Trump Directs Advisers to Consider Return to 12-Nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

(BE2C2) — President Donald Trump on Thursday called on his advisers to weigh a return to the Trans-Pacific Partnership after scrapping the trade deal when he assumed the presidency. Trump directed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and economic adviser Larry Kudlow to determine whether the United States could achieve a better trade deal between the […]

After Maria Sharapova, US Comedian Jeremy McLellan Says He Doesn’t know who Sachin Tendulkar Is

Australian journalist Dennis Freedman got American Comedian Jeremy McLellan on his show to discuss what he says Pakistan, cricket, spy pigeons and make jokes. Jeremy McLellan is a stand up comedian and Freedman is a funny guy who has already won our hearts by incessantly trolling Indian cricket fans though he wouldn’t admit he means […]

Amnesty: Chasing “Billions of Hidden Assets” Vs. “Trillion Dollar Net Worth Potential” of Overseas Pakistanis

(BE2C2 Report); IRSHAD SALIM — Some 9 million Pakistanis are now abroad and in two different broad categories: Pakistanis working overseas mostly in the Middle East (NICOP card holders), and those who have switched citizenship or hold dual nationality, and are living and working abroad over the years (Pakistani Diaspora holding POC cards). Almost 99 […]

UN Tells Private Enterprise Leaders “Business As Usual Won’t Work”.

WILL HIGGINBOTHAM—As global citizens face an array of issues from unemployment to discrimination, affecting their livelihoods and potential, a UN agency called upon businesses to employ a new, sustainable, and inclusive model that benefits all. Business leaders from around the world convened at the United Nation’s 2018 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) partnership forum to […]

Asian Dev Bank Sees Afghan Need For Private Investment to Stimulate Recovery

The Asian Development Bank is supporting electric connections between three central Asian countries, a project that could be a net gain for Afghanistan. (BE2C2) — The Asian Development Bank–a potential energy player in the region, said Wednesday that Afghanistan needs more investments to stimulate recovery. The ADB expects the Afghan economy is stalled out at […]

Happy 8th Wedding Anniversary of Sania Mirza And Shoaib Malik

It has been eight years since Indo-Pak’s favorite couple, Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik tied the knot, and all this time the two have really stood by each other. Mirza, an ace tennis player from India, married Malik, top cricketer from Pakistan, on April 12, 2010. The couple soon became eye-candy of millions of fans […]

Karachi’s Main Water Supply Source Dhabeji Pump Station to Have its Own Power Plant; Contract Awarded

(BE2C2 Report by Irshad Salim) — Karachi draws its water mainly from the Keenjhar Lake, a man-made reservoir about 150km from the city, which, in turn, gets the water from what’s left of the Indus River after it completes its winding 3,200km journey through Pakistan and into the Arabian Sea. Through a network of canals […]

Pakistan Naval Ship Alamgir Makes a 4-Day Port Call at Jeddah

(PKONWEB) — PNS Alamgir was on a 4-day visit to Jeddah Port after long and tiring 50 days operational duty at sea including a stop in Oman to celebrate Pakistan Day on 23rd March. During its port stop at Saudi western seabord, Mr. Tasawar Iqbal, Commanding Officer of Pakistan Naval ship PNS Alamgir, held a […]

World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine Installed Off the Coast of North East Scotland

(BE2C2) — The world’s most powerful wind turbine, the first of two 8.8 megawatt (MW) turbines, has been successfully installed off the coast of North East Scotland, which is set to be a groundbreaking testbed for new offshore wind technologies. The European Offshore Wind Deployment Center (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay, Scotland, conceived as a 92.4 […]

Is Pakistan Safe To Play International Cricket?

AASIF SHEIKH — Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been taking measures for the revival of cricket in Pakistan and over the period of time, this has proven to be moving in the right direction. In the last 3 years, with the Introduction of the PSL which was hosted in UAE in the first year and […]

For Many Migrants, No Land Is Sweeter Than Home

RAFIQUL ISLAM SARKER—Most migrants to Europe, Australia and the United States from Rangpur in northern Bangladesh leave home at a young age and return when they have just passed middle age. Intensely connected and immersed in family bonds and Bangladeshi cultural values, they tend to return to their birthplace despite obtaining citizenship from a second […]

Asia Cup Tournament Shifted to UAE Over India-Pakistan Cricket Row

(PKONWEB) — Cricket’s Asia Cup has been moved from India to the UAE over Pakistan’s refusal to cross the border, as relations simmer between the arch rivals, the Asian Cricket Council said Tuesday. The multi-million dollar biennial cricketing event was due to be held in India in September, sparking protests from the Pakistan Cricket Board […]

Pakistani PR Firm Media Matters Now Affiliated With World Renowned Grayling

(BE2C2) — Media Matters, one of Pakistan’s leading public relations firms, has announced its affiliation with Grayling, a world-leading communications solutions provider. The Karachi-based PR and strategic communication firm is also the pioneer of live in-house news monitoring in the Pakistani PR industry and excels in Digital PR. Jon Meakin, Grayling’s Global Head of Strategic […]

Sindh Govt Spends Rs 10 Bln (US$95Mln) On 18 Reverse Osmosis Plants For Two Areas

(PKONWEB News Monitor) — The Sindh Finance Department has admitted that Rs 10 billion (US$95 million) has so far been spent on 18 Reverse Osmosis (RO) water filtration plants for two areas – Keamari and Lyari – from 2010 to December 2017. Official report of the department revealed that Pak Oasis Company had been paid […]

PTI Throws Weight Behind Demand For New Provinces After 8 PML-N Lawmakers Break Rank to Demand New Province in So Punjab

(PKONWEB) — Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Information Secretary Fawad Chaudhry said the party supported a separate province for the people of South Punjab. Fawad while addressing a press conference at the party’s chairman secretariat in Lahore on Monday commented on the presser of eight PML-N leaders from South Punjab who demanded new provinces “for the security […]

Turkey to Deport 3,000 Afghan Migrants, Starting With 691 This Week

(PKONWEB) — Turkey, bridge to Europe, on Sunday started deporting around 700 Afghan migrants back home on special flights, in a major operation after thousands illegally entered the country in recent weeks. Early on Sunday morning 227 Afghan migrants boarded a chartered flight from Erzurum in northeastern Turkey back to Kabul, the Dogan news agency […]

‘Influential Political Families Drifting Away From Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)’

(PKONWEB) — With general elections expected to be held this summer, things don’t seem to be going too well with Pakistan Peoples Party as many influential political families of Sindh– PPP’s traditional stronghold, are reportedly interested in joining other political parties or independent groups. PPP was in power in province of Sindh and in the […]

Huge Cost Overruns On Mega Projects, As Though Being Built On Cost Plus

All Project Cost Overruns Discussed Below Are Public Entities: While Islamabad Airport and Neelum-Jhelum Projects Are Federal, Nandipur is Punjab Govt After 18th Amendment Was Passed in April 2010. (PKonweb Note) DR. FARRUKH SALEEM: Nandipur Power Project: In 2008, the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) signed a Rs23 billion contract with Dong Fang Electric Corporation […]

Why Abu Dhabi is Seeing Sharp Rise in Chinese Tourists, Expected to Jump to 600K a Year by 2021

The Middle East is at the center of the fast growing trade center; CPEC is expected to be one of the force multipliers. (BE2C2 Report by Irshad Salim) — There has been a sharp increase in number of Chinese visitors to Abu Dhabi– the capital and the second most populous city of the United Arab […]

Railways Minister Summoned By Chief Justice of Pakistan Over Rs60Bln ($545Mln) Losses

“This is not a kingdom where anyone can go around doing whatever they feel like” (PKONWEB) — The Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday took suo motu notice of losses amounting to Rs60 billion (US$545 million) that have been incurred by Pakistan Railways, one of the several state-run and loss-making enterprises like the […]