آٹھواں میری ٹائم سلک روڈ (فوژو) بین الاقوامی سیاحتی میلہ صوبہ فوجیان کے شہر فوژو میں شروع

فوژو، چین، 18 نومبر 2023ء/سنہوا-ایشیانیٹ/– آٹھویں میری ٹائم سلک روڈ (فوژو) بین الاقوامی سیاحتی میلہ 17 نومبر کو چین کے صوبہ فوجیان کے شہر فوژو میں شروع ہوگیا۔ فوژو میں فیسٹیول عوامی جمہوریہ چین کی ثقافت اور سیاحت کی وزارت اور فوجیان صوبے کی عوامی حکومت کی طرف سے اسپانسر کیا جاتا ہے۔ اس کی میزبانی صوبہ فوجیان کے محکمہ ثقافت اور سیاحت اور فوژو میونسپل پیپلز گورنمنٹ نے کی ہے۔

لانچنگ کی تقریب

اس فیسٹیول میں بیلٹ اینڈ روڈ انیشی ایٹو میں فوژو کی فعال شرکت کا مظاہرہ کیا گیا ہے جس میں تقریبا 500 مہمانوں کو شہر میں متعلقہ سرگرمیوں میں حصہ لینے کی دعوت دی گئی ہے۔ فوژو میونسپل بیورو آف کلچر اینڈ ٹورازم کے مطابق ان مہمانوں میں بین الاقوامی تنظیموں، ورلڈ ٹورازم الائنس، انٹرنیشنل ماؤنٹین ٹورازم الائنس اور مشترکہ تعمیر کرنے والے ممالک کے دوست شہروں کے نمائندے شامل ہیں، جو سب میری ٹائم سلک روڈ (فوژو) کے اثرات کو بڑھانے کے لیے مل کر کام کر رہے ہیں۔

اس سال کے فیسٹیول میں بین الاقوامی خصوصیات، میری ٹائم سلک روڈ کے منفرد پہلوؤں اور ثقافت اور سیاحت کے امتزاج پر زور دیا جارہا ہے۔ اہم تقریبات میں فیسٹیول کی افتتاحی تقریب اور ثقافتی سیاحت کے مکالمے، فوجیان ٹورازم ایکسپو 2023، اور عظیم ثقافتی اور سیاحتی تجربے کی تقریب “میری ٹائم سلک روڈ-تھیمڈ ونڈرز نائٹ” شامل ہیں، جس میں ایک بین الاقوامی برانڈ کے طور پر فوژو کی ثقافت کی متنوع اقسام کو ظاہر کیا گیا ہے۔ یہ فیسٹیول فوژو کی ثقافت کے مخصوص پہلوؤں پر روشنی ڈالتا ہے ، جس میں یانتائی پہاڑ کی تاریخی اور ثقافتی اہمیت ، گرم چشمے ، فوجی کھانوں ، قدیم گھروں اور ناقابل فہم ثقافتی ورثہ شامل ہیں ، جو سب فوژو کی دلکشی کو ظاہر کرنے میں کردار ادا کرتے ہیں۔

میری ٹائم سلک روڈ (فوژو) انٹرنیشنل ٹورازم فیسٹیول صوبہ فوجیان اور فوژو سٹی کے لیے ایک اہم سنگ میل کی حیثیت رکھتا ہے جو ایک مرکزی علاقے کی جامع ترقی اور تعمیر کی کوششوں میں ہے جو “اکیسویں صدی کی میری ٹائم سلک روڈ” میں کلیدی کردار ادا کرے گا۔ یہ فیسٹیول 2015 میں شروع ہونے کے بعد سے لگاتار سات سالوں سے منعقد کیا جا رہا ہے ، جس میں شریک ممالک کے مابین علاقائی تعاون ، فروغ اور تعاون کے لئے ایک نیا پلیٹ فارم پیش کیا گیا ہے تاکہ وہ ایک دوسرے سے سیکھ سکیں اور فائدہ اٹھا سکیں۔ یہ ایک بین الاقوامی طور پر بااثر سیاحتی کانفرنس میں تبدیل ہو گیا ہے.

ماخذ: فوژو میونسپل بیورو آف کلچر اینڈ ٹورازم

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The 8th Maritime Silk Road (Fuzhou) International Tourism Festival Kicks Off in Fuzhou, Fujian Province

FUZHOU, China, Nov. 18, 2023 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– The 8th Maritime Silk Road (Fuzhou) International Tourism Festival kicked off in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China on 17th November. The festival in Fuzhou is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China and the People’s Government of Fujian Province. It is hosted by the Department of Culture and Tourism of Fujian Province and Fuzhou Municipal People’s Government.

The launch ceremony

The festival showcases Fuzhou’s active participation in the Belt and Road Initiative by inviting nearly 500 guests to take part in related activities in the city. These guests include representatives from international organisations, the World Tourism Alliance, the International Mountain Tourism Alliance, and representatives of friendly cities of co-building countries, all working together to enhance the impact of the Maritime Silk Road (Fuzhou), according to Fuzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism.

This year’s festival is emphasising international characteristics, unique aspects of the Maritime Silk Road, and the fusion of culture and tourism. The main events include the festival’s launch ceremony and cultural tourism dialogue, the Fujian Tourism Expo 2023, and the grand cultural and tourism experience event “Maritime Silk Road-Themed Wonders Night”, showcasing a diverse array of Fuzhou’s culture as an international brand. The festival highlights distinctive aspects of Fuzhou’s culture, including the historical and cultural significance of Yantai Mountain, hot springs, Fujian cuisine, ancient houses, and intangible cultural heritage, all contributing to showcasing the charm of Fuzhou.

The Maritime Silk Road (Fuzhou) International Tourism Festival marks a significant milestone for Fujian Province and Fuzhou City in their efforts to comprehensively develop and construct a central area that will play a key role in the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road”. The festival has been held for seven consecutive years since it began in 2015, offering a new platform for regional cooperation, promotion, and collaboration among participating countries to learn from and benefit each other. It has evolved into an internationally influential tourism conference.

Source: Fuzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism

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Rising Flour Prices Squeeze Household Budgets Across Pakistan

Flour price has experienced a sharp escalation across Pakistan, placing an additional burden on the already stretched budgets of households nationwide.

According to recent documents, a 20 kg bag of flour has reached an alarming cost of Rs. 2,986, marking an increase of Rs. 72.55 within one week.

The data reveals that, on average, the price of flour has risen by Rs. 3 per kg over the course of a week, resulting in a national average of Rs. 2,986.67 for a 20 kg bag. However, the impact is not evenly distributed across the country, with residents of Rawalpindi and Islamabad facing the brunt of the surge, being compelled to purchase a 20 kg bag of flour at the same national average price.

The cost of a 20 kg bag of flour in Bunnu surged to Rs 2,950, adding to the challenges faced by consumers. In other major cities, the price variations continue, with Multan witnessing a 20 kg bag selling at Rs 2,906, while Hyderabad records a price of Rs 2,880. In Khuzdar and Quetta, the commodity is available for Rs 2,870 and Rs 2,850, respectively.

Peshawar reports a price of Rs 2,870 for a 20 kg bag of flour, while Sargodha, Sialkot, and Gujranwala share a common price of Rs 2,867. The situation is slightly better in Lahore, where the commodity is priced at Rs 2,850, and Faisalabad and Karachi report the lowest prices at Rs 2,800, according to official documents.

The surge in flour prices has raised concerns among consumers who are already grappling with inflation and economic challenges. Families, particularly in Rawalpindi and Islamabad where the cost is highest, find themselves adjusting their budgets to accommodate this unexpected spike in essential commodity prices.

The flour price increase comes following a hike in wheat prices after the Punjab government issued a higher expected wheat release price of Rs 4,700 per 40kg for flour mills last week after consultations with the IMF Delegation.

Source: Pro Pakistani

New Chief Selector Wahab Riaz Comments on Underperformance by Spinners in World Cup

Pakistan men’s cricket team chief selector Wahab Riaz gave an interview to an independent cricket website where he expressed his views regarding Pakistan spinners’ performance in the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup.

Riaz said that the World Cup team consisted of players who had been playing regularly for the past 3-4 years, which meant that other spinners didn’t have a chance to get selected in the 15 for the touring party to India.

All eyes were on all-rounders Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz to provide the impetus to the team in the middle overs, but they both failed miserably throughout the tournament. Third-choice spinner Usama Mir came into the 11 after lackluster performances from the first-choice spinners, but he too couldn’t perform well and didn’t bowl deliveries on a consistent length.

In the last few matches, the Pakistan team’s captain Babar Azam, who stepped down earlier this week on Wednesday, had more trust in part-time spinners Iftikhar Ahmed and Agha Salman as they bowled while mainstay spinners were put on the bench.

Pakistan doesn’t play one-day international cricket till November 2024, but will the cricket supporters get to see new faces in different formats in place of Shadab and Nawaz?

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed new captains for Test and T20I cricket. It will be interesting to see how many newcomers join the traveling squad down under.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Pakistan Hold Their Heads High After Loss to Roberto Mancini’s Saudi Arabia

Pakistan’s growing pains in Round Two of FIFA World Cup qualifiers were evident in a resolute performance against Saudi Arabia’s attacking intents.

If someone had told me at the start of October 2023 that Pakistan’s football team would beat Cambodia and then give their all against Saudi Arabia, I’d have asked them to tread lightly on the delusion. Turns out, that’s exactly what ended up happening. Pakistan indeed beat Cambodia 1-0 across 180 grueling minutes thanks to some resolute defending and Harun Hamid’s epic goal in Jinnah Stadium Islamabad to reach Round Two of the 2026 FIFA World Cup’s Asian Qualifiers.

First time Pakistan ever won a WCQ in 34 years, and that too under legendary boss Stephen Constantine! Wild scenes, and unrestrained tears, were had!

Pakistan now is in WCQs Round Two as the lowest-ranked team (193rd), playing home-and-away fixtures for Group G against Saudi Arabia (yes, THAT Saudi Arabia who famously beat Lionel Messi’s Argentina 2-1 in the 2022 World Cup group stage), Jordan and Tajikistan in the November, March, and June FIFA international windows.

Lo and behold, our first match in R2 would be against the Saudis, now coached by a certain Roberto Mancini (you remember him, right?), on their own turf on 16 November. This would be followed by a return to Jinnah Stadium for another 2 pm kickoff, now against Tajikistan on 21 November.

No one in their right mind would dare that Pakistan has what it takes to reach Round Three in such a group. Constantine was quick to point out that the real aim of playing these qualifiers is to gain experience against the much stronger teams to prepare Pakistan for the 2027 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

The first lesson was quite a learning at the hands of Mancini’s Saudi Arabia, On a thunderstorm-affected evening at the brand-new Al-Fateh Club Stadium in the Saudi city of Al-Ahsa, the Green Falcons beat Constantine’s Shaheens 4-0. A brace by Saleh al-Shehri and a late goal each by substitutes Abdulrahman Ghareeb and Abdullah Radif made the loud home fans wild.

On the surface that seemed like a typical one-sided thrashing of a Round One qualified minnow on 16 November, but the scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story. Sure, the Saudis were missing some very key players like Salem al-Dawsari, Salman al-Farj, and Yasser al-Shahrani due to injury or Mohammed Kano not being picked because Mancini wanted to give younger players a chance. But this Saudi team was always going to be favorites to top Group G based on the quality they produce in the Saudi Pro League – one of the best leagues in Asia even before the billions spent on getting the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Sadio Mane, Karim Benzema, etc. to now play for Saudi clubs.

Pakistan, on the other hand, was missing its defensive mainstay and captain Easah Suliman who suffered a knee injury with his Azerbaijan club Sumqayit FK the week after the Cambodia triumph and won’t be back in action until the new year.

In his stead, Mamoon Musa had to partner with Abdullah Iqbal in defence. But one good news was Otis Khan was back in the team after FIFA finally cleared him to play in the WCQs having initially stopped the Grimsby Town FC winger from facing Cambodia over eligibility concerns. Imran Kayani, who plays for Whitehawk FC in the English 7th tier, was given his debut as a striker after Muhammad Waheed and winger Moin Ahmed were dropped from the squad over disciplinary issues by the no-nonsense Constantine.

Pakistan last played Saudi Arabia way back in 1978 when the legendary likes of Ali Nawaz Baloch, Ali Asghar ‘Tony’, and Ghulam Sarwar Sr. suffered a 6-0 thrashing by the Gulf giants.

They were always the underdogs regardless. Yet for 90 minutes, it was a performance of pure guts, determination, and heart by a Pakistan side whose entire domestic contingent still remains without a league at home due to nearly a decade of troubles plaguing the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF). Constantine’s words before the team departed for Saudi Arabia were that Pakistan would not go down without a fight rang true. With Otis given the captain’s armband, the whole team hustled throughout. 4-0 suggests the winners created plenty of scoreable chances deserving a larger scoreline. That wasn’t the case.

Sure, Al-Shehri gave the home side the lead after just six minutes with the rain still pouring like mad when his left-footed strike shot past Pakistan’s Yousuf Butt in a scene similar to Al-Shehri’s equalizer past Argentina’s Emiliano Martínez in 2022 WC. But Pakistan managed to recover from the chaotic opening minutes to maintain a robust 4-4-2 to deny the home side and its loud fans any further delights for the rest of the half. Saudis had more of the ball and the passing stats, but Pakistan was here to be difficult to beat as they stuck to Constantine’s plan till the break.

Pakistan even created a chance to equalize when Abdul Samad Arshad, who plays for HIK in Denmark, delivered a great cross from the right to Muslim FC Chaman striker Fareedullah who unluckily headed over the bar. That chance appeared to have really shaken Roberto Mancini as he berated his Saudi players from the touchline for nearly conceding.

Source: Pro Pakistani

PCB Appoints Sohail Tanvir as Head of Junior Selection Committee

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed former Pakistan pace bowler Sohail Tanvir as the head of the junior selection committee, as announced on Friday.

Sohail Tanvir expressed gratitude and feels honored for the opportunity extended to him by the Chairman PCB Management Committee Zaka Ashraf.

Sohail Tanvir said, “Being appointed chairman of this committee is a huge responsibility and I am looking forward to this exciting challenge.”

He added, “We’re committed to nurturing young talent and creating a path to success, starting with selecting the U19 squad for the upcoming ACC U19 Asia Cup as our first step toward building a formidable team for the ICC U19 World Cup next year.”

PCB has assigned Sohail the initial task of heading the junior selection committee to choose the Pakistan U19 squad for the upcoming 2023 ACC U19 Asia Cup, which is set to take place in the UAE from December 8 to 17.

Following this, the Pakistan U19 team will participate in the ICC U19 World Cup in Sri Lanka from January 13 to February 4.

On the other hand, the PCB also appointed former fast bowler Wahab Riaz as the new chief selector for the Pakistan cricket team.

Wahab Riaz, who recently called time on his international career, has been assigned the duty of selecting the Pakistani team for the forthcoming Test series against Australia.

Source: Pro Pakistani