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Taiwan News Quick Take

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NATIONAL DEFENSE

Promotions announced

A total of 28 military officials and officers are to be promoted to the ranks of lieutenant general or major general, according to a list released yesterday by the Ministry of National Defense. Among them, five are to be promoted to lieutenant general and 23 to major general, including Colonel Chen Yu-lin (陳育琳), director of the political warfare department in the Matsu Defense Command in Lienchiang County, the ministry said. Chen, an army colonel, is the only woman on the promotion list this year. She is set to be the seventh female major general in the history of the nation’s military. A ceremony is set for tomorrow to promote the 28 officials and officers, and is to be hosted by Minister of National Defense Yen Ming (嚴明) and attended by President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), the ministry said.

ENTERTAINMENT

New Year’s fireworks set

Taipei Financial Center Corp, which operates Taipei 101, announced on Tuesday that the tower’s annual New Year’s Eve fireworks show is set to take place as scheduled, now that it has found a sponsor. This year’s NT$38 million (US$1.2 million) fireworks spectacular is to be sponsored by the iSee Taiwan Foundation, a nonprofit organization aimed at raising the nation’s global visibility, which was founded by entrepreneur Sayling Wen (溫世仁) in 2003. The fireworks are expected to last 218 seconds when they start at midnight. The fate of this year’s show had been in doubt after Wei Ying-chiao (魏應交) — chairman of scandal-ridden Ting Hsin International Group (頂新國際集團), a major shareholder in Taipei 101 — resigned from his post as vice chairman and president of Taipei Financial Center in late October.

ELECTIONS

Online poll for schedule

The Central Election Commission said it plans to solicit public opinion through an online poll on whether to hold the 2016 presidential and legislative elections on the same day. The commission said it would also seek the opinions of major political parties and hold public hearings in northern, central and southern Taiwan over the issue. The commission Web site will accept responses from the public on whether to schedule the elections on the same day or different days at http://www.cec.gov.tw from today until Jan. 15. As the current legislative term is to end on Jan. 31, 2016, new legislative elections must be completed by Jan. 21, 2016. President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) second and final term is to expire on May 20, 2016, making the next presidential election necessary before April 19, 2016.

GOVERNMENT

Taoyuan marks upgrade

Taoyuan County is today commemorating its upgrade as the nation’s sixth special municipality with performances and other festivities, as well as 3,000 free T-shirts. With a population of nearly 2.06 million, Taoyuan is set to become the fifth most-populous municipality in the nation. Taoyuan mayor-elect Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) is to be sworn in at 9am and begin his first day at the head of the nation’s youngest municipal government. Newly appointed heads of Taoyuan’s 12 districts — formerly cities and townships — are to be sworn in at 9:30am, along with municipal department and bureau heads. On Tuesday, Cheng posted a photograph on Facebook of the T-shirts, which feature the word “invincible” in English in large block letters underneath: “New Taoyuan, New Future,” the city seal and the logo for local baseball team, the Lamigo Monkeys.

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