Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from June 28, 2020

WHO GUARDS THE ‘MARITIME SILK ROAD’?

VEERLE NOUWENS JUNE 24, 2020 As China expands its global maritime interests, all eyes are on its navy. But Western policymakers concerned over China’s military capabilities and expanding geopolitical role are missing another security solution altogether: Chinese private maritime security companies. Little is known about them, though it appears that the few companies with a public web presence primarily operate across the Indo-Pacific, recruit Chinese military veterans and foreigners alike, and offer a range of armed and unarmed vessel protection services. The foreign companies traditionally dominating this industry, such as  G4S , are reportedly  losing some of their appeal , with Chinese companies that operate abroad in search of more affordable services and a better cultural fit. By offering services to protect what China calls the Maritime Silk Road, Chinese private maritime security companies stand to capitalize on business opportunities that are “on brand” with Chinese government

Balochistan PA passes budget, rejects cut motions

Published   Jun 29, 2020   07:19am SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: The Balochistan Assembly on Saturday night passed the annual budget of the province of over Rs451.97 billion for the year 2020-21 in its marathon budget session and rejected all cut motions moved by opposition members on demands for grants. Provincial Finance Minister Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi presented 93 demands for grants one by one in the house on which Nasrullah Zerey of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), Mir Akhtar Hussain Langove, Akbar Mengal and Ahmed Nawaz Baloch of Balochistan National Party (Mengal) and Younus Aziz Zehri of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl moved cut motions. The finance minister presented 60 demands for grants of Rs295.96bn for non-development expenditure and 33 demands for grants of over Rs156.67bn for the Public Sector Development Programme. On the intervention of Speaker Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo, the opposition members withdrew some cut motions pertaining to salary and pension of the government empl