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

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


Prabowo rejects presidential election process Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto here Tuesday rejected the presidential election process saying that there have been massive electoral frauds during the election day.

Posted in Elections @ 22 July 2014 15:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Information ministry reprimands two TV stations The Ministry of Communication and Informatics has issued stern warning to two public TV stations--Metro TV and TV One--for imbalance over coverage of elections, Minister Tifatul Sembiring said here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 21 July 2014 16:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian man found hanging in his Bali home An Australian man was found hanging in his house in Dalung residence of Badung District, Bali, on Saturday. Thomas Rick Michael (34) was found lifeless by his wife Restu Wilujeng at 6.39 am local time (GMT+7) in their rented house in Banjar Dukuh, Dalung Village, North Kuta, Badung District.

Posted in General @ 05 July 2014 16:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TV station slammed for reporting Jokowi is a communist The Jokowi-JK campaign has criticized a private television station for reporting that Jokowi is a communist. "The report is tendentious and unethical," the campaigns spokesman Hasto Kristiyanto said in a press statement received here on Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 03 July 2014 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP leads preliminary result of LSI quick count The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) led the preliminary result of a quick vote count by the Jakarta-based pollster, the Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI), in the parliamentary election on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2014 18:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Attorney General`s Office arrests fugitive ex-TVRI boss The Attorney Generals Office on Thursday arrested former president director of state-owned television station (TVRI) Sumita Tobing, who has been at large for over a year.

Posted in Crime @ 13 March 2014 19:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Supreme Court judge reports Trans7 for alleged defamation Gayus Lumbuun, a Supreme Court judge, reported to police Trans7 television station, for presenting a story alleging him of receiving a bribe in legal case involving two popular singers, Julia Perez and Dewi Persik.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 26 February 2014 23:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Free tourist bus tours for Jakarta visitors The Jakarta Tourism Agency welcomed the arrival of five double-decker tour buses Monday night as the capital, long listed as a sight best left unseen on a visit to Indonesia, began an aggressive push to double the number of foreign tourists visiting the city.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 January 2014 06:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPI reprimands six broadcasting companies The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) has reprimanded six TV stations for their disproportionate coverage of political news, talk-shows and advertisements.

Posted in Elections @ 05 December 2013 22:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court tightens security following riot The Constitutional Court (MK) has stepped up security in the courtroom and areas surrounding it, following a mass riot that took place on Thursday, while the verdict for a lawsuit against the results of a recent election held in the Maluku province was being delivered.

Posted in Violence @ 15 November 2013 15:23 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


Batik Air to offer full service flights from May 3, 2013 Lion Air has officially launched their full service airline called Batik Air, which will begin operations on May 3, 2013 using 737-900ERs. The airline has also signed a commitment with Boeing to order five 787 Dreamliners for the airline, and intends to have them delivered by 2015, the first to order the type since Garuda Indonesia cancelled its firm order for 10 aircraft.

Posted in Travel @ 22 April 2013 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Monkey attacks, kill baby in Riau A wild monkey attacked and killed a six-month old baby in Menaming village, Rambang Sub-district, Rokan Hulu District, Riau province, on Friday (March 29), a village head said. "It was a horrible and sad event for the baby`s family," Menaming Village Head Firdaus Daulay said here.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 March 2013 10:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi will be inducted as Jakarta governor Monday The induction of Joko Widodo or Jokowi and Basuki Tjahaja Purnama as Jakarta governor and vice governor respectively will be held on Monday (Oct 15), the city administration official has said.

Posted in Politics @ 12 October 2012 00:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi-Ahok win in quick counts Joko Widodo and Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Jokowi-Ahok won the vote on Thursday to be the next Jakarta governor and vice governor, according to survey results.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2012 16:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake rocks Bali A major quake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale jolted Bali early on Tuesday, but no report of casualty and damage to property on the tourist island.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 September 2012 10:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sultan Hamengku Buwono X to resign from Golkar party Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X expressed his readiness to resign from Golkar party following the passage of the bill on the administration of Yogyakarta special region here on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 30 August 2012 21:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian citizen`s murder suspect surrendered in Malaysia The prime suspect in the killing of an Indonesian citizen whose body was found in an oil palm plantation ditch at Kampung Tapah, Setiu, Terengganu, Saturday, July 27, finally surrendered on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 03 August 2012 00:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Army assures that violent members will be punished The army confirmed that the man committing violence in a video that went viral through YouTube recently was its member.

Posted in Military @ 02 May 2012 12:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Dahlan sits on floor with newsmen at palace State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has again surprised many as he sat on the floor while answering questions from newsmen at the presidential palace here on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 19 April 2012 11:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for recovery of public sense of security President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered Chief Security Minister Djoko Suyanto and National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo to recover public sense of security following recent violent incidents in the capital.

Posted in General @ 17 April 2012 10:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Unknown man attacks public prosecutor Sistoyo Public prosecutor Sistoyo was attacked by an unknown man after attending a session as a defendant at a corruption court in Bandung, West Java, around 10 am on Wednesday. Sistoyo is tried for having allegedly received a bribe.

Posted in Crime @ 01 March 2012 10:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Concern over disrespect to state symbols Indonesian House Speaker Marzuki Alie is concerned over growing disrespect to state symbols in the country. He said here on Monday that "in our democracy now state symbols seemed to have been non-existence. The President as a symbol must be respected (and) may not be humiliated."

Posted in Politics @ 22 November 2011 12:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prisoners riot at Kerobokan Bali jail Prisoners at the notorious Kerobokan jail on the Indonesian island of Bali have rioted after attacking a warden and an anti-narcotics official who were trying to nab a suspected drug dealer. Dozens of inmates went on the rampage at the Kerobokan prison in the early hours before police and prison guards quelled the unrest.

Posted in Crime @ 26 June 2011 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TV cameraman arrested in Good Friday bomb plot Indonesian police arrested a cameraman for suspected involvement in the foiled Good Friday bomb attack on the outskirts of Jakarta, authorities said Saturday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 April 2011 15:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pakistan's Foreign Ministry confirms arrest of Bali bomb suspect Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday appeared on national television and confirmed that the country's security forces had captured a man wanted in connection with the 2002 Bali bombing.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 April 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi volcano victims turn to tourism to rebuild their lives The crowds of Indonesians eager to glimpse the destruction wrought by their country's most active volcano are providing business opportunities amid a tragedy. People left homeless by volcanic eruptions in Indonesia last year have turned to tourism as a form of income, charging entry fees and selling graphic DVDs to hundreds of visitors a day.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 January 2011 01:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


French 'Survivor' to shoot in Raja Ampat Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik is excited about a French filmmaker’s plans to shoot a reality television series in the Raja Ampat Islands in West Papua. Jero said Thursday about 200 crew members would film "Koh Lanta", the French franchise of the popular American reality television show "Survivor", in Raja Ampat.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 January 2011 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 26 killed in Central Java train crash A train crash in central Java killed at least 26 people and left many others injured Saturday, many with burns and broken bones, witnesses told local television. Some bodies were still trapped in the wreckage. The accident occurred near a station in Petarukan, a city on the northern coast of Central Java province, at around 3 a.m., when many passengers were sleeping.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 October 2010 02:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Patrialis seeks to end corruption at immigration The national television channel tvOne, reports that the Minister of Law and Human Rights, Patrialis Akbar, undertook a surprise inspections at the East Jakarta Immigration office earlier this week. Explaining the reason for his visit, Patrialis said, "I received a report that there were illegal fees being paid for the preparation of passports."

Posted in Corruption @ 30 July 2010 14:58 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


Possible power price hike already causes anger Planned increases in electrical rates paid by Indonesian businesses and private consumers are expected to place an unusual burden on Indonesia's low-cost Melati-class hotels who will find it problematic to increase their very low rates in order to pay higher power bills.

Posted in Power supply @ 21 June 2010 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Idiot as minister: 'Internet a risk to nation' Indonesia's communications minister said a celebrity sex video scandal showed the internet was a threat to the nation and vowed to issue a decree to curb its use. "We want to minimize the negative impact from the internet as it will destroy this nation," Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, from the hard line Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), told.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamists ban non-Islamic TV in Aceh More and more Taliban-like regulations are repressing millions of non-Islamic and Islamic residents in Aceh, North Sumatra. Now the leaders there are working on a qanun (regional Islamic bylaw) that prohibits television stations from broadcasting programs that are not of any use to Islam.

Posted in Religion @ 05 May 2010 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From hotel room to standard prison cell Artalyta Suryani, a businesswoman convicted for corruption, thought she had it all figured out after she was put in prison for her crime. Her cell in the Pondok Bambu prison in East Jakarta was turned into a hotel room in which she was supposed to stay for a few years. Her 64 square meter large room had a large bed, flat0screen television, refrigerator and air-conditioning.

Posted in Crime @ 22 January 2010 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


'Hotel room in prison' woman moved to Tangerang prison Bribery convict Artalyta Suryani was moved from her cell at Pondok Bambu penitentiary, East Jakarta, to the Tangerang Women's prison, Banten on Thursday night. Spokesperson of the Penitentiary General Directorate of the Justice and Human Rights Ministry Chandran Lestiyono confirmed on the removal to Antara state news agency.

Posted in Corruption @ 15 January 2010 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New anti-corruption force put to work President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has officially formed a workgroup to combat the rampant mafia hukum, or corruption among lawmakers and enforcers of the law in the country. The new workgroup should be put into active duty right away to clean up Indonesia's heavily corrupted system of law. The law has been signed by Yudhoyono on December 30, 2009.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 January 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hazardous e-waste needs regulation A lack of regulations is hampering Indonesia's efforts to manage electronic waste, leaving communities exposed to health hazards from the toxic chemicals, officials and experts say. The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) estimates that the world produces 50 million tons of electrical and electronic equipment waste - e-waste - every year.

Posted in Health @ 12 December 2009 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


It is really quiet in the rice fields If you have already made the trip to the rice fields you will notice that it is extremely quiet here when you take a break yourself. Some people are most likely working somewhere nearby, but they are only producing sounds that are not overstemming more natural sounds, as long as they don't use a chainsaw to cut down an old coconut-tree that is.

Posted in Travel @ 11 December 2009 14:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious idiot of the month: Tifatul Sembiring I don't know if it has to be something monthly, I am afraid that it will be something daily here in Indonesia. Still I am going to try it: putting down the most stupid religious talk from the mouth of an Indonesian person in this blog, so others with at least some common sense can 'finish him off' (proverbial that is).

Posted in Religion @ 29 November 2009 12:22 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


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta It has been a year ago that I used the Indonesian railroad services. That was a trip from Yogyakarta to Jakarta with a dirty, cold and old-fashioned train. Trains like that are still widely available on Java. It normally is really cold on board of one of these trains, which makes traveling with them not the best option available.

Posted in Travel @ 19 November 2009 12:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #4: Nine pictures of Julia Perez This time not just one picture, but set of pictures of a well-known Indonesian woman, Julia Perez. She is known from Indonesian television, where she acts and presents. The also is a dangdut singer and also a model, as you can see below. Because of her relation with Damien Perez she was able to feature as a model in FHM and Maxim magazines in France, so she is not only known in Indonesia.

Posted in Sexy @ 07 November 2009 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Release of wiretaps fuels corruption debate Yesterday, hours of recorded wiretaps were broadcasted live on Indonesian television when showed in the Constitutional Court after months of accusations between the national police and the corruption watchdog KPK. The tapes involve key law enforcement officials and put even more pressure on president Yudhoyono to defend his anti-graft credentials.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 November 2009 05:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's rabies crisis spreads to new areas Radar Bali confirms that Bali's rabies epidemic has now spread to five of the island's nine regencies and metropolitan areas. According to Ida Bagus Alit, the Head of Bali's Animal Husbandry Department (Dinas Peternakan) confirmed that Karangasem and Bangli now have confirmed cases of the deadly disease in their dog populations, while previously cases of rabies were confined to Denpasar, Badung and Tabanan.

Posted in Health @ 01 November 2009 09:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rescuers struggle to reach Sumatra quake victims Rescue workers are battling to save scores of people trapped in collapsed buildings after two earthquakes struck Indonesia's West Sumatra Province, with aid supplies being flown in and NGOs mobilising helpers.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 October 2009 12:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Video of damage caused by Padang earthquake A short movie from a news item broadcasted on Indonesian television shows damage and destruction caused by the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that hit the cities of Pariaman and Padang in West Sumatra, Indonesia, almost 24 hours ago. Until now, some 476 bodies have been recovered from the rubble, with thousands feared dead after hundreds of buildings collapsed completely. This video contains images of people in distress.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 October 2009 11:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Farah Quinn the sexy TV-chef People who watch television in Indonesia probably know her. She presents a TV-program on Saturdays in which she prepares good-looking meals. Whether they taste as good as they look, I don't know because I never tried it, but there is more than just the cooking in the program 'A la Chef' she presents on Trans TV that looks good. The now 29-year old Farah Quinn, married with a bule ('Caucasian'), is quite a famous tv-person for women and men alike so it seems.

Posted in Sexy @ 18 September 2009 09:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Unregistered children at risk Satri Rama's youngest children do not have birth certificates, but that does not bother the 39-year-old mother of five. "We don't need birth certificates, we need to eat," she said, standing in a damp shack in the centre of Indonesia's capital.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2009 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud leak appear in Sukahening village Just a few days after the heavy earthquake of September 2, 2009, the village of Sukahening in the district of Tasikmalaya has become the scene of a new natural event, a mud leak. Based on observations by television station Metro TV, the mud is pushed out of the earth in a hole with a diameter of up to two meters. The village of Sukahening is some 25 kilometers away from the city of Tasikmalaya.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 September 2009 03:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands left seeking shelter after Java quake Thousands of Indonesians are struggling to find shelter several days after a powerful earthquake, which killed at least 57 people, struck off the coast of the heavily populated Java island. More than 26,800 houses were damaged and 334 collapsed in West Java, according to government figures provided to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Indonesia.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 September 2009 02:44 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


Indosat launches Palapa D satellite this month Indosat is to launch the Palapa D satellite at the end of this month. The Palapa D satellite will replace the Palapa C2 which will be operational until 2011. This information was made public by the general director of Indosat, Harry Sasongko, at the Satellite Building at the Palapa satellite station in Jatiluhur, Purwakarta in West Java province. The Satellite Building will be used to keep track of the satellite and it's traffic.

Posted in Media @ 15 August 2009 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aljazeera: 'Killed terrorist not Noordin M. Top' Television station Aljazeera claims that it has received information from a source within the Indonesian national police force that the body of the person that was killed during the anti terrorism raid in Temanggung, Central Java, last Saturday is not that of terrorist Noordin M. Top. The police however suspects that the person killed is Noordin M. Top and DNA testing should soon conclude whether he was killed or not.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 August 2009 08:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Live on TV: shootout with terrorists in Temanggung The Indonesian television has cleared out two stations of their normal programs which now broadcast live one of the biggest anti-terrorist actions in Indonesia ever. Hundreds of members of the national and regional police, anti-terrorism unit Densus 88 and the mobile brigade have gathered around a house in the village of Beji in the district of Temanggung.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2009 03:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Life in Jakarta back to normal after bombings It was just a short visit to Jakarta, just one night, but it took place after the first bombing in a number of years in Indonesia. Where media all want to talk about the results for Indonesia - as if the country is as small as Luxembourg or Brunei, and even that is still too big - locals seem to go on with their lives as they did before. While the area around the two hotels, J.W. Marriott and Ritz Carlton was still partly closed off, the rest of Jakarta looked like a Saturday morning when it was Saturday morning.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 July 2009 12:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomber caught on CCTV camera in Ritz Carlton Indonesia's TVOne showed closed circuit television footage on Friday of a man suspected of detonating a bomb that went off in the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Jakarta, one of two near-simultaneous bomb attacks. The CCTV footage showed a man wearing a baseball cap and pulling a small wheelie-bag behind him as he entered the hotel lobby.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 July 2009 16:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono leads in exit polls Current President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is currently on the lead in the exit polls held in various locations throughout Indonesia. Almost 180 million Indonesians are allowed to cast their vote today on who they would like to be their president in the coming five years. Earlier opinion polls already showed that Yudhoyono had a big lead over the other two presidential candidates; Megawati Soekarnoputri (former president, followed up by Yudhoyono in 2004) and Jusuf Kalla, the current vice-president.

Posted in Elections @ 08 July 2009 06:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ms. Fadilah should thank Bobie for bringing Mexican flu A planeload full of Australian tourists heading for Bali may have been infected with Mexican Flu - or Swine Flu as the Indonesians still like to call it, showing that pigs are indeed bad. Garuda Indonesia flight 719 on June 19, 2009 was the flight that Bobie Masoner took. She is now on the isolation ward of the Sanglah hospital on Bali because she had contracted Mexican Flu earlier on, but only fell ill on Bali.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 25 June 2009 08:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Dozens killed after dam collapses in Jakarta suburb More than 50 people were found dead when the Situ Gintung dam, in the densely populated Tangerang district, burst at about 4am today. Head of the Crisis Management Centre at the Indonesian Health Ministry, Rustam A. Pakaya, told Bernama that the number of people killed would be higher being that more than 400 houses had been swept away as at 9am.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 March 2009 07:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali marks New Year's Day of Silence Residents and tourists on the popular Indonesian resort island of Bali on Thursday celebrated the annual Day of Silence, a Hindu New Year observance during which the island shuts down and people are banned from the streets. The New Year, called Nyepi, is one of the most important religious events for Balinese Hindus, and this year, they welcomed the Saka New Year of 1931.

Posted in Religion @ 26 March 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sex cult leader named suspect for insulting religion He encouraged spouse-swopping and wild orgies, and gave sermons in his underpants. On a news website, police are said to describe him as looking 'cool... just like youngsters nowadays', with dyed brown hair and fair skin. But he's no love guru. He is the leader of a deviant sect in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 01 February 2009 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


From cappuccino to Coca Cola Jack Daniels in one nights' out (I) It is still fairly early in the afternoon for a nice evening, but still life slowly comes out of the starting blocks. It isn't a nightclub, where the doors will be kept closed until around ten in the evening. It now happens in other locations in Jogja where preparations are made. All across the city students and young adults have created meeting points to start their Saturday evening together. One of those meeting points, to say it bluntly, is Kedai Kopi Jakal. This is the name that the place has earned already, because it is not the official name.

Posted in Culture @ 09 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Anti-corruption court indicts former First Media executive Prosecutors at the Anti-Corruption Court on Tuesday indicted Billy Sindoro, a former director of cable television and Internet provider PT First Media Tbk, for allegedly giving Rp 500 million ($46,000) as a bribe to a government official in charge of monitoring monopolistic business practices.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 December 2008 04:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Petrol bomb attacks in Maluku province Three separate explosions have caused minor damage in the city of Ternate in Indonesia's Moluccas islands, northeast of Java, local television has reported. It is understood three small petrol bombs were used in the attacks early Monday morning. Metrotvnews.com said one of the bombs caused slight damage to the home office of the governor of North Maluku.

Posted in Crime @ 03 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


21 dead in stampede over alms in Pasuruan At least 21 people have been crushed to death in a queue for a charity handout from a wealthy family in Indonesia. Scores more were hurt in the stampede, which took place after about 10,000 people queued for a charity handout to mark the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The crush happened in the East Java town of Pasuruan when a crowd of poor people were waiting for a donation, known as zakat, of three euro each.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 September 2008 15:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnitude 6.6 quake shakes Maluku province A powerful earthquake rattled the central Maluku region on Thursday morning, briefly triggering a tsunami alert and sending panicked residents fleeing from homes and buildings, officials said. The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 and struck 85 kilometers beneath the Molucca Sea, the U.S. Geological Survey. Indonesia's seismological agency put the magnitude at 7.6 and immediately issued a tsunami alert over the radio and television. It was revoked one hour later after the threat had passed.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 September 2008 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia not to interfere in Indosat's contract with Al Manar The government is not to interfere in how telecommunications company PT Indosat responds to the United States government's request to terminate its contract with Al Manar TV station, which is owned by Hezbollah, in Lebanon, a minister said. "The government will not interfere in a business entity's domain," the minister said, adding that the government would stick to the laws on business contracts between private parties.

Posted in General @ 15 August 2008 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Executions are the new hype in Indonesia Two members from one family, mother Sumiarsih (59) and son Sugeng (43), were executed earlier this month after they had been on death row for an astonishing twenty years. They were sentenced to death in the 1980's over a murder on five members of their own family out of vengeance. After twenty years in prison, they names - and their story - reappeared in the news once again. The end of their story was clear for almost twenty years already, but it just did never materialize. Probably someone did not like cleaning his office, so these two death row candidates were only executed by firing squad earlier this month.

Posted in Crime @ 25 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Kalla: 'I hope you will watch television tonight' Vice-president Yusuf Kalla said that he hoped that Indonesians would be watching television tonight. This might be a clearest signal until now that drastic hikes in subsidized fuels are imminent. Some say they might even be raised as early as midnight tonight, just more than four hours away for most Indonesians.

Posted in General @ 23 May 2008 14:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The southern edge of Yogya: The eroded beach of Samas Some days you will most likely not have a full agenda so you can finally do something that has been waiting for some time. Earlier this month I had such a day, I have more than one a month fortunately, but I can not always do what I want because the weather often has to be nice as well. This time it was jack pot; a nice blue sky in the early morning and some small clouds at the time I was about to depart for a days out. My plan was to take a motorbike trip to the beach of Samas.

Posted in Travel @ 13 April 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IITF 2008 - Holiday fair offering discounted travel packages With the theme 'Plan Your Holidays Ahead', the Indonesia International Travel Fair 2008 which is considered to be an important event in the Visit Indonesia Year (VIY 2008) calendar of events, will be held on 27-30 March 2008. Balai Kartini Expo, located at the heart of Jakarta, was chosen to be the venue for IITF 2008 which is a one-day B2B and a 3-day consumer show where the Jakarta consumers can purchase domestic and international travel packages at very special prices.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2008 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Bali bombers must be executed' President Yudhoyono said that the death sentence for three Islamic militants, which are currently on death row for their part in the 2002 Bali bombings, must be carried out. With this he clearly indicates that there is no way of granting them clemency. Imam Samudra, Amrozi and Ali Gufron face execution by a firing squad after the Supreme Court rejected their final appeal. The three also refused to seek clemency from the president, saying that they want to die as martyrs.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2007 05:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anak Krakatau erupts with lava from new crater The Mount Anak Krakatau has been blasting out smoke and red-hot rocks hundreds of meters into the air for the past ten days, but the eruptions slowly grow larger. Local television footage now shows thick plumes of smoke billowing from the volcano's crater when ash and rocks roll down its slopes.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 09 November 2007 00:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Electricity, communication facilities paralyzed after earthquake Electricity and communication in the province of Bengkulu and neighboring provinces were paralyzed for big parts after an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.2 on the Richter Scale struck off the coast. This information comes from disaster management agencies at the scene. "Electricity and telecommunication were broken earlier this evening," told Firman Khairuyusuf, an official of the agency.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 September 2007 15:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


There she is, the Indonesian Playboy However I have been asked for it several times before, I didn't own my very own Indonesian version of the very well-known magazine for the male part of the population. Until today, because I happen to run into a brand new one today, partially hidden behind other well-known names like FHM, Cosmo and Maxim. Directly I picked the dark-colored cover with gold-colored print from the top shelf. The beautifully thick glossy cover has been sealed in a thin plastic cover; if you want to see inside you first have to pay 50.000 Rupiah for it. Free is not for Playboy, you can pick any other magazine with a more 'modest' cover; a women just as pretty as the one in Playboy, but then wearing a Jilbab to cover her long black hair.

Posted in General @ 30 June 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands rally against nuclear power plants Thousands of people demonstrated in the province of central Java today to protest the government plan to build a nuclear power plant in the city of Kudus. Local residents as well as environment activists hit the streets and public places in Kudus, 400 kilometers east of Jakarta. They protest the construction of the power plant which is to be started in 2016.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 12 June 2007 12:13 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


Indonesia gets help from Australia after crash Australia offered more medical aid to Indonesia after a Garuda Indonesia plane crashed. The Australian Embassy in Jakarta contacted the office of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to offer more medical help, as was said by Prime Minister John Howard. "The Indonesians have indicated that they will be very ready to take that up if it is needed," Howard told on television on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 March 2007 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[update] 21 dead after Garuda plane crashes at Yogyakarta airport At least 21 people are dead and many others injured after a plane of airliner Garuda crashed upon landing and burst into flames at the airport of Yogyakarta, central Java. "I saw many bodies, dozens of bodies badly burnt near the exit," told captain Yos Bintoro, an airport official to ElShinta radio after the accident. "I saw people dead in the cockpit. I cannot say if that's the pilot or co-pilot," he said.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 07 March 2007 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Adam Air plane breaks upon landing in Surabaya Adam Air plane flying from Jakarta to East Java capital of Surabaya posed hard landing at Juanda international airport in the East Java's city, a report says. MetroTV television reported that the incident caused two following flights to the airport transferred to Ngurah Rai International airport in Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali resort island.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 February 2007 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Ex-rebel faces new fight as governor of Aceh A former rebel inaugurated as governor of the Indonesian province of Aceh has said he now faced a new and lengthy fight for his people's welfare. Irwandi Yusuf, a former spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), won the first direct elections for the post on 38 percent of the December 11 vote, with his nearest rivals on less than 17 percent. "We are grateful and thank all the people in Aceh for trusting us with this job. We realise that we are given a big task," Yusuf told his supporters Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 08 February 2007 15:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia disputes report Obama attended radical Islamic school U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama fought back against an allegation that he was educated at a radical Islamic school as a child in Indonesia, determined to avoid being tripped up by unsubstantiated charges like those that undermined Sen. John Kerry in 2004. Interviews by The Associated Press at the elementary school in Jakarta found that it is a public and secular institution that has been open to students of all faiths since before the White House contender attended in the late 1960s.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2007 08:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake panics residents in Sulawesi A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.3 shook buildings in this provincial capital in Indonesia's northern Sulawesi island on Sunday and sent residents fleeing from their homes, a Reuters eyewitness said. "You could feel shaking up and down and to the left and right," he said. "People panicked and ran out of their homes. They are still outside their homes," he said about 30 minutes after the quake struck in the Molucca Sea about 165 km (100 miles) to the east of Manado near the northern tip of Sulawesi.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 January 2007 14:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia braces as bird flu flares anew in Asia in winter Indonesia readied more hospitals to deal with a spike in bird flu cases while Japan confirmed its first outbreak of H5N1 in poultry in three years on Tuesday as the virus flared anew in Asia, mirroring past winters. Concern about the disease have rippled across the region, with an Indonesian hospital overwhelmed by human cases this week, and the virus spreading among flocks in Vietnam and flaring again in Thailand.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 17 January 2007 07:51 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 denies discrimination in transport mishaps rescue efforts Indonesia Saturday denied there has been discrimination in the rescue efforts pertaining to two transport mishaps in the republic recently. Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla said the authorities had worked hard to search for and rescue passengers of a ferry, KN Senopati Nusantara, that sank in Central Java waters and an Adam Air aircraft that went missing in the air space over the Sulawesi islands.

Posted in General @ 06 January 2007 12:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plane pilot said to alter path A jetliner with 102 people aboard that disappeared after encountering 80 mph winds over northern Indonesian waters twice changed course, an official said, as authorities widened the search Friday for the Boeing 737. A U.S. National Transportation Safety Board team arrived to help investigate the apparent crash of Adam Air Flight KI-574, which disappeared from the radar Monday near the Sulawesi coastal town of Majene without issuing a mayday.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 January 2007 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ship with 850 passengers sinks A ship with 850 passengers aboard sank overnight as it travelled between Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province on Borneo to Central Java province on the country's main island, Elshinta news radio reported on Saturday. Indonesia's Metro television put the number on board at more than 500.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 December 2006 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tightening grip of media reins American magazine Playboy, three films about East Timor's struggle for independence and a television wrestling show called Smackdown don't appear to have much in common. But in recent weeks, they've all come under fire in Indonesia for being too raunchy, too politically sensitive or too violent.

Posted in Media @ 16 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia considering widening polygamy ban after popular preacher takes second wife Indonesia is considering banning ministers, lawmakers and other government officials from practicing polygamy after the country's most popular Islamic preacher took a second wife, sparking renewed debate about the practice. There are no plans to outlaw polygamy all together in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Currently, men are only allowed to have a second wife if his first is an invalid, terminally ill or infertile. The regulation, however, is rarely enforced and most commentators say the practice is becoming more common.

Posted in Politics @ 07 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


 Wrestling shows off Indonesia TV Several popular American wrestling programmes have been pulled from Indonesian television, a spokeswoman said on Thursday, following the death of a nine-year-old boy whose friends practised fighting moves on him. SmackDown and other shows produced by the Stamford, Connecticut-based World Wrestling Entertainment Inc were last screened on Tuesday, said a spokeswoman for Indonesia's Lativi broadcaster, the only company to have aired the programmes.

Posted in Media @ 30 November 2006 05:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. wrestling TV show 'SmackDown' under fire SmackDown, a popular U.S. professional wrestling television show, should be taken off air in Indonesia, a cabinet minister says after speculation a boy may have been killed by children mimicking the fight moves. Authorities have yet to decide whether the blows received by the 9-year-old boy in October caused his death a month later. However, widespread media coverage and public discussion has focussed on that possibility.

Posted in Media @ 29 November 2006 13:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Gas pipeline explosion kills five in Sidoarjo An Indonesia gas pipeline exploded, killing at least five people and injuring nine others on Wednesday near Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya on Java island, an official said. Antara, the official state news agency, said the pipeline was part of state-owned Pertamina East Java Gas Pipeline that feeds gas to various companies.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 23 November 2006 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Taiwan Buddhist group to launch TV station in Muslim Indonesia A Taiwan Buddhist group plans to launch a television station in Muslim Indonesia to encourage Indonesians to care for poor people in their country, the group said Friday. 'We have obtained licence from the Indonesian government to launch a TV station which will be a branch of our Da-Ai [Big Love] TV,' said Ke Chuan-fu, a spokesman for Da-Ai TV, run by the Tzu Chi Foundation.

Posted in General @ 11 November 2006 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia disaster shows risks of mud volcanoes In a village in Indonesia's East Java province, a man is struggling to watch television with a volcano erupting in his living room. Risks from volcanoes that ooze mud rather than spew lava have long been underestimated worldwide, even with a cataclysmic mudflow in another part of Java that has swamped an area the size of Monaco and forced 10,000 people from their homes.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 21 October 2006 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Broadcast photos of convicted corruptor in anti-graft campaign Indonesian television aired the photo of a fugitive convicted of embezzling millions of dollars of state funds, the first in what will be a weekly slot exposing people convicted of corruption, authorities said Wednesday. Two TV stations plan to screen the images of 14 people convicted of graft or white-collar crime in coming weeks to boost a campaign against corruption, which remains endemic at all levels of the government, said spokesman I Wayan Pasek Suartha of the Attorney General's office.

Posted in Crime @ 18 October 2006 08:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia militant cleric targets steamy TV shows Indonesian TV shows that feature scantily dressed women are more dangerous than bombs, a militant Muslim cleric who served a jail term for links to the Bali bombings was quoted as saying on Wednesday. Abu Bakar Bashir said local television stations should offer more religious programs instead of showing half-naked women.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2006 14:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions
    
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