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Exhibition displays presidential gifts

By Su Yung-yao

A regular exhibition held by Academia Historica, “Gifts to the Presidents,” displays the presents that the nation’s presidents have received on diplomatic occasions, which opens a window on the cultural heritages of the nation’s allies. The diplomatic gifts are national assets that are documented by theFULL STORY

Two more KMT members bid to be Taipei mayor

By Stacy Hsu

Two more Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) members have announced bids to be the party’s candidate in November’s Taipei mayoral election, further intensifying an already competitive race. Former KMT legislator Sun Ta-chien (孫大千) yesterday announced his bid on Facebook, unveiling the theme of his campaign, “Finding ‘P.’” “InFULL STORY

KMT should unite behind Lu’s Taichung bid: Chiang

By Stacy Hsu

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) yesterday called for unified support for his colleague Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕), who is expected to receive the KMT’s official nomination as its Taichung mayoral candidate today. Lu earlier this month edged out Chiang by a narrow margin ofFULL STORY

FEATURE: Tolerance test divides independence activists

By Chen Wei-han

While the majority of the public believe Taiwan is an independent sovereign nation named the Republic of China (ROC), it is a different story for those who seek de jure independence and the abolition of the ROC. Independence supporters spurn the ROC, which they say isFULL STORY

Policies to combat low birthrate to be delayed: source

By Lee Hsin-fang and Sherry Hsiao

The Executive Yuan is to consult with the public before announcing its policies to counter the nation’s low birthrate, an official familiar with the matter said on Sunday. In an internal Executive Yuan meeting, Minister Without Portfolio Lin Wan-yi (林萬億) said that there would be communicationFULL STORY

Jay Chen vows to strenghten Taiwan-US ties if elected

When Jay Chen (陳介飛) last month declared his intention to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for the US House of Representatives seat for California’s 39th congressional district, news of his bid attracted a wave of support outside the US. A Hacienda Heights resident and son ofFULL STORY

Most companies plan to increase wages: survey

By Lee Ya-wen and Jake Chung

More than 81 percent of companies plan to increase the salaries of their employees after the Lunar New Year holiday, with information technology, finance, insurance, accounting and logistics and warehousing firms most likely to do so, the results of an online job bank yes123 pollFULL STORY

NCC taking applications for radio licenses

By Shelley Shan

The National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said it has started taking applications for new radio licenses, adding that it would focus on whether applicants have plans to increase listeners. The agency said the government plans to release 16 new radio licenses: five regional FM licenses, 10FULL STORY

Team develops technique for used diaper recycling

A group of researchers in Hsinchu County has developed a new technique to turn used diapers into recyclable materials, which can be utilized to make other products, such as cardboard and plastic bags. More than 2 million diapers are used every day nationwide, making up betweenFULL STORY

New Taipei City warns against disturbing birds

By Chen Hsin-yu and William Hetherington

The New Taipei City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office has called on birdwatchers visiting the city’s Bali (八里), Wanli (萬里) and Jinshan (金山) districts to avoid feeding or scaring migratory birds resting in the area. The districts are popular with birdwatchers wanting to see black-facedFULL STORY

Chiayi police arrest 33 older people in gambling den raid

By Jason Pan

In a case of “old habits die hard,” police raiding an underground gambling den in Chiayi County’s Dongshih Township (東石) on Monday night were surprised to find that the alleged operator and 32 gamblers were all older than 60. The suspects were taken to a localFULL STORY

Schools promote blossoms

By Wu Po-hsuan and William Hetherington

Some universities have begun hosting activities to cater to visitors flocking to see cherry blossoms. Chinese Culture University on Yangmingshan (陽明山) in Taipei is one hot spot for people looking to appreciate cherry blossoms, as the roads surrounding the school are lined with the trees. The schoolFULL STORY

Chunghwa Post sets sights on trendy stamp designs

By Chen Yi-chia and Sherry Hsiao

Chunghwa Post this year aims to collaborate with more designers, including Line sticker creators, and incorporate trending topics into its stamp designs to appeal to younger audiences and promote stamp collection. Postage stamps must be diverse to meet the preferences of younger people, Department of PhilatelyFULL STORY

Claw machine craze grips Taiwan as lawmakers mull restricting locations

Claw machine stores are gaining popularity across the nation, with many saying that it is an easy way to earn extra money on the side. According to a man identified only as Stanley, the business model is simple, and claw machine store owners can breakFULL STORY

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