Murder suspects repatriated
Two suspects in the murder of a male Taoyuan resident surnamed Chou (周) were repatriated from China yesterday, the Criminal Investigation Bureau said. A Chinese female national surnamed Tang (唐) and her ex-husband, a Taiwanese national surnamed Chang (張), were suspected of killing Chou and cutting him into two, police said. Earlier this month, Chou told his family that he was going to a barbecue with friends and they should not wait up for him, but did not return home, police said. On Oct. 7, his body — severed into two at the waist — was found near a pig farm, they said. An initial investigation found that the deceased knew Tang through the Internet and that the two communicated before Chou was found murdered. Police searched Tang’s home and said they found traces of bloodstains. The blood was analyzed and through DNA testing it was confirmed that it came from Chou. Tang and her ex-husband Chang fled to China after the killing, they said. Police said they asked Chinese judicial authorities to arrest the pair and the two were repatriated to Taiwan yesterday morning.
New uniforms being tested
The Army Special Forces Command has been testing a new, locally made camouflage uniform since Oct. 1 to decrease detectability and increase maneuverability, the Ministry of National Defense said. The tests are to determine whether the digitally generated pattern can better conceal Taiwanese troops when marching through mountains and conducting regular exercises, the ministry said following media reports on lawmakers’ calls for digital camouflage to replace current uniforms. Ministry spokesman Major General David Lo (羅紹和) said the new uniforms would be tested for about four months, after which the army would evaluate whether they meet the needs of the military in terms of flexibility. If successful, the new material could be put into mass production for the army, air force and navy to replace the current design that has been in use since 1995, he said. The design being tested was developed in 2011 by the Armaments Bureau’s 203rd Arsenal in Greater Kaohsiung.
Taiwan joins A-WEB
The Republic of China (ROC) became a founding member of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) under the nation’s official title when the organization was created on Monday. Central Election Commission Chairperson Chang Po-ya (張博雅) said she was glad the ROC could participate in the new organization as “Taiwan ROC” and use the ROC national flag. She added that the A-WEB is an organization worth taking part in, because it allows election officials from around the world to share and exchange their experiences. The organization will seek to establish a set of guidelines for democratic elections through global discussions. The creation of the A-WEB was initiated by the Association of Asian Election Authorities, of which the ROC has been a member since 1998, Chang said. Officials from election management bodies in 120 countries and representatives of international organizations, including the UN Development Program, were present at the opening ceremony in Incheon, South Korea, according to a report by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency on Monday.
‘Smart’ tech show planned
Taiwan will hold its first automation intelligence and robotics exhibition in July and August next year, the event’s organizer said on Monday. Set to run from July 31 until Aug. 3, the new exhibition will focus on “intelligent” technologies, products and equipment, with displays showing how they can be applied to manufacturing processes, said Cho Yung-tsai (卓永財), chairman of the Taiwan Automation Intelligence and Robotics Association. The planned exhibition signifies “the beginning of Taiwan’s automation intelligence and robotics era,” he said. The idea for the event came from the positive results of the annual Taipei International Industrial Automation Exhibition and Robot Show, which takes place every August, and the desire to showcase the nation’s advances in the automation intelligence sector, Cho said.
Lottery winner donates buses
The Changhua County Government held a ceremony on Monday to celebrate the donation of five wheelchair-lift mini buses to the county by a lottery winner. At the donation ceremony, Changhua County Commissioner Cho Po-yuan (卓伯源) thanked the anonymous donor and Taiwan Lottery Co, which helped supplement the donation. Cho said that the new vehicles will be used to serve county residents who are physically or mentally challenged. The vehicles will be available for use at an affordable price, he said. The vehicles, worth NT$10 million (US$340,000), were donated by a civil servant living in New Taipei City (新北市) who won NT$1.5 billion in April with a lottery ticket he purchased in Changhua County, according to Taiwan Lottery. The winner decided to donate NT$120 million of the prize money to charity.