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India warns Twitter over ethnic violence rumours  NEW DELHI: India threatened to take action on Thursday against Twitter over content alleged to have inflamed ethnic tensions, as leaked documents revealed the government scrambling to censor online material. More than 309 orders have been issued demanding the removal of posts, images and links on websites including Facebook and Twitter as well as Australian news channel ABC, broadcaster Al-Jazeera and London's The Daily Telegraph newspaper. The government has blamed Internet sites for spreading rumours that Muslims would attack students and workers who have migrated from the northeast to live in Bangalore and other southern cities. Tens of thousands of people fled back to India's remote northeast region last week, fearing an outbreak of violence. The government has demanded that Twitter and other social network sites remove "inflammatory and harmful" material. It has also banned bulk text messages. "If Twitter fails to respond to our request, we will take appropriate action," senior home ministry official ...

US says not part of Indian investigation into exodus  WASHINGTON: The United States has said it is not part of any Indian investigation into the origins of Internet images that New Delhi alleges caused a massive exodus of northeastern workers from the affluent southern cities of the country. The State Department also reminded India of its obligation to the Internet freedom as New Delhi blocked hundreds of websites following last week's exodus, which, according to several news reports here in the media exposed India's ethnic ...
Iran to host 30 leaders at TEHRAN: Iran is to host some 30 leaders, including those of India, Egypt and Cuba, at an August 30-31 summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) that officials are billing as proof the Islamic republic is not as isolated as the West would like. "So far, more than 100 countries have said they are ready to participate, and around 30 nations will be represented by presidents, prime ministers or vice-presidents, which is a very good number," Foreign ...
India blames Pakistan for exodus of migrant workers NEW DELHI: India has blamed Pakistan for posting threatening messages on the Internet that triggered a mass exodus from Bangalore and Mumbai by migrants fleeing to their homes in the northeast. "Our agencies have discovered that bulk of these messages have been uploaded on various websites in Pakistan," Home Secretary R.K. Singh told reporters on Saturday. "This is a first of its kind and we believe that it is highly reprehensible." The exodus was sparked by threats sent ...
Afghan bazaar bomb kills Eid shoppers HEART: A bomb exploded Saturday in a bazaar in western Afghanistan crowded with people shopping to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan, killing four civilians, an official said. A dozen other people were wounded by the bomb which was placed under a bridge in Shindand district of Herat province, provincial spokesman Mohiuddin Noori told AFP. It came after a bicycle bomb Wednesday wounded at least 14 people at a busy market in Herat city, ...
11 killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash: ISAF  KABUL: A NATO helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing seven international soldiers and four Afghans, the International Security Assistance Force said. Three US soldiers, four other members of the US-led NATO mission, three members of the Afghan security forces and an Afghan civilian interpreter were killed, ISAF said. "The cause of the crash is under investigation," it added. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Iran says US quake aid was not in TEHRAN: Iran said on Wednesday it rejected a US offer of aid for survivors of twin deadly earthquakes that struck villages in its northwest on the weekend because it was not made in "good faith." "Iran did not accept the US offer for sending humanitarian aid for quake survivors," Hassan Ghadami, the head of the interior ministry's crisis management organisation, said, according to the ISNA news agency. "We do not believe the US put forward the offer ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.998 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklySeptember 21, 2015
Reserves $18.726 bln