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January 07, 2018 (Day by Day Current Affairs)

  1. Furore in India as news website calls Jadhav RAW spy
  • With Pakistan-India bickering on spy Kulbhushan Jadhav reaching new levels, the Foreign Office (FO) on January 06, 2018 chided India on press freedom
  • Indian digital news platform The Quint removing a story on Jadhav`s career with India`s premier intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing -under pressure from the Indian government. The story that chronicled how Jadhav`s choice for operations in Pakistan was opposed by atleast two heads of the Indian intelligence agency strengthened Pakistan`s claim that he (Jadhav) was actually a spy, who had been involved in espionage, terrorism and sabotage in Pakistan.
  • Chandan Nandy, who filed the story, came under severe attack on Indian media platforms with people calling into question his motive for writing a report that went against the country`s interest
  • The website displayed an announcement that it had retracted the Jadhav story for `rechecking some of the information mentioned in the article`.
  1. Pentagon still in touch with Pakistani military: Mattis
  • US Defence Secretary James Mattis said that the Pentagon was maintaining its communication with the Pakistani military establishment, including with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, even after suspending its security assistance to Pakistan
  • As commander of the US Central Command, Gen Votel is directly responsible for US war efforts in Afghanistan where Washington still maintains about 14,000 troops and other military assets.
  1. Saudi king orders new allowances to offset rising cost of living
  • Saudi Arabia`s King Salman ordered a monthly payment of 1,000 riyals ($267) to state employees over the next year in compensation for rising cost of living after the government hiked domestic gas prices and introduced value-added tax (VAT).
  1. 11 Saudi princes arrested for palace protest
  • Saudi authorities detained 11 princes after they gathered at a royal palace in Riyadh in a rare protest against austerity measures that included suspending payment of their utility bills, Saudi media reported
  • Saudi Arabia,the world`s top oil exporter, has introduced reforms that included cutting subsidies, introducing value added tax (VAT) and cutting perks to royal family members to try to cope with a drop in crude prices that has caused a budget deficit estimated at 195 billion riyals in 2018
  1. Arabs seek recognition for Palestinian state
  • Jordan said the Arab League would seek international recognition of the Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital after Washington recognised the Holy City as Israel`s capital
  • Jerusalem`s status is among the most contentious issues in the Israeli Palestinian conflict
  1. Govt introduces new formula for promotions
  • The federal government has introduced a new promotion formula to do good to the officers of the Pakistan Administrate Group as the Central Selection Board will take up promotion cases from January 9
  • The CSB will review promotions of over 400 officers of grade-19 and grade-20 of different services groups in the light of the new promotion formula in its four days huddle
  1. Top Indian politician jailed for corruption
  • Key Indian opposition leader Lalu Prasad Yadav was jailed for three and a half years over his role in a multi-million dollar corruption case
  • Yadav, 69, is a former railways minister and ex-chief minister of the impoverished eastern state of Bihar where he enjoys huge popular support for championing lower castes
  • Last month the anti-corruption court found Yadav guilty of fraudulently withdrawing nearly $140,000 from the state treasury in a larger fraud dubbed the “fodder scam”, which was worth about 10 billion rupees ($157 million)
  1. Marketing of artificial hormones banned
  • Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan banned marketing of artificial hormones following Supreme Court orders
  • The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) chief Dr Aslam Afghani
  • All federal inspectors of drugs in federal and provincial governments are being conveyed the decision, that no marketing and sale of the artificial hormones for increasing milk production in animals would be allowed
  1. Bomb blast kills four Indian cops in Held Kashmir
  • Four Indian policemen were killed in a bomb blast set off by suspected militants in Occupied Kashmir, marking a deadly start to the new year in the restive valley
  1. Svitolina bags title, Kyrgios enters final
  • Elina Svitolina secured her first WTA title in Australia with a straight-sets victory in the Brisbane International final on January 6, 2018
  • While Nick Kyrgios moved a step closer to claiming his first ATP title on home soil with a semifinal win over defending champion Grigor Dimitrov
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