August 2020

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (August 26, 2020) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (August 26, 2020) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

August 26, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. Africa now free of poliovirus, says WHO

• The UN`s World Health Organisation (WHO) on August 25, 2020 declared that Africa was now free of the virus that causes polio, a landmark in a decades-long campaign to eradicate the disease around the world.
• `Today is a historic day for Africa,` said Prof Rose Gana Fomban Leke, whose commission certified that no cases had occurred on the condnent for the past four years, the threshold for eradication of poliovirus.
• Poliovirus now joins smallpox in the list of viruses that have been wiped out in Africa, the WHO said.
• Since 1996, eradication efforts `have prevented up to 1.8 million children from crippling life-long paralysis and saved approximately 180,000 lives`, the agency said.

2. Over 32m children vaccinated against polio in 130 districts

• More than 32 million children under the age of five have been vaccinated against polio during an immunisation campaign in 130 districts across the country.
• In addition to the drops, children (aged between six and 59 months) received Vitamin A supplements during the campaign started on Aug 13.
• According to the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) for Polio Eradication, 32,100,802 children were vaccinated against polio across the country.

3. Sima Kamil appointed SBP deputy governor

• The federal government on August 25, 2020 night notified the appointment of Sima Kamil as deputy governor of the State Bank of Pakistan for a period of three years with immediate effect.
• Ms Kamil is a veteran banker, having last held the post of president and CEO of UBL, one of the largest banks of Pakistan, from June 2017 till June 2020. Prior to UBL, she held various senior positions at HBL. News of her appointment had been circulating for a while now

4. Sudan PM tells Pompeo he has no right to normalise Israel ties

• Sudan said on August 25, 2020 it cannot form diplomatic relations with Israel now, dashing hopes for a speedy breakthrough during a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
• Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok told Pompeo that Sudan`s transitional government which replaced ousted strongman Omar al Bashir last year and is set to rule until 2022 elections has `no mandate` to take such a weighty step.
• The announcement was a setback to a charm offensive by the US and Israel to forge more ties between the Jewish state and the Arab world following a landmark US-brokered Aug 13 agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

5. Iran hails `constructive` talks with visiting IAEA chief

• Iran`s nuclear body said it held `constructive` talks on August 25, 2020 with the visiting head of the International Atomic Energy Agency amid tensions over a US bid to re impose UN sanctions.
• The trip is Rafael Mariano Grossi`s first to Tehran since the Argentine took the helm of the Vienna-based UN agency last year.
• It comes more than two years after US President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 landmark international agreement that put curbs on Iran`s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief

6. US House debates changes in postal law in run-up to polls

• The US House of Representatives began debating on Monday about legislation that would reverse recent changes in postal service operations and send $25 billion in emergency funds to shore up the agency ahead of the November election.
• Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Postal Service will be election central as she recalled lawmakers to Washington in a highly unusual election year as millions of Americans are expected to opt for mail-in ballots to avoid polling places during the coronavirus pandemic.
• `We are here today because our democracy is being eroded by this administration,` said Rep. Jim McGovern, chairman of the rules committee

7. Indian goes on trial for spying on Sikhs, Kashmiris in Germany

• An Indian national accused of spying on Sikh and Kashmiri communities in Germany for New Delhi`s secret services went on trial in Frankfurt on August 25, 2020.
• The suspect, identified as 54-year-old Balvir S., is accused of working for the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India`s foreign intelligence agency, since at least January 2015.
• Prosecutors say he `obtained information about figures in the Sikh opposition scene and the Kashmiri movement and their relatives in Germany, and passed this on to his handlers who were working at the Indian consulate general in Frankfurt`.

8. Russia accuses Germans of hasty verdict on Navalny`s `poisoning`

• The Kremlin on August 25, 2020 accused German medics of being too hasty after they said tests on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny indicated he was poisoned.
• The 44-year-old Navalny, who is one of the fiercest critics of President Vladimir Putin and has exposed massive official corruption, is being treated in a Berlin hospital after falling ill on a flight in Siberia last Thursday.
• He was treated for two days in a hospital in Siberia before being transferred to the Charite clinic

9. Spain calls in army to fight virus pandemic

• Spain will call in the army to help identify those who have been exposed to people infected with coronavirus as part of efforts to curb the spread of the disease, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said August 25, 2020.
• The central government will make 2,000 soldiers who are trained in tracking available to the regions, which are responsible for health care, to assist in tracking cases and stem a rise in infections, he told a news conference.
• “We could even increase this figure as required through the urgent training which we have planned,” Sanchez said

10. Anderson takes 600th Test wicket in rain-hit draw

• England paceman James Anderson cemented his place in cricket history by taking his 600th Test wicket as the rain-marred third and final Test against Pakistan at Southampton ended in a draw on August 25, 2020.
• Fresh downpours prevented play on the last day until 1515 GMT, meaning England, who were 1-0 up in the series, did not have enough time to force a victory at the Ageas Bowl.
• But despite the tame end to the series, all eyes were on Anderson and the 38-year-old did not disappoint, striking with his 14th ball of the day to reach the 600-wicket milestone.

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