November 2019

Day by Day Current Affairs (November 18 2019) | MCQs for CSS, PMS


November 18, 2019: National Current Affairs

1. Mohammad Fayyaz Gilani appointed Navy`s vice chief

• Vice Admiral Mohammad Fayyaz Gilani has been appointed Vice Chief of the Naval Staf f (VCNS), according to a Pakistan Navy`s press release issued on November 17, 2019.
• Vice Admiral Gilani has succeeded Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat who completed his tenure of service on Nov 16 as the VCNS.
• Vice Admiral Gilani got commission in the operations branch of Pakistan Navy in 1984. He has a distinguished career with wide ranging command and staff appointments. His command appointments include commanding officer PNS PISHIN and PNS MOAWIN. His distinguished staff appointments include chief staff officer to commander Pakistan fleet, naval secretary, deputy chief of naval staff (operations), deputy chief of naval staff (projects), deputy chief of naval staff (personnel), deputy chief of naval staff (training & evaluation) and commander coast.

2. Pak-Bahrain military exercise ends

• A bilateral exercise titled Shaheen Al Jazeera-2019 between Pakistan Navy`s Special Service Group and Royal Bahrain Defence Force`s Special Operation Force (SOF) concluded on November 17, 2019.
• Shaheen Al Jazeera is a series of bilateral SOF exercises which is conducted annually between Pakistan Navy and Royal Bahrain Defence Force.
• This exercise, being the 13th in the series, continued for 10 days.
• The aim of the exercise was to strengthen military relationships, improve coordination & interoperability and exchange of professional expertise in SOF domains

3. Dutch queen to visit Pakistan next week

• Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will arrive in Pakistan next week for a three-day visit.
• `Queen Maxima will visit Pakistan from Nov 25-27 in her capacity as the United Nations` Secretary General`s Special Advocate (UNSGSA) for Inclusive Finance for Development,` says an official announcement by the Foreign Office on November 17, 2019.
• The Dutch queen, according to the ofhcial statement, would call on President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan during her visit, in addition to her engagements with public and private sectors` representatives.

4. AIOU opens nine regional offices

• The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has set up nine new regional offices and model study centres mainly in less-developed regions.
• According to a statement, the four new regional offices and five model study centres were recently set up on the initiative of Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Ziaul Qayyum.
• With this, the regional network has increased from 44 to 53. The new regional offices are at Sheikhupura, Bhawalngar, Timergara (Lower Dir) and Rawalkot (AJK) while the model study centres are opened in Malir (Karachi), Kharan (Balochistan), Hunza (Gilgit), Dadu and Mandi Bhauddin.
• Currently, the university`s 18 regional offices are working in their own buildings while the rest are in rented ones. It has also been planned to construct buildings in Kalat (Balochistan), Sukkur, Moro and Methi (Sindh).

5. Shahzain wins NA-259 seat in re-polling with wide margin

• Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) president Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti, who is a grandson of the late Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, on November 17, 2019 won the NA-259 seat in re-polling.
• According to official results, Shahzain Bugti obtained 20,895 votes in 29 polling stations, while Mian Khan Bugti got 2,954 votes and Mir Tariq Mehmood Khetiran received only 198 votes.
• In the 2018 general elections, Shahzain Bugti was elected to the National Assembly on a ticket of his own faction of the JWP. He had obtained 22,787 votes, while Mir Tariq Mehmood Khetiran received 21,213 votes.

6. Rajapaksa wins Lanka polls by big margin

• Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who spearheaded the brutal crushing of Tamil Tigers a decade ago, stormed to power on November 17, 2019 but promised to be a president for all Sri Lanka`s races and religions after a divisive election.
• Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulated Mr Rajapaksa on his victory and said he looked forward to working with the Sri Lankan leader for further improving ties between their two countries.
• Seven months after Islamist extremist attacks killed 269 people, Mr Rajapaksa was elected on the back of a nationalist campaign promising security and to crush religious extremism in the Buddhist-majority country.

7. Russia to return captured naval ships to Ukraine

• Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on November 17, 2019 and is moving them to a handover location agreed with Kiev, Crimea`s border guard service was cited as saying by Russian news agencies on November 17, 2019.
• A reporter in Crimea, which Russian annexed from Ukraine in 2014, earlier on Sunday saw coastguard boats pulling the three vessels through the Kerch Strait towards the Black Sea where they could potentially be handed over to Ukraine.
• Ukraine has been pushing for their return as a good will gesture from Moscow ahead of a possible four-way peace summit on eastern Ukraine next month

8. US, South Korea postpone joint exercise criticised by N Korea

• The United States and South Korea on November 17, 2019 said they were postponing a joint military air exercise that North Korea has criticized as provocative.
• U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and his South Korean counterpart made the announcement in Bangkok, where they were attending an Asia defense ministers’ conference.
• Esper told reporters he did not consider the postponement a concession to North Korea.

9. UK covered up war crimes by troops in Afghanistan, Iraq: report

• The UK government and military covered up credible evidence of war crimes by British soldiers against civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to an investigation by the BBC and the Sunday Times.
• Leaks from two government-ordered inquiries into the conduct of troops in the conflicts implicated troops in the killing of children and torture of civilians, the investigation found.
• The allegations include murders by a soldier from the elite SAS unit, as well as deaths in custody, beatings, torture and sexual abuse of detainees by members of the Black Watch infantry unit.

10. Egypt to host new round of talks on Nile dam issue

• Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources said that Egypt will host the next round of talks during Dec. 2 and 3 to resume discussions on the disputed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
• During a meeting in Washington on Nov. 6, foreign ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan agreed to hold four technical governmental meetings at the level of water ministers, and the World Bank and the United States would support and attend the meetings as observers.
• During the first meeting, which kicked off in Addis Ababa on Friday and wrapped up on Saturday, technical elements governing the process of filling and operation of the dam were discussed, the ministry said in a press statement.

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