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Calls for police officers over 60 to be retired Friday, 02 December 2016 11:54 Members of the National Parliament have called on the commander of the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) to consider retiring members aged over 60 as they need to rest. Read the Full Story
Hard times ahead for Ermera farmers as coffee price drops Thursday, 01 December 2016 11:16 The falling price of coffee makes has saddened growers in Ermera municipality who are struggling to improve their lives and send their children to school. Read the Full Story
Young people marrying early due to lack of information Thursday, 01 December 2016 10:45 Many young women are marrying early due to a lack of adequate information about sexual and reproductive health issues. Read the Full Story
Teachers continue to use violence against students Friday, 25 November 2016 13:20 Teachers are continuing to use violence to discipline students at schools, even though there is a zero-tolerance policy in place. Read the Full Story
Independent justice system to contribute to peace Friday, 25 November 2016 12:34 First Lady Isabel Ferreira said that an independent justice system in Timor-Leste would contribute to the country’s peace and stability and therefore the state should guarantee it. Read the Full Story
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Wed 30 Nov -0001, 08:22
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Thu 01 Dec 2016, 11:01
parliament-approves-contributory-social-security-lawThe National Parliament has approved the final global law for establishing a contributory social security law for workers in the country.   The context of the law is to ensure institutions, government...
Fri 25 Nov 2016, 13:05
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Fri 02 Dec 2016, 12:01
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Wed 23 Nov 2016, 12:52
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Thu 10 Nov 2016, 11:11
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Thu 17 Nov 2016, 11:15
school-feeding-menu-lacks-nutritious-optionsThe school feeding menu has been criticized for being poor quality and lacking nutritious food. National MP Manuel Castro said MPS had often questioned the school feeding program, but the issues had...
Mon 07 Nov 2016, 11:38
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Wed 12 Oct 2016, 10:48
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Wed 23 Nov 2016, 11:51
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Mon 14 Nov 2016, 10:28
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Mon 14 Nov 2016, 10:19
health-sector-important-for-maintaining-peace-and-stabilityThe main role of the health sector is to contribute to maintaining peace and stability in Timor-Leste, particularly in terms of ensuring that the population is in good health, according to Deputy Health...


Fri, Oct 2016, 11:18
new-guidelines-to-improve-support-for-victims-of-gender-based-violenceThe Ministry of Health in collaboration with international agencies is developing guidelines for health personnel to help provide better assistance to victims of gender-based violence in...
Mon, Oct 2016, 12:41
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Wed, Oct 2016, 10:56
women-still-lack-information-about-family-planningThe Deputy President of the Timor-Leste Parliamentary Women’s Group (GMPTL), Albina Marçal, said many women especially in rural areas were having multiple pregnancies close together every year because of...


Thu, Nov 2016, 10:55
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Thu, Nov 2016, 11:23
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Mon, Nov 2016, 10:09
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Fri, Dec 2016, 11:43
man-hits-wife-during-altercation-over-phone-callA man who hit his wife after she refused to let him continue a late night phone call, has appeared in Dili Municipality Court. According to facts outlined in court by the presiding judge, the incident...
Thu, Dec 2016, 11:08
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Thu, Dec 2016, 10:53
man-assaults-wife-for-leaving-children-home-aloneA man who slapped, hit and kicked his wife for leaving their children home alone has appeared in The Dili Municipality Court (DMC) after being charged with minor assault under domestic violence...

Editorial Corner

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...
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...



Fri, Nov 2016, 13:38
tomak-to-os-ba-moris-di-ak-farming-for-prosperity-australian-aid-positions-vacant-project-officers-x-2-baucau-and-maliana-vacancies-are-open-to-timorese-nationals-onlyTOMAK (To’os Ba Moris Di’ak / Farming for Prosperity) is a new 5-year agricultural livelihoods programme funded by the Australian government’s aid program in Timor-Leste. The program’s goal is to ensure...

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.

Monday, December 05, 2016

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