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Day by Day Current Affairs (March 19, 2019) | MCQs for CSS, PMS

Day by Day Current Affairs for CSS PMS IAS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

March 19, 2019: National Current Affairs

1. Pakistan makes another fighter aircraft

• Pakistan has prepared another military aircraft to use for war purposes after the success of its JF-17 Thunder.
• Pakistan Aeronautical Complex has prepared the latest version of Super Mushak aircrafts. The aircraft will be used for training purposes.
• After the JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft, Pakistan has now developed a fighter version of Super Mushak. The aircraft has been equipped with anti-tank missiles. Buraq laser guided missiles will also be installed in this aircraft. The targeting capacity has further been improved in this plane. The aircraft will be used for combat purposes for the first time.
• Since this plane has lower operational cost, it can especially be used in operations against terrorists. Pakistan had earlier achieved a great success by experimenting log-range indigenously developed smart missile from JF-17 Thunder which made the country’s defence impregnable and reduced the dependency on other countries.

2. 10 LPG air-mix plants to be set up in Balochistan

• Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd (SSGC) is in the process of floating tenders to set up 10 liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) air-mix plants in selected areas of Balochistan to facilitate consumers where natural gas supply does not exist.
• As per the instructions of SSGC Board, the process of setting up the first lot of 10 LPG air-mix plant is in progress, Currently, the tendering process through open competitive bidding for the plants is in progress.
• In first phase, as many as 10 sites in different localities of the province including in Uthal, Kharan, Khuzdar, Washuk, Killi Khanozai, Loralai, Killa Saifullah, Zhob, Kech (Turbat) and Muslim Bagh had been identified at the state land and handed over to the company for the purpose.

3. FM arrives in Beijing for first Sino-Pak strategic dialogue

• Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi reached Beijing on March 18, 2019 on a three-day visit to attend the first Pakistan-China Foreign Ministers` strategic dialogue.
• During Mr Qureshi`s visit, both sides will hold comprehensive discussions on a range of bilateral relations, including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Both sides will also discuss the regional situation and cooperation at multilateral fora. The foreign minister is to address the Political Parties` Forum on CPEC and participate in the ruling party`s dialogue between the PTI and the Communist Party of China (CPC). He will also call on top Chinese leadership.
• Mr Qureshi was received at Beijing airport by the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan, Yao Jing, Pakistan`s ambassador to China Masood Khalid, and senior officials of the embassy.

4. PAF fighter planes carry out off-runway operations

• In a bid to remain ready and prepared for any kind of emergency in the prevailing situation, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter aircraft carried out off-runway operations along motorways and highways on March 18, 2019.
• The aircraft landed and took off from multiple locations. After landing, the fighter aircraft also took part in a refuelling and rearming exercise.
• The exercise was conducted to demonstrate PAF`s capability of being able to sustain high-tempo air operations.

5. World Bank urges Pakistan to invest more in people

• The World Bank has said that Pakistan urgently needs to invest more in its people if they are to be richer, better educated and healthier when the country turns 100 in 2047.
• In its report titled ‘Pakistan@100: Shaping the Future’ launched at the Human Capital Summit March 18, 2019, the World Bank recommended essential reforms Pakistan needs now to accelerate and sustain growth.
• This means increasing and improving human capital investment, boosting productivity, promoting social and environmental sustainability, ensuring good governance, and leveraging its location to connect more with neighbours and the world beyond.
• The report urged Pakistan to overcome its boom-bust cycles through a deep-rooted economic transformation.

March 19, 2019: International Current Affairs

6. Kabul confirms capture of 58 soldiers by Taliban

• The Taliban have captured 58 Afghan border soldiers, the defence ministry said on March 18, 2019, after days of fighting which saw dozens of troops briefly chased into neighbouring Turkmenistan.
• The ministry statement came after reports of days of fighting in Bala Marghab district of Badghis province.
• `Unfortunately, 58 BSS (border security soldiers) are captured by the enemies,` a defence ministry tweet said on Monday, adding `Search Ops will continue until we release them`

7. Washington probes certification of Boeing 737 MAX

• Boeing and US aviation regulators are coming under intense scrutiny over the certification of the 737 MAX aircraft after news that two recent crashes of share similarities.
• On March 11, just a day after the Ethiopia crash left 157 dead, a grand jury in Washington issued a subpoena to at least one person involved in the plane`s certification, according to a Wall Street Journal article citing people close to the matter.
• The subpoena, which came from a prosecutor in the Justice Department`s criminal division, seeks documents and correspondence related to the plane, according to the report.

8. NZ cabinet backs tighter gun laws

• New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on March 18, 2019 that her cabinet has made an in-principle decision to tighten gun ownership in the aftermath of the Christchurch mosques massacre. “We have made a decision as a cabinet, we are unified,” said Ardern.
• The New Zealand prime minister also announced an inquiry into the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday that left 50 people dead. Ardern said the details are still to be worked out but the changes to the country’s firearms laws will be announced in full within 10 days. She also said that while the man charged with carrying out the shootings was not a New Zealand citizen, it could not ignore the problem of white supremacy supporters within the country. A Christchurch gun shop on Monday acknowledged selling guns online to the 28-year-old white supremacist accused of killing 50 people in mosque shootings

9. Google denies working with Chinese military

• Google denied “working with the Chinese military” on Saturday after President Donald Trump publicly criticised the company in an evening message posted on Twitter. “Google is helping China and their military, but not the U.S.,” Trump said. “Terrible!”
• “We are not working with the Chinese military. We are working with the U.S. government, including the Department of Defense, in many areas including cybersecurity, recruiting and healthcare,” a spokesperson said. Trump’s criticism came just days after Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made similar comments in testimony before Congress.
• “The work that Google is doing in China is indirectly benefiting the Chinese military,” Dunford said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

March 19, 2019: Sports Current Affairs

10. Afghanistan seal historic maiden Test victory

• Afghanistan claimed their first ever victory in Test cricket on March 18, 2019 beating fellow newcomers Ireland in what captain Asghar Afghan hailed as a historic day for the war-torn country.
• Afghanistan and Ireland both achieved full member status of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2017, becoming only the 11th and 12th teams to play the long format of the sport beloved of purists.
• Rahmat Shah and Ihsanullah Janat scored fifties as Afghanistan chased down 147 to beat Ireland by seven wickets on day four of the one-off game in the north Indian city of Dehradun.

Day by Day Current Affairs (March 19, 2019) | MCQs for CSS, PMS

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