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Quetta celebrated the Hazara Culture Day on Saturday after a gap of 20 years

Hazara Culture Day after a 20-year gap

JUNE 25, 2019
Quetta celebrated the Hazara Culture Day on Saturday after a gap of 20 years, with senior provincial leaders attending and learning about Hazara culture, history, music and traditions. The event was jointly hosted by the Balochistan Culture Ministry and Hazara Democratic Party. It was inaugurated by Baloch Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan. Speaking at the event, Jan Kamal Khan underscored the importance of investing in people. “We need to support the progress of culture and sport,” he urged. “A society is recognised by its culture,” he said, adding that the beauty of this world is that it has many different flowers. “Pakistan too has many flowers, he said, referring to cultural traditions. “There are lots of countries where they have not forgotten their culture,” he explained, adding that in China, France and Japan, they make films in their own languages.


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Ethnic profiling?

EditorialJune 30, 2019

THE Rawalpindi administration’s recent move to surveil small hotels and cafes owned by Quetta natives settled in the capital has all the trappings of ethnic profiling. After the regional police officer issued orders to ‘obtain details’ about the employees and owners of these ventures, the small business owners say they are feeling harassed by the frequent visits of officials in plain clothes who claim to be from different departments. Despite being provided identification and registration documents, police and intelligence officials continue to frequent the hotels to ask various questions while being plied with tea. The ‘visits’ started after a meeting took place between police and intelligence officials in which they decided to keep an eye on two dozen hotels and cafes as they feared these premises could be used by ‘miscreants for unlawful activities’.While there indeed exists a justified fear of security threats in a country like Pakistan, selecting enterprises…

Why PM Modi’s victory made Gilgit-Baltistan happy

Senge Hasnan SeringUpdated : June 29, 2019, 7:54 PMA smooth sailing for the Bharatiya Janata Party is in the offing after the parliamentary elections, as Indians have awarded their ruling party a second term with a sweeping mandate. The length and breadth of BJP’s vote share confirms the party breaking many stereotypes to claim a convincing victory. The voting pattern shows that despite being called a “Hindu nationalist” party, a large majority of voters in Muslim, Maoist and Adivasi dominated constituencies preferred BJP over its main competitor, the Indian National Congress. The BJP received its largest vote share from both rural and underprivileged areas of the country, and thus shed its label as a party of mercantile and urban interests.The linchpin of BJP’s election manifesto projected an uncompromising attitude towards national security, with a focus on terrorism, border security and Kashmir. The election results prove that the BJP did not have to work too hard to convince the v…

Solar energy could turn the Belt and Road Initiative green

Date:June 27, 2019Source:Cell PressSummary:The region covered by the Belt and Road Initiative has significant potential to be powered by solar energy, researchers report. Less than 4% of the maximum solar potential of the region could meet the BRI's electricity demand for 2030. The research suggests a possible solution to reduce BRI countries' need for fossil fuels as they develop. This is the first time the renewable energy potential of the region is quantified.Share:FULL STORYThe region covered by the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has significant potential to be powered by solar energy, researchers report June 27 in the journal Joule. Less than 4 percent of the maximum solar potential of the region could meet the BRI's electricity demand for 2030. The research suggests a possible solution to reduce BRI countries' need for fossil fuels as they develop. This is the first time the renewable energy potential of the region is quantified.advertisementThe Chinese governmen…

A train to CPEC

Zahid Gishkori June 30, 2019 Leave a commentCPEC-related Railways projects still await the decisions of the PTI governmentFirstly, the plan was about to take off in the mid of 2017. Then, it was declared a non-starter as many high-ups believed it would be abandoned by the new government. In fact, it was put on the back-burner. Now, this much delayed but strategically important scheme again comes into the limelight.Yes, it is all about China-Pakistan Railways corridor. The incumbent government has changed all the previous plans pertaining to the proposed projects of Pakistan Railways planned to be executed under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in 2014, by the then Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government.According to a monographic study, “Pakistan Railways Transport Planning 2014-2030” the PML-N government planned to execute Main-Line-I Project of the Pakistan Railways from Karachi to Peshawar in three different phases which covered around 1872km long route in 2015-1…

Plane carrying anti-Pak banners fly over Headingley cricket ground in Leeds

ANI | Europe | Last Updated at June 29 2019 19:10 IST
A plane flying with anti-Pakistan banners unfurled from it was spotted on Saturday over the Headingley cricket ground here where the World Cup cricket match between Pakistan and Afghanistan was underway.The plane unfurled banners in the sky bearing slogans 'Justice for Balochistan' and 'Help end enforced disappearances in Pakistan', written in big bold black and red letters as part of a campaign organised by Baloch activists to highlight the dire human rights violation in Pakistan."Baloch Republican Party and World Balochorganisation's awareness campaign against enforced disappearances in Pakistan flying banners hovering over Headingley Stadium calling for #EndEnforcedDisappearances during #PAKvAFG cricket match," the World BalochOrganisation tweeted.In another tweet, it said: "The plane in its second run over #PAKvAFG #ICCWorldCup2019 match in Leeds, trailed a banner that read "Justice for #B…

World Cup Central: ICC sees red as planes fly political messages above Headingley

Planes carry political messages during the Afghanistan-Pakistan game Getty ImagesFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerEmail7:30 PM ISTESPNcricinfo staffJune 29An aeroplane appeared above Headingley during the Afghanistan v Pakistan with a message saying "Justice for Balochistan". Not long after, there was another: "Help end disappearances in Pakistan".A big World Cup match, with the international media in attendance, it certainly got the attention it expected, but the ICC isn't too pleased about it."We work with local police forces around the country to prevent this type of incident occurring and were assured that given Headingley is under the flight path for the Leeds Bradford Airport it would not be an issue," an ICC statement read. "We do not condone any sort of political messages at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup and will work with West Yorkshire police to deal with and understand why this has happened and to ensure it doesn't happen aga…

Why China Has Hundreds Of Empty 'Ghost' Museums

Wade ShepardContributorThe museum looked like a colossal golden jelly bean. The adjacent library was designed to look, literally, like a row of books on a shelf. Across the street was an opera house that appeared to have been modeled from some kind of ancient Silk Road fortress. These magnificent buildings were all aligned along a massive public plaza that was nearly the size of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, which ran south from the palace-like edifice of the new local government headquarters. Such monumental public works may have come off as normal along the raging boulevards of a vibrant, uber modern big city, but out here in Ordos Kangbashi–a quiet and scantly populated new city rising up from the desert of central China– it was difficult to suspend a surreal feeling of disbelief: why would all of this be built here? I would soon discover that it was all a part of a top-down central government initiative to completely revamp China’s cultural infrastructure.Ordos Museum (Getty) GETTYC…