Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

DEC 2017

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EBRD ready to implement at least 15 projects in Uzbekistan in 2018

TASHKENT, DEC 17 (DNA) – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) intends to implement at least 15 projects in various spheres in Uzbekistan in 2018, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Suma Chakrabarti said.Chakrabarti made the remarks during the visit of the Uzbek delegation to the headquarters of the bank in London.The Uzbek delegation visited London within the participation in the meeting of the EBRD Board of Directors.

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Rahul Gandhi extends family grip on India’s Congress party

NEW DELHI, DEC 16 (DNA) – India’s Rahul Gandhi took over Saturday as president of the main opposition Congress, becoming the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to head the party that has ruled the country for much of its independent history.Fireworks erupted over the party headquarters in New Delhi drowning out the voice of his mother Sonia Gandhi as she handed over the reins of power to her 47-year-old son.

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Social media may help chronically ill connect to doctors, fellow patients

NEW YORK, DEC 15 (DNA) – Social media groups that bring together patients, family, friends and healthcare providers can improve patients’ outlook and reduce their anxiety and depression, a recent U.S. study suggests.In a nine-month experiment with liver-transplant patients, researchers found that participants came to rely heavily on a closed Facebook group, both for information about their condition and help in coping.“Ninety percent of Americans are on the internet and 80 percent are using platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to find healthcare information from a supportive online community,” said Dr. Sean Langenfeld, of the Department of Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, who wasn’t involved in the study.

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6,700 Rohingya Muslims killed in one month in Myanmar: report

YANGON, DEC 15 (DNA) – International aid group Doctors Without Borders, known by its French name MSF, said its field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Burma’s security forces.  The MSF said in a statement that it had conducted the survey in refugee camps in Bangladesh, and estimated that at least 6,700 Rohingya died in Burma’s Rakhine state between 25 August and 24 September. About 630,000 Rohingya have fled Burma into Bangladesh to escape what the United Nations has called “ethnic cleansing”.

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Hyundai Nishat Motor inks agreement with Pakistan Govt

ISLAMABAD, DEC 15 (DNA) – Hyundai Nishat Motor, a unit of Nishat Mills, enters investment agreement with the Government of Pakistan to assemble and sell passenger and 1-ton commercial vehicles in the country, the company said in stock exchange filing in Karach on Fridayi.The statement to Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) said that the ground breaking ceremony of the plant has been planned next week on December 20 in Faisalabad.The company will manufacture one ton vehicles in the country and the project is expected to get tax concessions under auto policy.

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France keenly following one belt one road initiative developments: MPs

By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

ISLAMABAD, DEC 12 (DNA) – Mr. Jean-Bernard Sempastous the President of France-Pakistan Friendship Group of the National Assembly of the French Republic and Senator Pascal Allizard have acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in the fight against terrorism. They also vowed to maintain regular contacts with their Pakistani counterparts. The French parliamentarians are also keeping a close eye on the progress of China, Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and will submit a report to French Senate after conclusion of their Pakistan visit.

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China glad to see unity among Pak political parties on CPEC: minister Wang

By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

ISLAMABAD, DEC 11 (DNA) – Assistant Minister of Communist Party of China (CPC) Wang Yajun has said China was glad to see that all political parties in Pakistan were supporting CPEC adding this goodwill gesture shown by the political parties augurs well for the future of the project.The Chinese minister was speaking on the occasion of Thematic briefing on 19th National Congress of Communist Party of China (CPC). The briefing was arranged by Pakistan-China Institute.