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Two people fight each other used thorny pandanus leaf at the Mekaré tradition or pandanus war in Dauh Tukad Tenganan Village, Karangasem, Bali, on Tuesday. The tradition was a series of local residents’ prayers as a form of honor to the God Indra or the God of War as well as the God of Prosperity.   Photograph by The Bali Times/ANT

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1,322 Kites Ready to Compete in Bali

DENPASAR ~ A total of 1,322 kites in Bali are ready to compete in the annual event that is held on 18 to 20 July 2014 in Padanggalak Beach, Sanur, Denpasar. “The kite competition will be held as many as seven series in which in each series will be held for one hour,” said Vice […]

Bali Governor Hopes a Better Image of Bali to Chinese

DENPASAR ~ Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika expected to improve the Bali’s tourism image to Chinese people following the plan of opening China consulate office on the island. “So far, there are cases in which the image of Bali tourism looks bad to China due to actions of some unscrupulous travel agents who sell a […]

Israeli Military Action Must Be Immediately Stopped

JAKARTA ~ Israeli military attacks that have claimed civilian lives in Gaza Strip, Palestine, must immediately be put to an end, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Wednesday. “Indonesia has underlined four principles to create peace and security in Gaza. First, Israeli military action must be immediately stopped,” he said at the commemoration of the […]

Two Camps of Presidential Candidates Express Optimism

JAKARTA ~ Since having cast their votes at polling stations during the presidential election, the two camps of presidential candidates are optimistic that they can win this contest. “We hope that the election runs smoothly, securely, and peacefully, and there is no fraud and intimidation,” Prabowo Subianto remarked after casting his vote at a polling […]

Balinese Dance Expected To Get UNESCO Recognition

DENPASAR ~ The Government of Indonesia through the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) is expected to propose Balinese dance to receive recognition from UNESCO. “In proposing to get the international recognition, each country is only allowed to propose one dance,” said Advisor of the Minister of Education and Culture of International Cooperation Unit, I […]

Bali Gov Hopes Elected President to Pay Attention on Security in Bali

DENPASAR ~ Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika asked the elected president candidate in the 2014 presidential election to continue to pay attention to security aspects on the island so that tourism in the region continues to run well. According to Mangku Pastika, Bali depending on the service sector, especially tourism and agriculture, is particularly vulnerable […]

Australian Man Found Hanging in His Bali Home

BANDUNG ~ An Australian man was found hanging in his house in Dalung residence of Badung District, Bali, on Saturday. Thomas Rick Michael (34) was found lifeless by his wife Restu Wilujeng at 7.39 am local time in their rented house in Banjar Dukuh, Dalung Village, North Kuta, Badung District. The couple was watching television […]

AP Proposes Route to Kuta Not Passing through Airport

KUTA ~ PT Angkasa Pura I Ngurah Rai International Airport suggested that the route to Kuta, precisely on Jalan Ngurah Rai do not pass the road at the airport because it creates traffic jam. “We expect the way to Kuta do not passing through the airport, for the road from ‘Harris’ should be one lane […]

Dozen Hectares of Rice Fields Threaten by Abrasion

NEGARA ~ Dozens of hectares of rice fields inYehembang village, Jembrana, including houses are threatened by abrasion, because the construction of coastal protection walls are not evenly distributed. “On the East and West coast the breakwater embankment has been built, but the middle section with a length of about 200 meters has not been built. […]

Election Commission Bali Set 2,9mln Voters in Final List for Presidential Election

DENPASAR ~ Bali Provincial Election Commission set the final voters list (DPT) in the province on July 9, 2014 presidential election as many as 2,942,282 voters. “The number of voters increases by 6,047 people compared with current DPT on April 9 2014 legislative election,” said Chairman of the Bali Provincial Election Commission, Dewa Raka Kade […]

Bali Police Anticipates Chaos after the Vote Count

DENPASAR ~ Bali Police have anticipated security vulnerabilities that need to be watched after the president vote count on July 9, 2014. “From analysis the one that needs to be watched over is after counting (vote),” said Bali Police Chief Inspector General Albert Julius Benny Mokalu, in Denpasar, on Tuesday. According to him, Bali Police […]

North Kuta Police Arrest Australian for Threatening Local

KUTA ~ The North Kuta Police Department, Bali, arrested an Australian citizen who had allegedly threatened a villa’s staff member on Tuesday night (July 1). “We held a rummage at ZIva and Boutique Villa in Kerobokan, Kuta, for Frofus Igor, an Australian tourist,” said Chief of North Kuta Police Adjunct Commissioner Ronny Riantoko in Kuta […]

Police Arrests Mutilation Suspect

SEMARAPURA ~ Police officer finally arrested the mutilation murder suspect at Klungkung regency. The suspect admitted the crime he had done. The mutilation perpetrator, Fikri (26), demonstrated161 scenes of the violent murder of his mistress, Diana Sari (22), both is from the West Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara Province, and throwing pieces of the victim’s body […]

Bank Indonesia Supports Ban on Dollar Transactions at Ports

JAKARTA ~ Bank Indonesia (BI) has supported the government’s order to ban transactions in US dollar at Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok Port, Senior Deputy Governor Mirza Adityaswara said here on Friday. He noted that domestic transactions must be carried out using the country’s currency in line with currency law number 7 of 2011. “The law must […]

Bali Customs Thwart Postal Package Contain Drugs Smuggling

KUTA ~ Ngurah Rai Customs officers placed at Renon Post Office, Denpasar, Bali, again foiled drugs smuggling attempt type shabu-shabu (crystal methamphetamine) by hiding it inside books via three mail packages from Malaysia. “After passing the X-ray scan machine, our officers conducted narcotics test and the clear crystals are methamphetamine,” said the Head of Regional […]