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Taliban suicide attack kills one at police HQ KABUL: Taliban suicide bomber attacked police headquarters in the Afghan capital on Sunday, killing at least one person and wounding six, police and the insurgents said.A second explosion in the centre of Kabul did not kill or injure anyone, the government said.The insurgents, who were ousted from power by an American-led coalition in 2001, are seeking to destabilise Afghanistan as most foreign troops leave the country this year.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the police HQ attack on Twitter and said it was carried out by a suicide bomber. Police said they were investigating."The attack took place during a meeting between foreign advisers and police inside the police compound," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.The group has called the new government of national unity led by President Ashraf Ghani a U.S.-backed sham and has vowed to continue fighting after the combat mission led by the United States officially ends in 2014 after ...

Kerry, Zarif, Ashton start nuclear talks in Oman: witness MUSCAT: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif began talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and European Union envoy Catherine Ashton in Oman on Sunday to try to advance efforts to end a standoff over Tehran's nuclear programme, a witness said.The discussions, aimed at curbing Iran's sensitive uranium enrichment work in return for a gradual lifting of sanctions, are taking place just two weeks before a self-imposed Nov. 24 deadline for reaching a comprehensive ...
China approves $113bn in infrastructure projects BEIJING: China approved more than $100 billion worth of infrastructure projects in late October and early November, state media said on Saturday, in a bid to bolster slowing growth in the world's second largest economy.China's top economic planning body, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), approved 21 infrastructure investment projects between Oct. 16 and Nov. 5 with a total investment value of 693.3 billion yuan ($113.24 billion), the official Xinhua news agency said on ...
Indian airline suspends flights after plane hits buffalo NEW DELHI:- An Indian airline has suspended flights from a rural airport after one of its planes hit a buffalo that had strayed onto the runway.None of the 140 passengers and crew on the Spicejet flight was injured in the accident, which occurred just before takeoff.But the budget airline suspended all flights from Surat airport in the western Indian state of Gujarat, saying stray animals were a "growing menace" at some airports in India.The buffalo ...
Bangladesh inquiry under way into nationwide blackout DHAKA: An inquiry was under way Sunday into Bangladesh's nationwide blackout, which plunged homes, businesses and even the prime minister's office into darkness.Power was restored across the country by Sunday morning, a government minister said. "There is no power shortfall anywhere in the country. The supply is now fully normal across the country," junior power minister Nasrul Hamid told reporters after the outage which hit just before midday on Saturday."We've set up a probe committee ...
Bangladesh recovers from blackout after 24 hours DHAKA: Lights came back on in most of Bangladesh on Sunday after a near 24-hour blackout that brought much of the country to a standstill."The production of electricity is hovering around 5,000 megawatts, meaning now we are able to feed almost all the demand," said Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, an adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, responsible for power, energy and mineral resources."The relay system failed due to massive disruption and that caused a country-wide blackout," he ...
Nationwide blackout hits Bangladesh DHAKA: A nationwide power blackout hit Bangladesh on Saturday after a transmission line failed, the government said.Engineers "are working to fix the outage" which hit all areas linked to the national electricity grid, Masud Alberuni, a senior power ministry official, told AFP."The national grid tripped" close to mid-day, Alberuni said."As a result, all the power generating stations automatically shut down," he said.Saturday is a weekend day in Bangladesh so the impact on industry was not ...


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln