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Water crisis again hits Gwadar

https :// Gwadar THE NEWSPAPER'S CORRESPONDENT UPDATEDA DAY AGO GWADAR: Due to lack of rain and the resultant drought-like situation, this port city has again been hit by a severe water crisis, according to its residents. 🔷 The Akara dam, which supplies water to Gwadar city and its surrounding areas, has once again dried up. As a result, the people of the city — especially its women who have to fetch water from distant areas — have been facing serious problems. “We have not been supplied water for over a week now,” said one of the residents. “The port city is facing acute water shortage as the main source of supply — the Akara Kaur (river) dam — has dried up and we cannot supply drinking water from there to the city and its adjoining areas,” said Shakeel Ahmed Baloch, who works as executive engineer for the provincial Public Health Department. He, however, added that arrangements were being made to supply water to the city from other sources. Th

Landlocked Xinjiang feasts on fresh deep-sea fish from Gwadar XINJIANG : More than 2 tons of seafood straight from the Indian Ocean hit dining tables around Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China's furthest inland region, on May 20. The seafood was incredibly fresh, as only 34 hours elapsed between the time it was caught in Pakistan's Gwadar Port to its arrival Xinjiang by air, according to a report in People’s Daily. The 16 varieties of fish--including lobsters and red and black groupers---parachuted in as part of a seafood exposition in the city of Karamay, coordinated by a Xinjiang fishing company that invested 510 million RMB in the Gwadar Special Economic Zone, built in cooperation with China. “Gwadar’s quarantine and customs departments offered a fast channel for the seafood,” explained Ma Jinglu, a manager at Xinjiang Yufei International Fishing Company. He also said the a direct rail and sea freight service from Gwadar to

Clear air for China’s Silk Road project Peter WilliamsSaturday, 20 May 2017 7:43AM Chinese President Xi Jinping, third left, walks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, third from right, and other leaders.Picture: Picture: AP When the sky’s blue and the air’s clean, something important must be happening in Beijing. The industrial shutdown deployed during the 2008 Olympic Games came back into play this week, as the Chinese Government closed roads and mobilised thousands of soldiers, police and volunteers. Dozens of world leaders gathered for two days in Beijing in the name of what President Xi Jinping declared the project of the century — the Belt and Road Initiative, a multitrillion-dollar infrastructure program spanning the Eurasian continent and beyond that’s been compared to the post-World War II Marshall Plan. Acres of newsprint and hours of state television time was devoted to the glories of Mr Xi’s flagship policy, pumped

China to use insurers to close the funding gap in Silk Road projects BANKING & FINANCE Procedures will be simplified for insurers to fund major projects that comply with the Belt & Road Initiative, in a move to mobilise the insurance premium that surged by a third to US$232 billion in the first quarter. Maggie Zhang UPDATED : Monday, 22 May 2017, 10:53PM Chinese insurers, some of whom just had their wings clipped after a boom in wealth management products went awry, are being mobilised to pour the world’s biggest pool of premium income to help close a potential funding gap in the government’s multibillion yuan infrastructure buildup along the old Silk Road. Starting immediately, procedures will be simplified for insurers to fund major infrastructure projects that comply with the blue print of the Belt & Road Initiative, as President Xi Jinping’s vision of infrastructure-led trade is called,  according to a statement  by the

China’s ‘New Silk Road’ up close By   Ernesto Hilario  - MAY 22, 2017 In August last year a top Chinese economist, Zhang Yuyan, director  of the Institute of World Economy and Politics of the prestigious Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, delivered a lecture at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati City, during a forum on “The Role of  China in Global Economic Affairs”. In his talk, Professor Yuyan said “huge opportunities” are available for trade, investments and people-to-people exchanges between the Philippines and China with the ambitious 21st Century Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road projects, which Chinese President Xi Jinping unveiled in 2013 and began to implement the next year, with main focus on infrastructure development. The Silk Road or Silk Route was an ancient network of trade routes that also facilitated cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent and connected the East and West from Chi

The Silk Road: Glorious Past and Even Brighter Future By H.E. PANG Sen, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Iran Politics May 22, 2017 Over 2,000 years ago, an official delegation sent by the Chinese Emperor arrived in this piece of land after an arduous long journey. The road he travelled was the original ancient Silk Road and ever since then, the two civilizations of China and Persia had been interlinked with each other. Later on, Persian artists and craftsmen together with Iranian products reached China by horses and camels through this road and merchant ships loaded with Chinese goods started to dock at the Port of Hormuz of Iran. This was a historic picture of mutual learning and friendly exchanges, and numerous touching stories of bilateral interactions had been passed on from generations to generations.  Nowadays, great changes are taking place along the ancient Silk Road. Chinese President H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping in

Decoding the impact of the New Silk Road MEDIA WATCH The grand unveiling of the new Silk Road under China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) project was the subject of much media scrutiny last week Compiled by Chiranjib Sengupta, Hub Editor 16:49 May 22, 2017 ‘Claims that the Belt and Road Initiative is a tool by China to expand its economic interests and dominance abroad ignore the key element underpinning the initiative — win-win results. Since China launched the initiative in 2013, it has invested more than $50 billion (Dh183.65 billion) in countries involved in the Belt and Road. A total of 56 economic and trade cooperation zones have already been built by Chinese businesses in these countries, generating nearly $1.1 billion in tax revenue and creating 180,000 local jobs,” said China’s state news agency  Xinhua  in an editorial. The  Straits Times  said China deserved credit for laying out an inclusive vision for its modern Silk Roa

China proposes modern-day Silk Road with transcontinental infrastructure project Jessica Mairs  |  Published 9 hours ago Leave a comment Chinese president Xi Jinping has revealed plans for the world's largest-sprawling  infrastructure  project – the Belt and Road – which aims to develop trade links between China, Central Asia, Europe and Africa. Billed as the contemporary equivalent to the ancient Silk Road trade routes that once spanned Eurasia, the vast multi-billion-dollar building project would see over 60 countries linked by road, railway and sea. President Xi presented the globalisation plan, which seeks to stimulate economic growth in the region by creating free trade areas between countries, during a two-day summit in Beijing earlier this month. "The glory of the ancient Silk Road shows that geographical dispersion is not insurmountable," Xi told delegates at the summit,  according to The Guardian  newsp

CPEC: A recipe for mega disaster Tuesday, May 23, 2017 By Allabaksh Even as the top Chinese and Pakistani leadership posed grandly to announce the overambitious One Belt One Road (OBOR) project in Beijing this week, widespread protests which broke out across Gilgit Baltistan were symptomatic of how the project runs rough shod over the aspirations of the local communities and transgress sovereign rights of the people of the region, including that of India. Students who came out into the streets dubbed the project as an illegal attempt to grab Gilgit and see it as a "Road of Gulami or Slavery for Gilgit-Baltistan". Protestors across Gilgit suspect that the project was merely a ruse by China, in collusion with Pakistan, to take over their land and home. Though the Chinese leadership (Pakistanis has not even made such a lip service) has, in the past, been offering assurances about respecting sovereign rights of people affected by the corridor, the country’s attitude

CPEC: First Orange Line Metro train to reach Pakistan in July

h https// BEIJING : Pakistan will say goodbye to the days without subways and light rail as the first of 27 trains designed for Orange Line Metro in Lahore, would be delivered by a Chinese company to the Punjab government authorities in July this year. The remaining 26 will be handed over to the authorities by the end of the year, according to official sources here. China and Pakistan had signed a framework agreement in April 2015 to build the Orange Line of the rapid mass transit system in Punjab's provincial capital Lahore. The system, the first large rail transit project within the framework of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), was contracted by a consortium, composed of China Railway Corporation and China North Industries Corporation. The first of 27 trains designed for Orange Line Metro in Lahore had already rolled off the production line in central China's Hunan pr

Pak Govt. sets aside Rs.44 billion for CPEC western route 22 MAY 2017  Last Updated at 1:41 PM Islamabad [Pakistan], May 22 : The Pakistan Government is reported to have set aside Rs44 billion for giving a serious push to projects lined up on the western route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) islamabad  [ pakistan ], May 22 : The  Pakistan government  is reported to have set aside Rs.44 billion for giving a serious push to projects lined up on the western route of the  China -Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The government is reported to have earmarked completion of three main schemes of the western route, including the construction of Hakla-Yarik-Dera Ismail Khan motorway, the Basima-Khuzdar road and the dualisation of Yarik-Mughalkot-Zhob project. According to the Express Tribune, the eastern route of the CPEC is at an advanced stage of completion, and therefore, a need has been felt to divert attention to projects on

Why Pakistan wants the US to lose in Afghanistan by  Lawrence Sellin  |  May 18, 2017, 12:04 AM   Pakistan has significant economic incentive to exclude western countries from maintaining any influence in Afghanistan. (Jason Lee/Pool Photo via AP) Pakistan sees China, not the United States, as its long-term strategic partner. Pakistan has always viewed Afghanistan as a client state, a security buffer against what they consider potential Indian encirclement and as a springboard to extend their own influence into the resource-rich areas of Central Asia. Israel's Netanyahu Uses Trump Visit To Jab Obama Watch Full Screen Now Pakistan has significant economic incentive to exclude western countries from maintaining any influence in Afghanistan. It is called the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is part of China's larger Belt and Road Initiative that aims to connect Asia through land-based and maritime economic zones. C

Counter Pakistan’s Support For The Taliban With Baloch Nationalism LAWRENCE SELLIN Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve 9:02 PM 05/22/2017 Pakistan  openly admits  that it uses “religious militancy” as a foreign policy instrument, such as radical Islamist groups committing  terrorist acts in India  or deploying the Taliban to control, influence or, as presently demonstrated, destabilize Afghanistan. There are over forty-five domestic or transnational terrorist and extremist groups who have been  operating  in Pakistan. To quell domestic unrest, Pakistan  uses Islam as a tool  to replace ethnic identity with religious identity. Likewise, Pakistan supports select religious militant groups to suppress autonomy or nationalism among its disaffected minorities. One such minority is the Baloch, a people with their own language, tribal structure and culture, whose homeland spans southwestern Pakistan, eastern Iran and southern Afghanistan.   Massive US

How ISI is turning Balochistan into a mass grave Posted on 23/05/2017 by  Dailyexcelsior Farooq Ganderbali The notorious intelligence wing of Pakistan Army, the ISI, has been waging a brutal and relentless war against its own citizens in Balochistan. The killings and abductions of innocent Baloch men and women have been so rampant that it has become difficult to hide the figures and the anonymous graves scattered the biggest province of Pakistan. The repression—abductions and killings—have intensified once the Chinese came to the scene, demanding security and unbridled access to the natural resources of resource-rich province in the guise of building the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. The Chinese have literally hired Pakistan Army as their security outfit to ensure that the $45 billion corridor does not run aground. But facts are startling and cannot any longer been suppressed.In August 2016, for instance, the DIG Investigations and Crime, Balochistan informed a

Houses on CPEC route burnt: Baloch leader appeals nations to take notice Geneva [Switzerland], May 22 : Criticising the "brutality" of the Pakistani forces for burning several houses in the Kech district during a military operation, Baloch Republican Party spokesperson Sher Mohammad Bugti has appealed to all the human rights organisations and the international community to take notice of the "war crimes" being committed against the Baloch people geneva  [ switzerland ], May 22 : Criticising the "brutality" of the  pakistan i forces for burning several houses in the Kech district during a military operation, Baloch  Republican Party  spokesperson  Sher Mohammad Bugti  has appealed to all the human rights organisations and the international community to take notice of the "war crimes" being committed against the Baloch people. Kech is one of the key districts of Pakistan where the USD 51 billion wor

One belt one road So the Chinese government just had a huge party in Beijing, attended by 100 or so heads of government, where they announced the launching of the One Belt One Road initiative. They even had cute videos in English like this. But still, nobody has any idea what this is all about. And the reason is that Chinese public PR is utterly retarded. It just doesn’t work. China’s government has absolutely no way of reaching the hearts and minds of white people. Part of it is racial hostility. Yellow men just aren’t cool. I hate saying this, I’ve lived half my life among them, and personally I like them very much. But I gotta say the truth. They just aren’t cool. Not even physically. They’re not small, the average Chinese is probably taller than the average Italian by now. But they’re skinny and awkward and just not very alpha. You just can’t fight average T levels. There’s plenty of cool guys in the right edge of the distribution,

Trump stirs Islamist terror pot Trump trains guns at Iran, terrorism and completely ignores Pakistan By  Sandhya Jain  -   May 22, 2017      Trump trains guns at Iran, terrorism and completely ignores Pakistan Trump Speech completely ignores Pakistan The sensational events of 11 September 2001 for the first time awakened the United States and the West to India’s lonely decades-long fight against Islamist terror, whose menace has only grown since. India, however, found only a mention among victims of Islamist terror in US President Donald Trump’s  33:58 minute speech  in Riyadh. Addressing a virtual summit of 50-plus Sunni leaders (mainly from the Gulf and Africa), Trump explained his vision of US-Muslim equations and demanded de-radicalisation of (Wahhabi) Islam, and continuing the policy of predecessor regimes, identified Shia Iran as Washington’s main enemy. The unchecked Saudi export of Wahhabi ideology all over the Muslim world (currently to Banglad