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Thursday, October 30, 2014
For its involvement in the most recent oil scandal, Ting Hsin International Group (頂新國際集團) should step away from the board of Taipei 101 and sell all of its stake in the building, Finance Minister Chang Sheng-ford (張盛和) said yesterday.
Taiwan -- FDA to increase food security budget by 8 percent
Minister Chiang Been-huang (蔣丙煌) of the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) yesterday said that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, 食藥署) will seek to increase its budget by approximately 8 percent to conduct food safety investigations overseas.
Taiwan -- Backpacker accuses cafe chain of illegally low pay in Australia
A Taiwanese man on a working holiday in Australia accused a branch of 85 Degrees Coffee (85度C) in Australia of violating the local minimum wage policy, during a press conference held by the Youth Labor Union 95 in Taipei, yesterday.
A 79-year-old man cut off his girlfriend's nose, ears, and upper lip and flushed them down the toilet yesterday after he found out that another man was courting her. The woman was treated at a Changhua hospital and is now in stable condition. Doctors said she is currently emotionally unstable.
Interior Minister Chen Wei-zen (陳威仁) said Wednesday that senior civil servants and officials whose work is related to national security will be barred from pursuing advanced studies in China, effective Thursday.
Taiwan's defense minister declined to comment on Wednesday on a recent report that Taiwanese agents have been recruiting Chinese students studying in Taiwan to act as spies upon their return to China.
The Ministry of National Defense's (MND) recent decision to punish an Army lieutenant over an online statement in support of Taiwan independence became a topic of heated debate between lawmakers yesterday.
The Legislative Yuan announced yesterday that a proposal from Labor Minister Chen Hsiung-wen to increase paid paternity leave from three days to five days has passed; in addition, New Taipei City inaugurated a five-day paid “prenatal checkup leave” that the Labor Ministry has established nationwide.
The National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA,中央健康保險署) yesterday responded to local reports that claimed that grants from the administration to hospitals have not been used as the NHIA intended.
A member of the Chinese Taipei figure roller skating team accused her coach yesterday of sexual harassment after she returned to Taipei from competing in the roller skating championships held in Paris, France. The coach, surnamed Yang, denied the accusation of harassment. Yang said that everything was a misunderstanding.
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