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Iqbal proposes early meeting of CPEC working groups

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Iqbal proposes early meeting of CPEC working groupsBy APPPublished: April 14, 2018
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal. PHOTO: TWITTER @BETTERPAKISTANBEIJING: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the most important pillar of the Belt and Road Initiative and due to commitment and sincerity from both Pakistan and China the vision of CPEC is fast translating into reality, said Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal.During a meeting with National Development Reforms Commission (NDRC) Vice Chairman Ning Jizhe, he said work on CPEC projects had seen positive progress over the past five years in Pakistan. Pakistan has achieved 5.8% GDP growth rate, which is highest in the last 12 years and growing.Chinese are ‘guests’ working for development: Ahsan Iqbal“We have almost overcome the energy crisis, which was daunting our economy,” said Iqbal. The minister said the operationalisation of…

Armed activities of BLF against Pakistani forces in the first quarter of 2018.

http://sangarpublication.com/assets/uploads/document_1523686291ashoobjan_till_march.pdf Armed activities of BLF against Pakistani forces in the first quarter of 2018.Published by “Ashoob” from the statements of BLF spokesperson Gwahram Baloch issued in Electronic and Print Media.
During the first quarter of 2018, Balochistan Liberation Front’s freedom fighters carried out 117 attacks on Pakistani forces in different areas of Balochistan. More than 152 soldiers killed and dozens injured. 24 military vehicles including 2 motorcycles were destroyed.

Vietnam's Fishing ‘Militia’ to Defend Against China

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Vietnam's Fishing ‘Militia’ to Defend Against China3 hours agoFILE - A Vietnamese boat (L) which was rammed and then sunk by Chinese vessels near disputed Paracels Islands in 2014.

Vietnam's Fishing 'Militia' to Defend Territorial Claims Against Chinaby VOA
Vietnam is reported to be quietly developing a state-supported fishing boat militia to hold off China at sea. The fishing militia is being created at a time when the two sides talk about easing territorial disputes.That is the opinion of experts who follow those disputes.Vietnam watchers say the country is asking its commercial fishers to use stronger boats and take military-trained people to sea in case of a clash with Chinese fishers. China has its own fishing militia operating in the same waters.“I think it’s a good policy to avoid future conflicts where militia fishermen are out in the sea,” said Trung Nguyen. He ser…

Resolute measures needed against China’s assertive maritime advances

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Resolute measures needed against China’s assertive maritime advances7:46 pm, April 13, 2018The Yomiuri ShimbunHow should the nation deal with China as it steps up activity in waters near the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture and aims to expand its maritime interests? A mid- to long-term strategy must be crafted.As part of its structural reorganization efforts, the administration of Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced that the China Coast Guard, which has dispatched government vessels to waters near the Senkaku Islands, will be transferred from under the control of the Public Security Ministry, which is responsible for maintaining domestic security, to under the administration of the armed police forces, affiliated with the military.Xi holds command over the Chinese military. He has prepared a framework that will provide unified leadership and management of the military and coast guard as he seeks to make his dream of Chin…

Allotment of one-acre Amenity Land to FPCCI at Gwadar hailed

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Allotment of one-acre Amenity Land to FPCCI at Gwadar hailedApril 14, 2018
IslamabadMembers of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) and the business community of the country have hailed the announcement made by Provincial Minister Baluchistan Hussain Islam on behalf of Chief Minister (CM) Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo for allocation of free of cost one acre amenity land to FPCCI for establishment of its liaison office at Gwadar.Senior Vice President Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Syed Mazhar Ali Nasir and Vice President Mr. Tariq Haleem while appreciating the announcement of the Provincial Minister said that the establishment of FPCCI office at Gwadar in the backdrop of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) activities is the need of the hour to facilitate the businessmen and it will also help in liaisoning with the Government as well as foreign in…

Security forces arrest six terrorists in Balochistan

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Security forces arrest six terrorists in BalochistanApril 13, 2018RAWALPINDI :Security Forces through intelligence based operations (IBOs) in Chaman, Saryab and Pishin areas of Balochistan arrested six terrorists involved in targeting Polio workers team in Yaru Bazar and police at Dera Murad Jamali.Cache of arms and ammunition including explosives, detonators, rockets, mines and IEDs also recovered, said an Inter Services Public Services statement issued here on Friday. The IBOs were conducted as part of ongoing Operation Radd ul Fasaad

Regional impact of CPEC in terms of foreign policy

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Regional impact of CPEC in terms of foreign policy-Part 1By: Asal Khan KakarChina Pakistan Economic corridor (CPEC) is an economic project which was signed by Pakistan and china in April 2015. It is commonly in infrastructural development and is termed the game changer or fate changer for Pakistan. As China is investing in Pakistan through CPEC project total money of about $46 billion US, it is going to bring major developmental changes in Pakistan. It is said that after the 9/11 US aid which was given to Pakistan. The time of the project in the terms of local economic environment and global economic environment is very beneficial. It is a huge injection to the Pakistani economy which is hit by terrorism, corruption and major security threats. As it has also the global importance because of the Middle Eastern countries  and they can transport their product to the Asian countries and China will exp…

China’s NDRC commits to complete CPEC on the double

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/304028-china-s-ndrc-commits-to-complete-cpec-on-the-double
China’s NDRC commits to complete CPEC on the doubleBEIJING: National Development Reforms Commission (NDRC) of China would double its efforts to finalise the projects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a top Chinese official said on Friday.“Pakistan and China were all-weather strategic cooperative partners and the relationship was becoming stronger with the progress on the CPEC,” Ning Jizhe, vice chairman NDRC, said during a meeting with Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning, Development & Reform and Interior in Beijing.Accepting his invitation to lead a high level delegation to Pakistan, the NDRC vice chairman appreciated Iqbal’s contribution towards making the CPEC project a success.“It is hoped that as an experienced counterpart in the CPEC, minster Iqbal will be a great help for China,” Jizhe said.Iqbal said the CPEC was the most important pillar of Belt and Road Initiative and due …

Indonesian minister in China to woo investors for infrastructure projects

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Indonesian Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan listens to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 12, 2018. PHOTO: AFPPUBLISHED10 HOURS AGOFACEBOOKTWITTERWHATSAPPEMAILTHE JAKARTA POST (ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - In dire need of funds to finance several construction projects in the pipeline, the government will approach Chinese investors and ask them to engage in infrastructure development across the archipelago.Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan departed for China on Wednesday (April 11) to discuss the issue and offer 15 infrastructure projects to the investors."The progress so far is that the Chinese government will officially appoint a counterpart for me to discuss [THE PROJECTS]," he said on Wednesday.Luhut said the projects offered to Chinese investors were …

How Pakistan is splitting from deep within

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How Pakistan is splitting from deep withinAlthough fragmenting politics makes sense for the 'deep state', there is a risk of escalating the problems confronting the country.POLITICS |  5-minute read |   13-04-2018SUSHANT SAREEN@sushantsareen
Counterintuitive though it may appear, the political engineering project of the Pakistani "deep state" currently underway runs the risk of taking the policy of "divide and rule" to a point where it will certainly divide the politics of the country but make it difficult to rule it in any meaningful sense.Deep stateTo an extent, fragmenting Pakistani politics makes some sense for the "deep state". The military-dominated "establishment" is deeply suspicious of any civilian leader with an inflated sense of importance, purpose, destiny or even public service. It is also extremely wary of a popular politician with a pan…

The inside story behind Eiwan Development’s big bet on winning trust with investors

https://www.brecorder.com/2018/04/12/410964/the-inside-story-behind-eiwan-developments-big-bet-on-winning-trust-with-investors/
WORLD TOP NEWSThe inside story behind Eiwan Development’s big bet on winning trust with investors ALI AHMED APR 12TH, 20180 VIEWS: 471Pakistan’s real estate market is notorious for lack of transparency and trust, which has been accepted as the status quo. In this market, trust has become highly valued and a virtue that even money can’t buy. Seeing the value investors are placing on trust, Eiwan Developments staged a coup last week, by launching a proposition for real estate investors, anchored in trust.Eiwan has been four decades in the making, through a friendship between three men, which turned into a business partnership. By now you would have heard about the most trusted name in Gwadar, CG(Consultants Group), which is launching an urban development arm called Eiwan Developments. What you might not know is the back story behind this company.CG is popularly …

Iran shows interest in connecting Gwadar with Chabahar through rail link

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Iran shows interest in connecting Gwadar with Chabahar through rail link PARVEZ JABRI APR 13TH, 20180 VIEWS: 149ISLAMABAD: Iranian Minister for Roads and Urban Development Dr Abbas Akhundi on Thursday in a meeting with Minister for Railway Khawaja Saad Rafique showed interest in connecting Gwadar with Chabahar through rail link.It was revealed during a visit of an Iranian delegation headed by Minister for Roads Iran to the Ministry of Railways, Islamabad, a news releases said.Both sides showed interest in strengthening the Pakistan and Iran rail link by upgrading 1959 Agreement between both countries.Pakistan –Iran Passenger Train, Tourist Train, Special Train during Muharram were also conferred. Saad Rafique, Federal Minister for Railways also welcomed Iranian companies to improve Quetta –Taftan section on BOT basis.Due to development in this section the time of expedi…

Nepra to announce tariffs for Gwadar’s coal-fired power project

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/303599-nepra-to-announce-tariffs-for-gwadar-s-coal-fired-power-project

Nepra to announce tariffs for Gwadar’s coal-fired power projectListenKarachi: National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) is expected to announce tariffs for Gwadar’s first coal-fired power project of 300 megawatts by the end of this month, it was learnt on Thursday.CIHC Pak Power Company is developing the power project based on imported coal under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).Nepra convened a meeting on April 24 to consider the tariff petition of CIHC Pak Power Company for the proposed 300MW coal-fired power plant.CIHC demanded Rs8.9 tariff for 30 years since the start of the project. Nepra would consider whether or not the engineering, procurement and construction cost of $369.89 million has been achieved through transparent and competitive bidding process, and is justified.The authority will also discuss capital expenditure of $117.25 million, requested ret…

CPEC can build bridges between India, Pakistan through economic cooperation

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CPEC can build bridges between India, Pakistan through economic cooperationBy Hu Weijia Source:Global Times Published: 2018/4/12 21:38:412On the controversial topic of Beijing's strategic intent toward the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project in the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, those most qualified to evaluate the impact and realities of the cooperation in the South Asian country are the people of Pakistan.Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said earlier this week that Pakistan is already reaping dividends from CPEC infrastructure projects. "10,000 megawatts have been added to our national grid, ameliorating our chronic energy shortages," Abbasi said, according to the Hindustan Times. The dispute over Kashmir between Pakistan and India makes New Delhi vigilant about the CPEC as it will reportedly traverse Azad Jammu and Kashmir, which India asserts is its sovereign territory. The proje…

Low FDI despite CPEC investment worries govt

https://nation.com.pk/13-Apr-2018/low-fdi-despite-cpec-investment-worries-govtLow FDI despite CPEC investment worries govtFawad YousafzaiApril 13, 2018ISLAMABAD - The federal cabinet has showed concern that despite huge Chinese investment through CPEC project in Pakistan, the foreign direct investment (FDI) has remained low, which has led to balance of payment problems.The federal cabinet, in its meeting held last week, also pointed out that the amount of money, whether in the form of loan or grant, coming through China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was not known.According the minutes of the meeting available with The Nation, the issue of Chinese investment in Pakistan was also discussed by the cabinet. The official of the planning ministry, in its briefing, informed that official figure for the Chinese FDI in Pakistan during the last two and half a years (2015-December 2017) was about $ 2 billion. The cabinet emphasised the need to appropriately reflect the Chinese FDI in the boo…