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Day by Day Current Affairs (May 05, 2019) | MCQs for CSS, PMS
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May 20, 2019: National Current Affairs


1. Pakistan needs diplomatic push to exit FATF grey list

• Apart from technical compliance, Pakistan needs to launch an aggressive diplomatic effort over the next four weeks to secure enough support and votes to exit the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)the global watchdog on anti money laundering (AML) and combating financing terror (CFT).
• The coming FATF Plenary and Working Group meetings in Orlando, Florida, scheduled for June 16-21, would be crucial for Pakistan to get rid of the grey list or fall into the black list having serious economic repercussions. The Orlando plenary will actually set the stage for Pakistan`s future even though a formal announcement would come out at the next FATF plenary due in Paris on October 18-23.
• Pakistan was now fully compliant with the related United Nations resolutions, said the official who was part of the Pakistani delegation to `Face-to-Face meeting` of the Asia-Pacific Group, a regional affiliate of the FATF, in Guangzhou, China last week.


2. Visa policy for Pakistanis to be revised: Kuwaiti emir assured

• Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has assured Pakistan that he will make personal efforts to resolve visa restriction issues being faced by the Pakistani community.
• The Kuwaiti emir gave this assurance to Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who called on him in Kuwait City on May 19, 2019.
• The foreign minister apprised the emir of Kuwait about reservations and difficulties being faced by the Pakistani community in Kuwait due to visa restrictions. He also presented special letters from President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan to him.
• Mr Qureshi thanked the emir for raising voice against human rights violations in India-held Kashmir by New Delhi. He also thanked the emir for supporting Islamabad`s stance during the recent tension with India.
• He said over 100,000 workforce and experts of Pakistan origin are playing an important role in the development and progress of Kuwait. He said Pakistan attached high importance to its bilateral and economic relations with Kuwait.


May 20, 2019: International Current Affairs


3. Exit polls predict victory for Modi

• India`s protracted and acrimonious general elections ended on May 19, 2019 with four exit polls predicting a return for the Modi government, but analysts cautioned that such surveys had gone completely wrong previously.
• Former aide to Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sudheendra Kulkarni reminded television viewers that every exit poll had predicted a win for the former prime minister in 2004, but the election was won by the Congress-led coalition.
• In 2009, exit polls had predicted 186 for Mr Vajpayee and 197 for Dr Manmohan Singh. The NDA won much less 160 and the Congress coalition ended up winning another term with 262 seats.
• The winner must get at least 272 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha.


4. Swiss vote to tighten gun laws, safeguard EU relations

• The Swiss voted on May 19, 2019 to toughen their gun laws and bring them in line with EU legislation, heeding warnings that rejecting the change could have threatened relations with the bloc.
• Final results showed that voters overwhelmingly supported reforming Swiss gun laws, with a full 63.7 percent casting their ballot in favour.
• A majority of voters in all but one of Switzerland`s 26 cantons backed the reform, with the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino in southern Switzerland the only outlier.
• A demand from the neighbouring European Union that the Swiss toughen their gun laws prompted a rare national debate over firearm ownership in the wealthy Alpine nation, which has a deeply rooted gun culture.


5. First session of Afghan parliament ends in brawl over new speaker

• Afghanistan`s parliament descended into chaos on May 19, 2019 when lawmakers brawled over the appointment of a new speaker, an inauspicious start to the assembly which was sitting for the first time since chaotic elections last year.
• Results of last October`s parliamentary election were only finalised earlier this month after repeated technical and organisational problems and widespread accusations of fraud.
• May 19`s incident underscored the turmoil in Afghan politics ahead of presidential elections that are taking place in the shadow of talks between US diplomats and the Taliban about a possible settlement of an 18 year conflict.


6. Saudi Arabia calls for regional talks over Iran tensions

• Saudi Arabia has called for emergency regional talks to discuss mounting Gulf tensions, saying on May 19, 2019 that it does not want war with Iran but is ready to defend itself.
• The move comes days after mysterious sabotage attacks on several tankers in highly sensitive Gulf waters and drone strikes on a Saudi crude pipeline by Yemen rebels who Riyadh claimed were acting on Iranian orders.
• The United States has also deployed an aircraft carrier and bombers to the Gulf over alleged threats from Iran.
• King Salman invited Gulf leaders and Arab League member states to two emergency summits in Makkah on May 30 to discuss recent `aggressions and their consequences`.


7. Dubai tells food groups to give calorie details on all menus

• Dubai has issued a circular requiring food organisations to give details on calories on all menus, the government media office tweeted on May 19, 2019.
• `The first phase will be introduced in November 2019 for restaurants with more than 5 branches. (The) second phase in 2020 for all restaurants, catering establishments and hotels,` it quoted a municipality circular as saying.
• Dubai, the Gulf`s tourism hub known for its glittering skyscrapers and luxury properdes, shops and restaurants, attracted 15.92 million overnight tourist visitors in 2018.


May 20, 2019: Sports Current Affairs


8. Woakes wraps up England rout of Pakistan

• Chris Woakes took five wickets as England beat Pakistan by 54 runs to win the fifth one-day international at Headingley on May 19, 2019.
• Victory, in their final match before the World Cup hosts and favourites name their tournament squad on Tuesday, saw England cruise to a 4-0 series win after the first match was washed out.
• Woakes took three wickets for no runs in nine balls as Pakistan slumped to six for three in pursuit of a target of 352. Babar Azam (80) and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (97) then kept England at bay but both batsmen were run out and any lingering hope Pakistan had went with them.


9. Iram fifty helps Pakistan regain lead against SA

• Iram Javed`s half-century helped Pakistan women beat South Africa by four wickets in their third T20 International in Pietermaritzburg on May 19, 2019. The win helped the visitors secure a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
• Nida Dar and Aliya Riaz also made useful contributions to steer Pakistan to the 139-run target 22 balls to spare.


10. SSGC lift Corporate T20 Cup

• Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) rode on excellent knocks from Khushdil Shah and Ahmed Shehzad to clinch their maiden Corporate T20 Cup title with a clinical 41-run defeat of Omar Associates in the seventh edition`s final.
• After being put into bat at a jam-packed DHA Sports Cub Moin Khan Academy, SSGC recovered from 16-3 all wickets taken by seamer Khurram Shehzad (3-30 in four overs) through Ahmed (67 off 37 balls, five sixes and four fours) and man-of-the-match Khushdil (61 off 30, five sixes and four fours) to post 206-6.

Day by Day Current Affairs (May 20, 2019) | MCQs for CSS, PMS

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