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Thursday, February 26, 2015
Taiwan -- College admission exam top-scorers drop by 40%
The number of students who scored straight As in the national examination for university admission dropped by around 40 percent while the number of students who received zeros in English composition jumped by around 10 percent, according to the results released yesterday.
Foreign cash pushed Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s (TSMC, 台積電) share price to NT$154.5 yesterday, resulting in a record-high market capitalization that topped NT$4 trillion.
Around 34,000 people made visits to hospital emergency rooms over the Lunar New Year holiday presenting symptoms associated with infectious diarrhea, a four-year high, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Wednesday.
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The Presidential Office declined to comment Wednesday on reports that a meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (習近平) had originally been planned last year.
The private sector's sentiment toward activity in the manufacturing sector gained in January amid a steady economic recovery in the United States and the low price of crude oil, according to one of Taiwan's leading think tanks.
Taiwan shares closed up 70.17 points, or 0.72 percent, at 9,699.54 Wednesday on turnover of NT$96.14 billion (US$3.05 billion).
Amnesty International (AI) said Wednesday in its annual 2014/2015 report that Taiwan took further steps to implement international human rights standards, but concerns remained in several areas, including the freedom of peaceful assembly.
A China Airlines (CAL) aircraft liveried with a design featuring the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, one of Taiwan's most prestigious art groups, took the dancers to an art festival in Singapore Wednesday, the first time the group had used the unique aircraft.
Taiwanese jobseekers' interest in China has declined to a six-year low due partly to China's economic slowdown, according to a 1111 Job Bank (1111人力銀行) survey released yesterday.
The new commissioner of the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL, 中華職棒) has finally taken up the post, ending seven months of speculation following the departure of his predecessor Hwang Jenn-tai (黃鎮台).
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