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New Gwadar Airport enters 2nd phase of construction

World INP May 18, 2020 ISLAMABAD: The construction of the much-awaited New Gwadar International Airport costing $ 230 million has entered into its second phase after meeting specific benchmarks laid down in the first... ISLAMABAD: The construction of the much-awaited New Gwadar International Airport (NGIA) costing $ 230 million has entered into its second phase after meeting specific benchmarks laid down in the first phase. According to a report carried by Gwadar Pro on Sunday, with completion of the first phase involving soil testing, ground leveling, land boundaries, design details and walls construction at adjacent properties, the second phase has been unveiled with a purpose-built mega permanent station. Earlier there was a temporary camp office comprising limited resources and man force strength. “Located in Gurandani area, some 26 km northeast of Gwadar city of Balochistan province just off the Makran Coastal Highway, NGIA is under construction over the last few months. Establish

WSC strongly condemns Pakistani decision to build Diamer-Bhasha Dam on River Indus

WSC strongly condemns Pakistani decision to build Diamer-Bhasha Dam on River Indus LONDON: The World Sindhi Congress (WSC) has strongly condemned the Pakistani Government’s decision to build a Diamer-Bhasha Dam on the Indus River. WSC believes that Sindh and indigenous people of Sindh are already suffering from the shortage of agriculture water and required discharge into the Arabian Sea to block the seawater intrusion into the mainland. Subsequently, building any new dam will make things worse, the WSC statement read. According to the WSC, the construction of mega-dams completely changes the relationship between water, land, and indigenous people by destroying the existing ecosystem balance, which developed throughout thousands of years. Today’s world is moving away from mega-dams because of the enormous cost and significant damage to the environment and the people. WSC urged the Pakistani administration to scrap any mega-dams from plans and instead focus thoroughly on modern water ma

Follow the Silk Road, Book by Book

Compiled by our contributors, a reading list for recreating the ancient trade route from the comfort of home. Image An illustrated detail from the Catalan Atlas (circa 1375) depicting Marco Polo’s caravan traveling along the Silk Road. Credit... © Bibliothèque Nationale de France /HIP/Alamy May 11, 2020 This year, T’s spring Travel issue is devoted to just five stories, each an account of its writer’s journey along a different section of the Silk Road — the ancient network of trade routes that until the 15th or 16th century spanned some 4,000 miles of the globe, from Central Asia across the Middle East to Southern Europe, and formed a vital conduit for both new commodities and new ideas. While venturing to faraway places might seem like a distant possibility now, a year after this issue began to take shape, as we reckon with the global pandemic, these pieces are a powerful reminder of our innate desire to move and explore. T writer at large  Ligaya Mishan  begins the journey by  docume