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India wants to be a trade, transit hub; inks UN pact in bid to counter China’s OBOR By  Indrani Bagchi , TNN | Updated: Jun 20, 2017, 10.16 AM IST NEW DELHI: India became the 71st country on Monday to join the  United Nations TIR Convention , the international customs transit system, to position itself as a  regional trading and transit hub.  The TIR system is the international customs transit system with the widest geographical coverage.  As other customs transit procedures, the TIR procedure enables goods to move under customs control across international borders without the payment of the duties and taxes. TIR Convention  is more than a transport agreement and has a strong foreign policy element.  In a world where China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ (OBOR) is the dominating project straddling economics and geopolitics, India has no option but to play a better game if it wants to be counted as a serious risin

China, Pakistan and the challenges of Silk Road connectivity Scepticism fuelled by Pakistan’s latest anti-dumping ruling against Chinese steel products complicates Beijing’s goal of an integrated trade strategy Wendy Wu UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 Jun 2017, 10:01AM  4 Connectivity is seen as a good thing for nations, but sometimes achieving it can be far more difficult and complex than expected, even for close allies, as Pakistan’s latest anti-dumping ruling against Chinese steel products shows. Islamabad’s latest ruling against China – its “all-weather friend”, according to the official rhetoric – may fuel scepticism about China’s massive “Belt and Road” globalisation initiative. If China can’t persuade its close ally that Chinese exports of steel and infrastructure is a good thing, it will find it much more difficult to convince others. Europe’s suspicion of Beijing’s top economic-diplomacy play was on view for the public after

CPEC boost Pakistan economy By  Syed Kamal Hussain Shah Monday, 19 June 2017 12:09 Comments China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will pass through the beautiful Gilgit-Baltistan province in the north which will connect Kashgar in China’s western province Xinjiang to rest of the world through Chinese-operated Gwadar port in the country's south. China Pakistan Economic Corridor is a 3,218 kilometer long route, to be built over next several years, consisting of highways, railways and pipelines. The actual estimated cost of the project is expected to be US$75 billion, out of which US$45 billion plus will ensure that the corridor becomes operational by 2020. China Pakistan Economic Corridor is expected to opening doors to immense economic opportunities not only to Pakistan but will physically connect China to its markets in Asia, Europe and beyond. Almost 80% of the China’s oil is currently transported from Strait of Malacca to Shanghai.

Senators concerned over PAF’s land occupation in Balochistan National 11 HOURS AGO BY  SHAH NAWAZ MOHAL   Senators say there is difference in a voluntary donation of land and forced occupation   Senate Standing Committee on Defence during a meeting, on Monday, formed a sub-committee on the matter of occupation of land by the military and Pakistan Air Force in Quetta district. Senator Lt Gen (r) Abdul Qayyum has been appointed as its convener and Senator Hidayatullah and Senator Farhatullah Babar were given a task to hold meetings with the air force, ministry of defence, Balochistan government, and the owners of the land in Quetta to prepare a substantive report on the matter. The committee was told by the air commodore that the PAF is using land in Samungli as an air base, in Nohisar as an airfield, and in Maslaikh as a firing range. He said that these three lands were acquired in 1942, 1978 and 2008 respectively; all due procedure w

Campaign against CPEC   June 20, 2017 There is little doubt that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a landmark event in the history of Pakistan-China friendship rooted in the convergence of the strategic interests of the two countries. The CPEC plan involves over 60 billion dollars of Chinese investment in the various sectors of the Pakistan economy by 2025. But it may lead to a much higher level of Chinese investment in Pakistan in the longer time frame work according to the proposals being considered by the two countries. CPEC besides providing the much needed resources for accelerating Pakistan’s economic growth would also provide to north-western China a shorter and much more economical route for maritime trade with the rest of the world than what has been available so far. Above all, it would strengthen Pakistan-China strategic partnership which serves the best interests of the two countries. The importance of this partn


  October 30, 2016   Abbasaly   MIR HAMAL HOT KALMATI BALOCH. “Balochistan is my heart, my soul, and, a cure for all conceivable pains of life. Why should I not sacrifice, or hesitate to suffer, indignities of confinement, When, my motherland is facing poisonous bullets”. (Ghulam Rasul Mullā). Before, we deal with our legendary hero Mir Hamal Hot Kalmati Baloch; let us give a brief account of the essential events, which previously had changed the entire world and which help provide context for the major events of his life. During fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the several European nations were very curious for exploration of overseas trade and their supremacy in distant seas and Lands. , in 15th Century, Manuel 1the King of Portugal decided to send a naval mission to the profitable ports of the Indian Ocean. He selected Vasco de Gama a Portuguese the first Admiral of the Seas, who was the first among the Europeans, who sailed off on July 8,1497his historic voyage from Lisbo

Gwadar airport to be closed in July for runway renovation The runway will be inoperable form July 1 - 31 by  Dawood Rehman  | Published on June 19, 2017  🔗 QUETTA – The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has decided to close down the under-construction Gwadar International Airport in July due to expansion work on the runway. CAA sources said the runway will be inoperable form July 1 to July 31. An alternative runway has not been designated by the authority as yet. Following the refurbishment work, the Airbus A-320 will be able to land at the airport. A weekly Gwadar-Kashgar flight is also expected to start after the runway renovation. In February this year, Balochistan Chief Secretary Saifullah Chatta said construction work on the Gwadar International Airport, costing Rs22 billion, would be completed in October. Talking to Radio Pakistan, he said the Gwadar airport would cater to the needs of the Gwadar deep-sea port as it would become th

Gwadar: 2 Naval officers gunned down in Gwadar gun attack

https :// Syed Ali Shah Published 34 minutes ago Two Naval officers were martyred and at least three others wounded when their vehicle was attacked the Jiwani area of Gwadar district on Monday. The naval officers were transporting iftar items during a routine run from Jiwani city when their vehicle was ambushed by four assailants on two motorbikes, a senior local administration official told  DawnNews . The assailants opened fire on the vehicle indiscriminately, leaving one officer martyred and five wounded, he said. A spokesman for the Navy, however, said that three Naval personnel had been injured. The five wounded were shifted to Karachi for medical treatment . One of the wounded succumbed to his injuries, bringing the death toll to two, the official added. Security was tightened after the incident and a search operation was launched in the area to apprehend those involved in the attack. Taking note of

Pakistan Navy under attack in Gwader 8 killed

Pakistan Navy under attack in Gwader district 8 killed and many injured it includes 2 officers [6/19,  گوادر: مسلح افراد کی فائرنگ؛ پاکستان نیوی کے 8 اہلکار ہلاک پیر 19 جون, 2017 گوادر( ہمگام نیوز) جیوانی گرلز اسکول کے قریب نیوی کے گاڈی پر نامعلوم مسلح افراد کی فائرنگ، 8اہلکار ہلاک و متعدد زخمی، زرائع کے مطابق پاک نیوی کے اہلکار جیوانی شہر سے افطاری کے سامان لیکر نکل رہے تھے کہ اچانک نامعلوم مسلح افراد نے اُن کے گاڑی پراندھا دھند فائرنگ کرکے 8اہلکاروں کو ہلاک کردیا،حملے میں پاکستان نیوی کے 2اعلی افسران بھی شامل ھیں

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Hong Kong firms join forces to make deals under Silk Road plan Companies will draw on their experience to initially establish infrastructure projects and industrial parks in Thailand and Vietnam Josh YeUPDATED : Monday, 19 Jun 2017, 8:55PM Hong Kong companies will form a consortium to build infrastructure projects and industrial parks in Thailand and Vietnam under mainland China’s Silk Road project, the Trade Development Council says. Council president Vincent Lo Hong-sui said over 40 business leaders from Hong Kong and Shanghai formed a delegation while visiting the two countries last month and met both prime ministers. He added that this was one of many steps in further involving Hong Kong companies with the “One Belt, One Road” initiative. Hong Kong needs youth power in its role as a belt and road super connector Lo said the statutory body was now forming “a consortium of local companies” to help them enter these developi

China offers to make Diamer-Bhasha Dam project part of CPEC June 19, 2017, 5:29 pm China has offered to bring Diamer-Bhasha Dam project as a part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), reported  Radio Pakistan  Monday. Chairman WAPDA Muzamil Hussain told the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reforms that the project has been pending since long, as Asian Development Bank has declined to fund it, raising objection on its location. He said, "Currently, no mega hydro-power project is included in CPEC, therefore, the governments of both Pakistan and China are seriously mulling over including this project in CPEC." The chairman WAPDA said, "Other hydro-power projects including Neelum Jehlum and Tarbela extension will be completed by May next year providing additional 2500MW electricity." "Work on Dasu project would be started next m

Western routes of CPEC to be completed by June next year File photo  03:32 PM, 19 Jun, 2017   0 National Assembly Standing Committee on Communications was informed today that Western Route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be completed by June next year. The meeting of the committee was held in Islamabad today under the chairmanship of Muhammad Muzamil Qureshi. The Committee was informed that Western Route of CPEC has been divided in to five zones and the work has been started on all five zones and contractors are being working on the sites. The meeting directed that Motorway Police be equipped to meet the needs of CPEC. The Committee was briefed that more than ten thousands human resource is needed to meet the requirements of all newly built Highways, Motorways and CPEC. It also directed that creation of the required posts and appointment against vacancies on merit should be completed by December this year

China’s ‘Belt and Road’ offers Middle East opportunities galore June 19, 2017 11:38 am Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd-L) meets with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (2nd-R) at Great Hall of the People on March 17, 2017 in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Lintao Zhang With an eye on expanding its economic prowess, which could in turn fuel its global agenda, China has been investing billions of dollars on infrastructure development around the world. The latest pledge of $124 billion was announced at the ‘Belt and Road’ Summit in Beijing in May. Focusing on trade, telecommunication and infrastructure connectivity and cooperation, the plan is oriented to reviving the ancient Silk Road project linking China to Persia and the Arab world. The 2013 initiative (also known as One Belt One Road or OBOR) involves the land-based ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ and the sea-based ‘21st Century Maritime Silk Road’. Together, the routes cover more than 60 countries acr

China: Navigate the New Silk Road" Investor Roadshow: Belt and Road Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at Bloomberg's "China: Navigate the New Silk Road" Investor Roadshow: Belt and Road - A New Chapter of China-UK Cooperation (From Chinese Embassy in UK) 2017/06/16 Bloomberg European Headquarters, 15 June 2017 Ladies and Gentlemen: Before I begin, I want to express deep condolences on the tragic loss of life in the massive fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington. My heart goes out to the injured and all those who have lost loved ones. It is a real pleasure to join you for the Bloomberg's "China: Navigate the New Silk Road" Investor Roadshow in London. It is also good to know that this event has been held in major global financial centres over the past years. It has become one of the most well-known brands in the international financial community. There can be no better example than this to show Bloomberg's streng

Balochistan to enhance agri-credit disbursement Mohiuddin Aazim Updated about 3 hours ago In a much-anticipated move, the Balochistan government has announced plans to set up a provincial bank, and set aside Rs10 billion for this purpose in its FY18 budget, unveiled on June 15. The establishment of the Balochistan Bank, on the pattern of Sindh Bank and Punjab Bank, in the next fiscal year, should help local farmers have greater access to formal finance. Advisor to Balochistan Chief Minister on Finance Aslam Bizenjo said in his budget speech that Rs8bn have been allocated for the agriculture sector for FY18. This is slightly higher than Rs7.4bn allocated in FY17. Growers lobby groups in Balochistan were expecting the announcement about the creation of a provincial bank in the backdrop of their history of lack of access to formal finance. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD Banks meet only a fraction of agricultural lending targets in Balochistan (less th

DG ISPR ridicules India over Pakistan's victory In light of Pakistan's win over India in the ICC Champion's Trophy, the Pakistan Army official spokesperson and DG ISPR, Asif Ghafoor, took to Twitter to ridicule India.  Posting a picture of Balochistanis celebrating the win, he wrote, "This is our Pakistan."  He further wrote, "To whom it may concern. Lay off." Half an hour after this, he posted a video of celebrations in Srinagar.  On 15th August last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his Independence Day address, "I want to thank the people of Balochistan, Gilgit and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir for acknowledging me and for the goodwill they have shown towards me." Pakistani leaders responded strongly to this remark, saying that the situation in Balochistan could not be compared to the situation in Kashmir.  A month after Modi's Independence Day address, former Indian foreign affairs Sushma Swaraj said in her speech at the Unite