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KMT stalls confirmation of bill review

By Chen Wei-han

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators yesterday disrupted a meeting of the legislature’s Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee to prevent the confirmation of a review of a controversial amendment to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法), while the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus reiterated the benefitsFULL STORY

Political parties at loggerheads over KMT’s accounts

By Lin Liang-sheng and Jake Chung

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Tuesday published its accounts and accused the Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee of being “worse than pirates,” saying it disseminates false information in order to force the KMT to use funds allocated for administrative expenses to pay its employees’FULL STORY

No guarantee on same-sex vote

By Abraham Gerber

Legislative Yuan caucus representatives yesterday declined to provide guarantees of a final, general-assembly vote on rules allowing same-sex “marriage,” advocacy groups said yesterday, as related bills proposed by lawmakers across party lines head to the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee for an initialFULL STORY

DPP extends marriage benefits to same-sex employees

By Chen Wei-han

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday announced that homosexual party employees would be entitled to the same benefits as married employees, including honeymoon leave and wedding gift money. The announcement came ahead of the Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade scheduled for Saturday in Taipei. At a meetingFULL STORY

Prosecutors urged to stymie Ma Ying-jeou’s travel plans

By Chen Wei-han

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday urged prosecutors to impose a travel ban on former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) ahead of his planned trips to Malaysia and the US next month, amid reports that the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office plans to relaunch investigations into eightFULL STORY

Calling Tsai ‘Taiwan’s Hitler’ absurd and highly inappropriate, DPP says

By Jason Pan

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members yesterday criticized Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus members who called President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) “Taiwan’s Hitler” and compared her to Tang Dynasty Empress Wu Zetian (武則天). The KMT caucus on Tuesday abstained on a legislative vote for Judicial Yuan presidentFULL STORY

Better pension oversight urged

By Abraham Gerber

Management reform for national pension funds should be given priority over benefit adjustments in an effort to stem impending bankruptcy, a consortium of government employee unions said yesterday, ahead of the National Pension Reform Commission’s final meeting today. Nearly a dozen representatives from the Alliance forFULL STORY

Actress fired for backing the Sunflower movement

By Jake Chung

Actress Irene Chen (陳艾琳) was removed from the cast of the Chinese film Girlfriend Vending Machine (女友販賣機) after netizens in China uncovered posts she made on Facebook two years ago in support of the Sunflower movement. The Sunflower movement refers to protesters who occupied the LegislativeFULL STORY

Produce company fails to elect new president

By Sean Lin

Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Co yesterday elected three standing directors at a board of directors meeting, but failed to elect a new president. Taipei City Government-appointed director Lin Chiu-hui (林秋慧), Council of Agriculture-appointed director Liu Sheng-hung (劉聖鴻) and Yunlin County Farmers’ Association director-general Chien Ming-chin (簡明欽)FULL STORY

Agricultural products firm denies driving up prices

By Sean Lin

Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Co yesterday denied media reports and the accusations of pan-green politicians that it drove prices of produce up by colluding with speculators. Company union director-general Chang Pao-chih (張寶智) led dozens of company employees in a demonstration ahead of a board of directorsFULL STORY

Cyclists prepare for annual KOM race

By Shelley Shan

Cyclists from 36 nations are preparing to take part in the annual Taiwan King of the Mountain (KOM) Challenge, which is scheduled to start tomorrow. The race has been rated by French magazine Le Cycle as one of the toughest races in the world. The Taiwan CyclistFULL STORY

Government issues rules for Uber-like transport service

The government on Tuesday released rules governing an Uber-like taxi service to complement the nation’s “yellow cabs,” with plans to have the vehicles on roads as early as next year. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications said that it would continue to crack down on unlicensedFULL STORY

Graft probe leads to arrest of investigator and broker

By Jason Pan

Authorities on Saturday detained incommunicado a senior investigator and a stockbroker on charges of corruption and leaking of secrets in an ongoing probe into insider trading at IC designer and NAND flash supplier Phison Electronics. The Taipei District Court approved prosecutors’ requests to detain Ministry ofFULL STORY

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