Taiwanese hurt in bus crash
Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin (林永樂) yesterday said that nine Taiwanese tourists were injured in a bus crash in which four people died in Bandung, Indonesia, on Monday night. Lin said that the staff of the ministry’s mission in the country has been sent to help the injured. Non of the Taiwanese were in mortal danger, while one has already been discharged from hospital, Lin said, in response to a question from Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) at the legislature. According to the ministry, the bus was carrying Taiwanese and Chinese tourists when it overturned on a mountain road, killing three Chinese and one Indonesian.
France honors local scientist
Lee Yuan-tseh (李遠哲), a former president of Academia Sinica and a winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was honored by the French government yesterday for his contribution to scientific exchanges between Taiwan and France. Lee was made a Grand Officer of the National Order of Merit. Presenting Lee’s medal, the French Office in Taipei praised Lee for helping to strengthen scientific ties between the two countries. Lee has been an example of the saying “science has no boundaries,” French office director Olivier Richard said. As a result of Lee’s efforts, the two countries now work together on more than 160 scientific projects each year, the office said. In an interview earlier this week, Lee said his two goals in life were to “become a good scientist” and “create a beautiful world with people who share the same beliefs.” To this end, he is leading a project called “Future Earth” as president of the International Council for Science, a non-governmental organization.