ISLAMABAD: Chinese Envoy here H.E. Yao Jing today told that his country had increased the number of scholarships for Pak pupils up to 20,000/a – highest for any country in the world.
Speaking at a “China-Photo Exhibition” held at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), he said with enhanced people-to-people contacts and communication Pak-China relations would continue to gain strength from generations to generations. “It is the people who matter in a relationship,” he remarked. The event was organized by the Chinese Study Center of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad as part of Chinese Lunar Year celebrations.
Ambassador Yao said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a long-term project, adding with five years of work on CPEC, it was just the start of achieving the goals of socio-economic development in the region. He said that China, in consultation with the Government of Pakistan, had decided to enter the next phase of CPEC which would focus on Investment, Joint Ventures, the establishment of Special Economic Zones (SEZs), engagement in the power sector as well as export-oriented cooperation.
The Chinese Ambassador said the second area of focus for cooperation in the next phase of CPEC was the social sector and the areas identified were education, health, agriculture, poverty reduction, and human resources. “We have to have a holistic and futuristic approach,” he said and added that in future the cooperation between Pakistan and China would encompass all areas including military, economic, development etc. Ambassador Yao lauded the efforts of NUST in various disciplines of education including the science and technology and said the Chinese government and Embassy would continue to support the institution, considered as one of Pakistan’s leading educational institutions.
Earlier in his welcome remarks Rector NUST Lt. Gen. (R) Naweed Zaman, HI (M), observed that commitment of the leadership of two countries to preparing the future generation for “knowledge economy” through closer educational collaboration. He also highlighted various initiatives of NUST to have enhanced cooperation and collaboration with China and its educational institutions and thanked the Chinese side for their support. Later, the Chinese Ambassador opened the exhibition by cutting a ribbon. On this occasion, he was also presented a souvenir by the Rector of NUST. The event was participated by the NUST leadership, Faculty and China educated Graduates Alumni of NUST and other Universities in Islamabad. The photos placed at the exhibition depicted China’s great progress over the past four decades of Reforms and Open Door Policy to the outside world.
India divertig attention from Spy’s case?
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda has termed the Indian threat to stop the flow of water from eastern rivers to Pakistan a “failed attempt”, just like the Pulwama incident, to divert attention from its failure in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case in International Court of Justice (ICJ).
In his reaction over India’s threat to stop Pakistan’s water, he said India could not blame Pakistan for its failure in the International Court of Justice to prove spy Kulbhushan innocent. As per Indus Water Treaty, India could not stop Pakistan’s water, he added, says a press statement here on Friday.
Describing the threat hilarious and void, he said the Indian government was preparing the ground to seek public support in next election by hurling allegation against Pakistan. “India must keep it in mind that it is a New Pakistan,” Vawda said adding that valiant Armed Forces of Pakistan would give a befitting response if India launched any misadventure. He said India would get nothing from its war hysteria except embarrassment among the comity of the nations.
Pilot drinking delays Japan plane
TOKYO: Japan’s All Nippon Airways said today it was forced to delay a domestic flight earlier this week after a co-pilot failed an alcohol breath test despite new rules.
The case came after Japan introduced fresh regulations to clamp down on alcohol consumption by pilots after several incidents involving flight crew drinking hit the headlines. On Tuesday, the ANA co-pilot was scheduled to fly a Boeing 777 with 322 passengers on board from Kobe in western Japan to Haneda airport in Tokyo.
But he failed a breath test and said he had consumed a can of beer and half a can of a spirit-based drink in his hotel room about six hours before the flight. The flight was delayed by more than an hour while a replacement pilot was found. The airline said in a statement it would deal with the case “rigorously”. It has banned pilots and co-pilots from drinking alcohol up to 24 hours before a flight.
Late last year, a Japan Airlines co-pilot arrested in Britain was jailed for 10 months after being found shortly before a flight with a blood alcohol level almost 10 times the legal limit. He had reportedly consumed two bottles of wine and more than 1.8 liters (nearly four US pints) of beer over six hours on the night before the flight. ANA also revealed last year that a hungover pilot had caused multiple flight delays. Before the rule change in January, Japan had no legal limits on drinking by plane crew members before flights, and breath testing was not required.
S. Korea to begin 5G service in March
SEOUL: South Korea’s finance minister said today that Seoul will become the first country in the world to start commercial operations of fifth-generation mobile network services next month.
Hong Nam-ki made the announcement at a meeting with senior officials on innovation-led growth in Seoul. KT Corp., South Korea’s leading wireless and fixed-line services provider, carried out a world first
trial service of its 5G system during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics last year. 5G data transmission speeds are 40-50 times faster than the existing 4G network or long-term evolution (LTE) and are expected to open a wide range of new business opportunities for the communication service sector.
The system, moreover, allows greater numbers of people to communicate with each other at the same time and promises to open vast markets for devices and services. The finance minister also said KT and two other local competitors – SK Telecom Co. and LG Uplus Inc. – will invest some 3 trillion won (US$2.6 billion) this year to set up seamless 5G connectivity in the country going forward.