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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake shook Eastern Taiwan at 6:13 p.m. Monday and was felt as far away as the national capital of Taipei, according to Central Weather Bureau data.
The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) recently warned the Taiwanese public of the latest phone fraud scheme that has already scammed several victims over the past month.
A luxury hotel was fined NT$300,000 (US$9,563) by Taipei City's government on Sunday for an incident when a pedestrian was injured by tiles falling from the facade of its building.
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The R.O.C. Navy may consider hiring other contractors, including foreign contractors, for a renovation of its two 70-year-old submarines if a local shipbuilder is found to be unqualified for the job, a local newspaper reported yesterday.
Taiwanese politicians on Monday mourned the death of Lee Kuan Yew (李光耀), the founding father of Singapore, praising his leadership and his role in international politics.
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Monday that it remains positive about the future of Taichung's controversial bus rapid transit (BRT) system following a decision by the local government earlier in the day to convert the BRT lanes into dedicated bus lanes that can also be used by normal city buses.
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Taiwan's manufacturing industry is facing a significant shortage of workers, even though some factories are offering monthly salaries of NT$40,000 (US$1,275) for technicians, the Workforce Development Agency reported Monday after compiling data from a local employment website.
Taiwanese microcontroller and semiconductor companies, including Generalplus Technology Inc. (凌通) and MediaTek Inc. (聯發科) have began efforts to capture the nascent market for wireless charging, a feature that is increasingly common with wearable devices.
A major wine importer based in New Taipei was busted for selling counterfeit French red wine that netted the company a profit estimated at NT$100 million (US$3.19 million) over the past five years, the Investigation Bureau (調查局) said Monday.
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Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT, 遠東航空) launched scheduled flights between Magong on Taiwan's outlying island of Penghu and Nanjing in coastal China on Monday amid increasing Chinese interest in travel to Penghu.
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