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Military choppers arrive in Sibi; air operation suspected.

By admin April 29, 2020 In the past few days, various operations have been carried out in different areas of Balochistan. The security forces have allegedly been assisted by military choppers and numerous enforced disappearances have also been reported in these operations. According to the information received by The Balochistan Post; the influx of military personnel in district Sibi is continuing uninterrupted. Military helicopters have also landed in the area. The local sources have stated that the security forces are entering in Tili area of Sibi en masse from the past few days, whereas four armed helicopters have also been seen circling the region. The sources suspect that the mass arrival of security forces and helicopters means an operation is underway. No relevant information has been received from the district authorities regarding the mass presence of armed forces and military helicopters in the area. In an operation yesterday, four persons were apprehended in Awaran and moved


COVID-19 AND EUROPE-CHINA RELATIONS 29 APR 2020 - 10:23  DOWNLOAD PUBLICATION     A COUNTRY-LEVEL APPROACH This  report  'Covid-19 and Europe-China Relations' published by The European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC) contains 19 chapters from European countries. Ties Dams, Frans-Paul van der Putten and Monika Sie Dhian Ho contributed the chapter on the Netherlands (p.43). The Covid-19 crisis has hit at a time when debates over the need to adopt more coherent strategies towards China have been emerging across Europe. In many ways, the current crisis has become a catalyst for a number of trends that have been shaping Europe-China relations in recent years, while in other ways it has turned the tables. It has simultaneously brought Europe and China into closer cooperation, pushed them further apart, and seemingly underlined the fractures that exist within Europe on how to approach an increasingly influential China. Netherlands: Tough questions, stronger answers in the face of C

China's 'Hub-and-Spoke' Strategy in the Balkans

As China’s funding for infrastructure and other investments expands along its Belt and Road Initiative, its economic and political influence is growing in the Western Balkans, a strategically contested area on the EU's periphery. This report, part of a two-year effort to track Chinese economic influence in the region, draws from a new CSIS dataset to identify key trends, including China's geographic and sectoral priorities, low project completion rates, and an emerging second wave of digital investments. Read the full report  here .

Balochistan growing household income faster than other provinces, PBS survey

SAMAA | Samaa Money Posted: Apr 29, 2020 | Last Updated: 10 mins ago samaa Balochistan has the lowest average household income, yet it grew that number faster than any other province in the last five years, reveals the Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement (PSLM) Survey 2018-2019. The survey, which is conducted by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, showed the average household income in Balochistan grew by 21% since June 2014 when the last edition was published. This is the highest growth rate for any province, but it remained at the bottom with the lowest household income of Rs36,387 per month. Punjab led with Rs42,861 closely followed by KP while Sindh was in the middle of the two extremes, shows the Household Integrated Economic Survey, which was launched in 1963 and became part of PSLM in 2004. The overall trend for average monthly income at the household level showed an increase of 16.5% to Rs41,545 in the five years under review. The report also shows incomes of the fi

NDMA delivers fourth consignment of protective gear to Balochistan, GB

Web Desk   On  Apr 29, 2020 QUETTA: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Wednesday dispatched the fourth consignment of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for doctors and health workers of Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan, ARY News reported. According to NDMA Spokesperson, these PPE include surgical masks, N-95 masks, protective gowns, gloves, shoe covers, surgical head covers, face shields, protective goggles, and sanitizers. The consignment included 38798 surgical masks, 1600 N-95 masks, 7292 protective gears, 2240 surgical gloves and 1303 shoes to be used in intensive care units of hospitals. It also contained 1676 surgical caps, 318 protection glass, 808 face shields and 200 thermal guns, bottles of sanitizers. Similarly, 29098  surgical masks , 1200 N-95 masks, 5469 protective gears, 1680 surgical gloves and 997 shoes have been dispatched to Gilgit Baltistan hospitals. The spokesperson said the provision of PPEs is also continuing to hospitals of Punjab, Sindh, an

Balochistan government hiring microbiologists, virologists to increase testing capacity

SAMAA |  Health Posted: Apr 29, 2020 | Last Updated: 9 mins ago Photo: AFP The Balochistan government is hiring microbiologists, molecular biologists and virologists to increase its coronavirus testing capacity. Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani tweeted that 12 people are going to be “immediately inducted” in the province’s labs.  A six-month contract will be given. The health department has called for interested candidates to come for a walk-in interview.  The salary, as per the government advertisement shared on Twitter by Shahwani, will range from Rs75,000 to Rs90,000 depending on the applicant’s qualifications.  The recruitment is being done purely to work on COVID-19 PCR labs. You can apply till May 5.

On the Asian Century, Pax Sinica & Beyond (X): Coronavirus: Why Beijing’s ‘Wolf Warrior Diplomacy’ will fail

 On the Asian Century, Pax Sinica & Beyond (X): Coronavirus: Why Beijing’s ‘Wolf Warrior Diplomacy’ will fail By Siegfried O. Wolf. 28 April, 2020 ISSN NUMBER: 2406-5617  DOWNLOAD PDF Siegfried O. Wolf Dr. Siegfried O. Wolf, Director of Research at SADF (Coordinator: Democracy Research Programme); he was educated at the Institute of Political Science (IPW) and South Asia Institute (SAI), both Heidelberg University. Additionally he is member (affiliated researcher) of the SAI as well as a former research fellow at IPW and Centre de Sciences Humaines (New Delhi, India). Relations with China are complex, particularly since the Presidency of Xi Jinping and the launch of his signature project the Belt and Road Initiative/BRI (Joshi, 2020, April 4; Wolf, 2019). With the outbreak and global spread of the Coronavirus, a critical perception of China as an inter

NDMA dispatching fourth consignment of PPE for health workers of Balochistan, GB April 29, 2020 National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is dispatching fourth consignment of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for doctors and health workers of Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan. According to NDMA Spokesperson, these PPE include surgical masks, N-95 masks, protective gowns, gloves, shoe covers, surgical head covers, face shields, protective goggles, and sanitizers. He said that fourth consignment of PPEs to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has already been sent. He said provision of PPEs is also continuing to hospitals of Punjab, Sindh, and Azad Kashmir.

2,700 shops sealed in Balochistan for violating lockdown

By  mohammad zafar  Apr.29,2020 Spokesperson says govt considering doctors demand to impose curfew QUETTA:  Balochistan government Spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani on Monday said 2,700 shops have been sealed so far for violating the lockdown. “The government is considering the demand of doctors to impose curfew. It will take a decision only after considering all aspects. As many as 400,000 families have fallen below the poverty line due to the lockdown. If the lockdown continues for the next two months, 700,000 families will not be able to support themselves. Rs 1.24 billion has been disbursed so far from the Ehsas Program,” he said. Addressing a press conference, Shahwani said some sectors have been allowed to do business after the lockdown was eased. “Precautionary measures are not being taken by the public and that’s why we decided to arrest people and transfer them to quarantine centers from now on.” It is pertinent to note that the doctors of the country demanded the lockdown to be m

COVID-19: Highest infection rate recorded in Balochistan within two days

Web Desk   On  Apr 27, 2020 QUETTA: Balochistan has recorded its highest infection rate of coronavirus up to 125 for the first time within the last two days, said the provincial health department in its report. The report stated that Balochistan witnessed a steep rise in coronavirus infections as the highest count up to 125 was reported for the first time within two days. It highlighted that new cases of COVID-19 have emerged in 17 districts of Balochistan. According to the province’s statistics, 525 cases emerged in the provincial capital Quetta while the total count reached 781. 31 cases reported from Pishin and 21 from Jafarabad. During random testing of 140 persons, 19 turned out to be infected with the virus. Most of the patients aged between 30 to 44 while 74 per cent of patients are male and 26 per cent are female, the report said. 176 patients have recovered from the virus so far and the death toll stands at 13. Earlier, Balochistan  CM Jam Kamal Khan  visited coronavirus contr

Belt and Road: Measuring the unknown

ASIA  / 28-04-20 / BY  MADDY WHITE Global Trade Review While money is poured into projects along the land and maritime networks that connect Asia with Africa and Europe, and which make up China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), questions are being raised about its progress and whether it is saddling fiscally weak countries with debt.  Maddy White  reports.   Since its launch in 2013 by Chinese President Xi Jinping, analysts have found it hard to measure the Belt and Road Initiative’s success, as its numerical targets, KPIs and formal membership protocols have not been clearly defined. “Isn’t that a good thing if you are a Chinese strategist writing documents for the politburo? You want something which can’t fail,” Benjamin Charlton, senior East Asia analyst at Oxford Analytica, tells  GTR . With something as grand as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – written into the constitution of the Chinese communist party in 2017 – keeping KPIs vague is best, says Charlton. The initia