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Balochi Song: Mubarik Mubarik

*Balochistan, Banur's Band collaborates with Atif Aslam in Mubarik Mubarik, a festive number showcasing melodies and rhythms that have traveled down to the Baloch people through history and tradition.* Celebrating the rich relationship between music and wedding festivities in our part of the world, “Mubarik Mubarik” comes to us in the unique hues of the Baloch culture. The lyrics are simple and heartfelt and a mix of two aspects of Balochi poetry and music: haalo and naazek. A song of celebration, the naazek aspect of Mubarik Mubarik praises and celebrates the bride and bridegroom on their wedding day. The song also lives within the haalo genre of Balochi poetry, wherein the word haalo is repeated several times and means ‘come’, inviting listeners to join the festivities. Musically, the song also includes a zahirok, which is the Balochi counterpart of Eastern Classical raags and forms the basis of Balochi music. In Mubarik Mubarik, the sar baney zahirok

Balochistan plans 13 border markets

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: The Balochistan Special Economic Zones Authority (BSEZA) in its meeting held on Monday reviewed the plan of establishing of 13 border markets at Pak-Iran and Afghan national boundaries and agreed to provide infrastructure including communication, water and power and other facilities with the cooperation of federal government. The meeting, presided over by Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan, approved the the agenda of the authority with some amendments after discussing in detail, which was presented by Secretary Industry and Trade, Ghulam Ali Baloch. A grant in-add of Rs40.7 million was also approved for the BSEZA and allowed to establish Balochistan Economic Zones and Industrial Estate Development and Management Company. Rules and regulation, establishing technical section, vacancies of c-suite executives for the authority have also been approved. The meeting also okayed the building laws of Gadani, Hub and Bostan Special Economic Zones. The meeting, while agreeing wit

After Sihanoukville: When a Belt and Road sideshow closes up shop   Ollie Photo: Dmitry Makeev As the Cambodian government bans online gambling, the story of Sihanoukville has become a cautionary tale of Hun Sen’s attempts to shape the course of Chinese investment. By  Skylar Lindsay After several years of booming construction and rising foreign investment, the hot streak for the Cambodian beach town of Sihanoukville has gone cold. In late December, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced a permanent ban on online gambling, leaving thousands of Cambodian workers  jobless .   Sihanoukville’s new developments, from hotels to restaurants and infrastructure projects, have been built on Chinese demand, which is married to the casino industry. Gambling is illegal in China, apart from Macau, and while the Cambodian government bars its citizens from gambling, foreign nationals had been permitted to gamble online, until last year.  Chinese interest in Sihanoukville has also been driven by the city’s role in Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative

Pakistan’s first man-made Island is to be built in Gwadar at a cost of over $10 Billion

Pakistan’s first man-made Island is to be built in  Gwadar  at a cost of over $10 Billion. The ‘Chaand Taara’ shaped islands representing Pakistan’s flags moon and star will form the cities of the Central Business District. Located the Marine Drive and stretching towards Zero Point on the Coastal Highway, the Central Business District is to include a state of the art amusement park, Art & Culture Museum, Grand Theatre, Concert Hall, International Expo Centre, 5* Hotels & Resorts, Multiple Shopping Malls and Waterfront Walk and Shopping Promenade to name a few. The mega-development which will be built around the Gwadar Tower expected to be Pakistan’s tallest building has been detailed in the Gwadar Smart City Masterplan. The 75-page detailed report which has been under development by the China Communications Construction Company a Chinese state-owned enterprise with assets of over $132 Billion and the Government of Pakistan as a joint-venture project. The 75-page master plan doc

2nd phase of CPEC: ‘Industrialization, transfer of technology are high priorities’ by  RIZWAN BHATTI  on  February 11, 2020 Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi Monday said Pakistan's priorities in the second phase of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are industrialization and transfer of technology to bring trade revolution in the country. Speaking to business community at the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) here, Qureshi said that during past few years, Pakistan faced a massive deindustrialization due to uncertain economic policies, however, now the industrial growth is the top priority of the PTI government aim to create more job opportunities. Qureshi said in the first phase of CPEC the major focus was energy sector to overcome power crisis. "Now, in the second phase of CPEC, our priorities are industrialization and transfer of technology from China," he added. In addition, the government is going to sign an agreement with China to enhance the cooperation and expertise in agriculture res

The coronavirus and Xi Jinping's worldview

BY  KEVIN RUDD FEB 10, 2020 MUNICH – The coronavirus crisis represents the single biggest challenge for Xi Jinping since he became general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CCP) in 2012. Individuals and families across China are living in fear. Multiple Chinese provinces are under virtual lockdown. The virus has brought significant parts of the economy to a grinding halt, as firms instruct their employees to work from home. Politically, the blame game bounces between local authorities in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak and the central government in Beijing, with both sides mindful of the eternal principle of Chinese politics: When disaster strikes, someone must be seen to pay the price. The wider world should show sympathy and express solidarity with the long-suffering Chinese people. These are ugly times, and the racism implicit (and sometimes explicit) in many responses to Chinese people around the world makes me question just how far we have really come as a human fami

Fish auction hall, boat repair yard in Gwadar proposed By  app   Feb.10,2020 Scheme consisting of 1.65km breakwater will ensure smooth operations ISLAMABAD:  Ministry of Maritime Affairs has proposed a new project worth Rs1.087.914 million for the construction of breakwater, boat repair yard and auction hall at East Bay (Demizer) Gwadar in next fiscal year 2020-21 under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP). According to official documents, the main purpose of the new project is to provide a breakwater at East Bay (Demizer), Gwadar to facilitate the fishermen which are going to be displaced from the existing fish harbor cum mini port for undertaking other development works by the Chinese operator of the port and construction of East Bay Expressway. Displacement of fishermen community will have a direct impact on the fishing industry of the port city. According to the ministry, this project will ensure smooth operations for the fishing industry by providing parking space for boats with loading and unloading facilitie

MNSUA scientists to conduct experiments against locust in Balochistan   News desk 7 hours ago Quetta Scientists of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture (MNSUA) will visit Locust-hit cultivated areas of Balochistan province and conduct experiments on elimination of the Locust. According to Dean of Agriculture and Environment Sciences MNSUA, Professor Dr Shafqat Saeed, a delegation of MNSUA scientists in collaboration with officials of Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nation would visit Locust affect areas. He informed that the delegation was invited by Agriculture Department of Government of Balochistan. He informed that the delegation would visit such areas where Locust was affecting crop. He informed that Locust had affect 60 percent crops in some areas of the province. To a query about purpose of visit, he informed that MNSUA recently prepared bio-pesticide for elimination of Locust. Locust was eliminated successfully in lab. Now, they would test the pesticide in open fields. Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Indust

Province on path to sustainable development: CM Balochistan

By  mohammad zafar  Feb.10,2020 Kamal directs authorities to use public-private partnership model for meeting power needs QUETTA:  Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal has directed the relevant authority to adopt Public-Private Partnership model while starting energy related development projects in Balochistan. “Effective development planning and policies have been finalised for sustainable development of Balochistan. The current provincial government has put Balochistan on development path,” Kamal said. The CM was reviewing performance of provincial energy and industries department. During the meeting, Secretary Energy Sheharyar Taj and Secretary Industries Ghulam Ali Baloch briefed him about the government plans to uplift energy and industries sectors in the province. Sheharyar Taj said the energy department has made all arrangements for partnership with private companies seeking to invest in provincial energy sector. “We are prepared to move forward for Gwadar’s 300MW power project.

Hepatitis vaccines worth millions discovered from a desert in Balochistan Web Desk   On  Feb 10, 2020 ZHOB: In an odd development on Monday, medicines dedicated for government hospitals in the largest province of Pakistan, Balochistan start surfacing in far off deserts, ARY News reported. According to details, 500 vaccines meant for Hepatitis B patients were recovered from a desert terrain of Malor Koh in Balochistan. Read More:  Dogs bite 8 in Sindh, no vaccines in local healthcare facility The vaccines are still a few months away from expiration with the inscription revealing the expiration month to be July of this year. Read More:  Legislation on hepatitis prevention under works: Dr Yasmin Rashid District Health Officer (DHO) Muzzafar Shah claimed that the discarded vaccines were worth millions of rupees. Read More:  Elderly woman bitten by stray dog in Lahore, fails to get vaccine He went on to claim that the vaccines were thrown away in a secluded place to bring a bad name to the healthcare services being provided in the province. The DHO al

CPEC: The ball is in Pakistan’s court

AFSHAN SUBOHI China asserts that it is not wavering from its commitment to assist Pakistan in the second, people-centric phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Despite being embroiled in multiple problems — the virus epidemic, growth moderation and trade spat with the United States — the Asian dragon is all set to commit $1 billion in the current calendar year to kick-start the next phase of CPEC. In an exclusive interaction with  Dawn , China’s Consul General in Karachi Li Bijian was open and clear about the mutual relationship and its future. He dismissed the perception that China is disillusioned by the Pakistani leadership and has adopted a wait-and-see strategy before committing support for CPEC’s second phase. “This is a figment of some naïve elements’ imagination. Nothing can be far from the truth. I can confirm that China has helped Pakistan close physical infrastructure gaps in the first phase and wishes to see benefits of this massive investment flowing to Paki