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Long list of complaints for Bali’s renovated airport A public forum organized by the Bali Tourism Board on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to discuss service and conditions at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport brought a shower of strong criticism from stakeholders in the Island’s tourism industry concerned with the many complaints about the airport received form the traveling public.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 April 2014 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four-meter long croc captured in Bangka A four-meter long crocodile weighing almost 300 kilograms was captured by villagers of Gedong, Belinyu district, Bangka Belitung Province, on Thursday. "I and other residents managed to catch the four-meter long crocodile by using a mangrove monkey as bait to lure it," stated Mang Yasak, a Sungailiat resident here on Friday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 February 2014 22:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tangerang mayor: 'My wealth comes from God' South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany remained philosophical on Wednesday after digesting the news that her husband, Tubagus “Wawan” Chaeri Wardana, would be charged with money laundering over his alleged involvement in a crooked medical equipment procurement scheme. “One’s job, wealth and challenges all come from Allah and belong to Allah,” she said.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 January 2014 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi defends English-free primary school curriculum The Jakarta administration has backed the Education Ministry’s controversial new curriculum that scraps English classes, computer studies and physical education as mandatory courses in primary schools.

Posted in General @ 14 December 2013 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Flooding submerges 80 houses in Benenain Heavy rain had triggered widespread flooding in the regency of Malaka of East Nusatenggara. At least 80 houses in the village of Umatoos in the the sub-district of Malaka Barat were inundated forcing the people to move to safer areas.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 June 2013 20:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami alert issued after 8.5 magnitude Sumatra quake A tsunami watch was issued for countries across the Indian Ocean after a massive earthquake hit waters off Indonesia on Wednesday, triggering widespread panic as residents along coastlines fled to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 April 2012 12:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pre-election violence hits district in Indonesia's Papua Supporters of rival political candidates have clashed in Indonesia's restive Papua province this week, just days ahead of district elections, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 17 February 2012 04:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Unidentified gunmen kill policeman in Papua An Indonesian police officer was killed on Tuesday when officers were attacked by an armed group in Indonesia's restive province of Papua, officials said. One attacker was also wounded.

Posted in Crime @ 07 February 2012 21:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Environmentalists capture endangered Sumatran rhino in Borneo Malaysian environmentalists on Monday announced the capture of a female Sumatran rhino which is on the brink of extinction, giving rise to a last chance to save the species before it is too late.

Posted in Environment @ 26 December 2011 13:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


OPM: Indonesian police kill fourteen Papuan separatists The separatist Free Papua Organization (OPM) on Thursday claimed fourteen of its members have allegedly been killed during a recent police raid in the district of Paniai in Indonesia's restive Papua region, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Violence @ 15 December 2011 22:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of people flee Indonesian village in fear of police Hundreds of people have fled a village in Indonesia's restive Papua region following the deployment of more than 100 security officers, the Jakarta Post reported on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 07 December 2011 22:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected rebels kill police officer in Indonesia's Papua An Indonesian police officer died on Monday morning after being injured in an attack by suspected separatist rebels in the country's restive Papua region last week, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 December 2011 00:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police release 12 alleged separatists Indonesian police have been forced to release twelve alleged separatist rebels just a day after announcing they had made a major breakthrough in the war against the Free Papua Movement (OPM), local media reported on Saturday.

Posted in Protests @ 26 November 2011 14:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Environmentalists: 'Sumatran rhino on the brink of extinction' Indonesian environmentalists on Thursday warned that the Sumatran rhinoceros in Lampung province is on the brink of extinction due to hunting and habitat destruction, just weeks after the Western Black Rhinoceros was declared extinct.

Posted in Environment @ 24 November 2011 21:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


It's emergency, help Every once in a time you probably receive an email that is clearly a form of scam. Often orginating from an known person that is trying to persuade you into sending 'a small amount of' money so he/she can claim a huge sum of money from a deceased family member or something similar.

Posted in Crime @ 04 August 2011 05:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poll: Young in Malaysia, Indonesia oppose polygamy The vast majority of young Muslims in Indonesia and Malaysia appear to disapprove of the traditional acceptance of polygamy but remain reluctant to openly support interfaith marriages or premarital sex, a new survey shows.

Posted in Religion @ 13 July 2011 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court begins trial of deadly Ahmadiyah attack An Indonesian Court on Tuesday began the trail of 12 men accused over the deadly attack on an Ahmadiyah community, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in General @ 26 April 2011 20:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Specialists: Antibiotic use 'excessive' in Indonesia Use of antibiotics has reached an alarming level in Indonesia, fuelled by poor diagnosis, ignorance and poor regulation of drugs, experts said.

Posted in Health @ 15 April 2011 04:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi volcano starts rumbling again The activity of the Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java is increasing once again. According to the Volcanologic Agency BPPPTK, the renewed activity is caused by the formation of a new lava dome in the crater of the volcano. The alert status of the Mount Merapi volcano has not yet been changed and still stands at level three.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 April 2011 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Human Rights Watch: 'Revoke decrees against Ahmadiyah' Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should void decrees recently adopted by two provinces that ban activities by the Ahmadiyah religious community, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 15 March 2011 10:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful earthquake, small tsunamis hit Sumatra A small tsunami was recorded after a powerful earthquake struck off the western coast of Sumatra, officials said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The 7.2-magnitude earthquake at 9.42 p.m. local time (1442 GMT) was centered just off the Mentawai Islands, about 240 kilometers south of Padang, the capital and largest city of West Sumatra.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 October 2010 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rabies death toll in Bali now put at 93 Bali's Rabies epidemic continues to plague the island. According to Radar Bali, a total of 93 people have died from suspected rabies spread from dog bites, despite massive expenditures and efforts to inoculate pet dogs and eliminate stray animals.

Posted in Health @ 08 September 2010 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House speaker wants probe into Rp 25b bribe rumor House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Pramono Anung said he had ordered the House's Ethical Board (BK) to investigate a rumor that some legislators demanded Rp 25 billion in bribes from Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 July 2010 08:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to keep assets of ex-president Suharto's son Indonesia's Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the finance ministry keeping 1.22 trillion rupiah ($134.8 million) of assets of a company linked to the son of ex-President Suharto. The case illustrates how the clan of Suharto, who ruled Indonesia for 32 years, has seen its influence dwindle since Suharto stepped down in 1998.

Posted in Crime @ 17 July 2010 06:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Concerns about military operations in Puncak Jaya region Reports from the Puncak Jaya region, inside the central highlands of West Papua, indicate that Indonesian security forces, principally the militarized police BRIMOB, have launched actions against the small, armed Free Papua Movement (OPM). In May, security force spokespersons warned that if the local OPM leader, Goliat Tabuni, did not surrender by June 28, major operations would be launched to capture him and his small force.

Posted in Military @ 19 June 2010 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Idiot as minister: 'Internet a risk to nation' Indonesia's communications minister said a celebrity sex video scandal showed the internet was a threat to the nation and vowed to issue a decree to curb its use. "We want to minimize the negative impact from the internet as it will destroy this nation," Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, from the hard line Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), told.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister against sex education in schools Sex education has been in place in many schools across the country, but Education Minister Muhammad Nuh expressed on Thursday his objection to the extra curricular subject. Nuh said children did not need formal education about sex as they would learn it by nature.

Posted in Politics @ 12 June 2010 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Suramadu bridge causes increase of prostitution' While Batam is looking to legalize brothels, clerics in Bangkalan in Madura, East Java, have demanded prostitution be banned. Local clerics urged the provincial legislature on Friday for the passage of the draft ordinance banning prostitution and adultery.

Posted in General @ 20 February 2010 11:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Arrests made in Bali over ATM scandal Police in Bali and Jakarta have made a number of arrests in a scam that has fleeced larges sums of money from the bank accounts of people who used ATMs in Bali. The well-organized and sophisticated criminals reportedly installed an additional fake slot on an ATM Machine together with a small CCTV camera that recorded the password entered by the ATM customer.

Posted in Crime @ 25 January 2010 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protests over culling of dogs on Bali Bali animal rights groups are barking mad at the current policy of widespread culling of stray dogs as part of the Bali government's response to the outbreak if rabies on the island. BAWA or the Bali Animal Welfare Association are circulating petitions and letting local officials know their displeasure with what they view as the "ineffective" anti-rabies program of killing all stray dogs fund in local communities.

Posted in Health @ 10 November 2009 00:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Denpasar to issue biometric ID-cards Bali's capital city of Denpasar will initiate a pilot project for new identity cards (KTP) utilizing a Single Identity Number (SIN) and biometric markers as part of overall steps to stop the widespread misuse of double KTPs.

Posted in General @ 06 September 2009 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15 dead in quake; reports from huge damage area The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that shook big parts of western Indonesia has caused widespread damage in big parts of western Java. At least 15 people were killed in the quake in various locations hit by the earthquake. Priyadi Kardono, the head of the National Disaster Management Agency, said 15 people were dead in several locations. Earlier, Priyadi said six died in Cianjur alone because of a landslide that was triggered by the massive earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 14:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake causes landslide in Cianjur; dozens feared dead Dozens of residents of the village of Gunung Hanafi, in the underdistrict Cibinong Selatan in Cianjur are feared dead after a landslide caused by the earthquake ripped through the village. The 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook big parts of western Indonesia for around two minutes before it came to an end. Reports from light to medium damage are widespread.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First death related to Mexican flu in Indonesia A six-year old girl who had tested positive for the H1N1 virus has died in a hospital. The girl, who has other health problems including pneumonia in the last recent years died on July 22. She was brought to the hospital with flu-like symptoms as fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 26 July 2009 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia goes to the polls today Indonesia holds legislative elections today, amid concerns about vote buying, fraud and some regional violence in the country. But the elections mark a transition for the young democracy. Indonesia's legislative elections span thousands of islands with more than 40 political parties and tens of thousands of candidates.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2009 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two rare Sumatran elephants killed Two Sumatran elephants have been shot and killed in Indonesia's Bengkulu province, a conservation official said Tuesday. The elephants were killed last week in the Kerinci Seblat National Park, said Dudy Wuryanto, head of the nature conservation agency in the neighbouring province of Jambi. He said the motive for the killings was unclear.

Posted in General @ 31 March 2009 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia is running out of imported alcohol quickly The Indonesian government has put new import regulations in place as well as a massive tax hike creating a Customs clampdown on Indonesia’s alcohol supplies leading up to the Christmas holiday season, according to a report in Bali Update this week. Much to the frustration of hotel and restaurant operators, alcohol supplies have been reduced to a trickle, leaving many guests disappointed by not being able to enjoy their favourite beverage.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2008 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ADB provides 500 million USD loan to clean 'dirtiest' river Indonesia's efforts to clean up the Citarum River, known as the world's most-polluted river, received a major boost as the Asian Development Bank approved a 500 million-U.S. dollar loan to the country on Friday. The Citarum River Basin Territory supports a population of 28 million people, delivers 20 percent of Indonesia's gross domestic product, and provides 80 percent of the surface water supply to Indonesia's capital city, Jakarta.

Posted in Environment @ 07 December 2008 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono's popularity drops on fuel price hike President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's popularity ratings have fallen because of a recent fuel price increase and he would likely lose if an election were held today, a new poll showed on Sunday. Mr Yudhoyono, a former general, won the country's first direct presidential election in 2004 when he promised to tackle widespread corruption, spur economic growth and create jobs.

Posted in Politics @ 29 June 2008 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: 'Indonesia to export oil in five years' Indonesia is hoping to be an oil exporter again in five years, the vice president reportedly said Thursday after Jakarta announced it was quitting the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries. "Our target is that in five years we can be an exporter again given that our oil fields have been explored efficiently and we are saving energy domestically," Vice President Jusuf Kalla was quoted as saying.

Posted in General @ 30 May 2008 04:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police on alert for oil price protests ndonesia's police have been told to be be on alert for any signs of unrest over fuel prices ahead of an expected price hike. The government is believed to be considering a fuel price rise of between 20 and 30 percent, a move that is sure to fan inflation at a time of already high food prices.

Posted in Protests @ 10 May 2008 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong 7.5-magnitude quake hits Western Sumatra A strong 7.5-magnitude quake struck Indonesia's Sumatra island on Wednesday, triggering mass panic here and sparking tsunami alerts locally and in Thailand, officials and residents said. There were no immediate reports of damage. The US Geological Survey said the undersea quake struck at 3:08 pm (0808 GMT) some 312 kilometres west-southwest of the North Sumatra capital Medan, at a depth of 34 kilometres.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 February 2008 13:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


8.2 earthquake strikes near Bengkulu off Sumatra island A powerful earthquake hit Indonesia on Wednesday, causing buildings to sway strongly in the capital, and authorities issued a tsunami warning for much of the Indian Ocean region. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 and hit at about 6:10 p.m. It was centered 9.7 miles underground in the southern Sumatra area, the USGS said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 September 2007 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amrozi's last effort to avoid firing squad rejected The Indonesia Supreme Court has rejected a request for a judicial review filed by - one of three terrorist sentenced to death for their role in the October 12, 2002, that claimed the lives of 202 people and seriously injured scores of others.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 September 2007 02:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines places first A320 order from Indonesia Mandala Airlines has signed a contract for 25 A320s and has become the first customer for the type from Indonesia. The airline already holds the status of being the first Indonesian carrier to operate A320s following the entry into service of the first of two leased aircraft in December 2006. The new A320s will be used to replace old generation Boeing 737-200s on Mandala Airlines' widespread domestic network that extends to over 20 destinations. The A320s will be configured with 180 economy class seats.

Posted in General @ 25 June 2007 11:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Angry Aceh residents break down tsunami system Angry residents in Banda Aceh have broken down the tsunami warning system in the area after a false alarm a few days ago caused widespread panic among residents in the city. Big parts of Aceh were devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Posted in General @ 08 June 2007 05:55 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


Satellite tracks wildfire plumes in Indonesia Scientists in the United States have linked the extreme weather caused by El Nino to the widespread wildfires in Indonesia. "Droughts over Indonesia are often brought on by a shift in the atmospheric circulation over the tropical Pacific associated with El Nino conditions," said David Edwards, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. "Although the current El Nino is rather weak compared to that of 1997-98, we have found dramatic increases in wildfire activity and corresponding pollution."

Posted in Forest fires @ 03 March 2007 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten The UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports has prepared this report.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 February 2007 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. warns citizens in Indonesia on threat from cats The U.S. embassy warned its citizens in Indonesia on Wednesday that the country's wild and stray cats may carry the deadly bird flu virus and should be avoided and that care needed to be taken with pet cats. Most known cases of humans getting the H5N1 virus have involved contact with chickens or other infected birds. But last month experts called for closer monitoring of other animals after Indonesian scientists found it in cats near poultry markets.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 February 2007 01:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More rain adds to misery in Indonesia's capital Overnight downpours sent storm waters coursing back into some low-lying areas Tuesday, as authorities warned of the threat of diseases and anger mounted at the government's response to the disaster that has killed at least 44 people in the capital.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 February 2007 13:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia floods drive timber prices Massive flooding in Malaysia and Indonesia, the world's top two exporters of tropical timber, has forced timber prices up sharply, according to a new industry report. "The incessant rainfall and widespread flooding drove prices for Malaysian timber products sharply up," the International Tropical Timber Organisation was quoted by AFP as saying in its latest newsletter.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2007 09:01 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


Two killed in clash in Papua province Two people including an Indonesian military officer were killed in a clash between security forces and separatists in the remote eastern province of Papua, a military official said on Saturday. The clash occurred on Friday after the officer and some residents tried to enter a separatist camp in Puncak Jaya regency, about 325 km southwest of Jayapura, the capital of Papua, Imam Santosa told Reuters. No other details were available.

Posted in Violence @ 09 December 2006 13:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. wrestling TV show 'SmackDown' under fire SmackDown, a popular U.S. professional wrestling television show, should be taken off air in Indonesia, a cabinet minister says after speculation a boy may have been killed by children mimicking the fight moves. Authorities have yet to decide whether the blows received by the 9-year-old boy in October caused his death a month later. However, widespread media coverage and public discussion has focussed on that possibility.

Posted in Media @ 29 November 2006 13:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


The hidden tragedy of West Papua "Of course the police are just as good at torturing as the army. Some of the cruder forms [include] putting a table leg onto the foot of somebody and then somebody heavily dancing on the table, which can be extremely painful. So, I mean torture is routine."

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Administrations identify newcomers as source of problems In spite of widespread criticism, the administrations of Jakarta, Tangerang and Depok continue to insist identity checks are the key to limiting rural-urban migration. The three neighboring administrations plan to carry out door-to-door checks for individuals without ID cards issued by their city of residence.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 November 2006 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two years of SBY: Bouquet for Aceh, brickbat for economy As he heads into his third year as Indonesia's president on Friday, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono enjoys respectable popularity, but is struggling to ignite Southeast Asia's largest economy, analysts say. The 57-year-old former general, who was nominated for a Nobel peace prize for overseeing a peace pact with separatist rebels in Aceh, has crafted a respected image abroad, but at home the battles he faces are more complex.

Posted in Politics @ 29 October 2006 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mudslide could last 100 years, say scientists Mud, gas and boiling water that have been gushing out of the ground in East Java since May, submerging half a dozen villages and 20 factories, could continue for a century with "catastrophic consequences", European experts said on Monday. Efforts to seal the channels through which the mud is escaping are unlikely to succeed, and it is impossible to tell how much fluid remains underground, according to a University of Oslo geology team.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 September 2006 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Need for speed in Indonesia Two years into his five-year term, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono presents himself as a sincere, hard-working reformer, a long-distance runner pacing himself on a marathon run. But many Indonesians think the country needs a sprinter.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2006 14:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to vaccinate 300 million poultry The Indonesian government will press ahead with plans to vaccinate some 300 million poultry from the bird flu virus despite fears by some health officials that vaccines are not effective, a local report said Tuesday. The plan will be done in stages with 60 million doses being prepared for vaccinations beginning this month and running through December, The Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 05 September 2006 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia allots 6M hectares for biofuel Indonesia has earmarked 6 million hectares for development of its biofuel industry, part of plans to reduce its dependence on crude oil and susceptibility to price fluctuations, its energy minister said Friday. "Our target to develop our biofuel industry is by 2009-2010," said Energy Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. "And we have plans for 6 million hectares (14.8 million acres) of development, worth about US$20 billion (euro15.6 billion)."

Posted in Economy @ 05 August 2006 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami warning for Australia, Indonesia after quake Indonesia and Australia were advised of a possible local tsunami after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck the Indian Ocean south of the Indonesian island of Java.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 July 2006 13:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia debates the difference between porn and pawn Kartika Gunawan is not a typical men's magazine playmate. But even though not a nipple was visible in her starring role in the first issue of Indonesian Playboy — in a concession to hardline Islamists calling for the publication to be banned — she faces more than two years in jail for indecency.

Posted in General @ 09 July 2006 13:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Two trapped after Mount Merapi volcano erupts Rescuers dug through volcanic debris Thursday to reach two people trapped when Indonesia‘s most volatile volcano erupted, nearly enveloping a village with a searing gas cloud and forcing thousands of residents to flee. "The situation is ... life-threatening," said Yousana Siagian, head of the government‘s Vulcanology and Disaster Mitigation Center, after the alert level for Mount Merapi was raised to its highest status again and it dumped thick ash on scores of houses.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 June 2006 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong quake rocks western Sumatra, no casualties An undersea earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia's remote Nias island on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, the Bureau of Meteorology and Geophysics said. The epicentre of the quake lay in the Indian Ocean at a depth of 33 km (21 miles), about 110 km southwest of Teluk Dalam town, said agency official Agung Sunaryadi.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 May 2006 21:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security advisory: Labour Day strikes planned in Indonesia "As Indonesian Workers' Unions continue to defy government appeals to all workers not to go on a mass strike on World Labor Day (May 1st), Jakarta Police Chief Inspector General Firman Gani plans to deploy some 12,000 police personnel across the capital in anticipation of widespread rallies on 1 May. The Jakarta Military Command is also scheduled to have approximately 5,000 soldiers standing on alert and the Jakarta Public Order Agency will have 7,000 public order officers on stand-by as well, a day before the planned strike action commences.

Posted in Protests @ 28 April 2006 17:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy obsessed with security, ethic, legal problems Playboy Indonesia has found itself in troubled water as its maiden issue triggered off protests nationwide in the past two weeks and the police here on Thursday summoned its editor-in-chief Erwin Arnada to investigate its publication in the largest Muslim country of the world.

Posted in General @ 21 April 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Australia sends envoy to repair Indonesia ties Australia's top diplomat will visit Jakarta this week to try and ease tensions with Indonesia caused by Australia's decision to grant refugee visas to 42 Papuans who fled Indonesia in an outrigger canoe. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said his country's relationship with Australia should be reviewed following the decision, but Prime Minister John Howard on Tuesday said Australia had no reason to apologise for its policies.

Posted in Politics @ 18 April 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Axes, arrows and AK-47s used in clash in Papua Four people died today in an exchange of fire between soldiers and suspected separatists in Indonesia’s remote resource-rich province of Papua, a military spokesman said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 10 April 2006 20:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


First edition of Playboy Indonesia hits newsstand U.S. adult magazine Playboy published its first Indonesian version Friday but it appears that local readers were not as enthusiastic to the down-toned version as predicted earlier. The magazine is sold at 39,000 rupiah (4.3 U.S. dollars), more expensive than any other local men's magazines in Jakarta newsstands, featuring local girl Andhara Early on its cover.

Posted in General @ 07 April 2006 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 32 reactions


Kalla says no hike in power rates this year Vice President Jusuf Kalla confirmed Friday the government would drop a planned increase in electricity rates this year amid widespread opposition. Kalla said the government would likely provide around half of the extra subsidies needed by state electricity company PT PLN to cover rising fuel costs without having to increase rates, while the other half would have to be shouldered by PLN chiefly through efficiency measures.

Posted in Power supply @ 18 March 2006 07:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US mining giant faces nationwide protests Students have staged rallies in many parts of Indonesia over the last several days demanding the closure of U.S. mining giant Freeport-McMoran, which they accused of stealing wealth and destroying environment. In the southern Java town of Yogyakarta on Thursday, students took to the streets urging the government to close Freeport's minein the country's most remote province of Papua.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 02 March 2006 13:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


East Timor withholds UN abuse report The East Timorese Government has withheld publication of a report claiming as many as 180,000 civilians may have died as a result of Indonesia's quarter-century occupation of the former Portugese colony. Leaked copies of the report by the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CRTR) point to alleged widespread abuses by the Indonesian military including rape, the use of napalm and the poisoning of food supplies.

Posted in Politics @ 19 January 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New busway routes up and running Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso did the honors on Sunday at City Hall on Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan, Central Jakarta, sounding a siren to launch the opening of two more busway corridors in the capital. With the success of the first Blok M-Kota corridor, launched two years ago amid widespread criticism that it was unsuitable for Jakarta, the governor as well as members of the public, the business community and the once skeptical media had good reason to feel confident as the new blue-and-white additions went into service at Pulogadung terminal.

Posted in General @ 16 January 2006 16:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Australia to resume training with elite Kopassus commandos Australian forces will resume training exercises with Indonesia's Kopassus elite commando force next year, Defense Minister Robert Hill said Sunday. The maneuvers will be the first since Canberra suspended joint training with the commando force known as Kopassus following widespread allegations the troops were involved in human rights abuses in East Timor ahead of the former Indonesian province's 1999 independence vote.

Posted in Military @ 11 December 2005 12:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia deploys British arms against protesters British military equipment is being used by the Indonesian authorities against civilians in remote parts of the country. Despite promises by Foreign Office ministers that UK arms exported to the country are not used for internal repression, a photograph seen by The Observer shows a British-made Tactica water cannon vehicle deployed in the troubled eastern province of West Papua.

Posted in Human rights @ 27 November 2005 11:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A factory of shame Over a long period in a hamlet in Tangerang, Banten, workers have quietly churned out illegal drugs in a factory licensed to produce cables, seemingly without disruption, until fish in a nearby stream died, from red and yellow substances dumped into the water it was surmised.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Test shows new bird flu death in Indonesia A 16-year-old Indonesian girl who died this week had bird flu, a health ministry official said on Wednesday after the release of test results. The latest death, if confirmed by further testing, would bring to 10 the number of human cases in the world's fourth most populous nation and the sixth confirmed death since July. Another four people confirmed infected with the H5N1 avian flu virus have survived.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 09 November 2005 15:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI uses Bali bombing to reassert political role Attending a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the Indonesian military (TNI) on October 5, just days after the deadly bombing in Bali, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono instructed the TNI to "take part in effectively curbing, preventing and acting against terrorism".

Posted in Military @ 23 October 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel scarcity worsens before price hikes Gasoline and diesel shortages worsened across Indonesia as the government's scheduled price increase on Oct. 1 draws near, Jakarta Post reported on Tuesday. Filling stations were packed with long lines of vehicles, while police officers desperately tried to track down on and nab people thought to be hoarding fuel until the price goes up, according to the Jakarta Post.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2005 10:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


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

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


Polio vaccination drive largely successful Indonesia's nationwide drive last week to vaccinate about 24 million young children against a spreading polio outbreak was largely successful though some parents continued to resist, health officials said Monday. The Indonesian health ministry reported the campaign had reached 90 percent of children under five years old despite lingering concerns among both parents and medical workers about the safety of the vaccine.

Posted in Polio @ 06 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Jakarta workers protest fuel price rise Hundreds of Indonesian bus drivers, vendors and factory workers staged a noisy rally in Jakarta on Sunday to protest against the government's plan to increase fuel prices. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono unveiled a plan on Wednesday to raise fuel prices in order to support the weakening rupiah which plunged to a four-year low last week as oil prices surged.

Posted in Protests @ 05 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Polio vaccination campaign hampered by rumours, ignorance Holding her two-year-old son, Sari listens intently in a ramshackle health clinic as the medical staff assures her and other villagers about the safety of the vaccine being used to fight Indonesia's first polio outbreak in a decade. But the impoverished mother of two remains unconvinced. She hints she will not participate in Tuesday's countrywide immunization campaign because of unfounded rumours that a neighbour's child contracted polio after being given the oral vaccine earlier this year.

Posted in Polio @ 28 August 2005 11:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia prepares hospitals for bird flu care, checks Indonesia is preparing 44 hospitals across the sprawling archipelago for treatment and detection of bird flu after the country recorded its first deaths from the virus, the health minister said on Thursday. Siti Fadillah Supari also told reporters authorities were yet to determine how a government official and his two young daughters living in a Jakarta suburb contracted the virus.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 July 2005 08:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia energy crisis shows old habits die hard Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's efforts to tackle domestic fuel shortages show that, despite talk of reform, Southeast Asia's biggest economy is struggling to part with old ways.

Posted in General @ 12 July 2005 21:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


A strong quake prompts panic in Sulawesi An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale on Sunday rocked an area in the Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi, prompting widespread panic but no casualties or significant damage, officials said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 July 2005 13:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia shifted to counter widespread malnutrition The Indonesian government has launched a series of measures recently to tackle the growing incidence of malnutrition affecting thousands of under-fives in half a dozen provinces. Last Saturday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono initiated the so-called Community Self-Help Month and National Health Week, promising 150 billion rupiahs (about 16 million US dollars) to revive the Integrated Health Services Posts (Posyandu) originally established by the Soeharto regime and to further empower Community Health Centers.

Posted in General @ 22 June 2005 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens hurt in clashes in Indonesia Hundreds of pro-independence demonstrators clashed with police in Indonesia's Papua province on Tuesday after two activists went on trial for flying a separatist flag, local media reported. The clashes erupted outside a court in the provincial capital, Jayapura, about 3,500 km northeast of Jakarta, after the two appeared in court on charges of subversion in connection to the incident last year.

Posted in Violence @ 11 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto in serious condition, bleeding Former Indonesian president Suharto is suffering from internal bleeding and breathing problems and needs to stay in hospital longer, a senior doctor said on Monday. The 83-year-old former strongman was taken to a Jakarta hospital on Thursday because of unspecified blood problems.

Posted in General @ 09 May 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Media freedom under attack as newsmen jailed Media freedom in Indonesia is on the brink of ruin, with two senior journalists in Lampung being sentenced to nine months in jail for defamation. The verdicts on Wednesday are hurtful to democracy, moreover coming on the heels of government efforts to produce a new Criminal Code that will be detrimental to freedom of expression, a legal expert commented.

Posted in Media @ 06 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian officials support drug-smuggling arrests Australian officials spent 10 weeks helping Indonesia mount a case against nine Australians who could now face the death penalty following their arrest for trying to smuggle heroin out of the tourist island of Bali, the government said Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 19 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia reduces possible tsunami death toll Indonesia has drastically reduced the possible death toll from the December 26 tsunami, removing more than 50,000 from its total number of people listed as missing. A statement released by Indonesia's welfare ministry's disaster management centre said the number of people believed missing was now 37,063, compared to the last reported figure of 93,458.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Damaging wave hits Simeulue island A three-metre wave smashed into the Indonesian island of Simeulue, off the coast of Sumatra, causing extensive damage shortly after a massive earthquake, a military official said. Up to 2,000 people are believed to have died in the earthquake. The military commander in Aceh, close to the epicentre of the quake, says he has received reports that the wharf at Simeulue's main port was badly damaged.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans new measures to quell fuel price protests Indonesia's government will offer incentives for public transport operators to keep their fares down in an effort to quell widespread protests following major fuel price hikes, a report said. Transport Minister Hatta Rajasa said the package of measures would include an exemption from import duties on commercial passenger vehicles while a crackdown would be launched on corruption and crime plaguing the industry.

Posted in Politics @ 07 March 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protests over Indonesia fuel rise Hundreds of Indonesian students have held rallies around the country to protest against rising fuel prices. The increases, of up to 30%, were announced by officials on Monday. The government said it was forced to act after spending more than $6bn in fuel subsidies last year, because of soaring world oil prices. The price of fuel is a sensitive political issue in Indonesia. Fuel protests even contributed to the downfall of former President Suharto.

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


Indonesia landslide toll hits 96, dozens missing The death toll from a landslide that swept through two Indonesian villages near a garbage dump last week rose to 96 on Sunday as recovery crews pulled more bodies out of mounds of dirt and waste. Almost no hope is held for 47 people still believed missing after a wall of black mud and garbage up to seven metres (23 ft) high swept through homes in the West Java villages before dawn on Feb. 21.

Posted in Flooding @ 27 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia reassures aid workers after gunfire Indonesia has tried to reassure Western aid relief workers after a brief gunfire incident in the major tsunami aid base of Banda Aceh raised concern for their safety. "The security operation conducted by Indonesia's military and police will protect, secure the humanitarian efforts," Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told reporters on Sunday to allay concerns for the safety of the hundreds of Western aid workers pouring in.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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