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The Transportation Ministry will move to amend the Highway Act to strengthen fines on illegal ride-hailing service Uber Taiwan and will continue to levy fines until the company legalizes its operations, the Central News Agency reported on Friday.
 
Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung (李世光) said Taiwan was suited for smart manufacturing development because of its solid foundation in manufacturing, as well as its partnership with Germany, which is known for industry 4.0 development.
 
Mayoral race in high gear in Hualien City
Chants of political slogans and appeals for votes rang out in Hualien City on Friday as the vehicles carrying candidates running in Saturday's mayoral by-election shuttled through the city's streets on the final day of campaigning.
 > Hualien
 
Pokemon Go abroad
An employee from a travel agency promotes a "Pokemon Go" Japan tour package while holding a mock Pokemon ball and a smartphone running the popular mobile game at the Taiwan International Tourism Expo in Taipei on Friday, Aug. 26. The expo will take place from Aug. 26 to Aug. 29 at the Taipei World Trade Center, Hall 1.
 
The appointment of Audrey Tang (唐鳳), a self-styled "civic hacker" involved in several online projects on public participation in policy discussions, as a minister without portfolio was seen as a "bold" attempt by the Cabinet to move the government's policy on the digital economy forward.
 
President demands a new strategy for defense by Jan. 2017
President Tsai-Ing-wen Thursday called on the Defense Ministry to develop a new defense strategy for the nation's armed forces during her first inspection tour to the annual Han Kuang military exercises in Pingtung.
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Thursday called for the return of a senior Turkish envoy who left Taiwan amid allegations of sexual harassment and obstruction of official duties.
 
In wake of bus blaze, drivers take to streets
Bus drivers blocked traffic and clashed with police officers at the Transportation Ministry (MOTC) on Thursday morning, as they accused the government of damaging their industry's reputation.
 > Taipei
 
TAITRA to hold transport parts show in Myanmar
An international exhibition of transportation industry components and parts will be staged in Yangon, Myanmar from Sept. 29 to Oct,. 2.
 
St. Vincent gov't reaffirms ties with ROC
The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining its 35-year-old, unbroken diplomatic relationship with the R.O.C. (Taiwan) after the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) announced that it would switch its diplomatic allegiance to Beijing if elected to office.
 
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