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August 1, 2017

  1. NAB set to file four references against Sharif Family
    • Three cases each against Nawaz, Hussain, Hassan; two against Maryam; one each against Capt Safdar and Ishaq Dar
  2. The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz`s (PML-N) nominee, Shahid Khagan Abbasi, will coast to an easy win in today`s election for the prime minister
  3. After Trump meeting, Ukraine to import US thermal coal for the first time
  4. As North Korea intensifies missile programme, US opens $11bn base in South Korea
  5. Saudi-led bloc opens `emergency routes` to Qatari planes
  6. British Royal Marine jailed for making bombs for Irish Republicans
    • Ciaran Maxwell, a 31-year-old Northern Irish Catholic, made and stockpiled pipe bombs, anti-personnel mines, handguns and enough chemicals to make more than 100 kg of explosives
  7. Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, has died on July 31 2017. He was 73
  8. UK plans to end EU free movement in 2019
  9. Punjab has decided to lease a total of 99,077 acres of land in 187 forest lots of various sizes in four districts of South Punjab to the investors for 15 years for commercial forestry
  10. Venezuela increasingly isolated after deadly vote

August 02, 2017

  1. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi elected PM with thumping majority
    • Secures 221 votes in 342-member house
    • PPP’s Naveed Qamar bags 47, PTI nominee Sheikh Rasheed 33
  2. Pakistan and India concluded the much-delayed water talks in the US capital on Aug 01, 2017
  3. Turkey and its main regional ally Qatar on Aug 01, 2017 launched military exercises
  4. Meeting of pan-Islamic group held in Istanbul over Jerusalem tensions
  5. The Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) on Aug 01, 2017 got a new secretary as Sanaullah Awan a grade 20 officer of the Capital Development Authority (CDA)
  6. PTF: president Salim Saifullah
  7. The Narendra Modi government is planning on introducing a new ministry for cows
    • BJP-ruled Rajasthan is the first Indian state to have a minister in charge for the welfare of cows
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode to power in 2014 on a slew of promises, which include a national ban on cow slaughter
  8. The Pakistani Taliban on Aug 01, 2017 released the first edition of a magazine for women
    • The first edition of “Sunnat E Khaula” – which translates as ‘The Way of Khaula’, referring to an early female follower of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) – published by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) features a picture of a women veiled from head to toe on its front cover
  9. China formally opened its first overseas military base on Aug 01, 2017 with a flag raising ceremony in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa
  10. Holy Qur‘aan, Bible removed from Indian president’s memorial

August, 3 2017

  1. Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa met Afghanistan`s ambassador Dr Omar Zakhilwal on August 02, 2017 for continuing discussions on normalisation of bilateral relations
  2. Uzma Yousaf, First Pakistani woman has reached the summit of the Spanitik Peak in the Karakoram Range on August 02, 2017
    • Uzma Yousaf reached the top of the 7,027 metre mountain in the Gilgit-Baltistan region at 9:16 am
    • The Spanitik Peak is also known as the `Golden Peak` and was last climbed by a 12-member Pakistan-China Friendship expedition in July 2012
  3. The National Crime Agency (NCA) of Britain will train investigation of ficers of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)
    • Chairman NAB: Qamar Zaman Chaudhry
  4. The controversial Sri Lanka-China agreement on the Hambantota deep water port in southern Sri Lanka is likely to go through another revision by Aug 8
  5. Iraq to issue $1bn standalone bond after a decade
  6. China accused India of `concocting` excuses over the illegal entry of the South Asian nation`s military into Chinese territory on their disputed border
  7. Scientists in the United States have repaired a disease-causing mutation in the DNA of early-stage human embryos
  8. US President Donald Trump has signed into law new sanctions against Russia that were passed overwhelmingly by Congress
  9. Turkey changes chiefs of army, navy, air force
  10. Bangladesh’s Supreme Court has scrapped parliament’s power to sack top judges

August 4, 2017

  1. Power consumers to pay security cost of CPEC projects
    • NEPRA rejects stakeholders’ contention that security is state’s responsibility
    • NEPRA: National Electric Power Regulatory Authority
  2. Nawaz cabinet makes a comeback
    • Some new inductions, shift of portfolios expected, Nisar keeps out
  3. Saudi Arabia to open luxury beach resort for women
    • Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammad bin Salman, has unveiled plans for a luxury Red Sea resort where special laws will allow women to wear bikinis instead of covering up their skin
  4. Pakistani and Indian officials decided to resume intra-Kashmir trade from Aug 8
  5. Foreign reserves decrease by $305m
    • The total liquid foreign reserves held by the country stood at $20,283.1 million on July 28, 2017
  6. US President Donald Trump said relations with Russia had hit an all-time and “very dangerous”
  7. Iran said that new US sanctions were a violation of its nuclear deal with world powers, piling pressure on President Hassan Rouhani as he starts his second term
  8. US to build pressure on North Korea at Asean talks
  9. China`s Foreign Ministry said India has been building up troops and repairing roads along its side of the border amid an increasingly tense stand-off in a remote frontier region beside the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan
  10. Al Qaeda frees South African hostage after six years
    • Stephen McGown, 42, was kidnapped from the historic trading city of Timbuktu in Mali

August 05, 2017

  1. Prime Minister Shahid Khagan Abbasi on August 4, 2017 formed a 43-member cabinet with 27 federal ministers and 16 ministers of state.
    • Portfolios of federal, state ministers
      • Mushahid Ullah Khan (Climate Change); Muhammad Pervaiz Malik (Commerce and Textile); Hafiz Abdul Kareem (Communications); Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan (Defence); Rana Tanveer Hussain (Defence Production); Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman (Federal Education and Professional Training); Muhammad Ishaq Dar (Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs); Khawaja Muhammad Asif (Foreign Affairs); Akram Khan Durrani (Housing and Works); Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi (Industries and Production); Ahsan Iqbal (Interior); Riaz Hussain Pirzada (Inter-Provincial Coordination); Muhammad Barjees Tahir (Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan); Zahid Hamid (Law and Justice); Lt. Gen (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi (Narcotics Control); Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan (National Food Security and Research); Saira Afzal Tarar (National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination); Pir Syed Sadruddin Shah Rashidi (Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development); Sheikh Aftab Ahmed (Parliamentary Affairs); Hasil Khan Bizenjo (Ports and Shipping); Molana Ameer Zaman (Postal Services); Kh Saad Rafique (Railways); Muhammad Yousaf (Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony); Lt. Gen (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch (States and Frontier Regions); Kamran Michael (Statistics) and Syed Javed Ali Shah (Water Resources).

Likewise, the portfolios of 13 state ministers along with their portfolios are as follows.

  • Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary (Capital Administration and Development Division); Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari (Commerce and Textile); Muhammad Junaid Anwaar Chaudhry (Communications); Sardar Muhammad Arshad Khan Laghari (Industries and Production): Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb (Information and Broadcasting); Anusha Rahman Ahmad Khan (Information Technology and Telecommunications); Dr Darshan (Inter-Provincial Coordination); Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju (Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development); Jam Kamal Khan (Petroleum); Ch. Jaffar Iqbal (Ports and Shipping); Pir Muhammad Amin Ul Hasnat Shah (Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony), Ghalib Khan (States and Frontier Regions) and Abid Sher Al (Power).
  1. Border mechanism discussed with Afghan military team
    • A top military delegation of the Afghan National Army (ANA) visited the Peshawar Corps Headquarters on August 04, 2017
  2. A controversial new Venezuelan assembly packed with allies of unpopular President Nicolas Maduro held its first session on August 04, 2017
  3. A Chinese expert has admitted that the recent political developments in Pakistan would affect the $50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) because some “variable factors” would come into play
  4. Korea`s spy agency admits attempting to rig election
  5. Islamabad: Pakistan Post will issue special postage stamp on 70th Independence Day on August 14
  6. Bashir Ahmed, a BS-21 officer of PSP made Director General Federal Investigation Agency
  7. The United Kingdom has announced an additional $130 million to help end polio in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria
  8. US to make tougher visa vetting permanent
    • The Trump administration moved to make permanent a new questionnaire that asks some US visa applicants to provide their social media handles and detailed biographical and travel history
  9. The University of Hazara (UoH) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has issued a circular banning gender mixing on the campus to ‘maintain education standard’

August 06, 2017

  1. India elects BJP-backed Naidu as vice-president
    • Venkaiah Naidu, 68, secured 516 parliamentary votes to beat rival Gopalkrishna Gandhi — the 72-year-old grandson of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi — who received 244 votes
  2. Khyber Agency will be free of terrorism after Khyber-IV operation: Army Chief
    • Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Rajgal valley, Khyber Agency on August 05, 2017
  3. EU criticism over missile tests ‘is the wrong path’, says Iran
    • Iranian Foreign Minister: Mohammad Javad Zarif
  4. A team of doctors at Noida (India) gave a new lease of life to a three-year-old Pakistani child (Mohammad Bilal) who was suffering from a rare heart disease called Uhl’s anomaly that is found in one among 200,000 children
  5. Darshan Lal, has become first Hindu politician to become federal cabinet member in last 20 years
    • Darshan Lal was elected in 2013 general elections as Member of National Assembly (MNA) on PML-N ticket reserved for minorities.
    • Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Rana Chander Singh was the last Hindu politician who was elected on MNA seat for seven times from 1977 to 1999 on minority seat.
  6. NAB, China sign MoU to ensure transparency in CPEC projects
  7. China is preparing to initiate a ‘limited war’ to push the Indian soldiers out of the disputed Doklam area
    • An article published in China’s state newspaper Global Times has claimed
  8. Internet speed down by half in Pakistan, as another submarine cable system collapses
  9. British athletics legend Mo Farah won his 10th successive global title on August 4, 2017 winning the 10,000 metres world crown at the London Stadium
  10. A Nepali transgender woman and a man registered their marriage, a first in the country

August 07, 2018

  1. Pakistan always wanted to have good relations with its neighbours, but India and Afghanistan were not giving any positive response to Pakistan`s initiatives for durable peace in the region: FM Pakistan
    • Minister for Foreign Affairs Pakistan : Khawaja Muhammad Asif
  2. BJP keen to amend law on permanent residence in held Kashmir
  3. The demand for Super Mushshak aircraft, a state-of-the-art military aircraft, being manufactured Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra, is increasing in the international aviation market
  4. Saudi Arabia still sees no role for Assad in Syrian transition
  5. China scored a diplomatic coup in its campaign to weaken regional resistance against its sweeping claims to the South China Sea
  6. The UN Security Council adopted a resolution, which imposed new sanctions on North Korea
  7. Israel plans to shut down Al Jazeera operations
  8. Member British Parliament, Andrew Gywnne, stressed the need for early resolution of the Kashmir conflict in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people
  9. Saudi Arabia has pledged $33.7 million to help the World Health Organization eradicate cholera in war-wracked Yemen
  10. Britain is prepared to pay up to 40 billion euros to the European Union to settle its accounts when it leaves the bloc

August 08, 2017

  1. Up to 46 people were injured, four of them are critical, when an explosion occurred in a truck at a parking stand on Outfall Road, Lahore on August 07, 2017
    • DIG (Operations) Lahore : Dr Haider Ashraf | Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore: Amin Wains | Lord Mayor Lahore: Colonel (R) Mubashir Javed
    • Blast leaves four persons injured in Quetta
  2. The Kuwait Water Association (KWA) has sought cooperation of the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) for a plan to dispose of waste cooking oil for producing biodiesel
  3. The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen will lift hurdles hampering deliveries of jet fuel for UN planes bringing humanitarian aid to the rebel-held capital Sanaa
  4. The Balochistan government will launch a project to improve the livelihood of underserved communities in the province with the assistance of World Bank (WB)
  5. Hafiz Abdul Karim took charge as the federal minister for communication and Muhammad Junaid Anwaar Chaudhry as the minister of state on August 07, 2017
  6. The government on August 07, 2017 tabled in the National Assembly the long-awaited electoral reforms bill which aims to strengthen the shape and structure of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to ensure credible polls
  7. Iran signs biggest-ever car deal with France`s Renault
  8. Turkey’s Erdogan accuses Germany of aiding terrorists
  9. Jordan`s King Abdullah met Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on August 07, 2017 for the first time in five years
  10. Indian troops martyr one more youth in IOK

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August 09, 2017

  1. Prime Minister Shahid Khagan Abbasi on August 08, 2017 held his first meeting with Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa amid signs of impending political chaos
  2. First-ever bills on transgender rights tabled in National Assembly
    • Tabled by JUI-F`s Naeema Kishwar Khan during private members` day
  3. Chief Minister KPK had decided to merge the fire brigade into the Rescue 1122 for improving the former`s performance
  4. Pakistani filmmaker Jami bagged the Open Doors TFL (TorinoFilmLab) award at the international film festival on August 8, 2017
  5. Turkey has begun construction of a wall along the country`s frontier with Iran, mimicking the Turkish barrier along the Syrian border
  6. Islamic Solidarity Games bronze medallist shooter M Shehzad Akhtar was handed four-year ban for using banned substance
  7. Pakistan’s first ever government-run autism centre and braille printing press was inaugurated at Special Education Complex, Gulistan-e-Jauhar on August 8, 2017
  8. Pakistan asked India to a stop firing along the Line of Control (LoC) for the sake of peace
  9. The federal government August 8, 2017 appointed Shaoib Dastgir, a grade-21 officer of the Police Service of Pakistan, as Inspector General Police of Azad Jammu and Kashmir
  10. Haruo Nakajima, who originally played Godzilla, dies at 88 on August 8, 2017

August 10, 2017

  1. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has decided to induct four more members into his cabinet a federal minister and three ministers of state
    • The new ministers are MNAs Daniyal Aziz from Narowal, Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar from Mandi Bahauddin, Mir Dostain Khan Domki from Balochistan and Syed Ayaz Ali Sherazi from Thatta
  2. Ruth Pfau, the ‘Mother Teresa’ of Pakistan has passed away at age of 87 on August 09, 2017
    • She was born in Germany but shifted to Pakistan in 1960 and was given Pakistani citizenship in 1988
    • Pfau, the founder of National Leprosy Control Programme was in charge of the Marie Adelaide Society of Pakistan (MASP)
  3. Najam Sethi re-elected as PCB chairman on August 09, 2017
  4. The federal government has nominated 226 officers of different services groups for 24th mid career management course
  5. President Donald Trump on Wednesday ratcheted up his war of words with North Korea, declaring that America’s nuclear arsenal was “more powerful than ever”
  6. Yemen’s civil war turns country into cholera breeding ground
  7. China will offer Malaysia advanced rocket launchers and a radar system to be based on the southern tip of the Southeast Asian country
  8. China, New Zealand urge Trump not to ‘escalate’ a ‘very tense’ situation
  9. New routes provided by UAE, BAHRAIN to Qatar Airways after 2 months blockade
  10. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed two female vice presidents on August 09, 2017

August 11, 2017

  1. The Senate decided on Aug 10, 2017 to initiate an institutional dialogue between parliament, the military establishment and the judiciary so as to avert a collision between the institutions
    • Call for either repealing or suitably amending Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution
  2. Pakistan set to review foreign policy
    • Foreign Minister Pakistan: Khawaja Mohammed Asif
  3. The Bank of China, along with other national and international banks, plans to open a branch in Gwadar
  4. The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) top two producers agreed on Thursday to strengthen their commitment to production cuts
  5. The Earth set a series of dire records in 2016, including hottest year in modern times, highest sea level and most heat-trapping gases ever emitted, a global climate report said on Aug 10, 2017
  6. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake resigned on Aug 10, 2017 following corruption allegations
  7. Pakistan 2 comprising of M Asif and Babar Masih won the IBSF World Team Snooker Championship 2017 gold medal
    • After defeating Pakistan 1 consisting of M Sajjad and Asjad Iqbal 5-4 in the best-of-9 frames final played in Hurghada, Egypt on Aug 10, 2017
  8. President Mamnoon Hussain administered oath of office to remaining four ministers, including two federal ministers and two ministers of state
  9. Pakistan Air Force (PAF) a veteran of 1965 and 1971 wars, Air Marshal Inam-ul-Haque Khan passed away after prolonged illness on Aug 10, 2017. He was 90
  10. US destroyer challenges China’s claims in South Sea

August 12, 2017

  1. Prime Minister Shahid Khagan Abbasi has removed Finance Minister Ishaq Dar as head of all key economic committees
  2. Kacchi Canal project has been completed and will be inaugurated during the current month which will irrigate 72,000 acres of land in Dera Bugti
  3. One of China’s top heavy machinery manufacturer plans to invest US $1.5bn in development of wind energy in Punjab
    • The Sany Group is the fifth largest construction machinery producer in the world and number one in China
  4. US Senator John McCain has unveiled his long-promised strategy for Afghanistan, which threatens `imposing graduated diplomatic, military, and economic costs on Pakistan
    • The strategy, issued on Thursday afternoon as an amendment to next fiscal year`s defence bill
  5. India`s military has increased operational readiness along the eastern border with China
    • Indian and Chinese troops have been embroiled in the seven-week confrontation on the Doklam plateau, claimed by both China and India`s tiny ally, Bhutan
  6. The number of international visitors to the United States has dropped for the Erst time since 2009, as did their spending
    • In 2016, 75.6 million international travellers ventured stateside, a two per cent drop from the previous year. Their spending also fell by one per cent to $244.7 billion
  7. India is in talks with Bangladesh and Myanmar about its plan to deport around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims
  8. Trump says US military ‘locked and loaded’ on N Korea
    • Korea warns of N-war as Trump says US is `locked and loaded`
  9. CNN fired conservative commentator Jeffrey Lord after he tweeted a Nazi salute at a critic
  10. The Sindh government has prepared a draft law to restrict the practice of giving dowries in the province

August 13, 2017  

  1. At least 64 children have died over six days at a government hospital in northern India that suffered oxygen shortages
  2. Azadi train has begun its countrywide journey from Margalla Station, Islamabad to highlight Pakistan’s rich culture and historic struggle in the Pakistan Movement on August 12, 2017
  3. 15 martyred, 25 injured in bomb attack on army truck in Quetta
    • Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti
  4. Independence Day ceremony to be held at Parliament House after 17-year gap
    • Chairman Senate: Raza Rabbani (PPPP)
  5. Chinese vice premier to visit Pakistan for Independence Day celebrations
  6. A Muslim woman was compensated with $85,000 after a police officer forcibly removed her hijab, or headscarf, while she was in police custody in Long Beach, California
  7. Abbasi visits Karachi on maiden trip as prime minister
    • Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah and Governor Mohammad Zubair welcomed the premier on his arrival
  8. Chinese leader Xi Jinping urged United States President Donald Trump on August 12, 2017 to avoid rhetoric that could inflame tensions with North Korea as an escalating war of words raised global alarm
  9. India’s military has increased operational readiness along the eastern border with China
  10. US denies Afghan claim of civilian deaths in Nangarhar
    • Afghan officials claim 11 civilians were killed while US says the strike killed only militants

August 14, 2017

  1. Message to enemy: Our will to fight is unbreakable, says COAS
    • Gen Qamar says terrorists will run out of bullets before we run out of soldiers
    • Aug 14 to be celebrated in all its spirit for the Quetta martyrs: COAS
    • Aerobatic teams from Turkey and Saudi Arabia will be performing in the biggest show by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in the country’s history to mark its 70th anniversary
    • COAS hoists ‘largest’ Pakistan flag at Wagah Border on eve of Independence Day
  2. The first Chinese passenger car is now being produced in Pakistan, a market that is currently dominated by three Japanese carmakers
  3. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on August 13, 2017 approved the appointment of his five advisers
    • Five advisers are Sartaj Aziz, Amir Muqam, Irfan Siddiqui, Sardar Mehtab and Jam Mashuq
    • The prime minister also appointed Lt Gen (retd) Nasir Khan Janjua as National Security Adviser.
  4. NBP set to open two branches in China’s major cities next year under the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects
  5. Saudi Arabia’s security forces have sealed off a Shia-majority town in the east of the Sunni-ruled kingdom
  6. Iran’s parliament voted on August 13, 2017 to allocate US$520 million to develop its missile programme to fight Washington’s ‘adventurism’
  7. Vice Premier of the State Council of China, Wang Yang arrives in Islamabad ahead of 70th Independence Day anniversary
  8. The United States has spent more than $76 billions in the last 16 years on arming the Afghan security forces: US Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  9. Israel’s government approved August 13, 2017 emergency measures to end a “disruptive” months-long strike over pay by scientists working at the country’s top secret nuclear research centre
  10. Saudi Arabia expects to receive 2 million pilgrims in Hajj season this year

August 15, 2017

  1. Fireworks, huge flag, air show mark Independence Day
    • President Mamnoon urges nation to unite for country’s development
    • Pakistan close to success in anti-terror fight
    • Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang says China to keep supporting Pakistan
  2. China has approved a plan from its two state nuclear developers to promote a single integrated nuclear reactor brand
  3. India`s first LGBT radio show goes on air
    • LGBT: Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender
  4. Tayyab Aslam and Maria Toor emerged champions in the first SNGPL National Jashan-e-Azadi Squash Championships in Lahore
  5. India whip Sri Lanka to complete first overseas sweep in Test Cricket
  6. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have given consent to visit Pakistan in September
    • The team had been cleared to play three Twenty20 Internationals including
  7. China warned that nobody would win in a “trade war” with the United States as President Donald Trump prepared to launch an investigation into Chinese intellectual property practices
  8. Influential Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has visited the United Arab Emirates
  9. Kashmiris observe Indian I-Day as Black Day today
  10. Indian hackers deface govt websites as country marks independence
    • “Happy Independence Day-August 15” was the message left by hackers on the Cabinet’s official portal, referring to India’ Independence Day the next day.

August 16, 2017

  1. Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif challenges disqualification ruling in Supreme Court
    • Legal Team to seek hearing before full court or larger bench
    • Petition regrets court’s assumption of NAB powers, seeks fair trial for ousted PM and family
    • Assails appointment of supervisory judge, protection granted to JIT members
  2. The Ministry of Finance notified on August 15, 2017 the appointment of Javaid Jehangir, a former grade-22 officer of the Pakistan Audit and Accounts Services (PAAS), as Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP)
  3. Prime Minister Shahid Khagan Abbasi inducts five special assistants into cabinet
    • The five new cabinet faces are Barrister Zafarullah Khan, Mussadik Malik, Asif Kirmani, Miftah Ismail and Khawaja Zaheer Ahmed
  4. Countrywide registration of undocumented Afghan nationals will start on August 16, 2017
    • Around 600,000 Afghan nationals were likely to be registered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  5. Britain said that it would seek a `temporary customs union` with the European Union after BREXIT
  6. Turkey has signed a $7 billion agreement with Russia and Iran to drill for oil and natural gas in Iran
  7. Saudi Arabia has asked a New York federal judge to dismiss 25 lawsuits filed against it in relation to its alleged support of the Sept 11, 2001 attacks
  8. Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to open the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time since 1990
  9. Iran President Hassan Rouhani warned that Iran could abandon its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers within hours if the United States kept on imposing new sanctions
  10. Australian cyclist Stephen Wooldridge, a former Olympic and world champion, has died at the age of 39

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August 17, 2017

  1. Sohail Mahmood took charge as new Pakistan High Commissioner to India replacing Abdul Basit on August 16, 2017, at the Pakistan High Commission New Delhi
    • Mahmood is a career diplomat, who joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1985. His first posting abroad was in Pakistan Embassy Ankara where he served as the Second Secretary from 1991-1994.
    • He served in various Pakistan missions abroad including Washington and New York. Mahmood served as the Ambassador of Pakistan to Thailand from 2009-2013
  2. The Sindh High Court (SHC) ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to continue its inquiries against provincial assembly members and bureaucrats
  3. China plans petrochem complex near Karachi
  4. Britain seeks Brexit without borders for Northern Ireland
  5. Indian and Chinese soldiers yelled and hurled stones at one another high in the Himalayas in India held Kashmir
  6. The United States added the Kashmiri separatist group Hizbul Mujahideen to its blacklist of terrorist organisations on August 16, 2017
  7. Iran’s Armed Forces chief of staff held rare talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
  8. China, Iran reject US religious freedom report
    • Washington released its annual religious freedom report on August 15, 2017, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson criticising Bahrain, China, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Turkey
  9. Punjab Provincial Minister for Finance: Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha
  10. The United States has praised Pakistan for engaging in talks with Afghanistan amid the tension between the Muslim-majority nations

August 18, 2017

  1. An F7-PG aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force crashed near Chak 29-SB, Bhagtanawala on August 17, 2017
  2. Prime Minister Shahid Khagan Abbasi on August 17, 2017 reconstituted the CCI
    • CCI: Council of Common Interests
  3. At least 13 people were killed August 17, 2017 when a driver deliberately slammed a van into crowds on Barcelona’s most popular street in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group
  4. Peace with North Korea is a `possibility`, America`s most senior uniformed officer said
    • Chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff: General Joe Dunford
  5. Saudi Arabia ordered the reopening of its border with Qatar to Muslim pilgrims
  6. The Punjab government repatriated Additional Secretary Industries Rafia Syed to Ministry of Commerce
  7. Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai has won a place to study at the Oxford University
  8. The French Navy handed over the Command of Multinational Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) to the Pakistan Navy at an impressive change of command ceremony held at Headquarters, US NAVCENT, Bahrain
  9. Melbourne retains world’s most livable city crown!
    • The Australian city was ranked number one out of 140 cities
  10. US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have agreed to enhance peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region by establishing a new two-by-two ministerial dialogue

August 19, 2017

  1. The Pakistan Army reaffirmed its commitment to cooperating with the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan and the Afghan security forces for peace in the region
  2. Twenty-six percent of Pakistani population is suffering from diabetes
    • According to National Survey 2016-17 on diabetes, 35 million to 37.5 million people above 20 are suffering from this disease in the country
    • This survey is first of its kind in Pakistan or any other developing country over the last five years
  3. Around 65,000 students, including 41,000 girls, will sit the Punjab Medical & Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT) on August 20, 2017
    • The test will consist of 220 multiple choice questions (MCQs), divided into four sections — Biology (88 MCQs), Chemistry (58 MCQs), Physics (44 MCQs) and English (30 MCQs)
  4. Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) recommended names of Farhan Mehboob and Maria Toorpakai Wazir for ‘Pride of Performance Award’
  5. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has decided to declare the Government College Hyderabad a university as the college has successfully completed 100 years of educational services
  6. Sri Lankan President Malthripala Sirisena on August 18, 2017 appointed Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah, a Sri Lankan Tamil, as the next commander of the Sri Lakan Navy (SLN)
  7. A group of Californians has submitted yet another initiative to secede from the United States as the country is gripped by one of its worst political crisis in recent history
  8. Nasa launched the last of its longtime tracking and communication satellites on August 18, 2017, a vital link to astronauts in orbit as well as the Hubble Space Telescope
  9. Rwandan President Paul Kagame was sworn for a third term in office after a crushing election win
  10. Israel’s Supreme Court has frozen implementation of a law legalising dozens of Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land, which the UN labelled a “thick red line”


 August 20, 2017

  1. A state funeral with full national honours was held in Karachi for Dr Ruth Pfau, a symbol of selflessness and devotion who passed away at the age of 87 earlier this month.
  2. Tow mortar shells were fired from the Iranian side into the Pakistani territory on August 19, 2017
  3. US President Donald Trump said that “many decisions” had been made in a meeting with his top military advisers, including on the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan
  4. The Lebanese army declared on August 19, 2017 that it had launched an offensive against an Islamic State enclave straddling the northeast border with Syria
  5. Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh declared that the government would, by 2022, find a solution to the Kashmir problem
    • Rajnath Ram Badan Singh is an Indian politician belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party who currently serves as the Home Minister. He previously served as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and as a Cabinet Minister in the Vajpayee Government
  6. US greatly appreciates efforts undertaken by Pakistan in fighting terrorism: General Joseph L Votel
    • General Joseph L Votel is a four-star general in the United States Army who has been commander of United States Central Command since March 2016. Before that, he served as commander of the United States Special Operations Command
  7. Current Mayor Islamabad: Sheikh Ansar Aziz
  8. US Ambassador to the UN: Nikki Haley
  9. US Vice-President: Mike Pence
  10. Foreign Minister of Pakistan: Khawaja Asif

August 21, 2017

  1. A standing committee of the provincial assembly Punjab has recommended vital changes to the Punjab Destitute and Neglected Children Bill
    • Penalties proposed; anybody accommodating such kids will get itself registered with CPWB
    • CPWB: Child Protection and Welfare Bureau
  2. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has fixed Rs2,000 per marla rate for the acquisition of 400 acres of land for the oil refinery, to be established by the FWO, at Karak
  3. After sharp decrease in water flows in River Indus and its tributaries during past few days, IRSA has reduced water share of Punjab and Sindh by 55,000 cusecs
    • IRSA: Indus River System Authority
  4. Iraq launches offensive to retake Tal Afar from IS
  5. Qatar`s 2022 World Cup preparations have been inconvenienced but not delayed by the political and economic boycott by its neighbours
  6. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Russia on August 23, 2017 for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, mainly focussing on the war in Syria
  7. A mine blast killed three Lebanese soldiers as they were heading to take part in an offensive against the Islamic State group along the border with Syria
  8. India has drawn up a shopping list for tens of billions of dollars of foreign fighter jets, armoured vehicles, submarines and helicopters but it will only sign the cheques if they are made in India
  9. Saudi Arabia said Qatar had refused to allow its planes to land in Doha to transport Qatari Muslims to Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage
  10. US comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, died August 20, 2017. He was 84

August 22, 2017

  1. ISPR announces completion of Khyber IV operation, Says RAW, NDS backing terrorists, No terror outfit in country has organised infrastructure anymore
    • DG ISPR: Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor
  2. Change in India`s nuclear doctrine could lead to security concerns for Pakistan
  3. NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry representing Pakistan as a guest of honour in “Anti-Corruption Conference” in Vienna (Austria)
  4. For CPEC projects, Chinese companies are procuring major part of machinery, equipment and material, which is being imported from China at concessional rates
    • According to the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform data, material for civil work – sand, cement, steel – and consumable items like diesel, paints, major chunk of chemicals, gas required for power plants are procured locally
  5. India says China stand-off will end ‘soon’
  6. China renewed its call for the United States and South Korea to suspend joint military drills as the two nations began annual war games that have infuriated nuclear-armed Pyongyang
  7. Jordan`s King Abdullah II and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for new `serious and effective` peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians
  8. First total eclipse in 99 years enthrals US
  9. The Islamia University of Bahawalpur announced the result of BA, BSc, and Bcom Annual Examinations 2017 showing that all the top positions except two Bcom positions were grabbed by girl students
    • A total of 10,948 students appeared in the BA Examinations out of which 5,290 remain successful while the pass percentage remained 48.32
  10. The head of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan said the United States’ future presence in Afghanistan would be based on “conditions and not arbitrary timelines”

August 23, 2017

  1. Trump pillories Pakistan over sheltering ‘agents of chaos’
    • Warn Islamabad to pay for this strategy as Washington won’t stay silent now
    • Seeks India’s help in Afghanistan
    • Open to eventual political deal with Taliban
    • Pakistan asked the United States to stop relying on the ‘false narrative’ of ‘safe havens’ and work with Islamabad to eradicate terrorism
  2. The Senate unanimously passed on August 22, 2017 the much demanded access to information bill, which grants citizens complete access to the record of public authorities
  3. 3 AJK districts declared top quality education providers
    • Sheikhupura in Punjab is in fourth place; Killa Abdullah in Balochistan, Sujawal in Sindh and Orakzai Agency are at the bottom of ranking by SDPI
    • SDPI: Sustainable Development Policy Institute
  4. Iraqi forces on August 22, 2017 recaptured from the Islamic State group the first three districts of militant bastion Tal Afar
  5. India’s top court on August 22, 2017 banned an Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives instantly, ending a long tradition that many Muslim women had fiercely opposed
  6. Asjad Iqbal clinches ranking snooker title for fourth time on August 22, 2017
  7. The Punjab government’s E-Employment Centre has started working at Govt College for Women University (GCWU) Sialkot on August 22, 2017
    • Director General Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB): Sajid Latif
    • Vice Chancellor Govt College for Women University (GCWU) Sialkot: Farhat Saleemi
  8. Pacific Ocean was named by: Ferdinand Magellan
  9. Capital of Syria: Damascus
  10. Headquarters of United Nations University: Tokyo, Japan

August 24, 2017

  1. Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Bajwa has said that Pakistan is fighting terrorism in its own interest and not for US money or equipment
  2. Saudi crown prince acknowledged Pakistan`s efforts and sacrifices in its resolute fight against terrorism
  3. Auditor General of Pakistan Javaid Jehangir on August 23, 2017 appointed Khurram Humayun as Accountant General of Pakistan Revenues
    • Khurram Humayun, a BS-21 Officer of Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service was posted as Deputy Auditor General (Special Sector Audit/RRA), in AGP Office, Islamabad
  4. South Africa`s first online auction of rhino horn opened on August 23, 2017.
  5. Jordanian Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff: Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Freihat
  6. After nearly four decades Angolans voted on August 23, 2017 in an election marking the end of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos`s 38-year reign
  7. 3 female mountaineers from Pakistan accomplished the first national women expedition by climbing 5,500-metre Kuksil peak in Khunjrab region on August 23, 2017
    • The three mountaineers are Samana Rahim, Sultana Amiruddin and Dubai-based Komal Uzair
  8. World Scrabble Championship begins in Nottingham on August 23, 2017
  9. Election Commission of Pakistan
    • Formed : March 23, 1956
    • National voters day: 7 December
    • Headquarters: Islamabad
    • Motto: to render the trusts (such as the affairs of the state) to their owners (those who are competent to it), Quran 4:58
    • Chief Election Commissioner: Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza
  10. Vice Chancellor Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU): Dr. Javaid Akram

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August 25, 2017

  1. Pakistan sets terms for help in anti-terror fight
    • Top security meeting rejects Trump’s allegations of duplicity
    • Warns against scapegoating Pakistan for failures in Afghan war
    • Takes exception to role assigned to India in new regional policy
  2. China defends Islamabad`s key role in Afghanistan
    • Beijing’s top diplomat tells Tillerson in a phone call that Pakistan’s sovereignty and legitimate security concerns be respected
  3. Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran on August 24, 2017 and promised to send its ambassador back to Tehran
  4. Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB): Najam Sethi
  5. The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is going to commence three weekly flights from Karachi to Najaf, Iraq from September 14, 2017
  6. Minister of State for Ministry of Industries & Production: Sardar Muhammad Arshad Khan Laghari
  7. India’s Supreme Court ruled August 25, 2017 that citizens have a constitutional right to privacy, a landmark decision that could jeopardise a government programme holding biometric data on over a billion people
  8. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Jordanian Armed Forces: Lieutenant General Mahmoud A Frihat
  9. The Mughal Empire was founded by Babur: 1526
  10. In 1st battle of Panipat Babur defeated: Ibrahim Lodi

August 26, 2017

  1. Country`s population surges to nearly 208m
    • The Council of Common Interests (CCI) on August 25, 2017 approved provisional results of the sixth census that put the country`s population at 207.77 million with an annual growth rate of 2.4 per cent
    • In implications for NFC award and elimination, provisional census results show highest growth rate in Balochistan, lowest in Punjab
    • Number of females lower at 101.3m than males at 106.449m
    • Sindh most urbanised province, with 50.02pc of people in cities
    • Census shows over 10,000 transgender population
  2. At least 32 people were killed on August 25, 2017 when clashes broke out in northern India after a court convicted a controversial religious leader of raping two of his followers
  3. The University of Agriculture Peshawar and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding August 25, 2017 in pursuance of strategically important theme of climate change adaptation
  4. Governor State Bank of Pakistan (SBP): Tariq Bajwa
  5. Speaker of the Balochistan Assembly: Raheela Hamid Khan Durrani
  6. France, Poland clash over EU cheap labour rule
  7. Cristiano Ronaldo was named UEFA`s Player of the Year on August 25, 2017
    • Beating Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon to the prize after a campaign which saw the Portuguese superstar help Real Madrid to the La Liga and Champions League double
  8. India has suspended Dosti Bus service on the request of authorities worried over protests of a Hindu militant outfit in Haryana on August 25, 2017
  9. Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) would use biometric verification machines on experimental basis in bye-election of NA-120 Lahore scheduled to be held on September 17
  10. Capital of Zimbabwe: Harare

August 27, 2017

  1. Deputy Inspector General of Balochistan Police: Abdul Razzaq Cheema
  2. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Nadra and Pakistan Railways (PR) in Lahore on August 26, 2017, under which Nadra will issue smart cards to the employees of Pakistan Railways
  3. North Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles August 26, 2017
  4. President Donald Trump on August 26, 2017 signed a memo effectively barring transgender people from joining the US military
  5. Iraqi forces announced August 26, 2017 the ouster of Islamic State group militants from central Tal Afar and its historic citadel, leaving them poised to fully recapture one of the last IS urban strongholds in the country
  6. The Sri Lankan parliament has passed a new local bodies election law under which women will get 25 per cent reservation in seats
  7. Gaza gets its first proper cinema on August 26, 2017 for the first time in more than 30 years
  8. Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice: Syed Mansoor Ali Shah
  9. Sana Mir, captain of the Pakistan women`s cricket team, is among 30 remarkable professionals recently named `Asia 21 Young Leaders` by Asia Society, a non-profit organization that focuses on educating the world about Asia.
  10. Floyd Mayweather scored a 10th round technical knockout over mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017, cementing his legacy as one of boxing’s all-time greats

August 28, 2017

  1. Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on August 27, 2017 suggests strategy to defeat terrorism
    • Military leaders of China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan agree on Cooperative mechanism; Bajwa holds talks with Afghan CGS
    • Quadrilateral Counter Terrorism Coordination Mechanism (QCCM) Meeting was held in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan on August 27, 2017
  2. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated Engro LNG Import Terminal at the Port Qasim on August 27, 2017.
  3. Khalid Ahmad Kharal, the former federal information minister and an ex Civil Servant passed away at in Lahore on August 27, 2017. He was 78.
  4. Pakistan declines to host top US diplomat
    • Foreign Office says Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells’ visit postponed until mutually convenient time
  5. Lebanon`s army on August 27, 2017 announced a pause in its offensive against the militant Islamic State group along the border with Syria
  6. Palestinian officials are embarking on a project to transform a presidential palace into a national library near the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank
  7. The Iranian authorities, after one month closure has reopened Zero Point on Pak-Iran border on August 27, 2017 and resumed trade activities
    • The gate had been shut down by the Iranian officials for undisclosed reasons.
  8. Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) expand its educational network abroad has registered around thirty students, resident of New York, USA for seeking education in ‘Daras-e-Nazami’, a four-year degree programme on August 28, 2017
  9. Bangladesh has detained and forcibly returned 90 Rohingya migrants to Myanmar
  10. Lahore High Court Chief Justice: Mansoor Ali Shah

August 29, 2017

  1. For the first time Pakistan Railway introduces duplicate ticketing on August 28, 2017
    • Chief Executive Officer Pakistan Railway: Javed Anwar
  2. Pakistan and China on August 28, 2017 pledged closer coordination on Afghanistan
  3. Bureaucrat, and MNA Gulzar Khan died of cardiac arrest on August 28, 2017
    • He served as home secretary, deputy commissioner Peshawar, political agent South Waziristan and chief commissioner for Afghan refugees
    • After retirement he was appointed chairman Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Service Commission
  4. HBL to close New York branch as regulator speaks of $630m fine on August 28, 2017
  5. The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has introduced a new registration policy wherein a ‘guru’ may serve as a head of the applicant for the verification purpose
  6. An Indian judge sentenced a selfstyled `godman`, whose followers went on a deadly rampage after he was convicted of rape last week, to 20 years` jail on August 28, 2017
  7. India and China have agreed to pull back their troops from a face-off in the high Himalayas where China, India and Bhutan meet
  8. France holds migration summit after backtracking on asylum hotspots
  9. Kenya imposes world’s toughest law against plastic bags
  10. Britain and the EU kick off a third round of Brexit talks August 28, 2017 still sharply divided over what comes first

August 30, 2017

  1. Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly on August 29, 2017 passed a unanimous resolution condemning the US President Donald Trump`s allegations against Pakistan
    • Speaker GBLA: Fida Mohammad Nashad
  2. Nuclear-armed North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean on August 29, 2017 in a major escalation by Pyongyang amid tensions over its weapons ambitions.
    • Japanese Prime Minister: Shinzo Abe
  3. National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) has compiled and started verifying data of Pakistan-based suspected militants, who have been allegedly involved in foreign conflicts, fearing blowback effects especially after the defeat of Islamic State (IS) in some parts of Iraq
  4. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has approved promotions of 54 officers of different service groups to grade 20 and 21, and the Establishment Division has issued notifications in this regard
  5. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will chair an important meeting of National Security Committee (NSC) of the federal cabinet today (August 30, 2017)
    • Certain aspects of US President Donald Trump’s new Afghan policy will be reviewed during the meeting
    • Federal Minister on Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif and Secretary Foreign Affairs Tehmina Janjua will brief the participants of the meeting about the consultations made with friendly countries
  6. For first time, Saudi women step into Haj emergency role
  7. Iran dismisses idea of mly site inspections
  8. US bars Turkey from using Pak pilots for F-16s training
  9. Total area of Punjab:
  10. Total area of Thar desert: 77,000 sq miles

August 31, 2017

  1. Parliament rejects Trump`s tirade against Pakistan
    • NA calls for suspending ground, airspace cooperation with US; Senate wants fact-sheets on US aid, dossiers on Indian interference sent to Brussels, UN
  2. Batsman Sharjeel Khan was handed a five-year ban on August 30, 2017 by the Anti Corruption Tribunal of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)
    • His involvement in the spot-fixing scam confirmed during the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) early this year
  3. The Rescue 1122 has purchased a mobile emergency medical response unit which is equipped with minor operation theatre, intensive care unit and other facilities
  4. The United States has said that it continues to value its partnership with Pakistan and looks forward to rescheduling stalled talks as a former US ambassador warns that using `blunt pressure` on Islamabad could backfire
  5. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to assist Pakistan in formulation of a new energy policy for the medium-term covering 2018-23 on August 30, 2017
  6. Arab states `unwilling to negotiate` with Qatar
    • Qatar`s foreign minister said on August 30, 2017 that his country was willing to negotiate an end to a Gulf diplomatic rift but had seen no sign that Saudi Arabia and other countries imposing sanctions on Doha were open to mediation
  7. Qatar has introduced the visa-on arrival facility for Pakistani citizens
    • Pakistanis can now obtain visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days under the new rules. They can also apply to extend their stay by another 30 days.
  8. According to Pentagon Joint Staff Director Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie US has 11,000 troops in Afghanistan
  9. The Ministry of Energy and Power Division on August 30, 2017 inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on energy conservation
  10. China says it hopes India will ‘learn lessons’ from standoff
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