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Traditional elders opposed to crocodile management plan Thursday, 28 April 2016 15:10 Timor-Leste’s traditional elders have expressed their strong opposition to the government’s crocodile management program, saying it goes against tradition. Read the Full Story
Women’s group promotes traditional tais methods Thursday, 28 April 2016 14:33 Bobonaro women’s collective Tais Feto Buka Rasik is trying to preserve the traditional techniques used for making the colorful Timorese hand-woven cloth, known as tais. Read the Full Story
Calls for health staff to be transferred for breaking hospital’s code of ethics Monday, 25 April 2016 15:45 There are calls for the Health Ministry to transfer personnel who violated the National Hospital’s code of ethics. Read the Full Story
Man sentenced for hitting mentally ill woman Wednesday, 20 April 2016 09:17 A man has appeared in court after assaulting a mentally ill woman after she attempted to destroy his television set. Read the Full Story
Women should consult husbands first before using contraception Tuesday, 19 April 2016 09:33 Gynecologist Dr Edgar Valadares said modern contraceptive methods were not a 100% guarantee for preventing pregnancy and urged women to discuss the issue first with their husbands. Read the Full Story
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image Calls for health staff to be transferred for breaking hospital’s code of ethics
image Man sentenced for hitting mentally ill woman
image Women should consult husbands first before using contraception


Fri 29 Apr 2016, 14:31
oil-production-in-kitan-bayu-undan-in-declineWith oil production in Kitan and Bayu-Undan is in steep decline, there are calls for the Timorese government to boost state revenue by developing other sectors.   The Luta Hamutuk organization said...
Mon 18 Apr 2016, 15:19
government-purchases-more-than-257-police-motorcyclesThe Timor-Leste government has purchased more than 257 motorcycles for Suburban Police (OPS) officers to help them perform their duties more effectively.   “Today we have handed over 257 motorcycles...
Tue 05 Apr 2016, 10:39
mps-urge-for-the-permanent-maritime-boundary-between-timor-leste-and-australiaMembers of the Timorese Parliament MPs have urged the Australian government to resolve a dispute between the two countries over maritime boundaries in the Timor Sea according to international law during...


Fri 29 Apr 2016, 16:04
national-laboratory-generated-84-000-in-revenue-in-2015Timor-Leste’s National Laboratory contributed $84,000 to state coffers in 2015, according to Director Saturnino Gomes.   He said it was a significant increase compared to 2014 when the NasLab...
Mon 11 Apr 2016, 14:35
kmanek-supermarket-prepared-to-stock-ermera-agricultural-productsThe Executive Director of NGO HIAM Health, Rosaria Martins da Cruz, said Kmanek supermarket in the capital Dili, was prepared to stock the products of 12 horticulture groups based in the Ermera...
Wed 06 Apr 2016, 10:53
hiam-health-provide-training-to-extension-agentsTogether We Help HIAM-Health organization is continuing to provide training on nutrition-sensitive agriculture to extension agents working in the municipalities of Timor-Leste.   The Executive...


Wed 13 Apr 2016, 11:40
system-of-language-instruction-causing-confusion-in-schoolsThe system of language instruction is causing confusion in schools, with three languages currently being taught.   Mother tongue languages, Tetum and Portuguese are all used in the classroom, although...
Wed 13 Apr 2016, 11:26
ministries-establish-school-health-program-committeeThe Ministries of Education and Health have established a committee in the Dili municipality to implement a pilot school health program.   The National Director of School Social Action, Belchior R.A....
Tue 05 Apr 2016, 11:05
school-lunch-program-in-viqueque-municipality-not-runningEducation Director of Viqueque Municipality Emilio Amaral said student numbers had not been affected despite the closure of a long-running school lunch program four months ago.   He said students in...


Fri 29 Apr 2016, 09:26
medicines-unavailable-in-health-facilitiesSome health facilities have been left without adequate medical supplies after failing to submit a request in time to replenish their stocks.   General Director of the Autonomous Drug and Medical...
Thu 28 Apr 2016, 14:56
taskforce-set-up-to-combat-antibiotic-resistance-in-timor-lesteThe Ministry of Health in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) has established a national taskforce to help combat the rise in antimicrobial resistance. The aim of the taskforce is to...
Mon 25 Apr 2016, 15:29
construction-of-baucau-hospital-now-completeHealth Minister Dr Maria do Ceo Sarmento Pina da Costa said construction of the Baucau Referral Hospital was now complete, but it had not yet been inaugurated.   Construction began in 2007 but stalled...


Wed, Apr 2016, 09:24
us-embassy-allocates-60-000-to-boost-capacity-of-women-s-groupsThe US government through The Asia Foundation (TAF) has allocated $60,000 to help improve the capacity of women’s groups working in the municipalities.   Alola Foundation Program Manager Jose Sabino...
Tue, Apr 2016, 10:40
wife-faces-court-after-hitting-husband-for-coming-home-drunkA woman has appeared in Dili Municipality Court (DMC) on charges of domestic violence after hitting her husband with a plastic pipe when he returned home drunk.   The accused (FM) told the court that...
Wed, Apr 2016, 12:11
jsmp-34-of-sexual-violence-cases-heard-at-courts-against-girlsResearch conducted by the Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP) research in 2015 has found that 34% of Timor-Leste girls are victims of sexual violence.   JSMP researcher Rita Alves said the...


Thu, Apr 2016, 15:36
over-50-of-timorese-children-suffer-from-malnutritionMore than 50% of Timorese children aged five and under suffer from malnutrition, according to 2013 data released by the Ministry of Health.   Executive Director of Together We Help Each Other (HIAM)...
Mon, Apr 2016, 15:04
dmhc-distributes-vitamin-a-and-combantrin-to-childrenThe routine vitamin A and combantrin distribution program is helping to prevent malnutrition among children.   The Director of Dili Municipality Health Care (DMHC), Agustina da Costa Saldanha, said...
Wed, Mar 2016, 11:33
korentil-raises-awareness-of-conflict-prevention-among-youthA team from Klibur Organizasaun Resistensia Timor-Leste (KORENTIL) is raising awareness among university students on how to avoid conflict.   The General-Secretary of KORENTIL, Jose Monteiro, said it...


Mon, Apr 2016, 15:44
man-sentenced-for-hitting-his-wife-when-drunkA man who hit his wife while drunk has appeared in Dili Municipality Court (DMC) over the domestic violence incident.   According to the facts read by the Presiding Judge, the incident occurred after...
Wed, Apr 2016, 12:20
brothers-appear-in-court-over-motorcycle-disputeA man has appeared in Dili Municipality court after he hit his younger brother following a dispute over a motorcycle.   The victim (YH) told the court that in March 2015 he had asked the accused (SD)...
Tue, Apr 2016, 10:09
husband-hits-wife-for-being-stubbornA man has appeared in Dili Municipality court for hitting his wife for not listening to him and not following his instructions.   According to the facts of the case read by the presiding judge, the...

Editorial Corner

Wed, Mar 2016, 12:40
op-ed-by-dr-poonam-khetrapal-singh-regional-director-world-health-organization-south-east-asia-regionIntensify efforts to end TB  As part of renewed efforts to End TB, we need to return to core public health principles     Tuberculosis is a global public health scourge. In 2014, 9.6 million people...
Mon, Nov 2015, 11:18
dr-poonam-khetrapal-singh-regional-director-who-south-east-asia-regionAntibiotics – Handle With Care Every five minutes a child dies due to drug-resistant bacteria in the WHO South-East Asia Region. Drugs that were effective in treating deadly diseases such as...
Wed, Nov 2014, 17:09
family-planning-and-the-millennium-development-goalsThe Timorese government recently released its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report for 2014. Overall the MDG indicators show that living standards and human development have improved significantly...


Thu 27 Nov 2014, 12:05
timorese-judges-life-under-threat-who-is-not-telling-the-truth-hereIt was widely reported by international media, especially by those in Portugal and “copied pasted” by few local media and went viral on social media that “Timorese judges’ life was under threat”. The...


Fri, Mar 2014, 18:56
a-journey-to-health-begins-for-lucasElda de Jesus is a poor subsistence farmer, raising vegetables to feed her family on the outskirts of Dili. But she didn't need a medical degree to know that the blood noses, headaches and wildly racing...

Editorial Corner

According to the Deputy Commander of the Immigration Police Service (SPI), Chief Inspector Luis Barreto, his Unit by law does not have the competence to search passengers’ bags.
He said this in relation to claims that his Unit, the SPI, is responsible for the availability of illegal drugs in Timor-Leste.


“Our problem is that we are not mandated by law to search bags for drugs. That is the role of the Criminal Investigation Unit, they are mandated to investigate cases while the searching bags is the responsibility of Customs officials,” said Chief Inspector Barreto, last week, from his office in Vila-Verde, in Dili.

“We can only check whether travelers have the right documentation such as valid passports and visa documents,” he added.

When after a criminal investigation a foreigner is deemed to have illegally brought drugs into the country, “we will start a process called voluntary abandonment or even deport the person should that be the decision of the courts,” said Chief Inspector Barreto.

In the meantime, according to a source who declined to be identified from the Criminal Investigation Service (SIC), many drugs are available in the capital Dili, but the police so far has not been able to arrest anyone because the drugs circulate underground.

TDW tried to confirm the above statement with the Commander for SIC, Superintendent Calistro Gonzaga, but he was not available for an interview.

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