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Last week, Bali saw the passing of I Gusti Ayu Rasmi – an icon of Balinese dance who had literally danced before millions over more than 5 decades of performances.

In lead news stories from the past week: A motorcycle taxi driver lost portions of his tongue and will spend the next 5.5 years in prison - his recompense for attempting to rape a female ‘ ojek’ passenger. The Bali Guide Association's members continue to protest Mainland Chinese working illegally in Bali as tour guides. And, local residents in North Bali joined members of Green Peace last week in protesting plans to build a second coal-powered power plant in Celukan Bawang.

The Buleleng Regency in North Bali signals it is ready to acquire land for the completion of a 1.8-kilometer “short-cut” between Bedugul and Singaraja.

Bali hopes to hear this week on whether or not its bid to host the National Sports Games (PON-XXI) in 2014 has been successful.

Construction moves ahead to complete the exterior portions of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Monument by August of this year.

Hotel and Restaurant News: Join a wine dinner featuring Selbach-Oster Wines at the St. Regis Bali’s Kayuputi Restaurant on May 10, 2018. The Rita-Carlton, Bali holds a safari-themed appreciation party for agents and the press. Many Badung Regency restaurants and hotels are said to be resisting the implementation of an online tax reporting system. And, read our report on the average length of stay at starred hotels in Bali. The Department of Manpower says the number of expatriate worker in Bali is in the decline. And The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali appoints Spaniard Oriol Montal As general manager.

Aviation News: AirAsia executives are surveying Bayuwangi in East Bali as a new destination on its international route network. Citilink Indonesia now flies daily between Bali and Makassar. Direct flights with Garuda Indonesia start this week between Bali and Mumbai on a twice-weekly basis, with plans to soon increase to three flights. And, plans are being drawn up for another underpass to be constructed adjacent to the Gatot Kaca Monument, near the entrance to the Bali Airport.

Many Balinese are angry at the appearance on social media of a foreign tourist desecrating a religious monument in Bali, prompting calls for sacred areas in temples to be made off-limits to visiting tourists.

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