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Lawmakers reconsider pepper spray

By Su Fang-ho, Chen Yen-ting and Jake Chung

Supporters of a motion initiated by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) to allow police to use pepper spray sought to distance themselves from the proposal following news reports showing Hong Kong police using it to disperse pro-democracy demonstrators. On Sunday, the territory’s riotFULL STORY

Military unveils plan to construct new submarines

By Jason Pan

Military officials yesterday said the nation will initiate a program to build four diesel-electric attack submarines, with the plan calling for a total budget of about NT$150 billion (US$4.9 billion). The proposal and associated budget request from the navy has been sent to the Ministry ofFULL STORY

DPP’s Yu slams minister of transport over subsidies

By Alison Hsiao

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Mei-nu (尤美女) yesterday lashed out at Minister of Transportation and Communications Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時) over controversial subsidies made to Chinese travel agencies that were designed to promote tourism to the nation. The Tourism Bureau recently announced revisions to a regulationFULL STORY

Chinese tour numbers not forecast to rise from last year

The number of Chinese tour groups expected to visit Taiwan during the week-long Chinese National Day holiday that begins today will grow only minimally from last year due to a new policy aimed at promoting “high-quality tours,” travel agents said yesterday. Since the government only announcedFULL STORY

Premier outlines rewards for food safety informants

The government next year is to reward people who provide information on contaminated food being sold, Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said on Monday, adding that the money would come from a Ministry of Health and Welfare food safety protection fund. Jiang was responding to a questionFULL STORY

Activists push to make voting more accessible

By Lii Wen

Several advocacy groups for the physically challenged demonstrated outside the Central Election Commission (CEC) yesterday to back demands that all voting booths be made more accessible for the nine-in-one elections on Nov. 29. The groups encompassed a broad spectrum of activists for disability rights, including advocatesFULL STORY

Mother urges new probe by defense ministry into death

By Jason Pan

A new forensic report has cast doubts on the official investigation into the 2008 death of Air Force sergeant Tsai Hsueh-liang (蔡學良), and his mother is reiterating her demand that the Ministry of National Defense (MND) open a new probe. Tsai’s mother, Yu Jui-ming (尤瑞敏), onFULL STORY

Last month was hottest September ever recorded

By Shelley Shan

The nation experienced its warmest September on record this year due to a strong high-pressure air system over the Pacific Ocean, with eight of the nation’s weather observation stations reporting record-high temperatures last month, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. While the month ended yesterday, statisticsFULL STORY

Lab unveils deep-diving ocean-floor seismometer

By Sean Lin

The National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL) yesterday unveiled its ocean-bottom seismometer array plan, which it said would help the nation obtain more accurate data about underwater earthquakes and marine geology, while also being capable of analyzing underwater landslides to assess the risks of projects. The seismometer,FULL STORY

Lunar eclipse next week

By Shelley Shan

Skywatchers around the nation have a chance to observe a total lunar eclipse on Wednesday evening next week, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. The bureau said that the entire eclipse will be visible in Taiwan, adding that the last time this happened was onFULL STORY

Local film up for award in Hawaiian festival

Director Doze Niu’s (鈕承澤) military drama Paradise in Service (軍中樂園) has been nominated for the top award at this year’s Hawaii International Film Festival, the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award. The award is given to the narrative and documentary films “that best express artistic and technical excellenceFULL STORY

YouBike system forecast to expand 17% by year’s end

By Abraham Gerber

Taipei’s YouBike system will expand by 17 percent over the next three months, the city’s Department of Transportation said yesterday. Use of the system has risen sharply this year, with monthly rides up from 1.5 million in January to 2.2 million last month, according toFULL STORY

Housing activists pan real-estate firms

By Lii Wen

Housing Movement activists congregated in front of the Farglory Financial Center in Taipei’s Xinyi District (信義) yesterday, naming three real-estate developers — Farglory Group, Shining Group and Lih Pao Construction — as the “top-three criminals” obstructing policy reforms on real-estate taxation. The activists carried three largeFULL STORY

Green economy helps growth: King

By Sean Lin

UK Low Carbon Business ambassador Julia King yesterday shared the UK’s experience of supporting economic development through taking measures to help build a low-carbon economy, among which was the eco-friendly collaboration with the Green Investment Bank to support a green economy, which resulted in anFULL STORY

TV producer Chai denies China bribery allegations

Taiwanese TV producer Angie Chai (柴智屏) on Monday denied bribery allegations against her in China, saying she is only needed as a witness in an investigation. Chai told a news conference in Taipei that the Jilin provincial prosecutors’ office has told one of her colleagues inFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Refugee aid gets NT$7m The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said that the nation has offered a donation of NT$7 million (US$230,000) to assist refugees amid US-led coalition air strikes against Islamic State targets in both Iraq and Syria. The donations were made to humanitarianFULL STORY

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