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Friday, May 18th, 2018


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 project. The announcement has drawn unprecedented global attention to the memorandum signed between the two, The MoU seeks to build the world’s largest solar power project in Saudi Arabia at a cost of $200 billion.Read More

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 report in local daily Al-Madina. Mohammed Al-Johani, deputy chairman of the foodstuff committee of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), said many fruit and vegetables were selling at twice the price of theRead More

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 the most chaotic and traumatic decade of its recent history – the Cultural Revolution. During this period, the nation was gripped by a peculiar hysteria: a mania for mangoes — the fruit became an objectRead More

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 is trying to open backchannel contacts with powers that be for a level playing field amid reports that the space is being filled by PML-N’s arch rivals in Punjab — the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) andRead More

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 were killed as a brazen attack on Frontier Constabulary Help Center in Quetta, Balochistan, was foiled Thursday night by security forces. The terrorists mounted an attack on FC’s Madadgar Center in retaliation for the killingRead More

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 because Pakistan and the U.S. were cooperating. Al-Qaida is the organization that caused 9/11, and therefore we think that no country can tell us that Pakistan has not done enough. In fact, Pakistan has doneRead More

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 unless a comprehensive plan is made to resolve the Kashmir dispute. India on Wednesday announced it will suspend operations against militants fighting its rule in the disputed region of Kashmir during the holy Muslim monthRead More

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 will face when the worst weather arrives” May 18, 2018 (DESPARDES) — Almost 12,000 Rohingya refugees have now been moved to safer ground by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, as storms continue to lash southernRead More

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 answer is yes, not only in the wet-climate oriented UK but in hot, humid and pollution affected countries — they are on the frontline of climate change. Countries most likely to see “cricket change” inRead More

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 first female driver in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Enaam was selected from among around 3,000 women looking for employment with the company as the Kingdom prepares to allow women behind the wheel starting JuneRead More