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Chiang Kai-shek's beleaguered hall
The Legislative Yuan hosted a public hearing this morning on the fate of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, which has gone from a hallowed monument to an exhibition center as its namesake's legacy has become increasingly disputed.
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Lawmakers ask Tsai to uphold ban on US pork
A legislative committee passed a motion on Monday to ask the incoming central government to maintain Taiwan's ban on U.S. pork containing leanness enhancers.
 
Stricter punishments enacted for civil servants
Civil servants may see their retirement pension funds canceled or permanently lose their authorization to serve as government employees if they are punished for committing serious wrongdoings in the course of their duties, according to revisions to the Public Functionaries Discipline Act (公務員懲戒法), effective Monday.
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Taxi drivers line up to protest new meters, which they claim can be easily hacked
About 100 drivers lined up their taxis outside the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA, 經濟部) on Monday, May 2, to protest newly licensed meters that they claimed could be hacked.
 
Prosecutors on Monday indicted former Legislative Yuan Secretary General Lin Hsi-shan (林錫山) and twelve others in a corruption case over computer procurement in which Lin pocketed NT$39.5 million (US$1.225 million) in illegal kickbacks.
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A man convicted of murder and jailed for the past 14 years now has a chance to clear his name, as the Taichung Branch of the Taiwan High Court on Monday granted a retrial and a halt to punishments in the case of Cheng Hsing-tse (鄭性澤).
 
The Ministry of National Defense said Monday that it has adhered to the country's policy and has no plans to deploy air-defense missile systems on Taiwan-controlled Taiping Island, the largest of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
 
Residential and commercial property transactions in Taiwan's six major metropolitan areas rose more than 7 percent in April from a month earlier after the country's central bank eased credit controls on property loans.
 
Prosecutors on Monday decided against charging 12 members of the military police for conducting a controversial search in February of a man, surnamed Wei, alleged to be in possession of classified Cold War era documents.
 
The National Health Research Institutes (國衛院, NHRI) revealed on Monday that only 0.8 percent of pork products sold in the market in recent years contained feed additive ractopamine or other muscle-enhancing drugs.
 
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