Sun, Jan 01, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER WITH AGENCIES

■ Motoring
Tests in other languages

The Taipei City Government's Motor Vehicle Office announced that its Web site will carry sample questions for drivers' written tests in five Asian languages starting tomorrow to help immigrants prepare for their tests. A spokesman said that sample questions will be available in Japanese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai and Khmer. He said that a lack of opportunities to practice using sample questions was the main reason why only about 30 percent of immigrants from Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia have passed written tests in their own languages.

■ Earthquakes

South rattled by temblor

A temblor measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale jolted the nation's south yesterday, the Central Weather Bureau said, but there were no reports of casualties or damage. The quake struck at 5:07am, with the epicenter located 25.6km off Taitung City at a depth of 51km, seismologists said.

■ Society

Market seeks old photos

From a collection of messy roadside stalls to a favorite attraction for international tourists, the Huashi Street Night Market has experienced quite a transformation over the past two decades. With the nation's first sightseeing night market celebrating its 20th anniversary, it is trying to preserve its past while looking ahead. The market has invited the public to submit photos of the Wanhua District that are 20 years or older. "Collecting old photos can help us to witness the historical path this district has walked through," said Hsu Mu-sheng (許穆生), president of the night market association. The association encouraged the public to send photos to No. 31 Huashi Street between now and Jan. 20. Those whose photos are chosen will be able to enjoy free Danzi Noodles, a famous Taiwanese dish that originated in Tainan.

■ Crime

Kinmen police seize drugs

Kinmen police yesterday seized more than 80kg of amphetamines smuggled from China, valued at around NT$300 million (US$9 million). Kinmen police said that two Chinese smugglers landed on the Kinmen coast early yesterday morning with the drugs. When 13 Kinmen police officers who had been waiting there appeared, the two Chinese ran away in the dark and left the drugs on the scene. The drugs were packed in tea bags, the police said, adding that they were investigating whether any Kinmen residents were involved.

■ Politics

Lu may talk with Ma

Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday expressed hope that she can serve as a bridge of harmony between the governing and opposition parties in her upcoming meeting with Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九). Lu made the remarks while speaking about an annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association on Friday where she will meet Ma. Lu, who is also the acting chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) had encouraged her to speak with Ma. Ma holds a doctorate in law from Harvard, while Lu also pursued graduate studies at the university before returning to Taiwan in 1978 to devote herself to activism and politics. Lu said that at the alumni meeting she would give a 10-minute talk. Ma will then also talk for 10 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session.

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