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Six villages paying for water Tuesday, 28 October 2014 10:26 Residents of six Dili villages have begun paying for water, says State Secretary for Water, Sanitation and Urbanization Elias Pereira Moniz. Read the Full Story
Member of Parliament Laments PDD II Projects Abandoned Tuesday, 28 October 2014 10:20 Members of Parliament (MPs) have expressed concern about the District Development Project II abandoning infrastructure projects. Read the Full Story
Farmers sell government tractors Tuesday, 28 October 2014 10:15 Member of Parliament (MP) Manuel Gaspar Soares da Silva has called for an investigation into allegations farmers have sold tractors provided to them by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAP). Read the Full Story
Clean-up teams patrol 21 Dili sukus Monday, 27 October 2014 17:31 The Ministry of State Administration and Territorial Management has mobilized clean-up patrols in 21 Dili district sukus to rid the capital of rubbish.  Read the Full Story
Tuberculosis on the rise Wednesday, 22 October 2014 16:40 Tuberculosis is on the rise in Timor-Leste with new patients registered every day, says Bairo-Pite clinic director Dr Daniel Murphy. Read the Full Story
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Mon 27 Oct 2014, 16:57
party-members-in-dark-about-public-subsidy-budgetPolitical party members lack knowledge of the Public Subsidy Budget which is provided by the National Electoral Commission to registered Timorese political parties.Electoral Commissioner Joana Dulce...
Wed 15 Oct 2014, 10:28
government-in-hot-water-for-shunning-local-productsThe decision by the government to use Indonesia bottled water at recent international events such as the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) conference, instead of a local product, has drawn...
Tue 14 Oct 2014, 15:35
dumping-decrees-ignoredDili residents are failing to obey the government’s ban on dumping rubbish outside the hours of 4.30am and 7am due to a lack of awareness of the decree.Member of Parliament Ilda Maria da Concencao...


Tue 28 Oct 2014, 09:55
mp-called-on-the-mop-to-fix-the-likidoe-roadMember of Parliament (MP) Inacio Moreira has called on the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) to fix Aileu’s Likidoe road.The member of Commission E  (infrastructure, transport and communications) said...
Wed 15 Oct 2014, 11:08
sepfope-to-rehabilitate-community-tourism-sitesThe State Secretariat for Vocational Training and Employment (SEPFOPE) has begun a project to rehabilitate tourism sites.Secretary of State (SE) Ilidio Ximenes da Costa said the tourism industry could...
Tue 14 Oct 2014, 15:11
tl-s-petroleum-industry-an-example-to-the-worldTimor-Leste has become an example to the world for its transparency within the petroleum sector, according to Petroleum and Mineral Resources minister Alfredo Pires.Pires said although Timor-Leste had...


Wed 15 Oct 2014, 11:01
haburas-provides-tourism-trainingNGO Haburas has provided training to community tourism operations in Lautem, Liquisa and Aileu about management, cooking and guiding tours.Haburas executive director Virgilio Guterres said the...
Wed 15 Oct 2014, 10:51
pregnant-teens-booted-off-scholarship-programWomen’s advocacy group Alola Foundation has withdrawn funding from five scholarship recipients because they fell pregnant.Alola Foundation executive director Alzira Reis said the aim of the...
Wed 15 Oct 2014, 10:44
school-gardens-program-underwayThe Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has co-operated with the Ministry of Education to identify schools to host the schools garden project to support the schools meals program.Minister Mariano...


Tue 28 Oct 2014, 09:48
hiv-rates-on-the-riseThree HIV/AIDS patients are receiving intensive treatment at the Bairo-Pite clinic for complications of their compromised immune systems.Bairo-Pite clinic director Dr Dan Murphy said HIV/SAIDS was a...
Wed 22 Oct 2014, 16:34
mp-health-officers-in-the-dark-about-entitlementsHealth officers misunderstand their entitlements and responsibilities written into law because of a lack of socialization.Commission F (health, education, culture, veterans' and gender equality...
Wed 22 Oct 2014, 16:24
midwives-say-phones-used-to-light-deliveriesMidwives at the National Hospital Guido Valadares (HGNV) have been forced to use torch functions on mobile phones to light delivery rooms, according the Member of Parliament (MP) Josefa Alvares Pereira...

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Fri 20 Jun 2014, 12:21
ulmera-primary-school-students-learning-in-dirty-classroomsMembers of the National Parliament, Commission F, were confronted with the sight of students of the Ulmera primary School in Liquiça town who are getting an education amidst squalid conditions. “When we...
Mon 16 Jun 2014, 10:52
daulala-sub-village-community-does-not-have-access-to-clean-waterThe community of Daulala sub-village, Fahirai village, Aileu district, has lived without access to clean water since 2002. Fahirai’s village chief, Luis Nemao said the community uses water from the river...
Wed 11 Jun 2014, 15:39
219-villages-have-not-received-any-health-assistanceHealth Minister Sergio da Costa Lobo said residents from 219 villages have never received any form of health assistance since Timor-Leste’s independence as no health staff had ever worked in those...
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Wed, Oct 2014, 15:56
women-participation-in-pnds-reach-53The Secretary of State for Local Development, Samuel Mendonca said, women’s  participation in the implementation of National Program for Sucos Development (PNDS) is truly positive, as it is now reaching...
Wed, Oct 2014, 15:47
help-for-young-mums-to-return-to-schoolThe Ministry of Education has not made a serious effort to enable teen mothers to finish their schooling, according to Alola Foundation (FA) executive director Alzira Reis. Reis said while the right...
Wed, Oct 2014, 15:39
students-learn-about-legislative-bodiesThe Women in Politics and the Timor-Leste Parliamentary Women’s Group (GMPTL) has held an open discussion on the role of legislative bodies with Dili secondary students.GMPTL president Member of...


Tue, Oct 2014, 10:02
jsmp-government-needs-to-set-up-mobile-closed-courtsThe Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP) has recommended the Ministry of Justice establish a mobile court to try sensitive cases such as the sexual abuse of minors.JSMP executive director Luis...
Mon, Oct 2014, 16:31
action-needed-to-combat-take-up-of-smoking-by-minorsThe Take Care Forum (FTM) has challenged the government to bring down smoking rates among minors.FTM director Ana Paula Sequeira said the government should pass specific laws in relation to the...
Mon, Oct 2014, 16:23
commissioner-barreto-0-to-6-age-children-are-in-self-developingChildren aged six and under are at a critical stage of development and must be protected by their families and communities, according to National Commission for Children’s Rights (KNDL) head Maria...


Mon, Oct 2014, 17:26
traffic-laws-floutedMember of Parliament David Dias Ximenes has called on the Transport Police (POLTRANS) to continue controlling traffic flow on Dili streets, as many drivers do not abide by traffic signal...
Mon, Oct 2014, 17:14
pntl-overrun-with-gangstersThe National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) is overrun by gangsters involved in criminal behaviour, according to Member of Parliament David Dias Ximenes.“They assault people night and day,” he...
Mon, Oct 2014, 17:08
undp-supports-mj-to-open-the-judicial-clinicThe United Nation Development Program (UNDP) will support the Justice Ministry to open legal aid offices in all 13 districts.Justice Minister Dionisio Babo Soares said the program would begin as a...

Editorial Corner

Mon, Oct 2014, 16:49
and-why-is-it-that-timor-leste-needs-a-media-lawThere will soon be a Media Law for Timor-Leste to include a media regulator authority, this seems more a matter of time rather than a point for debate. But why is it that we need one, or rather why is...
Wed, Nov -0001, 08:22
editorialThis week Timor-Leste is in shock after the gruesome murder of Rita Soares.  The young woman was found washed up on the beach in Metiaut, with her body in a terrible condition after being beaten and tied...
Wed, Nov -0001, 08:22
editorial-tdwThe issue of corruption has become the subject of increased political rhetoric and media coverage in the past few years in Timor-Leste, but despite this rhetoric, the willingness of the government and...


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...
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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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

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