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Starting Oct. 20, 86 scheduled trains will either be terminated or have their routes shortened due to labor shortages, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) announced Tuesday.
 
Taiwan shares soar past 9,100 points
Shares in Taiwan staged a significant rebound on Monday after slumping last week, propelled higher by buying in Taiwanese suppliers to Apple Inc. after the latest iPhone models received a warm reception in the global market, dealers said.
 
The Executive Yuan announced Monday that the monthly minimum wage would be raised from NT$20,008 to NT$21,009, a 5 percent increase, effective Jan. 1.
 
The latest Cabinet reshuffle, which has seen Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Hsu Kuo-yung named Cabinet spokesman, has been viewed as an attempt to build support for a Taipei City mayoral campaign and as a bid to rekindle public support for Premier Lin Chuan.
 
A-boat time
Two new Taiwan Coast Guard patrol ships, the CG-135 Pingtung, front, and CG-133 Taitung, back, are seen in this photo released by the Coast Guard Administration on Monday, Sept. 19.
 
Power's back, mostly
Workers from the Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) repair a power tower in Pingtung on Monday, Sept. 19. Over 380,000 households experienced blackouts in Pingtung after Typhoon Meranti toppled hundreds of power towers last week. After round-the-clock efforts by 650 Taipower workers, power was restored at most of the households. As of Monday morning, 1,753 homes were still cut off from the grid.
 
Taiwan will expand a program of compulsory self-inspection to include more food categories, including noodles and edible vinegar, in its bid to ensure food safety, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday.
 
The head of Taipei City Government's Department of Legal Affairs resigned on Monday, saying that her efforts to improve the handling of legal matters had in many cases been seen as opposing the mayor.
 
Skating into the gold
Chang Yu-Hsin (張宥心) of Taiwan poses for a photo with her gold medal at the 2016 World Roller Speed Skating Championships in Nanjing, China, on Monday, Sept. 19. She defeated all competitors at the event despite suffering from an injury on Sunday.
 
A 3-D printing alliance was formed in Taiwan Monday in a bid to explore the booming technology and stake a larger share of the global market, the government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI, 工研院) said that day.
 
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