Lawmakers condemn HK bill
A statement issued by all parties at the Legislative Yuan yesterday voiced support for Hong Kong residents' protest against their government's proposed anti-subversion bill. "Members of four parties' caucuses and the independent alliance at Legislative Yuan express support for the people of Hong Kong who strive to safeguard their civil liberties and human rights by opposing to the planned anti-subversion bill. The legislature also condemns the governments of Hong Kong and China for attempting to infringe an international freedom of human rights," said Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平). "The proposed legislation had violated universal value of human rights," Wang said.
Officials to lift restrictions
The government has decided to lift travel restrictions for travelers from Canada, Hong Kong and China as the World Health Organization (WHO) has removed these places from its list of areas with local transmission of SARS, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced yesterday. The country will return to pre-SARS entry requirements and lift entry-related restrictions and quarantine requirements for travelers from these regions effective today, the ministry said. The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT) issued a press release yesterday welcoming the decision. "Canadian citizens may now obtain a landing visa upon entry to Taiwan, as per Taiwan's practice prior to SARS," the press release said. "Enhanced screening measures for travellers arriving in Canadian airports will continue, irrespective of the nationality of the traveler."
Public unhappy with sites
The public's level of satisfaction with government Web sites has declined this year mainly because the service and information offered is insufficient, according to the results of a survey released yesterday. The survey of more than 6,100 people conducted by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications showed that among the respondents who said they have visited government Web sites, 72.7 percent said they are satisfied with the sites. That is a 4.2-percent drop compared with a similar survey conducted in March 2001. As to the reasons for the dissatisfaction, 52.2 percent of the respondents said "too few services or information," 30.1 percent said up-to-date information was not provided, and 28.9 percent mentioned "poor search or inquiry functions." The survey also found that the number of people in the country who surf the Internet had reached 10 million as of March.
Woman drops charges
An 85-year-old grandmother yesterday agreed to drop adultery charges against her 90-year-old husband and his 80-year-old mistress out of the consideration that they all were too old to continue the court action, police said. "Of course, the agreement includes the more important condition that the husband and his mistress gave their words that they would not see each other again," said a police officer based in Hsinchu outside Taipei. The wife hired a private detective earlier this year to follow her husband, identified by his last name as Lin, after suspecting the old man might have an affair with another woman, he said. She caught Lin and his mistress on a small hotel bed after forcing her way into their room with the help of police in March this year.