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Legislature slashes state affairs fund
The Legislature yesterday reviewed the central government's budget and decided to slash the budget for the Presidential Office's state affairs fund by NT$30 million.
The budget for the fund used to conduct confidential state affairs was originally set at NT$50 million. However, nine out of total 13 lawmakers attending Monday's joint session of the Legislative Yuan's Judiciary Committee and Budget and Final Account Committee voted for a proposal to decrease the budget by 60 percent.
In addition to seven pan-blue opposition legislators, the nine lawmakers who agreed to slash the budget include Taiwan Solidarity Union Lawmaker Lai Shih-yuan and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Chi-fang (蔡?芳).
Koo to return
Vice Chairman Jeffrey Koo Jr. of Chinatrust Financial Holding Co., a defendant in a prosecution investigation of the company's investment in state-controlled Mega Financial Holding Co., will return to Taiwan November 18 as scheduled, a Chinatrust spokesman said yesterday.
Jeffrey Koo Jr. is on a two-month Eisenhower Fellowship program in the U.S. Several of his company's senior executives were detained last week by investigators probing allegations that the company invested in Mega Financial via structured notes transacted through its Hong Kong branch.
Break-ups happen
Maintaining a marriage is not an easy task, as statistics show that 130,000 couples tied the knot last year, but nearly half that number, or 60,000 couples, divorced, participants in a seminar in southern Tainan City learned yesterday.
A Tainan women's affairs and family service center said they receive calls from between three and four women daily on average, inquiring about issues concerning domestic violence, poor communication or relations with their children and mothers-in-law.
The women who ask for consultations are mostly foreign brides, who often have problems with language and getting along with their mothers-in-law.
Major cleanup project
Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said yesterday that a controversial "garbage mountain" in the Neihu area is expected to be cleaned up by 2011.
He noted that the task, costing some NT$1.4 billion, will accelerate the development of neighboring areas such as Nankang.
The garbage mountain - actually a landfill that was first used in 1970 but was closed in 1985 - covers 15 hectares, with five hectares occupying one third of the part of the Keelung river that passes through Neihu.


Updated : 2021-10-16 11:01 GMT+08:00