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Headlines from across Taiwan
Good morning, here are the top stories from around Taiwan for Wednesday January 18, 2017.
 
Lunar New Year bonuses for lottery games unveiled
Taiwan Lottery on Tuesday announced bonus plans for a range of lottery games from Jan. 23 to Feb. 7 as part of celebrations for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year.
 
Uber Taiwan and its drivers in Taipei alone have been fined more than NT$331 million in the eight days since an amendment to the Highway Act came into effect, the Taipei City Vehicle Monitor Office said Tuesday.
 
Cabinet says new labor rules not to blame for restaurant price hikes
Executive Yuan spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) on Monday said workweek rules set by the newly amended Labor Standards Act were not to blame for price hikes at some Taiwan restaurants.
 
Pension reform conference to be held Sunday at Presidential Office
A national conference on pension reform, scheduled for Jan. 21-22 at Taipei International Convention Center, will be held instead at the Presidential Office for one day only on Jan. 22, a spokesman said Tuesday.
 
Collaborative robotics market to grow to US$1 billion by 2020
The collaborative robotics sector is expected to grow rapidly in the next four years and be worth US$1 billion by 2020, according to the Institute for Information Industry's Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC).
 
Taiwan sends coffee procurement delegations to Central America
Two Taiwanese delegations have been assembled by the government to travel to Central America to buy coffee for import, as part of an effort to expand economic and trade relations with Taiwan's diplomatic allies in that region, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
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Taiwan placed 34th in nation brand rankings
Taiwan fell by one place from a year ago to 34th in the 2016 Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands IndexSM report, behind Japan, Singapore, South Korea and China, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said Tuesday.
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Taiwan's first female combat helicopter pilot aims to fly Apaches
Taiwan's first female combat helicopter pilot said Tuesday that her dream is to one day fly one of the world's most advanced military helicopters, the U.S.-made AH-64E Apache.
 
Former premier wants to help youth go global
Fair Winds Foundation (長風基金會) launched Monday with former Premier Jiang Yi-huah at the helm and a mission to converge "positive forces" and connect Taiwanese youth to the global community.
 
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