August 2020

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (August 11, 2020) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (August 11, 2020) for CSS, PMS
Shahzad F. Malik
Written by Shahzad F. Malik
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August 11, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. Top UN official urges Kashmir dispute resolution

• President elect of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly Volkan Bozkir on August 10, 2020 stressed the importance of a peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute for regional peace and security and offered to mediate between arch-rivals India and Pakistan.
• `Resolving dispute over Jammu and Kashmir is the key to a sustainable peace in South Asia. Regional security should be maintained through regional and diplomatic solutions,` Mr Bozkir said after his meetings with Prime Minister Imran and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
• Mr Bozkir, the first Turkish citizen to be elected as UNGA president, was speaking at the Foreign Office alongside Foreign Minister Qureshi. His two day visit to Pakistan is his third overseas trip since his election as the president of the General Assembly (PGA) in June. He has previously toured Qatar and Russia. He is scheduled to travel to New York on Aug 17 to prepare for assuming the charge next month


2. NA body approves “The Anti-Money Laundering (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2020”

• National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue on August 10, 2020 has approved the “The Anti-Money Laundering (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020” after rejecting the proposals of the opposition.
• The meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue was held under the chairmanship of MNA Mr. Faiz Ullah. The Committee discussed “The Anti-Money Laundering (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020” and recommended that the Bill may be passed by the Assembly.
• The committee has approved the bill after rejecting the recommendations of the opposition. Nine members have casted votes in favour of bill while six members opposed it. The opposition members objected over certain restrictions on jewellers on recommendation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). They were of the view that purchasing of jewellery of over Rs2 million would be bound to be registered and this limit should be jacked up


3. Five killed in Chaman motorbike bomb blast

• At least five people were killed and 22 others, including two soldiers of the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF), injured in a bomb blast in the border town of Chaman on August 10, 2020.
• According to AFP, the number of people killed in the bombing is six.
• Security officials said the blast occurred in a busy Mall Road area of the border town.
• `It was an improvised explosive device (IED) blast, which was planted in a motorcycle parked near a market,` a security official said, adding that the IED was detonated by remote control


4. Punjab ordered to replace service tribunal member

• The Supreme Court has restrained a member of the Punjab Service Tribunal from discharging his duties over his understanding of the law since he considered the allegation of illegal gratification a minor of fence.
• Subsequently, the apex court ordered the Punjab government to find a qualified substitution whose knowledge, aptitude and experience should be suitable for the post.
• `In our view, taking of illegal gratification itself is a grave offence requiring imposition of major penalty,` observed Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan in a nine-page order he wrote


5. Emirates to expand its service in Pakistan

• The Emirates is increasing its passenger service to and from Pakistan on Aug 10, offering enhanced connectivity to over 70 destinations within the current network via Dubai.
• An Emirates spokesman said on August 10, 2020 that the airline was set to ramp up its flight frequency to and from Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore and Sialkot and resume passenger service to Peshawar, providing its customers worldwide with greater access to its expanding network.
• The airline will now offer customers 53 weekly flights to Pakistan, which will increase to 60 weekly flights starting from Aug 16. All flights will be operated with Boeing 777-300ER and can be booked on emirates.com or via travel agents


6. Pak-China border via Khunjerab Pass in Hunza closed

• Pakistan-China border via Khunjerab Pass in Hunza will be closed for traffic from August 10, 2020 night.
• The border was opened for thirteen days to evacuate containers loaded with Chinese goods of Pakistani businessmen stranded in Kashgar.
• It may be mentioned that the border has been closed since the outbreak of COVID-19 epidemic but both countries had given permission for its reopening from 29th July to 10th August


7. China sanctions 11 Americans in retaliation for US move

• China on Monday sanctioned 11 Americans, including senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, in retaliation for similar US moves prompted by Beijing`s crackdown in Hong Kong.
• Washington last week accused 11 officials of suppressing `freedom and democratic processes` in Hong Kong, including city leader Carrie Lam, and announced plans to freeze their US assets.
• It was the toughest US action yet in response to Beijing`s introduction of a sweeping and controversial new national security law for the territory.
• Beijing said the measure was a violation of international law and `grossly interferes in China`s internal affairs`.


8. Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under security law

• Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai became the highest-profile person arrested under a new national security law on August 10, 2020, detained over suspected collusion with foreign forces as around 200 police searched the offices of his Apple Daily newspaper.
• Mainland-born Lai, who was smuggled into Hong Kong on a fishing boat when he was a penniless 12-year-old, has been one of the most prominent democracy activists in the Chinese-ruled city and an ardent critic of Beijing


9. Lebanese government quits amid outrage over Beirut blast

• Lebanon`s prime minister announced the government`s resignation on Monday, saying a massive explosion that devastated Beirut last week and triggered public outrage was the result of endemic corruption.
• The Aug 4 detonation at a port warehouse of more than 2,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate killed 163 people, injured more than 6,000 and destroyed swathes of the Mediterranean capital, compounding months of political and economic meltdown.


10. Treasure-hunter finds 3,000-year-old hoard in Scotland

• An amateur treasure-hunter has uncovered one of the most significant Bronze Age hoards ever found in Scotland, including jewelry and a 3,000-year-old sword, authorities said on August 10, 2020.
• Metal detectorist Mariusz Stepien said he was shaking with happiness when he made the discovery in June, in a field near the village of Peebles, about 22 miles (36 kilometers) south of Edinburgh.
• I thought I`ve never seen anything like this before and felt from the very beginning that this might be something spectacular and I`ve just discovered a big part of Scottish history, he said


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