Sat, 23 Aug 2003

Nimmala temple to host 'Cioko'

JAKARTA: Thousands of Buddhists, Taoists and Confucianists from Java, Sumatra and Kalimantan islands have gathered at the Nimmala temple in Jl. Pasar Baru, Tangerang, over the last few days in anticipation of Saturday's Cioko (fighting over food) ceremony, with a prayer being held at 12 noon.

The prayer will be followed by the burning of a seven-meter- high Bun Tai Sui (king of the devil) and 12-meter-long dragon boat effigy. It is hoped that the offerings will bring security and prosperity to the world.

Chairman of the organizing committee Tjoa Tjoan Kim said that the ceremony would be preceded over by suhu (teacher) Xue Yuan.

On Sunday, the organizers will distribute 33 tons of rice and instant noodles to poor people around the city. Free medical service will also be available at the Nimmala clinics, next to the temple.

Nimmala temple, built in 1689, is credited at the Indonesian Records Museum (MURI) for 10 records related to such ceremonies. -- JP

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16,000 pirated CDs, VCDs seized

BOGOR: Police seized at least 16,000 pirated compact discs (CD) and video compact discs (VCD) from a number of shops and street traders on Thursday evening.

Bogor Police deputy chief First Insp. Djadjang Nurdjaman said on Friday that the CDs/VCDs had been seized from 16 traders at Mal Jambu Dua, Shangrilla Sukasari, Hero Padjajaran, Pasar Anyar and Taman Topi.

The traders admitted that the CDs/VCDs were bought in Glodok, West Jakarta, for between Rp 2,000 (24 U.S. cents) and Rp 4,000 each and were sold in Bogor for between Rp 5,000 and Rp 7,000 each. -- JP

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'Shabu-shabu' dealer arrested

BEKASI: Police arrested on Thursday evening a man at his house on Jl. Makam, Kampung Kranji in West Bekasi for selling shabu- shabu (crystal methamphetamine).

Police arrested Agus Arief, 25, and seized four packages of the drug after neighbors informed on the man, Bekasi Police chief detective Adj. Comr. Rasino said Friday.

Rasino said police were now searching for Arief's accomplices who were believed involved in the drug transaction. -- Antara

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Ancol to hold ride competition

JAKARTA: Fantasy World (Dufan) will stage the Highest Points in Rides competition for visitors from Aug. 23 to Aug. 30.

The event, which is being held to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the amusement park in Ancol, North Jakarta, will offer prizes which include a motorcycle, two flat screen televisions, DVD players and bicycles. reported that visitors who buy all access tickets will have a scoring chart to record their points during the competition.

The rides include the Arung Jeram (water rafting) for 1,000 points, Simulator Wings theater for 1,000 points, Kora-Kora boat ride for 500 points and the Halilintar roller coaster for 500 points.

The scorecards will be put into a box at the exit gates of the park.

The winners will be announced in mid September in Media Indonesia, Koran Tempo and Suara Pembaruan. -- JP

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High winds damage terminal

BOGOR: High winds blew the roof of the Bubulak public minivan terminal, injuring two people and damaging eight minivans.

The terminal's director Prihatno said that the high winds started blowing from the west at about 5 p.m. on Thursday. Heavy rain had been falling since 3 p.m.

Dozens of passengers who were taking shelter in the terminal from the rain fled in panic when they saw that the roof was beginning to lift of its stays.

Commenting on the incident, Bogor councillor Berlin Haryanto Purba said it was due to the shoddy construction of the terminal, and demanded that the builder of the terminal be held responsible. -- JP