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[29 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]

By EDWARD WONG in The NY Times, Aug 29, 2015
BEIJING — In recent days, an advice column has circulated widely on China’s most popular social media phone app. Titled “Guide on Safe Passage Through the Economic Crisis,” it is aimed at young Chinese urban professionals. Its nuggets of wisdom include: “Work hard at your job so you are the last to be laid off” and “In an economic crisis, liquidity is the number one priority.”
Zhang Yuanyuan, 31, a bank teller in Shandong Province, is among the thousands of people who …

China, Headline »

[29 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Chris Buckley in The NY Times, Aug 29, 2015
HONG KONG — Two executives of the online arm of People’s Daily, the powerful newspaper that speaks for the Chinese Communist Party, have been detained on suspicion of taking bribes, state investigators said on Friday.
The terse announcement from the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, the prosecution office that also investigates official misdeeds, said Liao Hong, the president of People.cn — People’s Daily’s listed, online operation — and Chen Zhixia, the vice president, were detained this week in connection with “suspected bribery crimes.”
The announcement …

Headline, Nuclear, Pak Army, Pakistan, pakistan- nuclear blackmail, Taliban »

[29 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Pervez Hoodbhoy in Dawn, August 29th, 2015
The writer teaches physics in Lahore and Islamabad.
MANY Pakistanis are thrilled by the news originating from two think tanks in Washington. Although no real evidence has been presented, they claim that the Pakistani nuclear arsenal may become the world’s third largest over the next five to 10 years. The current number, estimated at around 120 Hiroshima-sized warheads, could increase to around 350.
This would exceed numbers held by France (290), China (240), and UK (190). Is the sky the limit? If not, what is …

AF-PAK /ISIS/TALIBAN, Pakistan, Taliban, Talibanisation, Terrorism »

[29 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]

AFP report in Dawn, August 29th, 2015
KHOGYANI: The self-styled Islamic State (IS) group had ambitious plans for Afghanistan, but Taliban resistance, US drone strikes, and a society less scarred by sectarianism mean the extremists have so far failed to repeat their Middle Eastern breakthrough.
The terrorist group, which controls large areas of Syria and Iraq, has been trying for months to establish itself in Afghanistan’s eastern areas, challenging the Taliban on their own turf.
Its franchise in the war-torn country has managed to recruit disaffected Taliban fighters, as the fractious Afghan militant …

AF-PAK /ISIS/TALIBAN, Taliban, Talibanisation, Terrorism »

[29 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]

Khaama Press, Aug 28 2015, 10:53 pm
Kabul: The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan has claimed that the ISIS affiliates operating in Afghanistan are mostly Pakistani nationals with few young Afghan men recruited by the group.
Taliban also ruled out that the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) terrorist group is based in Afghanistan, insisting that the militant groups are fighting under the flag and policy of Taliban in Afghanistan.
“People under the name of Daesh are currently only operating in one or two districts of Nangarhar who are mostly Pakistani nationals with a …

Azad Kashmir, Gilgit -Baltistan, Jammu and Kashmir, NOrthern Areas, Religious Freedom »

[26 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]

 By Shabbir Mir in The Express Tribune,Aug 26, 2015
GILGIT: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved the appointment of a National Accountability Bureau judge for Gilgit-Baltistan. This has sent alarm bells ringing for those who have embezzled from the public exchequer, especially during the previous government in the region.
The establishment of NAB in the region was requested by G-B Chief Minister Hafeezur Rahman after he assumed public office to deal with the corruption cases that surfaced during the previous government.
“The office will be operational as soon as the judge takes charge,” …