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After more than three years of work, workers have succeeded in boring a four-kilometer tunnel under Taipei's Sungshan Airport and a ceremony will be held today to mark a step toward launching train services of the 14.8-kilometer rapid transit line.
The city's Department of Rapid Transit Systems said the shield tunnel, that passes through the airport, the No. 1 national expressway and the Keelung River, has been an enormous challenge because construction could not affect airport operation.
Starting from the north end of the Mucha line, the route runs elevated along Fuhsing North Road and turns right at Mintzu East Road heading for the Sungshan Airport. It then goes underground on the southern side of the airport. The route will end at the Nangang Software Park. Its total length will be approximately 14.8 kilometers with 12 stations.
Taiwan is ready to defend its rights in the global fisheries community at an international meeting to be held today in Micronesia, Fisheries Administration officials said yesterday.
Fisheries Administration Director-General Hsieh Ta-wen, Taiwan's chief delegate, will detail a management program on Taiwan's efforts to regulate its deep-sea fishing industry during the second annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in anticipation that Japan will make fresh allegations about Taiwan's fishing practices on the high seas, according to the officials. As Japan is expected to raise new protests against Taiwan in the today's meeting, the WCPFC annual conference chair has agreed to allow Taiwan to elaborate on its fishing boat reduction plan to other members in today's meeting.
Naked bodies found
Hualien police found two naked female corpses on a river bed yesterday. The police suspect that the two cases are related, and believe the two victims were strangled before being brought to the river bed area.
One corpse was discovered around six in the morning under the Shueiyuan Bridge in Hualien by an old veteran. The second one was discovered by the police around 10 a.m. less than 100 meters from the first body. Both were only wearing underwear.
There was no indication the two woman were sexually assaulted, but police are waiting for the autopsy report to learn more about the cause of death. Authorities believe the two women were not from the area.