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In Brief

PFP seeks to reinstate Legislature's power
The opposition People First Party believes that the Legislative Yuan's right to approve the president's nomination of the premier should be restored, a whip of the PFP's legislative caucus said Monday.
PFP Legislator Lee Hung-chun (李鴻鈞) said the PFP does not have a position on whether there should be further amendments to the Constitution, except that the Legislative Yuan's power to give or withhold its consent to the premier-designate should be reinstated.
The Legislative Yuan lost its power to approve the president's nomination of the premier in 1997. Although the legislature gained the power in that year to propose a no-confidence vote against the premier with the support of a majority of the Legislative Yuan members, many opposition lawmakers still believe the legislature cannot check and balance the Executive Yuan effectively.
Taipei-Yokohama link
Taipei and Yokohama forged partnership ties yesterday, with the mayors of the two cities - Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Hiroshi Nakada - signing the agreement in Taipei to promote exchanges in several fields, including culture, tourism, education and sports.
Ma said that Taipei will conduct exchanges with its Japanese partner city on experiences in the promotion of economic development, city management and urban modernization as part of its efforts to improve the welfare of its citizens.
The agreement, which took effect immediately, will run through March 31, 2010.
Host families sought
National Tsing Hua University in the northern city of Hsinchu is seeking homestay families for exchange program students from 10 Chinese universities during the summer, a spokesman for the university said yesterday.
The homestay is slated for July 5 to August 20. The spokesman said the university has already arranged dormitory accommodation for the students, but considering that they will be making their first visits to Taiwan, a homestay family could help satisfy their curiosity about Taiwanese culture by receiving them into their families.
Aviation seminar
The fifth cross-Taiwan Strait seminar on aviation security and skills began yesterday in the central city of Taichung, with the attendance of 32 pilots, aviation security workers and representatives of aviation organizations from China.
Tuan Peng-lin, chairman of the Taipei-based Chinese Pilots Association said the event serves as a venue for pilots and experts from both sides to exchange experiences and expertise in aviation.


Updated : 2021-10-25 06:45 GMT+08:00