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China joins U.N. human rights panel, will help pick experts on free speech, health, arbitrary detention  Friday, April 3, 2020 Mr. Jiang Duan, who holds the rank of Minister at China’s mission to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, will play  a key role in selecting the world body’s monitors on health, freedom of speech, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances. GENEVA, April 2, 2020 —  China was appointed on Wednesday to a United Nations Human Rights Council panel where it will play a key role in picking the world body’s human rights investigators — including global monitors on freedom of speech, health, enforced disappearances, and arbitrary detention — in a move that has sparked protest by international human rights activists. “Allowing China’s oppressive and inhumane regime to choose the world investigators on freedom of speech, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a non-governmental human rights organization based in Geneva that closely monitors

Hainan companies invest $2,39 bln in Belt and Road countries in 2019

Business & Economy April 03, 19:14 These figures increased by 69 times compared to the 2018 statistics HAIKOU, April 3. /TASS/. The Hainan enterprises invested $2,39 bln in the Belt and Road member-states in 2019, according to . These figures increase the previous year ones' by 69 times.  At least 33 companies from 17 countries and regions from the Belt and Road Initiative received investments from Hainan enterprises. According to this indicator, Hainan Province ranked eighth in China. Capital investments in the Asian region amounted to $1.73 billion which makes 72.28% of the total volume of relevant investments directed mainly to the service sector, transport, logistics and in a number of other areas. In 2019, according to the local authorities, the total amount of foreign investment in the Hainan Province reached up to $1.5 billion (having increased by 107.8%). In the near future, the province plans to actively draw investments in such areas as financial servic

Gwadar port unhindered operation amid COVID-19

News desk News desk 2 hours ago OBSERVER REPORT GWADAR The goods transited by “DIYALA” Cargo Ship along Karachi-Gwadar Shipping (KGS) arrived here on schedule, as Gwadar Port’s operation does not halt in wake of world-wide COVID-19. According to officials of Gwadar Port, they have taken decisive measures to prevent, control the pandemic to ensure its smooth operation. When Pakistan saw its first confirmed COVID-19 case, officials of Gwadar Port immediately launched an emergency response plan to prevent and control the spread of the disease. Gwadar Port officials imposed movement restrictions for people and vehicles, issued the epidemic prevention notice to local employees, and discouraged them to contact with suspected cases. What is more, an emergency liaison team was set up to investigate more about returning workers and put them in quarantine if necessary. According to Gwadar Pro App, China Overseas Ports Holding Company Pakistan (COPHC-Pakistan), the company building Gwadar Port, t

Balochistan doctors put off protest for three days

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: The Young Doctors Association (YDA), Balochistan, has put off its protest for three days after Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani assured it of solving all problems of doctors. Dr Rahim Khan Babar, spokesman for the YDA, said that a delegation of the association led by its president Dr Yasir Achakzai met the chief minister at the Bolan Medical Complex Hospital. He said Mr Alyani had been informed about problems the doctors were facing in the current emergency situation and that the chief minister ordered the health authorities concerned to provide required facilities to doctors so that they could continue their work smoothly. He said the chief minister had issued directives to the special secretary to take necessary action for solving the problem of doctors’ shortage in hospitals. The spokesman said CM Alyani had assured the delegation that all facilities would be provided to doctors. Dr Achakzai on the occasion said, “We are always ready for talks with the gove

Improper arrangements at Balochistan can lead to dangerous situation 6 hours ago Javaid-ur-Rahman       ISLAMABAD - Unsatisfied with the arrangements about dangerous Coronavirus [COVID-19], BNP-Mengal feared that the improper arrangement at Balochistan province for not avoiding the spread of infectious Coronavirus could lead to dangerous situation. “Like Taftan border mismanagement, situation is still not up to the mark as no proper measures have been taken to avoid spread of  dangerous virus in the province,”  BNP-Mengal senior MNA Agha Hassan Baloch, talking to The Nation. Prime Minister Imran Khan, about the sorry plight of devotees at Taftan border incident, recently admitted that there was no such management for the pilgrims returned from Iran. A large number of suspected infected peoples returning from Iran were given place at Mian Ghundi, located on the outskirts of Quetta, to avoid pandemic. Whereas, many of them [from different areas of country] reportedly managed to leave the place without any proper test of Coronavirus

Nine doctors among 175 coronavirus-affected people in Balochistan: Shahwani

Web Desk On Apr 3, 2020 QUETTA: Six new cases of coronavirus were detected in Balochistan on Friday, taking the provincial tally of COVID-19 cases to 175. A spokesperson for the provincial government, Liaquat Shahwani said nine doctors are among 38 people infected through local transmission. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the province has risen to 175, out of whom nine have recovered so far, while one has died from the contagion. 155 are under treatment and said to in stable condition. Read More: One more person succumbs to COVID-19 in Sindh Speaking on ARY News’ talk show Sawal Yeh Hai, Liaquat Shahwani said 150 are tested for COVID-19 in Balochistan on a daily basis, adding the province will have the capacity to conduct at least 800 tests in a day in a few weeks. He said 2,311 tests have been conducted so far. He added the province had about 12,000 testing kits at present and has asked the federal government to provide 50,000 more. Read More: Armed forces fully coordinating wi