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7th batch of 118 small farmers of Balochistan trained under RADP

April 8, 2017IslamabadMinistry of National Food Security and Research in collaboration with Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has trained 7th batch of 118 small farmers of Balochistan province.
The farmers were trained under Research for Agricultural Development Programme (RADP), which aimed to develop the agriculture sector of the province, an official of the ministry said.
The course was organised by Agriculture Poly-technique Institute of National Agriculture Research Center, PARC, he added.
The PARC, he said had launched various projects for promoting agriculture, livestock and horticulture sectors to enhance the farm income of small scale farmers for alleviating poverty from less developed areas of the province.
He said farmers were provided four weeks training, giving special priority to small farmers of the province for their capacity building.
Under the programme, he said 1,000 small farmer…

Zardari asks Baloch to avoid being used by enemy
April 8, 2017

Says they should see condition of Muslims in IndiaJAFFARABAD: Chairman Pakistan People's Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari on Friday said that today the whole world was in one chip and our Baloch friends should see the condition of Muslims in India.Addressing a ceremony organised on the 50th death anniversary of Mir Jaffar Jamali here on Friday, he said: “Do we want to face death penalty for slaughtering cow? We will not even be able to eat eggs. What is happening with our daughters and other population in held Kashmir and what is being done with Muslims all over India is an eye-opener. Our friends are being misguided in Balochistan and I want to tell you that at the end, the loss will be yours.”  Zardari asked Baloch to avoid being used at the hands of enemy.Pointing to Syria, Libya and Egypt, he said tanks over-ran 400 people, but it was just news for the CNN for one day. T…

CPEC fears : Have fun reading this

MOAZZAMHUSAINThe writer is author of the book Putting Pakistan Right: Standpoints on the War on Terror, Energy, Transit Corridors &Economic Development.AT the start of this year I had raised the question whether the CPEC projects are loans or FDI. My January column in this paper titled ‘Chinese investment’ had gone on to conclude that overwhelmingly the CPEC funds fell within the definition of FDI.The successive weeks saw a series of opinion pieces (including some in this newspaper) extensively discuss the loans and repayment obligations ‘arising from CPEC’ and whether or not the country will be able to afford these. The writers went on to calculate year-wise loan repayment instalments, repatriation of earnings as well as the cost of importing fuel for the power plants. To my mind these reflect an unnecessary phobia we have in this country about anything involving foreign loans. But more importantly th…

Gilgit Baltistan People protest in London

CPEC generating interest from developed economies

BEIJING : There is great potential for developed economies like the United Kingdom (UK) to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and other projects in China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative.Britain’s desire to join CPEC“The UK is poised to be a key partner of CPEC” and will host a conference in Islamabad in May, Chinese newspaper “Global Times” quoting a UK government’s website reported on Friday.The news offers a positive signal that the CPEC has received an increasing amount of attention from developed economies. China is likely to welcome enterprises from the UK and other developed nations to participate in the construction of CPEC which has long been seen as a flagship project in the OBOR initiative.The initiative not only provides a platform for China and countries along the routes to enhance cooperation, but also adheres to the principle of openness and inclusiveness in gl…

Donkeys to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa , CPEC to Punjab

For 'all-weather friend' China, Pakistan to ramp up breeding of donkeysShailaja Neelakantan | TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Apr 8, 2017, 03.33PM IST
BCCL -HIGHLIGHTSGelatin made from a donkey's hide is an ingredient in much of Chinese medicineNiger and Burkina Faso have both banned donkey exportsPakistan's donkey breeding project will be a $1 billion programmeNEW DELHI: China is investing as much a $50-odd billion in Pakistan for CPEC, so Pakistan, which will do anything for its 'all-weather' buddy China, is ramping up donkey breeding for China.Sources have told Pakistan's The Express Tribune that the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government will soon begin a project to increase the donkey population in the province.
That's because gelatin made from a donkey's hide is an ingredient in much of Chinese medicine and is therefore highly…

China playing the double game

*Comment by a reader at Global Times▶ At one point you (chinese scholars) say that China is building purely economic relation with South Asian countries around India and at other, you indicate that you have been building these relationship to have an advantage in the time of a conflict with India. ▶ You(China) supply missiles technology, military equipment, fighter aircratfts etc to Pakistan (India's arch rival) on one hand to balance power equation in south asia and want Bullet train contracts in India awarded to you on the other hand?▶ You (China) don't let India join NSG, build an economic corridor through an Indian region which is illegally occupied by Pakistan, but want India to be sit quite and do nothing? Who is playing the double game? India is the fastest growing major economy, and it is sure that it will grow faster than China for atleast 2 decades, so the GDP gap is always going to get narrower. India has a population of 1.3 Billion and it is a Democracy. So it is a…

Muneer Mengal in Japan meeting senators

if China engages in a geopolitical game with India

Chinese media media says With a GDP several times higher than that of India, military capabilities that can reach the Indian Ocean and having good relations with India's peripheral nations, coupled with the fact that India's turbulent northern state borders China, if China engages in a geopolitical game with India, will Beijing lose to New Delhi?"Yes, Beijing may loose the geopolitical game. Putting Pakistan aside, none of Indian peripheral nations will choose China over India. So, don't consider this option even by mistake. Further if India will consider to reciprocate the same with China, think about the Chinese peripheral countries in East and South China Sea. So, it will surely be disastrous for both nations.One more thing, China can't restrict the rise of India by creating obstacles like membership of NSG or using veto for terrorists. Indian rise is not dependent upon such small things. So, it is better for both the nations to help each other instead of creat…