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Balochistan to get first-ever mineral university soon: Sanjrani

Shoaib Ur RehmanJanuary 2, 2019ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani Tuesday said Balochistan was going to have first-ever mineral university soon to train the human resource in the sector.He was talking to Iqra Residential School and College, Quetta’s faculty members and students delegation, a press statement said.He said owing to the abundance of natural resources in the province it was need of the hour to establish such a varsity.The Senate chairman said Balochistan was coming on the path of development and prosperity as allocation of sufficient resources was no more an issue of the province.Balochistan had also embarked upon transformation process with the opening of new universities and colleges, he added.He said Balochi people were progressive-minded and they had innovative ideas to expedite ongoing developmental projects in the province.Sanjrani, however, called for effective steps to engage youth in vision broadening activities for their better future and the coun…

US-China -- competition or conflict?

Ties must be managed to avoid clashes in 2019 especially with volatile Trump in White HouseBruce JonesJANUARY 02, 2019 07:01 JSTChinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump have much to discuss.   © ReutersThe year 2018 has proved to be a time of turbulence in U.S.-China relations, with the Korean Peninsula, trade and the South China Sea all making headlines.But 2018 will prove to be more than just a year of turbulence: We will look back on it as a turning point in U.S.-China relations, the closing of an era of expanding cooperation. That era dates from China's entry into the World Trade Organization in 2001, and reached its most expansive phase in the wake of the global financial crisis, under U.S. President Barack Obama. There were even fears in the world of a "G-2," of a U.S.-China condominium that would leave little room for anybody else. There is little risk of a G-2 now.But if 2018 was an end of an era, what comes next and how rocky will the transit…

China seeks talks with India to conclude RCEP

WED, JAN 02, 2019 - 5:50 AMCHINA has sought talks with India to allay concerns on a regional free trade pact it is spearheading, two people familiar with the matter said, as Beijing seeks newer markets amid the ongoing trade war with the US. PHOTO: REUTERSNew DelhiCHINA has sought talks with India to allay concerns on a regional free trade pact it is spearheading, two people familiar with the matter said, as Beijing seeks newer markets amid the ongoing trade war with the US.The 16-country Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) has been in the works for a while and China is keen to conclude it by end of 2019, the people said, asking not to be identified as the matter is not public yet. India's wariness about a possible flood of Chinese goods, and its demand for looser immigration rules for its tech professionals remain sticking points.China's inability to close the trade deal highlights the continuing suspicion among its Asian trading partners over Beijing's eff…

How to save our jobs

OpinionHassan DaudJanuary 2, 2019Effective industrialisation has the potential to become a strong engine of growth, leading to sustainable economic development, employment-generation, poverty reduction and export-promotion.Accordingly, the 8th meeting of the CPEC Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) that was held in Beijing primarily focused on boosting industrial cooperation, socioeconomic development and vocational training in line with the consensus reached between China and Pakistan.The outcomes of the 8th JCC meeting reflect that significant progress has been made in these sectors, with the scope of CPEC clearly expanded across new avenues. Another milestone was the first meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on Socioeconomic Development where pilot projects will be undertaken across Pakistan in six areas: agriculture, healthcare, education, clean water, poverty alleviation and vocational training .In the next stage, aggressive plans are required in these sectors to attain stable…