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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

SOCIETY

New Taipei City approved

The Ministry of the Interior yesterday officially approved the New Taipei City (新北市, the upgraded Taipei County) Government’s application to translate the city’s name literally as “New Taipei City,” instead of translating it phonetically as most other cities do. “Although, according to the Standardized Place Names Translation Act (標準地名譯寫準則), place names are to be translated phonetically, place names can also be translated literally based on the reason of history, language, customs, religious belief, common international practices or other reasons,” the ministry said in a press release last night. “The best known example of literal translation is ‘Sun Moon Lake.’” The ministry said the results of polls conducted by the city government showed that most of the people in the city support translating the city name as “New Taipei City,” therefore it will respect New Taipei City Government’s opinion on the issue.

SOCIETY

Ticket buyers to enter draw

A prize worth NT$50,000 will be awarded to one of the 1,100 visitors who purchase a Taipei International Flora Expo entry ticket before or after the 3 million ticket mark. The expo organizers said that with more than 50,000 people visiting the expo each day since it opened nearly two months ago, the 3 millionth visitor is expected on Monday. Holders of the 550 tickets issued before and after the 3 millionth ticket will be entered in a draw for prizes, including two vouchers for upmarket hotels at Sun Moon Lake and in Taipei worth NT$50,000. Other prizes will include gift packs and coupons for coffee. Ting Hsi-yung (丁錫鏞), director of the expo’s organizing committee, said a number of new exhibitions will be staged to welcome the 100th year of the founding of the Republic of China this year, including an agricultural technology show featuring cloned sheep.

POLITICS

NCC reversal order blocked

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus yesterday blocked a Democratic Progressive Party caucus proposal to demand that the Executive Yuan order the National Communications Commission (NCC) withdraw its decision to revoke the license for Era TV’s variety channel. The NCC’s decision on Wednesday drew widespread criticism from lawmakers from both parties. NCC Chairwoman Su Herng (蘇蘅) said on Monday that the variety channel’s license was officially invalidated on Wednesday because the channel had repeatedly failed to distinguish between programs and commercials, one of the conditions set when the commission renewed the license in February last year. The channel was taken off the air at 12am yesterday.

TRANSPORTATION

Traffic plan unveiled

The National Freeway Bureau has unveiled its plan to facilitate the traffic during the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays. The first day of the Lunar New Year falls on Feb. 3. The bureau said it plans to execute the High Occupancy Control Policy, which requires a motor vehicle to carry at least three passengers, on Feb. 2, Feb. 5 and Feb. 6. Toll booths will be closed between 12am and 7am from Feb. 2 to Feb. 7, it added. The proposed traffic measure for the Lunar New Year holidays is now pending final approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the bureau said.

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