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Fishing boat on fire
Smoke billows from a fire-gutted fishing boat, right, off the shore of Toucheng township in this photo provided by the Yilan County's fire department Wednesday, Oct. 12. Firemen said the boat's owner, surnamed Huang, was injured in the fire. They said they were investigating the cause of the accident.
Rain will continue to drench northern Taiwan until Thursday morning while a tropical low air pressure system could develop into the 21st typhoon in the Pacific this year, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast on Wednesday.
The chairman of Taoyuan Metro Corp., which operates the mass rapid transit system that will link Taipei and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, said that his company aims to launch the 35.7-kilometer service by the end of this year.
First-year undergraduates were asked to take off their underwear and drink water spat from another student's mouth during a Jinwen University of Science and Technology's (JUST, 景文科技大學) freshmen orientation camping event earlier this month.
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President Tsai Ing-wen, who is also chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), reiterated on Wednesday the party's opposition to the opening of casinos in Penghu County, with the outlying island set to vote on Oct. 15 on whether to permit casino development.
The 2006 Hot Spring Season will kick off on Oct. 20 and run until Oct. 24 in Beitou, a hot spring area in Taipei.
Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against the chairman of the Formosa Fun Coast water park over an explosion of colored powder that left 15 dead and hundreds injured last June.
Taichung railway elevation
An elevated railway in Taichung is shown in the photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The city is due to complete the railway elevation project on Sunday, Oct. 16, and all ground level train services will be terminated. It aims to solve the problem of railway lines dividing urban areas into pieces and causing traffic bottlenecks due to numerous ground-level crossings.
Piles of cabbage sit under the sun in a local Taitung village on Tuesday, Oct. 11. A mudslide on the Southern Cross-Island Highway has cut off traffic to the village, along with access to its produce. The market price of cabbage has increased to NT$150 after the recent typhoons and torrential rainfall. Villagers had to travel to nearby townships on foot to secure their food supply.
Clowning around
Clown fish at the Agricultural Biotechnology Park in Pingtung are shown in the photo, taken on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
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