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Our mother languages Balochi & Brahui- Shay Rehmath baloch

Date: 21 Feb 2020 Our mother languages Balochi & Brahui.Author: Shay Rehmath balochCurrent BalochistanToday I am writing about our national languages, as we all know that for a Nation, it is very important to have cultures, costumes, traditions, and languages, If we look a glance to our languages, which are Balochi and Brahui, We should Work on for the development of our languages, to promote our national needs and for the identity of our nation. We should struggle to keep alive our Identification.As we know that there is none such institutions for learning our languages both Brahui and Balochi are in the lack of knowledge. We can not find sources easily about these two languages, but from the past, it is much batter, because now there are so many people working on Brahui and Balochi. In past, there were so many great peoples who worked for Balochi and Brahui to make it easy for our upcoming generations, like us, I am Very Glad that our Young generation is Working for Our languages…

BALOCHISTAN: Attaining Freedom – Sreevidhya

Current Balochistan

February 22, 2020
“What is this Truth to which we seem to be awakened in the human consciousness? Can I become independent is the question?” Sarvam paravasam

Durham, dependence is death. Everything has failed, everything is hopeless, and the world is not going to help us. Nobody can give it to you and nobody can take it from you. A sword can cut your head but it cannot cut your freedom, your being.

The story of mighty Baloch fighters put you in grieves. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness shall become a pleasant fact for Balochs. The land of hospitality and brave people, popularly known as Balochistan comprises of around 45 percent of Pakistan’s landmass. It can be divided into two parts: the northern districts that are almost entirely populated by the Pashtuns; and the central and southern districts (including the entire coastal belt) that are almost entirely Baloch.

The total number of Baluch is estimated at between fifteen and twenty million. The distinct Bal…

Thailand nixed China’s Mekong River blasting project. Will others push back?

Plan to  and dredge parts of the riverbed so that it could be used by cargo ships had been around for 20 yearsDecision may signal a shift in how downstream countries deal with Beijing’s ambitions, but coordinated efforts are needed, observers say Topic | Thailand Laura ZhouPublished: 1:00pm, 22 Feb, 2020Updated: 1:50pm, 22 Feb, 2020
China has had a setback in its infrastructure building along the Mekong River after Thailand cancelled a project on the vital Southeast Asian waterway. But observers say that without more coordination between downstream countries, China’s influence in the region will continue to go unchallenged.In a win for locals and activists concerned about the ecosystem and their livelihoods, Thailand’s cabinet called off the Lancang-Mekong Navigation Channel Improvement Project – also known as the Mekong “rapids blasting” project – along its border with Laos.Proposed back in 2000, the project aimed to blast and dredge parts of the Mekong riv…

Greece: Nine groups interested in DEPA Infrastructure

Ekathinimerini.comNine groups submitted a letter of interest in the full ownership of DEPA Infrastructure, a new company to be created by the partial division of the Greek public natural gas company's (DEPA) infrastructure section, by the deadline on Friday.Currently, DEPA is owned by state sell-off fund TAIPED (65 pct) and Hellenic Petroleum (35 pct). Following the partial division, the two shareholders will own the corresponding stakes in DEPA Infrastrucutre, and act as its joint sellers.In the phase that concluded on Friday, Greek officials said the following companies expressed interest, in alphabetical order:

- Antin Infrastructure Partners SAS (private capital investments focused on infrastructure investments)
- China Resources Gas (Hong Kong) Investment Limited (the top natural gas group of companies in China, focused on gas distribution)
- EP Investment Advisors (energy group in Central Europe, producer, transporter and distributor of natural gas)
- …

Ag outlook panelists cast closer look at changes in China
Photo: Adobe stock02.21.2020 ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, U.S. — A panel at the annual Agricultural Outlook Forum drew on analysts’ expertise of three analysts to provide an understanding of the economic impact of the trade conflict with China, that country’s quest to diversify its trade partners and the evolution of its feed sector.The Feb. 20 talk gathered experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, academia and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing to explain China’s background, stance and vision to several hundred attendees at the USDA’s 96th annual convention at Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington. “Bread comes first,” an ancient Chinese idiom, shows the value China places on food security, said Professor Jason Grant of Virginia Tech. But that maxim faces complications as “China’s continuing urbanization, increasing household earnings and growing economies create an imbalance between agricultur…

Gwadar will be ‘Singapore’ of Pakistan: official

GWADAR: Gwadar Development Authority director general Shahzeb Khan Kakar has said that Gwadar will be developed into a smart port city as it is the future ‘Singapore’ of Pakistan.He was presiding over a meeting of the Association of Builders and Developers (Abad) in Gwadar on Friday. He said that with an organisation of talented builders and developers like Abad, there was no reason why the country would not develop.“All the facilities would be provided to the investors in Gwadar,” he said.
“The city should have already been developed like Singapore 10 years ago, but there were some mistakes that have been corrected. The biggest problem of Gwadar was shortage of water which has been solved as water supply lines from dams are being laid,” he added.Published in Dawn, February 22nd, 2020

Pakistan to accelerate implementation of CPEC projects

By app 
 Feb.22,2020 Asad Umar terms setting up of SEZs govt's top priority
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Friday said the pace of implementation of projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be accelerated further in the days to come.In a meeting with Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, matters relating to CPEC, business-to-business collaboration between the two countries and social sector development in Pakistan came under discussion.The minister expressed satisfaction over the overall delivery of CPEC projects and said that the establishment and operationalisation of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in all the provinces was a top priority and progress in that regard was being closely monitored.SEZs, he said, would act as a catalyst to increase the growth of manufacturing in the country.Special economic zones to be built in second phase of CPECThe Chinese ambassador expressed keen interest in putting special attention …

Balochistan Mineral Policy Introduced For Better Investment: Jam Kamal

Umer Jamshaid 9 hours ago Fri 21st February 2020 | 11:10 PM

QUETTA, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Feb, 2020 ) :Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Coordination of Marketing & Development of Mineral Resources Shehzad Syed Qasim called on Chief MinisterBalochistan Mir Jam Kamal Khan Alyani at Chief Secretariat here on Friday.During a meeting they exchanged views regarding mineral and resources development of Balochistan, said a press release.The Chief Minister said provincial government had introduced Balochistan Mineral Policy in context with the 18th constitutional amendment utilizing its power to seek mineral resources development in the interest of the province, saying a comprehensive policy had also been formulated for better investment in this sector.
"We wanted to develop our mineral resources and utilize them for welfare of people and prosperity of Balochistan", he said adding a huge funds has been allocated for Mineral Sector in current financial year b…

Hafeez Shaikh reviews energy sector issues of Balochistan

February 21, 202056 ISLAMABAD, Feb 21 (APP):Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr.Abdul Hafeez Shaikh chaired a meeting on Friday to review various energy sector issues that were pending between the Federal Government and the Government of Balochistan for many years.Balochistan Government was represented by Secretary Energy Department Balochistan, and Federal Government was represented by the Minister for Energy and the Adviser to the PM on Petroleum.In the meeting various issues regarding extension of lease of gas fields of Balochistan, rights and share of Government of Balochistan in the new and old oil and gas exploration business, rationalization of gas tariff for the local population, gas allocation to power plants and the creation of training fund for Balochistan were discussed.For creating a training fund, it was decided that the matter shall be resolved within a fortnight.After discussion on other issues, the Adviser decided that the representatives from the G…

Huawei secures most 5G contracts around world*
2020-02-22 China Daily Editor:Feng Shuang Huawei Technologies Co has secured its position as the most sought-after 5G telecom equipment supplier, despite the US government's intensified push to contain the Chinese technology giant on the geopolitical, legal and technological front lines.
Among the 91 commercial 5G contracts Huawei has inked, the largest number by any telecom gear maker so far, more than half are from Europe, where Washington has spared no effort to dissuade its allies from using the company in their 5G systems.
Analysts said the steadily growing contracts show that Huawei has won the trust of more foreign telecom operators with its technological prowess, and Washington's groundless security accusations have failed to convince even some of its closest allies.
Ding Yun, president of Huawei's carrier business group, said at a launch event in London on Thursday that the company's 91 comme…

Global watchdog places Iran on terrorism financing blacklist

Updated February 21, 2020
A global dirty money watchdog has placed Iran on its blacklist after the country failed to comply with international anti-terrorism financing norms. — Reuters/File A global dirty money watchdog on Friday placed Iran on its blacklist for "failing to comply with international anti-terrorism financing norms".The decision comes after more than three years of warnings from the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) urging Tehran to enact terrorist financing conventions.However, the FATF appeared to leave the door ajar for Iran, saying “countries should also be able to apply countermeasures independently of any call by the FATF to do so”.It will mean more scrutiny of transactions with Iran, tougher external auditing of financing firms operating in the country and add pressure on the few banks and businesses still operating with Iran.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD
Foreign businesses say Iran’s compliance with FATF rules is key if Tehran wants to at…

Experts: China seeking to normalize military presence beyond borders

UPIBy Megan Lebowitz
Feb. 20, 2020 at 6:52 PM Retired Adm. Dennis Blair testified that if China is able to establish bases at key ports in Pakistan and Myanmar with secure supply lines from China, the country would have the basis for “serious projection capability” in that region of the world. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
WASHINGTON -- China's Belt and Road Initiative, its military base in Africa, and increased humanitarian aid help normalize China's military presence outside its borders as part of an escalating power projection, an expert in the Asia Pacific region told a congressional commission Thursday.Testifying before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, Kristen Gunness, CEO of Vantage Point Asia, a company that provides strategic advice about Asia to businesses and government, focused on how the Belt and Road Initiative and the Chinese army's overseas deployment helps the country's expeditionary capabilities.The Belt and Road Initiative, laun…

China tests its soft power with neighbours over coronavirus outbreak

ReutersThursday February 20, 2020 10:33 Kitco News VIENTIANE (Reuters) - China called for solidarity on Thursday in a special meeting called to discuss the coronavirus outbreak with Southeast Asian nations, as Beijing faces criticism for its handling of the epidemic.The hastily called gathering in Laos suggested China is seeking support from its smaller neighbours, which have received billions of dollars in Chinese investment and infrastructure in recent years as a key part of its Belt and Road Initiative.ASEAN foreign ministers joined hands with their Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during the meeting and shouted “Stay strong, Wuhan! Stay strong, China! Stay strong, ASEAN!”. Wuhan is the Chinese city at the epicentre of the outbreak.“Fear is more threatening than the virus and confidence is more precious than gold,” Wang told a news conference after the meeting, which started with the playing of a video clip of Southeast Asian leaders expressing their support for China.In remarks during a …

BRI Project Owners to Woo Global Private Investors at Belt & Road Summit 2020 in Dubai

English  NEWS PROVIDED BYBelt & Road Summit 2020 Feb 20, 2020, 05:24 ET DUBAI, UAE, Feb. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Summary: During an interview for the launch of Belt & Road Summit 2020 in Dubai, Mark Mobius said that the infrastructure development plays a critical role in unlocking a country's growth potential. He added, "Infrastructure is an investment opportunity for investors like us." Mark Mobius - Keynote Speaker for Belt & Road Summit 2020 in Dubai (PRNewsfoto/Belt & Road Summit 2020) The recent Belt and Road (BRI) investment on new project contracts worth $127.7 billion in 61 countries by Chinese companies has increased international attention, especially in the Middle East region. In 2019, China had a banner year for bringing nearly 152 countries to join hands in developing the next level of economic growth and global trade, highlighting the UAE signed deals worth $3.4 billion through Belt & Road Initiative. In support of the China-UAE's signat…

Euromoney Belt and Road Results Index: Q4 2019

By: Jeremy Weltman Published on:Thursday, February 20, 2020
 The Euromoney Belt and Road Index (EBRI) combines International Monetary Fund (IMF) GDP figures with investment climate (IC) scores sourced from economists and political experts who ranked countries on the Euromoney Country Risk platform. The index therefore combines qualitative, crowd-sourced opinion with quantitative data. Using these sources EBRI aims to provide a clear and credible index representing the politico-economic environment and investment climate. Q4 2019 Results Summary The Q4 Belt and Road Index (EBRI) results indicate there are still 52 countries with values larger than 100, comprising the first three (of five) categories, or tiers, that have seen rising GDP and/or improving investor climates since the EBRI’s inception. This number is unchanged from Q3. Bhutan’s rapid economic growth has seen it move into tier one for the first time in Q4, joining Ethiopia, the Maldives, Laos, Bangladesh and Nepa…

Implementation of Environmental Impact Assessment in Balochistan to Ensure Sustainable Development

By Contributors - February 20, 2020Balochistan Voice Sadia Hassan SheraniInitial environmental examination (IEE) is a preliminary environmental review of reasonably foreseeable impacts of the proposed activity to determine the adverse impacts of whether an EIA is required for the project or not. It is usually done for small scale projects or projects with no significant adverse impacts and Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is an important policy tool that is used for evaluating the impacts of development or any proposed project; including physical, social or/and environmental impacts. It is usually done for large scale projects or projects that cause adverse environmental impacts. It is one of the substantial processes that contribute in the promotion of sustainable development. EIA process not only takes account of the environmental impacts but also the economic, social, cultural and human health-related impacts.The main aim of EIA is ensuring environmental sustainability by minimi…