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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with Agencies

TRAVEL

Serbian visas now faster

Serbia has simplified its visa application procedure for Taiwanese to allow same-day processing, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday. The new procedure was implemented earlier this month, according to James Lee (李光章), director-general of the ministry’s Department of European Affairs. Taiwanese applying for a Serbian visa must hold a passport that is valid for at least 90 days from the date of visa issuance, Lee said. They must also submit a photo, round-trip tickets and hotel reservation information or a letter of invitation from a Serbian and can then obtain a multiple-entry visa valid for six months, Lee said. Previously, the process for visas to Balkan countries was more complicated and often took as long as six weeks, he said.

SPACE

Schools identify asteroids

Taiwanese high-school students participating in an international asteroid search found 16 new asteroids, according to the National Central University. Fifty-nine asteroids were identified during the Pan-STARRS Asteroid Search Campaign from March 15 to April 19, and Taiwanese schools found nearly a third of them, the university said. Five Taiwanese high schools were among the 40 schools from seven countries that took part in the event, hosted by the International Astronomical Search Collaboration. During the campaign, the students were supplied with space images not yet analyzed by scientists and asked to locate asteroids with the use of the computer software Astrometrica and send the reports to the Minor Planet Center. If the students identified an asteroid that was not in the center’s database, the asteroid was given a temporary number, the university said, adding that five of the asteroids found by the students were given these numbers.

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