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July, 2018

 

Wages For High-Skilled Workers in Saudi, UAE to Surge –For Lack Of Talents

JUL 9, 2018 (BE2C2): Wages for high-skilled labor across the Middle East are forecast to surge in the coming period, as talents appear to be lacking, a new study by Korn Ferry said. The expected increase in salaries in the UAE and Saudi Arabia are likely to have strong effect on the media, technology and telecommunications sectors, the study titled “The Salary Surge” indicated. It forecast that these two sectors would be the most impacted with a potential wage premium of $1.1 billion and $2.4 billion, respectively, by 2030. InRead More


Dubai Property Deals Drop To Dh111B In 2018 As Compared To Dh132B In 2017

JUL 9, 2018: Overall property transactions in Dubai totaled Dh111 billion for the first half of 2018, says the Dubai Land Department (DLD). This represents an approximately 16 per cent decline compared to the same period a year ago. Overall property transactions in Dubai totaled Dh132 billion in the first half of 2017 and Dh113 billion in the first six months of 2016. The Land Department numbers represent properties and plots sold across Dubai and indicate transactions during first six month of 2018 fell below corresponding 2016 figures. The reductionRead More


Teenage Girl Among 3 Killed In Anti-India Protest in Held Kashmir

JUL 7, 2018: 3 Kashmiri youth including a teenage girl were killed by Indian security forces’ firing in the Himalayan valley on Saturday leading to thousands participating in their funeral hours after police said they were killed when government forces fired at anti-India protesters. Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Dr. Faisal while condemning the latest incident of killing of innocent Kashmiri youth, tweeted, “#India continues to kill with impunity in IoK – the #OHCHR commission of inquiry must be established at the earliest #kashmirbleeds. Police said in a statement that someRead More


Pakistan Alone Can’t Push Afghan Taliban Into Peace Talks With Kabul

JUL 7, 2018: This week U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state, Alice Wells, met with Pakistani army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa and other senior officials in Islamabad and Rawalpindi with a heavy agenda — Afghanistan topped the list. While Islamabad has urged the Taliban to accept the Afghan government’s unconditional offer of peace talks, it has rejected once again U.S. demands to singlehandedly bring the insurgents’ leaders to the negotiating table. “Pakistan has no influence whatsoever. Afghanistan is an issue for Afghans and, therefore, U.S. pressure on Pakistan is misplaced,”Read More


Balochistan CM Seeks UNDP Help For Vocational Institutes To Train Youth For CPEC Jobs

Vocational training institutes required for CPEC projects: CM Marri JUL 7, 2018 (BE2C2): Caretaker Balochistan Chief Minister Alauddin Marri has urged the UNDP to help set up technical education centers in the province, saying its youth need expertise to avail the job opportunities arising from China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its downstream projects including planned Special Economic Zones (SEZs). “Though the multibillion dollar project has been promoting business, lack of technical education is depriving our youth of jobs in the CPEC project,” said the caretaker CM during a meetingRead More


Pakistan’s ‘Bible Belt’ And The Jeep Drawing Attention, Traction

IRSHAD SALIM (JUL 7, 2018): Out of the 105 million Pakistanis who are expected to vote on July 25 in the country’s third successive polls, nearly 47 million are registered female voters while 44 million among all registered voters are between the ages of 18 and 35. This means over 43% of the voters are young people of both genders combined. Interestingly, statistical data indicates that the country’s population roughly consist of almost similar split between the two categories — the overall female population and the youth bulge. So givingRead More


Avenfield Reference: Former PM Sharif, Daughter and Son-in-Law Handed Jail Sentences, Fines

JUL 6, 2018: Three time ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been found guilty of corruption by state prosecution, sentenced to 10 years in prison, fined 8 million pounds, and all London properties in question will be confiscated by the Govt of Pakistan. The verdict announced Friday by the National Accountability Court comes less than 3 weeks before the general election. This could be the knockout blow for his PML-N party, many politicos say. The court while sentencing the former PM to 10 years in jail and his daughter Maryam toRead More


Major Rivers in Pakistan Contaminated by Substantial Water Pollution, Study Reveals

Only 8% of country’s total municipal wastewater and 1% of industrial wastewater are treated before they are discharged into rivers; The Chenab exhibited highest concentrations of toxic beyond safe limits JUL 6, 2018 (BE2C2): A China-Pakistan joint study reveals three Pakistani rivers are suffering from substantial water contamination. Potentially toxic elements (PTE) were discovered, sourced from raw sewage and industrial effluent, which could spell negative health effects for the country’s citizens while also adversely affecting flora and fauna, says the study report Water & Wastes Digest. Researchers utilized spectroscopy toRead More


Diamer Bhasha Dam Process Jump-Started: Ad Published In Intl Papers For Contractors Prequalification

JUL 5, 2018 (BE2C2): Complying with the Supreme Court order to go ahead with building two new dams on war-footing while promising to raise funds for it even by asking the nation and Pakistanis abroad to donate for their construction, the Water and Power Development Agency (WAPDA) has advertised in international newspapers asking international contractors of repute to submit prequalification documents. The top court on Wednesday said, “The need for water reservoirs is not only expedient but also essential for the survival of the people and economy of Pakistan. All thoseRead More


Tax Amnesty Evoking Poor Response Due to Creep, Fatigue Cycle

IRSHAD SALIM (JUL 5, 2018): Nearly $6 billion worth of foreign assets have so far been declared under the offshore tax amnesty scheme, with Pakistanis repatriating a sum of about $30 million only. The caretaker government has given one-month extension in the one-time tax writeoff scheme till July 31, with both sides racing against time. The government is hoping there will  be more money pouring in, while others are expecting more extensions — for understandable reasons. Initial figures for the period of April 10 to June 30 show that PakistanisRead More


U.S. Govt. Using DNA Testing To Reunite 3,000 Migrant Children, Parents

JUL 5, 2018: The US government is using DNA testing to quickly comply with a court deadline to reunite some 3,000 migrant children separated from their parents. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Thursday told reporters hundreds of government employees were using DNA and other information to verify guardianship before reuniting the children with parents being held in detention. A federal judge said HHS must reunite parents with children younger than 5 by Tuesday, and children between 5 and 17 by July 26. Azar described the court orderRead More


Saudi Binladin Group Now Being Run By Govt-Appointed Committee

JUL 5, 2018: Saudi businessmen Bakr, Saleh and Saad Binladin gave up their 36.2 pct stake in the Saudi Binladin Group to Istidama Holding Company, al-Arabiya TV reported on Thursday, citing the Saudi commerce ministry. The company, crucial to the state’s plans for major tourism and infrastructure projects, is now being run by a government-appointed committee after several senior brothers were detained in an anti-corruption purge late last year. The stocks transfer is part of a financial settlement with state authorities, sources told Reuters in March. According to earlier reports,Read More


Some LNG From U.S. Land in Pakistan’s Energy System Among 24 Other Countries

The US is projected to become the third-largest LNG exporter in the world, surpassing Malaysia and remaining behind only Australia and Qatar. JUL 4, 2018 (BE2C2): Pakistan bought some Liquefied Natural Gas(LNG) from the US also besides Qatar amid reports that US LNG exports quadrupled in 2017. Pakistan’s new ambassador to the United States Ali Siddiqui in an interview with Bloomberg TV and Radio this week said Pakistan has opened two LNG terminals and some US gas did land in Pakistan’s energy system. He also mentioned that ExxonMobil — anRead More


SC Orders 2 Dams Built With Public Funds, Bilawal Says “Dams Govt Responsibility”

JUL 4, 2018: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday said the judiciary is not involved in the construction of dams anywhere in the world. Bilawal, 29, who’s contesting elections from two National Assembly constituencies in Sindh for the first time, said “the construction of dams is the responsibility of governments.” The PPP chairman was reacting to Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar’s order for starting construction of two dams immediately as the country faces impending water crisis — water level in the dams hasRead More


7 Pakistanis Jailed For Robbing 14 Million Dirham From Dubai Armored Truck

JUL 4, 2018: Seven Pakistanis were jailed for three years on Wednesday for stealing Dh14 million (Rs470 million) from an armored truck in Dubai, Gulf News reported. Among those jailed were three drivers who worked for the cash transfer company, while the rest provided logistic support to it. All of the seven convicts will be deported from the country once they serve their imprisonment. The convicted 39-year-old Pakistani, as well as those accused of abetting the stealing, denied the charge — the verdict is subject to appeal in a courtRead More


2 Awesome Videos Which Will Make You Forget About Qeemay Walay Naan

IRSHAD SALIM (JUL 4, 2018): Two videos shared with us on WhatsApp inspire confidence that Pakistan is indeed a couldron of people and places hitherto not so propagated on social media and the world wide web at large. Amid cacophony of arguments, debates, discourses, punches and counter-punches following them the real narrative gets buried and the vacuum gets filled by those who orchestrate the divide, the gloom, doom, guns, berets, and the boots on ground in the region— ironically Pakistan — for lack of somewhat capability and capacity — stackedRead More


China, Pakistan Conduct Joint Patrol Near Border, Second In 2 Yrs After CPEC Launch

JUL 4, 2018: Chinese and Pakistani frontier defense forces conducted joint patrol at a mountainous region in Khunjerab in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region last week. They were respectively assigned to a frontier defense company in Khunjerab –some 900km northeast of capital Islamabad at Pak-China border– under the PLA Xinjiang Military Command (MC) and the border police of the Pakistani Khunjerab Security Force (KSF), a leading China’s defense journal ‘China Military’ reported on Wednesday. The Chinese and Pakistan frontier defense forces discussed China-Pakistan border situation during the joint borderRead More


WhatsApp ‘Horrified’ Over Spate Of Lynchings In India, Promises Action

JUL 4, 2018: WhatsApp said on Wednesday it was “horrified” by a spate of lynchings in India sparked by false rumors shared on its platform as the government accused the messaging service of irresponsibility. The killings are linked to “irresponsible and explosive messages” on the platform, said the ministry of electronics. More than 20 people have been killed in mostly rural areas of India in the last two months, according to media reports, after rumors were spread on smartphones about child kidnappers, thieves and sexual predators. At least 16 mobRead More


Gwadar Land Scam: NAB Probes Commercial, Industrial Plot ‘Giveaways’ Worth Rs70Bn

JUL 4, 2018 (BE2C2): The anti-corruption watchdog has initiated an inquiry into alleged illegal allotment of 3,167 acres of state-owned commercial and industrial lands valuing around Rs70 billion (US$600 million) in Gwadar to private individuals. According to an official statement issued on Tuesday by the National Accoun­tability Bureau, its Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has sought a comprehensive report within 15 days from the director general of NAB Balochistan about alleged illegal allotment by the Gwadar Industrial Estate Development Authority (GIEDA) — Gwadar development project is the crown jewel ofRead More


Shahbaz Sharif Announces Plans For Metro Boat In Lahore

ZEESHAN IFTAKHAR: After the ‘widely successful’ Metro Bus and Orange Line train projects, Lahore is now going to host a metro boat service. Just hours after torrential rains submerged Lahore’s busiest roads and turned the city into a South Asian ‘Venice’, Shahbaz Sharif has confirmed that he is planning to install a metro boat service in the provincial capital. After all, Venice isn’t complete without a boat service. Despite the fact that the Orange Line is yet to be completed, the Metro Boat is a high priority project, since itRead More