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November 2019

Day by Day Current Affairs (November 10 2019) | MCQs for CSS, PMS

Day by Day Current Affairs (November 10 2019) | MCQs for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

November 10, 2019: National Current Affairs

1. Pakistan opens heart for Sikhs

• Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the Kartarpur Corridor at an impressive ceremony on November 9, 2019, enabling Sikhs from India to freely visit Darbar Sahib, the place where founder of Sikh religion Baba Guru Nanak spent last days of his life.
• Clad in national dress, the PM took a round of the huge structure built around the Kartarpur Gurdwara along with dignitaries, welcomed a Sikh delegation led by the former Indian premier Manmohan Singh on their arrival to the Pakistani side of the border and cut the ribbon to formally inaugurate the border corridor, dubbed as Peace Corridor.
• The PM wore a kerchief around his head during the ceremony to show respect to the Sikh sentiments, as it is inappropriate for Sikhs to visit a shrine bareheaded.
• Prime Minister Imran Khan began his address to the ceremony by congratulated the Sikh community on the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak and said that he was pleased to see the happiness on the faces of pilgrims on this historic occasion.

2. Former national coordinator for polio programme reappointed

• Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza has reappointed Dr Rana Saf dar as the polio coordinator for National Emergency Operation Centre (EOC).
• `I have reappointed Dr Safdar, who is a notable public health expert and epidemiologist specialising in disease control and eradication. I have recently witnessed his high tech competence and leadership in dengue control,` he said in a tweet.
• Dr Safdar was the pioneer of national EOCs network and instrumental in tackling the explosive polio outbreak in 2014. He reduced the cases from 306 in 2014 to just eight in 2018.
• He recently led the global accreditation of Pakistan Field Epidemiology and L aboratory Training Programme

3. Over 77,000 inmates lodged in 114 jails with capacity of 57,742

• In a report, the Federal Ombudsman has conceded before the Supreme Court that a total of 77,275 inmates are currently housed in 114 prisons in the four provinces against a sanctioned capacity of only 57,742.
• Of the 77,275 inmates, 47,077 have been lodged in 42 jails in Punjab, where the sanctioned strength is 32,477. In Sindh`s 24 prisons 17,239 inmates have been incarcerated; the total sanctioned strength of Sindh`s prisons is 13,038.
• A total of 10,871 prisoners have been placed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa`s 37 prisons which should have only 9,642, and 2,088 inmates in the 11 jails of Balochistan that can house 2,585.The report submitted to the apex court on behalf of the office of Federal Ombudsman (Wafagi Mohtasib) through counsel Hafiz Ahsaan Ahmad Khokhar said the prisons had 1,248 juvenile inmates as well as 25,456 convicted and 48,008 under-trial prisoners.

4. Navy assumes guard duty at Iqbal’s mausoleum

• An impressive change of guards ceremony was held at mausoleum of Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal as the entire nation celebrated 142nd birth anniversary of the national poet, who envisioned a separate homeland for Muslims of British India.
• A smartly turned-out contingent of Pakistan Navy clad in immaculate whites, assumed ceremonial guard duties with traditional spirit and enthusiasm at Lahore, according to a press release issued by Pakistan Navy officials on Saturday. Contingents of Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Rangers formed up outside the Mazar and took positions alongside where both the outgoing and incoming guards were inspected by station commander (Navy) Lahore, Commodore Muhammad Neimatullah.
• Marching to the band tunes, the Naval Contingent took positions at the four corners of the Mazar. Meanwhile, Rangers ceremoniously moved out of the Mazar lead by their Officer-in-Charge

5. Media freedom in Pakistan is seeing dark times

• Press freedom in Pakistan is the worst today than it has ever been before, said panelists at a talk on censorship held at the Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT) at SOAS.
• The talk titled `Reign of censorship: Pakistan, Kashmir and India` featured journalist Talat Hussain, writer and academic Farzana Sheikh, British journalist Christina Lamb and former Dawn columnist Cyril Almeida.
• The two-hour discussion focused largely on the history of censorship in Pakistan, and the gradual sophistication of tools used to silence journalists.
• Prof Sheikh recalled a question putto Prime Minister Imran Khan about media freedom in Pakistan during his recent trip to Washington, which he dismissed as a joke and added that the Pakistani media is freer than that of the UK

6. Indian top court allows temple`s construction on Babri Masjid site

• India`s Supreme Court on Saturday allowed construction of a temple at the site where once the 16th century Babri Masjid stood, ruling in the highly contentious case between Hindu and Muslim groups that alternative land be given to Muslims to build a mosque.
• The verdict was immediately deplored by a key Muslim body of the country.
• The dispute over land ownership has been one of India`s most heated issues, with Hindunationalists demanding a temple on the site in the town of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh state for more than a century.
• The Mughal-era Babri Masjid was destroyed by Hindu hard-liners in December 1992, sparking massive Hindu Muslim violence that left some 2,000 people dead.
• Saturday`s verdict paves the way for building the temple in place of the demolished mosque

7. Modi thanks Imran for `cooperation` on visa-free corridor

• Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan on November 10, 2019 for what he called the latter`s `cooperation` on a visa-free corridor allowing Indian Sikhs to visit one of their religion`s holiest sites across the border in Pakistan.
• `I would like to thank the prime minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, for respecting the sentiments of India. I thank him for his cooperation,` Mr Modi said in televised comments at the inauguration ceremony of the corridor held on the Indian side of the border, in a rare message of gratitude between the neighbours.
• The opening of the Kartarpur Corridor before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev had brought `us immense happiness`, said the Indian leader

8. Aramco to sell 0.5pc stake to retail investors in IPO

• Saudi Aramco is looking to sell up to 0.5 per cent of the state oil giant to retail investors in its planned initial public offering (IPO), three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
• The Saudi oil group has not yet revealed the size of its planned IPO or what proportion of the company it will float, although sources have previously said this could be 1-2pc.
• It is expected to release more details about the company in an IPO prospectus document later on Saturday.
• Assuming Aramco achieves a total valuation of $2 trillion, the retail tranche could be worth around $10 billion, the sources said on Saturday

9. Brilliant Asif tames Roda to regain IBSF World Snooker title

• Second seed Mohammad Asif did the country proud yet again when he coasted to an enthralling 8-5 victory over unseeded Jefrey Roda of Philippines in the final to win the title of IBSF World Snooker Championship for second time in the Turkish coastal city of Antalya on November 9, 2019.
• Riding on the crest of a wave, the country`s top cueist proved that when there`s will, there`s a way as he romped home 68-35, 88-0,69-17,28-73,5-118,93-0,69-1, 72-57, 10-93, 77-4, 21-65, 54-66, 68-51.
• It is pertinent to mention that it took a wait of seven years for the Faisalabad-born Asif to regain the glory. His last success came at Bulgaria in 2012

10. Two Pakistan officials elected to world scrabble committee

• Two Pakistani representatives have been elected to the executive committee of the World English Scrabble Players Association; the regulatory body of scrabble worldwide.
• Tariq Pervez, who has already served as the chairman of the promotions sub-committee in the past, is now elected to the main committee as an executive member while Waseem Khatri is the new addition from Pakistan.
• The elections took place in the biennial general meeting held in Goa, India recently. Chris Lipe of the US is the new chairman, replacing UK`s Elie Dangoor who retired after serving as a chairman for over a decade. Carol Johnsen of Australia is the new secretary while Jason Broersma of Canada was re-elected as the treasurer.
• Other members of the executive committee are Toke Aka (Nigeria), Karen Richards (Australia), Peter Thorpe (UK), Tony Leah (US), Douglas Tsang (Hong Kong) and Brett Smitheram (UK).

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