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Karachi literature festival:Speakers discuss three structural issues of Balochistan

KarachiZia Ur RehmanMarch 02, 2020 Discussing the three structural issues that Balochistan faces, policy development expert Rafiullah Kakar said on Sunday that Pakistan’s current federal design and its majoritarian structure do... Discussing the three structural issues that Balochistan faces, policy development expert Rafiullah Kakar said on Sunday that Pakistan’s current federal design and its majoritarian structure do not offer an incentive for the country’s major political parties to invest in the province. He added that this is the reason that political parties, including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and the Pakistan Peoples Party, which want to rule Islamabad, have no proper organisational structure in the province. He was addressing a session titled ‘Balochistan: Engaging the Twain’ during the Karachi Literature Festival. Hafeez Jamali, a scholar and civil servant, moderated the session. Kakar said that the second structural issue is the internal

China Development Bank to support belt and road companies hit by coronavirus-Xinhua

(Reuters) - China Development Bank will provide support to coronavirus-hit Belt and Road Initiative-related companies, news agency Xinhua said in a social media Weibo post on Monday. The bank will provide low-cost financing, special foreign exchange liquidity loans for companies involved in Beijing's massive infrastructure project, Xinhua said. It did not say whether these loans would be for Chinese companies only, or any firms involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, which seeks to link China by sea and land with Southeast and Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. (Reporting by Shivani Singh and Yilei Sun; Editing by Alex Richardson) Our standards:  The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles .

Balochistan hospitals to buy medicines from market

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: The Balochistan cabinet has authorised district and divisional hospitals to directly purchase equipment and medicines, instead of waiting for their supply from the health department. While presiding over a meeting, Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani reviewed the affairs of Medical Store Department on Saturday. He said the previous arrangement had been causing wastage of money and the decision would ensure availability of medicines and equipment in remote districts of the province. He urged officials to ensure purchase of good quality medicines and equipment. The chief minister was informed that medicines could not be purchased for district and divisional hospitals during 2018-19, but the health department issued fresh tenders for them. Mr Alyani directed authorities concerned to purchase Mobile Medicine Testing Laboratory and ordered the monitoring of directorate of the health department and setting up of a fully equipped intensive care

Jashan-e-Balochistan held at PNCA

IslamabadOur CorrespondentMarch 03, 2020 Islamabad:The Pakistan National Council of the Arts in collaboration with the government of Balochistan organised a colorful evening of Balochi music and dance here on its premises.The PNCA’s... Share Next Story >>> Islamabad:The Pakistan National Council of the Arts in collaboration with the government of Balochistan organised a colorful evening of Balochi music and dance here on its premises. The PNCA’s mandate is to promote its regional culture home and abroad. The PNCA’s National Performing Arts Group presented a fisherman dance performed in coastal regions when a prosperous fish harvest is brought to the shores. The hardy and cheerful people, of Makran in Baluchistan set out in their boats before sunrise and return home at sunset with a rich haul. The dance captures the rhythm of the fishermen’s life. The main pillar of Balochi dance is hand clapping (chapps) which is a foundation for the different dances of Balochistan. Leva is an

Baloch culture day celebrated across Balochistan

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: The Baloch Culture Day was celebrated across Balochistan on Monday with zeal and fervour and different shows and functions were organised by several organisations and political parties to mark the occasion. Baloch people, especially the youth and women, participated in large numbers in these programmes to show their love and affection for their culture and traditions. People wearing traditio­nal Balochi dresses and turbans paraded through roads of the provincial capital. They performed folk dances and sang Balochi songs. A big event to mark the Baloch Culture Day was held at the Unive­rsity of Balochistan’s Expo Centre where a large number of people and Baloch­is­tan National Party-Men­gal’s workers participated wearing traditional Balochi turbans, shalwar qameez and wai­stcoats stitched with bea­utiful Baloch embroidery. “We wait the whole year for this day to come to celebrate the Baloch Culture Day to show to people our rich Baloch cul

CPEC costs human life, resources in Balochistan: Activists at UN

ANI | Updated: Mar 03, 2020 03:45 IST Geneva [Switzerland] Mar 03 (ANI): Baloch political activists have alleged that the people in Balochistan are paying a heavy price for the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). They were speaking at an event titled "CPEC: The exploitative project's human cost in Balochistan" during the ongoing 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Speaking at the event, Hakeem Baloch, a leader of the Baloch National Movement, said that the Baloch people are not happy and are fighting against the CPEC. "CPEC has been there for a long time now and people have been raising their voice and concerns about it. It is not just CPEC which is a problem, it is also 'One Belt One Road' initiative which the world must understand," he said. "We have been telling the world that this is not an economic project. We see Chinese infrastructure in Balochistan and how brutally they are kicking out the local p

U.S. Won’t Gamble on ASEAN Summit in Las Vegas

Geopolitical OPINION  -  March 2, 2020 By  James Borton The global escalation of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has prompted U.S. officials to fold their diplomatic playing cards and postpone the scheduled Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit from the bright lights of 24-hour entertainment in Las Vegas. The Trump administration along with at least 8 of the 10 ASEAN nations, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, anticipated the venue could forge closer cooperation and chart an improved geopolitical course at a time when policy experts say that China continues to expand its influence in Southeast Asia and in the contested South China Sea. Furthermore, President Trump was betting that the White House, and his Las Vegas invitation to the ASEAN leaders, would have repaired existing rifts and hurt feelings resulting from his absence at last year’s regional East Asia Summit (EAS) in Bangkok. Since it’s an election year, the a

FPCCI body for developing Gwadar model modern city

by  RECORDER REPORT  on  March 2, 2020 Saiyed Shahzad Sultan Convener of the Committee chaired the proceedings along with Deputy Convener Zubair Rind and Secretary Amjad Qureshi. All the designated members from relevant fields attended the meeting; Saiyed Shahzad thanked the President FPCCI Anjum Nisar for honouring him with trust to head this important Committee. During the proceedings of the meeting, it was also resolved to address on priority the Gwadar Port operations, Afghan transit facilitation, export cargo movement of Balochistan products via western corridor of CPEC, tax policy for Gwadar & international transshipment policy, besides, Committee also decided that during its tenure would consider any issue pertaining to ports & shipping operations in the country. The specific issues discussed during the meeting will also be referred to respective Standing committee(s) of FPCCI for their consideration. It was specifically agreed that Saiyed Shahzad Convener of the Committ

Pakistan's Belt and Road port has Singapore-size goal BELT AND ROAD Gwadar's development plan, with a lack of funds and resources, stirs skepticism ADNAN AAMIR, Contributing writer MARCH 02, 2020 17:33 JST There are plans to make the port city of Gwadar, near the Gulf of Oman, into a smart metropolis of 2 million, but the city's 85,000 current residents already struggle with poor electricity and water supplies.   © Reuters ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's Gwadar Smart Port City Masterplan has raised eyebrows among economic experts because of the massive amount of resources it will cost financially strapped Pakistan. Gwadar Port is a major part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC, which for China is an essential part of its Belt and Road Initiative. The masterplan was approved at CPEC's 9th Joint Cooperation Committee meeting in November. It was developed by the Fourth Harbor Design Institute at a cost of 521 million Pakistani rupees ($3.3 million). The FHDI is a Chinese engineering and design company. The co

The controversial Culture Day – TBP Editorials

Baloch culture day is celebrated every year on the 2nd day of March since 2010 after Baloch pro-independence nationalists declared that the day will be observed for cultural activities to revive and strengthen the Baloch culture in its all forms. The main aim of it was to manifest the distinction between Baloch as a historically existing nation and Pakistan. However, the same Baloch nationalists stopped celebrating the day due to security concerns after the members of Baloch Students Organisation (Azad) were targeted with hand grenades during the first-ever cultural day event at Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology Khuzdar in 2010, where two students named Sikandar Baloch and Junaid Baloch lost their lives and another 18 including students and teachers sustained injuries. The student organization and the then nationalist political parties accused that the state-sponsored militias were behind the attack as during the early 2000s Baloch insurgency had risen and cultural p