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Government using the ABC method to reduce HIV in Timor-Leste Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:27 The Timor-Leste Health Ministry is continuing to promote the use of condoms to at-risk groups to prevent the transmission of HIV, but still recommends that the wider community practice self-control in their sexual relations. Read the Full Story
More than $120,000 allocated for commemoration of Santa Cruz massacre Thursday, 20 October 2016 10:46 The government through the Secretariat of State for Youth and Sport (SSYS) has allocated $120,499.25 to the November 12 organizing committee for National Youth Day, held to commemorate the Santa Cruz massacre of 1991. Read the Full Story
Teachers not comfortable discussing sexual health topics with students Monday, 17 October 2016 12:32 Although the Education Ministry has formally included sexual health as a subject in the national curriculum, this has not yet been implemented as teachers still felt uncomfortable delivering the subject. Read the Full Story
Container trucks still operating during the day against regulations Wednesday, 05 October 2016 11:39 Container trucks are continuing to operate during the day despite a government law decree restricting their use between the hours of 10pm and 5am. Read the Full Story
Timor-Leste President will not accept life pension after leaving office Friday, 30 September 2016 11:59 The First Lady Isabel Ferreira said President Taur Matan Ruak would not accept the life pension available to him once he leaves office on the basis that it could lead to injustice in society. Read the Full Story
image Government using the ABC method to reduce HIV in Timor-Leste
image More than $120,000 allocated for commemoration of Santa Cruz massacre
image Teachers not comfortable discussing sexual health topics with students
image Container trucks still operating during the day against regulations
image Timor-Leste President will not accept life pension after leaving office


Thu 20 Oct 2016, 10:26
parliament-begins-discussions-on-human-trafficking-lawThe National Parliament (NP) has begun discussions on proposed law no. 26/III/III to combat human trafficking in the country.   Its objective is to respond to cases of human trafficking, which occur...
Mon 17 Oct 2016, 12:21
execution-of-general-state-budget-for-defense-ministry-reaches-67Minister of Defense Cirilio Cristovão said execution of the general state budget for the Defense Ministry reached 67% by mid-year.   He said $26,217,240 had been allocated to the ministry, which...
Fri 07 Oct 2016, 11:31
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Thu 20 Oct 2016, 11:12
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Thu 20 Oct 2016, 11:03
road-construction-project-in-aimanu-abandonedNational MP Francisco Andrade has questioned why a road construction project from Mota Masin to Aimanu suku (village) in the Baucau Municipality has been abandoned and the government has still not taken...
Wed 05 Oct 2016, 11:47
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Wed 12 Oct 2016, 10:48
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Wed 05 Oct 2016, 11:56
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Fri 09 Sep 2016, 11:00
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Mon 17 Oct 2016, 12:03
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Fri 07 Oct 2016, 11:16
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Wed 05 Oct 2016, 12:19
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Mon, Oct 2016, 12:41
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Wed, Oct 2016, 10:56
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Fri, Oct 2016, 11:08
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Fri, Oct 2016, 11:41
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Tue, Sep 2016, 14:18
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Thu, Oct 2016, 10:34
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Mon, Oct 2016, 12:13
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Wed, Oct 2016, 10:39
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Mon, Aug 2016, 13:06
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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.

Monday, October 24, 2016

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