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Some residents threw ketupat (rice cakes boiled in plaited young coconut leaves) towards other residents in the tradition of Ketupat War at Puseh Temple, Kapal Village, Badung, Bali, on Tuesday. The annual tradition is held by the local people as an act of gratitude to God Almighty for the fertility of agricultural land and has been given a plentiful harvest. Photograph by The Bali Times/ANT

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British Man Found Dead, Murder Suspected Planned by Wife

DENPASAR ~ A British man found murdered in Bali. The bodies were identified as Robert Kelvin Ellis, 60, who also has Australian passport. Head of the Criminal Investigation Unit of Badung Police Assistant Commissioner Wisnu Wardana said that police have secured one suspect and also the victim’s wife, Julaikah Noor Aini (45) is alleged to […]

Presidential Inauguration Reflects Indonesia’s Image

JAKARTA ~ October 20, 2014, millions of Indonesians witnessed the inauguration of its seventh president, entrepreneur-turned-politician Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Jokowi, 53, was mayor of Central Java’s town of Solo, from 2005 to 2012. He won the Jakarta gubernatorial election in 2012. And after two years as Jakarta’s governor, in July 2014 he decided to run […]

Sea Sand Thief Fined IDR5 Million

NEGARA ~ The Village customary of Yehembang and Yehembang Kangin, Jembrana, fined Rp5 million to thief of sea sand, complete with the apology ceremony in some temples. “We want to provide a deterrent effect to the perpetrators and they to pay a fine of Rp 5 million, and do ceremony in some temples,” said the […]

Governor Pastika Takes Steps Related to Village Law

DENPASAR ~ Bali Governor, Made Mangku Pastika take immediate measures against the decision of the Director General of Rural Community Empowerment (PMD) of the Ministry of the Interior Tarmizi A.Karim which authorizes the Bali concerning Law No. 6 2014 on the Village Law. “Governor Pastika has reassemble related parties consisting of members of Parliament and […]

Bali Election Commission Postpones Simultaneous Local Election

DENPASAR ~ Regional Election Commission (KPUD) of Bali decided to postpone the implementation of the Bali local elections simultaneously in six regencies, one city on the island, which previously scheduled to take place in May 2015. “For the meanthime, we postpone it to avoid confusion,” said Chairman of the Election Commission of Bali, Dewa Raka […]

No Efforts to Thwart Jokowi’s Inauguration: Intelligence

JAKARTA ~ Head of the National Intelligence Agency (BIN) Lieutenant General Marciano Norman said there had not been any information to date on efforts to thwart the presidential inauguration of Joko Widodo. “Based on intelligence data, there has not been any effort to thwart the presidential inauguration,” Marciano stated during his visit to the People’s […]

Families of Victims Commemorate First Bali Bombing

KUTA ~ Families of the victims of the first Bali bombing and a number of foreign tourists commemorated the 12th anniversary of the tragedy by conducting prayers and sowing flowers at a monument at Legian, Kuta, Badung District, Bali, Sunday. At around 08.30 am local time, representatives of the victims’ families accompanied by the Governor […]

Bali Customs and Excise Foiled Smuggling of 1.178 Grams of Meth

KUTA ~ Customs and Excise Office of Ngurah Rai, Bali, managed to fail methamphetamine smuggling attempts through international cargo package at I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport. “This time we busted three packages transferred from abroad to Denpasar via courier service which is on 28 September, 30 September, and 30 October 2014,” said the Head Office […]

Interfaith Community Echoing Peace in Bali

DENPASAR ~ Thousands of participants from a number of elements of the interfaith community gathered at Monument of Bajra Sandhi, Renon, Denpasar, performing “Echoes of Peace” in the middle of the national situation and conditions in various parts of the world with many conflicts. “Peace and harmony does not fall from the sky for granted, […]

85 Countries to Participate in Bali Democracy Forum VII

NUSA DUA ~ At least 85 countries, including eight international non-governmental organizations and observers, joins the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) VII in Nusa Dua, Bali Province, to discuss the development of democracy in the Asia-Pacific region. “ 85 countries will join the BDF VII, and four state leaders to attend the meeting on October 10-11, […]

Pastika Asks Hotel Development to be Based on THK Concept

KUTA ~ Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika asked for any development of tourism facilities including hotels in Bali  based on the concept of Tri Hita Karana (THK), harmonization of the human relationship with God, nature and human beings. “Basic development in Bali is Tri Hita Karana. All activities in Bali must have THK  nuance, moreover  […]

Jasri Village on the List of the 2014 Best Tourism Village

AMLAPURA ~ Karangasem regency, Bali now able to get up and reduce poverty through the development of the tourism sector, even Pakraman (custom village) of Jasri was able to achieve the national award of Best Tourism Village 2014. Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu who visited the regency to present the award […]

17 Dead as “Jabal Nur” Ship Sinks in Bali Strait

JAKARTA ~ The National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB) has deployed a helicopter to evacuate victims from the Jabal Nur sinking ship after 17 passengers died in north Bali Strait on Tuesday. “The Jabal Nur ship sank in Bali Strait on Tuesday (Oct 7),” the BNPB chairman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a written statement on […]

Pastika Conducts Unannounced Visit to the Elementary Students Learning on the floor

DENPASAR ~ Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika made unannounced visits to monitor directly the condition of the students in the Elementary School 3 in Sesetan, Denpasar, after reported studying on the floor. Pastika directly got into the classrooms used by children of class II, they studied on the mat and a small table that were […]

Increase Recorded In Departures from Bali Airport

DENPASAR ~ The Ngurah Rai airport of Denpasar, Bali, recorded a 1.35 percent increase in departures in international flights in August over the previous month. There were 2,258 flights with 401,885 passengers leaving Bali for various cities in other countries in August up from 2,228 flights in July, 2014, the provincial office of the Central […]