December 2020

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (December 02, 2020) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (December 02, 2020) for CSS, PMS
Shahzad F. Malik
Written by Shahzad F. Malik
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December 02, 2020: National / International Current Affairs


1. Govt to get vaccine in first quarter of 2021

• Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan has said that the government expects the first phase of coronavirus vaccine procurement in the first quarter of next year, as the federal cabinet approved $150 million for it.
• `We cannot give an exact date of procurement but it will be in the first quarter of 2021,` he said, adding that it would be administered to people in stages with frontline healthcare workers being the first takers


2. Fuel loading starts for nuclear power plant testing

• Pakistan on December 1, 2020 started loading fuel to the 1,100MW nuclear power plant in Karachi for testing in run-up to its commercial operations in April 2021 while the Azad Jammu and Kashmir government signed agreements with a Chinese company for construction of a 700MW hydropower project.
• A spokesperson for the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) said fuel loading for the newly built Karachi Nuclear Power Plant Unit-2 (K-2) was started on Tuesday after obtaining fuel load permit from the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority


3. Islamabad, Beijing vow to boost defence cooperation

• Pakistan and China on December 1, 2020 vowed to deepen their cooperation for tackling threats to regional peace and stability.
• This was the highlight of Chinese Defence Minister Gen Wei Fenghe`s meetings with Pakistan`s civilian leadership during which both sides pointed to the growing threats to regional security from India`s hegemonic designs.
• Gen Wei is on a three-day trip to Pakistan, which is part of Chinese military`s regional outreach in the midst of tensions with India. His Pakistan leg of the trip followed his visit to Nepal


4. Buzdar approves road authority, bus terminal

• Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has approved establishment of the Punjab Road Safety Authority and a new state-of-the-art bus terminal near Thokar Niaz Beg and asked the transport department to submit the design by Dec 10.
• The CM chaired a meeting at his office on Tuesday to review the performance of the transport department and the participants also dilated upon different proposals to establish a new transport-related force and bus terminal authority.


5. Khursheed takes oath as GB chief minister

• Mohammad Khalid Khursheed Khan was sworn in as Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister on December 1, 2020.
• GB Governor Raja Jalal Hussain Magpoon administered the oath at a ceremony held in the Governor House.
• Members of the GB Assembly and senior government officials attended the ceremony.


6. Launch of four-year BS programme ordered in all KP colleges

• Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has directed the authorities of higher education department to take necessary measures for launching four-year Bachelor of Studies (BS) programme in all colleges of the province and start second shift in government colleges on need basis.
• He also directed the department to introduce E-transfer policy to ensure transparency in posting and transfer of teachers, according to a statement issued on December 1, 2020.


7. UN seeks $35bn to help vulnerable, including $285m for Pakistan

• The United Nations launched a $35-billion global appeal on December 1, 2020 to help more than 235 million vulnerable people in 2021, including 10.5 million in Pakistan.
• The world body is also seeking $285.3 million for Pakistan, where it is targeting about 3.3 million as the `most vulnerable and fragile


8. Veteran PPP leader Nazim Shah dies at 80

• Seasoned politician and former Punjab Assembly opposition leader, Syed Nazim Hussain Shah, died on December 1, 2020 after a prolonged illness. He was 80.
• Mr Shah has left behind a widow, two daughters and three sons.
• His funeral prayers were held at his native village of Kot Faqir Ali Shah, attended by a large number of people from all walks of life.


9. Iran`s parliament approves bill to stop nuclear inspections

• Iran`s parliament on December 1, 2020 approved a bill that would suspend UN inspections of its nuclear facilities and require the government to boost its uranium enrichment if European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal do not provide relief from oil and banking sanctions.
• The vote to approve the bill, which would also require approval by the Guardian Council, a constitutional watchdog, was a show of defiance after the killing of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist last month. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the final say on all nuclear policies


10. Chinese spacecraft lands on moon

• China successfully landed a spacecraft on the moon`s surface on December 1, 2020 in a historic mission to retrieve lunar surface samples.
• China launched its Chang`e-5 probe on Nov 24.
• The uncrewed mission, named after the mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, aims to collect lunar material to help scientists learn more about the moon`s origins


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