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Thirty-four die in Bangladesh vote protest violence DHAKA: At least 34 people have died in Bangladesh and scores have been injured, most of them in firebomb attacks, amid rising political unrest fuelled by a stand-off between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the main opposition leader.The renewed political turmoil could cause a delay in shipments by the country's $24-billion garment industry, already under pressure after a string of fatal accidents.Begum Khaleda Zia, whose opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) boycotted the election on Jan. 5 last year, has demanded that Hasina and her government step down for a new vote under a caretaker administration.Hasina has refused, instead tightening her grip by arresting key opposition leaders and clamping down on critical media as anti-government protests spread. The violence has worsened sharply since Jan. 5, the first anniversary of the vote.Police said at least 25 people have died in arson attacks, including two on Friday. Eight more were killed in clashes ...

Iran offers condolences to Saudi after king's death TEHRAN: Iranian officials offered condolences Friday to Saudi Arabia upon the death of King Abdullah, with one former president wishing Riyadh's new leader "success in consolidating the unity of the Islamic world." Iran said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif would take part in an official ceremony in the Saudi capital on Saturday, without giving further details.Ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, meanwhile, known for his strong personal relations with the kingdom, called the country a friend and ...
Modi launches campaign to tackle India's dwindling number of girls NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the blight of India's dwindling number of girls on Thursday, launching a campaign to address the problem the United Nations has said amounts to a national emergency."In our neighbourhood, girls are commonly killed in their mothers' wombs and we don't feel the pain," Modi said in a speech in the northern state of Haryana."We don't have a right to kill our daughters," he said.Despite being banned, selective abortion ...
Obama to join Modi on radio phone-in during India trip NEW DELHI: US President Barack Obama will co-host Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's regular monthly radio phone-in show next week as part of his packed three-day visit to New Delhi.The announcement was made in a tweet by Modi, who called on listeners to send in their questions for the January 27 edition of 'Mann ki Baat' ('From the Heart'), which is usually in Hindi."This month's 'Mann Ki Baat' episode will be a special one, where ...
Roadside bomb kills eight Afghan civilians: officials GHAZNI: At least eight civilians including women and children were killed when their van struck a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said.The incident occurred in the Jaghuri district of Ghazni province, Deputy Provincial Governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi told AFP.It comes weeks after the NATO combat mission which began in 2001 was downgraded to support and training duties to help the Afghan army and police."Eight civilians, including one woman and a child, were ...
India's president speaks out against partisan politics NEW DELHI: India's president has rapped political parties for obstructing parliament after the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi resorted to a flurry of executive decrees to push through economic reforms held up by the opposition.In a rare rebuke from country's largely ceremonial president, Pranab Mukherjee said the government and the opposition should put their heads together and find a workable solution to avoid frequent issuance of ordinances.He was referring to the promulgation of 10 ...
China's Xi congratulates new chairman of Taiwan's ruling party TAIPEI/SHANGHAI: China's President Xi Jinping on Saturday welcomed the election of Eric Chu as chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang party, the Xinhua news agency reported, which quoted Xi saying he hoped Taiwan-China relations would continue to move forward.Taiwan and China have been at odds since the end of China's civil war when the Kuomintang fled to the island leaving the Communists running the mainland. But business ties across the Taiwan Straits have increased since China-friendly ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
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