Klungkung Bids for Premier Arts Place


One of Bali’s largest arts centres is being created by 40 craftsmen in Klungkung Regency, which often is described as the birthplace of Balinese culture.
The performing and visual arts centre and contemporary arts museum, named Monumen Kesenian (Arts Monument), is taking shape on 4 hectares of land that will house the centre’s buildings, a temple, ornamental ponds and gardens and a car park.
Eight Balinese Hindu gates, each 9m-high and crafted from Papua teak, will reflect the Balinese philosophy of Asta Berata, or eight beliefs that include the essential elements of life and valued human qualities.
The project is an initiative of well-known classical Balinese artist Nyoman Gunarsa, chairman of the Museums Association of Bali, who has hand-drawn the plans and designs for the Arts Monument.
Gunarsa hopes the arts centre will regenerate Klungkung as Bali’s arts hub. Klungkung and the nearby Gelgel were once the most powerful kingdoms and richest art and culture centres in Bali.

Rains Bring the House Down


Badung Regency’s parliamentary offices, built at a cost of Rp120 billion (US$1.2 million) only two years ago, suffered a collapsed ceiling and substantial leaks in the recent heavy rainfall.
However Parliamentary Secretary Komang Gede Sutrisna on Monday afternoon blamed leaking water pipes rather than heavy rain for the damage, which includes the collapsed second-floor ceiling, water damaged floors and peeling paintwork.
Floors were muddy from the leaks and buckets could not contain the water. “It’s because of leaking water pipes and not because of heavy rains,” said Sutrisna. “It will be repaired as soon as possible.”

Badung Regent Says Airport Plan Bad


Badung Regent AA Gede Agung has opposed the planned commercial expansion of Bali’s international airport on the grounds it will harm small traders in the area and will conflict with traditional Balinese architecture.
The regent said this week that the current expansion plans of airport operator PT Angkasa Pura required much more land than previously specified, were not people-friendly and did not meet expectations.
The design was “not offered in accordance with our expectations,” he said. “There has been some input from (former) vice president Jusuf Kalla that has not been accommodated.”
As the gateway to Bali, Ngurah Rai International Airport should reflect the island, he said.
He feared that tourists would choose to shop exclusively in the airport’s expanded commercial area and that other traders would suffer from loss of business.

Sanur Targeted in DVD Porn Raids


 Police confiscated 68 allegedly pornographic DVDs and 26 allegedly semi-pornographic DVDs in a raid on a DVD rental store on Jl Danau Tamblingan, Sanur, on Saturday.
Store owner Ketut Sujana, 46, faces prosecution under Indonesia’s Film Law and Police said they also were investigating whether he was reproducing the items or only selling and renting them.
Local media said this week the week that pornographic DVDs and compact discs were widely circulated in Denpasar and Kuta and that police favouritism determined which stores could be raided.

Pickpockets Fleece German


 A German tourist reported he had been the victim of pickpocketing after losing Rp7 million (US$700) in cash and his passport, a bank card and driver’s licence on Sunday.
Ronald Post, 37, had walked from his hotel on Jl Poppies Lane 1 to a Jl Legian nightspot, where he discovered his wallet and documents were missing.
Post denied the items could have fallen from his bag and said he was often approached by street children and transsexuals in the area.
Kuta Police are investigating the loss and said they worked consistently to remove transvestites from the streets of Kuta.

‘Toddler Rapist’ Faces 7 Years


 The Public Prosecutor has demanded a seven-year sentence and Rp60 million (US$6,000) fine for a man, 24, accused of raping a toddler, defined as under five years old, causing the victim to suffer genital trauma and to be exposed to behavioural and development problems.
The Denpasar District Court on Monday heard that Kadek Sukrada had violated Article 82 of Law 23/2002 on Child Protection when he committed the rape at a South Denpasar boarding house on September 17.
Sukrada asked the judges for leniency.

Police Seize Suspect Ferraris


Three Ferrari cars worth around Rp3 billion (US$300,000) each were seized on Tuesday night by Traffic Police who suspect they were smuggled into Bali by sea.
The luxury Italian-made sports cars were parked behind police offices while police checked that paperwork provided by the owners included all taxable luxury trimmings on the vehicles.

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