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The Taste Of Baluchistan – 13 Delicacies That Remain Unknown To Pakistan

The Taste Of Baluchistan – 13 Delicacies That Remain Unknown To Pakistan  Cogito Ergo  One of the most hurtful aspects of being a Pakistani comes when you ask people about Baluchistan and they are absolutely blank, for every question you ask. If you ask a Pakistani about famous dishes from Punjab or Sindh, they’ll have a fair idea – but if asked about Baluchistan, well, you can expect some blank faces. We consider it our duty to talk about the unknown… Here are some of the most mouth-watering, traditional and cultural food delicacies of Baluchistan. 1. Kaak or Kurnoo – Lumps of wheat wrapped around a rock and cooked around fire. This roti is to be eaten with freshly cooked meat like Sajji or Dampukht "> Source: 2. Khrud – Khrud is used in a number of dishes in Balochistan, usually with Tereeth. It is actually dry salty yogurt, used to salt up dishes "> Source: 3. Abgoosht – Abgoosht is a lamb stew, usually made by Iranian or Kurdish d

Silk Road School opens at Renmin University of China

By Liu Jiaxin China's first school linked to the Belt and Road Initiative, named Silk Road School, has opened its doors at the Suzhou Campus of Renmin University of China.  Suzhou Campus of Renmin University of China./ CGTN Photo The school is the first educational institution built under the Belt and Road Initiative. And it has grand goals. Hu Zhengyue, vice president of China Public Diplomacy Association, says the Silk Road School will be home to global talents, to deepen friendships and connections. Hu Zhengyue, vice president of China Public Diplomacy Association. /Photo via Renmin University of China "Everything new needs time to grow. And this is the case with the Silk Road School. The key, during the process, is to cultivate talent and connections. Because you want them to be a part of it, to know about the Belt and Road, to know about China, and to know about relations and cooperation between China and other countries," says Hu. Enrollment has already st

The Role of Cultural Interactions and Resident Indian Communities in the GCC Countries in Shaping Gulf-India Ties

The Role of Cultural Interactions and Resident Indian Communities in the GCC Countries in Shaping Gulf-India Ties By Talmiz Ahmad Published Online: May 05, 2018 India’s ties with the Gulf go back at least 8000 years. Archaeological excavations at Dilmun in Bahrain and Sur in Oman reveal links with the Harappan civilisation that go back to 2300-2000 BC.  Cotton was a major export from India, while an ivory comb and clay pots carrying grain have been found at Sur. India’s relations with the Mesopotamian civilisations perhaps go back to the 9 th  century BC: clay tablets from Sumeria and Akkad show evidence of trade with the Indus valley involving imports of precious and semi-precious stones, while Sumerian exports were woven cloth, bronze weapons and jewellery inlaid with lapis lazuli.  Cuneiform tablets from the reign of Sargon of Akkad (2300 BC) indicate the joy of the ruler at the large number of ships crowding his port of Akkad from Dilmun, Magan (Oman) and Mellukah (Indus vall

‘Only after her murder was Qandeel Baloch praised as a feminist, as a modern Pakistani woman’

An interview with Sanam Maher, author of ‘The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch’, about the exceptional subject of her book. by   Urvashi Bahuguna Published May 12, 2018 · 07:00 am Sanam Maher | Image credit: Shehrezad Maher Qandeel Baloch, Pakistan’s first social media celebrity,  was murdered  on July 15, 2016 in her parents’ house in the village of Shah Sadar Din by her brother, Waseem, at the height of her fame, and a day after she told a reporter that she feared for her life.  Waseem confessed  to the murder, anticipating minimal punishment for a killing that wasn’t uncommon in their village. The story caught the world’s attention – a young woman’s hugely popular videos and posts had been ridiculed and criticised in equal measure in the preceding months, and it had led to her murder by a brother who  declared  that “girls are born only to stay at home and bring honour to the family. My sister never did that.” Qandeel’s parents didn’t agree with their son, and turn

Govt gives nod to setting up of federal SEZ in Gwadar

The federal government wants to get maximum land allotted out of a total 100,000 acres reserved for the setting up of an SEZ at Gwadar ISLAMABAD:  The government has given nod to setting up of federal Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Gwada r and instructed the relevant authorities to start finding land for procurement in a range between 10,000 to 50,000 acres. The federal government wants to get maximum land allotted out of a total 100,000 acres reserved for the setting up of an SEZ at Gwadar, reported  The News. Officials sources privy of the developments said Gwadar Development Authority (GDA) has been instructed to find available land in the above-mentioned area and efforts be made to procure maximum land for setting up of federal SEZ. They shared that the federal government was interested in getting 50,000 acres of land but various frameworks were being deliberated to ensure that perception doesn’t come that Islamabad was trying to grab the land. The officials added, “The gove

Balochistan: TAPI pipeline project a good omen for development

May 26, 2018 QUETTA - Balochistan Environment Secretary Abdul Saboor Kakar has termed the proposed TAPI pipeline project a good omen for development of the province. He said this while speaking as a chief guest at provincial level scoping workshop held here, as part of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) study being conducted for Pakistan-section of the proposed TAPI gas pipeline. M/s. Environmental Management Consultants (EMC) Pakistan organized the workshop as being the local associate of international consortium of consultants M/s. MAB, M/s. Naftec and M/s. Jacobs , working on ESIA of total 1,814 kilometres-long Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project. Balochistan Environment Secretary said "This project will establish a communication link between Balochistan and the Central Asian Republics so it has to be built for our energy requirements but at the same time it should be constructed a manner that our local communities remain

Belt and Road Initiative: Weekly Source

B -  A weekly source for quality analysis on the Belt and Road Initiative The China-Japan Infrastructure Nexus: Competition or Collaboration? China and Japan are fueling intensified efforts to build infrastructure in Southeast Asia. Both countries have placed infrastructure at the heart of their regional strategies in a new era of  infrastructure diplomacy . China launched its flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013, while Japan initiated its “ Partnership for Quality Infrastructure ” in 2015. At the same time, ASEAN countries are  reorienting their growth strategies  toward prioritizing infrastructure. China and Japan are facilitating this shift through offering large amounts of financing and seeking to increase their infrastructure exports.   Will the two countries be able to collaborate? Read to learn about the China-Japan infrastructure nexus China-Italy innovation collaboration: synergies and roadblocks Italy is home to innovative aerospace, advanced