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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Taipei raises water rates, ups taxi fares
A proposal to raise water rates by Taipei City was approved by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA, 經濟部) yesterday, and on average, each household will be charged NT$22 more per month, starting as early as January next year.
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je appeared for the first time in the capacity of defendant at the Taipei District Prosecutors Office yesterday regarding the MG149 bank account, which he has been accused of using for the purposes of money laundering during his 2014 mayoral campaign. Kuomintang Legislator Lo Shu-lei (羅淑蕾), Ko's accuser, also appeared yesterday.
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Kuomintang (KMT) 2016 presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu yesterday leveled blame at the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for pushing students onto the frontlines of the high school curriculum reform protests. She said that such actions that destroyed public trust in order to gain power were not becoming of persons with a conscience.
The government is still pondering whether to lift its restrictions on Japanese food imports, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said yesterday, adding that lifting such restrictions is a "global trend."
Round-island trip fulfills vow to late boyfriend
Eva Chou (周佩樺) took a ride in a Taitung hot air balloon yesterday, fulfilling the promise she made to her late boyfriend.
A China Airlines trainee pilot Chen Sheng-yen (陳勝彥), 26, who had been in a critical condition since a crash on July 22, was reported to have died over the weekend, according to U.S. media.
The Cabinet finally broke its silence yesterday on the raid on the Ministry of Education (MOE) on July 23, the most serious protest yet against the government's controversial changes to the high school curriculum.
Taiwanese fashion designer Johan Ku, known for his creative and sculpture-like knitwear, opened his first store in Taiwan Tuesday, bringing his edgy style to his home market.
Out of 15 soft-shelled turtles, six tested positive for drug residue, said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, 食藥署), yesterday.
The medium and long range ballistic missiles (LRBM) deployed by China may target other countries but still threaten Taiwan, Ministry of National Defense (MND) spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he (羅紹和) said Tuesday.
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