New airport planned
The government plans to develop Ching Chuan Kang Air Base in Taichung County into an international airport, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Ling-san (林陵三) said yesterday. Speaking at a briefing for President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) on the government's plan to develop a north-south high-speed railway network, Lin said CKS International Airport will continue to serve as the nation's main international airport. The new facility in central Taiwan will serve as an auxiliary international airport. The new airport will be developed in three stages, Lin said.
Ringing bra betrays thief
A woman was caught red-handed and red-faced yesterday after the mobile phone she had stolen and hidden inside her bra rang, Taipei police said. The 52-year-old woman panicked when her bust started ringing and vibrating in front of other customers, police said. "She attempted to cover the strange scene with her handbag and dash out of the shop, only to be blocked by the shopkeeper, who was looking everywhere for her lost cellphone," an officer said. The officer said the theft had been recorded by the store's security camera. The suspect had picked up the shopkeeper's cellphone, which had been left on the sales counter, and stuffed it inside her bra. The shopkeeper's husband just happened to call her on her cellphone seconds after the suspect had grabbed it.
Ministry revises scholarships
The Ministry of Education will reallocate government scholarships for overseas studies by offering more set-amount scholarships while reducing the quota of full-coverage funding for graduate studies, a ministry official said yesterday. The official said interested people should submit applications to the ministry. The official said that people receiving such scholarships are obliged to return to Taiwan after completing their studies and work here for the same period of time they spent abroad. A student on a full-coverage scholarship is awarded around NT$1 million for tuition, books, board and lodging, air fare and health insurance.
Frutos pledges friendship
Paraguayan president-elect Nicanor Duarte Frutos said Wednesday that his country will continue to support Taiwan in the international community. Frutos, who will be inaugurated today, made the pledge during a banquet he gave in honor of Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), who will attend the inauguration on behalf of President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁). Frutos said Paraguay will enter a new era when he assumes the presidency. He said that Paraguay and Taiwan have long been friends and that both the government and people appreciate the assistance given by Taiwan.
Further rationing postponed
The implementation of second-phase water rationing measures in the greater Taipei area and third-phase measures in Keelung have been postponed, the Water Resources Agency reported yesterday. Torrential afternoon rains in recent days have allowed the water catchment of Feitsui Reservoir -- the main supplier of water for the greater Taipei area -- to take in 82.5mm of rainfall over the last three days, greatly easing water shortage pressure in Taipei City, officials said.