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World in Focus (May-June 2016)

World in Focus July 2016

NATIONAL

May 18: The jirga of Harban tribe of Khyber PK and Thor tribe of Gilgit-Baltistan settled the boundary dispute between the two sides.

May 19: The Japanese government approved a loan of $59 million for the polio eradication programme in Pakistan in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

May 20: Pakistan applied for the membership of the NSG, a 48-nation cartel of nuclear technology holders.

May 21: A US air strike killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in Balochistan.

May 21: Pakistan handed over the Angoor Adda border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan in South Waziristan to Afghan authorities.

May 21: The WHO extended for three months the international travel restrictions on Pakistan for its failure to eradicate the polio virus.

May 23: A Navy tribunal sentenced five officers to death in the Sept 6, 2014, Karachi Naval Dockyard attack case.

May 23: The LHC restored a provision of the Christian Divorce Act, 1869, enabling men to divorce their wives in a dignified manner.

May 24: The US Senate Armed Services Committee approved a proposal to sets aside up to $800 million for reimbursing Pakistan for its efforts in the war against terror. The new fund also delinks the country from Afghanistan.

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May 26: Six agents of the Afghan intelligence agency, National Directorate of Security (NDS), were arrested.

May 26: Pakistan became a signatory to the decent work country programme (DWCP III) of the International Labor Organisation (ILO).

May 31: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif underwent successful open heart surgery at a London hospital.

May 31: The Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice approved a constitution amendment bill seeking to bar appointment of ad hoc judges in the Supreme Court.

June 01: President Mamnoon Hussain addressed the joint sitting of parliament at the start of the fourth parliamentary year.

June 01: The Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA) started collection of Punjab Infrastructure Development Cess (PIDC) effective May 25, 2015, on imported goods and cleared on dry ports.

June 01: Punjab Ombudsman Javed Mahmood resigned from his office.

June 02: Economic Survey of Pakistan 2015-16 was released. According to the document, industry boomed while agriculture collapsed during the current financial year. A cotton-led collapse in agriculture dragged the economy down, leading the government to miss its growth target of 5.5 percent by a significant margin as real GDP grew at a rate of 4.7pc.

June 02: There is no evidence so far to indicate direct complicity of Pakistan government or its agencies in the Pathankot attack, India’s probe chief has said.

June 02: Pakistan’s Peacekeeping Day was marked at the UN by the appreciation of the country’s professional military by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and representatives of member countries.

June 02: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that it would give $21 million in food assistance to Pakistan.

June 02: The Senate passed the 22nd amendment bill, changing the eligibility criteria for the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and four members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

June 03: The Federal Budget for FY 2016-17 was announced. The budget contains new revenue measures of almost Rs 150 billion, while bowing to populist sentiment and fanning growth with incentives for exports, agriculture and increased salaries and pensions.

June 03: Hamid Saeed Kazmi, a former religious affairs minister, was sentenced to 16 years in prison and fined Rs147.396 million in the Rs8.8 billion Haj corruption case.

June 04: Pakistan and the United States signed an action plan on women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment.

June 08: President Mamnoon Hussain approved the 22nd Constitution Amendment after which bureaucrats, government officers and technocrats have become eligible for appointment as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and members of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)in addition to serving or retired judges of apex courts.

June 10: The Board of Investment (BoI) approved the status of Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for the three industrial estates in Punjab. These estates are: (1) Quaid-e-Azam Apparel Park (QAAP); (2) M3 Industrial City; and (3) Value Addition City.

June 10: The ECP approved the registration of Jamshed Dasti’s party with the name of Pakistan Awami Raaj.

June 14: The US Senate passed the National Defence Authorization Act for the next fiscal year that includes short leashed military assistance to Pakistan.

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Economy

May 16: The SBP introduced “Regulations for Mobile Banking Interoperability” to facilitate the branchless banking service providers.

May 21: The SBP slashed the policy interest rate by 25 basis points to a 40-year low from six per cent to 5.75pc.

June 10: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a $100 million loan for a highway project in Pakistan that will mark its first co-financing with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

June 10: Pakistan awarded a $395 million 4G licence to Norwegian telecom giant Telenor.

June 14: The government permanently waived off the condition of international competitive bidding in Chinese deals and approved to award the construction contract of Eastbay expressway to link Gwadar port with coastal highway to one of three Chinese bidders.

June 15: Pakistan stocks hit a record closing high, after the country’s stock market was upgraded overnight and included in the MSCI’s (emerging market) index.

Education

June 04: The World Bank approved a $300 million-loan for Punjab to improve school participation, completion, and teaching-learning practices over the next five years.

Elections, Transfers & Appointments

May 20: National Party’s Mir Hasil Bizenjo and PML-N’s Sheikh Aftab Ahmed were administered oath as federal ministers.

June 11: Justice Athar Minallah of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) took oath as a permanent judge of the IHC.

Legislation

May 19: The National Assembly unanimously passed the 22nd Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2016.

May 20: The Senate passed the “Unattended Orphans (Rehabilitation and Welfare) Bill, 2016” which calls upon the government to protect the rights of unattended orphans below the age of 15 and provide them free education and healthcare facilities.

May 26: The Punjab Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2015 and the Fatima Jinnah Medical University Lahore (Amendment) Bill 2015 were passed by the provincial assembly.

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Sports

May 16: Wapda won the 62nd National Men’s Cycling Championship.

May 18: Wapda defeated PAF to retain the National Volleyball title.

June 01: Punjab Blues beat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Colours to clinch the inaugural National Junior U-18 Hockey Championship.

June 06: Pakistani athlete Arshad Nadeem won bronze medal in the 17th Asian Junior Athletics Championship at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

June 12: Pakistan’s Danyal Ali clinched the U17 singles title in the Adria International Badminton Tournament in Croatia.

Obituaries

June 04: Retired Lt-Gen Abdul Majeed Malik, who despite being a retired army general set a rare example of getting elected to the National Assembly five consecutive times, passed away in Islamabad at the age of 97.

People in News

Dr Ishrat Hussain

May 16: The Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars appointed Dr Ishrat Hussain its public policy fellow for 2016-17.

Mark Humayun

May 20: Mark Humayun, a grandson of personal physician of Quaid-e-Azam, was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. He is the co-inventor of ‘Argus II’ series of retina implants, which restores sight for those suffering from blindness.

Nadia Bukhari

May 28: A British Pakistani, Nadia Bukhari, 38, became the youngest Asian female ever to be awarded the status of Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (FRPharmS).

May 31: Scientists from Punjab University including Dr Nasir Ahmad, Dr Muhammad Saleem Haider, Dr Naeem Rashid and Dr Muhammad Akhtar, discovered a novel thermo-acidophilic enzyme which can efficiently hydrolyze starch into glucose and maltose syrups in a single step and in a simpler way in the absence of any other enzyme.

Places in News

Karachi

May 19: The Pakistan Business Council (PBC) held a forum on “Pakistan’s Power Sector: Electricity Availability and Cost”.

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INTERNATIONAL

May 16: A 25-member group, consisting of the US, Italy and Libya’s friends and neighbours, agreed to arm the country’s unity government to fight the IS group.

May 16: The International Space Station, the space laboratory that showcases cooperation between Russia and the United States, orbited Earth for the 100,000th time.

May 17: South Korean author Han Kang won the Man Booker International Prize for fiction for her novel “The Vegetarian”.

May 18: The US Senate unanimously approved legislation that would allow victims of 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia.

May 18: Afghanistan signed a draft agreement with the Hezb-e-Islami militant group.

May 18: Maldives, a staunch supporter of Saudi Arabia, severed ties with Iran.

May 19: An Egypt Air flight from Paris to Cairo carrying 66 people crashed in the Mediterranean.

May 19: International humanitarian assistance given last year totalled a record $28 billion, new figures revealed in the run-up to the first World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey.

May 20: Turkey’s parliament adopted a bill that would lift immunity for dozens of pro-Kurdish and other MPs and could see them evicted from parliament.

May 20: Israel’s defence minister, Moshe Yaalon, resigned, saying the nation was being taken over by “extremist and dangerous elements”.

May 23: US President Barack Obama scrapped a Cold War-era ban on weapons sales to Vietnam.

May 25: Afghan Taliban acknowledged the death of their emir Mullah Akhtar Mansour and announced the appointment Haibatullah Akhundzada, a cleric with no fighting experience, as his successor.

May 29: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande together marked the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Verdun, laying a wreath at a cemetery in north-eastern France for the 300,000 soldiers killed.

May 30: A special court in Senegal sentenced former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre to life in prison for war crimes, crimes against humanity and a litany of other charges, including rape.

May 30: Mohammed Alloush, Syrian opposition’s chief negotiator in UN-brokered peace talks announced his resignation, branding the stalled Geneva negotiations a failure on both the security and humanitarian fonts.

May 31: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s Standing Committee on Science and Technological Cooperation (Comstech) approved a 10-year action plan for scientific development in the Muslim world.

May 31: About 45.8 million people around the world are trapped in modern-day slavery, almost a third more than estimated two years ago, according to Walk Free Foundation’s Global Slavery Index.

June 01: Switzerland opened the world’s longest and deepest rail tunnel, the 57-kilometre-long Gotthard Base Tunnel, through the heart of the Alps.

June 02: India’s eastern Odisha state became the first region in the country to give transgender people social welfare benefits such as pension, housing and food grains.

June 02: Turkey recalled its envoy to Berlin and threatened further measures after Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament, labelled the World War I killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces as “genocide”.

June 04: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a $290 million hydro-electric dam with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

The 42 megawatt Salma dam in western Herat province, bordering Iran, is one of two major projects carried out under India’s development partnership with Afghanistan.

June 07: Just one percent of the world’s population are millionaires or richer. But together they hold almost half the world’s wealth, and their share is growing, according to Boston Consulting Group’s annual report on global private wealth.

Some 18.5 million households around the world have at least $1m worth of assets, for a total of $78.8 trillion or about the same size as global annual economic output.

June 07: The United Nations announced to remove the Saudi-led Arab coalition from a black list over the deaths of hundreds of children in Yemen pending a review of the facts.

June 07: German Chancellor Angela Merkel emerged as the most powerful woman in the world for the eleventh time by Forbes magazine.

June 08: Hillary Clinton clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the first woman in American history to win the ticket of a major political party.

June 10: European Union countries agreed new measures to tighten gun controls. The measures include stricter rules on buying and owning semi-automatic weapons, steps to stop deactivated guns being put back into use, and better tracing of trafficked weapons.

June 11: Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, in an online audio message, pledged allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, Haibatullah Akhundzada.

June 11: Thousands of people from the worlds of sports, entertainment, politics and Muhammad Ali’s native Louisville bid farewell to the boxing legend eulogised by Bill Clinton as a “universal soldier for our common humanity.”

June 12: Fifty people died in the worst mass shooting in US history when 29-year-old Omar Mateen opened fire at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

June 13: Rayani Air, Malaysia’s first Islamic-compliant airline, was shut down.

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Elections & Appointments

May 17: Ri Yong-ho, a career diplomat familiar to American and South Korean officials who have negotiated over NK’s nuclear weapons programme, was appointed as country’s new foreign minister.

May 24: Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, a hardline Iranian cleric who has been in the country’s power structure since its 1979 Islamic Revolution, was chosen to lead the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body that picks the country’s next supreme leader.

May 29: Jordan’s King Abdullah appointed veteran politician Hani Mulgi as prime minister after dissolving parliament by royal decree, following the end of its four-year term.

May 29: Moderate conservative Ali Larijani was re-elected as the temporary speaker of Iran’s new parliament which is dominated by first-term deputies.

May 30: Rodrigo Duterte was proclaimed as the next Philippine president after an official vote count by the Philippine Congress determined that he was elected president in elections held on May 9. Duterte, known as The Punisher, got more than 16 million votes.

June 09: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Maj Gen Per Lodin of Sweden as chief military observer and head of mission for the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (Unmogip).

Sports

May 19: Spain’s Sevilla Futbol Club third straight Europa League title, and a fifth in 11 seasons after they defeated England’s Liverpool 3-1.

May 21: China beat South Korea 3-1 in the final to maintain their Uber Cup hegemony, claiming the biennial women’s badminton team championship for the 14th time.

May 29: The Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon, an annual event which began in 2003, was held in the snow-covered foothills of Mount Everest. The event is meant to mark the anniversary of the first summit of the peak by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary on May 29, 1953.

May 29: Real Madrid won Champions League 2016 on penalties against Atlético. This was RM’s 11th European Cup win.

May 30: Sunrisers Hyderabad edged out Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League final.

June 04: Garbine Muguruza won her first Grand Slam title at the French Open defeating top seed and defending champion Serena Williams.

June 05: Novak Djokovic joined the tennis greats when he downed British second seed Andy Murray to claim his maiden French Open title and hold all four Grand Slams at the same time.

June 08: Maria Sharapova was banned for two years after failing a drugs test but insisted she will appeal a decision.

People in News

Manny Pacquiao

May 19: Philippine boxing star Manny Pacquiao, WBO world welterweight champion, was elected as a member of the upper house of Congress.

Frances Arnold

May 24: US biochemical engineer Frances Arnold won a million-euro technology prize in Finland for her work on “directed evolution”, a method of rewriting DNA to improve medicines and develop green fuels.

Deshauna Barber

June 06: Deshauna Barber was crowned Miss USA. She is a 26-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia.

Sedat Ergin

June 13: Sedat Ergin, the chief editor of Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, was presented with a Freedom of Speech award by German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

Places in News

Istanbul, Turkey

May 23: The First World Humanitarian Summit, an ambitious summit to revamp humanitarian aid and global responses to modern-day crises, opened in Istanbul, Turkey.

Shima, Japan

May 27: The 42nd summit of the G7 countries was held in Shima, Japan. The declaration issued at the end of the summit warned that a British secession from the European Union in June referendum could have disastrous economic consequences.

June 13: Fiji’s ambassador to the United Nations, Peter Thomson, was elected president of the General Assembly. He beat out Cyprus’s former deputy minister for European affairs, Andreas Mavroyiannis, by a vote of 94 to 90 in the 193-country assembly.

June 14: Israel won an election to chair the United Nations’ legal committee, the first time that it will head one of the world body’s six permanent committees since joining the UN in 1949.

While it is a largely symbolic and procedural role, chairing the committee will give Israel a chance to have a higher profile in routine affairs at the United Nations. The so-called Legal Committee, or Sixth Committee, oversees issues related to international law.

Obituaries

May 16: Deepak Shodhan, the first Indian to make a Test century in his debut innings, died aged 87.

May 18: Luis H. Álvarez, a leading figure in the conservative National Action Party in Mexico who dedicated his life to the fight for democracy there, died. He was 96.

June 01: Veteran Bollywood star Razak Khan passed away.

June 10: Thomas J. Perkins, who nurtured Silicon Valley’s venture capital industry into a force that later helped foster the growth of companies like Google and Amazon, died at his home in Marin County, California. He was 84.

June 12: Former England captain Donald Carr died at the age of 89.

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MCQs

National

1. On May 18, the jirga of Harban tribe of ______ and Thor tribe of Gilgit-Baltistan settled a boundary dispute between the two sides.

(a) AJ&K        (b) Khyber PK

(c) Balochistan    (d) None of these

2. On May 19, the ______ government approved a loan of $59 million for polio eradication programme in Pakistan.

(a) Chinese    (b) US

(c) Japanese    (d) German

3. The 22nd Constitutional Amendment Bill was passed by the National Assembly on ______.

(a) May 17    (b) May 18

(c) May 19    (d) May 20

4. Pakistan applied for the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group on ______.

(a) May 18    (b) May 20

(c) May 22    (d) May 24

5. On May 20, National Party’s Mir Hasil Bizenjo and PML-N’s ______ were administered oath as federal ministers.

(a) Sheikh Waqas Akram

(b) Sheikh Aftab Ahmed

(c) Capt Muhammad Safdar

(d) Maryam Aurangzeb

6. On May 21, the SBP slashed the policy interest rate by 25 basis points to make it ______.

(a) 6.50%        (b) 6.25%

© 6.00%        (d) 5.75%

7. The Angoor Adda border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan is located in ______.

(a) S. Waziristan    (b) N. Waziristan

(c) Kurram     (d) Bajaur

8. On May 26, Pakistan became a signatory to the decent work country programme (DWCP III) of the ______.

(a) IMF        (b) ILO

(c) World Bank    (d) ADB

9. Pakistan became a member of International Labor Organisation (ILO) on ______.

(a) 14.08.1947    (b) 14.09.1947

© 31.10.1947    (d) 01.01.1948

10. On May 31, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif underwent successful open heart surgery at London’s ______

(a) Harley Street Clinic

(b) Lambeth Hospital

(c) King George Hospital

(d) St Ann’s Hospital

11. The fourth parliamentary year started on ______.

(a) May 28    (b) June 01

(c) June 04    (d) June 06

12. In the third parliamentary year, the National Assembly passed ______ bills.

(a) 45        (b) 50

(c) 53        (d) 55

13. On June 01, Punjab Ombudsman ______ resigned from his office.

(a) Yasmin Abbasi

(b) Javed Mahmood

(c) Mira Phailbus

(d) Naseem Sadiq

14. Naseer Bunda was a famous player of ______.

(a) Cricket    (b) Hockey

(c) Basketball    (d) Lawn Tennis

15. According to Economic Survey of Pakistan 2015-16, the real GDP grew at the rate of ______.

(a) 4.7%        (b) 4.9%

© 5.1%        (d) 5.3%

16. On June 02, USAID announced that it would give $21 million in ______ to Pakistan.

(a) Polio Eradication Programme

(b) Food Assistance

(c) Power Generation

(d) Supplementary Grant

17. The 22nd amendment bill sailed through the Senate on ______.

(a) June 01    (b) June 02

(c) June 04    (d) June 06

18. On June 03, Hamid Saeed Kazmi, a former religious affairs minister, was sentenced to ______ in prison in Haj corruption case.

(a) 16 Years    (b) 20 years

(c) Life Imprisonment

(d) None of these

19. Total outlay of the Federl Budget for FY 2016-17 is ______.

(a) 4690.8 billion    (b) 4894.9 billion

© 4949.9 billion    (d) 4978.3 billion

20. On June 04, Pakistan and _____ signed an action plan on women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment.

(a) UK        (b) USA

(c) China        (d) Japan

21. On June 10, ADB approved a $100 million loan for a highway project in Pakistan that will mark its first co-financing with the ______.

(a) AIIB        (b) IDB

(c) World Bank     (d) BISP

22. Lahore-Islamabad Motorway is also called ______.

(a) M1        (b) M2

(c) M3        (d) M4

23. On June 10, the ECP approved the registration of ______ party with the name of Pakistan Awami Raaj.

(a) Farooq Sattar’s

(b) Mustafa Kamal’s

(c) Jahangir Tareen’s

(d) Jamshed Dasti’s

24. On June 10, Pakistan awarded a $395 million 4G licence to ______ telecom giant Telenor.

(a) Swedish     (b) Norwegian

(c) German    (d) Finnish

25. The US Senate passed the National Defence Authorization Act for the next fiscal year that includes short leashed military assistance to Pakistan on ______.

(a) June 11    (b) June 12

(c) June 13    (d) June 14

26. On June 14, the government permanently waived off the condition of international competitive bidding in ______ deals.

(a) Turkish    (b) Iranian

(c) Chinese    (d) Russian

27. Total length of Pakistan-Afghanistan border is ______ kilometres.

(a) 1976        (b) 2250

(c) 2447        (d) 2500

28: Babusar Pass connects Kaghan Valley with ______ in Gilgit-Baltistan.

(a) Chilas    (b) Astore

(c) Ghanche    (d) Skardu

International

1. World Telecommunication and Information Society Day and World Hypertension Day are observed, annually, on ______.

(a) May 16    (b) ‎May 17

(c) May 18    (d) May 27

2. The International Space Station (ISS), the space laboratory that showcases cooperation between Russia and the United States, was launched in ______.

(a) 1969        (b) 1984

(c) 1998        (d) 2003

3. On May 17, ______ author Han Kang won the Man Booker International Prize for fiction for her novel “The Vegetarian”.

(a) Chinese    (b) South Korean

(c) Malaysian    (d) Japanese

4. On May 17, Ri Yong-ho was appointed as new foreign minister of ______.

(a) North Korea    (b) China

(c) Cambodia    (d) South Korea

5. The Communist Party of Cuba, only political party permitted to rule in Cuba, was founded by in ______.

(a) Raul Castro    (b) Che Guevara

(c) Fidel Castro    (d) Hugo Chavez

6. On May 18, the US Senate unanimously approved legislation that would allow victims of 9/11 to sue ______.

(a) Pakistan    (b) Al-Qaeda

(c) Saudi Arabia    (d) Iran

7. On May 18, Afghanistan signed a draft agreement with the Hezb-e-Islami militant group which is led by______.

(a) Mohammad Rabbani

(b) Haji Ayub Afridi

(c) Ahmad Shah Ahmadzai

(d) Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

8. On May 19, an ______ flight from Paris to Cairo carrying 66 people crashed in the Mediterranean.

(a) Air France    (b) Egypt Air

(c) French Blue    (d) OpenSkies

9. The NATO-Russia Council (NRC) was established in ______.

(a) 1998        (b) 2000

(c) 2001        (d) 2002

10. The current Secretary General of Nato is ______.

(a) Anders Fogh Rasmussen

(b) Jens Stoltenberg

(c) Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

(d) Frank-Walter Steinmeier

11. On May 19, ______ achieved a significant milestone in its bid to become entirely reliant on renewable energy sources after running for 107 hours without using any fossil fuels.

(a) Finland    (b) Austria

(c) Switzerland    (d) Portugal

12. On May 20, ______ defence minister, Moshe Yaalon, resigned saying the nation was being taken over by “extremist and dangerous elements”.

(a) France’s    (b) Israel’s

© Algeria’s    (d) Sweden’s

13. On May 24, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati was chosen to lead the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body that picks the country’s next ______.

(a) President     (b) Supreme Leader

(c) Prime Minister    (d) Foreign Minister

14. Haibatullah Akhundzada was appointed as the new Afghan Taliban chief on ______.

(a) May 22    (b) May 24

(c) May 25    (d) May 26

15. Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary were the first to summit Mount Everest. They achieved the feat on ______, 1953.

(a) May 26    (b) May 27

(d) May 28     (d) May 29

16. On May 29, Hani Mulgi was appointed as the new prime minister of ______.

(a) Australia    (b) Jordan

(c) Haiti        (d) Albania

17. Battle of Verdun, one of the longest, bloodiest, and most-ferocious battles of the WWI, was fought between Germany and ______.

(a) USA        (b) France

(c) Turkey    (d) Japan

18. On May 30, Rodrigo Duterte was proclaimed as the next president of ______.

(a) Philippines    (b) Thailand

(c) Maldives    (d) Bhutan

19. On May 30, Syrian opposition’s chief negotiator in UN-brokered peace talks, ______, resigned.

(a) Salim al-Muslet

(b) Staffan de Mistura

(c) Asaad al-Zoabi

(d) Mohammed Alloush

20. On June 01, ______ opened the world’s longest and deepest rail tunnel Gotthard Base Tunnel.

(a) Japan        (b) Switzerland

(c) Germany    (d) China

21. Bundestag is the lower house of the parliament of ______.

(a) Sweden    (b) Norway

(c) Germany    (d) Turkey

22. On June 04, Indian Premier Narendra Modi inaugurated the 42-megawatt Afghanistan-India Friendship Dam or ______ which is located in western Herat province of Afghanistan.

(a) Salma Dam    (b) Kajaki Dam

(c) Band-e Amir    (d) Kunar Dam

23. On June 05, ______ became the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation.

(a) Belgium    (b) Latvia

(c) Norway    (d) Nigeria

24. On June 09, Maj Gen Per Lodin of ______ was appointed as the chief military observer and head of mission for the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (Unmogip).

(a) Australia     (b) Sweden

(c) Canada    (d) S. Africa

25. Orlando, located in American state of  ______, is famous for  Walt Disney World.

(a) Ohio        (b) New Jersey

(c) Florida    (d) Atlanta

26. On June 13, Rayani Air, ______ first Islamic-compliant airline, was shut down.

(a) Malaysia’s    (b) Kuwait’s

© Indonesia’s    (d) Nigeria’s

27. On June 13, ______ was elected as the president of the UN General Assembly, a 193-country body.

(a) Kevin Rudd

(b) Andreas Mavroyiannis

(c) Peter Thomson

(d) Per Lodin

28. United Nations Legal Committee, or Sixth Committee, oversees issues related to______.

(a) Refugee rights

(b) International conflicts

(c) Arms treaties

(d) International law

29. The mausoleum of modern Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kamal Ataturk is named  ______.

(a) Mezgitkale    (b) Anitkabir

(c) Türbe        (d) Green Tomb

30. The 4th Islamic Solidarity Games will be held from May 12-22, 2017, in Baku, the capital of ______.

(a) Turkmenistan    (b) Kazakhstan

(c) Kyrgyzstan    (d) Azerbaijan

31. Tim Cook is the chief executive of ______.

(a) Apple Inc.    (b) Amazon

(c) Google    (d) Snapchat

32. Charles de Gaulle airport is in ______.

(a) Berne        (b) Paris

(c) Bonn        (d) Baghdad

Sports

1. On May 16, ______ won the 62nd National Men’s Cycling Championship.

(a) Punjab     (b) Pak Army

(c) Wapda    (d) Balochistan

2. On May 16, ______ became the youngest ever Formula One winner.

(a) Nico Rosberg

(b) Max Verstappen

(c) Louis Hamilton

(d) Daniil Kvyat

3. On May 21, China beat ______ claiming the biennial women’s badminton team championship for the 14th time.

(a) Japan        (b) South Korea

(c) Indonesia     (d) India

4. ______ won Champions League 2016.

(a) Arsenal     (b) Chelsea

(c) Sevilla    (d) Real Madrid

5. Indian Premier League 2016 title was won by ______.

(a) Mumbai Indians

(b) Pune Warriors

(c) Sunrisers Hyderabad

(d) Royal Challengers Bangalore

6. On June 05, Novak Djokovic won his maiden French Open title, becoming the ______ man in history to complete the career Grand Slam.

(a) 6th        (b) 8th

(c) 10th        (d) 12th

7. On June 12, Pakistan’s Danyal Ali clinched the U17 singles title in the Adria International ______ Tournament in Croatia.

(a) Table Tennis    (b) Badminton

(c) Lawn Tennis    (d) Snooker

Obituaries

1. On May 16, Deepak Shodhan, the first ______ to make a Test century in his debut innings, died.

(a) Bangladeshi    (b) Pakistani

(c) Indian    (d) Sri Lankan

2. Veteran Bollywood star Razak Khan passed away On ______.

(a) May 28    (b) May 30

(c) May 31    (d) June 01

3. On June 04, Retired Lt-Gen Abdul Majeed Malik, who despite being a retired general set a rare example of getting elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan for —– consecutive times, passed away.

(a) 5        (b) 6

(c) 7        (d) 8

4. Distinguished Urdu scholar, poet, researcher and writer Dr Aslam Farrukhi passed away on ______.

(a) June 10    (b) June 12

(c) June 14    (d) June 15

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