Bribery allegation in Paiton project denied JAKARTA (JP): Tycoon Hashim Djojohadikusumo denied on Thursday
that independent power producer PT Paiton Energy used bribery to
secure its controversial power purchase contract with state-owned
electricity company PT PLN. More ...
Navy opens blockade in Maluku waters JAKARTA (JP): The Navy has imposed a blockade in Maluku waters
to help prevent the spread of violence in the area and expedite
evacuations, which have transported some 17,500 people in less
than a week. More ...
Police arrest member of gang of ax-wielding robbers JAKARTA (JP): A young man in his twenties was arrested shortly
after he smashed a motorist's car window and grabbed the latter's
cell phone in a daylight robbery on Jl. Kramat Bundar of Senen
subdistrict in Central Jakarta on Wednesday. More ...
Muslims prepare to mark Idul Fitri on Saturday JAKARTA (JP): The estimated 9 million Muslims in Jakarta are
preparing to celebrate the arrival of Idul Fitri with mass
prayers on Saturday.As is customary, the Idul Fitri morning prayer will take place
at about 7 a.m. More ...
Fatwa's name restored, salary reimbursed JAKARTA (JP): Governor Sutiyoso on Thursday officially
restored the good name of Muslim scholar Andi Mappetahang Fatwa,
who lost his position in the city administration in 1979 for his
opposition to the ruling New Order regime. More ...
Local cinemas awash in quality films JAKARTA (JP): For this the second weekend of 2000, local movie
houses are still abounding with good taste. We have an Oscar
winner, quality entertainment for kids and a new, East-meets-West
love story. More ...
11 foreigners to be deported JAKARTA (JP): The Central Jakarta Immigration Office will soon
deport nine Indians and two Sri Lankans for overstaying and
possessing fake Indonesian Temporary Staying Permits (KITAS), an
official said on Wednesday. More ...
Idul Fitri travelers make hay while the sun shinesBy Stevie Emilia JAKARTA (JP): Packed train stations are a common sight these
days as people get ready to leave town to celebrate Idul Fitri
back home. More ...
Nirwan Bakrie sued at commercial court JAKARTA (JP): PT Sinar Mas Multifinance has filed a bankruptcy
suit with the Jakarta Commercial Court against prominent
businessman Nirwan D. Bakrie for his allegedly unfulfilled
personal guarantee of over Rp 60 billion (US$8. More ...
Generals' lawyers to visit East Timor JAKARTA (JP): Lawyers defending Army generals under scrutiny
for their alleged involvement in the East Timor debacle will
visit the territory on Jan. 16 to prove their clients' innocence. More ...
Amien slams rights body for apathy on Maluku woes JAKARTA (JP): With violence in Maluku continuing unabated,
People's Consultative Assembly Speaker Amien Rais lashed out at
the National Commission on Human Rights on Thursday for turning a
blind eye to the bloodshed. More ...
Storm wrecks 40 houses in C. Java SEMARANG: Heavy rain and strong winds lashed three villages in
Kranggan district, Central Java, on Thursday causing damage to 40
houses."The three villages are Kranggan, Badran and Pendowo. More ...
Hotel industry sees better growth for 2000 JAKARTA (JP): Jakarta's hotel industry is projected to see a
between five percent and 10 percent growth in room occupancy
rates this year due to increasing business activity, an analyst
said earlier this week. More ...
Busy Idul Fitri for President, Vice President JAKARTA (JP): President Abdurrahman Wahid and the first family
will hold four open-house sessions at Merdeka Palace on the first
day of the post-fasting month Idul Fitri holiday to receive well-
wishers, including members of the public. More ...
Where to go in Jakarta: Friday, Jan. 7, 2000Exhibitions * Handicraft Exhibition: Cinderamata Nusantara, at Galeri
Kampoeng Seni, in Metropolitan Mal, Bekasi, Jan. 7. Dances and
music performance, every Monday, Thursday, at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. More ...
From Irian Jaya to Papua I refer to the article in The Jakarta Post, Jan. 2, 2000
entitled President changes Irian Jaya's name to Papua.Prior to 2000, President Abdurrahman Wahid announced that the
name of the Irian Jaya province would be Papua. More ...
Analysts back Gus Dur on removing Sjahril JAKARTA (JP): Analysts support President Abdurrahman Wahid's
move to replace Bank Indonesia governor Sjahril Sabirin, but
major factions at the House of Representatives have yet to give a
response to his proposal. More ...
11 die as bus falls into ravine SUBANG, West Java: Eleven people were killed and 15 others
injured when a bus heading for Central Java from Jakarta plunged
into 30-meter deep ravine in Subang on Thursday. More ...
Garuda offers free hotel JAKARTA (JP): Passengers flying business class with Garuda to
Jakarta from Padang, Banjarmasin, Batam, Manado, Jayapura, Biak
or Ampenan will get a free one-night stay at Sahid Hotel or
Aryaduta Hotel upon arrival in Jakarta. More ...
Prabowo makes secret visit to capital JAKARTA (JP): Lt. Gen. (ret) Prabowo Subianto, the disgraced
former chief of the Army Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad),
left Jakarta on Thursday after a brief and highly secretive visit
here, his friends said on Thursday. More ...
Suspected arms supplier dies from beating in Aceh BANDA ACEH, Aceh (JP): A military police officer who was
detained for selling arms to the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) has
died from severe head and bodily injuries, a hospital
administrator said.The director of Tapak Tuan Hospital in South Aceh, T.M. More ...
Patience and fairness neededFrom Rakyat MerdekaThe regrettable Ambon clashes have not only resulted in many
people being killed, but also giving the image of Indonesia as a
violent nation. In fact, we were known as a patient, polite and
hospitable nation. More ...
EU-NATO fates entwined, paths divergent?By Douglas Hamilton BRUSSELS (Reuters): Strategic imperatives are pulling the West
further eastwards towards Asia, stretching thin the aspirations
of today's European Union (EU) for deeper political integration. More ...
Pick of the Flicks (for Friday, Jan. 7, 2000)Hollywood KC
Anna And The King 13:45 16:30 20:15
Wishmaster 2 14:55 17:35 21:55
The World Is Not Enough 14:15 16:55 21:15
The Last Marshal 14:55 17:35 21:55
Good Will Hunting ... More ...
Observers back Gus Dur's assessment of police JAKARTA (JP): Military and police observers cautiously
supported President Abdurrahman Wahid's statement on the National
Police's role and duties.Army Lt. Gen. (ret) Hasnan Habib, former National Police chief
Gen. More ...
Three Iranians stranded in Merauke MERAUKE, Irian Jaya: Three Iranians have been stranded in the
town of Merauke since November awaiting financial aid from the
Iranian embassy in Jakarta, Antara reported on Thursday. More ...
Ancol puts on holiday programs JAKARTA (JP): Ancol Dreamland in North Jakarta is putting on
various programs for the entertainment of city residents during
the post-fasting Idul Fitri holiday, an official said on
Wednesday. More ...
The 1990s: Ten years full of turbulenceBy Larry Elliott LONDON: It is the end of 1989. the British prime minister
Thatcher enjoying her last Christmas in power, George Bush snugly
ensconced in the White House, the Berlin Wall lying in rubble,
the Iron Curtain a tattered shroud for communism. More ...
Alwi out to reshape ambassadorial picks JAKARTA (JP): Foreign minister Alwi Shihab said on Thursday he
would prefer non-career diplomats to occupy only between 5
percent and 15 percent of all ambassadorships abroad. More ...
Stock quotations on JSXStock prices on the Jakarta Stock Exchange (in rupiah) on Jan. 6, 1999: Shares Close Change Trading Volume
Ades Alfindo ... More ...
Holiday exodus reaches its peak JAKARTA (JP): Thousands of people anxious to travel home to
celebrate Idul Fitri are flocking to the city's major intercity
bus terminals and railway stations, two days before the Muslim
post-fasting celebrations begin. More ...
Government declares Idul Fitri to fall Jan. 8 JAKARTA (JP): The government announced on Thursday evening
that Idul Fitri would fall on Saturday, but two small
organizations in Semarang and Surabaya decided to celebrate the
post-fasting month holiday one day earlier. More ...
Jakarta's street children treated to classical concert JAKARTA (JP): The city's street children will get a rare treat
of quality classical music at a charity concert at Erasmus Huis,
Kuningan, South Jakarta, next week.The show on Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. More ...
Russia's democracy lags its neighbors'By Paul Taylor LONDON (Reuters): From Warsaw to Sofia and Tallinn to
Ljubljana, parliamentary democracy has taken root and flourished
across formerly communist central Europe in the decade since the
Berlin Wall fell. More ...
Indonet's service Just a year ago I wrote a letter about Indonet in this column,
which seems to be the Consumers' Court of Last Resort when pleas
directly to providers of goods and especially services do not get
a response. More ...
What should a Vice President do?By Akmal Djamaran JAKARTA (JP): A daily newspaper once regarded as a staunch
supporter of Megawati Soekarnoputri and her nationalist party,
the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan),
recently published an article with a cartoon entitled ... More ...
The search for common groundBy Irawan Abidin THE VATICAN: The images of Indonesia in the minds of most
people all over the world today are those that have been provided
by mass media: riots, ethnic violence, violations of human
rights, and intractable secessionist movements. More ...
MAF halts services in Jayawijaya WAMENA, Irian Jaya: The Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has
suspended flights to remote areas in Jayawijaya district, Irian
Jaya, due to reckless behavior from local residents which is
threatening the safety of the flights and their passengers. More ...