Daily Archives: July 10, 2018

Water shortages making a doomsday scenario in Pakistan

Karachi, July 10, 2018 (PPI-OT): Despite rainy season, Tarbela Dam has reached its dead level while Mangla Dam will reach its dead level in a matter of days pushing water scarcity to new heights, a business leader said Tuesday. Water should be on the top of the national agenda lest water shortages fan differences among provinces resulting in civil war or an armed conflict with a neighbouring country, said business leader Malik Sohail.

The country is dying of thirst but our leaders and masses are too much focused on politics, he said, adding that Pakistan has no future unless radical changes in water culture are introduced. Malik Sohail who has also served as Senior Vice President of ICCI said that water was also used as a weapon against Israel. The desert nation decided to combat water scarcity with a host of measures.

Through a combination of conservation, reuse and desalination, the country now has more water than it needs which can be followed like many other countries. Several water-poor countries in Asia and Africa are already benefiting from Israeli water technologies while in China huge desalination plants based on Israeli technology are providing water to millions, he said.

The rainfall had halved since 1948 in Israel but its population has increased tenfold, economy expended seventy times while water-related business has surpassed 2.5 billion dollars. The business leader said that years of criminal negligence, mismanagement, wastage of funds on symbolic projects, and controversial constitutional amendments have contributed to the situation in Pakistan which should be fixed immediately otherwise we should wait for a doomsday scenario.

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Pakistan raises Kashmir issue in Security Council, pointing to atrocities committed against children

Islamabad, July 10, 2018 (PPI-OT): At the UN, Pakistan forcefully raised the Kashmir issue and called for effective new ways to protect children from atrocities committed by occupation forces in Jammu and Kashmir, says a press release received here today from New York. “Children are often at the heart of conflict and are in consequence directly targeted. Their homes and schools are destroyed and food and water supplies deliberately cut off”, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi said while speaking in the Security Council debate on Children in Armed Conflict.

“Under foreign occupation, they are subjected to arbitrary arrests, detention and torture. And mass blinding too, as the use of pellet guns by occupation forces in occupied Jammu and Kashmir testifies”, she asserted. Pointing to the recent report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir, Ambassador Lodhi said, “there were multiple cases of children under 18 years being arbitrarily detained and tortured” under the garb of a black law, the so called Public Security Act.

The Pakistan envoy said that last year witnessed a significant increase in incidents of abuse of children worldwide, making 2017 another “nightmare year”, for children trapped in conflict. “The plight of children in Palestine, Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Myanmar and Yemen should galvanize the international community to find new and effective ways to protect those most vulnerable”, she asserted. “In conflict zones and occupied territories”, she declared, “We are witnessing a deeply troubling breakdown in humanity and diminishing respect for human life and dignity”.

Children become victims of unimaginable horror every day, Pakistan’s top diplomat said while referring to the Secretary-General’s report that confirmed these horrors: children are killed and maimed, abducted to fight, sexually abused and denied humanitarian aid. The goal of protection of children, she said, can best be achieved by preventing the outbreak of armed conflict in the first place. “The most effective way to protect children is by preventing and resolving conflicts, ending foreign occupation and sustaining peace. This must be our top priority and that of this Council”, she stressed.

Ambassador Lodhi told the 15-member Council that Pakistan remains fully alive to its commitments with regard to protecting children. Pakistan, she said, was one of the earliest signatories to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its two Optional Protocols. “We have established a National Commission for Child Welfare and Development (NCCWD) which coordinates monitors and facilitates its implementation. Last year, we also established the National Commission on the Rights of Children”, she added.

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Li Zhenguo: PV will be the cheapest power source in most parts of the world

BERLIN, July 10, 2018 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– On July 9, at the 9th Sino-German Economic and Technical Cooperation Forum held in Berlin, Germany, Li Zhenguo, President of LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd. (LONGi), a leading Chinese PV industry company, made a keynote speech for the Energy Transformation and Energy Conservation Theme Forum, saying that in the next three years solar PV will become the cheapest power source in most parts of the world.

He said that, as photovoltaics and energy storage provide the cheapest energy source, the ideal of “Solar for Solar” can be realized in the future. By 2050, PV will become an industry that generates thousands of gigawatts (GWs) per year.

LONGi is the world’s largest manufacturer of solar monocrystalline silicon photovoltaic products. Since its establishment, it has always focused on single crystal technology and engaged in monocrystalline silicon wafers, single crystal cells and modules, distributed photovoltaic power plants and ground photovoltaic power plants. In Photon’s triathlon ranking, LONGi has the best financial health index ranked first and one of the best financial stability indexes.

LONGi has a research and development (R&D) team of more than 450 people and has obtained 260 national patents. Since its listing in 2012, the company has invested a total of US$ 385 million in research and development, ranking first in the global photovoltaic industry. The largest provider of monocrystalline wafers and components in the world, LONGi in 2017 has an operating revenue of US$ 2.556 billion, a net profit of US$ 557 million, and the total asset of US$ 5.14 billion.

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Source: LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd. (LONGi)

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Kiribati National Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, please accept my best wishes as you and the people of Kiribati celebrate your National Day.

The United States and the Republic of Kiribati share a close partnership based on mutual respect and common interests. Later this year our citizens will come together to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa, a pivotal event in the history of both our nations. I appreciate the warm cooperation from the government and people of Kiribati in repatriating the remains of U.S. Marines fallen in that Battle. I likewise look forward to deepening the strong relationship between us as we work together to achieve our shared goals, including the protection of a free and open Indo-Pacific, for many more years to come.

I offer my congratulations on the occasion of your Independence Day and wish the people of Kiribati a joyous and prosperous year.

Source: U.S. Department of State

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting With U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and Resolute Support Mission Troops

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:

Secretary Pompeo met with U.S. and coalition troops yesterday at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The Secretary thanked the troops on behalf of President Trump and expressed his appreciation for their hard work and sacrifice. He commended them for delivering security to Afghanistan and providing the Afghan people with an opportunity for a peaceful future.

Secretary Pompeo reiterated that the Taliban cannot win on the battlefield, cannot wait us out, and will ultimately have to settle their differences with the Afghan government at the negotiating table.

The Secretary also answered questions from the troops on both internal governmental and global issues such as North Korea in which he underscored the U.S. commitment to developing a peaceful solution on the Korean Peninsula.

Source: U.S. Department of State