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October 2019

Day by Day Current Affairs (October 03, 2019) | MCQs for CSS, PMS

Day by Day Current Affairs (October 03, 2019) | MCQs for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

October 03, 2019: National Current Affairs

1. Pakistan plays host to US, Taliban teams

• In a renewed push for a political settlement of the nearly two-decade-old Afghan conflict, Pakistan is hosting the United States and Taliban representatives to persuade the two sides to resume their stalled peace talks.
• A Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who is the chief of the insurgent group`s Doha-based political bureau, arrived here on October 2, 2019 on the invitation of the Pakistan government, according to multiple sources, while the US delegation headed by Special Envoy for Afghan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad had arrived a day earlier. The Foreign Office in a statement confirming the visit of the Taliban Political Commission (TPC) delegation said it would provide an `opportunity to review the progress made under US-Taliban peace talks so far, and discuss the possibilities of resuming the paused political settlement process in Afghanistan`.
• Both delegations will remain in Islamabad for the next few days.
• They will be separately meeting senior Pakistani leaders and in case of an agreement on resumption of the negotiations, the visiting delegations could also meet each other.

2. PM okays appointment of 47 trade officers

• Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved the appointment of 47 trade officers for posting in Pakistan`s missions abroad who will be tasked with promoting exports and foreign direct investment in approximately 40 countries.
• For the first time, the government has also appointed two overseas Pakistanis for the posts of trade officers as part of the new policy.
• Under the new policy, government allocated 20 per cent quota for overseas Pakistanis for posting as trade officers in Pakistan missions abroad.
• The postings were made against the posts which fell vacant following the completion of tenure. These officers were appointed in the year 2015.
• The annual cost of these postings is estimated at approximately Rs2 billion.
• Last time, the policy for posting of trade officers was changed in 2013. The policy introduced some measures to ensure merit.

3. UN provides vehicles, equipment to Balochistan police

• Inspector General of Police Mohsin Hassan Butt has said that all steps are being taken to enhance the capability of Balochistan police through training on modern lines and equipping them with latest gadgets and weapons to fight terrorists.
• Speaking after inspecting vehicles and latest weapons provided by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime here on October 3, 2019, the new vehicles would help Balochistan police pursue criminal cases in a professional way.
• Balochistan police needed new vehicles and equipment for collecting evidence from the crime scene during any terror attack, blast and other crimes.

4. Google remembers Pakistan`s chocolate hero

• Pakistan`s chocolate hero, Waheed Murad, was celebrated by a Google doodle on what would have been his 81st birthday.
• The doodle shows a dreamy Murad with a jacket flung on his shoulders looking on with a photograph of a woman in the background.
• According to Google, Murad`s blockbuster films electrified cinemagoers throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Born on Oct 2, 1938, in pre-partition India, Murad was the only son of distributor Nisar Murad.
• After a brief appearance in the 1959 film Saathi, he began working with his father`s Film Art Productions, becoming the youngest producer Lollywood had ever seen.

October 3, 2019: International Current Affairs

5. UK court denies Pakistan claim to £35m in Nizam case

• THE UK High Court on October 2, 2019 ruled on a drawnout battle for funds amounting to £35 million by issuing a judgement in favour of the Nizam of Hyderabad and against Pakistan, who had claimed the funds that have been lying untouched in a London bank account for 70 years. In a lengthy judgement that covers the developments of seven decades, the Royal Courts of Justice in London noted:`Nizam VII was beneficially entitled to the fund and those claiming in right of Nizam VII the Princes and India are entitled to have the sum paid out to their order.
• The judgement, handed down by Justice Marcus Smithcourt, also said: `Pakistan`s contentions of non-justiciability by reason of the foreign act of state doctrine and non-enforceability on grounds of illegality both fail.
• The claim started out years ago as a three-way battle for funds claimed by Pakistan, India and the offspring of the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad. On Wednesday, it culminated in defeat for Pakistan as the court ruled in favour of the Nizam`s descendants Prince Mukarram Jah, the titular eighth Nizam of Hyderabad, and his younger brother Muffakham Jah. Last year, the two princes joined hands with the Indian government in the legal battle against the government of Pakistan over the funds sitting in a NatWest account here.

6. North Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of N-talks

• North Korea fired what appeared to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile, Seoul said on October 2, 2019, just days before Washington and Pyongyang were set to resume long-stalled nuclear talks.
• Pyongyang frequently couples diplomatic overtures with military moves, as a way of maintaining pressure on negotiating partners, analysts say, and may believe this weapons system gives it added leverage.
• A proven submarine-based missile capability would take the North`s arsenal to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula and a second-strike capability in the event of an attack on its military bases.
• The South`s Joint Chiefs of Staff said it detected a ballistic missile early on Wednesday fired in an easterly direction from the sea, northeast of the North Korean port of Wonsan

7. US successfully tests ICBM

• The US military said on October 2, 2019 it had tested an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with reentry vehicle from a base in California across the Pacific Ocean.
• Launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:13am local time the reentry vehicle traveled approximately 4,200 miles (6,750km) across the Pacific Ocean to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the Air Force Global Strike Command said in a statement.
• `Test launches are not a response or reaction to world events or regional tensions, it added.The United States has spent decades and billions of dollars developing technologies to stop an incoming ballistic missile, and is aiming to step up efforts in the face of growing threats.

8. Hidden for 21 years, Ethiopian crown set to

• A priceless 18th-century Ethiopian crown is set to be returned from the Netherlands to Addis Ababa after a onetime refugee found it in a suitcase and hid it in his apartment for two decades.
• The ornate gilded copper headgear, featuring images of Christ and the Twelve Apostles, was unearthed after refugee-turned-Dutchcitizen Sirak Asfaw contacted Dutch `art detective` Arthur Brand.
• Brand, dubbed the `Indiana Jones of the art world` for his discoveries of missing works, said the crown, which is currently being held in a secure location, would soon be handed to the Ethiopian authorities.

October 3, 2019: Sports Current Affairs

9. Openers seal series win for Pakistan against SL

• After Fakhar Zaman and Abid Ali provided a strong platform, Pakistan put the icing on the first One-day International series held in Karachi for more than 10 years with a 2-0 triumph against Sri Lanka after completing a hard fought victory by five wickets at the National Stadium Karachi on October 2, 2019.
• Pakistan headed into the final fixture on the back of their 67-run victory in the second match staged.
• But they had to really fight hard to get over the line when Iftikhar Ahmed hit Nuwan Pradeep for a six and a four to seal Pakistan`s first series win in 15 months.

10. FIFA bans former vice-president for life for taking bribes

• Former FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo has been banned for life for bribery worth millions of dollars that was exposed by a sprawling American federal investigation of corruption in international football.
• FIFAs ethics committee found the Uruguayan official guilty of taking bribes from 2004 to 2015 linked to commercial deals for South American competitions, football`s world body said on October 2, 2019.
• Figueredo was also fined 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million) but it is unclear how FIFA can enforce payment

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