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MND restricts protests around complex

By Lo Tien-pin and Jonathan Chin

In response to protests that, according to a high-ranking official, disrupted the Ministry of National Defense’s (MND) ability to manage the nation’s armed forces, the ministry has designated a security zone around its Taipei compound, banning rallies and parades within the area, the official saidFULL STORY

Certain military personnel to see wage hikes: Tsai

By Lo Tien-pin and Jonathan Chin

The government will raise the salaries of soldiers in chemical warfare, engineering and communications units, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said during her review of the 99th Marine Brigade yesterday. If a plan by the Ministry of National Defense to give bonuses to combat troops is approvedFULL STORY

DPP lawmaker to countersue commissioner over claim

By Chen Wei-han

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Ming-wen (陳明文) yesterday said he will take legal action against DPP Chiayi County Commissioner Helen Chang (張花冠) over her claim that Chen has interfered with the judiciary. Chang on Wednesday filed a sexual harassment complaint against Chen after heFULL STORY

Student safety should be guaranteed, minister says

By Chen Wei-han, Lin Yuan-lin and Jonathan Chin

Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠) yesterday condemned violence against students, saying that campuses are grounds for freedom and democracy, and students’ personal safety should be guaranteed when they are expressing their opinion. The remarks came in the wake of reports that several National Taiwan UniversityFULL STORY

Experts urge new cross-strait model

Experts on cross-strait relations have called for a new mode of interaction between China and Taiwan following a clash on Sunday between pro-unification and pro-independence groups at the “Sing! China: Shanghai-Taipei Music Festival.” The festival, which was agreed to by Taipei and Shanghai to showcase singersFULL STORY

NTU apologizes, vows to prioritize student needs

By Lin Chia-nan

National Taiwan University (NTU) yesterday apologized and promised to prioritize students and their needs when making decisions on leasing out school facilities, following reports that students were injured at a protest during the “Sing! China: Shanghai-Taipei Music Festival” on Sunday. The festival abruptly ended atFULL STORY

Taipei leg of Pacific islands leadership training commences

The Taipei segment of an annual training program for young leaders from the Pacific islands started yesterday. Over the next four weeks, 27 participants from 10 nations are to engage in classroom and field studies in the second segment of the 10-week program, which is runFULL STORY

Forum discusses circular economy, environment

By Lin Chia-nan

More than 20 environmental experts from 12 nations yesterday gathered at the fourth International Environmental Partnership forum hosted by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) to discuss circular economy issues. The two-day forum, which is taking place at Howard Civil Service International House in Taipei, was inauguratedFULL STORY

Second imported dengue death

By Lee I-chia

A second death this year from imported dengue fever has been confirmed, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday, urging people to take measures to repel mosquitoes when traveling in Southeast Asia. A 37-year-old woman from northern Taiwan in August experienced fever and muscle andFULL STORY

Pingsi to hold moon-inspired lantern festival

The sky lantern festival in New Taipei City’s Pingsi District (平溪), traditionally held during the Lantern Festival after the Lunar New Year, will be held during the Mid-Autumn Festival for the first time, the city’s Department of Tourism and Travel said yesterday. The event is toFULL STORY

Public urged to help find missing art

By Chen Wei-han

Following the alleged theft of works by sculptor Lin Liang-tsai (林良材), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday called on the judiciary to locate and return the works to the artist and urged collectors not to purchase the sculptures if they are offered for sale. Forty-seven sculpturesFULL STORY

Mooncake charities report low demand, launch campaigns

By Yang Mien-chieh and Jonathan Chin

Demand for mooncakes have slumped this year, several charitable organizations said. The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on the first full moon of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, which is next Wednesday this year. With few days remaining before the holiday, many organizations are struggling toFULL STORY

Expectant mothers urged to watch diet

By Lee I-chia

The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) urged women who are pregnant or trying to conceive to ensure sufficient intake of folic acid, iodine and iron before and during pregnancy. Having a balanced nutritional intake during pregnancy is a fundamental factor that influences a baby’s health, and folicFULL STORY

Postal firm to launch home care services on Oct. 16

By Shelley Shan

Chunghwa Post Co (中華郵政) is to launch home care services for elderly people on Oct. 16 in response to the increasing need for long-term care providers in an aging society. The postal company has been studying the feasibility of offering long-term care services since MinisterFULL STORY

Fame follows Netherlands’ water polo team home

After creating a stir in Taiwan at last month’s Taipei Summer Universiade, the Dutch water polo team has remained in the spotlight as their fame has spread back home. The 16-member team enjoyed instant fame even before they arrived in Taiwan on Aug. 15, afterFULL STORY

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