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May, 3, 2016

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Lawmakers ask Tsai to uphold ban on US pork
A legislative committee passed a motion on Monday to ask the central government of the incoming Tsai Ing-wen administration to maintain Taiwan's ban on U.S. pork containing leanness enhancers.
 
Taiwan sends military vessel, patrol boats to disputed waters
A military vessel is sailing for waters near a Japan-controlled atoll in the western Pacific, keeping a distance from two patrol boats that departed from Kaohsiung on Sunday to protect Taiwanese fishing boats operating there.
 
Stricter punishments enacted for civil servants
Civil servants may see their retirement pension funds canceled or permanently lose their authorization to serve as government employees if they are punished for committing serious wrongdoings in the course of their duties, according to revisions to the Public Functionaries Discipline Act (公務員懲戒法), effective Monday.
 
Taxi drivers line up to protest new meters, which they claim can be easily hacked
About 100 drivers lined up their taxis outside the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA, 經濟部) on Monday, May 2, to protest newly licensed meters that they claimed could be hacked.
 
Prosecutors on Monday indicted former Legislative Yuan Secretary General Lin Hsi-shan (林錫山) and twelve others in a corruption case over computer procurement in which Lin pocketed NT$39.5 million (US$1.225 million) in illegal kickbacks.
 
Head of the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW, 衛福部), Chiang Been-huang (蔣丙煌), said on Monday that if Taiwan fails to receive an invitation to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer constituent, it might participate in sideline activities at the annual conference, as it did prior to 2009.
 
A man convicted of murder and jailed for the past 14 years now has a chance to clear his name, as the Taichung Branch of the Taiwan High Court on Monday granted a retrial and a halt to punishments in the case of Cheng Hsing-tse (鄭性澤).
 
The Ministry of National Defense said Monday that it has adhered to the country's policy and has no plans to deploy air-defense missile systems on Taiwan-controlled Taiping Island, the largest of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
 
Residential and commercial property transactions in Taiwan's six major metropolitan areas rose more than 7 percent in April from a month earlier after the country's central bank eased credit controls on property loans.
 
Foreign institutional investors in Taiwan recorded a net fund inflow for the third consecutive month in April, registering US$1.75 billion, according to statistics released Thursday by the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC).
 
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