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KMT disruption on pension bills likely

By Tseng Wei-chen

Pension reform proposals are in the final stage of legislative review, but the process is expected to be lengthy if the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) stalls proceedings with lengthy speeches as the legislature’s extraordinary session continues this week. A cross-caucus understanding has been reached thatFULL STORY

Chinese warships to pass Taiwan: report

By Lo Tien-pin and Jonathan Chin

China’s Soviet-built aircraft carrier the Liaoning and other People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) warships are to visit Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of its handover from Britain to China next month, with the ships scheduled to navigate through the Taiwan Strait or throughFULL STORY

Ko adds principle for Shanghai-Taipei forum

By Lee I-chia

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said that in addition to the four reciprocal principles he espoused for the previous twin-city forums between Taipei and Shanghai, another — “mutual consideration” — must be added for the upcoming forum. Ko was responding to media queries about theFULL STORY

Tsai thanks Muslims in post to mark Eid al-Fitr

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday posted a message on Facebook to Muslims, who are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan. Tsai’s post included a video that urged the public to also celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which she said was a significantFULL STORY

National Chengchi University to hold off on anthem decision until September

By Wu Po-hsuan and William Hetherington

An announcement on Friday by a National Chengchi University (NCCU) committee that changes to the school’s unpopular politically charged anthem would need to wait until September drew fire from student protesters. The school was founded in 1927 in Nanjing as the then-Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT)FULL STORY

NTU researchers to return bones of Bunun villagers

By Rachel Lin

National Taiwan University (NTU) said it plans to return bones of Bunun villagers unearthed more than four decades ago, university secretary-general Lin Ta-te (林達德) said. In the 1960s, NTU researchers dug up 64 skeletons from the Loiq gravesite at Bahuan Village (馬遠) in Hualien County’s WanrongFULL STORY

CAA mulls laser penalty

By Shelley Shan

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) is considering amending aviation regulations to enhance flight safety and punish people who point laser beams at aircraft. The agency received eight reports of flight interference caused by laser beams so far this year. A man who identified himself as Lawrence WenFULL STORY

Taipei unveils pay.taipei system

By Lee I-chia

The Taipei City Government yesterday unveiled its mobile payment platform called pay.taipei. The city’s Department of Information Technology has established the platform that can be used to pay utility bills and parking fees. Medical bills can also be paid through the service at Taipei City Hospital’sFULL STORY

Sangpuy takes top award

Music veterans and newcomers on Saturday split the top honors at the 28th Golden Melody Awards, the nation’s biggest music awards event. Aboriginal singer Sangpuy Katatepan, known for performing ancient Puyuma songs, grabbed the night’s biggest award, Album of the Year, with Yaangad. He also won theFULL STORY

Interior ministry proposes e-Gate fee for foreigners

The Ministry of the Interior is drafting regulations that would impose a fee on foreigners who register for the automated immigration e-Gate service. The application fee for foreign passport holders would be NT$3,000 for five years, the ministry said. The e-Gate system, which was implemented at airportsFULL STORY

Drummer graduates with honors from special ed school

By Su Meng-chuan and Jake Chung

An 18-year-old student born with a congenital disorder graduated from National Taichung Special Education School with a Mayoral Award earlier this month. Born with Apert syndrome — a disorder characterized by malformation of the skull, face, hands and feet — Wang Kuan-chun (王冠峻) was deemed toFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

WEATHER Sunny skies forecast Taiwan this week is to enjoy mostly sunny skies as the nation comes under the influence of a Pacific high-pressure system, but brief thundershowers will develop and drench some areas in the afternoons, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday. Daytime temperatures couldFULL STORY

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