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Data Tells: Ports light up the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road

Zhang HuiminThe 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, is already lively as ports in China have established shipping lanes with over 600 major ports in more than 200 countries with the number of major ports of Africa, Asia and Europe along the Belt and Road amounting to 228.With the world's best liner shipping connectivity since 2004, a calculation based on the Liner Shipping Connectivity Index by UNCTAD, Chinese companies participated in the investment and operation of 50 ports in over 30 countries and areas by the first half of 2018.A reinvigorated Piraeus port02:43At the crossroads of Asia, Europe and Africa, the Piraeus port in Greece is a major port again due to the Maritime Silk Road's entering Europe and also linking the China-Europe land-sea express line under construction with Silk Road Economic Belt.In 2008, COSCO Shipping took over the container terminals of Piers 2 and 3 and totally operated the port in 2016, with an ext…

Dealing with the Dragon right

The presence of Chinese soldiers in Sindh vindicates India’s stand on boycotting the Beijing summit last May
By AuthorTelanganaTodayBrig Krishna Raj Nambiar (Retd)  |  Published: 15th Apr 2019  12:12 amUpdated: 14th Apr 2019  8:26 pmRecent reports of Chinese soldiers seen in Border Tharparkar district of Sind in Pakistan have got the South Block Green Berets and North Block Kautilyas at Raisina Hill to literally sit up. For the MEA pundits, India’s stand on May 2017 Beijing summit is now vindicated. India was the sole major nation that did not attend the Belt Road summit last May that saw participation of 29 other nations. While the leaders of high standing — Vladimir Putin and Recep Erdogan of Turkey – attended, the US sent its Secretary of State.India sent no one, silently and firmly believing that it was largely a way of the Dragon to entice weak nations into a pit of neo-colonial debt trap from where they may not be able to extricate themselves. The prophecy seems to have slowly da…

Indonesia polls bring battle over China’s Belt and Road push

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JAKARTA: Indonesia has become the latest election battleground for Beijing´s soaring economic clout, as the opposition warns pro-China policies are saddling the mineral-rich archipelago with bad debt as it is sold off piecemeal to foreign interests.Business links with top trade partner China have been thrust into the spotlight by ex-general Prabowo Subianto who is challenging Indonesian leader Joko Widodo for the presidency of Southeast Asia´s largest economy on Wednesday.Trailing by double digits in the polls, Subianto has leaned on a fiery nationalist ticket and pledged to re-evaluate Chinese investment, even as Jakarta courts huge contracts from Beijing´s $1.0 trillion Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).“All (BRI) initiatives should be reviewed,” Irawan Ronodipuro, foreign affairs director for Subianto´s campaign, told AFP.“Blindly embracing these projects can compromise the national interest.”Pushing back at China´s globe-spanning project has proved successful elsewhere i…

China's Belt and Road outreach to Nepal won't work, says leading European think tank

ANI | Asia | Last Updated at April 13 2019 16:50 IST
China's ambitious Belt and Road initiative(BRI) is not likely to work with Nepal due to a number of economic, infrastructural and environmental concerns, according to Amsterdam-based European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS), which has closely studied the ground situation.ADVERTISINGIn May 2017, Beijing signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Belt and Road Initiative with Kathmandufor the purposes of opening new connectivity routes through building roads, railways, ports and aviation, alongside further investments in communication technologies, hydropower and energy projects, finance and tourism.At the heart of the deal lies the infrastructural endeavour of building a railway line through the rugged Himalayan Mountains, which will eventually link the Chinese-controlled region of Tibet with Kathmandu."On one side, the question arises whether the envisioned transit project is technically feasible considerin…

Will China Undermine Its Own Influence in Southeast Asia Through the Belt and Road?

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, center left, talks to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, center right, as they pose for a group photo with ASEAN leaders including Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, left, and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of Thailand prior to the start of the ASEAN Plus China Summit in Singapore, Nov. 14, 2018.Image Credit: AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

China’s activism in relation to the BRI has led to rising concerns in Southeast Asia.By Xue GongApril 13, 2019The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is China’s grand plan to revive ancient trading routes over both land and sea. Since its inception in late 2013, how China has influenced Southeast Asia through the BRI has become central to the debate on China’s keynote global outreach strategy.For Southeast Asia, the BRI is not a brand-new policy initiative. China and ASEAN states have enjoyed extensive economic cooperation in past decades and had previously worked together on many large-scale projects. Almost all reg…

View From The Neighbourhood: Crisis Zone

A weekly look at the public conversations shaping ideas beyond borders — in the Subcontinent.Published: April 15, 2019 12:29:06 amMunir Akram, a former Pakistani ambassador to the UN, in an article in Dawn on April 14 says that the recent crisis in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack was a “baptism by fire” for the Imran Khan government and adds: “In the event, the Pakistani leader emerged as a responsible statesman while Modi exposed himself as a rash warmonger.”Munir Akram, a former Pakistani ambassador to the UN, lays out in an article in Dawn on April 14 the many hurdles to peace in South Asia, of amity between Indian and Pakistan. He first says that the recent crisis in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack was a “baptism by fire” for the Imran Khan government and adds: “In the event, the Pakistani leader emerged as a responsible statesman while Modi exposed himself as a rash warmonger.” But Akram disagrees with the Pakistan PM’s assertion that if re-elected, Narendra Modiwill be s…

Symptom of a canker

While the Prime Minister has ordered an enquiry, it devolves on the Balochistan government and the federal administration to contain the periodic violence in Quetta and the rest of Balochistan, where the chronic tension and disaffection have scarcely been addressed since 1947.Editorial | New Delhi | April 15, 2019 12:03 amPakistani mourners of the Shia Hazara ethnic minority offer funeral prayers for blast victims following a suicide attack at a crowded fruit market, in Quetta on April 12, 2019. At least 20 people were killed and 48 wounded on April 12 by a powerful suicide blast apparently targeting the Shia Hazara ethnic minority at a crowded fruit market in Pakistan's Quetta city, officials said. (BANARAS KHAN / AFP)Restive Balochistan has been convulsed yet again with Friday’s outrage perpetrated by a suicide bomber that has killed no fewer than 20 people in Quetta’s wholesale vegetable market.More accurately, it was a brutal offensive against the minority Hazara community ~ a…

Balochistan flash floods kill 5

AgenciesApril 15, 2019
QUETTA - At least four persons, including three minors, died in Pishin District of Balochistan as flash flood swept away a car, officials said Sunday. Another man was killed in a flash flood due to heavy downpour in Bolan District.READ MORE: Sharifs' introduced law in 1992 to keep source of capital hidden: Fawad ChA flash flood entered Balochistan after wreaking havoc in Iran where more than 70 people have been killed so far.According to Levies officials, the flood in Khanai Baba River hit the car of Abdul Noman and his family who were on their way to attend a wedding in Khanozai, and swept it away in its strong currents.Abdul Noman and his grandchildren Ubaid Khan, Saraun Khan and Saffan Khan were all in the car when floodwater swept them away. A woman nearby was injured but saved by rescuers. The woman who was saved was shifted to a hospital and was being tended to.MORE RAINS FORECASTREAD MORE: Sustainable development of every city in Punjab is my aim: CM B…

Over 150 stranded Hindu pilgrims rescued in Balochistan

By muhammad zafar Apr.14,2019Three Pak Army helicopters used in operationQUETTA  : Over 150 Hindu pilgrims stranded in flash floods in Kachhi district of Balochistan since Saturday morning have been rescued.The Balochistan government, Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps jointly conducted the successful overnight rescue operation and escorted the pilgrims to Gandawa for the Annual Baisakhi Festival.Talking to the media, Kachhi Deputy Commissioner Mir Sultan Bugti said, “District administration officers, FC, Pak Army and Levies personnel participated in the rescue operation and saved 150 Hindu pilgrims stranded in flash floods caused by torrential rains.20 killed in South Waziristan, Balochistan flash floods“The rescued pilgrims spent some time at their Gurdwara in Gandawa and were later transported to Shoran [an area of the Kachhi district] by passenger coaches.”Bugti said three helicopters of the Pak Army participated in the rescue operation.At least 150 pilgrims from Sindh and Balochist…

The famous Gwadari Halwa of Balochistan

* The person behind this delicacy is nothing less than a mastermind for doing such a remarkable jobMuna ManzoorAPRIL 15, 2019The people of Balochistan are blessed with countless unique talents, ideas and extraordinary arts. Especially when one talks about Gwadar, it is a known fact how the people who reside there have access to fish.However, I’m pleased to write about the most popular and delicious sweet served in Gwadar which is famously known as the Gwadari Halwa.The person behind this delicacy is nothing less than a mastermind for doing such a remarkable job.Gwadar is progressing owing to the intellect and practicality of the locals.However, the rich culture of Gwadar is less highlighted by media. Khuda Bakhsh halwai’s Gwadari Halwa is one of the assets of this city. One highlight of this halwa is the fact that it comes in a variety of colours instead of just one. Which is mostly in green and yellowish colours, but multiple tasts are available here. The popularity of the GwadariHal…

285 new cases of dengue reported in Balochistan’s Turbat

Web Desk On Apr 14, 2019 Last Updated Apr 14, 2019QUETTA: The provincial government has apparently failed to control the spread of dengue virus as 285 new cases emerged in Balochistan’s Turbat city in last two weeks, ARY News reported on Sunday.District Health Officer (DHO) told ARY News that overall 528 cases have been reported in the last 3.5 months.The situation could be worsened after a new spell of rain in many parts of Balochistan, which increases outbreak of the mosquito-borne single positive-stranded RNA virus.Read More: Three die, 150 affected due to dengue outbreak in KechOn March 24, dengue outbreak had reportedly widened in Kech district of Balochistan as more than 150 cases have been reported in the area from January.According to the District Health Officer (DHO) Turbat, at least 150 cases of the dengue fever were reported since January in Kech.The DHO further added that efforts were underway to control over the increasing dengue virus in the Kech district.Read More: Deng…

Australia exploring opportunities in Balochistan

By mohammad zafar Apr.14,2019High commission discusses investment, development with CM KamalQUETTA  : Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Margaret Adamson has called upon Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan to discuss investment opportunities in Balochistan. The provincial chief informed the Australian high commissioner regarding investment opportunities in provincial sectors and the provincial government’s social and economic development initiatives.“The livestock, mineral, fisheries and agriculture sectors have dozens of investment opportunities while we have opened our doors for international companies by adopting new amendments in provincial investment policy,” Jam Kamal informed Adamson.He added that the government was utilising all its resources to boost the provincial economy through existing natural resources. “We have been working on strategies to boost these sectors which have the capacity to change the fortunes of the impoverished people of Balochistan.”Kamal als…

We strongly condemn the attack on Haza​ra community. BHRO

April 13, 2019*(Current Balochistan)*Baloch Human Rights Organization spokesperson, in a statement, strongly condemn the Quetta bomb blast which ripped through a vegetable market in Hazar Ganji, claimed 20 lives and left 43 injured. We extend our condolences to the families of victims of the Quetta bomb blast. For years, religious minorities in Balochistan have been repeatedly targeted which is appalling. He added.Hazara community in Balochistan has been targeted by religious extremists for many years and they have been living in a state of perpetual threat. Targeting a vegetable market who is protected by forces is concerning and failure of government and security forces. Similarly, forced conversion of religious minorities in other parts of the country is shocking and condemnable. The spokesperson further added that the sequel of military operations across Balochistan is continued with intensity. In the month of March 2019, sixty people were forcibly disappeared and thirteen mutila…

Pakistan Army is directly involved in attacks on Hazaras – Basheer Zeb Baloch

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from news desk of *(The Balochistan Post)* brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)*Baloch leader Basheer Zeb Baloch strongly condemned the attack on Hazara community in Quetta.According to details received by The Balochistan Post, renowned Baloch leader Basheer Zeb Baloch, in a statement released on Saturday, said that Pakistan Army’s nefarious designs have resulted in the attack on Hazara community in Hazar Ganji Quetta.“Pakistan Army has used the religious extremists as a tool against the Baloch movement. In order to tarnish the secular and liberal stance of Baloch nation, Pakistani military uses these forces to portray a false extremist image of Baloch society,” Basheer Zeb alleged.He said that on one side Hazara community members were collecting the mutilated bodies of their loved ones in Quetta and on other side the Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca was claiming in Islamabad that Pakistan is the fortress of Islam. “This is nothing less than a travesty as Pakista…

BNM denounces Quetta carnage of Hazara community: Dil Murad Baloch

2019-04-14*(Current Balochistan)*Baloch National Movement's Central Information Secretary Dil Murad Baloch said that massacre of Hazara community is tantamount to war crimes. He strongly condemned the killing of Hazara in Hazar Ganji vicinity of Quetta city and termed it as a crime against humanity. He added that was a war crime and was not the first incident to Hazara community; after every three to four months they are being targeted. He further added, “this is not a communal or ethnic rift, nor it is the creation of an extremist organization, in fact, it is orchestrated by the state itself.”

Information Secretary Dil Murad Baloch said that past experiences could tell that Pakistan would continue such acts, and Baloch National Movement had already explained the reasons. In Balochistan, the movement for freedom is ongoing which is streamlined on the secular ground, and Baloch society is thousands of mile away from religious bigotry and extremism. Massacre in the ethnic or religio…