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Saturday, January 24, 2015
The Legislative Yuan yesterday passed 25 revisions to the Animal Protection Act (動物保護法), most notably a ban on euthanizing captured strays that will come into effect in two years.
The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) recently warned the public of rampant concert ticket fraud as pop diva A-mei is about to launch a series of Taipei concerts in April.
Taiwan -- President Ma and 300 visitors attend Taipei WLFD assembly
Approximately 400 VIPs attended the World League of Freedom and Democracy (WLFD, 世界自由民主聯盟) 2015 convention for World Peace Day yesterday, including President Ma Ying-jeou, who stated that the Republic of China is under great geopolitical pressure from mainland China and that Taiwan must continue on the road of democracy.
Taiwan's industrial production index (106.56) and manufacturing index (106.67) both hit new records last year, while business revenues for the whole year (NT$14.5 trillion) reached an all-time high, according to reports released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) yesterday.
Shares of Wei Chuan Foods Corp. (味全) moved sharply higher Friday after its beleaguered parent company, Ting Hsin International Group, repaid an overdue loan for the group's property development unit, in which Wei Chuan has a 51 percent stake, dealers said.
The iPhone 6, one of Apple Inc.'s newest smartphone models, ranked as the best-selling model in Taiwan for December 2014, industry sources said Friday.
The U.S. dollar fell against the New Taiwan dollar Friday, shedding NT$0.078 to close at NT$31.432, as foreign investors moved funds into the local stock market and boosted demand for the local currency, dealers said.
Shares in Taiwan closed higher on expanded turnover Friday as foreign funds flowed into the market following the European Central Bank's (ECB) announcement overnight of a massive stimulus program, dealers said.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Taiwan -- Competitiveness drops on failure to boost ties  IEAT
Taiwan's overall trade competitiveness ranking fell from 12th to 14th place out of the 54 countries surveyed, based on a report released by the Importers and Exporters Association of Taipei (IEAT).
A firefighter who survived a deadly blaze at a Taoyuan bowling alley, which took the lives of six firefighters on Tuesday morning, accused his commander of giving the order to cut the water supply to the fire hoses, making it difficult for the firefighters inside the building to find their way out; prosecutors have since summoned the surviving firefighter for questioning.
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