Some residents watched the cremation ceremony in a mass cremation ceremony in the village of Bona, Gianyar, Bali, on Saturday. A total of 80 bodies were cremated simultaneously. Photograph by The Bali Times/ANT.

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New Zealander Handed 15-Year Prison Sentence for Importing Narcotic Drug

DENPASAR ~ The Denpasar district court in Bali has sentenced 52-year-old New Zealander Antony Glen de Malmanche to 15 years’ imprisonment for illegally importing 1.602 kilograms of methamphetamine. “The defendant was proven to have violated Article 113, Paragraph 2 of Law Number 35 of 2009 on narcotic drugs for illegally importing meth,” Chief Judge Cening […]

Bali Expects Central to Fund Railway Development

DENPASAR ~ Bali provincial government wants the central government can finance the railway development surrounding the island to be used for tourism purposes. “We appeal to the central government that state-owned enterprises (BUMN) can build it later,” said Head of Regional Development Planning Board (Bappeda) of Bali Putu Astawa in Denpasar on Friday. According to […]

Police Name Margriet Suspect in Engeline Murder Case

DENPASAR ~ The Bali Police named Margriet Megawe a suspect in the Engeline murder case as the investigation team has collected enough evidence. “The investigation team has named Mrs MM a suspect based on ample initial evidence,” Bali Police Chief Inspector General Ronny Sompie said in an interview with a private television station. He, however, […]

Air Force Chief Denies Allegation of Overloading of Hercules C-130

MEDAN ~ Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Agus Supriatna denied an allegation that the Hercules C-130 plane of the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) crashed in the North Sumatra provincial capital of Medan on Tuesday due to overloading. “No, there was no overloading,” he said on Wednesday. The plane had a capacity to carry […]

Angkasa Pura I Appointed to Build Buleleng Airport

DENPASAR ~ PT Angkasa Pura I has been appointed by the central government to finance the construction of a new airport in Buleleng Regency, Bali. “Now we just need to ask for a letter of assignment from the Ministry of SOE to PT Angkasa Pura I,” said Deputy Governor of Bali, Ketut Sudikerta in Denpasar […]

Bali Governor Confirms to Refuse Geothermal Project

DENPASAR ~ Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika asserted that he consistently rejected the geothermal project plan or geothermal power plant in the area of Bedugul, Tabanan. “I never approve the project to be continued so that people do not need to restless and worry about it,” said Pastika while receiving a number of prominent observers […]

President Calls for More Tourism Promotions

JAKARTA ~ President Joko Widodo has urged for an increase in tourism promotional activities to attract more foreign and domestic tourists. “The president has asked the minister of tourism to maximize the country’s tourism promotional activities to attract more foreign tourists to Indonesia,” Chief of the Presidential Communications Team Teten Masduki said in a press […]

Bali to Increase the Visit of Tourist Interested in Yoga

DENPASAR ~ Bali Provincial Government is currently working to increase the number of tourist arrivals for the special interest segment of yoga as a tourist attraction on the island. “Yoga tourism included in the development of tourism to attract foreign tourists who want a special interest,” said Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, Anak […]

Badung to Hold Agricultural Culture Festival

MANGUPURA ~ Badung Regency Government, Bali, to hold Agricultural Culture Festival in an effort to maximize the economic management in rural areas. “Agricultural Culture Festival is held continuously every year. It is carried out in the area of Tukad Bangkung Bridge, Plaga Village, Petang District for four days, 4-7 July 2015,” said Head of Public […]

Bali Police Check 51 Witnesses for Engeline’s Case

DENPASAR ~ Investigators of Bali Regional Police and Denpasar Police has examined 51 witnesses concerning the two cases of Engeline murder case and the alleged child neglect. Bali Police Chief Inspector General Ronny Sompie in Denpasar, on Monday, explained that for the murder case handled by the Denpasar Police with suspect Agus, investigators have asked […]

Foreigners Can Only Buy Luxury Apartments’

JAKARTA ~ Foreigners will be allowed to own only luxury apartments, Finance Minister Bambang Brodjojegoro said on Wednesday. “If a regulation is issued later, foreigners will be allowed to own only luxury apartments,” he said after attending the signing of a commitment against gratification. He added that the government would first have to prepare a […]

Indonesia Asks Australia to Clarify Issue of Paying Smugglers

JAKARTA ~ Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister A.M. Fachir confirmed on Monday that Indonesia has asked for clarification over allegations that Australia paid the smugglers of refugees to make them take their passengers to Indonesia. “Yes. We found out about it and asked for clarification over the issue yesterday,” he told newsmen before heading to a […]

Bali has the Opportunity to Work on Travelers from Middle East

NUSA DUA ~ Bali has a great chance to capture a share of the tourist market from Middle East countries since several international airlines from those countries has opened a direct flight to Bali. Currently there are two foreign airlines with direct flights to the Bali which is Qatar Airways and the new one is […]

Foreign Tourist Arrivals Will Rise by 2 Million: Minister

YOGYAKARTA ~ Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya has estimated that the number of foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia will increase by 2 million annually, following the extension of the free visa policy to 30 countries in June. “It can be predicted easily. (There will be a rise of) at least 20 percent from the 10 […]

Police Summon Criminologist as Expert Witness in Engeline’s Murder Case

DENPASAR ~ The Bali Police have summoned a criminologist from the University of Indonesia (UI) Prof. Dr Ronny Rahman Nitibaskara, as an expert witness, to assist in the investigation of the alleged murder of Engeline. “The expert witness will help consolidate the investigation,” Chief of Bali Police Inspector General Ronny Sompie stated on Thursday. An […]