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March 2018

Day by Day Current Affairs (March 21, 2018) | MCQs for CSS, PMS, NTS

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 March 21, 2018 (Day by Day Current Affairs)

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  1. No hot pursuits into Pakistan: Pentagon
    • The US Department of Defence has ruled out hot pursuits into Pakistan to take out terrorists who flee Afghanistan.
    • In a briefing for Indian and Afghan media outlets, a Pentagon spokesperson also said that if Pakistan wants to keep militants within its borders, it could do so, as long as they do not disturb peace and stability in Afghanistan.
    • `Say, for example, we have troops in contact and then the Talibanforcesgo across the border.They are clearly inside Pakistan then,` said Lt Col Mike Andrews. `We have no authority to go into Pakistan.
    • There`s no change with regard to respecting the territorialsovereignty ofPakistan.
    • The Pentagon official explained that US troops in Afghanistan operated within Afghanistan`s bordersonly and they had no authority to cross that border. `If there is a way to get that authority, but that would certainly be the exception and not the norm,` he added.
  2. Nauroz festival begins across GB
    • The three-day Nauroz festival begins in Gilgit-Baltistan on March 21, 2018, with people celebrating the occasion with religious and traditional zeal.
    • The local communities observe the festivity on March 21 every year, marking the beginning of New Year in the Persian calendar.
    • The government has announced an official holiday on the starting day of the festival, which is being celebrated in Gilgit, HunzaNagar, Ghizer, Astore, Skardu, Shigar, Kharmang and Ghancha districts.
  3. SC puts TV anchor off-air for three months
    • The Supreme Court on March 20, 2018 put anchor person Dr Shahid Masood off-air for three months after a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) concluded that every single claim made be him in the tragic zainab rape-murder case was without any sound basis.
    • The court, however, accepted his unconditional apology.
    • Earlier, the court told Advocate Shah Khawar to ask his client to volunteer to not appear in the television talk show for six months after accepting his mistake.
    • But on the insistence of the counsel and Dr Masood`s request showing remorse the court decided to impose the ban for three months.
  4. First posthumous bravery award for PR employee
    • Azeem Afridi will be the first employee of Pakistan Railways since 1947 to receive ‘Tamgha-i-Shujaat’ posthumously for saving the life of a woman by sacrificing his own life while on duty at a railway crossing in Toba Tek Singh.
    • Noor Elahi, widow of the late Afridi, will receive the gallantry award at a ceremony on the occasion of Pakistan Day on March 23 at Aiwan-i-Sadr.
    • Azeem Afridi, who hailed from Gilgit-Baltistan, had served at the railway crossing for 35 years. On May 21, 2016, he saw a woman crossing the track at a time when Shalimar Express was fast approaching. Without caring for his own life, he rushed to the track and pushed the woman away, saving her life, but sacrificing his own.
  5. 51 per cent Khyber Pakhtunkhwa girls don`t go to school: report
    • A nongovernmental organisation`s report on the government`s reforms and challenges in the education sector during five years has painted a bleak picture of the girls` learning in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
    • `Girls are at a greater disadvantage with almost half of them (51 per cent) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa not attending the schools,` revealed the report quoting the Pakistan Education Statistics, 2015-16, data.
    • The report titled `Five years of Education reforms: KP wins, losses and challenges for the future 2018-23,` was launched by the Alif Ailaan on March 20, 2018.
  6. Budget deficit to reach 6pc in 2017-18: IMF
    • Pakistan`s budget deficit for the current fiscal year is likely to reach around 6 per cent of GDP almost 2pc higher than the 3.9pc budgetary limit based on varying projections of the government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
    • The IMF had put Pakistan`s fiscal deficit for 2016-17 at 6.3pc of GDP about 0.5pc higher than the official accounts closed at 5.8pc.
    • `The staff estimates the underlying deficit to have been about 0.5pc of GDP higher (6.3pc) after accounting for one-off asset sales, IMF said in a detailed report on Pakistan`s economy.
  7. China to build ‘world’s fastest’ wind tunnel
    • China has announced it is building the world’s fastest wind tunnel to develop a new generation of super-fast aeroplanes, but it could also be used for hypersonic missile technology.
    • Wind tunnels test how air will pass over a solid object, helping designers improve aerodynamics or reduce stress points for objects as they reach high speeds.
    • State-run Xinhua news agency ran a report March 20, 2018 revealing the development of what it said would be “the world’s fastest hypersonic wind tunnel”
  8. Last male northern white rhino dies aged 45
    • Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, has died in Kenya at the age of 45, after becoming a symbol of efforts to save his subspecies from extinction, a fate that only science can now prevent.
    • When Sudan was born in 1973 in the wild in Shambe, South Sudan, there were about 700 of his kind left in existence.
    • At his death, there are only two females remaining alive and the hope that in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques will advance enough to preserve the sub-species.
  9. Former French president held over Libyan funding inquiry
    • Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was held in custody on March 20, 2018 and questioned by magistrates investigating whether late Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi helped finance his 2007 election campaign.
    • It is the second major judicial investigation against the 63-year-old, who served as president from 2007-12. He already faces trialon separate charges of illicit spending overruns during his failed re-election campaign in 2012.
  10. Punjab clinch Inter-Provincial Games with 139 medals
    • Punjab clinched the 4th Inter-Provincial Games with 139 medals scoring 3235 points while hosts Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) ended runners-up with 120 medals followed by Sindh on third.
    • The awards for the teams were announced in the concluding ceremony held at the Qayyum Sports Complex Peshawar on March 20, 2018.
    • Punjab accumulated 65 gold, 44 silver and 30 bronze medals while KP grabbed 37 gold, 46 silver and 37 bronze medals scoring2532 points while Sindh with 17 gold, 16 silver and 40 bronze medals secured1557points.
    • Balochistan who shone in the martial arts games, secured 24 gold, 34 silver and 34 bronze medals finishing fourth. Fata, with 25 medals ended fifth followed by Islamabad on sixth with 40 and also won the fair-play award.
    • Azad and Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan ended seventh end eighth respectively.

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