Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

CENTRELINE JUNE 2017

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Chinese

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to arrive in Islamabad today

ISLAMABAD, JUN 24 (DNA) – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is arriving in Islamabad on Saturday on a two day visit. He will hold talks with Pakistani leadership on matters pertaining to peace and stability in Afghanistan.Pakistan and China are cooperating closely for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.During meetings, the entire gamut of bilateral relations will also be discussed.=DNA

Acting British High Commissioner celebrates chevening alumni achievements

Acting British High Commissioner celebrates chevening alumni achievements

ISLAMABAD, JUN 23 (DNA) – An iftar reception for Chevening Alumni was hosted by the Acting British High Commissioner Mr Richard Crowder at his residence on Thursday evening. The reception was attended by Chevening scholars, Chevening South Asia Journalism Programme fellows, members of the elected Chevening Alumni Association of Pakistan as well as senior officials from the British High Commission. The reception celebrated the achievements of the Chevening Alumni in the first half of 2017 as well as giving an opportunity for networking between members of the British High Commission and the Chevening Alumni.

APNS

Pakistan Condemns Bomb Blast in Helmand

ISLAMABAD, JUN 22 (DNA) – Pakistan strongly condemns the car bomb explosion close to the Kabul Bank branch in Lashkargah city (Helmand province) of Afghanistan earlier today, resulting in the loss of many innocent lives and injuries to many more. The people and Government of Pakistan extend their heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences to the Government and the people of Afghanistan and the bereaved families.

Gujrat

Man murders sisters on accounts of suspicion in Gujrat

GUJRAT, JUN 21 (DNA) – A man murdered two of his sisters on accounts of suspicion in Noor Jamal village of Dinga on Tuesday, according to reports. Awais Ali and his maternal uncle Banaras entered his house where Awais Ali allegedly opened fire on his sisters Saadia, 26, and Uzma, 28, which killed them both on the spot. The accused then fled the scene. Police claimed the suspects had an issue with the activities of their sisters.

Chinese

Learning Chinese trending in Pakistan amid deepening ties with China

ISLAMABAD, JUN 20 (DNA) – With the implementation of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Pakistan, the cultural interaction of Pakistani and Chinese citizens is opening avenue for learning Chinese language in Pakistan. Numerous institutes are teaching Chinese language to students and professionals in Pakistan, including the Roots Millennium Schools where more than 7,000 students are learning mandarin. Being a flagship project of Belt & Road, CPEC has attracted many Chinese into Pakistan who aren’t necessarily working on CPEC projects, but with other enterprises, or running private businesses.

Yuan

Yuan firms amid curbs on money flows, higher volatility seen ahead

SHANGHAI, JUN 19 (DNA) – China’s yuan firmed against the dollar on Monday, supported by a stronger midpoint fix and as data pointed to more balanced supply and demand in the forex market amid Beijing’s tougher crackdown on illegal capital outflows. Traders expect more volatility for the yuan in coming months, however, amid mounting expectations that the greenback could strengthen again as the United States tightens monetary policy while China’s economic growth slows.

Gulf

Gulf little changed in early trade, oil price deters activity

DUBAI, JUN 18 (DNA) – Gulf stock markets were little changed in early trade on Sunday as low oil prices, with Brent crude just above $47 a barrel, deterred buying and diminished liquidity. The Saudi stock index rose 0.2 percent. MSCI will announce on Tuesday whether it is adding Saudi Arabia to a list for possible upgrade to emerging market status, which could attract fresh inflows of foreign money.  Some stocks expected to benefit from such flows rose, with Saudi British Bank climbing 3.3 percent to its highest level since early January.