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February, 21, 2017

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Taiwan > Local > Taitung
Timber troubles
The Taitung District Prosecutors Office successfully broke into the "rats' den" and recovered a 3-meter long stout camphor tree log valued at over NT$1 million. Hsieh and the five other suspects in the case have been arrested under charges of theft, Monday, Feb. 20.
 
Before and after
This photo shows the mountain above the southbound railway in Taimali prior to the development plans that have rid the mountain of its trees in order to make room for a ginger farm.
 
Evil spirits get out!
Firecrackers explode around a person playing the local God of Wealth, Handan, in Taitung County in this undated file photo. The local tradition to "bomb God Handan" will be performed on three consecutive days starting today. The origins of the tradition can no longer be verified, but locals claim that the act was to show the bravery of Handan and to repel evil spirits.
 
Heightened risk for Taitung
Two workers repair the roof of a house in this file photo taken in Taitung.
 
Skipper severely injured in Taitung fishing boat explosion
A Taiwanese fishing boat captain was severely injured and two crew members sustained minor injuries on Saturday after their boat caught fire and exploded at Xingang Fishing Port (新港漁港) in eastern Taiwan's Taitung County, apparently while refueling.
 
Ecotravel tops agenda at aboriginal business forum
A second forum on business development in Taiwan's indigenous communities opened on Friday at the National Taitung University campus in the Jinfong Township of Taitung County, eastern Taiwan.
 
Taiwan's southeastern county of Taitung was jolted by four earthquakes overnight, including one with a magnitude of 4.5 at 04:05 a.m. Friday, the Central Weather Bureau said.
 
Fun for the whole family
An Indonesian mother-daughter duo performs at Taitung's Southeast Asian Language Family Singing Competition on Sunday, Nov. 13.
 
Ranking race
Cyclists head off from the starting line at the nationwide road cycling ranking competition in Taitung on Sunday, Oct. 30. In the event, 275 domestic elite competitors vied to qualify for the national team squad at the Asian Games in 2017.
 
One-of-a-kind post office opens in Pingtung
A unique post office built in the shape of a shipping box opened Friday in southern Taiwan's Pingtung County, with the aim of banishing the traditional perception of post offices as rigid places, officials from the Chunghwa Post Co. said that day.
 
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