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Northeast India clashes kill 38, displace 170,000  GUWAHATI: Indian police recovered 12 bodies from rice fields and roadsides in the remote state of Assam on Wednesday as the death toll from ethnic violence rose to 38 after four days of bloody clashes. At least 170,000 villagers have fled their homes to seek shelter in relief camps, government buildings and schools to escape the unrest, which has raged since Friday with scores of homes burnt down by rioters. Military reinforcements were called in to try to quell the fighting between indigenous Bodo tribes and Muslim settlers who have competed for years in long-standing territorial disputes. "It appears all these 12 people were killed in overnight attacks," said Tarun Gogoi, the chief minister of Assam, a oil and tea-rich state in the northeast of India bordering on Bhutan and Bangladesh. "The situation is tense," Gogoi told AFP, adding that there had been a "massive deployment of army, police, and paramilitary troopers". Northeast India, which ...

North Korea SEOUL: North Korea's Kim Jong-Un faces no threat to his rule despite the sacking of his military chief, but also shows no sign of seeking reforms or easing confrontation, a leading think-tank said Wednesday. "He could well be around for decades -- and with a growing nuclear arsenal," the International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a report entitled "North Korean Succession and the Risks of Instability". Pyongyang, it said, may even decide to test more long-range missiles ...
Bangladesh arrests four over Saudi diplomat death  DHAKA: Police in Bangladesh said Wednesday they had arrested four people over the mugging death of a Saudi Arabian diplomat in the capital in March. Khalaf al-Ali, 45, the head of Saudi citizen affairs at the embassy in Dhaka, was shot while taking a late-night walk near his home in the city's Gulshan area. He was rushed to a local hospital where he died three hours later. Deputy commissioner of police Nazrul Islam said they had arrested ...
40 India nuclear plant workers contaminated: firm JAIPUR: More than 40 workers at a nuclear power station in northern India have been exposed to tritium radiation in two separate leaks in the past five weeks, company managers said on Tuesday. The first accident occurred on June 23 when 38 people were exposed during maintenance work on a coolant channel at the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station in Rawatbhata, senior plant manager Vinod Kumar told AFP. Two of them received radiation doses equivalent to the annual ...
10 dead after record rain pounds Beijing  BEIJING: The heaviest rain to hit Beijing in 61 years left at least 10 people dead over the weekend, while more downpours were forecast for northeast and southwest China, state press said Sunday. Torrential rain pounded the capital all day Saturday, leading to the evacuation of at least 14,500 people, mostly from Beijing's outlying mountainous districts, the Xinhua news agency said. A policeman who was electrocuted by a fallen power line during a rescue operation was among ...
Japan sends cargo to space station  TOKYO: A Japanese H-IIB rocket blasted off Saturday to deliver an unmanned supplies vessel to the International Space Station. The rocket lifted off into an overcast sky from the southern island of Tanegashima on schedule at 11:06 am (0206 GMT), according to live images relayed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). About 15 minutes later, the rocket released a cargo vessel called "konotori" (stork in Japanese), containing supplies such as food, clothing and tools necessary for ...
North Korea to SEOUL: North Korea said Friday it had no choice but to "completely review" the nuclear issue after accusing the United States and South Korea over a plot to blow up a statue of its founding leader. The threat came after the North arrested a man who was allegedly trying to blow up a monument to Kim Il-Sung, an act which the foreign ministry described as a "war action as serious as the armed invasion". Pyongyang claimed South ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln