June 2019

Day by Day Current Affairs (June 23, 2019) | MCQs for CSS, PMS


June 23, 2019: National Current Affairs

1. MoUs signed with Doha on trade, investment, finance intelligence

• Pakistan and Qatar on June 22, 2019 signed three memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on trade and investment and cooperation on financial intelligence and tourism.
• The MoUs were signed at the start of Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani`s two day state visit to Pakistan. The signing of the MoUs was witnessed by Prime Minister Imran Khan and Qatari Emir Al Thani.
• The MoUs related to the establishment of the Pakistan and Qatar Joint Working Group on Trade and Investment, cooperation in the field of tourism and business events and cooperation in the exchange of financial intelligence related to money laundering associated offences and terrorism financing. The last MoU was signed between Qatar`s Financial Information Unit and Pakistan`s Financial Monitoring Unit.
• Sheikh Al Thani is on his second visit to Pakistan since ascending to power in 2013. Earlier, he visited Pakistan in March 2015.

2. Rs20bn supplementary budget of Balochistan passed

• The Balochistan Assembly on June 22, 2019 passed Rs19.93 billion supplementary budget for the outgoing financial year after the opposition parties staged a walkout for not being allowed to initiate a debate on it.
• Deputy Speaker Sardar Babar Khan Musakhail, who presided over the session in the absence of Speaker Mir Abdul Qudus Bizenjo, asked Finance Minister Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi to present demands for grants on supplementary budget 2018-19.
• In the absence of opposition members, Finance Minister MirZahoor Ahmed Buledi moved 23 demands for grants one by one in the house, which approved them without any difficulty as no cut motion could be tabled against them.

3. Pak-Iran freight train service resumed

• Pakistan-Iran freight train service has been restored after being suspended for four days due to derailment of nine bogies in Taftan area of Chagai district.
• The rescue teams of Pakistan Railways completed repair and rehabilitation work on J and finally the Pak-Iran railway section reopened for operations, reported Radio Pakistan. Trains were stopped in Dalbandin after the track was damaged.

4. World Hydrography Day Observed

• Pakistan has observed World Hydrography Day with enthusiasm and with an aim to create awareness about the importance of Hydrography and its role towards blue economy and overall national growth.
• Pakistan Navy observes this event every year
• Every year on June 21, World Hydrography Day is celebrated across the world, under the auspices of International Hydrographic Organisation, to draw worldwide attention towards the importance of hydrography and to appreciate the work done in this important field in support of safe navigation at open seas, ports and other protected marine areas around the globe. The theme selected for this year was “Hydrographic Information Driving Marine Knowledge”. Hydrography underpins almost every activity associated with the sea such as safety of navigation, economic development, oceanographic research, environmental protection, ports and harbour construction, marine resource exploitation, integrated coastal zone management, disaster management, maritime boundary delimitation between neighbouring countries etc.

5. Afghan leaders urged to support US-Taliban talks

• Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on June 22, 2019 urged Afghan politicians to seize the upcoming crucial opportunity for peace in talks between the United States and Taliban.
• `The renewed push for peace has created a new opportunity and every effort must be made to seize it. We cannot afford to miss this rare opportunity,` Mr Qureshi told a gathering of Afghan leaders in Bhurban organised by a Track-II initiative.
• The meeting was attended by over 50 senior Afghan politicians including Gulbadin Hekmatyar, Karim Khalili, Atta Noor Mohammad, Fouzia Kofi, Mohammad Mohagiq, Mohammad Yunus Qanooni, Ismail Khan and key Afghan presidential candidate and former national security adviser Haneef Atmar.
• The first round of intra Afghan dialogue may take place on July 7 in Doha. The Tahban have sofar refused to talk to the Afghan government until they get a clear timetable for withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan.

6. US peace plan aims to raise $50bn for Palestinians

• The United States said on June 22, 2019 that its Middle East peace plan to be presented next week in Bahrain aims to raise more than $50 billion for the Palestinians and create one million jobs for them within a decade.
• Unveiling details for the first time of its long-awaited peace initiative, President Donald Trump`s administration said it was looking to attract major international investment to the Palestinians and to dramatically improve infrastructure and internal governance in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
• But the Palestinian Authority is boycotting the so-called Peace to Prosperity workshop, charging that the unabashedly pro-Israel Trump is seeking to buy off the Palestinians and deprive them of an independent state.

June 23, 2019: International Current Affairs

7. Mauritania votes for new leader amid opposition vote fears

• Mauritanians voted on June 22, 2019 for a new president as the incumbent leader warned that only his chosen successor can maintain stability in the West African country, while the opposition said it saw `worrying signs` of election irregularities.
• The ballot is the first in the nation`s coup-strewn history that looks set to see an elected president complete his mandate and transfer power to an elected successor, although the opposition has raised concerns that the vote could perpetuate a government dominated by military figures.
• Some 1.5 million people are entitled to vote in the vast predominantly Muslim Saharan state.
• Mauritania`s outgoing President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is a General who originally came to power in a 2008 coup, won elections a year later and was again elected in 2014 in polls boycotted by the opposition.

8. Asian nations vow to combat plastic debris in oceans

• Southeast Asian nations vowed on June 22, 2019 to fight against plastic pollution in the ocean, as their leaders adopted a joint declaration during a summit in Bangkok.
• The Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in ASEAN Region was adopted by leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which includes four of the world`s top polluters.
• ASEAN members Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, along with worst offender China, throw the most plastic waste into oceans, according to a 2015 report coauthored by environmental campaigner Ocean Conservancy.

June 23, 2019: Sports Current Affairs

9. Shami`s hat-trick seals narrow India win

• Mohammed Shami claimed a hat-trick to secure victory as India pipped Afghanistan by 11 runs in a thrilling lows coring league match in the World Cup on June 22, 2019.
• Opting to bat after winning the toss at the Rose Bowl, India struggled on a slow pitch and crawled to 224-8 with Virat Kohli (67) and Kedar Jadhav (52) managing half-centuries against a disciplined Afghan attack.
• Afghanistan`s batsmen, however, could not complement the effort of their bowlers and were all out for 213 to slump their sixth defeat in six matches.

10. Kiwis survive Brathwaite scare to win thriller against Windies

• Kane Williamson`s latest masterful innings proved just enough to trump a stunning century from Carlos Brathwaite as New Zealand beat the West Indies by just five runs in a World Cup thriller on June 22, 2019.
• The West Indies were all but defeated at 164 for seven, chasing 292 to win after Black Caps skipper Williamson led a recovery from 7-2 with a career-best 148 to take New Zealand to 291-8.
• Brathwaite`s remarkable hundred nearly saw the West Indies to an incredible success at Old Trafford. But with six needed from seven balls, Brathwaite launched Jimmy Neesham for what he hoped would be the winning hit, only for Trent Boult to take a superbly judged catch just inside the long-on boundary.
• Victory saw New Zealand return to the top of the table and all but secure their place in the semi-finals as a heart-breaking defeat left the West Indies on the verge of elimination.

Day by Day Current Affairs (June 23, 2019) | MCQs for CSS, PMS

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