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Saam Daam Dand Bhed gets a twist in the tale! Stay tuned

Wednesday, November 29 2017

Saam Daam Dand Bhed gets a twist in the tale! Stay tuned

Star Bharat’s popular political drama, Saam Daam Dand Bhed, is taking a turn with high octane drama. The lead pair, Bhanu Uday and Sonal Vengurlekar, who are loved by the audience for their chemistry are expected to tie the knot in the show. Vijay Namdhari, played by Bhanu Uday, is a kind-hearted soul and is always working for the well-being of the people in the village. The entire cast is shooting day and night to bring a package full of exciting twists. While the team is shooting in elongated hours, to calm their minds on the set, everyone gathers to play riddles and puzzle board games, which keeps them distracted from the busy schedules. Bhanu never misses a chance to pull Sonal’s leg and keep her confused with his challenging puzzles. Here where we talk of the puzzle games, the show Saam Daam Dand Bhed is soon going to be no less than a puzzle for the viewers to solve in the upcoming tracks. The show is going to witness a wedding sequence which is going to be one big puzzle with mazes to connect. Sonal on being asked says, “we are overwhelmed by the response we are getting. Our on screen and off screen life is a puzzle nowadays. And I’m really looking forward to the audience’s reaction. I hope they like it.“ Vijay and Mandira are the most loved couple by the audience. Are they ready to tie the knot , if not what’s the big drama? To know, watch Saam Daam Dand Bhed, airing on Star Bharat, every Monday to Friday from 09:00 PM.

Vineet Arora to join Aegon Life Insurance as Managing Director and CEO

Tuesday, November 28 2017

Vineet Arora to join Aegon Life Insurance as Managing Director and CEO

Aegon Life Insurance has appointed Mr. Vineet Arora as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, effective January 2018. Mr. Arora will replace Mr. K. S. Gopalakrishnan who left the company on November 17, 2017. Chief People Officer of Aegon Life Insurance, Ms. Saba Adil, will serve as the interim In-charge and Principal Officer. Mr. Arora has a long association with the ICICI Group. He held a number of roles in ICICI Securities and between 2002 and 2008, worked for ICICI Prudential Life Insurance in various sales related roles, rising to the role of Senior Vice President – Bancassurance and Alliances. Since 2008, he has helped build a profitable multi-channel distribution business as the Senior General Manager and Head of Product, Distribution, Marketing and Wealth Management at ICICI Securities Limited. Mr. Arora holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, with a specialization in Finance and Marketing, from the Xavier Institute of Management in Bhubaneswar.

Surf excel launches #HaarkoHarao campaign; kids get dirty while learning

Friday, December 1 2017

Surf excel launches #HaarkoHarao campaign; kids get dirty while learning

Today’s kids live in a highly competitive world where parents do everything in their ability to help them succeed in life. This constant striving for excellence is not just limited to academics but also includes a whole lot of other activities like dancing, sports, music etc. All of this leads to a pressure cooker type environment for kids where they start looking at failure as a constant judgement on their abilities. As a result of this, kids start fearing failure. The results of a recently conducted survey were quite telling and revealed that a staggering 67% of the kids feared the consequences of failure. Parents today denounce failure, society stigmatizes failure and as a result, the kids dread failure. However, children fail as often (if not more) than they succeed. Coping with failure is a key life skill that kids need to build With this context in mind, Surf excel kicked off its #HaarkoHarao campaign to change the perspective on failure to a learning experience. Surf excel is India’s most loved laundry brand and has been built on over a decade of consistent advertising on “Dirt is Good”. The philosophy is that if kids get dirty while learning, then dirt is good. In its latest campaign, kids can be seen getting dirty while learning to defeat failure, aptly phrased as #HaarkoHarao. #HaarkoHarao is the spirit of learning from failure and eventually defeating it. To kickstart the same, Surf excel hosted a launch event with inspiring stories on defeating failure from SouravGanguly, former Indian cricketer and one of the most successful Indian captains and Pullela Gopichand, former badminton player turned India’s most successful badminton coach. The event also had Twinkle Khanna, film actress and now renowned author who spoke about her perspective on failure as a parent of two kids. The event also featured MrsPreeti Kumar, Headmistress Poddar School and Dr. Harish Shetty, one of India’s most renowned Psychiatrist in the field of child development. This was followed by a panel discussion where the panelists brought in their diverse experiences to bring forth the current societal view on failure and what it means for kids as they grow up. The discussion also had some interesting thoughts on what we can do as parents and a society at largeto change this current perspective on failure from a judgement on a kid’s abilities to an experience that kids learn from. The panelists vision of the future was a pressure free and happier environment for kids to grow up in. Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Priya Nair, Executive Director, Home Care at Hindustan Unilever Limited said, “The #HaarKoHarao campaign is an extention of Surf excel’s decade long “Dirt is Good” philosophy. The campaign is rooted in a modern parenting challenge of helping kids cope with failure. In a society that is so achievement oriented, a lot of kids struggle when they are faced with failure. As a society, our tolerance for failure is very low. We want to change that with Surf excel and want to create a movement to change the perspective on failure to a learning experience. We intend to reach out to parents, teachers and society at large through this campaign because the change needs to be collective to make a difference. Today’s launch is only the first step in a multi-year journey through which we will engage with millions of parents in this space. We believe that if we do so, we will create a better environment for kids to grow up in.’’ This campaign marks the next stage of Surf excel’s brand journey where the brand philosophy transcends into the real world to help address a real parenting challenge. It also is a seamless extension of the brand’s decade long “Dirt is Good” philosophy by telling parents that if kids get dirty in learning to defeat failure, then dirt is good.

Dominic Braganza joins Dentsu Webchutney as Creative Director

Thursday, November 30 2017

Dominic Braganza joins Dentsu Webchutney as Creative Director

Dentsu Webchutney, the digital agency from Dentsu Aegis Network, has roped in Dominic Braganza as Creative Director. He will be based out of Delhi and will report to Anil Kumar, EVP and Branch Head. Dominic’s advertising journey started in 2003 as an Account Manager then he went on to work as an Account Planner, Creative Director and Marketing Manager. He was also an Entrepreneur. He was trained by some of India’s finest advertising craftsmen and saw his way to picking up a slew of ABBYs every year from 2012 to 2017, which includes a Film Gold and Film Silver for his first two TV commercials. He was the one behind the somewhat controversial (and later awarded) recruitment campaign for Foolish, which went viral on April Fool’s Day 2016, trolling the Who’s Who of Adland. Dominic’s last stint was at ITSA as Creative Director. Over the course of his career, Dominic has written and directed campaigns for brands like Groupon (and later Nearbuy), RedBull, BigRock, Rustomjee, Gelusil, Kit-Kat, Airtel, Invest India, and HCL Technologies. On joining Dentsu Webchutney, Dominic says, “My experience working with global technology clients on the advertising as well as on the marketing side helped me understand the tremendous opportunity to grow brands and organizations in ways previously unimagined. Dentsu Webchutney offers me the opportunity to work with clients—both current and prospective” Commenting on Dominic’s appointment, Sudesh Samaria, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Dentsu Webchutney, reacts, “Dominic brings with him tremendous energy and fresh perspective of a man with a definitive point of view on the role of digital in coming years. He is a well-rounded personality with experiences across disciplines and I’m sure this will help us make Webchutney’s core offerings more meaningful to our clients.”

Teen Star Khalid Scores 5 Grammy Nominations! Stay tuned

Monday, December 4 2017

Teen Star Khalid Scores 5 Grammy Nominations! Stay tuned

Khalid, the breakout R&B star, was almost 16 in 2014 when he tweeted “I want to go to the Grammys one day.” and in 2017 his dream has come true! Khalid will be seen at the most coveted music award show – Grammys 2017 , where he has been nominated across 5 categories including: – Best New Artist , Best R&B Song- Location , Best Urban Contemporary – American Teen and Song Of The Year and Best Music Video – for his guest feature on Logic’s suicide prevention song, “1-800-273-8255”. When the young star heard the news Tuesday morning, he quickly took to Twitter to share his excitement and gratitude , “ Woke up to find out that I’m nominated for 5 Grammys. I’m in shock. I’m so thankful man this is unbelievable.” The 60th Grammy Awards show will air live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28, 2018.

Britannia NutriChoice Digestive wants you to feel the power of good choice

Monday, December 4 2017

Britannia NutriChoice Digestive wants you to feel the power of good choice

Health is tough, health is hard work, health is lot of sacrifice. This is the perception that deters most people from adopting a healthier lifestyle. The inherent belief that leading a healthier life will mean waking up early, running a lot, eating very little of what you love leads one to not even take that first step towards health. In their new TVC campaign, Britannia NutriChoice Digestive puts forth a refreshing new point of view that when you start on your health journey, while the results might show up late, the feeling of instant gratification is immediate . The TVC shows a slightly unfit 35 year old man who decides to start his health journey at a supermarket store, where the protagonist while browsing through the snacks aisle, chances upon NutriChoice Digestive. We see the protagonist the next morning at a park where he is clearly struggling to start on his health journey, unable to perform various exercises. But even as he struggles, he realizes that he feels great to have started something healthy. The film ends with him choosing to have a Britannia NutriChoice Digestive instead of a donut, further reinforcing the ‘great feeling’ he experiences in continuing to make the good choices in life. The idea of the campaign stemmed from the insight that people do not have the motivation to start making healthy choices because they think the results will take a lot of time. Contrary to this belief, the gratification of feeling good when you start is instant. The campaign is targeted towards individuals in their late twenties and early thirties, who are contemplating taking their first step on the journey to health. Watch the TVC here . The objective of the campaign is to get people to make a healthy start in their life by demonstrating the power of a good choice. The campaign brings alive that moment when you realize that making a healthy choice makes you start feeling good instantly, even before you see the results. On the launch of the campaign, Ali Harris Shere, Vice-President, Marketing had this to say, “Britannia NutriChoice as a brand has always propagated making healthier choices. With the new campaign, the brand is making a clear shift to a purpose led communication, where the intent is to inspire people to start on their health journeys with the promise that the real result of making healthier choices lies in the feeling that they generate from within and Nutrichoice Digestive is the perfect choice of snack to start your health journey with”. Lowe Lintas spokesperson said, “When it comes to making the journey towards a healthier lifestyle, there is one feeling that resonates with most of us. The high of simply having made a start. A guy who has just started gymming or eating healthy feels fantastic on his first day. It’s an instant gratification. Even though the tangible results of his efforts are months, maybe years away. We felt this was a relatable and fresh insight to encourage fence-sitters to make a healthy start.” Campaign Credits: Creative Agency: Lowe Lintas, Bangalore Chairman & Chief Creative Officer: Arun Iyer Executive Director: Rajesh Ramaswamy Creative: Arun Iyer, Rajesh Ramaswamy, Lohith Chengappa, Rimona Ganapathy, GauthamSeran, Sukumaran N and Sunit Jacob. Account Management: Hari Krishnan, Sonali Khanna, Smrithi Ramanujam, Prutha Nesargi and Antara Krishnamurthy Planning: Subramanyeswar S, Kunal Joshi, Ajay Ravindran Production house: Green Grass Films Director: Anaam Mishra

Imtiaz Ali: I didn’t want to become a victim of ‘meaningful’ cinema

Monday, December 4 2017

Imtiaz Ali: I didn’t want to become a victim of ‘meaningful’ cinema

The filmmaker talks about love and the world he creates in each one of his films. Read on... | TNN | Dec 4, 2017, 01:00 IST There is something about Imtiaz Ali and the world he creates on screen. His characters often exude the uncertainty of a wandering mind. This explains why we feel invested in them — be it Geet's ('Jab We Met') heartbreak, Jordan's ('Rockstar') disillusionment or Ved's ('Tamasha') inner conflict. In a heart-to-heart chat, the storyteller speaks on his unspoken chemistry with Ranbir Kapoor , thoughts on Rumi being his driving force and what went wrong with 'Jab Harry Met Sejal' (JHMS). Excerpts... You had said that you don't like watching romantic films. That's interesting, considering the fact that you are known for making love stories... It's true that I don't watch love stories. Of course, Shyam Benegal's 'Junoon', a Cantonese film called 'Chungking Express' and 'Sommersby', starring Richard Gere and Jodie Foster, are a few of my favourites, but I like intense stories, set in different parts of the world that I have not been to. I can watch films like 'The Godfather' or 'Sholay' a 100 times, but not a love story. While your characters are relatable, most of them are lost and uncertain. One rarely finds a self-assured character in your films... I am an untrained filmmaker and writer. In fact, I hadn't even read scripts before I began to write them. The only thing that I knew was the life around me and so, I had no option but to create characters like the ones I had seen or met. Talking about my characters' uncertainty, I feel that it's boring to know everything. Being sure of oneself is undramatic and arrogant. At this age, my understanding of everything has changed. There was a time when I was sure about things and now, I'm sure that I wasn't right back then (laughs). You cannot hold on to the definition of truth that you discovered long ago. My characters also embody that change. Just like your characters, many of your stories too have a similar theme — they revolve around existential crisis and heartache. Are you drawn to the darker side of life? It's not that I get attracted to the darkness in a character, but I don't know anyone who does not have a sensitive side. That exists in my character even when I don't intend to. When I started to write Geet Dhillon (Kareena Kapoor's character in 'Jab We Met'), I didn't know that she'll face these problems in life, but she does. That makes it look real. For anybody to be complete, there ought to be various sides to them. Which character of yours is the closest to your heart? Janardhan Jakhar (Ranbir's character in 'Rockstar') — I can't say that I understand him, but I can feel him the most. However, he's not like me at all; I'm much more intelligent than him (laughs). The characters you created for Ranbir in 'Tamasha' and 'Rockstar' and the way he portrayed them were cathartic. One can sense an unspoken chemistry between you two as artistes... I feel a certain sense of comfort with Ranbir. Even if I am unable to explain to him what I have in my mind, he understands most of it. For instance, in 'Sadda Haq' (song in 'Rockstar'), there is a part where only the guitar is playing and Jordan needs to scream. I couldn't explain to Ranbir what exactly had to be done, and told him to act as if a current was passing through him. He didn't know what I was talking about, nor did I! When we finally rolled the camera, he went berserk. He only opened his eyes when everyone clapped. It felt like he was awakened from a dream. It's been two years since 'Tamasha's' release. True to your style, it was a story that was open to various interpretations. Do you intentionally build your stories in such a manner? A film is not what the writer writes, it's what the audience understands. It's like God — whatever you think is the truth. Yes, in 'Tamasha', the interpretation was very improvisational, especially of Ved (Ranbir's character). Every take was so differently interpreted by Ranbir and me that each shot looked different. Then, to choose the right take became extremely important because eventually, that's how the film would be interpreted. Also, it looks like Rumi's thoughts and philosophies drive your narrative... I didn't even know much about Rumi before I started shooting for 'Rockstar'. By sheer coincidence, a lot of his quotations were being texted to me by friends while I was making the film and strangely, those quotes resonated with the story! I was surprised because it felt like Rumi was stalking me. Before 'Rockstar', there has been no reference of Rumi in my work. A lot of people think that I am a specialist on Rumi. They even gifted me books on him, which I still haven't read. But every time I read his poems, I understand various layers of what he is trying to say. It tells me a new thing or makes me think in a new way. Even after 'JHMS' was made, its tagline, 'What you seek is seeking you' (by Rumi) was suggested by someone else. I didn't come up with it. Talking about 'Rumi', it's widely believed that the 'beloved' in Rumi's writings is God and not a romantic interest... True, but basically, all love is the same. You can distinguish it by saying that your love for water or fish is different from Jordan's love for Heer (characters in 'Rockstar'), but when you think deeply, it's all the same. So, what Rumi wrote about love was not very different from what Jordan felt. Most actors are often associated with certain filmmakers. However, there was a bit of a swap in the past year when Ranbir did a film with Karan Johar ('Ae Dil Hai Mushkil') and you directed Shah Rukh Khan in 'JHMS'. Everyone was thrilled about the new combinations. Did that thought cross your mind as well? I have known Shah Rukh for a long time. In fact, I understand him more than Ranbir because SRK, like me, is not from the film industry. He is also from North India, and has done theatre in Delhi. So, like all other directors, I wanted to work with Shah Rukh at some point and I did it. Unfortunately, the film didn't turn out as well as one would have liked it to. You've always maintained that every time you see your film, you feel it could've been better. Would you say that for 'JHMS', too? I always feel that all my films could have been better. Regardless of whether they have been praised or criticised, I can see hundreds of flaws in each of them. So, what according to you didn't work for 'JHMS'? It takes me a while to understand my own films. I can tell you the flaws, but those will be the small ones. For instance, how a certain scene should've been shorter and things like that. But overall, about the film not performing as well at the box office (pauses), is not something that I have a great perspective on. As the director, it will take me a while to understand what went wrong — was it the media, bad publicity or just the fault of the film. I feel that it's a combination of all as a film cannot be exceptionally good and yet be hated by people. This was the first time you worked with SRK, who is revered as the king of romance. Were you overwhelmed by the pressure of making a film that did ample justice to him? You mean, did I think that if I am working with Shah Rukh, let me do something special? Not really. He made me feel so comfortable that I wasn't thinking about that. He did not expect anything from me other than what I wanted to do. Let me rephrase. Subconsciously, we tend to become a victim of our own expectations sometimes. Did that happen to you while making 'JHMS'? I have very little expectations from myself, I only have expectations from my films. I feel that they should be meaningful and different. They should teach me a few things and take me in a direction that I have never been before. 'JHMS' took me back to un-heavy cinema. I didn't want to become a victim of the so-called 'meaningful' cinema. I wanted to make a film which is light. Maybe, that was disappointing for people. 'Jab We Met' was light-hearted, too, and was still appreciated... It was appreciated, but I made four films after that and the last three — 'Rockstar', 'Highway' and 'Tamasha' — had a certain gravitas. After those films, people saw me in a certain way. If you look at (Sanjay Leela) Bhansali, he has made three films of a certain type in the recent past ('Padmavati', 'Bajirao Mastani' and 'Ram-Leela'). After 'Padmavati's' release, if he makes a film like 'Khamoshi', people will wonder, 'What has he done? It's different, it's not him'. So, our expectation from Bhansali is not a 'Khamoshi' even though he has made it. I feel every filmmaker is entitled to discover his calling and steer towards something that's organically pulling him. Hence, I will make films that people might not expect from me. Don't get me wrong, I want all my films to be successful, but I also want the liberty of making the films that I want to. Many people tell me about what works and what's the right thing to do, but I've never done the right things in my life (laughs). If I did the right things, I would never be a filmmaker. RELATED

Sarah Jane Dias : I have been driven by passion all my life

Monday, December 4 2017

Sarah Jane Dias : I have been driven by passion all my life

The actress, who is particular about choosing projects that resonate with her personality, is upbeat about her web-series and the second season of her reality TV show. | TNN | Dec 4, 2017, 01:00 IST Sarah Jane Dias As an artiste, Sarah Jane Dias has always been particular about choosing projects that resonate with her personality — be it while VJing, participating in beauty pageants or featuring in commercial potboilers. Currently, she is riding the high wave with performance-oriented roles in a few shows on the web. Recounting the highs of her career this year, Sarah says, "In 2017, I have been part of three web series that have done well. It's a great place to be in, and it feels good to make an impact on the web space. I have discovered my creative expression and as a result, I'm attracting the right projects. For an outsider, this is no mean feat amid such a stiff competition. I have been driven by passion all my life, and it has paid off now." The model-actress' next is also a web series, titled 'Time Out'. Elaborating on the storyline, she says, "It's about a man who is torn between his professional aspirations and personal life. As a society, we don't discuss or address male depression. We consider it beneath a man to cry — it's sad, but true." Apart from the web series, Sarah will be seen in the second season of the reality show, 'Ultimate Beastmaster'. Admitting that she has made some unconventional choices, she says, "The path I have chosen isn't premeditated; today, I can say that I have evolved as an artiste and as a human being." Sarah Jane Dias inspiring speech on Women's Day’ 10:04 RELATED

Kangana Ranaut Declines To Sign The Petition For Deepika Padukone's Protection - Desimartini

Monday, December 4 2017

Kangana Ranaut Declines To Sign The Petition For Deepika Padukone's Protection - Desimartini

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut is known to have shot to fame with the 2013 movie Queen. The national award winning actress is one of the highest paid actresses in Bollywood. Recently, the actress was the focus of public attention due to her spat with Hrithik Roshan. Once again, the actress has come into the limelight with her recent act in which she straight away declined to sign the petition to the Prime Minister asking for Deepika Padukone’s safety and protection as the actress received several death threats. Regarding this, a source was quoted as saying, “It was Shabana Azmi who initiated a campaign in the film industry. She got every major actress to sign a petition to the Prime Minister asking for Deepika’s safety and protection”. The source further revealed the actresses from the industry who signed the petition. The source was quoted as saying, “The actresses who signed the petition included Hema Malini, Jaya Bachchan Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Vidya Balan, Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra, her sister Parineeti Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha and many others. All of them willingly signed the petition”. The source closed the statement mentioning that Kangana is supporting no one as the whole industry was silent during her spat with Hrithik.

AWS re:invent 2017: Advanced Design Patterns for Amazon DynamoDB (DAT403) - YouTube

Monday, December 4 2017

AWS re:invent 2017: Advanced Design Patterns for Amazon DynamoDB (DAT403) - YouTube

The interactive transcript could not be loaded. Loading... Rating is available when the video has been rented. This feature is not available right now. Please try again later. Published on Dec 2, 2017 This session, we go deep into advanced design patterns for DynamoDB. This session is intended for those who already have some familiarity with DynamoDB and are interested in applying the design patterns covered in the DynamoDB deep dive session and hands-on labs for DynamoDB. The patterns and data models discussed in this presentation summarize a collection of implementations and best practices leveraged by the Amazon CDO to deliver highly scaleable solutions for a wide variety of business problems. In this session, we discuss strategies for GSI sharding and index overloading, scaleable graph processing with materialized queries, relational modeling with composite keys, executing transactional workflows on DynamoDB, and much, much more.

Salman Khan is to Varun Dhawan as Hritik Roshan is to Tiger Shroff

Tuesday, December 5 2017

Salman Khan is to Varun Dhawan as Hritik Roshan is to Tiger Shroff

Having a role model is nothing out of the ordinary but following on to Bhai's footsteps is another ball game. Varun Dhawan did exactly that with 'Judwaa 2'. At the trailer launch of 'Judwaa 2' one of the producers mentioned about the similarities between the two stars and how Varun was an upcoming action hero with the streak of a natural entertainer. Varun has been very vocal about how he feels about Sallu. He is a Fan! And Salman seems to be loving this and is basking in all the affection. Recently, Salman tweeted a picture of him, standing, with Varun clicking the picture from the back. He captioned the photo, "Mera Naya photographer kaisa laga?" Mera Naya photographer kaisa laga :) https://t.co/G0c0YGzToQ — Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) 1512383503000 The relationship between the two hunks has been a topic of entertainment for the internet. Varun recently posted a photo of the Being Human e-cycle and Twitter trolled him for those pictures. Twitter went a step ahead and compared him to the 2002 hit and run case of Salman. My new ride #beinghumancycle #ecycle. Best way to commute in Mumbai. Keeps you healthy https://t.co/YU2X1swH62 — Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) 1511516945000 Read Bollywood gossip on the go. Download Bombay Times App now Promoted Stories

Three CPEC projects in jeopardy after China suspends funding - Daily Pakistan

Tuesday, December 5 2017

Three CPEC projects in jeopardy after China suspends funding - Daily Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – At least three road projects under the umbrella of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will face a delay as China has suspended funding till the issuance of new guidelines by Beijing. According to Dawn News, it is unclear yet whether the new guidelines would affect more projects, but initial reports suggest that three road projects worth Rs1 trillion pertaining to the National Highway Authority (NHA) could face interruption. An official talking to the media outlet revealed that increased news reporting in Pakistan regarding alleged corruption in CPEC projects has forced China to conduct a review and suspend funding. The delay is going to affect the 210-km Dera Ismail Khan-Zhob Road project, 136-km remaining portion of Karakarom Highway (KKH) from Raikot to Thakot and 110-km Khuzdar-Basima Road. The estimated cost of the projects is Rs81 billion, Rs8.5bn and Rs19.76bn respectively. All the projects were part of the Pakistani side’s programme, but the NHA authorities in 2016 disclosed that these were going to be part of the CPEC in order to receive concessionary finance from China. During the previous year, China approved funding for the three road network projects during the sixth meeting of the JCC and Pakistan was hopeful that the funds would be finalized in the meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on Nov 20. However, the Chinese side informed counterpart that the funds will be finalized after issuance of new guidelines from Beijing, besides suspending the funds under the prevailing procedure. “In fact the Chinese authorities informed us that the previous procedure of release of funds was meant for early harvest projects only and new guidelines will be issued for future projects of the CPEC,” the official told Dawn News.