Oct 29: Senator Pervaiz Rashid was relieved of his responsibilities as the federal minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage.
- The government held the minister responsible for a “lapse” following the controversy of a report in Dawn.
- Mr Rashid has not been declared guilty of any wrongdoing yet.
- An inquiry committee including senior officers of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Military Intelligence (MI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) is being formed by the government to clearly apportion blame.
- “Pervaiz Rashid had some recorded and unrecorded data related to the controversial story and he should have told the journalist not to publish this story however, he didn’t do anything in this regard,’ said Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali.
Oct 30: India beat arch-rivals Pakistan to reclaim the Asian Champions Trophy hockey final.
Oct 29: India beat New Zealand by 190 runs to take the ODI series 3-2.
Oct 30: Iceland’s prime minister, Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, resigned after his party lost votes to the Pirate Party in general election to the 63-member Althing, , the world’s oldest parliament.
About Pirate Party
- The Pirate Party was formed in 2012 to campaign against strict copyright laws.
- It has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the past year, winning over Icelandic voters with promises to fight corruption, give voters a direct say over policy and decriminalise drugs.
- Accepting the bitcoin currency and granting asylum to US whistleblower Edward Snowden were among other policy pledges.
- The Pirates have pledged to enhance direct democracy by passing the world’s first “crowd-sourced constitution,” drafted by Icelandic civilians rather than politicians.
- About 40 percent of Pirate supporters are under the age of 30.
About the Althing
- The Althing is one of the oldest extant parliamentary institutions in the world.
- Its foundation at Thingvellir (Parliament Plains) in 930 AD marks the birth of the Icelandic nation.
- The Althing met at Thingvellir from c. 930 to 1798.
- Even after Iceland’s union with Norway in 1262, the Althing still held its sessions at Þingvellir.
- It was abolished by decree of the Danish crown in 1800.
- The Althing was reconvened in Reykjavík in 1845, and it remained there, with the exception of a special session in Thingvellir that proclaimed the establishment of the Icelandic republic on June 17, 1944.
- The present parliament building, the Alþingishús, was built in 1881, of hewn Icelandic stone.
- The first woman elected to the Althing was Ingibjörg H. Bjarnason (1867-1941). She sat in parliament 1922-1930.
President: Einar Kristinn Guðfinnsson (since 23 May 2013)
Oct 30: The European Union and Canada signed a free trade agreement named the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement’s (CETA).
Oct 30: Bangladesh beat England to claim their first Test win over the guests by 108 runs.
Oct 30: Turkey dismissed another 10,000 civil servants and closed 15 more media outlets over suspected links with “terrorist organisations” and US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
- More than 100,000 people have already been sacked or suspended and 37,000 arrested since the July coup attempt.
- In another move, the ability of universities to elect their own rectors was also abolished.
- President Erdogan will now directly appoint nominees.
- Oct 30: PTCL became the first telecommunication operator in Pakistan to sign a partnership agreement with Netflix, the global internet television network.