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TIPC promotes travel on luxury cruise liners
The Taiwan International Ports Corp. (TIPC), a state run company that is tasked with handling port business, is hoping that Keelung and Kaohsiung can serve as home ports for foreign luxury cruise liners, TIPC President Lee Tai-hsin said Monday.
 
Underwater mailbox removed due to threat it poses to seabed ecology
An underwater mailbox in a popular diving area off Green Island has been removed after it was reported to be damaging the seabed ecology in the area.
 
Agriculture Minister Tsao Chi-hung (曹啟鴻) urged a revamp of marketing measures to save Taiwan's grouper sales, whose export numbers and prices have lagged for years, multiple reports said on Monday.
 
Since Taiwan has structural problems with its foreign trade model, the nation's export orders may not rebound even after the world economy has recovered, according to Chen Tain-jy (陳添枝), head of the National Development Council (NDC, 國發會).
 
Taiwan's Supreme Court on Monday upheld a sentence of life imprisonment against a man who was convicted of killing a grocery store owner in Taoyuan County in 2014.
 
Taiwan's top-ranked male tennis player, Lu Yen-hsun, won the Aegon Ilkley Open Trophy 2016 by defeating unseeded Frenchman Vincent Millot 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in the final of the competition Sunday (UK time).
 
The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) on Monday forecast high temperatures and mostly sunny weather for Taiwan through Wednesday, with heavy afternoon thunderstorms in some areas.
 
The head of the National Security Bureau, who was asked by President Tsai Ing-wen to remain in his post after she took office May 20, was sworn in Monday.
 
A magnitude-5.1 earthquake off the coast of Taitung County rocked eastern Taiwan at 8:39 a.m. Monday, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
 
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.
 
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