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Quake of magnitude 6.3 strikes China's Sichuan province: USGS SINGAPORE: An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 hit China's southwestern province of Sichuan on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said.The quake struck 103 km (64 miles) west of the city of Leshan around 0855 GMT, at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles). There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Indonesia's new president causes a buzz by flying economy JAKARTA: Indonesia's new President Joko Widodo caused a stir this weekend by opting to fly economy class to watch his son's high school graduation in Singapore, drawing both praise and criticism online.Skipping the usual heavy security protocol for heads of state, Widodo and his wife Iriana queued for check-in at Jakarta airport like ordinary passengers before taking their economy seats.Widodo is known for his common touch, and his family have maintained a modest lifestyle since ...
Second great white found at Australia's Bondi SYDNEY: A great white shark has been caught in nets at Sydney's Bondi Beach, authorities said Saturday, the second of the predators found dead at the popular swimming spot this week.The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries said the carcass, which was found at the northern end of the beach about 500 metres from the shoreline, had been removed."A deceased male great white shark approximately 2.15 metres (7 feet) in length was retrieved from ...
Japan finmin Aso: recent yen weakening 'too rapid' TOKYO: Japan's finance minister warned on Friday about the yen's weakening, describing it as "too rapid", but he stuck to the government's stance of allowing markets to determine exchange rates and dismissed the need to intervene to halt the slide. Speaking to reporters after a cabinet meeting, Taro Aso said rapid currency moves, whether up or down, were undesirable. Aso's remarks prompted a spike in the yen versus the dollar. The dollar fell to as ...
6.9-magnitude quake hits eastern Indonesia, no tsunami alert JAKARTA: A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesian islands on Friday, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), but no tsunami alert was issued.The undersea quake, at 48 kilometres deep, struck in the Molucca Sea between Sulawesi and the Maluku chain of islands.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Hong Kong democracy activists protest outside British consulate HONG KONG: A small group of protesters gathered outside Hong Kong's British consulate on Friday to accuse the former colonial power of failing to stop China from wielding undue influence over elections and threatening freedoms guaranteed in a joint treaty.About 30 people assembled outside the building in the city's Admiralty district, some waving the yellow umbrellas that are the symbol of pro-democracy occupations that have blocked roads in key districts for nearly two months."The UK ...
Germans face caning for vandalism in Singapore SINGAPORE: Two German men were arrested in Singapore on Friday for spray-painting graffiti on a metro train in the city-state, an offence punishable by flogging with a wooden cane. Police said the unnamed pair, both 21, were extradited by neighbouring Malaysia and will be charged on Saturday for committing vandalism in a train depot and trespassing into a protected place.The graffiti was reported on November 8, the Singapore Police Force said on its Facebook page.Singapore ...

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Banking Review 2013

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