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Despite bus operators' protest, Taichung City Government yesterday reiterated its stance that 10 kilometers of free bus service will stay available to its citizens.
 
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said Tuesday he is determined to host a successful 2017 Summer Universiade and that if he fails, he will assume political responsibility.
 
Dashboard cameras on public buses could be used to identify drivers of illegally parked cars at bus stops, the Taipei City Public Transportation Office (TCPT, 台北市公共運輸處) announced Monday. The initiative is slated to begin in June, reported the Central News Agency.
 
Ko comes in last among 6 mayors in survey
Ko Wen-je's (柯文哲) popularity remained in the doldrums Monday, with the Taipei mayor placing last in a poll ranking Taiwan's six municipal leaders by approval rating.
 
Shining in the dark
Fisherman catch fish that are drawn by the light of a fire in this undated file photo provided by Tibusungu Chen. In a fading tradition now used only in New Taipei City's Jinshan District (金山區), fishermen light a sulfuric fire in the pitch-black night to lure fish.
 
Needless to spray
Members of the 9th Patrol Flotilla of the Coast Guard Administration are seen executing a water rescue operation while firefighters also practice extinguishing a fire ashore near the Fu Kuo Duen fishing port. The 9th Patrol Flotilla patrols around the outlying county of Kinmen.
 
The New Taipei City Government decided Monday to issue a NT$90,000 (US$2,757) fine to a property development company after the company illegally tore down a private house in Sanchong district the previous day without the owner's knowledge.
 
The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) is mulling the idea of turning Hengchun Airport in Pingtung County, Southern Taiwan, over to the military after it has not seen a single passenger for more than 20 months.
 
Taitung agriculture authorities warned Monday of a new major outbreak of rabies in the southeastern county after three cases of the disease were recently confirmed, all involving wild ferret-badgers.
 
Collapse of scaffold at construction site in Kaohsiung kills 2
Two workers died and five were injured in a scaffolding collapse at Taiwan Power Company's (Taipower, 台電) Dalin Power Station (大林發電廠) in Kaohsiung City, Sunday.
 
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