The annual indicators of inflation, as well as GDP growth and real incomes of the population of the Russian Federation, apparently, turned out to be worse than official forecasts had predicted. This was announced in his microblog by the head of the Accounts Chamber Alexei Kudrin, who supplied the recording with visual diagrams.
So, if in September 2017, Russia’s GDP growth in 2018 was forecast at 2.1%, and in October 2018, the forecast was adjusted to 1.8%, then, according to a preliminary estimate of the Accounts Chamber, as a result, the country’s GDP over the past year increased by 1.5% compared with 2017.
As for inflation, the Kudrin ministry estimated it at 4.2%, while the October forecast assumed a rise in prices by 2.7%. Finally, the real incomes of the Russians in 2018 did not actually increase (in the Accounts Chamber they estimated their growth at 0.0-0.4%). At the same time, in October revenue growth was projected at 3.4%.
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American, detained in Russia, was dismissed from the army for theft
US citizen Paul Whelan, who was detained in Russia during a spy rally, was previously dismissed from the army for theft. This was reported edition of The Washington Post, citing military documents. Previously, BorgWarner announced that Paul Whelan is its director of security.
Crimean authorities reported an increase in tourist traffic to the region from China
Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimean Government, Permanent Representative of the Republic under the President of Russia Georgy Muradov said that in 2018 more than 4 thousand tourists from China visited the region
Zhair Bolsonaru took office as President of Brazil
Bolsonar won the election on October 28. During the vote, he received more than 55% of the vote. 44.87% of voters voted for his opponent from the left Workers Party, Fernanda Addad. Bolsonar himself is a conservative Social Liberal Party. During the election campaign, he promised to give priority to the fight against corruption. On the evening of October 3, an attempt was made on him.
Ukrainian Navy detained a ship under the flag of Tanzania
The Ukrainian military detained a ship under the flag of Tanzania in the waters of the Black Sea. His crew is suspected of carrying illegal cargo. This is stated in the press center of the command of the Ukrainian Navy in Facebook.
Japan will not relocate the Russians in the transfer of Kuril Islands
When transferring part of the Kuril Islands to Japan, local residents will not be obliged to relocate, but will be able to remain on their territory, said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in an interview with Asahi TV channel.
This should be done in such a way that the Russians living there agree to the transition of belonging to Japan. – Shinzo Abe, Japanese politician
Trump said he is waiting for a new meeting with Kim Jong-un
US President Donald Trump said that he was looking forward to meeting with the Chairman of the DPRK State Council, Kim Jong-un. The corresponding entry was posted by the American leader on his Twitter page.
US authorities used tear gas against migrants
On Tuesday, US border guards used tear gas to prevent migrants from Mexico from breaking through in the US near the city of Tijuana. According to the Associated Press, the security forces released gas to the Mexican side of the border three times.
Castro has declared Cuba’s readiness for respectful relations with the USA
The first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Raul Castro, at an event on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, said that Cuba is ready for respectful relations with the United States.
CAA struck at the bases of terrorists in northern Syria
The Syrian Arab Army (CAA) opened fire on terrorist bases in the Sahl al-Gab valley. As a result, the command posts and depots with the weapons of the mercenaries of the Turkestan Islamic Party, an extremist organization of the Uygurs living in the Xinjiang region of northwestern China, were destroyed.
Ground forces will fully rearm the Iskander-M in 2019
In 2019, the re-equipment of the missile formations of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation to the Iskander-M operational-tactical missile system will be completed.
Active re-equipment of Russian hydrographic vessels
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation said that the Main Command of the Russian Navy will continue active work on re-equipping the composition of the hydrographic ships of the Navy. According to them, plans for the fleet are large.
Over 500 exercises were held in the Combined Arms Army of the Higher Military Training in 2018
In the past year, the personnel of the combined arms army of the Eastern Military District took part in about 500 exercises. Most of them were rated excellent. The most large-scale exercise, which was attended by military personnel, became maneuvers “Vostok-2018”.
Digital complexes “Foundation” entered the Russian Federation in the Volga region
The RF Armed Forces in the Volga region received five state-of-the-art automation systems for the state defense order. They allow you to create a single automated radar system to obtain information about the air situation in the “machine”.
China built a New York-sized antenna to communicate with submarines
China has built a giant antenna for work at ultra-low frequencies (ELF), comparable in area to New York. Officially, the complex was created for early warning of earthquakes and geological prospecting, but many factors indicate that the main purpose of the complex is military.
On the outcome of the military construction of the Russian military over the past five years.
The message of the Ministry of Defense said that today the military builders have completed the construction of:
- four Presidential cadet schools in Tyumen, Sevastopol, Kyzyl, Petrozavodsk;
- two branches of the Nakhimov Naval School in Vladivostok and Murmansk;
- two new Suvorov schools in Perm and Tula;
- three “Schools for gifted children”, which operate in St. Petersburg and Voronezh.
On the side of Riyadh in Yemen are fighting minors mercenaries
The Saudi authorities have engaged in the fighting in Yemen detachments of Sudanese mercenaries of about 14 thousand people, many of them are minors. This is stated in an article published in The New York Times.
Some Sudanese families pay bribes to allow their children to participate in the fighting in Yemen as mercenaries. Monthly mercenaries receive payment in the amount of $ 480 to $ 530, depending on experience and training. In the event that they participate in hostilities, payment increases from $ 185 to $ 285.
The Uffizi Gallery urged Germany to return the picture stolen by the Nazis
The Italian Museum expressed the hope that in 2019, visitors to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence will be able to see the famous painting called “Vase with Flowers”. The painting, which was painted by the Dutch artist Jan van Heusum, was stolen by soldiers of the Nazi army during World War II.
Competition for the biggest bonfire ended in fire in the Netherlands
Almost turned into a tragedy of New Year’s entertainment in the Netherlands, the TV channel “MIR 24”. In The Hague, traditionally triple competition on the biggest bonfire. To do this, build a huge tower of wooden pallets and set fire to them.
Collectors in Germany are going on strike today
Expected interruptions in the withdrawal of daily revenue in stores. The union of workers of collection services is demanding higher wages. Negotiations on this issue are expected on Thursday and Friday.
Trump invited party leaders to a briefing on border security
US President Donald Trump invited the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties to a briefing on border security at the White House, as the federal government was partially closed due to his requirement to fund the wall on the border with Mexico.
Albats will leave the post of editor in chief of The New Times
The chief editor of The New Times, Yevgenia Albats, said that she was looking for a successor and was looking forward to leaving her post soon. In the air of the radio station “Echo of Moscow” she said that the publication needed a “much younger” head
Gender Issues: Indian Women Require Equality
According to NDTV, women in the Indian state of Kerala lined up with a living wall 620 km long, demanding equality. It is noted that from 3 to 5 million women took part in the action.
According to reports, the scandal around the ban for women aged 10 to 50 years to attend the temple of the god Ayyapp in Kerala served as a reason for the action. Earlier, the Supreme Court lifted the ban, which had been in effect for a long time, but in fact women still cannot get full access to the temple.
Improved trains “Moscow-2019” will appear in the Moscow metro
Improved trains “Moscow-2019” with new QHD-screens and soft hygienic chairs will appear in the metro in January-March 2019. This was told by the commercial director of urban transport development of Transmashholding JSC Andrey Vasilyev.
The historical mass of the Pope in the UAE will be visited by 120 thousand people.
The public mass of Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi (UAE) will be able to attend 120 thousand people. Reports about it The National on January 1. The first in the history of the visit of the head of the Catholic Church in the United Arab Emirates will be held from 3 to 5 February, the Mass will be held at the stadium Zayed Sports City Stadium
Netflix removed the episode from the show due to criticism of Saudi Arabia
As a result, Netflix was forced to remove an episode from the series about Saudi Arabia. The company said that they consider freedom of expression to be the norm, but they were forced to retreat because of the threat of a suit. As a result, the series is still available in the US, but is not available in Saudi Arabia.
In Madagascar, scientists have discovered a new type of orchid
In Madagascar, Austrian botanist Anton Zider has discovered a new type of orchid with strong-smelling flowers, National Geographic reports. The scientist transferred his findings to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
Labor patent for migrants in Moscow has risen in price to 5 thousand rubles
A labor patent for work in Moscow will cost migrants 5 thousand rubles, its value has increased since January 1, 2019 in accordance with the amendments adopted at the Moscow City Duma meeting.
Japanese emperor delivered last appeal
The emperor of Japan, Akihito, abdicating the throne in 2019, made his last New Year address to the people. He wished all people peace and happiness.
Historical Museum will show more than 100 high-profile portraits
More than 100 grand portraits will be shown in the State Historical Museum. As told to the Agency “Moscow” in the press service of the museum, the exhibition “The high-profile portrait of the XVIII-XIX centuries from the collection of the Historical Museum” will be held from March 5 to May 20, 2019
In China, introduced a 6-day visa regime
Since January 1, 2019, five more Chinese cities have introduced a six-day visa-free regime for transit tourists. These are the cities of Qingdao, Xiamen, Wuhan, Chengdu and Kunming, the Russia-China information service reports.
Without a 144-hour visa, foreigners can remain there, following transit through the People’s Republic of China to a third country. To do this, they must present the relevant travel documents upon entry and not go outside the visa-free travel zone in other regions of China.
Previously, this practice was introduced in the cities of central subordination Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, as well as in the provinces of Hebei, Zhejiang and Jiangsu. The visa-free regime applies to citizens of 53 states, including Russia.
Trump expects lower gas prices in 2019
Gas prices are low and are expected to drop this year. That would be good! “- the president wrote in his microblog on Twitter.
Trump has used the word gas – which can mean both natural gas and an abbreviation for gasoline (“gasoline”).
FC Otkritie and Binbank completed the merger
Two credit institutions rehabilitated by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation – Otkritie FC and Binbank – completed the merger process that began in early 2018. The President – Chairman of the Board of Discovery, Mikhail Zadornov, in the middle of December 2018, noted that banks were already technologically ready to merge
Residents of Belgium have not yet exchanged 16 billion francs for the euro
Belgium has switched to the euro since January 2002, but residents of the kingdom have not yet exchanged 16 billion Belgian francs, equivalent to about 400 million euros, for a single European currency, the National Bank of Belgium (BNB) said.
The State Duma saw a threat from the “Russian offshore”
The law on “Russian offshore” creates unequal conditions for domestic producers. According to a REGNUM correspondent, the first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Budget and Taxes, Valentin Shurchanov (KPRF), said this.
In Russia, the system began to work fast payments
It will provide an opportunity to instantly transfer money between customers of the same or different banks using simple identifiers, for example, email address, telephone number, through social networks and instant messengers.
Until the end of the new year to use the system will be free of charge. Then the tariffs for banks will amount to 50 kopecks for the receiving bank and the same amount for the sending bank for transfers up to one thousand rubles, two rubles for sending a transfer from one to three thousand rubles and three rubles for the sending bank and the beneficiary bank for amounts from six thousand to six hundred thousand rubles. More than 600 thousand will not be transferred through the new system. Tariffs for private clients on transfers through the SBP will be set by banks.
Sberbank: the growth of loans to citizens – the main trend of 2018
Sberbank compiled a list of the most notable trends in 2018 in the country’s banking system. Among the main features of the outgoing year, the organization highlighted the accelerated growth in lending to individuals. At the same time, the volumes of loans issued to companies have decreased.
The Central Bank increased the risk ratio to 200% for low-mortgage premiums
From January 1, 2019, the Bank of Russia increased the risk ratio for mortgage loans with low down payment to 200% from 150%. The changes will affect only new mortgage loans.
In Russia, reduced rates of customs duties on oil
Back in 2018, the government received the right to establish customs duty on oil in the amount of up to 90%. However, by 2024, the maximum level of the export customs duty rate should not exceed 60%.
Lithuania and Gazprom agree on gas supplies next year
Lithuania and Gazprom agreed on gas supplies next year. This was reported on Monday in the Lithuanian state-owned company Lietuvos energijos tiekimas. All conditions are agreed, reports BNS statement of the organization.
Russia is rapidly running out of oil
Old, still Soviet deposits are rapidly depleting, and new deposits with light and cheap oil for extraction cannot be found, writes Finanz.Ru. The agency refers to the project “Strategies of the mineral resource base until 2035”, which was previously signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
Mexico City Mayor killed shortly after taking office
Alejandro Aparicio, mayor of the Mexican city and municipality of Eroyka Ciudad de Tlahyako, was shot on his way to the mayor’s office after he officially took office. About this informs El Universo, with reference to the Attorney General’s Office.
Exhibition of Italian artist Jacopo Tintoretto will open in Venice
The Pushkin Museum will open in Venice an exhibition dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Italian artist Jacopo Tintoretto at the 58th Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art called “The End Has a Beginning”.
Teaser of the second season of the successful series “Killing Eve”
A teaser and footage of the second season of “Killing Eve” appeared. Criminal feminine spy-thriller about ladies’ cat and mouse “with black humor, stranglehold and wigs so attracted the audience that the shooting of the second season started without much delay
Winter festival of organ music will be held for the first time in the estate “Kuskovo”
In the museum-estate “Kuskovo” from January 2 to 7, 2019, the winter Christmas festival of organ music will be held for the first time.
The release date of the third season of “Very strange cases” has become known.
The American entertainment company Netflix has published a poster and a new teaser for the third season of the series “Very strange things.” In addition, the premiere date was announced: for example, the first of eight new episodes of the show can be seen on July 4th.
Azerbaijani steppe received a new award on the other side of the world
One of the most titled Azerbaijani films “Çölçü” (Stepnyak, Steppe Man) received an award in the nomination “Best Feature Film” at the international festival WORLDFILM FESTIVAL 2018, reports AZERTAG.
Samsung patented smart sneakers.
The application contains two models of sneakers, which are equipped with sensors, although their purpose is still unknown.
The first Huawei smartphone with 5G support will be released in 2019
The Chinese company Huawei will release a fifth-generation (5G) mobile smartphone in the second half of 2019, Huawei chief executive Yu Chengdu said.
In the US, compared the speed of 4G and 5G: it turned out there was almost no difference
The world’s first commercial 5G network was launched in the United States a couple of weeks ago – it was launched by AT & T. At the initial stage, 5G is available only to “selected” users, and just one of them managed to compare the parameters of the new network with the LTE parameters. The results were interesting.
Xiaomi reduces prices for TVs
Xiaomi announced price cuts for some TV models in India. Mi LED Smart TV 4A 32 will now be available at a price of 12,499 rupees (US $ 179) compared to 13,999 rupees (US $ 201). Mi LED TV 4C PRO 32 will now be available at a price of 13,999 rupees (US $ 201) compared to the previous 15,999 rupees (US $ 229).
The fall in prices is due to changes in state taxes on televisions up to 32 inches from 28% to 18%. Xiaomi has also reduced the cost of Mi LED TV 4A PRO 49 from 31,999 rupees ($ 459) to 30,999 rupees ($ 445). This is due to the change in the US dollar in India, which has steadily declined over the past month.
Chuwi showed a budget laptop
The manufacturer has released a lot of inexpensive and powerful tablets and laptops, now a new model called Chuwi Herobook has been released. This is a budget laptop that boasts a very attractive design and decent features that you will definitely like.
Facebook Messenger is testing Dark Mode. Dark Mode
Over the past few months, Facebook Messenger has launched and canceled changes to its interface several times. To complement the dazzling white design, Dark Mode was added the day before, which users of some countries can already see.
Women lower their voices to conquer a man
This time everything turned out to be the opposite: with potential partners who seemed sexually attractive, women tried to communicate in a lower and hoarse voice as possible.
Firefox starts showing ads on new blank tabs.
The latest version of the browser has begun to show text ads on pages with new tabs, and early reports confirm that this happens on all supported desktop platforms.
Australia successfully tested the delivery service with drones
Wing (a subsidiary of Alphabet) was established in 2014. She has been developing systems for the rapid delivery of goods using unmanned aerial vehicles. In 2018, the company conducted a delivery service test in one of the districts of the capital of Australia.
Smart speaker Honor YoYo is made in the form of a washer in a white and gray case
The Honor brand introduced the YoYo smart speaker with an intelligent voice assistant. The novelty is made in the form of a washer in a white and gray case.
The company Fitbit has released a new smart watch Fitbit Versa
The company Fitbit has released a new “smart” watch Fitbit Versa, characterized by the traditional design with a square display. The weight of the watch is only 38 grams, which is certainly a plus.
Voto Mobiles released four new smartphones in India
Smartphones called Voto V11, V12, V3 and V5x cost between $ 70 and $ 100. All models work on the outdated Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.
As for the configuration, the new Voto smartphones are equipped with a 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 processor and 2 GB RAM, as well as 16 GB internal memory, which can be expanded to 128 GB. V11, V12 and V3 are equipped with a 5-inch HD display, and V5x comes with a 5.2-inch HD display. All phones are available in four colors – black, blue, red, champagne.
Scientists have received self-healing insulation material
Scientists have superparamagnetic nanoparticles added to the composition of thermoplastic polymer. As a result, when exposed to a new magnetic material by an alternating magnetic field, the particles begin to move to the damaged section of the insulating layer of the material and “repair” it.
Special film doubles the shelf life of products
Specialists have developed a new type of film, which doubles the shelf life of products. With US supermarkets, start-up Apeel Sciences has already launched special-coated food that doubles the preservation of goods.
The new model of the expansion of the universe proposed string theory
Researchers from Sweden have developed a new model for the expansion of the Universe, explaining the existence of dark energy. In their opinion, our Universe is, in fact, a bubble that expands in an additional dimension. Scientists came to this conclusion by combining the Freeman model and string theory. Swedish researchers suggest that the Universe is the surface of a four-dimensional expanding sphere, the particles inside of which move along a two-dimensional brane with strings. Scientists are confident that if their hypothesis is confirmed, the Universe will continue to expand.
Amoeba was more capable than the most modern computer
Scientists at Keito University in Tokyo discovered the amazing computational abilities of amoebas. Their talent surpasses the capabilities of the most modern computers. Scientists have not yet established how a single-cell creature coped with the “task of a traveling salesman,” one of the most well-known problems in computer science.
Seven most unexpected causes of cancer are named.
Scientists have identified the seven most unexpected causes of cancer. Most surprising is one of the most popular and popular drinks – hot tea, writes MedicForum.
Another problem for the modern man is sedentary work. The more we move, experts say, the lower the risk of a terrible disease.
According to studies, tall people get sick with cancer more often than low ones. For every additional 10 cm of growth, the risk of oncology is increased by 10%. The reasons for this phenomenon has not yet been clarified by science, but there is an assumption that tall people simply have more cells capable of mutation.
One of the most pleasant smells – the smoke from the kebabs can also cause serious illness.
An increased risk of developing a rare type of lymphoma called anaplastic large cell lymphoma, as studies have shown, can have women with a certain type of breast implant. However, this is not breast cancer at all, but a tumor from the cells of the immune system.
5% of all malignant tumors in the world and 6% of cancer deaths are directly related to alcohol consumption annually. Alcohol increases the risk of breast, intestinal, esophagus, liver, mouth and throat tumors.
Another problem is overweight, which increases the likelihood of more than a dozen types of tumors.
The complex for the study of near space will be built in Buryatia
A unique for Russia radigeliograph for 2.5 billion rubles will be built in 2019 in Buryatia. He will predict the “behavior” of the sun: magnetic storms and destructive events that affect satellites in space and on earth, as well as interfere with the operation of power lines.
Volkswagen XL1: this car consumes a minimum of fuel
XL1 was released a limited number of only 250 units, the car was equipped with a hybrid transmission. The transmission combined a two-cylinder oil burner of 0.8 liters and an electric motor with a power of 27 “horses.” Average fuel consumption is only 0.9 liters per 100 kilometers.
Pickup Lamborghini Urus
The web presented an incredible renden. The designer really presented something fantastic – pickup Lamborghini Urus. And despite the minimal chances of waiting for such a car in the factory version, it still looks amazing
Geely has shown a new cross-coupe Geely FY11 based on the Volvo XC40
Geely presented a coupe-shaped crossover based on the Volvo XC40, which received the FY11 index. The novelty has implemented a corporate brand design with rear lights in the style of Geely Atlas. Cross-coupe was created on the CMA platform, and it was developed jointly with the Swedes and forms the basis of the Volvo XC40.
Rare concept racing Ferrari 275 GTB put up for auction
A 1964 car will be sold at auction in Scottsdale by Gooding & Company. Model 275 GTB was created in 1964 as a successor to the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, and the first built on the experimental chassis 06003.
BMW brought to the tests a new generation of hatchback BMW 1-Series
The smallest car in the model range of the Bavarian brand BMW will be completely revised. It is known that the new product will receive a new platform, which should make a number of very important changes to the model. The official presentation should take place this year.
Mercedes-AMG A45 S will get 416 horsepower
Execution A45 S get 421 “horses” under the hood. The latter will be more powerful than the 5-cylinder Audi RS3 / TT RS with 400 hp. There are rumors that the company Mercedes-AMG will present the A45 / A45 S at the Geneva Motor Show, which will be held in March of this year.
Zuckerberg Foundation creates a thought-transforming chip
Scientists from the Zuckerberg Foundation are engaged in the creation of a special chip that can turn thoughts into teams. The founder of the social network Facebook has sold the company’s shares for 30 million dollars to invest money in a new project.
Korean Army will use artificial intelligence for military needs
The Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Korea stated that a research institute had been established in order to develop the latest technologies for military needs in the country. He will be engaged in the development and practical application of artificial intelligence (AI) on the battlefield.
Electricity can be obtained from heat
Scientists from Japan have developed a material that can, by collecting heat, convert it into electricity. It is noted that in terms of money it is relatively inexpensive. Designed by researchers, the generator has high mechanical reliability and can work efficiently.
Xiaomi New Year’s set of products costs 250 euros
China began selling Xiaomi gift sets worth about 250 euros. For this amount, the buyer receives a set of eight items, including a mechanical keyboard and mouse, a mobile speaker, a lamp and a calculator.
Chrome OC will block USB ports to protect hacked Chromebooks
OC Chrome will be able to block USB devices that connect to the laptop without the consent of the owner. This will help provide a high level of protection against hackers. As it became known, this update will be available to all users of the new Chromebook.
Apple has patented a full-screen smartphone
Apple received a patent filed in 2016 on a mysterious smartphone, which made several interesting discoveries. The patent shows that the phone will have a screen from edge to edge, and, unlike the new iPhone models, there will not be any cuts on it.
South Korean government plans to limit exports of OLED equipment to China
The state will limit the export of equipment for the production of OLED panels. It will be referred to as key national technologies, which will make it necessary to obtain state approval for export in each specific case.
Lana Del Rey Releases New Song
American singer Lana Del Rey told in her instagram that she plans to release a new song on January 8th. “I think I will release a new song on January 8,” the singer said.
Musical Live Fest 2019 starts in Sochi
The main platform, according to tradition, will be the Rosa Hall multifunctional concert complex. On January 4 there will be Leningrad for the guests of the festival, and the next day Polina Gagarina will give a solo concert.
In Novosibirsk, an exhibition of European masters of the XVII – XIX centuries
The exhibition presents 44 paintings and drawings of various schools and styles of masters from the Netherlands, Italy, France and Germany. Among them are works by such famous artists as Govert Flink, Narcisso Diaz de la Peña, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and many others.
In Ufa, the buyer who stole a bottle of vodka died after being beaten by a security guard
According to preliminary information, on December 29, store workers saw one of the customers trying to steal food and a bottle of vodka, and called for employees of a private security company. Before the police arrived, they held the man in the back room of the outlet.
Hazardous Chemical Containers Hit the North Sea
According to the portal DutschNews.nl, in at least three containers that have fallen into the so-called Watt Sea (in western toponymy it is customary to call a train of watts – shallow-water sea areas off the coast of the North Sea), organic peroxides.
The head of the PRC is ready to return Taiwan to China
China’s unification cannot harm the interests of other countries, including Taiwan’s legitimate economic interests, it could provide new opportunities for the development and stability of the region, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday.
“The development of relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait proves that Taiwan is part of China, that both banks share the same historical and legal facts, no one has the power to change this,” he said, speaking on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the Permanent Committee of the National People’s Congress to the Taiwanese compatriots.
Because of the strong storm in Finland, 80 thousand houses were left without light
In Finland, because of the raging storm Aapeli, more than 80 thousand houses were left without light. It is reported by Helsingin Sanomat. Wind speeds of 32 meters per second fells trees and power lines.
Ukrainian “daughter” of Sberbank was fined $ 3.5 million
The National Bank of Ukraine imposed a fine on Sberbank (Kiev), the daughter of the Russian State Bank of the same name, in the amount of UAH 94.737 million ($ 3.42 million at the current exchange rate) for repeating risk-taking activities in the field of financial monitoring for a total of over UAH 3 billion.
Uzbekistan introduces a flat scale of tax on personal income of 12%
The personal income tax (PIT) rate of 12% on a flat scale of taxation is introduced in Uzbekistan from January 1, 2019
Highly qualified foreign specialists will pay income tax of 50%. Under this category are recognized foreign citizens who have at least five years of experience in the stated specialty, and also receive a salary (remuneration) of at least an amount equivalent to 60 thousand dollars a year.
The new tax concept also provides for a reduction in the corporate income tax rate to 12% from 14%, for banks – to 20% from 22%, the abolition of mandatory contributions to state trust funds levied on the turnover (revenue) of legal entities, as well as a reduction in the rate property tax of legal entities up to 2% from 5%.
The Ministry of Labor told about the right of Russians for additional vacation days
Since January 1, amendments to the Labor Code of the Russian Federation have entered into force, providing employees with an additional paid day for medical examination. According to the document, this day can be used once every three years, and people of pre-retirement age are entitled to two days of such leave annually.
Residents of the Baltic States spend the most in the EU on alcohol
According to Eurostat, the European statistical agency, which released its latest data today, January 2, spending on alcohol by an average Estonian citizen makes up 5.2% of its total income. In Latvia, 4.9%, Lithuanian residents spend 4% of their monthly income on alcohol. This is followed by residents of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary. Spaniards spend the least money on alcohol – only 0.8%
Putin and Macron discuss intra-Ukrainian crisis
Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with the French leader Emmanuel Macron, in which the two heads of state exchanged views on the Ukrainian crisis, while discussing Ukrainian provocation in the Kerch Strait. This is the press service of the Kremlin.
Ukraine banned the TV channel NewsOne
The termination of the broadcast channel NewsOne reported Ukrainian provider “Lanet”, which is among the ten largest in the country. The reason, in his report, was a violation of the law on the prohibition of broadcasts, popularizing the authorities of Russia.
“From January 1, 2019, the broadcasting of NewsOne and Maxi TV (OUR) channels in the cable television network (both in analog and digital) and in the Lanet.TV online television service will be stopped,” in the message on the provider’s site