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Thai court indicts previously acquitted British activist BANGKOK: A Thai court Monday indicted a British labour rights activist in a case linked to a report he co-authored alleging severe labour abuses in Thailand's food industry, a key supplier to Western supermarkets.Andy Hall, 34, had previously been acquitted by a court last year on a defamation charge pursued by Thailand's Attorney General.But Natural Fruit, the company at the heart of the dispute, has filed a string of its own criminal and civil cases against Hall, the most serious of which was accepted Monday."We have learnt that the Southern Criminal Court has agreed to hear the case against Andy Hall for defamation and violation of the Computer Crimes Act," Hall's defence lawyer Nakhon Chomphuchat told AFP.Hall has been ordered to appear in court on 19 October for a plea hearing, Nakhon added with the court expected to decide today whether he gets bail.The labour activist, who is based in ...

Maldives ex-president Nasheed back in jail COLOMBO: Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed has been thrown back in jail a month after his 13-year prison sentence was commuted to house arrest, his party said Monday.The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) said police and prison officials clashed with supporters as they removed Nasheed from his home in the capital Male and took him to the high security prison island of Maafushi on Sunday night."Nasheed's transfer back to jail is in clear breach of the ...
Nepal police arrest 30 in protest against new constitution KATHMANDU: Nepalese police arrested 30 demonstrators in the capital on Sunday for trying to enforce a nationwide strike, the latest in a string of protests against the new constitution."We have arrested 30 demonstrators in Kathmandu for trying to block roads, vandalise vehicles and close shops," police spokesman Kamal Singh Bam told AFP. The protesters were from Nepal's federation of indigenous nationalities, which called a nationwide strike against the borders of new provinces proposed in the ...
Japan protests Russian PM's visit to disputed island TOKYO/ITURUP: Japan on Saturday lodged a protest over Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's visit to one of four disputed Pacific islands which have strained ties between the two countries since the end of World War Two.The decades-old argument over the territory, claimed by both states, could set back Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to court resource-rich Russia and keep the door open to dialogue, despite the Ukraine crisis.The islands are known in Russia as ...
Ex-Sri Lanka leader Rajapakse concedes election defeat COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse told AFP that he has conceded defeat in parliamentary elections after a close fought comeback attempt just months after he was toppled as president."My dream of becoming prime minister has faded away," Rajapakse told AFP. "I am conceding. We have lost a good fight."Rajapakse accepted that his United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) had lost even before Elections Chief Mahinda Deshapriya could announce the final results."We have won eight ...
Sri Lanka deploys thousands of police on election eve COLOMBO: Sri Lanka deployed thousands of police Sunday in stepped up security on the eve of a general election after the campaign was hit by sporadic violence that claimed four lives.Police Inspector General N.K. Illangakoon said 63,000 officers were fanning out across the country to guard polling booths and counting centres for Monday's election, while para-military commandos were on alert in case of trouble."We have taken additional measures to ensure that the election is conducted ...
Japan's Abe renews pledge of nuclear weapons free Japan at Nagasaki memorial TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki by renewing his commitment to a nuclear weapons free Japan, following criticism for not making the same pledge on the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing last week."As the only nation in the world to have suffered a war-time nuclear attack, I have renewed my resolve to play a leading role in pursuing a world without nuclear weapons ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 08, 2015
Reserves $20.05 bln