Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Taiwan on Tuesday issued its highest travel alert for Ukraine, urging Taiwanese nationals to avoid visiting the Eastern European country amid political turmoil there.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday urged nationals not to wear circle and colored contact lenses while taking photographs used to apply for passports to avoid being denied entry to foreign countries.
Nearly 20 pro-unification organizations demanded yesterday that the Tainan City Government repair the bronze statue of Sun Yat-sen that was pulled down recently.
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Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) and Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Lin Join-sane (林中森) gave a report yesterday on the recently concluded 10th round of high-level talks between the SEF and the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) at the Legislature.
A group of activists on Tuesday urged opposition legislators to block the cross-strait trade in services agreement, especially the sections that would open Taiwan's advertising market to Chinese companies.
In anticipation of shortages following the devastation wrought by the outbreak of a porcine diarrhea epidemic (PED) since last October, pork prices reached a 10-year high of NT$82.31 per kilogram at the end of Monday's auctions.
The Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) and Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) are scheduled to hold a ceremony today to celebrate the launch of financial services in the Free Economic Pilot Zones, marking a new page for Taiwan's financial industry.
Fueled by shopping sprees over the Chinese New Year holiday, Taiwan's retail turnover rose 6.4 percent year-on-year and scored a record monthly high of NT$355.1 billion in January.
The U.S. dollar rose against the Taiwan dollar Tuesday, gaining NT$0.011 to close at the day's high of NT$30.380 after moving in a quiet session amid concerns over political tensions in Ukraine, dealers said.
Shares in Taiwan on Tuesday extended a downtrend from the previous session, closing below 8,600 points amid lingering concerns over a crisis in Ukraine, dealers said.