NEW DELHI: India's main opposition Congress party said Friday that its bank accounts had been frozen by the tax department just weeks before the expected announcement of national elections. "We were told that the accounts of India's main opposition party have been frozen," Congress party spokesman Ajay Maken told a press conference. FROZEN FUNDS Congress party spokesman Ajay Maken addresses a press conference at All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in New Delhi on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024. "When the principal opposition party's accounts have been frozen just two weeks before the announcement of the national elections, do you think democracy is alive in our country?" Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi, scion of the dynasty that dominated Indian politics for decades, was convicted of criminal libel last year after a complaint by a member of Modi's party.
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PARIS—Democratic standards across the world fell in 2023 amid the spread of wars, authoritarian crackdowns and declining levels of trust in mainstream political parties, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) said on Thursday. While the number of countries categorized as democracies increased by two last year, the global average index score fell to 5.23 in 2023 from 5.29 the year before, its lowest level since the first study was published in 2006.W. The study said it was the first time that North America has not placed as the world’s highest-scoring region. Your subscription has been successful. Subscribe to our daily newsletter SIGN ME UPThe top three places in the index are occupied by Norway, New Zealand and Iceland, while the final three countries are North Korea, Myanmar and Afghanistan.
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February 16, 2024 11:11 UTC
The Consumer Council earlier tested six commonly used food ordering platforms among Hong Kongers and found that the majority of prices on food ordering platforms were higher than those of takeout. The consumer watchdog tested six ordering platforms, Deliveroo, Foodpanda, KeeTa, KFC, McDelivery, and Pizza Hut. The watchdog found that about 83 to more than 90 percent of food prices are higher than the average takeout price. Only about 9 to nearly 14 percent of food prices were cheaper due to the platform. In comparison, KFC holds 70 percent of the food prices that were more expensive compared to restaurant takeout, and nearly 30 percent of the food prices were lower.
February 16, 2024 06:01 UTC
While interest rates have hit the highest level in more than two decades, a situation ordinarily accompanied by higher unemployment and a consumption pullback, it has not been the case this time. 'Value of talent'Low unemployment, wage growth and hiring have underpinned consumers' willingness to spend. Purchasing powerAmericans are snagging jobs and wage increases, while annual real wage growth has been positive since May 2023, said ZipRecruiter chief economist Julia Pollak. This "allowed corporations to issue debt at very low interest rates," North said, adding that many companies did just that. But the outlook this year remains positive with interest rate cuts on the horizon as inflation has fallen — a development that generally spurs business activity.
February 16, 2024 04:11 UTC
TOKYO: Once forecast to become the world's biggest economy, Japan slipped below Germany last year to fourth place, official data showed on Thursday, although India is projected to leapfrog both later this decade. DEMOTED People commuting to work in the morning cross a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. Japan’s moved down to being the third-largest economy to fourth after being overtaken by Germany last year. AFP PHOTO DEMOTED People commuting to work in the morning cross a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. Japan's moved down to being the third-largest economy to fourth after being overtaken by Germany last year.
February 16, 2024 03:43 UTC
The Republican White House frontrunner was widely rebuked after saying he would not defend NATO members who had not met their financial obligations, in his most extreme broadside yet against the military alliance. AFP PHOTOStoltenberg laid out new defense spending estimates, showing the number of states reaching 2 percent of their gross domestic product was expected to jump from 11 in 2023. Overall, though, he said European allies and Canada would have added more than $600 billion to their defense spending since they set the 2-percent goal a decade ago. Spurred on by Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022, last year saw an "unprecedented rise" of 11 percent of spending by European members and Canada, Stoltenberg said. But the US still accounts for the vast bulk of combined defense spending by NATO members.
February 15, 2024 21:46 UTC
Gilas buckles down for FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers campaignMANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas has started its preparations for the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers. Photos uploaded by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) on Thursday showed the team training at the Inspire Sports Academy Philippines. “The journey starts now for Gilas Pilipinas. Training continues in preparation for their two important matches at the FIBA Asia Cup 2025 Qualifiers 1st Window,” the SBP said in the Facebook post. The team will kick off its campaign against Hong Kong on February 22.
February 15, 2024 21:14 UTC
Any price reduction is welcome news, but I would hardly call it a “crash” in egg prices. The prohibition might have even raised the rates, thus negating any price “crash” at the farm gate. Today the lowest retail price for white refined sugar in the wet market is P80 a kilo; in the supermarkets, the price can be as high as P110. * * *For rice, a farmers’ group said this week that the average retail price of well-milled rice had gone down by P2, to P52 a kilo. In my part of town yesterday, rice retail prices ranged from P50 to P56 for non-special varieties.
February 15, 2024 20:30 UTC
THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has cleared a proposed joint venture by Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI) with Singapore-registered NTT UD Asia Pte. In a filing on Thursday, property developer CLI said it had received the PCC certification, dated February 6, authorizing the establishment of CLI NUD Ventures Inc.. CLI announced its partnership with NTT last September, saying the proposed residential project would add to its more than 100 developments across the Visayas and Mindanao regions. NTT, meanwhile, is an international developer of office buildings, residential properties, and other mixed-use developments in Southeast Asia. CLI shares were unchanged at P2.62 each on Thursday amid a 0.4-percent rise in the benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index.
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(UPDATE) SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test firing of a "new-type surface-to-sea missile," state media reported on Thursday, part of a purported fresh drive to ramp up maritime border security. FIRING TIME A new type of surface-to-sea missile Padasuri-6 is test-fired toward the East Sea of Korea at an undisclosed location in North Korea on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Kim had overseen the "evaluation test-fire of new-type surface-to-sea missile Padasuri-6 to be equipped by the navy." The maritime border between the two countries, known as the Northern Limit Line, has never been officially demarcated, and has been the site of previous clashes between the two Koreas. Earlier this week, North Korea announced it had tested a new control system for a multiple rocket launcher it said would have an "increased" battlefield role.
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Coach Jorge Gallent and the Best Player of the Conference and Finals MVP, CJ Perez, answer the media as the San Miguel Beermen secured their 29th PBA title with a thrilling 104-102 victory over the Magnolia Chicken Timplados Hotshots in Game 6 of the Commissioner's Cup finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night, Feb. 14, 2024.
February 15, 2024 15:41 UTC
With the theme "Generating Knowledge, Cultivating Partnerships and Nurturing Entrepreneurial Skills in Advancing Agricultural Innovations," CLSU has 594 graduands. PHOTO FROM HTTPS://CLSU.EDU.PHThe CLSU Strategic Communication Office (StratCom) said the commencement exercise will be livestreamed via the CLSU official Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/clsuofficialpage. StratCom noted that among the graduands, 111 will receive academic honors and special awards to be led by Angelica Quitalig, a Bachelor of Science in Biology student. Quitalig achieved the highest academic honor and will graduate magna cum laude with a general weighted average of 1.31. As class valedictorian, she addressed her fellow graduates during the Tea Party and Recognition Program on Wednesday, February 14.
February 14, 2024 22:11 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Sara Duterte on Wednesday called on concerned government agencies to ensure public safety after Dr. Sharmaine Barroquillo, 27, was attacked and shot by lawless elements in Maguindanao del Sur. Barroquillo survived the attack but sustained three gunshot wounds to the left shoulder and lower back that penetrated her spinal cord. “Magtulungan po tayo at huwag nating hayaang maghari ang mga kriminal sa ating mga komunidad (let us help each other and not allow criminals to reign in our communities),” she added. According to Duterte, no one, especially responsible citizens and government employees like Barroquillo, should suffer violence at the hands of criminals. “Ang nangyari sa kanya sa Buluan, Maguindanao ay isa lamang sa mga insidente ng karahasan sa buong bansa na sumasalamin sa estado ng seguridad at kaayusan ng bansa,” said Duterte.
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February 14, 2024 19:59 UTC
Take this sentence: "Not all of the women in the district did not vote for the lone female candidate." That sentence is semantically problematic and confusing; it could be interpreted that "Some of the women did not vote for the lone female candidate," or that "None of the women voted for the lone female candidate." The first option: "Not all of the women in the district voted for the lone female candidate." The second option: "None of the women in the district voted for the lone female candidate." Lexical negation is simply the negative structuring of sentences by using words with negative denotations, such as "neither," "nor," "rarely," "hardly," and "seldom."
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