June 2019

Day by Day Current Affairs (June 22, 2019) | MCQs for CSS, PMS


June 22, 2019: National Current Affairs

1. Online tax profiling system for 53m people unveiled

• In what appeared to be a show of strength, the government on June 21, 2019 unveiled two online portals containing information of about 53 million people pertaining to their bank accounts, properties, travel history, etc.
• Prime Minister Imran Khan made a televised appeal to people to declare their tax-evaded wealth through the government`s assets declaration scheme (tax amnesty) before the June 30 deadline.
• It was a day of muscle flexing and whether or not it works will become obvious only when the scheme ends.
• State Minister for Revenue Hammad Azhar flanked by Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) chairman Shabbar Zaidi announced the launch of the FBR portal during a morning press conference, showing the world all the data that is already available with the tax machinery.

2. Pakistan gets FATF reprieve, but only till October

• Pakistan has avoided the Financial Action Task Force`s (FATF) blacklist, but only until October, when it will have to report back to the world financial watchdog that it has successfully implemented its own action plan to counter terror financing, FATF and Pakistani officials said on June 21, 2019.
• The FATF strongly urges Pakistan to swiftly complete its action plan by Oct 2019 when the last set of action plan items are set to expire, the FATF said in a statement.
• `Otherwise, the FATF will decide the next step at that time for insufficient progress.
• At the end of its plenary meeting in Orlando, Florida, on Friday, the FATF pointed out that Pakistan had already missed two deadlines for implementing the action plan. The first expired in January and the second last month.
• In Islamabad, the ministry of finance said the FATF plenary meeting reviewed the compliance of a number of countries, including Pakistan, with the international standards on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism (AMLCFT).

3. Body formed to probe public debt use by previous govts

• The government on June 21, 2019 notified an 11-member Commission of Inquiry to determine if increase in public debt between 2008 and 2018 was justified by infrastructure development programme or misused by public office-holders of the last two governments.
• The notification has been issued by the cabinet division under Section-3 of the Pakistan Commission of Inquiry Act, 2017. The commission will have the powers to co-opt or engage any person from public or private sector, local or from abroad, as a member, consultant or adviser to assist it.
• Headed by Deputy Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Hussain Asghar, a former grade-22 police officer, the commission comprises unnamed representatives of the Military intelligence, Inter Services Intelligence, Intelligence Bureau, Federal Investigation Agency, NAB, State Bank of Pakistan, Federal Board of Revenue, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, Accountant General Pakistan Revenue and special secretary of finance division.
• The commission shall furnish its final report within six months of its formation, with periodical interim reports on a monthly basis. The time limit may, however, be extended with prior approval of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Under its terms of reference (ToR), the commission will determine significance of major infrastructure or public sector development works carried out from 2008 to 2018, and commensurate them with the increase in public debt from Rs6,690 billion in 2008 to Rs30,846bn till Sept 2018.

4. Improving security situation prompts UN to grant status of family station to Islamabad

• The United Nations has restored the status of Islamabad as a `family station` for its international staff, the Foreign Office said on June 21, 2019.
• The federal capital`s status as a family station was restored with effect from June 14.
• As per the correspondence between the UN International Civil Service Commission and Pakistan`s Permanent Representative at the UN in New York, Dr Maleeha Lodhi, the non-family status of Islamabad was discontinued on the recommendation of the UN`s undersecretary general for safety and security after evaluating the security situation in Islamabad.A non-family station, according to the UN rules, is one where the United Nations Department of Safety and Security decides that for reasons of safety and security all eligible dependants are restricted from being present at the duty station for a period of six months or longer.
• In a statement, the FO said: `Pakistan welcomes the United Nations` decision to restore the status of Islamabad as f amily station for its international staff, after a comprehensive review of the security situation. Such a determination and classification is a rightful acknowledgement of the turnaround in the security environment in Pakistan.

June 22, 2019: International Current Affairs

5. Trump claims he vetoed Iran strikes at last minute

• US President Donald Trump said on June 21, 2019 he aborted a military strike on Iran because it could have killed 150 people, a disproportionate response to Tehran`s downing of an unmanned US surveillance drone.
• President Trump said the plan was to hit three sites in response to the drone`s downing on Thursday, which Tehran said took place over its territory and which Washington said occurred in international airspace over the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
• The drone incident aggravated fears of a direct military clash between the longtime foes and oil prices raised about $1 per barrel to above $65.50 on Friday due to worries about possible disruptions to crude exports from the Gulf.

6. UN labour agency approves landmark anti-harassment convention

• The International Labour Organisation adopted a landmark convention on June 21, 2019 on preventing violence and harassment in the workplace, following tough negotiations among governments, employers and labour groups.
• The text approved by an overwhelming majority at a conference marking the ILO`s 100 anniversary will become legally binding once it is ratified by national parliaments.
• The UN`s labour agency began work on the convention in 2015, two years before the sexual harassment and assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein triggered the #MeToo movement.

7. Georgia`s parliament head quits after 240 injured in crackdown

• The head of Georgia`s parliament quit on June 21, 2019 after at least 240 people were injured in a police crackdown on mass protests, which erupted over a controversial address to lawmakers by a Russian MP.
• Opposition leaders have vowed to hold demonstrations until parliament is dissolved and snap elections are held.
• Rallies broke out in the capital Tbilisi on June 20, 2019 after a Russian lawmaker addressed parliament from the speaker`s seat a deeply controversial move in a country at loggerheads with Moscow.

8. UK`s notorious `Wimbledon Prowler` jailed for 14 years

• The notorious `Wimbledon Prowler`, a prolific burglar suspected of hundreds of breakins in the plush London suburb, was jailed on June 21, 2019 for 14 years, having finally been caught.
• Through meticulous planning, Astrit Kapaj spent more than a decade defying sophisticated security systems to steal a fortune from houses in the district, also home to the Wimbledon tennis championships.
• But a major police operation eventually caught up with Kapaj a 43-year-old Albanian national who worked in a fish and chips shop 160 miles (260 kilometres) away.

June 22, 2019: Sports Current Affairs

9. Nasir awarded gold medal for services to softball

• The Sindh Softball Association (SSA) is organising committee`s chairman Mohammad Nasir received a gold medal from Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) President Lt Gen.(R) Syed Arif Hasan in recognition of his fine services for the game of softball.
• `To promote sports, to hunt new talent and to provide proper environment for sportspersons at the grounds, organizers play important role so their services cannot be ignored,` Gen (r) Arif said on the occasion of presenting the gold medal to Nasir.
• Softball Federation of Pakistan (SFP) Secretary Asif Azeem stated that the federation will award gold medal every year for recognition of hard workers, who would be contributing for the development and promotion of the game of softball. `SFP has selected Nasir for the award this year,` he said.
• Nasir has been awarded the gold medal for his 20-year services for promoting the game of sof tballin the province.

10. Malinga stars as Sri Lanka stun England

• Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews played key roles in Sri Lanka`s stunning 20-run World Cup win over England that revived the race for semifinal berths at Headingley on June 21, 2019.
• England were all but out of the match after slumping to 186-9 as they chased 233 for victory.
• Ben Stokes` blistering 82 not out off 89 balls, including seven fours and fours sixes, got them to within sight of their target.
• But Stokes` gamble on giving Durham team-mate Mark Wood a ball to face at the end of a Nuwan Pradeep over backfired when the No.11 was caught behind as Sri Lanka won with three overs to spare.
• Victory would have seen hosts England, bidding to win the World Cup for the first time, go top of the 10-team table.

Day by Day Current Affairs (June 22, 2019) | MCQs for CSS, PMS

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