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Blast in Rehmania Mosque

By:  PTI Updated: May 24, 2019 5:53:04 PM The blast, trigerred through an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), targeted the Rehmania Mosque in Pashtunabad area of the provincial capital Quetta, they said. No group has claimed responsibility of the attack. Pakistan blast: One killed, several injured in big explosion in southwestern Balochistan (Representational photo) A powerful explosion ripped through a mosque ahead of Friday prayers in Pakistan, killing at least two persons and injuring 25 others in the restive Balochistan province, police said. The blast, trigerred through an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), targeted the Rehmania Mosque in Pashtunabad area of the provincial capital Quetta, they said. No group has claimed responsibility of the attack. So far two persons were killed and 25 others injured in the attack, The Express Tribune reported. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Quetta Abdul Razzaq Cheema said that the blast occurred just before the Friday prayers started. The

PC Gwadar assault

OP-ED S M Hali MAY 24, 2019 The audacious assault at the Pearl Continental Hotel at Gwadar resulted in the death of the assailants but also three security guards and a number of injuries. The ferocity of the attack can be gauged by the fact that it took the security forces 22 hours to clear the hotel and declare the premises safe. While the armed forces’ quick reactionary force (QRF) must be appreciated for denying the attackers their heinous aim of taking hotel guests as hostage and causing greater mayhem, a number of questions arise. It is a known fact that some countries, who are opposed to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are sponsoring the Baluch Liberation Army (BLA) and other dissidents in furthering their heinous aims. Special Security Division (SSD) comprising nine composite battalions having 9,229 personnel while six wings of civilian armed forces comprising 4,502 personnel, established for protecting the CPEC, should have been able to thwart the attack before

Iran ‘ready to connect Gwadar to Chabahar port’

By  xinhua   May.24,2019 Iranian FM Javad Zarif meets Pakistan's civil-military leadership in Islamabad TEHRAN:  Iran says it is ready to connect Pakistan’s Gwadar port with Chabahar port to promote trade and commerce in the region. The proposal was put forward by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who met Pakistan’s civil-military leadership in Islamabad on Friday, reported  Press TV.  “I’ve come here with a proposal for the government of Pakistan for connection between Chabahar and Gwadar… We believe that Chabahar and Gwadar can complement each other,” Zarif was quoted as saying. “We can connect Chabahar and Gwadar, and then through that connect Gwadar to our entire railroad system, from Iran to the North Corridor, through Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, and also through Azerbaijan, Russia, and through Turkey.” Iran, India and Afghanistan signed a trilateral transit agreement in Tehran in May 2016, which allows the three countries to open new routes of connection by con

The history of China’s Muslims and what’s behind their persecution

May 24, 2019 8.43pm AEST  Kelly Anne Hammond,  University of Arkansas A delegate in traditional Uighur dress listens to a speaker during a meeting with delegates from China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in Beijing,  AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein Over 1 million Uighur Muslims  are being held in detention centers in the far western province of Xinjiang, China. Uighur leaders and experts located outside China have warned that the situation could worsen, and “mass murder”  could not be ruled out . With upwards of 10% of the Uighurs being held against their will, it is being called the  worst and the most neglected humanitarian crisis  of the past 10 years. Why is this is happening, and what makes the Chinese government see Muslims as a threat? Islam in China I have studied  the long history of Muslims in China . Today’s China is home to a large Muslim population – around 1.6% of the total population, or around  22 million people . They are not newcomers. Islam was introduced to

Ex-WH economist: China’s New Silk Road is a 'threat to the existing system'

Aarthi Swaminathan Yahoo Finance May 23, 2019   China has 'way too much risk' for investors right now China’s new Silk Road represents a “threat to the existing system” and challenges America’s global financial leadership, according to a former White House economist. The China’s desire to realign the global financial system to put the Chinese renminbi front and center an intended goal of its  Belt and Road Initiative  (BRI) or new Silk Road. “From the U.S. perspective, obviously, we have been both providing the leadership in the global financial system, but we do derive benefits from it,” K.C. Fung, a former White House Council of Economic Advisers Senior International Economist under President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton, told Yahoo Finance. Since the U.S. dollar is the world's foremost currency, “we also use a system to sanction other economies,” Fung added, “by cutting them off from access to the global dollar liquidity, and so on.” Fung, now a

Latest Arena for China’s Growing Global Ambitions: The Arctic

An open lane on the Northern Sea Route, which is becoming more navigable as the Arctic warms.CreditCreditAlexey Solodov/Alamy By  Somini Sengupta  and  Steven Lee Myers May 24, 2019 32 Want climate news in your inbox?  Sign up here for  Climate Fwd: , our email newsletter. ROVANIEMI, Finland — The Arctic is thawing, and China is seizing the chance to expand its influence in the north. For China, the retreating ice potentially offers two big prizes: new sources of energy and a faster shipping route across the top of the world. To that end, the country is cultivating deeper ties with Russia. More than 3,000 miles from home, Chinese crews have been drilling for gas beneath the frigid waters of the Kara Sea off Russia’s northern coast. Every summer for the last five years, Chinese cargo ships have maneuvered through the ice packs off Russia’s shores — a new passage that officials in Beijing like to call the Polar Silk Road. And in Shanghai, Chinese shipbuilders  recently launched

Intellectual Property Risks and Strategy for the Belt and Road Initiative

United Kingdom  May 24 2019 Chinese businesses face challenges in ensuring their competitiveness when operating in foreign markets throughout the Belt and Road Initiative (“BRI”). Intellectual property (“IP”) can be key to overcoming these challenges and realising a business’s full potential. Therefore, Chinese businesses must be prepared with comprehensive IP strategies that support their business objectives in the BRI. IP is often the most valuable asset within a business and refers to creations of the mind which can be protected by laws that enable individuals and companies to earn recognition, and financial benefit from their innovations. Generally, most types of IP can be protected using: - Patent/utility model: Prevents third parties from commercially exploiting a protected product or process for a limited time period (typically 20 years in the case of a patent, and six to ten years for a utility model); - Trade marks: Allows consumers to distinguish goods or services of on

Can the Belt and Road Become a Trap for China?

May 22, 2019  YASHENG HUANG Through its Belt and Road Initiative, China is building ties to some of the world’s most authoritarian, financially opaque, and economically backward countries. Rather than exposing itself to massive political, economic, and default risks, Chinese policymakers should instead seek to repair relations with the West. CAMBRIDGE – Critics often claim that China is using its massive “Belt and Road Initiative” as a form of coercive “ debt-trap diplomacy ” to exert control over the countries that join its transnational infrastructure investment scheme. This risk, as Deborah Brautigam of John Hopkins University recently  noted , is often exaggerated by the media. In fact, the BRI may hold a different kind of risk – for China itself. At the recent BRI summit in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping seemed to acknowledge the “debt-trap” criticism. In his  address , Xi said that “building high-quality, sustainable, risk-resistant, reasonably priced, and inclusive in

Balochistan: 4 went missing including 3 women.

24'May 2019 (Current Balochistan) Forces forcibly disappeared three women from Gwadar and shifted them to unknown location. Current Balochistan's Gwadar correspondent has reported that last night forces raided the house of Allah Bux late night at 3AM after searching the house broke all precious things, And tortured women and children & abducted three women. abductee are identified as, BIbi Ayesha w/o Allah Bux and Bibi Mahtab and Naila resident of Shapuk, kech. Allah Bux was abducted three days before the abduction of his family members. In Panjgyr forces disappeared Raheem s/o Dur Muhammad R/o Khuzdar. To be aware that forces is briskly abducting baloch women and children from different areas of Balochistan.

China’s renewable energy industry maturing The news today, not receiving nearly enough attention.  Caixin Live reports : The training wheels are finally coming off China’s renewable energy industry , with the government announcing 20.8 gigawatts of projects that will compete with coal and other forms of generation without subsidies for the first time. The country will build 20.8 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy projects across 16 provinces, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the National Energy Administration said Wednesday. Solar power projects will account for the bulk — 14.8 GW — of projects, while wind will make 4.51 GW. Project owners will only profit from selling the electricity they generate at prices equal to or less than coal power, and will not receive a boost from the government, as they had before. As is typically the case, though, the latest environmental news from China is mixed. Another study has confirmed what was  first suspected last summer  — that the ozone-layer-kill