Solar Power: The New Saudi Oil Which Could Lead Region’s Energy Supply Chain By 2030

Venture may cost $200 billion, add 100,000 jobs in the kingdom; Plan envisions 200GW of solar capacity in Saudi Arabia by 2030 — i.e. half of the world’s 400 gigawatts of combined solar energy supplied last year. May 18, 2018 (BE2C2) — Recently, Saudi Arabia and Japan’s SoftBank announced the world’s biggest solar power generation […]

Retail Prices Soar By 200 Per Cent in Saudi Arabia

May 18, 2018 — Retail prices of fruit and vegetables in Saudi Arabia have risen dramatically in the build-up to Ramadan, with consumers being advised to buy directly from whole-sellers and importers. Fruit and vegetable prices have risen by around 200 per cent in Saudi retail outlets due to rising operational costs, according to a […]

In a First, Pakistani Mangoes Being Shipped To China Via CPEC, And A Poignant Reminder Of “40 Mangoes” Mao Gifted to His Workers

Historians have tended to regard the mango craze in China during Mao era as a bizarre fad, but it is one of the few occasions when culture was created spontaneously, thanks to the 40 Pakistani mangoes the Chairman had received from Pakistan. IRSHAD SALIM (May 18, 2018) — Fifty years ago, China was plunged into […]

Doves And Hawks In PML-N Seek A Level Playing Field In Elections, Differently

May 18, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pressure is mounting on top leadership of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party to restrain anti-establishment posture in order to get a level playing field for the party in the next elections due in few months. From within its own ranks, a powerful group in the largest right-wing party […]

Major Terrorist Attack Foiled in Quetta, 5 Suicide Bombers Killed

*** Terrorists mount in retaliation for killing of Balochistan LeJ chief Salman Badeni a day earlier. *** Outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorist group claim responsibility for the attack. *** Pakistan Army has already completed a 5km-long stretch of border fence near Panjpai area of Balochistan straddling Afghanistan. May 18, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Five suicide bombers […]

Pak, U.S. Have A Resilient Relationship, It Will Come Right Back To Normal: Amb. Chaudhry

May 17, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan is the one country in the region that has done the most against terrorism, and no country can accuse Pakistan of not doing enough against terrorism and extremism, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s outgoing ambassador to the U.S., told VOA. “Al-Qaida, if you don’t hear about it today, it is […]

Ceasefire Announcement in Kashmir For Ramadan a Cosmetic Measure: Hurriyet Leaders

May 17, 2018 (DESPARDES) — In Indian-held Kashmir, senior resistance leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and Muhammad Yasin Malik have termed the rare ceasefire announced by India during the holy month of Ramadan in Kashmir a cosmetic measure. Addressing a seminar in Srinagar on Thursday, they said that cosmetic things would not work […]

Thousands of Rohingya Refugees Moved to Safer Ground As Monsoon Arrives in Bangladesh

*** Rohingya refugees brace for monsoon deluge in Bangladesh camps that sprawl near the border with Myanmar. *** There has been a desperate effort to make ready for the coming cyclone and monsoon season. But the almost 900,000 refugees in these camps remain very vulnerable. *** “We recognize the dangers that everyone in the camps […]

Cricket Is Slow-Bowling Its Way Into The Future Due to Climate Change

“Cricket is slow-bowling its way into the future. It has plenty to lose in a warming world. It also has a moral responsibility to act.” May 17, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Rain-stopped play or pollution-stopped match is not what you want to see if you’re a cricket fan. Could it become an increasingly common sight? The […]

Careem Gets Its First Female Driver in Saudi Arabia

The 43-year-old Careem’s ‘Captainah’ learned how to drive in her native Syria; Uber also has a plan to open “one-stop-shop” facilities dedicated to recruiting future female drivers, or “partners”, as the company calls them. May 17, 2018 (BE2C2) — Dubai-based Careem, the Middle East’s fastest expanding ride-hailing firm has hired Enaam Gazi Al-Aswad as its […]