The Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced a retired agent for the Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau’s to six years for violating the National Intelligence Services Act (國家情報工作法). The court said Tung Chien-nan (董建南) lured former colleagues to China to force them to disclose sensitive information. According to local media reports, Tung was recruited by Beijing after he retired and he tricked several former military intelligence officers into traveling to China under the pretext of doing business or taking a vacation. Some were detained upon arrival for interrogation. The case came to light after one of those detained returned to Taiwan and reported Tung to authorities. Tung was arrested in February last year when he returned to Taiwan to collect his pension.
Fruit logo contest launched
The Changhua County Government has organized a brand design competition as part of its efforts to establish a brand image for the county’s dragon fruit. The competition is offering cash prizes totaling NT$135,000, with the first-prize winner taking home NT$80,000, county officials said at a press conference. The challenge is to design a logo and slogans to promote Changhua dragon fruit, the officials said. The winning design will be used on dragon fruit baskets and packages in both the domestic and overseas markets, the officials said. The entry deadline is May 17. More information on the contest is available on the Chinese-language Web site www.star.linker.tw. Government statistics show that Changhua County produced 5,668 tonnes of dragon fruit in 2011, accounting for 27.1 percent of the nation’s total production.
FATAL FIRE: The health department is trying to contact the inspector who visited the site of the illegal nursing home to ask why they did not advise follow-up checks The Taipei City Government yesterday said that a health department inspector last year had visited the site of a long-term care facility in Neihu District (內湖) after receiving a report questioning its status. A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people. The Taipei Fire Department said that it received a report about a fire on the first floor of a four-story residential building on Kangning Road Sec. 1 at 2:38pm on Tuesday, firefighters arrived at 2:43pm and the fire was put out by 3:07pm. The firefighters found three men in beds and rushed them to hospital for
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
THE CHINA CONNECTION: As Beijing’s aggression increases, so does Taiwanese consciousness, making a new constitution imperative, Hsu Wei-chun said If the nation is to ratify a new constitution, it must first end any illusions about the current document’s relevance to Taiwan, an academic told a forum in Taipei yesterday. For the constitutional revisionist movement to succeed, it needs public enthusiasm, the right timing and a clear plan of action, Chung Yuan Christian University associate professor Hsu Wei-chun (徐偉群) told attendees at the event titled “Imagining a New Constitution for a New Era,” which was organized by the National Taiwan University Graduate Student Association. The Constitution exists under the “one China” framework and has little relevance to Taiwan, Hsu said, adding that
Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up