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Day by Day Current Affairs September 2017

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September 01, 2017

  1. Pakistan on August 31, 2017 signalled its readiness to engage with the United States and cooperate for peace in Afghanistan despite reservations over President DonaldTrump`s policy statement regarding Afghanistan and South Asia
  2. US attaches new conditions to pledged military aid
    • Puts $255m into escrow account that Pakistan can access only if it does more
  3. Air Commodore Muhammad Ali has been appointed as the official spokesperson for Pakistan Air Force on August 31, 2017
  4. The Global Fund has approved a grant of $13.8 million for the Malaria Control Programme (MCP) the first instalment of which will be received in January 2018
  5. The Parliament has given a befitting response to US President Trump’s anti-Pakistan speech. The world knows that America has never proved to be a trustworthy friend and has always thrust dagger into the back of its allies
  6. Britain and Japan will step up the pace of sanctions against nuclear-armed North Korea after its “outrageous” firing of a missile over Japan
  7. The United States on August 31, 2017 ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco as well as two annexes in Washington and New York in two days
  8. Hosts Malaysia won 145 gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games to emerge as overall champion for the first time in 16 years
  9. US regulators approved the first gene therapy against cancer
    • A treatment that uses a patient’s own immune cells to fight leukemia – opening a new era in the fight against one of the world’s top killers. The treatment is made by Novartis and is called Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel)
  10. Dutch researchers claimed on August 31, 2017 to have discovered the maximum age “ceiling” for human lifespan, despite growing life expectancy because of better nutrition, living conditions and medical care

September 02, 2017

  1. China has reiterated that Pakistan as a forefront state in war against terrorism, has rendered great sacrifices in this regard
  2. On September 01, 2017 Jim Mattis, US Defence Secretary signed orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan, the most concrete step yet by President Donald Trump’s administration in tackling America’s longest war
  3. Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani in his Eidul Azha message has reached out to Pakistan offering “comprehensive negotiations” to bring peace to their troubled relationship
  4. UK will send a small contingent of expert troops to Iraq to help coalition forces drive out the militant Islamic State (IS) fighters
    • British Defence Minister: Michael Fallon
  5. Chinese envoy rejects allegations of corruption in Multan Metro Bus project
  6. Kenya’s Supreme Court on September 01, 2017 ordered a new presidential election after annulling the results of last month’s poll in a shock decision in favour of the opposition
  7. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on September 01, 2017 of a “major conflict” looming on the Korean Peninsula, calling for talks to alleviate the crisis after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan
  8. Sindh Home Minister: Sohail Anwar Khan Siyal
  9. National Accountability Bureau (NAB): Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry
  10. Pakistan summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J P Sing over ceasefire violations by India along the Line of Control, resulting in the death of 55-year old civilian Muhammad Rasheed.

September 04, 2017

  1. North Korea conducts 6th nuclear test
    • North Korea said it set off a hydrogen bomb on September 03, 2017 in its sixth nuclear test, which judging by the earthquake it set off appeared to be its most powerful explosion yet
    • South Korea’s weather agency estimated the nuclear blast yield of the presumed test was between 50 and 60 kilotons, or five to six times stronger than North Korea’s fifth test in September 2016
    • US President Donald Trump declared that “appeasement with North Korea” will not work, after Pyongyang claimed it had successfully tested a missile-ready hydrogen bomb.
    • International community condemns North Korea nuclear test
  2. Pakistan has urged Myanmar authorities to investigate reports of massacre of Rohingya Muslims
  3. Sindh Inspector General of Police: A.D. Khowaja
  4. Iran has tested its home-grown air defence system, designed to match the Russian S-300
  5. The United States seized control on September 02, 2017 of three Russian diplomatic posts in the US after confirming the Russians had complied with the order to get out within two days
  6. Astronaut Peggy Whitson returned to Earth on September 02, 2017, wrapping up a record-breaking flight that catapulted her to first place for US space endurance.
    • Whitson’s 665 days off the planet 288 days on this mission alone exceeds that of any other American and any other woman worldwide. The Soyuz capsule landed in Kazakhstan
  7. The United States and South Korea agreed to strengthen Seoul’s defenses, with Washington giving a nod to billions in arms sales to the country
  8. Sri Lanka faces humiliating 5-0 loss against India in ODI series
    • This was India’s second 5-0 whitewash in an ODI series abroad, with Kohli’s men having blanked Zimbabwe in 2013.
  9. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 03, 2017 reshuffled some of his key minister’s portfolios
    • Modi dropped half a dozen ministers for failing performance.
  10. Trump names former Navy aviator to head NASA
    • James Bridenstine, a former navy pilot and Republican congressman, to head the US space agency NASA

September 5, 2017

  1. The Punjab Human Organs Transplantation Authority (PHOTA) has issued permission for bone marrow transplant to the Children`s Hospital, the first such facility in the public sector in the Punjab
  2. three-day conference of selected Pakistani envoys begins today (September 5, 2017) for brainstorming on important foreign policy issues
    • The conference will discuss President Trump’s Afghan and South Asia policy in particular and suggest measures to deal with the challenge
  3. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will embark on a tour of regional countries – beginning with China – after the three-day envoys’ conference that will start here on September 5 (today) to discuss Pakistan’s foreign policy and future strategy
  4. Indian state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp plans to bid for Israeli off shore oil-and-gas exploration blocks
  5. Pulitzer-prize winning poet John Ashbery, a post-modern American trailblazer, has died at age 90 in Hudson, New York on September 4, 2017
  6. Egypt has finalised a deal to build first nuclear power plant with funding from Moscow after nearly two years of negotiations
  7. The leaders of the five emerging market BRICS powers have for the first time named militant groups allegedly based in Pakistan as a regional security concern and called for their patrons to be held to account
    • Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa make up the BRICS grouping. The group called for an immediate end to violence in Afghanistan
  8. Taiwan’s Premier Lin Chuan resigned on September 4, 2017 in a move aimed at reviving dwindling public support for the government of President Tsai
  9. UN investigators on September 4, 2017 accused Burundi’s government of crimes against humanity, including executions and torture, and urged the International Criminal Court to open a case “as soon as possible”
  10. Prime Minister Narendra Modi named a female legislator as India’s new defence minister September 3, 2017
    • the first time a woman has been appointed to the key portfolio overseeing border tensions with China and Pakistan

September 6, 2017

  1. Former bureaucrat Dr Musharraf Rasool Cyan has joined the Pakistan International Airlines Corporation Limited as its chief executive officer (CEO), the company said on September 5, 2017
    • Dr Cyan, who was appointed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in July, is the first CEO of the airline after it was converted into a public limited company in December
    • Dr Cyan has been trained in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida, United States
  2. A Pakistani undergraduate law student has featured in top 5 future lawyers of the United Kingdom
    • Raza Nazar, who is a student of London School of Economics (LSE) Law School and hails from Karachi, has emerged in the top 5 list of Bright Network Future Lawyers Top 100 and shares the place with two law students at University of Oxford, one from University of Cambridge and another from University of Bristol
  3. The University of Karachi (KU) on September 5, 2017 handed over security affairs to paramilitary Rangers to deal with the situation emerging after revelation that one of its former students is associated with Jamaat Ansarul Shariah Pakistan
  4. US President Donald Trump allows more arms sales to Japan, S. Korea
  5. Taiwan`s President Tsai Ing-wen named a staunchly pro-independence city mayor as her new premier on September 5, 2017
  6. China wished to put its relationship with India on the `right track`
    • As the two countries sought to mend ties damaged by a recent tense Himalayan border standoff
  7. England will host Pakistan for two Tests in 2018 before India arrive for a five-match Test series, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
  8. The federal government has appointed retired police officer Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera as Federal Tax Ombudsman
  9. President Donald Trump on September 5, 2017 ended an amnesty protecting 800,000 people brought to the United States illegally
  10. Nearly 125,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since a fresh upsurge of violence in Myanmar on August 25
    • As fears grow of a humanitarian crisis in the overstretched camps. The UN said 123,600 had crossed the border in the past 11 days from Myanmar’s violence-wracked Rakhine state.

September 7, 2017

  1. Pakistan ready to help US for peace in Afghanistan
    • General Bajwa says Pakistan cannot fight Afghanistan’s war in Pakistan
  2. No change in policy on Pakistan: China
    • Explanation comes ahead of Foreign Minister Asif’s upcoming visit to Beijing
  3. Chairpeson Benazir Income Support Programme Marvi Memon received The international Speaker’s Democracy award from John Bercow, The speaker of the British House of Commons on September 6, 2017 in London
    • The international Speaker’s Democracy award is a new initiative of the Speaker of the UK’s House of Commons, which aims to recognise individuals all around the world for their social contribution to democratic societies
  4. Industry and Trade Minister Punjab: Sheikh Alla-ud-din
  5. The EU on September 6, 2017 won a legal battle against eastern European countries that rejected a quota scheme to force member states to admit tens of thousands of asylum seekers
  6. US to cooperate with Pakistan in energy sector
    • US Counsellor for Economic Affairs at the US Embassy in Islamabad: William ‘Chip’ Laitinen
  7. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, on September 6, 2017 decided to sack the Managing Director (MD) of the Bank of Khyber (BoK)
    • The decision to remove the BoK MD Shamsul Qayyum, was approved by the provincial cabinet at its meeting that was chaired by Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak
  8. The latest Basel Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Index figures Pakistan among the 50 worst countries in terms of money laundering and ‘terrorist financing’
    • This study by a Swiss group, the Basel Institute on Governance, listing the worst countries with greater chances of money laundering and terror financing, ranks Pakistan at the 46th position among in the list 146 countries
  9. UAE extends help to Rohingya Muslims
  10. Brazil´s top prosecutor charged former presidents Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff with forming a criminal organisation, the latest accusations in Brazil´s sprawling corruption scandal

September 8, 2017

  1. The chief of Britain`s main opposition party, Jeremy Corbyn, has come out in support of Pakistan and urged the world to respect the country
    • Mr Corbyn said it was not the responsibility of Pakistan alone to fight terrorism because the world as a whole needed to beat off the `collective challenge`
  2. The New York State Department of Financial Services fined Pakistan’s Habib Bank and its New York branch $225 million for failures to comply with laws and regulations designed to combat illicit money transactions
    • The bank was also ordered to surrender its licence to operate in the state, effectively removing it from the US financial system
  3. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has recognised two Pakistani banks among 20 others in its third annual Trade Finance Programme (TFP) awards
  4. China`s fifth-largest stateowned bank has had its credit rating downgraded to junk status by Moody`s, the latest sign of fragility in the country`s financial system.
  5. South Korea`s planned pivot away from coal and nuclear toward liquefied natural gas (LNG) and renewables appears to be another blow to the narrative that coal`s best hope is growth in Asia
  6. Israel attacked a military site in Syria`s Hama province on September 7, 2017, target could be linked to chemical weapons production
  7. Vintage mobile phone museum opens in Slovakia
  8. Russia tells Nato not to worry over war games
  9. Aqaas Harmain Shareefain Azmat Shaikh passed away September 7, 2017.
    • Azmat Shaikh was the photographer in the Harmain Shareefain
  10. Kate Millett, Sexual Politics author, dies at 82
    • Kate Millett, author of the groundbreaking bestseller Sexual Politics, was the feminist who launched the second wave of the women’s liberation movement.

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September 9, 2017

  1. Prime Minister Shahid Khagan Abbasi opens country`s fifth nuclear power plant (C-4)
    • The 340MW Chashma-IV reac-tor, located some 250km southwest of Islamabad, is the fourth built as part of a collaboration between the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) and China National Nuclear Corporation
  2. China defends Pakistan`s efforts against terrorism, following US President Donald Trump`s accusation that militants carry out attacks inside Afghanistan from Pakistani soil
  3. President Mamnoon Hussain administered oath to Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera as Federal Tax Ombudsman at a ceremony in Islamabad on September 08, 2017
  4. A Saudi-led bloc of Arab states hostile to Qatar took aim at Kuwaiti mediation and maintained a tough line even af ter US President Donald Trump offered to help resolve the crisis
  5. Enaam Ahmed, the 17-yearold British racing sensation of Pakistani origin, won the British F3 Championship
  6. Pakistan is set to present its case to the United States counting the country’s expenditures and sacrifices in the ongoing war against terror
  7. Russia claims killing of IS ‘minister of war’ in Syria
  8. Mexico’s most powerful earthquake in a century killed at least 35 people
  9. Bangladesh: An unprecedented surge of 270,000 Rohingya has sought refuge in Bangladesh over the past two weeks
  10. South Korea braced for a possible further missile test by North Korea when it marks its founding anniversary on September 9, 2017

September 10, 2017

  1. In a first for any prime minister of Pakistan, Shahid Khagan Abbasi on September 9, 2017 participated in an exercise training mission aboard an F-16 aircraft as part of the elite No 9 multirole squadron
    • It was during a visit to the newly established `Airpower Centre of Excellence` at an operational airbase of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF)in Sargodha when the prime minister took part in the mission
  2. Pakistan and Kazakhstan on September 9, 2017 agreed to execute joint projects in the fields of defence, energy and communication to widen bilateral cooperation
    • President Mamnoon Hussain arrived in Astana to attend first summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on science and technology
  3. Sindh Police Inspector General (IG) Allah Dino Khowaja cancels transfers, postings of 67 police officers of upper grades who were transferred and posted by the government of Sindh over the last couple of months have been reverted to their previous positions
  4. China Electrical and Mechanical Machinery Expo begins at Expo Center here on September 9, 2017
    • Over 10,000 people including Chinese and Pakistani top level machinery manufacturers, businessmen, entrepreneurs and investors participated in three-day China Electrical and Mechanical Machinery Expo 2017
  5. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the itinerary for a full series against Sri Lanka that will be played mainly in neutral venues but features a planned finale in Lahore on October 29
  6. The US State Department has approved arms sales packages worth more than $3.8 billion to Bahrain including F-16 jets, upgrades, missiles and patrolboats,
  7. Egypt on September 9, 2017 announced the discovery in the southem city of Luxor of a pharaonic tomb belonging to a royal goldsmith who lived more than 3,500 years ago during the reign of the 18th dynasty
  8. Saudi Arabia on September 9, 2017 suspended any dialogue with Qatar, accusing it of distorting facts soon after a phone call between the rulers of both countries offered hope of a breakthrough in the three-month-old Gulf crisis
  9. Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua summoned the ambassador of Myanmar, U. Win Myint, to the Foreign Office to lodge a strong protest over the ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state
  10. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC): General Zubair Mahmood Hayat

September 11, 2017

  1. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on September 10, 2017 censured the government of Myanmar over ongoing persecution of Rohingya Muslims
    • OIC asks Naypyidaw to accept UN fact-finding mission to probe into violation of HR Laws
  2. A resolution calling upon the government to take steps to promote and develop democratic culture in the country, which includes setting up a National Democracy Commission, is set to be taken up by the Senate on the opening day of its new session on September 11, 2017 (today)
  3. New Pakistan foreign policy will focus on enhancing defence and trade ties with Russia, while retaining the “all-weather friendship” with China.
    • Officials at the foreign ministry said that improving ties with the United States and removing misunderstandings with Washington was also a key goal set for the diplomats.
  4. China, the world’s biggest car market, plans to ban the production and sale of diesel and petrol cars and vans
  5. Russia urges dialogue to solve Gulf crisis
    • Arab countries and Qatar should enter into direct talks to solve a diplomatic dispute, Russia`s foreign minister said on a trip to Saudi Arabia
  6. Army Museum Lahore Garrison established recently has been opened for the general public on September 10, 2017
  7. The Punjab government has agreed with the World Bank to withdraw its annual practice of wheat procurement by 2021
  8. Modi, Abe to kick-start India’s first bullet train project
  9. Bangladesh’s foreign minister said that genocide was being waged in Myanmar’s violence-hit Rakhine state, triggering an exodus of nearly 300,000 Muslim Rohingya to his country
  10. Germany would lend its weight to a diplomatic push to end North Korean nuclear weapons and missile development along the lines of a past deal with Iran

September 12, 2017

  1. Stage set as Pakistan take on world
    • Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium is all set to witness history when Pakistan take on the World XI for a three-match T20 series starting September 12, 2017 (Today)
  2. Pakistan and Iran on Monday underscored the need for a politically negotiated settlement of the Afghan conflict
    • Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif meets Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Dr Javad Zarif on daylong trip to Tehran
  3. Stakeholders fail to agree on Fata-KP merger
    • The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions revealed that none of the stakeholders were willing to take responsibility for the complete merger of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  4. Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on September 11, 2017 arrived in Canberra, the capital of Australia, on a two-day official visit. The COAS was given a tri-service Guard of Honour
  5. US military sales to India went from zero to $15 billion in the last 10 years
  6. US softens North Korea resolution ahead of UN vote
  7. The UN rights chief warned September 11, 2017 of possible “crimes against humanity” in Venezuela, prompting the crisis-wracked country to accuse his office of wielding human rights as “a political weapon”
  8. Norwegians voted on September 11, 2017 in an election nail-biter in “the world’s happiest country” with the governing rightwing coalition facing a strong challenge from the centre-left opposition
  9. MOSCOW on September 11, 2017 opened a brand new park to the public just steps from the Kremlin, boasting wonders such as an ice labyrinth, despite criticism over its huge pricetag.
  10. Singapore is likely to have its first female president, with only one candidate qualifying on September 11, 2017

September 13, 2017

  1. Pakistan and Turkey on Tuesday vowed to work together for peace and stability in Afghanistan
  2. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi offered “joint patrols” and “joint posts” with Afghanistan
  3. The Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) on September 12, 2017 called for long term planning on foreign policy issues and addressing internal weaknesses to improve the country`s image at the international level
  4. The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea, slapping a ban on textile exports and restricting shipments of oil products to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and largest nuclear test.
  5. British director Peter Hall, who founded the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960, has died at the age of 86, on September 12, 2017
  6. Saudi Arabia says IS plot to bomb defence ministry`s headquarters foiled
  7. Pakistan defeated Faf du Plessis’ World XI by 20 runs in the inaugural Twenty20 of the Independence Cup at Gaddafi stadium in Lahore on September 12, 2017
  8. Turkey has signed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 missile defence systems, its first major weapons purchase from Moscow
  9. The Bangladesh government has appealed for international support to move the Rohingya to the island as the impoverished country confronts a growing crisis over where to house an influx that has mounted following a military crackdown in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar’s Rakhine state
  10. Sindh Assembly set to allow NAB to act against provincial employees

September 14, 2017

  1. India and Pakistan resume talks on a longstanding water dispute amidst renewed hopes for a peaceful resolution of this potentially dangerous issue.
    • The last round of these talks, held at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, concluded on Aug 1.
  2. Gen Bajwa is currently in Australia on an official visit and has held talks with the Senate`s committee for foreign and defence affairs headed by Senator David Fawcett, Australian Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshall Mark Binskin and Air Chief Air Marshal Gavin Davies
  3. Minister of State for Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb on September 13, 2017 inaugurated the first ever Asia Peace Film Festival in Islamabad, which is being participated by about 50 countries to screen about 940 films.
  4. Bangladesh to sign a 15-year deal with Qatar`s RasGas Co to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) starting in 2018
  5. Iraq`s Kurds have earned their right to independence
    • Consider the plight of an ethnic group seeking self-determination in the Middle East.
  6. North Korea vowed to accelerate its weapons programmes in response to `evil` sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council following its latest and most powerful nuclear test
  7. Eight Afghans expelled from Germany arrived in Kabul as Berlin resumed deportations of rejected asylum seekers from the war-torn country months
  8. A New Zealand lawmaker received military and intelligence training in China, but he denied allegations of being a Beijing spy, saying he was the victim of a racist smear campaign
  9. Singapore got its first female president September 13, 2017, but the milestone was overshadowed by criticism that her selection was undemocratic after she was handed the job without a vote
  10. World XI beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the second Twenty20 international to level the three-match series at 1-1 at Lahore’s Gaddafi stadium on September 13, 2017

September 15, 2017

  1. Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States at a tripartite meeting on Septmber 14, 2017 vowed to eliminate the militant Islamic State group also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh from the region
  2. Prime Minister Shahid Khagan Abbasi inaugurated the 300km Kachhi canal project in the Sui area of Dera Bugd on September 14, 2017
    • The Kachhi canal project, built at a cost of Rs80 billion, is expected to irrigate around 72,000 acres of barren land in the Sui tehsil area of Balochistan
  3. The Foreign Office warned India against any misadventure as ceasefire violations by Indian troops so far this year surpassed the figure of 700 nearly double the violations reported last year
  4. The inaugural flight of the Pakistan International Airlines to the Iraqi city of Najaf left from the metropolis on September 14, 2017
  5. Mohammad Azam Khan, an officer of the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS), was appointed chief secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on September 14, 2017
    • Azam Khan has served as additional chief secretary Fata, secretary sports, tourism and youth affairs, secretary home and tribal affairs and as commissioner Peshawar in the past
  6. Iraq and Turkey stepped up the pressure on Iraqi Kurdistan over its planned independence referendum
  7. The Indian government on September 14, 2017 told the Supreme Court that Rohingya refugees were `a threat to national security`, pushing back against condemnation of its plans to deport them
  8. A feather from one of the most elusive birds in the world has been found in South Australia, the first proof in more than a century that it lives there
  9. Japan`s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on September 14, 2017 inaugurated India`s first bullet train project a $19 billion line.
  10. North Korea threatens to ‘sink’ Japan, reduce US to ‘ashes’

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September 16, 2017

  1. Three people were killed and another one was wounded when a US drone fired missiles at a compound in the Ghuzgarhi area near the Afghan border in Kurram Agency on September 14, 2017
  2. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi September 14, 2017 assigned the additional portfolio of Planning Development and Reforms to Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal
  3. Pakistan clinch Independence Cup
    • Man-of-the-match Ahmed Shehzad and bowlers helped Pakistan overwhelm World XI by 33 runs in the third Twenty20 international to annex the Independence Cup at the Gaddafi Stadium on September 14, 2017
  4. China agreed to address major concerns of Pakistan about the preference erosion of its exports and meaningful market access during the latest round of negotiations over the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (FTA) held in Beijing on Sept 14-15
  5. Qatar`s ruling emir met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday on his first trip abroad since a diplomatic crisis erupted between the tiny Gulf nation and its neighbours
  6. Iceland`s prime minister called a snap parliamentary election following the decision of one of the three coalition parties to quit the government formed less than nine months ago
  7. North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific on September 14, 2017
  8. TAMPA-After 20 years in space, Nasa’s famed Cassini spacecraft made its final death plunge into Saturn on September 14, 2017
  9. Iraqi Kurdish parliament approves independence referendum
  10. The ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson has made it clear that the sport’s governing body cannot force India to play a bilateral series against Pakistan

September 17, 2017

  1. ICC director, chief executive congratulate Pakistan on the event; express hope that it will pave way for bigger series
  2. Bangladesh PM seeks help for Rohingya crisis at UN as exodus tops 400,000
  3. Indian Actor Salman Khan receives Global Diversity Award at Britain’s House of Commons
    • He was presented the award by Keith Vaz, British Parliament’s longest-serving Asian MP
  4. Punjab bans treatment abroad, foreign visits at govt’s expense
    • Seven-member Austerity Committee to consider unavoidable cases of foreign visits and recommend to CM for his approval.
  5. Pakistan and India were unsuccessful in reaching an agreement during the latest round of talks on Indus Water Treaty
    • The two-day discussion took place in Washington at the World bank headquarters on September 14-15
    • The Pakistani delegation was led by Secretary Water Resources Division Arif Ahmed Khan
    • The Indus Water Treaty was signed in 1960 after nine years of negotiations between India and Pakistan with the help of the World Bank.
  6. Pakistan and China are united to foil conspiracies of the enemies against the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
    • Chinese ambassador to Pakistan: Sun Weidong
  7. Balochistan Assembly Speaker and Chief Commissioner Pakistan Boy Scouts Association Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani administered oath to Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan as the chief of the AJK Boy Scouts Association
  8. The Pakistan International Airlines’ first flight to Bangkok left from Karachi on September 16, 2017
  9. N Korea seeks military ‘equilibrium’ with US
  10. A Chinese state-owned investment firm has provided a $10 billion credit line for Iranian banks

September 18, 2017

  1. PML-N retains Nawaz`s NA-120 stronghold
    • Kulsoom Nawaz bags 61,254 votes, PTI’s Yasmin makes inroads into Sharif’s bastion with 47,066 votes
    • Despite frenzied campaigns turnout stands at 33 pc
  2. President Mamnoon Hussain invited Tajikistan to benefit from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
    • Tajik President: Emomali Rahmon
  3. The Trump administration is considering closing down the recently reopened US Embassy in Havana following a string of unexplained incidents harming the health of American diplomats in Cuba
  4. Qatar on September 17, 2017 signed an agreement to buy 24 Typhoon fighter jets from Britain
    • A second major defence deal signed by Doha during its lengthening diplomatic dispute with its neighbours
  5. Afghanistan is considering training and arming 20,000 civilians to defend territories where Islamic militants have been driven out
  6. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India`s biggest dam on Sunday
    • The controversial Sardar Sarovar Dam on the River Narmada in the country`s western state of Gujarat that will provide power and water to three big states was dedicated to the people of India by Narendra Modi
    • The project has been beset by controversies since the laying of the foundation stone by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1961. The construction of the project began in 1987
  7. Hamas ready to hand over Gaza to Palestinian unity govt
    • Fatah-led administration praises decision announced after Egyptian mediation
  8. United Nations Secretary General: Antonio Guterres
    • Nationality (Antonio Guterres) : Portuguese
    • Antonio Guterres serving as the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations
  9. Adviser to Prime Minister on National Hertiage: Irfan Siddiqui
  10. Foreign Minister of Mexico: Luis Videgaray

September 19, 2017

  1. British Pakistan actor Riz Ahmed made history on September 17, 2017 by becoming the first male actor of Asian descent to win an Emmy for acting
    • Ahmed was nominated for his role in HBO`s The Night Of, an eight-episode crime drama
  2. The Prime Minister Shahid Khagan Abbasi reached New York
    • Prime Minister will highlight the Kashmir and Rohingya issues in his address to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly
  3. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and World Bank expressed concern over the escalation of violence, internal displacement and suffering of the Muslim population in Rakhine state of Myanmar
  4. The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on September 18, 2017 installed a fighter trainer aircraft, FT-5, at a park in recognition of the services of Capt Asfandyar Bokhari for the nation and the PAF on his second martyrdom anniversary in Taxila
  5. The Bank of China (BoC) has been allowed to commence banking business in Pakistan
    • This is the second Chinese bank which has been allowed to operate in Pakistan.
    • Earlier, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) opened two branches in Karachi and Islamabad on May 20, 2011
  6. Works began on September 18, 2017 to boost security at the Eiffel Tower as an anti-terrorism measure, with bulletproof glass walls set to go up around the world’s most visited monument
  7. Israel on September 18, 2017 inaugurated the first ever US ally a joint missile defence base on Israeli soil
  8. Iraq’s supreme court September 18, 2017 ordered the suspension of a September 25 referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan
  9. A Nigerian lawyer who helped secure the release of more than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram was on September 18, 2017 awarded one of the United Nations’ top prizes
    • Zannah Mustapha was given the annual Nansen award for his “crucial mediating” role as well as his work helping children affected by the long-running conflict
  10. Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan: Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan

September 20, 2017

  1. The Children’s Hospital Lahore has become the first public sector hospital in the country to carry out bone marrow transplantation
  2. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on September 19, 2017 agreed that there was no military solution to the Afghanistan conflict
  3. In his first address to the United Nations on September 19, 2017, US President Donald Trump threatened to totally destroy North Korea and hinted at the possibility of rescinding nuclear deal with Iran
  4. More than 40 million people were trapped as slaves last year in forced labour and forced marriages, according to the first joint effort by key anti-slavery groups to estimate the number of victims worldwide of the international crime
  5. Israel`s military fired a Patriot missile on September 19, 2017 to bring down what it said was an Iranian-made drone operated by Hezbollah
  6. Federal Minister for Commerce and Textile: Mohammad Pervaiz Malik
  7. Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan: Perry John Calderwood
  8. The US Senate overwhelmingly authorized $700 billion in defence spending September 19, 2017, a substantial increase over 2017 funding and nearly five percent more than President Donald Trump had requested
  9. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu publicly for the first time in New York to discuss Middle East peace
  10. Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Muhammad Atif Khan

September 21, 2017

  1. Prime Minister Shahid Khagan Abbasi met US Vice President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on September 20, 2017
    • As the first step, the UnitedStates expressed its desire to send a delegation to Pakistan for talks on bilateral relations while Pakistan vowed to stay engaged with the US despite differences
  2. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department has decided to extend the Sehat Sahulat insurance programme to the transgender community of the province
  3. Pakistani Cricketer Khalid Latif has been banned for five year and fined Rs one million for his role in the spot fixing scandal, which rocked the Pakistan Super League (PSL) earlier this year in United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  4. Pakistan fined $1.6b as Turkish firm wins arbitration case
    • Turkish firm Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim had registered a claim with the ICSID against Pakistan in 2013 for violation of their contract of as many as $564.6 million for a period of five years, for building rental power plants in Karachi
    • ICSID: The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
  5. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who rescheduled his meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khagan Abbasi, urged Pakistan on September 20, 2017 to hold a state to state dialogue with Afghanistan
  6. UNITED Nations on September 20, 2017 began signing the first treaty to ban nuclear weapons, a pact backed by over100 countries but spurned by those with nuclear arms
  7. Saudi Arabia and Britain signed a framework deal for military cooperation, Saudi state media said September 20, 2017
  8. 51 countries line up to sign UN treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
  9. Qatar announces free prompt entry visa for Pakistanis
  10. Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Pakistan: Omar Zakhilwal

September 22, 2017

  1. Prime Minister Shahid Khagan Abbasi held a brief meeting with US President Donald Trump here on Tuesday evening during which the two leaders talked about the need to continue their countries` partnership in the fight against terror
  2. Members of seven National Assembly Standing Committees elected on September 21, 2017 new chairpersons of the committees
    • MNA Mian Abdul Mannan was elected chairman of the Committee on Housing and Works, Dr Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral chairperson of Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, Shagufta Jumani head of Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony, Mr Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon chairman of the Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, Dr Hafeezur Rehman Khan Drishak head of Committee on National Health Services, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan head of Committee on Climate Change and Khalid Hussain Magsi head of the Committee on Water Resources
  3. Google pay tribute to Malika-i-Tarannum Noor Jehan by unveiling a doodle to mark the legendary vocalist`s 92nd birthday
  4. Pakistan XI defeat UK Media XI in the army-organised Peace Cup T20 match in Miranshah
  5. The Lahore High Court on September 21, 2017 ordered the Punjab government to make public report of a judicial inquiry into Model Town tragedy that left 14 dead
  6. The Senate on September 21, 2017 suspended activities of Pakistan-Switzerland Friendship Group (PSFG) to protest the appearance of “Free Balochistan” posters in Geneva
  7. Turkey, Iran and Iraq have agreed to consider counter-measures against Kurdish northern Iraq over a planned independence referendum
  8. L`Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, the world`s richest woman, has died at the age of 94 in Paris
  9. US President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on September 21, 2017 that open the door wider to blacklisting people and entities doing business with North Korea
  10. Pakistan seized a bronze in 6-Reds snooker when the reigning national champion Mohammad Sajjad was sent packing 3-5 by Chinese Yan Bingtao in the semi-final of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at Ashgabat on September 21, 2017

September 23, 2017

  1. Pakistan won`t be anyone`s scapegoat, PM tells UN
    • In his first address to the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Prime Minister Shahid Khagan Abbasi highlighted Kashmir as a key dispute, refused to be a `scapegoat` for Afghanistan and reminded the world that it was not Pakistan that started a nuclear race in South Asia
    • Pakistan, lost 27,000 lives since the launch of the US war on terror and that`s why it was more interested in restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan than any other nation, PM said
  2. The World Bank has approved $114 million to expand support for families affected by militancy-related violence in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata)
    • Around 326,000 eligible temporarily displaced families will benefit from the funding
  3. Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) Director General: Maj Gen Azhar Naveed Hayat Khan
  4. The United States wants Myanmar to take urgent action to end violence in Rakhine state, where a military offensive has created a crisis that could jeopardise its economic and political transition
  5. Turkish missile deal with Russia reflects stormy relationship with Nato
  6. British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a two-year transition after Brexit in which Britain would largely maintain its current ties with Brussels, in a charm offensive intended to unlock stalled negotiations with the European Union
  7. Current British High Commissioner to Pakistan: Thomas Drew
  8. Current Russian Foreign Minister: Sergei Lavrov
  9. The winner of Turkey’s national beauty pageant was September 22, 2017 forced to hand back her crown hours after winning, over a tweet relating to the failed coup which was deemed offensive
  10. Police arrested former Balochistan home minister Nawabzada Gazeen Marri upon his arrival at Quetta airport on September 22, 2017, after 18 years of self-exile which he mostly spent in Dubai

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September 24, 2017

  1. Women allowed to attend national day celebrations first time in Saudi Arabia
    • Women were allowed to enter the stadium, a previously male-only venue used mostly for football matches, with their families and seated separately from single men to watch a musical show and a play in Saudi history
  2. Indian newspaper, Hindustan Times has written that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is an ‘active card’ for India in Pakistan and Afghanistan
    • In a piece in the newspaper, TTP is also being called as Indian ;counterpart for Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Lashkr-e-Taiba (LeT), and Jesh-e-Mohammad (JeM)’
  3. Pakistan Navy (PN) on September 23, 2017 successfully test-fired anti-ship missile from air-to-sea level in north Arabian Sea
  4. Lahore General Hospital has become the first public sector hospital to perform successful Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, removal of excessive fat from human body on September 23, 2017
  5. Thousands of people on the Indonesian island of Bali flee from their homes due to concerns over Mount Agung erupting. The alert status for the volcano was increased to the highest level possible
  6. North Korea said on targeting the US mainland with its rockets was inevitable after “Mr. Evil President” Donald Trump called Pyongyang’ leader “rocket man”, further escalating rhetoric over the North’s nuclear weapons and missile programs
  7. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on September 23, 2017 said Pakistan as “the greatest exporter of havoc, death and inhumanity”
  8. The Turkish parliament on Saturday approved a one-year extension of a mandate to use troops abroad in Syria and Iraq
  9. Iran successfully tested a new medium-range missile in defiance of warnings from Washington
  10. A girl child activist Majida Fehmi, from Gilgit-Baltistan has been nominated for 2017 International Children’s Peace Prize

September 25, 2017

  1. Pakistan informed the international community on September 24, 2017 that Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj betrayed her government`s deep hostility towards its neighbour when she attacked Islamabad in her address to the UN General Assembly
  2. The Gwadar Port Authority and China Communication Construcrion Company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the construction of Eastbay Expressway at a ceremony held in Gwadar on September 24, 2017
    • Minister of State for Ports and Shipping Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal
  3. Award-winning British actor and director Ralph Fiennes, who podrayed Lord Voldemon in the Harry Potter series, was given a Serbian passpon on September 24, 2017 for `promoting` the Balkan country
  4. Chancellor Angela Merkel clinched a fourth term in Germany`s election on September 24, 2017
    • Merkel, who after 12 years in power held a double-digit lead for most of the campaign, scored around 33 per cent of the vote with her conservative Christian Union (CDU/CSU) bloc
  5. Bangladesh has banned telecommunication companies from selling mobile phone connections to Rohingya refugees
  6. An ISIS flag was spotted hoisting at a bridge by a commuter in the federal capital near the main highway on September 24, 2017 morning
  7. Kenya’s Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge underlined his status as the world’s best current long-distance runner by winning the Berlin Marathon on September 24, 2017
  8. PCB unveils logos for Pakistan-Sri Lanka series on September 24, 2017
  9. US Defense Secretary James Mattis
  10. Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Umar Zakhilwal

September 26, 2017

  1. Fatima Sughra, remembered as the young girl who had hoisted up the Pakistani flag for the very first time, passed away on September 25, 2017. She was 84.
    • Born in 1932, Sughra was only 14-year-old when she became one of the youngest members of the Pakistan Movement that anyone had seen.
  2. Iraqi Kurds voted in an independence referendum on Monday as tensions rose with Baghdad and neighbouring countries over the historic vote
  3. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that `two-faced policy` of the United States was to blame for the death of Russian general in Syria
  4. `World`s heaviest woman` dies in Abu Dhabi
    • She had not left home in more than two decades and weighed around 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds)
  5. The United Arab Emirates on September 25, 2017 announced plans to open a nuclear power plant next year, in what would be a first for the emirate and the Arab Gulf region
  6. Australia on September 25, 2017 committed to creating a national space agency as it looks to cash in on the lucrative and fast-evolving astronautical sector
  7. A two week long joint exercise DRUZBA 2017 between special forces of Pakistan and Russia Armies started in Minralney Vody, Russia
  8. Prime Minister of Palestine: Rami Hamdallah
  9. A female Marine became the first woman on September 25, 2017 to complete the notoriously rigorous training course for US infantry officers
  10. Trump’s travel ban expands to eight countries
  11. Full bans were newly placed on nationals from North Korea and Chad, and extended for five countries on the original list: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, Limited restrictions meanwhile were placed on Venezuela.

September 27, 2017

  1. Transgender persons will be able to use the name of their gurus as parents in their computerised nationalidentity cards (CNICs), the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) told on September 26, 2017
  2. My Pure Land, First Urdu-language Pakistani film to represent UK in Oscar race
  3. Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from next June, that makes the Gulf kingdom the last country in the world to permit women behind the wheel
  4. China has staged military exercises in Djibouti after opening its first overseas military base there last month
  5. Interpol opened its four-day general assembly, in Beijing on September 26, 2017 as China seeks greater international help to repatriate alleged criminals despite accusations it is using the international police organisation for political gain
    • Full name: International Police Organization
    • Common name: Interpol
    • Abbreviation: ICPO
    • Formed: September 7, 1923
    • Headquarters: Lyon, France
  6. India has ruled out sending its troops to Afghanistan but will continue to provide assistance in other helds
    • Indian Defence Minister: Nirmala Sitharaman
  7. World’s biggest uncut diamond sells for $53m
    • British jeweller Graff has purchased the world’s largest uncut diamond — roughly the size of a tennis ball — for $53 million (44.5 million euros).
  8. International Criclket Council has introduced new rules and rule changes for the centuries old game that will come into effect on September 28, 2017.
    • One of them is to give umpires the power to send a player off for the rest of the match for serious misconduct.
  9. The Federal Cabinet on September 26, 2017 approved five-year extension of the lease contract of Saindak Copper Gold project to Chinese firm
  10. Trump ignores pleas to calm North Korea tensions

September 28, 2017

  1. The World Bank would provide $200 million to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to improve revenue mobilisation of the cash-starved province
  2. The Senate Standing Committee on Interior on September 27, 2017 approved the “Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2017” about suicide and allowed to repeal the Section 325 PCC Act XLV of 1860 from the law.
  3. International police agency Interpol voted on September 27, 2017 to include Palestine as a member state, in a new boost to Palestinian efforts for international recognition and influence amid long-stalled negotiations with Israel for full statehood
    • Current Palestinian Foreign Minister: Riad Malki
  4. Twitter is testing allowing tweets to be expanded to 280 characters double the existing limit in the latest effort to boost flagging growth at the social network
    • Chief Executive Twitter: Jack Dorsey
    • Twitter Founded: March 21, 2006
    • Twitter Launched: July 15, 2006
  5. A Saudi woman has been named to a senior government post for the first time
    • The government announced that a woman Eman Al-Ghamdi had been appointed as assistant mayor of Al Khubar governorate.
  6. Iraq’s Kurds announced a massive “yes” vote for independence on September 28, 2017 following a referendum that has incensed Baghdad and sparked international concern
  7. Masooma Muradi, Afghanistan’s only female provincial governor has been replaced by a man on September 27, 2017
  8. Corruption charges: Ousted Thai PM Yingluck sentenced in absentia to five years
  9. Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly: Asad Qaiser
  10. Current Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan: Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan

September 29, 2017

  1. Former director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa got the first command post as a three-star general on September 28, 2017
    • He replaces Lt Gen Aamer Riaz who has been posted as Lahore Corps Commander
    • Lt Gen Sadiq Ali, who was serving as Lahore Corps Commander, has been appointed Inspector General Arms at the GHQ
    • All the three officers had been promoted to the rank of three-star general together the same day Sept 22, 2015
  2. Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar was on September 28, 2017 elected as Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs
  3. Turkey threatened potentially crippling restrictions on oil trading with Iraqi Kurds after they backed independence from Baghdad in a referendum that has alarmed Ankara as it faces a separatist insurgency from its own Kurdish minority
  4. China orders North Korean business closed under UN sanctions
  5. Hugh Hefner, the silk pajama-wearing founder of PLAYBOY who helped escort nudity into the American mainstream, died on September 27, 2017. He was 91 years old
  6. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament September 29, 2017, effectively kicking off a national election campaign where he faces an unexpected and formidable challenge from the popular governor of Tokyo
  7. All foreign flights to and from the Iraqi Kurdish capital Arbil will be suspended from September 29, 2017, as Baghdad increases pressure on the Kurds over this week’s independence referendum
  8. Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah became the joint second fastest bowler to claim 150 Test wickets on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on September 28, 2017
  9. E. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry is the current ambassador to the United States
  10. British Minister of State for Asia: Mark Field

September 30, 2017

  1. Donald Trump will travel to Asia next month for the first time since becoming president, stopping in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines on a trip expected to be dominated by the North Korea nuclear threat
  2. State Bank of Pakistan held its main policy interest rate unchanged at 5.75 per cent on September 29, 2017, citing steadily rising economic growth and low inflation
  3. Pakistan and Tajikistan have emphasized restoration of peace in Afghanistan for the benefit of the region
    • Tajik Defence Minister Sherali Mirzo
  4. Chairman Shura Council of Bahrain: Ali Bin Saleh Al-Saleh
  5. Minister for Commerce Pervaiz Malik representing Pakistan in World Trade Organization Public Forum in Geneva.
  6. An agreement has been signed with a Chinese company in Lahore on September 29, 2017 to set up a 1263 MW LNG-fueled power plant in Jhang, reported by Radio Pakistan
  7. Commander of the Kuwaiti Air Force, Major General Abdullah Al-Foudari
  8. North Korea’s rapid weapons progress poses new, global threat: IAEA
    • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director: Yukiya Amano
  9. The 119th passing out parade of Combat Support Force held at Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Asghar Khan Academy Risalpur September 30, 2017
  10. Two activists from the heavily militarised region of Indian occupied Kashmir on September 28, 2017 won Norway’s Rafto Prize for human rights for their long-term struggle against violence in the disputed territory
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