Oct 17: Third unit of the Chashma nuclear power project in Pakistan went into full operation. It is China’s third overseas reactor.
- China`s first overseas reactor at Chashma went into operation in the year 2000, while the second was completed in 2011. The fourth one is expected to go intofulloperationintheñrsthalfofnext year.
- It has been built by the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC).
- China has also agreed to invest $6.5 billion to build a reactor in Karachi.
- The project will mark the overseas debut of China`s homegrown third-generation reactor design known as the Hualong One.
- It is scheduled to be completed in 2020.
Oct 17: The federal government extended special policing powers of the Rangers in Karachi for 90 days.
About Rangers in Sindh
- The deployment of Pakistan Rangers in Karachi is requisitioned under Article 147 of the constitution, and under clause 1 of sub-section 3 of section 4 of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.
- The paramilitary force is authorised to prevent the commission of terrorist acts, or scheduled offences in notified area for the punishment of terrorist in accordance with the provision of the ATA, 1997.
- The Rangers have been assisting the Karachi police since 1989 when the then PPP government in the centre had called them and the Frontier Constabulary to curb rising political violence in the metropolis.
- The paramilitary force were later given special policing powers amid increasing number of killings on sectarian, political and ethnic grounds in the city.
- Since 2013, they have been spearheading an ‘operation’ against criminal elements after the federal cabinet empowered the force to lead a targeted advance with the support of police against criminals already identified by federal military and civilian agencies for their alleged involvement in targeted killings, kidnappings for ransom, extortion and terrorism.
Oct 17: The Supreme Court restrained Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) from selecting or appointing new employees in government departments.
Oct 17: Pakistan won their historic 400th test match when they beat West Indies by 56 runs.
Oct 17: Telenor Pakistan won the annual P@SHA ICT Award 2016 in recognition of its groundbreaking mobile agricultural service “Khushaal Zameendar”.
Oct 17: China launched a pair of astronauts into space on a mission to dock with an experimental space station.
- The Shenzhou 11 mission took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert in northern China aboard a Long March-2F carrier rocket.
- The Shenzhou 11 astronauts are Jing Haipeng, who is flying his third mission, and 37-year-old Chen Dong.
- It will dock with the Tiangong 2 space station precursor facility within two days
- Both astronauts will spend a month aboard an experimental space laboratory Tiangong-2 (Heavenly Palace 2).
- During the mission, they will conduct aerospace medical experiments, space science experiments and in-orbit maintenance with human participation.
- They will also undertake ultrasound tests during space travel for the first time, cultivate plants in space etc.
- The Shenzhou-11 mission is China’s sixth manned spacecraft. It will be first time that Chinese astronauts will stay in orbit for medium term.
- Earlier in 2013, three Chinese astronauts in a manned space mission had spent 15 days in orbit and were docked with a space laboratory Tiangong 1.
Oct 17: The oldest giant panda living in captivity, 38-year-old Jia Jia, died.
Jia Jia, whose name means “good”, had been gifted to Hong Kong in 1999 along with another panda, to mark the second anniversary of the city’s handover from former colonial ruler Britain.
Oct 17: Japanese scientists announced to have grown mouse eggs entirely in the lab, then fertilized them to yield fertile offspring.
Oct 17: Iraqi government launched a US-backed offensive to drive IS out of Mosul.