More holiday ‘dates’

A Taiwanese lawmaker has an idea how to increase the number of marriage and the number of births in the country.

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More holiday ‘dates’

TAIPEI: A Taiwanese lawmaker has proposed ‘‘match-making’’ holidays for civil servants in a bid to boost the island’s falling marriage and birth rates, his office said yesterday.

Lin Hung-chih called for ‘‘creative measures’’ to marry off a high number of single civil servants, such as granting them up to two days off a year to join match-making activities, it said.

A record low of 117,099 Taiwanese couples tied the knot in 2009, down 24.4% from the previous year,the Interior Ministry said. AFP

propose – to suggest an idea for a group to consider เสนอ
match-making – helping to arrange relationships between men and women
civil servant – someone who works for a government department ข้าราชการ
bid – an attempt to do something ความพยายาม
boost – to increase เพิ่ม
creative – involving a lot of imagination and new ideas ซึ่งมีความคิดริเริ่ม, ซึ่งมีความคิดสร้างสรรค์
measure – a firm action taken to solve a problem or stop an a dangerous unpleasant situation มาตราการ
single – unmarried โสด
grant – to officially give something  ให้
couple – two people who are married or are involved in a romantic relationship คุ่รัก
tie the knot – (informal) to get married แต่งงาน

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