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COURTS

Ex-TRA worker vindicated

The Taipei High Administrative Court on Monday ruled in favor of the family of an employee of the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) who was accused of spying for China in 1949, offering a certificate declaring the innocence of the deceased man. Chang Yu-lan (張玉蘭), former deputy head at Pingtung Station, was accused of spying for China and detained for 254 days in 1949, during which time he was tortured to extract a confession. He was later released over a lack of evidence. A district court ruled in 2001 that Chang should receive NT$1.27 million (US$41,270) in compensation for being wrongly detained. After Chang died in 2008, his children filed a suit with the administrative court because a reconciliation foundation set up by the government in 1998 refused to bestow a certificate of innocence to Chang.

DIPLOMACY

US official to visit

A US Department of State official is scheduled to arrive today for a three-day visit to discuss trade and investment issues, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said yesterday. The visit is the first to the nation for Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Kurt Tong since he assumed the post in July, the AIT said in a statement. He is to deliver a keynote speech tomorrow at a private equity forum organized by the Asian Venture Capital Journal in Taipei and then participate in a panel discussion on innovation at an event organized by the AIT and the National Development Council, the statement said. Tong is scheduled to meet with political, business and academic leaders to discuss trade, investment and commercial matters. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tong’s visit will “help both countries continue to bolster bilateral trade relations.”

SOCIETY

Foreign parent numbers up

One in every nine students in Taoyuan County’s elementary and junior-high schools has a foreign-born parent, a sharp rise from 2.1 percent recorded 10 years ago, the latest figures from the county government show. The number of students under 15 years of age from new immigrant families has grown significantly over the past decade, from 5,488 in 2004 to 23,877 at the end of last year, the county government said. The trend is particularly noticeable since the overall number of elementary-school and junior-high students dropped from 266,050 to 219,051 over the 10-year period, it said. About 86 percent of the foreign-born parents are from China (37.1 percent), Vietnam (30.6 percent) and Indonesia (18.4 percent), statistics show. More than half of the children from such families attend school in Jhongli (中壢, 18.6 percent), while the others go the school in Taoyuan (15.1 percent), Pingjhen (平鎮, 10.7 percent) and Yangmei (楊梅, 9.2 percent), the county government said.

SOCIETY

Keelung opens LGBT center

A culture center devoted to a healthy lifestyle for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people was launched in Keelung on Monday, becoming the first support center for the community in the city. Established by a student group at National Taiwan Ocean University together with the Keelung Health Bureau, the center is on the fifth floor of a building next to Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Keelung branch. The center is to sponsor health screening and awareness campaigns, the student group said. The Health Bureau said that it plans to promote its HIV prevention campaign at the center.

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