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No serious impact of virus on BRI projects: China Daily contributor

In a photo taken on Feb 24, 2020, Chinese and Sri Lankan labourers work at a construction site on reclaimed land, part of a Chinese-funded project for Port City, in Colombo. PHOTO: AFP In his article, the writer says that only a few employees of the Belt and Road projects have contracted the novel coronavirus, essentially because these projects employ local labour in host countries. Gao Yang BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - To contain  the novel coronavirus outbreak , all provinces and municipalities in China have launched strict emergency health measures. And after declaring the novel coronavirus epidemic  a public health emergency of international concern , the World Health Organisation (WHO) has released relevant suggestions regarding personnel, goods, containers and transportation vehicles. Containing the spread of the novel coronavirus has now become a challenge for the entire international community. As the world's second-largest economy, China contributed 30 per cen

China’s Belt and Road Is Opening Up to Foreign Companies Today Hunter Xiong Head of Belt and Road Initiative Office at Deutsche Bank Extending from east to west, the BRI now encompasses as much as 65% of the world’s population and half of global gross domestic product (GDP). Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images SHARE THIS ARTICLE         While the coronavirus is a significant destabilizing factor in China’s growth trajectory, business as usual should eventually return. China has tackled Black Swan events before, and the Chinese government’s development efforts remain in place, particularly the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Extending from east to west, the BRI now encompasses as much as 65% of the world’s population and half of global gross domestic product (GDP). When first announced, investment was primarily targeted at transport infrastructure, but this remit has steadily expanded in scope, moving into power generation, oil and gas pipelines, education and health care, among others. An estimated $1.9 trillion of annual inves

Balochistan CM visits road expansion projects

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has said that the provincial government has allocated Rs20 billion for converting Quetta into a safe and smart city and completing other development projects. Taking to reporters after visiting the Sabzal road expansion project here on Tuesday, he said that the government had speeded up work on various projects launched for beautification of Quetta and for providing maximum facilities to people. He said that the Sabzal road expansion project was the biggest development scheme in Quetta. It would link Samungli Road with Sariab Road from Sur-Pul to the University of Balochistan. Published in Dawn, March 4th, 2020

Balochistan to establish two libraries at Airport, Spini roads in Quetta

Islamabad Balochistan government will establish two more libraries in Quetta to drag youth back towards book reading in conducive environment. The government has allocated Rs 150 million to set up two libraries at Airport and Spini roads of Quetta city in concerned on the fading trend of book reading. Talking to APP, an official of the Balochistan government said three libraries were also established last year which would be opened by the next month at Satellite Town and Saryab road. The project costing Rs 60 million for the renovation and improvement of libraries across the province has also initiated which would help increase literacy trend in Balochistan,” he said and added that libraries are a nursery that produces leaders, writers, scholars, philosophers and teachers who serve the nation. While highlighting the importance of book reading, he said, libraries would not only encourage book reading culture among youth but would also prove beneficial in their capacity building so that

Balochistan to set up BHUs, RHUs at tehsil level Islamabad Balochistan government has planned to establish Basic Health Units (BHUs) and Rural Health Centres (RHUs) at every Tehsil of the province with the cost of one billion rupees to ensure best health care facilities to the masses on their doorsteps. First time in its history, Balochistan government has made record initiatives for revamping the health sector with huge allocations, an official of the Balochistan government said that while talking to APP here on Tuesday. Construction of 50 and 100 beds hospitals in Kalat, Chaman, Ghaus Abad and Khuda Badan areas of the province at a cost of Rs 400 million has also under process, he added. The plan of a mobile health unit at a cost of Rs 70 million has also under consideration to facilitate the poor patients in the remote areas of the province, said the official. He said that the provincial government has been allocating special funds for cancer patients and assistance in buying of stunts for heart disease patients. I

Housing sector and Future of CPEC Chinese President Xi Jinping has successfully materialized his gigantic politico- economic vision. China is fortunate enough to have visionary leadership, who has given direction to the country and the nation. For the solution of its huge problems, Chinese leadership has focused on education, health and economy of the nation. Present generation is witness to the development of modern China. We also need to develop our country and the nation on the same lines and pattern. As Gwadar has become economic jugular vein of Pakistan. Chinese government has positively played its role by investing billions of dollars in the CPEC project. Post CPEC scenario is quite different. CPEC is complete but masses are unaware about the progress or status of the project yet. It is prime responsibility of the government to take masses and investors into confidence. Millions of expatriates are residing in Saudi Arabia, Gulf countries, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Out of

CPEC and the changing regional scenario Brig. Dr Muhammad Khan (Retd) SINCE its inception in 2015, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been threatened by security situation in Afghanistan. Pakistan and China made hectic efforts for taking the Afghan Government on board over this gigantic project. Afghan Government conceivably had no problem, but those driving Kabul regime; India and United States having been resounding Kabul guards not to support CPEC since it runs counter to their strategic interests. The Indian spying network; RAW has been using the Afghan soil for promoting terrorist activities and subversion in various parts of Pakistan. As per arrested Indian spy master, Naval Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, RAW has dedicated a special branch which aims at subverting and sabotaging the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Besides, it has been training, financing, equipping and abetting the terrorist networks like TTP, MQM and Baloch sub-nationalists in Pakistan. Since 2001, India has been using Afg

CPEC – China’s most ambitious project in Pakistan has become a corridor to nowhere, India Almost 7 years after the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was established, there’s little evidence of its ambitious and grand vision being realised. SHERIDAN PRASSO 3 March, 2020 A development site near Gwadar Port, operated by China Overseas Ports Holding Co., in July 2018 | Photo: Asim Hafeez | Bloomberg Hong Kong : The four-times-a-week propeller plane from Karachi whips up a cloud of dust as it lands on an arid airstrip. Passengers cross the tarmac in the scorching sun and enter an arrivals terminal not much larger than a tractor-trailer. Outside, soldiers carrying AK-47s are waiting. This is Gwadar, a remote scratch of land on Pakistan’s southwest coast. Its port is the last stop on a planned $62 billion corridor connecting China’s landlocked westernmost province to the Arabian Sea, the crown jewel of President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative, designed to build infrastructure and influence around the world. Plans originally called for a seaport, roads, rai

Zafar Baloch is appointed as a member of the Central Committee. Chairman Khalil Baloch

Current Balochistan Date:  3 Mar 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Chairman of the Baloch National Movement, Khalil Baloch, said in a statement that senior party member Zafar Baloch is nominated as a member of the Central Committee on the vacant seat of the party’s central committee. He said Zafar is a senior and hard-working member of the BNM. In the most difficult circumstances, he has performed his duty very honestly. His contributions are distinctive to the success of the party program. He can play his part better in the party program and national movement by being appointed to the vacant seat of the party’s central committee. Khalil Baloch said, he is expecting that Zafar Baloch, as a member of the Central Committee plays an active role in BNM.

Quetta: Protest continue for missing persons

Current Balochistan Date:  3 Mar 2020 Author:  Admin 0 The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) is an association representing family members of people who have been subject to enforced disappearance has completed 3910 days on Tuesday. According to details, The protest for Baloch missing persons has been completed 3910 days in front of Quetta Press Club through of voice for Baloch missing persons to save recovery for the Baloch missing persons. Among those who expressed solidarity were Human Rights Council of Balochistan (HRCB) chairperson Bibi Gul, social worker Hameeda Noor, Hooran Baloch and others. VBMP leader Mama Qadeer Baloch talking to media said that the nation should be rescued from state oppression by taking action under international law against the state committing human rights violations. He said that the United Nation Secretary-General’s recent visit to Pakistan expressed reservations over the ongoing operations in Balochistan, extraordinary constitution and law arres

Kech: Armed men attack Pakistani forces leaving several dead.

Current Balochistan Date:  3 Mar 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Unidentified armed men attacked Pakistani forces between Turbat and Buleda area of district Kech, Balochistan on Tuesday. According to the details, earlier today, heavily armed men ambushed a Pakistani military convoy in Jahaniaap area between Buleda and Turbat. As per locals, during the attack Pakistani forces recieved backup team. whereas a larg skirmish erupted between armed men and Pakistani security forces, which lasted for hours. Sources from Civil hospital Kech confirmed 16 death and 7 injuries to Current Balochistan reporter. Government officials have not yet confirm this attack yet. Several Baloch armed groups operate in these area and carry out such attacks. This attack has not yet been claimed by any of the groups.

Forced disappearances in Balochistan: ‘Released people went missing in this government’

Current Balochistan Date:  2 Mar 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Khan Sasoli, a young man from Nowski, Balochistan, was released last year after ten years. He was forcibly disappeared in July 2009 and now after released he has taken his silence. In the current government those missing persons were released, from them he is the one who has missed for the longest time. Missing Persons Returning is Political Need Voice of Baloch Missing Persons, an organization active in the recovery of missing persons in Balochistan, claims that only about 275 people have returned so far according to the available list which they have. Sardar Aktar Mengal, the head of Balochistan National Party presented the list of 5128 missing persons in his first address to National assembly. And one of the six points offered for the conditional support of Imran Khan’s government was that to return of the missing persons. In the present government, the return of the missing has begun, but this process is also seen as political