Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Jan 20, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Jan 20, 2004

Timor Post

New team for traffic control

The National Police Commissioner, Paulo Fatima Martins, said that after the concerns presented by the National Parliament on traffic accidents in Dili, he has decided to set up an special traffic patrol unit to observe and report the reasons for so many traffic accidents. He said that the team will monitor the traffic and the numbers of cars and motorbikes using the roads. Mr Martins said that the team will make an evaluation of the traffic changes in Dili new traffic signs and zebra crossings. He said he will present a report to the Minister of Interior after the traffic evaluation.

Dili is a city of garbage, says member of Parliament

A Member of the National Parliament, Pedro Gomes, said that the Government needs to pay urgent attention to the situation in Dili as it is very dirty with animals all over the city as well as garbage and grass growing all over. He said the condition of the city needs to improve and to avoid it becoming breading ground for sickness.

CPD-RDTL threatens teacher in Bobonaro

The Vice-Director of Education Department in the District of Bobonaro, Domingos da Costa Tavares, said that in 2003 members of CPD-RDTL have threatened Vasco da Conceicao, a school teacher at the Primary School in Anapal, suco Molop, Sub-District of Bobonaro. He said that CPD-RDTL used a machete and destroyed several tables and chairs in various classrooms. Mr Tavares said that CPD-RDTL does not agree and accept the Government's Policy on Education.

80 tons of rice seeds donated by GTZ

The Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Francisco Benevides, said that the German Technical Cooperation NGO (GTZ) based in Baucau has financially supported the acquisition of 80 tons of seeds to replace the poor quality rice seeds being used by farmers. He said that the new rice seeds will be distributed to farmers and GTZ will help them with better harvesting and improve the quality of rice in Timor-Leste. The GTZ coordinator in Timor-Leste, Gunter Kohl, said that the 80 tons of rice seeds were bought in Surabaya for USD$40,000 and will be distributed throughout four districts in Baucau.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office Ph: 723 3110 Tel: 332 4649 Email: Email:

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