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In Brief

Exchange reserves climb to US$260b
Taiwan's foreign exchange reserves amounted to US$260.37 billion as of the end of July, up US$20 million over the month-earlier level, according to tallies released yesterday the Central Bank of China.
CBC officials attributed the small increase to the outflow of foreign remittances during the month that offset the interest generated from the reserves.
According to the Financial Supervisory Commission, Taiwan registered a net outflow of foreign remittances for the third consecutive month in July, with foreign investors remitting US$860 million in equity funds out of the country.
Confidential records
National Taiwan University Hospital said yesterday that the medical records of President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and his family members, as well as the presidents of the five branches of the government, have been kept confidential.
The hospital made the remarks as it launched a "protect the privacy of medical records" drive, the third year in a row it has carried out such an activity, with local model Lin Chi-ling acting as the program's spokeswoman. Lin was hospitalized there after falling from a horse while filming a commercial in China last year.
Counterfeit toy raid
Kaohsiung police raided a toy distributor's warehouse yesterday in Niausung township in Kaohsiung County, southern Taiwan and confiscated over 3,000 counterfeit items of famous brand-name products.
According to a spokesman for the Kaohsiung police authorities, the fake products seized had a street value of more than NT$10 million.
Acting on tipoffs provided by an informant that a businessman was illegally selling counterfeit brand-name toys, dolls and ornaments acquired from China to boutiques, vendors at night markets and private individuals in the Kaohsiung area, Kaohsiung police broke into his storage facility and discovered the 3,000 pieces, all of which were well-finished, the spokesman said.
Ethnic diversity
The number of elementary and junior high school students born to non-Taiwanese spouses totaled 60,258 in the 2005 academic year, up 13,000 from the year-earlier level, according to tallies released yesterday by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics.
In terms of the nationalities of the non-Taiwanese parents, Chinese, Hong Kong and Macau citizens accounted for 35.2 percent, while Indonesians made up 23.6 percent, Vietnamese comprised 18.1 percent, Filipinas accounted for 6.3 percent and Thais made up 4.7 percent.


Updated : 2021-10-20 17:08 GMT+08:00