BEIJING: The Chinese mainland will continue to promote the implementation of the 31 preferential policies for Taiwan, An Fengshan, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said at a press conference today.
The 31 preferential policies, introduced by the Chinese mainland during the Fifth Straits Forum in southeast China’s Xiamen in 2013, cover the fields of legal rights, education, culture, and tourism, and are aimed at improving the lives of all Taiwanese people, Xinhua news agency reported.
Shanghai Credit Information Services and China Credit Information Service have established a platform where financial institutions on the mainland can search for credit information of enterprises and individuals in Taiwan, allowing Taiwanese enterprises and individuals to obtain finance on the mainland, An said.
East China’s Jiangsu Province has been actively supporting applications from Taiwan-funded enterprises for provincial technological projects or to be listed as high-tech enterprises.
So far, nearly 700 Taiwan-funded high-tech enterprises in Jiangsu enjoy a preferential corporate income tax of 15 percent. Two Taiwan-funded enterprises received a total of 9.5 million yuan (1.5 million U.S. dollars) of funding to commercialize research findings, An said.
By April 20, 27 higher learning institutions in central China’s Hubei Province had provided a total of 582 teaching jobs for Taiwanese.
In terms of youth entrepreneurship, the 53 cross-Strait entrepreneurship bases and pilot sites nationwide had served nearly 1,900 Taiwan-funded enterprises and teams, and provided internships and jobs for nearly 9,000 Taiwanese youth as of the end of 2017, according to An.
Recently the Taiwan Affairs Office set up 22 new such entrepreneurship bases and pilot sites in 15 provincial-level regions, including Tianjin and Shanghai. This brought the total number of the bases and sites to 75 nationwide.
Taiwanese people will also be able to take part in professional and technical qualification examinations and work on the mainland.
Some Chinese believe that it is unnecessary to offer preferential policies to Taiwanese people, as mainland China’s enthusiasm would not be entertained.
Israel demolishes Palestinian village of Al-Araqeeb for 132nd time
RAMALLAH: Israeli occupation bulldozers Thursday demolished the Palestinian village of Al-Araqeeb in the occupied Negev desert for the 132nd time.
High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel said in a statement that Israeli bulldozers, backed by Israeli occupation
forces stormed the Palestinian village and started demolishing tents and houses, leaving men, women, and children homeless. The Israeli occupation police arrested a number of Al-Araqeeb’s residents.
Pervaiz Elahi, Dost Mazari elected as PA Speaker, Deputy Speaker
LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Q’s Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Dost Muhammad Mazari were elected as Punjab Assembly Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively on Thursday.
For Speaker slot, out of total 349 votes cast by the members, Pervaiz Elahi obtained 201 votes, while his rival, PML-N’s nominee Chaudhry Iqbal Gujjar, could get 147 votes. One vote was rejected.
The outgoing speaker, Rana Muhammad Iqbal, administered the oath to the new Speaker and felicitated him on his success.
After getting elected, Pervaiz Elahi expressed his gratitude to the members who voted for him and especially PTI Chairman Imran Khan for his support and vowed to work for the betterment of the province and Pakistan as well.
Meanwhile, PTI nominated Dost Muhammad Mazari was elected as Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly. He got 187 votes while PML-N’s candidate Malik Muhammad Waris Kallu got 159 votes.
Amid opposition disarray, Pakistan Peoples Party abstained from the voting process for the post of speaker and deputy speaker.
Prominent political figure Chaudhry Nisar did not cast his vote for both the offices.
According to Secretary Punjab Assembly, the election for the office of chief minister Punjab would be held on August 19 in the assembly chamber.
A relevant piece: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice President Shah Mehmood Qureshi Thursday said the process of formation of PTI governments in center and provinces was continuing as PTI candidate Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi had been elected Speaker of Punjab Assembly with thumping majority.
He said out of the total 349 votes, Pervaiz Elahi secured 201 votes, while his rival, PML-N’s candidate Chaudhry Iqbal Gujjar obtained 147 votes.
Qureshi said he had felicitated Pervaiz Elahi on his victory. He said the PTI had formed its government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as its chief minister, speaker and deputy speaker had been elected with visible majority.
The PTI’s candidates for speaker and deputy speaker Balochistan Assembly had also been elected, he added. To a question, Qureshi informed that final decision about the name of chief minister Punjab would be declared in a day or so.
He said the PTI leadership would nominate such a person for the position of Punjab chief minister who had a good profile with corruption less background.
To another question, he claimed that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)’s differences with Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) had further increased as the PPP had not cast vote to the PML-N’s nominated candidate for the speaker in Punjab Assembly.
PTI’s Asad Qaiser elected NA Speaker, Qasim Suri as Deputy Speaker
ISLAMABAD: Asad Qaiser of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) was elected Speaker while Qasim Suri as Deputy Speaker after defeating candidates of Pakistan Peoples Party and Muttahida Majlis Amal in the session of National Assembly here on Wednesday.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf nominee Asad Qaiser emerged victorious as Speaker of the National Assembly bagging 176 votes, while the joint Opposition’s candidate Syed Khursheed Shah secured 146 votes.
Outgoing Speaker Ayaz Sadiq announced the results declaring a total of 330 votes were polled, out of which 322 were declared valid, while eight votes were rejected.
The Speaker declared Asad Qaiser as Speaker National Assembly. The outgoing Speaker administered the oath to the newly elected Speaker.
Asad Qaiser, who joined the PTI soon after its formation in 1996, hails from Swabi district. He served as Speaker of the previous Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. He won the recent general election from NA-18, Swabi-I and PK-44 Swabi-II constituencies.
In his concluding remarks, the outgoing Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said the 14th National Assembly had performed excellently and hoped that the Treasury and the Opposition benches would continue to work together in the best national interest.
He thanked the members of previous National Assembly for their cooperation and lauded the performance of standing committees. He also thanked the Opposition, especially Pakistan Peoples Party, for its cooperation in running affairs of the House.
He appreciated his party (PML-N) and the PPP for supporting his decision of not accepting the resignations of PTI members during the sit-in.
Ayaz Sadiq congratulated the new Speaker and assured his full support to him. He also asked the lawmakers to respect the chair of Speaker.
The new Speaker Asad Qaiser after taking over the charge, thanked the assembly members for electing him with majority vote.
He thanked PTI Chairman Imran Khan for nominating him for the post, besides the allied parties for reposing their trust in him. “I’m thankful to all members for electing me and empowering democracy. This win is not just of mine, but that of democracy, the Constitution and the Parliament,” he added. “We will run the House in consultation with all members, accommodating everyone’s opinions,” the newly-elected Speaker said.
He urged the former president Asif Zardari, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Raja Pervaiz Asharf, Muhammadmian Soomro, Syed Fakhar Imam and Dr Fehmida Mirza, to help in running affairs of the House smoothly.
Assuring full support to the media, he said the media persons would be provided every facility to help them perform their duties.
Speaking on the occasion, Syed Khursheed Shah congratulated Asad Qaiser for winning the confidence of members. He also lauded the services of former Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and urged PTI to fulfill its promises made during the election campaign.
He assured that the Opposition would not create any hurdle in the people-friendly work of the new government. He urged the MNAs to actively participate in the business of the House.
Murtaza Javed Abbasi of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) congratulated the new Speaker and assured him of full cooperation for the supremacy of the Parliament.
PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi appreciated Asif Ali Zardari for his political wisdom and Khursheed Shah for conceding defeat in the election for Speaker. He also thanked MQM-P, Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and other members for supporting the PTI candidate for NA Speaker.
Maulana Abdul Waseh, Khalid Maqbool Siddique, Akhter Mengal, Ghous Bakhsh Mehar, Shahzain Bugti and Khalid Hussain Magsi also congratulated Asad Qaiser and assured him of their cooperation.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Qasim Khan Suri was elected Deputy Speaker of National Assembly as he secured 183 votes, while joint Opposition candidate Maulana Asad Mehmood secured 144 votes.
Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser announced the results stating that a total of 328 votes were polled, out of which 327 were declared valid, while one vote was rejected.
Speaker Asad Qaiser said, “I declare Qasim Khan Suri as the winner of the Deputy Speaker’s slot.” Asad Qaiser also administered the oath to the newly elected Deputy Speaker.
Suri has been associated with the PTI since 1996, the year in which the Party was formed.
In 2013, he had contested election for a National Assembly seat on a PTI ticket, but he was defeated by Mehmood Khan Achakzai of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party.
In July 25, 2018 polls, Suri won the NA-265 (Quetta) seat. He attended Quetta Islamia School, and later in 1988, he joined Federal Government College. In 1990 he obtained Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Balochistan. In 1992, he got his Master’s degree in International Relations from the same university.