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Here it is: Gov't unveils pension reform plan
Vice President Chen Chien-jen announced the government's pension reform plans Thursday ahead of Sunday's national conference on the issue, with a proposal to phase out a controversial 18 percent preferential savings rate grabbing the most attention.
 
Need a passport? Step one: Send a message on Line
Booking an appointment to apply for a passport is now as easy as sending a text.
 
Kidnapped engineer thanks those who secured his release
Shen Jui-chang (沈瑞章), who returned home last year after being held captive by Somali pirates for 1,672 days, has expressed his gratitude to those who helped him get back to Taiwan safely.
 
Pension reform proposal draws mixed reviews
Reviews have been decidedly mixed for the extensive pension reform proposals presented yesterday by Vice President Chen Chien-jen, participants in the process revealed on a radio show this morning.
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Headlines from across Taiwan
Good morning, here are the top stories from around Taiwan for Friday January 20, 2017.
 
An amazing drinking story
Firefighters rescue a drunk man stuck on a ninth-floor window ledge in Taoyuan on Thursday, Jan. 19. Reports say that, far from being suicidal, the man had gotten into the situation when drinking at a friend's home and wanting to get fresh air. Even after sobering up, the man said he could not recall how he had climbed outside.
 > Taoyuan
 
New year, new wheels
Police officers on donated scooters put on a demonstration in Hsinchu City on Thursday, Jan. 18. Security around the country will be bolstered until Feb. 2 for the safety of road users during the Lunar New Year, during which both foot and vehicle traffic will see a sharp increase.
 > Hsinchu
 
Labeled a disgrace
Different brands of mislabeled tempered-glass cellphone screen covers are displayed Thursday, Jan. 19.
 
Teachable moments
British teacher Ann Wearden sells spring festival couplets to children at Shih Hsien Elementary School's flea market on Wednesday, Jan. 18.
 
Taiwan urges U.S. support in maintaining cross-strait peace
The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Thursday urged the incoming U.S. administration of Donald Trump to support Taipei's continued efforts to maintain cross-strait peace and reiterated that Taiwan should not be used as a bargaining chip in the relationship between the United States and China.
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