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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

SOCIETY

Number of births increases

A total of 136,935 babies were born from January to last month, a 3.37 percent increase on the same period last year, according to Ministry of the Interior statistics. A total of 16,836 babies were born last month, an increase of 270, or 1.63 percent year-on-year, the figures showed. That means a baby was born every 2.7 minutes on average, the ministry said in its monthly report on national demographic changes. That brought the total number of newborns for the year to last month to 136,935, which is 4,465 more than the same period last year, the ministry added. As of the end of last month, the population was estimated at 23,465,003, or 60,760 more than in the same month last year, it said.

SOCIETY

Musician seeks donations

Visually impaired pianist Huang Yu-siang (黃裕翔), who starred in a movie based on his life, launched a campaign to solicit second-hand pianos, other musical instruments and children’s books that are related to music to help students in remote areas learn music. Huang’s musical dream was the subject of the film Touch of the Light (逆光飛翔), which is based on his story and hit theaters in 2012. Huang played himself in the movie, which has since received several awards, including best actor at the Milan Film Festival. The 27-year-old said every musical note is hope that could enter the hearts of children in remote areas. Huang has worked with Web site give543, which promotes donations and exchanges of a variety of goods for the sake of the public interest, to carry out the “spread the seed of music program,” which runs through Oct. 5. The program is outlined at http://give543.com/demand/39007.

HEALTH

Dengue cases reach 5,542

The number of dengue fever cases recorded since the start of the summer has shot up to 5,542, with more than 98 percent in Tainan and Kaohsiung, the Centers for Disease Control said yesterday. As of Saturday, 4,884 cases had been reported in Tainan, accounting for 88.13 percent of the total, an increase of 299 cases from the previous day, the agency said. Kaohsiung has had 571 cases, accounting for 10.3 percent. Other cities and counties have had far fewer cases, with Pingtung reporting 20, New Taipei City 15, Taichung 12, Taoyuan nine, Hsinchu County seven, Chiayi County six, Hsinchu three and Chiayi three. Keelung and Taipei have each reported two cases, while Yilan, Hualien, Miaoli, Changhua, Nantou, Yunlin and Penghu and Kinmen have each reported one case. No cases have been reported in Taitung and Lienchiang counties, the agency said.

TRAVEL

Burmese airline approved

Myanmar Airways International and Myanmar National Airlines have gained approval from the Burmese government to operate flights to and from Taiwan, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said. The CAA said it has been notified by Burmese authorities of the green light, adding that it remains uncertain when the two carriers plan to start flying to Taiwan. Local authorities still have to evaluate the airlines’ applications and give approval before they can operate flights here, the CAA said. The airlines could tap into the market dominated by China Airlines. The local carrier provides five round-trip flights between Taoyuan and Yangon each week. Far East International Travel Service Co, a sales agent for Myanmar Airways International, said the Taoyuan-Yangon route caters to more business travelers than leisure tourists.

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