Weekly Current Affairs of Pakistan and the World March 2018
Gilgit Baltistan hosts first-ever ice hockey match in Pakistan. Pakistan set to issue 'Panda bond' in Chinese currency. Ali Jahangir Siddiqui steps down as Pakistan's envoy to US. Iqbal Choudhary Centre for Natural Product Research (ICC-NPR) inaugurated in Nigeria to honour Pakistani scientist. UAE to deposit $3 billion in State Bank of Pakistan. Pakistan ranked second worst country in terms of Gender equality: WEF report UN passes Pakistan’s resolution on right to self-determination. Pakistan elected as the Vice President and the Rapporteur of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, at COP 24 in Katowice, Poland. Pakistan, China, Afghanistan ink MoU for cooperation against terrorism. Australia recognises west Jerusalem as Israel's capital. US adds Pakistan to blacklist of countries violating religious freedom. Naval chief inaugurates Pakistan Maritime Security Agency Base at Keti Bandar. Saudi Arabia increases Pakistan's quota by 5,000 for Hajj 2019. Yasir Shah Becomes fastest bowler to take 200 wickets breaking 82-Year-Old record held by Clarrie Grimmett from Australia. New Zealand wins first away test series over Pakistan in 49 years. George H W Bush, former US president, dies aged 94 (30 Nov). Pakistani poet, author Fahmida Riaz passes away (21 Nov). Pakistan's Tableeghi Jamaat chief Abdul Wahab passes away. Pakistan ranked No 1 in Facebook content censorship. Govt removes PTV MD Colonel (rd) Hassan Immad Mohammdi after ‘begging’ broadcast gaffe. Pakistan beat New Zealand to win 11th straight T20 series. Pakistani-American Muhammad Saeed Sheikh receives US President’s Lifetime Achievement Award in US. Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Maulana Samiul Haq assassinated in Rawalpindi. (02 Nov 2018) Saudi Arabia reduces visa fee for Pakistani workers. Pakistan ranked 8th in size of trade deficit. Asian Champions Trophy: India, Pakistan declared joint winners after final called-off due to rain. Pakistan's Supreme Court reinstates ban on airing of Indian content on TV channels. Pakistani campaigner for women empowerment Salman Sufi receives Mother Teresa Award. Sana Mir becomes Pakistan's first female cricketer to top ICC ODI rankings. Lt Col (r) Hassan Immad appointed PTV MD. Pak Army team wins gold in Cambrian Patrol exercise in UK. Pakistan ranks 164th in terms of human capital. Inayat Ullah bags Pakistan its first medal in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Air Vice Marshal Arshad Khan appointed as new PIA chairman. Pakistan navy quits counterpiracy Combined Task Force (CTF). Nikki Haley resigns as US ambassador to United Nations (09 October). PM launches Clean and Green Pakistan campaign. Pakistan ranked 7th in cervical cancer deaths. Pakistan Army to train Nigerian military on counter-terrorism techniques. Raja Maqpoon takes oath as 6th Gilgit Baltistan governor (30 September). SBP raises key interest rate by 100bps to 8.5%. Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang dies at 61 (September 21). Withholding tax rates on banking transactions over Rs. 50,000 a day has been increased to 0.6% for non-filers. Pakistan’s first Christian advocate general Salman Talibuddin appointed in Sindh. Begum Kulsoom Nawaz passes away in London after battle with cancer. She was 68 (September 11). Arif Alvi takes oath as 13th President of Pakistan (September 9). PM Imran Khan launches 'Plant for Pakistan' campaign (September 2). Serena hosts 1st PAF-Serena Hotels Karakoram Marathon award ceremony. Pakistan Air Force takes part in Radom International Airshow in Poland. Pakistan Movement worker Ahmad Saeed Kirmani passes away (August 26). Veteran Indian journalist Kuldip Nayar dies at 95 (August 23). Imran Khan takes oath as Pakistan's 22nd Prime Minister (August 18). Ali Zafar honoured with ‘Pride of Pakistan Award’ in Los Angeles. 25 year old Sania Ashiq becomes Pakistan's youngest provincial legislator in Punjab Assembly. Tanzeela Qambrani becomes Pakistan’s first woman lawmaker of African descent. Pakistan and Russia reached a military cooperation deal that includes sending Pakistani soldiers to Russia for training. Russia signs naval cooperation deal with Pakistan. US Congress passes bill to slash Pakistan's defence aid to $150 million. Pakistan Army aviation pilots rescued Russian climber AlexanderGukov who was stuck 20,650 feet above sea level on Biafo Glacier's Latok Peak (July 31). Justice Tahira Safdar nominated as first female chief justice in Pakistan (July 23). Fakhar Zaman first Pakistani to score double century in ODIs racing to 210 not out in the fourth ODI against Zimbabwe. Size of Pakistan’s economy is $313.13 billion, says SBP. Iran’s top military commander arrives in Pakistan for three-day visit (July 15). SBP raises key interest rate by 100 basis points to 7.5 percent (July 14). Pakistan at 22 among worlds' most powerful countries. 12,570 candidates contesting for 849 NA, PA seats: ECP. Pakistan Added to Global Terrorism-Financing Monitoring List (June 28). Yousaf Saleem sworn in as Pakistan’s first blind judge (June 26). US quits UN human rights body, citing bias vs Israel (June 20). Moody's changes outlook on Pakistan's rating to negative from stable. Pakistan to host six-nation international hockey tournament from September 2nd to 10th. The World Trade Organization dispute settlement body rules in favour of Pakistan in chemical export case. Mahathir Mohamad sworn in as Malaysia seventh Prime Minister (10 May). Supreme Court suspends Ishaq Dar’s Senate membership (8 May). Alibaba purchases Pakistani ecommerce website Daraz. Pakistani girl "Dania Hassan" wins US State Department's 'Emerging Young Leaders' Award. May 1 - May 31 British-Pakistani Sajid Javid becomes UK’s first Muslim home secretary. Pakistan ranks 139th out of 180 countries allowing press freedom. Government appoints five new federal minister (Marvi Memon, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Anusha Rehman and Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry) and one state minister (Leila Khan). Pakistan fail to reach Youth Olympic Qualifiers semis in Bangkok. Islamabad High Court disqualifies Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif under Article 62(1)(f) (26 April). 1.75 million tourists visited Pakistan in 2017 : Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation. April 24 - April 30 Pakistan finish second at South Asian Judo Championship in Nepal. Pakistani-Australian engineer Usman Iftikhar wins Commonwealth Young Person of the Year award. Pakistan to launch dollar-based savings certificates for overseas residents. PTI to expel 20 lawmakers who 'sold' votes during Senate polls. PM Abbasi to attend Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM-2018) in London from April 18 to 20. April 16 - April 23 Pakistan's Mohammad Inam wins first gold medal at Commonwealth Games in the 86kg wrestling competition. Pakistan secure 7th place in Commonwealth Games 2018 hockey. Nawaz Sharif, Jahangir Tareen disqualified for life under Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution. Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena suspends parliament until May 8. 'Pakistan ranked 54th among 84 countries on tobacco smoking'. State Bank of Pakistan allowed Bank of China to establish Chinese yuan settlement setup in Pakistan. Pakistani-origin Robina Shah to be appointed high sheriff of Manchester. Pakistan 12th biggest worldwide beneficiary of international charities: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. April 8 - April 15 State Bank of Pakistan banned Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Gen Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter, Chief of General Staff (CGS) of the UK Army arrives in Pakistan on a two-day official visit (April 6). South Korean former president Park Geun-hye sentenced to 24 years in jail for abuse of power. China imposes 25 percent tariffs on US exports. Pakistan win final Twenty20 against West Indies in Karachi to whitewash series 3-0. UAE suspends ‘character certificate’ rule for working Pakistani workers. US blocks UNSC statement on Israel's use of force on Land Day. Mokgweetsi Masisi sworn in as Botswana's new president (1 April). April 1 - April 7 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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