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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Shinzo Abe dissolves Japan’s parliament to make way for snap election

    Posted Nov 21st 2014, 05:16pm by Reuters

    ... fist to applause. Abe’s cabinet later officially set the vote for December 14, NHK public TV said. Abe has said he would delay for 18 months a second tax hike to 10 per cent that had been ...

  2. Magazines - 48hrs - TRAVEL

    Five hidden gems in Pokhara Valley

    Posted Nov 19th 2014, 10:47pm by SHAFIK MEGHJI

    ... There are several guesthouses in the vicinity if you want to stay the night, and the surrounding area is great for hiking and cycling — as long as you don't mind some steep hills.   Kahun Daada Flocks of tourists hike up the mini peak of Sarangkot, just west of Pokhara, to take in the superb views, yet similarly impressive vistas can be enjoyed in virtual isolation on the eastern edge of the city ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    As Japan's economy falters, it's vital for Shinzo Abe to fire his third arrow

    Posted Nov 19th 2014, 05:04am by SCMP Editorial

    ... As a result, a second sales-tax hike scheduled for next October has been postponed until 2017. Instead he is taking advantage of one major factor still in his favour- the disarray of his political ...

  4. Business - Banking & Finance

    Indonesia raises interest rates to head off inflation

    Posted Nov 19th 2014, 04:30am by Reuters

    ... the subsidised fuel price hike," Bank Indonesia said. "The decision is also consistent with the progress in managing current account deficit towards a more sustainable level." The interest ...

  5. Business - Economy

    Does Japan's recession mean Abenomics has failed or needs reinforcing?

    Posted Nov 19th 2014, 04:30am by AFP

    ... initially helped sharply weaken the yen, a plus for exporters such as Sony and Toyota, driving up stock prices and company profits. That was followed by modest wage hikes and an uptick in consumer ...

  6. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    President's development plans to boost housing market

    Posted Nov 19th 2014, 04:36am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... optimism, challenges remain in this emerging market. Knight Frank's Pamudji cites possible hikes in fuel subsidies, electricity tariffs and minimum wages affecting consumer purchasing power ...

  7. News - Asia

    Okinawa elects governor opposed to plan to relocate US air base

    Posted Nov 17th 2014, 05:14am by Reuters

    ... Nakaima's loss is a headache for Abe, but was unlikely to affect his expected decision to postpone an unpopular sales tax hike and call a snap election while his voter support is still relatively ...

  8. Magazines - Post Magazine - FASHION

    Out shopping

    Posted Nov 15th 2014, 08:48pm by MARISA CANNON

    ... has had plenty of fun playing with texture, stitching swirls of hiking rope onto woollen coats, hanging looped silk tassels off tiny dresses and tie-dyeing cotton onesies. Sassy comfort seems ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - OPERATION SANTA CLAUS

    Kids do their bit for charity on Discovery Bay walk

    Posted Nov 16th 2014, 07:11am by ALEC CHEUNG

    ... Alec Cheung Alec.cheung@scmp.com Kids do their bit on Discovery Bay walk About 500 young children and their families brought Christmas to Discovery Bay early yesterday during the ninth annual Discovery Mind charity walk. Under sunny skies, parents shepherded their children into Discovery Bay's Central Park for a clown show and a mini-carnival after the 4km hike to help ...

  10. News - China

    Disabled couple walks 500 kilometres to raise money for children's education

    Posted Nov 14th 2014, 06:05pm by Amy Li

    ... Amy Li chunxiao.li@scmp.com Bank teller in Huangshi spends three hours counting more than 3,000 coins they collected A farmer couple, both physically challenged, walked into a bank in Huangshi, Hubei province in central China yesterday morning wanting to cash in more than 3,000 coins, Dongchu Evening News reported. They had collected the money during a two-month hike from ...




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