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Monday, November 30, 2015
The Ministry of Finance (MOF, 財政部) will propose new earned income tax credit measures aimed at low- and middle-income working families, which would reduce tax for expenses paid in pre-school education, vocational school fees and long-term care, in the next legislative session, Finance Minister Chang Sheng-ford (張盛和) told reporters yesterday.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen continues to hold a commanding lead over her opponents, in the countdown to Taiwan's three-way presidential race on Jan. 16, according to the latest public opinion poll released Saturday.
Details on the monument that will be erected on Taiping Island (太平島) in the South China Sea were revealed yesterday by local media, in time for President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) trip next month.
A rare brown booby, a member of the Sulidae family, was spotted recently in a coastal area of Dongsha Island in the South China Sea, marking the first sighting of the species in 148 years, according to the Kaohsiung-based Marine National Park Headquarters.
Brown booby thrills Dongsha birdwatchers
Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman and presidential candidate of Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said Sunday that if elected in January, she will allocate 10 times more resources to food safety than are being used right now.
Scholars in Taiwan said Saturday that the country's central bank is unlikely to change its key interest rates at its quarterly policymaking meeting on Dec. 17.
Changhua district prosecutors said Sunday they will appeal a district court ruling that acquitted Wei Ying-chung, a former chairman of Ting Hsin Oil and Fat Industrial Co., and six others of charges related to violations of the country's food safety laws.
Party lines blurred in legislator at-large vote
Cross-party endorsement has become a notable feature in this year's election race, local media observed yesterday.
Eric Chu, the presidential candidate of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), said Sunday that when the Democratic Progressive Party was in power 2000-2008, cross-Taiwan Strait relations suffered a setback, and that DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen was the country's mainland affairs chief and deputy premier at the time.
Taiwan registered a record high of 8.477 million tourist arrivals in the first 10 months of the year, with the biggest increase seen in arrivals from South Korea, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC).
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