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KMT’s Tsai exits Taipei primary

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Alex Tsai (蔡正元) yesterday announced that he is withdrawing from the party’s primary for the Taipei mayoral election later this year, urging his supporters to reallocate their votes to former EasyCard Corp chairman Sean Lien (連勝文) in tomorrow’s primary. Lien expressedFULL STORY

War games focused on Diaoyutais conflict conclude

By Wang Yu-chung and Jason Pan

The military on Wednesday concluded a two-day computer-simulated war game exercise with government agencies that focused on a conflict over the disputed Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台) involving Taiwan, China, Japan and the US. President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) oversaw the proceedings by receiving reports at the Presidential Office.FULL STORY

Tsai signs up for DPP chair election, calls for reform

By Chen Hui-ping and Jake Chung

Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday called for the party to pass more progressive reforms and communicate better with the public, as she signed up for the party’s chairmanship election next month. The DPP cannot be just an opposition party, itFULL STORY

Sunflower student leader vows to keep up activism

By Lin Hui-chin

For Tseng Po-yu (曾柏瑜), a sociology student at Taipei’s National Chengchi University, being able to rally hundreds of people to occupy the Legislative Yuan in Taipei on March 18 to protest the government’s handling of the cross-strait service trade pact was a feat beyond herFULL STORY

Lafayette scandal’s Kuo avoids 15-year term on technicality

A former navy captain was sentenced to 15 years behind bars on Wednesday for taking kickbacks in the navy’s purchase of six Lafayette-class frigates from France in 1991, but he will not have to go back to prison because he has already served 20 yearsFULL STORY

Sit-ins planned over Tainan plant

By Stacy Hsu

Greater Tainan residents opposed to a plan by the local subsidiary of Rotam Global Agrosciences, a Hong Kong-based agrochemical company, to construct a new plant in Sinhua District (新化) are scheduled to begin an indefinite sit-in in front of Wu-te Temple (武德殿) in the districtFULL STORY

Activists fight ASE’s bid to reopen K7

By Shelley Shan

Environmentalists yesterday said that several large international corporations have responded to their appeals not to become an accessory to Advanced Semiconductor Engineering’s (ASE) pollution of Taiwan, with one saying that it would not place orders with the company until its wastewater treatment issues are fullyFULL STORY

Abnormal weather blamed for dearth of butterflies, fireflies and some frogs

By Huang Shu-li and Jake Chung

Abnormal weather patterns and rapid shifts in temperatures may be behind the decreased sightings of purple crow butterflies — Euploea tulliolus — during their normal south-to-north migration to breed, the Taiwan Purple Crow Butterfly Ecological Preservation Association said. The association said there have also been fewerFULL STORY

Number of civil servants last year highest since 2005

The nation had more than 340,000 public servants at the end of last year, the most since 2005, government data released yesterday show. An increase of 2,198 civil servants from a year earlier partly reflects new personnel needs after the creation of three special municipalitiesFULL STORY

CtiTV to punish ‘News Tornado’ host, producer

By Shelley Shan

The CtiTV news channel (中天新聞台) issued a statement late on Wednesday saying that it had decided to punish the host of its political talk show News Tornado (新聞龍捲風), James Tai (戴立綱), as well as the show’s producer, Chang Wan-ling (張婉玲), for airing derogatory comments aboutFULL STORY

FEATURE: Don’t blame the protesters, police officers’ families say

By Loa Iok-sin

While the families of many police officers criticized the Sunflower movement and called for an end to the occupation of the Legislative Yuan so that their loved ones could go home, the families of some officers hold a different view, saying that the system —FULL STORY

Taiwan has second-highest religious diversity in the world, US report says

By Stacy Hsu

Taiwan has the second-highest religious diversity in the world, boasting not only some of the world’s major religions, but also a variety of folk religions, according to a recent report published by the Religion and Public Life Project of the Washington-based non-partisan think tank theFULL STORY

Kenting park hunts coral thief suspect

By Tsai Tsung-hsien and Stacy Hsu

The Kenting National Park Administration Office is hunting for a diver whose alleged attempts to illegally harvest coral growing at the Hejie (合界) dive site were videotaped by a group of divers on Saturday last week. One of the divers, who referred to himself asFULL STORY

No official request for help on diesel-electric subs: AIT

The US has not received an official request to help Taiwan build diesel-electric submarines, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said on Wednesday. “The United States has not received any official requests from Taiwan for assistance in building submarines,” AIT spokesman Mark Zimmer said whenFULL STORY

Young jobseekers wages have declined

Wages for first-time jobseekers with a college degree have fallen by roughly 10 percent over the past 13 years, according to a report by 104 Job Bank. The report, released on Wednesday, says that between 2000 and 2013, the average wage for new jobseekers fell aboutFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

CULTURE Gao Xingjian showing film Nobel literature laureate Gao Xingjian (高行健) will attend screenings of his new film Requiem For Beauty (美的葬禮) starting today, the National Taiwan Normal University said on Wednesday. The experimental film will have its Taiwan premiere at the National Palace Museum today andFULL STORY

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