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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
A train that was scheduled to travel from Shulin to Chihpen in Taitung County was stalled for 80 minutes, resulting in 34 trains being delayed, affecting about 9,300 passengers, the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) said yesterday.
The highly anticipated electrification of the rail line between Hualien and Taitung, expected to shorten travel times between the two Eastern Taiwan cities, is in its final testing stages, the Railway Reconstruction Bureau said yesterday.
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) is still making evaluations on a possible further downsizing of the armed forces' troop numbers, but no final decision has been made so far, a military spokesman said yesterday.
If the under-construction fourth nuclear power plant cannot become operational due to opposition from the public, the service periods of the three existing nuclear plants will have to be extended, which will entail a cost of between NT$35 billion (US$1.16 billion) and NT$40 billion to renew equipment, the Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) said yesterday.
A group that holds opposing views on a trade-in-services agreement with China to those of a student-led occupation movement has said it will organize a rally after the protesters have pulled out from the Legislative Yuan on April 10.
The student-led occupation of Taiwan's Legislature over a trade-in-services agreement with China that began March 18 is due to end on April 10.
Taiwan pineapples were shipped in bulk to Canada for the first time yesterday, breaking into a major international market, according to the Agriculture and Food Agency.
A semi-professional summer baseball league, featuring at least five local amateur teams as well as a group of foreign imported players and coaches, is scheduled to launch in late May, the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association (CTBA, 中華棒協) announced yesterday.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Taiwan -- Students to end occupation Thursday
The students occupying the Legislative Yuan will be leaving this coming Thursday and the movement will be switching from “defense to attack,” student activist leaders Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) and Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) announced last night.
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President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that the student activists' decision to end their occupation of the Legislative Yuan's Assembly Hall is in line with the expectations of the nation's absolute majority.
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