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Sports facilities along CPEC proposed January 30, 2017 KARACHI: Pakistan Olympic Association’s (POA) senior vice-president Syed Aqil Shah on Sunday suggested that sports facilities should be built along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. “It would bring a sea change if sports facilities were built along this corridor,” Shah told ‘The News’ after his presentation at a seminar organsied by POA at Lahore on Sunday. “ If this subject is included in the CPEC, China will do it for you ,” he added. “There are five subjects very important for sports development: infrastructure, coaching, training, competitions and incentives,” Shah said. He said that Pakistan needs a sports academy and the plains near Mansehra are ideal for such projects. “If an academy is established at Chattar or Pakhli plains it will help a lot. If athletes undergo training at a high altitude it will develop their stamina,” Shah pointed out. He stressed induction of sportspe

CPEC – the trade dimension MUHAMMAD ASHRAF  — PUBLISHED about 3 hours ago The China Pakistan Economic Corridor — with an outlay of $54bn — entails an FDI inflow that is more than the cumulative net FDI inflows of the country. An extension of China’s ambitious One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, the CPEC has three major components — an economic corridor comprising a network of highways, railways, pipelines and optical fibre, energy generation and distribution infrastructure, and Special Economic Zones (SEZs). The sheer size of the project, however propitious it might appear, is fraught with uncertainties. Therefore a dispassionate analysis is required to capitalise on opportunities and mitigate risks. First, development of road, rail and port infrastructure will reduce the infrastructure deficit that is currently hampering linking the production base with domestic and foreign markets. Internal connectivity increases competitiveness by decreasing int

Farming: the missing CPEC link MOHAMMAD HUSSAIN KHAN  — PUBLISHED about 3 hours ago In the sixth Pakistan-China Joint Cooperation Committee recently, Sindh got three projects included in the CPEC: the Keti Bunder port, the Karachi Circular Railway and the Dhabeji Special Economic Zone. But the farm sector and food processing units are yet to feature in any CPEC programme, though the cooperation for agricultural development is one of the potential areas for inclusion in the project, according to the Planning Commission of Pakistan. Corporate farming is yet an area of possible cooperation, perhaps through joint ventures. Some Sindh government representatives working on the CPEC projects admit that the agriculture sector does not feature anywhere in the federal government’s priority list. The farm sector is yet to feature in any CPEC programme, though the cooperation for agricultural development is one of the potential areas for inclusion in the proj

CPEC — Beginning of a new era / Comment 14 HOURS AGO BY  ALI SUKHANVAR Propaganda and disinformation   It is also a fact that for the last many years Indian agents are trying their best to misguide the people of Balochistan that the government of Pakistan is exploiting their natural resources     The truth is the truth though most of the time it is bitter but there must be a clear difference between truth and propaganda. No war could be won on the basis of propaganda but some of our friends in India are trying to win a self-waged war against their closest neighbor, Pakistan. A few days back, an article was published by a blogger Shabir Choudhry with the title, CPEC is not a holy Cow. The author begins his article with very bitter criticism on Pakistan, particularly on CPEC. He says, ‘Pakistan faces many serious problems; and among them is the status and invulnerability of holy cows, and people who are above the Pakistani laws. Bitter

Balochistan private schools body assails regulatory bill THE NEWSPAPER'S CORRESPONDENT — PUBLISHED about 15 hours ago DERA MURAD JAMALI: A procession was taken out here on Saturday in protest against a piece of legislation titled ‘Private Schools Regulatory Authority Bill 2015’ adopted by the Balochistan Assembly recently. Organised by the teachers, students and office-bearers of the Balochistan Private Schools Association (BPSA), the participants marched on main thoroughfares of the city carrying placards and banners inscribed with their demands. BPSA divisional president Ibrahim Khosa and general secretary Amanullah Mengal, speaking on the occasion, described the bill as a conspiracy against the private educational institutions. The government, they alleged, wanted to lower the standard of education by making it mandatory for students of Class 5 to appear in board examinations. They rejected the bill and criticised the Balochistan Education

Trump should go after terrorism in Pakistan: Karzai

Days after losing two relatives in the Kandahar Governor’s house bomb blast, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the incoming U.S. President must keep the promises on ending terror camps in Pakistan that President Obama failed to. Mr. Karzai confirmed claims made by his former aide Aimal Faizi, who wrote in The Hindu this week about letters President Obama had written to then-President Karzai in 2012, where he had expressly promised to “degrade safe havens” in Pakistan, particularly for the Haqqani group and groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba that carried out attacks in Afghanistan. "He [Mr. Obama] gave many such promises to me, and my disappointment with him was the reason for the difficulties in our [U.S.-Afghanistan] relationship,” Mr. Karzai said in an interview on Friday. “If they were targeting extremism, not Afghans, they knew where it was coming from. It was coming from beyond our borders, [from Pakistan]. That’s where they should have gone, that’s where President T