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President inaugurates five projects in Bali
April 28th, 2007

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono inaugurated five large-scale projects worth Rp395 billion rupiah in Bali on Saturday morning.

The inauguration ceremony for the projects which were financed with funds from Bali`s regional budget and the state budget, was centered in Nusa Penida, a tiny, separate island from Bali`s main land, some 80 km southeast of Denpasar.

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World’s legislators to meet in Bali with global warming on agenda
April 28th, 2007

The Indonesian island of Bali was Saturday set to welcome parliamentarians from across the world for the 116th assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the secretary general of the group said, with climate change at the top of the agenda.

“We will have a debate, with global warming as the backdrop,” Swede Anders Johnsson told AFP, adding that he hoped that politicians and their governments would take up the issue.

Founded in 1889 and based in Geneva, the IPU, which is seen as one of the world’s leading political organisation, is affiliated with 148 national parliaments and seven regional parliaments.

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Yeh Poh Estuary Certificate Issued under Pressure
April 26th, 2007

An interesting testimony appeared in a hearing session of Bali House of Representative, Wednesday (4/25/2007). This hearing session was held to investigate the Yeh Poh Estuary case. Bali’s governor, Dewa Made Beratha; Bali’s former governor, Ida Bagus Oka; Badung’s former Regent, I Gusti Bagus Alit Putra, and former staffs of Bali and Badung National Land Bureau as well as the member of the 1st commission of Bali house of Representative attended this hearing session.

In his testimony, the former head of Bali national land Bureau, Dewa Raka Saputra said that the land exploitation permission of the land around the Yeh Poh estuary was issued under the heavy pressure from the military official of Korem 163 Wirastya “If there was no pressure from the military official, the certificate would not be issued, said Dewa.

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Pupils tune up for Music Prize with sounds of Bali
April 25th, 2007

Aberdeen school pupils drummed up interest in the Aberdeen Music Prize today by getting a taste of the sounds of Bali.

Youngsters from Dyce Academy banged on the bronze gongs, chimes and double-headed drums of the University of Aberdeen’s Balinese Gamelan – a unique orchestral ensemble that is one of only four in the UK.

Learning how to compose on the Gamelan is part of a series of Voyage of Discovery workshops taking place on Saturday as part of the packed Aberdeen Music Prize weekend (April 26-29). Other sessions will offer primary and secondary pupils the chance to try out Steel Pans, manipulate everyday sounds to make music, and learn to sing using the Kodaly method.

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Emaar Properties, the Dubai real estate giant, is set to launch a multi-billion dollar development in Indonesia to build a “new Bali”
April 24th, 2007

Emaar Properties, the Dubai real estate giant, is set to launch a multi-billion dollar development in Indonesia to build a “new Bali “.

Mohamed Alabbar chairman of Emaar, said the resort and homes development on Lombok would be the last new international market tapped by the Dubai-backed developer.

Mr Alabbar, a key adviser to Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, said Emaar would expand in markets that it had already entered, with the US a key target.

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The Demolition of Yeh Poh Estuary’s Frame
April 23rd, 2007

The demolition of Yeh Poh estuary frame got a green lightfrom the Governor of Bali and the demolition process has been carried out bythe investor. The government urged the investor to finish the demolition of theframe as soon as possible.

For Balinese Yeh Poh estuary is a sacred source of holywater and venue for religious activities of the neighboring area because notonly it is an estuary but also a meeting of two rivers (campuan). The framingof Yeh Poh estuary by the investor enraged the surrounding community since itwas considered as a blasphemy to the holiness of this place.

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Fourteen shops torn down for the Extension of the Temples
April 20th, 2007

Fourteen shops that are located on the east side of Denpasar village and navel temple are being torn down in order to give more space for the pilgrims and devotees who pay homage to these temples and for the sake of the extension of the temples.

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