Three days after flash floods and landslides killed at least 80 people in East Java province, about 250 people are feared dead after floodwaters and a mudslide devastated a village in neighboring Central Java province shortly before dawn on Wednesday (4/1/06).
Laksamana.Net - A court in Aceh province has sentenced anti-corruption campaigner Farid Faqih to one year in jail for stealing tsunami relief aid from the military.
Judges at Jantho District Court, near the provincial capital Banda Aceh, on Thursday (23/6/05) said Faqih (51) was guilty of violating two articles of the Criminal Code by "taking goods owned by other people or parties without their permission". In addition to the jail sentence, he was ordered to pay court costs of Rp1,000.
Laksamana.Net - The government hopes to reduce the number of poor people by 50% in five years, from 36 million at present to 18 million in 2010, says a senior minister.
"The number of the poor in the country now reached 36.1 million, which is 1.6% of the total population of 210 million, down from 37.34 million in 2003, or 17.42% of the total population," Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Alwi Shihab was quoted as saying Tuesday (17/5/05) by state news agency Antara.
Laksamana.Net - Unidentified gunmen have staged a pre-dawn attack on a Mobile Brigade (Brimob) police post on Seram island, Maluku province, resulting in the deaths of five police officers, one civilian and one of the attackers, officials said Monday (16/5/05).
The attack occurred at about 3am in remote Loki village, West Seram district, when an estimated six attackers opened fire at the post, where 14 Brimob personnel were sleeping.
Laksamana.Net - The government plans to lift Aceh's civil emergency status but there will be no withdrawal of state troops from the province, where seven alleged rebels were reported killed in the latest violence.
Agence France-Presse quoted an unnamed military officer as saying seven members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) were killed in two separate clashes in Bireuen and North Aceh districts on Thursday (12/5/05).
Laksamana.Net - The Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) says it will form a special team to study whether to lift Aceh province's civil emergency status, which was imposed last year to deal with a long-running separatist rebellion.
"The team will study whether or not it is possible to change the current status when it expires on May 18," TNI commander General Endriartono Sutarto was quoted as saying Wednesday (11/5/05) by state news agency Antara.
Laksamana.Net - Indonesia and the US have signed an agreement to reconstruct a highway on the western coast of tsunami-devastated Aceh province at a cost of $245 million.
The agreement was signed in Aceh on Sunday (8/5/05) by visiting US Deputy State Secretary Robert Zoellick to support reconstruction efforts in the province following the December 26 earthquake and tsunamis that killed at least 130,000 people and left 500,000 homeless.
Laksamana.Net - Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono has brushed aside concerns that recent floods could lead to a rice shortage in Indonesia later this year.
"There is no indication that we will face rice shortage this year," he was quoted as saying Tuesday (3/5/05) by state news agency Antara.
He said Indonesia did not have to import rice from other countries because domestic product of unhusked rice at the end of this year is predicted to reach 53 million tons.
Laksamana.Net - Indonesia is opposing United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan's proposal to abolish the UN Human Rights Commission and replace it with a smaller Human Rights Council that would meet year-round and have its membership restricted to countries that "abide by the highest human rights standards".
Indonesia's rejection was voiced the country's deputy permanent representative to the UN, Adiyatwidi Adiwoso Asmady, during a meeting of UN officials in New York on Monday (2/5/05).
Laksamana.Net - The Indonesian government is preparing to hand the task of managing and monitoring the reconstruction of tsunami-devastated Aceh province and Nias island to a new board, with primary responsiblity resting with an as yet unestablished implementation board.
A Mammoth Task
The National Planning Board (Bapenas) and the National Coordination Board (Bakornas) have been working closely with the President and Vice President to direct the massive relief and reconstruction effort in Aceh province and Nias island, North Sumatra, where more than 240,000 people are dead or missing …
Laksamana.Net - The Indonesian military says its had shot dead seven separatists in Aceh province, despite claims of progress in recent peace talks between the government and the rebels.
Laksamana.Net - The government has tasked the Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) to monitor the rebuilding of tsunami-devastated Aceh province to ensure that huge inflows of foreign aid are not misused.
Laksamana.Net - Foreign aid groups have welcomed the government's decision to allow them to spend two more months in tsunami-devastated Aceh province before foreigners not involved in construction projects are barred from the province.
There had been concerns the government would reinstate its ban on foreigners in the province, where state troops have for years been waging war against separatist rebels.
On late Thursday (17/3/05) the government announced it was extending a March 26 deadline for the withdrawal of foreign aid groups by two months.
Indonesia and leaders of Aceh's separatist movement will resume talks next week to discuss limited autonomy for the resource-rich but impoverished province.
Up to 150,000 children in Aceh and North
Sumatra provinces are believed to have lost their parents in the devastating
December earthquake and tsunamis, says Vice President Jusuf Kalla.
"Only God knows the exact number of the casualties, but the children who lost their parents could reach 150,000," he was quoted as saying Saturday (5/2/05) by state news agency Antara.
He said at least 20,000 of the children lost not only their parents but also all other family members and relatives.
Laksamana.Net - Indonesia says it will continue military operations against separatist rebels in tsunami-devastated Aceh province until the two sides can agree to the terms of a peace deal.
Talks between the government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) ended inconclusively last week, but the two parties agreed to resume negotiations in February.
The main stumbling block is that GAM wants any truce to lead to a referendum on secession, whereas the government is only prepared to offer limited autonomy that will preserve Indonesian sovereignty.
Laksamana.Net - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday (27/1/05) offered wide-ranging autonomy and other concessions to separatist rebels in Aceh province, while peace talks between the government and rebel leaders commenced in Finland.
Protesters from Aceh have urged the government to revise its March 26 timeframe for the withdrawal of foreign troops conducting relief operations in the tsunami-devastated province.
The government will seek at least $3.3 billion in new loans from the Consultative Group on Indonesia (CGI), a grouping of donor governments, international financial institutions and United Nations agencies, officials said Wednesday (19/1/05).
"In our initial calculation, we will propose $3.3 billion in loans, the amount breaking down into $2.8 billion for the 2005 state budget and $500 or $600 million for non-state budget purposes," Coordinating Minister for the Economy Aburizal Bakrie was quoted as saying by state news agency Antara.
The cataclysmic earthquake and tsunamis in northern Sumatra caused estimated losses of Rp42.7 trillion ($4.5 billion) - representing 2.2% of national gross domestic product (GDP) and 97% of Aceh's GDP, according to a government report released Wednesday (19/1/05).
National Development Planning Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati outlined the losses in a press statement on damage assessment and recovery strategies for Aceh and North Sumatra.
She called for the transparent and accountable use of rehabilitation funds, with the people of Aceh to be at the center of recovery …