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SBP launches 2nd Access to Finance Survey Report-2015


KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Tuesday launched 2nd Access to Finance (A2F) Survey Report-2015 entitled “State of Financial Access and usage in Pakistan” for encouraging all stakeholders (banks) to improve financial inclusion. Addressing at the launching ceremony of the Survey Report, SBP Governor Ashraf Mahmood Wathra said that the central bank was committed to achieve financial inclusion targets ... Read More »

Govt releases Rs5b for reconstruction of IDPs’ houses

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ISLAMABAD: The government has released Rs5 billion for tribesmen whose houses were destroyed and damaged during military operation in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch Tuesday informed the National Assembly that the said amount was released to the Reconstruction Rehabilitation Units (RRUs). Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Muhammad ... Read More »

Gold smugglers regularly come up with unique operating methods


AHMEDABAD: Gold smuggling had attracted Bollywood’s imagination the most. Filmmakers glamorised the activity, which was shown as a career preference of villains. Even those underworld dons, whose biopics projected various imaginative manners of gold smuggling, would rather enjoy the tricks — tearing a currency note somewhere in the Middle East and then matching two torn halves on Indian shore etc. ... Read More »

ASF recovers 400g hashish from passenger’s cricket bat


PESHAWAR: The Airport Security Force (ASF) at Bacha Khan Airport Tuesday foiled narcotics-smuggling bid and recovered hashish from the possession of a Dubai-bound passenger. According to airport officials, the luggage of a passenger willing to go to Dubai was thoroughly searched upon suspicion and 400gm hashish concealed in cricket bat was recovered. The passenger belonging to South Waziristan Agency was ... Read More »

Taiwanese firms invest $1.11b into 154 projects in Vietnam


HANOI: Taiwanese businesses have pumped US$1.11 billion into 154 projects in Viet Nam over past 11 months, making the territory one of the leading sources of foreign direct investment in the country, according to the Foreign Investment Agency’s year review. During the period, the processing and manufacturing sector attracted the largest share of investment with $890 million, about 80 per ... Read More »

Vietnam’s steel market growth in production, business


HANOI: Viet Nam’s steel market showed growth in both production and business in the first 11 months of this year, according to the Viet Nam Steel Association (VSA). In the first 11 months of this year, total output of building steel gained a year-on-year increase of 30.1 per cent to reach 6.1 million tonnes, the association said. This was the ... Read More »

Pak rupee again depreciates vs dollar

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KARACHI: The Pakistani rupee Tuesday depreciated against the US dollar both in open market and interbank. According to the local money market, the American currency gained five paisas in open market for selling at 106.30 and 40 paisas in interbank for selling at 104.40. On Monday, the dollar gained 20 paisas in open market for selling at 106.25 and lost ... Read More »

Wildlife smuggling continues unabated in the Kathmandu Valley


KATHMANDU: Miss Heritage International 2015, Victoria Pham of Vietnam, flanked by Ketisha Williams of Trinidad and Tobago and Chaw Yupar Tsets of Myanmar, Nisha Pathak of Nepal and Natasha Mogorosi of South Africa, waving to the audience after being crowned the winner in New Delhi, India, on December 12, 2015. Despite the police crackdown, wildlife smuggling and trade in parts ... Read More »

Police thwart attempt of smuggling thousands of Kapal Api coffee


JAKARTA: Chief of Unit I Crime and Violence of Metro Jaya Police Department Commissioner Junardi said his unit has thwarted the smuggling of thousands of Kapal Api coffee concealed inside a container truck. “It was thwarted on November 29 at Kamal Muara III, Penjaringan, North Jakarta,” Junari said in a press conference at Metro Jaya Police office on Sunday, December ... Read More »

Vietnamese, Russian businesses to expand ties

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HANOI: Besides traditional co-operation areas, Vietnamese and Russian businesses should take initiative in widening their relations, vice chairman of the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Hoang Quang Phong told a business conference held yesterday in Ha Noi. Viet Nam was now a comprehensive strategic partner of Russia in the Asia-Pacific region. The bilateral relationship between the two ... Read More »

Indian Customs impounds 77 cargo trucks of Dabur Nepal in Birgunj

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NEW DELHI: A joint government team impounded at least 77 cargo trucks containing products of Dabur Nepal in Birgunj on Sunday on suspicion of irregularities. The container trucks carrying Dabur Nepal products were on their way to India from Sirsiya Dry Port in Birgunj. A team from the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority, District Administration Office and the ... Read More »

Dell’s revenue falls by 6% YoY to $14bn


CALIFORNIA: Dell Inc. on Monday publicly disclosed quarterly financial results for the first time since late 2013, when the company reverted from public to private ownership. The disclosure, which appeared in a regulatory filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission by Dell Holding Inc., owner of Dell, underlines a major question in Dell’s blockbuster $67 billion bid to acquire EMC ... Read More »

Micron Technology plans to purchase 67% stake in Inotera


NEW YORK: US-based Micron Technology Inc — the world’s No. 3 DRAM chipmaker — yesterday said it plans to purchase the remaining 67 percent stake in its Taiwanese DRAM arm Inotera Memories Inc in a deal worth NT$130 billion (US$3.94 billion), aimed at boosting the efficiency of its operations long term. Micron, which holds a 33 percent stake in Inotera, ... Read More »

Taiwan GDP grows by 2.24% in 2016: CIER


TAIPEI: The Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER) yesterday forecast the economy would grow by 2.24 percent annually next year, from a predicted 0.93 percent this year, suggesting a modest pickup in both domestic and external demand led by markets in developed countries would boost the nation’s recovery. Its estimate comes even though companies in a variety of sectors have ... Read More »

China’s fresh pears export in Israeli market

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BEIJING: On December 9th, the first batch of 21 tons of fresh pears was exported in containers from Botou Oriental Fruit Corporation to Israel. The pears from Hebei will arrive at its destination next month. The shipment marks ten years of great efforts; China’s fresh pears can finally enter the Israeli market. The economy of Israel is comparatively strong and ... Read More »

Sri Lanka’s bank employees protest against budget 2016


COLOMBO: Thousands of employees from Sri Lanka’s banking sector held a demonstration on Tuesday against the government’s maiden budget for 2016. Over 10,000 employees from state and private sector banks protested in Colombo’s business hub, urging the government to review its budget proposals, Xinhua reported. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday said the administration is willing to consider alternatives to ... Read More »

Kuwait inflation rises 3.2% in Sept


KUWAIT: Inflation in consumer prices was just a tick higher in October, rising from 3.1 percent year-on-year (y/y) in September to 3.2 percent y/y. Inflation across most components remained broadly stable; clothing & footwear inflation appears to have gained the most momentum on a month-on-month basis. Core inflation (which excludes food items) also saw a slight uptick, rising from 2.8 ... Read More »

US Customs seizes 150 pounds of marijuana


NEW YORK: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on Wednesday arrested Alfredo Olivares-Ballesteros, 47, for trying to smuggle $76,000 worth of pot into the United States. Officers inspected Olivares-Ballesteros’ truck and found multiple packages of marijuana. Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Olivares-Ballesteros, who is from Mexico, to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. Read More »

China to set up customs offices at Nyalam apass


BEIJING: The Chinese authorities are considering developing Nyalam apass as an alternative to Khasa for setting up immigration, customs and quarantine offices, knowledgeable Nepali government officials say. After the April 25 earthquake destroyed the Khasa Bazaar, the Chinese town across Tatopani Bazaar in Sindhupalchok, the Chinese authorities immediately relocated the entire settlements to Shigatse from Khasa. Since the relocation, the ... Read More »

Amman Chamber of Industry exports increase 9% in 2015


AMMAN: Amman Chamber of Industry (ACI) exports grew 9 per cent in the first 11 months of 2015 reaching JD3.8 billion, compared to JD3.5 billion it registered during the same period of 2014. Chemical industries and cosmetics topped the list of ACI exports during the January-November period with JD893 million, 14 per cent higher than the JD781 million in the ... Read More »