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Kuomintang blocks premier's first report
The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) surrounded the Legislative Yuan chamber this morning, preventing Premier Lin Chuan (林全) from giving what would have been his first report and forcing Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) to call a recess less than 10 minutes after the session was scheduled to begin.
 
Wanted tycoon dead in US car crash, media reports say
Founder of Rebar Group and wanted tycoon Wang You-theng (王又曾) was reportedly pronounced dead in a multi-vehicle crash in the U.S., according to multiple media reports on Monday.
 
Consumers who drink convenience store coffee beverages will no longer have to fret about retrieving their prepaid drinks within a limited period of time, after the four major convenience chains agreed to not set retrieval time limits, announced the Consumers' Foundation (CF, 消基會) on Monday.
 
The peak-hour operating electricity reserve rate hit a low of 2.7 percent on Monday due to high temperature significantly driving up power consumption, for the second-lowest level of its kind ever recorded, .............
 
The Netherlands Trade and Investment Office (NTIO) is inviting a business delegation to showcase their solutions at the Dutch IoT Solutions forum at the annual COMPUTEX on June 3.
 
The management of China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's largest carrier, sent a letter to company staff Monday, urging them to take the side of the company rather than their unions in facing the challenges ahead.
 
Former President Chen Shui-bian, who is currently on medical parole from Taichung Prison, submitted a formal application to the prison Monday seeking permission to attend a June 4 dinner to be held by the Ketagalan Foundation.......
 
Tsai administration begins bid to 'save' nation's pension system
President Tsai Ing-wen has greenlit preparatory guidelines for pension reform, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said Monday. The move represents the first step in fulfilling a campaign promise to keep Taiwan's pension program solvent -- a task Tsai described as urgent in her inauguration speech, saying bluntly that "the pension system will go bankrupt without reform."
 
China Airlines workers to take to the streets
Five hundred China Airlines (CAL) employees -- including cabin crew, pilots, aircraft technicians and ground staff-- will march in front of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications on Tuesday afternoon to protest what they view as excessive working hours and unreasonable pay.
 
Stamp of disapproval: Ko comes in last among six mayors in survey
Ko Wen-je's popularity remained in the doldrums Monday, with the Taipei mayor placing last in a poll ranking Taiwan's six municipal leaders by approval rating.
 
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