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NDF used to help China infiltrate firms, NPP says

By Ann Maxon

The National Development Fund (NDF) might have been used to help Chinese state-owned companies infiltrate Taiwanese businesses, the New Power Party (NPP) said yesterday. The National Development Council in June last year announced that it would invest NT$1.4 billion (US$46.2 million at the current exchangeFULL STORY

KMT vows to challenge pension reforms

By Jonathan Chin

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) is to challenge the constitutionality of the government’s military pension reform act at the Council of Grand Justices, party chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) said yesterday. The Legislative Yuan on Wednesday night passed amendments to the Act of Military Service for OfficersFULL STORY

Executive Yuan approves labor litigation bill

By Sean Lin

The Executive Yuan yesterday approved a draft labor deliberations bill, which aims to establish labor courts at all levels of the justice system to ensure fair adjudication on labor rights issues. Labor issues covered by the bill include labor law disputes, collective agreements, resolutions passed duringFULL STORY

Presidential Office’s Yao appointed to SEF post

Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Yao Jen-to (姚人多) was yesterday elected as vice chairman and secretary-general of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF). Yao’s election was confirmed by the board of the foundation, spokeswoman Kuan An-lu (管安露) said. Following his confirmation, Yao said he would work with the foundation’sFULL STORY

OSHA botched overwork death probe: association

By Ann Maxon

The Taiwan Association for Victims of Occupational Injuries yesterday criticized the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for its handling of an investigation into the death of truck driver Lu Chih-wei (呂智偉), who allegedly died after working more than 300 hours per month for halfFULL STORY

New envoy to the Philippines vows to maintain ties

The nation’s new representative to the Philippines, Michael Hsu (徐佩勇), yesterday in Taipei pledged to continue promoting close bilateral exchanges on all fronts once he assumes the post on June 30. The current director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of International Organizations, who wasFULL STORY

Daily Air chairman facing fraud and forgery charges

By Jason Pan

The Taipei District Court yesterday granted a request to detain Daily Air Corp chairman Kuo Tzu-hsing (郭自行), pending an investigation into allegations that he defrauded the government of NT$500 million (US$16.5 million) in subsidies. Prosecutors and members of the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) onFULL STORY

Market should decide Games broadcasts: NCC

By Shelley Shan

The National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday expressed reservations about a proposal that it allocate funds to subsidize terrestrial television broadcasts of major international sporting events, following criticism that none of them are showing this year’s FIFA World Cup group-stage games. ELTA TV paid NT$200 million (US$6.6FULL STORY

Art installations and tents at murder site in city dismantled

By Jason Pan

Members of alternative events collective Unregulated Masses (野青眾) yesterday dismantled art installations and tents at Taipei’s Huashan Grassland (華山大草原) after a police inspection, amid allegations that the group had held nude photography events, sex parties and other illegal gatherings at the site. The site has comeFULL STORY

Winners of Tang prizes in law, Sinology announced

Colombia University professor Joseph Raz yesterday won the 2018 Tang Prize in rule of law, a day after Osaka University professor emeritus Yoshinobu Shiba and Harvard professor Stephen Owen were named the joint winners of this year’s Tang Prize in Sinology. Academia Sinica Institutum IurisprudentiaeFULL STORY

Researchers find possible cure for childhood myopia

By Su Meng-chuan and Jonathan Chin

Taiwanese researchers have developed a potential alternative to atropine eye drops that could cure childhood pseudomyopia without the side effects from atropine use. The experimental eye drops, which last year received the National Innovation Award, use ribonucleic acid (RNA) interference to reverse childhood myopia and areFULL STORY

Conservation of wetlands, oceans celebrated in show

By Su Fu-nan and Jake Chung

Forty-two photographs focusing on the beauty of Taiwanese wetlands from a competition hosted by Yang Ming Marine Transport’s Cultural Foundation are being exhibited at the Kaohsiung Museum of Natural History. Wetlands are not only beautiful, but are also useful, as they purify water and serve asFULL STORY

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