Greatindonesia.co.id, Bali – The Bali provincial police thwarted an attempt to smuggle some 60,000 larvae of pearl and sand lobsters to Vietnam, and apprehended two suspects early Monday (9/9/2019).
The suspects nabbed by the police personnel at a motel in Sidakarya Village, Denpasar, were identified by their initials ERA, 26, and ATH, 35, Chief of the Bali Marine Police Force Sen. Coms. Hadi Purnomo said here Monday. ERA functioned as a courier while ATH was the financier who was involved in a transaction of Rp95 billion through a bank’s automated teller machine, Purnomo said.
The suspects procured the larvae of the pearl and sand lobsters from West Nusa Tenggara Province to be transported to Vietnam. However, the larvae package was not declared at the Customs in Ngurah Rai International Airport to Vietnam via Singapore.
The total financial losses that Indonesia could have suffered had the 36,000 larvae of sand lobsters been smuggled was estimated at Rp9 billion while the smuggling of 24,000 larvae of pearl lobsters could cause financial losses of up to Rp7.2 billion.
The police investigators also confiscated a vehicle, 150 plastic bags containing some 60,000 larvae of pearl and sand lobsters as evidence, he said.
Due to the huge profits from trading lobsters, irresponsible people have frequently attempted to smuggle the larvae of the sand and pearl lobsters.
In May, Indonesian police investigators grilled Kong Huping, a Chinese citizen after he was arrested for attempting to smuggle several hundred thousand baby lobsters from Jambi Province’s waters to Batam Island and Singapore.
National Police investigators questioned the suspect for two days, Director of Marine Police of the Jambi Provincial Police Senior Commissioner Fauzi Bakti said.
The smuggling attempt was thwarted by the Jambi marine police, he said, adding that police investigators also attempted to apprehend the suspect’s business partner, identified by his initials, LN.
Bakti said the baby lobsters were to be smuggled by Kong Huping through the Jambi-Batam waters on May 13 and 14 and were estimated to be worth Rp40 billion. (akp)
BALI POLICE ARREST A BULGARIAN FOR ALLEGED SKIMMING
Greatindonesia.co.id, Denpasar – Bali Police have arrested a Bulgarian man, Stoyanov Georgi Ivanov (43), for alleged skimming in an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) in Ubud, Gianyar, on Saturday (Aug 31).
“Suspect Stoyanov Georgi Ivanov has illegally accessed the ATM located in a restaurant in Ubud. He was trying to install a hidden camera in the ATM machine,” Spokesman of the Bali Police Senior Commissioner Hengky Widjaja said here on Sunday.
The suspect was caught red-handed by a patrolling police officer who has suspicion on his action, he said.
Following the arrest, the police conducted a search in his house at Kresna Ulun Tanjung Street, Kuta, Badung, and seized a cellular phone, a passport, four cameras, and a router.
Stoyanov Georgi Ivanov is charged with articles on illegal access of the Criminal Code and Law No 19/2016 on Electronic Transaction and Information.
“The suspect is still under the Bali Police custody, and the police will conduct further investigation,” he said. (akp)
MINISTER OPENS RITECH EXPO 2019 IN BALI
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir opened Research, Innovation and Technology (Ritech) Expo 2019 as part of the commemoration of the 24th National Technology Awakening Day in Puputan Renon Square in Denpasar, Bali, on Sunday (25/8/2019).
“Through this expo we hope more innovations in regions will emerge,” he said.
The expo has some 200 stands which display the results of research and innovation. Nearly 100 participants including the directorate general of research and innovation, and the directorate of science, technology and high learning institutions at the Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry.
The other institutions taking part in the expo are the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI),, the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), the Nuclear Control Agency, the National Standardization Agency, the Center for Scientific and Technological Research and state-owned companies PT Dahana and PT Industri Kereta Api (Inka).
Institutes of higher learning also took part in the expo, including Airlangga University,the Bogor Institute of Agriculture, Sepuluh November Institute of Technology in Surabaya., the Arts Institute of Denpasar and the state Electronic Polytechnic in Surabaya.
Ritech Expo is an annual expo held by the Ministry of Research., Technology and Higher Education.
The expo displays a variety of key innovation products from higher learning institutes , research institutions and industries. (mhs)
BALI GOVERNOR URGED PELINDO III TO STOP BENOA BAY RECLAMATION
Greatindonesia.co.id, Denpasar – Bali Governor Wayan Koster has urged state-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) III to stop reclamation of 85 hectares of area around Benoa Port in Denpasar, as the project has destroyed 17 hectares of mangrove forest.
“The environmental impact of the project is severe damage of 17 hectares of mangrove forest in the northeast of Dumping II project location. This is due to violation of regulation including the absence of revetment and silt screen that has been stipulated in the Environment Management Plan of the Environment Impact Assessment,” Koster said here on Sunday (23/8/2019).
Koster has written an official letter to the President Director of PT Pelindo III on August 22 demanding a stop to the reclamation. Copies of the letter were also sent to the State Enterprises Minister, the Forestry and Environment Minister, the Transportation Minister, and the Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning Minister.
Violations in the project were found by a monitoring team of Bali’s Environment Office that has conducted a series of inspections to the project sites since February.
“In addition, the massive expansion has disturbed sacred sites in the area and degraded the beauty of the nature in Benoa Bay. It has sparked protest from various groups of the society,” the governor remarked.
Pelindo III’s project covering an area of 85 hectares comprises 38 hectares of Dumping I project and 47 hectares of Dumping II project. The project has been 88.81 percent completed.
In his letter to the company, the governor has urged PT Pelindo III to stop Dumping I and Dumping II projects and restore the mangrove ecosystem in the area. Furthermore, the area will only be used as a greenbelt.
“It is strictly prohibited to build commercial facilities on the reclaimed land,” Koster said.
The governor has called on the company to re-evaluate the Master Plan of Benoa Port Development, initially designed as a marine tourism hub, which according to him was not in line with the vision of Bali’s local development.
“It is necessary to understand that any impact of development in Bali that disturbs the balance and sanctity of nature, human, and Balinese culture would become the responsibility of the Bali administration,” he said.
Moreover, the approval of revision on Regional Regulation No. 16/2009 confirmed Benoa Bay as conservation area, Koster said. (srh)
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