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January, 21, 2017

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Despite opposition attempts, 2017 budget passes
The Legislature has passed the Cabinet's proposed budget for 2017, thwarting attempts by the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) to slash spending further.
 
As national conference on pension reform draws near, fake news takes center stage
Vice President Chen Chien-jen has embarked on a whistle-stop media tour to tackle "fake news" ahead of Sunday's national conference on pension reform, after a social media post suggested the government was ready to open fire on protesters.
 
EPA urges public caution after tire-factory fire
The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has advised people in Northern Taiwan to wear masks and regularly wash their hands following a massive blaze at a tire factory in Taoyuan City.
 
'Detention' video game goes viral
An online game set in Taiwan under martial law in the 1960s has already gone viral since being launched a week ago, sparking discussion of not only the game itself but also related historical happenings and political issues.
 
Navy's antique sub the main attraction at press open day
The R.O.C. Navy on Wednesday treated local media to a rare tour of the interior of the one of nation's World War II-era submarines, as it staged a pre-Lunar New Year drill at Zuoying Naval Base in Kaohsiung.
 
Immigration Agency cultivates second-generation immigrants
The National Immigration Agency (NIA) is sending second-generation immigrants back to their parents' hometowns for winter or summer vacations this year in an attempt to cultivate students' international perspectives and bilateral relations while promoting the government's "New Southbound Policy."
 
Taiwan should keep hands off Washington's China policy: ex-premier
Former Premier Yu Shyi-kun said Wednesday that Taiwan should not get involved in U.S. relations with China, and should instead ask Washington to stick to the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act and its "Six Assurances" to Taiwan.
 
Shih Hsin instructor resigns after grading row
A Shih Hsin University instructor embroiled in controversy for temporarily flunking his entire class has resigned, university officials said this morning.
 
Finger pointing over cabbage glut
A lawmaker from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party has blamed agricultural officials for not taking a more proactive role in managing the current market glut in locally grown cabbages.
 
VP to lift lid on pension reform package
Vice President Chen Chien-jen will unveil the government's controversial pension reform proposals in a press conference this afternoon, he said during a morning radio show in Taipei.
 
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