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1. Female robot android 'Sophia' granted Saudi 17. Shahid Khaqan Abbassi sworn in as Prime
citizenship. Minister of Pakistan on: 1st August 2017. He
2. Catalonia's parliament voted Friday (27 has been a Member of the National
October, 2017) to declare independence from Assembly of Pakistan since 2008 and
Spain and proclaim a republic. previously had been a Member of the
3. Barcelona is the capital and largest city National Assembly from 1988 to 1999.
Catalonia and the second most populous Preceded by: Mian Muhammad Nawaz
municipality of Spain. Sharif
4. The 5th Islamabad Literature Festival (ILF) 18. Rising singer and musician Momina
began on 14 April 2017. Mustehsan has made it to the 2017 list of
5. Air Commodore Muhammad Ali has been BBC's 100 inspirational women from around
appointed as the official spokesperson for the world. She is the only Pakistani woman
Pakistan Air Force on August 31, 2017. this year to receive the honour.
6. England will host Pakistan for two Tests in 19. Dr Fiaz Ahmed Butt appointed as M.S.
2018 before India arrives for a five-match Gangaram Hospital.
Test series, the England and Wales Cricket 20. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Board (ECB). Director: Yukiya Amano, Japanese (5th
7. Pakistan Cricket Board appointed Kiwi Mark Director General of the IAEA, Assumed
Coles as Pakistan Womens Cricket Coach office on 1st December, 2009). The IAEA
on September 25, 2017. was established on 28th July, 1957. The
8. On September 21, 2017: Sheikh Fatima bint IAEAs headquarter is in Vienna, Austria.
Mubarak honoured with UN Womens 21. On September 30, 2017, the 119th passing
Agent of Change Award in New York out parade of Combat Support Force held at
Cermony. Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Asghar Khan
9. Pakistan won two Gold Medals in 7th Academy Risalpur 2017.
Commonwealth Power Lifting 22. Londons Mayor Sadiq Khan tops the latest
Championship held from Sept 10 to 17. list of Britains most influential Asian
10. Younis Khan comes first Pakistani to score people, second year in a row with actor Riz
10,000 runs in Test Cricket. Ahmed also climbing up the power list.
11. Commander of the Kuwaiti Air Force: Major 23. Two activists from the heavily militarised
General Abdullah Al-Foudari region of Indian occupied Kashmir on
12. Lt Gen Javed Bukhari appointed Colonel Thursday won Norways Rafto Prize for
Commandant of Engineers Corps. human rights for their long-term struggle
13. Lt Gen Sarfraz Sattar appointed as DG against violence in the disputed territory, the
Strategic Plans Divisions. jury announced. Parveena Ahanger,
14. Setsuko Thurlow, an 85-year-old survivor of nicknamed "The Iron Lady of Kashmir",
the atomic bombing of Hiroshima will founded and leads the Association of Parents
jointly accept the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize of Missing Persons after her 17-year-old son
together with this years laureate, the ICAN was kidnapped by security forces in 1990.
(International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear She hasnt heard anything from or of him
Weapons). since. The prize of $20,000 (17,750 euros)
15. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister: Sergey will formally be presented on November 5.
Ryabkov. The Professor Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize
16. The first National Accountability Bureau (Rafto Prize) is a human rights award
(NAB) Chairman was: Gen Amjad. established in the memory of the Norwegian
human rights activist, Thorolf Rafto in 1990.

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Four Rafto Laureates have subsequently 34. On September 29, 2017: An agreement was
received further international assistance and signed with a Chinese company in Lahore to
were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Aung set up a 1263 MW LNG-fueled power plant
San Suu Kyi, Jos Ramos-Horta, Kim Dae- in Jhang, reported by Radio Pakistan. The
jung and Shirin Ebadi were awarded the project is slated to be completed in 26
Rafto Prize prior to the Nobel Peace Prize. months and will start power generation of
24. Current Chief of US Spy Agency CIA: Mike 810 MW within 14 months.
Pompeo 35. Pakistan is third largest producer of
25. Faheem Ashraf, Pakistans all rounder Chickpea
became the first bowler to get a hat trick in 36. The Global Fund has approved a grant of
T20 International Cricket. $13.8 million for the Malaria Control
26. NACTA: National Counter Terrorism Programme (MCP) the first installment of
27. Authority Managing Director IMF: which will be received in January 2018.
Christine Lagarde 37. Cyclist Naeem Ahmed won the Ninth edition
28. Former provincial minister KPK Iftikhar of Tour De Sindh cycle race.
Khan Jhagra passed away on 18 April 2017. 38. Qatar and the Philippines on 17 April, 2017
29. The National Assembly on 19 April, 2017 have signed trade agreements worth $200
passed a bill making the teaching of the Holy million in Doha.
Quran compulsory up to grade 12. The bill is 39. Britain and Japan will step up the pace of
in pursuance of Art. 31 (2) of constitution of sanctions against nuclear-armed North Korea
Pakistan. after its outrageous firing of a missile over
30. On October 12, 2017: The Pakistan Army Japan.
recovered five foreign hostages who were 40. A joint China-Pak coal-fired power plant has
kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012. The signed a loan contract worth $1.5 billion
hostages, a Canadian, his US national wife with banks in China. Hubco Coal Power
and their three children were rescued from Plant, which is part of the China-Pakistan
the captivity of terrorists. Economic Corridor, raised the amount from
31. According to the report, Cairo, the capital of a consortium of banks led by the China
the Arab worlds most populous country, is Development Bank, costing about $2 billion.
the worlds most dangerous megacity for The project has a total capacity of 1.32 GW
women, followed by Karachi in Pakistan. and includes two coal-based power plants
London was ranked as the most woman- with a capacity of 660 MW each.
friendly, then Tokyo and Paris. 41. Libyan military commander General Khalifa
32. Russia aimed to force Poland to close Haftar
Smolensk probe: Moscow has not handed 42. On September 8, 2017: The chief of
over the wreckage of the presidential plane Britains main opposition party, Jeremy
because it is still investigating the crash in Corbyn, has come out in support of
Smolensk, western Russia, which on 10 Pakistan and urged the world to respect
April 2010 killed all 96 on board, including the country. Mr Corbyn said it was not the
then-Polish President Lech Kaczyski. responsibility of Pakistan alone to fight
33. Two activists from the heavily militarised terrorism because the world as a whole
region of Indian occupied Kashmir on needed to beat off the collective challenge.
September 28, 2017 won Norways Rafto 43. On October 16, 2017: 66th death anniversary
Prize for human rights for their long-term of Shaheed-e-Millat Liaquat Ali Khan.
struggle against violence in the disputed 44. Jermy Bernard Corbyn is a British politican
territory. who has been the Leader of the Labour Party

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and Leader of the Opposition since 2015 (12 54. On October 16, 2017: Game of Thrones
September) and the Member of Parliament star, Sansa Star (real name Sophie Turner,
for Islington North since 1983. An English Actress) engaged.
45. Estonia on September 29, 2017 launched the 55. Corruption charges: Ousted Thai PM
EU Sanctions Map. (Capital: Talinn, Yingluck sentenced in absentia to five years.
Currency: Euro). 56. Japenese Premier and Liberal Democratic
46. CPWB: Child Protection and Welfare Party candidate Shinzo Abe dissolved the
Bureau Japans parliament (diet). It is bicameral
47. Former director general of the Inter- parliament lower house is house of
Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lt Gen representatives and house of councilors.
Asim Saleem Bajwa got the first 57. Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly:
command post as a three-star general on Asad Qaiser
September 28, 2017. He replaces Lt Gen 58. Current Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan: Mir
Aamer Riaz who has been posted as Lahore Ghazanfar Ali Khan
Corps Commander. Lt Gen Sadiq Ali, who 59. On September 11, 2017, Moscow opened
was serving as Lahore Corps Commander, a brand new park to the public just steps
has been appointed. from the Kremlin, boasting wonders such
48. The World Health Organization (WHO) has as an ice labyrinth, despite criticism over
announced the establishment of a high-level its huge price-tag.
global commission on non- 60. Haroon Lorgat, the outgoing chief executive
communicable diseases (NCDs), which will of Cricket South Africa.
be led by Pakistan's Dr Sania Nishtar, to 61. 22-year-old Shahida Abbasi from Quetta
identify innovative ways to eradicate the proved this quote right by becoming
worlds biggest causes of death, according to Pakistans first international female Kata
a statement. WHO Director General Tedros Karate player. She participated once in
Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Global South-Asian games and once in Baku for the
Conference on Non-communicable Diseases Islamic Games, told Shahida. Abbasi was
in Montevideo, Uruguay. recently crowned South Asian champion of
49. Inspector General Arms at the GHQ. All the her discipline.
three officers had been promoted to the rank 62. A psychology student from Belarus,
of three-star general together the same day Aleksandra Chichikova, has been crowned
September 22, 2015. Miss Wheelchair World in the first-ever
50. On September 28, 2017, Makhdum Khusro edition of the beauty pageant held in
Bakhtyar (Former FM from Sept 4, 2004 to Warsaw, Poland.
Nov 15, 2007) was elected as Chairman 63. Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar
National Assembly Standing Committee on Javed Bajwa on September 11, 2017 arrived
Foreign Affairs. in Canberra, the capital of Australia, on a
51. UK disappointed as Robert Mugabe two-day official visit. The COAS was given
(President of Zimbabwe) becomes WHO a tri-service Guard of Honour.
goodwill ambassador. 64. Hosts Malaysia won 145 gold medals at the
52. On September 27, 2017: Masooma Muradi, Southeast Asian Games to emerge as overall
Afghanistan's only female provincial champion for the first time in 16 years.
governor has been replaced by a man 65. The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) will place
53. ADB: Asian Development Bank a complete ban on the production and sale of
Banaspati Ghee by 2020.

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66. Chinas anti-graft watchdog said roughly Rajoy Government's decision to intervene
1.34 million lower-ranking officials have Catalonian institutions to stop the
been punished since 2013 under President Xi secessionist aspirations of that autonomous
Jinpings anti-corruption drive. region in northeastern Spain.
67. Prof Noorul-Iman appointed as the first ever 78. On September 01, 2017, Russian President
Dean of the Khyber Medical College. Vladimir Putin warns of a major conflict
68. US regulators approved the first gene looming on the Korean Peninsula, calling for
therapy against cancer. A treatment that uses talks to alleviate the crisis after Pyongyang
a patients own immune cells to fight fired a missile over Japan.
leukemia - opening anew era in the fight 79. Name of Sindh Home Minister: Sohail
against one of the worlds top killers. Anwar Khan Siyal
The treatment is made by Novartis and is 80. Name of National Accountability Bureau
called Kymriah (Tisagenlecleucel). (NAB): Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry
69. Irans Parliament Speaker Larijani called for 81. On September 5, 2017 President Donald
establishment of border markets with Trump ended an amnesty protecting 800,000
Pakistan, voicing Irans interest to help with people brought to the United States illegally.
the growth of Balochistan through trade and 82. Name of Indian Deputy High Commissioner:
economic transactions. J. P Sing
70. Prime Minister of Malaysia: Najib Razak 83. India tops global pollution deaths of 9
71. Shadia Bseiso, a Jordanian lady signed a million a year study.
contract with world wrestling entertainment, 84. On September 03, 2017, North Korea
making her first Arab woman to do so. conducted 6th nuclear test. North Korea said
72. Dutch researchers claimed on August 31, it set off a hydrogen bomb in its sixth
2017 to have discovered the maximum age nuclear test, which judging by the
ceiling for human lifespan, despite earthquake it set off appeared to be its most
growing life expectancy because of better powerful explosion yet. South Korea's
nutrition, living conditions and medical care weather agency estimated the nuclear blast
September 02, 2017 yield of the presumed test was between 50
73. Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed its commitment and 60 kilotons, or five to six times stronger
to play the third and final T20 game of the than North Korea's fifth test in September
ongoing Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan at 2016. US President Donald Trump declared
Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium on October 29. that appeasement with North Korea will
74. On September 01, 2017 Jim Mattis, US not work, after Pyongyang claimed it had
Defence Secretary signed orders to send successfully tested a missile-ready hydrogen
additional troops to Afghanistan, the most bomb. International community also
concrete step yet by President Donald condemned North Korea nuclear test.
Trumps administration in tackling 85. Name of Sindh Inspector General of Police:
Americas longest war. A.D. Khowaja (The Sindh Cabinet on
75. British Defense Minister: Michael Fallon October 30, 2017 decided to replace
76. On September 01, 2017, Kenya's Supreme Khowaja with Sardar Abdul Majeed Dasti as
Court ordered a new presidential election the New Police Chief)
after annulling the results of last month's poll 86. Pakistans Ambassador to the Kingdom of
in a shock decision in favour of the Bahrain, Javed Malik has said that the
opposition. government of Bahrain has confirmed their
77. The Spanish Senate opened a plenary session plans to establish the King Hamad
on October 17, 2017 to ratify the Mariano

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University of Nursing and Associated American trailblazer, has died at age 90 in
Medical Sciences in Islamabad. Hudson, New York.
87. China is developing today green 96. On September 4, 2017, Taiwans Premier
technologies by putting into operation the Lin Chuan resigned in a move aimed at
worlds first hydrogen-powered train in reviving dwindling public support for the
Hebei, one of the most polluted provinces in government of President Tsai.
northern China. 97. On September 5, 2017, Taiwans President
88. The Embassy of Pakistan in Brussels Tsai Ing-wen named a staunchly pro-
organized a friendly football match between independence city mayor as her new
Pakistan Greens and Pakistan Whites at the premier.
Schaerbeek football stadium Brussels. The 98. 9th Summit held at Ximan, China in 3-5
match was part of the celebration of September 2017. The leaders of the five
Pakistans 70th independence anniversary in emerging market BRICS powers have for the
Europe. first time named militant groups allegedly
89. Iran has tested its home-grown Air Defence based in Pakistan as a regional security
System, designed to match the Russian S- concern and called for their patrons to be
300. held to account. Brazil, Russia, India, China
90. On September 02, 2017, Astronaut Peggy and South Africa make up the BRICS
Whitson returned to the Earth on, wrapping grouping. The group called for an immediate
up a record-breaking flight that catapulted end to violence in Afghanistan.
her to first place for US space endurance. 99. Prime Minister Narendra Modi named a
Whitson's 665 days off the planet 288 days female Nirmala Satharman legislator as
on this mission alone exceeds that of any India's new Defence Minister on September
other American and any other woman 3, 2017. This is the first time, a woman has
worldwide. The Soyuz capsule landed in been appointed to the key portfolio
Kazakhstan. overseeing border tensions with China and
91. Sri Lanka faces humiliating 5-0 loss against Pakistan.
India in ODI series. This was India's second 100. Former bureaucrat Dr Musharraf Rasool
5-0 whitewash in an ODI series abroad, with Cyan has joined the Pakistan International
Kohli's men having blanked Zimbabwe in Airlines Corporation Limited as its chief
2013. executive officer (CEO), the company said
92. On September 5, 2017, Trump names former on September 5, 2017. Dr Cyan, who was
Navy aviator to head NASA. James appointed by former Prime Minister Nawaz
Bridenstine, a former navy pilot and Sharif in July, is the first CEO of the airline
Republican congressman, to head the US after it was converted into a public limited
space agency NASA. company in December. Dr Cyan has been
93. The Punjab Human Organs Transplantation trained in aviation management from Embry-
Authority (PHOTA) has issued permission Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida,
for bone marrow transplant to the Children`s United States. The inaugural flight of the
Hospital, the first such facility in the public Pakistan International Airlines to the Iraqi
sector in the Punjab. city of Najaf left from the metropolis on
94. On September 4, 2017, Indian state-run Oil September 14, 2017. The Pakistan
and Natural Gas Corp plans to bid for Israeli International Airlines first flight to
off shore oil-and-gas exploration blocks. Bangkok left from Karachi on September
95. On September 5, 2017 Pulitzer-prize 16, 2017
winning poet John Ashbery, a post-modern

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101. Pakistan on October 15, 2017 won a key World Trade Organization Public Forum in
election by securing a seat on the United Geneva.
Nations Human Rights Council when the 109. Industry and Trade Minister Punjab: Sheikh
General Assembly elected 15 countries to Alla-ud-din
serve on the 47-member body. Pakistan 110. The EU on September 6, 2017 won a legal
elected for the 4th time. battle against eastern European countries
102. James Anderson became the first England that rejected a quota scheme to force
bowler to the landmark and just the sixth in member states to admit tens of thousands
history when, having started the West Indies of asylum seekers
second innings with 499 Test wickets behind 111. US Counsellor for Economic Affairs at
him, he clean bowled opener Kraigg the US Embassy in Islamabad: William
Brathwaite. Chip Laitinen
103. A Pakistani undergraduate law student has 112. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, on
featured in top 5 future lawyers of the September 6, 2017 decided to sack the
United Kingdom. Raza Nazar, wh is a Managing Director (MD) of the Bank of
student of London School of Economics Khyber (BoK). The decision to remove
(LSE) Law School and hails from Karachi, the BoK MD Shamsul Qayyum, was
has emerged in the top 5 list of Bright approved by the provincial cabinet at its
Network Future Lawyers Top 100 and meeting that was chaired by Chief Minister
shares the place with two law students at KP Pervaiz Khattak.
University of Oxford, one from University 113. The latest Basel Anti-Money Laundering
of Cambridge and another from University (AML) Index figures Pakistan among the
of Bristol. 50 worst countries in terms of money
104. On September 6, 2017, Chairpeson Benazir laundering and terrorist financing. This
Income Support Programme Marvi Memon study by a Swiss group, the Basel
received The international Speakers Institute on Governance, listing the worst
Democracy award from John Bercow, the countries with greater chances of money
speaker of the British House of laundering and terror financing, ranks
Commons in London. The International Pakistan at the 46th position among in the
Speakers Democracy award is a new list 146 countries.
initiative of the Speaker of the UKs House 114. Brazils top prosecutor charged former
of Commons, which aims to recognise presidents Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and
individuals all around the world for their Dilma Rousseff with forming a criminal
social contribution to democratic societies. organisation, the latest accusations in
105. State Bank of Pakistan held its main Brazils sprawling corruption scandal on 7
policy interest rate unchanged at 5.75 per September, 2017.
cent on September 29, 2017, citing 115. Aqaas Harmain Shareefain Azmat Shaikh
steadily rising economic growth and low passed away on September 7, 2017. Azmat
inflation Shaikh was the photographer in the Harmain
106. Tajik Defence Minister: Sherali Mirzo. He Shareefain.
held his office since November 20, 2013. 116. Kate Millett, Sexual Politics author, dies at
107. Chairman Shura Council (Consultative 82 Kate Millett, author of the
Council) of Bahrain: Ali Bin Saleh Al-Saleh groundbreaking bestseller Sexual Politics,
(since 24 November, 2010) was the feminist who launched the second
108. In September 2017, Minister for Commerce wave of the womens liberation movement.
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117. President Mamnoon Hussain administered 124. China Electrical and Mechanical Machinery
oath to Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera (retired Expo began at Expo Center on September 9,
Police Officer) as Federal Tax Ombudsman 2017. Over 10,000 people including
at a ceremony in Islamabad on September Chinese and Pakistani top level machinery
08, 2017. manufacturers, businessmen, entrepreneurs
118. In a first for any prime minister of and investors participated in three-day
Pakistan, Shahid Khagan Abbasi on China Electrical and Mechanical
September 9, 2017 participated in an Machinery Expo 2017.
exercise training mission aboard an F-16 125. Egypt on September 9, 2017 announced
aircraft as part of the elite No 9 multirole the discovery in the southem city of
squadron. It was during a visit to the newly Luxor of a pharaonic tomb belonging to
established Airpower Centre of a royal goldsmith who lived more than
Excellence at an operational airbase of 3,500 years ago during the reign of the 18th
the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in Sargodha dynasty.
when the prime minister took part in the 126. 29th Foreign Secretary of Pakistan: Tehmina
mission. Janjua (She served as Pakistans
119. Prime Minister Shahid Khagan Abbasi Representaive to the UNs Geneva and as its
opened countrys fifth nuclear power plant ambassador to Itlay, Assumed office on 13
(C-4). The 340MW Chashma-IV reactor, February, 2017)
located some 250km southwest of 127. On September 12, 2017: The
Islamabad, is the fourth built as part of a Parliamentary Committee on National
collaboration between the Pakistan Atomic Security (PCNS) called for long term
Energy Commission (PAEC) and China planning on foreign policy issues and
National Nuclear Corporation addressing internal weaknesses to improve
120. Pakistan and Kazakhstan on September 9, the country`s image at the international level.
2017 agreed to execute joint projects in 128. Australia to create national space agency in
the fields of defence, energy and its capital Canberra.
communication to widen bilateral 129. The will of the Swedish inventor Alfred
cooperation. President Mamnoon Hussain Nobel established the prizes in 1895. The
arrived in Astana to attend first summit prizes in Chemistry, Literature, Peace,
of the Organisation of Islamic Physics and Physiology or Medicine were
Cooperation (OIC) on science and first awarded in 1901. A sixth prize in
technology. economics, in memory of Alfred Nobel,
121. UN investigators on September 4, 2017 was created by Swedens central bank in
accused Burundis government of crimes 1968. 17 was the age of the youngest
against humanity, including executions and laureate to be honoured, Malala Yousafzai of
torture, and urged the International Criminal Pakistan (Noble Peace Prize 2014).
Court to open a case. 130. The oldest laureate was Russian-born
122. Forbes list of this year's highest-paid TV American Leonid Hurwicz (Economics
actresses: 1. Sofia Vergara $41.5 million. 2007), who was 90.
08. Priyanka Chopra $10 million 131. 48 women have won a Nobel Prize,
123. Israel attacked a military site in Syrias including Marie Curie who won it twice
Hama province on September 7, 2017 target (Physics 1903 and Chemistry 1911).
could be linked to chemical weapons 132. 579 is the number of times a Nobel has been
production. awarded, to 911 individuals, between 1901
and 2016.

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133. Two times winners of Nobel Prize: Linus Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on
Pauling in 1954 (for Chemistry) and 1962 September 28, 2017 The Swabi-born leg-
(for Peace); John Bardeen in 1956 (for spinner went up the list above Australian
Physics) and 1972; Frederick Sanger in leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett who took 28
Chemistry in 1958 and 1980. Apart from Tests to do so.
these individual prizes, the Peace prize has 141. World Rabies Day is celebrated annually to
been awarded to the International Red Cross raise awareness about rabies prevention on
Committee thrice (1917, 1944 and 1963) and September 28, 2017. The 2017 World Rabies
the United Nations High Commission for Day theme is 'Rabies: Zero by 30'.
Refugees won it twice in 1954 and 1981. 142. Qatar Airways is cancelling flights to
134. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Kurdish northern Iraq (Erbil and
dissolved parliament September 29, 2017, Sulaymaniyah two cities) from Sept 29 to
effectively kicking off a national election Oct 1 at the request of Iraqs Civil Aviation
campaign where he faces an unexpected Authority.
and formidable challenge from the popular 143. Worlds biggest private jet takes off in
governor of Tokyo. Bristol.
135. Manal al-Sharif was one of the first Saudi 144. H.E. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry is the current
women who spoke up against the banning of ambassador to the United States.
female drivers in the Kingdom of Saudi 145. Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan,
Arabia. Margaret Adamson hosted a reception here
136. The silk pajama-wearing Playboy founder to mark the imminent arrival of the Queens
Hugh Hefner, who helped usher in the 1960s Baton Relay of the XXI Commonwealth
sexual revolution with his groundbreaking Games which will be held on the Gold
men's magazine and built a business empire Coast, Australia from 4 to 15 April 2018.
around his libertine lifestyle, died on 146. British Minister of State for Asia: Mark
September 27, 2017, at the age of 91. Field (since 13 June, 2017)
137. Siemens Gamesa has secured its debut order 147. Ambassador of Myanmar to Pakistan: U.
for wind turbines in Pakistan for a 50MW Win Myint
project in Gharo in the district of Thatta. The 148. Army Museum Lahore Garrison established
deal, which is in consortium with Sumec opened for the general public on September
Hardware and Tools, is for the supply of 25 10, 2017.
G114-2.0MW machines to independent 149. Iranian President: Hassan Rouhani
power producer Zephyr Power. (Assumed office on 3rd August, 2013 and
138. On September 27, 2017: Google celebrated was re-elected in the 2017 Presidential
19th birthday with interactive doodles. Elections)
Google started in September 4, 1998. 150. Iranian Foreign Minister: Dr Javad Zarif
Headquarter: Menlo Park, California, United 151. On September 27, 2017, the Senate
States Standing Committee on Interior approved
139. All foreign flights to and from the Iraqi the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2017
Kurdish capital Arbil will be suspended about suicide and allowed to repeal the
from September 29, 2017, as Baghdad Section 325 PCC Act XLV of 1860 from
increases pressure on the Kurds over this the law.
weeks independence referendum 152. On September 12, 2017: The UN Security
140. Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah became the Council unanimously imposed new
joint second fastest bowler to claim 150 Test sanctions on North Korea, slapping a ban
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shipments of oil products to punish 160. Twitter is testing allowing tweets to be
Pyongyang for its sixth and largest nuclear expanded to 280 characters double the
test. existing limit in the latest effort to boost
153. A Saudi woman has been named to a senior flagging growth at the social network
government post for the first time. The Chief Executive Twitter: Jack Dorsey
government announced that a woman Eman Twitter Founded: March 21, 2006
Al-Ghamidi had been appointed as Assistant Twitter Launched: July 15, 2006
Mayor of Al Khubar Governorate. 161. Turkey has signed a deal with Russia to
154. On September 28, 2017, Iraq's Kurds buy S-400 missile defence systems, its
announced a massive "yes" vote for first major weapons purchase from Moscow
independence following a referendum that on September 12, 2017. Economic
has incensed Baghdad and sparked cooperation is also beginning to flourish,
international concern with Russian tourists returning to Turkey and
155. International police agency Interpol voted the two countries working on a Black Sea
on September 27, 2017 to include gas pipeline.
Palestine as a member state, in a new 162. Nearly 125,000 Rohingya refugees have
boost to Palestinian efforts for entered Bangladesh since a fresh upsurge of
international recognition and influence violence in Myanmar on August 25. As fears
amid long-stalled negotiations with Israel grow of a humanitarian crisis in the
for full statehood. overstretched camps. The UN said 123,600
156. Interpol approved the Palestinian application had crossed the border in the past 11 days
along with a bid by the Solomon Islands from Myanmars violence-wracked Rakhine
during its annual general assembly in state.
Beijing. New member countries, state of 163. Enaam Ahmed, the 17-year old British
Palestine and Solomon Islands bring racing sensation of Pakistani origin, won the
Interpols membership to 192. Palestine British F3 Championship.
gained observer status at the United Nations 164. Minister of State for Broadcasting and
in 2012. National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb on
157. Current Palestinian Foreign Minister: Riad September 13, 2017 inaugurated the first
Malki ever Asia Peace Film Festival in Islamabad,
158. Chinas fifth-largest state owned bank has which is being participated by about 50
had its credit rating downgraded to junk countries to screen about 940 films.
status by Moody`s, the latest sign of 165. Pakistan and Indias talks on Indus Water
fragility in the country`s financial system Treaty. The two-day discussion took
and the investment firm has provided a place in Washington at the World bank
$10 billion credit line for Iranian banks. headquarters on September 14-15. The
159. Mohammad Azam Khan, an officer of Pakistani delegation was led by Secretary
the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS), Water Resources Division Arif Ahmed
was appointed chief secretary of Khyber Khan. The Indus Water Treaty was signed
Pakhtunkhwa on September 14, 2017. Azam in 1960 after nine years of negotiations
Khan has served as additional chief between India and Pakistan with the help
secretary Fata, secretary sports, tourism of the World Bank.
and youth affairs, secretary home and tribal 166. Egypt has finalised a deal to build first
affairs and as commissioner Peshawar in nuclear power plant with funding from
the past. Moscow after nearly two years of
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167. The New York State Department of 177. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee
Financial Services fined Pakistans Habib (CJCSC): General Zubair Mahmood Hayat.
Bank and its New York branch $225 million 178. On September 11, 2017: Norwegians voted
for failures to comply with laws and in an election nail-biter in "the world's
regulations designed to combat illicit happiest country" with the governing
money transactions. The bank was also rightwing coalition facing a strong
ordered to surrender its licence to operate in challenge from the centre-left opposition.
the state, effectively removing it from the 179. Japan`s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on
US financial system. September 14, 2017 inaugurated India`s
168. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) first bullet train project a $19 billion line.
recognised two Pakistani banks among 20 180. Singapores first female president-elect
others in its third annual Trade Finance Halimah Yacob assumed office on
Programme (TFP) award. And it approved September 13, 2017. Shes Eighth President
loan for Peshawar Rapid Bus Project of Singapore.
amounting 335 Million rupees. 181. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
169. South Koreas planned pivot away from coal (OIC) on September 10, 2017 censured
and nuclear toward liquefied natural gas the government of Myanmar over ongoing
(LNG) and renewables appears to be persecution of Rohingya Muslims. OIC asks
another blow to the narrative that coal`s best Naypyidaw to accept UN fact-finding
hope is growth in Asia. mission to probe into violation of HR Laws.
170. Vintage mobile phone museum opened in 182. On October 7, 2016: USA citizen Vanessa
Slovakia. OBrien who summited K2 visited Pakistan
171. Sweden star won the Evian Championship Embassy in Washington. Pakistans
against American Brittany Altomare. Ambassador to US Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry
172. On 19th September, 2017: Mexicos most welcomed her.
powerful earthquake (estimated magnitude 183. China, the world's biggest car market, plans
of Mw 7.1) in a century killed at least 35 to ban the production and sale of diesel and
people. petrol cars and vans.
173. On September 11, 2017: The UN rights chief 184. The Punjab government has agreed with
warned of possible "crimes against the World Bank to withdraw its annual
humanity" in Venezuela, prompting the practice of wheat procurement by 2021
crisis-wracked country to accuse his office 185. On September 13, 2017: Gen Bajwa was in
of wielding human rights as "a political Australia on an official visit and held talks
weapon". with the Senates committee for foreign and
174. British director Peter Hall, who founded the defence affairs headed by Senator David
Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960, has Fawcett, Australian Chief of Defence Staff
died at the age of 86, on September 12, 2017. Air Chief Marshall Mark Binskin and Air
175. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced Chief Air Marshal Gavin Davies.
the itinerary for a full series against Sri 186. Germany would lend its weight to a
Lanka that will be played mainly in diplomatic push to end North Korean nuclear
neutral venues but features a planned weapons and missile development along
finale in Lahore on October 29. the lines of a past deal with Iran.
176. The US State Department has approved 187. On September 12, 2017: Lahores Gaddafi
arms sales packages worth more than $3.8 Stadium is all set to witness history when
billion to Bahrain including F-16 jets, Pakistan take on the World XI for a
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188. Pakistan defeated Faf du Plessis' World XI around 72,000 acres of barren land in the Sui
by 20 runs in the inaugural Twenty20 of tehsil area of Balochistan.
the Independence Cup at Gaddafi stadium in 198. Iraqi Kurdish parliament approved
Lahore on September 12, 2017 independence referendum on September 14.
189. On September 11, 2017: Pakistan and Iran 199. A feather from one of the most elusive
on Monday underscored the need for a birds in the world has been found in South
politically negotiated settlement of the Australia, the first prof in more than a
Afghan conflict. Foreign Minister Khawaja century that it lives there.
Asif meets Iranian President Hassan 200. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on
Rouhani and Foreign Minister Dr Javad September 14, 2017 assigned the
Zarif on daylong trip to Tehran. additional portfolio of Planning
190. US military sales to India went from zero to Development and Reforms to Interior
$15 billion in the last 10 years. Minister Ahsan Iqbal.
191. PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi offered joint 201. China agreed to address major concerns
patrols and "joint posts" with Afghanistan of Pakistan about the preference erosion
on September 12, 2017. of its exports and meaningful market
192. On September 13, 2017: India and Pakistan access during the latest round of
resume talks on a longstanding water dispute negotiations over the China-Pakistan Free
amidst renewed hopes for a peaceful Trade Agreement (FTA) held in Beijing
resolution of this potentially dangerous issue. on Sept 14-15
The last round of these talks, held at the 202. Qatars ruling emir met German Chancellor
World Bank headquarters in Washington, Angela Merkel on Friday on his first trip
concluded on August 1, 2017. abroad since a diplomatic crisis erupted
193. Bangladesh signed a 15-year deal with between the tiny Gulf nation and its
Qatars Ras Gas Co to import liquefied neighbours.
natural gas (LNG) starting in 2018. 203. Icelands prime minister called a snap
194. On 13 September, 2017: Iraqs Kurds have parliamentary election following the decision
earned their right to Independence. of one of the three coalition parties to
Considering the plight of an ethnic group quit the government formed less than nine
seeking self-determination in the Middle months ago
East. 204. On September 14, 2017: North Korea fired a
195. Indian Actor Salman Khan received Global ballistic missile over Japan and into the
Diversity Award at Britains House of Pacific
Commons. He was presented the award by 205. On September 14, 2017: TAMPA- After 20
Keith Vaz, British Parliaments longest- years in space, Nasas famed Cassini
serving Asian MP spacecraft made its final death plunge into
196. Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States Saturn.
at a tripartite meeting on Septmber 14, 2017 206. ICC Chief Executive: Dave Richardson
vowed to eliminate the militant Islamic State 207. Chinese ambassador to Pakistan: Sun
group also known by its Arabic acronym Weidong
Daesh from the region. 208. Balochistan Assembly Speaker and Chief
197. Prime Minister Shahid Khagan Abbasi Commissioner Pakistan Boy Scouts
inaugurated the 300km Kachhi canal project Association Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani
in the Sui area of Dera Bugd on September administered oath to Azad Jammu and
14, 2017. The Kachhi canal project, built at a Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood
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Khan as the chief of the AJK Boy Scouts 218. Israel on September 18, 2017 inaugurated
Association the first ever US ally a joint missile defence
209. Tajik President: Emomali Rahmon base on Israeli soil
210. Qatar on September 17, 2017 signed an 219. Iraq's supreme court September 18, 2017
agreement to buy 24 Typhoon fighter jets ordered the suspension of a September
from Britain. A second major defence deal 25 referendum on the independence of
signed by Doha during its lengthening Iraqi Kurdistan
diplomatic dispute with its neighbours. 220. A Nigerian lawyer who helped secure the
211. On September 17, 2017: PM India Narendra release of more than 100 schoolgirls
Modi inaugurated India`s biggest dam. The kidnapped by Boko Haram was on
controversial Sardar Sarovar Dam on the September 18, 2017 awarded one of the
River Narmada in the country`s western state United Nations top prizes. Zannah
of Gujarat that will provide power and water Mustapha was given the annual Nansen
to three big states was dedicated to the award for his crucial mediating role as
people of India by Narendra Modi. The well as his work helping children affected
project has been beset by controversies since by the long-running conflict
the laying of the foundation stone by PM 221. Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan:
Jawaharlal Nehru in 1961. The construction Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan
of the project began in 1987 222. The Childrens Hospital Lahore has become
212. United Nations Secretary General: Antonio the first public sector hospital in the
Guterres. His Nationality is Portuguese. He country to carry out bone marrow
is serving as the ninth Secretary-General of transplantation
the United Nations 223. Fatima Sughra, remembered as the young
213. Adviser to Prime Minister on National girl who had hoisted up the Pakistani flag
Hertiage: Irfan Siddiqui for the very first time, passed away on
214. Foreign Minister of Mexico: Luis Videgaray September 25, 2017. She was 84. She was
215. British Pakistan actor Riz Ahmed made born in 1932, Sughra was only 14-year-
history on September 17, 2017 by becoming old when she became one of the
the first maleactor of Asian descent to win an youngest members of the Pakistan
Emmy for acting. Ahmed was nominated for Movement that anyone had seen.
his role in HBOs The Night of, an eight- 224. In his first address to the United Nations
episode crime drama on September 19, 2017, US President
216. On September 18, 2017: The Pakistan Air Donald Trump threatened to totally
Force (PAF) installed a fighter trainer destroy North Korea and hinted at the
aircraft, FT-5, at a park in recognition of the possibility of rescinding nuclear deal with
services of Capt Asfandyar Bokhari for the Iran
nation and the PAF on his second martyrdom 225. Federal Minister for Commerce and
anniversary in Taxila Textile: Mohammad Pervaiz Malik
217. The Bank of China (BoC) allowed to 226. Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan:
commence banking business in Pakistan. Perry John Calderwood
This is the second Chinese bank which has 227. The US Senate overwhelmingly authorized
been allowed to operate in Pakistan. Earlier, $700 billion in defence spending September
the Industrial and Commercial Bank of 19, 2017, a substantial increase over 2017
China (ICBC) opened two branches in funding and nearly five percent more than
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228. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi countries line up to sign UN treaty outlawing
met Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu nuclear weapons
publicly for the first time in New York to 236. Qatar announces free prompt entry visa
discuss Middle East peace for Pakistanis on September 20, 2017
229. Minister for Elementary and Secondary 237. Saudi Arabia and Britain signed a framework
Education Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: deal for military cooperation, Saudi state
Muhammad Atif Khan media said on September 20, 2017
230. Prime Minister Shahid Khagan Abbasi 238. Afghanistan's Ambassador to Pakistan:
met US Vice President Mike Pence on the Omar Zakhilwal
sidelines of the United Nations General 239. Members of seven National Assembly
Assembly on September 20, 2017. As the Standing Committees elected on Sept 21,
first step, the United States expressed its 2017 new chairpersons of the committees.
desire to send a delegation to Pakistan for MNA Mian Abdul Mannan was elected
talks on bilateral relations while Pakistan chairman of the Committee on Housing and
vowed to stay engaged with the US despite Works, Dr Shezra Mansab Ali Khan
differences Kharral chairperson of Committee on
231. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health Parliamentary Affairs, Shagufta Jumani head
department has decided to extend the of Committee on Religious Affairs and
Sehat Sahulat insurance programme to the Inter-faith Harmony, Mr Rana Muhammad
transgender community of the province Qasim Noon chairman of the Committee on
232. Pakistani Cricketer Khalid Latif has been Rules of Procedure and Privileges, Dr
banned for five year and fined Rs one Hafeezur Rehman Khan Drishak head of
million for his role in the spot fixing Committee on National Health Services,
scandal, which rocked the Pakistan Super Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan head of
League (PSL) earlier this year in United Committee on Climate Change and Khalid
Arab Emirates (UAE) Hussain Magsi head of the Committee on
233. Pakistan fined $1.6b as Turkish firm wins Water Resources
arbitration case. Turkish firm Karkey 240. Pakistan XI defeat UK Media XI in the
Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim had registered army- organised Peace Cup T20 match in
a claim with the ICSID (The International Miranshah on September 21, 2017
Centre for Settlement of Investment 241. The Senate on September 21, 2017
Disputes) against Pakistan in 2013 for suspended activities of Pakistan-
violation of their contract of as many as Switzerland Friendship Group (PSFG) to
$564.6 million for a period of five years, protest the appearance of "Free
for building rental power plants in Karachi Balochistan" posters in Geneva
234. On September 22, 2017: The World Bank 242. L`Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, the
has approved $114 million to expand world`s richest woman, has died at the age of
support for families affected by militancy- 94 in Paris
related violence in the Federally 243. A female Marine became the first woman
Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). Around on September 25, 2017 to complete the
326,000 eligible temporarily displaced notoriously rigorous training course for US
families will benefit from the funding infantry officers
235. United Nations on September 20, 2017 244. Snooker player Sajjad won bronze medal for
began signing the first treaty to ban nuclear Pakistan in 5th Asian Indoor and Martial
weapons, a pact backed by over100 countries Arts Games in Turkemanistan (Ashgabat).
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245. The Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in 254. Women allowed to attend national day
Turkmenistans capital Ashgabat kicked off celebrations first time in Saudi Arabia.
its first ever eSports competition as global Women were allowed to enter the stadium, a
interest surges in video games as a spectator previously male-only venue used mostly
sport. for football matches, with their families and
246. Electronic-sports is a booming industry seated separately from single men to watch a
worth billions of dollars and played by musical show and a play in Saudi history
hundreds of millions of people around the 255. Pakistan Navy (PN) on September 23,
world. It will also be a full medal sport at the 2017 successfully test-fired anti-ship missile
2022 Asian Games in China. The newly from air- to-sea level in north Arabian Sea
elected president of the Asian eSports 256. Princess Nourah University is preparing to
Federation Kenneth Fok. set up a driving school in Saudia.
247. Pakistan seized a bronze in 6-Reds snooker 257. Pakistans tennis ace Aisam Ul Haq has
when the reigning national champion added another victory to his career titles tally
Mohammad Sajjad was sent packing 3-5 by by winning the doubles event at Chengdu,
Chinese Yan Bingtao in the semi-final of the China. Aisam, partnering with Jonathan
Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at Erlich, downed the Brazil-New Zealand team
Ashgabat on September 21, 2017 of Marcelo Demoliner and Marcus Daniell.
248. On September 22, 2017: Pakistan won`t be 258. Lahore General Hospital has become the
anyone`s scapegoat, PM tells UN. In his first public sector hospital to perform
first address to the UN General Assembly successful Laparoscopic Sleeve
on Thursday, Prime Minister Shahid Gastrectomy, removal of excessive fat
Khagan Abbasi highlighted Kashmir as a from human body on September 23, 2017
key dispute, refused to be a scapegoat for 259. Russia's internet watchdog warned Facebook
Afghanistan and reminded the world that it would be banned in 2018 unless it
it was not Pakistan that started a nuclear complies with a law on storing local users'
race in South Asia. Pakistan, lost 27,000 data.
lives since the launch of the US war on 260. Securities and Exchange Commission of
terror and that`s why it was more interested Pakistan (SECP)
in restoring peace and stability in 261. Indian External Affairs Minister: Sushma
Afghanistan than any other nation, PM said Swaraj
249. Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) Director General: 262. A girl child activist Majida Fehmi, from
Maj Gen Azhar Naveed Hayat Khan Gilgit- Baltistan has been nominated for
250. Kenya's Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge 2017 International Childrens Peace Prize
underlined his status as the world's best September 25, 2017.
current long-distance runner by winning the 263. Wushu World Championship held in Kazan,
Berlin Marathon on September 24, 2017 Russia.
251. Current British High Commissionerto 264. The Gwadar Port Authority and China
Pakistan: Thomas Drew Communication Construcrion Company
252. Current Russian Foreign Minister: Sergei signed a memorandum of understanding
Lavrov (MoU) for the construction of Eastbay
253. The winner of Turkeys national beauty Expressway at a ceremony held in Gwadar
pageant was September 22, 2017 forced on September 24, 2017.
to hand back her crown hours after 265. Iran and Pakistan began work on the IP
winning, over a tweet relating to the pipeline (aka Peace pipeline) in March 2013.
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to deliver gas from the Assalouyeh Energy 276. US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for
Zone in southwestern Iran to Pakistan. Some South and Central Asian Affairs: Alice Wells
2000 km of the pipeline runs through Iran 277. `Worlds heaviest woman` dies in Abu
and 700 km through Pakistan. Iran and Qatar Dhabi on September 25, 2017, just weeks
share South Pars Gas Field (the territory of after celebrating her 37th birthday. She had
Qatar is called the North Dome), the world's not left home in more than two decades
largest natural gas field. and weighed around 500 kilograms (1,100
266. The US State Department has approved the pounds)
possible sale of a THAAD anti-missile 278. The United Arab Emirates on September 25,
defence system to Saudi Arabia at an 2017 announced plans to open a nuclear
estimated cost of $15 billion, the Pentagon. power plant next year, in what would be a
Terminal High Altitude Area Defense first for the emirate and the Arab Gulf
(THAAD). region.
267. Minister of State for Ports and Shipping: 279. Australia on September 25, 2017 committed
Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal to creating a national space agency as it
268. Award-winning British actor and director looks to cash in on the lucrative and
Ralph Fiennes, who podrayed Lord fast-evolving astronautical sector.
Voldemon in the Harry Potter series, was 280. A two week long joint exercise DRUZBA
given a Serbian passpon on September 24, 2017 between special forces of Pakistan
2017 for promoting the Balkan country and Russia Armies started in Minralney
269. International Cricket Council has Vody, Russia
introduced new rules and rule changes for 281. Denmark is the next in the line to ban burqas
the centuries old game that will come into and niqab in the country. France,
effect on September 28, 2017. One of them Netherlands, Bavarian state of Germany,
is to give umpires the power to send a player Belgium and Bulgaria has already banned it.
off for the rest of the match for serious 282. Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
misconduct. is an international financial
270. The Federal Cabinet on Sept 26, 2017 institution head quartered in Beijing, China.
approved five-year extension of the lease Has 57 founding members including
contract of Saindak Copper Gold project to Pakistan.
Chinese firm Recent projects: Slum renovation in
271. Chancellor Angela Merkel clinched a fourth Indonesia, highway construction in Pakistan
term in Germanys election on September and Tajikistan, power grid upgrade in
24, 2017. Merkel, who after 12 years in Bangladesh
power held a double-digit lead for most of Aim: To support the building of
the campaign, scored around 33 per cent of infrastructure projects in the Asia-Pacific
the vote with her conservative Christian region
Union (CDU/CSU) bloc. 283. Jin Liqun is a Chinese politician, currently
272. US Defense Secretary James Mattis working as the President of the Asian
273. PCB unveils logos for Pakistan-Sri Lanka Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). He
series on September 24, 2017. was formerly the Chairman of China
274. Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Umar International Capital Corporation, the Vice
Zakhilwal President of the Asian Development Bank,
275. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister: Sergei and the Vice Minister of Finance of
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284. Prime Minister of Palestine: Rami International Olympic Committee (IOC) for
Hamdallah a four-year term.
285. Russia, Iran, and Turkey, which together act 295. The International Day of Democracy is
as guarantor states in peace talks for Syria, observed on September 15th across the
have agreed on the details of a de-escalation world. The theme of the year 2017 is
zone in the Arab countrys western Idlib Democracy and Conflict prevention.
province during resolution talks in the 296. Pakistan has defeated World XI in 3rd t20
Kazakh capital of Astana. and won the independence cup by 2-1.
286. Trumps travel ban expands to eight 297. PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated a
countries. Full bans were newly placed on project to enhance the production of gas
nationals from North Korea and Chad, from Kandhkot Gas Field. The Kandhkot
and extended for five countries on the Gas Field was discovered in 1959 and started
original list: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria gas production in 1983.
and Yemen, Limited restrictions 298. Red bull Max Verstappen wins Malaysian
meanwhile were placed on Venezuela. Grand Pix Race.
287. Worlds biggest uncut diamond sells for 299. Pakistan selected as member of world skill
$53m. British jeweller Graff has purchased countries.
the worlds largest uncut diamond 300. Pakistan becomes world Batch wrestling
roughly the size of a tennis ball for $53 champion by defeating Iran.
million (44.5 million euros). 301. Inam butt wrestler win Gold Medal in Asian
288. My Pure Land, First Urdu-language Beach Games.
Pakistani film to represent UK in Oscar race. 302. World Beach Wrestling: Pakistan Inayat
289. NATO Secretary General: Jens Stoltenberg wins Gold medal.
290. Turkey has set up its biggest overseas 303. Japan has launched fourth satellite for a new
military base in the Somali capital, high precision global positioning system.
Mogadishu, increasing Ankara's presence in 304. Punjab Govt launches free Motorbike
the Horn of Africa country. Ambulance service in nine Division
291. Interpol opened its four-day general 305. FIFA suspends the Pakistan Football
assembly, in Beijing o September 26, 2017 Federation
as China seeks greater international help to 306. Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-
repatriate alleged criminals despite Plasschaert, claiming responsibility for the
accusations it is using the International death of peacekeeping troops in Mali in
Police Organization (Common name: 2016, resigned from her post.
Interpol) for political gain. IPO was 307. Justice Javed Iqbal assumes charge as NAB
established on September 7, 1923. IPOs Chairman.
Headquarters is in: Lyon, France 308. Richard Thaler wins 2017 Nobel Price in
292. The President of Pakistan Olympic Economics
Association (POA), Lt. Gen. (Retd) Syed 309. Haris Sohail makes record 3 wicket in one
Arif Hassan, has lauded the construction of over 1 run Pakistan vs Srilanka
first-ever softball stadium on international 310. Air Marhsal Farooq Habib appointed as Vice
standard in Karachi. Chief of the Air staff
293. Pakistans emerging boxer Muhammad 311. British Novelist wins Nobel Prize in
Waseen wins World Boxing Council (WBC) Literature
silver flyweight title championship. 312. Google introduces wireless headphones
294. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named google pixel buds which has capacity
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313. Awais Laghari appointed as Federal Minister LeBron James ($33.4 million) and sprint
of Energy and Power champion Usain Bolt ($27 million).
314. Admiral Zafar Mahmood was sworn in as 321. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will
Chief of the Naval Staff during Change of meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Command Ceremony held at PNS ZAFAR on October 26 on his first official visit to
Islamabad on Oct 7, 2017. South Asia, as the worlds two biggest
315. Astrophysicists Barry Barish , Kip Thorne democracies look to deepen economic and
and Rainer Weiss awarded by the Nobel strategic ties amid Chinas growing clout.
Physics Prize 322. On 24 October, 2017: Two-time Emmy
316. Aisam ul Haq Qureshi attempted to win his Award-winning actor Robert Guillaume, best
5th ATP World Tour Title of 2017. And he known for voicing Rafiki in The Lion
won double title of TP world championship King and for his role in sitcom Benson,
317. On October 27, 2017: Pakistan is ready to died of complications from prostate cancer
provide Azerbaijan with support in the on Tuesday, his wife said. He was 89.
Nagorno- Karabakh conflict issue, 323. Belarus was voted to host the Second
Ambassador of Pakistan to Azerbaijan Saeed European Games in 2019 at the 45th General
Khan Mohmand said at a press conference Assembly of the European Olympic
titled "Black Day of Kashmir" in Baku. The Committees in Minsk in October 2016.
conflict between the two South Caucasus 324. Sara Mansoor recorded her name in
countries began in 1988 when Armenia made Pakistans tennis history on Tuesday by
territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a becoming the first female ITF (International
result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian Tennis Federation) Level-2 coach of the
armed forces occupied 20 percent of country.
Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh 325. On October 25, 2017: The International
region and seven surrounding districts. The Cricket Council (ICC) has launched a probe
1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by after a curator (Pandurang Salgaonkar) in
peace negotiations. (Armenia capital: Pune was caught in a TV sting operation
Yerevan, currency: Dram) allegedly promising to manipulate the pitch.
318. A delegation of Pak-Iran Joint Chamber Of 326. Central American country Nicaragua signed
Commerce and Industry has left for Iran to the Paris climate change agreement and
participate in Expo 2017 industrial presented the relevant documents for the
exhibition to be held in Tehran from October agreement at the United Nations on October
31 to November 3. 25, 2017.
319. On October 27, 2017: Burundi on Friday 327. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
became the first ever nation to leave the awarded here today the Kingdom of Saudi
International Criminal Court, set up some 15 Arabia's Ambassador to the Russian
years ago to prosecute those behind the Federation Abdurrahman Ibrahim Al-Rassi
world s worst atrocities.(Capital, Bujumbura, the Commemorative Medal for Cooperation
Currency: Franc) for his personal contribution to the
320. India captain Virat Kohli has shot past promotion of Saudi-Russian relations on
Barcelona star Lionel Messi in Forbes list of October 25, 2017.
the worlds most valuable athletes. Kohli on 328. 7th Islamic Conference of Environment
7th, Messi on 9th. Tennis great Roger Ministers Kicked off in Rabat on October 25,
Federer tops the list with a brand value of 2017.
$37.2 million, followed by basketball star 329. Pakistan professor wins prestigious
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Shahida Hasnain. The Carlos J. Finlay Prize silent death of political prisoners and
for Microbiology has an endowment of prisoners of conscience and President
$10,000, which will be divided between the Rouhani of lying about the human rights
two laureates. Created in 1977 by UNESCO situation in the country.
at the initiative of the Government of Cuba. 339. Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prizewinning
330. Japans Emperor Akihito is likely to abdicate playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, has
at the end of March 2019 and Crown Prince died on July 31 2017. He was 73.
Naruhito is expected to ascend the throne in 340. The Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) on
April, the first abdication by a Japanese August 01, 2017 got a new secretary as
monarch in nearly two centuries. Sanaullah Awan a grade 20 officer of the
331. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived Capital Development Authority (CDA).
in Saudi Arabia Saturday (on October 25, 341. Afghanistans Ambassador: Dr Omar
2017), his second visit to the region in recent Zakhilwal
months as he seeks a breakthrough in a 342. Foreign reserves decrease by $305m. The
diplomatic crisis gripping the Gulf. Saudi total liquid foreign reserves held by the
Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates country stood at $20,283.1 million on July
and Egypt cut ties with Qatar in June. 28, 2017.
332. Czech billionaire Andrej Babis, chairman of 343. Haruo Nakajima, who originally played
the anti-migrant ANO Movement (also Godzilla, dies at 88 on August 8, 2017
known as Czech Trump) is leading Czech 344. Dr. Ruth Pfau, the Mother Teresa of
Republic election. Pakistan has passed away at age of 87 on
333. Pakistans Foreign Secretary Ms. Tehmina August 09, 2017. She was born in Germany
Janjua would visit Sri Lanka from October but shifted to Pakistan in 1960 and was
17 to 18, 2017 to take part in the 5th Round given Pakistani citizenship in 1988. Dr. Pfau,
of Bilateral Political Consultations between the founder of National LeprosyControl
Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Programme was in charge of the Marie
334. Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu, Adelaide Society of Pakistan (MASP)
while attending the 33rd raising function of 345. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed
the National Security Gaurd (NSG), targetted two female vice presidents on August 09.
Pakistan for funding terrorism on October 346. Pakistan Air Force (PAF) a veteran of 1965
16, 2017. and 1971 wars, Air Marshal Inam-ul-Haque
335. Bismah Maroof replaces Sana Mir as captain Khan passed away after prolonged illness on
of Pakistan womens cricket team on 30th Aug 10, 2017. He was 90.
September, 2017. 347. On October 27, 2017: the 32 football
336. The Oxford University, where Aung San Suu national teams competing at the 2018 World
Kyi studied as an undergraduate, has Cup will share $400 million (344 million
removed her portrait from public display euros) in prize money, a 12 percent increase
amid criticism of her handling of the from the 2014 tournament. Next years Club
Rohingya crisis. World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and
337. Eiffel tower Paris (France) became the most the 2019 Womens World Cup in France,
touring place of the world. Since its were also confirmed.
completion in 1889. 30 crore people has 348. Netherlands' Lieke Martens won, The Best
visited this place. FIFA Women's Player award.
338. 2003 Nobel laureate and human rights 349. Sri Lanka Sports Minister Dayasiri
lawyer Shirin Ebadi has accused Iran's Jayasekara joined Pakistan Tour on October
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350. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has 361. Secretary General of the Lebanese Hezbollah
launched a probe after a curator (Pandurang Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah
Salgaonkar) in Pune was caught in a TV 362. Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's
sting operation allegedly promising to cabinet was forced to resign after losing a
manipulate the pitch. vote of confidence in the opposition-
351. PSG President Khelaifi faces Swiss controlled Congress.
prosecutors in World Cup probe. 363. China leads world in internet market.
352. A Lebanese supporter of the Syrian regime 364. Norways Ghayas Zahid has become the first
was convicted in absentia on October 20, footballer of Pakistani descent to feature in
2017 over a 1982 bombing that killed 23 UEFA Champions League. The 22-year-old
people including Lebanese president- became the first Pakistani-origin footballer
elect Bashir Gemayel. to play in the Champions League when he
353. Yasir Shah becomes first-ever (in 140 years) featured for APOEL FC in a group stage
spinner to take five-for in five consecutive match against Real Madrid.
Tests. 365. North Korea fired a ballistic missile over
354. The Pakistan hockey team arrived in Dhaka, Japan and into the Pacific.
Bangladesh on Sunday to participate in Asia 366. Pakistans energetic all-rounder Shoaib
Cup, scheduled to take place from October Malik became the countrys leading runs
11 to 22. Head Coach of team is: Farhat, scorer in T20 internationals, surpassing
Captain is: Irfan. Umar Akmal to achieve the feat. Malik is
355. On October 9, 2017: Minister for National also the only Pakistani to score 7,000 runs in
Health Services, Regulations and T20 matches. With 7,069 runs in T20
Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar on Sunday cricket, he is at seventh place in the list of
launched National Hepatitis Strategic all-time top scorers in the shortest format of
Framework- 2017. the game.
356. President of Rio 2016 Carlos Arthur Nuzman 367. Shoaib Malik has paid a whooping amount
Olympics arrested for corruption. which has made him highest tax payer being
357. Samsung Pakistan launched Galaxy Note8 a cricketer.
featuring S-Pen and numerous other new 368. Pakistan Army Director General Military
features this year. Operations (DGMO) Major General Sahir
358. The Board of Investment (BoI) is devising a Shamshad Mirza
long-term plan to maximise benefits from the 369. Asia Cup Hockey played in Dhaka
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Bangladesh on October 11, 2017.
and increase Foreign Direct Investment 370. Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf Saeed
(FDI) for infrastructural developments up to Ahmed Al-Malkiy.
$250 billion and allied industrial activities by 371. Thai Prime Minister: Yingluck Shinawatra
2025, said BoI Director Zulfiqar Ali. 372. Poland President: Andrzej Duda
359. The Islamic Republic of Iran will host the 373. In September, the United Arab Emirates
2018 Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling World announced plans to open a nuclear power
Cup next year, which serves as an plant next year, in what would be a first for
international wrestling tournament among the emirate and the Arab Gulf region. The
member nations of the United World $20-billion Barakah plant west of Abu Dhabi
Wrestling (UWW). is being constructed by a consortium led by
360. The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Korea Electric Power Corp. The oil-rich
(IRGC) Navy has held a parade in the UAE aims to continue diversifying toward
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374. World Cup 2022 host, Qatar must urgently 387. The Hungarian Ambassador to Jordan,
introduce laws to protect the lives of up to Chaba Tsebeera
800,000 migrant construction labourers 388. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho
working in scorching temperatures. 389. Iraqi Kurdish president Masoud Barzani
375. Angola swore in Joao Lourenco as the 390. Mens light weight powerlifting event at the
country's President making him the first new Invictus Games 2017 in Toronto on Tuesday.
President of the country in 38 years. Angola This is the third Invictus Games, an initiative
capital: Luanda, currency: Kwanza started in 2014 by Britains Prince Harry.
376. The World Tourism Day is celebrated across 391. The 14th death anniversary of Nawabzada
the world on 27th of September. The theme Nasrullah Khan, also known as Baba-e-
for World Tourism Day 2017 is 'Sustainable Jamhooriat, is being observed today
Tourism a Tool for Development'. Nawabzada Nasarullah Khan was born on 13
377. Russia and US will cooperate to build November 1916 in Khangarh District in
moon's first space station Central Punjab. He started his politics in
378. On 25th September 2017: The Kandla Port 1930, when Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam was
Gujrat has been renamed as Deendayal Port formed by Syed Ata Ullah Shah Bukhari.
379. Indian Border Security Forces started an 392. British jeweller Graff said it has purchased
operation against Pakistan security forces on the world's largest uncut diamond -- roughly
border named as: Operation Arjun. the size of a tennis ball -- for $53 million
380. English cricket all rounder Ben Stokes and (44.5 million euros).
Alex Hales arrested on 25th September 393. The Board of Directors of the Nobel
(night) in Bristol. Foundation decided at its meeting on
381. Iceland has one of Europe's hottest tourist September 14 that the 2017 Nobel Prize will
destinations, a magnet for people admiring amount to SEK 9 million ($1.1 million,
barren Nordic nature with alien-looking 944.000 euros) per prize category. The
landscapes of frozen lava. (Capital: monetary award given to the Nobel laureates
Reykjavik, Currency: Krona) comes from the fund left by the prizes
382. Macedonia Foreign minister Dimitrov and founder, Alfred Nobel, a Swedish scientist
Netherland foreign minister Bert Koanders who invented dynamite.
signed an agreement of co operation in 394. A two week long joint exercise Druzba 2017
Hague Netherland. (Capital: Skopje, between specialforces of Pakistan and Russia
Currency: Dinar) armies has started in Mineralnye Vody,
383. Kurdish referendum: report says 72 percent Russia. Russia, in August, delivered 4 Mi-35
of eligible voters had taken part and an gunship helicopters to Pakistan under a $153
overwhelming majority, possibly over 90 million contract signed earlier this year. The
percent, had said "yes. Celebrations joint military exercise was planned on a
continued until the early hours of Tuesday in massive scale with 200 military personnel
Erbil, capital of the Kurdish region, which participating from each side
was lit by fireworks and adorned with 395. Malaysia disassociates itself from ASEAN
Kurdish red-white-green flags. People statement on Myanmar's Rakhine state.
danced in the squares as convoys of cars 396. ASEAN: Association of Southeast Asian
drove around honking their horns. Nations. Headquarter Jakarta, 10 members,
384. Egyptian President: Abdel Fattah el-Sisi founded in 1967 (Bangkok declaration).
385. Petra news agency is of Jordan 397. Weakened Merkel wins fourth term, hit by
386. The Speaker of the Jordanian Lower House nationalist 'earthquake'.
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398. Total seats in German Parliament: 630, favour of Section 203 of Electoral Reforms
parliament name: Bundestag. Total seats Bill 2017.
won by Christian Democratic Union: 253 406. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-
(Angela Merkels party). They are in chairman Bill Gates
coalition with Christian Social Union who 407. The World Bank approved $114 million to
won 56 seats. She obtained a doctorate in significantly expand support for families
quantum chemistry in 1986. She is the affected by militancy-related violence.
second politician after Helmut Kohl to 408. On September 22, 2017: Foreign Minister
become the chancellor of Germany for Khawaja Asif participated in the Informal
consecutive 4 terms since 1949. Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the
399. French president Emmanuel Macron's new South Asian Association for Regional
centrist political party suffered its first Cooperation (SAARC) held in New York.
electoral setback in Senate elections in which 409. Dubai-based Schon Group acquired the PSL
the right-wing Republicans party team Multan franchise for an eight year
strengthened its dominance in the upper contract worth $41.6 million in a bid held
chamber of parliament. Total senate seats of earlier this year, surpassing Karachi Kings as
France: 348 the most expensive franchise.
400. Karachi is the cheapest among the countrys 410. On September 15, 2017: Tripartite meeting
top five big cities, according to a report involving delegations from Pakistan,
published by State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). Afghanistan and the United States was held
Lahore emerged as the most expensive city in Ministry of Defence of Kabul where the
in terms of cost of living. participants converged to counter Daesh and
401. Pop star and actress Jennifer Lopez donates ensure Pak-Afghan bilateral military
$1 mln to hurricane maria -hit Puerto Rico cooperation meetings. A six-member high-
402. Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat level Pakistan military delegation, headed by
403. The National Anti-Doping Center of Ukraine Pakistan Army Director General Military
(NADC) joined the demands of the Institute Operations (DGMO) Major General Sahir
of National Anti-Doping Organizations Shamshad Mirza, participated in the
(iNADO) towards the suspending of Russian meetings
from the participation in the 2018 winter 411. Pakistans energetic all-rounder Shoaib
Olympic Games in Pyeongchang (South Malik became the countrys leading runs
Korea). scorer in T20 internationals, surpassing
404. Representatives of the Belarusian army will Umar Akmal to achieve the feat. Malik is
observe army exercises in Sweden and also the only Pakistani to score 7,000 runs in
Poland. Two representatives of the T20 matches. With 7,069 runs in T20
Belarusian army will be sent to observe the cricket, he is at seventh place in the list of
multinational wargames Aurora 2017 in all-time top scorers in the shortest format of
Sweden and another two will be sent to the game.
watch the Dragon 2017 exercise in Poland. 412. Norways Ghayas Zahid became the first
(Belarus Capital: Minsk, Currency: Rubel) footballer of Pakistani descent to feature in
(Sweden Capital: Stockholm, Currency UEFA Champions League. The 22-year-old
Krona) (Poland Capital: Warsaw, Currency: became the first Pakistani-origin footballer
Zloty) to play in the Champions League when he
405. Electoral reforms bill approval in Senate featured for APOEL FC in a group stage
paves way for Nawaz as PML-N head. 38 match against Real Madrid.
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413. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee organisations rehabilitation work after the
(CJCSC): Gen. Zubair Mahmood Hayat 2005 Nothern Pakistan and Kashmirs
414. Pakistani wrestler Nooh Datagir Butt earthquake, he was awarded with Sitara-e-
clinched a gold medal in the Commonwealth Eissar (Star of Sacrifice) in 2006.
Youth Junior and Senior Weightlifting 425. Mehdi Honardoost, Ambassador of Iran to
Championships at Gold Coast City, Pakistan
Australia. Till now Pakistan has won four 426. In 1917, during World War I, the British
medals in the championship. capture Palestine from the Ottomans and, in
415. On September 7, 2017: The air forces of the Balfour Declaration of November 2,
China and Pakistan began joint training promise the Jews a "national home" there.
exercises in China on Thursday. The Opposition from the Palestinians first
exercise, named Shaheen VI that started in emerges at a congress in Jerusalem in 1919.
2011. In 1922, the League of Nations sets out the
416. On September 8, 2017: Rafael Nadal moved obligations of a British mandate in Palestine,
one win away from a third US Open title and including securing "establishment of the
16th Grand Slam crown when he defeated Jewish national home", the future Israel.
weary Juan Martin del Potro. 427. Five documentaries from Pakistan are among
417. Former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar attended 63 non-fiction films to be screened in Film
the inaugural ceremony of the Central Asia Southasia 2017, the eleventh edition of the
Regional Economic Cooperation Institute premiere non-fiction film festival for the
and the second CAREC Think Tanks region, in Kathmandu, Nepal. The non-
Development Forum at Urumqi, China fiction films from Pakistan are Among the
418. On September 9, 2017: Pakistan Navy Believers by Hemal Trivedi and
celebrates 52nd anniversary of Dwarka Raid Mohammed Ali Naqvi, A Girl in the River:
419. First ever in the history of Pakistan, biggest The Price of Forgiveness by Sharmeen
ever solar park is: Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Obaid Chinoy, Perween Rahman: The Rebel
420. Kate Millett, feminist activist, artist and Optimist by Mahera Omar, K2 and the
author of Sexual Politics, dies aged 15. Invisible Footmen by Iara Lee and Lyari
421. US approves $3.8 billion in arms sales to Notes by Maheen Zia and Miriam Chandy
Bahrain: US official Menacherry.
422. Angola swore in Joao Lourenco as the 428. On October 31, 2017: Pakistan tried to
country's President making him the first new reacquire an unspecified number of
President of the country in 38 years. (Angola helicopters from the United States for anti-
Capital: Luanda, Currency: Kwanza) narcotics operations after returning nine
423. National Transmission& Dispatch Company Huey II helicopters it had acquired in 2002.
(founded in 1998) of Pakistan will pay 14 429. World Health Organization (WHO) Director-
billion rupees fine to 9 Independent Power General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said
Producer (IPP): International Court of that the world has committed to ending the
Justice (ICJ) TB epidemic by 2030
424. Pakistans popular singer Shehzad Roy has 430. Chairperson Benazir Income Support
been appointed as the new National Programme (BISP) Marvi represented
Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations Pakistan in seminar on shock responsive
Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). He protection in Peru on October 31, 2017
became the recipient of Sitara-e-Imtiaz, in 431. The first Transgender Judge of India,
2005 for his humanitarian work and Appointed in West Bengal, 29-years old
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432. Saudi women are now allowed to issue country in the world. It jumped three spots
fatwas following a vote in the Shoura from last year, displacing Denmark, which
Council, Arab News reported. The historic had held the top spot for three out of the past
move was approved by 107 votes and ends four years. Nations such as China (79),
45 years of only specialist men being able to Pakistan (80), Nepal (99), Bangladesh (110),
issue fatwas in the Kingdom. Iraq (117) and Sri Lanka (120) fared better
433. It took about 66 million years, but a duck- than India on the ranking.
billed creature has finally won recognition as 439. Pakistan stands on 139th in the World Press
Californias state dinosaur. Freedom Index Report 2017.
434. On June 1, 2017: Pakistan Navy received 440. During 2016-17, Pakistan obtained a record
seven Sea King helicopters from UK. The high $10.1 billion in foreign loans.
Sea King helicopter is a multi-role 441. The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) issued a
helicopter. It has been used for search and banking license to the Bank of China on 13th
rescue (SAR) operations, warfare and as a May, 2017.
transportation platform for the last several 442. The 9th Summit of D-8 Organisation for
decades. Economic Cooperation was held in Istanbul
435. In June, 2017: Faisal Edhi receives 22nd on October 20, 2017.
Nikkei Asian Award in Tokyo. He received 443. On November 4, 2017: KP Govt decided to
the 22nd Nikkei Asian Award in Tokyo in divide Chitral, Swat. Now, KPK has 29
recognition of foundation's longstanding districts.
social and welfare activities for the general 444. Air New Zealand has been crowned 2018
public. Airline of the Year by leading international
436. Gender Gap Index 2017: Pakistan ranks 143 aviation.
out of 144 countries in Gender Gap Index 445. On October 21, 2017: Worlds first floating
2017. Only above, Yemen that ranks below wind farm in Scotland started generating
Pakistan gender parity is calculated across electricity
four thematic dimensions: Economic 446. The International Consortium of
Participation and Opportunity, Educational Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) released
Attainment, Health and Survival, and Paradise Leaks on 6th November, 2017
Political Empowerment. In, this years revealing dealings of Britian Queen
edition also analyses the dynamics of gender Elizabeth II and US Secretary of State Rex
gaps across industry talent pools and Tillerson and Shaukat Aziz (PM Pakistan
occupations. from 2004 to 2007).
437. Human Development Index 2017: Pakistan 447. Jacinda Ardern to be New Zealand's
is ranked 147 out of the 188 countries youngest woman Prime Minister.
surveyed for human development index. This 448. On October 20: UN World Statistics day
is according to United Nations Development (Observed every 5 years once 1st in 2010
Programme's Human Development Report. and then in 2015, not this year, next in 2020)
The latest report was released on 21 March Theme: Better Data, Better Lives.
2017. The ranking put Pakistan it in the 449. On October 24: Nicaragua country signed
medium human development bracket, Paris Climate Agreement. Agreement signed
which also includes India, Bangladesh, by 187 countries so far. Only US and Syria is
Bhutan, Kenya, Myanmar and Nepal. against this deal.
438. The World Happiness Report 2017, which 450. Dumdum fever - It is a human blood parasite
ranked 155 countries by their happiness responsible for visceral leishmaniasis
levels, ranked Norway as the happiest disease. This disease is spread by Sand flies.

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