Category Archives: Foreign Affairs


Healthier Future for Indonesia Breaks Down Key Points of Island’s Non-Smoking Rules – A Must Read for Hotel, Restaurant, Bar and Shop Operators.

On January 1, 2014, the Province of Bali formally promulgated its new law on smoke-free zones (Peraturan Daerah Bali Nomor 10 Tahun 2011 Tentang Kawasan Tanpa Rokok).

The new law provides for penalties of 3 months detention or fines of Rp. 50,000 for those guilty of smoking in prohibited places and managers of venues that allow such activity.

Full Article 2014,  No Smoking in Public: That’s The Law in Bali, Bali discovery tours, viewed 9 January 2014, 


Nearly Free

A French drug smuggler has been freed on  parole after more than 14 years in an Indonesian prison, a rare  early release of a foreigner that raises hopes for Australian  inmate Schapelle Corby.

Michael Blanc was arrested the day after Christmas in 1999 at  the airport on the resort island of Bali with 3.8 kilograms of hash  hidden in diving canisters.

The 40-year-old, who has always maintained his innocence, was  originally given a life sentence under Indonesia’s tough anti-drugs  laws, which provoked outrage in his native France.

Full Article 2014, Schapelle Corby’s freedom hopes lifted,, viewed 21 January 2014,