Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Feb 27, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Feb 27, 2004


Time to use pre-paid meters

The Secretary of State for Mineral and Energy, Igidio de Jesus, said that the pre-paid electricity meters are good idea and they are cost effective for everyone to use. He said that the pre-paid meters will help the consumers have a better grasp on their electrical bills. Mr de Jesus said that the pre-paid meters will also stop consumers blaming the Government for not doing their accounts well and charging them too much for electricity.

Whether you want them or not, pre-paid are here to stay

The Sub-District Administrator of Nain Feto, Adriano Soriano da Silva, said that the pre-paid electricity meters are here to stay and people have to understand that this Government program has to be implemented. He said that those who do not want to pay their electricity bill will see their power lines cut. Mr da Silva said that the pre-paid meters are not that expensive. He said that according to reports he has received, with a USD$ 50 card, you run a house for more than a month.

Veterans debate over criteria

The Head of the team of the Commission for National Debate for Veterans and Ex-Combatants, Andre L-4, said that the objective of the national debate is about the definition of a veteran to seek input from everyone. He said the establhisment of agreed criteria will benefit everyone. He said that after the consultation, a report will be presented to the President Xanana Gusmão and he will send the final report to the National Parliament.

Bomb scare at CAVR

According to a report published in today's edition of STL, a staff from the CAVR office in Dili received an SMS message from an anonymous person saying that he was an Indonesian army officer and in 1999 he placed a bomb in the building and was due to explode yesterday, 26 February, 2004. The National Police Force and the Bomb Squad Experts were called to the site but could not find any bomb.

Timor Post

IRI doing political campaign says Lu Olo

Following an urgent meeting between the Secretary General of FRETILIN and the President of FRETILIN, Lu Olo, said that the meeting had been called to discuss the involvement of International Republican Institute (IRI) in political campaigns with other political parties throughout the country. He said that they both talked about the involvement of IRI in political activities in the country. Mr Lu Olo said that the conversation centred on the IRI involvement with political parties and the need to find more about this. According to Timor Post, a source from the National Parliament said that a member of the Democratic Social Party (PSD) at the National Parliament has been absent for a week as he is involved in political campaign in the district with members of IRI.

Parliament approved draft law on Provedor

A Member of the National Parliament, Rui Menezes, said that was very important to approve the proposed law for the establishment of the Office of the Provedor. He said that with the establishment of the Office of the Provedor as an independent body, it will function has a watchdog for nepotism, human rights abuses and justice for all.

Cuba will send 15 doctors first says Lobato

The Vice-minister of Health, Luis Lobato, said that the Government of Cuba will send 15 doctors to Timor-Leste 2 of whom will be posted 2 in every districts. He said that 3 specialists doctors will be working in the National Hospital in Dili.

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