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September 01, 2019 Current Affairs


1. Minister unveils plans to launch eco-friendly bike, rickshaws

• The Minister for Science and Technology is planning to introduce environment friendly motorcycles and rickshaws, which will run on rechargeable batteries, in the country.
• During a visit to the Pakistan Council for Renewable Energy and Technologies on Saturday, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry rode a battery-operated motorcycle and a rickshaw. The electronic vehicles, according to the minister, would help conserve energy and protect the environment.
• He elaborated on the aim of the government to convert the transport into electronic technology ultimately reducing dependency on petroleum.


2. 24/7 Torkham opening from today

• Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on August 31, 2019 directed the completion of all arrangements for keeping the Torkham border open 24/7.
• Presiding over a meeting here at the Chief Minister’s House, the CM further directed the initiation of night operation at Torkham border on trial basis from today (Sunday).
• Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai, Principal Secretary to KP CM Shahab Ali Shah, representatives of National Logistic Cell (NLC) and officials of other concerned departments attended the meeting.
• The meeting reviewed arrangements for the implementation of the government’s decision to keep the Pak-Afghan border at Torkham open for 24 hours.


3. Kashmir issue may impact Afghan talks, warns US report

• The developing situation in India-held Kashmir might negatively impact the Afghan peace process, warns a US think tank as a congressional subcommittee scheduled a hearing to review the situation in the valley.
• `Pakistan has been wary of Indian intentions in Afghanistan for decades, and this turn of events in Kashmir will make Islamabad that much more mistrusting of its neighbour,` warns the Washington based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in its report on Kashmir.
• `Pakistan has been playing a significant role in the recent US-Afghan peace negotiations with the [Afghan] Taliban. The Kashmir issue may not only detract Pakistani resources and political will away from Afghanistan but potentially could also be used as leverage to persuade the United States to intervene with India,` the report adds.


4. Two million face statelessness as India publishes controversial list

• Almost two million people in northeast India were left facing statelessness on August 31, 2019 after they were excluded from a citizenship list aimed at weeding out `foreign infiltrators` in a process the central government wants to replicate nationwide.
• A large chunk of those excluded were expected to be Muslims.
• A total of 31.1m people were included in a National Register of Citizens (NRC), but 1.9m were deemed ineligible, according to an official statement.
• Prime Minister Imran Khanassailed the list and suggested that exclusion of millions from the list could be deemed as ethnic cleansing of members of minority communities, particularly Muslims.
• In a tweet, the prime minister said reports in the Indian and international media about `the Narendra Modi government`s ethnic cleansing of Muslims` should send alarm bells ringing across the world.


5. Trump says US `not involved` in Iranian rocket failure

• President Donald Trump released a photograph of an apparently failed Iranian rocket launch and said that the United States had nothing to do with it.
• Tehran has made no official comment on the indications from aerial photos that a rocket exploded on Thursday on the launch pad at the Semnan Space Centre in northern Iran.
• But Trump tweeted a high-resolution picture of the location, with annotations pointing to damaged vehicles and the launch gantry, saying it involved Iran`s Safir satellite rocket.
• The incident comes after months of tensions between Iran and Washington.
• Trump last year unilaterally withdrew from the landmark 2015 international deal that placed limits on Tehran`s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, and he reimposed crippling financial penalties.


6. OIC calls for India-Pakistan talks on held Kashmir

• The General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on August 31, 2019 called for a dialogue between Pakistan and India aimed to resolve the Kashmir dispute and urged New Delhi to lift curfew and other restrictions imposed on the people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir in early August.
• The organisation also called for resumption of telephone and internet services in the disputed Himalayan region.
• A statement released to the media said: `It (OIC) calls for the immediate lifting of the curfew, restoration of communication and respect for the fundamental rights of Kashmiris.
• The OIC General Secretariat has been following with concern developments in Jammu and Kashmir as a result of the unilateral decision taken by India on Aug 5 of revoking Article 370, thereby ending the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, said the statement.


7. Taliban launch massive attack on Kunduz

• The Taliban have launched a new attack on one of Afghanistan’s largest cities, Kunduz, the government said on August 31, 2019, even as the insurgent group continued negotiations with the US on ending America’s longest war.
• The militants, who have demanded that all foreign forces leave the country, now control or hold sway over roughly half of the country and are at their strongest since their 2001 defeat by a US-led invasion.
• Some 20,000 US and Nato forces remain in Afghanistan after formally ending their combat role in 2014. They continue to train and support Afghan forces fighting the Taliban and a local affiliate of the Islamic State group.
• Presidential spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said Afghan security forces were repelling the attack in some parts of the city, a strategic crossroads with easy access to much of northern Afghanistan as well as the capital, Kabul, about 335 kilometres away.


8. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has account hacked

• The co-founder and chief executive of Twitter had his own account on the service briefly taken over by hackers.
• A group referring to itself as the Chuckling Squad said it was behind the breach of Jack Dorsey’s account.
• The profile, which has more than four million followers, tweeted out a flurry of highly offensive and racist remarks for about 15 minutes.
• Twitter says its own systems were not compromised, instead blaming an unnamed mobile operator.
• “The phone number associated with the account was compromised due to a security oversight by the mobile provider,” Twitter said in a statement.


9. ‘Plant two trees before building a new house’

• The Lahore High Court has declared it mandatory to plant at least two trees for construction of a new house.
• Hearing a petition related to environmental pollution in the country, the LHC remarked that in case of non-compliance, no-objection certificate of such housing societies and factories will be cancelled.
• In its 78-page detailed judgement, the court directed the authorities to impose heavy fines on those involved in cutting trees and directed all departments to issue annual reports on tree plantation.


10. PCB unveils revamped domestic season schedule

• The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday unveiled a completely revamped 2019-20 domestic cricket structure while claiming the new system will produce quality cricketers who`ll show consistency.
• The PCB also announced that it would decentralise the powers, currently held by it, to the cricket associations.
• However, confining the first-class competition to just six provincial teams and scrapping the previous 16-team event, several contentious decisions have been taken.
• Central Punjab, which has been the hub of the Punjab, has three big regions Lahore, Sialkot and Faisalabad but collectively they`ll field just one first-class team.
• According to the latest census, these three regions between them have a popu-lation of 50-60 million.

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