Water restrictions to stay
Restrictions on water use for residents in northern Taiwan and Penghu will remain until later this month or early next month, a national anti-drought task force said yesterday. The task force decided on Thursday that the first of a four-phase set of water restrictions imposed since March 6 in the Taipei, Taoyuan and Miaoli areas, and the second-phase of limits implemented on Penghu, will be maintained for the time being. Water Resources Agency Vice Director Chen Shen-hsien (陳伸賢) said further restrictions are not expected, as summer is usually a rainy season. The water level of the Feitsui Reservoir stood at about 149m as of yesterday, representing 170 million tonnes of water. The water level of the Shihmen Dam has risen to 224.21m, representing 94.38 million tonnes of water. Both are normal for the time of year, the official said.
Heroin seized in Kaohsiung
Two men suspected of having smuggled pure-grade heroin into Taiwan from China via Kinmen were arrested in Kaohsiung yesterday, the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau said. Bureau agents also seized 14 heroin bricks in a pre-dawn raid. Several other drug-trafficking ring members managed to flee, one of whom injured an bureau agent, who sustained injuries to his left eye and was hospitalized for treatment and observation. One of the arrested suspects was identified as Yang Chung-hsin and alleged to be the ring's mastermind. Bureau agents said they were tipped off earlier this year that Yang's ring had taken advantage of direct shipping links between Kinmen and Xiamen to smuggle contraband drugs. After several months of close surveillance, the Bureau's Kaohsiung office decided to raid Yang's apartment.
TSU members climb Yushan
TSU members began a climb of Yushan yesterday to promote the "call Taiwan `Taiwan'" movement . Joining the three-day, 22-member expedition were TSU Secretary-General Lin Chi-chia (林志嘉), TSU Policy Committee director Lee Hsien-jen, legislators Su Ying-kuei (蘇盈貴) and Liao Pen-yen (廖本煙) and several aides. The team read a statement at the party caucus office in the legislature prior to setting off, saying that with "Yushan as their witness, they will pursue the `call Taiwan Taiwan' movement." The statement noted that Yushan is the heart of Taiwan and the highest mountain in the country. It is also a landmark and the highest mountain in East Asia, which they said represents the independent spirit of Taiwan. The TSU said that the people of Taiwan should announce to the world their desire to decide their own fate.
■ National defense
China readies more missiles
The number of short-range ballistic missiles deployed in China's southeastern coastal region opposite Taiwan has increased to 450, the Washington Times reported yesterday. The paper said the figure is divulged in a Pentagon report to be delivered to the US Congress later this year. According to the report, the number of M-9 and M-11 ballistic missiles deployed by China is expected to reach 600 by 2005. Last year the Pentagon said in a similar report to Congress that China has deployed 350 M-class missiles targeting Taiwan. Comparing the two reports, the paper said, Beijing has deployed an additional 100 missiles over the past year.