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Nuclear plant ‘must be seen in context’

By Alison Hsiao

The issue of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant is about more than a controversy over nuclear power, Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said yesterday, stressing that it should be considered within the bigger picture of the nation’s heavy dependence on imported energy. Jiang said yesterday at theFULL STORY

KMT does not block referendum proposal

By Alison Hsiao

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers yesterday did not oppose the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) proposal in the legislature to place on the floor meeting’s agenda a draft that aims to lower the referendum threshold for deciding on the activation of the Fourth Nuclear Power PlantFULL STORY

Minister ‘annoys’ analyst

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

The director of the Center for Asia Policy at National Tsing Hua University, William Stanton, yesterday said that he was “annoyed” by the comments of Minister of Economic Affairs Chang Chia-juch (張家祝) about his analysis on how China could affect Taiwan’s bid to join theFULL STORY

KMT questions benefits to public of service pact

By Alison Hsiao

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers yesterday questioned what they said could be the unjust distribution of the wealth and benefits the government has been promoting under the cross-strait service trade agreement. KMT Legislator Chiang Nai-shin (蔣乃辛), during a question-and-answer session with Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) onFULL STORY

Taitung legislator expects direct DPP nomination

By Chris Wang

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Liu Chao-hao (劉櫂豪) is expected to be directly recruited by the DPP as its candidate in the Taitung County commissioner election in the Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting today. Liu announced that he would accept the party’s direct nomination as candidateFULL STORY

Han Kuang war games to focus on invasion: ministry

By Rich Chang

The computer-aided war-games portion of the annual Han Kuang military exercises will be held next month and the drill will focus on a simulation of a battle group of the Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier, attacking Taiwan’s east coast, the Ministry of National Defense saidFULL STORY

Taipei-Yilan rail route chosen

By Shelley Shan

The Railway Reconstruction Bureau yesterday announced that it has chosen the route for a straight railway line connecting Taipei and Yilan. It will not pass through the watershed of the Feitsui Reservoir (翡翠水庫), the bureau added. Currently, the railway route to the east coast must passFULL STORY

Palace museum wins US film gongs

The National Palace Museum has won five awards at the 47th WorldFest-Houston International Film and Video Festival, including two platinum awards, the museum said yesterday. More than 4,500 entries were submitted to the festival this year, which is held from April 4 to 13 andFULL STORY

Amis drummers to open global percussion event

Young drummers from the remote Aboriginal village Pisilian are to open the triennial Taiwan International Percussion Convention next month, bringing their music to the international stage. The Amis drummers of the Pisilian Paw Paw Drum group are to join the Ju Percussion Group in theFULL STORY

Tamhai town protesters call on public to join rally

By Lee I-chia

Activists are today calling for support in an overnight protest against the Tamhai New Town (淡海新市鎮) project to be held in front of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) building in Taipei. An alliance against land expropriation for the project called on the public via Facebook toFULL STORY

Nagging worked for kidnapped 94-year-old: report

By Stacy Hsu

A 94-year-old woman has discovered that nagging to be released can be an effective tactic with kidnappers. Her abductor, surnamed Tseng (曾), was a shareholder in a small business with a criminal record for stealing and obstructing an officer on duty, according to police. TsengFULL STORY

Former toll workers storm ministry

By Shelley Shan

About 200 former freeway toll-fee collectors stormed into the offices of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications in Taipei during a protest yesterday morning, asking the government to find jobs for them and to offer compensation comparable with that of those laid off by state-runFULL STORY

Activists meet Ma on Earth Day

By Lee I-chia

On Earth Day yesterday, representatives of five environmental organizations met with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to give him suggestions on environmental issues, including the protection of endangered species and laws to encourage environmental protection. Since 2010, a number of environmental groups have held annual meetings withFULL STORY

AIT Taipei office unveils new community garden

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) unveiled a new community garden at its Taipei office yesterday to celebrate Earth Day and demonstrate its concern for the environment. Set up by the AIT’s green team, “the AIT Community Garden is really a wonderful sign of AIT’s effortsFULL STORY

Tzu Chi said to steal from poor

By Lin Mei-fen, Yang Yi-chung, and Jason Pan

Former presidential adviser Day Sheng-tong (戴勝通) has ignited a firestorm, accusing renowned religious institution Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation of stealing from the poor. Day, an entrepreneur known as Taiwan’s king of the hat makers, posted a message last week for the foundation saying: “PleaseFULL STORY

Amateur tattoo retailer beats global professionals

By Stacy Hsu

A 34-year-old amateur tattoo artist has beaten out more than 50 professional artists from around the world at the prestigious International Tattoo Convention Frankfurt this month. Vincent Chang (張浩銘), is well-known in Taiwan’s tattooing community as a successful retailer of tattoo supplies and equipment, and aFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

AVIATION Baggage blooper at airport The baggage handling system at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport was out of action for two hours yesterday, affecting 43 flights scheduled to arrive or take off in the morning. Taoyuan International Airport Corp said the system was found to be unable toFULL STORY

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