October 2019

Day by Day Current Affairs (October 22 2019) | MCQs for CSS, PMS


October 22, 2019: National Current Affairs

1. Pakistan, India agree on service fee for Kartarpur Corridor

• Despite tensions running high over Kashmir, Pakistan and India are set to sign the agreement that would govern the operations of the visa-free Kartarpur Corridor for Indian Sikh pilgrims.
• Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal, confirmed that an agreement had been reached on the draft and the two sides would be signing it soon. He said `the dates for signing of the accord were being worked out`.
• Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had earlier in the day said in a media statement that the Indian government had conveyed its readiness `to sign the Agreement on Kartarpur Sahib Corridor on 23 October 2019`.
• The details of the agreement had been under negotiation since March.

2. Lahore gets new DC after a month

• The government finally filled the important post of the deputy commissioner (DC) of Lahore city district after a month, appointing Danish Afzal as the new official.
• It subsequently relieved Muhammad Asghar Joiya, the additional deputy commissioner (ADC) revenue, of the additional charge he was holding since the transfer of former DC Saleha Saeed on Sept 21.
• A Grade 19 of ficer (on acting charge basis)of Pakistan Administrative Service`s 35th Common, Mr Afzal worked on various important positions in the province, including additional secretary (coordination) to the chief secretary.

3. Envoys invited to visit civilian areas hit by Indian shelling

• Pakistan-based foreign diplomats would be taken to areas along the Line of Control, which were hit by Indian shelling, to show that civilian population has been targeted and not the alleged `terror launch pads` as was claimed by Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat, according to a diplomatic source.
• Gen Rawat claimed on October 20, 2019 that his troops had `destroyed three terror camps` and inflicted heavy damage on the fourth one. It was alleged that the camps were in `Jura, Athmuqam and Kundalsahi sectors`.
• Indian troops carried out heavy artillery strikes on civilian population in the wee hours of Sunday in Nauseri, Jura, and Shahkot sectors, leaving six civilians and an army soldier martyred in the unprovoked shelling, in addition to heavy damage to houses and other civilian properties.
• The Indian government, a diplomatic source said, had been asked to provide coordinates of the so called terror camps to prove its allegation that the targets were terror sanctuaries

4. President exempted from appearance in PTV attack case

• An anti-terrorism court of Islamabad on Monday exempted President Dr Arif Alvi and others from personal attendance in Parliament House and PTV attacks case proceedings.
• The others accused exempted from personal attendance in this case are Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak, Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai, PTI`s Punjab President ljaz Chaudhry, Jahangir Khan Tareen and MNA Asad Umar.
• Prime Minister Imran Khan is also an accused in this case but he has been given permanent exemption from appearance.
• Police invoked the anti-terrorism act against PTl chief Imran Khan and its leaders Dr Alvi, Asad Umar, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Shafqat Mehmood and Raja Khurram Nawaz for inciting violence during the 2014 sit-in.
• As per the prosecution, three people were killed and 26 injured, while 60 were arrested.

5. Directorate being set up to regulate seminaries

• The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training has completed its homework to open a directorate under which seminaries would be registered and facilitated.
• The project was almost complete, and in the next few days, the ministry would notify the establishment of the Directorate General of Religious Education.
• It will be set up in the Basic Education Community School (BECS) building in G-8 and will have regional offices in 16 cities.
• The education ministry`s joint education adviser, Rafiq Tahir, is likely to be made the head of the directorate.

October 22, 2019: International Current Affairs

6. US urges India, Pakistan to maintain peace along LoC

• The United States on Monday called upon both India and Pakistan to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region.
• In a statement sent to South Asian media outlets, a State Department official also emphasised the need for India and Pakistan to hold direct talks on Kashmir and other issues.
• `We are aware of media reports of recent shelling at Line of Control. We call on all parties to maintain peace and stability along LoC and to prevent cross-border terrorism,` the official said.
• This `indiscriminate and ruthless` shelling began past midnight on Sunday and targeted AJK villages along the LoC.

7. Thai king strips his consort of royal titles for disloyalty

• Thailand`s king has stripped his royal consort of her titles and military ranks for disloyalty, accusing her of seeking to undermine the position of his official wife, the country`s queen, for her own benefit.
• The royal command by 67-year-old King Maha Vajiralongkorn, made public on October 21, 2019, came just three months after he granted 34-year-old Sineenatra Wongvajirabhakdi the consort title, reviving an old palace tradition of taking a junior wife.
• Sineenatra had her title of Chao Khun Phra Sineenatra Bilasakalayani withdrawn, along with other royal and military titles and decorations.
• In May, the king named longtime companion Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya, his queen, when they were married a few days before his formal coronation.

8. Lebanon approves sweeping reforms to appease agitators

• Lebanon`s cabinet approved a package of economic reforms and a 2020 budget with no new taxes on October 21, 2019, hoping to appease the thousands of protesters that have taken to the streets for the last five days to demand the government step down.
• Prime Minister Saad Hariri described the measures as a `financial coup`, saying no government in Lebanon`s history has taken such steps before.
• As Hariri`s speech was aired live on all local TV stations, thousands of protesters who had gathered in central Beirut chanted: `The people want to bring down the regime

9. Canada votes in election that could see Trudeau lose power

• Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced the threat of being knocked from power after one term as the nation held parliamentary elections on October 21, 2019.
• The 47-year-old Trudeau channelled the star power of his father, the liberal icon and late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when he won in 2015 but a combination of scandal and high expectations have damaged his prospects.
• Polls indicate Trudeau`s Liberal Party could lose to the rival Conservatives, or perhaps win but still fail to get a majority of seats in Parliament and have to rely on an opposition party to remain in power.

10. India to build solar, wind farms along Pakistan border

• India plans to build a string of renewable energy projects along its sun-baked, wind-whipped western border, officials said on Monday, as New Delhi continues an ambitious programme to reduce the country`s dependence on fossil fuels.
• Mired in an economic slowdown, the government has tripled spending over the last three years as part of its push to cut down the use of oil and coal.
• `We are studying land feasibility and have identified projects worth 30 gigawatt capacity for Gujarat and 25 gigawatt capacity for Rajasthan,` said Anand Kumar, new and renewable energy secretary.

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