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Lee Kuan Yew is held aloft by People’s Action Party supporters after winning the legislative
Lee Kuan Yew is held aloft by People’s Action Party supporters after winning the legislative assembly general election in Singapore, June 3, 1959. Lee served as prime minister from 1959, when Singapore gained self-government from Britain, until 1990. He continued to hold cabinet positions until 2011. (File photo/CFP)
assembly general election in Singapore, June 3, 1959. Lee served as prime minister from 1959, when Singapore gained self-government from Britain, until 1990. He continued to hold cabinet positions until 2011. (File photo/CFP)
The legacy of the late Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding father, is how he led the city state to become a leading economic power in Asia.
Lee also played an ambiguous and secretive role in relations across the Taiwan Strait. Singapore hosted the historic meeting between Koo Chen-fu from Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation and Wang Daohan from China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits in 1993, the first high-level talks between the two sides after decades of hostility.
Lee continued interactions with leaders in Taiwan and China after he left office, and traveled to Taiwan to meet former president Chen Shui-bian in 2000 and President Ma Ying-jeou in 2011. [FULL STORY]
Date: Mar 25, 2015
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
The Ministry of National Defense yesterday announced it would again hold a series of summer training camps for high-school and college students.
It said the camps would introduce students to different aspects of the armed forces and include classes on tank squadrons, paratroopers, marine frogmen, medical officer corps, warship crews, honor guards and pilot training. [FULL STORY]
By: Tang Pei-chun, Chang Ming-hsuan, S.C. Chang and Maubo Chang
Taipei, March 24 (CNA) Health officials ordered the removal from shelves of Japanese food from areas contaminated by radiation from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster after confirming that they had been found in local supermakets.
Chiang Yu-mei (姜郁美), chief of the Food and Drug Administration under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, said the food products, from the Japanese prefectures of Fukushima, Ibaraki, Gumma and Chiba have been banned in Taiwan since March 30, 2011, but had somehow managed to get into local supermarkets, including AMart (愛買), Wellcome (頂好) and Shin Kong Mitsukoshi (新光三越). [FULL STORY]
OUT OF LEFT FIELD:The new party’s two candidates for districts in Taipei are set to take on conservative male incumbents, with a platform of social and rights issues
Date: Mar 25, 2015
By: Lii Wen / Staff writer
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) — a center-left political party set to be launched on
Social Democratic Party representatives in Taipei yesterday introduce two candidates, Jennifer Lu and Miao Po-ya, third and fourth from left, who plan to stand in Taipei districts in the legislative election in January next year. Photo: CNA
Sunday — yesterday announced its plans to field two prominent social activists for next year’s legislative elections: gay rights advocate Jennifer Lu (呂欣潔) and anti-death-penalty activist Miao Po-ya (苗博雅).
The two candidates — both openly lesbian — are to face off against incumbent male contenders from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), prompting the SDP to brand their campaign as “a showdown between girls and uncles.
Lu plans to enter the race for Taipei’s Xinyi (信義) and Songshan (松山) districts against the KMT’s Alex Fai (費鴻泰), while Miao is to go up against the KMT’s Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) in Taipei’s Wenshan (文山) and southern Zhongzheng (中正) districts. [FULL STORY]
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A magnitude 6.0 earthquake shook eastern Taiwan at 6:13 pm Monday and was felt all the way in the national capital Taipei, according to Central Weather Bureau data.
The earthquake was centered at sea about 35.8 kilometers south of Hualien County Hall and struck at a depth of 26.3 km, the bureau’s Seismology Center said.
The strongest tremor, which registered a 5 on Taiwan’s 1-7 intensity scale, was felt in the area of Jiqi along Hualien county’s coast, the center said.
Tremors with an intensity of 4 were felt in several regions, including Nantou and Changhua counties in central Taiwan, Yilan county in northeastern Taiwan and Taitung county in southeastern Taiwan, it said.
The quake’s intensity level measured a 2 in Taipei.
There were no immediate reports of damage from the earthquake.
By: Christie Chen
Taipei, March 24 (CNA) The Discovery Channel will televise a documentary on Lee Kuan Yew (李光耀) on March 28 as a tribute to the late founding father of Singapore.
The one-hour special, “Father of a Nation: Lee Kuan Yew,” chronicles Lee’s life from his birth and student days to his founding of the People’s Action Party and the eight elections that the party won, according to the Discovery Channel. [FULL STORY]
Members of Taiwan Solidarity Union yesterday protest at the Mainland Affairs Council building in Taipei against China’s use of its M503 flight route. Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times
Date: Mar 24, 2015
By: Loa Iok-sin / Staff reporter
Members of the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) yesterday staged an egg-tossing demonstration outside the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) building in Taipei, protesting the council’s acceptance of China’s decision to start using the controversial M503 flight route and urging the council to suspend cross-strait talks.
In the rain, protesters mobilized by the TSU held up signs accusing President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and MAC Minister Andrew Hsia (夏立言) of treason. [FULL STORY]
By: Lin Chang-shun and Ted Chen
Taipei, March 23 (CNA) Diamond Cafe, a newly opened restaurant in high-rent eastern Taipei
Photo from Facebook.
catering specifically to families with children, sparked controversy on Monday with a picture of its “Nanny Meal” that it was later forced to withdraw.
The Nanny Meal, offered for NT$199, was targeted at foreign caregivers accompanying families for a meal at the upscale restaurant, made clear by the meal’s literal Chinese name — “Foreign Helper Meal.”
Posted by the restaurant on its Facebook page, the picture sparked the ire of Taiwan’s Internet community, which accused the restaurant of discriminating against foreign migrant workers.
They were also upset that the meal for caregivers cost less than a “Children’s Meal” priced at NT$299. [FULL STORY]
BUSTED RAPID TRANSIT:The ‘optimized, dedicated bus lanes’ plan blends two proposals from a team tasked with reviewing the troubled Bus Rapid Transit
Date: Mar 24, 2015
By: Su Ching-feng / Staff reporter, with CNA
The problem-plagued Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Taichung, launched in July last year,
A bus on Taichung’s Bus Rapid Transit system enters a station in Taichung yesterday.
Photo: Liao Yao-tung, Taipei Times
is to be abolished after Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) yesterday announced that the BRT lanes would be replaced with “optimized, dedicated bus lanes” starting on July 8.
Lin made the announcement at a city administration meeting.
He declined to describe the move as the “abortion” of the system, instead calling the city’s existing system “stillborn,” as BRT buses do not possess exclusive road rights or priority traffic signals, and the BRT traffic control center cannot communicate directly with the buses while they are on the road or at its stations. [FULL STORY]
Date: 2015/03/23 23:09:47
By: You Kai-hsiang and Lilian Wu
Taipei, March 23 (CNA) A man who strangled his cerebral palsy-afflicted son, purportedly because of the exhaustion he felt in caring for the boy, was turned over to prosecutors Monday.
The 41-year-old man, Ho Chung-ming (何忠明), told police he had an emotional breakdown when he drove his 21-year-old son for a ride on Sunday. [FULL STORY]