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PDIP: 'Indonesian govt must crack down on tax mafia' Secretary General of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Hasto Kristiyanto said the government should fight tax mafia.

Posted in General @ 26 December 2014 21:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New DPR and DPD members officially sworn in The official swearing-in of the new members of the House of Representatives (DPR) and Regional Representatives Council (DPD) and the Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR), who won the 2014 elections, took place here on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 October 2014 19:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ambassador: 'ISIS getting funding from the West' The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) movement was inseparable from the interest of some Western countries and got financial support from them, Indonesias Ambassador to Switzerland, Joko Susilo, has said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 August 2014 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PNG tourist visits decline due to closure of border The number of tourists from Papua New Guinea, PNG, visiting Jayapura is reported to have decreased after the border was closed by the local authorities following a shooting incident by unknown gunmen.

Posted in General @ 20 June 2014 19:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia refuses to sign tobaco control convention The government has decided not to sign Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) to protect the countrys tobacco industry, an official said.

Posted in Economy @ 19 June 2014 22:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sangeang Api in West Nusa Tenggara erupts Mount Sangeang Api in Bima District, West Nusa Tenggara, erupted on Friday at 03:55 p. m. local time spewing plumes of ash and smoke 3,000 meters westbound into the air.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 31 May 2014 00:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal Bakrie fails to lead Golkar: Party member Aburizal Bakrie has failed to lead the party to win the election and form a coalition with another party to face the upcoming presidential election, noted Golkar Party member Ais Anantama Said.

Posted in Politics @ 20 May 2014 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor to be non-active to run for presidency Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will be non-active after the General Election Commission (KPU) confirms his participation in the presidential election, Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi noted here on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 14 May 2014 19:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Papuan leader: 'Netherlands created OPM to oppose Indonesia' A Papuan community leader, Nicolaas Jouwe, said the Netherlands officers created the Free Papua Movement (OPM) in 1965, to oppose Indonesia and disturb the security of eastern Indonesias territory.

Posted in History @ 12 May 2014 23:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia revises down economic growth target Bank Indonesia (BI) revised down its prediction of economic growth in 2014, from its initial 5.5-5.9 percent to 5.1-5.5 percent. "The factor that had made us revise the economic growth target down is the revision of export performance," BI governor Agus Martowardojo said at a press conference here on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 08 May 2014 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to sign Ratu Atut's temporary termination letter President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will soon sign the temporary termination letter of the Banten provincial governor, Ratu Atut Chosiyah, as she had been named as a defendant, the presidential spokesman said.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 May 2014 21:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesian T-50i jet fighter conducts emergency landing An Indonesian Air Forces T-50i jet fighter conducted an emergency landing at the Ahmad Yani International Airport in Semarang, Central Java Province, on Friday. Bakti Yuda, the airports air traffic controller, confirmed that the airport was temporarily shut down as a result of the emergency landing.

Posted in Military @ 28 February 2014 20:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hong Kong grants Indonesia request over Century assets The High Court of Hong Kongs Special Administrative Region has complied Indonesias request to confiscate Bank Centurys assets stashed in that country with regard to a corruption case.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 February 2014 10:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud's eruption is force majeure The Transportation Ministry has declared the eruption of Mount Kelud in Kediri, East Java, to be a force majeure, which exempts airlines from compensating passengers due to cancelled flights.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 February 2014 13:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


7 airports in Indonesia closed due to Mount Kelud eruption Seven airports on the Indonesian island of Java have been closed due to the eruption of Mount Kelud in Kediri, East Java, on Thursday night. "Seven airports have been temporarily closed due to Mount Keluds eruption," Director General of Air Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation Herry Bakti stated here on Friday.

Posted in Travel @ 14 February 2014 22:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flooding spreads to other areas in Indonesia In the past two weeks, floods and landslides have hit parts of Indonesia, particularly Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi, and Kalimantan Islands, and continue to spread further, thereby claiming more lives as torrential rains continue to lash.

Posted in Weather @ 22 January 2014 21:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President summons East Java governor over zoo problem President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono summoned East Java Governor Soekarwo and Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharani to discuss the problem being faced by the Surabaya Zoo (KBS).

Posted in General @ 21 January 2014 16:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Halim Perdanakusuma opened for commercial flights Indonesia opened Halim Perdanakusuma air force base in Jakarta for commercial flights, here on Friday, as part of efforts to reduce congestion at Soekarno-Hatta airport.

Posted in Travel @ 10 January 2014 18:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods still affect six villages in Purworejo Floods still affected six villages in Central Javas Purworejo district on Sunday, a spokesman said. The six affected villages are Kedungmulyo, Mangunjayan, and Sidomulyo in Butuh sub-district, and Rowodadi, Bendungan, and Trimulyo in Grabag sub-district.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 December 2013 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Remittances from Indonesian workers reach Rp100 trillion Indonesia earns about Rp100 trillion in foreign exchange every year from Indonesian workers in various countries across Asia and Europe, a manpower official has said.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2013 18:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung erupts three times Mount Sinabung in Karo district of North Sumatra, erupted three times on Wednesday morning, hurling volcanic ash into the sky. Head of Data Center of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a short text message that the first eruption took place at 2:40 am belching volcanic ash some 2,000 meters into the air.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 November 2013 15:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All flights must avoid route on Mount Sinabung The Ministry of Transportation has urged all flights to avoid routes on Mount Sinabung which erupted on Sunday in Karo District, North Sumatra.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 November 2013 16:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods submerge 4,249 houses in Sumatra Floods affected 4,249 houses in the sub-districts of Stabat, Batang Serangan, Secanggang, Wampu, and Padang Tualang in Langkat District, North Sumatra. "Some 4,249 houses have been inundated since the past three days," Agussalam, an official of the Langkat disaster mitigation agency, said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Flooding @ 08 October 2013 16:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze forces temporary closure of schools in Pekanbaru The Pekanbaru education office has temporary closed kindergartens and elementary schools partly in the city, which have been hit by haze.

Posted in Forest fires @ 29 August 2013 14:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Palue Island to be emptied over Mount Rokatenda danger Residents living on the tiny island of Palue, in East Nusa Tenggara,will be moved to a nearby island over concern that the erupting Mount Rokatenda could become a larger threat, a disaster mitigation agency official said on Saturday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 August 2013 04:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police named four suspects in boat sinking The West Java police named four suspects in the case of boat carrying 204 illegal immigrants that sank in Indonesia`s Cianjur Selatan waters last Tuesday (July 23), police spokesman said. The boat carried a total of 204 asylum seekers from Srilanka, Iraq and Iran, 15 of them were found dead after the incident while the rest of 189 survived.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 July 2013 23:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia deports 93 problematic Indonesian workers The Government of Malaysia has deported 93 problematic Indonesian migrant workers in Sabah through Tunon Taka international port in Nunukan District, North Kalimantan.

Posted in General @ 22 June 2013 14:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Fuel subsidy should go to poor people' Increase in subsidized fuel prices should be accompanied with a step to provide subsidy for poor people who need it, Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said.

Posted in Politics @ 17 June 2013 15:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Banten water police catch 80 illegal immigrants The Banten provincial water police caught 80 illegal immigrants from Iran and Myanmar in the waters off Peucang island on Thursday. The immigrants were caught after their boat leaked on their way to Christmas Island in Australia, director of the water police Snr. Comr. Budi Hermawan said.

Posted in Crime @ 07 June 2013 00:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt urges DPR to accelerate discussion on budget revision The government has urged the House of Representatives (DPR) to accelerate the discussion of the draft revision of the 2013 state budget so that fuel price hike could be immediately implemented.

Posted in Politics @ 29 May 2013 00:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal immigrants from Iran detained in Bali`s hotels At least 95 illegal immigrants from Iran arrested in the sea off Benoa, Bali, on Sunday , have been detained in a number of hotels in this province. "No more place in our detention houses for the newly arrested illegal immigrants ," Head of the Denpasar Immigration Service Bambang Wisnu Wardana said here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 13 May 2013 18:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Asylum seekers in Medan wish to be sent to Australia Asylum seekers including the Rohingyas from Myanmar now being accommodated in Medan, North Sumatra, have asked for their dispatch to Australia or New Zealand.One of the Rohingya refugees, M Habib (32), said here on Tuesday that he did not care where he would be taken to as the most important thing was leaving the present temporary shelter.

"For us the important thing is leaving the present shelter," he said. He said it would all be up to the UNHCR that has so far taken care of them. He said the Rohingyas were not interested in money but clear status and countries that are willing to assure their security.

Habib said they have so far been declared as refugees but no country has been willing to accept them after leaving conflict in their home country. "It is impossible to return to Myanmar as his mother, brothers and sisters and other families have all left following the clash. Relatives have also died," he said.

Tens of Rohingyas recently visited the UNHCR office on Jalan Babura Lama in Medan to demand for their immediate dispatch to Australia or other countries.

Another Rohingya refugee, Zaid Husein (28) said he could not stop wondering why the UNHCR office in Medan did not care about the Myanmarese refugees living in the shelter on Pasar II, Jaln Jamin Gintin, numbering in the hundred who have been living there for four years.

Refugees from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Iran who have stayed in the shelter for more than a year meanwhile have all asked to be sent to Australia and New Zealand. "The UNHCR`s inaction was regrettable as the Rohingyas have long been staying in Medan and hoping to be sent to a foreign country," Husein said.

Posted in General @ 09 April 2013 18:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Government dismisses idea of moving capital city The government indicates it is not in favor of moving the capital city from Jakarta saying it opts for seeking to prevent the city`s almost annual flooding. Presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said here on Monday President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has hinted no interest in moving the capital city.

Posted in General @ 21 January 2013 18:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta in state of emergency following flood Jakarta`s Governor Joko Widodo here on Thursday announced the capital city is in the state of emergency following flood that hit most of its areas since Wednesday (Jan 16).

Posted in Flooding @ 17 January 2013 15:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


504 houses inundated by flood in Banten Province Some 504 houses in Pandeglang district, Banten province, have been inundated by floods since Monday night, with floodwaters reaching a height of 1-2 metres, according to National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 December 2012 19:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Investigations in progress with regard to bailout scandal Indonesia`s chief anti-graft investigator, Abraham Samad, said investigations are being carried out with regard to the (Rp6.7 trillion) Bank Century bailout scandal.

Posted in Crime @ 07 December 2012 18:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Damage to mangrove caused by highway construction to be repaired The contractors building the toll road connecting Benoa – Ngurah Rai Airport – Nusa Dua (JDP) have publicly affirmed that they will repair any damage caused to the mangrove forest by the project.The contractors making the pledge are PT Wijaya Karya, PT Adhi Karya and PT Hutama Karya.

Posted in Environment @ 01 October 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire destroys central market in Bangli The Kidul Market in Bangli, northwest Bali, was heavily damaged by fire on Monday, September 9, 2012. The fire, which started at 2:30 pm, destroyed 104 shops, threatening both the livelihoods of the shop owners and the distribution network that drives a large part of the Bangli economy.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 September 2012 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jasa Marga: 'Bali toll road can not be halted' The spokesman for PT Jasa Marga – the consortium building the new Benoa – Ngurah Rai – Nusa Dua toll way has compared the road network in Bali to a patient suffering from coronary disease.

Posted in Economy @ 18 September 2012 10:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thirty-four houses damaged after quake in Sukabumi Thirty-four houses had been damaged following a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Sukabumi, West Java, on Monday evening, according to the district`s natural disaster mitigation board (BPBD).

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 June 2012 01:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia again deports 81 Indonesian migrant workers The Malaysian Government again deported a total of 81 migrant workers, through the Tunon Taka, sea-port, Nunukan, East Kalimantan, the Indonesian consulate staff has said.

Posted in Economy @ 19 May 2012 13:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rescue team evacuates 12 bodies from crash site The rescue team is evacuating 12 bodies of the crashed Sukhoi Superjet 100 victims from the crash site to a temporary helipad in a nearby evacuation post.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 May 2012 15:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Attention needed for tsunami early warning system The Acehnese government has said that the tsunami early warning system, which has been installed in a coastal area, needs special attention for improvements in the future.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 April 2012 12:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police officers questioned over immigrant-smuggling attempt Two police officers from the East Lombok resort police command, West Nusa Tenggara, are being questioned over their alleged involvement in a Somalian and Eritrean immigrant-smuggling attempt to Australia.

Posted in Crime @ 25 April 2012 17:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreigners checked for immigration documents on Bali The administration of Denpasar – Bali’s capital city, is taking steps to prevent terrorism and other criminal acts by conducting sweeping raids and inspections, checking the identity of the city’s residents.

Posted in General @ 17 April 2012 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Q1 economic growth to reach 6.5 percent Despite the global financial crisis, economic growth in Indonesia is estimated to reach 6.5 percent in the first quarter of 2012, according to Bank Indonesia (BI).

Posted in General @ 08 March 2012 17:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Amnesty Int'l urges Indonesia to protect Shiite minority Amnesty International has urged the Indonesian government to provide protection for hundreds of Shiites who have been forced to return to their village in East Java after being evicted from their homes in Madura by an anti-Shiite mob.

Posted in Religion @ 16 January 2012 07:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Permits travel agencies Bali one big mess The results of  a formal letter issued by Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika calling for a moratorium or a halt to the issuance of new travel agency licenses in Bali has failed to bear any concrete results, despite an eager reception by travel professionals in Bali when the governor’s recommendations were initially made public.

Posted in Travel @ 19 December 2011 03:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali immigration checks foreigners' working permits Denpost, Nusa Bali and The Jakarta Post all confirm that an official operation is now underway in Bali seeking to identify foreigners living on the island lacking proper immigration and working permits.

Posted in Crime @ 29 October 2011 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupts four times Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupted four times on Tuesday after increasing its volcanic activity during the past week, officials said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 September 2011 00:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Lokon volcano activity declines Indonesia's Mount Lokon, located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, showed declining activity on Monday after erupting several times last week, authorities said. Meanwhile, new activity has been reported at Mount Marapi.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 August 2011 18:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupts three more times Indonesia\'s Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, erupted three more times on Wednesday, local authorities said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 August 2011 04:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupts again Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, erupted again on Wednesday, local authorities said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 August 2011 19:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crackdown on illegal taxi's on Bali continues An informal promise by the Bali Transportation, Information and Communications Agency (Dishub), the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) and the provincial enforcement agency (SATPOL-PP) to temporarily halt the crackdown on illegal transport operators is apparently not being honored.

Posted in General @ 11 June 2011 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai PM: Cambodian troops must leave border to solve dispute Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday said the border conflict cannot be solved if Cambodian troops remain at the ancient Preah Vihear temple, MCOT Online reported. "I think the problem lies in Cambodia's refusal to withdraw its troops from the disputed area around Preah Vihear temple," Vejjajiva said.

Posted in Politics @ 08 May 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign worker reported to immigration by own boss For those who don't really believe that the Indonesian government has rules against doing another job than you are allowed to do, think again. A 62-year-old Englishwoman, Marian Noel Hjelm, is facing the threat of five-years imprisonment for violating immigration rules in Bali.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 April 2011 09:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia approves long-awaited immigration law Indonesia's House of Representatives on Thursday passed into law the long-awaited immigration bill, the Jakarta Globe newspaper reported. The passage of the immigration law was labeled as a "breakthrough" by Fahri Hamzah, deputy chairman of House Commission III. The new law will significantly impact foreign spouses of Indonesian citizens.

Posted in General @ 07 April 2011 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Post-tsunami recovery at Mentawai islands to cost $133.4 million Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Monday announced that reconstruction efforts for the Mentawai islands, which was struck by a devastating tsunami on October 25, 2010 that cuased over 400 deaths, will cost around 1.16 trillion rupiahs ($133.4 million).

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 April 2011 00:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Cold lava flood from Mount Merapi buries 21 homes At least 21 houses were buried on Saturday night by a flood of volcanic material from Mount Merapi in Indonesia's Central Java.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 March 2011 23:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airliners think about increasing ticket prices Airlines in Indonesia are thinking about increasing their ticket prices to compensate for the rapidly rising global fuel prices. Recently, fuel prices have already hiked some 20 percent. Garuda Indonesia has already increased fares by an average of five percent this week, but has done this quietly.

Posted in Travel @ 12 March 2011 12:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six members of Ahmadiyah slaughtered in Banten During a fight between members of the - denounced by the Islamic Council of Scholars - Ahmadiyah and nearby residents of their temporary stay for the night, six people were killed. All of those killed are said to be members of Ahmadiyah. The fight broke out earlier today in the village of Umbulan, Pandeglang in Banten province in western Java.

Posted in Religion @ 06 February 2011 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Indonesia as new Pakistan It seems to be very common these days that after every Friday and Sunday, there are messages in the Indonesian press in which the results of the criminal intolerance of a small group of severely mentally limited people have tarnished the Indonesian state-ideology once more.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 05:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI continues war against Christians On the morning of 12th December about 250 men from militant groups Front Pembela Islam (FPI), Forum Umat Islam (FUI), and Gerakan Reformasi Islam (Garis) raided seven houses believed to be being used as informal or illegal churches in the Rancaekek area of Bandung, West Java.

Posted in Religion @ 13 December 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami survivors still lack adequate shelter One month after a deadly tsunami struck Indonesia's southern Mentawai islands, shelter for the more than 11,000 people affected remains a critical challenge, aid workers and officials say. "The most urgent need for people affected by the tsunami is housing and restoring their livelihoods," Andi Hanindito, head of emergency response with the Ministry of Social Affairs, told IRIN.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 November 2010 04:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt starts building temporary houses for Merapi refugees National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) secretary Fatchul Hadi says the government has kicked off the construction of 300 temporary housing units for people displaced by the Mount Merapi eruptions. The temporary houses would be prioritized for those living nearest to the volcano's crater as their residences were the most severely damaged by the ongoing volcanic eruptions, Fatchul said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 23 November 2010 02:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi volcano emergency phase extended Almost 70,000 evacuees from volcanic eruptions on Mount Merapi on the Indonesian island of Java returned to their homes after the government declared some no-go areas safe again, but the emergency response phase of the disaster is still in place.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 November 2010 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll rises to 191 in Merapi eruptions The death toll in Indonesia's Mount Merapi eruptions risen to 191 on Wednesday as international airlines again cancel and postpone routes to and from the region. Disaster management officials confirmed the number of deaths since Merapi began making strong eruptions late last month. In addition, over 340,000 people are currently staying in temporary camps.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 November 2010 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Mount Sinabung volcano erupts after 400-year sleep The Sinabung volcano on the island of Sumatra erupted on Sunday for the first time in four centuries, sending smoke 1,500 meters into the air and prompting the evacuation of thousands of residents, officials said. There were no reports of casualties so far and aviation in the area was unaffected.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 August 2010 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The transformation of Kuta Beach A 5.2 hectare complex incorporating hotels, restaurants, recreational and shopping options is gradually raking shape along a 250 meter long stretch of Kuta Boulevard. Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort occupies the land once filled by the Sahid Raya Hotel, now demolished to make way for the existing 4-star Harris Resort Kuta-Bali and the new 200-room 5-star Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort. The two properties will be complemented by a high-end retail hub dubbed "beachwalk" featuring over 200 retail and dining outlets.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 August 2010 09:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Threat of break out of Sidoarjo mud flow Once again the mud from one of the large basins around the mud volcano near Sidoarjo in East Java province threatens to break out. One of the temporary dams, which have been in place for many years now, is leaking mud which can eventually lead to a burst of the dam and flooding of the nearby railroad and main road.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 08 August 2010 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six hours of traffic jam in Puncak The main road through the Puncak area in West Java had to handle extreme volumes of vehicles yesterday, caused by Indonesians that wanted to celebrate their holiday. The travelers got stuck, as is not uncommon in this area, on the sole main road through the mountains. This time the traffic jam reached a length of six hours and reached as far as Taman Safari Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 July 2010 01:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Road near Sidoarjo mud flow to be raised The main thoroughfare in Porong, closed several times already because of mud from the mud volcano nearby, will be raised with some 80 centimeters to avoid future problems with mud flowing onto the road. A stretch of road with a length of one kilometer will be raised as soon as possible.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 07 May 2010 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Passengers now required to give finger prints at customs The Jakarta Globe carries the news that visitors to Bali can now expect yet another delay in the notoriously long lines at customs and immigration at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport with the introduction of a mandatory fingerprinting for tourist visitors.

Posted in Travel @ 20 April 2010 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Again fire at traditional market A large fire has razed in big parts of the Pasar Ujung traditional market in the city of Bandung in West Java province last night. Some hundred permanent and temporary units were destroyed completely. Short circuit is seen as the most probable cause of the fire, which started in one of the shops selling general supplies.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 January 2010 01:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hotels on Lombok island almost full for holiday season The upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays have caused 80 percent of all hotels on the island of Lombok, just east of the resort island of Bali, to report completely fully booked weeks. Bookings are made by Indonesians as well as foreigners. On the famous Gili Islands almost all hotels and homestays are fully booked already.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 December 2009 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Habitat and SCTV rebuild West Sumatra On November 24th 2009 morning, the groundbreaking of West Sumatra Disaster Response was organized by Habitat for Humanity Indonesia. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Deputy of Self-supporting Housing- Indonesia Ministry of Housing, Mr. Kriya Arsjah,Vice Head District of Padang Pariaman Mr. Drs.H Ali Mukhni, Habitat for Humanity Indonesia National Director Mr. Tri Budiardjo and Director of Pundi Amal SCTV Mr. Risanggono. The ceremony was also attended by the local government representative, non profit organiations that operates in West Sumatra and Habitat's main donors: DBS Bank, General Motors , and Rajawali Corporation. Electronic cinema actor and actress, Iqbal Pakula and Donita, were also turned up in this event.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 December 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


West Sumatra quake survivors receive temporary shelters The Indonesian government and aid agencies have begun building temporary shelters for hundreds of thousands of people displaced by last month's earthquake in West Sumatra Province. The 7.6 magnitude earthquake on 30 September left 1,117 people dead, more than 1,200 seriously injured and over 135,000 homes badly damaged or destroyed.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 October 2009 06:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nusa Dua Fiesta XIII 2009 Bali's Nusa Dua Complex will once again host the Nusa Dua Fiesta XIII 2009 October 17-21, 2009, which will include participation by 20 different provinces across Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 October 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to have a new batik museum The Textile Museum in Central Jakarta is preparing to open an additional part of the museum inside the current complex to house the ever growing collection of batik. This is also done to attract more visitors to the museum as well. The head of the museum, Indra Riawan, said that they were looking to complete the planning for the new museum before the end of the year.

Posted in Culture @ 29 September 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali dive operators asked to show their licenses During the first week of September 2009, joint enforcement teams comprised of officials from the Bali provincial government, tourism police, water police, public prosecutors, members of the Water Sport Association (Gahawisri Bali), environmental authorities and tourism officials visited dive operators in the regency of Buleleng, north Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 September 2009 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aid trickles in as Yudhoyono visits quake-hit area As the death toll of last Wednesdays large earthquake has reached 57 and disaster tourists are flocking to he heavily damaged areas like Tasikmalaya, the government has also started bringing aid to those in need in the worst-affected areas. Priyadi Kardono, spokesman of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), has said that among the dead were 21 people from Cianjur. They were buried in a landslide triggered by the earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 September 2009 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


4.000 homeless after fire destroys 600 houses in Ternate A fire that destroyed hundreds of houses did not only cause a lot of financial damage, but id also destroyed the houses of some 4.000 residents in the neighborhood of Makassar Timur in the district of Ternate Tengah in North Maluku province. The big fire started around 21:00 local time (GMT+8) Thursday evening and eventually destroyed 557 houses. No one was killed in the fire however.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 July 2009 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU quick count shows clear victory for Yudhoyono The current quick count being performed by the General Election Commission KPU shows that current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is the clear winner of the presidential elections held yesterday. The results from almost 19 million votes was already sent to the KPU early this morning. These temporary results were send to the KPU by SMS from polling stations across the vast archipelago. Currently some 61.7 percent of the votes goes to Yudhoyono.

Posted in Elections @ 09 July 2009 04:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stops sending maids to Malaysia immediately Indonesia has ordered employment agencies to stop sending its citizens to Malaysia to work as maids. Indonesian Manpower Minister Erman Suparno said the decision - effective today - would remain in place until safeguards are implemented in Malaysia. “I have spoken of the temporary halt in bilateral talks with the Malaysian Human Resources Minister (Datuk Dr S. Subrama-niam) during the International Labour Conference in Geneva on June 12,” Erman said in a statement yesterday.

Posted in Politics @ 27 June 2009 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Hundreds of shops burned down at Cibatu traditional market As much as 220 shops at the Pasar Cibatu traditional market in Cibatu, Garut district, and six houses of residents nearby were lost as the result of a huge fire last evening. The fire started just before six o'clock in the evening. There were no injuries in this accident, but the damage runs into the billions of Rupiah's. Based on information at the scene, the fire started in one of the shops which was next to a local health care center.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 June 2009 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ferry capsizes in Arafura waters A ferry named Risma Jaya carrying 27 passengers and some goods capsized in Arafura waters near eastern Indonesia's Papua province on Wednesday evening, due to heavy weather and high waves, the Jakarta Post reported on Thursday. Three missing doctors were being searched by an official search and rescue team, according to Asmat Police chief Korwa.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 January 2009 15:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia Indonesian style With a flight in the afternoon I departed from Yogyakarta to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. For the first time I was to fly this route with AirAsia. It is called AirAsia here, but in fact it's a separate company that listens to the name Indonesia AirAsia. This difference is subtle, but if you know that AirAsia uses airline code AK, and Indonesia AirAsia QZ, it all becomes clear.

Posted in Travel @ 29 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three dead in clash between villages on Seram Island Three people were killed on Saturday in a fierce clash between two villages on the island of Seram in the Malulu archipelago in eastern Indonesia. At least 60 homes, several schools and places of worship were burned down in the riot as well. Hundreds of anti-riot police were deployed to the area to restore order. Brig. Gen. Guntur Ariyadi told that hundreds of panic-stricken residents had fled to temporary shelters.

Posted in Violence @ 04 May 2008 10:25 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


Pressure from gas leaks in Siring Barat increases The water leaks mixed with gas which is easy flammable in a garage which is owned by a resident of Siring Barat, sub-district Porong in the district Sidoarjo is increasing in pressure. A number of villagers is forced to attach pipes from the leaks so they can divert the muddy water through their houses into the sewer. One of these places is a phone house owned by Siti Asiyah, a resident of Siring Barat. After they have attached the pipes, she hopes she will be able to open up her business again since it is the only form of income the family has.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 09 February 2008 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven killed in Brebes landslide Rescuers dug for survivors after a landslide on the island of Java pummeled a village on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and destroying homes and roads, officials said. Days of torrential rainfall sent tons of mud surging into a village near the town of Brebes, 220 kilometers east of the capital Jakarta, said Rustam Pakaya of the Health Ministry's Disaster Crisis Center.

Posted in Weather @ 07 February 2008 04:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Streets of Kuta to be made more pedestrian friendly The physical infrastructure for streets in Bali is inadequate to meet the safety requirements of pedestrians and vehicular road users. Bad road surface conditions, the lack of sidewalks, insufficient drainage, and the absence of shaded and green corridors - all contribute to Kuta's failure to meet standards of safety needed for tourist areas with high levels of pedestrian traffic.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2008 04:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dramatic increase in tremors inside Kelud volcano Dedi, an official from the government's emergency response team in Kediri, said that between 06:00 and 12:00 local time on Thursday, there were as many as 570 tremors recorded inside the volcano, a sharp increase to the 16 recorded during the same period on Wednesday. Detik.com website reported that dozens or armed police on motorcycles went door-to-door again to force residents to flee to temporary emergency shelters away from the danger zone.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 November 2007 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud keeps villagers on high alert, crater lake heats up further Authorities in the province of East Java have warned residents living on the slopes of the Mount Kelud volcano once more to stay at their temporary shelters since the risk of a major eruption remains high, according to officials on Wednesday. The 1,731-meter high volcano was placed on top alert on October 16, which caused the evacuation of thousands of people living inside the 10-kilometer danger zone around the crater.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 31 October 2007 09:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six Garuda B737-400s seized by customs officers Asia aviation soared to new heights on Thursday, October 25, 2007, with the inaugural flight of the Airbus 380 from Singapore to Sydney, while in Indonesia aviation circles were reaping publicity of a less favorable kind when six Boeing 737-400 aircraft leased by national flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia were seized by Indonesian customs and excise officials in Jakarta.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 October 2007 08:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report Mount Kelut volcano; no. 3 The Team for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Observation in Blitar reported today that the temperature of water in the crater continues to increase, albeit slowly. The highest level of alert (level 4) is still in force.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 21 October 2007 09:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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