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Cabinet mulling fine rather than no pension for veterans, ex-officials

By Chen Wei-han

Lawmakers yesterday voiced concern over a media report that the Executive Yuan was considering a monetary fine instead of suspension of pensions as a disciplinary measure for retired military and government officials engaging in political activities in China. In the wake of the controversial participation ofFULL STORY

Protesters slam government over residency rights

By Abraham Gerber

The government has failed to uphold treaty obligations in protecting residency rights, protesters said yesterday, calling on President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration to outline legal mechanisms to supervise implementation of reform as it begins a new national human rights review. About 20 people from the TaiwanFULL STORY

National human rights institution to be established

The government plans to establish a national human rights institution to meet with the international Paris Principles standards, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) said yesterday. The institution would promote and protect human rights and aim to prevent major violations, Chen said at the opening ceremony ofFULL STORY

Former KMT vice chairman eyeing bid for top post

By Stacy Hsu

Former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) vice chairman Steve Chan (詹啟賢) yesterday said that both Beijing and Hon Hai Precision Industry chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) had asked him about running in the KMT’s chairpersonship election in May, adding that he would make a decision before theFULL STORY

Ex-premier Jiang Yi-huah launches youth foundation

By Stacy Hsu

Former premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) yesterday announced the establishment of a foundation aimed at seeking a “way out” for Taiwan and linking Taiwanese youths with the international community. He denied that the move was a precursor to staging a political comeback. With Jiang as president, the newlyFULL STORY

Taipower’s inefficiency root of power problems: group

By Lee I-chia

New amendments to the Electricity Act (電業法) cannot effectively solve the risk of a power shortage and the government might not be able to achieve its goal of a nuclear-free homeland by 2025 if inefficient power supply remains a problem, an environmental non-profit organization saidFULL STORY

Former civil servants launch pension hunger strike

By Abraham Gerber

A group of retired civil servants yesterday launched a hunger strike outside the Legislative Yuan, accusing the government of interfering in a planned mass protest outside a national policy conference on pension reform on Saturday. About 20 protesters affiliated with the Alliance for Monitoring Pension ReformFULL STORY

Bureau condemns alleged sexual assault of tourist

By Shelley Shan

The Tourism Bureau yesterday condemned the alleged sexual assault of a South Korean tourist by a taxi driver last week, adding that the incident was an isolated case and Taiwan is a safe travel destination. “We strongly condemn the act. It has damaged public trustFULL STORY

NCC to arbitrate cable operator fee dispute

By Shelley Shan

The National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said that it will start its first arbitration meeting with cable service providers and satellite channel operators on Thursday to discuss a dispute over content authorization fees. NCC spokesperson Wong Po-tsung (翁柏宗) said the dispute began last year as newFULL STORY

Furloughs drop, economy rallies

The number of workers on unpaid leave in the first half of this month fell as the economy showed signs of improvement, Ministry of Labor data showed yesterday. As of Sunday, the number of workers who had agreed with their employers to be given unpaid leaveFULL STORY

Doctor accused of practicing without a medical license

By Lee I-chia

A medical clinic in Kaohsiung has been accused of employing an unlicensed medical practitioner and allowing him to work for 14 years, the Kaohsiung City Government Department of Health said. Sin-an Clinic (杏安診所), a family medicine clinic near Formosa Boulevard MRT Station and Liuhe Night Market,FULL STORY

Late-night diner affected by loss of hostess bar patrons after recession

By Chiang Chih-hsiung and Jonathan Chin

Brothers Lee Chin-shan (李金山) and Lee Wan-chu (李萬居), coproprietors of a late-night diner in Yilan City, said the tepid post-recession economy has affected the hostess industry and their business. The brothers said their establishment near Yilan Train Station used to be frequented by hostesses who workedFULL STORY

Kids not drinking enough milk: poll

By Lee I-chia

Elementary-school students are not drinking enough milk, with fewer than 20 percent drinking the recommended daily amount and more than 30 percent holding the misconception that milk tea sold in breakfast stores is a source of fresh milk, a survey by a health foundation showed. TheFULL STORY

Mom who lost sons in quake gives birth

Chen Shu-yi (陳淑怡), her husband and two sons were asleep in their apartment in Tainan at 3:57am on Feb. 6 last year when a devastating earthquake hit, violently shaking the building before razing it to the ground. Chen clambered around in the dark searching for herFULL STORY

Facetious calligraphy makes student online celebrity

By William Hetherington

A third-grade student in Changhua County became an instant online celebrity when pictures of his self-deprecating calligraphy were posted on Facebook. Liou Yu-you (柳宇祐) of Jioushe Elementary School used a school calligraphy assignment to joke about himself, writing: “I’m not overweight, I’m just a little bitFULL STORY

University plans to build Tainan ‘little green town’

By Tang Tsai-hsin and Jonathan Chin

National Cheng Kung University is to open an environmentally friendly community on 28 hectares of university land in Tainan’s Gueiren District (歸仁), university president Su Huey-jen (蘇慧貞) said. The school plans to build the community, dubbed “the little green town,” with the district’s infrastructure incorporating aFULL STORY

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