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2017 Sanya Energy International Forum Kicks Off in Sanya, China

November 30, 2017 | General

Sanya, China, Nov. 29, 2017 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– Themed on “Green Energy and Low Carbon Economy”, the 2017 Sanya Energy International Forum (SEIF) will be held in Sanya, Hainan, China on December 7th and 8th, 2017. By then, about 200 pundits academics from the energy sector from China and abroad will congregate at the forum to exchange […]

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‫2017ء سانیا انرجی انٹرنیشنل فورم سانیا، چین میں

November 30, 2017 | General, Urdu

سانیا، چین، 29 نومبر 2017ء/سن ہوا -ایشیانیٹ/– “سبز توانائی اورکم کاربن معیشت”  کے موضوع پر 2017ء سانیا انرجی انٹرنیشنل فورم (ایس ای آئی ایف) 7 سے 8 دسمبر 2017ء کو سانیا، ہائنان، چین میں منعقد ہوگا۔ تب تک وطن سے لے کر بیرون ملک تک توانائی پر 200 ماہرین اور علمی شخصیات پر مشتمل شرکاء […]

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Mattis Nixes Holiday Tradition of Seeing Troops in War Zones

November 30, 2017 | Education

WASHINGTON For only the second time since 9/11, America’s defense secretary didn’t visit U.S. troops in a war zone during December, breaking a long-standing tradition of personally and publicly thanking service members in combat who are separated from their families during the holiday season.

Pentagon boss Jim Mattis, who spent more than four decades in the Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, made a five-day trip through the Middle East in early December. He stopped in Kuwait and Pakistan � countries adjacent to Iraq and Afghanistan � but didn’t cross the borders to see troops at war in either country. Last week, he visited troops in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and at military bases in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, wishing them holiday cheer.

Streak ends at 15 years

It has been 15 years since a U.S. defense chief didn’t travel to a war zone during the festive season. And the only time a holiday visit was skipped since Americans began fighting in Afghanistan was in December 2002. That year, then-Secretary Donald Rumsfeld went to a command post in Qatar that would be used a few months later to coordinate the launch of the Iraq war.

Asked recently why he wasn’t going to Iraq or Afghanistan, Mattis said he didn’t want to discuss his travel. I carry out my duties to the best of my ability, said Mattis, who visited Iraq and Afghanistan earlier this year.

Dana White, his chief spokeswoman, said the secretary wanted the troops to enjoy their holiday uninterrupted. He is keenly aware of the logistical challenges of a senior leader visit, especially in a war zone.

Boost for morale

Defense secretary trips historically have been aimed at boosting troop morale, letting service members know that senior leaders and the U.S. public recognize their sacrifice. And generals who have chaired the Joint Chiefs of Staff have routinely done their own December trips to war zones, taking celebrities on their flights as part of a USO entertainment tour.

It is less of a tradition for U.S. presidents to make December visits to conflict zones. Such trips require much greater logistical and security planning.

President George W. Bush visited Afghanistan twice and Iraq four times, including a secret Thanksgiving voyage to Baghdad in 2003 and a trip to both nations’ capitals in December 2008. President Barack Obama flew to Iraq once as commander in chief and four times to Afghanistan. Only a December 2010 trip came during the holidays.

Pence visits Afghanistan

President Donald Trump hasn’t yet gone to the war front, but Vice President Mike Pence flew to Afghanistan last week.

Less than three months after U.S. troops invaded Afghanistan, Rumsfeld flew into Bagram Air Base under extraordinarily high security, telling service members the World Trade Center is still burning as we sit here, they’re still bringing bodies out.

He said he made the trip to talk face-to-face with real people who are doing real things that are part of our plan.

In two subsequent years, Rumsfeld went to Afghanistan and Iraq on Christmas Eve, mingling with troops and donning an apron to serve them holiday dinner. He fielded questions or complaints, too. In one such December troop talk, when a soldier asked Rumsfeld why troops went into battle in Iraq badly equipped, the secretary gave a now-famous response: You go to the war with the Army you have … not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time.

Gates made 5 holiday trips

Rumsfeld’s successor, Robert Gates, maintained the tradition, traveling to the war zone around the holidays during each of his five years in office. His first trip was on Dec. 20, 2006, two days after taking the job.

Like his predecessor, Gates ended his troop talks with the traditional lineup for handshakes, photos and the much-desired commemorative coin. The coins � different for each secretary or military commander and emblazoned with their names or unit designs � are ceremonial gifts that young service members embrace. Many collect them or use them to get free drinks in bars. One game stipulates the service member with the highest-ranking coin wins.

Secretaries Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel and Ash Carter followed suit, trailed by a military aide carrying the coins that they often handed out to hundreds after each event.

Christmastime’s coming up and from our family to your families, thank you, Carter, Obama’s final Pentagon boss, told troops in Afghanistan during a December 2015 visit. You’re not with them, you’re here. We don’t take that for granted.

Mattis rarely gives public troop talks, in any season. Usually he meets privately with small groups of service members. And he has declined to hand out coins.

Thanks for the lift

While the December visits often have been promoted as a way to thank troops, they have sometimes brought a special Christmas gift.

In 2010, Gates gave four soldiers a ride home from Afghanistan on his military plane. Beyond the faster, more comfortable flight, they got a one-night layover in the luxurious Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi, where Gates stopped to meet local leaders.

The next time you’re in touch with your families, I hope you’d let them know, whether it’s email or a phone call or whatever, just pass along to them my personal thanks to them for their support to you and their patience with all of us, he told troops at Forward Operating Base Howz-e-Madad, Afghanistan, that December.

Source: Voice of America

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Govt providing opportunities to youth: AJK PM

November 30, 2017 | Entertainment

AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan says the government is providing opportunities to youth and utilizing their potential for the development of Azad Kashmir.He was talking to a youth delegation of Azad Kashmir that called on him in Islamabad on…

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Planned Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Fence Moves Ahead Despite Objections

November 30, 2017 | Business, Company News

ISLAMABAD Pakistan says that almost 92 percent of its 2,611-kilometer largely porous frontier with Afghanistan will be fenced by end of 2018, hoping the massive unilateral undertaking will effectively address mutual complaints of militant incursions….

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Planned Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Fence Moves Ahead Despite Objections

November 30, 2017 | Business

ISLAMABAD Pakistan says that almost 92 percent of its 2,611-kilometer largely porous frontier with Afghanistan will be fenced by end of 2018, hoping the massive unilateral undertaking will effectively address mutual complaints of militant incursions….

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Planned Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Fence Moves Ahead Despite Objections

November 30, 2017 | Business

ISLAMABAD Pakistan says that almost 92 percent of its 2,611-kilometer largely porous frontier with Afghanistan will be fenced by end of 2018, hoping the massive unilateral undertaking will effectively address mutual complaints of militant incursions….

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5 FC personnel martyred in Kharan

November 30, 2017 | General, Sports

Five FC personnel were martyred when an oil tanker ran over them in Kharan district of Balochistan on Saturday.According to Radio Pakistan correspondent Ali Raza, FC personnel on a check point in Kharan district wanted to stop an oil tanker carrying sm…

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2017 Sanya Energy International Forum Kicks Off at Sanya, China

November 29, 2017 | General

Sanya, China, Nov. 29, 2017 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– Themed on “Green Energy and Low Carbon Economy”, the 2017 Sanya Energy International Forum(SEIF) will be held in Sanya, Hainan, China on December 7th to 8th, 2017. By then, about 200 pundits and academia attendants on energy from home and abroad will congregate at the forum to exchange views […]

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Board of directors meeting of Philip Morris Pakistan Limited

November 29, 2017 | Board Meetings

Karachi, Philip Morris Pakistan Limited informed Pakistan Stock Exchange that board of directors meeting of the company will be held on December 08, 2017 at Karachi to review Company’s operational performance. Further, the company has declared the closed period from November 29, 2017 to December 08, 2017 Phillip Morris Pakistan Limited was incorporated on February 10, 1969. It is a publically listed company under the Companies Ordinance 1984. The company is a subsidiary of Phillip Morris International Inc., through Phillip Morris Investment B.V. and Phillip Morris Brands Sarl. The shares of the company are quoted on the Karachi and Lahore Stock Exchanges. Its core activities include manufacturing tobacco and cigarettes. The registered office of the company is located in Karachi. The company acquired a major stake in the business in 2007. The company has a tobacco-leaf threshing plant, three cigarette manufacturing factories and sales offices across the country. The employee strength amounts to around 2,500 people. The symbol “PMPK” is being used by the stock exchanges for the shares of Phillip Morris Pakistan Limited.

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Board of directors meeting of Philip Morris Pakistan Limited

November 29, 2017 | Board Meetings

Karachi, Philip Morris Pakistan Limited informed Pakistan Stock Exchange that board of directors meeting of the company will be held on December 08, 2017 at Karachi to review Company’s operational performance. Further, the company has declared the closed period from November 29, 2017 to December 08, 2017 Phillip Morris Pakistan Limited was incorporated on February 10, 1969. It is a publically listed company under the Companies Ordinance 1984. The company is a subsidiary of Phillip Morris International Inc., through Phillip Morris Investment B.V. and Phillip Morris Brands Sarl. The shares of the company are quoted on the Karachi and Lahore Stock Exchanges. Its core activities include manufacturing tobacco and cigarettes. The registered office of the company is located in Karachi. The company acquired a major stake in the business in 2007. The company has a tobacco-leaf threshing plant, three cigarette manufacturing factories and sales offices across the country. The employee strength amounts to around 2,500 people. The symbol “PMPK” is being used by the stock exchanges for the shares of Phillip Morris Pakistan Limited.

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AQUA CiTY ODAIBA to Offer Unprecedented Collection of High-end Winter “Ramen” Noodle Menus Using Kobe Beef, “Ise-ebi” Lobster at Tokyo Ramen Kokugikan Mai from Dec. 1

November 29, 2017 | General

TOKYO, Nov. 29, 2017 /Kyodo JBN- AsiaNet/ — – Special Ramen Menus Available at Tokyo Ramen Kokugikan Mai’s 6 Shops; Christmas Events, Fireworks to Feature Odaiba – AQUA CiTY ODAIBA, a commercial complex in Tokyo’s Odaiba district operated by Mitsubishi Jisho Retail Property Management Co., Ltd., will offer a variety of ramen noodles on the […]

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