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The Ministry of Economic Affairs said Friday that it has granted the request by Hwang Jung-chiou (黃重球) to resign from his post as chairman of the Taiwan Power Company or Taipower (台電) -- the island's state-owned electricity provider.
 
Wetskills Taiwan 2016, a two-week event challenging participating students and professionals to come up with innovative solutions to water-related problems, has concluded.
 
Lingering caution over Taiwan's property market prompted a more than 50 percent reduction in home construction permits in Taipei in the first six months of this year, property consulting firm REPro Knight Frank said Monday.
 
Free Cheers thanks to taxpayers
A visitor takes a picture of an image of young Taiwanese singer-songwriter Cheer Chen displayed at an exhibition in Taipei, Friday, July 29. Featuring Chen's personal items, the exhibition is seeking a subsidy of NT$8 million from the Ministry of Culture. It has sparked controversy after some netizens questioned whether it deserves government funding when Chen could use her personal funds.
 
The financial markets are bracing for a "perfect storm" following Britain's decision to leave the European Union, according to Development Bank of Singapore (DBS).
 
Extra bus services will no longer be available on long-distance routes on major holidays from August, due to a new labor directive that prevents employees from working for more than six days in a row without a day off, bus operators announced Friday.
 > Taipei
 
Domestic gasoline and diesel prices are likely to drop next week as concerns over a supply glut continued to weigh on international crude oil prices this week, market sources said Friday.
 
Taipower chairman resigns
Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) President Chu Wen-chen (朱文成), front, speaks at the Legislative Yuan in this undated file photo. The Ministry of Economic Affairs confirmed Friday, July 29 that the government had approved the resignation tendered by Taipower Chairman Hwang Jung-chou (黃重球). Huang will be replaced by Chu.
 
A man about 30 years old died in Taipei on Friday of multiple organ failure, which was triggered by a heatstroke, as the city remained in the grip of high temperatures all week, according to a local hospital.
 > Taipei
 
A man vowed to continue a court fight into its third year in order to avoid paying a NT$20 (US$0.62) parking ticket in Chiayi City.
 > Chiayi
 
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