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Saturday, April 21st, 2018


President Xi Jinping Says Internet Control Key to China Stability

April 21, 2018: China must strengthen its grip on the internet to ensure broader social and economic goals are met, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday citing comments from President Xi Jinping, underlining a hardening attitude towards online content. Under Xi’s rule China has increasingly tightened its grip on the internet, concerned about losing influence and control over a younger generation who are driving a diverse and vibrant online culture from livestreaming to blogs. “Without web security there’s no national security, there’s no economic and social stability, and it’sRead More

Binladin Group Receives Multi-Billion Dollar Government Loans

The money will be used to prioritize work on projects deemed key to the government, as well as to pay staff and creditors. April 21, 2018: Saudi Arabia’s finance ministry has provided Saudi Binladin Group (SBG) with loans of around 11 billion riyals ($2.9 billion) to help turn around the fortunes of the construction giant, report Reuters citing people familiar with the matter. The money will be used to prioritize work on projects deemed key to the government, as well as to pay staff and creditors, the people said, withRead More

I’ve No Mayoral Powers, Says Karachi Mayor; Doesn’t Rule Out MQM Alliance With PML-N

April 21, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB): The Mayors of Pakistan’s two largest cities– Karachi and Lahore have pledged to cooperate and learn from each other’s experiences to solve their city’s problems. Karachi’s Mayor Wasim Akhter was in Punjab’s capital city on a one-day visit at the invitation of Lahore’s Mayor Mubashir Javed, and visited Parks and Horticulture Authority, Lahore Waste Management Company and got briefings on the operatonalization of these departments. Metropolitan Corporation Lahore (MCL) hosted the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) leader and the Mayor of Pakistan’s financial capital who won theRead More

Lahore Blueprint For Karachi: Mother Of All Cities

By ASHA’AR REHMAN: IF my mother had been around I would have broken the news to her with a chuckle and a boast. There’s finally word that it is possible to turn Karachi into Lahore — long after she declared that my beloved Lahore could never become Karachi. Now it is not only possible that Karachi could be propped up to the level of the largest village on the face of the earth, but that, given the feats Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has performed in his hurried-scurried lifetime, itRead More