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Smell of burning causes evacuation of Taipei MRT train

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Around 250 passengers aboard a northbound train on Taipei’s Wenshan-Neihu MRT line were evacuated yesterday after staff at Nanjing East Road station detected a burning odor coming from cars.

The incident occurred at 8:29am when the train was at Nanjing East Road station.

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Central bank wants investment curbs

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The central bank is pushing for curbs to be imposed on the amount of Chinese capital that can be placed in local stocks, hoping to stem the inflow of speculative funds, an official said yesterday.

The Financial Supervisory Commission, which has the authority to set limits on Chinese funds, has been approached by central bank officials eager to keep controls tight, said Lu Ting-chieh (盧廷劼), the commission’s chief secretary.

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Official asks for probe of Control Yuan members

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A former Yilan County official yesterday asked prosecutors to investigate three Control Yuan members who allegedly covered up for officials involved in the Yuanta I Pin Building (一品苑) case.

Lin Chin-kun (林錦坤), a former Yilan County Yuanshan Village (員山) representative, mailed a request to the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigation Panel (SIP) requesting an investigation into whether Control Yuan members Ma Yi-kung (馬以工), Chen Yung-hsiang (陳永祥) and Lin Chu-liang (林鉅鋃) handled the case inappropriately.

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Chinese lobbying outshines Taiwan

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The Washington Post printed a front-page story on Saturday saying that China had launched a multimillion-dollar lobbying effort “so effective that it is challenging the heralded efforts of nemesis Taiwan.”

According to the story, China has dramatically improved its image in the US and now has enough friends in Congress to blunt at least some pro-Taiwan legislation.

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DPP wins all three seats in by-elections

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The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) scored a landmark election success yesterday, sweeping all three seats in legislative by-­elections in Taoyuan, Taichung and Taitung counties.

The victory in Taitung marked the first time the party won a legislative seat in the county.

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Former president's appeal begins at Taiwan High Court

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Former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) appeal against his conviction on embezzlement and money laundering charges began yesterday at the Taiwan High Court.

Former first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍) did not appear in court, citing ill health.

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High-tech China ban to go: premier

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Premier Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) said yesterday the government would soon lift a ban on high-tech industries setting up operations in China, saying regulations for the review and approval of applications were still being deliberated on by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

“I recently had a briefing from the MOEA [on reviewing investment bans on China] and was in support of its suggestions [to ease restrictions], but we still need to work out a detailed plan, as well as rules for reviewing applications,” Wu said at a press conference mapping out his Cabinet’s policies for this year.

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Newsflash

Taiwanese military observers will participate in a US Navy marine patrol exercise in March next year with unprecedented levels of access, a military official said yesterday, calling it “actual participation.”

The US military has previously only permitted observers to see the details of its anti-submarine tactics and technology during the exercise, the official said on condition of anonymity.