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MDG houses used as PNTL barracks Friday, 12 September 2014 11:11 Millennium Development Goal houses are being used as police barracks rather than their intended use as homes for vulnerable people. Read the Full Story
Lobo: specialist doctors can take on managerial roles Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:51 Moving medical specialists into administrative roles will not affects the level of care given at the National Hospital of Guido Valadares (HGNV) according to health minister Sergio da Costa Lobo.  Read the Full Story
MPs demand answers over HNGV malpractice deaths Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:52 Members of Parliament are demanding answers over alleged malpractice at the National Hospital of Guido Valadares (HNGV). Read the Full Story
PN congratulates: Horta success in Guinea Bissau Friday, 22 August 2014 16:07 The National Parliament congratulated the work of Jose Ramos Horta as a special former representative of United Nation in Guinea Bissau who got a huge success during holding his mission because he did create peace and stability. Read the Full Story
UNTL conference showcases scientific discovery Friday, 22 August 2014 15:36 The National University of Timor-Lorosa’e (UNTL) has held an international conference to promote scientific discovery in Timor-Leste and share new findings.  Read the Full Story
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Thu 18 Sep 2014, 14:37
cart-vendors-return-after-being-moved-onIneffective implementation has troubled the government’s policy of moving on cart vendors from roadsides and bridges, according to Member of Parliament (MP) Maria Fernanda Lay.MP Lay said in vendors...
Thu 18 Sep 2014, 14:31
mp-miss-turismu-uselessMember of Parliament (MP) Brigida Antonia Correira has criticized the Ministry of Tourism’s Miss Turismu initiative as a waste of money.MP Correira said the winner of the inaugural Miss Turismo...
Fri 12 Sep 2014, 11:22
party-subsidies-re-endorsedThe government has re-endorsed its public subsidy policy for political parties.National Electoral Commission (CNE) head Joana Dulce Vitor said the policy objective was to support the activities of...


Fri 12 Sep 2014, 11:34
ermera-extension-agents-need-transportErmera agricultural extension agents have called on the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAP) to provide them with transportation needed to carry out their work to support communities.Extension...
Tue 26 Aug 2014, 11:59
vet-clinics-abandonedVeterinary clinics built by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAP) are sitting unused, according to Member of Parliament (MP) Aurelio Freitas Ribeiro. MP Ribeiro said the clinics, which were...
Fri 22 Aug 2014, 16:23
manatuto-villages-without-power-for-13-yearsLoko and Fatukono villages within Manatuto’s Laclo sub-district have not had access to electricity for the past 13 years and are instead forced to rely on other methods of lighting homes at...


Thu 18 Sep 2014, 14:58
mp-international-school-must-follow-timorese-curriculum-or-risk-closureMember of Parliament Eladio Faculto has called on the Timor-Leste government to close down the Dili International School (DIS) as it does not follow the curriculum set down by the Ministry of...
Fri 12 Sep 2014, 11:28
students-call-for-school-busesDili students have called on the Ministry of Education to provide a school bus so they will no longer be late to school.Nobel da Paz Secondary School student Avelino da Costa said it was difficult to...
Tue 26 Aug 2014, 11:43
lospalos-school-needs-books-facilitiesTeachers at Lospalos school EBC are calling for English-language books for the school’s library. Ninth grade teacher Maria Isabela Savio said the school needs not only books but  also desks and chairs...


Thu 18 Sep 2014, 14:45
blood-donation-group-to-boost-stocksThe National Blood Bank (BNS) is working to establish a blood donation group to assure blood stocks at the facility and to raise community awareness of blood donations.BNS chief Arcenio Jose Alves...
Fri 08 Aug 2014, 15:04
space-is-limited-medical-service-not-maximalThe health workers’ service in East Timor National Police (PNTL) clinic is not maximal yet because the room is too narrow. Chief of the clinic, inspector Abilio Aroujo said that there are six doctors...
Thu 31 Jul 2014, 00:03
almost-3-million-shot-in-the-arm-for-vaccination-programThe Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunization (GAVI) has provided almost $3 million to the Ministry of Health to supports its program to immunize Timorese children in all districts.Deputy...

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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, Aug 2014, 12:42
maternal-nutrition-program-ceasedMember of Parliament (MP) Ilda Maria da Conceicao has called on the Ministry of Health to explain why a program which provides corn flour to expectant mothers has been on hold for two months.The...
Tue, Aug 2014, 13:18
green-house-creates-job-for-womenHIAM Health director Rosaria Martins da Cruz says the organization’s green house program provides an outlet for women which they can do while looking after children and doing housework.The program...
Thu, Aug 2014, 10:18
gmptl-sik-fails-to-find-out-the-perpetrator-of-dumping-a-babyThe Women’s Group Parliamentary Timor-Leste (GMPTL) considered the Work Criminal Police Investigation failed to find out the perpetrator of dumping a baby due to they haven’t identified the suspects until...


Fri, Sep 2014, 10:43
more-than-half-of-timorese-under-5s-malnourishedResearch conducted by the Ministry of Health and UNICEF in 2013 shows that half of all Timorese children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition.Ministry of Health department of nutrition chief...
Tue, Aug 2014, 13:08
2-275-orphans-become-beneficiaries-to-the-oan-kiak-trust-fund-programThe Oan Kiak Trust fund Program has offered scholarships to 2275 Timorese orphans from all 13 districts to allow them to complete their secondary education. Program caretaker Bishop Hilton Deakin said...
Tue, Aug 2014, 17:19
child-labour-still-a-major-problemMember of Parliament Deputy Eladio Faculto has recommended the government focus its attention on children’s issues, particularly on the problem of child labor, a practice which is thriving in...


Thu, Sep 2014, 14:52
murder-investigation-crawls-onSecurity sector watchdog Fundasaun Mahein has asked questions of the Criminal Investigation Service (SIK) and its failure to prosecute a suspect in a Bebora homicide.Fundasaun Mahein vice director...
Fri, Sep 2014, 10:51
pntl-fails-to-recapture-becora-escapeesMember of Parliament (MP) Cesar Valente had criticized the National Police of East Timor (PNTL) for its failure to recapture two Becora prison inmates who escaped the facility last year.Escapee Juga...
Tue, Aug 2014, 11:25
call-to-bring-back-mandatory-jail-time-for-unlicensed-driversSecurity sector watchdog Fundasaun Mahein (FM) has criticized police for failing to enforce mandatory 72 hour jail terms for motorists who drive unlicensed. FM vice director Joao Almeida said Article...

Editorial Corner

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, Dec 2012, 14:18
editorial-tdwAs the end of the year approaches it’s a good time to reflect on the achievements of Timor-Leste in 2012, and to look ahead to the challenges of 2013. At the beginning of the year, many were anxious about...


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.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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