Monday, April 26, 2010
Om Swastiastu ...
This edition leads off with the sad news of the death of a young Chinese woman last weekend while rafting on Bali's Ayung River. There's also news of a blaze at Kuta square; an outbreak of street violence, also in Kuta; a death caused by a landslide and heavy rains currently falling in Bali; the seizure of more contraband liquor by police; and the arrest of two men in connection with a series of child-rape cases in Bali's capital of Denpasar.
More local news includes parliamentarians calling for a crackdown on illegally imported luxury cars and large motorcycles. Meanwhile, in a separates story, lawmakers want construction halted on the Pasha Condotel now being built in Kuta for alleged violations of zoning and building codes.
Another Condotel with a history of zoning rule violations got the boot last week from Best Western who have removed their branding from the New Kuta Kondotel.
Governor Pastika has announced a moratorium on the issuance of new licenses for travel agents together with plans to revoke nearly 500 licenses which are non-active.
Bali's Chamber of Commerce is protesting planned hikes in electrical tariffs, claiming the price increase will cripple the island's manufacturing sector.
The volcanic ash that caused havoc with European aviation for nearly a week also impacted Bali, read this week's edition for details.
Bali's governor is considering the pros and cons of a round-Bali slow railway service. New tourism companies will be obliged by the government to use alternative energy sources.
Read Bali Update to find out why the President of Indonesia visited Bali twice in as many weeks.
Let's get ready to party – the Kuta Karnival returns for the 8th time September 29 –October 3, 2010.
Read the full report at: http://www.balidiscovery.com/update/update711.asp
Om Çanti Çanti Çanti Om ...
J.M. Daniels - Bali Update
Bali Discovery Tours