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Action initiated against ‘ghost’ employees in Balochistan

 20 Jul, 2020
QUETTA: The Balochistan government has launched action against ghost employees in the province.“We have started action against ghost employees with immediate effect,” Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani said in a statement on Twitter on Sunday.“In the first phase, information is being collected about ghost employees working in the education and health departments,” he said.Mr Alyani said the deputy commissioners in all districts of Balochistan had been asked to send lists of ghost employees posted in these two departments to the government immediately.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD He said ghost employees would not be tolerated in any government department and an investigation would also be launched in other departments.The chief minister said his government would also initiate action against the people who had got employment on fake domiciles in various federal and provincial governments on the quota of Balochistan.Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, during his tenure as chi…

Alert sounded on spurt in heroin smuggling from Pakistan via sea

A view of Gwadar port in Pakistan | Photo Credit: REUTERS Devesh K. PandeyNEW DELHI 19 JULY 2020 20:03 ISTUPDATED: 20 JULY 2020 01:32 IST Inputs from Tanzanian authorities have been shared by the international organisationsThe enforcement agencies have increased maritime surveillance following inputs from international counterparts about a spurt in the smuggling of heroin originating from the Gwadar port of Makran coast in Pakistan during the COVID-19 outbreak.Inputs from the Tanzanian authorities have been shared by the international organisations, following purported revelations by a Tanzanian national, said an official.The accused said heroin consignments were being smuggled on board dhows from Pakistan and they were being dropped at various coastal locations on the Tanzania border. About 25 such dhows had entered the Tanzanian coastal region between March and May.Advertising AdvertisingThe consignments were also being routed via Mozambique, where 12 Pakistani nationals — who initiall…

China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the COVID-19 Emergency

By Swapnil Singh - July 19, 2020

The world economies have started to look inwards, closing their borders, and tightening their surveillance. The ongoing signs of economic slump predict that it is here to stay for long. Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), purported to be the game-changer in the sphere of global politics, altering the political and economic geography of the world.  It is a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure project that spans from the western Chinese corridor connecting three continents, Europe, Africa and Asia with China as the behemoth. As the new China-age certainty is under question at large, there are exigent questions that need to be answered concerning the BRI.The pandemic has changed China’s approach to its political-economic priorities, shifting the focus on immediate domestic economic recuperation, maintaining CCP’s continuity of power, urban unemployment and the middle-income trap. The Belt and Road Initiative is the modern-…

Surging attacks by Baloch separatists increase risks, costs of BRI projects in Pak: Report

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aims to link Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Gulf region, Africa and Europe with a network of land and sea routes. The CPEC is the flagship project of President Xi Jinping’s ambitious BRI.Updated: Jul 19, 2020 23:37 IST By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai, Beijing

A surge in the deadly attacks by Baloch separatists in Pakistan has increased the risks and costs of China’s ambitious Belt and Road projects, including the CPEC, while its interests at the strategic Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea are caught up in the proxy war between Islamabad and Tehran, according to a media report.
Security risks and costs of the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are rising amid a resurgence of the deadly attacks by separatists in the troubled Balochistan province, home to the Chinese-operated Gwadar Port, a report in Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post said on Saturday.The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aims to link Southeast Asia, Ce…

Surging attacks by Baloch separatists increase risks, costs of BRI projects in Pakistan: Report

PTI |Published: 19th July 2020 05:39 PM Gwadar port of Pakistan which features in the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) plan (Photo | Youtube)https://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2020/jul/19/surging-attacks-by-baloch-separatists-increase-risks-costs-of-bri-projects-in-pakistan-report-2171941.html
BEIJING: A surge in the deadly attacks by Baloch separatists in Pakistan has sent the risks and costs of China's ambitious Belt and Road projects soaring while Beijing's interests at the strategic Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea were caught up in the proxy war between Islamabad and Tehran, according to a media report.Security risks and costs of the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are rising amid a resurgence of the deadly attacks by separatists in the troubled Balochistan province, home to the Chinese-operated port of Gwadar, a report in Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post said.The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aims to link Southeast Asia, Central Asi…

Polio case reported from Balochistan

 | Updated 19 Jul, 2020
The National Emergency Operation Centre is all set to commence a nationwide anti-polio campaign from Monday to administer polio drops to children in specific union councils across the country. — Photo by Umair Ali/File ISLAMABAD: Another polio case has been reported from Balochistan, taking the national tally of cases so far this year to 60.A 17-month-old girl, who belongs to Chaman town of Qila Abdullah district, has become the latest victim of the crippling disease.According to an official of the National Institute of Health (NIH), it was a case of refusal as the family was against the vaccination due to which the vaccine was not administered to the child during the routine immunisation.“The child is resident of Union Council Mehmoodabad, tehsil Chaman, Qila Abdullah district. The victim’s right lower limb has been paralysed and the socioeconomic status of family has been declared poor,” he said.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD The National E…

Belt and Road Initiative debt: how big is it and what’s next?

China Economy
Chinese investments in developing countries have raised questions about whether such projects can ever generate enough money to pay off the debtBeijing will participate in the G20’s Debt Service Suspension Initiative, which offers relief for 77 developing nations’ debt repayments this year – on a case-by-case basis Topic | Belt and Road Initiative Amanda LeePublished: 8:00pm, 19 Jul, 2020Updated: 8:00pm, 19 Jul, 2020 What is the Belt and Road Initiative?
This ambitious plan involves connecting more than 70 countries on the continents of Asia, Europe and Africa via a series of rail, road and sea infrastructure projects, thus forming a “new Silk Road”. The goal for Beijing is to promote regional connections and economic integration, thereby expanding China’s economic and political influence.The initiative was introduced by President Xi Jinping during his 2013 visit to Kazakhstan. He initially called it “One Belt, One Road”, but the project was renamed in 2016, since it comprise…