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Thursday, December 18, 2014
Taiwan -- Government orders tainted dried tofu off shelves around the nation
Still reeling from the edible oil scandals of the past few months, the government moved fast Wednesday to order suspect dried tofu products off shelves nationwide after the revelation a day earlier that certain brands had used banned industrial dyes.
The Ministry of Justice (法務部) said Wednesday that there is no timetable for the possible release on medical parole of ailing former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), who is serving a 20-year sentence for corruption.
As the end of the year draws near, a survey done by the Ministry of Labor (MOL, 勞動部) in November said that 14 percent of office workers do not have time to use up their accumulated paid vacation days and hope that they can exchange vacation days for cash instead.
Up to 19 Uber drivers have been fined by the Transportation Ministry, and the ministry may enforce fine collections totaling NT$950,000 by year-end, at the earliest.
Taiwan saw daytime lows plunge to around 10 degrees Celsius early Wednesday as the strongest cold air mass of the early winter season enshrouded the country, the Central Weather Bureau said.
Tigerair Taiwan, the first Taiwan-based budget carrier to take to the skies with its launch in September, started a new service to Macau on Wednesday amid increasing competition in the low-cost air travel market.
Taiwan's government launched a series of promotional activities on Wednesday in an effort to restore the reputation of Taiwan's food vendors whose image was dealt a serious blow by a series of food safety scandals in recent months.
Moviegoers in Taiwan will finally get a chance to see “Blind Massage,” the biggest winner at this year's Golden Horse Awards, when it is released in Taiwan in January, thanks to a new regulation.
Mainland Affairs Council (MAC, 陸委會) Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) said yesterday at the Kuomintang (KMT) weekly Central Standing Committee meeting that the MAC would like to strengthen exchanges between Taiwan and China through Taiwanese youth, grassroots groups and locals.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs (經濟部) announced Wednesday that it will stop supplying water needed to irrigate the first plantings of rice paddies in two parts of Taiwan because of the mounting water shortage around the country.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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