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National defense spending to increase

By Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung

The national defense budget increase proposed by the Executive Yuan for fiscal 2018 is to be largely spent on personnel, while funding for equipment purchases is to be decreased by NT$5 billion (US$164.8 million), a Ministry of National Defense senior official said. The budget was separatedFULL STORY

Wu to be inaugurated at KMT congress

By Sean Lin

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman-elect Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) is to be inaugurated today at the 20th KMT national congress, during which he is expected to lead the swearing in of more than 2,000 party representatives. A specially designed logo, which is to be displayed at theFULL STORY

KMT calls on members to report cases of bribery

By Sean Lin

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) headquarters yesterday called on its members to report bribery cases ahead of its Central Committee members’ election next month. In the election, to be held on Sept. 9, about 2,000 party representatives are to elect 210 Central Committee members among themselves,FULL STORY

Overtime going unpaid, ministry data show

Many Taiwanese work overtime, but wages have not been raised for years and generally overtime is not paid, Ministry of Labor statistics show, with some academics saying low average wages nationwide are to blame. Average working hours totaled 2,104 in 2015, the fourth-highest number inFULL STORY

Nation’s birth rate in steady decline in first seven months

By Chen Yu-fu

The nation’s birth rate continued to decline, with only 110,379 babies born in the first seven months of the year, down 6 percent from the same period last year, a survey by the Ministry of the Interior showed yesterday. In 2007, 254,000 babies were bornFULL STORY

Night shift workers must submit to health checks

By Huang Pang-ping and Jake Chung

A policy mandating that companies comply with mandatory health checks for night shift workers is to be piloted for two years, the Ministry of Labor said. The trial is to start on Thursday and the ministry would review the policy with companies and workers in twoFULL STORY

Sword attacker admits Tsai was target: court

A man who on Friday attacked a military police officer with a sword outside the Presidential Office Building told prosecutors that his main intention was to kill President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), according to a statement yesterday by the Taipei District Court. The court said Lu Chun-yiFULL STORY

First domestically built satellite to launch Thursday

Final preparations are under way for the launch of Formosat-5, Taiwan’s first domestically developed and built satellite, from a US air base next week, an official said on Friday. The satellite, which arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California last month, is scheduled toFULL STORY

Photo exhibition captures lives of Hansen disease patients at Losheng Sanatorium

By William Hetherington

An exhibition of photographer Chou Ching-hui’s (周慶輝) work portraying the lives of patients with Hansen’s disease at Losheng (Happy Life) Sanatorium was launched at the Tamsui Customs Wharf on on Friday. Curator Huang Li-hsiang (黃莉翔) said she hoped to draw on her experience visiting concentration campsFULL STORY

Pro baseball union members to boycott CTBA competitions

By Jason Pan

The Taiwan Professional Baseball Players’ Association, the union representing the nation’s baseball professionals, yesterday said its members would stop playing in all competitions organized by the governing body, Chinese Taipei Baseball Association (CTBA), as a conflict over power and money boiled over into public mudslinging. UnionFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

CRIME Suspect commits suicide The Kinmen County Police Department yesterday said a suspect in a robbery and kidnapping case had committed suicide. The suspect, surnamed Chen (陳), was wanted in connection to a robbery and kidnapping involving Kincheng Township (金城) representative council head Chen Tien-cheng (陳天成), policeFULL STORY

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