June 2018

Day by Day Current Affairs (June 07, 2018) | MCQs for CSS, PMS, NTS

CSS Times Day by Day Current Affairs
Written by Shahzad F. Malik


 June 7, 2018

  1. Justice Dost Muhammad sworn in as KP caretaker CM
  • Former Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court Justice (Retd) Dost Mohammad Khan was sworn in as caretaker chief minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on June 6, 2018.
  • Khan served as Peshawar High Court chief justice from 17 November 2011 to 31 January 2014. He was later elevated as a Supreme Court justice in 2014. He retired on March 19, 2018, after completing his tenure.
  • The ECP had named Khan as caretaker KP chief minister on Tuesday. The decision was made in a consultative meeting of a five-member commission.
  • The matter was earlier forwarded to the electoral body after the parliamentary committee constituted to nominate the caretaker chief minister was unable to finalise a candidate for the post.
  • Khan will serve as the interim chief minister till the new government takes charge following the general elections scheduled to be held on July 25.
  1. Liba, becomes Pakistan’s youngest Guinness World Record holder
  • A six-year-old has become the youngest Pakistani girl to achieve the Guinness World Record.
  • Liba Wahaj from Karachi now holds the world record for solving a Tower of Hanoi (math puzzle), level six.
  • The mathematical puzzle includes three rods and disks of varying sizes. The young record holder managed to successfully complete the puzzle in a minute and 13 seconds.
  • Liba is daughter of a well-known educationist Wahaj Hussain, she made the record by a huge margin. The previous record was made in 2 minutes 30 seconds. She achieved the feat on April 13, 2018, in Karachi, making Pakistan proud while setting an example for other young kids to follow
  1. Foreign investment tumbles: UN
  • Worldwide foreign direct investment dropped by nearly a quarter last year, a United Nations agency reported June 6, 2018, with African countries particularly heavily affected.
  • The United States as well as Brexit bound Britain also saw sharp declines in FDI inflows in 2017 after an exceptionally strong 2016, UNCTAD said in a report, warning that the outlook was bleak.
  • `The decline is in stark contrast to other macroeconomic variables, which saw substantial improvement in 2017, UNCTAD said as it reported a 23 per cent fall in FDI to $1.43 trillion from 2016`s $1.87tr.
  • `Downward pressure on FDI and the slowdown in global value chains are a major concern for policymakers worldwide, and especially in developing countries,` UNCTAD Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi said in a statement.
  • The main factor for the overall drop was a decline in mergers and acquisitions activity which in turn was affected by falling returns for international investors.
  1. Rameeza Majid Nizami elected to WEF board
  • The 70th World News Media Conference, kicked off June 6, 2018 in Estoril town of Portugal.
  • The organising body, WAN-IFRA (World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers), brought together a constellation of publications from around the world to share expertise and new ideas.
  • WAN-IFRA’s body on editorial matters and press freedom, the World Editors Forum (WEF), voted in Rameeza Majid Nizami, from Nawa-i-waqt and The Nation, to serve as a member of the WEF board.
  • Pakistan was previously represented with great success by editor of the daily Dawn, Zaffar Abbas, for several consecutive terms.
  1. Myanmar, UN sign pact on initial steps for Rohingya return
  • Myanmar and UN agencies signed an agreement on June 6, 2018 that could eventually lead to the return of some of the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled brutal persecution by the country`s security forces and are now crowded into make-shift camps in Bangladesh.
  • The memorandum of understanding promises to establish a `framework of cooperation` that aims to create conditions for `voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable` repatriation of Rohingya refugees but does not address Myanmar`s denial of citizenship for the minority.
  • Predominantly Buddhist Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed in November to begin repatriating Rohingya. But refugees feared their lives would be at risk in Myanmar without international monitoring while Myanmar insisted they have identity documents, which most Rohingya have been denied.
  1. Global index shows world less peaceful than a decade ago
  • The world is less peaceful than a decade ago, mostly due to conflict in the Middle East and Africa that is costing the global economy trillions of dollars, an international index showed on June 6, 2018.
  • `There`s been a gradual decline in peacefulness over the last decade, said Steve Killelea, head of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), which is headquartered in Australia.
  • `The reason for this slow, gradual decline in peacefulness really comes back to the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa, and the spillover effects into other areas.
  • Europe has faced a migrant crisis since 2015, following wars in Libya and Syria. More than one million people from Africa and the Middle East, as well as many from Afghanistan, have tried to reach the continent via Turkey or by sea.
  • By analysing data from think tanks, research insututes, government and universities, the IEP estimated that in 2017 violence cost the economy $14.8 trillion nearly $2,000 a person.
  1. First S. America woman elected head of UN Assembly
  • The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly elected Ecuador`s Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces as its next president, making her only the fourth woman to lead the 193-member world body in its 73-year history.
  • She defeated another woman, Honduras UN Ambassador Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake, by 128-62 with two abstentions in the secret-ballot vote.
  • Garces is a known poet in Latin America. In her acceptance speech, she also noted that she was the first woman ever from Latin America and the Caribbean to preside over the Assembly.
  • The world body controls the UN budget, adopts treaties, addresses global issues and passes numerous resolutions.
  1. Facebook plans first original news shows
  • Facebook on June 6, 2018 announced its first original news shows for the social network, joining other online platforms producing video to compete with television.
  • The news shows will be produced for Facebook by a variety of partners including CNN, Fox News, ABC News and Univision.
  • The programmes are producing the social network`s on demand video service called Facebook Watch, which is part of an effort to compete with platforms such as Google owned YouTube, and potentially develop a wider following.
  • The first programmes include ABC`s On Location featuring contribution from the network`s journalists from around the globe; CNN`s Anderson Cooper Full Circle featuring the popular CNN host; and Fox News Update hosted by chief news anchor Shepard Smith.
  1. Trump hosts first iftar
  • President Donald Trump on June 6, 2018 hosted his first White House iftar dinner, an overture that has surprised many people in the Muslim community after he skipped hosting such a meal last year.
  • The dinner comes as the Supreme Court considers legal challenges to Trump’s travel ban, which critics say unfairly targets some Muslim-majority countries. A ruling is expected as early as this month.
  • Iftar dinners have been held regularly at the White House since the Clinton administration as a form of outreach to the Muslim world.
  • Last year, Trump broke tradition. Instead of hosting a dinner, the White House issued a statement on Ramazan that focused heavily on the threat of terrorism, noting that recent attacks “steel our resolve to defeat the terrorists and their perverted ideology”.
  • The White House struck a considerably warmer tone last month, when it released a statement from the president declaring “Ramadan Mubarak” . The statement praised the Constitution for ensuring Muslims can observe the holiday “unimpeded by government” and did not mention terrorism.
  1. Curfew extended in border region after clashes
  • Authorities in Pakistan’s restive tribal region expanded a 24-hour curfew along the Afghan border to avert further clashes between tribesmen and militants after at least three people were killed and dozens injured in recent days, on June 6, 2018.
  • The US and others have long accused Pakistan of using proxies in Afghanistan, including the Taliban and other militant groups. Islamabad denies the claims.

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