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Tsai warns incoming ministers against gaffes
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen on Saturday warned incoming Cabinet members against making provocative remarks that could alienate her government from the nation.
 
The Central Bank defended its actions after the U.S, put Taiwan on a currency watch list in a report released on April 29.
 
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said Saturday that an apparent flip-flop on plans to phase out an MRT fare discount was intended to boost metro use rather than his approval rating.
 
Taiwan will introduce several new measures in May, including the implementation of stricter passport and boarding pass checks at boarding gates for international flights with effect from Sunday.
 
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen said Saturday that Taiwan has no "preset position" on imports of U.S. pork containing leanness-enhancing drugs, according to Cabinet spokesman-designate Tung Chen-yuan.
 
Concentrations of fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) were at "high" and "very high" levels in areas north of Tainan in western Taiwan, with the air pollution PM2.5 indexes there reaching between 8-10, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) reported Saturday.
 
The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Sunday stressed that it was aware of the arrest of 10 Taiwanese in China for alleged involvement in a Uganda-based telecoms fraud ring.
 
Many high school teachers face being laid off as the number of students has been declining as a result of low birth rates, the National Teachers Association has said.
 
The long work hours in Taiwan leave many workers with not enough time to relax or be with their families, according to the results of a survey released Saturday ahead of Labor Day.
 
Taiwanese director Joseph Chen-chieh Hsu's (許承傑) latest short "The Lobster Kid" (龍蝦小孩) won the Golden Reel Award at the just-concluded Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), the highest honor granted at the festival for a short film.
 
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