Tue, Oct 14, 2003 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

AGENCIES

■ Transportation
Suicide delays MRT service

An unidentified man repor-tedly committed suicide yesterday afternoon by jumping onto the rail of the MRT's Chungho line, according to the Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. The incident caused a one-hour delay for trains between the Ding-Shi and Nan Shih Chiao stations, according to Chen Wen-fu (陳文福), direc-tor of corporation's public relations office. Normal operations resumed at 1:34pm, Chen said. Police are investigating the incident.

■ Politics

Key election dates set

The election of the next president and vice president will be formally announced on Nov. 12, Huang Shih-cheng (黃石城), chairman of the Central Election Commission, said yesterday at the Legislative Yuan. He said that the election will be held on March 20 next year and that the winners will be formally announced before March 26. Candidates will be able to register between Jan. 31 and Feb. 6. Nationwide TV presentations of platforms by the candidates will be held between Feb. 21 and March 19, he said. Citizens living abroad may apply for voter registration between Nov. 12 and Feb. 9, Huang

said.

■ Defense

Army holds live-fire drill

An army artillery unit held its annual live-fire drill yesterday, firing 60 artillery shells into the sea off Taichung County, the Ministry of National Defense said. "It's an annual practice to test the effectiveness of the mortars and other field guns," a ministry spokesman said. Weapons used included 8-inch and 155mm artillery pieces with a firing range of 8km, military officials said. Separately, authorities yesterday staged a large-scale air-raid drill in central Taiwan to test the local government and public preparation for any air attack or chemical offensive from China. More than 30,000 people from the government, military and police took part in the drill, conducted in eight cities and counties.

■ Overseas Chinese

Air force welcomes visitors

More than 5,000 overseas Chinese who returned to Taiwan for the Double Ten National Day celebrations visited the Air Force Academy in Kangshan township, Kaohsiung County yesterday. They were warmly greeted by faculty members and cadets. Air force Deputy Commander-in-Chief Lieutenant-General Feng Shih-kuang (馮世寬) said that he admired the visitors for their patriotism. "In past decades, whenever our country has encountered adversities and challenges, overseas Chinese have not hesitated to extend a helping hand by either donating funds or offering volunteer services to promote the nation's cause," he said. An exhibition was held at the academy about the nation's new generation of warplanes and weapons systems, including the Indigenous Defense Fighters, F-16s, Mirages, anti-submarine helicopters and missiles.

■ Diplomacy

Hsieh heads trip to Senegal

Kaohsiung Mayor Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), officials of Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau and fishing-industry leaders are scheduled to visit Senegal's capital Dakar on Oct. 23 and 24. The fishing ports of Kaohsiung and Senegal established a "sister relationship" in 2001. The delegation members will meet with their counterparts in Senegal, the director of the harbor bureau said yesterday.

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