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Balochistan reports 25 coronavirus cases in 24 hours: Liaquat Shahwani

Balochistan reports 25 coronavirus cases during 24 hours: Liaquat Shahwani Web Desk On Apr 16, 2020 QUETTA: Two more coronavirus cases have been reported in Balochistan, bringing the virus tally to 305 in the province, ARY NEWS reported quoting provincial government’s spokesman Liaquat Shahwani. He said that during the past 24 hours, 25 people have tested positive for the virus and of them 24 were locally affected from the infection. He said that the province has currently 167 locally transmitted virus cases. “Overall five people have been killed from the virus while 142 recovered from it,” he said. On April 10, the Government of Balochistan on Friday announced a special health allowance for paramedics working in public sector hospitals across the province. According to a notification put out by the finance department, health workers serving in BPS-5 to BPS-14 will get Rs3,000 a month as Health Professional Allowance (HPA) while those serving in BPS-2 to BPS-4 will be entitled to Rs1,5

Bid to smuggle Pakistani currency to Iran foiled -

Bid to smuggle Pakistani currency to Iran foiled by RECORDER REPORT on April 17, 2020 Directorate of Intelligence and Investigation, Customs, Gwadar on Thursday claimed to have thwarted an attempt to smuggle Pakistani currency to Iran via sea route of Jiwani. According to details, the Directorate has received credible information that huge amount of Pakistani currency was being smuggled through sea route of Jiwani to Iran. Reacting on this information, the Directorate has mounted joint surveillance with Frontier Corps 88 Wing. As a result, a bike KKV-6947 was found suspicious as the rider tried to flee while snap checking on a coastal route. Therefore, staff of the Directorate along with Frontier Corps 88 Wing started tracing the bike. As like other customs departments' repeated claims, the Directorate also stated that the suspect left the bike behind and ran away and they remained unable to nab him but a bag along with the bike were recovered. However, no one knows the exact recov

COVID-19 hit textile industry gradually resuming business

National INP April 17, 2020 ISLAMABAD: COVID-19-hit textile industry in Pakistan is gradually resuming it's export business, says a report published by Gwadar Pro App on Thursday.In recent days, both government and enterprises... Share Next Story >>> ISLAMABAD: COVID-19-hit textile industry in Pakistan is gradually resuming it's export business, says a report published by Gwadar Pro App on Thursday. In recent days, both government and enterprises have implemented relative measures to awake stagnant textile industry. Up to now, domestic textile mills are gradually resuming productivity in accordance with the policies of government. Salim Ghori, the CEO of Elite Demin Mills, who has been working in denim Industry for 25 years said in a interview to Gwadar Pro that “Covid-19 was a black swan event for textile industry which no one could have predicted.” In Pakistan, textile industry accounts for 8% of GDP and over 46% of manufacturing industry. He introduced harsh situati

Diplomacy, Media, Foreign Events’: China Employing Various Means To Absolve President Xi, Claim Analysts

By Swarajya Staff April 16, 2020 at 5:21 PM Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the world, some researchers are of the opinion that the Chinese leadership is using a section of the western media to influence the public opinion globally and is trying to absolve President Xi Jinping, reports Asian News International. "There are clear indications that China is conducting activities in a persistent and systematic manner to influence public opinion-making, academia, think tanks and political decision-making among the member states of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in general and western capital cities in particular," Siegfried O Wolf, Director of Research at Brussels-based think tank South Asia Democratic Front, was quoted by ANI as saying. Some media reports claims that several Chinese officials were aware of the pandemic situation, yet they allowed Wuhan to hold banquet for tens of thousands of people and millions began their annual trip home for the Lunar N

To cure virus patients China donates traditional medicines to Pakistan

WorldINP April 16, 2020 BEIJING: A Chinese pharmaceutical company donated Traditional Chinese Medicines to a hospital in Karachi to help Pakistan’s health authorities.Traditional Chinese medicine has been proven... BEIJING: A Chinese pharmaceutical company donated Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) to a hospital in Karachi to help Pakistan’s health authorities. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been proven effective for patients infected with COVID-19. According to Gwadar Pro App, Dr.Zhang Boli, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering and his team fought COVID-19 since the outbreak, using traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) with modern technology. The 72-year old doctor, who is also the president of Tianjin Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, said TCM has played a significant role in curbing the disease, especially in early intervention. Statistics form China's National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine showed that overall effectiveness rate of

'Strong-arming IPPs will deter future investors’

KAZIM ALAM Welcome KARACHI: The Independent Power Producers (IPPs) Association said on Wednesday old plants that are receiving capacity payments without generating electricity can be terminated only under the terms specified in their power purchase agreements (PPAs). Reacting to power-sector analysts calling for the outright termination of the IPPs that have paid back their debt and equity, IPP Association Chairman Khalid Mansoor said the act of termination is governed under the PPAs. “It would be acceptable to IPPs if the amounts of compensation provided under the contracts are paid,” he told Dawn. The government has moved into high gear to redraw electricity purchase agreements with private investors mainly to control runaway capacity charges, the biggest component of power tariffs. But the IPP Association, a representative body of 39 electricity generators, has taken exception to the government’s plan to revise the “signed and sealed” contracts. “A sponsor invests in a power project

Pakistan urges China to soften terms for power deals

KHALEEQ KIANI Welcome ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has requested China for ease in payment obligations of over $30 billion worth of about 12,000-megawatt power projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to minimise its financial and economic difficulties. This is part of ongoing government efforts to secure discounts and savings on power purchases from independent power producers (IPPs) as circular debt liabilities cross Rs2 trillion. A cabinet member told Dawn that Pakistan had formally taken up its difficulties with China for relief in purchase prices at the highest level during the recent visit of President Arif Alvi to Beijing, as Pakistan’s capacity payments alone were estimated to be closer to Rs600bn this year. According to Prime Minister Imran Khan, the capacity payments could go beyond Rs1.5 trillion in a few years, which would be beyond repayment capacity of the people. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives

Partial business activity resumes across Balochistan after successful talks

By  ​ our correspondent  Apr.16,2020 Administration allows specific businesses to open with SOPs QUETTA:  Negotiations between the district administration and business community were successful in which the former has eased lockdown for the latter allowing them to open certain shops with conditions. “The provincial government allowed the community to open shops having accessories and material related to construction industry while obliging shopkeepers to follow the mandatory condition of social distancing,” Balochistan government Spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani told a press conference on Wednesday. He added that restaurants were also allowed to open with certain standard operating procedures (SOPs) that included only delivery service and takeaway while dining on their premises is  prohibited. “Government will impose penalty for not following SOPs.” In a separate statement issued by Quetta deputy commissioner, he allowed resuming business activities including cement, steel, bird and anima

Pakistan requests China to ease payment obligations in CPEC power projects

According to a report in the Dawn newspaper on Thursday, Pakistan's request for relaxation in payments is part of its ongoing efforts to secure discounts and savings on power purchases from independent power producers as its circular debt liabilit... By  PTI  | Updated:  Apr 16, 2020, 04.28 PM IST BCCL Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing met Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Abdul Hafeez Shaikh on Tuesday. Islamabad: Cash-strapped Pakistan has requested China to ease the payment obligations of over USD 30 billion in the power projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to minimise its financial and economic difficulties. The CPEC is a planned network of roads, railways and  energy  projects linking China's resource-rich Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region with Pakistan's strategic Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea. ADVERTISEMENT The CPEC was launched in 2015 when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Pakistan and it now envisages i

Some doubts remain over implementation of US-Taliban peace agreement: Rahimullah Yusufzai

Some doubts remain over implementation of US-Taliban peace agreement: Rahimullah Yusufzai Rahimullah Yusufzai is Pakistan-based senior journalist and a security analyst. At present he is the Resident Editor of The News International, a Peshawar-based news daily. Rahimullah Yusufzai is Pakistan-based senior journalist and a security analyst. At present he is the Resident Editor of The News International, a Peshawar-based news daily. Even in these times when world is fighting against the Coronavirus pandemic, Afghanistan continues to be in news for different reasons. Soon after Islamic State Khorasan– IS(K) took responsibility for gruesome terrorist attack on the Kabul Gurdwara, the special forces of Afghanistan arrested Aslam Farooqi, the chief of IS(K). Thereafter, Pakistan promptly demanded the custody of Aslam Farooqi, which Afghanistan has now denied. News Intervention and Sangar Media House spoke to Rahimullah Yusufzai, Pakistan-based senior journalist and a security analyst. He ha