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64 drug traffickers to be executed Vice-President Jusuf Kalla has confirmed that the government will go ahead with the execution of 64 drug traffickers who have been sentenced to death by court.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 December 2014 20:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: armed civilian group in recent firefight in Papua The police force confirmed that an armed civilian group was responsible for the recent armed conflict in the Puncak Jaya district, Papua.

Posted in Violence @ 10 April 2014 19:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


48 students in Manado infected with HIV/AIDS The National AIDS Commission (KPAP) reported that at least 48 students and college students were infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus / Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in Manado, North Sulawesi.

Posted in Health @ 26 March 2014 19:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three illegal mine workers in Maluku buried after landslide Three illegal gold mine workers are believed to have died after being buried in the pit following a landslide at the illegal mine at Gunung Botak in the sub-district of Wamsait, Buru island, Maluku Province.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 May 2013 23:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Terrorists seeking to break army-police unity The chief of the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT), Ansyaad Mbai, said terrorists were seeking to break the military- police unity to weaken the power of law enforcers.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 February 2013 17:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods inundate North Sumatra Floods submerged hundreds of houses, oilpalm plantations and mosques in Stabat, Tanjung Pura, and Tandam, Langkat District, North Sumatra Province. The floodwaters started to rise on Friday evening as a nearby river overflowed, Ginting, a local resident, said here on Saturday.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 February 2013 08:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Disasters to be expected in Indonesia in 2013 The number of whirlwinds that hit Indonesia last year was 28 times higher than that of the year 2002 due to the impact of global warming, according National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Posted in General @ 24 December 2012 03:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Around 70 percent of AIDS budget comes from abroad Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono has stated that foreign aid accounted for some 70 percent of the government`s budget for HIV/AIDs treatment and prevention programs.

Posted in Health @ 11 December 2012 19:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Nuclear power plant establishment in East Kalimantan' Indonesia`s Research and Technology Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta is in support of the East Kalimantan (Kaltim) Administration, to establish nuclear power plants (PLTN) in the region. "We hope Kaltim can be a pioneer in alternative energy, which is cheap and abundant," the Minister said in Balikpapan, on Wednesday (Nov 21).

Posted in Power supply @ 22 November 2012 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament endorses North Kalimantan as new province The House of Representatives (DPR) endorsed North Kalimantan Province as a new autonomous region on Thursday, after bifurcating it from the East Kalimantan Province.

Posted in Politics @ 25 October 2012 15:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


North Sulawesi ready to face tsunami Thee regencies in North Sulawesi already have contingency plan to face natural disasters especially tsunami, the Regional Natural Disaster Control Agency (BPBD) said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 September 2012 10:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Military personnel stationed at Glodok ahead of election The military (TNI) has stationed some of its personnel at Glodok China town in West Jakarta ahead of Jakarta gubernatorial election on Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 19 September 2012 16:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NTT police acts against international drug networks The East Nusa Tenggara police have stepped up efforts to detain suspected individuals entering the region to prevent the infiltration of any drug dealer networks in the province, a police official said.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 August 2012 18:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


88 already die in traffic accidents ahead of Idul Fitri A total of 88 people have died due to traffic accidents several days before the fall of the post fasting Idul Fitr holiday later this week, the police said here on Monday.

Posted in Ramadan @ 13 August 2012 21:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police to tighten permits for football match Jakarta police plan to tighten the issuance of permits for football matches that the potential to create clashes among supporters following the death of three supporters following a match here on Sunday.

Posted in Violence @ 28 May 2012 09:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia issues grant for health and water needs Indonesia The government of Australia has issued a 5 trillion Rupiah (U.S.$555 million) grant to Indonesia to assist regions in need of health facilities and clean water, officials said on Saturday.

Posted in Health @ 28 January 2012 14:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Christians celebrate Christmas eve in peace Christians in the capital observed the Christmas Eve in peace on Saturday night, with no significant security disturbance reported. Hundreds of police officers were deployed to provide security during the Christmas Eve mass in almost all churches in the capital, Antara observed.

Posted in Religion @ 25 December 2011 03:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia police: Sunda Strait prone to piracy The Sunda Strait, a waterway separating Java island from Sumatra island, is prone to piracy, police said. Therefore, the Banten police would also pay attention to the security of vessels passing through or crossing the strait from Java to Sumatra or vice versa, Banten Regional Police Chief Brig Gen Eko Haid S said.

Posted in Crime @ 06 December 2011 10:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK: Rp 152 trillion in state funds restored The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) confirmed that since 2003 it had managed to recover up to Rp 152 trillion (US$17 billion) in state funds from foreign companies in the oil and gas sector.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 November 2011 00:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mount Tambora shows rising volcanic activity The status of the Mount Tambora volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa has been raised to the second-highest alert status as its activity has been increasing since April, the Jakarta Globe reported on Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 September 2011 00:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono receives UN disaster management award President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday received a United Nations award for his achievement in disaster management and risk reduction, the Antara news agency reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 11 May 2011 17:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UN: Aceh makes great strides after tsunami but faces challenges The Indonesian province of Aceh has made remarkable progress in rebuilding since the devastating tsunami six years ago but faces major challenges in cutting poverty and inequality and reducing the impact of future disasters, a United Nations (UN)-backed report said Wednesday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 December 2010 06:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Shark sanctuary declared in eastern Indonesia Misool Eco Resort and Shark Savers on Tuesday announced that a Shark Sanctuary has been declared for the entire 17,760 square miles of Raja Ampat, Indonesia, located in the eastern region of the country. Bupati Drs Marcus Wanma, the Regent of Raja Ampat, made this historic declaration, demonstrating leadership in marine conservation.

Posted in Environment @ 17 November 2010 01:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NGOs push for stronger child protection laws Millions of Indonesian children remain vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and discrimination because the government has not prioritised children’s rights, says a coalition of NGOs. On 25 May, the National NGO Coalition for Child Rights Monitoring launched its review report on the implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) between 1997 and 2009, making a number of recommendations to better protect Indonesian children.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 June 2010 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-malaria efforts focus on pregnant women, children Health authorities are successfully battling malaria in remote eastern Indonesia by linking efforts to fight the mosquito-borne disease to maternal and child healthcare.

Posted in Health @ 21 May 2010 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Agriculture expansion plan under fire The Indonesian government's plan to develop a food estate in Papua has come in for heavy criticism for potentially marginalizing small farmers and threatening the environment. The government hopes the 1.6 million hectare Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate in Merauke District will turn Indonesia into one of the world's biggest food producers.

Posted in Environment @ 01 April 2010 16:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Big flood hit Karawang area A high amount of rainfall in parts of West Java Province has brought flooding to the Karawang District since March 20, 2010. Initial reports by Dadang Muchtar, the district's head, is that 10,747 houses have been flooded impacting 11,540 families with 44,071 persons living in the area.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 March 2010 01:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


KRI Banjarmasin handed over to Indonesian Navy State shipbuilder PT PAL handed over a new warship to the Defense Ministry on Saturday and will produce a more sophisticated combat vessel, Antara news agency reported. The construction of the KRI Banjarmasin is part of a program to rejuvenate the Indonesian Navy fleet. Financial constraints have forced the Navy to keep many aging vessels operating, leaving them vulnerable to accidents.

Posted in Military @ 29 November 2009 08:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java quake survivors in dire need of shelter As relief efforts are ramped up following the West Sumatra earthquake on 30 September, aid groups have warned that thousands of survivors of an earlier quake on the Indonesian island of Java are facing health risks unless they receive adequate shelter.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 October 2009 01:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake devastation exposes poor building standards The damage caused to Indonesia's West Sumatra province by the earthquake last month has exposed what experts say are poor construction standards in the seismically vulnerable region. In the provincial capital of Padang, schools, shops, hotels and government offices collapsed in the 30 September quake, burying hundreds of people; many of the bodies have yet to be recovered.

Posted in Earthquake @ 08 October 2009 03:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Outbreak of diseases feared in rainy West Sumatra Health officials said they were trying to keep disease at bay in the aftermath of the powerful quake that hit Indonesia's West Sumatra Province, as search and rescue efforts ground to a halt. Heavy rain drenched parts of West Sumatra on 5 October, bringing fresh air to some but more misery to thousands of people still living without adequate shelter after the magnitude 7.6 earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 October 2009 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost 300 flights from Jakarta delayed As much as 294 flights from the international airport of Soekarno-Hatta near Jakarta were more than half an hour late yesterday. The flights were domestic as well as international flights, told a staff member at a Lebaran information point at the airport. Most planes were delayed because of operational reasons, caused by delays elsewhere in the country earlier on the day.

Posted in General @ 19 September 2009 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


92 dead of starvation in Papua Crop failure that has hit eight villages in the district of Suntamon in the Yahukimo region of Papua, has caused starvation among it's residents. The district head of Suntamon, Niko Banjo, has said that the starvation has started four months ago and has cost the lives of 92 people already. "Most victims are children. They can not feed themselves and become more vulnerable to disease like malaria. They also live in remote areas," he said over the telephone.

Posted in Health @ 03 September 2009 12:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake strikes off western Sumatra An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted waters off Bengkulu Province of Sumatra island in western parts of Indonesia on Monday morning, Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said here. The quake struck at 6:10 a.m. local time time (2310 GMT) with epicenter at 73 km southwest Bintuhan of Bengkulu Province and at 57 km under sea bed, an official of the Geophysical and Meteorological Agency BMKG, Hendra Rahman, told.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 July 2009 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake hits north of Sulawesi island A shallow earthquake measured 6.5 on the Richter scale rocked eastern parts of Indonesia earlier today, but no tsunami warning was issued and there are no reports of damage or casualties, the country's meteorology and disaster management agency said here. The quake struck at 00:31 Jakarta time (17:31 GMT) with epicenter at 117 kilometers northeast of North Sulawesi and at a depth of 10 kilometers, an official of the agency told.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 April 2009 06:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Series of quakes rock Indonesia A series of moderate earthquakes with magnitudes of 5.6, 5.4, 5.2 and 5.0 struck Indonesia on Wednesday, with no report of damage or casualties, meteorology agency said. The 5.6 quake jolted at 11:17 Jakarta time (04:17 GMT) with epicenter at 181 km southeast of Gorontalo in North Sulawesi and at 10 km in depth, an official of the agency said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 February 2009 15:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate quake hits northern Sulawesi An earthquake with magnitude of 5.7 rocked eastern parts of Indonesia on Tuesday, with no report of damage or casualties, meteorology agency said. The quake struck at 10:20 Jakarta time (03:20GMT) with epicenter at 157 km northeast of Melongsuane town of North Sulawesi and at 107 km under sea bed, an official of the agency said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 December 2008 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tiny primate rediscovered on Sulawesi The tiny Furby-like pygmy tarsier, presumed to be extinct, was found during a recent expedition to Indonesia. And the cuddly, huge-eyed nocturnal critter is the very definition of cute. "They always look like they have a perpetual smile on their face, which adds to the attraction," says physical anthropologist Sharon Gursky-Doyen, who found the presumed lost species.

Posted in Environment @ 19 November 2008 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake rocks Indonesia - East Timor region An earthquake with magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter scale rocked East Timor and eastern parts of Indonesia on Saturday, no immediate reports of damages or casualty, Indonesian meteorology agency and health ministry said here. The quake struck at 18:21 time (10:21 GMT) with epicenter at 81 km northeast Dili the capital of the country and at 10 km under sea bed, an official of the agency Diana Rahayu told.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 April 2008 13:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Total toll in landslides and floods climbs to 153 The number of fatalities of landslides and floods on Java Island, has climbed to 153, the National Disaster Management Agency said Sunday. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has warned of possible catastrophes across the nation, which has thousands of lack-forest covered areas with dense population, due to prediction of the meteorology agency that rainfalls would be high in December, January and February.

Posted in Weather @ 31 December 2007 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freehold land title for foreigners in Bali Foreigners trying to obtain a freehold title on land in Indonesia should note that current law is clear in both its letter and intent: namely, foreigners cannot directly hold freehold title on Indonesian land.

Posted in General @ 12 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Moderate earthquake hits Gorontalo A moderate earthquake with magnitude of 5.7 on the Richter Scale rocked eastern parts of Indonesia on Sunday, Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said here. The quake struck at 22:53 Jakarta time (15:53 GMT) with epicenter 119 kilometers north west Gorontalo province in Sulawesi Island and at 10 kilometers under sea bed, an official of the agency told.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2007 04:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'No more rainforest clearing for palm oil' Indonesian Minister for Environment Rachmat Witoelar said Indonesia will not allow palm oil producers to clear primary forests for establishing plantations, reports Bloomberg. "Expansion of palm oil plantations will not be allowed to sacrifice natural forests," Witoelar said in an interview yesterday. "They will be planted in lots that are already empty. There are plenty of these, 18 million hectares of them."

Posted in Environment @ 06 June 2007 06:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Rebuilding Yogyakarta; One rice cone at a time A year ago today, the historic heartland of Java - Yogyakarta - was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. More than 6,000 people lost their lives and another 30,000 were injured in this densely populated part of Indonesia. The whole nation, just recovering from the onslaught of the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, was again in tears. The international community responded with their generosity.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2007 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rehabilitation of Soeharto's peatland project The government plans to rehabilitate a large peatland in Central Kalimantan which was converted to an agricultural area during the reign of former president Soearto. This project has caused widespread damage to the environment, as was told by an official. "We have approval, in principle, from the president to rehabilitate the 'One Million Hectare Peatland' but we still are awaiting the necessary presidential decree to start," told Central Kalimantan governor Agustin Teras Narang.

Posted in Environment @ 12 March 2007 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia defends flu vaccine deal Indonesia has defended its decision to stop sharing samples of the deadly bird flu virus with the World Health Organisation after it signed an agreement with a US drug manufacturer. The government said it would resume cooperation with the WHO only if it stopped providing samples to other commercial vaccine makers.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 15 February 2007 10:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Domestic workers In Indonesia subject to beatings and rape A new Amnesty International report alleges domestic workers in Indonesia face withheld wages, workdays of up to 22 hours, beatings, sexual violence and forced confinement. The report also says attempts by the government to address the problem are falling short, leaving millions of women vulnerable to abusive employers.

Posted in Human rights @ 15 February 2007 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia accused of risking flu fight Public health experts have warned that an exclusive H5N1 vaccine deal Indonesia has struck with a pharmaceutical company may jeopardise the world's access to a pandemic vaccine, if the country becomes the epicentre of a global outbreak. Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding with US drug manufacturer Baxter Healthcare to develop a human bird flu vaccine.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 February 2007 01:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia floods kill 20, nearly 200,000 homeless Floods in the Indonesian capital have killed at least 20 people and made nearly 200,000 homeless, with the deluge of muddy brown water up to 4 metres (13 feet) deep in some areas, officials said on Sunday. Downpours over Jakarta weakened at the weekend, but heavy rain in upland areas sent more water into already swollen rivers criss-crossing the low-lying city.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia makes new efforts to curb spread of bird flu In a bid to stem a surge in human deaths from the H5N1 virus (bird flu), the Indonesian government will slaughter hundreds of thousands of backyard chickens over the next week, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said here Wednesday. This is a new and concrete measure taken by the Indonesian government in facing with a critical situation since several bird flu patents died recently. But the policy has met with different reaction and opposition from owners of fowls.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 18 January 2007 09:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta wilts in unseasonal hot spell Well into what should be the rainy season, Jakarta is suffering through record-high temperatures, and experts warn residents they can expect more of the same.The Meteorological and Geophysics Agency says Jakarta has recently seen temperatures as high as 36 degrees Celsius. Normally, the temperature in the city stays below 32 degrees in January.R

Posted in Weather @ 14 January 2007 07:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising land price, lack of rules hamper relief work in Aceh The high price of land and lack of rules and planning by the local government have slowed the much-awaited reconstruction and rehabilitation in Aceh, that was hit by a tsunami two years ago, authorities said Tuesday. Head of the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency (BRR) Kuntoro Mangkusubroto said that many requests of the agency to the local government to issue rules or blue-prints of the center of a city have not been met. However, spokesman of the Banda Aceh (capital of the province) administration Mahdi Ibrahim said that the limited budget has made the local government find it difficult to buy lands, whose price has gone up several folds.

Posted in General @ 26 December 2006 12:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The nowhere people Fitriyah was 14 when her mother left their Java village to work as a maid in Saudi Arabia. There were two letters from Sulastri after she arrived in Riyadh, and then a silence for seven years: no calls, no letters, and no money. When Fitriyah saw her mother again, she was dead. The autopsy stated that Sulastri had died from insect bites. But there was no explanation for the bruises covering the body when it was returned. "For seven years, I had no idea what had happened and why she didn't write. Now, at least, I can understand her silence," she whispers.

Posted in Culture @ 24 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Speaking in Islamic tongues in Indonesia For those recently heaping praise on Indonesia for its moderate Muslim and emerging democratic credentials, consider the case of Islamic preacher Yusman Roy. Last year Roy was sentenced to two years in prison on blasphemy charges for leading Muslim prayers at an East Java Islamic school in his native Bahasa Indonesia rather than Arabic as conservative religious councils require. In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, the language issue pitches modern, liberal interpretations of Islam, known broadly here as abangan, against conservative orthodox views, represented broadly as santri.

Posted in Religion @ 16 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Woman dies from bird flu, raising death toll to 57 An Indonesian woman died of bird flu early Tuesday, raising the country's death toll to 57, a hospital official said. The 35-year-old woman died after being treated for almost three weeks in a hospital in the capital, Jakarta, said spokesman Sardikin Giriputro. Health officials were still investigating the source of infection. Health Ministry tests confirmed on Nov. 13 that the woman from the city of Tangerang, on the western outskirts of Jakarta, was H5N1 positive. The World Health Organization has not confirmed the death.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 28 November 2006 16:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia calls for more talks between Islam, West Only through dialogue can stereotypes such as Westerners regarding Islam as "a breeding ground for terrorists" and Muslims seeing the West as "deficient in morals" be removed, an Indonesian minister said on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda told a conference on Islam and Europe that such inaccurate, sweeping generalisations existed in both communities because media and other sources failed to present the complete picture of those cultures.

Posted in Religion @ 23 November 2006 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake hits Banda Aceh An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter Scale rocked Banda Aceh, capital of Aceh province, Indonesia, and surrounding areas Saturday evening, but there were no reports of damage or casualties. The epicenter of the earthquake was around 5.15 degrees northern latitude and 94.94 degrees eastern longitude, at a depth of 35 km under the sea, Hendrik, an official of the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 November 2006 02:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes frontline in World Bank battle against corruption Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of America's invasion of Iraq and its ambitions to reshape the world, was President George Bush's controversial choice to take the reins of the World Bank last year. Mr Wolfowitz, despised by many for his policies but admired for his intellect, ignored the furore over his appointment, waiting 12 months to make his first major policy pronouncement. Its location, Indonesia, and his warning of rampant corruption undermining global aid and development efforts, was almost as ambitious and controversial as his attempts to re-engineer the Middle East.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java tsunami death toll reaches 547, 323 missing At least 547 people were killed, 465 injured and 323 still missing in the tsunami disaster, triggered by a 6.8 magnitude quake, hitting Indonesia's Java island on Monday, National Disaster Management Coordination Board said here Thursday. An official in charge of the board, Setio Sutarmo, told Xinhua that over 5,541 people had also taken refugee at camps and tents, after giant waves struck onto land and damaged buildings and infrastructure in the southern coastal areas of Indonesia's West Java, Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces.

Posted in Earthquake @ 22 July 2006 13:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to install tsunami warning system in Java and Bali Indonesia will prioritize the southern waters off Java and Bali islands when setting up tsunami early warning system, a minister said Thursday. Research and Technology Minister Kusmayanto Kadiman said the government would install the device on the basis of the density of population, the amount of assets and the vulnerability of the area from the possible disaster. "We put priority on southern sea off Java and Bali islands," Kusmayanto said.

Posted in General @ 20 July 2006 15:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo dragon brings tourists, not their money Mohammed Sidik used to sell goats to Komodo National Park to feed to the wild Komodo dragons, the world's largest lizards, in a gory display for tourists. Park officials banned the practice a decade ago because they worried that the dragons were becoming lazy. Now the 10-foot-long predators waddle three miles to this squalid coastal village, raid Sidik's herd and eat his goats for free.

Posted in Environment @ 08 July 2006 13:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lack of funds hits Java quake relief Aid organisations helping the survivors of last month's massive earthquake on the Indonesian island of Java have warned that emergency relief operations are being hampered by a shortage of funds from international donors.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 June 2006 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake jolts Jayapura, one dead A tectonic earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale jolted Indonesia's Papua provincial capital of Jayapura and Sarmi Wednesday evening, causing one dead and hundreds of people to flee to upland areas, the Antara news agency reported Thursday evening.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 May 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


River of lava ready to hit villages near Merapi A local volcanologist reiterated Tuesday that huge amounts of molten lava were poised to be expelled from restless Mt. Merapi and blanket communities lying in their path. "The materials will shoot downward to Gendol, Boyong and Woro rivers (in the direction of Klaten, Central Java), reaching from seven to eight kilometers from the crater," said Subandriyo, the head of volcanology of the Yogyakarta Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 May 2006 08:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Study warns residents to keep safe distance A university's four case scenarios for restless Mt. Merapi predicts local residents would escape harm in the event of an eruption -- as long as they stay eight kilometers from the volcano's crater. Soetoto from the Natural Disaster Study Center of Yogyakarta's Gadjah Mada University said Wednesday previous eruptions of the Central Java volcano had not caused the expulsion of smalls stones or rocks over a great distance, only dust clouds.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 April 2006 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lesson from nature The frantic effort to save thousands of lives from an imminent eruption of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta may reflect the best disaster management so far in Indonesia since the December 2004 tsunami caused the deaths of more than 130,000 people in Aceh and Nias.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bird flu campaign exposes loopholes Armed with vaccines and green rubber boots, veterinarian Sri Wuryasturati is ready to hit the road for Indonesia's anti-bird flu campaign. Except she doesn't have the most essential item to get going: a motorcycle. Dressed in a crisp brown civil servant's uniform and scarf, the 42-year-old eventually takes off hours later to join hundreds of veterinarians at the forefront of efforts to contain bird flu in Indonesia, which has the world's second highest number of human deaths from the disease.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 22 March 2006 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 55 die of hunger in Papua At least 55 people have died and over 100 others are now in critical condition due to a shortage of food in Papua province of Indonesia since last month, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here Friday. The lack of food was caused by failure of harvest in their cultivated land and they have no stock of food, according to the president.

Posted in Health @ 10 December 2005 10:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Indonesia likely to change economic team President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's plan for a long-awaited Cabinet reshuffle has fueled expectations of changes in his government's economic team. It is likely that "one or two" ministers will be out of their current jobs after a long-promised evaluation of their performance, Yudhoyono said Wednesday, without elaborating.

Posted in Politics @ 13 November 2005 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's debt load accounts for 52 percent of GDP Indonesia's overseas and domestic debt loads stood at 1,282 trillion rupiah (around 128.2 billion US dollars) as of March this year, equivalent to some 52 percent of the country's gross domestic product, an official said Monday. "The figure comprises 624 trillion rupiah (62.4 billion dollars) of debt in foreign exchange and 658 trillion rupiah (65.8 billion dollars) in local currency," Minister of Finance Jusuf Anwar said in an open-door hearing with legislators at the parliament compound here.

Posted in Economy @ 19 September 2005 13:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN health agency reports massive polio vaccination campaign With Indonesia's largest recorded polio epidemic now threatening a broad swath of countries across Asia, more than 750,000 vaccinators will fan out across the vast archipelago tomorrow on a two-day campaign to immunize more than 24 million children under the age of five, the United Nations health agency reported today. Indonesia had been polio-free since 1995, but since March, 225 children have been paralyzed, due to a poliovirus imported into the country earlier this year.

Posted in Polio @ 30 August 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia confirms new polio cases A second case of polio has been confirmed in Indonesia following the detection of a strain of the crippling virus believed to have originated from Africa, health authorities said today. An 18-month-old boy and a 20-month-old girl are now known to have contracted the disease in the same district of Java island, said Umar Fahmi Achmadi, the health ministry's head of communicable diseases.

Posted in Polio @ 04 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Seize paedophiles' passports: advocate A national child welfare group wants the Federal Government to confiscate the passports of convicted paedophiles to prevent them from travelling overseas. The Government has confirmed a number of child-sex offenders attempted to visit Indonesia and Thailand to prey on children affected by the Asian tsunami.

Posted in General @ 17 April 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuelling reforms in Indonesia It is the single most unpopular decision any Indonesian president could make, with the potential to trigger immediate political unrest. But the move by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut costly fuel subsidies and so push fuel prices up by 30 per cent in a poor nation is also the single most important decision for the recovery of the ailing Indonesian economy. And with half the Indonesian population scraping by on less than $2.50 a day, economic growth - and spending on basic services such as health, education and infrastructure - is the key to social and political stability on Australia's northern doorstep. The former president, Megawati Soekarnoputri, long understood this link, but lacked the political courage to take on the protesters. Yesterday, however, fuel prices did finally rise, despite the unhappy mobs and panic buying at the petrol bowsers.

Posted in Politics @ 01 March 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moody's changes Indonesia rating outlook to positive Moody's Investors Service has changed the outlook to positive from stable on Indonesia's B2 foreign currency country ceiling for bonds, its B3 foreign currency country ceiling for bank deposits, and the Indonesian government's B2 foreign and local currency ratings.

Posted in Economy @ 18 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gives up counting its dead Indonesia has given up on trying to count the exact number of dead from Sunday's Indian Ocean tsunami so it can get on with the task of burying tens of thousands of disaster victims whose corpses lay rotting on the devastated island of Sumatra. As the sun set on Asia for the last time this year, millions were homeless, many of them with no clean water to drink and little or no food.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Death came from the sea' Soldiers searched for bodies in treetops, families wept over the dead laid on beaches and rescuers scoured coral isles for missing tourists as Asia counted the cost today of a tsunami that killed more than 16,000 people. The devastating waves were unleashed by the world's biggest earthquake in 40 years which struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra early on Sunday. "Death came from the sea," said Satya Kumari, a construction worker living on the outskirts of the former French enclave of Pondicherry in India.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia quake death toll tops 14,000 As dawn broke Monday across the Bay of Bengal, countries struck by tsunamis in the wake of the most powerful earthquake the planet has seen in 40 years focused on relief and rescue efforts, and said the death toll from the giant waves -- already more than 14,000 -- is expected to rise further. The tsunamis also left thousands injured, thousands missing and hundreds of thousands homeless in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt ponders boosting powers of spy agencies Indonesia is scrambling to remedy failures in detecting terror plots, and is considering whether to give its intelligence agencies greater powers, a minister said on Wednesday. A huge explosion last week in front of the Australian embassy in Jakarta killed at least nine people and injured more than 180 in the third major bombing in the world's most populous Muslim country in as many years.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


My mobile phone had been ringing incessantly and beeping a series of text messages when I first learned that my husband was hurt in the blast at the Australian Embassy on Thursday. I was ignoring it as I was in the middle of an interview during an assignment to East Nusa Tenggara, nearly 2,000 km from Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 September 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


All over the world bilateral relations and regional cooperation are flourishing, even if only a few people have noticed. The globalization of the economy is being followed by the globalization of politics. In the next ten years new worldwide networks will arise in response to global issues. Governments and societies are seeking closer ties with one another in the face of new threats and challenges.

Posted in Politics @ 25 August 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt beefs up security for polls Security was tightened across Indonesia yesterday, with nearly 170,000 police on alert amid fears terrorists could launch attacks during the July 5 presidential election, police said. About 1,000 police in riot gear assembled at the national police headquarters in Jakarta yesterday before they were deployed throughout the city, said deputy police chief for operations, Lieutenant General Adang Dorojatun.

Posted in Elections @ 30 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati's party loses ground in election President Megawati Sukarnoputri, whose party slumped in parliamentary elections on Monday, may have difficulty regaining the presidency in July, according to a national sample of returns released Tuesday. The findings of the vote sample organized by the National Democratic Institute, a Washington-based organization financed by the United States, showed her Indonesian Democratic Party for Struggle in second place, behind Golkar, the party of the former dictator Suharto.

Posted in Elections @ 07 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On behalf of The United States-Indonesia Society and the National Commission on United States-Indonesia Relations, I thank you for this opportunity to present my perspectives on some of the major trends and challenges shaping priorities for U.S. policy in Southeast Asia. I returned yesterday from two weeks in Indonesia and also look forward to sharing my views on developments in that important nation.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN: Java-Bali region prone to blackouts The country's main Java-Bali power grid will continue to run with thin reserves until April due to the lack of fresh power supply despite growing power demands, making the region vulnerable to rotating blackouts. Basuki Prajitno, general manager of power plants and load management of state-owned electricity firm PT PLN said demand for electricity had been picking up since early this year.

Posted in General @ 23 January 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia faces up to post-IMF reality After five years under the harsh tutelage of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest economy, is to break free from the IMF's bailout program and loan lifeline at the end of this year when its US$5 billion line of credit expires. A government committee has drafted an economic blueprint, a White Paper for post-IMF Indonesia that will be revealed on Friday, simultaneously with the draft budget for 2004, by President Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Posted in Economy @ 17 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia press gloomy on Aceh Indonesian newspapers are broadly pessimistic about the impact of martial law in Aceh province, with some deploring the decision and others seeing it as the least worst option.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 May 2003 00:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SARS infiltrates Indonesia, Philippines Indonesia said Friday that it has confirmed its first case of a deadly flu-like illness that has swept through Asia. Mariani Reksoprodjo, a health ministry spokeswoman, said a 47-year-old British businessman had been diagnosed with severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. The man, who had visited Hong Kong and Singapore before arriving in Indonesia, has been in a Jakarta hospital since Wednesday, she said. Indonesia now joins 18 other countries that have reported SARS cases. The disease has claimed more than 110 lives worldwide and sickened more than 2,700 people. Mainland China and Hong Kong, Canada, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia have reported deaths, with the highest number in China and Hong Kong.

Posted in SARS @ 11 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aftershocks on Bali At 11pm last Saturday a powerful explosion in the entertainment district of Kuta on the Indonesian island of Bali razed a number of buildings to the ground. At least 200 people died. Hundreds more are lying injured in hospitals in Indonesia and Australia. The hunt for the perpetrators has begun, and the consequences can be felt all over Bali.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The president director of the State Electricity Company (PLN), Eddie Widiono, seems to be clairvoyant. Two years ago, at a seminar on electricity in Jakarta, he made a prediction that by 2003, Java-Bali would be shrouded in darkness. The reason: scarce electricity supply due to minimum PLN investments. Widiono's estimate might just be optimistic. On September 12, Asep, a resident of Cibinong, Bogor, nearly had a heart attack. A huge explosion shook his house, followed a second later by total darkness. The thundering noise came directly from next door, an electrical relay station handling extremely high voltages. Rushing outside, Asep saw one of the poles inside the station burning. "Wow, the noise was totally deafening, just like a bomb," he said. "Then there were fireworks and a sharp burning smell," he said.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Power crisis adds to Jakarta woes A widespread blackout in the Indonesian capital and the surrounding West Java towns has underscored Jakarta's failure to build power infrastructure to keep pace with the growing demand. It has reinforced fears that a power crisis is looming in the country, especially as government has hardly managed to attract any new foreign investors into the power sector over the last five years. The blackout had left much of greater Jakarta in total darkness for about six hours on Thursday night.

Posted in Power supply @ 16 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll rising in Borneo camps Indonesian migrant workers living in camps in the East Kalimantan town of Nunukan are continuing to die in squalid conditions, bringing the death toll to 67, according to local relief workers. The latest death toll covers the period of May 12 to September 1, according to the Concerned Post for Humanity, and forty percent of the victims were babies and small children, who died of diarrhea as a result of malnutrition. "There is no milk in this camp and the mothers of these babies are too ill themselves to breast-feed them. The situation is really sad," Vincent Tius, spokesman for the group, told CNN.

Posted in Health @ 03 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


I was recently asked to address a conference in Seoul, Korea, organized around the theme of developing a culture of peace. Naturally, it fell to me to present an Islamic perspective on developing a culture of peace. My response was to explain that if we want to understand what Islam has to teach us about civilization, society and relations between communities, it is important that we consider the broad range of its rich intellectual heritage.

Posted in Religion @ 11 March 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The past 12 years have hardly been normal for Suraiya Kamaruzzaman. As a women's rights activist in conflict-torn Aceh, intimidation and terror have been part of the 33-year-old's daily life.

Posted in Politics @ 30 December 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A new World Bank report says that as many as 120 million Indonesians are either living in abject poverty or are staring poverty in the face. But does any one really care? You would be forgiven for thinking that the nation's political elite are either ignorant or simply cannot be bothered with the issue. Poverty was hardly mentioned in the recently concluded meeting of the People's Consultative Assembly.

Posted in Economy @ 11 November 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Budi Sadikin, a clean-cut, affable young executive, is smiling broadly. And for good reason. As head of consumer banking in Indonesia for ABN AMRO Bank, the 37-year-old has watched deposits at the Dutch bank's 15 branches triple in value in just three years — to $800 million at the end of 2000. Until 1998, ABN AMRO, which has been doing business in Indonesia for 175 years, did not even have a consumer-banking unit. Now Sadikin oversees a 200-strong team whose job it is to coax more affluent Indonesians to deposit their money in a foreign bank.

Posted in Politics @ 04 July 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


As Jakarta loses control of its domestic situation, the region confronts a slowdown in foreign investment, a rise in Muslim extremism, and the threat of chaos — or even civil war — in Southeast Asia's largest country

Posted in Politics @ 23 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tension mounts in Indonesia In recent weeks thousands of Wahid's supporters particularly in his home province of East Java have formed paramilitary squads. They have announced plans to come to the capital before the parliament votes on Wahid's fate at the end of this month. A difficult time awaits him. But what worries international observers is the prospects of instability and violence in the country. Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid, currently embroiled in a crisis to remain in the office, has warned that a "nationwide rebellion" would erupt if the parliament attempts to impeach him on corruption charges. He said more than 400,000 people from across the main island of Java and southern end of Sumatra were ready to come into the capital to protest against moves to oust him from presidency.

Posted in Politics @ 24 April 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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