March 2018

Day by Day Current Affairs (March 14, 2018) | MCQs for CSS, PMS, NTS

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 March 14, 2018 (Day by Day Current Affairs )

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  1. Pakistani back home after spending 25 years in India
    • A Pakistani citizen, who had crossed the Wagah Border when he was 11 years old, returned home after spending 25 years in India.
    • Siraj-ud-din was released from an Indian prison on March 13, 2018 and handed over to the Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) by Border Security Force officials of the neighbouring country at noon the same day.
    • He had managed to secure his release from the prison in India after the Ansar Burney Trust pursued his case and helped bring him back to Pakistan.
  2. Nacta gears up to fight hate speech with app
    • In order to report and Eght hate speech in the country, the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) has launched a smartphone app `Chaukas` under its Tat`heer programme, a cyber counterterrorism drive that includes mapping radical content available on the internet.
    • The app was launched at the Nacta headquarters on March 13, 2018 by Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal. The app has been launched under Tat`heer`s Surfsafe portal.
    • The main aim of the app, according to Nacta, is to help people identify hate content, giving the user options to send a photograph, video, banners and activities or written material which will then be passed on to the relevant law enforcement agencies. Tat`heer, which means `to sanitise`, has been conceived to counter radicalism and extremism on the internet which roughly 35 million Pakistanis have access to.
    • It is an online reporting portal for Pakistanis to report extremist online con-tent freely, securely and anonymously.
  3. Verbal divorce has no legality
    • Justice Sajjad Ali Shah of the Supreme Court has observed that a “verbal divorce” has no legal value and it only gets formalised after meeting the legal prerequisities.
    • The Supreme Court bench made the observation during a case pertaining to monthly payment of alimony by husband to wife in the Supreme Court, Karachi Registry, on Tuesday
  4. Iranian FM, Kyrgyz armed forces chief meet COAS
    • Foreign Minister of Iran Javad Zarif and Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Republic of Kyrgyzstan Major General Rayimberdi Duishenbiev called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa separately at the General Headquarters (GHQ) on March 13, 2018.
    • During the meeting with the Iranian FM, matters of mutual interest, regional security and Pakistan-Iran relations came under the discussion. The visiting dignitary appreciated bilateral security engagements during the recent months and measures initiated by both sides to improve Pakistan-Iran border security.
  5. Iran Air resumes Belgrade flights as Serbia guards against migrant risk
    • Water cannons sprayed an Iran Air Airbus 320 in welcome on its arrival in Belgrade on March 13, 2018, marking the first flight from Tehran in 27 years in a sign of improved ties between Iran and Serbia.
    • The two countries had close ties until the early 1990s when former Yugoslavia, of which Serbia was a part, collapsed in a bloody war. Serbia backed its ethnic kin in Bosnia against Muslim Bosniaks and fought a counter-insurgency war in its own southern province of Kosovo against mainly Muslim Albanians.
  6. Trump replaces Tillerson with CIA chief
    • US President Donald Trump announced on March 13, 2018 that he has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and is replacing him with CIA chief Mike Pompeo, who is known for his tough views on Pakistan.
    • Once again Mr Trump used the social media platform Twitter to announce a major decision.
    • In December last year, Mr Pompeo warned Pakistan that if it did not eliminate the alleged safe havens inside its territory, the United States would do `everything we can` to destroy them.
  7. Saudi cabinet approves atomic policy
    • Saudi Arabia’s cabinet on March 13, 2018 approved the national policy of its atomic energy programme, state media said, as the kingdom prepares to award contracts for its first nuclear power plants.
    • The policy insists on limiting nuclear activities to peaceful purposes and calls for enhanced safety measures as well as the use of best practises for radioactive waste management, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
    • Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, is seeking nuclear power to diversify its energy supply mix in order to free up oil to boost exports. The policy announcement comes ahead of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the United States on March 19-22, which is likely to see efforts to reach a civilian nuclear cooperation accord with Washington.
  8. Nepal’s first female president wins second term
    • Nepal’s lawmakers March 13, 2018 elected President Bidya Bhandari for a second term, extending the tenure of the Himalayan nation’s first female head of state for another five years.
    • Bhandari took nearly two-thirds of the vote to retain her position as ceremonial head of state, the election commission confirmed.
    • Bhandari, who was backed by the ruling Communist bloc, was widely expected to defeat her sole opponent. Her first five years in office have been largely uncontroversial.
  9. ‘King Abdulaziz Medal of Excellence’ conferred on naval chief
    • Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, who is on an official visit to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), has been conferred with “King Abdulaziz Medal of Excellence” by Chief of General Staff Royal Saudi Armed Forces at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
    • The Chief of the Naval Staff called on Chief of General Staff Royal Saudi Armed Forces General Fayyad Al Ruwaili. During the meeting professional matters of mutual interest and bilateral defence ties were discussed.
    • General Fayyad Al Ruwaili acknowledged warm and brotherly relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, based on strong defence foundations and historical ties and highly appreciated the role and contribution of Pakistan in spearheading various initiatives for maintaining peace and stability in the region.
  10. Baghdad ends air blockade of Iraqi Kurdistan
    • Iraqi authorities said on March 13, 2018 they were lifting a nearly six-month air blockade imposed on Iraqi Kurdistan in response to its holding of an independence referendum.
    • Federal authorities imposed the blockade in September after Iraqi Kurdistan voted overwhelmingly for independence in a non-binding referendum rejected as illegal by the central government.

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