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Woman Maoist who guarded senior rebel leader surrenders to Odisha police

Rame Madkami, who was an Area Commander Member (ACM) of the protection party of Maoist central committee member Akkiraju Haragopal alias Ramakrishna ,carried a bounty of Rs 4 lakh on her head. Updated: Dec 02, 2020, 22:25 IST By Debabrata Mohanty, Hindustan Times Bhubaneswar Rame Madkami joined the CPI (Maoist) seven years ago at the age of 16. (Representtional Photo) A 23-year-old woman Maoist of Malkangiri district who was a bodyguard of senior Maoist leader Ramakrishna surrendered to the Odisha police on Wednesday Rame Madkami, who was an Area Commander Member (ACM) of the protection party of Maoist central committee member Akkiraju Haragopal alias Ramakrishna surrendered before the Koraput’s superintendent of police Mukesh Kumar Bhamoo. She carried a bounty of Rs 4 lakh on her head. A resident of Kurub village of Malkangiri district, Madkami had joined the “ Sanskrutika Gana Natya Mandali” the cultural troupe of CPI (Maoist) seven years ago at the age of 16 . She was given military
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1,523 AIDS patients reported in Balochistan

7 HIV centres provide medicines to registered patients Mohammad Zafar  |  December 03, 2020     Photo: File QUETTA: In a startling revelation, the Balochistan (AIDS) Control Programme Manager Dr Afzal Zarkoon disclosed that 1,523 patients suffering with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome have been reported in the entire province. While addressing a press conference at Quetta Press Club, Dr Zarkoon said, more than 6,000 AIDS patients have not been registered with the Balochistan Health Department. “Out of the 1,523 patients, 1,195 are registered in Quetta and 328 in Turbat. There are currently 26,000 HIV patients in the country.” He appealed to the provincial government for releasing funds to battle aids and raise awareness among the masses. "Media, scholars, teachers and people from all walks of life must play a role in eradicating AIDS," he added. “The next year’s aim should be the eradication of the dangerous disease that destroy’s the body’s immune system.” It is pertinent

CPEC projects expected to pick up pace soon

Business Our Correspondent   December 03, 2020 ISLAMABAD: Minister for Economic Affairs Khusro Bakhtyar on Wednesday expressed hope that implementation of projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor framework would be expedited.Bakhtyar... ISLAMABAD: Minister for Economic Affairs Khusro Bakhtyar on Wednesday expressed hope that implementation of projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework would be expedited. Bakhtyar hoped that the joint cooperation committee meeting that is scheduled for December would be successful and that the implementation of important socioeconomic, energy, transport, infrastructure and special economic zone projects would be expedited. “Agriculture is one of the key sectors for the Pakistan’s economy… Pakistan and China should deepen and expand cooperation in the agriculture sector under CPEC umbrella to enhance productivity and value addition,” the minister said during a meeting with China’s newly appointed Ambassador Nong Rong. Economi

# GIVING TUESDAY

Dear  Friend, # GIVING TUESDAY Over the past few months,  a team of concerned citizens of the world has been working to build a long-term institution to research and advocate for the rights of under-represented communities across the world, and build a coalition of such communities. This is the International Commission for Human Rights and Religious Freedom (ICHRRF).   The field of human rights and religious freedom is usurped by vested interests against the interests of unorganized religions and weaker communities. The lens through which 'religion', 'justice' and 'equality' are understood is also biased in favor of certain religio-philosophical entrenched systems that are unable to look at the issues through an objective prism. As a result, these under-represented and marginalized communities are constantly harassed and shamed about their value systems, or when their tribulations are addressed, it is with some condescension at their 'primitive' beliefs

China's tweet 'wrong', Andrews says, but Belt and Road deal stays

By  Michael Fowler  and  Liam Mannix December 2, 2020 — 1.54pm Premier Daniel Andrews has followed Prime Minister Scott Morrison in sharply denouncing a propaganda image shared by the Chinese government on social media but said it would have no impact on Victoria's Belt and Road agreement with Beijing. Mr Andrews said he discussed the fabricated picture – which depicted an Australian soldier with a knife to the throat of an Afghan child – with Mr Morrison on Tuesday. Premier Daniel Andrews called the Chinese propaganda image 'beyond the pale'.  JOE ARMAO "That [image] was just beyond the pale. It's wrong. I condemn it," Mr Andrews said on Wednesday morning. But asked if he was reconsidering the Belt and Road agreement in the light of its publication on Twitter and  China's aggressive escalation in rhetoric since , the Premier had a one-word answer: "No". An hour earlier one of Mr Andrew' ministers, who was involved in negotiating the state

Climate ranking for China’s Belt and Road Initiative could limit coal plants

State report released Tuesday suggests a colour-coded classification mechanism that will bring in more stringent supervision of BRI's coal plants and metal smelters. BLOOMBERG NEWS 1 December, 2020 The National Gate building in Khorgas, Xinjiang Xinjiang sits at the geographic heart of Xi's signature Belt and Road Initiative| Bloomberg Beijing:  Coal-fired power plants and metal smelters would require more stringent supervision and face tougher financing under a plan to improve evaluation of the environmental and climate impact of projects in China’s Belt and Road Initiative. A color-coded classification mechanism would help China’s government, financial institutions and companies to make better assessments on risks associated with investments overseas, according to a report released Tuesday by the Belt and Road Initiative International Green Development Coalition. The  coalition , supervised by China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment, sees green projects including solar an

Project classification mechanism launched for Belt and Road Initiative

One of the world's most ambitious infrastructure development projects—Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)—could soon adopt a classification system to prevent ecological damages.  The investments for developing roads, ports, bridges, power plants and mining would be placed under positive and negative lists based on pollution, release of climate harming gases, deforestation and loss of wildlife. The system would help categorize projects as green, yellow and red based on ecological damages caused and measures taken to prevent it.  While projects using fossil fuels like coal-fired power plants known for emitting a large amount of greenhouse gases would be placed under the red category, those using renewable energy, causing negligible environmental damage, would get a green tag. The yellow category would comprise of projects having a moderate impact on the environment. "The positive and negative list will provide a foundation for governmental bodies to make sure overseas investment is i

India refuses to support China’s Belt and Road project at SCO meet

India has repeatedly said it will not join BRI because it does not offer a level playing ground to the country’s businesses. Updated: Nov 30, 2020, 21:39 IST By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times New Delhi BRI or the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, President Xi Jinping’s flagship programme for trade and connectivity, was backed by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. (Photo @MEAIndia) India on Monday didn’t join other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in backing China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which New Delhi has consistently opposed as a key part of it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). BRI or the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, President Xi Jinping’s flagship programme for trade and connectivity, was backed by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in a joint communiqué issued at the end of the SCO council of heads of government meeting hosted by India. The communiqué sai

Pak-China JWG reviews progress of Gwadar projects

16 hours ago INP       ISLAMABAD    -  The fifth meeting of the Joint Working Group on Gwadar was held through a video link which reviews the level of progress in Gwadar, Gwadar Pro reported on Tuesday. During the meeting, both the sides expressed satisfaction over the progress made in port development and the Chinese side appreciated the support provided by Pakistan in the port operationalization, particularly enabling the Afghan transit trade through Gwadar. The meeting was co-chaired by Secretary Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives (PD&SI) Mathar Niaz Rana from the Pakistan side and Director General, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Ying Xiong, from the Chinese side. In his opening remarks, the Director General, NDRC said that the development of the Gwadar was a priority and will be pushed forward with vigor and zeal. The Secretary, PD&SI acknowledged the continuous support extended by the Chinese government for the development of Gwada

PoK government signs agreements with Chinese firm to build 700MW hydropower project

PTI ISLAMABAD:  02 DECEMBER 2020 16:43 IST UPDATED: 02 DECEMBER 2020 17:44 IST         China Gezhouba Group and its local partner Laraib Group Pakistan are the shareholders of the ‘ Azad Pattan Hydropower Project’. The government in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir has signed agreements with a Chinese company and a local renewable energy firm for the construction of 700MW hydropower project at an estimated cost of $1.35 billion in the region as part of the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a media report said on Wednesday. China Gezhouba Group and its local partner Laraib Group Pakistan are the shareholders of the ‘Azad Pattan Hydropower Project’, which is located on Jhelum river in Sadhanoti district of PoK, Dawn newspaper reported. The consortium of lenders consists of China Development Bank, China Construction Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Bank of China, the paper said. Advertising The implementation agreement and water use charges agreement for construction o