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China's new deep-sea manned submersible Fendouzhe is being lowered into the water. [Photo/China Daily]

>Submersible breaks diving record
China's new deep-sea manned submersible Fendouzhe, or Striver, set a national diving record of 10,909 meters on Tuesday in the Challenger Deep, an 11,000-meter chasm located at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean, according to China Central Television.
The submersible first broke the 10,000-meter milestone by descending to 10,058 meters on Oct 27.
The world's current deepest diving manned submersible is DSV Limiting Factor, which reached 10,927 meters last year.
Experts said these deep-sea vehicles could help collect samples and data from the deepest part of the ocean for hydrothermal, geological and marine biological research, as well as study the human impact on the area.

A shopper checks out laundry products at a supermarket in Fuyang, Anhui province. [Photo/China Daily]

>Inflation falls to 11-year low
China's consumer inflation eased for a third straight month and hit an 11-year low in October as food prices tumbled, official data showed Tuesday.
The consumer price index rose 0.5% year-on-year last month, narrowing from the 1.7% rise in September, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices dropped 0.3%. Food prices went down 1.8% last month.
Dong Lijuan, a senior statistician at NBS, attributed the tamed inflation to the drop in food prices, especially eggs, vegetables and pork.
Prices of eggs and vegetables dropped 2.3% and 2.1%, respectively, from September amid abundant supply.
Pork prices fell 7% last month, a further decline of 5.4 percentage points from September.
On a yearly basis, the price of pork fell for the first time after growing for 19 consecutive months, dropping 2.8%.



Aerial photo taken on Aug 13, 2020, shows a view of Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong province. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Paid leave policy for workers
Shenzhen has decided to implement a local health regulation beginning Jan 1 to forcefully allow employees to enjoy paid leave.
Employers are required to enforce the paid leave policy, and arrange rotation for employees with a heavy mental and physical workload to relieve excessive physical and mental pressures, according to the regulation.
Human resources departments and trade unions should strengthen employer supervision and inspection over the implementation.
人力资源保障部门和工会等组织应当加强对用人单位落实员工带薪休假制度的监督检查。Chinese internet users have expressed their support for the new regulation but still worried about the implementation.
Although paid leave has been included in the country's labor law for more than 20 years, few workers could enjoy it.
Professor Tang Renwu, president of Beijing Normal University's School of Government, said studies should be done on the feasibility of the regulation, cost of supervision and how to punish employers for not implementing it. Tang added that details of the regulation should be defined as soon as possible.



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>Old notes still radioactive
The official Twitter account of the Nobel Prize tweeted recently that the laboratory notebook used by Nobel laureate Marie Curie is still radioactive and will be for 1,500 years.
Marie Curie, the physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity, died of aplastic anemia in 1934, a result of years of exposure to radiation through her work.
She was the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize, the first person to be awarded twice and is still the only person to receive the prize in two different scientific fields.

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