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Indonesian Navy sinks Filipino fishing boat The Indonesian Navys Eastern Indonesian Fleet Command (Koarmatim) has sunk a Filipino fishing boat MV Gerry 12 in the waters of Tahuna Bay, Apengsembeka village, Sangihe Islands District, North Sulawesi.

Posted in Crime @ 13 January 2015 13:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia repatriates 39 human trafficking victims The Indonesian government has repatriated the second batch of 39 people, who had been trapped by human traffickers, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Posted in Crime @ 03 December 2014 20:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to double tourism totals in 5 years? Mari Elka Pangestu, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy warns that Indonesian President-Elect Joko Widodo plans to attract 20 million foreign tourists by 2019 will require hard work. Quoted by Metrobali.com Pangestu said on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, “The target of 20 million foreign tourist in five years will require a lot of hard work.”

Posted in Tourism @ 23 August 2014 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Angry Mount Kelud sends volcanic ashes Areas around Magelang in Central Java were showered with volcanic ashes until Friday morning believed to come from angry Mount Kelud in East Java. Mount Kelud, one of the most active volcano mountain in Indonesia, erupted twice again on Thursday nights at 22.56 and 23.30 local time.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 February 2014 09:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNN arrests Pakistani narcotic drug courier The Indonesian National Drugs Agency (BNN) has arrested a Pakistani narcotic drug courier at Jakartas Soekarno-Hatta airport, along with two Indonesians who are fellow syndicate members.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 February 2014 20:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


400 police personnel guard Anas at anti-graft office Jakarta Metropolitan Police deployed 400 personnel to safeguard the arrival of former ruling Democratic Party (PD) chairman Anas Urbaningrum at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) here on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 January 2014 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK to question energy and mineral resources minister The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) intends to question Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik as a witness soon in an alleged graft case involving the Upstream Oil and Gas regulatory special task force (SKK Migas).

Posted in Corruption @ 26 November 2013 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All Mount Sinabung refugees return home All refugees of Mount Sinabung eruption have been allowed to return home upon the decrease of the North Sumatra volcano`s alert status. Jhonson Tarigan, spokesperson for Mount Sinabung Disaster Mitigation, said the Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation Agency (PVMBG) lowered the volcano`s alert status from level III to level II on Sunday (Sept 29).

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 September 2013 18:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung erupts again Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra erupted again on Tuesday at 12:13 p.m. West Indonesian Standard Time, spewing volcanic ash and thick smoke five kilometres into the air. The highest mountain in North Sumatra (2,600 metres) had erupted at 2:51 a.m. on Sunday forcing people to flee.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 September 2013 15:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tightens security against possible infiltration of terrorists Bali police tighten control at all entry gates to the tourist island to prevent infiltration of terrorists to the island which has twice suffered big terrorist bombings over the past several years. Units of police mobile brigade are placed at the ports of Gilimanuk, Badung and Padangbai, Bali Police Chief Insp. Gen. Arif Wahyunadi said here on Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 August 2013 13:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two former leaders of legislative assembly law fugitives Two former leaders of the Bojonegoro legislative assembly have been declared law fugitives after failing to honor summon for execution of the verdict of law court in corruption case.

Posted in Crime @ 14 May 2013 23:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air officially launches Batik Air Indonesia’s largest low-cost carrier Lion Air launched its full-service Batik Air at the country's main gateway Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Cengkareng, Banten, on Thursday.

Posted in Travel @ 25 April 2013 11:31 CET by Jeroen · 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


Artificial rain demand increasing The Indonesian Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) receives increasing demand of artificial rain to increase the water volume in a number of dams to anticipate an imminent dry season.

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


KPK: 'Anas may be charged with money laundering' The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said it did not rule out Anas Urbaningrum, former general chairman of the ruling Democratic Party being charged with money laundering.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 March 2013 00:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilinks opens routes from Batam Indonesian airliner Citilink has announced that it will operate two new routes from Batam. Starting January 10, they have started operations on the route from Batam and Padang, twice a day. From January 16 there will also be two daily flights between Batam and Palembang.

Posted in Travel @ 13 January 2013 02:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Heroin smuggled from Malaysia seized The customs officers of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali have foiled an attempt to smuggle 372 grams of heroin, worth Rp855 million, from Malaysia into Indonesia.

Posted in Drugs @ 08 January 2013 22:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong quake hits Banggai Islands A 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Banggai Islands district in Central Sulawesi province on Monday evening, sparking panic among local residents but no damage reported.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 December 2012 23:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta`s feral cats being neutered to reduce numbers The West Jakarta Livestock and Fishery Office has neutered hundreds of feral cats wandering around the city`s local hospitals, bus stations, and neighbourhoods, in an effort to reduce their population and prevent rabies.

Posted in Health @ 10 December 2012 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air adds flights on existing routes The largest airline in Indonesia - by domestic passengers - Lion Air, has once again added a number of flights on it's existing routes. Two of those flights are evening flights to Pekanbaru and Palembang in southern Sumatra, both from Jakarta.

Posted in Travel @ 26 November 2012 08:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia needs to increase its military strength Former Indonesian military chief retired Gen. Endriartono Sutarto said the country needs to modernize its military equipment to protect its sovereignty. The country needs to have a strong military to command respect from other countries, Sutarto said here on Sunday.

Posted in Military @ 18 November 2012 17:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Istiqlal shares five thousand kilograms of sacrificial meat Officials of Eid al-Adha at Istiqlal, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, have finished distributing five thousand kilograms of sacrificial meat to the public.

Posted in Religion @ 27 October 2012 14:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest chief robbers of mini-market shops Jakarta police have arrested five "captains" of robbers so far targeting mini-market shops in the city and its surrounding areas. "The five are believed to be the masterminds," Jakarta Metropolitan Police spokesman Senior Commissioner Rikwanto said here on Monday.

Posted in Crime @ 24 September 2012 21:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft agency grills Brigadier General Didik The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) interrogated Brigadier General Didik Purnomo here on Monday, in connection with a graft case involving the purchase of driving simulators for the Traffic Police Corps.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 September 2012 21:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air opens several new routes Indonesia's largest airliner, Lion Air, has again opened a number of new routes. Several of them will be operated on less normal routes to fill in ever increasing requests for all kinds of routes on the domestic market. Several of these routes are opened this month already.

Posted in Travel @ 10 September 2012 08:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Marapi twice spews white smoke Mount Marapi, located between the districts of Tanah Datar and Agam, West Sumatra province twice spewed white smoke on Saturday morning, a witness said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 May 2012 16:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest two suspects in Palu arson case Police have arrested two teenagers on charges of setting a house on fire during a brawl between two groups on April 4 in the Central Sulawesi provincial capital of Palu.

Posted in Violence @ 07 April 2012 13:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Marapi spews volcanic ash twice on Sunday Mount Marapi in West Sumatra spewed volcanic ash twice on Sunday respectively at 11:10am and 11:18am Western Indonesian Standard time (WIB), a Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Agency official said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 March 2012 14:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Facebook blamed for higher divorce rate The social networking service Facebook has become quite popular in Indonesia but it is now believed to be a factor contributing to a rapid increase in the divorce rate, a local religious court official said.

Posted in Culture @ 21 January 2012 06:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military plane crashes in Central Java, killing pilot An Indonesian pilot was killed on Friday when a military plane crashed on the island of Java, officials told a local newspaper. There were no other people on board the aircraft.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 January 2012 04:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake jolts Bengkulu, West Sumatra An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted Bengkulu early Wednesday morning at 00.43, awakening the people who were sleeping soundly to scramble out of their houses in panic.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 November 2011 04:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilink opens Surabaya - Denpasar route Citilink, the strategic low-cost daughter company of Garuda Indonesia, has opened a new route earlier this week. The airline has commenced a twice-a-day flight between Surabaya and Denpasar following the arrival of two Airbus A320 aircraft.

Posted in Travel @ 16 November 2011 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'No sentence cuts for corruption, terrorism convicts' Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has agreed that the government should stop granting sentence remissions for corruption and terrorism convicts.

Posted in Crime @ 16 September 2011 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tremors in Mount Papandayan volcano on the increase The number of tremors measured by sensitive instruments around the Moun Papandayan volcano in the district of Garut in West Java province is showing an increase. The alert status of the volcano was raised to a level three out of four after six tremors were recorded in only several hours time yesterday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 August 2011 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Over 5,000 return home after Mount Lokon eruptions Over 5,000 evacuated residents following the eruptions in Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, have begun returning to their homes, officials said on Monday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 July 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilot strike looming for Garuda Indonesia The Pilots Association for Garuda Indonesia (APG), representing 80% of the Indonesian Cockpit crew of the national air carrier, has announced its intention to go on strike commencing Thursday, July 28, 2011. , Jeffrey Ticoalu, representing the APG, said 

"we are announcing today that we will go on a strike on July 28, starting from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 23 July 2011 12:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two fresh eruptions at Indonesia's Mount Lokon Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, on Monday erupted twice, as thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate the area, officials said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 July 2011 19:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia pilots threaten to go on strike The Indonesian national air carrier Garuda Indonesia is threatened with a strike by its Pilot Association who are demanding pay parity with foreign pilots employed on contract by the air carrier.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 July 2011 11:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia adds flights to several destinations in Indonesia Air Asia Indonesia will increase flight frequencies to Bali and Medan (North Sumatra) beginning April 12, 2011 through February 29, 2012. The additional flights will operate from two Air Asia Indonesia hubs: Jakarta and Bandung.

Posted in Travel @ 21 March 2011 10:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Indonesian minister Bustanil Arifin dies at age 85 Former Indonesian cooperatives minister Lieutenant General (retired) Bustanil Arifin on Sunday passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 85, his family said. Bustanil's relative Nilam Patricia confirmed the news to Tempo at the minister's house in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Cheap food? To Yogyakarta! Since I lived in Yogyakarta for some two years - yes I do see this as a privilege because most people are not able to do it, thus missing a lot of the real atmosphere of the city, I didn't always keep in mind the fact that Yogyakarta is in fact fairly cheap in several areas of business.

Posted in Tourism @ 01 February 2011 12:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Loud bangs from Krakatau shake windows The sound of a roaring Krakatau volcano, in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra, caused windows to shake in houses in the mainland. Residents of Anyer, in the far west of Banten province, heard the roaring sound of the powerful volcano twice in a few minutes time.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 November 2010 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air flies between Bali and Lombok Airline Lion Air has started their scheduled flights between Denpasar, Bali and Mataram, Lombok. The airline flies twice a day and directly becomes a strong competitor of long-time monopolist Merpati. With prices that are about the same as those of Merpati, you will get more service for about the same price, who doesn't want that?!

Posted in Travel @ 31 August 2010 12:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian rains to continue all year Unseasonally heavy rains will continue across Indonesia for the rest of this year, officials from the country's state weather agency said on Wednesday, after rains have damaged crops, hampered miners and boosted inflation.

Posted in Weather @ 15 August 2010 05:59 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


Two times a day to Ambon with Batavia Air Batavia Air now flies between Jakarta and Ambon twice a day and seven days a week. The first flight of the day in the early morning is a direct flight between the two cities. The flight later on the day makes a short transit in Surabaya before continuing to it's final destination. Prices start at 573.000 Rupiah (less than 55 euro!) per single trip.

Posted in Travel @ 19 May 2010 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air opens new Sumatra routes Lion Air has opened four new routes in northern Sumatra. These routes will all be flown with new ATR 72-500 planes and will all depart from Polonia airport near Medan in North Sumatra. The routes are mainly targeted at Mentawai and Aceh.

Posted in Travel @ 03 May 2010 04:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Passenger plane skids off runway in Indonesia A routine domestic flight almost ended in disaster on Tuesday when a jet carrying more than 100 passengers broke apart on landing in Indonesia, injuring about 20 people, officials said. The Merpati airline Boeing 737 bounced off the tarmac at Rendani domestic airport in Manokwari, West Papua.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 April 2010 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More flights to Dili from Bali Merpati Nusantara Airlines will soon increase the frequency of their flights between Bali and Dili, Timor Leste in anticipation of heightened competition on that route from another domestic carrier - Batavia Airline.

Posted in Travel @ 31 March 2010 09:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two moderate earthquakes hit Aceh The province of Aceh has been shaken by a moderate earthquake twice yesterday. The first quake took place in the early morning while the second one took place somewhere in the afternoon. The first quake had a magnitude of 5.3 on the Richter Scale while the second one was measured at 5.1. The earthquakes were not related to each other.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 March 2010 01:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Please upgrade Bali airport quickly!' Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, was in Bali on Sunday, February 28, 2010, to officiate at the launching of a book covering the history of Bali aviation. Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport: Gateway to Paradise 1930-2010 which has been published by Angkasa Pura I, the company that manages Bali's only air gateway.

Posted in General @ 03 March 2010 00:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More power outages for Bali Despite earlier promises that the irritations accompanying electrical blackouts would end on December 6, 2009, the state-owned power company PLN has announced that repairs on the Gilimanuk generating station will take longer than expected and consumers should expect blackouts to continue at least until January 15, 2010.

Posted in Power supply @ 08 December 2009 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Malaysia Airlines: KL - Bali flights three times a day Malaysia Airlines have increased to three flights a day its services between Kuala Lumpur and Bali. Tourist visitors traveling from the Malaysian capital have the choice of three departure times at 08:45, 12:25 and 15:20. The additional flight, increasing from twice to thrice the number of daily flights, will remain in effect until December 31, 2009.

Posted in Travel @ 10 November 2009 00:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Some luxury with Batavia Air After flying with AirAsia resulted in a slight disappointment I tried to fly with Batavia Air more often. They also have a number of new planes and offer regular fares which are attractive enough to give it a try as well. Fares are not that much different than those of AirAsia, but AirAsia just knows how to play the pricing game better.

Posted in Travel @ 13 October 2009 03:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susi Air flies between Jakarta and Pangandaran Susi Air has announced that it will start serving the route Jakarta - Pangandaran via Bandung. The flight will depart from Halim Perdanakusuma airport in southern Jakarta, will make a stopover in Bandung and will continue the trip to Pangandaran from there. Normal travel time from Jakarta to Pangandaran is about six hours, but with this flight it will be shortened to about one hour.

Posted in General @ 30 August 2009 08:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


'If trains go faster, people reach their destination earlier' The Minister of Transport has finally seen the light. He stated earlier today that the time needed to travel between Surabaya and Banyuwangi could be shortened from six hours, the current time a train needs, to only three hours. He has come up with a very inventive way to get this done properly:

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 August 2009 13:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shenzhen Airlines flies Guangzhou - Bali direct A new twice-weekly direct air service flown by Shenzhen Airlines from Guangzhou (Canton) to Bali will cut 7 hours traveling time from the previous 12 hours it took to fly that route. Previously Chinese travelers faced the arduous prospect flying to Bali with an intermediate stop-over in Jakarta, a trip now reduced to only four hours with the launch of the direct flight service.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 May 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda to fly Brisbane-Bali in November 2009 Bali Post reports that Garuda Indonesia is considering re-establishing flight service between Bali (Denpasar) and Brisbane, Australia. The re-examination of the viability of putting Brisbane back on the Indonesian carrier's Australian gateways comes on heals of the recent termination of service to Darwin and an ongoing evaluation of route efficacy.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 30 April 2009 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


250 million Euro needed for construction Cisumdawu tollroad The West Java government needs some 3400 billion Rupiah (250 million euro) to build the Cileunyi-Sumedang-Dawuan (Cisumdawu) toll road. When the toll road is finally constructed, it will not only ease traffic on the route Bandung - Cireon, but also integrate the Trans Jawa highway from Cikampek to Palimanan.

Posted in General @ 10 March 2009 09:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


MD82's; the Wings Air trash bin for air transport At the end of last year I was able to experience how it was to fly a brand new plane as well as a very old one in just a matter of days. That very old one was a short domestic flight from Jakarta to Yogyakarta with Indonesia Air Asia, while just several months earlier I had traveled from Yogyakarta to Kuala Lumpur with Air Asia in one of the newest planes - at that moment - in use with the airline. It was the new plane that fascinated me most, while I only thought about the old one a few months later.

Posted in Travel @ 22 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Central bank cuts rate by 50 basis point to 8.75% The Indonesian central bank Wednesday slashed its benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points to 8.75 percent following the good outlook of inflation to spur growth, according to a statement by the bank. The 50 basis point cut is in line with the recent demand from the government and business sector, as the country has decided to rely much on the huge domestic market following the fall of demand of its products in overseas.

Posted in Economy @ 08 January 2009 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UPDATED: Current money in Indonesia Indonesian banknotes have a high rate of new issues. Since the fall of Suharto in 1998, most denominations have been changed twice. Since 2005, the newest serie - with the bright colors as a basic remarkable feature - is completed. indahnesia.com has a summary of what money you can expect to get in your hands while in Indonesia. Be aware of the different colors matching their own nomination.

Posted in Website @ 01 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Girl in Islamic boarding school pregnant twice by rape leader A leader of a Islamic boarding school (Pondok Pesantren) is accused of raping two of his students and is currently in a police cell in the district of Malang. The leader, only known as N.H., was arrested by the regional police of Malang in a rented house in Pare, in the district of Kediri. N.H. is also the leader of a boarding school in the village Kaumrejo, sub-district Ngantang in the district of Malang. There he has allegedly raped two of his students. The two girls, both 17, are from the village of Ngawensari, sub-district Ringin Anom, district Kendal in Central Java.

Posted in Religion @ 23 November 2008 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia makes gains in fight against corruption Indonesia's fight to curb corruption has led to a series of headline-grabbing investigations in recent months. Indonesia's leap from 143rd to 126th on the Transparency International corruption perception index last month is a small sign of improvement in a country widely viewed as one of the most corrupt in Asia.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 October 2008 04:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: 'You wanna fuck nice girl?' I probably have to stress once again that it was broad daylight when I walked around in the nightlife district of Batam - which is better known as 'Kampung Bule' indeed. However I have to be honest that I don't know what is usually going on at night here, I could imagine certain aspects of nightlife here from stories and Googling for certain keywords of course. Not directly what I am looking for, and maybe because of that reason I just explored the area during broad daylight to see what is going on here. From the Nagoya Hill shopping mall I walked to a local warnet (internet cafe) to check some things out and to make my walk around the district.

Posted in Ramadan @ 13 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Police prevents illegal export of wood to Malaysia The regional police of Riau have succeeded in preventing the transport of illegally cut wood, as much as 35 tonnes, which were destined for Malaysia. The wood was discovered on the Mumbul river, in the Bengalis district in Riau. The illegal wood was discovered on a routine inspection by the police in the Rupat river area.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2008 05:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


World Bank warns very high Jakarta of tidal floods The World Bank has warned that northern Jakarta might be hit by tidal flooding next week as the sea level will rise by up to 1.21 meters. The head of infrastructure division of the bank Hongjoo Hahm said that tidal water, predicted to peak at 9:47 p.m. on June 3 and 10:24 p.m. on June 4, would hit coastal areas in north Jakarta.

Posted in Flooding @ 01 June 2008 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The southern edge of Yogya: Rice farmer becomes onion farmer In the soaring heat of the countryside just north of the southern beaches near Yogyakarta I was driving towards the east on a small countryside road. This road is the only way out for the area directly west of the Opak River which causes the area to be fairly quiet until today. There are no main roads here, no buses and trucks but palm trees, open rice fields, parked bicycles and a strait black asphalt road which seems to disintegrate into water in the remote distance because of the scorching hot sun.

Posted in Travel @ 20 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


Pertamina needs 70 million dollars per day for imports Pertamina is in need of twice as much foreign money because of high oil prices on the international market with prices reaching as high as 100 US dollars per barrel. Earlier today the general manager of PT Pertamina, Ari Hernanto Sumarno, said that Pertamina was in need of foreign money to pay for the imports of oil for the company. Pertamina has to buy oil from outside Indonesia, even if the prices rise. This is caused by the fact that the total production of oil in Indonesia is not sufficient to cover all of it's needs.

Posted in Economy @ 18 January 2008 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto in very critical condition The condition of former president Suharto worsened on Sunday, two days after he suffered multiple organ failure, and was now "very critical", the doctor leading the team treating him said. The 86-year-old former president was admitted to hospital January 4 with heart, kidney and lung problems and his health fluctuated daily before dramatically worsening Friday, when he was hooked to a ventilator to save his life.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2008 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia frees 312 inmates on Christmas day Indonesia has freed 312 inmates on Christmas for good behaviour, a government official said. About another 7,500 received reductions in their sentences ranging from 15 days to two months, Mohammad Syueib of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights told Elshinta news radio.

Posted in Human rights @ 25 December 2007 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three year sentence sought for ferry captain Prosecutors in Indonesia want three years in jail for the captain of the ferry that sank off the coast of northern Java last years, an accident in which over 300 people died. State prosecutors said that Wiratno Cendanawasih, 53, who was captain at the ill-fated Senopati Nusantara at the time of the accident, was guilty of negligence leading to the deaths.

Posted in General @ 18 September 2007 11:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


The quiet kampung; the daily life It is a very normal Thursday afternoon when I sit down on the veranda. A light rain shower crosses my path here after a long and humid day on which it didn't want to raining the first place. The rain was not enough to clean the humid air and so tomorrow will be another of those warm and slow days. Last year the wet season only lasted until the middle of March, but now there is still rain on a regular base. Not a changing climate, but just a slight change in ocean temperatures. As far as on the other side of the world this impacts tropical areas as well, because weather here isn't that monotonous as it looks like when you see those holiday pictures with a blue sky. For sure there is much sun, but there are clouds as well and rain of course, even during the dry season. Maybe it's just a different type of rain, more light instead of a complete tropical downpour.

Posted in Travel @ 08 June 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Tanah Lot temple sees more visitors after admission price hike Apparently higher admission fees for both domestic and international visitors to Bali's iconic Pura Tanah Lot are having no ill-effect on the number of visitors eager to view the photograph the idyllic water-bound religious shrine just off Bali's western shoreline. According to the management of Puri Tanah Lot, visitors have increased 34.35% over the past three months despite an increase in admission fees.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 April 2007 03:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batu Tara volcano keeps spewing lava Thousands of people on the island of Lembata, in the Solor Archipelago are evacuated from the area of the Batu Tara volcano as it spews ash and lava. The volcano became more active during Saturday, as was reported by the Jakarta Post. Tons of ash and lava came from it's crater and were dumped in the sea.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 March 2007 12:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud volcano swallows concrete balls The plan to drop giant concrete balls into the still active mud volcano to slow it's flow may be changed after these balls slid far deeper than expected, Rudi Novrianto, a spokesman said earlier today. The balls slid as far as one kilometer into the crater, roughly twice as deep as expected. Many more of these concrete balls were required to slow down the mud flow now.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 27 February 2007 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian pedophile jailed for ten years Australian pedophile Peter William Smith is sentenced to ten years in prison for sexually abusing street children in Jakarta. Judges in the South Jakarta District Court found that Smith had used 'economic coercion' in paying the teenage male victims to perform sexually related acts on each other and on him. The judges took in account this coercion and fined the English teacher 75 million Rupiah (6,276 euro) on top of the jail term.

Posted in General @ 26 February 2007 16:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Thousands face food shortage in East Nusa Tenggara Thousands of people in Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara faced serious food shortage after farmers in the regency failed to harvest their rice fields for two consecutive seasons. Secretary to Sikka regental administration Genyo Kerong said Thursday that residents of 80 out of 160 villages in the regency have ran out their food stocks following the failures of the twice rice harvests sparked by long drought there.

Posted in General @ 16 February 2007 07:10 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


Piece of missing jet found off Sulawesi A fisherman found a piece of a Boeing 737 that disappeared more than 10 days ago, the first hard evidence that the plane carrying 102 people had crashed into the sea off Sulawesi, a top search official said Thursday. The piece of tail from Adam Air Flight KI-574 was recovered Wednesday in the Makassar Strait, 185 miles off Sulawesi Island's coast, said Eddy Suyanto, the head of search and rescue operations.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 January 2007 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


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

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


Indonesia moves to lengthen jail terms Jemaah Islamiah terrorists and Australian drug offenders will spend more years in jail with Indonesia deciding to curtail their sentence remissions. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has approved regulations forcing all terrorists, drug offenders and prisoners convicted of several other serious crimes to serve at least two-thirds of their original sentences. They will not be eligible for regular remissions issued to other prisoners until they have served at least a third of their jail terms.

Posted in Human rights @ 09 October 2006 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's monorail struggles to get on track Gridlocked cars. Noxious traffic fumes. Indonesia's capital is crying out for a new transport network, but stop-start plans for a monorail illustrate the country's chequered efforts to build badly needed infrastructure. The idea of a gleaming monorail gliding above the congested tropical city of nearly 9 million people is an enticing one and proponents point to neighbouring Bangkok's Skytrain or Kuala Lumpur's monorail in at least easing equally grim transport woes.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2006 14:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia complains over travel warnings Indonesia has complained to Australia that its travel warning system is harming its economy, deterring new investment and forcing language students to other countries. Australia promised Indonesia it would review its advisory system but Jakarta could be left sorely disappointed by the outcome, with the Government saying its citizens will always be its top priority.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 August 2006 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mate, you can now move to Aussie jail There is some good news for Australians serving jail terms in Bali's Kerobokan prison. Thanks to a prisoner transfer agreement to be signed between Australia and Indonesia, they will be able to serve out their sentences in their home country, closer to their own families. One would think they would be happy, especially as Kerobokan prison has been described as a hell-hole where sanitary and health standards are sorely lacking.

Posted in Drugs @ 02 July 2006 10:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Supplies arrive in Javanese quake zone Emergency aid began arriving Monday in areas devastated by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia, but officials said the supplies were not reaching survivors quickly enough as victims pleaded for money on debris-filled roads to buy food. An aid plane chartered by the U.N.'s children agency arrived in the city of Solo, about three hours from the hardest-hit district of Bantul on Java island. It was loaded with water, tents, stoves and cooking sets that officials said would be distributed later Monday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 May 2006 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villagers return to slopes of Merapi despite threat Mount Merapi belched out massive clouds of black smoke and lava flows scorched fresh scars in its slopes, but many villagers ignored warnings of a major eruption and returned home to tend animals and crops. Even as the volcano's activity increased, scores of curious onlookers traveled by motorcycle, car and foot to its slopes, eager to see from a safe distance the mountain's awesome power.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 May 2006 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New proposal could put Indonesia on same time A proposed merged time zone would put an end to residents of the eastern part of the country showing up red-eyed for work after watching prime-time television shows broadcast from Jakarta. The advantages for businesses -- operating in the same work hours instead of dealing with a one or two-hour difference -- also could be considerable.

Posted in General @ 10 May 2006 11:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Kalla: No need for another fuel hike Concerns that the recent surge in global oil prices could lead to another fuel price hike this year have eased for the moment, after Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the government had no immediate plans to raise fuel prices. "I don't think a fuel price hike is necessary at the moment," Vice President Jusuf Kalla said Monday. "What we have to do now is to use energy more efficiently, fix up our power sector, and think up of other ways to save fuel."

Posted in Economy @ 25 April 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sulphur smoke from Merapi rises 500 meters Smoke containing sulfur from the Mount Merapi volcano keeps rising. At first it only reached 100 meters from the peak, but now it is rising to heights of 500 meters. Moreover, if the smoke rises up vertically, it can reach more than 1,000 meters high.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 21 April 2006 17:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Indonesia to get its own Playboy A toned-down edition of Playboy will go on sale Friday in mostly Muslim Indonesia, defying protests from Islamic leaders who have called on the government to ban the magazine, publishers said. The magazine does not feature nude women, and its photos of female models are no more risque than those in other magazines already for sale in the country, according to an Associated Press photographer who saw an advance copy.

Posted in General @ 06 April 2006 19:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 21 reactions


Barnabas Suebu named Papua governor Barnabas Suebu was officially named the winner of Papua's direct gubernatorial election following a 10-hour plenary session of the provincial General Elections Commission (KPUD) on Monday. In the March 10 election, former governor Barnabas and his running mate, Golkar Party legislator Alexander Hessegem, garnered 354,763 of the over 1.1 million valid votes. Over 17,000 votes were declared invalid and thrown out.

Posted in Politics @ 04 April 2006 11:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


W. Irian Jaya political showdown brewing With only two days left before the direct gubernatorial elections in West Irian Jaya, the divide between supporters and opponents of the polls deepened on Thursday. The Papuan People's Assembly (MRP), representing Papuans opposed to the elections, met with political leaders in Jakarta and warned of civil unrest if the elections proceed as planned in the province, whose establishment they claim is illegal.

Posted in Politics @ 09 March 2006 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four-hour blaze destroys 240 homes Susi, 43, was still sound asleep when she was suddenly awoken by her neighbors shouting that her house, located in Kota Bambu Utara subdistrict, West Jakarta, was on fire. She took few minutes to realize what was happening before she and her husband rushed out, saving all three of their children but leaving their belongings behind to be consumed by the flames.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 December 2005 15:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New mammal discovered in Indonesia Researchers from the WWF conservation group may have made an extremely rare discovery of a new species of mammal in the dense forests of central Borneo, the organisation says. The carnivorous mammal, slightly larger than a domestic cat with dark red fur and a long bushy tail, was photographed twice by an automated camera at night in 2003 on the Indonesian side of the island, the WWF said on Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 06 December 2005 12:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Suspected bird flu cases in three children Three Indonesian children are suspected to be the latest victims of bird flu, which the Asian Development Bank said on Thursday could trigger a global recession if a pandemic breaks out. Underlining the increasing urgency in tackling the H5N1 avian flu virus, the United States and China announced new efforts to fight a possible pandemic, including $500 million to monitor the virus in poultry.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 03 November 2005 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Ex-president Megawati in hospital for exhaustion Former Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri is being treated in hospital for exhaustion but her condition is stable, an aide said on Thursday. Pramono Anung, a member of Megawati's political organization, the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P), said the former president was admitted to the Metropolitan Medical Center hospital in Jakarta earlier this week.

Posted in General @ 27 October 2005 18:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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