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Details of pension proposal unveiled

By Stacy Hsu

Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) yesterday unveiled details of the government’s draft pension reform plan, urging opponents to send representatives to a national affairs conference scheduled for Sunday. Speaking at an afternoon news conference at the Presidential Office, Chen said the draft was drawn up afterFULL STORY

Uber Taiwan to launch service using taxis

By Shelley Shan

Uber Taiwan yesterday announced plans to launch a new service called UberTAXI next month by working with local taxi operators. However, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said the company would remain an illegal service provider and would be ordered to cease operations if it continuesFULL STORY

Legislature passes budget

The legislature yesterday passed the government’s general budget proposal for fiscal year 2017, after cutting it to NT$1.97 trillion (US$62.3 billion). During the two-week extraordinary session, opposition lawmakers put forward about 500 proposals for budget cuts, but the number was reduced to 63 during cross-caucus negotiationsFULL STORY

African troops gather as Gambia situation unfolds

Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow was to take power yesterday, capping weeks of tension over President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to quit, which has seen Senegalese and Nigerian troops massing at the border, and tourists racing to leave. The UN Security Council was to vote on a SenegaleseFULL STORY

Seoul court denies arrest request for Samsung’s Lee

A Seoul court yesterday denied a request to arrest one of South Korea’s most powerful men, the heir to Samsung Electronics Co, in a setback to prosecutors investigating an influence-peddling scandal that toppled South Korea’s president. The Seoul Central District Court said that a judge concludedFULL STORY

Retirees’ 18% rate to be phased out2017-01-19

By Chen Wei-han

The government is to phase out the 18 percent preferential savings rate for retired public-sector employees over a period of six years, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) said yesterday. In a radio interview, Chen said that the government plans to lower the 18 percent interest rateFULL STORY

Court rules that Kuo Kuan-ying can retire2017-01-19

By Yang Kuo-wen, Chen Feng-li and Jake Chung

Former Taiwan Provincial Government secretary for foreign affairs Kuo Kuan-ying’s (郭冠英) legal case took a surprising turn yesterday when the Taipei High Administrative Court repealed the Ministry of Civil Service’s decision to reject his application to retire and instead instructed the ministry to approve theFULL STORY

National Women’s League agrees to reveal its finances2017-01-19

By Abraham Gerber

The National Women’s League yesterday agreed to provide financial reports to the Ministry of the Interior, raising the prospect that its assets would be publicized for the first time. Following a meeting between league officials and Civil Affairs Department Director Lin Ching-chi (林清淇) at the league’sFULL STORY

China preparing to retaliate on trade: AmCham2017-01-19

China is preparing to retaliate if US president-elect Donald Trump raises duties on Chinese goods and has already toughened its stance, a US business group said yesterday. Trump, who is to be inaugurated tomorrow, threatened during his campaign to raise import duties on Chinese goods toFULL STORY

Obama commutes Manning’s jail sentence2017-01-19

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday slashed the sentence of transgender army private Chelsea Manning, who had been sentenced to 35 years behind bars for handing classified US documents to WikiLeaks. Obama pardoned 64 people and commuted the sentences of 209 others — including 29-year-old Manning,FULL STORY

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