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.
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.
- Nine out of 10 of those children lived in just 20 countries.
- The study marks South Asia, including Pakistan, as the second worst in the world, with nearly 36 per cent children living in extreme poverty.
- More than 30pc of the children living in extreme poverty live in India alone.
- Children are most at risk of living in extreme poverty in countries that have experienced conflict.
- 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.
- 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).