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Travelers and volunteers lifted a green turtle (Chelonia Mydas) at the re-release of the rare animal in Kuta Beach, Bali, on Wednesday. A total of 9 green turtles were seized from smugglers, which then released to their habitat by police as a tourist attraction.Photograph by The Bali Times/ANT

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Bali Police Continues Search for Missing Australian Tourist

DENPASAR ~ Bali Police is still searching for an Australian tourist who reportedly went missing since two weeks ago and there were no signs hinting to his disappearance. “We are still searching for the missing Australian tourist, and we still have not found any signs of him,” Nusa Penida Police Chief Police Commissioner Nyoman Suarsika […]

Tourism Minister Should be Able to Boost Foreign Tourist Arrivals

DENPASAR ~ The government of President-elect Joko Widodo should appoint the right person with requisite skills to take charge of the Tourism Ministry, stated Bali tourism observer Ida Bagus Surakusuma. Ida remarked here on Thursday that the minister of tourism for the government of Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, and Jusuf Kalla (Jokowi-JK government) […]

Denpasar to Hold Denpasar Festival

DENPASAR ~ Denpasar City again to hold its annual festival that will be held at the end of the year. The 7th Denpasar Festival (Denfest) will take Art, Mart, Smart as the theme. Head of Public Relation and Protocol of Denpasar, Ida Bagus Rahoela in Denpasar on Tuesday, said, various Denpasar people’s creativity  will fill […]

Australia Rejects UN Criticism of “Human Rights Violations”

SYDNEY ~ Australia Tuesday rejected United Nations criticism that its treatment of asylum-seekers was “leading to a chain of human rights violations” with Canberra saying abuses in Syria and Iraq were worse. New UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Zeid al-Hussein used his inaugural speech Monday to slam Australia’s offshore processing of asylum-seekers […]

Denpasar Police Adds CCTV at Jails

DENPASAR ~ Denpasar City Police added CCTV in the local jails since police found prisoner storing drugs. “We multiply the CCTV to avoid the incidence of drug stored in the jails,” said the Head of Denpasar Police, Commissioner of Police Djoko Hariutomo in Denpasar on Wednesday. He said that the number of CCTV was increased  […]

Clean Water Crisis Yet to be Resolved

NEGARA ~ Clean water crisis that hit three areas in Yehembang village, Jembrana has not been resolved, so that some people are still taking water from irrigation canals. “We’ve been trying to take water from reservoirs owned by water companies, but since the flow only in a short time, it is not enough for all […]

Bali`s 3.5 Million-Tourist Target Reasonable: Observer

DENPASAR ~ Tourism industry observer Tjok Gede Agung considered the target of 3.5 million tourists expected to visit Bali in 2015 as reasonable. “Bali Island is still a major tourist destination for foreigners holidaying in Indonesia,” he said here on Saturday. During the first seven months of 2014, about two million tourists had visited Bali, […]

Bali’s Growing Tourism Industry Should Not Harm Environment: Jokowi

DENPASAR ~ The growing tourism industry in Bali should not harm the environment and cultures, stated President elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. “I hope that the development of the tourism sector will not damage the local environment and culture,” Jokowi recently noted here. Jokowi also expressed hope that Bali will continue to remain a first-class tourism […]

Bali Tourism Train Development waits for Memorandum of Understanding

DENPASAR ~ Director of Traffic and Transportation Directorate of Railways, Hanggoro  Budi Wiryawan said the central government is still waiting for a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bali provincial government regarding the construction of tourism railway network around Bali. “Until now, the center government is still waiting for the memorandum of understanding of the Bali […]

Energy Minister Jero Wacik Named Suspect in Corruption Case

JAKARTA ~ Energy minister Jero Wacik has been named suspect in an alleged extortion case linked with his position as a minister in 2011-2012 on Wednesday. “Indeed, an order had been issued on September 2, 2014, regarding investigation on suspect JW of the Ministry of Energy in connection with violation of Article 12 paragraph e […]

The Murder Case of American will not Affect Tourism

DENPASAR ~ Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika stated that the murder of the United States citizen Sheila Ann Von Weise,64, does not affect Bali’s tourism since the case was caused by internal factors of victim’s family. “There is no impact. Public also know and understand,” he said in Denpasar on Sunday. Pastika urged people not […]

Chief of Traditional Village is Prohibited to Protect Cafes and Illegal Villa

NEGARA ~ Traditional village chief or Bendesa in Jembrana are forbidden to backing up or protect the existence of a dimly lit cafe and villas that do not have permit. It was uttered by Chairman of village associate of Jembrana Gusti Wiyasa, while giving a speech related to the mass cremation Ekasari Village, District Melaya. […]

Police Not Yet Reveals Motive in the Murder of American

DENPASAR ~ Bali Police so far have not been able to reveal the motive behind the murder of a citizen of the United States, Sheila Ann Von Weise, 64. “The examination of the witnesses only refers to the act, the motive has not been revealed,” said Bali Police Chief Inspector General Albertus Julius Benny Mokalu […]

Yudhoyono-Jokowi Meeting Marks New Chapter in National Political History in Indonesia

NUSA DUA ~ The meeting between outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) and president-elect Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on Wednesday night in Bali Province was a new chapter in the history of the national political that encouraged good leadership transition and mutual respect. “Jokowi and I have the same thing in mind. We agree to continue […]

Bali Gov Agrees Airport above the Sea, Asks More Study

DENPASAR ~ Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika expressed approval of the idea of building a new airport on the sea which will be located in Buleleng Regency, as described by the consultant from Canada Airport Kinesis. “The airport itself has been definitely determined in Kubutambahan, Buleleng, and there are many first class paddy fields. So […]