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More than 200 retired political appointees receive monthly pensions, with each receiving on average more than NT$110,000 every month, the Civil Service Ministry reported Thursday at the ninth National Pension Reform Committee meeting.
 
Hospitals have reported a significant increase in tendinitis patients following the launch of "Pokemon Go" in Taiwan.
 
Ladies' night in
This photo show the lobby of a local hotel in Taiwan, one of 418 hotels and bed and breakfasts certified by the Tourism Bureau (觀光局) for their suitability and safety for female travelers.
 
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC, 交通部) said Thursday that it will adjust its standard for recording traffic fatalities to reflect the real situation on the country's roads.
 
With the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節) approaching, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday it would begin inspecting Moon Festival delicacies in a bid to implement the Tsai administration's food safety policies by focusing on product origins.
 
The Ministry of Education announced Thursday that it has relaxed regulations on general and vocational high school uniforms, allowing students to mix and match their school uniforms with sportswear and other types of clothing approved by the schools.
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Gov't defends toll collector compensation deal
A top Cabinet official Thursday defended the government and contractor compensation deal for laid-off highway toll collectors, saying it was necessary in the face of the "negligence" of previous agreements.
 
Police not made to drop diplomat charges: Pres. Office
The Presidential Office on Wednesday denied it had pressured police to drop charges against a senior Turkish diplomat. The diplomat was involved in a scuffle with local police officers while he was reportedly drunk.
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After over two years of protests, the government has reached a compensation agreement with freeway toll booth operators who lost their jobs after the introduction of electronic fare collection and for whom new jobs were promised but not delivered.
 
Protesters demand NT$126 hourly minimum wage
Protesters demanding a higher minimum hourly wage clashed with police officers outside the Labor Ministry Wednesday morning as they chased after a government official for answers.
 
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