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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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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 […]

Ubud Watch Discuss Security with the Gianyar Regent

GIANYAR ~ Six members of the expatriate community of Ubud Watch held a meeting with Gianyar Regent, Anak Agung Gde Agung Bharata discussed security and the environment in Ubud, on Thursday. The meeting involved members of Ubud Watch Community, Bali Spirit Festival founder Kadek Gunatha and Head of Tourism Division Gianyar Regency Anak Agung Ari […]

Bali Awarded The Best Island in Asia

DENPASAR ~ Bali again won the award as the best island in Asia in 2014 from international tourism magazine, Travel + Leisure. Vice Governor of Bali, I Ketut Sudikerta said that the award as the form of international trust towards commitment of the Provincial Government of Bali with tourism communities in promoting tourism in Bali. […]

Indonesia Wants to Be the Paradise of MICE Tourism

JAKARTA ~ Indonesia wants to be the paradise of Meeting Incentive Convention and Exhibition (MICE). This could happen because Indonesia has a number of supporting tourism destinations as main resource of that achievement. “Indonesia has number of natural tourism destinations, marine, ecotourism, that is the main resource that can lead Indonesia to be paradise of […]

Germans Arrested after Smuggles Cocaine by Swallowing It

KUTA ~ Office of Customs and Excise Service of Ngurah Rai Bali arrested a German citizen who attempted to smuggle cocaine by swallowing it. “Before examined, the suspect was hiding in the toilet for almost an hour,” said Daily Official of Surveillance and Customs Service of Ngurah Rai Djarot Utomo in Kuta, Badung regency on […]

75 Dogs in Bali are Identified Positively Suffer Rabies

DENPASAR ~ About 75 dogs over nine regencies and one city in Bali has been identified positive for rabies based on data from January to September 2014. The amount that has been recorded in the Department of Animal Husbandry and Animal Health of Bali Province so the department continues to hold vaccination and monitoring or […]