Fri, 12 Aug 2022

JAKARTA -- Statistics Indonesia (BPS) on Friday announced that the inflation stood at 4.35 percent year on year in June, the highest in five years, exceeding the upper limit of Bank Indonesia's target range of 4 percent.

The June inflation rate was compared to 3.35 percent in May. Head of BPS Margo Yuwono said monthly inflation in June was 0.61 percent month to month, up from May's 0.40 percent. (Indonesia-Inflation)

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn will attend the seventh Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Foreign Ministers' Meeting to be held on July 4 in Bagan, Myanmar, the Cambodian foreign ministry said in a press statement on Friday.

Under the theme "Solidarity for Peace and Prosperity", the seventh LMC foreign ministers' meeting will be a venue to further broaden cooperation and bonds of friendship among LMC countries, according to the Cambodian foreign ministry statement. (Cambodia-Lancang-Mekong Cooperation)

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NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed bilateral and global issues including Ukraine over the phone on Friday, Indian Ministry of External Affairs said.

The two leaders reviewed the implementation of the decisions taken during Putin's visit to India in December last year and exchanged ideas on how to further encourage bilateral trade in agricultural goods, fertilizers and pharma products, according to a statement. (India-Putin-Talk)

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KABUL -- Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, the supreme leader of the Taliban-run administration, has emphasized for implementing Sharia or Islamic laws, ensuring justice, investment and safeguarding Afghanistan's freedom.

Speaking at the gathering of religious leaders and elders of his country here on Friday, the leader of the caretaker administration stated that Afghans had expelled the occupying forces from their country to establish Islamic system and now "we have Islamic system and this is the responsibility of religious scholars to implement Islamic laws." (Afghanistan-Law-Assembly)

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TOKYO -- The Japanese government for the first time in seven years requested Friday that businesses and households begin a three-month period of conserving electricity to avoid a power crunch as temperatures have hit record highs during a scorching heatwave.

The government did not specify an exact target for a reduction in power use through September, but urged people to lower power consumption levels without causing disruption to firms' operations or the daily lives of citizens. (Japan-Energy Saving Period-Heatwave)

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