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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Taiwan -- Four strong earthquakes hit Taiwan
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake -- the strongest recorded so far this year -- struck the northeastern coast of Taiwan at 9:42 a.m. yesterday.
Taiwan -- Hung starts presidential bid as other KMT leaders wait
Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) officially started her bid to become the Kuomintang's (KMT) presidential nominee in the 2016 election yesterday. Hung became the party's first member to collect the application forms to register herself as a presidential candidate.
Taiwan -- Xi in Pakistan to unveil US$45 bil. in investments
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrived in Pakistan on Monday for a two-day visit in which he is expected to announce US$45 billion (NT$1.395 trillion) worth of investment projects in energy and infrastructure development.
Taiwan's original bid to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB, 亞投行) was rejected on the grounds that mainland China does not view it as a sovereign nation, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) chief Andrew Hsia (夏立言) revealed while briefing legislators yesterday.
Taiwan -- Northeast and Yilan Coast named finalist in 'tourism's Nobel'
Northeast Taiwan was recently named a finalist in the Destination Award category of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2015 (2015 明日旅業大獎).
Taiwan -- G. L. Mackay's reports detail Formosa's early days
North Formosa Mission Reports: G. L. Mackay's life in North Formosa 1868-1901, a collection of documents depicting local life in the early days, was recently translated into Chinese and published in March.
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Labor Minister Chen Hsiung-wen (陳雄文) yesterday was the victim of a case of grand theft auto when his government-issued vehicle was stolen from the parking lot of the Ministry of Labor (MOL).
The Central Weather Bureau (中央氣象局) announced that Taiwan will be affected by frontal rain this week, just in time to quench thirsty reservoirs nationwide amid the most severe drought in recent years.
Super Lotto's next draw on Thursday will be for an estimated NT$3 billion jackpot after nobody won the 29th draw last night, which boasted an already record-breaking top prize of NT$2.45 billion.
The National Police Agency (NPA) has decided to revise the tasks of police officers to reduce their workload, an official said Monday.
A man in Changhua County was indicted Monday on charges of stealing a parrot that flew onto his property last August.
Chinese writer Gao Xingjian (高行健), who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000, will talk about cultural self-examination and his literary inspiration during an April 22 speech at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), the university said Monday.
An opposition lawmaker yesterday urged the Ministry of National Defense (MND) to reconsider its ongoing push to transform the current conscription system into a fully voluntary force after a recent survey showed that most Taiwanese support reinstating conscription for national security reasons.
Following the stomach medicine scandal that was brought to light during an investigation into pepper products tainted by industrial-grade chemicals, Health and Welfare Minister Chiang Been-huang (蔣丙煌) unveiled plans yesterday to the Legislative Yuan that the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW, 衛福部) is to establish a cloud database to manage the nation's pharmaceutical state of affairs by the end of the year.
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