March 2018

Day by Day Current Affairs (March 25, 2018) | MCQs for CSS, PMS, NTS

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 March 25, 2018 (Day by Day Current Affairs)

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  1. Big-time cricket returns to Karachi after nine years
    • The nine-year itch of National Stadium Karachi (NSK) holding its first major cricket fixture in this city of lights is on the threshold of culminating when Peshawar Zalmi defend their HBL Pakistan Super League crown against inaugural champions Islamabad United in Karachi on March 25, 2018.
    • Karachi has not staged a high profile fixture of international standing since Sri Lanka played here in early 2009 the year that saw the end of foreign teams` visits when a dozen gunmen fired on the Islanders` team bus during the second Test at Lahore. The dastardly terrorist attack left six of the visiting players wounded and eight others, including two civilians, dead.
    • While international cricket returned to Lahore with the staging of the PSL final last year, followed by three T20 Internationals against the World XI and another versus Sri Lanka last October, Karachi has experienced a long barren run of no top-level cricket here.
  2. South Korea to fund girls` education project
    • South Korea has announced its support for Unesco`s Girls` Right to Education Programme in Pakistan with the signing of an agreement between Unesco Director General Audrey Azoulay and South Korean Ambassador to Unesco Lee Byong-hyun in Paris on March 23, 2018.
    • The $3.4 million project, with the Korea International Cooperation Agency, would support national capacity building to realise girls` right to education in Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan, through interventions targeting officials, community leaders, teachers and parents.
  3. New data leak hits India`s national ID card database
    • India`s biometric ID programme, Aadhaar, has been hit by another major security lapse, allowing access to private information.
    • A data leak on a system run by a state-owned utility company can allow access to private information of Aadhaar holders, exposing their names, their unique 12-digit identity numbers, and their bank details.
    • Even though the security lapse had been nagged to some government agencies over a period of time, it has yet to be fixed.
  4. 17 hr 20 min, 14,500km: first non-stop Australia-Europe flight takes off
    • The `Kangaroo Route` from Australia to Britain became a shorter hop March 24, 2018 when the first direct passenger service left Perth for London, with the 17-hour flight set to break aviation records.
    • Qantas`14,498-kilometre journey from the south-western city to London is the world`s third-longest passenger flight, and the first ever regular service to connect the two continents directly.
    • Captained by Lisa Norman, it will also be the longest Boeing Dreamliner flightin the world.
    • The new link is part of Qantas` ambitious plans, unveiled over the past two years, to add ultra long-haul flights to its global schedules. This will eventually include non-stop flights from Australia`s eastern seaboard to European effort dubbed `Project Sunrise`.
  5. Indian Politician Lalu Prasad gets 14-year sentence for embezzlement
    • A powerful Indian politician was sentenced March 24, 2018 to 14 years in prison for embezzling 37 million Indian rupees ($570,000) from a state government`s treasury while he was the state`s top elected official.
    • Lalu Prasad Yadav was convicted of embezzling the money to buy fictitious medicines and cattle fodder while he was chief minister of Bihar state from 1990 to 1997.
    • Eighteen former Bihar state officials, contractors and suppliers were sentenced in the case to jail terms ranging from 3½ to five years.
  6. Turkey claims full control of Afrin
    • The Turkish army and Syrian opposition fighters it backs have `total control` of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria, the country`s official news agency said on March 24, 2018, nearly a week after they captured the main town that carries the same name.
    • Anadolu news agency said the Turkish military was continuing its sweep for mines and explosives to allow Afrin`s resident`s to return, following airstrikes and clashes with Syrian Kurdish forces.
    • Journalists on a press tour organised by the Turkish government on Saturday passed through the north-western town of Jinderes en route to central Afrin.
  7. Sale of loose cigarettes banned
    • The Ministry of National Health Services in compliance with the federal cabinet’s decision has banned the sale of loose cigarettes to minors across the country ahead of upcoming budget.
    • The Ministry, in its order, directed the retailers not to sell less than 20 cigarette sticks in a packet.
    • That decision had been taken ahead of the upcoming federal budget to discourage the smoking ratio in the country and especially among the youth who cannot afford to purchase a full packet of cigarettes.
  8. Trump scraps blanket transgender military ban
    • US President Donald Trump rolled back his blanket ban on transgender people serving in the military — but they will still face major restrictions in the American armed forces.
    • Trump signed a memorandum in August that effectively barred transgender people from the military but the ban faced multiple legal challenges.
    • The White House has now come back with a modified version of the original plan — as with Trump’s efforts to ban travelers from several Muslim-majority countries, which was repeatedly challenged in court.
  9. World’s richest lose $436 bn as 2018’s stock rout deepens
    • It’s been an expensive two months for the 500 wealthiest people on the planet whose wealth has shrunk to $436 billion since markets peaked on Jan. 26.
    • Their combined net worth fell by $181 billion this week as the Standard and Poors 500 Index and Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered their steepest weekly drop in more than two years amid heated rhetoric over tariffs and retaliation.
    • Mark Zuckerberg bore the brunt this week with $10.3 billion wiped from his fortune on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. He dropped three places to seventh on the ranking as scandal unfolded at Facebook Inc. The social network’s shares tumbled by 14 percent following reports that it let Cambridge Analytica amass data on 50 million users.
  10. IMF releases $257mln for Tunisia
    • The International Monetary Fund on Friday released an additional $257 million in funds for Tunisia as part of its four-year, $3 billion loan agreement.
    • The IMF board approved the second review of the country´s economic performance under the financial aid package that was initially approved in May 2016.
    • With the latest instalment the IMF has lent the country nearly $1 billion, even though the board acknowledged the government had failed to meet some of its economic benchmarks.

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