Leading Light

DENPASAR

Bali’s capital city has come out top of the league – the least corrupt of 10 cities surveyed by Transparency International Indonesia (TII). Denpasar scored 6.71 points on TII’s Corruption Perception Index released following a survey of businesses in the 10 cities between April and October.

Denpasar mayor IB Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra said this week acknowledgement of the city’s low corruption was a stimulus to officials to work even harder. “To stay the winner is much tougher than to win the competition,” he said.

Last year Denpasar received the highest points (7.48) in a survey of public service integrity by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

The new Corruption Perception Index was compiled from surveys of businesses. Worst performing city in the survey was Lhoksemauwe, in Aceh.

Mediators Meet

UBUD

The Anand Ashram Foundation’s second International Bali Meditators’ Festival is being held in Ubud this weekend. The 3-day event, from Friday, will adopt the theme “One Earth, One Sky, One Humankind” as the realisation of the Asian vision of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” the African Dream of “Ubuntu,” and the western concept of creating a “Global Village” through meditation.

Anand Ashram Foundation public relations officer Hadi Susanto said the festival’s organising committee has prepared seminars and workshops on spirituality, local wisdom and youth empowerment. “We expect the festival to be attended by more speakers and delegates from other countries, in accordance with our aim to become one big family, living together harmoniously on the same Earth and under the same sky as one humanity,” he said.

The first festival was held last year.

Tasty Triple

NUSA DUA

Bulgari Hotels and Resorts’ Bali Team won the gold awards at The Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) Black Box Culinary Challenge 2010 held during a gala dinner held the Nikko Bali Resort & Spa November 1-2, 2010. As well as first prize, Bulgari also won two additional awards during the world class cooking competition hosted by Bali Culinary Professionals (BCP).

Bali Culinary Professionals endorsed this year’s MLA Culinary Challenge in recognition of the Australian Meat industries contribution to Bali’s culinary development and their annual support of this unique event, in which hotels receive a box containing ingredients 24 hours before the competition and each team must then create a three-course menu, to be served at the gala dinner.

Bulgari now enters the national competition.

Hard-top Roads

SEMARAPURA

An asphalt plant has started operations on Nusa Penida to help progress local plans to hard-top all roads on the island from next year. The plan has been approved by the Klungkung regency.

The programme, which has run into some local opposition because asphalt manufacturing is viewed as similar to extractive mining, also involves road widening on the island.

Oops

TABANAN

Heroes’ Day in Tabanan caused amusement among the crowd when Regent Eka Wirastuti, reading the five precepts of Pancasila, inadvertently skipped the third.

Regent Wirastuti joined in the laughter. One onlooker quipped: “She sprained her tongue.” Vice regent Komang Gede Sanjaya, who was also at the ceremony, told officials: “No human is perfect. Everything can go wrong.” 

The Bali Times
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