Residents and tourists watched cremation of Ubud’s public figures,  Tjokorda Raka Sukawati at the cremation ceremony in Ubud, Bali, on Tuesday (9/12). The ceremony was witnessed by a  thousands of residents and tourists as well as to pay their last respects.  The Bali Times/ANT

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Indonesia in State of Emergency over Drugs: President

YOGYAKARTA ~ President Joko Widodo has stated that Indonesia is in a state of emergency over drugs, so it has refused to pardon drug convicts on death-row. “Nearly 40-50 Indonesians die every day due to drug consumption,” the President said during a general lecture at Gadjah Mada University on Tuesday. Statistics show that Indonesia has […]

Bali Customs Office Foils Meth Smuggling Attempt

KUTA ~ Customs personnel at Ngurah Rai airport, Bali province, have arrested a New Zealand citizen, De Malmanche Antony Glen, with 1,709 grams of crystal methamphetamine he was trying to smuggle in from Hong Kong. “The perpetrator landed in Bali on Monday (Dec 1) by Hong Kong-Denpasar HX 709 flight, a Hong Kong Airline, at […]

Airport Tax Inclusion in Ticket Price Takes Two Months: Minister

SEMARANG ~ The inclusion of airport tax or passenger service charge (PSC) in ticket price will take two months, said Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan. “Sure, starting January 1, 2015, all airlines must include airport tax in ticket price with transition period until March 1, 2015,” the minister said on Thursday. Jonan made the remarks after […]

Denpasar Government on Alert for Flood

DENPASAR ~ Government of Denpasar City, Bali, on alert against flood in a number of roads after the rain began to fall unevenly, although still in low precipitation. According Denpasar Mayor Rai Mantra, There are 23 critical points of puddle being anticipated, so that in case of flood it is not expected to cause severe […]

Meeting Restriction in Hotel Brings Impact for Tourism

DENPASAR ~ Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian Tourism Industry Association (GIPI) Bali Bagus Sudibya stated that limitation of the civil servants (PNS), ministries and government’s owned company meeting at the hotel from 1 December 2014 gives a major impact on the tourism industry in Bali. “On one hand we agreed in terms of the efficiency […]

Bali Governor Asks More Hindu Lesson’s Teacher to the Central Govt

DENPASAR ~ Bali Governor Made Pastika said that he would send a letter to the Ministry of Administrative Reform and Bureaucratic Reform (Kemenpan RB) to be given a quota for the appointment of Hindu teacher. “The problem is that the quota is calculated nationwide, while we are minority in national level,” he said on the […]

Governor to Arrange Rule Requires Hotel Deploys Tri Hita Karana

DENPASAR ~ Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika to develop a governor rule that requires hotels on the island to implement a development platform that is based on the philosophy of Tri Hita Karana (THK). “I expect there should be legal rules that force entrepreneurs, hotel and restaurant to actually implement this philosophy (Tri Hita Karana) […]

Bali Immigration Arrests 17 Foreigners who Break Immigration Rules

KUTA ~ Immigration Office Ngurah Rai, Bali, arrested 17 foreigners from six countries who violated the immigration permit that used tourist visa while working in Bali. “They are abusing the permit (immigration) when they are in Bali. Further action is they will be deported,” said Chief Immigration Office Class I Ngurah Rai Cucu Koswala in […]

Four More Bodies Recovered From Sunken S.Korean Ship in Bering Sea, Seven Indonesians Died

SEOUL ~ Four more bodies were recovered Thursday from the sunken South Korean fishing ship in the Bering Sea, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said. The additional recovery increased the total death toll to 16, including six South Koreans and 10 South East Asian nationals. Seven Indonesians were also found dead in the incident, three were able […]

In Responds to Complaints, Bali Airport Adds Counters and Immigration Staff

KUTA ~ Regional Office of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Bali add immigration staffs and immigration counters at Ngurah Rai Airport after a number of complaints from foreign tourists about long lines when they arrive at the international arrivals. “The staffs will be added again. They start to work in December 2014,” […]

Bali Govt Plans to Build Rail Transport

DENPASAR ~ Head of the Department of Transportation, Infor-mation and Communication province of Bali Ketut Artika said local governments have a discussion to build rail transportation around Bali. “It is true that Bali has a discussion about building rail transport in an effort to facilitate the activities of the community as well as tourists who […]

Free Visa Program is Profitable for Bali’s Economy

DENPASAR ~ The effort of President Joko Widodo to provide free visa to Indonesia for five countries is very favorable for economic of Bali as 25 dollars for visa can be spent for shopping. “The free visa for tourists from the potential countries is very favorable for growth in the tourism sector as the main […]

11 Foreigners Killed Drowning In Bali during 2014

DENPASAR ~ About 11 foreign citizens drowned in Bali recorded in Forensic Installation General Sanglah Hospital, Denpasar, from January to October, 2014. “From January to October 2014, we handle 11 foreign citizens who died from drowning,” said Head of Forensic Medicine SMF Sanglah Hospital, Dr. Ida Bagus Putu Alit, in Denpasar on Tuesday. The total […]

‘Sandat’ Dance Declared as Tabanan Regency’s Mascot

TABANAN ~ Tabanan government, Bali now has a mascot with the official launch of Bungan (flower) Sandat Serasi Dance by local regent Putu Eka Wiryastuti in Tabanan City Park on Wednesday. Eka Wiryastuti explained, Bungan Sandat Serasi was chosen as Tabanan mascot because it has a close relationship with Hindu religious rites and human life. […]

Govt Bans State-Owned Enterprises’ CEOs from Holding Meeting in Hotels

JAKARTA ~ As a budget-saving measure, State-owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno has instructed CEOs and directors of state-owned enterprises to hold meetings in their offices rather than in hotels. “Meetings must be held in the office. If there are official visits scheduled, the CEOs and directors must stay in budget hotels. All state-owned enterprises’ activities […]