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Greece Embraces China’s Belt and Road Initiative Despite EU Scepticism

By Tasos Kokkinidis July 8, 2021 Chinese soldiers parade in front of the President’s poster. Public Domain China is trying to rekindle  Greece ’s interest in the Belt and Road Initiative, a Beijing-led global infrastructure development strategy. China’s President Xi Jinping and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis discussed the Initiative on the phone on Wednesday. The conversation was held on occasion of the 15th anniversary of “Integrated Strategic Partnership” agreement (2006), which upgraded Greece-China relations from the level of constructive engagement to a strategic partnership. Xi said China hoped to deepen cooperation with central and eastern European countries through the Belt and Road Initiative and delivered a similar message to Czech President Milos Zeman in a separate phone call on Thursday. The Initiative is a global infrastructure development strategy adopted by the Chinese government in 2013 to invest in nearly 70 countries and international organizations. “Belt”

More divisions, districts to be formed in Balochistan

Pakistan By   News desk  - July 9, 2021 Balochistan Minister for Revenue Mir Saleem Ahmed Khosa Thursday said more divisions, districts and sub-divisions would be formed soon for wider interest of people of Balochistan, while no one would be allowed to occupy official lands. He shared these views while talking to a delegation of journalists. The minister said that the present government under the leadership of Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Alyani was working for the solution of people’s problems and development works. Due to the successful policy of the present government, the unprecedented development work was done in the last three years. He said the two districts and one division, announced for Balochistan in terms of size and population, would be proved useful. The minister said the formation process of more divisional districts, sub-division and Tehsil has been completed, adding, the creation of more districts would be proved helpful for resolving public issues.—APP

31 modern ICUs to be set up in Balochistan

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has said that revolutionary changes are being introduced in the health sector. Presiding over a meeting on Thursday, he directed that a comprehensive strategy should be evolved to implement the Covid-19 Response Programme. “Effective and concrete steps should be taken for provision of health facilities and strengthening of infrastructure in less developed areas,” he said. The meeting was informed that the government would set up 31 state-of-the-art incentive care units (ICUs) and upgrade 31 district and 7 tehsil headquarters hospitals in the province under the Covid-19 Control Response Programme to provide maximum health facilities to the people, especially in rural areas. The meeting discussed implementation of federal and provincial health projects included in the 2021-22 budget. The authorities concerned briefed the chief minister about the Covid-19 Response Programme and steps to streng

“Investment Opportunities in CPEC related Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Pakistan”

SINGAPORE: Pakistan High Commission organized a webinar on “Investment Opportunities in CPEC related Special Economic Zones (SEZs”) in collaboration with the Embassy of China on July 8, 2021.  The webinar was envisaged in the context of the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Pakistan and China. It brought to light the transformative potential of CPEC as the flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), particularly highlighting the opportunities for foreign investors. A broad spectrum of audience ranging from business chambers, infrastructure companies in Singapore and China, think tanks, and diplomatic Missions based in Singapore attended the webinar. In her opening remarks, High Commissioner Ms. Rukhsana Afzaal underscored the dividends brought in by the wide array of energy and infrastructure initiatives under the  CPEC, aimed to promote connectivity among 60 countries across Asia, Europe, and Africa. Her views were echoed in his remarks by Mr

China-Pakistan Economic corridor's degrading effect on Gilgit-Baltistan

ANI |  Updated:  Jul 08, 2021 15:42 IST Islamabad [ Pakistan ] July 8 (ANI):  China 's Belt and Road Initiative, aimed at renewing the country's historic trade routes in the coastal countries of south-east Asia, Eurasian mainland and big sweeps of the Indian Ocean if it is finished as intended could have lasting consequences for  China 's geopolitical and economic interests in the region, according to an analysis. Experts and officials expect that the vast transport infrastructure of the  China - Pakistan  Economic Corridor ( CPEC ) and especially its Gwadar port will play a crucial role in the country's pursuit of its goal particularly at a time when it has started enhancing trade ties with landlocked Afghanistan and the Central Asian countries, opines Fabien Baussart, President of CPFA (Center of Political and Foreign Affairs), writing in the Times of Israel. CPEC  says Baussart since it was launched in the year 2015 is the 'prize plan' of the  BRI , which lin

Gwadar Free Zone phase-I creates 1200 jobs: Asim

By   News desk  - July 8, 2021 Staff Reporter Islamabad Chairman China Pakistan Economic Corridor Lt. Gen. (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa Wednesday said the Gwadar Free Zone Phase-I was fully operational now that had so far created over 1200 jobs. Talking to media persons here, the chairman said that the development of Gwadar port and industrial zones would have a massive impact on the local as well as national economy. He said COVID-19 was a big challenge for the CPEC from which “we have successfully come out and now it will develop with even higher pace”. Asim Bajwa said he was personally monitoring each and every project under CPEC besides he was also streamlining the operational issues of the mega project. “Security situation for the CPEC projects is much better now and not a single project has stopped due to security reasons”, he added. He said majority issues were from cross the borders therefore 60 percent fencing work with Afghanistan and Iran had been completed. To a question, he sa

Power supply to Gwadar still suspended

BEHRAM BALOCH GWADAR: Power supply from Iran to three districts of Balochistan re­­mained suspended on Wednesday even after the passage of 36 hours. Iranian authorities stop­ped the supply to Makran division, including Gwadar, through its 132KV Jekigor transmission line on Tuesday due to maintenance work. A spokesman for the Quetta Electric Supply Company, Afzal Mengal, said the Iranian authorities restored only 8MW of power supply at 1pm, while the three districts needed over 70MW. He said Qesco was providing electricity to different areas by rotation after getting 8MW power supply from Iran. Published in Dawn, July 8th, 2021

Centre promises to help resolve housing issues in Balochistan

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: Federal Secretary for Housing and Works Dr Imran Zeb Khan on Wednesday discussed with Balochistan Chief Secretary Mathar Niaz Rana various issues, including housing schemes in the province. He said the federal government would extend all help and cooperation to the provincial government for resolving the housing issues in Balochistan. Mr Khan said the government had already launched housing projects in the province under the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Officials said it was also agreed in the meeting that new building codes would be formulated for the province as new technology had come along and it was time to build high-rise buildings in Quetta and other towns and cities of the province. The chief secretary said the people had high expectations from the provincial government and that Chief Minister Jam Kamal Alyani was using all the resources available for the welfare of people. Mr Rana said the provincial government would set

Zahoor Agha appointed governor of Balochistan

QUETTA: Hours after retired Justice Amanullah Khan Yasinzai resigned from the post of governor of Balochistan, President Dr Arif Alvi appointed Syed Zahoor Agha of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) as new governor. After accepting the resignation of Mr Yasinzai, the president announced the appointment of Mr Agha as governor through a notification issued by the President House on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Mr Yasinzai resigned from the post of governor after serving for two years and eight months. He was appointed governor in October 2018. In his brief handwritten resignation sent to President Alvi, Mr Yasinzai did not disclose the reason for stepping down. Amanullah Yasinzai resigns from the post However, rumors about his resignation had started circulating over two months ago when Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Quetta. The provincial parliamentary party of the PTI during a meeting with the prime minister had demanded that Balochistan governor be appointed from the party. Mr Kh

Pakistan: Balochistan's travails continue amid Islamabad's tall promise

ANI |  Updated:  Jul 08, 2021 16:39 IST Balochistan  [ Pakistan ], July 8 (ANI): Despite recent overtures by the  Pakistan   government  for holding  dialogue  with the Baloch people to resolve their problems, there remains widespread scepticism about the initiative. Writing in the Sindh Express, Omar Qazi notes that the Baloch have a long history of rulers ranging from former  Pakistan  Prime Minister Asif Zardari to former President Gen Pervez Musharraf, who make tall promises and ultimately not delivering. He further points out that gas produced in  Balochistan 's Sui area was supplied to Punjab and Khyber Palchtunwa provinces but denied to households in Sui region in  Balochistan . According to Qazi, discrimination and injustice against the Baloch was further illustrated by the discrepancy between  Balochistan 's contribution to the  Pakistan  National Exchequer and the returns given to the region in terms of development. He underlined that  Balochistan  meant much more tha