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Afghan security forces battle Taliban offensive: officials KABUL: Afghan security forces on Saturday fought back against a major Taliban offensive in the east of the country after the militants killed up to 100 security personnel and civilians, beheading 12 of them, officials said.This summer's fighting season has seen worsening violence with the Taliban gaining ground in several provinces as US-led NATO troops withdraw and the government in Kabul deadlocked over disputed election results.A series of coordinated attacks in the last week have focused on Ajristan district in the strategically important province of Ghazni, after recent offensives in Kandahar, Helmand and Logar."Afghan soldiers, police and commandoes have launched clean-up operations against the insurgents in Ajristan," Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, deputy governor of Ghazni province, told AFP."The Taliban insurgents were holed up, using civilian houses as shelters. They were driven out and are being beaten back," Ahmadi said.Sediq Sediqqi, interior ministry spokesman, told AFP: "We have sent special forces, police ...

Erupting Japan volcano leaves seven unconscious, 250 stranded TOKYO: A Japanese volcano erupted on Saturday, spewing ash and small rocks into the air and leaving seven people unconscious, eight seriously injured and more than 250 stranded on the mountain, officials and media said.A thick, rolling, grey cloud of ash rose into the sky above Mount Ontake close to where TV footage showed hikers taking pictures. Trekkers and residents were warned of falling rock and ash within a radius of four km (two and ...
White tiger kills schoolboy in New Delhi zoo NEW DELHI: A white tiger mauled to death a school student in a New Delhi zoo on Tuesday, an official and a witness said.Television channels broadcast closed-circuit footage of the frightened boy inside the tiger's enclosure in the zoo that houses six white tigers, along with lions and panthers."We are all in a complete state of shock," said Amitabh Agnihotri, the director of the National Zoological Park in the Indian capital, adding that the body ...
Tibetan man self-immolates in China: reports BEIJING: A Tibetan man has burned himself to death in northwest China, overseas media and a campaign group reported on Monday, the latest in a string of self-immolation protests in recent years against Beijing's control.Student Lhamo Tashi died after setting himself on fire in front of a police station in Hezuo county, a Tibetan-populated area of Gansu province, the Britain-based Free Tibet group said, citing locals.At least 130 Tibetans have set themselves alight in China ...
Indian finance minister back in hospital for check-up NEW DELHI: Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has returned to hospital for a check-up after an operation to treat his diabetes, his doctor said on Monday, adding that the minister was doing well and should leave soon.Jaitley had to skip a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of 20 nations in Australia last weekend after gastric bypass surgery to treat weight gain he has suffered because of a long-standing diabetic condition.The 61-year-old lawyer, who ...
India court sends 13 men to jail over gang-rape of tribal woman KOLKATA: An Indian court on Saturday sentenced 13 people, including a village headman, to 20 years in jail for gang-raping a tribal woman as a punishment for "dishonouring" her community.The 20-year-old woman was gang-raped on orders from tribal village elders who objected to her relationship with a man from a different community.The attack took place in January in a remote village in eastern West Bengal state, where the unmarried woman from the Santhal group, one ...
Lizard in food sends 300 school children in India to hospital NEW DELHI: About 300 pupils at an Indian school were rushed to a hospital after consuming government-provided lunches, evoking memories of 23 children who died last year after eating food from the same welfare scheme.A dead lizard was found in one of the seven food containers provided under India's midday meal scheme at a government school in southern city of Bangalore, a teacher told Reuters.That led to a panic situation as food had already been ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2013


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlySeptember
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln