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South Java Had Been Hit By 3 Devastating Tsunamis In Past 400 Years
Monday July 31, 2006
Indonesian Palaeo-tsunami scientists of LIPI (the Indonesian Institute of Science and Research), working together with their Japanese counterparts studying the tsunami-stricken area in south Java, discovered that in the past 400 years, Pangandaran and neighbouring south coast areas had been hit by 3 devastating tsunamis. They came to this conclusion after digging through layers of soil to a depth detail

Indonesia’s New Law On Citizenship Hailed As “Revolutionary”
Monday July 24, 2006
On Tuesday 11 July, Parliament passed the new Bill on Citizenship, thus enacting it into law. And, most rarely, this time it was amidst applause from the gallery. Especially Women’s groups representing Mixed Marriages and ethnic Chinese hailed the new Law as “revolutionary”, since this Law now no longer discriminates ’s citizens based on ethnicity, race, religion, nor detail

Monday July 24, 2006
“Earthquakes are part of God’s creation to maintain the balance in the universe” said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a sermon on Saturday at Jakarta ’s largest Istiqlal mosque. The Indonesian archipelago sits astride the Eurasia , Indo-Australia and the Pacific plates that are unstable and continue to collide against one another. is also part of the Ring of detail

Indonesia Condemns Israeli Military Strikes Against Lebanon
Tuesday July 18, 2006
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday (14/7/06) urged to stop its military strikes against , which have killed at least 50 people, including women and children.   " has repeatedly called on to stop its military action. The United Nations must take action to prevent the conflict from escalating," Antara news agency quoted the President as saying.   Previously, detail

Interest Rate Cut Welcomed
Tuesday July 18, 2006
Bank Indonesia (BI) cut its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 12.25% on 6/7/06 as on-year inflation eased in June to 15.53% from 15.60% in May, winning praise from Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Boediono.     BI’s cut was "a good step", Boediono said Friday, as reported by Bloomberg News. "Hopefully, the macroeconomic conditions detail

Government To Earmark $1.1b For Production Of Bio-Fuels
Tuesday July 18, 2006
The government plans to invest an approximate $1.1 billion to develop eight bio-fuel factories and several jatropha and palm oil plantations, as part of a larger initiative to expand the bio-fuel industry, Investor Daily reported (3/7/06), as mentioned in the Trade and Investment News published by the Office of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy.     The proposed detail

Top Animal Health Official In The Department Of Agriculture Replaced
Tuesday July 18, 2006
has replaced its top official for animal health for failing to crack down on bird flu, The Straits Times reported. Sjamsul Bahri, director of animal health at the Agriculture Ministry, was removed from his post Thursday (13/7/06) after being in office for less than a year, reports the Indonesia Trade and Investment News published by the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs.   & detail

Tuesday July 18, 2006
The House of Representatives passed the Bill on Governance of the province of Aceh into Law, on Tuesday (11/7/07) allowing elections in ’s westernmost province to take place in October, according to a senior legislator involved in framing the legislation.     The Bill is aimed at cementing a peace deal signed in Helsinki last August between the National detail

South Of Java Quake And Tsunami Leave More Than 300 People Dead
Tuesday July 18, 2006
Just when most people thought that life was finally back to normal after the devastating quake that hit Yogyakarta on 27 May, - another tectonic quake of 6.8 magnitude on the Richter Scale shook the southern coast of West and Central Java, at 15.24 hrs. yesterday, Monday, 17 July. This time, the quake was followed by a 5 meter tsunami wave, destroying homes along large swaths of coastline, west detail

New Financial Policy Package Issued
Monday July 10, 2006
To accelerate economic development, the Government has recently issued the Financial Policy Package on 6th July 2006, which is the third in a series of Economic Package Policies, following the Investment Package and the Infrastructure Package, said Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Boediono. The Financial Policy Package aims to streamline working relations between the Government and ’s detail

Kalimantan’s Primary Forests Disappearing Rapidly
Monday July 10, 2006
Kalimantan’s precious primary forests has been disappearing rapidly, which is the main cause for the recent flooding and erasions that have swept villages in South, Central and East Kalimantan, said Director of Greenomics Indonesia, Elfian Effendi last Tuesday, 4 July, as reported by Kompas daily.       The Ecological safety of Kalimantan (’s side of the detail

Garuda Must Restructure, Downsize And Streamline Now
Monday July 10, 2006
Minister for Transportation, Hatta Rajasa has instructed the management of Garuda to take immediate measures to rescue the airline, which are conditional to the government bailing out the ailing airline from its debts.  The government plans to take over Garuda debts through a debt-to-equity swap with other State-owned enterprises.     The four conditions are:(1) cut down detail

VAT Refunds Soon For Tourist Shopping
Monday July 10, 2006
In a bid to boost tourist arrivals to , visitors may soon be given refunds on VAT on purchases made in the country, said Director General for Taxations, Darmin Nasution. Its application now only awaits the enactment on the Revised Bill on Taxations that is now before Parliament, reports the Kompas daily.     The Law provides that VAT refunds will be given on minimum purchases detail

January – May Visitor Arrivals Down 8.77%
Monday July 10, 2006
Visitor arrivals to during the first five months of 2006 were down by 8.77% compared to January-May last year, reported the newly appointed Head of the National Statistics Bureau, Rusman Hertawan. Comparing May to April, there was a slight increase of 0.89%, which was brought about by improved arrivals at Juanda airport in Surabaya , up 18.89%;  up 6.18% at Polonia airport, Medan , detail

Monday July 10, 2006
The weekend of the 1st of July, President Yudhoyono, accompanied by a number of cabinet ministers, went for a retreat at the Losari Coffee Plantation Resort and Spa at Magelang, Central Java . Their purpose was to develop a national blue print on the production and distribution of bio-energy.      Emerging from their retreat on Sunday, the President informed the press detail

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