[13 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]
Navy man tipped to command PLA’s key southern region

by Minnie Chan & Choi Chi-yuk in  South China Morning Post, Jan 13, 2017
The PLA is set to break with a long-standing tradition if a proposal to appoint a naval officer to head its strategic southern command is adopted, four independent sources said. The proposed reshuffle at the helm of the Southern Theatre Comman, which is responsible for the South China Sea and the PLA South Sea Fleet, also underscores the rising importance of the navy in the Chinese military and the decline of its army-centric doctrine under an overhaul begun …

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[9 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in The Nation, February 08, 2017, 7:06 pm
Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) police on Wednesday claimed they had arrested three men for allegedly facilitating a suicide attack on a Muharram procession in Muzaffarabad in December 2009, reported local media.
Security reports had revealed a teenage suicide bomber behind the blast that took out at least nine people.
More than 60 people had been left injured in the attack that took place as a small Muharram procession from Neelam Valley’s Mirpura village passed through a security barrier on a street off CMH …

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[9 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir in The Express Tribune, Feb 9, 2017
Gilgit: Unidentified assailants on Wednesday opened fire at the house of National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) deputy director in Gilgit-Baltistan.
According to sources, Abdul Majid was asleep when his house in Jutial area was attacked by unidentified assailants. The attack took place around 7:45am. No injuries were reported.
Police officials have registered a case against the unidentified men.
NAB officials have been investigating corruption cases in G-B, but attacking an official is the first incident of its kind.
NAB takes notice of official’s manhandling by accused …

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[9 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Sheraz Rathore in Daily Times, Feb 9, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Farooq Haider’s claim regarding funding of the Mansehra-Muzaffarabad-Mangla road by China has proved to be false, as the Planning Commission has refuted the claim.
A news item was released by the press secretary to the AJK PM on Tuesday, claiming that China has approved funds for the construction of Mansehra-Muzaffarabad-Mangla road under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and that work would soon start on the highway.
When contacted, a senior officer of the Ministry of Planning …

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[9 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

KARACHI: The National Tariff Commission (NTC) on Wednesday imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of galvanised steel coils and sheets in the range of six to 41 per cent.
The duty on Chinese exporter Angang Steel Company is 40.47pc, followed by 31.31pc on Hebei Iron and Steel Co. Ltd., 9.13pc on Bengang Steel Plates Co. Ltd., 6.09pc on Maanshan Iron and Steel Co. Ltd. The rate on all other producers and exporters from China is also 40.47pc.
However, the duty would not be levied on imports from sources other than China, imports …

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[9 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Nectar Gan in South China Morning Post, Feb 9, 2017
A former Chinese civil affairs minister has been demoted for failing to impose strict party discipline at the ministry and allowing “systematic corruption” to happen under his watch.
Li Liguo has been moved to a position at deputy director level at the ministry, the government anti-graft agency the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a statement on Wednesday.
The statement did not give details of the corruption found at the department, but state media have previously widely reported that millions of …