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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Balochistan unrest: FC police powers mandate gets one-month extension


Balochistan unrest: FC police powers mandate gets one-month extension

Have conducted 26 operations, arrested many and recovered ammunition during two months, says IGFC.
QUETTA: The mandate for exercising police powers conferred upon the Frontier Corps (FC) for restoring law and order in Quetta was extended for one more month on Saturday, Express News reported.
Inspector General (IG) FC Major Gen Ubaidullah Khan said on the occasion that the FC had conducted 26 operations within the timeframe against terrorists and criminals.
He said that in these operations, they had managed to arrest many terrorists and criminals and had also recovered a great amount of arms, ammunition and explosives.
The Balochistan government had given this mandate two months ago and Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani had been directed by an apex committee to extend it for another two months.
The cabinet, however, had failed to do so despite instructions as Raisani did not bring up the issue before cabinet members and left the meeting due to low blood pressure.
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Establishment destabilising Balochistan govt: Lashkari Raisan


Establishment destabilising Balochistan govt: Lashkari Raisan

Claims ground is being cleared for favourites in the future government. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE
ISLAMABAD: 
Baloch leader Nawabzada Lashkari Raisani has said the establishment is actively destabilising Balochistan’s provincial government.
Talking to The Express Tribune on Saturday, he said political and constitutional turmoil in the province has been engineered by anti-democratic forces to create an administrative and political vacuum which their own ‘cronies’ can fill.
Lashkari, who resigned as PPP’s Balochistan chapter president and from his Senate seat in protest a few months ago, said the establishment had always played a negative role in Balochistan. In the past, he has also been very critical of the government and security agencies over the missing persons issue.
“The establishment plays a positive role in the affairs of every country in the world, but it is highly unfortunate that its role in our country has always been negative,” he maintained. Lashkari added that the character assassination of politicians was part of the dirty game it was playing in Balochistan.
Referring to Balochistan Assembly speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani’s purported refusal to convene an assembly session, he said the move was nothing more than a ploy to create more political and constitutional chaos in the province. He claimed the Supreme Court’s recent judgments on the province’s law and order situation and Asghar Khan’s petition also added to the prevailing pandemonium.
“I fail to understand the justification for further aggravating the current situation when general elections are about to take place,” he said, adding “it appears as if the ground is being prepared for those who will be toeing the establishment’s line in the future government.” Without naming Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfikar Ali Magsi, Lashkari claimed the former was behind all plots against his brother Nawab Aslam Raisani. Lashkari also blamed provincial assembly speaker Bhootani and PPP Balochistan president Sadiq Umrani for collaborating with the governor.
When asked who he thought was behind conspiracies in Balochistan, he replied, “You should ask the governor.”
“These people have always been in power and know how to appease the establishment,” he said referring to the governor and provincial assembly speaker.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 4th, 2012.
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Balochistan unrest: Experts see Indian policy endorsement as a cover-up


Balochistan unrest: Experts see Indian policy endorsement as a cover-up

Govt lauds New Delhi’s support for democratic institutions in some insurgency-hit states. PHOTO: INP/FILE
ISLAMABAD: 
Pakistan’s rare endorsement of the Indian approach to tackling insurgency in some of its states is a pretext to intensify operations against Baloch nationalists, say experts.
In a statement earlier the interior ministry lauded India’s policy of allowing democratic institutions to thrive unhindered in Assam, East Punjab, Mizoram and Kashmir as a measure to counter armed insurgency in these states.
It was claimed that the government’s stance of appraising Indian strategy, which comes out as a commitment to democracy, is actually a path to avoid condemnation for various human rights issues surfacing in a province plagued by a deplorable law and order crises since years. “This is the first time they [the government] have publicly praised the Indian pattern, because it provides them a perfect cover-up for mala fide intentions and actions,” says political analyst Muhammad Ali Talpur.
This ‘new turn’ will allow operation against Baloch rights groups to intensify, Talpur said.
Former lawmaker Lashkari Raisani said that a “great game” was being played by law enforcement agencies in volatile areas of the province. “Sanctioning India’s approach is indicative of the government’s weakness,” said Raisani, who had left the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party to protest the government’s failure to quell unrest in the province.
“There is no coordination between the military establishment and the civilian government to resolve the issue in the province. How can you resolve the issue when almost all committees constituted by the government have failed to convene a single meeting?” asked Raisani. He had earlier called for a grand political alliance for setting up a new democratic order in Balochistan for the coming elections.
Involvement of foreign hands in Balochistan unrest, if any, should also be exposed by the government, he added.
Rule of law
The President of Balochistan High Court Bar Association, Zahoor Ahmed Shahwani, said that the apex court made it clear that the provincial authorities have failed to restore peace in the province and it’s now the centre’s responsibility to take up the issue immediately. “People don’t trust the provincial government now. Therefore they vest greater faith in the implementation of the law, which of course, will come through the Supreme Court,” said Shahwani, who is a petitioner in the Balochistan law and order case in the apex court.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 4th, 2012.
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Nepal bans one-day trip to Khasa upon Chinese request

From 4 to 25 November entry of air is also prohibited in China.

Nepal bans one-day trip to Khasa upon Chinese request
Nepali authorities banned one-day trip to Khasa, small Tibetan bazaar bordering Sindhupalchowk district, in view of Chinese Communist Party's 18th congress starting from November 8.
Chinese authority had been issuing one-day permit to Nepali travelers visiting Khasa.
"We have prohibited one-day trip to Khasa effective from November 4 to 25 upon the request of Chinese authority," Sindhupalchok DSP Pratap Gurung told Kathmandu-based Ujyalo FM. However, entry to Khasa for passport holders will remain open.
The five-yearly meeting of the Chinese Communist Party is the most important political event in China where some 2,270 delegates will choose a new 350-strong Central Committee to make party policy decisions for the next five years.
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Saturday, 3 November 2012

Beijing clamps down on taxis and model aircraft in run-up to 18th Party Congress.


Beijing clamps down on taxis and model aircraft in run-up to 18th Party Congress.

The Communist Party is under pressure, and it is determined that nothing can be allowed to spoil a smoothly running 18th Party Congress in Beijing.

Beijing clamps down on taxis and model aircraft in run-up to 18th Party Congress.
A window handle on the door at the back seat is seen removed in a taxi in Beijing  Photo: AP
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Officials interact with Web users


Officials interact with Web users


Senior Party officials stressed that they should be devoted to workeliminate privileges and getalong with residents on the micro-blogging stagein online messages to the upcoming 18thNational Congress of the Communist Party of Chinascheduled to open on Thursday.
CurrentlyParty chiefs of three provinces and a municipality in the country have posted on SinaWeiboChina's largest Twitter-like serviceoffering their best wishes to the globally watchedcongress.
Yu Zhengshengsecretary of the Shanghai Municipal Committee of the CPCshowed hisunderstanding of power and responsibility in words to micro-bloggers on Thursday.
"It is the responsibilityinstead of the powerthat the official position gives to us," said Yualsoa member of the Party's top leadership. "We're not specialWe cannot be above the law."
He added that assuming the responsibility of serving the people is the key of an official's work.
Yu has gone online to speak to the public several times before.
Zhang Qinglisecretary of the Hebei Provincial Committee of the CPCsaid in an online blogthat it is urgent for officials to be energetic and dive into their work.
"We should provide a chance for people who have a desire to worka stage for people withworking capabilitiesand important posts for those who have had achievements before," hesaid.
"What we should do is to encourage diligent officialscriticize the ones who can only deliver lipserviceand deal with those who create disorder on our teamWe cannot arrange idle positionsand feed idlers," he said. "The key is to implement what we say in conferences and write ondocuments."
Zhang Baoshunsecretary of the Anhui Provincial Committee of the CPCalso spoke to thepublic through the platformsaying officials at all levels should be modest and close to thepublic.
"Our posts and power are not for showing off," he said. "We'd better have more closeness toresidents and avoid bureaucracy."
As for fact-finding trips to grassroots areashigh-level officials should not ask people toaccompany themhe said. "Insteadwe should dispense with all unnecessary formalitiesandnot burden and disturb local people."
Although many Chinese officials and governmental departments began to use micro blogs tointeract with netizens two years ago, "it is only now that so many high-level officials interact withWeb users via a popular online platform", said Zhou Xiaopengdeputy editor-in-chief of theonline giant Sina.
He said on Friday that they planned the project since September and will invite more provincialofficials to share ideas during the congress.
"It's good timingbecause it's the year of the leadership reshuffling," he said.
It is rare to see officials at the provincial level to open micro-blogging accounts in their officialcapacity nowhe said.
In March 2011, Zhang Chunxianthe Party secretary of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygurautonomous regionopened his micro blog account with his real identityarousing the public'sattention at that time.
Hu Mina researcher at the Chinese Academy of Governancewelcomed high-ranking officialsto present their opinions onlineand said it is also a challenge for them.
"With the fast development of the new mediaofficials have to learn how to work online andinteract with netizensOtherwisethey can't keep up with the public's ideas and thoughts," hesaid.
HoweverShan Xueganga researcher at the website of People's Dailysaid that making theofficialswork better and solving real problems of netizens after online talks are more important.
"Speaking online is the first stepbut dealing with issues practically and effectively is the key,"he added.
Many netizens also said that they will pay more attention on the effect of the officialsvoicesinstead of the speaking itself.

Senior Party officials stressed that they should be devoted to workeliminate privileges and getalong with residents on the micro-blogging stagein online messages to the upcoming 18thNational Congress of the Communist Party of Chinascheduled to open on Thursday.
CurrentlyParty chiefs of three provinces and a municipality in the country have posted on SinaWeiboChina's largest Twitter-like serviceoffering their best wishes to the globally watchedcongress.
Yu Zhengshengsecretary of the Shanghai Municipal Committee of the CPCshowed hisunderstanding of power and responsibility in words to micro-bloggers on Thursday.
"It is the responsibilityinstead of the powerthat the official position gives to us," said Yualsoa member of the Party's top leadership. "We're not specialWe cannot be above the law."
He added that assuming the responsibility of serving the people is the key of an official's work.
Yu has gone online to speak to the public several times before.
Zhang Qinglisecretary of the Hebei Provincial Committee of the CPCsaid in an online blogthat it is urgent for officials to be energetic and dive into their work.
"We should provide a chance for people who have a desire to worka stage for people withworking capabilitiesand important posts for those who have had achievements before," hesaid.
"What we should do is to encourage diligent officialscriticize the ones who can only deliver lipserviceand deal with those who create disorder on our teamWe cannot arrange idle positionsand feed idlers," he said. "The key is to implement what we say in conferences and write ondocuments."
Zhang Baoshunsecretary of the Anhui Provincial Committee of the CPCalso spoke to thepublic through the platformsaying officials at all levels should be modest and close to thepublic.
"Our posts and power are not for showing off," he said. "We'd better have more closeness toresidents and avoid bureaucracy."
As for fact-finding trips to grassroots areashigh-level officials should not ask people toaccompany themhe said. "Insteadwe should dispense with all unnecessary formalitiesandnot burden and disturb local people."
Although many Chinese officials and governmental departments began to use micro blogs tointeract with netizens two years ago, "it is only now that so many high-level officials interact withWeb users via a popular online platform", said Zhou Xiaopengdeputy editor-in-chief of theonline giant Sina.
He said on Friday that they planned the project since September and will invite more provincialofficials to share ideas during the congress.
"It's good timingbecause it's the year of the leadership reshuffling," he said.
It is rare to see officials at the provincial level to open micro-blogging accounts in their officialcapacity nowhe said.
In March 2011, Zhang Chunxianthe Party secretary of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygurautonomous regionopened his micro blog account with his real identityarousing the public'sattention at that time.
Hu Mina researcher at the Chinese Academy of Governancewelcomed high-ranking officialsto present their opinions onlineand said it is also a challenge for them.
"With the fast development of the new mediaofficials have to learn how to work online andinteract with netizensOtherwisethey can't keep up with the public's ideas and thoughts," hesaid.
HoweverShan Xueganga researcher at the website of People's Dailysaid that making theofficialswork better and solving real problems of netizens after online talks are more important.
"Speaking online is the first stepbut dealing with issues practically and effectively is the key,"he added.
Many netizens also said that they will pay more attention on the effect of the officialsvoicesinstead of the speaking itself.
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CPC Congress matters to China, the world as well

CPC Congress matters to China, the world as well
BEIJING - The upcoming 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has drawn wide attention both in China and overseas, as the outcomes of the congress will influence matters around the globe.
The growing influence of the national congress is evidenced by the number of reporters registered for the congress. An official in charge of the media center for the congress said Thursday that the number saw a remarkable increase from the previous congress and it was still growing.
In 2007 a total of 1,135 journalists from 55 countries and 310 media organizations covered the 17th CPC National Congress, compared to 859 journalists who turned out for the 16th CPC National Congress in 2002.
The upcoming congress is expected to make strategic arrangements for the overall advancement of China's reform and opening up, the country's socialist modernization drive and the overall advancement of the new grand project of the Party building.
A new CPC Central Committee and a new Central Commission for Discipline Inspection will be elected at the national congress.
In a time of economic globalization and political multi-polarization, countries around the world have linked up, and changes in one country can quickly influence others, especially for a major power like China.
As China has become the world's second-largest economy, a major engine for global economic development and a powerhouse among newly emerging markets, a congress that can decide the future of the world's most populous country should, of course, matter to the rest of the world.
Over past decades, the country has made significant achievements, but it continues to face a series of challenges that can only be addressed through further reforms. The upcoming congress will be convened under such circumstances.
Despite some twists and turns since the 2008 global financial crisis, the Chinese economy has kept growing amid the country's massive stimulus plan. Recent economic statistics show that China's economy has stabilized, as observers believed it would, while the world continues to grapple with the eurozone financial crisis.
China's economic performance in the future will, to some extent, depend on what guidelines the congress will adopt, and this will have a direct impact on world economy.
Problems have emerged in the country's economic development, including unreasonable energy consumption and environmental pollution, causing some to doubt whether the world can survive a China living an American lifestyle.
In a bid to address this issue, China has implemented the scientific outlook on development and is seeking to build a conservation culture. What China will do in this regard is far more than a domestic issue.
China's political development and foreign policy in the following years are also hot topics for world media.
The CPC has a thorough understanding of the experiences it has gained over past decades and the challenges it is currently facing, but there is ample evidence showing that China will make new achievements under the leadership of the CPC after its national congress.
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Beijing stalled on top of traffic jam list


Beijing stalled on top of traffic jam list


If you want to be on time for an important meeting or a date in a crowded city like Beijing, it's wise to leave home early.
But just how much time do you need to set aside for traffic congestion?
On Wednesday, the sustainable development strategy research group under the Chinese Academy of Sciences published China's New-Urbanization Report 2012, the fourth annual report focusing on development strategies amid the country's fast urbanization.
In the previous report, researchers used mathematical models to figure out the average time people spend going from home to their workplaces.
Beijing stalled on top of traffic jam list
Passengers transfer between subway lines at Huixinxijie Nankou station in Beijing in the evening rush hour on Wednesday. Kuang Linhua / China Daily
But the report immediately triggered controversy because researchers did not count the time spent in traffic congestion. Instead, they were mainly concerned with the distances between residential regions and business regions, and the transportation tools people choose.
This time, the report listed anticipated travel time and actual time spent, and ranked cities accordingly.
Average time wasted in traffic by a passenger in one day is 14 minutes in Beijing, 13 minutes in Tangshan and 12 minutes in Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenyang, Taiyuan and Shijiazhuang, putting these cities at the top of the ranking.
"Traffic congestion in peak hours is a kind of urban disease - as cities expand and people gather into cities, there are serious problems we are facing," said Niu Wenyuan, chief scientist and leader of the sustainable development strategy research group under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
"The cost of traffic congestion is huge. We surveyed the top 15 densely populated cities in China, and found that the time spent in traffic congestion each day in these cities could have been used elsewhere to create 1 billion yuan ($160 million) of wealth," Niu said.
In Shanghai, the actual commuting time is 47 minutes on average, with 11 minutes wasted in traffic jams.
"I think the actual time spent going to work, unless you take the subway, could be at least one hour," said Chen Meng, 30, a Shanghai resident.
"But congestion depends on the direction you are going - if you head north during the morning peak hours, there will be less of a traffic jam than the opposite direction.
"So I think 11 minutes are just a reference, you have to plan your own time according to the distance and direction of your trip," Chen said.
On Oct 15, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport reported that the traffic congestion index for September rose 10.3 percent over the same period last year.
Each car in Beijing is banned from traveling inside the Fifth Ring Road on one weekday, depending on the last digit of its license plate.
The commission is now considering restricting 50 percent of cars from the road, which triggered heated debate.
"Traffic control has already brought inconvenience to people, and it is ridiculous that the government wants to increase the inconvenience further," said Zhao Xiaotong, 22, from Beijing.
"If public transportation is convenient enough, people will stop driving cars immediately," she said.
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Two Chinese nationals detained in Nepal


Two Chinese nationals detained in Nepal


KATHMANDU - Nepal Police on Friday detained two Chinese nationals on charge of possessingexcessive amount of China's currency Yuan.
Yo Linglin and Yong Yang were held at Dolalghat--a town close to Chinese border  alongArniko Highway that connects Kathmandu with its northern neighbor when they were headingtowards Khasaa Chinese market bordering Nepalpolice said.
Both were carrying the Chinese currency worth more than $6,000 and they  have been taken toDepartment of Revenue Investigation (DRIfor further questioning,  Kavre District Police Officesaid.  
"Two Chinese nationals have been detained for interrogation after they were found possessing37,600 Yuan in cash," Tilak Bahadur Karki of the DRI told Xinhua over  telephone. "A probeinto the matter has been initiated," he said.
Under Foreign Exchange Regulation Act of Nepalforeigners must declare if they were carryingmoney exceeding $2,000 to and from NepalThose failing to do so may have to go throughinterrogation for further legal actions.
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Pakistan, China to close ranks to face challenges: Chinese FM

The response diplomacy did not drive long distance . First China fix their dialogue in Eastern Hind Mahasagar (Ocean). 

Pakistan, China to close ranks to face challenges: Chinese FM

Pakistan and China have successfully completed the 5th round of strategic dialogue here on Friday.Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani represented Pakistan while Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying held dialogue on behalf of China.
This was stated in a report in a Pakistani daily newspaper. While warmly greeting the Foreign Secretary to Beijing, Vice Foreign Minister Fu said the latest round of the strategic dialogue would further strengthen the “all-weather Pakistan-China partnership”. She said that the complex international environment necessitated deeper cooperation between the two countries.

Foreign Secretary Jilani said that the strategic dialogue was the most important interaction between the two countries.He said maintaining strong strategic cooperation with China was the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy.

The Foreign Secretary agreed with Vice Foreign Minister Fu that the two countries needed to close ranks to face the extraordinary global and regional challenges. Vice Foreign Minister Fu said China and Pakistan shared the same concerns on a host of regional and global issues, ranging from the question of UN Security Council reforms to the crisis in the Middle East.

Both countries were united in their desire to see peace and stability restored to Afghanistan.

China appreciated Pakistan’s vital role in the global war on terrorism and urged the international community to recognize Pakistan’s contribution and sacrifices in this struggle.

She thanked Pakistan for its unwavering support on issues that related to China’s core interests, including Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang. The Foreign Secretary pointed out that the two countries indeed enjoyed complete convergence of views on all important regional and global issues. He said that Pakistan regarded any threat to China’s interests as a threat to its own interests. Pakistan supported China’s efforts to resolve the South China Sea issue through peaceful means and diplomacy.

Foreign Secretary Jilani appreciated China’s firm and forthright support for Pakistan’s efforts for safeguarding its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. He said Pakistan was looking forward to working with China and the Afghan government to push forward the political reconciliation process in Afghanistan. The Foreign Secretary also expressed Pakistan’s appreciation for China’s consistent support for major infrastructure and development projects in Pakistan.

Foreign Secretary Jilani also asked Vice Foreign Minister Fu to convey the president’s and the prime minister’s best wishes to the Chinese leadership ahead of the upcoming 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. The two leaders later conducted a comprehensive review of the bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the two neighbours and close allies.
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