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August, 29, 2016

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Premier lauds Olympic athletes
Premier Lin Chuan congratulated Taiwan's returning Rio 2016 Olympic squad Monday at a special banquet and vowed to better support the nation's athletes.
 
Tsai's honeymoon period nearly over: survey
The administration's honeymoon period appears to be drawing to an end, with survey results released Monday showing that President Tsai Ing-wen's disapproval rating had risen 24 percentage points since she took office in May.
 
Protesters spill blood over holidays
Labor groups staged a demonstration on Ketagalan Boulevard Sunday, asking the government not to annul the seven-day statutory national holidays, and to ensure a fair work environment in Taiwan.
 
The Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office on Monday pressed charges against three military personnel for professional negligence over the accidental firing of a missile last month that killed one fisherman and injured three others.
 
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康) yesterday apologized for criticizing Hualien voters on social media after they elected a Kuomintang mayor.
 
AIRPORT MRT: Political considerations 'won't affect launch date'
Echoing statements made by the city's mayor, Taoyuan Metro Company general manager Chen Kai-ling (陳凱凌) said Sunday there was no set timetable for the start of the airport line, stressing that political considerations would not influence the launch date.
 
Forum discusses sugar-free gum and the prevention of oral diseases
At an international forum on paediatric dentistry on Friday, experts elaborated on the importance of oral health maintenance, while also suggesting that there is more that people can do in their daily lives to prevent tooth decay.
 
Ministry of Culture grant for pop groups raises eyebrows
A Ministry of Culture grant program has sparked intense criticism after five pop groups were awarded funding.
 
An English summer camp in the Xiaolin Village in the mountainous Jiasian District in Kaohsiung ended on Aug. 23 with a theatrical production after five days of English lessons and creative activities.
 
While Taiwan has decided to implement a measure next year requiring senior motorists and motorcyclists aged 75 or over to pass a cognitive test to have their drivers' licenses renewed, a trial run showed that only 68 percent of those taking the mandatory test received a passing score.
 
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