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Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) conducted the second of his series of "Mobile Municipal" conferences in the Shilin district on Tuesday, where he responded to the "police state" drama involving Hakka Affairs Council Minister Lee Yong-te (李永得).
 
Next stop: the past
The old Xinbeitou Train Station goes under reconstruction and renovation in this undated picture. The station had been listed as a century-old construction, and was previously relocated to a cultural park in Changhua County for display. After the park closed its doors in 2007, the station was donated to the Taipei City Government in 2013. Following years of planning, the old station was returned to its roots in Xinbeitou, with renovation and reconstruction using as many of the original materials as possible. The station will reopen its doors on April 1.
 
Tri-Service General Hospital announced Monday that patients could now choose EasyCard as a method of payment at its branches in Neihu and Gongguan.
 
Tamkang University (淡江大學) came under fire Sunday after confirming that it intended to lay off 200 full-time adjunct professors, but said the plans were not aimed at ducking impending hikes in labor pension costs.
 
The annual calla lily festival in Yangmingshan National Park's Zhuzihu area will feature a number of events appealing to all walks of life, its organizer said on Saturday.
 
All set for Universiade ... ?
This photo from the Taipei Fire Department shows the scene of a gas explosion drill at one of the venues of the upcoming 2017 Summer Universiade on Friday, March 17. Taipei is gearing up for the multisport event, which takes place in the city from Aug. 19 to 30.
 
Where's Bravo?
Taipei City Bureau of Education chief Tseng Tsan-chin (曾燦金), front row second right, and Taipei Universiade CEO Su Li-chung (蘇麗瓊), front row third left, pose with Bravo, the 2017 Taipei Universiade mascot, and high school students from Taipei First Girls School on Friday, March 17. In preparation for the Universiade in August, teachers at the school have started teaching their students the official exercise dance for the games.
 
Breeze Center and popular local eatery a-sha Diner (阿舍食堂) have teamed up to showcase the diner's signature noodle dishes for two days at the National Taiwan University (NTU), and to promote green-awareness to the general public with the help of local celebrity Sabrina Wu (吳怡德).
 
Okura Prestige Taipei, a five-star hotel from the Japan-based Okura Hotels & Resorts brand, issued an apology Tuesday for serving customers food made from expired ingredients.
 
Following huge success and having amassed a loyal following, Breeze Center's flagship Thai bistro "Chef Lemongrass (香茅廚)" has officially opened their Xinyi branch in the Shinkong Mitsukoshi A4 store.
 
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