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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff Writer, with CNA

MILITARY

Drill ramp-up under way

The military is gearing up for annual drills involving its three services in an effort to solidify the country’s defense capabilities amid a growing threat from China, the Ministry of National Defense said yesterday. The annual Han Kuang series of exercises will be held in two stages, with live military drills scheduled for next month and computer-aided war games set for July, said Major General Hau Yi-chih (郝以知), who is assistant deputy chief of the General Staff for Operations and Planning. More than 200,000 military personnel from the army, air force and navy will participate in the five-day exercises scheduled to begin on April 16 , Hau said. “All existing military equipment” will be incorporated into the exercises, including the Hsiung Feng 2E cruise missile, Hao added. Three parts of the exercises will be opened to the public, ministry spokesperson David Lo (羅紹和) said.

WEATHER

Better weather on the way

Warmer and drier weather is expected across the nation beginning today, but it might also increase the probability of fog in several regions, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. Daytime temperatures are expected to rise above 20?C throughout most of the nation as the strength of a cold air mass weakens, the bureau said. The chances of showers should decrease in most areas, with partly cloudy to sunny skies expected in the central and southern parts of the country. However, the rising temperatures will likely bring fog, especially in the west and the islands of Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu, the bureau said, adding that the mild weather pattern is expected to last until the weekend, when rain will likely return.

CRIME

Jacky Wu charged

Jacky Wu (吳宗憲), a popular TV variety show host, was indicted by Taipei prosecutors yesterday on embezzlement charges. Prosecutors said Wu, who is also board chairman of Alpha Photonitek Corp (APC), collaborated with Lienming Mobile Technology chairman Hsu Fang-yang (許豐揚) to skim money from a transaction between the two firms. On Jan. 5, 2009, the two allegedly orchestrated a deal in which Lienming spent NT$180 million (US$6 million) to purchase a number of APC’s LED products, prosecutors said. They added that Wu pocketed NT$12.5 million from the deal, while Hsu took NT$20 million. Prosecutors said the pair were charged with securities violations and if Wu were found guilty, he would face a prison sentence of between three and 10 years, as well as a fine of between NT$10 million and NT$200 million. Wu yesterday denied any wrongdoing in the case, saying he would clarify the matter in a hearing.

VETERANS AFFAIRS

Ideas on new system mulled

The Veterans Affairs Commission will soon make recommendations on veterans’ support mechanisms for a voluntary military service system that would replace the existing compulsory system in 2015, Veterans Affairs Minister Tseng Jing-ling (曾金陵) said. The draft measures will prioritize education and employment to facilitate veterans’ transition from the military to civilian life rather than just offering medical and home care, Tseng said. The commission, which was originally designed to take care of veterans who defended the country during World War II and fought in the Chinese Civil War, will undergo a transformation, he added.

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