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January 25, 2018 (Day by Day Current Affairs)

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  1. Pakistan condemns `unilateral` US drone strike
    • Pakistan on January 24m 2018 condemned a US drone strike deep inside its territory targeting an Afghan refugee camp and warned Washington that such `unilateral` steps would be detrimental to cooperation between the two countries in fight against terrorism
    • This was the first US drone strike inside Pakistani territory over the past 19 months
    • `Pakistan condemns a drone strike in Kurram Agency carried out by the Resolute Support Mission (RSM), which targeted an Afghan refugee camp,` the FO statement said
    • Drone strikes had generally dechned after the peak in 2010 with 117 hits
  2. Urdu dictionary`s web edition launched
    • President Mamnoon Hussain launched the Urdu dictionary`s web edition on January 24, 2018 in Islamabad
    • The development was a big step forward in the promotion of Urdu as the dictionary was now accessible to internet users
    • Digitalisation of the Urdu dictionary would help the new generation learn more about the language
    • The price of a complete set of the dictionary, comprising 22 volumes and having 264,000 words typed in Naskh font, was Rs 50,400, whereas it has now been made available on the internet
  3. Balochistan govt to de-notify Lehri as district
    • Balochistan`s new cabinet has decided to de-notify the status of Lehri as district and declare it a part of Sibi district
    • However, it was decided that Sohbatpur would retain its status as a separate district of Nasirabad division
    • The meeting also decided to induct 180 candidates into the education department, who had passed the NTS exam in 2015 but had been denied appointments by the previous government
    • `The cabinet has decided to accommodate all 180 successful candidates in the education department and will withdraw the petition pending in the apex court in this regard
  4. Prime Minister Abbasi attend 48th World Economic Forum
    • Prime Minister Shahid Khagan Abbasi said that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) would create connectivity, linkages and boost economic growth in Central Asia and its positive impact was already being felt by Pakistan
    • The 48th World Economic Forum (WEF) being held at Davos in Switzerland
    • Prime Minister Abbasi is on a two-day visit to attend the event on the invitation of Swiss President Professor Klaus Schwab
  5. Golen Gol Project starts power generation
    • Chitral becomes first city to have 24/7 electricity
    • Golen Gol Hydropower Project 108 Megawatt has started electricity generation January 24, 2018 as the first unit has started providing 36 MW power to Chitral
    • After two years of remaining in dark, due to destruction caused by flood and land sliding, Chital has finally got the much needed electricity.
    • The total requirement of Chitral is 11 MW and the project even in winter season, when water flows are its low, will be able to provide electricity to the area
  6. LHC ex-judge Asghar made new NAB PGA
    • The federal government has appointed Justice (r) Syed Asghar Haider as Prosecutor General of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) after almost two months due to the interference of the Supreme Court
    • The Ministry of Law and Justice on January 24, 2018 issued a notification in this regard
    • The post of NAB PGA is lying vacant since November 23, 2017 on the completion of Waqas Qadeer Dar’s three-year tenure
  7. Chinese scientists break key barrier by cloning monkeys
    • Chinese scientists have cloned monkeys using the same technique that produced Dolly the sheep two decades ago, breaking a technical barrier that could open the door to copying humans
    • Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, two identical longtailed macaques, were born eight and six weeks ago, making them the first primates the order of mammals that includes monkeys, apes and humans to be cloned from a non-embryonic cell
    • It was achieved through a process called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), which involves transferring the nucleus of a cell, which includes its DNA, into an egg which has had its nucleus removed
  8. US military has failed to tackle child abuse in Afghanistan
    • The US military has failed to tackle widespread sexual abuse of children by Afghan security forces it still funds and trains, says an official US report declassified on January 24, 2018
    • The report by a US government watchdog — Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) — also says that since 2002, the United States has appropriated more than $71.2 billion in assistance for the Afghan security forces
    • But the report pointed out that the US Secretary of Defence uses a not with standing clause to continue funding some implicated units in Afghanistan
  9. Pakistan, EU agree to enhance bilateral co-op
    • Federal Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir and Chairman of the European Union Military Committee General Mikhail Kostarakos on January 24, 2018 exchanged views on issues of mutual interest during their meeting in Brussels, capital of Belgium
    • The Defence Minister who is heading a parliamentary delegation to Brussels had comprehensive meetings with Heads of Groups and Committees in the European Parliament
    • Khurram Dastgir briefed Weber comprehensively on developments in Pakistan in political and economic fields in the wake of consolidation of democracy since 2008
  10. Pakistan, Indonesia set to sign amended PTA
    • Pakistan and Indonesia will sign amended preferential trade agreement (PTA) January 26, 2018 in Islamabad, which incorporated unilateral trade concessions granted by Indonesia on 20 items
    • The Indonesian government recently unilaterally agreed to provide Pakistani products with deeper market access under the PTA.
    • Both the countries would sign the unilateral concession granted by Indonesia during the visit of Indonesian President.
    • Major exports items from Pakistan would include tobacco, textile fabric, rice, ethanol, citrus (kinnow), woven fabric, and mangoes

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