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Premier says central bank governor helped lessen fines for Mega Bank
Premier Lin Chuan (林全) on Tuesday confirmed Perng Fai-nan (彭淮南), head of the central bank, had played a key role in negotiating with U.S. regulators in lowering a fine on scandal-hit Mega Financial Holding Co. (兆豐金控).
 
Tsai pledges food safety risk committee
In a bid to improve food safety, President Tsai Ing-wen Tuesday vowed to set up a food safety risk assessment committee and to increase funding for food safety measures by 50 percent.
 
Premier Lin Chuan should step down, former presidential adviser and pro-independence heavyweight Wu Li-pei (吳澧培) said Tuesday, saying that Lin's role as premier jeopardizes the future of President Tsai Ing-wen's administration.
 
A court on Tuesday invalidated Tainan City Council Speaker and Kuomintang member Lee Chuan-chiao's (李全教) election as council leader in 2014 and sentenced him to four years in prison for vote buying.
 
Next stop for ex-rail chief is prison
Taichung District Court judge Chuang Shen-yuan speaks to press on Tuesday, Aug. 30.
 
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urged the public to pay attention to dietary hygiene Tuesday because of a rise in the number of cholera cases in Taiwan in August.
 
Political donation controversy
Former President Ma Ying-jeou, center, arrives at the Taipei High Court to testify in a defamation case he filed against political commentator Clara Chou (周玉蔻), whom Ma contends had falsely insinuated that he took political donations from a major corporation, in Taipei, Tuesday, Aug. 30.
 
Almost half of the nearly 57,000 people in prison in Taiwan as of the end of July were there because of drug offenses, as the country saw a sharp increase in drug-related cases in the first seven months of 2016, according to a government report released Tuesday.
 
Urban bike rental system YouBike has updated its official app so that users can now be sure if they have returned bikes properly and paid the required fees, Taipei's Department of Transportation (DOT) said Tuesday.
 
Around 300 protesters from Yunlin County gathered outside the Executive Yuan on Tuesday, demanding that a school transfer order be implemented only if authorities could provide concrete evidence that the campus's location near a petrochemical operation was harmful to students' health.
 
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