KARACHI: Following were the movements of ships and cargo handling at the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) during the last 24 hours, ending at 0700 hours today:
Xin Mei Zhou
Xin Hong Kong
CARGO HANDLING TURNOVER:
The total cargo handled at Karachi Port during the last 24 hours
closed at 191,811 Metric Tons.
The breakup shows that the port has handled 67,129 Metric Tons of
export cargo and 124,682 Metric Tons of import cargo during the said
Commodity wise handling in metric tons is given below.
Soya Bean Seeds
Australian govt changes system for job-seekers
CANBERRA: The Australian government announced today the biggest overhaul of the nation’s unemployment services in two decades.
Kelly O’Dwyer, the minister for jobs and industrial relations, said in a media release on Wednesday that the government would make sweeping changes to the 1.3-billion-Australian dollar (920 million U.S. dollars) per year employment system, Jobactive, in the lead-up to May’s general election. Under the changes, the majority of Jobactive services will be delivered via a digital platform for both employers and job-seekers. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the new system would be more targeted to individual needs. “It’s a more flexible plan which is giving people more tools, both those helping people find jobs and help people looking for jobs,” he said in an appearance on Network Seven television. The government will also abolish the requirement that job-seekers receiving unemployment benefits apply for 20 jobs every month in order to continue receiving welfare.
While the number of applications being lodged by users will continue to be monitored, the system will also take into account whether job-seekers are engaging in volunteering, work experience opportunities or training. “Our changes are the most extensive shake-up of employment services in 20 years, empowering job seekers who are job-ready and prioritizing support for those who face the greatest barriers,” O’Dwyer said on Wednesday. “Whilst the government’s employment services system, Jobactive, has performed better than its predecessor programs and achieved strong results in getting people off welfare and into work, with almost 1.3 million job placements since July 2015, we want to see even more Australians enter meaningful, long-term work.”
1st Meeting of Political Parties Forum on CPEC
BEIJING: Foreign Minister (FM) Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held that the Political Parties Forum on CPEC would further enhance mutual understanding.
He made these remarks in his keynote speech at the First Meeting of the Political Parties Forum on CPEC held here. The meeting was organized by the International Department of the CPC Central Committee at Diaoyutai State Guest House here. FM Qureshi along with Song Tao, Minister International Department of the CPC Central Committee, co-chaired the forum. Minister IDCPC also delivered a keynote speech.
Addressing the Forum, FM said that the platform would further strengthen the consensus between our two countries and reinforce our time-tested bilateral relations. Welcoming the Foreign Minister Song Tao said that CPEC is the flagship project of BRI and the Forum would enhance people-to-people contacts and apprehend new trends for people-centric development in the region.
Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, and Chairman Senate CPEC Committee Senator Sherry Rehman led delegations of PTI, PML-N, and PPP, respectively. Governor Balochistan Province Amanullah Khan led a combined delegation of political parties from Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including representatives of ANP, NP, JUI-F, BAP, BNP, PPP, PTI, and PkMAP. Representatives from IDCPC, NDRC, EXIM Bank, SOEs, think tanks and media also attended the forum from the Chinese side.
During the forum, stakeholders from both sides exchanged in-depth views on the development of CPEC and its future trajectory. Deputy Speaker National Assembly Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Senator Sherry Rehman, Governor Balochistan Amanullah Khan, Jan Mohammad, Province Omar Ahmadzai, Shagufta Malik, Mohammad Akbar, Nasrullah Khan Barach, and Mahmood Ahmad shared views from Pakistan side. Participants of the Forum expressed the fullest support to the upcoming Second Forum of the Belt and Road Initiative that will be held in Beijing next month.
At the end of the forum, all stakeholders unanimously adopted ‘Beijing Declaration’. The participants reiterated their unwavering commitment to CPEC. They agreed to further enhance intra-party exchanges, discussions, and cooperation. They rejected negative propaganda against CPEC, which is an inclusive project of win-win cooperation, mutual development, and prosperity. The next meeting of the Forum would be held in Pakistan.
Tokyo bourse closes up
TOKYO: Stocks rose here today, led by gains in chip-related shares, as investors await the outcome of the US Federal Reserve’s policy meeting later in the day.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index gained 0.20 percent, or 42.07 points, to close at 21,608.92 while the broader Topix index was up 0.26 percent, or 4.16 points, at 1,614.39.