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Hainan-Themed Day Held at China Pavilion of Astana 2017 Expo

ASTANA, Kazakhstan, Aug. 16, 2017 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– “Please come to Tianya Haijiao where spring dwells all year round; please come to Tianya Haijiao where blossoms and fruits are up hills and down dales.” On August 14th, 2017, the Hainan-themed Day event, titled “Beautiful Hainan, Healthy Island”, was launched at China Pavilion of Astana 2017 Expo, beginning with a feast of tropical singing and dance from Hainan.

The opening ceremony was attended by about 160 people, including Yu Xun, Chairman of Hainan CPPCC Committee, Wang Jinzhen, Vice President of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), Liu Jiangping, the temporary Ambassador of the Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan (KZ), Mynyura Murzamadieva, President of the Tourism Industry Committee of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of KZ, pavilion representatives, KZ business communities with their guests, Hainan economic and trade delegation, as well as media from China and other countries.

Yu Xun, while addressing the ceremony, gave a brief introduction to Hainan’s economic performance, remarking that “Beautiful Hainan, Healthy Island” is not only a theme of event, but also an exact portrayal of Hainan. According to him, Hainan is committed to building itself into a happy home to the local people, an ever-green garden of China and a tourist paradise across the globe. Recent years have witnessed Hainan’s tourism transformation and upgrading, an all-for-one tourism in full swing, and the grip loosening on the tourist offshore duty-free shopping policy. In future, Hainan will focus on 12 key industries including tourism, tropical efficient agriculture and healthcare.

Mynyura Murzamadieva, said through the Hainan-themed activity, she got a glimpse of Hainan as a tourist paradise and felt optimistic about the prospect of the cooperation in tourism between China and KZ. She also mentioned that, to facilitate Chinese tourists and attract more of them, KZ government is making adjustment by optimizing the visa process and transit-without-visa policies towards Chinese tourists.

During the opening ceremony, two cooperation agreements were signed, namely the one between Hainan CCPIT, Kazakhstan International Trade Association and Kazakhstan China Trade Promotion Association. For more cooperation between Hainan and KZ, the Department of Agriculture in Hainan, Hainan Tourism Commission, and several cities including Haikou, Danzhou, Wenchang, Qionghai and Wanning, promoted on the spot their local special industries, such as tropical efficient agriculture, tourism and health care.

During the event, Hainan also displayed the technique of making the brocade of Li ethnicity, the well-known” Living Fossil of Chinese textile history”, and the physical therapy of Chinese medicine peculiar to the province. Tourists in China Pavilion were offered the chance to taste Hainan coffee and the local food.

Source: Hainan CCPIT

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XCMG Launches New Company in Kazakhstan, Further Integrating Eurasia with Global Outreach

ALMATY, Kazakhstan, Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — XCMG, the world’s leading global construction machinery manufacturer, has launched XCMG XuGong Kazakhstan (the “Company”), a “one-stop-shop” that aims to provide help to the growing number of construction projects, this July in Almaty Kazakhstan.

The new company will sell XCMG’s highly acclaimed products, offer prompt service and work with local dealers to improve customer experience.

The largest economy in Central Asia, Kazakhstan’s rapid development gives it a high profile in regional politics and economics. It’s also a crucial link within the Belt and Road Initiative (B&R), China’s effort to redevelop ancient Silk Road trade routes and drive economic development throughout the region.

Wang Min, chairman and president of XCMG, remarked that Kazakhstan is a bridge in Eurasia and one of the company’s most crucial global markets.

“XCMG will seize the opportunities presented by the B&R and focus on strategic investment in the Kazakh market, providing local, customized products and solution plans while facilitating infrastructure construction and XCMG’s sustainable development in Kazakhstan.”

XCMG has actively participated in local infrastructure projects such as road, railway and airport construction since entering the market 16 years ago. The company’s equipment was also used in the construction works for Expo 2017 Astana.

More than 20,000 pieces of XCMG equipment are in operation in Kazakhstan. The No.1 brand in the country, the company now holds an over 80 percent market share with loaders, cranes, road construction and pile work machines ranking the highest among all brands.

Miao Hongbo, Consul-general of the Chinese Consulate-General in Almaty, noted that the Company is also a new platform for Sino-Kazakhstan cooperation that can provide all-around support for future Kazakh infrastructure projects.

The Company will also create a solid foundation for XCMG’s operations to radiate throughout Central Asia, marking a new milestone after the establishment of a joint venture company in Urgench, Uzbekistan with state-owned national rail carrier Uzbekistan Railways in 2014.

About XCMG

XCMG is a multinational heavy machinery manufacturing company with a 74-year history. It currently ranks ninth in the world’s construction machinery industry. The company exports to more than 177 countries and regions around the world.

For more information, please visit: www.xcmg.com, or XCMG pages on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram.

PROVINCIAL GOVT’S INDUSTRIAL POLICY TO MAKE KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA ECONOMICALLY STABLE: KHATTAK

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak says the provincial government’s economic plan and industrial policy will make the province economically stable.

Talking to a delegation of Labour Federation in Peshawar on Wednesday, he said labourers are the backbone of the economic development of a country.

Presiding over another meeting, the Chief Minister appreciated the role of monitoring and evaluation department for transparency in developmental projects.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Dragos, a Global Industrial Control System Cybersecurity Startup, Raises $10 Million in Series A Venture Capital

Funding Provided by Energy Impact Partners, Allegis Capital and DataTribe

Dragos Is Building the First Industrial Cybersecurity Ecosystem

HANOVER, Md., Aug. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dragos Inc., (pronounced Dray-gohs), an industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity company made up of industry experts with the vision of securing global industrial infrastructure, announced today that it has received a $10 million Series A round of venture capital from co-lead investors Energy Impact Partners (EIP) and Allegis Capital, with additional support from DataTribe, a cybersecurity startup studio that initially funded Dragos.

The Series A round will be used to increase the company’s workforce to meet rising customer demand, generated in part through key partnerships with Deloitte, the global audit and financial advisory services firm, and CrowdStrike Inc., a leader in cloud-delivered endpoint protection.

Dragos is the first ICS cybersecurity investment by EIP, which focuses on investments that seek to optimize energy consumption and improve sustainable energy generation.

CRASHOVERRIDE AND DRAGOS REPORT

Dragos has attracted attention for recently producing a report on CRASHOVERRIDE, the malware used to temporarily interrupt power in the Ukraine in a widely publicized cyber-attack last December. CRASHOVERRIDE is the only known malware that disrupts the electrical grid and only the fourth known type of malware to be specifically tailored toward ICS overall.

Founded May 2016 and funded until this point with a seed round of $1.2 million from DataTribe, Dragos has built the first industrial cybersecurity ecosystem. This consists of three core offerings and an assessment tool – the Dragos Platform, the Dragos Threat Operations Center, Global ICS Intelligence, and CyberLens network assessment software. This combination gives customers access to technology to monitor and respond to threats in the ICS, along with intelligence to make informed decisions about threats. Services range from threat hunting to incident response, as well as lightweight software for routine assessments.

The company’s biggest technological differentiator is its behavioral analytics. Instead of “anomaly detection” and other types of machine learning-driven technologies that are hitting the market, the approach of Dragos is to codify human experience facing human adversaries. It identifies adversary tradecraft and turns it into behavioral analytics. As a result, defenders get context of what is going on and recommendations on what to do next, not merely a series of alerts.

“Dragos exists to safeguard civilization,” said Robert M. Lee, the CEO of Dragos.  “Critical infrastructure powers the global economy and the fabric of modern society. We all strongly believe that civilian infrastructure should be off limits to any adversaries, no matter where the infrastructure is located in the world.”

Dragos was founded by ICS cybersecurity experts Lee, Jon Lavender and Justin Cavinee, all veterans of the U.S. intelligence community. There they established a first-of-its-kind mission for the U.S. government to identify, analyze and respond to nation-states launching ICS-focused cyberattacks.

“Industrial control systems are unique unto themselves – hybrid digital and analog environments with very different operational temperaments,” said Bob Ackerman, the founder and a Managing Director of cybersecurity investment specialist Allegis Capital. “Unless you have lived your life in this environment, you can’t truly appreciate how different or complex ICS systems are.  With Dragos, we invested in the “A” team.”

“Protecting the integrity of the grid has always been a top priority for utility operators,” said Sameer Reddy, a Vice President at EIP and co-leader of the Series A financing. “One of the critical challenges is access to sufficient human capital. The Dragos platform, which is built and managed by true ICS cybersecurity experts, provides significant force multiplication to ICS operators around the world.”

“Energy is essential to our economy and way of life. As a result, energy infrastructure is increasingly a target,” said Thomas A. Fanning, Chairman, President and CEO of Southern Company. “As a founding investor in Energy Impact Partners, Southern Company is proud to support enhancing the resiliency of critical infrastructure, in order to better protect the communities where we live and serve.”

About Dragos Inc.

Dragos Inc., based in Hanover, Md., is the trusted authority on threats to industrial networks (ICS/IoT). The Dragos Platform is an on-premise or cloud-based security technology that continually and passively collects data to perform asset identification, detects cyber threats through industrial specific behavioral analytics, and enables better efficiency and effectiveness of security personnel through the codification of automated workflows, best practices and incident response procedures. The Dragos Platform is continually enhanced through the Dragos Threat Operations Center, a team of experts providing services that include incident response, threat hunting, and compromise assessments. Both are backed by Dragos Intelligence, which allows for the analysis of adversary intrusions and provides the industry with weekly threat intelligence reports and adds new behavioral analytics to the Dragos Platform. For more information, visit https://dragos.com.

About Energy Impact Partners

Energy Impact Partners is a collaborative strategic investment firm that invests in companies optimizing energy consumption and improving sustainable energy generation. Through close collaboration with its strategic investor base, EIP seeks to bring the best companies, buying power and vision in the industry to bear on the emerging energy landscape. EIP’s utility partners include Southern Company, National Grid, Xcel Energy, Ameren, Great Plains Energy, Fortis Inc., AGL, Avista, MGE Energy Inc., TEPCO, PTT Public Company Limited, OGE Energy Corp., TransCanada, and Alliant Energy. For more information, visit www.energyimpactpartners.com.

About Allegis Capital 

Allegis Capital is a premier, early-stage venture firm that invests solely in cybersecurity and was the first venture fund to focus strictly on cyber. In addition to Dragos, current investments include Area 1, Bracket Computing, Callsign, Cyber GRX, E8 Security, RedOwl, Shape Security, Signifyd, Synack, tCell.io and vArmour. Allegis is also a founding partner in DataTribe, a cybersecurity startup studio based in Fulton, Maryland. Allegis Capital is based in San Francisco. For more information, visit www.allegiscap.com or Twitter at @AllegisCapital.

About DataTribe

DataTribe, based in Fulton, Maryland, and Silicon Valley, is a cybersecurity startup studio formed with the mission of combining breakthrough innovation in cybersecurity, Big Data and analytics. The technological base of its startups emerge from federal agencies, such as the National Security Agency, or from government research labs.  DataTribe draws upon Silicon Valley start-up expertise to help create, define and lead new market segments. As an operating company, it directly takes on the task of building startups from concept to initial customer deployments while significantly lowering risk and preserving returns. For more information, visit www.datatribe.com.

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ERADICATION OF CORRUPTION GOVT’S TOP PRIORITY: ZEHRI

Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah khan Zehri says government is giving priority to good governance, restoration of peace and eradication of corruption.

He was addressing the flag hoisting ceremony at Balochistan Provincial Assembly in Quetta on Monday.

Chief Minister said political and military leaderships are on the same page to wipe out the menace of terrorism from the country.

The Chief Minister said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has opened new avenues of progress and vast opportunities of employment in Balochistan.

He further said that handful terrorist elements are attempting to create obstacles in the way of speedy progress of the country through carrying subversive activities on the behest of an enemy country.

He, however, vowed to continue the war on terror till elimination of last terrorist and make the province an abode of peace and prosperity.

Earlier, Nawab Zehri hoisted the National Flag on the Assembly Building. On this occasion, school children sang the National Anthem. The Chief Minister announced five lakh rupees cash reward for the school children.

Meanwhile, a flag hoisting was also held the Balochistan High Court Building. On this occasion, the Chief Justice Muhammad Noor Miskanzai hoisted the National Flag.

Source Radio Pakistan

PCB CHAIRMAN VOWS TO BRING INTERNATIONAL CRICKET BACK TO PAKISTAN

Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Najam Sethi has said that he will make all out efforts to bring international cricket back to Pakistan.

In an interview, he said bringing overseas teams to Pakistan is a challenging but worthwhile goal.

Najam Sethi said that he would attend Asian Cricket Council meeting in Colombo on Saturday. He said that he will invite Sri Lanka to play few matches in Pakistan.

Source: Radio Pakistan