November 2019

Day by Day Current Affairs (November 03 2019) | MCQs for CSS, PMS

Day by Day Current Affairs (November 03 2019) | MCQs for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

November 03, 2019: National Current Affairs

1. Munir Akram takes over as Pak ambassador to UN

• Munir Akram, an expert at multilateral diplomacy, November 1, 2019 took over as Pakistan’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations.
• Ambassador Akram flew in from Islamabad earlier in the day. He replaces Maleeha Lodhi, who upon the completion of her tenure on Thursday left New York for home.
• A well-known figure in diplomatic circles, Akram has served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN previously as well, holding the office for six years between 2002 and 2008, after serving as the envoy to the world body’s European offices in Geneva for seven years

2. Govt to introduce ‘auto-disable syringes’ next year

• The Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Zafar Mirza said the federal government had planned to introduce auto-disable syringes next year to prevent the spread of diseases through the repeated use of syringes.
• In an interview with a private news channel, he said the Ministry of Health would make it mandatory to use auto-disable (AD) syringes at all government hospitals and private health centers to avoid further complications for citizens as re-use of an insulin pen needle could increase bacterial growth on the needle and could cause HIV infection to citizens.
• “By the end of the first quarter of next year, we hope to completely remove disposable syringes from the private sector hospitals and replace them with auto-lock syringes,” he said, adding, “We have had comprehensive talks with the stakeholders, including manufacturers and importers on the subject.”

3. Balochistan Assembly urged to pass child marriage bill

• A month-long campaign to create awareness about the detrimental effects of child marriage was launched on November 2, 2019 by the representatives of Health and Rural Development, Child Rights Movement and Balochistan Women Unit Works amid criticism of provincial government`s attitude towards the anti-child marriage bill in Balochistan Assembly.
• `All the stakeholders have agreed upon all the clauses of the bill except for the decision on the age; as a result, the bill is pending in the province alassembly,` said the representatives at a joint press conference.
• `According to international law, 18 years is considered appropriate for marriage but in Balochistan we are still following the 1929 Act regarding child marriages,` they said.

4. US sees gaps in Pakistan`s fight against terror funding

• Pakistan implements international standards to combat money laundering and terror financing and has also criminalised such acts, `but implementation remains uneven`, claims the US State Department`s report on terrorism.
• The Congress-mandated report, rep-resents official US assessment of the state of global terrorism during last year and includes country reviews.
• It notes that Pakistan being a member of the Asia/Pacific Group (APG) on Money Laundering a regional body affiliated with the international watchdog, Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has made serious efforts to meet the standards set by the global watchdogs.
• However, the government failed to significantly limit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) from `raising money, recruiting, and training in Pakistan and allowed candidates overtly affiliated with LeT front organisations to contest the July general elections`, the report says.

5. Thailand reopens cave where boys` soccer team was trapped for weeks

• Thailand has opened the famous Tham Laung cave to the public, after the removal of equipment that was used in last year`s dramatic rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped underground for weeks.
• Hundreds of people flocked on Saturday to see the cave where the of Wild Boar Academy soccer team was rescued from in July 2018. The visitors created so much traffic that authorities had to allow up to around 30 people to enter at a time.
• Duangporn Sookawong, 75, who came all the way from the southern Songkhla province, said she believed that the rescue was a miracle and the boys were lucky that they were able to survive despite being stuck in the dark, complex network of caves for almost three weeks.

6. Modi claims victory in siege of held Kashmir

• India has eliminated a big reason behind sowing of seeds of terrorism and separatism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Bangkok on November 2, 2019.
• Press Trust of India said the claim was made to a crowd of the Indian diaspora and was reference to the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian constitution.
• The clause accorded autonomy to the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan disputes the `Instrument of Accession` that formed the basis of the Article 370, which had enabled India to lay claim to the region also disputed by China.
• Mr Modi said his government was working to fulfil aims that seemed impossible. `You are aware that India has decided to eliminate a big reason behind sowing of seeds of terrorism and separatism,` he said.

7. German city declares `Nazi emergency`

• The eastern German city of Dresden has declared a `Nazi emergency` as officials warned of a rise in far-right support and violence.
• The city is the birthplace of the Islamophobic Pegida movement, which holds weekly rallies here, while the anti-immigration Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party won 28 per cent in September regional elections.
• Dresden`s city council on Wednesday backed a resolution against far-right extremism with the title `Nazinotstand?`, or `Nazi emergency?`. It was brought by Max Aschenbach, a local councillor for left-leaning satirical party Die Partei, who told the DPA news agency that `this city has a Nazi problem`.
• The resolution said the city was `worried that anti-democratic, anti pluralist, discriminatory and farright positions which include violence` were on the rise in Dresden

8. Iran unveils new anti-American murals on walls of former US embassy

• Iran on November 2, 2019 unveiled new anti-American murals on the walls of the former US embassy as Tehran prepares to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the storming of what it labels the “den of spies”.
• The accusatory message of the paintings was one of a violent US that is thirsty for war and bent on tightening its grip on the world, yet weakening despite its military might.
• The new murals — mainly painted in white, red and blue, the colours of the US flag — were unveiled by Major General Hossein Salami, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, at the former mission turned museum.
• One of them showed a crumbling Statue of Liberty, its right torch-bearing arm having broken off.

9. Yemen govt, separatists to sign power-sharing deal

• Yemen’s internationally recognised government will sign an agreement with southern separatists on Tuesday aimed at ending a conflict simmering within the country’s long-running civil war, Yemeni and Saudi officials said.
• The power-sharing deal would see the secessionist Southern Transitional Council (STC) handed a number of ministries, and the government return to the main southern city of Aden, according to officials and Saudi media reports on November 2, 2019.
• Yemeni Information Minister Muammar al-Iryani tweeted that an official signing ceremony for the “Riyadh Agreement” would take place in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in the presence of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

10. South Africa outclass ragged England to win third World Cup

• South Africa laid the groundwork with traditional Springbok rugby and finished off an out-gunned England side with two superbly-taken late tries to win the World Cup for the third time courtesy of a convincing 32-12 victory on November 2, 2019.
• Wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe crossed in the last 15 minutes for South Africa`s first ever tries in a World Cup final but six penalties from the boot of Handre Pollard had already put the Springboks firmly in charge.
• Superb game management, set piece dominance, brutal defence and almost flawless place-kicking had been enough to see off an England side that had dismantled the double defending champions All Blacks in the semi-final last week.

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