World in Focus (Jan-Feb, 2016)

World in Focus Jan Feb 16

 NATIONAL

Jan 16: The Balochistan Assembly unanimously adopted a bill titled “Harassment Against Balochistan Women at Workplace Bill 2015”.
Jan 18: PM Nawaz Sharif and COAS Gen Raheel Sharif held talks with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on Saudi-Iranian spat.
Jan 18: An anti-terrorism court acquitted former president Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf in murder of Nawab Akbar Bugti case.
Jan 18: Officials from Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the United States, which are part of the quadrilateral coordination group (QCD), met in Kabul to discuss a roadmap for reviving the stalled peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
Jan 19: A successful flight test was conducted of a locally developed cruise missile named “Raad” with a range of 350 kilometres.
Jan 19: A Peshawar High Court bench declared illegal and unconstitutional the bifurcation of Kohistan district.
Jan 20: Militants stormed the Bacha Khan University campus, killing 20 people.
Jan 20: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expressed dissatisfaction over Pakistan’s poor performance in reforming the fiscal federalism through the National Finance Commission (NFC).
Jan 20: Pakistan and Iran agreed to cooperate to defend projects of Pakistan and Iran at international and regional organisations.
Jan 25: COAS Gen Raheel Sharif issued a brief, but sudden, statement hinting his unwillingness to seek extension in his tenure.
Jan 25: The Supreme Court de-seated PML-N lawmaker Justice (R) Iftikhar Ahmad Cheema and ordered the ECP to hold fresh elections in his constituency.
Jan 25: The Human Development Report 2015 ranked Pakistan at 147th in a list of 188 countries and territories on the Human Development Index (HDI).
Jan 25: The Punjab government promulgated the Punjab Forests (Amendment) Ordinance 2016 according to which the forest protected land could be used for national projects of strategic importance.
Jan 25: The Sindh Assembly unanimously passed a law to regulate the minimum wage of workers employed in various industrial and commercial establishments.
Jan 26: The Transparency International (TI) maintained that Pakistan was the only country among the five Saarc countries that improved its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) score.
Jan 27: The Pakistan-Iran Joint Border Commission underlined the need for securing their porous border in an attempt to effectively check trafficking in drugs, weapons and illegal immigrants.
Jan 28: A division bench of Lahore High Court, comprising Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh and Justice Shahid Karim, issued a stay order against the construction work for the Orange Line metro train project within 200 feet of historical buildings along its route.
Jan 30: Suspected Lyari gangster Uzair Jan Baloch was caught by Sindh Rangers while he was entering Karachi.
Feb 01: The federal government imposed the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA), 1952, abolishing various rights of PIA employees, including that of strike.
Feb 01: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah granted a 90-day extension to special powers of Rangers under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).
Feb 01: The Punjab University launched a newly-designed official website.
Feb 02: Chairman PIA Nasser Jaffar submitted his resignation to Prime Minister.
Feb 03: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the 193km road Gwadar-Turbat-Hoshab Road (M-8) that is part of the CPEC.
Feb 04: The chief of Afghanistan’s spy agency NDS met his Pakistani counterpart.
Feb 07: The European Union agreed to Pakistan’s terms on the mechanism for deporting citizens.
Feb 08: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan announced that he had resigned.
Feb 08: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government declared health as an essential service in all medical teaching institutions.
Feb 09: The PIA flight operations were fully restored after the anti-privatisation employees called off their strike.
Feb 09: The Netherlands’ Queen Her Majesty Maxima visited Pakistan.
Feb 10: Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) termed the self-styled Islamic State (Daesh) as a ‘Khawarij’ (those who deviated from mainstream Islam).
Feb 10: Retired Lt Gen Mohammad Hamid Khan, the director general of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission, resigned.
Feb 12: The Obama administration notified the Congress that it planned to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.
Feb 13: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approved policy guidelines over foreign appointments in order to eliminate nepotism and unfairness in the service.
Feb 15: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated the first international standard model drug testing laboratory of the country in Lahore.

Shahbzada Yaqub Ali Khan

Business & Economy

Jan 21: The National Assembly adopted a bill to grant a four-year tax amnesty to traders.
Jan 26: Pakistan and Iran agreed to increase the volume of bilateral trade to $5 billion.
Jan 28: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet decided to charge consumers of the two gas utilities Rs101 billion to partly finance pipeline network.
Jan 30: The central bank kept its policy rate unchanged at six percent.
Feb 08: World Bank President Jim Yong Kim arrived in Pakistan and held meetings with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar besides other stakeholders.
The World Bank’s programme in Pakistan is governed by its Country Partnership Strategy agreed with the government. The World Bank Pakistan portfolio has 26 investment lending projects under implementation with a total net commitment of $4.99 billion.
The Bank has to date committed over $5.6bn in Pakistan, including $1.2bn during the 2015 fiscal year. IFC’s advisory services programme in Pakistan is one of its largest in the region, with 13 active projects and a funding commitment of over $20 million.
Feb 12: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced zero-rated tax regime for the export sector to help it overcome liquidity crunch, and eliminate corruption in payment of refund claims.
The regime will take effect from July 1, 2016.

Intizar Hussain

Elections, Transfers & Appointments

Jan 16: Professor Shabbir Lehri and Professor Abid Farooqi were elected president and vice president respectively of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).
Jan 18: Makhdoom Saeeduz Zaman, a brother of the late Makhdoom Amin Fahim, won by-elections for NA-218 Matiari.
Jan 21: The Balochistan government allotted portfolios to three ministers and two advisers.
Jan 25: MQM Senator Dr Mohammad Farogh Naseem was elected Vice Chairman of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC).
Jan 25: National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq was elected vice chairman of the 11th General Assembly of the Parliamentary Union of the Islamic Countries (Gapuic).
Jan 27: The Punjab government appointed Dr Mukhtar Hussain Syed as Punjab Health Director General.
Jan 28: Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, senior puisne judge of Supreme Court, took the oath as acting Chief Justice of Pakistan.
Feb 02: The government appointed a German citizen Hayden Berg as the chief operating officer of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
Feb 05: The federal government appointed Shahid Zulfiqar Khan as CEO of the Nandipur power plant.
Feb 06: The FBR appointed Rozi Khan Burki of Pakistan Customs Service as Member (HRM) FBR, Rana Seerat of Inland Revenue Service as Member (Taxpayers Audit); Rukhsana Yasmin of IRS as Member Training; and Muhamad Majeed as Member Administration.
Feb 11: Secretary Climate Change Arif Ahmad Khan was appointed federal secretary for Interior.
Feb 11: The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) government appointed AJK High Court Chief Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mughal as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC).
Feb 12: The interior ministry appointed Captain (retd) Abid Qadri as the acting director general of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
Feb 13: Sindh Education Department Additional Secretary Syed Zakir Shah was handed over additional charge of Sindh Textbook Board chairman. He is facing inquiry of corruption of millions of rupees.
Feb 15: Sheikh Ansar Aziz was elected as the first-ever mayor of Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC).

Energy

Jan 16: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved technical assistance worth $1.8 million for preparation of a hydro-power development plan for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Feb 02: Japan provided a concessional loan worth $43 million to Pakistan for energy sector reforms.

Education

Jan 21: Higher Education Department (HED), Punjab, assigned look-after charge of Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor (VC) to Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran.
Jan 23: The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) revised its legal education rules in view of deteriorating standard and quality of legal education.

Sports

Jan 16: Bashir Bhola Bhala Pehlwan of Lahore won the title of Rustam-e-Zaman Gama Pehlwan Dangal.
Jan 17: Waheed Baloch clinched the title of the Rashid D Habib National Professional Golf Championship.
Jan 22: New Zealand beat Pakistan in the third and final Twenty20 to clinch the series.
Jan 24: Aqeel Khan won the men’s singles final of the Kulsum Saifullah Khan National Ranking Tennis Championship.
Feb 04: The opening ceremony of Pakistan’s first ever T20 league, Pakistan Super League (PSL) was held in Dubai, UAE.
Feb 05: Mohammad Amir clinched the first hat-trick of Pakistan Super League.
Feb 06: Lianna Catherine Swan won Pakistan’s first gold of the South Asian Games.
Feb 14: Roni Patel won the 11th Cholistan Desert Jeep Rally by crossing the line in two hours and 52 seconds.

Obituaries

Jan 16: International table tennis player and two-time national champion Mazhar Qureshi passed away at 75.
Jan 18: Popular Pashto folksinger Gulab Sher Ustad passed away at 91.
Jan 26: Nasreen Anjum Bhatti, poet, peace and political activist and broadcaster, passed away at 73.
Jan 26: The head of UHS Department of Microbiology Professor Abdul Hannan died at 79.
Jan 28: A retired judge of the Lahore High Court, Amir Alam Khan, passed away.
Feb 01: Haji Israr Ali Bhatti, former Test cricketer, passed away at 90. He had played six test matches, one in India and five in Pakistan in 1952.
Feb 06: Former deputy chairman of Senate and seasoned politician Malik Muhammad Ali breathed his last.
Feb 06: Renowned novelist Mohiuddin Nawab passed away in Karachi. Devta, one of Nawab’s most famous Urdu novels, is the longest Urdu novel published in over 25 years.
Feb 09: Distinguished artist and sculptor Sadiq Ali Shahzad passed away.
Feb 10: Former first class cricketer Khalid Qureshi, who was a member of Pakistan squad that went to India under Abdul Hafeez Kardar’s captaincy in 1952, died.
Feb 11: Eminent journalist Naushaba Burney died. She was 83.
Feb 11: Former director of Punjab University’s Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) Prof Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz died.
Feb 13: Veteran journalist Raja Mohammad Asghar died at 78.

Fatima Surayya Bajia

People in News

Syed Hamid Husain
Jan 20: Syed Hamid Husain, a chemistry teacher, sacrificed his life while trying to protect his students during a deadly terrorist attack at the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda.
Zabir Saeed Badar
Feb 08: Senior journalist and writer Zabir Saeed Badar was given the best media educationist award for the year 2015 by South Asian Literary Forum (SALF).
Ammara Aamir Khattak
Feb 12: Ammara Aamir Khattak hit the news when she took over as the deputy commissioner (DC) of the garrisoned city of Abbottabad. She is the first woman to step into this role. Previously, Khattak served as the Hazara additional commissioner. She belongs to the 34th Common Training Programme.  After completing her training as DMG officer, she started career as administrative officer in 2006.
Dr Nergis Mavalvala
Feb 13: Pakistan-born Dr Nergis Mavalvala hit the news when it emerged that she was the part of the team that made a scientific breakthrough by discovering gravitational waves; confirming a hypothesis by Albert Einstein. Dr Mavalvala is associate department head of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Imran Khan
Feb 15: After Dr Nergis Mavalvala, another Pakistani scientist Imran Khan of Quetta hit the news when it emerged that he too was the part of the discovery of gravitational waves. Imran has been known to have worked with a team of scientists at Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) that recorded gravitational waves for the first time in history.
Fiza Farhan
Feb 15: Fiza Farhan, the CEO of Buksh Foundation and Director of Buksh Energy Pvt Ltd, was named as member of the first ever high-level panel of the UN Secretary-General on women’s economic empowerment.

Places in News

Lahore
Jan 24: A SAFMA seminar on “Pak-India Thaw: Out-of-Box Solutions” was conducted in Lahore.
Islamabad
Feb 01: CPEC is a part of China’s 13th five-year plan, but the Pakistan government has declared it solely an indigenous project, informed Dr Abid Q. Suleri at a seminar: Contribution of CPEC to Economic Prosperity organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).
Karachi
Feb 07: The first international Pakistan Edible Oil Conference was held in Karachi.

Balochistan Cabinet

 INTERNATIONAL

Jan 16: The formal opening ceremony of the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was held in Beijing.
Jan 16: The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, announced to lift sanctions clamped on Iran.
Jan 17: President Barack Obama confirmed that the United States had lifted certain nuclear-related sanctions from Iran. At the same time, he announced a settlement between the US and Iran at The Hague, in which Iran received $400 million in funds frozen since 1981 plus $1.3 billion in interest.
Jan 18: The number of international tourists rose by 4.4 per cent worldwide in 2015 to hit a record 1.18 billion, according to the Madrid-based United Nations World Tourism Organisation.
Jan 18: According to an Oxfam report, the wealthiest 62 people now own as much as half the world’s population, some 3.5 billion people, as the super-rich have grown richer and the poor poorer.
Jan 19: Europe has “no more than months” to get the migration crisis under control, or else its Schengen passport-free travel zone will collapse, the chairman of European Council Donald Tusk told European Parliament.
Jan 19: Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing nominated military officers, who hold a quarter of seats in parliament, to their posts.
Jan 20: Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi King Salman attended a ceremony to mark the opening of a joint-venture, the YASREF refinery, located in Yanbu Industrial City on the Red Sea. Its 62.5 percent shares are held by Saudi oil giant Aramco, while China Petroleum and Chemical Corp (Sinopec) holds the balance.
Jan 20: The defence ministers of seven countries — France, US, Australia, Britain, The Netherlands, Germany and Italy — leading the battle against the militant Islamic State group (IS) met in Paris to review strategy as the militants spread their influence around the globe.
Jan 21: Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a slew of multi-billion-dollar deals with Egypt.
Jan 22: It was reported that a mosquito-borne virus, Zika, have made its way to Brazil and is spreading rapidly around Latin America and the Caribbean. Nearly 4,000 cases of brain damage, in which babies were born with unusually small heads, have been registered in Brazil in the past year.
Jan 23: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hailed a “new chapter” in relations with China after talks with President Xi Jinping, who toured the region to boost Beijing’s economic influence.
Jan 24: The Russian government set aside 135 billion roubles ($1.7 billion) to help the real economy in a draft anti-crisis plan.
Jan 24: Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani offered direct talks with the Afghan Taliban referring to them as political opponents.
Jan 24: The north-eastern United States was hit by a massive blizzard, bringing Washington DC and New York among all major cities in the region to a standstill.
Jan 25: India signed an inter-government pact to buy 36 French-built Rafale fighter planes.
Jan 25: Libya’s internationally recognised parliament voted to reject a unity government proposed under a UN-backed plan to resolve the country’s political crisis and armed conflict.
Jan 25: Hassan Rouhani reached Italy on the first state visit to Europe by an Iranian president in almost two decades.
Jan 26: Denmark’s parliament, Folketing, adopted reforms aimed at dissuading migrants from seeking asylum by delaying family reunifications and allowing authorities to seize their valuables.
Jan 26: An Indian Air Force jet ‘accidentally’ dropped 5 live bombs over Gugdi in Barmer, Rajasthan.
Jan 27: With the average temperature for January standing at minus 50 degrees Celsius, the Russian village of Oymyakon might become the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world.
Jan 28: Iran agreed to buy 118 Airbus aircraft worth about $25 billion, according to an MOU signed during President Rouhani’s visit to France.
Jan 28: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani had been due to eat lunch with French President Francois Hollande in an upmarket restaurant, but negotiations broke down after the Iranians requested a halal, alcohol-free meal.
French officials insisted on serving traditional local food and wine, saying making a meal “Iran friendly” went against their values.
Jan 29: Parliamentarians in Iran passed a bill to protect the rights of children which includes a clause that allows a man to marry his adopted daughter while she is as young as 13 years.
Jan 29: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee said that inability to stop the demolition of the Babri Mosque was the biggest failure of former Indian Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao.
Jan 30: The arcane ritual of electing the next US president began in more than 1,100 schools, churches and libraries across Iowa.
Feb 01: Cuba’s President Raul Castro began an official state visit to France, his first ever to Europe.
Feb 01: Britain granted its first research licence to genetically modify human embryos.
Feb 02: Google parent Alphabet became the world’s most valuable company, vaulting past Apple.
Feb 02: Israeli forces demolished 24 Palestinian buildings in a disputed military zone in the West Bank, including 10 funded by the European Union.
Feb 02: US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter announced that the total budget for fiscal year 2017 will be $583 billion; a big boost to counter Russia and raise the US presence in eastern Europe, while also stepping up the fight against the militant Islamic State (IS) group.
Feb 02: Myanmar’s Parliament, dominated by the party of the pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, began a new and historic session that will install the country’s first democratically elected government in more than 50 years.
Feb 03: Sri Lanka’s former army chief Sarath Fonseka joined the coalition government which has vowed to probe allegations of atrocities committed during the bloody finale of the island’s separatist war.
Feb 03: European officials agreed to a deal with the United States that would let Google, Amazon and thousands of other businesses continue moving people’s digital data, including social media posts and financial information, back and forth across the Atlantic.
Feb 05: The United Nations ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been “arbitrarily detained” by the United Kingdom and Sweden since he was arrested in 2010 and that he should be allowed to leave Ecuador’s Embassy in London without facing arrest.
Feb 07: North Korea launched a long-range rocket carrying a satellite.
Feb 08: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani presented the “Medal of Merit” to Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the “Medal of Courage” to Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan and Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi, who is also the country’s nuclear chief, to honour them for their role in clinching a landmark deal with world powers last year.
Feb 10: Nato defence ministers approved a new multinational force to beef up defences of frontline alliance members most at risk from Russia.
Feb 10: North Korea reportedly executed its army’s Chief of General Staff, Ri Yong Gil.
Feb 10: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius bowed out of government after a career spanning more than three decades.
Feb 10: The UAE appointed women to the newly created posts of state ministers for happiness and tolerance, and a 22-year-old female for youth affairs.
Feb 10: President Milos Zeman says the Czech Republic paid a ransom for the release of two Czech women, Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka, who were kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013.
Feb 11: In a landmark discovery for physics and astronomy, international scientists said they have glimpsed the first direct evidence of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time, which Albert Einstein predicted a century ago.
When two black holes collided some 1.3 billion years ago, the joining of those two great masses sent forth a wobble that hurtled through space and arrived at Earth on Sept 14, 2015, when it was picked up by sophisticated instruments, researchers announced.
Feb 12: The International Syria Support Group agreed to an ambitious plan to cease hostilities in war-torn Syria.
Feb 14: The number of civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan in 2015 was the highest recorded since 2009, the UN said, with children paying a particularly heavy price.
There were 11,002 civilian casualties last year including 3,545 deaths, the UN said in its annual report on Afghan civilians, a four per cent rise over the previous high in 2014.
Feb 15: Survival drama “The Revenant” was the top winner at Britain’s biggest movie awards, taking the best film prize and honours for leading actor Leonardo DiCaprio and director Alejandro G. Inarritu.
Economy
Jan 25: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a record $2.6 billion of new financing and investments for the private sector in 2015, a 37 percent increase from a year earlier and 62 percent higher than in 2013.
Feb 04: The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the biggest trade deal in history, was signed, yoking 12 Pacific Rim countries in a US-led initiative.
Feb 06: Iran and Japan signed an investment agreement aimed at encouraging investment in the Iranian economy from Japanese companies.
Elections & Appointments
 Jan 16: Taiwan elected Tsai Ing-wen as its first female president.
Jan 16: Dmitry Shlyakhtin was elected as the new president of the Russian Athletics Federation (VFLA).
Jan 19: A Libyan unity government under a UN-brokered deal was formed. The government, headed by Fayez al-Sarraj as prime minister, comprises 32 ministers.
Jan 20: Moldovan lawmakers appointed the country’s third prime minister in less than a year.
Jan 25: Portugal elected Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, a veteran centre-right politician and television commentator, as country’s new president.
Sports
Jan 16: England won the test series against South Africa.
Jan 17: A world record T20 partnership by Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson gave New Zealand a comprehensive 10-wicket win in the second Twenty20 against Pakistan in Hamilton.
Jan 25: Former South Africa international Gulam Bodi was banned from all cricket-related activities for 20 years.
Jan 27: David Warner was named Australia’s Test player of the year, beating captain Steve Smith for the Allan Border Medal.
Jan 29: Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won the Australian Open women’s doubles title.
Jan 30: Angelique Kerber upset world number one Serena Williams to clinch the Australian Open and become the first German to win a grand slam title since 1999.
Feb 12: Pakistan defeated India to win a hockey gold medal in the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) in Guwahati (India).
Feb 14: West Indies defeated three-time champions India by five wickets to clinch their first ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
Obituaries
Jan 19: Eagle guitarist and founding member Glenn Frey died.
Jan 19: The world’s oldest man, Yasutaro Koide, died at the age of 112.
Jan 25: Edmonde Charles-Roux, a long-time editor of French Vogue and the author of the novel “To Forget Palermo,” winner of the Prix Goncourt, France’s biggest literary prize, in 1966, died. She was 95.
Jan 27: Artur Fischer, a German inventor who registered more than 1,100 patents, including the first synchronized camera flash and an anchor that millions of do-it-yourselfers use to secure screws into walls, died. He was 96.
Jan 29: Filmmaker Jacques Rivette, one of the leading lights of French New Wave film movement of the 1960s, died. He was 87.
Feb 06: US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, one of just 12 people to have walked on the Moon, died aged 85.
Feb 08: Nida Fazli, a prominent Urdu poet and a lyricist who brought a dash of quality to Bollywood songs, passed away. He was 77.
Feb 09: Former Nepal prime minister Sushil Koirala died aged 77.
Feb 13: Maestro Robin Ghosh died in Dhaka after a long-drawn illness.

People in News

J.K. Rowling
Jan 25: The “Harry Potter” author, J.K. Rowling, was awarded with the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award.

Places in News

Beijing, China
Jan 27: US Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met for more than four hours to discuss how to deal with North Korea’s latest nuclear weapons test and ease tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
Bali, Indonesia
Jan 28: The fourth International Conference on Family Planning concluded in Bali, Indonesia.
Munich, Germany
Feb 12: A meeting of the International Syria Support Group was held in Munich, Germany, where 17 countries agreed “to implement a nationwide cessation of hostilities to begin in a target of one week’s time.”

Wif-march

 MCQs

National
1. On Jan 16, the ______ approved technical assistance worth $1.8 million for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
(a) World Bank    (b) ADB
(c) China        (d) IDB

2. The late PPP leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim was an MNA form NA ______.
(a) 187        (b) 211
(c) 218        (d) 235

3. The Quadrilateral Coordination Group consists of Pakistan, Afghanistan, the United States and ______.
(a) UK        (b) India
(c) Russia    (d) China

4. On Jan 19, a successful flight test of a locally developed cruise missile named ______ was conducted.
(a) Barq        (b) Raad
(c) Tipu        (d) Ghaznavi

5. Bacha Khan University at Charsadda was attacked by militants on ______.
(a) Jan 18    (b) Jan 20
(c) Jan 22    (d) Jan 26

6. On Jan 20, Pakistan and ______ agreed to cooperate to defend presented projects of both countries at international and regional organisations.
(a) Russia     (b) Iran
(c) India        (d) China

7. On Jan 25, the Supreme Court de-seated PML-N lawmaker Justice (R) Iftikhar Ahmad Cheema from NA-______ constituency.
(a) NA-101    (b) NA-102
(c) NA-115     (d) NA-117

8. The Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States is headquartered at ______
(a) Tehran    (b) Jeddah
(c) Riyadh    (d) Abu Dhabi

9. On a list of 188 countries and territories on the Human Development Index (HDI), Pakistan has been ranked at ______ position.
(a) 131st        (b) 142nd
(c) 147th        (d) 153rd

10. The Punjab government promulgated the Punjab Forests (Amendment) Ordinance 2016 on ______.
(a) Jan 25    (b) Jan 27
(c) Jan 29    (d) Jan 31

11. On Jan 26, Pakistan and ______ agreed to increase the volume of bilateral trade to $5 billion.
(a) Russia     (b) Iran
(c) Sri Lanka    (d) Afghanistan

12. The incumbent chairman of Economic Coordination Committee is ______.
(a) Ishaq Dar    (b) Nawaz Sharif
(c) Zubair Khan     (d) Ahsan Iqbal

13. On Jan 28, Lahore High Court issued a stay order against the construction work for the Orange Line metro train project within ______ feet of historical buildings.
(a) 150        (b) 200
(c) 250        (d) 300

14. On Feb 01, the federal government imposed the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA), ______, abolishing various rights of PIA employees, including that of strike.
(a) 1884        (b) 1952
(c) 1958         (d) 1985

15. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a part of China’s ______ five-year plan.
(a) 13th        (b) 14th
(c) 15th        (d) 17th

16. On Feb 02, Chairman PIA ______ submitted his resignation to Prime Minister.
(a) Mushahidullah (b) Nasser Jaffar
(c) Enver Baig    (d) Sohail Baloch

17. On Feb 02, the government appointed a ______ citizen Hayden Berg as the chief operating officer of the PIA.
(a) American    (b) German
(c) Italian    (d) French

18. On Feb 02, ______ provided a concessional loan worth $43 million to Pakistan for energy sector reforms.
(a) Japan        (b) China
(c) Belgium     (d) Spain

19. The other name of 193km road Gwadar-Turbat-Hoshab Road that will link other parts of the country with Quetta and Sindh is ______.
(a) M-7        (b) M-8
(c) CPEC-8    (d) CPEC-9

20. National Directorate of Security is the spy agency of ______.
(a) Sri Lanka    (b) Afghanistan
(c) China     (d) Bangladesh

21. On Feb 05, ______ was appointed as CEO of the Nandipur power plant.
(a) Shahid Zulfiqar Khan
(b) Inam Rashid
(c) Fawad Hassan Fawad
(d) Shakeel Anjum

22. Devta, the longest Urdu novel published in over 25 years, was written by ______.
(a) Intizar Hussain
(b) Mohiuddin Nawab
(c) Ishtiaq Qureshi
(d) Fatima Surayya Bajia

23. On Feb 07, the first international Pakistan Edible Oil Conference was held in ______.
(a) Kuala Lumpur     (b) Bangkok
(c) Dhaka    (d) Karachi

24. On Feb 08, World Bank President ______ arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit.
(a) Julia Gillard    (b) Jim Yong Kim
(c) Juan Miranda    (d) Paul Farmer

25. On Feb 10, Pakistan and ______ signed $16 billion sale and purchase agreement for importing LNG for 16 years.
(a) China        (b) Russia
(c) Mexico    (d) Qatar

26. On Feb 10, Pakistan Ulema Council termed the ______ as a ‘Khawarij’.
(a) Taliban    (b) Al -Qaeda
(c) Daesh    (d) BLA

27. The incumbent Federal Secretary for Interior is ______.
(a) Khalid Pervez    (b) Arif A. Khan
(c) Shah Arbab    (d) Ismail Qureshi

28. On Feb 12, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced zero-rated tax regime for the export sector that will take effect from ______.
(a) July 01, 2016    (b) Sep 1, 2016
(c) Jan 01, 2017    (d) July 1, 2017

29. Pakistan’s foreign policy “is determined basically by the fact of geography which cannot change with shifts in the global policies of the Big Powers” was said by ______.
(a) Z.A. Bhutto    (b) Ayub Khan
(c) Sir Zafrullah    (d) Fatima Jinnah

International

1. On Jan 16, Tsai Ing-wen was elected as the first female president of ______.
(a) Myanmar     (b) Taiwan
(c) Thailand    (d) Singapore

2. International Atomic Energy Agency announced to lift sanctions against Iran on ______.
(a) Jan 12    (b) Jan 14
(c) Jan 16    (d) Jan 18

3. The headquarters of International Atomic Energy Agency is located in ______.
(a) New York     (b) Vienna
(c) Geneva     (d) Paris

4. The World Tourism Organisation, a specialized agency of the United Nations, is headquartered at ______.
(a) Madrid    (b) Bonn
(c) California    (d) Paris

5. According to an Oxfam report, the wealthiest ______ people now own as much as half the world’s population, some 3.5 billion people.
(a) 50        (b) 57
(c) 62        (d) 79

6. Military officers hold ______ of seats in Myanmar parliament named Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.
(a) 15%        (b) 20%
(c) 25%        (d) 33%

7. Tatmadaw is the name of the ______ Armed Forces.
(a) Turkmen    (b) Turk
(c) Russian    (d) Myanmar

8. The current President of the European Council is ______.
(a) Jan Fischer ‎    (b) Donald Tusk
(c) Mark Rutte    (d) Ewa Kopacz

9. On Jan 19, a bright orange ______ became the first flower ever grown in space.
(a) Castilleja    (b) Chasmanthe
(c) Gaillardia    (d) Zinnia

10. On Jan 19, a Libyan unity government under a UN-brokered deal was formed with ______ as its head.
(a) Khalifa Haftar    (b) Fayez al-Sarraj
(c) Peter Millet    (d) Martin Kobler

11. On Jan 20, the YASREF refinery, located in Yanbu Industrial City on the ______, was inaugurated.
(a) Black Sea    (b) Arabian Sea
(c) Caspian Sea    (d) Red Sea

12. On Jan 20, the defence ministers of seven countries leading the battle against the militant Islamic State group (IS) met in ______.
(a) New York     (b) Paris
(c) Davos        (d) Geneva

13. On Jan 25, ______ signed an inter-government pact to buy 36 French-built Rafale fighter planes.
(a) India        (b) Pakistan
(c) Sri Lanka     (d) Myanmar

14. On Jan 25, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was elected as the new president of ______.
(a) Venezuela     (b) Argentina
(c) Portugal    (d) Jamaica

15. Folketing is the unicameral national parliament of ______.
(a) Austria    (b) Sweden
(d) Poland    (d) Denmark

16. When the Babri Mosque was destroyed by hardline Hindu activists on December 6, 1992, the Prime Minister of India was ______.
(a) Chandra Shekhar
(b) P.V.Narasimha Rao
(c) Atal Bihari Vajpayee
(d) H. D. Deve Gowda

17. Raul Castro is the current president of ______.
(a) Bolivia    (b) Cuba
(c) Vietnam    (d) Brazil

18. At present, the world’s most valuable company is ______.
(a) Alphabet    (b) Apple
(c) Volkswagen     (d) Microsoft

19. Sarath Fonseka is a former Army Chief of ______.
(a) India        (b) Cambodia
(c) Thailand    (d) Sri Lanka

20. The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the biggest trade deal in history, was signed on ______.
(a) Feb 02    (b) Feb 04
(c) Feb 08    (d) Feb 08

21. On Feb 05, the ______ ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been “arbitrarily detained” by the United Kingdom and Sweden.
(a) ICC        (b) ICJ
(c) UN        (d) US Congress

22. On Feb 06, Iran and ______ signed an investment agreement aimed at encouraging investment in the Iranian economy.
(a) Japan        (b) China
(c) France    (d) Italy

23. Yonhap is the news agency of ______.
(a) Vietnam    (b) Japan
(c) S. Korea    (d) N. Korea

24. According to______, there were 11,002 civilian casualties in Afghanistan during 2015 including 3,545 deaths.
(a) Médecins Sans Frontières
(b) Transparency International
(c) Amnesty International
(d) United Nations

25. Sto Nino is an annual feast celebrated in ______.
(a) Cambodia    (b) Myanmar
(c) Philippines    (d) Venezuela

26. Operation Desert Storm was the codename of the ______.
(a) Gulf War    
(b) Arab-Israeli War
(c) Operation to kill Osama
(d) Toppling of Saddam Hussein

27. The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, ______.
(a) 1816        (b) 1918
(c) 1919        (d) 1920

28. Mrs Indira Gandhi was the daughter of ______.
(a) M.K. Gandhi
(b) Lal Bahadur Shadtri
(c) Motilal Nehru
(d) Jawaharlal Nehru

29. 1984 is a famous English novel written by ______.
(a) Alfred Miso    (b) George Orwell
(c) G.B. Shaw    (d) Jane Austen

30. A 14-year-old ______ Leonard Thompson was the first person to receive an insulin injection as treatment for diabetes.
(a) British    (b) Latvian
(c) Portuguese    (d) Canadian

31. World International Day of Customs is commemorated on ______.
(a) Jan 26    (b) Jan 28
(c) Jan 30    (d) Jan 31

Sports

1. On Jan 29, ______ and Martina Hingis won the Australian Open women’s doubles title.
(a) Maria Sharapova
(b) Serena Williams
(c) Sania Mirza    (d) Venus Williams

2. ______ clinched the first hat-trick of Pakistan Super League.
(a) Wahab Riaz
(b) Muhammad Amir
(c) Shane Watson     (d) Junaid Khan

3. Pakistan Super League (PSL) officially opened on ______.
(a) Feb 01    (b) Feb 04
(c) Feb 05    (d) Feb 06

4. On Feb 06, Lianna Catherine Swan won ______ first gold of the South Asian Games 2016.
(a) Sri Lanka’s     (b) India’s
(c) Myanmar’s     (d) Pakistan’s

5. The 12th South Asian Games (SAG) were held in Indian city ______.
(a) Mumbai     (b) Guwahati
(c) Chennai     (d) Bengaluru

6. On Feb 14, ______ defeated three-time champions India to clinch their first ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
(a) South Africa    (b) Australia
(c) West Indies    (d) Pakistan

Obituaries

1. Pakistan’s former Foreign Minister, Sahabzada Yaqub Ali Khan, was a former ______ of Pakistan Army.
(a) Brigadier    (b) Major General
(c) Lt. General    (d) General

2. Nasreen Anjum Bhatti was a famous poet of ______ language.
(a) Punjabi    (b) Seraiki
(c) English     (d) Urdu

3. Pakistani author Intizar Hussain was shortlisted for the Man Booker international prize in ______.
(a) 2013        (b) 2014
(c) 2015        (d) 2016

4. Sadiq Ali Shahzad, who passed away on Feb 09, was a famous ______.
(a) Actor        (b) Singer
(c) Sculptor    (d) Architect

5. Devta, the longest Urdu novel published in over 25 years, was written by ______, who passed away on Feb 06.
(a) Ishtiaq Hussain
 (b) Mohiuddin Nawab
(c) Aliya Begum
(d) Intizar Hussain

6. Renowned playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia died on ______.
(a) Jan 31    (b) Feb 05
© Feb 08     (d) Feb 1

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