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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Taiwan -- Hau did not authorize evictions: gov't
The Taipei City Government announced yesterday that the order of eviction enforced upon the Referendum Alliance (公投護台灣聯盟) on April 11 was not authorized by Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌).
The Legislative Yuan's Internal Administration Committee (IAC) failed to convene a public hearing yesterday over the drafts of a bill supervising cross-strait agreements due to ruling party and opposition disagreements over legislative procedures.
With elections for the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) chairman approaching, two of the three hopefuls dropped a bomb on the first day of candidate registrations. Both incumbent Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) and former Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) announced that they will be withdrawing their candidacy, leaving only former Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in the race.
Taiwan currently plans to buy only two Perry-class frigates from the United States despite the latter having offered to sell four of them, Defense Minister Yen Ming (嚴明) said yesterday.
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The Industrial Development Bureau (工業局) yesterday announced that 14 seminars explaining the specifics of the upcoming Cross-Strait Trade in Goods Agreement (貨貿) will be staged this month in order to avoid yet another outburst of social discord over trade pacts with mainland China.
As the European Union strives for an 80-percent reduction in carbon emissions, Taiwan should also promise to cut down on carbon emission by 2050, said Sir David King, special representative to the foreign secretary on climate change in the UK.
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The Legislature's Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee yesterday passed a preliminary review of an amendment of the Code for Criminal Procedure, which stipulates that the court handling the second ruling cannot pronounce a sentence — the announced sentence and the exact sentence to be served — heavier than the first ruling.
Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時) said yesterday that the performance of Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co. (FETC) with regard to the new highway toll system ETC failed to meet the standards set in the contract.
A Frenchman who attempted to smuggle heroin worth NT$60 million has been arrested, the Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau (MJIB) and the Military Police Command (憲兵指揮部) said yesterday in a joint press conference.
National Taiwan University (NTU) President Yang Pan-chyr said yesterday that his university respects the personal expression of views and ideas by its students and faculty but hopes that it can be done rationally and without breaking laws.
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