International

The World Economic Forum Ranks Pakistan at 107 Among 140 Countries on the Global Competitiveness Index.

The new competitiveness 4.0 index prepares countries to gear up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.   Geneva/Islamabad, Switzerland/Pakistan: The World Economic Forum released the Global Competitiveness Report 2018 this week. The Report has adopted a new methodology for measuring Competitiveness 4.0. by including indices which represents more knowledge and digital-based ecosystems. Although the new methodology is a reboot of the ...

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How Pakistan’s Gwadar Port can help Gulf trade connectivity

By: Sabena Siddiqui Offering the shortest and most convenient trade route to Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the deep- sea port of Gwadar in Pakistan also links up China’s large, land-locked province of Xinjiang to the Arabian Sea. Taking center-stage ever since China’s mega-project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) kicked off, Gwadar port has made the China-Pakistan ...

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ADB approves $100m to address water shortages in Balochistan

 KARACHI: The Asian Development Bank has approved a $100 million loan to address chronic water shortages and increase earnings on farms in Balochistan. The ‘Balochistan Water Resources Development Sector Project’ will focus on improving irrigation infrastructure and water resource management in the Zhob and Mula river basins. “Agriculture accounts for almost two-thirds of Balochistan’s economic output and employs 60% of ...

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Career Pathways – Paving their way to a U.S. Education

ISLAMABAD: The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), in collaboration with Educational Programs (EdPrograms), took forty-six Pakistani high school students, thirteen counselors and four EducationUSA staff members to the U.S. on a summer tour of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to get a taste of American higher education through a series of short classes and workshops. Career Pathways is a ...

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Russia Pakistan relations: Economic and diplomatic dimensions

By: Venita Christopher The warming up of the relations between Russia and Pakistan started only recently a visible tilt could be witnessed in the foreign policy of Russia towards Pakistan for some time now where Russia  has been focusing to build its long term economic, military and political relations with Pakistan. Pakistan is recognized by Russia as instrumental for political ...

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Balochistan Point staffer honored as an instructor for the Civic Education Program in Washington DC

QUETTA: Balochistan Point  assistant editor Mariyam Suleman has been honored as an instructor for the Civic Education Week 2018 in Washington DC this month. She will lead more than 100 selected alumni from Pakistan. Mariyam is Youth Exchange and Study (YES-USA) alumni and she earned her High School degree from Coquille High School, Oregon USA in 2012. Mariyam Suleman is ...

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Earthquake threat in Gwadar Port puts CPEC at risk

BEIJING: Nearly 40 geologists from China and Pakistan have teamed up to survey the Makran Trench in Balochistan following Beijing’s concerns over the possibility of a massive earthquake affecting the strategic Gwadar port in the volatile province, a media report said Saturday. The trench is the meeting point for two tectonic plates and is close to the Pakistani deep-sea port ...

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USEFP Announces 2019 Fulbright Student (Master’s and PhD) Program

ISLAMABAD:The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) invites Pakistani students to apply for the prestigious 2019 Fulbright Student (Master’s and PhD) and Fulbright-Higher Education Commission (HEC) PhD Program, which fully funds Master’s or PhD study at top universities in the United States. The application form is available online at www.usefpakistan.org, and the application deadline is May 16, 2018. Women, ...

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China, UNDP sign agreement to support crisis affected areas of Balochistan and FATA

ISLAMABAD: China and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan have signed a $4 million agreement to provide assistance over four months in those areas of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan that have been affected by natural and human-made crises.   The “China South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund for the Recovery Project in FATA and Balochistan” will help 8,100 ...

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UNHCR PAKISTAN: No changes to Afghan refugee school textbooks in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The UN refugee agency said Monday that there have been no changes to the textbooks currently used in refugee schools in Pakistan. The education curriculum of Afghanistan is used in refugee schools in Pakistan. This helps prepare pupils for their reintegration into the schooling system in Afghanistan should they decide to return. Curricula from a refugee’s home-country are also ...

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