Current Affairs Global - 24 January 2015

1. Pakistan has banned the Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) and the Haqqani network this week nearly one month after the deadly terror attack at an army school in Peshawar. On Insistence from the USA, the Pakistani government took action against the militant organisations without making a difference between the good Terrorist and the bad Terrorist.

The Haqqani Network was responsible for some of the most heinous attacks on the US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan and it was termed as a terrorist organisation by the US in 2012. The Pakistan Governmetn has also banned Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation, Ummah Tameer-i-Nau, Haji Khairullah Hajji Sattar Money Exchange, Rahat Limited, Roshan Money Exchange, Al Akhtar Trust, Al Rashid Trust.

2. Saudi Arabia-s King Abdullah, the current ruler of United Kingdom of Saudi Arabia passed away on 22nd January. He was 90. His brothers, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz became king and Prince Muqrin was declared Crown Prince.

He was credited to take some modern steps in Saudi Arabia including improving ties with the USA and UK. He also gave women the right to vote and to compete in the Olympics.

3. South Korean President Park Geun-hye has nominated ruling party lawmaker Lee Wan Koo as the new Prime Minister of South Korea. He will replace current Prime Minister Chung Hong-won. Chung offered to resign nearly 10 months before, over a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people in April 2014.