Wednesday, February 3, 2016
The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday reminded Taiwanese working holiday-goers to prepare travel plans and related documents, should they wish to reenter their working holiday destination under a visa-free program after their working holiday visa expires.
Traffic volumes next Sunday and Tuesday will likely rocket to more than 3 million this Chinese New Year, despite expectations that the longer than usual 9-day holiday would help dilute traffic, according to officials from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC, 交通部) on Tuesday.
Premier Simon Chang (張善政) said Tuesday that he will visit new Legislative Yuan Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) Wednesday to congratulate him on his election to the top legislative post.
Concerned by an increased amount of drugs seized by law-enforcement agencies last year, Premier Simon Chang issued an instruction at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday that more detailed data should be established as part of efforts to crack down on drug-related crime.
Temperatures are likely to drop to 9 degrees Celsius in Northern Taiwan on Chinese Lunar New Year's Eve on Feb. 7 due to a strong cold front, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Tuesday.
The Centers for Disease Control said Tuesday that the number of influenza cases has risen quickly in Taiwan, with an additional 58 serious complications from influenza, the highest in a single week this year.
The number of new patent applications filed in Taiwan by domestic and foreign entities last year fell by an annual 5.6 percent to 73,627, the third consecutive annual drop, Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) said Tuesday.
Wang Yan-chun (王燕軍), the office director for former President Lee Teng-hui was summoned to give testimony in court on Tuesday over allegations he embezzled NT$120,000 (approximately US$3,580) for travel expenses.
Two people were sentenced to two months in prison for spraying paint on two Chinese zodiac heads that were part of a set of 12 donated by Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan to the southern branch of the National Palace Museum last month.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) and Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) were elected as legislative speaker and deputy speaker respectively on Monday, Feb. 1 in the first day of the newly sworn-in Legislature.