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Iran lawmakers won't derail nuclear deal: official TEHRAN: Iranian MPs will not derail a nuclear deal with the West, as US lawmakers have threatened to, if the country's supreme leader gives it his backing, parliament's top official said Monday.Speaker Ali Larijani said lawmakers and the government would be unified if an agreement gets the nod from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final word on all policy matters in the Islamic republic."Parliament and the government are following the same path," Larijani told reporters."We don't have problems like those in the United States," he said, alluding to the split between President Barack Obama's White House and the US Congress over nuclear talks.Hardline Iranian lawmakers have repeatedly insisted that a nuclear agreement with world powers can only be binding if it is ratified by parliament.Some have also criticised the negotiations, saying President Hassan Rouhani's government made too many concessions under an interim deal implemented in January 2014.But when asked ...

India police tear gas protesters outside state parliament NEW DELHI: Riot police in the southern Indian state of Kerala on Friday fired tear gas and water cannons as an opposition attempt to block the state government from presenting its annual budget turned violent.Hundreds of opposition activists protested outside the state parliament in Thiruvananthapuram city, as lawmakers inside the chamber flung computer keyboards and threw the speaker's chair over a railing -- a rare note of discord in a state that is best known ...
Modi passes first major economic reform with insurance overhaul NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi passed his first major economic reform almost a year after coming to power, as parliament voted late on Thursday to allow more foreign investment in the insurance sector.Lawmakers in the upper house agreed to increase the foreign investment limit in local insurers to 49 percent from 26 percent after the opposition Congress party swung behind the bill which cleared the lower house last week.The passage of the bill ...
Three dead as factory building collapses in Bangladesh DHAKA: The roof of a partly-built cement factory collapsed in southern Bangladesh Thursday, killing at least three workers with up to 10 others trapped under the debris, police and rescuers said.Emergency workers managed to rescue 15 people when the roof caved in, but three later died of their injuries, local police chief Jahedur Rahman told AFP.Rahman said up to 10 people remained trapped at the site in Mongla, the country's second largest sea port.Buildings frequently ...
India's Modi dilutes land bill, wins lower house vote NEW DELHI: India's government rallied its allies on Tuesday behind a land reform bill, setting the stage for a vote in the upper house of parliament that will test Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ability to pursue his business-friendly agenda.Amendments introduced by Modi's party to soften the impact of the reforms ensured the backing of most of his coalition partners and victory in a lower house vote. But they failed to placate opposition parties, who stormed ...
Modi 'skips Maldives' after unrest: diplomatic source NEW DELHI: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will skip the Maldives on a regional tour this month due to political unrest following the arrest of the former president and opposition leader, an Indian diplomat has said.The Indian foreign ministry announced Friday that Modi would be visiting the Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka from March 10 to 14, with no stop scheduled in the Maldivian capital Male, which had been making plans to receive him."The visit ...
India asks YouTube to block banned rape film NEW DELHI: India said Thursday it had asked YouTube to block access to a documentary about a savage gang-rape in Delhi, after barring broadcasters from airing the film. The authorities also confirmed that a legal notice had been issued to the BBC late Wednesday, asking it not to broadcast the documentary as it violated certain agreements with the filmmaker. "India's Daughter" has sparked a fierce debate in India because it includes an interview in which ...


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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
WeeklyMay 21, 2015
Reserves $17.75 bln