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President says airlines must lower sky-high domestic air fare or he will invite foreign airlines to fly local air routes Apparently fed up with the widespread destruction being heaped upon Indonesia’s tourism industry by recent sharp increases in air fares and the failure of Indonesia’s airline to keep their promise to reduce their ticket prices, […]

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Bali’s Ngurah Rai among most on-time airports in Southeast Asia I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport was one of the most on-time airports in Southeast Asia for the month of April, according to United Kingdom-based air travel intelligence company OAG Aviation. The only commercial airport in Bali placed sixth on OAG’s top 10 list with […]

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Policy loopholes turn Indonesia into dumping site: Environmentalists Environmentalists have called on the Trade Ministry to  immediately revise its 2016 regulation on waste imports, saying it contains several loopholes that have turned Indonesia into a dump site for developed countries. The activists argued that even though developed nations, excluding the United States, had recently agreed […]

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Overwork leads to deaths of 270 election staff after Indonesian poll Ten days after Indonesia held the world’s biggest single-day elections, more than 270 election staff have died, mostly of fatigue-related illnesses, an official says. The 17 April elections were the first time the country of 260 million people combined the presidential vote with national […]

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Man faces firing squad over Bali drugs A US citizen is facing a possible death penalty if convicted over a trafficable quantity of drugs allegedly found in a house in Indonesia over the weekend. The 46-year-old man identified only by his initials CS and a 24-year-old Indonesian man identified as MR were arrested and charged […]

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Agriculture Ministry to train 12,000 ‘millennial farmers’ in Bali I Made Agus Wijaya, 29, spends most of his day in front of his computer at an elementary school in Bangli village, Tabanan, Bali. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, he works at the school. Once his working hours are done, he changes […]

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Australian man jailed for drug offences in Bali An Australian man and his Indonesian girlfriend have each been sentenced in a Bali court to five years and four months in prison on drug offences. Brendon Johnsson, from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, and his partner Remi Purwanti, both 43, were arrested last August, caught with 11.6 grams […]

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Bali to legalize traditional liquor, create new island brand The Bali administration is set to legalize traditional Balinese arak (liquor made from tuak, a sweet drink from coconut palm flower) with the hope that it will serve as a new trademark of Indonesia’s main tourist destination, said Bali Governor Wayan Koster. “How is it that […]

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Bashir’s near release a wake up for Australia The near release of Abu Bakar Bashir, the alleged Bali bombing mastermind, was an unwanted reminder of the dangers the old and ailing cleric could pose when he eventually emerges from prison. Bashir, 81, has served more than half a 15-year jail term for terrorism-related charges. He […]

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Bali bombings: Indonesia reviews Abu Bakar Bashir’s release after Morrison’s request Indonesia’s security minister says the decision to release alleged Bali bombing mastermind Abu Bakar Bashir is being reviewed, hours after Scott Morrison urged president Joko Widodo to show respect for Australia. The minister, Wiranto, told a hastily called news conference on Monday night that […]

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