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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Traffic volumes next Sunday and Tuesday will likely rocket to more than 3 million this Chinese New Year, despite expectations that the longer than usual 9-day holiday would help dilute traffic, according to officials from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC, 交通部) on Tuesday.
Premier set to visit, congratulate new legislative speaker on post
Premier Simon Chang (張善政) said Tuesday that he will visit new Legislative Yuan Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) Wednesday to congratulate him on his election to the top legislative post.
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.
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