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Nepal visitors safe: ministry

All of the 13 Taiwanese the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had been asked to help locate after the May 12 earthquake in Nepal have been confirmed safe, the ministry said on Monday. After the magnitude 7.3 tremor rattled the South Asian country, the ministry received requests to help locate 13 Taiwanese who were there, and all of them had been confirmed safe by 3:30pm on Monday, it said. Before the May 12 quake, the ministry had been asked to locate another four Taiwanese, but had failed to determine their safety, until Saturday and Sunday, when all of them were found to be safe in India, the ministry said. The May 12 tremor was the latest of a series of aftershocks that followed a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that jolted the Himalayan nation on April 25, killing more than 8,000 people and injuring more than 19,000.

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Newborn stipends altered

Parents with newborn children are now eligible to receive government stipends at the beginning of each month instead of the end, the Ministry of Labor said yesterday. In addition to eight weeks of paid maternity leave, Taiwan grants parents with newborn children six months of childcare stipends during unpaid parental leave. Funded through a government labor insurance program, working parents in Taiwan can apply for parental stipends equal to 60 percent of their monthly wages; parents are also eligible to apply for a maximum of two years of unpaid parental leave before their child reaches the age of three. An estimated 68,000 parents with newborn children are expected to benefit from the new measure, according to ministry statistics. The reforms are intended to provide relief to cash-strapped parents on unpaid parental leave, the ministry said.

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