Hundreds of people lined up to cleanse themselves with water at the Banyu Pinaruh ceremony in Tirta Empul temple, Tampaksiring, Bali, on Sunday. Banyu Pinaruh is believed as a good time to cleanse self spiritually. Photograph by The Bali Times/ANT

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Bali Tourism Remains Promising

DENPASAR ~ Bank Indonesia Representative Office of Bali Province stated that the tourism sector on the island still remains promising despite the current slowdown in global economic growth. “The potential for the development of tourism in Bali is still very promising,” said Head of Bali Provincial Representative of Bank Indonesia Dewi Setyowati in Denpasar on […]

Indonesia Will Accept Many Foreign Workers by 2030: Labor Ministry

BATAM ~ The Ministry of Labor and Transmigration has estimated that Indonesia will begin to accept foreign workers in large numbers by 2030 for lower-level labor markets that are no longer filled by Indonesian workers. “International institutions predicted that by 2030, Indonesia will rank fifth to seventh among the best economies of the world. Therefore, […]

Australia PM Rules Out Resettling Asian Boat Migrants

SYDNEY ~ Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Thursday ruled out helping resettle the wave of migrants fleeing to Southeast Asia, saying it would worsen the problem and “encourage people to get on boats”. Abbott, whose conservative government employs tough measures to stop boatpeople, said Australia “will do absolutely nothing that gives any encouragement to anyone […]

President Joko Widodo Urges People to Be Patient

JAKARTA ~ President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has appealed to Indonesians to be patient about the government achieving its development targets as they need time to process. “Change is difficult, not comfortable,” he said at a jamboree of his volunteers’ communities in Cibubur on Saturday. According to the president, there are a number of aspects that […]

Denpasar Police Investigates Controller of Online Prostitution

DENPASAR ~ Police of Denpasar, Bali, immediately investigates a woman with initial I, suspected of controlling online prostitution. According to the Chief of Denpasar Police Commissioner Pol Anak Agung Made Sudana, the police will send a letter to the Regional Bali Office of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights to obtain a permit on […]

Murderer of an Englishmen Asks Prosecutor to Cancel the Demand

DENPASAR ~ Murderer of an Englishmen Julaikah Noor Aini, through his attorney requested the Denpasar District Court Judge cancels any claim of Public Prosecutor. In the agenda of defense plea in Denpasar on Tuesday, the defendant’s legal adviser, Nyoman Wisnu said that prosecutor demand is only accumulated from disappointment of Noor Aini against victims that […]

Bali Can Dominate MICE Tourism Market in AEC

DENPASAR ~ Bali has a great chance of dominating the Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Exhibition (MICE) market of Southeast Asia in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015, creative industry expert Yoris Sebastian said. “Bali should take the AEC opportunity. As capital circulation increases, Bali will be the preferred host for MICE,” Sebastian stated here on […]

Russian Gets 16 Years for Importing Methamphetamine

DENPASAR ~ A Russian woman was sentenced to 16 years in jail here on Monday after being convicted of illegally importing two kilograms of methamphetamine. Magnaeva Aleksandra (26) was also fined Rp10 billion, failing to pay which her sentence will be extended for another six months. “The defendant was validly and convincingly proven guilty of […]

Tax Holiday for Up To 15 Years: Finance Minister

JAKARTA ~ Finance Minister Bambang Brdojonegoro said the government plans to extend the validity of tax holiday to 15 years from a maximum of 10 years at present. The government offers incentives called Tax Holiday for big investments, labor intensive investment and investment in eastern Indonesia. “Not more than 15 years,” the minister said after […]

The Public Should Report any Spatial Abuses

DENPASAR ~ Bali provincial government asked the community to actively participate in reporting and overseeing if there is violation on spatial. “Spatial violation could happen in the high population of our area of about 4.2 million people,” said Head of Regional Development Planning Board (Bappeda) of Bali Putu Astawa, while giving speech at Podium of […]

Murderer of an Englishman Sued for 15 Years in Prison

DENPASAR ~ Julaikah Noor Aini or Nur Elis the murderer of Englishman who has Australia passport, Robert Kevin Ellis, was sued 15 years in prison. In a trial in Denpasar District Court on Tuesday, Public Prosecutor Raka Arimbawa said that the defendant, who is also the wife of the victim, was found guilty for premeditated […]

Foreign Investors Prepare IDR13 Trillion for Bali

DENPASAR ~ Head of Investment and Licensing Department of Bali, Ida Bagus Made Parwata said a number of foreign investors to the first three months of/ 2015, has set up their capital reached IDR13 trillion to be invested in the island. “In general, for the first quarter, permits that is issued by the Investment Coordinating […]

Execution of Australian Convicts Will Not Affect Tourism in Bali

DENPASAR ~ Chairman of the Association of Travel Agency (Asita) Bali Ketut Ardana stated that executions of two convicted Australian citizen will not affect tourism on the island. “The turmoil is temporary and it does not represent the whole of Australians,” he said in Denpasar on Wednesday. According to him, the criticism from some officials […]

Indonesia Stops Sending Migrant Workers to 21 Middle Eastern Nations

JAKARTA ~ The government has decided to stop sending Indonesian migrant workers to 21 countries in the Middle East as part of a policy to protect workers of the informal sector who are mostly women. Speaking at a conference on Monday, Minister of Manpower Muhammad Hanif Dhakiri said that the execution of two Indonesian migrant […]

Foreign Tourists Flock to Bali for Spiritual Comfort

DENPASAR ~ Increasing number of foreign tourists drawn to the Indonesian tourist resort province of Bali occurs as the island offers spiritual comfort besides its innate beauty, a tourism observer stated. “The spiritual comfort and natural beauty such as the white sandy beaches have been attracting foreign tourists to this province,” tourism observer Made Sudana […]