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 January 09, 2018 (Day by Day Current Affairs)

  1. US conveys ‘concrete’ steps for Pakistan
  • The United States has told Pakistan what it must do if it wants Washington to resume paying out hundreds of millions of dollars in security aid
  • “Our expectations are straightforward,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning
  • “Taliban and Haqqani leadership and attack planners should no longer be able to find safe haven or conduct operations from Pakistani soil.”
  1. Sufi Mohammad freed from jail
  • In a surprise move, the Peshawar High Court granted bail to Tehreek Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi chief Sufi Mohammad
  • Sufi is father-in-law of Maulana Fazlullah, the fugitive chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)

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  1. Kashmir bloodshed: Why India not on ‘watch list’, Pakistan asks US
  • Pakistan has asked the United States why India was not on Washington’s ‘special watch list on the issue of religious freedom’ despite unending bloodshed in held Kashmir and grave violation of minorities’ rights
  • Pakistan had presented its case to the US, challenging the ‘discriminatory’ watch list
  • “If someone has to be put on that list, it is India
  1. Macron endorses China’s Silk Road
  • French President Emmanuel Macron urged Europe to take part in China’s massive Silk Road infrastructure project but warned against “hegemony”, both sides should share the benefits.
  • Macron, on the first day of a state visit, also called on Europe and China to team up on curbing climate change in the face of the US decision to withdraw from the Paris accord.
  1. KP cabinet approves stipend for prayer leaders
  • The KP cabinet on January 8, 2018 approved Rs 10,000 as monthly stipend for prayer leaders of jamia mosques in the province
  • This decision will take effect from February 2018. This stipend will be given to the prayer leaders having proper degrees from any of the five recognised boards of deeni madaris (seminaries)
  1. Saudi Arabia invites bankers to pitch for Aramco listing roles
  • Saudi Aramco has invited banks pitching for roles in its stock market listing, including Citi and Goldman Sachs, for meetings in the kingdom in the coming weeks to make their case
  1. China opposes US statements linking terrorism to Pakistan
  • In the face of mounting US pressure against Pakistan, China has opposed the idea of linking terrorism to any country and placing the onus of responsibility of counter-terrorism on a certain country
  • Referring to the recent statements of US President Donald Trump and other US officials, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said that ‘pointing fingers’ at each other is not conducive to the global counter-terrorism efforts.
  1. Key Indian N-submarine damaged
  • A Russian-designed Indian nuclear submarine, considered a key platform in the country`s second strike capability, has suffered major damage and has been undergoing repair for over 10 months
  • It said the damage to INS Arihant may have been caused by a possible human error and the vessel had not sailed now for months
  1. Iran warns world to prepare for US nuke deal withdrawal
  • Iran warned the world on January 8, 2018 to prepare for the possible withdrawal of the United States from the landmark nuclear deal agreed in 2015
  • “The international community must be prepared for the US possibly pulling out of the JCPOA,” said deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi
  1. Three Billboards wins big at Golden Globes
  • Dark drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big winner with four Golden Globes awards
  • Mother-daughter comedy Lady Bird was named best comedy film
  • The indie A24 movie`s star Saoirse Ronan won for comedy actress.
  • Gary Oldman was named best drama movie actor for his role as British wartime leader Winston Churchill in Focus Features` Darkest Hour
  • Frances McDormand took home the award for drama actress for her role as an angry mother seeking vengeance in Fox Searchlight`s Three Billboards
  • James Franco won the comedy actor award for his cult movie homage The Disaster Artist, also from A24
  • Mexican director Guillermo del Toro won best director for magical fantasy The Shape of Water

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