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Executive Yuan aims to set up unicorns

By Chen Wei-han

The Executive Yuan has set a goal of creating a unicorn company in two years and increasing annual investment in start-ups by NT$5 billion (US$170.64 million) as part of a program to improve the domestic entrepreneurship environment and make Taiwan a regional hub for start-ups.FULL STORY

Taiwan moves up in global corruption index

Taiwan ranked 29th on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2017, up two notches from its 2016 ranking, with a score of 63, marking a six-year high. The Berlin-based international coalition against corruption on Wednesday published the index, an annual ranking of countries based on perceived levelsFULL STORY

Step up action on transitional justice: group

By Chen Yu-fu and Jake Chung

As the nation prepares to mark the 71st anniversary of the 228 Incident next week, 228 Memorial Foundation president Hsueh Hua-yuan (薛化元) yesterday urged the government to step up its efforts to declassify political archives, redress the injustices committed during the authoritarian era and removeFULL STORY

KMT urges Taipei mayoral aspirants to replicate Ma’s feat

By Shih Hsiao-kuang and Lu Hsien-hsiu

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) and former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday urged party members to replicate Ma’s victory in the 1998 Taipei mayoral race over former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), who was seeking re-election as Taipei mayor at the time. The KMTFULL STORY

Koo says daughter only removed personal effects

By Jonathan Chin

Former National Women’s League chairwoman Cecilia Koo (辜嚴倬雲) yesterday said her daughter had only been retrieving personal belongings from her office, after the Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee questioned Koo’s third-oldest daughter in connection with the league’s missing financial records. The committee on Feb. 1FULL STORY

Thai court jails four Taiwanese for telecom fraud

Four Taiwanese have been sentenced to 16 years and six months behind bars in Thailand for telecom fraud, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand said yesterday. On Sept. 22 last year, Thai police arrested three Taiwanese women suspected of involvement in telecom fraud inFULL STORY

Ex-NTU presidents blast government interference

By Ann Maxon

Three former National Taiwan University (NTU) presidents yesterday criticized the government for not approving the appointment of NTU president-elect Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) and undermining university autonomy. It has been almost 50 days since the ministry received documents about Kuan’s election and the delayed appointment has causedFULL STORY

Court rejects benefits for nonunionized CAL staff

By Wu Cheng-feng

The Taipei High Administrative Court yesterday upheld a ruling by the Ministry of Labor banning China Airlines (CAL) from extending benefits that union members obtained through a strike in 2016 to nonunionized employees. The court agreed with the ministry that the airline’s decision to offerFULL STORY

Air New Zealand to resume flights

Air New Zealand is to resume direct flights between Auckland and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in November, the carrier announced yesterday. Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon was quoted in a statement as saying that New Zealand is already a popular destination for visitors fromFULL STORY

All breaches of tourism law to qualify for reporter’s fee

By Hsiao Yu-hsin and Sherry Hsiao

Informants reporting violations of the Act for the Development of Tourism (發展觀光條例) by tourism-related businesses could be awarded a maximum of NT$100,000 (US$3,413) per case, according to draft regulations published by the Tourism Bureau yesterday. The agency’s past guidelines on reports of violations by tourism businessesFULL STORY

Suspected sex offender released on bail in headline-grabbing legal tug-of-war

By Jason Pan

The Changhua District Court yesterday granted a repeat sexual offender release on bail of NT$90,000 in a contentious case that has seen confrontation between public prosecutors and judges, and caused public anger. It was the latest round in a heated legal battle, in which prosecutor ChuangFULL STORY

Public bicycle users to receive insurance coverage this year

By Sherry Hsiao

Users of public bicycle systems in Taipei, New Taipei City, Taoyuan and Kaohsiung are to enjoy free insurance beginning in the second quarter of this year, the Non-Life Insurance Association of the Republic of China said yesterday. The association said public bicycle insurance can be dividedFULL STORY

Muslim visitors find warm welcome

From halal fried chicken to hot spring hotels with prayer facilities, the nation is adapting its traditional tourist draws to woo Muslim visitors as Chinese arrivals dwindle. Chinese tourist numbers have slid dramatically as relations with the nation deteriorate, sparking speculation that Chinese authorities are turningFULL STORY

Kids’ screen time should be limited

By Wu Liang-yi and Sherry Hsiao

The Health Promotion Administration urged parents to limit children’s usage of electronic devices, because of potential damage to the eyes. Studies show that when people spend long periods looking at an electronic device at close range, the blue light emitted by the LED screen stimulates theFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

LEISURE Yangmingshan traffic plan With the flower season in Yangmingshan National Park starting yesterday, traffic controls are to be enforced from 7am to 4pm on weekends until March 25, as well as 228 Memorial Day on Wednesday next week, the Taipei Police Department said. The controls willFULL STORY

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