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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

LEISURE

Hotels offer ‘green’ discount

Travelers staying at one of 79 hotels across the nation for more than one night will be eligible for a NT$100 discount on their bill if they do not ask for a change of bedsheets and towels, as part of a program by the Tourism Bureau to promote water conservation amid the worst drought to hit the nation in nearly a decade. From Saturday until March 31, travelers who stay at listed hotels can reap the rewards of saving water while also saving cash, the bureau said yesterday. The offer only applies to individuals and not group tours, the bureau said, adding that it has cooperated with hotels because the sector is a big consumer of water. So far, 65 hotels have joined the program, with more expected as it goes on, the bureau added. A complete list of participating hotels is available in Chinese at taiwanstay.net.tw.

CRIME

Vietnamese workers arrested

Five Vietnamese were arrested on Tuesday in Hsinchu in connection with the killing of a fellow countryman, police said. The deceased, surnamed Nguyen, and a dozen other Vietnamese workers were invited to celebrate the birthday of a female coworker at a small restaurant in New Taipei City’s Sijhih District (汐止) on Dec. 6, police said. One of the men allegedly became jealous after seeing the birthday girl interacting closely with Nguyen and started a fight, police said. The man who allegedly initiated the fight and several friends waited outside the restaurant, where they reportedly attacked Nguyen and his friends with clubs and fruit knives, police said, adding that Nguyen suffered five stab wounds to his back. Police tracked the five suspects to an apartment in Hsinchu on Tuesday and sent them to the Shilin District Prosecutors’ Office for investigation.

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