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PeerZada Waqar Alam,).Current affairs:Dec 4:
Two Pakistani authors were among the 15 writers longlisted for Asias most prestigious literary prize on
Tuesday, with entries spread across the region from Turkey to
Japan.
Musharraf Ali Farooqis
Between Clay and Dust
and Uzma Aslam Khans
Thinner Than Skin
were among seven South Asian nominees, also including threefrom
India and two from Sri Lanka.
Silent House
, an early work from Turkish writer and 2006 Nobel Prize in
Literature winner Orhan Pamuk, made the list after appearing in
English for the first time. The Man Asian LiteraryPrize began in 2007
and is given to the best novel by an Asian writer, either written in
English or translated intoEnglish. The 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize
was awarded to South Korean author Kyung-sook Shin for her novel

Please Look After Mom


, a story about a familys guilty soul
-searching after the disappearance of their elderlymother that has
gone on to sell more than two million copies.Dec 4: German Chancellor
Angela Markel was re-elected head of her conservative Christian
Democrats (CDU) by
more than 97 percent of delegates votes at two
day party congress. It was Markels best results since she took

over as chairman of the CDU in 2000 and comes as she gears up for
fighting for a third term at the helm of Europ
es top economy in elections expected in Sept.
Dec 4:
Pakistan and Korea inked six agreements dealing with modernization
of Pakistan Railway, construction of LNG terminal and cooperation
in banking sector, signing came during President A.A. Zardaris
state visit to the
Republic of Korea. He also held talks with his S. Korean
counterpart Lee Myung-Bank after his arrive in S. Korea.
Dec 4: BISHKEK, Kyrgystan: Qamar Zaman Kaira arrived in Bishkek to
represent Pakistan in the 11
th
SCO Heads of Govt. Council meeting, press release fro Kyrgstan.
Dec 3: Pakistans consumer price index (CPI) rose 6.93% in November
from a year earlier, the PBS said. The year to
year rate in Oct was 7.66%. On a month on month basis, the CPI
declined by 0.39% from Oct.Dec 3: FM Hina Rabbain Khar and US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met in Brussels.Dec 3: KIEV:
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovyoh accepted the resignation of his
close ally PM Mykola Azarovand the entire govt.Dec 3: President A.A.
Zardari approved extension of the KP Local Govt. Act 2012 to the
Provincially AdministeredTribal Area (PATA) under Article 247(3) of
the constitution, enabling the establishment of local govt. institutions
inPATA.Dec 3: The coauthor of Three Cups of Tea, the best selling but disputed tale of an
American mountaineer, David
Oliver Relin, 49, who built schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan,
committed suicide, died Nov 15. Co-author is GregMortenson.Dec 3: the
US fined a Chinese state-owned company
Huaxing Construction Co.

$3mm after it agreed to pleadguilty to criminal charges for exporitn


US-made coatings to a Pakistan nuclear plant against US
restrictions.Dec 3:
International Day for the person with Disabilities (like me).

Dec 2: UAE
celebrating its 41
st
National Day
. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is situated on the Persian
Gulf,bordering Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iran. Dubai has the
largest population in the UAE followed by Abu Dhabiand has the second
largest land territory by area of all the emirates after Abu Dhabi.
Today, Dubai has becomesymbolic for its skyscrapers and highrise buildings and Abu Dhabis major attractions are the Sheikh Zayed
Mosque

which is the most important architectural landmarks, and the Ferrari


World, a Ferrari themedamusement park on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Dec 2: Pakistans hockey team recorded their first win of Champions
Trophy as they defeated Belgium 2
-0 in their2
nd
Group B match in Melbourne. While, England created history by
defeating Germany for the fist time at theeight-nation tournament 41, India remain unbeaten as they downed New Zealand 4-2.Dec 2:
Anamul Haque became the 3
rd
youngest Bangladesh to hit a hundred before the home team spun out
theWI for their biggest ODI win of 160 runs in Khulna imposing 2926.Dec 2:

Australia will have to produce the greatest run chase in Test


history to beat South Africa in the 3
rd
test atthe WACA Ground and claim the top spot in the Test
ranking. Set 632
to win after the Proteas were finallydismissed for 569 in their 2
nd
innings
supported by Amlas 196 by completing 18
th
Test century. It was only the 2
nd
time in Test history Australia had been set over 600 runs to win. T
he previous occasion was Don Bradmans first
Test against England in 1928, when they folded for 66 all out chasing
742 runs. The current record for a successful
fourth innings run chase remains 418 by the WI against Australia at
ST Johns in 2003.
Dec 2:
P
akistans Mohammad Asif defeated Englands Gary Wilson in the
final to win the IBSF World Snooker
Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria. Asif,
who was unbeaten in the tournament, defeated Wilson 10-8. Asif was
thethirid Pakistani to reach the final of the world event and the 2
nd
one to win it. Before him, Mohammad Yousuf wonit in 1994 while, in
2003, Saleh Mohammad was defeated by Pankaj Advani of India.Dec 1:
Kuwaiti citizen casted their vote for the assembly but many parites
boycotted the election. The Awazem,Mutair and Ajmans, the biggest
three tribes with a population of 400,000 out of 1.2mm people have
only one MPin the new elected parliament against average of 17 in
previous assemblies. The vote, the 2

nd
in 10 month and thefifth since mid-2006, came nearly two month after
the emir dissolved a pro-govt. parliament following itsreinstatement in
June by a court ruling. As per Kuwaiti law, the cabinet must resign and
a new govt. be formedbefore the new assembly holds its inaugural
session with two weeks. The OPEC member has been rocked by aseries
of political crises which stalled development despite a huge wealth
form oil.Dec 1: Premier cueist Mohammad Asif reached the final of
IBSF World Snooker Championship being held in Sofia,Bulgaria, on
Saturday after beating Alex Borg of Malta in the semi-final, according
to a private television channel.He won the semi-final by seven frames
to oneDec 1:
The country is the worlds fourth
-largest producer of cloth and the industry accounts for 60 per cent
of
export revenue according to official data. But shortages are heaping
pressure on Pakistans crippled and debt
-ridden economyDec 1:
People around the world observe World AIDS Day on December 1.
World AIDS Day is commemorated toraise awareness of the
pandemic.
The number of people living with HIV rose slightly last year to 34
million, upfrom 33.5 million in 2010, according to UNAIDS. Since the
first case of HIV, AIDS has taken the lives of 30 millionpeople world
wide.
Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero deaths from
AIDS-related illness. Zerodiscrimination
is the theme of World AIDS Day 2012
Dec 1:
Pakistans dream start turned into a nightmare as they fell 3
-1 to the Netherlands on the opening day of
the mens Champions Trophy,

while Olympic champions Germany held off New Zealand 3-2.Meanwhile


Australian were pushed by Belgium as they set after a fifth straight
title, while India upset Englanddefeating them 3-1.
Remember, Champion Trophy is the toughest tournament of world
hockey as it has all thetop teams. Introduced by former PHF head,
Noor Khan, in 1978, initially only the top six teams qualified for
thetournament. However, eight teams played in 2007 and then
later in 2011 with the same pattern set to be
followed in this years edition.
Pakistan is the three time winner of CT in 1978, 1980 and 1994.
Dec 1: The new book by television writer David A. Goodman titled Star
Trek Federation
The Firs
t 150 Years is
pictured. The book is housed in a plastic pedestal display and with the
push of a button a familiar voice to Star Trek
fans, George Takei, as Admiral Hikaru Sulu introduces the book. The
book will be released December 4, 2012.More than 45 years after
Star Trek took fans boldly into the 23rd century, television writer
David A. G
oodmanhas written the first detailed narrative in history-book form of
events depicted in the iconic science-fiction TV andmovie franchise.
The 167-page book, to be published on December 4, connects the dots
and fills in many of the
black holes of Star Trek history as seen in the live action TV series,
animated series and movies since 1966.
Dec 1:
A law forcing tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets came
into effect in Australia on Saturday inan effort to strip any
glamour from smoking and prevent young people from taking up the
habit.

The new law,the first of its kind anywhere the world, came into force
despite a vigorous legal challenge by big tobacco, whichargued that the
legislation infringed its intellectual property rights by banning
trademarks. All cigarettes will nowhave to be sold in identical, olivebrown packets bearing the same typeface and largely covered with
graphichealth warningsDec 1: At least 15 people dead bodies recovered,
including eight Pakistani soldiers, and three people are stillmissing
after being hit by landslides in the Kel are of mountains Kashmir
region. In April, 140 Pakistani soldierswere buried when a huge wall of
snow crashed into the remote Siachen Glacier base high in the
mountains inKashmir.Nov 30: Pakistan stocks hit record high for the
fourth day. KSE 100-share index surged as high as 16,651.10 inintraday
trading and closed at 16,573.86.Nov 30:
Former England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff came off the
canvas to mark his professional boxingdebut with a points win over
American heavyweight Richard Dawson on Friday.
The 34-year-old was floored inthe second round of a lively affair but
after dominating the other three rounds had his hand rightly raised in
victoryon a score of 3938 on the referees scorecard.
Nov 30: Former paceman Munir Malik who played three Test matches
for Pakistan died. He was 78, made hisdebut in the famous first Test
against Australia in 1959-60 in Karachi in which Intikhab Alam took a
wicket with hisfirst ball in Test Cricket, that of opener Colin Mcdonald.
Little Master Hanif Mohammad also scored an unbeaten104 to save the
match. He also toured England under Javed Burki in 1962 and ended his
career with seven wickets.
Nov 30: The mysterious wreckage that fell on some villages in Dadu
district of Sindh on Wednesday nightbelonged to HatfV (Ghauri) missile, tested by the Armys Strategic Force Command
at the conclusion o
f its fieldexercises
.Nov 30:

Pakistans foreign exchange reserves dropped nearly two per cent


to $13.575bn in the week ending Nov
23, from $13.814bn in the previous year. Remittances from
Pakistanis abroad rose 15.04% to $4.964bn from$4.315bn in the
first four month, July to October, of the FY 2012/13.
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7 September: the government has decided to convert tow inefficient
thermal power plants in Sindh

Guddu andJamshoro plants

to coal with 433 million dollar financing to be provided by the ADB


(Asian Development Bank).The conversion of the plants would allow the
authorities to enhance their production by at least 700MW.7
September:
Currency notes valuing Rs 1.78 trillion and coins worth Rs 6.2
billions
are currently in circulation inthe country, Minister of Finance, Revenue,
Planning and Development Dr Abudu Hafeez Sheikh Friday told
NationalAssembly.7 September: Pakistan won the second Twenty20
against Australia in a thrilling Super Over finish at the DubaiStadium
here on Friday, taking an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match
series. With both tied on 151 runs at theend of 40 fascinating overs in
the match, a Super over round was played for the result. Pakistan
paceman Umer Gulrestricted Australian batsman David Warner, Shane
Watson and George Bailey to 11-1 befor Umar Akmal andAbudl Razzaq
hit the required runs, the winner coming off the last delivery. Pakistan
had made 151-4 with M.Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed 45 each and Kamran
Akmal (43 not out) contributing with the bat. George Bailey led
theAustralian run chase with a solid 42.7 September: Former Pakistan

football skipper Abdul Ghafoor Majna died. Majna , who nicknamed as


the
Pakistani Pele, represented Pakistan as a midfielder in the 1960s and
1970s.
He was skipper of Pakistan team inthe 1974 Tehran Asian Games. He
also represented Pakistan in the Olympic Qualifiers.7 September 2012:
India foreign Minister S.M Krishna arrived in Islamabad on 3 days
visit.7 September 2012: A new super-earth has been discovered in the
habitable zone around the red dwarf star Gliese163. Astronomers
found it using the European Southern Observatory HARPS telescope
(or High Accuracy RadialVelocity Planet Searcher). It has been billed
as Gliese 163c, and has a mass of 6.9 times that of Earth and an
orbitalperiod of 26 days. It orbits a red dwarf star 49 light years away
in the Dorado constellation. On their research
announcement the team said that Gliese 163c could have a size b/w 1.8
to 2.4 Earth radii, its surface temperaturemight be around 60C.
Along with their latest discovery the team has also found a larger
planet, Gliese 163b,
orbiting the star much closer with 9 days period. They also announced
that an additional third, but unconfirmedplanet, might be orbiting the
star much farther away. The new exoplanets were discovered by the
European HARPSteam led by Xavier Bonfils from the UJFFrenoble/CNRS-INSU, Ins
titure de Plane Tologie et dAstrophysique of
Grenoble, France. Scientists from France, Germany, Portugal,
Switerzaland, and Belgium also took part.6 September 2012: MUMBAI,
Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams has set a new world record
for theMaximum number of spacewalks by a women astronaut. She
surpassed Peggy Whiston whose space walks totaled39 hours and 46
minutes. Sunita notched up 44 hours and 2 minutes, the total number
of spacewalks being six.Sunita also holds the record of the longest
space flight by a women astronaut, totaling 195 days.5 September,
ISLAMBAD: The state-run Oil and Gas Development Company Limited

(OGDC) on Wednesdayannounced discovery of new reserves in Karak


district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which would boost its daily outputby
about 8 per cent.
The countrys total oil production has increased to
about 72,500bpd against the totalconsumption of about
300,000bpd.
5 September: Pakistan beat Australia by 7 wickets in first T20 match
in Abu Dhabi. Australia bowled out at 89 runs(19.3 over) 2
nd
lowest total since 2005. Pakistan chased the target in 15.3 over and
Muhammad Hafeez was theman of Match.
4 September 2012:
Great Muslim Poet and Musician, Amir Khusroo, 708 Urs
starting from 4th
September to 8th
inNew Delhi.3 September: Labor Day celebrated (First Monday in September in
USA and Canada).3 September, 2012: SHARJAH, Australia beat Pakistan (244-7)
by three wickets in the third and final one-dayinternational, taking the threematch series 2-1 here on Monday. Hussey scored 65 for his 39

th
fifty and Maxwellhit a 38-ball 56 not out to round off a challenging
chase of a target of 245 in 47 over spoili
ng Pakistans chances of
beating Australia for the first time since 2002. (Other two matches
info given under, dated 28 and 31)1 September 2012: Federal Cabinet
unanimously passes bill to increase minority representation and is
accepted tobe tabled in the next National Assembly session on
September 3. If Govt. succeeds in getting to passed in theshape of 23
rd
Constitution Amendments with a two
third majority, minorities seats would be increase from 33 to
53 in the National Assembly and Provincial Assemblies. Non-Muslims
represent

4.5% of the countrys


totalspopulation of 180 million. Therefore, the total number of
minorities
seats will increase from 33 to 53, out of which16 seats will be added to
NA from 10, 12 in the Punjab Assembly from 8, 13 in the Sindh
Assembly from 9 and sixeach in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and
Balochistan assemblies from 3 each. Remember, the 21
st
Amendment(creation of new provinces) and 22
nd
Amendment (dual nationality)

are still pending with parliament)31 August: Pakistan beat Australia by


7 wickets in 2
nd
ODI at Abu Dhabi leveling the three match series 1-1,Australia 248
and Pakistan 249 (43.3). Opener Nasir Jamshed hit an aggressive 97 to
guide Pakistan to a seven-wicket win.31 August 2012: Maria Montessori
142
nd
birthday, she was an Italian physician and educator, a noted
humanitarianand devout Catholic best known for the philosophy of
education which bears her name29 August: President Asif Ali Zardari
arrived in Tehran to attend NAM 16
th
Summit.29 August 2012
: Andrew Strauss resigned as Englands Test captain and announced his
retirement from
professional cricket with immediate effect on Wednesday. He played
100 tests for his team and scored 21centuries.29 August 2012:
Paralympics 2012 set to begin in London till 9 September. More than
4,200 athletes from 165countries will compete in the 2012 Paralympics
Games in London; Games include 20 sports such as cycling, Judoand

swimming. A record 2.7 million tickets have been sold for the 2012
Paralympics. The first large-scale games fordisabled athletes were
held in 1948 in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, and the Paralympics
spiritual home.
29 August 2012: A resolution moved by Law Minister Punjab Rana
Sanaullah against the formation of the newprov
inces commission
was passed in the Punjab Assembly.28 August: NASA transmitted the
first song to be broadcast from Mars on Tuesday, by Grammy-winning
USmusician will.i.am, as part of efforts to inspire young people to get
interested in science.28 August 2012: SHARJAH, Australia beats
Pakistan (198 at 45.1) by 4 wickets in first ODI in UAE with ten balls
tospare. Starc (5-42) and James Pattinson (3-19) were the chief
wreckers as Pakistan were bowled out for 198 in the46
th
over.28 August 2012:
NSASs
Curiosity rover transmits first ever voice message from another
planet.
The Mars Rover Curiosity has made history by beaming back to Earth
the first audio recording of human voice sent from the
surface of another planet. The recording was made by NASA
administrator Charlie Bolden, congratulating NASA staff on their
achievements.28 August 2012: MOSCOW, the Mil Mi-38 has set a new
world altitude record for helicopters in its class at the 14
th
Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) helicopter
championships. The Mi-38 reached an altitude of 28,200ft(8,600m)
which is a new world record for helicopter in the 10,000kg (22,046lbs)
to 20,000kg (44,092lbs) weighclass. The previous record was 27,887ft
(8,500m). The Mi-38 was flown by test pilot from the Mil
MoscowHelicopter Plant at Drakino airbase near Moscow.27 August
2012: Pakistan all rounder Muhammad Hafeez has made it to the top of

the ICC ODI bowlers list.Pakistan off spinner Saeed Ajmal has been
ranked number 3 on the list. Meanwhile Umer Akmal has been ranked12
on the ODI batsmen list while Misbau-ul-Haq was ranked 27.
The United Nations (UN) established in 24 October, 1945
, The Chilean delegation signed its charted in SanFrancisco. There are
193 member states, including every internationally recognized
sovereign state in the worldbut Vatican City. The UN most prominent
position is
Secretary-General which has been held by Ban Ki-moon of South
Korea since 2007.
The UN headquarters resides in international territory in New York,
with further mainoffices at Geneva, Nairobi, and Vienna and has six
official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian,
andSpanish. There are six main principal organs of UN and other
bodies, which are as follows:
General Assembly (UNGA):
is one of the six principal organs of the UN and the only one in which
all membernations have equal representation and meets under its
president or Secretary General in regular yearly sessionsthe main part
of which lasts from September to December. The first session was
convened at 10 January 1946 inthe Westminster Center Hall in London
and included representatives of 51 nations.
Security Council (UNSC):
is charged with the maintained of international peace and security and
had its firstsession on 17 January 1946 at Church House, Westminster.
Current permanent home of UNSC is at UNheadquarters in New York
City. There are 15 members of the SC, consisting of five veto-wielding
permanentmembers and 10 elected non-permanent members for the
term of two years. Its basics structure is set out inChapter V of the
UN charter.
Economic and Social Council:
have 54 member states, which are elected by the UNGA for
overlapping three-yearterms. Seats on the Council are based on

geographical representation with 14 allocations to African states, 11


toAsian States, 6 to East European states, 10 to Latin America and
Caribbean States and 13 to West European statesand other.
Secretariat:
provides studies, information, and facilities needed by the UN and have
a staff of 44,000 civil servantsworldwide.
International Court of Justice
: commonly referred as the World Court or ICJ, is judicial organ of
UN. It is based inthe Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands. ICJ
composed of fifteen judges elected to nine year term by theUNGA and
the UNSC. Election is staggered with five judges elected every three
years.
United Nation Trusteeship Council (which is currently inactive):
suspended its operation from 1 November 1994.All territories dispute
settled.
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
established in 16 October 1945,
has its headquarters in Rome, Italy with191 members states. Jose
Graziano da Silva is Current Head.