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Important Current Affairs 18th October 2019

                                                      International Affairs

-End terror or face action: Global watchdog FATF puts Pakistan on notice

FATF warned that a part of the action will include urging members to advise their financial institutions to give special attention to business relations/transactions with Pakistan.

-Trump to host G7 summit at his Miami golf resort next year

US President Donald Trump will host the Group of Seven (G7) summit in June next year at his golf resort in Florida, the White House confirmed.

-UK, EU hail new Brexit deal, but Parliament sign-off hangs in balance

The UK and the European Union (EU) declared that they have agreed a new Brexit deal for Britain's withdrawal from the 28-member economic bloc within the October 31 deadline. While UK PM Boris Johnson hailed the agreement as a "great new deal", EU President Jean Claude-Juncker branded it a "fair and balanced agreement".

           

-US announces Turkey has agreed to ceasefire in Syria

US Vice President Mike Pence announced that the US and Turkey had agreed to a five-day ceasefire in northern Syria to allow for a Kurdish withdrawal from a security zone roughly 20 miles south of the Turkish border.

-Pak warns India against diverting water flow, says it would be act of aggression

Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal made the remarks during his weekly media briefing here in response to a question regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent remarks to stop water flowing to Pakistan.

-Fate of Japan's imperial dynasty rests on shoulders of 13-year-old

Japan only allows males to ascend the ancient Chrysanthemum Throne and changes to the succession law are anathema to conservatives backing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

-Stocks, sterling rise on long-awaited Brexit deal

Wall Street rose as upbeat earnings from Netflix and Morgan Stanley affirmed a strong start to the US reporting season, while the dollar fell against the euro as the common currency got a lift on the long-awaited Brexit deal.

National Affairs

-Trading tyres: How the West fuels a waste crisis in Asia

Not long ago, Nabipur was a quiet farming village in northern India. Now the village is home to at least a dozen furnaces burning a steady stream of tyres to make low-quality oil in a process known as pyrolysis.

-Ranjan Gogoi recommends SA Bobde as 47th  Cheif Justice of India

Justice Bobde has in the past served as Additonal Judge at Bombay high court and Chied Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court.

-Tranfer Assam NRC Coordinatpr to MP for max period possible

The Supreme Court ordered the transfer of Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) coordinator Prateel Hajela of Madhya Pradesh on inter-cadre deputation for the “maximum period possible”.

-Oil companies defer decision to suspend fuel supplies to Air India

Officials said the decision to defer the move follows Air India making a written request for the same as also promising to make regular payments to clear over Rs 5,000 crore in overdue fuel bills.

-Non- recognised private school in Delhi wont be shut:AAP

Delhi Deputy CM and Education Minister Manish Sissodia said that Municipal corporation of delhi will not be allowed to close any mom-recofnised private school.

-50,000 OLA & Uber drivers to go on strike in Telangana on Oct 19

A joint action committee (JAC), comprising over 50000 Ola and Uber driver is joining Telangana state road transport corporation employees on a state wide strike on October 19.

SPORTS

-Sarfaraz Ahmed sacked, Pakistan name Azhar Ali and Babar Azam as captains for Test

Azhar Ali will lead Pakistan in Tests in the 2019-20 season while talented batsman Babar Azam has been given the T20 reins till the World Cup next year in Australia, announced PCB.