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Maldivian President seeks extension of state of emergency

Male |Monday, 2018 3:15:04 PM IST

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday requested Parliament to extend the state of emergency for a further 15 days amid the ongoing political crisis.

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Singapore says plans to raise sales tax to 9 pct 'sometime' in 2021-2025

SINGAPORE | Monday, Feb 19 2018 IST

Singapore on Monday announced it plans to raise its sale tax to 9 percent from 7 percent, but said the change will be only be made "sometime" between 2021 and 2015. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat tol

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Japan's steel industry urges Trump to make careful trade decision

TOKYO | Monday, Feb 19 2018 IST

Japan's steel industry said on Monday the U.S. Commerce Department proposal to President Donald Trump to impose curbs on steel imports violate the principles of free trade, calling for Washington to m

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Singapore is hiking its GST, but not until 2021 or later

SINGAPORE | Monday, Feb 19 2018 IST

Singapore confirmed it plans to hike its sales tax to 9 percent from 7 percent, but said the change will only be made "sometime" between 2021 and 2025. Pushing a change till at least three years away

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Singapore Exchange to launch new Indian derivatives before NSE deal ends

SINGAPORE | Monday, Feb 19 2018 IST

Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGX) said on Monday it will launch successor products to its flagship Indian equity index derivatives before the bourse's licence agreement with the National Stock Exchange of

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Nepal to hold first Parliament session on March 5

Kathmandu |Monday, 2018 5:45:04 PM IST

Nepal's new bicameral Parliament will begin work in March for the first time since its approval in the 2015 Constitution, ending a transition that began 10 years ago, President Bidya Devi Bhandari sai

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Army foils BAT attack on LoC, intruder killed

Jammu |Monday, 2018 7:15:04 PM IST

A Border Action Team (BAT) attack from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district has been foiled and one intruder killed while two Indian soldiers were injured, defence s

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Maldives Parliament committee approves extension of Emergency (Lead)

Male |Monday, 2018 7:45:04 PM IST

Maldives' parliamentary committee on national security passed a resolution on Monday to extend the ongoing state of Emergency by an additional 15 days.

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Sri Lankan President's party to stay in unity government

Colombo |Monday, 2018 8:15:04 PM IST

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday ended days of political uncertainty in the country, saying it would continue to be a part of the unity government to

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Indian, Pakistani troops trade heavy fire on LoC

Srinagar |Monday, 2018 8:45:04 PM IST

Indian and Pakistani troops on Monday traded heavy fire across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district, defence officials said.

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Afghan Army defuses 234 IEDs, landmines

Kabul |Sunday, 2018 5:45:04 PM IST

Around 234 different types of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and landmines have been detected and defused over the last 24 hours, the Afghan Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

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China says will protect its interests amid U.S. trade probe

BEIJING | Saturday, Feb 17 2018 IST

- China's Commerce Ministry said on Saturday the country will take necessary steps to protect itself if a final U.S. decision on imposing steep curbs on steel and aluminium imports from China and othe

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