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March 2018

Day by Day Current Affairs (March 6, 2018) | MCQs for CSS, PMS, NTS

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 March 6, 2018 (Day by Day Current Affairs)

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  1. Pakistan, Nepal agree to boost economic, defence ties
  • Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and his Nepalese counterpart Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli met on March 5, 2018 and agreed to enhance cooperation in areas of economy, defence and culture.
  • Mr Abbasi, who arrived in the Himalayan city to felicitate Mr Oli on assuming the office of prime minister, said Pakistan welcomed completion of democratic process in Nepal and hoped it would usher in an era of a durable peace.
  • It was heartening that the democratic process in Nepal was flourishing and emphasised that political stability was a key to economic development: PM said
  1. ECP adds one more NA seat for capital
  • The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has added a National Assembly seat for the federal capital to accommodate Islamabad`s population of two million.
  • The new constituencies for Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) are NA-52, NA-53 and NA-54, which are home to 700,744, 670,683 and 630,152 people respectively.
  • The basic dissection has been made in what is currently NA-49, which has been divided in two. Some parts of NA-48, Islamabad`s other National Assembly constituency, have been cut off to make up the three National Assembly seats.
  • The new NA-52 and 53 constituencies constitute what was NA-49.Starting just ahead of the Shakrial village, NA-52 covers the area up to Rawat, the ICT boundary that borders Rawalpindi district`s Kalar Syedan Tehsil, and includes Sihala and Chira.
  1. COAS opens work on Awaran cadet college
  • Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on March 5, 2018 performed groundbreaking of Cadet College Awaran (CCA) at Jhao.
  • Initially, the college will be for 800 cadets with plans to enhance its capacity subsequently, it would have hostel facilities for 300 cadets and faculty. The army engineers will complete the project in two years.
  • The army chief was on two-day visit to Balochistan, where he also inaugurated work for Turbat-Buleda Road. He arrived in Balochistan on Sunday and laid foundation stone of UAE and Swiss government supported Gwadar desalination plant in Gwadar.
  1. Russia embraces Pakistan with gas and diplomacy
  • As US influence in Islamabad wanes, former adversary Moscow is building military, diplomatic and economic ties that could upend historic alliances in the region and open up a fast-growing gas market for Russia`s energy companies.
  • Russia`s embrace of Pakistan comes at a time when relations between the United States and its historical ally are unraveling over the war in Afghanistan, a remarkable turnaround from the 1980s.
  • Though the Moscow-Islamabad rapprochement is in its infancy, and it is China that is filling the growing void left by the United States in Pakistan, a slew of energy deals and growing military cooperation promise to spark life into the Russia-Pakistan relationship that was dead for many decades.
  1. Bangladesh, Vietnam aim to raise trade to $2bn by 2020
  • Bangladesh and Vietnam aim to raise their two-way annual trade to $2 billion over the next three years from nearly $1bn, a business association official said on March 5, 2018.
  • We had a meeting with the visiting president of Vietnam today and focused on trade and investment, Mohammad Shafiul Islam, president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries, told Reuters.
  • Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang arrived in Bangladesh for a state visit on March 5, 2018.
  1. Saudi crown prince visits Cairo Coptic cathedral, meets pope
  • Saudi Arabia`s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Coptic Pope Tawadros II at Cairo`s largest Coptic cathedral on March 5, 2018 in what state media said was an unprecedented visit by an official from Riyadh.
  • The visit was part of a three-day stay in Egypt for Prince Mohammed, his first public trip abroad since he became heir apparent last year. He will head for Britain and the United States later this month.
  • Cairo and Riyadh have strengthened ties in recent years and Egypt has received billions of dollars in aid from its rich Gulf Arab ally. The two countries on Sunday set up a $10 billion joint fund to develop a planned mega-city.
  1. The Shape of Water takes home best picture at nail-biting Oscars
  • The Shape of Water won top honours at the Oscars including the coveted best picture statuette, bringing the curtain down on a Hollywood awards season overshadowed by scandal over sexual misconduct in showbiz.
  • Guillermo del Toro`s fairy tale romance led the charge going into the show with 13 nominations, and took home best picture the top prize of the night as well as best director and statuettes for production design and best original score.
  • In a night of honours being shared fairly evenly among several candidates, Martin McDonagh`s dark crime comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri had to settle for best actress for Frances McDormand and best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell.
  • Christopher Nolan`s World War II thriller Dunkirk also picked up three awards, but in the less glitzy technical categories, while several movies ended the evening with two trophies.
  • JORDAN Peele had to dig deep to get the horror-satire Get Out to the screen, and his reward was the first original screenplay Oscar for an African-American.
  1. PPP’s Abdul Bari wins Ghotki by-poll
  • The PPP candidate Mian Abdul Bari Pitafi defeated the PML-F’s candidate Mian Majan in the by-poll held for PS-7 constituency in Mirupur Mathelo, Ghotki, on March 5, 2018.
  • A tough contest was witnessed between the PPP candidate Abdul Bari Pitafi and the PML-F candidate Mian Abdul Malik. According to unofficial results, Pitafi secured 48,114 votes while Majan got 36,986 votes, The PPP candidate according to unofficial results won with a lead of over 11,000 votes. The PS-7 seat was vacated after the death of Sindh Assembly’s member Ahmed Ali Khan.
  1. Veteran politician Jam Saqi passes away
  • Veteran politician and the leader of Pakistan People’s Party Muhammad Jam, known as Jam Saqi, breathed his last at the age of 73 at his residence on March 5, 2018.
  • Jam Saqi, born on October 31, 1946 in village Jhanji Taluka, Chachro district, Tharparkar, had completed his primary education in 1953 from the school of his native village and matriculation in 1963 from the local Board High School, Chachro. He completed the second year and B.A. from Sachal Sarmast Arts College, Hyderabad, in 1964 and 1967 respectively and later did M.A. Politics from the University of Sindh, Jamshoro.
  1. Collapse of Iran nuclear deal would be ‘great loss’, IAEA tells Trump
  • A collapse of the Iran nuclear deal would be a “great loss”, the UN atomic watchdog’s chief warned US President Donald Trump on March 5, 2018, giving a wide-ranging defence of the accord and his agency’s work under it.
  • Trump has threatened to withdraw the United States from the accord between Tehran and six world powers, signed in 2015 before he took office, unless Congress and European allies help “fix” it with a follow-up pact.
  • Trump does not like the deal’s limited duration, among other things. Iran has stayed within the deal’s restrictions since Trump took office but has fired diplomatic warning shots at Washington in recent weeks.

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