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NTU faces calls to reassess Kuan

By Wu Po-hsuan, Hsieh Chun-lin and Jake Chung

National Taiwan University (NTU) professor emeritus Wang Chiu-sen (王秋森) yesterday called on the university affairs committee, which is to meet today, to discuss the suitability of Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) as the president of Taiwan’s most prestigious university. Since his nomination in 2017, Kuan has been accusedFULL STORY

NHIA to reconsider drug pricing formula

By Lee I-chia

The National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) on Thursday said that it would consider amending regulations to modify the calculation formula of the drug expenditure target system, after pharmaceutical companies announced that they would be withdrawing certain drugs from the Taiwanese market. Some local media reportedFULL STORY

Taiwanese jam maker wins big at top marmalade competition in England

By Jonathan Chin

Taiwanese jam and preserve maker Ke Ya (柯亞) lauded the importance of using local ingredients in cuisine, after winning top prizes in a prestigious marmalade competition in the UK on Friday last week. Since 2005, the World’s Original Marmalade Awards have celebrated the citrus fruit preserveFULL STORY

No charges for US man caught with ammo at airport

By Cheng Shu-ting and Jonathan Chin

The Taoyuan District Prosecutors’ Office on Tuesday decided not to charge a US citizen arrested on Nov. 14 last year at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport for having 100 rounds of ammunition in his carry-on backpack. Yu, a US citizen of Taiwanese descent, was reportedly boarding aFULL STORY

US official seeks ‘one China’ counter

By Stacy Hsu

US Representative Steve Chabot, co-chair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, on Thursday proposed a resolution asking the US government to counter Beijing’s “one China” principle. In the resolution, Chabot said that the US’ “one China” policy is not equivalent to Beijing’s “one China” principle, as theFULL STORY

Mayor Ko defends ‘friendly’ ties with China

By Lee I-chia

“Having affinity toward the US and being friendly toward China” is a strategic tool that does not go against Taiwan’s sovereignty, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said in Washington on Thursday. Ko made the remark in response to media queries at a meeting with the MetroFULL STORY

Navy’s open house event draws crowds to port

By Chou Hsiang-yun, Aaron Tu and Jonathan Chin

The Republic of China (ROC) Navy’s 124th Fleet yesterday anchored at the Port of Taipei in New Taipei City’s Bali District (八里) to conduct its National Defense Educational Trip and Open House. The event was planned for Kaohsiung, where it is normally held, but with navyFULL STORY

‘One country, two systems’ rejected by majority: survey

Most Taiwanese do not agree with China’s “one country, two systems” formula for unification and believe the nation’s future should be decided by its people, a survey released by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Thursday showed. In the survey, which was conducted by National ChengchiFULL STORY

DUI changes lead agenda

By Sean Lin

Proposed amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act (道路交通管理處罰條例) calling for stricter penalties for people driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or narcotics are to be passed on Tuesday. The Legislative Yuan yesterday held the first round of cross-caucus negotiations over the proposalsFULL STORY

Court upholds convictions for attempted speech theft

By Jason Pan

The Taiwan High Court yesterday upheld convictions against two businessmen for breaches of the National Security Act (國家安全法). The second ruling upheld charges against Yang Ku-chun (楊谷駿) and Huang Yuan-yu (黃元榆) for attempting to obtain an advance copy of President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) 2016 Double TenFULL STORY

KMT to tender motion to end Chen’s medical parole

By Sean Lin

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislative caucus yesterday said it would tender a motion to end medical parole for former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and called on President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to make clear whether she believes Chen should be granted a special pardon. The KMTFULL STORY

Restoring Pingtung City’s forgotten Hakka identity

By Chiu Chi-jou and Jake Chung

Former Museum of Traditional Theater director Lai Yu-mei (賴玉梅) has made it a personal mission to help Hakka people in Pingtung rediscover their identity. Lai said that decades ago, during the Japanese colonial era, a group of Hakka people from the Hsinchu-Miaoli area traveled south toFULL STORY

Police investigating luxury car dealer over fraud claims

By Jason Pan

Police in Taichung are looking to question Chen Feng-ting (陳風廷), a luxury car dealer, after receiving complaints from people alleging that he had defrauded them by a total of NT$2 billion (US$64.9 million) through fraudulent investment schemes. Chen has reportedly fled with the money and hasFULL STORY

NCC seeks clarity on police accessing personal data during emergency aid

By Shelley Shan

The National Police Agency should define the conditions whereby law-enforcement officials can access personal communications data when offering emergency assistance, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said on Tuesday. With the legislature’s Transportation Committee last week passing the draft telecommunications management act, some have raised questions aboutFULL STORY

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