Aug 172017
 
Exports surge?

The continuous declining trend of the country’s exports during the last couple of years has raised concern not only for the federal government, but for exporters as well. Exports do not only contribute to strengthening a country’s foreign exchange reserves, but they also play a crucial role in maintaining the trade balance in the country. The widening trade deficit can only be controlled if the country’s exports surge. Keeping in view this persistent negative trend in exports, the former prime minister announced a hefty Rs180 billion exports package in January 2017 to increase the country’s exports through government-backed incentives and efforts by exporters. These government efforts are delivering desired results. A few export items have started showing an upward trend. It is hoped that this positive trend will continue for the months to come. This is only a beginning and it is hoped that the step taken in the right direction will keep delivering positive results in the future. Pakistan’s manufactured goods, including textile products, fruit and other items have high demand in foreign countries. Through proper planning, the country can reclaim its position in the international market. Jahanzaib Shahid (Karachi) Click for detailed story

Aug 172017
 
Time to Visit the Spectacular Red Beach

PANJIN, Liaoning, Aug. 17, 2017/Xinhua-AsiaNet/– The second edition of “Red Beach Cup” International Youth Art Festival kicked off on August 14 in the Red Beach National Scenic Corridor, a spectacular tourist attraction located in the northeastern Chinese city of Panjin. More than 200 young people from China, Russia, the United States and other 11 countries participated in the event. The Panjin Red Beach National Scenic Corridor sits on the bank of Liaohe River and the shore of Bohai Bay. It is the largest red wetland in the world, characterized by unique red coastline, abundant wetland resources and thick reed marshes. The “Red Beach” is a AAAA scenic spot, the country’s second highest rate for tourist attractions. It receives more than 1 million domestic and foreign visits every year, entertaining its guests with a boundless stretch of flaming beach, tens of thousands of happy waterfowls and a vast rippling sea of reeds. What a perfect combination of natural scenery and human landscape! The marvelous view is born thanks to seepweed, which covers the marshland and turns red every summer and autumn after penetration of alkali and being soaked with saline. A sea of red stretches in never-ending line. Another selling point is the world’s biggest reed marsh wetland, which is home to a variety of wild animals and plants. Here you can see a trestle bridge wind its way to the sea and melt into the sky, liking a wave heading for the high sea. While walking on the bridge, you [Read More…]

Aug 172017
 
‫آستانہ 2017ء ایکسپو میں چین کے پویلین میں ہائنان کے موضوع کا دن

آستانہ، قزاقستان، 16 اگست 2017ء/سن ہوا-ایشیانیٹ/– “تیانیا ہائی جیاؤ آئیں جہاں سال بھر بہار ہوتی ہے؛ تیانیا ہائی جیاؤ آئیں جہاں اوپر بلندیوں اور نیچے گھاٹیوں میں پھول اور پھل ہیں۔” 14 اگست 2017ء کو ہائنان کے نغموں اور رقص کے ذریعے “خوبصورت ہائنان، صحت مند جزیرہ” عنوان سے ہائنان موضوع دن منایا گیا، جو آستانہ 2017ء ایکسپو کے چین پویلین میں شروع کیا گیا۔ افتتاحی تقریب میں تقریباً 160 لوگوں نے شرکت کی تھی جن میں یو سن، چیئرمین ہائنان سی پی پی سی سی کمیٹی، وانگ جن چین، نائب صدر چینی کونسل برائے ترویج بین الاقوامی تجارت (سی سی پی آئی ٹی)، لیو جیانگ پنگ، عارضی سفیر چینی سفارت کار قزاقستان (کے زیڈ)، منیورا مرزامیدیوا، صدر وزارت ثقافت و کھیل قزاقستان کی سیاحتی صنعت کمیٹی کی صدر، پویلین کے نمائندوں، قزاق کاروباری برادریاں اپنے مہمانوں کے ساتھ، ہائنان کا معاشی و تجارتی وفد اور چین اور دیگر ممالک کے ابلاغی اداروں سے وابستہ افراد شامل تھے۔ تقریب سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے یو سن نے ہائنان کی اقتصادی کارکردگی کا مختصر تعارف دیا اور کہا کہ “خوبصورت ہائنان، صحت مند جزیرہ” محض اس تقریب کا موضوع نہیں، بلکہ ہائنان کی حقیقی شبیہ ہے۔ ان کے مطابق ہائنان مقامی افراد کے لیے خوشحال گھرانے، چین کے لیے ایک سدابہار باغ اور دنیا بھر کے لیے ایک سیاحتی جنت کے طور پر اپنی تعمیر سے وابستہ ہے۔ حالیہ سالوں نے ہائنان کی سیاحت کی تبدیلی اور ترقی کو ملاحظہ کیا، سب کے لیے ایک سیاحت مکمل ترنگ میں نظر آئی اور [Read More…]

Aug 162017
 
Healthcare reforms

Every month, a vast majority of people in both the urban and rural areas of Pakistan die from various infectious and non-infectious diseases. In the recent days, the number of people dying from non-infectious diseases, including cancer and heart diseases, has alarmingly increased throughout the country. But in our country, the relevant authorities have failed to heed calls for healthcare reforms. Isn’t it the responsibility of our rulers to build more hospitals? In fact, our rulers are responsible for providing doctors and paramedical staff ample resources so that they can deal with health and medical problems and challenges in an even more efficient manner. It is unfortunate that human lives have no value in our country. Hashim Abro (Islamabad) Click for detailed story

Aug 162017
 

LAHORE: When you see Harpal Singh and Yasir Ali walking with their arms around each other’s shoulders at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, it looks a scene from the 2015 Bollywood movie Angrej, a tale of friendship between Muslim and Sikh youths during pre-partition Punjab. But this is real life and Singh and Ali have a much deeper bond than any fictional silver screen characters can depict. The two teens have been friends since college and share mutual respect for each other religions. Earlier this week, they were both walking around in Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of founder of Sikh religion Guru Nanak and a sacred site for Sikhs. “My parents and grandparents used to tell us that whenever there was a conflict on water or land issue, their Muslim relatives and neighbours would stand with them against their opponent villagers,” Singh told The Express Tribune. Pakistan and India combine national anthems to make viral hit on Independence Day He befriended Ali just two years ago when they began studying at Heera College Nankana Sahib. Later, he moved to Ali’s neighbourhood from Old Nankana Sahib and their friendship deepened. Singh explained that since he was new in Ali’s locality, he had to face various issues in settling down. “Ali supported me a lot and sometimes he went out of the way to facilitate me,” he said. “As a result, we became best friends in a very short time.” Ali, who was at Singh’s side chimed in that they spend most of their [Read More…]

Aug 162017
 
ایکس سی ایم جی نے قزاقستان میں نیا ادارہ شروع کردیا، عالمی توسیع کے ساتھ یوریشیا میں تکمیل کی جانب بڑھتے قدم

الماتی، قزاقستان، 16 اگست 2017ء/پی آرنیوزوائر/– دنیا کے معروف عالمی تعمیراتی مشینری ساز ایکس سی ایم جی نے الماتی، قزاقستان میں اس جولائی میں ایکس سی ایم جی سوگونگ قزاقستان (“ادارہ”) کی شروعات کردی ہے، جو ایک “ون اسٹاپ شاپ” ہے جس کا مقصد تعمیراتی منصوبوں کی بڑھتی ہوئی تعداد میں مدد فراہم کرنا ہے۔ نیا ادارہ ایکس سی ایم جی کی انتہائی پسندیدہ مصنوعات فروخت، فوری خدمات فراہم اور صارفی تجربے کو بہتر بنانے کے لیے مقامی ڈیلرز کے ساتھ کام کرے گا۔ وسط ایشیا میں سب سے بڑی معیشت قزاقستان کی تیز تر ترقی اسے علاقائی سیاست و اقتصادیات میں ایک اہم مقام دیتی ہے۔ یہ چین کی جانب سے قدیم شاہراہ ریشم کے تجارتی راستوں کو ازسرنو بنانے اور خطے میں اقتصادی ترقی کو تحریک دینے کے بیلٹ اینڈ روڈ منصوبے (بی اینڈ آر) میں ایک اہم ربط بھی ہے۔ وانگ من، چیئرمین اور صدر ایکس سی ایم جی، نے کہا کہ قزاقستان یوریشیا میں ایک پل کی حیثیت رکھتا ہے اور ادارے کی اہم ترین عالمی مارکیٹوں میں سے ایک ہے۔ “ایکس سی ایم جی بی اینڈ آر کی جانب سے پیش کردہ مواقع کا فائدہ اٹھائے گا اور قزاق مارکیٹ میں تزویراتی سرمایہ کاری پر توجہ رکھے گا، مقامی، خصوصی مصنوعات اور حل کے منصوبے فراہم کرے گا جبکہ ساتھ ساتھ بنیادی ڈھانچے کی تعمیر اور قزاقستان میں ایکس سی ایم جی کی قابل نمو ترقی کو سہولت دے رہا ہے۔” ایکس سی ایم جی 16 سال قبل مارکیٹ میں داخل ہونے کے بعد سے [Read More…]

Aug 162017
 
Hainan-Themed Day Held at China Pavilion of Astana 2017 Expo

ASTANA, Kazakhstan, Aug. 16, 2017 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– “Please come to Tianya Haijiao where spring dwells all year round; please come to Tianya Haijiao where blossoms and fruits are up hills and down dales.” On August 14th, 2017, the Hainan-themed Day event, titled “Beautiful Hainan, Healthy Island”, was launched at China Pavilion of Astana 2017 Expo, beginning with a feast of tropical singing and dance from Hainan. The opening ceremony was attended by about 160 people, including Yu Xun, Chairman of Hainan CPPCC Committee, Wang Jinzhen, Vice President of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), Liu Jiangping, the temporary Ambassador of the Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan (KZ), Mynyura Murzamadieva, President of the Tourism Industry Committee of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of KZ, pavilion representatives, KZ business communities with their guests, Hainan economic and trade delegation, as well as media from China and other countries. Yu Xun, while addressing the ceremony, gave a brief introduction to Hainan’s economic performance, remarking that “Beautiful Hainan, Healthy Island” is not only a theme of event, but also an exact portrayal of Hainan. According to him, Hainan is committed to building itself into a happy home to the local people, an ever-green garden of China and a tourist paradise across the globe. Recent years have witnessed Hainan’s tourism transformation and upgrading, an all-for-one tourism in full swing, and the grip loosening on the tourist offshore duty-free shopping policy. In future, Hainan will focus on 12 key industries including tourism, tropical efficient agriculture [Read More…]

Aug 162017
 

TOKYO, JAPAN: When US Marine Marvin Strombo found a Japanese flag on the body of an enemy soldier during World War Two, he took and promised to one day return it to the family of his fallen foe. That vow was fulfilled on Tuesday, exactly 72 years after Japan’s surrender, when Strombo, 93, handed the flag to the brother and sisters of Sadao Yasue. Minorities, the ‘flag-bearers’ of our nation Yasue, the eldest of six children from a farming town in central Japan, followed a common practice of carrying into battle a Japanese flag covered with messages and the signatures of family and friends. Strombo said he found the flag on Yasue’s body after a 1944 battle on the island of Saipan, the site of fierce fighting in the Pacific war. “I finally realized that if I didn’t take it, somebody else would have and it would be lost forever,” Strombo said in an interview provided by US forces. “So the only way I could do that, as I reached out to take the flag, I made a promise to him that some day I would try to return it,” said Strombo, who traveled to Japan from the US state of Montana. Strombo said he had intended to return the flag soon after the war but did not know how. About five years ago he was put in touch with a non-profit group that helps US veterans return artifacts to relatives. The group tracked down Yasue’s family, who welcomed the flag [Read More…]

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