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Taiwan News Quick Takes

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POLITICS

Clean election force formed

A joint law-enforcement task force was created yesterday aimed at preventing vote-buying and other illegal activities in Taipei during the campaigns for the Jan. 16 presidential and legislative elections. The “Task Force to Investigate Election Bribery and Violence” was organized by the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office, the Taipei office of the Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau and the Taipei City Police Department. The task force is to be deployed to investigate alleged vote-buying activities, and protect voters and candidates from threats of violence, the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office said in a statement. The initiative is aimed at cracking down on vote-buying in the most efficient way to ensure a clean general election next year, the statement said.

CULTURE

Violinist Tseng to perform

Taiwanese violinist Tseng Yu-chien (曾宇謙) has agreed to perform alongside the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra when it gives two concerts in Taipei in November, Management of New Arts (MNA) said yesterday. Led by Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, the orchestra is to perform at the National Concert Hall on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20, MNA said. The 20-year-old Tseng won the silver medal in the violin category of the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition last month; a gold medal was not awarded this year in the category. Ticketing information for the two concerts is to be announced on Thursday, MNA said.

TOURISM

Wi-Fi access more available

International visitors can now enjoy wireless Internet access by applying for an account through the iTaiwan online registration system, the National Development Council said. The council said it has worked with the Tourism Bureau and the Ministry of the Interior to streamline the registration process for foreign visitors. It said the number of iTaiwan hotspots is continuing to expand and is expected to reach 23,000 when the New Taipei City Government joins the service next month.

SOCIETY

Disaster drills scheduled

The government plans to hold disaster prevention exercises from Sept. 21 to Sept. 23 to improve public readiness to respond to natural disasters, the Cabinet’s Disaster Prevention Planning Office said yesterday. The exercises are to include a series of disaster prevention events, including an online earthquake evacuation drill, earthquake evacuation drills on campuses nationwide, a tsunami warning drill and the distribution of post-disaster rescue and relief materials in cooperation with convenience stores. The online earthquake evacuation drill was recently developed by the Ministry of the Interior and made available through a Web site launched on Aug. 1 (www.comedrill.com.tw/).

CULTURE

Pingtung seeks record

Pingtung County Government said it is planning to make a bid for a Guinness World Record in Hengchun Township (恆春) in October. The Pingtung Cultural Affairs Department said it hopes to have 1,000 people play the yueqin (月琴), a two-string Taiwanese musical instrument, and sing ballads at the event, which is part of this year’s Hengchun Folk Music Festival. About 400 people have confirmed their participation in the record-setting bid so far, it said. Pingtung County Commissioner Pan Meng-an (潘孟安) said the festival, which opens on Oct. 9, is aimed at promoting Hengchun folk music.

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