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November 01, 2017

  1. The heads of nearly all parliamentary parties on October 31, 2017 agreed not to increase the number of seats in the National Assembly before next year`s general elections
  2. In a major development in Pakistan-Iran relations, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa is set to visit Tehran later this week
  3. Pir Kaleem Khurshid of the Independent group was elected president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) for 2017-18 on October 31, 2017
    • Qamar Zaman Qureshi of the winning group was elected vice president on a Punjab seat
  4. The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) is finalising arrangements to introduce the barcode system to check the sale of spurious medicines in the country
    • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) DRAP: Dr Mohammad Aslam
  5. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the Fata Secretariat inaugurated Rs1.6 billion Fata Economic Revitalisation Programme here on October 31, 2017
  6. The Pakistan Post is issuing a commemorative postage stamp of Rs10 denomination and souvenir sheet of Rs50 denomination on Pakistan’s ICC Champions Trophy victory in England
  7. Pakistan Navy has placed an order for two 75m corvettes from an American shipbuilding company
  8. The World Bank on October 31, 2017 ranked Pakistan at 147th out of 190 countries in its `Doing Business 2018`report
    • Pakistan is among the South Asian economies that carried out a record 20 business reforms in the past year, bringing to a total of 127 the number of reforms enacted in the region over the past 15 years
    • South Asia is the only region not represented in the top 50 ranking for ease of doing business
  9. A `monster` planet, which should in theory not exist, has been discovered orbiting a faint dwarf star far
    • The star has a radius and mass about half that of the sun.
  10. Saudi Arabia plans to start issuing tourist visas “soon”
    • The ultra-conservative kingdom seeks to attract international visitors in a radical overhaul of its oil-dependent economy.

November 02, 2017

  1. All parties reached a consensus decision at the 16th meeting of the parliamentary committee on NAB laws on November 01, 2017 that generals and judges would not come under the purview of accountability laws
  2. The White House retains a list of 20 terrorist groups that the Trump administration claims are operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan and is believed to have shared this list with Pakistani officials
  3. Current President National Bank of Pakistan: Saeed Ahmed
  4. SUPARCO: The Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission
  5. The customs officials on November 1, 2017 set nine new rules for clearing of goods at Torkham
  6. Pakistan Navy has placed an order for two 75m Swift Corvettes from a US-based shipbuilding company, Swift Ships
  7. Rear Admiral Moazzam Ilyas and Rear Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi have assumed the command of PN Coastal Command and Pakistan Navy Fleet, respectively on November 1, 2017
  8. A Saudi-led coalition air strike killed 29 people at a crowded marketplace in the heartland of the Iran-backed Shia Huthi rebels in northern Yemen on November 1, 2017
  9. A landmark skyscraper owned by Hong Kong’s richest man Li Ka-shing has sold for a record price of more than $5 billion
  10. India will purchase more than 100 armed helicopters for its navy to replace its outdated French-designed fleet in a military deal worth $3.2 billion

November 03, 2017

  1. Dina Wadia, the estranged daughter of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, passed away at her home in New York on November 02, 2017. She was 98
    • Ms Wadia visited Pakistan only twice, in 1948 when Jinnah died, and in 2004
  2. The spiritual leader of the Ismaili community Aga Khan was given the Asia Society’s Lifetime Achievement award at a ceremony held in New York recently on November 02, 2017
  3. China said development work on 19 of 50 projects related to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was already under way.`It will not be affected by a change in government in Islamabad,`
  4. The Balochistan government is likely to switch 30,000 tube wells to solar power from conventional electricity to reduce operational costs
    • Federal Minister for Power Division: Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Laghari
  5. Scientists have found a hidden chamber in Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza
    • The first such discovery in the structure since the 19th century and one likely to spark a new surge of interest in the pharaohs
  6. The 2017 World Press Freedom Index, prepared by an international media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders ranked Pakistan 139th out of 180 countries survey for the report
    • In 2016, Pakistan was 146th
  7. Britain raises settlements with Israel on Balfour centenary
    • Prime Minister Theresa May told her Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on November 02, 2017 that illegal settlements were an obstacle to peace
  8. The United States government on Wednesday approved a $1.1 billion deal to service Qatar’s F-15 fighter jets despite the diplomatic stand-off between the Gulf emirate and its neighbors
  9. Sahibzada Sultan Muhammad Ali retained his Prepared Class title in Gwadar OffRoad Rally on November 2, 2017
    • The rally was held as part of Pakistan Motor Rally
  10. Director Archaeology and Museums Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Dr Abdul Samad

November 4, 2017

  1. The militant Islamic State (IS) group on November 3, 2017 lost control of the last two major towns under its grip in Syria and Iraq, as Syrian troops and Iraqi security forces advanced in the Euphrates Valley border region
  2. Pakistan and South Africa on November 3, 2017 agreed to enhance cooperation in the field of defence including intelligence sharing
  3. Some 30 months after it had first released a cache of books and articles found in Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound in May 2011, the American CIA has now released almost 470,000 additional files that were seized during the killing of the much-dreaded Al-Qaeda founder
  4. The US Senate on November 3, 2017 confirmed President Donald Trump`s nominee Kenneth Juster as the next US ambassador to India
    • Mr Juster, 62, is an old India hand who played a key role in the landmark Indo-US civil nuclear deal
    • He would replace Richard Verma, the first US ambassador of Indian origin in India, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama
  5. Qibla Ayaz appointed Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) chairman
    • With the nomination of 11 new members, the Council reached its maximum strength, paving the way for the appointment of its chairperson
  6. UK envoy summoned over anti-Pak campaign in London
  7. The celebrations of 274 Urs of great mystic saint and poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai will begin at Bhit Shah today (November 4, 2017)
  8. Vice Chancellor Punjab University: Prof Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir
  9. Current Ambassador to the United States: H.E. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry
  10. Ambassador of Pakistan to China: Masood Khalid

November 5, 2017

  1. Afghanistan orders suspension of WhatsApp, Telegram
    • Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Telegram are popular messaging apps among smartphone-using Afghans – including Taliban and Islamic State jihadists
  2. Lebanese prime minister Saad al-Hariri resigned on November 4, 2017
    • He said in a televised broadcast he sensed a plot to target his life and criticizing Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah
  3. Chief Justice Lahore High CourtL Syed Mansoor Ali Shah
    • Syed Mansoor Ali Shah is the 45th and Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court
    • He was elevated as a judge of the Lahore High Court in 2009, and was appointed Chief Justice on 27 June 2016
  4. Ministry of Interior has forwarded 29 terrorism-related cases to the military courts after a break of almost 10 months
  5. China’s parliament formally extended a law banning disrespect of the national anthem on November 4, 2017 to cover Hong Kong
  6. China has unveiled a massive ship described as a “magic island maker” that is Asia’s largest dredging vessel
  7. North Korea ruled out talks and threatened to increase its nuclear arsenal in a fresh warning to Donald Trump`s administration Saturday as the US President set off on a tour of Asia
  8. Saudi Arabia on November 4, 2017 intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile northeast of the capital Riyadh
  9. Current Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan: Mian Raza Rabbani since March 2015
  10. British High Commissioner to Pakistan: Thomas Drew

November 6, 2017

  1. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) released another treasure trove of data late on November 5, 2017
    • Dubbed the Paradise Papers, the leaks consist of 13.4 million files from `a combination of off shore service providers and the company registries of some of the world`s most secretive countries`
    • The most prominent Pakistani name that emerged from the fresh leaks was that of Shaukat Aziz, the Musharraf-era finance minister who also remained prime minister from 2004 to 2007
  2. Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa reached Tehran on November 5, 2017 on a three-day official visit, the first by a Pakistani army chief in over two decades
  3. The Saudi government pursued a sweeping purge of the country`s upper ranks, saying it would freeze the accounts of dozens of princes, ministers and a tycoon arrested as the crown prince cements his hold on power
    • Prominent billionaire Al Waleed bin Talal was among the princes arrested late on November 4, 2017
  4. Managing Director of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC): Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor Khan
  5. US President Donald Trump sent a strong message of support to the Saudi king and his heir after the arrest of 11 princes on corruption charges
  6. 27 worshippers shot dead, 20 injured at church in Texas
  7. Saudi Arabia intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile near Riyadh`s international airport after it was launched from conflict-torn Yemen, in an escalation of the kingdom`s war against Iran-backed Houthi rebels
  8. Saudi Prince Mansour bin Mogren, the deputy governor of Asir province was killed on November 5, 2017 when a helicopter crashed near the kingdom`s southern border with war-torn Yemen
  9. Director Punjab Institute of Language, Art and Culture (PILAC): Sughra Sadaf
  10. Father of social constructivism: Vygotsky

November 7, 2017

  1. A Pakistani diplomatic official, Nayyar Iqbl Rana was shot and killed in Afghanistan on November 6, 2017
    • Pakistan Ambassador to Afghanistan Zahid Nasrullah Khan
  2. Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on November 6, 2017, the first by a Pakistani army chief in over two decades
  3. The Election Commission of Pakistan formed in: March 23, 1956
  4. Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammed Asif representing Pakistan in the fourth Round of US-Pakistan Bilateral Dialogue titled: “Convergence amid divergence: Identifying pathways to cooperation in a challenging environment” in Islamabad
  5. Fourteen-year-old Hira Akbar has become the second student from Swat district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa after Malala Yousafzai to be nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize
    • She is among six students shortlisted out of 200 across the world for the award
  6. Pakistan has launched a campaign to counter India’s global anti-Pakistan propaganda
    • Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif had issued directives to launch a diplomatic offensive as India was “crossing limits”
  7. The Ministry of Interior November 6, 2017 extended the deployment of Rangers in the Islamabad Capital Territory for another 90 days
  8. Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage: Marriyum Aurangzeb
  9. Saudi Arabia blames Iran for Houthi strike, calls it `act of war`
    • Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir
  10. US president warns time for `patience` on N. Korea is over

November 8, 2017

  1. Sharif disqualified over conduct unbecoming: Supreme Court
    • Detailed judgement rejection review petitions says no new arguments presented
    • Says ex-PM tried to fool parliament, court and people by being ‘evasive, non-committal’
    • Mointoring judge cannot influence trial court’s decision-making process
  2. Pakistan and Iran agreed upon several measures to improve border control and security on November 7, 2017
    • Iranian Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami
  3. Pakistan seeks China`s help to end smog-related power breakdowns
  4. Three mortar shells fired by Iranian border security guards landed in the border town of Panjgur in Balochistan
  5. Bank of China (BoC) formally began its operations in Pakistan on November 7, 2017, with the official launch performed by President Mamnoon Hussain in Islamabad
  6. Nato to send more troops to Afghanistan after US shift
  7. The EU on November 7, 2017 pushed for Europe to draw up a blacklist of tax havens after the “Paradise Papers” revealed loopholes used by Apple and Nike as well as celebrities such as Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton
  8. Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has ruled out any peace deal that allows for the independence of the Western Sahara as the United Nations renews efforts to resolve the decades-old dispute
  9. Syria told the UN climate talks in Bonn on November 7, 2017 that it would join the Paris Agreement
    • Leaving the United States as the only nation in the world opting to stay outside the landmark treaty
  10. Indonesia`s Constitutional Court on November 7, 2017 affirmed the rights of devotees of faiths outside the country`s officially recognised religions

November 9, 2017

  1. Pakistan rejects suggestions for new UNSC seats
    • Permanent seats are contrary to the universally agreed principles of democracy, accountability and transparency: Pakistan`s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi
  2. Twitter has announced it will double the limit for tweets to 280 characters
    • Twitter founded in: March 21, 2006
    • Twitter Headquarter: San Francisco, U.S
  3. More than a decade in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors on November 8, 2017
  4. The UN`s labour agency on November 8, 2017 closed a probe into the alleged mistreatment of foreign workers in World Cup 2022 host Qatar, praising a reform plan agreed by the emirate
  5. has announced a grant of nearly $500,000 for a nongovernmental organisation to come up with proposals to develop early warning systems for `reducing religiously motivated violence and discrimination` in India
  6. Germany`s top court ordered parliament to recognise a `third gender` from birth, potentially making it the first European country to offer intersex people the option of identifying as something other than male or female
  7. US President Donald Trump toured the Forbidden City with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on November 7 as he began the crucial leg of an Asian tour intended to build a global front against North Korea`s nuclear threats
  8. Scientists find sheep can recognise human faces
    • Sheep have been trained to recognise the faces of celebrities, by University of Cambridge scientists who hope it may help with understanding neurodegenerative diseases
  9. Andrew Barron Murray is famous player of: Tennis
  10. India beat New Zealand in a tense eight-over clash to take their first Twenty20 International series against the Kiwis

November 10, 2017

  1. The World Bank projects that Pakistan`s GDP growth rate will be 5.5 per cent and 5.8pc for 2017-18 and 201819, respectively, `despite an increase in macroeconomic imbalances` in the last financial year
  2. DIG, two other policemen martyred in suicide attack in Quetta
    • Fourth suicide blast targeting senior cops in six months; TTP claims responsibility
    • Governor Balochistan: Muhammad Khan Achakzai
  3. A soldier embraced martyrdom and have suspected terrorists were killed in a gun battle in the Rajgal area of Tirah Valley on November 9, 2017
  4. According to the Global Climate Risk Index 2018 published on November 9, 2017, Pakistan is among 10 countries that have been affected the most by climate change in the 20-year period from 1997 to 2016 and occupies the seventh place on the list
  5. stan Thursday asked the United States and Afghanistan to focus on massive ungoverned areas that were serving as safe havens for terrorists
  6. President Donald Trump sought to present a united front with Chinese President Xi Jinping following two days of meetings on November 9, 2017, despite lingering differences over trade and North Korea
    • Both countries signed more than $250 billion in business deals
  7. Qatar has appointed women to one of its most important consultative bodies, the Shura Council, for the first time in the country’s history
    • Four woman will sit on the 45-strong council
  8. NATO countries have still not agreed how many extra troops they will send to Afghanistan to boost local forces in their fight against the resurgent Taliban, the alliance`s chief admitted
    • NATO: North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
  9. Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo, an iconic literary figure of Sindh who was known for his staunch idealism, passed away in Hyderabad on November 9, 2017 at the age of 102
  10. Famous Pakistani Sportsman Aqeel Khan belongs to: Tennis

November 11, 2017

  1. In a surprise development, Pakistan on November 10, 2017 offered a meeting between convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife on `humanitariangrounds`
    • FO says decision based on ‘humanitarian grounds’
  2. The American Congress has authorised up to $700 million in Coalition Support Fund (CSF) to reimburse Pakistan for activities carried out in support of US operations in Afghanistan
  3. Pakpattan has become the first district of Punjab to launch digital birth registration programme under the district chapter of the Local Government and Community Development Department (LG&CDD)
  4. Islamabad to be Pakistan`s first `healthy city`
    • The first healthy city programme has stahed in Pakistan, with technical support from the World Health Organisation (WHO), during which 17 health, economic and social indicators will be targeted and monitored in the urban slums of the federal capital
  5. French President Emmanuel Macron held talks late with Saudi Arabia`s powerful crown prince as tensions between Tehran and Riyadh soar over crises in Yemen and Lebanon
  6. Turkey detains 82 foreigners planning to go to Syria
  7. Fighters of the militant Islamic State group have retaken nearly half of Albu Kamal in eastern Syria in a counter-attack on what had been the last significant town under their full control
  8. UNESCO member states on November 10, 2017 overwhelmingly approved the nomination of France’s former culture minister Audrey Azoulay to head the embattled cultural agency
  9. PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on November 10, 2017 approved funds for establishing community protection bunkers for the safety of civilian population living along the Line of Control (LoC)
  10. 501 foreign and local cricketers will be available for Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) 3rd edition
    • The Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) players’ draft scheduled to take place on November 12, 2017

November 12, 2017

  1. Turkey has agreed to establish two technological parks in Pakistan for development of industrial and agriculture sectors
  2. Lebanon ‘s president appealed to Saudi Arabia to explain why Saad Hariri had not returned to Beirut since his surprise resignation as prime minister a week ago
  3. Countries in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal have agreed on the core elements to move ahead without the United States
  4. Feng Shanshan is to be China ‘s first golfer ranked world number one after she claimed back-to-back wins with a thrilling victory at the Blue Bay LPGA on November 11, 2017
  5. North Korea said that U.S. President Donald Trump’s first trip to Asia showed he was a “destroyer” and he had begged for war on the Korean peninsula.
  6. The $52.4 million Balochistan Rural Development and Community Empowerment Programme (BRDCEP) was launched on November 11, 2017
  7. The Trump administration is allowing American troops in Afghanistan to participate in joint operations with official Afghan forces and to call in air strikes when needed
  8. Chief Justice of Sindh High Court (SHC) Ahmed Ali Sheikh
  9. Minister Higher Education, Government of Punjab : Raza Ali Gillani
  10. 1st International Youth Summit held in Lahore from 6th to 12th November 2017

November 13, 2017

  1. The United States has asked Pakistan to avoid getting “too close” to Iran as Washington and Islamabad struggle to build the confidence level
  2. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) signed a Document of Understanding (DoU) with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education, Somalia to promote bilateral academic collaboration and develop cooperation in higher education and other fields of common interest
    • Chairman HEC: Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed
  3. Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Mohammad Azam Khan
  4. Turkey dismissed as `ludicrous and groundless` a report that Turkish officials may have discussed kidnapping a US-based Muslim cleric in exchange for millions of dollars
  5. $15.1 Billion Deal: Long-haul carrier Emirates purchased 40 American made Boeing 787-10 Dream liners on November 12, 2017 at the start of the biennial Dubai Air Show
  6. The Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting at the request of Saudi Arabia to discuss “violations” committed by Iran in the region
  7. The Communist leaders of China and Vietnam reached a “consensus” on handling the contested South China Sea
  8. Myanmar soldiers `systematically targeted` Rohingya women for gang-rape during violence against the minority Muslim community which triggered an exodus to Bangladesh, a UN special envoy said on November 12, 2017
  9. Mahoor Shahzad of Wapda created history by becoming ladies singles champion after thrashing top seed Sri Lankan Hasini Nausaka Ambalangodage 2-0 in the Pakistan International Series Badminton Tournament 2017 final at Liaqat Gymnasium Islamabad on November 12, 2017
  10. Top national and international players are picked up for the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) during the players’ drafting held here at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) on November 12, 2017

 November 14, 2017

  1. The Council of Common Interests (CII) on November 13, 2017 succeeded in breaking the deadlock over the issue of fresh delimitation of constituencies, when Sindh agreed to hold elections on the basis of provisional census data, following assurances from the federal government that a third-party audit of certain population blocks would be conducted
  2. The US Congress has removed a provision from the National Defence Authorisation Act 2018 that would have required the US Secretary of Defence to certify that Pakistan has taken steps to `significantly disrupt` the activities of both Lashkar-eTaiba (LeT) and the Haqqani network
  3. At least eight militants were shot dead and two Pakistani soldiers martyred in a skirmish along the restive border with Afghanistan November 13, 2017
  4. The Pakistan Army on November 13, 2017 asked Afghanistan and Nato`s Resolute Support Mission (RSM) to `do more` to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries on the Afghan side of the border
  5. The United States has asked Pakistan to repeal its blasphemy laws
  6. Mega quake kills over 400 near Iran-Iraq border
    • The 7.3-magnitude quake rocked a border area 30 kilometres (20 miles) southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9:20pm (1820 GMT) on November 13, 2017
  7. Vietnam and China agreed on Monday to avoid conflicts in the hotly contested South China Sea,
  8. Iran remains in compliance with the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, a UN watchdog report showed on November 13, 2017
    • IAEA: International Atomic Energy Agency
  9. Irish musician and activist Bob Geldof returned his Freedom of the City of Dublin award on November 13, 2017 in protest over Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyl`s response to the repression of Rohingya Muslims, calling her `a handmaiden to genocide
  10. Pakistan off spinner Saeed Ajmal November 13, 2017 announced to retire from all forms of cricket at the end of the ongoing National Twenty20 Cup

November 15, 2017

  1. PrimeMinister Shahid Khagan Abbasi has announced a 10-year development package for Balochistan to bring cities and towns of the province on a par with other developed areas of the country on November 14, 2017
    • Governor Balochistan: Mohammad Khan Achakzai
    • Home Minister Balochistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti
    • Home Secretary Balochistan: Dr Mohammad Akbar Harifal
  2. Pakistan lodges protest with Afghanistan over attacks on a checkpost near the Pak-Afghan border in Bajaur Agency
    • Border between Pakistan and Afghanistan: Durand Line
  3. The Azad Jammu and Kashmir Supreme Court on Tuesday restored `education package`
  4. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has unveiled a new country operations business plan for Pakistan for 2018-20 with indicative resources available amounting to $4.673 billion in loans in energy, transport, agriculture, water, public sector management, finance and social sectors
  5. Italy miss out World Cup first time in 60 years
    • Italy last failed to qualify for the 1958 World Cup and have played every other edition apart from the inaugural tournament in 1930
  6. US regulators have approved the first pill that contains a digital tracking sensor to alert doctors and caregivers as to whether a patient is taking a medication as scheduled
  7. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbas has approved seven months extension in the service tenure of Additional Secretary Defence Production Major General Tariq Ghafoor
  8. For the sixth year in a row, Pakistan was termed `not free` by the Freedom House in its Freedom on the Net report released on November 14, 2017
  9. Minister of State for Petroleum Division: Jam Kamal Khan,
  10. The Islamabad High Court on November 14, 2017 suspended application of Election Act, 2017, to the extent of the finality of prophethood only

November 16, 2017

  1. The National Assembly is finally set to pass a crucial constitutional amendment bill on November 16, 2017 (today) seeking fresh delimitation of constituencies ahead of the upcoming general elections on the basis of provisional results of the population census
  2. With a noticeable decline in terrorist activities within its borders, Pakistan was placed at fifth position in the Global Terrorism Index 2017 released on Nov 15, 2017
    • The report on the index, released by the Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace
    • The 10 countries most affected by terrorism in 2016 were Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, India, Turkey and Libya
  3. Four individuals of Pakistani origin have been featured on Forbes magazine`s annual `30 under 30` list released on Nov 15, 2017
    • The four people of Pakistani origin (Sarah Ahmed, S. Zayd Enam, S. Zayd Enam and Khizer Hayat) featured in the 2018 edition have been selected for their achievements in the industries of retail and e-commerce, enterprise technology and education
  4. A road and rail corridor connecting wartorn Afghanistan with Turkey and Europe was signed off by officials from five countries on Nov 15, 2017 in Turkmenistan`s capital Ashgabat
  5. The Russian Finance Ministry has signed a deal to restructure Venezuela`s debt
  6. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will make an investment of $82 million in Pakistan to improve livelihoods, living conditions and income generating capacity for 320,000 poor rural households in the country
  7. Mugabe under house arrest as military takes control
  8. Zimbabwe`s military was in control of the country on Wednesday as President Robert Mugabe said he was under house arrest, although generals denied staging a coup
  9. Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person`s DNA to cure a disease
  10. There has been a 58% increase in hate crimes against South Asians and a 19% increase in hate-motivated attacks on Muslims, a South Asian advocacy group reported on November in United States

November 17, 2017

  1. The National Assembly on November 16, 2017 passed the 24th Constitution Amendment Bill 2017 by a 242-1 vote, paving the way for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to carry out fresh delimitation of constituencies ahead of the next general elections on the basis of provisional census data
    • Khatm-i-Nabuwwat declaration restored to original form
  2. Top Pakistani and US military commanders blamed each other on November 16, 2017 for not doing enough to stop cross-border terrorism
  3. A parliamentary committee on November 16, 2017 rejected the government`s bill on the safety of journalists
  4. Though Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has been providing financial assistance to Pakistan only for the polio programme, it has now decided to assist the country in other health programmes as well
  5. Aga Khan, chairman of the Global Centre for Pluralism, presented the inaugural Global Pluralism Award during a ceremony held in Ottawa on November 16, 2017
  6. Iran and Britain are discussing the possible release of some 400 million pounds held by London since 1979
  7. President Robert Mugabe is insisting he remains Zimbabwe`s only legitimate ruler and is refusing to quit after a military coup, but pressure is mounting on the 93-year-old former guerrilla to accept offers of a graceful exit
  8. Israel`s military chief of staff said in an interview on that his country was prepared to cooperate with Saudi Arabia to face Iran`s plans `to control the Middle East
  9. A 500-year-old painting believed to be by Leonardo da Vinci has sold for $450.3 million in New York, blazing a new world record for the most expensive work of art sold at auction
  10. The heads of three UN agencies urged the Saudi-led military coalition on November 16, 2017 to lift its blockade on Yemen, warning that `untold thousands` would die if it stayed in place

November 18, 2017

  1. The Punjab government on Friday promulgated an ordinance to give legal cover to a Chinese technical education university being established in Lahore
    • The Punjab Tianjin University of Technology Lahore Ordinance2017 was promulgated after its authorisation by the governor
  2. The Sindh Assembly on November 17, 2017 unanimously adopted the Sindh Occupational Safety and Health Bill after some minor amendments
  3. The US Congress has passed the bill that requires Pakistan to work with the Afghan and American forces to destroy the Haqqani network but leaves Lashkare-Taiba out (LeT)
    • The National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) 2018 approved by a voice vote by both the House and the Senate provides about $700 billion for US defence needs in 2018
  4. The Iraqi army retook the last town in the country still held by the Islamic State as the jihadists’ self-proclaimed “caliphate” faced collapse
  5. Moody`s on November 17, 2017 upgraded India`s credit rating for the first time in more than a decade, citing economic reforms introduced under Prime Minister
  6. The US Department of Defence has advised American soldiers to ignore child sex abuse in Afghanistan as a culturally acceptable phenomenon, says a Pentagon report
  7. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attended a university graduation ceremony November 17, 2017, making a first public appearance since the military takeover that appeared to signal the end of his 37-year reign
  8. The King of Saudi Arabia plans to step down and announce his son as his successor next week
  9. The Governments of the United States and Pakistan announced on November 17, 2017 the awarding of science and technology cooperative research grants to 14 joint teams of US and Pakistani researchers
  10. Britain’s state opening of parliament will be managed by a woman for the first time in 650 years, after the appointment on November 17, 2017 of Sarah Clarke as the first female “Black Rod”

November 19, 2017

  1. The Lahore city police finally raised a new designated force Special Security Unit (SSU) for the protection of VVIP personalities
  2. North Korea ruled out negotiations with Washington as long as joint US-South Korea military exercises continue
  3. Russia cast a second veto in as many days at the United Nations Security Council to block the renewal of a probe to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria
  4. Sri Lanka deployed troops and ordered a night-time curfew in a southern town to end violent clashes between two ethnic communities
  5. Nasa on November 18, 2017 launched a next-generation satellite into space designed to monitor weather around the world and help improve forecasts
  6. Turkey’s legendary triple Olympic gold-medal winning weightlifter Naim Suleymanoglu, the diminutive “pocket Hercules,” has died aged 50
  7. Saudi Arabia has summoned its ambassador in Germany home for consultations over comments by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel about the political crisis in Lebanon
  8. Egypt opened its largely sealed border with Gaza on November 18, 2017 after a reconciliation agreement with Hamas gave the Palestinian Authority control over the crossing for the first time since 2007
  9. Decorated hockey player Afzal Manna breathed his last on Saturday morning in Lahore
    • Afzal Manna represented Pakistan in the 1964 Olympics (silver medal) and the Asian Games in 1958 (gold medal) and 1962 (gold medal)
    • He also served as an international umpire and as coach of Pakistan’s national team.
  10. An Indian medical student was crowned Miss World in a Chinese resort on November 18, 2017
    • Manushi Chhillar is the sixth Indian winner of the long-running contest, following in the footsteps of Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai

November 20, 2017

  1. Nadir Magsi won the race in the second Thal jeep rally that ended on November 19, 2017 in the desert tehsil of L ayyah.
    • Last year`s winner Sahibzada Sultan Muhammad stood second while Anas Khakwani secured third position
  2. Afghanistan junior cricketers created history in the nnal of the Asia Cup U-19 tournament on November 19, 2017 when they outclassed Pakistan by 185 runs at the Kinrara Academy Oval
  3. The two-day meeting of 7th Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) between the two countries will kick off here on November 20, 2017 (today)
  4. Europe turns on Facebook, Google for digital tax revamp
  5. Israel’s cabinet voted on November 19, 2017 to close a migrant detention centre, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who entered the country illegally
  6. Top diplomats from Iran, Russia and Turkey met November 19, 2017 in Antalya to discuss the civil war in Syria ahead of a three-way summit in the Russian city of Sochi
  7. Nato has taken ‘disciplinary action’ against an individual over an incident in which Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the country’s modern founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk were portrayed as enemies
  8. Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule appeared at an end November 19, 2017 as he had agreed to resign and was preparing to address the nation
  9. Saudi Arabia asked fellow Arab nations to take a `serious and honest` stand against Iran, saying that showing leniency towards Tehran would only encourage it to press on with its `aggression` and `meddling` in the internal af f airs of Arab countries.
    • Saudi Foreign Minister: Adel Al-Jubeir
  10. The general in command of US nuclear forces said that he would resist any “illegal” presidential order for a strike and work to find an alternative
    • General in command of US nuclear forces: General John Hyten

November 21, 2017

  1. Prime Minister Shahid Khakan Abbasi inaugurates the second Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal at Port Qasim on November 20, 2017
  2. Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Mohammad Yousuf
  3. 126th convocation of Punjab University was held on November 20, 2017 at Faisal Auditorium, Lahore
    • Vice Chancellor Punjab University: Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir
  4. The National Assembly on November 20, 2017 passed a crucial bill to scale down the independence of the power regulator in tariff setting and assigning it the responsibility to proceed against electricity officials for overbilling consumers
    • Minister for Power Awais Ahmed Leghari
  5. UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Center (APRC) and Institute for Inclusive Security, USA has given this years N-Peace Award Category “Campaign For Action” to Pakistani woman born in Kashmir, Farhat Asif Founder, President of Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies
  6. China has agreed to finance the western route of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), currently being funded by Pakistan from its own Public Sector Development Plan (PSDP)
  7. US and Afghan forces have launched joint attacks on Taliban opium factories to try to curb the insurgent group`s economic lifeline, of ficials from both countries said on November 20, 2017
  8. Kenya`s Supreme Court on November 20, 2017 dismissed two petitions to overturn the country`s October presidential election re-run, validating the victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta
  9. President Donald Trump on November 20, 2017 declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, returning Kim Jong Un`s government to a short blacklist of targeted US foes
  10. Charles Manson, the psychopathic guru who masterminded a savage killing spree in the United States in the late 1960s that shocked the world, has died aged 83

November 22, 2017

  1. The Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) approved on November 21, 2017 the Long-Term Plan (LTP 201730) envisaging broad parameters for future cooperation, but could not conclude agreements on development projects and special economic/industrial zones
    • Chinese team complains about political instability in Pakistan that may affect pace of project’s progress
  2. China has reiterated supportfor Pakistan in the execution of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and expressed the hope that acceptance of multibillion dollar communications, transport and infrastructure project by regional countries would grow
  3. ETPB: Evacuee Trust Property Board
  4. Pakistan has called for a negotiated end to the Afghan war, claiming that neither side could `impose a military solution` on the other
    • Pakistan`s Permanent Representative to the United Nations: Maleeha Lodhi
  5. Pakistan is all set to generate up to $3 billion by issuing euro and sukuk Bonds in international debt market, as road shows for introducing bonds will start in United Arab of Emirates (UAE), Europe and United States.
  6. Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on November 21, 2017
    • Emmerson Mnangagwa, elected as the new leader of Zimbabwe`s ruling political party and now poised to take over as the country`s president
  7. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared the end of the militant Islamic State (IS) group on November 21, 2017
  8. FIFA`s ethics watchdogs have banned for life three former former officials who pleaded guilty in American courts to accepting bribes as part of efforts to address widespread corruption in the sport
  9. OICCI: Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  10. Ireland cricket bosses have chosen Malahide near Dublin to host the country’s inaugural Test match against Pakistan next year

November 23, 2017

  1. Pakistan 7th worst country in access to sanitation
    • In Pakistan 42 per cent of the population remains without access to basic sanitation
    • A report by WaterAid says 79 million people lack a decent toilet, while 37pc have no system for wastewater disposal
  2. Pakistan has welcomed an American offer to take action against militants involved in cross-border raids from the Afghan soil
  3. The Japanese government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will under a project help strengthen the Election Commission of Pakistan`s capacity to hold elections in the country in an ef fective manner
    • Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan: Takashi Kurai
    • UNDP Country Director: Ignacio Artaza
  4. A Senate subcommittee has unanimously approved amendments to the National Disaster Management Act 2010, with special attention to the rehabilitation of widows and orphans in the af termath of natural disasters
  5. Ambassador Farukh Amil, permanent representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in Geneva has been elected as president of the Commission on Investment, Enterprise and Development of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva, Switzerland
  6. Rear Admiral Abdul Aleem and two other officers, Commodore Naveed Ashraf and Commodore Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami have been promoted to Vice Admiral and Rear Admiral, respectively
  7. KPK provincial government has launched Khapal Kor Model Housing Scheme through bank home finance to settle the accommodation problems of government employees and general public
  8. A Lahore High Court review on November 22, 2017 rejected appeal of the Punjab government seeking extension in detention of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and ordered his release
  9. Russia, Iran, Turkey to work for political settlement in Syria
  10. Skype joins list of apps on China blacklist
    • Skype is no longer available for download from the Chinese Apple Store or popular Android sites

November 24, 2017

  1. The Punjab government appointed on Thursday Prof Ayub Sultan Meo as vice-chancellor (VC) of the King Edward Medical University (KEMU) for a four-year term on November 23, 2017
  2. The federal cabinet, which met under Prime Minister Shahid Khagan Abbasi here on November 23, 2017, approv appointments on different posts and the signing of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with dif ferent countries
  3. The Foreign Office warned of Indian intelligence agency RAW`s nexus with terrorist groups in Afghanistan and asked Kabul and Nato`s Resolute Support Mission to prevent Afghan soil from being used against Pakistan
  4. Bangladesh and Myanmar will start repatriating refugees in two months, as global pressure mounts over a crisis that has forced more than half a million Rohingya to flee across the border
  5. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and war crimes, asked Russia’s Vladimir Putin to protect his country from the United States
  6. India has informed Pakistan that it wants one of its of ficials to accompany the wife of espionage convict Kulbhushan Jadhav when she meets him in Pakistan
  7. Army launches ‘Prosperous Balochistan’ initiative
  8. The Punjab government is considering establishment of four new tehsils in the province, three in South Punjab and one in the North Punjab
    • The provincial government has power to create new tehsils and districts under Punjab Land Revenue Act 1967.
  9. Portugal ready to provide technology, machinery to Pakistan
    • Portugal has offered a Golden Visa Program to attract investment in real estate sector and Pakistani investors
    • Ambassador of Portugal: H.E. Joao Paulo Marques Sabido Costa
  10. Australia warned against American disengagement from Asia at a time of rising Chinese power as traditional US allies grow nervous about President Donald Trump’s isolationist tilt

November 25, 2017

  1. Armed attackers killed 235 worshippers in a bomb-and-gun assault on a mosque in Egypt`s restive North Sinai province on November 24, 2017
    • Egypt`s presidency declared three days of mourning
  2. The second-in-command in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police (Additional Inspector General (AIG) Muhammad Ashraf Noor) was martyred and six police personnel suffered injuries in a suicide attack in Hayatabad neighbourhood of the city on November 24, 2017
  3. The Senate was told on November 24, 2017 that91 per cent of the revenues to be generated from the Gwadar port as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would go to China
    • While the Gwadar Port Authority would get 9pc share in the income for the next 40 years
    • Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping: Mir Hasil Bizenjo
    • Senate Chairperson: Raza Rabbani
  4. Pakistan and Turkey agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in defence field after ministers from both the countries were given a comprehensive review of cooperation between the two states, particularly the ongoing defence industry projects
    • Federal Minister for Defence Production: Rana Tanveer Hussain
    • Minister for National Defence of Turkey: Nurettin Canikli
  5. Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in as president of Zimbabwe on November 24, 2017 at Harare`s national stadium, bringing the final curtain down on the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe
  6. The United States urged Pakistan on Friday to re-arrest Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leader Hafiz Saeed and charge him with the crimes he is accused of committing.
  7. Kyrgyzstan’s new president Sooronbai Jeenbekov was inaugurated November 24, 2017, marking the first peaceful transfer of power between elected leaders in the Central Asian country
  8. Federal Energy Minister: Sardar Awais Ahmed Laghari
  9. Federal Defence Minister: Khurram Dastgir Khan
  10. US Defence Secretary: James Mattis

November 27, 2017

  1. Saudi Arabia gathered officials from 40 Muslim countries on November 26, 2017 in the first meeting of a counterterrorism alliance
    • The summit was the first meeting of defence ministers and other senior officials from the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC), which of ficially counts 41 members
  2. The army was called in to protect important installations in the capital, as Rangers personnel took up posidons around the site of the sit-in on November 26, 2017
  3. The South Asian countries joined hands here on November 26, 2017 to launch “Run for Healthy Life” campaign in each country
  4. Pakistan and Iran have agreed to enhance cooperation in the public health sector, including medical education and drug manufacturing
    • Minister for National Health Services: Saira Afzal Tarar
  5. The government is ready to launch the Rs515 billion Neelum Jhelum hydropower project in February 2018
  6. Ireland`s EU commissioner said Dublin would `continue to play tough` over its threat to veto talks about trade after Brexit unless Britain provided guarantees over the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic
  7. Faeces appears to be as unique as fingerprints, according to New Zealand research released on November 26, 2017
  8. Iran and Turkey signed a deal on November 26, 2017 with Qatar aimed at boosting commercial ties with the Gulf state which is under blockade by its Arab neighbours
  9. Report rules out Pakistan-India N-war
    • South Asian experts reject the nuclear pessimism in Western capitals about their region, noting that the West`s nuclear `sky is falling` in South Asia argument does not hold when seen in proper context
  10. Russia`s ban from international track and field was extended November 26, 2017 by the world governing body of athletics
    • IAAF: International Association of Athletics Federation

November 28, 2017

  1. Protesters from various religious groups on November 27, 2017 cleared Faizabad interchange and called off their countrywide protest after over 20 days when the government accepted most of their major demands under an armybrokered agreement
    • Law minister Zahid Hanmid resigns
    • ISI official signs agreement as ‘guarantor’
    • Interior minister seeks proposals to prevent future sit-ins
  2. Prime Minister Shahid Khakan Abbasi on November 27, 2017 endorsed Saudi Arabia`s policies in the region and assured it of Pakistan`s support in its efforts for maintaining peace and stability
    • Crown Price Muhammad tells Abbasi coalition looks forward to learning from Pakistan’s experience in fighting terror
  3. Pak Rangers have shot down Indian spy drone ‘Quadcopter’ near Head Sulemanki Border on November 27, 2017
  4. The British government unveiled an industrial strategy focused on research and innovation on November 27, 2017, in an effort to boost poor productivity and to shield the economy from Brexit
  5. The European Union is `entirely confused` since Britain voted to leave the bloc and it needs to revisit its vision for enlargement and Turkey`s place in that
    • Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim
  6. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who represented South Africa, won the Miss Universe crown on November
  7. Russian election influence, the ever-widening sexual harassment scandal, mass shootings and the opioid epidemic helped elevate the word “complicit” as Dictionary.com’s word of the year for 2017
  8. A two-day meeting of aviation chiefs and the expert working group of Developing-Eight (D-8) countries began here on November 27, 2017 to discuss challenges and prospects of the future cooperation
  9. Syria came under pressure November 27, 2017 to fill in gaps in its declaration to the world’s chemical weapons watchdog amid reports of toxic arms use during its six-year civil war, triggering angry Syrian denials
  10. Zimbabwe has made former president Robert Mugabe’s birthday a public holiday

November 29, 2017

  1. A bust of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah has been unveiled at the British Museum.
    • Some 400 guests attended the ceremony in central London in which the sculpture of the Quaid was revealed for the first time
  2. The 11th meeting of the director generals of civil aviation from developing countries which are part of the D-8 organisation concluded on November 28, 2017
  3. Governor Balochistan: Muhammad Khan Achakzai
  4. The government allowed on Tuesday the export of 1.5 million tonnes of sugar with a subsidy of Rs10.70 per kilogram.The decision was taken by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC)
  5. North Korea fired a missile that landed close to Japan late on November 28, 2017 night, the first test by Pyongyang since a missile fired over its neighbour in mid-September
  6. Irish Deputy Prime Minister Frances Fitzgerald resigned on November 28, 2017 in a bid to ease a political crisis that was threatening to bring down the government
  7. Syrian govt agrees to join peace talks, with conditions
    • Talks aimed at ending the war in Syria restarted on November 28, 2017 with the government enforcing its will, warning the United Nations it would not tolerate any discussion of President Bashar al-Assad`s ouster from power
  8. Senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, a former National Guard head once seen as a contender to the throne, has been freed after more than three weeks in detention
  9. Pope Francis called for respect for rights and justice in a keenly-watched address in Myanmar on November 28, 2017, but refrained from any mention of the Rohingya Muslims or the alleged ethnic cleansing that has driven huge numbers of the Muslim minority from the country
  10. A new bilingual (English and Urdu) academic and research journal Tehseel published by the Islamic Research Academy Karachi has been launched.
    • The first volume (JulyDec 2017) contains research articles by different scholars

November 30, 2017

  1. The Foreign Office on November 29, 2019 expressed `deep concern` over the reported missile test by North Korea
  2. Pakistan has asked the United States not to “dictate terms” on the war on terror as it violated the country’s sovereignty
  3. A meeting presided over by Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri on Wednesday reviewed the progress made in implementing the National Action Plan (NAP) in Balochistan, and decided to adopt an aggressive policy for dealing with terrorists and extremists
  4. Pakistan’s one of top off-spinners Saeed Ajmal retired from all cricket formats November 29, 2017 after playing his final domestic game in the National Twenty20 Cup
    • In 35 Tests played for Pakistan, Ajmal claimed 178 wickets at an average of 28.10
    • Ajmal took 184 wickets in 113 one-day international and 85 wickets in 63 Twenty20 international for the country
  5. The government paid Rs445.4 billion on interest payment in only three months due to the massive borrowing made by the country in last few years
  6. The government has appointed National Assembly Secretary Jawwad Rafique Malik, a BS-21 officer of Pakistan Administrative Service, new chairman of the National Highway Authority (NHA)
  7. Current Federal Minister for Science and Technology: Rana Tanveer Hussain
  8. Assistant Minister of State of Palestine for Asia, Africa and Australia Dr Mazen MA Shamiya visited Islamabad this week for talks
  9. Slobodan Praljak, 72, Bosnian Croat war criminal died on November 29, 2017 after apparently drinking poison in dramatic courtroom scenes after UN judges upheld his 20-year jail term
  10. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said his country had achieved full nuclear statehood on November 29, 2017 after a groundbreaking missile test, in a challenge to US President Donald Trump who responded with promises of “major sanctions”

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