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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Curriculum talks fail to reach consensus
Student demonstrators are to hold a press conference today at 10 a.m. to address their next step in the anti-curriculum campaign, after talks with Education Minister Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) failed again yesterday.
The Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC, 金管會) attributed a stock plunge yesterday to disappointing second-quarter growth and the downward revised sales targets of bellwether firms, notably MediaTek Inc. (聯發科).
No plans to end duty-free cigarettes sales: says MOF
The Ministry of Finance (MOF) has no plans to end duty-free tobacco sales at airports or further restrict the import of cigarettes, officials announced yesterday following speculation about the issue by local media.
Dodo bird relative at Taipei Zoo breeds after long hiatus
Large pigeons at the Taipei Zoo that are the closest living relative of the extinct dodo bird were confirmed recently to have successfully reproduced for the first time in four years, the zoo reported on Monday.
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Labor unions gathered in front of the Ministry of Labor (MOL, 勞動部) to call for a raise in the labor insurance contribution rate to 12.5 percent along with the implementation of the longevity pension insurance program.
The first section of the Suhua Highway Improvement Project's Guanyin Tunnel (觀音隧道) was blasted open yesterday morning and represents a key moment for the lengthy construction project.
Hacktivist collective Anonymous Asia attacked government and political party websites yesterday in a gesture of support for students protesting against Education Ministry plans to change curriculum guidelines.
A five-story house in Changhua, (彰化) in which a family of six and an Indonesian caregiver lives, broke into flames in Sunday morning, according to local media reports.
President Ma Ying-jeou submitted an open letter to the local China Times newspaper yesterday, claiming that former President Lee Teng-hui's recent comments on the sovereignty of the Diaoyutai Islands were improper, and he should apologize to the people for his "indiscreet remark."
A sheltered dog nicknamed Tom (阿湯哥), after movie star Tom Cruise, was mistakenly euthanized by Hsinchu County Animal Disease Control Center, a report claimed yesterday.
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