Subject: Daily Media Review Monday, 01 June 2005

[Poster's note: Long repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list have been removed.]


Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Thursday, 02 June 2005

Police take action on vendors

A PNTL taskforce on Wednesday took action against vendors selling vegetables and clothes at the old market site, upon orders from the Dili District Administration, the latest in a series of evictions from the area. Many of the vendors gathered their goods together and were transported home by a truck provided by the Administration. According to some of the vendors interviewed by Timor Post, they set up stalls at the old market site because there is no room left at the three official markets. (Timor Post)

September to see implementation of religion curriculum

According to the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Armindo Maia, the implementation of religious lessons as part of the school curriculum will begin this September. Speaking to journalists, Maia said that there are still some technical issues regarding the curriculum that must be worked out between the Government, the Catholic Church, and other religious denominations. (Timor Post)

Horta congratulates Guterres

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Jose Ramos Horta has expressed his pleasure regarding the appointment of former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres to his new position as UN High Commissioner for Refugees. In a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Horta said that the new position fits Guterres' profile perfectly as a statesman and politician. Horta said that he is confident that Guterres will serve well those refugees who are victims of war as well as natural disaster. He added that as Guterres is such a good statesman, he will be able to engender good relations with the international community, in particular rich countries in order to lobby for financial and human resource support for the UNHCR. (Timor Post)

MP's fail to attend Parliament sessions on time

The plenary sessions of the National Parliament, a routine matter for every Monday and Tuesday, have not been running smoothly recently, as many Members of Parliament fail to attend on time. According to STL, the tardiness of the MP's is a reminder of the 'rubber time' adhered to by Indonesian MP's and civil servants. President of the National Parliament Francisco Gutteres once again reminded his fellow parliamentarians yesterday that it is important that they arrive on time to Parliament, so as to attend to important matters of the people. (STL)

Government to guarantee good future for children

President of the National Parliament Francisco Guterres said that this year the government will make further efforts to do what they can for the children of Timor-Leste. As part of his message on World Children's Day yesterday, Guterres said that the government will work to properly guarantee rights to education, equality, healthcare and protection for children. He said it is the responsibility of the State to provide these things, and that children's rights concerning the above are enshrined in the RDTL Constitution. (Timor Post)

ADB to provide $10 million for roads

In supporting government efforts to increase roadwork in the next three years, the Asian Development Bank has contributed an additional $10 million. According to ADB Resident Representative Charles Andrews, this money is in addition to the funds already provided through TFET. He said that the ADB believes that other donor countries should also support road works in Timor-Leste, and that is why the Bank also works closely with other donor countries and institutions such as Japan and JICA, as well as AusAID and the Australian government. (STL)


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