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 Indonesia to execute six drug convicts Indonesia's attorney general announced on Thursday, January 15, that the country is ready to carry out the execution of 6 people on death row on Sunday. "The preparations for the implementation (of the execution) are almost final," Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo announced in a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

Posted in Drugs @ 16 January 2015 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'No mercy for drug dealers' President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo insisted that the government will not pardon heavy drug dealers sentenced to death by the court. "This crime warrants no forgiveness," Jokowi said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 09 December 2014 21:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia requires additional 100 thousand MW electricity Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi stated that Indonesia still needed additional 100 thousand MW electricity to support industrial development at home.

Posted in Power supply @ 04 September 2014 19:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Communication ministry still awaits Vimeo`s official response The Indonesian Communication and Informatics Ministry is still awaiting a response from the representative of video-sharing website Vimeo.com following the Indonesian governments request that the site disable pornographic content from being accessed by Indonesian users.

Posted in General @ 16 May 2014 15:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi begins PDIP campaign in Jakarta The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) began its first-day campaign in Jakarta by sending its presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to a number of historic places in the capital city.

Posted in Elections @ 16 March 2014 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Iranians arrested for smuggling narcotic drugs Two Iranian nationals have been arrested in Sukabumi, West Java province, for smuggling the illegal narcotic drug methamphetamine.

Posted in Drugs @ 26 February 2014 23:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Northern main road Java blocked by floodwaters The northern coastal road from Jakarta to Surabaya, popularly known as Pantura, has been completely blocked by floodwaters in Pamanukan in the district of Subang. The fly-over in the heart of Pamanukan has been flooded on both sides and is submerged in about one meter of water. This main road is economically very important for transport over land.

Posted in Flooding @ 19 January 2014 07:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian caught trying to smuggle 11,877 ecstasy pills A Malaysian citizen of Indian descent, MR, was caught at the Batam Center Ferry Port carrying 11,877 ecstasy pills worth around Rp3 billion.

Posted in Drugs @ 16 January 2014 20:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Communication ministry detects signal interference spots The Informatics and Communications Ministry has detected several signal interference spots for cellular telecommunication due to the application of illegal signal repeater instrument.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2013 15:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Singer Agnes Monica becomes Blueberry owner Popular Indonesian singer Agnes Monica, or popularly known as Agnez Monica, has now become one of majority shareholders in Blueberry smartphones manufacturer PT Ninetology Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 30 October 2013 05:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor Ratu Atut meets KPK`s summons Governor of Banten Province Ratu Atut Chosiyah arrived at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building here on Friday in response to the agency`s summons to testify over a local election dispute.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 October 2013 16:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal drugs cause Rp57 trillion loss to Indonesia Official from the National Anti-Narcotics Body (BNN) Mariani said illegal drug use is to cause Rp57 Trillion loss to Indonesia this year which is an increase if compared to 2008`s number of Rp25 Trillion.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 July 2013 20:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Medan airport security officers detain man trying to smuggle gun The Polonia airport security officers here on Wednesday at noon detained a man who tried to smuggle a gun and 20 bullets, the chief of the airport security office, Saut Sihombing, said.

Posted in Crime @ 05 June 2013 17:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Family planning needs to be revitalized' Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono said family planning program should be revitalized by familiarizing the public with the program more intensively. "Go ahead with the Two Children is Enough slogan," he said here on Monday.

Posted in Health @ 04 March 2013 23:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNN: 'Number of drug users in Indonesia predicted to grow' It is predicted that the number of drug users in Indonesia will increase from 3.8 million in 2011 (2.2 percent of total 240 million population) to 4.58 million in 2013, Anti-Narcotics Body (BNN) chairman Comr. Gen. Anang Iskandar said.

Posted in Drugs @ 20 February 2013 22:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia-Nigeria cooperate to fight against drugs smuggling The Indonesian National Narcotics Agency (BNN) and Nigeria have agreed to share information as part of their committment to eradicating and preventing drug smuggling, involving the citizens of both countries.

Posted in Drugs @ 02 February 2013 15:15 CET by Blog Bot · 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


East Java police destroys meth worth Rp2 billion The Narcotics Investigation Directorate of East Java Police has destroyed 908 grams of shabu (methamphetamine) worth Rp2 billion. The drug is worth Rp2 million to Rp2.5 million per gram.

Posted in Drugs @ 26 December 2012 04:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Vietnamese women nabbed on theft charges Security guards arrested three Vietnamese women on charges of stealing clothes at Pondok Indah Mall in South Jakarta on Sunday, a police spokesman said on Monday. They were found stealing while security guards were checking their bags before they left the shop, spokesman for the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Snr. Comr. Rikwanto said.

Posted in Crime @ 05 November 2012 22:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BMKG warns of high waves in Arafura Sea The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) office in Ambon has warned Aru Islands residents to be on the alert for three-metre-high waves from the Arafura Sea, which are likely to hit the district's coasts between October 31 and November 5.

Posted in Weather @ 30 October 2012 23:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New tool to keep Indonesia one step ahead of disaster To help communities better prepare for floods, earthquakes and tsunamis, a new hazard impact modelling tool, the Indonesia scenario assessment for emergencies (InaSAFE), was launched Wednesday, according to the Australian Embassy here in its official web site on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 24 October 2012 21:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kroya-Kutoarjo double rail track to be built in 2013 The railway directorate general said it will start construction of double rail track between Kroya and Kutoarjo, Central Java in 2013. "The project of the 76-kilometer track is the second phase of of a rail track project in southern part of Java," Surono, the chief spokesman of state railway company (PT KAI), said here Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 16 October 2012 14:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightclubs along main road cause parking problems A member of the Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) is calling on nightspots along the busy Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, stretching from the Ngurah Rai Airport to Sanur, to stop using the shoulder of the road for visitor parking.

Posted in General @ 08 October 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan, Jokowi to team up to build Jakarta's underpasses Minister for State Enterprises Dahlan Iskan said he would team up with Jakarta Governor elect Joko Widodo to build underpasses at 24 railway crossroads in the city.

Posted in Politics @ 21 September 2012 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Telkom admits to Telkom-3 satellite launch failure Indonesian telecommunication services company Telkom has acknowledged that the Briz-M booster failed during the launch of Telkom-3 satellite from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on Monday (August 6, 2012) at 7.31 pm Russian time.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 August 2012 19:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bekasi workers block Cikarang toll road Tens of thousands of Bekasi workers staged rallies on Friday, blocking the Jakarta - Cikarang toll road access to Bekasi from KM 21 to KM 26. Tens of thousands of road users are trapped on various locations in and around Bekasi because of the closures, that started just in the morning rush hour at about eight o'clock.

Posted in Protests @ 27 January 2012 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest three for carrying 35,000 ecstasy pills Police in Lampung, Sumatra, have arrested three residents of Medan, North Sumatra, for carrying 35,000 ecstasy pills at Seaport Interdiction area in Bakauheni, South Lampung.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 January 2012 03:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to begin publicizing subsidized fuel cutting policy The government will start familiarizing the public with its policy to limit subsidized fuel oil consumption next week, Deputy Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Widjajono Partowidagdo said.

Posted in Economy @ 07 January 2012 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNN: Jakarta still tops drug addict population list The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) said Jakarta is still the region in Indonesia with highest number of narcotic drug users.This according to BNN spokesman Sumirat Dwiyanto when asked about matter after attending a meeting at Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University here on Thursday.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 December 2011 03:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia threatens to cut BlackBerry data service The Indonesian government has threatened to shut down BlackBerry data services in the country because the smartphone's manufacturer "has not been cooperative," a local newspaper reported on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2011 01:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bloggers invited to help raise HIV/AIDS awareness In the lead up to World AIDS Day on December 1, active bloggers in Indonesia are being invited to help raise awareness of HIV/AIDS through a dynamic online competition.

Posted in Health @ 12 November 2011 03:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four foreigners arrested for carrying meth in W. Kalimantan West Kalimantan police have arrested four foreign nationals hailing from Kuching, Sarawak, for carrying 4.0229 grams of methamphetamine into the country.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 November 2011 14:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four killed in most recent Busway related accidents An accident involving public transportation left four people dead on Sunday, which an expert said was the result of a lack of discipline among road users. Ayuningtyas, a 17-year-old high school student, died after being run over by a Transjakarta bus on Jl. Jatinegara Barat, East Jakarta, early on Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 October 2011 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


South Asia a hotspot for drug traffickers The United Nations reported on Wednesday that South Asia has become one of the main regions used by drug cartels to source chemicals needed for the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine, namely ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.

Posted in Drugs @ 02 March 2011 20:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN pulls plug on power Suramadu bridge State-owned electricity monopoly PT PLN was forced to cut power to the Surabaya-Madura (Suramadu) bridge following the bridge operator’s non-payment of bills for four months. Lights on the bridge went out on Friday night.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 February 2011 00:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Condoms from 'ATM' for users of prostitutes in Malang The regent of Malang, Rendra Kresna, has made it easier for users of prostitutes in Malang to get their hands on a condom. Not to promote prostitution - efforts to close down several red light areas in the district fail over and over again because of resistance from the population - but to curb the spread of diseases like HIV/AIDS.

Posted in Health @ 14 February 2011 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Microsoft to invest around $2.5 billion in Indonesia Microsoft on Friday announced that it will invest around $2.5 billion in Indonesia to develop cloud-computing systems, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Economy @ 21 January 2011 20:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to block Blackberry browsing if provider fails to filter porn Indonesia's communication ministry is threatening to block Blackberry internet browsing capabilities if pornographic internet content is not filtered out by Canadian tech company Research in Motion (RIM) in the coming week, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2011 05:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sex causing most new HIV infections in Bali Bali's dramatic increase of HIV prevalence among sex workers has changed the face of the epidemic on this famed tourist destination of 3.9 million local residents, NGOs say. Earlier number showed that the prevalence among injecting drug users was most important.

Posted in Health @ 05 January 2011 06:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta Busway as wrong example With currently at least a dozen routes throughout many parts of Jakarta it is possible to travel around the city for just 3,500 Rupiah per person. It doesn't even matter how many transfers you make. The oldest routes have their own lanes through dense traffic conditions in many parts of the city, but elsewhere the big buses have to compete with a few million other road users.

Posted in Travel @ 12 December 2010 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 100,000 downloads in two days for Indonesia's Wikileaks Two days into its opening, users of Indonesia's version of Wikileaks, Indoleaks, have already downloaded the available documents over 100,000 times.

Posted in Politics @ 12 December 2010 07:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The breathtaking view and sound of a pyroclastic cloud Two days ago, also soon after our breakfast, we got on our motorcycle to make the trip towards Klaten. Since all roads directly north of Yogyakarta were sealed off, and Cangkringan was one of the worst-hit areas, I wanted to go east as far as possible before driving back to the Mount Merapi volcano again. There were relatively little problems in that area, which was also easy to reach.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 November 2010 05:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muntilan turned into disaster zone Yesterday, after a night of rest without too much new activity of the Mount Merapi volcano, we left for that area soon after breakfast to see what happened outside the city of Yogyakarta. That this was much worse than inside the city was nothing to doubt about. How bad? That is something I didn't know yet, because I had never had the chance to experience it.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2010 10:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Telkomsel blocks 800,000 porn sites Telecommunication giant Telkomsel claims to have blocked 800,000 porn sites in response to the government’s drive against pornography during Ramadan fasting month. Telkomsel president director Sarwoto Atmosutarno said Thursday the company had filtered the adult sites through its proxy server or gateway, which automatically denies its customers access to the porn sites.

Posted in Ramadan @ 12 August 2010 15:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'All porn sites will be blocked before Ramadhan' Information and Communications Minister Tifatul Sembiring said in Jakarta on Thursday that his ministry would block all local and foreign porn sites and the target for the completion of the blockage will before Ramadhan fasting month next month.

Posted in Ramadan @ 22 July 2010 15:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


NU youths: 'Porn more dangerous than drugs' A youth department of Nahdlatul Ulama has said that the spread of porn videos is more dangerous for youths and especially children than drug use. Because of this, spreaders and makers of porn should be punished severely. These strong words were used to express the meaning of the youths after a porn tape with three famous Indonesian artists - Luna Maya, Cut Tari and Ariel - started spreading among Indonesians earlier this months.

Posted in Religion @ 13 June 2010 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3.6 million drug users in Indonesia National Narcotics Agency (BNN) Secretary Insp. Gen. Bambang Abimanyu said Monday that Indonesia had as many as 3.6 million recorded drug users, around two percent of the country’s population, in 2008. However, Bambang admitted that the data did not reveal the actual number of drug users in the country.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 April 2010 02:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Naik ojek 'haram'. Who cares? A religious decree banning the use of ojek (motorcycle 'taxi') from the FMP3, which stands for for the name of a group of religious Islamic schools in East Java province, is completely ignored by the normal people in the Indonesian society. They see the use of ojek as a quick way to get anywhere when traffic is clogging up again and you just need to be somewhere soon.

Posted in Religion @ 20 January 2010 01:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Condom drive sparks protests by conservative Muslims A campaign to encourage Indonesians to use condoms as part of national HIV/AIDS prevention efforts has drawn criticism from conservative Islamic groups, who say it promotes promiscuity. "Rather than curbing AIDS, promoting condoms will only further spread the disease," Ismail Yusanto, a spokesman for Hizbut Tahrir, a conservative Islamic group.

Posted in Religion @ 22 December 2009 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


The pregnant umbrella-girl During rainstorms, children gather at pedestrian bridges, bus stops and other crowded places to be able to rent out their oversized umbrella's to those who rather stay dry then soaking wet before they reach their destination or hop into a taxi without being soaked with rain in a matter of seconds.

Posted in Culture @ 03 December 2009 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 22 reactions


Thank you for the emails After over one day without internet in Yogyakarta we left for Malang yesterday in the early afternoon. We used a travel (small bus that will bring you to your final destination right away, 100,000 Rupiah per person) to travel between these cities. We arrived here early in the evening. At that time I tried to connect to the internet but it still didn't work. I then suspected my modem was most likely not working anymore.

Posted in Travel @ 17 November 2009 06:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BlackBerry opens website in Indonesia The fulfillment of the promise made by the company of the very popular BlackBerry mobile phones, Research In Motion (RIM) is being reached step by step. Now the company has also opened a website for it's Indonesian users. The website currently offers information for the Indonesian market about warranties and locations.

Posted in General @ 30 October 2009 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Women in West Aceh banned from wearing trousers Women wearing jeans and other trousers in the regency of West Aceh, in North Sumatra, will have to face the regional Sharia police. Vendors of trousers for women will also have to close down. The regent for West Aceh, Ramli, has issued the new controversial Islamic regulation yesterday. People who disobey, will be forced to wear loose-fitting attire when Sharia police cuts their trousers.

Posted in Religion @ 29 October 2009 00:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Toll Soekarno-Hatta to Cikarang: +500 Rupiah However tariffs of toll roads throughout many parts of Java and parts of Sumatra and Sulawesi have indeed been increased late last month, price hikes are not as drastic as they were first portrayed. Most users will hardly have any increase at all, since tariffs for higher road classes were among those increased most. This means that an entire Indonesian family stuffed in one oversized SUV still pays almost nothing to use the toll roads.

Posted in Travel @ 08 October 2009 05:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogya to get over 170 internet hot-spots Some 174 internet hot-spots will be installed throughout Yogyakarta to help ease internet access in the city. A local partner of the tourism agency said this. "In the first phase, 14 internet hot-spots will be made available in Jalan Malioboro," said Fadjar Vyatatomo, general director of Hanoman Duta Mataram.

Posted in Economy @ 25 September 2009 03:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sexy, a young woman with candy Simply strange to see. Make a sexy picture of yourself, or ask your friends to make one of you, just to put this picture on your Facebook or Myspace in the hope that people are willing to give a comment on it. Many people aim at comments that are all to predictable, but short replies like "Sexy!", "Hot!" and "I would like to have sex with you!" in various phrases are all to common, also in Indonesian of course.

Posted in Sexy @ 24 September 2009 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Bogor toll road tested by public A stretch of new toll road which will later become part of the Bogor Outer Toll Road has been opened for testing by the public. The four kilometers of new toll road start at Sentul Selatan and ends at Kedung Halang in Bogor. Until September 24, users of the new toll road can use the road for free.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2009 02:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drug addicts seen as criminals under new law The House of Representatives has passed a new anti-narcotics bill last Monday amid criticism from anti-drug groups saying that the new law will not help rehabilitate drug addicts. "This law classifies drug addicts as criminals and therefore subjects them to criminal charges, while doctors have said that drug addiction is a curable disease," said Asmin Fransisca, the coordinator for the Indonesian Coalition for Drug Policy Reform (ICDPR).

Posted in Drugs @ 18 September 2009 01:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Almost all roads fine for Idul Fitri holidays' The Department of Public Works (PU) has said that ten days before the first day of Idul Fitri, some 98 percent of the construction and renovation works on roads is finished. It only gave information about the roads that are appointed as official mudik routes, with mudik being the 27-million odd homecoming travels to celebrate the end of the Ramadan month of fasting.

Posted in Ramadan @ 12 September 2009 02:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3.6 million drug addicts in Indonesia The Badan Narkotika Nasional (BNN, National Narcotics Brigade) in Indonesia has said that the country currently has 3.6 million registered addicts of various kinds of narcotics. It is estimated that only some ten percent of the cases around drug abuse surfaces, which makes people believe that the problem is in fact far larger.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 August 2009 03:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police looking for haram money before Ramadan It happens every year. In the run up to the holy month of fasting Ramadan, a part of the Indonesian police force is panicked slightly. They have to pay for their mudik (a trip back to their home town) at the end of the period of fasting and will have less work during the month itself because millions of people go home as well and public life changes drastically.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 August 2009 04:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


100.000 posts on the forum It has been a day or two ago now, and I didn't even notice it when we reached the number of posts. All together we succeeded in posting over 100.000 messages on the forum. In this number the removed messages - spam and those irritating users - not even counted. Those are few and far between however.

Posted in Others @ 14 August 2009 05:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Jakarta sweeps streets with nail-sweepers Cleaning the streets in Jakarta is almost impossible, but last night, members of the highway police of the Greater Jakarta Police swept the streets clean. Clean of nails that is. Jalan Gatot Subroto in the direction of Slipi and Kolong in Semanggi were cleaned by a special nail-weeper. The nail-sweeper only roamed the streets for a few hours from 23:30 to 02:00 local time, but during that time it managed to clean the streets of some two kilograms of nails.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 August 2009 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


kamus-online.com celebrates 10 million searches Just less than one hour ago, kamus-online.com - a complete Indonesian dictionary - had it's 10.000.000th search performed on it's website since the start of the website. A big thank you for all users who currently have an account with kamus-online.com and also a thank you for the many visitors that used the websites free search facility.

Posted in General @ 26 July 2009 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amnesty: Police abuse rampant in Indonesia Torture and other forms of ill-treatment carried out by Indonesian police remain rampant despite the government's efforts to reform the police force, human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 June 2009 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


A trip by bus from Kampung Rambutan to Karangbawang At the end of a Sunday afternoon we left from Lippo Cikarang in the direction of Kampung Rambutan, a bus terminal at the edge of Jakarta. From here we would take the bus later today. We would take the one headed for Cilacap at the southern coast of Central Java to bring a visit to the family of my girlfriend. The trip to the bus terminal took about one hour, which was only a small leg in the entire trip.

Posted in Travel @ 16 June 2009 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Automatic gates to be installed on Jakarta Busway lane The Jakarta Transportation Board is preparing steps to put automated gates at the recently opened Busway route Lebak Bulus - Harmoni. These gates will be the same as those installed on the second Busway route Pulogadung - Harmoni. The gates have to be installed to prevent other road users using the reserved bus-lanes on the route. "People have to learn that," said Riza Hasyim, vice-president of the Jakarta Transportation Board.

Posted in General @ 06 March 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Narcotics prison to be built in Bangli NusaBali reports that a custom-built penitentiary for convicted narcotic offenders will soon be constructed on a 2 hectare site in Bangli starting in 2009.

Posted in Crime @ 21 September 2008 04:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Members of FPI run into police raid in downtown Jakarta Dozens of members from the FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) who were headed to Istana Negara - the state palace - ran into a police raid in the Semanggi area. The group dressed in mainly white which used cars and motorbikes were stopped for not wearing helmets and not being able to show their driving licenses. Furthermore the group was stopped for bringing flags and other attributes because it endangered other road users.

Posted in General @ 27 August 2008 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Four million searches performed at KAMUS-online.com The online dictionary KAMUS-online.com keeps setting records. Less than seven months after the number of searches at the website reached three million, it is now up to the four million mark to be left behind. These searches are performed by users from all over the globe via the website and include free searches which visitors can perform, but also paid searches that are performed by users with personal access to the online dictionary.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2008 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Price of electricity to be raised in 2010 The Indonesian government is aiming to raise electricity prices by some 15 percent somewhere in 2010, but not for all customers and not before 10.000 MW of new power plants is put into operation. Purwono, general director of the power department of the Ministry of Minerals and Natural Resources ESDM, said that the government will restructure the prices of power in 2010 with a subsidized tariff and a non-subsidized tariff.

Posted in General @ 12 June 2008 15:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The southern edge of Yogya: A truck on the run Departing from the flatlands from the beach of Parangtritis I decided to head east for a little while. The small mountain road up is a very nice route with generally good road conditions. It is a trip into history a little bit with houses made of bamboo and plaid work mats as walls which you will find here in some places. There are here, at just several dozen kilometers distance from the city of Yogyakarta, still villages that don't even have access to power at all.

Posted in Travel @ 14 May 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia has more than 10 thousand AIDS patients The total number of known AIDS patients in Indonesia was 11,868 by March 2008, according to Indonesian Health Ministry data. However, the real number of AIDS patients in the country could be much higher than that recorded by the health ministry, told Tjandra Yoga, the ministry's director of infectious disease control, as saying on Saturday when speaking at a symposium "Fight HIV/AIDS".

Posted in Health @ 03 May 2008 15:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace campaign forces Unilever u-turn on palm oil Greenpeace today welcomed Unilever’s call for a moratorium on rainforest destruction in Indonesia, that is wiping out orang-utans and devastating the climate.

Posted in Environment @ 02 May 2008 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian government orders ISP's to block several websites The Indonesian government has ordered internet service providers (ISP's) in Indonesia to block several websites, including YouTube and MySpace, after an anti-Islamic film sparked protests. Main internet providers in Indonesia told that they had already acted on the request from the government to block websites that feature the short film. Redaction of indahnesia.com however could still access all websites at the moment of this news message.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2008 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 20 reactions


Seminar reveals figures pointing to looming menace of HIV/AIDS The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to mount in Bali with health officials now estimating some 4,000 people have died from the disease on the Island. Each day 2-3 people die of HIV/AIDS adding at least 840 new fatalities to the mounting death toll each year. Meanwhile, health activists are warning that unless issues connected with the treatments, control and prevention of HIV/AIDS receive their proper due, the illness will, as reported in the Bali Post, sweep across the island like a AIDS tsunami.

Posted in Health @ 05 March 2008 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freeloaders on trains are sprayed with dye PT Kereta Api Indonesia, the state-run train company in Indonesia, has announced that it will start with 'The Month of Organization on the Train' on 11 February 2008. This campaign was sort of inaugurated with an action against passengers who normally ride along on top of the trains, without paying. This time the passengers on top of the carriages were sprayed with a dye.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 06 February 2008 09:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 3 It didn't get better when I carefully lifted the plastic flap and reached outside with my head. A driver on a motorbike which was in some kind of a hurry could hardly avoid me. In front of us a long row of red lights in the streets. Between the vehicles I could mainly see water and more nearby I heard the water gush out of the draining canal onto the pavement and the street. Ooh well, it must be raining heavily somewhere close, because it was quite an amount of water that came rushing towards us. Slowly the three wheels of the bajaj disappeared under water. I was hoping that the water would not reach too high at the end, because after over half an hour in this kind of transport, sitting becomes quite uncomfortable.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2008 00:00 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


Three million searches performed at KAMUS-online.com Yet another milestone for KAMUS-online.com. Less than ten months after the number of phrases reached 200.000 and two million searches were performed, it is now up to the three million mark to be lef behind. All these searches are performed via the website and include free searches which visitors can perform, but also paid searches that are performed by users with personal access to the online dictionary.

Posted in General @ 29 November 2007 03:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


10% of Bali's prostitutes HIV positive The Indonesian-language DenPost reports that HIV positive cases have increased 30% in the space of just two years. There are an estimated 4,041 people in Bali currently testing positive for HIV, up from the 3,000 cases recorded in 2005. Local experts report that new cases are dominated by infections via sexual contact, primarily via contact with female prostitutes. This is a change for past patterns of new infections when 40-50% of old cases were blamed on the share use of needles among intravenous drug users.

Posted in Health @ 09 September 2007 02:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to increase AIDS funding by 400 percent, mostly for Papua Indonesia is to increase the amount of money it spends on fighting AIDS by as much as 400 percent over the next few years. The major focus will be in the hardest-hit province of Papua, according to the welfare minister. Indonesia has one of Asia's fastest growing rates of HIV, with up to 290,000 infections on a total population of 235 million. Most of these cases are related to injecting drug users and prostitution.

Posted in Health @ 20 July 2007 13:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dr Love brings good sex to Indonesia When Singapore's Dr Love invites you up to his hotel room, you don't say no. And once you're inside, he doesn't disappoint. The doctor has plans for educating about the entire world about sex. He starts with pointing at his laptop - and Indonesia. People there can send questions via cellphone text messages anonymously. An avatar called 'Nova' - a virtual character with artificial intelligence - will give an answer.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 July 2007 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Fourteen dead in bus accident near Cipanas A speeding bus with on board a group of junior high school students and their teachers plunged into a 10 meter deep ravine on the island of Java earlier Saturday. In this accident 14 road users were killed. 48 others were hospitalized, among them were 26 people in critical condition.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 July 2007 11:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Post offices to provide access to digital world Communities in Indonesia will soon be able to familiarize themselves with new government-initiated internet kiosks at post offices featuring at least four desktop computers, a scanner, a printer and a digital camera. In a drive to provide communities with greater access to the internet for educational and entrepreneurial purposes, the kiosks were jointly created by the Ministry of Communication and Information and state-owned PT. Pos Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 23 June 2007 10:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Biking on Saturday afternoon It was a Saturday afternoon as any other, but sometimes I just feel the need to get out for a while. This is not always possible, but when there is a possibility and there are no other appointments in the agenda, then it just might happen that after lunch I decide to grab my stuff for a trip on the motorbike. It's not too far away, within the borders of the province of Yogyakarta, but at least I can get away from the daily life for a while. Helmet, keys and a wallet is enough. To store some of the memories I have I also bring a camera with me and within a matter of minutes I leave the area. Where do I go then? Ooh, I felt like having a drink in Wonosari, so that became my first destination, knowing that most likely it would be something in that direction, but that doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 09 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Traveling between Yogyakarta and Malang It's not really difficult go get up on time, around seven in the morning, so for that matter it's a nice service that it's possible to get a minivan in front of the door within the hour when I'm making a trip to a destination at a bigger distance than just in the city or nearby. That kind of minivan is called a travel here, and plies a fixed route a few times a day, for example from Yogyakarta via Solo, Madiun and Malang to Surabaya. Of course you can also travel the other way around, if you like you can go as far as Jakarta, but from Yogyakarta that is such a big distance that I rather prefer taking the train or a plane. Trains often depart or arrive at the most strange times possible, but that's a matter of looking what you personally most like.

Posted in Travel @ 19 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Main tollroad near Porong in southern direction closed The main road near Porong, which connects Surabaya and Gempol, is closed for traffic in the direction of Malang to the south and Jember-Banyuwangi to the east. The closure came in effect at 10.00 local time today. The two lanes which originate in Surabaya and run south are closed because of mud flowing on the road since the last nine days.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 April 2007 08:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dramatic increase in Bali's HIV-AIDS infections The Indonesian-language Bali Post reports that the cases of HIV-AIDS in Bali now totals at least 4,000, a 33% increase from the estimated 3,000 cases reported in 2004.

Posted in Health @ 01 April 2007 06:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'No abolishment of capital punishment for drug offenses' The government strongly rejects any proposals to abolish capital punishment for drug offenses on the ground of respect for human rights as all forms of criminal actions are in fact violations of these rights, as was said by Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh. Saleh said this at the session of the Constitutional Court in Jakarta to hear several of the cases of drug offenders sentenced to death who had filed requests for a review of articles mandating the death sentence.

Posted in Human rights @ 16 March 2007 18:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to tighten internet surveillance The government wants to tackle internet crime by tightening supervision of it's web surfers. This was told by an official earlier today. "The aim is to minimize the misuse of the Internet, including for criminal activities," Gatot Dewa Broto, spokesman for Indonesia's telecommunications regulator, told.

Posted in Politics @ 14 March 2007 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HIV population among fastest-growing in Asia The HIV population in Indonesia is among the fastest growing in Asia, officials said yesterday at the presentation of a World Health Organisation (WHO) review concerning the epidemic. Director general of the contagious diseases department of the Health Ministry, I Nyoman Kandun said HIV was spreading quickly among so-called high-risk groups and in parts of the country where health care is of low quality.

Posted in Health @ 18 February 2007 09:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Two million searches performed at KAMUS-online.com Today yet another milestone for KAMUS-online.com. Less than two weeks after the number of phrases reached 200.000, it is now the celebration of the number of searches that has been performed. That number reached a magical 2 million. All these searches are performed via the website and include free searches which visitors can perform, but also paid searches that are performed by users with personal access to the online dictionary.

Posted in General @ 15 February 2007 04:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia push a biofuels cartel With the world increasingly hungry for alternatives to crude oil, two Southeast Asian nations plan a way to control prices. Just at the time the administration of US President George W Bush is being urged by a group of leading US business executives and senior military officers to act decisively to break America’s dependence on oil and the EU is seeking alternative energy sources, Malaysia and Indonesia are seeking to create a an Opec-style cartel on one of the alternatives – palm oil, used for biofuels.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia projects 500,000 HIV cases by 2010 Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, is projecting half a million HIV cases by 2010, and double that if preventive steps are not taken, the health minister said on Tuesday. Current estimates put the number of cases in a range of 169,000-216,000 in Indonesia, which has a total population of 220 million, although only about 7,000 full-blown AIDS cases have been reported, of whom 1,651 have died.

Posted in Health @ 28 November 2006 16:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia turns to greener motorised rickshaws For years, their acrid fumes have been as much a part of the Indonesian capital as the distinctive smell of the country's clove cigarettes. Now the Jakarta city government hopes the old smoke-belching motorised rickshaws or bajajs, which Indonesians pronounce as "budge eye", may finally be able to rattle off into the sunset.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2006 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel imports slump as consumption declines Oil traders looking for a rebound in Indonesia’s oil demand that could resuscitate moribund diesel and gasoline markets may be in for a long wait as Indonesians have quickly learned to live with less fuel. Despite hopes for a quick recovery, consumers in Asia’s fifth-biggest oil user are burning nearly 20 percent or 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) less fuel than a year ago after the government doubled retail prices last October, industry officials say.

Posted in Economy @ 19 February 2006 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia orders prepaid users to register State Minister for Communication and Information Sofyan Djalil said the government would issue a ministerial decree requiring all prepaid cellular phone card holders to register their identities. He said the government would block the phone numbers of those who fail to comply before the end of April next year.

Posted in General @ 20 December 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia under threat of 'lost generation' Her name, Sasih, in Sundanese means 'month'. Over the past 14 years, Sasih has given birth to five children -- two boys and three girls -- with the youngest being barely two years old. Along with husband Kadmira, a bajaj driver, the family of seven occupies a two-meter by two-meter rented room in a slum corner of Pejompongan, Central Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 14 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO: Indonesia's response to emerging AIDS epidemic inadequate Indonesia's response to an emerging AIDS epidemic is "inadequate," the head of the U.N. agency fighting the virus said on Wednesday, calling on the President to take a more active role. HIV has infected an estimated 150,000 to 250,000 people in the country and is spreading quickly among injecting drug users, as well as sex workers and their clients, said UNAIDS chief Peter Piot.

Posted in Health @ 01 December 2005 08:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions
    
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