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Balochistan to lift 20,000 tonnes of Passco wheat

Updated   09 Feb, 2021   08:13am THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD: The National Price Monitoring Committee (NPMC) on Monday directed the Balochistan government to lift 20,000 tonnes of wheat from the Pakistan Agricul­tu­ral Storage and Services Corporation (Passco). The NPMC meeting chaired by Secretary Finance Kamran Ali Afzal directed the Balochistan food secretary and the Passco MD to make an immediate arrangement for the lifting of the wheat to ensure steady supply of wheat flour in the province. An official statement issued after the meeting said the NPMC urged provincial governments and departments concerned for making consolidated and coordinated efforts to avoid hoarding, black marketing and smuggling to ensure uninterrupted supply of basic commodities at affordable prices across the country. The NPMC also directed the provincial and district administrations to proactively monitor the prices of chicken and edible oil in order to ensure smooth supply at fair prices a

Balochistan CM admires PSCA technology

Lahore APP February 09, 2021 LAHORE:Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Monday appreciated the technologies and practices being employed by the Punjab Safe Cities Authority , especially intelligent traffic management... Share Next Story >>> LAHORE:Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Monday appreciated the technologies and practices being employed by the Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA), especially intelligent traffic management system and electronic ticketing. He expressed these views during his visit to the Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA) Headquarters at Qurban Lines here. Inspector General of Police, Balochistan, Rai Tahir also accompanied the chief minister. Jam Kamal said that the PSCA like advanced projects should be installed all over the country which were vital for modern-day policing.The chief minister said the PSCA was an ideal project, adding that Quetta safe city project would also be launched soon. “We are keen to sign a memorandum of understand

Punjab, Balochistan to share banned militant outfits’ data

Updated   09 Feb, 2021   09:12am ASIF CHAUDHRY LAHORE: In a marathon meeting here on Monday the counter terrorism departments of Punjab and Balochistan agreed to share ‘secret data and intelligence’ of various banned militant organisations and networks operating in Punjab. Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan, accompanied by the province’s Inspector General of Police Rai Tahir, visited the Punjab CTD headquarters here on Monday and held a meeting with its head, DIG Jawwad Qamar and other senior police officers. During the meeting, both sides also agreed to impart training to the officers of the Balochistan CTD to make the province a safer place for its people as the department had busted various militant networks in Punjab where militancy was rampant some years back. An official privy to the development told  Dawn , CTD DIG Jawwad Qamar shared with the visiting delegation the ‘success story’ of the department in Punjab, particularly under Mr Rai. He told Mr Kamal that Punjab had a

Pakistan to Seek Debt Relief From China Belt and Road Loan

By  Faseeh Mangi February 9, 2021, 3:27 AM EST Updated on  February 9, 2021, 7:14 AM EST China-financed power plants in Pakistan resulted in oversupply Relief part of Pakistan’s plan to reduce power payments WATCH: So far, just one-third of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has been completed. Pakistan plans to ask China for relief on payments for power projects Beijing financed over the past eight years, the latest developing nation that’s struggling to repay debt under President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative. In informal talks, Pakistan and China have discussed easing terms on the repayment of debt on about a dozen power plants, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, who said Islamabad hasn’t made a formal request yet. The parties have canvassed Beijing’s willingness to stagger debt payments, as opposed to lowering equity returns, the person said, requesting anonymity as the plan is private. An enormous build-out of Chinese-financed power plants in Pakistan, w

HEC invites proposals for CPEC-Collaborative Research Grant

Pakistan Web Desk February 09, 2021 The project is one of the key components of HEC's Academic Collaboration under CPEC Consortium of Universities Share Next Story >>> The logo of the HEC. — File photo The project is one of the key components of HEC's "Academic Collaboration under CPEC Consortium of Universities" The objective is to "understand and respond to historic global geo-strategic and geo-economic transition, and its impact on region" Principal investigators should be faculty members at higher education institutions in Pakistan, says HEC The Higher Education Commission on Tuesday invited proposals for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor-Collaborative Research Grant (CPEC-CRG). The project is one of the key components of the recently launched HEC initiative "Academic Collaboration under CPEC Consortium of Universities", a statement posted on HEC's website said. "The objective of the project is to understand and respond to

Unpacking the CPEC Authority legislation

The CPEC Authority law is a fairly standard piece of legislation, which has nothing controversial in it Hasaan Khawar  |  February 08, 2021     The writer is a public policy expert and an honorary Fellow of Consortium for Development Policy Research. He tweets @hasaankhawar The EU DisinfoLab’s story, uncovering a massive Indian propaganda operation against Pakistan, broke out only two months ago. But anyone who was following the global chatter on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) knew much earlier that international media was rife with unsubstantiated and often factually wrong stories about the corridor. The cat is now out of the bag, but such fabricated stories continue to appear. In recent days, the CPEC Authority legislation has provided ample fodder for such stories. A  Nikkie Asia  report says that Pakistan Army would get sweeping powers through the CPEC Authority law, undermining civilian supremacy. The South Asia Monitor has reported that the Authority’s chairman and o