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7 holidays to be eliminated next year
Amendments to the Labor Standards Act passed a third legislative reading on Tuesday, after a day of gridlocked legislative proceedings that saw lawmakers wrangling to occupy the podium.
 
Something in the water
Samples of four brands of alkaline water containers tested by the Consumers' Foundation are displayed in Taipei at a press event on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The foundation said all four had exaggerated the benefits of alkaline, a possible violation of the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation and the Fair Trade Act.
 
The military has fired a warning to drone hobbyists -- stay away from airports and military installations or risk having your drones shot down.
 
Minister of Science and Technology Yang Hung-duen said Tuesday that the world's largest contract maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) plans to invest NT$500 billion on its 3-nanometer and 5-nanometer process, with aims to mass produce the chips by 2022.
 
Labor protesters urge DPP to heed 'the public will' over proposed labor amendments
Labor unions on Tuesday called on the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers to vote against a disputed labor bill that would eliminate seven public statutory holidays that private sector workers currently enjoy.
 
Tsai urges DPP to push through holiday reforms
The government, opposition and labor representatives are set to clash both inside and outside the legislature Tuesday ahead of a vote on amendments to the Labor Standards Act.
 
Fines doled out after campsites fail inspections
All 15 campsites that underwent recent government review failed the inspections, according to a report released by the Executive Yuan Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) on Monday.
 
Taipei Universiade under fire for banner design
Despite stepping up marketing efforts to promote the games, Taipei Universiade organizers have faced criticism yet again over some questionable design choices.
 
Investigators seize 200 kg of cocaine in latest bust
Taiwan investigators last week seized more than 200 kilograms of cocaine that was packed inside car batteries imported from Brazil, the Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau (MJIB) said Monday.
 
Demonstrators are set to return to the Legislative Yuan today to protest a contested labor bill.
 
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