on the island, about 1,500 kilometers to the east from the capital Jakarta.

Posted in Weather @ 04 March 2007 08:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides kill at least 40 in Indonesia After days of heavy rain, landslides killed at least 40 people on the island of Flores earlier today. 30 more are probably buried under the mud and have not been found yet. Local authorities had to find a way through blocked roads to bring in emergency aid to the affected areas and to find survivors, Pustam Pakaya, chief of the Health Department's crisis center in Jakarta told.

Posted in Weather @ 03 March 2007 14:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adam Air to continue expansion Adam Skyconnection Airlines said the Jan. 1 crash of one of its aircraft will not affect expansion plans as the Indonesian budget carrier will pursue adding 60 planes within five years and searching for a strategic investor. The airline also plans to lease 10 Boeing 737 planes this year, bringing its total fleet to 32, according to the company's president director, Adam Suherman, whose family owns the Jakarta- based carrier.

Posted in General @ 14 February 2007 02:14 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 @ 05 February 2007 02:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia floods kill 20, nearly 200,000 homeless Floods in the Indonesian capital have killed at least 20 people and made nearly 200,000 homeless, with the deluge of muddy brown water up to 4 metres (13 feet) deep in some areas, officials said on Sunday. Downpours over Jakarta weakened at the weekend, but heavy rain in upland areas sent more water into already swollen rivers criss-crossing the low-lying city.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 02:14 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 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


Schools closed in Poso after clashes Some schools were closed in Indonesia's troubled Poso region on Tuesday a day after 12 people were killed in a clash between police and suspected Islamic militants, but there was no more violence, officials said. One policeman was among those killed in the clashes after a raid on a militant hideout.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 January 2007 08:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


10 killed in gunbattle in Poso Nine militants and one policeman were killed in a gunbattle when Indonesian police trying to capture wanted-militants allegedly played leading role in the communal clash years ago in Poso of Central Sulawesi province of Indonesia, provincial police chief Badrodin Haiti said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 22 January 2007 17:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wreckage of missing Adam Air plane not found yet Efforts to find the wreckage of Indonesia's Adam Air plane that went missing during a flight from Java to North Sulawesi Jan.1 had not yielded any positive results, said Antara News Agency on Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 January 2007 08:59 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


Moderate quake strikes south of Java island A moderate earthquake shook parts of Indonesia's central Java island on Friday, although there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, a meteorologist said. The magnitude 5.7 quake struck south of Java at 9.44 a.m. (0244 GMT) at a depth of 33 km, an official at Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said by telephone.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 January 2007 09:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel spill may be new clue on missing Adam Air jet Indonesian rescue workers scouring the seas for a commercial airliner that went missing two weeks ago have found a fuel spill believed to be from the doomed jet, an official said on Monday. Small pieces of the Adam Air Boeing 737-400 that vanished from radar screens on New Year's Day with 102 people aboard have been found in the past few days floating in the sea or washed up on beaches off the west coast of Sulawesi island.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 January 2007 11:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confirms 75th case of human bird flu infection A 14-year-old boy tested positive for bird flu in Indonesia, marking the country's first case in almost two months and its 75th overall, a Health Ministry official said. The boy is being treated at Persahabatan Hospital in Jakarta after showing flu-like symptoms on Jan. 1, Muhammad Nadirin, an official at the Health Ministry's avian flu information center, said in a telephone interview today.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 07 January 2007 09:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nearly 70 rescued from sinking ship north of Java Sixty nine people have been rescued from a sinking passenger ship carrying over 600 people at the waters off Indonesia's Central Java province earlier Saturday, head of rescue team Riyadi said. "The weather is unfavorable, very strong wind and heavy rain keeps pouring down, make us difficult to rescue them," he told Xinhua on telephone from the province.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 December 2006 15:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Weeks of net chaos expected in Indonesia It is expected to take between two and four weeks for Internet capacity to recover in Indonesia after it dropped to 17 percent Tuesday following the earthquake in China 's Taiwan. "The question of when Internet connections will recover, regretfully, lies in the hands of external parties," the Jakarta Post daily on Friday quoted Basuki Yusuf Iskandar, director general of posts and telecommunication at the Communications and Information Ministry, as saying at a press conference.

Posted in General @ 30 December 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


North Sumatra floods recede, at least 100 dead Deadly floodwaters in north-western Indonesia have begun to recede but authorities said on Tuesday at least 100 people had been killed and they were searching remote areas for up to 200 people still missing. Floods and subsequent landslides have killed at least 100 people in Aceh and North Sumatra provinces, with tens of thousands forced to flee their homes for higher ground, local officials said.

Posted in Flooding @ 26 December 2006 12:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia overturns Bashir's conviction Indonesia overturned a terror conviction Thursday against the militant Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, who served 2 1/2 years for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed more than 200 people. The Supreme Court ruling is likely to anger the United States and its regional ally Australia, both of which publicly accused the aging cleric of being a top leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked Southeast Asian terror group.

Posted in General @ 21 December 2006 16:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides in Sumatra destroy mosque, kill 17 Landslides in Indonesia's Sumatra island killed 17 people on Friday, most of them worshippers in a mosque, a rescue official said. Satria Arjuna, chief of the emergency team in the area, said workers were searching for 11 more people missing after the landslides struck two villages in the remote area of western Sumatra.

Posted in Weather @ 15 December 2006 08:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong quake shakes Sulawesi, no tsunami warning A strong undersea earthquake shook northeastern Indonesia late on Tuesday but there was no danger of a tsunami because of its depth, an official at the country's meteorology agency said. The quake, of magnitude 6.5, struck at 10:48 pm (1548 GMT) on Tuesday, 252 km (157 miles) north east of the city of Manado on the island of Sulawesi at a depth of 237 km, Benny, an official at Indonesia's meteorology and geophysical centre, said by telephone on Wednesday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 13 December 2006 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landmark election campaign begins in Aceh The candidates for the leaders of Aceh province in Indonesia began a two-week-long official campaign on Friday to compete over the positions of governor and mayors, the provincial electoral commission said. "The campaign starts today, from Nov. 24 to Dec. 7," M. Jafar, chairman of the commission, told Xinhua in a telephone interview.

Posted in Elections @ 25 November 2006 14:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia may cut key policy rate for sixth time since May Indonesia's central bank will probably cut its benchmark interest rate by half a percentage point, the sixth reduction since May, to help revive consumer spending after inflation slowed to a two-year low. Bank Indonesia Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah and his fellow policy makers will cut the rate used as a reference for bills sales to 10.25 percent, according to 15 of 16 economists in a Bloomberg survey. One expects a reduction to 10 percent. The central bank decision is due in Jakarta tomorrow.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2006 03:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from bridge collapse rises to 7 The number of death toll from Wednesday's suspension bridge collapse in a mountainous tourist resort in Central Java province rose to seven on Thursday, a police officer said. "The fatality has become seven, two of those injured have died," Police chief of Baturaden district of the province named only Sudrajad told Xinhua by telephone.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 October 2006 16:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2 militants in 2002 Bali bombing freed Two Islamic militants jailed for the Bali bombings that killed 202 people were freed Tuesday, and nine others had their sentences reduced to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month. But the decision to include convicted terrorists was likely to anger countries that lost citizens in the Oct. 12, 2002, suicide attacks on two crowded nightclubs.

Posted in General @ 24 October 2006 17:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze from forest fires paralyses Indonesia airports Thick smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has shut airports and slashed visibility to below 100 metres (330 ft) -- and there is no respite in sight, officials said on Wednesday. The fires have been raging for weeks, spreading smoke across much of Southeast Asia and triggering fears of a repeat of the environmental disaster in 1997-98 when dry conditions linked to the El Nino weather pattern caused a choking haze that cost the region billions of dollars in economic losses.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 October 2006 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christian pastor shot dead in Sulawesi An unidentified gunman shot dead a Christian pastor on Monday in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, officials and church groups said, sparking fears of a return to sectarian fighting that once gripped the region. Reverend Irianto Kongkoli was shot in the head when he was buying construction materials at a shop in the provincial capital of Palu, 1,650 km (1,030 miles) northeast of Jakarta, the Central Sulawesi government said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 16 October 2006 14:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu found in pigs in Bali The H5N1 bird flu virus has infected pigs on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, a senior agriculture ministry official said on Monday. "There were two pigs that were infected by bird flu in Bali. These were old cases that happened last July," Musni Suatmodjo, agriculture ministry director of animal health, told Reuters.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 October 2006 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chevron to invest $6 bln in Indonesia gas fields Chevron Corp. (CVX.N) plans to invest about $6 billion to develop gas fields off the coast of Borneo, aiming to crank up flagging Indonesian gas output, a senior official at the country's oil watchdog said on Monday. Indonesia, the world's top liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter, has failed to meet its contractual commitments to traditional buyers such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan because of a slump in production.

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2006 15:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's bird flu variant shows no major changes The bird flu virus that's killed one person a week in Indonesia this year hasn't mutated to become more contagious to people, the country's agriculture ministry said, citing an analysis of virus samples. Tests on 49 samples taken from birds on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Bali showed the H5N1 avian influenza virus has undergone no major changes, the ministry said in a statement today. The analysis was undertaken by a World Organization for Animal Health reference laboratory in Geelong, Australia.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 October 2006 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A visit to the Indonesian embassy It has been a short while, but still I think about that one day that I was headed for the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Because I had obtained a nice booklet of maps of the city, and I also bought a monthly card for the LRT (city trains), I would be able to drop in there to bring my paperwork. The embassy opened at nine o'clock in the morning, like usual, so if I would get up at around eight o'clock I would have enough time to prepare myself. That is what happened. Half past eight the alarm of my telephone went off and I took a short shower. The train station of Chinatown - that's the place where I found a nice little hotel for the week - was located at about 300 meters from the hotel. I waned to the central station of Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral) because you can take the monorail from there. This route brought me in the direction of the Indonesian embassy, however I still had to walk quite some distance. With a bottle of water that should be possible however. I also got the chance to use the monorail trains, because waiting until the one in Jakarta is finished would mean I was able to go to Kuala Lumpur a few more times, because that one won't be ready for some time being, if I read the stories about that.

Posted in Travel @ 25 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Calmer after Indonesia executions Conditions were calmer and under control after Indonesian government deployed thousands of security forces to guard public areas Saturday in Central Sulawesi province. Angry mobs had rioted Friday in Christian areas of Indonesia after the government carried out early-morning executions of three Christian men convicted of massacring Muslims during sectarian violence six years ago.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 September 2006 14:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Demonstrators attack relief agency office in Aceh About 700 protesters attacked the office of the relief agency in Indonesia's tsunami-hit province of Aceh on Wednesday, an Indonesian officer said. The protesters, who had camped outside the office since Tuesday night, attacked the building in two waves of strikes, on Wednesday morning and in the afternoon, injuring one policeman, the officer told Xinhua in telephone from the province on condition of anonymity.

Posted in Violence @ 21 September 2006 10:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to allow protests against IMF, World Bank Indonesian police will allow activists opposed to the policies of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to meet in Batam, 40 minutes by ferry from Singapore where the lenders are holding their annual meetings. Activists were previously denied permission to hold the meeting on the island because it could hurt the political, security and investment environment in Indonesia, Anggaria Lopies, a spokesman from the Riau provincial police, said in a telephone interview today.

Posted in Protests @ 11 September 2006 14:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two killed in Bekasi dump collapse Two people were killed after a garbage dump they were sifting through collapsed on them near the Indonesian capital, a police official said on Friday. Media reports said 22 others may be missing. "Two people were killed and three were injured," police official Cecep Triosaputro said by telephone. "They were sifting through garbage."

Posted in Accidents @ 08 September 2006 13:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tries to save historic rack railway Indonesian tourism is synonymous with Bali - the jet-set crowd, European tourists and hippy backpackers flocking to the resort island to hit the beaches and health spas. But for travellers with more discriminating tastes, specifically a thirst for the country's railway history, an historic town on the main island of Java is the place to be.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2006 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia drops plan to raise phone tariff The Indonesian government will not raise charges on fixed-line phones due to concerns about low consumer purchasing power despite a planned hike to take effect in January next year, an official has said. "Our economic condition is not that conducive. This is a result of the low purchasing power of the people and the recent natural disasters," the Communications and Information Ministry's director general of post and telecommunications, Gatot Dewa was quoted Tuesday by The Jakarta Post daily as saying. "Therefore, the fixed-line telephone rates will not be increased."

Posted in Economy @ 22 August 2006 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. Navy halts sunken war ship's photography St. Louis County Undersheriff Dave Phillips' efforts to photograph the inside of the sunken cruiser USS Houston have been halted by the Navy before he could get his remotely controlled underwater camera into the ship. The photos of the ship, sunk by the Japanese during World War II, were for the USS Houston Survivors Association, which contacted him because of his experience using a remotely operated vehicle camera.

Posted in General @ 13 August 2006 13:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire smoke blankets city on Sumatra Smoke from raging ground and forest fires has blanketed Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province on Indonesia's Sumatra island, local meteorology and airport officials said on Friday. Marzuki, an offcial of the meteorology agency, said that the visibility had decreased to the range of 6 to 7 kilometers. The normal is from five to ten kilometers. "This morning the visibility was extremely down to between 30 meters to 50 meters," Marzuki told Xinhua by telephone.

Posted in Forest fires @ 29 July 2006 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami warning for Australia, Indonesia after quake Indonesia and Australia were advised of a possible local tsunami after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck the Indian Ocean south of the Indonesian island of Java.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 July 2006 13:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll in Sumatra ferry sinking reaches 16 Sixteen people have been confirmed dead and around 20 are still missing from a ferry that sank last week off Sumatra island's west coast, a naval officer said on Tuesday. Lieutenant-Colonel Jaka Santoso, chief of the Sibolga naval base on the island, told Reuters by telephone it was likely that the remaining people who haven't been found were dead. He said the bodies recovered recently "have been bloated and they are hard to identify".

Posted in Accidents @ 27 June 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


South Sulawesi flood death toll hits 200 The death toll climbed to 200 after flash floods and landslides swept through villages in the eastern Indonesian province of South Sulawesi, and left more than 130 others missing, officials said Thursday. 'The latest reports we've gotten from the field now show the death toll reached 200,' said Yustin, an official at the disaster task force, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa from the provincial capital of Makassar, about 1,400 kilometres northeast of Jakarta.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 June 2006 17:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides and floods kill 188 in South Sulawesi The death toll from landslides and floods on Indonesia's eastern Sulawesi island this week has reached 188, and another 145 people are missing, an official said on Thursday. A search-and-rescue operation has been underway in South Sulawesi province after two days of heavy rain at the beginning of the week. Sinjai regency was the worst-hit area after flooding early on Tuesday, police and disaster officials say.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 June 2006 07:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two trapped in bunker on Merapi volcano found dead Two men trapped in a bunker by volcanic debris from Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano have died, disaster management officials and a Reuters witness said on Friday. "The first person was in a singed condition because of hot steam," Widisutikno told Elshinta news radio, while the second person's body was intact when recovered from the bunker early on Friday morning.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 June 2006 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia releases militant islamic cleric A militant cleric alleged to be a top leader in an al-Qaida-linked terror group was released from prison Wednesday to cries of "God is great" from supporters. Abu Bakar Bashir, 68, had served 26 months for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed 202 people and thrust Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, onto the front lines of the war on terror.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2006 08:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird Flu campaign to start as human tally climbs A campaign to warn Indonesians about bird flu will start next week, a United Nations official said, almost a year after the virus infected the first of 49 people in the world's fourth-most-populous country. Thousands of government workers and members of social and religious groups will be involved in the nationwide effort to stem avian flu outbreaks in poultry, avoid human cases and help prepare for a pandemic, said John Budd, head of communications with the United Nations Children's Fund in Jakarta.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 June 2006 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's cultural heart escapes worst of quake Indonesia's weekend earthquake shook the country's ancient Javanese royal capital, but left little damage in the cultural and educational hub that has endured both man-made and natural disasters before. Yogyakarta, a city of half a million long ruled by descendants of the Indonesian royal family and home to a centuries-old palace, was woken by the magnitude 6.3 quake at dawn on Saturday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt fights to stop disease as quake toll rises to 4,983 Indonesian authorities rushed to provide survivors of the May 27 earthquake in Java with clean water and shelter to halt the spread of disease among 200,000 homeless people, as the death toll rose to 4,983. Aid agencies such as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies supplied 2,000 tents for 10,000 people in areas south of Yogyakarta and are transporting tents used for survivors of the 2004 tsunami in Aceh. The World Food Program will start distributing 100 metric tons of fortified noodles and other food today, agency spokesman Barry Came said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 May 2006 06:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3,700 dead, Indonesia struggles to heal Thousands of exhausted and grieving survivors dug through their crumpled homes on Sunday searching for clothes, food and valuables after a powerful earthquake hit central Indonesia, killing more than 3,700. The magnitude-6.3 quake struck early Saturday and injured thousands more in the heart of densely populated Java island, in the country's worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami. It also triggered fears that a nearby rumbling volcano would erupt.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java shaken by quake; 115 deaths reported A magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook central Java in Indonesia, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site. At least 115 people died, Agence Press-France reported. The quake, centered about 26 kilometers (16 miles) south of Yogyakarta, struck at 5:54 a.m. local time, USGS said. Many houses and buildings collapsed and the tremors were felt in nearby cities as well on the north coast of the island, Agence France-Presse said. No tsunami has been reported from the quake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2006 06:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions
    
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