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April 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (April 26, 2021) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (April 26, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

April 26, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. Provinces seek army`s assistance to enforce Covid SOPs

• With the number of Covid-19 cases hovering over 5,000 for more than a week, all provinces as well as Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) have sought services of the armed forces to get the standard operating procedures (SOPs) enforced.
• Meanwhile, according to the projected model of the US-based institute, the number of deaths, that has crossed 17,000, would surpass 28,000 by August 1 this year.
• On the other hand, one million more doses of Covid-19vaccine reached Pakistan from China on April 25, 2021.

2. Army arrives in Sindh to help police implement Covid-19 SOPs

• Pakistan army soldiers have moved to all divisions of Sindh to assist civil administration in implementing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for Covid-19 in line with National Command Operation Centre`s (NCOC) guidelines.
• They have not yet started patrolling roads or the areas with higher positivity ratio of coronavirus cases. The troops have reached divisional headquarters of Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas and will spread out further wherever they are needed but they have not yet started patrolling.

3. Circular debt to remain over Rs1.1tr by 2023

• Despite repeated tariff increases, buying out several old independent power plants (IPPs), fuel conversions, tax rationalisations and timely subsidy payments over the next two years, the power sector circular debt would stay above Rs1.1 trillion by end of fiscal year 2023 against about Rs2.55tr estimated at present.
• But not doing these `surgical actions` is not an option. Without these measures, the circular debt is projected to reach Rs4.7tr by end of FY2023. With some efficiency improvements in terms of five per cent increase in recovery and less than one per cent in technical losses, the circular debt is projected at Rs4.4tr by 2023, but it would be the `tariff rebasings and quarterly adjustments` that will move the needle down to about Rs3.5tr almost Rs1.ltr in two years

4. PM to address UN-Escap session today

• Prime Minister Imran Khan will be among the key speakers at the opening of the annual session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-Escap) on April 25, 2021.
• Heads of state and government, senior officials and other stakeholders from across the Asia-Pacific region are set to take stock of the socio-economic impact of Covid-19 and scale up regional cooperation in response to the pandemic

5. Complete lockdown imposed in Mardan

• The government imposed a weeklong complete lockdown, except essential services, in Mardan district on Sunday as 31 more persons died including a doctor across the province with detection of 956 new cases of Covid-19.
• Due to rising positivity rate in Mardan, the second most populous city in the province, a high level meeting at the divisional commissioner office decided to impose complete lockdown.
• Officials said that eight more deaths were reported in Mardan during the last 24 hours with detection of 1,232 new cases of Covid-19.

6. Regrouping of militants is Pakistan`s biggest worry: US general

• The regrouping of terrorists like the militant Islamic State group and Al Qaeda would be a biggest concern for Pakistan, warned a top US general as the Pentagon started pulling out its troops from Afghanistan.
• Gen Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., Commander US Central Command (Centcom), warned at a recent Pentagon briefing that after the US withdrawal the biggest threat would be the regrouping of Al Qaeda and IS militants who `will be able to regenerate if pressure is not kept on them`. And `that`s very concerning to all the neighboring states, biggest concern to Pakistan,` he added. As head of Centcom Gen McKenzie is responsible for all US military activities in the Pak-Afghan region

7. Modi admits Covid `storm` has shaken India

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged all citizens to get vaccinated and exercise caution, saying the `storm` of infections had shaken India, as the country set a new global record of the most number of Covid-19 infections in a day.
• The United States said it was deeply concerned by the massive surge in coronavirus cases in India and would rapidly send aid.
• The number of cases surged by 349,691 in the past 24 hours, the fourth straight day of record peaks

8. Indonesian submarine broke into three pieces

• A missing Indonesian submarine has been found, broken into at least three parts, at the bottom of the Bali Sea, army and navy officials said on Sunday, as the president sent condolences to relatives of the 53 crew.
• Rescuers also found new objects, including a life vest, that they believe belong to those aboard the 44-year old KRI Nanggala-402, which lost contact on Wednesday as it prepared to conduct a torpedo drill.
• `Based on the evidence, it can be stated that the KRI Nanggala has sunk and all of its crew have died,` military chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto told reporters

9. `Taliban ambush` leaves 12 Afghan policemen dead

• At least 12 Afghan policemen who were part of a security force guarding copper mines were killed in an ambush by the Taliban on April 26, 2021, officials said, as fighting continued in the violence-wracked country.
• The attack in the province of Logar came as the top US military commander in Afghanistan, General Scott Miller, said work had begun to withdraw the remaining foreign forces from the country as ordered by President Joe Biden earlier this month

10. Rizwan, Hasan power Pakistan to T20 series win over Zimbabwe

• Mohammad Rizwan struck 91 off 60 balls and pacer Hasan Ali grabbed four wickets as Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe by 24 runs on Sunday to win the Twenty20 international series 2-1 at Harare Sports Club.
• The day was a memorable one for Pakistan captain Babar Azam who became the fastest batsman to reach 2,000 Twenty20 international runs, achieving the feat in 52 innings, four fewer than Indian superstar Virat Kohli

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