April 2020

Day by Day Current Affairs (April 06, 2020) MCQs for CSS, PMS

Day by Day Current Affairs (April 06, 2020) MCQs for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

April 06, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. Emergency cash assistance process to begin on 8th

• The federal government on April 5, 2020 announced that the process for payment of Rs144 billion under the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme would commence on April 8, to support millions of people affected by the countrywide lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.
• Overall the federal government will provide Rs12,000 assistance to 12 million families each, while Punjab and Sindh have decided to contribute funding for the assistance of additional 700,000 and250,000 persons, respectively.
• The government also observed that a number of people were not taking precautionary measures against the deadly virus, warning the masses that they should not take the disease lightly as it was continuously spreading and only lockdown could reduce the pace of new cases.

2. Punjab govt allows reopening of some businesses

• Punjab has started allowing reopening of various businesses, which had been closed for a couple of weeks under Covid-19 pandemic precautionary measures, in a bid to gradually resume routine life across the province subject to fulfilling of certain conditions.
• The government, through three different orders / notifications issued during the last couple of days, exempted 10 kinds of industries and several allied businesses from Section 144 of the criminal procedure code `subject to implementation of the precautionary measures` to avert spread of the coronavirus. According to a notification issued by the home department`s internal security wing on April 3, the government has allowed opening of 36 kinds of businesses related to the textile industry, 10 of sports goods, seven of surgical goods, three of auto parts, 25 of pharmaceutical, 22 of leather and leather garments, seven of fruits and vegetables and eight of meat and meat products/ industry.

3. Pakistan to open border with Afghanistan today

• Pakistan will open its border with Afghanistan at Chaman and Torkham on April 6, 2020 for four days.
• Official sources said here on Saturday that Pakistan had decided to open the border on a request of the Afghan government to allow its nationals stranded at Chaman and Torkham borders.
• `In view of the request of the Afghan government Pakistan has decided to open the border at both entry points from April 6 to 9,` the sources said, adding that hundreds of Pakistanis were also stuck up in Spin Boldak and the other side of Torkham due to closure of the border as a precautionary measure taken to contain the deadly coronavirus from spreading

4. UAE sends another batch of virus medical aid

• Another batch of medical aid by the United Arab Emirates government to help Pakistan curb the transmission of Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, arrived at the Islamabad International Airport on April 5, 2020, according to a press release.
• The second batch of medical aid containing 11 tonnes of medical supplies and preventive aid was sent by the UAE leadership in their quest to provide support and assistance to the people of Pakistan, which has been an established approach of UAE`s foreign policy since the era of Late Sheilch Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and continued and developed in the era of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE president, stated the press release issued by the UA E embassy in Islamabad

5. PR to resume train services from April 15: Minister Railway

• Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad April 5, 2020 announced that Pakistan Railway service would resume train services from 15th April if Prime Minister Imran Khan approved the proposal.
• Talking to private news channel, Minister Railway said that “if the prime minister allowed, Pakistan Railways will resume its services, adding , 25 April is important where everything will be cleared for Corona and sugar Mafia”.
• Sheikh Rasheed also announced that seven railway hospitals will also be dedicated to treating coronavirus patients, adding that “50-bed quarantine will be established inside a train while a railway hospital having the capacity to accommodate 450 patients will also treat the virus patients in Rawalpindi.”

6. CM launches ‘Go Green App’

• Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on April 5, 2020 inaugurated a mobile App “Go Green” initiated by LDA in order to supervise the growth and survival of plants.
• Usman Buzdar said that “Go Green” was a commendable step of LDA. “It is our collective responsibility to take care of plants. The “Clean and Green Pakistan” campaign is ongoing across the province”, he added.
• “We are also fully focused on paying attention to government affairs, besides taking measures to overcome coronavirus pandemic,” he emphasized. He also planted a sapling at the premises of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) in Johar Town under Punjab Clean and Green Programme PC&GP.

7. US aid cut to hit Kabul`s ability to hold talks with Taliban

• A planned $1 billion cut in US aid to Afghanistan would come from funds for Afghan security forces, according to three US sources, a step experts said would undercut both Kabul`s ability to fight the Taliban and its leverage to negotiated a peace deal with them.
• Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the reduction on March 23 and threatened to slash the same amount next year to try to force Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his political rival Abdullah Abdullah to end a feud that has helped stall US-led peace-making efforts in Afghanistan.
• After nearly 20 years of fighting the Taliban, the United States is looking for a way to extricate itself and to achieve peace between the US-backed government and the militant group, which controls more than 40 per cent of Afghan territory

8. China`s rights lawyer freed after five years in jail

• A leading Chinese human rights lawyer has been released from prison after almost five years behind bars, his wife said on April 5, 2020.
• Wang Quanzhang, 44, was first detained in 2015 in a sweeping crackdown on more than 200 lawyers and government critics in Chinaas President Xi Jinping tightened his grip on power.
• But Wang has yet to return home to his family in Beijing and was instead escorted on Sunday to a property he owns in eastern Shandong province for 14 days in quarantine as a precaution against the coronavirus, according to wife Li Wenzu.

9. Malaysian, Thai lifters banned over doping

• Weightlifters from Thailand and Malaysia will miss the Tokyo Olympics after the sport`s governing body said it had banned their athletes after a high number of doping cases.
• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) said in a statement the two countries` lifters shall not compete at the Tokyo Games, regardless of the change of date.
• The Olympics have been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak and are now scheduled to be held from July 23-Aug 8 2021

10. An invisible substance that permeate the galaxy

• About 80 percent of all the matter in our universe is invisible.
• Called dark matter, this mysterious substance is known to exist throughout the universe because of its gravitational tugs on ordinary matter.
• Yet despite its prevalence, dark matter continues to evade direct detection. Kathryn Zurek, a new professor of theoretical physics at Caltech, has some ideas about how to change that. “I develop theories of dark matter and then ideas for how one might experimentally detect it,” she says. “It’s risky research in the sense that we don’t know if we’ll actually detect dark matter. We need luck, hard work, and good ideas.” Dark matter permeates the galaxy and the universe. We are moving through the galaxy, and as we move, that creates a dark-matter wind that is moving through this room as we speak. We know about dark matter through its gravitational effects on normal matter, but it doesn’t give off any light so we cannot see it, and we don’t know what it is made of

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