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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


President will visit Sinabung refugees on January 23 President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono will visit the refugees of Mount Sinabung disaster in North Sumatra next week. "The President and I plan to visit the refugees on January 23," stated Ani Yudhoyono at the Presidential Office on Thursday during a speech at the Plenary Meeting of Wives of the United Indonesian Cabinet Solidarity (SIKIB).

Posted in General @ 16 January 2014 13:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


120 Sri Lankan immigrants refuse to return to their country Some 120 Sri Lankan immigrants stranded in the waters off the west coast of Sumatra island have refused to return to their social conflict-, civil war-affected homeland, a spokesman said.

Posted in General @ 31 March 2013 13:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police general allegedly involved in money laundering The Corruption Eradication Commission summoned head of the police traffic corps Insp. Gen. Pudji Hartanto for questioning in a money laundering case with his predecessor Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo, as a suspect.

Posted in Corruption @ 13 March 2013 22:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wives of PKS officials banned from nominating for legislator The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has decided to ban the wives of public officials of the party from nominating for legislative membership. "The ban is aimed at avoiding a conflict of interests and dynastic politics," PKS President Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq in a press statement released on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 06 January 2013 14:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Victims commemorate second Bali Bombings Survivors and families of victims of the second Bali bombings in 2005 gathered to commemorate the tragedy here on Monday. In their message read out on the occasion they called on all community elements, including the government to prevent terrorism.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2012 17:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI provides free medical treatment to public The Indonesian Defence Forces (TNI) provided free medical treatment to 1,000 residents in Ciracas district, East Jakarta, on Thursday to mark its 67th anniversary which falls on October 5.

Posted in Military @ 27 September 2012 21:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


HIV/AIDS carriers growing in number on Batam At least 38 people died of HIV/AIDs (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) in Batam in the first half of the year, the Batam AIDs Control Commission said. They were 21 women and 17 men mostly in productive age, Pieter P Pureklolongemn, the Commission secretary, said here on Friday.

Posted in Health @ 07 September 2012 23:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


500 pregnant women in Bali infected by HIV/AIDS every year Bali`s Aids Controlling Commission (KPA) said around 500 pregnant women in Bali carry HIV/AIDs every year.

Posted in Health @ 01 September 2012 20:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jayapura administration obliges circumcision The Jayapura administration of Papua will oblige circumcision for the society to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS. Administration Officer of Jayapura Regent Edison Muabuay said earlier that according to research in several countries, circumcision was one of the preventive steps to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS.

Posted in Health @ 07 February 2012 08:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Indonesian mothers die during delivery every hour Indonesia`s maternal mortality rate is still high as it is believed that almost every hour two Indonesian women die while giving birth, a senior family planning official said,

Posted in Health @ 03 February 2012 10:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Cheating minister suddenly disappears The Indonesian minister of Public Housing, Suharso Monoarfa, has suddenly disappeared from the surface of the earth as it seems. This comes after news about him cheating surfaced and his wife now wants to divorce him.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 06 September 2011 06:31 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


Indonesia approves long-awaited immigration law Indonesia's House of Representatives on Thursday passed into law the long-awaited immigration bill, the Jakarta Globe newspaper reported. The passage of the immigration law was labeled as a "breakthrough" by Fahri Hamzah, deputy chairman of House Commission III. The new law will significantly impact foreign spouses of Indonesian citizens.

Posted in General @ 07 April 2011 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Teen prostitution on the rise in Bandung The Bandung authority is at loss to uncover cases of covert prostitution involving junior and senior high school students, whose number continues to rise in the West Java capital. Eli, a sex worker advocacy program mentor from the Rumah Cemara Group in Bandung, said it was hard to provide advocacy to teenagers involved in covert prostitution since most were not receptive.

Posted in General @ 20 June 2010 09:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Married three times = fired M. Nasir Qamarullah, a judge in the religious court of Pare-Pare, South Sulawesi, has been fired without honor because he has violated the ethical code. He was married to three wives, while Indonesian civil servants, which he is one of, are not allowed to have more than one wife.

Posted in Religion @ 29 April 2010 02:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Men join in the fight against polygamy Indonesian pro-polygamy groups are not only facing protest from angry housewives and women's rights activists; a new group of men calling themselves the Men’s Coalition against Polygamy (Kolmi) has also joined the struggle. Kolmi spokesman Abdul Hamim Fauzie said via a statement in the capital Jakarta on Sunday that the coalition considered the practice of polygamous marriage degrading, not only to women, but to men as well.

Posted in Religion @ 03 November 2009 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Member of PKS doesn't know his brother is terrorist Anugerah, member of the PKS '(Partai Keadilan Sejahtera', a strict Islamic party which earlier wanted a unitary Islamic state in Southeast Asia) said he didn't know that his little brother is a fugitive. Wanted for terrorist activities in Indonesia, Saefuddin Jaelani, is currently on the run for Indonesian authorities.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 August 2009 04:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Train tickets around Lebaran almost sold out However the holy month of fasting has not even started, most have already made plans to go home to celebrate the end of it. Yesterday all tickets for all classes in trains from Jakarta to various cities throughout Java were sold out. Tickets for departure five days before the end of the Ramadan were even sold out completely.

Posted in Ramadan @ 19 August 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aljazeera: 'Killed terrorist not Noordin M. Top' Television station Aljazeera claims that it has received information from a source within the Indonesian national police force that the body of the person that was killed during the anti terrorism raid in Temanggung, Central Java, last Saturday is not that of terrorist Noordin M. Top. The police however suspects that the person killed is Noordin M. Top and DNA testing should soon conclude whether he was killed or not.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 August 2009 08:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Number of cases of HIV/AIDS on the rise in West Java The growth of the number of cases of HIV/AIDS in the West Java province has reached a dangerous level. The government therefore has decided that the program to prevent the spread of the disease has to get full priority as fast as possible. The provincial health services counted some 4.520 cases of HIV/AIDS in the province last March. Most infections occurred in the age group of 20-25 years.

Posted in Health @ 01 July 2009 03:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; B.A.T.S. From Aphrodite in Taman Rasuna we took an 'Express' taxi which brought us to the lobby of the five-star Shangri-La Hotel in just a matter of minutes - all of a sudden it went quick because of a lack of vehicles on the protocol-roads of Jakarta. I was happy that I dressed myself decently and also brought enough clothes for the coming days, however an extra blouse with long sleeves would be welcome, but that was something to be taken care of later on.

Posted in Nightlife @ 15 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Court rejects bid to make polygamy easier A bid of a businessman in Indonesia to make polygamy more easy was rejected by the constitutional court on Wednesday. Indonesia allows polygamy, but according to the current marriage law, a man can only get approval from a court to take a second wife if the first wife agrees, or if she is disabled or cannot have children.

Posted in General @ 03 October 2007 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nyepi: Bali prepares for day of silence The mostly Hindu island of Bali was preparing for the Day of Silence today, ushering the Hindu New year. Households were performing rites to purify the soul and cleanse individuals from past sins, while young men were finishing their huge papier-mache effigies of demons that will be used for parades in the streets after dusk to ward off evil. Each village will have their own noisy parade, known as Ogoh-Ogoh, before they are burned before sunrise to symbolize all evil leaving the island just before the new year.

Posted in Religion @ 18 March 2007 15:56 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


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


Indonesia considering widening polygamy ban after popular preacher takes second wife Indonesia is considering banning ministers, lawmakers and other government officials from practicing polygamy after the country's most popular Islamic preacher took a second wife, sparking renewed debate about the practice. There are no plans to outlaw polygamy all together in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Currently, men are only allowed to have a second wife if his first is an invalid, terminally ill or infertile. The regulation, however, is rarely enforced and most commentators say the practice is becoming more common.

Posted in Politics @ 07 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Husband reported to police for being lazy A husband in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta has been reported to the local authorities by his two wives for being lazy and refusing to work. Odita Rahman, 26, a jobless husband in Jakarta, was detained by North Jakarta city police after his wives Neli Simajuntak, 26, and Turaya, 31, reported that they were sick of their husband pretending to be sick to avoid working, local news agency Tempointeraktif reported today.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 November 2006 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 10 reactions


Thousands of troops guard Bush on quick trip to Indonesia U.S. President George Bush arrived in Indonesia on Monday for a quick visit amid extremely tight security. More than 18,000 troops carrying rifles have been deployed in Bogor, on the outskirts of Jakarta, where Bush will spend his entire six-hour visit at a presidential retreat.

Posted in General @ 20 November 2006 15:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Main Islamic group mulls ban on TV gossip programs Indonesia's largest Islamic movement, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), is considering issuing an edict that would ban Muslims from producing or watching popular television gossip shows, an NU official said Sunday. "It is still being debated and any final decision will have to be taken in a plenary later today," said Ali Machsan Musa, head of NU's East Java chapter.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2006 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


4 accused of plotting to ship weapons to Indonesia Four Asian businessmen plotted to buy hundreds of handguns, machine guns, Sidewinder missiles and aviation radar equipment for export to Indonesia, creating a threat to national security, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The four men - who have been charged in Detroit and Honolulu - were arrested Sunday after meeting in Hawaii with people they thought were representatives of a Detroit-area company, which authorities say the men believed would supply the military hardware. It was to be shipped to Indonesia through Singapore.

Posted in General @ 12 April 2006 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Post-tsunami baby boom on the horizon Giggling women swarm outside a little gray tent in Block D of a sprawling refugee camp. The attraction is one tiny miracle — 2-month-old Asmaul Tzuchina, swaying peacefully in a cloth hammock. The baby simply known as Tzuchi, which means “pure” in Acehnese, represents new life and hope for the women who lost children to the earthquake-spawned tsunami nearly a year ago.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 December 2005 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Idul Fitri 'losing its color' in Jakarta The fasting month of Ramadhan and Idul Fitri celebrations in Jakarta have lost much of their colorful cultural traditions, a senior citizen says. Republika daily newspaper writer Alwi Shahab remembers that Idul Fitri Eve in the 1940s and 1950s was a special time for Betawi (native Jakarta) women. Unlike on ordinary days, they were allowed to spend the evening outside their houses, tasked with buying flowers for the Lebaran decorations, Alwi said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 03 November 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amien Rais says shocked by defeat in presidential election National Assembly Speaker Amien Rais said he was shocked by his defeat in Indonesia's presidential election. With almost 104 million votes, or around 82 percent of the total, tallied after the July 5 first round of Indonesia's first direct presidential polls, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had 34 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 15 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic candidates mum on polygamy Realizing their demographic power, Islamic political parties are working hard to win women's votes in the April 5 legislative election. A no-less important strategy is avoiding sensitive issues like polygamy, permitted in Islam. Interviewed by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, Nursanita Nasution of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and Aisyah Amini of the United Development Party (PPP) said their parties would support all measures to ensure better protection for women.

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta, a city which is famous for its night life, discos, pubs has also a hidden unmasked Zorro's which we call gigolos who never show up them selves freely in normal daily life.

Posted in Culture @ 21 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian movie breaks sexual taboos A candid home-grown tale featuring gay kissing has become an unlikely box office hit in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, challenging and wowing audiences in equal measure. Playing to packed cinemas in Jakarta, "Arisan!" is a satirical comedy mocking the life of the rich in the nation's capital and tackling the taboo subject of homosexuality.

Posted in General @ 01 January 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Just as they have in the developed world, big-box hypermarkets, which are taking over the top end of the retail trade, are causing severe dislocations in the rest of Indonesia's food chain, from smaller supermarkets down to wet markets to the warungs where housewives sell cigarettes and candy out of their living room windows.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Workers can return but not with families Thousands of Indonesians expelled from Malaysia for working there illegally are allowed to return once their papers are in order, officials said yesterday, but not with their families. Thousands of foreign plantation and construction workers fled Malaysia with the expiry of an Aug 1 deadline for all illegal immigrants to leave.

Posted in General @ 10 September 2002 00:03 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


Tommy once offered Justice Syafiuddin billions of rupiah An investigation into the July 26, 2001 murder of Justice Syafiuddin Kartasasmita has revealed that fugitive Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra had once offered the judge billions of rupiah in return for ruling in favor of the convict in a 1996corruption case. Second widow of Syafiuddin, Iwa Setiawati Kartasasmita, admitted on Saturday that Tommy, the youngest son of former president Soeharto, had offered the money through his lawyers.

Posted in Crime @ 11 August 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hamzah elected Vice President Hamzah Haz was elected the country's ninth' vice president on Thursday, bringing with him renewed hope for peace with a call for political parties to come together to support President Megawati Soekarnoputri's government. Speaking before a plenary session of the People's Consultative Assembly, Hamzah said harmonious cooperation between major political parties was needed to help the nation emerge from its prolonged crisis.

Posted in Politics @ 27 July 2001 00:01 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


Gus Dur supporters burn Golkar offices The anger of President Abdurrahman Wahid's supporters boiled over on Wednesday when they torched Golkar Party offices in Surabaya, Mojokerto and Malang, all in East Java. In protest at the censuring of the President by the House of Representatives (DPR) over the Bulog and Brunei financial scandals, tens of thousands of the President's supporters continued to vent their anger publicly.

Posted in Violence @ 08 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A visit to a shopping mall always has the potential to become ugly for "Bill" and his wife, "Sita". There are the stares, the double-takes and, frequently, the hurtful comments, spoken in a stage whisper so the American and his younger Indonesian wife will be sure to hear.

Posted in General @ 05 November 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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