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Friday, October 9, 2015
KMT emergency meet a chance to 'reach consensus'
The ruling Kuomintang (KMT, 國民黨) and the party's current presidential candidate, Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), have both expressed a willingness to put to rest controversies and reach a consensus at the coming extraordinary congress that is set to be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, according to a high ranking KMT official.
Traffic controls to cope with 10-10 spikes
Traffic controls will be implemented on the nation's freeways to cope with anticipated spikes before and during the Oct. 9-11 Double Ten holiday weekend, the National Freeway Bureau said Thursday.
The Cabinet passed Finance Ministry-backed amendments to the Commodity Tax Act that offer vehicle owners tax breaks in exchange for buying a new vehicle in an attempt to stimulate the local auto industry.
Taichung prosecutors yesterday pressed charges against 33 civilians and military personnel over an alleged procurement scandal involving locally produced eight-wheeled CM-32 Clouded Leopard (雲豹) armored vehicles.
Taiwan's national flag was not raised on the flagpole of the Twin Oaks Estate, Taiwan's de facto embassy in the United States, during this year's Double Tenth Day reception, which was held on Oct. 7 in Washington, D.C.
Wei Chuan Food Co. (味全) announced yesterday that its Chairman Jason Lee (李鳳翱) would step down and be replaced by the company's Vice Chairman Wang Xi-he (王錫河).
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said Thursday that he admires Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), the presidential candidate of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), but supports the decision of the KMT's Central Standing Committee a day earlier to discuss replacing her.
Terry Gou (郭台銘), chairman of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (鴻海), donated all of his cash dividends from his company Thursday to fund bio-medical research at National Taiwan University (NTU, 台灣大學).
Taiwan is planning to increase the amount of cropland given over to non-rice grain and certain beans to raise the self-reliance ratio of such locally produced crops to 38.1 percent by 2020, an agriculture official said Thursday.
Taiwan's armed forces are busy preparing for National Day celebrations that will feature a military parade in Taipei and a flyover by the Air Force's Thunder Tiger Aerobatics Team.
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