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  January 17, 2017 (Day by Day Current Affairs)

  1. US renews call for steps against `externally focused terrorists`
    • The first diplomatic engagement between Pakistan and the United States after the mini-crisis created by President Donald Trump`s tweet ended with Washington renewing its demand for Islamabad to clear its territory of `externally focused terrorists“Ambassador [Alice] Wells urged the government of Pakistan to address the continuing presence of the Haqqani network and other terrorist groups within its territory,` said a US embassy statement at the conclusion of a two-day visit by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells
    • Her visit followed the US military`s outreach to Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa to contain the damage caused by the Trump tweet which accused Pakistan of `lies and deceit`
    • Pakistanis too expressed their desire for a continuation of the relationship, but at the same time conveyed a message that the tiescould progress towards normalisation only if there were mutual trust and respect.
  2. The government on January 16, 2018 launched Paigham-i-Pakistan
    • A document that offers a counter-narrative to extremist ideas by collating edicts that declare all kinds of terrorism against the spirit of Islam
    • Launched by President Mamnoon Hussain, the document declares sev-eral anti-state actions, including rebellion, attacks and suicide attacks against the state, spreading of sectarianism and anarchy in the name of religion, or issuing a call to jihad without the consent of the state, as un-Islamic
    • The counter-narrative also holds that the use of force against the state of Pakistan in the name of Sharia is unIslamic and prohibits the use of force against the government
    • Signed by 1,829 religious scholars from nearly all mainstream sects in the country, the document was compiled throughthe efforts oftheInternational Islamic University Islamabad
    • The document concludes by expressing support for military operations `initiated to strengthen the security and stability of Pakistan
  3. Cabinet approves stricter penalties for Ehteram-i-Ramazan violators
    • The federal cabinet on January 16, 2018 gave its assent to enhancement of punishments over violations of the Ehteram-i-Ramazan Ordinance
    • Increasing penalties for violating the sanctity of the holy month and mandating the closure of cinemas and theatres during fasting hours
    • The cabinet, which met with Prime Minister Shahid Khagan Abbasi in the chair, ratified the recommendations of the Cabinet Committee for Disposal of Legislative Cases (CCLC) in respect of Ehteram-i-Ramazan (Amendment) Bill, 2017
    • The Ehteram-i-Ramazan Bill had been introduced in the Senate by Senator Chaudhry Tanvir Khan of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) exactly a year ago on Jan 16. It sought amendments to the Ehteram-i-Ramazan Ordinance 1981 to provide measures to observe sanctity in Ramazan
  4. Cabinet approves amendment in FIA Act
    • The federal cabinet approved amendment in the schedule of the Federal Investigation Agency Act, 1974
    • After the amendment, certain offences under the Pakistan Penal Code committed through cyber, electronic means or information technology systems would be included in the schedule of the FIA Act, 1974
  5. Indian PM launches $6.8bn refinery in Rajasthan
    • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 16, 2018 launched the construction of a $6.8 billion refinery in the western state of Rajasthan, in the hopes of meeting the rising fuel demand
    • By 2030, India`s demand for petrol and diesel is expected to go up by two-thirds to 170bn litres, as an expanding middle class spends on cars and air travel
    • The 180,000-barrel-per-day refinery and petrochemical project is being built by the country`s third-biggest state refiner Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) in a tie-up with the state government
  6. India to buy guns worth $553m for border troops
    • India will buy more than 160,000 guns worth $553 million for troops on its disputed, high-altitude borders
    • The country`s defence acquisition council cleared the purchase of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 carbines for $553 million
    • The weapons will be bought to `enablethe defence forces to meet their immediate requirement for the troops deployed on the borders,`
  7. Govt offers cash prize to bureaucrats for giving ideas on how to improve governance
    • The government has announced ‘Idea Award Scheme’ for asking bureaucrats to send suggestions for improving governance and decision-making process by offering them even cash prizes
    • Top bureaucrats pointed out that Establishment Division invited suggestion from serving and retired bureaucrats aimed at bringing improvement in governance through adopting merit based decision-making process
    • An official circular issued by Establishment Division to ministries/divisions and attached departments
  8. NA speaker addresses Parliamentary Union of Islamic Countries in Tehran
    • Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that 13th meeting of the Parliamentary Union of Islamic Countries was opened at a time when Muslim communities across the globe are passing through a saga of pain and prosecution
    • The Speaker said that war in Syria, fighting in Yemen, terrorist surge in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan and the bleeding wounds of the Palestinians, Kashmiris and the Rohingiya Muslims are a constant reminder for us
  9. Romania set for third premier in seven months
    • Romania’s ruling Social Democrats on January 16, 2018 put forward European Parliament lawmaker Viorica Dancila to become prime minister, after power struggles within the party forced out the second premier in seven months
    • “Mrs. Dancila has been an MEP since 2009, she is respected in Brussels, she doesn’t seek conflict, is communicative and has good relations with the (European) Commission,” PSD leader Liviu Dragnea said after a party meeting in Bucharest.
    • Assuming Dancila, 54, is approved by President Klaus Iohannis, she will also become the first woman to head the government of the European Union’s second-poorest country after Bulgaria
  10. India ends decades-old subsidy for Haj pilgrims
    • India`sHindunationalist government is ending a decadeslong policy of offering discounted airfares to Muslims embarking on the Haj pilgrimage
    • The right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party has accused its opponents in the Congress party who introduced the Haj assistance scheme in the 1950s of trying to woo Muslim voters through handouts
    • Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the government wants to assist India`s roughly 175 million Muslims without resorting to political `appeasement` along religious lines

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