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China researchers plan Mars mission 'around 2020': state media BEIJING: Chinese scientists are planning to launch a Mars rover "around 2020", state media reported Tuesday, as the country pours billions into its space programme and works to catch up with the US and Europe.Although the government has not officially announced plans for a Mars mission, officials from the China National Space Administration are currently lobbying to have it put on the agenda and have begun "preliminary research", the state-run China Daily reported."We plan to conduct the Mars mission around 2020, which will include the probe's orbiting, landing and roaming," Peng Tao, a space expert with the China Academy of Space Technology, was quoted by China Daily as saying. "By contrast, other nations will need multiple missions to achieve those three steps."The statements came less than a week after prototypes for the Mars rover were debuted at the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition. China's recent space efforts have been ...

Hong Kong authorities begin clearing main protest camp HONG KONG: Hong Kong authorities on Tuesday cleared a small part of the city's main pro-democracy protest camp, the first of several planned evictions to shrink mass sit-ins that have blocked major thoroughfares for seven weeks.There was no resistance from demonstrators as workers dismantled metal barricades blocking access to a skyscraper opposite government headquarters, on the edge of the sprawling camp in the central Admiralty district. Dozens of police and bailiffs stood guard as staff ...
China Oct home prices fall y/y in 67 of 70 cities polled BEIJING: Average new home prices in China's 70 major cities fell 2.6 percent in October from a year earlier, the second consecutive month showing an annual fall, Reuters calculated from official data published on Tuesday. The data also showed that home prices in China fell in 67 of the 70 cities surveyed in October. Compared with the previous month, home prices were down 0.8 percent in October, a sixth consecutive monthly drop following September's fall ...
India, Australia vow closer security and trade ties SYDNEY: India and Australia vowed closer defence and security ties Tuesday while stressing the importance of economic cooperation a day after Canberra sealed a huge trade pact with fellow Asian superpower China.India's charismatic leader Narendra Modi, who was given a rock star welcome by thousands of rapturous supporters in Sydney on Monday, described the closer ties as "natural"."This is a natural partnership emerging from our shared values and interests and strategic maritime locations," he said ...
China, India to court Pacific nations in Fiji SUVA: Rival suitors India and China step up their courtship of Pacific island nations this week when Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping head to Fiji following the Group of 20 summit in Australia. Indian Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi will both hold mini summits during their Fiji stopovers, meeting with up to 12 regional leaders as they bid for the support of one of the largest voting blocs in the United Nations. Sandra ...
Indonesian president raises subsidized fuel price by over 30pc JAKARTA: Indonesia's president raised the price of subsidised gasoline and diesel by more than 30 percent on Monday, a move that could save Southeast Asia's biggest economy 100 trillion rupiah next year.Joko Widodo, who became Indonesia's seventh president on Oct. 20, raised the price of gasoline and diesel by 2,000 rupiah ($0.16) per litre. Gasoline previously cost 6,500 rupiah a litre, and diesel 5,500 rupiah.Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro added that he expected inflation to rise ...
PM adviser: sales tax hike took Abenomics in negative direction TOKYO: Japan's economy is a bit unstable and the sales tax increase in April took "Abenomics" in a negative direction, one of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's key economic advisers said on Monday.Koichi Hamada, professor emeritus of economics at Yale University, was speaking an event organised by the Foreign Press Center. His comments came after data showed the economy unexpectedly slipped into recession in the third quarter. The data is seen as setting the stage for ...

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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