Weekly Current Affairs of Pakistan and the World February 2018Pakistani student, Syed Jaffar Raza, has won the gold medal at the International Math Challenge VII competition (Bangkok), beating 600 participants. Russia vetoes United Nations Security Council resolution blaming Iran for arming Yemen's Houthis. Pakistani mountaineer Samina Baig appointed United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) goodwill ambassador (26 Feb). Ed Sheeran named world's best-selling artist of 2017. Iranian Air Force Commander Brigadier General Hassan Shahsafi arrives in Pakistan (26 Feb). Riyadh hosts first international half-marathon. Japanese scientists invent floating 'firefly' light. China proposes removal of two-term limit for president. UN Security Council approves 30-day ceasefire. February 24 - February 28
PM Abbasi arrives in Turkmenistan for ground-breaking ceremony of TAPI project (February 22). NASA finds 95 new Exoplanets beyond our solar system using data from NASA's K2 mission. India's 4G speed slowest (6 mbps) in the world while Singapore was on the top spot with 44 mbps. (Pakistan 14 mbps). KPK bans sale, import, manufacture of Chinese salt. Election Act case: Supreme Court bars disqualified Nawaz Sharif from heading PML-N (February 21). The United Nations children’s agency has declared Pakistan as the riskiest country for newborns. US bid to put Pakistan on terror financing watch-list falls through after member states failed to reach consensus. Saudi Arabia to host first Arab Fashion Week, the Arab Fashion Council. UNDP, Japanese govt launch $3.9m project to empower more than 20,000 youths in Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (20 February). Pakistani Sikh Sardar Ramesh Singh Khalsa wins humanitarian award at World Sikh Awards held in Canada (19 February). Imran Khan ties the knot for third time with Bushra Maneka. Pakistan borrows $500 million from ICBC China. Pakistan turns down cheaper loan offer from Japan. COAS Qamar Bajwa arrives in Germany to attend Munich Security Conference (Feb 17). Actor Matloobur Rehman, famous for his character of Zakoota Jinn passes away in Lahore (February 16). Each Pakistani owes Rs 130,000 : State Bank of Pakistan. February 16 - February 23
Cyril Ramaphosa, elected South Africa’s new president. COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in Kabul to attend the Chief of Defence Conference (13 February). Pakistani government bans Jamat-ud-Dawa head Hafiz Saeed and take over assets of Hafiz Saeed's JuD, and FIF. Pakistani leading rights activist, Asma Jehangir, dies at 66 (11 February). World's tallest hotel (Gevora Hotel by the Al Attar Group (1,167 feet)) opens in Dubai. India stops 200 Hindu pilgrims from coming to Pakistan. Russian plane (Saratov Airlines) crash kills all 71 people on board. 9th Karachi Literature Festival started in Karachi (9 February). Pakistan joins International Socca Federation ahead of mini-football World Cup (9 February). Jordan's King Abdullah II arrives in Pakistan on two-day visit (8th February). Bangladesh ex-PM Khaleda Zia jailed for five years in corruption case. Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has been ranked among the top 100 universities of Asia. The Sindh High Court (SHC) removes regulatory duty from over 350 goods. February 8 - February 15 Veteran journalist Siddiq Baloch passed away in Karachi (6 February). PM Abbasi inaugurates Golen Gol Hydropower project in Chitral. Top UN court awards Costa Rica territory claimed by Nicaragua. Karachi ranked number two in marijuana-consuming cities in the world. COAS Gen Bajwa meets Saudi crown prince in Riyadh (February 2). Pakistan claimed the third position at the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018. Muhammad Aurangzeb appointed as HBL president and CEO.