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 February 17, 2018 (Day by Day Current Affairs)

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  1. US underlines Pakistan`s `deficiencies` in countering terrorism
    • Not just the United States but others in the international community also have concerns about `Pakistan`s deficiencies` in implementing anti-money laundering and counterterrorism laws, says the US State Department.
    • The department`s spokesperson Heather Nauert hinted that a resolution to place Pakistan on a global terror-financing watchlist had been submitted to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
    • Britain, France and Germany have also endorsed this resolution, which was moved by the United States.
    • The remarks precede a crucial FATF meeting in Paris next week toconsider new proposals for countering terrorism and money laundering.
    • The FATF is an international policymaking and standard-setting body dedicated to combating money laundering and terrorist financing. It maintains grey and black lists for identifying countries with weak counterterrorism mechanisms
  2. Govt gives go-ahead to PIA privatization
    • The Cabinet Committee on Privatisation has approved the bifurcation of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)’s non-core business and assets from Air Transport and Operations (ATO) before April this year, a move that may lead to privatisation of the national flag carrier.
    • The meeting chaired under Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi discussed issues related to Pakistan International Airlines Corporation Ltd and Pakistan Steel Mills.
    • After a detailed presentation on PIA and the discussion that followed, the CCoP gave go-head to the proposal for initiating restructuring process in PIAC.
    • Current Federal Minister for Privatisation: Daniyal Aziz
  3. For the first time, Chitral women to get share in forest royalty
    • For the first time, women will get forest royalty in villages flanking the forests in southern Chitral, which has been seen as a major step to strengthen them financially and elevate their status in the society.
    • In the areas of Arandu, Sheshi Koh, Damil, Arsoon and Kalash valleys of Bumburate, Birir and Rumbur, the government pays 60 per cent of the income generated from the sale of forest timber to the local residents when the forest is harvested on commercial scale, which normally happens after every five years.
  4. Campaign to plant 3m olive trees launched
    • Gilgit-Baltistan government on February 16, 2018 has launched a campaign to plant three million olive trees in the province to save the environment and ecosystem.
    • The project will be completed in three months
    • The campaign has been launched by the forest department to give the gift of trees to all notables in the region.
  5. Turkey, US agree to work together in Syria
    • Turkey and United States on February 16, 2018 agreed to work together in Syria after weeks of tensions over Ankara`s latest crossborder operation that raised fears of a military confrontation between the two Nato allies.
    • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu said after talks in Ankara that the two sides would set up working groups to solve key issues that have bedevilled relations.
    • They gave few details on how this could be achieved, but indicated that solving a dispute over the control of the flashpoint town of Manbij was a priority
  6. Qatar proposes EU-style security pact for Middle East
    • Middle Eastern states should put their differences behind them and forge a security pact modelled on the European Union in order to pull the region back from the brink, Qatar`s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani said
    • In addition to the Gulf row, Sheikh Tamim referenced violent conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya which have sparked humanitarian catastrophes and one of the largest refugee crises ever with millions of people washing up in Europe in recent years.
    • The emir of Qatar declaring a boycott of his country by four Arab nations a `futile` exercise from which it has emerged stronger. He called for a new regional security ef fort in the Middle East.
  7. Afghans submit 1.17m war crimes claims to International Court
    • Since the International Criminal Court began collecting material three months ago for a possible war crimes case involving Afghanistan, it has gotten a staggering 1.17 million statements from Afghans who say they were victims.
    • The statements include accounts of alleged atrocities not only by groups like the Taliban and the militant Islamic State group, but also involving Afghan Security Forces and government-affiliated warlords, the US-led coalition, and foreign and domestic spy agencies, said Abdul Wadood Pedram of the Human Rights and Eradication of Violence Organisation.
    • Based in part on the many statements, ICC judges in The Hague would then have to decide whether to seek a war crimes investigation. It`s uncertain when that decision will be made.
  8. Tehran ready to share oil, gas with India
    • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on February 16, 2018 announced that Iran is ready to share its oil and natural gas with India and called for easing of visa norms between the two countries to further strengthen the cultural and diplomatic ties.
    • Rouhani, who is on a two-day state visit to Indian city of Hyderabad, told that the opening of Chabahar port to India will provide the gateway to Afghanistan, Central Asia and Europe.
    • “Iran is rich in oil and natural gas resources. It is ready to share the natural resources with India for its development and progress,”
  9. First PFA’s food festival starts (17 Feb 2018)
    • The first two-day ‘Punjab Food Festival 2018,’ being organised by the Punjab Food Authority (PFA), will commence today (February 17, 2018) at the Expo Centre Lahore
    • More than 150 stalls of food business operators and multinational and national food companies are being set up in the festival.
    • Entry to the event is completely free whereas 25pc discount on all food items is being offered to the students and senior citizens.
  10. Australia pulled off a world-record run chase in T-20 Cricket
    • Australians reached 245 for five with seven deliveries remaining
    • Australia produced the highest successful run chase in Twenty20 international cricket to beat New Zealand by five wickets in their triseries clash at Eden Park on February 16, 2018
    • The run chase eclipsed the 236 for six West Indies achieved in beating South Africa in Johannesburg in 2015.

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