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Thursday, April 9, 2015
The Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) China Affairs Committee (CAC) Director Chao Tien-lin (趙天麟) visited mainland China yesterday along with the board of directors of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF, 海基會), the visit being a first for the DPP's CAC.
The consumer price index (CPI) for March fell 0.61 percent from a year earlier due to a fall in fuel costs resulting from declining international crude oil prices, government statistics showed Wednesday.
Special Service Command Center (特勤中心) instructor Lt. Col. Kuo Keng-hung (郭耿宏), who sustained a firearm injury during a live ammunition training session on March 30, has reportedly been left paralyzed.
The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) has set in motion a process to select its 2016 presidential candidate and will announce him or her by mid-June, KMT spokesman Yang Wei-chung said Wednesday.
Lawmakers across party lines agreed Wednesday that the voting age for referenda should be lowered from 20 to 18.
The Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC, 金管會) said yesterday it will pay disadvantaged minority students between NT$21,600 and NT$28,080 for completing a course in financial services.
Taiwan's National Central Library said Wednesday it has launched a partnership with the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom to establish the country's 14th center for Chinese studies overseas.
One hawksbill sea turtle and six green sea turtles were released into the sea Wednesday by their caregivers at a sea turtle shelter in Penghu, an island group off the southwestern coast of Taiwan, drawing nearly 200 spectators.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, 食藥署) announced results for its review of imported food in 2013 yesterday, citing imported fruit from Japan tainted with pesticide residue as the most common product to breach food safety standards and that the nation has seen an explosion of imports in recent years.
Taiwan should be eliminating the use of two-stroke motorcycles and scooters and instead employ electric vehicles soon, said Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) yesterday.
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Fomer National Security Council (NSC, 國家安全委員會) Secretary-General King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) said Wednesday that a tabloid report attributing ulterior motives to his current visit to Japan is purely speculative and false.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Taiwan -- Taiwan launches water rationing to fight drought
Taiwan launched water rationing in some major cities on Wednesday as the island battled its worst drought in over a decade, following the lowest rainfall in nearly 70 years.
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Taiwan -- Punishments expand in Apache scandal
Military officials announced the expansion of the wave of disciplinary actions coming from the recent Apache helicopter scandal yesterday after revealing that another officer had arranged an unauthorized tour of the sensitive military craft.
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The controversial tour an Army pilot gave civilians of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters may affect the relationship between Taiwan and the United States as well as arms procurement between the two nations, said Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) yesterday.
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