Fri, Jun 25, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER,WITH AGENCIES

■ Water

Ample water for science park

Although a water shortage crisis is looming in the Tainan area, the Southern Taiwan Science Park does not have a water shortage, a park administration official said yesterday. Chen Chun-wei (陳俊偉), deputy director of the Southern Taiwan Science Park Administration, said that water supplies for high-tech facilities should be secured through the end of this year as the Nanhua Reservoir will supply water for the park, which consumes over 10,000m3 of water per day. The Tsengwen Reservoir and the Wushantou Reservoir, two prime providers in the area, now contain a combined 7 million cubic meters of water, a level far short of the estimated 133 million cubic meters needed for the second crop irrigation planned for late this month on the Chianan Plain -- Taiwan's leading rice-producing region.

■ Justice

Manager jailed for explosion

A Taiwanese manager of a company in Vietnam was given a three-year prison sentence after an explosion in his factory left 11 Vietnamese workers dead and 49 injured, a court official said yesterday. Hsu Guei-lung, the vice director of a Taiwanese rattan furniture manufacturing company, designed a drying room that failed to meet fire safety standards, said Hong Mai, an official from Tay Ninh province people's court. Not long after the drying and storage room was completed in January last year, a power surge in the room containing 1,700 rattan sofas that had been treated with a flammable chemical caused an explosion, the court official said. Fires from the explosion spread to other parts of the manufacturing plant, killing 11 workers and injuring 49 others, Mai said from the court, 100km east of Ho Chi Minh City.

■ Law Enforcement

Officer found dead in office

Chiang Ching-hui (江錦輝), an outstanding police officer who had taken part in many international criminal investigations, was found dead on the floor of his office in Taipei early yesterday. Chiang, 48, had been working day and night preparing a special report to be delivered at an outstanding police citation ceremony in Manila on Monday, his colleagues at the Criminal Investigation Bureau's (CIB) international affairs department said. Initial investigations show that Chiang did not sustain any injuries and there were no signs that anyone had entered Chiang's office during the night.

■ Diplomacy

MOFA reaffirms Panama ties

Relations with Panama are solid, and they will not be affected by the recent visit of a top Chinese official to the Central American country, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Richard Shih (石瑞琦) said yesterday. Shih was responding to reports that Control Yuan President Fredrick Chien (錢復) is visiting Panama to cement bilateral relations on the heels of a visit last week by Chinese Vice Foreign Affairs Minister Zhou Wenzhong (周文重). Shih said Chien's trip has nothing to do with Zhou's visit, adding that Chien is making an additional visit to Panama. Chien was invited by his Panamanian counterpart to attend an annual conference of ombudsmen in Central America, Shih said, adding that the trip had been planned and fina;ized long ago. Chien will also call on President Mireya Elisa Moscoso and other government officials during his stay.

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