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Feudal Bugti, commoner Mengal in war of words over Jumma Marri Feudal Bugti, commoner Mengal in war of words over Jumma  Marri March 21, 2018 Brahumdagh Bugti (left) with Dr Jumma Marri in Geneva about 14 months ago. The Republican News Network, which is believed to be managed by loyalists of exiled Brahumdagh Bugti, president of the Baloch Republicin Party has accused a German activist and a Baloch activist of joining hands with Moscow-based Dr Jumma Marri, leading to a war of words in Switzerland--thousands of miles away from Balochistan.. The accusations followed the Baloch Voice Foundation, which is led by Munir Mengal, holding successful side events at the Palace of Nations during the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The war of words started when the Republican News Network linked to Bugti's BRP and affiliated Baloch Republican Army (BRA) published a news item Thrusday that said "Munir Mengal, Claudia Heidelberg, along with othe

Disrespecting European Females through bogus news is not acceptable. EU HR Defender Urged March 21, 2018  - by  satribune  -  Leave a Comment Brussels (SA Tribune):   Disrespecting  and spreading negative and bogus news has been a usual trend in the Baloch politics particularly by the dictatorial feudal lords and monarchs against the commoner politicians and leaders in Balochistan. Now we have seen a piece of it here in Europe. The story starts from a fake news sketched and then penetrated by the Republican news a web site seems to be closely linked with the Baloch Republican Army (BRA) and Baloch Republican Party (BRP). The story stated that Munir Mengal the president of Baloch Voice Association an NGO and Claudia Heildberg a German lawyer, politician and an analyst had joined Pakistan backed Jumma Marri camp. Jumma Marri with his friend Brahumdagh Bugti Russian based doctor Jumma Marri is son of a Baloch tribal elder of Marri Tribe, h

Shooting an Own Goal: China’s Belt and Road Funding Terms Spark Criticism James Dorsey Shooting an Own Goal: China’s Belt and Road Funding Terms Spark Criticism Steep commercial terms for China’s investment in infrastructure projects across Eurasia related to its Belt and Road initiative may give it control of key ports and other assets as recipients of Beijing’s largess find themselves trapped in debt. Yet, that comes with a risky price tag: potentially rising anti-Chinese sentiment, questioning of Chinese intentions, and a tarnishing of the image China is seeking to cultivate. Cynically dubbed  debt-trap diplomacy , multiple countries along China’s Belt and Road risk financial crisis. The Washington-based Center for Global Development recently warned that 23 of the 68 countries involved were “ significantly or highly vulnerable to debt distress .” The center said in a report that eight of the 23 countries – Djibouti, Kyrgyzstan, Laos. The M

Redefining the Belt and Road Initiative The BRI is not about physical routes in Eurasia. It is a global strategy. By Andreea Brînză March 20, 2018     The  narrative  of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as spanning over 65 countries and gathering 62 percent of the world population, 31 percent of its GDP, and 40 percent of global land area should once and for all disappear now that China has announced the extension of the BRI to Latin America. Ever since Xi Jinping put forward China’s attempt to recreate the old Silk Road in 2013, observers have considered the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to be a project spanning Asia, Europe, and Africa, encompassing around 65 countries that have signed up for it. The two corridors that form the BRI, the Silk Road Economic Belt (the Belt) and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (the Road), were perceived as two routes that will stretch over Eurasia or the maritime rimland, respectively, to link China with Eur

Why some in South-east Asia still have reservations about China’s Belt and Road Initiative By GONG XUE Leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum pose for a group photo at the Yanqi Lake venue on the outskirt of Beijing on May 15, 2017. Photo: Reuters Published20 MARCH, 2018 UPDATED 20 MARCH, 2018 26 Shares Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative is an ambitious one that can significantly transform the economic and geopolitical landscape of Eurasia in the coming decades. China is expected to fund a significant proportion of the infrastructure and industrial investments in the countries involved. South-east Asia is a key region for the implementation of BRI, and almost all the countries in the region have welcomed the proposal. But a recent three-month field research trip in which I spoke with government officials, scholars, activists and media professionals in the region suggests that some countries remain wary of co-operating with

China’s military police given control of coastguard as Beijing boosts maritime security DIPLOMACY & DEFENCE Restructuring necessary to ensure Communist Party’s ‘absolute leadership over the PLA and other armed forces’, document says Liu Zhen UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 Mar 2018, 7:32PM China has shifted control of its coastguard to its armed police force in a clear show of Beijing’s commitment to protecting the nation’s waterways. As part of the latest restructuring of state organisations, announced on Wednesday, the China Coast Guard will come under the administration of the People’s Armed Police (PAP), a paramilitary force that was itself recently put under the direct command of the Central Military Commission (CMC). The coastguard’s troops and functions – which were previously controlled by the State Oceanic Administration – will pass to the PAP as they currently stand, but will later be reorganised, according to the Plan of Restructuring. The

China's growing submarine force is 'armed to the teeth' - and the rest of the Pacific is racing to keep up CHRISTOPHER WOODY MAR 21, 2018, 02.28 AM FacebookLinkedinTwitterGoogle+Reddit REUTERS/China DailyChinese sailors on a submarine during the fleet's review of a joint China-Russia naval exercise in the Yellow Sea, April 26, 2012. Countries in East Asia, led by China, have been pursuing a military buildup for years. Submarines, flexible platforms with strategic uses, have been a particular focus. Uncertainty about the balance of power in the region has stoked countries' pursuit of military hardware. In October 2006, a Chinese Song-class diesel-electric submarine capable of carrying torpedoes and antiship missiles surfaced  within firing range  of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk. "Some navy officers interpreted it as a 'Gotcha!' move," journalist Michael Fabey wrote in his 2018 book, " Crashback ." It was "a warning from China that US carrier groups cou

Vietnam Courts Closer Ties with Australia to Check China Vietnam Courts Closer Ties with Australia to Check China March 21, 2018 5:15 AM Ralph Jennings Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc participates in a signing ceremony with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Australia's Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, March 15, 2018. Share See comments TAIPEI, TAIWAN —  Vietnam is edging closer to Australia as it seeks broader international help in checking China’s expansion in the disputed South China Sea. On March 15, the two countries signed a strategic partnership to increase high-level dialogue, marking an upgrade to other partnerships in effect since 2009, the Australian foreign affairs department says. The partnership includes pledges to address “security threats,” and work together on “maritime policymaking.” Australia and Vietnam reached the agreement as Vietnam seeks wider help in keeping the more powerful Bei

THE ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS: INDIA’S EASTERN ANCHOR IN A CHANGING INDO-PACIFIC THE ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS: INDIA’S EASTERN ANCHOR IN A CHANGING INDO-PACIFIC DARSHANA M. BARUAH MARCH 21, 2018 SPECIAL SERIES - SOUTHERN (DIS)COMFORT Editor’s Note: This is the nineteenth installment of “Southern (Dis)Comfort,” a series from War on the Rocks and the  Stimson Center . The series seeks to unpack the dynamics of intensifying competition — military, economic, diplomatic — in Southern Asia, principally between China, India, Pakistan, and the United States. Catch up on  the rest of the series . India’s military priorities are highlighted by its  defense budget : the army funded at 55 percent, the air force at 23 percent, and the navy at a meager 15 percent. Since independence, troubles along India’s continental borders, including wars with China and Pakistan, have kept the country’s defense focused on its northern frontiers. A quiet maritime enviro

China’s Silk Road fires up Iran’s rail revolution Wed Mar 21, 2018 01:28PM Home Iran Economy China's biggest transportation project in Iran is worth $1.5 billion to electrify the rail line from Tehran to Mashhad. Iran’s rail industry gets a fresh boost from China’s dedication of $845 million to build a train line connecting Tehran to the western cities of Hamadan and Sanandaj. A Wednesday report said China National Machinery Industry Corp, known as Sinomach, signed a contract worth 5.35 billion yuan with Iran which is on a railway modernization and expansion drive. Sinomach will handle the engineering, procurement and construction work for the 410 km (255 mile) railway, the company said on its website. Sanandaj is one of the few remaining provincial capitals in a file in Iran to link with the national railway network. On Tuesday, President Hassan Rouhani opened a new train line which connected Kermanshah in western Iran with the nationa

Already approved 300MW Solar Power Plant still requires to be constructed in Balochistan Already approved 300MW Solar Power Plant still requires to be constructed in Balochistan By: Engineer Saeed Jattak Balochistan, the most backward but largest province of Pakistan in terms of area needs development not through the documentation but in authenticity. The leaders of Balochistan have overlooked the basic energy requirement of this huge province in the utmost few years and never had planned to solve the issue by bringing in new technology alternately for reducing energy crisis constantly increased. The Balochistan’s nationalist and other political parties almost completing their tenure successfully have even not paid their valuable attention towards rising energy crisis in Balochistan.  Current power requirement of Balochistan is something like 1,750MW but it is being supplied in the range of 480MW to 600MW, resulting in gigantic electricity shortages

Balochistan, FATA students to approach SC to get justice Rehmat Meshsud MARCH 21, 2018 ISLAMABAD:  Over two dozen students from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas(FATA) and Balochistan have been protesting in the federal capital for the last two weeks, alleging that they are being denied admission to the medical and dental colleges despite the fact that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has introduced a special project for provision of higher education opportunities to the students of these regions. According to THE protestors, the HEC conducted a test under the project titled ‘Provision of Higher Education Opportunities for Students of FATA and Balochistan (Phase II)’in September last year. Under the project, every public sector medical and dental college of the country is supposed to offer three seats each to the students from FATA and Balochistan. Ismail Afridi, a protesting student from Khyber Agency, maintained that under the project

Steep decline in bird population witnessed in Balochistan Steep decline in bird population witnessed in Balochistan - DW Focus Steep decline in bird population witnessed in Balochistan National5 HOURS AGO BY STAFF REPORT  Share this on WhatsApp QUETTA: The conservator of forests and wildlife Balochistan Sharifuddin said on Wednesday that province has witnessed a steep decline in the bird population. The official confirmed that there has been a sharp decline in the overall population of sparrow along with other birds across Balochistan. The revelation came after a day when bird lovers celebrated World Sparrow Day on Tuesday. “ Even crow which was a bird in abundance, has decreased in numbers,” said Sharifuddin, adding that there is no exact number but the definitely the population of birds has affected. According to experts, * th