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Friday, August 22, 2014
Due to the positive influence of the fiscal reform plan carried out by the Ministry of Finance (MOF), annual government revenue in 2015 is projected to rise to NT$1.7993 trillion, an increase of NT$92.4 billion, or 5.4 percent, compared with 2014. Expenditure is set to increase to NT$1.9597 trillion, an increase of NT$43.5 billion, or 2.3 percent, from the 2014 budget, the Cabinet said yesterday.
Taiwan -- Spurred on by student, Taipei taxi drivers deliver a message to Lucy
With the movie “Lucy” causing a huge craze in Taiwan and droves assembling at movie theaters, Tony Hsu (許東華), a student who recently graduated from The Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University (師大附中), made a video responding to the scene in which Lucy shoots a Taiwanese taxi driver because he cannot speak English.
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A Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official was quoted recently as saying that foreign nationals who have a record of substance abuse are highly likely to have their visa applications denied.
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The Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF, 家扶基金會) yesterday published research on disadvantaged children in Taiwan, revealing that ten percent of them have seen illegal drugs, over 40 percent of them cannot afford breakfast every day and 61 percent don't have someone at home to help them with their homework.
Amid rising public outrage over the government's decision to pay Taipower (台電) employees a generous annual bonus of 3.6 months' worth of wages while the company reported mounting losses of NT$17.8 billion over 2013, newly appointed Economics Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun (杜紫軍) yesterday defended the move by stating that the burden of policy must be factored into the performance of state-run enterprises.
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Taiwan -- Taipei, MOE reach compulsory education deal
Education Minister Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) yesterday stated that the Ministry of Education (MOE) will adopt the strategy of a “one-phase admission process with exam-free admissions preceding specialty admission tests,” as the MOE's way of handling 12-year education reform.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday said that 15 out of 423 tested veggie food products were found to contain animal-derived components in the three-year investigation of veggie food products on the market.
The main opposition party yesterday called upon the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) to launch a detailed investigation into the alleged information leak by former MAC deputy minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀).
Taiwanese pitcher Wei-yin (陳偉殷) Chen grabbed a record 13th win in an MLB season Wednesday as the Baltimore Orioles completed a three-game sweep over the Chicago White Sox.
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Taiwan -- Wei-yin Chen clinches record 13th win in single MLB season
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Taiwan -- Ex-deputy minister 'betrayed' info: MAC
Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) confirmed yesterday that former MAC Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) has indeed betrayed confidential information and was reported for his actions.
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