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  1. News - Hong Kong - TOBACCO

    Newspaper vendors say tobacco-tax hike could force them out of business

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 02:31pm by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Struggling stall owners fear customers will ditch expensive habit, or turn to black market, as representative says 100 stalls may disappear As the government considers raising the tax on tobacco, newspaper vendors are fretting over ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1425160/newspaper-vendors-say-tobacco-tax-hike-could-force-them-out-business
  2. News - Hong Kong - SOCIAL SERVICES

    Post office set to raise fees again despite hike just four months ago

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 04:38am by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... Ng Kang-chung kc.ng@scmp.com Cost of mailing a letter already went up in October, but self-funded government body says more revenue is needed to get in the black Post office set to raise fees again Consumers can expect more frequent increases in postal ra ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1424672/post-office-set-raise-fees-again-despite-hike-just-four-months-ago
  3. News - Hong Kong

    Government mulls tobacco tax hike in bid to curb smoking among children

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 04:48am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Government to explore pumping more money into educating kindergarten and primary pupils Smoking habit set to get more expensive The government may raise tobacco taxes to prevent people- especially youngsters- from pickin ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1421621/government-mulls-tobacco-tax-hike-bid-curb-smoking-among-children
  4. Business - Banking & Finance - TURKEY

    Turkey stuns investors with massive rate hikes to stem lira fall

    Posted Jan 29th 2014, 04:52pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Istanbul Turkey’s central bank hiked all its key interest rates in dramatic fashion at an emergency midnight policy meeting, ignoring opposition from Prime Minister Tayyip ... to know that as always, I am against a hike in interest rates today,” the prime minister told reporters late on Tuesday, hours before the central bank’s meeting. “But of course I don’t have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1416669/turkey-stuns-investors-massive-rate-hikes-stem-lira-fall
  5. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Opposition to Indonesian President-elect Widodo's plan to raise fuel prices

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:18am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Jakarta President-elect wants to fast-track a cut in subsidies, which cost the government US$20b year, but his political support may be lacking Widodo's fuel-hike plan faces opposition A plan by Indonesia's next leader to hike fuel prices this year faces opposition within his coalition, party officials said, stirring concern whether he will have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1586736/opposition-indonesian-president-elect-widodos-plan-raise-fuel-prices
  6. News - China Insider - STOCKS

    Did Xi Jinping's hiking jaunts boost outdoor apparel firm’s stocks?

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 01:47pm by Amy Li

    ... the recently revealed hiking trips taken by President Xi Jinping had something to do with it. News that Xi was an enthusiastic hiker and that he had even become honourary chairman of a hiking club ... Xi had responded: "Though I don't usually chair any groups or clubs, I am willing to be an honourary chair[man] of the hiking club. By doing so, more people will be encouraged ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1406085/did-xi-jinpings-hiking-jaunts-boost-outdoor-apparel-firms-stocks
  7. News - China - LEADERSHIP

    Read my greasy lips: no price hikes for President Xi Jinping's favourite buns

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 11:12am by Vanessa Piao

    ... Vanessa Piao vanessa.piao@scmp.com Beijing’s deputy mayor has asked the low-end restaurant chain, which took the nation by steamy storm after President Xi Jinping's unexpected visit last December, not to mark up the price of its famed stuffed buns, a ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1406751/read-my-greasy-lips-no-price-hikes-president-xi-jinpings-favourite-buns
  8. Comment - Letters

    Protection of hiking area essential

    Posted Jan 06th 2014, 03:27am by LETTERS

    ... Park. Anyone who goes hiking regularly will know that Tai Long Sai Wan is one of the most scenic parts of Hong Kong. This is an outstanding hiking trail, comparable to any hiking experience ... up their rucksacks and take a hike free of charge. Walks like this revitalise them and help them to recharge their batteries. The Tai Long Sai Wan area is under threat. For example, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1398641/protection-hiking-area-essential
  9. Comment - Letters

    KMB justifies fare hike

    Posted Dec 11th 2013, 03:27am by LETTERS

    ... SCMP Editorial KMB needs fare hike with so many of its routes making a loss In their letters, Kenny Pun Tsz-him (" A well-worn path for KMB fare hikes ", December 7) and Pun Ka-hung (" Driven to distraction by KMB claims ", December 8) question the need for KMB to raise fares. KMB fully appreciates that a fare increase will have an impact on the community, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1377796/kmb-justifies-fare-hike
  10. Business - Economy

    Strong New Zealand growth points to March rates hikes

    Posted Dec 20th 2013, 01:31am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Wellington Strongest figures in nearly four years, on the back of an agricultural rebound, may see the central bank tighten the cycle as early as March New Zealand growth points to rate rises New Zealand's economy grew at its fastest clip ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1386219/strong-new-zealand-growth-points-march-rates-hikes

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