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December, 8, 2016

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Uber could be fined NT$25 million
Uber Taiwan could be looking at a penalty of up to NT$25 million if it continues to operate without a license in the country next January, Transportation Minister Ho Chen Tan (賀陳旦) said Wednesday.
 
Service industry 'to hire for the holidays'
Taiwan's 1111 Job Bank on Wednesday reported that 83 percent of service industry companies were looking to increase manpower for the end-of-the-year holiday season.
 
Business leaders and labor unions expressed dissatisfaction Wednesday with the passage of a bill that eliminates seven statutory holidays and increases annual paid leave and overtime pay.
 
Taiwan's top intelligence chief on Wednesday said the historic phone call between President Tsai Ing-wen and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump caught China by surprise but that, so far, Beijing had shown restraint instead of overreacting.
 
Defending traditional medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine suppliers rally outside the Ministry of Health and Welfare on Wednesday, Dec. 7, protesting against a draft bill that would ban them from dispensing medicine to treat specific ailments.
 
Pricier premiums
Kuomintang lawmakers hold a press conference on President Tsai Ing-wen's National Health Insurance policy for foreign students, Wednesday, Dec. 7. Tsai has approved a plan to increase health insurance premiums for foreign students from NT$749 to NT$1,249 per month, lawmakers said.
 
The Kuomintang (KMT) on Wednesday announced a three-pronged strategy -- mass demonstrations, legislative recalls and a referendum -- to fight the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on the issue of Japanese food imports from areas hit by the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
 
As part of its "New Southbound Policy," Taiwan's government is encouraging young people to learn Southeast Asian languages, but a new survey indicates few Taiwanese students are interested in learning the languages spoken in those countries.
 
Former sports commentator Fu Da-jen (傅達仁) wrote a letter to President Tsai Ing-wen calling for the government to legalize euthanasia, offering to volunteer as the first person to undergo euthanasia in the country.
 
Insider trading allegations
Chen Ching-tsai, a member of the Control Yuan, shows a document at a press conference Wednesday, Dec. 7, to defend himself against insider trading allegations.
 
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