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Minister: 'Indonesia to be free of child laborers in 2020' Indonesia is expected to be free from child laborers in 2020 through the implementation of its Child Labor Elimination Program (PPA) in support of its Family Empowerment Program (PKH), a minister said.

Posted in General @ 24 May 2013 10:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Military not taking part in running detention houses for KPK The military chief Admiral Agus Suhartono said the military only lends detention houses to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), adding it would not be involved in running the place.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 September 2012 20:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police prepare substitutes for withdrawn investigators National Police Chief Gen. Timur Pradopo said that replacements have been found for 20 police investigators who had been withdrawn from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Posted in Corruption @ 17 September 2012 23:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Thai PM: Cambodian troops must leave border to solve dispute Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday said the border conflict cannot be solved if Cambodian troops remain at the ancient Preah Vihear temple, MCOT Online reported. "I think the problem lies in Cambodia's refusal to withdraw its troops from the disputed area around Preah Vihear temple," Vejjajiva said.

Posted in Politics @ 08 May 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Emaar withdraws from US$600 million Lombok project The Jakarta Globe reports that a massive US$600 Million mega-resort planned for South Lombok is now in jeopardy. The project of shopping, recreation areas, golf courses and luxurious hotels on a 1,200 hectare site is a "pet project" of Indonesia's Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, who personally invited Dubai's state-owned Emaar Properties to spearhead the investment.

Posted in Economy @ 17 March 2009 05:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Jakarta withdraws it's support for the Bali toll road Efforts to construct a toll bridge connecting Sanur and Nusa Dua via Serangan Island have just been complicated further by the withdrawal of financial support by the central government, leaving the people of Bali to find their own funding for a project estimated to eventually cost about 117 million euro.

Posted in General @ 05 November 2008 01:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian filmmakers want censor board banned Top film makers in Indonesia have launched a legal bid to have the country's censorship board disbanded. They say it stifles creativity. A group of five young directors lodged a petition with the Constitutional Court earlier this week, requesting the removal of provisions in the film law regulating the establishment of the censorship body. "The existence of the Indonesian Censorship Board is against our constitutional right to communicate and receive information," told Tino Saroengallo, an award-winning documentary film-maker.

Posted in General @ 16 November 2007 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to return to The Netherlands? Despite the current blacklisting of all Indonesian registered commercial aircraft from European airspace by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Indonesian national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia appears adamant in its desire to resume service to Europe, planning to recommence service to Amsterdam in 2008.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 04 October 2007 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


How fearful Australia deserted East Timor JUST three months after Indonesia invaded East Timor 30 years ago, the Australian government of the prime minister, Malcolm Fraser, was covertly supporting the tiny colony's complete integration into its giant neighbour, according to cabinet documents from 1976, released today.

Posted in General @ 01 January 2007 02:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels disband armed wing A year after the tsunami destroyed their battlefield, Indonesia's Aceh rebels formally disbanded their armed wing on Tuesday, effectively ending their 30-year separatist insurgency. The move paves the way for the guerrilla group to transform itself into a political party expected to make a strong showing in elections in April.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 26 December 2006 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia proposes Muslim force in Iraq Indonesia`s foreign minister says a military force from Muslim countries should be deployed in Iraq ahead of the U.S. withdrawal to help resolve the conflict in the war-torn country. In an interview with the English-language The Jakarta Post, Hassan Wirajuda said moderate Islamic countries should participate in the 'intervening force', which would not be seen as an extension of the U.S.-led coalition or Iraqi security forces.

Posted in Military @ 09 December 2006 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bush doesn't receive warm welcome in Indonesia Ignoring monsoon rain and thunder, hundreds of people gathered in Indonesia's former colonial capital of Bogor on Monday to demonstrate against a visit by US president George W Bush. Amid security concerns, the president only made a short stop-over in Indonesia, the last leg of an Asia tour that included Singapore and Vietnam which was hosting the APEC summit.

Posted in Politics @ 21 November 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hails Aceh peace, warns much work ahead Indonesia's president on Monday hailed the successes of a one-year-old peace deal in Aceh province, but said hard work was needed to ensure that violence did not return to the tsunami-ravaged region. "Remember, the world is full of examples where a perfect peace plan is spoiled by imperfect players,'' Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in a speech in Jakarta on Monday, a day before the one-year anniversary of the accord's signing.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 August 2006 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia navy arrests tsunami aid pirates in Aceh The Indonesian navy has arrested three former separatist rebels for pirating ships carrying aid for tsunami survivors in the country's far-west Aceh province, a senior commanding officer said on Wednesday. The three men, from two different groups, were caught in the north Aceh city of Lhokseumawe on July 18, two days after their latest operation, Rear Admiral Moekhlas Sidik, chief of the Indonesian Navy's Western Fleet, told reporters.

Posted in General @ 26 July 2006 14:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta Sultan told to withdraw from politics Yogyakarta Governor Sultan Hamengkubuwono X should leave politics and concentrate on culture and helping the province's poor, or he risks being abandoned by his people, an academic says. Sunan Kalijaga State Islam University lecturer Musa Asy'arie said Sunday the Sultan's withdrawal from practical politics would ensure the city-province remained a national center of culture.

Posted in Politics @ 10 July 2006 08:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Big factions want porn bill changed The two largest factions in the House of Representatives are expected to push for major changes to the pornography bill currently being deliberated, as the controversy over the issue continues to grow. The Golkar Party and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) occupy 128 and 109 seats respectively in the 550-seat House.

Posted in Politics @ 11 March 2006 14:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


S&P: Sovereign credit rating outlook raised to 'positive' Standard & Poor's Rating Services said it has raised its outlook on Indonesia's sovereign credit rating to 'positive' from 'stable'. S&P also affirmed Indonesia's 'B+/B' foreign currency and its 'BB/B'local currency sovereign credit rating. 'The outlook revision takes into account the more favorable policy setting that emerged in the wake of significant adjustments in (the government's) fiscal and monetary policy stance, and the expectation that this will improve deficit and debt ratios further,' S&P said in a statement.

Posted in Economy @ 10 February 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt withdraws last Aceh police personnel Indonesia finally withdrew its last police reinforcements from Aceh province yesterday under a landmark peace deal after problems finding ships to return them to their home bases. The withdrawal marked the final stage in a pullout of tens of thousands of Indonesian soldiers and police reinforcements from Aceh under the peace agreement between rebels and government forces.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 06 January 2006 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to delay last Aceh police withdrawal Transport problems have delayed until early next week the withdrawal of Indonesia's last police reinforcements from Aceh province, the final stage in a pullout of tens of thousands of soldiers and police under a landmark peace deal, police said. The contingent, which had been due to leave on Saturday, was likely to leave on Monday because of problems getting a vessel to ship them home.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 January 2006 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Aceh rebels complete weapons handover Former rebels in Aceh completed a weapons handover on Monday under a peace pact that ended one of Asia's longest running civil wars, foreign monitors said. "Today we could confirm that the (Free) Aceh Movement has offered the last of their weapons, thereby completing their commitment under the Helsinki MOU (Memorandum of Understanding)," Pieter Feith, chief of the European Union-led Aceh Monitoring Mission, told a news conference.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 December 2005 18:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Weapons handover continues in Aceh Former rebels from Indonesia's Aceh province have begun handing in their weapons under the third of four phases of a landmark peace agreement. The military says it will now withdraw thousands more troops this week. The Free Aceh Movement and the government have moved quickly to reduce tensions since signing a pact in Helsinki last August that ended one of Asia's longest running civil wars.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 November 2005 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exiled GAM leader returns to Aceh An official of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) exiled leadership arrived in Indonesia's Aceh province on Monday after a 25-year absence to see the peace process aimed at ending nearly three decades of conflict. The Stockholm-based GAM and Indonesia's government were pushed back to negotiations partly by the Dec. 26 Indian Ocean tsunami that devastated Aceh, and made some on both sides re-think the fight over whether Aceh should be independent.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 02 November 2005 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


2,500 more troops to be pulled out soon Military police searched the bags of some 2,500 Indonesian soldiers on Sunday ahead of their withdrawal from Aceh province under the terms of a peace deal to end one of Asia's longest-running wars. The troops are scheduled to leave from the port city of Lhokseumawe on Monday, bringing to about 12,000 the number of soldiers pulled out of Aceh since September. The withdrawal will complete the second of four phases of military redeployment.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 October 2005 11:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia urged to study Aceh amnesty cases The head of the international peace monitoring mission in Aceh urged Indonesia on Tuesday to examine the cases of around 100 prisoners who may have been missed under a sweeping amnesty vital to peace efforts. Dutch diplomat Peter Feith called on Jakarta to quickly study whether the detainees had a real claim to amnesty and said he would use his powers to rule on any disputed cases.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 05 October 2005 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pulls troops from Aceh province Indonesia withdrew 800 soldiers from tsunami-battered Aceh province on Sunday after rebels handed over a quarter of their guns, moving quickly to fulfill key obligations under a peace deal to end three decades of fighting. The troops the first of some 30,000 security forces slated to leave the province by the year's end chanted and waved their helmets in the air as they marched aboard the warship that set sail hours later.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 September 2005 08:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia starts Aceh withdrawal More than 1,000 Indonesian troops have left Aceh province - the first withdrawal of forces after a peace deal made with separatist rebels last week. About 1,200 troops left northern Aceh onboard naval vessels. Under the terms of the peace deal, the government has pledged to withdraw all forces sent specifically to quell the rebellion by the end of the year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 August 2005 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU, Asian officials in Indonesia's Aceh European and Southeast Asian officials are visiting Indonesia's Aceh province to prepare for the deployment of monitors to observe a peace deal between separatist rebels and government troops. The 28-member team is making logistical preparations for the monitoring mission.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 04 August 2005 09:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono faces a staggering array of problems rampant corruption, continuing human rights abuses by the military, massive unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, and a judicial and law enforcement system that is little more than a legalised mafia.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono & Kalla team up for presidential election Indonesian presidential favorite Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has picked a respected cabinet member as his running mate for the July 5 election, officials said on Sunday, dealing a blow to President Megawati Sukarnoputri. Social welfare minister Jusuf Kalla would partner Yudhoyono in the country's presidential election, said Akbar Tandjung, chairman of Golkar, the party of ousted autocrat Suharto.

Posted in Elections @ 19 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hamengku Buwono X quits race as rival cleared of corruption A decision by Indonesia's top court to quash the corruption conviction of Akbar Tandjung, the House speaker, has had an immediate political impact with a popular candidate for the presidential nomination of his Golkar party pulling out in protest. Indonesia's Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a three-year sentence against Mr Tandjung for misappropriating Rp40bn ($4.8m, 3.7m, 2.5m) in state funds in adecision labelled by local activists as an embarrassment for the country's judiciary and Jakarta's supposed fight against corruption.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Monitors pull out of Aceh More than 50 monitors - most of them from Thailand and the Philippines - have left for the nearby North Sumatran capital of Medan, according to the Geneva-based Henry Dunant Centre (HDC), which brokered a peace deal in the province last year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 12 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebel leaders released Four Aceh rebel representatives held by Indonesian police as suspects in bomb attacks were released on Sunday, a move that may offer a glimmer of hope for last-ditch efforts to save a crumbling peace deal. Indonesia has said if Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels do not meet government officials by Monday to resolve differences over the agreement they face an all-out military offensive.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 11 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) were supposed to meet in Geneva on April 25 to restore peace in the restive province. The meeting was scheduled by the Geneva-based Henry Dunant Centre, which had acted as the 'facilitator' of the peace treaty between Jakarta and GAM in December last year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 06 May 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta talks tough on Aceh Indonesia has threatened to resume full combat operations in restive Aceh province as fresh clashes between troops and rebels killed four people, putting yet more strain on a shaky peace pact. The security minister said the military chief would present a battle plan to the president next week -- in case it should be needed -- after what he said was a snub from the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) to talk about the December 9 peace agreement.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 13 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh peace monitors office torched A mob of about 200 people torched an office belonging to international peace monitors in Indonesia's Aceh province on Sunday, officials said. No one was injured in the fire in Langsa in East Aceh. It was the second time demonstrators have burned down an office of the Geneva-based Henri Dunant Center since the deal aimed at ending a 26-year insurgency was signed on Dec. 9 in Geneva.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 06 April 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta withdraws forces from Papua The Indonesian military has started withdrawing its Kopassus special forces from Papua province where members of the elite unit have been linked to the murder of an independence leader two years ago, military officials said on Thursday. "The TNI will withdraw all Kopassus troops from Papua because the security situation there is improving," said Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) chief General Endriartono Sutarto.

Posted in Military @ 02 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military ends Aceh operations Indonesia's military said Tuesday it has stopped all military operations in Aceh province as part of a peace deal to end a 26-year conflict between separatist rebels and government troops. Meanwhile, an advance team of international observers arrived in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, to prepare for the deployment of international monitors to oversee the accord, signed in Switzerland Monday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 10 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests Islamic leader Indonesia issued a tough anti-terror decree Saturday that would punish the Bali bombers with the death penalty, while the spiritual leader of an Islamic group suspected in the attack was arrested in connection with a spate of church bombings two years ago. Nearly a week after bombs exploded in a nightclub district on the resort island, killing at least 183 people and injuring more than 300, the world's most populous Muslim country appeared to be heeding months of calls to crack down on terrorism.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 October 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Laskar Jihad Muslim militia disbanded Laskar Jihad, a Muslim militia group that has sent members to help Muslims battle Christians in the Maluku islands and elsewhere has disbanded and begun withdrawing from the strife-torn region, Wirawan Adnan, the group's lawyer, said on Tuesday. "Laskar Jihad disbanded last week," Wirawan Adnan told AFP."We deem that its existence is no longer needed since the government has realized that separatism exists in Maluku," he said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 15 October 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Removal of taste enhancer across the nation goes on The withdrawal of over 3,000 tons of Ajinomoto taste enhancers continued across the country on Sunday as six PT Ajinomoto Indonesia executives remain in detention over the controversy, concerning the use of pig enzymes in its production process. Police assisted the withdrawal of all Ajinomoto taste enhancers over the weekend, and as of Sunday afternoon seized at least 110 kilograms from several traditional markets in the capital.

Posted in General @ 08 January 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PDI-P urges MPR to hold snap special session The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan) ended its three-day national working meeting on Saturday with nine resolutions, including the decision to support an accelerated People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) special session should President Abdurrahman Wahid go ahead with his controversial policies.

Posted in Politics @ 15 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Everything will be okay: President President Abdurrahman Wahid played down on Sunday security fears in the wake of rumored mass rallies between people in support of and against him on Monday. "God willing, there will be nothing," Abdurrahman said after a meeting at the Merdeka Palace on Sunday morning to discuss security in the capital.

Posted in Politics @ 29 January 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur walks out of scandals hearing President Abdurrahman Wahid on Monday left legislators dumbfounded as he abruptly walked out of a meeting with the House of Representatives' special committee investigating the Bulog and Brunei scandals. Abdurrahman surprised everyone as he left the meeting hall at the Jakarta Convention Center only some 45 minutes into the scheduled two-hour session.

Posted in Crime @ 23 January 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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