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The road-building spree in Asian countries is a threat to the dwindling tiger population

Nearly 24,000 km of new roads will be built in Asia’s tiger habitats by 2050. In India, 1,300 sq km of protected area already contains about 320 km of roads. Neil Carter, The Conversation Yesterday · 09:30 pm Derrick Brutel/Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0] Tigers are one of the world’s most iconic wild species, but today they are  endangered throughout Asia . They once roamed across much of this region, but widespread habitat loss, prey depletion and poaching have reduced their numbers to only about  4,000 individuals . They live in small pockets of habitat across South and Southeast Asia, as well as the Russian Far East – an area spanning 13 countries and 1,160,000 sq km. Today, Asia is experiencing a road-building boom. To maintain economic growth, development experts estimate that the region will need to invest about  $8.4 trillion  in transportation infrastructure between 2016 and 2030. ADVERTISEMENT Major investment projects, such as China’s  Belt and Road Initiative  – one of the largest in

COVID-19 cases may cross 300,000 in Balochistan by July, warns health official

The Pakistan Web Desk May 07, 2020 'I am warning you that if safety precautions are not followed then the coronavirus cases may surge to 9.5 million by December,' says Dr Abro Files QUETTA:Balochistan’s Director General of Health Department Dr Saleem Abro warned Thursday if lockdown restrictions are not followed, coronavirus cases in Balochistan will cross 300,000 in July. Addressing a news conference, Dr Abro said: "I am warning you that if safety precautions are not followed then the coronavirus cases may surge to 9.5 million by December,” He said that there has been a rise in locally transmitted cases throughout the province, saying that the situation might turn worse if people don't take the coronavirus seriously. About the measures being taken to curb the infection, Dr Abro said that the province was conducting 700-800 tests daily. "We have two PCR machines and young doctors have been provided PPEs," he said. He said that senior doctors in th

Three new polio cases surface in Balochistan By  Mohammad Zafar Published: May 7, 2020   TWEET PHOTO: FILE Three new cases of polio virus surfaced in Balochistan on Thursday. The provincial health department reported that polio was detected in an eight-month-old and four-year-old girl in Qaseerabad, and a 13-month-old in Jhal Magsi. Thus far, 10 polio cases have been detected in Balochistan in 2020. As per the Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme’s website, the total number of polio cases reported in Pakistan this year has reached 47.  Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by the polio virus mainly affecting children under the age of five. It invades the nervous system and causes paralysis or even death. While there is no cure for polio, vaccination is the most effective way to protect children from this crippling disease. Each time a child under the age of five is vaccinated, their protection against the virus is increased.

FPCCI proposes setting up of ‘used vehicles EPZ’ in Karachi or Gwadar

by  N H ZUBERI  on  May 8, 2020 The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has proposed that "used vehicles EPZ" be set up in Karachi, Port Qasim or Gwadar and import of both right-hand and left-hand drive vehicles may be allowed under this EPZ for their export to different countries. Because of its more feasible sea route to Africa and land route to Central Asian markets, cheap labour, painters and mechanics, the proposed EPZ may turn out to be more attractive than the EPZ in UAE. FPCCI noted that some manufacturers (like Dawlance etc) are demanding that overseas Pakistanis may be allowed to send foreign exchange to manufacturers through banking channel for delivery of goods to their relations in Pakistan, which may be treated as export. Some stores outside Pakistan have contacted the manufacturers for delivery of goods in Pakistan. These stores in foreign countries will make consolidated payment in foreign exchange through banking channel to manufa

COVID-19: Balochistan government spox

Ease in lockdown has spiked spread of Muhammad Ejaz Khan May 07, 2020 Of the tests we carry out daily, at least 15 to 21 percent test positive on average, says spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani Photo: File The ease in lockdown has led to a surge in the spread of COVID-19 in Balochistan, says the spokesperson of the Balochistan government. The federal government announced the lifting of restrictions, and opened up several industrial sectors, across the country on April 15, after a three-week lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, there has been an exponential spike in locally transmitted cases in Balochistan, Liaquat Shahwani, the spokesperson of the provincial government told “Of the tests we carry out daily, at least 15 to 21% test positive on average,” Shahwani said, over the phone. To date, Balochistan has recorded 1,495 cases of the deadly virus and has conducted 11,500 tests. Of which, adds the spokesperson, a troubling 13% have been positive. In order

How China’s Belt and Road Initiative Went Astray

How China’s Belt and Road Initiative Went Astray In taking on geopolitical overtones, the BRI has become alienated from its original economic purpose. By  Chan Kung and Yu (Tony) Pan May 07, 2020 Credit:  Flickr/ Recon Asia ADVERTISEMENT The most fundamental reason for China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) lies in optimizing China’s domestic economic development model, economic structure, and industrial sector, as well as solving the historical problems left over after the rapid development of the Chinese economy from 2000 to 2010. However, seven years after it was first announced, the continued advancement of the BRI is facing increasing resistance. In practice, the development of the entire initiative has deviated from the original strategic goal, as seen through two points. First, resource investment between the “Silk Road Economic Belt” (the “Belt”) and the “Maritime Silk Road” (the “Road”) is too unb