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Groups team up to protest curriculum

By Rachel Lin and Jake Chung

A group of civic organizations yesterday announced that today it would form an alliance to protest the Ministry of Education’s handling of the high-school social sciences curriculum and the 12-year national education plan which they alleged was designed in a “black-box,” or non-transparent, manner. As theFULL STORY

Government must heed residents: Tsai Ing-wen

By Loa Iok-sin

Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday urged the central government to consider residents when planning large development projects, such as the Taoyuan Aerotropolis project, during a visit to the Taoyuan City Government yesterday. “When making development plans, the central government should consider not onlyFULL STORY

Delegation to take part in Aboriginal conference at UN

By Lii Wen

Representatives of the nation’s Aboriginal peoples are to participate in a UN conference in New York scheduled to take place from today through May 1. Now in its 14th year, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues was launched to explore the problems faced by the world’sFULL STORY

KMT to start presidential nomination process today

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) is set to start the nomination process to select its presidential candidate today. Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) has already thrown her hat in the ring, though KMT Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) csaid on Friday last week that he wouldFULL STORY

Environmentalists seek action on polluted pond

By Sean Lin

Environmental groups yesterday demanded that Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) clean a polluted pond and ban the firm that allegedly contaminated it from operating. The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) released a report last month saying that Taoyuan-based waste processing firm Yu Hung dumped inadequately processedFULL STORY

Shinto temple relics stir up Taichung politics

By Loa Iok-sin

By Loa Iok-sin Staff Reporter, in Taichung The Taichung City Government yesterday urged Legislative Deputy Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) to refrain from politicizing cultural and historic issues, following Hung’s criticism of the city government’s plan to repair a collapsed torii in the city. A torii is a structureFULL STORY

Environmentalists urge complete Styrofoam ban

By Tang Chia-ling and Jake Chung

The Taiwan Environmental Information Center and the Kuroshio Ocean Education Foundation have filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) ahead of Earth Day on Wednesday asking the agency to approve a complete ban on Styrofoam containers. According to the two organizations, the EPAFULL STORY

Prosecutors ridiculed over signage

By Wang Hsiu-ting

The Taitung District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday faced ridicule after the English-language translations of several public signs were found to be riddled with “Chinglish” and direct phonetic transcriptions. The incident originated from a message posted by netizen Shih Wei-ting (施韋廷) on a Facebook fan page titledFULL STORY

Policy cuts delay in carrier swaps

By Shelley Shan

Starting yesterday, mobile phone users who migrate to a new telecom carrier with their current telephone number can expect their cellphone service to be resumed by the next day if they complete all required procedures before 8pm on the day they switch. Prior to theFULL STORY

Union urges parents to select integrated learning preschools

By Lii Wen

A teachers’ group yesterday urged parents with young children to avoid preschools that tout extensive rote memorization programs, urging them to instead prioritize schools that provide adequate space for outdoor activities. National Federation of Teachers’ Unions president Chang Hsu-cheng (張旭政) told a news conference in TaipeiFULL STORY

Run-down track delays nearly 1,800 passengers

By Shelly Shan

Nearly 1,800 passengers were delayed yesterday morning due to a broken track found in a section of rail in Chiayi, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said. The railway operator said it received a report from a railroad engineer at 7:45am saying that the train had jumpedFULL STORY

Woman abandoned by son at mourning hall found still alive

An elderly woman thought to be dead surprised staff at a mourning hall next to the Kaohsiung Municipal Funeral Parlor on Saturday morning after being taken there by her son. The 58-year-old surnamed Lee (李) was in the mourning hall for about five hours beforeFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

TRAVEL ROC passports rank 28th Republic of China (ROC) passports have a power ranking of 28, indicating a relatively high level of travel freedom for its citizens, according to the recent passport index created by financial advisory firm Arton Capital. The index scores country’sFULL STORY

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