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Linking Chabahar, Gwadar ports to ensure prosperity in the region: Iran envoy

IRAN 3 October 2020 07:22 (UTC+04:00) Ambassador Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini during an interview with Pakistani newspaper ‘Business Recorder’ said Gwadar and Chabahar are two important ports, adding that if they become more active, the two ports will bring regional progress and prosperity,  Trend  reports citing  İRNA . "Some are trying to present these two ports as competitors to each other, while we do not take it as a competition but a compliment to each other," he asserted, adding that potential of the two ports could be utilised better by connectivity through rails. He said Pakistan was working on the infrastructure of Gwadar port to boost economic activities, while Iran had also specific programmes to make Chabahar port more active. He said Iran had announced its readiness to provide electricity for Gwadar port. "We believe more progress of these ports will bring prosperity in the region and the trade volume will also increase automatically. In fact, we see progres

Gwadar: Fishermen Protest Broken Promises Again

Gwadar: Fishermen Protest Broken Promises Again The construction of East Bay Expressway is once again raising fears amongst Gwadar’s indigenous population. By  Mariyam Suleman October 02, 2020 Credit: Mariyam Suleman ADVERTISEMENT In a warm and sunny September evening, hundreds of Gwadar’s fishermen, young and old, gather in Dhoria – a neighborhood of fishermen in the north of Gwadar’s old town. While Khuda Dad Waju, representative of a local organization working for fishermen’s rights, speaks about the rights of the indigenous population and government’s broken promises, others around him listen cautiously.  The attention of the listeners speaks to their concerns, and the urgency of the matter they have gathered for. It will determine whether or not they will be able to provide meals for their families in the next few months and years to come.   This gathering in Dhoria is part for of a larger protest which first began in 2018 after construction work for the East Bay Expressway kicked

'China's gateway': Daniel Andrews' Belt and Road pitch to Beijing

'China's gateway': Daniel Andrews' Belt and Road pitch to Beijing By  Richard Baker October 3, 2020 — 11.30pm Premier Daniel Andrews directly courted some of China's biggest Belt and Road Initiative companies, including one subsequently blacklisted by the US government, to help build Victoria's huge pipeline of infrastructure projects including his signature Suburban Rail Loop. Internal documents obtained under the freedom of information act show Mr Andrews pitching for money and expertise from Chinese state-owned companies  in his trip to China in October last year , with a promise to "facilitate" their access to Victoria and "collaborate" on the state's biggest projects. Victoria, he said, would become “China’s gateway to Australia”. Daniel Andrews has defended his dealings with China.  EDDIE JIM Among the projects the Premier listed were the uncosted but multibillion-dollar Suburban Rail Loop, the North East Link road project and the A

Balochistan's culture, identity in danger: Activist in UN

ANI |  Updated:  Oct 02, 2020 14:06 IST Geneva [Switzerland] October 2 (ANI): A Baloch political activist has told the  United Nations  that the culture, language and identity of Baloch people are in danger due to Pakistan's oppressive policies. Munir Mengal ,  the President of Baloch Voice Association , while making an intervention during the ongoing 45th Session of  UN Human Rights Council  in Geneva on Thursday said: "Pakistan has opted a strategic policy of colonialism and structural discrimination in  Balochistan ." "On one side the Baloch are facing systematic military operations, displacements, enforced disappearances, on the other-side state have deprived them of presenting their culture, reading, writing their mother language, barred from cultural norms and traditions. Just to eliminate their identity," he added. More than 2.3 million out of 3.6 million school-age children in  Balochistan  are out of school, Munir said citing a report by Dawn News. &quo

CPEC has neither boosted growth nor jobs in Pakistan

    Fri, Oct 2 2020 02:13:18 PM By Mahua Venkatesh New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS):  The global coronavirus pandemic has dealt a severe blow to Pakistans economy, pushing it to a near-collapse despite the ongoing multi-billion-dollar infrastructure projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). According to the World Bank, the country's gross domestic product (GDP) growth was about 5.83 per cent in 2018. It was down to less than 1 per cent in 2019, a decline of over 4.80 per cent from 2018, despite the much hyped CPEC, which started in 2016. In 2016, Pakistan's GDP growth was 5.5 per cent. CPEC was projected to open up job opportunities in Pakistan besides boosting economic growth. Data suggests that Pakistan's economy continues to be a critical state despite the ongoing project, which was originally estimated at $46 billion. China and CPEC Pakistan's repayment ability is also eroding due to the economic impact of the pandemic. The cost of the project, connecting G

Committee sees no progress in CPEC projects in Balochistan

JAMAL SHAHID ISLAMABAD: A parliamentary committee on Friday observed that no progress had been made in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in Balochistan since 2017. The convener of the Special Committee on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Parliamentary Leader of the PPP in the Senate, Senator Sherry Rehman, said: “Briefing given by the ministry and its various allied departments is insufficient and lacks details on many aspects. The departments are shifting responsibility on one another and there seems to be no institutional collaboration.” The committee directed the secretary of the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Mathar Niaz Rana, to prioritise umbrella projects specified for Balochistan. Members of the committee were of the view that no tangible progress had been achieved during the last few years and despite recommendations, provision of gas and electricity supply in Bostan town of Balochistan and its development as a Special Eco