March 2018

Day by Day Current Affairs (March 20, 2018) | MCQs for CSS, PMS, NTS

MCQs for CSS | Day by Day Current Affairs MCQs
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 March 20, 2018

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  1. Pakistan human development report to be launched next month
    • After three years of delay, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is set to launch the Pakistan National Human Development Report (PKNHDR) next month, sources confirmed to Dawn on March 19, 2018.
    • The Human Development Report gives the overview of human development in the country which is also coherent to the true economic development that cannot be measured by GDP.
    • According to the UNDP, `This approach is more about expanding the standard of human life, as compared to old approaches to development that concentrated on improving the standard of economy only.
    • The project started in November 2014 and was initially announced to be launched in 2015, however, it had faced a long delay due to incompetency and management crisis in UNDP.
  2. 5bn people may face water shortage by 2050: UN
    • Governments should focus on `greener` policies to improve the supply and quality of water as climate change and a growing global population threaten the water security of billions, the United Nations said on March 19, 2018.
    • In its 2018 World Water Development Report, the UN calculated that an estimated 3.6 billion people nearly half the global population live in areas where water can be scarce at least one month per year.
    • And this number could rise to 5.7 billion by 2050, the report warned
  3. Mujahid assumes PAF command
    • Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan took over the command of the Pakistan Air Force as the 22nd Chief of the Air Staff, in a graceful change of command ceremony at the Air Headquarters
  4. Turkey vows to expand operation against Kurds in Syria
    • Turkey vowed on March 19, 2018 to expand its operation in northern Syria to other Kurdish-held areas after its troops and allied forces seized control of the city of Afrin in a major blow to the Kurds.
    • A day after Turkish-led forces entered the city virtually unopposed, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the fight would now be taken to other Kurdish areas of northern Syria.
  5. PSL lands in Lahore
    • As reigning champions Peshawar Zalmi will take on starless Quetta Gladiators in the second play off here at the Gaddafi Stadium today (March 20, 2018), the foreign players on March 19, 2018 started arriving in the metropolis which gave a festive look.
  6. Britain, EU agree Brexit transition deal
    • Britain and the European Union on March 19, 2018 reached a landmark deal on a transition phase that will see London follow the bloc’s rules for nearly two years after the Brexit divorce.
    • Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier and his British counterpart David Davis said the agreement, which European leaders will sign at a summit this week, was a “decisive step
  7. Caledonia to vote on independence from France
    • Lawmakers on the tiny French overseas territory of New Caledonia voted on March 19, 2018 to hold an independence referendum on November 4, the culmination of decades of campaigning by separatists to break from their old colonial master.
    • Better known for its stunning lagoons, pristine Pacific beaches and diverse wildlife, New Caledonia has seen years of bitter political feuding between independence advocates and those who are determined to remain part of France.
  8. China promotes FM, names new defence chief
    • China on March 19, 2018 elevated the status of its current foreign minister and selected a new defence minister as the country deals with rocky relations with the United States and expands its military.
    • The rubber-stamp National People’s Congress endorsed the appointment of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, 64, as state councillor, making him a ranking member of the country’s “cabinet”.
    • He replaces Yang Jiechi, China’s former top diplomat, who was tipped for a leading role in managing Beijing’s increasingly uncertain relations with the US under President Donald Trump.
  9. Putin pledges to reduce Russia military spending this year
    • President Vladimir Putin said on March 19, 2018 that Russia would cut its military spending, a day after he won a presidential election with a landslide.
    • Putin appeared to set the course for exactly that when he unveiled a new generation of “invincible” nuclear weapons during a state of the nation address earlier this month.
  10. Del Potro upsets Federer to win the Indian Wells Masters title
    • Juan Martin Del Potro, once one of tennis’ hottest young talents before his career was derailed by injuries, won the Indian Wells Masters on Sunday two years after almost quitting in frustration.
    • Del Potro upset world No 1 Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/2) in championship match on March 19, 2018.
    • World number eight Del Potro is back in the top ten rankings this season for the first time since 2014. He dropped to No. 1,045 before beginning his comeback from the left wrist surgeries in 2016.

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