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Institute slammed as a ‘fat cat’

By Chung Li-hua

The Agricultural Technology Research Institute’s budget plan shows that yet another “fat cat” has been raised and fed by President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration, critics said yesterday. The institute, funded by the Council of Agriculture, is paying its leadership — mostly retired and transferred officials —FULL STORY

Increased security for 2016 election

By Lo Tien-fu

The National Security Bureau is allocating nearly NT$100 million (US$33 million) to beef up its security equipment for the 2016 presidential election, according to its budget plan recently submitted to the Legislative Yuan. While the presidential election date has not been decided and the candidates willFULL STORY

Su Beng’s update of banned book released

By Loa Iok-sin

Hundreds of people crowded the small auditorium at National Taiwan University’s Alumni Center in Taipei yesterday to celebrate the release of a updated Chinese version of the Taiwan independence advocate Su Beng’s (史明) 1962 book Taiwan’s 400-Year History. Once banned by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)FULL STORY

Police called on to monitor clashes between groups

By Chen Yan-chun

A number of Taipei city councilors have called on Xinyi Precinct police to patrol areas near Taipei 101 after reported incidents of alleged assault involving members of the pro-unification Patriot Association. Taipei City Councilor Hsu Shu-hua (許淑華) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) told people toFULL STORY

Ma addresses youth about renewable energy options

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) reiterated yesterday that Taiwan remains committed to the development of renewable energy sources and is to continue pursuing new energy ideas. “This is an era when people should not give up any energy options,” Ma said, speaking at the national conferenceFULL STORY

Lien ‘humbly’ takes criticism for idea of moving mortuary

By Alison Hsiao

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien (連勝文) yesterday said he would “humbly accept” criticism and opposing views voiced by Taipei city councilors following his suggestion that the Taipei First Municipal Funeral Parlor be moved to Nangang District (南港). Lien last week proposed movingFULL STORY

Internet addiction, suicide linked

By Stacy Hsu

The Taiwanese Society of Suicidology and the Taiwan Suicide Prevention Center yesterday cautioned the public over a correlation between Internet addiction and an increased tendency toward depression and suicide as part of their efforts to reduce the nation’s suicide rate. They issued the warning at aFULL STORY

Group urges textbook recycling

By Sean Lin

Environmentalists yesterday called on the Ministry of Education to formulate policies to encourage the reuse of textbooks in an effort to raise awareness about the amount of paper used to print the material in the wake of the introduction of the nation’s compulsory 12-year educationFULL STORY

Hotel rule changes mooted

By Shelley Shan

The Tourism Bureau said it is proposing an amendment to the Act for the Development of Tourism (發展觀光條例) requiring that all international tourist hotels have their services evaluated according to its rating system in a bid to raise hotel service quality nationwide. Under the current ratingFULL STORY

Railway operator adds tiny stations to fall tours

By Shelley Shan

Railway fans have something to look forward to this fall as the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) has added some lesser-known stations as well as increasingly popular tourist attractions to train tours available in the fourth quarter. The agency has introduced six different cruise tours available fromFULL STORY

Colorectal cancer can sneak up on some, doctor says

By Stacy Hsu

Pork belly braised with soy sauce served with a bowl of steamed rice had been the favorite dish of a 63-year-old Changhua County man since childhood, until it was found to be one of the main causes of his end-stage colorectal cancer. Taichung Hospital Division ofFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

HEALTH Men not exercising enough More than 60 percent of Taiwanese men do not exercise regularly, according to data released by research center Taiwan Biobank yesterday. Bad health habits have led to more than half the male population having a body mass index (BMI) higher than theFULL STORY

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