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World in Focus (Nov-Dec 2018)

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Nov 16: Pakistan’s first Austro Turf cricket stadium was inaugurated in Balochistan’s Chaman city.

Nov 16: CPEC media forum, organised by the China Economic Net and Pakistan-China Institute, was held in Beijing. During the forum, lawmakers and opinion-makers from China and Pakistan called for joint efforts to highlight cooperation between the two countries and counter propaganda against the CPEC framework.

Nov 16: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government integrated Fata directorates of agricultural extension, forests, irrigation and hydel power, and sports with relevant departments.

Nov 16: Former Olympian and famous hockey player Rizwan Munir Bhutta passed away.

Nov 17: The PCB chairman Ehsan Mani handed over the presidentship of the Asian Cricket Council to Bangladesh’s Nazamul Hasan who will now remain the ACC president for 2018-20.

Nov 17: The International Labour Organisation (ILO) released its flagship report ‘Asia-Pacific Employment and Social Outlook 2018’, wherein it warned that negative wage growth was witnessed in Pakistan in 2015-16 (-4.7pc). In Pakistan’s education sector, 6.6pc of the total female employment in 2016 was well behind the 72.9pc share in agriculture and 12.7pc in manufacturing.

Nov 17: The Supreme Court (SC) dissolved Board of Commissioners, Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC).

Nov 18: Tableeghi Jamaat emir Haji Abdul Wahab passed away. He was 96.

About Haji Abdul Wahab

Haji Abdul Wahab was born in June 1922 to a Rajput family in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh (India). He graduated from the Islamia College, Lahore, and joined the revenue department as tehsildar. In 1944, he met Maulana Ilyas Kandhalvi, the founder of the Tableeghi Jamaat, and resigned from the revenue department to devote his life for preaching Islam. After Partition, his family moved to Burewala in Vehari district. Soon, he moved close to Raiwind Markaz to give maximum time to the cause he had taken up in a young age.

In 1992, he was made emir of the Jamaat on the demise of then chief Haji Mohammad Bashir.

He was ranked 10th among 500 most influential Muslims in the world due to his position in the Jamaat. His name hit headlines late in 2013 when Pakistani Taliban had suggested including him in the committee formed by the government to hold peace talks with the militants.

He was the third emir of the global movement for preaching Islam.

Nov 18: Defending champion Mir Nadir Magsi won the final round of Thal desert race.

Nov 18: Prime Minister Imran Khan went on a one-day visit to the United Arab Emirates where was assured of improved strategic and economic ties with the Gulf nation.

Nov 19: The government appointed Khalid Mirza, former chairman SECP and Competition Commission of Pakistan, the chairman SECP policy board.

Six members from the private sector were also named on the board. They included: Sadiq Saeed (JS investments), Farrukh Khan (BMA Capital), Adnan Afridi (Ex-CEO KSE), Waqar-ul-Islam and Asad Ali Shah (Chartered Accountant).

Nov 19: The Centre and the provinces decided to form task forces within their jurisdictions to control rapid population growth. The task forces will be headed by the prime minister at the national level and by the respective chief ministers at the provincial level.

Nov 19: Social activist Krishna Kumari, the first Hindu Thari woman senator of Pakistan, was named among the BBC’s 100 list of inspirational and influential women for 2018.

Nov 19: Pakistan received $1 billion from Saudi Arabia as part of the $3bn package promised by the kingdom during the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Nov 20: Pakistan Railways and the National Railway Administration of China signed an agreement pertaining to doubling of the entire ML-1 track from Karachi to Peshawar, up-gradation of the speed of passenger trains, freight trains, computer-based signalling, control system and others.

Nov 20: An MOU was signed between the State Council of Oman and the Senate of Pakistan with a view to increasing and strengthening parliamentary cooperation.

Nov 20: The Punjab government suspended the Punjab Film Certification Board.

Nov 21: Well-known progressive Urdu writer, poet, human rights activist and feminist, Fahmida Riaz, passed away. She was 73 years of age.

About Fahmida Riaz

She was born on July 28, 1945 in a literary family of Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India. Her family settled in the city of Hyderabad following her father’s transfer to the province of Sindh. Her father passed away when she was four. She learned about Urdu and Sindhi literature in her childhood and later learnt Persian language. After completing her education, she began working as a newscaster for Radio Pakistan.

Fahmida Riaz spent some years in the United Kingdom after her marriage. During this period, she worked with the BBC Urdu service (Radio) and got a degree in film making.

Nov 21: Prime Minister Imran Khan approved 5-year plan for enhanced National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS).

Nov 22: Pakistan and Malaysia vowed to strengthen their trade and economic relations, according to a joint statement issued on the conclusion of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s two-day visit to Malaysia.

Nov 23: Three heavily armed militants were shot dead in an encounter with law-enforcers during a gun-and-grenade attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi.

Nov 23: The Balochistan government approved the establishment of the Bank of Balochistan.

Nov 23: The Federal Cabinet appointed Arif Usmani the President of the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP).

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