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Added On October 22, 2015

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(1) NEW INTERCITY RAILWAY SERVICE IN XINJIANG
A new intercity-railway service was opened between two major cities in 
northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Six trains will run between Urumqi, the regional capital, and Korla City in 
southern Xinjiang every day at a speed of 160 kilometers per hour.
The one-way trip takes four hours and a half, cutting the current service by 
two hours and 26 minutes.
Currently, Xinjiang has intercity trains between Urumqi and Karamay in the 
north, and between Urumqi and Hami in the east.
(2) SMOG FORECAST FOR N CHINA
According to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, large parts of north 
China will experience heavy smog from Friday.
Beijing, and its neighbors, Tianjin and Hebei, will see smog until Sunday.
Residents of the provinces of Shanxi, Shandong and Henan will also see smog 
from Friday, with PM 2.5, the airborne particles that measure less than 2.5 
microns in diameter, being the major pollutant.
Children, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases have been advised 
to stay indoors.
(3) CHINA RAISES RETAIL FUEL PRICES
The National Development and Reform Commission has announced that China will 
raise the retail price of gasoline and diesel from Wednesday. 
Retail price of gasoline and diesel will both rise by 7.9 US dollars per 
tonne. 
Since late September, global oil prices have experienced an upward trend, 
partly due a decrease in drilling platforms in the United States. 
(4) MAINLAND VISITOR'S MANSLAUGHTER IN HK
China's tourism watchdog is helping Hong Kong authorities investigate the 
fatal beating of a mainland visitor to the island.
The man died on Tuesday morning in a Hong Kong hospital after being beaten in 
a jewelry shop during a dispute on Monday. 
The police have classified the case as manslaughter. Four people have been 
arrested.
The National Tourism Administration is in contact with its counterpart in 
Hong Kong.
(5) RISING LABOR COSTS TROUBLE CHINESE SMEs
An official report released on Tuesday shows rising labor costs are an 
increasing problem for China's small and medium-sized enterprises.
Nearly 80 percent of the businesses surveyed complained about rising labor 
costs, up 10 percentage points from a year earlier, while 66 percent reported 
high financing costs.
Other problems include increasing costs of production materials, tax rises, 
the sluggish market and difficulties in recruitment.
The government has already taken steps including cutting or scrapping 
administrative fees and boosting financial support. Earlier this month, it 
announced that