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Declaring itself a 'near-Arctic state,' China to build a 'Polar Silk Road' off Canada's north Tristin Hopper January 30, 2018 5:09 PM EST China has finally unveiled its official Arctic strategy, and it includes a promise to build a “Polar Silk Road” on Canada’s northernmost fringes.  “It is interesting they put out something official … China’s strategy since 2008 was to remain low-key and avoid triggering the inevitable alarmism,” said Heather Exner-Pirot, managing editor of the Arctic Yearbook. The document,  published in English  by Chinese state media, declares China a “near-Arctic state” and lays out the country’s ambitions to become a major shipping power through an ice-free Arctic. “China attaches great importance to navigation security in the Arctic shipping routes,” it reads. The policy is coming out amidst a massive Chinese push to establish what has been called a “New Silk Road.” Officially dubbed the Belt and Road Initiative, it is China’

China-Pakistan sign new deals for Gwadar port's development: CPEC may turn out to be India's security and strategic problem India   FP Staff Jan 31, 2018 12:00:57 IST Gwadar Port, situated in the restive Balochistan province, has been the ‘it’ project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the torch bearer of the China-Pakistan relations, which Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani once said is " higher than mountains, deeper than the ocean, stronger than steel and sweeter than honey."  The Gwadar Port is expected to provide China’s western hinterland with access to the Arabian Sea – and in turn the Indian Ocean – for maritime trade.  Now partly operational , the port is one of the first visible signs of the $62 billion CPEC, which is a network of infrastructure projects that are currently under construction throughout Pakistan On Monday, Pakistan prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi  inaugurated the Economic Free Zone  at the Gw

Gwadar Port’s operationalization to help improve national economy: Marriyum GWADAR : Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Monday said that operationalization of the first phase of Gwadar Port was a dream come true and would contribute to improve economic conditions of the country. Talking to state-run media, the State Minister said opening of Gwadar Port was a gift of the government of Pakistan Muslim League-N that was initiated by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif three years ago. Marriyum said Gwadar Port would not only create immense business opportunities for the people of Pakistan and China but would also increase regional connectivity. When asked the severe crisis of clean drinking water in Gwadar, the Minister said though the subject came under provincial domain, however the federal government would extend utmost support to resolve the problem on priority. She said the problems of Balochistan would be addressed, addi

Gaddani: Victims of Sea Erosion still remain shelter less By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch GADDANI : Sea erosion is a natural phenomenon that takes place along the coastal areas, causing loss of property and resulting hardships for the inhabitants.  Along the coast of Pakistan, Gaddani is also one of the affected areas by sea erosion. Sea erosion has submerged and  damaged houses of the poor fishermen, government owned buildings, religious places and a technical center in Gaddani city. It is likely to damage more areas and the houses close to the beach. Gadani Beach is on the Arabian Sea located near the Hub River and Cape Monze in Gadani, Lasbela District of Balochistan. Gaddani is one of the Tehsils of district Lasbela, about 50 kilometers away from Karachi, Sindh. Most of the population at Gaddani consists of fishermen and the workerers of Ship breaking yard. Ship-breaking yard is located in Gadani. The yard consists of 132 ship-breaking plots located acros

No development work going on in Balochistan, Senate body told Panel decides to send notices to depts over slow execution of projects January 31, 2018 Islamabad - A senator from  Balochistan on Tuesday complained about the slow pace of work on  development  projects in the province, demanding to complete the schemes as fast as being executed in the Punjab province. "In Multan, Lahore and Sialkot, projects are being executed swiftly while in  Balochistan  , the progress is very slow and the projects with a three-year completion deadline usually take 15 years," said Senator Usman Kakar during a meeting of the  Senate  Standing Committee on Planning,  Development and Reform. The committee met with Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi in the chair. Secretary Planning Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui briefed the committee about 213 slow moving projects and said that Rs53.4 billion were re-appropriated from slow moving projects in favour of fast-moving scheme

Balochistan seeks Punjab’s help in digitising police By  Muhammad Shahzad Published: January 31, 2018 SHARE   TWEET PHOTO: REUTERS LAHORE:  After Sindh, Balochistan Police has sought help from Punjab for the digitisation of the department by replicating their information technology projects. The projects include Local Eye, Welfare Eye and 111 Intelligence system. A delegation of Sindh Police, led by AIG Ghulam Azfar Mahesar, visited the control room of Welfare Eye, Local Eye and 111 Intelligence system which were established at Capital City Police Officer’s (CCPO) office on December 30, 2017. CCPO Amin Wains and SSP Admin Rana Ayyaz Salim had briefed the delegation about the working of the system and development of the software. On January 29, Sindh IG Allah Dino Khawaja wrote a letter to Punjab IG Arif Nawaz Khan. The letter read: “On December 30, 2017, Welfare AIG Ghulam Azfar Mehesar visited Lahore and held a detailed discussion about wel