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Japan PM Abe set for one-week US tour TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will embark on a week-long US tour next month as the two former enemies prepare to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.In addition to talks in Washington, Abe will tour Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles during the April 26-May 3 trip, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday.Abe will become the first Japanese leader to address a joint session of the US Congress, crowning a visit which will focus on deepening trade and military ties while showcasing Tokyo's commitment to post-war pacifism.Few Japanese politicians have ever addressed Congress, and none have done so in a coveted joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives.On April 28, President Barack Obama will host Abe for talks and a state dinner will be held in the Japanese prime minister's honour that night, the White House said.Abe will be in Washington ...

Fire breaks out at India's parliament complex NEW DELHI: A blaze which erupted Sunday at India's national parliament brought firefighters rushing to the historic building in the centre of New Delhi.Smoke was seen billowing from above the red sandstone boundary wall of the parliamentary complex as police tried to clear the streets around the building.Some 30 officers and 11 fire trucks were fighting the blaze which a top officer said started at 2.21 pm (0851 GMT) and was contained about 20 minutes ...
1,000 detained in India over exam cheating: police NEW DELHI: Police have detained more than 1,000 people in eastern India over a cheating scandal that saw relatives scale the walls of a school exam centre to help students, a senior officer said Sunday.Images last week showed dozens of people clinging to the windows of a four-storey building to pass cheat sheets in the state of Bihar, where more than 1.4 million teenagers are sitting their school-leaving exams.Other images broadcast on local television showed ...
India's unseasonable rains pose risk to crops, inflation: minister NEW DELHI: India's unseasonable rainfall has damaged some crops and could stoke food price inflation and some shortages, though surplus stocks of foodgrains would help the country cope comfortably, the finance minister said."The damage to the crops and its consequential effects would be there. It could impact on inflation. It could impact on certain (food) shortages," Arun Jaitley told television channel CNN-IBN on Saturday."But then since we've surplus as far as the foodgrains are concerned, ...
Iran says nuclear talks to resume Wednesday TEHRAN: Nuclear talks between Iran and world powers have broken off and will resume on Wednesday, according to Iran's deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi."Right now more consultation and coordination is needed," he was quoted as saying Friday by Iranian media who reported that the negotiating team was returning to Tehran."Negotiations will resume Wednesday," Araghchi said, without naming the venue. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Iran FM sees progress in nuclear talks TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Thursday that nuclear talks in Switzerland with US Secretary of State John Kerry were making progress although "a lot of work" remains."We are advancing very well but there's still a lot of work to be done," he told Iran's state news agency IRNA in the Swiss city of Lausanne on the fourth day of negotiations.His assessment echoed that of Kerry, who said the talks were facing "tough ...
Seven killed, 41 injured in Afghan truck bomb KANDAHAR: A truck bomb set off by a suicide attacker targeting senior provincial officials on Wednesday killed at least seven civilians and wounded around 40 in southern Afghanistan, officials said. The bomber detonated his explosives-rigged truck near a complex that houses the governor, the head of the provincial council and the deputy provincial police chief in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand, Deputy Provincial Governor Mohammad Jan Rasolyar told AFP.A senior police officer who declined ...


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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