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Day by Day Current Affairs (August 31, 2019) | MCQs for CSS, PMS

Day by Day Current Affairs (August 30, 2019) | MCQs for CSS, PMS
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August 31, 2019: National Current Affairs

1. “Modi get out of Kashmir”

• In an unprecedented demonstration, traffic across Pakistan came to a standstill on August 30, 2019 as thousands staged mass protests against the annexation of Indian occupied Kashmir and New Delhi’s oppression in the Valley amid a curfew that is continuing since August 5.
• Sirens blared at noon and traffic grounded to a halt to mark the Kashmir Hour, while all the media channels broadcast the national anthems of Pakistan and Kashmir in an expression of solidarity with the Kashmiris.
• The prime minister and the chief ministers along with all the parliamentarians and staff came out of their offices whereas the citizens also left their houses and businesses to gather in nearby streets all over the country. The call for Kashmir Hour was given by Prime Minister Imran Khan himself a few days ago, who asked his people to stage solidarity shows from 12pm to 12:30pm on Friday for the oppressed people of Indian held Jammu and Kashmir.

2. Pakistan, India hold technical level talks on Kartarpur corridor

• Pakistani and Indian delegations on August 30, 2019 held another round of technical level talks on the Kartarpur corridor.
• Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal confirmed that the talks were held at the border, more commonly known as the `Zero Point`, and that `good progress was made during the discussion`.
• Most of the `technical matters` related to construction of the visa-free corridor for Indian Sikhs to visit the Gurdwara in Kartarpur Sahib had been resolved and the project was on schedule for inauguration in time for Guru Nanak`s 550th birth anniversary to be celebrated in November this year.
• The technical level talks pertain to the alignment of the corridor and sharing of coordinates of border crossing points and other infrastructure. The two sides would meet shortly for a discussion on the remaining issues, the source said.

3. Senate adopts unanimous resolution against Indian brutalities in IHK

• The Senate adopted a unanimous condemnation resolution on August 30, 2019 against the illegal annexation of the Held Kashmir (IHK) by India led by Narendra Modi, saying he is pursuing the racist and fascist agenda, inspired by Nazi Germany.
• The resolution, moved by Leader of the House Shibli Faraz, says, “The annexation is an attempt by India to change the demography of IHK as part of their racist and fascist agenda.” The House noted that the annexation is an attempt to undermine the UN Charter, international law and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, which have accepted the inalienable right to self-determination of the people of IHK.
• The resolution said in pursuance of racist and fascist agenda, which was inspired by Nazi Germany, the regime of Narendra Modi is committing another grave crime against humanity by turning IHK into the world’s biggest and most brutal concentration camp with complete lock down and shutting down of all communication links besides, arresting, kidnapping, martyring and raping thousands of innocent Kashmiris. The resolution welcomed the UN Security Council meeting on Kashmir and reaffirmation by the UN Security General of commitment to Security Council’s resolutions on Kashmir. It expressed appreciation of the position taken by friends like China and Turkey as well as Iran whose Parliament also passed a resolution in support of the Kashmiri people.

August 31, 2019: International Current Affairs

4. Millions of Muslims to lose Indian citizenship today

• Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s animosity towards the minority Muslims will shape up into frenzy on August 31, 2019 (today) when his Home Minister Amit Shah will be releasing a controversial list that will strip four million people — majority of them Muslims — of their Indian citizenship in Assam.
• The final version of the controversial list called the National Register of Citizens is the result of a six-year effort to ostensibly catalog all the legal residents of the northeastern state of Assam, but the list has been mired in controversy. The last time a draft was released, in 2018, 4.1 million people were left off, putting them at risk of being made stateless. Many of them were poor, illiterate and/or members of the Muslim minority.
• Observers are worried that the final list will result in families being split up, incarcerated, and even being chased out to Bangladesh — a country many have never set foot in. And rights groups are worried that the list could set off a chain of events similar to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar in 2017, when roughly 750,000 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority were persecuted, stripped of their Burmese citizenship and forced to flee to Bangladesh.

5. Trump`s personal assistant fired over info breach

• Donald Trump`s personal assistant Madeleine Westerhout resigned on August 29, 2019 after she shared information about the president`s family with journalists, US media reported.
• Westerhout`s unexpected departure came after Trump learned that she had talked about his family and White House matters with reporters at an off-therecord session during the president`s recent working vacation in New Jersey, The New York Times reported citing unnamed sources.
• Westerhout`s office was in front of the Oval Office and she had been described as Trump`s `gatekeeper` in US media. She had been his personal assistant from the beginning of his presidency.

6. India rapidly losing its secular veneer: US congressman

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi puts secular India in grave danger with moves like revoking article 370, which gave Kashmir a special protected status, says Congressman Andy Levin.
• Mr Levin, a Michigan Democrat, also notes that Mr `Modi`s moves with respect to Kashmir, while alarming, do not come out of left field` In an opinion piece he shared on Twitter, the US lawmaker points out that in 2005 the Bush administration denied Mr Modi entry into the United States for not preventing the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat.
• In one of two reports it released on Kashmir this week, the US rights groups Human Rights Watch reminded the Indian government that in Kashmir its `priority should be to protect civil liberties`.

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7. Mystery surrounds Iran`s satellite launch

• A rocket at an Iranian space centre that was to conduct a satellite launch criticised by the US apparently exploded on its launch pad on August 29, 2019, satellite images show, suggesting the Islamic Republic suffered its third failed launch this year alone.
• While Iranian state media did not acknowledge the incident at the Imam Khomeini Space Centre in Iran`s Semnan province, a top official wrote on Twitter early on August 30, 2019 that a satellite Tehran planned to launch was safe in a lab.
• Satellite images by Planet Labs Inc. and Maxar Technologies showed a black plume of smoke rising above a launch pad there, with what appeared to be the charred remains of a rocket and its launch stand. In previous days, satellite images had shown officials there repainted the launch pad blue.
• On August 29, 2019 morning, half of that paint apparently had been burned away.

8. NASA invites students to name Mars 2020 rover

• US space agency NASA is inviting students across the United States to find a name for its next Mars rover mission, according to a latest release of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
• Starting Tuesday, K-12 students in U.S. public, private and home schools can join the Mars 2020 “Name the Rover” essay contest, said the release.
• To enter the contest, students must submit by Nov. 1 their proposed rover name and a short essay, no more than 150 words, explaining why their proposed name should be chosen.
• As part of the final selection process, the public will have an opportunity to vote online on the nine finalists in January 2020.
• One grand prize winner will name the rover and be invited to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
• NASA plans to announce the selected name on Feb. 18, 2020 — exactly one year before the rover will land on the surface of Mars.

9. British Museum hands looted tablets to Iraq

• The British Museum said on August 30, 2019 it had returned to Iraq a collection of 156 cuneiform tablets believed to have been looted following the US-led invasion of the country.
• The items mostly dated from between 2,100 BC and 1,800 BC, the London museum said in a statement. They were impounded by customs officials at a freight company near London Heathrow Airport in 2011. The tablets are mostly economic documents but also include letters, legal and school texts and a mathematical document.
• Many of them come from Irisagrig, an area that was heavily looted in the aftermath of the war. The tablets were handed over to the Iraqi ambassador Saleh Altamimi and will be sent on to the Iraq Museum. “The protection of Iraqi heritage is the responsibility of the international society which we hope to continue for future generations,” Altamimi said in the statement.

August 31, 2019: Sports Current Affairs

10. Asim and Amna clinch Squash Titles

• Continuing with their impressive show, Asim Khan and Amna Fayyaz won the men`s and women`s singles titles in the Pakistan International Squash Tournament at the Mushaf Squash Complex on August 30, 2019.
• The 22-year-old Asim, who had upset top seed Tayyab Aslam in the semi-final, looked in prime form during the final, as he stunned the experienced campaigner and second seed Farhan Mehboob in a marathon five game final lasting 74 minutes.
• Farhan, the world No.75, is the country`s most experienced player and was among the top 20 best players of the world almost a decade ago. The 30-year-old Peshawar-born player was considered hot favourite for this championship. But Asim, the world number 78, proved many wrong by clinching the men`s event carrying a prize money of $10,000.

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