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April, 29, 2016

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TAIPEI - The organiser of a party which saw a fireball rip through a Taiwan waterpark leaving 15 dead was found guilty of negligence Tuesday and jailed for almost five years, as the court paid tribute to the "excruciating pain and torment" of the bereaved.
 
Embattled Academia Sinica chief Wong not to step down
Embattled Academia Sinica President Wong Chi-huey (翁啟惠), facing charges of corruption and breach of trust, Monday failed to submit his resignation during a meeting with President Ma Ying-jeou, in a move Ma described as a deviation of what the public has expected.
 
Tainan hosts first ever office chair 'grand prix' race
An office chair race, an activity that has become popular in Japan, was held in Tainan on Sunday to promote local businesses and tourism.
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The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) denied Sunday that it was not aware that China arrested 10 Taiwanese nationals for taking part in a telecommunications fraud ring based in Uganda, and said that 55 people implicated in the same case had been apprehended in Taiwan.
 
Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) stated Sunday that if U.S. pork imports containing the feed additive ractopamine are allowed into Taiwan, the blame would likely fall squarely in the hands of President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), the Central News Agency reported.
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Director of the Kuomintang's (KMT) Central Policy Committee (CPC), Alex Tsai (蔡正元), voiced support on Sunday to appeal a prison sentence against Tainan City Council Speaker Lee Chuan-chiao (李全教).
 
Animal abuse offenders could face tougher punishments, after nearly thirty advocate groups announced plans to send their animal protection reform bill to the legislature by the end of April, according to the Association of Taiwan Tree-huggers (台灣樹人會) as reported by the Central News Agency.
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Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) on Sunday responded to criticism of the city government's plan to inaugurate car sharing service U-cars by the end of the year, insisting on pushing for the program, while vowing to consider councilors' concerns.
 
Taiwan's government has been asked to help ethnic Chinese revive Chinese language and cultural education in Kolkata, which has disappeared from the eastern Indian city for several years.
 
Former National Police Agency (NPA, 警政署) director general Yen Shih-hsi (顏世錫) will be honored with a posthumous commendation issued by the Presidential Office on Tuesday, according to a Sunday NPA press release. Yen passed away on April 18 from a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 86.
 
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