Hope for pregnant teensWITH teenage pregnancy on the rise, one organisation in Harbin is trying to make a difference, as the city's “teenage pregnancy hotline” faces its busiest time of the year.  

“We receive about 20 calls a day for consultation,” Zhang Dasheng, director of the Harbin Hope Psychology Consulting Centre, said on Friday.  

The rise in the number of calls was expected as it is now the schools' summer vacation period and most of the callers, said Zhang, are schoolgirls aged 17 to 18. – China Daily 

Guide for private firms THE Government issued a policy in Beijing on Monday to guide private investments into sectors of the state-owned cultural industry.  

The policy entitled “State Council's several decisions on guiding non-public capital into the cultural industry” clearly defines the areas that private investors can access, including the performing arts, theatres, museums, exhibitions, Internet services, flash and online games, film manufacturing, cinemas, audio products' distribution and so on. – China Daily 

Retail giant stays on top ELECTRONICS retail giant GoMe Appliances has been China's largest home appliances retailer for five consecutive years, with its sales volume soaring 32% year on year to 19.57 billion yuan (RM9bil) in the first half of this year.  

The Commerce Ministry announced this when releasing the updated list of China's top 30 commercial chain stores recently, the Beijing-based Economic Information Daily reported. – China Daily 

Set to be a top tourism spot CHINA will receive 64 million tourists by 2010, ranking third in the world, said Shao Qiwei, director of China's National Tourism Administration.  

He predicted China would rake in US$42.6bil (RM160bil) of foreign currency income by 2010, up 8% year on year.  

Shao said tourism would increase investments and promote economic growth and urban construction. – People's Daily 

Database on cultural sites CHINA'S cultural relic departments are compiling information on the number, location and general conditions of cultural relics sites into a digital archive.  

The State Administration of Cultural Heritage said the new database for the 1,271 sites, which are under national protection, would be established by year-end. – People's Daily  

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