Daily Archives: July 9, 2017

The First Smart Logistics Express Launched to Reduce Costs and Improve Efficiency for Logistics Sector

GUANGZHOU, China, July 8, 2017 /Xinhua-AsinNet/– On July 7, Guangdong iBosst Ltd. launched “the first smart logistics express,” a project dedicated to building a smart logistics express cable rail system covering the urban and rural areas of China, aiming to achieve same-day delivery of goods nationwide and one-hour delivery city-wide, and halve the cost through the “cable rail + shuttle robots” pattern.

Currently, Guangzhou is vigorously developing its “IAB” project, i.e., the strategic emerging industries including Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Bio-pharmaceutical, rapidly accumulating high-end factors like talents, technology and capital driven by technological innovation and supply-side reform. And the “smart logistics express”(hereinafter referred to as “smart express”) of iBosst is just an epitome of this trend.

In May this year, the first 15-km-long “smart express” was completed in Xin’an Town, Huazhou City, Guangdong Province, providing a pilot solution for the current supply-side innovation of logistics industry. Based on low-altitude static cable rails, the Express forms an “expressway” in the air to carry unmanned shuttle robots loaded with small amount of goods within 100 kilograms. It allows the robots to make turns and shunt, making it possible to deliver the parcels to their destinations rapidly, with low energy consumption and low cost.

Technological innovation is the gene of success and the driving force of rapid development for an enterprise. Ma Yasheng, Chairman of iBosst, noted that the completion of the “smart express” was a process of continuously challenging “impossibilities”.

With soft wirerope tracks developed and a series of smart technologies innovated, including the shuttle robot automatic driving system and backstage automatic digital control, the Express features 4 factors – “flexibility, punctuality, fast speed, low cost.” The current construction cost of the smart logistics express is RMB150,000/km, and less than RMB100,000/km after mass production.

Huan Yushan, former Vice Minister of Goods and Materials and former Vice Chairman of All China Federation of Industry and Commerce, believes that the “smart express” project has set an innovative and practical example for the transformation, upgrading and breakthrough in development of China’s logistics sector and that the project can drive series of innovation investment in smart warehousing, infrastructure construction, shuttle robots production, etc.

Ma Yasheng, noted that after launching the first “smart express”, iBosst will ceaselessly improve its advantages in logistics cost, efficiency, smart transportation, etc., continuously promote deployment of new tracks and networks of smart logistics nationwide, and extend value-added services in warehousing, payment, finance, big data, etc., so as to build an “integrated platform for smart express logistics”, to accelerate formation of a market-oriented innovation system for the logistics sector, and to serve the clients from the global market.

Source: Guangdong iBosst Ltd.

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JOURNEY FROM DARKNESS TOWARDS LIGHT UNDERWAY UNDER PM’S LEADERSHIP: SHAHBAZ

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that journey from darkness towards light is in progress under Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s leadership.

In a message from Lahore on Sunday, he said that 1320-megawatt Sahiwal Coal Power Plant has been completed in record period of twenty-two months.

Shahbaz Sharif said first phase of Havali Bhadur Shah has been started to generate 760-MW electricity, while power projects, with a total power generation capacity of 400-MW are also being completed at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, Bahawalpur.

Source: Radio Pakistan

SHEHBAZ, FAZL CONDEMN ATROCITIES IN OCCUPIED KASHMIR

JUI-F Chief and Chairman Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazlur Rehman called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore.

Both the leaders condemned atrocities inflicted on innocent people of Occupied Kashmir and unprovoked firing at the Line of Control by the Indian forces.

They paid rich tribute to sacrifices rendered by people of the Indian Occupied Kashmir for the right of self-determination.

Source: Radio Pakistan

US Raises Pressure on Kashmir Militants Fighting India

WASHINGTON � The U.S. State Department has declared Syed Salahuddin, the Pakistan-based chief of Hizbul Mujahideen, as a “global terrorist,” and imposed new sanctions aimed at suppressing his organization, one of the major militant groups fighting against Indian rule in Kashmir.

The State Department said the militant leader poses “a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals, or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.”

The U.S. acted just hours before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had his first face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump at the Oval Office in late June.

Here’s what is known about Salahuddin and his militant group, Hizbul Mujahideen.

Who is Syed Salahuddin?

A native of Indian-administered Kashmir, Syed Muhammad Yusuf Shah, known as Syed Salahuddin, is the current chief of Hizbul Mujahideen (HuM) and operates from Pakistan.

Salahuddin, 71, joined the decades-long militancy in Kashmir after losing a legislative assembly election in 1987. In 1989, he moved to the Pakistani side of Kashmir, joined Hizbul Mujahideen and soon took over as chief of the militant group. A year later, he framed the constitution of HuM and since then has been leading the largest Kashmiri separatist movement.

Salahuddin also heads an alliance of over a dozen militant groups in Kashmir called the United Jihad Council (UJC), which says it fights for the right of self-determination for the residents of Kashmir.

According to the India Express, Salahuddin has played a key hand in fueling militancy in Kashmir over the last 27 years. He is known for supplying arms and training young recruits and sending them to Kashmir for militant activities, the Mumbai-based newspaper added.

Why a ‘global terrorist’?

The State Department said sanctions against Salahuddin were justified because he is, and has been, a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.

In September 2016, Salahuddin vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, U.S. diplomats said.

HuM is one of the major militant groups fighting Indian troops in Kashmir and also is blamed for attacks on Indian Army targets outsiode the Vale of Kashmir.

Pakistan has criticized the U.S. for declaring Syed Salahuddin a terrorist, contending the State Department’s decision is an effort to please India and to undermine the efforts of Kashmiri people fighting for their legitimate rights.

Pakistan defends ‘legitimate struggle’

Islamabad maintains that the militants fighting New Delhi’s rule in Kashmir are involved in a legitimate struggle for freedom and self-determination.

Over the past year, the world has witnessed an intensification of the brutal policies of repression being pursued by the Indian occupation forces,” said Pakistani foreign office spokesman Nafees Zakaria. “Despite this relentless state terror, the Kashmiris remain undeterred and unbowed.”

This decision has not been taken by the United Nations. We are not bound to implement U.S. decisions,” said Sartaj Aziz, the Pakistani prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs.

“We will continue moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris, Aziz said last week at a forum for Kashmiri journalists in Islamabad.

History of Kashmir Dispute

The Kashmir conflict emerged right after Pakistan and India gained Independence from British rule in 1947.

India controls a larger portion of the Himalayan region of Kashmir than Pakistan. Both neighbors claim Kashmir in its entirety as an integral part of their territory.

Militants operate on both sides of the conflict, and India and Pakistan consistently blame each other for allowing terrorists to use their territory to plot and carry out cross-border attacks.

The two South Asian powers have gone to war over Kashmir three times: at the time of partition, in 1947, and later in 1965 and 1999. Since both India and Pakistan now have nuclear weapons, the element of risk in such conflicts has now risen exponentially.

What is Hizbul Mujahideen?

Founded in 1989 in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, Hizbul Mujahideen – ‘the Party of Holy Warriors’ – is considered to be the largest militant group in Kashmir. It has been been branded a terrorist organization by India, the European Union and the United States.

Hizbul Mujahideen reportedly was established to counter the separatist group Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, which advocated for complete independence of Kashmir rather than unification with Pakistan.

HuM has always advocated for merger of all of Kashmir, including the portion now under India’s control, with Pakistan.

The militant group still has a large number of operatives on both sides of Kashmir, but its numbers have been shrinking. Hizbul Mujahideen was estimated to have around 10,000 members in 1990, but that figure had declined to 1,500 by 2011.

The group has a women’s wing, Banat-ul-Islam. It also operates the partisan media outlet Kashmir Press International.

Many other active militant groups

Over a dozen militant separatist groups are fighting in Indian-held Kashmir. Most of them are based in the Pakistani-administered portion of the Kashmir Valley. India has repeatedly blamed the groups for inciting violence in Kashmir, and the issue has kept the relationship between India and Pakistan tense for decades.

Last year, at least 17 Indian army personnel were killed and over two dozen injured in militant attacks on an Indian army headquarters near the national border with Pakistan. New Delhi blamed Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad, one of the UJC groups, for carrying out the attack.

Indian security forces in Kashmir have been accused by rights groups for widespread violations of human rights, including indiscriminate arrests and torture.

Source: Voice of America

JOURNALIST ASIF POTA PASSES AWAY IN LAHORE

Eminent journalist, writer, and dramatist Asif Ali Pota has died of cardiac arrest in Lahore.

His funeral prayers will be offered after Zuhar prayers in Iqbal Town Lahore today.

Source: Radio Pakistan

JOURNEY FROM DARKNESS TOWARDS LIGHT UNDERWAY UNDER PM’S LEADERSHIP: SHAHBAZ

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that journey from darkness towards light is in progress under Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s leadership.

In a message from Lahore on Sunday, he said that 1320-megawatt Sahiwal Coal Power Plant has been completed in record period of twenty-two months.

Shahbaz Sharif said first phase of Havali Bhadur Shah has been started to generate 760-MW electricity, while power projects, with a total power generation capacity of 400-MW are also being completed at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, Bahawalpur.

Source: Radio Pakistan