Weekly Current Affairs of Pakistan and the World March 2018
State Bank of Pakistan maintains policy rate unchanged at 6% for next two months (31 March). Abdel Fattah el-Sisi wins second term as Egyptian president with 92% of vote. Pakistan Navy test-fires submarine-launched cruise missile 'Babur' with a range of 450 kilometres (29 March). Pakistan Navy wins 25th National Shooting Championship in Karachi with 20 gold, 14 silver and 11 bronze medals, Pakistan Army secured the runner up position. Nobel prize winner Malala Yousafzai returns to Pakistan 6 Years after she was shot by Taliban (29 March). COAS General Bajwa arrives in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) on official visit (27 March). Air Marshal Arshad Malik appointed Vice Chief of Air Staff (26 March). Afghanistan defeat West Indies to win ICC World Cup 2019 Qualifying Final. Islamabad United defeat Peshawar Zalmi by three wickets and claim the Pakistan Super League 2018 title at the National Stadium Karachi (25 March). President Mamnoon Hussain conferred 58 military and 73 civil awards on people from all walks of life for their services to the country. March 24 - March 31 Sarfraz becomes youngest Pakistani cricketer to receive Sitara-e-Imtiaz. Pakistan ranks third among countries facing water shortage. Sherry Rehman becomes the first female Leader of the Opposition in Senate with the support of 34 members (22 March). Travel, tourism contributed Rs 930.9 billion to Pakistan's economy in 2017: World Travel and Tourism Council. Sri Lanka’s president Maithripala Sirisena is set to visit Pakistan from March 22 to 24 where he will be the ‘guest of honour’ for the Pakistan Day parade. India most vulnerable country to climate change followed by Pakistan - HSBC report. Vladimir Putin wins re-election for fourth term. DSP Investigation Multan Shahida Nasreen secured 1st position at the 7th International Women Policing Conference held in Georgia also won Medal of Valor.
Karachi ranked 6th cheapest city in the world by Economist Intelligence Unit (Singapore most expensive city). Pakistan's 'net reserves stand at minus $724m': IMF (16 March). March 16 - March 23
Pakistan ranks 75th out of 156 countries in the 2018 World Happiness Report (Finland 1st, Burundi ranked 156). Punjab Assembly unanimously passes landmark bill to regulate Sikh marriages (14 March). FIFA lifts suspension on Pakistan Football Federation. Bangladeshi passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed in Kathmandu killing at least 50 people. Sadiq Sanjrani elected as chairman Senate. Sanjrani secured 57 votes, while PML-N’s Raja Zafarul Haq secured 46 out of the total 103 votes (12 March). Chief of Air Staff Sohail Aman awarded US Legion of Merit. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in Islamabad for 3-day visit (11 March). Saudi Arabia signs deal with Britain for 48 Typhoon fighter jets. Pakistan's abstains from voting on a UNHRC resolution against human rights violations in Syria (Resolution adopted by a vote of 29 in favor and 4 against. 14 countries including Pakistan abstained from the voting). PM appointed Ali Jahangir Siddiqui as ambassador to US. US offers $5m reward for info on TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah. Pakistan's stock exchange to launch exchange-traded fund this year. Pakistan and South Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for employment of Pakistani workers. March 08 - March 15
First container vessel MS Tiger, under the China-Pakistan Economic Project (CPEC), arrived at Gwadar Port (7 March). Pakistan, India agree to swap women, mentally challenged, above 70 prisoners (7 March). The federal cabinet has approved banning sale of loose cigarettes across the country.. Cabinet approves privatisation of PIA. Farhatullah Babar removed as PPP spokesperson. PAF, PN conduct successful test of C-802 anti-ship cruise missile. Bollywood's veteran character actor Nargis Rabadi, popularly known as ‘Shammi Aunty’ passes away (6 March). Saudi Arabia had granted Air India permission to fly over its territory on its new routes to and from Israel. Henly & Partners Passport Index: Pakistani passport ranked fourth worst for international travel (Japan and Singapore have secured the top spot). Krishna Kumari becomes first Hindu Dalit woman senator of Pakistan. Supreme Court bans 'Chinese salt' across country, declares it 'hazardous to health'. Ahmed Baig wins U21 category of 12th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in Vietnam (March 3). PIA flight services achieves ISO 9001 certification. Pakistan Armed Forces ranked 13th most powerful on Global Firepower military strength index (US, Russia and China tagged as most powerful in the world). Short film titled Golden Ticket, directed and written by Saira Mansoor gets nominated for the Asia Peace Film Festival.


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