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South Korean workers rally inside bank

By Jake Chung

A group of South Korean workers yesterday protested inside a branch of Bank SinoPac in Taipei to highlight the decision by E Ink Holdings Inc — a subsidiary of the Yuen Foong Yu Group that owns the bank — to close a Hydis plant inFULL STORY

Forestry Bureau tied to bribes for hotel suite

By Sean Lin

Former Council of Agriculture minister Lee King-lung (李金龍) yesterday accused the Forestry Bureau of accepting bribes in exchange for helping businesses that have close ties with the bureau book the presidential suite at the renovated and upgraded Alishan House (阿里山賓館) in the Alishan Forest RecreationalFULL STORY

Farglory fined over damage to historic site

By Abraham Gerber

Farglory Construction is to be fined NT$1.5 million (US$47,809) for damage to historic factory buildings next to the Taipei Dome construction site, Taipei City Government spokesperson Sidney Lin (林鶴明) said yesterday. The fines were announced following the discovery of cracks and tilting in the smokestack ofFULL STORY

Some FDA officials to be disciplined

By Stacy Hsu

Three Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials are to face disciplinary measures, while two are to receive merit awards amid a scare about foodstuffs imported from Japan’s Fukushima region that has implicated more than 10 trading firms and 250 products, Ministry of Health and WelfareFULL STORY

TPP lobbying falls on deaf ears in US: AEI analyst

By William Lowther

Taiwan’s current blitz to win US support for the nation’s entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact is having no impact whatsoever, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) economist Derek Scissors told a Washington conference on Thursday. Asked if personal TPP lobbying by President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九)FULL STORY

Ko urges a ‘family,’ not enemies view of Taiwan Strait

By Abraham Gerber

Viewing both sides of the Taiwan Strait as family is better than viewing them as enemies, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday, after the city’s Mainland Affairs Committee held its first meeting on Thursday night. Although the committee’s members span the political spectrum, they hadFULL STORY

Education ministry outlines university merger proposal

By Abraham Gerber

The Ministry of Education yesterday outlined plans to merge universities, as the number of students has been on the decline. “Low fertility rates are an unavoidable reality,” Deputy Minister of Education Chen Der-hwa (陳德華) said. The ministry estimates that student numbers will drop by aFULL STORY

Despite rainfall, planned water controls to remain

Despite days of rainfall in northern Taiwan, the drought looks set to continue, as the water level of Shihmen Reservoir (石門水庫) in Taoyuan — which supplies water to densely populated New Taipei City, had risen to only 22.68 percent of its full capacity as ofFULL STORY

CAA mulling reinstatement of cockpit rule

By Shelley Shan

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) yesterday said that it is considering reinstating a rule requiring at least two people to be in the aircraft cockpit at all times during commercial flights, following the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 on Tuesday. Yu Yi-shi (喻宜式), deputy director ofFULL STORY

Sleeping problems affect one in five people: survey

By Stacy Hsu

About one in five Taiwanese suffers from insomnia, with more than 10 percent of those having resorted to sleeping pills as a temporary measure, according to a survey released by the Taiwan Society of Sleep Medicine yesterday. The telephone-based poll, conducted between March 5 andFULL STORY

Taoyuan airport makes top 10 list for cargo volume

The volume of cargo handled by Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport last year was the 10th-highest in the world, according to a report released by the Airports Council International on Thursday. About 2.09 million tonnes of freight was loaded and unloaded at the Taoyuan airport lastFULL STORY

Air quality, traffic safety concern expats most: poll survey

Air quality and traffic safety are the two issues of greatest concern among foreign nationals living in Taiwan, according to a poll released on Thursday. The Quality of Living Survey, conducted jointly by the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan and market research firm TNS, showed thatFULL STORY

Prosecutors call in trio in lumber case

By Sean Lin

The Shilin District Prosecutors’ Office on Thursday summoned Taitung-based wood dealer Su Chung-shan (蘇中山), his younger brother Su Chung-fu (蘇中福) and Xingshan Temple (興善宮) chairman Wang Chao-chin (王朝卿) amid controversies over the legitimacy of the trio’s acquisition and possession of a consignment of valuable lumber. ProsecutorsFULL STORY

Difficulty level of driver’s license exams to increase

By Shelley Shan

The Directorate-General of Highways (DGH) plans to increase the difficulty of the driver’s license test for motorcycles, adding that soon, car driver’s licenses would no longer be valid for operating lightweight scooters. Vehicle Division Director Lin Fu-shan (林福山) said that the agency decided to reform theFULL STORY

Anti-Aerotropolis ‘Lost Bear’ to go on display in Miaoli

By Peng Chien-li and Jake Chung

The iconic “Lost Bear” (迷失的小熊) symbolizing direct civic discontent with the government-backed Taoyuan Aerotropolis project is to be exhibited in Miaoli County from April 11, the Youth Alliance for Miaoli said on Wednesday. Standing 8m tall, the “Lost Bear” is a symbol for the anti-Aerotropolis movement,FULL STORY

Taoyuan township establishes center for foreign tourists

A travel center designed to cater to foreign tourists has been established in the historic Dasi Township (大溪) in Taoyuan as part of the nation’s efforts to promote travel to local townships, officials said on Thursday. The “travelers’ space,” which integrates multilingual services, self-guided tourist mapsFULL STORY

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