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Asad expresses satisfaction on progress of CPEC JWG

July 12, 2021 Planning Minister Asad Umar says the China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects pace of implementation will be further accelerated in the weeks and months to come. Talking to Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong in Islamabad today, he expressed his satisfaction over the progress and work done by Joint working Groups (JWG). He said the establishment and operationalization of the Special Economic Zones is currently among the top priorities and these SEZs would enable setting up joint ventures in manufacturing that would integrate the enterprises from both sides. Matters relating to the upcoming 10th JCC, Joint Working Group (JWG) meetings and economic cooperation between the two countries came under discussion in the meeting.  The Ambassador said that the JCC would provide an opportunity to give further boost to bilateral cooperation under the CPEC umbrella. He said that the upcoming meeting would also open many new avenues of cooperation.

After G7 pledge, EU seeks to rival China's 'Belt and Road' with own infrastructure plan

Robin Emmott Sabine Siebold  attendant walks past EU and China flags ahead of the EU-China High-level Economic Dialogue at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China June 25, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo Read More BRUSSELS, July 12 (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to launch a global infrastructure plan linking Europe to the world, its latest step after deals with India and Japan and a similar pledge by the Group of Seven richest democracies. Suspicious of Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative to link Europe to Asia via infrastructure in a bid for greater influence, the EU set out a formal path for an ambitious "connectivity" plan from 2022. "We see China using economic and financial means to increase its political influence everywhere in the world. It's useless moaning about this, we must offer alternatives," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters at a meeting with his EU counterparts in Bruss

Minister voices concern over display of arms in Balochistan

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: Balochistan Home Minister Ziaullah Langove has expressed concern over display of arms, presence of private security guards and use of vehicles with tinted glasses in the province. While reviewing the law and order situation during a meeting on Monday, the minister directed the authorities concerned to stop display of arms and use of vehicles with tinted glasses. He also called for evolving a strategy about private security guards. Chief Secretary Matahar Niaz Rana, Additional Chief Secre­tary Home Arshad Majeed, Inspector General of Police Tahir Rai, Secretary Primary Health Aziz Jamali and Commi­ssioner Quetta Division Asfan­dyar Kakar, regional police officers, senior officials of the home department and other institutions attended the meeting. Langove chairs meeting on law, order The additional chief secretary home briefed the meeting on the overall statistics of law and order situation and future course of action. The meeting decided in principle to ban displa

Iran hands over 180 illegal immigrants to Pakistan at Balochistan border

ANI |  Updated:  Jul 12, 2021 17:36 IST Tehran [Iran], July 12 (ANI): The  Iranian authorities  have handed over 180  Pakistani migrants  to the  local administration  at the  Taftan border  in  Chagai district , in the country's Balochistan province. According to Pakistan daily The Nation, these people were arrested in different parts of Iran for not having authorised documents. Last month, Iran had handed over 92 illegal immigrants to Pakistan. Reportedly, these Pakistanis had entered Iran through illegal crossings without valid documents which led to their apprehension. Previously in May, Iran had handed over 63 Pakistani nationals to authorities for illegally entering the country. According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Pakistani nationals who enter Iran illegally are apprehended by Iranian security forces. The news agency said Iran and Pakistan are already engaged in strengthening cooperation to stop illegal cross-border movements. (ANI)

Gwadar gateway of rapid growth

Studies suggest port city will be one of the most competitive connectivity hubs Shakeel Ahmad Ramay  |  July 12, 2021     Gwadar Port. PHOTO: AFP ISLAMABAD: Gwadar, once a backward and destitute area, is emerging as a hub of connectivity and development. Multiple studies have established that after the completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) route, Gwadar will be one of the most competitive connectivity hubs in the region and beyond. China, the Middle East, North Africa and many Western countries will be the major beneficiaries. The Advanced Journal of Transportation published a study in 2019, which analysed the possible impact of Gwadar on competitiveness and trade of China with six countries namely Oman, Saudi Arabia, France, Kuwait, Germany and the Netherlands. Findings of the study suggested that travel time would be reduced by 20 days for Oman, 21 days for Saudi Arabia, 24 days for Kuwait, 21 days for the Netherlands, Germany and France by trading through Gwadar. Fur

Covid-19 positivity ratio in Balochistan remains 9.43pc

  By News desk   Quetta Balochistan on Sunday reported 98 cases of COVID-19 with 9.43 positivity rate in last 24 hours. “In seven districts of the province 98 coronavirus cases reported in 24 hours with 9.43 percent positive tests,” provincial corona operation cell said in a statement. The ratio of positive cases in Quetta recorded at 8.3 percent, according to the statement. “In Turbat 11 new cases of coronavirus diagnosed with 36 pct positivity ratio,” the corona operation cell stated. “In first 10 days of July 685 positive cases of Covid-19 reported in Balochistan with eight percent positivity rate,” pointing to an upsurge in the pandemic in province. With fresh cases, the aggregate of COVID-19 infections in province has reached to 27,961. It is to be mentioned here that no coronavirus tests conducted in 25 districts of Balochistan in last 24 hours. Pakistan continues to see a surge in the COVID-19 cases as 1,980 new infections have been reported during the past 24 hours, taking the

Lack of clean drinking water in Balochistan results in steep rise in hepatitis cases

ANI |  Updated:  Jul 12, 2021 02:04 IST Balochistan [Pakistan], July 12 (ANI): Due to the lack of  clean drinking water  in  Balochistan , the number of  hepatitis  cases has increased sharply in the region. According to hospital statistics, 10,000 patients were diagnosed with  hepatitis  C and B across the province during the first six months of this year. Of the total, 3,000 patients were reported in the Jaffarabad district alone, reported Geo News. The second-highest numbers of  hepatitis  patients were reported in Lasbela -- the native town of  Balochistan 's Chief Minister  Jam Kamal  -- where 1,000 people were diagnosed with  hepatitis  during a screening of 13,000 people. Out of the 12.3 million population of  Balochistan , 85 per cent does not have access to  clean drinking water  forcing the population to use contaminated water from ponds and lakes. Bhag Tehsil of Bolan district is an unfortunate area where 50,000 people have not had access to clean water since the establi