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KMT names intelligence agent secretary-general

By Shih Hsiao-kuang

The appointment of National Immigration Agency Director-General Mo Tien-hu (莫天虎), who has an intelligence background, to the position of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) secretary-general has set some tongues wagging. The KMT’s Central Standing Committee approved the appointment on Wednesday. Mo, who has applied for retirement, isFULL STORY

DPP fails to understand information security: premier

By Alison Hsiao

Premier Simon Chang (張善政) yesterday said that the abolition of the Taiwan Information Security Center would be the “greatest regret” of his term and accused the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of failing to understand the matter before making the decision. The Act for Establishing the NationalFULL STORY

US jets scrambled for fly-by to KMT’s Itu Aba plane

By Jason Pan

Ministry of National Defense officials confirmed that two US F/A-18 jets on Thursday flew near a C-130 plane carrying a group of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) officials as they returned from Itu Aba Island (Taiping Island, 太平島), but said the US jets posed no threatFULL STORY

NPP urges Judicial Yuan president to resign after May 20

By Abraham Gerber

Judicial Yuan President Rai Hau-min (賴浩敏) should resign to make way for new judicial reform efforts after Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) takes office, New Power Party (NPP) legislators said yesterday, accusing Rai of turning a deaf ear to civic groups. “We hopeFULL STORY

Open cross-caucus negotiations to media, NPP says

By Abraham Gerber and Loa Iok-sin

The New Power Party (NPP) yesterday said it will ask other caucuses to accept media participation in the cross-caucus negotiations it convenes, adding that it will send legislation back to the Legislative Yuan if they disagree. “While we will hold cross-caucus negotiations according to the legislature’sFULL STORY

Death penalty debate rekindled

By Jason Pan

The Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to spare the life of convicted child killer Tseng Wen-chin (曾文欽) by commuting his sentence to life in prison has stirred up debate over capital punishment. Tseng, 32, was found guilty of the random killing of a 10-year-old boy whenFULL STORY

Police motorbike mystery solved

A photograph of policemen riding a scooter in Ramadi, Iraq, has drawn media attention in Taiwan, as the vehicle is believed to be a motorcycle from the Changhua County police department. An Associated Press photograph released on March 20 shows two men riding a whiteFULL STORY

Orchestra lovers praised

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra director Simon Rattle on Thursday said he is very fond of Taiwan’s music audience, adding that he is excited to bring Beethoven’s symphonies on the orchestra’s fourth visit to the nation. Speaking in Taipei ahead of the orchestra’s two concerts this weekend,FULL STORY

Chinese in Kolkata seek Taiwan aid for education revival

The government has been asked to help ethnic Chinese revive Mandarin and Chinese cultural education in Kolkata, India. “I have received pleas for help from the leaders of ethnic Chinese groups during my visits to the groups in Kolkata this year,” said Chen Ho-hsien (陳和賢), theFULL STORY

Thousands of tonnes of food wasted every year

More than 36,000 tonnes of expired food is generated by Taiwan’s 112,130 hypermarkets, supermarkets, convenience stores and restaurants every year and much of it is thrown out, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said yesterday. About 90.4 percent of the 36,880 tonnes of expired processed foodFULL STORY

Dome did not cost baseball bid: DPP

By Sean Lin

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator John Wu’s (吳志揚) remark that the Taipei Dome’s delayed completion had caused Taiwan to lose its bid to host the World Baseball Classic (WBC) pre-games next year to South Korea misled baseball fans and politicized sports, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)FULL STORY

MRT to award passenger loyalty with discounts: Ko

By Sean Lin

Taipei Rapid Transit Corp will continue to follow the 20 percent discount policy for passengers who use Taipei’s MRT system, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said, adding that discount rates will vary according to ridership frequency. Ko made the announcement during a radio interview withFULL STORY

Campaigners call for expanding public daycare centers to address inequality

By Abraham Gerber

Public daycare centers must be expanded to address widespread gender, class and regional inequality, civic campaigners said yesterday, proposing a range of measures to counteract the nation’s growing reliance on “granny care” for young children. “While we often say that being a mother is a ‘sweetFULL STORY

American Academy elects ink painter

Taiwan-based artist Liu Kuo-sung (劉國松), widely regarded as the father of modern Chinese ink painting, has been elected as a new foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the academy said. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences — also known asFULL STORY

Overreliance on Chinese tourists unhealthy: group

By Wang Jung-hsiang and Jonathan Chin

A group of pro-localization advocates on Sunday held a demonstration in Kaohsiung against what they said is Taiwan’s unhealthy economic dependence on Chinese travelers and Beijing’s use of tourism to pressure the Taiwanese government. The protesters demonstrated in front of the former British consulate at TakaoFULL STORY

A hostile uterus could be a factor in infertility: doctor

By Lee I-chia

The reasons women cannot get pregnant are not limited to ovarian hypofunction or oviductal obstructions — sometimes the uterine environment can cause infertility, a gynecologist said. Fertility Society of the Republic of China chairman and clinical gynecologist Chang Fan (張帆) said the nation’s fertility rateFULL STORY

Dongshih residents irked by 3 meter unmarked ritual boat washed ashore

By Lin Yi-chang and Jonathan Chin

An unmarked model boat apparently built to be used in religious rituals washed up at the Aogu Wetlands (鰲鼓濕地) in Chiayi County’s Dongshih Township (東石) earlier this month, with local residents saying that they are worried. The 3m long model, resembling a Wang Ye ship thatFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

WEATHER Year’s hottest day in Taipei The temperature in Taipei yesterday rose to 36.1?C, the highest the city has seen so far this year, the Central Weather Bureau said. The high was recorded at 2:14pm. It is not uncommon to see such high temperatures in Taipei inFULL STORY

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