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2019-05-24

Section break ---- C*News Intro I'm ... w/ the top of the hour news ..... ---- E*EZ NEWS MAY 24, 2019 ---- E*Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 4.8-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 10,313 on turnover of $2.2-billion N-T. ---- E*Lawmakers Move to Limit Activities of Former Officers in China Lawmakers are getting ready to pass a bill for what retired (退休) high-ranking military officers and former (前任的、原) officials from Taiwan are allowed to do when they are visiting China. The draft amendment to the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area has now passed a committee review. The bill says former national defense, foreign affairs, intelligence, China affairs and national security officials will not be allowed to go to political events in China. Retired generals and other former high-ranking officials who break this law could see their pension cut by at least 10-per cent for five years or a fine of up to 5-million N-T. ---- E*Registration for Same-Sex Couples Starts Today The government says it's ready for marriage registrations for same-sex couples from today. Deputy Interior Minister Chen Tsung-yan says the household registration (註冊) system is ready and the steps will be the same as for heterosexual marriages. Chen says as of last week, 289 same-sex couples have made reservations (預約) to register their marriages today. It is the first day of legalized same-sex marriage here in Taiwan. ---- E*EVA Air and Flight Attendants Union to Restart Negotiations The Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union and EVA Air are meeting again to talk about work conditions. Their last round of talks in April did not end with an agreement. Union Deputy Secretary-General Chou Sheng-kai says for the latest meeting, they talked about salaries, work hours and corporate governance (治理), Chou says the union is "seeking a more friendly working environment for EVA Air flight attendants, and most of the conditions being negotiated are very similar to those already enjoyed by China Airlines flight attendants." Union members started casting their vote earlier this month on if EVA Air flight attendants will go on strike. At least 80-per cent the union's EVA Air members must vote in favor (贊同,支持) of a walk-out before any strike action can be taken. ---- E*Assange Faces Additional Charges The US Department of Justice has filed seventeen additional charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Those charges include violating the espionage (間諜、特務活動) act. Harry Horton reports. < [CLIP] Slug: > ---- E*India Elections See Modi Victory Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party have won a majority in India's general election. Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party won 287 out of the 525 constituencies in the lower house of Parliament, as of early today. The party's top rival, the Indian National Congress, won 50 seats. Vote counting of the estimated 600 million ballots started early Thursday. The election is the world's largest democratic vote. ---- E*Botswana Lifts Elephant Hunting Ban Botswana is now allowing elephant hunting. The southern African nation is home to an estimated 130-thousand elephants. Critics are worried about more illegal poaching (偷獵) of elephants for their tusks (長牙、象牙). Some had said they would boycott (抵制、杯葛) tourism to the country if the ban is lifted. The decision to lift the ban comes months ahead of general elections in October. ---- C*News Outro That was the I-C-R-T news Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm ____. ----
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