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In Brief

Body of boat captain found, 3 missing
Indonesian military yesterday reported that they saw the body of the captain of a fishing boat which hailed from Hsiao Liu Chiu Island, but that the other three Taiwanese on board were missing and presumed dead.
Indonesian naval vessels yesterday intercepted the fishing boat believed to have been held under duress by the boat's Indonesian fishing workers.
There were eight Indonesia fishing workers on the boat. The four Taiwanese aboard were members of the same family.
According to the Pingtung Government, the captain had lost contact with his family on shore on November 8.
Forgetful Taiwanese
People in Taiwan seem to be more forgetful than ever, as testified to by the fact that they lose large numbers of ID cards, healthcare cards and passports, a lawmaker said yesterday.
Kuomintang lawmaker Chen Chao-jung said that statistics compiled by the Ministry of the Interior show that its household registration offices around Taiwan have replaced 2.5 million lost ID cards in the past four years up to the end of September. In the same period, the Bureau of National Health Insurance also reissued 3.39 million healthcare integrated circuit cards to those who lost their smart cards, Chen said.
Ending auto services
Bureau, divisional, and departmental chiefs of the central government will no longer enjoy chauffeured vehicle services from the beginning of 2008 as the government seeks to promote energy conservation and environmental protection policies, an official said Saturday.
Chou Hung-hsien, chief of the Central Personnel Administration, said the end of the fringe benefit has nothing to do with the recent controversy over domestic gasoline price hikes as the measure was already announced in 2005.
Population count
Taiwan's population stood at 22,934,997 as of the end of October, marking a year-on-year increase of 0.369 percent or 84,336 people, the Ministry of the Interior reported yesterday.
The latest census taken in October, the number of registered households around the country totaled 7,497,547, representing an increase of 1.48 percent or 109,370 households year-on-year. By city and county, Taipei County had the greatest number of households, totaling 1,305,688 households.