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Keeping Baliís mother temple sacred The provincial government of Bali has prepared a small team to review input from a number of sources on how best to create a Pura Agung Besakih Authority to control and oversee the operation of Baliís Mother Temple.

Posted in Religion @ 02 February 2014 06:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two cultural heritage relics missing from Musirawas Two cultural heritage relics, a gold-plated elephant statue and a Tunggul Wulung spear, kept in the Musirawas Culture and Tourism Office in South Sumatra Province have gone missing.

Posted in History @ 26 December 2013 13:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No pregnant students allowed to sit for exams No pregnant students are allowed to sit for national examination even though they have been registered, a local education official said. "That`s the rule we must abide by altogether," Rustam Akkas, the head of the secondary education section at the Palu city education and teaching office, said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 April 2013 00:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Burglar steals Rp208 million in Public Housing Ministry A burglar reportedly stole a cash of 208 million rupiah in the Public Housing Ministry building, located in Jalan Raden Patah I no. 1 Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta on Monday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 February 2013 21:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australiang motorcycle gangs set up links on Bali The Sydney Morning Herald has run an investigative article by Michael Bachelard examining how Australian motorcycle gangs are establishing business links in Bali.

Posted in Crime @ 31 December 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


021-29918200: Air Asia malpractice It is a normal working day when I was called quite early in the morning, around eight, by the local number 021-29918200. I did not recognise that number, so I did not answer it. It often happens here that people dial the wrong number and then start asking all kinds of questions, even calling back to continue asking and making sure that I am not the one they are looking for.

Posted in Crime @ 02 January 2012 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six months jail for alleged theft of 20,000 rupiah A former cashier of the Ramayana Robinson department store, arraigned in court on the charge of stealing Rp20,000 (about US$2.5), heard the prosecution demand a six-month jail sentence for her.

Posted in Crime @ 29 December 2011 14:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prince Walid to help save Tuti from execution Saudi Prince Walid bin Talal bin Abdul Azis al Saud has promised to help save Indonesian migrant worker Tuti Tursilawati (27) from execution in Saudi Arabia, a top Indonesian manpower ministry official said.

Posted in Crime @ 27 December 2011 07:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Phone operators deny involvement in phone credit theft A number of phone operators claimed that they have taken precautions to prevent their customers unwittingly having their phone credit deducted by short text messages (SMS) offering prizes and premium content.

Posted in General @ 06 October 2011 03:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New Lombok airport finally opened officially Jakarta Globe reports that the beleaguered Lombok International Airport began operations at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 30, 2011. Long delayed for a variety of reasons ranging from funding, lack of supporting infrastructure, theft of building materials, environmental disputes and construction delays - the original opening date of March 2010 was pushed back by 1.5 years.

Posted in Travel @ 02 October 2011 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Welcome to the Hotel Kerobokan The current prisoner population for Baliís Kerobokan prison stands at 1,056 convicts living in a facility originally constructed to house only 323 people. Overcrowding by 327% is due mainly to narcotic-related offenders and those awaiting trial on drug offenses.

Posted in Crime @ 05 September 2011 03:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Child imprisonment in Indonesia rampant The Indonesian Commission for Child Protection said on Wednesday that nearly 7,000 minors face criminal trials in Indonesian courtrooms each year, the Jakarta Globe reported. The commission, also known as the KPAI, said that 90 percent of them, about 6,300 minors, end up incarcerated alongside adult suspects, as there are no special holding cells for children.

Posted in Crime @ 16 March 2011 19:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta crime rate falls slightly in 2010 Jakarta Police Chief Sutarman on Tuesday said that the crime rate in the capital this year fell by about 2,000 cases in comparison with 2009, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Crime @ 29 December 2010 01:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two men on trial for ATM card scheme Two men on trial in Bali accused of stealing funds from Automated Teller Machines (ATM) in various locations across Bali saw State prosecutors demanding prisons terms of 13 years and fines of Rp. 100 million (83.000 euro) for each of the men.

Posted in Crime @ 28 September 2010 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police questions police over stolen safe police headquarters Investigators are investigating the theft of a safe, but are not able to name any suspects yet. They have questioned twelve police officers in the case of the missing safe. The safe belongs to the police and was located at the headquarters of the police of Makassar city in South Sulawesi.

Posted in Crime @ 21 April 2010 06:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank managers arrested over credit card scam Bali Post says that the national police have arrested a manager from Bank Danamon suspected to have played a role in the theft of customers' money via the ATM system. Police say the manager was apprehended in Bandung on Friday, February 5, 2010. The arrest follows an earlier arrest, also in Bandung, of a manager working for Bank Central Asia (BCA).

Posted in Crime @ 07 February 2010 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tighter security after mass ATM skimming in Indonesia Banks in Indonesia are taking immediate steps to prevent the theft of their clients' money through their automatic teller machines (ATMs) after four banks reported theft of more than Rp5 billion (400.000 euro) in this way since Jan 16.

Posted in Crime @ 23 January 2010 13:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of bolts stolen near Purwokerto station Dozens of bolts and safety hooks used on train tracks have been stolen in the area around the Purwokerto train station located in Central Java. The Mobile Brigade of Banyumas checked the entire length of the track and soon discovered the theft. It is most likely that the bolts and hooks were stolen to be sold as scrap iron.

Posted in Crime @ 06 September 2009 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protestant clergyman and wife killed with machetes Police found Rev Frans Koagow, 64, and his wife Femy Kumendong, 73, at their home, dead, killed with machetes. The couple lived in Manado, capital of North Sulawesi province, where a majority of Sulawesi Island Christians live. Most local Christians are Protestant.

Posted in Violence @ 28 April 2009 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia; a country without Playboy and porn In between breakfast and lunch yesterday, Indonesian lawmakers gave their support for a law that is officially named 'Electronic Information and Transaction Law'. This indirect anti-porn legislation will be effective two days from now. Because of the quick pace this new monster against (press-)freedom was pushed ahead, there is little attention for it in mainstream Indonesian media. It almost looks like something that happens every day here, but it is completely absurd that a law that has been approved yesterday will become active in a matter of days, especially a law that has as many implications as this one. In theory that is.

Posted in General @ 28 March 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


No more parking mafia! You know them, the ever friendly people who always know where to find that parking space you need. If not on the pavement, in front of an entrance or on a dead-end part of the highway system in Jakarta. There is always place for just one more car, motorbike or bikes, which are folded together near a trash can or tree. No problem at all and we are all happy that we can park at a distance less than ten meters from where we want to go. Nothing wrong with paying a little extra on top of the set prices. Gladly even, because 'better be lazy than tired', is something you have to pay for. Of course we are not talking huge amounts here and for hat few thousand Rupiah's you won't push aside cars yourself, I won't believe that.

Posted in Culture @ 05 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


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

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


Aceh 'hand-severance' ordinance still being processed The provincial administration of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD) is still processing a draft ordinance (Qanun) on theft - this particular one is popularly known as the 'hand-severance qanun'. In order to make it more acceptable from the human rights point of view, the provincial sharia official said. "The draft hand-severance qanun is now still in the making. We are also waiting for more inputs from the public on its substance," Al Yasa Abubakar, head of the provincial administration's Islamic Sharia Service, said on Saturday.

Posted in Religion @ 25 March 2007 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


US, Indonesia sign pact to fight illegal logging The United States has signed a pact to help stop illegal logging in Indonesia, home to most of the world's orangutans and many other endangered species, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said on Friday. "A core part of our international trade agenda must be combating illegal trade, including protecting endangered species," U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said in a statement. "The United States and Indonesia are partnering to combat illegal logging and the trade associated with it."

Posted in Environment @ 18 November 2006 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flimsy tents now home for Indonesia quake survivors Tens of thousands of Indonesians took refuge in flimsy tents in the earthquake-hit region of Java island on Thursday, as officials urged a stop to aid distribution by night to prevent theft and looting. Rescue workers were still pulling dead bodies from the rubble of the 6.3 magnitude quake, which struck at dawn on Saturday and levelled entire villages around the ancient royal capital of Yogyakarta, reducing homes to piles of wood, tiles and tin.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 June 2006 15:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt wants non-Muslims tried by Islamic court in Aceh The government insisted Tuesday that Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam should be tried by the planned Islamic Court in the predominantly Muslim province. State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra told the special committee deliberating a bill on the province's administration that non-Muslims accused of committing ordinary crimes, such as theft and adultery, would be tried under the sharia-inspired bylaws (qanun).

Posted in Religion @ 26 April 2006 21:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


155 die in Java double disaster At least 155 people died in two separate natural disasters that hit Indonesia's main island of Java last week, as authorities Monday decided to end the evacuation process amid worries that more deaths are unaccounted for. In the East Java town of Jember, where a flash flood and mudslide swept through four districts that left 79 people dead and displaced 7,605 others on Jan. 1, the local government ended the evacuation work and shifted focus on rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 January 2006 19:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Three officers charged with buying stolen car The Jakarta Police announced on Wednesday there was sufficient evidence to charge three police officers with receiving a stolen vehicle. West Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Safaruddin said Chief Brig. Samsi from the Semanan Police station in Tangerang and Chief Brig. Budi Utomo and Adj. First Insp. Endang from the Lebak Police precinct, also in Tangerang, had been detained since Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 10 November 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Subsidy cut to fuel the fire In the wake of a two-month "mini crisis" that saw the rupiah hit a four-year low of 11,750 per dollar on August 30, Jakarta has finally announced an imminent and substantial reduction in fuel subsidies. The exact date and the level of cuts have yet to be announced, though there is widespread speculation over both. Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said fuel prices may rise as early as October 1 while National Development Planning Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said an increase in November would be too late to help reduce subsidies to the level of Rp89.2 trillion. She said fuel prices might increase by at least 50% in October.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Study: 'Indonesia military commits genocide in Papua' Indonesia's military is allegedly committing genocide in its eastern province of Papua, which may threaten the survival of the region's tribal population, the University of Sydney's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies said in a report.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2005 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta floods force minister to take ojek Torrential rainfall flooded parts of Jakarta early Wednesday (19/1/05), causing severe traffic congestion that forced Manpower and Transmigration Minister Fahmi Idris to take an ojek (motorbike taxi) to work. Idris left his house near Jalan Warung Buncit, South Jakarta, in his chauffeur-driven Volvo limousine supplied by the state, but the vehicle soon became trapped in the gridlock in the floodwaters. The minister then exited his stationary vehicle and hailed an ojek to take him to a meeting at the vice presidential office, detikcom online news portal reported. The ride on the Suzuki Thunder motorbike reportedly cost the minister Rp50,000 ($5.45) Ė well above the usual fare for such a journey.

Posted in Flooding @ 20 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal immigrants urged to accept KL amnesty Malaysia's prime minister has assured illegal immigrants that they would not be arrested or persecuted if they leave the country voluntarily under an amnesty offer. The premier, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, said late Saturday that illegal workers should come out immediately to avoid bottlenecks in the closing days of the amnesty.

Posted in General @ 01 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rais denies taking oil handouts from Saddam Hussein A leading Indonesian politician and presidential hopeful Amien Rais has denied reports that he had taken oil handouts from the regime of then-Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, a press report says. "I'm flabbergasted. Why am I included in the list out of the blue? It's big slander," Rais, chairman of the national assembly, was quoted as saying by Koran Tempo newspaper.

Posted in Politics @ 04 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Inmates escape from Bandung jail Three inmates escaped from a jail in the West Java capital of Bandung today in the second jailbreak in Indonesia in two days. State news agency Antara said the three prisoners at Sukamiskin penitentiary broke out of Cell No.60 and climbed over a wall to freedom. The fugitives were identified as Ida Bagus Bima Purwoko alias Agus (36), Fauzi alias Ghani (32), and Romly Angkasa (26). The report did not state what they had been serving time for.

Posted in General @ 22 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood victims want justice, death for illegal loggers Relatives of more than 100 people killed in the recent devastating flood in North Sumatra demanded the immediate arrests of illegal loggers on Thursday, as police moved to find those involved in the rampant deforestation blamed for the flood. The victims called the loggers who had encroached into the Mount Leuser National Park "terrorists" and said that they should be sentenced to death.

Posted in Weather @ 07 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another 'fund raiser' of Bali blast gets 16 years in jail A district court here sentenced another "fund raiser" of Bali bombing, Abdul Rauf, to 16 years in jail for a criminal act of terrorism. Earlier, two other fund raisers, Andi Hidayat and Junaedi, were found guilty of jointly raising funds for the October 12, 2002, bombings of two nightspots in Bali's famous tourist spot of Kuta. The three were members of the so-called "Serang Group" as they were captured for alleged crimes in Serang, a district town in the Province of Banten.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 September 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First Sharia court for Aceh Indonesia's troubled Aceh province is to establish the country's first criminal court based on Sharia law, an official said on Wednesday. Indonesia already has religious courts which handle disputes about marriage or inheritance, but not criminal cases.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 February 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Warning of backlash if U.S. attacks The leader of Malaysia's Islamic opposition accused Western nations Thursday of waging a ``crusade'' against Muslims since the Sept. 11 attacks and warned that U.S. military strikes against Iraq would raise the risk of more terrorist assaults inside America. Abdul Hadi Awang, the head of Malaysia's largest opposition party and driving force behind a push toward a more conservative version of Islam in this Southeast Asian country, said the United States was demonizing Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein without proof, while ignoring abuses by its allies such Israel.

Posted in General @ 12 September 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deluge brings flood of looters hieves have taken advantage of the forced evacuation of thousands of people from their homes and businesses during the past week's flooding, prompting police to deploy about 1,000 officers yesterday to safeguard homes and shopping centres.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Harmaini, headman of the village of Padang Japang, is a political dinosaur. The calendar in his office is a year old and his pen and paper supply ran out weeks back. But the 63-year-old shows up everyday in a freshly-pressed safari suit, does some retirement planning and is actually eager to welcome his imminent replacement, a village chief elected in a whole new way. "I'm relieved," he says, "that we'll finally be going back to a system that truly suits our community."

Posted in Culture @ 09 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur in E.Java, supporters plan more protests Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid or Gus Dur flew into his political heartland of East Java on Friday to try to calm fanatical supporters who said they plan to continue their increasingly violent protests. The Muslim cleric made no comment on arrival in the provincial capital Surabaya, and headed straight for Pasuruan, about 735 km (480 miles) east of Jakarta and stronghold of a huge Islamic organisation founded by his grandfather.

Posted in Protests @ 09 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pro-Wahid supporters torch Golkar Party headquarter The angry supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid on Wednesday torched the headquarters of the Golkar party in Surabaya, the capital of East Java province, making it the eighth Golkar office being burned down by Wahid's fanatic loyalists who staged rally since late lastweek protesting the planned impeachment against the erratic leader.

Posted in Violence @ 07 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


About 250,000 people were forced from their homes in East Timor last year after militias supporting Indonesia reacted violently to the vote for independence on August 30. Nine months later, about 100,000 of those who fled remain in West Timor -- living in more than 200 squalid, disease-ridden camps scattered across the countryside.

Posted in Human rights @ 08 June 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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