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April, 29, 2016

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The head of the Information and Communications Research Laboratories at the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has received the "Test of Time Paper Award" for 2016, making him the first expert from Taiwan to win the prize.
 
The Kuomintang on Wednesday appointed former Legislator Tsai Cheng-yuan as its party whip in the Legislature.
 
An annual air defense drill that requires people to stay indoors and imposes traffic controls for half an hour will take place in three localities in Southern Taiwan today.
 
A tortoise fitted with a satellite transmitter and set free from Taiwan was found to have swum 5,467 kilometers in 94 days before arriving in Indonesia, the Forestry Bureau said.
 
The Taipei Exchange (TPEx) said Biotech company OBI Pharma's (台灣浩鼎) will face a fine for selling holdings for its major shareholder without notifying the exchange, violating the Security and Exchange Act (證交法).
 
"Eject! Eject!" a woman shouts and wakes up from a nightmare. She is the lead in a short film produced by the Ministry of National Defense, adapted from the story of a fallen AT-3 pilot who died in a crash in the southern city of Kaohsiung in 2014.
 
Transportation vehicles will be required to slow down and use a diversion route to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport beginning July in response to planned construction work at the airport. The new measure is expected to extend motorists' travel time to the airport by 15-20 minutes during peak traffic periods, the airport's operator said Tuesday.
 
Gov't protests after delegation asked to leave int'l talks
Taiwan's government has protested to mainland China after a Taiwanese delegation was asked to leave an international conference due to pressure from Beijing, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Tuesday.
 
Court rules 66 guilty of murdering cop in Xinyi nightclub case
Taipei District Court ruled 66 people guilty Tuesday in the 2014 killing of a police officer in front of a Xinyi District nightclub. A settlement of NT$36.26 million was negotiated between 48 accused individuals and the deceased officer's family, to be paid in installments.
 
A bill outlining new responsibilities for an outgoing president to a newly elected government was blocked due to objections from the Kuomintang (KMT) legislative caucus on Tuesday, despite passing its first draft earlier this month.
 
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