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Day by Day Current Affairs (March 03, 2020) MCQs for CSS, PMS

Day by Day Current Affairs (March 03, 2020) MCQs for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

March 03, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. PM launches Rs24bn Ehsaas scholarship programme

• Four months after its soft launch, the Ehsaas undergraduate scholarship programme was formally launched by Prime Minister Imran Khan on March 2, 2020 with a commitment that there will be no political interference in all social welfare programmes introduced by the government for the poor and low income groups.
• Under the Rs24 billion programme, 50,000 high-achieving undergraduate students will get scholarship through the Higher Education Commission (HEC) every year, with 50 per cent quota fixed for girls.
• `Scholarships and benefits from other social welfare programmes will be given on merit and there will be no political interference in such initiatives,` PM Khan vowed while addressing the scholarship distribution ceremony

2. Facebook to work with FIA to curb cybercrime against children, women

• The Facebook management has expressed commitment to work in close liaison with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to combat cybercrime and offered to conduct capacity-building training of officers in order to keep abreast them of latest social media trends and techniques.
• A management team from their Facebook Headquarters of Asia Pacific, headed by Head of Safety Policy Amber Hawkes and Manager Trust and Safety Michael Yoon, visited the office of FIA DG Wajid Zia to discuss cooperation on curbing cybercrime, particularly to protect women and children.
• FIA additional director general Ehsan Sadiq and director Waqar Ahmed Chohan briefed the Facebook team about the agency`s role in combating cybercrime. Issues of mutual collaboration and cooperation in data sharing as well as cybercrime awareness among social media users in Pakistan were discussed at length, said a press release

3. Sindh IG takes charge, vows to build bridges

• The long strained relations between the Sindh police and political administration are likely to get fixed as new Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar took charge on March 2, 2020 and vowed to `bridge the gap between the two sides through positive and professional approach` while emphasising basic policing.
• The officer of BPS-22 of Police Service of Pakistan has assumed the charge of the office of Sindh Inspector General of Police in a first ever change of command ceremony held at the Central Police Office, according to an official spokesman.
• After taking charge, the new Sindh IG called on Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah at CM House, said a statement. The chief minister assured the new IGP that his government would be giving him full support in maintenance of law and order.

4. OIC envoy arrives on five-day visit to Pakistan

• Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) secretary general`s Special Envoy for Jammu and Kashmir Ambassador Yousef M. Al Dobeay reached on March 2, 2020 on a five-day visit to witness the destruction and sufferings caused by ceasenre violations by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC).
• Ambassador Al Dobeay is leading a six member delegation. During the visit, the group would travel to Azad Jammu and Kashmir and would meet senior Pakistani officials, who would brief them on deteriorating human rights situation in India occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K).
• `The Special Envoy and his accompanying team members will visit the Line of Control (LoC) to get first-hand knowledge about the loss of lives and property caused by indiscriminate firing of Indian troops, the FO said in a statement.
• Ambassador Al Dobeay, a Saudi citizen, was appointed the OIC secretary general`sspecial envoy on Jammu Kashmir in June 2019 at the OIC Summit in Makkah.

5. Baloch culture day celebrated

• The Baloch Culture Day was celebrated across Balochistan on March 2, 2020 with zeal and fervour and different shows and functions were organised by several organisations and political parties to mark the occasion.
• Baloch people, especially the youth and women, participated in large numbers in these programmes to show their love and affection for their culture and traditions.

6. Truce in tatters as Taliban resume attacks

• A deadly blast shattered a period of relative calm in Afghanistan on March 2, 2020 and the Taliban ordered fighters to resume operations against Afghan forces just two days after signing a deal with Washington aimed at ushering in peace.
• No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack at a football ground in Khost in eastern Afghanistan, where three brothers were killed, officials said.
• The blast occurred around the same time the Taliban ordered fighters to recommence attacks against Afghan army and police forces, apparently ending an official `reduction in violence` that had seen a dramatic drop in bloodshed and given Afghans a welcome taste of peace.

7. Sri Lanka to hold snap elections in April

• The term of Sri Lanka`s eighth legislature ended March 2, 2020 midnight as parliament was dissolved at the end of the four and half years of its five-year term, following President Gotabaya Rajapaksa issuing a Gazette notification. Sri Lanka`s parliamentary election is expected to be held on April 25th.
• Political observers interpreted the decision to hold snap elections as an attempt by the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna to cash in on the wave of popularity among the Sinhala ethnic group sparked by its move to withdraw from a UN resolution investigating alleged war crimes by the country`s armed forces during the campaign against Tamil Tigers in 2009. Rights groups accuse the army of killing 40,000 Tamil civilians in the final months of the conflict, a charge Colombo denies.

8. New gold coin unveiled to celebrate James Bond film

• Britain’s Royal Mint on March 2, 2020 unveiled a seven-kilogram gold coin with the highest face value in its 1,100-year history in honour of the latest James Bond film.
• The one-of-a-kind new coin celebrating the release next month of the 25th movie in the legendary franchise, No Time To Die, has a face value of $9,000.
• At 185 millimetres in diameter, it is also the largest coin ever made by the Royal Mint, Britain’s official coin-maker.
• The piece is engraved with an image of the fictional British spy’s favourite car — an Aston Martin DB5 — and its famous BMT 216A number plate surrounded by a gun barrel

9. Azlan Shah Cup postponed due to coronavirus

• The 29th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament has been postponed due to the fast-spreading coronavirus.
• The six-nation event, which was scheduled to be held from April 11 to 18 in Ipoh, Malaysia, will now be staged from Sept 24 to Oct 2.
• Australia, Canada, Japan, Pakistan, South Korea and hosts Malaysia were to participate in the event.

10. Amir, Babar shine as Kings outplay Zalmi

• Inspired by a brilliant spell of swing bowling from Mohammad Amir and superb batting from Babar Azam, Karachi Kings outclassed former HBL Pakistan Super League champions Peshawar Zalmi by six wickets at the Pindi Cricket Stadium here on March 2, 2020 night.
• After defeating two-time PSL winners Islamabad United just 24 hours earlier by five wickets, Karachi Kings sealed their second win over the 2017 champions who were glaringly missing the inspirational leadership of Darren Sammy, who was officially rested for this vital clash in this edition to catapult into third spot behind Multan Sultans while Quetta Gladiators on six points with a superior net run-rate

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