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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Taiwan -- President reiterates Taiwan's push for local submarine program
President Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday reiterated Taiwan's determination to push ahead with its domestic submarine program to modernize its fleet and bolster the country's defense capabilities.
Taiwan -- Water rationing to be postponed by a week
Thanks to last week's rainfall filling reservoirs with fresh water, the introduction of phase-three water rationing has been postponed from April 1 to April 8.
A drug crackdown in Chupei, Hsinchu County last night turned into a shootout between police and drug dealers, with one drug dealer dead, another under arrest and one police officer injured as of press time.
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Taiwan -- Drug dealer dies after shoot-out with police, one officer injured
Local media reports were widespread yesterday in covering the potential supply-side fallout over Indonesia's plan to stop sending its nationals to work as migrant fishermen in Taiwan fishing fleets. According to the Ministry of Labor, the cessation of Indonesian migrant workers would impact local fishing, as 60 to 70 percent of near-shore fishing operations are manned by Indonesian workers.
Indonesia will continue to send migrant workers to man Taiwanese fishing vessels, according to statements made by an Indonesian official responsible for migrant affairs; the Ministry of Labor offered confirmation in a press release yesterday.
Taiwan -- In TPP membership bid, nation needs to be prepared for 'long game': scholar
Taiwan needs to be prepared for a “long game” in its ongoing push to join the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), an American scholar has said recently.
Taiwan plans to lift a 10-year ban on the recruitment of domestic helpers including caregivers and of fishing workers from Vietnam, an official said Monday.
A total of nine companies listed on the local over-the counter (OTC) market are scheduled to hold investor conferences this week, the organizer, Taipei Exchange said Monday.
Chen Jian-yu (陳建宇), minister for Transportation and Communications, yesterday emphasized that he would never approve lowering the minimum driving age to sixteen, in response to questions.
Following accusations from the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) clarified yesterday that she has not been peddling influence while campaigning for city government officials, some of whom were set to run for district legislators in the southern city.
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