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Three-day fishing ban imposed in Gwadar January 26, 2018 Listen KARACHI :  The government has announced a three-day ban on fishing in Gwadar , according to Geo TV on Friday. Tthe  ban imposed by the  fisheries  will be in effect from  January 28 to  January 30. The official have also asked  the fishermen to stay away from deep waters. The notification also states that people who violate the ban  will be fined. According to TV reports, the ban has been imposed in view of an exhibition being held at the Expo Center.  China Overseas Ports Holding Company and Gwadar Port Authority are jointly organizing the first ever international exhibition in Gwadar Free Zone on January 29 and 30, 2018. Gwadar Free Zone (phase-1) will also be inaugurated on the occasion. The expo will be a mega event in Balochistan''s history which would help the exhibitors and the participants to understand the real potential of Gwadar port. Over 200 compan

Tax holiday for businessmen under CPEC projects to help establish industrial zones: Afzal   SHOAIB UR REHMAN   JAN 26TH, 2018   0  VIEWS: 22 ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal has said that tax holiday given to businessmen and companies under China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects, would help establish industrial zones in the country. The businessmen and companies would enjoy the tax exemption facility to import machinery for CPEC projects and this tax holiday was given for a limited period, he said talking to a news channel. The present government was focusing on utilizing the natural resources for energy and dam projects so that living standard of common man could be changed in a befitting manner, he said. To a question, he said regulatory duty was imposed to control flooding of unnecessary things or material to Pakistan. “Our industrial sector had to face serious trouble due to shortage of gas and elect

Pak Iran intelligence cooperation at work

by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHDJanuary 26, 2018  For the second time in two weeks, Iranian intelligence forces have seized consignments of weapons moving into Iran from Pakistan. In the first instance, Iran seized explosives and communications equipment allegedly belonging to a splinter group of the virulently anti-Shia Jundallah Islamic group, which operates in Pakistan and conducts attacks on Iran. What the first report neglected to mention, but the second did, was that Saudi Arabia's intelligence services was behind the smuggling. What neither report mentioned was that, according to on-the-ground sources, Pakistani intelligence had tipped off the Iranians. On face value it would seem incongruent that Sunni Pakistan would be so benevolent to Shia Iran, especially given the fact that Saudi Arabia has been a long-time donor to Pakistan and, in return, Pakistan has turned a blind eye to alleged Saudi support of anti-Shia extremist groups based in Pakistan. For the past year, China h

China to strengthen financial support for maritime economy Source: Xinhua |  2018-01-25 23:17:36 | BEIJING, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- China will strengthen financial support for its maritime economy with measures to increase bank loans and diversify financing channels, an official statement said Thursday. Banks will be encouraged to favor maritime economic development and make collateral loans, according to a document released by the People's Bank of China and other government agencies. There will be targeted policies on maritime infrastructure, industrial companies, fishermen and other market entities. Businesses will be supported in raising funds through equity and bond issues, and to set up financial leasing companies. More will be done to bolster shipping finance, such as public-private-partnership. The gross output of China's maritime industry grew by 7.5 percent annually on average in the past five years, accounting for nearly 10 percent of the country's GDP. The se

India, Asean to step up maritime cooperation PM Narendra Modi says India shares Asean’s views on a rules-based order for the seas Last Published: Thu, Jan 25 2018. 09 50 PM IST Elizabeth Roche Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Asean leaders at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Thursday, ahead of the Asean-India Commemorative Summit. Photo: PTI New Delhi:  India and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Thursday agreed to step up maritime cooperation and outlined a road map for future partnership. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India shared the bloc’s views on a rules-based order for the seas, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong described India as playing a major positive role in regional stability. The two leaders were speaking at the India-Asean Commemorative Summit to mark 25 years of bilateral partnership in New Delhi. Since 2014, India has significantly upgraded

China publishes Arctic policy, eyeing vision of "Polar Silk Road" Source: Xinhua |  2018-01-26 11:00:43 | BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- China published a white paper on its Arctic policy Friday, pledging cooperative governance and elaborating a vision of "Polar Silk Road." "China, as a responsible major country, is ready to cooperate with all relevant parties to seize the historic opportunity in the development of the Arctic, to address the challenges brought by the changes in the region," said the white paper issued by the State Council Information Office. The country would like to "jointly understand, protect, develop and participate in the governance of the Arctic, and advance Arctic-related cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative," according to the white paper. The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road (Belt and Road Initiative), an important cooperation initiative of China, will bring opportunities for parties concerned

Gwadar gearing up for first trade expo under BRI By  SABENA SIDDIQUI JANUARY 26, 2018 3:03 PM (UTC+8) 36 0 Officially initiating economic activities at Gwadar, Pakistan, a trade expo has been planned for January 28-30 at this strategic deep-sea port intrinsic to the flagship China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Having completed the first phase of construction, CPEC is one of the six corridors of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Opening its doors to the world, Gwadar will next week host its first ever international trade exhibition under the auspices of the Gwadar Port Authority and the China Overseas Ports Holding Company (COPHC) at the Gwadar LinYi Trade City. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox The port has been in full swing since November 2016, while the Gwadar Special Economic Zone is now poised to make its debut. As the expo nears inauguration, finishing touches are under way to receive exhibitors from more than 120 companies. Gwadar Po

China to install coal-based power plant in Gwadar By  Our Correspondent Published: January 26, 2018 A general view of the Pakistani coastal town of Gwadar on the Arabian Sea in this March 19, 2007. PHOTO: REUTERS QUETTA :  China Power Company head Sho has said that his firm will set up a 300 megawatts coal-based power plant at Gwadar for electricity generation. “We will provide free of cost electricity, basic necessities to poor fishermen of coastal areas and gradually uplift their standard of living,” said the Chinese firm’s head during a meeting with Provincial Minister for Environment and IT Prince Ahmed Ali Ahmedzai on Thursday. Chinese firm gets nod for setting up power plant Environment Director General Capt (retd) Muhammad Tariq and Environment Secretary Ghulam Muhammad Sabri were also present on the occasion. Sho said that ash generated by coal would be utilised in development projects that would create work opportunities for the local

Chinese firm to finance floating jetty in Balochistan Listen KARACHI: China Power Hub Generation Company Private Limited (CPHGC), a project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), will construct a floating jetty in Hub, Balochistan, a statement said on Thursday. In this regard, CPHGC and the Coastal Development and Fisheries Department, Balochistan have signed a memorandum of understating, it added. The floating jetty will be first of its kind in Balochistan and the first in Pakistan to be financed by the private sector. The floating jetty, part of the CPHGC CSR initiatives, will be constructed at Allana Goth, Mouza Kund, Lasbella and will facilitate hundreds of fishermen of the area. The floating jetty is a unique engineering project where a floating platform will provide the fishermen of the area loading and offloading facility, greatly enhancing their operations and providing ease of operations. It will bring a positive change to

FC arrests 20 terror suspects in Balochistan By GEO NEWS  Thursday Jan 25, 2018   The Balochistan Frontier Corps (FC) apprehended 20 individuals suspected of conducting terrorist activities from different cities of the province here on Thursday. Photo: ISPR file RAWALPINDI: Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan Thursday apprehended 20 terror suspects during multiple intelligence-based operations (IBOs) conducted in Balochistan on Thursday, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The IBOs, conducted in Dera Murad Jamali, Pashtoon Abad, Sangan, and Shahreg areas, resulted in the recovery of weapons and ammunition including explosives, grenades, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and communication equipment, the ISPR said in a statement. Security forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also carried out a search operation in a village Paashat Chelagaram, Tehsil Salarzai, Bajaur Agency and recovered a cache of weapons and ammunition hidden in a m

Ahsan Iqbal stresses political stability for sake of key CPEC projects Khaleeq Kiani Updated January 26, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Announcing that China and Pakistan have agreement on the technical issues of $8.2 billion Main Railway Line (ML-I) and cleared a few other road projects and Karachi Circular Railway (KCR), Minister for Interior and Planning Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday called for political stability and continuity of policy to enable the country to take off. “I request all the political forces, powerful quarters and mover and shakers of the system to concentrate jointly on the economic development of the country,” Mr Iqbal told journalists after 52nd review meeting of the China-Pakistan Economic Corri­dor (CPEC) in follow-up to the recent conclusion of the Joint Wor­king Group meetings in Beijing. He said the current year was very important, also in view of upcoming general election, to give a united message to the international investors particularly those from China that Pakistan was a stable destination but “we would

China seeks private sector’s participation in CPEC projects Listen ISLAMABAD: Participation of private sector is imperative for the success of multibillion dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects, a Chinese envoy said on Thursday. “China is developing its western part… the private sector’s participation is necessary for CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) projects,” Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing said, addressing a dinner party. Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator Saleem Mandviwalla hosted the dinner in honour of the newly-appointed Chinese ambassador, who had also served the country previously. Jing said relations with Pakistan are integral part of China’s foreign policy. “Our relations are driving force for the CPEC.” Chinese firms are investing in infrastructure development, including electricity generation and construction sector under the $57 billion worth of CPEC initiative. Chinese investmen

Can Punjabi Muslims ever show decency? Lahore arrests 170 Pashtun, Baloch, Seraiki students   mustikhan    Uncategorized  January 26, 2018 4 Minutes Take out Western Muslim Punjab from the map of South Asia and the region will be one of the most peaceful regions on earth? No jihad in Afghanistan and Kashmir, no crimes against humanity in France-sized Balochistan. It is all a sad story. As many as170 Pashtun, Baloch and Seraiki students of Punjab University, Forman Christian College, Government College and Punjab College in Lahore, capital of Punjab, have been lodged in Kot Lakhpat jail where many of them were badly tortured, according to Quetta Online The online service on Facebook said 10 students have been sent on physical remands to unknown police stations while five students were severely injured in Iqbal Town and are in dire need of medical aid. Punjabi media personalities, including one of the most bigoted Orya Maqbool Jan were blaming, Pasht