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February, 22, 2017

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Assembled vehicles are safe: bus association
In a public hearing held by the Transportation Ministry, bus association representative Jiang Chi-hsin (江其興) denied that so-called "assembled vehicles" -- in which foreign chassis are furnished with local parts -- were to blame for a bus crash that killed 33 people last week
 
Gov't tightens rules for one-day tours
Several one-day bus tours have been ordered to hire extra drivers or cease operations, the government announced Tuesday, following a crash that left 33 people dead.
 
MOFA denies censorship allegations
An official on Tuesday denied that an English-language magazine under the Foreign Ministry had withheld a story featuring an interview with a transportation minister from the Ma Ying-jeou administration.
 
Cracked rail found on airport metro line
A crack was found in the rail of Taoyuan Airport MRT on Tuesday, just over one week before the official opening slated for next Thursday.
 
Hundreds of veterans began a monthlong demonstration near the Legislative Yuan Tuesday morning to protest the government's pension reform plan, which would significantly cut their retirement pensions and benefits.
 
Former President Ma Ying-jeou said he had "committed no crime," as he appeared in court Tuesday, accused of illegally obtaining information during a 2013 wiretapping scandal.
 
"A little spring swallow" has flitted into the lackluster domestic realty market, a market expert said Monday, referring to soaring construction shares that have sent the local bourse rallying toward the 10,000-point mark.
 
Marking Mary's return
The Wanchin Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, commonly known as the Wanchin Church, is seen in this undated photo. The church, located in Wanchin, Pingtung, will hold a procession on Feb. 26 to mark the centennial of the Marian apparition in Fatima, Portugal.
 
Still smoggy
The Port of Kaohsiung is shrouded in smog, Tuesday, Feb. 21. Persistent pollution has engulfed Central and Southern Taiwan.
 
The Water Resources Agency (WRA) decided Tuesday to implement first-stage water restrictions in Hsinchu, Taoyuan and New Taipei's Linkou, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts with effect from March 1.
 
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