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Monday, April 27, 2015
Taiwan -- Government, groups pledge to help earthquake-hit Nepal
Taiwan's government agencies and civic groups have begun soliciting donations as they prepare to head to Nepal to provide relief to the landlocked country after it was battered by a powerful earthquake on Saturday.
Of the 167 Taiwan nationals in Nepal when a magnitude-7.8 earthquake shook the Himalayan kingdom Saturday, 131 are confirmed to be safe, according to the latest update provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Sunday.
After years of strengthening economic relations, Taiwan and the Philippines are expected to continue experiencing increasing amounts of bilateral trade, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs, with trade volume between the two countries doubling from US$6.05 billion in 2009 to nearly US$12 billion in 2014.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW, 衛福部) was asked to provide a risk assessment report by experts who said scientific evidence would be sufficient to persuade Japanese officials of the need for action in response to the upcoming Japanese visit to Taiwan .
The Taipei City Fire Department said on Sunday that its disaster response team is ready to leave for Nepal to help with search and rescue efforts in that country after it was hit by a magnitude-7.9 earthquake the previous day.
Taiwanese tennis player Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇), who ended a long slump in singles with a good showing in early March, won the singles title at a lower tier ITF event in Shenzhen on Sunday.
The Republic of China government donated US$300,000 to Nepal late Saturday after a powerful magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck the country earlier the same day.
Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman and New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) has said repeatedly that he will not run in the 2016 presidential election, but that has not stopped KMT members from trying to keep his options open.
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President Ma Ying-jeou is set to deliver a speech on April 29, on the 22nd anniversary of the first meeting between the Kuomintang (KMT) government and communist China, in which he will reaffirm the "1992 Consensus."
Analysts said the Taiwan stock exchange's benchmark weighted index, the TAIEX, is closing in on 10,000 points and that foreign institutional investors will be one of the key factors determining when the psychological barrier is breached.
A team of foreign and local students at National Chengchi University is raising funds for its "IMPACT" project aimed at establishing schools in Central America to improve early education for children living in urban slums there.
The Stornaway (英國藍) tainted tea leaves scare continues to unravel, with the Taoyuan Public Health Department announcing yesterday that officials had found traces of fipronil that exceed standard amounts in Asia East Tea's (亞東製茶廠) HT black tea.
The United States supports Taiwan's participation in the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and is looking for ways to realize that goal, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel R. Russel said Thursday.
Former Control Yuan President Wang Chien-hsien (王建煊) has proposed that the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) should back Hon Hai Group Chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) as an independent candidate in the 2016 presidential election.
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