January 2020

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January 15, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. Rawal Dam spillways opened in Jan for second time in history

• Rawal Dam`s spill ways were opened in January for the second time in its history on January 14, 2020, dispensing water over its 1,752 feet capacity.
• Records available with the Punjab Irrigation department that stretch back to 1966 show that the first time the dam`s spillways were opened in January was in 1991.
• There was a rise of around 2,000 acre feet in the water level in Rawal Lake in less than 12 hours because of active rainfall and snow in Murree tehsil. By 8am on Tuesday, the water had reached 1,752.1f t.
• The authorities decided to open the spillways. From 9am to 12:45pm, around 900 acre ft of water was released into the Korang River, bringing the water down to 1,751.5f t


2. Assembly amends law against women`s harassment at work

• The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on January 14, 2020 passed an amendment to an anti women harassment law and introduced separate oaths for Muslim and non-Muslim ombudsperson.
• The government bill earlier had a single oath for the ombudsperson.
• Two separate oaths for the Muslim and non-Muslim ombudsperson were included in the bill after Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl MPA Naeema Kishwar tabled an amendment to Schedule-II of the law.
• `The main purpose of the amendment was that no person of a particular non-Muslim community could assume the post in the garb of a Muslim,` clarified mover of the amendment when treasury, minorities and an MPA of Pakistan Peoples Party initially opposed it. The treasury and opposition benches supported the amendment. Speaker Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani chaired the proceedings.


3. Chinese navy, PN end joint exercise

• The sixth Exercise Sea Guardians 2020 between Pakistan Navy and China`s People`s Liberation Army (Navy) ended on January 14, 2020, according to a statement issued by the navy`s media wing.
• Deputy Commander of Southern Theatre Command PLA (Navy) Vice Admiral Dong Jun graced the closing ceremony as its chief guest. Commander of Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral Asif Khaliq was also present on the occasion.
• The ceremony was attended by a large number of military officials from both the navies.
• Vice Admiral Khaliq expressed his gratitude to the Southern Theatre Command for their engagement and joint collaboration in the exercise. He also expressed satisfaction over the mutually beneficial and professionally rewarding conduct of the exercise.


4. Govt to fill 129,301 vacant posts in ministries

• In line with government policy of making 2020 a year of employment, Prime Minister Imran Khan on January 14, 2020 directed all the ministries and divisions to complete the process of recruitment on 129,301 vacant posts within four months.
• The prime minister issued these directives during a presentation given to the Federal Cabinet by Secretary to Prime Minister Azam Khan on situational analysis of service matters and miscellaneous affairs of various ministries, divisions and attached departments.


5. Indian state challenges citizenship law in Supreme Court

• The southern Indian state of Kerala on January 14, 2020 became the first to legally challenge a new citizenship law that has triggered nationwide demonstrations.
• In a petition to the Supreme Court, the state government said the law violates the secular nature of India`s constitution, and accused the government of dividing the nation along communal lines.
• The citizenship law backed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s Hindu-nationalist pany provides a path to naturalisation for people from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, unless they are Muslim.


6. Microsoft CEO critical of new India citizenship law

• Microsof t`s chief executive hit out at the government of his native India and joined criticism of a new citizenship law that opponents of Prime Minister Narendra Modi say is anti-Muslim.
• The legislation makes it easier for persecuted religious minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to gain citizenship, but Muslims are excluded because Modi says they do not qualify as such.
• The law has sparked nationwide protests that have left at least 27 people dead, and stoked fears that India`s 200 million Muslims will be marginalised


7. US House to vote today on sending Trump charges to Senate

• The Democratic-led US House of Representatives will vote on January 15, 2020 to send formal impeachment charges against President Donald Trump to the Senate, lawmakers said on January 14, 2020, likely setting the start of Trump`s trial for later this week.
• House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a party meeting that she would also name the Democrats` team of `managers` who will lead the prosecution of Trump at the trial, Democratic congressman Henry Cuellar said.
• Trump became only the third US president to be impeached when the House last month approved charges that he abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to announce an investigation into his Democratic rival Joe Biden and obstructed Congress


8. Brazil launching new research base in Antarctica

• Brazil is opening its new Antarctic research base on January 14, 2020, eight years after a fire destroyed the country’s original station.
• The new modern base, which is twice the size of the old one, cost nearly $100 million and will be able to accommodate up to 64 professionals of the Brazilian Antarctic Program (PROANTAR), the local daily G1 reported. It is located at the same site of the old structure, installed in 1984, in the Keller Peninsula of King George Island and will keep its name as Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station.


9. Oldest material on Earth discovered

• Scientists analysing a meteorite have discovered the oldest material known to exist on Earth.
• They found dust grains within the space rock – which fell to Earth in the 1960s – that are as much as 7.5 billion years old.
• The oldest of the dust grains were formed in stars that roared to life long before our Solar System was born. A team of researchers has described the result in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. When stars die, particles formed within them are flung out into space. These “pre-solar grains” then get incorporated into new stars, planets, moons and meteorites.


10. Bangladesh agrees to visit Pakistan for split tour

• Bangladesh have agreed to play three Twenty20 Internationals, two Tests and a solitary One-day International in Pakistan, but with the tour two be divided into three phases, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced January 14, 2020.
• The announcement came after a meeting facilitated by ICC chairman Shashank Manohar on the sidelines of the body`s Governance Review Committee meeting in Dubai which saw PCB chairman Ehsan Mani and Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan reach a consensus.
• The tour will begin with the T20 series to be played at Lahore`s Gaddafi Stadium from January 24 to 27.


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