Ministry warns on drugs
The Ministry of Education expressed concern yesterday over what it said is a worrying trend of drug abuse among younger students, including some in elementary school. In the past, drug abuse had mainly been found among students with more pocket money, but the problem had now spread to those from disadvantaged families without pocket money, said Wang Fu-lin (王福林), head of the ministry’s Department of Military Training Education. The ministry’s findings revealed that poorer students were gaining access to the substances through unemployed parents with a drug habit, Wang said.
Medics head for rural India
An 11-member medical team from Taiwan left New Delhi on Monday to provide free treatment to poor inhabitants of remote areas in the Indian states of West Bengal and Sikkim. The team is composed of medical doctors and staff from the International Cooperation and Development Fund — an organization affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that oversees Taiwan’s overseas development programs — and five hospitals. The team, carrying more than US$10,000 in medicine, is on a 10-day trip to the tribes and villages in the mountainous region wedged between Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and the North Bengal Plains of India.
3C voucher show held
The Taipei Computer Association is organizing an exhibition at the Taipei World Trade Center from tomorrow until Monday to boost the sale of so-called 3C consumer electronics products through voucher spending. The association said the exhibition would offer good deals to consumers who purchase products with their government consumer vouchers.