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Italy’s China Chill Runs Deeper Than Fears Over the Coronavirus

By  Alan Crawford February 26, 2020, 7:01 PM EST Exports to China fell last year even after landmark accord Resistance growing in Italy to Huawei and other investments Xi Jinping, right, and Giuseppe Conte arrive for the signing of the memorandum of understanding on China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Rome, on March 23.   Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world threatened by trade wars.  Sign up here .  Almost a year after Italy broke with its U.S. and European partners to sign  up to  China’s influence-extending Belt and Road initiative, relations between Rome and Beijing risk deteriorating rather than getting closer. The anticipated economic boost for Italy has yet to materialize, with its trade deficit with China  widening  further last year. And if Rome’s intention was to generate goodwill with Beijing, the government undermined that effort with its decision to  halt flights to China  over worries about the spread of

Balochistan, Sindh shut down schools after 2 coronavirus cases confirmed

Health GEO NEWS February 26, 2020 Notification clarified all public and private educational institutes and madrassas would remain closed QUETTA: Schools and educational institutes throughoutBalochistan would be shut downtill March 15 as part of the measures being taken to prevent coronavirus and for the safety of children, the provincial government said in a notification issued Wednesday. The notification clarified that all public and private educational institutes, as well as madrassas, would remain closed after two coronavirus cases were confirmed in Pakistan — one each in Karachi and Islamabad. A copy of the Balochistan government's notification announcing the closure of educational institutes until March 15. The notification was approved by Secretary Secondary Education Department. "Matriculation Examination under Balochistan Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education are also being postponed and the remaining papers will be organized

Latest on coronavirus outbreak: 2,718 deaths, over 78,100 cases confirmed in China

** Source: CGTN SUMMARY The pneumonia outbreak was first reported in the city of Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, in December 2019. Experts have attributed the outbreak to a novel coronavirus that has since spread across China and abroad. _Here is what we know so far:_ The latest in China: 78,190 confirmed cases; 2,718 dead (including 2 in Hong Kong and 1 in Taiwan); 29,775 recovered Outside of China: Over 2,800 confirmed cases, 45 deaths reported Countries on alert: Italy reported over 320 confirmed cases and 11 dead, topping Europe. Iran has reported 19 deaths, and its deputy health minister was among 139 people who tested positive for the virus. South Korea reported more than 1,260 cases and 12 deaths.

Kyrgyzstan scraps Chinese logistics centre investment after mass protests

Kyrgyz men in Naryn region. There is substantial unhappiness among locals about Chinese investment. By bne IntelliNews   February 18, 2020 Kyrgyz authorities have reportedly scrapped a Chinese investment project in the eastern part of Kyrgyzstan after mass protests broke out against a planned $275mn logistics centre. Artur Baiterekov, head of Kyrgyzstan's Naryn Free Economic Zone, was cited by RFE/RL as saying late on February 17 that the deal with China was off. The Kyrgyz-Chinese At-Bashi Free Economic Zone Joint Venture subsequently stated that the investment contract had been rescinded because "it is not possible to work on a long-term large project in circumstances" in which part of the local population opposes the construction of the logistics centre. Local residents have protested several times since January against the project, with the latest demonstration involving hundreds of protesters occurring on February 17 near the village of At-Bashi in Naryn Region. Over

Balochistan to buy one million wheat bags

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: The Balochis­tan cabinet on Tuesday approved the wheat procurement policy for this year and decided to purchase one million wheat bags from the provincial food department. The provincial finance department will provide interest-free loan to the food department for the purchase of wheat and it would return the loan amount to the finance department after the selling of wheat. The cabinet headed by Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani also directed the food department to establish wheat procurement centres in the wheat-growing areas during the first week of April which he said will just be in time for the purchasing of required wheat from Nasirabad division. The food department was further directed to prepare a comprehensive mechanism for wheat procurement, its storage and sale to the flour mills within the next 10 days. Regarding minerals, the cabinet directed the Department of Minerals to obtain royalty set for various minerals and approve

Moonis Elahi for providing maximum jobs to Balochistan youth NNI February 26, 2020 LAHORE          -         Pakistan Muslim League (PML) has always attached full importance to rights of Balochistan and role of this important province’s progress of Pakistan, even now the biggest functions on Pakistan Day in Balochistan are held under the auspices of Pakistan Muslim League Youth Wing Balochistan. READ MORE:  LHC to hear Maryam's plea for removal of name from ECL on March 11 Leadership of our party has deep hearty relation with the people of Balochistan, Ch Shujat Hussain as the Prime Minister for the rights of Balochistan and solution of its problems for the first time in the history had established Balochistan Rights Parliamentary Committee. These views were expressed by Pakistan Muslim League central leader and MNA  Moonis Elahi  while talking to a delegation of PML Balochistan delegation in a meeting in Lahore. Delegation included Dr Rafiullah, Bara’at Jan, Abdul Hadi, and Hameed Khan Achakzai. On this occasion, Rizwan Mum

Balochistan: The hub of Drug Mafias

Daily  The recent killing of Samiullah Baloch, a student of the University of Balochistan, by the drug smugglers in Noshki, Balochistan, puts the youth of the province in a terrible agony. The slain Baloch dared to launch a campaign against drug peddlers and identified their heinous activities. That resulted in his mysterious death. Prior to the murder of Baloch, Dr Abdul Qudoos Sheikh, the gallant FBR Deputy Collector, Anti- Smuggling, Model Customs Collectorate of Preventive Officer, was also killed in Quetta when he conducted an operation against drugs and smuggling mafias. Even an FBR officer is not spared from the brutalities of smugglers. In the last ten years smugglers have killed more than 10 officers in Balochistan. Drug smugglers are dealt with immunity; their growing unchecked influence in Balochistan keeps many questions unanswered: can drug smugglers not be perceived as a state within a state? Whose support do they have in challenging the writ of the governmen