8 October 2016, National & International Current Affairs

National

Oct 08: The ADB management approved a loan of $9.7 million for financing the designing of the Karachi Bus Rapid Transit Project.

Oct 08: The Department of Archaeology and Museums (DOAM) started the first-ever archaeological survey in the federal capital.

Oct 08: Governor SBP Ashraf Mahmood Wathra was awarded with Euromoney`s Central Bank Governor of 2016 award.

Oct 08: A private publication, Emerging Markets, declared Ishaq Dar as ‘Finance Minister of the year 2016 for South Asia’.

Oct 09: Qari Ajmal, the mastermind of the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, was killed in Afghanistan’s Paktika province.

International

Oct 08: Saudi-led air strikes on a funeral in Sanaa killed more than 100 people and wounded more than 500.

Oct 08: Morocco`s ruling party, Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), won 125 seats out of 395 in parliamentary elections.

Oct 08: Australian cricketer John Gleeson, who mystified batsmen with his unique bent finger spin, passed away.

Oct 08: China blocked India’s move to get the United Nations to ‘ban’ Masood Azhar, accusing India of pursuing “political gains in the name of counter-terrorism”.

Oct 09: A joint study of the World Bank and Unicef, titled ‘Ending extreme poverty: A focus on children,’ revealed that half the world’s extremely poor are children and almost 385 million children were living in extreme poverty in 2013.

Highlights

  1. Nine out of 10 of those children lived in just 20 countries.
  2. The study marks South Asia, including Pakistan, as the second worst in the world, with nearly 36 per cent children living in extreme poverty.
  3. More than 30pc of the children living in extreme poverty live in India alone.
  4. Children are most at risk of living in extreme poverty in countries that have experienced conflict.
  5. In 2013, 19.5pc of children in 89 countries were living in households that survived on an average of $1.90 a day per person or less, compared to just 9.2pc of adults.
  6. The study warns that ‘neglecting children fails to build the human capital needed for sustained economic prosperity in today’s world’.

Oct 09: Russia vetoed a French-drafted resolution, in the UN Security Council, demanding an immediate halt to the bombing campaign that the Syrian government and Russia are carrying out against rebel-held districts in Aleppo.

The rival Russian draft which made no mention of a bombing halt was rejected because it failed to get the minimum nine “yes” votes needed for approval by the 15-member council.

Oct 09: The ruling Georgian Dream party won Georgia`s parliamentary polls by defeating the main opposition party United National Movement (UNM).

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