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March 2019

Day by Day Current Affairs (March 03, 2019) | MCQs for CSS, PMS

Day by Day Current Affairs for CSS PMS IAS
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March 03, 2019: National Current Affairs

Pak-India LoC Updates

1. Two soldiers martyred in Indian firing

• Two army soldiers embraced martyrdom in the line of duty along the restive Line of Control (LoC) while a young civilian was injured in another incident of ceasefire violation by Indian troops, civil and military officials said on March 2, 2019.
• `Two Pakistan Army soldiers embraced martyrdom in Nakyal sector in an exchange of fire while targeting Indian posts undertaking firing on civilian population,` said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military`s media affairs wing, in a statement.
• It identified the martyred soldiers as Havaldar Abdul Rub and Naik Khuram.
• The ISPR said that there were reports of casualties of Indian troops and damage to their post due to an effective response by the Pakistan Army.
• The military casualties had occurred on Friday when Indian troops resorted to heavy shelling fromacross the LoC, hitting areas in Kotli, Bhimber, Poonch and Jhelum Valley districts and leaving a teenager dead and hve civilians injured in Kotli district and another civilian injured in Poonch district.

2. Pakistani intellectual shot dead in Washington

• A Pakistani scholar and political activist, Jawaid Bhutto, was shot dead outside a convenience store in southeast Washington, the US capital`s metropolitan police reported.
• The police have arrested 45-year-old Hilman Jordan and charged him with `first degree murder while armed`.
• Mr Bhutto was the head of the philosophy department at Sindh University before he moved to the US. His wife, Nafisa Hoodbhoy, is a former Dawn staffer who now works for the Voice of America broadcasting service. Eminent Pakistani physicist Pervez Hoodbhoy is Mr Bhutto`s brother-in-law.
• The police report said that at around 11am on March 1, 2019, they responded to a reporte d shooting outside a convenience store in southeast Washington. Upon arrival, of ficers found an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound and took him to a hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The victim was later identified as 64-year-old Jawaid Bhutto, the report added.
• Mr Bhutto, a human rights activist, worked with the area`s African American community and was also helping mentally challenged people.

Pak-India Relations

3. Samjhota Express to resume operations tomorrow

• Pakistan Railways (PR) announced resumption of operations of Samjhota Express from Lahore to Attari, India, via the Wagah border crossing. The service was suspended on February 28, 2019 following rising tensions between Pakistan and India.
• `We have decided to resume operations of Samjhota Express between the Wagah border and Attari from March 4, 2019. The Thar Express has already reached India (Monabao) from Khokhrapar with 600 passengers.

March 3, 2019: International Current Affairs

US Taliban Talks

4. US, Taliban resume talks on draft agreement

• Talks between the United States and Taliban representatives resumed in Doha on March 2, 2019 as America`s chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad reported slow but steady progress toward an eventual peace in Afghanistan.
• The negotiators went on a two-day recess on February 28, 2019 `for internal deliberations after three days of solid talks
• Mr Khalilzad, who is leading the US team in the talks, said both sides would continue to focus on four key issues: the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, the Taliban`s cooperation in fighting Al Qaeda and the militant Islamic State (IS) group, a ceasefire and the inclusion of all Afghan factions, including the government, in the talks.

Pak India Relations

5. India refuses to share proof of air strikes in Balakot

• A top Indian minister said on March 2, 2019 the government would not share proof that `a very large number of militants` were killed in air strikes inside Pakistan this week, after doubts were raised there were any casualties in the attack that stoked tensions between the two countries.
• The flare up appeared to be easing on March 2, 2019 after Pakistan handed back a captured Indian fighter pilot, amid efforts by global powers to prevent another war between the two states.
• However, shelling across the Line of Control continued, said military officials on both sides.

6. Modi admits superiority of Pak Armed Forces

• Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 2, 2019 said the country is today feeling the absence of Rafale fighter jets. He said if previous governments had purchased the Rafale aircraft the outcome of the recent incidents could have been different.
• Pakistan shot down two Indian warplanes during the recent clashes along Line of Control in Kashmir.
• Speaking at the India Today Conclave 2019, Narendra Modi said there is a lot of talk in the country these days that the country is suffering due to the absence of Rafale fighter jets. “Today there is talk that India is missing the Rafale jets. The entire nation is saying that if India had Rafale jets today, the outcome of the recent incidents would have been something different,” he said.
• Modi said he would like to make it very clear that in the past, the country “suffered” due to vested interest over the Rafale jets. “And at present, we continue to suffer due to the politicisation of the Rafale deal. The vested interests and politicisation have caused great harm to the nation’s interest,” Modi said.
• Result would have been different if we had Rafale jets

Nobel Prize winner dies

7. Nobel Prize winner Zhores Alferov dies

• The Russian academic made a significant contribution to the creation of modern heterostructure in physics and electronics. He was the inventor of the heterotransistor and won the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physics along with Herbert Kroemer and Jack Kilby for the development of semiconductor hetero structures for high-speed optoelectronics. Nobel Prize winner, Soviet and Russian physicist and academic Zhores Ivanovich Alferov, has died at the age of 88 in St.
• Alferov was the recipient of numerous state and scientific awards and honours. He was also a prominent and long-serving Russian lawmaker.

SpaceX astronaut capsule Launched

8. SpaceX astronaut capsule successfully launched on ISS mission

• SpaceX celebrated the successful launch on March 2, 2019 of a new astronaut capsule on a weeklong round trip to the International Space Station a key step toward resuming manned space flights from US soil after an eight-year break.
• This time around, the only occupant on board SpaceX`s Crew Dragon capsule was a dummy named Ripley, but NASA plans to put two astronauts aboard in July, although that date could be delayed.
• The new capsule blasted off aboard the Falcon 9 rocket built by SpaceX run by billionaire Elon Musk at 2:49am from the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral, Florida, lighting up the coastline.
• The firrst and second stages separated without incident, placing Dragon in Earth`s orbit 11 minutes after take-off.

March 3, 2019: Sports Current Affairs

Pakistan Super League 4

9. PSL-4: Quetta back to winning ways

• Dwayne Bravo and Sohail Tanvir helped Quetta Gladiators thump sorry Multan Sultans by 6 wickets in must win match for Sultan in the Pakistan Super League-4 encounter here at Dubai Stadium on March 1, 2019.
• Gladiators chasing a modest target of 123 runs for victory achieved the target in 19 overs losing 4 wickets. It was once again Shane Watson, who started in highly aggressive mood and scored 33 runs while Rilley Rossouw top scored with 35.

10. Shiffrin clinches third straight World Cup overall title

• Mikaela Shiffrin clinched the World Cup overall title for the third straight year in “strange” circumstances after snowstorms prevented the women’s super-G race in Sochi from going ahead on March 2, 2019.
• The 23-year-old American skier — who had opted not to race this weekend and is training in Italy — has a 719-point lead over second-placed Petra Vlhova with a maximum of 700 points now remaining this season.
• Shiffrin has dominated the season with a career-high 14 wins from the 29 races this World Cup season, branching out from her usual technical specialty to take three World Cup wins in the super-G. On top of that, Shiffrin added world championship gold medals in the slalom and super-G last month to emphasize a bright future for the U.S. in women’s skiing despite the retirement of Lindsey Vonn.

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