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Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang (KMT) yesterday called out the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government for nepotism in the arrangement of appointments for family members to sinecure positions in state-owned companies.
 
Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung said Tuesday that he will ask city government officials to only use smartphones when related to city governance during council meetings.
 
A Taiwanese-owned jewelry company in China's Zhuhai city has been circled by discontented Chinese workers, with the company's ranking officers trapped inside for days.
 
Less than 43 percent of people in Taiwan aresatisfied with Premier Lin Chuan's performance in his first month in office, while 33.7 percent are dissatisfied mainly because of his handling of Taoyuan airport flooding, according to a poll released Tuesday.
 
Sailing into the spotlight
Taiwanese sailboard athlete Chang Hao, seen in this file photo at the rudder of a boat, received notification from the Chinese Taipei Sailing Association on Tuesday, June 21, that he will present Taiwan at the 2016 Summer Olympics. It is the third time the Penghu-based windsurfer represents the nation at the Olympics.
 
Taiwan saw another decline in the number of universities in the top 100 list of the Asia University Rankings 2016 released Monday by Times Higher Education magazine, but the country's highest-ranked National Taiwan University (NTU) improved from last year.
 
Rule of law is not just about enforcing the law, but about promoting fair and just laws that are designed for the greater benefit of everyone, said Louise Arbour, a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights who won the 2016 Tang Prize in rule of law Tuesday.
 
Taipei Songshan Airport was forced to close for 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon due to the discovery of a big hole on the runway, affecting seven flights, according to the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA).
 
A video on Taiwan's railway system titled "Iron Pathways to Adventure," which was co-produced by Taiwan's Tourism Bureau and the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), won a bronze medal at the prestigious Telly Awards in Los Angeles.
 
Premier 'confident' of Cabinet despite rising disapproval
Premier Lin Chuan (林全) expressed confidence in all members of his administrative team Tuesday despite reminders by opposition lawmakers of a significant rise in the Cabinet's disapproval rating.
 
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