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World in Focus (March-April 2016)

World in Focus (March-April 2016)

NATIONAL

Mar 16: Supreme Court allowed Pervez Musharraf to go abroad by upholding SHC order that called for removing his name from the ECL.

Mar 16: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Oscar-winning documentary, “A Girl in the River” was screened at the UN.

Mar 16-17: Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov undertook a two-day visit to Pakistan. Eight accords on cooperation including an MoU on financial intelligence to curb money laundering and terrorism financing were signed.

Mar 16: Pakistanis are happier than Indians, according to findings of World Happiness Report 2016 which ranked Pakistan 92nd among 157 countries that were evaluated while India was placed at 118.

Mar 22: To mark the World Water Day,  Rs. 8 commemorative postage stamp about water conservation was issued.

Mar 24: Law-enforcement agencies arrested Kulbhushan Yadav, an officer of the Indian Navy, who was deputed on assignment to its spy agency, RAW, in an intelligence-based raid in Chaman, Balochistan.

Mar 25: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani paid his first-ever visit to Pakistan. During his two-day visit, Pakistan and Iran pledged to boost their trade ties and energy cooperation.

Mar 25: The Council of Common Interests (CCI) postponed the long overdue population census for an indefinite period.

Mar 27: A suicide bomber blew himself up in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park, Lahore, killing at least 70 people and injuring more than 300 others.

Mar 29: President Mamnoon Hussain approved enforcement of the Publication of Laws of Pakistan Act, 2016.

Mar 30: The ownership of Peshawar’s famous Gurdwara Bhai Biba Singh was officially handed over to the Sikhs.

Mar 31: Pakistan formally asked the Iranian government for proactive support in dismantling the Indian intelligence network operating from Chabahar.

Mar 31: The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) revised the results of Combined Competitive Examination (CCE) 2015 and declared 11 more candidates successful.

Apr 01: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) launched its annual report whereby it said that suicide attacks and sectarian killings dropped significantly in 2015 compared to the previous year.

Apr 01: Pakistan Navy handed over Command of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151), Counter-Piracy Force, to Singapore Navy at change of command ceremony held at Combined Maritime Forces HQs, Bahrain.

Apr 04: Revelations from the Panama Papers dropped like a bombshell in Pakistan after media reports claimed that several politicians, businessmen and other influential figures were named as owners or shareholders in offshore firms incorporated through the Mossack Fonseca law firm.

In addition to the companies owned by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s children, the leaks also allege that former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, her nephew Hassan Ali Jaffery and former interior minister Rehman Malik were the owners of Petrofine FZC a company that was implicated in the Iraqi oil-for-food scandal, unearthed by a UN committee in 2005.

World in Focus (March-April 2016) 2Apr 05: Pakistan launched its first domestic payment scheme, branded as PayPak, becoming 28th country to have such system.

Apr 09: Pakistan Navy conducted a successful test launch of a shore-based anti-ship missile, Zarb, in the Arabian Sea.

Apr 11: The National Assembly adopted an amended Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (Conversion) Bill 2016 which envisages the conversion of the PIA from a corporation to a limited company.

Apr 11: Saarc Council of Ministers extended South Asian Free Media Association’s (Safma) certification as Saarc’s Recognized Body for three more years — till March 2019.

Apr 13: The Prevention of Electronic Crime Bill was passed by the National Assembly.

Highlights of the Bill

  • UP to five-year imprisonment, Rs 10m fine or both for hate speech, or trying to create disputes and spread hatred on the basis of religion or sectarianism.
  • Up to five-year imprisonment, Rs 5m fine or both for transferring or copying sensitive basic information.
  • Up to Rs 50,000 fine for sending messages irritating to others or for marketing purposes. If the crime is repeated, the punishment would be three-month imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs 1m.
  • Up to three-year imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs 500,000 for creating a website for negative purposes.
  • Up to one-year imprisonment or a fine of up to Rs 1m for forcing an individual into immoral activity, or publishing an individual’s picture without consent, sending obscene messages or unnecessary cyber interference.
  • Up to seven-year imprisonment, a fine of Rs10 million or both for interfering in sensitive data information systems.

Apr 14: The army was called in to join Zarb-i-Aahan operation against Chotoo gang in the riverine area of Rajanpur.

Apr 14: Punjab Assembly passed six laws, including the one that regulates marriage functions to ensure the objectives of austerity and simplicity.

Apr 14: In a bizarre incident, an anonymous user put Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, up for sale on ebay, an American e-commerce store.

Posted under the caption, “Useless Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif for Sale” the advertisement provided the description as follows:

“Used Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for sale. No longer needed. Needs a bit of TLC. No box or instructions. Buyer must collect. Seller not prepared to touch item. Pick up from central London today, address will be supplied on completion of sale. Buyer must arrange own transport.”

Apr 14: President Mamnoon Hussain while addressing the 13th summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in Istanbul, said that the resolution of the longstanding disputes of Kashmir and Palestine is critical for countering extremism and terrorism.

Economy

Mar 17: Telenor Group acquired the remaining 49 percent shares of the Tameer Microfinance Bank Limited.

Mar 19: The government approved the Strategic Trade Policy Framework (STPF) 2015-18 with an ambitious export target of $35 billion by 2018.

Mar 22: Pakistan and Turkey signed a framework agreement for establishing free trade area between the two countries.

Mar 30: ADB’s annual economic report said that Pakistan’s economy will continue to pick up during the current fiscal year as reform and stabilisation measures provide lift, with higher foreign exchange reserves, and softer inflation and oil prices also supporting the overall macroeconomic outlook.

Mar 31: The ADB approved a loan of $197 million to rebuild highways and bridges damaged in Pakistan’s worst-ever floods in 2010.

Education

Apr 12: The Sindh Assembly unanimously carried a resolution to accord university status to the historical Government College, Kali Mori.

Established in 1917, the Government College, Kali Mori, will complete its 100 years of excellence in October next year. Besides having its own buildings including a hostel, the college also has 20-acre land that can be used for its future expansion.

Elections Transfers & Appointments

Mar 17: A PML-N candidate Rana Qasim Noon won by-election in NA-153 Multan.

Mar 22: Muhammad Amlish was appointed as the new director general of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

Mar 22: PML-N’s Justice retired Iftikhar Cheema won a by-election in NA-101, Wazirabad constituency.

Mar 28: Federal Minister for Climate Change, Zahid Hamid, was appointed as Federal Minister for Law and Justice while he would continue to keep the portfolio of climate change as an additional charge.

Mar 28: Adviser to PM on law, Ashtar Ausaf Ali, was appointed as Attorney General of Pakistan.

Mar 30: Gulzar Shah was appointed as the Managing Director of Utility Stores Corporation (USC). The USC, established in July 1971, is currently operating 5,939 stores across the country.

Mar 31: The APNS elected Sarmad Ali as its president, Rameeza Majid Nizami as senior vice-president, Mumtaz A. Tahir as vice president, Umer Mujib Shami as secretary-general, S.M. Munir Jilani as joint secretary and Syed Ali Hasan Naqvi as finance secretary for the year 2016-17.

Apr 07: The MQM won by-elections for the National Assembly seat NA-245 and Sindh Assembly seat PS-115.

Apr 12: Tariq Masood Yasin was appointed as Inspector General of Islamabad Police.

Apr 14: Qaiser Majeed was appointed as managing director of the National Education Foundation.

Sports

Apr 03: Army won 23rd National 7s Championship beating Islamabad in the final.

Apr 04: Pakistan Cricket Board disbanded the National Selection Committee and removed T20 captain Shahid Afridi and head coach Waqar Younis.

Apr 05: The PCB elevated wicket-keeper/batsman and T20 vice-captain Sarfraz Ahmed as national T20 skipper.

Apr 08: Pakistan won the blind cricket series against Sri Lanka.

People in News

Mustafa Kamal

Mar 23: Former Karachi nazim, Mustafa Kamal, announced the name of his political party as the Pak Sarzameen Party.

Riaz Ahmad Chaudhry

Mar 26: Journalist Riaz Ahmad Chaudhry was awarded a gold medal in recognition of his services during the Pakistan Movement.

Places in News

Islamabad

Mar 16-17: The first PILDAT Regional Conference on Right to Information in South Asia was held in Islamabad. Delegates from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal participated in the conference.

Lahore

Mar 19-22: The 5th Pak-China Business Forum 2016 was held at the Lahore International Expo Centre with the participation of 700 Chinese delegates and signing of over 100 agreements worth $50 million.

Obituaries

Mar 16: Arbab Akbar Hayat, the only MPA of PML-N from Peshawar, passed away. He was 47.

Mar 21: Renowned Urdu critic, research scholar, poet, journalist, columnist, satirist, short story writer and essayist Dr Anwer Sadeed passed away at 87.

Apr 06: Shafi Mohammed Karnani, the chief of his own faction of the Jeay Sindh Tehreek and a close aide to veteran nationalist leader G.M. Syed, was shot dead.

Apr 09: Prince Falahuddin Abbasi, a younger brother of Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi and son of the late Nawab Muhammad Abbas Abbasi, a former governor of Punjab,  passed away.

INTERNATIONAL

World in Focus (March-April 2016) 3Mar 15: The World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) 2016 was observed. The day was celebrated by the Consumers International (CI) across the world with the theme Antibiotics off the Menu.

Mar 15: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) appointed award-winning action heroine Michelle Yeoh as its Goodwill Ambassador.

Mar 19: The 10th annual Earth Hour, a global movement dedicated to protecting the planet and highlighting the effects of climate change, was observed worldwide.

Mar 19: Iain Duncan Smith, a former leader of David Cameron’s Conservative party and a key figure on its right wing, quitted as Work and Pensions Secretary.

Mar 19: Cuba honoured Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with its highest state honour, known as the Order of Jose Marti.

Mar 20: During a two-day meeting in Lima, Unesco added 20 new sites to its network of protected biosphere nature reserves.

Mar 21: US President embarked on a historic visit to Cuba. During his visit, Obama and Cuban President, Raul Castro, discussed the issue of lifting longstanding US trade and other restrictions on Cuba.

Mar 21: The judges from the International Criminal Court (ICC) found former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba guilty on five charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Mar 22: A series of explosions claimed by the IS group ripped through Brussels airport.

Mar 22: More than 1.4 billion jobs, or 42 per cent of the world’s total active workforce, are heavily water-dependent, according to a new report released by the United Nations to mark ‘World Water Day’.

Mar 22: Former American diplomat and Pakistan expert Robin Raphel was exonerated from the espionage charges.

Mar 23: The Bali Process, a forum of mainly Asian countries, agreed on new contingency measures to better respond to refugee crises, and vowed to review the region’s much criticised handling of a major migrant influx last year.

Mar 24: Defence ministers and officials from 27 African and Arab countries began a two-day meeting of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

Mar 24: The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia sentenced Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to 40 years in prison after he was found guilty of the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica.

Mar 24: New Zealand voted to keep its current flag by a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent.

Mar 27: Pope Francis used his Easter address to urge people to offer ‘welcome and assistance’ to those fleeing war and poverty, as Europe struggled with its worst migration crisis since World War II.

Mar 27: Syrian troops recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from the militant Islamic State (IS) group.

Mar 28: Bangladesh’s high court rejected a petition by secular activists to scrap Islam as the state religion.

Mar 29: China appointed Xie Xiaoyan as its first special envoy for the Syrian crisis.

Mar 31: More than $4.5 million of tens of millions recently stolen from Bangladesh and funnelled into Philippine casinos was recovered.

Mar 31: UN war crimes judges acquitted radical Serb leader Vojislav Seselj on all nine charges of committing atrocities in the 1990s Balkans wars, in a surprise judgement which was swiftly denounced by Croatia.

Apr 03: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Saudi King Salman during his first official visit to Saudi Arabia.

Apr 04: The militaries of the 30 countries that provide the most soldiers and police officers to United Nations peacekeeping operations also are among those most susceptible to corruption, according to a study released by Transparency International.

The three countries that contribute the most troops, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and India — which together provide about 25,200 uniformed personnel, roughly a quarter of the total in United Nations peacekeeping operations — also scored poorly in the study’s rankings.

Apr 05: Saudi Arabia’s aviation authority banned Iran’s Mahan Air from using its airports and air space over safety concerns.

Apr 05: The largest Munich-based German media house “Suddeutsche Zeitung,” published since October 6, 1945 and having a daily circulation of 432,000 copies during 2012, claimed that over a year ago, an anonymous source had contacted it and had submitted the encrypted internal documents from Messrs Mossack Fonseca.

Apr 05: South African President Jacob Zuma survived an impeachment vote.

Apr 05: Myanmar’s foreign minister Aung San Suu Kyi met her Chinese counterpart in the first diplomatic foray of her new government.

Apr 04: Iceland’s Prime Minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, resigned, becoming the first leader to be forced from office over the Panama Leaks issue.

Apr 06: Nguyen Tan Dung Vietnam’s prime minister stepped down after 10 years in office.

Apr 06: The number of adults with diabetes has quadrupled worldwide in less than four decades to 422 million, and the condition is fast becoming a major problem in poorer countries, according to a World Health Organisation study.

Apr 08: Madagascar Prime Minister Jean Ravelonarivo and his cabinet have resigned.

Apr 09: North Korea tested an engine designed for an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) that would “guarantee” an eventual nuclear strike on the US mainland.

Apr 09: The United States and Afghanistan agreed to continue joint efforts for combating terrorism beyond 2016, when the current arrangement for keeping US forces in that country expires.

Apr 10: A fire and explosions during a fireworks display to mark the start of the local Hindu New Year killed over 100 people and injured more than 380 others at a temple in Kerala state in southern India.

Apr 10: Ukraine’s embattled prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, resigned, opening the way for the formation of a new government to end a drawn-out political crisis.

Apr 10: British Prime Minister David Cameron published his tax records to try to end days of questions about his personal wealth raised by the mention of his late father’s offshore fund in the Panama Papers.

Apr 11: Egypt agreed to demarcate its maritime borders with Saudi Arabia by officially placing two islands in the Straits of Tiran in Saudi territory.

Apr 11: Kyrgyz Prime Minister Temir Sariyev and his cabinet resigned after a parliamentary commission accused it of corruption.

Apr 12: Iran and Italy signed agreements during a visit by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to Tehran.

The agreements included plans for cooperation between Italian electricity and gas company Enel and the National Iranian Gas Export Company.

Apr 12: Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive, pledging to launch large-scale offensives against government strongholds.

Apr 12: US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter and his Indian counterpart agreed to strengthen their cooperation on maritime security.

Apr 13: The World Bank and the AIIB, originally seen as possible rivals, joined hands with an agreement to co-finance projects.

The two development banks signed off on a framework for working together on infrastructure programmes over the coming year which will give the World Bank some crucial oversight on how projects are planned and implemented.

Apr 13: Syrians went to the polls in areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for parliamentary elections.

Apr 14: The UN Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Dr Shamshad Akhtar, emphasised the need for accelerating regional economic cooperation and integration in support of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to advance stronger regional connectivity for shared prosperity.

Apr 14: The European Parliament gave final approval to an exchange of airline passenger data between security forces in the European Union.

Apr 15: Spain’s industry minister, Jose Manuel Soria, resigned over allegations he had links to offshore companies.

Economy

Mar 28: Japan loaned $400 million to Sri Lanka to build a new terminal at the island’s main international airport which suffers congestion from growing tourism.

Mar 29: Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a landmark strategic partnership with his Czech counterpart in Prague.

Mar 30: The Asian Development Bank entered into an agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to establish a new fund, Leading Asia’s Private Infrastructure, or LEAP, which will be capitalized by $1.5 billion in equity from JICA, and will be managed by ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department.

Elections & Appointments

Mar 16: President Obama nominated veteran Appeals Court judge Merrick Garland to be the next US Supreme Court justice.

Mar 30: Htin Kyaw was sworn in as President of Myanmar, country’s first president with no military ties in more than half a century.

Apr 02: Vietnam’s parliament swore in Tran Dai Quang as president, elevating the head of a controversial internal security agency to one of the communist nation’s most powerful political posts.

Apr 04: Mehbooba Mufti, the leader of a pro-India Peoples’ Democratic Party, became the first woman to become the chief minister of Indian-occupied Kashmir.

Apr 07: Iceland’s new Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson was sworn in after his predecessor resigned over the Panama Papers scandal.

Sports

Apr 02: Spain’s Javier Fernandez produced a spectacular free skate to retain his men’s title at the world figure skating championships in Boston.

Apr 03: West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite hit England’s Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes to snatch a thrilling four-wicket win in World Twenty20 final.

Apr 03: West Indies won their first Women’s World Twenty20 title.

Apr 10: The English County Championship began in historic fashion as across the country the toss was ditched under new regulations which allow the visiting captain to decide whether he wants to bowl first.

Obituaries

Mar 16: Anita Brookner, a British author who was once labelled the “Mistress of Gloom” for her depiction of bleak and disappointed lives, died. She was 87.

Mar 19: Jan Nemec, one of the most talented members of the Czech “New Wave” of filmmakers, who rose to world acclaim in the 1960s, died. He was 79.

Mar 22: Andrew S. Grove, the long-time chief executive and chairman of Intel Corporation, died. He was 79.

Mar 24: Johan Cruyff, one of football’s greatest players and most influential and visionary coaches, died aged 68.

Mar 29: Actress and singer Patty Duke, who won an Oscar at age 16 for her portrayal of deaf-blind political activist Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker,” died. She was 69.

Mar 31: Ronnie Corbett, a successful British comedian best known for “The Two Ronnies”, his double-act show with Ronnie Barker, died aged 85.

Apr 01: Germany’s longest-serving foreign minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, whose tireless Cold War diplomacy paved the way for his country’s peaceful reunification, died at age 89.

Apr 01: Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-born British architect whose soaring structures left a mark on skylines and imaginations around the world and in the process reshaped architecture for the modern age, died. She was 65.

Apr 03: Former Zimbabwe umpire Ian Robinson died at the age of 69. Robinson made his international debut as an umpire in the 1992 World Cup.

Apr 04: South Korea’s former short track world champion Noh Jin-kyu died.

People in News

Hanan Al-Hroub

Mar 16: A Palestinian teacher Hanan Al-Hroub won the $1 million Global Teacher award for her innovative approach of using play to counter violent behaviour.

Colette Bourlier

Mar 16: A French woman, Colette Bourlier, 91 became one of the oldest women in France to gain a PhD after she completed a thesis that she had begun three decades earlier.

Places in News

Lima, Peru

Mar 14-17 : The 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves was held in Peruvian capital Lima. The objective of the congress was to review implementation of the Madrid Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves 2008-2013, the Seville Strategy and the Statutory Framework of 1995.

Bali, Indonesia

23 Mar: The Sixth Bali Process Ministerial Conference on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime was held in Bali, Indonesia

Washington DC, USA

Mar 31-Apr 01: The Fourth Nuclear Security Summit was held in Washington DC. Though the summit was to focus on fissile stockpiles, other nuclear concerns inevitably drew broad attention, including North Korea and its continued testing of nuclear devices and ballistic missiles.

The 2016 Summit marks the end of the Nuclear Security Summit process in this format.

Istanbul, Turkey

Apr 15: The 13th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was held in Istanbul, Turkey, from April 10-15. At the end of the Summit Istanbul Declaration on Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace was adopted.

World in Focus (March-April 2016) 1

MCQs

National

1. The National Assembly unanimously adopted the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (Amendment) Bill, 2015 on ______.

(a) March 15    (b) March 16

(c) March 18    (d) March 20

2. On Mar 16-17, the first PILDAT Regional Conference on Right to Information in South Asia was held in ______.

(a) Kathmandu    (b) Dhaka

(c) Islamabad    (d) Colombo

3. According to the World Happiness Report 2016, Pakistan ranks ______ among 157 countries that were evaluated.

(a) 65th        (b) 86th

(c) 92nd        (d) 99th

4. Tameer Microfinance Bank Limited is now wholly owned by ______.

(a) Warid Tel    (b) Telenor Group

(c) PTCL        (d) Mobilink

5. The Strategic Trade Policy Framework (STPF) 2015-18 aims to boost exports to ______ by 2018.

(a) $30 billion    (b) $35 billion

(c) $40 billion    (d) $45 billion

6. On Mar 22, ______ was appointed as the new director general of the FIA.

(a) Abid Qadri    (b) Ahmed Hassan

(c) Akbar K. Hoti    (d) Mohd. Amlish

7. On Mar 22, Pakistan and ______ signed a framework agreement for establishing free trade area between the two countries.

(a) Turkey    (b) Iran

(c) Turkmenistan    (d) Thailand

8. The 5th Pak-China Business Forum 2016 was held in ______.

(a) Gwadar    (b) Lahore

(c) Beijing    (d) Shanghai

9. The denomination of the commemorative postage stamp about water conservation issued on March 22 is ______.

(a) Rs. 2        (b) Rs. 5

(c) Rs. 8        (d) Rs. 10

10. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited Pakistan on ______.

(a) Mar 25-26    (b) Mar 28-29

(c)Apr 05-06     (d) Apr 10-11

11. RAW spy Kulbhushan Yadav was arrested from ______, Balochistan.

(a) Sibi        (b) Chaman

(c) Loralai    (d) Quetta

12. On Mar 28, ______ was appointed as Attorney General of Pakistan.

(a) Ashtar Ausaf Ali

(b) Salman Aslam Butt

(c) Irfan Qadir

(d) Maulvi Anwar-ul-Haq

13. The first Attorney General of Pakistan was ______.

(a) Aziz A. Munshi

(b) Muhammad Waseem

(c) Ch. Nazir Ahmad Khan

(d) Syed Sharif-ud-Din Pirzada

14. The incumbent Federal Minister for Law and Justice is ______.

(a) Daniyal Aziz    (b) Zahid Hamid

(c) Zafar A. Shah    (d) Pervaiz Rashid

15. President of Pakistan approved enforcement of the Publication of Laws of Pakistan Act, 2016 on ______.

(a) March 29    (b) March 30

(c) March 29    (d) April 01

16. On Mar 30, ______ was appointed as the Managing Director of Utility Stores Corporation.

(a) Mohsin Latif    (b) Gulzar Shah

(c) Sardar Ali    (d) Asad Kamal

17. The Utility Stores Corporation was established in ______.

(a) July 1970    (b) July 1971

(c) July 1972    (d) July 1973

18. Gurdwara Bhai Biba Singh, an architectural jewel built during the rule of Sikh leader Maharaja Ranjeet Singh, is in ______.

(a) Peshawar    (b) Lahore

(c) Hassan Abdal     (d) Hyderabad

19. On Mar 31, Pakistan formally asked the Iranian government for proactive support in dismantling the Indian intelligence network operating from ______.

(a) Kerman    (b) Chabahar

(c) Bandar Abbas (d) Zahedan

20. The current President of APNS is ______.

(a) Rameeza Majid Nizami

(b) Sarmad Ali

(c) Umer Mujib Shami

(d) Mumtaz A. Tahir

21. Human Rights Commission of Pakistan was established in ______.

(a) 1987        (b) 1989

(c) 1991        (d) 1993

22. Combined Maritime Forces, a naval partnership of 31 countries, has its headquarters in ______.

(a) Singapore    (b) Bahrain

(c) USA        (d) Cuba

23. On Apr 01, Pakistan Navy handed over Command of CTF-151, Counter-Piracy Force, to ______.

(a) Royal Australian Navy

(b) United States Coast Guard

(c) Royal Thai Navy

(d) Singapore Navy

24. On Apr 05, Pakistan launched its first domestic payment scheme, branded as______, becoming 28th country to have such system.

(a) Tappr        (b) PayPak

(c) Paydiant    (d) Paym

25. On Apr 09, Pakistan Navy conducted a successful test launch of a shore-based anti-ship missile named ______.

(a) Azb        (b) Aahan

(c) Barq        (d) Zarb

26. Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (Conversion) Bill 2016 was adopted by the National Assembly on ______.

(a) April 06    (b) April 10

(c) April 11    (d) April 13

27. The operation against Chotoo gang in the riverine area of Rajanpur has been named as ______.

(a) Zarb-i-Azb II    (b) Zarb-i-Aahan

(c) Zarb-i-Momin    (d) Zarb-i-Mujahid

28. Begum Raana Liaquat Ali Khan had served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Tunisia and ______.

(a) Italy        (b) India

(c) France    (d) UK

29. Pakistan Bar Council was established in ______.

(a) 1947        (b) 1956

(c) 1962        (d) 1973

International

1. Hanan Al-Hroub, who won the $1 million Global Teacher Award 2016, belongs to ______.

(a) Egypt        (b) Palestine

(c) Tunisia    (d) Syria

2. The 10th annual Earth Hour was observed on ______.

(a) March 16    (b) March 18

(c) March 19    (d) March 24

3. Nicolas Maduro is the President of ______.

(a) Armenia     (b) Venezuela

(c) Canada     (d) Argentina

4. Havana is the capital of ______.

(a) Cuba        (b) Gambia

(c) Brazil        (d) Zimbabwe

5. ______ is known as the “intellectual” agency of the United Nations.

(a) FAO        (b) WIPO

(c) Unesco    (d) Unicef

6. The 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves was held in ______.

(a) Madrid    (b) Santiago

(c) Lima        (d) Davos

7. On Mar 21, the judges from the ICC found former ______ vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba guilty on of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

(a) Belgian    (b) German

(c) Kenyan    (d) Congolese

8. On Mar 22, a series of explosions claimed by the IS group ripped through Brussels, the capital of ______.

(a) Luxembourg ‎    (b) Belgium

(c) Lithuania    (d) Kosovo

9. World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on ______.

(a) January 18    (b) February 28

(c) March 07    (d) March 22

10. The Bali Process, a forum  of mainly Asian nations which also includes some Middle Eastern countries, began in ______.

(a) 2000        (b) 2002

(c) 2006        (d) 2012

11. Community of Sahel-Saharan States is headquartered at ______.

(a) Cairo        (b) Tunis

(c) Niamey    (d) Tripoli

12. On Mar 24, ______ voted to keep its current flag by a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent.

(a) South Sudan    (b) New Zealand

(c) Kosovo    (d) Mauritania

13. On Mar 28, ______ high court rejected a petition by secular activists to scrap Islam as the state religion.

(a) Bangladesh’s    (b) Nigeria’s

© Chad’s     (d) Bahrain’s

14. On Mar 29, China appointed Xie Xiaoyan as its first special envoy for the ______.

(a) Refugee Crisis    (b) African Union

(c) Syrian Crisis    (d) South Africa

15. On Mar 30, Htin Kyaw was sworn in as the President of ______.

(a) Nepal        (b) Bhutan

(d) Thailand     (d) Myanmar

16. The Fourth Nuclear Security Summit (Mar 31-Apr 01) was held in ______.

(a) New York    (b) Washington DC

(c) Paris        (d) Geneva

17. On Apr 03, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his first official visit to ______.

(a) Bolivia    (b) Saudi Arabia

(c) Myanmar    (d) Iran

18. Mehboob Mufti, the first woman chief minister of Indian-occupied Kashmir, belongs to ______.

(a) Peoples’ Democratic Party

(b) Bharatiya Janata Party

(c) Kashmir Democratic Front

(d) Kashmir National Conference

19. Bangladesh, Ethiopia and India together provide about _____ uniformed personnel to the United Nations peacekeeping operations.

(a) 11200    (b) 12400

(c) 20000    (d) 25,200

20. Mahan Air is a private airline based in ______.

(a) Nepal        (b) Tehran

(c) Maldives    (d) Bangladesh

21. ‘Suddeutsche Zeitung,’ the largest media house of Germany is based in ______.

(a) Leipzig    (b) Berlin

(c) Munich    (d) Hamburg

22. Nguyen Tan Dung, who stepped down on April 06, was the Prime Minister of ______.

(a) Vietnam    (b) Malaysia

(c) Venezuela    (d) Cambodia

23. Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson who resigned on Apr 04 over the issue of Panama Leaks was the Premier of ______.

(a) Kyrgyzstan    (b) Spain

(c) Iceland    (d) Ukraine

24. On Apr 09, the United States and ______ agreed to continue joint efforts for combating terrorism beyond 2016.

(a) Iraq        (b) Afghanistan

(c) Libya        (d) Cuba

25. On Apr 11, ______ agreed to demarcate its maritime borders with Saudi Arabia by officially placing two islands in the Straits of Tiran in Saudi territory.

(a) Qatar        (b) Iran

(c) Egypt        (d) Oman

26. ______ is the Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

(a) Dr Shamshad Akhtar

(b) Dr Maleeha Lodhi

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(d) Sherry Rehman

27. The first World Water Day was observed in ______.

(a) 1983        (b) 1989

(c) 1993        (d) 1999

28. The incumbent Secretary-General of Nato is ______.

(a) Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

(b) Anders Fogh Rasmussen

(c) George Robertson

(d) Jens Stoltenberg

29.     China is the ______ largest country by area.

(a) Second    (b) Third

(c) Fourth    (d) Fifth

30  The summit of Mt Everest marks the border between Nepal and _____.

(a) Bhutan    (b) India

(c) Pakistan    (d) China

31. Field-Marshal Abdus Salam Aref was the President of ______.

(a) Iraq        (b) Libya

(c) Egypt        (d) Iran

32. The Great Barrier Reef is found off the coast of ______.

(a) Armenia     (b) Australia

(c) Canada     (d) Argentina

Sports

1. Javier Fernandez, who won the men’s title at the World Figure Skating Championships, belongs to ______.

(a) USA        (b) Germany

(c) Spain        (d) Mauritius

2. The West Indian batsman who hit four consecutive sixes in World Twenty20 final was ______.

(a) Darren Sammy

(b) Carlos Brathwaite

(c) Jason Holder

(d) Marlon Samuels

3. On Apr 03, ______ won their first Women’s World Twenty20 title.

(a) England     (b) West Indies

(c) India        (d) Sri Lanka

4. On Apr 08, Pakistan won the blind cricket series against ______.

(a) S. Africa    (b) Australia

(c) India        (d) Sri Lanka

Obituaries

1. On Mar 21, renowned Urdu critic, research scholar, poet, journalist, columnist, satirist, short story writer and essayist Dr Anwer Sadeed passed away in ______.

(a) Lahore    (b) Karachi

(c) Gujrat    (d) Sargodha

2. On Mar 22, Andrew S. Grove, the long-time chief executive and chairman of_____, died.

(a) Dell        (b) Time Warner

(c) Intel Corp    (d) Caldera

3. Actress and singer Patty Duke, who died on Mar 29, had won an Oscar at the age of ______.

(a) 16        (b) 22

(c) 33        (d) 45

4. On Mar 31, Ronnie Corbett, a successful ______ comedian best known for “The Two Ronnies”, died.

(a) British     (b) American

(c) Indian     (d) French

5. On Apr 01, ______ longest-serving foreign minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, died.

(a) England’s    (b) Australia’s

(c) Germany’s    (d) Italy’s

6. On Apr 01, Zaha Hadid, the ______-born British architect died.

(a) Lebanon     (b) Iraqi

(c) Egypt        (d) Syria

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