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Saturday, January 31, 2015
In light of newly elected Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu's (朱立倫) substantial personnel reform measures, several senior party employees have reportedly voiced their resentment toward Chu's persistence in making changes without providing them with alternative occupational arrangements.
Taiwan -- Stiffer water rates planned for next year
The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA, 經濟部) announced yesterday that it will impose higher water rates on users whose water consumption is more than 1,000 cubic meters starting next year.
Parts of northern Taiwan already subject to water rationing will likely face further water supply restrictions after the Lunar New Year holiday if the catchment of the main reservoir serving the area continues to drop amid low rainfall, ..................
Former Chief of the General Staff Admiral Kao Kuang-chi (高廣圻) yesterday was officially sworn in as the R.O.C.'s new defense minister, replacing his predecessor Yen Ming (嚴明)
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urged the public Friday to heighten vigilance for rubella as more cases have been confirmed of the highly contagious disease around the world.
Animal rights group Environment & Animal Society of Taiwan's (EAST, 台灣動物社會研究會) Chief Executive Chu Tseng-hung (朱增宏) stated yesterday that local governments' methods of culling poultry are “inhumane” and in violation of the animal disease prevention regulations' definition of “humane slaughter.” Chu indicated that many birds were either suffocated, strangled or burned to death.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Taiwan -- NDC chief resigns, to be replaced by Duh
The Executive Yuan announced late last night that the resignation of National Development Council (NDC, 國發會) Minister Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) was accepted by Premier Mao Chih-kuo (毛治國) and Minister without Portfolio Duh Tyzz-jiun (杜紫軍) will take over Kuan's position.
Taipei City passed a proposal to hike Greater Taipei taxi rates by 14 percent yesterday after the committee's fifth and final meeting since starting discussions in May 2014.
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday that both Taiwan and China could consider the possibilities of expanding the Taipei-Shanghai City Forum into an annual cross-strait forum, to which Chinese authorities once again reiterated the so-called “1992 Consensus.”
With all the changes implemented within the Kuomintang (KMT) since former Chairman Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) resignation, the recent announcement of KMT Chairman Eric Chu's (朱立倫) upcoming role as the party's think tank chairman can also be added to the long list of ongoing modifications.
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