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CPEC : Railways to recruit 123,000 new employees Updated On 23 January,2017 11:07 pm123,000 new employees to be recruited, Chinese staff to be hired for engineering, mechanical sectorsRAHIM YAR KHAN: (Daily Dunya) – Pakistan Railways is going to recruit 123,000 new employees in its four divisions under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, reported Daily Dunya.According to the details, 123,000 new employees will be recruited in Railways while Chinese staff will be hired for engineering and mechanical departments.The new recruits will be employed in Sukkur, Quetta, Karachi and Peshawar divisions from scale 1 to 14.Practical steps have been started by Railways in this regard upon the directions of the federal government.

Real game-changer: Panama, not CPEC

By Ayaz AmirJanuary 24, 2017Print : OpinionIslamabad diarySince when did bricks and mortar, up and down motorways, and a few power stations thrown in, change the fate of nations? What industrial revolution did the South Korean-built Lahore-Islamabad motorway usher in? What industrial zones has it helped create?Pakistan’s problem is not motorways or orange line trains. If only eradicating moral decay and social backwardness was that simple. Its problem is the rediscovery of national purpose, something only possible if the right hands are on the steering wheel.Pakistan would not have been possible without Jinnah. The Bolshevik Revolution would not have happened without Lenin. Cuba could not have stood up to the United States without Castro. The regeneration of Pakistani society is impossible without the right leadership – leadership not morally tainted and endowed, if we are lucky, with courage, understanding and v…


Tuesday, 24 January 2017 11:53Posted by BR Research 13The Planning Commissions silence over CPECs transparency issue is growing, even as critique by public economists and businesses mounts by the day, and mushrooming anecdotal evidence suggests that a strategic fog is filling up the space.Of the few things known for sure is that CPEC is happening; it is the future unless Pakistan is bent on messing it up. It is also certain by now that the number of Chinese firms being incorporated in Pakistan is growing (See BR Research column: New firm data: reading the pulse of economy, January 23, 2017).Although a host of CPEC spill over transactions have been witnessed (such the PSX deal, Shanghai Electrics stake in K-Electric or Shandong Yongtais JV with Roshan Packages) businesses and economists alike know well that it takes at least a decade for projects like CPEC in general, or Greenfield port at Gwadar in part…

Poverty alleviation key to decreasing insurgency

January 24, 2017RECORDER REPORT0 CommentsChairperson, Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Marvi Memon Monday assured the people of Balochistan that through new survey in August and biometric payment system by 2018, poverty would be managed better in all districts of Pakistan especially in Balochistan.She said this during her visit to various primary schools being run under the Waseela-e-Taleem programme and BISP Beneficiary Committees (BBCs) operating here.She said poverty alleviation was key for decreasing deprivations and insurgency in Balochistan, adding BISP intend to increase staff in Balochistan including offices at earliest to handle better servicing of its beneficiaries."The BISP treats equally all the provinces and regions of the country. The remote and deprived areas are on our priority list," she said.Besides financial assistance, Marvi said, BISP was aimed at uplifting these areas by investing in the education …

Eight security personnel injured in Balochistan ambush
January 23, 2017, 11:32 pmAn attack on a military convoy in Balochistan's Panjgoor district left eight security personnel injured on Monday."They were ambushed while passing through the district's mountainous Gichak area to conduct a raid against miscreants," said a security official.The injured security personnel were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. Security forces cordoned off the area and initiated a search for the culprits.Balochistan has been experiencing incidents of violence and targeted killings for over a decade. The largest province of the country by area, is home to a insurgency by ethnic Baloch separatists.Al Qaeda-linked and sectarian militants also operate in the region. The province shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran.