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Fatumaca students lodge complaint over hand written diplomas Thursday, 19 February 2015 02:09 The students of the Dom Bosco Fatumaca Technical Vocational School (ETV) in Baucau Municipality lodged a complaint with the national parliament against the Ministry of Education because the diplomas they were awarded were hand written. Read the Full Story
‘Habemus New PM’ Prime Minister Dr. Rui Araujo Monday, 16 February 2015 22:29 Timor-Leste has a new Prime Minister, medical doctor Dr. Rui Maria de Araujo, who will lead the thirty-eight (38) members of newly appointed Sixth (VI) Constitutional Government of Timor-Leste until the next Legislative Elections in 2017. Read the Full Story
National Parliament allocates US$500 million for new Tibar Port Monday, 16 February 2015 22:18 The National Parliament has allocated US$500 million towards the cons-truction of the new port in Tibar Bay, Liquiça District, 45 minutes from the capital Dili, because the Port of Dili has become too small and is often congested. Read the Full Story
Outrage as 'X' marks historical trees government plans to cut down Monday, 09 February 2015 16:31 The trees (ai-sampolo) marked with an ‘X’ along the road in front of the Central Bank of Timor-Leste (BCTL) in Dili by the government to be cut down have sparked outrage in the Dili community both national and international. Read the Full Story
New Child Detention Centre on hold until 2016 Wednesday, 04 February 2015 22:11 The government is likely to postpone the building of a child detention centre in 2015 because designs are not ready and the BOQ (bill of quantity) for the project in still being prepared. Read the Full Story
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image National Parliament allocates US$500 million for new Tibar Port
image Outrage as 'X' marks historical trees government plans to cut down
image New Child Detention Centre on hold until 2016
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Thu 19 Feb 2015, 01:26
jsmp-praises-quality-of-sentencing-by-tl-courtsAccording to analysis conducted by the Judicial Monitoring System Program (JSMP) on the quality of sentencing handed down by the four municipal courts of Baucau, Suai, Oe-cusse and Dili, decisions handed...
Mon 09 Feb 2015, 16:10
sema-allocates-500-000-for-crocodile-holding-facilities-in-three-districtsThe Secretary of State for Environment SE Nominando Soares Martins said he will allocated $500,000 in 2015 to build crocodile holding facilities in Hera (Dili District), in Lospalos (Lauten District) and...
Mon 09 Feb 2015, 16:02
health-service-woes-at-the-national-hospitalMember of the National Parliament MP Aurelio Freitas claims services at the National Hospital Guido Valadares (HNGV) are delivered too slowly because staff spend too much looking over the shoulder or...


Thu 19 Feb 2015, 01:48
dnsa-transitions-76-fpa-s-to-permanent-positionsSeventy-six (76) Administrative Post Facilitators (FPA) signed public servant contracts with the Directorate of Water and Sanitation Services (DNSA), Ministry of Public Works, on 25 January 2015.The...
Thu 19 Feb 2015, 01:39
adb-finances-waste-disposal-researchRespite may be coming for waste disposal woes in the capital Dili as the Asia Develop Bank (ADB) committed funds for a team of specialists to undertake a research project into the problem.According to...
Wed 04 Feb 2015, 21:43
sepi-timorese-tais-too-expensiveThe Secretary of State for the Promotion of Equality (SEPI) Idelta Maria Rodrigues said the reason why many people are not likely to buy original Timorese Tais is because they are too expensive.She...


Wed 04 Feb 2015, 22:28
students-of-ebf-28-november-school-have-lessons-in-the-suku-officeFor over twelve months the students of the Bubulale Eskola Bazika Filial 28 de Novembro School have been attending classes in the Irabinde Cima suku office, in Viqueque.Teacher Gabriel Pinto said they...
Mon 02 Feb 2015, 23:34
me-to-rehabilitate-800-schools-in-2015One of the priorities for the Ministry of Education (ME) in 2015 is to use funds allocated in the State Budget for education to rehabilitate 800 schools presently in very poor condition in remote areas of...
Mon 02 Feb 2015, 23:20
me-to-continue-teacher-trainingIn 2015 the Ministry of Education will continue to provide teacher training in particular Portuguese and Tetun language training because levels of fluency are still low in the two languages.The...


Thu 19 Feb 2015, 01:56
bahamori-suku-in-baucau-alfa-free-from-open-defecationThe Suku of Bahamori, in the Administrative Post of Venilale, in the Municipality of Baucau was declared an Open Defecation Free Area (ALFA) on 15 January 2015.The ALFA declaration is part of the...
Thu 19 Feb 2015, 01:33
mp-claims-cuban-medical-graduates-not-fit-yet-to-practiceNational Member of Parliament MP Paulino Monteiro Soares Babo made  claims that lack of experience lead to deaths, against the newly Timorese medical graduates from the Cuban medical program.“Our new...
Mon 09 Feb 2015, 15:41
health-care-assistance-fails-to-reach-remote-areas-of-tlLack of health posts and housing for doctors is preventing health care from reaching remote rural areas according to Deputy Health Minister Natalia de Araujo.De Araujo added around 200 sukus out of a...

Human Rights

Thu 15 Jan 2015, 17:47
pdhj-supports-mandatory-hiv-testing-for-policeHuman Rights and Justice Ombudsman Silverio Baptista Pinto has thrown his support behind the National Police of Timor-Leste’s (PNTL) general command’s push to make HIV/AIDS testing mandatory for its...
Tue 23 Dec 2014, 09:45
new-ombudsman-ready-for-challengeNewly appointed human rights ombudsman Silverio Pinto says he is ready to ready to continue to implementing the Human Rights and Justice Provedoria’s (PDHJ) 10 year strategic plan.A communications...
Mon 01 Dec 2014, 17:25
ombudsman-respect-rights-of-mental-illness-sufferersDeputy Human Rights Ombudsman Silverio Baptista Pinto has appealed to all people to respect the rights of those suffering from mental illnesses.Pinto said sufferers’ family members were most likely to...
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Thu, Feb 2015, 02:03
rural-water-number-of-gmf-s-with-women-increases-by-22The number of Facility Management Groups (GMF) with over 30% women’s participation, from July to December 2014, increased to 89% compared to 67% in 2013 representing an increase of 22%.The National...
Mon, Feb 2015, 15:33
female-justice-officials-need-protectionMembers of Parliament have called for protection detail to be available to female justice officials when serving court summons.Commission F (health, education, culture, veterans’ affairs and gender...
Wed, Feb 2015, 21:16
australian-embassy-holds-public-equality-debateThe Australian Embassy for Timor-Leste has held a public debate on gender equality in development in Timor-Leste.Representative for the Australian ambassador Sally Moyle said the aim of the debate was...


Mon, Feb 2015, 15:52
mss-accused-of-lack-of-oversight-over-mother-s-subsidyChild Rights Group Representative from Ermera District, Ivonia Martins, believes the Ministry of Social Solidarity (MSS) is failing to control the implementation of the financial assistance program for...
Wed, Feb 2015, 22:19
draft-juvenile-justice-law-scheduled-for-com-debateDeputy Justice Ministry Ivo Jorge Valente said the draft Juvenile Justice Law has been completed and has been scheduled for debate at the Council Ministry (CoM) prior to being send to the National...
Sat, Jan 2015, 11:30
kndl-67-of-children-abused-at-home-and-schoolThe results of an assessment conducted by the National Commission for the Rights of the Child (KNDL) in Timor-Leste show that some 67% of children get some form of physical punishment by school teachers...


Thu, Feb 2015, 01:20
us-embassy-gears-up-pntlThe U.S. Embassy in Timor-Leste provided 15 motorbikes for the National  Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) to support national police officers in their duties.“The motorcycles will help the police officers...
Mon, Feb 2015, 23:26
mp-urges-mj-to-translate-the-civil-code-to-tetunMember of the National Parliament MP Arao Noe urges the Ministry of Justice to work towards translating the Timorese Civil Code Law to Tetun because it was difficult for Timorese to understand its current...
Mon, Feb 2015, 23:13
pntl-establishes-district-operation-centres-in-12-districtsThe National Police of Timor-Leste PNTL has set up 12 the District Operation Centres (DOPs) improve communication between district based operations and PNTL’s national operations centre.The Chief of...

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...


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...
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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.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

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