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4000 acres of land for Railways purchased in Gwadar: NA Body   FAWAD MAQSOOD    JUL 25TH, 2017 02:31   0  VIEWS: 29 QUETTA: National Assembly Standing Committee (NASC) for Railways Chairman Ramesh Kumar has said that about 4000 acres of land were purchased for Railway in Gwadar, while measures are needed  to buy more land for improving railway system.  These were expressed by National Assembly Standing Committee for Railway's Chairman Ramesh Kumar after a meeting which was held at DS Railway Quetta Office on Monday.  MNAs including Naseema Hafeez Panizai, Muhammad Irfan, Khalil Ahmed and Railway official also attended the meeting.  National Assembly Standing Committee members were also briefed by DS Railways Quetta Amir Baloch.  Baloch said that at least 26 acres of encroachment land had been freed  by Railway staff after hectic efforts which were occupied by encroachers.  He said that efforts were also underway to vacate remaining enc

Chinese intel-gathering ship spotted near US-Australia exercise By:  Mike Yeo     14 hours ago China's Type 815 Dongdiao-class auxiliary general intelligence vessel ship operates in the vicinity of Exercise Talisman Sabre in international waters. (Commonwealth of Australia) ROCKHAMPTON, Australia — The high-end warfare being practiced by U.S. and Australian forces at a major exercise in Australia has attracted an unwanted visitor in the form of a Chinese intelligence-gathering ship. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has reported that a People’s Liberation Army Navy, or PLAN, Type 815 (Dongdiao-class electronic surveillance ship) was sighted in waters off the Australian state of Queensland where Exercise Talisman Saber is being held. Australia’s Department of Defence subsequently confirmed that the ship, which it calls an auxiliary general intelligence vessel, “has remained outside Australia’s territorial waters but insi

China pledges to improve life in Pacific countries Bank Of China Tuesday, July 25, 2017 CHINA'S One Belt One Road project heralds a new era of rapid development for Pacific countries, says the Bank of China. The fourth largest global bank hosted representatives from eight Pacific Island countries in a tour of China last month to learn more about One Belt One Road and the opportunities it offers. It is the first international financial seminar held by Bank of China for Pacific Island countries. The seminar is focused on economic and social development in terms of poverty elimination, rural reform, agricultural industrialization, construction of industrial park and SMEs development. China's President Xi Jinping has called one Belt One Road "the project of the century", with a vision to spend close to $US1 trillion ($F2t) on trade, cooperation and infrastructure along the old Silk Road trade route from China to Europe overland (the belt) and along China's maritime

Chinese shipbuilders tap rising cruise demand, rattle European rivals Source : By : Brenda Goh Last Updated: Tue, Jul 25, 2017 10:53 hrs SHANGHAI  - European shipbuilders' dominance in the $117 billion passenger ship industry may come under threat as Chinese rivals move into the sector to tap booming local demand for cruise holidays. China's government has earmarked cruise shipbuilding as a major objective in its "Made in China 2025" programme to upgrade its domestic manufacturing and support jobs at its shipyards, as domestic demand for cruise trips increases 30 percent a year. This push into the higher-value cruise vessel sector is rattling European yards, leaders in an industry that requires sophisticated supply chains to make and fit out complex luxury liners. Some European shipbuilders fear China could come to dominate the cruise ship market, much as it has done in cargo ships over recent decades. &q

Suicide bombing spree in Balochistan   Ever since Gwadar started taking concrete shape, foreign powers — big and small — friendly and unfriendly, have turned their guns towards Balochistan   25-Jul-17by  Naveed Elahi Balochistan is home to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)since the corridor’s flagship project Gwadar Port is based here. Ever since Gwadar started taking concrete shape, foreign powers, big and small, friendly and unfriendly, have turned their guns towards it. Terrorism is the tool most readily available to them to hinder the project. Initially, the indigenous and low intensity Baloch insurgency was being used for this purpose. Its ineffectiveness to stir the desired level of trouble provided an opportunity to home-grown terrorists like the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its affiliates to fill the void. Ever since the TTP has taken shelter in Afghanistan, their handlers have turned them towards Balochistan.

Musical Chairs of Governance By: Suhail Mandukhel Tribalism-based governments in Balochistan have many things in common but the basic commonality is “party-shift”. Drastic change in parties’ position at helm, after every five-year, reflects the inconsistency of our rulers. So it will be fair to admit that Balochistan is the laboratory of bandied governmental power. Nonetheless, these rulers deliver a bit when they are jump-started by media and judiciary. The erstwhile government of Nawaz Aslam Rehsani was the worst example of free-for-all ministries. Almost entire assembly was enjoying the sinecures in shape of ministry or an advisory. However, this inordinate strength of cabinet was not the major indicator of ineptitude and gratification. Above all, the bloodletting genocide of Hazaras brought uncontrollable hysterics against said government. That led, ultimately, to Governor Rule. Such were the conditions when Nationalists-led coalition government

CPEC to create trading bloc of three billion people  ISLAMABAD: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has resonated at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. A roundtable focusing on the “One belt One Road” (OBOR) initiative of China was jointly organized by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and Chinese Centre for International Economic Exchange (CCIEE) for ambassadors, delegates and trade experts at WTO. It is considered a part of Chinese global economic diplomacy, a message received by The News from Geneva said. “ The CPEC epitomizes South-South trade and investment at its best. It is providing stimulus to a deep regional economic integration and creating a trading block of three billion people - nearly half of the planet, which include half of world’s extreme poor. The deepening of economic integration will lower trade costs, essential for ending poverty” Pakistan’s Ambassador to WTO Dr T

How to counter China’s OBOR? RSS floats interesting idea of OCOR: Know what it means The imperialistic designs of China's ambitious 'One Belt, One Road (OBOR)' initiative has been discussed across the world, even as Beijing claims the initiative will serve as a platform to promote free-trade. By:  FE Online  | New Delhi | Updated: July 24, 2017 2:15 PM RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks during the release of the coffee-table book "Narendra Damodardas Modi : The Making of a Legend" authored by Sulabh International chief Bindeshwar Pathak in New Delhi on July 17. (PTI Photo). The imperialistic designs of China’s ambitious ‘One Belt, One Road (OBOR)’ initiative has been discussed across the world, even as Beijing claims the initiative will serve as a platform to promote free-trade, counter anti-globalisation trend and promote harmonious coexistence and cooperation among participating nations. An article in Organiser, mouth piece of Rashtriya Swayam Sangh (RSS

Preston University gifts books to students of Balochistan July 24, 2017   By: Samaa Web Desk ISLAMABAD : Preston University has gifted over 2,000 text and reference books to the Balochistan Peace Forum, a non-governmental organization for distribution among the students of colleges and universities of Balochistan under “ Kitab Dost Balochistan” project.         The books were formally handed over to Nawabzada Mir Lashkari Raisani, Chairman Balochistan Peace Forum at a ceremony held at Preston University Islamabad, said a press release. Nawabzada Mir Lashkari Raisani in his remarks expressed his gratitude to Chancellor Preston University Dr. Abdul Basit and the faculty, staff and students of university who generously donated books towards the “Kitab Dost Balochistan” project. He said that the forum has already distributed over 30,000 books through this project, received from institutions and individuals from across the country. Raisani s

If India wants to play a larger game, it must confront China's moves Shyam Saran | The Wire |  Jul 24, 2017 10:20 AM IST China flag We are currently in a prolonged stand-off with Chinese forces on the Doklam plateau and it is hoped that this will be eventually resolved peacefully. But in dealing with such situations it is helpful to be aware of the overall context in which these specific events may be unfolding. My sense, based on my own interpretation of China’s display of unusually aggressive and threatening behaviour, is that Beijing was caught on the wrong foot by the unanticipated action taken by India’s armed forces to confront China’s road building team in Doklam, which is Bhutanese territory. It has been engaged in the usual incremental nibbling advance in this area for several years, making dirt tracks, sending graziers in summers and occasional patrols. The Bhutanese have lodged protests, there h

How China Could Trick the U.S. Navy With Ultraquiet Submarines With better technology, the PLAN's undersea fleet would go on the offensive WIB SEA  July 23, 2017  James Holmes China24   submarines18 Word has it  that China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy has staged a breakthrough in submarine propulsion. At any rate, that’s the word from marine engineer  Rear Adm . Ma Weiming , a specialist in electromagnetic systems. Adm. Ma recently reported on state-run CCTV that shipwrights are installing shaftless rim-driven pumpjets in China’s “next-generation nuclear submarines,” meaning attack or ballistic-missile boats. Ma crowed that Chinese engineers are “now way ahead of the United States, which has also been developing similar technology.” If Adm. Ma is playing it straight — rather than hyping promising but yet-to-be-proven gadgetry — then the PLA Navy is poised to overcome a technological and tactical defect that has plagued it since its founding. American submariners long

Chinese military ships are popping up everywhere—and highlighting an embarrassing double standard Steve Mollman   1 hour ago The US-Australia Talisman Saber exercises—with China watching. (Commonwealth of Australia/Creative Commons, CC-BY-ND 4.0) China clearly knows its rights under the law of the sea. But whether it can accept others having those same rights remains to be seen. In recent weeks, Chinese warships, coastguard vessels, and spy ships have popped up near Alaska, Japan, and Australia. While they weren’t in violation of international law, their presence serves as a reminder that China is becoming a major maritime power and suggests it will take fuller advantage of what’s permitted under the UN  Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos). That, in turn, is highlighting China’s use of double standards. “At the moment what we see is a double standard where China picks the areas of the Law of the Sea that it likes and refuses to im

Philippines Pokes China With Intent to Drill for Oil in Disputed Sea July 24, 2017 2:50 AM Ralph Jennings FILE - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Plans in the Philippines to reopen a tract of the disputed South China Sea for oil and gas exploration are likely to complicate the foreign policy of Manila’s new friend Beijing, which claims the same waters, and adds to a regional pushback against Chinese maritime influence. Philippines oil drilling plans The Philippine Department of Energy is ready to restart drilling at Reed Bank, an 8,866 square-kilometer table mount west of Palawan Island, domestic news reports say. In December 2014 the government suspended those plans to prepare for world court arbitration over which country had a stronger claim to the feature. That court in The Hague ruled that Reed Bank falls within a Philippine ocean exclusive economic zone. China rejected the outcome and in May warned Philippine President Rodrigo