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Southern Metropolis Daily, October 22, 2010

The top headline on today's Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily announces Look Carefully: Notice on Traffic Restrictions Released. The restrictions will be enforced beginning on November 1 and are intended to reduce gridlock for the Asian Games.

The headline makes its point using the Cantonese expression 睇真D, substituting a Latin letter for the Cantonese-specific character 啲. The use of local language on the cover of an influential newspaper drew cheers from bloggers online.

Local language has been the focus of activity in other parts of the country this week, with Tibetan students demonstrating against a policy that will make Mandarin the language of instruction for all subjects apart from English and Tibetan language classes.

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