April 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (April 08, 2021) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (April 08, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

April 08, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. NA panel approves bill against intentional disrespect for forces

• The National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior has approved a bill to make amendments to the Pakistan Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure 1898 to take action against those who intentionally ridicule armed forces.
• The bill says anyone who shall be guilty of said offence could f ace up to two years imprisonment or fine that may extend to Rs500,000, or both.
• The bill, titled Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2020 introduced by PTI MNA Amjid Ali Khan, was approved by the NA committee on interior, which met on April 7, 2021 with MNA Raja Khurram Nawaz in the chair

2. Pakistan, Russia agree to boost defence ties

• Pakistan and Russia on April 7, 2021 agreed to boost cooperation in diverse areas including defence and counterterrorism.
• An understanding to this effect was reached during talks between the two sides here at the Foreign Office.
• Pakistan`s team was led by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi while the visiting Russian delegation was led by his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.
• During the talks, the foreign ministers reviewed the entiregamut of the bilateral relationship, besides having an in-depth discussion on situation in the wartorn Afghanistan

3. EASA extends travel restrictions

• The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has extended travel restrictions imposed on Pakistan for an indefinite period and has directed the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) to get its safety audit done by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) scheduled in July.
• The EASA had suspended Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) from operating flights to European Union member countries for six months in July 2020 due to safety concerns; the agency decided to extend this suspension until March 31, 2021 for an additional three-month period

4. Govt okays revised HEC ordinance

• The federal government has okayed a revised Ordinance of Higher Education Commission, making some changes particularly regarding appointment of its chairman.
• The revised notification declared that term of the HEC chairman will be two-year against the existing four years.
• The government also increased two seats for private members in commission, the main decision making body of the HEC.
• The education ministry and ministry of law have okayed new changes and the summary has been moved to the cabinet for approval

5. Customs clears first consignment at Gwadar port under CPEC

• Pakistan Customs has facilitated the clearance of the first import cum export consignment at Gwadar port under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
• An official announcement said the cleared consignment by M/s HK Sun Corporation will be further processed in Gwadar Free Zone established under CPEC and later on items will be exported from Pakistan.
• The first consignment consisting of metal scrap was processed and cleared by the Model Customs Collectorate, (A&F) West, Karachi and goods reached Gwadar Free Zone regulated by Model Customs Collectorate Gwadar

6. First PIA flight from Lahore lands at Skardu Airport

• The Pakistan International Airline`s first-ever direct flight from Lahore landed at the Skardu Airport here on April 7, 2021.
• The PK-8453 flight took off from the Allama Iqbal International Airport on Wednesday morning with 153 passengers onboard and landed at the Skardu Airport after one hour and 15 minutes.
• The PIA officials received and presented bouquets of flowers to the passengers at the airport

7. Pakistan among beneficiaries of IMF-WB initiative

• Pakistan is among the major beneficiaries of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank initiative to help emerging economies deal with the negative impact of the Covid-19 crisis.
• Data released by the two financial institutions show that Pakistan is receiving $1,386 million from the IMF`s Rapid Credit Facility (RCF). Pakistan`s request for assistance from the RCF was approved on April 16, 2020 and Islamabad started receiving support from this facility soon after the approval

8. Palace crisis over, Jordan`s king tells nation

• Jordan`s King Abdullah broke his silence on Wednesday to tell his nation that the worst political crisis in decades sparked by an alleged plot involving his half brother Prince Hamzah was over.
• The government had accused Hamzah a former crown prince who was sidelined as heir to the throne in 2004 of involvement in a conspiracy to `destabilise the kingdom`s security` and arrested at least 16 people

9. US restores aid to Palestinians with $235 million in funds

• The United States said on April 7, 2021 it was restoring assistance to the Palestinians severed under former president Donald Trump with an announcement of $235 million.
• President Joe Biden`s administration said the United States would again support the UN agency caring for Palestinian refugees with a contribution of $150m.
• The United States will also offer $75m in economic and development assistance for the West Bank and Gaza and $10m for peacebuilding efforts

10. Ton-up Fakhar inspires Pakistan to ODI series win over South Africa

• Opener Fakhar Zaman smashed his second century in as many matches as Pakistan beat a revamped South Africa side by 28 runs in the third and final One-day International at Super Sport Park in Centurion on April 7, 2021 to clinch the series 2-1.
• Fakhar followed up his scintillating 193 on Sunday with 101 as Pakistan posted 320 for seven in their 50 overs having been sent into bat.
• South Africa, missing five key players on their way to the Indian Premier League in Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi, were bowled out for 292 in the final over

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