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Headlines from across Taiwan
Good morning, here are the top stories from around Taiwan for Thursday February 16, 2017.
Grab them while you can! High speed rail to add trains for 228 holiday
Vacation plans for the long Feb. 28 weekend?
The Ministry of Foreign Affair's Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) has recently amended its consular service emergency contact registration system so that people would no longer have to leave detailed personal information as they were previously required to do.
The Taipei City Government's Labor Department on Wednesday evening confirmed that the travel agency involved in Monday's bus crash was the employer of the driver, paving way for future litigation once liability is clarified.
Get a full charge on your free ride
This photo shows a smartphone charger on a Taoyuan Airport Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train, which will be providing free rides to passengers throughout its trial run starting today through to March 1. The charger works for both iOS and Android phones. After the MRT officially starts operations on March 2, passengers will be offered a 50 percent discount on all trips during the first month.
The 2017 Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Festival will be staged in May to promote Taiwanese people's understanding of the nation's diplomatic allies in the region, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Kuomintang's (KMT) chairmanship elections continue to raise concerns of outside interference, though party officials stressed that the strictest checks are carried on applicants as rumors of increased applications from bar hostesses circulated on local media on Wednesday.
Restrictions on the water supply may be imposed on some Northern Taiwan areas starting next week as water levels at Shihmen Dam keep falling amid forecasts of low rainfall this spring.
Fatal crash prompts fresh calls for better safety checks
The family of Kang Yu-hsun (康育薰), a driver who was killed along with 32 tourists in a bus crash on Monday, yesterday condemned a travel agency for overworking him.
Come fly with MRT: airport metro trial opened to public
The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line will begin the next phase of trial runs Thursday, with free rides to be offered to individual passengers in the two weeks before commercial operations begin March 2, Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) said Tuesday.
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