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Pastika unveils Internet, releases rare birds on remote island

  • Trisha Sertori

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 28 2011   /  08:00 am

Nusa Penida, an isolated island off Bali’s east coast, was connected on Saturday with modern technology for the first time. Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika unveiled solar panels and an Internet-ready computer to get the island online. The solar panels and computer are housed in the Toya Pakeh community hall, making Internet access available to all.

Pastika was on a goodwill tour of the island to launch the solar-powered Internet facility, visit local homes renovated under the government’s housing policy and also to focus on environmental concerns by attending the release of 10 Bali Starlings, or Jarak Bali, as they are known locally.

Nusa Penida is classified as one of the poorest districts within the Klungkung regency.

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