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Ali Haider: the trolley boy gets to join his missing father - Sajid Hussain

The once-famous 11-year-old boy carrying a single-wheel trolley during the historical Long March to find his missing father is now a 16-year-old young man – an age which makes him almost eligible to go missing himself. And he did. On Sunday.Ali Haider –the remarkably poised boy usually wearing an intense look and a flat cap in the photographs captured during the Long March – was picked up by security forces on June 16, 2019 from Gwadar, Balochistan’s so-called port city of future.He went missing before he could manage to find his missing father, Muhammed Ramazan, who was picked up in 2010. Ramazan was travelling on a passenger bus to Gwadar along with a seven-year old Ali Haider and other family members when their vehicle was stopped at the Zero Point in Uthal. Frontier Corpse soldiers stormed into the bus, identified Ramazan, beat him to a pulp, dragged him outside, bundled him into a military vehicle and sped away. This all happened in front of his terrified young son who cried and …

Belt And Road Interview: Scholar Dragan Pavlicevic On BRI And China’s Foreign Policy

SUPCHINA SPONSOREDJUNE 19, 20190It’s been over five and a half years since Chinese President Xí Jìnpíng 习近平 first revealed the hugely ambitious idea of a “Silk Road Economic Belt” during his 2013 visit to Kazakhstan. Later reintroduced by the Chinese government as the “Belt and Road Initiative,” or BRI for short, the mammoth project is an undeniable game changer in the global geopolitical landscape. Since its launch, more than 80 countries — accounting for roughly two-thirds of the world’s population — have officially signed on to build infrastructure projects with China under the umbrella. Exact numbers on how much investment should be classified as “Belt and Road” investment are hard to calculate, but the total investment so far has reached hundreds of billions of dollars.As the scope and reach of BRI projects has expanded, criticism and opposition in many countries has also increased. For developing countries participating in the project, Beijing’s loans for railroads, airports, an…

China could build 30 ‘Belt and Road’ nuclear reactors by 2030, says official

By: ReutersPublished: June 20, 2019 1:44:20 PMBut the pace of construction at home has slowed down amid technological problems and delays at some key projects, as well as a suspension of new approvals that lasted over three years.China needed to improve research and development (PTI File photo)China could build as many as 30 overseas nuclear reactors through its involvement in the “Belt and Road” initiative over the next decade, a senior industry official told a meeting of China’s political advisory body this week. Wang Shoujun, a standing committee member of the China People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), told delegates on Wednesday that China needed to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by “Belt and Road” and give more financial and policy support to its nuclear sector.“‘Going out’ with nuclear power has already become a state strategy, and nuclear exports will help optimise our export trade and free up domestic high-end manufacturing capacity,” he was q…

BALOCHISTAN BUDGET 2019-20: Rs126bn allocated for development projects

Saleem ShahidUpdated June 20, 2019

The province is also undertaking multiple institutional initiatives to improve allocation and spending efficiency. — APP/FileQUETTA: Balochistan government has announced an Annual Development Plan (ADP) of Rs126 billion for 2,461 new and ongoing development projects.Finance Minister Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi while presenting the budget said the previous government had allocated Rs82bn for the ADP for the fiscal year 2018-19.The ADP has prioritised education, commutation, health, public health engineering, local government, law and order, urban planning and development.He said that compared to next fiscal year’s budget deficit of Rs47.7bn, the provincial government in the had showed a deficit of Rs62.9bn in the last fiscal year which forced the six-party coalition led by Jam Kamal Khan Alyani to slash development schemes which were not approved by the Planning and Development Department.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADHe said that by “reducing the total number…