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Five years on, Belt and Road projects change the lives of many

by Xinhua writer Dan RanHONG KONG, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Life took a surprising turn in early 2016 for Bounmy Phonmixay, a 21-year-old young woman in the central Lao town of Kasi, when a team of engineers arrived for a rail project near her home.It was literally a game-changer.A single mum, Bounmy lives with her mother and her three-year-old daughter. Two years ago, she was almost in a depressing state of hopelessness, struggling to make ends meet by growing paddy rice and vegetables on leased land. Then, she found a job working at the construction site of the China-Laos railway, an infrastructure project under the Belt and Road Initiative.When she showed up for an interview with Xinhua recently at the railway project site in Kasi, she was wearing the makeup she likes."I like wearing makeup, but I seldom did it in the past since I didn't have much money back then. Now I can afford my own cosmetics and put on makeup whenever I want to," she said joyfully.THE GAME-CHANGERTh…

Myanmar Vice President: Maritime Silk Road is indispensable

By CGTN's Sun YeThe Maritime Silk Road is an “indispensable” project, said Myanmar Vice President U Myint Swe on the sidelines of the 15th China-ASEAN EXPO that concluded in southern China's Nanning City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Saturday.“The initiative aims for the big picture, but also boosts the domestic economy. And as we work with China on it, from transportation facilities to power plants, we come to think of the initiative as indispensable," he said. Myanmar will continue to proactively engage in the initiative, and work proactively with China, he added.When asked about the areas to experience the biggest growth shortly, the VP said he expected several areas to grow and benefit from cooperation with China."Seventy percent of Myanmar's population works in agriculture. It's our pillar industry. China has a great market for that, and it has advanced agricultural technologies. We could all grow and benefit in many ways," he said. "Th…

HEC to propose setting up of a task force for Balochistan’s water crisis

* The meeting aimed at contemplating on the prevailing scenario, challenges and future opportunities regarding ground water rechargeStaff ReportSEPTEMBER 16, 2018ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) will propose setting up a Task Force to deal with the challenge of water scarcity in Balochistan.The decision will be finalised after discussion with Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan.This was stated by HEC Chairman Dr Tariq Banuri while chairing a meeting on academia’s role in addressing water crisis in Balochistan at the Commission Secretariat on Friday.The meeting aimed at contemplating on the prevailing scenario, challenges and future opportunities regarding ground water recharge, water reservoirs, water usage efficiency, clean drinking water and water resource management.Speaking on the occasion, Dr Tariq Banuri expressed deep concern over the prevailing water crisis in Balochistan and assured of support from the academia. He said Balochistan CM Kamal Khan places h…

New entrants in Xi’s Belt and Road dreams

Atul AnejaSEPTEMBER 15, 2018 19:58 IST
Later in September, Hong Kong’s first high-speed train will head for Guangzhou, a port city and industrial power house. Its 200-km-an-hour sprint will finally end in nearby Shenzhen, the crucible of China’s reforms. The high-speed train will cover a short span of 141 km between Hong Kong’s West Kowloon station and Guangzhou South station in 47 minutes flat.By linking up with Guangzhou, Hong Kong will be physically connected, and integrated, with China’s vast web of high-speed rails. The world’s biggest, and still expanding, steel network of high-speed tracks already covers 25,000 km. Once Hong Kong is connected to the mainland through bullet train, Beijing will be just eight hours and 56 minutes away.Symbolically, the rail link represents Hong Kong’s firmer economic and people-to-people integration into the mainland. However, Chinese planners have made it plain that closer Hong Kong-mainland ties will not infringe the “one-country-two systems” pol…

BLF claims to kill 8 personnel in Panjgur

September 16, 2018Balochistan Liberation Front has claimed to kill 8 FC personnel today in Panjgur district.According to the details received by The Balochistan Post, talking to the media, Gohram Baloch, the spokesperson of Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), claimed that fighter from their organisation killed 8 Frontier Corp’s personnel in an ambush in Panjgur district.“We ambushed a Pakistani forces’ convoy on the CPEC route in Chuken Goran area of Pangur killing 8 personnel and injuring several others,” said Gohram Baloch.“We also intercepted wireless conversation between forces, in which they confirmed about their losses. We will never allow any project on Baloch land without Baloch’s consent,” he added.Security forces have been attacked many times in Panjgur district in past too.

Current Balochistan: Conflict updates from the ground

DASHT Today A teenage Hashim S/O Haji Din mohammd from Dasht kashaap an area of Kech was Abducted by Pakistani forces. #EnforcedDisappearances
DASHT Today A 14 years old Parvaiz  S/o Abdul Rasool  from Dasht kashaap an area of Kech was Abducted by Pakistani forces. #EnforcedDisappearances
DASHT Today A 7O  years old peerbaksh   S/o Dost Mohammd form Dasht kashaap an area of Kech was Abducted by Pakistani forces, Civilians told us Forces Extremely tortured him and shifted him in military camp.


Lawrence Sellin | Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve  12:36 PM 09/15/2018 von Clausewitz, 19th century military theorist, stressed the importance of knowing your enemy: “The first, the supreme, the most far-reaching act of judgment that the statesman and commander have to make is to establish … the kind of war on which they are embarking; neither mistaking it for, nor trying to turn it into, something that is alien to its nature.”For 17 years, we wrongly applied counterinsurgency doctrine to a proxy war waged by Pakistan against the United States and Afghanistan. That approach was never a winning strategy as long as Pakistan controlled the supply of our troops in landlocked Afghanistan and regulated the operational tempo through its proxy army, the Taliban, who has maintained an extensive recruiting, training and financial support infrastructure inside Pakistan and immune to attack.An American withdrawal will …

'Pak minister's remark on CPEC could've cost foreign investment'

ANI | Updated: Sep 15, 2018 16:17ISTIslamabad [Pakistan], September 15 (ANI): Former Chief Economist of PakistanDr Pervez Tahir hit out at Pakistan Cabinet Minister Abdul Razak Dawood, days after he cried foul for being misconstrued by the media, when he said, "Islamabad is rethinking its role in China's Belt and Road plan".Dawood made the statement during an interview with London-based news paper, Financial Times.In an opinion piece titled 'In and out of context', published in PakistanDaily, The Express Tribune, Tahir said that the adviser to the prime minister on commerce and textile, alleged foul play by the media, after his statement on the ChinaPakistanEconomic Corridor (CPEC) was questioned by the influentials in his party."To prove that he could not just go after the minuscule Utility Stores Corporations, but also mega initiatives like CPEC, Razzak Dawood chose the Financial Times. He repeated, within quotes, all that the detractors of One Belt One Ro…

Current Balochistan: Conflict Updates from the ground

AWARAN:-Today early morning Pakistani forces Started a military operation in Perrandar, Zelag areas of Awaran, According to updates occupying army Looted many goods of houses and tortured womens and childrens.

DASHT:-According to Civilians,
Today at early morning around 5 AM pakistani military forces & Death Squads conducted a military operation in kashap, Dasht searched houses, tortured women & children & abducted 11 Baloch Civilians namely Peer Baksh S/o Dost Mohd 70 years a old man, Gaji S/o Ibrahim 60 years a old man, Hashim S/o Haji Den Mohd, Muhasib S/o Qadir Dad, Abdullah S/o Sher Mohd, two brothers namely Nahem S/o Barkat & Naseem S/o Barkat, Abdul Rasol S/o Kenagi Along with his 3 sons namely Yasir, Adnan & Parwez R/o Kashap District Kech, Balochistan. According to civilian army personnel tortured Peer Baksh very badly and forcibly disappeared him and other civilians infront of them.

Dead body of a young man was discovered from Gwadar, co…

Balochistan Liberation Front armed activities against Pakistani forces: August 2018 Report

During the month of August BLF fighters carried out 21 attacks against Pakistani forces. In these attacks more than 12 military personnel were killed and dozens injured. One army vehicle was destroyed. BLF fighters also targeted an ISI run camp of religious fundamentalist organization MussalahDifa in district Washuk.Two freedom fighters of BLF namely Naqeeb s/o Rasool Bakhsh aka Nazar and Waleed s/o Moosa aka Qazi embraced martyrdom in Mand in line of duty defending motherland Balochistan.1st August 2018 – BLF fighters fired three rockets on a check post in Diz area of Parom, district Panjgoor. Heavy losses occurred to them. This check post is established by occupying a school.An ISI informer Pindo s/o Abdul Rahim killed by BLF fighters in JhaooWaadi, district Awaran.04 August 2018 – Ambushed a convoy of Pakistani military in Kannera area of district Awaran. Three army personnel killed and two injured.06 August 2018– Targeted an ISI run camp of religious fundamentalist organization Mu…