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Date set for KMT assets poll

A referendum on recovering stolen assets from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) will be held jointly with the legislative elections on Jan. 12 next year, the Central Election Commission said yesterday. Although commission member Liu Kuang-hua (劉光華), who had been recommended by the pan-blue camp, objected to combining the referendum on recovering the stolen party assets with voting for legislators, the commission members voted eight to two in favor of the combined vote. One member abstained. The commission also decided that all referendums approved before Dec. 12 this year will likely be combined with the legislative elections, while those approved before Feb. 22 will likely be combined with the presidential election on March 22.


Gondola concert planned

A concert to celebrate the popularity of the Maokong gondola is to be held on Monday night at the Taipei Zoo Station, with the gondola expected to carry its millionth passenger over the Mid-Autumn festival, the Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) said. The corporation has invited pop stars including Jolin Tsai (蔡依林) and F.I.R to perform at the concert, which is to be held from 6pm to 8pm in the parking lot outside the gondola's Taipei Zoo Station, a TRTC official said. The gondola had carried a total of 870,000 passengers by the end of last week, and the figure is expected to reach 1 million over the Mid-Autumn festival, which starts on Sept. 25, the official said. The 4km-long cable car system was launched on July 4.


Taipei holds Car Free Day

Taipei City's Department of Transportation yesterday reminded the public to heed today's Taipei Car Free Day activities. A 12km bicycle ride from Taipei County Plaza to Taipei City Plaza will be held this morning, and traffic controls will be implemented from 7am to 12pm on Renai, Zhongshan S, Aiguo W, and Zhonghua roads, as well as Bangka, Huacuei Bridge and Xianmin boulevards. Cars will be prohibited from entering the Dinghao Business District (Zhongxiao E Road Sec 4 near Fuxing S and Dunhua S roads) from 10am to 4pm, as it will be a pedestrian-only area during the event, the department said. Taipei Rapid Transit Corp will give 20 percent discount to passengers who take their bicycles on the MRT today to encourage more people to cycle. In addition to the 15 MRT stations that already allow passengers to board with bicycles, the company will allow passengers to board with bicycles at Taipei City Hall Station and Banciao Station between 6am and 8am today.


Green Island plans festival

A two-day human rights arts festival is to be held on Green Island on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6 to entertain visitors with a blend of art and history, the Council for Cultural Affairs said yesterday. The festival, organized jointly by the council and Taitung County's Cultural Affairs Bureau, has been held annually for the past two years. The festival this year will feature performances by the Lanyang Taiwanese Opera Troupe, Taiwan Folksong Jazz Band and renowned Taiwanese oldies singers Wen Shia (文夏), Wen Hsiang (文香), Wang Chun-chieh (王俊傑) and Chen Ming-chang (陳明章). Art works by former political prisoners once jailed in the Green Island Prison will be exhibited along with the works 20 domestic and international artists created during their stay on the island.

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