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May, 4, 2016

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Northern Hualien County was rattled by 10 earthquakes late Monday and early Tuesday ranging in magnitude from 3.5 to 4.6, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
 
The National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Tuesday that it is looking into accusations that Chinese singer and actor Lu Han worked illegally in Taiwan.
 
Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who will become Taiwan's next president later this month, faces the challenge of resetting China's expectations for Taiwan, according to a commentary published Monday by the Wall Street Journal.
 
This year's GDP growth will hover around 1 percent, well below the target range of 2.1 to 2.7 percent set by the National Development Council (NDC, 國發會) in December, the head of the NDC said Tuesday.
 
The "Paris Agreement," which has attracted global attention and concerns the fate of mankind, has been open for signatures from Earth Day, April 22. Following the agreement Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE) (台灣永續能源研究基金會) conducted a public opinion poll, releasing its "2016 Survey on Taiwanese People's Attitudes toward Climate Change and Energy" results, according to a press release from the TAISE.
 
A presidential gift
Pictured here is a commemorative package from Kaoliang Liquor for the 14th inauguration of the president and vice president of the Republic of China (Taiwan), jointly launched by the Democratic Progressive Party and Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corp.
 
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.
 
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