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World in Focus ( Dec ’17 – Jan ’18 )

World in Focus ( Dec ’17 - Jan ’18 )


Dec 16: The World Bank approved $300 million loan to modernise agriculture in Punjab, create better prospects for farmers and ensure better quality and safer food at lower prices to consumers.

Dec 17: Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, was named among the top 11 powerful women of the world by New York Times.

Dec 17: UAE-based Taekwondo black-belt Ammar Ashfaq won the gold medal in the 12th National Taekwondo Championship.

Dec 17: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) ruled that forced abortion is a strong ground for dissolution of marriage on the basis of cruelty.

Dec 17: Ushna Sohail won ladies singles title in the Begum Kulsum National Ranking Tennis Championship.

Dec 17: The Balochistan government presented Allama Iqbal literary provincial awards and appreciation certificates to 105 writers, poets, intellectuals, drama writers and researchers in recognition of their services in the field of literature in Urdu and local languages.

Dec 17: Najeeb Ullah Khan of Pakistan secured first position while compatriot Muhammad Tanveer finished third in the Laser Standard Class of competition of the Al Bareh International Sailing Regatta 2017, held in Bahrain.

Dec 18: The National Security Committee (NSC) said Pakistan could not accept the unilateral decisions taken by the Trump administration on shifting the US embassy to Jerusalem and accepting it as the capital of Israel.

Dec 18: Senior journalist Absar Alam relinquished the charge as chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) immediately after the Lahore High Court declared his appointment illegal.

Dec 18: Pakistan won one silver and four bronze medals in the Commonwealth (CW) Wrestling Championship freestyle competitions, held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Pakistan also grabbed six bronze in Greco Roman style competitions.

Dec 19: COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa attended an ‘in-camera session’ of the Senate Committee of the Whole and briefed the legislators on national security issues.

Dec 20: Pakistan recorded the highest increase in mobile internet speed among some of the world’s most populous countries in 2017, according to a report published by

The report observed that Pakistan ranked first with a 56.2% jump in mobile download speed during the past 12 months, followed by India at 42.4% and Brazil with 27.6%.

Dec 21: A list of proscribed groups attached with the Amritsar Declaration of the Heart of Asia Istanbul Process Ministerial Conference in Dec 2016 was dropped from the recent Baku Declaration.

Dec 21: The 10th edition of the International Urdu Conference, organised by the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi, kicked off.

Dec 22: Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony issued notifications to all federal and provincial government departments that Arabic names such as Allah, Nabi, Rasool, A’yah, Masjid, Namaz, Salah, Roza and Soam should be used as they are.

Dec 22: The federal government issued special permits to King of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al-Khalifa and five of his associates to hunt the internationally protected houbara bustard during the season 2017-18.

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