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East Wind: a new era of freight between the UK and China

http://www.railway-technology.com/features/featureeast-wind-a-new-era-of-freight-between-the-uk-and-china-5740643/


China has launched a direct rail freight service to London, as part of its drive to develop trade and investment ties with Europe through the New Silk Road. What will this mean for rail freight between the UK and Asia’s superpower?After an 18-day trip across more than 12,000km, the first freight train from China arrived to much fanfare in London on 18 January, heralding a new era of trade between the two countries.Loaded with suitcases, clothes and an assortment of household goods, the 34-wagon freight train passed through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France, before crossing the English Channel into the UK. The route followed the steps of the old Silk Road, the centuries-old trade artery between China and Europe.The new railway is hoped to, once again, strengthen the ties between the two economies and reinvigorate the 2,000-year-old trading rou…

Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway and regional connectivity

https://www.dailysabah.com/op-ed/2017/02/20/baku-tbilisi-kars-railway-and-regional-connectivity


ÖZGENURÖĞÜTCÜPublished12 hours agoThe construction site of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, is one of the most important projects in the Eurasia region to increase the regional activityThe Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project is not only a Eurasia-centered development, but it is also a ray of hope for increasing regional and global economic cooperation and bilateral relationsThe gravity of the world's economic growth and production is shifting from West to East. Regional powers and outside actors, such as the United States, the European Union, Japan, Russia and others, have developed many projects to engage with countries in Eurasia in a framework to strengthen regional cooperation. Having direct connections with Iran, Russia, the Black Sea region, China and Europe via Turkey, Eurasia stands at the crossroads of old and emerging transportation corridors. Recently, with China's increasing …

Cpec Issues: Business schools form consortium   

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1319786/cpec-issues-business-schools-form-consortium/



By APPPublished: February 8, 2017
ISLAMABADA consortium of top Pakistani business schools was formed to engage the academic sector for applied research on various industrial and business opportunities related to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The decision was taken in a meeting here at Planning Commission under the chairmanship of Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Professor Ahsan Iqbal. Deans of top Pakistani business schools attended the meeting. It was decided that the consortium will work for applied research to analyse the impact of Chinese investment in CPEC projects in the field of energy, infrastructure and industrial cooperation to ensure transformation of Pakistan into a new hub of trade for the whole world.   While speaking on the occasion, Professor Ahsan Iqbal instructed the consortium to focus on industry cooperation under CPEC.Published in The Express Tribune, Februar…

Who are these brothers trying to fool ?

By Dustin Balochhttps://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10210765807753842&id=1009511696One Brother is shouting for Freedom in London with a world renowned Bugga, Peter Tachell, while the other Brother along with Waja Sana Baloch, is proudly sitting with Mullah Sherani, the head of Pakistan's Islamic Ideological Council, the most extremist Mullah in Pakistan, kissing his ass and asking him to help secure Balochistan for Baloch people. How delusional and lost one can be more than that???#LosersIt is good that the Mullah slapped them right back on their faces by saying that there is no harm in including the Afghan Refugees into Balochistan Census. Who are these brothers trying to fool ?

Terror attacks aim to foil CPEC, claims Ahsan

http://nation.com.pk/national/20-Feb-2017/terror-attacks-aim-to-foil-cpec-claims-ahsan


February 20, 2017SIALKOT-Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has termed the recent terrorist attacks in the country international conspiracy aimed to destabilise Pakistan and affect the China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
Pakistan had ever played its frontline role in crushing the terrorism and establishing peace in the world.
Talking to newsmen after visiting Khawaja Muhammad Safdar Medical College (KMSMC) he added that the anti-Pakistan elements were unable to digest the grand CPEC project, due to which they were busy hatching conspiracies to destabilise Pakistan economically and politically. He said that the whole Pakistani nation stands united against terrorism and was ready to sacrifice even their lives for crushing terrorism.
He added that the CPEC project would bring a revolution of prosperity in Pakistan. He said that the mega project of China Pakistan Economic C…

Gujarat: Makarani Baloch welcome Mazdak Dilshad Baloch , press coverage

Press coverage of Mazdak Dilshad Baloch during his recent visit to Gujarat to meet Makrani Baloch Community.

CPEC is a ‘lifeline’ for Pakistan’

http://dailytimes.com.pk/pakistan/19-Feb-17/cpec-is-a-lifeline-for-pakistan

PPI19-Feb-17441ISLAMABADKashmir Affairs Minister Chaudhary Muhammad Barjees Tahir has said that the government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is sincerely working for the development of the country.He was addressing a public meeting after inaugurating a gas provision project at NawanPind area of Tehsil Safdarabad in District Sheikhupura.BarjeesTahir said that Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif has put the country on the path of progress and prosperity.The minister said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a lifeline for Pakistan and the country will become pivotalfor trade in Asia

JSMM calls for strike across Sindh against CPEC today

http://wap.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/jsmm-calls-for-strike-across-sindh-against-cpec-today-117022000131_1.html

ANI | Karachi [Pakistan] Feb 20, 2017 09:28 AM IST
The Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM), a major separatist political party in Sindh, Pakistan, has given a call of strike across the province against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) today.Following this development, a grand operation had been started against JSMM since 48 hours and more than 150 workers and their relatives have been arrested.JSMM Chairman Shafi Burfat's elder brother Habibullah Burfat along with his two sons namely Hosho and Hamer has been arrested.His relatives including his brother-in-law, a well known journalist Ghulam Rasool Burfat, along with his brother have also been picked up.Forces had arrested JSMM chairman's father in law, 80-year-old M Qasim along with his two sons Azam and Asif Burfat.JSMM has vowed that they would continue their struggle against CPEC and strike will be …

The misconceptions about CPEC

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/187576-The-misconceptions-about-CPEC



By Zahoor Khan MarwatFebruary 20, 2017Print : National
As we know that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an important part of the Chinese massive ‘One Belt One Road’ (OBOR) transcontinental and trans-oceanic initiative. The port of Gwadar will connect China with Central Asia, Africa, Middle East and Europe through a network of rail, road and motorways envisioned under the project, which aims to economically uplift underdeveloped China’s western region of Xinjiang.While the entire world looks at the CPEC through the same lens, an unprecedented anti-CPEC campaign is being unleashed by hostile elements, including India, at various international fora and organizations with the aim to scuttle the project and deprive Pakistan of its benefits. Efforts are aimed at creating controversies and mistrust of the people in the mega projects through various means and exploiting fault-lines in the society.It is being cla…

A slice of south India in Balochistan

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A file photo of Quetta, Balochistan. Photo: AFPBrahui is a Dravidian language spoken by close to 2 million in the Pakistani provinceKarthik VenkateshFirst Published: Sat, Feb 18 2017. 11 45 PM ISTIn a piece written some years ago, the political commentator and writer Mohan Guruswamy talks of meeting Baloch children on a visit to New Delhi. The children were evidently surprised when they discovered that uruand arisi were words that meant village and rice in their tongue as well as in Tamil, a language that Mohan Guruswamy understood. In the same piece, Guruswamy also talks of his father, who served in Quetta before Partition, hearing a language spoken by some of the employees that sounded vaguely like Tamil. The children and the employees in question were both Brahui speakers. Brahui is a Dravidian language spoken by close to 2 million mostly in the Pakistani province of Balochistan. Besi…

Picture of the day: Mazdak Baloch and Munaf Baloch

Mazdak Dilshad Baloch and Munaf Baloch in Gujarat meeting with Makrani Baloch community.

THE SLEEPWALKING HABIT

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Saturday, 18 February 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Instead of blaming India, Islamabad must resetIn a comment that can only be called absurd, Pakistan has accused India of endangering regional piece through a military build-up and of seeking to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The remark has come after an equally laughable allegation by Islamabad that India was in the process of establishing a “secret nuclear city” by stockpiling nuclear arsenal. If levelling wild accusations is the way Pakistan wants to reset ties with India, then it is wasting its time. The problem with Islamabad is that it refuses to realise that no sensible country in the world would take such remarks seriously. On the contrary, Pakistan is making itself more of a laughing stock. Since it is so concerned about regional peace and stability, it must devote time and resources to address the issue of its backing to militant groups a…

“There will be blood”

https://www.samaa.tv/pakistan/2017/02/there-will-be-blood/
February 17, 2017By: Naumann Ansaari

Written by: NaumannAnsaariRemember that enemy needs mass for massacre in sensitive places so that terror resonance could go higher in making CPEC weaker. There should be no doubt that new axis of evil in form of Indian, Afghan intelligence agencies with incorporation of Afghan war monger predator groups are jointly busy in making CPEC project fail for months. D.G. ISPR has, rightly, described the recent situation saying in his tweet betimes:“Recent terror acts are being executed on directions from hostile powers and from sanctuaries in Afghanistan. We shall defend and respond.”As long as motherland comes under attack by hostile powers with their malign intentions; a good retaliation with squelch action becomes inevitable and our COAS recent statement truly depicts the iron intention against our enemy. He said:“Each drop of nation’s blood shall be revenged and revenged immediately. No more res…

200MW wind energy projects under CPEC to be completed this year

http://nation.com.pk/business/19-Feb-2017/200mw-wind-energy-projects-under-cpec-to-be-completed-this-year


ISLAMABAD: Three wind power projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with installed capacity of 200 megawatts would start their commercial operation by mid of the current fiscal year.The sources in planning ministry suggested that the 50 megawatt HydroChina Dawood wind power project is expected to be completed by next month whereas UEP wind power project with installed capacity of 99 megawatts is likely to be completed by September, 2017.Additionally, the commercial operation date of the 50 megawatt Sachal Energy Development wind project is set in June, 2017.The Three Gorges Wind Farm Pakistan project with installed capacity of 100 megawatts, however, is likely to be completed by September 2018.Regarding the current status of this project, the sources revealed that letters of support have been issued by AEDB while security documents (EPA, IA and direct agreement) have…

Mazdak Baloch at a function in Gujarat

Mazdak Dilshad Baloch at a function organised by Makrani Baloch Samaj in Gujarat. Also Mr.Munaf Baloch.

Munich Security Conference: Pakistan to highlight CPEC’s significance

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By Webmaster -February 19, 2017Munich conferenceIslamabadPakistan will highlight significance of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in promoting regional connectivity at 53rd Munich Security Conference, taking place in Bavarian City, Munich, Germany.
Pakistan is being represented at the conference by Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif. According to Pakistan’s ambassador to Germany Jauhar Saleem, Pakistani delegation will also hold discussion on various matters including security situation and peace in Afghanistan and South Asia, and human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
Agenda of this year’s conference is future of transatlantic relations and NATO after the election of Donald Trump, the state of European cooperation in security and defence matters, relations with Russia as well as the war in Syria. Security situation in the Asia-Pacific and information warfare will also come under discussion.
“The c…

Centre urged to give KP due share in CPEC

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/187313-Centre-urged-to-give-KP-due-share-in-CPEC



By Shahid Hussain YousafzaiFebruary 19, 2017Print : Peshawar

TIMERGARA: Members of the Timergara district bar and civil society in Lower Dir district on Saturday demanded the federal government to give due share to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in railways, industrial zones, fibre optics and other mega projects included in the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).The demand was made at a seminar organised by Corridor Front, a province wide forum constituted to raise awareness among people regarding KP’s deprivation of its due share in the CPEC.Corridor Front president Dr Said Alam Mahsud, Zakir Hussain advocate, district bar Timergara president Salim Khan, lawyers from different political parties’ wings including Javed Akhtar from PML-N, advocate Shah Faisal Yousafzai and Hazrat Rahman advocate from ANP, Javed Iqbal Yousafzai and Jehan Bahadar advocate from PPP, PTI local leader Malik Rahatullah, civil society me…

2017 year of the CPEC take off

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/02/19/2017-year-of-the-cpec-take-off/
 BY MIANABRARHow far it has really comeToday, load shedding has become a rare phenomenon for urbanites while life has changed in far flung areas too

There has been a lot of talk about the game-changing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) yet there is a little authentic information available, especially in the press. A thorough investigation has revealed that the CPEC is about to take off now and seventeen of its early harvest projects are in an advanced stage.With an extraordinary pace of ground work, almost seventeen projects costing around US$ 16 billion are either completed or are in a near completion stage. With this achievement, CPEC is fast becoming a reality now.When in late 2013 as the first Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting took up the CPEC discussion, the Pakistani team put its first demand to give priority to energy projects to help generate over 10,000 megawatts as electricity shortage was…

Mazdak Baloch meeting with former Gujarat Minister

Mazdak Baloch in Gujarat