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Academics tout government concessions

By Tang Chia-ling

Academics yesterday urged the government to make concessions in its tug-of-war with students protesting against its changes to high-school curriculum guidelines, saying it was the only way to peacefully break the current stalemate. Hundreds of student protesters broke through a police barricade in front ofFULL STORY

FEATURE: Student protest a ‘reprise’ of Sunflower movement

By Wang Kuan-jen and Wu Cheng-feng

With a student protest occupying the Ministry of Education’s forecourt entering its 60th hour as of noon yesterday, the discipline and persistence demonstrated by protestors at the site so far have led to members of the public describing it as a “reprise” of the SunflowerFULL STORY

Students not influenced by politics: Dai Lin’s mother

By Chen Wei-tsung

“He was not a kid who could be manipulated by political parties,” said the mother of Dai Lin (林冠華), who apparently took his own life on Thursday last week allegedly in protest against high-school curriculum guideline changes. Underlining her son’s determination to “stir up public opinionFULL STORY

Focus on relief, not China: expert

By William Lowther

A US China expert is urging Taiwan to be more effective in assisting with international disaster relief, despite objections from Beijing. Senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Bonnie Glaser told a Washington conference that some nations fear “punitive actions”FULL STORY

Tsai pushes for tolerance, touts importance of Hakka

By Loa Iok-sin

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday vowed to push for more tolerance while preserving diversity through policies if elected president. “The beautiful thing about Taiwan’s society is its diverse cultures and different ethnic groups,” the DPP chairperson said during a meeting withFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

TOURISM Cruise passenger visitors up Nearly 460,000 cruise passengers visited Taiwan in the first half of this year and the number could reach 778,000 this year, up 7.76 percent from last year, according to a report published by the Taiwan International Ports Corp. The number of visitorsFULL STORY

Upgrades for forest train

By Shelley Shan

The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) announced yesterday that it is to buy 10 new train carriages this year for the Alishan Forest Railway, adding that the train carriages would be equipped with a new bogie to ensure smooth operation. The nation’s largest railway operator said thatFULL STORY

KMRT reveals ‘itasha’ carriages

By Wang Jung-hsiang and Jake Chung

Anime fans rushed to attend the unveiling of the nation’s first-ever itasha — vehicles painted with female anime characters — at the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit (KMRT) System on Friday. The Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp (KRTC) introduced the newest member of the poster icons, known asFULL STORY

Suspected hinoki loggers arrested

By Sean Lin

Police on Saturday arrested six people suspected of illegal logging in Nantou County and retrieved 3,525kg of precious Taiwanese yellow cypress (hinoki) from a refrigerator truck, which officers said might have been used to cover the lumber’s fragrance. Jhushan Police Precinct Deputy chief Lin Chih-jung (林志榮),FULL STORY

Mothers with HIV or AIDS urged to breastfeed babies

By Stacy Hsu

The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) yesterday urged mothers with HIV or AIDS to breastfeed their newborn, saying the practice has been scientifically proven to be conducive to a baby’s health. “There have been concerns that mothers staying in the same room as their newborn couldFULL STORY

Microphones used by Chiang Kai-shek on display in Taipei

Two microphones used by Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) for significant wartime broadcasts are to go on display for the first time starting today. The two microphones — which had been preserved separately at the Taipei-based Broadcasting Corp of China (BCC) and Radio Taiwan International (RTI) — wereFULL STORY

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