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Bali Visitors Fingerprinted

Airport Delays Expected As Authorities Introduce Fingerprinting Of Tourists (17/4/2010) The Jakarta Globe carries the news that visitors to Bali can now expect yet another delay in the notoriously long lines at customs and immigration at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport with the introduction of a mandatory fingerprinting for tourist visitors. The head of immigration’s sub [...]

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Tight Security for Julia Roberts

Security is expected to be extremely tight when Julia Roberts comes to Bali for the filming of the Movie “Eat Pray Love”. During the filming in India, India eNews reported that she had 350 security personnel, including police and private security guards. Almost 350 security men, bulletproof cars and a chopper too – that’s what [...]

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Ubud Pothole Update

The pothole in the Ubud Main Road that first appeared in early July is being repaired.  10 days after it appeared an excavator was brought in to find the problem.  After digging a hole 8 metres deep, 8 metres wide and 20 metes long, the cause is quite clear.  There is a river running under [...]

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Krakatoa Back From the Dead

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Some stunning pictures of Krakatoa have been captured by an amateur photographer.  Krakatoa lies between Sumatra and Java and in 1883 killed 36,000 people when it blew up. More pictures can be found at Nine MSN.

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Jakarta Bombing – What is Bali Doing?

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Friday terrorists detonated bombs at the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott Hotels in Jakarta.  55 people were injured and 8 killed in the blasts. Since then, Bali has taken a number of steps to improve security on the island, including: • Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika, the former Police officer credited with resolving the 2002 and 2003 [...]

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The Hole is Bigger

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Repairs Start on Ubud Main Road A few days ago we posted a video on the rather large pothole in Jalan Raya Ubud right outside the Ubud Market. Work started today to repair the damage and the heavy machinary was brought in to do the excavating.  It turns out that the water running under the [...]

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New 20 Cent Note

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The Indonesian central bank, Bank Indonesia, officially launched the new 2,000 Rupiah banknote last week. The banknote, which has a value of approximately US 20 cents, will eventually replace the 1,000 Rupiah note as the smallest note in Indonesia. With the introduction of the new banknotes, the government plans to reduce production of the Rp. [...]

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Prostitutes and Transvestites Arrested at Bali Bombing Memorial

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Evening Raid Nets Beggars, Prostitutes and Transvestites In response to reports that beggars and prostitutes were disturbing visitors in the vicinity of Ground Zero and the Bali Bombing Memorial, sweeping raids were conducted in the area on 1 July. The evening raids netted a total 37 beggars, 11 commercial sex workers, 19 transvestites, 3 people [...]

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Bag Snatcher Shot at Ubud

Ubud area police are continuing their crackdown on muggers and purse snatchers who have been targeting tourist visitors. On Wednesday, June 24, two young men were apprehended in the process of snatching a purse near Ubud. One of the men, 20-year-old Lukman Hakim of Jembrana, Java, was shot by police in the thigh after he [...]

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Selling Heads – in Bali?

An article published by BaliDiscovery.com was titled “Head Hunting Season Now Open”.  It went on to say……. China National Tourism Authority (CNTA) has called on Indonesia to stop the practice of “selling heads” among Chinese tourists visiting the country. “Selling Heads” is the practice in which the right to guide visiting Chinese tourists is purchased [...]

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