Latvia struggles to meet conditions of IMF handout

International Monetary FundRiga  - The Latvian government outlined a bleak scenario Tuesday of spending cuts even more stringent than those already announced as the embattled Baltic state struggles to meet economic criteria laid down by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Speaking after a lengthy extraordinary meeting of the cabinet, Finance Minister Einars Repse said the situation "forces us to look into expenses we promised to leave untouched earlier."

Those expenses are likely to include politically sensitive items such as pensions and healthcare, which had been partially shielded during earlier rounds of cutbacks.

Expect range-bound Nifty, Volatility at higher levels: Hunny Tarika, FairWealth Securities

FairWealth SecuritiesNifty showed increased volatility around 3430 -3450 which happens to be the 200 DMA of the market and closed below this at 3384. Increasing volatility at this level is obvious as Nifty has rallied almost 1000 points from 2540 to 3510.

A consolidation can be seen around levels of 3150-3400 before market makes new highs.

Stock Market Trading Advice from Nirmal Bang Research

Murli DeoraAsian stocks declined, dragging the regional benchmark index from a three?

Bangladesh announces 500 million-dollar recession package

Bangladesh announces 500 million-dollar recession package Dhaka  - Bangladesh on Sunday announced an economic stimulus package worth over 500 million US dollars to offset the fallout of global economic meltdown, officials said.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith announced the package amounting to Tk 3,424 crore (500 million US dollars) for the fourth quarter of the current fiscal to increase subsidies in power and agriculture sector, and export sectors.

IMF okays next 2.8 billion dollar loan to Ukraine

International Monetary Fund (IMF)Kiev  - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed to greenlight an additional 2.8 billion dollars assistance loan to Ukraine, IMF officials in Kiev said on Friday.

An IMF mission visiting the former Soviet republic recommended Ukraine receive the badly-needed credit after meetings with the country's government.

At least half of the money to be advanced by the IMF will go towards balancing Ukraine's budget, mostly by helping service foreign-issue bonds, Ukraine Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said, according to an Interfax news agency report.

EXTRA: US central bank sees "moderation" of economic decline

US central bank sees "moderation" of economic declineWashington  - The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday said a number of regions are reporting an easing of the country's economic downturn, adding to some of the small signs that the world's largest economy may be stabilizing.

Five of the Federal Reserve's 12 regional banks reported a "moderation in the pace of decline, and several saw signs that activity in some sectors was stabilizing at a low level," according to the central bank's Beige Book, a regional report on the economy.