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Myanmar's Suu Kyi refuses to rule out election boycott NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi Thursday refused to rule out a boycott of looming elections as she cast doubt over the likelihood of key changes to a charter that bans her from running for president.Her country is bracing for elections later this year seen as a vital test of democratic reforms in a nation that was until recently straitjacketed by decades of junta rule. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party wants to amend constitutional clauses that block their leader from the presidency and hand a crucial say over changes to the charter to the military, which holds a quarter of parliamentary seats.The NLD is expected to hoover up votes in elections slated for November, the first countrywide poll that the party will have contested in 25 years.But Suu Kyi declined to offer reassurances her party would participate in the election, as the NLD struggles to ...

Japanese Ebola test gives results in 11 minutes: researcher TOKYO: A Japanese research team said Thursday it had developed a field test for Ebola that gives results in just over 11 minutes -- down from the 90-minute test used now.The breakthrough by Nagasaki University's Institute of Tropical Medicine will allow medics to move much more quickly in treating people with the haemorrhagic fever, Professor Jiro Yasuda told AFP."The result time was unexpectedly short," said Yasuda of the trial conducted in Guinea last month on ...
Thailand, Russia aim to double bilateral trade in 2016 BANGKOK: Thailand and Russia aim to double annual bilateral trade in 2016 to $10 billion, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Wednesday after signing several agreements with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Bangkok.Medvedev's visit to Thailand is the first by a Russian prime minister for 25 years, lending high profile international support to a Thai military government that has faced opprobrium from old ally the United States for ousting a democratic government in ...
Vietnam hunts for missing box of radioactive material HANOI: Vietnamese authorities are searching for a lead box containing hazardous radioactive material which has gone missing from a steel factory, an official said on Wednesday.The box of cobalt-60, which has a wide range of uses including for radiotherapy and in industry, has disappeared from the Vietnamese-owned Pomina steel mill in the south of the country."(We) do not know how and when the container went missing," Do Vu Khoa, an official with the Department of ...
South Korea says raising Sewol ferry would cost $110mn SEOUL: South Korea said on Wednesday it would cost $110 million to raise the Sewol ferry, as pressure grows to salvage the vessel before the first anniversary of its sinking.The 6,825-tonne passenger ship sank off the southwest coast on April 16 last year with the loss of more than 300 lives -- most of them high school students.Ahead of next week's first anniversary of the tragedy, hundreds of parents of the dead students -- some ...
Myanmar to hold rare talks as Suu Kyi pushes for charter change NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar's president will host rare talks with influential allies and rivals including Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday as the opposition leader intensifies efforts to lift a constitutional bar against her running for the presidency.The long-awaited talks in the capital Naypyidaw, which follow a similar meeting of key political figures in October, come as the country braces for elections seen as a key test of reforms in the former junta-run nation.The President's office director ...
Explosion at China chemical plant injures three BEIJING: Three people were injured in an explosion at a controversial chemical plant in the eastern Chinese city of Zhangzhou Monday, Chinese media reported, the second accident at the site in two years.Footage from an amateur video posted by China's CCTV News showed flames billowing into the air following the explosion at the plant producing paraxylene -- a chemical used to make fabricin Fujian province.The blast occurred at around 6.56 pm (1056 GMT) and the ...

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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
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln