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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Concerned by an increased amount of drugs seized by law-enforcement agencies last year, Premier Simon Chang issued an instruction at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday that more detailed data should be established as part of efforts to crack down on drug-related crime.
Temperatures are likely to drop to 9 degrees Celsius in Northern Taiwan on Chinese Lunar New Year's Eve on Feb. 7 due to a strong cold front, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Tuesday.
The Centers for Disease Control said Tuesday that the number of influenza cases has risen quickly in Taiwan, with an additional 58 serious complications from influenza, the highest in a single week this year.
The number of new patent applications filed in Taiwan by domestic and foreign entities last year fell by an annual 5.6 percent to 73,627, the third consecutive annual drop, Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) said Tuesday.
AIT extends CNY wishes through song
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on Tuesday released an original song and music video online to extend its best wishes to the people of Taiwan on the upcoming Chinese New Year of the Monkey.
Wang Yan-chun (王燕軍), the office director for former President Lee Teng-hui was summoned to give testimony in court on Tuesday over allegations he embezzled NT$120,000 (approximately US$3,580) for travel expenses.
Housing trade in Taiwan's major cities -- Kaohsiung, New Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Taipei and Taoyuan -- fell a whopping 68 percent in January from the previous month, based on newly released transaction data.
The U.S. dollar rose against the New Taiwan dollar Tuesday, gaining NT$0.010 to close at the day's high of NT$33.680 as Taiwan's central bank entered the trading floor, helping the U.S. dollar recoup its earlier losses, dealers said.
Shares in Taiwan trended lower Tuesday as investors locked in gains built in the previous few sessions, but the weighted index still closed above the 8,100-point mark amid ample liquidity, dealers said.
Two saleswomen on Tuesday accused Taiwan's SOGO Department Store of imposing various unreasonable restrictions on its employees such as forbidding them from sitting down or drinking water during work hours, in contravention of workers' rights.
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