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June 30, 2019: National Current Affairs
1. SC rules disability job quota extends to private sector
• The Supreme Court has ruled that under the federal and provincial laws, adherence to disability job quota extends to both public and private sectors.
• A three-judge SC bench headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed issued the ruling in a case related to the rights of disabled people.
• Earlier, the court had asked government officials to devise a detailed action plan coupled with a time frame to implement the 3pc job quota for people living with disabilities.
• In its June 200rder, the bench explained that the private sector would also have to adhere to the job quota and compensate to the concerned social welfare funds in the absence of such recruitments.
2. $500m received from Qatar
• Pakistan on June 29, 2019 received the first tranche of $500 million from Qatar under the $3 billion package consisting of a foreign currency deposit and direct investment.
• State Bank of Pakistan`s chief spokesman Abid Qamar told that a deposit of $500m had been received from the gas-rich nation.
• Qatar had announced the package a day after its ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani`s two-day visit to Islamabad last week.
• Qatar is the fourth country which offered a support package to Pakistan making the combined bilateral loans from all these friendly countries during the current fiscal year to more than $12.7bn before Pakistan formally enters an International Monetary Fund programme for $6bn financing next month.
3. Saudi commander hails military-to-military ties
• The 111th Midshipmen and 20th Short Service Commission (SSC) course commissioning parade was held at the Pakistan Naval Academy PNS Rahbar on June 29, 2019.
• The parade comprised 65 Pakistani and 12 midshipmen from friendly countries as well as 98 cadets of the SSC course, including 25 female cadets.
• Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al-Ghofaily graced the occasion as chief guest.
• Upon his arrival, the chief guest was received by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi.
4. Balochistan police being computerized
• The provincial police department is being computerised and once the process is completed the data of terrorists and criminals will be linked with the network of other provinces.
• Current Inspector General of Police Balochistan: Mohsin Hassan Butt
• After computerisation of the police department and with the help of information technology terrorists and criminals would find it hard to carry out their activities in Balochistan.
• Punjab and Sindh had compiled data of 1.3 million criminals and Balochistan had data of 25,000 criminals which would be shared with these provinces.
• Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunhkhwa police had already completed the computerisation process, Punjab Police had assured them of all cooperation in the computerisation process of Balochistan Police.
• Police officers from Balochistan would be trained by Punjab Police.
5. $375m syndicated loan signed with UAE banks
• Pakistan signed a $375 million syndicated loan with banks in the United Arab Emirates in June made up of conventional and Islamic banking tranches, the government said on June 29, 2019.
• The tranches were fully subscribed by a syndicate of leading UAE banks, the statement said.
• Emirates NBD Capital Ltd was global coordinator and the transaction was anchored and arranged by Commercial Bank of Dubai, Emirates NBD Bank, Noor Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank, Mashreq bank and Sharjah Islamic Bank.
June 30, 2019: International Current Affairs
6. US, Taliban open Doha talks in fresh bid to end war
• A fresh round of talks between the US and the Taliban began in Qatar on June 29, 2019, just days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is hoping for an Afghan peace agreement before Sept 1.
• Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed that negotiations had begun in Doha. Originally scheduled to begin in the morning, the two sides sat down mid-afternoon for the seventh time in a series of direct talks that began last year following the appointment of US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.
• As in previous talks between Khalilzad and the Taliban, the focus is on the withdrawal of US troops and Taliban guarantees to prevent Afghanistan from again hosting militants who can stage global attacks.
7. US deploys F-22 stealth fighters to Qatar amid Iran tensions
• The US has deployed F-22 stealth fighters to Qatar for the first time, its military said, adding to a buildup of US forces in the Gulf amid tensions with Iran.
• The Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth fighters have been deployed `to defend American forces and interests,` the US Air Forces Central Military Command said in a statement that did not specify how many of the hi-tech planes had been sent.
• Tehran and Washington have been locked in an escalating standoff since US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from a multi-party 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and re imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic.
8. US says investigating anti-tank missile find at Libya rebel base
• The United States said on June 29, 2019 it was looking into a report that American anti-tank missiles were found by forces loyal to Libya`s unity government at a captured rebel base.
• The New York Times reported that four Javelin missiles were found at a base used by men under the command of Khalifa Haftar, a strongman who has waged a months-long offensive against Libya`s internationally recognised government based in Tripoli.
• Markings indicate the missiles were first sold to the United Arab Emirates.
June 30, 2019: Sports Current Affairs
9. Pakistan survive Afghanistan scare to win crucial game
• Pakistan won a nervous and thrilling contest with neighbours Afghanistan at Headingly to lift them to fourth place in the World Cup table. Imad Wasim was the unlikely hero with the bat, seeing his team home with a boundary in the final over to finish one short of a half century.
• Afghanistan had won the toss at Leeds, making a sensible decision to bat first. That judgment was vindicated as a low total of 227 placed Pakistan under tremendous pressure. The excellence of Pakistan`s run chase against New Zealand was made stark by the struggles at Headingly.
10. Australia cruise to victory against New Zealand
• Trent Boult became the first New Zealand bowler to claim a hat-trick in the World Cup but it could not stop champions Australia from cruising to an 86-run victory in June 29, 2019`s rematch of the 2015 final between the trans-Tasman rivals at Lord`s.
• Boult dismissed Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorf f in successive deliveries but Australia, who had been reeling at 92-5 in the 22nd over, managed to post a competitive 243-9 after electing to bat.
• It turned out that each of Boult`s three hat-trick victims played significant part in Australia`s victory.