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Balochistan CM gives laptops to 450 students The Newspaper's Staff Correspondent February 06, 2018 QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo on Monday distributed laptops among 450 male and female students of different universities and colleges in a ceremony held at the CM secretariat. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister urged the students to focus on their studies and after completing their education play their role for the development of the country and the province. “Educated youth are the only source through which Balochistan could be made a developed province,” Mr Bizenjo said. He said some misguided people wanted to use the youth to destroy their own province. But, he added, they would remained failed in completing their nefarious designs against the country. “Our youngsters are aware of the situation and they are committed to the betterment of the province,” he added. The chief minister vowed to provide better education and employment opportunities to th

Veteran Baloch journalist Siddque Baloch passes away in Karachi QUETTA : Veteran Baloch journalist and author Siddque Baloch possessed away after protracted illness Monday night in a private hospital in Karachi, his family sources told. Sources told that he would be laid to rest in Karachi.  He was suffering from cancer for many years.  He was 77. Baloch was English-language journalist, and an authority on Balochistan’s social, political and economic matters. Siddque Baloch was Editor-in-chief of the English daily Balochistan Express (Quetta), The Guardian (Karachi) an Urdu daily Azadi. He also regularly contributed columns to Dawn.  Siddque Baloch was one of the most widely quoted journalists by the Pakistani and International media on Balouchistan-related issues.  The expert journalist authored a book on the politics and economy of Balouchistan, titled A Critical Comment on the Political Economy of Balochistan, which was released in January 2004

AIOU notifies free matric education for Balochistan, FATA Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has officially notified provision of free Matric education to the students of Balochistan and Federally Administrated Tribal Area (FATA) from this month, with start of new admissions (spring 2018 semester). According to the University’s Registrars Department on Monday, the formal decision to this effect was taken by the University’s Executive Council at its 106th meeting on the recommendation of their Finance Committee. The desiring students can approach the University’s regional offices in their respective regions to avail the facility. The university has started the admissions from this week. This is first-time in the history of AIOU that free education at the secondary-level has been made available for marginalized or less-developed areas of the country. Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Shahid Siddiqui said that the step is a special gesture

UN launches plan to provide quality education in Balochistan   FAWAD MAQSOOD   FEB 6TH, 2018   0  VIEWS: 11 ISLAMABAD: The United Nation has launched a gigantic plan in Balochistan to provide quality education to the students in eleven districts of the Province. This was stated by UNICEF spokesman Naqeebullah Khan. According to Radio Pakistan, he said that under the plan UNICEF will train around 3000 teachers for imparting quality education besides up keeping more than 1000 state-run school buildings extending better services and facilities to the students and teachers

Gwadar: look and feel  BR RESEARCH   FEB 6TH, 2018   0  VIEWS: 55 The first expo in Gwadar may have missed the point. But make no mistake; Gwadar is happening. The timely construction of expo centre and the business centres in Gwadar Port’s Free Zone as well as the setting up of five new cranes at the port is a testimony that the Chinese are committed to the cause. The Chinese commitment can also be gauged by the fact that they are expected to increase the number of cranes in the next 12-18 months, whereas feasibility work is currently underway for the five additional berths expected to be added in the next three years as per the agreed upon timeline of Gwadar port development. But whether Pakistan is or not committed is another question, and in today’s piece, BR Research attempts to answer that (See also  BR Research column s Feb 1, 2018). Progress on most of the hard infrastructure projects is slower than earlier planned. This is bad

ICCI for timely establishment of SEZ under CPEC Islamabad Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has called upon the government to take measures for ensuring timely establishment of Special Economic Zone (SEZ) under the mega project of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the federal capital that would give boost to industrial activities in the region and contribute to improving country’s exports. President of ICCI Sheikh Amir Waheed said CPEC has now entered into the second phase of the Long-Term Plan (LTP) after the completion of the Early Harvest Programme (EHP) and stressed that more focus should be given on industrial cooperation in the second phase to promote industrialization in the country. He was talking to Vice President, SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry Iftikhar Ali Malik, during a meeting with him along with a delegation. Muhammad Naveed Senior Vice President ICCI, Zubair Ahmed Malik Chairman Founder Group and Malik Sohail Hussain Chie

Regional connectivity stressed to benefit from CPEC Listen ISLAMABAD: Businessmen on Monday emphasised improvement in regional connectivity ahead of the 72nd executive meeting of SAARC CCI scheduled today. Industry officials said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor gives an immense opportunity to improve regional connectivity and enhance trade among member countries of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). “The SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) has been striving to boost the trade and investment among members since its inception, but without much success as the intra-regional trade figures continue to remain disappointing,” a chamber’s statement said. Intra-regional trade constitutes only 1.4 percent of the total world imports and 1.2 percent of exports, whereas merchandise trade is only 27.9 percent of GDP, the lowest in the world. SAARC comprises around three percent of the world’s area, 21 percent of the world

Partition: ‘Keep a bit of India’ MARK CURTIS British foreign policy declassified November 8, 2016 This is an edited extract from  Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam by Mark Curtis In 1947 the partition of colonial British India into two new states, India and the Muslim state of Pakistan, involved massive population transfer and a bloodbath: up to a million people lost their lives in the communal violence that accompanied partition. Indian nationalists, and a good many others, have constantly charged Britain with having deliberately promoted partition and the creation of Pakistan to secure its strategic interests. A huge amount has been written on this subject, and there remains much debate and controversy. Much of the historical evidence is contradictory, and the issues involved are clearly complex, but there is considerable evidence to support the view that Britain indeed used the ‘Mus

Port of Gwadar to support Pakistan’s hopes of development, internationalization

By Xinhua - Global Times Source:Xinhua-Global Times Published: 2018/2/5 18:08:39 0 For Muhammad Khan Niazi, his trip earlier last week to Gwadar, a small and remote port town in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan, was an unbelievable one.  There, he attempted to extend his seafood business from the country's largest port city of Karachi located in Sindh Province.  Niazi was busily giving out his company's pamphlets to potential clients at the first ever international expo held in the port town's free trade zone when he said that Gwadar will become a regional shipping center in the near future.  He added that by taking advantage of this opportunity and given Gwadar's excellent fishing resources, he is aiming to set up a branch in the small town so as to send his seafood to more overseas markets.  "Material prices in Gwadar are competitive and now it has a free zone, which allows us to export easily. It is good for our exporters, businessmen a

Gwadar water woes worsen as supply from Mirani dam halted Behram Baloch February 05, 2018 GWADAR: The emerging port city of Gwadar and adjacent areas are again facing acute shortage of drinking water as tanker owners have stopped supply from the Mirani dam reportedly because of non-payment of their outstanding dues by the authorities. A representative of the water tanker owners, Haji Liaquat Ali, said here on Saturday that they would not resume supplying water to Gwadar and other small coastal towns till their dues amounting to millions of rupees were not cleared by the authorities. “ The tanker owners are facing financial problems as they had not been paid a single penny for the last five months. They are now under the burden of heavy loans they obtained for the payment of fuel, salaries of tanker drivers and to meet other expenditures to continue water supply from Mirani dam to the port city,” Haji Liaquat told Dawn. He said petrol pumps had stopped supplying diesel and petrol to water tankers due