Amidst ongoing protests against fuel price rise, Zimbabwe government has ordered another shutdown of internet services in the country until further notice. According to a statement by a minister, the Emmerson Mnangagwa government ordered the move because the government found that the protesters were organising via social media. The protests had begun...
Anthea McCarthy-Jones, UNSW Last week, Nicolás Maduro was sworn in for his second six-year term as Venezuela’s president. Maduro won the election off the back of international condemnation of vote buying and electoral fraud. While the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, called Venezuela’s government “illegitimate”, Maduro declared: Venezuela is at...
Scott R. Baker, Northwestern University Parts of the federal government have been closed since midnight on Dec. 22, making it the second-longest shutdown on record. It’s also the third since President Donald Trump took office. The immediate and most visible impact of a shutdown is in the government’s day-to-day operations. Many...
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council on Thursday decided to exempt businesses with a turnover of less than Rs 40 lakh from paying the GST, by doubling the earlier threshold.  For the northeastern states, the threshold will be Rs 20 lakh. The council also decided that businesses having an...
Sikkim may become the first state in India to provide a universal basic income (UBI) for all its residents, as the ruling party, the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), has announced that UBI will be a part of its manifesto in the 2019 Assembly election. The party said the scheme, to...
The global economic growth is to slow down to 2.9 per cent in 2019 from 3 per cent in 2018, the World Bank has predicted. According to the January 2019 Global Economic Prospects report., softening international trade and manufacturing activity, elevated trade tensions and substantial financial market pressures in some...
The unemployment in the eurozone has come down to the lowest rate in more than 10 years. According to the November 2018 figures published by the European Union's statistical office, Eurostat, it is at 7.9 per cent. The rate for 19 EU countries is the lowest level since October 2008...
South Sudan, recovering from a civil war that lasted half a decade, has restarted oil production in its major oil field. Ezekiel Gatkuoth, Minister of Petroleum, said that in the first phase 20,000 bpd (barrels per day) will be produced from the Unity oilfields. The full production will be launched...
In a surprising move, the World Bank president Jim Yong Kim has announced that he will resign from the post he has been holding for six years on February 1 -- three years ahead of the schedule. The 59-year-old, who was elected for a second term in 2017, gave no reason...
The Chinese economy is to be hurt by a "demographic crisis", says a researcher. According to US-based academic Yi Fuxian, the Chinese population shrank last year for the first time in 70 years, despite the country allowing couples to have two children since 2016. While the country expected an increase of...

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