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May 28, 2018 | Day by Day Current Affairs
KP Assembly clears Fata merger bill
- Amidst opposition from Jamiat Ulema-e Islam-Fazl lawmakers, the Khyber -Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on May 27, 2018 passed the Federally Administered Tribal Areas Reforms Bill, 2018 with a two-thirds majority, paving the way for tribal areas merger into KP province.
- The bill, which has already been approved by both National Assembly and Senate, was tabled by Provincial Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi in the provincial assembly which met with Speaker Asad Qaiser in the chair.
- A day before the completion of its five years term on May 28 today, the KP Assembly was called to meet on May 27, 2018 to approve the historic 31st Constitutional Amendment Bill 2018.
- The bill was approved with more than two-thirds majority as 92 members in the House of 124 voted in favour of the bill, which required 83 votes to secure a two-thirds majority, while only seven MPAs from the JUI-F, which has been opposing Fata-KP merger from day-one, voted against the bill. Political parties that favoured the bill included the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the Jamat-e-Islami, the Awami National Party (ANP), the Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
Population put at 207.7 million
- Pakistan Bureau of Statistics has finalised the census results which show a decrease of 68,738 (0.033 percent) persons against the provisional compilation, it was learnt reliably here May 27, 2018.
- The headcount according to the provisional census results was 207,753,364 which has been reduced to 207,684, 626 in the final compilation, said a report prepared by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).
- The total male population of the country is around 106.3 million which is five million higher than the female count of 101.3 million. This means the sex ratio on the national level is 104.91 males against 100 females.
- The total population of Punjab is 109.99 million (52.96 percent), Sindh 47.85 million (23.04pc), KP 30.51 million (14.69pc), Balochistan 12.34 million (5.94pc), Fata 4.99 million (2.4pc) and ICT 2 million (0.96pc).
Ali Jehangir Siddiqui: A ‘caretaker’ ambassador to US
- Ali Jehangir Siddiqui left for Washington on May 27, 2018 to take over as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States – ostensibly a ‘caretaker’ job unless the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz returns to power after the July 25 polls.
- Siddiqui, who travelled on his new diplomatic passport, will take charge of the responsibilities from May 28 (today). His predecessor Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry will return to Pakistan on May 29.
- Back home, the government will completes its term on May 31 and under the rules, a political appointee has to resign after the government loses power. The caretaker government can ask Siddiqui to continue until a new elected government takes over after the July 25 polls. The new ambassador could retain his job, after the polls, if the PML-N is voted to power.
- Siddiqui will practically be a ‘caretaker ambassador’ until a new government takes over.
Punjab Advocate General Shakilur Rehman Khan resigns
- Punjab’s top law officer has resigned from his office as the tenure of the provincial government is concluding on May 31.
- Shakilur Rehman Khan, son of former SC Judge Khalilur Rehman Khan, served as advocate general Punjab for more than two years. He was appointed on the post on March 07, 2016.
- Traditionally the top law officer of the province tenders his resignation before the end of tenure of the provincial government as the interim government brings its own people into the system to look after the affairs of the state.
- He was the 36th advocate general Punjab who served more than two years. He represented the provincial government in many important cases and faced the challenges with courage and commitment.
AJK Assembly approves Rs108bn budget
- The Legislative Assembly on May 27, 2018 unanimously approved Rs108.2 billion budget for the fiscal year 2018-19.
- Minister for Finance Dr Najeeb Naqi presented 32 demands for grant for the next year which were approved by the house. The budget was unveiled by the minister on May 22, 2018 and the house had stahed debate on it.
US warships sail near South China Sea islands
- Two US Navy warships sailed near South China Sea islands on May 27, 2018, in a move that drew condemnation from Beijing as President Donald Trump seeks its continued cooperation on North Korea.
- The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing`s ef forts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters.
- While this operation had been planned months in advance, and similar operations have become routine, it comes at a particularly sensitive time and just days after the Pentagon uninvited China from a major US-hosted naval drill.
Qatar bans Saudi, UAE goods from stores
- Qatar has ordered shops to remove goods originating from a group of Saudi Arabian-led countries which a year ago imposed a wide-ranging boycott on the emirate.
- A directive from the economy ministry ordered shops to immediately strip shelves of products from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. Inspectors will visit stores to ensure they comply with the order.
- The government will also try and stop products such as Saudi dairy goods from entering Qatar via a third country. Qatar’s Government Communications Office (GCO) said it was trying to “protect the safety of consumers”.
Pakistan Crush England at Lords
- Pakistan completed a convincing nine-wicket victory over woeful England to win the first Test at Lord’s with more than a day to spare on May 27, 2018.
- Set a target of just 64 on the fourth morning, Pakistan finished on 66 for one before lunch to go 1-0 up in this two-match series ahead of next week’s second Test at Headingley. Imam-ul-Haq was 18 not out and Haris Sohail 39 not out. England were undone by two top-order batting collapses, slumping to 184 all out after winning the toss in their first innings and declining to 160 for six in their second before fifties from Jos Buttler and Test debutant Dominic Bess prevented an innings defeat.
- England, resuming Sunday on 235 for six in their second innings, lost their last four wickets for just seven runs in 18 balls to be bowled out for 242. “Not good enough, if I’m being brutally honest,” said England captain Root at the presentation ceremony. “We were outperformed in all three departments.”
Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev to take the trophy
- Gareth Bale came off the bench to score twice, including one of the all-time great goals in a Champions League final, as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev on May 26, 2018 to take the trophy for the third year running.
- Bale’s jaw-dropping overhead kick in the 64th minute put Real 2-1 up moments after his introduction, following a dramatic start to the second half in which Karim Benzema gave Real the lead as a result of a Loris Karius howler.
- Sadio Mane had briefly restored parity, but Bale put Real in front again and then sealed the triumph late on with a long-range strike that the unfortunate Karius could only punch into the net. Jurgen Klopp’s and Liverpool’s own evening was marred by the loss of a distraught Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, the Egyptian coming off half an hour in having damaged his shoulder.
- This was not to be Salah’s night, with Real allowing Zinedine Zidane to become the first coach ever to win the Champions League three years in a row. “With a team like this we can go far, but to win three of them, it’s something crazy,” Zidane said.
- Madrid are the first team to achieve that feat since Bayern Munich in 1976. This is their fourth title in five years, and their 13th overall. Cristiano Ronaldo has now won five in his great career, although he later cast a cloud over the night by hinting that he could soon leave the club, saying: “It was very nice to be at Real Madrid.”
Astronaut-artist Alan Bean dies at 86
- US astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon, has died. He was 86 years old.
- Born March 15, 1932 in Wheeler, Texas the future moonwalker earned a degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Texas in 1955.
- The moonwalker who went on to become a painter died May 26, 2018 in Houston after suddenly falling ill weeks before, the statement said.
- He was among the elite group NASA chose for its third group of astronauts in 1963, having served as a test pilot in the US Navy. He twice ventured into space, originally in 1969 on the Apollo 12 moon landing mission, and later as commander of the second crew to fly to the first US space station Skylab in 1973.
- His second foray outside of Earth’s atmosphere saw Bean log a record-breaking 59-day, 24.4 million-mile flight (39.3 million kilometers). He retired from Nasa in 1981 to embark on a third career as an artist, creating Apollo-themed paintings textured with lunar boot prints or using acrylics infused with small bits of his mission patches sprinkled with moon dust.