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Internet chat: Premier Wen promises to raise income tax threshold

During his latest Internet chat with netizens, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao promised that the government would raise the tax-free threshold of individual income tax this year.

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Inflammable noodles rumor busted!

Today’s Beijing News dedicates an entire page discussing the possible causes of combustible noodles.

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National People’s Congress to introduce prison sentences for defected officials

A draft bill that will be passed soon stipulates that government employees who leave their posts without permission, defect to other countries and defect when they are abroad, may face prison terms from five years to ten years

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China evacuates overseas citizens from Libya

Ji’nan-based Qilu Evening News highlights the news of 83 Chinese workers’ safe exit from Libya and connects it to China’s increased effort to evacuate its overseas citizens from danger areas in recent years.

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Shandong tax authorities dismiss alleged high “bread tax”

Pan Yaomin, a Ji’nan CPPCC member (Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference) and local wheat mill manager recently earned cheers for taking on the government’s tax regime, especially, the tax levied on one particular food: the steamed bun.

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Judge warns against “fake divorce”, calling it highly risky

To circumvent the new regulation, some of the most undaunted investors came up with ways to exploit the legal pitfalls: among others, “fake marriage” and “fake divorce”.

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Celebrity Na Ying’s alleged abuse of power raises online outcry

New Express: Na Ying, a Chinese pop singer becomes the target of an public outcry for celebrity power abuse.

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Alert: Recycled color contact lenses may damage your eyes!

Yangtse Evening Post: the newspaper alerts readers that many colored contact lens in the market are recycled ones imported from abroad and may cause damage to users’ eyes.

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Worker’s apartment becomes garden in the air

Wuhan Morning Post: News reports on brutal demolition grace front pages quite often these days, and here we have yet another: to force the residents to leave their home, developers tore away the stairs in a apartment complex in Mianyang, Sichuan Province.

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Guangdong Party Secretary on bicycle to promote green Guangzhou

New Express: Guangzhou announced the opening of 2,372 kilometers of “green routes” as part of its attempt to promote “green and low-carban tourism”.

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