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Henchman of Chhota Shakeel held in Delhi, cops claim plot to kill Tarek Fateh and Chhota Rajan Police said Shakeel was allegedly heard directing Junaid Chaudhary to assassinate Fateh, known for his controversial remarks, and Dawood’s former aide and rival Chhota Rajan, presently lodged in Tihar jail.         Junaid Chaudhary, 21, a resident of northeast Delhi, was caught late Wednesday night with a pistol and four cartridges near Gagan Cinema in Nand Nagri, MM Oberoi, joint commissioner of police (special cell), said. Updated: Jun 09, 2017 23:12 IST By Karn Pratap Singh, Hindustan Times Delhi Police on Friday arrested gangster  Chhota Shakeel ’s aide Junaid Chaudhary, who was allegedly planning to assassinate Pakistan-born Canadian writer Tarek Fateh and jailed underworld don Chhota Rajan. Shakeel is deputy of fugitive don  Dawood Ibrahim , believed to be in Pakistan. Chaudhary, 21, a resident of nort

Xi Jinping snubs Nawaz Sharif by skipping bilateral meet after murder of Chinese nationals By: PTI | Beijing |Updated: June 10, 2017 9:05 Pm   Xi's unprecedented snub followed deep disappointment and grief over the slaying of two Chinese citizens at Quetta in Balochistan. (Source: AP photo) In a rare snub to all-weather ally Pakistan, Chinese President Xi Jinping skipped a customary meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the SCO summit in Astana after the murder of two Chinese teachers in Balochistan. Sharif returned from Astana after attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on the sidelines of which he met Presidents of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Russia. Conspicuously absent was a meeting with Xi. Chinese state-run media highlighted Xi’s meetings with Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Xi’s unprecedented snub followe

The Southern Theater Command and China’s Maritime Strategy By:  Nan Li June 9, 2017 09:42 AM Age: 3 days Vice Admiral Yuan Yubai (袁誉柏) In January 2017, a long-anticipated reshuffle of the leadership of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) took place. The PLAN and its three fleets each received new commanders. Less noticed, but more significant, was the replacement of General Wang Jiaocheng with Vice Admiral Yuan Yubai (袁誉柏), former commander of the PLAN’s North Sea Fleet, as commander of the Southern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) ( Global Times , January 22;  Global Times , January 22). This is the first time in PLA history that a naval officer has been appointed to command the multi-service forces of one of its regional combatant headquarters ( China Brief , March 31). Most importantly, his appointment is indicative of the shift in China’s military posture from continental defense to maritime security, and the importance of the S

After OBOR gets ready, Pakistan will become China’s colony: S Akbar Zaidi By  Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury , ET Bureau | Updated: Jun 12, 2017, 01.09 AM IST The most dangerous implication of the CPEC would be that Pakistan’s foreign relations, especially those with India, will be determined by the Chinese. NEW DELHI:  Pakistan  will become a colony of China  once the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) -- flagship project under the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative is operationalised, contended top Pak political economist  S Akbar Zaidi  on the very day the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit praised Beijing’s mega connectivity plan.  In a lecture titled “Has China taken over Pakistan” organised in Kolkata by think tank ‘Calcutta Research Group’ on Friday night Zaidi noted that the CPEC initiative is the most discussed but the least transparent among all the foreign initiatives in Pakistan.  “It is indeed a

BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE BRINGS OPPORTUNITIES TO MACAU  JULIE ZHU MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017 - 5 HOURS AGO NO COMMENTS 522 VIEWS Participants attend the International conference on Belt and Road and Macau’s development On the second day of the International Conference on the Belt and Road and Macau’s Development, several participants voiced their opinions regarding the construction of the Belt and Road project in cooperation with the Portuguese- speaking countries. Proposed by China in 2013, the Belt and Road initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, aiming at building a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient trade routes of the Silk Road. Lai Xiaomin, Party Committee Secretary and Chairman of the China Huarong Asset Management, on Friday said, “Macau can expand the asset management cooperation […] and greatly develop the financial leasing business.” Lai note

China’s Belt and Road Hits A Snag In Myanmar China has been placing big bets on Myanmar recently, as it seeks to build crucial energy infrastructure for its Belt and Road initiative and regain influence after the country  cozied up  to Washington during the Obama years. As  Reuters reports , however, China’s best-laid plans have been running into all kinds of opposition. The latest controversy is a much-delayed Chinese oil pipeline that has sparked protests and demands for compensation from local fishermen: The pipeline is part of the nearly $10 billion Kyauk Pyu Special Economic Zone, a scheme at the heart of fast-warming Myanmar-China relations and whose success is crucial for the Southeast Asian nation’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi. […] China’s state-run CITIC Group [CITIC.UL], the main developer of the Kyauk Pyu Special Economic Zone, says it will create 100,000 jobs in the northwestern state of Rakhine, one of Myanmar’s poorest regio

Gwadar people in urgent need of potable water, Fehmida Jamali Karachi 13 HOURS AGO BY AGENCIES KARACHI: Balochistan’s Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) women wing President Fehmida Jamali has said that the people of Gwadar are in urgent need of water. Clean drinking water is a constitutional right of every citizen and the government has failed to provide it. “ Transforming Gwadar into a Pakistani Dubai, New York, or Shanghai can wait. Drinking water for the people of Gwadar cannot, ” she said. 🔴Though it is hard to imagine going without clean drinking water for 15 to 20 days consecutively, for the citizens of Gwadar, it is a fact of life. Residents of this coastal city get clean drinking water for just one hour, every two to three weeks. Fehmida advised, “ If you come to Gwadar, bring clean drinking wate r”. Fehmida, while criticising the federal government, said that the centre thinks the multibillion CPEC projects will somehow transform

Balochistan budget to be announced on June 15 The Newspaper's Correspondent Updated 33 minutes ago QUETTA: Adviser to the Chief Minister on Finance Aslam Bezenjo will present Balochistan budget for the facial year 2017-18 in the provincial assembly on Thursday (June 15). The budget outlay will be Rs325 billion, while Rs86bn would be allotted for development. It will be a deficit budget. Finance Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani told a pre-budget seminar that the development budget would be Rs16bn more than the current year’s allocation. He said that there would be a gap of Rs48-86bn between receipts and expenditures in the next financial year. He said Rs52bn would be allocated for education, Rs33bn for maintenance of public order, Rs23bn for public health, Rs21bn for public health engineering, Rs17bn for energy projects, Rs19bn for communications, Rs11bn for agriculture and Rs7bn for irrigation. He said that Rs10bn would be allotted for setting up the Balochistan

Three policemen gunned down in Quetta   Last Updated On  11 June,2017  About 16 hours ago No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. QUETTA (Dunya News) – At least three police officers were shot dead and a passerby was injured in a shooting incident in Quetta today (Sunday). Reportedly, two attackers on a motorcycle opened fire on a police post near Chaki Shahwani on Saryab Road, killing one officer on the spot and wounding two others before fleeing. The critically wounded policemen succumbed to their injuries at the hospital. Law enforcement personnel have cordoned off the crime scene and launched investigation into the incident. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Law and order situation in Balochistan, bordering Afghanistan and Iran, remains disturbed as the province has been plagued for decades by terrorist attacks and sectarian killings.  Balochistan is a key region for China s ambitious $46 bi

CPEC: Socio-cultural impact June 12, 2017 The opportunities offered by the CPEC project are undeniable and manifest but can we ignore its socio-cultural impact? The influence of Eurocentric concepts on our society is evident today, which is a result of an era of colonialism and white supremacy. Globalisation has already resulted in the diffusion of cultures to some extent. The new Chinese rhetoric is the free trade and globalisation. Similarly, cultural friction due to Chinese influx in Pakistan might occur as a result of the CPEC Project. We see that day by day the Chinese people are seen more often in malls, restaurants and other places. This is just the beginning of a grand cultural change. Presently, English appears to be the dominant language when it comes to acquiring good jobs. One has to be proficient in this language in order to cope with the society, and we have already seen urdu losing its significance. Soon, the Chinese lang

KP budget lacks funds for CPEC Peshawar Opposition in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on second day of budget debate rejected the provincial budget for financial year 2017-18 and termed it a deficit one and said no direct relief was provided to poor segment of the society. Parliamentary Leader of ANP, Sardar Hussain Babak, started debate and said that it was a horse trading budget adding that there was nothing new in the budget for the people of Khyber Pakhunkhwa. He said that budget can be defined as a compilation of income and expenditures but the KP government did nothing for the poor people and the province. He said that the provincial government was taking the credit of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but there was nothing regarding CPEC in the budget. Babak said that despite the government had announced educational emergency, not a single step had been taken for the regularization of National Testing Service (NTS) teachers adding that the government

Head of VBMP chairman Nasrullah Baloch missing

Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), a non-profit rights group. Head of VBMP chairman Nasrullah Baloch missing Pakistani forces arrested Nasrullah Baloch, chairman of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons, from his tailoring shop in Quetta. Alert

China-Pakistan's dam projects in Gilgit-Baltistan should worry India One of the solutions is to renegotiate the Indus Waters Treaty  |  5-minute read |    11-06-2017 CLAUDE ARPI   --- Total Shares On the occasion of the opening of the One Belt One Road (OBOR) forum in Beijing, President Xi Jinping urged countries across the globe to join hands with China in pursuit of globalisation: “We have no intention to form a small group detrimental to stability. What we hope to create is a big family of harmonious co-existence.” India has some doubts about the "big family". Take the example of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), an OBOR offshoot; it crosses Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), considered by India an integral part of Jammu and Kashmir. × Not only has China pushed Islamabad to make GB a fifth province of Pakistan, but according to  CNN- News18 , “Information and interviews exclusively accessed by CNN-News18 showed that the

Hong Kong needs youth power in its role as a belt and road super connector Paul Yip and Yuan Ren say the expanding younger generation in belt and road countries can bring ‘population dividends’ with rightly channelled education and training. Hong Kong’s pledge to increase funding in these areas should be welcomed Paul Yip    Yuan Ren UPDATED : Sunday, 11 Jun 2017, 11:39AM  2 Most of the discussion on China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” has tended to revolve around trade and business opportunities. Very little has been said about demographic dynamics – fundamental for the development of any country. Over 62 per cent of the world’s population lives in the 65 countries along the belt and road, but these nations have only a 30 per cent share of the global GDP. This represents enormous development potential. The initiative should be promoted under the framework of globalised moral integrity However, some nations doubt China’s intentions, and its

China links Belt and Road plans with Shanghai Cooperation Organisation         World leaders at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Astana, Kazakhstan on Friday.(AP) Updated: Jun 11, 2017 16:33 IST By Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing Beijing has linked last week’s Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit with the “spirit” of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), saying President Xi Jinping’s visit to Astana will give impetus to the ambitious connectivity project that aims to link China with Europe and Africa. The attempt to link the SCO to BRI — in a post-summit speech by foreign minister Wang Yi and in state media articles — could make new member India uneasy. New Delhi became a member of the Beijing-led SCO at the end of the summit last week but that was preceded by the high-profile boycott of the Belt and Road Forum just last month. India cited “sovereignty” issues over the

Xi's Kazakhstan trip carries on 'Silk Road Spirit,' charts new chapter for cooperation Xinhua, June 11, 2017 Chinese President Xi Jinping , other leaders and guests pose for a group photo before the opening ceremony of the Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, June 9, 2017. ( Xinhua /Pang Xinglei ) The just concluded trip of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Kazakhstan adds impetus to the building of the Belt and Road, cements the bond among countries for the community of shared future and opens up broad prospects for peace and prosperity in the region, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday. Xi left Astana on the same day for home after a state visit to Kazakhstan, where he attended the 17th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). "This is Xi's first foreign visit after he presided over the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and also a major diplomatic activity of China in the Eurasia region," Wang told the press. "This

Pakistan scrambles to protect China's "Silk Road" pioneers Chastened by the Islamic State's claim to have killed two kidnapped Chinese teachers, Pakistan is beefing up security around Chinese citizens streaming into the country on the back of Beijing's "Belt and Road" infrastructure splurge. Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif and his wife Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif pose with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan during Belt and Road welcome ceremony in Beijing 11 Jun 2017 07:10PM ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Chastened by the Islamic State's claim to have killed two kidnapped Chinese teachers, Pakistan is beefing up security around Chinese citizens streaming into the country on the back of Beijing's "Belt and Road" infrastructure splurge. China has often urged Pakistan to improve security after pledging around US$57 billion to build power plants, railways, and roads that will cross th

Connetions between Afghan Situation and CPEC Sun, 2017-06-11 08:18 — editor By Zaheerul Hassan Since 1st June 2017, in four blasts more than 140 killed and over 500 individuals were injured in Afghan Capital “Kabul”. Security elements, women and children were the victims of terrorism. In the first blast more than 90 killed and 400 people injured. On the very next day, the funeral of the same individuals was hit by three consecutive suicidal attacks that led to 24 deaths and more than 100 injured. In these blasts Abdullah Abdullah, the chief executive of Afghanistan, foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani and several senior Afghan officials and politicians were present for the funeral of Salim Ezadyar, the son of a senior Afghan senator Mr. Alam Ezadyar (the deputy speaker of the upper house of Afghanistan’s Parliament) was among the protesters shot dead by police at violent demonstrations in Kabul on 1st Jun 2017. Including Pakistani, many foreign diplomats were also injured in addition to

Anticipating opportunities under CPEC, Chinese students learning Urdu APP June 11, 2017 BEIJING : Urdu may be a bit more challenging than other languages, but a growing number of Chinese students are choosing to learn it anticipating opportunities to be offered by Chinese companies carrying out development projects in Pakistan under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The history of Urdu teaching started with establishment of first Urdu Language Department at Peking University in 1951. Later, the universities in the Chinese cities of Xian and Guangzhou also set up Urdu departments. Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) has been teaching Urdu since 2007 and till now two batches of its students have completed their degree, Head of Urdu Department, School of Asian and African Studies, Zhou Yuan said in an interview. Out of total rolled-out students, a few have got admissions on scholarships in foreign universities for higher edu