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June 13, 2019: National Current Affairs
1. PSX appoints acting CEO
• The board of directors of the Pakistan Stock Exchange has appointed Mr Muhammad Rafique Umer as the acting chief executive officer of the PSX.
• A notice signed by the PSX Chairman Sulaiman Mehdi on June 12, 2019 stated that following acceptance of Morin`s resignation dated May 28, the board had `with due concurrence of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan entrusted additional charge to Muhammad Rafique Umer, who also holds the [positions] of Company Secretary and Head of Legal Affairs of the PSX.
• The acting CEO took office from June 12, 2019
2. PM off to Bishkek today to attend SCO summit
• Prime Minister Imran Khan will be visiting Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, today (June 13) to attend the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
• The PM will be in Bishkek on June 13 and 14. Besides Pakistan, SCO’s membership comprises China, Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. SCO Observers include Afghanistan, Iran, Belarus and Mongolia.
• The Council of Heads of State is the highest forum of SCO which considers and defines strategy, prospects and priorities of the Organisation, a foreign ministry statement said. The invitation to the Prime Minister was extended by Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, who will chair the CHS meeting. The Leaders of SCO Member and Observer States as well as representatives of important International Organizations will attend the meeting. The Prime Minister will address two sessions of the meeting. A number of decisions will be approved by the leaders, besides signing of agreements to intensify cooperation in diverse fields. The Prime Minister will have bilateral interaction with other participating leaders on the sidelines.
3. Naval Chief, US Commander discuss Indian Ocean security
• Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi and Commander US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) Vice Admiral James Malloy on June 12, 2019 discussed matters of mutual interest.
• According to a press release issued by Pakistan Navy, Commander US NAVCENT/Commander US Fifth Fleet/Commander Combined Maritime Forces, Vice Admiral James Malloy called on Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi in his office at Naval Headquarters here.
• During the meeting, matters of mutual interest including bilateral naval collaboration and maritime security environment in the Indian Ocean Region were discussed, said the officials.
June 13, 2019: International Current Affairs
4. 26 injured in missile attack on Saudi airport
• Colonel Turki Almalki, the official spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, said that at June 12, 2019 a hostile projectile fired by Houthi militia hit the arrivals hall at Abha International Airport in Asir Province in southwestern Saudi Arabia, through which thousands of civilian passengers of different nationalities pass daily.
• A total of 26 civilian passengers of different nationalities were injured by the projectile, including three (3) women (Yemeni, Indian, Saudi) and two (2) Saudi children, Colonel al-Maliki said, citing the tally up to the time of preparation of this statement.
• Eight cases were transferred to hospital for treatment for moderate injuries, while 18 were treated at the site for minor injuries. There was also some physical damage to the airport lounge.
5. Japanese PM meets Rouhani on mission to ease Iran-US tensions
• Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on June 12, 2019 during a rare diplomatic mission aimed at defusing tensions between the Islamic republic and Tokyo`s ally Washington.
• Abe, the first Japanese prime minister to visit Iran in 41 years, was received by Rouhani at the Sadabad presidential palace where they began a closed-door meeting.
• He is expected to meet Iran`s supreme leader Ali Khamenei on June 13, 2019 morning. Addressing a cabinet meeting ahead of the visit, Rouhani said Iran`s leaders and people were united in their view that `the main culprit is America. Not a single individual doubts it.
6. Uber to use drones for food delivery, unveils autonomous car
• Uber said on June 12, 2019 it would begin testing food delivery by drone as it ramps up its Uber Eats service that partners with restaurants.
• The ride-hailing giant announced at its Uber Elevate Summit that it had been given regulatory approval to begin tests of delivering food by drone in the region of San Diego, California.
7. Punjabi among five languages added to Facebook`s paid videos
• Facebook said on June 12, 2019 some 720 million people are watching its original video shows, making it a growing pan of the social network as it wades into the territory of YouTube and other rivals.
• The social network said ad breaks will now be available in Canada, and that it will be adding support for five more languages Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Swedish and Telugu.
• The `Facebook Watch` service has been growing since it was unveiled in 2017, and now includes shows produced by partners such as MTV, CNN and Univision along with others from `creators` like those who make videos for Google-owned YouTube.
8. Syria hands over its largest port to Russia
• Syria`s parliament on June 12, 2019 ratified a bill handing management of the country`s largest port to a Russian firm for 49 years.
• A deal between Damascus and the Russian company Story transgaz for the management, expansion and operation of Tartus port was first signed in late April.
• It is one of many lucrative contracts between Damascus and Moscow, which has a naval base in Tartus and has been a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad`s regime.
9. UK commits to ‘net zero’emissions by 2050
• Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK will be cut to almost zero by 2050, under the terms of a new government plan to tackle climate change. Prime Minister Theresa May said reducing pollution would also benefit public health and cut NHS costs.
• Britain is the first major nation to propose this target – and it has been widely praised by green groups. But some say the phase-out is too late to protect the climate, and others fear that the task is impossible.
• The UK already has a 2050 target – to reduce emissions by 80%. That was agreed by MPs under the Climate Change Act in 2008, but will now be amended to the new, much tougher, goal.
June 13, 2019: Sports Current Affairs
10. Australia subdue inconsistent Pakistan
• In their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 clash against Australia, Pakistan offered further proof that they suffer a severe case of the Jekyll and Hyde syndrome. It made for a thrilling cricket match.
• In various phases within the match at Taunton on 12 June, Pakistan displayed their best as well as their worst. Their worst proved too costly, though, as Australia secured a 41-run victory, bundling out Pakistan for 266 in 45.4 overs.
• After opting to bowl, Pakistan didn’t do justice to the conditions, allowing Australia to cash in on some poor bowling early on. Their lengths were too short, and sloppy fielding didn’t help, with Asif Ali guilty of missing two sitters. David Warner scored a century, Aaron Finch an 82, and Australia looked good for a lot more than the 307 they managed.