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Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

■ TRANSPORT

Kaohsiung MRT usage falls

The number of passengers using the Kaohsiung MRT on Wednesday — the first day of service at regular fares — was down by 12,000 compared with the previous day, Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp (KRTC) said yesterday. Fares on the MRT had been reduced to NT$15 for the period between Sept. 22 and Tuesday to celebrate the launch of services on the Orange Line on Sept. 14. Passenger numbers for Wednesday were 102,000 — with 78,000 using the Red Line and 24,000 using the Orange Line — down from Tuesday’s total of 114,000, KRTC statistics showed. With the launch of regular fares on Wednesday, KRTC also began offering a 15 percent discount for passengers using I-Pass cards. KRTC Public Affairs Department director Huang Yi-chung (黃一中) said the company had decided to offer the discounted fare for I-Pass holders after taking both cost and passenger numbers into consideration.

■ CULTURE

Festival to be held in Shilin

Taipei City’s Shilin (士林) District Office will hold the Shilin International Culture Festival on Sunday, featuring local and foreign performances and delicacies to bring foreign communities together. The event, which will begin at 10am on Sunday morning at Tianmu Sports Park, will feature African drumming performances, whipping top games and Chinese speaking and reading contests. More than 20 booths displaying foreign cultures and offering foreign cuisine will also be part of the festival, the office said. As many residents in the district are from overseas, the festival provides an opportunity to bring different foreign communities together, while introducing their individual cultures to Taiwanese, the office said. For more information, contact the office on (02) 2882-6200 ext. 6011.

■ TOURISM

Fair to be biggest ever

This year’s Taipei International Travel Fair will open next Friday at the Taipei World Trade Center’s Exhibition Hall 1 for a four-day run. Taiwan Visitors Association, the event’s organizer, said travel industry exhibitors from 62 countries will operate a record 1,206 stalls at the travel fair. The exhibition will be divided into two parts — an area for international exhibitors and an area for exhibitors from Taiwan and China. Many travel agencies and hotels will be offering discounts — from 33 percent to 50 percent — to attract customers, the organizer said. Admission to the exhibition will be NT$200, and those who buy 10 tickets or more will be given a 20 percent discount.

■ MILITARY

IDF pilots’ parachutes found

The Air Force yesterday said the chances of finding the two missing pilots from the Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF) that crashed off the coast of Penghu on Monday still alive were minimal as rescuers had discovered their parachutes, which had not been deployed. Air Force officials said the coastguard and rescue workers had collected another 20 pieces of debris from the jet fighter near the crash site yesterday. Meanwhile, the cockpit voice recorder of the IDF has been retrieved and was being analyzed. There was no further information regarding DNA tests on three body parts found on Wednesday. Meanwhile, in Hualien, the site of another crash on Tuesday, coastguards and rescue workers were continuing work in the hope of retrieving more debris from the downed S-70C helicopter and were still searching for the two crew members, who remained missing as of press time yesterday.

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