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October, 29, 2016

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EPA tells public to don masks as pollution hits hazardous levels
Extremely poor air quality was reported in western Taiwan on Friday morning, with four monitoring stations showing that suspended particulate matter PM2.5 had already reached a hazardous purple warning level, according to data issued by the Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network operated by the Environmental Protection Administration.
China Airlines unveils new A350 passenger jet
National carrier China Airlines (CAL) officially unveiled its Airbus A350 passenger jet, conducting a demonstration flight Friday amid great fanfare after successful completion of preparations and government certification trials.
An unmanned surveillance drone was lost Thursday during an Army training exercise in Southern Taiwan.
Scuffles mar labor bill meeting
A review of a disputed amendment to the Labor Standards Act descended into farce for a second time this week, after fighting broke out again between lawmakers during a committee session.
Taiwan Accelerator to fund at least 30 startup teams
Taiwan Accelerator (TA) launched on Oct. 26 as Taiwan's first seed accelerator to combine the support of public companies, government, academia and capital market. TA expects to nurture 30 to 60 new startup teams each year.
Alleged carrot-hoarder uprooted
Investigators have taken a Kaohsiung man into custody for allegedly hoarding 300 tons of carrots in an apparent move to manipulate vegetable prices, according to local media reports Thursday.
The National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME) on Thursday expressed its support for the government's decision to implement a five-day workweek with one fixed day off and one flexible rest day, despite opposition from labor rights groups.
Miss Taiwan
Miss Taiwan Ai-ning Tan poses in her swimwear during a rehearsal for the Miss International beauty pageant final in Tokyo on Friday, Oct. 27, 2016.
President Tsai Ing-wen has said the country will support both new and old industries.
At a time when the local unemployment rate has fallen to below the 4-percent mark, more than 60 percent of first-time jobseekers in Taiwan are able to find jobs, according to the results of a survey released by online job bank yes123 Thursday.
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