August 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (August 25, 2021) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (August 25, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

August 25, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. Taliban ask US not to `encourage` locals to flee country

• The Taliban on August 24, 2021 urged skilled Afghans not to flee the country and asked America to stop taking `Afghan experts` such as engineers and doctors out of Kabul, as US-led troops have ramped up operations to evacuate tens of thousands of people including many Afghans on a daily basis.
• `This country needs their expertise. They should not be taken to other countries,` Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told a press conference in the capital Kabul.
• `They should not encourage the Afghan people to flee Afghanistan

2. FBR gets 6th head in three years as PM`s aide on finance quits

• In yet another major reshuffle in its economic team, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government on August 24, 2021 removed the chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) while the special assistant to the prime minister (SAPM) on finance and revenue said he had resigned.
• Informed sources said FBR chairman Asim Ahmad, who was fifth in the row in almost three years, was removed after a major cyber attack on taxpayers` data, which was archived and managed by the FBR for automation, while SAPM Dr Waqar Masood Khan was asked to quit since he was seen as a follower of the `status quo`.

3. Minimum age for Covid vaccination cut to 15 years

• In a major development, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on August 24, 2021 decided to reduce minimum age for Covid19 vaccination from 18 years to 15 years.
• A number of other decisions were also made by the NCOC due to which in the next few months it will become next to impossible to stay unvaccinated and remain an active citizen of Pakistan. Both inbound and outbound passengers will have to be fully vaccinated from October 1.Meanwhile, the government is going to start paid vaccination for those who want to get the vaccine of their choice.
• These decisions were shared by federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan during a press conference.

4. Qureshi leaves for four-nation tour to discuss Afghan situation

• As part of Pakistan`s efforts for an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi left on August 24, 2021 for a visit to Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran.
• According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, during his visit the foreign minister will share Pakistan`s perspective on the latest developments in Afghanistan.
• Pakistan believes that the neighbouring countries have a stake in the peace, security and stability of Afghanistan and the region. It is important to coordinate closely with the neighbours to address common challenges and advance shared goals of peace, security, stability and regional connectivity. In the bilateral context, the foreign minister`s visit to these countries will build on the recent high-level exchanges to further intensify close relations. Pakistan desires to further deepen and broaden its multifaceted cooperation with these partners

5. Muzammil gets another term as Wapda chief

• The Ministry of Water Resources on Tuesday notified the appointment of retired Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain as the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) chairman for a second consecutive term of five years.
• `In pursuance of the cabinet`s decision in case No 747/26/2021 of Aug 17 conveyed vide cabinet division`s memorandum No 26/CM/2021-D of Aug20, Mr Muzammil Hussain is appointed as chairman, Wapda, for a term of five years in accordance with Section 4(2) of Wapda Act, 2958 with effect from Aug 24,` the notification issued on Tuesday reads

6. Pakistan to remain behind in smartphone usage, 5G coverage: GSMA

• The GSMA, which represents the interests of 750 mobile operators worldwide, has projected that Pakistan will be at the lowest end in terms of smartphone users as well the 5G coverage among the selected countries of Asia Pacific region by 2025.
• However, Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Syed Amin U1 Haque said key initiatives have been taken which will help the country surpass the projections made by the GSMA.
• The GSMA report titled `The Mobile Economy Asia Pacific 2021` has highlighted the 5G status in the region.

7. G7 seeks Taliban `guarantee` on safe passage from Kabul after Aug 31

• The Talibanmust `guarantee` safe passage for those fleeing Afghanistan beyond the current August 31 evacuation deadline, the G7 agreed on Tuesday, according to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
• Johnson, who convened the emergency meeting, said that he and his colleagues had agreed `a roadmap for the way in which we`re going to engage with the Taliban` in the future.
• But he added that the `number one condition` was `to guarantee… through August 31 and beyond, a safe passage for those who want to come out.` The UK chaired the emergency talks among the group of wealthy countries on Tuesday, saying it would urge Biden to extend his August 31 deadline to pull American forces out of Afghanistan. France also called on Washington to push back the timeline.

8. Indian troops kill five in held Kashmir

• Indian forces killed two senior Kashmiri commanders and three other fighters in two separate operations in disputed and occupied territories of Kashmir, police claimed on August 24, 2021.
• Police and soldiers raided a village in Sopore area late on Monday and engaged at least three alleged fighters hiding in a house in a gun battle, police said. Three local fighters were killed in the clash, which ended on Tuesday, police said. They said troops recovered a rifle and two pistols from the site.
• Residents said troops used explosives to blast a civilian house during the fighting, a common tactic employed byIndian troops in occupied Kashmir.

9. Shaheen stars as Pakistan beat West Indies to draw series

• Shaheen Shah Afridi produced a sterling 10-wicket performance to enable Pakistan to defeat West Indies by 109 runs to share honours in their two-match Test series at Sabina Park in Kingston on August 24, 2021.
• Chasing an improbable target of 329, West Indies were always struggling as they limped to 159-7 when rain stopped play in the afternoon session, which saw early tea taken.
• After resumption, Pakistan claimed the remaining three wickets to dismiss the home team for 219, with Jason Holder contributing a defiant 47 until he was caught at short cover by Fawad Alam of f slow left-armer Nauman Ali, who also had sent back West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite for 39 just after lunch

10. Pakistan ODI series against Afghanistan postponed

• Afghanistan`s ODI series against Pakistan scheduled for the Sri Lankan town of Hambantota next month has been postponed until next year, the cricket boards of both countries mutually announced.
• `The PCB and Afghanistan Cricket Board have mutually agreed to postpone next month`s three-ODI series, which was scheduled in Hambantota. The two boards have agreed that the series, which was planned from Sept 1 to 8 will be rescheduled for 2022,` the PCB stated in a media release. `The ACB had contacted the PCB late on Monday evening, requesting to postpone the series to 2022 while citing disruption of flight operations in Kabul, rising Covid-19 cases in Sri Lanka, mental health of their players and non-availability of broadcast equipment

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