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Minister without Portfolio Lin Mei-chu said Monday that the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission (MTAC), which she heads, should be retained but can be merged with other government departments. In a legislative hearing on the fate of the ministry-level MTAC, Lin noted that the ruling and opposition parties have agreed it should either be dissolved or integrated into some other government agencies.
 
Majority gives thumbs-up to Tsai's first month in office: think tank
Most people held favorable opinions of President Tsai Ing-wen's first month in office and believed that she upheld her promises regarding cross-strait relations, according to survey results released Monday.
 
Taiwan sets world record for highest temperature generated in wood-fired kiln
A Taiwanese wood-fired kiln designer and owner received a Guinness World Record certificate on Sunday after setting a new world record for the "highest temperature in a wood-fired kiln."
 
Southbound pivot has potential, but risks, amid cooling cross-strait relations
Around a decade ago, then-President Lee Teng-hui came up with the "Southbound Policy" to push Taiwanese businessmen to southeast Asian nations. Lee's work would be continued by ex-President Chen Shui-bian.
 
MIT News reported June 18 that Feng Zhang, a core institute member of the Broad Institute, an investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, has been named a 2016 Tang Prize Laureate in Biopharmaceutical Science for his role in developing the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system and demonstrating pioneering uses in eukaryotic cells.
 
State-run utility Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) denied reports on Sunday that it was planning new pumped-storage hydroelectricity (PSH) facilities, saying that the idea had only reached the information-collecting stage.
 
State-run utility Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) denied reports on Sunday that it was planning new pumped-storage hydroelectricity (PSH) facilities, saying that the idea had only reached the information-collecting stage.
 
72-year-old dies after she was swept away by torrential rainfall
A 72-year-old woman was found dead yesterday after being swept away by torrential rainfall while standing under a bridge in a village in Chungliao Township, Nantou County.
 
Rosenfeld wins Tang Prize with huge jury support
Arthur H. Rosenfeld had "overwhelming support" from the judges in being selected as the winner of the 2016 Tang Prize in sustainable development, the head of the Tang Prize Selection Committee said Saturday.
 
Protesters with the Anti-commercialization of Education Alliance (反教育商品化聯盟) rallied against university tuition fee price hikes outside of the Ministry of Education (MOE, 教育部), Saturday.
 
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