Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pregnant Taiwan women trying to delay labour for 2011 cash bonus

Earth Times
December 28, 2010

Many pregnant Taiwan women are trying to delay labour so that their births can coincide with a government bonus, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

According to the Liberty Times, two Taiwan cities - Taipei and New Taipei City - plan to give bonuses for babies born in 2011, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the Republic of China (ROC), as Taiwan is formally known.

Under the programme, a baby born in 2011 can receive 20,000 Taiwan dollars (680 US dollars) if one parent is a citizen of Taipei or New Taipei City.

New Taipei City is a recently organized municipality with a 3.8 million population.

As the programme begins Saturday, the first day of 2011, many pregnant women in Taipei and New Taipei City want to delay their births until Saturday or later.


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