English Edition. January 27, 2015  Updated: 18 min ago
    Bansi was formed in the southwestern Indian Ocean on January 11, 2015. By the time this photo was taken on the following day, Bansi had achieved tropical cyclone strength, with sustained maximum winds over 185 kilometers (115 miles) per hour.
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      ECB Exchange Rates (January 27, 2015)
    1 EUR=1.1306USD +0.00620graph »
    1 EUR=0.74725GBP -0.00170graph »
    1 EUR=1.0170CHF +0.01560graph »
    1 EUR=7.0603CNY +0.02790graph »
    1 EUR=69.4010INR +0.33190graph »
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      Key ECB Interest Rates, effective from September 10, 2014
      Deposit facility -0.2000 % p.a.  -0.1000  
      Marginal lending facility 0.3000 % p.a.  -0.1000  
      Main refinancing operations (fixed) 0.0500 % p.a.  -0.1000  

      NY Foreign Exchange Noon Rates of January 23, 2015
    1 EUR=1.1279USD -0.01350graph »
    1 GBP=1.5022USD -0.00300graph »
    1 USD=0.8760CHF +0.00820graph »
    1 USD=6.2279CNY +0.01940graph »
    1 USD=61.4600INR +0.14000graph »
    1 USD=117.8000JPY -0.12000graph »
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