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Four ‘militants’ killed in Panjgur

BEHRAM BALOCH GWADAR: Four suspected militants were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces during an operation in the Prom area of Panjgur district on Sunday. According to official sources, members of security forces, acting on an intelligence report about presence of wanted militants in Prom Kallag Kour Yar Muhammad Bazaar, launched a search operation in the area. During combing of the area, the militants hiding in a house opened fire on the security personnel, triggering a gunfight which continued for about two hours. The exchange of fire led to killing of the four militants who were later identified as Noor Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Abdul Malik and Momin. They all belonged to Buleda area of Kech district. “The four militants killed in the security forces’ operation belonged to banned militant outfits,” the sources said. Meanwhile, according to another report, in an armed attack inside Iran, two residents of Keck district were killed the other day. The report said that the f

Balochistan reports 72 new coronavirus cases, provincial tally reaches 852

SAMAA |  Shah Hussain Posted: Apr 27, 2020 | Last Updated: 4 hours ago Photo: Online Balochistan reported 72 new known cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, confirmed Liaquat Shahwani, the spokesperson of the Balochistan government. This takes the provincial tally to 852. He said that the province has reported 701 known cases of contact transmissions so far. The government will be forced to tighten the lockdown if the people don’t practice social distancing, he remarked in a press conference. The government will begin investigation people who haven’t been wearing masks, he added. The Balochistan government decided that we don’t do aggressive testing because of a lack of sources so we have started random sampling. In three days, 484 random tests were conducted out of which 23 people tested positive, he said

Balochistan’s doctors urge government to impose 15-day curfew in province

SAMAA |  Asim Khan Posted: Apr 26, 2020 | Last Updated: 5 hours ago File photo: AFP Doctors in Balochistan have asked the provincial government to impose a 15-day curfew in the province in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Dr Yasir, the president of Balochistan’s Young Doctors Association, told reporters at the Quetta Press Club that the government needs to take strict measures to prevent the spread of the virus because the number of locally transmitted cases is rising in the province. The doctor said that the government eased the lockdown and it caused a spike in infections. He asked people to restrict themselves to their homes and take precautionary measures. Dr Yasir appealed to the provincial government to increase Balochistan’s health budget and hire more doctors on an emergency basis. At least 31 doctors, five paramedical staffers and three nurses have contracted the virus while performing their duties, Dr Yasir added.

Balochistan minister urges govt action against locusts

By  ​ our correspondent  Apr.28,2020 Says fumigation has failed to eradicate the swarms QUETTA:  Balochistan Education Minister Yar Mohammad Rind has appealed to the federal and provincial governments to arrange sprays on emergency basis in order to eradicate locusts from the province. “Local sprays have failed to eradicate the swarms and save crops. The government should step in and arrange sprays on emergency basis in order to get rid of the locusts,” said the education minister in a video message. The minister maintained that the swarms have started spreading in Kachi and destroying the crops. “The locust attack has caused severe damage to crops in Kachi, Naseerabad and Sibi districts of Balochistan. This threat may be worse than coronavirus for local landlords.” Rind noted the disaster would be far-reaching, especially hurting the landlords. “I appeal Centre and the provincial government to take steps for the eradication of locusts on immediate basis,” he said. Briefing on the situ

Locally-transmitted cases slowly increasing in Balochistan: CM Jam Kamal

Pakistan Web Desk April 27, 2020 CM Kamal says lockdown may be eased if people started cooperating Geo.tv/Files QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal said Monday the number of locally-transmitted cases in the province were increasing slowly but that the lockdown could only be eased if people started cooperating. While speaking to the media here in the provincial capital, CM Kamal noted that the government could only know about the number of cases in the province through testing. Amechanism to carry out testing to check the local transmission has been developed, he added. It was through random testing that the Balochistan health department learned the locally-transmitted cases had increased, he said, adding that 35 new cases via local transmission were reported in Quetta. "Our testing capacity is improving so we're conducting moretests," Kamal added, noting that a lot needed to be done to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Balochistan doing a lot given its resource

China, Afghanistan pledge to jointly promote Belt and Road Initiative

Source: Xinhua |  2020-04-28 12:58:11 | Editor: huaxia BEIJING, April 28 (Xinhua) -- China and Afghanistan have pledged to jointly build the Belt and Road in order to benefit the two countries and beyond. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan Mohammed Haneef Atmar made the pledge in a phone conversation on Monday, with both sides expressing willingness to strengthen their ties. Afghanistan admires China's progress in combating the COVID-19 epidemic and appreciates China's generous aid of medical supplies and sharing of experience in fighting the disease, Atmar said, adding Afghanistan will strive to protect Chinese nationals in the country. The Belt and Road Initiative has received a strong response from Afghanistan and benefited the two countries and other regional countries, Atmar said. Afghanistan is committed to jointly building the Belt and Road with China and lifting their strategic cooperative partnersh

For Chinese contractors, Belt and Road Initiative rewards come with heightened risks in a changing world

Opinion Chinese contractors snared almost a quarter of global construction revenue in 2018 as the Belt and Road Initiative took flight Their rise in global stage brings multiple risks across many projects and various jurisdictions Topic | Belt and Road Initiative James Morris Published:  12:00pm, 28 Apr, 2020 Updated:  12:23pm, 28 Apr, 2020 Chinese contractors have risen to global prominence over the past decade by riding the wave of  Belt and Road Initiative  (BRI). In 2018 alone, they captured almost a quarter of all international construction revenue.   In the first half of 2019, they signed US$87 billion worth of contracts in these regions. They have also secured US$6.7 billion of energy, infrastructure and mining projects in Latin America, which only officially became part of the BRI in 2017.   Chinese contractors are now involved in many projects and jurisdictions. Most of them are in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and range from traditional infrastructure projects to real est

Pakistan admits disruption in CPEC due to Covid-19 outbreak

The report states that Pakistan’s plan to expeditiously build Special Economic Zones (SEZs) will also be thwarted or at least face delays as Chinese companies will find it hard to manage required human and capital supplies on an urgent basis, acco... By  Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury ,  ET Bureau  |  Apr 27, 2020, 08.02 PM IS AFP New Delhi: Pakistani authorities have warned about delays and disruption in China  Pakistan  Economic Corridor ( CPEC ) projects after outbreak of coronavirus. In a detailed report tabled before high-powered  National Coordination Committee  ( NCC ) it was stated that Chinese companies working on CPEC projects will suffer delays and higher costs along with supply-chain and worker related disruptions will be witnessed, according to a report in Pak daily  The News . ADVERTISEMENT The report states that Pakistan’s plan to expeditiously build Special Economic Zones (SEZs) will also be thwarted or at least face delays as Chinese companies will find it hard to manage requi

Lack of Demand: The Coronavirus Pandemic and China's Belt and Road Initiative

The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which arose in China and swept around the globe, has devastated the lives of hundreds of thousands. But however large the health impact of COVID-19 ultimately is, hundreds of millions more have already felt its economic impact. With people worldwide ordered to social distance and stay at home, entire industries have been shuttered. And though national economies will recover in time, fully restoring them may prove to be a slow process. No doubt, the longer the disease lingers, the longer an economic recovery will take. That could create one more economic casualty: China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The BRI has provided loans for the construction of over $200 billion-worth of infrastructure projects that China envisioned would become a new globe-spanning trade network—one that put China at its center. But after the initiative acquired a reputation for corruption and ensnaring borrowers in “debt traps,” Chinese General Secretary  Xi Jinp

Wang Yang heads south

TRIVIUM CHINA Wang Yang – the Party’s fourth-ranked member and chair of the political advisory body (CPPCC) – has been on the road. From April 23-26, Wang toured Yunnan and Guizhou to check out poverty alleviation efforts. Some context:  Wang recently took charge of the poverty alleviation portfolio (see  April 14 Tip Sheet ). Wang wants local officials to help those in need find employment (Xinhua): Wang wants local officials to help those in need find employment (Xinhua): “To have a job is an important way to get rid of poverty, and a prominent challenge now is to overcome the impact of the epidemic on the employment of the disadvantaged, he said.” “As national work resumption has accelerated, the local governments should seize the opportunities to organize the disadvantaged to go out for jobs, he said.” Get smart:  Xi Jinping has made eliminating poverty by the end of 2020 one of his most prominent policy goals. He and other officials have been very clear that that goal should still

CPIC launches relief efforts in Islamabad, Gwadar and Karachi

Pakistantoday.com.pk   ISLAMABAD:  With the advent of holy month of Ramazan, CPIC, one of the largest developer and real estate companies, has launched a food ration distribution campaign to help the most vulnerable families in Islamabad, Karachi and Gwadar. Each ration pack includes three-month food supplies including wheat flour, rice, sugar, lentils, ghee, dates, Rooh Afza and tea. In addition, 50,000 surgical masks are also being distributed to Doctors, Nurses, key workers & those most at risk. Talking to media, CPIC board member Lt. General (R) Syed Sabahat Husain said that as a leading developer and key stakeholder in Gwadar, we take it as our responsibility to support the city’s most vulnerable segments. “On behalf of the group and our valued clients, we have started an initiative to provide ration packs that include three-month essential supplies including rice, flour, wheat, lentils, ghee, and tea,” he said. He said that distribution commenced earlier this week with CPIC p

Solar, LED lights donated to Gwadar deserving families

The news.com.pk World INP April 26, 2020 GWADAR: Gwadar Port A0uthority held a ceremony of distributing a batch of solar power equipment and food packets to the deserving families.According to Gwadar Pro App, the equipment including 4000... Share Next Story >>> GWADAR: Gwadar Port A0uthority held a ceremony of distributing a batch of solar power equipment and food packets to the deserving families. According to Gwadar Pro App, the equipment including 4000 sets of solar photovoltaic systems and LED lights, donated by China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment, will be delivered to local people lack of access to electricity. At the distribution ceremony on Friday Balochistan’s Finance Minister Zahoor Buledi and Chairman of Gwadar Port Authority Naseer Khan Kashani said this batch of materials will help the local people of Gwadar fight against the COVID-19. They also expressed gratitude to the Chinese government and enterprises for their long enduring supports to Pakistan and Gw

YDA demands 15-day curfew in Balochistan

Tribune.com.pk By  mohammad zafar  Apr.27,2020 Young Doctors Association expresses concern over rise in cases after easing of restrictions QUETTA:  Young Doctors Association of Balochistan has expressed grave concerns over the rapid spread of coronavirus at the local level, following the easing of lockdown and demanded the government to impose a 15-day curfew and complete lockdown across the province. “If the situation remains the same, there will be less space in hospitals. Due to a low budget, the condition of Balochistan Health Department is unsatisfactory. 300 to 400 tests a day are insufficient. This is a matter of concern. We cannot wait any longer. Doctors and health care providers who died of coronavirus shall be declared martyrs,” Young Doctors Association President Dr. Yasir Achakzai and other doctors said while addressing a press conference in Civil Hospital Quetta on Sunday. They added that YDA Balochistan Grand Health Alliance supports all the demands of Punjab. “Coronavir

Date price rises to Rs400 per kilo in Balochistan

Tribune.com.pk By  ​ our correspondent  Apr.27,2020 Balochistan JI Ameer calls for action against profiteers QUETTA:  With the arrival of the holy month of Ramazan, dates prices have increased across  Balochistan with the fruit available in the market at Rs400 per kilogramme. Local dates vendors increased the price of an essential fruit with its increased demand in the month and cited the closure of Pak-Iran border a major reason for the price hike. Last year, Iranian and local dates were being sold in the market for Rs200 per kilogramme. However, the vendors doubled the price of the fruit due to the closure of the border in order to curb the spread of the virus. Besides, the district administration did not take any action against the hike of dates price in the provincial capital and other parts of Balochistan. Meanwhile, the provincial government has announced it will restore trading of dates during  the holy month Ramazan. Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani said the