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January 8, 2018 (Day by Day Current Affairs)

  1. Pakistan considers blocking US supplies
    • Pakistan is considering blocking supplies to the US forces in Afghanistan through the Pak-Afghan border as retaliation to Washington’s hostile attitude
    • This option is on the table and is being discussed by the diplomats, the civilian leaders and the military. We will reach a decision soon
    • Reports said the US was “watching for Pakistan’s next moves” as the two countries struggle to retain the relationship. President Donald Trump’s decision this month to withhold military aid to Pakistan shocked Islamabad
  2. Pakistan, US are no longer allies
    • Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said that Pakistan does not have an alliance with the United States.
    • `We do not have any alliance, `This is not how allies behave’
  3. Punjab`s cement industry to be regulated after three decades
    • The unfettered cement industry in Punjab is once again being brought under the regulatory control of the provincial government after 29 years, allowing it to function and expand under a strictly monitored legal and administrative regime
    • The decision to once again regulate the cement industry was taken during a marathon meeting of a committee which was presided over by Chief Secretary Zahid Saeed

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  1. Turkey reopens iconic `Iron Church` after revamp
    • The leaders of Turkey and Bulgaria on January 7, 2018 reopened the Bulgarian St Stephen`s Church in Istanbul after seven years of restoration
    • Made out of cast iron, the iconic ornate building has been dubbed the `Iron Church`.
    • The Bulgarian Orthodox church in Balat, a historic Istanbul neighbourhood on the shores of the Golden Horn traditionally home to Christians and Jews, was built in 1898 after its originalwooden structure was destroyed in a fire
  2. TTP still biggest threat despite decline in violence: Report
    • Despite a 16 per cent decline in terrorist attacks in 2017, the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and its associated groups remain the most potent threat followed by nationalist insurgent groups, said a security report issued by Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies
    • What has been quite alarming is the increasing footprint of ISIS, especially in Balochistan, Fata and Northern Sindh, carrying out the deadliest attacks
    • The PIPS compiled its findings on the basis of its multi-source database, coupled with interviews and articles by subject experts
  3. Iran bans English in primary schools after leaders` warning
    • Iran has banned the teaching of English in primary schools, after Islamic leaders warned that early learning of the language opened the way to a Western `cultural invasion`.
    • `Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations,` Mehdi Navid-Adham, head of the staterun High Education Council,
  4. Netanyahu calls for closure of UN Palestinian refugee agency
    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the closure of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, days after US President Donald Trump threatened to cut Palestinian aid
    • Israel has long viewed the UN agency, known as UNRWA, as biased against it, an allegation the agency strongly denies, saying it is only providing necessary services to Palestinians
    • UNRWA is an organisation that perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem
  5. India to build 14,000 bunkers along Pak border
    • India will build over 14,000 community and individual bunkers along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) for border residents facing Pakistani shelling in Jammu division
    • While 7,298 bunkers would be constructed along the LoC in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri, 7,162 underground bunkers would be constructed along the IB in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts
  6. Trump willing to talk with North Korean leader
    • US President Donald Trump said he would be willing to speak directly with Kim Jong-Un, voicing hope that rare talks between North and South Korea could help deescalate the crisis over Pyongyang’s nuclear drive
    • Trump’s remarks were a further pivot from his often-bellicose rhetoric on North Korea and Kim, with whom he has engaged in a war of words that raised fears of nuclear war as Pyongyang carried out missile and nuclear tests
  7. Ahmadinejad ‘arrested for inciting unrest against govt’
    • Former president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been arrested for inciting unrest against the government
    • The ex-leader was apprehended during a visit to the western city of Busehehr on December 28

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