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Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (April 13, 2021) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (April 13, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

April 13, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. CCI decides to start new census by year-end

• After a delay of over three-and-a-half years, the Council of Common Interests (CCI) finally approved the controversial national population and housing census-2017 with a majority vote on April 12, 2021 and decided to start the process for fresh census by the end of 2021under which the 2023 general elections will be held. While Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan approved the census-2017 results, Sindh rejected them.
• A meeting of the CCI, presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan, decided that all stakeholders would be taken on board for holding the new census so that there could be no reservation from any side.
• The meeting was attended by the chief ministers and chief secretaries of all the provinces.

2. PM joins UN chief in seeking debt relief for developing nations

• Prime Minister Imran Khan joined UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on April 12, 2021 in urging creditors to provide debt suspension, relief and liquidity to help developing nations cope with the negative economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
• The prime minister, who made the opening statement at a special segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York, underlined the `massive socio-economic fallout` of the pandemic and said: `Private creditors must participate in providing debt relief and restructuring

3. Remittances jump 26pc to $21.5bn in 9MFY21

• Remittances sent by overseas Pakistanis jumped 26 per cent, or $4.5 billion, year on-year to record $21.468bn during the first nine months (July-March) of this fiscal year despite Covid challenges.
• On a month-on-month basis, the remittances posted an increase of 43pc to $2.7bn in March. This was the 10th consecutive month when inflows from overseas Pakistanis exceeded the $2bn mark. Taking to social media platform Twitter, Prime Minister Imran Khan acknowledged the contribution of Pakistanis working abroad and said: `The love & commitment of Overseas Pakistanis to Pakistan is unparalleled. You sent over $2bn for 10 straight months despite Covid, breaking all records. Your remittances rose to $2.7bn in March, 43% higher than last year. So far this fiscal year, your remittances rose 26pc. We thank you

4. UN urges all parties in Yemen to `seize opportunity` for peace

• The United Nations called on April 12, 2021 on all parties involve d in the conflict in Yemen to `seize the opportunity` for a diplomatic solution as world powers held virtual talks.
• UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths told reporters in Berlin ahead of the negotiations that peace efforts had reached a `critical moment` after six years of fighting.
• `This is a moment for responsible leadership,` he said, urging `the parties to seize the opportunity that exists now and negotiate in good faith without preconditions`.
• He was in Berlin at the invitation of German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

5. Syria used C-weapons in 2018: watchdog

• The Syrian air force used the chemical weapon chlorine in an attack on the town of Saraqib in 2018, the global toxic arms watchdog said on April 12, 2021 after an investigation.
• The report is the second by an investigations team set up by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which has new powers to apportion blame for attacks.

6. Iran suspends cooperation with EU over sanctions

• Iran`s foreign ministry said April 12, 2021 it is suspending cooperation with the European Union in various fields following the bloc`s decision to blacklist several Iranian security officials over a 2019 protest crackdown.
• Foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh `strongly condemned` the sanctions and said Iran is `suspending all human rights talks and cooperation resulting from these talks with the EU, especially in (the fields of) terrorism, drugs and refugees`

7. Microsoft buys Al firm for $19.7bn

• Microsoft will acquire artificial intelligence and cloud computing company Nuance for $19.7 billion, bolstering the telemedicine services that became essential during the pandemic, the tech giant announced on April 12, 2021.
• Nuance`s technology is used extensively in medical records and is currently employed in more than three-quarters of US hospitals, Microsoft said in a news release. The transaction is all-cash and the sum includes Nuance`s net debt

8. Journalist, human rights defender I.A. Rehman passes away

• Ibn Abdur Rehman, Pakistan`s most prolific journalist and iconic human rights defender, passed away here on April 12, 2021. He was 90.
• I.A. Rehman, as he was commonly known, had developed a few health issues like diabetes and high blood-pressure. He died of cardiac arrest on April 12, 2021 morning. He is survived by three sons and two daughters

9. Journalist Zia Shahid passes away

• Zia Shahid, columnist and the owner of Liberty Papers Private Ltd, a media house that publishes a couple of daily newspapers and runs a TV channel, passed away on April 12, 2021.
• He was suffering from kidney problem and other diseases and was admitted to the Sheikh Zayed Hospital for the last two weeks.

10. Markram, Linde lead SA to easy win over Pakistan

• South Africa opener Aiden Markram struck a brisk half-century while George Linde excelled with a solid all-round display as the hosts levelled the four-game Twenty20 International series against Pakistan with a comprehensive six-wicket win in the second match at the Wanderers on April 12, 2021.
• Pakistan elected to bat, but some poor stroke-play saw them restricted to 140 for nine in their 20 overs, well below par on one of the best batting pitches in world cricket

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