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We are planning to conduct a 3-day workshop on Strategic Thinking & Planning for Developing Business Plan: Mapping Out the Challenges in 2014.


The workshop is scheduled on 30,31 October - 1 November 2013 to be held at Harmoni Hotel. It will be practical and hands-on session. If you are interested in having the brochure, please email your request to customerservic
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Kitty posted Aug 2 '11 at 2:29 am
Tan Kin Lian to visit Batam on Sunday




PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Tan Kin Lian will be visiting Batam on Sunday to do interviews with the local press there, according to his campaign office.


In a statement sent to The Straits Times, his office said that the interviews will give Mr Tan an opportunity to 'extend greetings, on behalf of Singaporeans, to the people of Batam as Ind
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PLN Dumai, Riau to build undersea power lines


Dumai, Riau (ANTARA News) - Dumai state-owned electricity company (PT PLN) in Riau province, in a grand design will build an undersea power line in the Malacca strait, linking the islands in the Riau coastal areas, Dumai PLN chief Rasyid Naja said.


"This is our attempt to ensure power supply for the people, especially those who live
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1500 batam taxis go on strike against introduction of metered taxis


Does anyone have any direct info about this?

1.500 Sopir Taksi di Batam Mogok Kerja

Chaidir Anwar Tanjung - detikNews


Batam - Sekitar 1.500 sopir taksi di Batam mogok kerja dan berdemo di Kantor Walikota Batam. Mereka memprotes rencana kemunculan taksi baru dengan model argo yang dikhawatirkan akan
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Malaysia police detain 105 Indonesian migrants


KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIAN marine police say they have detained 105 illegal immigrants from Indonesia who were trying to sneak out of the country on a boat.


Marine police official N.Kalai Chelvan says the 89 men and 16 women were caught early on Tuesday off southern Johor state after a 30-minute boat chase. He says the boat's driver,
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1105 athletes take part in the Bintan Triathlon



Participants Bintan Triathlon 2011 for the category of the prestigious Olympic distance race on the beach after the release Nirwana Gardens Resort, Lagoi, Bintan, Riau Islands, Saturday (21 / 5). Bintan Triathlon 2011 followed by 1105 athletes from 15 countries who competed in the category of Olympic, Sprint, Young, kids and Fun Duo Cha
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Kitty posted May 13 '11 at 8:43 am


Batam (ANTARA News) - Over 2,500 foreign tourists visited Batam city in the first quarter of 2011, up 4.03 percent from a year earlier.


The increase was the result of improving global economy and stable domestic security conditions, Head of the Batam City Tourism and Culture Office Yusfa Hendri said here on Thursday.


"When the economic crisis engulfed (many parts of the wo
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Guess whose turn to get hammered? Immigration Blitzkrieg Continues


YES, last week it was our turn to come under the attention of the team from Immigrasi.


Purely a coincidence, of course, and nothing to do with the report on Immigration activities which appeared in our previous newsletter (4 February).


The outcomes -

Two nights locked up in the Immigration detentio
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IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS DEMANDING BIG PAY-OFFS FOR MINOR BREACHES


EXPATS OPERATING businesses or consulting services in Batam are being alerted to be aware of a cabal of Immigration officials currently seeking to extort money over trivial or inconsequential technical breaches of Visa rules.

“We seem to be seeing a sudden rash of exploitative ‘errors’,” said cor
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Sword-bearing pirates foiled by Indonesian Navy


by Fadli, The Jakarta Post, Batam


An Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) patrol boat foiled a piracy attempt on Tuesday night in the Malacca Strait, somewhere between Indonesia and Singapore.


The attempt was made by a group of men armed only with swords.


Batam TNI AL naval base commander Col. Iwan Isnurwanto told The Jakarta
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KuKuKaChu posted Feb 1 '11 at 1:35 am
Singapore Straits held in Indonesia


Although the regatta is a SingaporeSailing event and this year Raffles Marina are the organisers, the entire event is run from Nongsa Point Marina Resort in Batam, Indonesia. This bold new racing format was experimented with last year and comes as a result of an over reactive Singapore Port Authority claiming that is not safe for yachts to race through
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The Neptune Regatta : Something new to somewhere old...


The idea of a race to the equator has been floating around for a few years but it took a concentrated effort by John Tudor and his friends to bring it to reality. As the power boats don't have organised events, it was decided to incorporate them into the fold as well. So the inaugural Neptune Regatta was born and the team got excite
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KuKuKaChu posted Dec 27 '10 at 10:45 pm
Thieves go on spree in Batam


The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network



Five houses were ransacked in Batam while police were busy working to safeguard Christmas Eve celebrations on Saturday.


Three of the houses were in the Kurnia Djaja Alam housing complex, and the other two were in the Plamo Garden complex.


Among the items stolen were LCD televisions, laptops, je
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Vietnamese boats intercepted in Natuna waters


JAKARTA: National Police patrol boats, Bisma 520 and Jalak 635, intercepted 16 Vietnamese boats, arresting their 157 crew members in Natuna waters in Riau Islands, allegedly for illegal fishing.


Bisma 520 towed eight boats to Batam, arriving this morning, and Jalak 635 towed another eight boats to West Kalimantan.


Bisma 520
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Dora posted Dec 14 '10 at 4:44 am
in a series of anniversary of Batam to-181, the Goverment of Batam City will hold Choir Festival. The event will be held on the anniversary of Batam on 18 December 2010 at Mega Mall Batam Center... (a source)


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Max posted Dec 9 '10 at 2:18 am
I would like to express my feelings about what i think is a total screw up on the side of the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal & Mall. Firstly the Ferry Terminal was a very good idea. With the check in counter located in the centre of the food court close to the terminal. Excellent job....Then some idiot (Probably a Singaporean) with more money than sense decided to build a mall. Now the Ferry termi
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Actor Arrested on Rape Allegations in Batam


Jakarta. Police detained actor Robby Shine after he allegedly molested a 13-year-old girl he had met at the Indonesian Film Festival (FFI) event in Batam on Saturday.


Robby was scheduled to present at the FFI nomination ceremony where he met “S.” According to the police, she was a fan of his.


“The suspect too
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Indonesian Traffickers Busted After Maid Raped and Beaten in Malaysia


by Farouk Arnaz


Jakarta. The National Police anti-trafficking unit arrested a couple for trafficking a housemaid to Penang, Malaysia, who was subsequently beaten and raped by her employers there, a police source said on Wednesday.

“We arrested Karmin Sembiring and his wife, Uli Basana Barus, three
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