Presidenten vil flytte Indonesias hovedstad Jakarta til Borneo

Jakarta. Illustrasjonsfoto: Wikipedia.org

Rundt 40 prosent av Indonesias hovedstad Jakarta, som har over 10 millioner innbyggere, ligger under havnivå. Nå vil landets nylig gjenvalgte president Joko Widodo flytte hovedstaden, melder NTB.

– Vårt lands hovedstad vil flytte til Kalimantan. Stedet kan være det sentrale Kalimantan, Øst-Kalimantan eller Sør-Kalimantan, sier presidenten, som bruker det indonesiske navnet på øya Borneo.

Jakarta ligger på nordkysten av Java, som med sine 145 millioner innbyggere er verdens mest folkerike øy.

Borneo, nord for Java, er med sine 743,000 km2 verdens tredje største øy (etter Grønland og Ny-Guinea), og er delt mellom tre land:

Indonesia, delstatene Sarawak og Sabah i Malaysia, og sultananet Brunei.

Vannbøfler trimmer golfbane i Vietnam

Foto: lagunalangco.com

Laguna Golf Lango Co, som ligger mellom Hue og Da Nang i Vietnam, har ansatt en vannbøffelfamilie til å holde golfbanen trimmet.

18-hulls banen er kjent for sitt varierte terreng, med tropisk jungel, rismarker, og sanddyner, ifølge Se og Hør.

Det er den legendariske britiske golfspilleren, og banedesigneren Sir Nick Faldo, som har designet banen.

Vannbøffel. Illustrasjonsfoto: Wikipedia

www.lagunalangco.com – Laguna Lang Co

Indonesia stenger øya Komodo for turister

Komodovaran. Illustrasjonsfoto: Wikipedia

Den indonesiske øya Komodo blir stengt for turister i hele 2020 som følge av at komodovaraner har blitt smuglet fra øya, opplyser landets myndigheter, ifølge VG Direkte.

Det har tidligere vært omtalt i lokale medier at myndighetene har vurdert å stenge øya, men nå er beslutningen tatt, melder CNN.

Kartillustrasjon: Starfish

Komodo, som er et svært populært reisemål blant dykkere, tilhører provinsen Nusa Tenggara Timur. Øya er 390 km² stor og har rundt 2000 fastboende.

Kilde: www.vg.no – VG Direkte

Norwegian and Dutch tourists rescued from volcano in Bali

Mount Agung, November 2017 eruption. Photo credit: Wikipedia.org

A Norwegian and a Dutch tourist, aged 21 and 22, were rescued on Friday night from the  Mount Agung volcano in Karangasem on the Indonesian island of Bali, according to The Jakarta Post newspaper.
The tourists were found 1.5 kilometers from the volcano crater, after having lost their way on the slope of the volcano on their way back.

“When found, they were in a weak condition and running out of food,” Karangasem Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Ida Bagus Ketut Arimbawa told The Jakarta Post.

Mount Agung has repeatedly erupted since 2017. The most recent eruption took place on Thursday evening with a column of ash into the sky.

Taiwan Tourism Bureau opens office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). Photo credit: Wikipedia.org

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications of Taiwan (Republic of China) opened a regional office of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on March 15, the TaiwanNews.com website reported.

In accordance with the New Southbound Policy, the new office will manage tourism promotion in Vietnam, as well as Laos, and Cambodia.

The office’s first director, Chou Hsinyi, will aim to strengthen communications and relations with local travel agencies, airlines and media to organize activities that promoting tourism to Taiwan from Vietnam.

Vietnam is expected to see an increase in international travelers over the coming years, and the Tourism Bureau aims to make Taiwan an attractive destination for prospective travelers in Vietnam and neighboring countries.

Over the past four years, Taiwan has seen a significant increase in visitors from Vietnam. In 2015, there were reportedly over 146,000 Vietnamese tourists, while in 2018 that number had increased to over 490,000.

Coinciding with the opening of the Ho Chi Minh tourism office, Taiwan is also once again accepting Vietnamese citizens for a revised version of the “Kuan Hung Pilot Project” an e-visa program designed for short term visits to Taiwan for residents of Southeast Asia.

Vietnam was temporarily removed from the program after a large group of Vietnamese people disappeared in Taiwan last December and had to be tracked down and deported by the National Immigration Agency.

The current Kuan Hung visa program is set to run until the end of 2020.

News source: www.taiwannews.com