Ramayana International Festival, India

Kamban A poet lived in 12th century in Tanjore District in Tamil Nadu, India. There are 10.418 verses in six kandas (chapter). As in Valmiki Ramayana, there is no Uttarakanda in Kamba Ramayana. Kamba imports into his narrattion the colour of his own time and place. Kamba has not merely taken this theme from the greatest of Sanskrit epics but as followed it in almost every detail step by step.

Bali Arts Festival 2006, Day 19

Daily photo journal of Bali Arts Festival 2006

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Bali Travel News

2002 Bali bombings
Jun 23, 2006

AN international banking database was used as a "vital tool" in the hunt for the prime architect of the 2002 Bali bombings, The New York Times reported today.Riduan Isamuddin Hambali was captured in Thailand in 2003 after the CIA gained access to records from a Belgian co-operative known as SWIFT, or Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication. SWIFT was regarded as the "nerve centre of the global banking industry", the newspaper reported on its website.Hambali remains in secret US custody.He is accused of have been the key link between al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiah, the Indonesian-based terror group blamed for the Bali atrocity, in which 202 people died, including 88 Australians.The paper said US authorities gained secret access to SWIFT in the weeks after the September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda attacks in New York and Washington.Officials said the secret US program traced transactions by individuals known to have links to al-Qaeda. "Viewed by the Bush administration as a vital tool, the program has played a hidden role in domestic and foreign terrorism investigations since 2001 and helped in the capture of the most wanted al-Qaeda figure in South-East Asia," the paper said, referring to Hambali.The records mostly involved wire transfers and other methods of moving money overseas or into and out of the US. Most routine transactions confined to the US are not in the database.The program, run out of the CIA and overseen by the US Treasury Department "has provided us with a unique and powerful window into the operations of terrorist networks and is, without doubt, a legal and proper use of our authorities," Stuart Levey, a Treasury undersecretary, told the newspaper.Treasury officials said SWIFT was exempt from US laws restricting government access to private financial records because the co-operative was considered a messaging service, not a bank or financial institution.But the article also quoted several people familiar with the program who said they believed a "grey area" in the law had been exploited and worried about the impact on SWIFT if the program were disclosed."There was always concern about this program," an unidentified former government official was quoted as saying.The New York Times said administration officials had asked it not to publish the article, saying disclosure of the SWIFT program could jeopardise its effectiveness.After considering the Government's request, Bill Keller, the newspaper's executive editor, said, "We remain convinced that the administration's extraordinary access to this vast repository of international financial data, however carefully targeted use of it may be, is a matter of public interest."Shortly after publication of the Times article, Treasury Secretary John Snow issued a statement defending the Government's use of the SWIFT program and expressing regret its existence had been made public."Let me be clear what this program is, and what it is not. It is an essential tool in the war on terror, based on appropriate legal authorities with effective oversight and safeguards," Mr Snow said.

Good news from Bali
Jun 07, 2006

Good news from Bali (Special Report: Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo 2006)MELBOURNE –Australian incentives demand for Bali should start returning within one year at the longest, according to Ida Bagus Lolec, managing director, PT. Pacific World Nusantara, Bali.He based this on the feedback from a recent fam trip. “Last week we looked after 12 travel agents composed of regional wholesalers as well as incentive houses from Melbourne to Bali. When they were leaving Bali, they were crying. They were saying why people back in Australia treat Bali like that. The reason was because they came and they found the infrastructure there, security there and the people were still smiling. They felt that it wasn’t fair,” he said.There are indications that travels to Bali has started to recover. He cited his personal experience with fully booked flights.As far as the Australian travel volume to Bali normalising, Lolec said that this would only happen once the Australian government lifts its travel advisory on Indonesia.

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Hotel Press Releases

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To keep this as simple as possible we are more like a club for 18-35’s than a hotel. We focus very much on out of room experience and getting our guest involved in the action.

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We want to make the experience more than just a heavy party session. We would like our guest to explore the beautiful surroundings of Bali, meet some great new friends, understand the beliefs of the Balinese people and maybe learn some new life skill before heading home.

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