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High-value mountain products can promote sustainable livelihoods in Himalayas

Integrated farm with fruits, vegetables and herbs, Swat valley, Pakistan

Strengthening linkages between value chain actors, mountain farmers and consumers is important in achieving sustainable growth in Hindu Kush Himalayan region By Dr Surendra Raj Joshi The bountiful mountain areas of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) are a cornucopia of diverse, high-value products. With an abundance of niche goods, the region has a comparative advantage over other markets due to the ... Read More »

Heart of Asia Conf. delegates call for unified approach against terrorism

Heart of Asia Conf. delegates call for unified approach against terrorism

Conference stress enhanced cooperation for countering security threats and promoting connectivity in the Heart of Asia region ISLAMABAD – Dignitaries from Afghanistan, India, China, Turkey, Iran and other Asian countries called for enhanced cooperation for countering security threats and promoting connectivity in the Asian region at the Heart of Asia conference. The ‘Heart of Asia’ summit is jointly hosted by ... Read More »

Beijing hits highest air pollution alert of 2015

Beijing hits highest air pollution alert of 2015

Beijing’s residents have been advised to stay indoors after air pollution in the Chinese capital reached hazardous levels. BEIJING (China) – Last night, Beijing’s pollution level was taken up a notch to “orange,” from the original “yellow” classification by the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, according to Travel China. This is the second-highest air pollution warning level, with “red” coming next. Air pollution ... Read More »

Book on China-Pakistan friendship launched in Islamabad

Chinese ambassador to Pakistan, Sun Weidong, at the book launch of “You and Us: Stories of China and Pakistan” in Islamabad.

Pakistan-China friendship cuts across multiple dimension, touching state-to-state and people-to-people relation Speakers at the book launch of “You and Us: Stories of China and Pakistan” highlighted the special bond shared by the states as well as by the people of Pakistan and China. The book is a compilation of the stories of that friendship by former Chinese officials, interweaving personal recollections inside ... Read More »

40 countries participate in Asia Art Festival in Quanzhou, China

BEIJING — Artists and art troupes from over 40 countries and regions are participating in the 14th Asia Arts Festival & the 2nd Maritime Silk Road International Arts Festival that began with a fabulous opening ceremony on Sunday in Quanzhou- a starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Road in southeast China’s Fujian Province. The weeklong Asia arts festival, organized by ... Read More »

Chinese yuan gaining momentum to become global currency

BUENOS AIRIES – China’s currency, the yuan or renminbi (RMB), “is increasingly competing” against the US dollar and the euro as it moves closer to gaining a global currency status, an Argentine report said. In a key step, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is meeting this month to “study the possibility of incorporating the yuan” into its basket of major ... Read More »

China, France agree on climate compliance checks

China and France have agreed to include compliance checks in the international climate change agreement that will be negotiated in Paris in December. French President Francois Hollande who is in China to secure China’s commitment to the COP21 conference called it a “historic” step forward. The Paris conference will be attended by at least 80 world leaders including China’s President ... Read More »

Factory producing 41,000 fake iPhones in China

Beijing—A factory producing thousands of fake Apple iPhones has been raided and nine suspects detained in a major counterfeit bust by Beijing police. Along with more than 41,000 “iPhones” police found the factory manufactured 66,000 fake ribbon cables with a total value of 120 million yuan (£12.4 million). It is unclear how many counterfeit products were exported overseas, but at least some of the fake smartphones ... Read More »

Robots from 47 countries compete in China for 2015 RoboCup

The 19th annual competition will bring together thousands of contestants from more than 47 different countries and regions to China. Photo: DU YU/XINHUA PRESS/CORBIS

RoboCup – the World Cup for robots is being held in China In China this weekend, tiny robots of all shapes and sizes took to the field in the 19th annual competition, which brings together thousands of contestants from more than 47 different countries and regions. Robots will compete until July 23, when they will crown a RoboCup champion. This ... Read More »

Pakistan and world leaders welcome Iran nuclear deal

World leaders welcome historic Iran nuclear deal that will lift sanctions on Iran but place strict limits on its nuclear programme.

ISLAMABAD – As Iran and six major world powers reached a historic nuclear deal in Veinna on Tuesday, leaders from all over the world have started to react to the agreement. Pakistan has welcomed the development. “Pakistan welcomes the nuclear agreement reached between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5 + 1,” said a statement issued by the Ministry ... Read More »

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