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Students show off their knowledge of laws and regulations at contest
The 9th Annual National Law and Regulations Database Competition (第九屆全國法規資料庫競賽活動) concluded with an award ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 19.
 
Former-President Chen Shui-bian has been accused of violating the terms of his medical parole after a recording of his voice was broadcast on a television talk show.
 
Seven counselors from the Veterans Affairs Council (VAC, 退輔會) who campaigned on behalf of the Kuomintang (KMT) have been fired for breaching neutrality rules.
 
Ruling Democratic Progressive Party legislators took advantage of their majority Friday to vote down several motions by opposition lawmakers, including proposals to invite Premier Lin Chuan (林全) to report to the Legislature on issues regarding the dissolution of TransAsia Airways and food imports from nuclear radiation-affected areas in Japan.
 
The Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on Friday upgraded its forecast of Taiwan's gross domestic product (GDP) growth by 0.13 percentage points to 1.35 percent on the back of a recovery in exports.
 
At the end of September 53,561 migrant workers were listed as absent without official leave (AWOL) in Taiwan, including 31,185 women and 22,376 men, according to statistics released by the National Immigration Agency (NIA).
 
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake occurred at 5.55 a.m. Friday off the coast of eastern Taiwan's Hualien County, the Central Weather Bureau said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
 
A Taiwanese national suspected of being behind a pyramid scheme that swindled more than 3,000 people was brought back to Taiwan from Malaysia, after another alleged leader of the same crime ring was arrested, according to the Investigation Bureau.
 
MOTC chief to resign? Cabinet denies rumors
Following TransAsia Airways' (復興航空) abrupt dissolution, local media reported that Transportation Minister Ho Chen Tan (賀陳旦) had tendered his resignation -- claims that the Executive Yuan denied.
 
First hearing on marriage equality held
The Legislative Yuan held a public hearing on same-sex marriage Thursday, the first of two sessions amid ongoing public debate. Last Thursday, the legislative caucuses of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and opposition Kuomintang (KMT) agreed to each hold a hearing to air opinions on the legalization before continuing deliberations.
 
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