August 2020

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (August 05, 2020) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (August 05, 2020) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik
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August 05, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. Pakistan affirms claim to IHK with new map

• The government on August 4, 2020 unveiled a new political map of the country essentially asserting its longstanding position on Kashmir and Sir Creek disputes.
• `It is a historic occasion. The political map reflects our national aspiration and supports our principled stance on Kashmir dispute, Prime Minister Imran Khan said while introducing the map. He was on the occasion accompanied by his foreign policy, national security and information ministry aides.
• The map was launched after the approval by the federal cabinet. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had earlier in the day briefed the legislators from opposition parties on the map during a meeting at the Foreign Office.
• The new map was made public a day before Pakistan observes the first anniversary of annexation of occupied Kashmir.


2. PTI`s social media guru to head govt digital wing

• After assessing 500 applications received for the digital media wing, the government has appointed the former social media head of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Imran Ghazali, to lead the newly established unit in the information ministry.
• According to an Establishment Division notification dated Aug 3, Mr Ghazali has been hired as the general manager of the wing at the Management Pay-II (MP-II) pay scale.
• In addition, the ministry has also notified five other appointments with immediate effect, including four digital communication of ficers, Shahbaz Khan, Usman bin Zaheer, Naeem Ahmed Yasin, and Syeda Dhanak Hashmi at the MP-III scale.


3. Over 71,000 govt posts abolished under reforms policy

• More than 71,000 posts in various government departments have been abolished under the institutional reforms policy.
• This information was shared during a meeting of the federal cabinet presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan on August 4, 2020.
• According to a press release issued by the Prime Minister Office after the meeting, the cabinet also took several other decisions and expressed satisfaction over the country`s economic situation.


4. Child domestic labour banned in Islamabad

• The Cabinet Division on August 4, 2020 banned child domestic labour in the Islamabad capital territory (ICT) through a notification.
• Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari in tweet stated: `Finally cabinet decision enforced through Gazette notification. Child Domestic Labour proscribed under 1991 Child Employment Act valid for ICT. Provinces can adopt through a simple provincial assembly resolution the same way. First time child domestic labour proscribed in Pakistan.
• The minister had been pushing for including domestic labour by children as a hazardous line of work in the act, maintaining that in the absence of legislation to protect domestic workers this would be the fastest way to protect children.


5. Chaman border reopens for one day

• Amid tight security and after five-day closure, Pakistan reopened its border with Afghanistan at Chaman for one day on August 4, 2020 to facilitate stranded Afghan and Pakistani citizens to cross into their countries.
• Pakistan had taken the decision to reopen the border crossing in a flag meeting of the military commanders of both the countries the other day, which discussed various issues about reopening the border for Afghan transit trade, import and export and border crossing from both sides by the people of both the countries.
• Official sources said that the border crossing was reopened from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Pakistani border authorities opened the Friendship Gate to enable Pakistani and Afghan nationals to cross into their countries


6. Special postage stamps

• The Pakistan Post is to issue a special postage stamp of Rs58 denomination marking one year of Indian siege of occupied Jammu & Kashmir territory.
• Printed at the Pakistan Security Printing Company, Karachi, the stamp will be available at all post offices in the country from Wednesday (today).
• The Pakistan Post has announced that a commemorative postage stamp will be issued on Thursday (Aug 7) on `Silver Jubilee of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Lahore`.
• According to a press release, the Rs20 denomination stamp printed at the Pakistan Security Printing Company, will be available at all post offices from the issue date.


7. Modi to lay Ram temple foundations today

• The flashpoint Indian town of Ayodhya geared up on August 4, 2020 for a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lay the foundations for a Hindu temple on the ruins of a mosque destroyed by a mob in 1992.
• The building of the temple in northern India, starting on Wednesday with a colourful rite broadcast live on TV, has long been a pledge of Modi`s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.
• A mosque stood on the site for almost 500 years until it was demolished by Hindu zealots in 1992.


8. Argentina secures deal on `impossible` debt

• Recession-hit Argentina announced on August 4, 2020 it has reached an agreement with three major creditors over the restructuring of a $66 billion debt as it seeks to solve its latest sovereign default crisis.
• The government of President Alberto Fernandez had set an August 4 deadline to complete a deal but it has now pushed the date to Aug 24 `to give effect to the agreement,` which came after months of wrangling and extensions.
• `We resolved an impossible debt in the biggest economic crisis in memory and in the midst of the pandemic,` said a delighted Fernandez. `Now the horizon is clear for where we want to go to.


9. All member states ratify UN child labour convention

• Every member state has ratified a United Nations convention banning the worst forms of child labour, the UN announced on August 4, 2020, in a historic first though eliminating such practices remains distant.
• The Pacific island nation of Tonga formally lodged its ratification with the International Labour Organisation on Tuesday, meaning all 187 ILO member states have done so the first convention ever to be universally ratified in the UN agency`s 100-year history.
• `Universal ratification of Convention 182 is an historic first that means that all children now have legal protection against the worst forms of child labour,` said ILO director-general Guy Ryder


10. CA postpones West Indies T20 series

• Cricket Australia (CA) said on August 4, 2020 it had agreed with Cricket West Indies (CWI) to postpone the Twenty20 series against the Caribbeans scheduled in October.
• Australia were to host West Indies in three matches in Queensland ahead of the T20 World Cup, which has been postponed by the International Cricket Council because of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.


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