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May, 25, 2016

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The Bank of Taiwan celebrated its 70th anniversary with the introduction of service robots at two of its Taipei locations.
 
Environmental Protection Minister Lee Ying-yuan said Monday that he is opposed to imports of scrap metal, from the perspectives of industry policies, environmental protection, and the development of an innovative economy.
 
Tsai seeks US support in TPP bid
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) expressed her hopes of seeing the U.S. support Taiwan's participation in the second round of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, when meeting with a U.S. congressional delegation on Sunday.
 
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications has announced plans for a real-name booking system to reserve train seats specially for Hualien and Taitung residents.
 
'I would not support Taiwan independence': defense minister
Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) on Monday said he would not support Taiwan independence and that President Tsai Ing-wen had never to his knowledge publicly endorsed Taiwan independence.
 
Independence activists demonstrated outside the National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine on Monday, accusing President Tsai Ing-wen of "Sinicizing Taiwan" as she kicked off her first week in office by paying respect to the country's war dead.
 
The unemployment rate fell 0.05 percentage points to 3.86 percent in April, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS, 主計處) reported Monday.
 
After fish slaying, only 6 endangered humphead wrasses left
The Council of Agriculture's Forestry Bureau (林務局) confirmed Sunday that only six of the protected species humphead wrasse (龍王鯛) are still in the wild on outlying Green Island, after a killing of one of the species by a local bed-and-breakfast owner led to a public outcry, according to multiple reports by the Central News Agency (CNA).
 
Premier Lin heads south for first inspection tour
Premier Lin Chuan (林全) chose Southern Taiwan on Sunday for his first inspection tour since taking office, visiting farmers experiencing crop damage.
 
Plenty to pick from for picky eaters
Remember how Grandma used to say "Before eating rice dumplings in May, never put your winter clothes away" about the unpredictable weather of Taiwan in the springtime? Marking the start of summer each year, the Dragon Boat Festival (端午節) takes place on the fifth day of the fifth month in the lunar calendar, which happens to be June 9 this year.
 
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