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Seven Years into China’s Belt and Road

The sweeping initiative is providing benefits to developing countries. But at what cost? by DAVID DOLLAR President Xi Jinping of China proposed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in a pair of speeches in 2013.    In Kazakhstan, he outlined a vision of restoring overland trade routes from China to Central Asia and Europe — the ancient “Silk Road.” In Indonesia, he introduced the concept of a “maritime Silk road,” which is essentially the already well-traveled sea corridor South from China to the Middle East and Europe.    In seven years of implementation, the initiative has become quite controversial, especially in the West.    The controversy is fueled by a lack of transparency that makes it difficult to get reliable information on the financing involved in the initiative, as well as the specific projects and their terms.    There are a  growing number  of  academic efforts , however, to collect and analyze data on BRI, with a consistent set of findings.    Despite the name, the progra

Balochistan decides not to shut schools if Covid-19 cases surge

  QUETTA:  The Balochistan government has changed its policy for the closure of schools after months-long lockdown due to coronavirus and decided not to shut educational institutions again. The authorities on Wednesday decided not to close schools and colleges again despite a spike in cases in order to recover the academic loss of the students. It has been decided to put infected persons into quarantine facilities instead of shutting down the whole institution over detection of the virus. The education authorities issued orders for the full resumption of academic sessions in educational institutions across the province. Moreover, the middle schools in Balochistan administered by local governments were also reopened following the orders of the provincial government. The director of the provincial schools’ department announced that the primary section will be reopened from September 30. Earlier in the day, secondary schools in Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Azad Jammu a

Meeting reviews development progress in Balochistan

Wed, 23 Sep 2020, 8:47 PM Asad Umar ISLAMABAD, Sep 23 (APP): Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar chaired meeting here on Wednesday to discuss the development progress of under developed areas of Balochistan. Secretary, Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Mathar Niaz Rana briefed the forum about the background and vision of the government regarding accelerated development of the less developed areas of Balochistan. He also shared the details of recent visit of the area and urged the line agencies to prepare the requisite development program on top priority to facilitate the public of the Balochistan. The meeting was attended by Advisor to Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile Industry and Investment, Abdul Razzak Dawood, Minister for Energy, Omar Ayub Khan, Minister for Defence Production, Zobaida Jalal, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Petroleum, Nadeem Babar,Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Power Syed Shahzad Qasim, Ehsan Reki, MNA

The Pakistani army burned thousands of acres of forest in the Dasht area of Kech district

sangar publication  - 23 Sep, 2020 at 11:57 am   (Sangar special report)      The operation of forces in Occupied Balochistan has become a common thing for the Baloch nation on a daily basis and has become a part of the normal life of the Baloch nation but it has been intensifying for the last one and a half months.   In the Dasht area of ​​Kech District, between the nights of September 19 and 20, the state army, along with its local armed supporters, set fire to the Dasth, Upsi Gazz forest, which enveloped the entire Dasht and reached Jan Muhammad Bazaar.   The battles of Goharg Dap, Dumb, Langasi, Jan Mohammad Bazaar and Zarrin Bug were completely burnt to ashes by this fire. In which hundreds of kinds of herbs and rare trees were burnt to ashes.   The state army has recently set up checkpoints and a large check post in these areas. The burning of the desert’s forests by the army is one of the reasons to reduce the fear of the insurgents. It is to be noted that the backward areas of

6 vocational centres to be set up in Balochistan

6 vocational centres to be set up in Balochistan Mohammad Zafar  September 23, 2020     PHOTO: RADIO PAKISTAN QUETTA: The Balochistan government on Tuesday announced that six technical training centers are being established at Quetta, Pishin, Panjgur, Sibi, Awaran and district Kohlu. CM Jam Kamal chaired a meeting of Balochistan Technical Education (BTE) and Vocational Training Authority (VTA) in Quetta. It is pertinent to mention that this is the third meeting held in this regard at the CM secretariat, implying how serious the provincial government is towards imparting education. Additional chief secretary planning and development Balochistan Abdul Rehman Buzdar and board members of BTE and VTA attended the meeting. Secretary labor and manpower Saira Atta briefed the meeting on different aspects of vocational training programs of BTE and VTA. The meeting thoroughly discussed the curriculum vitae of technical training centers and the certification process. It was decided to bring neces