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Day by Day Current Affairs (December 19 2019) MCQs for CSS, PMS

Day by Day Current Affairs (December 19 2019) MCQs for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

December 19, 2019: National Current Affairs

1. Pakistan to get $10m for polio eradication

• Pakistan will receive $10 million for polio eradication from the Lives and Livelihood Fund (LLF), a partnership between the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, announced Hammad Azhar, federal minister for economic affairs, on December 18, 2019.
• The announcement was made at the launching ceremony of the Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme (2019-2021), where the minister said, according to a statement released by the Economic Affairs Division, `Today, we are celebrating our long-established partnership with the IDB. Over the years, we have come to rely on it to help us combat polio.
• He also thanked the LLF for the grant in addition to an earlier loan of $90 million for polio eradication

2. Govt to stand by Musharraf

• Prime Minister Imran Khan on December 18, 2019 decided to stand by self-exiled former military ruler retired Gen Pervez Musharraf, who was handed death sentence for high treason, and explained he had skipped the Kuala Lumpur summit of Muslim states because of `national interest`.
• The prime minister directed the government`s legal team and parliamentary committee of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-iInsaf (PTI) to forge consensus with the opposition for appropriate legislation on the extension of service of the army chief as per the Supreme Court directive.
• The prime minister barred government`s spokespersons from commenting on the special court`s verdict.
• The decisions were taken at a PTI core committee meeting chaired by the prime minister soon after his return from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Switzerland

3. Malaysia summit gets under way, minus S. Arabia, Pakistan

• Leaders from many Muslim nations including Turkey and Iran gathered in Malaysia on December 18, 2019 to tackle issues that have agitated Muslims worldwide, but the summit was skipped by Saudi Arabia and its close ally Pakistan.
• At a welcome dinner, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said the Kuala Lumpur summit would aim to `do something` to improve the lives of Muslims and overcome Islamophobia.
• `We need to find a way to address our shortcomings, our dependency on non-Muslims to protect ourselves against the enemies of Islam, said Mahathir, 94, the world`s oldest head of government and one of its most outspoken.
• The four-day summit could also address mounting concerns over China`s camps for Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang a subject that will doubtless upset Beijing.

4. Indian SC refuses to stop implementation of CAA

• India`s Supreme Court turned down a plea on December 18, 2019 to stop the implementation of a new citizenship law based on religion that has set off violent protests in the country, but said it would hold hearings next month on the sweeping measure.
• The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) makes it easier for non-Muslims from the neighbouring countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who settled in India prior to 2015 to gain Indian citizenship.
• Thousands of people have protested, saying the law is anti-Muslim and the latest in a series of measures by Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s Hindu nationalist government to marginalise the community

5. Xi in Macau with vision to diversify its economy

• China`s President Xi Jinping arrived in Macau on December 18, 2019 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its handover to China, and is expected to announce economic perks as a reward for its stability and loyalty as protests rock nearby Hong Kong.
• Security was tight in the gambling hub, especially for people arriving from Hong Kong. Among the polices Xi is expected to announce are steps to diversifying the former Portuguese colony`s economic base beyond its casinos.
• `We will join hands to draw the blueprint for Macao`s future development,` Xi said after arriving at Macau`s airport, according to China`s official Xinhua news agency.

6. Jailed Uighur activist`s daughter receives Sakharov prize

• The daughter of jailed Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti received the EU`s top rights prize on his behalf on December 18, 2019, saying she did not even know if he was still alive.
• Jewher Ilham said she hoped the award of the European Parliament`s Sakharov Prize would help her father, sentenced to life imprisonment in 2014 for `separatism` in a trial that provoked an outcry from foreign governments and human rights organisations.
• The parliament hailed the former economics professor as a `voice of moderation and reconciliation` when it announced the award in October, while Beijing condemned the move, calling Tohti a `terrorist` `The last time I heard about my father was 2017, that was also the last time a family visit was granted to my father,` Ilham said before receiving the prize next to a symbolic empty chair at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France

7. Japanese journalist wins high-profile #MeToo case

• A Tokyo court on December 18, 2019 awarded 3.3 million yen ($30,000) in damages to journalist Shiori Ito, who accused a former TV reporter of rape in one of the most high-profile cases of the #MeToo movement in Japan.
• The civil case made headlines in Japan and abroad, as it is rare for rape victims to report the crime to the police according to a 2017 government survey, only four percent of women come forward.
• Ito, 30, has become an outspoken symbol fo r#MeToo in Japan, where the movement against sexual harassment and abuse has struggled to take hold.
• She had sought 11 million yen ($100,000) in compensation from Noriyuki Yamaguchi, a former TV reporter with close links to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, alleging he raped her after inviting her to dinner to discuss a job opportunity in 2015.

8. British MP of Pakistani descent takes oath in Urdu

• As the newly elected representatives of the British Parliament were sworn in, a Pakistani-origin MP took his oath in Urdu.
• Afzal Khan, who retained his seat for the Labour Party from Manchester Gorton in the general election, hailed on Twitter the diversity in parliament and said: `Thrilled to be back in #Parliament as an MP for #Manchester. I am proud to represent a city where over 200 languages are spoken.
• He added: `Today at the swearing-in ceremony, I recited my oath in #Urdu to honour my father who served in the British Indian Army.

9. Australia endures its hottest day on record

• Australia this week experienced its hottest day on record and the heatwave is expected to worsen, exacerbating an already unprecedented bushnre season, authorities said on December 18, 2019.
• The average nationwide temperatures of 40.9 degrees Celsius on Tuesday beat the previous record of 40.3 degrees Celsius in January 2013, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
• `This heat will only intensify further today,` meteorologist Diana Eadie said.
• The heatwave is another alarm bell about global warming in Australia, where this year`s early and intense start to regular summer bushfires has heaped pressure on the Australian government to do more to tackle climate change

10. WI legend Butcher is no more

• Basil Butcher was hailed as a West Indies `cricket legend` after the former Test batsman died aged 86.
• Butcher was a member of a star-studded West Indies top order for over a decade in a Test career starting in the late 1950s. He played alongside Rohan Kanhai and Garry Sobers before they were joined in the side by Clive Lloyd and Roy Fredericks.
• Guyana right-hander Butcher more than held his own in such distinguished company, scoring 3,104 runs in 44 Tests at an average of more than 43, including seven hundreds, from 195869.

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