Pakistan Current Affairs

Joshna Chinappa wins gold medal in women’s individual squash at SAG

India’s ace squash player Joshna Chinappa has won the gold medal in women’s individual category at the 12th South Asian Games (SAG).

In the final match played at R G Baruah Sports Complex in Guwahati, she defeated Pakistan’s Maria Wazir by 10-12, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 score. With this she became first Indian squash player to win individual gold medal in 2016 SAG.

Men’s individual category

Nasir Iqbal of Pakistan won the on the gold medal in men’s individual category at the 12th SAG. In the final match, he defeated Farhan Zaman of Pakistan by 14-12, 11-7, 11-9 score.

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Veteran Urdu writer Intizar Husain passes away

Legendary Urdu fiction writer, novelist, columnist and poet Intizar Husain passed away in Lahore, Pakistan. He was 93.

He was the first Pakistani and the first Urdu writer ever to be nominated for the prestigious literally award Man Booker International Prize for fiction.

About Intizar Husain

  • Born on December 7, 1923 at Dibai in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh in India.
  • He had migrated to Lahore in 1947. He did his MA (Urdu) in 1946 from the Meerut College.
  • He worked as journalist in various newspapers and had retired from ‘Daily Mashriq’ in 1988.
  • His famous books are Kankari, Gali Koochay, Shehr-i-afsos, Din Aur Dastan, Kachhuay, Khaimay Say Door, Morenama Khali, Pinjra and Sheharzad Kay Naam.
  • Awards and Honurs: He was conferred the ‘Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by French Government in 2014.
  • In 2013, he became first Pakistani and the first Urdu writer to be nominated among the 10 finalists for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction.

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Pakistan successfully tests nuclear-capable Shaheen-IA ballistic missile

Pakistan has successfully tested the nuclear-capable Shaheen-IA ballistic missile with a range of 900 km.

The test of the missile was aimed at re-validating several design and technical parameters of the weapon system. However the location of the test was not disclosed by Pakistan Government.

It is second nuclear capable missile test to be undertaken by Pakistan in December 2015. Earlier Shaheen-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 2,750 km was tested.

About Shaheen-IA ballistic missile

  • Shaheen-IA ballistic missile (In English means Falcon) is a land-based supersonic and short-to-intermediate range surface-to-surface guided ballistic missile.
  • It has been jointly designed and developed by the joint venture (JV) of NESCOM and the National Defence Complex (NDC).
  • The missile has optimal range of 750 km and is propelled by a two-stage solid-fuel rocket motor.
  • It is capable of carrying both conventional as well as nuclear warhead and is capable of striking targets deep within India.

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