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Balochistan health, education sectors to be revamped: adviser

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: Adviser to the Chief Minister on Information Bushra Rind has said that the Balochistan government has adopted a strategy to provide maximum facilities to people in the health and education sectors. Speaking at a press conference here on Thursday, she said: “In order to overcome the shortage of doctors in the province, the government will hire 3,000 male and female doctors on contract.” Staff nurses and other medical staff would also be recruited, she added. The adviser said the government had also decided to take action against land grabbers and encroachers. It was the commitment of the government not to allow anyone to hold illegal possessions of government or private property, she added. She said the government would soon announce a new comprehensive media policy to address the problems being faced by the media persons. Ms Rind said the Balochistan government was making all-out efforts to eliminate corruption from the province and the C

CPEC Crisis: China plays hard as Pakistan spirals deeper into debt trap | Deep Dive

Political turbulence, foreign debt limits and the Covid-19 pandemic have all come together to slow down Chinese investment in Pakistan as Beijing holds off on projects under the $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), including a $6.1 billion railway renovation plan. Here's a Deep Dive into the CPEC crisis Saikiran Kannan Singapore November 20, 2020 UPDATED: November 20, 2020 21:01 IST The Gwadar Port. (Image: Getty Images) Political turbulence, foreign debt limits and the Covid-19 pandemic have all come together to slow down Chinese investment in Pakistan as Beijing holds off on projects under the $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), including a $6.1 billion railway renovation plan. The recent controversy is surrounding the Main Line 1, or ML-1, railway project, the largest in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Pakistan, as Beijing is hesitant to finance it at the 1 per cent interest rate requested by Islamabad. With 2,655km of track, it connect

Why Pakistan Won’t Gain From CPEC But Must Dance To China’s Tune

As per a former Baloch minister, Pakistan will get only 9% of total revenues from Gwadar Port that’s part of CPEC. FRANCESCA MARINO Published:  19 Nov 2020, 9:56 PM IST OPINION 4 min read iPakistani PM Imran Khan had said this in July: his government would complete the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at “any cost”, as the project is a manifestation of the all-weather friendship between China and Pakistan. And he goes on, despite everything. He is in fact launching the construction of a mega-city in Rashakai, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). According to the project, the city, built under the CPEC project, will have apartments, theme parks, a golf course, commercial zones and public buildings. A model town, in which a couple of plots will be allotted to the government, part of four memorandums of understanding signed in 2017 between the KPK government and the Frontier Works Organization. A project worth 10.86 billion dollars likely to transform the landscape and the life of the provinc