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CPEC Crisis: China plays hard as Pakistan spirals deeper into debt trap | Deep Dive

Political turbulence, foreign debt limits and the Covid-19 pandemic have all come together to slow down Chinese investment in Pakistan as Beijing holds off on projects under the $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), including a $6.1 billion railway renovation plan. Here's a Deep Dive into the CPEC crisis Saikiran Kannan Singapore November 20, 2020 UPDATED: November 20, 2020 21:01 IST The Gwadar Port. (Image: Getty Images) Political turbulence, foreign debt limits and the Covid-19 pandemic have all come together to slow down Chinese investment in Pakistan as Beijing holds off on projects under the $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), including a $6.1 billion railway renovation plan. The recent controversy is surrounding the Main Line 1, or ML-1, railway project, the largest in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Pakistan, as Beijing is hesitant to finance it at the 1 per cent interest rate requested by Islamabad. With 2,655km of track, it connect

The Great Panjab and Punjabis

When Indira Gandhi ruled 18 states, Punjab wasn’t in those 18. Now when Modi is ruling 19 states, Punjab isn’t in those .  When British ruled all over India Punjab was the last one to come under that rule and immediately started struggle for freedom. In the freedom struggle against British, the contribution of Punjabis is more than 80%. When Mughal ruled India and converted Hindus to Islam, one and only one Punjab stood against them and Guru Arjan Dev (5th Guru) and Guru Teg Bahadur Ji ( 9th Guru & father of Guru Gobind Singh ji ) laid down their lives at Chandni Chowk in Delhi for their support Guru Gobind Singh sacrificed all his four sons of the age of 7,9,14 & 17 years against the conversion to Islam. His Elder two sons (Sahibzade) sacrificed their lives in war against Mughals at Chamkaur Sahib(Pb) & younger two sons (Sahibzade) were bricked alive at Sirhand (Pb) by the  Mughal ruler of that State. Even when Sikander conquered all, only King Porus of Punjab dared to sto

TLP chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi passes away in Lahore

Imran Gabol  |  Javed Hussain  | Updated 20 Nov 2020 TLP chief Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi. — AP/File Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi has died in Lahore at the age of 54, his political party confirmed on Thursday night. The cause of his demise wasn't immediately clear. According to the party’s spokesperson, Hamza, the TLP chief had been experiencing difficulty in breathing and was running a fever since yesterday. The spokesperson added that Rizvi was at his madressah on Multan Road when his condition deteriorated on Thursday evening. He was subsequently rushed to the Farooq Hospital in Iqbal Town, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD Rizvi was later taken to Sheikh Zayed Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead, said Saad Rizvi, son of Khadim Hussain Rizvi. Some time later, social media was abuzz with reports that Rizvi was still alive and had only been unconscious for a while. When contacted to verify th

Where are the global food brands from India?

By Anuradha Goyal|  Published: 18th November 2020 05:31 AM     "Rasgullas" by Nithyascorner - Own work. (Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia/Commons) Food dominates our hearts and minds on a daily basis, with enhanced emotions on festivals and celebrations. The pandemic brought us closer to food by providing us time to engage in elaborate cooking at home. Not to mention that when we stepped out of our homes after the lockdown, a lot of new grocery stores had popped up in the neighbourhood, for that is all people were spending on. Put on your business hat and let’s look at the food brands from India. I looked at many ‘Top brands in India’ lists, both with global brands and with only Indian brands. Amul is the only food brand that features prominently in all the lists, at times accompanied by fellow dairy companies like Mother Dairy and Nandini. Britannia features in some. In beverages, Paperboat has established itself as a niche Indian drink brand and sometimes makes the

Leaving RCEP was a short-sighted decision, says former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran

NATIONAL Ananth Krishnan NOVEMBER 17, 2020 20:21 IST UPDATED:  NOVEMBER 17, 2020 21:53 IST Whatever concerns there may have been, it may have been better to address those within the tent than outside, he says The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a trade bloc of 15 countries including the 10 ASEAN members, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand,  was signed on November 15 without India , which was part of the long-running negotiations until it withdrew last year. While the agreement leaves the door open for India to join, that appears unlikely for now. On Monday, External Affairs Minister  S. Jaishankar criticised past trade agreements  for “deindustrialising” some sectors and not being advantageous to India. In an interview with  The Hindu , former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran says the decision to opt out was “short-sighted” and will have broader strategic implications for India’s interests in the region. Edited excerpts: The RCEP agreement has left th

Africa Digest: Ananta Aspen Centre

Mr. Pramit Pal Chaudhuri  Distinguished Fellow & Head, Strategic Affairs, Ananta Aspen Centre  Foreign Editor, The Hindustan Times NOVEMBER 2020 | VOL 04 ISSUE 10 | MONTHLY H I G H L I G H T S   •   Ethiopian Province Rebels ​​​​​ •  Democracies in Turmoil •  Terror and Security •  India and Africa •  Economic Developments •  Biden and Africa •  Africa's most wanted   Ethiopian Province Rebels A spreading military confrontation between the Ethiopian regime of President Abiy Ahmed and the Tigrayan provincial government could become a larger regional struggle, drawing in neighbouring Eritrea and Sudan.  Tigrayans, a small ethnic group in northern Ethiopia, wield disproportionate political influence thanks to their lead role in overthrowing the military regime in 1991. Since then, Ethiopia has been ruled by a coalition of regional parties representing the major ethnic groups. Abiy is the first president drawn from the Oromo, the largest ethnic group, but is also allied to the Amha